Dec 11, 2008

Oh God, where are you?

So much of sufferings and so many deaths.

Oh God, where are you?
It is extremely torturing and heart wrenching for me to read of more sufferings and deaths almost everyday.

It is also torturing for most of us here that justice seems to be blatantly disregarded for reasons only known to the forever omnipotent government.
When suspected JI terrorists with involvement in the Sept. 9/11 bombing can be released for dubious reasons and while the Hindraf members, who fought for justice and equality can still be detained under the draconian ISA, justice is lost.

And the Altantuya murder case?
The whole world is still waiting for justice to be seen and punishment to be handed down on the murderers.

Is this how God punished the innocents and let the evils and the corrupts roam free? Or you have simply forgiven these evils during their annual pilgrimage and prayers when they asked for forgiveness (and then commit sin again)?
I beg you to please make use of your creation: send them to hell !

If you are going to punish mankind, then either you stop the creation of more human lives or destroy the whole world so that there will be no more sufferings.

Then maybe, you would like to create a new world: a world with only one race and one religion which will eliminate all the racial discriminations and religious extremism, the crux of human sufferings.

But wait a minute, maybe this current world can be salvaged.
So God, please guide us.

Dec 2, 2008

Malaysia's Academy of Political Awards 2008 (MAPA 08)

-->Dear all, as the year draws to an end and as we witnessed the political happenings unfold in the country, the time has come for us to select and award those who have contributed either positively or negatively to this country which we call home.

Regardless of who they are, what race they are from and which political parties they belong to, the selection of the recipients will be based on our conscience, facts and the truths.

I have categorized the selection into several categories as different events from different parties affect and influence our lives in one way or another. These categories are then divided into three awards: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Last but not least, I have included a category for Blogsphere as there is no denying it has played a significant and influential role in changing the political landscape pre and post GE 2008.

So dear all, start rolling your votes in!

1) Ministry Level
a) The Most Efficient Ministry
Instead of the moribund civil service, this award is for the one which is knowledgeable and able to provide a fast and efficient service.
b) Kangaroo Award
Remember the day when you enquired for information and action, you are made to ‘hop’ from one department to another?
c) Wastage Award
This one goes to the Ministry that sucked the tax payers’ money on various projects which in the end are either non beneficial or deemed useless to the people.

2) Parliamentarian
a) Custard Award
When an elected MP shows no regards, manners and respects in the august House, he deserves custards to be thrown at his face.
b) The Lady & The Gentleman Award
This award goes to the one who is well-mannered, respected and follows the principle of sportsmanship.
c) Hang Tuah Award
Like the warrior, this MP will fight for justice and fairness for all.

3) Politician
a) Rising Star Award
The GE 2008 has certainly produced some young and seemingly talented politicians. Who will be the one that shines above the rest?
b) Sicko Award
When a politician keeps stirring racial sentiments and hatreds without two hoots of the feelings of others, he will have to face the wrath of the people. Please identify this person without fear and favor.
c) Fairplay Award
Although politicians are from different parties, they are some who know the rules and play by the rules and the rights from the wrongs. Who will be the shining example?

4) Blogsphere
a) Creative Blog Award
Blogging in this age of technology can truly bring out the different styles and imaginations of the bloggers that can captivate our attention.
b) Informative Blog Award
There are some bloggers who have diligently and continuously update us on new happenings and provide us with new sources of information.
c) The Red Blog Award
This is the dangerous one. The one that intentionally and incessantly incites hatred and animosities among the people. Identify it before it destroys this country.

Nov 27, 2008

Brave or Stupid Act ?

The political turmoil in Thailand which has been going on for months since the ousted of Thaksin is set to cripple the country's economy, especially its tourism industry.

The People's Alliance for Democracy(PAD) started its quest for change of government through another fresh round of elections by a series of massive street protests and then stormed and occupied the Government House, the Thai prime minister's main office. This is already a signal that these protesters are brave enough to challenge the ruling government which they accused it of being a puppet of Thaksin, thereby will govern with greater corruptions.

When these protesters sensed that the army and the police are not taking any stern actions against them for fear of violent retaliations, it gives them the courage to storm Thailand's two major airports, causing them to cease operations. This has resulted in massive confusions and cancellations of flights among the thousands of travelers.
It is truly startling and incredulous for the Thai government and the army to allow these protesters to storm and occupy the two major airports.

