Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My little respect for Hew Kuan Yaw

I’m not Hew Kuan Yaw’s fan. I do not like his ceramah style that is peppered with foul languages. I’d always criticize him for his cursing and swearing at BN leaders at every opportune. I’d even said that if Hew Kuan Yaw is the candidate from DAP in Teluk Intan, Dato’ Mah Siew Keong will win easily because female and young professional voters felt that he is uncouth and they will not vote for him.
However, there is one thing that I must give my respect for Hew Kuan Yaw. When he was not selected as DAP’s candidate in the coming Teluk Intan by-election, he did not sulk, he did not sabotage the party and he accept it with open heart. In return, he is working extremely hard at every DAP ceramah to campaign for Dyana Sofya. There is no DAP ceramah in town without the presence of Hew. Infact, he had acquired his own fan group that purposely goes to the DAP ceramah to listen to the Superman speak.
He had been using the kung fu legend Master Wong Fei Hung analogy to explain why he was not chosen as candidate, why his sifu, Lim Kit Siang whom he referred to as Wong Fei Hung and DAP, the Poh Chi Lam need to field Aunty No 13, Dyana Sofya as the candidate to fight against the bad guy opium seller Sek Kin, which is BN. He had been urging hard for the voters not to shame fellow Teluk Intan people by not voting for DAP and asked that the voters not to get addicted with the opium given out by BN and Mah Siew Keong.
What a true party man! Hew, we may come from different party, but in this aspect, I really respect you. However, something different is happening too in Teluk Intan. DAP’s grassroots who backed Hew are not coming out in full force to support Dyana Sofya. They are still bitter that he and former Jalong State Assemblywoman Leong Mee Meng were not selected.
A silence boycott and sabotage is ongoing, which includes spreading the words that the late Seah Leong Peng had dictated in his will that he want Hew Kuan Yaw to represent Teluk Intan when he passed on and that DAP is not heeding the words of a dead man. However, a check with a relative of Seah confirmed that no such “will” ever taken place. All that were spreading were untrue and malicious. Some people even linked BN to this rumor and this is utterly unfair to BN. This rumor starts from disgruntled DAP grassroots leaders.
Another silence boycott is the disappointing act of Seah’s widow, Kee Siu Lian. Kee had openly said that she would not campaign for DAP if Hew Kuan Yaw or Leong Mee Meng is not selected to replace her late husband. Till today, Kee had been keeping her elegance silence over Dyana Sofya’s candidacy and did not for once came out to campaign for the DAP. What Kee probably did not realize is that her act is undoing what her late husband did to ensure that Teluk Intan remains in DAP’s fold. It is still not too late for Kee to do something.
I hope that Kee can learn from Hew Kuan Yaw that she must put the party above personal grudges and factionalism in the party. I may not like Hew Kuan Yaw but he had my respect for putting the party above all else. This is something that BN leaders should learn too.

Related link:
Internal problem caused DAP to lose in Teluk Intan

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

安顺补选所见所闻 (星洲日报不敢登的一遍搞)








这一次的安顺补选,空气中弥漫了我们马来西亚人见惯不怪的种族言论。尤其是巫统众诸公,唯恐 天下不乱,还把华人支持民主行动党形容为不懂得感恩。可是发言者在强调“我们是一家人”的时候,却抢先强调“我是马来人”(而非“我是马来西亚人”),牛头不对马嘴!


(编按:这篇评论稿,原来是给《星洲日报》言路版每周四专栏供的稿件,不想接到编辑通知,指不被 “上面” 采纳,无缘见报。专栏也暂停了.)

This article was written by my former journalist friend, Ng Miew Luan which was intended for her weekly column in Sin Chew Daily every Thursday. However, this article was rejected by the editor of Sin Chew Daily and her column, which started since January 2014 was terminated too. Is there a directive from the top to “cool down” the much talked about Teluk Intan by-election?

P/s: I had originally wanted to translate this article but after giving a thought about it and afraid that I might err in my translation, it will be better for readers to read the original version so that readers can get the full grasp of what the writer wrote and make their own judgement.

Related post: Teluk Intan voters will write history, create miracle

Monday, 26 May 2014

Teluk Intan voters will write history, create miracle

UNESCO listing for our leaning clock tower?
The battle for Teluk Intan is getting interesting. While Mah Siew Keong is promising a historic UNESCO listing for the leaning clock tower of Teluk Intan, together with other election dossier such as stadium, university and others, DAP on the other hand, on every of their ceramah circuit, have been asking the people of Teluk Intan to write history and create miracle.
Lim Kit Siang came up with his one stone his six bird analogy and asked the people of Teluk Intan to write history and create miracle. While his one stone six bird analogy is aimed at finishing off BN leaders and component parties, I am attracted to his call for asking for the people of Teluk Intan to write history and create miracle by breaking the racial barrier to elect Dyana Sofya.
Well, it is indeed a good opportunity for the people to write history again in Teluk Intan. The people will get to write the history whether they choose Dyana Sofya or Mah Siew Keong. By electing Dyana Sofya, it will herald a new political landscape in Malaysia where Chinese are willing to vote beyond racial line and Malays accepting the DAP. 

