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Thursday, 30 July 2009

THOUGHTS


IT HAS been a long time. As far as I could remember, I had try to limit my 'own' posting here. Not that I do not want to put in public my opinion. Just that I feel it is not quite necessary, as yet.
When is the right time?
Let me narrate a story which I hope will put across my point better.
Music. I love music. Not that I am an expert musician, though I was a choir master for a few years, a band leader for a period of time and a composer of a few songs.
I love to sing too. I won a few singing competitions (including once a kampung level where I obtained the popular votes, but still I lost which puzzled the judges... hehehe).
Yet, I will not take to the stage unless really necessary i.e to help make a wedding reception, for instance, more enjoyable and merry. (Of course, such 'principle' is null and void when I have one too many drinks hahahaha).
And believe you me, more often than not, I would be able to help create a good party.
At the same time, I also realise there are people who have the same ability. And I must say, a great many of them are actually better than me.
So, there is this event. Should I or should I not get involved?
Opsss... what was it that I wanted to tell? Ahhh... will try narrate better next time. That is if you cannot speak of it better. Than me.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

FACTS OF LIFE

IT IS a never ending 'what if'. The generation of today versus those who consider themselves 'old'. Kudos to Teoh, that iconic voice on several radio stations several years ago, for coming up with this well thought thoughts. Sure, it reminded us of similar phrases elsewhere, but that's beside the point. Am posting this here for the simple reason that a bird in the hand is better than a thousand flying birds.....
Teoh in his blog "Niamah!!".
To All those Born in the 40's, 50's , 60's & early '70s....

First, we survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked /cleaned while taking care of us at the same time.

They took aspirin, candies floss,fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare. Salt added to Pepsi or Coke was remedy for fever.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

As children, we would ride with our parents on bicycles/ motorcycles for 2 or 3. Richer ones in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.

We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle.

We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect us.

We go to jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes.

With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be a endless game. With a ball (tennis ball best) we boys would ran like crazy for hours.

We catch guppy in drains / canals and when it rain we swim there.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually worry about being unhygenic.

We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies,bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft sweet coffee/ tea, ice kacang, but we weren't overweight because......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.
AND WE DONT HAVE HANDPHONE S TO BUG US. And we were O.K. AND WE ARE SAFE.
We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did no t have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo's, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts.

We never had birthdays parties till we are 21

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and just yelled for them!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the government regulated our lives for our own good..

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

PS: -The big type is because Long-sightedness or hyperopia at your age
. he... he...

Thursday, 23 July 2009

MIXED SIGNALS

THE government wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the MACC investigation procedures. The government also wants an inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock. Some friends of mine asked me as to why the government is limiting the term of reference of the RCI. Why can't the RCI probe onto the death of that young man? At the same time, the police announced that their investigation on the matter is nearing completion. One plus one would usually equal to two. But this Teoh MACC saga is quite unusual. Whatever it is, I maintain my earlier stand: I hope this crisis will teach us a lesson or two and enables us to move forward as a nation we could all be proud of...

WILL YOU BE MY BEST MAN?

SHAH ALAM, July 23 – Just a day before Teoh Beng Hock was found dead, he had been planning for his wedding, his friends and colleagues told police today, leading all of them to discount the possibility that the DAP political aide could have committed suicide.

“There is just no way he would kill himself,” Teoh’s best friend, Woo Chuan Sing, who has known Teoh for nine years, told reporters after police recorded a statement from him here today.

On Wednesday morning, a day before Teoh died, the DAP man had sent Woo a short text message asking him to be his best man during his up coming wedding on Aug 3.

The 30-year-old businessman received the text message at about 7.30am. Teoh called him up a short while later to reconfirm that he would be the best man. That was the last time the two spoke.

“He sounded normal that morning,” said Woo, who recounted how he met Teoh during community service projects while they were undergraduates at Universiti Kembangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and became fast friends. MORE

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

SOLAR ECLISPE JULY 22


I REMEMBER in the 70s when such eclipse happened. Of course, it was not total eclipse at my home town Kionsom, but the talks before and after the eclipse were fascinating for me, then hardly ten years old. My beloved mother said, the dragon is about to swallow the moon (and the sun?) Perhaps the strong wind and wet weather the last few days in Kota Kinabalu were caused by the dragon...sheesssh, how dare you

SOLAR ECLIPSE SHROUDS ASIA

TAREGNA, India – The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century pitched a swath of Asia from India to China into near darkness Wednesday as millions gathered to watch the phenomenon.

