Saturday, 22 April 2017

A little rambling of a restless mind

Been a week since my last post.

Got some personal issues to settle, so no mood to write.

Anyway, what were there that really matter to write these days?

Some whacked Najib, others whacked Dr Mahathir, the rest are just the usual ding dong...more or less the same over and over.

Seriously, you all really want to read those ka?

Everything more or less the same, isn't it?

Okay, the recent Zairil-Dyana Sofea thing may be a bit exciting....but even if it's true, that's their business. Why should I or you all be so kepoh about it?

Anyway, all these alleged sex or semi-sex scandals are of no point, really.

They don't really have much impact.

Really. Some even have videos, yet still they prosper.

So, what's the point?

Maybe I'm just a bit jaded for now.

Maybe if my mood change for the better, I can write better.

See lah.

Now I'm resting somewhere on the east coast. Long weekend.

Drove here yesterday night.

Took this picture at the Temerloh R&R of the East Coast Highway,


It looks weird because the camera of my phone was foggy due to the car aircon.

Anyway, that R&R is a bit special to me. I managed to help get food and assistance for flood victims sheltered there during the big flood three years ago. One of those memories which made me happy.

Eh, enough lah of my rambling.

Here's a nice song you all can enjoy instead,


I used to sing this song to someone I love.

Have a good weekend guys.

Ciao.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Doctors are criminals? (updated)

(Updates at the bottom of this post)

This is the main front page story of Mingguan Malaysia today,



The story was sent to me by a doctor, who is one of those accused as trying to cheat in paying their taxes.

He accompanied the story with this remark,

"Jahat kan Dr kat private hospital - dah kira criminals nih"

I first highlighted the issue in this post in September last year,


My posts was relatively sympathetic of the doctors.

A colleague, who is an accountant was however not very pleased with the tone of my post.

He insisted that the doctors are cheats and should be dealt with accordingly.

His argument was that the doctors should had hired accountants to do their taxes if they have no intention to cheat.

So, I checked it out with a neurosurgeon friend about the accountant's allegation against him and the other doctors.

The neurosurgeon is the one whom I highlighted in this post

Please give the good doctor what he wants 

Yes, he's the one, who helped out by performing surgeries at a government hospital.

He said when he started his private practice about four years ago, he followed what the other doctors did, that is to hire an accountant consultant to do his taxes.

He did exactly as told by the accountant when it comes to taxes.

His was no different than the other private doctors.

Then, he was told by the Inland Revenue Board that he was not paying his taxes properly.

Now he has to pay the amount said not paid previously, along with quite a huge sum of penalties.

"I was really not trying to cheat my taxes," he said.

" I was just following what was told by my accountant.

"I really don't mind paying the sum they said I have not paid, but when they imposed the penalties, I feel that it makes me some sorts of a criminal.

"And they were not very nice about the whole thing."

Well, I guess the Inland Revenue Board people, being very powerful that they are, couldn't care less about such consideration.

In this previous post which I did as a follow-up to the issue,

In defense of good doctors 

I wrote again about my friend the neurosurgeon (excerpts),

I believe the good doctor I highlighted in that post was also caught in the tax issue.

I hope the whole thing will not discourage him from trying to help the less well-off patients at the government hospitals.

Well, saving lives is not easy after all.

There are people who don't even want to appreciate it.


Unfortunately, it turns out that my friend was actually quite affected by what the taxmen did to him.

He was angry.

He told me a few days ago that he had stopped performing surgeries at the government hospital.

He said since the government has no consideration for him, he doesn't feel very much like helping out at the government hospital anymore.

Actually, I was quite sad and lost for words when he said that.

Nothing much I can say because he volunteered to help out at the hospital and therefore it's his right too to stop doing so. Not many bothered to do what he did in the first place.

Nonetheless, I hope that once he cool off, he would go back and help out again.

They don't have a neurosurgeon at that government hospital and patients with spinal or brain ailment and injury were forced to be transferred to KL general hospital. It lessen the chances of survival.

Okay, maybe my friend could consider helping out in treating all the other patients again except those who are  taxmen and accountants. Can?

UPDATES

Please read these stories too :


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Get it over and done with

So, according to this Bernama report, PM DS Najib Razak said,

BN Ready For GE14 

Okay, that's good.

That means we can have the general election early.

Yup, let's get it over and done with.

I think everyone is itchy to settle things early too.

Most are probably tired of the endless bitching by both sides.

Really wasting time and energy.

May as well quickly settle the whole damned nonsense.

