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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 appear 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

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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!
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Is it possible to have online access to NRD's register of deaths?


I might be out of date, and there is probably one already in place, but requires a process of application for specific information.

There is a joke about 'Thinking Outside The Box' as 'You just want to leave the meeting room and chill because no one has been able to offer any constructive ideas.'

But jokes aside, my occasional boycott of mainstream papers like NST and The Star means I missed out on obituaries of some relatives or friends. For English educated Chinese, The Star is most popular for such advertisements, and they have no idea what were published in the Chinese papers.

It just occurred to me that it would be very useful to have online access to NRD's database on deaths registered. I can still remember when years ago, a brother working in a bank used to read the obituaries in the papers to take note of customers who had passed away, so that their accounts were frozen until later when they were shown Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration. I am sure by now, banks have a better way of monitoring such cases. But wouldn't it be nice to have easy access to an authorized database, just like now, when we can easily access Election Commission's to check our voter registration status and details? An accurate database maintained by NRD is also useful to Election Commission for the purpose of weeding out phantom voters. But the fact that automatic registration of voters remains a wish, seems to suggest an ulterior motive not to go for accuracy and transparency. We have the technology and the means, but not the political will.


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