Sunday, November 30, 2008

Transition plan: Same old thing - www.malaysiakini.com

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today slammed the March transition plan of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy, Najib Tun Razak, saying it would not bring any positive changes to the country...Wan Azizah, who is also former Permatang Pauh MP and the wife of PKR de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, said the transition plan would be "no different than the old regime", referring to the tenure of Dr Mahathir Mohamad...Touching on the good relationship between the political parties in Pakatan Rakyat, Wan Azizah also reiterated PKR’s commitment to DAP and PAS, saying the opposition coalition would do all in its power to preserve the special position of the Malay rulers, Malays, Islam and Bahasa Melayu. (Source: Malaysiakini)

Obviously, there will not be no changes as long as Umno-led BN is in power. Pak Lah has not brought any change despite his promises of reforms. I don't blame him coz he is in a 'U-must-not-object' system. Hopefully, PKR-led Pakatan Rakyat will bring the next wave of change while preserving the special position of the Malay rulers, Malays, Islam and Bahasa Melayu. JOM UBAH!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Nuffnang Friso Family Day Out @ Kizsports & Gym 1U



Janson in the tunnel for the first time!


Janson in da swing for the first time!


Janson and Jaws


Friso talk ~ I got a FREE 2GB thumb drive.

Tomorrow, day after tomorrow...beyond 2013? - www.malaysiakini.com

PKR has revived its ambition of toppling the BN federal government, saying its failure to take over as promised on Sept 16 did not mean it will fail to do so forever. If (the power transfer) is not tomorrow, it will be the day after tomorrow; if it is not in the near future, it will be in the 13th general election (due 2013),” PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali declared today...After the general election, Anwar repeatedly claimed that he had secured enough BN defectors to form the federal government through a simple majority. However, he missed the declared deadline of Sept 16 and has recently played down the possibility of a takeover, saying that he was in “no hurry” to topple BN. In his speech, Syed Husin also called on the people to be wary of certain quarters bent on stirring up racial sentiments after the last general election. He said these tactics were targetted at the leadership in the five states ruled by Pakatan. (Source: Malaysiakini)

I think PKR should really stop talking about a takeover and start doing real work. Rule well in the five states. Show the rakyat your sincerity to serve. By doing so, you will silence the critics for good.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chua Soi Lek speaketh - www.malaysiakini.com

MCA deputy president Chua Soi Lek today said that it was time to change the concept of power sharing within Barisan Nasional. He said that the oft-used slogan of ‘Ketuanan Melayu', or Malay supremacy, that indicated a master and servant relationship was unacceptable. "We accept Malay leadership, but not Malay supremacy," he said in his speech which was delivered at the Kancil Awards Festival Speaker Series. Chua also touched on the changes brought about after the March general election. The election, he said, marked the start of the two-party system, thus forcing political parties to change to be competitive. "The rakyat voted for change. It is very obvious, that the BN leaders, my party included, were not prepared and were caught unaware of the voters' sentiments. ('We accept Malay leadership, not Malay supremacy' - Malaysiakini)

I would like to think that Chua is a down-to-earth leader, not in denial and open to change. Well, he is like a lone ranger now though elected as deputy president despite his 'sexplosion'. He is clearly being 'sidelined' as he is not accepted into the cabinet. I wonder how long he will survive...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Migrants human. Government (in)human. - www.malaysiakini.com


“Migrants are human beings. They have the same rights as all of us,” so said Irene Fernandez when asked why she has dedicated her life to helping foreign workers whom Malaysians have invited into our country, and for some, into our homes. Last Monday, the High Court acquitted Fernandez, 64, of the charge of maliciously publishing false news on the conditions of immigration detention centres after a 13-year-long battle. In a memorandum released in 1995 entitled 'Abuse, Torture and Dehumanised Conditions of Migrant Workers in Detention Centres', Fernandez had alleged incidences of torture as well as deaths of undocumented migrants who were detained in the camps. (Why I defend migrant workers - Malaysiakini)

To a question 'What lessons did you learn from the ordeal?', she said perseverance. She also added that the acquittal was a personal victory in terms of freedom but not in terms of government's accountability as conditions in the detention camps have not changed. If only there were more Malaysian humans like Fernandez, not in NGOs but in government, who can feel and act for migrants.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Big fish, small fish. Big-timers. Small-timers. - www.malaysiakini.com

A motion by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to discuss the problem of negative foreign investment inflow into Malaysia was rejected by the deputy speaker Ronald Kiandee this morning. "I am rejecting the motion to discuss, although it is specific and of public interest, it is not necessarily an immediate concern...He also wanted the House to discuss the latest United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Worlds Investment Report 2008...He also stressed that there was a high transaction cost in Malaysia, due to endemic bribery and corruption. "It is bribery when its small-timers, but commission when it is leaders," he said. He added that the all-time high crime rates were also reducing the nation's attractiveness. "Why is it difficult for the government to set aside one or two hours to discuss a specific issue affecting our country? (Anwar's motion on economy rejected - Malaysiakini.com)

Good question put forth by Anwar but it is a question not without answers. If the government does not even take heed to a report by United Nations addressing the negative foreign inflow into Malaysia, will it the Opposition's motion? No way. Not even the smallest voice of the rakyat, the man on the street...The rakyat may be the 'ikan bilis' now but never underestimate the power of a multitude of small fish.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Michael Jackson can't do yoga in Malaysia

Michael Jackson just got converted. His new religion is Islam. His new name? Mikaeel. Cool huh.

