Friday, 21 July 2017

KJ, this boy wants to see you (updated)

(Note: Updates at the bottom of original post)

ORIGINAL POST

I hope Regina Lee, who is the press secretary of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will read this post and show it to her boss for further action.

I don't think KJ himself read my insignificant anonymous blog.

Regina, if you don't show this post to KJ, I'm going to tell people again that Guan Eng is your fan, okay.

Actually, I received this via Wassap just now from my best friend who is a mother of a boy with autism and she requested for me to highlight it,





KJ said he cares for kids with autism.

You can read about it at this previous post,

Redha and a little story about KJ


Hopefully KJ will make the effort to see the boy.

Better than playing polo lah.

UPDATES

Apparently, KJ has responded just now on this matter.

Someone forwarded me this,


Cool.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

TMJ vs KJ

Someone has been needling me to write something about the comments made by Tunku Mahkota Johor which were supposedly directed at Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

TMJ, according to that someone, was criticising KJ for being in the national polo team and having a high rank in the auxiliary Wataniah army.

That someone, who is a huge fan of TMJ said the prince was right about KJ being more interested in taking part in sports rather than being a minister of sports.

He said TMJ was also right to point out that he is a better polo player and military leader than KJ.

Personally, I think he got at least the second part right. TMJ has been playing polo since he was a kid and his royal family have their Timbalan Setia army.

I'm quite sure TMJ would easily beat KJ in a polo match or shooting competition.


Anyway, there's not much to comment on it other than that because KJ has been mostly quiet about the whole thing.

Smart guy. He knows that it's not wise to reply to the supposed TMJ's comments directed at him.

KJ is not Nazri Aziz, okay.

That's why he still survive (and prosper) after his father-in-law stepped down as PM in 2009.

I was actually impressed that  KJ took part in those sporting activities such as the Ironman challenge.


Sorts of leads by example.

Young sportsman managing the country's sports. It was good for his ministry's image.

But then again, TMJ may have a point, as according to his fan, who said if a minister is too much personally involved in the actual sports activities, then he may lose focus on ministering the sports itself.

Player-manager is actually not such a good concept after all.

Maybe KJ should ponder on it.

Meanwhile, this is something great for Malaysian sports,

Jun Hoong wins historic gold medal


Diving is definitely now a world medal prospect for Malaysia.

Maybe KJ should push the sports more into prominence so that more youngsters will be interested to take part in it.

He can learn to dive himself, just the same way he tried with the other sports.

No need for him to take part in SEA Games or anything like that la but maybe he can later on do a promotional video of the sports with him doing some fancy moves diving into the pool.

KJ may even invite TMJ to compete with him in a special diving competition after that.

I'm quite sure that will create quite a splash in and outside the pool.

KJ may even win that one.

Okay, on a more serious sporting mode, here's a compilation video of Jun Hoong in action ;

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

To be or not to be Bumiputera?

I think this is going to be difficult,

Gov’t to study Indian Muslims’ request to be Bumiputera


As far as I know,

Bumiputera definition that been used is based on Federation Constitution Of Malaysia :
  • Peninsular Malaysia
If one of the parents is Muslim Malay or Orang Asli as stated in Article 160 (2) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus the child is considered as a Bumiputra”.
  • Sabah
If a father is a Muslim Malay or indigenous native of Sabah as stated in Article 160A (6)(a) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus his child is considered as a Bumiputra”.
  • Sarawak
If both of the parent are indigenous native of Sarawak as stated in Article 160A (6)(b) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus their child is considered as a Bumiputra”.

Well, that's as according to the Constitution.

However, I know that there are many Indian Muslims who had one way or another became Malays, thus Bumiputera.

I even have a friend whose parents were born in India but brothers whose birth certificate stated that they are Malays.

They even got to study in MRSM and later furthered their study on Mara scholarship because of that.

My friend, however, for some unclear reasons, have a birth certificate which stated that he is an Indian Muslim.

Weird right?

There are other stories like that.

Probably that's why some people tend to question the ethnicity of those with traces of Indian ancestry who claimed themselves to be Malays.

Some even argued that former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a real Malay because he got Indian blood. But I don't think that's right because his mother was definitely a Malay and was said to be a descendant of the famous 18th century Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Wan Muhammad Saman Wan Ismail who introduced large scale paddy farming in the state. So, Dr Mahathir as per constitution is definitely a Malay and a Bumiputera.

I think it's the same case with his friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend again DS Anwar Ibrahim who some also said to have Indian blood.

Well, actually this Bumiputera thing is just not confined to Indian Muslims.

I also know of one guy whose parents are Chinese who converted to Islam but was admitted to study at UiTM (at that time it was still ITM and exclusively for Bumiputera).

Guess, he also have a birth certificate which stated that he is a Malay.

Personally, I don't have a problem about individuals who attained the Bumiputera status in such a way.

If they or their parents were so keen to be a Bumiputera that they did all kind of things possible for it, I think they should then be allowed to  be Bumiputera.

You see, they were even willing to be officially known as Malays instead of their true ethnic selves, which I think is quite a sacrifice.

Even more so, they genuinely tried very hard to live as Malays.

Not bad, but the ladies should wear baju kurung la instead of saree, okay

So, I don't mind these people getting their Bumiputera status.

What I don't agree to, is for people to say that they want the Bumiputera status but not willing to do anything to deserve it.

If I'm PM DS Najib Razak, I would tell the Indian Muslims who demanded the Bumiputera status that if they really wanted that, then their community need to stop being Indian Muslims and become Malays, or Orang Asli or whatever it takes per the constitution to qualify as Bumiputera.

At least make the effort for it lah.

Don't simply demand something like that, especially just because the general election is coming.

Not nice like that, okay. Sounds like blackmail.

Anyway, I really don't mind anyone else from other ethnic background to be Bumiputera.

But I think they need to be sincere about it and submit to what the constitution dictates over the matter.

Or at least try the best to be so.

For instance, if you are a Chinese and want the Bumiputera status, then stop being a Chinese and try to be a Malay or Orang Asli or whatever it takes to be Bumiputera as per the constitution.

Do something like that, and not just bitch about it, okay.

Well, actually I find that a bit silly though.

Why would a Chinese wants to be a Malay in the first place?

I wouldn't do that.

I would be proud of being a Chinese.

After all, the Chinese in Malaysia as a community are doing better than others in almost every aspect of life and they are being so without such things as Bumiputera status.

So, I don't think they really need it anyway.

For more reading about Bumiputera, please click on this link,

Bumiputera


Friday, 14 July 2017

Malaysia must not join Arab states against Qatar

Being neutral is  better than going headlong blindly into a fight.

This is so, especially, when we are not sure what the fight is really all about or when it doesn't even concerned us.

I know, some of you all find this unacceptable and want us to take sides and fight no matter what.

You are with us or against us, they said.

Honestly, that's tiring.

Really guys, it's okay to be neutral and chill out when we need to do that.

That's my stand in the Najib-Dr Mahathir fight.

I prefer that than getting a bloodied nose for stupidly fighting just because that's what the crowd are doing.

Malaysia itself tends to be neutral most of the time.

During the Cold War, even though we are closer to the West, we still maintain friendly relations with the Eastern bloc of that time.

In fact, Malaysia is one of the more active members of the Non-Aligned Movement, which promotes world peace. Being non- aligned, means we do not take sides, especially of the big powers, in their fights. We instead took in the facts of such conflicts and be objective about it.

This philosophy is the hallmark of Malaysia's foreign policy since back then.

That's how we as a small country survive at world stage all these while.

That's why I'm quite concerned when told by my sources today that there are people at the highest level of the government who wanted our country to take sides in the dispute between Qatar and a few other Arab countries.

Seriously, why the hell do we need to get mixed up in that Arab quarrel.

I really thought we are all doing well on the matter when the Foreign Ministry issued this statement on June 29,

Malaysia shares deep and abiding relations with all countries involved in the difficulties surrounding Qatar and some Arab countries which began on 5 June 2017. Our relations are across the whole sphere of human activity – particularly cultural, religion, economic and people-to-people. For this reason, these difficulties are a matter of deep concern for the Government and people of Malaysia.

Referring to the Media Statement made by Datuk Sri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on 27 June 2017 on the matter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia would like to emphasise that Malaysia has been in constant contact with all the countries involved since the beginning of these difficulties. YAB Prime Minister and YB Foreign Minister have been communicating with their counterparts across the Muslim world since that time, in order to apprise each other of the latest developments as well as to find a resolution to these difficulties. During these contacts, Malaysia has emphasised its neutrality. At the same time, we have offered to play any constructive role that the parties involved feel is required. This offer and concern have been well received and appreciated.

At the same time however, the involved countries have expressed their hope for other countries and international organisations to provide the countries involved the opportunity to resolve these difficulties through their own regional framework, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as the mediation efforts of the Emir of Kuwait. Malaysia and other countries outside the GCC respects their wishes. Consequently, we will support all efforts by the GCC and the Emir of Kuwait.

At the same time, we will continue our policy of neutrality. But it is a policy of “active neutrality”, our offer to play a constructive role still stands – we will continue our contacts with all parties concerned, and we will continue to urge them to take all necessary steps to de-escalate tensions.

Malaysia hopes for a speedy and amicable solution to these difficulties – it can only be a boon to the Muslim world as a whole. At the same time, we remain committed to combatting and confronting terrorism and extremism, and support all efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.

I was told that the people who wanted us to take sides in the dispute wanted Malaysia to be with the other Arab states going against Qatar.

The other Arab states accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, among others, and have since last month placed the tiny but rich Gulf state in isolation.

That was a bit weird to me because Qatar appeared to be more progressive and modern compared to those other Arab states.


Notwithstanding all that, it made me wondered what are the motives of those people in the government who wanted us to also join those other Arabs in isolating Qatar.

Personal vested interests, maybe?

Hopefully not so.

Anyway, I was told that Qatar has about RM50 billion in investments in Malaysia.

Those who wanted us to go against that country should think what would happen if Qatar pull out those investments.

Then there are those Malaysians who now work in Qatar. How about them if we want to boycott that country?

And, really, what is it again the purpose of us to even consider taking sides in that Arab quarrel?

I hope PM DS Najib Razak will not listen to those people.

Let's be friends with all those Arab countries and try help them settle the dispute instead of ourselves joining in the fight.

Let us be smart about this, okay.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Towards a more Islamic state (updated)

(Note: Updates at the bottom of the original post)

ORIGINAL POST

This is an interesting development,

Kelantan passes Syariah bill allowing public whipping


I wonder why it takes them so long to do it.

Pas has been ruling Kelantan for decades after all.

Also noted that the bill was passed unanimously at the state legislative assembly.

That means all the Pas, BN, and Amanah's Husam Musa, the single Pakatan Harapan assemblyman in the state legislature supported the bill.

So, no one should complain, okay.

That's what the Kelantanese want, that's what they are going to get.


This is part of democracy, after all.

Those assemblymen are representatives of the Kelantanese people.

Since they all agreed to it, that means the people agreed too.

That's good, what.

Maybe it will makes the state even more Islamic.

More syariah compliant, I guess.

