Thursday, 30 June 2016

Guan Eng likely going to prison....until he's 76

Saw this latest on Guan Eng at Bernama just now,

GEORGE TOWN, June 30 2016 : Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed trial in the High Court here today to two corruption charges involving a piece of land and a bungalow.
On the first charge, he is accused of using his position as chief minister for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng’s interest to approve the conversion of a piece of land from its status as an agricultural land to residential land and transferring it to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.
Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing a State Planning Committee meeting on the 28th floor at Komtar, George Town here on July 18, 2014.
The charge under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction. – Bernama
Well, I'm inclined to believe that Guan Eng will really kena this time.

I'm sure the authorities had done their investigations properly and got all the necessary evidence.

A water-tight case, so to speak.

Otherwise, I don't think they would take the risk of prosecuting Guan Eng, who is a bit like a demi-god among his supporters.

One thing for sure, this will be the end of the DAP's Lim dynasty.

I remember back in the late 90's when Guan Eng went to prison for criminally slandering the then Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik, many DAP people abandoned him and his family.

He hardly have any friend when he came out of prison a year later.

I believe the same will happen again this time.

Of course DAP will try to win public sympathy over the case, but after a while they will have to move on.

Betty will go up and down the country to plead support for her husband but she won't be able to do that forever.

After the next general election which increasingly look like it's going to be a walkover for BN, the whole thing will fades away.

Once you are out, no one really loves you anymore.

In a way, DAP is also a bit like Umno....or is it the other way around?

It's the nature of the beast.

I just hope that they don't slap Guan Eng with the maximum jail sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

Can't imagine what Guan Eng looks like 20 years from now.

A 76 years old Guan Eng.....hmmmmm....

But I suspect he will still be looking like this,


Except older, I guess.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A story for angry people

I have this friend who once worked for a major newspaper.

He was some sorts of a senior editor or something like that.

The guy was dedicated, worked hard and was a loyal employee.

He worked there for donkey's years.

The problem with him was that he can't keep his mouth shut.

When he saw something was wrong, he would said something was wrong.

And he's very lousy at being nice to his bosses just to be in their good book.

Of course his bosses didn't like him for all that.

That, despite him doing his best and achieving relatively good results for his works.

Sometime early last year he realised that his bosses were really getting to hate him.

They gave him an annual assessment lower than his subordinates despite him working his ass off.

So, when the company offered a voluntary separation scheme to the employees, he applied for it.

Almost everyone who applied for it got it.

The guy would had gotten about RM250,000 in compensation if his application was approved by his bosses.

He thought of setting up a small laundry business using the money or something like that and retire to look after his family, especially his son who is a disabled person.

He didn't get it.

The bosses didn't approve his application for the scheme.

Instead, two months later they demoted him and transferred him to a place further away from his family.

It was clear that his bosses were forcing him to resign and maliciously doing so in a way that his years of service for the company were not to be compensated or appreciated.

He quit his job and now works quietly doing an editing job for a small publishing company own by a friend who felt pity for him and offered him the job.

The guy didn't complain too much though.

He sometimes joked about what happened to him and that was all there was to it as far as he was concerned.

The other day, we were at a buka puasa function when he bumped into his former big boss.

He said hi to the guy,  smiled at him and shaked his hand.

He even inquired about his former boss' health.

I can see that he was trying not to make the other guy felt too awkward.

Later I asked him,

"Why didn't you just punch the bastard in his face?"

"For what? I don't even hate him. My former boss used to be nice to me once and I rather think of the positive side of him," he said.

Later he explained to me why he can't hate his former big boss despite what he and the others did to him.

It went something like this,

"The guy did a lot of good things for me before he started to dislike me.

"He was the one who promoted me to my highest postion in the company.

"He treated not only me with kindness at that time but also someone else that I really care about.

"I appreciate him for all that.

"Of course I was angry when all those things happened last year but after I calmed down I told myself that what happened was fated by Allah.

"Allah made the whole thing happened because He has a good reason for it.

"The way I see it, that VSS money was simply not my rezeki.

"Allah must had wanted me to have a different kind of rezeki. That's why he opened the heart of my friend to give me a job.



'Maybe if I had stayed in the company I would sooner or later died of stress. 

"At least where I work now, there's no stress at all.

"Maybe Allah wanted me to have a longer life without the stress so that I can look after my family much longer."

Well, in a way my friend was right.

I agree with him that we should not despair when bad things happened to us.

