Friday, 27 November 2009


BUDDY: Am I glad that you came back in one piece.
MINNIE: Feeling is the same here.
EEBOT: Thanks. Well, actually, it was not as dangerous as it was made out to be. It was a real adventure, no doubt.
BUDDY: Well, what I heard was such that the wave was quite high considering you were on board a small boat. And overloaded as well.
MINNIE: I was puzzled. How come a dam be getting waves? It is a dam isn't it?
EEBOT: I am not sure how big the Sarawak's Batang Ai Dam is. I know it is several times bigger than our Babagon Dam. It was pouring like nobody's business, the wind blowing and the authorities opened the gates. What really hampered us were the overloaded boat, I think.
BUDDY: I heard the boat was half filled with water....
EBOT: No, nothing of that sort. We were going against the current, naturally, we were all wet and since the wind was against us, the boatman decided to go to the nearest shore. To cut the long story short, the 25-minute journey was completed only after an hour later.
BUDDY: I cannot imagine how I would feel or react had you been involved in a worst incident.
MINNIE: Me too...
EEBOT: Hey you two, don't get emotional now. Am alright, what.
BUDDY: This time, the coffee is on me. Only the coffee... :-)

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


I WAS laughing when I read this story. But, then again, I kind of understand the monk feeling. I travel often, twice a week, and I would be lying if I say I never thought about doing such thing myself. Not to worry though, because am not as scared as the monk. Not yet, at least...


NEW DELHI: A Buddhist monk who opened the emergency exit of an airplane just before take off because he wanted some fresh air forced the plane to delay its flight for almost seven hours at Kolkata airport on Monday morning.

As result of his action, the airport authorities evacuated all the passengers onboard and grounded the plane for nearly seven hours until all the safety drills were completed.

The Hindu newspaper reported that the bizarre incident happened on Air India’s flight IC-727 that was heading to Yangon with 135 passengers on board.

The monk from Myanmar, a 45-year-old Waza Thunga, believed to be a second time flier, was feeling claustrophobic inside the plane, which was still on the runway, and decided to open the emergency exit next to his seat after browsing the plane’s safety manual.

"As soon as he pulled the safety clutch, the emergency window opened and the emergency bells rang.

"The occurrence of such a situation is rare but what can you do to prevent such a thing? How can we control it if a passenger sets off an alarm by mistake?" the airline’s spokesman Pulok Mukherjee told the newspaper.

Thursday, 19 November 2009


MINNIE: I think we, Malaysians, or rather 1Malaysia as they say it now, are lucky to be in a country which is relatively peaceful and equipped with the basic infrastructure.
BUDDY: I agree with you to a certain extent. We are in deed better off than our neighbours. But it does not mean we now have what is our due.
MINNIE: Our roads are acceptable, we have schools, universities, hospitals, industrial and agricultural development and the likes. We should be happy.
EEBOT: That is the magic words, Minnie. We should be happy. Are we happy?
BUDDY: You mean, am I happy like Buddy. But what happiness are you referring to, my friend?
EEBOT: Let me answer it this way. We are hungry. Therefore we eat whatever is available at that moment in time, and it is maggie noodle. Our stomach is full. We are happy, right?
MINNIE: Yes, we should be happy because we are not hungry anymore.
BUDDY: Roger that, Minnie.
EEBOT: But what happen if I were to say that while maggie is served, actually, there is also a full set of meal readily available? Should we be happy with just eating instant noodle?
MINNIE: Well, I like noodle soup.
BUDDY: Coffee will complete the meal, whether it's noodle or a full meal.
EEBOT: Should we be stuck with coffee or we should now progress and take expresso or capucino instead?
BUDDY: Stick to coffee -lah
MINNIE: But... but....

Wednesday, 18 November 2009


OIL and gas. Is not this a favourite topic, especially during elections? Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu should get more than the five percent royalty accorded to them by Petronas. This latest statement, from a seasoned politician, may not count for anything, but am sure it will provoke some thinking at least at the kedai kopi... am one who is very hopeful of the slogan 1Malaysia... bla bla bla.


(The Star) - Former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has weighed in on the oil royalty debate, saying that all oil-producing states including Kelantan had a right to oil royalty.

Razaleigh’s view clearly opposed that of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who had insisted on Tuesday that Kelantan had no right to ask for oil royalty as no petroleum was produced in the state’s waters within three nautical miles of the coastal line.

“It is a constitutional right of the people, whether is it found on shore or off shore. I think the agreement that was signed between the states and Petronas assures that the states where oil is found, whether on shore or off shore, will benefit from such a find,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

The Federal Government had labelled the oil payout to Kelantan as a “goodwill payment,” which the Opposition objected to, saying that money was a right and not a goodwill payment.

“There is no such thing as wang ehsan (goodwill payment) because oil is the right of the people and it’s not for the Federal Government to distribute as a largess.

“The Government can distribute such funds from the revenue collected from taxes and that is its prerogative; but when it comes to this, it is the right of the people.

“That’s why I feel inclined to say my piece because I was involved from the beginning and I know the intention of why we had the agreement with the states,” he said.

Razaleigh, who was Finance Minister and Petronas chairman when the Petroleum Development Act 1974 came into force, held a short discussion with Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, PKR strategic director Tian Chua and election director Saifuddin Nasution on the issue at the MPs’ lounge.

Razaleigh said they wanted to form a caucus on the matter and wanted him to lead it, to which he said he would consider it.

”I will be following the development to see if I can contribute, because after all I was involved in the oil business, starting with formation of Petronas and negotiation with the states and the drafting of the laws,” he noted. THE STAR


HATE. I hate it when we promote bad elements. Why can't we concentrate on doing what is good? Is not life precious? So why manipulate things, at the expense of others' happiness, just so that we can have our ways? C'mon man. Whether the lawmakers claim is right or wrong, that's besides the point. Life is too short to be lived in hate.....

SHAH ALAM, Nov 18 — A group of young Pakatan Pakyat (PR) elected representatives urged the Selangor government today to stop allowing students to be sent for what they called “brainwashing propaganda” programmes conducted by Biro Tata Negara (BTN) under the Prime Minister’s Department.

According to the group of seven PR lawmakers, BTN courses — compulsory for local university students and civil servants — taught students to hate and was contrary to its original purpose as well as the Constitution.

Speaking from his own experience as a student made to attend BTN, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said they were taught that PKR members were Jewish agents, that DAP was a Singaporean Party, while PAS was labelled a deviant movement.

“There is no room for debate, and there were Chinese students in attendance during one of the programmes and I can only imagine the fear they would have felt,” said the Seri Setia assemblyman.

Teratai lawmaker Jenice Lee questioned why BTN programmes are being held in secrecy and called for the “brainwashing” to stop.

“If they have nothing to hide they should open up the programmes so the public can see for themselves.”

PKR’s Amirudin Shari said they were aware that BTN courses taught those who attended that PR were enemies of the state or foreign agents.

“From the feedback we received from those who attended BTN, a big part of the programme has nothing to do with nation building or education but is an Umno and BN race-based programme,” said the Batu Caves lawmaker.

“Participants are indoctrinated with propaganda about ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ and outside threats. There is no room to challenge what’s being said.”

He said they will urge the state government to stop sending students from Selangor-owned institutions of higher learning, including Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel), Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor and Inpens Selangor, from attending BTN. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Monday, 9 November 2009




IT IS not the critic who counts,

not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,

or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;

whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly;

who errs and comes short again and again;

who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,

and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly;

so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

YAB, we are with you in the arena.

(THIS is a poem, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, the American President from

1901-1909, that was quoted by my boss, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, to conclude his

welcoming speech at the Upko National Convention 2009 which was officiated

by Prime Minister, Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang, on Sunday, 8 November 2009.

The more than 4,000 people received the poem, and the speech as a whole

very very well. Am sure, Upko will continue to sing this line for a long

time to come.... I pray, in the arena)

Thursday, 5 November 2009


EEBOT: Waiting is very tiring.
BUDDY: I agree. I very agree.
MINNIE: For once I agree with you, Buddy.
BUDDY: Well, actually you have been very supportive dear Minnie.
It is not as if I did not noticed your goodness. And I appreciate it, you know.
MINNIE: Hey, what are you up to? You want an extra coffee?
EEBOT: Waiting is very tiring. But ....
BUDDY: Wait, wait, wait.....

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


I THOUGHT we Malaysians, or rather 1Malaysians, had matured beyond doing silly things like what the CFM was referring to here. I remember a saying, if one cannot be trusted in small things, what more on bigger thing.... or something like that. Then I remember another saying, this is akin to the pain of growing up. Yes. And No. We should do only what is right. This does not mean we are always right. But at least we try....



Address: 10, Jalan 11/9 Sec. 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Telephone: (03) 7957 1278, (03) 7957 1463, Fax: (03) 7957 1457


CFM media statement on 15,000 Bahasa Malaysia Bibles held by authorities


The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) calls for the immediate release of the 15,000 Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia currently being withheld by the authorities.

To withhold the use of the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles is an infringement of Article 11 of the Federal Constitution which gives every Malaysian the right to profess his/ her faith as well as to practice it.

This constitutional right is rendered illusory if Christians in Malaysia are denied access to Bibles in a language with which they are familiar.

This action of withholding the Bahasa Malaysia Bibles deprives Christians in Sabah, Sarawak , and in Semenanjung, a large majority of whom use Bahasa Malaysia, the right to use the Holy Scriptures in Bahasa Malaysia, to practice and profess their faith and, to nourish themselves spiritually.

It is baseless to withhold the Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia on the ground that they are “prejudicial to public order”. Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia have been used since before the independence of our country and has never been the cause of any public disorder.

Since the 1970s and in consonance with the government’s policies in education and the national language, Christians in Malaysia have received their education in Bahasa Malaysia. To deny the same Christians in Malaysia the right to read and study the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia is thus ridiculous and offensive. In fact, it is this action by the authorities themselves which is an affront to good public order.

We call on the relevant government officials who have neither the authority nor the right to act in this unconscionable manner to explain their action to the church leaders and to the public.

Church leaders and the Executive Committee of the CFM in “An Affirmation to the Churches in Malaysia” (6-8 Sept 1989, the Kuching consultation) and then later in “A Declaration to Churches in Malaysia” (30 January 2008) have stood on their commitment to Bahasa Malaysia as our national language and have used and continue to use Bahasa Malaysia in the life and witness of our Churches and Christian organizations.

The government and CFM have exchanged letters on this matter previously and we have a written agreement in December 2005 that Bahasa Malaysia Bibles can be distributed so long as the symbol of the cross and the words “A Christian publication” are printed on the front page.

We call on the government to walk the talk of its 1Malaysia policy and vision and not to curtail or impose conditions on the freedom of citizens to worship, pray and read the Holy Scriptures in Bahasa Malaysia. How can the first pillar of the Rukunegara i.e. Belief In God, be made a living reality in the lives of Malaysians if the government imposes restrictions and conditions on the constitutional and fundamental right of citizens to freedom of religion?

We ask that the relevant authorities resolve this matter promptly and release these Bibles for the use of Christians without any further delay or excuse.



Bishop Ng Moon Hing,

Chairman and the Executive Committee,

The Christian Federation of Malaysia


I COULD already hear what my friends will point out to me in the context of this posting. But that will make oil and gas talks more interesting. Such goodwill payment or royalty or whatever is due, had hogged the political scene as long as I could remember. Well, in this case, Kelantan will get something. That perhaps is the beginning to better things to come....


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — The Barisan Nasional federal government will pay Kelantan “goodwill payment” for oil extracted in its waters but PAS lawmakers are disputing it, saying it is akin to receiving alms instead of rightful oil royalty.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak told Parliament that Kelantan has no right to claim for royalties from national oil company Petronas since oil was extracted beyond the state’s waters, similar to the situation in Terengganu

“We have decided to give goodwill payment to Kelantan. This decision is made considering the need to develop Kelantan in line with the federal development programme,” he told the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the state will be receiving the allocation beginning next year.

But Najib’s statement immediately sparked an uproar, with Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub saying the Kelantanese are not expecting goodwill payment but what is rightfully theirs.

“So all this while, Terengganu have been receiving goodwill payment and not royalties? Under Section 144 of the National Petroleum Act, Terengganu is receiving royalty and not courtesy payment, so how is this possible?” blasted Salahuddin.

“We are not beggars. We are demanding for what is ours,” the PAS vice-president said.

Najib, visibly annoyed by Salahuddin’s attack gave a smirk and merely replied, “You’re trying to politicise the issue. Tak habis-habis dengan politik (never-ending politics).”

However, the prime minister’s statement contradicts the Statistics Department’s State/District Data Bank which lists Kelantan as one of the four oil and gas producing states. The other three are Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.

The federal government has argued that oil and gas extraction activities are located about 150km off Kelantan’s shores and is jointly developed with Thailand, and thus beyond the legal limit of state/national boundaries. Also, the territory is being disputed by Thailand and Malaysia.

At a press conference later, Salahuddin said Najib was deliberately trying to mislead the House with his reply that Kelantan does not have rights to claim for oil royalty.

“Under the Act, it is clearly stated that oil producing states must receive 50 per cent of the revenues and it was clear that Najib lied when he said that Terengganu is receiving goodwill payment and not royalties,” he said.

He added that he will refer the prime minister to the privileges committee for misleading the House.

Meanwhile, Najib told reporters later that the goodwill payment will benefit the Kelantan government.

He also promised that talks about the payment, with the amount dependent on oil production and calculated according to the mechanism used in other oil producing states, will be done with transparency.

Kelantan, ruled by PAS since 1990, began seeking the oil royalty recently although the Cakerawala gas field began production in January 2005.

The entire 7,250-sq-km area in the Gulf of Thailand, in the oil-rich South China Sea, is called the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA).

The JDA was created as an interim measure to exploit the natural resources in the seabed or continental shelf claimed by the two countries, with the proceeds shared equally.

The arrangement does not extinguish the legal right to claims by both countries over the area. This is one of the first applications of the joint development principle in territorial disputes in the world.

The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on February 21, 1979 in Chiang Mai for joint development and later on May 30, 1990 in Kuala Lumpur to constitute the joint development authority.

As of the end of 2007, approximately 8.5 trillion standard cubic feet of gas reserves (proved and probable) from twenty two fields in the area have been discovered. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER