Monday, September 30, 2013

Tanda Putera Bombs

That shameful and scandalous film called Tanda Putera could not even muster enough Malay support. And so it bombed at the box office – its takings were a miserly RM930,000 after 25 days in the cinemas.

Made at a huge cost of RM4.7 million, this work of fiction disguised as history is said to have earned a loss of approximately RM3.77 million. Political support from UMNO and other nationalist groups couldn’t salvage it despite trying so hard.

On the other hand, the Malays can’t have enough of zombie movies and ‘KL Zombi’, which like Tanda Putera began screening on August 29 was able to rake in RM2.93 million for the same period. This flick which has elements of action, comedy and horror only cost RM1.8 million (less than half of Tanda Putera's production cost), and it is still screening in the cinemas.

On Thursday, I was at the Satu Hati Toastmasters meeting and I was also the General Evaluator. The meeting was much better organized this time around and even the speeches and evaluations had improved significantly. It was a good meeting and I would score it a 7 over 10.


Newspapers' Readership Plummets

The readership of top newspapers in the country tumbled in the run up to GE13 over biased reporting. According to The Edge Weekly, which obtained the Consumer and Media View report by Nielsen, newspapers saw a drop of between 10 percent to 40 percent in readership during the second quarter of this year. [This coincided with the 13th general election period when Parliament was dissolved on April 03 and polling day was on May 05].
"The decline is mainly due to the 13th general election," The Edge Weekly quoted Omnicom Media Group Malaysia chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis as saying. He was further quoted as saying that readers sought alternative news between March to May this year with a 60 percent surge in online traffic for political news sites and 20 percent increase for news websites in general.
However, media analysts noted that newspaper readership may bounce back. I think that is misplaced confidence. I really hope that Malaysians don't go back to these thrashy newspapers! I say Malaysians should continue to boycott all mainstream newspapers!

Celtic enjoyed a 5-2 win over Kilmarnock in their Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday. The former raced to a three-goal lead in the first half-hour through a Kris Commons strike (20) and a Georgios Samaras double (24, 26) but the Killies grabbed a lifeline when midfielder Sammy Clingan (35) reduced the deficit with a great free-kick before defender Sean Clohessy made it 3-2 in the forty-second minute. Samaras (88) finally sealed Kilmarnock’s fate with a stooping six-yard header and there was still time for substitute Amido Balde (90) to scamper clear and pouch a goal for Celtic.
A good win but Celtic will be tested more in their Champions League Group H clash with Barcelona at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland – a much-needed boost that put them in second place in the EPL table. Sturridge put the Reds ahead in the twenty-eighth minute and then collected Steven Gerrard's brilliant cross-field pass with a stunning piece of control, eased past Carlos Cuellar and squared for Suarez to roll home (36). Emanuele Giaccherini pulled one back for the Black Cats in the fifty-second minute. But the game was sealed for Liverpool when Suarez led a breakaway, fed Sturridge and then took his return pass to fire into an unguarded net (89).

Saturday, September 28, 2013

No Human Rights for LGBTs

I was disturbed to read in Malaysiakini on September 27, 2013 that the government will not tolerate or support any provisions in international human rights conventions that promote immorality and contravene the country's laws, ethics, religious values and culture. 

Foreign Affairs deputy minister Hamzah Zainudin maintained that there will be no human rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals (LGBT). Other groups are okay whether children, women, disabled persons, Orang Asli and the marginalized.

If the LGBTs don’t fall within this “okay” category, not even the “marginalized” group, then where do they belong to? Why must we single them out to be nobodies?

I am sure God has not forsaken them but the Malaysian government has. What does this tell you about the morons who are in government? That we have morons in government!

On Wednesday, I was at the Air Products Toastmasters meeting in Bangsar South. I was there as the Table Topics Evaluator. And I was delighted to also have met two of their members who were my former students, one from Nilai International College and the other from HELP’s HICT. I would score this meeting a 7 over 10. 

And then later in the evening, I dropped by at Shah’s Village Hotel in PJ’s Lorong Sultan to attend the MIMPJ Toastmasters meeting. I only managed to listen to two speeches, one of which was the winning humorous speech by Rosliza Mohd Said. 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Look Who's Being Stupid!

I have to be honest. I hate it if I have to agree with a person like Mahathir Mohamad. He had labelled UMNO members as being stupid. And here’s the irrefutable proof – the stupidity of one member, i.e. Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia and UMNO president.

The above-mentioned event happened on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. I am wondering if Mahathir was actually referring to Najib especially.
On the same Tuesday also, I was at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting. This was one of those days where attendance was decidedly un-Indrahanian. There were only 23 of us and I even have to admit being disappointed that the meeting dragged on unnecessarily. Although we started on time, we finished twenty minutes behind schedule. I would score this meeting a dissatisfying 3 over 10.