Yesterday, I attended a buka puasa function for the first time this Ramadhan.
The talks were centered mainly on two things,
1. Unhappiness with the handling of the country by PM DS Najib Razak and his people.
2. and the shooting spree by deadly assassins all over the country over the recent weeks.
I, however, mostly kept my thoughts to myself as usual, and let the others have their say.
After all, most of those at the table always regard me as being apolitical and don't have much opinion about anything. I'm not really the vocal type in person. (Ok, to be honest, most guys, especially those who met me for the first time always thought that I'm some sort of a cute airhead, which I don't really mind as I like being underestimated by men.)
The conversation, had meanwhile turned animated when one of the guys who appeared to be so peeved with Najib rattled away that the PM should have done these and that things after the GE13 but had failed to do so.
His complaints were actually more or less the same as mine about the current state of things, except that he has the talent of colorful expressions, therefore making the whole case against Najib more impressive.
Another guy, who is also a rather vocal personality then asked him whether he wished that Najib be dumped by Umno members in the coming party election.
"Err, it's not like that la.....what I really want is for Najib to wake up. Tak kan kita nak biar dia terus jalan tak tentu arah. Nanti dia masuk longkang pulak. Tu yang kita kena tegur dia tu," replied the colorful guy.
I believe most of those who criticized Najib, from among Umno members and supporters are of the same mould as the colorful guy. They are unhappy with Najib's way of doing things at the moment but are still hoping for him to correct what ever mistakes made and continue to lead the country.
As I had pointed out in one of my previous postings, I don't see anyone else among the current Umno leaders who can take over from Najib at present. Nonetheless, I don't think we should be silent either if there are advisers and consultants who try to guide Najib into a longkang (drain).
As for the assassins issue, everyone seems to prefer the enactment of a more potent legislation to put a stop to the scary phenomenon.
"The whole thing is like being in a Mafia movie except that this is the real stuff where people were killed just like that on almost any other day," said a lady sitting next to me.
Another guy who is the operator of a prominent anonymous blog said with a laugh that people like him may soon be targeted by such hired killers.
"If this trend continue, those who are pissed off with what I wrote may just hire one those gunmen to get at me," he said, before he was immediately told not to be so mulut cabul (loose mouth) over the matter by the others.
Well, I still have the faith that our police will put a stop to all these murders.
I will support any move to empower them to do so, such as suggested by one of the guys at the table yesterday.
The guy had suggested the introduction of new and tougher laws similar to those which managed to put out of business several powerful and notorious Mafia families in the United States.
You may read a bit about the US law called RICO here,
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act