Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Malaysia must keep its cool

I have so far refrained from writing too much about the MH17 tragedy because I want to wait for the investigators to complete their job and come out with a solid conclusion.

As PM DS Najib Razak said on the first day of the incident, Malaysia does not wish to point fingers at the culprit behind the incident, if any, before the investigation had been completed.

Najib clearly wants our country to be known as a responsible nation.

Despite repeated accusations by the US and its allies that the Russian-backed separatists and Russia itself were responsible for firing the BUK anti-aircraft missile which allegedly destroyed the plane, Malaysia had remained completely neutral.

It was the key to the success of Najib and Foreign Minister DS Anifah Aman, along with the Malaysian team in Ukraine in securing the return of the black boxes and remains of the victims.

But yesterday, several hundreds people, primarily organized by Umno Youth loudly demonstrated in front of the Russian and Ukrainian embassies to demand justice for the victims.


They claimed that their motives were non-political.

However, since they were indeed mostly members of political parties, it's inevitable that they would be perceived to have done so to further their political interests.

Personally, I do not understand what they really hope to achieve by doing such things.

Does shouting and carrying placards in front of the embassies help in bringing justice for the victims of the tragedy?

Or is it by doing so, it will uplift the profile of the protesters themselves , especially the leaders?

Okay, maybe they can get their antics into the world news, but what are the consequences?

I am of the opinion that such demonstrations would only be manipulated by the Western media and their masters.

Here is one of the headlines by them,

MH17: 'You killed 298 people, Russia. We demand the truth'

Such reports made it as if Malaysia had already concluded who shot down the plane.

excerpts:


The organisers, members of the youth wing of Unmo, Malaysia’s ruling party, insisted their demonstration was not political.
Yet having received tacit support from Malaysia’s leaders the protest was precisely that. Black-clad demonstrators came on specially chartered coaches to send Moscow the message that Malaysia’s politicians have so far felt unable to publicly deliver themselves.


Did the protesters really receive tacit support from the Najib's administration to point fingers at the Russians, just a day after its success in negotiating with the pro-Russian separatists for the return of the black boxes and remains of the victims?

I don't think so.

I believe reports such as this are attempts to draw our country into the geo-political conflict which we are for now rightfully trying hard to remain neutral.

The US and its allies had from the start of the tragedy directly blamed Russia, accusing it of supplying the Ukrainian separatists with the BUK missiles.

Russia had repeatedly denied this.

Now, if a Malaysian mob, allegedly supported by the ruling government, had directly pointed their fingers at Russia, then it's going to be perceived that Malaysia itself had sided with the West on this matter.

It definitely had damaged the country's neutrality and the much praised Najib's "quiet diplomacy" had been torpedoed.

I therefore strongly believe that such demonstrations don't serve any purpose other than serving the interests of US and its allies.....and maybe getting certain individuals having their faces seen in foreign media coverage.

I doubt that justice for the victims of MH17 tragedy would be served in any way by such demonstrations.

We need to be smart and not be manipulated by others.

Malaysia had handled this tragedy relatively well since day one.

Our authorities have definitely learned well from the earlier MH370 tragedy.

Let's not spoil it.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Si-young better than husband and wife nonsense (updated)

UPDATES
For the person who asked me to convey his/her message to a former classmate regarding the arrangement for victims of the MH17 tragedy, the reply from the former classmate  was that "MAS will be responsible for all."

ORIGINAL POSTING

A few hours ago, PKR boss DS Anwar Ibrahim announced that the party is going to appoint his wife DS Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as the new Selangor menteri besar or something to that effect.

This is via NST SMS alert:

NST 22/07: PKR named Wan Azizah as the next Selangor Menteri Besar at the supreme council meeting tonight.

So, Anwar's wife is to replace the supposedly PKR's super clean and efficient menteri besar TS Khalid Ibrahim.

I guess Khalid is to be replaced by the wife of the party's boss because he is too clean and efficient. PKR people probably can't make money because of that.

