Wednesday, November 30, 2011


“I want to issue a warning to the opposition - Zuraidah, the biadap (rude) PKR Wanita chief, you think we are afraid of you? You want me to resign, who are you to say so?” she said, reiterating that the opposition targeted her out of jealousy as Umno Wanita’s achievements.

Jealousy? Why would Zuraida be jealous. She is not Wanita UMNO! She is disgusted, not jealous.

“You want me to resign just because my husband is the chairperson of NFC? I have nothing to do with it. I take care of my duty and he takes care of his, but you want me to resign... If this is your principle, I challenge the PKR Wanita chief today to urge the PKR president to resign.

Just tell us how he qualified to be the chosen one? I dare you.

“I want to issue a warning to the opposition - Zuraidah, the biadap (rude) PKR Wanita chief, you think we are afraid of you? You want me to resign, who are you to say so?”

Reminds one of schoolyard rumble….even girls indulge in this infantile “you touch me first” dare?

I challenge the PKR Wanita chief today to urge the PKR president to resign.

You want the PKR President to resign? To quote you: Who are you to say so?

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil says that if she resigns over the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail must also quit as PKR president over her husband’s criminal charge.

Why should she….she is an elected President, whereas you lost to her daughter and became a backdoor Minister! Yah, we know you beat Rafidah. We also read in a blog how TDM had to use you to get rid of Rafidah. Like some few hundred millions….some enchanted sum, no?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Monday, November 28, 2011


Services for the soul of our dearly departed Jennifer Young, wife to Richard Yeoh, our comrade

and mother to Jeremy, Joshua and Johnathan.

Appreciate your prayers!

1. Wake at Xiao En Centre from 6pm today until 11pm Wed.
No. 1 Jalan Kuari
Cheras (next to Cheras Cemetery)
GPS position N3.10444 E101.73348

Mon, 28 Nov & Tue, 29 Nov
Christian Memorial Service Time: 8.30 PM

2. Funeral service at Pantai Baptist Church (First Baptist Church)
Lot 8 Jalan Pantai 9/7
Petaling Jaya
GPS position N3.10266 E101.65065

Wed, 30 Nov
Time: 2.30 PM


Richard Yeoh, Selangor State City Councillor was active during our


and works tirelessly

as BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee Member.

Richard, be assured that Jennifer will look after you and the boys from where she is.


"If the opposition thinks they can march to Putrajaya,

forget about it."

"If the EC is sincere, it should redraw all the constituencies,

this is not gerrymandering,

this is outright cheating."


He that’s cheated and allows himself to be cheated all this while is an accomplice with the cheater.


Sunday, November 27, 2011


Today Awal Muharram heralds the Muslim New Year. Today too is the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year, 4 Sundays before Christmas Day.

A Blessed co-incidence, allow me to volunteer.

Of late we have experienced events by individuals and groups bent on ensuring that unity amongst Muslim and Christians is a no-no.

I cannot think of anything better to share with readers than this article from Raja Zarith, the consort of the Sultan of Johor.

Sunday January 9, 2011

Season of goodwill


If Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Isa (Jesus), a prophet respected and revered in Islam, is it so wrong to wish a blessed day for those who celebrate it?

DURING the days before Christmas last year, I wished my friends who were celebrating it “Merry Christmas” in much the same way they would wish me “Selamat Hari Raya” or “Happy Eid”.

I find it rather sad that such a simple greeting – one which I grew up with and which I have never regarded as something that would compromise or de-value my own faith – is now regarded as something so religiously incorrect for us Malaysian Muslims.

When I was at boarding school in England, I had to go to church every Sunday because it was part of the rules. My father advised me to consider it as part of my “education” and he had no doubt that the experience would strengthen rather than weaken my own faith.

I was able to see the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. I learned more than the average Malaysian Muslim would about Christianity. I learnt that just as we Muslims categorise ourselves according to the four different schools of thoughts of the four Imams (Imam Malik, Imam Al Shafi, Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Ahmad Abn Hambal) and are either Sunnis or Shias, so Christians too are divided into different sects or churches.

