De­tain ‘budgie smug­glers’ in­def­i­nitely

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

THE ar­rest of nine Aus­tralians in Malaysia for strip­ping down to their briefs at Sun­day’s For­mula One Malaysian Grand Prix has brought shame to Aus­tralia. It is shock­ing that one of the nine was the pol­icy ad­viser to Christo­pher Pyne, Aus­tralia’s de­fence min­is­ter. It couldn’t be any worse for this first world coun­try.

The Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter may most likely in­sist on the staffer’s dis­missal.

As visi­tors to our coun­try surely they must be aware of the adage that “When in Rome do as the Ro­mans do”. Drink­ing beer from their shoes is weird and un­hy­gienic.

Adding in­sult to in­jury was the fact that the briefs they were wear­ing were marked “budgie smug­glers” em­bla­zoned with the Malaysian flag. They could have at least worn briefs em­bla­zoned with their own Aus­tralian flag. That could have at least been a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor.

Al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion is no ex­cuse. Julie Bishop, Aus­tralia’s for­eign min­is­ter, was hon­est enough to state that the whole episode was pre­med­i­tated as the briefs were brought from Aus­tralia for this spe­cific pur­pose.

Maybe our au­thor­i­ties should deem these nine un­couth Aus­tralians as “budgie smug­glers” lit­er­ally and de­tain them in­def­i­nitely un­til we find the budgies.

Dr A. Soo­rian Seremban

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