Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Star's 'Longkang Kepala Hotak Hang' Survey

'Longkang Kepala Hotak Hang' translates as Your Head's Brain Drain or Brain Drain-Your Head!, depending how you would want to interpret it.

UPDATED: Several bloggers had blogged about this issue also, mostly UK students also, including:

mrbherng: Brain Drain? or Brain in the Drain?

YP's Rantings: Better here

Richard: He begs to differ

and in more detailed, from Education in Malaysia:

"Weighing" Brain Drain

Calling all Malaysian doctors in the UK

[feel free to inform me if you have blogged about this to let more people know more besides the UKEC's 'syiok-sendiri survey'(if only they would read blogs)]

Seriously, what credibility of the statement from the mouth of the Dean has when he couldn't even differentiate the United Kingdom (UK) from the Republic of Ireland (ROI).


Yet another 'shooting from the hip' survey by The Star, after the cinnamon one?

Poor pay keeping best brains away


LONDON: Peanut salaries and an obsession with world-record breaking. These were some of the reasons given by Malaysia's best brains in Britain for them being reluctant to return home.

In a candid, no-holds barred report to the Government, Malaysian students and professionals spoke their minds on the “pull-push” factor surrounding the brain drain issue.

Their grouses ranged from measly salaries and long working hours to the lack of government support and appreciation for talent and expertise.

Some were particularly irked by what seemed to be a national obsession for world-record breaking and called on the Government to rid itself of its “first world infrastructure, third world mentality” image.

The findings were compiled by the 10,000-strong UK Executive Council for Malaysian Students and submitted to Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha earlier this week.

Wah, exclusive summore! How 'exclusive' was it? Whom was the report submitted to? Which party did he belong to? And The Star is owned by which party again? Tell me how 'exclusive' it is.

A visit to the UKEC's website revealed that a similar article was published in The Star earlier of the month, with the same message and again, the push-pull factors were mentioned. I'm not sure whether it was due to press backlog, but it is amazing that it took them almost a month to publish the 'survey' results.

The article which came out earlier of the month. Source.

And the following is very interesting quote from the UKEC's website:

PS: Keep the Brain Drain response coming, so far we have already received more than 60 replies! Where's the rest our 16,940 students?

Although I do not disagree with some of the points raised, but seriously, 'more than 60 replies' ? WTF? Wasn't that supposed to be 'personal opinions' rather than 'survey'. A check of the thesaurus of 'survey' revealed this:

1. A close or systematic study: analysis, examination, inspection, investigation, review. See INVESTIGATE. 2. A general or comprehensive view or treatment: overview. See THOUGHTS.

Was the 'survey' systematic at all? Was the methodology revealed? Tell me whether 'more than 60 replies' was comprehensive or not.

A search-back at my previous post on the CNY MCA Open House in the UK, Vincent of Bitching LOG actually revealed that the UKEC was more like a 'syiok sendiri' council (or coccus as Bernama would like to call it).

No, the students that they supposedly represent do NOT have a say in their election. The executive committee is elected, I believe, by representatives of each Malaysian society, usually the president. Again, I am a little out of touch with the current situation, but if precendent allows me to make a fair judgement, then I would say that UKEC is the biggest platform for cronyism that I have ever seen. You may argue that it is the same in every organisation, but if you think about the logics, how do you elect somebody that you have never met?

And oohh, I just couln't stop myself from putting this million-ringgit picture again (although it is not related to the case here):


Label me toady or whatever, I couldn't agree more with Uncle Desi's post

When The Star frontpage greeted Desi with this headline, I almost broke into proFUNity, but there were many kids around. Compare the news extracts with Desi's substitution,

Poor pay keeping best brains away

Desi's substitution:
The race-based politics driving and keeping best brains away

Secong point as reported by The Star
"...and an obession with world-record breaking..."

