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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year 2008

Adam, Laura, Min and Patrick Teoh wishing all Malaysians a Happy New Year



It's been quite a year this 2007. In many ways I'm sure a lot of us are glad that it is over. In some ways, some of us are sceptical that it will be any different in 2008. But in all of us, I think, there is a hope that we will get involved, speak, appeal, debate, discuss, walk, demonstrate and VOTE to make things better for our beloved MALAYSIA.

Here's wishing all Malaysians and brethren all over the world...


A HAPPY, HEALTHY, SAFE AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2008

Thursday, December 27, 2007

We'll be watching you!


EYES ON ROADS - screamed the bold headline news on The Star's front page today.

It was announced that soon all Malaysian road users will be policed by AES or Automated Enforcement System. This AES is to be used to nab errant motorists on Malaysian roads and highways which will be identified by the police, Road Safety Department Malaysian Institute For Road Safety and Research (Miros) and the Road Transport Department.

Good ah? Well...it all sounds like another post Christmas toys shopping spree for some department heads and government officials. They didn't announce on today's story just how much this new toy, the AES, is going to cost the Malaysian taxpayer but you can bet it ain't going to be small change. The story did say that the authorities are considering privatising the whole thing (here we go again) so expect to pay more than road tax, petrol and tolls to use our pot-hole riddled highways and byways in the new year. All in the name of road safety.

The Director-General of Miros said that surveillance cameras will be placed at locations where motorists have been known to speed and beat the red light and at accident prone areas. This is a very daring claim indeed by the director-general.

First of all, there are more of those areas he mentioned in Malaysia than there are surveillance cameras available on the global market la. Secondly, is he so sure that what these cameras capture can or will be processed by our already stretched resources? After all, it is an annual excuse used by the police and all the other relevant road safety departments that they are under-staffed etc etc etc, right? So now got to do more work ah?

Reading the Star story this morning I got to thinking about how much we love to 'solve' every problem we face with hardware instead of identifying the root causes of the problem and curing that first. Right or not? Think about it la.

Education system not up to mark ah? Okay, announce SMART schools, erect some new buildings, buy computers, make announcements.

Floods ah? Build tunnel, bring out the boats, trucks, tractors and whatnot. Look for and stop the causes of worsening floods? No need la. Going to finish already. Then got one more year before have to do anything la.

Demonstrators ah? No permit ah? Bring out the water cannon. Fire the tear gas. What? You mean it was a peaceful walk meh? No lah cannot be. Ready...FIRE!

Rising crime ah? No problem la. Install cameras all over the place lor. Huh? Monitor? What monitor? You mean the class prefect ah? Oh you mean people to monitor the cameras and do something about it ah? Hmmm....never mind la that one later we see how. Now we buy cameras first.

I am wondering why they can't spend some of this money that we seem to have so much of on more prudent projects.

Like improving the lot of the Malaysian traffic policeman so that he can be charged up enough to do his job properly.

Or getting more traffic policemen on the street who don't 'close one eye' to blatant traffic offences right in front of them. How many times have you seen motorcycle riders and motorists making illegal U-turns or beating the red light even with a traffic policeman right there? Nobody seems to care. Not the kap cai rider. Not the Proton driver. And least of all the traffic cop.

Or looking into improving and policing the departments responsible for issuing driving licences so that Malaysian drivers and riders know at least the basics of road safety and responsible driving habits before they are issued licences to drive on Malaysian roads.

But wait ah...Road Safety Department director-general, Suret Singh says that the AES "......will take us into the same league as advanced countries."

Ah! I see. Malaysia Boleh! Well, it's alright then. Thanks.

NIAMAH!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Who invented Racial Harmony for Malaysia?

I just thought about this up this afternoon. Isn't it laughable that the Barisan Nasional always tries to claim that it actually invented Racial Harmony, Cultural Diversity and Religious Tolerance in this country. They try to convince us that they are the party that has made this country the 'success' it is because of their systems set in place to promote and propogate racial harmony, cultural .... ho hum....

Hello, Barisan Nasional any schoolboy with a history book will tell you that this region wrote the book on racial harmony, cultural diversity and religious understanding. Long before you sailed into the scene with your unbalanced dacing (weighing scales, the symbol of the Barisan Nasional)
We have been this way for centuries. Right from the days of the Malacca Sultanate when Malacca was the centre of trade that brought together peoples from Arabia, China, Java, Europe. We have lived together. Worked together. Eaten each other's food. Screwed each other's women. And been happy together doing all that. And all without a single mamak teh tarik stall or HALAL sign in sight.

Actually, when you think about it isn't it the Barisan Nasional who've been trying to un-do the centuries of harmony that we have enjoyed. We are now more Malay, Chinese, Indian, Lain-lain and less Malaysian than we've ever been.

And they are trying to tell us that they wrote the book on racial harmony and tolerance. Excuse me while I go throw up.

Niamah!!!

Negative- Postive

This morning I had a conversation with this acquaintance that I sometimes do some charity work with. He is a successful businessman. A dato. A card carrying member of the MCA but not an active politician. Nice guy. But what he said got me quite pissed off at first and then it set me thinking about things in my country. How they are. How they should be. How they could have been. Okay this is how it started. As always.

He sort of insisted that I was always such a negative person when it comes to things about Malaysia. He suggested that I should change my attitude because negativity never got anybody anywhere. We have to be positive he said. Because without a positive outlook we can never change anything or get anywhere. Fair words I guess. I can’t argue with that surely. So what pissed me off?

Personally I get pissed off when people assume that I am negative about things just for the sake of being negative and that I don’t do anything about it. In other words that I don’t "walk the talk" which is fast becoming the 'in' catch phrase these days. Anyway, before this becomes a personal defense blog, which I don’t mean it to be, let’s get back to this ‘discussion’ I had with the Dato.

Okay, to counter my negative attitude toward things in Malaysia he invited me to attend an event to meet other ‘concerned’ Malaysians to talk about how we can make the difference. Okay nothing wrong with that either. Then he said that he could get some Chinese business person to give talks on how they, even being Chinese, had been able to benefit from government sponsored programmes and get government loans for business and this and that. He also said that there were educationists who were going to speak who would dispel notions that I had about the quality of education that my children would receive in Malaysia’s education system. Then he went on some more about how wonderful things are and that people should not focus on the negatives. Otherwise there will be ‘trouble’. I guess my tone of voice made him stop short of pulling out that ever useful reference to … (cue ominous music here…) May 13!

When he told me about the Chinese business person being able to get government loans etc. and that our children and grandchildren can and do get quality education which will equip them for the increasingly competitive future I stopped listening and began thinking to myself.

Here is a typical Malaysian. Chinese (but he could be Malay or Indian or Lain-lain). Fairly successful. Fairly well-off by any standards. Involved with charity work. Giving back to the community. Good man. But in my opinion his thinking is flawed. Why?

