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Monday, 17 March 2014

Politics And The MH370

I was going to avoid blogging about this MH370 fiasco because it is a difficult situation to handle -- for any authority, be they some third world country or a purportedly developed nation (the kind that spies on its citizens but has atrociously third world banking technology).

But three things have annoyed me. Firstly, the Malaysian government has shamed itself and the nation by insinuating that the Captain of the ill-fated MH370 was an extremist for being a life-long member of PKR and a supporter of Anwar Ibrahim.

Now, I'm not Anwar Ibrahim's biggest fan, but with regards to Captain Zaharie, I believe that anyone who stands up for democracy and wants the best for his country is a man to be admired.

Unfortunately, this insinuation was picked up by a trio of pubic lice -- who probably regard themselves as 'journalists' -- for the Daily Mail.

Now, if you have ever been to the UK or are familiar with that trashy rag, you would know that it is read by the mentally deficient, those on unemployment benefits who believe the UK is overrun by immigrants but are too lazy to get off their butts and work for a living, and other random losers.

Still, it has managed to infiltrate the news circle of other serious journalists who are now calling Captain Zaharie's integrity into question. This really annoys me.

It also annoys Peter Chong who vehemently denies that the Captain could be involved in any mischief.

Interestingly, these are feel good moments despite the gloom surrounding the disappearance of this aircraft that Malaysians do have best friends of other races. Peter Chong was Captain Zaharie's best friend.

The third thing that bothers me is some fool from CNN called Jake Tapper who has a smug, slappable face who says, "Who would want to do this, to this part of the world, to this country, and who would be capable of such a thing?"


It's not what he's saying that is annoying, but how he says it.

I have a message for Jake Tapper:

Listen up, you dumb fuck. Your country, the one with crappy-banking-technology-but-superb-spying-skills-on-its-own-citizens (and ludicrously expensive healthcare) is not the only thing that is worthwhile in this world.

While you had your head buried in a hole or possibly trying to deal with the general incompetencies of your nation, other countries have emerged as economic leaders in their own right.

I don't expect you as an American to be able to comprehend that, as you probably have an IQ of 90 or 95, but it would be much appreciated if you could shut that flapping trap that sits on the front of your face and lubricates your jaws with saliva.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Noted

I thought Australia had completely gone to the dogs.

But it looks like there's hope, in the form of Senator Scott Ludlam of the Green Party.



A brilliant speech against fascism and bullying.

For more thoughts on this: Scott Ludlam has created the exact speech Gen Y was looking for

Monday, 3 March 2014

Who Owns Malaysia?

The KKK (KangKung Klan) aka ISMA-Perkasa coalition are back. And this time, they have "scientific research".

"Wow!" I can hear you say, "What is this research about, Crank?"

"Race and DNA," I offer, being extremely generous in my assumptions. "ISMA claim that they have found proof that the Malay genes existed before even the Chinese did."

"Where did this research come from?" you ask, somewhat suspicious (and with good reason).

Now I regret to inform you, dear readers, that I am not able to provide you with that information because I have no idea. I don't think ISMA have any idea themselves.

However, I can offer a bit of research on civilisations myself, based on what I have read and what is widely believed by scholars based on archeological findings. Take this map from Washington Post for example.

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First things first: The world as we know it,started in Africa. Humans migrated from there to different parts of the world.

The map above shows the migratory patterns of how humans got to where they eventually lived and were found.

To suggest, as ISMA did, that Malay civilisation existed before even Angkor Wat is ridiculous.

It is possible for a Malay civilisation to have begun before Borobudur because the Indonesians would have had to pass through Malaya before getting to Indonesia and starting theirs, assuming they travelled by land.

However, there is no evidence of this Malay civilisation existing so long ago. Not in Melaka (as the history books crow about) or even in Kedah.

On the contrary, there is was plenty of evidence of Hindu civilisation even as far down as in Kedah, but the government has been anxious to destroy them. Extracts from the article:

A housing developer has demolished several temples sites, including an 8th century heritage site, in Bujang Valley, Kedah, and the authorities are not taking any action to stop the act...

