Saturday, August 31, 2013

You don't need money to have good manners

Class and a decent upbringing/education is what separates us from the animals. These days the rough and uncouth new money types are nothing more than apes with a fat bank account. If we're going to open our doors to foreign outside influence at least be selective. arab, pakistani, african, south american, mainland chinese influences are not exactly desirable traits to have in a country like ours and while money can buy a lot of things it can't buy a good upbringing, pedigree or even decent etiquette.

Flushing a public toilet after using it, chewing with their mouths closed, lining up, parking properly, waiting for people to exit lifts before barging in are qualities everyone regardless of income level should be aware of. Many a times the lower income group conveniently blames their financial standing for their lack of manners. The same crowd that transforms into new money orang kaya barus will later bring their thoughtless attitude into the confines of their new environment. Sure there exists economic disparity but inculcating good manners and etiquette should be something all Malaysians strive for regardless of financial standing. My great grandfather was a farmer but taught his children manners which was passed down in the upbringing of every subsequent generation to come. Nothing to do with being in the have or have not category.The direction this society is heading is one that is shallow and hollow. People are respected for their (new) rags to riches wealth rather than the way one carries oneself regardless of income level. To be honest, even though I come from a very well off lineage, I really am not impressed by new money wannabes who are clueless when it comes to etiquette and decorum. Even if they have the latest half a million ringgit BMW but stop by a road side stall to eat durians while squatting down then leaving the durian skins by the roadside after eating the person is still a thoughtless unhygienic culture less peasant to me.

Since many are clueless the effort should start in school. Teach them to sit down for meals during recess and things like that. Believe me if they did and with our schooling years being 13 from kindy to spm, manners, etiquette and decorum will stick to them and be something they will pass down to their children in the later generation's upbringing. We are so obsessed with material pursuits we have forgotten about common courtesy. That and also the fact that this government from as early as the mahathir days have created so many clueless juara kampong rags to riches orang kaya baru types that they have spoilt society. Can you honestly tell me that tajuddins, halims, mydins, eswarans, vincents and the likes have class? They have money but they still have the class of equivalent to the Beverly hillbillies. I am so glad my clubs (all relics of the colonists) puts a ban on members bringing bodyguards into eateries. Those new money types really have no sense of fine dining whatsoever.

Having good manners doesn't require money. No one has to be rich to learn all that. Its all in upbringing and education. The excuse the ill mannered give that manners are only for the rich is as flawed as their sense of reasoning.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Teh tarik conspiracy theory....


Just finished a good teh tarik session tonight and here's what I heard:

1. At first Dr.M says "there should be contest for top posts" indicating he wants Muhyiddin to challenge najib for the Umno presidency BUT then....

2. Muhyiddin tells Dr.M he is not interested in challenging najib as he had done the 'dirty work' of getting the ball rolling to remove pak lah back in 2008 and does not want to play bad cop again.

3. Also, Muhyiddin openly stated to Dr.M that he has no intention of becoming PM....

4. That then opens a gap for Tengku Razaleigh to at least attempt a challenge for the presidency.

5. Looking at that scenario Dr.M apparently prefers najib at the helm for reasons only he knows and then makes an about u-turn by later saying the top two posts should not be contested.

6. So, by Dr.M's reasoning, it seems he prefers anwar as the next PM instead of Tengku Razaleigh as najib is bound to lead BN to an unceremonious defeat come GE14 if he is still Umno president and pm with the same bunch of lame advisors cum war room (failed) strategists.

Do the math and see if it makes sense....

While some SoPo bloggers are blaming the current predicament on pak lah, I think that ship has sailed. While pak lah was a cause that had some effect, during najib's term as pm najib had ample time to change and improve things but he has instead created a wall of horrible advisors around him keeping himself out of touch with reality. He may actually be a believer of the r.a.h.m.a.n. prophecy at the rate he's going.

The cause is always bigger than the organization and the organization is bigger than personalities. For now, until a credible alternative ever emerges, the cause (that looks like it's off course) is still carried by Umno as the organization. Leaders come and go, so if najib leaves or is booted out I say good riddance but the organization must be slapped silly to bring it back on course to stay true to it's cause. So far, after  two tight slaps in 2008 and 2013, it seems to continue on it's derailed course. Whoever leads after najib must be ready for the organization to receive a concussion to get it to jump back shockingly on course. Alternatively if najib remains leader the entire organization will not only go off course but will derail itself into a bottomless pit. Let the r.a.h.m.a.n. prophecy come true so long as it involves the personality and not the organization. The cause is what needs to be saved and personalities, hopelessly ineffective ones like najib, are dispensable!

From what I've been hearing, Tengku Razaleigh is only interested at being interim pm for say three years or so then pass the mantle over to the next 'credible' fellow other than Muhyiddin, which is not such a bad thing seeing that Muhyiddin's policies on education is a clear testament of him not interested in nation building. How on earth can he scrap PPSMI and by extension killing off giving the Malays a competitive edge? I think Umno needs a clean up right now and the current top echelon of the president, deputy president, vp's and supreme council deadwoods are all incapable of doing so. We have nothing to lose by Tengku Razaleigh taking over as interim president and pm. Nothing can be worse than what it is now!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bahasa Melayu : Kian hari kian pupus!

Ramainya puak-puak "iftar" ni di Facebook. Apakah ungkapan "berbuka puasa" sudah tidak lagi diguna pakai? Itu belum lagi tengok tulisan status update yang berjela-jela panjangnya penuh dengan suntikan perkataan-perkataan Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Arab macamlah Bahasa Melayu tiada perkataan yang sesuai untuk menggambarkan apa yang mereka ceritakan itu. Akhirnya jadi bahasa rojak, Bahasa Inggeris pun tak mahir, Bahasa arab sekadar beberapa ungkapan sahaja dan Bahasa Melayunya tonggang langgang.

Kenapa tidak kita kuburkan saja Bahasa Melayu? Rata-rata terlalu ramai yang suka menidakkan penggunaan perkataan-perkataan yang kerap kali digantikan dengan perkataan-perkataan mahupun ungkapan-ungkapan dari Bahasa Inggeris ataupun Bahasa Arab. Hina atau jijik sangatkah perkataan seperti 'keadaan' atau 'persahabatan' mahupun ungkapan seperti 'berbuka puasa' atau 'bertolak ansur' sehingga ianya digantikan dengan 'situasi', 'ukhwah', 'iftar' dan 'fleksibel'. Lama-lama akan lenyap Bahasa Melayu dan timbullah bahasa rojak zaman baru yang tiada sejarah mahupun budaya Melayu sebagai dasar atau tulang belakang bahasa rojak baru tersebut.

Ya, memang saya banyak bertutur dan menulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris tetapi tidak pernah saya campur adukkan kedua-dua Bahasa Inggeris dan Melayu atas rasa hormat kepada kedua-dua Bahasa tersebut. Kalau berbahasa Melayu, berbahasa melayu lah dengan betul dan lengkap. Serupa juga bila berbahasa Inggeris, berbahasa Inggeris lah dengan betul dan lengkap.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Why Bahasa Melayu will never be the unifying language in this country. Perhaps Lee Kuan Yew got it right with English?

As the election season finally ended the politicking hasn't and as usual the question of National (read Malay) stream schools versus the Chinese vernacular schools continue. The supporters of both sides have their arguments and while the point of unity raised by the supporters of Sekolah Kebangsaan do have some merit they fail to see how the lingo of the Malays carries not only nationalistic tones to it but religious ones as well.

 As our laws dictate, a Malay is one who
1. Professes the Islamic faith
2. Speaks Malay fluently
3. Observes Malay customs and tradition

So the issue of lingo being intertwined with faith and the spiritual can never be segregated. And unavoidably, Malays are by default Muslims

Of late, well perhaps since in 1983 onwards to be precise, when a certain Abim fellow decided to join mainstream politics, overdose of Arabization has gone a long way in Malaysia until today. With Malay lingo and the Malays being linked to Islam it has unavoidably made Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia the official Islamic lingo. While that is NOT a problem per se, what is becoming a problem is the overdose of Arabization (supposedly in the name of Islam) happening in government schools. 15 minute doa recitation at assemblies is perhaps just too much for the non-Muslims to bear with and why should they? They enrolled in government schools for the sake of unity, embracing Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia yet what they get as a package deal is an overdose of Arabization (note: Arabization is NOT Islamization).

Then we have the issue of Bibles unallowed to be printed in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia. Why is that? While I am personally against the use of the term "Allah" to denote any other God other than that of the Islamic God, it should not then be a problem if Bibles or any other scriptures be printed in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia if they term their God as "Tuhan" instead of "Allah" in their BM printed scriptures.

But because BM is synonymous with Malays who are then in turn synonymous with Islam and Muslims, the bulk of the Malays have suddenly decided that BM is the language of Muslims and everyone else aren't allowed to preach in BM for their respective faiths. Isn't that contradictory to the call for unity under one language?

If BM is to be THE language of ALL Malaysians then the lingo should cover all their activities be it national, personal and even spiritual. If Indonesia is to be the benchmark in achieving national unity via one lingo for all then why put the brakes on faith the minute BM's reach could go beyond just a lingo at school?

I don't even want to go into the issue of deteriorating quality of English speakers, teachers and syllabus overall. Just the issue of unity alone we reach a stumbling block. And as much as people try so hard to make the printing of Bibles in Malay a separate issue from a One School for All initiative, the reality is it IS linked, like it or not, simply because BM carries the weight of the Malays' faith with it.

My suggestion:

Perhaps Lee Kuan Yew got it right in Singapore when he made English the unifying language. It is neutral enough and has value and appeal towards almost all sane and level headed Malaysians. I will be the first to promote a ONE SCHOOL FOR ALL initiative the minute English is made the official language in schools and at work.

An added bonus to it will be a very much toned down dose of Arabization seeing that most of the self-contradicting, confusing and self righteous pak lebais are English impaired. It will take an entire generation for them to be able to bring an overdose of Arabization onto English speaking Malaysians. Hopefully, by then, we shall be prepared for them.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Constructive Criticism: We Criticize Because We Care

Here is something I posted on Facebook after receiving a rather annoying message from a party supporter. I reproduce it here as an affirmation of where I, along with many others, stand:

"Someone messaged me and asked why quite a number of us who were busy campaigning and supporting BN before, during and after the polls have suddenly condemned the selection of cabinet members announced yesterday? Well, it's simple really. We're not mules and we use common sense. If we think the selection of some members of the cabinet are detrimental to the government, the party running the government, the party's livelihood as well as the bad perception some/most of the characters represent why shouldn't we say something about it? There is no tokong emperor, de facto dictator nor murshitul arm on this side of the political fence ready to condemn any critics to hell with whatever concerns we have. So, excuse us when we say NO we will not shut up. It is because of the leadership's continuous detachment from ground voices that we have performed the worse (in terms of seat numbers won in proportion to total number of seats) since 1955. Are we all to nod in sequence and say "yes boss, very good boss"? Sorry lah, that shit doesn't float here. We will continue to criticize because we believe an internal form of criticism is so much better because as party supporters and loyalists we have nothing to gain if the party falls so we criticize because we care. If you all want to be mules go ahead, just don't drag everyone else along with you"
-Melayu Lama-

Post GE13 and the so-called "Transformation" Cabinet

While I'm cool with Shaberry Chik as Comms and Multimedia Minister, but Nazri Aziz as Tourism Minister? For real? kj as Youth & Sports Minister? Sports is a cash cow with so much funding money on tap.....  zahid hamidi is Home Minister while hishamuddin is both Defence AND Transport Minister. Can he even handle two portfolios?  Finance: Najib and Husni as usual, Education: Muhyiddin and Idris Jusoh, Rural Dev: shafie apdal, HR: Richard Riot ak Jaem, Health: Dr. Subra.  Mustapha Mohamed and Anifah Aman remain at their previous ministries.

What can I say so far about the cabinet....

wahid as Senator and Minister at the PM's Dept? That will be as disastrous as idris jala and worse now that there's two of them! He is only good at chopping up and merging entities. What possible positive input can he give the EPU other than chopping or merging GLCs. kj should have been posted at Rural and Regional Development as a Deputy Minister at most so that he learn the meaning of humility and know the rural folks being the core support base for Umno at the moment. The "Chief" at Tourism would be entertaining to see. As for hishamuddin the "smiley face" laughing hyena, who conveniently always forgets to bring his testicles to work, as Defense AND Transport Minister has to be THE biggest and dumbest joke ever. Are we re-inviting the Suluk to come back to Sabah? Gila ka apa? I know he has blood ties with Najib but this appointment is just downright insulting to the BN voters and general public I think. Ah well, party polls isn't too far away, Najib and hishamuddin better start packing.

After all that campaigning and back busting this is the end result? The so-called "Transformation" cabinet? My Kitchen Cabinet is more sturdy and solid than this. Perhaps I should've done a 2008 and sat this one out. The head honcho never ceases to disappoint.

I always thought Shaziman was alright. Worked a lot and talked less, calm, composed and down to earth. He lives in my neighbourhood and so do johari baharom, awang adek (totally berlagak ok), zaid ibrahim and the late lim kheng yeik and Shaziman was by far the most humble of the lot. noh omar, on the other hand, should take this time out to go for English lessons. It's pronounced "professional" not "fofeshnal" ok?

Looking at the full list's Kedah reps.... Ahmad Bashah? Better off recycling Othman Abdul. mahadzir khalid is an unwanted relic from the sleepy dol era. A failed MB who lost the state the pas. Pahang's ismail sabri was hopeless in every portfolio. Another pak lah relic recycled.

Given that the cabinet list was less than satisfactory, the only way for the appointees to make up for it is to have a solid team behind them. It is high time the Political, Private and Press Secs along with the Special Officers be appointed from people outside the recycled active party member circles. It is one thing to look after the party but another to ignore public perception and sentiments. Please choose your team members wisely. Fresh ideas and new faces can come in various ways and their involvement may also be a training ground for potential up and coming aspirants with something genuine to contribute.

Seriously, if MCA is to be penalized for not performing then the same punishment should be accorded to Umno youth AND Umno Kelantan for failing, with the later failing repeatedly. If they had any sense or shame in them kj and Mustapha Mohamed should sit this term out as regular MPs while they work on capturing the youth and Kelantan voters. Punishing just the chinese while appointing obvious non-performers (so he won in rembau but lost youth voters. That's winning the battle but losing the war) is very un-1Malaysia of Najib. And with a tagline of "people first, performance NOW" why is hisham still even in the cabinet? The word "tong kosong" and "cakap tak serupa bikin" is really coming to mind now when thinking of Najib. And didn't I tell you "who dude?" was just an election campaign rhetoric? After the polls are over the topic of "who dude?" just disappeared. NEVER ever trust them pak lebai politicians, ever.

Another thing that needs serious looking in to is Umno and BN's Penerangan machinery. It was obviously no match for the more well organized pakatan (dap especially) cybertroopers. Ahmad Maslan needs to come up with a GE13 post-mortem from the Penerangan side to explain the failures. And for God's sake, in future, please get someone who can actually organize an information onslaught or at least react to an incoming one.

Full list courtesy of OutSyed The Box:

Prime Minister :  Datuk Seri Najib Razak (UMNO)

Deputy Prime Minister :  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)

Prime Minister’s Department:
1.     Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)
2.     Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (Senator)
3.     Datuk Seri Idris Jala (senator)
4.     Joseph Kurup (PBRS)
5.     Shahidan KAssim (UMNO)
6.     Nancy Shukri (PBB)
7.     Paul Low Seng Kwan (senator)
8.     Joseph Entulu Belaun (PRS)

Deputy Ministers:
1.     Datuk Razali Ibrahim (UMNO)
2.     Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy (Senator)

Ministry of Finance
1.     Minister of Finance 1: Datuk Seri Najib Razak (UMNO)
2.     Minister of Finance 2: Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah (UMNO)

Deputy Minister of Finance
3.     Datuk Ahmad Maslan (UMNO)

Ministry of Transport
1.     Minister: (Acting – post being held open pending MCA decision) Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Ab Aziz Kaprawi (UMNO)

Ministry of Defence
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (UMNO)

Ministry of Home Affairs
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (PBB)

Ministry of Education & Higher Learning
1.     Minister 1: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)
2.     Minister 2: Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (UMNO
3.     Deputy Minister 1: Mary Yap Kain Ching (PBS)
4.     Deputy Minister 2: P. Kamalanathan (MIC)

Ministry of Works
1.     Minister: Datuk Fadillah Yusof (PBB)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (UMNO)

Ministry of International Trade & Industry
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Hamim Samuri (UMNO)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Hamzah Zainuddin

Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism
1.     Minister: Datuk Hasan Malek (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Ahmad Bashah Mohamad Hanipah (Senator)

Ministry of Communication & Multimedia      
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Jailani Johari (UMNO)

Ministry of Human Resources
1.     Minister: Datuk Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP)
2.     Deputy Minister: Ismail Abdul Muttalib (UMNO)

Ministry of Rural & Regional Development
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Alexander Nanta Linggi (PBB)

Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government
1.     Minister: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Halimah Mohamad Saddique (UMNO)

Ministry of Youth & Sport
1.     Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: M. Saravanan (MIC)

Ministry of Health
1.     Minister: Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam (MIC)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Hilmi Yahaya (UMNO)

Ministry of the Federal Territories
1.     Minister: Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: J. Loga Bala Mohan (Senator)

The Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas (PBB)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Noriah Kasnon (UMNO)

Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water
1.     Minister: Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili (PBS)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO)

Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (UMNO)

Ministry of Tourism & Culture
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum (PRS)

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
1.     Minister: Ewon Ebin (UPKO)
2.     Deputy Minister: Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (UMNO)

Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment
1.     Minister: Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (MIC)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit (PBB)

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development
1.     Minister: Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB)
2.     Deputy Minister: Datuk Azizah Mohamad Dun (UMNO)

Ministers: 30
Deputy Ministers: 27
Total: 57
Total ministries: 24
Senators reappointed:  1
New Senators: 5

Backbenchers: 82

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Time to revamp how we choose our party leaders....


Here's a suggestion from someone low on sugar this afternoon:

While reviewing posts and comments from various blogs and social media, I couldn't help but see that the grouses from people are usually about leaders not looking after the interests of their respective communities. One very intellectual Indian chap argued that if NEP had worked in uplifting many Malays from the doldrums of economic and social hardship but what of the Indians in a similar situation?

Now while the power sharing formula within the BN is to ensure that every community has a voice and have their needs looked after, it is the leaders of certain groups that tend to hog things for themselves. Samy was fine a example of such a leader.

What if the selection process for BN component parties be altered? Say that at the party polls of any BN component the tabulation of scores be calculated based on a 70:30, 65:35 or even a 60:40 split where the 70/65/60% of the total votes tallied be taken from members/delegates of the respective party while the remaining 30/35/40% be taken from members of the general public who are of the ethnicity the party represents.

That way even if the leader is popular amongst his supporters in the party there is no way he can assure himself of a dictatorial like presidency a-la Samy for 30+ years and in the process incur the wrath of his people to the detriment of the overall BN coalition in general. A few apples can really spoil an entire bunch.

Apply it to ALL BN components with Umno taking the lead to start. While many are outspoken, concerned and frustrated they do not see the hassles of joining political parties to choose their leaders as the solution. Many prefer the ballot boxes as we shall see in this coming polls. By opening up leadership selection to the masses it gives them that option to be heard if not choose their community leaders. And when leaders have a bigger audience to please it will be a lot harder for them to sit on their backsides and feed only their favourites.

Oh, and the new party polling system should be self funded by the respective parties. I know it sounds unconventional but to me a 70:30 or 65:35 or 60:40 vote tallying system will give a more realistic feedback from the ground and will help in choosing leaders more in tuned with what the public wants. Try it

Furthermore, it leaves the tussle for power and changing of guards, as it were, at the party level while at the government level there will be a fair bit of continuity.