What points of debate he offered to counter my negativity very obviously showcases his thinking. He is thinking like an ‘orang pendatang’. Sure, Malaysia is a wonderful country. Can make money here. Life is not too tough. There are no calamities. Natural or man made. The food is good. Keep my mouth shut. Do some charity work. Life can be good. Very good.

Listen, Dato. We know that already. Nobody is arguing with anybody about the fact that Malaysia is a paradise and that is why we are willing to fight to defend it. Against what? Against bad administrators. Bad managers who, if left un-checked will bring our little paradise to ruin.

I believe that every true Malaysian, be he Malay, Chinese, Indian or any of our dozens of ethnic diversity, knows that Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians. And that to truly succeed in becoming a credible and respected player on the global stage we must all work together. Pull together in the same direction.

And now, Dato here it is…my negativity stems from the almost laughable way the administration has been handling their duties as elected managers of Malaysia.

They are the ones who tell us to unite as one nation, one people. But they are also the ones who divide with religion, race and culture. Claiming that it needs to be done to protect the ‘sensitivities’ of one race or another. And as we have witnessed time and again over the past couple of years this administration has taken on an air of arrogance that is now manifesting itself in its strong-arm, high-handed methods in resolving any issues that it deems irritating. I need not name incidents here for fear of treading on the sensitivities of so-and-so and this-and-that la.

Its recent handling of events like walks, marches, demonstrations shows its almost total non-understanding of what is happening on the ground to the people to whom they should be responsible. The Rakyat. Or perhaps they do understand and it is their way of showing us that they are the ones who wield the REAL power. Cannon, tear gas, ISA etc. Come la. Like that Nazri clown said on the Al-Jazeera interview the rule is “if you can call 40,000 I can call 1 million…”. Remember that boast? Unclear on the concept la the fler. But then that’s stating the obvious la. Anyway, I digress. Sorry. Or perhaps they are really desperate. They see what’s coming and don’t know how to deal with it. They are scared shitless. They finally realise that the people, the rakyat DO care and CAN make a difference and ARE prepared to speak out for their rights. Something we haven’t done for a long time so perhaps the BN flers have been lulled into a false sense of security and the wake-up call had altogether been too sudden and too unexpected.

Negative? Sure I am. I am negative about how I am being treated in my own country. I am negative about people who tell me to be positive but send their children to schools and colleges abroad. I am negative about people who tell me that it is wonderful to live here whatever is happening and then sign a check to pay for their mortgage for that house in Perth, Australia. I am negative about people who claim that they love Malaysia but also treasure their permanent residence status in another country. Just in case you know.

I am a Malaysian. I will live and I will die here. I have a stake in this country for my children and their children’s children. Yeah. So fuck you! I will be as negative as I want to be. This is my country.

Niamah!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

And so you're happy now, Pak Lah?

Today's NST N4 page story showed our Prime Minister and his wife cutting his birthday cake. How nice. Apparently, the PM is also very happy that the results of a survey showed that the people were happy with the government. Isn't it always so convenient huh? When surveys say nice things about the government, ministers and prime ministers are quickly quoted as saying the results show what the 'majority' want and are feeling or saying. But when it is the other way round it is almost always some Opposition or worse some Zionist scheme to discredit our wonderful majority-elected kerajaan (government in Malay). Just to clarify a bit here, I think that word comes from the root word raja which means king. Maybe now we understand why the government treats it's electors the way it does. Makes for some thinking eh? Anyway, back to Pak Lah's birthday present. And so he is a happy man 'knowing' that the Malaysian people is behind him.

What I don't get is this. Where and when did Pak Lah or anybody in the Barisan Nasional get the idea that we the citizens want to get rid of them? Unless I have been reading everything wrong for the past 30 years that's not what we want. Not at all.

Okay la I am speaking for me personally.

Sure, the Alliance the predecessor of the BN won independence for then Malaya. Then later the Barisan Nasional continued the development of the country to what it is today. There are a lot of things that were good and a lot too that were bad and quite insane. And through the years we, the rakyat, have been voicing our praise for the good and criticising the bad. And through the years successive administrations have gotten so comfortable with their control over the rakyat that efforts of trying to shut down the voices of the people have increased and are treated as common practice. So now the people are merely saying to the administration, "Okay, hold on there. Enough is enough. Listen, you are OUR elected government. We have a say in how our country is being run." That also cannot ah? If cannot then say la we are a dictatorship.
No I do not want the Opposition to form the next government. Not at all. Personally I think the Opposition needs to get its act together. I don't even know what their manifesto is. How to vote for them? Vote for what ah? So that they can expose this councillor, protest the demolishing of that satay stall or temple, stand up in Parliament and provide national and international entertainment? No thank you. But I will give them the vote when I know that by doing so I will reduce the majority of those BN baargers and send them a message that I am not happy. In other words, be transparent, be accountable, be responsible, be what you were voted in for which is to be a servant to the people and the country.

So okay, corruption exists in every country (yes even Singapore is not spared) so as an ordinary member of the rakyat I am even prepared to concede that. Take la your blaardy bribes that allow you to build million Ringgit homes and send your children to schools abroad and allow your wives/husbands to shop in Paris, London, new York. Go ahead. A little bonus for you. But please make sure also la that the work you are supposed to do is done well la. Can ah? If you say can then you happy we happy everything kao tim. And we can move on without all this bickering. Like some Australian baarger told us straight in our faces already. Let's not always argue about how to cut and share the cake. Let's think about how to make the cake the biggest in the world. After all we all love records right?

NIAMAH!!!

Majority/Minority

Commenting on calls from the people urging the Government to invoke the ISA to tackle street demonstrations, the Prime Minister said: "I am very surprised that the people want the ISA. I thought they never wanted the ISA".- Govt will impose ISA when situation warrants, says Pak Lah, Bernama 27 Nov 2007.

This is so good la. So good. I am holding my breath for another statement from the resident cabinet moron, Nazri to say something like..."there you are I told you what. The majority wants us. All you Berrsih la, HINDRAF la. All you all are monkeys la. You are the minority only. We are the majority. The rakyat elected us and they want us here"...or something equally laughable. Now even our somnambulistic Prime Minister is voicing his own inane fantasies.

The people want the ISA??? How many voices translate to the "people"? The majority that you and your inadequate cabinet constantly trumpet about? So when it suits you 2 voices, in the parliament house toilet probably, means "the people". And 60,000 in front of the Agung's palace and 4,000 at the British High Commission translates to just some trouble makers out to create racial hatred issit? How convenient.

Pak Lah, it's time to realise and wake up to the fact that the ISA and May13 have lost a lot of their threats. People now realise more than ever that to have a hand in managing their country they have to get their voices heard. They realise too that in order to progress, prosper it means they have to stop being Malay, Chinese, Indian, lain-lain and become truly a Bangsa Malaysia.

NIAMAH!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

November 10, 2007

REMEMBER, REMEMBER...THE 10th OF NOVEMBER...

November 10th 2007
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


"Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition."

(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)


People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Happy Diwali!!!


Laura, Min, Adam & Patrick saying...


