I remember a scene from P Ramlee's 'Labu Labi' when P Ramlee (Labi) and M Zain (Labu) were quarreling over the same woman, and that led them to an argument.
"Labi! Ini kepala bapak kau, ini pulak kepala bapak aku. Kalau kau anak jantan, kau pijaklah kepala bapak aku...," Labu said.
This 'kepala bapak' issue is not new. Stamping on leaders photo,
tearing and burning pro-government newspapers and the national flag have
been perceived as insolent and fanatic but I personally believe it has
more to do with politics of extremism.
In fact, the Western community is so used to such a value.
What took place
at Dataran Merdeka on the eve of Merdeka celebration was not uncommon or
new. It has taken place few years ago in Terengganu, Kelantan and
Penang when some extremist groups linked to political parties tore and torched the Jalur Gemilang.
An Opposition party too is so
fond of burning Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian in Kelantan while in
Penang, DAP-led government has imposed a ban on Utusan and New Straits
These people just do no believe in consultation.
Instead, they vent their anger on pro-government publications and
Penang CM Lim Guan Eng used to stamp on
photos of BN leaders and some BN fanatics too did the same thing. The
only different is the degree of their fanaticism.
'Labu Labi' is just a comedy. In politics, everybody will jump in fury
if the other party did such things on their interest.
Whatever it is, it takes two to tango, right?