Ancient Imperial Language of China – 2,000 Years Ago
How Did it Sound
Like? (Mind you, it's no way similar to Mandarin) Has this Ancient Language
Survived? Who Speaks it Today? You'll be Surprised. You have heard it. You, your
parents, or grandparents may still be speaking this ancient, archaic language!
Yes, it's HOKKIEN (Fujian/Minnan Hua) Hokkien is: 1. The surviving language of
Dynasty (618-907AD), China 's Golden Age of Culture. Note: The Hokkien we
hear today may have "evolved" from its original form 2,000 years ago, but it
still retains the main elements of the Tang Dynasty Language. 2. Hokkiens are
the surviving descendants of the Tang Dynasty -- When the Tang Dynasty
collapsed, the people of the Tang Dynasty fled South and sought refuge in the
Hokkien ( Fujian ) province. Hence, Hokkien called themselves Tng-lang (Tang Ren
or People of the Tang Dynasty) instead of Hua Lang (Hua Ren). 3. Hokkien has 8
tones instead of Mandarin's 4. Linguists claim that ancient languages tend to
have more complex tones. 4. Hokkien retains the ancient Chinese pronunciation of
"K-sounding" endings (for instance, Hak Seng (student), Tua Ok (university),
Thak Chek (read a book/study) -- the "k" sounding ending is not found in
Mandarin. 5. The collection of the famous "Three Hundred Tang Dynasty Poems"
sound better when recited in Hokkien/Teochew if compared to Mandarin. 6.
Consider this for a moment: Today, the Hokkien Nam Yim ochestral performance
still has its roots in ancient Tang dynasty music. Here's the proof: The
formation of today Nam Yim ensemble is typically seen in ancient Tang dynasty
paintings of musicians.
More Astonishingly: Although not
genetically-related, Hokkiens, Koreans and Japanese share many similar words
(which are different from Mandarin). That's because Hokkien was the official
language of the powerful Tang Dynasty whose influence and language spread to
Japan and Korea (just like Latin – where many words were borrowed by the
English, French, Italian, etc). Here are just a few words in Hokkien, Japanese
& Korean for your comparison:
Shinbun - newspaper
Cheng Hu (government) Chong
To all 49 Million Hokkien Speakers: Be Proud of Your Ancient Hokkien
Heritage & Language! Speak it Loud and Clear. Teach Your Future Generation
this Imperial Language, Less it Fades Away. Be Proud Children of the Tang
Emperors. To all Mandarin-speaking friends out there -- do not look down on your
other Chinese friends who do not speak Mandarin – whom you guys fondly refer to
as "Bananas". In fact, they are speaking a language which is much more ancient
& linguistically complicated than Mandarin. Keep in mind that Mandarin is
just: 1. A Northern Chinese dialect (heavily influenced by non Han Chinese) that
was elevated to the status of National Language by Sun Yat Sen for the sake of
China 's national unity. 2. Mandarin was never spoken by your proud, imperial
Tang Dynasty ancestors. It was probably spoken by the Northern (Non-Han)
Jurchen, Mongols and Manchu minority. Start speaking the language of your
ancestors today. Other interesting links: http://www.famouschinese.com/virtual/Penang_Hokkien
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Gerakan calls for State-Federal cooperation to draw
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Gerakan today urged both the state and the federal governments to set aside
their political differences and work together to attract more foreign investors
to the state.
Penang Gerakan Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock
Nan said that during the current global financial meltdown, both the federal and
state governments must take all necessary measures to ensure that existing
investors remain and continue to re-invest in the state rather than relocate
elsewhere. “Both governments must work together to coordinate efforts to create
a more conducive environment which is business friendly to encourage existing
investors to stay on in the country,” he said in a statement. He also said that
the state government should prepare a detailed and comprehensive working paper
which encompasses the aspect of retrenchment as the last resort, retrenchment
benefits, job placements, re-training and technological transformation. “The
state government should then work closely with the federal government during
these difficult times to ensure the success of all the programmes contained in
the working paper,” he said.
Teng said the economic downturn could result in
a rise in unemployment and it was inevitable that there would also be a rise in
the crime rate. “Hence, the state government and the local authorities should
work hand-in-hand with the police to tackle crime and to make sure that the
crime rate stays at its lowest,” he said.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
1. to take a cue from RPK cos he argues it much better,Some Chinese say they refuse to vote for PAS because they are worried that PAS may implement Islamic laws. But how can PAS implement Islamic laws when they will never have a two-thirds majority in Parliament? PAS contested only 60 seats out of 222 Parliament seats. Then they went and won only 23 seats.2. Pakatan is made of PKR, DAP and PAS - a coalition of 3 equal partners. DAP has already said no. Lulu is waiting for PKR to make their stand. However individual party leaders have already voiced their argument.
PAS needs about 150 seats in Parliament to change Malaysia from a Secular state into an Islamic state. But when they contest only 60 seats, even if they win all the 60 seats they contest it will still be only 60 seats. And they can’t win all the seats they contest. They can only win less than half the seats they contest. Where would PAS get the 150 parliament seats it requires?
Basically, Pakatan partners can say no. They can agree to disagree. Things cannot be carried out without an agreement from all parties.
Barisan however is made of one alpha party and many wimpy partners. When UMNO says "jump", [not just Liow, but] every wimpy dungu partner who says they are equal partners immediately respond, "how high?"
On Sept 29 2001 aka 929, the then PM Dr M declared Malaysia as an Islamic State. MCA and MIC, who began strutting around like a gibbon's backside on PAS statement, did not even breathe a whimper on this. After 929, every extremist and opportunist have been screaming at the moderates, "respect our rights! this is an islamic state!"
Where was MCA?
Where was MIC?
no.... they were busy explaining UMNO's policy to "their" own kind.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
.....it was unfair for the company to cease the Sarawak operations completely
while maintaining its operations in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
Bloody hell....go learn the process lar. Understand why the closure has happened rather than being an idiot. Are you insinuating something Mr. Minister? If Petronas had to close some refineries in Sarawak in the next couple months, would you say...it was unfair for the company to do this when facilities in Terengganu can be closed? Aiyo...wake up lar. DSAI is camping out at your backyard and be more competent lar.Otherwise, you will need to put in your resume to the PKR leadership!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Seriously, I am just as baffled as the months go by. It's time for Penang to stand up and be counted. I am sure my monthly contribution to the income tax is now going elsewhere. I will remember .... after all, it is a vote that matters and if this continues, I suggest they go screw themselves. I am just as concerned as to how certain ministers act as if they own the fucking government. The government is by the people, for the people. So - hold back funds? Do it some more!
Athi Veeranggan | Dec 15, 08 3:22pm
| The federal government’s refusal to finance the preservation of George Town’s heritage zone has been described as “an uncalled for, untimely and ill-conceived political vendetta”.|
Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) councillor Rizal Faris Mohideen said: “The heritage status of George Town belongs to all Malaysians, not Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional.
“It belongs to you and me. The national policy should be to protect national, not partisan interests.”
He was commenting on a statement by Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal (right), who had reportedly said the federal government does not have funds for George Town.
Rizal, who also heads the Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce, said the Barisan Nasional-led federal government should forsake its political interests to safeguard the public interest.
He further pointed out that the city’s heritage status is tied up with that of Malacca, under Unesco’s serial listing.
“By discriminating against George Town, the federal government will jeorpadise Malacca’s status as well. This would be a loss to the country.”
Rizal noted that the joint status would benefit all Malaysians only if the federal government adopts an open approach and joins hands with local authorities to restore and revitalise the sites involved.
The Penang heritage committee headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is working on programmes to preserve the architecture and living culture within the heritage zone. These are also intended to stimulate socio-economic growth and human development.
George Town was accorded heritage status on July 7, leaving the state government with the responsibility of preserving, protecting and promoting the zone.