A VERY HAPPY DEEPAVALI!!!

to all Malaysians of the Hindu faith and to Hindu's everywhere.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thank you, NST!

Actually, there are many ways of screwing the rakyat. Straight up. Sideways also can.

Okay everybody, all stand up and give 3 cheers to The New Straits Times. Then if you haven't already, rush out and get yourself a copy of this newspaper. They have performed a great national service in today's edition.

The NST today dedicated 3 full pages to an interview with Nazri Abdul Aziz the de facto law minister. (The meaning of de facto: being such in effect though not formally recognized.)

It is a compelling read. It is hilarious. Tragic. Terrifying. All at the same time.

It also a very clear portrayal of the kind of morons that we Malaysians allow to manage our lives and our country. Especially, those of us who do not exercise our power and right of the vote.

I urge you. Read the interview in the New Straits Times today. Don't let morons like that continue to take you for fools. Or if you do...then you are a de facto moron too.

ANALYSIS

This interview published in today's New Sunday Times is...

1. A covert operation by Pak Lah's administration to get rid of this clown. I mean why else would the NST (and we know who owns it) give him so much rope to hang himself. Public hangings illegal some more.

2. A covert operation by the opposition. (this is the most unlikely)

3. The NST's way of firing some editor or other. Syabas to the one who approved this interview and to the journalist, Aniza Damis who conducted the interview. Great piece of writing, Aniza.

"I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!" So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" (Howard Beale in NETWORK <1976>)


NIAMAH!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

SELAMAT AIDIL FITRI


PATRICK, MIN, LAURA AND ADAM TEOH
WISH ALL MUSLIM MALAYSIANS


SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Quotes from sages and morons Pt IV

Adam: Err...can you please resign nicely nicely. Sir?

Quick before the statement is issued about being misquoted. It was reported in The Star today on page N4 that Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said, "...that the Government would use a three-pronged approach to rectify problems highlighted under the AG’s report" and that officers who are proven to have mismanaged public funds would be punished.

That's great. The way it should be. But he went on to say...

“We have acted against many officers and staff members. Even directors-general, secretaries-general and super scale A officers have been demoted or moved out or opted for early retirement.

“If they don’t want to perform, they will be encouraged to leave the service."

That last bit pisses me off.

"Encouraged to leave the service"???!!!

What the fuck is that supposed to mean? For as long as I have been a Malaysian the rule has been if someone doesn't perform the duties he's paid to do he gets his ass fired. What this encouraged to leave the service shit?

NIAMAH!!!

I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!" So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
(Howard Beale in NETWORK <1976>)

Only in Malaysia, folks!

The house that Zak built.
(photo scanned from The Star Metro section page M6. October 12, 2007)

I almost couldn't believe my eyes this morning when I read The Star. There on the front page of the Metro section was a picture of the luxurious, suspiciously legal edifice that was the centre of controversy not so long ago. Actually, the headline reads, "Datuk Zakaria's mansion opens its doors".

What the hell is this? Have we come to this now that we celebrate the deeds of suspicious characters whose slate has not totally been wiped clean even by the clever use of technicalities and perhaps his 'contacts'?

Inside, The Star treats us to a gallery of this man's audacity in sticking his finger up against all that is just and legal in this country as he took reporters on a tour of his house. A master bedroom with jacuzzi. Swimming pool. Gazebos. Mini golf course. 21 rooms! A house that not so long ago was allegedly built without the necessary approvals and with the assessment not paid.

And this is the most tragically funny part of the story. Apparently, this man invited 400 orphans to spend a night in his palatial mansion and said that it would become an annual event. Are Malaysians so easily 'bought'? Here, some crumbs for you. Now piss off and be glad of it. That's the message that's coming across to me. I wonder what the orphans thought?

Oh but wait...it says here in The Star story..."Due to the controversy over the building of the mansion, Zakaria, who succumbed to the mounting pressure, had decided not to continue as councillor for the 2007-2008 term."

Well, terima kasih banyak banyak, Y.B. And you have a good Raya in your mansion ya? Don't choke on the rendang now.

NIAMAH!!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Dei! Wake up la dei!

Ai yam telling you la dei. Dey were going damn blaardy fast la. Zooom! Just lie dat da dei! Of course ai yam yangry la. How can dey be faster than me isnit? Ban. Correct, correct, correct. I said BAN! Ha! Yes! Correct, correct, correct, correct, correct.


Hot on the heels of his announcement of a New Year gift for all Malaysians in the form of a 10% hike in toll charges, Samy Velu has again almost arbitrarily pontificated that he wants to ban all super-bikes from Malaysian expressways. Why? It seems that a bunch of these bikers had the audacity to pass Samy's limo at speeds of up to 170 kph. Or so he claims la. That really pissed him off and the next day he made the announcement.

BAN THE FUCKERS...errr...I mean BIKERS!!!

Of course there were the usual GASP's! HOW CAN's?!!! Etc. la. But the god...err... I mean godfather of the Works ministry is adamant. Ban!

But I think Samy should be a little more realistic la. If he took the trouble to speak to his cabinet colleague, the baarger in charge of transport, and the police inspector-general fler he would know that Malaysian roads are in a total state of anarchy and have been for years already.

Samy, should know that these days nobody obeys traffic laws anymore. Just take a look, Sam.

The left lanes of major highways are used as parking lots.
Speed limit signs are for decoration only.
Stop at a red light ah? Waffor? Waste time only.
Indicate lane change ah? Don't want la. Waste battery la.
Lane discipline? Errrr...what's that ah?
Eh! Look there's a traffic policeman at the junction. So what la? The baarger don't care one la...

So Samy, save yourself some grief la. Let the baargers...I mean bikers ride at whatever speed they want. And maybe they might even be of some help since it is the first of our annual culling seasons coming up, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Who knows how many more they can help to kill.

Niamah!!!

With an administration...

that can't even control traffic...
that allegedly allows the 'fixing' of the judiciary...
whose leader is somnambulistic...
that allows the wastage of public funds to the tune of billions and continues to do so manufacturing cardboard heroes on mountain tops and outer space...
which is not transparent or accountable to anyone but themselves...

...you still haven't registered to VOTE??? (there were 5 million of you at last count)

I hope you have a good emigration plan in place.

Niamah!!!
I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!" So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
(Howard Beale in NETWORK <1976>)

Friday, September 28, 2007

The little things

The Incredible Shrinking Ringgit

Last Saturday I appeared with 3 other actors on the front page of Options, the magazine that comes with The Edge each week. It was a fashion feature! Now that in itself should surprise many people who know my sartorially challenged nature. Anyway, there we were in the surrounds of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre looking all spiffy in our designer togs. And they were the latest season of designer fashion for men. Big brand names. Armani. Zegna. Hugo Boss. I didn't think much about the whole thing after the photos were taken. Until I saw the story in print in the magazine. What caught my attention was the price tags attached to each of the pieces we wore. My suit was priced at RM3,399. The shirt was RM699 and the pair of rather uncomfortable jeans were RM999.

