TV SMITH's Dua Sen: Tigalang
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TIGALANG
by TV Smith
06/03/05


Cemerlang, Gemilang dan Terbilang (Excellence, Glory and Distinction). Prime Minister Pak Lah's catchy clarion call is being upgraded into a multi-tier motto, according to newspaper reports. Will Malaysians give this noble and well-intended slogan another embarrassing embrace?

Grading for heroes?
Graphic from The Star

Our history is littered with abused mantras. Take the farsighted Wawasan 2020 road map launched in the 80's, as an example. Overnight, thousands of furniture showrooms, food courts and car wash operators sprung up, invoking the Wawasan or 2020 name.

Fortunately, there were also mega-infrastructures, giant banners and a monster marquee on top of the Angkasapuri building to commemorate our glorious march into the First World. Our infamous road manners and nasty toilet habits would occasionally jolt us back to Third World reality.

A new 'over the top soon' sign soon?

Then came that rallying battle cry of Malaysia Boleh! Again, unabashed Bolehans rose to the occasion and cooked up unending hare-brained ideas such as the world's longest rabbit meat buffet. After years of frivolous grandstanding, the phrase now carries the opposite connotation, inevitably.

The PM said yesterday that if you are just a jaguh kampung (village champion), you are nothing. Serving a stadium-sized bowl of Leng Chee Kang is no longer a world class feat nor datukship deserving. Thank goodness, those silly days are over. Now, let's get on with the Mars Mission.

© 2005 TV SMITH
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See also: THE REAL OLYMPICS | MBR - MALAYSIA BOLEH RECORDS | PATCHWORK UNITY

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