Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A pleasent surprise!

I went to KWSP today and saw this. A man was busy decorating the KWSP office to make the Christmas felt.

It is indeed a pleasent surprise!

Kudos to KWSP management and it's staff making this possible.

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tell us why should we vote for you, Pakatan

Many of us who worked hard to convince our surrounding friends to vote for Pakatan Rakyat in the 12th GE, managed to deny Barisan Nasional's 2/3 majority for the first time.

We were expecting that Pakatan Rakyat will continue its struggle for the benefit of the people, ie to improve itself and prepare to take over the government, and put a full stop to rampent corruptions, abuse of power, among others, restored the local government elections which has been raped by BN after the May 13 incident.

It has been months, if not years, for Pakatan to try uniting themselves. Political struggle within and outside Pakatan raise the doubt whether Pakatan can eventaully make it.

During the months, we see troubles brewing within Pakatan itself: inconsistent policies in the Pakatan lead states; cross fire within Pakatan for something laughable; and worse, continue to deny the rights of the people to elect their very own local government representatives.

Many Pakatan leaders, from time to time have been giving excuses not to have local government elections for reasons which I doubt themselves will ever convinced.

Some said it is expensive to conduct yet another level of elections; some said it is unconsistutional to conduct suche elections as it is against the Laws; some claimed only Elections Commission is empowered to conduct elections hence the state government is not in the position to do so.

Thus, Pakatan resorted to Barisan's conventional practice: appointing politicians from
Their own parties according to quota instead.

Pakatan failed to realise that the country is urgently needing local governments answerable to the people, not their political master, as the first step to ensure that no one can take advantage of this as a gift to their supporters.

People wanted someone, or a team of someone they elected, answerable to the people, to carry out duty for the people.

If Pakatan insisted that they cannot restore the local government elections, due to whatever reason, they will have to think hard enough how to win the hearts of people who have voted for them for what they have promised.

There may be circumstances beyond our knowledge that local government elections is not easy to implement as 1 2 3. Understood, and point taken. But what is Pakatan's plan and road map towards achieving the goal?

Pakatan, think twice, think hard. Even if you are confident that by registering more voters will be at your advantage but can you ensure that these new voters will vote you in the coming election? Will those who have entursted you earlier continue to vote you regardless?

Build your ground firmly, do it right. You cannot afford to fail, you don't have time, neither the people will patiently wait for you to grow up like a man. Barisan Nasional will certainly not waiting for you too.

Stop accusing everything that Barisan is doing, focus on your foundation, or you'll be washed away sooner then you can ever expect.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009














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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Translated: the story of Ah Chung

A friend dropped in this copy of translation. He said he did this to help spreading the message. This is an Interview, originally in Chinese, of a man, Ah Chung, who has been walking the talk for Teoh Beng Hock, whom have been thrown (as most believed) from 14th floor of MACC's office.

It is not a grammatically perfect piece, neither do I write perfect English. It is the sincerity and effort of wanting to do something for TBH in the quest demanding for Justice that makes me posted this, with minimal editing.

Read on.....

I wish Teoh Beng Hock was dead on the 14th floor of Plaza Mazalam.


Only dead people aren't scared of falling from a tall building.


Some forget. Some choose to remain silent. Some prefer to speak... but only through their vote. However for some, action must be taken and this bloody debt must be claimed now.


Those words almost made me cry. But the person who said it already had tears in his eyes.


I went through 2 hours of the city traffic to meet Ah Zhung, but he said “Who is Ah Zhung?”. Most think he is crazy. But since Teoh Beng Hock's death, Ah Zhung has gained massive popularity.


He is not a rich man, but fighting for Teoh Beng Hock's justice requires a full time effort. So he left his job.


On the Saturday morning that Teoh Beng Hock's grave was dug up for a second postmortem, Ah Zhung was at the 'front-seat'. While holding a black and white photo of Teoh Beng Hock in his left hand, his right fist was clenched, pointing up to the sky. According to him, Teoh Beng Hock's body was found lying like this.

棺木上了灵车他也驾着20多年的老摩托追灵车,结果半路撞洞摔到一扑一碌。好彩後面光明記者的車子來得及煞車 ,要不然22號各報的頭條除了趙明福,恐怕還會有他。所以他一直笑著跟我說,好彩光明的記者救了他。

As he trails the hearse, his 20 year old bike hit a pothole and fell. Fortunately the car behind him managed to stop in time, otherwise he would have been on the headline of Guang Ming Daily. The driver of the car was a reporter for this daily newspaper.


After 2 hours in the hands of a mechanic, he was back on his bike, RM45.00 poorer. RM45.00 is half the total amount of his monthly food expenses.

His wounds are still bleeding as he head straight to the hospital, but he wasn't there to seek treatment.


Dr. Porntip was scheduled to arrive the next morning. She is Ah Zhung's newfound idol. However in the hours before her arrival, Ah Zhung decided it is up to him to stay on guard. More so as everyone around him fell asleep at about 7 in the morning.


In the morning, someone bought him McDonald's fry chicken. Every piece of chicken was chewed to the bone. He said, it was the most delicious meal he's had in the past 7 years.


His bone is almost visible through the wound on his wrist. He said this one bled the most, but the rest are nothing.


His hand was still swollen. I can feel the pain just by looking at it. But to him it was just another scratch. According to him, his doctor had an instant headache the moment he saw him. His doctor has never seen anyone more scared of pain.


The deepest wound was on his shoulder. But I didn't want him to show it to me because every time he takes off his clothes, the wound would rip open again.


His shirt was full of patches. But when I asked him why he doesn't change, he said he had no choice. Red colour symbolises the bloody justice that Teoh Beng Hock and his family has yet to be served.


Turns out, that was his only red shirt.


After many washes, the bloodstain remains. “Even Better!” he said, “This represents the vengeance for Teoh Beng Hock. I’ll patch it and wear it again”


I said to him “Ah Zhung, even your pocket is full of patches!”


Ah Zhung was only too happy to reply “No lah, it was torn when I was dragged by 'them'. I'm not ashamed of it. The people, who have wronged, should be ashamed. Not me.”


I brought him to Sushi King for a meal. He ate a lot of rice but with not much else, with every small chunk of fish, a few mouthfuls of rice follow. I sat quietly as he eats. He ate 4 bowls of rice that night.


(My boss told earlier that he will foot the bill, thus, it is not me who were paying for the dinner, thank you boss)

自己作剪报和讨公道的工具。一张赵明福的海报折来折去随身带,已经差不多破烂, 不过他还拿来当宝。 原因是它的正面是趙明福,可是它的背面是蘇淑慧。他用自己的方式,把陰陽相隔的兩個人重新連結在一起。

Ah Zhung never had much on him. But a collage of newspaper cuttings and photographs was amongst his precious keep. On one side, it's a black and white portrait of Teoh Beng Hock, on the other side, his wife. It looked worn with a few patches of tapes keeping it together, but to him, this is his own special way to reunite Teoh Beng Hock and his wife. One in heaven and the other on earth.


As time passes by , some anger starts to fade. For most people, this tragedy has turned to a distant memory. But Ah Zhung insists that justice has to be served. And all he has is his persistent self as a reminder to the whole world.

"冷漠的社会有份杀死赵明福。"他一直这样跟我说。因為當我們對錯誤選擇明哲保身,就是姑息養奸。 就是幫兇。面对他,我羞愧得吃不下,拼命喝茶喝得胃抽筋。一個天天扒白飯的人,一個已經51歲的老年人,依然堅持黑的就是黑的,永遠不可能變成白的,為什麼?

“A cold society has a hand in killing Teoh Beng Hock”, Ah Zhung kept saying. When we choose to ignore a crime that's happening in front of us, we are allowing and encouraging for it to happen. That makes us an accomplice.

Listening to him makes me feel sick to my stomach. I lost my appetite. Drinking tea alone got my stomach cramped. A 51-year-old man, who could only afford plain white rice for meals, still insists that black is black and can never be white. Why?


As I started writing this article on my phone, I started thinking, maybe Ah Zhung wasn't crazy afterall. Maybe he is the last sane being in this crazy world.


Tonight, in the memory of Teoh Beng Hock.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009










-- Post From My iPhone

Location:Jalan 7a/2,Rawang,Malaysia

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bukit Antarabangsa Landslide report declassified

Malaysian Insider reported the following

Cabinet declassifies Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — The Federal Cabinet has agreed to declassify the report on Bukit Antarabangsa landslide that killed five almost exactly a year ago, Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said tonight.

