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!

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan
Was he referring to Malaysia? Seems so apt...

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?

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Some badly designed or altered toilets

Unity for a clean and fair general election...

This picture speaks volume for the success of Bersih 3.0 and which BN leaders and Election Commission cannot simply ignore. The sheer number will be able to overwhelm any cheating at the general election should there be no serious reform in electoral rules and enforcement.

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Razor wire riled up Marina Mahathir...


(actually my husband said it's razor wire, not barbed wire)

"It was the barbed wire that did it for me. Up til Friday afternoon I was still unsure about going. My hubby thought I'd already made my point last year. I was annoyed with continually being asked whether I was going or not, more so with the non-story that came out in M'kini which basically said I hadn't decided yet. I mean, does it matter?

Then I saw the photos of the police rolling out the barbed wire and I saw red. Since when did our police, or whoever is their boss, roll out barbed wire - barbed wire!! - against their own people?? Are we thugs? Terrorists? Thieves?

So I decided to go. I contacted friends and found out their plans on how to get round the roads which were sure to be blocked and the LRT which may be stopped. The same friend who so kindly offered to be my 'bodyguard' last year offered himself again. We got into my car, went to collect some other friends and drove to as close to Central Market as we could..."

BBC News on Bersih... and as 'covered' by Astro

An Aljazeera video and report on Bersih 3.0 rally

There are numerous video clips on the special event and this is just one by a foreign reporter from Aljazeera...



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I could have taken part in the Bersih 3.0 rally but didn't

I showed video clips and news about the planned demonstration to my wife, hoping that she would delay the trip to PJ. My son was disappointed by my 'wait and see' attitude and suggested that we go early. Anyway, we left BG after 10 am (since boss decided despite my hints), and surprise, surprise, the North-South Expressway had less traffic than usual! But I noticed heavy traffic from the other direction, heading north! At first, it seemed like a traffic jam due to a minor accident, then the heavy traffic continued as we passed them in the opposite direction. Finally, we came to the conclusion that it was due to the long weekend (for some) and for those who wanted to get away from KL. The most surprising part was that I could be at the toll exit just after a car left after paying... no queue at all! Going along the road past Sri Hartamas on the left and Mont Kiara on the right, it was a breeze, all the way through Section 16, PJ and to Section 14. It was only 1 pm and I could have made it to KL had I wanted to.

Before the trip, I had a look at the front page of Malay Mail which had DAP in big letters, simply because their Vice President, Tunku Aziz said he was against the Bersih rally. It was so obvious that the only time DAP could get free publicity is when someone within speaks out against party views, like what their Chairman, Karpal Singh used to do occasionally.

Tunku Aziz said that we should respect the law and the police. But what if the police failed us time and again? That the people would not trust them when they are going on holiday is just an example. There were cases of brutality and even deaths while in police custody, with no one being held responsible. Similarly, the Election Commission had failed us again and again, without showing any resolve to put things right. Are we supposed to 'obey the law' regardless of the almost hopeless situation?

This morning, at breakfast, a friend said his daughter took a bus to KL and back, having joined her friends at the rally. Another friend said his daughters took part too. A senior friend with a medical history of 'murmuring' heart walked from KL Sentral to Central Market and back. These are just some examples of those unlikely people who took part on their own accord who put me to shame. Compared to Bersih 2.0, they felt safer to do so... until later when things turned ugly because of some trouble makers, for reasons best known to themselves. PAS tv shows video clips of some police 'restraint' aka brutality in broad daylight. Set against biased mainstream media reports showing otherwise, then we know the situation is just like before: a perception war to win the support of the people at the next general elections.
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Najib failed as a bricklayer







But excel at being a magician?

In the Malaysian Parliament recently, an UMNO MP during his speech told a story...

