Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief aspirant Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has called on the Government to abolish the vernacular school system to enhance unity among the people.
He said a single school system was the only way to check racial polarisation.
“The Government should consider introducing only a one school system with Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction, except for the teaching of Science and Mathematics, which is already in English,” Mukhriz told reporters at Parliament House yesterday.
“Of course, pupils should then be given the option to study their mother tongue. Under this system, the Malays will also have the option of studying other languages like Chinese and Tamil, and this will further boost unity among the races,” the Umno Youth exco member added.
In an immediate response in his blog (www.ongteekeat.net), MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat made a very short posting on the subject.
“Datuk Mukhriz is just one of the many who are now repeating the same polemics that are a few decades old, simply because of the advent of their party’s poll.
“It is saddening because politicians cannot think out of the box,” he said.
Earlier, Mukhriz said it was time Malaysia did away with the dual school system, which was practised by only a handful of countries in the world.
He expressed hope that the leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties would not view his suggestion in a negative light as it was meant to resolve once and for all the problem of racial polarisation.
“If they reject this suggestion, then they should explain why they are against it,” he said. “If you want equal rights then you cannot have a different school system. You cannot have your cake and eat it too,” said Mukhriz.
He also urged all parties to stop harping on issues that could create tension among Barisan component parties, including talk of Malay supremacy.
He said there had been many statements made by leaders of component parties that had the potential to create anger among the Malays and Umno members.
“If they insist on making such statements, then do not be surprised if the Malays start talking about the economic supremacy of the non-Malays,” he added.
“Despite all that has been said on the issue of Malay supremacy, the Malays do not feel in any way superior or that they are the masters when it comes to the country’s economy.”
Saturday, November 29, 2008
After godzillion times of rejections in the midst of recession, it's quite understandable how the UK companies are not keen on employing foreigners especially dodgy Malaysians who have the reputation of abusing their Visas. However, I focused on getting Maybank London and MNRB since I am supposed to be working with PNB (or be sent to court to settle the bond). As you can see, they are the subsidiaries of PNB and after my conversation with Puan Rukiah A. Samad, I am quite positive PNB will let me go.
Some people just don't care about legal matters. I do.
The opportunity came when my father was asked by a neighbour during his Raya Open House about me doing Actuarial Science . Being a prominent figure in MNRB, he is willing to help me get a job in the UK because he understands how hard it can be these days. My father texted me about this matter and I said I would be delighted to be given that opportunity and would return for the interview on the 18th November.
However, 3 days before my flight, I received a call from Mr. Tan from Maybank London. He told me that Maybank is employing and invited me to the interview on the same day later in the afternoon. It went quite well despite I was being told off by the General Manager for writing unprofessionally to them earlier this year asking if there was a job vacancy. I got the feeling that I excelled because I sounded desperate for the job by saying "yes" to all their offers/terms. I got the job but had a mixed feeling about it as it is non-actuarial. I told Mr. Tan to let me balik kampung and think about it first.
After one week since the MNRB interview, it seemed that there are so many obstacles. MNRB asking for a release letter from PNB but the latter would only do that when an offer letter could be presented. The thug-of-war scenario made me feel quite uncertain of getting the placement. Finally, I was prepared to take Maybank because they were so keen of employing me and the question of uncertainties did not arise. I wrote to Mr. Tan that I will be flying back to start work with Maybank. The whole of two-week was full of drama, and then two days ago, I received the offer letter from MNRB.
Then after a long thought, I decided to take the challenge to qualify as an actuary i.e. rejecting Maybank in the process. I was offered a 1.5-3 years job at Guy Carpenter while taking actuarial exams. The bond would be for the maximum of 6 years. However, all this is subject to getting a written consent from PNB. Fingers crossed everything will be done or I will have to fork out RM95,000 to pay them off.
I am happy with my decision. I hope my decision is right. The last time I did was very troublesome (signing up with PNB). However, with the likes of Puan Rukiah in the HR, it is hoped that one day PNB will realise that they have to change their views on their scholarship restrictions/terms/system.
Pray for my success.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The youngsters have shown yet again they can be a Premiership side. Carlos Alberto Vela was superb but overall I would give the Man of The Match to Aaron Ramsey. I wonder if the Senior team can give a better score against the same strong Wigan side in December.
On the 'one woman two husbands' issue in Malaysia...
I am surprised where are the liberals or seculars or that 'Thilaga and friends' group protesting over the rights of this woman? The Mahkamah Syariah (the power that some so-called fatwa hating people question most) has asked politely the woman to file a divorce with one of the men. However, according to your liberalised minds that the woman is just doing it for LOVE! My God! When will these people learn that there must be some limitations in life. In-denial. Unbelievable!
On anyone can become the PM of Malaysia...
Realistically speaking, like Singapore, a predominantly Chinese nation, it is still hard for Malaysians to have a Non-Malay Prime Minister. I am surprised Pak Lah and Mahathir both disagree on this opinion but I am just being realistic. However, it depends on the people. If the people want a Chinese or Indian Prime Minister it's really up to them. As long as the PM can control the nation. I am just pissed with all this chaos in Malaysia. Oh well, the people voted for a change but 2/3 was not achieved by any of the parties. Of course the Malaysians are restless now.
On abolishing ISA...
I don't understand these morons on the streets thinking we are safe from terrorists. I understand their feelings over the misuse of ISA but come on, again, abolishing ISA is not right at all! What we can do is to remedy it. To make it as a better tool for the nation. Not for political purposes. Nama pun Internal Security Act. How much I detest Raja Petra over his Islamic comments, I don't think he is a terrorist. He is just an uneducated Islamic preacher liberal wannabe.
On Ivy Josiah comment regarding fatwa...