Must always remember that things happened because Allah willed them to happen.

All we need to do is to manage ourselves in whatever situation fated by Allah.

Of course, we have to do our best with whatever we are doing.

But after that, we leave it to Allah to decide the outcome.

We must redha (accept) with the outcome because it's Allah's decision.

That way we would not have to hate anyone or be bitter about things.

If people do bad things to us and after all our efforts had been exhausted, we should just pray for Allah to take care of things.

And of course Allah will take care of things for us, one way or another.

I believe in that.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Another Annie

Yesterday, when I posted a video of a girl wearing hijab playing heavy metal music on her guitar, I didn't really check her identity.

I just found the video when randomly going through YouTube.

A friend asked me today who is the girl.

So I checked and found out that she's an Indonesian.

You can go to her Facebook page here,

Meliani Siti Sumartini


or watch her playing guitar at her YouTube account here,

MelSickScreamoAnnie 


Yup, she is also an Annie.

Cool.

Play it again, Annie.


And here she is thanking everyone,



Politics?

Who cares.

Cabinet reshuffle?

Does it change anything?

I don't think so.

I rather listen to heavy metal music by an Indonesian girl for now, okay.

It makes me happier, insyaAllah.

Cheers.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Umno can take care of itself

It's peace and quiet where I am now.

Somewhere in the East Coast.

Beautiful blue sky here.

I always enjoy my Sunday whenever I'm at this place.

Life feels good on a day like this.

The only thing that troubles me at the moment is a sore throat.

A bit irritating because I'm fasting and can't drink water.

Hopefully it will not develop into something worse.

I don't think I should worry about the supposedly bigger things on a day like this.

They will take care of themselves, anyway.

Who would have guessed that all the talks about Umno and BN being in trouble were all so unnecessary.

Despite the stories about how Malaysians now hate Najib and his people, the rakyat turned out to be more supportive of them than ever before.

It's proven in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

Even the Chinese, who were said to hate Umno voted for its candidates that day.

Not all of them, of course, but quite a lot, which was good enough for Umno.

So, that's about it as far as worrying about politics.

I better just rest and enjoy life....at least for today.

Bought some beef and bones at a pasar tani this morning.

Boiling them on slow fire now.


Going to have beef soup with nasi impit for buka puasa.

Very nice.

Maybe I go out again later to pasar Ramadhan.

Feel like having some sata too.


Of all the East Coast food, I probably like sata the best....or maybe laksam....

Whatever it is, thinking about food is better than worrying about politics....especially when you are fasting :)

For a bit of Sunday entertainment, let's enjoy some heavy metal guitar playing,...


Amazing girl.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Crushing the rebellion

So, they finally did it,

Umno sacks Muhyiddin, Mukhriz; suspends Shafie




That's not really surprising, isn't it?

I actually saw it clearly coming in this post on Sept 5 last year,


Okay, I was not very accurate about DS Mukhriz Mahathir though, as I didn't expect them to get rid of him at the risk of losing Kedah.

Guess the Umno leadership are really not stopping at anything to totally crush the rebellion now.

And that's because they are in the position to do it.

The recent big wins in Sarawak, and more importantly in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar about seal the fate of TS Muhyiddin Yassin, Mukhriz and DS Shafie Apdal.

Those electoral victories signaled that the majority of the rakyat are behind DS Najib Razak and support what he was doing.

Yup, that includes the 1MDB things and other stuff too.

I can't see any other way we could have interpret it.

I think the rebellion against Najib is as good as over now.

The opposition parties are now in disarray and Umno rebels were being "dispatched" or isolated.

And that of course includes Najib's fiercest critic Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Well, the rebellion was doomed from the start.

The first time I saw it coming was in this post on June 27 last year,

But of course no one listens to an insignificant blogger like me.

The fighting continues till this stage.

Fortunately for BN and Umno, the people seemed to be turned off by the fighting and decided to stay with the established leaders such as could be seen in Sarawak, Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

That and coupled with the stupidity of the quarrelsome opposition parties, Umno and BN are back on track.

But, don't expect the fighting to stop yet.

The rebels, despite knowing that they were actually beaten, will continue with what they were doing all the way to the next general election two years from now.

They will be hoping for Najib and his people to make mistakes along the way.

Mistakes that could turned off people from supporting the establishment.

One way that could happened was for Najib's people to get big headed now that the people appeared to be supporting them.

As I once told a prominent pro-Najib blogger, it's a game of being better liked by the people.

