Monday, 15 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
When I ask parents why they do so, they say "These schools are better"
Better? What's wrong with a Sekolah Kebangsaan? Didn't we all "survive" that? Or are those SKs from my days different from those of today?
Parents today, yesterday or tomorrow are no different. They just want the best for their kids. They want teachers who can teach. They want discipline. They want their kids to LEARN great stuff & greater manners.
But our schools & education system has failed us for too long.
The deal isn't that studying Mandarin or studying in Mandarin is superior. It's the overall system
Because sure as hell, we don't speak mandarin at home
& we ain't gonna "balik Cina"
I think Chinese schools sucks! Kids are so stressed with a never ending round of Classes, homework & tuition 7daysxweek.
How can constant classes & studying be better than having a Childhood ? Better then tadpoles in the longkang? Playing Badminton, & riding bikes with in the neighbourhood? Sharing 1 ice kacang with 3 spoons?
Our educational system sucks so big time that even Ministers & high ranking civil servants send their own kids away. They didn't use to. I am pretty sure almost every leader we have today has had their schooling in Malaysia.
So until Malaysia reforms our education system PROPERLY & give parents the type of schools that they themselves would like to attend, there is little choice but to keep vernacular schools.
And really peeps. I really do NOT like V.Schools..but what's the choice to ensuring your kids have a good foundation in their education?
And don't be surprised when our next generation of leaders speak like Bush, Tony Brown or Rupert Murdoch. They surely didn't go to school here.
Friday, 5 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Green hi-lites below is what is reported
Blue italic hi-lites are my own thoughts
"During a debate on the state 2009 Budget, which was tabled more than a week ago, Ayub Jamil (BN-Rengit) led the call to quash any racial provocation by political leaders who tend to confuse the people with a malicious interpretation of the ketuanan Melayu concept.
He said Malay supremacy was not a "slave and master" relationship.
Instead, Ayub said it was a concept that was long held in the highest regard by people in the country, which was the authority of the Malay Rulers.
"There is no such thing of Malays being the 'master race' while others merely serve as slaves.
"We have a sultan. Our master is the sultan, who rules the states and country. I am disappointed with the current state of racial unity in the country."
Even the 'ketuanan Melayu' concept is being questioned."
Is your only master really the sultan?
And if BN is acknowledging that the Sultan RULES the states & country, why are there elections? There will be no more need for PMs. Ruling means to take charge - or is there another meaning (yet again) to the word "Ruling"
I am pleased there is now greater importance & relevance placed on our Monarcy & Royalties.
Some of our Royalties are such firm favorites of mine, that in my dreams, I wish that they could rule because better an enlightened monarchy than an Idiotic Despot.
Or is it a matter of "now that we need them, let's wheel them out on parade"?
BTW are the Sultans insisting on this concept, or Some Commoners?
Next clarification came from:
Tahir Taat (BN-Bukit Serampang) questioned the sincerity of leaders who claimed to raise such issues for a more united Malaysia.
He said the country's forefathers who fought tooth and nail for independence had clearly understood the concept of ketuanan Melayu."
Excuse me? This concept or term was in use when? Since the time of independence? Please do point to those citizens whose forefathers "fought tooth & nail" where in the Constitution this term is found?
What I do know is - from the time of my 1st memories, my father (1 of those who fought) believed in his Sultan of Selangor. He voluntarily hung a photo of the Sultan in his office - without being told to.
He said the Malay rulers did not see themselves as kings only for the Malays. Tahir said for example, Sultan Iskandar of Johor had never addressed the Malays as his only subjects."Whenever his majesty called upon the rakyat, he would address us as rakyat (people) of Johor. "He did not address them according to races. "He is the sultan for all," said Tahir.
Let me reiterate this question "are the Sultans insisting on this concept, or Some Commoners for their own political agendas? "
Last view about Ketuanan came from
Datuk Abdul Halim Suleiman (BN-Puteri Wangsa), who said "such disruptive political views could only hinder the democratic process in the country. Should such sentiments persist, then the country would be in disarray following irreparable racial rifts."
