Thursday, January 17, 2008

Malaysia boleh...but do our security folk understand satire?

This via Malaysia's wonderful literary blog: Bibliobibuli
...Uncyclopedia, a parody of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has been labeled by the Malaysian government as dangerous. The Internal Security Department of Malaysia issued the warning today, saying that the site has "messages and information insulting Malaysia". (From Wikinews)
Says Bibliobibuli: And just how is Malaysia depicted? Here's a snippet:
Essentially the penis of Asia which is located to the north of their cousins who live on an even smaller island Singapore, Malaysia (also known as Bolehland) is a young nation of diverse cultures and races such as F1 Formula-1 and Nascar. The timezone of Malaysia is unique because it follows the system of +1/+2 PMT (Predetermined Meeting Time) which is 1 or 2 hours later than PMT. Most foreigners have difficulty adjusting to this new timezone as they tend to show up 1 or 2 hours earlier than the local counterparts. The nation is moving forward with a vision towards becoming a developed nation by the year 2020, 3030, 4040 or whatever catchy number. ... Another common state that Malaysians have is denial (no lah, where got?)...
The Internal Security Department urges folks not to circulate the content of the site. (And as Biblibibuli says: "Ooops!")

And in response to the warning, the Uncyclopedia Internal Security Department has issued one of its own ... and asked all Malaysians not to use the country today.

and from me: Just when will we learn to laugh at ourselves?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

*snortgiggle*

Barb

hrugaar said...

Some bits are more funny than others, but I guess that holds true with most humour. Some parts had me rolling with laughter, heheh.

Of course one can see why ISD would regard it as potentially inflammatory, though it's interesting that they said it had "information" insulting Malaysia - does this reflect a concern that many a true word is spoken in jest? No lah. :D

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hahahaha! Sob! Sob! Sob! Funny but sad also. I came by to see you are behaving and I see that you are normal! :)

Calvin

Glenda Larke said...

Never behave myself if possible...