This time, is Michael turning to Islam for peace due to a £4.7m million lawsuit filed by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, son of the King of Bahrain, over an alleged breach of contract? By the way, he used to do yoga to calm his nerves while on trial for child molestation.

One thing for sure, if Michael is now in Malaysia, he can't do yoga. Why? Well, yoga is now declared 'haram' for Muslims. Malaysiakini reported: Yoga - practices that involve physical movements, worshiping and chanting - is officially prohibited (
MCPX
haram
) in Islam, the National Fatwa Council declared today. The decision was expected as the council had previously argued that the ancient practice of yoga contains Hindu ‘religious elements’. I won't comment on this fatwa since it's strictly applicable to Muslims. Interestingly, Singapore and Egypt also have the same fatwa. What about Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation in the world? Strangely so, it does not have one.

Horny dog

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Horny or naughty?

Carpe diem and other "seize the day" sayings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. It is popularly translated as "seize the day". The general definition of carpe is "pick, pluck, pluck off, gather" as in plucking or picking a rose or apple, although Horace uses the word in the sense of "enjoy, make use of, seize."

"Carpe diem! Seize the day, boys! Make your lives extraordinary!" was used in the hit movie Dead Poets Society by Robin Williams's character, a film that explores the idea of carpe diem from the viewpoint of a classroom of young men at an all-boys boarding school, and is ranked #95 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

The Bible also says, "Redeeming the time because the days are evil." Other sayings related to Carpe diem - "Time and tide wait for no man", "Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die"

Can you think of anymore?

Poor Bala is now a hidden star! - www.malaysiakini.com

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar revealed that the police last met 'missing' private investigator S Balasubramaniam in Bangkok on July 7 in his Parliamentary written reply to Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) dated Nov 13...The minister added that the police had never been involved in any form of protection for Balasubramaniam who was a star witness in the murder trial of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu. He later released a controversial statutory declaration claiming that there was a link between Altantuya and Deputy PM Najib Abdul Razak. The statutory declaration was retracted a day later under strange circumstances and Balasubramaniam went 'missing' with his entire family immediately after. In his written reply, Syed Hamid also indicated that Balasubramaniam may be charged for making a false statutory declaration. (Source: Malaysiakini)

Poor Bala. He was a star witness. Now, he is a hidden star. I put my hat off to him for being a Braveheart. Though a commoner, his first SD could have been deadly enough to topple BN's rule. Will he be brought back to face his charge or can Bala make a third SD to strike out the second SD?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dial 100: Telekom fault reporting (my bad experience)

Day 1: Two days ago, I dialed 100 from my office (shhh, no one is supposed to know) to report the faulty fixed line in my house. At the end of the call, I asked when Telekom would send the techician to check the line. 'Within 24 hours,' the customer service officer (cso) told me. No technician came.

Day 2: Yesterday, I dialed 100 from my office (shhh, no one is supposed to know) at about 10 AM. I informed that the technician had not come to my house. I heard the cso telling me that the socket had been changed. I asked for the time the technician came to my place. She said 9 something. I went home later at night. Asked my mom if the technician came, she said no. I was mad.

Day 3: This morning, I dialed 100 from my office (shhh, no one is supposed to know). I asked for status. This time, the cso told me I had to buy the socket and fix it! I asked her if the technician had come to my house to check. She said no. I asked how then the technician knew the socket was faulty. She gave the reason that the line from outside to my house was not faulty.

I almost exploded.

I asked again, 'How do you know if the technician did not come? Are you 100% sure that the socket is faulty?

'Yes,' she said.

'So, if I buy the socket, fix it and the phone still doesn't work, then how?'

'Ok, please wait...' She put me on hold. 'Ok, we will send the technician to your house.'

I was very much relieved to hear that but I still had to ask, 'So, when will the technican come?'

She gave the standard answer, 'Within 24 hours...'

