Sunday, 28 September 2014

True story of SPM forecast result being tampered with


I fully agree with the Education Ministry’s decision not to allow school trial exam results for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) to be used as entry qualifications for pre-university or foundation programmes starting from next year as reported by Sunday Star. Although the main reasons for Education Ministry to come up with this decision is not reported and whether will this decision only take effect on local higher learning institutions or it does involved foreign institutions, many of us know that these results can easily be tampered with and the big differences between forecast and actual result.
We’ve also heard of students that were admitted to programs in private higher institutions were asked to sit for additional papers when the actual result were presented or when the students who got in with “good forecast grades” do poorly in classes. There are also instances where students were asked to leave or change course because they are totally incapable of coping up with assignments and tests. Tampering with forecast results have been happening since my days in secondary school back in the 90s and those who wishes to “shortcut” their way to private higher learning institutions can do it with ease.
Back then, all you need is a good quality liquid paper, typewriter (before the days of printer) and a couple of visits to the shop with photocopy machine. These days, needless to say, it is even easier with so many graphics editing software that one can easily download. I would like to ask how many private higher learning institutions actually check the forecast result with the school authority before admitting a student into many of its programs? With quotas to achieve, with shareholders and bosses to be answerable to do, with profits to chase, it does not come as a surprise that quantity and profit comes first.  Hereby are two true stories on which I was involved in one while the other is from a friend.
Story one
This happened when I was in form 5 after the release of all trial examination results. Students who wish to further their education without waiting for the actual result can have obtain a “result sheet” from the school’s office with a stamping to prove true copy either by the Headmistress, Penolong Kanan ( asst. HM ) or the Penyelia Petang ( asst. HM in charge of afternoon session). Back then, it was sheet of printed paper on which the student fill up their actual trial examination result and the school clerk will type it, then the stamping done by either one of the three.
Due to the high standard set by our school, the trial exam was actually much harder than the actual exam and most of us scored badly. There are a few of my friends who wish to use the trial examination result to further their studies overseas including myself. I did quite well, and extremely well for BM, English, History, Geography, Economics except for Add Math ( a subject I loathe and a worry to my Add Math teacher, Mrs. Lim Siew Yong ) and Biology.  However, two friends of mine didn’t do well and they were desperate for a more “presentable” result to be handed over to an education agency that is helping to do placement for students in Australia.
So, what do we do? A few of us assembled in my house, scheming and thinking of how to help out these two friends when we came up with the daring idea of typing out the “result sheet” using the type writer that belongs to my dad’s company (coincidentally it is of the same type writer as our school’s) and send it for “stamping” by the Penyelia Petang who will certainly be not aware of the actual trial result and probably won’t check it against our report cards. It was a daring attempt for if caught, God knows what will happen to my friends. My friends typed with great diligence the altered “result sheet” and we waited till late afternoon before going to the school to have it stamped because we know by then the HM and the other assistant HMs will most probably have left office.
We went to look out for the Penyelia Petang, with my friends saying apologetically the “reasons” why their “result sheets” were not stamped earlier that day. With good luck, my friends got their altered results stamped without any checking by the Penyelia Petang. Happily, we went for celebration at the ice kacang store next to our school and a few months later, we bid each other goodbye at KLIA and not long later I left for Auckland. These two friends of mine have since settled down in Australia. It was something wrong to do but back then we thought it was a "smart" idea.
Story two
Another real story was shared by a friend who used to work as marketing / business development executive for a college based in Mantin. Each month he was given a set of quota of number of students that he must bring in to be enrolled in that college. He was only given basic pay but he will get around two thousand ringgit per student that he managed to be enrolled.
There are many students with results that will never get enrolled by the boss of my friend told him some tricks that they can do to make these students eligible to be enrolled. My friend and his colleagues were taught how to alter the forecast result of the students. For years, that is what they did, confessed my friends. When the students can’t cope, they were told to re-sit for the examination or sign up for extra courses to ensure the continuation of their study.
While I agree that all students be given the opportunity to further their study after SPM, I do not agree with the way forecast results being tampered with; therefore, I fully support the decision by the Education Ministry to do away with using forecast result as the passport for pre university or foundation programs. Let the final SPM result be the yardstick for the basis of qualification and it is fairer too as everyone sit for the same papers instead of different standard by schools.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Let’s push for community library initiative

Most of my friends will say these are expensive sleep inducing books! 