By electing Mah Siew Keong , the people, will be also be writing history too, by proving that a former Member of Parliament that they had rejected twice as well as accepting some of his unrealistic promises is accepted again. Or will the voters write the history that Teluk Intan is Gerakan and Mah Siew Keong's Waterloo? 
However, I will not say for now that the people of Teluk Intan will create history by electing a Minister in-waiting because Mah Siew Keong himself had said that he is not responsible for what other promises that BN leaders made. Ah….just too bad or actually good?  
Thus, I hope that all eligible voters of Teluk Intan will use this good opportunity to write history and create miracle. For those who live outside of Teluk Intan, please go home to vote no matter how busy you are. This chance does not come often. 

Whole Malaysia is zooming in at Teluk Intan now and waiting to see what kind of history that we will write and how we have the power to create miracle. Write a good history that will be remembered for generations to come and create the miracle that is much needed for a political fix in this country. Your one vote is very important and yes, we will write history and create miracle!

安顺人,531 全马来西亚都在等着我们来写历史,创奇迹!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Teluk Intan voters, come back to vote!

DAP or BN? You are the boss.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. - John Quincy Adams
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors – Plato
By-elections are usually considered as not so important by most voters, especially those living away from their hometown, more so if a win or lose of a seat by a political party will not change the government of the day. However, this time, it is different in Teluk Intan. It will not change the government of the day but a win for either party will change the political landscape in this country.
Teluk Intan’s win is pivotal to Gerakan and DAP. A win for Gerakan will change their fortune, or more precisely Mah Siew Keong’s fortune while a win for DAP will signal a new era that Malaysian are ready to discard racial politics by voting for Dyana Sofya under the DAP banner. Teluk Intan will be the catalyst for change. Discarding racial politics is precisely the fear of UMNO that even the old Tun Mahathir have to come out to comment of Dyana’s candidacy. It is also interesting to note that his daughter, Marina is giving thumbs up to Dyana Sofya.
BN leaders have been saying that Mah will become a Minister if he wins but so far the DPM and PM are silence about the matter. And assume that Mah won, what Minister will he be? Will it be a repeat of Koh Tsu Koon’s stint as a Minister taking care of unimportant portfolio? If that is the case, it might as well be that he is not a Minister. It will be good if Prime Minister Najib or DPM Muhyiddin Yassin to openly announce to the people of Teluk Intan the precise position of Mah in the cabinet so that voters won’t feel short changed if something else happened in this era where the trust towards the government is at all-time low, especially among Chinese voters. An announcement will definitely boost Mah’s chance to win.

Many of us are sick of the thugs hired by certain political party without regard for law and order. We are sick of the empty promises of politicians. We are sick of Perkasa and ISMA and racial politics. We are fed up with the ever increasing cost of living and stagnant of our income. We are sick of threat by Ministers that we will be denied development if we do not choose the “same party as the local government”. Besides that, your vote will also be a mini referendum to the government whether you agree or disagree with GST and TPPA and the most of important of all, either you agree with the status quo of BN’s racial formula or you want a new breakthrough.
It is time again for you to use your precious vote to determine the future of this country. Finally, you will get to choose a Minister that has not been confirmed or you will choose a young and dynamic Dyana Sofya. Therefore, your vote is very important in this by-election. For those who live out of Teluk Intan, please come back to vote.
The weekend of 31st May is also the weekend that the Chinese celebrate the rice dumpling festival (端午节), so you can come back to vote and celebrate with your family. For our Indian and Malay friends, it is the start of the school holiday; bring your family home too and vote for a better Malaysia.
I hope that the quotes by John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States and the great philosopher Plato will be the guiding lines for us for we must always vote for principle and we must participate in politics in order not to be governed by our inferiors so that we may cherish the sweetest reflection after that. I believe in the wisdom of Teluk Intan voters to give us a good Member of Parliament that will lead us for better.

Jom Balik Teluk Intan !!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Teluk Intan will get sluggish broadband if DAP win, threatened Minister Shabery Cheek

Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek today said that people of Teluk Intan will not be enjoying faster broadband facilities if they decided not to elected Dato’ Mah Siew Keong. The excuse given by the minister is that it can only be realized if the candidate comes from the same party as the one that oversees the local authorities (PBT).

Ahmad Shabery added that, the local authorities must provide the basic broadband infrastructure in the area concerned. This is not true. There is no such thing that the basic broadband infrastructure is provided by the local authorities. It is the telecommunication companies that are responsible for their entire infrastructure.
Ahmad Shabery, don’t forget that the people of Teluk Intan are taxpayers too that pay your salary as a Minister to carry out your duty. It is your job to ensure that all Malaysians have a fair treatment and it is so unthinkable that a Minister like you will utter such a rubbish statement that if the people don’t vote for BN, they will suffer sluggish broadband. If GLC such a Telekom can’t provide the service, the people know that they have the choice of Maxis, Celcom, P1 and Yes broadband, therefore, dear minister, don’t undermine the wisdom of the people of Teluk Intan.
What about your voters in Kemaman? They voted for you and you U-turn ex Menteri Besar cum mentor but as what I know, your voters do not enjoy any better internet service and they have to wait for months to get even a simple phone line connected to their house. And what have you done for them?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Everyone is nobody before becoming somebody, so is Dyana Sofya

