Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Croissant and Latte

I guess it is too early to start drinking! So it is a jumbo croissant and hot latte for me instead. At Café Madeleine.






















A great place to chill out on campus! Just ask my colleague, David Chong.

I was happy to know that Celtic eased past St Johnstone into the semi-final of the Scottish Communities League Cup when they decisively won the match 5-0. Kris Commons struck twice (28, 32) before he created the third goal for Gary Hooper (38). Commons then scored his third from the penalty spot after Tony Watt was fouled (57) and four minutes later, Charlie Mulgrew blazed in a fifth. Celtic showed that they were a class apart!

Happy Halloween 2012!













I sure would like to celebrate this day with a Guinness.

Or maybe a Tiger?

Or even a Heineken?


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Trumpet-blower

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said that protection under the Whistleblower Act for persons leaking information on corruption will not apply to those exposing alleged abuse of government funds in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) case.

This means that the Whistleblower Act is not what it is supposed to be. To come under the protection of this Act, a person intending to whistleblow cannot leak state secrets as specified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) including confidential financial information protected under Banking and Financial Institution Act (Bafia). [This explains why Rafizi Ramli, who blew the lid on the NFC case, has been charged under Bafia for disclosing the financial statements of the NFC].

Furthermore, he added that the act of whistleblowing must be done secretly. Hush-hush. You cannot shout it out; you can only whistleblow to an enforcement agency – and not the media – which of course, raises the suspicion that this ‘protection’ is only selective in nature! That’s why Nazri calls Rafizi a trumpet-blower because he went to the media to expose the NFC wrongdoing. UMNO didn't have a chance to hide the cattle under the proverbial carpet.

He even added that if Rafizi and gang do not understand about the secrecy element involved in the Whistleblower Act, they can approach him and seek his explanation as he is “the number one law minister” that no one can replace. Now, who is the trumpet-blower?! Please show a wee bit of understanding. He is blowing his own trumpet because no one wants to, that's why!

The Whistleblower Act is a sham. Period.

All the movie reviews I have read say Skyfall is a great movie! The best 007 movie of all time! Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:

Chua Soi Lek, Islamic scholar

Chua Soi Lek had the cheek to tell off Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom that the latter had not done his homework when he said on Wednesday that the PAS' brand of hudud would have no effect on non-Muslims (Sunday Star, October 28, 2012, p 04).

Irked by Jamil’s pronouncement, Chua challenged him to a debate on how hudud would affect all Malaysians. Wow! This Chua fella is fantastic! Now he is claiming to be an Islamic expert! He can now talk about hudud. UMNO, shut up!

Isn’t it remarkable that UMNO is keeping quiet when this guy is showing disrespect to Islam? If Jamil will not respond because he is feeling inadequate, what about the UMNO ulama? This China man can get away with it, meh?




































I was at Mercu UEM in KL Sentral last evening to attend the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting. When I said I would come, I was promptly given the role of General Evaluator. The quality of the meeting was good because we had two Advanced speeches that were being delivered. The speakers were known to me and therefore, my expectations were not misplaced. And if there is Lucky, you can be sure the meeting will start on time too. And it did. I would give this meeting a score of a 7 out of a 10. Did you know the last time I came to the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting was on July 25, 2011?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Axe Commercial that is a Big Lie!

I blogged about an Axe commercial last month (i.e. September 06, 2012). Well, I found another Axe commercial which is well, fascinating!


Readers, be warned. I actually bought an Axe but it didn’t work!

The China Press today reported that about 20 percent of an estimated 15,000 present at a MCA dinner in Kulai, Johor last Saturday left during Chua Soi Lek’s speech. Naturally, MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai played down the reported exodus of attendees at this event, saying it wasn’t an indication of diminishing support.

Don’t be quick to jump to conclusions lah – they left in order not to suffer from indigestion. When stomachs are full, it is hard to listen attentively to speeches, especially the ones that go on and on like a broken record. If they miss him, they can always get his DVD and that is even more interesting!!!

Zombie Nightmare in NY

As part of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden celebration this year, the New York Botanical Garden had invited artist and master carver Ray Villafane (of Food Network fame) and his team to transform humongous pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures. Yup, Halloween is here!


