Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Star is wrong but Zunar should be forgiving

Zunar's work that was published by The Star which was earlier published by Malaysiakini.

It is definitely wrong for The Star newspaper to use cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque or Zunar’s cartoon without his permission or even a credit mention on its special pullout in tribute of MH 17 published on 22nd of August. Realizing the mistake, The Star, via its online portal www.thestar.com.my expressed its regret over the omission on 24th of August.
At the time of writing it is yet to be known whether the same admission of mistake will be published in print on The Star but based on my experience as a faithful read of this newspaper, I am very sure that it will be. On the other hand, Zunar deserved all his rights to be angry with The Star and even to sue the newspaper under Copyright Act 1987, which he planned to do as reported by Malaysiakini.
Commenting on the statement of regret published by The Star on its website today, Zunar said he did not consider anything posted online as official.
“Anyone can write that and it can be simply deleted later,” he said.
“No one contacted me and I did not receive any apology from The Star. As far as I am concerned, they have not apologized,” he said, adding that apologizing was not merely through “a word”.
However, I hope that The Star and Zunar will settle this issue amicably without having to resort to legal action for the sake of MH 17. The tragedy of MH 17 is a national tragedy that affects every Malaysian, be it Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat and their respective supporters. I also hope that Zunar will choose to be a role model to all that forgiving is part of our culture as well as a role model for a united Malaysia in time of crisis.
For its part, I hope that The Star will do what is deemed appropriate for using Zunar’s work without his consent and credit mention. I believe that The Star do not do this with intention. We should let bygones be bygones. What is more important now is to fight for justice for the victims of MH 17 rather than over a cartoon.

Monday, 25 August 2014

寿阳曲 (Shouyang Song)

I find solace thinking of the peaceful surroundings of Sukhothai during sunset.
My tears flowed freely when I stood in silence with my colleagues last Friday morning to mourn the victims of MH17. Over the weekend as I read the newspapers, an enormous feeling of sadness and rage took over, for we must fight for justice for them. Having lost my dearest daddy not too long ago, I knew it how feel for the family members and friends of the victims, hereby is a Yuan Lyrics by famous poet Lu Zhi in memory of the departed.

寿阳曲       元朝,卢挚者

才欢悦,
早间别,
痛煞煞好难割舍!
画船儿载将春去也,
空留下半江月。


人生多变,聚散无常。好好把握当下。人生的交往,像幻影一般。给我们越多爱,关怀和记忆的人,总是在离开之后,让我们有最多的伤心与不舍。

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mahathir vs Najib: who will prevail this time?


Tun Mahathir is doing a déjà vu again and if we are looking for a great revisionist of the 21st century, I guess nobody can beat him. He does not only voice his opinions to revise his very own ideas to suit his whim and fancy when appropriate but also about leaders that he picked and groomed. In this case, I would say Tun Mahathir is a very confused man and a poor leader in picking successors.
So much for a once great statesmen who is credited with transforming Malaysia and putting us on a world map, he is now admitting that he’d bequeathed the seat of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to two men whom he think will bring Malaysia towards the path of destruction. Who is actually the one destructing Malaysia by creating rounds and rounds of political instability, each time because one man’s mistake in picking a successor?
After successfully sent his two Deputy Prime Ministers into retirement and one to jail while still in power and after successfully forced his successor into early retirement, Tun Mahathir is now gearing up to send Prime Minister Najib into retirement soon.
While I agree that Abdullah is the worst Prime Minister in Malaysia’s history and he deserved to be booted, I can’t say of the same to Prime Minister Najib. Yes, he may be silent of many issues but he is actually a doer behind the scenes. PM Najib may not be perfect or a great Prime Minister but he should be given more time to prove his mettle and to let his economy transformation agenda shows it result. Let the rakyat punish him by booting him out at the end his term if he fail and not just because he fail one man – Tun Mahathir.
We’d had enough of one man dictating who should be the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Since this one man had admitted that he is wrong in picking Tun Musa Hitam, Tun Ghafar Baba, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tun Abdullah and now Prime Minister Najib, should we trust it in him to pick another person again? If we are to trust him again to handle the seat of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to someone of his choice again, I am sure it will not take more than a few years for him to voice his mistake and express his regret in picking that person.
With all due respect, I hope that Tun Mahathir will just allow Prime Minister Najib to run his own show and allow the rakyat to determine if he deserves another term as the leader of this country. The rakyat will know how to boot him out if he fails, just as what the rakyat did to Abdullah by giving him to worst mandate in history. However, Tun Mahathir being Tun Mahathir, will he resign from UMNO again in an attempt to unseat Prime Minister Najib? For this so unpredictable and confused statesman who openly he admitted his mistake in picking 6, yes 6 would be successors and successors, everything is possible. Or maybe Tun Mahathir should just return to run the show as Prime Minister again till the end of the day to avoid anymore regret.
Can you hear the sound of the drums calling for war?In this latest political game of survival, who will prevail?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

