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Monday, May 6, 2013

Foreign Intervention? You sure?

Hey guys,

Blackout day la, Ubah la, lainkalilah....if the results doesn't go your way, what do you do?

After seeing this, I just have one argument that I'll like to pick up: 

Despite whatever grievances or suspicion you have, or even if the election results is challenged, think again before you ask for Mr. Obama's help or any sort of foreign intervention. For those who are not affluent with world events, let me put my views in a simple articulation.

First of all, the world is really not safe to begin with. Thousands are dying every day; Southern Thailand Insurgency, Syria Civil War, Iraqi Sectarian War, Myanmar bloodshed, North Korea’s threats to US and South Korea, Bangladeshi riots, foreign government’s meddling in administrations (read President Karzai's scandal)….conflict after conflict, bloodshed after bloodshed. It’s a fragile world out there and big powers are gunning to consolidate their position in 'strategic regions' like ours. 

With the complicated South China Sea dispute, the rise of China’s dominance in SEA, and US pivot to Asia-Pacific (US bases around Philippines and Guam) around the corner, asking for foreign intervention is like telling the world you wanna get invaded. Do you still want to invite foreign intervention then?

Do you know who is Najib's ally in the international arena? And which international leaders on Anwar's side? Do you know how foreign policies can affect our domestic policies, social construct, and political discourse? We need to put our national interest in today’s hostile world.

Yes, the election results can be challenged, and we should fight thru the right channel, with our own hands, not giving up to foreign power to simply dictate our country's discourse. We might be ‘political chess’ for big countries which are capable of ‘commanding’ the region.

There's Bersih, IDEAS, and many other NGO's that we can sincerely work with. Technically, we have a vocal civil society. Let us fight for our own cause in our own way. 

That's the true national reconciliation, true democracy.

We can and will settle our own affairs, right?


Monday, March 4, 2013

Time to unite to fight a common enemy, not bicker

Y U Upset bro?

Just plugged a commentary article from TMI on the Lahad Datu issue.
It's time for us to rally behind the government of the day and finish off threats that should've been done long time ago.

March 4 — There comes a time when Malaysians must unite and fight a common enemy, not bicker and blame each other over what is going wrong. That time is now for Sabah.
We need to support our policemen and troops facing Filipino militants who wish to lay claim over a land whose people decided to form Malaysia 50 years ago with Malaya and Sarawak.
We need to make sure the sacrifice of eight fallen policemen was not in vain, that their widows and children know their husband or father’s death has helped keep Malaysia intact and free.
We need to see what our priorities are now, to end the bloodshed and standoff in Sabah with Filipino militants who have broken our territorial integrity and laws.
We need to get our peace and security back. We stand united or we fall divided. Pure and simple.
The time for investigating what went wrong with our defence of Sabah will come. The time for apportioning blame and reveal the traitors will come.
Right now, we need our politicians to stop blaming each other and accusing each other of instigating this incursion. Such talk is not constructive and will not help our security forces do their job.
This is not the time for politics, and the less we hear from people like Special Affairs Department (Jasa) director-general Datuk Fuad Hassan the better. We don’t need him to tell us what to do and be patriotic.
We are Malaysians, we are patriotic and 100 per cent in support of our security forces in facing the threat of these Filipino militants.
We need to listen to people like Jasica Ahmad ‏who tweeted from her account @jasicaahmad, saying “sulu hashtag is scary... i prefer #prayforsabah more positivity and prayer than talking about politic and do nothing.”
Or for example, 12th Kopites1982® ‏who said in his @ElHazizyKopites Twitter account: “It matter not by which flag you stand up for, what matter is ‘Ini Rumah Kita’ #PrayForSabah #UniteAndFight”.
Azrul Hafiz ‏also made it clear in his @azrulhfiz Twitter account, saying “just stop wih political issues and keep pray for our nation #PrayForLahadDatu #PrayForSabah”.
Right now, the Ministry of Defence is sending two battalions of soldiers as fast as possible to double the strength of security forces in Sabah. Budget carrier AirAsia is helping to send the troops there.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has vowed to stay there with his top brass and policemen until the situation is resolved. And Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said the time for talk is over, it is time for action.
Malaysia has been patient enough. Our policemen and soldiers are at the forefront of an unexpected war with Filipino militants and locals who appear to owe their allegiance to the Sulu sultan and not our Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
A squad of 25 policemen went to investigate suspicious activity in Kampung Simunul in Semporna but only 19 came back alive after being rescued from an ambush on Saturday while six others died.
Two other policemen had died in Lahad Datu on Friday. That is eight deaths too much for a peaceful country like Malaysia and a beautiful state like Sabah.
So let’s get with the programme. Take action first, expel the militants or capture them to face the wrath of Malaysian law.
Only then we can have a review and inquest over what went wrong in Sabah. Not now. Now is the time to unite and fight back our enemies.



