Hands to Heaven

Today – 26th August 2008 – is another Day of Destiny for Malaysia. The decision of 58,000 voters will determine the destiny of 26 million Malaysians.

How apt that that the meaning of “Permatang” in Malay as “divider”, would divide the history of Malaysia. A victory by Anwar would certainly rewrite the history of this nation.

Yes, history is always written by the victor. Lets hope & pray as the elderly lady above, that we banish the corrupt, illegitimate, and fascist ruling coalition to the annals of our dark history and rewrite a new chapter of history and celebrate our patriots.

Pic Credits: malaysianinsider.com

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Hell Call

How much would it cost to (telephone) call Malaysia from Hell? You'd be surprised!

Queen Elizabeth, Bill Clinton and Ahmad Badawi die and go to hell. But the devil has only one phone there. Queen says, I miss my England , can I use your phone and hear how my people are doing down there.

She calls and talks about five minutes. Then she asks: Well devil, how much do I owe you for the call? The devil says: Five million pounds. She writes him a cheque and goes back to her chair .

Clinton wants to make a call too. He says I wanna call the US . He talks about ten minutes, then asks how much do I owe you devil? The devil says Ten million dollars He also writes a cheque and goes back to his seat.

Badawi is jealous. He says I want to call Malaysia . He calls and talks for about an hour to his son-in-law who is busy trying to find Mr.Petronas. Then he asks the devil how much do I owe you? The devil replies: only one dollar. Badawi is shocked and asks 'why so little?'.

The devils says: if you make a call from one hell to another, IT'S LOCAL CALL.

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Avril Flip Flop

IT SEEMS THAT AVRIL is not TOO SEXY, after all for Malaysia.

MalaysianInsider reports: "The authorities have reversed their decision to cancel a concert by Canadian pop-rock star Avril Lavigne, saying today that she can perform next week despite complaints her act is “too sexy”.The ministry’s secretary-general, Muzahet Masruri, said today that authorities decided after talks with the concert organisers that Lavigne “can do the show” next week, even though the government would still have preferred a different date.Muzahet declined to give a specific reason for the decision, but he said organisers told the government that they had already sold thousands of tickets and that the cancellation could hurt tourism."

My guess is - the Minister's daughter or the SG's daughter scolded their daddies for the dumb decision since everyone know Avril ain't too sexy even for Canada!

In the mean time everyone in the world - is having a laugh at us because our government is THAT stupidoto.

Ismail - the Last Days Musical

This musical production is loosely based on the final years of Tun Dr Ismail the deputy to Tun Razak and is performed at KL Pac until the 2nd September. The life of Doc Ismail (as he is referred to in the past by his mates) is documented in a book "The Reluctant Politician")

I went to watch this production because I think Doc's life and his passion is someone that all Malaysians should know and learn from. His non-ethnic approach to politics is what we need today as well.

Quote from Wikipedia: Ismail was particularly known for his non-ethnic approach to political issues. Expressing concern over racial polarisation in the country, he once asked:

Why did we fight for Merdeka? So that the different races can be divided? That can't be the way, right? That can't be why all these great Malay and Umno leaders fought for this ... Something is wrong...

I hope the new discussions will start. Why are we building Malaysia? What Malaysia are we building? What kind of symbol is Malaysia supposed to be?

After watching the performance, I have to say that I wish that it had a bit more drama and story and less singing! So what if its a musical, it can't be all singing. Definitely not repetitive singing!

Some plus points however can be found - the lead actor Malik Taufik was for me the saving grace. He sang well, spoke clearly and was the more polish of actors. The other cast were average and bordering on amateurish at times - what do one expect as a few were in fact part time actors!

Some songs were interesting but most of them were rather sedate. I loved the selection of Malay songs. At some point, the singing becomes irrelevant and self-indulgent. The song by Doc's Aussie girlfriend near the end was totally irrelevant and poorly delivered.

The poems were good but suffered for poor rendition.

The story wasn't fully developed as one would have loved. Given that its a musical perhaps that was an impediment. However, if the songs were short and sharp, there would have been more time for a bit more bite on a few potential dramatic moments.

The addition of a villain or two in this story would have added a new dimension not explored in this musical.

There was a lack of clarity in the conflict that play out between Tun Razak & Doc, leaving the uninformed rather confuse as to why they disagree in the first place.

No one cried, few laughed, no one got angry. In fact a few yawned. In fact, a few orchestra members actually looked bored!

It is just unfortunate that a great hero like Tun Dr Ismail story was not given its due dramatic treatment.

