Monday, December 29, 2008

Speaking Hokkien...

I came across an email from a friend in Spore. Surprisingly, the email pointed me to a Wikipedia listing on Hokkien dialect. I am Hokkien and the language is spoken widely in Penang. Hokkien - "Ancient Imperial Language in China" was the title of the email and I read the note with great interest. It is, therefore, not surprising that the mail contained information that tries to validate the usage of the language and also giving the relevant notes of the similarities that can be seen in the Hokkien language. I am not sure of its authenticity but I am just thinking aloud - since Hokkien is spoken so widely sometime back, why is Mandarin dominant now? I believe it has to do with the test of times across the history of the Chinese empire. I am not a revered historian but maybe it is time to have a look at the details to find out more. Anyway, enjoy the email below:


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
the Tang
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:
Hokkien
Korean
Japanese
Sin Boon
(news)
Sin
Mun
Shinbun - newspaper
Cheng Hu (government) Chong
Bu Pang
(room)
Chhia
(car/vehicle)
Ch'a
P'hio
(ticket)
P'yo
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

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What the heck is this man talking about?

Sometimes, I wish that certain learned person would say something constructive. In fact, I am very sure that the Federal Government is working hard with the State Government. Anyway, thank for the advise. Penangites hope you will continue to speak with wisdom but not on this topic.

2008/12/28
Gerakan calls for State-Federal cooperation to draw
investorsBERNAMA
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PENANG, SUN:
Penang
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

A good advise indeed - screw the rear mirror

I couldn't help reading a friend's blog of the place I now call my workplace. It is true that the entire will of a state went astray while the previous administration concentrated more of building new buildings elsewhere and dreaming of a new Mini Cyberjaya. I am glad the new administration came in after March 8. Somehow, we see more efforts being done to this place call Komtar. I grew up with this place unlike my kids who only know about Gurney Plaza or even Queensbay Mall. I brought them to the Pacific last week and I was so very proud that at least there is a glimpse of change. I hope the new administration will not stop what they are doing now. I am saddened with the article written by SS Quah. I know he meant well. Like all Penangites, I will always have questions for Ex CM - Tan Sri Koh but it is like looking at the rear mirror situation. Hence, I will leave it as that. The previous administration is worth just a rear mirror view - a very good advise for all voters and politicians. Kudos SS!

Friday, December 26, 2008

So...the PAS boys have started it again...so how?

I guess at times, we tend to vent things out in the open just way too often. Especially coming from someone in PAS with Malaysia's biggest brat, I believe we need to crystallize our thoughts. Of course, the thought of mass implementation of the Hudud Law has grave and far reaching consequences, we need to sometimes sit back and asked ourselves very basic questions. I think Lulu did it well and I must commend her for those insight observations. Obviously, I am not speaking on behalf of anyone or any political affiliation. With the KT by-election looming, I believe the MCA boys will take advantage to "frighten" the voters over there. Keep the 8 March spirits up. DO we still want to have a draconian BN rule or willing to take the chance with PR which has shown strong statesmanship over the past 8 months? I leave it up to you...I will like to paraphrase the thoughts of Lulu so that you will see things in a clearer perspective:

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.
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?
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.
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?
fending us?
no.... they were busy explaining UMNO's policy to "their" own kind.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Penang Walk of fame?

Interestingly enough, I find this very article so very interesting. I believe it's really out of the box thinking at times and of course, the opponents will say that the CM of Penang once again is a major copycat. I am thinking that at most, some sort of recognition would have helped some of local artistes. Well, who could imagine that this would be thought about. Lim Guan Eng's administration continues to break new grounds and this somewhat interesting article has its caveat. Take a look at it as we usher ourselves into a brand new 2009 year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My journey started after he left us abruptly...


Many asked me why I decided to walk my talk? Many asked me why I have been so passionate and so determined that one day, change will come. Or has it ever came? Someone SMS me a shortwhile ago - "Your dad would have been proud of you!" I replied "He would have died of heart attack on March 9 seeing what happened at Red Rock Hotel!"

