Remember back in your school days... when you are still a young kid....
Well, I would not categorize all kids into this "sore loser" category, but I think before we learnt or understand the lesson of "sportsmanship", that in any game there are winners and losers and that losers irrespective must display the highest level of acceptance that he/she lost to the better player of the day and one who truly believed that he is still the best but, today is just not the day but, I will still have my day of glory someday.... We as kids would...
Sulk and pout when we lose something.. or when someone out there say, "I dowan fren you already!" We then go running the other side to solicit some friends and support and we turn back to the other side and pull a tongue out or make monkey faces to taunt them as if to say.. "Nah!! You think you are the only fren meh? See I got new fren liao..". Back then, we played what I tell my kids, playground politics... yeah, we learnt politics a long long time ago!
Then as we grow older, we learn that we must be more "gentleman" in facing a loss or defeat. Sometimes being a sport is something that we inculcate into ourselves over a period of time. But we still play the playground politics but we have taken it a notch further. The playground is now the office where the speed you climb the ladder and the fat bonusses depend greatly on how one play the game.. Well, I am not saying every office is of the same, but in many offices we see the game being played at ALL levels and all times... but still, we go back to the playground politics that we have mastered since young as and when we face rejection or setback from your so called backers, you tend to rant and sulk over the other end of the divide hoping to curry for some support... well these things happen.. I do not deny that these sort of events do play out in front of my own eyes sometimes in my very own department!
So, lets take it a few levels higher, beyond the upper management and boardroom ...to the high offices of our country, this game is still being played but then the stake rises to astronomical value. At the pinnacle of it is the outright power to rule Malaysia for the next 5 years. With it comes many many perks....
Now, I do not want to talk about who will rule the country but rather my fixation at a sore loser at the game of playground politics.
Remember when Zaid tendered his resignation, Abdullah told him to take two weeks leave and to that he replied that "I am not tired. I am disappointed." That statement encapsulates Zaid's disillusion with the hopelessness of the current administration in instituting the reforms mooted by the PM. Zaid went on to heap adulations but gave a damning verdict on the cabinet and probably singling himself out as a liability to the PM's efforts. But what did Pak Lah Say? "He can say whatever he wants." (Sorry I can't find the article but it was what I heard on Bernama TV the other night)
Then, when SAPP announced their decision to come out of BN... Pak Lah called them "nuisance" I mean, sure... SAPP has been a pain in the neck... but it would have been better for BN to sack them wouldn't it? That would keep your dignity that you ditch them.. rather than they ditch you... After all you have given them a show cause and they have dutifully replied but you have kept them in cold storage since... I think they deserve to evaluate their position and resign, which they did. So, for me, I guess, the best is to accept their resignation and move on. Is there any need to snitch at them?
Sounds pretty much like a sore loser... ain't it? Where is the dignified gentlemanly conduct of a man who sits at the highest office in the land yet displaying the very characteristics of a sore loser of a game played by kids?
Update! more of sore loser statements!
Abdullah also brushed aside calls made by Mubarak's - association of ex-BN MPs and state assemblypersons - for him to quit immediately.
"It does not matter, let Mubarak say whatever, they are pensioners already," he said.Gosh... coming out of a PM... first he said, Let Zaid say whatever he wants... Let Anwar say whatever he wants.. Let Mubarak say whatever they want... Next he will say, Let everyone do whatever they want...??????