I was briefly browsing through Facebook when I saw a link on my mate Tim's site: Nick Xenophon Detained In Malaysia
Now the good senator is no stranger to controversy, having been tear-gassed during one of the public demonstrations in Malaysia calling for free and fair elections.
Apparently he hasn't endeared himself to the BN government by meeting with the Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, whom the BN government has attempted to defame with sex videos numerous times -- to no avail.
So he actually got deported!
Bear in mind that immigration was very helpful and even apologetic at having to detain him.
In 2011, I was due to fly abroad when at the boarding security screening, I dropped my mobile phone. Unbeknownst to me, the keypad on my phone had dislodged upon impact.
I merely picked up the phone and shoved it back into my pocket without noticing the absence of said keypad.
When I'd settled myself inside the plane, I took out the phone to turn it off, only to discover that I couldn't, because the keypad was missing.
I quickly ran back out -- much to the chagrin of the flight attendants -- to look for the keypad.
Somewhat panicked, I asked one of the immigration officers if she had seen a keypad lying around. I cannot begin to describe how odd and embarrassing the situation was, and I would not have bothered had I not required my phone to get in touch with the person who was picking me up from the airport abroad.
But the immigration officer, upon hearing my explanation, started looking on the floor for my keypad and even alerted her colleagues. Which was a good thing because one of them had spotted it on the floor and picked it up.
Phone and keypad finally reunited, I dashed back to the plane in almost McGyver-type moves after thanking the helpful officers.
As the aircraft was taking off, I thought of how the immigration officers could have ignored me but chose to help instead.
Because essentially, while immigration comes under the purview of the government and may be seen as the 'enemy', the individuals are actually good people who are only doing their job.
In the case of Senator Xenophon, the orders evidently came from very high. Possibly up to the guy who ludicrously asked a crowd, "Are you ready for Psy?" before being flatly rejected when he attempted the same for "BN".
So what does the deportation of an Australian senator mean to us?
I think we're going to see the toughest battles fought out between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat because the BN government is frightened as anything by threats to themselves.