Almost everyone enjoys watching the BBC comedy- Blackadder series. Blackadder 3 and 4 are Sakmongkol’s favourites.
There is one episode on the Black Adder 4 series that comes to mind when reading the press conference by Razak Baginda. As everyone knows, Razak Baginda has been acquitted by the court. So Sakmongkol is puzzled as to why he must hold a press conference. The answer - he wants to exonerate DS Najib. Sakmongkol says- you go back and rest la. Do not sibuk lagi. You have had your rainy days, go and enjoy your commissions.
Razak Baginda is facing the court of public opinion. In the episode Corporeal Punishment, Captain Edmund Blackadder is tried for shooting down a pigeon belonging to General Melchett- the CO of the camp. Blackadder’s defence lawyer is the bungling Captain George played by Hugh Laurie- presently the star of the hit TV series, HOUSE.
The following courtroom exchanges are similar to Razak Baginda’s trial before the court of public opinion.
Captain Blackadder’s fate hinges on the testimony of his dogsbody or batman- private Baldrick. To ensure his acquittal, Blackadder instructed Baldrick as follows:-
George( defense lawyer): Don't worry, old man. I have a last and I think you'll find decisive witness. Call Private Baldrick.
Edmund: (to Baldrick) Deny everything, Baldrick.
George: Are you Private Baldrick?
George: Um, but you are Captain Blackadder's batman?
George: Come on, Baldrick. Be a bit more helpful, it's me!
Baldrick: No it isn't!
Darling( prosecutor) : Sir, I must protest!
Melchett( president of court martial) : Quite right! We don't need your kind here, Private. Get out. Sum up, please.
George: Oh, right, yes, uhhhh, oh.....Uh, gentlemen, you have heard all the evidence presented here today, but in the end it is up to the conscience of your hearts to decide, and I firmly believe, that like me, you will conclude that Captain Blackadder is in fact, totally and utterly, GUILTY......of nothing more than trying to do his duty under difficult circumstances.
So Mr Razak Baginda, stop playing Baldrick and don’t reduce our incoming PM to the level of Captain Blackadder.