I bet the Kelantanese who are not living in Kelantan are also agreeable to it.

Maybe it's nice to balik kampung and feel the more Islamic atmosphere.

That includes the funny Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. He's Kelantanese too. Datuk, balik kampung jangan nakal-nakal, nanti kena rotan :)

Well, people of the other dominantly Malay-Muslim states of Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah and Perlis may want the same thing.

They should know what to do in the next general election, if they want that.

Come to think of it, Malay Muslims in the other less Islamic states, should do the same.

Who knows, it may happen in their state too.

Nothing to lose to try, right?

After all, it's a good way to eradicate all the sinful activities.

Maybe after that, other countries can also learn from us.

One thing for sure, I'm going to recommend this to my Japanese friends.

It's a good way to shut down their awful porno industry and put a stop to all the other sinful activities in that otherwise beautiful country.

Imagine all those AV stars being lined up to be publicly caned at Kabukicho. I'm sure all the Tokyo yakuza running the "entertainment" outlets there will run for cover.

Okay, that's all.

Cheers.

UPDATES

Found this video of public whipping in Acheh, Indonesia. I think the one in Kelantan will be like this,


The public seem to enjoy the spectacle.

Well, some people like these sort of things.

At least it's not like this one, which is in Sudan,


Or this one somewhere in Pakistan,


Monday, 10 July 2017

Friends should always be friends

Went out just twice over the weekend.

To meet my cousin at her UiTM campus in Dengkil and to attend the wedding reception of a friend's daughter in Putrajaya.

My cousin had wanted to borrow some money while my friend, whom I have not met for quite a while surprised me when he invited me for his daughter's wedding.

About two years ago, he invited me to his other daughter's wedding but I didn't go because I was trying to avoid some people from the camp of PM DS Najib Razak that I despised as I knew they would be there.

By the way, my friend is one of Najib's senior aides. He is the one I featured in this previous post,

Memories of Pekan and the time Annie asked Najib for money


I wrote that post at a time when I almost stop blogging because of the Najib-Dr Mahathir war.

Honestly, I was surprised that my friend still invited me to attend the wedding this time because I had made it known that I'm no longer supporting Umno.


Well, to be more exact, I had made it known that I don't support any political parties anymore as I prefer to be a neutral observer. You all can read that at this other previous post of mine,


These days, I just write as I see things. If BN were wrong I would say that they were wrong, and if they were right, I would write that they were right. The same goes with the opposition.

Of course I got whacked by both sides in the comments section because of that. It all depends on which side each particular posting seems to favour.

I believe in freedom of expression, so I tried to publish all those comments. Only the extremely bad ones were spiked off.

Anyway, my friend was at the entrance of the hall when I arrived at the wedding reception.

I was pleasantly surprised when he did something upon seeing me which made me felt that our friendship was truly genuine.


It was very nice of him.

All those pro-Najib people who accused me of things such as being a paid DAP cybertrooper because of my postings which pointed out the bad things in BN and Umno would be shocked if they saw us at that moment.

Despite being a staunch Najib's supporter, my friend didn't seems to subscribe to the "either you are with us or against us" nonsense peddled by those who are over eager to show their support for the prime minister.

I believe my friend read this blog. He once told me he did so. So, he must know that I'm now politically neutral.

It was also nice to meet some other friends at the function, including those I know to be not supportive of the Najib's administration.

When I think about it, I felt that it was so unfortunate that so many people took politics too seriously that they discarded friends just because they were no longer in the same camp.

I can understand if they did that because they were directly fighting for different masters.

After all, some of the words they used were very coarse and hurtful.

But in cases of those who choose to be on the sideline like myself, I think that's not right.

It's only politics, after all.

Friends should always be friends, okay.

Here's a song on that, 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Wahid is still a good guy (updated)

(Note: Updates at the end of the original post)

ORIGINAL POST

Cooped up in my room since morning.

Just resting.

These days I hardly go out during the weekends as I'm still not completely well.

Surfed around for something to write but can't find anything really interesting except maybe this post by Datuk Kadir Jasin,

PNB Beli PNB1 Dengan Harga RM173,800


Kadir even published several What'sApp exchanges between him and PNB chairman TS Abdul Wahid Omar.

excerpts;

Saya menghantar pesanan WhatsApp berikut kepada Abdul Wahid: “Assalamualaikum. Maaf mengganggu. Saya cuba beberapa kali hubungi Jabatan Perhubungan Awam PNB (Encik Khamis Omar) tetapi tidak ada respons. Boleh bercakap dengan kerani saja. Saya hendak pengesahan mengenai dokumen yang tular di media sosial, termasuk hasil posting (mengenai) Rumah Terbuka PNB beberapa hari lalu, iaitu kononnya PNB membelanjakan wang yang banyak membida nombor plat khas Pulau Pinang PNB. Pengesahan ini untuk tulisan saya. Terima kasih.”.

Dalam responsnya Abdul Wahid berkata: “Penempahan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan siri PNB adakah untuk kegunaan kenderaan-kenderaan PBN. Ini termasuk cawangan ASB bergerak, MPV Hotel PNB Perdana, dll dalam usaha mempertingkatkan penjenamaan PNB.”

Saya membalas: “Terima kasih. I’ll duly reflect your argument in my writing. But you may want to search your conscience whether spending RM173,800 for PNB1 is worth the publicty drive and the penjenamaan.”

I'm not sure whether buying the plate number was worth its branding purposes, but I believe it was a cooperate decision by the PNB's management.

Maybe they had done their calculations well and decided it's worth spending.

It's a bit like Petronas spending hundreds of million ringgit in sponsorships for its F1 branding exposure. Some people said it's good, others said it's wasteful.

Lay person like me can't really tell, isn't it.

This also reminds me of back then when Sultan of Johor bought a special plate number at a considerable price. Many Johoreans came out in support of the Sultan when others said it was wasteful.

Anyway, I was actually more interested in what Kadir wrote about Wahid in that post.

I may got this wrong, but reading through it, I felt that Kadir was actually questioning Wahid's credibility.

excerpts ;

Dalam dialog WhatsApp yang lebih awal dengan saya, Abdul Wahid berhujah: “....I have been entrusted to lead PNB, this very important national institution. Brought in Rahman as CEO in October 2016. Unveiled our PNB Strategic Plan 2017-2022. Now focussed on execution. Alhamdulillah initial outcome has been encouraging with market capitalisation of our strategic companies increasing by RM25 billion in the first 5 months of 2017. Indeed RM226b of our RM266b funds under management come from 13 million unitholders. Will do my best for PNB & the country.”

Jawapan saya: “Thank you. Your reputation has been tainted by your membership of the cabinet. So it’s hard for me to accept at face value that you’ll go back to become a fine manager thay you once were. I hope and pray that you can. Wallahuaklam.”

Abdul Wahid membalas: “Aamin. As a beneficiary of the DEB, I accepted (the) invite to do true national service. I believe I have done my utmost for the country within the one senatorship term with full integrity and to the best of my ability. I believe I am more optimal in the corporate sector. Will do my best as the third Chairman of PNB.”

Kadir added,

excerpts;

Boleh jadi ada orang tidak setuju atau curiga kalau saya kata, saya melihat Abdul Wahid sebagai seorang pengurus perniagaan yang pintar, tekun dan boleh dipercayai.

Tetapi itu adalah sebelum dia digoda oleh kuasa dan kedudukan dengan menerima jemputan Perdana Menteri, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, untuk menjadi anggota kabinet pada tahun 2013.

Well, with all due respect to Kadir, I think Wahid has not turned bad or is going to turn bad anytime soon.

The fact that he took the initiative to reply to Kadir's Whatsapp messages and was very transparent over the plate number matter shows that he is still his good self as he has always been.

If he had turned bad, I don't think he would be bothered to reply to Kadir, who is now a prominent anti-Najib blogger.

As pointed out by Kadir, Wahid was appointed to the Cabinet in 2013. I believe that's after the last general election.

Do note that everyone who was pro-BN or pro-Umno was supporting Najib at that time.

That's before the start of the war with Dr Mahathir two years ago.

I highly doubted that Wahid had in 2013 agreed to join the Cabinet because he felt that he could become rich by doing bad things with the power of a minister and such.

The guy doesn't seems to change at all from back then till now.

Simple and unassuming. At least that's how I see him.

I actually met Wahid recently and he told me that he has no political ambition whatsoever.

He said his stint in the Cabinet was purely for fulfilling his national duty.

He told me all that because I have been suggesting for him to contest the parliamentary seat of his hometown, Johor Baru. Current MP TS Shahrir Samad is past 70 and he doesn't seem to have a successor.

Wahid was actually horrified by my suggestion.


"That's exactly why I'm no longer in the Cabinet," he said with a little laugh.

Well, I thought having someone like Wahid as a candidate in JB was the best chance for BN to replace Shahrir there. BN still have over 10,000 majority there in the last election but in 2008, it had double of that.

Whatever it is, I still think Wahid is a good guy and PNB is safe with him at the top.

The guy doesn't seems to have an ounce of evil in himself.

I believe that he's one of those Johoreans who strictly follow the book and not stray from the right path.

A bit like former Johor MB TS Abdul Ghani Othman who is now heading Sime Darby, if I may add.

UPDATES

Apparently, Wahid took the trouble to send a reply to Kadir'.

I cut and paste this from Kadir's comment section as he had only put it there instead of making it as a proper update of his posting,


“Assalamualaikum wbt & salam sejahtera,

Saya dengan segala hormatnya merujuk kepada tampalan blog YBhg Datuk A Kadir Jasin 8 Julai 2017 berkenaan pembidaan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan siri PNB. Izinkan saya memberikan pencerahan berkenaan isu yang disebutkan.

1. Sebagai seorang ahli korporat, saya percaya bahawa penjenamaan korporat itu adalah penting untuk memperkukuhkan penambahbaikan secara fundamental sesebuah organisasi. Ini berdasarkan prinsip atau falsafah "Form without substance will not get you anywhere. But when you combine form with substance, you will go a long way". Falsafah korporat ini telah saya laksanakan dengan jayanya semasa menerajui Kumpulan UEM-Renong (2001-2004), Telekom Malaysia (2004-2008) dan Maybank (2008-2013).

2. Saya berbesar hati kerana telah diberi kepercayaan untuk menerajui Kumpulan PNB sebagai Pengerusi Kumpulan pada 1 Ogos 2016. Saya dan Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad yang telah dilantik sebagai Presiden & Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan telah membentangkan Pelan Strategik PNB 2017-2022 pada 26 November 2016. Pelan ini mensasarkan PNB menjadi sebuah firma pelaburan distinktif bertaraf dunia dengan 3 teras strategi utama iaitu i. Meningkatkan Pulangan Secara Mapan; ii. Memacu Kecemerlangan Operasi dan iii. Pengurusan Pelaburan Berkesan . Pasukan PNB sedang giat melaksanakan Pelan Strategik ini dan Alhamdulillah, reaksi awal pasaran amat memberangsangkan dimana nilai pasaran 6 syarikat-syarikat strategik PNB telah meningkat sebanyak RM31 bilion untuk 6 bulan pertama 2017. Pasukan PNB juga telah berjaya melaksanakan migrasi sistem teknologi maklumat (IT) semasa cuti Hari Raya Aidilfitri baru-baru ini yang membolehkan transaksi unit saham amanah ASB/ASN, dll dilakukan tanpa menggunakan buku simpanan lagi. Ini telah memudahkan lagi pelabur untuk berurusan dengan ASNB.

