I refer to the malaysiakini editorial Pak 'don't-do-as-I-do' Lah .
Did Pak Lah receive a big slap from those Umno delegates at the recent general assembly? I think that in this recent instance, it was a case of Pak Lah's spindoctors having chosen the wrong course of treatment and in not having properly factored in the response from the Joe Public of this nation.
What these delegates are supposed to say are obviously scripted beforehand. So it is unlikely that Pak Lah's spindoctors would have allowed him to be bashed left and right without a good reason.
After all those ranting, incendiary speeches, bloodbath calls and kissing of the keris, the spin doctors wanted Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to play the Big Hero role and come out telling one and all that, once again, that he is 'PM for all Malaysians' and that only what he says goes and will be translated into government policies.
But if he and his spindoctors think that Joe Public will be taken in again by his talk of 'I am PM for all Malaysians', they are obviously mistaken. Enlightened Malaysians are obviously not going to be taken in once again like that time, long ago in the spring of 2004.
Come the 12th general election, be it in 2007 or 2008 or even 2009, such talk will be shown to be the bull that it really is. Enlightened Malaysians must then show themselves to be enlightened voters too. Then, and only then, will Pak Lah receive his big slap.
On the other hand, if at the 12th general election voters decide otherwise, then they should forever remain 'elegantly silent' and continue to live elegantly cowed in Umnoputra Bodohland.