Finally, while watching Arsenal versus Bolton and skipping channels while waiting for goals to be scored (eventually just 1-0 scored by Bendtner..woohooo!) yesterday, I came across a film that I have watched it and still like to watch it – Lions for Lambs, which will be premiering at HBO this 18th January 2009. This is last two years movie, starred by Robert Redford, Maryl Streep and Tom Cruise. The taglines for the movie are:
– If you don’t STAND for something, you might FALL for anything; and
– What do you: live…die…fight…stand for?
The movie basically plotting three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who’s a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers.
What I am attracted to this movie are the message behind the three stories. And somehow, those messages made my mind lingers on what is happening to our current scenario in Malaysia, especially caused by political scene. I know, we are not sending our troops to Afghanistan or any war or battle. Just a normal routine in safeguarding our nation from any outside threats, as what a country with army will do. However, I relate these messages to our stories especially post GE12 last year.
It has been a year since last GE, yet we are in political struggle. A struggle between BN and PR that caused us fortunes. Fortunes in sense the time, efforts, ideas, and resources that should be used in order for us to sailing through rocking world economic condition, rather than used for politicking.
From my point of view, I would say that the two of the stories were due to this one story which has Tom Cruise as Senator Jasper Irving, a charismatic Presidential hopeful Senator and Meryl Streep as Janine Roth, a journalist. It is due to politcal decision that made such two stories, one from the perspective of the army, and another from civilian’s view. Well, clearly the political decision costs lives and resources of the army, who does not question orders. As for civilian’s point of view, well, hmm..sounds more like us, maybe not me, but rocky, bigdog, Syed Akbar Ali, JMD, Kijangmas, another brick on the wall, Nobisha, Jed Yoong, Husin Lempoyang, Darah Tuah, Doc Sid, Piggy Singh, and Wenger J Khairy, to name a few, who have given thoughts and views on current issues. The list said does not include opinions at mamak stall, warung kopi, kopitiams or perhaps hotel lounges!
In the said movie, it was in regards with war in Afghanistan. In our real world, Malaysian scene, we have seen such incidents that causes public to question decision made by our political leaders, be it BN or PR. We have seen signals given from pre-GE and post GE, but seems ignored. We have heard issues on Hindraf, Jerit, Pigs’ farm, Hudud, IJN privatisation, Oil Price, Pak Lah resignation, DSAI’s 16th September, Bahasa Melayu v Bahasa Malaysia, Public School v Vernacular School, Ex-Gratia payments, Legal Reform, Bar Council and perhaps, the latest by-election in Kuala Terengganu, whereby we can hear noises, especially from the BN camp itself. Frankly, by reading sources in regards with this by-election, I would say, it’s gonna be tough and rough for BN. Wenger J Khairy has provided an analogy of war for this by election, which I consider it as brilliantly done, except on comments in regards to KJ, which I prefer to be “no comment” (out of this topic). Consider the bolded issues, these has happened and is happening just within months of less than two years!
I’m not saying that all leaders are Lambs, but I am certain that the Lions who are being used for the cause of such issues. Lucky, the decisions made so far have not caused any lives to be sacrificed.
Seriously speaking, if the each of Malaysians have answered the two taglines as above, the Malaysian Lions will roar! Only that, Malaysians used to use Tigers. Okay, Malaysian Tigers roar!
Words on the street – Malaysian Tigers have shown the signals and signs since GE12. Please wake up my dear leaders. Even though you are not a lamb, there might be a chance that you’ll be eaten by the Tigers too!