(I have modified and changed the story below from an email that was sent to me)
An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer, building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter.
A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing, singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.
Came winter, the shivering grasshopper called a press conference and demanded to know why the ant should be warm and fed while he was cold and starving.
TV1, TV2 & TV3 showed up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper alongside to a video clip of the ant in his comfortable home with a table full of food. Utusan Malaysia and NST did an expose on the scandal.
The majority of the Malaysian Parliamentarians were stunned by the sharp contrast. How could this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer?
Bung Moktar stood up at once in parliament but forgot what he was going to say. AR Dahlan stood up and interrupted Bung repeatedly but after rambling on nonsensically for 2 hours he sat down when he realised that Bung was not from DAP but from his own party.
Khairy staged a demonstration in front of the ant’s nest. UMNO Youth grasshoppers rushed to make police reports at police stations all over the country.
Nazri went on a hunger strike along with other grasshoppers demanding that they be relocated to warmer climate area during winter.
The Malaysia Government immediately passed a law forbidding all ants from working hard in the summer so as to bring about equality of poverty between ants and grasshoppers.
Hishammudin increased ‘More Special Reservations’ for grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services..
The ant was fined for failing to share 30% of his food with the grasshopper. The Prime Minister announced that this was part of the NEP. No ant should question it. (Don’t forget, Tax Audits were introduced and targeted at certain individuals who were eventually penalised heavily for not contributing enough to the well-being of the grasshoppers).
Then the grasshopper leaders came up with the ISA to keep the Ants in line, but many grasshoppers were also put into ISA….
Many years later…
Some ants migrated to the US, HK and China setting up multi-billion dollar companies there.
Grasshoppers given scholarships to study Medicine, Law, Science and other professional courses refused to return after completing their training.
Hundreds of grasshoppers still died of starvation despite the ‘More Special Reservations’.
Losing significant numbers of hard working ants, the year 2020 came and went but Malaysia remained a developing country, despite its abundant natural resources.
Despite everything, the few remaining ANTS were still doing their work. These Ants love Grasshopper-Land and also worked very hard to be accepted by the majority Grasshoppers.
Latest finding showed that almost all the grasshoppers in the political arena and civil service were hoarding corrupt wealth which they refused to share with fellow grasshoppers.
Eventually there were Elite, rich grasshoppers and poor grasshoppers and of course Ants that were accused of having parents who were prostitutes and ants whose parents were beggars. This was all in the name of “OneGrasshopper-Land”.
- Dr Felix Chong Kat Fah -