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 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


Friday, August 22, 2008


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


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


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..


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, 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, for information.Chairman of the DBP Board of Governors, Datuk Johan Jaafar was again chosen as moderator for the upcoming debate, he added.-- BERNAMA

Lion City

Suntec Convention Center never cease to amaze me. With the size of a great convention hall, the Investment Seminar on Malaysia was held at this very location and I had the opportunity to attend this function for the very first time. Good to note that the Minister of Trade and Industry of both countries attended this function. I was rather fortunate to at least meet quite a number of attendees from both Singapore and Malaysia which will form a strong bond between us and our former sister state of Malaysia.

Anyway, one strange thing is thing folks in JB seems to get more attention that those who are from up north or central. Nevertheless, states up North have advantages over the southern state. All in all, it was a good event.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Heading to the Lion City

I will be heading down to Singapore this coming Monday and back in action on Wednesday.Stay tuned as I will be updating more of my site of my experiences.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Empty vessel?

I guess August 20 is the date where the current CM is expected to take on the former CM in another widely expected debate betweenthem. I am sure with the coming by-election expected to take place on August 26, I am sure many Penangnites will continue to walk their talk. I am sure many of you are just getting to a point of "disillusion" with the politics that are being played out across Malaysia.

I am sure we will know who will emerge victorious! The truth will prevail and by golly, we will then see a decisive change in the country!

Saturday, August 2, 2008


This came from MalaysiaKini.
Pak Lah's popularity hits new low
Aug 1, 08 5:07pm
More than half of the 1,030 Malaysians throughout Peninsular Malaysia surveyed in a poll said they were unhappy with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's performance.
About 54 percent of those surveyed expressed dissatisfaction with the prime minister, while 44 percent said they felt otherwise.
This is the first time that Abdullah's popularity has plunged to below 50 percent from a record high of 91 percent in late 2004.
His approval rating was at 61 percent just before the March 8 general elections. In April, it went down to 53 percent and currently it is at 44 percent.The opinion poll was conducted between July 4-16 by the independent Merdeka Center for Opinion Research and aimed at gauging voters’ perceptions of current issues, the state of the economy and leadership.Conducted by telephone, it targeted Malaysians throughout the peninsula who were randomly selected and structured along the national electorate profile to achieve proportional balance in terms of gender, ethnicity and state.The survey's margin of error is estimated at plus or minus 3.1 percent.Merdeka Center executive director Ibrahim Suffian said the decline in Abdullah’s approval ratings over the past few months is not only restricted to the widespread anger over rising food and fuel prices.The continuing ‘bickering’ and political uncertainty - both within and outside Abdullah’s Umno - has also been a source of concern, he said.“The public wants to see him find ways to bring the country back to an even keel,” he told Malaysiakini.
Similar trends were found when the respondents were asked regarding their level of satisfaction with Barisan Nasional.
It found that 54 percent were either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the BN government, while 44 percent said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied”.
A clearer divide was discernable when respondents were asked regarding Umno and whether they thought it reflects the “aspirations and needs” of Malaysians.Only one out of three, or 36 percent, responded positively while the majority (58 percent) expressed their dissatisfaction with the party.
Pakatan did slightly betterAmong other highlights of the survey was the question whether Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak would make a good prime minister, with almost half saying no.
While 34 percent of the respondents said yes, 47 percent answered no.The opposition Pakatan Rakyat state governments, in comparison, fared slightly better in terms of the respondents’ level of satisfaction.
Two out of three, or 57 percent, said they were either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied, while 32 percent said they were “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied”.On the related issue of whether they agreed with the action taken by the BN federal government to disburse development funds to a federal body rather than directly to the Pakatan state governments, only 30 percent gave their approval.Over half, or 54 percent, on the other hand, said they were either “somewhat” or “very” dissatisfied with the action.To a question comparing Barisan with Pakatan in terms of the likelihood of either fulfilling their election promises, respondents were almost equally divided.
However, more expressed lack of faith in Barisan in delivering in its promises.
While 55 percent said they were not confident that Barisan would fulfill its promises, 42 percent of the respondents said they were not confident that Pakatan parties would fulfill their promises.In the section on ‘general directions and the economy’, respondents projected a clear concern towards the state and direction of the economy and worried about their own financial situation.
Economic problems important A large majority indicated that they perceived the country was going in the wrong direction. Only 28 percent felt satisfied with the way things are going in the country. Almost two-thirds, or 59 percent, perceive economic problems to be the most important facing Malaysia today, with only 24 percent viewed the economy “favourably”.
Only one in five, or 19 percent, viewed the economy favourably when asked to compare the present situation to 2005. About one-third, or 34 percent, of the respondents answered positively when asked to relate the economic outlook to their personal income, prices of consumer items and services, and job and business opportunities. Only 10 percent of respondents said political issues were the most important challenges facing the country.Reflective of the level of cynicism towards the government’s reduction of subsidies, a large majority (62 percent) said they believed the savings where channeled to benefit “people with political connections”.Only 23 percent said the savings went to make the lives of ‘ordinary Malaysians” better. Fourteen percent did not know while one percent gave no response.