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Thursday, September 10, 2009

This is tragically Faarneeeeeeeeeee!!!

Whenever I discover good comedy or something really funny I feel it is my duty to share it with ....well with anybody game for a good laugh. Particularly our neighbours down south who these days are constantly finding us to be a never-ending source of comedy. So when I saw this photo in my friend Stephen's blog Shanghai Fish I knew I had to share it here. Take a look at this photo.

It is a photo of the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complexs or Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur. Grand building yes? For sure. But some bright spark decided to hang those huge banners on those phallic columns.

The words scream out BUAT KERJA!!! Buat Kerja is Malay meaning Do Some Work or Get Back To Work.

I do not need to explain what sort of impression those banners give anyone who sees them, but who the f**k was responsible for something as stupid as this?



Kumlan said...

I am more interested to know how much did they pay for those pathetic banners?

Sharmini Popiko Sasha said...

Dear Patrick,

my name is Wani and I am afounding member of canine welfare initiative Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better.

Given the large number of stray puppies and dogs we rescue almost daily - we are often desperately trying to get them rehomed in adoption drives.

We have such an event coming on Sept 13 and I was wonedring if you could post it on your blog.

I hope you would be able to do so as we are in dire need of the publicity.

I can b contacted at or at 019-3576477.

Herewith, the information.

YOU are cordially invited to the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better adoption drive at the Summit Subang Jaya on Sunday, Sept 13. We will be bringing 20 more of our puppies which have been vaccinated and dewormed for adoption. The adoption drive starts at 11.00am and ends at 7.00pm. Adopters will receive free dog food samples and children will be entertained by Jelly the Clown who will be giving away ballons.We will be stationed at the enterance of the mall near the Starbucks Cafe and we hope many people will come to adopt our puppies. Please adopt our rescued puppies and give them a second chance in life.

Anonymous said...

its a nation wide campaign.same thing i saw a month ago at seremban court house.

Liu Hanxue said...

I had a good laugh when I first see it too. At least it is straight to the point and practical.

Maybe we need more of these banners ;)

Anonymous said...

Satu lagi Project Barisan Nasional

Anonymous said...

Real Dumbo. Very similar in idea to the broom presentation ceremony by the x-MB. It might looks better if they have put in in the Duta Court Complex 'Fair Judgement Now'. Someone just realised that people are not working all this while. Actually it will be appropriate on most gomen conplexs. Gaji Buta.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow who is the idiot who came out with such slogan!!!!!Is it because of the overload backlogs cases that they have to remind the employees there? Will the slogan work. I think to them it is another slogan like Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah, 1 Malaysia ....and end of day their attitude are still the same....I AM SLOGAN BLIND.

Anonymous said...

And they are getting RM500 for what???
Give them to the daily paid laborers in the workforce la..not those who sit in their nice air con orifices**%&!! who have about 20 teabreaks lunch breaks coffee breaks after coffee after lunch ...and of course eating at their desks during working hours breaks... and these will cost you and me and us poor fools RM400++ million!..and therefore no need to wonder what it takes to DESIGN these ...probably had a contest for that too...after your posting plse have a dekko later to see if they are still there?

Sad Sack

Anonymous said...

It is pathetic in many ways,

People could have been cuti for too long, now buat kerja. This, is mere honesty a very plain way.

What if they put "buat saja!", "buat lagi!", "jagan main-main".....?

Alternatively, orders might have been given on how to judge, time to work! That is sxck, ok.

Alex said...

"Buat Kerja" was the phrase coined by the former chief justice Dato’ Abdul Hamid Bin Haji Mohamad.

Anonymous said...

What a slogan from the national language! No ooohm at all! Don't they know it needs to be "kan"? Don't get me wrong, something like "Lakukan!", that's what we learned in primary school la.
And u expect our kids to do better in BM??? To convince the rakyat, the Education Ministry must investigate the team of officials responsible for such a slogan and further interrogation by MACC...
All I can say is "sia sueh",where are the intellectuals in KL mahkamah???

ayepsepa_sarawak said...

yeah, i saw these banners whenever i drove pass these building.. it's an eyesore indeed and i wouldn't want to be noticed walking out of that building, ever. the public might say "..see, another lame lazy joker 'court jester' comin' out from the building.." what a JOKE!!

i mean, you need not to put a huge a** sigh to tell the whole world that you are doing work or may it for your staff to do work.. another wastage of $$$$...!!! ADOIII!!!!...i need a strong kopi-o oredi..

Anonymous said...

Decided by one of our leaders.....the standard of a malaysian grad, probably uiitm

Anonymous said...


PDRM oso need those banners.

Anonymous said...

I think they should put up banners like "Niamah !!! Work Lah" or "P..K..Mah, Work Lah" surely easier for semua rakyat jelata to understand.

Anonymous said...

The banner for this slogan has been hung at the Palace of Justice since last year if i'm not mistaken. Funny and the slogan gave me an impression of a pissed High Judge barking his subordinates to BUAT KERJA!

Anonymous said...

Funny but VERY STUPID!!!
1 Malaysia boleh!!!

Anonymous said...

