Friday, August 31, 2007

Malaysia's 50th Independence Coverage by Ex-Coloner Media (2): The BBC

Finally, something from Jonathan Kent:

It is not true.

Indeed the one surviving key player from the independence struggle is not Malay at all. He is Malaysian Chinese, and he is not welcome in the land of his birth.

Chin Peng was once Malaysia's most wanted man

Chin Peng, leader of the Communist Party of Malaya, did as much as anyone to bring about Malaya's independence.

With 5-10,000 armed guerrillas he tied down tens of thousands of Commonwealth troops in a ruinously expensive war.

"If there hadn't been a boom in rubber and tin prices in the 1950s, the British wouldn't have been able to afford to fight him," said Khoo Kay Kim, emeritus Professor of History at University Malaya.

What the communists did was to focus British minds on a political settlement.


Read the rest of the story here.

I have to say that unlike what they did with Ghana (which includes interviews and such), the 50th Independence wasn't given that much of prominence by the BBC. Well, of course, with Diana, who the hell cares about Malaysia?

Diana overshadows Malaysia.

Terima Kasih 2: To Media Prima for Whoring The Merdeka Parade into a Commercial Orgy

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No, there wasn't really a parachute there, in case you're wondering.



50 years, kah?

Terima Kasih 1: To Rais Yatim for The Lack of Fireworks From Petronas Twin and KL Towers!

Congratulations, Rais Yatim. All the focus was on the Merdeka Square. At the stroke of midnight, it was like nothing. Not even sure if there were fireworks there.

Where are the fireworks coming from the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower?

Some random fireworks. Probably from some shopping centre:







But seriously, what is there to celebrate? I turned off the TV once I see such an incompetent PM insulting our Tunku Abdul Rahman by re-enacting his Merdeka shouts. And not to mention that particular gobloke who wasn't even elected by the public (no, not even the party members) lowering the flag. Irks me a lot. And two comments over at Natty's post say the best of what I felt:

johnleemk // Aug 31, 2007 at 12:54 am
Watching the celebrations on TV was difficult. Why do you have to be a member of BN to celebrate our independence? Does BN = Malaysia? An MCA flag at a celebration of the Malaysian nation is just as out of place as a Golkar flag would be at a celebration of the Indonesian nation.

And as an aside, Ong Ka Ting’s observation isn’t novel by any means. It was exactly the same thing said by Tan Siew Sin when he urged the Chinese to support the MCA prior to and after the catastrophic 1969 elections.

Beh Sai Kong // Aug 31, 2007 at 8:35 am
Like johnleemk, I was really upset upon seeing the UMNO, BN and MCA flags amidst the Malaysian flags. As you drive into the toll booths, you are confronted with the giant pictures of BN leaders. BN has made itself synonymous with nationalism. It is revolting. Henceforth, to be patriotic, to love the nation, is to love BN. They have taken everything from us even our national symbols. Who is to blame? We the voters. This is what we deserve when we give BN a 90% seat majority. BN is Malaysia, Malaysia is BN. By making their parties synonymous with the national Merdeka celebrations, BN has desegrated our national symbols. Isn’t there a law against this?


The day when Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim, Haji Abdul Hadi Awang and even Chin Peng stand together at the podium, only I'll consider celebrating Merdeka. Whatever year it is.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

In·de·pen·dence

in·de·pen·dence (nd-pndns)
n.
1. The state or quality of being independent.
2. Archaic Sufficient income for comfortable self-support; a competence.

Thesaurus

Noun

independence - freedom from control or influence of another or others
independency
freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
autonomy, liberty - immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
autarchy, autarky - economic independence as a national policy
self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, autonomy - personal independence
separateness - political independence

PAS' 50 Years of Independence by The Australian

Of Pantai Cinta Berahi, homo single-sex pubs and skodeng squads...

Malaysia, 50, turns back morals clock

OVER a drink of green coconut juice at what used to be called the Passionate Love Beach until his Islamist party came to power and scrapped the name, Takiyuddin Hassan outlines the victories in its war on sin.

In the capital, Kuala Lumpur, celebrations are starting for Malaysia's 50th year as an independent state. Its proud achievements are modern universities, a buoyant economy, and a respected place in the world as a moderate Islamic nation.

Mr Hassan's party boasts a different set of achievements; banning miniskirts, chastising unmarried couples and renaming Khota Bharu's favourite beauty spot. When it came to power in 1990, it changed the name to Moonlight Beach.

