Over dinner at Patrick Teoh's Damansara Village, to send off Boom and Rodi, Hawkeye said that our ringgit is not accepted in most countries. I thought that it was the todi taking effect. "Go read my posting lah guru." So I did when I came back home early this morning. It is HERE.
Btw I spoke to Nizar today and from the horse's mouth - soon after Nazrin Shah addressed the Assembly and left, he walked up to BN Speaker Ganesan and blasted him: "You are a pengecut! You have allowed police personnel to intrude into the Dewan, and you are a lawyer, an insult to your profession!"
Hi Bernard, This is a plea from the young people about this coming weekend and beyond. It would be great if you could forward this out to all who follow your blog or are on your blogroll so that they can also post the Voice your Choice badge. Thank you so much for your support and we hope Malaysia will stand up and be counted from here on.
According to the Election Commission (EC) Deputy Chairman, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar in a report dated in January 2010, 4.39 millionor some28%of Malaysians over the age of 21 have yet to register as a voter. These are alarming statistics which we believe we have to do something about. To put things into perspective, the state of Selangor itself has an estimated 787,000 unregistered voters.
The decisions we make today shape our tomorrow, individually as a community, and ultimately as a nation. That is why we are beginning another EPIC movement we call EPIC for Unity.
This is where we want the people to start having faith & hope in this nation that we call HOME and love dearly. It is understandable that it has indeed been challenging to develop such positive feelings toward a nation that displays such a blatant disregard for ethics and the rapid decay of moral values in our community. We understand that we are disillusioned and feelings of helplessness have inhabited our minds and wills, causing us to stop striving for what we youths want.
We want to believe that the power of ‘one’ is not simply overrated, just rarely challenged
We want Positive Action not Negative Reactions
We want to integrate not tolerate
We want to stop complaining, and start acting
We want our friends to stop migrating overseas and our parents to stop telling us to do so
We want to be colour blind to our neighbours
We want to stand up to be responsible for our collective future and believe that others want to as well
We want all this but what are you willing to do to get it?
We want to voice our choice the best and most civil way we know how in practicing our democratic right...
However before that happens, you first have to register as a voter... Have you? If you have, GOOD ON YA! If not, don’t feel bad, because the time is now.
We are on an EPIC Mission to gather1,000,000voters by the end of the year to mark the end of the first decade of this millennium.Yes, we said it! ONE MILLION! We believe that we will definitely hit and even exceed this number if you join us on this EPIC adventure to truly impact our community in an extraordinary way.
We will be launching our year-long campaign which we believe belongs to all of us on the 3rd and 4th of April. at Subang Parade, Amcorp Mall and E-curve Mall (formerly Cineleissure Damansara)
We will need at least 150 hands in promoting, registering,
setting up booths and pasting up posters.
We are targeting 20,000 people for the 2 day launch.
* in case you're wondering we have NO political affiliations whatsoever*
First things first, to clear all doubts and suspicion: neither EPIC for UNITY nor Voice your Choice are tools of any political party. We are strictly non-partisan and not affiliated with any political parties. We have found out that many people cannot comprehend this but YES, we are SINCERELY doing this because we realize as youths we need to take up our responsibility to make our nation something we can all be proud of. Nation development is rather tricky and even though we youths are anxious to make a difference, we dare not say we can do it without the wiser more experienced generation. Therefore, all who have asked if there is an age limit or if you are TOO OLD? The answer is NO there is no age limit to dreams.
Voice your Choice is created by youths for ALL Malaysians
This is what it is all about…
This is not about PR or BN or any political parties
This is not about overthrowing the government
This is where corporate and political rivals can work together to meet a common need
This is where our faiths unite regardless of religion
This is about uniting all Malaysians for Malaysia
This is where we obtain the peace that comes from within and arenot driven by our environment or circumstance. Peace is with those who can wake up every morning knowing they have done everything to the best of their abilities in making this country a better place.
This is about conquering ourselves, finding our voice and believing that it counts.Only then can we know that this government, nation and world will be cured of the diseases that plague them.
This is about using a new yardstick to measure another fellow human, not by his race, status, and profession or academic achievement, but by the same beliefthat we want a better future and Equality for all.
The goal that we have set can only be met when we successfully organize ourselves as one people. When we hit the 2 million mark, only then will we know that we have conquered our past and successfully become one Rakyat.
We learn from our past but are never haunted by it. We are dedicated and committed to using our present to shape our future. Join us!
For all who wants to help out with promotion, setting up and registering voters, pls email us at
Pls do state which location you would prefer so that we could organize you.
Thanks ! We look forward to hearing from you.
