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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Magic pills for kids in schools

The Star front-paged a story today about schools in several states where "magic pills" were being sold to the students with the promise that the pills will make them smarter and do well in exams. 

WTF!!! Yes, that was exactly my reaction when I read the headline story. 

According to The Star report the promoters claim that the “get smart” pills, named Dimensi 108, which are marketed as food supplements, can alter children’s behaviour to make them more obedient and hard-working as well as resistant to illnesses. If any parent discovered that someone was peddling pills (magic or otherwise) to their kids they'd flip. Of course. But the most scary thing is not just the pills-peddling but that one headmistress actually condones the whole thing saying that most parents merely misunderstood and that the pills were food supplements to help pupils concentrate and build energy for the upcoming examination. She said “The product also has the endorsement of the Malaysian Federation of the Council of Headmasters, meaning that it has been approved by the Health and Education ministries”. Now if that doesn't scare the shit out of you I don't know what will.


Parents who can afford to take their kids out of national schools but have not yet done so for whatever reasons are surely going to be thinking even harder about the options now. 


Magic pills for school children approved by the ministries of Education and Health???!!! And remember, these pills also make people "more obedient". I wonder when the government will be giving these magic pills to the Rakyat disguised as 1Malaysia something or other. Beware strangers bearing gifts when the next election comes around.


NIAMAH!!!

p/s No I didn't buy The Star. Read it for free while waiting for my car to be serviced. Heh heh heh......

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

For a laugh


Something has to be lost in translation in this report in The Sun a couple of days ago. Dep Min Waytharmoorthy was quoted as saying that suspected criminals of any race should surrender their firearms. Why? This is funny......
This is to enable police to nab them without using force!!! 
Hahahahaaha......sorry.


NIAMAH!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lu faham ka?

Jalan Alor is already a tourist attraction. 
Or did the tourism minister not know this.

Errrr....gua pun tak faham la. For as long as I have been in KL (40+ years) Jalan Alor has always been known as a "food haven" as the new Federal Territories minister, Tengku Adnan describes it. And for as long as I can remember Jalan Alor has been a tourist magnet. So, my question is why this sudden need for a project to upgrade Jalan Alor into a “food paradise of international standards”.

Sure, get DBKL to clean up the place and order the hawkers to adhere to a clear set of rules governing hygiene and garbage. That I think should be the minister's main concern. Not this need to provide Utusan Malaysia with more crap to write about. Agree or not?


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The National Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025, scheduled to be launched next month, would be implemented and not be obstructed by objections from any quarters, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Phwaaaar! Damn strong warning somemore. Does anybody know what this blueprint is about and what it do for our education system? I also wonder if our minister of education and anyone else in the ministry has ever watched and heard this man talk about education.



NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday snippets



The Communication and Multimedia Ministry proposes that the "patriotic spirit" can be promoted by playing the Negara-Ku before the start of the feature in cinemas. Do you think so? Its just like thinking that the more Jalur Gemilang flags that you fly the more patriotic you are. And when you fly a tattered Jalur Gemilang what does that say about your 'patriotism'?

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After 1Malaysia it's next going to be Malaysia:Endless Possibilities. When are our leaders going to stop telling us what could be and concentrate on what can be now? We all now what our future can be. Will you help us get there is the question. And yes we do know that Malaysia has endless possibilities and we're really scared shitless! Thank you.

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If you think Najib's Chinese New Year Koong See Far Chai television commercial was laughable, take a look at his new one that was aired on CNN



NIAMAH!!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's only natural

Breast-feeding. What can be more natural? What can be better for your child? Nothing! Read this. Join up. Support.

Salam and hello dear friends and soon-to-be friends....,

We'd just like to take a moment to tell you how this whole event came about so that you know what you 
are getting yourself into. It's a bit lengthy but please do read up...it means a lot to us.

Late last year, a group of us realized that our breastfeeding advocacy stops where the sign says "BIG MONEY INVOLVED". We love breastfeeding so much and we feel that it can grow bigger with more awareness IF ONLY BREASTFEEDING IS A PATENTED PRODUCT WITH LOTS OF FUNDS TO GO INTO ITS MARKETING like formula milks. But this is not the case. BREASTFEEDING IS A PUBLIC COMMODITY. It does not belong to anyone therefore the responsibility to let it grow bigger is not in a corporation but to those who love it and want it to be back as the norm. And that is US, YOU and ME, the lay parents.

We dream big. We dream of TV commercial, we dream of posters to be put in public places, we dream of Malaysia being the first country to support breastfeeding that there is no need for alternative anymore. We dream of happy and thriving Malaysian generation.

But all these dreams are nothing without MONEY and we are just lay-parents like you. We have our ethics and can't be endorsed by certain companies that violate the Milk Code even if they can give us the money we really need.