It also closed down nightclubs, banned nearly all bars except a few Chinese restaurants where no Muslims are allowed, and refused to let a proposed cinema open unless there were separate sections for men and women and the lights remained on to prevent immorality.

The Chief Minister is said to have mellowed since then and this year looked favourably on a proposal to open an alcohol-free disco for tourists. The idea never got off the ground after he insisted it be single-sex.

Mr Hassan, a moderate who was once a lawyer, is proud of his party's achievements in Kota Bharu. He says it has kept the rustic capital of Kelantan state upright and clean-living. The biggest building in the city houses the moral enforcement department whose officials spend their time prowling Kota Bharu's parks in search of amorous young sinners.

Mr Hassan is sensitive about the nickname "Taliban lite" often levelled at his party in Kuala Lumpur, where bars do a roaring trade and cinemas are full of dating couples.

"We are not the Taliban, we are in favour of women's education and against violence and corruption," he grumbles. "Malaysia is a Muslim state. We hope we can change people's mindset in Kuala Lumpur so they can live according to Islamic principles."

As it celebrates 50 years of independence from Britain this week, Malaysia has stepped up its long-running and angst-ridden debate about just how Islamic it should be.

Older Malays bemoan a younger generation that has become puritanical, self-righteously declining to attend social functions where alcohol is served. Headscarves, rare 20 years ago, are worn by almost all Malay women now, although often in combination with tight jeans.

Some non-Muslim Chinese and Indians feel increasingly treated like second-class citizens. They complain, usually privately, that Islamic religious schools are much better funded than theirs and that a system of affirmative action favours Malays when it comes to university places.

Some fear assertive Islam threatens to upset the delicate balance between the 60 per cent Malay-Muslim majority and the non-Muslim ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, which have managed to co-exist, sometimes uneasily, since Malaysia's troubled birth in 1957 at a time of civil war and ethnic tension.

Islam is Malaysia's official religion and the constitution says anyone born Malay is Muslim.

Every state has a religious department with Saudi-style moral enforcers. Nowhere are they more active than Kota Bharu. Unmarried couples sharing hotel rooms are hunted down by enforcers. Couples caught sitting too close together on park benches are fined 2000 ringgit ($706) in the city's shariah court.


On a related matter, "UMNO sambut lain, PAS sambut lain".

Haze Greets 50th Merdeka?

Look out your windows for a while. Do you see haze? I don't have any photographical evidence, but I can't see the Twin and KL Towers here! And yes, I can smell it or as Tun M said "The stench is indeed in the air" - both literally and figuratively.

Check out the API to stay in touch.

Such A Farcical!

Such A Farcical!

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Yeah, coming from someone like this:



Pictures sourced from Natty.

More from The Malaysian.

ZAM Fumes At Rais Yatim For His Potentially Missed Merdeka Photo Op

You see him like 24/7 in every frame in the Saluran Propaganda Anda channels, but yet that is not enough for him. Yes, that is coming from someone accusing bloggers as karaoke whores.

Perhaps he is aspiring to have his own brand of soda?

No taking pix during Negaraku

KUALA LUMPUR: Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has directed photographers covering the National Day parade and other government-organised Merdeka events not to snap pictures when the Negaraku is being played.

Dr Rais, who is chairman of the main committee of the 50th National Day anniversary celebrations, said the new “ruling” would be enforced at the National Day parade here tomorrow and at the Merdeka giant and Merdeka Eve celebrations.

He said he was thinking of proposing to the Cabinet to make it compulsory for photographers to stand at attention when the national anthem is being played at any function.

“Negaraku only lasts for two-and-a-half minutes, and photographers ignore the fact that the national anthem is being played, and continue to click away.

“Don’t use work as an excuse,” he told reporters after witnessing a full dress rehearsal of the National Day parade at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.

The sight of photographers clicking away when the Negaraku was played several times during the two-hour rehearsal probably irked Dr Rais.

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, when contacted, however disagreed with the move.

He counter-proposed that a special area be allocated for photographers to take pictures at events where the national anthem would be played.

Zainuddin pointed out that it was necessary for photographers to capture the right moments and to take the best shots.

“Sometimes there is a need to capture the expressions of the leaders,” he explained.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ganyang Malaysia, 2007?

No thanks to our super efficient Polis Raja di Malaysia.

It was downplayed by the mainstream media when the news broke out yesterday...

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..even though the paper accused of being 'The Rocket 2' reported on it today:



But it was pretty big especially in our 'abang' nation and around the world (well, at least in Google News).

