Saturday, May 31, 2014

BN Wins Teluk Intan by 238 Votes













It was a cliff-hanger ending for the Teluk Intan by-election with BN's Mah Siew Keong winning by a mere 238 votes. He garnered 20,157 votes against his opponent DAP's Dyana Sofya, who received 19,919 votes. There were 550 spoilt votes. 

The final official voter turnout was 66.7% with 40,236 of 60,438 registered voters coming out to cast their ballots. The previous general election saw an 80.7% voter turnout. (Note: The numbers don’t add up though???). 

Of course, I am very disappointed with the Teluk Intan result today. Like it or not, I will have to respect the democratic process and accept the fact that this buy-election went in BN’s favor. Bribery still works. 

Still, DAP may have lost the battle but not the war. Stay strong, Dyana! 

On Wednesday evening, I was in Brickfields to deliver another CC speech #3 titled “Happy Days” and I was evaluated by Sylvia Tan. The speech title was given by the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening since I couldn’t furnish him with one. It was incidentally the meeting’s theme. Still, I was voted Best Speaker and overall, a good meeting was had by all. A 7.5 over 10. 







































The Cadbury-Kraft Boycott

There is smouldering anger against Cadbury. 

On Thursday, the Malaysian Muslim Wholesalers’ and Retailers’ Association (MAWAR) kicked off an official boycott of all products under Kraft Foods Manufacturing Malaysia – a long list of brands that includes Cadbury, Cheezels, Jacob’s, Chacos, Kraft, Ritz, Chipsmore, Tiger, Oreo, Toblerone, Halls, Clorets, Twister and Dentyne – in protest over Cadbury Malaysia’s alleged inaction over the porcine DNA found in its chocolates. They instructed their 800 members to take the products off their shelves and return them to the food manufacturer. These people are determined to punish Cadbury. 













Bazeer Ahmed, a MAWAR member during a news conference on stopping the supply of Cadbury chocolate products to retail shops, in Kuala Lumpur May 29, 2014. Reuters pic 

But things became complicated. On the same day too, the National Fatwa Council declared that it will maintain the 'halal' status of the two affected Cadbury products. It means that the chocolates are safe to be consumed by Muslims. 

Bernama reported National Fatwa Council committee chairperson Prof Emeritus Dr Abdul Shukor Husin’s explanation: "In the case of ready-made products that had been marketed to consumers and produced through processes using clean and halal ingredients and had been confirmed as halal, but later found it had been contaminated with pig DNA in certain batches only, then the committee had decided that it was categorized as 'Umum al-Balwa'.” 

He continued: "The ruling on the product is referred to the original ruling, that is, halal for consumption because the contamination occurred beyond the scope of control and difficult to avoid". 

Huh? Did anybody understand what he was talking about? To me, the issue is simple. If the chocolates are tainted, they are tainted. No two ways about it. 

Unless (a) the samples were compromised and they just found out about it; (b) the test results were incorrect but nobody wants to own up; (c) the tainted products were not from Cadbury; and (4) a political decision was made to save Cadbury.

On another note, I still cannot figure out how the chocolates carried the 'haram' DNA? But if indeed they were there, Cadbury was being very dishonest in not declaring the true ingredients in their products and they had also misused the 'halal' certification to deceive.

Complication begot confusion. After all, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) had already suspended the products' halal certification. So how? 

Meanwhile, yesterday, chocolate manufacturer Cadbury Malaysia maintained that all of its products are halal, including the two – Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond which were tested positive with porcine DNA. 

“...we have no reason to believe that there is any porcine or pork-related ingredient in our Cadbury chocolates,” said Cadbury Malaysia head of corporate affairs Raja Zalina Raja Safran. 

“We stand by our halal certification and we have the highest level of product labeling standards,” she added. 

By now, confusion has turned to consternation. Who to believe? What to believe? How to believe!

Friday, May 30, 2014

BN Generosity in By-election

The Teluk Intan by-election is seeing the generosity of the  BN government giving out freebies and making promises in order to canvass votes.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek promised to improve the constituency's broadband. Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor promised the local Indian community a crematorium and a wedding hall. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told volunteer corps Rela members they would get new uniforms if BN wins. 

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on May 25 had launched the RM5 billion West Coast Expressway during the campaign and urging the people to give his government credit. 

Two days earlier, Ipoh Barat MP DAP’s M Kulasegaran claimed BN gave out hampers worth RM150 each to families at the Nova Scotia Estate in Teluk Intan the day before. 

There was a Malaysiakini report on Monday that a Teluk Intan resident had made the claim that Wanita UMNO Chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil visited her in Taman Semarak bearing cash amounting to RM500 and supplies in return for her vote. 

I am sure there are many other instances of gift-giving – a favourite tactic of BN. 

The Election Offences Act 1954 states clearly that a person involved in activities that may influence voters is guilty of vote buying and bribery. Why are BN still indulging in the above? That's a foolish question. Otherwise, how else can BN win? Duh! 

There’s more. The BN candidate is promising a university for Teluk Intan, community centers in every village and housing area, as well as other goodies. 

And of course the Prime Minister himself made a commitment – a Cabinet appointment awaits Gerakan’s Mah Siew Keong if he wins the by-election tomorrow.

On the other hand, DAP's Dyana Sofya is fighting for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians. 


















On Wednesday afternoon, I was at the MAS Kompleks B in Subang to attend the MAS Finance Toastmasters meeting. The club president had invited me to deliver a speech and I gratefully accepted. I did CC speech #2 titled “Crazy People” – this assignment is part of my Project 15 – and Emil Anthony was also my dedicated evaluator.
 




Thursday, May 29, 2014

Brouhaha over Sinful Chocolates

Former Perlis mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin (left) expressed disappointment with Malay-Muslims for their overreaction towards Cadbury Malaysia’s ‘haram’ chocolates.
 
In his Facebook page on May 28, 2014, he conveyed his unhappiness that his fellow Muslims were concerned over the consumption of pork, but kept silent over bigger crimes such as corruption.
 
He said: "Unfortunately, we are not making enough noise over things that are clearly ‘haram’.”
 
He added that it was not a sin when followers of Islam accidentally consumed pork, and that Allah would not punish anyone if it was done unknowingly.
 
Besides, Islam does not require reactions which result in difficulty.
 
If only there are more Muslims such as Dr Asri Zainul Abidin.
 
Caterham owner Tony Fernandes denied yesterday that his struggling Formula One team is up for sale, but said it was seeking new investment. What if he cannot get new investment?
 
On Tuesday, I was at Kelab Sukan IJM Cobra in Petaling Jaya. This was the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting and here I delivered my CC speech #5 titled “Love Your Body” – Round 3 of Project 15. I have reached the halfway mark. Lim Thian Seng evaluated me.
 





 

Jihad in Malaysia over Chocolates












Image credit: http://weehingthong.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/v4.jpg?w=640

A routine check on Cadbury chocolate products by the Health Ministry had “tested positive for traces of porcine DNA”.

Following this, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) immediately suspended the products' ‘halal’ certification – Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (batch number 200813M01H I2 that expires on November 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (batch number 221013N01R I1, that expires on January 15, 2015) while Cadbury Malaysia scrambled to recall the chocolates from stores.
 
Almost immediately, some Malaysians were aggrieved, shocked and scandalized. More than 20 Malay-Muslim groups that include the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), Perkasa, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Darul Islah Malaysia (Perkid), Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and the Halal Muslim Entrepreneurs' Association (Puhm) banded together and they were baying for blood. They claimed that Cadbury had “crossed the line” by selling its porcine-tainted chocolates, and that quick action was needed.

“They have betrayed us Muslims by putting 'haram' elements through the foods we consume in our body, to weaken us Muslims”, a churlish chorus of ferocious fury was heard.
 
“That is why Muslims are weak, divided,” Perkasa Selangor chief Abu Bakar Yahya explained.
 
Perkid president Ustaz Masridzi Sat added that most social ills and apostasy cases in the country involving Muslims stemmed from them consuming food which was not ‘halal’.
 

“Because the person eats pork it is difficult to guide him to the right path. When the day of judgment comes, that person will be wearing a pig-face because of what he has eaten,” he shot off a warning. This was accompanied by shouts of “Allahuakbar” (God is great!) and a call for a nationwide boycott on all Cadbury products. They promised to wage a holy war against the confectionary giant.

If I follow this logic and I accept that the Malays as painted by this bunch of idiots are really weak and divided, then can I imply that Malays have been secretly eating pork all this while? Isn't this stupid?

