Over the last few days, there’s been a lot of talk about Tony Fernandes. Is he a good guy forced to do bad things? Did he have a choice? Rafidah Aziz and Syed Saddiq went out to bat for him, so he can’t be that bad, right?
I’ll tell you what he is. He’s a billionaire who loves the media, and doesn’t really give a toss about what you or I think. In his “apology”, he says he “buckled under pressure”. I was going to buy that, but then I saw pictures of him sitting in THAT plane laughing and chuckling away with Najib. Sure doesn’t look like a guy under pressure to me.
In the whole scheme of the universe, however, it doesn’t matter. Like I said, whatever you or I do, he’s got billions of RM. It’s a new Malaysia, but some things just don’t change – namely, people with lots of RM don’t usually find themselves very lonely. But if Tony does care about the Malaysian people (like he claims), then I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if we liberalized Malaysia’s airspace, and let other budget airlines in, right? I’ve flown on Thai Airways’ budget carrier, Nok, before – and I can tell you I preferred that a whole lot better than AirAsia. Besides, the only way to really guarantee the “lowest fares possible” is by letting in more competition.
Anyway, the purpose of my writing this is to point out that – love him or hate him – there’s really not much we can do to AirAsia or its boss. Instead, we should be concentrating on the other lowlifes who can really do damage to our new democracy. Most of them are already on the radar of the new government, but here is my Top Three of those who seem to have gotten away (in reverse order).
In third place, we have Ali Tinju. You remember him – the guy who would rather help a thief just because of his race. Please, no excuses – he wasn’t stealing bread to feed his starving family. It’s blatant racism. He stole a smartphone at Low Yat. Who is this Ali Tinju anyway? Some ex-Sergeant in the Army? I’d rather listen to a real man like Brigadier General Dato Mohd Arshad of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan.
In second place, Dato Jamal of the Red Shirts fame. Spreading hatred and threatening violence with his antics, I wonder how big of a man is he going to be when he’s in Sg Buloh Prison? Yeah, those videos of him spreading money around Sekinchan and during his ceramahs – in direct contravention of the Elections Act – should be more than enough for the EC, MACC, etc. to press charges. Special mention also goes out to MCA Sg Besar for inviting this guy to lunch, despite his insulting all Malaysians of Chinese descent by calling them pigs. MCA, you really are a disgrace to your people, families, and ancestors.
Speaking of disgracing their ancestors, here’s first place on my list: Ridhuan Tee. This guy deserves the top spot because his brand of hate-spewing and self-serving rhetoric is especially toxic. It does nothing but put up walls among Malaysians. Indeed, that was his intention. I’m glad that the Malaysian people have unequivocally rejected this type of thinking. Hey,Ridhuan – how does it feel to know that most people agree with the ultra-kiasus?
He should do the honorable thing and resign his position at the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin. If not, whoever is in charge should just get rid of him. Yes, we’re not out for vengeance, but tell me – honestly – what could he possibly contribute to our young people, except for hatred? If you can’t come up with something, then I don’t think we need to spend our taxes paying this guy (we have a national debt, you know).
Of course, he could really believe the nonsense that comes out of his mouth. If so, dude – how does it feel to loathe what you see in the mirror every morning? If, on the other hand, it was all a sham – just a persona to get a pay cheque – then he could do a Tony Fernandes and make an apology video. Unfortunately, he’s not a billionaire, so he has to come up with something better than “I buckled under pressure”. How about “I was abducted by aliens, and all the anal probes they did on me made me lose my mind”?