Thursday, October 27, 2005

Latest Scientific Update: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one Malaysian MP...

Hope its not too late to blog about this as I had to do some research before posting this. I'm also vying for a PhD in Malaysian Affairs and Gossips, remember?

I know I haven't posted any 'Latest Scientific Updates' recently so here's one; inspired by one of our beloved MP.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. What's that? Read all about it here. Here's some interesting excerpts and about the more relevant Adult attention-deficit disorder:

An adult with ADHD or ADD has a different complex of symptoms than a child does. Often the most prominent characteristic in ADHD adults is difficulty with executive functioning, which is the brain activity that oversees the ability to monitor one's own behavior, to plan, and to organize. Other symptoms observed in adults include inattention, impulsivity, over-activity, behavioral, learning, and emotional problems.

Hyperactive and impulsive with ADD adults feel restless, are constantly "on the go," and try to do multiple tasks at once. They are often perceived as not thinking before they act or speak.

If you haven't heard about this, this is what it was all about
IT SEEMS that some politicians do not know what is politically correct.

Jerai MP Datuk choice of words led to a quarrel in the august House when he spoke about a male newsreader on Astro who wore earrings, saying that it was “odd.”

Chong Eng (DAP – Bukit Mertajam) pointed out that the first-born son in Indian families wore ear studs.

“So you cannot say that this is odd,” she said.

Badruddin replied: “I am talking about Muslims. I am not talking about keling.”

...this is the glorious picture of him...

...and let's see what the wikipedia has to say about the phrase 'keling'
Keling is a degrading slang for Indians in Malaysia. The word ‘Keling’ has been around for so many years that its origin is unknown. However, there is a theory that it started during the British colonial days when the country was known as Malaya.

Being the world’s biggest rubber supplier, so-called contract workers were brought in through British India Company to work in the rubber plantations of Malaya. In fact, the Indian workers were nothing more than slaves, with bells shackled on their legs by the British estate managers. The bells produce the sound ‘ling-ling-ling’ when the Indian workers walked or moved about, this helped locate the workers as a farmer would strap a bell around his cow’s neck. Rural olden Malays refer Indians as ‘Ling’ and somehow it became ‘Keling’ later. Although a lot of the manual labour workforce is still filled by Indians today, the number of successful Indians is increasing as well.

Unfortunately the hansard for that 'glorious moment' wasn't out yet. But what actually lead to that? According to the 'Aturan Urusan Mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat' , he was suppossedly to ask PM why the entertainment peformances guidelines of JAKIM were not a compulsary to the people involved.
Dato’ Paduka Haji Badruddin Bin Amiruldin [ Jerai ] minta PERDANA MENTERI menyatakan mengapakah garis panduan tentang persembahan hiburan yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak JAKIM tidak akan diwajibkan kepada pihak-pihak yang terlibat.

Now, I let you to do a checklist here:

1. Doing multiple tasks at once=supposedly discussing about the JAKIM guidelines but also concerned about 'earrings'.

2. Feeling restless= "I'm getting bored of discussing about major national issues in the Parliament, why not discuss about men wearing earrings?"

3. Not thinking before they act or speak= uttering racial derogatory slurs without even thinking about how offensive it will be.

Do any statistical analyses (for statisticians) or diagnosis (for medical doctors) to see whether there is any significant association of the above.

Believe me. This is not the first time. Let me refresh your memory of the list of his 'track records' according to a google search that I've done:
1. He is one of the members (by Minister's appointment) in the Board of Directors of Lembaga Tabung Haji (Pilgrims Fund Board).

2. During the 55th UMNO General Assembly Sept/Oct 04, he brandished a book on the 1969 racial riots and said:
Let no one from the other races ever question the rights of Malays on this land. Don't question the religion, because this is my right on this land.

...and his glorious name was even featured in the wikipedia about the May 13 racial riots.

This is not the first time he has this 'Attention Deficit Disorder' fit. Jeff Ooi has even featured him twice for creating wonderful 'Parliament Sitcoms'

1. Badruddin's latest crude crass was at the Dewan Rakyat on September 22.
MP Abdul Fatah Harun (PAS - Rantau Panjang) said increased cigarette prices and taxes did not reduce the number of smokers among the public that included members of Puteri and Wanita Umno.

The backbencher from Yan (shouldn't it be Jerai?) jumped to shout back at Abdul Fatah:
"Muslimat also smoke cheroot."

2. Another sexual discrimination slur:
JERAI Badruddin (to BATU GAJAH Fong Po Kuan - who is still single): "How long can the Yang Berhormat's husband stand her?"

BATU GAJAH Fong Po Kuan: "The Yang Berhormat from Jerai had made a malicious statement against me, which has touched on my personal life, which has no bearing on the matter being debated."

3. Satu lagi projek YB: Badruddin calls Kit Siang an‘Ah Pek'
As vocal as he is, backbencher Badruddin Amiruddin (BN-Jerai) ‘outdid’ himself in the Dewan Rakyat this afternoon when he called opposition leader Lim Kit Siang “the damned, bloody stupid old man!”

...and also another occasion of telling him to leave the country if he is not happy.

Talent of a stand-up comedian? Or suffering from a disorder? You make the decision...

To learn more about ethnic slurs, click here:Ethnic slurs

For more context read here and here also.

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