Thursday, July 31, 2008

At 84, the fire still burns!

From Mr Lim's blog:

By Ahmad Mustapha

Singapore’s Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore’s founding father, has always been very direct in his comments. This was the man who outsmarted the communists in Singapore (with the innocent help of Malaya then and the willing help of the British) and who later outwitted the British and outpaced Malaysia in all spheres.

Singapore practices corrupt-free meritocracy and Malaysia affirmative action. The former attracted all the best brains and the latter chased out all the brains. The Singapore cabinet consists of dedicated and intelligent technocrats whereas Malaysia has one the most unwieldy cabinets. Not only that, brain wise it was below par not even good for the kampong.

With that kind of composition, one that is very brainy, naturally Singapore , with no natural resources could outstrip Malaysia in every aspect of development. Malaysia, on the other hand, was too much preoccupied with its Malayness and the illusory ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ and was also more interested in useless mega iconic development rather than real social and economic development.

Whenever Kuan Yew utters anything that deemed to be a slight on Malaysia , voices were raised admonishing him. Malaysia would never dare to face reality. That Singapore had shown that it could survive was a slap on those who believed that Singapore would fold up once it left Malaysia . Therefore it was natural that these doomsayers would try to rationalise their utterances to be in their favour to combat on whatever Kuan Yew commented. Its political jealousy.

Singapore achieved its development status without any fanfare. But here in Malaysia , a development that was deceptive was proclaimed as having achieved development status. It was trumpeted as an achievement that befits first world status. This was self delusion. Malaysians are led to believe into a make believe world, a dream world. The leaders who themselves tend to believe in their own fabricated world did not realise the people were not taken in by this kind of illusion.

Lee Kuan Yew believed in calling a spade a spade. I was there in Singapore when the People’s Action Party won the elections in 1959. He was forthright in his briefing to party members as to what was expected of them and what Singapore would face in the future. Ideologically, I did not agree with him. We in the University of Malaya Socialist Club had a different interpretation of socialist reconstruction. But he was a pragmatist and wanted to bring development and welfare to the Singaporeans. Well! He succeeded.

Malaysia was so much embroiled in racial politics and due to the fear of losing political power, all actions taken by the main party in power was never targeted towards bringing wealth to all. Wealth was distributed to the chosen few only. They were the cronies and the backers of the party leadership to perpetuate their own selfish ends.

Seeing the efficiency and the progress achieved by Singapore caused the Malaysian leadership to suffer from an inferiority complex. That Malaysia should suffer from this complex was of its own making.

In a recent interview, Kuan Yew said that Malaysia could have done better if only it treated its minority Chinese and Indian population fairly. Instead they were completely marginalised and many of the best brains left the country in drove. He added that Singapore was a standing indictment to what Malaysia could have done differently. He just hit the nail right there on the head.

Malaysia recently celebrated its 50th year of independence with a bagful of uncertainties. The racial divide has become more acute. The number of Malay graduates unemployed is on the increase. And this aspect can be very explosive. But sad to see that no positive actions have been taken to address these social ills.

Various excuses were given by Malaysian leaders why Singapore had far outstripped Malaysia in all aspects of social and economic advancement. Singapore was small, they rationalised and therefore easy to manage. Singapore was not a state but merely an island.

There was one other aspect that Malaysia practises and that is to politicise all aspects of life. All government organs and machinery were ‘UMNO-ised’. This was to ensure that the party will remain in power. Thus there was this misconception by the instruments of government as to what national interest is and what UMNO vested interest is.

UMNO vested interest only benefited a few and not the whole nation. But due to the UMNO-isation of the various instruments of government, the country under the present administration had equated UMNO vested interest as being that of national interest. Thus development became an avenue of making money and not for the benefit of the people. The fight against corruption took a back seat. Transparency was put on hold. And the instruments of government took it to be of national interest to cater to the vested interest of UMNO. Enforcement of various enactments and laws was selective. Thus a ‘palace’ in Kelang, APs cronies and close-one-eye umno MPs could exist without proper procedure. Corruption infested all govt departments, the worse is the police and lately even in the judiciary.

Singapore did not politicise its instruments of government. If ever policisation took place, it is guided by national interest. To be efficient and to be the best in the region was of paramount importance. Thus all the elements like corruption, lackadaisical attitude towards work and other black elements, which would retard such an aim, were eliminated. Singapore naturally had placed the right priority in it’s pursuit to achieve what is best for its people. This is the major difference between these two independent countries.

