Monday, November 12, 2018

Thanks JAKIM for bringing us closer to Nur Sajat

I really must thank JAKIM for conducting its one-month long "gender-check" on Nur Sajat.

Mind you, kaytee would have done all of that in a mere 10 seconds, though I have to admit I might have been slapped or kissed by Most Sayang-est Nur.

Yes sir, kaytee's Ayer Itam kampong style macho-tactic would have been very dicey, to say the least, though at times its effectiveness surprised me.

I have to grudgingly concede JAKIM did the right and safe thing by taking a one-month long sweet and juicy study. Aiyah, why didn't I think of that dragged-out pleasure, wakakaka?

Be that as it was, now why did I thank my favourite organisation JAKIM?

Ever since the media told us about JAKIM's "gender-check" for Nur Sajat, many many many men in Malaysia have shown incredible and immense interest in gay lifestyle.

I suspect it's just a coincidence as Nur Sajat has nothing to do with influencing those naughty men (including kaytee).

Nonetheless, kaytee is no longer alone in my love, adoration and ........ for sweetie Nur [mind, not that I want competition, but I remember my late mum telling me to be generous in sharing something (or someone) wonderful, sweet and delicious around].

Thanks JAKIM, for once you have done a swell job.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The man who forgot (or didn't know how) to bodek

FMT - Last Testament by Zaid Ibrahim:

The world came crashing down on me after I suggested in a tweet and a blog posting that Tun Daim Zainuddin and his billionaire friends were making key decisions for the Pakatan Harapan government.

First Mr Lim Guan Eng called and said my statement was uncalled for as it was not true and not based on facts. He suggested that I make a retraction. Then my closest friends asked why I was picking unnecessary fights with so many people. Even my family members seemed unhappy. They told me we would no longer have food on the table if I continued giving opinions about powerful people in the country.

The die is cast.

I now fully retract my statement about Tun Daim’s involvement with the Pakatan Harapan government and the reference to his role in making important decisions. I regret my unfair and unjustified remarks and apologise to both Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin for the anguish my writing has caused them both. In all my years of writing, I have taken great pains to ensure the accuracy of the information I received, but this one is obviously faulty and has crossed the line of responsible writing. I much regret it.

To my readers:

I have decided it’s best for my self esteem and my family’s welfare that I cease writing altogether. I started writing regularly nine years ago. It’s difficult to write with honesty and some courage without upsetting or hurting some feelings somewhere.

Five years before the Wall Street Journal report about the 1MDB scandal came out, I gave a speech at the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Club where I spoke of the undesirability of having Dato Seri Najib Razak succeed Tun Abdullah Badawi as prime minister because of the many financial scandals that I believed he was embroiled in although the stories were not out yet.

The reaction was fast and furious, just like it is now, and that’s why I took the step of retiring from my firm Zaid Ibrahim & Co so that it would not suffer from the association with me. Such was the heavy price I had to pay for the freedom to speak on matters that I thought were important to the country.

Having left the firm, I continued writing, on average three times a week. Sometimes I ran foul of the law, at least as perceived by the then attorney-general. I was in and out of court countless times. Fortunately for me, my friends M Puravalen, Americk Singh and Gopal Sri Ram took the cases pro bono and I was able to survive five long years of court actions.

I thought that a new country would be born from the struggles of the people against Najib Razak, and I was playing my part as a responsible citizen should. I got pats on my back for those writings and no one then said I was picking unnecessary fights. Now an opinion piece on Tun Daim has caused so much anger from so many, exacting another heavy price from me.

Not only I will stop writing altogether, I will no longer be a member of any political party. I have wasted enough years in politics, thinking I could make some difference to the country, but it’s not to be. Maybe Malaysian politics does not need someone like me and I have realised this a little too late. I thought I had given Pakatan Harapan enough in the last eight years to at least get some respect and recognition from its members, but it’s not to be.

I will now start working again to pay for the debts I have accumulated in the many years in the wilderness. To my friends who remain steadfast and support me in finding a job again, I say thank you. To my readers, I appreciate your support too. They called me all sorts of names – maverick and what not – but don’t believe them. I am just a simple man who believes in truth and justice, but I don’t have the means to fight anymore

I am truly sad that Zaid Ibrahim is retiring from politics, especially when we need a non-gullible non-bodek-ish brave voice in Pakatan. He must be very disappointed with Pakatan, and I can't blame him.

