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(Readings) What Has Oxford Done? August 20, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Readings.

What Has Oxford Done?
M. Bakri Musa and Din Merican

Both are graduates of Oxford, but what a difference between the two! What separates them is that elusive quality: class. One has it; the other does not. When you have class, Oxford will bring out the best in you. When you do not, not even esteemed Oxford can do much for you.

One is a crown prince, a sultan-to-be whose recent wedding warmed the hearts of Malaysians for its elegant simplicity and regal restraint. His eloquent speeches inspire the young and old alike; they enthusiastically embrace his enlightened vision of Malaysia. He appeals to their idealism and decency, and they in turn respond in kind. His understated passion and cool rationality resonate with the citizens. He elevates the tone of our civil discourse. In short, Raja Nazrin is “Yang Teramat Mulia” (“The Most Esteemed”) personified.

The other is a neophyte political operative, with grand pretensions of being the next Prime Minister. For now however, he is till struggling just to have the title (but not the qualities) of a “Yang Berhormat” (“The Honorable”) that goes with being a Member of Parliament. His obscenely ostentatious wedding a few years back dragged on for days, with multiple ceremonies. Its extravagance easily outmatched the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, minus of course the royal elegance. Today he is again indulging in excesses; this time hurling insults at Malaysians and assaulting their sense of decency.


‘Cowards’ and pondans August 19, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.

During the MCA Youth meeting, the SIL sat there, blur like sotong, while MCA Youth chief hentam ‘certain quarters’ for waving the keris, contrasting with how they, MCA, would prefer to wave the Federal Constitution.

SIL was said to be ‘unhappy’ as some vital bits didn’t appear in the BM translation of the text, and according to Malaysiakini, when the two macho boys met after,

The brief encounter was believed to end in an atmosphere of embarrassment.”

Meanwhile, there was no reprieve for bloggers during the Umno meeting on bloggers today. The Information chief, Mat Macho Tyson called writers of political blogs, ‘cowards‘ and ‘pondan‘.

(I think the latter term was also used in opposition chants in Ijok whenever the Umno Youth chief appeared, and that was said to have sparked off the bottle-throwing incident)

I don’t know… pretending to be illiterate in English when caught at the Australian Immigration checkpoint with bags of money seems more cowardly… no?


Kenny makes a video August 19, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Politics.

Kenny Sia gives DAP’s Jeff Ooi a present 🙂
It’s so ‘bad’ that it’s fab!


莫掩饰马华协助明志失败 August 18, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, News Archive, Politics.
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【MerdekaReview.com; Aug 16, 2007】人民公正党全国妇女组宣传主任黄洁冰呼吁马华公会妇女组中委周丽玉别再假惺惺,以雪州苏丹欢庆50周年国庆喜悦的言论为马华公会掩饰协助黄明志不力的失败,因为首相署部长纳兹里今天已宣布将援引《1948年煽动法令》对付黄明志。


黄洁冰今天发表文告质问这个号称代表百万华裔党员的执政党,在动用整党全国上下的力量援助网络饶舌歌手黄明志,却以失败告终,接下来是否打算永无止 境地,继续以年轻人作为马华公会无能力解决华社在面对种族主义、宗教敏感、经济低迷、贪污腐败、警察滥权、社会治安败坏等政治课题的代罪羔羊呢?




Last stand August 17, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Environment, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.

One’s often told that the “People are the Bosses”.

Two years ago, TNB proposed to construct a high tension power transmission line which would cut across several residential areas in Rawang, including the Rawang New Village and Lim Kim Sai Village. Some of the villagers have lived here before Independence.

Initially, there was a small transmission cable (33kW) erected there. TNB of that time said it would only be temporary and would be removed. That was 50 years ago. In 2005, TNB said they would upgrade to 275kW.

Residents there formed an Action Committee against High Tension Transmission Cable and proposed an alternative route which would go through agricultural land and forests, not residential areas. TNB rejected their proposal, with no reasons provided.

