BY MARINA MAHATHIR
THERE is something about campaign promises that is pleasantly stupefying. They numb the brain and lull the senses so we take them at face value and allow ourselves the high of actually believing them.
So it was with last week’s many promises of a glorious future, where dinosaurs will be remade into lean, mean and youthful fighting machines with only the rakyat in mind.
Unfortunately, there are some of us who are a bit OCD about words and impulsively cast a sceptical eye on every pronouncement particularly those that elicit loud outbursts of cheering.
In fact the louder the cheer, the bigger the scepticism even though I do understand how everyone gets carried away with the charged atmosphere. It brings tears to your eyes.
For instance, some women were in paroxysm of gratitude when it was announced the number of women senators would be increased to 30%.
As everyone gazed adoringly at their Dear Leader, nobody noticed this seemingly delicious little morsel means virtually nothing when the real power is in the Dewan Rakyat, not the Dewan Negara. Read more