They were very quick to apprehend the suspect and charged him for the crime.
However, what was even more comforting was the way the Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau reacted to the act of terror.
Excerpts from the above report :
Trudeau, who has made a point of welcoming refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, told parliament in Ottawa: "Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack."
"Last night this community experienced something that no community should ever have to know: Unspeakable cruelty and violence perpetrated on those who came together in friendship and in faith," Trudeau said later at a vigil attended by hundreds who braved frigid temperatures in Quebec City.
He added a personal message to Canada's 1 million Muslims:
"We stand with you. We love you and we support you and we will always defend and protect your right to gather together and pray today and every day," Trudeau added.
What a contrast this Trudeau guy is compared with his southern neighbour, the new US president Donald Trump, who as far as I'm concerned doesn't make it too difficult for me to assume that he doesn't like Muslims.
You can just google "Trump muslims" to know why I don't like him very much.
Back to Trudeau, I think he's now my favourite western leader.
He seems to be such a nice guy and good leader.
He's good looking too.
Well, I'm going to read more about him.
Anyway, I always like Canada.
I have never been there but whatever I know about it suggest that it's a beautiful country.
Huge open spaces with relatively small population.
The few Canadians whom I met also seemed to be good people.
I think Canada is something like America...but without too many obnoxious people.
T. Vigneswaran, 40, a nasi lemak seller; Tengku Hazrul Shah Tengku Hamid, 42, owner of a security company; enforcement staff Mohd. Neezam Jelani, 35; and Izakri Zakaria, 38, a driver, all pleaded not guilty when the charge was read before magistrate Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Nor.
I guess this is the nasi lemak seller,
I don't think I want to buy nasi lemak from the guy.
He looks too scary lah.
And the whole gang are out on bail now....and probably back selling nasi lemak again.
As for the charge of rioting, it's under Section 147 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum punishment of two years jail and fine.
That's maximum, okay. They probably will get less than that if any.
So, remember, that's the penalty of beating someone half to death.
I wonder why can't they at least be charged under Section 325 of Penal Code for causing grievous hurt which maximum penalty is seven years jail and fine.
The lorry driver looked quite grievously hurt to me.
Don't know lah.
You can watch the video of the beating and what I found out about the assailants at my previous post,
The past few days had been hectic as my family prepares for the new year celebrations.
It's the usual cleaning and decorating of the house as well as cooking of these and those.
I have not been reading much because of all that, but did note the bit about MCA president DS Liow Tiong Lai saying that BN will break up if Umno supports Pas in the Syaria Amendment Bill issue, also known as RUU355.
I can understand Liow's and MCA's sentiment on the matter.
They may as well close shop if they can't say no to RUU355.
The Chinese will simply laugh at them.
It just confirmed what DAP said all along about MCA being just an Umno's lackey with no backbone of their own.
The same goes with the other non-Malay, non-bumiputera, non-Muslim component parties of the ruling coalition.
Well, actually DAP was not totally wrong, because there are those in Umno who actually advocate the idea that it's Umno's way or no way in BN.
These Umno people feel that they are the kings on the top of the hill and therefore others in the coalition must agree with everything that they want.
Even if they, via Umno, want the actual hudud, they expect MCA, Gerakan and the others to go along with it.
If you disagree with that, like what Liow did on this RUU355 issue, you would kena whacked.
So, MCA threatens that if RUU355 is passed this may break up Barisan Nasional. Good! Then let Barisan Nasional be an Umno-Malay-led coalition while Pakatan Harapan can become a DAP-MCA-Chinese led coalition. Then at least the political divide would be much clearer and there will no longer be any confusion as to whether MCA is with the government or MCA is a DAP Trojan Horse.
Well, I actually think that if that's the real thinking in Umno, then BN will indeed cease to exist.
What the opposition parties (including Pas) have been working on for decades will finally be achieved - the destruction of BN which moderate multi-racial approach enabled it to rule the country since Merdeka.
And the most silly thing about it was that, there are those Umno people who think that it's then going to be a Malays versus Chinese fight in the next general election where the Malays will prevail because of their larger number.
It's silly because that will not happen.
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.
I was told that Najib had several times shot down the idea to allow Umno leaders and members to officially attend a Pas-planned RUU355 gathering next month. Maybe it's true. Najib can't be that stupid to let BN be destroyed like that.
