Saturday, October 29, 2011

Yen Yen and her RM270m spendings

Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen denied today that the Tourism Ministry overpaid nearly RM270 million for advertisements last year, despite a finding by the Auditor-General that showed direct negotiations in breach of government rules had contributed to the extra amount.

She provided no explanation, however, as to why the Auditor-General's report tabled in Parliament recently had singled out her ministry for breaching Treasury rules.

"Ministry of Tourism Malaysia did not overspend, did not spend more .... The report says that the amount of direct buys is more but not the total amount of promotion is more, there's a difference." Ng told reporters today following the launch of Art Expo Malaysia 2011 here.

Now, mathematically, the total amount = the amount of direct buy + others. Now, can "others" be a non-positive number such that the total amount is not more than the amount of direct buy?

As good old Patrick would say, "Niamah" what is she talking? However, I am not impressed. Her ministry spent close to RM1.8 million to create six stupid Tourism Malaysia Facebook applications. What do you expect of her, anyway?

Incidentally I wonder whether this woman has given up her Australian PR yet?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Is Michelle Yeoh returning to Malaysia to contest in GE13?

If she does, will Michelle Yeoh make a difference to the MCA's chances in Perak?

Will Michelle Yeoh make a difference to the MCA's chances in Perak

If for whatever reason Malaysian-born Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh were to dump the international fast lane for the local political scene, she will be joining BN and the MCA in particular.

"Anyone can join politics if he or she has the commitment to serve the public. But Michelle Yeoh will join MCA if she takes up politics. She is a die-hard BN supporter because her father Yeok Kian Geik was the MCA Perak chairman before. She even posed as the BN's model during the last election urging people to vote BN. I would doubt her credentials as she has never been impartial all this while," Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming told Malaysia Chronicle.

But in real life, Michelle is neither a democracy icon or freedom fighter

The news may not come as a surprise to those familair with the Ipoh scene, which is where Michelle hails from but it won't stop her fans from being disappointed. By the same pricniple it is unlikely to get the Chinese community to vote MCA even if she joins the party or once again takes on the role as their ambassadress in the 13th general election, widely expected to be called within the next few months.

Even so news of Malaysia's homegrown Holllywood star stirred up quite a bit of interest when the MCA-controlled Star newspaper ran a teaser article that pundits say was meant to be a trial balloon for Michelle.

Quoting sina.com. the article said Michelle was "seriously considering making her political debut in Malaysia's next general election". She could not be reached to confirm the news but her parents reacted with thrilled 'surprise' at the news.

"I've heard the news from my friends. I find it funny. I don't know how the story came about. My daughter has never discussed politics with me," Michelle's mum tinkled with laughter.

At 49, Michelle found fame as an actress in Hong Kong kung-fu flicks before striking it big in Hollywood with a starring role in the internationally acclaimed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Ironically, in her most recent role, she acted as Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyii - a complete contrast to her pro-establishment upbringing and style.

Even Soi Lek wants to go to Perak

Whether the flailing MCA finally succeeds in persuading Michelle to enter politics, it sure looks like the party will pull all the stops to win back some seats in Perak to stay in the good books of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Umno party.

Even MCA president Chua Soi Lek wants to contest in Perak. Soi Lek may not be a Hollywood star like Michelle but he has certainly been called 'porn star' to his face by many prominent people including Perkasa chief, Ibrahim Ali.

And again, unlike Michelle, Soi Lek would only stand a chance if he stood in an Umno stronghold with a Malay-predominant electorate given his unpopularity with the Chinese.

Not only are most Chinese Perakians still furious with Najib for using underhanded and rough-neck tactics, including collusion with the Palace, to oust the Pakatan Rakyat state government headed by former chief minister Nizar Jamaluddin, they have given up on the scandal-tainted Soi Lek.

Due to his 2007 sex scandal, they know he is vulnerable to blackmail and could never stand up to Umno to fight for their rights.

"He shall be humiliated by Perak voters. Come and contest in Tanjung Malim or Gopeng," challenged Nizar, referring to 2 of the Pakatan's strongholds in the state.