His perspective on Malaysian politics and nation building is truly what we need to hear at such a time as this.

All in all a 7/10 for a local act. Under broadway standards, it would score rather poorly.

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Money Talks

My pal pointed this out to me -
What was Chong Wei doing in a BN Campaign?
Didn't he know he is being used by BN?
BN paying for his RM300,000 reward mah! And his pension!

True true, but what if the BN government falls after Sept 16? Who is the government then?

But credit to the champ, he said this (reported by Malaysianinsider)-
“I am here just to collect the cheque. They have already announced that I would receive the reward. I don’t want to comment anything on politics. I don’t know much about it,” said Chong Wei, who is not a registered voter.

Dont get me wrong, I like this champ. It is just opportunistic of BN to use him for political mileage. Credit to him that he said - he just came for the cheque!

What my pals and I are cheesed about is - what Ismail Sabri claim that Chong Wei's success shows that Chinese are not discriminated."Our sports programme is for all Malaysians".

Yeah, it is something needless to say! Malaysians of all race (although RPK claims 90% of taxes are paid by non-bumis) pay their taxes so why shouldn't it be the case!

That said, I can't wait to hear Ismail Sabri or whoever in BN to say "Our Higher Education is for all Malaysians".. especially to UiTM?

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I am Too Sexy for Malaysia

In case you didn't know Avril will not be in Malaysia and you can blame that on our Islamic Government.

Read AP news here.

"The Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry said it had decided not to permit Lavigne's show because it was unsuitable to Malaysian culture and could not be held on Aug. 29, two days ahead of independence day."
I suppose what is suitable for Malaysian culture is exposing "sodomy" on national media for kids to learn about it?

"Malaysia requires all performers to wear clothes without obscene or drug-related images and be covered from the chest to the knees. They must also refrain from jumping, shouting, hugging and kissing on stage" claims the report.

So I suppose our local rock bands - don't jump, don't shout on stage? No wonder the local bands are not popular!

"We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models," he said.
Yeah, we not only want clean artists on stage, more importantly we also want clean politicians in the parliament.

Yeah, you politicians better be good role model if you insist the artists to be one! Funny how our politicians tend to forget about their own responsibilities, yeah?

By the same reasoning, since they are now baning artists who are not good role models for our kids, they should also ban football on TV because players like Ronaldo and Rooney are really bad role models for sleeping with hookers, using foul language, and for unsporting behavior on the field etc.

Why dont cha ban the Premier League too!?

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Road Bully Watch - AV 222

This car has been reported to JPJ for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

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This Question not asked about Lee Chong Wei

Pic: Lee's parents watching the Badminton Finals at home.

I believe at least a few million Malaysians watched the Gold Medal Badminton match yesterday and was gutted by the lost. Many questions were asked about what happened to Lee Chong Wei and why he buckled under pressure etc.

My question is why on earth is his parents watching their son from their home in Cheras!?

Being the first Malaysian to qualify for the Olympic's men's singles final is already a significant achievement. It puzzles me why our government did not sponsor his parents to cheer him on?

Our Olympic Council probably paid lots of money to send "officials" (it is known that some people take this trips as paid holidays) to Beijing why can't they spend a bit more to send his parents there since it is the first time a Malaysian actually reached the final of this event?

Malaysia is rich enough to send a space tourist cum astronaut but can't give his parents this honour of watching their son?

Its an utter shame that his parents are watching at home accompanied by scores of reporters.

The thing is, one suspects if Lee was not a Lee but born into a different race, this question will not ever be raised.

What do you think?

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Heroes Season 3

Season 3 is coming - 22 September 2008. Can't wait, the preview looks good!

Our Malaysian Clerks

Letter from LHDN This truly is a real classic!!

A True story...

A taxpayer called up the LHDN (Inland Revenue Board) in Terengganu, and asked for Form B. The LHDN clerk who answered the call asked for the address to send the form to. The conversation goes:

LHDN CLERK : "Boleh bagi alamat encik?" (Can you give me your address?)

TAXPAYER : "Hantar ke Ranhill Worley." (Send to Ranhill Worley)

LHDN CLERKI : "Ranhill... eja macam mana?" (err... How to spell Ranhill?)

TAXPAYER : "R.. for Rumah... A for Ayam.. N for Nangka... H for Holland ... I for itik... L for lain- lain...." (spelling)

LHDN CLERK : "Ok.. nanti kami hantar ke alamat tu" (OK, we will send to that address...)

After waiting for a week, the form arrived - have a look at the address on the envelope!!!

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