Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ruffled feathers over Singapore's Asian Idol win

Yippee, talkingcock published another piece of satire by Sophie's World. It's reproduced here for your reading pleasure:

by Sophie's World

Not just Malaysia, now other Asians across the region are up in arms over the unexpected victory of Singapore Idol Hady Mirza in the first-ever Asian Idol.

"This is unbelievable. Indonesia's Mike should have won. This is the result of how the Singapore Gahmen undermines Indonesia through a systematic cornering of our telecom market," fumed Indonesian government spokesman Cakap Ayam.

Other Asians who watched the contest and voted via a SMS system also cried fowl over the contest that was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, during the weekend.

"The Malaysian Indian girl was fantastic. Singapore and Malaysian governments must be working together to marginalise our Indian community further," said Indian activist Uthu Ayam Kumar, who added that he will organize another street protest to highlight 'ethnic cleansing' in Malaysia.

Central to the region's unhappiness was the SMS voting system, which they felt favoured Singapore.

Indonesia's Mr Ayam said Singapore Gahmen investment arm Temasek Business Group must have rigged the SMS contest through its control of two telcos – Telkomsel and Indosat.

"This shows our decision to force Temasek to sell one of the two Indonesian telcos is correct and necessary," Mr Ayam said, adding that Singapore must have conspired with the United States and staunch ally Israel to undermine predominantly Muslim Indonesia.

"Apa nama itu (What is the name of the) Temasek guy? Don't you think it's too coincidental that he's called Mr Israel? I rest my case," said Mr Ayam with a smirk.

Singapore Gahmen spokesman Ban Vanity was unruffled, when bombarded by intense media questions that were unseen since Temasek effectively triggered the Thai military coup in 2006.

"Their unwarranted questioning of the legitimacy of our Idol's win is tantamount to questioning of Singapore's sovereignty. We cannot allow that," Ms Vanity read from a prepared statement.

"We will defend our position vigourously and refer to the new Asean Charter to resolve the dispute and uphold our victory."

She added: "What's next if we don't defend our sovereignty over the Asian Idol issue?"

"They will claim Singapore's Idol is actually Malaysia's Idol since Singapore was part of Malaysia briefly, or it's Indonesia's Idol since Singapore's founder Sang Nila Utama was a Sumatran prince. How can like that?"


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