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Friday, February 20, 2009

Friends of Eli Wong

A convoy of Friends of Elizabeth Wong will be touring Klang Valley to bring a signature campaign to the public this Sunday February 22.

2pm BU3 Community Hall, Bukit Lanjan

4pm Kota Damansara SEction 10 forest reserve.

5pm Bukit Gasing.

6pm the site of Bukit Antarabangsa landslide.

Politicians have short memories

Hishammuddin Hussein: No keris this time. But just you wait... we go long are Malaysians going to allow this to go on?

“What do we do to these traitors? We drive them out..."

"....they will pay the price..."

So what is going to come next?

"This keris will taste (.............insert race here...........) blood"???

"If you don't like it here then go back to (..............insert name of Asian country...................)"???

Yes, politicians like this guy have very short memories. They are also hoping that we, Malaysians are the same.


Nurul Izzah Anwar. Member of Parliament, Lembah Pantai.

The Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar has written an open letter to residents of Bangsar calling for gotong royong to combat the rising crime in Bangsar. A Proactive member of Parliament. A rare creature indeed. And from what we have been reading in the media lately, a dying (figuratively speaking) breed as well.

I don't live in Bangsar. I live in Bukit Antarabangsa. And I wish we had some proactive members of the MPAJ to deal with our problem of landslides in the area. You know or have read about the recent tragic event which killed 5 people and displaced thousands more in Bukit Antarabangsa. All the speeches have been made and the photos taken so things have slowed down a lot prior to being totally forgotten. Already some YB has made the announcement that hillslope developements will be allowed to continue after no less than the Prime Minister and his Deputy promised that they will be STOPPED.

Last Tuesday I attended a meeting, supposedly initiated by the Menteri Besar of Selangor, between the residents of Bukit Antarabangsa and MPAJ and other relevant parties including the developer of the area. I knew it wasn't going to be a good meeting almost right from the start when the emcee announced that the YB big-shot from MPAJ who was supposed to chair the meeting could not attend because of something or another. His deputy chaired instead. Anway, the meeting started with the mandatory speech. Which was thankfully very short. Thank you, Mr. Deputy/Timbalan whatever from MPAJ. But from the speech I should have deduced that things weren't going to be smooth sailing that afternoon. The YBhg. chap announced that the meeting had been called by the Menteri Besar to 'get the views' of the people of Bukit Antarabangsa so that further actions can be taken. What the F***!!! Almost 3 months after a landslide that killed 5 innocent people you are asking us for our views? Well, to be fair I did give them mine. I told them I was PISSED OFF. That's my view.

Next the emcee announced that there would be a presentation by the engineer from MPAJ. Hopes in the audience rose. "Ah now we are getting somewhere. An engineer! Surely he will be able to tell us things we need to know. Not least of all if it is safe to live here."

The engineer came forward and presented....

A slide show listing chronologically the events that had taken place!!! Things that every single person in that room already knew. And really didn't need to be reminded of. Graphically. On this date the landslide happened at this time. The damage done was this. So many people were killed. So many were trapped. Diversionary roads were cut. A bridge was built. This is how the area looked when the landslide happened. This is how it looks now. Oh, and here is a satellite photo of the area.

Well thank you all over the place!

After the jurutera (engineer)'s presentation the emcee opened the floor to questions. And then pandemonium started. Well to be fair it began quite politely with a gentleman from the floor requesting to speak in English for the benefit of the sizeable population of non-BM literate residents and owners present. After all, the place isn't named Bukit Antarabangsa (International Hill) for nothing you know. The panel didn't disagree and so the meeting continued bi-lingual-ly.

And the panel seated at a long table in front of the 200+ strong audience became the shooting targets. Defence-less targets. Targets because they came to the meeting totally unprepared. The people wanted to know the actions that are being taken or initiated to solve their problems. Dates, departments/persons responsible, phone numbers, know, the stuff that will put one's mind at ease that something positive is being done. The panel came instead to repeat what's been general knowledge the last 3 months. As I expected the questions from the floor became heated, emotional, personal and generally un-productive ones. Not that any were actually answered by the panel la. Who sat there wishing they were somewhere else.

And so not wanting to waste any more time with people who had more initials in front of their names than answers that made sense, I left with the thought that meetings in Malaysia are actually mostly conducted like that. Well at least quite a few that I have attended were. VIP's are announced with great fanfare. Speeches are made. Questions are asked. Answers are given that don't make sense nor are relevant to what's going on. Then diabetes-inducing tea/coffee and the usual assortment of Malay kueh are brought out. Backs are slapped. Balls are licked. Then everyone goes home. Happy. Well that afternoon in Bukit Antarabangsa people didn't leave happy. They just left with nothing. Same as when they arrived.

Sigh. Sometimes I wish I lived in Bangsar. There is rising crime there. Purportedly. But at least they have Nurul who promises to work WITH the people to solve the problem. All we have is a Menteri Besar who initiates useless meetings and forums to piss us off even more.



The Works Minister has today announced that RM70million will be spent to stabilise the landslide affected areas of Bukit Antarabangsa.
Zamry Kadir: I swear to defend the Monarchy. True one. Trusssssssssssst me.