The Chinese have a saying “越摸越黑” which loosely translate as the more you grind, the blacker it goes but it means the more you try to meddle into something, the worse it gets. The worse it gets is precisely what I’m referring to the strings of attacks against Dyana Sofya by BN leaders that she is a newbie, she is inexperienced, she is not a big shot which means she is nobody in DAP compared to Dato’ Mah Siew Keong.
By undermining Dyana Sofya, the BN leaders are not going to help Mah Siew Keong to win the votes; instead it will indirectly help to bring the sympathy votes to her. Perhaps, there are two things that many BN leaders who are not from Teluk Intan may not know; the people of Teluk Intan have the tendency to give young candidate a chance and sympathize with the weaker ones. If one bothers to study the voting pattern in Teluk Intan, most of the elected candidates, be it for the parliament seat or its two state seats, were elected in their 30s.
Former Teluk Intan MP and former Health Minister, Dr. Ng Kim Poh was elected when he was in his 30s when he succeeded the first MP, Wah Keng Jooi. Another MP, Chan Fu King whom daughter, Chan Lai Kuan was my classmate was in his early 30s too when elected in 1969. The late Ong Tin Kim was elected when he was in his 30s too.
The former MP, the late Seah Leong Peng was first elected as Pasir Bedamar State Assemblymen at the age of 33 in 1999. Mah Siew Keong himself was elected as a State Assemblyman when he was 34. Both were nobody too back then, and both have to ride on the names of their grandfather to be known. If not for Seah Buan Bee and Dato’ Mah Pooi Soo, will people know Seah Leong Peng and Mah Siew Keong? And if it is not for the opportunities given by the people, will they become somebody?
Everyone is nobody before becoming someone applies to almost all politicians from both sides of the divide too except for few lucky like our Prime Minister, Defense Minister and some other MPs. However, that does not mean that they will be propelled automatically to become MP. It just made their path easier but history has also shown that family name may not necessary help to win an election. Everyone will still have to go back to the people to give them the opportunity to be someone.
It is the same for all of us too. We all started as nobody before making our ways either in career or business, and that is also thanks to the many people that guide us and give us the opportunities along the way. Each of us has a story to tell about the people that help to make us what we are today and the opportunities given to us. One advice that I’ll never forget is that never undermine other people for that person may one day become your superior. Who knows if one day Dyana Sofya will be the Prime Minister of Malaysia?
Therefore, I hope that BN leaders will stop making a mockery of Dyana Sofya in order to help Mah Siew Keong to win his battle.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Rupesh Paul, are you a human being?

Missing Malaysian Jet Movie 'The Vanishing Act' Promoted at Cannes screamed the headlines of NBC News.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Indian director Rupesh Paul and his company, Rupesh Paul Productions will produce a movie with the title 'The Vanishing Act' which promises to tell the untold story of the missing MH370. Rupesh Paul Productions is currently promoting "The Vanishing Act" among buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Paul hopes to shoot the film in India and the United States and plans a worldwide release in September.
Rupesh Paul, I don’t deny your rights to make a movie with regards to MH 370. But, didn’t you think it is too premature now to make a film on this missing plane? Will it make your company goes bankrupt if you didn’t make the movie as soon as possible? If it is not, then why can’t you just wait till then there is a closure on what happened to MH 370 before you start your filming?
Have you ever thought of the feelings of the family members and friends of those on board? Have you ever thought that you might err which will result in unfair judgment towards the pilot, first officer and the crews? Have you ever thought of their next of kin that might bear the scars for the rest of their life? Will you apologize if your movie ended with retorted facts on what actually happened?
Last but not least, Rupesh Paul, are you a human being or a heartless greedy bastard that can’t wait to capitalize on the missing plane on which its fate is still unknown and the search operation is still on going? I would also like to tell you that the trailer released by Rupesh Paul Productions for ‘The Vanishing Act’ sucks. You can’t even get the uniform of MAS’s crew right so how sure you are that you can get the other basic facts right? Finally, don’t send your associate director of the movie, Sritama Dutta to talk nonsense that contradicts your promotional material.
If you are still a human being, I hope that you will stop the production of the movie until there is a closure and ending to the MH 370 tragedy.  

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Dyana Sofya vs Mah Siew Keong in Teluk Intan

This afternoon, DAP Secretary General, Lim Guan Eng announced in Teluk Intan that Dyana Sofya, the gutsy 27 year old law graduate who is also Lim Kit Siang’s political secretary will be DAP’s candidate in the coming Teluk Intan by-election.
In her acceptance speech, Dyana spoke about breaking racial and religious barriers using the “teh tarik” analogy which is a favourite drink of fellow Malaysians regardless of race and religion. She explained that all Malaysians love teh tarik regardless of race or religion and similarly, Malaysians need to find a common identity that would appeal as much across the board as the tea drink does. Well spoken, Dyana, and I hope you will discharge your duty equally well if you are elected. It is so refreshing to hear this, rather than the boring and outdated "I will bring development to this place and solve the local issues" statement, which is the favourite line of expired politicians that still insists they are winnable candidates.  
The moment after the announcement, talk is now rift in town that Dyana’s candidacy will give BN a very hard job of reclaiming Teluk Intan. 
Meanwhile, my internet savvy friends are upset with the Facebook postings of Gerakan’s Youth Chief, Tan Keng Liang. It read: feel sorry for local DAP leaders in Teluk Intan & Perak. You ppl work so hard to climb the ladder but u forget decision maker is Lim family. Soon, what was posted by Tan spread to the aunties and uncles in town who chided Tan by saying that aren’t matters in Gerakan is worse than DAP? At least Lim Guan Eng doesn’t need Anwar Ibrahim’s nod or Hadi Awang’s blessings for a DAP’s candidate but Mah Siew Keong will still have to wait for approval for Prime Minister Najib even Gerakan is all out for him.
I too, do not agree with Tan’s posting because it is the BN candidates that always parrot the line that their candidacy will be up to the Prime Minister who is also BN chairman to decide regardless of they are from whichever component party but to borrow the famous quote from Voltaire, I will still defend Tan’s right to say it. However, I hope that Tan will learn to lesson from the 1997 by-election when Dr. Lim Keng Yaik said that BN do not need the Chinese votes to win the by-election.
Good luck to all the candidates that will contest in this by-election.