Going to church did not make me less of a Muslim when I was a young girl, and neither does saying “Merry Christmas” make me less of a Muslim now. My faith has not been shaken just because I wished some friends a time of joy with their families. Neither will I suddenly suffer from amnesia and forget what my religion is.

What I do not wish to forget, however, is that there are good, kind people who are not of the same faith as me.

As Harun Yahya, the Turkish writer (he was selected last year as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan) noted: “Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance.

Today, however, some circles have been presenting a false image of Islam, as if there were conflict between Islam and the adherents of the two other monotheistic religions. Yet Islam’s view of Jews and Christians, who are named ‘the People of the Book’ in the Quran, is very friendly and tolerant.

“This attitude towards the People of the Book developed during the years of the birth of Islam. At that time, Muslims were a minority, struggling to protect their faith and suffering oppression and torture from the pagans of the city of Mecca. Due to this persecution, some Muslims decided to flee Mecca and shelter in a safe country with a just ruler. The Prophet Muhammad told them to take refuge with King Negus, the Christian king of Ethiopia. The Muslims who followed this advice found a very fair administration that embraced them with love and respect when they went to Ethiopia. King Negus refused the demands of the pagan messengers who asked him to surrender the Muslims to them, and announced that Muslims could live freely in his country.

“Such attitudes of Christian people that are based on the concepts of compassion, mercy, modesty and justice, constitute a fact that God has pointed out in the Quran.”

I do not wish to be a self-centred Muslim who expects friends of other faiths to wish me Selamat Hari Raya or, for those who are not Malaysians and therefore do not know about Hari Raya, a Happy Eid and yet do not return their goodwill when it is Christmas, Chinese New Year, Deepavali or Vesak Day.

Every year, friends who are Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs or those without any faith come to our home to celebrate Hari Raya with us. They do so with sincerity and as a mark of respect for one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar. Why should we not reciprocate their kindness, show them the same mark of respect for their religion and wish them the same joy on their holy days of celebration?

An Islamic scholar and lecturer also reminded me that as Muslims we must remember the importance of both the five Pillars of Islam and in the six Pillars of Iman (Faith), which are:

> Belief in Allah;

> Belief in the angels;

> Belief in the revealed Books (which include the Bible, the Torah and the Holy Quran);

> Belief in the Prophets (May Peace be Upon Them);

> Belief in the Resurrection and the events of Kiamah, the Day of Judgement; and

> Belief in the predestination (Qada’ and Qadar) by Allah in all things.

The prophets include not just Muhammad (May Peace Be Upon Him) as the last prophet and as the Messenger of Islam, but also in the 24 earlier ones who are mentioned in both the Bible and the Quran. Four of them are Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Daud (David), and Isa (Jesus).

So, if Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Isa (Jesus), a prophet respected and revered in Islam, is it so wrong to wish a blessed day for those who celebrate it?

We are now in the second decade of the 21st century. Surely, we should, now more than ever, be far more enlightened at a time when information of any sort and of all kinds are so readily available to us.

What is most important is that we regard one another as fellow citizens and treat each other with respect, regardless of our race or religion.

> The writer is Royal Fellow, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and holds a BA (Honours) degree in Chinese Studies, University of Oxford.


Peace to all men and women of goodwill.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Was a good day….more pluses and just a few minuses.

The minus #1 - The whole cleaning crew was out cleaning up the fountain area this Saturday thus not allowing anyone around the fountain. I asked a macik if they usually do this on a Saturday. “Selalu hari isnin.” The message was loud and clear.

Minus #2 – the service at Malones sucks. We were warming up for the gathering.

Minus #3….the gathering was not what I expected. Considering the impact of this Bill if passed, the response was minimal. There were around less than 300. I said this when interviewed: Thanks to the brave people who turned up today. However, we as a people have awoken up, but many have not got out of bed. Awake but still lolling in bed! Bangkit people!

Plus #1: On the LRT I was reading I, Steve….a book that Patrina brought back for me. I didn’t notice a young lady until she sat down opposite me and I noticed that she was pregnant. I apologized: I am sorry I did not offer you my seat. I did not notice your condition until you sat down. Her reply: Don’t worry Uncle. You would if you had known. That made my day.

Plus #2: Never arranged but the usual suspects were there ….part of the Special Bunch!