She has got no right to comment. Her sources are.. Sisters in Islam and Anwar Ibrahim. That's not good enough sources for you to absorb and tell all. I think she lets the hate got into her to see how Syariah law is bad in every way. Anti-Islam. Racist. And I am sure, like Thilaga and Friends, her actions would spark some discontent among the Muslims. This is avoidable.
I used to respect this media as unbiased... but clearly it does incline towards the Oppositions. The postings of inappropriate videos further pile the pressure on their credibility. It's hard to get unbiased sources these days. What we can do is gather all information and make good judgment. But yeah, most readers just follow it blindly. Like idiots.
On vernacular schools...
After a thought provoking conversation with a friend, who seems OK to 'let the Chinese and Indians win these small battles of having vernacular schools', in his own words, I still think in the future there should only be one school. I have nothing against the Chinese or the Indians and I am not racist. What I really want is the people of Malaysia to be integrated starting when they were kids. This can only be achieved with one school for all. And yeah we are Malaysians. We are not from China or India or Saudi Arabia. This is Malaysia. And we can still speak Arabic, Tamil, Mandarin, Hokkien, Haka and even French or Japanese in schools through subjects. I am sure if my son were to learn Mandarin from Standard 1 until he reaches 19 in the University, he could be fluent in that language if the syllabus is right! So I hope you get my point.
On going home...
I am sorry I can't take anymore kiriman from friends as I have about ten people asking me to bring home some stuffs. Some, unluckily, I have to charge them as I am having a cash-flow problem no thanks to certain people who hate Pak Lah for being slow and 'bodoh', but do not realise how they are slow as well. Probably slower. We are still waiting for the deposit from our last house. Proper documents are not completed yet and the landlord can't return the deposit to us. It's been over one month since we left the house.
I won't say it's a holiday it's more like an important trip back to Malaysia to discuss things with some companies. I expect myself to be busy each day. However, some kickabouts and wedding ceremonies wouldn't hurt.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Kingston University Football Team won the Notthingam Games Futsal Tournament 2008...
...for the best team spirit.
I don't remember feeling so happy being beaten in all games in a tournament throughout my football life. But to be honest, the feeling is true!
The real Kingstonians were only Shahmir and Arman Zakry, the rest were me, Jason, Hu, (all Cass), Abbas, Izham (both Cardiff), Muza (Bradford) and our aspiring leader Shahrin (Westminster). A make-shift team, it promotes football-loving culture, great team spirit and the main goal is to have fun.
And real fun we had. We were shocked to be pit in our first match against fancied side UEL comprised of Rafie, Taufiq, Herman, Abu (3rd choice keeper) and others I met during the UMNO League last year. The City Bus reached Notts quite late and we had to settle for four players and we conceded only 3 goals in the first half. We were beaten 5-0, something we can be proud about because we were expecting a double digit score from that side.
We went on to frustrate Imperial, UMNO Hull and Liverpool in the later games and how much we enjoyed ourselves on and off the pitch. The atmosphere was wonderful. Thanks to Arin's charm, I couldn't see anyone in our team grumbled for not having the minutes on the pitch. Everyone had every chances to impress.
We were there to have fun. Of course we knew from the start we were not gonna win anything!
I have to admit, even we didn't score any goals that day, the mood was incredible. Just look at the picture up there. We have proven again Notthingham Games is not World Cup. We veterans had a great time, one to be cherished forever.
Izham our goalkeeper, made wonderful saves that spared us the blushes from getting nailed to the double digit scoring from the oppositions. The tireless Abbas who was on a jovial mood since finishing his ACA papers recently. Muza the super sub holding the ball calmly. Arin the enthusiastic, witty defender whose leadership quality is flawless. Determined striker Rainy Hu who was our latest signing on the same day that showed remarkable impact. Shahmir (Adik Arin) and Arman showing great youth potentials and lastly our true Juventus fan lanky defender Jason Ong who is veteran at age, but very young at heart. This is sort of team with great characteristics that I respect a lot in order to make something special out of nothing.
Meanwhile, I also had the chance to become the referee for the match between Leicester and Newcastle A. I started the match like an old joker figuring out how to use the stop watch. The game was exciting and I think I faired well in that game. Amid the pressures from the young, darah-muda players, my decisions were firm. I did not move at all when the fans were calling for penalty or the goal-scorer was thought to have entered the D. My explanations were simple. Number 4 from Newcastle A entered his own D and he did not do it intentionally nor disrupting play, so I gave him a warning. The goal was valid for Leicester as the goal-scorer hit the ball outside the D but his foot touched inside the D as a follow-up and the goal should stand. Some rough tackles were allowed as they were seen as 50-50 challenges (although some loud noise could be heard). This is football. Some jokers were even trying to convince me that it was not a goal. I should have given him (the tall guy Italian wannabe) the yellow card for dissent. Hehe. It was fun umpiring. Will do it again next time.
On that same day, I was further buoyed by the result at Emirates. Arsenal won 2-1. Although this is seen as a good result, I am still pessimistic we can do it this year.
Next tournament, Kingstonians?
Sunday, November 09, 2008
For this case, justice is served. However maybe, lethal injections or decapitations should be used instead to provide instantaneous deaths.
But who actually masterminded all this terrorism acts? Who came out with the wrong fatwas? Osama Bin Laden is not fit enough to come out with any fatwas. He is not an ulama' and God knows if he even studied Islam or even practices it. However, what would be the source of the problem?
The western media always support the fact that Muslim leaders are terrorists and that's the reason why Iraq and Afghanistan were being invaded. Is it really because of justice? To liberalise the people in those two nations? Or for the raw materials? North Korea has been very vocal about their nuclear warheads programmes but still the U.S has done nothing to 'remedy' it.
