Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh What Crap...

Expect this to come from a man who famously told Kayveas off that Umno can rule Malaysia without other support... however, he was lucky that he is still ruling Malacca but, it is Idiots as these that makes Malaysia a recipe for disaster.

Here he again talks of Umno must dictate government policy. Well so he says, in order to regain lost support. He is still sticking to his guns that Umno does not need anybody else to rule Malaysia. I really wonder why all the other lap dogs in BN is doing... I forgot.. they were just that.. and all you need to do is to give a reward for their obedience... a big juicy bone...

"This situation causes Umno members to lose their morale because the party agenda and manifesto is not effectively implemented. Party decisions need to be implemented and if this is done, we can resolve a lot of problems.

Malays = Umno? So, the issue here isn't really that the manifesto is implemented for ALL Malays but for Umno members.... can you all see this fler's argument?

"If Barisan Nasional wishes to regain the confidence of the Malays, the concept of parti menguasai kerajaan (the party heading the government) must be looked at seriously," he said.

Why such perversion? Again! Malays = Umno = BN?

But seriously, I hope for the sake of Malaysia, Umno is populated by only these racoons... and let the smart, clever, intelligent ones leave them for dead and together with other Malaysians start building a more dynamic and progressive country for all.

While this fler froth in the mouth championing what he thought to be his own ketuanan, here we have a very learned man talks about non-discrimination and propagating all inclusive development... Raja Nazrin speaks of it .. HERE.

Governments can no longer afford to formulate policies, laws and regulations on a discriminatory basis and in an ethical vacuum, said Perak Raja Muda Raja Nazrin Shah said.

“No segment of society must be disrespected, discredited and disenfranchised. No group should feel that their efforts and contributions go unrecognised and unwanted.

“We must abandon the ‘silo’ mentality where we only look up at what is happening and not beside us at what others are experiencing,” Raja Nazrin said at the 21st LawAsia Conference.

Bringing this about is one of the greatest challenges of governance today. For this reason, he said that there was case for empowering through the principle of inclusiveness.

“Only inclusive development through empowerment can societies become strong and we can achieve lasting outcomes,” he told lawyers, judges and students of law in his keynote address.

He said that not empowering citizens could lead to “a deep sense of alienantion and hostility” that could cause “ rash acts of violence that fracture societies.”

"This is bad and insensitive politics."

“We cannot morally turn our backs on the fundamental responsibility of ensuring that all stakeholders in our society, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, have a place under the sun.”

“But closing two eyes to the problem does not help build the unity and integration required to face the economic and social turmoil that is likely to result. “Empowerment is a precondition for an integrated and progressive Asia. Interestingly enough, the forces that can connect Asia also have the potential to empower its people.”

He cited five areas that could empower Asia.

“The first prerequisite of empowerment must be to strengthen the rule of law. The law has the capacity to unite and enfranchise the people of Asia like no other.

“The second source of empowerment is greater political participation. One of the essential tasks of Asia’s leaders is to convert residents into citizens and citizens into stakeholders.

“It is only when citizens are also stakeholders will there be the widest sense of ownership of problems and challenges. In order for Asian countries to weather this storm, governance systems must be broadly based and consultative to minimise non-cooperative behaviour.”

A third prerequisite for empowerment is that values and beliefs need to be changed and this is never a straightforward task.

A fourth source of empowerment is technology, particularly information and communication technology.

A fifth source of empowerment is education that breaks the chains of oppressive traditions and extremism.

“Education has paved the way for many to find their way out of poverty and for countries to sharpen their competitive edge,” Raja Nazrin added.

Unfortunately, he said that good quality education was still a dream for many.

Can you all see that all the values espoused by the learned Raja Nazrin was wantonly ignored by our current government?

