Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's prioritize our protests

Now that it has been reported that the missile that brought down MH 17 was from Russia, will PERKASA, ISMA, JATI, PERKIDA, PAS, etc be protesting in front of the Russian embassy with the same gusto, zeal and enthusiasm as they did a few days ago in front of the American embassy in protest against the inhumane treatment on the people of Gaza by Israel? After all, 44 Malaysian lives (Malays included) were lost needlessly in the MH 17 tragedy, while there were none in the Gaza incident.

While I, like many fair minded Malaysians, deplore the brutality of the Israeli government, but on our part, let's have a sense of priority here, if you don't mind? If one can feel so much for someone thousands of miles away, what about those who are your own countrymen?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MAS, oh MAS .....

That is me (see pix below) with a group of travel agent invitees sampling the services of the first MAS demo flight to Hong Kong on September 17 1972. The photo was taken at the Kai Tak International Airport after our disembarkation.

As agents we were eager to see our newly born national airline succeed, giving other regional airlines, especially Singapore Airlines, a run for their money, and succeeded it did under the helmanship of the then General Manager, Saw Huat Lye (now Tan Sri). He took the airline to great heights and we were proud to be part of the airline's achievement.

In 1982, I represented my company, Diners World Travel (a division of Diners Club) in receiving the best sales award for travel agents from MAS. That was the kind of loyal support we gave to our own national airline.

Forty two years later, every thing has gone so very wrong, and I together with many of my fellow travel agents of that era, can only lament at what is unfolding before us today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A crying shame

I do not know when this picture was taken, whether it was before or during the current crisis ailing both Israel and Gaza. For a country that is considered impoverished, these Hamas leaders certainly know how to travel in style, and in private jets too.

Here one can see Ismail Haniya and his Hamas leaders on a trip. All I can say is that they are nothing but a bunch of fat cats [just look at their pouches] who could probably provide good company for Garfield. Are they fleeing Gaza?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

What a crying shame!

I have just returned from my shopping spree in Taman Shamelin Perkasa in Cheras and despite the fact that there were about 7 to 8 companies which opened their doors to warehouse sales, there was this row of Malay stalls that were closed.

Were they closed because of the 3 pm ruling or were they closed out of the owners' own volition?

I felt it was such a waste to close the eateries when they were located right in the epi-centre of a warehouse shopping nerve centre in the area, and the captive market was there waiting for them to tap. Can you imagine the number of husbands, fianc├ęs and boyfriends hanging out at the stalls to have a bite or a drink or both while their wives and girlfriends are happily spending their time shopping for a bargain.

What really got my attention was I suddenly felt a pang of hunger but there were no eateries opened. Oh, what a waste.

So if the Malays continue to perform badly in business, don't these UMNO Baru fellas start scapegoating the Chinese again.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Threat or reminder, they are the same

To tell you honestly, I am in a flux right now, and this is not the first time I am feeling this way especially when Gerakan start saying something illogical to protect the interests of its master knowing very well what the master said was actually what he meant, every word of it.

So Muhyiddin was not issuing a threat, but merely a reminder [quote unquote Mah Siew Keong], and this brings us back to the time when Mahathir unilaterally declared our country an Islamic state and Lim Keng Yaik was seen applauding the announcement during the Gerakan general meeting in 2001. After a public outcry, Gerakan said what Mahathir meant was, he was not referring to Islamic state per se but a Secular Islamic state. Duh???? I didn't know there was such a thing as a Secular Islamic State.

So on the current issue of threat or reminder, and In order not to be left out fanning the pot of curry, Liow Tiong Lai quickly joined in the chorus by supporting Mah Siew Keong, followed by KJ who said DAP twisted the words of the DPM.

While all these were going on, where is Muhyiddin? Isn't he the one supposed to be out there clarifying his stand whether it was a threat or a reminder? Until we hear from him, all these macais had better shut their mouths and stop twisting what Muhyiddin said.

Whether it was a threat or a reminder, as someone at the receiving end of that remark, it means one and the same to me.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Felixia Yeap is now a Muslim

This is not going to be a lengthy posting since the news of this model converting to a Muslim have already been hogging the headlines in cyber space for the last three weeks.

But what I have to say is this.  I am not against anyone who wants to convert to any religion or for that matter if the person wants to worship rocks, stones or rubbish dumps, that is the personal matter of the convertee.

In the case of Felixia Yeap, my only hope is that she practises her religion in good faith, and that she doesn't turn out to be another Tee Chuan Seng aka Ridhuan Tee who is currently on the warpath with the community he was born in.  She needs to practise the good values of the religion and be exemplary to others so that the religion can be looked upon and respected. The moment she starts to bad mouth her own community and gets on the high horse about her new religion, that is when she would end up ridiculed and discarded.

Unlike others who converted on the sly, Felixia did the right thing by openly announcing her conversion. This will no doubt help to avoid any misunderstanding should it occur in the future, that would bring much grief and pain to her family.

May she find peace and understanding in her new found faith.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Taman Sungai Sering Residents Association Annual General Meeting

Last Sunday, June 29 2014, the residents association of Taman Sungai Sering held its third annual general meeting. It was a good time for neighbours to reacquaint themselves with one another and also the opportunity to highlight problems affecting the neighborhood.

We were also deeply honoured that the event could be graced by the presence of YB Dr Che Rosli bin Che Mat, MP for Hulu Langat, YB Haji Razaly bin Hassan, ADUN for Dusun Tua and YB Eddie Ng, ADUN for Balakong.