If BN wins, then Najib can have another term at the top and everyone can stop with all those allegations against him. After all the rakyat are the ones who would have decided on it.

If Pakatan wins....well, they can do whatever hell they want too.

It's only fair what.

I think the best time for Najib to call for the early general election is just after Sea Games in September.

At first I thought it should be in November after the tabling of next year's budget in parliament, but that budget may not be nice enough to help with winning the election.

Well, whatever.....any which way also can, okay.

Just get it done with minimal fuss.

I want to proceed after that with doing more beneficial things without having to be bothered by all those political bitching.

Whatever it is, compared to the run-up of the last general election, I think this time things are much slower.

I believe the BN's readiness for polls, as said by Najib, is not as great as back then before the general election in 2013.

The Pakatan's one appears the same to me.

Less enthusiasm on both sides of the ground.

At least that's how I feel about it.

Maybe it's true....everyone is tired.

I'm definitely tired.

Writing only just little bits and pieces these days....like this post.

Why bother writing long posts and tiring people to read them, right?

Okay that's all.

I'm going to continue watching Korean drama now.


And here's a nice sad song for what seems to be a nice Saturday,


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Hishammuddin ahead of Zahid, maybe...

Almost everyone I know was caught off guard by DS Hishammuddin Hussein's appointment as Special Functions Minister yesterday.


All they could do was to speculate about it.

No one I know could say for sure what's really happening.

Maybe today there will be some proper explaination, but I don't think that would be enough to quell the rumours.

People nowadays simply refuse to believe in political announcements.

They always want to know what they believe was the real story behind such announcements.

Honestly, I'm also not sure what's happening.

And as the others, all I can do is to speculate.

I don't really like doing that but it's all I could offer a friend who asked my opinion about it yesterday evening.

These are what I told my friend,

- PM DS Najib Razak is promoting Hishammuddin ahead of his deputy DS Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

- Hishammuddin will play a more important role in his new capacity than Zahid in preparations for the next general election.

- General election is very near. Maybe between September and December.

- Hishammuddin will be Najib's successor...maybe later, if not now.

- Najib must had felt that Hishammuddin is a better bet for him than Zahid.

- Definitely not a very good news for Zahid's camp.

- Zahid will not protest this move. He can't, even if he wants to because he simply doesn't have the capacity. He's outgunned.

Then again, I'm merely speculating.

Told my friend, who is a hardcore Umno member that it's just coffee shop talk.

Just gossips.

I really got no special interest in it.

I don't mind both guys. Doesn't matter to me who between Zahid and Hishammuddin will be on top,

It's not going to change my life, anyway.

Well, that's about it.

Getting up for work.

Have a good day.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cherry blossom

I'm supposed to be in Tokyo with my parents now but we had to cancel the trip because my grandfather is not well again. My mother needs to be here for him.

It's cherry blossom season over there in Japan.

Since we can't go over there, last night my friend sent these pictures, especially for my mother to cheer her up a bit.



Very nice, right?

And these are pictures my friend took as he walked home from work last night,



I wish we can have something similar here in Malaysia.

Also, I wish we have the capacity to appreciate such beauty.

It would be nice if we can pause a bit and appreciate God's gifts to us.

Life should not be all bad.

It should not be just about being power hungry and money grabbing at all costs.

Lie, cheat, steal, back stabbing etc. Bottom line is about who is powerful and rich.

It's something I'm afraid our society is heading to right now.

Once power and money is all that matter, I think all the cherry blossom in the world would not make any difference to us.



To read more about cherry blossom, please click on this link : Cherry blossom

Friday, 7 April 2017

Helping poor people better than politics

A friend received this from his wife earlier this morning,


It's from the Facebook page of social activist Kuan Chee Heng.

My friend then forwarded the screenshot to his friend in Kota Iskandar.

The guy in Kota Iskandar quickly did the necessary, and this is the outcome,



The visit to the family's home was at 2.30pm today.

My friend was also told by the guy in Kota Iskandar that Tanjung Puteri assemblyman Datuk Adam Sumiru will do the necessary follow-ups.

It's heartwarming that actions were promptly taken to further help the family.

This is better than all the political nonsense that's been going on.

Hopefully those responsible to care for such matters could adopt the same approach.

Better still if such cases were detected early before it's highlighted in the social media.

Anyway, alhamdulillah that the suffering of the family could now be eased to a certain extent.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Democracy not for those with serf mentality

Things have quieten down a lot of late.

Not much politics.

Most of those written over the past days are repeats.

I think you all could notice that too.

The pro-establishment blogs and social media players are still as usual whacking opposition leaders, but they are mostly what I had read before.

