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Friday, May 9, 2008

Mr Manager Meets Mr Minister

(If there was an award for the best corny blog title, this would be the winner)

You'll know a person is a bigshot when the car he drives is more expensive than the house you live in.

And this same bigshot will also eat in a restaurant where the cost of one meal is equivalent to your whole month's budget for food.

And when a bigshot flies, he flies First Class. As for the rest of us, we fly on tickets that cost as much as an express bus ride.

Well, this is a very different story of a bigshot in Malaysia. The original article was written by Ning Baizura's manager Vernon Kedit on his blog here. Read on...

Friday, May 02, 2008

As Ning and I were lining up to board our flight to Penang on Wednesday afternoon, I spotted a familiar face standing in front of us in the queue. So I whispered to Ning.

Me: Look in front of us. It's Guan Eng.
Ning: Who?
Me: YAB Mr. Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.
Ning: No lah.
Me: Yes lah! I know how he looks lah. It's the CM lah.
Ning: Takkan CM jalan sorang sorang. If he's the CM, where's the bodyguards and the officers and the rombongan and kaum kerabat?
Me: Tak percaya? Watch and learn.

So I walked up to Yang Amat Berhormat, introduced myself and asked to take a picture. He smiled and obliged.
YAB CM: Hey, I know you! You're Ning Baizura!
Ning: YAB Lim, good afternoon.
YAB CM: Come, come, we take a picture. Vernon, here's my card. Email me the pictures OK.
Me: Definitely, sir.

Ambik kau. CM pun peminat katanya!
Ning and I really felt honoured. But we felt more surprised that the Chief Minister of a state was travelling all by himself like any normal rakyat jelata. But the biggest surprise in store for us was yet to come.As usual, we sat in First Class. I expected the CM to be seated somewhere in front of us but then I realised he wasn't in First Class. Where did he disappear to???I popped my head round the curtain that veils First Class and Economy Class and guess who I saw sitting in the front row seat of Economy quietly reading the newspapers?

YAB Mr. Lim, you have my deepest respect. You have made history by being the first Chief Minister in this country to sit in Economy Class whilst in office as Chief Minister. You really mean what you say when you talk about cost-cutting. Sir, you have shown me leadership by example.Of course I asked permission to take his picture sitting in Economy and he laughed. And I said I'd blogged about it and he laughed some more, and gave permission. Ketua Menteri yang berjiwa rakyat.

Thanks to Philip's Dream Team for highlighting this to me. The Star online has also picked up this article. It's one of the perfect examples of the mainstream media trying to 'catch up' with the alternative media. Unfortunately, for their own convenience, they took out the reference to Vernon's blog from the photos & it got him fuming mad! Then The Star had to apologise. This is another lesson for the mainstream media. Don't play play with bloggers I tell you. Bloggers got power.

I hope Vernon doesn't get fuming mad at me... Mr. Manager Vernon Sir, don't angry angry hah. I borrow borrow only.


Ciaklat !!! said...

All I can say is it is really really heart warming to see Guan Eng sit there in the economy class....shows tat he is one of us...basically in cat city, you can see a lot of govt vehicles tat are categorised under luxury cars like BMW's , Mercedes, Fortuner etc...the rakyat has to withstand slow economy and rising prices yet money are being spent on luxury cars and other fund wasting luxurious expenditures....

to me, a government servant is the servant of the rakyat. Rakyat is the boss but it seems tat the "servant" is having a better life than the boss....Truly Malaysian, Truly Ciaklat!!!

Greg Wee said...

I would love to see his house.