This morning when I was surfing online news portals I came across this incredible headline in the Malaysian Insider...(WARNING: You could get a coronary from laughing too hard at this. Reader discretion is advised.)

"Before thousands, Zamry vows to defend monarchy"

What? You don't find it funny? Okay, let me explain...

First, Zamry is a politician right? So no point him vowing anything, right? We all know politicians vow at the drop of the proverbial hat. And of course, they don't mean a word they vow.

Second, defend the monarchy? Zamry belongs the group that, not so long ago under a different leader, were almost calling for dissolution of the monarchy. And not in such polite language either. Remember that? Now suddenly vows are made to defend the very institution they had wanted to front of thousands some more. Now, if we findd out that those thousands actually believe this shit...then it really is time to emigrate. Singapore might even be an option. Oh sorry...a neighbouring country in the south, I mean.

Finally, to those of you who have suggested that my silence on the blog might mean that I have been 'bought' over. The answer is no. RM5 million, even if they offered, don't buy shit these days anyway.


Sunday, February 01, 2009

What a shame!

Zulhasnan: Just give me RM7 billion. I will solve KL's public transportation problems. Trusssssssst me.

Like many Malaysians I was taking advantage of the last few days before school re-opens to spend time with the kids. And yesterday we decided that we would go to the park nearest our home, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. I've been there quite a few times but of course Adam and Laura were much more familiar with the place.They took me around and I was very pleasantly surprised at what the park had to offer even the casual visitor. First of all, it is deceptively big. And it had more facilities for visitors than any park that I have been to in Singapore! Playgrounds. Dedicated racing circuit for remote-control drivers who in turn provide thrills and spills to entertain the crowds. Beautiful fountains, crystal clear lakes, food and beverage outlets, horse-carriage rides, jogging tracks, cycling tracks and even a traffic games circuit with working traffic lights! Good, right?

The day I was there with my family it started to rain very heavily and we sought and found shelter in a rather unusually designed building which I later discovered was a covered area for Main Gasing, the Malaysian game 0f top spinning. It had a caged rink of red earth and arena-type seating. Wonderful. BUT when I began looking closer it was really quite SAD. Remember it was raining very heavily...

The roof of the Gellengang Gasing leaked. Which is an understatement really. The roof is in a horrible state of disrepair with water pouring in and onto to floor of the entrance and seating area.......

But never mind la. Surely if we walked around the arena we'd be able to find some seats which were dry for us to wait out the storm. We walked around and came across this spread across the walkway. It's a pile of...


It's a big steaming pile of..........HORSE SHIT!!!
Actually there were 3. But I think you've seen enough.

Anyway, after about an hour the rain lightened into a sprinkle and the kids thought they'd go have fun on the wet playground and discovered....

.......bad drainage had turned the walkway surrounding the playground into a 2-inch deep moat!

Take a look at these 2 photographs and wonder why..........

Clogged drains and water-logged fields

..................Malaysia is experiencing its worse ever dengue outbreak!

Despite all that, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa is a beautiful park. I am sure it was built at multi-million Ringgit expense. Rakyat/taxpayers money. It's just that after the YAB's and the YB's came to make the speeches and cut the ribbons nobody was really quite interested in maintaining it. After all, the YAB's and YB's won't be coming back what.

But it is a piece of public property. Built at the public's expense. And somebody should be made to take responsibility for the sad state of affairs. I strongly urge every Malaysian residing in Kuala Lumpur to visit and use the park. Look at what your money was spent on. See the possibilities that this park has for you and your children and their children to enjoy. Get mad. Get angry that DBKL is doing horse-shit about taking care of YOUR investment. Make your anger heard. Make your anger felt. Make them pay.

And finally, think about this. If the Federal Territories Minister and the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur can't even manage a public park do you honestly think they can manage that RM7billion of YOUR money that they have just been given to "fix" Kuala Lumpur's public transport problems?
That's not all. That Federal Territories fler,

Zulhasnan has also threatened to "turn" KL, Putrajaya and Labuan into World Cities. I am sure he doesn't even have a clue what that means. So while you tighten your belts and change lifestyles and buy Malaysian, the fler will be spending more of your hard-earned Ringgits on...........HORSE SHIT!


Do as I say ......

Adam: What tokking you la?

Did you know that Abdullah Badawi launched the "Buy Malaysian" campaign on January 16th? I didn't. Maybe it's because I have switched off to everything that our prime minister says or does these days. But he did la. Buy Malaysian only because it saves you money. It is good for the economy and helps Malaysia weather the current global financial crisis. In other words it is our patriotic duty la. Okay. So, the questions for members of the Malaysian cabinet and other Barisan Nasional leaders are:-

What car do you drive to work in? Proton? Mercedes-Benz?
What suits do you wear to official functions? Italian? Saville Row? Chong's Tailoring Shop?
Where do your children attend school and university? Cheras? Chelsea? Kedah? Melbourne?
Where do you holiday? Genting? Pedas Hot Springs? London? Paris?

You flers come out and tell us la that you've changed your lifestyle and are totally committed to the Buy Malaysian Campaign and I will even throw out my Japanese rice cooker and buy a periuk nasi tempatan. But otherwise, just shut the fuck up!