Malaysia in its various attempts to cover up its failures embarked on several diversions. It wanted its citizens to be proud that the country had the tallest twin-tower in the world, although the structure was designed and built by foreigners. Its now a white-elephant wasting away. It achieved in sending a man into space at an exorbitant price. What for purpose? These are what the Malays of old would say “menang sorak” (hollow victories).

It should be realised that administering a country can be likened to managing a corporate entity. If the management is efficient and dedicated and know what they are doing, the company will prosper. The reverse will be if the management is poor and bad. The company will go bust.

There are five countries around this region. There is Malaysia , and then Indonesia . To the east there is the Philippines and then there is that small enclave called the Sultanate of Brunei . All these four countries have abundance of natural resources but none can lay claim to have used all these resources to benefit the people. Poverty was rampant and independence had not brought in any significant benefits to the people.

But tiny Singapore without any resources at all managed to bring development to its citizens. It had one of the best public MRT transport systems and airlines in the world and it is a very clean city state. Their universities, health care, ports are among the best in the world.

It is impossible to compare what Singapore has achieved to what all these four countries had so far achieved. It was actually poor management and corruption, and nothing more. Everything is done for the vested interest of the few.

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines and the Sultanate of Brunei need good management teams. They would not be able to do this on their own steam. I would advise that they call on Kuan Yew to show them what good governance is. Why look East to Japan when it is just next door across the causeway.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SPP.

I think, I am going to be fkcuing serious this time.

Ya...relapse self-fatness awareness syndrome.

Below is my regime for the next 5 weeks, and then 3 weeks study for end of block exam.

6pm to 6.30pm: Jogging around meadows. Minimum of 20 minutes of jog. (Priority)

6.30pm to 8pm: Join random ppl for football.

8pm to 9pm: Dinner. (Not the usual 3 mangkuk nasi)

9pm to 12pm: Tidur.

Failure of concordance to the above treatment regime will not be tolerated. Self punch 5 kali.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Merc Terengganu Joke.

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight of the 16 Proton Perdanas for Terengganu’s executive councillors have been seized by the Anti-Corruption Agency.

This has left them with no choice but to use the Mercedes E200 Kompressors for their official duties.

This was the explanation given by Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said over the continued use of the Mercedes by exco members despite the Prime Minister’s instruction for them to stop.

Last Friday, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Terengganu Government could keep the 14 Mercedes but they could only be used for guests of the state.

Ahmad said the exco members would continue to use the Mercedes pending completion of ACA’s investigations into the high maintenance cost of the state’s fleet of Proton Perdana V6 Executives.

“The ACA has taken the Proton Perdana cars and it would take some time so we are going to use the Mercedes,” he told a press conference after dinner with Umno leaders here on Saturday night.

He added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had given the state the permission to use the Mercedes “once in a while”.

“This is only temporary, we will decide later,” he added.

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What a joke.

ACA investigation on average takes 5 to 10 years if there is no big fish involved, and 100 to 200 years if medium fishes involved and a few light years if big sharks involved.

By the time they complete the investigation, we already use helicopter to travel around.

.....

In the end, the issue will die off, and the terengganu excos will be using mercedes, which I dont really mind actually.

HAHA.

If they use perdana, the lebihan money not to say give us also...

and

14 Mercedes for guests?

How many guests u have terengganu gov?

1. patrick lim

2. idris jusoh

3. jackie chan

????

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mercedes for Terengganu EXCOs



?????

If you want to taste mercedes benz.

Work for it.

Rasuah ke, apa ke. I dont care.

Just dont use our hard earned tax money.

People tak cukup makan, lu travel around in Merc.

Kerajaan Bankrap apa?? No money to subsidise petrol price?

Din see any sign of slow down also in expenditure.

Beca pun boleh jalan bai. Perdana V6 tak boleh?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Dark Knight


Hoho.

Mari I tell you the whole story.

Kekeke...dont want to be a spoiler, to those who are in the land of slow movie released - UK.

Never since Transformers and Tarzan X that I felt like clapping after watching a movie.

The Dark Knight indeed is one of those that you dont feel boring for more than 5 minutes.

The twist(s), the actions and the techno stuffs are all well blended into a 2 and half hours of never ending non stopping excitement.

- Message brought to you by Vue Cinemas.

I especially fell in love with the maturity of the character played by our Asian of the Year, Man of the Century and Cock of the Millenium, Edison Chen (not William Tan).

Great acting especially his eye contact with Morgan.

