Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Sensintrovert Is On An Oxbridge Pilgrimage Break

Yeah, will be at a conference, then off to Oxbridge over the weekend. Will try to get some photos of SIL a.k.a. Hang Putih's (name coined by KTemoc) alma mater. ;)



Meanwhile, here are some videos to keep you busy for the moment. Internet access will be intermittent and hence the lack of updates. Nevertheless, feel free to check out my previous archives and visit the wonderful blog-links on the right. Comments will be moderated, so potential potshots can dream on.

The Moment (courtesy of sangharimau)



Tanggal 31 (courtesy of uglyvideo)



All the videos below are courtesy of kaycomplex (even though without his/her permission :P)

The National Anthem, Negaraku



The National Philosophy, Rukunnegara



Lagu Sejahtera Malaysia



Setia



Fikirkan Boleh- how the 'Boleh' tag began...



Ask ourselves:

Are we moving forward or backwards now?


Selamat Hari Kebangsaan


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Photo courtesy of Walski of MyAsylum

And if you must insist,

Happy 9th Anniversary to Diana's Passing

"Gua Kepala Batas Mali, Talak Sombong"

"Peng yiu, gua Kepala Batas mali talak sombong"

Source: Utusan Malaysia.

On how he led a celebrity lifestyle:

‘‘Kita kena buat kerja...depa kata hang nak jadi PM pasai apa, dah takdir saya jadi PM apa boleh buat. Bila dah jadi PM kena buatlah kerja sebagai PM,’’ katanya.

Abdullah memberitahu, jawatan yang dipegangnya juga membuatkan pergerakannya sentiasa dikawal sehingga tidak bebas keluar masuk di rumah sendiri.

‘‘Tuan, puan ingat saya di rumah boleh keluar masuk...tak boleh. Nak keluar rumah sampai depan pintu pagar tak diberi keluar kalau tiada pengiring
.


Awww...remember more than a year ago that he mentioned exactly the same thing, how difficult for him to lead a celebrity lifestyle? TV Smith even has compiled a whole list for him to be street-smart, just like his Hang Putih SIL.

What is the message he is trying to transduce to us? And is he the only PM in the world trying to remind everyone that he is one?

Tepuk dada, tanya selera.

p.s. My shortest version of Merdeka puisi:

Gua talak sombong, Ipoh mali,
beh si Perdana Menteri,
Ipoh manyak limau bali,
lu mau beli, sini mali,
got lenglui summore boleh mata cuci,
kennot touch but can look-see look-see,
if touch, penumbuk kasi!

"Screenshots To Publish Full Apology By 'Shoot' Commenter"

From theSun:

Full frontal glory. theSun 30th August 2006.

Writer of offensive post apologises

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Jeff Ooi has agreed to publish in full an apology by the person who posted a remark inciting people to "shoot for good" Nexnews group executive editor P. Gunasegaram over an article he wrote.

This was agreed at a mediation meeting called by the chairman of the Complaints Bureau of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF) to day (Aug 29, 2006) following a complaint filed by Gunasegaran with CMCF on Aug 3 (2006).

Gunasegaram had written an article "The Myth of Mahathir's Invincibility" which appeared in theSun and was reproduced on the website.

Several people responded and someone identified as Illmran suggested that Gunasegaram be shot for his views on Mahathir. The posting "Somebody please shoot this Gunasegaran for good" was subsequently removed after Gunasegaram complained.

Besides agreeing to publish in full Illmran's apology dated Aug 28 (2006) to Gunasegaram, Ooi has also agreed to:

* Continue to remove such offensive phrases or words as soon as practicable; and
* Display prominently a further warning that blog commentators are responsible for their own postings and could be liable to legal action or prosecution.


The mediation meeting was called by Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Mohamed Bazain Idris who invoked Part 8 Clause 3.5 of the Content Code for the parties to reach an amicable settlement by mutual consultation,

Bazain said this was the first sitting and mediation by the complaints bureau since it was activated recently.

"As the bureau's first legal chairman, I was just following procedures provided by the Content Code to call for mediation so the parties could settle the issue amicably. The basic idea is to self regulate," said Bazain who became chairman on July 15 (2006).

There's nothing new in the news, to be frank. Since after that incident, he has posted this disclaimer:



And to my knowledge, Ilmran has already offered an apology on that day itself, 3rd August (perhaps even before the report was lodged), although it was not specifically directed to Guna.

Source.

On the next day (5th August) after the news broke, Ilmran's e-mail to Jeff was published on Screenshots:

Source.

So yes, the apology was directed to Guna indeed.

I am not sure how much more official the apology needs to be as, if the 'shoot' comment was considered official, the mere word 'sorry' or 'apologise' should be taken as official themselves, although there isn't a whole page explicitly dedicated to apologise to the 'great man'.

Oh, talking about apologies, someone is still recalcitrant. And I mean both the K&K partner.

Hurricane Katrina- One Year On

Today marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that wiped out much of New Orleans.





More news from Beebs.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bare All Then!