In the likes of Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, with its nuclear power enriching programme for the former, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is being put into so much pressure as if he IS a terrorist. Why do you think the Iranian President is being questioned of his good intentions? Is it because he's a Muslim? Or is it because of the raw materials?
Terrorists attacked the hardest during George W. Bush's regime. World Trade Center came crashing down in Sept 11, 2001, Bali bombings, embassy bombings and others to be so painful to be reminded of. The nosy Americans from Bush's Government were not welcomed. Obama has a lot to do.
The President-elect must move away from the tyranny regime of Bush's administration. George will be known for the worst American President the world have ever seen. Obama promises change. I am a bit optimistic he will do it. It's simply because I believe in a better, peaceful world.
Friday, November 07, 2008
I am left annoyed with these girls demonstrating as if they understand the religion Islam. They talked about oppressing women, but in Islam, it is clear that boys shouldn't be girls, and girls shouldn't be boys. Islam promotes accepting natural sexual preferences and to encourage that, girls should dress femininely and the boys, masculinely.
They said "Short hair who cares, stupid fatwas everywhere". For a start I love girls with short hair. As long as you don't go baldy-baldy. It's kinda appealing to me. But "stupid fatwas everywhere"??
I am very sure that fatwas are meant for the Muslims to be practiced. These girls are clearly Non-Muslims, and that is fair, but the thing is that though they are not sensitive enough to know how they have provoked Muslims in Malaysia. They got it wrong from the start. The Majlis Fatwa is just reminding the Muslims not to indulge in homosexual activities (which is sick and harram) by coming out with this fatwa.
Thilaga in the video said she has short hair and women like her actually prefer guys! So be it. Noone has a problem with that! The problem is when a tomboy/pengkid, who acts like a tough cookie with hairy legs, involves with homosexual/lesbian activity and this is truly unacceptable in Islam.
Islam is the official religion as stated in the Malaysian constitution. Muslims are still the majority in Malaysia. Ridiculing Islam in this way will spark anger among the Muslims, Malays or not. I am absolutely angry. I know there are some bills passed are weird to me but I don't go call all fatwas stupid or call Buddhism is trash, do I?
For example, Yoga shouldn't be harram. As long as you do it for health. It is suggested solat is a better workout than yoga but for me, there is no big deal with yoga. It's as weird as Sure Heboh is harram that would scare some people a bit. Especially the people, Muslims or not who do not know about Islam and wanna talk cock.
Dina Zaman for example... Thilaga... and Lee Wei San from this video.
What the Majlis Agama should do is be careful when saying out fatwa. They have to educate the people in the correct way. Not simply come out with something which is hard for the society to understand. Or confusing. There is no harm explaining. They can't treat people like herds of cows. Some people need to be told of the reasons. Why this why that?
Haih. I am so ashamed with Malaysia now. We were so peaceful. Now racial tension is at a record high. Social contract is now being put into question. Even Islamic Laws. However it's quite OK-lah since the Muslims do not retaliate in the worst manner. Peaceful rally is OK. MP Zulkifli from PKR was just protecting Islam, his religion. I don't see why he should be under pressure or get the grilling from anyone.
But some so-called leaders should step up a bit. To have control over these things. Where is Pak Lah or even trying-to-please-everyone Anwar Ibrahim, when Islamic Laws are being put into question? Thank God we still have the Sultans.
Some people say Pak Lah is a weak leader. Do you think Anwar is firm? Where is Anwar when social contract was being debated? Or Islamic Laws being questioned by the BAR Council?
What we need is a strong and firm leader. Like Mahathir but minus the corruptions, greed and tyranny. I believe this kind of leader exists. I've met many good people who are also firm with their philosophy, principles and religious belief.
Where is this perfect leader? Go and find.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I am sorry but you would be wrong to think that my perception has changed. (Simply because I was buoyed by Obama's triumph to be President Elect of the USA).
"Change we need. Yes, we can." And yes Malaysians can use this spirit to change Malaysia our beloved country.
We are Malaysians. So why do we have to settle for Chinese signboards in Penang? Our formal language is Bahasa Malaysia not Tamil or Mandarin or Hokkien. They argued it is a way to promote Tourism Malaysia but is it not cooler for the tourists to learn a language new to them? i.e. Bahasa Malaysia?
I love travelling. I have travelled a lot. And I did learn some foreign languages like Spanish, Arabic, French, Dutch and even some Welsh when travelling, the basic communication languages I supposed. And I found it quite interesting if the tourists can speak some Bahasa Malaysia and I would be proud of it when I met one. (Note: I know Salida is not a name of a tree :P)
So yeah, change we need. We need to change some mentality that we are Malaysians. Not just Chinese, not just Malays, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans. We can still cherish our traditional customs and are meant to be shared among other Malaysians.
I found out that Konrad Ng married Obama's half-sister Maya Soetero-Ng and to my disgust, he was written as Chinese Canadian. Yes, he is of Chinese descent and I don't know if we are supposed to be proud of this but he is born to Malaysian parents! I am a freak in this way where I am obsessed with the truth and justice, every single bit of it. So Konrad Ng is Malaysian-Canadian, not Chinese-Canadian! (p/s: I tried editing the section and changed it about a couple of times but it was reverted back to Chinese Canadian. Bodoh sombong!)
As of today, I went to check on my flight back to KL on the 15th November to check if the flight is in the morning or evening. I would hope to secure the morning flight in time for Syira's reception in Subang and/or Wani's reception in Ampang. I was amazed the travel agent could speak fluent Bahasa Malaysia without hesitance although I started with English. He is of Chinese descent with the slang but still he could speak fluent Bahasa, something that I respect about. Since in Selangor the number of vernacular Chinese schools is mushrooming, me being a Kelana Jaya resident, it was quite a struggle to meet Chinese people who could speak Bahasa very well. I even had a weird encounter with a young Chinese fella proudly asking the kakak at the post office counter to speak English.