I agree. But please ask yourself "Who are using this concept to divide the Nation & All Malaysians?"
I love my BTWs :)
So! BTW -
I am NOT a PKN, DAP, MCA, or Gerakan supporter.
I support NOBODY
I only support whoever advocates a Fair & Just Country for ALL who lives in it.
And common sense dictates that in a Fair & Civil Society, concepts meant to Subvert 1 race/tribe to the advantage of another should be Annuled, Deleted & Seen no More lest the History of a Country be Shamed!
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Did you hear me? I KNOW this woman. Yeah. Susie was also Chinese but this does not mean that all Chinese people are sadists. Just so happens I know THIS chinese. So NO racial bashing please.
If you have any cow sense, you would know that Good & Bad comes in all shapes & colors.
To continue. I know "Susie" from helping Jenny, my neighbour rent out her apartment & Susie was the tenant I picked out on her behalf, seeing as Jenny was not around & Susie was the 1st "decent-looking" person to answer the ad.
You may wonder if Susie looked "normal"
No she did not look "normal".
Susie was exceptionally well groomed, well spoken & looked like she won't skip the rent - which was more Jenny's concern as a landlady. Susie looked too great to be "normal". So Susie moved in with 2 young adult kids, 2 dogs & a maid. She paid her bills promptly.
However after 1 yr, Jenny asked Susie to leave her apartment as she was posted home & needed her apartment back.
Now the maid story. 1 year after Susie moved out, Jenny my neighbour called me at work & told me the police was looking for me. ME? About Susie. So I turned up at the police station & they asked me
Did I hear anything like screams from Susie's apartment when she was living there. No
Did I see the maid? Not really
How do you know there's a maid?
I saw a woman, dressed like a maid (in fact, she was dressed like any of us - shapeless tees, ugly shorts) who is definitely not Susie - hanging out clothes. washing Susie's car, walking the dogs
So she was allowed to leave the apartment? Yes. If not how can she clean the car which is downstairs in the open public car park & walk the dogs?
Did you ever see her alone in the public? Yes. In the open public car park & walking towards the Botanic Gardens which is next door to us
Did you see the maid talking to anyone else? Sort of. She talked to the guards at the gate, other maids minding kids. Yes
Do you think Susie behaved, & acted normal?
Yes. She didn't do anything crazy like dance naked in the car park. She came in & out - normally. Oh yes. Except for her bizarre clothing - or the lack of clothes & the overexposure of her body.
(The police officers glared at me but I was only speaking the truth)
Then they told me. Turns out Susie was arrested for hitting the maid with a red hot scoop. I freaked out. FREAKED OUT. When? This month. I sorta went "whew" because Susie had already left our place 1 yr ago.
Because had I known, were I aware - that Susie was beating the maid, what would I have done? Call the Police? Bashed the door & Susie down?
I still do not understand to this day, why when the maid was being beaten, she did not go to someone for help. Or to a nearby police station.
If you know Singapore well, you would know a police station is never far away. Plus. We are all living almost 1 on top of another - so how is it possible nobody heard or saw anything?
Susie was eventually acquited of hitting the maid with a hot metal scoop but was jailed 2 weeks for slapping the maid twice on the face. Is that too little punishment? Again if you know Singapore, you would know they are more strict than lenient, and out to make an example for everyone to see.
But things happen for a reason. This incident has made everyone I know super vigilant of the 2-way street in life.
One hears of gila maids as well as gila employers. Everyone deserves Respect & Courtesy.
Because if there were choices in life, nobody would choose to be a maid.
Because if we can trust a stranger to run our homes, care for our loved ones, & sleep with us under the same roof, we MUST trust, respect & treat them with courtesy.
Works the same way for the maids too. Except they are the lonely ones. They are the ones without family & friends' support.
