Saturday, 31 January 2009
There is no resolution - which is bad. Military is out.
Only (?) 10,000 are out to hear the Opposition who proposed to have a transition regime. Last saturday the crwd was 5x more
My neighbours tell me it's calm at home. They are all watching out for our house. We lied to the guard & said we are somewhere out of town. Hope to be home by tomorrow
It has been traumatic, sad & stressful not knowing from 1 minute to the next what will happen. We have prepared what we can - and I am relearning how to stay calm
Imagine how I feel when I locked the house today - not knowing if this is the last time. Left everything there. We can always get more stuff but we can't get back our sense of security.
Thank god uncle slept well last nite after a week of nonsleep.
Thank god our girl dog kept patrolling so well
I am relying on muesli for food although we have so much food at home. We are prepared for a stockade.
Thanks Diana, Justin, Lorna, Robert, Julie, Paula, Bernard, Greg for your calls, support & calming me down. I have just been crying & crying especially due to stupid messages from embassies telling us " High alert. get yr neighbour's phone numbers" WTF is such a message for? To calm us or scare us.
The problem is the Legitimate government has remained virtually incommunicado with the people & many in this govt are ready to turn coat at the drop of a hat.
Uncle feels sad that all he built & turnaround are likely to go out in 1 day or less when the opposition takes over. Here the opposition unfortunately is worst than the current government!
Keep you all posted! Wish us luck. This may continue for days or only minutes. Nobody knows. I wish only for a definite this or that instead of living minute to minute not knowing where the wind blows
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Clothes not ironed? Fuck it. I may never use it again
Food Bland? Fuck it. Be happy we are able to eat a meal
Floors dirty? Fuck it. We may be leaving any time anyhow
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Ohh Baby. Last nite we celebrated my foolishness by eating expensive nuts & choccies. Even the doggies find themselves having extra treats! My friend tells me the only thing one can hope to take out if things gets bad is a passport & money. I agree.
His Uncle-ness has maintained his stance that he must continue his responsibility. To run away while head of an essential service of the country would be an act of cowardice. He refuses to entertain any other thoughts until he has proof his life is under threat. Or the threat is in his face.
I don’t know if I should applaud his act of Heroism or to cry. One never knows a choice until confronted directly with adversity.
Who is the kettle to call the pot black? Which is why I am supportive of his decision.
So far, none of the foreign missions see any need for evacuation yet but the Swiss are contemplating this seriously as they have a tiny contingent here. We know & understand the Americans for trying to leave because they are always blamed for something but it is a personal decision.
The “hit list” so far includes: The Chinese & the Chinese Embassy, The Koreans, The Germans, & a smaller extent the Indians.
His Unc-ness also wrapped 2 kitchen knives in a kitchen towel & put it into his essential bagpack. I took the news calmly. Later I told him I wouldn’t be able to use it. He says he will - if pushed. Not easy for a gentle soul to say this.
But there is no point of a kitchen knife against a machete or a gun.
All Parents pay attention now please. Let yr kids watch telly! All those years of watching tv has paid of. I recalled this trick. Throw a stack of money into the air. People will stop to pick it up.
Non-violent & effective
Money is useless unless you can use it. I am only happy that today seems "normal". What made me feel better is we have our loyal Jean, a local who is going to stay with at our house to translate or at least to talk "sense"
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Don't believe a woman who says she doesn't panic. I panicked when I heard the continuous popping & banging. I went immediately into my "run for the mountains" mode. Screamed at Uncle (who's home from work as situation is still hairy) "get our bags!" while slamming all doors & windows shut. Also accidentally locked the dogs into the toilet.
We have 2 backpacks ready to evacuate. Ofcourse we will leave everything behind - his gripe. He thinks we will have time to pack & leave. I would like to see us leaving in an orderly fashion too but I doubt that's happening. I don't think packing my clothes & nice stuff is my priority now.
Passports - check
Computer - check
Father's little buddha - check
Some watches etc - check
Personal photos - check
Documents & Papers (equal to the weight of our 2 dogs 10kgs!!) - check
2 small dogs who will never understand anything but english, meal & bone times - not checked.