Check out this footage from Saturday, October 20th through Sunday, October 21st:























Both Liverpool and Everton shared the spoils in this derby draw. Luis Suarez made one goal (Baines, own goal, 14) and scored another (20) to put the Reds up but the other team evened the scores through Leon Osman (22) and Steven Naismith (35). I am still saying to fire Brendan Rodgers!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Red-faced Indians

Some three hundred Indians in Malaysia were eager to show how stupid they were. And when former MIC President Samy Vellu joined in, it confirmed what I was saying. They were protesting against a 29-storey condominium development – the Dolomite Project – that is a stone’s throw from the limestone cave that houses the popular Sri Maha Mariamman Devasathanam Temple and the venue of Malaysia’s largest gathering to celebrate Thaipusam. They were claiming that the said development is in an environmentally-sensitive area plus the fact that no environmental impact assessment report had been done for the project.

Just to incite matters, they alleged that the condominium construction had been irresponsibly approved by the current Pakatan Rakyat government. The temple committee led by chairperson R Nadarajah then promptly gave the Selangor authorities one month to scrap the project, failing which they will institute legal action.













The “Save Batu Caves” demonstration on October 26, 2012. Picture by Choo Choy May.

Gerakan Senator A Kohilan inflamed tensions further when he maintained that as a former councillor with the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) – that although he had been aware of the undertaking since 2007 – the former BN administration did not give approval for the project. He insisted on Friday that the PR government, which gained control of Selangor after it defeated BN in the 2008 general election, was behind the approval of Dolomite’s plans to develop the land.

On Saturday, the PR government laid bare Kohilan’s lies when Ronnie Liu, the chairperson of the Local Government, Research and Development Committee revealed the complete documents of the “Planning Approval” that was granted on November 30, 2007. He also showed reporters a construction plan, including the location of shop lots and the condominium, which was submitted by the developer to MPS.

I wish I can see Samy Vellu’s red face but perhaps not. I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word ‘embarrassment’. As for Kohilan, didn’t Abraham Lincoln once said “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar”? Shameless fool!














Ronnie Liu (center, in yellow) with Selangor Pakatan Rakyat supporters showing the 2007 approved plan granted to developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd to build a 29-storey condominium and shop lots near Batu Caves. Picture by Md Izwan.













A picture of the construction plan for Dolomite Park Avenue sent to the Selayang Municipal Council for approval in 2007. Picture by Md Izwan.

In the SPL match between Celtic and Kilmarnock, the former lost 0-2 to the latter. Cillian Sheridan (43) and Liam Kelly, who scored a penalty (62), were the duo to capitalise on Celtic's lethargy on Saturday – this well-deserved victory was Kilmarnock’s first win at Celtic Park since 1955!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Corrupt State





















I am sure all Malaysians can agree with the above!

These days, Malaysian police get carried away very easily. Rather than focus on law enforcement, they get involved in politics. A case in point. A police briefing on crime at a primary Tamil school in Semenyih, Selangor on October 06, 2012 turned into a bashing session against Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Bersih. The briefing for about 70 parents and their children – mostly 12 years old and below – was organized by the local Hindu Sangam branch and SJK (T) Ladang Semenyih Parents-Teachers Association.

PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan (left) had alleged that the police told the attendees that PSM is linked to the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya; that PSM's aim is to revive the communist ideology; and that the party is under police watch.

The police also said that coalition for clean and fair elections Bersih 2.0 is a "useless activity which caused a lot of strife for the rakyat".

Arutchelvan told Malaysiakini that he had lodged a police report in order to make the police cease such activities. "I don't expect the police to investigate themselves, but this police report is to ask them to stop what they are doing," he said.

As Arutchelvan said, “I have no problems if the police want to speak on the dangers of drug abuse, crime and gangsterism… but the police crossed the line (by) twisting facts, committing slander and allowing themselves to be BN’s propaganda tool”. It is already bad enough for the police to allow themselves to be manipulated by UMNO but going to schools to lie to Malaysian children is abhorrent!