God Help us All to Be Kinder & More Patient
Friday, 28 November 2008
I believe Yim is guilty because I would think if you were the employer, you would be alarmed to see yr maid's face so bashed & battered. I am sure you would have asked her immediately what has happened.
And if you suspect yr maid to be mad - ie she bashed herself up, would you still keep her around with your young kids? Handling your food? Sleeping under the same roof?
Yes. I've had such 1 bad experience with my nephew's new maid. She was quite mad that we IMMEDIATELY sent her back to the agency - where after us, she went onto 5 other families; all of whom sent her back.
Gawd knows what someone mad will do.
But 18 yrs sentence? That's harsh. ABSOLUTELY.
Yes. Yim is guilty. 10 yrs is harsh. But 18?
If I were the judge, I would make Yim pay a huge compensation to Nirmala. Heck! I would bankrupt Yim to compensate Nirmala & then give her 3 yrs in jail. Why?
Because Nirmala is not the only victim.
Yim's 4 young kids are also the victims. These kids will grow up with everyone knowing who their mother is & what she was accused of. And not to have a mum for 18 years?
I am not minimising Nirmala's pains & injuries. I am quite sure she was forced to leave her family & country to work in order to support her family.
Ofcourse employers have a moral obligation to their maids - because for sure - if you were the maid, wouldn't you be homesick like hell? Working like mad in a strange country with people you don't know? Who may be abusing you, sometimes not only physically but also morally?
But 18 yrs? Come on Judge. Spare a thought too for the many victims in this sorry story. How many more lives must be destroyed now?
Thursday, 27 November 2008
I googled him & found Gurchan Singh had already died in 1965.
But I remembered him & a book I never read because it's an "adult" book & I was too young when I first saw this book. It wasn't even a thick book. Quite small & slim. I remembered the cover. That's all.
The book is "Singa - The Lion of Malaya".
My father had that book & I am afraid that after we moved to a new house, we must have somehow thrown that book out. And it's not as if my father had a lot of books. Maybe 3?
But I remembered this book & Gurchan Singh because somehow I must have remembered my father telling me about this man, & about what happened during World War II.
To be honest. I only remembered this bit.
During WW2, Gurchan Singh went underground to publish anti Japanese newspapers, but he was found out & he escaped into the jungle without his family. He left his family because his wife made him do it. Even if he was the only one to survive, they will take the chances.
The Jap invaders came to his house & tied his wife & son to a tree for many days & nights, to force Gurchan Singh to surrender.
Gurchan didn't surrender because his wife & son kept shouting from the trees "Do not come out". My father said that nobody was allowed to go near the trees to give them water or food, or they would be shot. I think the son was barely 10 then.
Maybe, after a week of ants & starvation, water from the rains, his family was released because the soldiers knew that Gurchan will not give up the fight. And that his family will not let him give up the fight.
Like I say. My father must have told me this story many times or I would never have remembered. Who really pays attention to their parents anyway?
Pa was a friend of Gurchan. They were good friends. Both of them resisted; one overtly & my father covertly - by supplying Gurchan & other resistance fighters with food & supplies.
What an unlikely friendship. What lost heroes. Gurchan. Mrs Singh. Young Master Singh. My Pa
How did this friendship happened?
1 Sikh, well educated.
1 China man, somewhat literate, mainly self taught.
So how did both of them become fast friends?
Were either of them "dogs" of the British, who were before the war, colonial masters of Malaya?
Not that I know. Neither worked for, or with the British. Their rice-bowls were not dependant on the British.
Both knew Right from Wrong
Both were Brothers
Both knew their Country was Their Country
And today, both forgotten in this day of Google & Yahoo & Search Engines.
So in my little way, I hope that if anyone were to google "The Singa of Malaya", they would know that this was the title of Gurchan Singh's book.
I honor both these Lions & the Lioness & her Cub by letting the world of Netizens know - that Acts of Courage for One's Home can never be Forgotten.
Like I say. Maybe the foundation of Justice & Fighting for My Country grew from my childhood.
So continue telling stories to your kids even if they do not seem to be paying attention.