"English please!" My word... and you call yourself Malaysian?
The point I am making is, be proud Malaysians! We are Malaysians. We must have our own identity. That makes us unique. We do not need Mandarin/Hokkien signboards in Penang. We should be proud of our official language. I know Gerakan initiated the new signboards planning. DAP can just scrap the idea to promote racial harmony. That's more important than the tourists. In fact, the tourists can even learn our language! You know tourists like to learn new things that's why they come to foreign countries.
So please do not turn Penang into Little China, Hong Kong wannabe. I love Penang. I plan to go there when I get back. The food is extraordinaire!
There is another thing we can learn from Obama's triumph as President. They've been in independence since hundreds of years ago but still more Blacks and Hispanics voted for Obama. It shows how race-based perceptions and mind-set still exist in America. What about youthful Malaysia? Are we ready to 'transcend race-based ideology'? No, not yet. Evidently, look at how we start to question each other now in Malaysia. Social contracts, Islamic Laws, vernacular schools, scholarship proportions, more and more Malay-based associations being formed...
How about "Death to Israel"?? This is a quote taken from a young leader-wannabe in his blog who's got it all wrong from becoming a good idealist, but lacks practical awareness. He is the same person who suggested Malaysia to forget about race-based politics. Death to Israel? Shame. I am against Israel as a country because as informed by a Rabi friend, Israel shouldn't exist as it is against Torah (Muslims might refer it to Taurat). But now that Israel is already there thanks to World War II and the UK Government at that time, death (more war) is not the answer obviously!
"Death to Israel". My God! Call yourself a good future leader? Khairy is Oxbridge too but is he a good leader? How easily people can lose respect for them.
Anyway, I hope I can still remind fellow countrymen to be proud of being Malaysians. And love your country. Just like the travel agent, just like our Kelantanese-born landlord. Just like many of my friends.
To Abby. All the best in your exams. You can do it!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
For shit sake, we had two minutes to go, why couldn't we just defend? It's all about the result you goddamn pikeys thinking 4-4 should be a more stylish scoreboard for a derby game.
I couldn't believe myself I even laughed seeing Modric's delicious shot bounced off the post allowing that midget shit Lennon to tap into the net, with Al-moo-I'm-a-cow-nia hapless!
I don't care if the 4th official gave a four-minute extra time. What you could do is just waste the time lah! Didn't TH14 taught you inexperienced twats to play the ball at the corner flag? I know Bakary wanted to do that at 89th minute but Cesc, the Tit for the night arrogantly shunned that idea.
It's all about the result ye nicompoops, potentially 5-year trophyless season grabbers. Maybe Arsene should give these boys some hairdryer treatment or consider leaving the post and give it to result-driven Jose Mourinho!
When will all these shits learn? It's all about the points!
The fans have got the right to boo these shit holes' attitude. I am totally fuming over this result. With the rest of the big four winning their games, Arsenal look CERTAIN for another barren season. (yes I'm optimistic of this statement as I am ALWAYS right).
When this happens, just go, Cesc, Gallas even Luke Freeman can go to Dag and Red rather than staying to see fellow teammates squander another glorious chance for 3 points.
Maybe I can just start watching Malaysian League and support Khairy's My Team in protest for crying out loud!
Liverpool to finally win the title. Arsenal can eat my shorts.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
2. For me abortion opens up opportunities for people to have sex uncontrollably.
3. And have sex before marriage.
4. I am also against sex before marriage. Back door or not.
5. The western society is so free about these two matters.
6. In the name of 'human rights', people are allowed to have sex freely and go for abortion.
7. Abortion should be criminalised, where even in the case for rape, the victim will be encouraged to have the baby with the support of government funding. Naturally, no mother would actually want to disown/kill their child. Only the social pressure/culture made some desperate mothers do so.
8. It is true that some men use these opportunities to have what the society calls a 'One Night Stand'.
9. I urge women not to be that stupid to believe these men, to be very careful. Never ever give your all in the name of love, while in reality, some men just wanna get laid.
10. I believe women can have more control over sex than men. What men should do is marry to avoid hurting women.
11. Marriage is important since everything is now made officially as shared items. This, I believe will allow problems such as cheating, and trying hard to find who is the father of the child or random sex, since a marriage is still being seen as an important aspect in the eye of the society.
12. It is also important in the sense of building a good society.
13.The question of abortion will then should not rise since every married couples would always welcome a child.
14. This is the problem with the society, in the Western countries especially. Lets hope Malaysia will not follow suit, for it will destroy our society.
15. We must have our own way of thinking. Looking to the West is not always necessary. Some maybe useful but not everything is.
16. There must still be some limitations in life. Strict governance and judiciary should curb crimes and promote peaceful society.
17. Today I am sending off Azhari Razak (Asa) back home to Malaysia to reunite with his wife Awanis and their first child Azalia after a week or so of a TM's overseas trip to Poland.
18. I am so overwhelmed by his laughter when going online keeping in touch with his family when he's in our living room in London. I have never seen a friend sooo happy. He even admitted that getting married is the best thing that can ever happen to him.
19. I guess this is the life I crave. Why would I want to settle for random sex and killing an unborn child to stay happy?
20. I will have nightmares thinking what would the all-innocent child do to me in the afterlife for not letting him have a life he deserves.
21. These thoughts bring me nearer to God.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I was informed via facebook our Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka's principal Encik Ramli Maidin has passed away today at around 4.50pm Malaysian time.
He died of heart failure.