I am sure Malaysians don't mind that Anwar is telling the world that his party wants his wife to be the MB of the richest state in Malaysia.

Only he can pull such a stunt.

I hope Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng will not try to do something similar.

Despite daddy's boy's supreme belief that the Chinese community will support his every move, I don't think that they can swallow him announcing that his wife Betty will be the next MB of Seberang Perai.

Ok, ok....I know the Chinese community accepted it when daddy Kit Siang gave the Penang CM to his son, but for the son to give a similar post to his wife is I think a little bit too much even for the Chinese.

As for PM DS Najib Razak, I am certain that despite all those slanders against him regarding his wife DS Rosmah Mansor, he will never in a million years name her as the next Johor MB.

Remember, only Anwar can do such thing.

Well, all that are actually very tiring. It just shows that 51 per cent of Malaysians are not of the very smart variety for wanting someone who wants his wife to be MB of the richest state in Malaysia while he himself becomes the Prime Minister of the country.

Actually, I started writing this post just now because I want to talk about something more cheerful than the MH17 tragedy and the sorry state of affair of our political system.

I just want to put two or three paragraphs to show my disgust about the husband and wife PKR thing before proceeding to what I really want to talk about but ended up with writing more than that about the Anwar's nonsense.

Sorry.

Okay, what I really want to write about is to introduce you all to my favorite Korean drama artiste.

Really. That was my real intention when I started writing this post after having my sahur just now.

She may not be the most famous Korean actress, but I really like her very much.


Her name is Lee Si-young

(Note: Click on the link if you want to know more about her)

Well, it's actually not her beauty or acting which I admire the most.

I admire her because she can do this,


That one is for real, okay. Not acting.

Cool isn't she?

Any guy try to be funny with her will surely be sorry.

I wish I can box like her.....and be beautiful and talented too.

Hey, really la....I actually started this post wanting to write something about Si-young.

Please just ignore the earlier part about Anwar, his wife and all the other nonsense.  All that wasting time only, okay.

Eh....subuh already.

Need to go.

Have a good day you all.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Justice for MH17

Unlike during the aftermath of the MH370 tragedy, this time I am not going to comment much.

I had not posted anything the past three days as a mark of respect for those who lost their life in the MH17 tragedy.

This time I rather let the investigators do their job and wait for their findings.

I am not even going to dignify insensitive comments by pro-Pakatan individuals, portals, and other media that suggested the tragedy was the fault of Malaysia Airlines. I will not respond to them.

I just want to pray for the victims and hope for their loved ones not to suffer too much.

I also pray for the perpetrators of the tragedy, if any, to be brought to justice.

Whatever it is, at least this time we know where the plane went down and the most likely reason for the crash.

If it is true that the plane was shot down by a missile, those who shot the missile and the supplier of the missile must pay for what they did.

I know. It's a long shot, but I am still hopeful for justice to be served for the 298 souls who were lost and their grieving families.

The record of past similar incidents was not very good though on that account.

There were the case of

Iran Air Flight 655


and

Korean Air Lines Flight 007


In both incidents, the individuals who were responsible for pulling the trigger were not punished but in fact bestowed with medals by their country.

I hope the MH17 case will be different.

I am also still hoping for a closure to the still missing MH370.

May they all rest in peace.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Prayers for MH17


I am lost for words.


At the moment I can just pray for those onboard the ill fated MH17 and their loved ones.




For updates of the news, you may go to this link,


(Live Updates) MH17 'shot down' over Ukraine



Thursday, 17 July 2014

Hari Raya cards

Today I received my first few Hari Raya cards.

Believe it or not, the first one that I opened was this one,


Yup it's from the Prime Minister, his wife and family.

Well, I have met Datuk Najib a couple of times. He is a nice guy.

But of course he doesn't really know me all that well.

And that Hari Raya card is really send by his people and not by him personally.