P/S: It is now a battle between Mah Siew Keong and Dyana Sofya in Teluk Intan. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Happy Teacher’s Day

On this special day, I would like to wish all our teachers Happy Teacher’s Day. I would also like to use this opportunity to say “terima kasih cikgu” for your contribution to the people and the country. You are akin to the candle that light up the whole country with your sacrifice towards the betterment of every pupil regardless of race and religion.
On this day too, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Lim Siew Yong, my Add Math teacher who never gave up on me no matter how much I hate Add Math and how bad was my result. Looking back, I considered myself very lucky to have her to guide me not only on the academic side but in shaping the discipline in me as well. Thousands and millions of thank you is still not enough to compensate for the sacrifice of Mrs. Lim towards her all student's greater good.
Another teacher that I would like to express my gratitude is to Datin Adeline Lim, the lovely and supportive wife of Dato’ Dr. Leong Yong Kong, someone I fondly call 老师。Although I am not her student and I only get to know her during Dr. Leong’s contest for the position of Vice President of MCA, I’ve learned a lot from her during the short period together and continue learning. 老师,谢谢您。
Selamat Hari Guru !

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Will Dyana Sofya make Teluk Intan Mah Siew Keong’s Waterloo?

This kind of "servive" will harm BN more than helping.
When it was reported that Malaysiakini yesterday that Dyana Sofya, a fellow Perakian and Political Secretary to Lim Kit Siang is might be DAP’s candidate in Teluk Intan, the same set of friends whom I spoke to earlier that had misgivings about Hew Kuan Yaw’s candidacy were all in jubilant mood.

My Muslim friends do not mind to vote for DAP this time if Dyana is the candidate because they are tired of the likes of Perkasa and ISMA and they want to use the ballot box to tell the ultras that they want back the status quo of good relationship with non- Muslims. This, by voting for Dyana will be the best message they want to send to the Malay rights group.

My Indian friends however are still divided. Some are really hard core BN supporter while the rest agree that Dyana is a better choice that will give Mah a run for his money. Well, the Chinese votes, need not to say,  is solid behind DAP. Those that will not vote for DAP if the candidate is Hew Kuan Yew will now give their full support for " cap Rocket". Besides that, the Chinese want to prove to Tun Mahathir that the Chinese are not those who do not want to share anything with other races and they believe that voting for a Malay candidate is the best way they can convey the message that Tun M is wrong.

Dyana is now the acceptable candidate that everyone is wishing DAP will announce as the one representing the party to contest in the coming Teluk Intan by-election. If Dyana is the candidate, looks like Dato’ Mah Siew Keong will face an uphill battle in wrestling back Teluk Intan. The talk in town is that Dyana is smart, young, dynamic and everyone should give this gutsy law graduate a chance.
Some had even started to call her “chili padi”, a name that was once so associated with former Batu Gajah MP, Fong Po Kuan. Another common talk in town is that since Batu Gajah’s chili padi is no longer in politics, we need another one and let Teluk Intan have the honor to send another one to parliament. They want to hear Dyana "roar".
Feeling threaten by Dyana, those that practice gutter politics are quick to circulate photos of Filipino actress Pauleen Luna in pink bikini. Those who claim it is Dyana in the photos are stupid nuts that are doing BN a disservice. If they think that by discrediting Dyana’s faith as a Muslim in bikini is going to help propel Mah Siew Keong back to parliament, they are actually making Teluk Intan the Waterloo for Mah Siew Keong. Allow the gentleman Dato' Mah Siew Keong to fight his battle the gentlemanly way. Do not underestimate the wisdom of the people of Teluk Intan.
P/S: I am again writing this piece on my personal capacity as Teluk Intan is my hometown. Although I am no fan of Mah Siew Keong,  I do not wish that Teluk Intan will be Mah Siew Keong’s Waterloo because of gutter politics, therefore I hope that troublemakers like Perkasa, ISMA and those brainless cyber troopers will not do anymore damage to BN. Gutter politics will only make the fence sitters swing to DAP besides alienating traditional BN supporter.

Related link: Teluk Intan by-election: Dato' Mah Siew Keong will win if....