He left UMNO as a minister (de facto Law Minister under AAB) when he could have stayed back to enjoy the gravy train. He also persuaded AAB to compensate if not apologise to Tun Abas Saleh for injustices done to the Judiciary by the Mahathir regime.


Lord President sacked 

now, a certain "someone" has the rhino-skin to tok-kok about revival of democracy

My first disappointment with his action post-UMNO was when he joined PKR instead of the DAP, because PKR already had (still has) too many Malay tigers when DAP was lacking in its 'Malay-ness' qualifications, thus one more like Zaid in PKR was not practical and definitely couldn't be (indeed wasn't) accommodated.

True enough, in his competition against Azmin Ali, he experienced the effects of a naughty party poll which would have turned the former EC green with envy, wakakaka.

Without due recourse, naturally he left PKR with great disappointment. Then he joined DAP which to me was great - remember I was a staunch DAP supporter in those silly day, wakakaka again.

But alas, the DAP leaders (Lim family?) kept him in cold storage - they had no time for people like Zaid who dared/still does to speak out especially on the Truth.

mai chap ee (jangan pedulinya) 

Zaid has no choice but to leave DAP, just like Zulkifli Nor, a 26 year true-blue DAP veteran who was so marginalised in favour of younger DAP punks that he saw no further use for his previously treasured Malay presence in the once-ostracised-by-Malay DAP. T'was like Aladdin's old lamp being changed for a new lamp.

an old DAP lamp then 

Zaid is a brave soul who speaks out when necessary and especially on truth. He is overtly (not shyly or slyly) against injustice such as racism and prejudices; he left UMNO as a minister when he could have stayed back to partake of the gravy.

But most of all, the irony has been his vocal support for Mahathir to join Pakatan to oust Najib, and it is now Mahathir's displeasure with him that has made him see the truth, that Pakatan with its supposedly claimed 'freedom of speech' has no place for individualism and individual speech or opinion.

Zaid, have you got ze f-o from Lim GE yet? 

Yes, today note how everyone in Pakatan ignores him - they are bloody scared of the man who dares to speak out when the norm should be to behave subserviently to the new-old Imperator.

I came, I saw & I kowtim

dei mongrels, listen and obey or bloody else

What a waste to our nation to marginalise a man who is politically solid gold, namely, the indefatigable Zaid Ibrahim.

Farewell, Zaid, but I hope not 'Goodbye'.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Housing shortage?

Star Online - From family homes to slums:

In a state of neglect: Umadevi (right) explaining about the rubbish scattered at one of the fourth floor abandoned units of the low-cost flat to Jawi district special officer Low Shi Wei (seated left) as her children look on in Taman Bukit Panchor in Nibong Tebal

NIBONG TEBAL: Abandoned by owners who seem to have given up hope, many privately-owned low-cost flats on mainland Penang have become slums.

The doors and windows of many of the units – especially on the upper floors – were ripped off and rubbish has filled the units.

The staircases reek of urine and these blocks of flats, some more than 20 years old, had also become the haunt of glue sniffers and drunkards, evidenced by the numerous empty glue cans and liquor bottles littering them.

Such is the state of one place in Taman Bukit Panchor.

Despite the high demand for public housing in Penang, many low-cost flats on mainland Penang have eroded into squalid homes for the poor.

Most of the owners had stopped paying maintenance fees, either because they had moved out and abandoned their property, or the units had been repossessed by banks and no buyers could be found.

Coordinating officers of the Jawi constituency service centre took The Star to visit the Taman Bukit Panchor flats to highlight the plight of the few remaining residents trying to turn their place into homes.

On the top floor of one of the flats, only two of the 20 units were inhabited.

One of the residents, housewife M. Umahdevi, 37, barricaded the left and right sides of the corridor leading to her unit and kept a dog there to alert her if anyone walks up to her floor.

Her home and her neighbour’s were the only occupied units, and all the other units were vacant and full of filth

Considering the wailing, whinging and whining nationally by the homeless or/and young home-starters, isn't it a humongous shame that these low-cost flats in Taman Buklit Panchor have turned derelict into what are now slums. And this Taman is only one of several low-cost housing that have gone south.

I am afraid I have to say it's one of our Malaysia 'nasties'. We don't seem to be able to MAINTAIN things especially housing and buildings in good order, but would also illegally scavenge (pilfer) any items on those deserted properties.

Jawi constituency ADUN Jason H’ng Mooi Lye (DAP) who was, as reported by EdgeProp, a municipal councillor from 2013 before he became the area’s assemblyman this year, called on the state government to give more thought to the development of low-cost home projects before giving approval for more to be built.

“We need the state government to think properly about this. What is the use of building more when they will have the same problem as the existing ones?” he was quoted saying in The Star today.

Recounting his municipal years in dealing with the problems of the low-cost houses, H’ng says: “Honestly, when we pump in money to help residents replace the lights along the corridors and staircases, they are all gone again within a week. Somebody will steal them. When we organise gotong-­royong, none of the residents help and only council workers do the cleaning.

“The residents keep coming to our service centre to ask for money to pay the utility bills,” he added.
“I have been trying so long to help the residents without success that I am on the verge of giving up. I don’t know what to do anymore,” H’ng lamented

Good sense and I feel sorry for him being ADUN for such a terrible domain.

It's obvious stricter monitoring of such low-cost housing and enforcement are required.

But when you hear about the ridiculous police offering of discounts to payment for long outstanding traffic and parking fines, you can't help but think sh*t of their enforcement. It's the same for other authorities like Town Councils, Municipalities etc.

Offering discounts to fines etc is an admittance of inability to collect those fines. Bloody incompetent.

Pakatan Chinese worse than mice? - Who moved my cheese?


Cheese #1

Pakatan Harapan has reneged on its PTPTN pledge, unable to allow those earning less than RM4,000 a month to defer their loan repayment.

Finance minister Lim Guan Eng said Jho Low is to blame for this.

"If Jho Low had not taken away RM50 billion, it definitely can be done."

So, any problem is Jho Low's problem!

This answer appears to have oversimplified the issue, and this kind of attitude cannot help the nation resolve the many problems it faces.

I'm not implying that Jho Low is innocent. Like everyone else, I believe he stole huge sums of money from the country. I hope he will be arrested and brought to justice.

But, they are two different things. The PH government cannot blame all its problems on Jho Low, or Najib.
Remember Who Moved My Cheese?

Two mice and two little people were living in a maze. They found one big chunk of cheese and were enjoying it very much.

But after some time, they discovered suddenly that someone moved the cheese!

The mice quickly moved on to look for new cheese, while the two little people stayed put, grumbling that someone had stolen their bounty.

Very soon the mice found a new cheese and the little people, unwilling to venture afield, almost died of hunger.

Now back to PTPTN. The real problem does not lie with Jho Low, but the attitude of borrowers and government policy.

Because of default, old money cannot be recovered and new loans cannot be disbursed. It's like a giant black hole where the government will keep dropping cash into the unfillable hole.

PM Mahathir said PTPTN arrears were higher than 1MDB's debts.

PH in its election manifesto promised to defer the loan repayment of PTPTN borrowers earning less than RM4,000 a month. This promise has indirectly encouraged people not to pay back their dues.

Earlier publicity by some PH leaders claiming that PTPTN debts would be struck off has further emboldened such "care-not" attitude, thinking that they don't have to pay back their loans if PH becomes the government.

This kind of populist politics has spawned gross irresponsibility.
PTPTN is an unsustainable operation. Even if the government eventually manages to get Jho Low and get back the money from him, it will not be able to sustain chronic drain of government funds.

Stop blaming others like the two little people. Learn to solve the problem instead like the mice.

Cheese #2

The 2019 Budget has made RM12 million allocation for independent Chinese high schools, much to the joy of the local Chinese community.

As for UTAR, only RM5.5 million has been set aside, vis-à-vis RM30-60 million during BN's time.

Has someone moved the cheese?

Someone explained that RM5.5 million is only for development purposes and the government has yet to announce the rest of operating allocations.

I hope Lim Guan Eng can say something and tell us clearly how much exactly for UTAR.

Indeed UTAR was founded by MCA, but its students do not have to hail from MCA families. Nor are they required to pledge loyalty to the party.

The students it trains will become an asset to the Chinese community and nation. For children from less well off families, affordable UTAR is their only bet for further education.

In no way should UTAR be politicized and become a victim of Malaysia's regime change.

Moreover, we all know that UTAR's students and lecturers are predominantly PH supporters.

Please, don't move the cheese of Chinese community and this country!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Captain speaking: Abandon morals & principles

FMT - Why bother with elections when an affidavit can do the trick? by Clement Stanley:

The political shenanigans that we experienced in Perak after GE12, in Sabah during GE14, and in previous elections held in Sabah since 1967 make one wonder if we should even bother holding general elections in this country.

Elections are supposed to be the avenue for the public to exercise their democratic right.

public to exercise their democratic right? 

M: I was not involved; I never was as I am always clean

H: PM said (words to effect) that there's no good when Chinese (MCA, DAP, SUPP, Gerakan, Dong Jiao Zong, etc) meet in unity at a Chinese Temple

Why? See below (wakakaka)

Catchphrases such as “every vote counts” or “you can make a difference” are drummed up to such a crescendo that you start to believe that power lies in the hands of the common man. Sadly, it is no more than a figment of imagination, shoved down the throats of the voting public.

The truth is, what you ask for is not what you get. The politicians have seen to this.

In every election, you vote for the person you believe is best for the job or for the party of your choice on whose ticket he or she stands.

You see in the candidate and party the cure for all types of “illnesses”.

You see your future in them. You put your hope and trust in them because you think you have found the solution for that better tomorrow. Their manifestos and promises supposedly seal the deal.

But when the dust settles, you wake up to reality. It was no more than a pipe dream because the very people you put your hopes and trust in betray this divine trust by frogging over to the other side.

kaytee's note: ... or inviting frogs to leap over to a certain side]

some of 40 frogs not in picture

scared of being trampled by 40 horses?

Let’s face it: in most cases they do so for personal gain under the disguise of acting in “the interest of their voters”. But this is merely a weak attempt at justifying their move.

Unfortunately, such opportunists have now found new ways and means of achieving their objectives via clever use of the courts.

then I was scared, now I am not 

You no longer need to go back to the state assembly to decide who should or shouldn’t be the chief minister or menteri besar. Just get signed affidavits to state your support for the chief minister of your choice. Not your voters’ choice. Just your choice. And you are now set for the rewards that are coming your way.

Some politicians have obviously forgotten what morals and principles are. These politicians compromise on values which we assiduously try to instil in our children and the future generation.

Forgoing values is one thing, but if there was even a single bone of decency left in these kinds of politicians, they would honour what their voters wanted.

Voters who spoke up. Voters who made a choice. Voters who decided who should serve them and which party would best serve their interest.

Not the politicians.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Julau, Sarawak (2) - What a Cat fight

 Dökkálfar Dwarfs

The Dökkálfar Dwarfs are screaming, screeching and shrieking for a postponement to the PKR party elections at its Julau division in Sarawak. The election is principally to vote for the future party deputy presidency.

They wail, whine and whinge about probable party stacking where the division membership allegedly grew overnight from 603 to 13,000, with most seemingly in the camp of the Pandan Cats, wakakaka.

A dwarf has reported on the suspicion to the MACC which surprisingly took immediate action for what is nothing more than a political party's internal poll. But the MACC has now revealed (or revised) its new objective, to wit, to investigate on reported vote-buying. Strangely, neither the EC nor RoS, but only MACC has moved to probe the allegations. One must ask why the MACC has been so unusually quick off the mark?

But PKR sec-gen Saifuddin Nasution retorted there has been no cover up or illegal increase in the number of members in Julau. He referred to an earlier party circular sent from his office in June which showed that the purported small number of Julau membership had mistakes, and that a second circular with the correct membership numbers had already been emailed to party leaders.

Needless to say, some of those party leaders weren't at all pleased, wakakaka. The Julau party polls and the re-election in Sabah will likely have adverse consequences for the Dwarfs. Mind, the Dökkálfar Dwarfs haven't been exactly angels, au contraire, wakakaka.

To pound down the last nail in someone's political coffin, DPM and former party president Wan Azizah riposted to Latheefa Koya's outcry of her (Wan Azizah's) unseemly visit to Julau, that her visit to that town last Saturday had been long-planned and had nothing to do with the PKR elections, wakakaka.

yeah, right! 

Wan Azizah said she was not involved at all in the party elections this time. Of course not, wakakaka.

 above - Dökkálfar Dwarfs (photo not showing Latheefa Koya)

below - Pandan Cats (photo not showing Nik Nazmi, Nurul Izzah and Princess Iron Fan)

Related: Julau, Sarawak.


MM Online - Survey: Four in 10 Malaysians want legal medical marijuana (extracts):

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Four in 10 Malaysians back the proposal to legalise marijuana for medical purposes, according to a survey by YouGov Omnibus.

The survey found that 57 per cent of the 1,012 Malaysians polled believe marijuana has medicinal value, while one in eight (12 per cent) disagreed and 32 per cent said they don’t know.

When it comes to whether they believe marijuana should be legalised for medical use, the survey found that 43 per cent agreed that it should be made legal for this purpose.

A quarter or 25 per cent of the 1,012 Malaysians in the survey disagreed that marijuana should be made legal for medical use, while 32 per cent again said they did not know

Marijuana plants in the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s growing facility in the USA

Before I refer you to Wikipedia, let me clarify that marijuana is the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant so the terms marijuana and cannabis are used interchangeably.

OK then, Wikipedia tells us (extracts): Medical cannabis refers to the physician-recommended use of cannabis, which takes place in Canada, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and 31 states in the USA.

In September 2018 cannabis was legalized in South Africa while Canada legalized recreational use of cannabis in October 2018.

As a teenager, a naughty, mischievous and adventurous one, wakakaka, I had experienced smoking of ganja, which is the Indian word for marijuana - I had to, if anything just for fun, so I thought then as a very kuai-laan (naughty) kid.

At our kampong budak's meeting place known to us as 'running water' which I mentioned in my Kongsamkok post The secret brook, my village Indian mates mixed some crushed dried ganja leaves with a normal cigarette tobacco - removed some tobacco from cigarette without breaking the paper stick, mixed removed tobacco with ganjathen refilled empty cigarette paper stick with the mixture, and Bob's your uncle.

Where my mateys obtained the ganja I had no idea and didn't bother to ask as I didn't have the money to indulge nor the motivation to find out.

I had a few powerful drags but the ganja did nothing to me, not even made me dizzy. I thought I was tough but today I suspect that so-called ganja that I had was probably not 'ganja' or very watered-down marijuana fragments, wakakaka. I was probably just puffing a cigarette.

I can't give any opinion on whether Malaysia should legalise marijuana for medicinal use. But marijuana or by its other names, namely, ganja, weeds, Indian hemp, hashish etc, is a psychoactive drug, and has been used several thousands of years ago for religious ceremonies, medication or recreation.

It's native to Central Asia (Iran, the '-stan' countries, etc) and the Indian subcontinent, but was used as far West as the ancient region of Assyria (Turkey today), Egypt (no doubt including Canaan or later to be known as Israel) and Greece.

I recall that as a kid my granny told me that in Southern Thailand the locals used marijuana as ulam (fresh salad eaten with sambal or pounded chilli-prawn condiment), wow!

ulam but alas, no ganja, wakakaka 

Thus, whenever we wonder why some hawkers in Penang served marvellously delicious food, like the famous Ayer Itam Indian mee rebus, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Kelang's nasi kandar, that made you return for more, we would suspect that those chefs must have added ganja to the recipe, wakakaka.

mee rebus 

nasi kandar

The suspicions against Indian or Mamak dishes having the appetising marijuana might have arisen from associating ganja with Indians, wakakaka. In those early days, no Malay or Chinese (save kaytee, wakakaka) but only Indians smoked ganja.

How times have changed.

wonder whether granny had marijuana shoots in her tomyam when she grew up in Thailand?