Today I found inspiration from the dark under belly of Malaysian life – gambling and vice. These couple of true stories illustrate that even in the darkest of dark recesses, there are some dim lights shining; some very dim lights. Let’s start with vice.
The Reliable Witness
Proper society was recently rocked by a sex video scandal purported to involve a well-known Opposition political leader. In a carefully staged event, three men (two politicians and a businessman) invited members of the press for a screening of the video which they claim shows the Opposition leader participating in a sexual romp with several people including prostitutes. With this proof of this leader’s immorality ( a big issue in Muslim Malaysia), they call on him and his wife to resign from politics.
This intrepid squirrel reporter was not invited to the screening (must have been an oversight) but was told that the video was very dark and that there was only one short clip which showed the face of that particularly individual briefly. While some agreed that the fleeting face bore a resemblance to the accused Opposition leader, others pointed out that the man in the video had a bit of a spare tire around the belly whereas the Opposition leader was a very thin individual.
One of the three whistle blowers showed the video to his nephew who is a supporter of the Opposition party, expecting to shake his faith in his leader. Instead, the nephew said that he did not think that the man in the video resembled the Opposition leader. Perhaps he was infuriated or perhaps he was exasperated with his nephew’s response but he then blurted out that he was sure that the man in the video was the Opposition leader because he was there at the time and he , himself could be clearly seen on the video. At which point, a sleeping reporter woke up smelling blood and asked why he was there at the sex party. At which point, he gave the clever reply, “I cannot tell you.”
Hmmm. Seems like a case of the pot calling the kettle black and a great nominee for the “Dim Light in a Dark Place” Award.
Tag – You’re it
Our second nominee for the “Dim Light in a Dark Place” Award involves gambling and a very ordinary but greedy man. This story emerged when this man later made a police report when he felt he was unfairly treated. The story goes that this guy was invited to take part in a high stakes poker game. However, he was told that it was actually a scam. He and two other players were actually going to cheat and take the unsuspecting fourth player to the cleaners. One of them was a card shark who knew how to deal the right cards to his partners. However, they wanted the “patsy” not to suspect anything and to encourage him to bet big. This is where he comes into the picture. His job is to appear to lose a lot of money initially so as to make the “patsy” comfortable and set him up for the big fall. In line with this clever plan, he was to lose RM 100,000 in the first two hours but after that, the card shark partner would make sure they would clean out the patsy for at least Rm 500,000 and they would share the winnings later.
Thinking this was a great way to more than double his initial outlay in a short morning’s work, he happily participated. Thus he happily lost his RM 100,000; folding even when he had a powerful hand and giving away his money to the “patsy”. He tried to keep a poker face but he must have been smiling inside at how easy it was to rip this “patsy” off.
After he had lost the pre-agreed amount, every body agreed to take a short bathroom break before continuing. Our man went off happily to relieve himself and was full of anticipation for the second session where he was expecting to have the satisfaction of watching the “patsy” lose all his money. However, upon his return, all he found was an empty room. His two “partners” and the “patsy” had seconded with all his money.
Now I wasn’t there but I am fairly sure that the police man taking his report later laughed until tears ran down his cheeks when he heard this tale of ……….poetic justice? …….dishonor among thieves? …..it takes a crook to cheat a crook? …….. or another dim light in a dark place?