Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A Malaysian zipper control problem

First up for the new year out of the faux moderate state of Malaysia is proving to be a highly embarrassing development for the Malaysians. It's got nothing to do with Islam per se, but it's still too juicy a story for me to pass up.

Now, do remember happy campers, that Malaysia combines many of the worse elements of Singaporean style 'nanny state' government controls (when the government, and not you, decides what's best for you), and then it throws Islamic fascism into this perverted mix (haram this, haram that, et al infinitum). That just ups the schadenfreude of this whole mess, of course...but I digress.

It should be no surprise to anyone that Malaysia is a country that bans pornography. But scratch the surface and one finds, naturally, that the ban is widely ignored at all levels of Malaysian society, from top to bottom (sorry for the bad pun). How so? Hookers and prostitutes all but throw themselves at any well-to-looking foreigners in KL that happen by. People make and/or distribute grainy short and graphic sexual content via the mobile phone networks or the internet. Pirated porno DVDs are also widely available, and avidly watched by people who have few outlets otherwise for the usual human impulses.

And the star of one recent Malaysian 'unofficial' porno clip? Why it's none other than Malaysia's very married health minister, one Chua Soi Lek. This infidel has been caught literally with his pants down in a widely-seen clip with someone (not his wife) whom he is only describing as a 'close friend'. Close friend, eh? Nice to know that some of the Brit tendency to understate rubbed off on their erstwhile colonial possession.

Maybe he was checking on the health of his 'close friend'. All part of the job, yes?

Anyways, it takes quite a bit nowadays for anyone to embarrass the already incompetent and bumbling Badawi government, but when Chua had his 'zipper control' problem, he managed to do precisely that. Expect AAB to cast out his dhimmi minister momentarily.

But I say Chua should be promoted. At least he (sort of) told the truth when the scandal broke wide open. Consider that the usual Malaysian political technique, when caught with one's hand in the proverbial cookie jar, is to obfuscate, cover up, and deny, deny, deny. Chua should get at least some credit for going a bit against type.

Expect Chua to disappear by the end of the week. Perhaps he'll 'resign' for 'health' or 'personal' reasons.

Or maybe he'll get promoted to be the next Malaysian ambassador to, say, Paraguay.

UPDATE: He's out. Now he just has his marriage to worry about.

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