...several ancient temples, called Candi, had been demolished in the last few years to make way for development ... the developer had now demolished the most famous 8th century temple remnants known as Candi Sungai Batu estate or Bujang Valley site 11.

The Malaysian government calmly destroy 8th century temples while the Europeans devotedly restore and protect their 16th and 17th century building and artifacts.

Yes, Malaysia outdoes itself in madness.

But they obviously have reason for destroying evidence: so that they can come out with ridiculous claims to support their assertion that they own Malaysia/Malaya and have the right to do whatever they want and invoke whatever privilege they can think of.

Unfortunately, no one seems to be buying into it.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pork And Chinese

In a move that is so lacking in originality, raw meat was again found outside a mosque in Cherok Tok Kun, Machang Bubok, Penang.

It has been sent to a fancy animal DNA testing facility in Sepang, but no prizes for guessing that the meat is pork.

The troublemakers are claiming that it was the Chinese who have thrown it into the mosque.


I beg to differ in opinion.

If there was any pork to be found, the Chinese would have cooked and eaten it.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

"Indians Are Their Own Worst Enemies"

Helen Ang has kick-started a very interesting (at least to me) topic about the plight of Malaysian Indians.

It all started out because an FMT reporter had a go at Waytha Moorthy, the chairman of HINDRAF or Human Rights Party.

To be fair, I am not impressed by how Narinder Singh manages to come off sounding patronising and condescending, by calling Waytha a waterboy and the "sole Indian fool" in the PM's Office.

A waterboy is someone who plays a small and perhaps somewhat insignificant role in fetching water for the "real" athletes -- the big boys who make a difference; who clinch the game. Urban Dictionary even defines a waterboy as an utter failure.

Now don't get me wrong. I don't think Waytha is a resounding success either. But I know what his game plan is. He has been trying to convince Pakatan Rakyat to do more for the marginalised Indian community.

However, much to his disgust (and mine), Pakatan Rakyat is more interested in fishing for votes than coming up with solid policies for the downtrodden and marginalised of Malaysian society.

So Waytha made good on his threat of moving over to BN, should they offer something better than what Pakatan Rakyat could come up with, which to begin with, was insignificant. Unfortunately, as I predicted, BN was offering up empty promises.

I suspect Waytha has had enough and consequently thrown in the towel; resigning from his post as minister in the PM's Office.

Helen has just one "simple" (in her words) question: So who is going to help, and how will assistance and poverty alleviation programmes be delivered to the poorest Indians now?

When I saw this question, I just had to jump to the comments section, because I knew there would be at least one brilliant armchair critic who would prescribe that the rich Indians should help the poor Indians.

This is ironic, especially when it comes from a Malay, because if one were to say, "Why don't we stop having ANY bumiputra privileges. Let the rich Malays help the poor Malays," they would be all up in arms and bleating, "Don't play with fire!!"

I didn't have to scroll very far to find the first comment:

Jika semua usaha kerajaan membantu melayu, Cina, India, Iban, kadazan, Sikh dll menjadi biawak kepada UMNO, apa sebenarnya dibuat oleh Samy Vellu, Tony Fernades, Ambiga, Ananda K dalam membangunkan masyarakat India?

Translated: If the responsibility of helping the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Iban, Kadazan, Sikh etc falls on the government, what exactly are "Samy Vellu, Tony Fernades, Ambiga, Ananda K" doing to help the Indians?

Now bringing Samy Vellu into the picture may be relevant as he was meant to represent the Indians. But why on earth would two businessmen and a lawyer be involved when they are largely private citizens and in no way holding public office? They are not responsible for anyone but their own businesses and families, and anyone who says otherwise merely brings scorn on themselves.

This ignorant comment came from someone who claims to be a teacher and I shudder to think what our youth are being imbued with, under the guise of education.

