You see, most Malaysians have this perceived sense of importance in the world and they think everyone knows about them and their accomplishments.
Unfortunately the reverse is true, and so they have set about trying to create the tallest, longest, biggest, fastest, first. Whatever. Most of the time, our achievements (if you can call it that) are recorded solely by our local media, which usually goes to town with it.
But our ministers and politicians gain international recognition.
Tourism minister Tengku Adnan had various terms of endearment shovelled on him after calling all Malaysian bloggers unemployed women in a lame attempt to scare/intimidate men off blogging. Suffice to say, it did not result in success.
Information minister Zainuddin Maidin showed us the right way to bumble through live interviews with foreign correspondents.
De-facto law minister Nazri Aziz got his star on the idiot walk of fame by telling India to lay-off and mind its own business. Actually he has many more to his credit (or discredit) but to list all may need more volumes than Encyclopedia Britannica.
Foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar got his ass publicly kicked on BBC's Hardtalk before being recognised by Malaysians as one of the most fluent liars on the planet.
But laughter is always the best medicine.
So we have the Health minister Chua Soi Lek to administer some of the dose, albeit in a very unexpected way.
Talk about fame and popularity. Prior to this whole fiasco, I wouldn't have known who the bugger was. But since his face is splashed on almost every daily locally and internationally, I cannot help but have his face imprinted in my memory.
Oh, I'm sure he longs for the days of blissful oblivion.
This guy is something else. Firstly, he is unable to keep his prick in his pants. That is a boo-boo for someone who is affiliated with a party that assumes religious affectations and issues 'pious' statements.
I would SO very much have loved to see their collective sanctimonious faces when this news broke out.
Secondly, (and this is the kicker) he gets sore at the Malaysian public for going to town with this. In the New York Times (and you've got to do something pretty spectacular to make it in there):
He said he regretted that people could not accept his public apology. "Some Malaysians have a holier-than-thou attitude," he said.
Well, Mr Minister, I personally DO have a holier-than-thou attitude. You belong to Barisan Nasional - a bunch of creeps who outdo themselves with religious dos and don'ts.
Discussions of tearing down Christian crosses in mission schools.
Refusing publication rights over the usage of the word 'Allah'.
Stealing bodies of Indian Malaysian heroes and giving them muslim burials.
Tearing down Hindu temples.
Breaking into an American couple's room to check for the possibility of khalwat.
Issuing a summons to a Chinese couple and dragging them to court for holding hands in KLCC, claiming it was indecent.
Refusing to hand over the body of a Chinese woman to her husband unless he acknowledges that she was Muslim.
Refusing to allow a giant Taoist statue to be constructed in Sabah because it is "too near a mosque".
If you have to spout that kind of religious crap, you'd better toe the line when it comes to your actions, because the last time I checked, screwing a woman who is not your wife (even if she was a 'personal friend') is not endorsed by any religion practised in Malaysia.