I realize that there are still groups of people who think they are protecting the culture and heritage but in reality they are just screw ups as other corrupt leaders. This time its "Gapena" Gabungan Persatuan Penulis Nasional. The group has given a dateline till end of this year for the government to stop the teachings of Maths and Science in English. The arguments given by them were;
""Hakikatnya kami memang beremosi, tetapi ini ialah demi mempertahankan martabat Bahasa Melayu seperti yang terkandung di bawah Perlembagaan," by Ketua II Gapena Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar
I think its a stupid argument cause it has emotion involved so its not professional at all. How can words and comments of this sort of extremist people can be taken into context?
A large number of students are now able to learn and converse better in English as an implication of the system and changing it back means we have to change all the text books, reference books and this will take up cost. In this time where we are near the economy crisis Malaysia economy will be in trouble. If that’s what the extremists wants then I don’t see any harm that they are the one's who are supposed to be under the ISA. They are threat to the nation if seen from this point of view.
The first badge of students learnt Maths and Science in English and then it was changed to Bahasa and then back to English. How many times does it need to be changed?
The person responsible to make this statements and who are behind this politically motivated issue might have a son or a daughter who might be studying in International School. He does not care at all. All he cares is his kids future is well planned. But others how? the majority others who have to fight for better education, wages and so much more? Are they not important?
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I realize that there are still groups of people who think they are protecting the culture and heritage but in reality they are just screw ups as other corrupt leaders. This time its "Gapena" Gabungan Persatuan Penulis Nasional. The group has given a dateline till end of this year for the government to stop the teachings of Maths and Science in English. The arguments given by them were;
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Selepas fatwa pengharaman yoga, fatwa-fatwa yang akan datang adalah seperti berikut :
1) Orang Islam dilarang mandi di awam. Di kolam renang awam, akan terdapat orang-orang yang bukan Islam yang memakai pakaian renang yang singkat dan mendedahkan aurat (terutamanya amoi-amoi china yang cun dan seksi). Ini boleh menjejaskan akidah orang Islam. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari kolam renang awam.
2) Orang Islam dilarang pergi ke . Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang adalah seorang yang bukan Islam and majoriti penduduk Pulau Pinang adalah orang yang bukan Islam. Apabila seorang Islam berada di Pulau Pinang, beliau mungkin terhidu bau char keoy tiaw yang dimasak oleh orang bukan Islam dan ini boleh merosakkan akidah kita. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Orang Islam yang kini tinggal di Pulau Pinang akan diberi elaun pindah sebanyak RM 3000 untuk membantu mereka berpindah ke negeri-negeri yang lain. Perpindahan ke dan Terengganu amat amat digalakkan.
3) Orang Islam dilarang meminum root beer. Walaupun root beer tidak mengandungi alkohol, namun perkataan "beer" ini boleh menimbulkan keghairan dan kelakuan tidak senonoh di kalangan orang Islam. Dengan pengharaman root beer, orang Islam bolehlah meminum minuman ringan yang lain tanpa was-was. Ginger beer juga diharamkan.
4) Orang Islam dilarang memakan di kedai Mamak. Walaupun mamak kebanyakkannya Islam, tetapi mereka adalah India dan ada kemungkinan terdapat unsur-unsur India di dalam perniagaan mereka seperti bercakap Tamil dan memakai buatan India. Untuk mengelakkan sebarang syak wasangka, orang Islam dilarang dari memakan di kedai mamak (kecuali Tun Mahatir kerana dia sendiri mamak kelas I)
5) Orang Islam dilarang bermain ping pong atau table tennis. Ping pong berasal dari negeri China dan oleh yang demikian, mungkin terdapat unsur-unsur agama Buddha atau Confuciusism di dalam permainan ping pong. Ornag Islam yang terlalu banyak bermain ping pong akan terjejas akidah mereka. Sebagai permainan alternatif, orang Islam digalakkan bermain sepak raga (tetapi bola raga mesti buatan Malaysia, bukan dari Thailand).
6) Orang Islam yang berkerja dengan kerajaan dilarang mengambil gaji masing-masing. Ini kerana sebahagian besar pendapatan kerajaan adalah cukai pendapatan yang dibayar oleh syarikat-syarikat orang bukan Islam. Orang Islam digalakkan meminta sedekah dari orang Islam yang lain. Untuk memudahkan permintaan sedekah, bakal peminta sedekah digalakkan mencangkung di hadapan bangunan UMNO.
7) Orang Islam dilarang keluar negara. Terdapat terlalu banyak godaan yang boleh meruntuhkan akhlak dan akidah orang Islam. Perkara ini telahpun dikaji dengan teliti hasil lawatan sambil belajar ke Bangkok oleh baru-baru ini. Oleh yang demikian, orang orang Islam diminta menyerahkan balik paspot masing-masing ke jabatan immigresen secepat mungkin. Perjalanan keluar negara hanya dibenarkan untuk menteri-menteri dan orang kuat UMNO sahaja, itupun hanya jika diiringi oleh ahli .
8) Orang Islam dilarang berfikir di waktu siang. Kebanyakkan masalah jenayah dan maksiat wujud kerana orang-orang yang tak ada kerja berfikir yang bukan-bukan. Untuk membenteras maslah jeneyah dan maksiat, orang-orang Islam dilarang dari menggunakan otak mereka diwaktu siang. Pemikiran mereka akan dipantau oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan dengan menggunakan sekumpulan specially trained monkeys. Orang Islam boleh menggunakan otak mereka di waktu malam tetapi pemikiran dihadkan kepada perkara-perkara berkaitan dengan makan dan minum sahaja.
I got this from a mail so I modify a little and post it as a joke. But come to think of the authority responsible over the Islam people in Malaysia, I think that they might impose all these kind of laws. Funny people. Im beg the Islamic leaderslah, Please let a Muslim choose what he or she wants to do. Please lah, Kesian lah diaorang. In tak boleh, itu tak boleh. Habih apa yang boleh?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The year 1998 was a chaotic year for Indonesia. The nation which was ruled by Suharto faced financial crisis and Suharto's government was full of corruption. University students and other who were dissatisfied had held massive protests against the government. The nation was at the state of war when military forces were brought in to handle the situation.
There was massive killing done by the army and there were 3 major incident which had cause the revolution of Indonesia.
2) Tragedi Semanggi 1
3) Tragedi Semanggi 2
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Sun,9-Former Selangor Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhd Taib today gained the required nominations to vie for the Umno deputy president post.
He will be challenging two present vice-presidents Muhyiddin Yassin and Mohd Ali Rustam.
Muhd Taib became the last person to check in with the required 39 nominations after getting the nod from the Kelana Jaya and Hulu Terengganu divisions today.