Edison clearly knows his script well. I bet he practised it over and over again. Well done.

Conclusion: 5 pounds well spent.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I'm BACK.

Hoho.

I am back.

Was placed in Dunfermline for 2 weeks, for renal.

The accommodation in Dunfermline (will be there for another week) is more than superb. Next time i post some pictures of the place.

Dunfermline has got Primark, 2 Asdas quite close to each other, and etc etc. We have been to the tourist attractions on the first day though.

But then, got no internet in the accom. Kanneh.

ANd the internet in the hospital library, cannot sign in to any personalised websites such as facebook or blogspot.

Ok, glad i m back to edinburgh. It has been a fruitless 4 days academically in Dunfermline. Need to get my portfolio done soon.

Bye.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Berlin 2.

U cant finish exploring Berlin in one day, i think.

Quite a lot of things u must see.

Such as this Reichstag thing, the Parliment of Germany.

Reichstag is the most visited parliment in the world.

The entrance is free, but u need to queue up, but i tell u, the wait can be quite long... I heard u can book but not sure how la...

So what is so special about this building?

I let you guys see from different angles la..see u can see the unique thing or not?

From the left:

From the right:

From front:

Anything strikingly imposing structure?

I tell u la..it is the sort of lampa thing in the middle. Like one weird breast thing la.

Have to go in and up to take picture.


So what is so special? I tell u..until today i still dont know..it was like glassy glassy stuffs nia la...

Ok, another building that I found nice is this: the secret hidden church...

Hidden leh...

I heard got monster wan...in that church...the left monster...

Why? Why?


I AM HANDSOME! (terlalu power till the water also berbuih buih...)

Berlin, Germany 1.

This post would be on the attractions in Berlin.

I think the thing that no one will miss is this huge gate.

Brandenburg Gate. The symbol of Berlin.

Monster insisted that this is the front side of the gate.

...

Can this be the back of Bradenburgh Gate? The horse running away from the gate?

Artistic value.

Other stuffs:

Got Iban Headhunters as well in Berlin.

Monument something for the mass prosecution of the Jewish i think...

Sony Centre.

Wittenberplatz, one of the stations in London Tube. HAHAHA.

I cant remember exactly what is this blue thing, but i think it is some babylon stuffs. The main thing in the Pergamon Museum. Wei, I paid to go in see this bloody bodo stuff.

There is this line of the width of 2 bricks wide, around the city, where the Berlin Wall once stood dividing the city into east Berlin under Soviet and west berlin under the Allied Forces.

And we followed that line in search of remaining Berlin Wall

And found this stretch of wall

and then the Charlie Checkpoint (used to be the main entry/exit of the west/east Berlin.)


Why? Why am I so handsome?Why? (I dont know what caption to put coz I have forgotten what building is this la...)



Friday, July 18, 2008

Randomling.

Have been on a week holiday, literally.

Not much work in urology attachment.

Seriously.

Come tell you a joke:

1. One patient told me, she had acute asthma.

I heard:

I HAD A CUTE ASS MAH...

I choked. Coz...her....ass...was...not...that...cute.

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On a lighter note, Sit is going to back home next tuesday. And I am not going to continue staying in that place anymore. Let the house below have some rest from the man made earthquake.

I am going to move back to teviot place, Apik's house, and I think I'll pay him half of his bill. Ethical issue.

And, I embarked on my SPP again. It has been 2 days of daily jog around meadows, since 2 days ago. Haha.

Chedet.com

Got this joke from one forwarded email.

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When Dr. Mahathir was Prime Minister of Malaysia...

One lousy day in the middle of the economic crisis, PM Mahathir
was feeling extremely frustrated and wondering how a neighbouring
country can be doing better than Malaysia .

One of his aides said,"I heard that the leaders consult Feng Shui
masters to ensure prosperity for the country. Dr Mahathir thought
if that was the case, Malaysia Bomoh also can, and went to seek the
top bomoh's advice in the country.

After reviewing the case, the bomoh told Dr M that there were 2
things that he must do :

Bomoh : Step 1. You must blame the crisis on SOROS for everything.
Dr M : But Why ?

Bomoh: Because SOROS stands for 'Speculate On Ringgit Or Stocks'.
You must blame him, and look at ways to control the ringgit and
stock market.

Bomoh : Step 2 - You must get rid of ANWAR.
Dr M: What! why him ?

Bomoh: Because ANWAR stands for 'A Nation Without Any Ringgit'.
Dr M: But how ? This is most difficult to do, he is popular with
the people.