Salah catat - Bukan Buat Kerja

Yang benar - Buta Kerja

Buat Kerja can also means Untuk Kerja - FOR WORK


However the BUTA KERJA is more appropriate. ???

Lazarus said...

Heheehh NIAMAH!

This is also in Penang on the court building. I was thinking the exact same thing man. WTF do you mean by BUAT KERJA!

Well it certain states the obvious when dealing with the government sector. And rightfully those MF's better start earning their salaries!!


afn21896 said...

Buat kerja = make work.

Unless officers make work, how to justify their existence?
- Parkinson's law.

Uncle Teoh, you need to go to management school. :p

Anonymous said...

In the Malaysian context this is a fantastic piece of reminder to the workforce to get back to work. All the while nobody works, right? So with the new PM it's about time such a message is spelt out loud and clear for all to see. Emails will not be useful to convey such messages. Why? Because nobody works so their mail boxes will not be looked into. Paper memos will also not be useful. Why? Since nobody works, there will not be anyone who can produce the paper memo. Therefore I think it was the work of a genius. And at the same time someone gets to benefit from selling such a banner.

Anonymous said...

Do they mean all the while they are not-

TaxPayer said...

Buat Kerja means 'Do Work' in English. It looks like those flers in the past never do their job(just sembang2 a lot,tea break longer than stipulated,jalan2 sana sini). So the Ketua needs to remind them to do work. But on the other hand,do you need to resort to this mean? Didn't the govmt has their KPI to monitor their staff?

KIMHO8 said...

I saw the BUAT KERJA banner at the Penang City Council Hall last Chinese New Year.

Anonymous said...

buta-kaji laa !!

ahoo said...

This is new branding mah ! Finally, they (govt) got the cue that many civil servants are not so civil afterall. They are into the mode of relaxing most of the times and causes the files of courts to be higher than any human.

Many files also goes missing and the lawyers are fighting not only their cases but also against apathy of court staff at times.

KIMHO8 said...

Selamat Hari Naya to PKFZZZZZZZZZ!

Wong Pencen said...

And the banner has been there for many many months. More than a year, if I am not mistaken. None of those many many people working in the building seems to be bothered about the banner.

ANN BK3 said...

Now let's say 'buat kerja' was'nt what they were doing (hence the reminder I suppose) then pray tell, what have they been doing?? never-ending honeymoon... instead of giving their all to serve the public, their PAYMASTER! Lastly, the banners really 'cheapens' the grand building.

daniel said...

The banners gave me a shock. I was reading your blog while signing some documents...better get back to work :P

natives are restless said...

"BUAT KERJA" :- short , sweet , precise , simple & direct .

"1Malaysia , People First , Performance Now" ?
Would have taken us all day just to finish reading it , right ?

Anonymous said...

Buta gaji all along, time to work for your ringgit.

Cases keeps postponing, cover ups, what else, no one knows. Time to work is spot on.

Give them credit, they are learning to speak the truth for once.

Anonymous said...

Maybe, they got no more work, so make work to be kept employed........

Ho ho ho said...

I have also seen these banners at the new Penang courts. I thought it was for the opening of the new courts.

Send the picture to the Star, maybe can get RM 50 and have the whole nation laughing.

Anonymous said...

I think the contractor wrote the wordings wrongly. It should says

" Buat Rasuah" Stupid government wasting our tax payer money. why not...start working at 8.30am, tea time at 10.30am, 12nn break for lunch, come to work at 2pm, 3.30pm tea time again and 4.59pm sharp waiting at the timecard machine to punch out at 5pm. Saturday, whole working government nation is off and sunday too. Then half of the staffs sick leave on Monday!!!!

Don't play play...Buat Kerja!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to digress, but do we take note of this trend as well?

This was a reply given in the Malaysian Parliament, in response to a question by DAP MP Loke Siew Fook:

"Sejumlah 10 cabutan khas (special draw) yang telah dibenarkan oleh Kerajaan pada tahun 2008. Jumlah kutipan cukai yang diperolehi daripada cabutan khas tersebut adalah sebanyak RM77,026,171.04. Kerajaan membenarkan cabutan khas diadakan berdasarkan kepada keperluan semasa yang bertujuan untuk membiayai pelbagai program/projek pembangunan yang berbentuk sukan, kebajikan, pendidikan, kesihatan dan kemasyarakatan."

That works out to around RM7,702,600 per draw in the government's kitty.

Fast forward to 2009. Do you all know how many special draws have been allowed till this date?

Da Ma Cai

Magnum 4D

Sports Toto

Thats a total of 34 special draws todate.

At the conservative estimate of RM7.7 million taxes per draw based on the reply in the parliament, the Federal government, (with a 'premier' partner UMNO, which the PM claimed is an Islamic party) would have collected RM 261.8million 'halal' money.

One wonders how much of 'halal' money went actually for "pelbagai program/projek pembangunan yang berbentuk sukan, kebajikan, pendidikan, kesihatan dan kemasyarakatan"?

Or did any of this amount go to nurturing frogs?

Look at the trend of the draw dates.
See any concentration of dates, before the Perak state government was hijacked?