For years, we never ceased to read the report that the average numbers of books that Malaysians read are dismay in numbers although there are some paltry increases over the years. There are various factors that attribute to this and the feedback that I’ve often received is reading is an expensive thing to do even when one buy from warehouse sale such as those by Big Bad Wolf or the occasion book fair.
I have to agree that books are indeed very expensive in Malaysia, especially non-fiction books which are often being regarded as dull, boring and sleep inducing but more often than not, these are the books that exposed one to a wide world view, informative and at times, they are thought provoking. Sadly, these are the books that most Malaysians will give a pass either due to the expensive price tag or they are just not interested. Therefore, something must be done to bring in the interest in these books by making them easily available. 
I have to admit that I am very fortunate because my job and travel often lands me in different countries across the globe where I can purchase newly published books at the price that is so much cheaper compared to Malaysia even after conversion and to explore the many second hand bookshops that offer gems that can’t be found in Malaysia. Another liberty that some Malaysians enjoyed but denied to the majority is the ability to purchase books that aren’t available in our bookstores from Amazon.com which do not come cheap factoring in the shipping cost.
An irony thing that often happens to me and like-minded friends who do not mind to spend on books is to end up having a few copies of the same title. Sometimes, this is due to our own absent mindedness but most of the time it is because of the different covers because the same book may be published by different publishers or the issue of hard cover edition versus the paperback edition. So, what do we do with these books?
As for myself, I will often donate these books away but after reading the article; For the people, by the people – Little Libraries can build community and love for books published by The Star on 22nd Sept, it is time for us to emulate the concept mentioned in the article. It is a good way to build the spirit of sharing and trust among the neighbors and at the same time encourages fellow Malaysians to develop a love for books and reading.  
For a start, we can make good use of the community centers around our residential area to allocate a little space for a mini library with contributions of books by the residents itself. Or, one can move a step further with some unique ideas to start a mini library that suits our society for the benefit of everyone.
I know there will be many naysayers who will say that this idea is not workable in our society because there will be little contributors, books not being returned, dumping of unwanted materials and lots more but without a try and an effort, how are we to know this initiative is going to be. So, let’s be bold and start doing something for the society even it is just a tiny one compared to doing nothing, as Napoleon Hill said: " If you cannot do great things, do small things in great way."



Mirrors of myself from 2008-2014


Strangers and those who do not know my age will usually come to conclusion that I am either still in university or a fresh graduate despite me having graduate some 10 years ago. 9 years ago, 6 years ago, 4 years ago and even recently, they kept saying the same thing that I look so young. Another irony is people kept thinking I am still a chambering pupil! I am so used to that now but I will keep asking myself: Do I really look that young? No. I do think the youthful look is no longer there. 
Since 2008, I have been visiting Beijing every year due to work as well as my long standing fondness for this City and here, I discovered the gem that was to steal my heart and lure me back with its old world charm, its people and architecture, so magical and alluring. It is also in this city that craftsmen, artists, rulers, warriors, current and long gone, bestowed the world with one of the greatest treasure known to man. 

For some strange reasons, Tiananmen Square holds a special place in my heart and made it a point to have a photo taken at about the same spot near Tiananmen Gate to see the change of my outlook and the place. Alas, the place didn't change much but vicissitudes of life are evidently shown when I compare then and now.