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Abdul Razak begging on behalf of Najib and wife - www.malaysiakini.com

The acquitted Abdul Razak had a press conference (pc) today. Questions asked covered a wide array of issues - SMS exchanges involving his lawyer and Najib, his faith in the legal system, his relationship with Najib and Altantuya, private investigator Balasubramaniam’s statutory declaration, the alleged arms deal and his time in and now out of prison. He only had one word for all these issues - LIES. Most indebted to Najib and his wife, he said, "I implore all of you and the public to stop spreading lies about Najib and his wife. I know Najib and his wife had never met the deceased, Altantuya..." Also, at the pc, he was scathing of the blogsphere for spreading lies. (Malaysiakini - Abdul Razak: Najib not involved)

I agree. So, let us turn to the truth as reported, not by blogs but online news portal. Malaysian National News Agency BERNAMA reported on
June 30, 2007 19:18 PM: In the high-profile murder trial yesterday, Altantuya's cousin, Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 26, told the court that she had seen a picture of Altantuya having a meal in the same table with political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, 46, and a Malaysian government official who is known by the name of "Najib Razak" and several others.

Abdul Razak said at the pc, "...There was a media, a reputable one which claim I met her over dinner. Where did that come from. Let’s leave it at that." (Was he referring to BERNAMA?)

Let me list at least three more non-blogs site that reported on Burmaa's revelation:
1. The Malaysian Bar - Najib seen with Altantuya
2. Asia Sentinel - Malaysia's Missing Witness
3. The Electric New Paper - 'Shut up', 'sit down' - lawyers slug it out in court

The Banana Test


There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are 4 animals
a Lion , a ChimpanzeeMonkey , a GiraffeGiraffe , and a SquirrelSquirrel , who pass by.
They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?

Your answer will reflect your personality.

So think carefully .. . .. Try and answer within 30 seconds

Got your answer?

Now scroll down to see the analysis.













If your answer is:
Lion = you're dull.
Chimpanzee = you're a moron.
Giraffe = you're a complete idiot.
Squirrel = you're just hopelessly stupid.
A COCONUT TREE DOESN'T HAVE BANANAS.
Obviously you're stressed and overworked.
You should take some time off and relax!
Try again next year.

Jesus, the Great Physician

Jesus referred to himself as physician twice:

Luke 4:23: And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself!” Matt. 9:12-13: But when He heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, I desire compassion, and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

The word used for physician in Greek was iatros, derived from iaomai, which refers to spiritual as well as physical healing (similar to the concept of shalom or rapha). Jesus was undoubtedly using the word “physician” to refer both to the spiritual and physical aspects of healing that He commanded.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

So that means subsidy or no subsidy? - www.malaysiakini.com

The government may dump its petrol subsidy scheme altogether as consumers are already paying more than the full cost at the pumps at current price level. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Samad yesterday revealed that the government no longer need to subsidise petrol with the drastic fall in global oil prices...He said that at current prices, the government is making about 30 sen per litre..."I would be happy to have a floor price of 1.92 ringgit. This would allow the government to earn some revenue and it is also easier to manage the price," he said. "It is also a better option because we can use the savings for development or to reduce the deficit." (Source: Consumers already paying more than full cost - Malaysiakini)

Well, latest from The Star Online - No plans to abolish fuel subsidy: Shahrir. Hmm...okie. So that means subsidy or no subsidy? I'm confused lah. We have no choice but to pump petrol and now we still have to pay more than the full cost at the pumps when the govt and petrol stations still make money. Ahh...talk about savings for development? Develop what? Public transport? Dream on...8-/

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What is that thing between the legs? - www.malaysiakini.com

Former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Rafiah Salim has alleged gender bias by the government towards local academicians amidst the controversy of her not being re-appointed to the post. The first woman to head a public university in the country, Rafiah’s contract was not renewed recently...She was appointed in May 2006. "Just because we are women and we don’t have that thing between the legs so we are not good," she told Malaysiakini in an one-hour interview today held at her new office at UM..."It’s so sad because there is this a ministry in charge of higher education and you expect them to be more liberal and advanced in their thinking," the 61-year-old former law lecturer and former Bank Negara assistant governor argued. (Source: Malaysiakini)

Frankly, I didn't expect to read 'that thing'! What is 'that thing'? 'That stick' or 'luscious lip'? Gender aside, this ex UM VC could easily earn my esteem. I mean, many men (and women too) would envy her for being the first woman to head a public university. Also, why is she whining? UM, as the leading university began to slide since the 80s? Now, it's not even in the 200th ranking.