Another round of elections means more time and money will be wasted and more politicking. For this to happen in Thailand in the midst of the worldwide financial and economic meltdown, the ordinary people of Thailand will suffer the most.

How long can they tolerate this?

What if the ruling party wins again?
Are the PAD protesters going to storm the Palace next?

When the livelihoods of the ordinary people are severely affected by these protesters, then the possibility of violent clashes among the people seems inevitable.

Now back to Malaysia.

Aren't we lucky that such massive protests are not happening in Malaysia? or
Should we unite and protest like the Thais to call for a fresh election to change an inefficient and corrupt government?

Nov 25, 2008

Food, Marriage and Jakim

Our fist Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, has once said before on national unity:" It is a pity that we do not eat the same food".

Hitherto, it is still a pity since the wise words of the lateTunku, we remain divided, not by the food, but by the incessant politicking and bickering.

So, is there anything that we can do to unite the people?

Looking at the picture of the inter-faith marriage of this blissful couple in The Star paper today, it dawn on me, maybe this could be one of the answers for unity.

If Ah Kow marries Aminah, I believe the bonding and relationship of both families of different faiths will be made stronger with a better understanding and respect of each other's culture and religion.
Later, if their daughter marries Muthu, the chain reaction of racial unity will spread further among all the various races.

Does this sound far-fetched and it is possible in Malaysia?

Although there are issues and concerns of beliefs and policies regarding such intermarriages, ultimately it is the happiness and love of both parties that matters.

Since Jakim has been actively issuing fatwas, maybe they can do something positively for the people by issuing fatwas to simplify the process and with minimum restrictions for such inter-faith marriages to bring the people closer together.

So, what do you think?
Do you think inter-faith marriages should be promoted and encouraged in Malaysia?

Nov 22, 2008

The Prince and the frog

It is indeed heartwarming for most of us who have read the wise words from Raja Nazrin on the need on multiculturalism integration and the misleading view on Islam it dominates others.

It is without doubt that the world is getting truly diversified with multicultural societies and religions. As such, if there is always a constant blockade for integration and acceptance for an openness to accept others' faiths, cultures and religions, then the world is certainly going to be a very dangerous one, which we are already witnessing now the sufferings in many countries.

Reading the wise words of Raja Nazrin, Islam seems a simple religion which, like others encompasses every aspect of human life. And yet, in Malaysia, I find it truly complicated and to a certain extent, contrary to the wise words of Raja Nazrin.

To Raja Nazrin, I say Daulat Tuanku!

In stark contrast to the thinking of our wise Prince, the Umnoputras are still cocooned in the well and simply refused to see beyond the ever changing political, social and economic environment.
Like a frog in the well, they seemed mentally trapped.

When putting road signs with multiple languages for tourism benefits can become an issue, it truly demonstrates the mentality of these people. As the Chief Minister of Penang said, “Let them continue to live under the coconut shell. We don’t have to follow them.”
There are many more examples to show how they 'live under the coconut shell'. The list is simply too long for me to highlight but do not worry, there will be more.

To the 'frogs' who refused to change, I would like to advice them to remain in the well so as not to, as the Chinese say,'block the earth from rotating'.

Nov 18, 2008

The mental anguish of a VIP

The divorce news of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin must have caught many of us by surprise.
Whether it is a game plan of Thaksin to save his fortunes or the separation is due to irreconcilable differences, I am not interested. What I would like to write about is: divorce and there are two types of divorces.
The first type of divorce is known as legal divorce, which means both parties have signed the legal documents.

The second type of divorce is known as mental divorce.
The definition of mental divorce: It is the absolute right of the spouse to deny any sexual demands made by the other party in the event he or she has committed adultery or infidelity. As both parties can still remain together, no legal documents are necessary.

Let me give you an example of a couple named Najis and Rosie.

Najis has been implicated in a sex and murder trial of a young woman. Rosie knew all along that her hubby has been a playboy and flirting and screwing around with young women. In fact, Najis had been caught for khalwat at a seaside resort before.
Now, this sex and murder trial is the last straw that really broke the camel's back for Rosie to declare a mental divorce on Najis.

So each time when Najis makes any sexual advances to demand sex, Rosie has the legal rights to deny him that and tell him to go and fly kite. He can screw around and gets AID or STD for all she cares. What she wants is to torture him through mental anguish hoping that he will crawl back to her and behave as a good husband.

So now you know why Najis looks so tame, subdue and has been talking a lot of craps lately.

Nov 13, 2008

The Young Ones

With two million young voters eligible to vote in the next general election, it seems there is hope for change for the better in this country.
These young voters are internet savvy and have a high political awareness. With such exposure, it is very important for the political parties to woo them to their sides.
To change for the better, these young voters must understand the need for the change and the traits of a good government.
Although the following have been written many times over, it is our duty to continuously remind them of what their future will be like, if the political landscape is left unchanged in this country.

1) The CAT concept
This is of utmost importance because a government that governs without competency, accountability and transparency will cause the country into bankruptcy. It is akin to daylight robbery!
With so many scandals: from the Defense Ministry to the Sports Ministry and from the Tourism Ministry to the Works Ministry and many more, it only makes one wonder whether there is rule of law in this country because at the end of the day, no one is held accountable for these scandals.
Although the government has eased the way for doing businesses by removing bureaucratic red tapes, the ever moribund civil service remains much to be seen for improvements.
Why does this government seems not able to follow the CAT concept of good governance?

2) Economy
With the major world economies grappling with the financial crisis, the outlook for next year will definitely not be a rosy one.
With the government rolling out a smorgasbord of fiscal policies and economic stimulants through the pumping of RM7 billion into various projects, the people remain pessimistic and the using of the EPF money of RM5 billion to inject into Valuecap to shore-up the market capitalization in the Stock Exchange only adds to the pessimism.
With the high cost of living now, the people are finding it extremely difficult to cope with their daily expenses, let alone a decent meal for the family.
What will Malaysia’s economy be without EPF and Petronas?

3) Judiciary
It has been for far too long the Judiciary system is being perceived by the people to be tainted with corruptions. The Lingam Tape controversy, the use of the ISA and the judgment of several high profile cases have left us in awe for all the wrong reasons.
Can the new Chief Justice instill back the confidence of the people who have been clamoring for justice for a long time?

4) Democratic Freedom: Speech, Religion and Equality
Although freedom of speech has its limitations, the interpretation and action of the government leaves much to be desired.

If a peaceful candlelight vigil gathering and even blogging can land a person to be arrested and detained under ISA, then what freedom of speech do we have?
If an inter-faith dialogue can lead to near riots and protests, then what religious freedom are we talking about?
If an appointment of a non-Malay to be a General Manager in a government department can trigger so much animosities and rejections among the civil servants and the Umnoputras, then what equality are we talking about?
If the NEP, social contract or the branding of the ketuanan Melayu is sacrosanct to one race, does it mean the other races must be denied equal opportunities?

5) Security
Maybe, with so many police personnel being deployed to 'prevent' the peaceful gatherings of the people from causing trouble, the robbers, snatch-thieves and murderers must be having a field day committing crimes.
Almost daily, we read of reports of violent crimes being committed to the extent that as if these criminals dare the police to catch them. The people are basically now living in a state of constant fear of being robbed, maimed or even being killed.
Have the police done enough to protect the people against crimes?

Of late, the police seemed to be active in arresting people, albeit the wrong people. The current spate of arrests and detentions of the government critics and the members of the opposition parties which seemed to be politically motivated by the governing party have created a deep distrust of the people towards the police force.

My eldest daughter was part of the victory that denied the BN two-third majority in parliament during the last election and the second daughter is one of the two million eligible voters come next election. It is my fervent hope that she will be part of the victory that changed this government.

So dear all, stand-up and be counted to vote for your future!

Nov 1, 2008

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim: The man whom my father hated before

-->I remember clearly during my younger days, each time when the image of DSAI is flashed during primetime news, my father would quickly switched-off the TV and starts to curse the man for being ultra-Malay and anti-Chinese.

Now as I aged towards the half century mark, I fully understand the unhappiness of my father towards the BN led government of which DSAI was part of it. At that time the implementation of the NEP was at its peak: from education to the civil service and from business to religion. It was basically the beginning of the drumming up of the ketuanan Melayu mentality by Umno.

I have three grown-up children now who, like many other grown-ups, are beginning to have a good understanding of the country’s political scenario and start to question on the many political issues we are facing now.

One need not be a rocket scientist to see where this country is heading. I would not like to delve into and repeat the many issues and scandals which all of us are aware but seem not able to do much, except to make noise. Even the humble call of the people for fairness and justice has not only fallen on deaf ears, but responded with threats.

Instead, I would like to pen a few words on the man whom all true Malaysians are hoping can salvage this distressed country from doom.