Better act quick man!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alamak, can't use the word Allah?

(So as Tattoos, be careful! )

You heard it guys.
Pursuant to this, just wanna share an article about it from The Malaysian Inside. Kudos to the editor!

Today, the Selangor Sultan ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the term “Allah” in their religion. Apart from Muslims, Christians from Sabah and Sarawak, and the Sikhs, use that Arabic term.
The state Ruler is repeating what Islamic authorities have been saying for years, based on a fatwa gazetted three years ago.
“His majesty the Selangor Sultan has made a decision and decreed that the word ‘Allah’ is a sacred word specific to Muslims and is strictly forbidden to use by any non-Muslim religion in Selangor as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on 18 February 2010,” MAIS secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said in a statement.
Fact is, non-Muslims need not get excited by today’s statement. It really does not change anything for those who use the term in their prayers.
Fact is, Christians and Sikhs and people of other faiths apart from Islam do not look to the Selangor Sultan for guidance or direction in the practise of their religion 
He is the leader of Muslims in the state. Period. 
For non-Muslims, he is the head of state and is accorded all respect for that but he has no say in how non-Muslims practise their faith or call their god.
That is the reality of the situation in Malaysia, that no one or no faith can legislate how people want to worship or name their god. 
After all, Selangor today is more cosmopolitan, having hosted Sikhs for more than a century and now Malaysians from Sabah and Sarawak who have used the term all their lives without affecting the Muslims.
So, keep calm and pray the way you have all these years. 
After all, those in Selangor have to use the Arabic term when singing the state anthem. There has been no objection or any cleric wondering who “Allah” is in the lyrics. 
This too will pass. And come up again from time to time. Move on from this. Pray as you will. Live in peace. That is as important as how you call God.

Can lah right?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top 10 rude Malaysian habits

Found a funny yet factual pictorial news on top 10 rude Malaysian habits. 

Which one do you have?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

10 Unique facts about Teh Tarik

Salam people,

Teh bubble tea form too?

This week's post is about another unique delicacy of ours. Unlike the Satay, the Teh Tarik is definitively ours. Ten interesting facts you must know about Teh Tarik:

Tarik Champs on show!
1. First of all, it's our national drink! Any nation claims its theirs? Over our dead bodies!

2. No one else 'pulled their tea', and lived to tell the tale, and with such style and finesse. 

3. Unlike many of the other delicacy, an element of showmanship exists in the making of Teh tarikWe even have competitions on who's 'tarik' tricks were the best!

4. And Because of Teh Tarik, We Malaysians are the biggest consumer of condensed milk per capita in the world. How about that record? 

5. Teh tarik is also a product of a hundred years of "local blending and assimilation" involving the tastes, palates & nuances of all races here. 

6. Because of that, Teh Tarik transcends race, creed and social standings. From a sweeper to a minister, everyone would enjoy the same drink. Teh Tarik haters are simply anti-social. 

7. You can ask for Teh Tarik at the typical mamak stall for RM 1.30, or at our 5 Star hotels at RM 20.30.  I repeat, for the same drink!

8. You can even have it on 1st & business class decks on MAS flights. That's having teh tarik at 9000 meters, higher than Mt Everest! 

9. An average Malaysian consumes 76,000 cups of teh tarik in his lifetime, that's two Olympic size swimming pools! Diabetes alert! 

10. Time for a club of Teh Tarik drinkers? Forget about politics, this will certainly unite the people! And hell yeah, Teh Tarik is here to stay forever with us!

Time to have a toast...with Teh Tarik perhaps? 

PS: Facts courtesy of Mr. Johan Jaafar, my favourite NST columnist. You can read his column on NST Sunday's edition, or follow him at @Johan_Jaaffar on Twitter!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The origin of Satay

Ahh a new post, finally! Waddup people, I'm back!

Last Sunday, my dutch friend Michael invited me to an event at Mandarin Oriental in downtown KL. It was unsuprisingly glamorous, and the food served were scrumptious. One food that I really enjoyed was the beef and chicken Satay, especially with the hotel's very special spicy peanut sauce. Naturally, I went to Michael and recommended him to try some of it. I was shocked by his reply.

The famous satay...not from Malaysia?

 "Oh the sate? Yeah I've tried it. We have it back in my country too...almost everywhere!" Michael replied.

I was stunned by his in-depth knowledge about satay.

According to Michael, Satay or sate is originated from Indonesia, specially Javanese, where spread out across Indonesia. It was brought back to Europe by Dutch during colonialism era. Over there, it is commonly made of beef, chicken with spicy peanut sauce and some other ingredients (which I couldn't remember). Sate can be found almost everywhere in Holland, in their restaurants and supermarkets.

"Oh no wonder la..." I awkwardly replied.

It got me thinking. Most of us Malaysians believe that Satay is one of our unique national dishes, invented here in our soil; but we were wrong.

Satay in Bali, Indonesia
So what is Satay? And where does it come from?

According to some websites, Satay is a shish kebab style dish (what, kebab?! ) that has long been popular in Southeast Asia, particulary in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is most frequently associated with Thai food, where satay made from cubes of beef, chicken, or lamb may be dipped in a traditional peanut relish or sauce.

Some say that it was invented in Thailand, while Michael and some of the websites (including wikipedia) says it was originated from Indonesia. Food historians are not certain if satay was first introduced in Indonesia or in Southeast Asia. Now, several countries in Southeast Asia, like Malaysia, Singapore absorb this as local cuisine with slightly different ingredient. Regardless of origin, all satay are praised by fans as delicious dishes.

In Malaysia, Satay comes in many forms, vary from culture and location. For most Klang Valley folks, the Satay Kajang was insanely famous back in the day, and many still visit Kajang for this very special delicacy. It was one of my childhood memories where my parents used to bring me there all the way from PJ just for dinner. Apart from the usual chicken and beef satay, I've also tried the rabbit and some other stuff that I don't really fancy. The satay, nasi pulut, the special wrappings....oh the childhood days.

That is Malay satay for me. As for chinese satay, or 'Lok-lok' in general understanding, is also a well received delicacy all over the country. The sate lok-lok in Penang, or the Satay Celup lok-lok in Malacca. The special thing about these lok-lok and celups are the fusion of hotpot and satay. You can also eat it with the peanut sause if hotpot isn't you 'thing'. Halal or non-halal? See who's the onwer lah!

That's all I know about Satay, and I bet there are plently more out there. What about you?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Malaysians, truly generous!

I have been visiting bookstores lately to pick up new books to read……………well, not exactly.

I was actually looking around on how to spend the RM200 book voucher, courtesy of our caring government. I was planning to buy research books for my thesis purposes, then I came across with a funny-titled book, HONK! If you're Malaysian (Haha I know right, it sounds really familiar)

I know right?

In this book, author Lydia Teh wrote essays of typical Malaysian tales with a twist of  hilarious Malaysian infamous traits and anecdotes.

In one chapter, Lydia highlighted the fact of Malaysians being overly generous despite being thrifty and kiasu. Sounds very contradicting? Let's see. Example, we would find an alternative route to escape the ridiculous highway toll, or to skimp on RM1 parking fees, even with the risk of getting a hefty fine. But when ‘you’re-short-of-funds-for-a-life-saving-operation’ or ‘you’re-so-poor-you-can’t-afford-to-buy-milk-powder’, caring Malaysians will donate their hard-earned money without any hesitation. Even when there are rampant fraud and syndicate cases out in the streets nowadays, we Malaysians will still put the money in the hat for those who’re in need.

At the end of the chapter, Lydia concluded that ‘despite those rotten apples, the basket of Malaysian generosity still overflows. If our tourism ministry wants to revamp its “Malaysia, truly Asia” tagline, they should consider “Malaysia, truly generous.”

Indeed, being generous is one of our good traits, but where the fishes are, there the bait will be; ugly Malaysians would abuse this virtuous fact for personal gains.

And what are the reasons for Malaysians to really give their money despite being stingy? Is it really out from sincerity? Or it is just merely ‘for show’?

What do you think?