The campaigning in Malaysia seems to have gone full blast. I was on Skype with my 7 year-old nephew a while ago and our conversation went along this line:
Me: So, how's things at home? How's school today?
Al: Al tak pergi school hari ni.
Al: Sebab Al demam. Auntie, I have a new friend. Dia dah hantar 2 sms.
Me: Oh? Kawan sekolah ke?
Al: Entah. Tak kenal.
Me: Dia kata apa?
Al: Tadi dia kata nak bagi air bersih percuma. Before that, dia kata ada skim padi.
Me: Skim padi?
My Sis: Skim perlindungan untuk pesawah. Kempen pilihanraya.
Me: Oooo ..
LOL. I can't get that off my mind. How did these people know my nephew aspires to be a farmer and spends an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom and in the pool? Yes, the little tyke wants to be a farmer when he grows up so he can produce lots of food because his 6 year-old brother likes to eat. Water and paddy? I think the message didn't quite reach the target audience the sender intended. If they were meant for the parents, though, how would "Skim Padi" have any meaning to neurosurgeons and dermatologists?