Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Le Proton

In this post on March 3


I wrote (excerpts) -

As for selling off Proton to the Chinese, in the first place, I don't think it's going to be so.

I forwarded my uncle the link to this story;

Maker of Peugeot, Citroen eager to partner Proton


Yup, I think it's going to be the French.





And yesterday there is this story,

Peugeot in talks with Proton for possible tie-up


Well, I'm quite sure that's going to be the deal as far as Proton's foreign strategic partnership is concerned.

That's because this is the story about the other potential partner,

Geely pulls out of Proton bidding process


Well, I think I got this one right.

Anyway, as I previously wrote, the move to set-up Proton with a foreign partner doesn't seemed a bad idea.

You can read it here,


Maybe Dr Mahathir wouldn't mind the Japanese too much


excerpts;

Of course the potential foreign partner will want some control over Proton to make things work, thus that 51 per cent stake.

I don't see anything wrong with that.

It's better that way than letting Proton suffer the way it is now.

I think a reliable foreign partner will do good for the company, particularly in correcting the bad practices currently plaguing the company which brought down the Proton badge in the eyes of even Malaysians.

For example, a foreign partner with controlling power can get rid of vendors who supply substandard parts for the Proton cars.

I was made to understand that many of these vendors got their work with Proton via political connections and no matter how bad they performed in supplying parts for the cars, they were always retained.

Proton people can't get rid of them because they would pull their "cables" to stay on the job.

That's how Proton cars became famous for their faulty power windows, cheap plastic interior, making funny noises just weeks after purchase, etc.


Okay, let's watch a Peugeot versus Proton video with the fair Richard Hammond as the judge,




I first like Hammond and think he's fair because of this video on Perodua Kelisa which was thrashed by his friend Jeremy Clarkson,


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sleepless in Johor (updated)

UPDATES

Received a message from a friend who knows Johor more than me saying that I got this one wrong.

He said the investigations have been shelved.

I don't really want to believe him.

After all, the MACC had been ordered by the Sultan of Johor to eradicate corruption in the state.

Hopefully I'm right and my friend is wrong.

ORIGINAL POST

It's about 3.15am as I start writing this.

I'm suffering from sleeping disorder because something is wrong with my heart....never mind...it's too stupid for me to tell you all what's wrong with my heart.

Rather then being awake thinking of negative thoughts, I thought I may as well write this short post.

Well, it has been a few days since I wrote my last one anyway.

Talking about me being sleepless, I heard there are quite a number of people in Johor who are now having sleepless nights too.

However, they are not really suffering from sleeping disorder like me.

They can't sleep peacefully because apparently the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is closing in on them.

This is about the continuing story of

Cleaning up Kota Iskandar

Cleaning up Kota Iskandar - Part 2 

My sources said the operation is indeed ongoing and MACC is currently cornering at least three "big fishes" and quite a number of smaller ones.

The three big ones are two state assemblymen, one of whom is a high ranking office holder in Kota Iskandar, and the third, who is also a politician, holds a very powerful post in the state administration.

They were said to be very rich.

For example, the assemblyman who holds no position in Kota Iskandar was believed to have at least two palatial homes, eight luxury cars and children who own several plots of land each and maximum Amanah Saham Bumiputera accounts.

The other two "big fishes" were believed to have even more than that.

I was told they are all running for cover now but I guess it's going to be hard for them to hide after the recent edict by Sultan of Johor supporting MACC's effort to crack down on corruption in the state.

I think the three guys are all likely awake as I'm writing this despite the early morning hour.

How to sleep when the MACC people may knock on the door at any time and drag them away, isn't it?

Well, the smaller two bit players are probably suffering from the same problem too.

I was told that some of them have started to hide their loot.

One or two were even said to have given their Rolex watches to friends for safekeeping.

A gold Rolex watch for men

Surely scary, I guess.

How to sleep easy like that?

Those who are corrupt are not likely able to sleep peacefully, okay.

Anyway, I hope the MACC people will keep on pushing themselves so that my home state could be cleaned up.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rather slow than being dishonest

Someone complained yesterday that I have not been writing as much as I used to be.

On top of that, he said I also seemed of late to be holding back and chose less weighty subjects for my postings.

Well, it's actually all true.

I always tried to be as honest as I can when I write this blog.

I also prefer to write things that I consider most important at any particular moment.

However lately I felt difficult to do all that.

That's why I slowed down a bit.

