"Pemberian gelaran Datuk kepada Shah Rukh Khan akan menjadikan Malaysia lebih popular" (Awarding the 'datukship' to Shah Rukh Khan will make Malaysia more popular) - was a poll conducted by TV3 via its 'Buletin Utama' on Monday.
I dont know whose idea was it but it looks like the people attached to the newsroom of the private TV station are of low IQ. The catch-line is 'popular'. How popular can Malaysia be by conferring that Hindi movie star a 'datukship?
Why didnt Melaka State Government award the same 'datukship' to Amitabh Bachaan, Dhamendra, Ashwarya Rai, Kajol, etc so as to make Malaysia even more popular in India?
To become popular, you can either advocate to being good or evil. Ariel Sharon is popular, too, right? The whole world knows who Sharon is. The late Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Indira Gandhi, Konstantin Chernenko and Khomeini are popular figures, too. And so are Chin Peng, Rashid Maidin, Botak Chin and Mail Kerbau. There were once very popular.
Of course TV3 feels the number of viewers for its Hindi movie slot on Saturday will multiple. With Datuk Shah Rukh Khan stars in most of the movies for that slot, advertisers may come in between the commercial breaks.
That will augur well for TV3 but they looked stupid with that poll. Why didnt they poll for 'Patutkah Malaysia memberi gelaran Datuk kepada Shah Rukh Khan' instead? That was a primary school standard poll!
I wont question the 'datukship' but just hope for TV3 to be more professional in such polls. You ask silly questions, you will get silly answers!