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The Indonesian President, Susilo, attempted to do a reconciliation by saying 'Nobody Can Force Malaysia To Apologise'.

Considering to visit Surabaya recently? Think twice...

Anti-Malaysia protests held in Indonesia after referee assault

Jakarta - Anti-Malaysia demonstrations broke out Wednesday in Indonesian cities after an Indonesian referee was beaten while in the neighbouring country for a karate competition. In the East Java capital of Surabaya, dozens of youths conducted a sweep against Malaysian citizens at a local hotel in retaliation for the beating, which allegedly occurred at the hands of police officers.

A report by the detik.com online news service said dozens of youths went to the Garden Palace Hotel, searching for Malaysian badminton players who participated in a local competition.

Before conducting the search, the youths demonstrated outside the East Java regional legislative building, demanding the Indonesian government lodge a protest against the Malaysian police officers' conduct.

The protestors urged the government to "immediately severe" its diplomatic ties with Malaysia and accused Malaysia of being an "uncivilized nation."

"Deport the Malaysian athletes from Indonesia," the protestors shouted.

Indonesian karate referee Donald Luther Kalapita was allegedly assaulted Friday in Kuala Lumpur by four Malaysian police officers without cause and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

In protest of the beating, Indonesia withdrew from the karate event.

Similar anti-Malaysia rallies took place in North Sumatra's capital, Medan, and Jakarta, where protestors demanded Kuala Lumpur apologize to Indonesia.

A number of Indonesian lawmakers denounced the assault, claiming the Malaysian police had insulted the feelings and dignity of the Indonesian people.

"This is an arrogant act of the Malaysian police against an Indonesian citizen," the state-run Antara news agency quoted House Speaker Agung Laksono as saying. "The government should lodge a strong protest to the Malaysian government."

After meeting with Malaysia's foreign minister and police chief Tuesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said his government appreciated the Malaysian government's commitment to legally process the case and punish whoever is found guilty.
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Yet Another International News Agency With The 'Malaysia Plagued With Race/Religion' Headline

This is how 50 years of Barang Naik presented us to the eyes of the world:

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IHT: "Abdullah Badawi is more tolerant and less tainted by money politics"

Yet another opinion by international news agencies on Malaysia's 50th Independence:

On the predecessor and successor:

The problems of race, religion and corruption may have increased since Mahathir Mohamad stepped down as prime minister. Mahathir was an authoritarian who undermined democracy and the independence of the judiciary, but he was secular at heart.

His successor Abdullah Badawi is more tolerant and less tainted by money politics. His looser grip has allowed civil society to gain ground and the judiciary to become less subservient. But he is arguably not strong enough to confront either the UMNO patronage system or the pretensions of official Islam.


Less tainted eh, IHT? Think again... Photo by Doc Mave.

On UMNO:

UMNO is living proof that a monopoly of power is increasingly corruptive. The combination of political power and pro-Malay economic policies is especially corrosive. Nor is there much justification any longer for racial preferences, given that Malays have wealth as well as now easily outnumbering the immigrant races. It has created a Malay elite that is highly dependent on official favors.

UMNO remains in power at the center because the non-Malays fear its more Islamic Malay rivals. The Chinese, Indian and east Malaysian parties in the government are there to give an appearance of racial diversity and offer some antidote to the potential for the tyranny of the majority.


Read the full article - "Malaysia at 50: So far, so good" here.

Look Who's Talking!



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Picture ensemble by Doc Mave.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reuters: 50 Years On, Malaysia Is Still Plagued With Race and Religion

Some C&P stuff to end my blogging day:

Fifty years on, race, religion still haunt Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A six-minute rap video on YouTube that mocked Malaysia's national anthem and enraged its majority ethnic Malay community has reopened old racial wounds as the country prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Politically dominant Malays want the singer, a 24-year-old Malaysian Chinese student living in Taiwan, to be jailed or even stripped of his citizenship for the controversial video, which they say insulted the Malays and Islam.

Chinese say the singer, whose lyrics implied Malays were laid-back and Chinese worked hard, was merely restating a fact.

As Malaysia marks 50 years of independence from British rule this week, the nation remains a split personality -- exposing worrisome racial and religious divides, and stoking fears of more tension ahead of an anticipated early general election.

There are still three separate stripes of Malaysians -- Malays, Chinese and Indians -- and racial tensions rumble under the fun-loving surface of this relatively prosperous developing nation.

"It's becoming increasingly difficult for the people of various ethnic groups to participate in a common activity," said prominent historian Khoo Kay Kim.

