Perak – The Rock Opera (courtesy of the Beatles)

May 15 — Let’s skip the hackneyed rigmarole on Perak, and talk about the Beatles. Songs from the Beatles (and album) that do represent the developments in Perak. I’ve listed them, and they don’t follow a logical pattern. It helps heaps if you know your Beatles.

I want you (She’s so heavy) — Abbey Road

The collective feeling of Umno politicians towards Perak after they lost it to Pakatan Rakyat on March 8, 2008.
“I want you, I want you so bad
It’s driving me mad, it’s driving me mad.”

So they planned a nice but prolonged takeover, which was as elaborate as any season of the “Dynasty” soap, and equally conceited.

Baby, you’re a rich man — Magical Mystery Tour

The two assemblymen and Hee who is she, were getting difficult to contact over the Chinese New year period. Poor souls the two lads (Jamaluddin Radzi and Osman Jailu) having being in a property bribe scandal and Hee who just wanted more r.e.s.p.e.c.t (We are not doing Aretha Franklin unfortunately).
So they switched, and no one is going to jail and no one is in want of anything. Because;
“Baby you’re a rich man too, you keep all your money in a big brown bag inside the zoo.”
Only the state became helter-skelter after that. Jamal, Osman and Hee are in the relative lap of comfort now.

I’m only sleeping — Revolver

Abdullah Badawi throughout his time in office when the issue erupted.
“Everybody seems to think I’m lazy/I don’t mind/I think they’re crazy
Running everywhere at such a speed/’til they find/There’s no need
Please don’t spoil my day/I’m miles away/and after all
I’m only sleeping”

Indeed he was, and the problem compounded on his watch inadvertently.

Mother Nature’s son — White Album (Side two)

Everything has gone whack, cue for the Pangkor’s alleged Erdogan Zambry Abdul Kadir. The Tamilness in him is quite telling, but what do I know about the racial purity of Umno, eh?
But he is all about comparison, the Erdogan in him, the Mandela in him, the Gandhi in him, the King in him. It must be truly oppressive being in a party in power and a willing police carrying your deeds, and your leaders jailing all those who oppose you. Yes, yes. I can see the Mandela in you.
After all he was “Born a young country boy…”

Back in the USSR — White Album (Side one)

What civil servants were crowing when Umno returned to power after an upsetting year of Pakatan Rakyat power in Perak. Being mostly Umno men themselves, seeing Zambry march into their state secretariat was nectar from the gods.

The tears in their eyes.

“I’m back in the USSR/You don’t know how lucky you lucky you are boys/Back in the USSR”

Drive my car — Rubber Soul

Renegade ex-DAP Hee Yit Foong was apparently very upset over not getting a Camry as deputy speaker of Perak in the DAP-led Perak government, so she bolted. She “wanna be famous, a star of the screen”.

Well now she has more than a Camry, so rumours go. “So baby, you can drive all our cars.”

Come Together — Abbey Road

For months in power mentri besar Nizar Jamaluddin was accused of being just a DAP stooge. Fair enough, he was a minority MB, though the one picked by the Sultan. The suspicion is, he was picked in order to make the coalition even weaker.
So when the turmoil began, the good money was on him disappearing into the night, and the matter being just an Umno-DAP fight in the Silver state, where only Umno wins.
Nizar comes to the fore, and galvanises state and national sentiment to his crusade.
You can say “He got hair down to his knee, Got to be a joker he just do what he please”.
And indeed so many people “have come together right now, over him”.

Hello Goodbye — Magical Mystery Tour

The quintessential duet for Nizar and Zambry as “one says yes and the other says no”. So they play “hello goodbye” to the office of Mentri Besar.

Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (except for me and my monkey) — White Album (Side two)

The two groups go to the courts, with the court seemingly willing to listen to one side more, dates are rushed when they benefit BN, and otherwise for Pakata. Purview is passed to the courts that benefit BN the most.
And an ex-Lord President sits on the throne of the state.
The logic in the courts go something like “The deeper you go the higher you fly.
The higher you fly the deeper you go” and “Your inside is out, and your outside is in”.
Everything goes as the courts look for more ways to please their BN masters.

I want to hold your hand — Please, please me

FRU men and regular police sing while they chase city folks from in and around the State Assembly in Ipoh on May 7.
“And when I touch you, I feel happy inside” — Well of course, nothing like the soothing touch of batons, handcuffs and industrial standard tear gas.

We can work it out — Rubber Soul

Najib Razak’s new riposte since no is bothered to just let his guys run roughshod over anyone in their way to power in Perak.
“Try to see it my way, Do I have to keep talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way, Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
We can work it out.”

So Najib has offered to talk, but does he really want to work it out?

The end — Abbey Road

Not in the horizon and end for the Perak fiasco, however we have to note
“And in the end,
The love you take is equal to the love you make”

There will be a reckoning, some time before the end.

4 thoughts on “Perak – The Rock Opera (courtesy of the Beatles)

  1. Oh..How I miss your hillarious joke (eventhough it seems that I was the only one who laughed in your class back then)

    They still couldnt get your joke til now! hahahahah

    1. and which class were you in, some of those classes they faked the laughing, just to get the grades.

      1. Bach. of Economics (Knowledge Economy).
        Ermmm…. let me see, I was in your Knowledge Management class and it was the last term u taught before you went missing!
        Oh pleasee…. I really thought you were IMPOSSIBLE back then, having to do mdterm at the FCM cafe and no reference throughout the trimester, you almost choked the class.
        But hey, u are a hybrid to me. it was fun!

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