It is yet another holiday in multi-ethnic Malaysia.
For Chinese New Year, other than the compulsary family dinner to welcome the new lunar year, there will also be those open houses that has become the typical landscape of any Malaysian holidays.
Family, associations and political parties would jump in on the opportunity to touch base with families, friends, party members and voters.
With election looming in the corner, it is only natural Barisan Nasional decided to have one in Penang to touch base with voters and strengthen the resolve of it's supporters to vote in the upcoming general election. So did MCA, Gerakan, SAPP, SUPP and all the Chinese and non-Chinese political parties.
DAP would do the same elsewhere. In the past, DAP leaders have no problem attending the PM's or state Chief Minister's Hari Raya celebration.
If it is a political sin or unlawful to have a Chinese celebration in opposition territory, perhaps there should not be any DAP New Year celebration before this. But in a free and democratic Malaysia, anyone is entitled to organise their seasonal celebration wherever they want and with whomever they want without disruption and disturbance from others.
However, since DAP captured Penang, things are changing. It does not reflect the comfort, security and freedom DAP promises it's supporters in their political rallies.
This change in attitude was ignited by the Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng as he encouraged his supporters to come and sabotage the BN New Year event:
Before attending the New year event at Hian Chiang School near Bayan Lepas on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Dato Najib was in Penang a day earlier.
At night, he and his family went for nasi kandar dinner at the popular nasi kandar known locally as Nasi Kandar Beratur for it's long queue.
Despite the large crowd and entourage, everything was fine and peaceful although prior to the Prime Minister's visit, the local Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MPPP) or Penang City Council had removed all the CNY greeting banner.
It was a MPPP big operation supposedly on the instruction of the Chief Minister believed to involved 2 MPPP trucks, 5 motorbikes and a 4-wheel Kembara to scout and clear off all apolitical New Year greeting banner from McCalum Road to Bayan Lepas.
Things became different the the next day.
In his walkabout around the Gurney drive area, a Chinese male threw an exploding firecrackers near the area the Prime Minister was having his meal.
In the afternoon, as Dato Najib was arrived at the gate and entering the Hian Chiang School, a male Chinese threw his polystyrene rice packet at the him but missed to hit an unlucky by stander.
These are still isolated events that could merely be personal anger but increasingly suspected to be part and parcel of attempt to sabotage the PM as advocated through Lim Guan Eng's politics of hate and racism.
As we said in our earlier piece of the cheap attempt by DAPster cybertroopers to embarass the PM, it is DAP operatives at work.
One only need to see how the tried to embarass the PM's speech using false impression created by their video recording.
Off course, it would turn out as though the crowd is calling "No!" when the recorder is merely recording their "No!" exclamation. Was it so?
Hear another recording, below:
The microphone picked-up the majority was still calling Yes for BN.
This is no big deal. It is all political psywar that have minimal bearing. Isn't this all unnecessary?
What is Ubah politics advocating? Rudeness? Ungentlemenly or unlady like conduct?
If one is a DAP supporter, one has no business of going to a BN function. If one decided to go to spy on the event, there is fine but just see and observe. No need to disrupt other people's event.
This is just indication that the politics advocated by opposition is for a coup d'etats like Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc.
Dr Mahathir and former IGP, Tan Sri Musa Hassan has already said it loudly that Pakatan Rakyat is moving in that direction and disrespecting the wishes of the people.
This new bad behaviour that is not typical of Penangites did not just limit itself to politics, but beyond.
The Permaisuri Agong was in town and Lim Guan Eng decided to not accept the invitation from BN but was at the airport to greet her majesty.
A Chinese male was seen to be giving obscene gesture to her Majesty's convoy. A policeman warned him and his response was to put in simply as "seditous." If the laws were not repeal, he should have been in the slammer.
Read about the incident, The Unspinners here and the various links.
Penang had been our favourite spot for R&R for many years. But if this is reflective of Penang under DAP, then it is really sad. Penangites are one of the most friendly and fun people around with.
This is just bad manners. No Malaysians should allow this to continue. Punish those with and advocating such behaviours.