But as it is, some people have too big an ego that they can't help themselves but to be arrogant, obnoxious and even stupid.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Badlisyah new Tabung Haji boss?

Received this message from a friend just now,

Sis, badlisyah will be confirmd as tabung haji ceo 2moro at TH board mtg in dubai. He will also be apptd as bank islam director..pending bnm approval ...thats ironic isn't it?

I 'm not sure how accurate this info is, but if true, then it's  really interesting.

The Badlisyah, my friend was referring to is Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, the former CEO of CIMB Islamic Banking.


He's the guy who got in trouble for trying to defend 1MDB back then.

I'm not sure whether it's a good decision to put him in Tabung Haji and Bank Islam, that is if the info is correct, but let's hope for the best.

This is after all Tabung Haji and Bank Islam which are to help Muslims with their amal ibadat.

Whatever it is, the Tabung Haji BOD and Bank Islam people must have considered it properly.

I hope Tabung Haji and Bank Islam will be doing well under Badlisyah and there will be no more controversies under his stewardship.

That's again if this info my friend gave me is true.

Since this is Ramadhan, let us all "berbaik sangka" and pray to Allah that whatever the outcome of this, it is going to be good and blessed.

Insya Allah.

Hana Tajima's story

I think today I better do other things than spending time writing about something which is so obvious - significant number of Chinese are coming back to supporting BN.

Everyone can see that, except those hatemongers who wanted to "menegakkan benang yang basah" as well as their followers who hated the Chinese and wanted to throw them into the sea in the first place.

Actually, I believe that they are quite sick.

We better stay away from them, okay.

Today I rather write about what to wear for Hari Raya, which is not too long from now.

My friend from Kuantan sent me pictures of things to be worn for  the occasion yesterday.

The most impressive was a collection by Hana Tajima,


She is a British Japanese Muslim convert.

Apparently, she was quite well known, but myself being quite ignorant about fashion, learned about her for the first time yesterday and was impressed.

Her collection is available at UNIQLO,

Hana Tajima Collection‎


You can check-out her blog here,

HANA TAJIMA


As for her conversion to Islam, I found this article from 2011

The Islamification of Britain


These are  excerpts on her story:

Hana Tajima, 23, fashion designer
Hana Tajima converted to Islam when she was 17. Frustrated by the lack of variety in Islamic clothing for converts she founded Maysaa, a fashion house that designs western-inspired clothing that conforms to hijab. 
"It's true that I never decided to convert to Islam, nor was there a defining moment where I realised I wanted to be Muslim.  My family aren't particularly religious.  I was interested in religion, but very disinterested in how it related to my life.  I grew up in rural Devon where my Japanese father was the ethnic diversity of the village.  It wasn't until I studied at college that I met people who weren't of the exact same background, into Jeff Buckley, underground hip-hop, drinking, and getting high.  I met and became friends with a few Muslims in college, and was slightly affronted and curious at their lack of wanting to go out to clubs or socialise in that sense.  I think it was just the shock of it, like, how can you not want to go out, in this day and age.   
"It was at about that time that I started to study philosophy, and without sounding too much like I dyed my hair black and wore my fringe in front of my face, I began to get confused about my life. I was pretty popular, had good friends, boyfriends, I had everything I was supposed to have, but still I felt like 'is that it?'  So these things all happened simultaneously, I read more about religion, learned more about friends of other backgrounds, had a quarter life crisis.  There were things that drew me to Islam in particular, it wasn't like I was reaching for whatever was there.  The fact that the Qur'an is the same now as it ever was means there's always a reference point. The issues of women's rights were shockingly contemporary.  The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing with the ideas behind it and I could see why Islam coloured the lives of my Muslim friends.  It made sense, really, I didn't and still don't want to be Muslim, but there came a point where I couldn't say that I wasn't Muslim. 
"Telling my family was the easy part.  I knew they'd be happy as long as I was happy, and they could see that it was an incredibly positive thing.  My friends went one of two ways, met with a lack of any reaction and lost to the social scene, or interested and supportive.  More the former, less the latter."
Cool, isn't she?

Well, hidayah comes from Allah.

Can never tell who's going to get it, and who's not.

So, lets do our best and pray for Allah to choose us to be among the ones who are blessed.

For the non-Muslim readers of this blog, do excuse me for getting a bit religious. It's the Ramadhan thing :)

I will pray for you all to be blessed too, okay.