Only in Malaysia can we have a jihad because of tainted chocolates! Malaysia Boleh!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calling all registered voters from the Teluk Intan parliamentary constituency!

The departure time to Teluk Intan will be at at 7 PM, 8 PM and 9 PM on May 30, from the Bukit Jalil LRT and Kelana Jaya LRT stations. Bookings can be made by contacting Chee Fu Yue at 017-2327929 or sending an email to telukintanbyelection2014@gmail.com.
 
SINGAPORE VOTERS: Come back on your own but return to Singapore FREE! The DAP-sponsored buses will return to Singapore on Saturday (May 31) and Sunday (June 01) at 8.30 PM and 9.30 PM. Bookings can be made by calling Siew Lee Wah at 012-5068928 or by email to comehome2vote@gmail.com.
 
Jom, balik undi!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Caterham F1 Team Up For Sale

Citing an unnamed source, Malaysia’s Edge financial daily on Sunday said AirAsia owner Tony Fernandes (left) is putting his Caterham Formula One team up for sale, seeking about $589 million (£350 million) for all assets of the Britain-based parent company.

Fernandes entered the sport with Caterham in 2010, but the racing team failed to win a single point in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The owner of English football club Queens Park Rangers, had warned in January that he would stop funding the F1 team unless its performance improved. If I may add, luckily for QPR, they are also back from the wilderness. Who knows what fate might befall them if they didn't win promotion back into the EPL?

Checks with Companies House UK indicate that for the financial year 2013 ended May 31, QPR Holdings Ltd made a loss before tax of £65 million compared with a £23 million loss the year before. This was the largest total annual loss among football clubs in England in 2012-2013 with its wage bill the seventh highest in the English league Championships. As at May 2013, QPR’s net debt rose to £177 million from £91 million in 2012 (The Edge, Malaysia, May 26-June 01, 2014, p 79). 

Certainly, there wouldn't be any love lost because Fernandes is a West Ham United supporter.

Manchester United took a nosedive in the EPL table finishing the 2013-2014 season in position no. 7. This plunging performance meant that the value of the Manchester United brand has been damaged. And horror of horrors, their rival, Manchester City is now at fifth place in the Brand Finance Football 50 rankings, up from eighth last year, with a value of $510 million. It is slowly creeping towards Manchester United’s $739 million (£439 million) figure, which dropped by $98 million from the previous year.

The balance of power at the top of the English game seems to be shifting decisively to the blue side of Manchester. For the Red Devils, this is a nightmarish prospect. 

The latter is now the third most valuable football brand after Bayern Munich ($896 million) and Real Madrid ($768 million).

Besides Manchester City, the other English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are placed from sixth to eighth positions.

I was at Uptown 5 in PJ’s Damansara Utama – Level 12 of the See Hoy Chan office – to attend the Phoenix Toastmasters meeting. I was the Table Topics evaluator. Good speeches and evaluations all around although the meeting’s timing was off. I would score the meeting 3.5 over 10.
 













Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ahmad Zahid Labels Chinese Ingrates

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Malaysians can duly recognize Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his ability to deliver drivel at astounding frequency and at amazing speed. True enough, even before his stinking spit has dried up – read my post at this link http://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2014/05/ahmad-zahid-is-so-celaka-good.html today – his mouth is blasting at full volume and letting loose a bombast of bluster.
 
On Monday, he called Chinese voters, especially those with successful businesses, who choose DAP as "ingrates". According to the UMNO vice-president, this is because they are turning their backs on the Malays and Indians who contributed to their wealth.
 
"I will be sad if the people of Teluk Intan choose DAP again. The Malays will be sad, and Indians even sadder”. Since when is he speaking for the non-UMNO Malays or even the Indians?
 
"It is fine for the Chinese as they are traders, but what will happen if the Malays and Indians do not support the Chinese traders by not buying their goods. They can't survive either”, he told an audience, made up of community leaders at Kampung Durian Sebatang in Teluk Intan. He was obviously trying to tell the Chinese that they are where they are today because of solid support from the Malays and Indians and therefore, they should be grateful and vote for BN.
 
Of course, he did not elaborate on how the Chinese voting for DAP would mean that Malays and Indians would not get the help they need. Of course, he did not. How could he? He is only good at dishing out dollops of bullshit.  
 
I won’t blame you if you are confused by his utterances. I am too.
 