Ramli Maidin was a man with personality. I always believe that he was like a father figure to me back in KYSM until I 'betrayed' him of my arrogance and mischieve...
Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh Encik Ramli Maidin.
Monday, October 13, 2008
You have been rejected from these roles because you have studied Actuarial Science. The companies in question prefer pure mathematical degrees and do not look favourably on exemptions, they expect candidates to actually sit the exams.
Any queries please do not hesitate to contact me
Don't believe it? Believe it....
Saturday, October 11, 2008
2. What a shame, if Pak Lah had implemented all his promises, Malaysia would not be as shambles like this.
3. There would be no uprising, no rooms for opportunists and segregation of the Malays.
4. I still think Pak Lah is a nice guy, who is trying to change Malaysia from a tyranny regime, implemented by Che Det.
5. His diplomatic ways are seen to be too diplomatic, and he was branded as "lembik".
6. It was quite sudden for Malaysians to absorb, as the previous Prime Minister posed firm and active leadership.
7. Most importantly, Pak Lah's idea to exterminate corruptions was hampered by nepotism among his family, his son and son-in-law most notoriously and these were made informed to the public via the uprising of bloggers, liars or not.
8. Pak Lah's ideas were very good but the messages were not clear. For example, Islam Hadhari failed to charm the Malaysian populace, Muslims or non-Muslims.
9. The non-muslims were afraid, if Malaysia was to be transformed into an Islamic country where Hudud could be implemented.
10. The Muslims do not like the idea of a new Islam where Islam should forever be Islam.
11. They were both wrong regarding Islam Hadhari, but again, the problem is sending the right message to the people. The people was ill-informed through perceptions and alternative media, that support Opposition parties.
12. Pak Lah's downfall is quite a sad story. He could have been the best Prime Minister ever, by changing Malaysia, improving progressively on many areas, especially regarding ethics. He had the greatest mandate ever to be achieved by any other Prime Ministers in 2004 election, and he blew it.
13. His first giant hurdle was to get the backing from his MPs and Ministers, who, in many, were Mahathirised. My assumption is that he didn't get the support from all the MPs.
14. His inaction had brought questions whether changes will be made... until the people felt fed-up of waiting.
15. The dodgy actions of Khairy and Kamaluddin, had brought bad perceptions from the people. And Malaysian people tend to believe bloggers like Raja Petra because, the government did not convey the people of their side of the story. The biggest mistake ever that BN will regret for many years.
16. When Scomi suddenly became so powerful, bad perception was immediately made.
17. Same goes to Khairy with his money making companies like ECM Libra. And being over-ambitious and impatient. Again, people found it hard to accept. People see Khairy as Pak Lah's son-in-law rather than himself.
18. Promises to eradicate corruption and mis-use of power, were then being put into question.
19. And people find it, enough is enough. 2008 General Election result says it all, evidently.
20. For me, Pak Lah is again.. a nice guy. But his inability to address the people well, and control his family members, prove himself as an author of his own demise.
21. However, let me remind you, his ideas could still be our inspiration to make Malaysia a better nation.
22. When was the last time we could have Live Debate on national TV? Or have freedom of press. Blogs? Ministers are able to question Pak Lah regarding the case of conversion. Is it worse or better now compared to Mahathir's time?
23. Democratically, we are better. We are all hoping the dust will settle. The current economic crisis should not allow for prima donas. We want immediate actions!
24. Pak Lah, what a waste that you blew it. But I will learn from your story... to be a better person.
25. Lets hope your promises be materialised. For a better Malaysia.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I tried to recall who is this Dina Zaman the writer and now I remember I replied to her previous articles many months before. And I guess it's such a waste of time to make it in full detail although I will try to answer all her puny arguments.
I bet there will be no way we can see eye to eye.
"Polygamy has nothing to do with culture or religion. Men, and women too, cheat because they can."
This is the headline she chose. How dramatic, how emotional. How feminist... NOT! Women do cheat, but compared to men, they cheat less. Maybe Dina forgot this. It is true that some women cheat, but not many. As long as you stay away from threesome porn FMM, women cheat less than men. Your friends like FMM, Dina? It seems that you agree your kind are like men too, cheat because they can. We are still different, you see. No such thing as equality.
Well, God knows more than you do, Dina. That is why He allow the men to marry one, two, three or four. But it's not an obligation to marry more than one. But some men need to and he has options. It is not just about our prophet that justifies poligamy, it's in the Quraan. Read it.
"Now, my friend takes his religious obligations very seriously. His first wife wears the hijab. So to hear him admit that it was his paramour’s cleavage that caught his heart was quite shocking."
This might sound stupid to you but not me. We men have preferences. Women have preferences too. However, I bet it's just a speculation that your friend fell in love over jugs! Be real, Dina! There must be a reason why he tried to marry another one. Did you ask him? Did he really say it was because of her breasts? You are not an idiot to realise this is just an assumption, since the friend who informed you only take into detail over a controversial/female degrading statement (being a woman I suppose). And come on, whats wrong with big breasts? She is a single mother! It's just logic she has big breasts and I dont think it's a big deal.
“Okay then. Why don’t you sell your car and take a camel to work then?” (emulating Muhammad).
What a shallow argument to compare poligamy with the way you go to work to follow the sunnah! Clearly you don't read the Quraan. If there is a suggestion that I go to work with a camel in the Quraan, I will quit tubing in London!
"I’m realistic. I know men who adore their wives and love them to bits, but they can still love their mistresses and other wives. Am I condoning affairs and polygamy? No. But this happens. It has nothing to do with Islam or being Malay, though polygamy is part of the culture. We’re Asians. We have a long history of concubinage."
