Thursday, 28 November 2013

Advocating MCA’s reform to regain MCA’s glory. New Movement fully support YB Dr. Leong Yong Kong to contest for Vice President.

New Movement team members presenting a calligraphy scroll YB Dr. Leong wishing him success.

Today, MCA’s New Movement has with us YB Dr. Leong Yong Kong, the ADUN of Gurun, Kedah, who agree with us the need for MCA Change and party’s reform to contest for the position of MCA’s Vice President.
New Movement fully agrees with the idea of YB Dr. Leong Yong Kong in contesting this position to:
1.            Change MCA based on political discourse
2.            Political pledge should be used as the main aim for contesting in the party election
We, as the grassroots members of MCA are worried and anxious about MCA’s future due to intense fight between factions in the party. We also felt that members of the public are tired of this type of politicking in the party.
We hope that members of the public, party members and central delegates will support us and candidates that contest in this party election based on the ideas of political discourse and political pledge rather than personal pledge.
Finally, we would like to assure members of the public and party members that despite factional fighting in the party, we are committed to reforming the party for the future of the party, the well-being of members of the public and towards a better nation.   

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Call me superstitious; I consult the Chinese Almanac (Tong Shu) before a haircut

A copy of Tong Shu
The Chinese Almanac or Tong Shu or Tung Shing (通胜) has been used for centuries by the Chinese as the source of date and time selection for almost every occasion or activities in everyday life. For those who believe in selecting the right date and time to enhance one’s luck, as per the saying of doing the right thing at the right timing, the Tong Shu is a must to have before the beginning of a new year. The advice for date selection ranges from the right date to get married to the right day to meet friends to getting a haircut.  
I have to confess that I do not know much about the origin of Tong Shu is said to be originated from the Hsia dynasty around 2200 BC while some rumored it to be written by the Yellow Emperor. Regardless, it is taken seriously by the Chinese to the extent that there is there is an online Tung Shing on the corporate website of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s largest property developer controlled by the Kwok family.
Although I was exposed to Chinese Metaphysics since young, I only started to get serious in studying the Tong Shu in 2005 and it has since become one of my daily habits. Thanks to feng shui masters like Lilian Too and Joey Yap, Tong Shu calendar and diary is now available in English to assist those who are not able to read the original version in Chinese. Like all Metaphysics things, it is up to you to believe the importance of date and time selection but consulting the Tong Shu certainly helps me in getting things done smoothly.

Books to give away

Here are some books that I bought a second copy that I would like to give away. If you are interested, please contact me at

Thank you. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Open letter to Professor Mark Beeson of Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Dear Prof. Beeson,

With due respect, I would like to bring to attention your comment to AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (AFP) with regards to China’s initial humanitarian aids to Philippines post typhoon Haiyan amounting to US$ 100,000 which was later increased to US$ 1.8 mil.
First of all, you failed to understand that the Chinese, whether they are mainland Chinese or overseas Chinese, are the generous lot when it comes to helping others. To the Chinese, it is always the sincerity that counts rather than the amount in cash or goods given.
Secondly, you’ve also failed to understand the pragmatism in the Chinese that help may not necessarily be only once but they can actually be increased from time to time depending on the situation. This pragmatism also enable the Chinese to differentiate between humanitarian effort with border disputes. 
Thirdly, you need to understand too, that, it is in the Chinese culture that we do not like to blow the trumpet when we help someone. Most of the time, a Chinese donor would prefer to remain anonymous. There may be more help that neither you nor I know. Therefore, it is preposterous to comment that the Chinese are a bit stingy.
Based on the three points given above, it is with deep regret that you failed to understand the Chinese mind and culture before giving your comments that the Chinese government “can be viewed as quite stingy as compared to everybody else” and to link China’s aid with the test of test of humanitarian principles and foreign-policy-making.
Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Jadryn Loo

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Piece by piece: The making of my new bedroom

Finally, after a few more realignments of the design and many hours put in by the designer, the carpenter, the electrician and the contractors involved, my new bedroom in Teluk Intan is ready for me to move my stuffs in. I would like to express my gratitude to all these people for delivering me such a beautiful and flawless room and also to daddy and mummy for supervising their work and having to put up with my fussiness which demands nothing but perfection to details.

Tiles work by Mr. Yap and his family.

The foundation work by the carpenters.

Putting the pieces together.

The final touch.

The desk, bookshelves, cupboards and wardrobe.

