Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Face as a Blank Canvas











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Thirty-one-year-old Mimi Choi is a Vancouver-based make-up artist who creates mind-blowing optical illusions on herself.
 
Never using Photoshop for any of her pictures, Choi creates the illusions using only her makeup skills to achieve everything from quadrupling eyes to slicing her head in half.
 
“My face is a blank canvas where I can practice my art”, Choi explains.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using a black eyeliner to give the effect of negative space, she has also severed her arm to show lemon flesh and transformed her hand into a piece of prawn sushi.
 
Often spending up to five hours on an artwork, Choi aims to use her Instagram to champion the benefits of releasing your creativity through any and every possible outlet.
 
“I hope that my strange creativity can inspire people to think outside the box", Choi writes on Instagram. She writes about having struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, expressing the liberating value of imagination in her work.
 
Painting, highlighting and contouring through these inventive experimentations, Choi's creations are in every way jaw dropping.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Raja Bomoh's Pure Drama Confession









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After so many well-publicized rituals, the self-proclaimed "Raja Bomoh" finally saw the error of his ways and supposedly repented.
 
He had admitted that his offbeat actions that involved the use of "bamboo binoculars" and coconuts to apparently help solve some of the “puzzling” events that occurred in Malaysia, including the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 – were nothing more than staged shows. Ibrahim Mat Zin himself described them as pure drama.
 
But only after he was arrested in Segamat, Johor on April 21 and charged in the Syariah Court on Tuesday – under Section 7 (a) of the Syariah Criminal Offenses (Federal Territories) Act 1997 (Act 559) for insulting Islam or bringing Islam into disrepute.
 
He, of course, pleaded guilty.
 
Additionally, he promised not to repeat his "viral" antics that had caused embarrassment to the country.
 
But that was not all.
 
At the office of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) yesterday, Ibrahim claimed he was instructed by certain individuals to perform the bizarre capers but that he was unable to reveal their identities.
 
And he even renounced the "Raja Bomoh Sedunia" title.
 
Only in Malaysia!

I received this birthday card, specially made with love from Kashveena:


















Thank you very much!

PAS are One with UMNO

The DAP on Sunday called on Malaysian voters NOT to consider PAS as an opposition party, but as an ally of the ruling BN (read, UMNO) in the upcoming 14th General Election.
 
Their FT chairmperson Tan Kok Wai said people should not be misled into believing there would be a three-cornered fight if a constituency sees a race between candidates from PAS, BN and a Pakatan Harapan party.
 
He explained that PAS are not a real opposition party because the party had already allied themselves with Najib Razak and UMNO.
 
His take on this relationship was different: “If there is a PAS candidate, an UMNO candidate and a candidate from Pakatan Harapan, then that’s still a one-on-one race, not a three-cornered fight”.
 
Meaning, PAS + UMNO vs PH = 1 vs 1.
 
On Monday, 1MDB declared at the London Stock Exchange that Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company are to receive $602,725,000 by July 31 and a further $602,725,000 by December 31 – as their debt settlement with Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).
 
1MDB and Malaysia’s MoF Inc (Minister of Finance Incorporated) also undertook to assume responsibility for all future interest and principal payments on the two bonds issued by 1MDB that were guaranteed by both 1MDB and IPIC, the announcement added.
 
On the same day too, 1MDB confirmed the proposed payments as part of arbitration proceedings between the two parties before the London Court of International Arbitration.
 
Najib Razak must clarify – where is the money coming from? Are taxpayers’ money being used to pay off IPIC?
 
Malaysians need to know. We want to know. We demand an answer!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Donald Trump's Mental Health in Question

Some psychiatrists are claiming that their President (left) is “paranoid and delusional” and, therefore, he is not fit to lead the US of A.
 
Twenty-five of them had met at Yale University on April 20, 2017 to discuss evidence questioning Donald Trump's mental health.
 
John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, said: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Trump's dangerous mental illness”.
 
Bandy Lee, assistant clinical professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, said: “As some prominent psychiatrists have noted, [Trump’s mental health] is the elephant in the room. I think the public is really starting to catch on and widely talk about this now”.
 
James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, said he had worked with some of the “most dangerous people in society”, including murderers and rapists – but that he was convinced by the “dangerousness” of Trump.
 
These claims, in turn, had drawn scolding comments from some in the psychiatric establishment, who said they violated the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule” – which states psychiatrists are not to give professional opinions on people they have not personally examined.
 
Not surprisingly, they had also been condemned by some Republicans – one of whom was Connecticut Republican Party chairperson JR Romano, who accused the group of “throwing ethical standards out the window because they cannot accept the election results”.
 
Responding to the criticisms, Dr Gartner said: “This notion that you need to personally interview someone to form a diagnosis actually doesn’t make a whole lotta sense. For one thing, research shows that the psychiatric interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis”.
 