The heritage zone covers 259.42ha, with the core area encompassing Lorong Cinta, Pengkalan Weld, Lebuh Pantai, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Jalan Tun Sheh Barakbah, Lebuh Light, Lebuh Bishop, Lebuh Gereja, Lebuh China, Lebuh Pasar, Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Acheh.
Penang has more than 12,000 pre-war premises mainly of Anglo-Indian architecture, the largest number in the country.
Meanwhile, the MPPP is to adopt a more flexible approach in handling the mushrooming of unlicensed hawkers and petty traders on the island, since they add to human heritage charm.
Rizal - who heads the licensing division - said the council will work out a formula to regularise and organise the traders.
Since Penang is promoted as a paradise for hawker food, the council cannot afford to get rid of all the unlicensed traders.
“We also don’t want to be harsh on them since many need a second source of income in the current economic climate,” he said.
However, the council also has to consider ratepayers’ complaints about traffic congestion and lack of hygiene due to such activities.
“We will adopt a balanced policy to protect the interests of all,” he assured.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Since March 8, my journey into the corridors of politics has been interesting. Obviously, my involvement with the party has been minimum apart from volunteering my time to be a station master at Hun Bin and to be a part of a challenging administration following that. I wish to share my personal insights of what that has affected me so very much the last few months. Kavern Leng was a good friend of ours. He kind of disappeared into the wilderness until a friendly party supporter alerted us. Kavern was inflicted with cancer and he had been battling with it for the past few months. I did what a normal human being would do. Reach out to the networks that I had and garnered as much financial help for Kavern. I knew that Kavern believed in change and I believe this is not the time to turn my back on him. I must say after many years as a party member, one of the proudest moment was being able to raise at least Rm10K in matter of days for him. Although it may not be enough, but for at least, it is a gesture of assistance and caring for another party friend. I felt that it is only a humane thing to reach out and help another human being. Thanks to YB Liew Chin Tong, some money has collected from a few donors the amount of RM10K. I hope this will help Kavern journey further in seeking the best treatment possible. I am praying for him and like what he said that night "it seems the whole world is rooting for him." That should be the spirit. Kavern - all the best.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The presenter told the audience on the head and tails of series of political development of Thailand while showing the visual of political development in Thailand. He said all demonstrations are because the protestors reject Thaksin and his proxy party to be in power. The last line of the voice over of the programme is: “The lesson we can learn from Thai political unrest is, never let non pri-bumi to rule the country.”To read more of the above, please click here.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Arif Shah revealed that there is a 30 percent chance of him
joining the opposition with PKR being the party of his choice."I have to discuss
with Guan Eng first as I want him to feel comfortable (about me joining
Pakatan)," he said.We will see how things go...stay tuned
So, March 8 came and went. All I want to say is that I am glad my journey started long ago before that. I am glad the journey has taken me from Penang to the US and back...and today, I am walking my talk and taking my journey. Mr Chew Hock Chye, I wished you were around. I wished you had the chance to see the new government coming to power. I am indebted for the chance you have instilled in. I miss you very much, dad.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE ( Arkansas) - A MAN is suing the McDonald's after he left his cell phone at one of the chain's restaurants and nude photos of his wife that were on it ended up online.
The suit was filed on Friday against the chain, the franchise owner, and the store manager, and seeks a jury trial and US$3 million (S$4.58 million) in damages for suffering, embarrassment and the cost of having to move to a new home.
The suit says that Mr Phillip Sherman left the phone in the Fayetteville, Arkansas store in July and that employees promised to secure it until he returned.
