Buat Bodoh, Truly (Southeast) Asia Style

25 Aug

As Singapore entertains international delegates and athletes for the inaugural YOG games, President-waiting-to-retire S R Nathan’s residence at the Istana was the venue for the latest Olympic sport, ‘Kneel and Buat Bodo’ (act stupid/blur/innocent).

Olympic torch bearer Yong Vui Kong, a Sabah boy, was convicted for trafficking 47g of heroin into Singapore from Malaysia. As part of their appeal to the Singapore President, Yong’s lawyer M Ravi, activists from socio-political blog The Online Citizen, Malaysian activists, and 44 Members of Parliament and 15 senators in Malaysia, collected 109 346 signatures in a petition to save Yong’s life and submitted it this morning.

Of the 109 346 signatories, a whopping total of 312 came from Singaporeans. Just like the attendances at YOG events, the number of supporters is not important but rather, the spirit in which they cheer their team.

Alas like the RJC students that waived the PRC flag in the Girls Table Tennis Singles Finals, do they even know which team they are supporting?

We have a lawyer that has an IMH record and was arrested for disrupting religious processions at a Mosque and Temple, a socio-political blog that picks and chooses which death penalty case they want to campaign for, and Malaysian politicians that are neither loyal to their parties or to their claims of compassion and humanity.

A surprise entrant is of course Team Indonesia, which in its battles with Team Malaysia, cannot decide on wherever they are upset over 345 or 117 or 70, Indonesians under death row in Malaysia .

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered his Foreign Minister to confirm the number because he says he did not even know there was any in the first place.

Meanwhile, Yong’s family will continue to kneel while politicians, and activists alike, will continue to Buat Bodoh.

Singapore Malaysia and Indonesia

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