Comic fodder

I will be the first to admit that I’ve never really followed the local news as avidly as I do now. I’ve never bothered about politics or the Malaysian government who appears to have lost all form of brain function, but the issues that have been arising of late have been so ludicrous, so preposterous, so blatantly reeking of corruption and outrageously misplaced corollaries that even one as determined as myself to shut it out can no longer ignore it.

As a follow-up of last week’s post, here’s what E! talk show host — and one of my favorite comedians — Chelsea Handler had to say about the Obedient Wives Club, which has since also been called the Club of Obedient Wives, or COW. It would also be wise to remember that whatever Chelsea sees, Chelsea rips apart:

Bad Girls’ Club

There’s a class in Malaysia called “The Obedient Wives Club.” Apparently they offer sex lessons to help wives “serve their husbands better than a first-class prostitute” so that their men won’t stray. What…a step backwards. I’m sure Malaysian women can’t wait to learn how to get hornier for their husbands after he gets home from a long day of riding his bicycle back and forth to work. Although I’m pretty sure if you sign up for an Obedient Wives Club class, you’re already obedient. The thing that pisses me off even more than the fact that this class exists is that when I first read about it, I thought it was an exciting movie to my favorite Bette Midler vehicle.

However, given that the news of the COW has been circling the drain that is Malaysian journalism for more than a week now, it’s only natural that yet another travesty of Malaysian politics and media propaganda would surface, just in time to ruffle the already disgruntled feathers of the public:

Tourism Ministry: RM1.8 million spent on Facebook pages

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — A whopping RM1,758,432 was spent on developing six Facebook pages to promote Malaysian tourism, the Tourism Ministry said today.

Deputy Tourism Minister James Dawos Mamit said this today in reply to a question from Anthony Loke (Rasah-DAP).

Each Facebook page cost RM293,072 — Cuti-Cuti 1 Malaysia, Citrawarna 1Malaysia, Karnival Jualan Mega 1 Malaysia, Festival Pelancongan Seni Kontemporari 1 Malaysia, Kempen 1 Malaysia Bersih and Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia.

No doubt the figures presented in the article would be enough to make some forget that Facebook is, in fact, free. And while people are wondering why the government is throwing away good money on something as useless as Facebook, I’m more curious about why it couldn’t come up with a better lie for where the money has been spirited away to. Watch the Ministry of Tourism move faster than New York Representative Congressman Anthony Weiner to retract this galling statement in the coming days — and try to fend off the brutal lashings that the public has been giving since the news was released an hour ago.

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