My father is gone now and it is a pity that he is not able to see DSAI as a changed man. He has changed because he was forcibly pushed down from the top. He has changed because he was humiliated with untold miseries, from the court to prison. And he has changed because he now knows the evils of politics are tearing this country apart.

As the leader of Pakatan Rakyat, which controls five states, DSAI must be seen able to govern with integrity and dignity, by hook but never by crook.

For DSAI to be able to do so, he must get rid of three types of politicians:

1) The racist in the likes of Ahmad Ismail.
2) The evils in the likes of Khir Toyo.
3) The extremist in the likes of Zulkifli Nordin.

The road to Putrajaya for DSAI will not be a smooth one and there will certainly be many hurdles laid with intent to make him fall again. It is imperative for DSAI to tread with extreme caution for another fall will spell disaster for his political career.

With the build-up of people’s power, these hurdles can be removed as soon as it is laid so that the ascension of DSAI to Putrajaya can be hastened.

In the meantime, we will wait.

Oct 26, 2008

Dawn of a new era?

The ‘tsunami’ of the post general election has certainly changed a large landscape of the political milieu in Malaysia.

With the Pakatan Rakyat hovering above the Barisan Nasional with the ever ready stance to take over the government, we now read of BN leaders talking about the importance to have unity and cooperation among the various races. Read here and here .
The NEP has been such a thorny and sensitive issue for so many years, that a serious debate over it can either break a person’s political career or be ISAed.
Thus, it is indeed ‘courageous’ for the DPM to mention that he will work towards the easing of the NEP and will begin the liberation when the bumiputras are more confident in competing with others.
It is crystal clear for all to see that after more than 30 years, the affirmative policies of the NEP have failed drastically as the bumiputras are still unable to compete confidently.
So, must the government wait any longer to initiate liberations of the NEP?
How can a person be successful when there is always a constant fear to change and adapt to the ever changing political, social and economic environment?
Although it will be hard to ‘crack the nuts’ of the old ones, it is the young ones whom the government should focused to eradicate this fear mentality.
The government itself should be seen as daring rather than fearful to implement the liberation of the NEP.
As a starter, we can do away with the special bumiputra discount for the purchase of houses which only benefits the rich. Why must a discount be given to someone who can afford to buy a house that cost half a million or one million?
I am sure by doing away with such an illogical privilege, it will not cause a mass protest by the bumiputras.
The government can also begin to look at the massive imbalance of the races in the civil service which is almost monopolized by one race. Such imbalances have caused much unhappiness and discontentment among the people.
It will be a good liberation policy if the government is bold enough to make it mandatory to allocate lets say, a 30% quota for the non-bumiputras in the civil service. To ensure the success of this, recruitment drives must be done with earnest and utmost sincerity.
One of the most difficult liberation policies to carry out will be those that involve the economic pie: APs and contracts. Because human beings are ‘greedy’, the willingness to forgo one’s ability to accumulate wealth with all the goodies is extremely hard.
The government must be brave enough to open-up the economic pie by starting with a tendering system for smaller projects to allow those with proven capabilities opportunities to vie for the projects instead of it being given to any Tom, Dick and Harry who has nothing but strong political connects.

While every small single step is a giant step towards liberation, the government must not let this be politicized for political mileage. When it is so easy to be a hero by championing one's own race, why it is then, so difficult to champion for fairness?
As mentioned by someone in the political arena: change or be changed.
And indeed if there is change, will it be a change that we can believe in?

Let this flicker of hope continue burning: a hope that one day will make all Malaysians have a true sense of belonging.

Oct 18, 2008

Hail The Judge

No, this is not a compliment to our newly appointed Chief Justice.

The title is actually a movie starring Stephen Chow, the Director of 'Kung Fu Hustle' blockbuster fame.

'Hail The Judge' is a typical slapstick comedy which Stephen Chow is famous for his silly and yet funny acting. In most of his movies, there are scenes that are truly idiotic and unbelievable but which, carries a message. Maybe this is Stephen Chow's way of conveying a message, usually about good values in life to the audience.

The storyline goes something like this:

Sitting on the rooftop under a bright moonlight, a boy declared that he wanted to be a judge, like his father.

Well, he did grew up to be a judge named Justice Pao, albeit a corrupted one.