"It covers every aspect of life now, even sports. It never used to be so sharp."

Race and religion are touchy issues in multi-racial Malaysia, where Malay Muslims form about 60 percent of a population of roughly 26 million. Hindus, Buddhists and Christians dominate among the Indian and Chinese minorities.

Many non-Muslims are also upset the authorities and the courts are allowing their rights, including freedom of religion, to be trampled by the Muslim majority.

MALAYSIA TRULY ASIA?

Dubbed the "melting pot" of Asia for its potpourri of cultures, Malaysia has long been held up as a model of peaceful co-existence among its races and religions.

That may no longer hold true.

"Views of increasing intolerance and religious polarisation have negatively impacted how Malaysia has been perceived," said Bridget Welsh, a political scientist at John Hopkins University.

"Malaysia has benefited from a largesse of resources, which, if depleted, will lead to greater racial tensions," said Welsh, a specialist on Malaysia.

Malaysia's economy, which relied heavily on rubber and tin during British colonial rule, has since been transformed into one based on manufacturing and services, and is now the region's biggest after Indonesia and Singapore.

But while it has made progress on the economic front, race and inter-faith relations are lagging and efforts to mesh the races into a single Malaysian identity are far from reality.

The reasons for that are deep-rooted.

Malaysia's political, education and economic structures, as well as faith, continue to be entrenched along racial lines.

Malaysia has been ruled since independence in 1957 by the Barisan Nasional, a coalition of 14 race-based parties.

An affirmative action plan, the New Economic Policy (NEP), which favours the economically backward Malays and introduced following bloody race riots in 1969, remains in place despite long-standing resentment from non-Malays.

The education system remains fragmented. Chinese parents prefer to send their children to Chinese schools, rather than the mainstream "national" schools to which Malays go.

The polarisation continues into universities and even in the workplace, where the different races hardly mix with one another.

A recent survey on race relations found that 34 percent of those polled had never had a meal with citizens of other races.

Much of the blame lies with the political system.

"The powers that be in Malaysia survive on the paradox of keeping inter-ethnic peace and being champions of their race at one and the same time," said Ooi Kee Beng, an analyst at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

"It is that balance that they keep, and in the process, Malaysia does not develop where racial integration and understanding are concerned," he said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, widely expected to call a general election within months, tried to soothe the growing resentment among non-Malays when he promised last week that he would be fair to all races.

"I have been fair. I want to be fair and I will always be fair, that's my promise," he told a meeting of the Malaysian Chinese Association, the nation's second biggest political party.

But his critics are not impressed.

"Abdullah will only convince Malaysians that his policies will be fair and equitable to all communities by ending the NEP and open up government procurement to all Malaysian contractors," said opposition politician Lim Guan Eng.

Not surprisingly, Internet chatrooms are abuzz with racially charged debate following the YouTube posting.

"Why, after 50 years of independence are there still these old arguments between Malaysians?" one wrote.

"Why do some Malaysians still remain so immature, using the same old stuff, bashing each other?"


Also, visit Reuter's take on Malaysia's Chronology of Events since Independence.

Satu Lagi Projek...Di Atas Kertas?

UPDATED: Coincidentally, M Bakri Musa wrote an article today which shares my same sentiment, questioning what this Bedol is worth of. Check out from Kit's blog here.

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Blueprints, development plans, manifestos et al. You see them sprouting faster than an anatomical part of a teenager boy upon seeing a hot chick. All launched by Bedol (mostly upon coming back home from honeymoon around the world). Here are a few, if you're interested:

First, we have this:

Visit the download page here.

Then this:

The download page here.

Most recently, this:

Visit the download page here.

And soon to come - the Eastern Corridor and the Budget 2008.

Plus others like the 9MP, the National Biotechnology Policy, etc.

Why this post was created in the first place? I was just thinking - what is this Bedol worth of for the past 4 years? I mean, we have heard a lot of negative things about him (including originating from this blog) to the extent that even mamak stalls have a special roti canai dedicated for him (that's what I heard). Is he really worth...erhmmm...a food?

I won't deny all these blueprints, plans and manifestos look great and impressive. The 4th floor boys are not stupid, that's for sure. And based on this fact alone, I would have kissed his feet (not literally lar!) and throw a vote for him. I mean, hey, 92% of you did in 2004, right?

But going back on these blueprints, are they more like the title suggested - Satu Lagi Projek...Di Atas Kertas?