Bomoh : Aiyoh, you bodoh lah! Look at your name, MAHATHIR.

Make Anwar Homosexual And Then Highlight It Repeatedly

This one lagi best. The latest according to the trend.

Subject: M.A.H.A.T.H.I.R

This is a new acronymn... stands for:

> Must
> Always
> Hantam
> Abdullah
> Till
> He
> Is
> Removed

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Berlin, Germany

A very long and delayed post on my Germany trip last Easter.

Yah, 4 months late.

Berlin to me, personally, is a symbol of the German kind of spirit, never give up when everyone else giving up on you.

Berlin was virtually flattened by the Alliance forces, and then ruled by the US in the West, and Russia in the East, for some years.

And yet, the Germans managed to rebuild the country and their city, in such an exceptional manner.

However, I would like to point out that...

The German chix wasnt that exceptional.

What more after I came back from the great Nice.

Berlin is full of bears. I managed to tame a few.






More travel-like post after this. See you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Anwar Vs Strawberry.

With all respect, I love this new Information Minister. Thanks for this Debat - (the butt?). Hope for more of this to come. It is a huge step forward for the maturity of politics in the country. Well done.

Overall, the debate was thrilling, informative, and healthy. No misbehaviour from both side, oh, probably a few personal attacks from Shabery on Anwar, but that was nothing serious. Anwar must be expecting this, with his long history in politics.

But, there are a few things I found interesting, the blunders....

1. I think government sent the wrong guy to debate. I felt that Shabery is not the best minister to represent the government on this matter. We are debating on petroleum prices and the national economy, and I think the best person to talk about this on behalf of the government would be Domestic Trade Minister Sharir Samad, or Finance Minister Nor Mohammed. (if not Pak Lah or Najib). Then probably we would have some better arguements.

2. I think the whole point of fair debate was completely defeated upon the first question for Anwar from the chair. He asked him on his views about the fact that major player of consumer petroleum in Malaysia are the likes of Shell, Exxon etc, and thus a huge subsidy from the profit of Petronas would hurt Petronas and would benefit them.

His second question was on why Anwar needs to be PM in order to save the rakyat, but instead if he is so berjiwa rakyat, he should share his expertise with the current government now. Both questions are one-sided in nature with sense of negativity towards Anwar.

3. The BN cheering crowd. I think this is a huge blunder on the BN side to have the ever cheering crowd among the spectators. These people were cheering on random points for Shabery, especially when he was making personal attacks on Anwar. I can tell you that this was not helpful as Shabery would be more inclined to make more of those immature attacks. Besides, the cheering crowd was a little bit of nuisance. PR crowd was much smaller, and thus not so irritating as those cheering for Shabery.

4. The assistant that Shabery brought with, Tan Sri Nordin Kardi. Why? Why not some big shots in the EPU or Khazanah or Petronas? A VC of UUM with background of counselling, talking to Anwar on premises of politics and economic management, just doesnt go well with me, and I hate that dude.

5. Anwar is the most articulate Malay leader in the modern times. No one can deny that, and to challenge him in a debate is almost single handedly presenting him with an opportunity to be more popular. I believe this would be the historical first, and dramatic last, of an open political debate in Malaysia.

6. Overall, I would think that, objectively, Anwar argued his case much much better than Shabery.















Monday, July 14, 2008

14 July

"Quatorze Juillet", pardon my French.

It is a very important date in the history of Mankind.

July 14 is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 170 days remaining until the end of the year.

In France, 14 of July is Bastille Day, the French national holiday celebrating the Fête de la Fédération in 1790 during the French Revolution.

In Iraq, a military coup overthrew of the Iraqi Hashemite monarchy. The coup would herald the end of the Iraqi Hashemite dynasty and usher in the era of the Iraqi Republic, as well as precipitating social and economic reform in the state of Iraq, thus be called as the 14 July Iraqi Revolution.

In Sweden, today is a holiday. It is the birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden so it is an official flag day.

In Georgetown, this day, some 23 years ago, Ang the Handsome one, came to Earth. Superman came after that.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Nice, France

Again, this is not about the beaches, or the bitches.

It is about the accommodation we had in Nice.

We didnt book anything before go. Ganas leh...

Eric suggested that instead of all 5 of us walking together to find accom, we should split up.

He further lectured that the probability of us getting a cheap and 5 person;s room would be increase by 1000 if we go into 5 different directions for 10 mins and meet up together at the centre point later on.