Manager Aaron Brummley declined to comment, and other company officials didn't return messages. -- AP
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thanks to Anil, it brought back old wounds and memories when Padang Kota Lama became a field of sand hills - literally. I remembered there fairly well. Why? I just got back from the US and it was a horror when I saw this being done. Obviously, my political affliation has never quivered over the years. Talking about that, I just caught a glimpse of the "Showdown of Champions" in KL. Imagine, my weekend was planned for seeing the best of the best play against each other. I guess I was robbed. I sincerely felt that it was not my government that robbed me of my priviledge but the lack of "management skills" and negotiation skills of the organizer. I am saying this as my own personal opinion. How can one fuck up so badly? Really, how can one FUCK up so badly? She went to the political partie. She became a poster girl of many of these folks who wanted political mileage. SO - go figure out. I am certain that she is hurting herself but it was because she was living in a world of her own. Penang can do it .... what we don't need is another idiot who thumps his/her chest claiming they are somebody - then the whole world will fall flat on your feet. S0, that Anil....you ARE A GEM!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Just because we are women and we don’t have that thing between the legs so
we are not good.
Aiyooo.....now it is the gender thing in Malaysia. I sincerely hope we don't end up being so crude. I am just shocked that this was published but I guess I can vouch for her seeing the frustration she is facing...ah well, time for a shower.
Axed UM VC says its because she's a woman
Beh Lih Yi Nov 17, 08 7:23pm
Former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Rafiah Salim has alleged gender bias by the government towards local academicians amidst the controversy of her not being re-appointed to the post.
The first woman to head a public university in the country, Rafiah’s contract was not renewed recently and she was informed on the decision merely 48 hours before the expiry of her term.
She was appointed in May 2006. "Just because we are women and we don’t have that thing between the legs so we are not good," she told Malaysiakini in an one-hour interview today held at her new office at UM. Former vice-chancellors of UM, the country’s oldest public university, are often granted an office premise to conduct research and development. "It’s so sad because there is this a ministry in charge of higher education and you expect them to be more liberal and advanced in their thinking," the 61-year-old former law lecturer and former Bank Negara assistant governor argued. Explaining her allegation of gender bias, Rafiah said she recently learnt that the women VCs were only given a two-year contract while male VCs were given a three-year contract. This included her successor Prof Dr Ghauth Jasmon.
"Doesn’t this [show they are] more confident in men than in women?" she questioned.
Rafiah’s contract was extended for another six months in May this year until the government’s decision to discontinue her services recently.
Following this decision, she has locked horns with Deputy Higher Education Minister Idris Haron after the latter gave an explanation in Parliament on why her contract was not renewed.
Idris (left) had said that UM needed someone with a high level of performance who could elevate the university’s status and the new appointee, Ghauth, had vast experience in public universities.
The decision to discontinue Rafiah’s contract also sparked off a debate in Parliament with some women parliamentarians raising their concern that the issue involved gender inequality.
Former national unity and social development minister Napsiah Omar also expressed her displeasure over the decision.
On this, an irked Rafiah argued: "I don’t care why they have replaced me but what I am upset about is the defamatory remarks that the deputy minister made in Parliament.
"He was really casting aspersions on my capability, track record and insinuating that I didn’t perform.
"He could have given whatever excuse he wants [although] I know it’s difficult for him to justify it because it’s a gender thing [...] but because he can’t provide an explanation, he cast aspersions on me.
"If he had said it outside Parliament, I can sue him. I have 34 years of an excellent career," said Rafiah.
Defending her two-and-a-half year term at UM, she said the transformation plan she laid out for the university was on track and one example was that she has successfully increased the number of UM publications from 3,300 three years ago to 5,882 as of June this year.
The former VC, who came all prepared for the interview complete with her ‘report card’ also pointed out that the university has managed to climb the Times Higher Education World University’s rankings from 246 last year to 230 this year.
"When were just about to come up, they stop me," she lamented, adding that she was not told how she did not perform well.
'I couldn’t be bothered anymore'
Despite her anger, Rafiah denied she was bitter over the episode other that what Idris has said in Parliament. She said she was of the view that it was the ministry’s prerogative to appoint their candidate.
"They have a right to appoint a monkey if they want," she told Malaysiakini.
Rafiah also stressed that she was not interested in seeking reinstatement to the post.
"I am not interested in reinstatement. I am not interested in the job anymore, I have moved on. I have booked my holiday to see my grandchildren and I have started my book [...] but suddenly he (Idris) comes and defames me," she said.