Circa 2015



Circa 2014
Circa 2013


Circa 2012

Circa 2011

Circa 2010

Circa 2009
Circa 2008

 


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Call girls, tour options, official receipts, milky spas and more – Beijing welcomes you

Tiananmen Gate: China's symbol of power but "All Under Heaven" is laden with social ills.  
Beijing welcomes you – with technology and capitalism in full force. Fancy a companion with multiple talents? Looking for girls with pornography filming experiences? Desperate for a heavenly spa to relax? Need to look for a guide to visit the Ming Tombs and Great Wall? What about inflated receipts to claim for your shopping? In need of any of the services advertised above and you are not sure where to ask? Not a problem, it is just a call or WeChat away.
Here are some of the more than a few dozens of SMSes that will greets you upon activating your mobile phone’s international roaming when you lands in Beijing:
本会所提供国内外女孩上门服务,少妇,白领丽人,大学生,模特,空姐,日韩欧美,二三线明星,电话18500781035,短信不回,打扰见谅
(Our club provides international and local girls, room service available, beautiful young ladies, office workers, university graduates, models, air stewardess, Japanese, Korean and European beauties, porn stars; call 18500781035, will not entertain SMSes, sorry for interrupting)

酒店美女 上门服务少妇学 . 空姐 模特 .三线明星 . 欧美等国家留学生 联系电话 13371718097 微信 xxxxxx1921
(Room service available for hotel beauties, students, models, porn stars, local and foreign university graduates, contact number 13371718097, WeChat xxxxxx1921)

你好:代开北京各行业发票,绝对保真.用后付款。电话13001276503
(Hello, we can provide official receipts for all industries in Beijing with absolute guarantee and confidential. Tel: 13001276503, Mr. Liu.)
During my past China trips, I have never received advertising SMSes offering mostly sexual services until my recent Beijing trip. It was annoying to be receiving dozens of them throughout the day but it didn’t came across my mind to write about it until a friend from Singapore who is currently in Beijing shared her story about receiving similar SMSes. So much for the Great Firewall and censorship in China, illegal trades via mobile advertising that goes through the networks of China Mobile and China Unicom are now taking place right at the heart of China’s capital!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations Y.A.B. Azmin Ali

With Datuk Ambiga and Azmin Ali 
Azmin Ali’s patience in bidding his time and loyalty to his party and boss Anwar Ibrahim finally pays off handsomely. The Selangor state government is finally under his charge but he is the captain of a ship with many leakages, all which need to be patched before the next general election.

I’d had a brief encounter with this suave leader during the recent Teluk Intan by-election. To be honest, I am deeply impressed by him and I hope he won’t disappoint us with his leadership of the Selangor state government. For all Rafizi Ramli’s Kajang Move, Azmin Ali is the one who is having the last laugh now. But one question still remains, how long will be the longevity of Azmin's hold to this power?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Flood still a norm in Teluk Intan


During the recent Teluk Intan by-election, Datuk Mah Siew Keong claimed that one of the achievements during his tenure as Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2008 was solving partially the flood that hit Teluk Intan during hide tide and raining season but he added that if he is being elected again, he will let flood to be something of the past in Teluk Intan. Therefore, I am now calling for Minister Mah Siew Keong to make good his promise to resolve the problem of flood in every corner of his constituency.

A norm in Teluk Intan after each downpour
While flood during high tide, especially in during the lunar months of March, June and Sept together with flood at the end of the year during the monsoon season is partially solved, flash flood is now a norm in Teluk Intan after heavy downpour. Previously, flood will only hit areas alongside Sungai Perak that encircle the town, but it is now hitting the residential areas because of poor drainage system. Areas that were once flood free are now facing flash food after each downpour.
Clogged drains due to poor maintenance by the district council aside, poor planning of new residential areas that came up in Teluk Intan for the past few years are also a factor that contributes to this flooding problem. New housing estates were approved without giving into consideration of main drainage system, traffic, safety and other public amenities. Thus, when it rains, Teluk Intan can be called Teluk Banjir (Flooding Bay), a moniker that we used to call this town during our schooling days.
It is time for Minister Mah to work with the district council and relevant departments to identify the areas of improvements that can be made to solve the problem of flash flood in Teluk Intan, thereby making good Mah’s promise to make flood something of the past in this town. To put it more plainly, many areas in Teluk Intan need a new drainage system.
A new drainage system and clearing the clogged drains is not a hard problem to solve so I hope it won’t take years for this to be done or only get it solved when the next general election is near. The talk in town now is that Mah Siew Keong is a minister with no significant portfolio and the voters are waiting to see what he can achieve. I sincerely hope that Mah Siew Keong can prove his detractors wrong and win over the naysayers hence winning with a bigger majority in the next election, instead of the paltry 238 votes.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Report on “forced labor” in Malaysia not truly accurate


