Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
According to the Star, the top cop who is currently overseas has confirmed that his car was missing.
Khalid's driver had driven the car to a restaurant in Section 9, Shah Alam, this morning to have his breakfast.
The Perdana V6, which was parked near the restaurant, was found missing half-an-hour later at about 8.30am.
The driver had since lodged a police report. Khalid said that his driver was questioned by the police over the matter.
In an immediate reaction, Selangor assembly speaker and DAP Sungai Pinang state representative Teng Chang Khim has described the theft as “the greatest disgrace of the year”.
“When the CPO's (chief police officer) official car can be stolen, whose cars are safe in Selangor?” he asked in his tweet.
“After the theft of the CPO's official car, can the CPO now confidently say that crimes in Selangor are under control?”
Due to a power cut, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a three-year old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. "The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed three-year-old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. "The girl quickly responded, 'He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place... smack his ass again.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
They walked around armed only with truncheons. Malayans of my uncles’ vintage laughed at the police of neighbouring countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand because those law enforcers wore pistols - they were sneered at as 'cowboys', not like our officers. In Malaya then, only those who were directly operating against the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had cause to carry armed weapons.
Even the Special Branch was regarded with pride as the unit that would always obtain the required intelligence, whether in domestic or overseas operations.
Two SB police inspectors in the late 70’s infiltrated the MCP, living with the insurgents for years. With the intelligence they provided and the internal dissent and split up they were reputed to have fomented in the MCP, it could be said they were responsible for the eventual breakup of the MCP and its debilitation. Such was the standard of police officers. The two were Paul Kiong and Sia Boon Chee, who were both awarded Malaysia’s highest award for valour, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa, by the Agong.
Today the Police is not even a pale imitation of its former glorious self. It is sub-zero in the eyes of the average Malaysians.
Armed to the teeth, they terrorise candlelight vigils instead of communists, while crime rates soared through the ceiling. Their SB focused on innocent Malaysians or Pakatan politicians and supporters while Israeli spies and illegal migrants slipped through our borders to live among us, committing political espionage, political voting and non-political crimes.
They are quick to arrest opposition politicians and human rights activists like Irene Fernandez, just because she published a report on the living conditions of the migrant workers entitled "Abuse, Torture and Dehumanised Conditions of Migrant Workers in Detention Centres" while criminals and Mat Rempits roam the streets.
They have become more fond of photographing naked women in police lockups than the Israeli spies and criminals in our midst, both nasties alleged to have very intimate association with top police officers.
And what have the police done to solve the murders of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and Preeshena Varshiny?
Now they have shot dead a 14 year old kid, Aminulrasyid Amzah for speeding away in his sister’s car.
And just what did the IGP threaten to do when shocked Malaysians call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into such an abhorrent consequence of police shooting?
Precisely what his predecessory had threatened when AAB wanted to establish the IPCMC, and who was allowed to get away with his insubordination and public mutiny of threats to AAB's government, and bizarrely was even given a hero's farewell when he retired, with a Tan Sri title. A f* amazing example of what a defiant and mutinous IGP could achieve against the effeminate ineffectiveness of our police ministers.Please tell me, how have such a once glorious force, trusted and respected by Malayans/Malaysians become a distrusted, despised and dreaded body, reviled by the average citizen? Indeed, how are the once mighty fallen!
Monday, May 3, 2010
From time to time, the issues of independent Chinese school education and Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) will trigger heated debates. It proves that there are still great differences between the Chinese community and the BN government on the issue.
After some troubles, UEC holders are finally allowed to apply for the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans. Some are gratified, some are taunting while some are trying to claim the credit. But some are still observing and waiting for the full recognition for the UEC.
The independent Chinese school education system and UEC is a problem left over by history. It must be resolved one day, the sooner the better. But the ball is now in the government's court and thus, the Chinese community needs not to be in haste. The world will, after all, keep moving forward without the recognition and independent Chinese schools will also keep running.
I have no independent Chinese school background but I sent all the three of my children to study in an independent Chinese school. To be honest, I simply do not care about whether the government will recognise the UEC as I am confident that as long as my children are able to pass the Unified Examination, it will not going to be a problem for their future.
There are two real-life examples.
An old classmate called me last year to share his joy.
His son, who went to the United Kingdom to study medicine after graduated from Foon Yew High School, was immediately recruited by Singapore's University Hospital, mainly because his son possessed a Chinese school background.
"More and more, I'm sure that it was a right decision to send my son to study in Foon Yew High School. Independent Chinese school education is definitely an advantage, instead of a burden," he said.