Nothing new.

The anti-establishment ones seemed even more subdued.

Probably everyone has runs out of ammunition.

Maybe getting a bit tired of the whole nonsense too.

Just like me.

Really.

I'm struggling even to write just this much.

Come to think of it, how much can we actually whack one another.

There must be a limit to it, right?

In more matured democracies, they don't even need to whack one another.

Even if they do, it remains purely politics and not personal.

So unlike us here.

We go to great length to hurt each other over politics.

Cut off ties with each other just because of it.

Well, guess we are not there yet among the better democracies.

But we shouldn't blame ourselves too much over it.

After all, many of us still have the serf mentality.

Just like in ancient time when we were blindly loyal to our feudal lords.

This one is in the US and such. It's different in Malaysia.

It's the lack of education, I supposed.

We don't even know why we have to enslave ourselves to any certain leader.

Even if the so-called leader is clearly a rotten one.

It could also be that we are just following the crowd.

Can't even think for ourselves.

It's really comical, actually.

Well, never mind.

If that's how it's going to be, then let it be.

I prefer to let things go through its course.

Some people got all worked up over the nonsense, but I prefer to do my best and then let things turns naturally. I'm not very religious but I believe that the rest is up for Allah to decide.

Come polling day, I will decide whom I'm giving my votes to, based on whether my life is better or worse since the last election. If it's better, I will vote for the establishment, but if it's worse, I'll vote for the other side.

It's as simple as that.

For the meantime, I will try to do as much good as I can.

Lots of works to be done, okay.

Only fools have the time for too much politics.

Okay, some got paid to work on the too much politics, but for you all who were not paid, why bother la?

After all, the country is still not really in such a bad state.

It's not that we got starving people out there on the streets, right?

Well, I need to get up now and get ready for work.

See, I'm like most of you all too.

Need to work, earn a living, take care of the loved ones, etc etc.

Okay, ciao and cheers.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Semarak Biru - World Autism Awareness Day

Tomorrow, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day.

There is going to be this event organised for it and everyone is invited,


And this is a message forwarded to me from the Facebook page of Permata Kurnia director Dr Hasnah Toran,


Anak sulung saya yg mengalami autisme sudah berumur 22 tahun. 

Klu sy cerita semua ibu bapa yg ada anak autisme tentu faham. 

Pernah ambil cuti separuh gaji 6 bulan utk buat ABA home program utk dia, sambung cuti tanpa gaji 6 bulan utk sambung buat home program.

Lepas tu suami pulak ambil cuti separuh gaji sambung home program utk dia. 

Lps tu letak jawatan, ambil loan utk buat phd dalam bidang intervensi awal. 

suami yg ada MBA ambil cuti tanpa gaji ikut sy ke US, tlg jaga anak while sy study. 

Cerita takat ni pun dah boleh faham knp lamaaaaa sy hanya drive viva. 

Blk ke Msia, mana ada tempat utk anak saya belajar, autisme dia teruk, berhempas pulas buka Makmal Autisme. 

Kalau parents sekarang complaint tak ada services utk anak autisme, apa tah lagi pada tahun 1990an dulu. 

Parents perlu faham majoriti org Msia tak pernah dengar autisme, kalau pernah dengar pun tak faham, kalau faham pun tak boleh nak empati dgn apa yg kita lalui. 

Sebab tu kalau nak pendidikan inklusif utk anak, nak Pend Khas berkualiti utk anak, nak Permata Kurnia di setiap negeri utk anak, nak tempat bekerja utk anak autisme yg dah dewasa, nak independent living program etc etc etc, KITA KENA BUKA MULUT DAN BAGI ORG FAHAM KEPERLUAN ANAK KITA. 

Tak cukup dgn hanya mengeluh. 

Parents yg hanya mengeluh, saya hanya akan pandang shj, nak jawab pun buat buang karan. 

Mengeluh tak akan improve apa2. 

Kita perlu advocate, nak2 pula bulan April ini, bulan kesedaran autisme. 

Saya cakap terus terang saya sakit hati bila org kata Permata Kurnia membazir, 

wei! kami beri perkhidmatan intervensi awal dan pra sekolah pendidikan khas kpd 300 org anak autisme. 

Yg kata membazir ini adalah org2 yg anak semua sihat2 SPM score 35 straight As. 

Mereka tak akan faham. 

Dan selagi kita hanya mengeluh, mereka tidak akan pernah faham. 

Sebab itu saya mohon pls pls pls sokong usaha kami pada 2hb April ini, pada pukul 745mlm di Dataran DBKL utk acara Semarak Biru. 

