Monday, March 30, 2015

Didn't MIC Kalamanathan said that our English was better that Singapore's?

Introducing the new Malaysian Monopoly game.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just a little too early for April jokes

Faced with criticism over the country's falling standards in the English language, Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan today peddled a survey which he said showed Malaysians' command of English is in fact better than Singapore’s.

Furthermore, Kamalanathan said, Malaysia is ranked number one among Asian countries.

"We are number one and you will be happy to know that behind us is Singapore.

"And this is not what I said. I've given you the reference point.

They give you a good explanation on how this research is done and where we are," he told a students’ conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

He was referring to the English Proficiency Index which is done by Sweden-based EF Education First.

According to Kamalanathan, Education First is a research website which focuses on the usage of English in the business community among 65 countries in which English is not a native language.

"When we are doing well, we don't talk about it, but when we do something bad, everyone talks about it," he told students at the conference titled ‘Moderation: Youth Empowerment and Education Towards Vision 2020’ by What Youth Should Know.

‘Only top managers can speak English’

Social activist Marina Mahathir (below), who was also present at the conference, however, was skeptical about the survey results.

She countered that those who are proficient in English are usually the top managerial level and that staff at the lower rank are not able to converse in English, especially during jobs interviews.

"But most companies are made up of few managers and a lot of staff. Talk to the one right at the bottom.

"When we interview people, they can't speak (English). That's where they are coming in right?" she asked.

Previously, Education Minister II Idris Jusoh had also insisted the country's higher education system is on par with those of developed nations such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.

Idris made his statement, citing the 2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Ranking, in which Universiti Malaya was ranked at the 151st position, out of 400 top institutions in the world.

[Source: Malaysiakini]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's all a HOAX. Lee Kuan Yew is still alive.

Yesterday evening was an evening when the news of Lee Kuan Yew's death went viral on the internet, much to the chagrin of many who realised that it was a hoax and began criticising the person/s who posted the announcement.

To many it was quite believable as the announcement came via the PMO website, but if one was to study the website elements carefully, the URL actually belonged to the late Mrs LKY.

Someone hacked into the system and eventually posted the hoax news.  How insensitive can these people be.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have someone lost his mind???

Photo courtesy of Malaysian Digest
Now, I truly believe the UMNO Baru government has gone over the edge with its new plans to start a new airline, named "FLY MOJO", at a cost of $1.5b, taking off from Johore Bahru in October this year.

We already have three airline disasters of late and I don't think I would like add my name to another airline tragedy list by flying with this new airline that has witchcraft written over it. I wonder whose idea is it to name it, "FLY MOJO", or should I take a guess.

For those who are not in the game of black arts, "Mojo" (African-American culture) means a magical charm bag used in voodoo.

May God help us all .....

Monday, March 9, 2015


Today is indeed a sad day for me to learn that my friend, FB friend and a great musician, Amrin Madjid, has passed on.
I first met Amrin when he was the lead guitarist with The Strollers and some time in 1967, my group, The Strollers and a few other local groups performed at the Chin Woo Stadium at a musical variety show. It was during this time, I became acquainted with him and we chatted quite a bit before and after the show, exchanging notes on musical interests. I was truly taken in by the awesomeness of his guitar playing. I always thought that he was not the one doing the thinking, but his fingers while playing. As we were leaving the auditorium, we bid each other goodbye and hope to meet each again in the near future. We never did.
Then in 1969, The Strollers released their first single, "I Wanna Thank You" c/w "It Ain't Nothing But a House Party". I told myself, this is definitely a must album for me as it would be great to see how Amrin sounds like on vinyl. To my dismay, he was not featured in it, but in his place was Michael Magness, formerly with the Blue Dominoes of Klang. At least Hassan Idris, Ramli [can't recall his full name], Billy Chang and Jimmy de Olivero were still there.
I started to ask around and was told that Amrin had left the group and had returned to Jakarta. I was a bit confused because all along I thought he was a Malaysian having schooled at Bukit Bintang Boys School in PJ.
Fast forward to 2013 when I joined the "Down Memory Lane" group on FaceBook, and lo and behold, Amrin started to respond to my postings. We have been in touch with each other since then and his last chat with me was only two days ago, and this morning I heard he is gone. Just can't believe it.
Not only will I always remember him for his musicianship, but his narratives on his version of Malaysian history.
Herebelow are two pix of him and The Strollers.  The top photo is the original line-up of the group. Amrin is the one at the front.  Below that, is the pix of The Strollers first SP which I am still having it in my possession.
Rest in peace, my friend and may God bless your soul.