It was reported in New York Times that a research conducted by a US based group Verite, commissioned by the US Department of Labor over the period of two years found that forced labor are common in Malaysian tech factories. The report, which made its conclusions from interviewing 501 migrant workers from nearly 200 factories which employs a total of about 200,000 migrant workers, only represents 0.25% of the total number.
Based on a sampling of 0.25%, how can a reputable for profit organization such a Verite come to conclusion with the report that nearly one in three migrant workers in Malaysia’s electronics industry toiled under forced labor conditions, therefore, essentially trapped in the job?
While I agree that there are certain plights that foreign workers in this country, which mainly made up of Bangladeshi, Pakistanis, Indians, Burmese, Vietnamese, Nepali and Indonesians, face, I can’t agree with the claim by Verite because 0.25% is just too little to represent an accurate scenario of the conditions of foreign workers in this country. Even if we are to have a more reputable 10% of the total workforce in the electronic industry who responded to the questions posted by investigators from Verite who claimed they are toiling in forced labor conditions, many other external factors will still have to be factored in.
It is also totally absurd to read the comment by Verite’s Chief Executive Daniel Viederman that the problem is not one of a few isolated cases but it is widespread. Hey Mr Viederman, based on 0.25%, how widespread can it be? From the very beginning, Verite’s report is totally unacceptable because of its mere 0.25% representation and it is a shame for you to comment whether it is widespread or not. I am curious too, have you personally visit Malaysia and speak to the foreign workers here yourself?
How about the respond from the management of the electronic companies? Shouldn’t it be fair that the respond from both sides are being heard and tabulated to represent a complete picture of the situation of foreign workers in Malaysia?
As a responsible and impartial organization, Verite should conduct a survey from both sides and do a more reputable representation, instead of mere 0.25% of workers before coming up with a conclusion that forced labor is present in the Malaysian electronics industry. As a suggestion, Verite should look into numbers before making any conclusion. What would Daniel Viederman say if I am to do a survey and come to a conclusion that 0.25% of Verite’s employees in United States responded that they are underpaid? Would I be made a laughing stock if I am to do that?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