Maybe their subconscience will remember your stories & they may grow to be what you hope they will be one day. Who knows?
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Fatwa! Yoga (those dang positions! those dang chantings! those dang "oneness with God")
Fatwa! Lesbians & Tomboys (yet another imported disease - read NST)
Fatwa! Irresponsible Blogging! Irresponsible Journalism! (Finally! 2 words which ain't a oxymoron)
Fatwa! Speaking out against ISA next?
Man. OFCOURSE there are worst things out there in the world to worry about.
Global recession, jobs & homes lost, dreams gone
Dead, dying, starving victims
Incompetent, corrupt, power hungry, greedy, don't-care-a-rats'-arse-bout-anyone-else-but-me politicians
People dying of Aids, Cancer, TB etc
Terrorists, wars, etc etc etc
When are we gonna be hearing about a Fatwa on corruption & lies?
Or MAS stewardess in tight fitting kebayas? Serving Liquor? Or Muslims marrying non-Muslims?
Anyways. SORRY !!!!
Since I ain't personally touched by ANY of the above, I will just shut up.
After all f**hed if we do, f**hed if we don't.
*yeah...I am now PC. switched to f(ish)ed instead of ****
And why should Malaysians be allowed to speak up?
We are too stupid, too dumb, too uneducated, too easily mislead, too ill-informed to know Right from Wrong. Wrong religion. Wrong Beliefs. Wrong Names. Wrong Color.
Yeah. I agree. We ARE lucky to be allowed to stay here.We are lucky to be allowed to serve our Masters
On a lighter note
I didn't know they have also forbidden yoga in Egypt.
But what I dun understand is why do they still allow ladies to do the belly dance in Egypt; albeit covered in layers of silk scarves?
Is it really the motion of the ocean that counts & not the size of the boat?
P/S I found this interesting site on the beautiful stars of the Arab world while looking for an image of a belly dancer. I have forgotten how err....beautifully clad (?) some Middle Eastern stars are.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Contrary to what many may think. In my days, the educated ones were the government workers. Most of those Chinese in the prewar houses were illiterate traders. I think only 6 of those families had the head of their household who were educated .
Oh. Yes. And you ask me. What did our Indian neighbours do? The 3 Indian families helped by going out to buy food - since they were the "neutral" race.
Big & small, young & old, male & female, our Indian neighbours dragged back heavy baskets of food to bring to all of us. Shopping for nearly 50 families is no joke.
Before May 13th, it was not as Muhibah as I have made it sound - because for our menfolks who were out of the house a lot, were only on nodding acquitance with each other. Funny how women & kids can make friends more easily than men.
When May 13th came, the men finally got to know each other.
Now looking back, I also see May 13th as achieving something that nearly 10 years of living together did not & that is -
It showed the implicit trust that fellow men have in each other because didn't these men trust their neighbours to safeguard their, & their family's lives?
The very same races out there killing each other
More importantly, that event reminds me that
The men in the street had MUCH more Courage than cowards armed with parangs
It reminds me that decent citizens were willing to die defending the other "dangerous" race.
So for me, that greatest shameful event of our nation that I have ever witnessed- showed me - that instead of breaking us up, it actually brought all of us together
And men - the common men in the streets are Decent.
They do not hide under cloaks of greed, fear & distrust in others
They do right by others
They do not kill people because someone is from a different race & belief
So Kamal. Thank you very much for reminding me of May 13. I shall not forget again.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Quite interesting if you have a water supply problem.
This also hi-lites the diff between a developing & underdeveloped country.
Today I was surprised to see the photo of someone I know, A.S. Foo complaining about the lack of water supply in a mature estate in PJ where he lives.
This has been happening to poor Foo & family for 6 months. Despite many calls to Syabas, he’s had no action & so his family lives on what water they have stored up painfully whenever there’s water.
Aisay! I thought these things don't happen in a developing country where we boast of 1 of the highest buildings in the world & our very own Astronaut (sic) ?
