Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Janji Barisan Nasional di Teluk Intan , BN’s promise in Teluk Intan

Pada Mei 2014, ketika berkempen pada pilihan raya kecil untuk Parlimen Teluk Intan, peminpin peminpin Barisan Nasional teleh membuat beberapa janji kepada penduduk Teluk Intan. Kata mereka, program-program pembangunan akan dilaksanakan sekiranya calon Barisan Nasional, Dato Mah Siew Keong menang. Antaranya adalah pembinaan universiti di Teluk Intan, perkhidmatan jalur lebar UNIFI, rumah mampu milik dan sebagainya. 

Tapak UPSI di Jalan Changkat Jong Teluk Intan.
Pada ketika itu, banyak pihak yang meragui janji-janji Barisan Nasional. Mereka berpendapat bahawa janji itu adalah janji kosong yang tidak akan dilaksanakan selepas calon BN menang. Sehingga hari ini, pihak pembangkang terutamanya dari DAP masih menipu rakyat dari tempat lain bahawa tiada satu pun janji BN yang dibuat ketika pilihanraya kecil Teluk Intan telah dilaksanakan. Sewaktu berkempen di Sarawak dan ketika ini, apabila mereka berkempen di Kuala Kangsar dan Sungai Besar, mereka memberitahu penduduk penduduk di sana bahawa BN kantoi di Teluk Intan dan menyeru supaya orang ramai jangan ditipu lagi oleh BN. 

Sebagai orang Teluk Intan, saya tahu bahawa janji yang dibuat oleh peminpin Barisal Nasional telah dilaksanakan ataupun sedang dilaksanakan. Tiada siapa yang lebih tahu perkembangan di Teluk Intan lebih mendalam berbanding orang Teluk Intan sendiri. 

For the naysayers who doubt BN’s promises in Teluk Intan, I can only say a picture is worth a thousand words. In return, I would like to ask the state government of Penang and Selangor under the Pakatan Whatever Rakyat Harapan coalition to show their report card. More precisely, I am interested to know what happened to the CAT - Competency, Accountability, and Transparency promise of Lim Guan Eng’s government in Penang. 

Rethinking death

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death – Publilius Syrus

The meaning of life is that it ends - Kafka

Recently, a very intimate friend of mine is troubled with the future. The thought of a sudden death and his inability to control it sent the chill down his spine. I know he must have agonised over the matter for days before he decided to speak to me. For someone who is not fond of small talk, coming from him means he is serious and he want to know my opinion. He laughed over my reply, probably thinking that like most people, death is a taboo topic to me and best avoided.

There is no doubt that to look at mortality straight is not an easy feat. I used to avoid it, preferring a don’t ask, don’t tell philosophy, hoping that everyone will live to ripe old age. However, all that changed when the sudden departure of daddy dearest two years ago hit me hard. Anger, guilt, grieve and whatever that is associated with sudden death that you can name reverberated in me for months. In its wake, I no longer think that to discuss, acknowledge and plan for one’s death is not an easy feat. As the family gathered to mark the Chinese anniversary of daddy’s death yesterday, I made a mental note that I am going to share what I think about mortality.

I am not joking or trying to avoid the discussion of mortality when I told my friend that I view death as a certain thing that each of us will face one day. The only uncertainty of it is when and we have no control over it. We have all seen an equal share of people who desperately wanted to end their life by committing suicide, people who cling on to life the mechanical way for years and people who leave so sudden without even saying a proper goodbye. As they said, it is all fated. So, who are we, mere mortals to challenge fate? The Malays call it takdir, Chinese say 生死有命。

As a Buddhist, I believe in life after death. I believe in reincarnation. I believe that from where we come from, that is where we return. In the face of the certainty of death, instead spending zillions of brain cells to worry about how the world will be after my departure, I would rather use it to plan for my funeral arrangements, to plan for the people that will remain after me and to plan for a meaningful life on earth. I will also ponder how should I be remembered after I am gone and what are my little contributions to this planet during my tenure here. 

I am not a big fan of the German writer, Franz Kafka and the Kafkaesque world but I agree very much with him that the meaning of life is that it ends. Rather than fear of death, let us find the meaning of life.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Mat Sabu’s slap Chinese in the face

Shortly before GE 13, on 12th April 2013, the then PAS deputy president who is now Amanah President, Mohamad Sabu, also known as Mat Sabu during his inaugural ceramah in Kedah said that the Chinese will never be a dominant political force in Malaysia.

