Ant and Grasshopper – The Malaysian version

I got this interesting forward from a friend:

Older Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs, dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Modern Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs, dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

TV1, TV2 & TV3 show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The majority of the Malaysian Parliment is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper be allowed to suffer so?

Khairy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house. Nazri goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding thatGrasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Most of the related people criticize the Malaysian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The local newspaper & the Internet are flooded with online petitions seeking support for the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support or the wrath of God for non-compliance) .

Deputy Minister immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Hishammudin makes ‘More Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with 30% sharing and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes; its home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by maju ———.

Prime Minister announces to the whole Malaysia that this is part of the NEP and all have to respect, no questions asked and have to follow it.

Many years later…..

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company

100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in Malaysia and because of losing a lot of hard-working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, Malaysia is still a developing country!

All because the ANTS are still doing their work.

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