Tuesday, 29 September 2009


THIS is self explanatory. And am very delighted because such view, which is typical of non-Malays, actually came from the blood of our founding fathers. There is hope...


I think the main reason why we still can’t achieve total unity is because of this ‘Malay rights’ concept. I’d rather ‘Malay rights’ be replaced by human rights. So unless we get rid of this Bumiputra status, or reform our views and policies on rights, we will never achieve unity.

For my merdeka wish, I’d like for Malaysians to have more voice, to be respected and heard. I wish that the government would uphold the true essence of parliamentary democracy. I wish for the people to no longer fear and discriminate against each other, to see that we are one and the same.

I wish that Malaysia would truly live up to the tourism spin of Malaysia truly Asia. Malaysians to lead – whatever their ethnic background. Only ONE NATIONALITY -MALAYSIAN. No Malays, No Chinese, No Indians – ONLY MALAYSIANS. Choose whatever religion one is comfortable with.






ISA Samad. Muhammad Muhammad Taib. Chua Soi Lek. Kasitah Gadam. Japlin Akim. Joseph Pairin Kitingan. A few more. Similar but not the same. Politics at its best. Politics being the art of the impossible. Eventually, the people's power is what counts. You get what you vote. While some may say, the majority do not necessarily mean its right, vice versa. And as they are so fond of saying: I leave my fate with the people. It is up to the rakyat. Really?


PORT DICKSON, Sept 29 – Umno’s central leadership bowed to pressure from the Negeri Sembilan party grassroots and picked Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Bagan Pinang by-election.

The by-election is expected to end Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) winning streak in all by-elections in the peninsula since the last general election.

The announcement was made at the BN main operation centre near here and was attended by some 10,000 party loyalists.

BN election director Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin described Isa, who was the Negri Sembilan mentri besar for 22 years until 2004, as a grassroots leader who has worked hard for the party.

“This by-election is about the people, people first,” said Muhyiddin citing the 1 Malaysia campaign slogan to loud cheers from the crowd.

“Whoever the people want, we will grant the people their wish,” he added.

In his acceptance speech, Isa said he felt rejuvenated by the announcement.

“God willing, with the support of Negri Sembilan mentri besar and other component party leaders, we will retain the seat,” said Isa as he struggled to hold back his tears.

Isa’s selection today marks his second attempt at making a comeback after failing to defend the Umno vice-president post during the party election last April.

His candidacy was also opposed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who had advised the Umno leadership to consider the long-term consequences of fielding Isa as he was found guilty of money politics by the Umno disciplinary board in 2005.

Earlier this month, the Teluk Kemang Umno division had insisted on proposing only the name of its chief – Isa – to the supreme council to be considered as the candidate, but Muhyiddin requested that the division submit more than one name.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin told reporters that the division had indeed submitted more than one name, resulting in a minor revolt in the Teluk Kemang division when banners threatening to boycott the by-election was put up across the state constituency this morning.

The Bagan Pinang by-election was made necessary following the death of BN’s Azman Mohammad Noor on Sept 4.

It is situated within the Teluk Kemang parliamentary constituency represented by PKR’s Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

Apart from Bagan Pinang, Umno also won the neighbouring Linggi state seat in last year’s election, while PR controls three other state seats in Teluk Kemang — Chuah (PKR), Lukut (DAP) and Port Dickson (PKR).

In March last year, Azman defeated Ramli Ismail of PAS, by some 2,000 votes.

BN is currently ruling the state with a simple majority after winning only 21 out of the 36 state constituencies. Malysian Insider

Monday, 28 September 2009


JUST a brief note to say
Am still alive
After the Hongkong trip
After the Labuan trip
Still enjoying remaining one week holiday
Planning. Stategising. Working
Who knows what the tides will bring

Thursday, 24 September 2009


MARCH 8, 2008. Now. It has been about 18months. And the Anwar-led PR has lots of rooms to cover, so said, Zaid. My two cents: Yes and No.


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, the man charged with formalising the fledgling three-party Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance before the next general election, has laid bare the issues holding them back.

PR has been wracked with controversies, differences and disputes especially in Selangor, Penang and Kedah, which are led by chief ministers from each party, despite the pronounced rise in votes in last year's general election.

The former de facto law minister, who quit the Cabinet last year, noted the public's increasing scrutiny of the opposition bloc's ability to live up to its many promises made in its manifesto, in light of its first national convention due to be held at the end of the year.

“They seem to want to know realistically, the extent that PAS, DAP and KeADILan can find common ground in sensitive and divergent issues,” he wrote in Bahasa Malaysia on his website yesterday.

“The rakyat want to know how far Pakatan Rakyat is willing to implement their promises in their manifesto,” he added.

Zaid admitted that it would be an uphill climb.

A recent poll of likely voters also showed the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) still holding a slight edge over PR.

In the poll, two of the top key concerns voters have about PR is its constant bickering and the fact that it is perceived as having no viable candidate to be prime minister.

The ex-Umno man did not hold back in his criticism.

While he ticked off his own party and the DAP for their hesitation in pushing forward key policies, Zaid seemed especially critical of PAS.

He noted several instances where the Islamist party had repeatedly thrown a wrench in PR's works.

“What is the point of PAS promising in its manifesto to become a transparent government, that wants to abolish the Official Secrets Act (OSA), that wants to draft new laws [like the] Freedom of Information Act, if the early genuine efforts of Selcat in Selangor have already been opposed and challenged by PAS,” Zaid demanded.

He noted that state party commissioner Datuk Hassan Ali had objected loudly when the body was first moved to be headed by the Selangor assembly speaker, who coincidentally happened to be an ethic Chinese from DAP.

On a roll, Zaid pointed out several other occasions when PAS's promises collided with real-life situations, such as the PAS Youth's vehement protests against public concerts and support for “moral policing”.

“It is as if for PAS Youth, the effort to fight corruption, oppression, abuse of power and inciting racism is less important compared to the efforts to make sure the young who are just learning to love and wish to be entertained freely are obstructed from enjoying a little freedom,” he wrote.

He noted that the biggest rock in PR's way in becoming a formidable force against the government bloc is its continued hesitation to set in stone its beliefs.

“That's the difference between promises and implementation,” Zaid wrote.

“Promises are easy to say but implementing it requires a strong political will and stand. This is the real challenge for parties in Pakatan,” he stressed.

And with the ninth by-election coming up in Bagan Pinang, an Umno stronghold, PR's prospects in surviving till the next elections will once again be subject to the microscope. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER


20 - 23 September 2009
Nelly, Allysha and yours truly
Set foot in Hongkong
A refreshing holiday
Wish could have more days
There, here, anyway
No work. No nothing
See Goofy, Chipmunk, others
Holidays. We all need a break

Allysha and that Disney icon
Mother and son
(jumped the queue aka cheating)
Taking a picture with Chipmunk
the Bingkasans way
(Chipmunks = bosing = good to eat!!)

Thursday, 17 September 2009


THE Prime Minister (and actually many other people) had been saying this. Hopefully, such recognition will translate into progress and betterment of the people. There is hope...

NAJIB: Sabah, Sarawak living 1Malaysia concept

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Sept 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described the spirit of unity and harmony among the people of Sabah and Sarawak as a vibrant example of 1Malaysia.

He said that there were many examples in both states of how Malaysians of different racial, religious and ethnic roots “can come together around the many
things that unite us, instead of allowing the few things that divide us to drive us apart”.

“The story of Sabah and Sarawak is the story of 1Malaysia, and has informed and inspired my commitment to this concept.

“They are a testament to the fact that our differences unite this country,” Najib said in his personal statement in conjunction with Malaysia Day yesterday
to commemorate the formation of Malaysia in 1963 by Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya. MORE

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


THE Land of the Rising Sun saw another history recently when the Democratic Party of Japan upset the ruling party. We have seen it in Britian. We have seen it in the Philippines. Now Japan. Malaysia? To me personally, change is subjective. We are changing every moment. Change for the better - this is a must.

Japan's parliament has elected Yukio Hatoyama prime minister, handing power to an untested government that faces tough economic and social challenges.

His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month, ending more than 50 years of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party.

Mr Hatoyama said he was excited by the prospect of changing history. "The battle starts now," he said. MORE

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


MERDEKA. MERDEKA. MERDEKA. So what? As I mentioned last year and the year before, we cannot even stick to facts and figures, thus, what Merdeka are we talking about? Is it Merdeka or Malaysia Day? Sabah was Merdeka on its own for 16 days beginning 31 August 1963. Then, on Sept 16 that year, she helped formed Malaysia. But, we can debate till the cows come home and there will still be no end to it. Perhaps, my friend KJ John expressed it better in this rather lengthy article. And yes, I am proud to be Anak Bangsa Malaysia. (READ THIS TOO)



Tunku Abidin Muhriz made an interesting point in his column in The Sun (dated 11th September) about Indonesia having "fought for her independence and Malaya having earned it without a fight."

That makes the Indonesians able to "fight for their rights" including their reformasi movement to overthrow Pak Suharto.

Malaysians still negotiate using tai chi or silat where the movements are more show than reality; the underlying reality is more true and real but this can only be discovered by an astute cultural observer.

In Kelantan, they call this "wayang kulit" whereas in the screenplay reality is never the same as back-screen reality. The real 'truth' is always hidden from the common and public eye.
'Merdeka' was our Father of Independence's cry to the British on 31st August 1957.

But, was 'Merdeka' ever the cry of our Sabahans and Sarawakians?

Yes, they probably wanted their own 'Merdeka', but would never have thought that almost 46 years after their 'Merdeka' they are forced to accept the Merdeka of 1957, when they were still a British colony!

They, too, voted for independence in 1965 and together with the three other states of Singapore, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaya, agreed to form what is now known as Malaysia.

'East Malaysians' an upsetting term

It was never that Peninsular Malaya somehow morphed into Malaysia based on the Malay identity, culture, tradition and faith.

In fact, for the Malaysians of Sabah and Sarawak (they are not even 'East Malaysians' as this term upsets them).

Peninsular is only simply referred to as 'Semenanjong'.

It was called Malaya, with a people called Malays, but it was a totally different culture, people group or ethnicity and tradition, with a Muslim majority.
Therefore, 'Merdeka' for Malaysia is actually on the 16th September 2009.

I have decided to declare this day to my family as our real Malaysian Merdeka Day and I will from now onwards only fly the Jalur Gemilang on that single day.

There is still really nothing much to celebrate about this 'Merdeka' as our brothers and sisters from Sabah and Sarawak are still not treated with dignity and integrity yet.

Why is it so difficult for all of us to accept this 'truth in history'?

History never lies to anyone but the ignorant.

Those interested in finding the real truth will be willing to travel up to China looking for it!

The simple and known truth is that our Bapa Merdeka's version is only a Malayan Merdeka.

It will and can never ever become a Malaysian Merdeka day because our other brothers and sisters were not at the same celebration party!

Why, then, do we seek to exclude them through our ignorance of logic, history, and common civility?

Therefore, some of us have agreed to join others and fast on that day for 'Peace through Freedom' in Malaysia.

Unity not merely a slogan

Yet, most of us are also meeting together as Muslims and Christians to reflect on what values drive Malaysian morality and what responsibilities each community carries in ensuring a united Malaysia.
Unity cannot merely be a slogan.

Mathematical unity is ensconced into the integer '1'.

Therefore, the number on a base of 10 defines the integrity of all mathematics we know today from modern mathematics and science.

The zero also defines all such mathematics and provides the base of all computer science!

One plus one can be 2 but never 11.

And yet, in creative thinking, we teach that one plus one can be eleven.

The Lim Kok Wing University claims that they drive creativity - such arrogance and lack of integrity.

Let us therefore be prudent with pure and refined mathematics which even defines modern musical instruments and make everything else a creative art!

True mathematics is not creative science; it is integrated logic which defines even artistic and modern music!

'Wayang kulit' no longer feasible

Therefore, the Federal Government driven by UMNO must realize that they cannot play "wayang kulit" anymore since Najib has mathematically defined the unity equation through his '1Malaysia' slogan.

It cannot also be '1Malaysia' where the grandson of Onn Jaffar (left) sits down with "uncivil members of our Malaysian family" (please see Marina Mahathir's column on this subject) and take it upon themselves to rewrite "yang tersurat dan tersirat".

There cannot be such doublespeak!

Then when the Indonesians do the same, we cannot accept it!

But it is not the Foreign Minister who protests but the Minister who specializes in misinformation and disinformation more than information.

Both of them need to review their mathematics and understand the '101' logic.
'Merdeka' means only one thing in the Malay language.

It cannot mean 'Merdeka' for Peninsular Malaya and subservience to Sabah and Sarawak at the same time.

That is precisely why Singapore, under Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, was smart enough to leave.

They could not see the elusive Malaysian Merdeka ever taking form on Malaysia Day!

Hope belongs to the people

I have more hope that we can, but it belongs to the people.
Recently, a few months ago, brother Haris Ibrahim (right) started a closed e-mail group called 'Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia' (or SABM for short).

I believe there are about 70-80 of us in this e-group.

The language is English, and a British one at that.

We all agreed to 'breakfast' together on September 16th at our new 'home' in Malaysia.

We consensually agreed not to serve pork or beef out of respect for other religion sensitivities!

Now, my only prayer is that we can all also agree to the 'fast for peace' initiative and break fast with our Muslim brothers and sisters on that auspicious day and really celebrate our real Malaysian Merdeka!

I will even fly the flag for this one day!
I had a meeting with Tan Sri Bernard Dompok last week and we invited him to become the Patron of the Boys Brigade Malaysia.

In the conversation, he joked with us about talking to Sabahans and asking them, "when did you first come to Malaysia?"

To a Sabahan and Sarawakian there cannot be a greater insult than this.

They live in and own two-thirds of what is left of Malaysia and, even if we give a double portion to the oldest son they still own half of Malaysia!

Stop the insults and seek the true meaning

Therefore, we should stop insulting them and seek to establish the one and only real and true meaning of a Malaysian Merdeka on the 16th September, every year.
My honest and simple suggestion to Prime Minister Najib (son of Tun Razak) is to please declare a Malaysia Day holiday in the nation and let us truly celebrate this in a whole new way throughout the country.

The Merdeka of Malaysia celebrations can continue as it is but let us all become the real meaning of 1Malaysia and develop a single common day where we, as one big family, can all equally and commonly celebrate the real Malaysia Day.
Then, we are truly a 1Malaysia with no more slogans.

Further, when "this race-nonsense" is removed from registration forms the foundations of a one united Malaysia is then laid out.
Sir, only you have the audacity to undertake this because of your pedigree.

No one else can.

Not even the grandson of Onn Jaffar because of his keris-waving antics and now, bull-fighting skills!

May God remain our only hope on this 46th Malaysian Merdeka! - Malaysia Kini

Sunday, 13 September 2009


HAD quite a hectic day on Saturday
But MU was playing Spurs
A must watch
Despite the fatigue
Was sleepy. Then Defoe scored at the first minute
What do you expect me to do
Well. I persevered
Giggs. Anderson (finally). And as usual, Rooney
3-1 to United
So what if Scholes got red card
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
What was in your mind :-))

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


TODAY. Sept 8, 2009.
The pre-mature baby is two.
Time flies
This time that day
Was waiting. Nelly in labour
God loves her. And Allyshearha
Thank you all
Happy birthday. And to Mother Mary too

Monday, 7 September 2009


AM Catholic. I have relatives who embraced other creeds. So what? Are we not all human being? With basic rights and what not? We are in a journey, here in this earthly life. That is a fact. And it is also a fact that we can actually live and be happy despite our different faiths. We can. Malaysia Boleh. Then, why the cow head and the what ever what ever....? May be we should just stand up and be counted

Monday, 07 September 2009 19:07

MCCBCHST (Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism) notes with deep concern that the cowhead incident in Shah Alam is not an isolated case. Another recent example of this kind of insensitivity was when the Holy Eucharist was desecrated when certain persons went to a church, took the consecrated bread and spewed it out.

Such irreverent and sacrilegious conduct should not be condoned and allowed to be repeated with impunity. In seating the organisers of the recent demonstration in Shah Alam to his right and left during his press conference, the home affairs minister seemed to have bestowed honour to the perpetrators of a gravely offensive and dangerous event whereby seditious speeches accompanied by the stepping on the severed head of the cow were made. What signals would this send to the people?

Not surprisingly, therefore, the same disrespectful, unruly and unwilling to listen behaviour on the part of some rendered the town hall meeting between the Menteri Besar and Section 23 residents to discuss the issue on September 5 2009 unmanageable and unproductive.
The same rules must apply to all.

MCCBCHST is concerned that wheareas in the August 28 2009 Shah Alam incident the police had stood by while the demonstrators desecrated the cow head and made seditious speeches, the police acted strongly against would-be candlelight vigilers in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka on September 5 2009. Also, Malaysiakini has now been warned by MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) not to make the video showing the terrible acts in the Shah Alam incident available for viewing to their readers. Thinking Malaysians will rightly raise the question: Which comes first- the act or the video which exposes the act? How do we as a country go about resolving our problems? In this case, stopping the video of the act will not unmake the act. We must surely first prevent the act and the video would not have existed.

For the sake and good of all Malaysians and peace and order in Malaysia, consistent, fair, just and rational measures should be applied regardless of religion, ethnicity, culture, gender or political connection.

There must be one rule for all Malaysians.

All who incite ill feelings amongst religious communities, denigrate any religion, desecrate the religious symbols of any religion or threaten to commit violence against others must be promptly deterred and held accountable. They must face charges and given a fair trial in a court of law.

Sacrilegious acts committed by adherents of any one religion upon another religion must never be condoned. We hold to the principle that all human beings and communities have a sacred right of freedom of choice as far as their religious belief and practice is concerned.
We stand with Malaysians of all religious and political persuasions who were outraged by the flagrant disregard for the sensitivities of others shown by the Shah Alam demonstrators.

We welcome the partnership of all Malaysians of goodwill. Together we can weather the mischief and bigotry of those who seek to drive a wedge between us and divide rather than unite the people of this land.

We Malaysians live in a pluralistic society and accordingly we must respect our neighbours and endeavour to learn about their beliefs, customs and sentiments. It is upon such understanding of others and what is dear to them that our nation can be firmly rooted and grow strong and united.

The way to manage our differences is not by creating enclaves whereby Malaysians will be segregated and separated from one another but through understanding and respect. Let us live together next to one another rather than to live apart. Each succeeding generation of Malaysians should grow closer rather than to be pulled apart.

The site chosen in Section 23 of Shah Alam for the Hindu temple to be relocated to complies with local government conditions. It is over 300 meters away from any housing area, six times more than the 50-meter requirement. If the authorities accept the objection to it by certain quarters, the social dynamics of Malaysian life will be affected and the consequence on national integration will be very serious indeed.

We must not subscribe to the view of thinking about Malaysians as majorities and minorities, and majorities versus minorities.

MCCBCHST therefore calls upon all Malaysians of goodwill to be in earnest prayer for the peaceful and just resolution of the issue. Those in authority at the community, religious and governmental level must be firm to unequivocally reject unreasonable, unfair and anti-social behaviour and demand.

