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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday funnies

I think the light bulb finally came on......errr......hello!......HELLO! Knock knock......

Finally, after years of pissing us law-abiding citizens off by offering discounts for late payment of summonses the bloody ministry and the police flers finally get it right. I hope!

The minister of transport, Kong Cho Har announced that with effect from March 1, 2011 the cabinet has agreed to restructure the system for paying traffic summonses based on the principle that 'the more you delay, the more you pay'.

Well, it's about bloody time I say. Bloody time that the transport minister, police and members of the cabinet show that they have some grey matter upstairs. Cabinet agreement indeed.  I mean it is not rocket science to punish only those who deserve punishment right? When it seems that it has always been the system to reward the crooks.  Oh wait a minute......isn't that how things are done here?  Ah so...good move forward then. Good, good, good.  Thank you ah.


What is faith?

1.   Sitting at a bus stop waiting for a bus in KL/PJ.

2.   The PR state government listening to a Federally-appointed State Secretary taking an oath of secrecy.

3.   Hearing a recorded message telling you for the 87th time, "your call is important to us."

4.   Believing Mahathir's claim that he did not have anything to do with Ops Lalang.

Any more?


Teohlogy review in the NST

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Wisdom of Bapa Malaysia

Tunku Abdul Rahman
1st Prime Minister of Malaysia

"In my time we had a Cabinet of 13 ministers. Even then they didn't have enough work. What they do now with 45, I don't know" - Tunku Abdul Rahman, 1983

"In the old days people never bothered about what others did, so long as they were free to do what they liked themselves. Today, one cannot sneeze without being corrected, let alone enjoy oneself. That's what politics have done to our society" - Tunku Abdul Rahman , 1975

Ahhhh...the good old days.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mother's Love

There is a Yasmin Ahmad in every country, every culture......Enjoy......


Monday, February 07, 2011

What is normal?

Is this "normal"? I guess it is because it is obviously not raining anymore.

A friend of mine tweeted me and said she heard the news on radio that the flood situation is Johor is "back to normal". She wanted to know what is 'normal' about floods? Can anyone tell her? Or the news editors on radio stations?


Several times each year we all get to read about royals and heads of states who 'care'. A people's king. Or  a caring ruler. Etc. etc. etc. As a Malaysian I have never had a stomach for these editorial cliches much less believe them. But I am so happy that there are exceptions. 

I received some photos of Raja Zarith, consort to His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Johor.  Raja Zarith was photographed as she visited flood-affected Pagoh in Johor state. the Princess was delivering much needed supplies and spending time with the people of her state. Unlike our usual Malaysian big shots when they go on their rounds there was no fanfare. No banners. No outriders. No fuss. Just love and caring in the performance of duty. 

I bow in humble respect of a real, Royal Princess.

No it is not a river but a flooded street in Pagoh.

The Princess listening to some of the flood victims in relief centres

A royal visitor with her people. Notice the total absence of photographers. 

My favorite photo. The Princess eating with her people.

Now, if only those flers from Putrajaya would follow her royal example.


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Credit where credit is due


A big heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS and SYABAS to all the Malaysians who worked tirelessly to get the thousands of Malaysian students in Egypt to safety. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia among others. 10,000 students from Egypt’s capital of Cairo are safely evacuated to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The operation to evacuate all 11,319 Malaysian students out of harm’s way is expected to be completed by Monday.

And of course, we must not forget the efforts of FLOM, Rosmah who said she had also made some calls because she could not stand by and watch the students suffer “as some of them had nothing to eat”.
“As a mother, how could I not act? I feel for all the mothers whose children are studying there. I am glad I could help.
“Some of the Malaysian officials, aware of my Saudi connections, also asked me to assist. My husband was busy so that was why I helped,” she said.
“I could not afford to take any risk by waiting as every minute matters in a situation like this. Waiting a minute could cost lives. That’s why I made the call to the Saudis,” she said.
“Of course, I reported to him (Najib) what I did later.”

So it was FLOM who made the call to the Saudi's. But at least she told Najib afterwards.


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Don't worry. Everything OKAY!

The Star today has lots of stories of how Malaysian students have been evacuated from Cairo in the face of all the protests and violence in the Egyptian capital.

Evacuation of Malaysians from strife-torn country proceeds smoothly.

Students home safely at last.

Malaysians to be out by Monday

Don't politicize evacuation delay says Muhyiddin.

