a vitiated environment, every small symbol of honesty matters, and every voice raised in support of it makes a differenceDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today criticised the Prime Minister’s continued silence over physical threats to Pakatan Rakyat politicians, citing this as an example of how Barisan Nasional does not treat all Malaysian citizens equally.
Addressing his audience outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Alayam temple in Taman Delima, Kajang, the PKR leader said in contrast, Pakatan through its state governments looked after the welfare of all communities regardless of race and religion.”His ministers have not said a thing,” Anwar told some 800 people in his first major gathering to address the Indian community ahead of the Kajang by-election on March 23.
The Permatang Pauh MP appears to be riding on whatever fallout generated following Hindraf leader P. Waytha Moorthy’s resignation from his Cabinet post last week.
Waytha said Najib had failed to fulfil the socio-economic programmes pledged by BN in its memorandum of understanding (MoU) before the 13th general election last May.
The coalition then had promised to resolve socio-economic problems faced by the Indian community in exchange for Hindraf’s support. –The song was featured in a 1965 Tamil movie Enga Veetu Pillai, starring former Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran who is better known as MGR. MGR was a famous film star before becoming the chief minister.
In the movie, MGR who played dual roles, fights for the poor and the oppressed.
As he sang, Anwar who wore a PKR cap and donned a cloth on his neck mimicked MGR’s trademark dance moves. He even waved to the Indians like MGR.
“It is not an easy song. Izzah’s daughter asked me whether I was alright when I attempted to mimic the moves from this song.
“I memorised the song. It means if I am in power, no one would be in poverty. No one would be in tears,” he explained the meaning of the song to the predominantly Indian crowd.
Earlier on, the master of ceremony for the function also depicted Anwar and PKR as savior of the Indian community.Earlier, Selangor exco V Ganabatirao, Subang MP R Sivarasa, former Kapar MP S Manikavasagam and PKR’s GE 13 candidate in Tapah, K Vasanthakumar and current Kapar MP G Manivannan were among the notable leaders present there.
Kajang, famous for its satay, is located in the eastern part of Selangor is one of the three state constituency in the Hulu Langat parliament constituency. It has a 342,657 population, consisting 60.4% Malays, 19.3% Chinese, 9.7% Indians, and 10.6% other ethnic groups.
To date, Anwar is confirmed to contest in the by-election for PKR while MCA is fielding its vice president, Chew Mei Fun. The New Gen Party is expected to name its candidate next week.
Former dangdut singer Herman Tino; and ex-Umno, former PKR veep and Kita Party founder Zaid Ibrahim are also interested to contest in Kajang.
The Kajang state seat fell vacant following the resignation of incumbent assemblymen Lee Chin Cheh of PKR on Jan 27. The Election Commission fixed March 23 as polling date and nomination day on March 11. Early polling would be held on March 19.
The state seat comprises 39,728 registered voters. At the last general election in May, 2013, the seat saw a voter turnout of 87.9% with 541 spoilt votes. It has 48% Malay voters, Chinese 41%, Indian 10% and others 1%.
Do you realise that almost everything we do is a form of creative expression of our inner self? Each of us has aspirations, dreams and desires, not all of which have found their way into reality. And yet this inner self peeps out, it paces around within us, chaffing against the confines – seeking an outlet, a creative expression.
People express themselves through creative forms such as writing, music, theatre, painting and dance. Almost everything we do, say or think is a form of self-expression that reveals a lot about us.
Our imagination and the flights of fancy it takes in the form of fantasies is also a creative form of our self-expression, known to us alone, unless we choose to share it. Fantasies play an important role in revealing to us our innermost desires and also help us visualise goals and aspirations. These then, when tempered with reality, become the goalposts we strive towards. The ability to use imagination and suspend reality also helps us enjoy fiction, movies and theatre with keenness.
Even as a man watches cricket, it is a form of selfexpression as he aligns himself with one team and totally identifies with them in his desire to compete and win. The vicarious victory is an important element of his self-expression and a balm to his ego. Another person may express himself through the food he cooks or a dress he designs. A poet, in his poetry; a singer in his song.
As desires and aspirations grow, fed upon an explosion of available choices and exposure to success stories, the average middle-class finds itself able to think and fantasise about much bigger things. The 70-inch wall mounted TV no longer seems that distant a possibility, nor does ownership of a dream house, a luxury car or a world cruise. All this helps give expression to our desire for material acquisitions and expansion. Along with this, the fantasies embrace other modes of happiness, such as romance, love and relationships.
Says Dr Deepak Raheja, psychiatrist and director, Hope Foundation, “When we talk of expressing ourselves, we are referring to our ability to sublimate the libidinal energy, which as Sigmund Freud says, is the basis of all biological fuels that drive us. For a long time, we have forgotten to sublimate this energy into creative expression. Today, we find more and more people able to do so. If the gap between the real and the fantasized self increases, it increases frustration in life. Self-expression helps us feel more complete and helps bridge the gap between the real and the imagined self. This brings us to a more philosophical and spiritual fulfillment.” READMORE Chief Miniister in waiting Anwar to go the late chief Minister MGR’s way the Indian community saviour