In all the cases that were presented to Justice Pao, which were defended by an equally crooked lawyer and where proofs were presented, the defendants were judged not guilty. Needless to say, Justice Pao had been bribed and when the people saw that there was no justice, he was despised and scorned at by the people.

One night, during a wedding ceremony in a village, the bride was raped by her cousin. However, this was witnessed by the bridegroom's parents who were both killed and subsequently like an amok, he went on a killing rampage by killing all the wedding guests which was witnessed by a night guard who managed to escape the killings.

The cousin, who is the son of the Navy Commander was caught and brought before Justice Pao who sees a strong case against the Commander's son. However, with a strong influence of power, Justice Pao was not only replaced but was framed and jailed.

And to prevent the Navy Commander's son from being found guilty, the new judge conspired to removed all the evidences at the murder scene and planted new evidences to implicate the bride.
He further bribed the night guard to deny what he had seen and the servant to admit of having a sexual relationship with the bride.
The verdict: the bride was found guilty of murder by poisoning her in-laws and the wedding guests and had also committed adultery !
So, she was sentenced to jail.

With such cruelty, Justice Pao had vowed to take revenge and seek justice for the bride.

Finally, with the help of the Emperor and some smartness, he managed to bring the corrupted judge, lawyer, imperial officer and the murderer to justice.

Does the storyline sounds familiar?

Can our new Chief Justice brings a happy 'ending' to our judiciary system?

p/s: Justice Pao married the girl and lived happily ever after.

Oct 16, 2008

I am a pendatang, so what? You are also a pendatang, so what ?

It is a crime being a pendatang (immigrant) ?

My grandparents came from China and like many others, left for greener pastures because there was hardship in the motherland. It was maybe by fate that they had chosen to come here to ensure a better living for his children.

Yes! My grandparents migrated from China.
They are pendatangs, no doubt about it.
Like many of your parents who migrated here from elsewhere, they are also pendatangs, there is no doubt about it too.

So, what is the problem ?

I am born in Malaysia and is a full blooded Malaysian.
Am I a pendatang?

Call me what you want for all I care.

My grandparents and parents have left a legacy for me to follow and that is, to work hard, do no harm to others and be loyal to the country.

What is of utmost importance for me is to have a clear conscience because I have to face my children, family and most of all, God.
I am able to face God with peace and calmness when I pray everyday because I do no evils to harm people.

However, I am mystified as to how on earth can a person who is either a murderer,corrupt or an evil doer can still pray to God passionately everyday?
If only God can say something, I wonder what will it be.

Maybe what the rakyat think of him is not important. But then how about those in his family?
Will they have any conscience?

So, between the pendatangs and the evildoers, who do you prefer?

Oct 9, 2008

Today in history

Finally, with all the suspense and after all the discussions and negotiations, the secret is out: Abdullah Badawi is stepping down as PM in March 09.

What seemingly as a last hurrah for him, he intends to implement and 'see through' the following initiatives :

1) ESTABLISHING the Judicial Appointments Commission to enhance the stature of the judiciary.
If only he had done this five years ago, the people would have looked upon the judiciary with great trust and the ability to protect the weak from the wicked.

2) ESTABLISHING the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission with greater powers of investigation and enforcement
If only he had done this five years ago, the country will not be robbed of millions and millions by the corrupts. When there is seemingly no law to bring the corrupts to justice, the people are simply disillusioned with the system.

3) ESTABLISHING the Special Complaints Commission to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of enforcement agencies.
If only he had done this five years ago, when there is opportunity for him to yield power against the useless and ineffective civil servants who are seat warmers and whose duties are perfunctory, the question of integrity will not arise.

4) STRENGTHENING and enlarging the Social Safety Net to ensure aid to all, regardless of race and religion.
If only he had done this five years ago, when the country had been on sound footing with opportunities to sow the seeds of prosperity, the growth of wealth would have been 'harvested' by all and for all by now.
5) HOLDING a Barisan Nasional convention to improve inter-racial and inter-religious relations.
If only he had done this five years ago, when he had the power to warn and take action against the racists and the party warlords, the people will be living together with greater harmony today.

Why did Abdullah Badawi failed as Prime Minister and what happened?

As mentioned, if only he had used his power to rule when he took over the premiership, he would still be able to survive the current political milieu. The failure to do so has bred many warlords within his party who will fight hard (even physically) to be just a divisional head. These warlords are reaping the economical benefits of the country and the more they reaped, the richer they will be. With that comes power. When there are too many of these warlords, Abdullah Badawi loses control over them and hence, he also loses his direction in governing the country.