3. PNB telah ditubuhkan pada tahun 1978 dan bakal menyambut ulangtahun ke 40 pada tahun hadapan 2018. Kami sedang dalam perancangan untuk memperkukuhkan jenama PNB. Kebetulan siri nombor kenderaan "PNB" ditawarkan oleh JPJ untuk bidaan pada bulan April 2017. Kami telah memohon daripada Menteri Pengangkutan supaya 25 siri nombor PNB (1,2,3,8,10,11,18,20,30,50,60,70,80,90,100,111,118,200,300,400,500,600,700, 800 & 900) dikhususkan kepada PNB tanpa pembidaan. Walaubagaimanapun kami telah diminta oleh JPJ untuk membida nombor-nombor tersebut seperti umum. Jumlah bidaan adalah RM336,059 berdasarkan purata bidaan nombor siri PMY,PMX dan PMW. Ia telah ditingkatkan kepada RM419,006 untuk memastikan PNB mendapat kesemua 25 siri nombor tersebut (purata RM16,760 untuk satu nombor). Nombor-nombor tersebut adalah untuk kegunaan kenderaan-kenderaan rasmi Kumpulan PNB termasuk cawangan ASNB bergerak, kenderaan Hotel-hotel PNB Perdana, PNB Merdeka 118, dll.
“4. Kami membuat keputusan berdasarkan apa yang kami fikir terbaik untuk PNB dalam jangkamasa panjang. Nombor-nombor tersebut bakal menjadi aset jenama PNB dan pembayarannya dibuat secara langsung kepada JPJ tanpa melalui mana-mana agen atau pihak ketiga. Untuk makluman, dana RM419,006 datangnya dari dana milik PNB yang berjumlah RM40 bilion bukan dari dana milik pelabur-pelabur ASNB yang berjumlah RM226 bilion. Jadi, pembelian nombor-nombor tersebut tidak akan menjejaskan pulangan kepada pelabur-pelabur sama sekali.
5. Untuk pengetahuan, Alhamdulillah saya selesa menggunakan kereta nasional Proton Perdana sebagai kereta rasmi dengan nombor pendaftaran W8D. Nombor tersebut adalah satu manfaat yang saya perolehi semasa berkhidmat sebagai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (2013-2016). Sebagai seorang daripada keluarga miskin yang telah diberikan pendidikan dan biasiswa di bawah Dasar Ekonomi Baru, saya amat terhutang budi kepada Kerajaan dan Negara Malaysia. Sebab itulah saya bersedia berkhidmat selama satu penggal dan membuat yang terbaik mengikut kemampuan saya.
6. Saya bersama-sama Ahli-ahli Lembaga Pengarah PNB, Dato' Rahman dan barisan pengurusan PNB akan terus menjalankan amanah yang telah diberikan kepada kami demi kepentingan PNB, 13 juta pelabur-pelabur ASNB dan negara kita Malaysia. Sokongan berterusan rakan-rakan semua amat kami hargai.
Terima kasih & salam hormat.
AWO. 08.07.17.”


See, the guy is very pro-active and transparent.

Berbudi bahasa some more.

Wahid is cool, okay.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Bahasa Malaysia and a bit on overcoming boredom

A friend who now lives in Vancouver sent me a Wassap message this morning to check whether I'm alright.

He was wondering why I have not been writing for a week.

The longest stretch previously when I didn't write was  when I spent 10 days in China several years ago due to the blog censorship there.

Well, I'm actually okay. Just that I don't have the mood to write about anything.

It was one of those lazy spells I have from time to time.

Everything seemed boring and not worth commenting.


My life too.

Maybe because it was Raya.

For today, I think I can comment a bit on this story,

No BM waiver for civil service jobs


excerpts;

According to him, there were only 23 doctors undergoing housemanship who were given the waiver (on the SPM BM pass requirement).
Eleven of them are Malays who are children of diplomats and went to medical schools abroad.
“I do not want it appear as though 300 or 3,000 people are affected,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, stressed that the Cabinet was very committed to defend Article 152 of the Federal Constitution (position of Bahasa Melayu as the national language) as was shown by the proactive step today.
Wished this has came earlier before all the noises in the cyberspace.

Another case of poor communication management, I think.

I'm not really a strong advocate for the advancement of the national language but in this case I believe the government must make it mandatory for those working for it to be adequately proficient in Bahasa Malaysia.

Otherwise it's like the US government hiring people who can't speak proper English or understand it.

Anyway, the Minister and officials who were involved in the issue should had made things clearer from the start.

Does this really need to go all the way into a Cabinet meeting? Isn't the policy on Bahasa Malaysia clear enough?

I think it's their fault that the whole thing became an issue.

Well, it's just too bad that they are not so intelligent.

Okay, moving on to the political front....it's boring of late isn't it?

Still mostly the repeats of usual stuff.

I think if BN could really do their job well running the country and do so without irritating the people too much, they may most likely win the next general election.

It's all about doing the job without screwing up too much,actually.

And of course, if only Najib can get rid some of those stupid people around him.

But of course he would not do that.

I have been bitching about it long before the war with Dr Mahathir started and nothing happened.

The irritating faces are still there and flourishing.

What to do...I don't like them, but Najib feels otherwise.