Reciting the Doa

Another case of teachers abusing their position. Malaysiakini reported on October 25, 2012 that parents were furious when a school teacher at SK Bihai in Pos Bihai, near Gua Musang in Kelantan had slapped their children because they did not recite the doa (Islamic prayer) after having their lunch.

One of the parents, Atar Pendik, said his two 12-year-old girls were slapped about 1:30 PM on Tuesday, after the children were made to recite the doa even though they are not Muslims.

Atar, along with two other fathers Hassan Achoi and Along Pandak whose 12-year-old daughters were also slapped in the incident, made the three-hour journey from Pos Bihai to lodge their reports at the Gua Musang police station.  [Note: Pos Bihai is located in the interior of Kelantan, near its border with Perak].

Malaysiakini has checked with the Gua Musang police station, confirming that the reports were indeed lodged.

According to SK Bihai Parent-Teacher Association deputy chairperson Arom Asir, the children's faces were bruised after they were slapped by the male teacher. Arom said that the primary school has at least 100 children, all of whom are Orang Asli, and the children were eating lunch together after sports.

"They were made to recite prayers the Muslim way before and after meals but they didn't know how, so they kept quiet.

"Then the teacher picked out the older children and slapped them for being quiet," he said.

Arom added that the parents did not know their children were being taught Islamic studies at the school or being made to recite Islamic prayers until earlier this week.

Parents must keep tabs on their children in schools because this sort of incident is not uncommon. I ask myself. If Muslims dislike being proselytized, why are they doing the same to others? Prime Minister Najib Razak once studied in St John's Institution in Kuala Lumpur, I wonder whether the LaSalle Brothers had forced him to say grace before he eats.












On Thursday, a rare Stewart Downing goal secured Liverpool a Europa League victory over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and lifted them to the top of Group A. Downing cut in from the left after the break and drilled a powerful angled drive past keeper Vladimir Gabulov in the 53rd minute.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Making Light of Rape

I just read that Republican US Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock had expressed regret a day after suggesting pregnancies caused by rape were God's plan.

In Malaysia, we have more than our fair share of politicians who made ludicrous comments that are dementedly nonsensical besides being brazenly vituperative.

For example, MCA Wanita vice-chairperson Heng Seai Kie (left) made the outrageous claim on October 20, 2012 – this was during the Wanita MCA AGM – that PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz condones the rape of non-Muslim women who do not conform to the Islamic dress code.

And her party president Chua Soi Lek happily defended her because he said Nik Aziz had made the opinion clear in a speech four years ago. The MCA president had alleged that in the 2008 speech, Nik Aziz had said that women who do not “tutup aurat” (protect their modesty) “deserved to be raped”.

“And the reason he gave was that this is because the eye is connected to the genitalia so when you see… you get provoked.” (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/soi-lek-agrees-that-pas-condones-rape-of-non-muslim-women, published October 20, 2012).

I can confirm that Chua is an idiot beyond compare! How MCA members can even tolerate his ignoble existence is beyond me! Even if these members are devoid of any intelligence, it is still inexcusable.

Stupidity has become an infectious disease. And Heng has succumbed to it. MCA is really a party of has-beens and if I may add, beyond salvation.













Yesterday, I went to the Metro Toastmasters meeting. Regretably, there were just twelve of us who attended, ten members and two visiting Toastmasters. I took part in Table Topics along with five others and I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker. Only two project speeches were delivered and their evaluations were given by the two Victor Ongs (one is a member and the other a frequent guest)! This meeting started seven minutes late but thankfully, it was still enjoyable. A 6 out of a 10 score for this Toastmasters meeting.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chua Soi Lek, Role Model

I am not really interested to comment on the case involving sex blogger and NUS student Alvin Tan (left) who found instant infamy when he and his girlfriend posted in a joint blog photographs and videos of themselves having sex. But I reversed my decision when I read in The Malaysian Insider on Monday that Tan had described himself as a fan of the sexual exploits of Chua Soi Lek!

“I used to look up to Chua Soi Lek, sexually. Funny how things turned out,” Tan said in a posting on his Facebook page. I wish somebody will ask Chua for his comment(s)!

