I wrote this in response to a story about termites, cabinets, mamak’s carpentry, circulating in the media.
RESPONDING TO AN ALLEGORY
King maker, Mamak, is a blighted termite;
Prejudiced by sight: fight and bite;
Procreates lousy mites: so corrupted;
Cancer infested: crooked and wretched.
Our cabinets are made of plywood;
Not oak, the core so good, all weather stood.
They are odd layers of cosmetic veneers: glued;
Chemical stained, under heat or rain: spewed.
Not solid, dead wood, pulp sticky to extreme;
No carpenters can rescue such furniture scheme.
Termites, silent destroyers, spread and fast collapse;
Pest control urgent, house in danger: a death-trap.