A shoe for Hillary Clinton

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:56 PM PDT

When the precedent is set, there's no stopping to it.

Just like the 'slap-mania' in Malaysia, shoe-throwing is getting 'popular' in the West for symbolizing disgust and dissatisfaction.

                                       Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw an object
                                       toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling
                                       Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP

Yesterday, former US First Lady Hillary Clinton almost had a shoe hit her. Read the story here.

The most famous shoe-thrower of recent years was the Iraqi journalist who hurled his own footwear at president George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008.

Muntazer al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a head of state. That was reduced to one year on appeal, and his sentence was cut further for good behavior.

In February 2009,  a German research student threw a shoe at Chinese premier Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University. Martin Jahnke, 27, was cleared of committing a public order offense.

Please stop this 'slap' nonsense!

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee has accepted Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's offer of RM501 to slap him. The former chief minister of Sabah had last week offered RM500 to anyone who can slap Zahid over the abduction of a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a the Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort in Semporna.

Out of his 'concern' over the incident, Yong had lashed out at Zahid, Semporna MP who is also Land and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESScom), accusing them of negligence.

I don't know what got into Yong's head. As Sabah former chief minister, he should understand the whole situation in the state and comprehend with Putrajaya's to beef up security in the area.

If I were Zahid, I would easily got agitated by such remarks and 'slap offer'. It didn't reflect Yong as a senior Sabah politician who once was the no.1 man. Lucky no untoward incident like the Lahad Datu intrusion took place during his tenure as chief minister.

Yong should instead offer idea and proposal in finding solutions to the situation. It is regrettable that he 'joined' Pakatan Rakyat MPs at the Dewan Rakyat who equated the kidnapping to Lahad Datu intrusion. It took Minister in Prime Minister's Dept Shahidan Kassim to explain how different intrusion and kidnapping is.

Whether or not Yong had given special attention to Sabah security when he was chief minister, is not the issue here. What's paramount is a concerted approach to ensure that such incidents will not recur in the near future.

Since its set up last year, ESScom was faced with serious challenges. It is not an easy task to monitor and patrol the whole length of Sabah shore with a small number of personnel, few patrol boats and some weapons.

Putrajaya has plans to enhance ESScom and equip it with more men, boats, guns and other facilities, depending on the budget. But we need support, proposals and ideas as to how Sabah shores can be further protected from pirates, subversive agents and illegal immigrants.

Shouting around and blaming those involve in its upkeep will take us nowhere. Instead, it will complicate matters.

There is no need to slap anyone. Even an offer to slap someone makes us look silly, stupid and a 'gangster'. As leaders - BN or PR - its better to sit down and talk logic!

I don't think Zahid mean to provoke Yong. It was more of a 'reciprocal gesture' to the latter's offer of RM500.

And I believe Yong too didn't mean it. As a Sabahan, such sensitivities are unavoidable. But still, it was not 'very nice'.

Sabah is part of Malaysia. As Malaysians, we share his sentiment but finding and working a solution is far better than 'a tight slap'!

Unless Yong really wants to do it when Zahid visits Sabah soon...

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