And so, in Bolehland our government wants you to believe that everything is A-Ok!

Okay, now sit down, take a deep breath and read this account of one Malaysian family's experience with Malaysian efficiency in a crisis situation...


Stuck in Cairo, with NO help from the M'sian govt
OK, so my bro and his wife and 3 kids went to Cairo last week for a long-awaited holiday. They had a great time the first few days. Then, on Friday 28th Jan, the whole city 'blew' up. Their Egyptian guide (a Coptic Christian), and the Egyptian hotel staff were incredibly helpful to all of them. Their guide, who had taken them out sight-seeing that morning, KNEW that the situation was going to blow up after the Friday noon prayers, so he made sure he had them back at the hotel by then. The staff at the hotel kept the hotel doors locked, and made sure all their guests were safe.

THEN the "fun" started. No internet (since the Egyptian govt took the whole country off the internet), so my bro tried to call the embassy to find out what was happening - three days of calling, and the phone never got picked up! Very helpful... NOT!!! When they eventually managed to get through on Monday, they asked what the situation at the airport was like, as they were supposed to fly out on Monday night, at 00:15 hours (ie, early Tuesday 1st Feb morning). So, guess what the so-called situation room tells them? "Don't know. When you get to the airport and find out the situation, you call us."... !!!! I mean..... WHAT? What can anyone say to such idiocy? So, as you can see, the situation room had ZERO handle on the situation!

Their wonderful EGYPTIAN guide made sure he picked them up early on Monday and took them to the airport - it should have been just a 1 hour journey, but took far longer than that due to the riots and the craziness! They get to the airport and the guide stays with them, to help them try and get checked into their flights, etc. And the airport was an absolute mad-house. ALL Egypt Air flights were cancelled - and, unfortunately, it meant that their M'sian airlines flight, code share with Egypt Air, was also cancelled!! My bro kept trying to call the Embassy, and the phone was either NEVER picked up, or was engaged. OK, so, forget any possible help from that side. Totally, absolutely, USELESS!! Mind you, all other airlines, apart from EgyptAir, were still flying though with major re-scheduling, and the governments of other countries (US, UK, India, China, Japan, NZ, the Arab countries, EVEN CROATIA) were sending in planes to get their people out of Cairo. But, as of yesterday, no news from our "action-oriented, on the ball" govt about sending in planes to get OUR citizens out of the country! And TODAY they start sending planes? TODAY? What the hell took them so long? Question about LANDING RIGHTS? Hello, how come the OTHER countries did not have that problem? Only Malaysia?????

Embassy personnel from other countries, with jackets emblazoned with their country names, were going round and round the airport, trying to find their citizens... they even approached my bro and his family to see if they needed help..... and where were the so-called "People First, Performance Now" M'sian embassy personnel???? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!! Not hide, nor hair.

Malaysian students, including lone female students, with no money, no food, no tickets, no nothing, stuck in the airport, not knowing what to do!! At least my bro and his family had the means (and the credit card availability) to get themselves on another flight (Emirates, to Dubai) out of Egypt late on Monday night/Tuesday morning... but what about those who had nothing? Where were our "caring" Embassy personnel? NOWHERE IN SIGHT! Not hide, not hair.

Oh, side story... when my bro called to tell me that their flight out of Cairo was cancelled, I called MAS here in KL, and they tell me the flight is leaving as scheduled!! Obviously news of the rioting, and the Egypt Air flight cancellation did not seep into MAS consciousness!! And they obviously never watched the news! When I told them that my brother and his family are IN CAIRO, and have been TOLD FIRST HAND that the flight is cancelled, the staff here are still insisting that the flight is leaving as scheduled. I mean, don't get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE MAS flight crew - but, MAN, their ground staff and procedures leave a LOT to be desired!

I am saddened, and horribly embarrassed, by the shoddy show put up by our govt and our embassy personnel in Cairo. I am so ashamed at this time to be called a Malaysian. I am also deeply grateful to the people in EGYPT, the EGYPTIANS, who helped my brother and his family so much, and deeply thankful that they made it home safe on Wednesday morning after 2 days stuck in Cairo airport and Dubai airport. My prayers go to all those who went through so much fear and shock, with no help from our govt, in Cairo, and I just hope and pray that they will ALL get home safe, with or without govt help.


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Here's wishing all Malaysians