"There was a father who gave RM100 each to his 3 sons and asked them to buy things and fill up a room completely. First son bought hay for RM100 but couldn't fill the room entirely. Second son bought cotton for RM100 but couldn't fill the room entirely. Third son bought a candle for RM1 and lit it up and the room was filled with light completely. "

The proud UMNO MP declared: "Our Prime Minister NAJIB is like the third son. From the day he has taken charge of his office, our country is filled with the bright light of prosperity."

A voice from the backbench asked "Where is the remaining RM99??

Now the whole nation is asking this same question!!!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dataran Merdeka means Independence Square


The irony of it: Dataran Merdeka is supposed to be symbolic of our independence from past colonial British rule since 31 August 1957, yet this very place is closed to the public who wish to express their protest against unfair election rules, its administration and its implementation.

Almost 55 years after getting rid of the British, we are now being colonized by our own people, a select minority with control over all the institutions and now refusing any attempt to correct the situation.

Bersih is for clean and fair elections, so any attempt by the incumbents will only reflect their refusal to give up their current advantageous position and be open to a fair contest to elect those who are really wanted by the people.


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Roads to avoid for motorists going to KL pre Bersih 3.0



In view of the upcoming Bersih 3.0 sit-in at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday, 28/4, authorities may be manning road blocks at the following locations effective 1800hrs (6.00pm) Friday, 27/04/2012:

 1. After Jalan Duta Toll (KL bound - Opposite the new Palace);
 2. Jalan Parlimen (Leading to the Lake Gardens);
 3. In front of the old Palace (Both directions);
 4. After the Sg. Besi Toll leading to KL;
 5. Jalan Tun Razak (3 locations)
    5.1 Cheras junction leading into the city;
    5.2 Opposite the American Embassy;
    5.3 Jalan Ampang;
 6. City centre – opposite bangunan Daya Bumi;
 7. Jalan Ipoh – opposite the old Sentul IPD (District Police Headquarters).

Bersih 3.0 is alive ahead of the event



There is no security problem... it is more like a carnival. The honking means support from motorists. BN leaders should be ashamed for trying to prevent it at Dataran Merdeka... and they should be worried by the show of support.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

TIPS for Bersih 3.0 participants

1) Bring a small but thick towel (to cover your nose and mouth from tear-gas.)
2) Wear long pants and long sleeve shirt (to protect your body from tear-gas stings...)
3) Bring a small packet of fine salt (salt is an effective antidote against the stings...)
4) Don't open your mouth (as the tear-gas can enter your mouth and cause you to cough badly)
5) Don't wait for the gas to reach you.
6) Wear jogging shoes...
7) Carry an umbrella
8) Carry a bottle of water and your camera.
9) Don't bring your children 
10) Stay away from the frontline...
11) Lastly, go early. (At least 2 hours earlier...

Finally, there is the Unit Amal (PAS Security Unity) to protect participants. They are highly disciplined, well mannered and trained volunteers. I was impressed by them. They were there to ensure a peaceful assembly and so were the frontliners, to protect the protestors from the police as well as to protect the police from the protestors. If you want to burn a flag, they will stop you. If you want to throw a stone, they will stop you. If thugs want to attack you, they will stop them. They are the peacekeepers, there to ensure peace. It's great to have them around. They may be in uniform or they may not. In Bersih 1.0, they were in red. In Bersih 2.0, they were not because of the police crackdown, but they were there in the crowd nonetheless. Look carefully and you may spot them.

(I have heard about them and seen them in action, and I think they are commendable.)


Source:
http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=32869:salam-bersih-tips-on-what-to-do-what-to-wear-and-what-to-bring&Itemid=2

Would you allow a MU fan to be referee for a match between MU and Liverpool?

"That the perception of impartiality is of crucial significance is underscored by Article 113 of the Federal Constitution, the provision which establishes the Election Commission. 113(2) provides:

"In appointing members of the Election Commission the Yang di- Pertuan Agong shall have regard to the importance of securing an Election Commission which enjoys public confidence."

It is manifest that a member of a political party that will participate, or which may potentially participate, in any general election cannot be made members of the Election Commission. The fact that they are members of a political party is indicative of their political loyalties being to that party. This creates an obvious conflict of interest. This is reinforced in situations where the party Constitution requires allegiance, as I believe the UMNO constitution does."

More:
Election Commission: Apparent Bias
http://malikimtiaz.blogspot.com/2012/04/election-commission-apparent-bias.html

EC chief, deputy are 'registered Umno members'
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/196232
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Bersih 3.0 Sit-in Demonstration at Dataran Merdeka

Our plans to go to KL this weekend is put on hold because of the much publicized rally by Bersih 3.0. From what I have gathered, despite two previous Bersih rallies and knowing how the authorities tried to counter them unnecessarily and unsuccessfully before, nobody can tell how this rally will turn out. 

The Home Minister tried initially to downplay the event and described it as not a security problem. Yet, he is leaving it to the police to do the necessary, after offering alternative sites in stadiums and disallowing specifically Dataran Merdeka! Isn't that confusing? I can still remember the offer of stadiums before Bersih 2.0 rally and it turned out to be hollow as the managements refused. But this time round, the Mayor of KL is acting like he is Boss of KL by threatening the demonstrators that they will face the music if they insist on using Dataran Merdeka. The police has closed off the area for 48 hours starting from 6 am this morning.

The irony of the event is that the name 'sit-in' is so harmless by itself, but the sheer number expected (anything from 10,000 to 100,000) would make KL congested with vehicles stuck in traffic jams and people. One thing for sure, this would create traffic jams around KL, especially at all entry points. That the cue is because the demonstration is against the prospect of the most dirty general election of all time, I am expecting an unprecedented crowd out to show the BN leaders that they are taking the complaints seriously, and that their so-called reforms are just cosmetic a la Najib. 

Incidentally, Adrian Ng has come out with three designs shown in Loyarburok (one is shown below), which are based on the initials DBKL...


The other two are Duduk Bantah Kuala Lumpur and Duduk Bukan Kecoh Leh.

Again, we are left wondering if only the Home Minister and Police... and the Mayor (who is he but a political appointee unpopular in KL?) would just allow it and provide necessary support in controlling and directing traffic for a few hours, will it be better than what we are going to expect from confrontation again?
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Some finer things in life

When I first heard the term 'barista', I thought it sounded so much like 'barrister', a member of one of the two classes of lawyers found in UK.

According to Wikipedia, "A barista (from the Italian for "bartender") is a person, usually a coffee-house employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks."

"Baristas generally operate a commercial espresso machine, and their role is preparing the shot and pulling the shot; the degree to which this is automated or done manually varies significantly, ranging from push-button operation to an involved manual process. Machines range from manual (lever), where the pressure is applied by hand, to semi-automatic, where the pressure is applied automatically but brew time is selected by the barista, to automatic, where the brew time is also preset (but preparing the grinds is still manual), to super-automatic, where the barista need only load the beans and push a button, but is otherwise completely automated. Espresso is a notoriously finicky beverage, and thus good manual espresso making is considered a skilled task. Further, preparation of other beverages, particularly milk-based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, but also non-espresso coffee such as drip or press pot, requires additional work and skill for effective frothing and pouring, most spectacularly, latte art..."

In case anyone got the impression I am a coffee lover, I am not, though I don't mind having a cup when in the famous white coffee shop in Ipoh. It seems odd to order an ordinary cup of tea there. Once, in UK, I ordered Expresso since it was the cheapest on the menu and it was so strong that I had to add lots of cream to overcome its bitter taste, much to the amusement of those with me. Last night, I happened to watch a discovery channel on Astro and a barista was showing the different results from slight changes to the process. Anyway, now it is trendy to have one little coffee-making machine at home for those who love coffee. Honestly, I don't need nor want to know.




For the discerning, design makes a difference to show your skill...


This is the way to make love-shaped egg slices...



Visual effect has its problem... your church probably won't allow the following cookies in their bake sale...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

King of the road... depends on where you are!

In developed countries like UK, vehicle drivers learned to respect pedestrians and cyclists, failing which they are heavily penalized by the law and its enforcers, the police. But in the jungle, wild animals are respected by motorists, probably acknowledging their original habitat had been encroached by humans. They are well protected by law.




The following video clip, of an incident involving a jay walker and a driver of a big MPV. The way he knocked the pedestrian on purpose and later kicked him unconscious was most shocking for a fellow human. It sure reflects badly on the general attitude of drivers in Johannesburg.


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Lost in translation or misrepresentation?


I would give this the benefit of my doubt...due to poor English...


This is certainly deception... hiding an alcoholic drink in a bread!



This might be unintentional... but reflecting the soldier's real reluctance?



Now this is something to bitch about...

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Some pictures of Africa

Air Asia is considered luxurious when compared to this truly budget airline...


This is truly 'handsfree' mode... 
 

and this is called 'legsfree'?


If you think you have seen the worst jalopy in Malaysia, this banana case takes the cake!


If they can cope with this snooker table, they could do wonders with the real ones...


You can kill me softly with a song... but please don't kill me with your food!!

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A part of the Khairy vs Ambiga Debate

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Someone played God...



A lovely little story to remind us that life really can be beautiful. It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office at the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God, 


Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her.. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her. 


Love, 
Meredith 

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey and Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith, 

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. 


Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.


Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love. 


Love,
God

I came, I saw and I conquered...

but not this time...

 Angela Merkel arrives at passport control in Athens ...

"Nationality?" asks the immigration officer.

"German," she replies.

"Occupation?"

"No, just here for a few days."

Incidentally, once while in a queue at the British Immigration in Heathrow Airport, my wife asked whether people like Dr. Mahathir or our current PM of Malaysia, needs to go through the waiting like us. Most would presume foreign VVIPs are treated differently. If not, the Malaysian High Commissioner would ensure minimum fuss.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Best democracy? We are worried over peaceful transition of power!

"With the general election imminent, one key question remains yet unanswered: Will the Barisan Nasional respect the outcome of the polls and ensure a peaceful transition of power?

This is the sixty four thousand dollar sensitive question – unasked in our repressed mass media, largely unexplored by political analysts, never-to-be-publicly wondered but lurking in the mind of many concerned Malaysians."

“Mr Prime Minister, would you make the transition of the government for Pakatan a smooth one if the opposition wins the next general election?”

 According to some of those present, after some hesitation the prime minister responded: “I do not have to answer that question” or words to that effect; following which he abruptly left, ostensibly for another function.

 More:
http://english.cpiasia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2326:peaceful-transition-of-power-open-letter-to-all-political-parties-&catid=141:lim-teck-ghees-contribution&Itemid=93
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Will this happen to us?

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

 One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, 'Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is'

Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her.
Finally she said, 'How soon do you need to know?'


Meanwhile... in a plane somewhere...

 

How long has he been here?
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Internet users: presumed guilty unless proven otherwise

"The Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012 was one of the bills rushed and passed by the Parliament recently. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, when winding up the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2012, said the use of pseudonyms or anonymity by any party to do cyber crimes had made it difficult for the action to be taken against them. Hence, the Evidence Act 1950 must be amended to address the issue of Internet anonymity."

 "In the following scenarios, you are deemed to be the publisher unless you prove the contrary:-
 (1) You have a home network with a few house mates sharing one internet account. You are deemed to be the publisher even though one of your house mates posts something offensive online.
(2) You have wireless network at home but you did not secure your network. You are deemed to be the publisher even though someone “piggybacks” your network to post something offensive.
(3) You have a party at home and allows your friends to access your PC or wireless network.You are deemed to be the publisher even though it was a friend who posted something offensive.
(4) Someone use your phone or tablet to post something offensive. You are deemed to be the publisher." 

'Clearly, it is against our very fundamental principle of “innocent until proven guilty”...'