1. Strengthen the rule of law - ISA, sedition law, police being the tool of the government of the day.
2. Greater political participation - Umno controls ALL.... the rest, biasala... read the above story..
3. Values and belief need to be changed - Hindraf, conversion, meritocracy..... need I list down more?
4. Technology - 11.13billion broadband contract probably 1/2 of it is "commission" just like the eurocopter deal...
5. Education - National Service, Education Curriculum that focuses on religious studies more than sciences... quality of teachers.. free falling status of local universities.... squabbling over uni places each year...

I wonder if Raja Nazrin speaks of all these with reference to his own observation of the state of his country or was he enlightened by the progress and success reaped by countries that practised the above fair values?

Coming Soon....

I wonder if this is a trailer is for Coming Attraction or Distraction or Destruction...

Fatwa on Yoga.

Wonder if these buggers got nothing better to do? They should be galvanizing the Muslims to be focused on building the nation and safeguarding the nation economically. They should help in helping people to integrate and not to further isolate the people with these stuff of peanuts.

The key purpose here is actually to educate Muslims well. I am sure then, they will be able to tell if Yoga is an exercise or something related to religion.

Maybe they, from their religious viewpoint that it is detrimental, but, ahhhh.... can't understand these folks. I am sure Muslims are not that narrow in their view point or so stupid in so much that they need a Fatwa to tell them that they must not indulge in Yoga.

Then again, seeing the folks in PAS and Umno seething over the GM of PKNS..I really wonder.....well, yoga aside, I am sure if there is a capable Malay to lead PKNS, it would be great. But, you have a non-Malay leading it, to help PKNS to make more money so that it benefit Malays as a whole.... heck yeah! If I am a racist, I would be questioning why is that non-Malay doing there as well???? Why can't she put her abilities to better use to enrich the Chinese rather than the Malays??? But as a Malaysian, I think this is indeed the best way for us to help each other along. A co-operation that can benefit the people in general. Isn't that what the Malays want? Isn't that what Malaysians want??? Why is Umno so protective over the position of one individual rather than the position of the majority of Malays who come to PKNS for assistance??

The way I see it, there will be no end to all these squabblings unless we see ourselves as Malaysians ONLY as opposed to Malaysians First... until then we will be squabbling over petty issues such as these.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Must be one hell of a deal... PM announced it a few days after he took over the ministry and now as famous as he is for his flip flop... he DID IT AGAIN. He flopped....

Eurocopter deal is suspended.

At the press conference, Abdullah also revealed that the purchase price for the 12 Cougar EC725 helicopters was RM1.7 billion, and not RM2.3 billion as reported earlier.

Gee... just because someone cried foul... the price sees a 600million discount? If that is not enough.. while PM and Minister of defence said RM1.7bil....

However, in an Oct 17 statement, the ministry’s secretary-general Abu Bakar Abdullah (far right in photo) - who was also present at the press conference this afternoon - said the price offered by Eurocopter was tagged at around RM1.1 billion.

Someone else from the ministry said earlier that it was only RM1.1 billion...

Hello? So which figure is the quoted figure? RM1.1 billion + Someone's Commission + Someone's commission = RM2.3billion? Is that it?

These are the very people that claimed that when cost of crude goes up... government is hard pressed to pay the subsidies... no money..... now that the cost of crude has gone down... the government is saying.. No Money... not enough tax revenue... Malaysians are faced with a government so cock-ed up that only a fool would base a budget on crude revenue of USD125/barrel. Didn't they know that all that goes up will come down?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

We are BETTER than Singapore...

Malaysia slides in the Press Freedom Ranking

Malaysia is ranked 132... while Singapore is BELOW US!!!! at 144. Beat that! Its not usual for Singapore to be seated below us.. but I am thrilled to BITS!!!! (pun intended)

Golly!! We are actually better than Singapore in at least one way.... but now the comparison by our government would be.. "Hey... don't you say that we always compare Malaysia with Myanmar... but we are now comparing with Singapore.. so you guys in MSM... be glad.. and be good otherwise, the fate that befalls Tan Hoon Cheng would probably befall you guys as well. Anyway, you know very well that our intentions are good, we will arrest you under ISA for your own good... really.. trust us."

