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

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?
Corruption is 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.)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Why do houseowners still grow their own fruits?

Despite regret after growing mango and rambutan trees, Malaysians would still go through it again and again. I have seen enough of overgrown fruits trees which became a nuisance or even posed a danger to owner and neighbours, and which have to be felled at great expense (eg. Rm 2,500 for one durian tree). Just imagine how many durians one can get for that amount! The worst part was the uncertainty of getting a tree which bears any fruit, let alone tasty fruits, never mind the right specie.
Usually, houseowners are tempted by plant nursery information that a particular specie of mango tree can bear fruit at a low height. True, it bears fruit at such low height, but over the years, it would continue growing until its roots threaten to break tiled floors or walls and its height is taller than a 2-storey house. If it becomes a danger to neighbour, then it becomes urgent to cut it down.
We used to avoid falling into this temptation of growing fruit trees in our compound, partly because with fruits, they tend to attract unwelcome people out to get something for nothing. Anyway, for those who are into landscaping, they tend to stay clear of fruit trees, unless the theme is 'kampong'.
One day, I was at my sister's nursery in Sg. Buloh and she had a longan tree bearing fruits which were almost like those on sale. She had bud-grafted one which she offered to me. Well, because it is not the usual mango or rambutan tree, I decided to give it a try. It has been a couple of years and the tree has grown more than 10 ft. tall, but yet to flower.
When we think of the number of years it takes to grow a fruit tree until it bears fruits, it is just not worth the effort. It is so easy to just choose and pay for what we want at the market. Why then do we still get tempted to grow our own? Believe me, the joy of seeing our own tree bearing fruit (even if not tasty as expected) is priceless. I have tried growing lime and pomelo and I have yet to taste any. Just the fruits on them will make me forget about landscaping reason or features.
I have seen a neighbour who grew a couple of durian trees. It took him a few years before he realized he had been cheated in terms of specie. When the fruit's taste was hopeless, it was better to cut them down because it was worse having friends asking and thinking he had been selfish for not offering his durians.
I know of a retired teacher who has a rambutan tree. Each time it bears fruit, he has to harvest it and distribute to his friends. I can sense he is getting tired of it already.

For durian lovers, it is so much easier to go to a durian orchard and choose the best, meanwhile, drool...
Durian haven:


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