Nades: Sad state of affairs in our schools

"I spent a whole hour with the students and it gave a glimpse of what is wrong with our education system. It was not just one student who did not have a chair and desk – three other students carried desks and chairs from the next class...

 If a Form One student is unable to write his own name and has to take out his identity card and copy his name, it is a reflection of the gross malaise in the basic education that had been provided in his formative years... 

When these teenagers, who will step out into adult life in a few years, are unable to read a simple sentence and unable to know the meaning of simple words, the conclusion is inevitable – our system has failed them...

All these show the foreseeable: These students have not been given the basics – reading and writing – at primary school level. No serious attempt is being made at this level to ensure that they have these skills before even attempting to teach other subjects like mathematics and science.

The figures from Pemandu tell us the story. The Education National Key Economic Area (NKEA) research shows that only 4% of the population is enrolled in pre-schools. A total of 46% of students pursuing tertiary education are enrolled in private higher education institutions. Equally baffling is that Malaysians make up nearly 43% of students enrolled in international schools. Is it a case of having no faith in the local education system? Urbanites must surely account for all of this small percentage of pre-schoolers because parents are willing to spend sometimes up to RM6,000 a year on pre-school or kindergarten.

But what is there for the poor and the rural kids? They spend six years in primary school and "cruise" along. No special attention is given to slow learners or the "disadvantaged" lot and at the end, they become mere statistics when the UPSR exam results are announced. ...

I asked if anyone reads newspapers. Five hands went up. How many watched television. All 39 hands went up. How many watched the news over TV? All hands went down. So, if they don't read newspapers or watch news on TV, how do they know that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the prime minister of Malaysia? There was utter silence...

Later, I was told that some of them can't afford to buy text books, let alone a dictionary. So, what is happening with the book assistance scheme for poor students? Shouldn't a simple dictionary be on top of the list?"

More:
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/356836
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hooked on honey?

How we are being short-changed...



The above two examples are obvious to us when we purchase ordinary things, but while we rant and rave over minor items, our national leaders are deciding on mega amounts which most of us would not know about or would not be able to understand the legal jargon or political procedures involved...


In our national context, politicians' cronies are getting richer, the ordinary folks are getting poorer, and our politicians appear to be getting dumber by signing lop-sided contracts in favour of crony businessmen and we are made to pay... even when we don't need to... according to Tony Pua...

"It makes absolutely no sense for the Government to insist on making the payment when the Government itself disagrees that work has not been carried out. The only possible reason for the PKA and the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to insist on making the payment is to protect KDSB. This is to ensure that KDSB does not get into financial trouble with its bondholders..."

http://tonypua.blogspot.com/2012/04/pkfz-pka-does-not-need-to-pay-kdsb.html

It is one thing to win the next GE to form the federal government, besides having to deal with sore losers who might create problems at the time of handing over, and sabotage thereafter, many people believe the current leaders are 'transforming' the nation until it is almost bankrupt by then. It is going to be really tough for Pakatan leaders to sort out the financial mess like North-South Expressway, PKFZ and Syabas. Just imagine having to deal with legally signed documents which we are legally bound to comply. So while Najib has his fondness for initials like ETP, KPI and what have you, the people are going to be really pissed off when the time comes with WTF!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

When money talks, nobody checks the Grammar!

A crusty old man walks into a bank and says, "I wanna open a fucking savings account."

The astonished woman replies, "I beg your pardon sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated here."

She goes to the bank manager to complain. The manager agrees such foul language can't be accepted.

They both return to the window and ask the old geezer, "Sir, what seems to be the problem here?"

 Old man: "There is no fucking problem, I just won $200 million bucks in the fucking lottery and I want to put my fucking money in this fucking bank."

 Manager: "I see, and is this bitch giving you a fucking hard time sir?"


 




A bit more on banks...

When a banker was called upon to give his expert opinion on whether a borrower is deemed poor by a bank, said something to the effect that it was on the contrary, because the bank would not lend to someone who has no property which the bank could use as collateral for the loan.

People would have noticed that the banks seem to go after the smaller borrowers with harsh actions, but they are more careful with really big borrowers because when these are in trouble, even the banks too will be in trouble.

Local banks in Malaysia treat their big customers with special privileges, like special parking spaces for them, and special counters or even rooms for them to do their transactions.

But business is business, bank related credit card companies do not welcome holders who paid promptly because they have no chance to make profits from them.
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Why are our officials prone to self-praise?

Just recently, our DPM, who is also our Education Minister claimed that our educational system is better than US, UK and Germany. Then our MACC Deputy claimed that his agency is 'best among the best'. Now it is our Election Commission chief's turn to claim that the electoral roll is the cleanest in the world!
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/195610

With no shortage of complaints against the EC, its chief seems to live in a world of his own, oblivious of the mounting complaints and criticisms hurled at the EC under his watch. If only we could have automatic voter registration and proper control of registration of births and deaths, then the question of phantom voters would become irrelevant.

Malaysia must be one of few countries where its leaders will never resign on their own despite failures due to their own poor leadership, and will have no qualms self-praising their own ministry or department.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Why a clean election is so important

Let's face it: winners get to be PM, DPM, Ministers, Chief Ministers and Exco Members, with all the powers to do what they like. If we cannot clean the voters' list and have fair elections, undeserving people will get to rule the country without our proper consent! This is why all of us should place utmost importance to NGOs like Bersih and their role in ensuring clean and fair elections.

"People sometimes ask if we still need to rally for Electoral Reform. Well, I say to all Malaysians of conscience – read this, and see you at Dataran on the 28th.

The full impact of today’s amendment to the Election Offences Act:

1. Anyone can now put up anonymous posters without identifying person or printer. Poison posters will now become standard fare. This is exactly the opposite of the demand to end dirty politics.

2. A candidate can only use a party office for the purpose of holding meetings, discussions, ceramahs etc. Candidates are not allowed to use homes, hire halls or set up temporary structures. Nothing is said about ministers and other privileged persons using public facilities.

3. The time when an Agent of a candidate is allowed into the Polling Station is no longer fixed and is now left to the discretion of the EC to decide when a Polling or Counting Agent will be allowed to enter. They are free to chase Agents out of the Polling Station while the results are being fixed.

4. The 50m exclusion zone outside the Polling Centre is now extended to 100m or more, depending on the EC to decide. This makes it impossible for election monitors such as Mafrel to see anything illegal going on. If some major irregularity is being planned, the EC can even set a limit of 2 Km or more.

5. There will be no more Barung Observers who were previously the only non-EC people able to look at the IC of the voter and catch discrepancies. This is a major blow to the plans to weed out phantom voters. They can now walk in freely and the Polling Agent (if he is even allowed into the Polling Station) will have no opportunity to look at the IC of the voter.

These amendments, that were introduced late and shafted through Parliament without any meaningful vote, make a mockery of our electoral process. To work with this kind of flawed process makes idiots out of all of us. A solution must be found."

Source:
Govt enacts laws in dead of night to make electoral fraud... EASIER?!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

A bit on hospital


Different people have different opinions on hospitals. Generally, some are cynical about private medical centres because they believe such places tend to recommend more tests than necessary so that their expensive equipment are better utilized to ensure a faster return on their huge capital outlay, and of course to make substantial profits.

There are hypochondriacs who make it a habit of seeing a doctor frequently because they tend to believe there is something wrong with their health. And there are those who will not visit a doctor unless really necessary, often when it is too late.

I have mentioned before about my eldest brother who had a heart attack in KL when he was only 51. His second son was with him when he was wheeled into KLGH and his last words were that he had many things to tell him... perhaps he knew he was going to die.