On a particular day, I may feel like writing about something I believe to be important but then after thinking about it, decided not to do so because if I proceed with it I believe I can't be truly honest about what I write.

I rather not write if I can't express my true feelings about the subject matter.

For example, today I strongly feel like writing about something that happened in my home state Johor.

However, after thinking about it, I believe if I write it, I may get arrested and charged for sedition.

Seriously.

I don't feel like going through such shit.

Not worth it, okay.

So, I decided not to write at all about anything.

Well, of course except for this bit of explanation as to why I'm not writing as much as I did previously.

Anyway, since I'm already at it, I think I want to share this picture of the ancient Kyoto palace

This is actually only half of the picture. I cropped out the right side of it because I was standing there posing for the camera. This is the original palace of the Japanese emperors. The palace and its gardens were amazingly beautiful. It's opened for visitors for a month in autumn starting late October. 

and this video clip about Emperor Akihito after he expressed his desire to abdicate and retire in his old age



I find the man to be so refined and dignified.

I think if I'm a Japanese, I would love this old emperor very very much.

He is truly the embodiment of everything good about Japan and its people.

Emperor Akihito is definitely not a fake.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The thing about Guan Eng now

I have not been writing about Penang CM Lim Guan Eng for quite a long while.

Used to tease him quite a lot, but at one point I think I got a bit bored of him.


Furthermore, the guy has been relatively quiet ever since he was charged with corruption.

Not so gung ho anymore.

So, nothing much I can kacau him these past months.

Anyway, so many others were writing things about him, that I don't feel the need to add more to them.

However, Guan Eng seemed to be in the spot light a bit again over the past week.

I first noticed it here,

Guang Ming reporter sues Guan Eng for defamation

I believe this is a significant development because it's not everyday that a member of the Chinese media going around suing people, let alone a DAP politician of Guan Eng's stature.

The Chinese media, as everyone knows, was largely pro-DAP prior to the last general election.

Things appeared to be a bit different now.

I guess the relationship has not been so cosy anymore.

Maybe Guan Eng and DAP went a bit too much on the arrogant part after their Chinese tsunami of 2013.

It's after all not the first time Guan Eng got into a quarrel with the Chinese media since the last general election.

Nobody really like arrogant people, notwithstanding they are from which side of the political divide.

To get the Chinese media people angry is not something good for a Chinese dominated party like DAP.

Chinese journalists are after all still among the most respected people in their community, perhaps second only to Chinese school teachers.

These are the noble professions among the Chinese. No money to them, but they were respected for upholding the ideals of working for the betterment of their community.

If people such as these are angry with Guan Eng, then he may very well be under pressure from the rest of the community.  

I also think that Guan Eng is quite stressed because of the corruption charge.

He may after all be found guilty of it and that would surely be a big blow for DAP.

Guan Eng may claim that it's just a political prosecution but once all the sordid details of the case are presented in court, things can get quite tough for him and his party.

His defense team surely know this and that's likely why they need to avoid the trial till after the next general election.

Everything now indicates that they may likely manage to do that.

This is from yesterday,

Guan Eng corruption trial postponed pending appeal

And after that, if Guan Eng still lose at the Court of Appeal, they can go for Federal Court.

That will take more time, and the likelihood is that, it will go beyond the GE14's final deadline in August next year.

Even if the court dates are to be pushed as early as possible, it would be nearer to the GE14 deadline, which is also not really a good thing for BN.

This is so because once the heat of campaigning is on, people tend to believe more that it's a political prosecution, just as what Guan Eng and DAP want to portray the whole thing.

Guan Eng may be knocked out and ends up in jail, but the opposition will win a lot of sympathy votes, if that happens too near the election.

In a way it's better for BN if the case is to be decided after GE14.

Guan Eng would be tied down quite a lot that way as it's just not right for a person waiting for a corruption trial like him to talk about corruption, which is  the opposition's primary weapon against BN.

At the same time, Guan Eng can't also claim to be a martyr of a political prosecution.

So, I think it should be left at that.

In my opinion, it goes both ways.

Guan Eng don't have to go to jail too early while BN can enjoy him shutting up quite a bit.

So, good for everyone.

More importantly - less aggravation, so we can do other things other than worrying about politics.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The case of Pei Ven

I think most of you all have already read the story of Ng Pei Ven, the 19-year-old part-time model who drove against the traffic flow and causing an accident which killed one person.

She was charged in court on Friday for consuming drug (amphetamine). You can read about it at this link,

Girl who drove against traffic pleads not guilty


It is also known that Pei Ven is a person with learning disability.

