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, September 30, 2012

Not knowing what you have eaten...


Imagine reading this after opening your fortune cookie in a Chinese restaurant.

To the Chinese, the joke will be about whether it was dog meat instead! The Chinese are perceived to be eaters of any creature (except human) on earth.

To those who are very particular about the quality and cleanliness of food, as long as you eat out, you are at the mercy of the cooks and their assistants.

Generally, seafood tastes best when fresh and steamed. If restaurant captain suggested other method when you wanted it steamed, it means it wasn't fresh. Similarly, all kinds of meat which are not fresh are likely to be cooked with more spices to cover up the poor quality.

Years ago, Malay and other Muslim friends ate with other races of other religions, all kinds of foods in restaurants and hawker centres. There were instances of Muslims who either did not know or refused to know, would ask for more 'kacang' in their Char Kway Teow! Some friends even said they actually preferred the Chinese menu during wedding dinner instead of the Muslim food offered instead. But with stricter religious rules and regulations, Muslims can only patronize in Muslim restaurants or those with special Halal certificate. The cooks have to be Muslims and cooking utensils and cutlery have to be new, and not used in non-Muslim restaurants before.

Working in a housing development company before, I had the experience of allotment of  houses for sale to Bumiputeras. Following the suggestion from a Malay DBKL officer to have a good mix among residents, we decided to have 2 Bumi lots alternating with 1 non-Bumi lot (60% Bumi quota because land was alienated from the state). It was most distressing to hear from a Malay purchaser that they would prefer whole row of houses for Muslims instead, mainly because of halal and non-halal reasons! But it was too late then. That was in mid-1980s. Years later, I was surprised when my daughter read my post about this and found it relevant in her research into Ethnic segregation in housing and education in Holland!
Link

No comments: