Sunday, July 27, 2008
It’s a work of crafted precision in environment where they don’t even have a ruler to ensure a straight line, yet there are still 800 surviving orang asli (aborigines) in Taman Negara.
All they do is hunt for food to live – nomadic life.
I visited a family of orang asli yesterday and had quite interesting insights about their lives in the jungle.
They speak their own language to communicate with each other, and their own “code Morse” when hunting.
The best technolpgy they have – to ensure their survival – is a hunting devise called sumpit or blowpipe.
A sumpit is only used to hunt for food – animals that live on trees. To hunt ground animals like wild boar, they use spears.
The actual functional sumpit is actually the inside the casing what I thought was THE sumpit before. It is a smaller straight tube made of a rare bamboo which is not easy to find. Two pieces of this rare bamboo is then straighten slowly with heat and connected to each other using some leaves and damar (one of the most important natural materials in traditional devises, even boat making for having rubber-like properties) . The outer layer (slightly bigger bamboo) is just a casing, which protects the hunting equipment to keep it safe and accurate at all time especially while walking in the jungle.
A sumpit can shoot as far as 70 meter!
The “blow head” is made of damar so that 100% of the air from the mouth can be channeled into the sumpit for strong thrust to push the darts.
A ring is carved on the casing for each animal killed using the sumpit.
An orang asli man who want to get married need to know how to hunt. The Tok Batin gives a hunting assignment for a period of time (a couple of hours).
If the man comes back empty handed, he is not then qualified to get married.
I also watched a demonstration how they “made” fire from a cool “fire starter” made of rattan and a piece of wood. It’s a mazing to watch them to get a flame within minutes in an environment where there is no matchsticks or Zippos.
Their life is so simple. A squirrel a day I enough for the whole family to eat. They don’t need a Kompressor or a Beemer.
Technology is applied to quest for food to survive, to multiply and to continue their generations. Unlike us, the “civilized” tribes use the best technology to kill each other.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Of course the state can afford it. Last term IJ spent a whopping RM5B apparently! - On many many billboards with faces of politicians, Monsoon Cup, Crystal mosques and other unneccessary oversized mosques bla bla bla and the cows come home in their E Class Kompressors.
What I am more interested to know from the State Government of Terengganu - what are they going to do with the oil royalty:
How many schools (when I say school, I mean education with competent teachers etc, not just a physical structure) are they going to built?
How are they going to improve the level of English language among the student in the state which has been very low?
How they are going to (PLEASE!) stop building more mosques and enrich the functions of existing ones?
How are they going to develop tourism infrastructure without damaging the environment?
How are they going to implement alternative / sustainable energy supply?
How are they going to preserve the rich culture and heritage – which is in dire needs?
How are they going to upgrade the infrastructure to promote more development especially in rural areas?
How are they going to resolve the issue of natural gas supply to avoid billions of FDIs to be diverted to the more competitive Middle East (Ample gas supply, loads of funds and tax free!)?
How are they going to erradicate poverty in the rural areas?
How are they going to improve the lives of fishermen and their families during monsoon months?
How are they going to unite the Malays – the extreme supporters of PAS and UMNO with embedded hatred among each other for a long time.?
How are they going to eradicate hundreds of Mat Rempits wasting time every single Friday night loitering in Pantai Batu Buruk?
How are they going to eradicate corruption at ALL levels?
How to spend the 5 billion oil royalty wisely because its belong to the rakyat, not their grandfathers’. (Bukang pitih Tok mung!)
SHALLOW and without doubt - NOT quite REFINED. (personally quoted from an ex senior minister of Malaysia cabinet)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Bu left us.
Exactly 1 year ago after suffering for a decade from stroke.
He rests peacefully in heaven - smiling at:
The last General Election result
My ♥@ 1st sight
passions I inherited from him.
May Allah bless his soul.
Monday, July 21, 2008
63 years ago, a boy was born into this world, in Parit, the heartland of Perak.
I only had the opportunity to meet him about 50 years later when he joined RB, and we became close ever since. He is like a father to me - my Bu numero 2.
I left RB briefly to try my luck doing my own little business with a friend. It went OK, but not good enough.
We met again at DZ’s wedding at Istana. He offered me to return to RB. After several phone calls from his secretary (who is my secretary now), I accepted to meet him. It was a long meeting and most of the time he talked about other things but work. The conversation evolved around mostly about bicycles and cycling, really.
I was reluctant to make a comeback, but since he agreed with my terms – I gladly accepted it.
He introduced me to cycling. Because of him, cycling become my passion. We rode Kiara together and it is still my favorite cycling ground. He also introduced me to century rides when a bunch of us rode from Semenyeh to Kuala Kelawang and back to Semenyih and his wife DN provided us with support car and nasi lemak picnic by the river, Sungai Konkoi. It was a tough ride but a lot of fun, nevertheless. He was very much responsible in helping me developing my cycling passion - with that I was equipped to tour France on my bike (self support) twice!
In the office, he was my boss. The best boss ever. Always supportive, always ready to give me guidance when I needed one.
We used to travel for work together quite a lot. We spent a lot of time in the plane and the car. We seldom talk about work. We normally talk about life and he is a man with endless stocks of dirty jokes.
I remember once he asked me point blank:
M, have you tried marijuana?
(Eh, orang tua ni!) I was caught off guard. When I hesitated to answer, of course he could tell whether I have or not. I have no choice but to say, reluctantly:
To my surprise, he later on explained to me...
You know M, when you smoke marijuana and listen to the music, you can actually dissect the tune as you wish. If you want to listen only to the violin in an orchestra, you will be able to just listen to the violin only.
It is so true.... (haha!)
There were critical moments I shared with his family - was when he was hospitalized and had to undergo a bypass surgery. I was there with the whole family waiting for the procedure until it was completed. I was so worried. At one point we almost lost him as he experience palpitations during the surgery. He was lucky as the doctor was experienced. We were so happy he went trough the procedure successfully.
Being stubborn old man, he still eat mutton especially when DN is not around.
I still make a point to call him and meet him once in a while, in Kuantan or KL. I had lunch with him last week. We had delicious ikan Kerai goreng. After the lunch, he want me to tell him in advance before I go to Kuantan next.
I want to cook you nice juicy steak!
Yet, he is one of the most simple, humble and down to earth human being I have ever met and I am glad he is still my mentor, until today.
Today, DS is happily retired. He spend most of his time at his beach house in Kuantan, cycles and walk every morning, practices the guitar (classical and electric), keyboard, drums and cello. He cooks and also a passionate photographer.
Happy Birthday DS.
May the blessing of Allah be with you, dunia & akhirat.
After shower last night I found out my right shoulder was (sun) burnt. Only the right shoulder.
Weird! (I thought)
I wasn’t at the swimming pool, the beach is out of question.
Ahhhh, now I remember…
I drove the Fiat over the weekend to have fish-noodle lunch with KW in Taman Desa. I had my sleeveless on (and shorts, and a pair of white havaianas, and shades, and baseball cap).
I leaned against the door with window opened with my right shoulder stuck out, exposed to the sun.
On the way back, a gentlemen in a Toyota Camry followed my car closely for a few minutes. Then he overtook, honked and gave a thumb-up.
I responded with a smile.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I don’t know why.
Is it the time of the month?
I read an article before - men do experience their own hormonal cycle, every month. They just don’t bleed.
I am in Kuantan. I had 2 good appointments which charted the way forward to my project.
I had great lunch too! With DS, we had ikan kerai goreng. Delicious!
But when I arrived at the hotel, things seemed to be against me.
The bellboy picked the luggage from the boot of my car but refused to take my lap top bag.
Encik, laptop kena bawak sendiri.
Takut nanti rosak
Kalau takut rosak bawak lah elok elok! (while hanging the lap top myself to the luggage cart). Tak ada lagi hotel yang I pergi selama ni yang tak nak bawak lap top.
(Is that cerewet?)
When I checked in, the receptionist was also having her time of the month, I think. She raised her voice and just plain rude. She even had the gut to say “you watch out!” to me and slammed the drawer.
I only asked when can they inform me the availability of 1 day internet connection card, for God’s sake! (Can you imagine they only have the 1 hour and the 4 day card, nothing in between!)
She said she can only tell me tomorrow.
(Hello!!! I am checking out tomorrow!)
The manager came out and apologized.
He said: Encik M dah lama tak datang ya. How’s your brother? He was my boss before. I will try to give you the 1 day internet card.
He delivered to me 15 minutes later.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
ANWAR - 1
I am NOT Anwar supporter but I think he answered the questions very well, focused and poised. On the other hand, Shabery was shallow with repeated personal attacks. It really shows the quality of ministers we have in the cabinet.
Cakap macam bersembang kosong kat kedai kopi.
Background music: Cyndi Lauper - True Colors.
Hah, for those menteris who have been making a lot of noise through government controlled media, have balls and debate openly, KALAU BERANI.
I wonder what would be the Prime Minister's comment on this debate. Was he even awake?
At this moment, it is quite embarrassing to admit the fact that I am from Terenganu.
By the way, you need brain to debate. Not just balls! Or else you will be sodomized kow kow on national TV.
Emotional me says: BODOH!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Grange: Magnetite project on track
|By Kamarul Yunus|
NST Biz News
GRANGE Resources Ltd, a listed Australian mining company, expects to start production of 100,000 tonnes per year of magnetite concentrate in Bukit Ibam, Pahang, by the end of this year.
All statutory approvals for the mining project are in place and work has commenced on the procurement and construction, it said in a recent statement to the Australian Stock Exchange.
Following successful resource drilling, metallurgical test work and viability studies, Grange Resources has announced a joint venture approval to develop the Bukit Ibam magnetite mine in Malaysia.
Grange Resources said the concentrate will be sold on the spot market and shipped out of Kuantan Port.
The Bukit Ibam project is located at the former Bukit Ibam iron ore mine in Pahang.
The mine started operations in 1962, producing about 22 million tonnes of haematite and magnetic ore before closing in 1970.
Grange Minerals Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiary of Grange Resources holds 51 per cent project equity in the joint venture with a privately-owned Malaysian mining company, Esperance Mining Sdn Bhd.
The company expects to fork out A$1 million (RM3.13 million) as capital expenditure for the project.
Grange Resources managing director Russel Clark said this development in Bukit Ibam makes Grange Resources an operator and a producer in Malaysia.
"The payback on capital is rapid and we look forward to capitalising on the current high iron ore prices to generate quick positive cashflow.
"The opportunity to expand in the near future is very real and we will be looking very hard at this with our joint venture partners," he said.
Clark added that Bukit Ibam is a key part of the Grange Resources' strategy to generate funds and develop an increasing mining and exploration presence in Malaysia.
"As part of the much larger Southdown project, Grange Resources proposes to construct and operate an iron ore pellet plant at Kemaman, Terengganu.
"An operational presence at Bukit Ibam and in Kuantan will provide some synergies and help facilitate early development work at Kemaman," he said.
Monday, July 14, 2008
One of my good friends' (who is NOT in Malaysia) Face Book update was rather deep this morning. Naturally, being keypoh, I shot a short message to him "You are too deep and it's only Monday!" and we ended up exchanging a few messages about life.
I got a bit soppy and this was my friend's (who is ALWAYS busy but bloody articulate!) response, which I think, worths posting into this 'lil blog-oh-mine.
ahh.. ur nesting instinct kicking in! all of us soppy la and dream of finding love. believe me, the most ordinary man yearns of it. we dream of being immersed in this all consuming state where our actions cannot be justified by logic and leaves us in a soppy (but smiling) mess!
the human race is basically an animal that became too advanced for it's own good as it is self destructive as a species. I honestly dont have much hope for mankind. but if there's anything good to be salvaged from our existence, or any reason/purpose for our being here (despite ruining mother earth) i say it's music, and LOVE.
there, u helped me answer my question this morning.
(u must be thinking that i'm so free. i'm waiting for my xxxx list to start but i think they late)
He sounded breathless, his tone was urgent.
I just spoke to him early this morning while driving to work (my most creative time of the day) to remind him to cover the new upholstery to avoid contacts with workshop greasy pants.
-jazzy tune from my hand phone broke the jazzy tune in the cabin of my car, suddenly-
What's up David
I am in Segambut now and this guy is selling the original Fiat 600D rims and caps. I am looking at the caps now, original and shining. Do you want it? They have more than 20 pieces.
Of course I want it! But, I don't need 20 lah wey! I only need 4!
Are you sure? I am salivating right now looking at all these parts!
Yeah, yeah! Please look for other parts that I need and I trust your judgment.
OK Sir! I can't wait to get my own Fiat 600D arriving from Kangar. Once it's completed, we can drive together.
That would be cool! I would buy you a beer! By the way where did they get all the parts?
They got it from a kereta potong place.
They potong Fiat 600D?
Yeah! It's crazy!
(I could not believe my ears) I asked David 4 times after that - They cut Fiat 600D???????
My heart sunk.....
Sunday, July 13, 2008
For those of you who are interested to know a bit of historical background of our beloved country, do make a point to read this and understand the content. Then we all can appreciate each other, even more....
1. Before there was Malaya and Malaysia the peninsular was known as Tanah Melayu, or Malay Land.
2. Saying this alone would result in accusations of being racist.
3. But I need to go back in history if I am going to be able to explain about Malaysia's social contract.
5. Initially the peoples living in the States were divided into indigenous Malays and aborigines who were subjects of the Malay rulers and foreign guests who were not subjects of the rulers. There were no citizenship or documents about citizenship status as in most countries.
6. The foreign guests prospered in the British ruled Malay States and in the British colonies of Penang, Malacca and Singapore. The Malay subjects of the Rulers and the Rulers themselves did not feel threatened by the numbers of these non-Malays and the disparities between the general wealth and progress of the foreign guests and the subjects of the Rulers. They did not think that the foreigners who had settled in the country would ever demand citizenship rights.
7. When Japan conquered the Malay States and the colonies of the Straits Settlements, the Chinese felt insecure as the Japanese were their historical enemies.
8. Many Chinese formed and joined guerilla forces and disappeared into the jungle. When Japan surrendered the Chinese guerillas came out and seized many police stations in the interior and declared that they were the rulers of the country. They seized many people, Chinese and Malays and executed a number of them.
9. Malay villagers retaliated by killing the Chinese in the rural areas. Tension rose and a Sino-Malay war was only averted because of the arrival of British forces. But the ill feeling and animosity between the two races remained high.
10. It was in this tensed situation that the British proposed the Malayan Union which would give the "guests" the right of citizenship as indistinguishable from that of the Malays.
11. The Malays rejected the Malayan Union and its citizenship proposal. They forced the British to return to the status quo ante in a new Federation of Malaya.
12. Only Chinese who were British subjects in the colonies of the Straits Settlements were eligible to become citizens in this new Federation. Naturally the Malay citizens far outnumbered the Chinese Malayan citizens.
13. Chinese leaders appealed to the British, who then persuaded the UMNO President, Dato Onn Jaafar to propose to open UMNO to all races. This proposal was rejected by the other UMNO leaders and Dato Onn had to resign.
14. The British kept up the pressure for the Malays to be more liberal with citizenship for non-Malays.
15. Tunku Abdul Rahman, the President of UMNO decided on a coalition with MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) and the MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress). In the 1955 elections to the Federal Legislative Assembly, since there were very few constituencies with Chinese or Indian majorities, the MCA and MIC partners had to put up candidates in Malay majority constituencies after UMNO undertook not to contest in these constituencies but to support MCA Chinese and MIC Indian candidates instead.
16. Such was the support of the Malays for the MCA and MIC alliance candidates that they won even against Malay candidates from PAS. The MCA and MIC candidates all won. Only UMNO lost one constituency against PAS.
17. The Tunku as Chief Minister of a self-governing Federation of Malaya then decided to go for independence. The British continued to inisist on citizenship rights for the Chinese and Indians as a condition for giving independence.
18. To overcome British resistance to independence and to gain the support of the Chinese and Indians, the Tunku decided to give one million citizenship to the two communities based purely on residence. One notable new citizen was (Tun) Leong Yew Koh, a former general in the Chinese National Army who was later appointed Governor of Malacca.
19. It was at this stage that the leaders of the three communal parties who had formed the Government of self-governing British Federation of Malaya, discussed and reached agreement on the relationship between the three communities in an independent Federation of Malaya.
20. It was to be a quid pro quo arrangement. In exchange for the one million citizenships the non-Malays must recognise the special position of the Malays as the indigenous people. Certain laws such as the pre-eminence of Islam as the state religion, the preservation of Malay reserve land, the position of the Malay Rulers and Malay customs and the distribution of Government jobs were included in the understanding.
21. On the question of national language it was agreed that Malay would be the national language. English should be the second language. The Chinese and Indians could continue to use their own languages but not in official communication.
22. Chinese and Tamil primary schools can use their languages as teaching media. They can also be used in secondary schools but these have to be private schools.
23. For their part the Chinese and Indian leaders representing their parties and communities demanded that their citizenship should be a right which could not be annulled, that they should retain their language, religion and culture, that as citizens they should have political rights as accorded to all citizens.
24. Much of these agreements and understandings are reflected in the Federal Constitution of Independent Malaya. For everything that is accorded the Malays, there is always a provision for non-Malays. Few ever mention this fact. The only thing that attracts everyone's attention and made a subject of dispute is what is accorded the Malays and other indigenous people.
25. Thus although Malay is to be the National Language, Chinese and Tamil can be used freely and in the Chinese and Tamil schools. In no other country has there been a similar provision. Even the most liberal countries do not have this constitutional guarantee.
26. The national language is to be learnt by everyone so that Malayan citizens can communicate with each other everywhere.
27. It was understood also that the Chinese language referred in the understanding were the Chinese dialects spoken in Malaysia, not the national language of China. Similarly for Malayan Indians the language was Tamil, not Hindi or Urdu or whatever became the national language of India. However, the Chinese educationists later insisted that the Chinese language must be the national language of China i.e. Mandarin.
28. The official religion is Islam but other religions may be practised by their adherents without any restriction. As the official religion, Islam would receive Government support. Nothing was said about support for the other religions. The non-Malays did not press this point and the Federal Constitution does not mention Government support for the other religions. Nevertheless such support have been given.
29. A quota was fixed for the Malayan Civil Service wherein the Malays would get four posts for every one given to Chinese or Indians. However it was recognised that the professional post would be open to all races as it was never thought possible there would be enough Malays to take up these posts.
30. The result was that in the early years of independence there were more non-Malays in Division 1 than Malays.
31. The Agong or the Rulers of the States should determine quotas of scholarships and licences for Malays. But no one should be deprived of whatever permits or licences in order to give to Bumiputras.
32. The position of the Malay Rulers was entrenched and could not be challenged. There would be a Paramount Ruler chosen from among the nine Rulers who would serve for five years.
33. The rulers were to be constitutional rulers. Executive power was to be exercised by elected Menteris Besar, Ketua Menteri (Chief Minister) and Prime Minister, assisted by members of councils and cabinets. The British practice was to be the model.
34. The most important understanding was the adoption of Parliamentary Democracy with a Constitutional Monarch, again after the United Kingdom model. It should be remembered that the British imposed an authoritarian colonial Government on the Malay State, the power resting with the Colonial Office in London.
35. Before these the Malay States were feudal with the Malay Rulers enjoying near absolute power. Only the elites played a role in State politics. The Malay subjects had no political rights at all. Certainly the guests had no say in politics. Even the Chinese and Indian British citizens had no say though they may be appointed as Municipal or Legislative Councillors.
36. The decision to adopt a democratic system of Government was a radical step in the governance of the Federation of Malaya and of the Malay States. This was agreed to by the leaders of the three major communities as represented by their political parties i.e. UMNO, MCA and MIC. There can be no doubt that these parties represented the vast majority of the three communities in Malaya. The Communists and the other leftists did not signify their agreement to the understanding.
37. The Reid Commission was briefed on all these agreements and understanding so that they will be reflected in the Constitution to be drawn up. All the three parties approved this Constitution after several amendments were made. In effect the Constitution became a contract binding on all the three communities in the Federation of Malaya upon attaining independence in 1957.
38. When Sabah and Sarawak joined the Peninsular States to form Malaysia the social contract was extended to the two Borneo States. The natives of Sabah and Sarawak were given the same status as the Malays. At this time the word Bumiputra was introduced to distinguish the indigenous Malays and Sabah, Sarawak natives from those descendants of foreign immigrants. Because Malay was widely used in the Borneo States there was no difficulty in the acceptance of Malay as the national language. The fact that the natives of the two states are not all Muslims necessitated no change in the Constitution once the word Bumiputra was accepted. But the official definition of a Malay remained.
39. The embodiment of the social contract is therefore the Constitution of first, the Federation of Malaya and then Malaysia.
40. To say it does not exist is to deny the contents of the Constitution which was based upon the acceptance by the leaders of the three communities of the original social contract.
41. All subsequent actions by the Government were the results of this social contract. The fact that the initiators of this social contract and their successors were endorsed by the people in every election reflects the undertaking of the people to honour this social contract.
42. Saying that the social contract does not exist is like saying that Malaysia exists in a vacuum, without a Constitution and laws based on this Constitution.
43. Implementing the social contract requires understanding of its spirit as much as the letter. The social contract is aimed at creating a multi-racial nation that is stable and harmonious. Any factor which would cause instability and result in confrontation between the races must be regarded as incompatible with the spirit of the social contract.
44. For 50 years no one seriously questioned the social contract. Even today the majority of Chinese and Indians and the indigenous Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak accept the social contract. But because Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi basically lost the 2008 election and now heads a weak Government the extremists and erstwhile detractors have questioned the social contract. The Bar Council has now become a political party believing that its expertise in law will exempt it from being questioned as to its credentials and its political objectives.
45. Abdullah's UMNO is incapable of countering any attack on the social contract. If anything untoward happens Abdullah and UMNO must bear responsibility.
Friday, July 11, 2008
MMK met this pretty girl this morning, with a mole on the left close to her lips. MMK described this quite passionately with a glowing smile in his face.
MMK ask whether the girl was who he thought she was.
The girl’s response, affirmative. They know each other – old friends.
MMK gave his business card and left paid for his breakfast and her’s, and her kids’.
A few minutes later MMK received an anonymous sms.
Thank you for the breakfast.
MMK responded: ? S?
S replied: Yes
MMK remembers his last day of Standard 6 very well because S was the girl who MMK kissed on the last day of his Standard 6, final day of primary school – 12 years old.
I remember my last day of Form 3 – 15 years old.
I got a gold ring.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Air Con in this context denote at least 2 meanings.
One is the air conditioner in the Prefect Room.
Another meaning is an oral sexual act enhanced with minty effect, generally from lozenges called Hacks - cekelat Hacks.
and a few more hostel lingo
I have to say, some of the scenes were quite vivid to what I experienced in high school. Don't bother asking which one. I will not reveal....
For those of you who went to see the play, congratulations! It was one of the best play ever.
For those who didn't - especially for those who spent at least 5 years of their life in boarding school - I am so sorry for you guys.
The casts were excellent!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I just came back from a night out wth a bunch of close friends and a special guest from Jakarta. Yes, we enjoyed the nightlife of KL, tremendously. I love my friends, regardless where they are from or their background.
On the way home to my apartment, an apartment which used to be a very controversial residence before things were diverted to a luxury condo in Damansara Height which I am not unfamiliar with. And I have been to the apartment (which doesn’t mean anything!)
I drove through Bukit Pantai, a very beautiful residential area, a lot subtle than its neighbors such as the neuveau riche Damansara Heights and the old money of Kenny Hills. Personally I prefer Bangsar – a bit less pretentious.
I proudly show RAN, how beautiful KL is from Bukit Pantai. It was almost perfect, if I were to have my DSLR with me.
I suddenly felt very sad with what is currently happening to my beloved city and my beloved country, tanah tumpah darah ku, who I have shared with my fellow Malaysians - Malays, Chinese and Indians and the rest of the population.
I suppressed my tears thinking about the current political fiascos, while admiring the city skylines. A city in which I have been living in for almost 20 years of my precious life. I saw KLCC when it was still a racecourse, then a big crater, and then the tallest building in the world – and now the tallest twin tower. I have seen KLIA and Putrajaya from a helicopter when they were just oil palm estates.
I have seen the city hosted CHOGAM (commonwealth leader gathering, even Queen Elizabeth was here.
I have seen the glory of Commonwealth Games in 1998.
I have heard comments from foreign investors who were impressed with the development of Malaysia being one of the Asian Tigers.
I have see and experienced myself to be proud of myself being a Malaysian when I traveled abroad. We were respected by the world, the Islamic world and the developing countries.
I have always been a proud Malaysian!
But, what is happening now?
What is happening now?
I can’t help but to think that current “leaders” are biting each other, stabbing each other’s backsides for their very own selfish political agenda – and the whole innocent and hardworking rakyats are paying the price.
With this sort of attitude, none of the current leaders deserve to be where they are now.
I just hope there will be a good end to all of these so that Malaysia can go back to its glory days.
I am very confused.
But one thing I am not confused about is, every rakyat Malaysia like me, Malays, Chinese, Indian dan lain-lain included, are very sad with the current state of our country. We, the rakyats have been working very hard to achieve what we have achieved so far. We aspire to be a better citizen for our country, to live happily in a country we truly love.
I really hope God will be with us all, to bring back Malaysia to its glory.
The implication of these uncertainties can be very disastrous for Malaysia.
I beg, whoever it is, the power that be, to do the right things to bring back the Malaysia we love to the rakyats.
Insyallah. (God’s willing)
My selfish self says:
I love and proud of this city.
I aspire to excel in my little business, my own way to contribute to the economy.
One day I, will too, have a house on the slope of Lembah Pantai, with glass wall from ceiling to floor where the whole horizon of the city I love smiling right in-front of me.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
When MBA updated his facebook status recently with: MBA thinks M is too political.
I didn't get it.
Now I got it.
I want to stop blogging about Malaysia politics.
I have got a lot of other things I enjoy doing and talking about.
I pray to God. May He protect our country for everybody, Malay, Chinese, Indian dan lain-lain brothers and sister.
And the man in Putrajaya obviously still sleeping - not sure whether he will ever wake up
I got stuck in the jam yesterday. A motorcade wit outrider passed by.
Previously I felt proud looking at the PM's car. Yesterday I was disgusted (MELUAT with capital M).
I rolled my eyes, cursing at the bloody jam, and the current PM.
In Terengganuspeak we would call such low creature - NATTANG!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Just when my dad got our family car repainted, he'd visit the workshop almost everyday after work.
I am not as "fanatic" but, I am almost like dad.
Passion or obsession? Who bloody cares!
I couldn't resist myself, I squeeze about 20 minutes to check out the progress of the upholstery work. Not much progress, really.
They have start refurbishing the front seats. New sponge and other fillers are done:
It's a feast to my eyes.
Distraction, it was. Today, I spent more time looking at this beautiful German fine piece of engineering than my Italian bambino.
For classic cars enthusiasts out there, do enjoy!
I should NOT do that again!
My "client" was surprised. He spoke to me when I was in Bangsar having breakfast and before lunch, I was already at his door.
The (food) adventurous part of me decided to rewarded myself with an authentic fresh water fish lunch of Ikan Patin goreng. Coming from Terengganu, we are not used to ikan sungai, unless we are from the area such as Kuala Berang.
The ikan patin was just..... divine!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I am still at it!
I pity the family who got dragged into Anwar or Rosmah saga, or any political “conspiracy” for that matter.
It disgusts me.
Not that I have any intention to become a politician – NEVER. I will be shot down from day one by my enemies who can easily see my party pictures in Facebook, among others ;-).
There are politicians in my family – from both sides. I have the benefit to listen (not necessarily agree) to both sides.
I think I know some people who have been dragged into this sorry state of Malaysian politics and economy and I am very sorry for them and their family.
In 1998, Anwar was hit by the same allegation. Tun Mahathir only hit him from moral point of view. Sodomy. Tun M didn’t touch anything else, and managed to imprison Anwar for years which ALMOST crippled his political influence. I said ALMOST because Anwar supporters were active with his “absence’.
The latest saga, I believe will not only hit Anwar morally. I strongly believe Anwar’s enemy has found Anwar’s war chest or close to finding it. They are going to hit Anwar hard financially to make sure Anwar will never have anymore “resources” to return to Malaysian politics as an MP or PM.
More trump cards will be revealed in this political poker game to save some corrupt asses and the whole nation is at stake.
I am not sure who has more trump cards.
By the way, please keep your eyes and ears opened. Let's not forget there are impending corruption, murder cases etc etc. Perhaps some unreported or files safely kept cases including not so straight sex scandals that involved politicians or members of the cabinet? Oh well, I can only guess and hopefully time will tell.
Just my own (conspiracy) theory.
I am not even sure whether any of us will finally know the truth, nothing but the truth.