Worthy to note that amphetamine is potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and obesity.

There was an intense debate in cyberspace about her disability before she was charged in court.

I had wanted to comment on this case earlier but held myself back as I'm afraid that I may be bias in my opinion and I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling, particularly because a life was lost in the accident.

Nonetheless, after careful consideration, I think it's only fair for me to point out that justice should be tempered with mercy in Pei Ven's case.

There could be other factors not immediately known to us as to how she ended up doing what she did.

Even if Pei Ven didn't consume the amphetamine for treatment of her disability, we should let the court explore other surrounding circumstances which led to her actions that night.

Kids that I know who have learning disability tend to be very simple minded and prone to be easily influenced by others.

It could be what caused Pei Ven to do what she did, which led to the then following chain of events.

I know, some of you may disagree, but I think Pei Ven needs rehabilitation more than punishment.

I highly doubted that she intended to cause the tragedy.

If she's jailed, I think that's likely the end of her chance of a proper life.


I also think that this message by rehabilitation medical officer Dr. Kamarul Ariffin Nor Sadan is a good read for those interested in Pei Ven's case,

Mulanya saya tak mahu ulas isu tentang seorang nahas jalanraya yang melibatkan seorang pemandu OKU Masalah Pembelajaran, namun ramai PM saya mengenainya.

Antara seorang yang ditanyakan:

1- Apakah definisi OKU Masalah Pembelajaran?

Memandangkan ini isu melibatkan kes undang-undang, ada baiknya saya tidak memberi definisi mengikut kefahaman saya, tetapi mengikut yang termaktub dalam laman web rasmi Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat.

Saya petik—”Masalah  kecerdasan otak yang tidak selaras dengan usia biologikal. Mereka yang tergolong dalam kategori ini adalah lewat perkembangan global, Sindrom Down, dan kurang upaya intelektual. Kategori ini juga merangkumi keadaan yang menjejaskan kemampuan pembelajaran individu seperti Autisme (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) dan masalah pembelajaran spesifik seperti (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia dan Dysgraphia).”

[ ! ] Jangan keliru antara OKU Masalah Pembelajaran dan OKU Mental —"Keadaan penyakit mental yang teruk yang telah diberi rawatan atau telah diberi diagnosis selama sekurang-kurangnya dua tahun oleh Pakar Psikiatri. Akibat daripada penyakit yang dialami dan telah menjalani rawatan psikiatri, mereka masih tidak berupaya untuk berfungsi sama ada sebahagian atau sepenuhnya dalam hal berkaitan dirinya atau perhubungan dalam masyarakat."

2- Bolehkah OKU Masalah Pembelajaran mendapat lesen memandu?

Boleh. Pemegang kad OKU perlu menjalani beberapa ujian saringan untuk memastikan OKU itu selamat untuk memandu. Antara perkara yang dinilai dalam ujian yang dilakukan oleh Jurupulih Carakerja adalah kebolehan; mengenal pasti persekitaran, membuat keputusan, dan ketangkasan reaksi.

Keputusan ujian memandu akan diserahkan kepada doktor untuk dinilai. Jika layak, doktor akan mengeluarkan surat kelayakan memandu kepada pemegang kad OKU.

Surat kelayakan memandu pula perlu dikemukakan kepada pihak JPJ. Kemudian barulah lesen memandu akan dikeluarkan.

[ ! ] Ada kategori OKU yang memerlukan pengubahsuaian kenderaan bagi membolehkan OKU itu memandu. Pengubahsuaian akan dicadangkan oleh Jurupulih Carakerja selepas penilaian dibuat. Contohnya: OKU lumpuh kedua-dua kaki,  kenderaannya perlu ubahsuai kepada pendikit minyak dan brek tangan. Pengubahsuaian pula akan diperiksa oleh Puspakom.

3- Adakah OKU Masalah Pembelajaran akan terlepas daripada disabitkan kesalahan undang-undang?

Saya tak pasti. Namun pada pendapat peribadi saya, OKU juga tertakluk kepada undang-undang seperti mana orang upaya. Namun harus faham, ada klausa dalam sesetengah undang-undang yang memberi pengecualian/kekebalan kepada individu yang mempunyai kondisi tertentu. Untuk maklumat tepat sila rujuk peguam.

4- Apa komen doktor tentang kes OKU Masalah Pembelajaran yang mengakibatkan nahas jalan raya.

Laporan akhbar menyatakan kes ini juga melibatkan pengambilan alkohol dan dadah. Jadi, perkara biarlah pihak penyiasatan yang nilai. Boleh jadi status OKU pemandu tersebut tidak memberi signifikan kepada tindakan berbahaya pemandu tersebut.

Selain itu, mohon agar kalian elakkan beri komen yang mempersenda warga OKU. Jadilah masyarakat yang sensitif dan inklusif.

Terima Kasih.

And this is a Wassap conversation forwarded to me just now by someone who is familiar with people who have to deal with kids with learning disability such as Pei Ven,


Friday, 17 March 2017

I know la you powerful, but please don't simply park your car like this

This picture was taken and sent to me just about an hour ago,


It's near the Akafuji Japanese Restaurant at Nong Chik Riverside, Johor Baru.

The following is my Wassap conversation with the person who sent me the picture :

- Apa la....time2 mcm nih org kerajaan negeri buat hal

- Apa kereta ni?

- Da mcm org kerja kerajaan negeri OKU
- Toyota Fortuner

- Bila ni?

- Baru je...few minutes ago. Car was there about an hour plus
- Apa la...takkan hak OKU pun nak amek...Parking ada, bukan takde

- Tu lah

- Parking lot kosong byk lagi. Bukan takde.

Well, who ever is the driver, he/she should be more sensitive about these sorts of things.

Even more so if it's a government's car like in this case.

It makes people think not so good about the government even though actually it got nothing to do with the government.

In the age of social media, this is very important, okay.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Thanks Gamuda and others who care (updated)

UPDATES

Received this just now and think that it should go with this post.

A golden training opportunity for young adults with Autism that will lead to jobs within corporate offices. 

Details are ; 

Gamuda is setting up Enabling Academy, an employment transition programme for young adults with Autism.

After training, they will be placed in Gamuda's partner companies.

Checklist on eligibility to apply to Enabling Academy

Ö        21 years old and above

Ö        Has an official autism diagnosis or medical report from registered psychologist/psychiatrist

Ö        Has completed secondary school education (or equivalent), diploma or bachelor degree

Ö        Has vocational aptitude that is suitable for administrative or professional jobs in corporate setting

Ö        Independent in personal care, hygiene and grooming

Ö        Able to follow instruction from supervisors and colleagues at work

Ö        Able to observe basic work ethics such as punctuality, disciplined, responsible and team work.

Ö        Able to handle basic interpersonal skills

Ö        Able to arrange transportation to and from work

Ö        Interested in corporate employment and has the ability to work in an office environment

1 Enabling Academy will be located at Damansara Jaya - just beside Atria. 

2. This 3 months programme is fully sponsored. But meals, transport n accommodation not provided. 

3 After training, we will place them into employment at our partner companies.

4 Can email resume to yeosweelan@gamuda.com.my


ORIGINAL POST

I was not in the mood to write in this blog these past few days.

Then someone whom I love very much sent me the link to an article earlier this evening which I think I should highlight here.

That someone knows I care about the subject matter immensely.

The article was actually published in August last year.

Nonetheless, I feel it's still worth reading.

Please click on this link to read the article in full,

Project provides gainful employment to those with autism 


excerpts :

Since engineering, property and infrastructure company Gamuda embarked on its Project Differently-Abled (DA) – aimed at creating employment opportunities for individuals with autism – 18 people with autism now have a brighter future. The project, initiated by Gamuda’s group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling, aims to harness autistic individuals’ skills and competence rather than highlighting their disability.

Congratulations to Gamuda and special thanks to Datuk Lin Yun Ling for such a noble initiative.

I hope more corporate bodies would do the same.

These efforts should also cater to the even less fortunate among those with autism such as the ones categorised as "low-functioning".

People with autism really need all the understanding and assistance society could offer.

The same goes with others with special needs and disabilities.

I believe that ours could be a better society if we are willing to do more for them.

It's better than for us to spend so much time and energy on other nonsense.

Politics do seem nonsensical to me if compared to efforts to improve ourselves as a society by means of caring for the less fortunate among us.

I rather care for campaigns to improve the care for people with autism than campaigns to support some politicians.

I know that what I write in this post is boring for many people, but that's what I feel like writing at the moment.

I'm really tired of the other nonsense for now.

Spent last Saturday at the beach with a beloved boy with autism.

Well, I will try to write again about those other more exciting stuff later.

Hopefully my mood for that will improve soon.

Peace.