Mohd Ali gained his minimum nominations yesterday.
The frontrunner for the deputy post remains Muhyiddin who had already amassed 88 nominations. He qualified for the contest by acquiring the required nominations on Oct 19.
The division level meetings end today, except for some divisions whose meetings have been ordered by the party to be reconvened.
As it stands, the present deputy, Najib Abdul Razak is set to become the next party president after having won nominations from almost all 191 Umno divisions.
His own division, Pekan, naturally nominated him for the top post yesterday. He was also returned unopposed as the division chief.
Only Gua Musang had nominated someone else for the top post - that of its division head Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. However his challenge will not tale place as he had failed to obtain the required minimum 58 nominations from the top post.
Present president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had decided to step down in March allowing for a smooth takeover by Najib.
The question is as to who will become Najib's deputy from the trio of Muhyiddin, Muhd Taib and Mohd Ali. The contest next March is the first for the deputy president's post in 21 years.
By convention, the Umno president becomes the prime minister while the deputy president is slated to be the deputy premier.
As for Abdullah, although he is not contesting for the top post, he was nevertheless retained as the Kepala Batas division head today.
Vice presidents' race
Apart from the race for the deputy president, the heat is also on for the three slots for the vice-president's posts.
Today - the final day of meetings for the divisions, two other candidates qualified to make it an eight-cornered fight.
The last two to check in were Jamaluddin Jarjis and Rais Yatim who both gained the required minimum 21 nominations today.
Leading the race is the outgoing Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein who has already gotten at least 135 nominations.
He is followed by former Youth chief Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with at least 94 nominations.
Shafie Apdal has 69 nominations and looks set to give a tough fight based on his support from his home base Sabah.
Others in the contest are Khaled Nordin, Syed Hamid Albar and disgraced former vice-president Isa Samad.
There could still be time for one more contestant on the form of former Malacca chief minister Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik. He needs six more nominations to fulfil the required minimum 20 nominations to contest for this post.
I really find it funny. Yoga centres are flourishing in more orthodox Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In Iran, yoga is so popular that there are classes for children. Most of the fitness center in Malaysia is packed with people who go for yoga lessons.I bet that some of Malaysia leaders and their wives go for these lessons. It really gives our mind peaceful and I don't know why only this country religious leaders find it wrong. I think that's stupid.
People want to loose weight and stay healthy also cant do what they want. Can you all please stop controlling the Malays in Malaysia. I really feel pity for them. Let them have a little freedom, let them have space let them have their own preferred hobby.
If a person's religious tic views and teaching is truthful, I don't see the need to be worried and I have not seen that there were use of chants in doing yoga exercises. So stop creating problems. Yoga can mislead ones believe, "My ass". Do you know what is the use of Yoga first of all? Go and read or get to know more you baseless critics.
And you will go on saying this is a Democratic country, multicultural or perhaps multi ethnic. There is no space for the Malays to do what they feel is correct. When a Malay does yoga its wrong, but when an Indian or Chinese or any other race wants to do anything Muslim style you all make them convert to a Muslim. What is that?
I intemperate it as, the race and gender is not an issue in this case. Barack Obama was once a Muslim but he can be a president of the United States, so in Malaysia I don't see that a leader should be a particular race, religion or gender. Why cant we have a young Prime Minister, every time I see surely the candidates will be "freaking" old. Or maybe how about a female? let the women have a part of building the country too. Don't tell me Muslim is the religion that a leader should have because its the most supreme religion. Please lah, a person having religion means that its a relationship between the person and god. OK. If we were to see from the base of all religion teaches the same teaching, manners, respect, truth and all.
I don't think we all are united at all. So stop the crap. Change first and don't act like you have changed. Simple example, just because a Chinese is to lead PKMS, there was so much of complaint and dissatisfaction. What is so wrong if a Chinese is to lead PKMS. If they are able to fulfil all the job requirements. Please see the capability of a person in doing things not the race and all.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
History was made when Barack Obama won the president seat. I am truly happy because, from what I see he looks and talks like a real fighter for the people this is the kind of people who should be in Malaysia. Something like what President Sukarno said in one of his speech, "Berikan ku 10 pemuda dan aku akan mengoncangkan dunia". 10 people like Obama is what he meant.
Barack Obama's full name is Barack Hussien Obama was born in August 4th 1961. Obama was in Indonesia till the age of ten before going back. At 1992, he got married to Michelle and has two kids Malia Ann(1998) and Sasha(2001). On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. The choice of the announcement site was symbolic because it was also where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic "House Divided" speech in 1858. Throughout the campaign, Obama emphasized the issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care, at one point identifying these as his top three priorities.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain and became the first African American to be elected President of the United States. Obama won with 364 Electoral votes and 65,293,o83 popular votes.
In his victory speech, delivered before a crowd of hundreds of thousands of his supporters in Chicago, Obama proclaimed that "change has come to America." Born in Hawaii, Obama will be the first U.S. President born outside the contiguous United States. President-elect Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. Obama held his first press conference as President-elect on Friday, November 7, 2008 in which he discussed the economy, Iran, the ongoing transition, and his family's search for the "first dog."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We cant jump sides or come to conclusion what happen in the open house.
Simple question, are we in the same situation as they are? What would we do if our loved ones are taken away like them? Hell, we don't really know if the Hindraf 5 are still alive.
I think that if my dad or mom or brother was taken like them, who cares about celebration!
And yeah what did the hindraf people did was wrong, but to what extend? Even we might do it under circumstances, so there is absolutely no point to say its wrong,
Anyway what really happen there? Anyone knows? I not talking about where you heard it from and other secondary source. Anyone who was there or maybe got the video clip of the whole incident of the Hari Raya Open House.
Honestly going there to beg them under the word called "protest" was desperate and I understand to a certain level but asking the PM to maafkan the Hindraf 5 and the release them sempena Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dna Batin?
What the hell? You people stupid or what? And what is up with the statment kita maafkan Perdana Menteri? Did the PM ask for forgiveness for you all to forgive? Did the Hindraf 5 who I don't even know if they are alive, forgives the PM?
And yeah I don't support and care about Hindraf at all since they were famous. Once upon a time they were all about fighting for the Indians, now its getting rid of BN and we want our 5 friends back!
For those who supported HINDRAF and thought that they were up to save the Indian, so sorry but they were just our to save themselves,friends and yeah they are just another upcoming UMNO/BN reincarnation.
In a statement to Cyber Jungle News today, Sarawak Headhunter said that the facts and evidence showed that the government was, and is, being used by the BN in a manner detrimental to public order and national security.
Labelled a threat to national security, the BN has been banned by Sarawak Headhunter, home minister of the pro-team government of the Republic of Sarawak (ROS).