Almost RM5,000 for 3 pieces of clothing???!!!

Yesterday, I went for lunch at a hawker center that's just opened up near where I live. A Chinese place that looked like any hawker centre in the city. I ordered a pork noodle soup. It came. The stall owner held out her hand for "four Ringgit fifty sen!" What?! For a bit of beehoon, 2 slices of pork and some pork spare parts?

RM4.50 for a bowl of pork noodles???!!! Yup.

It is not cheap to live in this city anymore. Not that it ever has been. But thing are getting worse.

Okay, I know what you are thinking...

Niamah!!! The whole judicial system seems to be collapsing, the Auditor-General has exposed monumental mismanagement of public funds to the tune of billions of Ringgit, racial polarisation is unchecked... and this baarger complains about a RM4 bowl of pork noodles!!!

I have always believed that it is the little things that make the difference to the big picture.

My pork noodle soup which used to cost RM2.50 is now RM4.50
My children's school uniforms cost 25% of my monthly salary.
I need to save up for a month before I can afford to go to the pub with my friends.
I know I can never afford to send my children to private colleges and universities.
My toll charges to and from work each day now totals RM8!
The cost of taking my family out for some R&R is at least RM100++
The cost of my pork noodle soup has increased by 35%. My salary increase last year was 5.3%
...and the list goes on.

The cost of just EXISTING.

It is the little things that matter to the majority. It is the little things that make the majority mad. Pissed off.

It is the majority that changes governments.

Niamah!!!


PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS
GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE

(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Walk For Justice

Selamat Datang ke Istana Keadilan.
(Is that what they call it? Palace Of Justice, right?)

A welcome from up high too.
What is she saying? Dei! Speak up da! It's hot standing here la.

This morning I joined fellow members of Allblogs and other friends in Putrajaya for a morning stroll in support of the Malaysian Bar Council's Walk For Justice. The latter were going to give a memo to the Cabinet calling for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate issues jeopardising the Judiciary which I presume was triggered by the broadcast of the now infamous Shock-a-Lingam video.

My friends and I arrived early. There were not many participants there yet. Turned out that the police had stopped the buses ferrying the walkers from Dataran Merdeka from driving up to the Palace Of Justice (POJ) which was the proposed starting point of the walk. Those who took the buses had to make the trek of almost 5 kilometers to the POJ. Each tired arrival was greeted by a roar of support from those lucky enough to have driven and let through the barricades. It was quite a sight actually to see all these legal beagles dressed up in black and white jackets and ties standing on the steps of the Palace Of Justice. There was much friendliness and smiles all round. Everyone was in good spirits. Enjoying a good morning out with friends and colleagues. The fact that there was a cause too seemed almost like a bonus. I overheard someone say that it is a momentous occasion because to get so many lawyers together was something very rare. And there was not a drop of alcohol in sight either! That's his joke ok?

We all looked like we were having a good morning tokkok session. Except for the garment (government) flers la. They took it very seriously. Or looked like it.

Soon after I arrived I saw a squad of Federal Reserve Unit men, all dressed up in full riot gear, march up the steps of the POL and position themselves across the main doors. As if to prevent anybody from entering the building at all. But I got in to use the toilet by walking in the side door and nobody stopped me. Maybe because I wasn't dressed in black and white and those FRU flers must have been given their scent way beforehand.

And then it got even more Hollywood-like. Across the road I could see what would have looked like SWAT snipers on the roof of the buildings. A noisy police helicopter buzzed the area. The red FRU water cannon trucks rumbled by and parked within sight of all concerned. And on the perimeter of the Palace Of Justice steps policemen, uniformed and plain-clothed walked about busily speaking unsmilingly into squawking walkie-talkies. I looked around. With everybody smiling, laughing, talking loudly, slapping backs it all looked like we were on a Hollywood film set.

All that hullabaloo for what was simply a group of peaceful, concerned Malaysians who wanted to tell their elected government, "Dei! Something is very wrong here la. So right the wrongs."

Anyway, what was supposed to start at 11 am finally got walking at past noon because of the delay of walkers who had to bus from KL. After a few short speeches through a rather inadequate loud-hailer we got going and walked towards the Prime Minister's office which was at the end of the promenade. Visible in the distance like some huge mausoleum for a terminally ill administration. We walked. Dark clouds covered up the dimming sun. By the time we covered the approximately 2 kilometers and arrived at the foot of the hill bearing the PM's office building I saw that the FRU had arrived first and had formed a menacing barrier, shields at the ready in front of the roads leading up to the building. It was clear that nobody was going to get to see what the PM's office looks like today. (I was told later that members of the committee of the Bar Council were allowed in to present their memo. As to who received it you will have to read somebody else's blog to find out. Anyway, Pak Lah, I understand, is in New York or somewhere far away from this irritation).

Then it started to rain. Heavily. There were hurried goodbyes. People dashed for whatever little cover the designers of Putrajaya planned for these eventualities. Those who had drivers whipped out mobile phones and were zipped away before the expensive suits became too soaked. Those less fortunate scurried into the covered driveway of the mosque nearby. And for once there was a very nice photo op of a truly united Malaysia. Malays, Chinese, Indians, lain-lain. All keeping dry in a mosque. Too bad rains stop.

As I drove my way home I passed a small group. Black and white. Wet. Banners outstretched. Defiantly in front of the bored looking FRU. Shouting slogans. Well, after all it was their do.

My friends and I drove to Country Heights for lunch.

A walk for justice? Emmm...it was a rather nice morning out with other Malaysians. And personally I don't know if it will serve justice, this walk. But it did show, I hope, that if enough of us cared about what happens to our country and show it, things will change. I mean, come on la, the taxi drivers, bus operators, garbage collectors all have learned to use this thing called People Power. How come so many others of us have not?

Niamah!!!

PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS.
GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THEIR PEOPLE.
(V For Vendetta - Alan Moore)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Do it to me one more time? Please don't !!!

Badawi: We will be attending to it.

When the Auditor-General's report came out a week ago I was really pissed off la. Just like so many other tax-paying Malaysians. First of all they are wasting public funds. Meaning yours and my money. Secondly, I was pissed off because the AG releases these 'reports' year in year out but nothing seems to be done about them. Ever. So why irritate us all the time?

Each time it happens the whole country goes GASP! Aiyoh! How can man? Then the politicians make some statements and promise to launch studies and research on why it happened (read that as pour more good money after bad, ok?). Then we go back to doing what we do best as rakyat Malaysia. Nothing.

And so it is the same with the latest AG expose. RM224 for 1 set of screwdrivers la. RM5,000 for a car jack la. RM1,146 for 1 set of pens la. Gasp, looks of indignation while perusing newspapers for the latest TOTO results, complain, then......

Okay Jom! let's do something else less straining on the brain.

And another thing, why are we always so 'nice' to everybody? So all this bad management of public funds points to just plain old bad management, right? Non-transparency, right? Corruption, right? So why are the bosses still being so nice'. We must have the most patient, forgiving, benevolent government in the world. Everything also "nemmine" one. Do slowly ok? Don't angry ok?