Desi's adding:... led by many misguided national leaders who obviously were on interested in promoting themselves, not national, or international, interests.
Recall: DPM handing the Jalur Gemilang to an A-team ready to fly to drape a giant-sized Malaysia' Flag over the Pyramid in Egpyt, even before getting the permission of the host government!
What arrogance in assuming the Egyptian government would agree with a Third World mentality that the targeted "task" would amounto to an international feat worthy of a record recognition?

Desi would not go further on this news report because he deemed it an exercise in futility.

The Government' s efforts in doing this survey in the first place, as in previous exercises to attract back Malaysians abroad to serve the NegaraKu, would prove useless because the intention and mechanics were suspect in the first place.
When a scientist conducts an experiment, he must make safe and well grounded assumptions.
But this Government has made many false assumptions and premises, even promoting myths, and I believe my ER know what Desi has been writing about relating to this matter, so I won't bore thee travelling that patth again. It also spoils our AP-petite, and we don't have the right AP, do we?

So my opinion on the Star report~~
Not sincere. Not committed. Brainless.
The Government need not agree. I'm just an ordinary citizen rambling on a Lazy, Hazy Sunday.

Yes. Not sincere, not committed and 'longkang kepala hotak hang' indeed.

Wither Malaysian MSM journalism. No matter whether you're in Malaysia or corresponding from somewhere or not.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Nga Choi Kai, Koh Wan Kai, Yennei Kai and Lou Kai.

Disclaimer: The following post contains images for portrayal purposes only. It does not mean that the people portrayed in them are actually what they were mentioned as. (Have to be politically correct every time so that not to offend people).

Okay, as you may know from my profile, I'm an Ipoh-lang, which means I speak Cantonese. So, today, I would like to share with you some basic Cantonese phrases.

Nga Choi Kai (Chicken Bean Sprout)-Ipoh Fehmes One lar!

Image source from Chan Lillian (please don't sue me Auntie).

Koh Wan Kai
(Cowan Street, now known as Jalan Ekram). Also fehmes for Nga Choi Kai.


Yannei- Kai
(Indonesian call-girl)

Image source: One of the images from this Google Image search.

Lou-Kai (Old call-girl).

Image sourced from Doc Mave (photo modified to protect the innocent).

All the above phrases were from a story by Chan Li Leen (not to be confused with Chan Lillian).

Fined for sex with call-girl


IPOH: It was his 20th birthday but lorry driver Wan Mohd Farhan Khairuddin did not get to blow any candles. (But got a blow job instead?)

Instead, the son of a policeman was slapped with a RM1,000 fine for having sex with an Indonesian prostitute.

Magistrate Teoh Chin Chong also yesterday ordered Wan Mohd Farhan to spend a month in jail if he failed to pay the fine.

Last month, Wan Mohd Farhan had pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with 23-year-old Kesy Manda and abetting her in promoting prostitution at 4pm on March 3.

According to several lawyers, this was a rare case as in most cases only those soliciting for immoral purposes were brought to court.

On March 3, a team of policemen had raided a hotel in Jalan CM Yusuf. When police arrived, an alarm went off at the hotel to warn those involved in prostitution activities.

While others tried to escape, Wan Mohd Farhan was caught in flagrante delicto with Kesy in a room.

When asked by Teoh why he had sought the services of a prostitute, Wan Mohd Farhan remained silent. He later denied frequenting prostitutes.

At the same court, Teoh sentenced Kesy to four months’ jail from the date of her arrest.

She had on March 9 pleaded guilty to soliciting for the purpose of prostitution at the same time and place.

“It was my second day at work,” she said during mitigation.

Asked who had introduced her to the “job”, Kesy told the court she had found it on her own.

She later admitted to having served two months’ in jail for entering the country without a permit and possession of a fake identity card in 2004.

In an unrelated matter, two women pleaded guilty to soliciting for the purpose of prostitution at Hotel Cowan on Jalan Raja Ekram here at about 3.15pm on April 24.

Hoong Lay Lian, 45, and Wong Poh Hiong, 40, were asked to pay bail of RM2,000 each pending sentencing on June 14.

