AUG 1 ― Janji ditepati. Only politicians can turn something innocuous into something wrong. How else do you explain this phrase becoming so unpopular?
An act of desperation, perhaps?
First and foremost, you don’t have to call it a promise. You are
worth your word, and rescind it at your own risk. You were elected as a
servant to the rakyat, and as our servants, we expect you to do as you
Just so that we are clear, we are after all your masters not the other way round. Period.
And secondly, as your masters, we reserve the right to like or
dislike you, whether or not you discharge your duties well. There is no
need for us to repay you for your services.
If you find these terms unacceptable, then please just leave. The
rakyat is not obliged to return the “kindness” you have shown them.
Thirdly, to claim your service as an act of kindness is just plain
silly. But to use it as a theme when celebrating the birth of our
nation? Isn’t that a foolish move?
If we, the common rakyat, can see through the intended/unintended
political message when you can’t, you are indeed living on borrowed
Trust me, ignorance in this case will be anything but bliss.
Fourthly, assuming that this was a political campaign in play, what
kind of voters are you planning to attract? Which group of people do you
think will find the “logo” attractive, and which do you think will find
it repulsive? The smart, not so smart or the mentally challenged?
This is our celebration so why can’t you take our views into account?
We are not short on talent to produce better songs and logos.
Please treat us as thinking citizens, and not some cow you can milk
or you will find that we can be a very, very unforgiving masters.
Oh, yes, don’t forget, we are your masters.
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