Thursday, May 7, 2015

1MDB, GST - The Ox and the Rope.

By Choo Sing Chye

The other day I met a guy whom, after several minutes, recognised him as a helper for the opposition during the recent General Elections.   One thing that striked me as odd was that he was confused over the issue of 1MDB and GST.

Apparently with Ahmad Maslan, Heng Seai Kie  and the whole wagon load of BN ministers as Chief Explain/ers of these two main issues,  it was normal to be confused.  I reassured him that there was nothing wrong with his mental capacity to reflect on issues logically.   

“Then explain these issues to me as plain as 1 – 2 – 3.”  He uttered with a huge dash of cynicism.

“Do you know the story of the Ox and the Rope?”  I asked.  “Nope!” Came the reply.

“Okay, here’s the story.”

In a bar somewhere in England, an old ex-convict was lamenting how he was unjustly put into goal.  Then a curious customer on hearing his plight, enquired the reason why?    

"Why, it was just nothing at all," the ex-convict explained easily. "I was strolling along the edge of the canal, when I happened to catch sight of a bit of old rope. Of course, I knew that old piece of rope was of no use to anyone, and so I just picked it up, and took it home with me."

"But I don't understand," the curious customer exclaimed. "Why should they punish you so severely for a little thing like that? I don't understand it."

"Beats me, I don't understand it, either," the ex-convict declared.

The curious customer went back to his drink.  Minutes later, he went to refill his glass, with the story still ringing in his head, queried the bartender.

“That poor fellow over there was thrown into jail because of a piece of unwanted rope, so sad, so unjust, what this world is coming to?”  

The bartender replied, “so you are new here, did he tell you that  there was an ox at the other end of the rope....?"  (END)

The guy laughed and said, “I understand clearly now, so the whole Barisan Nasional rationalised the whole issue as the rope and Tun Dr Mahathir and the opposition, the ox...”

The story above is taken from the book, JOKES FOR ALL OCCASIONS By EDWARD J. CLODE, with some changes here and there.