If you all bother to read this Najib's CNY message today, he doesn't seems to want to throw the Chinese into the sea like what some Umno supporters of RUU355 threatened,
We believe the Chinese want a better and prosperous Malaysia for all our children. We can achieve this if we are strong and united as a nation, focus our efforts and energy for the well-being of the nation while we continue to sort out our differences and challenges. Together, we can surely achieve greater heights for a Malaysia that is more successful, advanced and harmonious.
Furthermore, I think you all should try read this previous posting of mine which more or less explains why Umno will not abandon its Chinese allies and set up a new exclusive Malay Muslims gang :
Spent the whole of yesterday doing spring cleaning with my mom and grandmother for the Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend.
My grandmother seemed to be recovering well from her recent ailment and despite us telling her not to tire herself, insisted on joining us in cleaning up the house.
My grandfather however is mostly still weak from his own illness, suffered last month. He spent most of his time resting. My mom constantly worried about him because my grandfather, who previously was a boisterous person, doesn't talks much anymore.
My mom has taken a long leave from her job to look after my grandparents. It's probably the longest leave she ever took from her job.
Anyway, the rest of the family will start arriving home later today.
Big auntie and small auntie, along with my favourite cousins will arrive from Singapore tomorrow.
As always, it's going to be fun.
Yesterday evening, I went to town with my mom to buy the usual home decorative items for the occasion.
It's always my mom who choose the decorations as she's a bit of a Chinese scholar, being the only one in the family who had studied in a university in Taiwan.
Around this time of the year, I normally try to avoid writing about politics but today can't help but to notice this BigDog's posting,
which highlights concerns of Deputy Prime Minister DS Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over studies which indicate that : - only 6.6 per cent of the country’s cybertroopers are supportive of BN, while the rest are anti-establishment. - for every pro-BN cybertrooper, there are 15 others who are working against the government.
Well, I don't know what to say about it anymore lah.
I have been bitching about the poor coordination of BN/Umno cyberwar and media efforts for the longest of time.
If you all have the time, check the archive of this blog to find my posts where I whack Umno/ BN cyberwar and media bosses.
Sorry, I'm too lazy now to find them for you.
Well, of course all I got for all those posts was being branded as not being supportive enough of the establishment and such.
I was even labelled a trojan horse and paid DAP cybertrooper at one point.
Well, never mind lah
Anyway, I did come across instances of BN losing its supporters in cyberspace.
This is one case where a couple who used to support BN in cyberspace without being paid to do so may have stopped doing that after what happened to them,
Now that the general election is drawing nearer, it's going to be quite a struggle for BN to catch up with the opposition in cyberspace.
One BN cybertrooper against 15 opposition cybertroopers can be quite tough, okay.
Even Ip Man asked to fight against only 10.
Hahaha...actually that Ip Man video is for this blog's CNY fun.
Whatever it is, even if the opposition wins the cyberwar, it doesn't mean they can win the general election.
That has always been the case.
As I previously wrote, the real fight will be on the ground.
The one that's closer to the rakyat and doing more for them will win.
Winning the cyberwar is of course important too, but the bulk of what it's all about is just satisfying massive ego of the combatants and all the nonsense about claiming meaningless bragging rights.
I think the Wanita Umno members who go from door to door campaigning for their party are more valuable than all those pompous high maintenance cyberwar and media generals as well as their minions whose main priority is just showcasing their loyalty to Najib instead of winning the much needed support for the establishment.
Well, you all know lah why they are like that.
If you don't know, you can read this previous post of mine,
Curious to know what Khaled will be doing there, I asked my friend to send me the itineraries.
So, she sent me this,
I'm quite sure Khaled will have talks and briefing on the coming general election with BN and Umno people in Kluang after completing the official visit.
My friend also sent me this picture from the first stop at Sekolah Agama Seri Kampung Tengah 2
It's nice and reminded me of my younger days when I attended the Sekolah Agama Johor where I learnt more about Islam as well as read and write Jawi.
I used to be quite proficient in Jawi and could even do shorthand writing in it. Now very rusty already la due to lack of practice.
However, back then, my sekolah agama didn't have air-conditioning or what looks like an internet or Astro receiver disc like in the picture.
Maybe now the sekolah agama are more changgih :)
Anyway, the parliamentary constituency visit doesn't look as detailed as that done by Khaled's predecessor TS Abdul Ghani Othman who was being more micro by repeatedly visiting the numerous balloting areas in preparation for the last general election.