Datuk Bandar KL akan nyalakan lampu biru pada seluruh bangunan DBKL. Bukan mudah tahu nak dapat Datuk Bandar yg prihatin macam ni!! 

Macam kawan saya kata, buka tiap2 malam kami mohon sokongan di tengah2 KL, bukan tiap2 minggu, bukan tiap2 bulan. 

Hanya 1 malam dalam setahun!! 

Demi nak bagi masyarakat faham ttg cabaran hidup anak kita, supaya mereka terbuka hati utk bantu, demi masa hadapan anak yg lebih cerah. 

Bersusah payah hanya satu malam, moga2 Allah bukakan jalan untuk Pendidikan Khas semakin maju, Pendidikan Inklusif semakin terbuka pintunya, dan kerajaan2 negeri mula faham perlunya sheltered work place untuk anak2 kita. 

Jom tarik nafas dalam2 pada 2hb April ni, pack bag dgn keperluan anak, naik komuter or bawa kereta ke KL, spend 3 jam bersama kami dari 7.30 mlm hingga 10.30 mlm, doa2 org media datang ramai2, supaya acara kita dapat coverage front page, supaya 1 Malaysia sedar bhw 2hb April adalah Hari Kesedaran Autisme!! 

Jom Supermommies and Superdads! (dan mohon viralkan poster Semarak Biru juga!)

And this is a song for those who have to live with autism,

Umno did the right thing over RUU355

There was this story two days ago,

BN will not table RUU355 Bill 


I have expected that.

If Umno has proceeded with forcing its allies into supporting the Pas-initiated Bill to strengthen the power of Syariah Courts, I believe BN will collapse.

The non-Malay Muslim component parties will leave it.

I believe the component parties in Sarawak will also do the same.

Even Sabah Umno may become very uncomfortable about it.

MCA, Gerakan and the others are weak now, but without them the multi-racial BN simply can't exist.

Umno can't afford to lose them.

If they leave, the multi-racial vehicle which has enabled BN to rule the country all these while will become that of the opposition coalition's.

Pakatan Harapan currently consist Pribumi Bersatu (Malay), PKR (multi-racial), Amanah (moderate Islamist) and DAP (Chinese-based).

Other than that, the BN's Sarawak parties have clearly made their stand that they don't want Pas to gain a foothold in their State. Working with the Islamist party on RUU355 will open the door for Pas to do exactly that. Do bear in mind that the majority of Sarawakians are non-Muslims.

It's almost the same scenario in Sabah.

I actually wrote something about all these in this post on Jan 27,

Be happy and enjoy the celebrations. No way they will throw you all into the sea


Excerpts :

What will happen is that the opposition will seize the opportunity to turn itself into a multi-racial coalition like BN used to be. They have Malay Muslims dominating PKR, Amanah and Pribumi Bersatu.

Umno, after getting rid of MCA and the other supposedly "trojan horses", will be with Pas (which since its inception aims to destroy Umno) and the bumiputera parties in Sabah and Sarawak.

Bear in mind that the Pas grassroots have always been opposed to the idea of teaming up with Umno. I even believe that they hate Umno more than they hate DAP.

And those Sabah and Sarawak bumiputera parties were never comfortable with using race and religion as political tools, as such tactics don't even work over there.

They may even pull out of BN too if Umno insists on going along with Pas on the RUU355 issue.

I was told that even Sabah Umno feels the same discomfort over the matter. 

Contrary to what those RUU355 supporters in Umno think, many Malay Muslims, including those in Umno itself are not with them.

The majority of Malay Muslims are not racial or religious bigots and want to continue living in a peaceful and moderate multi-racial Malaysia.  

Umno may ends up going into the next general election holding just its own balls if it proceeds with supporting the Pas' RUU355 agenda.

However, I do believe that PM and Umno president DS Najib Razak and his better lieutenants can see this danger.

They will not let BN to self-destruct over the matter.

Ya, I think I got it right when I wrote that post.