Monday, November 17, 2008

AG's office: High-handed in low-profile cases - www.malaysiakini.com


DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today blasted the criminal charge preferred against fellow party member and Selangor state exco Ronnie Liu as politically motivated..."The fact that they have assigned a senior DPP to (handle) this menial case reflects the kind of (political) weight they have placed on this case," Lim said. Liu was today charged with abetment in obstructing a Subang Jaya Municipal Council enforcement officer in closing down a hotel last year...Another DAP MP Gobind Singh Deo similarly blasted the charge on Liu as politically motivated...Gobind also questioned the integrity of the AG's office in not appealing on the acquittal of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda from his charge of abetting in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu. (Charge against S'gor cabinet minister 'politically motivated' - Malaysiakini)

Again, the AG's office is seen to be 'high-handed' in 'low-profile' cases and 'low-handed' in 'high-profile' cases. In this case, there seems to be a political vendetta. Poor Liu. Is 'all is not lost' for him? Well, for more of AG's dismal record and a sampling of his list of shame, click here to read.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wind of change sweeping across East to West Malaysia - www.malaysiakini.com

About 12,000 people in Sarawak, including 6,000 supporters of Ngemah state rep Gabriel Adit, have applied to join PKR. The other 6,000 new applications were believed to be from former PRS members and non-party members. Their application forms were submitted to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim at a huge dinner gathering in Sibu tonight which saw more than 4,000 people in attendance. In his speech, Adit, a four-term assemblyperson, declared that Anwar was the most suitable and acceptable leader to become prime minister while Anwar, in his speech, described Adit as a "true people's representative" and that he would help PRK bring change to Sarawak....Earlier, Anwar was said to be visibly moved by the huge crowd who turned up to welcome him at Sibu airport upon his arrival at this central Sarawak town. (Source: Malaysiakini)

If the figure 12,000 is true, then this is indeed 'Wind of Change'. Hopefully, this change will gain momentum and sweep across East Malaysia to West Malaysia. America had 'Obama for Change'. Will the rakyat have 'Anwar for Change'?

Yummy Skoda

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A Car You Can Eat!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Whither the takeover? Will Anwar pull another fast one? - www.malaysiakini.com

The much-talked-about Sept 16 takeover by Anwar never happened. I am disappointed. Initially, I was doubtful yet hopeful that the takeover would come to pass.

Will Anwar tell all at PKR congress?
Malaysiakini reported: The PKR congress this year will revisit the abortive Sept 16 plan to take over the federal government, with
MCPX
de facto
leader Anwar Ibrahim expected to explain why the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) plan fell flat. Supreme council member Khalid Jaafar, when contacted, said an explanation could defuse some of the perceptions and allegations that have been bandied about...Khalid said Anwar would touch on changes in store for PKR, as well as talk about Umno.

Anwar had better come up with an excellent explanation. Otherwise, he would be permanently etched in the rakyat's mind as the boy who cried wolf. In the meantime, Anwar should stop being an Umno basher and start to shore up PKR's position by administering effectively in PR-led states.

Five loaves and two fish

Friso Brings My Family Out


This morning, as my custom was, I logged in www.nuffnang.com.my. Instantly, the new header and background attracted my attention. Then, I saw the words 'NuffnangFriso Family Day Out'. "Hey, finally something for the family," I thought to myself. So, I began reading the post 'Nuffnang and Friso brings you 'Family Day Out!'' It says in order to reserve an invitation for your family to Nuffnang Friso Family Day Out, I need to write a blog post with the title ‘Friso Brings My Family Out‘ and write about why Family Day is important for your children.

Ok, now for the WHY Family Day is important for your children...Many. The first WHY is the word 'Family'. It means 'Father and mother i love you.' Thus, Family Day is a day dedicated to foster family tie. The second WHY. Communication. My child needs to communicate, not only with his parents but with other children as well. The third WHY. Time out. Family Day is the time for my kid to go out and have fun. No fun to stay home all the time. The fourth WHY. Play. I believe my son will learn a lot by playing. My wife and I would love to play too since there is a kid in each of us!

Janson's first musical storytime piano

Janson tempted by the toys...


Mommy tempted to buy for him...


Janson and his first musical storytime piano

Big blow, bigger blow...biggest blow? - www.malaysiakini.com

No appeal against Abdul Razak's acquittal - Malaysiakini. Deputy public prosecutor Tun Majid Tun Hamzah said the court had made a finding of fact, and he confirmed that the prosecution would not file an appeal...Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for Shaariibuu Setev and the Mongolian government, described the prosecution’s decision as a big blow to his clients, saying, “...The political analyst should be called to answer. Azilah and Sirul may not have done it alone without any instructions. Somebody else is behind it...I believe there will be an international outcry as the Mongolian government and Shaariibuu may intend to bring this matter to the higher authorities...In fact, they have indicated to bring the matter to higher levels including the International Court of Justice. However, I think this may not be possible.”