The irony can’t be missed. Lim Kim Sai was a giant in MCA and one of the villages was named in his honour. MCA represents the state constituency whereas their Parliament rep is Chan Kong Choy, the Transport Minister, who is currently in a very deep hole, over the Bukit Gantang bus tragedy and the mega-scandal in a place called the Port Klang Free Zone.


Cabinet wants Namewee prosecuted August 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.

MCA wanted to be “hero”
Dan hai, Umno kum lei dey liong pa! (Canto)
“You’re nothing but a zero”
Pai seh ah! (Hokkien)

The lesson:- What for say sorry? Rap on….


The original tune of Namewee‘s latest music video (July?) is about 綠島 (Pinyin: Lǜ Dǎo) or Green Island, a place to exile political prisoners during martial law in Taiwan at the time of Kuomintang’s ‘White Terror’. It was recorded before the Cabinet rejected Namewee’s apology.

The political prisoners, once freed, went on to form the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan. One of the more famous political prisoners, Shih Ming-teh, recently came to Malaysia and paid a visit to Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.


Tian Chua’s statement to the police August 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.

Hilarious as always.

When asked where he had gotten the picture, Tian asked the police back where they got the photo.

They said, “Umno-reform.”

So they didn’t even go to Tian’s website!

Next week – MCMC 😛


Error in KLCI computation August 15, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Note2Self.


Error in KLCI computation
Wednesday, 15 August 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: An error in the calculation of the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) on Monday resulted in the 100-stock index closing at 1,296.48 instead of 1,287.59, causing some confusion among stockbrokers and investors.

Due to the error on Monday, the KLCI was shown to have closed up 8.78 points, when it should been down 0.11 of a point.

When the market opened for trading yesterday, it opened at 1,288.48, down eight points when it should have been higher by 0.89 of a point.

At midday, the erroneous data showed that the KLCI fell 6.24 points to 1,290.24 when it should have reflected a 2.65-point increase. The error was only rectified during the midday break.


“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” August 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, History, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.

Lecture invitation:

“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions”

The Working Committee In Commemoration Of The Malaysian Fellowmen Sacrificed During The Japanese Occupation is organizing a history talk to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War.

The talk of “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” will be given by Dr. Paul H. Kratoska, the Managing Director of National University of Singapore Press.

Dr Paul H. Kratoska has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, Universiti Sains Malaysia and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of a number of World War II related books. One such book is “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya, 1941-1945”, a social & economic history, published in 1998.


“Mathematics, Malaysian-style” August 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Economy, Malaysia, Note2Self.

(Forwarded. Unedited.)

I find it most alarming that Malaysian schools teach our children the wrong things. I mean: can the children really apply what they are taught in school later in life? For example, can you imagine a mathematics question in a recent examination as follows?

“If an egg costs fifty Sen, and if you buy one-eighth of the egg, how much would you have to pay?”

Who in heaven’s name will want to buy one-eighth of an egg? The shopkeeper will probably think you are crazy and he will be equally stupid to break the egg and measure one-eighth for you. Yet, this is how they structure the questions in Malaysian schools.

Why not pose questions that would be more useful later in life when you go out into the world to earn your living?

To help Malaysia’s Ministry of Education better to face the realities of life, we are suggesting some questions they could use in our classrooms.


If you drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang along the
PLUS Highway and there are four speed traps along the
way, and if each speed trap would cost you RM300.00 in
fines, how much in fines would you accumulate by the
time you reach Penang?

ANSWER (Choose one)

1. I would not suffer any fines as the oncoming cars
would flash their headlights and I would slow down
before coming to the speed trap.

2. I would only need to pay a total of RM80.00 as I
would pay aRM20.00 bribe at each speed trap.

3. I would not be stopped as I am an UMNO Wakil Rakyat
so I am exempted from speed traps.