DEAR ALL PLEASE NOTE THAT TUESDAY 30/3 WOULD BE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SIGN UP. PLEASE SEND US YOUR DETAILS AS LISTED BELOW TO SIGN UP
Profession: IF YOU CAN"T MAKE IT TO HELP OUT PLS MAKE SURE TO LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW
YES, an apology is in order. Last week in answer to a few readers I posted why I did not comment on the MCA circus. I said that I did not want to comment on a dead party. I made a mistake. MCA is not dead, as in kaput. I volunteer that they are more a "living dead" now in ICU. Comatose! Vegetable! Period! Unless
Dead men tell no tales, but the near dead or living dead are sending fractious mixed signals. They did not vote according to the fixed menu. There was no fixed menu, only mixed vegetables. It was every man for himself. Of the 3 VPs, each are honchos of the three nominees for President. One claimed to be independent, that very same one who we all booed off the stage at a pre 2008 elections forum. Donald Duck that is.
Voting in Liow clearly shows the immaturity of the voting delegates. This guy wanted to be President too. When he received signals that two was good enough, he alligned himself to Chuah. When Ka Ting was proposed he jumped over to Ka Ting. If he is not a frog, he is a toad! For the meantime, they will be comfortable thus
However, I have been reliably informed that women have more use for lap dogs than men. Men are more in favor of lap dancers. On the other hand it must be acknowledged that UMNO is adept in nurturing lap dogs into running dogs, no?
Now that Jibby has got his way and got rid of the thorn Tee Keat and have secured too little puppies on his lap I'd like to throw him a small challenge. Put healthy Chuah back to Health and transport Liow to Transport. Let's see how Liow will handle the PKFZ and his sidekick Wee Ka Siong and the other MCA sharks. Chuah, we will see what you have to say to PERKOSA's Godfather and its Chosen One. Remember you used your tool to great alacrity, use it now to prove that MCA represents the Chinese. Otherwise get off the lap, go under the table for the crumbs.
SINCE the birth of this blog ZAHARAN RAZAK'S blog ("I" of the Storm) has been on my side-bar. Our paths have not met but I feel an affinity with him as a blogger soul-mate. He wrote in his latest posting:
My son Zain Azrai had convulsions from age six months until he was five years old. He was diagnosed as having tuberous sclerosis, a form of brain tumor with no cure. The epileptic fits stopped when he was five and we stopped giving him his medicine, Epilim.
.......Then about October last year, just after he turned 12, he had a relapse and the doctors decided to open up his skull and do something to his brain. He survived the operation but suffered a coma. He is now bed-ridden, not at home, but at the hospital receiving daily care and treatment. It is now almost six months he has been lying in a hospital bed. He is being fed through a tube and breathes through another tube attached to a hole in his throat. If his lungs get infected, the resultant secretions will have to be sucked out using a suction tube pushed through the hole in his throat. He is of course also wearing diapers.
Shanon Shah (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been trying to balance careers as a singer-songwriter, playwright and human rights advocate, “trying” being the operative word. He has worked and volunteered with NGOs such as Sisters in Islam, Suaram, Amnesty International, the Malaysian AIDS Council, WAO, Awam and the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ). In 2006, Shanon was named Best Male Vocal in an Album at the 13th Anugerah Industri Muzik for his debut album Dilanda Cinta. His first full-length play Air Con premiered to rave reviews and packed houses during its July, 2008 run at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center. In 2009, it won several Boh Cameronian Arts awards including for best Malay script. In the past, Shanon has been a columnist for the New Straits Times and theSun. He has also been published in Kakiseni.com and in several book anthologies. His Malay-language column Secubit Garam runs every fortnight.
BACK when he was deputy prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak pledged that Malaysia would become "a role model to the Islamic world". He said this in the middle of the 2009 Kuala Terengganu by-election, which Najib's Barisan Nasional (BN) eventually lost to Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Najib's pledge was poetic, since a "role model" is supposed to be an outstanding example of its kind, or an example of excellence that others might want to emulate. Could Najib have foreseen events such as the infamous cow-head protest, the "Allah" controversy, the ensuing arson attacks on churches and other houses of worship, and the syariah caning of three Muslim women when he promised this? It would be unfair to expect Najib to be clairvoyant. Still, he is now the prime minister. And as premier, surely Najib has to reconcile these events which happened under his watch with the lofty promise he made more than a year ago. After all, a model Muslim country cannot be one where citizens' rights and liberties, including the right to be safe from violence, are trampled on by the state or non-state actors in the name of Islam.
MANY have whispered (some discretely, others embarrassingly LOUD) whilst some have screamed at me as to why I have made no comments on the ongoing MCA goings on. I have always been derisive as and when I comment on the MCA. OK this is the reason for my silence.
BETCHA, the MCA on Sunday will have a name change: Malaysian Christian Association. They subscribe now to the RESURRECTION and the PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON.There is a plethora of Chirstian denominations, what's another one that will get the blessing of U-KNOW-WHO.
A comment by a reader kick-started this posting. I produce it verbatim together with the youtube presentation:
We need joint forces from all level of RAKYAT.
The speech transcript from the clip is as below :-
“… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls –
has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people , will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .
Soldiers(RAKYAT) – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers(RAKYAT) – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written
“the kingdom of God is within man ”
- not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will.
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers(RAKYAT) – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!