Rafiah was obviously upset over the 48-hour notice given to her over the non-renewal of her contract, saying this showed the ministry’s lack of respect for ‘basic human decency’.
According to her, the decision not to extend her contract had already been made beforehand - even before the search committee tasked with appointing the VC had interviewed her.
"The system is flawed, he (Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin) talks of transparency... what transparency? Was it advertised? What are the criteria? Do any of us know the criteria they are looking for?" she asked.
Rafiah, however, declined to comment when asked on how the selection process could be improved.
"Don’t correct it, I am already out [...] I couldn’t be bothered anymore," she replied.
Khaled, who was Rafiah’s student when the latter was a UM law lecturer, has called for the debate over the controversy to stop.
The minister also stressed that new UM VC’s appointment was made according to procedures and the decision was final.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is launching an inquiry into the cancellation of the much-touted event, was welcome to investigate why the money was not collected by the Penang Municipal Council.
Lim said the government did not play any part in the organising of the event as it was entirely a private initiative.
“We were neither the organiser nor the co-organiser of the event. As such, if it didn’t succeed, why blame the state government?” he asked after launching the International Meatless Day Charity Carnival in Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah here on Sunday.
He said that when the event was first proposed, many heads of Penang-based non-governmental organisations came to lobby for the event to be held and asked the state government to be part of the organising committee.
“I can understand their intention, knowing that if we managed to pull it off by hosting the event, it would definitely put Penang on the international map and give tourism in the state a huge boost. But we refused to be part of the organising team.
“We told them what we could do was just to facilitate the event by waiving the RM2mil deposit for renting the field with the condition that the field must be restored to its grandeur once the event is completed.
“On top of that, we offered to waive the RM200,000 rental fee if the event was successful.
“The only problem is why was the fee was not collected before groundwork was allowed to take place,” he said.
MY COMMENT - I GUESS I WILL LIKE TO KNOW WHICH NGO WENT TO SEE THE CHIEF MINISTER ON THIS? IT'S INTERESTING TO FIND OUT THOUGH......
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
CM of Penang did the right thing. I guess when one speaks, one needs to have facts. He did just that today. Speaking with facts. I didn't even know KL had multilingual signs. Well, they do actually. They didn't get the flake. They didn't get sued. Eh...what is this huh?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Seriously, I don't think it is that simple. RPK's release has serious implication that ISA is indeed draconian and ISA must go! I am sure many would agree that the episode of the arrest of the reporter of ISA and RPK being thrown into Kamunting for 2 years clearly show that the current government is indeed indecisive.....
Now some comments about the Penang golf course issue at Batu Kawan. All of a sudden ex deputyCM of Penang remembers! He actually remembers things unlike months ago when he was questioned about the allerged land scams. Hahaha...what do you make out of this.... I guess one has to take some medication to remember and I guess he did just that.
Walking the talk? I guess one has to understand issues before we can take a stand and walk alongside with the issues. I am surprised that non of the NGOs actually appeared at the Wireless@Penang forum. Seriously, I have serious doubts as to whether these guys are for real. I leave it as that....doubts :) Till then take care
Thursday, November 6, 2008
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.
I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.
It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.
I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.
Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Don's spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss out the right opportunity.".....Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
SO - WIRELESS@PENANG & WIMAX@PENANG - start your engines!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I believe Khoo has gotten to a point like me - go suck eggs and talk about the real killers and problems. Stop screwing around our minds thinking that we are still stuck in the 80s. We are NOT!