And we met up after that. Fail.

So after the split, we discovered that either the cheap hostels are all fully booked, or the more expensive ones are too expensive.

We are quite pasrah...

But luckily, helen ngu the ngus managed to find one, 80 pds for 5 person. What else, we jumped up and down la.

The guy brought us there, into some backlane, and turn turn, eei...reach already.

The room was quite...dirty. Got flies somemore.

So we dont want that la. He said there is another one room, but 100 pds. If 100 pds, i might as well book from internet earlier...i tot i can find cheaper ones...haih...

Sitting on the sofa...first day in Nice.

After 30 mins, all of us still sitting there.

After that, someone start to take off their shoe, some change their jeans...

And all 5 of us, I mean ALL FIVE of US, sat there and slept for 3 hours afternoon nap due to our too early morning flight.

The sofa convert into bed. Babi the bos; tipu duit. Say 5 person's acco

But then still can bath and sleep la...Got toilet bathroom and beds...

The 3 persons' bed for hobbits.

The magic fan. Nice at that time was super hot.

And we cannot open window coz scared pussy rape us.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Two More Years: A to N

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has set his retirement date - he will hand over the leadership to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak in two years' time.

"I have decided to hand over my position to Najib to take over as party president in June, in the middle of 2010," Abdullah told a press conference.

His announcement today is to pre-empt challenges to his position at the party polls in December.
This came despite ringing endorsements from Umno divisions in four states - Penang, Perlis, Selangor and Malacca - all of which said they would back Abdullah as party president.

From: Malaysiakini

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1. Sorry, I cant see why these two are at the top to begin with. Anyone can shed some light? Pak Lah clearly, to me, unfit and in fact to be honest, simply incompetent, to be the leader of Malaysia. That is my personal view.

2. I dont know much about Najib except of course for his infamous "rumours" regarding Atlantuya.

3. Also, I find myself starting to doubt his integrity, and leadership, after his admittance of his meeting with Saiful Sodomised. Sorry, I cant make myself swallow this story (which I dont know how other ppl can?), on how he, the second most powerful man in Malaysia plus one of the most-not-down-to-earth leader of all time, spent his time, counselling a staff of Anwar over rectal pain and psychological effects of forced anal sex, with no political conspiracy involved. Sorry I just cant. (that doesnt mean i believe anwar did not do it or otherwise)

4. When Mahathir chose Pak Lah as the 5th PM, I found myself not objecting the decision, as Pak Lah was, a clean, nice, guy. I am a firm believer that a leader has to be clean and able to garner trust, before the element of ability and charisma come into place.

5. I think I can accept and respect Mahathir as my leader, again, despite his agressiveness, cronyism and widespread abuse of power of the Executive, because he is doing his job, well. Yes, I pity those who are victimised in the process, like Anwar, judges, Raja Raja Melayu, and S46, but I prefer to buy the perspective of the consequentarians.

6. Pak Lah's ineffiency and his subsequent sign of lost of cleanliness over the years, has made that little advantage of his diminishing. Gone were the days when politicians resign on proven mistakes, failures or public criticisms. (i believe GE12 is a valid barometre of his popularity among the rakyat) Instead, he chose to stay on, and "rebuild his reputation" which is to me, damaged beyond repair.

7. And now, he is choosing Najib, one with no significant breakthroughs I can recall from the ministry of defence, except occasional billion dollar arm deals. However, I could clearly recall the failure of National Service, as a mean to boost sense of nationhood in our young, which is a brainchild of his.

8. I am looking forward to serve my country in 2010, with a leader I can trust, with a government system I can trust.

Nice, France.

This post is not about the beaches, or the bitches.

It is about;

Random pictures actually.

We hate people who are posers.

Sometimes we posed a bit, but not too much.

Sometimes, we dont know what we are posing.

Too handsome.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Julie Estelle

I met her in Tesco the other day. GIla babi right?

Haha...

I am staying with Sit, Wafi and Mahat. Their status:

Sit - On holiday.
Wafi - Graduated, now waiting to go back home for good.
Dr Mahat - Working in Ayr...nothing to do also.
and Me - laze around the house everyday

So what we do all day long?

Youtube, youtube and youtube.

And this classic indon songs came up every 1 hr, at least 12 times a day. I was quite pissed off, until i saw Julie.



Ah...

I dont understand why so many Indons left Indonesia for Malaysia. All those must be gay.

I wanna go Indonesia doh.. hoho






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