EXCO Sacking: Letter from Sultan of Selangor


To those who still want to question to legality of the sacking of Selangor EXCO members by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, a picture speaks a thousand words.


Letter from the Sultan of Selangor pertaining to the sacking.
Therefore I hope that the sacked EXCOs will do the honorable thing to accept their sacking and vacate their office in the state secretariat with immediate effect. The six of them should show leadership by example since all their party leaders thinks Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim lacks this quality. What happen next will be interesting; the drama centered on this one man is more interesting than any producer in Hollywood can come out with.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Cameron Highlands, paradise lost


Destruction, near and as far as you can see. 
If you are thinking of going to Cameron Highlands for a break, thinking of the cool weather, lush rain forests, beautiful slopes of vegetable and flower and colonial charm, forget about it. It is better to head off to other destinations which will cost you less headache, way much nicer sceneries and attractions and so much cheaper food.

I was in Cameron Highlands for the weekend with three other friends of mine with the intention to escape the heat and haze in Klang Valley. I used to go to Cameron Highlands frequently when I was a child as it is of manageable distance from Teluk Intan which can be covered in a day trip. My last overnight trip to Cameron Highlands was seven years ago and but did a few day trips up there and finally gave up when horrible traffic jam and rampant deforestation took place.
So much have been written and so much space have been allocated by The Star newspaper about the need for a good management to regain the charm of Cameron Highlands but it seems to only get from bad to worse. To start on with, only God knows when was the last time the roads in Cameron Highlands had a proper maintenance. Potholes here and there, uneven surface, made worse with jeeps and cars parking off the main road which all made driving in Cameron a hazard and that cause serious traffic jam.
As one descends from Blue Valley towards Brinchang town (assuming that you use the Simpang Pulai – Gua Musang Road), dust and terrible stench greets you as you enter Kampung Raja and you will wonder if rubbish collection system and roadside maintenance of weeds and beautification exists in Cameron Highlands. Signboards are another big problem in Cameron Highlands. It does not help that Google Maps is basically useless in Cameron Highlands because of lousy reception on your mobile phone and Google Maps itself is not updated.
We were supposed to visit a place call Mossy Forest located at Gunung Brinchang but we ended up lost in the middle of nowhere in between vegetable farms because of the lack of signboard. We ended up not at Mossy Forest but ventured off to people’s vegetable slopes instead and got a bird eye view of the destruction and poor planning of Cameron Highlands. So much for listing Mossy Forest as the top ten attractions in Cameron Highlands!
There is only one big signboard which shows Sungai Palas Boh Plantatation and Mossy Forest going the same direction but beyond that you will just have to sniff your way. Throughout my trip, I would say Sungai Palas Boh Plantation is the only attraction worth visiting and something that maintains a sense of originality in tandem with nature. There are many other farms such as lavender, rose, bees, you name it but they are so artificial that it is not worth a visit.
Taking a close inspection of tea leaves at Sungai Palas Boh Plantation.
I’d always wonder that why other countries can make it a collective effort to beautify and put all the resources into turning a place to become a reputable tourist destination but not Malaysia. It is sad that the once paradise of Cameron Highlands so well like and renowned is now in a sorry state. Besides that, what a big waste that the tourism authority is not able to capitalize on the famous Malaysian box office movie “The Journey (一路有你)” which was mostly filmed in Cameron Highlands. The location of the filming can be turned into a tourist destination such as Uncle Chuen’s house on the idyllic spot besides the vegetable terraces, the temple where the wedding reception took place and many more.
It is never too late to do something before tourists stop going to Cameron Highlands, the weather turn warmer till vegetables can’t grow, and more landslides that can potentially wiped off a village and finally made Cameron Highlands a place where it is no longer suitable for living. Each time when I think of the sorry state of Cameron Highlands, I will think of Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How societies choose to fail or survive.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Playgrounds in Teluk Intan are an eyesore