My journey through the corporate world has been always the focus of closing deals, winning projects and making a company succeed. Way back in 1999, When Alex of a local company offered me the Branch Manager position and said that if I turned it around, 6 month's bonus awaits you. I guess I took that as a challenge and true enough, during that time, my focus and ideals remained very corporate driven. Making the bottom line became my focus. I guess that is how life is all about then. Each year, during Ching Beng, I will visit my late father's resting place. Nested in a very peaceful location, I use that as my source of inspiration. Sometimes when I am down, I will be there reflecting and maybe shedding some tears. Over the years, I got use to the fact that he is no longer here. However, each year when Christmas approaches, I miss him very much. I know it is difficult to understand how I feel but I guess you will need to understand the relationship I had with my father.
I attended my first ceramah when I was eight. I had my first party dinner when I was 12. I became a member when I was 21. I voted when I was in the US. I remember his words of wisdom about politics. "Take no prisoners. Otherwise, the prisoners will take you." hahaha....My father passed away in 1986. It was very hard for me then. I became very self reliant and very individualistic. Without my maternal grandmother in Phuket, I would have stayed back in Penang earning less than what I have and probably never walked my talk. 2008 has been an eventful day for me. From the day of the early nomination till the night when the crowd roared victory, I miss my father very much. I visited his resting place recently. Peace was with him since and I see his party badge besides the urn. I will wear that badge one day...when I walk my talk in the Dewan Undangan Negeri or Parliament. I miss you dad.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wait..what is so unfair .....??????

The latest economic upheaval in the global market has somehow hit home. Western Digital announced the closure of their facility in Thailand and retrenchment of staff worldwide. What boggles me is the statement of Sarawak's State Assistant Minister for Industrial Development Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman when he said

.....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

Go up the hills....

The Penang State Government finally stood in to resolute the problem. I am glad because the nature of the promises from the Federal Government was as usual lukewarm or to put it simply, dead. I am proud for at least the state did an important effort to bring back the train service was a galliant effort. I am sure the details with follow suit but let it be known, the people's government in Penang is not a pushover.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another Azlina in the making?



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”.
MCPX

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.”

shafie apdal and mps no defection pc 280808 04He 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.

penang pulau pinang old heritage pre war buildings 160307George 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.

Regulating hawkers

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 faris penang malay chamber presidentRizal - 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

All of a sudden.....

It is a weekend worth remembering for me. I started to do some little spring cleaning. Clearing away unwanted stuff which included some of my kids' papers and books. What is more surprising is that you tend to uncover interesting stuff along the way. I was not disappointed. I found my son's little Bunny which he slept on. Hesitant to throw it away, my wife decided to hang onto it as it is a reflection of my eldest son's growing up days. Well, all said and done, I can't help reading some of my thoughts way back in 1999. I guess some of it was my total disappointment of the political development way back then. Obviously, one of which is PAS. I guess PAS was never in my books of favorite political parties. In fact, I was that close to just shut myself out in 1999. However, good things come slowly they say. I must say that people's perception have changed so very much. I really can't help reading this article which I think you should spend sometime reading about the big battle brewing in Terengganu. Let's sit back and watch. It could be a show much better than anyone can imagine.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hard Rock Hotel....in Penang soon...2009

Wowweee....no more heading down to KL to try the food as it will soon be at the doorstep of Penang. Yes - Hard Rock Hotel is opening up mid 2009. Enjoy the website.

A commendable effort

I am certain that this latest news is welcoming. At least, walking my talk and seeing changes that affect people's lives in general has always been my biggest forte. For this case, I am certain many of you will probably attest to it. For the first time, we have policy makers keeping the physically challenged folks in mind. I am glad....

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hello knock knock...

I sometimes fail to understand. I sometimes think good news are good to share but bad news are even better to share. Recently calls by the government proclaiming "everything is fine" will soon come back to haunt them. I am certain that the current economic conditions call for bold moves. Moves that involve out of box thoughts. Daring ones as I think the industrialists in Malaysia are getting lethargic continuing to impress leaders that the country is heading into a perfect economic storm. In months to come, I am very sure unemployment will be on the rise. Fiscal spending will come to a halt as the country's revenue dwindle down due to price deescalation. I fear for the future. I fear for groupthink leaders who have become chest beating leaders who continue to be ostriches in the jungle of chaos. Who will survive if the leaders continue to be blind bats and ostrich sticking heads into ground? Hear the industrialists. Hear them ... help them...don't keep on saying retraining. Just focus on the basics - help them to help the country.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Helping out


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

This makes so much donkey sense


I am certain the International Conference was an excellent event to close the year. 2009 will definitely opens a new chapter. The picture says a thousand words...UNITY.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

You believe in the civil servants?