The funny thing is when the crime rate goes skyrocketing and just about every other person has a story about how they got mugged or knew someone who did, then Malaysians have no one but themselves to blame.

If you systematically marginalise an entire community, you breed resentment. You break their self esteem and motivation. And when they have no motivation, they put in no effort whatsoever to better themselves.

They turn to crime as a way out of their predicament.

It is not the job of a wealthy Indian to employ or feed a poor, marginalised Indian. It is the responsibility of the government.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Circus Or Zoo?

As with every other country in the world, the political scene in Malaysia is deteriorating into mayhem.

Some even call it a circus:

The current state of political discussion in Malaysia is becoming a "circus", and there is a real need to bring the political discourse back to pertinent issues related to living costs and economic hardship, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) said today.

Its Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar said that the issues dominating the political scene - raised by both sides of the political divide, including the Kajang by-election, were not essential for the people.

I personally find that analogy a little optimistic, given that the lion-tamer in the circus usually has the lion under control.

A zoo, on the other hand, allows the creatures some leeway. There is an essence of unpredictability.

And frankly, a pride of lions could play a more useful role in disposing of unwanted politicians.


London Zoo urged to consider feeding unwanted MPs to the Lions

Okay, it's satire, but still .... a pretty good idea, methinks.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Skewer The Fools In Kajang!

It's probably a very good thing that I don't live in Kajang because I would be up in arms and baying for blood.

I was first alerted to this fiasco by a friend on Facebook.

"Here we go again," he complained as he attached a link.

Another friend commented cynically, "Let the games begin."

So the games are being played out, from a plot that has been long hatched.

In spite of the huge costs that this move is going to incur, PKR appears to regard its internal politics as being paramount to all other internal issues.

The Kajang assemblyman was merely an obedient little ma chai who chose to risk the wrath of his constituents than go against the forces behind PKR.

This is a tiny but significant clue as to how powerful a small, select group is within this party.

The excuse is that the political games by UMNO will be stepped up soon and therefore, invoking the necessity to raise Anwar Ibrahim to the post of MB, while at the same time toppling the man who has an exemplary track record, fairly decent management skills and capability in leading the State of Selangor.

Khalid Ibrahim's only "weakness" lies in his inability to get along with Azmin Ali, who unfortunately happens to be Anwar's blue-eyed boy. I must admit that his is a weakness shared by many -- Azmin Ali has a sizeable number of enemies.

So Khalid Ibrahim is being forced out at the behest of someone's political ambitions: possibly Azmin Ali, and not for the first time, Anwar Ibrahim's.

I just see red when I hear how they attempt to spin it, especially Rafizi Ramli who has volunteered himself for the blame (given his high popularity ratings, he thinks he will escape unscathed but is going to be skewered eventually):

Good political leaders will never be popular. It pains me that we have to drag Anwar Ibrahim through this and subject him to public anger, yet his willingness to be a part of the bigger picture is the mark of the man.

Now this man is no martyr. Sure, he may have suffered at the hands of The Loony Tun and the police, and his reputation may have taken a bashing, but that is the extent of his torment.

In all other respects, he is a classic back-door man -- unscrupulously manipulative in his personal quest to become Premier.

It angers me that I have been subject to chemicals from tear gas and water cannons when I have put my neck on the line at street protests and demonstrations to get the Opposition in power. That has yet to happen, and possibly for good reason.

It is entirely possible now that Kajang might be tempted to teach Anwar Ibrahim and the rest of his minions at PKR a lesson by voting for someone else. I only hope that some other party from the Opposition (like PSM) fields a candidate.

Otherwise, the seat may go to BN. Failing that, there are another set of possibilities that could occur.

With the same end result.

Someone skewer them!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Civil Obedience

In tribute to Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010).

Howard Zinn is simply an amazing man. I've never met him personally, but I've read his books and absorbed his ideas.

