How should we judge a government?

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

Why we should be against censorship: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan


Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

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If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My first visit to KLIA2

We used to pass by the exit junction (entrance to KLIA2) on our way to KLIA. Last Sunday was our first visit and it helped a lot with my son driving instead of me having to find our way. Since Cheng had checked in via internet, we had time to spare, so instead of dropping her off at the departure lounge, we looked for parking instead.

BK didn't like the idea of using Touch n Go simply because of the additional 10% charge on top, which explained why I was charged Rm4.40 for an hour at KLIA 3 days ago, thinking the rate had been increased. It is silly of TnG to profiteer instead of encouraging more people to use their card. Btw, instead of buying a new TnG card for Rm10, you can top up TnG for the first time using your new Mykad, without having to pay extra Rm10. In fact, once I topped up Rm100 at KLIA and got a soft toy gift too. The gift could be a promotional thing.

The parking charges in KLIA2 are the same as KLIA at Rm4 per hour. To avoid this, many cars could be seen waiting along the road leading to the airport.

As commented by some, KLIA2 is as much a shopping mall as an airport. The whole complex was expansive (as well as expensive to build) and I am sure it takes time to walk from one place to another, which is why there are indicators on the walking time required to get from a gate to the plane.

While Cheng was checking in, one of BK's Japanese slippers gave way at the usual stud point. Luckily, there was a rubber band on the floor and he could use it to tie it from the bottom. Well, it lasted without having to buy an expensive pair at the airport! Cheng's luggage was overweight by 3 kg and she had to take some clothes out. Despite that, it was overweight by more than a kilo but she wasn't charged for that, presumably being human, the Air Asia lady took into account her effort in trying to reduce the luggage weight.

Later, Cheng texted to say that her Swiss knife (gift for a friend) was confiscated at the security scan because they found both the knife and a kitchen knife in her hand luggage. In her hurry to unpack from her trip to Africa and then repack for Thailand, she must have forgotten about those knives. But why confiscate only the Swiss knife? Must be because it has more value or usefulness than an ordinary kitchen knife.

McDonald is convenient for those sending off people at KLIA because of its proximity to the boarding entry points. We found their new McCafe good in terms of good coffee and reasonable prices. Similarly, at KLIA2, there is a McCafe near the boarding points too.

KLIA2 is certainly not meant to be low cost like LCCT which cannot even compare with a Tesco supermarket in terms of building quality.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What appears to be a high IQ test question for an Elementary School Admissions Test...



turns out to be quite ordinary indeed!

Just look at the illustration... upside down.

Change of ISP: From boiling pot to frying pan, and back to boiling pot? From YES to No and back to YES...

I was really disappointed this morning, when after using the internet for a while I was directed to YES website, indicating that I had used up my quota. But as it turned out minutes ago, it could have been a technical hitch soon after a major breakdown in YES service. While filling frustrated, this was what I drafted this morning for posting:

'Briefly, I was a YES subscriber before until I was put off by their minimum monthly fee of Rm30 which gave me the impression that even after termination, would be liable for the missing period had I re-subscribed later. Apparently, this has been done with, but I am still apprehensive in registering for YesLife!
Recently, I stopped my Maxis Home Wifi subscription and started on YES again, thinking it has a better offer. It so happened I was away for a few days and my YES huddle was switched off during the time. When I got back from PJ, I re-started it but there was no internet access! My friend in KL happened to call and asked about it and I told him about the problem. He checked the news on YES and I was reassured it was due to a general breakdown in the system and nothing to do with mine. Well, it came on just before 5 pm yesterday.
This morning, I had no problem with it until I could not connect to any other site. I was directed to YES website where I was given the options to reload and so on. Then it dawned on me that I must have used up my quota (at least, the peak hour part). But I just could not find any option to continue under 'throttled' mode which I was used to under Maxis! Is this the main difference between the two ISP?
Actually, I chose the Rm68 pm package to try out first before I decide on an upgrade to Rm79 which is supposed to be without limit. So my impression so far seems to be that the so-called 5 GB during peak hours lasted less than 10 days of my controlled usage (ie. not viewing video clips freely). Well, it is going to be decision time, but nothing much to decide during the 2-yr contract period. Hopefully, an upgrade will solve my problem once and for all. I would not trust the top-up option, knowing full well it is going to cost a lot more instead of a known fixed amount monthly.'

Now I am wondering how long my quota is going to last before I decide to upgrade. I have yet to use up the bigger quota meant for off-peak hours.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can a majority race be 'marginalized'?

During an interview with Christiane Amanpour, PM Najib actually said that we must not marginalize the majority race. I always thought only the minorities are being marginalized by the majority and not the other way round.

I Googled the word 'marginalized' and found a blogger who discussed the term under her post, 'Can we find a better term for 'Marginalized' people?

Excerpt:

'In sociology (and several other academic disciplines.) the term minority group(s), refers to any group that has less access to power; in other words any group that is underrepresented in the power structure of a country or culture. A synonym I use in my classes is subordinate groups. Some minority or subordinate groups would include women, children, Muslims, Jews, Asian Americans, African Americans, gays, lesbians, the disabled, poor people, the working class, and so on. In contrast, the majority group or dominant group, the most powerful groups, would include whites, men, the wealthy, able bodied people, and so on.

So here is the problem, most people don’t think of the term as something related to power. They think about numbers. There are way more people in this world who are not considered White than there are Whites. So people of color are a numerical or mathematical majority, even if they are a sociological minority. The same is clearly true for women.'

More:
http://amptoons.com/blog/2006/03/23/can-we-find-a-better-term-for-marginalized-people/

In Malaysia, the Malay race forms the majority of the population, has political power and controls all major institutions. Isn't Najib's statement paradoxical?
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The situation we're in: 'I'm fine'

A farmer named Paddy had a car accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the Eversweet Company.
In court, the Eversweet Company's hot-shot solicitor was questioning Paddy.

'Didn't you say to the police at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine?' asked the solicitor.

Paddy responded: 'Well, I'll tell you what happened. I'd just loaded my fav'rit cow, Bessie, into da... '

'I didn't ask for any details', the solicitor interrupted.'Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?'

Paddy said, 'Well, I'd just got Bessie into da trailer and I was drivin' down da road...... '
The solicitor interrupted again and said,'Your Honour, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question. ' 

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Paddy's answer and said to the solicitor:
 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favourite cow, Bessie'.

Paddy thanked the Judge and proceeded.

'Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my fav'rit cow, into de trailer and was drivin' her down de road when this huge Eversweet truck and trailer came tundering tru a stop sign and hit me trailer right in da side. I was trown into one ditch and Bessie was trown into da udder. By Jaysus I was hurt, very bad like, and didn't want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moanin' and groanin'. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.

Shortly after da accident, a policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moanin' and groanin' too, so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

Den da policeman came across de road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, 'How are you feelin'?' 

'Now wot da fock would you say?'

Yes, indeed!

This is how most Malaysians are feeling now... with the frenzy of actions taken by police under the Sedition Act. Politicians who have been insolent to the Sultan have to 'grovel' to please him regardless of what is in the constitution and practised by the ruling coalition for the past 57 years.


These two seem open defiance... but understandable...




This is art done surreptitiously...



But this (old photo) is asking for trouble...


                                         

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