So sad. So predictable the outcome of this trial even though there were hopes that the murderers would be brought to justice. We know that somebody else is behind it. So, why is that somebody else not called to testify in court? International Court of Justice may not be possible - a bigger blow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

First report lodged - a milestone for CJ - www.malaysiakini.com

Veteran opposition legislator Karpal Singh has lodged a police report against Chief Justice Zaki Azmi for allegedly admitting to corrupt practices while in private practice as a lawyer in 1987. It quoted the Nov 8 New Straits Times article which quoted Zaki at a convention in Kuching on Nov 7. Zaki was allegedly to have said the following: "It took me six months to be nice, to bribe each and every individual..." In his report, Karpal also said that Zaki, in his clarification on the matter published by NST on Nov 9, did not specifically deny the earlier report. Zaki said, "Your reporter must have interpreted what I said, which is that during that period there was corruption in order to get things done at the court registry. I have never in my life bribed or received any bribe." (Malaysiakini: Karpal lodges report against CJ)
Firstly, I'm sure as CJ, Zaki must have prepared his speech way in advance and read from it. Perhaps, the 'bribing' part came out spontaneously during delivery. Whatever it is, I trust he is a man of integrity. Thus, he must have told the truth. Unfortunately, he got himself into a fix. Hehe...Who got the blame after that? The NST reporter! Read 'Zaki Azmi's express ride' - anilnetto

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mamak Mahathir for raced-based politics - www.malaysiakini.com

Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has shot down suggestions that the March 8 general election signaled the end of race-based politics. On the contrary, said Mahathir, if one examines the opposition parties who made big gains in the general election, it would appear that these parties were largely race-based...Mahathir then began to dissect PKR and DAP to prove his point. The DAP, he described as a Chinese-based party which had some "window dressing and decorations, just to make it look nice". "Keadilan consists of all people. Keadilan is Islamic, it is also Hindraf, it is also Chinese educationist. Everything," he said, adding that the party had "many faces". (Mahathir: Race-based politics still relevant - Malaysiakini)

DAP may be a Chinese-based party but it is not a party for the Chinese like MCA. Can a Malay or Indian join MCA? No. Keadilan is living up to its name - justice. If Keadilan had a recruitment campaign, its slogan should be - 'Now everyone can join!' PAS is for Muslims but not raced-based. I am sure PAS will accept any Muslim regardless of race as its member - even Mamak Mahathir! 8-|

I think I ate melamine

I was hungry.
Went to the pantry.
Saw Julie's biscuits.
The first word that came to my mind - 'Melamine!'
'Who cares?' I thought to myself.
I opened the lid and ate a piece.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ghost of Altantuya lurking in CPU and notebook? - www.malaysiakini.com

The prosecution in Raja Petra Kamarudin's sedition case today applied for the blogger's CPU and notebook computer to be re-examined by the police computer forensic officer Wa'ie Iskal Kria Abdullah, 38, from the Commercial Crime Department to look into other folders in the CPU and notebook seized from Raja Petra's house."...Earlier in the day, Wa'ie Iskal told the court he could not find the article 'Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell' in the CPU and the notebook...When met outside the court, Raja Petra said it seemed the prosecution was "fishing" for more by applying to re-examine the seized equipments and the rest of the folders inside. (Malaysiakini: DPP wants Raja Petra's computers re-examined)

Ahh...looks like the prosecution in RPK's case is 'hell bent on sending RPK to hell' while the prosecution in the Altantuya murder trial seems to be finding loopholes to 'send the murderers out of hell'. Will the court allow the prosecution to go on "fishing" for more? Hmm...I hope justice will once again favour RPK when Judge Rozina Ayob delivers her ruling tomorrow. Let us all wait n see.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Police loves to arrest peace-loving Malaysians - www.malaysiakini.com

Despite video evidence, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the police moved in on participants at a candlelight vigil last night while they were singing the national anthem. "That is what they (participants) are claiming," Khalid told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police district headquarters about midnight...Meanwhile in an immediate reaction, the Bar Council said that the police action against the 23 (arrested participants) merely showed that "freedom of assembly and freedom of expression were again dealt a severe blow". The council said that it was alarmed at the disproportionate and heavy-handed approach adopted by the police..." (Malaysiakini - CPO: Dispersal not during national anthem). Must read: The long nose of of the law - The People's Parliament.

I think the Bar Council shouldn't be alarmed as the police also attacked the lawyers' march last year 09 Dec in conjunction with UN's World Humans Right Day. The police also arrested Edmond Bon, Bar Council human rights committee chairperson. If the police can do that to the lawyers, what more the normal 'unprofessional' rakyat, the man on the street, the peace-loving Malaysians!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Umno the backbone. So, U Must Not Object! - www.malaysiakini.com

Umno will struggle if its leaders were weak, lacked leadership integrity, virtues and directions to steer and manage the party to strive over challenges, said its outgoing president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when opening the Kepala Batas Umno division annual delegates' meeting in Penang....Calling on party members to elect their leaders wisely in next March Umno elections, he stressed the new leadership must be capable to revitalise and spur the party to face the next general election..."If Umno is in good shape, Malaysians will also be in good shape because Umno's struggle is for Malaysians," he said, adding that only a strong Umno can continue to be a strong backbone for the ruling Barisan Nasional. (Umno would struggle if leadership weak: Malaysiakini)

