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By Thinking Aloud

......Is it Orwellian double-speak at work?....

I recently had the pleasure of taking a leisurely drive across the East-West Highway to the East Coast to enjoy my vacation. As part of my preparations, I�ve consulted a few experienced friends for travelling tips. I was warned of marauding wild elephants that are found in the remote stretches of the highway. A diamond-shaped �Beware of Elephant� road-sign confirmed that I was approaching elephant territory. As I scanned the road shoulders on the lookout for jumbos, ..... BOOM! I was assaulted!

The assault turned out to be non-physical in nature (thankfully or perhaps otherwise?) but of an intellectual one. A huge signboard proudly proclaimed, �You are now entering a palm oil plantation - PALM OIL PLANTATIONS, WE GREEN THE EARTH�. What perverted logic possessed the plantation owner to come out with such a statement? Is it Orwellian double-speak at work? Palm oil plantations do not �green the Earth� for they are no greener than the original rainforest that was felled to make way for it. In fact, plantations are definitely less �green� than the original rainforests that support a wide variety of flora & fauna. This is a blatant attempt at beguiling the public! This is utter non-sense!

Apart from the aforementioned �assault�, the drive east was pleasant. I particularly appreciate the many �Kawasan Hutan Lipur� along the way where a short detour leads you to a waterfall or stream for rest, relaxation and a picnic lunch. Although the maintenance and cleanliness of these �Kawasan Hutan Lipur� could be improved, I still find it preferable to the modern rest-stops along the PLUS highway.


Yes, you can also see these signboards along North-South Highway too. Well, earth exploiters could have forked tongues! They can call a cat as a tiger....and the majority of the rakyat will say, "yea & botol"! meaning yes and correct



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