I am sure you have this in mind and you are reluctant to speak out. The PR Penang Government is being blamed for many inefficiencies. But have you ever thought that the civil servants could be the biggest culprit ever? I take this one because I felt strongly on this subject matter. Stay tuned. Flame me if you want cos I see a danger sign ahead.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Check this out

Check this out folks...you should head there if you are in Penang.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bloodyhell

I had the opportunity to meet YB Theresa Kok and she was an interesting person to talk to. This is my first to have had an interesting conversation with her. I am glad I did. Bloody hell ... yes swear .... I can't imagine that RTM2 could have said this....I think someone should demand this to be replayed and let the Rakyat decide. Here is the account by YB and I sat at awed to what she has related to me....

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

Smoking gun....

Is this true? Is this going to happen? Is it the pandora box that many of us are hoping for me? Only time will tell....listen to what he has to say-

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

Goodbye 2008....in a month's time

2008 somewhat was a memorable year for me. Unlike many others, I took some important steps in my life and I am certain those little steps are crucial for the bigger steps I have taken. My journey started when I was only 9 years old. Listening to the ceramahs at the famous old Esplanade with my late father, brought some sense into my life with regards to standing up to what you believe in. Today, I met many friends who had known me since Primary One and they somewhat knew my steps would have taken me there today. Will I ever consider running for office? That will be a difficult question. Without a mentor, it will be difficult. I wished he was alive today. I wished he was there at Red Rock Hotel listening to an acceptance speech. I wished he would not have left us so very early. I am adamant about the fact that many quarters are taking a big stride against the current state government. For me, I am willing to see it through. Why? After all, 18 years of rule is good enough.

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.

Leave then....why wait?

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/Frontpage/2415517/Article/index_html
I have great admiration for this gentleman. In fact, I have spoken to him countless times in Hokkien mind you. Seriously, if the going gets tough, the tough gets going. However, after reading his account on NST, I am pretty certain his adversary that trounced him at Permatang Pauh, is indicating that he will join Pakatan. I wouldn't mind if this man moves into the fold of the PKR government.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wah....good gesture but why ask Dato Lee to leave Gerakan earlier?

Is it politcally motivated? Why has a good man like Dato Lee Kah Choon got to leave the party for taking up positions within the state government? Take it from me, Gerakan Penang - suggest you join Pakatan Rakyat. After all, you asked Dato Lee to leave before didn't you? Why wait till BN boots you out?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My MBA alma mater town made the news...hehee

Nude pics leaked online 10 min-->
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

What? Road sign defaced?


Read this cartoon carefully. It was published by Utusan Malaysia. Clearly the intention is to question the reason behind the multi-lingual roadsigns. Seriously, if you look carefully, the main language of the roadsign is Bahasa. I am not sure why it is a dark day in Malaysian history? I am seriously wondering if someone is trying to make things look bad!
Next we hear defacing signboards just to prove a point? Gosh! I bet many of the news dailies have yet to report on this latest thingy but I am giving you an exclusive scoop. The roadsign at the heritage area in Penang has been vandalized with red paint. I wonder how low can one go, really! I am sure this is the latest of the many series of controversial news in Penang but I am glad the CM has responded very promptly. What would they do next?

Friday, November 21, 2008

2 choices to decide

The Penang State Government may have taken a herculean task in ensuring the status of Penang's Heritage Status is being secured. I am sure many of you did not ever dream that Penang will one day be a Heritage City as well as being governed by the Pakatan Rakyat government. Seriously, I am speaking as a Penangite and I am sure many of you would agree. A wise friend advised me never to look back at the rear mirror but to steer ahead. It's always important to know the history and to learn from it. Never be afraid to admit mistakes as the new government will make some blunders and as a Penangite, I am always forgiving. Forgiving when it comes to blunder but if the same mistakes are being made twice, I will not hesitate to bite someone's head off. For the case of the Heritage City status, I am certain you know the issues. Stop focusing on the crappy ways of the BN government but be prepared to take a step ahead and to consider these 2elements:
1.Stop the projects and face legal lawsuits. Besides that, you will have alot to convince the investors of your flip flop policy to reverse a bad decision. The Government of the day will be the government of the future. So stop blaming those bastards in the past .
2. Set up a negotiation team to talk to the affected developers. I believe there are reasonable people. After all, they wouldn't have considered Penang.
I am sure you wouldn't want those bastards to come back to power, would you? So speak up and be heard. Always look forward and say "to hell with the past. We have voted the new government for a change and don't even talk about them anymore. There are comfortably earning their pension and we must make sure they continue doing so. "
I think the blame game must stop. It is better for all to put aside all political differences and not let the award go to waste. I am certain it's a wake up call for the PR government in Penang to consider. According to Malaysiakini, it's a difficult game to play on this issue. Nevertheless, I am confident, Penang will prevail. Trust me - it will prevail under PR.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Right on Anil!

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

Did she just say what I think she said...????????

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.

Enjoy reading!


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.
MCPX
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

Nicely put .....

GEORGE TOWN: The state government wants to know why the rental fee of RM200,000 was not collected before the groundwork for the Kings of Tennis event was allowed at the Esplanade field.
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

Really....take a look at this and you decide!

PRESS STATEMENT OF ARIANNA TEOH
1. I refer to the various press reports in relation to the "Kings of Tennis" tournament which was scheduled to be held on 14.11.2008 to 16.11.2008 at the Esplanade in Penang.
2. In press reports, it has been suggested by the Producer of the event, Show Administration Europe AB ("Show Administration"), that the event was actually cancelled by their company, due to my failure to remit certain funds to them.
3. I wish to refute this allegation as it was made without any basis whatsoever. The truth of the matter is, that I was hired by Show Administration as a Vice President for the "Kings of Tennis" event, at which time I agreed to organise and manage the event in Malaysia.
4. The budgeting, revenue and invoicing were obligations to be undertaken by Show Administration. Show Administration were obligated to set up a Malaysian company controlled by them to be named "Kings of Tennis Malaysia". I was supposed to be made a director of this company "Kings of Tennis Malaysia" in order to issue all invoices in relation to all sources of revenue pertaining to the event. This would include corporate boxes, sponsors and hospitality packages.
5. If and when this company was registered, it would have been the entity that would have received all funds for the event. As indicated above, these funds would have been under the control of Show Administration.
6. At no time was I under any obligation to personally remit funds to Show Administration for the event.
7. Show Administration failed to set up a company called "Kings of Tennis Malaysia". What they did was set up a company known as Profound Quality Sdn Bhd. This company was set up by Show Administration and was intended by them to be the vehicle for fund collection. This company was set up extremely late in the day despite my repeated reminders to them that it was imperative for collection of funds that this entity be set up and the necessary bank account opened as quickly as possible.
8. By this time, it was far too late to collect the projected revenue prior to the event.
9. Although I had lined up various sponsors and various corporate customers willing to purchase corporate boxes, I refused to collect any monies until the necessary entity was fully and legally set up by Show Administration. I did not want to be in the position of holding other peoples monies personally. The question therefore of me remitting funds to Show Administration could not have arisen.
10. I wish to stress that I have come up with my own money on various occasions. This was despite the fact that it was not my obligation to fund the event.
11. I am a Penangite and I am very proud to be one. I believe that for Penang, this was a golden opportunity to put it back on the world map. Penang has just received world heritage status and this event was to be the first global celebration of this fact. The event was to be held at the Esplanade which is completely surrounded by historical landmarks. Furthermore, the event was to be televised to over forty countries.
12. Those of you who have visited the stadium or even seen the picture of the set up, must realize that the local production team delivered a world class facility.
13. I therefore remain committed to promoting Penang globally. Although this is a set back for my team and for Penangites, I intend to do my very best to make up for this unfortunate episode.
14. Rest assured that the Esplanade will be restored fully as promised.
15. Finally, I take these allegations very seriously and will not hesitate to take any action in order to defend my position. I have engaged Ranjit Singh from Kuala Lumpur to act as my lawyer. If you require any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact him at ranj@rorl.com.my.
I really can't comment too much on this but to pray....pray for Penang!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cakap tak serupa bikin


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

What a bunch of bullshit

Nothing matches the recent arrests of folks at the commemoration function of Bersih Rally 1011. Stick to the story, MrPolicemen. We know the truth and continue to BS your way across. Even the Internal Affairs Minister claimed ignorance. Sure ... continue claiming what you claim. It will come crashing in 2012. Trust me - it will come crashing. For now, the Rakyat is watching. We continue to watch.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

2012....



It's time to reflect. Time to walk the talk. Time to demand changes. Time to make a difference and yes we can....towards 2012!