From the above, I don't think I would be too far wrong if I say that Ahmad Zahid is the unthinking type. Maybe I have erred into thinking that he had some low-level intelligence. But I have come to realize that he doesn't hesitate to speak his mind because he has nothing to lose.
 
I don't know what makes him so stupid, but it really works!
 
For your information, I hate stupidity – but what I hate even more is when people like Ahmad Zahid show off his stupidity for all to see. And I feel for him because I get embarrassed on his behalf!

Ahmad Zahid is So Celaka Good

UMNO is really getting devil-may-care desperate. They sent in Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left) to help Gerakan lose the Teluk Intan by-election by making the latter believe he is helping them to win! And that can happen because the Home Minister is really good at shooting off his mouth. I mean it – he is so celaka good at spewing garbage.
 
"Don't play play with me. I know who has voted and didn't vote," he warned volunteer corps Rela officers in Teluk Intan on Saturday.

Revealing that there are over 8,000 Rela members who are voters in the constituency, Zahid also said that there were 2,000 over Rela members who did not vote in the last general elections despite being eligible to vote.
 
"So, this time, make sure that BN wins this parliamentary seat," Ahmad Zahid said in his speech at Sekolah Kebangsaan Selabak in Teluk Intan’s Jalan Kampung Selabak.
 
"I'm watching over the Pekan Baru ballot boxes," he said. Kampung Selabak comes under the Pekan Baru voting district.
 
He told Rela corps that he would buy them new uniforms should BN win the by-election, while also stressing that Teluk Intan would be eligible for the RM1 million constituency allocation if the voters vote for BN's candidate Mah Siew Keong.
 
I call the above voter intimidation. Is he stupid or what? Doesn’t he know that secret balloting is supposed to be what it is – secret?
 
Anyway, what can you expect from a dumbass like Zahid? One thing’s for sure about him – there is a large emptiness between his ears. And as he speaks, echoes of his own words become amplified, his stupidity reverberating loudly across the wide expanse that is his untenanted cranium.
 
Zahid’s pronouncements prove that stupidity is an epidemic on the rise in the country!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Ramkarpal Singh Wins Bukit Gelugor













Image credit: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/25/Bukit-Gelugor-byelection-Ramkarpal-wins/

DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh, as expected, defended his late father Karpal Singh's Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat. The 38-year-old lawyer won the by-election by 37,659 votes. He received 41,242 votes or 89% of the total votes even as the voter turnout was pretty low at 56.4%.
 
The other three candidates all lost their RM15,000 deposits after failing to even get one-eighth of the total votes. Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan, Mohd Nabi Bux Mohd Abdul Sathar and Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zan received 3583, 799 and 225 votes respectively. There were 539 spoilt votes.

















Image credit: http://wargamarhaen.blogspot.com/2014/05/prk-teluk-intan-lensa-kempen-ceramah.html












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Dyana Sofya giving her speech during a ceramah at Bandar Baru Teluk Intan on May 19, 2014. Image credit: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/05/21/Town-comes-alive-with-activities-Campaign-materials-put-up-and-candidates-go-on-walkabouts-to-woo-vo/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Sekolah Menengah San Min (SUWA), Jalan Sungai Nibong, Teluk Intan at http://omakkau.blogspot.com
 
It’s going to be a hard-fought battle between a greenhorn versus an experienced politician backed by the might of Barisan Nasional. Novice versus master. David versus Goliath.

Let’s be realistic. DAP’s Dyana Sofya cannot possibly stack up against Gerakan’s Mah Siew Keong. She cannot hold a candle to him; it’s as simple as that. The latter is a two-term MP. President of Gerakan. Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. A UK law graduate. And he comes from a well-known and well-connected family in Teluk Intan.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  


 
  
 
But Dyana has been the center of attention since her candidacy was announced. So much so that UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has lamented the obsession with the DAP candidate. He has to remind supporters that BN's candidate is in fact Mah Siew Keong.
 
That may be so but attention does not necessarily translate into votes. But at least for those of us who reject BN, we would like to believe that Dyana has a chance.
 
As far as I am concerned, comparing Dyana with Mah is like comparing a bimmer with a Proton.

Here's something for UMNO Malays to think about. UMNO claims to be championing Malays, so UMNO should now support  Dyana. After all she is a Malay!  Tsk, tsk!