But millions more, gripped by fear, shuttered themselves in. India abounds in superstitions and fables based on Hindu mythology, one of which says an eclipse is caused when a dragon-demon swallows the sun.

The eclipse is caused when the moon covers the sun completely to cast a shadow on earth. In some parts of Asia it lasted as long as 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

Thick cloud cover over India obscured the sun when the eclipse began at dawn. But the clouds parted in several cities, minutes before the total eclipse took place at 6.24 a.m. (0054 GMT; 8:54 p.m. EDT).

In neighboring Bangladesh, people came out in droves.

"It's a rare moment, I never thought I would see this in my life," said Abdullah Sayeed, a college student who traveled to Panchagarh town from the capital Dhaka to view it.

He said cars in the town needed to use headlights as "night darkness has fallen suddenly." People hugged each other and some blew whistles when the eclipse began, he said.

One of the best views, shown live on several television channels, appeared to be in the Indian town of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges river, sacred to devout Hindus. MORE

See also HERE

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

INDICATORS

NOTHING happens by chance. Everything is there for a reason. If no wind, the leaves will not shake. Teoh MACC saga is hitting at BN and/or Pakatan. I like the write-up below, done by Deborah Loh, whom I came to know when she was still with New Straits Times. My comment about what she wrote: pardon me but I will just repeat my earlier statement - nothing happens by chance.....

TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR PAKATAN

Can the PR really be a viable coalition? What caused the near collapse of the Kedah PR after the DAP threatened a pull-out there? Why does Penang seem a perpetual hotbed of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) discontent against the DAP-led state government?

What about criminal allegations involving a PR Selangor executive councillor (exco), brought by a fellow PR elected representative? Why is PR washing its own dirty linen in public and giving ammunition to the BN? Don't they realise that a disunited PR could make an undemocratic BN look good?

Prior to this, it seemed easier to say that if anything were to break up the PKR-PAS-DAP alliance, it would be their opposite ideologies of Islamic state and secularism. But after 16 months as the government in Kedah, Penang and Selangor, the indications are that ideology alone isn't causing the cracks. Rather, the three parties are now grappling with the realities of human nature: rivalry, politicking, and personal gain. MORE

Friday, 17 July 2009

TRAGEDY

TEOH BENG HOCK was found dead at the MACC Shah Alam office compound yesterday. It is a tradegy as any death would be. Personally, I pray for his family and fiancee. I also pray that this beloved country of ours will be able to face all these and move forward as a better nation. Malaysia Boleh, if really we want to. Political will. Rebranding. 1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now. Call it what you want. Life is a journey. Let us make the best of it...

'THEY ASKED ME WHETHER I WAS FROM CHINA?"

By Adip Zalkapli

SHAH ALAM, July 17 — A Kajang municipal councillor who was also interrogated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) alleged commission investigators hurled racist remarks at him during questioning at the state MACC headquarters here.

"They called me a stupid Chinese... Are you from China? You can't speak Malay?” said Tan Boon Wah.

Tan was called in by the MACC as part of the investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds by state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Tan, who is also a businessman, had last year supplied flags worth RM2,400 for Ean Yong's constituency of Seri Kembangan.

“They asked whether I supplied flags. I said yes but then I was forced to admit that I did not supply the flags,” said Tan.

He added that he could not furnish the MACC with details of the transaction during the investigation because he needed time to look for the documents.

Tan, who went to the MACC office on Wednesday evening, also claimed that he was subjected to torture and was threatened that he would be beaten if he refused to admit to allegations made by the investigators.

“I was shouted at: 'This is my place, you better believe that I can hit you',” said Tan.

“I was then asked to stand and look straight. I was not allowed to rest my head. I was made to stand for four hours,” he added.

Tan said the MACC officials also threatened to arrest his wife and detain his children.

He denied that detainees were provided with beds to sleep on after interrogation.

He said that while under detention, he met Teoh Beng Hock early yesterday morning at the MACC office pantry and he looked tired.

Tan added that he was also told by an MACC investigator not to talk about the interrogation, before he was released yesterday afternoon.

“The MACC officer said don't bring the matter outside, but one life has ended, so now I have to,” said Tan. Malaysian Insider

Thursday, 16 July 2009

OPPOSITION STATE GROWING

AM tempted to raise my voice about the oil industry in the country. It is an open secret that the oil producing states in Malaysia are Terengganu, Sarawak and Sabah.

The first two states are doing alright though they, like Sabah, received only 5 percent oil royalty. The 95 percent belongs to Petronas (or at least that's the perception of a lot of people).

Thus, Upko and my boss had been very vocal, insisting that a full fledged oil factory is established in Sabah, rather than chanelling Sabah gas to Bintulu. My oh my, now, Kedah which is under opposition government, scored big with this news. One of the often repeated reasons why there is no oil factory in Sabah is the mammoth cost it entails. Now, Kedah shows funding is not a problem at all.... sigh

MALAYSIA'S LARGEST OIL REFINERY IN KEDAH

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Kedah’s economy received a major boost today with the launch of the largest oil refinery project in Malaysia.

The Merapoh oil refinery in Yan, Kedah will cost US$10 billion (RM35.7 billion) and have a refining capacity of 350,000 barrels per day, nearly twice the capacity of the country’s second largest refinery in Melaka.

The refinery will be developed by Merapoh Resources Corporation and funded by international investors.

The Merapoh refinery will refine crude oil sourced from the Middle East for export, mainly to China. MORE

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

YES OR NO

HE he he he he. I knew this English thing will not pass just like that. This posting has proven me right. And it will go on and on. By the way, I went through primary and secondary schools in the Bahasa Malaysia medium. Perhaps that's why my English is so so only. But in the same context, I believe I can get by in life rather alright. I believed the policy was discussed thoroughly in 2003. Primary and secondary education usually takes at least 11 years to complete. Why scrap it now after only six years? And by the way, I wish those for or against the policy are doing it really for the good of the people and not to score points or political mileage...

MCA WANTS ENGLISH

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 – Tomorrow, the MCA will propose to the Cabinet to maintain teaching science and mathematics in English at secondary school-level, said party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

He said the party needed to be mindful of the students in science or pure science streaming in Forms 4 and 5.

“As such, we should maintain using English as a medium of instruction in science and mathematics in secondary school-level because of the streaming,” he told reporters after chairing the pre-Cabinet meeting for MCA ministers and deputy ministers here today.

Ong also suggested that mathematics and science should be taught bi-lingual (Bahasa Melayu and English), if needed in Form 1 to 3, because the students might face problems in switching languages after they moved to Form 4.

Last Wednesday, the Government had annouced that the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in national schools would be reverted to the national language, effective 2012.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the teaching and learning of the two subjects in Chinese and Tamil national-type schools would be carried out in their respective mother tongue. MORE

Sunday, 12 July 2009

UPKO PERAK

ONE of the privileges working with leaders such as Bernard Dompok is you get to meet lots of people. It is a great networking avenue. I know Suki Mee. The very first time I met him, I thought I was speaking to a fellow Sabahan. His aspiration, his grouses, his concerns, his visions, his anger and those of mine, are the same. Orang Asli and the Kadazandusuns in Sabah are reaching for the same targets. Congrats, Suki and friends. 11 July 2009 will be remembered, at least by your people, that the Orang Asli had made a very bold step to join the mainstream of national politics and hopefully development. All the best. READ ALSO HERE

ORANG ASLI PERAK JOIN UPKO
TAPAH: The Sabah-based United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) spread its wings to Peninsular Malaysia when it launched four divisions in Perak yesterday. The four are Tapah, Tanjung Malim, Parit-Kuala Kangsar and Gopeng-Kampar.

Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the Upko divisions, which recruited some 2,000 Orang Asli as members, would help champion Orang Asli native rights, especially in land matters.

He said Upko would be a platform for the Orang Asli to voice out their grievances to the highest authorities, adding that the Orang Asli seemed to shy away from other Barisan Nasional component parties, but had an affinity with the party.

To avoid misunderstanding with other BN component parties, Dompok said Upko was not pinching members from within BN and did not expect to be given seats to contest during the elections.

Upko has members in Shah Alam and Johor but the four Upko divisions in Perak is the first to be officially recognised.

Upko has 101,081 members nationwide.

Yayasan Orang Asli Perak chairman and Upko's Tanjung Malim division chief Suki Mee said the move to join Upko was the starting point for Orang Asli in Perak to be more politically active in championing their native rights.

"We've been looking for a platform for our struggle. We feel that our voice and our difficulties have not been viewed seriously." THE NEW STRAITS TIMES

Saturday, 11 July 2009

ARE YOU MAD?


THIS is ridiculous. Provocation. Some people drew cartoons of whoever and they went to the street and demand for blood. Now, this is happening. What will Christians and Catholics do? This supposedly investigative reporting is an action of insane people. I believe there will be more to this....

CATHOLICS LODGE POLICE REPORT

The two lodged a police report on 8 July 2009 at the Patani Road police station in Penang over the article "Tinjauan Al Islam Dalam Gereja: Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Murtad" which was published in the May 2009 issue of Al Islam. The magazine is published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd.

In the article, the Muslim journalist, accompanied by another person, went to two Catholic churches in Kuala Lumpur on an investigative mission to find out if allegations that young Muslims were being converted to Christianity were true. MORE

Friday, 10 July 2009

OPPOSITION IN RULING PARTY

IT IS an open secret. Upko, of which am a Supreme Council member, had often been seen as an opposition within the Barisan Nasional coalition. Its true. Upko had been vocal against government actions and policies. Why, leaders such as Anifah Aman, Bung Mokhtar and a few others had asked Upko to quit BN. But Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said, including in the last General Elections campaign, there is no need for opposition parties in Sabah simply because Upko would be voicing out, courageously, sincerely and daringly the needs of the people. I can therefore understand Azmin. And no. I did not say, Azmin is like Upko. Thats what you think....

AZMIN ATTACKS HIS OWN PARTY

SHAH ALAM July 8 – Appearing to don an opposition mindset, PKR’s Azmin Ali broke party ranks and attacked the policies of his own Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state administration today and called for a reshuffle of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s executive council.

The Bukit Antarabangsa lawmaker said the members of the state executive council were “getting too big for their boots” and were refusing to listen to others.

The PR backbencher chief and PKR party whip today did a better job at pointing out the shortcomings of the state government in the legislative assembly than the 20 Barisan National (BN) opposition members combined during a supplementary budget debate.

The disgruntled state lawmaker said he had been receiving a lot of complaints from the business community on excessive delays in approvals and this was stifling the economy of the state. MORE

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


FOR being there when am not around
For the scores of things done on my behalf
For being patience, prayerful, understanding
And all and everything
A mother, woman, wife
Allysha, Allyshandhra, Alexshandhro, Allyshearha
and me,
from the bottom of our hearts
Happy Birthday dear Nelly
God bless you, and us all
We, the Bingkasans, love you so very much


Tuesday, 7 July 2009

NAJIB PASSES TEST

THIS is self explanatory. My two cent: Perhaps the key performance indicator (KPI) and 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now are catching on. Way to go, sir....

NAJIB SCORES A PASS AFTER 100 DAYS IN OFFICE
KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 – When he entered office in early April, he owned one of the lowest approval ratings of any incoming Malaysian Prime Minister.

One hundred days later and after a slew of measures to reform the economy, Malaysians appear to be warming up to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, a latest survey by an independent polling house shows.

The poll by the Merdeka Centre shows that his approval rating is 65 per cent, a spike from the tepid 46 per cent in mid-May and 42 per cent just before he became the country’s sixth leader.

Twenty-two per cent are dissatisfied with his performance while 13 per cent were undecided.

The survey findings will present further evidence to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) that the days of it contending with a weak and unsure leader in Putrajaya are over. MORE

KDM UNITY

I WAS searching something under my name on google when I came across this article published in the Daily Express six years ago. He he he ... that was how I sounded back then. And to my surprise, I think am still like that. Hopefully better. Food for thoughts....


We should unite but not under PBS: Upko

Published on: Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Kota Kinabalu: Upko Youth fully supports a suggestion for the Kadazandusun-Murut (KDM) communities to unite under only one political party in Sabah.