Yes that makes us men different than you. We can have many wives, but you can't. You admitted that you are a westernised, secular, modern woman. Imagine this woman named Dina Zaman (not her real name), having 4 husbands. Suddenly she is pregnant. Err.. is it Scott who's responsible? Or is it Bala's? Or Ah Meng's? Or Aaron's? (no Muslim name here maybe it's because I don't think a secular can be a Muslim). Surely it will cause some confusion there. And DNA testing is not that cheap you can buy from Imbi plaza.
Culture?? Culture?? You are actually the victim of the culture! Your culture, upbringing and society, your friends do influence you in your life. If you dislike poligamy thats fine. But for me poligamy is something natural. You wanna talk science? Since you tend to be secular in every way, let me tell you a story of a cock (ayam jantan before you get too excited), in a farm in Chicken Run the movie. You wonder why he is the only male and the rest are all females? And he is old! Until a new male came unexpectedly, the Flying Rooster. It's not just in Chicken Run you know. If you can watch discovery channels, you will find an ethnic group, far from your so-called so Western life of Dina Zaman (in her own word), the leader has many wives. Culture? History of concubines in Asians? King Henry had four wives. He had to make up some stories that his first wife was evil to marry another one. And even had one of the wives killed the Boelyn girl just to re-marry. Most men are randy! Culture??? It's just inside us. And God has given us right to marry more than one. But again it's not an obligation! Not to settle for 'Zina Daman' or a prostitute. You wonder why there are more female prostitutes than gigolos? Is it not clear that the clients are mostly men? Chua Soi Lek is a man, isn't he?
But still, a man can still marry one and be happy. A man can still marry four and be happy! So why can't you just let us be happy?
"There are many single-again women like my friends and I, who still believe in marriage and love. But I can tell you, should we walk down that path again one day, we’re going down it with our eyes open and keep a part of our hearts to ourselves. Because you never know."
I don't want to get involved with your personal life, Dina. Maybe you have to look at yourself and think what's wrong with yourself. Not just rejecting all other people's ideas as if the world only revolve around you. That you want to be an activist. A female rights group. Islam has always been protecting the women. Always! I don't care if you are an aethist (in general) but try, please, to respect other people's religion and not make a mockery out of it. You have your own style. So be it. I pray that you will come back to the right path. Not blindly following your Sex-and-the-City Bible and prophets on TV! Go find your true love. A man who doesn't need to marry more than one does exist in many.
You can start by not being too aggressive about what nature has told you. What God has told you. And then men will not think you are a hazard in their marriage. That you will respect him, love him as a husband.
Some of us men do need to marry more than one. But do we have to? Is it an obligation? No. If a man can settle with only one wife, he will settle with one wife. I am a realist as well and I have to be realistic. I did not plan to marry more than one. It's not something that I can plan to do, or not to do, or being one of my ambitions.
But if I needed to, and Allah would let me, I would say why not?
So bring your female rights to a better cause. Like against discrimination in work. Bringing abusive husbands to justice. Bringing unfair treatment of poligamious husbands of the wives to justice. Punish them legitimately. Against sexual harrassment. etc...
Abolish poligamy in Malaysia? That will never happen. You will actually fighting a losing cause. And I will be the first in line to protect my religion. Even the US admin is in denial over poligamy having to see the painstaking image of a priest having many wives in their home soil. It's like questioning nature. It's like questioning God. Even if you want to make it a reality, do you actually condone prostitutions to cure some of us men who are "Madonna-whore" addict? I thought Zina is harram in Islam? And it is very, very risky concerning health? Do you want your future husband to have the risk of Hellfire (if you believe in Hellfire because secular people don't) and transmittable diseases?
He has options. Either you listen to him more instead of being aggressive to him all the time, rebellious all the time, I'm sure he will realise that sex is not everything. Sex is an important part of marriage, but is not everything.
Ahh, very refreshing. I hope you will get the chance to read this, Dina.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Missing my loved ones and currently out of internet access. (We have moved to a new house. Cheaper, comfortable, less-posh, rat-less (big and samll) house.)
Went to MSD for Solat Raya and later to Rumah Malaysia in Hampstead via a different route to last year's and last two year's of raya.
Nothing has changed but the decreasing number of familiar faces.
Malaysian Chinese students still flock in one group like the years before. I blame the vernacular school system.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Ya Allah, Kau kuatkanlah ikatan sesama Islam di muka bumi jika tidak di Malaysia. Jadikanlah negara Malaysia negara yang harmoni dan berjaya. Amin.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
SEPTEMBER 16 had come and gone. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed to unseat Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the Prime Minister.
As a Muslim, Anwar should accept that he can plan, but God decides.
From the very beginning what he did was morally wrong, although politics by a Machiavelian standard is apolitical.
It may be the accepted norms in other developing countries, but Malaysia has come of age and our politicians should show maturity and dignity when clamouring for political power.
Anwar should have the patience to wait for the next general election and let the people decide. He already has control over five states and should concentrate on them by showing to the people how the Opposition governs these states.
In a democracy it is the people who actually hold and wield power and not the politicians. For in the words of Abraham Lincon, “democracy is government by the people, of the people and for the people.”
On March 8, the people decided to cut Barisan Nasional’s two-third majority and yet BN accepted the defeat graciously and respected the will of the people.
When Anwar won in the Permatang Pauh by-election, it was again an indication of the people’s will and again BN accepted it in good faith.
Instead of being arrogant, Anwar should be humble with his victory in Permatang Pauh. Buying over BN representatives runs counter to his anti-corruption campaign.
A man of virtue will not resort to unethical means to meet his objectives and he has indeed lost the respect of certain quarters.
As a member of the public, I call on Anwar to close ranks and work together in the interest of the country.
