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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rosmah Mansor: FLOM or Ringgit Malaysia. what's in a name

Sulaiman Kamal | 1:42 AM | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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In countless times in ancient Chinese history, Kingdoms fell because of women. In modern political history, two women who have contributed towards a man's downfall is Christine Keeler in the Profumo-scandal affair and Monica Lewinsky who was involved in an extra-marital affair with Bill Clinton, who was then the president of the USA.
Therefore it is not very true to say that women is the weaker sex. Many women, through their cunning wiles have managed to outfox an intelligent man. It has also been said that women are more cunning then men although research has not produced concrete proof of this and no empirical data is available.

In Malaysian political history, the powerful kingdom of BN may be brought down by a woman and the probability of this happening is rather high right now. Needless to say that BN is an extremely powerful entity. It controls the whole nation and its tenacious tentacles can even reach to strangle national institutions like the MACC, the Election Commission, the police, et al. But still its power pales in comparison to the most powerful woman in Malaysia, our very own First Lady, Rosmah Mansor, whose initials of RM can even be taken to mean Ringgit Malaysia, the Malaysian currency.
Catalyst for change
Rosmah is known for her lavish spending and opulent lifestyle even in these times of global inflation which leads to a rising cost of living, especially in food prices, the effects of which have already reached our shores although this is vehemently denied by the government.
Rosmah's penchant for a grandiose lifestyle rankles in the mind of the Internet-connected public, especially where her most recent purchases are concerned, her RM1 million handbag and RM24.4 million diamond ring.
Of course, no one begrudges her role of First Lady and the need to dress well as befits her status but in difficult times like these, when subsidies have to be cut, it will certainly arouse public anger.
And public anger may well spread from the city into the rural towns via news being brought home by the younger generation who return for the celebrations during the festive holidays. And one can be sure that rural folks who are thrifty in their lifestyle will surely frown at Rosmah's extravagance. In thekampungs, a ring costing RM5,000 is already considered expensive.
The wave of adoration enveloping her can so easily turn to dislike and disappointment at her behaviour and it will not be surprising therefore if BN's Empire is voted out in the coming 13th General Election due to her frivolous spending. If that is the case, then certainly she is truly the most powerful and influential woman in Malaysian history, acting as a catalyst for change in the Malaysian political landscape.
But has she really the force to power a tsunami to wipe out BN?
If she does, then she will have the great honour and distinction of being the first First Lady to topple her husband's incumbent government. Can this be consideredan extreme example of Malaysia Boleh? It will surely deserve mention in the Malaysian Book of Records if it comes to pass.

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