Its information chief, Albert Bingkasan, said such a proposal was in line with the party’s earnest and consistent call in the last nine years or so for every KDM to Misompuru Tokou Wagu (let us be united again).

“Upko Youth is all for unity. Let us be united or misompuru, this is the party’s battle cry and we have been fighting for this all the while and we welcome moves that will bring our people closer together, he said in a statement Monday.

“However, being united could take many forms and yes, let us be united but the first to be dissolved should be parties that are only pretending to be KDM parties.

“Upko is one that will plan, work, live and progress first and foremost for the rumpun Pasokmomogun and this party will outlive us all, added Bingkasan.

He was commenting on a statement by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Supreme Council member Johnny Mositun who on Sunday called on Barisan Nasional (BN) parties which claimed to represent the interest of the KDMs to dissolve and unite under PBS.

Bingkasan said: “I am not sure but if my friend Johnny thinks that PBS is a KDM party, maybe he should reflect again about his party’s true identity. I am sure people like YB Dr Yee Moh Chai, their Youth Chief Almuddin Kaida or Wanita Chief Datin Jamilah Sulaiman could easily help him on this matter.”

He also begged to differ with Mositun’s call for KDM leaders to emulate the move by Parti Angkatan Keadilan Rakyat (Akar) which dissolved after 10 years of existence within the BN coalition to pave the way for its leaders and members to join other components to strengthen Sabah BN.

Bingkasan said Akar was perceived as a KDM party when the late Datuk Mark Koding was the president but later it changed and was perceived more as a multiracial party after Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia took over.

“I was there when Tan Sri Pandikar spoke about his party being dissolved so that the members could go back home to communal parties like Umno and Upko. The then Akar Deputy President Datuk George Sangkin and its Secretary General Raymond Boin Tombung, to name a few, chose Upko.

“So, maybe this is more appropriate, namely for multiracial PBS to dissolve and strengthen communal parties like Umno, MCA, MIC and Upko, after all, our BN is a true multiracial party, he said. DAILY EXPRESS

Monday, 6 July 2009

DAMAGE CONTROL


AGAIN, am posting this here for file purposes. Also because, am a politician (I think) and thus, I have to be 360degree in my input and output.

ANWAR MOVES TO END PR BICKERING

Today’s press conference once again demonstrated how Anwar has again been put to the test as the mediator and the Parliamentary opposition leader again proved to be the sole anchor binding the alliance together.

How long Anwar can play that role is becoming more uncertain.

The PKR leader is facing his second sodomy trial this week and could face jail time again if the charges stick. MORE

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

30 PERCENT GONE

AGAIN, I do not really understand this procedure or requirement. But, I believe the latest move is good. Some said, it is a very bold political move. As usual, I will be happy if such move can benefit people on the street. After all, is not that the government objective?

NO MORE 30% BUMIPUTRA REQUIREMENT

KUALA LUMPUR: 30 June 2009 - The 30% bumiputra quota requirement for companies seeking to list on the Bursa Malaysia has been done away with under an overhaul of the Government’s economic policies.

In his most important announcement since taking office on April 3, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there was a need for a new economic model.

He said the Foreign Investment Committee (FIC) would effectively “no longer exist” as it had failed to achieve its objectives.

Saying that the emphasis now was on participation instead of equity, Najib also announced the setting up of Ekutinas (Ekuiti Nasional Bhd), a private equity fund to make strategic investments for bumiputras, especially in companies with high-growth potential.

The other announcements, which are to take effect immediately, were:

  • All property transactions, except for those involving a dilution of government or bumiputra interests for property valued at RM20mil and above, would no longer require FIC approval;
  • All Malaysian companies seeking listing would have to offer 50% of their public offering to bumiputra investors, which would work out to 12.5% of the total stake;
  • A 100% ownership would be allowed for qualified and leading fund management companies to set up operations in Malaysia;
  • Foreign equity in existing stockbroking companies would be increased to 70% from 49%;
  • All transactions on mergers and takeovers by local or foreign companies will no longer need FIC approval; and
  • All listed companies need not maintain 30% bumiputra equity as required previously. THE STAR