So, nothing much could be done there.

Well, some of you all may say let's just vote them out.

I'm not going to dispute that. It's your right.

On that, I'm just concerned about seeing the country being governed by jokers from the opposition side such as Mat Sabu, Tian Chua, etc.

Are they any better than the jokers on the BN side?

Never mind.

For myself , I will decide that on the morning of the next general election.

If I'm happy with my life that morning, I will vote for BN, but if I'm unhappy, I may vote the opposition....or just sleep at home.

As simple as that.

No need to get a head ache to understand about 1MDB and other such complicated issues.

Okay, enough lah.

I'm feeling sleepy in this office.

This lap around Monaco with Aryton Senna helps to keep me awake,



The sound of that McLaren MP4/4 is truly awesome.

If only I could drive one of those....really, never mind.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The best way to be a liberal Muslim

I honestly don't mind being labelled a liberal Muslim.

That's because I do think that I'm one of those.

I'm not going to be a hypocrite and deny it.

I'm definitely not the so-called conservative type of Muslim.

I don't even really live the so-called proper Islamic lifestyle.

For one thing, I don't believe that voting for Pas makes it easier for me to go to paradise in the afterlife.

And I don't really like all those Arab things people said to be Islamic.

I don't even like Arab food that much. I think I'll get very fat if I eat all those lamb kebab.

I prefer Japanese food and the kawai stuff.

Still, I'm a Muslim, okay.

I don't do some things they said to be demanded by Islam, but I don't debate on them either.

I hate religious debates more than any other types of debate because I think that's when religion brought out the worst in people.

For me, my faith in Islam is something between me and Allah. Not with other people.

I hardly commented on religious stuff because of that.

And with that, let me write a bit about Datuk Zaid Ibrahim of DAP, whom everyone said is a liberal Muslim like myself.


I think he should consider doing the same, that is not to talk too much about prayers, Islam or other religions.

His comment the other day on the AirAsia pilot who asked passengers of the troubled flight D7237 to pray as he tried to land the plane safely was really stupid.

Sorry, that's the only way I can describe it.

You all can read what others said about it at this link,

Netizens defend AirAsia pilot after Zaid’s criticism on prayer request


Zaid, being a liberal Muslim may not really believe in prayers that much, but he shouldn't antagonised  others who really believe in it.

He achieved nothing by doing that, except in a way confirming what the Umno people have been saying all these while that Malays who joined DAP are not true to their race and religion.

Honestly, again, let me repeat, Zaid needs to really shut up on things he is really not good at, especially religious stuff.

Hey, I don't wear a tudung, but I don't go around saying that wearing tudung is stupid because of the country's hot and humid weather.

People want to wear tudung because they believe that's what their religion demands them to do, so let them be la.

Why the need to insult them, right?

What could be achieved by doing that, anyway?

Is it all just about the ego of being supposedly smarter and superior than other people?

That's why I said Zaid was stupid.

In Islam, as far as I know, when we are in trouble, we pray to Allah for help. Probably other religions also suggest for us to do the same to their respective gods. That's what the pilot did. That's what most of us would do in that situation.

Why did Zaid have to gatal-gatal comment on it?

I 'm certain that myself, despite being categorised as a liberal Muslim, would pray to Allah in such a situation.

Well, actually I did that once several years ago.

I was on a night flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka when the aircraft hit a turbulence over the Indian Ocean.

It was the worst flight I ever had. The plane even at one point dropped several thousands feet after hitting an air pocket.

I actually prayed to Allah until the plane safely landed in Colombo.

I do wonder whether Zaid would pray too if he's in the same situation.

Maybe he would.

Now, he talked only like that.

He is still a Muslim, after all, okay.

Just a bit too liberal, I guess.

p.s Sisters in Islam and others of the same type, please take note, ya.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mat Sabu almost wreck Annie's Hari Raya family gathering

There was a bit of political discussion when I was berHari Raya at my uncle's place earlier in the day.

Some of my father's siblings are pro-opposition while others are pro-BN.

My father had initially wanted us to go to his sister's place but everyone in the family turned out to have gathered at my uncle's place.

I have to admit that I was guilty for starting the political discussion, which at a point got a bit heated.

I had asked my uncle how it has been since he jumped ship from Pas to Amanah.

It got heated when the name of Amanah president Mat Sabu was mentioned.

It turns out that one of my aunts can't even stand the mention of Mat Sabu's name due to a personal bad experience of him several years ago.

Knowing my aunt, I knew that she didn't lie about her experience.  She's the most truthful person that I have ever known.

Furthermore, I always think that Mat Sabu is not exactly the most gentlemanly or refined man.

"It baffles me how anyone can support a party led by such an immoral person," said my visibly angry aunt.

I'm glad that my uncle didn't retaliate and just kept quiet.

Otherwise it wouldn't be much of a Hari Raya family gathering for us today.

My father scolded me later for starting the whole thing.

Well, sometimes I forgot how passionate people can get when it comes to politics.

Whatever it is, Mat Sabu is indeed a liability for Amanah.

Nobody can take the party seriously with someone like him at the helm of it.

The guy has been clowning around too much for too long.


Too bad for Amanah, as they are stuck with him.

I think the party will not get far after the next general election just because of him.

Raya updates

This is the first Raya that I didn't receive a single greeting card.


Guess it's really out of fashion now.

Received a single SMS from a former senior colleague from my previous work place.

Well, that's out of fashion too.

I also only got two phone calls wishing me Selamat Hari Raya.

One is from that rich Chinese guy who sponsored my current medical treatment and the other from my Chinese friend whom I previously wrote as being friendly with Pekida and Tiga Line gangs.