November 2007 election? I'm afraid I won't be able to vote again. :-(

Monday, August 27, 2007

"Boy! Boy!"

I was just called that. Dayum! At my you-know-where work place.



Should I take it as a compliment, or as an insult? ;-)

Malaysia's 50th Independence Coverage by Ex-Coloner Media (1): The Telegraph

As we celebrate our 50th independence, Malaysia will be in the spotlight of the world. Not too sure whether for all the good or bad reasons.

Here's the first coverage by The Telegraph, which they did a photo essay - Malaysia: 50 Years On. Here's a very striking photo they published:

50 Years Ago.

50 Years Later. theSun snapshot by Jeff Ooi.

Also, check out their accompanying article on Penang here.

BBC gave extensive coverage on Ghana last March. Keep your fingers crossed on Malaysia's coverage by Jonathan Kent.

'Malaysia' Is An Autoimmune Disease?

The recent lift on monkey export ban by Malaysia has gained the attention of, and monkey-nationised by the geographically-challenged Yanks. By a random Google search:

Monday, August 27, 2007
Tsk, tsk, Malaysia is missing the obvious

By Scott Hollifield
Columnist

When I read in the newspaper that Malaysia was exporting monkeys for meat and research purposes, I had two questions: Who is this Malaysia and why does she hate monkeys?

Turns out that Malaysia isn’t a one-name pop star with her own private zoo but a country in Southeast Asia. It’s right there divided by the South China Sea on the globe I got for Christmas in 1978. You could hit it with a rock from Indonesia. (Malaysia, not my globe.)

I can hear all the geographically challenged skeptics out there: Malaysia? Come on, isn’t Malaysia actually an autoimmune disease closely related to chronic fatigue syndrome?

“Doc, I’m feeling tired and listless.”

“Sounds like Malaysia. But just to be sure, I’m going to order several thousand dollars worth of tests, including a 3-foot-long catheter with an extremely painful radioactive solution just approved by the FDA to rule out Yuengling’s syndrome, a condition so rare it’s only been observed in two people from rural Pennsylvania.”

“Is it serious, doc?”

“Yes, a 3-foot-long catheter is very serious.”

258,000 and counting

Malaysia is an actual country, and it has lifted a 23-year ban on exporting monkeys for meat and research, according to The Associated Press, the source I turn to for stories about rogue nations selling beloved animals to be sauteed and served on a plate with a side order of German potato salad, or having their skulls cracked open so scientists can gauge the effects of the latest erectile-dysfunction drug on the hypothalamus gland.

Malaysian officials see exporting the critters as a form of population control — more than 258,000 long-tail macaques are living in urban areas, raising a ruckus and stealing food from people, homes and gardens.

“The moment they have less food, they attack anybody,” said Azmi Khalid, the minister of natural resources and environment.

Training can be beneficial

While I understand Khalid’s concern, I believe that his country is taking the wrong approach by shipping the macaques off to become monkey nuggets or cloning specimens. Rather than an overpopulation problem, this is an education problem.

If TV and movies have taught us anything, it’s that monkeys have an amazing capacity to learn new skills. With the proper training, monkeys can ride shotgun on long-haul truck runs (B.J. and the Bear), caddy and drive golf course mowing equipment (The Little Rascals), befriend a sad-sack paleontologist (Friends), punch a biker in the face when an aging action star says “Right turn, Clyde,” (Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can) and, unfortunately, take over the world and enslave a bare-chested Charlton Heston (Planet of the Apes.) I believe that last one is an anomaly.

My newly hired monkey editorial assistant, Kevin, is even learning how to write this column. Go ahead, Kevin, take a crack at a sentence:

“Txy TGfd3 &7beer YTR.”

Good job, Kevin. It took me a while to get the hang of it, too.

As an expert in the field of human-monkey relations, I believe the United States must speak to this growing crisis in Malaysia to avoid a Planet of the Apes-like fiasco in the near future.

To do my part, I’ve offered my services as special monkey assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia, who, if I’m not mistaken, is also named Kevin. I will oversee the deployment of peacekeeping troops, head up diplomatic relations, manage the construction of monkey training academies and direct all aspects of the monkey re-education strategy.

Soon, Malaysia’s monkeys will go from violent thugs bound for dinner tables or science labs to trucker buddies, golf caddies, biker punchers and, yes, editorial assistants who will someday write columns while the boss naps under his desk.

And then Malaysia will not be mistaken for a one-named pop star or an autoimmune disease. It will be known as a utopia where monkey and man live in harmony. Right, Kevin?