In other words, Abdullah Badawi is being 'killed' politically by his own people, the Mother of all Brutus !

The political scar left behind is already getting difficult to heal and just like a broken vase, when pieced back together, will be unsightly.

In this context, do we want Pakatan Rakyat to form a new government?

Taking for granted that Najib has succeeded in becoming the next PM, do you think he can clear the political mess we are in now and be a better PM?

How do you want to remember Abdullah Badawi as the PM of Malaysia in history?

Oct 7, 2008

Malaysia's Education System

When I read the Star report today on Malaysia's education system being a role model, I just could not believe my eyes and it takes me to read two more times to come to term on what has been reported.

I am no pessimist and would not like to belittle aimlessly. Facts are facts and truths are truths.

Read here for a better understanding of our education system.

How can our education system be a role model when the ministry cannot even decide once and for all whether to use English or Bahasa Melayu for the teaching of Science and Maths?
The ministry has changed it to English and when the rural students seemed to lag behind, they are debating it now whether to change it back to Bahasa Melayu, with no decision yet.

Let me tell you what I think.

To use Bahasa Melayu for the two subjects will be the greatest mistake of this flip-flop government and which our next generation will pay a very heavy price for survival. The development of well qualified students is the greatest essence of human capital that can propel the country to great heights and to survive in this rapid changing world. And the master of the English language will take the country there. There are no two ways about it.

Look at the little red dot country down south and see how the government invest in human capital for the future survival of the country.
Don't we envy and would like to learn from them?
Can we ever compete with them?

And when we are too proud, animosities seeped in.

Do you still remember the Smart school and then the Vision school concept?
Whatever it is, do you think it benefits the students academically and socially?

My only wish with regards to this issue is, common sense should prevail.


Oct 6, 2008

Hari Raya Holidays

Well, it is holiday season again and how time flies.

For this holiday, I decided to visit my hometown Raub which I have not visited since my parents passed away a few years back.
I have heard quite a lot about the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lanchang which is not far from my hometown and did a google search to find out what it has to offer.

The sanctuary seems to be an interesting place and so my travel plan is to visit the sanctuary first and from there to Raub through the Felda oil palm plantation road and back to KL.

My wife enjoying feeding the deers at the Deer Park which is just before the elephant sanctuary.

One of the cute animals licking coca-cola at the Deer Park. Beside the bear, there are also ostriches, hedgehog, snake and rabbits.

My first encounter at the sanctuary: an amputated baby elephant which was rescued from the jungle.

The Elephant Man bringing the animals for the bath at the river which marks the first activity.

The sight of the elephants taking bath brings sheer excitement in you.

After the bath, it is feeding time. My eldest daughter feeding one of the elephants.

Visitors lining-up for the elephant ride the natural way, without the basket.

The elephant dung is big and emits a strong smell. It was embarrassing to see the Elephant Man shoved the dung into the river where the visitors are to play with the elephants.

It is splashing time! The Elephant Man leading the elephant with the tourists on the back into the river and as he commanded "pian", the elephant will lean side-way and down go the tourists into the river!

My second daughter waving bye-bye to the Elephant Sanctuary with me and my son in front.
My family certainly enjoyed this fun-filled holiday.

Sometimes with proper planning, a simple domestic holiday can be both satisfying and enjoyable.


Sep 28, 2008

Tainted Dragon

The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic has truly opened the eyes of the world and signified the awakening of the dragon.

The Chinese, who during the Second World War had been dubbed the ‘Sick man of Asia’ is no more ‘sick’ and through the sheer determination to progress and survive, the world now watch with bated breath the capabilities of the Chinese.

The Olympic Games have always been an opportunity for the host country to showcase to the world its greatness in diversities. And the Beijing Olympic has proved beyond that. It has propelled the image of China to the forefront to the envy of many.

With the world economy and financial crisis looming in most countries, China's economy is in good shape despite the chaos.

"China has full confidence and capabilities to ensure sound and fast economic growth for a long period of time," Premier Wen Jiabao said at the opening ceremony.
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said China is still a fast growing economy and may lead the world economy in the future.
Now read this, when having too much of money causes embarrassment.
When China embarked on its space program, it was frowned upon by the west.
Today, China in its third manned space mission has become the third country in the world to do a spacewalk, a key step to create China’s first space station, and a high possibility of making a landing on the moon within ten years.