As a former Deputy Prime Minister and Umno strongman, he has access to Pak Lah and can contribute in terms of ideas etc.
As the Opposition Leader, he can play a constructive role by bringing up pressing issues which affect the rakyat directly.
What the people need is less politicking as there are many urgent matters affecting them, such as illegal immigrants, spiralling food prices, wayward youths, the education system, etc.etc.
I was in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a short stint when Pak Lah was the Minister. I had the opportunity to study him at close range.
In all honesty, Pak Lah is a God-fearing man, hardworking, humble and well-liked by civil servants. I believe he never yearned to be the Prime Minister. Tun Dr Mahathir probably saw the good values in Pak Lah and passed the premiership to him to the surprise of some hopefuls.
Being the Prime Minister is not as easy as being a Deputy Prime Minister.
Indeed, heavy is the head that wears the crown,as Pak lah has probably found out.
But as he said at a press conference, ”... being Prime Minister is not main-main and olok-olok..it is serious business...”
I believe Pak Lah is a man of his word. When the time comes he will honour his words and pass the baton to his annointed successor Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Meanwhile, let Pak Lah do his job in peace.
HASSAN BIN TALIB,
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
His motion to raise the Malaysian flag upside down during 51st Merdeka was somewhat over the top and I thought he is a Muslim he should not gone overboard as Allah dislike people who are "melampaui batas" and Allah has said it many times in the Quraan. (Semangat Nuzul Al-Quraan 17th Ramadhan)
It is true that the ruling party needs to buck up and kick out corruption, misuse of power, cronyism among others as demanded by the rakyat. What was his purpose to poke fun at our Malaysian flag? Even if the Pakatan coalition was to assume Federal Authority (16 Sept? 17? 18? 25? zzz), I do not think they should change the flag, right?
If you are questioning Islam or the Social contract or the existence of Hindu temples for example, will obviously create racial tensions.
And what did the flag do you wrong for you to play with it? Remember Negarakuku? That's another case where the nation's image was brought to total humiliation where it should be protected and cherished, being so-called proud Malaysians.
As I said many times before, the system is good but only the leaders are misusing it for their greed. For some people, ISA is a draconian system which need to be abolished.
But for me, ISA is important to curb terrorism or extremism or sect movements and the question of politics should never arise. If a BN member was caught creating racial tensions or pose a threat to national security, he also must be detained under ISA. Ahmad Ismail for example.
I feel that the authority needs to be fair when practising ISA.
Then only the people will not question ISA anymore.
Do not condemn the system. Just condemn the leaders when they do wrong.
Friday, September 12, 2008
When I first arrived, I knew it was going to be a lot of liquor bottles (Tiger Beer was the sponsor) and even had glimpses of so-called Malays who were supposed to be Muslims chugging down a few bottles as well. NOT a rare sight in London obviously as few more other awkward encounters of Malays drinking, still fresh in mind, in C&R Bayswater. However, what puzzled me more that day was the settings and decorations did not really depict the so-called multicultural people of Singapore, when only red lanterns were seen hanging, loyally waiting to be blown away by the wind of summer.
I did enjoy the food though thanks to Kiasu who took charge of making the chili crabs, kuey tiaow and mee. The chili crab was excellent but a bit pricey and I blame it on myself thinking there was going to be free food. But hey, the drinks were free! Something so unexpected from the money-minded nation. Despite all this, still no sign of Malay or Indian food.
The Singapore model is more like a DAP model. In fact, the ruling party was actually a parent-party to DAP until Singapore left Malaysia and even had a tie with them for many years. They will make sure of equality among races and promotes harmony among the people. All languages and cultures will be respected and even the Malay language is one of their all 4 official languages English Malay Mandarin Tamil in that order.
The other day I also had a chance to chat with Jonny Hua, a Singaporean facebooker whom I met at a virtual poker table. The first question I threw at him was whether he can speak Malay. He said "No". I then asked him if Malay language is a compulsory subject at school and he confirmed that, adding that the other two would be English and Mandarin.
I asked him whether he can speak Mandarin and of course he could it was only a question made to be fair. However somehow he couldn't speak any of these 'Gorilla language' as once said by a Malaysian blogger.
Singapore adopts the National School system where there is no such thing as vernacular schools. It's a one-school system with English being the language of communication in schools. Bahasa on the other hand, can be said as only a second/third language. I can imagine being like them struggling as I took Arabic and French but so far from being a good communicator in those languages, evidently from a recent trip to Paris when I ended up speaking English instead.
But what I can see that National School system does work in the sense that we need one dominant language to communicate with all. And Singaporeans use English as the medium of interaction. It is a startling initiative to promote harmony but the question now is about identity.
Why I'm saying Singapore is a confused nation? Because I do not know if Singapore is like a Little Hong Kong or China when there were only lanterns and other Chinese decorations in the Chili Crab Festival with performances of Kung-fu and Lion Dance only. Where are the Tamil songs or Malay dances showing how multicultural Singapore is? The Festival did make me feel confused if I was at a Singaporean festival or Chinese festival.
And the fact that English is technically their first language, how can you call yourself a former Temasek once ruled by the Malays until then the imperialist English took over? Should you be calling yourself Little Britain now?
A confused nation would mean a nation with no identity and failing to protect its sovereignty, being raped by the culture not of their own.
The good things that we can be proud of being Malaysians is that we all can speak Malaysian Language well and have three major cultures where all this is performed during Malaysian Nights and Festivals. While Islam is the official language, people are free to embrace any religion they want to practice and religious monuments, buildings and statues are all permitted. We even have festivals based on races like the Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya or Wesak Day. All this might be hampered by the fact that we have vernacular schools which can polarises the people based on races.
