Saturday, July 4, 2009


Of course you will recall that last night was Wharf's tribute to MJ. T'was a fun night as always when the BRBloggers party. This SOB (son of a bird, do you mind!) Hantu with a good nose for parties, dropped by and did his usual stuff of dropping off some tit-bits. Sometimes, like a maguirita you need to take it with a rim of salt, Hantu's offerings can give you a hang-over. Take it for whatever it is worth:

Snap elections will be called this year....probably after Hari Raya?

PM is toying with the idea of electronic voting!

Dang, I am already late for Col Mike Nassir's BBQ!


Anonymous said...

Letter from an Israeli Jail
Transcript Broadcast – July 3, 2009

This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies - and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children. While we were on our way to Gaza the Israelis threatened to fire on our boat, but we did not turn around. The Israelis high-jacked and arrested us because we wanted to give crayons to the children in Gaza. We have been detained, and we want the people of the world to see how we have been treated just because we wanted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

I am facing deportation from the state that brought me here at gunpoint after commandeering our boat. I was brought to Israel against my will. I am being held in this prison because I had a dream that Gaza’s children could color & paint, that Gaza’s wounded could be healed, and that Gaza’s bombed-out houses could be rebuilt.

The truth is that Israel lied to the world. Israel lied to the families of these young women. Israel lied to the women themselves who are now trapped in Ramle’s detention facility. And what are we to do? One of my cellmates cried today. She has been here for 6 months. As an American, crying with them is not enough. The policy of the United States must be better, and while we watch President Obama give 12.8 trillion dollars to the financial elite of the United States it ought now be clear that hope, change, and ‘yes we can’ were powerfully presented images of dignity and self-fulfilment, individually and nationally, that besieged people everywhere truly believed in.

Let’s change the world together & reclaim what we all need as human beings: Dignity. I appeal to the United Nations to get these women of Ramle, who have done nothing wrong other than to believe in Israel as the guardian of the Holy Land, resettled in safe homes. I appeal to the United State’s Department of State to include the plight of detained UNHCR-certified refugees in the Israel country report in its annual human rights report. I appeal once again to President Obama to go to Gaza: send your special envoy, George Mitchell there, and to engage Hamas as the elected choice of the Palestinian people.

I dedicate this message to those who struggle to achieve a free Palestine, and to the women I’ve met at Ramle. This is Cynthia McKinney, July 2nd 2009, also known as Ramle prisoner number 88794.


Cynthia McKinney is a former U.S. Congresswoman, Green Party presidential candidate, and an outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice. The first African-American woman to represent the state of Georgia, McKinney served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1993-2003, and from 2005-2007. She was arrested and forcibly abducted to Israel while attempting to take humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to Gaza on June 30th. For more information, please see

Walski69 said...

Hey, is that the same Col. Mike that used to run a bar/restaurant (classy one, too) up in Kerteh some years back?

zorro said...

Walski, spot on. Was a most enjoyable night with all the old army boys....they dont make soldiers like those I met last night. Ever tried todi and vodka and Mike marinated all his meat the night before. Cheers need to make it to the Wharf post MU. Got an early morning trip tomorrow....must hit the pillow.

Anonymous said...

PAS came into power in 1999 and removed my liquor license for my Wildcat Restaurant and took me to an Islamic Court for refusal to obey their BS. Fined RM 250.00. My Christian Iban asst went to pay the fine with a huge Christian cross outside his tee-shirt!!
Am now retired from the Oil & Gas Industry but keep my love,hunting and fishing hobbies in Terengganu. I spend at least 10 days in a month in Terengganu.
It was nice of Zorro to be with us. All of us are Old Boys of RMC. The only one missing was Admiral Tojo who was overseas. Zorro was very quiet and thoughtful. We admire an MCA - a Malaysian of Chinese Ancestry - devoted to the concept of democracy and fair-play for our homeland and Zorro is a fighter. He and I come from Taiping, the most beautiful town in Malaysia, where the best Char Kweh Yeow is available! The popia is 2nd to none. I am only sorry that he went to SGI, the Sch across the monsoon drain from KE7 where I went for my initial education b4 RMC.