It is official now: Dyana Sofya is the DAP candidate

Dyana Sofya vs Mah Siew Keong in Teluk Intan

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Conversion to Muslim doesn’t mean you are Malay

I have only one advice to the Muslim convert lecturer and columnist of Sinar Harian, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah that even you are a Muslim convert, you are not Malay. In the race column that you need to fill in, since that the government is not doing away with race at official documents, you are still a Chinese. No matter how much you want to run down your own race and non-Muslims, it will not help to change your status from a Chinese to Malay.  Therefore, you should know your roots and don’t try to use your Muslim convert status to speak that you have the moral authority to educate other people.
Freedom of religion is guaranteed in our Constitution. Nobody say a thing when you convert. Thus, you should also respect other people’s religion and stop making stupid statements about temples and churches. You should be the one to migrate from Malaysia if you can’t tolerate non-Muslim institutions in Malaysia. Compared to ISMA Chief and Perkasa, who are you to defend Ketuanan Melayu even if it is true that Ketuanan Melayu is in danger? You will still be considered an outsider.
Non-Malays in this country are not interested in changing the status quo about the status of the Royal Institution, about Islam as the official religion and about the need to uplift the Malays to be economically independent. All we want is just the equal opportunity and equal rights as fellow Malaysians and by all means, we have deep respect for the Royal Institution.
Don’t try to play with fire to create racial tension. As I’ve said to ISMA, don’t blame the Chinese if racial riot happen but instead you guys are the one that should be blamed.  Finally, I hope that, you, so called the learned one in Islamic teaching don’t forget that the Quran explicitly states that any action that damages the world and the community is a terrible sin. I am sure you will know the meaning of Fasaad fi al-ardh better than me.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Celcom’s service sucks big time

It is perhaps time to change my mobile service provider. I have been Celcom’s loyal customer since 2008 despite the many attempts by other mobile service provider to try to convert me to be their customer with special rates and other benefits because I’d always find Celcom's service to be good and I’ve never have any problem.
However, the problems started to appear in early March this year when I was in Singapore.  I was unable to connect to the data roaming service despite having no previous problem with it. I called up Celcom to report the problem when I was still in Singapore to rectify it but was unsuccessful. I’d even contacted M1, the roaming partner for Celcom in Singapore but was told that it is Celcom’s problem so the matter should be referred back to them. When my bill arrived, I was charged for the data roaming service that I never get to enjoy in Singapore.
I called Celcom again to lodge another complain about the charges and was promised that they will look into the matter. Until today, nobody from Celcom ever call me to resolve the issue. The charges remain! I was in Singapore again a few days ago and the same problem happened again. I was unable to do data roaming. Once again I called Celcom but was passed from one department to another without any solution in sight and finally they said it is the problem with M1 Singapore. Thus, I went to M1’s outlet at Bugis Junction but was told that it is Celcom’s problem.
So, whose problem is it? It couldn’t be the setting on my phone because I have no problem roaming in other countries but just in Singapore. I then  switched my roaming provider to Singtel to try out the data roaming but wasn't able to get my data roaming too. Therefore, it is evident that the problem lies with Celcom.
Apart from the nuisance with data roaming, I’d on 30th April called Celcom to activate a feature to my mobile number and was promised that it will be activated within 24 hours. Until today, at time of writing, the activation for the feature is still not being done. I’d made follow up calls with Celcom on 2nd May and 5th May to get an answer for the failure of activation to this feature. All that I get is we are still trying to get the technical department to solve the problem. Instead of the 24 hours promised, it has been 12 days since then and I am still waiting.
By the way, one must be very patient when one call their customer service hotline because the waiting time will be at least 15 minutes before their customer service representative pick up your call.  I am taking it a step further to think that calling Celcom and expecting them to solve one’s problem is actually a health hazard. It can cause one’s blood pressure to shoot up that that can possibly lead to heart attack and stroke.  I called Celcom awhile ago. I just put the call on speaker phone, listening to the lousy music while having my dinner. It took 23 minutes before someone pick up my call.

No matter what time you call, the first thing that greets you from their automated recorded service is “your call is important to us, our customer service representative will be with you shortly”. If you are calling during the daytime, another common automated recorded voice that you will hear is “we are currently experiencing high call volume. Please call us back shortly” and the next thing is you'll find that your call has been cut off.
When their customer service representative finally answered your call and after you'd explained your problems, it will take another 20-30 minutes before they check through their system for your problems. It will usually end with “we will come back to you regarding this problem”. My experiences so far are that they never come back to me. It is me that is the one going back to them. 
It is time for Celcom to buck up. It is just unacceptable that they take months to solve a simple problem of data roaming issue and 12 days (and still counting) to solve a feature activation problem. Dato Sri’ Shazalli, it is time for you to kick the butt of your technical and customer service team before your customers go in droves to your competitors who are offering better package and better service. Now that Morten Lundal and his talent team from Digi is in Maxis, you may want to do something before your contract is up for renewal and before MCMC slap your telco with more fines. 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Teluk Intan by-election: Dato' Mah Siew Keong will win if….

Teluk Intan's iconic landmark.
17 years ago, Teluk Intan had a by-election when the then Member of Parliament for Teluk Intan from Gerakan, Ong Tin Kim died of cancer. Ong, who was also a Chinese educationist that joined Gerakan with other educationists like Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, Datuk Seri Kerk Choo Ting, Dr Goh Cheng Teik and Datuk Dr. Kang Chin Seng in 1982 with the aim of  working from within the framework of Barisan Nasional towards nation building rather than making statements from the outside. Looking back, today, all these leaders are no longer active in politics.

