March 1 - 15, 2000
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FEATURE: The Knowledge Economy
|Minister: RMAF pilots
When asked to confirm the statement, a Ministry official who refused to be named clarified his Minister's position. "Basically, our pilots are crap! Their planes are falling down the sky like rain! These guys couldn't fly a kite!"
A leading political leader who refused to be named supported the Ministry's move. "You know, they don't even serve caviar or champagne on those RMAF flights! How are we expected to enjoy our junkets, ooops, I mean, execute our governmental duties abroad under such miserable, unsafe conditions?"
In a related development, an RMAF pilot who refused to
be named was detained by police when he threatened to take off on his F-14
Hornet and bomb the Putrajaya government administration complex with air-to-surface
missiles. "So these guys think we can't fly?! So they think we have
too many accidents, eh?!" he shouted as he was led away to a nearby
mental institution. "Well, put me on an F14 loaded with Exocet missiles
and I'll show them what a real accident is!"
He added that he would not be surprised if foreign Chinese and Indian dramas were merely "foreign tools to re-colonise our country."
A TV3 official who refused to be named agreed with statements that Malaysian Chinese watching foreign Cantonese programmes would not want to master the national language. "These foreign programmes will have a detrimental effect on patriotism and are a bad influence on our local culture," he said. He added that TV3 will now replace all its Cantonese programmes with more patriotic American soap operas, American sit-coms, American game shows and additional re-runs of 'Baywatch'.
The move has raised some concern from local Chinese drama fans. "We can accept the government needs to detain people without trial under the ISA. We can accept people sometimes need to be beaten up in prison while under police detention. We can accept that demonstrators must always be violently dispersed with batons and water cannon. We can accept that politicians sometimes need to steal public funds to save their ailing companies."
"But taking away our soaps?! That is an oppressive abuse of human rights, a grave travesty of justice and a mockery of our democracy.