Plus #4: Royalty from Perlis and Seramban graced the occasion.

Plus #3: The Mayor of Jalan Changkat brought along his heir and heiress. Will they fine parents RM20,000 for bringing kids to protests?

Plus #5: SK whom I have not met in months was here too. I had the parched look and he bought me a pint.

Plus #6: Dian called out to me. I turned and Pak Idrus took this pic.

Plus #7: This is the BIGGEST plus. Hah Thiam Khean whom I have not seen for ages after he left for US as an Intel employee, was there with his friends. He came in this morning from Penang and was heading back to Penang for a friend’s wedding after the gathering. THAT TO ME IS COMMITMENT, to this cause. Thanks Thiam Kheang. Your late Pa would be proud of you. You mother and your brothers Nic and Kelvin too would.


Four years ago I posted:

This afternoon, Wednesday 26 September 2007, at around 11.10am, my 67 years old heart skipped many beats. But it was because of the exhilirating feeling I was given a chance to experience. It was a sight to behold. It was a sight that strengthened this old heart. It was the sight of close to a thousand plus black-jacketed lawyers coming together, shoulder to shoulder who had gathered at the PutraJaya's Palace of Justice to begin their 2 kilometer WALK FOR JUSTICE to the PM's Office.


I remember what the then Bar Council President AMBIGA said as she kicked off this event: “Lawyers normally attend court. But when they decide to WALK it is because something is really WRONG.” This march eventually forced the formation of the RCI on the Lingam Tapes.

(pics and story HERE)

On Tuesday 29 November, 11am, the Bold & Beautiful will walk from the Lake Club to Parliament to oppose the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 which has been presented to Parliament.

Come! Let’s give them our support.

Read THIS and I think YOU will join us.

Friday, November 25, 2011


“You may be surprised that there are indeed such stupid Malaysians.

They are the ones who don’t know they are being fooled. They might even be people who know they are being fooled, but still choose to go with the devil who is fooling them. Needless to say, the ones who know they are being fooled and still continue to support the party are even more stupid.”













Thursday, November 24, 2011



An 8 Step Guide To Making A Submission to the Parlimentary Select Committee


BERSIH 2.0 submitted our recommendations to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Electoral Reform during the public hearing at Kuala Lumpur. So what’s next?

It’s not over yet! The PSC will be having public hearings at Sabah, Kuching, Penang, Kota Baru and Johor Bahru. It isn’t enough that BERSIH 2.0 makes our recommendations. As a voter, you should play a role in improving the electoral system! You can be an activist for electoral reform too. We need your help in keeping up the pressure on the PSC to ensure they will take BERSIH 2.0’s recommendations seriously.

We suggest that you start by making a submission to the PSC at the public hearing closest to you. If you’re not sure what to do, here’s a simple 8 step guide that you can use:

1. Check the date and location of the public hearing nearest to you (see the list below)

2. Decide if you want to attend the hearing to observe or to raise some issues with the PSC.

3. If you want to raise some issues, we suggest you download the BERSIH 2.0 submission to the PSC here:

4. If you are presenting on behalf of an organisation, feel free to write to the PSC to inform them which day your organisation will be presenting. However, please note that informing the PSC is not compulsory. It’s a public hearing, open for anyone to walk-in. You can also present as an individual!
Send an email to the PSC:
Or if you prefer fax: 03-26986170 / 03-20317972

5. Read the BERSIH 2.0 documents and select which topics you want to present.

6. Decide if you would like to submit a paper on the topics you are presenting. If you want to submit a paper, feel free to extract as much as you want from the BERSIH documents. It is not compulsory to submit a paper, but it would help the PSC members to remember what you presented!

7. Before the public hearing, you should prepare yourself by outlining what you will present to the PSC. A good basic guideline is:

a. Introduce the topic you have chosen. E.g. Free and fair access to media.
b. Explain briefly why you think this is an important issue and give examples if possible. E.g. “The mainstream media usually only gives positive coverage to the ruling coalition. As a voter, I have a right to get objective information through the mainstream media so that I can fairly consider which candidate or party to vote for.”
c. Wrap up by giving your recommendations to the PSC on what can be done to improve the situation. E.g. “I think the EC must regulate the media to make sure that reporting on mainstream media is not biased. I also think that there should be a televised debate between Prime Minister candidates.”