“Txy TGfd 3&7beer YTR.”

■ Scott Hollifield is editor/general manager of The McDowell News in Marion, N.C. Contact him at P.O. Box 610, Marion, N.C. 28752 or e-mail

rhollifield@mcdowellnews.com.

'Blasphemous' Football (feat. 'Allah' wording) Angers Afghani Mullahs

Muhammad cartoon, Jesus cartoon, 'sacrilegous' ice-creams...it just doesn't end, does it? The latest in Afghanistan:

'Blasphemous' balls anger Afghans

By Alastair Leithead
BBC News, Kabul

A demonstration has been held in south- east Afghanistan accusing US troops of insulting Islam after they distributed footballs bearing the name of Allah.

The balls showed the Saudi Arabian flag which features the Koranic declaration of faith.

The US military said the idea had been to give something for Afghan children to enjoy and they did not realise it would cause offence.

The footballs were dropped from a helicopter in Khost province.

Some displayed flags from countries all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, which features the shahada, one of the five pillars of Islam - the declaration of faith.



The words, which include the name of Allah, are revered, and Muslims are very sensitive about where and how they can be used.

Saudi Arabia has complained to the World Cup's ruling body in the past about the use of its flag on footballs.



Mullahs in Afghanistan criticised the US forces for their insensitivity, and around 100 people held a demonstration in Khost.

Afghan MP Mirwais Yasini said: "To have a verse of the Koran on something you kick with your foot would be an insult in any Muslim country around the world."

A spokeswoman for the US forces in Afghanistan said they made "significant efforts to work with local leaders, mullahs and elders to respect their culture" and distributing the footballs was an effort to give a gift the Afghan children would enjoy.

"Unfortunately," she added, "there was something on those footballs we didn't immediately understand to be offensive and we regret that as we do not want to offend."


On another case related to the same nation, Marina M has posted a news on the dope nation:

Anyone who is so enamoured of the Taliban should read up about the poppy production in Afghanistan, the very same poppies that become the heroin that is the drug of choice of our addicts in Malaysia. The people who think that Taliban-style government is exactly what we need to eradicate our drug problem should go visit the poppy fields in Afghanistan to know what the self-proclaimed God's warriors are really up to.


Also, read the Beebs' take on the dope nation.

Black(out) Monday

Tadak api at my you-know-where work place lar! Paaaaaaaaaaanaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!

I was informed that 'it happens quite frequently at least one a month'.

Erhmmmm???

Sunday, August 26, 2007

More Than Just Karaoke Singers...

Yesterday was officially declared as the Single Most Celebrities Seen In A Day(TM) by me. Here's what happened, amongst others:

Guitar strumming...



Poetry rendition...



Voice that could melt the heart of chicks...



OMG! A singing lecturer?



Harris Potter and The True Blood Princes and Princesses...



More lawyers! Gasp!



A CD as a souvenier...



No extravagant flag waving, keris kissing and brandishing. Just a reflection on how far we have come...

Picture courtesy of TV Smith.

Native Land

NasTY paper only worth buying during the 25-31st August period?



This is an interesting one. Negaraku. The authentic one.



'Native land'. Not 'land where my blood was spilt' (according to Wikipedia). Hear that, Badruddin bin Amiruldin?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Howsy's Food Picture Essay for the Weekend

Howsy boarded this...



went here...



wanted to try food from here...



ordered this...

(can you guess what this is?)

There's this...



this...



and this...



and this...



And it costed this...



YUM!

50 years lah!

The Malaysian Registration Form Dilemma: How Much Info Are You Willing To Give Out?

Wanted to do something this evening. So logged on to a website to do an online purchase but was asked to register first. And here's the registration form:

You can actually figure it out what I'm trying to purchase online.

Wah! Not only IC is compulsary, but also Race lar, Nationality lar, Address lar, Monthly income lar, howfrequentdoyouboinkyourpartner lar. I mean, WTF!

Gave up and better do the snail purchasing.

Data protection - does it even mean a thing in Malaysia? I mean, if there was an alleged sniping of your race in one of a major fastfood chain WITHOUT your consent, imagine what they can do with the above. There's not even a disclaimer saying that 'the data used is for company's use and will not be disclosed to a third party' thingy.

Also, if a MyKad is treated like a CIA dossier, I think 'the right of privacy' is not even in the vocabulary of Malaysia. For all I know, toll agreements, Petronas profits, Happy Dick's mansion...ah, all these are considered given utmost privacy lar!

WTF!

50 year kah?