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In 1968, this Guinness Stout advertisement was placed in the souvenir programme for the AGM of the West Malaysian Malay Teachers’ Union (Kesatuan Guru-Guru Melayu Malaysia Barat), according to a private posting on Facebook. It was on the second page, or the inside front cover and on the facing page was a message from the deputy prime minister, then Tun Abdul Razak. As minister of education he was responsible for the Razak Report that created the post-independence schools system.
Tun Abdul Razak was: father of the current prime minister, Najib; uncle-in-law of the current Home Minister, Hishammuddin; brother-in-law to Hishammuddin’s father, Hussein Onn, the son of Onn bin Jaffar, founder of Umno. Hussein became deputy prime minister to Razak on the death of Tun Dr Ismail, and succeeded Razak as prime minister when Razak died of leukemia.
How times have changed.
In today’s political and religious climate of sanctimonious intolerance, the union premises would probably be torched, copies of the souvenir programme burned, and the bullies of the home ministry and police would have hauled off union officials under the Internal Security Act, or even charged them with waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as head of Islam.
We should all give thanks to the Islamisation policies of Hussein’s successor Mahathir (I am not a racist) Mohamad and his deputy Anwar (I am not a Jew) Ibrahim and their political spawn for being so mindful of our moral health. Give thanks also to their political successors Muhyiddin (I am not a Malaysian first) Yassin and Ibrahim (I am a mass comm grad) Ali.
Or perhaps not.
Shall we drink to that? Bottoms up.
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