Another advise to bloggers would be.... well, RPK, Nathaniel Tan, Penarik Beca etc..... isn't that signs enough to tell us that our government really look after our safety?

Between Alor and Kejora

Sometimes I wonder where these buggers put their brains when deciding to change the names of roads. While it is right to change a colonial name to a name that represents the country, but many a times when the road name is changed... it is from a very simple name to something so bloody complicated and long... Why can't they just do away with all the titles of the person when naming the road? Datuk la.. Tun la.. what la.. this la.. that la...

Then recently there was a huge hue and cry when they changed the name of Jalan Alor to Jalan Mercury. I mean Kejora. Sometimes these mofos do not understand the gravity of changing the names of roads... it breeds confusion,.. it costs money!

Wait a minute... some thing sounds familiar here... Money!!!! New roadsigns... new tourist maps by Tourism Ministry... some event to celebrate the name change... its all in the money?

While DBKL cannot make money from dubiously priced helicopters... they are looking elsewhere eh?

Money Politics....

Rais Yatim has claimed that he was asked to offer money for votes....

I really wonder why he has not reported it to ACA? I also wonder if they are going to say that its a "party" thinggy....

Then this morning as I read The Sun, on the interview with Khairy Jamaluddin, it became evident that for anyone wishing to progress in Umno, once has to play by the rules of the party... money. Money is the name of the game. It has been long entrenched and it has to a certain extent being the main cause of Umno's rotting core but the change that has been mooted was at best lip service as no evidence of reforms were present within Umno to change for the better.

Personally, I would think that for Umno to reform and for all parties for that matter... to eradicate money politics is actually quite easy. Make it exhorbitantly expensive to do it. How many of us notice that the power to choose the leader in Umno and ultimately the Prime Minister of Malaysia actually lies in the hands of a few people? Do we realize that it only takes a couple of thousand delegates to choose the PM of Malaysia? These couple of thousand people would earn loads of cash for their votes... don't you think? Okay, one may argue that these couple of thousand people were being entrusted with the responsibility to carry out the branch's decision on who to vote... but, would it not be more all encompassing if they allow each and every Umno member to vote for their candidate? Then there would be 3million or even 5 million members voting... so, how much would it take then to buy the votes? Paying 2 thousand people or 2.5million people? Simple maths really... right? But, No... Malaysia is at the mercy of these couple of thousand greedy delegates that will lap up the money tossed at them... and vote in the person not with the highest integrity, but the person that can dish out the most handsome returns.... fate of 23 million Malaysians lies in the hands of 2000+ Umno delegates.... imagine...

What does Malaysian Joe thinks? Why not endorse United States way of choosing the candidates... and then let Malaysians think who is best to lead Umno... that would open a whole new idea to being a Leader for ALL Malaysians...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fragility of Life

Its been so many years... sometimes we take a person's presence for granted... when my mom got her stroke when I was in my early 20s and somewhat she survived but with damage already done she was pretty okay until 1999 when she developed end renal failure... it was not until late 2000 that she had to go on the haemodialysis machine.. that again was shortlived... her heart and blood level does not permit and she has to go on peritoneal dialysis from 2001 till her passing in 2006. The pain and trouble that she has to go through, I guess, unless you are in the position, one will not be able to fathom the pain, agony and despair... For dad, he had been a wonderful husband throughout, faithfully caring for her, performing the peritoneal dialysis on mum 5 times a day without fail... of course her passing has been hard on him... the only woman that he had loved and the one that he had lived with for the best part of his life. Yet, those were the days and memory to cherish nonetheless but the pain at times can still be as fresh as the day we lost her...

Today, as I reflect on that and that of my aunt on life support... latest news I had is that she may not last the night. Though her daughter is already here, the son is on the way back from US of A will probably not get to be at her bedside when she leaves this world... I reflect upon the passing of a generation... their years of undying love and passion to see their kids and kids of their siblings grow up to be useful people.. to be successful... never refuse to help when it is required... the number of times, she has helped us emotionally, financially and above all has been so motherly to everyone of us just as my mom is to her kids...