We intend to bundle them off or they had better learn another language
Uncle standing on the blinking balcony chatting with the neighbour (whose husband had run off in the direction of the shooting) - CHECK!
You damn MEN!
The Military has come back to life today. They have agreed with the Mayor (the young punk who started all this shit; NOT that he's wrong, just too power hungry & inexperienced) to stop the looting, burning, pillaging.
The shots are from the Military protecting a small supermarket here. The other big supermarkets have already been looted & stripped to the bone. I mean it. Every last plastic bag & shelving's gone. EMPTY.
Am I calm? NO. I am way tired, tense & frankly scared from the shots. God bless this Land. Why is it that the poorer the land, the more f**ked they are / get?
Going into a war zone? Looking presentable & also be coherent? Grace under fire? How aptly that does NOT describe me!
I was not that freaked out until the news that ALL the prisoners from the largest prison here - less than 2 km from our house escaped during last night's lawlessness - NO police or military to be found!
Hello! Don't ask me why I choose a house near a prison. Nobody tells you such (non)sallient features when they are renting out a place & I don't think we think to ask "Is this house near a prison, mortuary, grave yard" etc.
Yes. You are talking to someone who's rented a place right next to a mortuary before. I had no idea of this until someone pointed out to me that my bedroom was actually facing the entrance to the mortuary & this mortuary even had a large signboard saying "XXX hospital mortuary"
Anyways. Prison break. I did not take this piece of news well so I thought I would spread my unhappiness around by telling my neighbours - who all freaked out.
It's true what they say. A worry shared is a worry halved. I told them this news under the pretext of asking them to be more vigilant.
I dunno how any of us can be even more vigilant given that there is only so much you can do.
Here, just like in Malaysia, grills are everywhere to keep people out but also to keep yourself in - because how to escape leh? Nobody is the incredible Hulk you know?
To make me happy, at midnight, ye olde Uncle sought out an escape plan - which is why there are now 2 chairs hidden in the back for us to climb over barbed wires, & hide amongst 10 sq meter of shrubs & bushes if things get bad. He alone will take up 9sq meter so I will have to contort myself into that remaining 1 left.
But that is not the world's best laid plan. We have 2 dogs, who if left out of the realm of Mummy will immediately come to that spot to bark - thereby alerting all & any intruders as to where we are.
As to the political situation here.
Currently there is NO leader in this country. Yeah. There is one but he is the target of all the bandits' & people's looting & burning last nite.
The Opposition leader who started the spark could not hold back the flames. He is a 34yr old who thinks he can hold all the power himself. Sounds familiar no?
NOBODY knows who can control the Military or internal security. They are taking orders from NOBODY. In fact the entire military went into hiding. In fact, they themselves are not sure who they want to listen to, the elected leader? the Opposition? Or their own divided faction.
This morning we woke up early from hardly any sleep at all. The night always makes things look worst. And to realize I shoulda taken taekwando now is too late. Our "defence" weapon is our 2 dogs. They know when things are bad. They even took turns to sleep guarding us.
Sometimes animals are much better than humans, ain't it?
Monday, 26 January 2009
I am also totally floored by Uncle. He has directed all non-essential staff (about 2000) to go home by 14-30hrs.
I am alone at home with 2 oblivious & happy dogs & 1 unhappy guard, whom I would like to send home but he lives some ways away so I am scared he may not get home safely. What to do? I haven't a clue.
But we have enough to feed everyone because I happened to stock up last week.
As of 1 hour ago, there are some fires in the city. The fire engines have been stopped from going in to put out the fire. This place isn't far from Uncle's office.
And there is nary an enforcement guy in sight.
What a contrast to Malaysia who gives us 4x or more of the enforcement we don't need at peaceful gatherings ain't it?
My friends who live on a hill overlooking the burning parts say 2 state radio stations are burnt, & they see many people on the march. They who have lived here through 2 other riots say this is the fastest & worst they have seen. I hope they are kidding me!