"Chua Soi Lek is one of the greatest liability to MCA. He only commanded 39% support within MCA when he was elected president in 2010. It is well known that the sex scandal will not make him an asset to the party. We leave this to the people of Perak to decide for themselves but Chua is testing public morality and we expect the voters to reject him," said Kor Ming.

[Source: MC]

Michelle Yeoh can be a popular actress of international fame, but once she steps intro the fray of Malaysian politics, her appeal amongst her local fans will evaporate. This will be more evident if she plans to associate herself with a party led by a President whose reputation has long been tarnished by indiscretions. My advice to her is, if she is concerned about the welfare of the Malaysian rakyat, join an NGO to contribute rather than a political party be it from the ruling or Opposition. We await the official word.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An IIU student speaks her mind


"The government, and UIA were being unfair.

Aziz Bari does not belong to UIA; he belongs to those who love knowledge. When he talks about the truth, and happens to side with the opposition’s stance, it is unfair that they bring him down just because they felt that they’ve been slapped.

What about the professor who said that Malaysia was never colonised? He is a disgrace and he is the one who should be suspended. Aziz was just giving his comments. He has even criticised the opposition before.”

[Yuyuluna, 22-year Malay literature student, UIA]


Here's wishing all my Hindu friends a very Happy Deepavali and may the Festival of Lights continue to shine on you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

At last, here is one royalty who is not afraid to speak up

Negri Sembilan prince lends voice to Page


Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz showed his support today for the fight to retain the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI), along with other parents’ groups.

Tunku Zain (picture), who is the second son of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan, is also the founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), a libertarian think tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges.

“This campaign is not about being elitist. It is about respecting the rights of parents, rich or poor, who think that their children’s futures are best served by giving them a say.

“It is also not about the superiority of one language over another; rather it is about an overriding democratic principle. The idea that parents can shape the education of their children, and that government policies must always allow as much choice to parents as possible,” he said at a Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (Page) press conference here at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial.

The prince said he had been warned not to speak on this issue as it is considered sensitive and “too political”.

“I have ignored their advice. This issue is too important, at the cost of short-, medium-, and long-term consequences for our children, for our families and for our nation.

Tunku Zain also pointed out that a poll on Facebook showed that more than 6,000 students prefer mathematics and science to be taught in English, while 213 others preferred Malay.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin waded into the fierce debate over the use of English in the teaching of science and mathematics in school, saying Malaysians cannot afford to “sacrifice” Bahasa Malaysia for other languages, last month.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said that while the government recognised the importance of English as an international language, Bahasa Malaysia will continue to be used as the main medium of instruction in national schools.

He said Malaysians needed to cultivate an attitude where they treated Bahasa Malaysia as a “unique” language, and if no importance was placed on it, the language risked becoming obsolete.

The DPM also stressed that as far as the government was concerned, Bahasa Malaysia will continue to be used as the main medium of instruction for science and mathematics in schools.

Pro-English lobby groups like Page have sought the reinstatement of the teaching of science and mathematics in English since it was abolished in 2009.

Page has urged that schools be allowed to teach science and mathematics in English, citing widespread support from parents who are in favour of it.

PPSMI was first introduced in 2003 but the Education Ministry decided to put an end to it by 2012 after consulting teachers and parents around the country.

In the uproar that ensued, Putrajaya introduced MBMMBI, which will see the teaching of mathematics and science revert to Bahasa Malaysia from 2012 with more contact hours for English in order to improve students’ skills in the language.

In May, The Malaysian Insider reported that the Najib administration had decided not to switch back to PPSMI because several Cabinet ministers felt any change would be seen as another embarrassing flip-flop.

“It is important to have stability in our policies. There have been so many flip-flops in recent times and this is damaging and it is in fact immoral I would say, and economically damaging to let the next generation of Malaysians be the victims of these political games,” the prince said.

Tunku Zain said Ideas was inspired by Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and in his time, he said he was a strong advocate of the use of English in education.

“He also said education, at whatever level, can make or unmake a man, or a woman. In the same way, it can make or unmake a nation. Our leaders are well aware of it and they make sure their children receive the best education possible.