Daughter of Cheng Chean Chiang, a Chinese organisation chairman in Johor Bahru, also graduated from Foon Yew High School. She then went to the United States to study a financial related course. She graduated two years ago and she was able to stand out amid thousands of applicants and recruited by a financial company in the United States amidst the second mortgage crisis, when the financial industry was suffering lay-offs and pay cuts. Cheng told us the reason: "The company was looking for a talent who can communicate with Chinese people. My daughter's 12-year Chinese education background was her biggest advantage."
Times change and there are great changes over the past half century. The rise of China has brought Chinese language out of the doldrums and it is now moving towards the world. It used to be a dream for many people 30 years ago.
For decades, we have tired of the intervention of politics in education. How would the government thought that Chinese education, which had been suppressed in the past, has today become an advantage and assets of Malaysia?
It is now the time to recognise the UEC. Never wait until the whole world has recognised it and Malaysia is the only one left!
Azamuddin, who sustained injuries on his arm and back, said more than five police officers assaulted him after he got out of the car to surrender.
If the writer had said that some of them achieved greater wealth through being given crony privileges and lucrative contracts by the government, there might be a point, but even then, it would still take hard work and business acumen to secure success. Certainly, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, who is one of the 10, would take exception if it were said that he has not worked hard and lacks business savvy.
Most important, it should be noted that the eight Chinese tycoons mentioned in the survey represent but a minuscule percentage of the wider Chinese Malaysian population. To extrapolate that because eight Chinese are filthy rich, the rest of the Chinese must therefore live in the lap of luxury and lead more than ordinary lives would be a mockery of the truth. The writer has obviously not met the vast numbers of very poor Chinese.
The crux of the writer’s article is that the Chinese are not grateful to the government by not voting for Barisan Nasional at the Hulu Selangor by-election. But this demonstrates the thinking of either a simple mind or a closed one.
Why did the Chinese by and large not vote for BN? Because it’s corrupt. Plain and simple. Let’s call a spade a spade. And BN showed how corrupt it was during the campaign by throwing bribes to the electorate, including promising RM3 million to the Chinese school in Rasa.
The Chinese were not alone in seeing this corruption. The figures are unofficial but one could assume that at least 40 per cent of Malays and 45 per cent of Indians who voted against BN in that by-election also had their eyes open.
So, what’s wrong with not supporting a government that is corrupt? If the government is corrupt, do we continue to support it?
To answer the question then, what do the Chinese want? They want a government that is not corrupt; that can govern well and proves to have done so; that tells the truth rather than lies; that follows the rule of law; that upholds rather than abuses the country’s sacred institutions. BN does not fit that description, so the Chinese don’t vote for it. This is not what only the Chinese want. It is something every sensible Malaysian, regardless of race, wants. Is that something that is too difficult to understand?
Some people think that the government is to be equated with the country, and therefore if someone does not support the government, they are being disloyal to the country. This is a complete fallacy. BN is not Malaysia. It is merely a political coalition that is the government of the day. Rejecting BN is not rejecting the country.
Let’s be clear about this important distinction. In America, the people sometimes vote for the Democrats and sometimes for the Republicans. Voting against the one that is in government at the time is not considered disloyalty to the country.
By the same token, voting against Umno is also voting against a party, not against a race. And if the Chinese or whoever criticise Umno, they are criticising the party; they are not criticising Malays. It just happens that Umno’s leaders are Malay.
It is time all Malaysians realised this so that we can once and for all dispel the confusion. Let us no more confuse country with government. We can love our country and at the same time hate the government. It is perfectly all right.
I should add here what the Chinese don’t want. We don’t want to be insulted, to be called pendatang, or told to be grateful for our citizenship. We have been loyal citizens; we duly and dutifully pay taxes; we respect the country’s constitution and its institutions. Our forefathers came to this country generations ago and helped it to prosper. We are continuing to contribute to the country's growth and development.
Would anyone like to be disparaged, made to feel unwelcome, unwanted? For the benefit of the writer of the Utusan article, what MCA president Chua Soi Lek means when he says the MCA needs to be more vocal is that it needs to speak up whenever the Chinese community is disparaged. For too long, the MCA has not spoken up strongly enough when Umno politicians and associates like Ahmad Ismail, Nasir Safar, Ahmad Noh and others before them insulted the Chinese and made them feel like they don’t belong. That’s why the Chinese have largely rejected the MCA.
You see, the Chinese, like all human beings, want self-respect. And a sense of belonging in this country they call home. That is all the Chinese want, and have always wanted. Nothing more.
'If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river''
And the congregation cried, 'Amen! '
'And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it in the river'
And the congregation cried, 'Amen!'
'And if I had all the whiskey and rum in the world, I'd take it all and throw it in the river'
Again the congregation cried, 'Amen!'
The Preacher sat down.
The deacon then stood up & said: 'For our closing hymn, let's turn to page 126 of our hymn books and sing:
'We shall drink from that River.'
THE CONGREGATION SCREAMED 'HALLELUYAAAAAA'.