Poor Chua! Tan had dredged up the MCA president’s sullied past – he was secretly filmed having sex with his mistress. There are those who say that Tan’s remark was made tongue-in-cheek but I think whether Tan meant it as a joke or not – Chua will still wince in pain and even let loose yelping yammerings of ouch-es!

Congrats to Chua for being a role model for Tan! Brilliant lah! With the media attention on Tan, it is now being re-directed to Chua! I will not be envious of Chua if he is experiencing a media orgasm right now!

I am wondering that when Chua is vanquished in GE13, maybe Tan can take over as MCA President? They both believe in using ‘sex’ as a way to promote themselves!

Don't Insult Islam












Yesterday, some 200 PAS (and PKR) supporters gathered outside MCA headquarters in KL's Jalan Ampang to demand an apology from its president Chua Soi Lek over his reckless remarks that they deem hurtful to Muslims. The peaceful crowd also held up placards with the words ‘Jangan Hina Islam’ (Don’t insult Islam) and ‘Soi Lek wajib minta maaf’ (Soi Lek must apologize).

But whatever happened to UMNO members? What about Perkasa? KIMMA (Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress)? Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, the self-styled champion of Islam? Aren’t these people upset with Chua? Won't they be up in arms to protest against Chua? Why the silence? Please excuse me if I am questioning their faith.












Barcelona carved a dramatic 2-1 victory over Celtic in their pulsating Champions League Group G clash at Spain’s Nou Camp. But it was Celtic who scored first when Georgios Samaras headed into goal off a swinging cross (18). Andres Iniesta helped Barcelona to even the score (45), and Jordi Alba broke Celtic hearts when he stole in to put the finishing touch on a beautiful curling pass by Adriano Correia (90) to give Barcelona victory.

BBC Scotland’s Alasdair Lamont described Celtic as being “outstanding to a man”. Despite the disappointment, Celtic can be hugely proud of their side's display ahead of the return fixture against Tito Vilanova's side in Glasgow on November 07.

Celtic remain second in Champions League Group G on four points, with Barcelona leading the way after three wins from their three outings.

The Division G Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests were held last Sunday at Taylor’s College, Subang Jaya. I emerged as the second runner-up in the Humorous Speech contest. And I wasn't placed in the Evaluation Contest.





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chua Soi Lek Belittles Islam

Last Thursday, Chua Soi Lek (left) again mocked Islam when he sensationally pronounced that the implementation of hudud would cost the country 1.2 million jobs. This obstinate mule has repeatedly countered PAS’ explanation that Islamic criminal law would not apply to non-Muslims by stubbornly insisting that it would have adverse affect on the economy and by extension all Malaysians. Mahathir Mohamad went the other direction by saying that hudud is unfair because non-Muslims escape the severity of punishments as dictated by hudud. You can see clearly from these two statements alone that these losers are using religion for their own political agenda.

And Chua’s careless remarks have the effect of making pro-establishment groups such as Perkasa get upset and the right-wing group, known for their boorish boisterousness, is now claiming it is haram for Muslims to vote MCA for its anti-Islam position.

The next day, even Prime Minister Najib Razak chose to remain mum over Chua’s tenebrous warning on the implementation of hudud.  "I don't want to comment," he had said. Didn’t I say Najib is gutless? But for a (supposedly) Muslim leader like Najib who had indicated that UMNO is the protector of Islam, by choosing not to comment means he is putting down his own religion. You can't get anymore hypocritical than this!

But seriously, I can only pity him. If hudud becomes a reality, we will find many limbless BN politicians on our streets. And Malaysians will know that finally, justice will have been served.

Malaysians must know that as long as Muslims form the majority, hudud is the next step. After all, hudud is part of syaria law. Yes, I daresay hudud is inevitable. It is just a question of when. And in case we start to point fingers at PAS, please be reminded that it was Mahathir who declared Malaysia an Islamic state on September 29, 2001! Even if many Malaysians considered this an arbitrary and unconstitutional act by the former prime minister, the notification was made nonetheless. And the venue was the Gerakan National Delegates Conference! Did UMNO minions whether they are from Gerakan or MCA object? Nay, they didn’t! They accepted it being the yellow bellies that they were.