Click here for the first draft of the design:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Many colors, one race

Recently, members of the New Movement group paid a courtesy call to Anas Zubedy, a self professed "unity advocate" at his office in Taman Tun Dr Ismail for an informal get together and to listen to Anas sharing his views and ideas about unity among the many different races in Malaysia and partisan politics in this country.
It is very gracious and kind of Anas for not only sharing his time with us but also two of his books that emphasize on creating unity and getting away with partisan madness. I’m particularly attracted to this book: “Many colors, one race – 10 Nice Things You Can Tell Your Children About Other Races” by him. It is a very meaningful book and Anas managed to convey the often complicated issue of race relations in a simple and easy to understand way.
Grab your copy today! It is a good book to have and it will certainly help you to understand other races better.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Living with the aftermath of Bell’s palsy

I woke up this morning to find pain behind my left ears and it was soon followed by weakness on the left side of my face that causes it to droop. A while later, numbness and pain conquered the entire left side of my face. Knowing the symptoms too well, I knew, Bell’s palsy is back on revenge.
I had my first Bell’s palsy attack some years back after a bout of flu and fever. When I noticed that I was drooling and the left side of my face droop, I thought I had a stroke or an early sign of stroke. Immediately I hurried myself to the emergency ward of SJMC was referred to Datuk Dr Loh Thiam Ghee, the consultant neurologist there. It was such a relief when Dr Loh explained that it is not a stroke attack but damage to the cranial nerve VII or the facial nerve.
For a few weeks after that I lose the ability to taste that naturally leads to loss of appetite. There was a constant ringing sound on my left ear which made me lost the ability to hear clearly from the left side. I had to drink and eat from the right side of my face because I was drooling. Worst of all, I had to use a tape to close my eye when I want to sleep. However, I was spared of excessive tearing and dry eye.  During this period, I have to thank my two best friends, Mavis and Jessica a.k.a Little Ben who helped to massage my face which helped to speed up my recovery.
The ordeal lasted a few weeks and slowly I regained my ability to taste. I was able to shut my eyes without the assistance of the tape. The numbness and pain goes off. However, I am one of the few unlucky ones to experience some sort of squeal after Bell's palsy. Once a while, especially after a typical tiring and stressful day or moment, I’ll experience spasm, tinnitus and hearing loss during facial movement.
According to Dr Loh, no specific cause can be ascertained and Bell's palsy is commonly referred to as idiopathic or cryptogenic, meaning that it is due to unknown causes. Therefore, there is no prevention that can be taken to ward it off.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Let Ernest Zacharevic’s controversial wall mural be a catalyst for a safer Johor Bahru

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro
Every city has its beautiful and ugly sides, so does every piece of art created. If we are in the positive state of mind, everything is beautiful and meaningful and vice versa. At the end, it is how we choose to look at it, either positively or negatively. Besides that, the interpretation of an artwork is a very personal thing and I have to agree with Oscar Wilde that art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
As to whether the wall mural in Johor Bahru by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic showing a female pedestrian and the bandit armed with a knife will create positive or negative impression of the southern city depends on which perspective one would like to view it. To me personally, with or without the mural or “graffiti” as the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) would like to call it, the impression of Johor Bahru as the city of snatch thieves, armed robberies and a place of high crime are there.
Instead of debating and seeking expert views on what to do with Zacharevic’s mural, the authority should spend their precious time to do the right thing by coming up with plans to reduce crime in Johor Bahru and rebuild the image of the city. To quote state Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Tourism exco Datuk Tee Siew Kiong: "People with talent should use it in the right ways, to help boost our tourism and development," I would say that people with talent like him should work with the police and relevant authorities to solve the high crime rate in Johor Bahru and its negative image that gained notoriety worldwide.
Ernest Zacharevic is not only someone with talent but a visionary too. His wall mural may draw flak today but if it is being interpreted positively by the relevant authority followed by actions, he is helping Johor to boost tourism vis a vis crime prevention. Therefore, let the mural remain and let it became a catalyst for change in Johor Bahru to be a safer city. Finally, let it become a witness that high crime rate is one of Johor Bahru's past.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

In support for two days national holiday for Deepavali celebration

The time has come that Deepavali, the festive of lights celebrated by our Indian friends in this country be given a two days national holiday instead of the current one day. Currently, Deepavali is the only main festival of one of the three main races in Malaysia that enjoys only one day of public holiday compared to two each for Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Over the years, we can’t discount the contribution of the Indian community in this country, from national building to economic development. Respected Indian entrepreneurs like Tan Sri Tony Fernandez brought us the world famous Air Asia and it is a dream come true for many that now everyone can fly. Long touted as the race that was marginalized, it is time for government to make up for the past by giving more to the Indian community as a way of recognizing their contributions.
Very often I have Indian friends who told me that they felt that there are the third class citizens in Malaysia after the Chinese complain that we are the second class citizen. When I asked why they felt that, two very simple examples they cited are no national holiday for Thaipusam and why other races all enjoys more public holidays compared to them. 
Prior to the last general election, the Prime Minister had asked for nambikei (trust) from the Indian community and it is time for him to extend romba nandri (thank you) to them not only via massive allocation as mentioned in his 2014 budget but should also include an additional public holiday for the community to celebrate the Deepavali. Now that Thaipusam is a national holiday, I hope that the government will grant the Indian community’s one more wish to have Deepavali as two days national holiday for celebration.  

Happy Deepavali to all my dear friends.