Friday, 30 August 2013

Abdullah’s Awakening: A disappointing book that is not worth your time




Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested - Francis Bacon. 



Having just finished reading Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia, edited by Bridget Welsh and James Chin, a friend asked, what is my review for the book?
Me: Disappointing and actually a waste of time to read it. It is just not worth the papers and the ink that it is printed on.
Friend: Nothing interesting at all?
Me: If you are to consider sleep apnea is news that the public don’t know. He mentioned that his late wife Endon pointed out that he has the tendency to doze off frequently and Endon passed away in 2005. That means he knew about the problem way before 2005 but he only had the problem corrected in 2007. It took him so long to solve this problem. Is he a procrastinator, a lousy manager or he was just too busy as the Prime Minister to take off to take care of his medical condition? One can view it that Dr. Mahathir is not unkind to say he is not interested in his job. If I am the Prime Minister, I will get it solved immediately.
Friend: You have your point here. Besides that?
Me: Have you’ve been following the news, the online media sites, you will know that the book is more or less a rearrangement of news and views with a bit of editing, printed as a book and presented to you.
Friend: How about Abdullah’s critical view of Mahathir?
Me: To use critical is a bit of an overstatement. Abdullah don’t even use the chance to redeem his image to his advantage or clear the air about issues. That is always the disappointing part about this man and the book is just as disappointing. But since he has spoken, even benignly against Dr. Mahathir, our dear Tun M is not going to sit down quietly without returning his blow.
Friend: That’s all from you after reading that 600 pages book?
Me: Don’t waste our time. That’s all. Maybe we should wait for a book that is written by Abdullah himself, his biography, if it can see the light of the day. But again, I am not hoping for too much coming from this worst Prime Minister in Malaysia’s history. 


This book is just to be tasted, certainly not to be digested into knowledge, if we are to rate it according to the classifications of Francis Bacon, the famous British philosopher. 




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