For example, in today's Star la...

The Prime Minister says that the ACA should step in and investigate any suspicion of corruption in ministries and government agencies implicated in the Auditor-General's Report 2006 for mismanagement of funds.

"And where the information causes suspicion, then of course the ACA should go in and investigate. We will not hinder the ACA from carrying out investigations,” ... hello, Mr. Prime Minister when you do speak or say something can you please try not to be condescending ah? You think we all stupid or what? They 'should go in'???? What the f*** does that mean? "We will not hinder"???? What the f*** does that mean? Of course they MUST investigate. There's obviously been wrongdoing. Of course you MUST not hinder. Why would you unless you want to cover up wrongdoing?

“All ministers said they have already put officers in charge to clarify the matters raised in the report. So they are already attending to it".

Pak Lah, as the elected leader of this country
in whom we placed our trust and hopes, I would like, for once, to hear you lose it and get really angry and at least try to sound like you mean it when talking about something as blatant as this wastage of public funds.

Attending to it??? What the hell does that mean??? Tell the idiots that you won't stand for this nonsense anymore. Tell them that you are not going to leave any stone un-turned until the culprits are brought to book.

Okay la, so we all already know that there is actually shit-all you can do about anything at this stage of your career. But give us the pleasure of the delution of thinking that somebody in the government is actually getting mad as hell and won't stand for this anymore.

What?
Oh sorry, yes I forgot. There's always the unity and harmony of the country to take into consideration. Yes, yes, yes...another May....no need to say. I understand.

NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Baaaaaa - GER!!!


Is hypocrisy really a requirement in a politician? Recent events seem to show that it is la. Some days ago there was some trouble in Terenganu. People got upset about something or other. They made their feelings known. They spoke up. Some lost their tempers. It was reported that the policeman fired his gun. Some say it was at the people gathered in the area. The Police say it was in the air. Whatever la. Then somebody got so pissed off that he burned the national flag, the Jalur Gemilang. Fast forward to the leaky building called Parliament House. Our elected YB's got really busy condemning the fler and his act of burning the flag.

"How can?"
"Mana Boleh?"
"Jail the fler"
"Excommunicate him"
"Deprive him of his citizenship"

And I am sure in the lobby of that august house, strictly off the record, some YB's might have even called for some violence to be done to the chap. And somebody might even have offered prize money for that. RM15,000 maybe.

Which brings me to my point. I mean, okay the fler burned the flag. Why? He was pissed off about something that is happening to his country. He was exercising his freedom of speech. He was showing how passionately he is about something. Which is a trait sadly lacking in most Malaysians for anything. Passion I mean.

Then all these YB's in their designer suits and air-conditioned offices mouth off about patriotism and etc. etc. etc. If all that is going to happen to one guy who torched the flag then may I suggest that public flogging be introduced for all these flers and more:-

Lorry owners who fly the flag and allow it to be blackened beyond recognition by soot and diesel exhaust.

Building owners who string up the Jalur Gemilang because Rais Yatim said to do so and then leave it to the ravages of weather and pollution until the flag becomes tattered and torn.

Idiots who endanger themselves and other road users and make us laughing stock on the global stage by plastering their vehicles with scores of flags.

DBKL flers who do not bother to go round town to take down flags after the fireworks have died and allow our sacred flag to be blown onto roads, run over by vehicles or worse pissed upon by canines in Selayang even.

And don't forget those flers who get praised by the YB's for wearing the national flag as their stage costume! How is that better than burning the thing?

Hiyah! Yang Berhormat's can we please get real here, man?

I guess not because as my friend, Veera (email: veera@thestar.com.my) wrote in the Star today, "......For example, if people consistently fail to do what they know is right or keep doing what they know is wrong, they would experience cognitive dissonance......they cannot accept the feeling, instead of correcting the behaviour, they would repress or deny the feelings, rationalise them, justify their actions or start believing that the problem does not exist."

Really la...............

NIAMAH!!! and a half la.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Dog catching today...baby drowning tomorrow?

Adam: YB's, don't be so stupid can or not? Pleeeeeeze!

My friend alerted me to this a day ahead of the Star picking up the story. I guess by today most of you would have read about this 'innovative' idea by the flers in the MAJLIS PERBANDARAN SELAYANG to solve what they perceive to be a big problem in the area. Stray dogs.

As expected this rather knee jerk decision by the town council has drawn a lot of flack from the Malaysians.

To read more and support action against this insane proposal by the Selayang Town Council go here. And here.

Do not support inhumane, un-thought through actions by your local councils.

PROTEST!

CALL YOUR LOCAL MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT!

SIGN THE PETITION!

DO SOMETHING!


NIAMAH!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Quotes from Sages and Morons Pt III

Which do you think?


Despite what may have been said about them the editorial team at The New Straits Times do have a sense of humour la. Look at today's front page.

4 quotes. All attributed to one man. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. So what's so funny about that you may ask. Well, read on...


"We should be watchful of what we say, not because we cannot say it, but because we must know how best to say it"...

...and this from the same guy who not so many years ago was standing in the middle of a padang in the middle of Kuala Lumpur at a public rally and waving a keris calling for the shedding of blood. Whose blood I won't say la because I should know how best to say it, right?


"I believe it is a disservice to the spirit of our nation and founding fahers if we keep harping on what would keep us apart, rather than what has kept us together for half a century"...

...very true words, Najib but unless my memory fails me all the disservice in recent years seem to have been done by mostly politicians in the Barisan Nasional. Right?


"Let us celebrate the success that is Malaysia. Let us celebrate 50 years of nationhood, sacrifice, tolerance and co-operation"...

...yes thank you, YB we shall do just that as soon as you and your political colleagues recognise that Malaysia belongs to us, the Rakyat, and not to the politicians in power. That the sacrifices you so often refer to is made mostly by us, the Rakyat, albeit led by a team of leaders like the Tunku and your father. I as a Chinese Malaysian together with my brethren, the Bumiputras and Indian Malaysians have tolerated a lot in the last 50 years and will continue to do so with understanding. So please la, don't lecture us about tolerance and sacrifice anymore, okay?

By the way, what is your sacrifice and contribution ah? No seriously, tell us. We really would like to know.


"Each of us must ask ourselves what we have done to promote national unity"...

...are you listening to yourself, YB? Oh sorry, it is YAB isn't it? Ah whatever la. Makes no difference to me. Or any member of the rakyat I don't think. Thank you.


"I am proud to say that almost everyone in this country has access to safe, potable water supply"...Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, Energy, Water and Communications Minister.

...I wonder if Dr. Lim has installed those gleaming silver water filters that cost a fortune in his home? If he has then he is tokking kok right? If he hasn't then I salute him for being a brave soul for drinking unfiltered water from Malaysia's water supply. Syabas!


"That means my identity card or passport must state that I am a Bangsa Malaysia. My religion must also be left out as it is strictly between me and God"...the former Inspector-General of Police, Rahim Noor on his definition of a complete Malaysian.