Weird characters at Pas-initiated RUU355 gathering at Padang Merbok in February

Well, the guy who wrote this in early February also got it right,

Umno’s future is with BN, not Pas


IT came as quite a shock to many when Pas and Pribumi Bersatu announced last week that they had set up a joint technical committee to work out ways for the two parties to work together in the coming 14th general election.
This was especially so, because Pas of late appeared to have been enjoying an increasingly cordial relationship with Umno and that has  led many observers to believe the rival Malay Muslim parties may join forces soon.
The fact that the statement on the joint technical committee was made by Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and his Pribumi Bersatu counterpart Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir added to the seriousness of the matter.
Pas président Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was nonetheless quick to play down the significance of the matter by describing it as a “normal meeting” and that the final decision on whether his party will work with Pribumi Bersatu would only be decided by the Pas central committee.
He even added: ”We have set up a guideline and boundary, that is, Pas will not cooperate with any party which have relationship with DAP and Amanah.”
Pribumi Bersatu, consisting mostly renegade Umno leaders and members, is an ally of DAP and Amanah, which are now Pas’ bitter foes after the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition in 2015.
Several other top Pas’ leaders had also been issuing their own statements which were similar to Hadi’s, keeping the possibility of a Pas-Umno political cooperation alive.
Nonetheless, Tuan Ibrahim, in an exclusive interview with The Mole on Monday, reiterated that Pas will never have any kind of political cooperation with Umno.
He even pointed out that the Pas’ stand on the matter had actually been said many times by Hadi himself.
“Logically, Umno will not follow our terms, for instance, it will not give up its seats in Terengganu to us. Likewise, we (Pas) will not give up our seats in Kelantan to them. We maintain our stand as an opposition party. That (electoral cooperation with Umno) has never crossed our mind,” Tuan Ibrahim was quoted as saying.
On the warming of ties between Pas and Umno of late, particularly effort by both to help the displaced Rohingyas, he said: “Contrary to popular beliefs, we do not cooperate with Umno. In fact, the solidarity and charity events that we had attended were not organised by Umno, but by the non-governmental bodies together with the government to stop the genocide.”
Those unfamiliar with the long history of enmity between Pas and Umno may find these conflicting statements on the Islamist party’s stand rather baffling.
But not so for people such as Kelantan Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who understands that political cooperation between the two parties cannot be achieved by just the show of goodwill between leaders of both sides.
Last Saturday, Mustapa, whose home state has been under Pas’ control long before he became the Umno chief there, said it would be meaningless for leaders at the highest level to cooperate if they fail to set aside the differences at the grassroots level because “at the village level, there is still animosity”.
The reality is that more time is needed if Pas and Umno are to really work together as political allies, but unfortunately they cannot afford such a luxury as the next general election is drawing near.
Most Pas leaders know this, and for those among them who are more direct in their approach such as Tuan Ibrahim, it is better for the party leaders not to risk antagonising the grassroots with talks of political cooperation with Umno, which they had portrayed among the members as their number one enemy for the past decades.
It is understandable that those who are hoping for a solid Malay Muslim front consisting of Umno and Pas in the next general election are mostly dismayed by the latest development.
However, others, especially Umno’s allies such as MCA and Gerakan will be thrilled by the latest development.
The two Chinese-based Barisan Nasional component parties have been struggling to persuade Umno not to work with Pas as they fear it would spell the end of any hope for them to win back support from their core support base which were mostly lost to DAP in the last general election in 2013.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai last month even warned that BN may break up if Umno proceeded with the much anticipated cooperation with Pas for the latter’s Sharia Amendment Bill, a.k.a RUU355.
Now that Pas appears to be non-committal to the prospect of political cooperation with Umno, BN could once again be focused on preparing for the next general election the way it has always been doing – presenting itself as a moderate multi-racial coalition with proven good track record of governing the country.
BN’s strength has always been their large and structured party machinery on the ground and the ruling coalition should capitalise on this by redoubling efforts on directly engaging the rakyat on bread and butter issue, instead of being bogged down by sentiments played to maximum effect by the opposition, especially in the social media.
Done properly, BN may see a resurgence of support from even the Chinese community, which so famously deserted it in 2013.
Signs were there that the percentage of Chinese votes for BN might likely increase as evident in the Sarawak election in May last year when BN did exactly the right things to win the heart and mind of the community.
Everyone in BN should also be assured that the coalition will remain solid in Sabah and Sarawak, where the people are generally known to be not very comfortable with Pas’ brand of Islam. The two states are now arguably the most bankable fixed deposits of the coalition.
Even in the Peninsular, BN’s chances in the next general election should not actually be any less if Pas refused to cooperate with Umno.
In a three-cornered fight scenario, BN actually stands a better chance in Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah because Pas’ vote bank of anti-Umno Malays would be divided between itself and that of the main opposition coalition.
In the present political environment, where the opposition parties are divided and fractious, BN need to look inward and see how they can work on their strengths to improve their prospects in the coming general election instead of tearing down their founding ideals and wasting resources to chase something that is less certain.

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,