We are not sure why the king of fruits has such a special place in Penang politics.
Koh Tsu Koon was humiliated and refused to go to Penang’s valley of durians, Balik Pulau, after he was toppled.
Why? Because those no manners durian farmers named a durian after him called Bo Hoot durian – no seed durian. They still remember that he could not stand up to Umno.
But just a few days ago, we heard that Lim Guan Eng is also afraid to go to Balik Pulau. Why? Also because of durians.
We are not making it up but the farmers tell us that there is actually a species of durian called Xiao Hung which means Little Red durian.
But Xiao Hung, depending on how you pronounce it, also sounds like Little Rainbow!
Oh oh, suddenly the CM is not so keen to eat durian or go to Balik Pulau. We all know who Little Rainbow is.
She has turned the Lim household upside down, husband and wife not talking, separate beds and lonely nights.
Because of Rainbow, the CM is now also known as Plaster Man although we prefer Dear Leader.
We know you people think we are lying as usual but if you don’t believe, just google durian and xiao hung and you will find an academic list of durians compiled by AsiaExplorers.
Asia Explorers describes the Xiao Hung species as folllows:
“Xiao Hung, whose name means “Little Red One,” originates in Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau. The flesh has a bittersweet taste to it, with a touch of sourness.
The one that I tasted for this write-up is a bit hard. There are only one or two seeds per section, but the flesh is thick.
AsiaExplorers first documented this durian in 2004.
We rest our case. It looks like Guan Eng’s love affair has assumed durian proportions.
Don’t play, play. The durian farmers are very influential in determining the reputation of politicians in Penang.
The moment the Bo Hoot durian became famous, Koh Tsu Koon became the laughing stock of Penang, Kedah and Haadyai.
We heard he stayed at home for three days eating Maggi mee.
Guan Eng better watch out. Once Xiao Hung durian catches on, he will be the laughing stock of Penang, Malacca and Johor.
On our part, we can’t wait to taste Xiao Hung durian. Hmmm, bittersweet, thick flesh … But for Guan Eng the whole affair has been more bitter than sweet. Painful for his forehead too.
Poor Guan Eng, in 2008, it was durian runtuh for him. Now the thorns are poking him everywhere.
Time for him to go back to Johor and leave Penang to be governed by people who really love Penang.