In Parliament today Muhyiddin also said, “I am Malay first! But being Malay does not mean you are not Malaysian. It is not a race issue. It’s an understanding of the term gagasan."
Dear Extraordinary Bloggers, cyber pals and friends,
I write to let you know that Voice your Choice is starting this weekend in Klang Valley. We are going to be at 3 locations from 10am – 10pm on the 3rd and 4th of April.
1. Subang Parade
2. Amcorp Mall
3. Cineleisure, Kota Damansara.
We will be at these 3 locations all weekend for voters registration.
We need your assistance to draw people out from their houses to actively come to register. We know this is not a norm but we hope to achieve that with your influence over the people that you lead through your blogs. This adventure of ours is truly extraordinary as we aim to hit an epic target of 2 million voters registered by the end of this year. Never has there been such an aim yet we are not backing out or doubting the people of Malaysia. This is because the only reason we are doing this is because we strongly believe that our people wants to be counted significant in making a difference in their community and country. The reason why there has not been action is because most people are paralysed by the fear of being alone.
Therefore if all of you join us to start this of in cyber space where we are blessed with this freedom, we are very sure, others on the ground will follow suit. Let us do this in unison with the belief that our fellow brother or sister shares the same believe that we strongly believe all of you have. That is that our tiny action however insignificant it may feel will collectively come together to make an amazing impact that will ultimately shape our future.
We plead and urge you that you not let our dream die but share it with us because we know that this dream will become a reality if more people believe in it. Please over this next 5 days write something in regards to this event on the 3rd and 4th of April. Also pls fly our e-badge as a sign of support. Our hope is that all Malaysian blogs and websites will fly this throughout this year. Attached is the e-badge & a simple guide on how to place the e-badge on Blogspot. I seek your support in sending this to your other bloggers who would support us in this movement. We need all the help we can get.
Fortunately, the 3rd and 4th is only our soft launch. We will take this nationwide in May. We will not give up nor will we back out.
For more info visit www.dosomethingepictoday.
From,Growing Emerging Leaders
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By JOLEEN LUNJEW
From ducks to chickens — Patrick Teoh can’t seem to stay away from feathered creatures.
Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Patrick Teoh is one of Malaysia’s most iconic personalities. And why haven’t you been hearing him on the radio, you ask?
That is because the 62-year-old is busy rearing poultry — organic free-range ones at that. But wasn’t it birds that got him in so much trouble in the first place?
For those old enough to remember, Teoh played an April Fool’s joke in 1995 on his radio show when he had his friend call in to complain that her advertising agency was putting ducks on hot plates to make them dance for a commercial.
This upset many people and police reports were lodged before people realised that the “dancing ducks’’ were a hoax. To cut a long story short, many were not happy that Teoh used national radio to play pranks and called for his resignation. Teoh was suspended from radio soon after.
“Come to think of it, it’s quite a silly matter actually,” says Teoh. “The issue was blown out of proportion and even the Ministry of Information got involved. This goes to show that Malaysians can’t really take a joke. But never mind that.
“I decided to get involved in the poultry business when Allan Phoon, who is now my partner, ate this delicious chicken in China. The meat was so tasty that he had to ask the restaurant what type of chicken it was.”
Phoon, 36, found out that the meat tasted different because the chicken, called cho kai in Chinese, was being fed and reared the organic way.
“We both like chicken but the meat we are used to is mostly from factory chickens, like the ones you get with your Hainanese chicken rice. The meat is always very smooth, tender and succulent-looking but is relatively tasteless. The flavour is all in the soya sauce,” points out Teoh.
As Phoon’s family is involved in the farming business, he and Teoh decided to rear their own organic chickens and ducks so that Malaysians would be able to enjoy the delectable meat.
So what makes their organic chickens and ducks different from factory birds?
“For the first 60 days, the chickens are allowed to roam freely, fed grains, corn, fruit and vegetable scraps and eating worms they find in the ground. We do not feed them chicken feed and they are not given antibiotics or injected with hormones. This results in their meat being very sweet.
We put them in cages for the last 30 days as we don’t want their meat to get too tough. It will be a nice texture. They will continue to eat the same food they have been eating for the past two months.”
Their two-acre farm in Sungkai, Perak, rears 60% chickens and 40% ducks, all of which are supplied to their newly opened Damansara Village @ Imbi restaurant.
“We can’t produce enough to sell commercially so we are just supplying to our restaurant for now. This makes it exclusive. The organic chicken is available at our Imbi restaurant but the organic duck is not on the menu yet. We will be introducing it in a few months’ time. Our other restaurant, Damansara Village Steamboat @ Damansara Jaya, will offer both dishes eventually,” says Teoh.
Their ducks are reared in a similar way, too, being allowed to roam freely for 60 days and fed fruit and vegetable scraps. Factory ducks mature in less than a month.
Surprisingly, they steam their ducks.
“Ducks are usually braised or roasted and are not usually steamed because of their strong smell. The only ingredient added to our organic chicken and duck dishes is salt. You get to savour the original taste of the meat as no herbs, MSG or spices are added at all,” adds Teoh proudly.
Besides the organic birds, Damansara Village @ Imbi also offers wild haruan or sang yee that is caught fresh from the Perak rivers by the orang asli.
“Most of the haruan you find in Chinese restaurants are farmed. They have a strong ‘fishy’ smell and a mushy taste. The orang asli catch about 10-12 wild haruan each week for us. The texture and taste of wild haruan are totally different as the flesh is firmer, almost cod fish-like, and there’s no muddy smell or taste,” explains Teoh.
Damansara Village @ Imbi,
32 & 34, Jalan Utara, off Jalan Imbi
(opposite Pasar Rakyat), Kuala Lumpur.
Non-halal, open from 11.30am-3pm
GPS 3°08'41.08" N 101°43'01.84" E