Let me understand correctly - Umno stands for United Malays National Organisation. So how can Umno's struggle be for all Malaysians? The same goes for MCA and MIC. MCA for Chinese, MIC for Indians. Oh, the rest of the component parties just have to forget about their struggles. Why? Coz Umno is THE backbone. Either you depend on THE backbone or develop your OWN backbone!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Anwar and Najib EQUALLY good but CLOUDED - www.malaysiakini.com

"Anwar Ibrahim can be a good prime minister," said Ramon Navaratnam, president of Transparency International Malaysia. He tells why he thinks Anwar is a good candidate on Mkini tv's 'Uncensored' talk show yesterday. "Anwar is able, talented and charismatic and possesses the necessary training and experience to take up the post..." Nevertheless, he also described Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as an equally good choice to be prime minister, saying, "I think he is capable, he is able, he has got talent, he has got grooming and the right background but unfortunately in recent years, rightly or wrongly, he has been under a cloud...It is the question of how the people want to regard them, as Anwar also has a cloud over his head."

I think Ramon is just being plain diplomatic. Anwar and Najib may be equally good and 'clouded' but the former was proven innocent when the highest court overturned his (first) sodomy conviction while Najib has until now not been called to the civil court in Altantuya's murder trial. So, I wish to ask Mr. Transparency Ramon how transparent can justice be if Najib became the PM?

For I am persuaded...


38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8)

Oz lingo...

Yup, Oz for Australia.

Reproduced below is a post entitled 'GET THE LINGO, MATE' (reproduced without permission). Thanks, mate!

Takes some getting used to, but slangs over here are among some of the things that help ease you into the culture & everyday life in ozland.... some of them may already be familiar to most, but some are uniquely aussie.
How ya goin'? : Instead of asking "How ya doin'?" or "How are things going?"
Hay? : Like a Canadian's Ay?
No Drama: Not a problem at all
No Worries: Not a problem at all
Piss off : Go away
Bugger off : Go away
It's stuffed: It's broken
That's a dodgy little thing: It doesn't really work well
You're cheeky, aren't you?: Cute, sometimes good cute, sometimes acting too cute depends on how it is said.
Whack some on there: Put some on
Heaps: a lot
Straight away: right away
Good on you: Good job
I reckon: I would think so
Aw-righ or Right-o: All Right
I'll ring you: I'll call you
Tucker: food
Dunny, Toilet, Lou: all words for the place where you do your duty, if you ask for the bathroom you may be directed to a room with just a sink and bath.
Lost the plot: no sense of direction, clueless
Macky's :McDonald's
Brekky: Breakfast

What matters most at the end o f the day...

Oops... I just said the top most irritating phrase - 'at the end of the day'. I read somewhere before that said 'at the end of the day' was the most over-used phrase.

Anyway, reproduced below is an article from news:lite

This is scientifically the most irritating article you will read today
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At the end of the day scientists have literally worked 24/7 to create a fairly unique list of the most irritating expressions in the English language.

With all due respect, I personally think they shouldn't of bothered. I mean
it's not rocket science, is it? Absolutely.

The boffins from Oxford University have compiled the list of the top 10 most irritating expressions by using a computer database which analyses books, newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and the internet.

They say the expression 'at the end of the day', was the most irritating, followed in second place by the phrase 'fairly unique'.

Jeremy Butterfield, author of Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare added that many annoying over-used expressions begin as office lingo, such as 24/7.

The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science

(Source: http://newslite.tv/2008/11/07/this-is-a-scientifically-irrit.html)

Fish roe


A "RM 7" fish roe.

I didn't know what 'fish roe' was and had not eaten one until last night. My friend cooked curry fish head and added a few fish roes in.
He told me that fish roes were sold at Indian restaurant and a fish roe could cost up to RM7. Well, as far as I could remember, I hadn't eaten one in my life, I told my friend.

Everybody loves Raja Petra but he does not want to be the PM - www.malaysiakini.com

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin was released from his Internal Security Act (ISA) detention at 3.20pm. The editor of the popular Malaysia Today website was brought to the Shah Alam High Court just five minutes earlier. Expressing surprise with the decision, Raja Petra said: "Not many people have challenged the act (ISA) so much and I did not have much high hopes (of being released). "This application allowed under Section 8 is a special prize. I am tired." "This showed ISA cannot be used. I hope this is not a political decision. I don't want to be the prime minister. I want Anwar to be the PM," he said. (Malaysiakini: Court frees ISA detainee Raja Petra)

Raja Petra's fear that his release may be politically motivated is valid. After all, articles written under his name (but not necessarily written by him) have linked the person who wants to be the prime minister to Altantuya, the murdered Mongolian.