However, this might be an act to protect the rights of the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia and to respect the social contract while some of their children are still struggling with the Malaysian Language. But I still think we need to remind ourselves that we do have one official language which is the Malaysian language, a language not just mine, but all of us Malaysians.
This has made our nation being unique.
I wonder what would DAP say if we suggest to them that vernacular schools to be abolished if equality is their agenda.
There are still many areas that we can improve on for a better Malaysia. Eradicating poverty and corruption should be the main agenda. A fairer distribution of wealth while killing off cronies and monopoly should be another way to gain the people's confidence. Closing the economical gap should promote harmony as well so that Malaysians do not see Chinese people as rich people while the Malays, Indians, Ibans, Kelabits are the poor people. The people on the other hand, should work hard and help the people who are in need regardless of races.
These are some of the things that we can do to materialise the Malaysian dream of a developed nation, while protecting our sovereignty from modern imperialism through economic invasion.
There is still much work to do.
Becoming Singapore is not one of them.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
He shall be sitting tight on his chair in the Parliament after a long 13-year absence and continue criticising the work of current rulers of Malaysia.... until he retires.
When Parti Keadilan Nasional drew up their agenda in their March 2008 Election manifesto, they have promised to maintain the current system of Federal government with respect to Article 153 and others namely Malay rights, Islam as the Federal religion, the existence of Syariah Court being superior to Civil Court in cases of Islamic affairs, protecting the rights of Vernacular Schools and Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language. This has caught my attention as a way of going forward as long as the system will be respected. The notion of getting rid of National Economic Policy is a way to show dissatisfaction towards some Barisan leaders misusing their power and awarding contracts to cronies, something I believe Anwar Ibrahim had done before when he was with Barisan.
Now after years in jail, it is thought that he had repented and trying to change the country while at the same time, fulfilling his dream to become the Prime Minister.
However, with the pressures from Pakatan coalition members such as DAP and PAS, can he still keep the promises made in his manifesto?
Everyone knows how DAP and PAS have ideologies of their own and with Anwar being the middle-man, it is thought that the three-way marriage of Pakatan should bear fruitful. However, I am very skeptical that this would work.
DAP wants a secular State evidently when DAP Sec-Gen Datuk Lim Guan Eng has recently rejected the idea of theocratic nation be it a Muslim State or Christian State. PAS, however, insists that Islamic State is relevant in all areas to establish a fair-to-all government.
PKR on the other hand, most members still being Malays, want to stick with the system however with zero tolerance on corruption and reject Malay supremacy by promoting Ketuanan Rakyat. I do not see the problem with PKR's ideology but can it please everyone in the coalition party?
Pakatan as a Federal Government should still be far from being materialised. I reject the idea of cross-overs (and no, I am not an UMNO cyber-trooper or member) because I see it as unethical. Unprofessional. Anwar has argued that the voices of Barisan that is against the idea of cross-overs. But I do not represent Barisan when saying this. If the coalition wants to topple the Government this way, I will start to question the integrity of the party be it PKR, DAP or PAS.
It is called inertia. When you start to play dirty, you will continue playing dirty. See what happens to some Barisan leaders. For them, corruption is part of their lives and if they don't realise it now, Barisan will go bust.
I remember applauding the idea of PAS 'joining' UMNO in my previous post but people should not take it literally. What I mean is a stronger government where the Opposition's ideas and feedback should be respected too. And even opposition and ruling leaders can sit side by side to help Malaysia prosper for years to come while living in harmony.
Now Pakatan should be focused on their jobs as leaders of their respective branches. They should represent the voices of people who wants more support be it from the Malay, Chinese, Kadazan, Iban or Indians. I am hoping for a more matured and co-operative movements from the Members of the Parliament.
Welcome back Anwar. But do not put personal goals over the needs of the Rakyat.
No monkeying or dump-trucking around!
SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI MERDEKA KE-51.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I'm predicting Chelsea to win the title this year. Luis Felipe Scolari looks destined to be the Real-Special-One-Please-Stand-Up for Chelsea and no, I am not supporting Chelsea ever that would make me a glory hunter (hey that rhymes, busta rhyme! Get me a record label will ya coz I'm sick with my life right now!)
Yeah, you heard me, GLORY HUNTERS SUCK REAL BAD! Go eat your shorts! And hats too.
I have to agree Champions Man Utd look as if they have reached their peak and the squad has been hampered by injuries and to date, no signing was made although Dimi Berba is on the verge of signing personal terms with the Manchester outfit. Maybe Sir Alex is comfortable with his current squad that brought them the famous Double last season.
Meanwhile, the so called transfer coup of Mikael Silvestre by Arsenal is being blown out of proportion, in my opinion. I do not seriously think he will feature as a first team player but could add depth and experience to the squad. The Gunners have also signed Samir Nasri, Amaury WHO? Bischoff and Aaron Ramsey under the noses of the Red Devils after losing greedy Flamini, city-sick Hleb and legendary midfielder (cant believe Im saying this but he used to be losing the ball rather cheaply for Arsenal) Gilberto Apreciado Silva. Top four finish is imminent although they can still raise the bar for these young crop and talented players.
Liverpool was stuttering but managed to snatch the winner thanks to Nando Torres in their first game. The Kops look to improve this year.
Tottenham? Well, they can keep the Carling Cup and finish 10 again this year.
Premiership Prediction 2008/09:
Champions: Chelsea FC
Runners-Up: Arsenal FC
Third: Liverpool FC
4th: Manchester United
PFA Player of the Year: Nando Torres
Writers player of the Season: Fabregas
Signing of the season: Deco
Relegated: Stoke, Hull, W.B.A
There you go. This prediction will ACTUALLY be made after my exams. Sad-sad story I can't think well about football right now!