Yet another foot-in-mouth syndrome, who else if not by Mr. I-support-cronyism again.



Judge not MPs by media

PORT DICKSON: The performance of Members of Parliament should not be judged by media reports on them, said Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin.

“Media reports are only extracts of the whole parliamentary session,” he said, commenting on public complaints about the performance of MPs in parliamentary debates.

“What the public see or read is only part of the session. It is not fair to say MPs are wasting time in debating trivial issues in the House, based on these short reports.”


Zainuddin also defended the language proficiency of the MPs.

“Some non-Malay MPs debate fluently in Malay,” he told reporters after closing a Komuniti Bistari debate here on Sunday.

He singled out Cameron Highlands MP S.K. Devamany and Air Hitam MP Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“They are not Malays but their bahasa is better than that of some Malay MPs,” he said.

The Komuniti Bistari (Smart Community) programme, previously known as K3P (Kumpulan Pendengar, Penulis, Pembaca – is a Government programme to motivate people to voluntarily plan and implement programmes in their communities through listening, writing and reading.

In the debate titled Stability in Economy is More Important than Stability in Politics, the Federal Territory team – represented by Mohd Daud Mat Din, Farhan Nor Diyana Samsudin and Shaiful Kamaluddin – was judged the winner of the debate.

Runner-up was the Kelantan team comprising Mohd Nor Azlan Ismail, Raja Nur Fadhilah Raja Abdullah and Kamzi Hamzah.

In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Information Minister Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye said the Information Department had set up 449 Komuniti Bistari nationwide.

These include 62 in Sarawak, 59 in Kelantan, 36 in Pahang and 35 in Perak, he told the Dewan Rakyat.

The others are at Johor and Negri Sembilan (33 each), Sarawak (31), Terengganu and Selangor (28), Kedah (25), Malacca, (18), Kuala Lumpur (17), Penang (16), Perlis (11) and Labuan (nine).

Chia said the former K3P Group programme that started in June 2000 was re-branded under its new name to make it easier to understand.

Dear, dear, if media reports are 'part of the session', why not live-telecast it then. Bare it all! Then you will have no complaints who is being judged fairly or not. But ooopss...does he even attend Parliament sessions?

p.s. Sorry for the lack of updates. Even less for days to come. Going on a break soon. Details to follow.

ReNu Solution Back On Shelves

The contact lenses solution is back on shelves, after approval from the Ministry of Health (Malaysia). See this ad (click on it for larger view):



Background context: Dump Your ReNu Contact Lenses Solution Now?

Monday, August 28, 2006

Loads of Bollocks On TV. Now.

Loads of Bollocks On TV. Now.

Would someone get them a room now, and leave us alone?

I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine

I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine (in future)...

Kalo gatai, samo-samo garu. ;)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

'Sorry' Is The Hardest Word, Even More By NST

UPDATED: Even his 'hero' knows how to say sorry.

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MCA's mouthpiece of course reported it-the sacred word.



Even Utusan Malaysia blasted the 'holy' word:



Hey, what about K&K's (KJ and Kali's) mouthpiece then?

You want a contest? Try finding the word 'sorry' or 'apology' in the article.

Contest? Wow, I'm surprised to see the word 'contest', considering it coming from a political eunuch.

Oh, why was he not there, at the assembly? Ohhh...in Gombak pussified officiating a branch, it seems. Pussy.

Now, now, what about NST's another ilk sister paper, Berita Harian then? Wow, he wants to bring Singland to their knees and perform....ah, never mind. On another note, someone just did that in Kuching.



For those even believing buying NST to read about news and to improve their English, I don't know what more to say. You can learn all the vocabulary from them, but do not expect to learn the word 'sorry', as it doesn't exist in their dickshyunnary.

The Sensintrovert's Merdeka Series (3): The Fascinating Malay Language

Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Continuing with the series after a week of mourning-hiatus, here's another (C&P) Merdeka series: The Fascinating Malay Language

Putera suka roti, mentega, teh, mi, bihun; duka dunia sengsara.

Now, now, am I talking Malay, I mean pure Malay again? Not if you searched the Wikipedia for the 'Malay language' and a whole list of bahasa pendatang asing comes in as follows:



Oopss, the word 'bumiputera' is also not 'purer than pure' Malay after all.

Well, this 'purer than pure' and 'whiter than white' controversy on the Malay language is not new. You may notice how overzealouts wanted to change the names of places, events, etc, as propagandaed by a particular Malay press recently and supported by Mr. Keris, Mr. Fashion and Language Police and Mr. I-Support-Cronyism themselves. Here are some example of the controversies, as sourced from Wikipedia:



And to make things worse, the authorities are going to fine you (and put you in jail?) if you do not speak 'purer than pure' Malay. theSun has a nice piece of editorial here.

And here's an example of Bahasa Pencemar Budaya, Bahasa Rojak, which our Mat -langs could be using at the moment:



Oh, you wouldn't want to bear to let our precioussssss Mats being prosecuted, would you?

