PM Najib dinner for Online Friends on Deepavali eve!

September 30th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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I was eagerly waiting for PM Najib’s next tea time for his “online friends” since I missed the one held last March. When a statement came out that a dinner is being organised, I told myself that I won’t miss it this time. Alas, it turned to a big time disappoinment as the dinner is being held on eve of Deepavali! Talk about being insensitive! Surely someone in his team should/could/would have advised that the Hindus have prayers, shopping, house cleaning, etc on the eve. Imagine if such dinner is held on eve of Chinese New Year or Hari Raya.

Maybe his team already surveyed and found out that not many of PM’s “online friends” are Hindus, so the majority wins. We just have to console ourselves with this assumption.

Anyway, still doesn’t seem to resonate with his 1Malaysia calling. Sounds like done in bad taste and puts all the good work earlier in the shade.  It just takes one small wrong move to undo all the earlier good work. Remember, its how you take care of the minority and the poor that shows your human values.

Hopefully some common sense kicks in and the event can be postponed to a more suitable date. After all, this is not some political party function where newspaper vendors are blamed for not delivering newspapers.

As for me,  still thinking how to attend without incurring the wrath of Then.

The excerpt article:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will host a special dinner for his online friends at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya on Nov 4.

He said the dinner function scheduled to start at 8pm, was organised following the success of the tea party he hosted in March for his online friends to get to know them and have a dialogue with them.

“Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of hosting a special event for my online friends, and I had stated that there would be more of such events to come.

“I am happy to announce the next event, which will take place on the evening of 4th November, details of which can be found here. Registration for an invitation is now open, and I encourage you to sign up and be a part of the event,” he said in his blog,, on Wednesday.

Najib said he thoroughly enjoyed the last event and hoped they would have the same open and sincere dialogue at the upcoming one.

“The beauty of this event is that it enables me to connect with Malaysians of all backgrounds, particularly because my guests are randomly selected from the registrants,” he said.



  1. SSG says:

    Hey, maybe its just that the only time he is actually free to have the dinner is then? He is the PM right? I too am hoping to go and at first I thought about it as being insensitive but after much thought, I realized that maybe, just maybe, it was the only time he can actually host something like this. Dont you think so?

    • poobalan says:


      i agree, being PM means having very busy schedule. but in politics the perception is important. this kind of decision can be (and most likely will be) used by the opposition to attack. why give space?

      also, i don’t believe in doing things for the sake of doing it. If the indian community’s representation is appreciated and valued, then surely they won’t be even thinking of having it on that day. you can always find another time. its not like its a compulsory thing that must done within certain date right?

      Anyway, maybe not many Indian online friends, so that’s why the schedule is as such.

  2. Abdul Wahub says:


    The dinner has been moved to the 5th of November. Hope to see you there.