If you've never heard of him before, here is a brief biography of him from Wikipedia that sums up the kind of man that he was:

In 1964, Zinn accepted a position at Boston University, after writing two books and participating in the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

His classes in civil liberties were among the most popular at the university with as many as 400 students subscribing each semester to the non-required class. A professor of political science, he taught at BU for 24 years and retired in 1988 at age 64.

"He had a deep sense of fairness and justice for the underdog. But he always kept his sense of humor. He was a happy warrior," said Caryl Rivers, journalism professor at Boston University.

Rivers and Zinn were among a group of faculty members who in 1979 defended the right of the school's clerical workers to strike and were threatened with dismissal after refusing to cross a picket line.

No one could bully Zinn. He had a mind of his own and he used it to inspire progressive young minds.

He saw laws for what they were. He understood that they could be manipulated. He knew that constitutional law -- and freedom of speech, in particular -- was and is a very difficult, ambiguous, troubled concept.

He exhorted his fellow human beings not to be limited and paralyzed by them. And he spoke out against civil obedience, the act of merely bowing to authority without questioning if it was wrong or right.

Excerpts from The Problem is Civil Obedience:

And our topic is topsy-turvy: civil disobedience. As soon as you say the topic is civil disobedience, you are saying our problem is civil disobedience. That is not our problem.... Our problem is civil obedience.

Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. And our problem is that scene in All Quiet on the Western Front where the schoolboys march off dutifully in a line to war.

Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty.

Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem.

We recognize this for Nazi Germany. We know that the problem there was obedience, that the people obeyed Hitler. People obeyed; that was wrong. They should have challenged, and they should have resisted; and if we were only there, we would have showed them.

Even in Stalin's Russia we can understand that; people are obedient, all these herd-like people.

My countrymen: do not be cowed, or fooled or intimidated by the force of power and authority. Stand up and be counted.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Twits In Office

Almost 6 years ago, I blogged on British politics, marvelling how they were able to field such high calibre candidates like Screaming Lord Sutch and Mad Cow-Girl (who passed away in 2010, God rest her soul) from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and Lord Biro of the Church of the Militant Elvis Party.

The OMRLP, despite the death of both its prominent candidates Sutch and Cow-Girl, has still continued to thrive, possibly thanks to the "invaluable assistance of Secret Squirrel" who is the mastermind behind the one-man rodent think tank.

Malaysians who despair of the religious issues in Malaysian politics: banning the word 'Allah' for non-Muslims, the calls for banning open sale of pork and making it illegal for Muslims and non-Muslims to intermarry -- do not feel disheartened.

You are not alone. Malaysia is not the only country that has imbeciles for politicians. There are two prominent ones in the UK, and no, they don't come from the OMRLP.

The first was a glass-eyed twit who did not believe that the holocaust had ever happened. Nick Griffin of the BNP went on to become an MEP (member of the european parliament) but recently, he has gone bankrupt, much to the amusement of many Guardian readers.

But one other nut remains. His name is Nigel Farage. Yes, it's pronounced exactly in the same way we refer to a woman's vagina in Malay. He possesses precisely the same amount of intelligence as that particular part of the female anatomy as well.

For instance, he recently disowned the manifesto of his own party Ukip, saying it was "drivel". Now I wouldn't dream of disputing that.

Some of the plans include capping the number of foreign players in football teams, bringing back "proper dress" to the theatre, scrapping paid maternity leave, allowing corporal punishment in schools and holding referendums on new places of worship such as mosques.

These are obvious blights on minority rights, but then again, he is an established racist and misogynist.

The more wacky plans were to enforce a compulsory dress code for taxi drivers, and to repaint trains in traditional colours.

Those sort of ideas would resonate very nicely with BN/UMNO (with their teh-tarik and roti-canai in space), if you ask me. They obviously share the same intellectual wave-length.

But that's not what I have a problem with; it's that he is backing a manifesto that he hasn't even bothered to read! Does he seriously aspire to run the country?

It would require a whole personality/image overhaul, and not just because he (as the media delicately puts it) "likes his beer", which to the uninitiated is a euphemism for "he's a drunk".

