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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Everybody Wanted to be Steve Austin


As a kid, I used to shout that as I attempted a slo-mo effect run, or a slo-mo effect punch or a slo-mo effect jump. In fact, all kids from the psychedelic era of the late 70s did that. Everyone was doing that in the classroom before the teacher came in. They were also doing that during recess. It was always a slo-mo movement + the TAY-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN.

No, we were not on drugs. We were just imitating the most popular TV show of that time - The Six Million Dollar Man.

The show was about a guy named Steve Austin who was given bionic limbs. And as result, the bugger could jump down from tall buildings, lift heavy things with incredible strength, & run as fast as the bullet - Better, Stronger, Faster!

Every kid in school wanted to be like him. Some of the lucky ones even owned the Six Million Dollar Man Lunch Box & flask which I never had. I never knew where they bought it (probably in Singapore - everybody went to Singapore for holidays at that time). And even if I knew, I wouldn't be able to afford it.

But it was ok. I had the Six Million Dollar Man T-Shirt.

There. Even though it was a cheap reproduction, I wore it faithfully till it faded. But it was ok. Nothing was original during the 70s. Everything was imitation. That was normal.

And here I was, in front of the TV. And even though you can't see it on the photo, The Six Million Dollar Man show was on right then. TAY-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN-NAN

The show was so popular that it created a spin-off called The Bionic Woman, which was equally popular. Jaime Sommers could also do what Steve Austin did.

That was a long time ago. Today, I don't even know where Steve Austin & Jaime Sommers are anymore. But it is interesting to see TV producers bringing this show back on TV, with a remake - The New Bionic Woman.

And then I also heard there's a new Six Million Dollar Man movie coming out soon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

It's a Brand New World

I woke up on Sunday morning after the elections feeling on top of the world. BN was denied 2/3 by the opposition. It was a major casualty for the BN parties as several cabinet ministers fell flat on their faces.

Zam Zam Alakazam, the Mis-Information Minister fell.

Samy Vellu slipped on a banana peel.

It seems that the BN parties are either still in a state of shock or more likely, in a state of denial, as usual. In true BN fashion, leaders of component parties were already calling for post-mortems & in-depth study to ascertain the reasons for the heavy losses.

In Sarawak, SUPP is calling for a post-mortem. Badawi, like any typical government civil servant, calls for the setting up of a committee. How many committees must they setup? How many post-mortem does SUPP need? They've been doing post-mortems eversince they lost in the last State Elections. The people have spoken, but they've still not heard. It's a wake up call alright, but they're still sleeping.

The quite caution exercised by the oppositions after their win is highly commendable. They know it took a long time for them to be able to reach where they are now, and they're not about to do something stupid to lose it. We hope they remember that.

And while the BN component parties are going the merry-go-round with their committees & post-mortems, the opposition has already begun work. DAP in Penang is already looking into ways to revive the state's flailing economy, brought about while under the previous rulling party.

Jeff Ooi, the blogger-turned-DAP candidate, who won with a majority of 16,000+ votes, is already working hard, "We would certainly look into the affairs of PDC and InvestPenang, and the tourism machinery, for a start. Transforming Penang's economy will have to start from here. " Doesn't that just makes you feel like moving to Penang?

I was particular inspired when he had this to add, "From my perspective, looking at the demographics and dynamics in economy, Penang can be an exemplary showcase of how a nation can thrive without succumbing to the outdated New Economic Policy."

Suddenly, I felt a new ray of hope shinning down for all Malaysians of all races. In fact, if such a model can succeed, there will never be a need for the preferential treatment & segregation of race again. Preferential treatment will only be in the form of assistance given to those who need them the most, & not based on race, & will not be abused by those in power.

Suddenly, there is hope for me not to remain as a lost second class citizen.
Suddenly, I could hear my own voice again.
Suddenly, I realise I have a say, I own a part of my government, my country.
Suddenly, I start to believe again that I may just have the opportunity for a bright future in this country of mine.

Jeff Ooi rocks his way into parliament.

If the opposition coalition play their strings right & remember that they can always easily lose the support that they have now should they slack, then this new form of politics will attract a lot more highly qualified & intelligent people who feel that they can contribute to the nation's development, instead of entering politics for the wrong reason. And if all this happens, then Ah Beng's World will never be the same again.