black for a reason

google don't lie

Monday, July 30, 2007 read close 1 speaks

malaysiakini and merdekareview respectively reported the RPK incident and James Wong decided to sparkle more salt unto the wounds by exposing an old article stored in the government website, supposedly seditious.

apparently the government did took action by removing it quietly. However, as I mentioned in the title of this post - google don't lie.

Thanks to google cache, we can verify James' accusation. Click here to read it.

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Day 3, 2007: Freedom of Press

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 read close 3 speaks

For the day 3 of 40-day prayer for the nation, my highlight of the day would be freedom of press. Freedom of press been an issue for quite some time, and escalated recently with much worries. Most of the mainstream newspapers decided to conduct dubious "self-censorship" (to be precised, political motivated self-censorship) which by principle I disagree. Political party owned mainstream newspapers raise concerns of imbalance and selective news reports.

There's two mainstream newspapers I know that still "speaks-up" for the right cause, one is theSun, another is Oriental Daily. You can get them from 7-Eleven.

Yesterday Raja Petra Kamarudin was being lodged a report for sedition. Today, theSun reported this event, but with much reservation, and lied (sadly speaking).

Let's pray for our nation.

PS: You might wonder what's is RPK's actual response, Here is it.

Many people from the media phoned me today to ask me my comments on the police report against Malaysia Today and me. Well, this is my response to that police report against Malaysia Today and me. I would just like to say: go to hell Muhamad the son of Muhamad. You are a disgrace to the Muhamad name. And let me tell you Muhamad the son of Muhamad: you should thank your lucky stars that this is 2007 and not 1907. If this was 1907 instead of 2007 I would challenge you to a duel. It would be a man-to-man, one-to-one duel. It would be a duel to the death with kerises.But no, I don’t think you would accept my challenge to a duel with kerises. You may have two Muhamads in your name but you have no class.

You eloped with the late Agong’s and Sultan of Selangor’s daughter and secretly married her in Thailand. Then you denied it when the late Agong and Sultan of Selangor asked you about it. Only someone with no balls would do this. A man with balls would not deny it. So there is no way you would accept my challenge to a duel with kerises.I know that when the late Agong and Sultan of Selangor, my uncle, found out that you had in fact married his daughter, my cousin, and that you had lied about it, you arranged for Umno Youth to organise an anti-Sultan demonstration. The late Agong and Sultan of Selangor was very hurt and he cancelled his birthday celebration that year. So that year no datukships were awarded and you had to return the money to all those who had paid you for their datukships.This act of yours, Muhamad the son of Muhamad, is treasonous.

If this was 1907 instead of 2007 you would have been put to death. And you accuse me of insulting the Agong? You committed treason. You can send me to jail if you wish. You would have been put to death if this was 1907 instead of 2007.But I know why you made that police report against Malaysia Today and me, Muhamad the son of Muhamad. You want to make a political comeback. You want to contest a parliament seat in the next general election. And you want to be made a federal minister when you win that parliament seat. You hope that the present Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, will fall and that you can take his job. That is why you made that police report against Malaysia Today and me, Muhamad the son of Muhamad.Muhamad the son of Muhamad, see you in hell. And if I go there first I will wait at the gates of hell to greet you on your arrival, Muhamad the son of Muhamad. Ini Anak Raja Bugis bercakap yang mati dengan keris di dalam tangan.

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say no because it is not the truth

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 read close 3 speaks

Say no to Islamic state, not because I do not embrace Islam, not because I prejudice against them. Say no because it is not the truth.

I'm disgusted at such childish, brainless (my apology) and irresponsible statement.

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what? (1)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 read close 3 speaks

5 days, and below are the summary of what happened in just merely 5-day time.

never-ending education debate, still playing tai-chi (here)

never learn the lesson, still in their own sweet world (here)

never see it in the right perspective, still playing racial cards (here)

never know it was that complicated, still praising us... relatively speaking (here)

never expect some one would speak up, still filled with much water (here)

never realise their mistake, still think it is alright... always (here)

never use brain, still think one man overrules the constitution... speechless (here)

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a story

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A disheartening story taken from Malaysiakini,

My son, Ryan, who is 18, left to further his studies in Australia today. He goes to embark on his tertiary studies at a reputed university - ordinarily, something to be proud of. However, it was more sadness than pride that ruled the day.

I have pondered many a time as to why we come to a point where it is like tossing your child out of a flaming or sinking ship. We have many universities here, yet we have to sacrifice so much to send them abroad. Why? Thanks to the politicised education system, it is not in his interest to study here - even when we are now a global village.

Many nations who lagged behind us have closed the gap or gone ahead. Had he gone through the local universities, his mobility in terms of employability worldwide would be seriously curtailed. The major corporations in Malaysia generally prefer the foreign graduates - especially those from ranked universities.

The polarisation that is systemic ensures that his circle of friends more likely would be non-Malay or non-Muslim. This would be a major disadvantage in a multi-cultural society - increasingly the trend in many progressive countries. When I was a student in the 70s, our friendships were not determined by our race or religion. In fact, in many cases, we got to know our friends' ethnic origins many years later when they got married and we attended their wedding ceremonies.

In today's increasingly common parlance, I am reminded repeatedly that I am a third generation 'pendatang'. My son therefore will be the fourth - one who like me, speaks only English and Malay. ‘Pendatang’ nonetheless. Scholarships by and large are a mirage for folk like us. Just like crumbs and morsels that fall off a dining table.

So what are we griping about in the land of blue skies and 'ais kachang'? Our land of
blue skies could and should have been a land of milk, honey and plenty. Instead, we have increasingly unfettered corruption, polarisation, degeneration of our education system right from Standard 1 to full blown chaos at the tertiary level.

The perception of fair play as played out in the judiciary gives one little to look forward to in seeking justice. Our sports achievements - barring a few rare exceptions - have seen a massive slide. Even this has been politicised. From a feared soccer nation, we are now below Singapore and Thailand. Sportsmen sell out on their honour and country. Wonder who they learnt this from. From multi-racial teams for soccer, hockey and rugby, we put out almost homogenous teams today. The results speak for themselves.

When my son is ready to join the job market, the civil service would not even be a considered option. Turn back the clock about 50 years and one sees the stark difference - when the best brains competed to join the service.

So, as a 'pendatang', my advice to others like me is that you cherish and value the limited time you have with your children because unlike others, you are not guaranteed the opportunity to be at their side - or even a short distance behind - to see that they don’t tumble along life's walkway.

When they are packed off at 18, the chances of them returning is so much less. The plus side is that as parents, we know that we have given them the opportunity to make their best shot for the years to come.

Farewell son, the grass may not be greener on the other side, but the skies are more blue. And even if the grass is not greener, it is grass you can stand on with your head held high. God Bless.

What would you do?

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Thursday, July 12, 2007 read close 0 speaks

This is a song played while I on my way back from midvalley. Apparently I finally understood what the singer trying to imply in this song.

我把自己关起来 只留下一个阳台 每当天黑推开城门 对着夜幕发呆
看着往事 一幕一幕 再次演出你我的爱

我把电视机打开 听着别人的对白 也许那些故事 可以给我一个交代
你要的爱 我学不来 眼睁睁看情变坏 人怔怔看情感慨

不能给你未来我还你现在 安静结束也是另一种对待
当眼泪流下来 伤已超载 分开也是另一种明白

我给你最后的疼爱 是手放开 不要一张双人床中间隔着一片海
感情的污点就留给时间慢慢漂白 把爱收进胸前左边口袋
最后的疼爱 是手放开 不想用言语拉扯所以选择不责怪
感情就像候车月台 有人走 有人来 我的心是一个站牌 写着等待

我把收音机打开 听着别人的失败 哽咽的声音仿佛诉说着相同悲哀
你的依赖 还在胸怀 我无法轻易推开 我无法随便走开

Today was an interesting (and long) day. It also marks a new point whereby one has to see what's happening around him, and how to deconstruct it. For those who keep looking for answer, I believe you've already took a glimpse of it. You know what is it :)

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Sunday, July 08, 2007 read close 0 speaks

Just came back from Kampung Tasek, Kedah. Will update about this trip when I got the photos from my colleague :)

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a song

Saturday, July 07, 2007 read close 0 speaks

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the Light of His glory and grace

A song of comfort for me, and for some of my friends. It is a song telling us to remember of His promise for us, as we being guided and watched over, for His glory and grace. A wonderful promise, indeed.

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