Now, back to English. Let's have another round of 'Learn a word of English a day' (Desi's favourite):

flagrante delicto
fla·gran·te de·lic·to
PRONUNCIATION: fl-grnt d-lkt
ADVERB: 1. In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed. 2. In the act of having sex.

This yet another trivial post has been brought to you by The Sensintrovert. Thank you.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Syed Hamid Calls For Gag Over Airing M's Views

Boss is currently at a Caribbean cruise, so have to toady speak up for him a bit lar to score some Brownie points...

Minister Calls For Halt To Bickering To Avoid Weakening Country

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar Friday called for a halt to the airing of disagreements over the government's decision to cancel the project to build a bridge to replace the Johor Causeway as it could create disunity and weaken the country.

He said the bickering would not profit the country and might give foreigners the perception of a political crisis.

"The government made the decision based on certain factors and in the interest of the people and Malaysia, but it is not necessary for everyone to agree with it," he said in responding to continuing criticisms of the decision by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He had earlier attended a meeting of the Malaysia-Philippines Joint Commission here.

Syed Hamid said Dr Mahathir had the right not to agree with the government's decision and to give a different opinion on the issue.

"It has been the practice for each government to take different actions from time to time. There is nothing unusual about it.

"I think we have to accept the fact that when there is a change in leadership, the current leadership may act or make a decision different from that of the previous leadership. This does not mean the new leadership acted on a whim without considering all the factors," he said.

Syed Hamid said the government could not stop anyone from giving divergent views and even more so someone who enjoyed great respect and esteem by the people.

"We each give our explanations and opinions. But the disagreements should not be escalated to the extent of creating a situation that gives rise to a perception of a political crisis," he said.

Ada political crisis har?

But this is something I know:

Don't question, garangtee punya!


...finally we got this:

Improvements to the country’s public transportation system will now have to be done via private finance initiatives (PFI) as the RM4.4bil gain from the cut in the fuel subsidy has been wiped out by higher global oil prices.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the use of fuel subsidy savings was not possible at the moment.

Another 'Don't question' again...


What will we get? Ada garangtee har?

In Memoriam MGG Pillai (1939-2006): "Singapore To Be Part of Malaysia Again By 2061"

Hmmm...wonder why are there so many obituaries these few days. Life is short, so cherish it.

Honestly, I don't know this man and I don't really read his articles; so I won't pretend that I knew him well and have a tribute for him here.

But interestingly, those in the mainstream journalism field were deafeningly silent for his passing except for The Star.

Bernama has a piece of news in its Malay version.

Even Jonathan Kent (of Beebs) has a letter to Malaysiakini.

I am crossing my fingers to see if the mainstream media columnists/editors will have a tribute for him in their papers.

In the second last article which he wrote in his website entitled 'The crooked bridge and cultural enmity', he actually speculated that Singapore will be part of Malaysia by 2061 after the end of the water agreement:

But there is one difference between Malaysia and Singapore, apart from the majority in one being Malays and the other Chinese. Malays think long term. Singapore short term. Coupled with good public relations, Singapore will steal a march in the short term over Malaysia. I believe in 2061, when the water agreeements expire, Singapore will be part of Malaysia, not as a state but as an adjunct to Johore. Singapore made that possible when it rejected a Malaysian proposal to shore in the profits of the water sold to commercial enterprises. That led to the then prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, coming to Kuala Lumpur in 1987 to sort it out with his Malaysian counterpart. It was at this meeting that Malaysia took the upper hand culturally from Singapore, which has tried to wrest it back by other means. In public, though, the Singaporean is seen as a go-getter, a Malaysian a bumbling fool harping on his past but quite happy to fill his pockets with money from any source.

Who will continue his website legacy?

Now, I wonder who will take over and maintain his website and continue his journalism work legacy. (Uncle Desi, did you hear any calling yet?)

Kota Gelanggi's A Hoax After All?

It all started when Teoh Teik Hoong and Audrey Edwards of The Star broke the news by reporting on a lost city in Johor by Raimy Che-Ross, an independent researcher.

Lost city believed found in Johor

PETALING JAYA: A 1,000-year-old lost city, possibly older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, is believed to have been located in the dense jungles of Johor.

The discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or Perbendaharaan Permata (Treasury of Jewels) by an independent Malaysian researcher has prompted museum officials to plan an expedition to confirm the finding.

If indeed the site is that of the lost city , it is set to transform the historical landscape of the region, said Raimy Che-Ross, who spent 12 years researching Malay manuscripts all over the world and conducting aerial searches of the area before locating the site.

Follow thte chronology of events from the reporting of it to the death of the hype here. Read also from Wikipedia and a blog dedicated for it (mostly C&P from The Star).

Now, the chronology events told us that the report was supposedly to be reported to the iKabinet 60Gb in August last year but did we 'stupid baby' Malaysians get to know the results of the findings? No! Maybe the MPs were too engrossed with the Det vs. Dah 'sandiwara' at that time which ended with this climaxing hug:

And guess what? Just not too long ago, after almost a year later, we were told that the city did not exist after all. From Bernama:

Archaeologist Says Johor "Lost City" Does Not Exist

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- The "lost city" of Gelanggi or Linggiu, claimed to have been hidden in the jungles of Johor for more than a thousand years, does not exist, said an archaeologist in the National Heritage Department.

Khalid Syed Ali, the curator of archaeology in the department's research and development division, said a team of researchers carried out a study over a month in July last year but found no evidence of the "lost city".

The 15-strong team was headed by the Director-General of Museum and Antiquity Datuk Dr Adi Taha, he said in a working paper presented at a forum organised by the National Museum here.

The search was launched following a claim made by an independent researcher Raimy Che Ros that he had found evidence of the "lost city" after 12 years of research.

The claim, published in a newspaper in February last year, created public excitement because Linggiu was said to be older than the Borobudur Buddhist temple in Indonesia built between 750 and 842 A.D. and Cambodia's Angkor Wat built 300 years later.

Khalid said Raimy was believed to have come up with his claim based on his research of literature on Malay history and did not discover any physical traces of the "lost city".

The search team led by Adi comprised researchers from his department, Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and Malaysian Archaeology Association.

Now, is the lost city a hoax after all; doubting the credibility of the mainstream media? Or were the findings too 'sensitive' to be disclosed, that they were covered up and doctor-spinned so that someone could wave something at a general assembly everytime?

I just love conspiracy theories...

Hand in Sand...

Decipher Da S.A.N.D. Code...

S . A . N . D .


Cheers, Zam! You Have Confirmed To The World That Malaysians Live On Trees!

UPDATED: "Malaysians Are Babies"

The Sun pg. 4 28th April 2006.

And that includes your previous press where you worked and you MPs also. Eat your words.


I'm betting big at Ladbrokes whether JK will pick up this news for Beebs. I have even thought of a headline: "BBC Viewers Are Smarter Than Malaysians"

Thank you, Zam! You have just confirmed to the whole wide world that Malaysians are stupid/shallow/imbecile and live on trees!

Malaysians as portrayed by Zam.

From Malaysiakini:

Zam: No ‘live’ for racist Malaysians

Racist Malaysian viewers are not ready for live parliamentary proceedings, said Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin today.

According to him, local viewers were not up to the mark of their British counterparts.

This is because most Malaysians still think from a racial point of view, he added during his ministerial winding-up on the 9th Malaysia Plan in the Dewan Rakyat.

He was replying to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) who reiterated the opposition’s long-time demand for live telecast of the proceedings.

Earlier, Zainuddin said the coverage by the state-owned RTM station – which he oversees – is sufficient at present.

“The latest news of the proceedings are broadcasted hourly on (RTM) news (programmes) on television and radio, apart from live reporting from Parliament during the afternoon news,” he said

He added that the Tamil and Mandarin news sessions also gave focus to Parliamentary proceedings while the ministry has introduced a programme called ‘Parliament Today’.

The 30-minute programme shows a compilation of edited Parliamentary proceedings.

Third-world mentality

At this point, Kok interjected. She said the programme hardly featured speeches or views raised by opposition MPs.