PAS is the party that can’t be trusted forever


It is time for DAP and PKR as well as fellow Malaysians to admit and face the fact that PAS is the party that can never be trusted to be a component party of any coalition as well as in its commitments and promises. The recent political turmoil in Selangor has once again show the ugly side of PAS as an unreliable party be it to its partners as well as in its ideologies. Aside from that, PAS has also betrayed the trust of fellow Malaysians who voted the party based on its alliance in Pakatan Rakyat in the last general elections.
It is also a shame that PAS president, Hadi Awang is using the good name of his Highness Sultan of Selangor to submit names from his own party rather than the consensus reached between fellow Pakatan partners. Instead of admitting his own lust for power to govern the richest state in Selangor, Hadi should not have given the lame excuse that High Highness the Sultan wanted more than two names from each party, therefore allowing him to name three State Assemblyman from his own party.
If one were to look at the party’s history since its founding until today, it is a party that I would call fickle minded, unreliable and untrustworthy be it towards it coalition partners or in its quest to implement Islamic law in this country. So much so for a party that blames UMNO for all ills in Malaysia, it is PAS that actually create disunity in this country especially among the Malays as well as racial tension.
When the party feels that its political fortune is low, Islamic law and unity talks with UMNO will always be out in the card but it comes to nil at the end of the day. I guess all of us have lost count of how often PAS plays this game. Just not too long ago, Hudud was once again out in the play by PAS and it created a big huh hah in the political scene and died a natural death. Suffice to say that the next time PAS brings this issue out again, fellow Malaysians should just treat it as a bluff to gain political mileage. If we seriously ask PAS politicians how much in depth they know about real Islamic law and its implementation in a multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia, none of them can give a true answer.
PAS as a party who can never be trusted and never a team player first joined Barisan Nasional in 1974 and were asked to leave after a mere 4 years. Then in the 1989, the party, riding on the fray of UMNO’s internal problem goes into coalition with Tengku Razaleigh’s Semangat 46 and formed Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah but split in 1997 due to many differences. It once again ride on UMNO’s internal problem, the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim to be in Barisan Alternatif, won its biggest ever election victory but the demise of Barisan Alternatif was as quick as its foundation.
It was UMNO’s internal problem once again that PAS joined PKR and DAP to form Pakatan Rakyat shortly before the 2008 general elections but the coalition is never short of problems created by PAS who often clashes with DAP on Hudud matters and now with PKR. Even in Pakatan Rakyat, PAS leaders often flirt with the ideas of unity talk and co-operation with UMNO. So, this is the PAS that only goes into partnership with others when UMNO’s fortune is low as we have seen from 1980s till this day. One should ask, how sincere is PAS’s commitment to its partners?
If one party can’t even be sincere to its partners and stay throughout thick and thin, then how about its sincerity to fellow Malaysians who put their trust in it and voted for the party? What is PAS’s actual contribution to this country and to all Malaysians? What is the actual development that PAS brings to this county? Given fair evaluation, it is a party that does nothing significant even when given the power to govern and a party that can never be trusted on its promises, be it to its own partners in any coalition that it was in and currently in. Can we still trust PAS? The answer is a firm NO.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Ambitious and enterprising monks

At Henan's Shaolin Monastry 
Each time when I visit China and expressed my wish to visit certain temples, I’ll always be reminded by my local Chinese friends or guides that if I am looking for a real “temple” to pray, I can easily find it in Malaysia than in China. Then I will be told of the story of unscrupulous monks, ambitious monks and even fake monks. Therefore it is not surprising that one have to pay a hefty entrance fee to visit any temple, anywhere in China because temples were treated as tourist destinations in the officially atheist China.


When I was in China recently, one of the interesting topics of discussion among my Chinese friends is that famous temples across China are looking for “public relations and media director. I thought I heard it wrongly but yes, I didn’t hear it wrong, and temples are looking for public relations and media director. However, I didn’t pay much attention to it until I read that the famous Shaolin Temple in Henan is looking to hire media directors to build brand. Branding? To my humble opinion the famous Shaolin Temple is itself a brand name famous for its kung fu practicing monks, thanks to the many Chinese drama and films that promotes it. Nevertheless it was reported that the enterprising abbot Shi Yongxin thinks that his temple needs further promotion besides the hefty RMB 110 entrance fee. (There is also another Shaolin Monastery in Fujian Province which is said to be a branch of the original temple in Henan Province, commonly known as Southern Shaolin Monastery).