RPK is out...and many more

Somehow, I caught up with KB Lee at Komtar today. He was wearing a red t-shirt that says "I am with RPK." I am glad he wore it. Thousands of Malaysians are glad that RPK has been released. Thanks to the judiciary system, he is out. What leaves the ruling government now? Seriously, I don't think they give a damm anyway. So what if he has been released - I bet that is what they will say. After all, it was Badawi's administration and what is done is now undone.

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

Wah....now our Parliament is a place to swear

Imagine you can ever swear in Parliament let alone scream obsenity across the respected Dewan. What a shame really when the Rakyat continues to accept the reality that our ruling government has somehow forgotten that they were put there by the people. I am saddened really with the reality that one gets away by shouting "Dirty Bastard" and get away with a slap in the wrist while the opposition get thrown out of the parliament. I say this - pot calling the kettle black you bloody bastard!

Inspiring speech...

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama-as prepared for deliveryElection NightTuesday, November 4th, 2008Chicago, Illinois





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

A tale of two cities (states)

One up North and another down South. What do you make of it?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I have a dream...

In less than 72 hours, the dream of having a colored person becoming the next President of United States will come true. I am glad I have lived to see this day. I am glad I have experienced March 8 and I am glad November 4 will bring new hope and dream for the people of the world. Let's pray for peace and tranquility. It's the only thing that we have...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Twitter

Spies..spies..spies...there are everywhere! At least, closest to home is the lovely Twitter. So read on and see if you can recruit some Al-Qeada into your fold, some commies or terrorists....what will they think of next????

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Important Quote

I tend to skip reading quotes whenever I visit my favorite bookstore at Penang Plaza. Nevertheless, I found a new magazine that caught my interest as well as made me buy a copy of the magazine - SME Magazine. It had Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Computers as the feature for that magazine. What is more interesting is that the magazine only cost Rm5 per copy and it's touted to be the most affordable business magazine in Malaysia! A few pages of browsing confirms my interest and it went straight into a priority reading for me everyday from now onwards. Just wanted to leave you with an important quote to you out there, whether it's career or business related...


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

Like many others I know...he is also walking his talk

Check this site out...like many others, he has taken the step....a bold step in walking his talk....

Here!

C Bo???

Are you very certain Dato Seri Dr.Ling "all men need to release additional or overflowing energies." C Boh?????????? Come on lar. I hope you didn't say this off the cuff. I am sure the women's group are after you.....alamak!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Somehow, I am glad this report came out. I am sure Penangnites can at least be objective and not beat round the bush. It's a worthwhile effort by the private sector heading the call for anywhere, anytime, anyplace connectivity. I am an advocate of bridging the digital divide. I believe the wired internet proponents may have to take a backseat on this. I am sure this report didn't come out for no reason.

SO - WIRELESS@PENANG & WIMAX@PENANG - start your engines!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Current reading - March 8 - The Day Malaysia Woke Up


Lately, I have been trying to get back my reading habit. It has taken a back seat since May 26. I am sure I enjoy reading mostly autobiographies and fiction stories. Nevertheless, I decided to pick this book. Will give you my verdict by this week.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Focus on the real 'killers' in Penang - reproduced from MalaysiaKini

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

Economic Upheaval

Which direction will Malaysia take? What fiscal and monetary policies will it deploy? With the slump at the bourses throughout the world, I am not sure our new Finance Minister will be ready to take on the challenge. I am not confident that Malaysia will not be sheltered from the possible Tsunami of economic downturn.

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!

Cutting the cords!


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

Thanks for following my blog

I have decided to post on this site on a sporadic basis as I am maintaining my personal blog at http://www.asweviewit.blogspot.com/ and http://www.specialassistant.blogspot.com/ (by invitation only). So keep checking on my personal blog and I will be making references along the way on my http://www.mypenangjourney.blogspot.com/ along the way. Thanks

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Obama 2 McCain 0

Gosh....another round of bashing by McCain. How long further can he take?

Walk my talk

I guess someone must have seen my blog. I noticed that Dalat School has taken up my theme for the blog and put it as their main initiative for 2008/2009. Seriously, walking your talk is not easy. Either you have what it takes or you don't. Do I? Well, I am just an ordinary person and I do my best to make changes and I MUST WALK MY TALK.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Resign!

I am man enough to take it up and I man enough to drop it...that is what the saying goes. Being pissed is one thing. Being a hypocrite is another. Hence, I decided that I had enough of the nonsense with the management of my apartment and I decided not to continue to serve the management council's chairmanship. It has come to a point where I can't juggle my time. I believe the current folks in the committee can do a better job. Rather than explaining the steps I have taken, I have decided to resign my post. Some thought I wouldn't do it - but guess what I did!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A proud moment for all of the people around the world



China is now in space.........

A proud moment for all.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Penangnites ... lets unite and stand together

I must applaude the efforts taken by the new government of Penang. I am sure it's very consultative on issues that are more pertinent to the state. I am very certain that each and everyone of us must voice our concerns louder than before. I urge all of us to start spreading the words around....crime is not a place in Penang....we are out to get you...

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.

Penang Bridge International Marathon


I was caught unaware when HHH called my wife to talk and informed her about Penang Marathon. Seriously, it was due to some "technical" problems that the initial announcement was to cancel it. After that, weeks later, the marathon was back again. Hence, I am using my blog to promote this event.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CM's human side


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

Lets not forget

Let's not forget the faith that we all have. At times of darkness, it is faith and the believe in god that will carry us through those difficult times. I am sure you have read many postings about Anti-ISA. I must admit the most touching one was this one....please read on...

My new office


Just a preview of my new office domain...




Theresa is free...

Theresa is free, at last. I knew somewhat her arrest had a lot of bearings to the recent upheaval within UMNO. I guess a good government will stand the test of challenges. I am sure someone blinked and I am glad Theresa is out. One thing...can someone ask this guy to shut up? You go figure which fella I am talking about. One who opposes ISA but did nothing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Malaysia Day

One word sums it up

"I HAVE THE NUMBERS" - ANWAR

I am proud of my friend


I saw one of my friends on the Internet - KB on Malaysiakini. I guess he is walking his talk like many Malaysians across the country. He called me on the mobile yesterday and I am glad he is voicing his views against ISA. My take - wear a yellow ribbon.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Penang leads...penang has it all

I am certain that many of us didn't turn up at the Esplanade last nite but I must commend those who did. All walks of life turned up considering the risk that looms on a desparate government that could probably invoke their authority to get the men in blue to arrest a few. Nevertheless, I am glad many did. See here for more information. Kudos to Malaysians who did. Wear a ribbon or black for the next week or so. I know I am.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A strange SMS

I got this from an unknown which I thought it was funny. It reads


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.

Save a prayer

Picture taken from TheMalaysianInsider
Thousands across Malaysia, folks of different religions are praying for the ISA detainees. Has our Government lost its sense of direction where actions are taken based upon heresay and prejudice? I am saddened that today we have been galvanised by one to hurt the feelings of many. I urge all to be restraint in their words and actions. Say less but listen more. Hate less but love more. After all, the fabric of this nation depends solely on the formula of multi-culturalism. Nothing more .... nothing less.

New blog

Hi! As promised, my journal will be at www.specialassistant.blogspot.com It's only by invitation and I hope readers whom I know will write to me to include you in. I have 10 names included already and I think many of you share the same aspirations that I have for many of the issues around us. It transcend across party lines and it gives a good reflection of what I do everyday as well as show the human element of the people I am working with. Obviously, many of the details will only be revealed as I plan to write a book/journal at the end of my tenure with the "people" I work with. As I continue to walk my talk, continue to visit my blogs. I use them to share my very inner feelings of what goes around. If you think you have anything to contribute, feel free to write to me, okay? Adios and have a great weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Journal

My boss suggested that I keep a journal of the days of my work with him. I am sure this will capture a fairly good representation of what I do daily. Hence, I will continue to write this blog and if you wish to be included in the list, do let me know. I will be shutting the blog from public viewing and allow only those who have subscribed to my current blog. I will take his suggestion seriously....nevertheless, 3 persons have been detained under ISA. So what is next?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A new member of the party

Do read further to understand the thoughts of a new apolitical figure who decided to join DAP. Interesting interview and thoughts shared.