Focus on the real 'killers' in Penang
Khoo Kay Peng Oct 14, 08 5:16pm
Penang is a small state. It has a small closely-knitted community. It can count the existence of an active NGO community as one of its blessings. The community should be credited for bringing up several key issues in the state including the PGCC and others.Lately, there are calls for the state government to reconsider allowing the implementation of wireless internet broadband infrastructure in the state due to health fears. The state government recently officiated the launch of a Wi-Fi and WiMax project by a local provider. This project, according to the state government, is not exclusive.The use of Wi-Fi is free but it is expected to be slow because many users would probably jump on the bandwagon. However, the service of WiMax is expected to cost users RM88 per month.As a Wi-Fi user, I can understand the fear of health risks associated with the microwaves transmitted from the signal. However, after weeks of going through relevant information on the Internet I believe experts have not found conclusive evidence to pin a health-related risk to the use of Wi-Fi or WiMax.Internet connectivity and backbone infrastructure is very important to the state's socio-economic development. Granted, technically Wi-Fi may not be able to support critical business systems which require a 100% reliable and fast network. However, a free Wi-Fi service can go a long way in assisting students and others to gain access to the Internet and narrow the gap in information accessibility.At present, there are many other real/substantiated health risks and 'killers' lurking around our society.The NGOs and people of Penang should focus on cleanliness as an important health agenda. I have been back regularly to the state but I still notice that old, dirty habits die hard. Many still use the drain as a rubbish bin. The wet markets still stink! Our public toilets will put some of the Chinese to shame. They have cleaned up for the Olympics but we haven't.Penang needs to usher in a new culture of cleanliness. Take Hong Kong as a good example. After Sars, many Hongkies have participated in the movement to upgrade HK's hygiene level. We should do the same to make it more bearable for locals and tourists.Take a look at the surrounding of Komtar. My friend who visited Penang recently told me about the ugly, dodgy and uncomfortable feeling he had about the area which is supposed to be our town centre. What has happened?Our beaches used to be the envy of many visitors. A number of them used to make a yearly pilgrim to Penang. Not anymore. Now, you can even commit suicide by swimming in the seas. There are a hell of a lot of jellyfishes around. If you are not stung by one of them, you may probably die of arsenic waste poisoning in the water.My advice is, let's focus on cleanliness. This should be our No 1 priority.Next, what about smoking in public places? A number of cities in Europe have banned smoking in open public areas. Not in Penang. It will not be a public area if you do not find smokers puffing away happily. Why can't we impose the same restriction on public places? You would probably agree with me that smoking is more dangerous than surfing the Internet on a wireless network.If smoking is bad for health, I am sure the carbon dioxide which emits from cars, vehicles, airconds etc. are equally bad for health. We should really do something about private car ownership in Penang. At present, it is better for you to walk back home than to wait for a bus after 10.30pm.The public bus transport system is so unreliable that many have to resort to cars. I feel lost if I do not have a car in Penang. Hence, I am also a culprit who is helping a 'killer'(pollution) of your health. More cars mean more fatal accidents too. This is one of the biggest killers in Malaysia.We need NGOs to focus on these too. Yes, I know you have been doing your job. But we need to be more vocal in getting ourselves a decent public bus system.Next, we have the real killers (robbers, rapists, murderers) on the streets. Recently, a wife of a politician was murdered. Gory. Probably many more petty crimes go unreported. A number of observers have warned of higher crime rates.What can we do? We should work together to keep our neighbourhoods and our society safe.See? There are many real killers lurking around the state. Can we just let the Wi-Fi issue ease off a bit and focus on the real threats?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Our exports will greatly be affected but maybe a consolation, the USDollar may help more FDIs to consider Malaysia coming from the US perspective. However, as demand slows in the US, do you think the exports from Malaysia will be affected? Certainly! Having said that, with rate cuts across the globe, do you believe that the bourses can be saved? I am sure that many of the local investors were not expecting this glut.
I am certain that Malaysians will be feeling the pinch soon. I believe the press must act responsibly and write articles that clearly tell the rakyat what the impact will be. I guess politics should be rising in temperature and I hope we will not have another "Ahmad Ismail" fever again. What we need is a panadol or many of them to help the ailing economy. I am not seeing anything concrete, do you?
Take a look at this and wake up Malaysia!