He issued a statement yesterday declaring BN, which has been advocating racial and racist agendas since its inception, an illegal organisation. The declaration, he said, was a result of monitoring and investigations by the ROS going back to the formation of BN.
‘As a result of the investigations, the home ministry, as per its authority under sections 35 and 55 of the People's Government Reform Act 2008, has declared BN unlawful and detrimental to the peace, public order, political, economic and social security and the moral values of Malaysia,’ he said in the statement.
‘I feel that if we don't rein in their activities, they will continue to jeopardise security and public order, and our country's sovereignty, as well as upset the harmony among races.’
Sarawak Headhunter said the decision to ban the movement was not made based on only one or two misdemeanours committed by BN, but covered the entire gamut of activities the group had been involved since its organisation.
‘These included subversion of the economic policies of the government, thereby causing losses of hundreds of billions of ringgit, economic injustice and instability, subversion of the judiciary, large-scale electoral fraud, including but not limited to vote-buying and ballot-box tampering, gerrymandering and general abuse and manipulation of electoral, legislative and administrative process.
‘They have also committed corruption, favouritism, nepotism, cronyism, abuse of power and position, misuse of government machinery, abuse of the law, waste, mismanagement, mis-allocation or wrongful allocation of resources, racial and racist agendas and policies, exclusion and marginalisation of entire communities, discrimination and improper control and manipulation of the mass media.
‘There is also their registration of illegal immigrants as citizens, coercion, pressure, force, threat and intimidation of the public through illegal police action, conflicts of interest, breaches of trust and much more.’
‘They exploited all manner of racial issues to remain in power and which caused an uprising by the people and created disharmony between them and all races.’
He added that BN had tried all ways and means, illegal, dirty and underhanded, to support their attempts to get the people to bow to their demands, actions which have tarnished the country's image.
‘Considering all the facts and evidence we have, I am satisfied that BN was and is being used in a manner detrimental to public order and national security and the well-being of the nation.’
‘We advise the public not to involve themselves in any way with the activities of this unlawful organisation.’
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I am thinking why does the Sarawak state need so many hydro power dam. The latest, Murum dam project is about 3 billion, started a few days back. But there is another mega-dam project in Sarawak located in the central, Bakun which costs over 800 million. I do understand that all this are being done for the greater benefit of the people's in Sarawak.
But have to remember that some places are the Sarawak native people's village. Why can't there be a few dams which will supply the power and what power are we talking about? Electricity for the people? or to generate power to store in Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)? These are some of the questions that the government should make clear and as far as I'm concern I'm worried about the people living in the village. If lets say, the government wants to improve their living style, the people have to obey. Don't tell me government wants to provide proper home, facilities and all but have to develop the place, I don't see the harm of cooperating.
Over the next decade there is about 12 dam project in Sarawak alone. I am very sure that alot of native people's home has to be sacrificed but why so many dam's ? Most of the Sarawak is still covered by forest the power which is to be created is for who? Raymond Abin of the Borneo Resource Institute (Brimas) said , for energy needs in Sarawak, we don't need the Murum, because Bakun is more than enough to supply the state's needs.
Penan people are likely to be effected and I really think that building quite a number of dam's means that the will be a major loss of flora and fauna and loads more. I do understand we have to sacrifice something in order to get something better but, we can avoid making unnecessary sacrifice which will in the short term lower down the cost of spending, save the native people's culture and give them a life and in the long run there will be still flora and fauna where the new generation can experience so that they too can have a chance.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Police arrested Teresa Kok at about half to midnight. I received a sms shortly after. At 3.30am, I received another sms saying Shieh (Syed Azidi Syed Aziz) and two other bloggers have been rounded up under ISA too. It turned out to be a false alarm; the sms did however qualify that the intelligence was unconfirmed.
Then yesterday evening, police picked up Shieh, ostensibly on sedition charges. So not only were the sms-es quick off the block, they were not far off the mark either. Shieh was first presumably to fly the national flag upside down in blogosphere running up to Aug 31. Where does it say a computer-graphic the wrong way up is seditious?
In any case, the Kickdefella blogger righted his inverted flag after Anwar Ibrahim’s win in Permatang Pauh.
On Sept 15, Anwar spoke at a gathering in Kelana Jaya stadium. He said mainstream media demonised him as well as the Opposition partnership. Teresa has also previously complained that Utusan Malaysia misrepresented her. Presently, the pejorative reporting by the same newspaper helped lay the groundwork for her detention, as what happened with the Hindraf 5.
Re-looking the concept of Merdeka on the eve of Malaysia Day, Anwar told the crowd that Malaysia must be liberated from corruption, racist politics, ISA and be “Merdeka from media who are liars and ‘fitnah’.”
Any more than mainstream media are believable, how so are sms-es unreliable? But cellphone texting is really a mere tool to mobilise the people, reminiscent of the Yellow Wave of People Power in the Philippines which toppled President Joseph Estrada in 2001. What then? Licence the use of telephone with annual permits?
Police have so far have given no indication they think Umno warlord Ahmad Ismail’s comment on Chinese is seditious. And in any case, how different is the essence of Ahmad’s remarks to the substance of what Dr Mahathir Mohamed has been blogging?
On a further note, clarification made on behalf of Teresa would have convinced right-minded Malaysians that she is in the clear. Yet police will not release her.
It is not always that police make sense. They didn’t when taking in Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng under ISA. And police did not even provide any rationale when they disallowed members of the public holding a lit candle at last weekend’s vigil for ISA detainees. Police were appeased after the flame was snuffed, so it would appear that unlit candles are not a red flag to the bull.
When preaching about ‘the rule of law’, some forget that police do not observe the rules of fair play, so for them to apply the law justly is moot.
Bloggers do ‘national service’
Undeniably a few alpha bloggers are influential in shaping public opinion.
Teresa blogs, and Raja Petra Kamarudin himself mentioned how important it was for him to be at large to disseminate info during this pivotal period – Sept 16 plus one, a day, a week or a month – when public opinion could tip political outcomes. If you wanted to gauge Raja Petra’s influence, the ‘judiciary reformation’ online petition is a yardstick; of the 25,700 names, thousands lent their signatures at his urging in Malaysia Today.
There is assuredly a crucial context to Raja Petra commanding the interest of the police and political subtext to his ISA arrest.
Star editor-in-chief Wong Chun Wai penned in his Sunday column: “Malaysia Today website editor Raja Petra Kamarudin is not regarded as a journalist in the true sense – he is more of a writer and, certainly, a political player. As a critical writer, he makes no bones of his plans to bring down the Government and openly speaks at ceramahs for the Opposition”.
Haris Ibrahim openly speaks at ceramahs for the Opposition too. It’s entirely possible he and other socio-political bloggers I’m acquainted with write for political reasons. What’s so criminal about that? Chun Wai and his ilk do the same. However, having no truck with new money, i.e. undisclosed funding channelled into New Media recently, many socio-political bloggers write pro bono.
Personally, I prefer reading blogs which have no pretence of their volunteer partisanship. The accredited mainstream media now paid to blog in portals staked for themselves the traditional virtues of balanced reporting, objectivity and impeccable standards. You think?
But if original-recipe bloggers are truly as unskilled and slanted as the self-professed ‘award-winning’ professional journalists parachuted into cyberspace would have it, why should blogs even blip on BN and police radars? Our Brenda Starrs and Clark Kents would render such amateur citizen journos wholly 'irrelevant'.
In a free marketplace of ideas, there is a robust contestation of views. For most of the latter 50 years, we had a one-party rule and a single ideology to rule the roost. Now that there is competition, our authorities quickly suspend the trading.
All in a day’s sermonising
The agenda that Chun Wai attributes to Raja Petra – planning to bring down the Government – is not one that is intent on destroying the country. A government falling only means some cronies lose their jobs and the ones filling their shoes get a shot at doing a better job of it.
Neither will bringing down the Government pose a threat to Malaysia’s security nor jeopardise peace and order. There is such a process called peaceful transition of power carried out in an orderly manner.
Compare Malaysia with our best friend Israel. Both style themselves democracies. Both have race laws and a strong theocratic aspect to the state. Modern Israel is only a decade older than modern Malaysia but the Israeli government has changed many times.
Israel has had a dozen Prime Ministers in office 31 terms, with a few becoming PM several times. Some of her ruling coalitions have been unable to finish out the years of their electoral mandate, some lasting two years. Shimon Peres was PM seven months before giving way to Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996.
I'm not saying we should emulate Israel, I’m just pointing out the similarities and differences.
There are those argue that Anwar soliciting crossovers is immoral, and others agonise over ethics. Collapse of government through MPs switching allegiance is not treason. It’s political procedure, though one may not approve or advocate such moves.
I hardly had great expectations of a takeover on Sept 16. If anything, I’d blogged before in The People’s Parliament that like other folks not enamoured of him, I’m wary of Anwar. A strong dose of distrust in senior politicians is healthy. But at least on Tuesday, I felt upbeat enough to write ‘Great eggpectations’,
a sequel to ‘Eggciting times’. It was my attempt at satiric humour but truth is stranger than fiction.
With all due sympathy for Hoon Cheng’s 24-hour ISA ordeal, the manner in which police handled her detention was farcical. The mechanics of Malaysia’s comic leadership is plain for the world to see and no longer funny. It is the incompetence displayed in BN governance that is downright ‘immoral’ ... if people insist on using the word. It’s an immorality that splits our sides, and hurts.
I was just reading my online paper when this particular post got my attention. It was about Pak Lah in a Q&A session with 100 journalist. I will paste it down later so that all of you who will be dropping by my blog could read it. Basically the Q&A was about the power transition since Umno had an emergency meeting.
I really think Pak Lah is old. The way he answers is no base answers. He is running a nation and wants the journalist and the citizens to guess when is he going to leave or pass the PM post. This is not a guessing game or a post of some Pre-school monitor, we are talking about a nation, a nation where is it multi race, multicultural, multi ethnic and a nation where politicians get to play the race card, nation where ISA is the government's puppet and etc.
So what does the PM mean by " You can keep on guessing when I'm going to leave". With all respect Mr. PM, "If you want to leave 2010, its fine, done settle. Just say it and stop it. Or since most of your loyal supporters back stabbed you and wants you to leave early just say so!" Why are you making us, the people suffer? Like it or not some of us don't want any of you to sit on the President seat, we prefer someone younger and someone who can understand the upcoming generation better.
Example of the Q:
Jr : Are you going on leave soon?
What kind or answer is this. Is he even listening to the interview. Most of the questions asked by the journalists were surely related to the emergency meeting. But the answer given was, I have to discuss, I have to talk to Najib. So I want to ask, What did they talked in the Emergency Meeting?
Me and other people of this country would just like to know what is really going on, about the power transition because we are the ones who will be effected the most. What is the rational of having a PM who jokes and does not answer or even concentrate in an interview. You all can even watch the video and can see that our PM was not paying attention to the press. Is this what we what? Most of us are very familiar our PM's words and promises. Parliament will not be dissolved but it did the next day, Fuel will not hike till August but did in the same week after the announcement. So I think you get the picture...
Will the Umno election be postponed to March?
The election is based on whatever decision that is reached during the divisional meetings [...] It's like last time, there is no change, it's just a bit of delay.
What is the reason for that?
Err... give what... what's the word just now... way... (turns to his deputy Najib Abdul Razak, seated next to him).. It's to facilitate an early transition.
Does that mean you won't be defending your post in March?
I have not announced any decision as this particular point is concerned. I intend to do it before the division meetings begin (on Oct 9).
Do you think the members will accept the decision to further put off the party election?
The supreme council members have agreed to it and it is not something that will cause difficulty. If we postpone the divisional elections involving other procedures, that will be troublesome.
Are you going on leave soon?
I am going on leave? Am I going on leave? How did you know? I am not going on leave, I have a lot of work to do.
Could you just clarify what you mean by ‘to facilitate an early transition'?
Whatever that I'll need to do later will be decided between me and Najib.
Are you going to stick to the 2010 deadline?
If (the transition) is brought forward, then 2010 is off.
Are you prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if it's better for the party for you to leave early?
As far as I am concerned, I love my party. Even in the most difficult circumstances, I never left.
I did not join Umno 46 (Semangat 46), I never joined any other party, I've never been on the platform of an opposition party to speak against Umno. There was no record of me going against the party at any time at all.
Is there any plan to impose a limit for the presidency term in future?
Like MCA? We did not make any decision like that yet and have no such policy.
On the early transition, are you under tremendous pressure to quit?
No, nothing to do with that. Everything has got to do with my work, when I am done with my work, then I am done.
Do you feel that your colleagues in the Umno supreme council are asking you to leave early?
No, no, nothing (like that) happened. Maybe there are two, three who felt such way but most of them have no reason to pressure (me) because they know I have a cordial relation(ship) with Najib.
We have good consensus on everything and there should be no question about it.
Is it right to say that you will not contest the party post in March?