See, we rather she goes off than face the agony of great pain and torture, yet deep inside, the hurt of losing one that you love is so great.. I just cannot explain that right now. No doubt she is just my aunt but on many occasions, she has come about as more than just that and we are going to lose her.... how selfish can I be? How can I? Not have the chance to say goodbye? I was reluctant to because I had wanted her to get well! Am I being selfish? Self centred? Ungrateful? If I do not get the chance to tell her that? She can't hear us no more...

Then again, like my mum, I know she is true to all of us and would have understood our intentions despite no words being said at times... but I cringe now, as I had when I was not at my mum's side when she passed on... for not being able to say what's in my heart when it mattered most...

Guess, I am going now to the hospital to face the inevitable.... I just hope that God will forgive me for being such a hard headed... stubborn man who seldom speak his emotions...

Sharing The Butterfly Award

Cleffairy has awarded my blog with the "Butterfly Award"

Most definitely I will spread the joy and spread the Butterfly Award to other blogs which I am so proud to say that I have been reading religiously for sometime. But that will have to wait as i have to "qualify" them first.. :).

The list of awards that I would give out will be listed on this page.... so hold your horses guys!


Well, its been sometime since I last posted something on my blog but, work and other issues took up most of my time, but I hope I will be back for good! I mean writing and yacking here... :).

Happy am definitely not... not with the situation in the country... the news of Abdullah's flip flop was definitely consistent of him and talking about flip flop... he has "promised" "I WILL COMPLETE MY MISSION"statement where he says he will fulfill his promises on reforms... I was like.. heck, he has 5 years to deliver and he has failed.. now he want to do that in 5 months? That is after even his de-facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim quits on him? Another flip flop??? BETCHA!

If there is more to be dismayed, was news like Najib being hailed as The Man to do the job of reforming Umno, BN and The Man to take the coalition to newer heights... well, to me he could well be THE MAN to take them all to newer lows... Here, we have a man, who has C4 hanging all over his head... and the man, whose dad so famously did a "coup" on then PM, Tunku Abdul Rahman... now here is the man who is about to do the same to the current PM.

Now, if that is not bad enough, we also have news that the man with two Mohammed to his name, a man that cannot understand english and who tried to smuggle millions out of Australia has been nominated for No. 2? Does anyone for one moment think that Umno is ever capable of reforming itself? Do they even realize that reforms is not mere rhetorics and words? While, we have Umno trying hard to potray that by having a new captain is a miracle cure? True, Malaysians treat panadol as the cure all pill but do they know that panadol over a long period is detrimental for health? They have been taking panadol since Dr. M's days!

While Umno was busy posturing and "renewing themselves", we have Donald "The Duck" of MCA singing a tune of a progression.. somewhere in The Star today when he said he will go for MCA No2!.... A man who just months ago, compared Malaysia to Myanmar and Pakistan is speaking of reforms in MCA! Bravo! He is indeed going to benchmark regressive reforms to Myanmar and Pakistan! I do hope MCA will realize that Donald Lim is indeed the man to take MCA to newer LOWS!

Anyway, I have been away for sometime and I think it will take sometime for me to collect my thoughts and write about it.. there are alot more to write... just in my friend message me on this!
Prosecution in RPK's trial admitted to "doctoring!" and here. And, would you believe it, reading today's newspaper, a so called prosecution investigating officer noted that the explosive used was NOT C4! But it is somekind of plastic explosive! And he did not know how the explosive was placed on the woman's body... I mean, you are the bloody investigating officer.. and if you do not know what other plastic explosives are there and what explosive is being used.. then the heck, you are a STUPID investigating officer... and how can he conclude the investigation when he is clue-less as to how the murder was carried out? Stupid don't you think?

Am I dismayed? You tell me...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Will PM Quit?

He is to make the announcement today.