Just as when the 'dragon' is ready to roar louder and soar higher, it got hit by the tainted milk powder scandal. The greed and unscrupulous acts of a few have caused untold miseries to thousands of families whose babies have died. Such a heinous act is akin to murder.

Just not long ago, the recalled of the Barbie dolls manufactured in China has caught the world attention on doing business in China with regards to ethics and QC.

With two major scandals, the economic backlash through products recall worldwide is going to be tremendous and horrendous.

The Chinese government must take very drastic steps to improve on its QC and must be seen in doing it. The culprits of the tainted milk powder must be brought to justice and a crime of such economic and social magnitude deserves death penalty by execution, communist style.
The rule of law must apply and punishment must be severe.

With the 'dragon' being tainted, the pride of the Chinese people have been severely dented.

How can the Chinese government heal the pride of the people now?

Sep 24, 2008

This country does not belong to two persons only!

Wah! They talk like this country belong to them.

Negotiating and discussing about transfer of political power behind closed door when the world financial and economic crisis are looming over the rakyat's head.

Those who care for the country are ISAed and those who are capable of running the country are being prevented through the twist and turn of the rule of laws.

And those who don't give a damn about the country are running the country.

Oh God, may Allah, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Lord Muruga and all other immortals help save Malaysia and prevent this heaven from becoming hell.

Sep 20, 2008

Let us pray together

It is heartening to read Senator Zaid Ibrahim's noble plan to bridge the gap between the various races in Malaysia among the youths who will be the key to the success or failure of the country.

The current political milieu has certainly caused a deep division among the people (no thanks to Ahmad Ismail) and we should be glad and thankful to Senator Zaid Ibrahim for launching the 'MyFuture' foundation to bring unity among the people.

In my earlier blog titled: 'Let us live happily together in Malaysia' ( Unity category), I have wrote on the importance of educating the young ones on racial unity and integration. Further to this, I also suggested an idea to have all the various places of prayers to be built on a single piece of land and which I hope will complement the noble idea of Senator Zaid Ibrahim.

I would like to recap and reinforce as follow:

1) As land is aplenty in Malaysia, to choose and identify a suitable location will not be a major problem.

2) The major religions in Malaysia are mainly: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Taoism, Sikhism etc. Whether they are a major or minor religion, let us identify them all.

3) The road to the places of worship must be through one door. As the entrance to this venue will be through a single entry point, a congregation of all Malaysians of different faiths, rather than segregation, can be achieved. It will be truly wonderful to see the people of various races going to the same place and entering the same gate for prayers.
What a happy feeling and a joyous sight for all !
This will indeed bring to reality for the people to say, 'Let us pray together' .

4) The land must be vast enough to house a non-prayer hall for inter-faith dialogues and the various activities as suggested by Senator Zaid Ibrahim.

Can someone start the ball rolling for this project?

What special name can you think of for this project?

Sep 19, 2008

Our PM is thinking now

Like a cancer stricken patient who is able to survive the ravaging effects of the dreaded disease, Abdullah Badawi has also shown his abilities to withstand the waves of political lashings.
How did he manage to survive thus far and what are his abilities?
Let us look at him as a person and see how his body is able to absorb all the 'political blows'.
1)The skin
As I have mentioned before, one of the traits of the politician is to be thick-skinned.
The most painful 'shot’ for Abdullah Badawi is the incessant calls for his resignation by Dr. Mahathir, the very person who appointed him to be his successor.Subsequently, there have been calls for Abdullah Badawi to resign by Muhyiddin, Tengku Razaleigh and now even Mubarak, the association of former MPs and assemblymen.
To add salt to injury, Abdullah Badawi has been given many unkind nicknames by the blogging fraternity: sleeping beauty, Bedowi, Bodowi etc.
Do what you like and call what you want, he withstood all, most probably with some scratches on the skin.
2) The heart
Abdullah Badawi’s stay as PM is already laden with enough problems and out came the controversial remarks by Ahmad Ismail and the ISA arrests. These acts have truly put him under tremendous pressure which only a person with a strong heart can withstand. In the case of Ahmad Ismail, Abdullah Badawi must be seen not to condone such racist remarks and action must be taken against his party member who is an UMNO division head. As for the ISA arrests, it is a different game which Abdullah Badawi will keep it to his heart.
3) The eyes
You will be surprised that Abdullah Badawi has good eyesight, meaning, he has vision to see what is happening around him. Although, he has kept the ISA arrests close to his heart, it has been widely speculated that the order came from someone else. The Home Minister has denied that he gave the order and further said that the police acted on its own which points to the Ministry of Defense.
Having seen all these happenings, why do you think Abdullah Badawi would want to take over the Ministry of Defense? This is to prevent the DPM from running amok in the event Anwar Ibrahim succeeded in becoming the new PM. An amok Minister of Defense will certainly instigate more amok from the army and the police which will be a disaster for Malaysia with irreparable damages.
In other words, he sees something fishy and smells a rat with regards to the ISA arrests. Well, he also has a good nose too!
4) The brain
This is the critical part as the brain controls all the functions of the body.
I think by now Abdullah Badawi must be feeling dizzy from the constant bouts of vertigo. I believe Abdullah Badawi must have realized by now that all his political enemies would want to see him politically dead: from UMNO who will back stabbed and the opposition who will proffer a graceful transfer of power. He needs to strike a balance between resigning gracefully and fighting for his political survival vehemently and which is not easy, hence the vertigo. If he chooses the former, that will be good for the country while the later will spell national and economic disaster for all. As such, under such circumstances, it is best to leave him alone to let him think and make his moves.
Since Abdullah Badawi is the very one who freed Anwar from jail, I pray that he will resign gracefully and transfer the premiership to Anwar, whom he once 'loved' than to someone who betrayed him.The clamor for change is imminent.At least the people will remember Abdullah Badawi's premiership as the Father of Graciousness.
Let us give Anwar Ibrahim a chance and in the event that he failed to perform as promised, he will be removed by the people through the ballots.This, I can promised.

Sep 9, 2008

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

When my son was in primary school, he had complained to me that he was being called a lazy and stupid person by his classmates. I told him not to feel sad or angry over these remarks and not to argue or fight with his classmates. I explained to him further that the most important was that all the family members know that he is not what his classmates had said and thus, ignored them with a smile. And to add further good values in him, I told him to apologize if he has done anything wrong and to say thank you if someone has offered assistance.

I always believe that if the father, as head of the family is feckless and not able to instill good values to the children, than the children will grow-up ill-mannered and most probably, not able to contribute positively to the family and the country.

This is just a simple philosophy of life.
The flagrant remarks by Dato Ahmad Ismail have caused much controversy and racial tensions among the people and the political milieu will get worse if unabated. He had now said that his remarks that the Chinese are immigrants were quoted as a historical fact and was reported out of context. What was not mentioned was, he also said that the Chinese, as immigrants cannot have equal rights and cannot be a DPM of Malaysia.
Aren’t these comments racist?

Dato Ahmad Ismail refused to apologize because he had blamed the Chinese press for having misquoted him and he also blamed Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon for stirring racial sentiments over his remarks and as such, they must apologize. The reporter however had stand by his reports as he was present when these remarks were made during the PP election.
This man is certainly twisting the reported truths to his political gains and is the very one that is inciting racial hatred.

I do not know this Dato’s educational background and I also do not know what family values he had been taught when he was young, if he thinks he and his party can do no wrong and the whole country owes him an apology, rightly or wrongly, than let me be the first to say so: “I am sorry Dato”.
See, Dato, it is not hard to say 'sorry' and having said that, I am feeling good now, I feel nice and I feel I am being humbled by the humble word.
So, go Dato, go say it now, it will makes you feel good!

It saddens me to read Dato'Seri Yuen Yuet Leng's letter (Dato Seri is a retired Senior Police Officer) in the sun which clearly holds true for all Malaysians: regardless of where our fathers and fore fathers came from - India, China, Java or Sumatra, they have all contributed to the well-being of Malaysia!

Our ex-premier, Tun Dr. Mahathir has quoted before that the Chinese pay the highest amount of taxes in Malaysia. So, Dato Ahmad Ismail, this means, your son can obtain some business loans , your grandson can get good education and your good self a well-paid job.
Shouldn't you be grateful to the Chinese?

The Chinese will not be like the Americans Jews. The economic might of the Chinese is in China .The Malaysian Chinese will continue to work hard in this country to ensure a decent living for the family, to contribute to the country's economy and continue to pay the taxes, of course.

If it is so hard for Dato Ahmad Ismail to say sorry, than I hope he can at least say thank you to the Chinese as a sign of gratitude.

We are waiting, any language will do.
After all we are Malaysians, aren't we?