She also claimed that many people have chosen not to watch RTM because the station is biased.

“RTM should learn from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which practices impartiality and allows the views from both sides to be heard,” she added.

It was to this remark that Zainuddin said Malaysian viewers were not up to the standard of BBC viewers.

The minister reaffirmed this at a press conference later by saying that it was not time yet to have live broadcasts because Malaysians still have a ‘third world mentality’.

“We have not reached an intellectual stage where Malaysians can carry the wisdom of being able to agree to disagree,” he added.

Previously, the government cited high cost, audience rating and racial sensitivity as reasons for rejecting the proposal.

UPDATED: Also from Bernama:

He said the people's level of thinking in this country had not reached the mentality of those watching the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television broadcast in London or in the United Kingdom to be accorded the same freedom.

Beebs' next ad campaign slogan should read: "Watch Beebs and You'll Be Smart (A Malaysian Info Minister Said So)"

If I'm not mistaken, he is also a Malaysian (unless his MyKad is faulty and say not so). So, logically, he has 'third world mentality' and 'does not carry the wisdom'.

I won't bother putting links of the Malaysian Parliament sitcoms, with Malaysian MPs raising Malaysian racist views (keling thingy), thinking with a Malaysian 'third world mentality' (gatai thingy) and the lack of Malaysian 'wisdom of being able to agree or disagree' (kejap jambatan, kejap tak jambatan).

And you know what; the irony of it is that NOT live-broadcasting the Parliament is part of the Malaysian 'third world mentality'.

Terima kasih, Zam! Me, you and you reading the blog here are confirmed stupids.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Det vs. Lah Battle Royale Continues: "Sand Sale To Prevent Bankruptcy?"

Anwar sudah lama musuh. Merajuk pula kat Kak Dah. Sekarang, Lah pula jadi musuh.

Despite my alleged profligate ways when I was PM Malaysia is not so bankrupt that it has to depend on selling sand.

My precioussss.... Image source.

Read the full text of the statement here.

Here's an interesting cartoon from Malaysiakini.

Also, read the related news here.

The damage to Singapore business would be at least as bad as that which Malaysia may suffer. But in reality, Singapore needs Malaysia more than Malaysia needs Singapore. We have our ports and airports to replace Singapore ports, airports, and other services.

Yakah? You all tell me.

Will they make peace in public? August the 31st is not too far away...

Oh, the word 'bankrupt' was not just mentioned here once. In fact, it was mentioned almost two months ago here.

Anonymous Bloggers: This Is How I Predict They Would Look Like...

IMHO, one of the conditions of becoming a celeb blogger or getting very healthy site traffic is that people should at least know how the blogger looks like. I mean, what's the point of reading a wall? And either having big coconuts and little birds exceptional good looks, being body-built or have undergone some plastic surgery is a great advantage indeed.

So, have you ever wondered how anonymous bloggers look like (like the very one here)? Worry not. Here's my prediction of how they look like ( a few regular ones that I know one lar!) based on South Park characters:

Ladies first, Anak Merdeka a.k.a. Cik Amoi

I dunno...Pink for a ladeee? (That lollipop's for her children)

Uncle Desi

The journalist suit! Nerdy glasses!

Xpyre (Where art thou?)

Based on his current posts (booze cruise and mid-quarter-life crisis), I guess he would look liddat...

Carbon Copy (Where art thou?)

Well versed in law and critical news analysis, I guess he would look like that...


Erhmm...dunno much about him. But love his conspiracy theories though...

I left out Lucia and Doc Mave as they are not quite anonymous...they have their pictures somewhere...

What about the very one here then? Neh...go figure it out yourself!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006





Open? What open?


If Only Utusan Malaysia Would Know How To Use Google...

I am really sick and tired of all these exposé. Shall I stop altogether already? This one is the latest from Utusan Malaysia:

How a normal flu was mysteriousize by Utusan Malaysia.

Perhaps Malaysian Medical Resources could give us some pointers on this mysterious 'infuelencenza' disease. Some disease related to the fuel hike?