But I doubt he will quit.

First and foremost, he would not want to go down as the PM of Malaysia that has failed. His predecessors have all earned a good name for themselves.. well at least in the annals of the country's history. He would like to at least wanted to be remembered doing something good for the country. At the moment, the only thing that he can do is to push ahead with at least the judicial reforms.

Will write more on this later today...

And I was proven right! Hah! Next date to look forward to 13th Oct 2008.... Anwar is so silent about the frogs... wonder if they will ever hatch... but before that 9th Oct... there may be an umno implosion? explosion? self destruction?

Then I WAS PROVEN WRONG!!! What a flip flop...

Now, will we see Najib becoming PM? Will we be comfortable with him being PM? He has yet to apologize for his bathing his keris with chinese blood.. has he? Will umno close ranks? Or will it break and dissipate even further? Are they even capable of reforming themselves? Let alone the nation?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Horrifying weekend.....

Gosh... where do I start? Many things happened over the weekend.... Had many plans laid out for the family but all came undone... :(.

Firstly, I came down with diarrhea... yeah.. too much lemang and rendang... then last night, my aunt was taken to UH and is seriously ill... was at Emergency ICU for almost the whole night.. am on EL today.. just got up from my sleep actually... In many ways, I feel for my aunt as she has been the one that has helped us a whole lot during our childhood days... with her 2 kids now overseas, she really has no one to care for her and it was up to her brother to arrange and care for her.. notwithstanding that he has his own family... so I can't really sit idle and watch so we all chipped in to help in whatever way possible. Not from a big family so, help from family members is scarce. Am still groggy from the whole night's episode.

She has been staying in a nursing home for the last 5 years and recently she moved to a new place despite our objections.. well, she is hard headed.. and that is an understatement. Then the whole thing came apart... a week into the new place where there are no nurses and doctor to care for her, she fell horribly ill last night and we are still not sure of what is wrong with her. Maybe its not a good thing to share her plight here but I just can't help wondering... just like my mum before she passed on, she is living on borrowed time but her faith has kept her going on for the last 15 years and I really admire her for that. I think that if really I was in her shoes, I would have given up long time ago.

Now, the idea of this article is not so much about her illness nor about her faith and will to live... I guess, it really set me thinking what would I be thinking or what would I be doing if I were in her position... what would you have done? Decline all medication and die a painful death? Opt for medication to prolong life that would not improve? What is the purpose? What purpose? I mean, when my mum was taken ill back then, I told my family, that we must do all possible that she leaves only when God say its time... looking back, the question begs answer is, do we know when God says its time? Or are we acting out of our own selfish ends to not lose the one you love by prolonging his/her agony or are we doing the only humane thing possible so as not to lose a life? I have been grappling with this question since my mum's passing two years ago and last night, I revisited the questions and issues... what is humane? what is the right thing to do?

I do not have the answers but maybe some others do... gave life a hard look last night and I came out blank... shrugged my shoulders and told God, "If my time is up, Lord, take me home. I do not wish to face the ordeal. I may disappoint myself and You, God, if you know what I mean."

Friday, October 3, 2008

Departure from Politics....

Well... for the next few days... after all, many of us are still in holiday mood... while a few are already back at work today, yours truly is still pigging at home.. :).

Raya was a great time to chill out in the city... while newspapers splash pictures of crowds at our PM's open house... duh.. maybe to bid him farewell... darn! No politics!

My son celebrated his birthday on 30th Sept while mine the day after so, we sort of had our celebrations together... (save money ma). Anyway, since early September my son, he is 8 by the way has been hyper about him turning 8 for some time now and since he is rather smallish as compared to his 10 year old brother, he is always that impatient to grow up, hence, turning 8 was a big thing for him. The thing with him is, he is a very persistent kid. For the past two weeks, he has been busily calling my wife and I at about 6.30pm every day! Reminding us that his birthday is near and questioning us if we have already got him his birthday presents. Needless to say, we "con" him all the way saying we are not celebrating.. blah blah blah... and that got him rather dejected but the best day was actually on 30th night itself... we got home after work with a birthday cake... sometimes I wonder why do we even bother with a cake! Nobody eats them at least in my family. Soon, he was resigned to the fact that he will not be getting any presents but he sort of perk up with the cake and all and he seem to be consoling himself that its okay if there are no presents, as long as mum dad and bro are with him he is happy kinda stuff...

Pitiful really... then after all that died down, we brought out his presents and I think some expressions are priceless. The look on his face, the glimmer, the smile and the excitement... we got him this time. He got so excited with all the presents.. gathered during the last six months, toys that he had wanted over the year (of course only those that are within our budget).. more presents that he had wanted... then I turn and glanced at the elder brother... he was happy as ever and I seriously believed that he is expecting something of that sort when his comes this 27th December... by the way, did I ever mention that 27th Dec was our wedding anniversary? Well, many co-incidences really, my eldest son came on our FIRST wedding anniversary and the second one came a day before my birthday, he was too impatient I guess...

Now, when I saw my eldest son's looks, I am sure he was wishing... and that brings me back to last year's celebrations... see, its always difficult to celebrate his birthday as it was so close to Christmas.. we normally do it together, and he gets double dose of presents but to him its that it was never exclusive and he felt he was always short changed. So last year we celebrated 30th Sept in Genting and a night of games and ice-cream and everything that the kids want to do.. me? Just pay.. well, they seem to be having loads of fun while I hold up a calculator in my head. So, after the heady Genting trip, my eldest was actually suggesting that we do something similar for his birthday.. obviously he was disappointed when we did not do that... for many reasons, it was Christmas and you know how Genting is like during those festivities, and so we reasoned with him.. being the docile character and right the opposite of his younger sibling, he accepted that we cannot go to Genting during Christmas, so we did one for him at McDonalds! Gee, kids these days, they would need to have a birthday party at McD! I wonder why... Anyway, I guess it was money well spent, he is still talking about it till today but he has given us a pre-emptive notice this year, "I want pressies!!! Loads of it.. just like Kieren!"

Well, we still have 2 months to mull over it. Anyway, yesterday (second day of Raya) was a nice day out, we got up and headed to Ozeki at Menara TA for lunch but it was closed! I was like... WTF... okay.. never mind that, we then headed to Rakuzen at Chulan Square with my brother and his wife... food was so so la... but the funniest event happened after lunch.. one of the staff walked over to our table to "seek our feedback".. while we were having small talk with the supervisor, my eldest son offered his "feedback".. he said "Good Food! Next time have more sashimi on the plate.. not enough!" Knowing him, all chubby, he loves food, he loves sashimi! His bill alone surpasses any of our individual meal! To him, anything edible and tastes good is good enough for him. The bill came up to about RM300+. Decent price considering the serving which was quite decent but I still think Ozeki is much nicer albeit pricier. Sorry, I did not take any pics of our food... not the foodie blogger type but I just love good food... and that brings me to dinner on First day of Raya... It has been sometime since I last had Korean at Kang-san-ae. Thier Kalbee is exquisite... nice portion and decently priced... yeah.. Korean bbq... the restaurant isn't that posh though.. but food is reasonable and tasty... again my eldest son seem to revel in food, from kimchi to cockles.. from tofu to bbq meat, he gobbled them up.. 4 adults and 2 kids, we raked up a bill of below RM150/- decent eh?

Anyway, wifey is back to work and I am hammering away at the keyboard at home... worrying at the back of my mind really on what will happen on Oct 9th. Will Abdullah announce his step down? Anwar's silence so far is deafening.. is he planning an about turn back into Umno? What will become of our country with all the bickering and hankering about Umno's political transition? Does it mean that while they are in transition... we also must follow suit? My first reaction was.. Kanasai... why bother now.. lets go for more makan! Maybe heading down to Kuala Selangor tomorrow.. anyone?