He said the cabinet made the decision after the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) applied to make it public.

“We have decided to make the report public to safeguard the interest and wellbeing of the residents in the area,” Shaziman told reporters in Gemencheh.

Just wonder if it is for the benefit of the residents, why not do it as soon as when the report is ready?

The Barisan Nasional federal government had earlier warned Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that he might have broke secrecy laws when releasing a report on the Dec 6 landslide.

The report had said a burst water pipe had triggered the landslide in the waterlogged leafy suburb, destroying 14 houses and causing millions in damages

“It is also my hope that the MPAJ will take remedial measures to ensure such an incident does not recur especially in the current rainy season,” Shaziman added.

The MPAJ had written to Shaziman on Nov 25 asking that the report be made public as the document was then still classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972 after Khalid backpedalled on making it public.

Shaziman said the Cabinet’s decision had nothing to do with the findings being uploaded onto the internet.

“We are merely following the set procedures. The report was made for the MPAJ and we could not make it public without their knowledge.”So, when they wrote to me asking that the findings be made public, I agreed after consulting members of the Cabinet...that is the procedure,” he said.

Oh! Yes! the declassification process needs 10 days. Even it is of public interest, not just residents of the affected area. Mr Minister, where is your KPI??

Hitting out at the Pakatan Rakyat state government, Shaziman said the federal government did not make hasty decisions like the Selangor government.

“We have nothing to hide...as long as the procedures are followed, we will make the information available to the people.

Mr Minister, if the Present Selangor Government is BN, will you say the same? Why should minister brought in politics, when he is representing the ministry, not his party on this matter??

“It is also my hope that the Selangor government would from Monday work on the proposals set in the report which include cleaning the drains and strengthening the slopes in the affected area... don’t just keep the report and do nothing about it,” he added.

Shaziman said his officers had lodged a police report on Wednesday over the leak, adding it occured only after the Public Works Department handed over the report to MPAJ.

Council president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said once the report was declassified, copies would be made available to the public at a cost of RM80 each.

Why should the Government, be it Federal, State, or local council charge for the report? Can RM80 make you rich? If you cannot afford to give away, let it be on the Internet for interested party to download la, why still want to charge??

iPhone quick tips: photo orientation

Quite often, when taking pictures using iPhone, in ladscape, it saved as portrait.

This happened especially when trying to capture image from a table, where iPhone is positioned with camera facing down.

The solution: before taking picture, position iPhone upright, turn the camera on, then turn the iPhone to landscape, point to your object, and shoot.

It's simple, just need a little training. You need not using other tools or go back to your desktop to rotate photos you took from iPhone no more.

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Long lost Simon & Garfunkel

It's The Concert in Central Park, DVD!!

I found this, kind of unprepared when I was shopping around at USJ Summit, where Popular book store is having clearance sales.

It was like sending me back to 1981/2 where I was still very young (many probably hard to imaging how I look like with dark, shining, hair).

This album is in fact one of the first English album that, when I started listening to English songs.

The album was the collection of my uncles. I was staying with my grand ma then, and like to flip thru my uncles' books, magazines, and of course, albums.

Frankly, I know no English at that time, even I was already form 5. It is kind of normal for Chinese educated student, proud of fluent in Chinese/Mandarin but English and Bahasa.

It was Simon and Garfunkel, along with Don McLean (American Pie, Vincent, etc), Bob Dylan (Blowing in the Wind, The Time They are a Changin' etc), Joan Baez (Amazing Grace, Donna Donna, etc), thought me English, and learn to appreciate non-mother tongue language.

I remember it was so difficult for me to understand what they are singing, trying to sing the way they are. I was literally learning every single pronunciation by heart, every single word, every line, and every song was repeated over and over until I get them right.

It wasn;t just songs that I learned, but every single spoken word during the Concert, like

"What a night! God! I thought it might be somewhat crowded but we seem to have filled the place." etc.

They have influence not only my perspective on languages, but message in their songs is still influencing the way I look at things.

It is glad to have them both again, this time on DVD. I've ripped the DVD to my iTunes and iPhone, so I can listen everywhere I go, it is just like seeing a long lost friend, not one, but two.

I am sure to sleep well tonight with their songs, sure, I will.