Hahaha Foo! Miss Schadenfreude here!
At least where I am, I wake up everyday KNOWING there is water supply despite ancient pipes built into hilly, difficult-to-access terrain. So sorry Foo, I have no problems with water supply or water pressure.
& Yes. Foo. There is yet another difference between living in an under-developed country & a developing country.
Where I am, this poor underdeveloped country has prepared a Giant Comprehensive & Comprehensible Master Plan outlining the entire development needs & focus for the next 10 years.
With timelines & infrastructure goals. For eg. It has x # of kids so it needs x # of schools, teachers to be built by 200x.
This document was communicated, & broken down into details down the line & issued to every village.
I was suitably impressed when I stopped in a village in the middle of bumf**k nowhere (4hours to drive 40kms – my butt was grass by the time I arrived)
The village head who's had basically 4 yrs of education told me proudly – pointing to his copy of the plan what they are doing, their milestones (hello MBA!) & how they are going to achieve it.
And Lordy, Lordee, LORD! They seem to be getting there!
But back to the developing country, Malaysia.
Does anyone know what Malaysia’s plans are?
Do we know where we are going & how we are getting there?
What's more important? Face or Water?
But we know ONE thing for sure & that is - Who’s paying for the Face. wink wink
So who's living in an under-developed country now?
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
It would seem that some of our (il)luminatis may have suspect higher degrees include "Deputy Speaker of Malaysia Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar with his PhD from American from the Southern California University for Professional Studies in 2005."
You guys just have to read it yourself. Does this shock me? No...oooooo.
I dunno what air we have in Asia but face & titles are more important than some stupid values like humility & honesty. Buying a PhD doesn't give you brains, or get you more respect. You just THINK it does because you are deaf & can't hear the howls of laughter behind your back. I would include all those Honorary Doctorates in this category.
Unless you are Nelson Mandela & you earned the Honorary Doctorate the hard way!
Back to some other bizarre stories I know
You Msians should know this one well.
This muka story are all those instant Datins you see. On a good hair day when I enter a shop sometimes, I become an instant Datin.
Or you meet some big shot Datuk & he has this floosie with him & you are forced to greet him. He is Datuk & she is ???
Just call her Datin lah. Because if she didn't want to be recognized as Datin, she surely won't be with the toad in the first place. Get the Drift?
Then there is this one:
A certain hairdresser "changed" her face, caught her rich cat, married him, & became Datin. But when her family showed up, ppl started wondering "aiyoh! she looks so different fr her parents"
So Datin had her parents go under the knife, do the chemical peel, the laser, wrapping the body & hands in avocado so that they will resemble her more closely.
Now she & her entire family has literally lost all of their old friends because you can't have the world saying "HAIYAH! I knew them before they had a new face!"
Which shows you how wrong she was. The whole world is saying that anyways.
Then there was someone I met at an event where all of us had to wear our name on a label. But this lady stood out by far because she had to use TWO labels. Her name was "Dr. Mrs Mohammed Al-Fatish Leila Mansouri Kazam" Or something long like that
Dr MRS ? Does that mean she is the Mrs of the Doctor or she is a Mrs who is a Doctor? Turns out she was the former. So if you are the wife of a Doctor who is a Datuk, do you become Datin Dr ???
And if you are a Doctor, and your husband is also a Doctor like Siti Hasmah, should her full title then be "Puan Seri Dr Mrs Dr Siti Hasmah"?
Aweso....oommme Baby! I LOVE MY COUNTRY !!!!
Monday, 17 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Suffering & meaningless deaths.
Ego, power, greed.
Enough to make me throw up
Even though I am now in a country where 70% of the ppl are living below the poverty line, but at least they are not living in fear for their lives.
Imagine what the ppl of Gaza, Zimbabwe & Congo have to go through everyday.
Food running out (or none), no water, homeless, sick, either extreme heat & masses of mosquitoes or biting cold with no energy.