When I asked Uncle (nicely but firmly) when he is coming back - since even his own Ambassador has directed all its nationals to stay home, Uncle mustaseentoomanywesternmovies says "I'll come back an hour after all the staff has left"
WTF was that? All the other people with the same nationality as Uncle are home EXCEPT him.
I shall try to stay calm. To distract myself, I am preparing some rations, candles etc in a not-that-secret-a-room in the event we need to hide.
I hadn't realized my New Year will be this exciting.
I didn’t want to say anything this far, in case our family gets nervous & then I realized that hey! They don’t really read my ramblings.
Here, the past 2 weeks has been one of some great unrest.
Unfortunately it has culminated in last night’s spotty troubles, & today’s call from the Opposition for a nationwide strike.
Ok. If I were to compare last nite’s bit of a rampage (grenades, military, barricades, cars set on fire), it doesn’t seem as bad as when soccer hooligans ran mad in Frankfurt 12 years ago.
The diff here is we live in the centre where the “action” is.
More critically, the better half is err….quite “critical” to the country’s service here, & many know him as "He who is ridding the company of corrupted people" & the same now wants to get him so they can get back to cari makan again
How did it get where it’s gotten?
The issues affecting here are no different from those affecting Malaysia.
And you are wondering “WHAT? Even dirt poor people feels that the right to be heard, & to rid the country of greed, cronyism, corruption are important?”
Yes. Surprised right?
I support that people in a democracy should have their rights. But most times, we are mere pawns in the hands of powerful & manipulative men
So in the end, we get taken in for the ride of a promise for a better tomorrow.
Here people are just like us in Msia. They too feel someone else MAY be better than the current people? Who knows? Let’s take a gamble.
But unfortunately you know how it is. Same clothes, different day.
Seen too many new regime who’s just like the old regime
Last nite showed us how hairy things can get.
Although we heard that there were sporadic demos around town this weekend, we were assured all was ok.
That’s why we kept to plan & a group of us went out for dinner. We even called the restaurant to see if all’s ok & indeed all seemed fine as the restaurant was full. As we passed through town, it seemed quieter, we didn’t see a single police or military person, lots of cars, just less people.
Throughout our meal, everyone’s phone kept ringing.
Every time a phone rang, the whole table of 14 went quiet to see what the situation was. We kept getting calls that the situation was getting a bit dicey. So we rushed home after dinner. So much for Reunion Dinner celebrations.
Today the situation seems to have grown tenser.
We hear that buses have stopped running, many are milling around the city, both civilians & military because the nationwide strike is supposed to start at 10am.
We are less than 5 mins from this dateline. My better half has gone off to work to reassure his staff that life goes on, & he is there with them & for them.
After all, what good would it do anyone to be without power or water?
All I can do is to pack him some food (in case he is cut off from me), & have all our important papers in a bag.
I pray for the people here that they will be fine.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Now can someone please ask DAP to increase the number of people physically supporting Paula by being there with her ?
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
Umno’s VP, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has called for a change in approach by BN to woo voters. And the secret to changing approach?
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
I wish you GodSpeed Paula & we will always be SISTAHS!
NOW. As to that dumbass same person who keeps comin' to my site under different dumbass MF names - so long as you drop racsist dumbass comments - I will just continue to DE...EE..LETE! Comprendez vous?
Ya. I am totally DEMOCRATIC! Do I look like I give a damn? nyuk nyuk nyuk!
Now.Back to the KT elections. I have the strangest feeling that KT will be ummm....NO's Gallipolli. I can just picture those poor ummm...No footsoldiers not knowing if voters will take the bait - despite all those attractive freebies . KT people should know who paid for these freebies. YA. YOU DID YOURSELF!!!
Now why do I have this "green" feeling?
From doing my usual "extensive" research from my armchair ie reading main-& not-at-all mainstream media, I can tell you people.
No need to bet on who's gonna win.
No need to stay glued to the news.