Still, I think what Khaled and his team are doing is good enough as it is.
I shouldn't be comparing Khaled with Ghani too much as they are of different standards altogether.
I think it's good for Johor BN and Umno that Khaled is now on the ground as that's where it all matters for them to win support for the coming polls.
I always believe that the fight is actually on the ground rather than the stupid exchanges of accusations and insults in the social media or other propaganda outlets.
The side which is more grounded and closer to the rakyat will win.
That has always been the case.
That's how BN and Umno won all the general elections since Merdeka despite their flaws and weaknesses.
The opposition could not possibly beat them by mere rethorics as proven in the past.
As long as BN and Umno leaders still care to go down to the ground and do the necessary for the people like what Khaled is trying to do in Kluang today, the opposition will have to continue to struggle to justify their accusations against the government.
Merely playing politics may win some extra votes but it would not on its own ensure victory.
Being able to be there for the rakyat and doing the right things directly for them are more important than anything else.
If the opposition hopes to ever beat BN and Umno, they need to do or seem to be doing more work on the ground and be close to the people instead of just talking about this and that.
As Ghani once told his people during the campaign for GE13, no matter how bad were the sentiments caused by national issues, if they can still take care of the people at the grassroots level, the battle could still be won.
I was particularly interested in this visiting schedule of Johor MB DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin as displayed in the article,
I think that's a rather reasonable schedule as it would give Khaled and his boys reasonable time to prepare the Johor BN machineries.
Based on that schedule, I think the writer of the article got it right that the Khaled's team would have six solid months of touring the State and doing the necessary to prepare for the general election, which would probably be held later in the year.
So, I contacted my good friend in Kota Iskandar to double check the info.
This is part of our Wassap conversation,
I guess something must had happened that Khaled and his boys now decided to speed up the schedule.
My friend told me the visits to the parliamentary constituencies were indeed in view of the general election.
If they are going to finish the whole tour by April 27, then the general election could be called as early as May.
But still I believe Khaled and his team need more time to prepare for it.
Logically, after such a tour, they need to study their findings and do follow-ups for remedial measures to solve local issues detected during the tour.
That should take another month or two.
Unless of course as I said, something had happened that they really need to rush the whole thing.
That's actually strange.
I had actually earlier learnt from a high ranking intelligence guy that when Khaled started his tour early this month, the actual level of preparedness of Johor BN for the election at that time was only at 30 per cent.
That's what made me thought that Khaled had did well by allocating about six months to do the tour, if indeed it was to be the final push before the election period.
But if they are rushing it now, then I guess it's no longer Khaled's decision.
The directive to wrap up everything early must had came from KL.
Maybe BN really wants to have an early general election.
In the autumn of the year jen-hsu A friend and I went out on a boat that passes the Red Cliff The breeze is fresh and the water is unruffled As I drank with my friend I hummed a poem and a song A phrase on its strange beauty The moon rises from the eastern hills and wanders among the stars White dew above the river draws a line beneath the sky Letting the boat go where it pleases We drifted over the endless flow Sailing the void and riding the wind We not know where to stop Leaving the world and standing alone We sprout wings to join the immortals As I drink the wine I compose a song Oars of orchid wood row through the moon's drifting light Thoughts fly far away for my loved one in a corner of the sky A friend plays a flute harmonising my song The flute makes a whiling sound resenting, longing, lamenting, protesting trailing the night like endless silk
Woke up earlier and just felt like sharing that. If you want to know what nonsense I wrote above, do watch the full movie at this address, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHapbtuw8_E
It's Anita Mui's last movie. She had already gone when I first watched it. It's heartbreaking.
Tell me which retired, failed or/and overaged politician (with the exception, perhaps, of Johor Menteri Besar Ghani Othman, who is chairman of Sime Darby) has done really well as chairman of such an institutions?
Honestly, I don't have an answer to that.
As for Ghani, I know that he was a good MB but not really sure how he is doing now as Sime Darby chairman.
However, earlier today, a friend forwarded me this message from his Facebook wall,
"Salute to Tan Sri Ghani Othman. U drove Sime Darby's revenue to around RM50 billion with a profit around RM4 billion. And U only took a salarie of below RM1 mil yearly."
I don't know how accurate that is, so I checked the Sime Darby's annual report for last year and found these,