The hard stance of Israel has continued to pissed me off. I am not the only one who sympathizes with the Palestinians. The harder the Isrealites' stance, the more they turn ordinary people off.
I dunno if it is intentional but the Israelites always comes across as if they are the only ones who are right, everyone else is wrong, they don't care what you say, they deserve everything they have, they have suffered & they won't back off...even if 1 or 1000 or 10000 Palestinian civilians die or suffer.
And all over a tiny strip of land called Gaza. Power Rocks or what?!
Zimbabwe - Think Mugabe. Who does he remind you of in Msia? You are thinking exactly what I am thinking!
Why do old men think they can live forever? Doesn't it matter 1 iota who suffers while they are grasping & hanging on for power?
What can you do with all that money & power when you are dead? Hey! Don't tell me whatever. Tell that to your Maker when you meet Him(Her).
Democratic Rep of Congo - Those with guns win. All others get fucked.
Those strutting brainless turds with Arms in Uniforms. Enuff Said
Thursday, 13 November 2008
So that the capital can be injected into buying shares in the local bourse?
EH! My (& everyone's) EPF is damn HARD EARNED. As it is, with the way EPF is mysteriously being managed, I awreddy damn scared I won't see a cent one day. Don't lie to me. You same same as me right?
Now the Govt's forcing me indirectly to buy shares?
I don't "play" the market for many good reasons. You can say Religious, you can say Prudence. I don't care nor do I condemn those who "invest" in the bourse. (Aiyah. Let's face it. How many are long term investors in the bourse leh?)
You play, you win, you lose at your own great fortune or your own risk.
But using MY pension funds to berjudi macam ni?
Also - how would I know that Valuecap will use the EPF injection to buy real, worthwhile, bluechip stocks? Who is gonna bet with me they won't save the stocks of those with the right political links?
Also. Valuecap already got Khazanah, & Permodalan as shareholders right? So why don't K&P inject more into Valuecap if it's such a smart, viable option ?
My take on life is simple
Idiots who got themselves rich, can get themselves poor again. Just don't take my money. I have No say in the process to get you into any situation
Idiots who mismanaged companies in the first place should be arrested & have all illgotten gains returned to the company so that qualified professionals with a good record can run the company & hopefully make it work
I don't understand why we must continue to bail out incompetent managers, incompetent idiots, & cronies.
Tell me people. What would you rather do with your EPF money?
Bail out Banks?
Bail out Companies (ie buy shares) or
Get your money back & you manage it yourself?
I can't wait until the day I can take my EPF money out!
Plse do not ISA me. Only Questions, k?
1. Malaysia politics is Race - based - or so says the Great M.
Then how come UMNO got so many members who are not 100% Melayu ah?
Then how come not even ONE PM is 100% Melayu hah? Thai blood, got. Pakistani blood, got. Indonesian blood, got. Chinese blood, got. All Got!
I know I know. You say so long as walk, talk, breathe & live as one right? Then like dat, technically speaking, MANY MANY MANY of us - so long as we convert - also Melayu right? Or???
Also how come you know what race The Maker, the Great Universal Being is ah? If He (or She?) is of the wrong race, then how? No gostan, u-turn you know?
2. Rockybru is President of Allblogs, right? I hate to ask this question because I think he damn cool dude BUT!!!How come he did not post anything on his blog re: Bloody Sunday's Bersih gathering?
Many bloggers there wat. So is Rocky representing Allblogs or only Someblogs?
3. This Ketuanan thing. Who is Tuan, who is servant ah?
4. How come got some people with higher class blood than me ah? Like I say before, ain't all shit smell the same? Your blood not red meh? And are we all not holding the same type of IC ?
5. How come got people say I am Pendatang when both sets of my grandma & grandpa arrived here before 1920? Just how LONG does one have to live here before not considered Pendatang ah?
6. If you dun want Pendatangs, then why not send all Pendatangs balik kampung ah? What is stopping you??
Thank you. Terima Kasih.
This is all the unPC Qs Aunty ask today.