So from early this year, we've started doing our background research on how to produce a campaign by end of this year. We are already halfway through. Our next step is to actually look for a production and advertising companies that want to work with us to produce a television commercial on breastfeeding in Malaysia. Lots more work to be done but this current phase; the fund-raising phase is the most important one of all.

This whole charity bazaar and the Malaysia Book of Records Simultaneous Breastfeeding event is one of the steps for us to realize that goal.

We still have more work to do but once we have the money, we can have more options and aim for high quality end-product. We hope to inspire future younger breastfeeding advocates to carry on this sort of campaign on annual basis. If we can do it, so can you. You can no longer say money is an issue for something like breastfeeding campaigns.

So when you sign up for this event, your RM20 means a lot to us in realizing this dream. We are sorry that we only came up with the Malaysia Book of Records so last minute (10 days before the event to gather 500 moms-and-babies to be exact) but this is where the fun lies. To see whether or not our breastfeeding-supportive community is made of the people who want to see it work.

So each time you sign-up at www.tinyurl.com/breakmsiarecord4breastfeeding, we feel relieved. We feel relieved that 500 moms-and-babies is a record we can indeed break.

And with that break, we will proceed to produce the first by-community to-community television commercial for breastfeeding. All funded by the empowered community.

We are big dreamers. If we can break this 500 moms-and-babies record for Malaysia Book of Records, we will go to Guinness World Record and commit to beat the 3000-strong moms-and-babies record set by the Philippines a couple of years ago.

But for now we are at 160 registrations. We need at least 340 more before 22nd August 2013 (3 DAYS TO GO). It seems crazy but we believe in the power of God and social media. You can share but YOU MUST SIGN-UP too. So please do so at:

www.tinyurl.com/breakmsiarecord4breastfeeding and help us make this dream come true and let breastfeeding play on the same level field as the big formula giants.

God bless,

The Gift of Love Charity Bazaar 2013 Committee Team




Make a date with some pretty Nyonya ladies

MamaMin is conducting a Nyonya cake-topper figurine sculpting class. 

Sign up and have some great learning fun. 

August 31. Merdeka!!!


Friday, August 16, 2013

So what you wanna do about it?

Does anyone remember the term "government servant"? I remember hearing it a lot when I was growing up. It referred to the people who work in government departments, ministries or anything to do with government la. Later, in school we we told/taught that government servants 'served' the people. Okay that's cool with me. But these days things seem to have changed. "The description, "Government servants" nowadays seem to refer to us la. We are there to pay taxes and serve the government or more precisely those in high offices in the government. Have you ever felt that is the way it is?

Recently, it was discovered that the minister of tourism and culture, Nazri Aziz had employed his son as a special officer in the ministry. Naturally, a lot of questions were asked. Nepotism? Is this allowed? What is the son's job function? But we, being servants to the government were told by the Yang Berhormat, menteri......

"I am a trained lawyer and I know what I am doing."

"He (his son, Nedim) shall remain a special officer to me."

"I don't care what people think. I don't care what bloggers, netizens, journalists write about me. Today I am still a minister appointed by a bigger majority in my constituency, so what do they have to say?"

"I don't please anybody but myself. If making him a special officer makes me happy then that's it."

When we vote politicians into office do we also grant them the licence to become arrogant arse-holes? No? Perhaps we should check the fine print.

NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The age of offended-ness?

These days it is almost on a daily basis that we read about somebody being offended by somebody else about something or other. As a Malaysian I really don't know how we have come to be like this. Is it just us or is it the way the world has evolved? This article by Salman Rushdie sheds some light maybe. And of course this can also be deemed offensive to some readers here. Up to you la.


The Booker Prize-winning novelist Salman Rushdie spoke out against a new "culture of offendedness" yesterday, saying that people increasingly "define ourselves by hate".