Now, why would Bahasa Rojak happen in the first place? Wikipedia has this to say:

In modern Malaysia, Rojak Language is a highly controversial topic, as language purists accuse it was merely bad use of English and may cause a crisis in language proficiency. They fear that graduates will lack proper writing and speaking skills should the practice continue. A suggested way to avoid this perceived use of bad language is to speak pure Bahasa Malaysia in one whole sentence without other languages. This will conserve the grammar of the component language. After one sentence, the speaker may continue with another language. However for the poverty-stricken and students of rural schools, usually the only way to practice the English language is to speak to villagers. With themselves having a poor grasp of the language, it gives listeners a direct impression of Rojak Language. This is also a phenomenon that is spreading to the cities.

Oopsie, it's our dear education system again...

Boxes and arrows make me confused...

Now, what's another controversy then? Yes, the interchangeable (and also confusing) term to use for our national language. Should it be 'Bahasa Malaysia' or 'Bahasa Melayu'?

In Malaysia, the language is known as Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia, which means the Malay, or Malaysian, language. The latter term, which was introduced by the National Language Act 1967, was predominant until the 1990s, when most academics and government officials reverted to the older term, which is used in the Malay version of the Federal Constitution.

Hey, during my primary school days (oi, I'm not that old lar), there seems to be no problems at all. Our UPSR papers used 'Bahasa Malaysia'. Not till during my secondary school years, there was a wave of Bee Emm overzealousness-who else, if not by the Mr. Reformasi himself. Wow, up came 'Bahasa Melayu' lar, bahasa baku lar, and in fact, almost the whole decade dedicated to push as an international language. That is of course when China is not an emerging economic superpower and after 1997, the rest is history. Oh, those Dewan Pelajar and Dewan Masyarakat magazine days...you could always see his face in every issue!

Sekian sahaja untuk kali ini, terima kasih!

This post is inspired by KTemoc's post on a particular IKIM scholar saying that "The Malay language, which gives the Malays identity, comes from the Quran."

Saturday, August 26, 2006

After Mat Cemerlang, Mat Rempit En Route To Be Mat Terbilang.

Sorry, AM, ALL the three lang-tags will be reserved for Mat Rempit.

News that will make your blood boil, from Utusan Malaysia:

Kelab Mat Rempit dirancang

KUALA LUMPUR 25 Ogos – Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO bercadang menubuhkan sebuah persatuan atau Kelab Mat Rempit di bawah naungan Putera UMNO khusus bagi mendekati dan menarik golongan tersebut pelumba haram menjadi warga terbilang.

Naib Ketuanya, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, golongan itu tidak seharusnya dipinggirkan dan mereka perlu diberi peluang memperbaiki diri.

‘‘Saya percaya, hanya segelintir dari mereka yang terlibat dalam pelanggaran undang-undang.

‘‘Penubuhan kelab atau persatuan tersebut diharap mampu menjadikan mereka generasi yang cemerlang serta bertanggungjawab,’’ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan program Kembara Kemanusiaan Motor Putera anjuran Biro Putera UMNO Malaysia, di sini, malam ini.

Program tersebut melibatkan penyertaan lebih 1,500 mat rempit sekitar ibu negara bergerak secara konvoi bermula pukul 10.30 malam dari Dataran Merdeka melalui Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Chow Kit, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang dan berakhir semula di dataran tersebut.

Khairy menambah, program itu akan diteruskan dari masa ke semasa dan akan dijalankan di seluruh negara.

‘‘Hasrat ini mendapat persetujuan Ketua Pemuda UMNO (Datuk Seri Hishammddin Tun Hussein) dan Presiden UMNO (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi).

‘‘Mereka bersetuju bahawa golongan mat rempit tidak seharusnya diabaikan,’’ katanya.

Seorang peserta program itu, Faizrul Nurul Muhammad, 18, berkata, ia dapat membantu mereka mempertingkatkan jadi diri.

‘‘Malam ini menunjukkan sokongan dan pengiktirafan Putera UMNO kepada kami sebagai salah satu aset dalam pembangunan negara.’’ katanya.

Mushawill Thohar, 19, pula berkata, dengan kerjasama Putera UMNO dan pihak berkuasa, mat rempit lebih berkeyakinan untuk membantu kerajaan dalam menangani masalah remaja.

Sementara itu, Nurul Adira Hussin, 19, menyarankan agar usaha ini diteruskan pada masa hadapan kerana ia dapat menghalang remaja dari terlibat dengan dadah.

Program malam ini turut melibatkan aktiviti kutipan derma dari kalangan mat-mat rempit untuk disalurkan kepada Tabung Bantuan Asia Barat.

If you don't understand Malay, you are lucky enough. You'd rather not know what's the content of the news. If you're still interested though, read it from here.

To quote:

‘‘Saya percaya, hanya segelintir dari mereka yang terlibat dalam pelanggaran undang-undang.

Perhaps his hoodie and geezer experience in Oxford (for being greasy-haired) has made him became sewel coming out with a statement like that. Or he might even be one of them, judging from his latest racist statements and mob actions!