I feel sorry for the children in Teluk Intan for if they are looking for a playground that is deemed safe and pleasant to play, they will probably find none around their neighborhood. Is it not that there are no green spaces and playgrounds allocated in housing areas in Teluk Intan but these playgrounds and green spaces are so overgrown with weeds and broken facilities that they are deemed unusable and unsafe.
Go around Teluk Intan, probably the only playground that can be considered a playground and handled with proper maintenance is the one in Jalan Speedy which is ironically, situated next to the Teluk Intan Town Council.  Worst still, these playgrounds are also breeding grounds for mosquitoes for there are no proper maintenance. For example, the vast playground next to my house, the weed is as ankle high, the facilities are damaged by vandals as well as wear and tear and we have to live with constant fear of snakes coming into our garden via the playground.
Now that Teluk Intan is having a Member of Parliament who is also a Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, I hope that he can solve the problem of playgrounds in his constituency, working together with the district officers and councilors. I also expect Dato’ Mah Siew Keong, the district officer and councilors to notice of the abandoned major playground by the riverside located opposite the Lower Perak Club along Jalan Maharajalela. It is such a waste that a wonderful place next to the riverside, full of potential for a great recreation center is languishing in waste. It can be rehabilitated and turn into recreation center for the people of Teluk Intan.  
To properly maintain and rehabilitate playgrounds around Teluk Intan is a small project compared to your promises of turning Teluk Intan into tourism hub and I hope that Dato’ Mah Siew Keong will not disappoint us.  Last time it can be said that nothing can be done with the excuse that the Member of Parliament and State Assemblyman are from DAP but it is a different story now.  

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

父亲的爱,遗留我们心中


父亲走得很突然,来不及留下任何遗言。母亲还有我们这些身为孩子的,一瞬间失去了最爱的至亲近三个月了。日子的流逝,让我们渐渐学会隐藏自己的悲伤,同时更希望给身边的家人最大的鼓舞,与家人共同携手、坚强的面对及学习习惯没有父亲的日子。我相信,父亲在天之灵,最想看到的,就是他的太太和孩子们,和过去一样,活得快乐、平安!
夜深人静的时候,我常常想起父亲;想起父亲的时候,心里一酸眼泪就不听使唤了。我相信,母亲比我们更加思念她的丈夫。毕竟她和父亲一起生活、共同患难30多载,父亲的离去,对母亲来说,肯定是莫大的伤痛。如今,母亲必须挑起父亲的责任,看好这头家,她肩膀上的担子又加重了。
我谅解母亲的彷徨。瞬间失去丈夫的她,来不及悲伤,就得调整好自己,挑起父亲留下的家业。现在的她,不仅要更加坚强,还要成为孩子、媳妇们的依靠。这样的转变,大概也让她无所适从。
我们身边的亲朋戚友大概意见也不少,在这种过度时期,母亲要更好的判断也着实不易。这一切,我们做孩子的都谅解。然而,我很想跟母亲说:“妈妈,不要怕,您还有我们这些孩子。我们是一 家人,最重要的是团结、同心!爸爸不在了,我们要过得更好,让他老人家在天之灵得以慰藉。亲情,比任何东西都宝贵,亲情是无价的……”
同时,我也想对吗妈妈说: “多疑的人也很多,在影响着你,说了不少不该说的话。我和弟弟看了很不顺眼,有时候觉得妈妈是否变了,为什么最近都一致用价值和我们来表达意见.” 而对这一群人,我们很感谢你们来陪妈妈过时间,说说话,打麻将,但我们不须要你们来干预母亲对我们的爱及爸爸在生定下来的做法。对不起, 我忍无可忍, 要说: “你不说话没人当你是哑巴。每一头家有自家的做法.先看好你自己的.
这让我更加领悟到珍惜身边人;母亲、两个弟弟和弟媳是我目前最重要的亲人;亲情是用金钱也买不到的东西。只要我们一家人同心协力,一定能够走出悲伤、活得更好!
我把对父亲的思念,深深地藏在心底深处;把对父亲的爱,转寄给母亲与弟兄们。我相信,这是天上的父亲最想看到的。

