How should we judge a government?

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

"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

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain
Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: 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

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
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.)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A bit on Century Ride Malaysia 2012

My son's interest in cycling remains strong. He came back with a racing bike on top of his car last Friday night. The use of 4 suction cups to hold a bike on a long journey is remarkable, thanks to science, and a revelation of sorts to me. To secure or to release requires just a push of a control bar through the cup base! (Having seen it being used: when in place, by pressing the button repeatedly tightens the suction cup's grip on the car roof)

Last night, he was feeling feverish and his efforts in bringing back the bike would seem a waste. We joked that he had a choice of either joining them and quitting when reaching Batu Gajah, or joining them when they reach Batu Gajah!

Early this morning, he was all ready and eager to take part. I had to send him to Tower Regency Hotel where the event was supposed to start and end. I did not check at all, thinking he was educated in Ipoh and knows the place better than me. I have just checked Century Ride Malaysia website http://www.centuryridemalaysia.blogspot.com/ and found out that the starting point is actually Kinta Riverfront Hotel! It shouldn't be a problem since there are other cyclists staying at Tower Regency, but it is a case of mistake due to both of us making assumptions.


Apparently, the name Century refers to 100 miles or 160 kilometres. The route was designed to cover that distance. This year is going to be a record with around 1,600 participants, with Singaporeans numbering over 300. The Malaysian landscape is ideal as a comparison with that in Singapore.


Update: He managed to complete the course in just over 5 hours, and felt very pleased about it because of his lack of training and having had a cold the night before. Btw, the bicycle journey from Kinta Riverfront Hotel to Batu Gajah Perdana took only 45 minutes, compared with a normal car journey of 30 minutes. Of course, this special ride was with police control at every traffic junctions, a continuous smooth ride unlike a car journey. At this point, he was encouraged to continue and try to finish the journey, not only by his own wish to check his current fitness, but the thought of what his wife said earlier in encouragement: try and finish the course so that you can show your son the medal! This was his third experience in the Century Ride. He completed in the first year, gave up somewhere in Manong in the second year, and now finished the course and felt he had done it in better shape as compared with his first which seemed more like a struggle then.


Update on July 18: Some nice pictures of the event from Emily2u:
http://www.emily2u.com/century-ride-2012/

I searched but could not find any press coverage for the event!
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