BTW, Malaysians who are in denial mode should know that the spirit of hudud is already present in Malaysian syaria law. And it was UMNO who introduced syaria in Malaysia. Chua, you idiot, stop barking up the wrong tree!

In fact, Chua should be strung from the beam in my bedroom and hung from a rope until he is dead. This infidel dares to assail what is the most precious thing in the life of a Malay Muslim – his religion. And since Najib has also decided to seal his lips, maybe, he should join Chua too!

Oh wait a minute! Najib did say something. He said he didn’t want to comment. But what was worse, he actually rewarded MCA for taunting Islam. Didn’t he announce an allocation of RM30 million supposedly for the development of Chinese national-type secondary schools in the country at the MCA AGM? Is he conveying the right message to his audience? Or is he in cahoots with Chua in belittling Islam? The tomfoolery at this AGM is a lesson in puerile inanity.

Mahathir must always insist that he puts in the last word! He submitted yesterday that MCA's anti-hudud stance was merely to "scare" the Chinese, and noted the party did not object to his Islamic state declaration! ROTFL!

Actually, I am looking forward to GE13! And I want to see if any Malay will relinquish self-respect and support MCA candidates in the coming election! I maintain they will know what to do.  Goodbye, MCA! And good riddance!

Funeral Colors











Image credit: http://fz.com/content/chua-mca-ready-go-war

I am still talking about the MCA AGM. The political party has abandoned its decades-old tradition of having white uniforms in favour of navy blue T-shirts – BN's colors – for the UMNO ass kissers attending the party's AGM. Chua Soi Lek even went so far as to show his foolishness when he intimated, this particular attire-type is their secret weapon. They hope to sink the opposition in GE13! What a joke!

I just realize that the Chinese don’t have a monopoly on intelligence – we do have dumb Chinese too! Like this Chua fella!

MCA members are going to sing the blues post-GE13! If there are still members, that is! I will even suggest that post-GE13, the remaining MCA members who are still not shell-shocked, can wear black. That would be appropriate – after all, to the Chinese, white, blue and black are funeral colors.













I didn’t realize the world has changed so much until I came across this interesting “quote’ on Sunday and I am sharing this with everybody!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Run for Gold
















The SUBS Concilium is organizing a 7-km charity marathon aptly named “Run for Gold” on November 11, 2012 to raise much-needed funds for GOLD. [Note: A 7-km race does not qualify as a marathon, not even a half-marathon!]. 

GOLD is an acronym for the vision (Generating Opportunities for Learning Disabilities) and the principle objective of the Association of Learning Disabilities, Petaling District in Selangor, Malaysia. The center is located at Kompleks 3C MPSJ in Jalan PJS 11/2, Taman Bandar Sunway and this initiative by SUBS students is to raise not just money but also public awareness that individuals with learning disabilities live in our midst and they need our whole-hearted support. Kindly check out their blog at http://gold3c.blogspot.com/p/about-gold.html for more information.

Yesterday, six SUBS students came knocking door-to-door promoting to Sunway University staff and canvassing support for the “Run for Gold” – they performed a ditty that urged us to sign up and participate in this event.















Following up on the Pussy Riot case – read my October 13, 2012 blogpost at this link http://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-member-freed.html – the two members of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences. Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women's prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of the Soviet Union's harshest camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, has been sent to Mordovia, a region that also hosts a high number of prisons. They are expected to serve the rest of their sentences, which end in March 2014, in the camps, where conditions are reportedly dire. Please keep them in our prayers!






















Oh yes, last evening, I was at the joint meeting of the MidValley and MIA Toastmasters Clubs meeting at Cititel MidValley and I was given the evaluator’s role for MIA member Samuel Sham who presented his CC speech #8. There were five speakers and I relished speeches by Satomi Isono and Penny Choo (although the latter must put in more practice to be fluid, fluent and flowing in her delivery). The evaluations were generally good and I was voted Best Evaluator. A good meeting that started three minutes late. I am happy to give the meeting a score of a 7 out of a 10.