And who, in their vacant minds would support and/or vote for this fool?

The bigots, that's who. Or as Guardian readers reverently refer to them, the "idiots".

These are the people who blame everyone else but themselves for their failures. Insular and parochial, they subscribe to paranoia of ludicrous levels. They don't only hate the Asians and Africans, they even hate the Eastern Europeans.

One reader made an astute observation, and pointed out something that I have been trying get through to people in the Malaysian scene. He says:

Mass immigration? You mean the 30-odd people who've come from Romania and Bulgaria? Your premise of mass immigration is a bigoted lie, designed to divide the non-ruling-class to prevent us from tackling the real foe, the extremely tiny elite (the ruling class) who pay no taxes and contribute nothing but steal our services and rip us off.

I've had enough of these lies and misinformation you rightwingers put out, reported as if fact by the rightwing media. The barrage is constant.

It's not just us that have to put up with racist and misinformed crap, folks.

It's not just us.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Himpunan Hijau Is Focused


I am, as ever, proud of Himpunan Hijau. They are true patriots of Malaysia, and they are aware of how dangerous Lynas Corp is to this nation. They sacrificed their time and energy, braved security, and voiced out their dissatisfaction.

My only regret, from watching the video covering their protest in KiniTV, is that they were too soft in their approach. But what can I say? They are Malaysian.

Believe me, the rest of the world aren't anywhere as subtle as this when they protest an issue.

The Italians burn cars. The Egyptians blow up buildings. The Indonesians burn flags. The Irish throw molotov cocktails. The English loot electronic equipment stores. The Americans throw rocks.

Malaysians just gingerly push past security.

Ah well.

I am disgusted by Australia. Utterly repulsed by the fact that Lynas Corp was one of the main sponsors of the Australia Day function.

And shame on the politicians -- especially those from Pakatan Rakyat who merely boycotted the function instead of protesting alongside the environmentalists.

But that's not what makes my blood boil. This article in The Guardian does.

In the battle that is gripping my community this coming Australia Day, my fifth generation farming family and I are siding with the underdogs against Big Coal. Or rather, they’re siding with us. The forest which bears our family name, our farm and our community are all under threat of devastation from open-cut coal mining.

Coal miner Whitehaven is rolling in the bulldozers to clear thousands of hectares of the Leard State Forest at Maules Creek in northwest NSW. The company has approval to build a new 13m tonne per year open cut coal mine, the largest new mine in NSW.

Out here at Maules Creek, we face a make-or-break fight to defend the core things we value: our forest, land, water and air, our community, and our ability to farm the land. Having exhausted all official avenues, we are rising up as a community this Australia Day weekend and putting ourselves on the line to blockade the mine site.

The Maules Creek coal mine will drop the water table we depend on for our livelihood by five metres. It will dump thousands of tonnes of coal dust on surrounding farms each year. It has divided our once close community, and some environmentalists say the mine will damage the last remaining bushland left on the Liverpool Plains, a biodiversity hotspot with an important koala habitat.

Apparently the writer has issues with "Big Coal". And so he and his kith and kin are going to blockade the mine. "Putting ourselves on the line," he says. So they are physically protesting this invasion (I'll give them that), it seems.

Now coal-mining is nothing compared to rare-earth mining. NOTHING.

This little freak is having a whinge about pollution, deforestation and biodiversity.

But thanks to Lynas Corp, we have all those things to worry about, and ALSO the threat of deformed children, high risk of cancer, and all sorts of other diseases.

What is coal compared to radioactive rare earth? Seriously.

Lynas is using Malaysia as a dumping ground, and because our avaricious politicians don't care about anything but lining their pockets, they have sold this great nation to the wolves.

Are our lives less meaningful than that of the Australians? Are we worthless? Are we inferior?

We are in serious threat of having really bad things happen to us. But why are we so apathetic?

Are we distracted by the cost of living, crime and the 'Allah' issue?