Sunday, 30 June 2013

When It Hits Home

Being from UMNO, it is easy for one to feel invincible.

After all, any wrong-doing or crime can be explained away with the help of the right connections and elimination of the pesky elements (like Mongolian models and private investigators).

Somehow, I get the impression that Khairy isn't feeling just quite so invincible at this very moment.

He says as quoted by theStar:

Well. The high crime rate would NOT be a serious problem in our country if policemen focused on just doing their job instead of going out to bother and provoke patriotic Malaysians who want their voices to be heard on the streets.

If only policemen investigated criminals instead of sex tapes allegedly of Anwar Ibrahim.

If only policemen went out to get proper evidence instead of simply killing the suspects in custody.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Why On Earth Would We Need The "Warisan Merdeka"??!

The Petronas Twin Towers were touted as providing more office space. Today, many of the suites are empty and not utilised.

So why would we need even more office space in the form of a 118 storey tower called, "Warisan Merdeka"? To begin with, most people don't even want it.

Two Malaysian landmarks, the Merdeka Stadium and Stadium Negara, will be eclipsed by a 118-storey tower that will affect the landscape and lives, a group of activists and politicians said in Kuala Lumpur today.

The RM5 billion project by Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), which will include other buildings, is to be developed on a piece of land that was gazetted as a People’s Reserved Land. It has angered people, and not only because Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) gave landowners 200 metres from the site 14 days to voice their complaints.

“We’re disappointed that the project was planned without the consultation of the people,” said Chua Tian Chang, the MP of the Batu constituency who is better known as Tian Chua.

The development known as Warisan Merdeka is right beside Stadium Negara and Stadium Merdeka, the latter an iconic landmark where Malaysia’s independence ceremony was held on August 31, 1957.

“We don’t see how a 118-storey tower adds any architectural value to the landscape of Kuala Lumpur,” said Chua.

Read the rest here: PNB’s 118-storey tower to impact heritage sites and neighbours

What kind of name is "Warisan Merdeka" anyway? In what way would a 118 storey building reflect the heritage of our independence as is what the name suggests?

The problem with these stupid, corrupt politicians is that the smell of money is so strong up their nostrils that they can't hear themselves think for the pounding of their avaricious hearts.

Because if they could, they would realise how stupid it sounds and appears.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Tan Twan Eng Wins Walter Scott Prize

This Penang Larng has done us proud.

Tan Twan Eng is the author of two novels (both of which have Asian themes -- Malaysian and Japanese, to be specific) which have been translated into other languages.

He has won awards for his writing, the latest being the Walter Scott Prize for The Garden of Evening Mists.

From the Telegraph:

Commenting on the prize, the judges said: “All the authors on this year's shortlist have written wonderful books, illuminating times and breathing life into personalities in a way that is enlightening and which brings lasting pleasure to the reader. However The Garden of Evening Mists is the book that left the deepest imprint on us.

Like many acclaimed Malaysians, he doesn't live at home anymore, though I doubt it makes him any less Malaysian.

And it doesn't mean I will be any less proud of him.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Shame On You, Britain!

First things first: if you believe in personal privacy and don't think that any government should be allowed to go about reading and recording our emails, Skype messages, Facebook posts and phone calls, sign this petition that would call upon Barack Obama to ensure that whistleblower Edward Snowden is treated fairly, humanely and given due process.

If you have been too busy to keep up with the news (or have taken up dwelling under a rock), the gist of it is that Snowden was a CIA programmer who was working on a project called PRISM that involved shamelessly unforgivable and unscrupulous spying on ordinary citizens.

His conscience presumably got the better of him and he spilled the beans to the Washington Post (which I once respected but now regard as a tool of those more equal than others) and the Guardian (a notably left-wing newspaper that can be a bit bunny-hugging at times but usually has its head screwed on).

Since then, the Americans have been trying to get their hands on him with a vengeance. But apparently, the ire is not limited to them Yanks. Guess what the Brits are up to:

KUALA LUMPUR — The British government asked Malaysia's national airline to block former spy Edward Snowden from boarding flights to the United Kingdom, the carrier told AFP Friday, after he leaked details of Washington's secret surveillance programmes.

The request came following reports that the UK had issued an alert to airlines around the world urging them not to allow the former CIA employee to board flights to Britain.

Britain's Home Office told carriers to deny Snowden passage on UK-bound flights because "the individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the UK", the Associated Press reported.

The news agency said it had seen a photograph of an "alert" with a Home Office letterhead taken Friday at a Thai airport issuing the directive.

It added that a British diplomat had confirmed the document was genuine.

A Malaysia Airlines spokeswoman in Kuala Lumpur told AFP Friday the carrier had received a notice asking it not to allow Snowden to board flights to the UK.

"We have received a notice and we have issued it internally systemwide," she said in a text message.

The notice was marked as a "message from UK border", said the spokeswoman.

"Apparently the notice came from UK Border. So don't allow him on flights to UK," she added.

On the subject of PRISM, Foreign Secretary William Hague has denied that Britain has done anything wrong but GCHQ's statement doesn't issue a denial of the allegations made by Snowden of complicity with the Americans.

To begin with, Edward Snowden is not stupid. There is no way he is going to waltz into Britain, the country he is equally implicating. So why issue formal restrictions?

Further to that, it is disturbing that Britain is acting as a running dog to the US government. This sort of fawning is expected of third world nations. This display of authoritarianism is more akin to China than any nation that professes to uphold human rights and democracy.

However, all is not lost; a British former solicitor with extensive data protection knowledge has this to say:

Data protection in the USA is often thought to provide too low a level of privacy protection for Uncle Sam's citizens, seen from a British perspective.

That the UK government doesn't appear to be supporting Edward Snowden's stance is accordingly disappointing.

Given that there is often data-sharing between US and UK security services, it can be thought highly likely that the UK will have benefitted from PRISM programme disclosures.

The whole issue requires detailed and thorough investigation to ensure that online privacy rights have not been breached and it is understood that the Information Commissioner is quite properly calling for such an investigation so as to ensure that the UK government holds to its obligations under binding international treaties.

It remains to be seen whether the UK government will indeed hold up its end of the bargain or whether it will too easily bow to US demands; tension is thought likely to arise behind close doors.

Perhaps the rest of the world ought to tell these two countries exactly what it thinks of them.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

"Don't Be Soft"

Old Nyanyuk may have left his once lofty position as a Premier a while back.

But dictating terms to "lesser mortals" is what he considers a personal calling, therefore he is still at it:

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad has urged the government to no longer be soft towards the opposition who continue to insult the nation's democratic system.

"We need to be a bit tough and not give them face," he told reporters after attending a dinner in conjunction with Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) 2013 here today.

He said the opposition who wanted to recognise the people's choice changed overnight when they failed to get majority support in the 13th general election (GE13).

"Initially, they wanted to recognise the people's choice but now they want to topple the government. They reject the democratic system and opt for street demonstration."

Read this, folks, and be outraged.

We don't need a low IQ politician telling us what or what not to think. Freaking thugs-with-fancy-self-ascribed-titles that they are.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Act Of God

I'd really like to quote a Bible verse that condemns UMNO's cheating and lying ways; maybe even invoke the wrath of God upon them.

But in the absence of miracles in this day and age, and a personal lack of prophetic abilities, I shall contend with a smug smirk at the damage on the UMNO building in Penang which occurred as a result of a freak storm.

I must say that I am impressed by the efficiency with which the Chief Minister has got his act together to deal with it.

I am particularly surprised that he has even taken it upon himself to sort out the UMNO building which belongs to his enemies.

It takes a big man to do that, and the people of Penang ought to be proud of him.