Example of 'hanya segelintir dari mereka yang terlibat dalam pelanggaran undang-undang'?:

"Damn you, Oxford United! Man U. rulezzzz!!!!" Picture source.

Did you spot anyone 'whiter than white' in there?

I guess his next statement would be:

Saya sentuh dia punya [dot dot dot] je, saya percaya hanya segelintir daripada saya yang terlibat dalam pelanggaran undang-undang.

OMG, writing this further might land me in the emergency department. I mean, if they could melang-kan these kids, why not do the same to the allegedly 'goat-killing', 'blood-guzzing' musicians? Hey, at least they don't f**king harm our lives on the road and pork our daughters!

And no, you don't have spin-miesters like Harian Metro spinning stories like how boh... got gratification from these -lang buggers.

And more interestingly, the final interviewee, Nurul Adira Hussin, is the person a girl? A groupie? A boh...?

Ye, adik, boleh halang mereka daripada terlibat dengan dadah, tapi tak halang ko syiok ye?

Background reading: Bringing A Whole New Meaning To 'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em'

Friday, August 25, 2006

Gossips

Gossip

Gossip

Gossip

Gossip

Gossip (didn't bother to put link as you know who I meant).

Welcome to tabloidised Bolehland.

Biased Investigation for UPM Mob Fracas

Kudos to theSun again, for continue to believe what they are doing best for the society, and not to serve their political masters. They back-paged a commentary on this mob fracas yesterday, and gave it the full-frontal glory today.

Whitewashing? Or 'whiter than white'? Sounds familiar?

theSun's front page 25th August 2006.

Students want new inquiry
UPM PROBE INTO CANTEEN INCIDENT BIASED, SAY UNDERGRADS
by Maria J. Dass


KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) students that was mobbed and heckled by student council members say the inquiry conducted by the university was unfair. They want a "genuinely independent investigation".

Describing the university's five member panel of inquiry, led by lecturer Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Md Aroff as "biased" and "partial towards the student mob", the Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju or Student Progressive Front (SPF) said it would resort to legal action if the incident was not properly investigated.

At a press conference yesterday, SPF external coordinator Teh Yee Keong said the inquiry panel's line of questioning did not address the 30 student body members' "thuggish behaviour" during the July 17 incident, but instead insinuated the SPF was the cause of it.

Teh said the SPF students were asked, "Why were you chased away by the other students?", "Why didn't the other students like you?"and "Did they chase you away because you were not registered?"

The SPF ­ an independent and unregistered student body ­ had set up a help desk for new students at a campus canteen when it was heckled and dispersed by members of the student council.

A video clip of the fracas circulated on the Internet and was reported by the Chinese press, but UPM responded only after theSun also reported the issue several days later.

UPM Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah last week said the students would be let off with advice and counselling, adding that the video was "subject to interpretation" and the hecklers were not shouting and jeering but "singing and cheering".

He said the SPF had opened its help counter without UPM's permission and this caused dissatisfaction among other students, leading to the incident.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed has supported UPM's decision.

Teh said UPM's decision sends out a message that certain students can be bullies and violent towards others without any repercussions.

Chew Siew Fong, 22, a final-year student and trainee reporter with news portal Merdekareview.com, said in a sworn statement distributed yesterday that Abdul Rahman had told her during the inquiry that the university could not help her if she could not name the student who tried to grab her camera and pushed her and another student.
Chew said when she described the mob's shouting, taunting, advancing and manhandling as "violent", Abdul Rahman declared that that was "not violent", but "rough".

"He also asked me why I took pictures with my camera and proceeded to ask how I would feel if someone else took my picture," she said.

Chew said Abdul Rahman also asked her what her intentions were.

Teh said the group wanted the inquiry panel's findings to be made public, a suggestion UPM opposes.

In an immediate response yesterday, Dr Nik Mustapha told theSun he would not consider setting up another inquiry panel, saying: "We want to put this to rest as we have a bigger agenda to pursue."

He said the inquiry panel's report had been submitted to Mustapa, adding: "We hope to close the chapter on this."

Teh said the SPF failed twice this year to register with the university.

Malaysian Undergraduates Solidarity president Mohd Rifaudin Abd Wahab, who was also at the press conference, said the inquiry panel should rightfully comprise academics with legal and investigative skills from other campuses.

To quote:

"Why were you chased away by the other students?", "Why didn't the other students like you?"and "Did they chase you away because you were not registered?"

Let's put this in a rape case scenario. Would you ask questions like these:

"Why were you raped by the rapist?" (Because I'm too sexy for him/her/it?)
"Why didn't the other men/women/animal/object rape you?"
"Did he/she/it rape you because you dressed too sexy/walk in the dark/*insert whatever reason you could think of*"


Would you?

Mob is still mob and rape is still rape.


Despite several allegations that the SPF students had 'pre-planned' and 'instigated' the attack, my stand is that, I only believe the video evidence. Unless the video had been proven to be edited or to a greater extent, doctored, then those pro-mobs can have their say. Ask a soon-to-be-lawyer, Doc Mave, what lawyers believe the most in court.