Psstt...sometimes if you don't know how to spell, Google will be happy enough to correct you...

Learn Your Geography From Your Minister's 'Lawatan Sambil Belajar'!

Are you poor at Geography? No idea at all when people mention somewhere exotic to you? Cheer up; The Sensintrovert's here to enlighten you! Presenting you "Google Earth's Maps of Minister's Lawatan Sambil Belajar":

Pak Lah's Caribbean Cruise Entourage

Ali Rustam's Eastern Eurotrip

Dompok's Ombudsman 'I Wanna Go Original Tesco and Ikea' Tour

The Selayang Wild Africa Incinerator and Toilet Trip

The Infamous Belly Dancing Egypt Tour

Oi, remember to pay your taxes before the end of the month! You'll get to learn a lot about Geography by paying them faithfully!

Cartoon Witch Hunt: Adam and Eve Are Next

Disclaimer: Potentially offensive image and dirty poem ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

As usual, when the MPs ran out of ideas to debate, they began debating about shitting red after eating the dragon fruit, policing the Parliament's attire and trivial stuff like that. And looks like the cartoon witch hunt is not over. Adam and Eve was targeted this time. From Bernama:

Ministry To Investigate Workbook With Alleged Caricature Of Adam

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) -- Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the ministry will investigate a student workbook which a Member of Parliament alleged contained a caricature of Adam, who is recognised as one of the prophets in Islam.

It is used by form four students as an optional workbook.

"This should not have happened. We have to find out whether the book is one of the official books approved for use by the ministry.

"If it is published by the private sector and sold outside the school, the action the ministry can take is when the book is brought into the school," said Hishammuddin in winding up the debate on the Ninth Malaysia Plan for his ministry in the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.

Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN-Sri Gading), who raised he issue during the debate, said although there was no reference to Adam in the caricature, the drawing of a man and a tree was placed next to a poem that narrated the story of Adam and the tree that bore the forbidden fruit.

Er, excuse me, but isn't that Adam was also a Christian prophet? So, my Christian readers, please enlighten me. It it forbidden to portray Adam and Eve?

So sue me! Here's Adam and Eve:

And to the style of Uncle Desi, here's a poem for you all:

In the garden of Eden,
As everyone knows,
Lived Adam and Eve,
Without any clothes.
In this garden,
Were two little leaves,
One covered Adam's,
One covered Eve's.
As the story goes on,
Never the less to say,
The wind came along,
And blew the leaves away.
At the sight,
Adam did stare,
There was Eve's treasure,
All covered with hair.
And wonder came,
Under Eve's eyes,
As Adam's thing,
Started to rise.
They found a spot,
That suited them best,
A nice big tree,
Where they began to rest.
Her legs spread wider,
And wider apart,
While thrill after thrill,
Came into her heart.
The head of Adam's thing,
Peeked into the hole,
And filled her with passion,
Beyond her control.
Backward and forward,
His thing did slide,
And Eve's treasure,
Was all wet inside.
The joy was good,
She wouldn't let loose,
Until Adam's thing,
Was all out of juice.
Then down through the years,
People did screw,
And now it is time,
For me and you.
So pull down your pants,
And lay in the grass,
Cause I'm in the mood,
For a piece of that ass!


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pahang MB To The Press: "Go To Hell"

UPDATED: Uncle Desi was right! (I should rename him The Wise Man instead!). This MB was allegedly famous for mooning, showing his middle finger and the two finger 'up yours' sign, among others. The sequel by Utusan Malaysia:

Sebelum ini, dalam pilihan raya kecil di negeri itu, Adnan dikatakan pernah melahirkan kemarahannya dengan menunjukkan punggungnya serta mengangkat tangan melakukan isyarat lucah kepada penyokong-penyokong pembangkang.

Some 'international sign language' to share with you all. (Kids, do not learn this at home)

Ooohh, that's Bart Simpson.

Pay attention on that powderful leader, not the finger!

Have you read this book lately?


After the 'F*ck that girl' media-casualty by Semi Value's press secretary, here's another incident, by a Chief Minister himself. From Utusan Malaysia:

Adnan berkata: ``Sebenarnya surat khabar macam ini, kalau tak keluar (kenyataan berita) saya pun tak apalah, can go to hell dengan izin, minta maaflah, maknanya kalau cakap Melayunya `pergi jahanamlah'.

Beliau selepas itu menoleh ke arah pemberita di belakang Dewan dan mengangkat tangan sambil berkata: ``Boleh keluar surat khabar... tulis, Menteri Besar Pahang kata `go to hell' kepada berita-berita yang tidak tepat.

``Saya pun seronok juga esok keluar surat khabar Perdana Menteri panggil `apa cerita Nan?

``Apa yang tak marahnya (sambil membuat gaya memegang telefon), benda yang tidak betul jadi betul, kita hendak biarkan ke kemungkaran, itu mungkar namanya.''

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?"

"Go to hell?" (From The Sun 25th April 2006)

Conservation is not negotiable

Does that mean that without the money the logging will be carried out? And would that not mean the logging will be carried out in defiance of national needs and aspirations?

PAHANG Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob's suggestion that the federal government give the state a grant of between RM150 million and RM200 million to stop the logging is an interesting and provocative suggestion.
It also shows that there is lack of a coordinated and centrally planned forestry policy that covers the whole of Peninsular Malaysia and which will comprehensively deal with the issue of forestry conservation and logging, including illegal logging.

This is despite legislation in the form of the National Forestry Act 1984, amended in 1993 to give greater powers to the federal government, which makes it possible for the federal government to come up with a forestry policy which the states would have to follow.

Adnan's argument is that Pahang needs to protect its water catchment areas and forests because it is a big state and a source of the country's water supply.To quote him:"We're suggesting to the federal government to consider providing a grant of between RM150 and RM200 million a year because we want to spare the national park area, water catchment areas, wildlife reserve and wetlands. If we receive the money, we don't have to carry out any logging."

Does that mean that without the money the logging will be carried out? And would that not mean the logging will be carried out in defiance of national needs and aspirations?

It needs to be established that any conservation of forests under the National Forestry Act must not be negotiable, not now, not ever. But if Pahang needs to make up for revenue in other ways, it can enter into negotiations with the federal government.

Pahang is not the only one affected. Recently, the Perak Mentri Besar justified logging near a park saying that if such logging activities are not allowed to be carried out, some 10,000 to 12,000 jobs will be affected.

On top of this there is the major problem of illegal logging where there appears to be collusion with local and state authorities for loggers to go in and fell trees in areas which have already been designated as protected.

All these are bound to become recurring problems in future unless the federal government puts its foot down on dissenting state governments and those who collude with illegal loggers.

Yes, logging brings in revenue and fuels economic activity. But uncontrolled logging brings about damage to the environment, destruction of catchment areas, silting and erosion, destruction of biodiversity and even damage to protected national parks.

In the longer term, these far outweigh the benefits.We have the laws to enable a reasonable national forestry policy. The problem, as with so many other things in Malaysia, is enforcement.

Nehmind all the trees were gone; Big Foot's more important (Orang utan's gonna be very sad the national icon gonna be replaced by it soon)...

Wonder if Beebs will pick this up this time?

The Real Battle Royale: Det vs. Lah.

Well, you must have heard about the gagged open letter by the predecessor here:

Fakta-fakta yang terkandung dalam surat ini perlu saya hebahkan dengan cara ini kerana pada akhir-akhir ini tidak banyak lagi kenyataan saya yang disiarkan, sama ada oleh media massa elektronik atau cetak, walaupun mereka menghantar wakil untuk menghadiri sidang akhbar saya.

Mengenai isu di atas, saya telah menyatakan pandangan saya iaitu Kerajaan Malaysia telah gagal mempertahankan kedaulatan negara. Akibat daripada itu negara mengalami kerugian berbilion ringgit. Wang ini adalah wang rakyat.

Feeling the taste of his own medicine now?

The successor, a.k.a. The Wise Man did not keep his silence in the meantime of showing respect to his predecessor. This is what he retaliated during an event not too long ago: PM Says Not His Policy To Spend And Burden Future Generations (a.k.a. I Am A Person Who Wipes My Feet After Washing It)

"I don't want to leave behind a debt burden or contingent liabilities. I don't want us to succeed today so that the future can pick up the tab"


"Never mind that I may not build great monuments or glittering cities. What is important to me is that what we do today, what we change today, will enable us to succeed now and far into the future"

Ooohh....wasn't that hitting all the right spots already?

More Ooohhss...

"I will not allow the government and ultimately the taxpayers to suffer from lopsided agreements which give disproportionately lucrative returns to private sector promoters."

"The government will also not easily guarantee or subsidise future concessions where in the past profits were privatised and losses were nationalised."

"I do not like bailouts. The rest you will have to work it out."

I like the last one. Walk the talk, Wise Man. You have our faith. We knew he had the largest mandate and chance to break the 'dictatorship'.

BUT to think back seriously, if he could made such open retaliations, why keep the iKabinet 60Gb? Should we continue giving him the benefit of doubt? Was he retaliating just for the coming Sarawak elections?

Oh, and it will be two months since the infamous 'RM 4.4 billion-savings-public-transport' yadda yadda thingy. Sorry I'm not in Malaysia, but do you guys feel any improvement yet in the not-so-public public transport?

Monday, April 24, 2006

Yet Another 'Shooting From The Hip' From The New Straits Times (NST).

It seems that they have not learnt from their past mistakes. M was right about the 'Hindu God & Muslim Priest' thingy. Previously they misled the public by hoaxing the UM VC's post. Now, this could possibly be the next one.

A polite advice to NST. If you want to speculate something for sensationalism, always put a question mark to pose them as questions, for example: 'NST's Editor is Gay?' or 'NST is Going to Close Down?' Never try to mislead the public by putting full statement headlines like this:

You see, even the instigator-of-all-time, Utusan Malaysia, bears a question mark in their speculation about the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly:

And even the 'Carrefour Colourful Ads' paper knows how to put the phrase 'maybe':

Knowing the fact that the 'Hindu God & Muslim Priest' would NEVER be sacked for his/her mistakes, could you please use more discretion in selecting your headlines? I totally understand that you are being desperate to source more readers out there with more of your sister paper's staff leaving and losing at least a loyal subscriber of your paper for over 20 years (my household). But, please help save the already dwindling image of the journalism in Malaysia! Always check back the definition of 'mass media' when making choices for your headline titles.

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Eh, Seriously, How Effective Are These Motor Helmet Campaigns?

Have you noticed the motorcycle safety helmet campaign ads on the print and electronic media lately? These campaigns seemed to be 'hangat-hangat tahi ayam' (the warmth's like chicken sh*t); only frantically brought up after increasing amount of cases/deaths or maybe the advertising agencies and their sourcing ministry cronies feeling dry lately?

Have you ever wondered if people ever heed the advice of these ads? Take a look of an example of this latest safety helmet campaign and you tell me.

How would a simple layman on a street wonder about that advert? Probably this:

Soli har. Itu bulak pigi panjat pokok and jatuh har? Apa itu 'accessory' har? Itu keleta punya har? Haiyo, I suka manyak 'accessory' I punya keleta lu pigi talak suka mingapa har? Itu 'neccessity' apa itu har? I tau talak kongk*k satu hali itu satu 'necessary' talak ada. Haiyo!

Who are they trying to kid around (pun not intended)?

Sorry, Kong Choy. You haven't tried hard enough. They seem like fake orgasms to me! Same to say with your PomPom Club's colleague, Soi Lek, with his 'Tak Nak' Campaigns.

Here, I have thought of more appropriately orgasm-inducing adverts, which will probably make Yasmin employ me for her advert firm.

Can't we just have adverts like that? Sigh.

I know Mr. Michael '62% Evil' Ooi has blogged about the ineffectiveness of the AIDS campaign in Malaysia. Check it out here.