Now how the hell did somebody with those thoughts get to become Inspector-General of Police? The Home Ministry better tighten up some loopholes la.


"We also want them to promote Langkawi, Penang and other interesting islands as an alternative to Bali"...the Malaysian minister of tourism on his plans for co-operation with the Indonesians to exchange tourists.

Sounds like something wrong here la. It's like..."Dei brudder, send some of your tourists over la. Bali enough already isn't it? Share share la". This wise minister suggested that during the season when Middle Eastern tourists visit Malaysia the ministry would promote Indonesia to them and wanted the Indonesians to do the same with their Russian and Australian tourists who visit Bali often. Call me a cynical Chinaman entrepreneur la but somehow that doesn't sound right or clever to me la. You?


"I don't see any other reason that they cannot spend about RM3 to buy a mini flag and fly it on their vehicles"...Deputy Information Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi after being frustrated by the lack of commitment shown by motorists in flying the mini Jalur Gemilang on their vehicles this year. He reckoned that motorists were expecting the Government to give them the flags for free.

Hello, YB when you've given people things for free for 4 decades now you blame them for wanting everything free???

NIAMAH!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Patriotic? IDIOTIC!

A visitor to this blog sent me the link to this photograph.......


Who's this guy trying to kid? The only thing he loves is HIMSELF. Not his country. But I am sure that newspapers and BN politicians and cabinet ministers will be lauding his "patriotism" if they see this.

And they tell us that Wee is unpatriotic. Well, we think Wee is patriotic. Not this IDIOT!

Niamah!!!

p/s read my friend, Zorro's take on patriotism here.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Quotes from sages and morons Pt. II

Well......you decide...


"He (Wee) said he wants to apologise, we can accept it. But if it is an offense, how to let him go without him being punished?"... Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the case of the Negaraku-ku rapper, Wee Meng Chee.

Really ah, Pak Lah? Now we talk about the sanctity of the law issit? How about those times when your colleagues waved kerises and made racist remarks that were calculated to incite racial distrust and hatred? Oh I forget. One set of laws for us and one set for you/them. Of course. Sorry ah?

"The offence was not against the Prime Minister or Ministers concerned but against the nation" ...Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Nazri Aziz on the same Wee matter.

But YB ah I don't seem to hear the nation losing any sleep over this except the Prime Minister and Ministers who are making all the noise. Scoring points for the next election issit? Then further on this same YB says...

"...in this country we have laws and we cannot set a precedent whereby you commit an offence, apologise and get away with it"...

Nazri, Nazri...you obviously have a very short selective memory of the actions of your cabinet colleagues. Oh wait...you used the word "you" meaning us the rakyat. Ah now I understand. 'we' cannot commit an offence, apologise and get away with it but 'YOU' can la. Sorry ah.

Culture, Arts and Heritage minister Rais Yatim was reported as concurring with Nazri saying that the country was governed by the rule of law and Wee had to abide by it. Well YB, WE do. Do YOU? Sorry I couldn't resist that one. LOL.

"This is the act of a youth who has admitted his mistake and has openly apologised. We, as caring Malaysians, should accept his apology and not punish him forever"... Dr. Zamry Kadir, Perak state executive councillor. I am so proud I am a Perakian.

"In fact, I commend the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) for grounding the fleet of the bus company involved in the (Taiping) accident until a comprehensive audit is carried out"... Transport Minister, Chan Kong Choy on the express bus tragedy in Taiping that claimed 20 lives. Brave words from this YB when the rest of the country probably is wanting the members of the board of CVLB strung up and CASTRATED! Tsk tsk tsk.

And so another day in Bolehland.

Niamah!!!


P/S I can't wait for more on this Wee, we, they, thing to get really funny.

"What did he say?"
"Wee said..."
"No what did he say?"
"Well, Wee said..."
"Not we, HE!"
"Yeah, Wee said..."
KABOOM!!!

Niamah!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Strange Contradictions

Adam: Can one la. Close one eye la.

Our Malaysian "authorities" have a very strange culture and way of thinking and doing things, you know. Just a couple of simple examples here...

One "authority" says that dark tinting for car windows and windscreens are not allowed because of safety reasons. The tint might obscure the view of the driver and therefore endanger him and the passengers of the vehicle.


BUT...

presumably, the same "authority" thinks it is perfectly okay for some of Malaysia's most important people, like judges, top rank armed forces personnel, the Prime Minister no less to travel in vehicles which are tinted blacker than a kuali's ass.

One "authority" in charge of vehicular and road safety introduces 3rd brake lights, the AWAS MUATAN PANJANG contraption behind lorries, speed limits, PUSPACOM etc. all in the interest of road safety.

BUT...

presumably, the same "authority" thinks nothing of asking Malaysians to risk life and limb in the name of patriotism every Merdeka season. Fly the flag. Yeah just anywhere on your vehicle. Obscure the rear window of buses. No problem. Fly a huge flapping jalur gemilang on your lorry with only a couple of rubber bands to hold the flagpole to the lorry exhaust pipe. No problem. Show your patriotism with a flapping flag bigger than your 100cc kap cai. No problem.

One "authority" takes months, sometimes years to issue C.F.'s. Those infamously hard to obtain pieces of paper that says buildings are safe for occupation by human beings.

BUT...

presumably, the same "authority" thinks it is perfectly alright to allow occupation of buildings that have not been 'declared' safe. More often than not for up to years at a time. No problem.

Niamah!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Quotes from sages and morons


Adam: Come share some of your favorite lines.....................................

UPDATES AUGUST 15:-

"No one race could have brought Malaysia to what it is today"... "I want Muslims to respect the religions practised by other Malaysians"..."No politicians or group should attempt to gain popularity by stirring up such issues, as Malaysia is a multi-racial country. This country belongs to all Malaysians"... His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Selangor.

"The astronaut will play batu seremban or 'five stones' and spin traditional Malay tops in space"... Agriculture Ministry parliamentary secretary Rohani Abdul Karim told parliament on the matter of Malaysia's first astronaut.
(from Russ)

"There are ways to get around the rules and regulations. If you want, if you love your country, you would take the risk"... Tun Mahathir Mohd. speaking at a special meeting with bloggers. I don't know why but I want to laugh when I read this quote. Hahahahaha...

"Umno has become completely paralysed. It cannot do anything (to correct itself). The only hope left is with the bloggers"...Tun Mahathir Mohd. speaking at a special meeting with bloggers.

"We are not in the business of cheating people"... Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia
(from wong sp)

ORIGINAL POST

"Unless the governors live well within the law, there can be no hope that the governed will do so"...Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people"...V For Vendetta

"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore"...Howard Beale in Network

"We will find out how the company's drivers were selected and trained, and how the buses were maintained"...Transport Minister, Chan Kong Choy after 20 people were killed in a bus accident involving a driver with 13 traffic summonses and 2 warrants of arrest against him and a 20-year old bus which had 19 traffic summonses and was not licenced to travel the route. DUH! Bit late isn't it?