What is even more moronic are the mobs themselves. Despite knowing people are filming them or as claimed, it was 'pre-planned', they still acted like that. And even more pathetic is the no-brainer VC's whitewashing statement.

Further reading:

MA Thuggery (UPM)

Suaram: "Sack UPM's Vice-Chancellor"

UPM Fracas - Culprits Letoff the hook by Interpretation

Thursday, August 24, 2006

SMS Seorang MP Yang Terlampau...

Guess who is the latest celeb to join the ranks of Paris Hilton and David Beckham to get their text messages busted? Hint: He is a cyclops.

Okay, okay, see for yourself.

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Feel free to use the pictures. Just quote that you saw it from The Sensintrovert first. ;)

Read more here and here.

Cacing By Cacing Dug Out, From One Happy Family

He said that he would cari sampai ke lubang cacing (dig the worm's hole). He dug out two already, now it's the third one.

Third cacing.

Source: Cartoonkini by Zunar.

A few more 'Friends' episodes to anticipate:

Episode 2: The One with the Million-dollar Handshake

Episode 3: The One with Uncle Bob's Palace

While Malaysia Is Busy Destroying Temples, UK Is Building The Largest In Europe

While Malaysia is busy destroying Hindu temples, UK is having the newest and largest one in Europe. For a 1% population (out of around 57 million people) of that religion. From Beebs:

Opening for biggest Hindu temple

The largest Hindu temple in Europe is opening in the West Midlands with a five-day religious festival.

From Wednesday priests are to perform a number of rituals to sanctify the £6.5m Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple of the UK in Tividale.

During five days more than 10,000 devotees are expected to visit the site, with most due at the weekend.

The temple's design is based on one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world, the Tirupati-Tirumala Temple in India.

Scores of sculptors and artisans from India have worked on the intricate carvings that cover the walls, ceilings, pillars and roof of the temple.

Bimal Kishna Das, the secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK), said: "This is great news for the Hindu British community.

"The opening of this great temple will be a wonderful addition to the multi-religious society of Britain, especially in the West Midlands."

Some 15 priests have also flown in from the sub-continent to perform ancient rituals in Sanskrit to call on the gods to enter the temple.

The culmination of the event will be the installation of a 12ft deity of Lord Krishna.

Dr VP Narayan Rao, the chairman of the trustees, said: "This is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream, the end of a long road and the beginning of a new era."

The temple has been built on the site of a former tip in Dudley Road East, which was donated by the then Black Country Development Corporation in 1987.

It has been funded by donations from devotees and with a grant from Millennium Commission.


Some views of the temple:





For more pictures, visit here.

Now, what's the statistics for the Malaysian Hindu population then?

Haiya, why want to compare-compare?


Hey, don't forget, we have the cheapest oil in the region!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mahathir Confirms Political Comeback?

UPDATED: The phrase 'bertanding' (contesting) could be very misleading. He is contesting to be a one of the 7 normal delegates from the Kubang Pasu UMNO division to the General Assembly (where the keris is normally waved) come this November. Normally, every UMNO division will send 11 delegates to the assembly, with 4 automatically qualified for it, i.e. the Chief, Youth's Chief, Wanita's Chief and Puteri's Chief. The incumbent Chief for the Kubang Pasu division is Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom, who is also the Deputy Internal Security Minister.

Read more from Agenda Daily and his supporter's blog. It seems that Bernama carried a story on this but the link is broken.

Nevertheless, the message is still the same: He is definitely making a political comeback, unless someone sacks and bars him from rejoining UMNO.

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Yes, it seems. He will be contesting as for a representative for Umno Kubang Pasu come November party elections. From Malaysiakini:



I do not have the subscription so let us wait for his pro-blogs and other heavyweight bloggers to enlighten us more on this.

"Anonymous Bloggers Are Shooter Thieves"

Yet another 'shooting' incident, targeting bloggers. Well, anonymous ones. From Berita Harian.

‘Pengendali laman blog ibarat penembak curi’
Laporan Rohaniza Idris

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor semalam mencabar pengendali laman forum atau blog yang berselindung di sebalik nama samaran untuk tampil dan berdebat secara terbuka mengenai pelbagai isu semasa.

Timbalan Menteri Tenaga, Air dan Komunikasi itu berkata tindakan kumpulan yang mengkritik pihak tertentu termasuk kerajaan tetapi enggan mendedahkan identiti sebenar seperti penembak curi.

Katanya, kumpulan itu harus menghentikan kerja yang sia-sia dan tidak bertanggungjawab itu.

Bukannya berlindung di sebalik blog atau laman web yang tidak bertanggungjawab,” katanya menjawab soalan tambahan Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong) di Dewan Rakyat semalam.

Tan meminta kerajaan mengawal tindakan pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab menyalahgunakan Internet untuk tujuan tidak baik.

Shaziman berkata, kerajaan pada dasarnya tidak mempunyai peruntukan undang-undang mengawal internet termasuk laman forum dan blog berikutan Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 serta jaminan Koridor Raya Multimedia (MSC), menyekat penggunaan Internet.