They probably send out hundreds if not thousands of those.

Still, it's flattering to be the recipient of such a gesture from the Prime Minister (or his office to be exact).

Anyway, the person whom I think was really responsible for sending that card to me is this guy whose Hari Raya card I received along with that of his boss,


Thanks Tengku.

Well, Tengku, I know it's a little bit early, but I want to wish you and Datuk Najib, along with families to have a good Hari Raya.

Maaf Zahir Batin.

I also today received this Hari Raya card,


Thanks Datuk Anifah. Wishing you the same.

And of course thank you and the best Hari Raya wish also to his press secretary Datin Nirvana Jalil Ghani, who is actually the one who send me the card along with the one from herself.

PM could not be blind

It's past 1am as I am writing this.

I am tired but can't sleep.

My chest is hurting again.

The doctors had repeatedly checked my condition and told me it's nothing sinister.

I don't know....guess I just have to trust them.

It's something like trusting the PM to do something to stop the excesses in my home state Johor.

I have to admit that I was very disappointed when I got to know that he had praised the state government at the end of his visit to JB yesterday..

I had wished for Najib to chastise them for incompetence and dereliction of duty for allowing the excesses in the state to fester.

But then again, I told myself, he was probably only doing so as part of public relation effort to prop up the BN State government.

Maybe in the back of the public, he is fixing things.

I am trying to believe that is the case.

I am also still trying to believe that the PM is not turning a blind eye to what were happening in Johor.

I have to believe this.

Otherwise all is lost.

If nothing is done and the excesses continue, BN will lose more votes, particularly among the urban Johorean Malays.

The State will then fall to the opposition in the next general election just three years from now.

When Johor, the so called Tiang Seri Umno falls, the rest will follow.

It's as simple as that.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Trusting Najib and cooking red snapper head soup (updated)

UPDATES

This just came in via NST SMS Alert

 NST 16/07: Najib declares Johor a model state for future development with state govt enjoying good relationship with Fed govt to ensure success.

Well, what do you expect the man to say in public anyway....it's after all still a BN state government.

I am sure Najib is aware of the excesses in Johor and doing something about it.

Let's just wait and see.

ORIGINAL POST

The other day my friend Aisya told me that PM DS Najib Razak will do the necessary to fix the problem of severe excesses in Johor which I had highlighted a number of times in this blog.

Aisya

She told me to ease off a bit from blogging about my home state as I am beginning to sound like an obsessed nut case going after the crooks there.

Well, apparently the PM is going down there again tomorrow.

He will have a close door briefing with State government officials and buka puasa with them.

Najib had just been there less than a month ago.

Guess Aisya was right, the PM is really going to fix things in Johor as I have always hope.

The weird thing however was that Najib was not scheduled to have an audience with the Sultan of Johor. The same thing happened during his last visit to the state.

Whatever it is, let's wait for the outcome of the visit.

For the mean time, I am just going to relax a bit.

Yup, in Najib I am going to trust.


Who knows, he may actually do it.

It's now just past 5pm.

I am going to stop thinking about Johor and instead cook for buka puasa today.

It's going to be just a simple meal, but better than all those "outside food".

I am tired of buka puasa in restaurants or even worse, buka puasa functions.

Okay, later I am going to cook congee and red snapper head soup.

Well, everyone knows how to cook congee.

It's just like cooking rice but with extra water.

I will also boil some ground nuts and salted eggs to go with it.

The congee will also be nice with a bit of fried anchovies and shallot.

As for the soup, I bought a red snapper head yesterday and had cut it into four pieces.

Going to put water in a pot and boiled it before putting in the cut fish head.

The key ingredient is ginger.

There should also be fried garlic and shallot as well as cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and black pepper.

I am going to put a radish, cut in blocks and celery to go with them.

A bit of salt.

Okay that's about it.

Simple.

Since I am feeling quite okay at the moment, let's have a bit of nice music,