This usually means the suspension of an assembly with the premise of future – but yet unspecified – dates for congregating again.
Christmas may not come twice in a year (Remember this sexist Bond joke?), but the circus in the form of the Perak State Assembly made its appearance yet again today.
They way things are going, this can be expected a routine event for Malaysians to either look forward to for some good laughs or to retch in great disgust.
When our representatives fail us, what do we do?
We hold them responsible and asked them to take the appropriate measures.
Seek a renewed mandate, for example.
Or accept the current hung status and fight it out in gentlemanly debates and discussions.
No two ways about it: they have failed Perakians.
Yes, the BN State Assemblymen and the trio of BN-friendly independents (only in Malaysia) can say that THEY have the mandate of the Rakyat.
And, yes, the PR ADUNs will say that THEY have been calling for a snap election all the while.
Yes, and Yes, and double Yesses.
BUT have they not even an ounce of shame over the shambolic sittings of the Assembly so far after the reverse takeover of Perak?
Please. We all enjoy a good laugh every now and then, but these are becoming sick and disgustful jokes.
For it to occur the following day after the tragedy in Kuala Dipang involving three schoolchildren makes it even harder to stomach.
Come on, respected YBs and YABs. Takkan tak ada sikit pun rasa malu?
The 1Malaysia unity camp tragedy can be quite symbolic of Perak as it is.
Newly erected - but ultimately rickety - foundations, a youthful generation hopeful that the path would lead them to their destination, a few malcontents rocking the situation (for God knows what reasons), and then, the quite thinkable occurs and lives are lost.
Too distinct a tragedy to draw such symbolism?
Maybe. Perhaps. Most probably.
I know I am grasping at straws and probably life will go on as usual for both camps.
No giving, no taking.
Both adamant they are in the right.
If I were a Perakian, the next elections I'll vote ALL of them OUT.
See how they like a truly hung government.
Adjourned Sine Die, gentlemen.
Past Tense: Pos Dipang - Aug 29, 1996