No need to drink Brands Chicken Essence to go to work next day because you stayed up late for the count. (Keep that Brands for the late nite soccer match)
Wah Aunty! You so sure KT will go green meh?
Oh Totally baby! Cause..IF I was a resident of KT, I will ask myself.
1. Oil money go where ah? How come the federal gomen dunno KT gets flooded every - single - f**king year? KT flooding's more predictable than my bowel movement & they still haven't done dick for this long?
2. Someone much wiser than me said that the non-Malays who live in KT know exactly that the Malays in KT are nothing like those ummm...putttt...uitas from the big city. The threat of PAS & hudud do not scare them
What has scared them is the disunity within the Opposition. But that shoulda been settled because the parties within PR has signed an agreement to act in mutual agreement on all matters.
On the other hand have you heard of disagreements within BN? And have you heard that they have come to an agreement to be mutually agreeable? NO, right?
Lastly, and not unimportantly. I don't understand why Handsome Khairy went to KT. I thought he is perceived more as an arrogant playboy type than a serious politician. They shoulda send Siti Norhaliza. She woulda gotten more positive reaction for sure.
And talkin' about arrogant playboy types.
For once in my miserable existence, I am totally sucked up into the world of chinese soaps - with this stupid "The Gem of Life" (TGOL). Now when my connection gets up to speed, I would rather waste time downloading TGOL than trying to get the foregone GREEN conclusion of the KT elections.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
So I quickly hung up & fished around the net & found this news on our very own Malaysia Insider.
Now please People.
The important thing is
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
I thought someone from the government said the Jerit protesters should not have used kids in protests?
Hah? Sorry. THAT was a whole last month ago?
NOW it's another month. NOW, not only are we using some kids, dang! We will throw the whole dang lot into a protest. So, are you telling me the operative word is "some" as vs "all"?
WHAT? Surely you have read that our Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will be mobilising all five million pupils and teachers from over 10,000 schools to protest against the Gaza offensive?
Our esteemed Minister says
"This is to create a wave of pressure for the Israelis to stop their violence and oppression of Palestinian civilians."
This begs the question of "If the Isrealites ain't bowing to pressures from the UN, why would they bow to any pressure; even (or especially) from Malaysian Kids?"
How about exposing our kids to such atrocities? The minister said "When they grow up, they will have to face global issue like peace, environment and the economic crisis"
I do agree we should educate our kids to be aware of global issues. We all should be.
But why not exposing them to issues in our own democratic environment?
Hey Hey HEY! Don't aunty-whip me so fast.
Ofcourse I am horrified & angry at what's happening in the Gaza. What the Isrealites doing is inhuman & inhumane. But Hamas is wrong. The Isrealite government is wrong. BOTH their Approaches are wrong!! But the issue of the Palestinians & the Isrealites are real.
But is what we want our kids to do right?
Aren't we telling our kids
"We can protest about international affairs, but do NOT get involved in your own country's issues of peace, environment & economic crisis. What we do here in our country has nothing to do with you but what they do outside our country has everything to do with you"
HAH? Dammit! I AM getting hard of hearing in my old age.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
If thoughts were a swimming pool, I would still be lying on a deckchair.
But as usual, here I go again.
This time, my deckchair pondering is on Ethiopia. Look at this direct cut&paste from BBC on what Ethiopia's Government is doing
"The bill bans international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from five sorts of activity:
• The advancement of human and democratic rights
• The promotion of equality between peoples, sexes or religions
• Campaigning for children's rights or the rights of the disabled
• Conflict resolution and reconciliation
• Work on criminal justice issues.
Are there some serious retards in this world or what?
Is this happening only in Ethiopia?
Does any of this sound familiar to you wherever you are?
Can someone point me to the passage in any holy text stating the inequality of sexes, peoples & religions is part of their religion?
Can someone tell me sane people think this way?
Did I hear you say that at least the Ethiopians ain't hiding behind any curtains to state the obvious?
Can you tell I ain't heading out to Ethiopia any time soon?
*photo from BBC Africa website