(taken frm Malaysiakini)
Link to the video
Sunday, September 14, 2008
First of all, let me say about the, Datuk Ahmad Ismail. News claims that he uttered a phrase which is claimed can stir racial issues. But i wonder, I don't really know what did Ahmad Ismail say because, no other paper reported the news and it was a Chinese newspaper. Anyway based on the statement made by Ahmad Ismail, he did say about "Orang Cina ialah penumpang di tanahair kita" but it was taken out of context. What he meant was based on the Historical things where Chinese people and Indian people were immigrants brought into by British people and therefore they got better education that our own Malays. How can he say that? British gave opportunities to everyone at that time. What did the old Malays did. Just because they were British people and due to the hatred that the Malays had on British, they send their kids to "Sekolah Pondok". Sekolah pondok is where children are being taught religion and faith. So whose fault was it? I didn't condemn any religion and faith, but the fast is that nowadays, people are heading to neo- postmodern theory. Where people are much into more rational and scientific approach.
Anyway why did Ahmad Ismail said those things in a election campaign? Its a little ridiculous talk about history? You be the judge...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There are so many things happening in the nation i cant focus. Wait lah till my exams are over and i really hope to boost my GPA. Anyway, me and friends are doing some studies together and it really helps. Hahaha. Syok.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Its a three way battle.
For PKR candidate and the individual candidate went promoting themselves.
BN candidate, Datuk Arif Shah Omar went rounds also to get vote.This was what he did? Honestly I don't know what did the other 2 candidates did because there was no media coverage.
Anyway back to Arif Shah. I have not seen a candidate gets back up from the top BN leaders. Man, let Arif have his say lah. All Najib, Pak lah, Ezam want to speak when will he get the chance to speak. How will he get votes. All this while nobody cares about Permatang Pauh because its a strong place for PKR, but now you all can see in our media, MAIN STREAM media. Its a abit funny.
Other leaders of BN are making all sorts of promises. What if Datuk Arif wins and says that all the promises are said by other BN leaders I will talk to them to get works done. Its possible. I'm just throwing out my thoughts. Another thing is that:
Ezam, there is nothing much to say about him because every member has his and her rights towards their respective parties so if anyone wants to leave the party, the other have to respect, but what Ezam did was against ethics. Ethics to me is, you don't bring out personal stuff ok. Keep it professional always, you all are working, therefore personal stuff should not clash.
But what I want to share with all is that, in "The SUN" today there was a news saying Ezam reveals Death Threats.
It seems that he has been getting threats via sms and says he is not scared. First of all. If your not scared, why are you telling you are telling so that you will be protected. Pandai main Psychology lah lu. What is this? Is there prove that he got threats. If yes nab the person who sent the message.Than you have a point. Even Ezam could have bought a sim card and send sms to his another public know number.
And yeah,the sms threat is an old move to get the voters attention, get a new trick.
All the best for all candidates may the best and rakyat candidate wins.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I just want to say ACA also had a complaints on you Mr. PM and also the DPM. Hahahaha.
So if I were you I would try to clean up my mess and try to keep a low profile. It wont take long for the ACA to nab both due to the large number of complaints.
Friday, August 15, 2008
"With this, I swore in the name of Allah at the Federal Territory Mosque this evening in accordance to the teachings of Islam and as advised by religious scholars and teachers that I was sodomised by Anwar Ibrahim." Malaysiakini, 15, August 2008.
Dude, I think you are a gay! You know why. Cause you are gay! Ahahaha.
Who thought you all to swear on your religious books. Just because "Allah" will punish you after life you dare to this. Religious books are for learning the culture and belief's not a tool to swear and to prove your masculine. the quote u gave says "Islam Teaching".
What do Islam teaching says, use me to swear and to get out of trouble, or does it teach to be "gay". Even if Anwar had sodomized you, u claimed that he did it like many time even in overseas. You did not complain back then, so i suppose you pun suka ke, gay lah tu! So how can you say u follow "Islam Teaching". I respect the different belief's in god and I think using god to prove you is a "silly"act. Lets say in a court, what do you want to say, "Yang Arif. Tuhan adalah saksi saya stas kes ini" Hahaha. So what you wanna call god to testify?
Anyway I think that using a religious book on any issue is morally wrong. Have your say...
Monday, August 11, 2008
Hahaha. I could not help myself from laughing. Why would you all want to spend so much for just 2004 elections. Have you all heard of a word called "recycle". Pleaselah, orang lain pun nak cari makan. Do not tend to fool the citizens, why didnt the party pay? No money or thought that there might be some fools who would work for charity. I believe this is where Money politics in the government comes in. Its quite funny because engineering project dealer UEM builders tend to get paid very fast upon handling the government projects but why its not the same here.
I wonder? See now no money to pay them back. Whose money are you all going to take and pay. OUR MONEY!! Sorry we the citizens didn't ask you to print badges, water bottles, flags, banners and etc. So what is the rational way to pay them back? All member in the party involved should give up their salary for 1 or 2 months to cover it. Suffer what we the citizens suffer. Its not like you all go to the mamak and just have a Roti canai and teh Tarik for breakfast or perhaps lunch.
We do!! So pay them back using your own money. Do not release statements saying that the government is having financial cirsis bla bla bla bla. If i do remember, a minister said that Malaysia will not expect an inflation. Guess Who? So pandai-pandai lah you orang manage...
"I am stating that the defendant, Umno, is not a party which contested in the 11th General Election but it was BN, another registered body," said Abdul Azim. According to Abdul Azim, the 2005 case was settled out of court. (Malaysiakini.com)
Hello we don't care which party did it. Personally UMNO ke BN ke all same. Lets keep it simple, "Ruling Party" BN is made up of components like UMNO am I correct? Anyway these was in kelantan, so in Kelantan BN candidate was from UMNO and can you see the link now. So do not point on others.
What do you mean settle out of court ? Is it in other words "bribe" to shut others up. What are the reason's for a court and judge and lawyers if a problem can be settle out of court. Are we like saving on judge and lawyer fee. From now on lets settle all cases out of court. Make the court as a museum. Seeing it now, the Altantulaya's case should not have taken this long. Why don't they settle it out of the court. Do you get the picture....
Friday, August 8, 2008
Hahahaha I think I have to write like 3 different posts so this post is just like a introduction post. We all are so used to write introduction that we find it hard to write on something without an Introduction. So people please be sure to drop by and read the posts that I have posted. A few days ago I went to this place near my house and I cant remember where it was but I can remember I had this sense of "Deja Vu". That was not only the first time, that day during Ms. Angie class I had this sense that I was there and the comments given by my classmates sounded like i was there before.
Another time was when my lap top charger blew off. I went to this shop in Carefour Wangsa Maju to purchase a new one but the situation in the shop looks similar the to the one that I went in "Low Yat". Honestly I don't really know if I was dreaming about it or what but sincerely my mind related it and I must say it is a very spooky feeling. I didn't think about it much but upon writing this post I believe that I will not be able to sleep tonight. Lately I had been have some silly dreams as well. First was I dream about PKR Advisor Anwar Ibrahim got arrested for sodomy and was produced in court. Can you believe it? Me dreaming about politics? Man, Why cant I have normal dreams of pretty girls, clubbing, and stuff normal people do.