Received plenty of Hari Raya Wassap messages though.

Mostly from friends and former colleagues, which was very nice.

Yup, Wassap seems to be the most preferred choice to wish Selamat Hari Raya these days.

It's easy and free.

A bit impersonal but that's the way it is nowadays.

Well, I'm okay with that.

I didn't go anywhere to celebrate Raya yesterday.

Still not well enough to visit relatives as I had planned.

It's actually quite tedious to do that in my current condition.

I also did't eat much of the rendang, ketupat and kueh Raya.

Guess, I'm still in puasa mood.

Received a message this morning from my mother who is elsewhere which cheers me up quite a bit.

So today, I'm toughening up myself to go with my father to visit his sisters.

Just that because I still don't really have the strength to do more.

Well, that's about it.

Getting up to go now.

Cheers.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Raya eve thoughts

Raya eve, the last day of Ramadhan...most likely.

I think everyone should stop fighting and reflects on things.

We should try to see each other and seek forgiveness.

Well, of course that's just my wish. It will never happen.

The fighting will continue.

Even on Raya day, I think.

Too much bad blood already.

Never mind. It has been like that for quite a while now.

But still, I miss my friends whom I have not seen ever since the fighting started two years ago.

I'm also missing my beloved. Miss....so much.

Another sombre Raya for me, I guess.

Honestly, I don't really enjoy Raya much these days.

I will just be doing the usual obligatory rituals of wearing the baju Raya and eating and visiting relatives of my father's side of the family.

That's about it.

I'm not even going to balik kampung.

The mosque of my kampung

None of my father's family members is in Kluang anymore. All of them are now in KL.

Good also. No need to go through the horrible Raya highway jam.

Well, Raya is indeed not much of a celebration for me these days.

But that's me. I hope you all enjoy your Raya very much instead.

For today, I still have an appointment with doctor this morning.

Going in a short while.

I think I'm getting better but most of the time I still stay in bed.

I'm writing this lying on my chest in bed, actually.

After seeing the doctor, I'll be joining my father at the family house.

My mother is not around. She's busy as usual. Miss her too...so much.

No serious thoughts for today. Just want to take it easy.

I better get up now.

Need to put on a happy Raya face later for my father.

Otherwise, the old man would be sad and starts pestering me to be happy.

Always got on my nerves whenever he does that.

Okay, here's a song for Raya,


That's nice, isn't it?

Sorry ya. I don't really like the usual Raya songs.

They played them too much at shopping malls.

Whatever it is, cheers for your Raya, okay.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Italian Ducati, Malaysian Proton

Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles.

But I don't really care much for it, preferring the more mundane but practical Japanese of Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha.

Still, I always have respect for the brand.

It's after all Italian.

At least that's how I always see it.

So do most other people who care about motorcycles, I think.

However, this morning I saw this story,


excerpts;


U.S. motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is lining up a takeover bid for Italian rival Ducati, potentially bringing together two of the most famous names in motorcycling in a deal that could be worth up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.67 billion), sources told Reuters.

Indian motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto and several buyout funds are also preparing bids for Ducati, which is being put up for sale by German carmaker Volkswagen.
So, Ducati is actually own by the Germans and about to be sold to the Americans or Indians or whomever else later.

By the way, the Indian Bajaj is the one which recently partnered Malaysian Modenas.

I think everyone knows Harley. That clunky and noisy American contraption of middle-aged men :)

Still, somehow I think Ducati will still be Italian.

I never see it as German despite all these while it's own by Volkswagen.

It still seems Italian sexy even though I prefer the technologically superior and efficient Japanese bikes.

Only a Lady Ducati can ride wearing heels like that. I know I can't.

It just feels that way.

Doesn't matter who will owns it later, the bike still feels Italian.

It's the same with Volvo being Swedish despite now it's own by China's Geely.

It just feels that way.

No one will say Volvo is Chinese, right?

Somehow, that's the way it is with other automotive brands too.

Rolls Royce and Jaguar, for instance, will always be British even if they are own by Martians.

Therefore I think, Proton which is now partnering Geely will always be Malaysian.

I don't think it will turn Chinese because of Geely's interests in it.

Proton will always be Malaysian, as far as I'm concerned, the same way Ducati being Italian despite being own by some Americans, or Indians or Nepalese or whatever.

I know, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was sad back then when the Proton-Geely partnership was announced.

That's understandable. I don't get it why some people mercilessly whacked the handsome old man because of that. They shouldn't, okay.

Dr Mahathir is the father of Proton and he wants Proton to remain totally Malaysian.

Just like a Kedahan father who wants his child to remain a Kedahan.

But the child needs to grow up and in the process he may not retain the original Kedahan ways like what the father wants.

The father may be unhappy about the changes but that's just the way things are.

It's unavoidable if the child is to grow up.

He needs to go to school and college and later on the workplace where he may learn other values than that of what he learnt as a child of Kedah.

But despite all that, I believe the child will remain a Kedahan and loves his father, no matter what.

At least that's how I feel about it. 

Okay, back to Ducati and Italy, here's a video,


See, it's still as Italian as ever.

That's all.

Ciao.

Monday, 19 June 2017

A hungry mob is an angry mob (updated)

UPDATES

Oh, okay. They have apparently just now cancelled the latest GST order.

Just received this,


Good lah.

ORIGINAL POST

All the Chinese newspapers' main frontpage story today are about the government going to start charging GST for some food items such as sweet corns, potatoes, grapes, mee hoon, kuey teow etc.


Apparently it was an "exclusive" story that they shared.

The other "mainstream" newspapers don't seem to have the story.