The 1997 Teluk Intan by-election was still very clear in my memory. I was coming of age, with my interests in politics gaining momentum after the 1990 and 1995 general elections. Instead of being at home to immerse myself with books as SPM was just round the corner, almost every night, I was allowed to follow my father to the ceramah circuits in town.
Aside from that, I was also allowed to follow my grandfather to dinners organized by the Chinese associations and temple committees in town where only the BN leaders and the candidate Chee See Chok will be invited. Therefore I had a good opportunity to listen to both side.  It was also during this by-election that the then Gerakan president Dr. Lim Keng Yaik said that BN do not need Chinese votes to win Teluk Intan. That statement helped to make YB Kulasegaran the MP for Teluk Intan from 1997 to 1999.
At that time Mah Siew Keong was then the rookie state assemblyman for Pasir Bedamar, having won the seat in 1995, which he held till 1999. Mah contested in the election under the banner that he is the grandson of Dato’ Mah Pooi Soo, the richest man in town, giving up his comfort to serve the people, therefore the people, with due respect for his grandfather, for the first time since 1969, dislodge a DAP candidate. DAP never lose the Pasir Bedamar state seat prior to that. How well this rich man's grandson and son serve the people were evident in the results of the 2008 and 2013 elections where Mah lost. 
17 years later now, the Election Commissions has decided that the Teluk Intan by-election will be held on 31st May. In a few days’ time till 31st May, Teluk Intan will see carnival like atmosphere again.  PG 1, the official car of the Chief Minister of Penang will be often seen in town again except that this time, those sitting in the car are from the DAP. In 1997, I shook hand with Koh Tsu Koon when PG 1 pumps petrol at dad’s petrol station.  
The nomination day will be on 19th May but the speculation on who will be the candidates from both sides is the most talk about thing in town with the mass media joining the fray. Who will replace Seah Leong Peng as the next MP for Teluk Intan ? It is reported that Mah Siew Keong is quite certain to stand again while from the DAP, the frontline contender is Hew Kuan Yew, the fiery orator from DAP who is famous for four letter words, cursing BN leaders with “pok kai ham ka chan” (damn your whole family in Cantonese) and also known as the Superman.  
The people of Teluk Intan are divided about Hew Kuan Yew as the candidate. It is also reported by Malaysiakini that the Perak DAP leadership is not is his favor but the central leaders think otherwise. Many voters, especially the female and younger ones are put off by Hew’s vulgar character. Many have said that they’ll rather vote for Mah Siew Keong, despite their dislike for BN and despite Mah’s disappointing track record rather than one that swear and curse at every opportune.  And among some of my friends and their family, who are traditional DAP supporter, confided that they will stay away from the vote if the candidate is Hew.
My Malay friends felt that Hew Kuan Yew belongs to the ultra-right Chinese group ( which I don't think it is fair to Hew) therefore they find it hard to support him. My Indian friends are as divided as the Chinese although their issue are different. Some claimed that Mah Siew Keong's contribution to them are a lot while the younger ones and those living in Teluk Intan town will vote for DAP but not Hew Kuan Yew. However, Hew can find tremendous support from the male voters.
Candidates play a major role in winning an election. More than often, issues regarding the candidate will take the front seat rather than national and local issues. It was wise for DAP to remove the former Teluk Intan MP to contest in Cameron Highlands because of his not so good track record when elected in 2008. It is not about the reverse support of the Chinese back to BN or about GST, Hudud, Bible, ISMA , inflation and etc but it is the candidate. Therefore, Dato’ Mah Siew Keong can be quite assured of winning back Teluk Intan if the candidate from DAP is Hew Kuan Yew.
P/s: I’m writing this article on my personal capacity and not as MCA member. I am merely expressing the voices of the people of Teluk Intan, those eligible voters that will vote on 31st May as from what I heard. At the end of the day, it is still up to the leadership of BN and DAP to decide their candidates.

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Will Dyana Sofya make Teluk Intan Dato' Mah Siew Keong's Waterloo?

17th May 2014, it is now official that Dyana Sofya is the candidate from DAP for Teluk Intan.

Dyana Sofya vs Mah Siew Keong in Teluk Intan

Friday, 9 May 2014

Tribute to my mother on Mother’s Day

Dad, mom and myself at daddy's lovely garden, circa 2014.
Among friends, we often joke that if one wants to have good genes and good life, one must choose one’s parents well, look clearly from the top before arriving on earth to be who’s who precious child. In this case, I guess I’d inherited equally fair share of good genes from my mother and father and certainly, a very good life indeed.
Since small, for some reasons that I still have not found out, everyone call me “girl” instead of my name. It stuck till today. Everyone at home still call me “girl” which will make me blush when I think of kids calling me aunty, worse, when I start to see strands of grey hair starting to occupy more territory on my head. However, no matter how much older I’ve grown since the days when mom will check on my homework and I knew exactly how much strokes of cane I’ll get for my examination result, I’m always the little girl in mom’s heart.
Close friends always envy the number of times I speak to mom everyday regardless of where I am around the world. We will Skype each other, talk about everything like good friends, check out on each other’s activities on Facebook and I take it with great pride that mom will read my every blog, occasionally giving her comment that I write with too little censorship. But mom, I am very certain that I inherit from dad the straightforwardness in our character that we will call a spade a spade, nothing else.
Recently, after moving into our new family home, mom has taken interest in drinking Chinese tea very much to my delight. Whenever I am home, mom will invite her close friends over for tea at our balcony. She and dad will then look on with great pride as I brew the tea and start to chit chat about current issues, especially politics. Mom used to shun Chinese tea because she claims that she can’t sleep after drinking certain tea until we found the right one. You’ll be surprised that mom now loves green pu erh tea and she sleep soundly after all the tea sessions. Mom is also starting to like purple clay teapots. Duh!!
There are many more things that I would love to write about my dearest mom but I think I’d better leave it till the next Mother’s Day and the next next next one that we will celebrate. Last but not least, thank you, mom, for everything of the best and finest that you’ve given me. Finally, thank you very much for agreeing to sponsor me and Lip Yong for our upcoming Hokkaido trip in late July……haha (err if I don't hear it wrong). By the way as everyone know, mom is the Finance Minister at home, a job that she did very well over the years. I love you, mom.  