Family trip to Southern Shaolin Monastery in Quanzhou, Fujian. 
Very often, some of my friends and I are left wondering are ambitious monks or more precisely, chief abbot of a monastery or temple spreading the right message about the teachings of Buddha be it the monastery or temple is in China, Taiwan or Malaysia. Even the act of some senior monks are leaving us wondering if material wellbeing is even more important to them than to us, mere lay people. We have been educated that monks are mortals who denounce material wellbeing and worldly pleasures to live a simple life with the aim of emulating Lord Buddha to attain nirvana. Their chief duty is to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha and to be a living example of Lord Buddha.
Tea, calligraphy, Zen and Buddhism are hard to be separated and as someone who frequents the tea shop, I have ample example to get to know some of the monks who are tea connoisseurs and some whom calligraphies command tens of thousands. There is also a monk who is well known for his (Zen) calligraphy and he had writtenin 500 fonts on 500 Yixing purple clay teapots that are now available at a particular teashop in Malaysia. Those teapots don’t come cheap and this monk got a certain percentage from every teapot sold.
Aside from that, this monk has built a reputation in Yixing that everyone who wishes to get his calligraphy must present a teapot made by famous masters. He will not write anything if there is no exchange in return. When I was in Yixing, I was asked if this is the practice of monks and it left me dumb folded.  Back in town, it was well known that this monk has a huge collection of old pu erh as well as purple clay teapots by various famous masters, some of which he bought with a hefty amount. I have not personally seen his collection but friends who have the “luck” to see his collection told me that his collection can make the Yixing Purple Clay Museum in China looks like a third rate museum in Europe compared to the Louvre.  
Out of curiosity I asked a friend who is also an owner of a teashop how did this monk amass such an expensive collection, some which are bought through auction houses in Hong Kong. Are they gifts from his followers? My friend told me that some are gifts in exchange for his calligraphy while some he bought it with proceeds from donations to his temples as well as from selling his calligraphy. Adding to my surprise, I was told that this monk do have a large collection of antiques as well as old Rolex watches.
Monks are supposed to show a good example but it is sad that this particular monk is not the only one that possesses worldly material with great zest but there are a few other monks that have a huge collection of aged pu erh tea that a house is needed to just store these teas. Where all the monies needed for these material pursuits do comes from if not from donations either by “force” or by blind followers.  
For us mere mortals to have high ambition are something great but for monks or abbots to be enterprising and ambitious, what message does it send to the rest? The philosophical mind in me just can’t help thinking that if they can’t let go worldly material pursuits, what is the purpose of becoming a monk?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The truth about freedom of speech

An ideal sphere and reality can be very different. 
Many years ago, when I was still in New Zealand and in the midst of starting out Chinese Progressive Press, a pro Labour Party weekly free newspaper with distribution around Auckland, I was asked by a journalist friend do I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of press having come from Malaysia where the so called “freedom” is more of novelty during the era of Tun Mahathir.
When I was active politically in Penang, I was asked the same question. It is an interesting but tricky question. Fast forward to this afternoon, after my latest blog questioning the double standard in using Sedition Act against those who utter remarks that are deemed irresponsible and sensitive, another friend asked me if I will fight for freedom of speech. I quoted him Voltaire’s famous line: I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. However, I added that if that right of speech is being abused to create chaos into the society or to damage a person’s reputation, then the right rule of law should be applied regardless of who the person is, and to quote Plato, the measure of a man is what does with power.
Idealistically, we all wish for freedom of speech but realistically, there can never be one, be it in any society for many reasons that differ according to the uniqueness of the society they belongs. When someone actually speaks their mind freely, everyone is either frightened or threatened. A simple fact is that no one can afford to let his neighbor know what he is thinking about them for who knows what will be the repercussion.  All these trouble come from having speech at all. Most great thinkers argued that society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. Certainly there is a deep amount of truth in it.
In this universe, only human being have articulate language, for the cries of animals serves only as the signals for immediate instinctive needs, like the cries of pain, hunger, fear and satisfaction. However varied the cries of a cat may be, they do not depart from his immediate need. When a tiger devours a man, he may groan with satisfaction but he does not say like someone when cops did a mass arrest recently, “Look, he asked for it”. Or another example is when a fox fails to reach a hanging bunch of grapes, he just goes away: he is not such a bad sport as to call them “sour grapes.”
Only mankind is capable of this truly human language. This is the difference between man and animals. While man talks, animals at most squeal. George Bernard Shaw has rightly said that the only kind of liberty worth having is the liberty of the oppressed to squeal when hurt and the liberty to remove the conditions which hurt them. The kind of liberty we need now in Malaysia is exactly this liberty to squeal when hurt and not the liberty to yank out further nuisance that is going to break this country apart. All of us talk enough but few of us dare to squeal when hurt.
In the context of Malaysia, liberty of speech is not only a foreign notion but must be navigated with extreme self-censorship. As one of our sayings goes “kerana mulut badan binasa” and officials have always been all too eager to dam the people’s mouth more than they dam the river. Officials like quiet people who do not talk and do not squeal when hurt be it they are from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat. We must come to reality that that the liberty of speech we demand for the people means there is no liberty of actions for officials. Therefore, the conclusion and the truth is that freedom of speech is only an idealist’s notion.
Once again, back to my humble opinion, I still believe that a certain amount of liberty should be given but if the liberty is breached in a way that it creates damage, action should be taken and we come to a new principle on what is acceptable and what is not. Only by fighting for a new principle, will there be any chance of changing the state of affairs plaguing Malaysia.  