That was not only the time, the following next 3 days I had various dreams and all related to politics. Please help me! I desperately need a source of entertainment. There is a limit and clearly the only thing that runs through my mind is POLITICS. There were a few dreams about girls before my political dreams but that is irrelevant. Hahaha. Secrets are secrets. Ok. Back to my topic. I cant stop thinking of what I have gone through. I really think if I were not able to get into the politics I might commit suicide. Yeah Right!
Forget about my dreams and all. After my birthday that day, I had undergone process of too much thinking. Its like this. I prefer to show my masculine figure to other so that I will be looks up in the society. I have been brought up in a family where you do most of the things yourself. Does not matter how old are you, you want something do it yourself. Military house what, what to expect.
But I have to thank my folks because I believe that I have a high moral value and ways to live my life. There are mistakes that my parents and as well as other parents have done during their younger days and I am trying to stay away form all that. I have my dark side during my younger days but changing dy. People's attitude also can evolve. Hahaha.
Anyway, the thing that I wanted to say is, I tend to get too much attention. Is this a bad thing or good? Depends how you look at it. I have a laptop with Internet access, an apple, a watch I got for my birthday, stylish wallet, cool shoes and the I kind of like get to use the phones that I like, thanks to my Aunt. I mean she sees me as her own children and it would be a pity if I don't stand up to her expectations. I cant possibly let her, my mom who spent like RM 2,000 for my Birthday Function( but I don't know who paid really, mom or aunt, Who cares anyway its just either or) and my dad. For 21 years I didn't get any ting form my father. He got me a Digital Camera for my 21st birthday.
I was treated very badly since small but now he sees me as very much different. Why is that? It is because I'm studying now in the University, or I someone in the society. My are all parents like this ? When your child does not perform well you all will express all you regrets upon us but as the time goes and we perform well either in studies of life you all tend to say just because i push you during small that's why you all become like this. Hahaha. Too much thinking ready.
I do get that the parents intentions are good but the way that they show is wrong totally wrong. That's why there are miss understanding in the family and parents end up being treated badly by their own kids. Well I have too much stuff with me. I'm quite unhappy that I have so much and there are those who have so little and supposed to get better. I see my self as a child who gets everything without asking and what I have to do in return. "STUDY" is that so hard for me , that is the only thing that we are required to do and must do as in return.
But what if I fail? Then there is no point for me being a human at all. I hate the fact that some of the ones I know call me rich kid, gadget man and other shit names. Its not like they cant effort it or what. So why say that kind of names, just to irritate others ah! Please I beg you all do not assume cause you are not even allowed to assume such things. Some are not as you think they are, they don't show off or what. They get it that's all. So I have to make sure that I make it or else i really don't know what kind of human am I . Well said....
Monday, July 28, 2008
There is no evidence that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was sodomised, according to the doctor who examined him four hours before he lodged a police report alleging he was sexually assaulted by PKR
It is believed that Anwar's former aide Saiful (left) went to two different hospitals on June 28 - the day he lodged the police report claiming that he was sodomised by his ex-boss.
He first went to Hospital Pusrawi (Pusat Rawatan Islam) in Jalan Tun Razak - a government-linked Islamic medical institution - at about 2pm.
According to a copy of the two-page medical report obtained by malaysiakini yesterday, Saiful went to the hospital complaining of 'tenesmus' - a medical term for difficulty and pain in passing motion.
He was examined by Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid, the medical officer on duty.
The doctor said that the patient had alleged he was assaulted by the intrusion of a piece of "plastic" in the anus.
Mohamed Osman, according to his medical report which was recorded at 2.14pm, found "zero active bleeding", "zero ulcer or pus", "zero tear and scar" in Saiful's anus.
He also stated that Saiful appeared "alert", "comfortable", "not pale" and did not show any fever symptoms.
A senior Pusrawi official told malaysiakini this morning that the hospital had launched an internal investigation on how Saiful's medical report was leaked, which is widely considered as a major infringement of patient privacy.
When malaysiakini showed him a copy of the report, he refused to return it saying, "It's our document."
A check at the emergency unit where Mohamed Osman is attached revealed that he has taken leave since last week.
Meanwhile, Pusrawi general manager Wan Mahmood Wan Yaacob refused to comment on the matter.
Conflicting medical reports
Mohamed Osman, in his report's concluding remarks, advised Saiful to go to a government hospital so as "to rule out" assault and sodomy.
At 6pm on that day, Saiful went to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for his second medical examination. He subsequently lodged a report against Anwar at the police beat at the hospital.
According to an expert who has dealt with rape and sodomy cases, the victim must provide a second medical examination in a government hospital.
This expert said the court will only accept evidence from a government hospital but the first medical examination must collaborate with the second report, otherwise this could be challenged during the trial.
"From the report, the doctor had failed to find any evidence to support the patient's complaint. That was why he asked the patient to go to a government hospital to conclusively rule out assault or sodomy," said the expert who requested anonymity.
It is learnt that the police have recorded statements from Mohamed Osman after Saiful lodged the report against Anwar.
The doctor was said to be under tremendous stress as a result of the police interrogation over a number of days, and was advised by the hospital to take leave.
Mohamed Osman, a Burmese Muslim, has 20 years of experience as a doctor. He previously worked in government hospitals before joining Pusrawi about a year ago.
Efforts by Malaysiakini to contact Saiful have not been successful.
When contacted, Saiful's lawyer Zamri Idrus said that he would not respond to the latest development.
"I am not going to comment (on the matter) because the investigations are still going on."
When pressed whether Saiful had issued an instruction not to react to the issue, Zamri repeated “no comment”.
The first session was the ice-breaking session. There were four facilitators; Fahmi Rezza, Gee, Ruhan a.k.a Koi and of course "BOSS". We talked about ourselves and got to know others. We were broken to a pair and I got a guy called Iskandar doing his final year in UM. So this exercise was to get to know about your new friend and introduce to the other. So as usual, every Malaysian during getting to know a new friend will go into a routine of asking their name, from where, brothers and sisters, hobbies and other lame stuff.
Me and Iskandar or his nickname was "Is" asked some questions and of all a sudden I we were talking about politics. How random! We did not talked about families and all but were discussing about the political diversity and how media manipulates our mind. I have had loads of Malay friends and I think,Is was the first guy i felt like relating myself with. He can even speak Cambodia. Damm, how cool is that. A Muslim who likes to learn about other native speakers language. There were others also who were talking about changing Malaysia, being scared of things, cars, girlfriends the usual stuff and to a extend of following a friend to buy condoms, and there was this guy form UM. Jamal was his name, he is twice as crazy then me lah wei. During introducing his friend, he bersyair lah wei. HaHaHa. Al tough I had sore throat, I cant stop laughing.
We then talked about why do we say, we cant talk about race issues because its sensitive? There was no reason to call a race/ethnic issue as sensitive because we think its a sensitive due to the media. So what if there was a riot, so what if there might be a miss understanding among other races. No proper planning was done during talking about racial issue and the way the message was sent out might have been wrong, that's why I think we had all those stupid acts. If you were to ask me about May 13, it was unnecessary. Why do we the citizens have to be responsible on the stupid acts?
There was nothing much on the first night. We finished at about 12 a.m and we were suppose to sleep. Me, tony, basil were sitting with Fahmi Rezza and were talking about reality and stuff. Man was crazy lah! We were asking about " How real is reality ? And how do we know that we are the only being? We talked till 3 am. On there opposite side there was KJ with Ruhan and some UKM students. If I'm not mistaken, it was Ken, Firdaus, Lings and some others. They were talking about some wicked theories like Marxist theory and things about social science. It was similar to what we were talking about, but I think it was deeper.
Anyway we were talking about the mechanism, atoms and molecule that says that a thing is not moving but its not there. Lets say; I have a pen on the table, and it has a rule of not to move but yet its not there. Tony was saying about we are actually no here, and the final blow was what Fahmi said; What if there is something beyond this world? What is all now that is happening now is just a dream? I'm typing now in my blog right, what if I'm actually like 80 years old and going to die and I'm just dreaming about writing the blog? What if I am just a part of a dream now, so I'm just a fiction character in the mind. Do you think we are crazy? It was X-files. It was 2 am and we are talking about quantum physics and universal things.
Its was only the first night. I was thinking to myself. the truth is we are so mixed up in the world of fashion, civilization and many more that we don't care about the reality. Should I say reality? OH, What the heck? Don't care! The next morning things were starting to get heated up. We learnt what happened in Malaysia history and made judgments weather its good or bad. There were some of those issues that were said its bad like Hindraf was bad because it had a majority of Indians only and much more.
We have our own reasons to give and all of it seemed to be reasonable. We also ended up talking about Hindraf rally which was held and some were against it and I was against it partly, the fact that some Hindraf leaders were only looking at their friends and in Hindu people only. Not Indians only were facing those problems but other races too had it. I think its unfair to fight for 1 race only of we want to have integration. If we were to say that Indians can feel the most and other will only feel pity saying its hard to put myself in their shoes, that's pure bullshit!! The fact proves that all races and ethnic have the same problem but why only Indian. So how? Does that prove that Hindraf just thought of themselves and not others? Yes it worked but at what cost? Think for yourselves people!!
Before lunch we had a talk given by Hissamuddin Rais and Dr. Syed Husin Ali. Both of the speakers were great. I loved the way Hissamudin Rais said about we University students are thinking like Old people and the fact that we are made to think like an old people adding by urging us to challenge the old people. Some of the my friends from the other university did not like the way the speech was given because they say that as a Muslim, he cant say such things about breaking the rules. To me, I think they did not get the idea of why he said such things. If the students were to read some of his works than they will be able to understand why did he say it.
Actually what he meant was to o against ur parents and university and even the government if you think their actions were wrong. The tattoo was just an example lah. I don't know maybe some were just too sensitive I guess, its just how we see it how we interpret it. Some of them saw him with his religion values and some saw him as himself and his values.
The next activity was to talk about the stereotyping in a race. We were to discuss the different stereotypes that Malaysians use on other races. Indian are seen as thief, gangster, rapist, Malays for lazy, cheater, sex maniac and Chinese as Ah long, Pajak Gadai, dirty, eat pork and there were many other races lah . What i wrote here is just a small portion but the thing is that, we were made to realize that even an Indian can be lazy and can also be dirty. So the thing having to stereotype is wrong. What we need is to just think positively. Most Malaysians are not taking things positively.
Let me give you a situation. When ever a person from other ethnic says or does something wrong, we remember it till we die but if they were to do a good act we just let it pass. Why can't it be the other ways round. I really thank other friends in the camp because we were like going against it and we don't use this on them. It was just what we have heard or others saying. It is bad to have a stereotype on others even if its good or bad cause if its good and they failed to meet the good stereotyping the give them a bad stereotyping. See how it works.
The following was to create what you think is "Bangsa Malaysia". I was rally impressed about what Ling's said a law student from UKM. He said it does not matter if you are born in Malaysia, even if you were to think Malaysia about the food, culture and arts, you are a Malaysian. Born in Malaysia as in the IC is for our law and order, what we are talking is to have the thought of serving and being apart of Malaysia. There are visitors who come to Malaysia and comment and to fight together with the people in Malaysia against something which they do not like.
That's Malaysia spirit. Another comment which made my mind to just blow up was about why must it be " Bangsa Malaysia" cant it be a bangsa for a whole world. Even its a big radical and extreme, its way really logic. What if we combine our thoughts and passion to create 1 world. That would be great. But then lets start with something small like make our races as Bangsa Malaysia. Languages and culture of all races will be there but as one. We also did a drama about stereotyping and I had to be Samy Vellu. HaHaHa. Me and Jamal were great. All the stupid stuff came out and we were to act it out was really cool. We managed to pull the act out.
Later at night we had a movie called "The big Durian" . Others who have not seen the movie did not understand the movie because its too technical. Too me we had to see the movie twice. Its something like there are hidden agenda's in the story which the story of the Amok guy was made as highlight. People were very much into it that, the political issues were hidden under and made it to be seen as a racial issue.
We even had talked about the quota system in the universities and the was a great debate on the Quota system. Some were saying Chinese need more, Indians also and Malays students given too much. The fact is that the poorest among us are the Malays and there should be more allocation for them. But the thing is that some rich kids tend to missus it for their own benefit. But I'm not saying having a quota system is the best but if were to have new policy and to change the structure of the government then the quota system is to be changed and I think the system is too old. Get a new one, a new and better one.
We were given a choice to be the policy makes and surprisingly all of us did not see races to do the quota system instead we saw the rural schools. Wow!! Its like most of us are not seeing race we were like 1 nation. I was pleased to see that. Our group made a list without a quota at all. The students were to get in the university based on their knowledge and understanding. No bias or what so ever. There were also some who came up with the allocation for vernacular schools.
I think vernacular schools were not needed at all. They some up with racist students. I think, its better to insert them in national schools where they are able to interact with all different race and gender. But its not only by doing that all the problem will solve it. I believe everyone has their right to learn ones language and culture and also has the right to learn others culture.
So the education plan has to be revised in order all of them to be changed into national schools. In that way we are able to create a hybrid where they are as one.
That night some of us UTAR students and UKM students talked about religion and stuff. I cant tahan till 4 am and went and slept but the others were talking till 6am. That's crazy. We talked about religion and stuff. What do be see in religion, can we go to the future without religion and alot others . I think I cant type it here cause I think I will take me days to finish it. But it was 1 hell of a discussion.
The next day which was a last day we didn't had much cause I have explained it above, the quota system. It was suppose to be on this day. Hahaha. Looks like we are too much to the future. Rapping up was the part where we had to share what we feel about the camp all all of us loved the camp an got new friends to share and have activities with. The facilitators were so proud of us an Dr. Carmen broke down in tears seeing us all as one. I think that was a very great thing. We don't see much teachers who will cry of joy seeing all of us being as one. We have proven ourselves to be as one an also 1 step closer to create the perfect nation.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
When I was reading Malaysiakini, I found this piece of article under the opinion section. Maybe you all might want to have a look at it. You all need an account to access Malaysiakini, so i copy and pasted here so that more of us will be able to get the information. So happy reading!
PUBLIC TRANSPORT THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL
While the public should be heartened to note that Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan has submitted recommendations on how to improve the state of public transportation to the cabinet, they are equally cynical on whether these recommendations would actually work.
Saravanan said road expansions and additional flyovers would be built in ‘hot-spots’ to ease traffic congestion and improvements to bus, taxi and light rail transit (LRT) services would be carried out.
These seem to be pertinent areas that need urgent attention. However, a more holistic and integrated approach is overdue to rethink the state of our public transportation.
Last week, oil price hit the US$150 mark and there is fear that it will touch US$200 per barrel before the year is out. Perhaps in rethinking public transportation, we should work from the doom scenario of RM5 per litre of oil, and what public transportation can do to reduce the overall demand of fuel.
While saving fuel, the system yet assures efficiency and service to the population. In the longer term, with fossil fuels running out, it is only a matter of time before we face the inevitable adjustment. So, the earlier we start, the less painful it will be.
The bottom line is, how can we adjust our infrastructure in such a way that more people can be transported using less fuel, in less time taken by private vehicles. Two benchmarks can be set by the planners: how many people can be transported per litre of fuel and the average commuting time.
The transportation system needs to be examined closely from a fuel efficiency point of view. Single user cars must be discouraged at peak hours at ‘hot-spots’. Road and traffic management systems are non-existent in our cities, in part due to the fact that the government wants to stay populist and in part due to a lack of discipline and political will to make a new system work.
The nation’s infrastructure in tolled highways and new roads have been expanded without careful consideration of traffic flow, density of human activity and how this can be managed to assure efficiency. In my view, improvements should be made not only to "hardware" like roads or vehicles. A better management of traffic flow will help to ease congestion.
Before a traffic management system can be implemented, improvement to the public transportation system must be made. We have heard that plans favouring public transportation were shelved because of the conflicts of interest among the stakeholders in the transportation sector, for example highway concessionaires and car companies.
The authorities ought to recognise that crunch time is fast approaching and that they must face the hard choice of whose priorities should come first. Structural shakeout is inevitable in these changing times.
However, there could be win-win solutions, for example a connecting bus servicing the tolled highway between a high density residential area and the nearest bus or LRT link would reduce costs for the consumer, yet create revenue for the highway operator. In difficult times, infrastructure companies must be creative to stay relevant.
As a community, we must work to build an attractive public transportation where we promote a new lifestyle of fuel efficiency. How much time would it take for us to go from 18 percent of the population using public transport to as much as 50-70 percent of the population using the mass rapid transit system?
Time for lifestyle change
How do we make public transport attractive to commuters? How do we promote a transformation towards a new lifestyle where the citizens’ habits are adjusted according to the new modes of transport? The change will come, but the earlier we start, with better promotion and education, the easier it will be for the people to adjust.
Establish key arteries of linkages and decide what mode of public transportation would serve them best. For example in the Klang Valley, if the Federal highway is the key artery linking Klang to Kuala Lumpur, and buses and LRT are the key modes of transport, set a dateline to improve on these services.
Once traffic builds up, switch to trains. If there is already a train service in place, make it the best in the world.
In terms of costs and efficiency, experts have recommended that Malaysian cities work on rapid buses, not monorails. If this is the case, work out a master plan for rapid bus transport.
Also build a web of feeder service to these arteries. For private cars, make available to them safe public car parks at low cost or better still, no cost, so that they can get from their homes to the main transport links.
Build spacious and interesting waiting stations. In many western cities, the underground transportation spaces are filled with art and interesting cultural activities. We should redesign main bus stations to make them attractive to users.
Housing developers and communities are also encouraged to start their own mini feeder buses to help residents get to the main transportation links.
Delegate the authority to manage and control the feeder bus routes to the local municipal or state authorities for quick action and better management. The federal transportation authority must work closely with the state to ensure planning is done properly and that mechanisms for implementation are worked out with proper time schedules.
In this regard, the federal government must have the political will to streamline its own functions at the various ministry levels to bring public transportation under one single authority.
For shorter routes and in between hubs of activity, have the local municipals build and manage attractive bicycle paths. Plant trees and build lightning-proof shelters along the path so that cyclists can rest or take shelter when it rains.
A good public transportation system is not meant only for the poor. It is for all levels of society. We should improve service to serve a large majority of the population. The quality and reliability of the services should be the main attraction, not the fare. To help those in the lower income group like students and senior citizens, special fares and coupons can be issued.
Public transportation should be managed as a market model as far as possible. The advertising revenue from the stations and along the routes should be an important source of revenue to support operations.
Now that Malaysia has two heritage towns in Georgetown in Penang and Melaka, we must make these towns attractive to both residents and visitors. In the city centres, a time zone for private cars commercial vehicles can be worked out. Well-serviced tram-lines should be built to enable visitors to enjoy the sights.
It is important to keep in mind two key reforms if the Malaysian public transportation system is to move forward.
First, the authorities must recognise the urgency and priority of fuel efficiency. From the sporadic reactions and types of measures spoken of by government officers, one does not get the idea that our planners have recognised the crisis triggered by the ending of the era of cheap oil. The debate on public transportation must swing to its central cause that Malaysians can no longer afford the private car as their dominant mode of transport.
Secondly, we have to accept the fact that our cities, towns and residential areas are designed for humans, not cars. Spaces are taken up for roads and parking bays, leaving very little walking or activity space for humans. We should be thinking about a new lifestyle, one where humans return to the centre and fuel efficient modes of transport provide the links.