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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.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Something to get mad about...

Malaysian Embassy, Washington, USA


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!


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,
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!"


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Ah so!

Trust me. We're more Islamic than them.
(photo from

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.


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?


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.


Life isn't fair, is it?


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?


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


You probably noticed by now that I have done some irreparable damage to the format of both my blogs TOKKOK and Niamah!!!

I accepted blogspot's invitation to upgrade to a newer version or something like that. Click, click, click...and then half the stuff on my original blog format disappeared.

No more chat box on TOKKOK. No more counter. No more blog archives.
No more counter and archives on Niamah!!!


Something smells. BIG TIME!

DUH! Dunggu!

The minister of tourism, Dunggu Adnan has done it again! Either that or members of our mainstream media are again being creative with their 'quoted statements'. Take a look at the story on page 12 of today's (Wednesday July 4, 2007) NST which is titled "Selfish tour operators warned". The minister was bellyaching about tour operators ignoring his constituency, Putrajaya. Apparently, tour operators were not bringing tourists to visit the almost decaying multi-billion Ringgit expression of one man and a whole generation's fantasies of megalomania. (Can you actually blame them?) Anyway back to today's Dunggu-ism...

In the NST story the minister is quoted as saying, "We are giving them a chance to improve now. Soon, we have to be nasty to them in stopping all their nonsense including overcharging and cheating. We will revoke their licence if we have to."

Doesn't that mean that these tour operators are currently overcharging and cheating tourists and that if they organise some tours to Putrajaya or wherever Dunggu wants they can continue to overcharge and cheat?

Is he really stupid or does he think we are?