History repeated itself when his second son too had a heart attack at the age of 50, but very fortunately, he was then working in a Wagamama Japanese chain restaurant in SE London. His supervisor told him to rest while he called the ambulance. My son related to us recently that his wife called him and said that she did not know who else to call since he is the only close relative she could think of who is in London. When Beng visited him in Guy's hospital, he was already recovering and related how he felt when he was in the ambulance... recalling the time when he accompanied his father to KLGH with much apprehension, especially when he had witnessed first hand how his father died shortly after admission. But what a difference! It seems the ambulance came in just 5 minutes and during the 15 minutes ambulance journey to Guy's Hospital, he was attended to professionally and within half an hour, he was already in hospital looking at a screen while the doctor described what he is doing to him, which was in fact angioplasty!

I am sure many people find this incredulous, including me, because he happened to be extremely lucky in that his place of work happened to be near a world class heart hospital and he was attended to by super efficient medical personnel without question as to who he was! He was then not even a Permanent Resident, just someone with a work permit, who was covered by National Health Service. He admitted that he used to complain about the high National Insurance contributions deducted from his pay, but after the operation, he got back much more than what he had paid! He was really grateful that it happened in UK and that probably saved his life. I cannot see this happening in Malaysia, not even with private medical care.

Just to give an idea of what an ordinary citizen in Malaysia can expect from our public health service: a friend had a mild heart attack; friends advised him to seek private medical help but he insisted that being a retired civil servant, he wished to go through what is available in the local GH. He was hospitalized for a few days, under medical observation while waiting to see a specialist in a few weeks time! Having seen him, he is waiting to see another specialist in KL Heart Institute in a few weeks time! Just imagine what could have happened if he was really in a serious condition!

Who said time stops for no man?

In Bolehland, anything is possible...

'In a move not seen in over 22 years, Parliament was forced to literally freeze time at the stroke of midnight to allow it to pass a backlog of Bills and motions.

"The digital clocks went blank in the chamber," described Rasah MP Anthony Loke when met later.

This was in order to ensure the legislative body had enough of time to pass an amendment Bill and five motions that made up the remaining government business on the final day of this sitting.

The digital clock was turned off during the debate for the Capital Markets And Services (Amendments) Bill 2012.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz started the ball rolling by tabling a motion under Standing Order 90 (2) which allows for the House to suspend its regulations under extenuating circumstances.

The motion was to "suspend the enforcement of Standing Order 12 to allow the House to conclude business that we need to finish today".

Marathon sitting

Standing Order 12 regulates the time that Parliament begins and ends its sitting.

Its suspension meant that in practice the Dewan Rakyat can ignore the passage of time and continue with its business until it is all concluded...'

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Parliament's clock frozen to rush Bills
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/195502

The clocks are all turned forward from Funny Time to Right Time. I always remember, "Spring back or Fall in." ~Dave Beard (@Raqhun)



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Top 10 reasons to pick Android over iPhone

Just like to share this info which my friend forwarded to me...

#10 Expandable storage
#9 Built-in navigation
#8 More hardware choices
#7 No restrictions on the apps you can install
#6 High-end Android phones tend to implement the latest and greatest hardware first
#5 Customizable home screen
#4 Perfect integration with all the best Google apps and services
#3 More choice for default apps for web browsing, email, calendar, etc.
#2 Android still does multitasking better
#1 Integration with social networks and other online services

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Bill Gates in a restaurant

After eating, he gave $5 to the waiter as a tip. The waiter had a strange expression on his face after the tip.

Gates realized and asked. What happened?

Waiter: I'm just amazed because on the same table your son gave tip of... $500...
and you his father, richest man in the world, only gave $5 ...?

Gates smiled and replied, "He is son of the world's richest man, but I am the son of a wood cutter..."

I believe this story is adapted from a similar one which was well known locally and applied to different self-made millionaires.
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The fall and rise of a Land Cruiser

V8 Land-Cruiser in Saudi falls down a 60m well

You'd think that they'd at least put up a flag to let people know there's a 100 mt hole there. This happened in Saudi a few days ago.