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Hello ISMA, you all are “pendatang” too and do you pay tax?

ISMA chief, Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman, the descandent of "pendatang" too.
Why don’t we all set the record straight once and for all that everyone is a “pendatang” (migrants) in Tanah Melayu that is later called Malaya and then Malaysia? Regardless of Chinese, Indian or Malays, everyone’s ancestors are migrants in this country. The only difference is that the Malays come earlier than the Chinese and the Indians from the Malay Archipelago that includes today’s Indonesia.

Since Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) bring up the topic that Chinese and Indians must be reminded of the historical fact that they are migrants and intruders, let me remind ISMA chief Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman and his gang that they should check their own historical facts too. If he is not too sure, he can always refer to Sejarah Melayu (The Malay Annals) that his forefathers come from today’s Indonesia, founded the settlement here and settled down as rulers and subjects.
With due respect to our Sultans and the King, all their ancestors can trace their roots to our neighboring country. And probably ISMA has forgotten too that all our former Prime Ministers can trace their roots too, to Indonesia and Tun Dr. Mahathir’s ancestor came from Kerala in India. Aren’t they are all migrants too; if not what do we call them?  So, my advice to ISMA chief, you are the one that need to study the history before you speak.
The only difference with all the migrants in this country is the timing our ancestors arrive. Nobody can claim that they are the true son and daughters of this soil except for the orang asli. Don’t try to create unnecessary racial tension and put the blame that the Chinese cause the May 13 incident. If another racial riot is to happen, history will write that Perkasa and you are the one that create it and that is tantamount to betrayal of the King and the country!
And today, you, Abdullah Zaik and gang mention that we should pay tax. Yes, I agree, we all should pay tax. Isn’t Tun Dr. Mahathir who said that Indians are all lawyers, Chinese are all rich? The Tun is probably right; because the official government data shows that the Chinese are the major tax payer in this country. How about your own race, Zaik, and how about yourself? Do you submit your tax return every year and if yes, please show it to us how much you’d contributed.
By the way, if you dislike to much the way this country is run and if you think the government is giving in too much to the Chinese, I would advise ISMA members and other like-minded Malaysians, especially PERKASA, Ridzuan Tee Abdullah to heed the advice of the Home Minister – GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY! MIGRATE ELSEWHERE. And yes, we should not leave out Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah. Buying air tickets in bulk and buying basically everything you will need in the new country in bulk will be much cheaper.
Dr. Mahathir complained that Prime Minister Najib is weak because the rakyat does not give him strong majority. Yes, good old Tun is very right. How can the rakyat give the BN government a strong majority with court jesters like you guys around? Pindahlah dari Malaysia demi kebaikan Barisan Nasional, kalau tidak tahu mana nak pergi, baliklah Indon, wahai si pendatang.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