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Shame on DAP and Karpal’s family


It is so unbelievable to read that the driver of the late Karpal Singh is languishing in jail for there is no one to post his bail set at RM 5000.00 by the Kampar Sessions Court. Selvam Cornelius, the brother of the late Michael Cornelius pleaded not guilty on 9th of July to committing dangerous and reckless driving in an accident that killed the Tiger of Jelutong and his brother.
While I understand that the family of the late Karpal Singh can’t post the bail of their driver to avoid conflict of interest, I can’t make sense of the lame excuse given by Ramkarpal Singh who commented: “I have also been summoned to be a prosecution witness for the trial, so we cannot get involved in the case.” Yes, there is no doubt that he and his family members can’t get involved but what about other DAP leaders or members or the Pakatan Rakyat fraternity?
It is so strange that the DAP who claimed to be the champion of justice for all suddenly forget about someone in their own backyard. Or to the DAP, they’d forgotten that Selvam is not guilty until proven therefore he doesn’t deserve the bail by any of its party members? Or is it that is the way DAP leaders treat someone whom service is no longer needed?
Whatever it is, it is a shame to DAP and Karpal’s family that someone in their fold languishing behind the bars for there is no one to post the bail. Adding salt to the injury, two of DAP’s arch rival, Gerakan’s leaders are quick to come forward to offer their assistance and legal aid to the poor driver. What happened to other DAP leaders and members who are often quicker than Barisan Nasional to come forward on almost all issues? This is not an issue or pure hypocracy?
If Karpal can speak from his grave, what will he say?

Friday, 1 August 2014

My enormous gratitude 我要对您说声谢谢及感恩

Thank you for putting the smile and sparkle back to me again. 
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Cicero
56 days have passed since daddy’s sudden departure on that fateful Friday of 6th June. Much water had passed under bridge since then; my family and I are slowly accepting and adjusting to life without one of our most respected and dearest member. As per tradition, after the 49th day we had descended from full mourning to semi mourning. Then it will be quarter mourning by the 100th day and finally off after three years. Throughout the mourning period there are many observations and rites to follow so as the long list of the dos and don’ts.

Death was like a thief and death was no respecter of man and his creations. When it is here, we will have to surrender to it, probably the only thing that we, the mortals have to surrender to in life. Off and on I will still sunk into my melancholy mood, though not as frequent as the first few weeks. The thought of what was once an effervescent and healthy daddy of mine suddenly became a wooden tablet placed on an altar and became the latest entry into the family’s calendar of death anniversaries is very hard to fathom. 
Hard as it goes, I am glad that I have a long list of relatives and friends from all across the globe for being with me throughout this difficult period. Hence,  I would like to express my enormous gratitude to all of you, all the wonderful people that I met at different stages in life. It will take many more pages and fill a book to mention each of you specifically so I hope you will forgive me for not doing so but deep in my heart, I will never forget the kindness rendered. True friends are hard to come by but I am grateful that I have many of you around me so does my many caring and loving relatives who keep mummy accompany with your phone calls, visitations and the advises rendered. 
Alas, as they said, weddings and funerals have many things in common. They are emotional ceremonies that bring people, especially family members and friends together. They also bring the best and the worst out of people. One silver lining from this funeral is that it gave me the opportunity to see the best and the worst of mortal beings. The worst are not worth remembering or even a slight mention but the best will be remembered for life. Nevertheless I would love to share the writer Lady Dorothy Nevill's famous quote: The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing even at the most tempting moment. 
Once again, thank you very much my dear friends and relatives. Thank you for sharing your shoulder for me to cry on, for creating the atmosphere for me to laugh away the sadness, for doing crazy things especially in Singapore for me to distress, for indulging me with all my favorite dishes, for spending your precious time off with me, for all the words of encouragement and many more. Again, the list is too long to mention everything.  


父母对我恩重如山,您对我有情有义。感激不尽。
P/s: I am bouncing back, though slowly, and I’ll continue to be actively writing.