I am humbled by Raja Petra, an uncommon raja who endears himself to the rakyat.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Six ex-judges paid more than 10.5 mil! - www.malaysiakini.com


Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Aziz revealed today that RM10.5 million was paid out by the government as ex-gratia payment to six ex-top judges who were sacked during the 1988 judicial crisis, including sacked Lord President Salleh Abas. Of this amount, RM5 million was paid to Salleh...Explaining why the six judges were still receiving pensions for the past 20 years despite being terminated from work, Nazri said the judges were "not sacked" but their services were stopped earlier than usual...“The government would like to recognise the contributions of these six judges to the nation, their commitment towards upholding justice and to acknowledge the pain and loss they have endured,” Nazri read from Abdullah’s speech on the reasons behind the ex-gratia payments. (Malaysiakini - '88 crisis: RM10.5 mil for 6 ex-judges)

Ok lah. We accept the explanation and reasons. Such a gracious government we have. Judges whose commitment towards upholding justice had their services prematurely terminated and getting paid for it. Makes a lot of sense indeed! Pain and loss can be bought. Money, a powerful tool!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change has come and conquered! - www.malaysiakini.com

'Change has come to America'. These were the words uttered by Barack Obama as he addressed the United States for the first time as the president-elect. "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. "I promise you - we as a people will get there," he said at a victory rally in Chicago which was telecasted live around the world. (Source: 'Change has come to America' - Malaysiakini)

Americans, like Malaysians, have longed for change. Obama's win is the voice of the people. Earlier this year, I asked a friend familiar with American politics if Obama could 'beat' Hilary Clinton. He answered convincingly, 'America will not have a first black president before having a first woman president.' Personally, I don't follow American politics closely but I pick up pieces of it here and there. A rumour says Obama is half a Muslim? I thought to myself, 'Who cares?' Can a half-Muslim-and-liberal President be worse than a linked-to-Altantuya-murder Prime Minister?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So good...government gives option for extra cash - www.malaysiakini.com

The government today announced a RM7 billion stimulus package to bolster the economy in face of a global financial crisis. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak tabled the package when winding up the debate on the 2009 Budget for the Finance Ministry at the Dewan Rakyat. For starters, the government will give workers the option to reduce their contribution to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) by three percent (from the current 11% to 8%) for two years beginning next January. "A person with a salary of RM2,000 a month will get RM60 extra in disposable income, while someone earning RM6,000 will get an additional disposable income of RM180 a month," said Najib. (Source: RM7b stimulus to bolster economy - Malaysiakini)

I don't know much about economics but I know RM60 will alleviate a bit of my financial strain. Better than nothing, right? RM60 'extra' can pay for 3/4 tank of petrol. What else...I can buy 2 packets of Mamy Poko size M (44 pcs) after topping up another RM15. Ahh, my streamyx bill...ok, I need to top up another RM6. Hmm...what else, what else...why suddenly so hard to think? RM60!

Where to buy Mamy Poko, cheaper than buying from...Carrefour, Giant or Tesco?


From your neighbouring medicine shop ('york choy poh' or 'kedai ubat')
RM34.90 from mine.

Monday, November 3, 2008

PAC could not see? Why? Closed one eye? - www.malaysiakini.com

Public Accounts Committee chairperson Azmi Khalid today said the committee has cleared the government of any wrongdoing in the
MCPX
suspended
billion-ringgit Eurocopter deal. Why? Azmi said: "In our assessment, we do not see that." PAC's task was to see whether procedures were followed. The committee suggested that an independent review panel be set up to look into at all large purchases. "People are demanding, they want to see more transparency in financial transactions," he said. Azmi also said the PAC was not tasked with determining whether, and how much, commission had been allocated for brokers. "Commissions are often talked about, but it's difficult to see (them)," he said. (Source: PAC clears gov't on Eurocopter deal - Malaysiakini)

So you see, ladies and gentlemen. Many allegations and investigations have been made against the government but most of the time, clear aje!

But the public Joe is seeing clearly now more than ever. Mar 8, 2008 was just the beginning. YEAH

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Penang CM slams the opposition - www.malaysiakini.com

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today took to task critics for making a big fuss on the state's Korean trade mission while being "strangely quiet" over the billion-ringgit scandals at the federal government level - namely, Maybank's purchase of two distressed foreign banks, purchase of Eurochopter Cougar helicopters without flight tests or physical inspection and the High Speed Broadband project without open tender...Lim said, "They are criticising the current state government because they thought we were also like them. Just because they wasted public funds on foreign trips by going for sightseeing in the name of trade missions during their time, they thought we too would do the same." (Source: Lim defends Korean trade mission - Malaysiakini)

Well, I guess the BN opposition of Penang is green with envy now that they do not get to enjoy all the FREE trips. So, they are very free now. Free to criticise. Lim Guan Eng, famous for his CAT (Competency, Accountability & Transparency) administration, said the budget for the trip would be divulged in next few days. So, let's wait and see then. Hopefully, Malaysiakini will report on it. 8)