And is there any concentration of dates, co-inciding with the time where the Selangor state government ex-co members and their assistants were being 'invited' to co-operate with Federal government agencies' investigations? And the 'special' blog on TBH that surfaced around that time?

When all that failed, then the 'religious' angle came into the picture with
a. beer confiscation from 7-Eleven (which ironically is from the same business group that Sports Toto also belongs)
b. self-proclaimed edits about state suthorities being given powers to go after Muslims 'dealing' with alcoholic beverages
c. Cow-Head march
d. Disruption in the dialogue session called by the Selangor State government

Too many co-incidences. Very difficult to ignore.
Malayians need to remember these carefully when they want to cast their votes and select the people that they want as their MPs and ADUNs


Anonymous said...

no-lah, no-lah. the banner is to show you all that they are working (hard) inside.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it could be that they have intended to put a 'K' instead of a 'B' there. It should be KUAT KERJA or Manyak kuat kerja ... kah kah kah...

This is just a matter of civility.

Just like K.Toyo giving the broom as hadiah for poor performance.

Or Bung Mukhtar saying that the Roof Leaks are just like woman. period.

Just this morning, I read that a Republican heckler shouting 'You lie' to Obama when he was giving a speech on health care. He'd apologised after being screwed up by his own camp as 'totally disrespectful' and 'behaving like a jerk' to the President.

Sad to say that we are so far away in this aspect and that the mentality of some of our people here are just deplorable.

Anonymous said...

If i remember correctly, it was the former chief justice who came up with this slogan. Can't remember what's his name but he was the CJ before this Zaki.

Anonymous said...

' buat kerja !' biniku roars.
reluctantly ...dragging my limping feet & start mopping the floors, washing plates & ....SIGH !!

Anonymous said...

Oowwww, it's so sweet. The banners reminds me of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs as the 7 dwarfs go to work humming.......Hum, Hi Ho, a working we will go.......

Anonymous said...

Dear Pat,

Why are you against those banners?
They actually put the condition and situation of the Malaysian courts and judiciary very succinctly. The only irony is that these banners are placed by the courts themselves.

Wouldn't it be nice if the PDRM,Customs,Immigration,JPJ and all those state and federal government institutions and agencies also put up such banners to remind themselves of what they are doing.....errrr Not Doing?

At least the judiciary openly and loudly announced that they are not doing their job!For once!

Anyway they are still doing a shit job for all to see and read about every day.What a laugh...the Malaysian Judiciary! mykantree

Baldwin said...

ho ho ho!! ..

here's the one in Seremban court house bck in April..

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with the slogan.
It is just stating a simple honest to God fact. Nothing further from the truth. Now you know why we can't compete with the
Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese and the darned proud Singaporeans.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean? Patrick. You mean our Malaysian civil servants have not been working all this while? Hahahahaha! You are right. This is tragically funny! Really niamah to the max.

Anonymous said...

biniku : stop reading the blogs....
buat kerja ...oops, masuk tidur !

EndWork said...

Yup, the earlier comment was right, but I'm currently of the persuasion "Usahlah lakukan kerja." See The Abolition of Work.

Ho ho ho said...

Aiyo, why is everyone so negative and taruh such good intentions. It falls in line with the 1 Malaysia - People first, Performance now. The Buat Kerja thing started before 1 Malaysia. You have to buta kerja then get performance. The intentions have always been good but...........along the way someone will benefit. How much does one banner cost ? Anyway, let's not speculate. Perhaps we should find out from the horse's mouth as to what actually does the "Buat Kerja" mean ? Will one of our politicians bring this up at the next parliament sitting ? This is really a national issue involving the judiciary. Serious matter, man. Oops, I hope the "horse's mouth" would not get me into trouble since the pig heads and cow heads are caused so much trouble.

Anonymous said...

buat kerja tak buat kerja betul sebelumni? selepasni?

Anonymous said...

Nothing strange except it's demoralising & expose the coolies to mockery.

In Management Science, this is McGregor's Theory X.

The opposite, Theory Y, is more frequently being applied, whereby the coolies are being motivated to perform.

The programes of 'Best Worker of the Year' etc are being held reqularly in modern firms instead of the Khir Toyo's notorious 'Broom Trophy'.

Ho ho ho said...

Just passed by the Penang courts today and saw that the banners are no more there. I think they were removed some time ago. Are the other courts still hanging them ? Someone needs to explain this stupidity

ktteokt said...

The banners are self admissions by those working within these buildings that they have not been doing work all these while and collecting only gaji buta. They are only beginning to do work! Which idiot came up with this stupid idea making all the occupants of these building admit to such stupidity?

ktteokt said...

How to buat kerja when the staff in these buildings hardly work 3 days a week.

Monday - Hang over from over-relaxation over the weekend.
Tuesday - Gather energy to get down to some "serious" work.
Wednesday - Continue with the serious work from Tuesday.
Thursday - Finish off what has been left over from Tuesday and Wednesday.
Friday - Prepare for TGIF "Thank God It's Friday" - off to the mosque.
Saturday & Sunday - Who cares a damn about BUAT KERJA!