The Arabic term translates roughly into: holder of the mubkhar (incense burner). Traditionally, this would be the semi-servant person who hangs around the heads of the tribe, burning Oud and incense for them and telling them how great and amazing they are, they who do no wrong!
Nowdays, with the advances of nano-technology and all, the incense burner took a new form: words! Yes! Somehow, centuries later, we ended up with this semi-servant mentality in our press, parliament, and even business community.. I mean, just read this. And this. And this! (there is more of course, but reading too much more may cause serious heart problems).
It's more than sad and annoying! It seems that a good portion of our jouranlists and public figures are treating the political system in Bahrain as if it was a big continuous PR party! I'm not against complements, but this whole deal of telling us how wise and awsome and genius "this person" or "that person" is or trying to convince us that Bahrain "is a haven of democracy and prosperity" is plain retardation!
"This person" isn't wise and genius and Bahrain is not a haven.! If anything, we are sinking deeper and deeper into a pile of crap! Telling us this crap is "pretty" will not solve our problems!! I am equally disappointed as well in our major leadership figures. It seems that truth-telling does not fare very well with them. The journalists who are most hypocrites get the awards, those who are most "anti-people" get the lovey-dovey treatment, whereas those who write and write and write demanding reforms are brushed off, if not jailed occasionally. As for MPs, it seems holders of the incense burner have decided that "Ahmed bin Ateyatallah" is all of a sudden an honest, non-sectarian, flawless, innocent, puppy-eyed Minister who never orchestrated any conspiracy.
اللهم احفظ وطني من الانتهازيين و المتسلقين و حمالي المباخر و البشوت