Make sure you remain focused on the subject or the PSC members may not take you seriously. Remember that this is not a space for you to give a ceramah!

8. Attend the public hearing. Register and inform them if you would like to speak. They will allocate a time for you to speak. You will usually be given 20 to 30 minutes to speak.

Date and venue of the PSC public hearings:

25 & 26 November 2011
Bilik Kedah, Kompleks Pentadbiran Persekutuan Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

8 & 9 Disember 2011
Bilik Gerakan Negeri, Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petrajaya, Kuching, Sarawak

15 & 16 Disember 2011
Dewan Sri Pinang, Lebuh Light, Pulau Pinang

7 & 8 Januari 2012
Bilik Gerakan Negeri, Kota Darul Naim, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

12 & 13 Januari 2012
9.30 am
Bilik Gerakan Tun Abdul Razak, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Johor



Make a copy of any written submission and send it to Bersih. Just so that the rakyat knows the content ... and also so that the PSC doesn't bin the submissions on their way out of the hall.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


How is it the army continues to turn out jackasses like these, PARTICULARLY THIS ONE…





Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and PM Najib Razak have been trumpeting their economic policies in the light of plaudits given by an outfit called the Oxford Business Group. However, the Editorial Director of these reports is none other than a former Editor of the UK’s most ridiculed PORN RAG, the Daily Sport, which closed earlier this year.

OBG’s Report Sarawak 2011 described the pivotal juncture that Sarawak has reached as it prepared itself for faster economic growth by encouraging the private sector to get involved in major infrastructure developments:

“We are conscious of the fact that the global competition for capital and economic advantages is getting more intense every year as more countries and regions emerge onto the world stage, offering constant advantages, market access and new investment opportunities,” …….

“At the same time, we firmly believe that the current global economic cycle favours the Asean region which has emerged as a new safe haven for international investors and multinational companies. In this region, Sarawak stands out as a leading example of Asean’s growth potential,…… Sarawak’s economy accounts for nearly 20 per cent of Malaysia’s total GDP (gross domestic product)……. The state is blessed with natural resources that underpin its economic growth fundamentals.”

Explaining the significance of the praises lavished on Sarawak and Malaysia by the Oxford Busines Group, the Chief Minister’s own website claimed that the publication“provides in-depth detail on Sarawak’s current economic outlook and what the future holds for the state”.

Undoubedtedly OBG never heard of the Penans, the denuded forests and the White Elephant Dam.


OBG’s The Report Libya painted a rosy representation of the dictatorship of Ghadaffi:

“The country’s earlier political history was troubled, but since 1969 [the date of Ghadaffi's coup] institutions have developed at a steady pace and are now largely stable”!

A few months after this insightful report the people of Libya had risen up against their dictator and the rest is history.


The OBG, which describes itself as “highly acclaimed” reported glowingly of Tunisia’s hated former President, Ben Ali. Just weeks before the uprising that deposed him, the Report Tunisia stated:

With rising levels of private sector investment, a robust manufacturing segment and a diversified array of energy and agricultural resources, Tunisia is well placed for economic growth in the coming years. As domestic energy consumption rises, the country is now exploring its gas reserves to prevent an import dependency. Already home to one of North Africa’s best education systems, Tunisia is looking to become a regional health care centre, with the volume of medical tourists rising. ……political and social stability lie at the core of the Tunisian model!

And WTF is Ben Ali now?


Sarawak Report has investigated the UK headquarters of Oxford Business Group, which claims to have been publishing country reports since 1994. There is no relationship to Oxford the town nor Oxford the University. The London HQ advertised on the company’s website is in fact an office rental centre, where rooms can be let on demand. We were informed that the Oxford Business Group no longer has office space in the building, although “they sometimes still come in and out.

According to the OBG website :

“Oxford Business Group’s in-depth coverage and research is produced in-country by our teams of experienced and specialist analysts.

For each country we cover, we aim not only to provide macro-analysis of key sectors but also to identify investment opportunities in sub-sectors, all supported by graphs and statistics”.