Interesting article that I caught via the web this morning. As the world starts to cut its cords via the physical Internet, we have opponents in this very state of ours who are against the mainstream WIFI and WIMAX initiatives. I am certain that these folks have good intention of cutting the darn cords...marking the end of wired Internet. I find it very strange when the rest of the world does that, we in Malaysia are rather apprehensive about the 2 intiatives called by the CM of Penang.
My theory is this - could it be that these oponents are being commissioned by our own folks to go against the initiatives to protect their interest? Or is it because the opponents are being driven to say things by "certain interest groups" within the West? I am sure there are those who opposes the Digital Divide Concept. I for one believe tht there any quarters who may want to see the Digital Divide be what it is - a digital divide. Click at the picture or click here if you want to read more of what the gentlemen and ladies are doing!
I strongly believe the opponents must state their case clearly. Otherwise, I will consider them as opponents of trying to narrow down the Digital Divide and working for certain quarters for their interest. I find it strange that no one writes about the deplorable quality of Streamyx and the poor service that they show at times. Instead, hours are spent talking about the "health impact of the WIFI and WIMAX" which I think is a farce....come on lar....Stop talking on that and talk about our own wired internet. If there are other choices, wouldn't we be looking into it? Or is it that these groups opposing have some ulterior motive? You be the judge!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Read this and remember this number if crime were to strike!
SMS with Rakancop hotline 32728. Police hotlines to contact are 04-269 1999 and 012-490 0999.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Let's not forget about the unfortunate. I felt that this picture brings a thousand words about the human side of CM of Penang. I was moved and touched when I heard about his down to earth outpouring of grief. No macho attitude. Purely sincere and down to earth.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
If your life is in danger, please get 'arrested' under ISA. Coverage is limited to 16 hours only. Interested parties are advised to contact our Special Agent, Syed Albar for a detailed summary, terms and condition. Source : Insuran Skim Ajaib. Reporters get priority.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
"I want Malaysians to live the next 4 years that they wish they had never lived the last 20 years before" - Unknown orator
Maybe this is taking it too much but I am glad that this project is over and done with. Take care folks!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Go jump into the lake - you racialistic bastards!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Pantun Rakyat Merdeka
By Edmond R
Tanah pasir gersang terbentang
Anak pertiwi mencangkul tulang
Merdeka apa yang sering dilaungkan?
Terlepas kongkongan, masuk cengkaman?
Bumi hijau warisan bonda
Bencana insan rakus melanda
Hilang begitu sekelip mata
Tangisan sedih kampung ke kota
Pendekar palsu barisan negara
Keris dijulang sorak membara
Tatkala benak akal kemarau
Sembunyi dibalik panji harimau
Bulan tiga subuh menjelang
Bulan lapan terang benderang
Suara rakyat melambung angkasa
Permatang diharungi wira perkasa
Apakah ini babak kedua
Hikayat bangsa negara Malaysia?
Bebas dan adil terserlah di muka
Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! MERDEKA!!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
See what happens when one swears too much and gets innocent folks involved. This could be the turning point of the elections at Permatang Pauh....seriously it may have derailed BN's chance of denying Anwar to be the MP for P44 on 26 August. This was reported in Malaysiakini.
Seems to be an in thing nowadays. Lets not misuse it ....for now...lets listen to a rendition of 'I SWEAR'
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Koh : I'm going into debate tomorrow as a defendantSEBERANG PERAI (Aug 19, 2008): Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon says he is going into tomorrow night’s debate with chief minister Lim Guan Eng over Penang’s land issues as "a defendant."
"He (Lim) has been making allegations all the while, so I am the defendant. I am just going into the debate with an open mind and open heart of the people," said Koh, the former chief minister, on the debate which will be held at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
Koh reiterated his claim that Lim’s office had agreed to give him only state executive council minutes, which did not contain all the necessary information to prepare for the debate.
He said he was told the minutes of Land Committee meetings and the ACA investigation reports would not be provided, although he had specifically asked for them.
"Every year we went through at least 500 land cases. Over 18 years there would have been about 9,000 cases. You don’t expect me to remember details of each," Koh added.
Updated: 04:16PM Tue, 19 Aug 2008