 (The Star, 13 April 2013) – The Chinese will never be a dominant political force in Malaysia, even under Pakatan Rakyat, said PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

As both MCA and DAP would be vying for the limited number of Chinese-majority seats, they would only be eliminating each other, he said.

Only one would emerge winner in each seat, and the number of Chinese-majority seats remained the same, he added.

As such, it would be impossible for the Chinese to wield greater influence in Parliament, he said at a ceramah in Kupang on Thursday night.

It was Mohamad’s inaugural ceramah in Kedah after PAS announced him as its Pendang parliamentary candidate.

Mohamad also pointed out that Pakatan Rakyat fielded 23 more Malay Muslim candidates compared with Barisan Nasional in the 2008 general election.

Immediately after reading about his statement, I wrote that Mat Sabu’s statement is a slap in the face for Chinese in Malaysia. I agree that while Chinese majority seats will never match Malay majority seats, there are more than 60% of Malay majority seats where Chinese votes are crucial in determining which party that will win.

I had also chastised him for forgetting that it is the Chinese votes that help his old party PAS to lead the short lived government in Perak during GE12. It is also the Chinese votes in urban areas that help PAS to win comfortably in many other seats.

Mat Sabu not only never apologise for his stupid and racist remark that humiliate the Chinese, his buddies in DAP pretended that he had never uttered such thing too. If this is to come from any BN leader, you and I know that it will be sensationalised, politicalised and as usual, Lim Kit Siang will bay for the person’s blood and call for head to roll. 

Fast forward to today, we observe with glee how Mat Sabu is depending on the Chinese votes and the Chinese DAP machinery more than anything else to ensure the survival and the legitimacy of his new party, Amanah. So, Mat, can you now say that the Chinese will never be a dominant political force in Malaysia? But too late-lah, as the Chinese have a saying, 一言既出,驷马难追, when one word is uttered, it is hard to chase it back even by sending four horses.

Why should the Chinese forgive such an insult by Mat Sabu and why must the Chinese continue to be taken for a ride by DAP’s manipulation? All races are an important and dominant political force in Malaysia. Only the hare brained Mat Sabu and his cohorts from DAP subscribe to this type political division to suit their insatiable lust to power and continuous lies to fellow Malaysian.

Hence, I call on voters in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar to reject Amanah and its real boss the DAP and to vote for Barisan Nasional. Mat Sabu, Amanah and the DAP need to be taught a lesson that Malaysia has no place for racist politicians.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A little madness in house

“You must be crazy!” exclaimed my colleague Koh. 

“That place is still chaotic after the earthquake,” commented another colleague, CF.

“Can you buy online?” CF asked.

“Pharaoh will cringe at this,” murmured Koh.

Yes, my dear boss, the pharaoh will definitely cringe at this whole madness. But he will probably cringe even more to know that all I like about the 9000 baht per night room at the luxurious Rachamankha Hotel in Chiang Mai is not the Chinese antique furniture or its outstanding Lanna architecture but a piece of carpet woven with a cute colourful submissive tiger. 

I was in Northern Thailand last week till early this week. During the Chiang Mai leg of the trip, pharaoh had generously booked for us to stay at the Rachamankha upon the recommendation of another colleague and after a little research. “JL will like the antiques,” he told Mrs Pharaoh. However, it is very unfortunate that the antique furniture, porcelain and stone carvings that adorn the whole hotel are not the piece de resistance compared to those in pharaoh's abode or those in my collection. The room is itself quite a let-down because I’d expected it to come with a nice bath tub for soaking and the shower area itself is very small too.

The one !! 
All the shortcomings of the hotel, including its poorly trained front desk staffs, were quickly forgotten the moment I spotted the tiger in the room. I was smitten by the tiger! A quick google search for “tiger carpet” lead me to eBay and some online boutiques. Arghh….but again, me being me, someone who don’t trust online purchase except for books, hesitated. Another search traced the carpet’s origin to the Tibet/Nepal region. 

When I was in Tibet in 2010, I do not recall seeing any carpet with this tiger otherwise I would have bought it. During that summer in Tibet with daddy and mummy, I bought two carpets, one of which is still adorning the entrance to my study in Mental Cultivation Studio.

In the office yesterday when I wonder aloud my thought of going to Nepal for the carpet, my colleagues thought that I’ve gone insane. Yes, unbeknownst to many, besides the madness for bonsai, books and tea, I am crazy about carpets too, especially the Persian and Tibetian. And yes, flying to Iran is one of my to do list for 2016!