In areas where there is fresh water under ground the locals dig wells. And they support the sides with concrete and stones to keep the sand from falling back in to the well. Some of these are up to 100 meters deep.

This particular one was 60 meters deep and 4 meters wide, located outside the small town of Riyadh in the center of Saudi.

The guys went out in the desert for a bit of 4X4 fun on a Thursday when one of them drove in to the well and dropped 60 meters to the bottom with his V8 Cruiser.

Rescue workers retrieved the car and the driver had a mild concussion from hitting his head against the wind screen. Hard to believe he is alive.

High price and prettiness of cars end up pretty ugly after high speed crash

The driver of this 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena was trying to show off to his girlfriend when he lost control at 130 MPH on a country road in France . The car ran into power lines, bringing down live cables and snapping the car in two. Both driver and passenger were lucky to survive the crash.


This 1998 BMW 5-series was being driven at 135 MPH when a tire blew out, resulting in the vehicle flipping several times and crashing into a concrete pillar...


The driver of this Corvette got his car up to 140 MPH before spinning out and disintegrating on a Dallas , TX highway...


This Lamborghini was only 6 days old and was NOT insured when the owner decided to see how fast he could go on a desert highway in Egypt . A truck cut him off at 150 MPH. He lost $350,000 but was glad to be alive...


Ferrari Enzo

This is the world's highest known crash speed on open roads. There are only a handful of cars even capable of reaching these speeds. The driver was drunk and pushing the limits of this $1.3 million car on the Pacific Coast Highway when he lost control and crashed into a utility pole. Miracolously, he walked away from the accident...

Do we deserve a Home Minister like Hishamuddin Hussein?

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today called on the public to be wary of claims that the student protesters camping out at Dataran Merdeka were attacked.

Falling short of condemning such attacks, he said such allegations can be spread through mobile text messages and online media to stoke public anger.

“There have been such cases where allegations of such nature have been used...to raise emotions, be it in the areas of race, religion and now involving students,” he said.

He added that it is important to differentiate between real and fake allegations, also advising the public not to react.

Dataran attack claims may be to rile up public, says Hisham

Didn't that remind us of what Dr M said about Anwar's black eye... that he did it himself to gain public sympathy?
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Do we deserve a Higher Education Minister like Khaled Nordin?

"Instead of condemning acts of violence by a mob early this morning, Higher Education minister Khaled Nordin struck an unsympathetic chord by chiding students who were attacked.

In comments on his Twitter account, Khaled (pic) said the students should not expect sympathy when such incidents take place.

"No one told them to camp out at Dataran. So when these things happen, don't cry for pity," he wrote.

Earlier this week, Khaled, instead of addressing the argument by students for the abolishment of study loans under the National Higher Education Fund Corporation which they said were opressive, told students not happy with the system to return their borrowings..."

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The irony of men and women...

Men:
1. All men are extremely busy.
2. Although they are so busy, they still have time for women.
3. Although they have time for women, they don't really care for them.
4. Although they don't really care for them, they always have one around.
5. Although they always have one around them, they always try their luck with others.

Women:
1. The most important thing for a woman is financial security.
2. Although this is so important, they still go out and buy expensive clothes and stuff.
3. Although they always buy expensive clothes, they never have something to wear.
4. Although they never have something to wear, they always dress beautifully.
5. Although they always dress beautifully, their clothes are always just "an old rag".
6. Although their clothes are always "just an old rag", they still expect you to compliment them.
7. Although they expect you to compliment them, when you do, they don't believe you.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stereotyping boys and girls



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How Thai people cope with frequent floods

Necessity is the mother of invention. With some ideas, things can be saved, moving around is quite possible too...

this is how to waterproof your cars...


this is how to hang up your motorbikes...


this is how to walk above water...


just think of how to move around above the waters and you can't go wrong...


it is easy to make a boat out of some floatable items...


even the loo can be adapted...


and not forgetting man's best friend...