REMEMBER those pre-school days when we played hide and seek? Of course it is more fun playing at night. No amount of chiding would stop this nocturnal activity. However, my maternal grandma, of Batak/Dutch descent, who for a long time kept this "cure" for that impending "enough-is-enough" finality. Knowing Taiping weather, my grandma played her trump card. Getting me, my young brother and my cousin together she said that around this time of the year (night rain) this particular hantu called Hantu Tetet, with collosal bag susu would roam the night looking for children who loved to play at night, to stuff their mouths with her huge teats until the children chocked. Thunder clapped and there was a sudden split-sceond power outage. And my grandma, thanking providence, "OK, this is the sign....keep your mouth closed." That did it and from thence we never hide-and-seeked at night. When all things failed, always invoke Hantu Tetek or Hantu Galah....whichever is appropriate......but never Hantu Kangkang!!!!
But my grandma was a good woman. She was not cruel. She never used harsh words. She was never devious. She felt awful because that night all three of us had nightmares.
In Permatang Pasir, UMNO is at wits end looking for a way out of this "suspect" candidate of theirs. The DPM and Zabidi have exhausted all resources to stemp the erosion of conffidence that is spreading in the constituency. As such, with no more ideas they had recourse to name calling. Childish and puerile. My grandma would have come out with a better version of Hantu. YES?