"Sehubungan itu, saya mengharapkan kebijaksanaan rakyat menilai kesahihan pelbagai isu yang digembar-gemburkan di dalam internet.

“Kita boleh memantau dengan mendaftarkan semua blog atau laman web di dalam negara kita, tetapi kita jangan lupa, rakyat kita masih boleh mendaftar blog milik mereka di luar negara,” katanya yang menyifatkan perkara itu bukan hanya berlaku di Malaysia, tetapi di seluruh dunia serta sukar dibendung.

Menjawab soalan asal Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam), Shaziman berkata, kerajaan mengekalkan prinsip membiarkan pengendali stesen televisyen menjalankan proses saringan masing-masing dan tidak berhasrat mengetatkan kawalan siaran berita dan rancangan televisyen tempatan.

Bolded English translation:

So and so threw a challenge to anonymous government critic bloggers to come forward and debate openly on current issues.

He likened them as 'shooter thieves' (loose translation).

They should stop this pointless and irresponsible act and not to hide behind irresponsible blogs.

I 'ate the chilli and felt its spiciness'. What about you, my anonymous blogger comrades?

The last I heard someone 'came forward and debate openly', he/she/it ended up in Kamunting, or to a lesser extent, mobbed by legal mobs.

So, what say you, 'shooters'?

Did They Meet ? (The Sequel)

Will they meet?

Or now, did they meet?

He was there...



He was also there...



Wanna know the answer? Check it out here. The answer will amaze you a lot. Trust me.

Datuk dan Datin...

Adik-adik, hari ini mari kita belajar Datuk dan Datin. (Kids, let's learn about Datuks and Datins today)

Datuk dan Datin 1

Source: Malay Mail.

Datuk dan Datin 2

Source: Bernama pix.

Datuk dan...

Source: theSun.

Oopss..maaf, silap gambar(Oopss, sorry wrong picture! Noti Teresa! :P)

Datuk dan Datin 3

Source: mStar Online.

Sekian, terima kasih. (That's all, thank you).

I know, I know, this is a no-brainer naughty filler post. Hey, don't blame me, I'm just being a sensintrovert! ;)

How About A Photo Caption Contest?

How about a photo caption contest for the picture below? Awww...c'mon, you don't have to have prizes as motivation all the time, do you?



Go on, give it your best shot.

MBPJ's Pathetic 'Kau Tim Cha' Attempt Busted!

Pathetic. Very pathetic indeed. By a so-called developed state trying to settle things over a cup of tea. Can't blame them. This is the 'kau tim' culture which has deep roots in our society already.

By theSun's Citizen Nades:

Tea and sympathy

Let me reiterate what had been said previously in this column ­ I don't have an agenda or any agendas. What I am trying to do is to create a better society and let me repeat ­ I am not someone's running dog and will not hold the candle for anyone.

IT was supposed to be a chat over teh tarik in the evening to explain the issues behind the billboard mess. Petaling Jaya councillor and Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou had invited this scribe and colleague Terence Fernandez for that chat near his service centre in SS3.

Wong had in The Star, said he was aghast at our report that Selangor had privatised the outdoor billboard business and he was the same person who said: "We are a democratic council." And he was the same man who said that "MPPJ would account for even a piece of string". Famous last words indeed.

We adjourned to a tea house nearby but when we got there, Wong's guest was already there ­ one Mr Tan from one of the outdoor advertising agencies.

I was already feeling uncomfortable at a stranger in our midst and as the conversation started, another outdoor operator, Lim Chee Seng joined the group.

Wong went to great lengths to explain that he had tried to call the editor-in-chief of this newspaper to alert him of what the previous PJ mayor had intended to do.

Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh, related Wong, wanted to lodge a police report against the newspaper.

"For what?" asked Terence.

"You know-lah ... about your billboard stories, but I advised him against doing it," said Wong.

A heroic deed indeed. Thanks, but no thanks. If you are trying to score Brownie points, forget it. What criminal offence did we commit to befit a police report? A subtle threat?


But what were two outsiders who had vested interests doing in our meeting? I left 10 minutes later, refusing a drink, but Terence stayed on to listen.

Wong said his statements in The Star were misinterpreted and he did not mean to discredit theSun's report when he used the word "aghast".

"I was aghast at the monopoly claim and said the mentri besar should investigate if this is true.

"I said a lot more, but because the mentri besar already issued a statement, they edited my comments," he explained.

By now, two more billboard advertising industry players and another councillor Dr Wong Chee Yong had joined the group.

Sai Hou said they were invited to help him explain the billboard issue.

Terence was also told that theSun's on-going reports on the billboards were hurting the minor players in the industry as advertisers were shying away from using this medium.

"It is not the big boys who suffer but we small players," said Lim.

The businessmen at the cafe requested if this paper could run more positive stories in future reports.

He also said that Ahmad Termizi was being treated unfairly.

"He is getting the blame for something that was done way before his time. He gets flak because he is an introvert. You can't blame him for being like that," said Lim.