Monday, 1 September 2014

Why the double standard in using Sedition Act?


The recent spike in politicians and NGO leaders being hauled up by police for questioning and later charged under Sedition Act have received mixed responses from politicians and Malaysians in general. As expected, members of the Pakatan Rakyat are crying foul over this but the public in general think that the police and Attorney General’s chamber have been doing the right thing, especially with the increase in unruly behaviors, hate speeches, racist remarks, religiously insensitive articles and disrespect for the monarchy.
Personally, I am fully in support of the use of law to curb anyone, be it they are from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat or their supporters from doing damage to the often complex racial relationship in this country, from unruly behaviors that can create riot, from hate speeches that can create divide among Malaysians, irresponsible statements that create disrespect to the monarchy and many more. 

However, members of the public are questioning why only it appeared that Pakatan Rakyat politicians are hauled up? Certainly it is not true that only Pakatan Rakyat leaders and supporters are charged. If one were to follow the news, here are some of them who are deemed pro Barisan Nasional that are charged or call up by police:

a)      ISMA chief, Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman for his “pendatang” remarks

b)      Fifteen UMNO members who stormed the Penang State Assembly earlier this year

c)      Federal Territories UMNO leaders who threatened to burn DAP Headquarters

However, many are also wondering why certain people can still dispense their insensitive remarks as and when they like. The head of the list are certainly PERKASA leaders who seem to have the license to utter any remarks as and when they wish. However, there are also few individuals that should be probed and charged. What more, these repeated offenders are:  
a)      Infamous lecturer and Sinar Harian columnist, Ridzuan Tee Abdullah @ Tee Chuan Seng. His seditious remarks are well known.

b)      Ex Court of Appeal Judge, Mohamad Nor Abdullah for his many well documented racist and religiously insensitive remarks.

c)      Zulkifly Sharif, secretary-general of Perkib and Permas who asked for Chinese who are not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia to be banished from this country and for splashing chicken blood on the banners of Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
There are more to add on to the list but if the government is serious in making sure the spirit of 1957 is being uphold by every Malaysian, that this country remain harmonious and the monarchy is respected, every Malaysian and myself would wish to see that Sedition Act is being used fairly and the three infamous individuals singled out above should see their day in court, especially Ridzuan Tee Abdullah @ Tee Chuan Seng. The damages that he created all these while, including  recent the Selangor Darul Babi remark are too big to be excused. 

In short, it is very disheartening to see the deterioration of the level of trust and harmony among Malaysians from different race and religion. As we celebrate 57 years of Independence from British rule, this county should be moving forward but the reality is that we seems to be moving backwards with endless problems, especially related to race and religion created by irresponsible people. The Malaysia that I know today is a far cry from the Malaysia that I grow up during the good old days. 

Back then, no one ever question why the azan is so loud from nearby surau or mosques, no one question religious statues no matter how big they are, no one ever said the chariot possession by Hindu temples create traffic jams, no one said it is wrong for Muslims wishes their Chinese and Indian friends Merry Christmas and Gong Xi Fa Cai but why is it happening now? No thanks to certain individuals that probably derive their pleasure from seeing destruction to our beloved Malaysia.