Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our fighter aircraft needs

Président Francois Hollande is correct, in that between the French Rafale figjter aircraft and the Euro-Fighter the former is superior in many ways.

But I am against buying fighter aircraft in drips and drabs to merely keep up with the Jonese.

Thought Najib has not committed Malaysia to buying the Rafale right now, at a cost of RM9 billion for 18 aircraft l would remmend that he does no such purchases until he has the money to buy 7 times more than a mere 18 aircraft.

He should be looking at 120 fighter aircraft to meaningfully satisfy our air defence needs.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Peninsula - A history of Malaysia

I have just heard Rehman Rashid has suffered a heart attack in Rawang. Coincidentally this afternoon I brought his latest book 'Peninsula - a history of Malaysia' in which I learnt this prominent Journalist was sacked in 2003 by you know who because Rashid refused to continue writing speeches for you know who.

I look forward to reading his story.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mango tree

There is no national tree for Malaysia, yet when I went around KL and Penang recently I saw mango trees in general being planted almost everywhere outside houses.

Delightfully I also saw a couple of nangka trees planted outside a house in KL but alas that was the exception to the rule.

I wonder what would be planted outside the houses of LKS, Anwar, Hadi Awang, Mat Sabu and Najib, wakakaka. And I speculate that Atuk would most probably have planted carrots outside his mansion for his reputed 40 thoroughbred horses.

Should we make the mango tree our national tree?


Since I wrote above on 25 March 2017, Malaysia has identified its national tree, as announced on 23 August 2019. It's the Merbau.

Read following post for more on national tree of Malaysia:

National tree of Malaysia.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pribumi or DAP

Maddy wants to join Pakatan but wants a new coalition name and symbol.

I suspect he wants his Pribumi to hide, and to hide behind the allusion of being also a rocket wakakaka.

Biggest loser in name and symbol changes will be the DAP - it's their members' choice. Do not leave such a monumental loss of identity to the say so of one man or even a small committee.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Five fingers of ISMA

From the Malay Mail Online about Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) [extracts only]:

our hearts to only Muslims including a foreigner

The leader of a conservative Islamist group has branded Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s move to give zakat (alms) to non-Muslims in Perlis as “cheap publicity”. [...]

Isma deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya, on the other hand, said while the policy may be in line with Islamic teachings, priority for zakat distribution should still be given to poor Muslims.

“Conceptually there is no problem with it so as long as they have intentions to embrace Islam.”

In other words, ISMA deputy president said that zakat for non-Muslim poor is okay provided they have intentions to masuk Islam, though his leader was not so 'friendly'.

In the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Chinese Buddhists in Penang rushed to Batu Ferringhi and the Teluk Bahang area in the NW of Penang to provide aid to Malay-Muslim fishing community, but without requiring anyone there to show intention of becoming Buddhists.

another goodwill Buddhist effort in Kelantan

Tzu Chi’s volunteers handing out bottled drinking water and biscuits to evacuees at a relief centre in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. January 5, 2017 — Picture courtesy of Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society Malaysia (via MM Online)

Chinese film star Jackie Chan donated his own money to re-build an entire village in Sumatra for the locals

The Chinese Buddhist goodwill in their support was deeply appreciated by the good folks in the Penang NW to elicit comments from those fishermen there that the Chinese Buddhists provided aid without first checking who among them was supporting UMNO, PAS or PKR.

Help to the poor should be provided when needed BUT without, as a prior condition, sussing out the religious (or political) preference or inclinations of the recipients, as some Christians and some Muslims have been wont to do.

Give willingly or don't give at all.

In the meanwhile, ISMA after showing heels-dragging reluctance on helping Malaysian non-Muslim poor, wants to make a foreigner, Zakir Naik a Malaysian citizen.

The notorious Indian Islamic preacher has been banned from several countries including his own homeland of India though police there would love to have him for serious questioning on security matters.

Zaki Naik is a man who once preached that wife beating is okay as hubby is the leader of the family and thus has the right, though he suggested hubby should beat his wife "lightly", whatever that means - 6 strokes or 100 strokes?

Just 3 weeks ago, Downunder, Keysar Trad, President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said that using violence against women would be a last resort for men.

He described beating women as Step No 3 in a process of dealing with issues in relationships, after (Step No 1) counselling and (Step No 2) buying chocolates or “taking her out on a dinner”.

And Keysar Trad is supposed to be a 'moderate' Aussie Muslim?

On another matter, according to Zaki Naik, Muslims have the right to have sex with their female SLAVES where to him, slaves would be prisoners of war.

He recommended the death penalty for homosexuals because they suffered from sinful mental problems (what, no healing?) and because those homosexuals watch pornographic movies.

He condemned America's Guantanamo Bay prison for holding Muslims as slaves there. I wonder whether those Yank (female and male) guards are having sex with their Muslims slaves as Zaki Naik has said it's okay to have sex with slaves.

Once he was reported to have said that pigs invited other males (presumably pigs and not cats) to have sex with his female mate (presumably pigs and not cats), saying that has been similar to what have been happening in Western society where those Westerners go to dance parties and do (wife) swapping. And that was because Westerners ate pork.

Most (though not all) Chinese eat pork too, and according to Zaki Naik, you are what you eat. In this sense Hindus are safe from behaving like lembu's and kerbau's and unta's.

Oh BTW, I didn't know that a pig could INVITE other male pigs (not cats) to f**k its piggy (not cat) mate, thus I have to kowtow to Zakir Naik for his profound and quite intimate knowledge on the ways of pigs, yes indeed, for him to be able to make such an assertion.

So ISMA wants to recommend such a person to become a Malaysian citizen.

It's amazing about the "priority" of ISMA. Promote a foreigner like Zaki Naik but show less goodwill towards Malaysian non-Muslim poor.

Chinese (non-Muslims and Muslims) have a saying that if one were to fold or bend one's fingers, the fingers will naturally fold inwards to the palm - (kepada sendiri).

But it seems ISMA's fingers fold outwards, away from the palm (kepada yang luar dan asing).

We should be thankful that we are currently at odds with North Korea and not some "other" nations.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

PPSMI - Promote and Prevent?

Taken from Malaysia-Today:

aisehman, why so muka asam? 

(MMO) – An academic has accused former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of degrading the special position of Bahasa Melayu by introducing the Policy of Teaching Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) back in 2003.

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Comparative literature expert, Professor Datuk Seri Dr Md Salleh Yaapar also labelled Dr Mahathir’s action as a hurried move and accused him of betraying the will of the Malay Kings and violating the Federal Constitution.

“Dr Mahathir also betrayed the National Education Policy because he caused chaos in the country’s education system. From then on (2003), Bahasa Melayu could only be used to teach subjects deemed less important like arts, literature and religious education.

“Owing to that in schools and universities today, there exists a language apartheid phenomenon where the English language is hailed and at the same time, Bahasa Melayu is degraded and insulted,” the Malay daily Utusan Malaysia quoted him saying.

Md Salleh reportedly made the remarks when tabling his work paper at the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP) yesterday.

PPSMI was discontinued in 2012, but the Education Ministry has made it mandatory for students sitting for the Form Five SPM examination to pass the English-language subject beginning 2016.

Personally I have a completely different take, wakakaka, for as a Chinese Malaysians I see things quite differently from, say, Professor Datuk Seri Dr Md Salleh Yaapar. But matey, having a different opinion-assessment is my prerogative.

But before I dive into that Maddy's pro-PPMSI policy, I want to discuss with you the important or necessary requirements for language learning, whether that be the English language, Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin, Tamil, Swahili or kaytee's mother tongue of Teochew*, wakakaka.

* Today Teochow (Cháozhōuhuà or Cháoshànhuà) is spoken by only 12 to 15 million people [10 in China and 2 to 5 overseas], slightly less than the Khmer (Cambodian) language which has 16 million speakers

In my previous post I touched (in comment section) upon Tian Chua's language learning. Yes, at one stage he seems to have had an interest in multi language learning.

When he was incarcerated (ISA-ed) for 2 years in late September 1999 for being an activist in the Free Anwar reformasi movement, he whiled part of his time away behind bars learning several languages, namely, Norwegian (why this one?), Arabic, French (for 'future' use, wakakaka) and Sanskrit (I admire his interest in ancient archaic language as I too have such an interest), but he confessed he has by now mostly forgotten those languages.

To learn a language, that is, to read, write and speak the language, many people don't realise the far more, nay, MOST important aspect is actually the competency 'to listen and comprehend' in that language.

Yes, you can also learn to just read and write a language without the need to be able 'to listen and comprehend' it, but that's only learning half of that language when you can't converse in it nor take practical dictation or make a report in that language if you aren't able 'to listen and comprehend' it.

If Mahathir wanted Malaysian schoolkids to learn English, tell me which school subjects would be the most optimal for learning it?

Science and Mathematics?

Would these two subjects allow for maximum use of the language or just limited to some technical terms?

Contrary to what Professor Dr Md Salleh averred, that, "from then on (2003), Bahasa Melayu could only be used to teach subjects deemed less important like arts, literature and religious education", Mahathir had actually ensured Bahasa Melayu was taught in subjects that optimised its learning, namely, literature, religious studies (and arts, but where were these?).

Other ideal subjects for learning well a language would be those which maximises class oral/verbal interactions, eg. civics, history and of course the language class itself.

Science and maths aren't the best subjects for class interactions, with rare exceptions like when kaytee was still a schoolboy, saying in class and interacting with Miss Sweetie, our biology (science) teacher, when she dipped her hand into the chalk box to retrieve one, that there was a caterpillar in that box (which I had earlier placed there, wakakaka) and hearing her sweet screams.

OK, let's not bother discussing what other 'interactions' took place subsequently in that biology class, wakakaka, ouch.

So why did Maddy want Science and Maths to be taught in English?

Which students are really good in maths and science?

And in what language do their teachers teach in?

Remember that sinister old UMNO strategy of 'promote &  prevent'. If you can't remember that's alright - just read my old 2012 post The Big Medical Lie in which I wrote (extracts):

My uncle has just chipped in to relate a story in much early days, confirming our suspicion that Only some may be doctors. Then (at time of Unc's story), despite the reality that most Chinese and Indian students (other than a few for window dressing) were already marginalized out of local universities, an UMNO MP was still not satisfied with the very much imbalanced ratio of undergraduates in our higher institutions of learning.

He demanded, apparently in Parliament, a two-pronged strategy of 'promote' and 'prevent' - that was, promote the Malays (which in truth no one was against, subject to minimum standards) and also prevent non-Malays from seeking tertiary education outside Malaysia.

He urged that non-Malay students be prohibited from going abroad to study at foreign universities to ensure the goals of our most remarkable social engineering could be achieved. It was fortunate that his proposal was seen as far too openly racist for the mores of that time, and so was ignored.

But to say something in his favour, though no doubt he was an extremist he was at least open about his extremist views. For the last several years, we have instead sinister sneaky sly Machiavellian machinations achieving the very same two-pronged strategy, promote & prevent, to ensure the medical profession remains dominated by The Chosen Ones. I mentioned some of those mafulat Machivellian move to 'close the gates' to 'others' in Only some may be doctors.

This morning when I read Free Malaysia Today's (FMT) Liow knows about MMC’s racism, says doc I wasn't at all surprised by Dr A Subendran's accusation of Liow Tiong LIE lying when he (Liow) denied knowledge of the government practising racial discrimination regarding students studying medicine abroad, by either raising the bar or placing obstacles for those of the 'wrong colour'.

Dr Subendran, himself a graduate of CMSU, was particularly furious because he had personally talked at length with Liow 3 years ago on this particular topic of racial discrimination against 'nons' studying medicine abroad.

FMT reported Dr Subendran writing about the double standard in an email to Liow’s personal account on Aug 14, 2010, with copies to the Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Sidek Hassan and deputy ministers SK Devamany and A Kohilan Pillay. None of them responded. And why should we be surprised?

Dr Subendran informed FMT that a 2007 news report reported an education consultant explaining that the Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia was adequate as an entry requirement into Egyptian medical programmes. Hmmm, shades of Chubby Checker and his 'How low can you go' Limbo rock.

The infuriated doctor said: “So, it is crystal clear that MMC implements different sets of rules for Malays and non-Malays.”

“But, the question now is, why is Liow pretending to be in the dark when he has solid evidence about the double standard? It seems to me that he is forced to lie to the media to save BN’s reputation as it heads for the general election.”

All I want to say in conclusion is that I have to acknowledge Liow's parents were fantastically prescient in naming him as he is named, except they spelled his personal name LAI incorrectly.

'Promote' and 'Prevent'!

I wonder whether PPSMI could also be the acronym for 'Promote & Prevent in Sains, Matemetik & Ilmuhisab'?

The vernacular schools have been lucky that the (Malay) teachers in National type schools have been against the PPSMI, so they (Chinese school teachers) have benefited from the Malay teachers' protest against the government.

Indeed, it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

But could it be that someone had been ch'au sim (busuk hati)? Wakakaka.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The man who immensely dislikes the police?

My dearest Tian Chua (correct Chinese name is Chua Tian Chang)* is in trouble now as he has been fined RM3000 (or 3 months in jail) for insulting a policeman.

police above probably looking for a mouth guard a la Hannibal Lecter, wakakaka 

hope our mata2 have had their shots


* for the reason he came to be known as Tian Chua, please see my Kongsamkok post What's in a name!

A parliamentary representative fined RM2000 or more is disqualified from his parliamentary seat.

I believe Tian Chua had been previously fined RM2000 but for some obscure reason(s) he did not lose his seat then, an outcome which surprised even the late Karpal Singh.

There was mucho debate on whether the judge had just fined him RM1999.99999999, wakakaka.

And the reason he was then fined was for biting a policeman, wakakaka. Didn't he know that dogs and presumably dog-like bites would be haram to Muslims? Perhaps the policeman was a Hindu, Christian or wakakaka an atheist like kaytee?

But how did an erstwhile activist for SUARAM come down to biting an officer of the law?

Methinks Tian Chua would be better off being a member of Internationale des Fédérations Anarchistes (IFA) or The International of Anarchist Federations, wakakaka.

It would seem he disliked policemen or treated them with both primitive and modern ferocity, biting one then and insulting another now, wakakaka.

When he was studying in Sydney, he was very much a student activist and at one time was detained by the Sydney police for demonstration.

In 1999 he joined the reformasi movement to protest the sacking of Anwar by Maddy.

Perhaps he saw in Anwar a kindred spirit in which I am sure some of you would remember that Anwar, before he became respectable as an ensconced high flying minister etc and DPM, was himself a student activist too, and became a leader of ABIM. And he was a leader in the so-called Baling uprising in 1974. 

It was in 1999 Tian Chua became famous or notorious for putting himself frontally and deliberately as a target of police water cannon during the reformasi demonstration in KL in that year. Wan Azizah invited him to join PKR where he became a party VP.

True story - A Malaysian sweetie once told me she detested Tian Chua for that attention-getting notoriety, as she believed Tian Chua was one of those wannabe martyrs who looked for personal glory even to the extent of deliberately hurting or harming himself.

If my memory serves me correctly I recall that some years ago someone from PKR drove his car (4-wheel drive?) through a locked gate set up by the local authorities in (?) to prevent access to that land. Was it Tian Chua?

Tian Chua has been known for his artistic hobby which saw him at one stage photoshopping a fabricated dinner for 3 in Paris, wakakaka, such must be someone's desperation to 'prove' the G.A.N allegations of Altantuyaa meeting with Najib in the French capital, so as to provide a link between Najib and the murdered Mongolian as a few of my visitors insisted did occur.

Well, much to their disappointment, the French authorities confirmed Altantuyaa was not in France during that time. Hmmm, maybe she slipped through the borders?

On the flip side of fabrication, I also recall that in March 2013, when the Pinoy terrorist intruders killed two policemen in Lahad Datu, Tian Chua alleged the armed conflict was staged by the Malaysian government to intimidate people.

Despite the two cold bodies of our policemen, he refused to apologise for his crass insensitive and indeed highly politicised comments that the standoff was allegedly diatur by the government.

But why hurt the police in the process? Was it just his dislike for the police which saw him so heartless to their sacrifice?

I have to say Tian Chua has mellowed over the years, and like his idol Anwar, once ensconced in some degree of respectability, has minimised his wilder days.

He now concentrates on just how to back stab the DAP, wakakaka.

But to be fair, you really can't blame him for his dark side because he has alas joined, for him, the wrong party where he found himself not within the core group.

If DAP succeeds humongously he realises it's not only the MCA (and MIC) that suffer but his own Chinese section of PKR. His group will be without a significant community role. Hmmm, maybe that's what had driven him mad, wakakaka.

Maybe he has an alternative plan?


Thursday, March 09, 2017

F* crimes, we'll flog immorality

100 lashes of flogging advocated by Hadi Awang as punishment for MORAL 'offences' is more than four times greater than the maximum 24 strokes that secular civil courts are allowed to punish CRIMINALS offenders.

bear with the floggings - it's purely educational 

30 years of imprisonment (up from 3 years) is far far far more than some country's LIFE imprisonment, and just for MORAL 'offences', not even criminal offences.

To Hadi Awang, issues of MORALITY (examples) like khalwat [make sure the couple arrested are not married please - see MM Omline's Married couple sues JAWI after traumatic khalwat raid (VIDEO)], ...

From left) Lawyers Adam Luqman and Yusfarizal Yussoff with their clients Mohd Ridhuan Giman and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah who are suing JAWI for wrongful khalwat raid and arrest. — Picture by Ida Lim

... drinking alcohol like over-fermented tapai juice and breaking fast before JAKIM, JAWI and JAIS allow it, seems to be far far far more important than CRIMINAL violations (examples) like murders, corruption and incest.

Hadi Awang should also tell his East Coast authorities not to interfere with non-Muslim businesses like ordering Chinese hair dressing shops not to display posters of Aishwarya Rai with her gorgeous hair or suffer their business licence NOT being renewed.

Arab men don't like or pretend not to like gorgeous tresses of sweethearts because probably their womenfolk don't have it ,unlike Malaysian women, wakakaka.

you shia bitch, you were raped because of your uncovered hair - what do you expect when your exposed aurat made us men 'gaang'

Pribumi juggles PAS, DAP & AMANAH

MM Online - Muhyiddin: PPBM, PAS to start GE14 seat allocation talks (extracts):

PETALlNG JAYA , March 8 ― Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and PAS will enter into negotiations on seat allocations in the next general elections, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Muhyiddin, who is PPBM president, confirmed the cosier ties between the two federal Opposition parties, which he said have ongoing discussions led by PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

“So we have already received a new signal; PAS invited us to discuss seat allocations. That is a great way forward. There is progress and we will facilitate this in our meeting soon,” he said at the PPBM headquarters.

“So this is the development. However, we still feel a framework of cooperation with PAS must be clear and also take into account the cooperation that we have already formed with Pakatan Harapan,” Muhyiddin added, referring to the federal Opposition pact.

When asked how PPBM will deal with any possible clashes or overlaps in its two separate seat allocation talks with PAS and Pakatan Harapan, Muhyiddin said: “We will sort it out. We will try as much as possible to sort it out.”

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them[Isaiah 11:6 - KJV]

The last sentence, to wit, Moody's statement “We will sort it out. We will try as much as possible to sort it out”, is interesting because it reveals many things about Pribumi's intention, doubts and attitude.

His 2-sentence statement tells you that he was initially optimistic but swiftly tarik balik his overconfident assertion when he realised his boast (to sort out the the Grand Canyon-ish acrimonious differences between PAS and DAP, and PAS and AMANAH) might be a wee over optimistic.

In fact I would say it's now impossible to make peace between PAS and AMANAH UNLESS to PAS' views, AMANAH surrenders and (as Korean TV dramas would put it, wakakaka) kneels down to beg for forgiveness from Papa.

As for PAS and DAP, it might be possible but only if DAP leaves every issue on possible political alliance for DAP to Lim Kit Siang who is now prepared to politically 'marry' anyone including PAS, even if he flip flops on his earlier policy stand, as he has in working with Mahathir who he had lambasted, excoriated and raved at in 2002 for Mahathir's 929 & 617 Declarations. So what's terrible about working with hudud-bent PAS?

Moody was no doubt exhilarated in having already received a new signal [saying] PAS invited us to discuss seat allocations but I recommend prudence as the ulterior motive of the MOON party could well be to drive a wedge between Pribumi and Pakatan, or to let off a 3-corner contest bomb at the 11th hour, wakakaka.

I am of the conviction PAS has already been promised 'something' by UMNO, wakakaka again.

But in essence, it would appear that Pribumi in allying itself with PAS is looking after numero uno, and its so-called alliance with DAP is not worth a shit sen.