Warning .. warning..mad cow patients on the loose

3 years ban for saying something seditious? Come on BN....you can do better than this. I am sure you have all this planned out with your wayang kulit and theaterical story line. Now we have Tun M back into the party, would that make any difference? After all, he made a mistake appointing the current leadership and today he wants to undo it? Undo it by supporting a racist who continue to rant his mouth in public? I am sure Malaysians are pissed off with BN. We know the overall objectives of BN are to be the mouthpiece of the people, standing for the rights of all and pursuing the course of positivity. Bah....I think that is just cakap cakap only. I am extremely dissapointed. Very dissapointed.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

PGCC - as good as dead

I am thrilled today that this project is finally gone. I am sure many Penangnites were rather skeptical judging from the sms messages sent all over the country but once and for all, the project is done and over. Time out has been called and I am glad that this came at the best time when Malaysia is about to celebrate its Malaysia Day on 16 September. I am sure it's a day where I hope someone would plagarize and speak in this manner
"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

I am a squatter

So I am now a squatter. After 40 years living in this country, I have been said I am a squatter. Even if politicians tend to shoot from the hips, I believe I am a squatter. I am squatter who paid my taxes yearly; exercise my rights as a voter and of course, contribute to the country's Merdeka celebration by displaying the country's flag. S0, I am indeed a squatter. A squatter of the 21st century Malaysia. I am indeed a squatter and I guess my votes meant nothing. Guess what, I am glad I voted these bastards out of office. You continue to be brown nosing the UMNOs who practises racial politics and call me a damm squatter. Sure, I will squat on you who said we are a squatter. Let it be known " I will not let the next 4 years be what I will like my country to be the last 8 years - Obama". Let me curi a bit - " I will not let the next decade be what I will like my county be the last 20 years"

Go jump into the lake - you racialistic bastards!

Merdeka-Part 2

September 16? Well, personally, I have less faith that this date would mean a new federal government with words that some BN members of parliament will cross over. Nevertheless, after attending the dinner to thank Permatang Pauh's voters, it's very apparent that Dato Seri Anwar is very confident that the future is very clear for the Pakatan Rakyat component. I am not sure if this is going to happen but I captured some sights and scene as well as a video for you to preview. Jom - UBAH!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I continue to walk...on Merdeka Day

This was extracted from one of my favorite blogs....if you understand Bahasa and Malay poem, it's good to reflect.

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

A new dawn

Many of you would never had a chance to see the aftermath of the elections at Permatang Pauh. But I am glad it's over. Anwar has won...now onwards to build a new direction, a new hope, a country!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My prediction......

SO what is my prediction? I predict:

1. Anwar to emerge victorious.
2. The majority vote will be between 10-15K
3. The BN Led Government will have to compromise with Pakatan as it loses majority.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I swear


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

The tide is turning...

Truly difficult times at P44. Majority of Chinese and Indians are indeed swinging their votes. It's very difficult to predict what majority the candidate that wins will get but I am seeing a possible

LANDSLIDE

Friday, August 22, 2008

LGE vs KTK

Okay...I was there and that is all I want to say. What was my verdict for this debate? I believe it was David vs Goliath...David won of course. You figure out who is David!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dr Koh - you just don't get it

IT IS A DEBATE. GET TO THE FACTS AND TALK ABOUT IT. WE DON'T FEEL FOR YOU...18 YEARS SUDAH CUKUP DAH!


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

Debate.

Anyway, the debate between the former CM and the current CM of Penang will be telecast live tonite. Do make sure you catch it. Keep an eye out for the photos of the event.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I met him

It was at 1230 am this morning that I met the man himself. After all these years, it was an honor to meet him. Apart from saying hi and shaking his hands, I had a deep sense of concern seeing him in pain after his continued ordeal into this major political landscape of the country. That 5 mins short talk between himself and me has profoundly left a sense of pride and admiration that the man I spoke could be the next PM of Malaysia..

REFORMASI

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Its on!

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng have agreed to hold an open debate on the land issue in Penang, expected to be telecast live on Aug 20, according to the organiser, AgendaDaily.com.The electronic news portal's editor Hanafiah Man said the one-hour debate on the topic, "Kisah Benar: Kontroversi Tanah di Pulau Pinang" (True Story: The Land Controversy in Penang), would be held at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) hall from 9pm on that day."This debate is expected to be carried live by one of the Media Prima television channels," he told Bernama here today.Hanafiah said the debate was being organised to enable the public to obtain information directly from both sides so as to avoid confusion over the issue. The format to be used will be the same used by AgendaDaily for the debate on the oil price issue between Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on July 15."Both sides can appoint their own panels to ask questions, just like in the previous debate," Hanafiah said, adding that attendance at the debate would also be by invitation.He said both sides could give 50 names to obtain invitations to the debate and others interested to attend could surf the website, www.agendadaily.com for information.Chairman of the DBP Board of Governors, Datuk Johan Jaafar was again chosen as moderator for the upcoming debate, he added.-- BERNAMA