As Singaporean fume over red Vespa “ang moh”, here is the Malaysian story

Mark Franklin flashing his middle finger, pic courtesy of TRS
It is the second time this year that Singapore netizens piled their resources to expose so called arrogant “ang moh” or foreign talent, a term normally referred to foreign expatriate that insulted Singaporeans in a way or another. Coincidentally, both cases involved British expatriate that work in the Lion City. The first was the case of Anton Casey snub that refer to those travelling on MRT in Singapore as the poor people and that he need to wash off the stench from his body after travelling with his son in one.  Despite his apology later on, the stockbroker was later fired from his job and last spotted travelling on economy class to Perth with his Singaporean wife and son. 
The second case is now another foreigner, Mark Franklin, the Managing Director of Piaggio Asia Pacific whom office is located at Suntec City. Mr. Franklin, who was riding a red Vespa, was captured on a camera installed in the car of a Mr. Tay, flashing his middle finger and hit Tay’s car just because Tay tapped his horn (once) when the motorcyclist did an illegal U-turn. The video has since gone viral but so far neither apology has been offered by him nor any action has been taken against Franklin. Looks like Singaporeans are not letting him off. Will he join Anton Casey to be second foreigner to be sacked f their arrogant and untoward behavior in the Lion City?
The case of these two expatriates behaving haughtily does not only happen in the office, on the road or among the social sphere in Singapore. It is happening in Malaysia too. However, in Malaysia, when being bullied by the likes of Anton Casey or Mark Franklin, Malaysians normally just let them off the hook, partly thanks to the couldn’t be bothered much (tidak apa) attitude. Although not all expatriates are like them, but I would dare to say that most of them have the superior mentality in them. They still carry the thought of imperialism with them and also what we call the “white men’s burden” that they are here to educate the inferior Asians.
Throughout my political career, I’ve had many encounters with some foreign reporters based in Kuala Lumpur whom mind seemed to have been set with the stereotype that Malaysians are all stupid, agreeable to corruption and that if we are connected to so and so, we can get what we want – get away with the law, get government contracts, get the road in-front of our house paved nicely and basically, everything. 
Ah yes, get protected – as was asked by a foreign reporter to Malaysia’s Defense Minister cum acting Transport Minister. And of so many, I like Jonathan Kent, the former BBC correspondent in Malaysia who did not ask me “stupid” questions and he did not act that he is the superior one serving as the messiah to enlighten Malaysians or the Asians.
More than often, our road users are subject to abuse by these foreign expatriates too. In return, when on the road, they behaved as if that they can get away with the law. They don’t stop at traffic light, they make illegal U-turns, and they speed and honked and flashed their headlights as if they are in hurry to a meeting with some very important people in town. Showing of fingers by them are just too common in Malaysia. They will not hesitate to wind down their window to yell at you if you are in the wrong or on an occasion, a friend was yelled “moron, why are you making an emergency break!”
These “ang moh” made lousy neighbor too. They tend to complain about everything in the neighborhood and if they live in the condominiums (as most do), they will complain even the slightest noise coming from next door. I have some firsthand experience on this because my neighbor’s Italian wife a.k.a Complain Queen from Italy is so well known among the guards and the management office for all sorts of complains and lessons on how to manage the building.
Once I had an argument with her over some noise coming over from my unit when I have visiting friends. Flabbergasted, I told her that if she is not used to the noise here, it is either she move back to her country bumpkin lifestyle in remote Italy or she move out from the condo. She’d also had arguments of any sorts with all neighbors on our floor.
While I do not agree with some Singaporean drivers who tend to honk at cars with Malaysian number plate in the Lion City, I am amazed with the co-operation of Singaporeans who’d managed to track down Anton Casey and Mark Franklin and stand up to them instead of keeping quiet when being bullied by the “ang moh”. I hope that Malaysians will do the same too when similar thing happen to either one of us.
Let these haughty foreigners know that we, Asians, Malaysians in particular are not the inferior race that they thought of. We’d had enough of them via colonization and we do not need further more humiliation by them. We welcome them here as a tourist and to work, and they are paid to do their job that comes with its duties and responsibilities, not coming here to lord over us.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

“Sleep at the ‘G” in Melbourne

Charity begins at home but should not end there – Thomas Fuller

Youth is the future for all, picture courtesy of Sleep at the 'G website.
Sleep at the ‘G is a fund raising event to help to fight and end youth homelessness in Melbourne organized by Melbourne City Mission. I’m helping my best friend, Jessica Ngui and Tayla James,  of Linfox who are very kind to spend their time and money in support of this motivation; therefore, I am appealing to you, my dear friends to please support this motivation as well.
More information about this program can be obtained at:
If you are interest in making a donation to this program, you can click on the link below:
When you make your donation, under the Donation Details / Message section, please insert:
“I support this motivation initiated by Tayla James/Jessica Ngui for Linfox graduates.”
I hope that you will share this with your friends, let the charity that begins at home help to give home to the less fortunate ones out there. Thank you very much my dear friends.

Whispers of Immortality

I'm always thankful for God's every arrangement for me, the finest in life that one can ask for. 

There is a Chinese idiom that says 天有不测风云, 人有旦夕祸福 which means there are unexpected changes in the weather and in human life, there are unexpected vicissitudes. Five months into 2014, we’ve had equal share of unexpected dry spell and the untimely death of those we know and those we never get to know except hearing or reading about their fate through the media such as those on board MH 370 and the school children on board Sewol 

Whispers of Immortality have always been my favorite poem, especially when I am doing self-reflection or sometimes, when I am at lost, looking for the purpose of life; a life that must be well lived to the fullest and be of good to humankind. It is always said that, one day we meet our maker, the first question asked is not about how much we know about our religion but what have we done with all the talents and ability that was bestowed to us.  
Hereby, I share with you Whispers of Immortality, one of T.S. Eliot’s magnum opus, a poem where the antagonist and protagonist are both search for the meaning of life and promise of pneumatic bliss.
Whispers of Immortality by T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
WEBSTER was much possessed by death 
And saw the skull beneath the skin;           
And breastless creatures under ground    
Leaned backward with a lipless grin.         

Daffodil bulbs instead of balls    
Stared from the sockets of the eyes!      
He knew that thought clings round dead limbs    
Tightening its lusts and luxuries. 

Donne, I suppose, was such another       
Who found no substitute for sense;        
To seize and clutch and penetrate,          
Expert beyond experience,          
He knew the anguish of the marrow      
The ague of the skeleton;          
No contact possible to flesh            
Allayed the fever of the bone.

Grishkin is nice: her Russian eye  
Is underlined for emphasis;      
Uncorseted, her friendly bust    
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.                     

The couched Brazilian jaguar       
Compels the scampering marmoset        
With subtle effluence of cat;    
Grishkin has a maisonette;           

The sleek Brazilian jaguar                     
Does not in its arboreal gloom  
Distil so rank a feline smell        
As Grishkin in a drawing-room.   

And even the Abstract Entities     
Circumambulate her charm;              
But our lot crawls between dry ribs        
To keep our metaphysics warm.