The Star Online was however quick to check and confirmed the Chinese newspapers story this morning,

GST on more than 60 food items from July 1


PETALING JAYA: More than 60 types of food items will have the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on them starting July 1.
These include certain seafood, vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, spices and noodles, China Press reported yesterday.
Customs Department director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy confirmed the report and said a full statement would be issued today.
“It’s only a few items not consumed by the masses,” he said.
The new items that will be levied with GST include eel, swordfish and imported fruits like avocados, figs, grapes, nectarines, cherries and berries. However, vegetables such as potatoes, long beans, peas, spinach and sweet corn would also be taken off the GST zero-rated list.
Other items include bihunkuey teowlaksa mee and coconut oil.
The Government introduced GST in April 2015 in the form of a 6% tax on goods and services. For the complete list of zero-rated goods and services, visit gst.customs.gov.my or www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my.

I'm of the opinion that the timing of this whole thing is all wrong for the BN government.


Is it really necessary to do this now?

It's near Raya la.

These kind of stories are not good to be discussed when people get together to celebrate Raya.

Can't they do it bit by bit instead so that people don't get the perception that the cost of living is getting higher without end.

And the fact that the Chinese newspapers are the ones which broke the story is even worse.

Now the mainstream media have to follow their lead.

They should have at least preempt the story by being the ones who break the story, complete with the rationale on why the move was taken.

Now the damage done already, okay.

Some may argue, that a few sen of price increase is nothing much, but for the people out there earning small salaries, it means a lot.

Higher cost of living for me is a more dangerous threat to the government than all the other issues put together.

1MDB, for instance, is to me just an issue only understood by those who know the financial world. Ordinary people like me don't really understand it.

Sometimes I feel that those who claim to know the 1MDB issue and boasting about their higher intellect are merely a bunch of show off.

I found them irritating.

Now, issue of higher cost of living is more immediate and easier to understand.

Pricier goods - you go to the grocery store and you can understand what it's all about.

Townsfolk or kampungfolk, they all can understand it.

If they are not happy about it, then the government will be in trouble.

As simple as that.

Well, I'm just stating the facts here, okay.

If the BN government don't care about it, then that's not my problem.

If they care, they better do something to manage the people's perception on this whole thing.

I know, the opposition is in a mess, but as I wrote previously, if the people get too angry, they would just show their anger without thinking of the consequences.

Orang dah geram bukan peduli apa nak jadi.

Okay, that's all.

Here's a song to go with this post,


Sunday, 18 June 2017

About a friend's help and a bit on buka puasa functions

I have an appointment with a doctor later this afternoon.

This doctor is one of those expensive ones.


By right, I actually can't afford the treatment (even with my insurance) but the appointment was arranged by a rich Chinese guy who said he is paying for it.

Initially I was reluctant to take up his kind offer, but after he repeatedly said he just wants to help as a friend, then I decided to agree with it.

Felt that if I still refused, it's like not wanting to be his friend.

I actually don't really like owing anything to anybody.

My little bit of pride, that one.

See lah, if the bills turn out to be not too expensive, I'll pay for it myself.

I need the treatment because I have been suffering from my ailment for almost a month now.

The other treatments I had over the past weeks didn't seem to improve my condition.

Even though I can now actually move around quite a bit, there are still lots of pain involved.

Hopefully I will not be accused of eating dedak if the Chinese guy eventually pays for my medical bills.

He's pro-Najib but nonetheless is just a friend who wants to help me.

It doesn't make a difference to me either if he's pro-Dr Mahathir, okay.

And nope, my rich Chinese friend is not Jho Low....almost, but not him :)

No kidding, okay.

Later on, I have a buka puasa appointment which my boss wanted me to attend.

It's part of my job, actually.

The function is somewhere in downtown KL. Hopefully there will be no jam and my condition holds till then.

I planned to escape from the buka puasa function as early as possible.

Anyway, I'm not a big fan of buka puasa functions.

Always awkward, especially when bumping into people that I don't like at such functions. It could spoil my puasa mood.

Prefer having it in the comfort of home instead.

This is going to be my first buka puasa function this year. Hopefully the last one too.

Okay, need to get ready to go now.

Ciao.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Couldn't care less

Spent yesterday mostly lying down.

On drugs.

Yup, I'm still not well.

Saw some little commotions in the Wassap groups over the new 1MDB-related legal suit by US Department of Justice (DoJ).

But it was just between some pro-Najib supporters on how to deal with it.

My only input was that they shouldn't worry too much about it.

I don't think the new DoJ's suit makes any difference.

Well, it doesn't make a difference to me.

A year ago, when DoJ filed the first suit, I did three postings on that single day to get all the angles to the story.

Not this time.

I was like...Oh another one. Que serra serra.

I think most people are also like me.

Tired of the whole mess.

Even the anti-Najib crowd seems not to care too much about the new DoJ suit.

Not care as much as last year, at least.

I think most people just want to go on with life and peacefully wait for the election.

They probably have made up their mind.

They don't want to hear about anything politics too much.

It's getting really tiresome.

That's why I hope the election could be held early.

Get it over and done with.

Honestly, these days I just read news of current events.

I skip all the opinion and theory pieces.

All the whacking and counter whacking seemed stupid and a waste of time.

Tired of reading people with over-inflated ego who think they are right all the time.

I rather watch anime, actually.

A scene from Only Yesterday

Or listen to rock music.

Why can't we have rockers as leaders of our country?

I meant the clever ones la.

It would be so cool, I think.

Most rockers are cool, okay.

They are much better than politicians.

At least to me la.

In fact, this is much better to me than a political speech,


What to do, I'm like that.

Cheers and enjoy your weekend.