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EVIDENTLY, some readers of this column missed a notice in my byline a month ago, specifying that I would thenceforth appear fortnightly, rather than weekly. As such, I was not, as accused, deliberately avoiding writing about topics on many of my usual readers’ minds last week.
IN Seremban on Aug 31 this year, there were no schoolchildren waving flags, no uniformed officers performing perfectly synchronised salutes, no platoons of rifle-spinning soldiers, no giant Jalur Gemilang held preciously yet tautly by trusted hands, no daredevil acrobatics through fiery hoops by special forces, no fleets of ambulances or fire trucks, no rumbling of PT-91M tanks with their crew turning as their turrets pass the royal dais, no spirited shouts of “kiri, kiri, kiri kanan kiri” from NGO leaders unused to military precision, no flag-bearing daredevils chosen more for their parachuting skills than their interest in vexillology, and no demonstrations of silat or silambam by fearless kids ready to use their skills against a real enemy of the nation.
A DOMESTIC weekend getaway to rehabilitate constitutions and provide fresh inspiration (incidentally in the parliamentary constituency of the fourth and seventh Prime Minister) unavoidably included much discussion about threats to the national constitution and the aspirations of particular individuals (especially those surrounding the eighth Prime Minister and those vying to be the ninth and 10th).