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 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

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.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Romance in Palace: Meili in despair prepares for suicide

Meili seemed to be facing one problem after another, in increasing severity. Yun Ke was secretly crying to himself in the garden when his half-brother Yun Jue saw him. Jue teased him for crying and Ke had to pretend he did not. Jue bragged about his royal status and that Ke had to pay respect to him. Jue recalled what his grandparents talked about which was supposed to be a secret, that Ke was an illegitimate child. Ke felt insulted and angry and began to hit him. In so doing he had committed a serious crime of hitting a royal prince, for which his grandmother and step-mother would take advantage to punish him severely. Both were quick to cane him and Meili was scolded for not teaching him properly. Ke had to explain that he was insulted by Jue who called him an illegitimate child, to which both Su Ying and mother-in-law did not express surprise but seemed to wonder who told him that.

As punishment, in future every morning Meili and son had to pay respects (by way of 'kow tow') to mother-in-law and grandmother; and then to husband's first wife and step-mother, respectively.

Meili felt she had to seek help from Empress Dowager. On her way, she met the Emperor who asked her the reason for seeing Empress Dowager. Expressing understanding of her situation, he said he would find a good teacher for Yun Ke and Meili was pleased with his suggestion.

Later, Su Ying's father informed his family of the bad news: that the Emperor himself had decided to find a special teacher for Yun Ke. That the Emperor had personally intervened meant more than anything Yun Jue had, despite his princely status. Su Ying tried to think of how best to sabotage this arrangement and she decided that the best way was to expose Yun Ke's illegitimate status as confirmed by the blood test. She recalled Qing Xuan having it when packing for his trip and decided to look for it. Once she found and read the text, she decided to put up public notices about Yun Ke's illegitimate status. Those who read it were shocked about the revelation and later, even parents of Yun Ke's classmates protested to their school head that they did not want to be associated with him.

Word got round to Qing Xuan's mother who decided to find out from the physician who did the blood test. He was brought to her and confirmed according to the result he had given to Qing Xuan. The matriarch was furious and it was the last straw for her. She had prepared divorce paper for Meili to sign and she was to get out of the house without further delay.

Meanwhile, the physician was seen packing his things to leave his practice, mumbling about people would get him sooner or later. I get the impression Su Ying's father must have bribed him to confirm that father and son had no connection according to the blood test.

In despair at the latest turn of events, Meili went to see Empress Dowager to thank her for her past assistance whenever she faced problems, and asked for reassurance that she would look after Yun Ke. At home, she hugged Yun Ke and advised him to be good and work hard for his future. She even put on her make-up and her maid said she looked exceptionally pretty but wondered why. I guess I know why...

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