Speaking to a sellout crowd on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Midnight's Children author said: "I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you're invited to define your identity quite narrowly – you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be."
He continued: "Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?"
His comments came in a week in which internet hatred has topped the agenda. Rushdie has first-hand experience of being a figure of hate after living under a fatwa for a decade after the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988.
He ascribed the new hatred to the fall of Communism and the rise of religious fanaticism, among other things. "Instead of there being one Iron Curtain, there became lots and lots of little enclaves with people fighting to the death about their own little mindset or their own tribalism. And then religious fanaticism happened, which is not only Islamic. In India, there is the rise of Hindu nationalism, and in America the increased power of the Christian church."
Referring to the The Satanic Verses, Rushdie said that he did not believe that a book had the power to offend. "Conservative Muslim leaders had not liked any of my books. So I expected them not to like it. And my view was, 'So what?' It's not compulsory to read a novel. If you don't want to read a book, don't read it. If you start reading a book and you don't like it, you always have the option of shutting it and at this point it loses its capacity to offend you."
He added that many of those involved in protests over the book, in which copies were burned in the streets of Bradford, now regretted it. "One of the few things that I thought was cause for optimism, if you like, was that when it was the 20th anniversary of the Bradford book-burning and all that, British newspapers interviewed a lot of the people who back in the day were involved in organising those things. Everybody that was interviewed regretted it. Some of them regretted because they thought it was tactically bad. That it had backfired and hadn't got them the results that they wanted. Some of them accepted the free speech argument. But what was interesting was that they all said, 'We wouldn't want to do something like that again.'"
The author also talked at length about having dinner with Thomas Pynchon, the world's most famous literary recluse. Rushdie was invited to dine with Pynchon after he wrote a review of the latter's 1990 novel Vineland in The New York Times.
"Thomas Pynchon looks exactly like Thomas Pynchon should. He's very tall and he wears lumberjack shirts and blue jeans." Although the two authors enjoyed "a very long, very affable evening" together, eating and talking until 3am, they have not seen each other since, he said.

NIAMAH!!!

WTF!!!

So what? Why I cannot? 

This has got to be the WHAT THE FUCK story of the week!  It was discovered in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture's web portal that one of the 'employees'or staff listed is the minister's son Nedim! Nazri is listed as a "special officer". Just what does a special officer do? And why are there 2 special officers? What is so special about these officers?  

When questioned, the minister alledgedly said  he could choose to name his son's designation anything he chose as it was he who paid his son and not the government.

And as if that wasn't WTF! enough, Nazri also was quoted as saying that a minister has the prerogative to draw up his own employee roll and that "IT CANNOT BE QUESTIONED"!!!

Hands up those who want Ng Yen Yen back or Sabaruddin Chik even.

NIAMAH!!!
 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wouldn't you want to know?

Berhenti!!! You mustn't progress any further my Melayu brothers. Otherwise you will not be lagging behind the other races. And that will not be a good thing. Kan?

Umno supreme council member Noh Omar says that the government is on the right track with its race-based policies as Malays were still lagging behind the country's other races.

That headline from The Malaysian Insider made me think. Ok...when I look around I see that all the major businesses in Malaysia, TNB, Petronas, most of the media including television stations, banks are all in Malay hands. So why are my Malay brethren still lagging behind after more than 40 years of affirmative action? I don't understand la. As a non-Malay Malaysian I would like to know what a Malaysia where the economic pie is equally shared and where Malays no longer "lag behind", as the Umno and BN politicians like to keep reminding us, will look like. Can you picture it? If you can, please share.


Niamah!!!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

SELAMAT HARI RAYA




Here's wishing all my Muslim friends 

and Muslims everywhere...

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI
SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI


MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN

May the Lord bless all of us with peace, love and prosperity for all.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister

Netizen, Yusuf Hashim wrote this open letter to the PM which I would like to share will all of my friends. Please share and spread too if you agree.

On this fine Tuesday morning, I would like to post an open letter to our Prime Minister, Datuk Najib. Please disregard your political affiliations and your race for a moment. If you support what I am asking the PM to do, please LIKE and SHARE this open letter to Najib with ALL your friends on FB.
In 2013 it is estimated that there are 14.5 mil FB users in Malaysia. As our population in 2013 is 29 million, this means half of the population of Malaysia is on FB. If every one of the 14.5 million FB users in Malaysia likes and shares this open letter to the PM, the PM better listen and do what I am asking. Here's my open letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

Greetings and Selamat Hari Raya to you from 50% of the people of Malaysia. We have a simple request for you to implement by the end of this year. We really don't want to listen to any excuses. If there are any issues or problems, please ask your cabinet ministers to solve them. We want you to Just Do It. If our request is implemented, maybe, just maybe, we might consider giving you our vote in the next general elections. Be assured however, we will NOT vote for you if you don't do this.

First consider these statistics:

Estimated Population of Malaysia in 2013 is 29 million
Median life expectancy is 74 (Male 71, Female 77)
Proportion of Malaysians who are 65 years and above is 5.1 %
Therefore number of Malaysians who are 65 years and above is 1.45 mil
Petronas 2011 income after tax was RM 68 billion (RM90.6 bil before tax)
Malaysian Corporate tax rate is 25% so Govt has already taken RM22.7 bil

Our request is very simple. The oil in the ground belongs to the people, so the revenue of Petronas rightly belongs to the people. For every dollar that Petronas earns, the government is already taking away 25 cents as tax. Now its our turn. We've never had any clear accounting of what actually happened to the trillions that Petronas has given the government as dividends over all these years, but that is not the issue we are raising here.