Rev. Dr Thomas Philips
MCCBCHST President
Petaling Jaya

Wednesday, 2 September 2009


WOW, this is rare. I actually read two articles, very good writes-up, in a day. So, lot more people are rational than I suspected. Good. Gooder. Goodest. (As I said often in my younger days...hehehe). There is hope. Wong Chin Huat and Marina Mahathir. Can the true Malaysians (aka 1Malaysia, hopefully) please stand up... anybody?


I’m trying to imagine a world where our faith is supposedly secured by having absolutely no temptations or challenges at all.

We can ban every form of alcohol (including medicinal ones), we can cull every single pig in the land, but does that mean we will be able to float about blissfully certain that we now have a place in heaven?

In countries where alcohol is completely prohibited, an underground system invariably springs up and people drink much more, perhaps because it is illicit.

People who are used to ham made from turkey meat and bacon from beef tend to assume, when they travel to other countries, that all the bacon and ham there are also made from the same meats.

Children who have never seen pigs gush over the cuteness of those little pink animals with the funny snouts. MORE


I AGREE to a great extent what the writer Mr Wong Chin Huat of The Nut Graph said here. Quiet now. And read. Behind the walls....
First of all, collective rights require economies of scale. If your community consists of only 50,000 people, you of course can't expect to have an Astro channel catering to just your needs. You may not have even a Wikipedia site in your own language. So, you end up not complaining about not having your People's Own Language (POL) class or being classified as "lain-lain" in census forms. The question is: how big is big enough to be entitled to collective rights in religion, culture and language? This question is important, because the divisive walls are not built by Penan or Orang Laut Malaysians, are they?

Secondly, democratic politics is a numbers game. If we have to divide resources by proportionality, then we need numbers, and we need walls. In fact, we will need to keep on moving our walls outwards to occupy a larger share of the territory, not unlike the Israeli-built wall in Palestine.

The third reason is arguably also reasonable but deeply problematic. We need the numbers from our own ethnic groups or our co-religionists because we are preparing for a showdown with "the others". In this sense, the real problem with the Shah Alam cow-head protest is not about offending religious sensitivities, but the threat of violence employed.

Any mad man or woman may get up to similar antics, but there is no need for society to jump and shout. But by signalling the use of violence to draw the ethno-religious boundary — "we constitute the majority here in this area, we set the rules; you follow or be prepared for bloodshed" — we are at the edge of returning to the barbaric pre-democratic world. We would be chopping heads rather than counting heads. MORE

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


THIS article is self-explanatory... but just my two cents: I was in Turkey early last month and I was told that during fasting month, only the Malaysian Embassy personnel observe the Ramadhan. The others are free to do what they like, the shops, including eateries are open as usual, being patronise just about everybody. And it is almost 100% Muslim. Food for thoughts...


But most strikingly, Malaysia (along with next-door Indonesia) can claim something increasingly rare in the Muslim world: a large non-Muslim population. About four in 10 Malaysians are Buddhist, Christian, Hindu , Sikh or Confucian. (By contrast, Turkey, the poster-child for an Islam at peace with the 21st century, is 99.8% Muslim.) Recognising the power of this statistic in our multicultural age, Tourism Malaysia promotes the country’s allegedly harmonious blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian communities with an odd but nonetheless catchy slogan: Malaysia, Truly Asia.

The reality, of course, is a lot less sunny. Unlike neighbouring Singapore, which shares the same colonial past and ethnic mix — albeit with a Chinese rather than a Malay majority — Malaysia has rejected secularism in favour of a kind of ethnoreligious apartheid that belongs more in a medieval kingdom than in a modern democratic republic.

In Malaysia, Islam is the state religion. Higher education, the bureaucracy and vast swathes of the economy are operated as a kind of spoils system almost exclusively for Malays, whom the state defines as Muslim. Race and religion determine everything from your odds of getting into medical school to the amount you’re expected to put down for an apartment. MORE