Let me reiterate what had been said previously in this column ­ I don't have an agenda or any agendas. What I am trying to do is to create a better society and let me repeat ­ I am not someone's running dog and will not hold the candle for anyone.

Having said that, I find it rather amusing that billboard players are now "worried" about negative reports in the media.

This issue was first raised in this column three years ago, when then MPPJ president Datuk Emran Kadir decreed that a RM15,000 donation must be paid for every billboard erected.

At that time, no one said anything, and many happily parted with the money because it was a carte blanche to put up billboards anywhere they wanted.

These days, it has become more difficult and of course, the demands have got higher.

Where were these players when they were "extorted" by MPPJ in the name of the football team?

Did they bother to ask if their money was used for football or for something else? Even now, the club does not have money to pay its players. So, as contributors, shouldn't they be asking the club and the officials to account for the money?

So, now I am the bad boy, tarnishing the image of the industry! I say, my bloody foot! Go and fight your own battles according to Queensbury rules. You condoned this monster called "donation to the sports club" and you will have to kill it.

And finally, to the councillors and wakil rakyat, you are supposed to represent the people's interests.

Busted!

Wow, the 'introvert' card is now played. Or has someone been reading The Sensintrovert? But for one I know, some state government has been reading my blog.

Hey, don't blame me for being like that, I'm just being an introvert.

Classic. Hmm...just when should I use it?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Guess What's Back? UPM 'Seditious' Guidebook's Back!

It's back again! This book:


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Controversial ethnic relation guidebook back in use in UPM
Pauline Puah

SERDANG: The controversial ethnic relation guidebook in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) which was ordered to be withdrawn by the cabinet last month is still being used in the university's classrooms.

A check with UPM students found that the 100-page guidebook is still being used by lecturers as teaching material.

However, Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed defended the move.

"We have withdrawn the book but not every line of the book is offensive to the Chinese or Indian or Malay," he told reporters after launching the 'Soft Skills Developments for IPTA' module and workshop today (Aug 22, 2006).

"It's a guide. You cannot get everything burnt. The book has been purchased (by the students). (But) the guide is not being used anymore."

When told the book is still being used by the lecturers, he said: "Let's not worry. It's just a little thing. I want to look at the big picture. Don't squabble over petty things. The most important thing is we have withdrawn (the book). All the things are behind us. Let's move forward. I want to move forward."

"Don't tell me every line there is offensive. Be reasonable, I am sure they can use some parts of the (book) in power point (presentation in the classrooms) . I am sure the offensive part have been taken out."

UPM vice chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Nik Mustafa R Abdullah, who was also at the press conference, said the book 'was not used officially' in the university.

"It's not officially (used). But the book are still being sold outside at Taman Serdang (near to the campus)," he added.

On July 20 (2006), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi directed the guidebook to be Ôimmediately' withdrawn as it has caused some uneasiness among certain quarters that parts of the book were erroneous and seditious.

WTF?

I'm very very confused here. Kejap guidebook, kejap coursebook, kejap withdrawn, kejap back again. What the hell is going on here?

Petronas' Merdeka TV Ads

Have you seen this ad lately on TV? If not, you can still watch it here.



Yasmin Ahmad's work, again?

In the end of the ad, there's a message:

Kalau kita sanggup menimba ilmu daripada orang yang tahu, akan lupus iri hati dan dengki...
(Loose translation: If we are willing to learn from others who are knowledgeable, all the jealousy will disappear...)

You get the message? ;)

Here are some ads from previous years. Kleenex warning (for your pearly eye-drops, not for anything else, lar!) alert ahead!

Merdeka 2005- The One With The Sunat



To quote:

"Eh, itu dia potong, dia kasi balik kah"

Classic.

And here are the links for the videos which the embed function is disabled:

Merdeka 2004- Madras

Merdeka 2002- Letchumi & Rokiah

Merdeka 2000- The One with the Bush

Merdeka 1998- The 'Tongkat' One (This one's specially dedicated to ZAM)


Enjoy!

It's The Flag Issue. Again.

"Screw you Chinese urbanites!"

From the man who legalises cronyism. Again.

Source: The Star.

However, his colleague, Kong Cho Ha has a different stand on this. To quote:

Kong pointed out that motorists who sported the Jalur Gemilang on their vehicles but were involved in illegal practices were only being hypocritical.

“What’s the point of riding around town on your motorcycles and screaming ‘Merdeka!’ when later you take part in illegal races?” he asked.

Little did he know that Mat Rempit is going to be rebranded as Mat Cemerlang.

Jalur Gemilang by Mat Cemerlang? Hey, it rhymes!

Is he living in Lalaland? You know, when ministers pay visit to town, you can suddenly see the greatest show on earth (some say better than World Cup), where roads are paved, buildings are painted, and of course, flags are hoisted.

Here's an excerpt from Dr Jacob George's letter to Malaysiakini:

Does my country love me?

I was indeed amused to read in the press recently the statement of Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin telling Malaysians that they should not be shy to fly the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ to show their patriotic spirit and love for the country.