All we are asking is, we would like you to enact a law to set aside whatever amount is needed from the net income after tax of Petronas, to set up a fund that will provide a guaranteed annuity or pension, of at least RM2000 per month for every Malaysian man or woman that is aged 65 and above, no matter what his race, his colour, his religion or his political affiliation is. This will be paid to them monthly from January 2014, till the day they die.

As the number of years that a person, on average, is expected to live after 65 is 9 years (ie 74 minus 65), for each of the 1.45 million elderly Malaysians, you only have to set up an investment fund that generates a paltry 2000x12x9=RM216,000 over 9 years for each person. To illustrate how easy it is to earn RM216K, if you have access to capital, you can buy a house in Bukit Jelutong for RM900K last year, and this year you can double your money by selling it off for RM2 mil. That single investment will take care of the post 65 pensions of at least 6 warga tua. Easy Peasy.
Recognizing the considerable financial wizardry in your cabinet, we are confident this can easily be done.

Mr Prime Minister, if you can do this, you will go down in Malaysian history as the Prime Minister who was brilliant and visionary enough to have provided a lifelong pension of RM2000 per month to every Malaysian man or woman above 65 years, till the day he or she dies, no matter what his race, religion or political affiliations are. We already have a good government hospital system that theoretically can provide for all his healthcare requirements. This universal pension scheme for every male or female Malaysian will complete a financial and healthcare package that will be the envy of every country in the world.

Mr Prime Minister, we know you can do this. Announce this incredible pension scheme in your Hari Raya message, and let your cabinet worry about how they are going to do it. In one brilliant move your stature will eclipse that of every Prime Minister before you, including your visionary late father as well. You can do it Mr Prime Minister. Just do it. And do it NOW.

Yours Sincerely,

Yusuf Hashim, on behalf of ALL Malaysians.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tuesday snippets

A quote from my friend, Charles Peters that I'd like to share with you......

It's easy to bully the middle-class, tax-paying liberals as they don't get violent 

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Does this headline make you angry? It pissed me off. Big time!

Police to finally get tough on traffic offenders, if Ops Selamat fails, says IGP - Bernama

Finally get tough on traffic offenders??? Hello, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, how many more Malaysians need to die before you "get tough?"


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Did anybody get shot anywhere in Malaysia yesterday? Feels like there is one such case almost everyday now. I read in ABN News today that somebody threw a Molotov cocktail at an Audi Q5 in Puchong; a group of 10 black-clad flers claiming to be cult members tried to storm into the Istana Negara last night. Life in Bolehland is crazy these days but it's never dull.

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And you thought it couldn't get any worse or more ridiculous......

DAP seditious for calling Muhyiddin seditious, says Malay group

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This Hari Raya ad took just RM75 to make. Or so one of the flers claimed. Just goes to show that you don't need Petronas Ringgit. Just good, old Malaysian talent.



Yet some people who saw it said it was insulting. What do you think?

NIAMAH!!!

Monday, August 05, 2013

What the FUCK!!!

The news headline that made me go WHAT THE FUCK!!! today...


This was how Nazism creeped up on the Germans too. Slowly. Nobody made any noise about it. And one day it was in their faces. We must be careful.


I know. You feel like screaming it too, right? Go ahead. Scream so loud that the government and those people responsible for this madness can hear you.

NIAMAH!!!

Snippets

Guns crimes in Malaysia. Over the past week or two we have been reading about gun crimes in Malaysia. Almost one a day. Every day. But today I read that even buffaloes are not safe. Buffalo story HERE

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I don't know where the folks at Free Malaysia Today get their inspiration for headlines. Today I read in FMT that we should ......

‘Blame Pakatan for gun violence’

Hahahaha... True. Apparently, according to the FMT report Umno says that the rise in gun shootings is the fault of Pakatan Rakyat. And who made the announcement this time? None other than former Malacca chief minister, Ali Rustam. 

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One of the best lines I've read in the Malaysian media in a long time...

The last person you should trust with either your money or your religious concerns is a politician. - Erna Mahyuni (The Malay Mail)

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You might think that the issue of the beauty contest is a small one but it is above all a matter of principle. If we give in to this, we will eventually have to give in to even more outrageous things for we will have lost the moral courage to stand up for what is right - Zaid Ibrahim

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According to this report in Free Malaysia Today (FMT) the deputy prime minister supposedly said this at a buka puasa function (to a predominantly Muslim audience I presume.)

“Muslims do not insult the religion of non-Muslims such as Christianity and Hinduism. But non-Muslims are insulting our religion”.

As a Malaysian I think the DPM's statement, if he did say it and was not misquoted, is very irresponsible especially during the Holy month of Ramadhan. But since then of course the DPM has been proven to have been talking some serious cock. 


NIAMAH!!!

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