"We had difficulties purchasing the car from the dealer in Ohio, as the car was used in the Superman series in the 1950's and is much sought after" ... Culture, Arts and Heritage minister, Rais Yatim after spending RM171,000 of taxpayers money to buy a prop for a reenactment of scene for the 50th Merdeka carnival sideshow.

"They will not be able to influence the vote because people don't take them seriously" ...Minister of Information, Zainuddin Maidin's opinion of Malaysian bloggers.

I am sure that all of you have your favorite lines to share. Whether, wise, funny philosophical or downright stupid. Email them to me and I will post them up here or you can leave them in the comments box and I will copy them here. Anonymous contributions cannot be used. Sorry.

Have some fun la.

Vote Jeff Ooi. Please!

VOTE JEFF OOI!!! PLEASE!!!
(or somebody buy me a nose hair trimmer please.)

There in the chat box there are a couple of visitors who seem to think that I should go into politics. I do not know why they think that and that is not the reason for this post. The reason is a strangely scary dream that I had some weeks ago. Not nightmare level. Just scary. I had this scary dream a couple of days after I learned that Jeff Ooi was joining the DAP and would probably stand for election in the next one planned. So what's so scary la? Well, think about it this way...

Imagine that I am a spin doctor for the BN. Jeff Ooi is a respected and much read blogger with hits in the millions to his blogs. When Jeff speaks people listen and they support him in his independent fight against corruption, bad governance etc. Frankly, he's becoming a big irritant in the sides of my BN bosses la. What should I do about this guy ah?

I would use the resources at my command to help Jeff Ooi continue to build his high profile with bloggers and other 'connected' members of the rakyat. I will engineer expose's for him to blog about. In fact ah no need to engineer also la. Since there is so much going on these days, right? If these are real ones that don't involve my bosses' cronies then he will be doing me a favor also. If they are 'sensitive' we can always use ISA ma.

But I will do what I can to help Ooi (from way behind the scenes of course) to 'find' new and innovative ways to build up his support level to the point when he and his 'army' will seriously think that Ooi should run for election. Become a member of parliament. And use his powerful voice in that august house (hahahaha) to champion his causes.

I will make sure he wins in whichever constituency he chooses to stand. How we make sure? Hiyah you know la we have ways one. Yeah make sure he wins. Actually, we don't mind even pouring money (we have lots of that la) into his campaign in rather 'invisible' ways la. Okay so Ooi wins and he becomes an M.P. Then we've got him.

He is now a member of parliament. Good. Now whatever he has to say we will silence him with our two thirds majority which of course we will maintain la. Huh? We have ways of ensuring that one. Don't worry. Some more the newspapers, radio and television, which we control, will do their part in making sure that Ooi becomes less and less 'vocal' in the mainstream media. Huh? Eh hello do you know what the penetration of the Internet is in Malaysia ah? No need to worry one la. Some more ah, now that he is a politician he would have lost a lot of the support he had when he was an independent blogger watchdog. You must remember that those who disagree with and criticize the BN policies are not necessary supporters of any opposition party you know.

So okay...Ooi is now effectively neutralised.

He will have a few years of raving and ranting in parliament and at by-elections or whatever. Then we will engineer some "expose" on him. He will quit politics. Take up our parting 'gift' of a dozen or so seats on the boards of public listed companies. Chair some government linked agencies to research the effects of palm oil on the Malaysian libido or something important like that la. Play golf a bit with Lee Lam Thye...

So everything kao tim.

Scary or not? But it is just a dream of mine la. Cannot happen one la. Right?

Niamah!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Oh! For F**K's sake! Pt. 2

Adam, a little confused about his patriotism.

I don't know about you but I am beginning to get really pissed off as we approach our nation's 50th birthday. I am also a little confused la as I think back, reading about our country's last (that word sounds rather prophetic of late) 50 years.

First we are told that we are all one nation one people. All sayang each other and help and support each other to oust our colonial tuan's and sahib's. Ah of course, let's not forget those Commie baargers too. So we all pitched in. One nation, one people.

Then, years later we are told that we are not really so equal la. Because some of us have more than others. And so must share share la. Okay can. After all, we are citizens of the same country ma. Good. Then years later we are told that the sharing ratio must be adjusted la because still not equal wor. Errrr....okay lor. One nation, one people ma.

In more recent times the message has sort of become "Hello we don't need to ask you what. We are in power so we say so. Okay?"

It is really confusing. For everybody. Some politicians wave knives around and shout racist slogans. Then later the same flers try to preach racial and religious tolerance. Some politicians announce that some communities must get more than others because they have less and need help to catch up with the others. The same flers then tell the same audience that they must share development contracts with all the other groups. It's only fair. Huh?

And so the whole shameful show rolls on la.

And then ah...today in The Star...for me la...the most irritating 50th birthday celebration "gift". More rules on how to be patriotic. Okay la, some of you are probably saying that I am making a mountain out of a molehill la. But the story at the bottom of page N13 really pissed me off la.

How to be patriotic!!! I cringe every time some dumb ass clowns with a YB prefix tries to tell me HOW I should show my love for the country of my birth.

It was about the Do's and Don't's of displaying the National Flag. I won't even begin to go into the stupidity of some of the stuff listed there. You go and read it and get pissed off by yourself please.

Approaching our 50th birthday and our elected politicians treat us like little errant children.

Anyway, Mr. YB and YAB and whatever else you want to call yourselves, when are you going to learn that patriotism isn't shown by flying a flag. Less so if the flag is given out free at some toll booth. Patriotism isn't a once a year affair. So please la. Don't tell us to be patriotic once a year and then expect us to go back to being the clueless sheep that you want to re-elect you into office at the next elections.

Niamah!!!

p/s Actually ah...if you look around there is a reason for the detectable feeling of desperation from those flers in charge of firing up the annual show of patriotism. Nobody seems to be giving much of a shit about it. Look around KL. Not too many buildings have the flag up. Look at the cars. Not too many of them have the flags flapping. There have been veiled threats by the 'authorities'. Fly the flag or else kind of thing. But still not much happening la. Newspapers and TV give daily reports of how 'patriotic' some communities are. Doing this and that. But watching and reading these stories I get the feeling that it is a vain attempt at wagging the dog when the dog's long dead. Sad thing is that all these things mean that yours and my tax money goes down the longkang. Again!

NIAMAH!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Oh! For F**K's sake!

Adam: Oh for F**K's sake!

The Star story headline read, "No crackdown on bloggers". Huh? What now? Apparently, the Deputy Prime Minister for want of something to do has announced that the government has not made a decision to clamp down on bloggers. Now the question is why should the government consider that course of action in the first place? The DPM was commenting on the police report lodged by Mat Taib (himself not without blame so one wonders why he is throwing stones) against the Malaysia Today blogsite which is owned and managed by a man whom many would describe as a political activist

I think it is time we set the records straight. Not all bloggers are politicians or political activists or members of political parties. In fact I daresay the majority are not. So let's not lump all us all in the same shit hole, eh?

In the same story it was reported that "The report against the blog is the second incident involving bloggers within 10 days". This of course refers to the arrest last week of Parti Keadilan Rakyat information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan who uses a blog for his purposes. He just happens to be a political party member who uses a blog. So he's a blogger. Yes? Just like the rest of us who should take the same blame and heed the warnings, right? Wrong.

So guys, it's a thin line that should not be crossed.

There was another irony in the same story. Mat Taib was quoted as saying,
“I think they are very irresponsible and forget that our country has the sensitivities on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong institution, race and religion”. This is very ironic and tragically funny because it comes in the wake of Mr. Keris waving Hishamuddin Hussein telling the MCA in so many words to "Shut the fuck up" on the secular vs. Islamic state issue. It would appear that in Malaysia some races are more sensitive than others.

NIAMAH!!! NIAMAH!!! NIAMAH!!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Something to get mad about...

Malaysian Embassy, Washington, USA

UPDATE: I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM THE PENGARAH PILIHAN RAYA NEGERI SELANGOR TODAY. I WAS EXCITED. BUT ALL IT WAS WAS THE COPY OF A FORWARDED EMAIL. THE PENGARAH jailani@spr.gov.my HAD FORWARDED MY EMAIL TO daftar@spr.gov.my . JUST LIKE THAT. THERE WAS NO GREETING, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, NO EXPLANATION.

It was pointed out to me that some Malaysians abroad have been told that they weren't eligible to vote!!! The person who made this discovery is a Malaysian living and working in the U.S.A. She wanted to vote. She checked with the Malaysian consulate on the procedure and was told that only Malaysian students and civil servants abroad may vote. What???!!! Nobody else??? What about the professionals and their spouses? What about the flers who've been sent there by their companies for training etc.? I went to the FAQ section of the Election Commission's website and found this...

Who are eligible to register as voters?
Malaysian citizens aged 21 years and above and who reside in any constituency in Malaysia.

I tried to look for clarification on the site but I couldn't find any except a section about members of the Armed Forces and their spouses who have the privilege of voting by post.


If this is true then it must be corrected. If some clown in the Malaysian consulate in Washington screwed up then he must be FIRED! Expect it. Demand it!

NIAMAH!!!

p/s I have just sent an email to the Pengarah Pilihan Raya Negeri of Selangor asking him to clarify. Expect a reply but please don't hold your breath ok?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Are you mad as hell?


Somehow, the situation in Bolehland today reminds me of a scene in the 1976 film Network. It was a black comedy. In it the character Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) has this classic monologue. Read it. It's scarily relevant......



Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's work, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad.
Howard Beale: [shouting] You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell,
[shouting]
Howard Beale: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it:
Howard Beale: [screaming at the top of his lungs] "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"


NIAMAH!!!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Ah so!

Trust me. We're more Islamic than them.
(photo from www.jeffooi.com/Fuel_Protest_060310Najib.jpg)

Ah! Now we are beginning to get it. I mean what the DPM must have been trying to do. Just part of the effort you see.

Today's NST reported that Najib said that it "will be a titanic battle in the next election to wrest control of the state from Pas". And so he makes a titanic effort which must have included the reassurance for the poor folks in Kelantan that Malaysia is and has always been an Islamic state. It doesn't matter to him that he might sink the whole ship in the process. "We must convince the voters here of our ability to lead the state", he said. And I guess if he convinces them that he is at the head of an Islamic government anyway there is no reason why Kelantanese voters should bother with PAS. Same thing isn't it? Some more if you vote for us just imagine what we can do for you. After all we have the majority voice in the august house anyway. Blah...blah...blah...blah...

Ah so! Now we see the picture quite clearly. Thank you very much.


NIAMAH!!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sorry ah. We can't see the trees for the forest one.

Oooops! Sorry, boss. I really put my foot in it this time.


This is how things work in Bolehland...

First the Deputy Home Affairs Minister announces that 79,000 Malays had surrendered their citizenship.

Then the tokkok in the mamak stalls went like this..."Wah even the Malays are leaving the country in droves man. Baarger, if the Bumi's are not happy with what they are getting then what the f*** am I doing here man?"

Then somebody in the cabinet must have thought, "Aiyoh! The baarger Tan got big mouth la. Who ask him to release the figures? Retract, retract, retract."

Then the Home Affairs minister himself makes a statement.

No la. Only 10,411 were Malays. The majority of the baargers who left were Chinese la.
86,078. So nothing wrong what. Those flers always like that one. We are the only ones who sayang Malaysia one.

So everything is hunky dory again in Bolehland.

But somehow, I tend to believe the deputy minister more. What about you?

NIAMAH!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My country. My home?

Adam: What's going to happen to me when I grow up?


When I read the Deputy Prime Minister's statement in the papers this morning that Malaysia is not a secular state but an Islamic nation I sat there in deep shock. Well, maybe I've been naive for all of my sixty years. It's probably all there in the constitution. I just never took the trouble to read it. Sigh.

For 60 years I had thought that this was my country and home regardless of race and creed. Now my deputy prime minister tells me that I have been wrong all along. That I am here being 'protected' at the pleasure of a majority race who happen to subscribe to the religion that is enshrined in the constitution as the "official" religion.

When I was growing up I always felt that I was Malaysian first before being Chinese and Buddhist or Christian or whatever. Now I don't know. My leaders tell me that Malaysia can only progress and prosper if there is racial integration and all the peoples live in harmony. But these days all I see are fences of segregation. Biased economic policies. Religious schools. Islamic hospitals. HALAL is becoming a bigger deal than I ever remembered it to be. Blaring calls to prayer 5 times a day in racially mixed communities. Bahasa Melayu. One way calls for tolerance.

Someone called me from Singapore about the deputy prime minister's statement and asked of reactions to it by non-Malay and non-Muslim citizens of Malaysia. I didn't know what to say. But I did begin to feel one reaction. Resignation. This is it. This is Malaysia as it turns 50.

NIAMAH!!!

Life isn't fair, is it?

ADAM: "NIAMAH!!!"

In The New Straits Times today there was a photo of a little baby girl lying in a hospital bed with tubes and needles attached to her little body. She had multiple holes in her heart and required corrective surgery. The surgery cost RM40,000 and the parents cannot afford it. So the paper highlighted her plight and asked Malaysians to donate to the little girl's rescue.

Today in the Star there were at least 2 half-paged advertisements congratulating a motor company fler for receiving a datoship. If I am not mistaken there was even a full paged advertisement yesterday congratulating the same guy. Boy! He must have made some historic contributions to the well-being of the people of that state that gave him this title. By the way, I think he sells cars for a living.

I am no media buyer but 2 half-paged and 1 full-paged ad in The Star would I imagine cost no less than RM30,000.

A little girl lies critically ill and needs money she doesn't have, for life-saving surgery.

A man celebrates his dubious honour and causes tens of thousands of Ringgit to be spent trumpeting his "achievement".

Life isn't fair, is it?


NIAMAH!!!

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