The wisest king

2 Chronicles 1 (Contemporary English Version)

6 and there at the bronze altar, Solomon offered a thousand animals as sacrifices to please the LORD.
7 God appeared to Solomon that night in a dream and said, "Solomon, ask for anything you want, and I will give it to you."
8 Solomon answered:
LORD God, you were always loyal to my father David, and now you have made me king of Israel.
9 I am supposed to rule these people, but there are as many of them as there are specks of dust on the ground. So keep the promise you made to my father
10
and make me wise. Give me the knowledge I'll need to be the king of this great nation of yours.
11
God replied:
Solomon, you could have asked me to make you rich or famous or to let you live a long time. Or you could have asked for your enemies to be destroyed. Instead, you asked for wisdom and knowledge to rule my people.
12 So I will make you wise and intelligent. But I will also make you richer and more famous than any king before or after you.

Dare you dance like that?

video
Err...healthy narcissism?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Govt still in denial over economy? Wait and see lah...- www.malaysiakini.com

Malaysiakini reported, '...Bukit Bendera member of parliament Liew Chin Tong rapped the BN-led government for not heeding the numerous calls from all quarters, including the opposition, for effective steps to tame the impact of a volatile global economy on the local market. "Indeed, the Putrajaya administration seems to be in a state of denial that Malaysia would be exempted from the economic turmoil while governments all over the world are stepping up their action plans on an almost daily basis," he said in a press statement today.'

If governments all over the world are stepping up their action plans on an almost daily basis, then ours is on a 'wait-and-see' basis. Well, in the words of our not-so-newly-minted Finance Minister - “Wait for my speech in Parliament on Nov 4. I will announce several government measures to overcome the financial crisis.” (Source: The Star Online)

I bet most Malaysians just can't wait to hear the speech, right? Will it be an 'action-packed' one?

An evening sacrifice

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been torn down.
31 Elijah took twelve stones according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name."
32 So with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he made a trench around the altar, large enough to hold two measures of seed.
33 Then he arranged the wood and cut the ox in pieces and laid it on the wood.
34 And he said, "Fill four pitchers with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood." And he said, "Do it a second time," and they did it a second time. And he said, "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time.
35 The water flowed around the altar and he also filled the trench with water.
36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word.
37 "Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again."
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God."

Six going to seven

Praise God.
Janson is officially six-month-and-one-day old today.


See! I can now lie on my side with style.


I'm with 'Ku Cheh'.


I want that music drum.


How to play this music drum? (Gift from 'Ah Yee').


I'm with 'Yeh Yeh'.

There is no Ketuanan Melayu. Only Ketuanan Umno. - www.malaysiakini.com

The 'Ketuanan Melayu' model has failed, declared former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim in an incisive speech at the LawAsia 2008 conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning. "It has resulted in waste of crucial resources, energy and time and has distracted from the real issues confronting the country," said Zaid, who criticised the race-based policy despite being a member of the ruling Umno party which was set up to safeguard Malay interests...Zaid also criticised Mukhriz for his remark that there was no need for law and judicial reforms as it would not benefit the Malays. (Source: Malaysiakini). Mukhriz exact words as reported in The Star Online: “Zaid claimed he wanted to reform the system and to save Umno but I don’t see how all the issues he mentioned will benefit the Malays or Umno.”

Ahh...as long as it does not benefit Umno, nothing will happen. We know. Race is only an 'excuse'. IF Umno-led BN did heed and act on the call for reforms, it would have struck a magnanimous chord in the rakyat's heart and mind. But no. It is still in denial and will soon sink into oblivion.

Meet my Indian wife

Mary-Janice

For more photos, click here.

ABDUL RAZAK FREED. AZILAH & SIRUL SHOULD BE TOO - www.malaysiakini.com

In 'Why Abdul Razak was freed', Malaysiakini reported the Shah Alam High Court judge Mohd Zaki Md Yasin as saying, “Once the essential elements of abetment - by instigation, by conspiracy and by aiding - [...] are not proven on the basis of prima facie evidence, any other inferences and doubts that may have arisen must be resolved, as is trite, in favour of the accused person. It is not for the court to call for the defence merely to clear or clarify such doubts [...] I find there is no prima facie case for him to answer his charge. He is therefore acquitted and discharged.”

Yesterday, I text one of my friends, a lawyer - 'Abdul Razak acquitted'. He replied, 'He should be.' A bit surprised by his reply, I asked why. He said, 'So much doubt.' I agree with him. There was so much doubt right from the start. So much so that some said the trial was nothing but a 'sandiwara'.

So good lah...now that Abdul Razak is free. I hope Azilah & Sirul will be freed too. Why? Coz no one deserves to die. Not even Altantuya.

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