It was also interesting that he made an observation that this year’s celebration of flying the national flag had hit a snag and that people appeared to lack the spirit to do so. And instead of undertaking a rational and comprehensive investigation why this is so, he brands those who do not fly the flag as being unpatriotic and having no love for the country!

If this is how public reaction and action are narrowly and blindly interpreted, it only goes to show the apparent caliber and academic ability of those doing the analysis. Perhaps, the minister should himself do some deep soul-searching and ask the rather hard question of why this reaction came about in the first place?

One should remember that flying the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ is certainly not the only benchmark of whether one is patriotic to the nation. Perhaps, I can assist the minister with some reasons as to why I may not be flying the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ this year for the first time in 27 years.

Hoist flag? I'd rather you hoist with your own petard one day, dear.

Gone With The A-G...

You want IPCMC?

Source: theSun.

Fine. You can talk...



talk...

Source: BN's 2004 Election Manifesto.

talk...



till the cows come home, but...

"Huh, what are you saying?"

Hope that you will get the subtle message behind the picture above. From the kids, I mean. ;)

Yet Another RM 2-Company Monopoly Crony

Company monopoly crony?

It rhymes, innit?

Well, after Haris Hussein Onn's RM 2 Lembah Sari company monopolising the Kod Efisien, this so-called Subang Jaya 'pest control consortium is considered small fry. From theSun, the paper who cares both cronyism and Siti.



And here are four of the six companies which formed the 'consortium', surprisingly sharing overlapping directors.

Guess who's the pest/'makhluk perosak' here?

Monopoly crony? No, it's totally legal, according to dear ZAM! It's named Xtreme Networking, as Walski called it. It's perfectly fine in Bolehland, nothing surprising, my dear theSun!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Today Is The Day

Today is the day...when the Parliament reconvenes.

Parlimen Malaysia reconvenes...



Ooopss...sorry, wrong picture. Hey, if you Google-image for 'Parlimen Malaysia', you'll see Uncle Bob's palace!

The Parlimen reconvenes...



From theSun:

Free flow of hot topics at Dewan meeting
by Husna Yusop

PETALING JAYA: Other than the 2007 Budget, the upcoming Dewan Rakyat meeting is expected to discuss a host of hot topics, like the proposed sports centre in the United Kingdom, the Ethnic Relations course and the situation in Lebanon.
The Dewan Rakyat will meet for 43 days from today till Dec 13, with a six-week break during the fasting month and Hari Raya holidays from Sept 25 to Nov 5.

According to Parliament corporate communications officer Rohana Amdan, this is the first time Muslim MPs are given a break to fast and celebrate Hari Raya Puasa.

This year, the first day of Ramadan is expected to fall on a Sunday, Sept 24, while Hari Raya Aidilfitri is likely to be Oct 24, a Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Dewan Negara will meet for 10 days from Dec 6 to 21.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is scheduled to table the 2007 Budget at 4pm on Sept 1.

Rohana said 117 MPs have submitted 1,096 oral questions and sought written replies for 269 other queries.

The Prime Minister's Department received the most number of oral questions (192), followed by Education Ministry (88), Internal Security Ministry (61), Finance Ministry (58) and Agriculture and AgroBased Industry Ministry (55).

"Among the interesting issues are the Universiti Putra Malaysia's Ethnic Relations guide book, the recent disruption in the LRT services and the penalty for those who lost or failed to produce their MyKad.

"They would also touch on the status of the proposed prestigious sports centre in Brickendonbury, United Kingdom, the bullet train and the Israeli bombing in Lebanon and Palestine," she said.

Other issues to be raised are the monitoring strategy for the RM15 billion allocation for the 880 projects under the 9th Malaysia Plan and the 30,000 vacancies in the Public Services Department.

Rohana also said 31 motions have been accepted for debates, including the effort to build better inter-racial relations by balancing the intake of workers from different races in the public sector.

There will also be motions on the Middle East crisis, upgrading the rural roads in Sabah and the implementation of an integrated public transport system, especially in the Klang Valley.

Apart from the Budget, seven Bills will be tabled for the second reading during this 3rd meeting of the 11th Parliament, including the Child Care Centre (Amendment) Bill 2006 and Kindergarten (Amendment) Bill 2006.

Okay, if you must insist, today is some Big Daddy K getting hitched also. And guess where's his wife and children?

Read more here.

After Perth, Melbourne...your place for (dis)marriage escapism...

Bringing A Whole New Meaning To 'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em'

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em. How?

Rebrand Mat Rempit to Mat Cemerlang. From Bernama, with the support of the No.1 Man himself:

Source.

So, how will the rebranding plan work out? Here, let me show you how.

From this...



and this...

Photo source.

To these...









And finally this...



Since corruption, cronyism and nepotism is already legalised in Malaysia, why not legalise first piracy, then prostitution, robbery, thuggery, bullying, theft, drug abuse, *insert your favourite crime here* since you can't beat them.

The Merdeka Series has been suspended for a week to mourn for this piece of news.