A spokesperson for Yale University told UK’s The Independent the Goldwater rule had been abided but that the organizer was "troubled" by the "silencing of debate".
 
Last weekend, a troop of Toastmasters went to Sunway University to spend two days with 53 Peneraju students. Sunway TES hosted the Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program and Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club conducted it. Successfully, if I may add.
 
In fact, we tweaked the program and made it even more effective. Believe it or not, we saw real transformation!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Maldivian Blogger Stabbed to Death

Twenty-nine-year-old Yameen Rasheed, who used his Daily Panic blog to poke fun at politicians, has been stabbed to death in Male – the third media figure to be targeted in the Indian ocean archipelago in the past five years.
 
The blogger was found early on Sunday in the stairwell of his apartment building in the Maldivian capital with multiple stab wounds to his neck and chest. He died shortly after being taken to hospital, family members said.
 
An IT professional by trade, Yameen maintained the blog in his spare time, writing that he aimed to report “the unfiltered truth, the sickening facts, the gruesome details, and – because this is the Maldives – the painfully obvious”.
 
He was arrested along with scores of others and imprisoned for three weeks in 2015 after taking part in an anti-government rally in the capital.
 
Zaheena Rasheed, a friend and the editor of the Maldives Independent news website said he was often abused for being a “secularist with an agenda” – though his writing focused on social justice, government incompetence, corruption and waste.
 
The blogger had been relentlessly asking questions over the disappearance in August 2014 of Ahmed Rilwan, a journalist with the Minivan News whose whereabouts remain unknown.
 
Another blogger, Ismail Rasheed, also known as Hilath, was stabbed and wounded by an unidentified attacker in 2012. And not to mention, Afrasheem Ali, an MP whose Islamic scholarship had reportedly angered religious hardliners in the country, was murdered the same year.
 
Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 yesterday to set up a Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen and the chance to complete a domestic treble.
 
Callum McGregor's superbly placed finish in the eleventh minute put the Scotish Premiership champions ahead and then Scott Sinclair squeezed in a penalty in the fifty-first minute after Rangers' James Tavernier fouled Leigh Griffiths.
 
In an EPL match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace, the former lost 1-2 to the latter.
 
Liverpool seem to nearly always struggle badly against teams from the wrong end of the EPL. The Reds are just not good enough! Sigh!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bringing Back English-medium Schools in Sabah

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan (right) proposed that English-medium government schools in Sabah be re-established.
 
The Kota Belud MP said the suggestion is a proactive measure to produce human capital that is more productive and more competitive.
 
"By mastering the language, Sabah will be able to 'speed up' pursuit of reducing the development gap between the state and those in the peninsular”, he explained.
 
Is he saying that English proficiency is now urgently needed for Sabah to develop and that Malay-medium education has been less than successful?
 
It’s not just Sabah that should have English-medium schools but the whole country. 
 
On Wednesday and Thursday last week, I was at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Sultan Ismail in KL for a MAPSA (Malaysian Association of Professional Secretaries and Administrators) event – the AdminPro Summit 2017.
 










 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





 
I met fellow Toastmasters and among them were Melvin Tan, Stephen Fernando and Simon Soh.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Quota Policy Insults the Malays














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On Wednesday, Khairy Jamaluddin showed his hypocrisy when he spoke to Indian youths at a dialogue session.
 
The Youth and Sports Minister had agreed with a participant who questioned the quota policy favoring Malay students for university places.
 
“We should start seeing this quota (system) as something that is a bit insulting, that we need a quota to get somewhere”, Khairy said.
 
“Just as there is a perception of discrimination amongst other communities, we also feel that maybe we are not that good, because other communities are saying that, ‘Hey, you are here only because of the quota’”, he continued.
 
“I want the Malay community to compete on a level playing field”, he emphasized.
 
You and I know that he didn’t mean it at all. He was just trying to make himself look good in front of a non-Malay audience. He wouldn’t dare say it in front of his UMNO crowd! 
 
Besides, it is not just about university places but it involves also entry into the civil service, housing, qualification for small business loans and corporate equity.
 
Ibrahim Ali from Malay pressure group Perkasa promptly rebuked Khairy, saying that the UMNO Youth leader should resign if he thinks the government’s quota policy is an insult to the Malay community.
 
Just one day after Khairy’s remarks, the Perkasa president said the quota system was provided for in the Federal Constitution, and that abolishing the said policy would undermine national security.
 
And he alluded that if it happens, there will be violence. He warned: “It will create extremism, terrorism, if they are not treated well”.
 
Today, an UMNO Supreme Council member rejected any suggestion that the quota system is insulting to the Malay community. According to Sohaimi Shahadan, as reported by Malay daily Sinar Harian, he declared that “as ‘masters’ on our own land, Bumiputeras or Malays indeed deserves to enjoy the privileges at all times…”
 
What started as a means to supposedly address social disparity among the Malays and the non-Malays has now turned into a sacred right for one segment of the population. This is Malaysia.