“In contrast, boys in the kampungs do not have the same opportunities. My job is to give them the best possible education,” he said.

Like his older brother, Tunku Zain received his primary education at the Alice Smith School before boarding at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England.

[Source: The MI]

And while all this is going on, our children continue to suffer. What our nation need are visionaries who can bring the country to the fore amongst nations, not some dimwit racist politicians where their main concern is to stay in power come what may.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Humour

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America lost Bob Hope and Johnny Cash in 2003, and then Steve Jobs in 2011. No wonder America is now in the state of an adverse economy - No jobs, No cash and No hope.

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THE SIX DEGREES OF A BLONDE

FIRST DEGREE

A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning.
The wife (undoubtedly blonde), picked up the phone,
Listened a moment and said 'How should I know,
that's 200 miles from here!' and hung up.
The husband said, 'Who was that?'*
*The wife said, 'I don't know,some woman wanting to know if the coast is
clear.'

SECOND DEGREE

Two blondes are walking down the street.
One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up.
She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, 'Hmm, this person looks
familiar.'
The second blonde says, 'Here, let me see!' So the first blonde hands
her the compact.
The second one looks in the mirror and says, 'You dummy, it's me!'

THIRD DEGREE

A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her,
So she goes out and buys a gun.
She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she
finds him in the arms of a redhead.
Well, the blonde is really angry.
She opens her purse to take out the gun,
And as she does so, she is overcome with grief.
She takes the gun and puts it to her head.
The boyfriend yells, 'No, honey, don't do it!!!'
The blonde replies, 'Shut up, you're next!'

FOURTH DEGREE

A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals.
She proudly says, 'Go ahead, ask me, I know all of them.'*
A friend says, 'OK, what's the capital of Wisconsin ?'
The blonde replies, 'Oh, that's easy: W.'

FIFTH DEGREE

What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant?
'Is it mine?'

SIXTH DEGREE

Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked
and burglarized.
She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime.
The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio,
And a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby was the first to respond.
As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash,the blonde
ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then
sat down on the steps.
Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, "I come home to find all my
possessions stolen. I called the police for help, and what do they do?
They send me a BLIND policeman.'

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A very successful lawyer parked his brand new Lexus in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out, a truck came along too closely and completely tore off the driver's door.

Fortunately, a cop in a police car was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the Lexus with his lights flashing.

Before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically about how his Lexus, which he had just purchased the day before, was completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how any car body shop tried to make it new again.

After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disbelief. "I can't believe how materialistic you lawyers are," he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life."

"How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer.

The cop replied, "Don't you even realize that your left arm is missing? It was severed when the truck hit you!"

"OH, MY GOD!!!" screamed the lawyer.


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ISRAEL'S STATE OF THE ART AIRPORT SECURITY SYSTEM

The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: “Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom!”

BRILLIANT.

The Bag, the Bag

Teo Nie Ching, the MP for Serdang and the DAP Assistant National Publicity Secretary, recently trained her cross hair on the numerous Birkin bags in the possession of Rosmah Mansor. So she denied having the RM24m diamond ring, but what about the many hand bags in her possession that seemed to have a match for different occasions. Hey, these items don't come cheap especially when it carries the 'Birkin' brand.

For those who are not bag collectors, Birkin bags are manufactured by Herm├Ęs since 1984 and named after the British actress/singer Jane Birkin who resides in France, a Birkin handbag is a universally recognized as a symbol of extravagance and wealth. Due to its limited quantities therefore causing a huge demand, the price of a Birkin handbag ranges from USD9,000 to USD150,000. With Rosmah having so many of them, could it be considered 'limited' now?

I just simply cannot imagine how one could unashamedly flaunt her wealth (?) without a thought that the rakyat are watching and sizing (sorry the pun) her up.


BEIGE

DARK BLUE

MARINE BLUE

WALNUT BROWN

DARK BROWN

ELECTRIC BLUE

GREYISH BLACK

MAROON

ORANGE

PINK

RED

In case you have forgotten who Jane Birkin was, yes, she was the lady who sang with Serge Gainsbourg on the song "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus". Heck, they don't make songs like this anymore.