Monday, December 28, 2009
I have noticed the sort of "defensive" agenda these people like Ridhuan Tee, Utusan and ultra-racist side of UMNO used to spread hatred. That the Malay people have been patient for too long, that Muslims are most peace-loving and accomodating of all religions, and the Malay people have been giving more than taking in race relations, bla bla bla.
While they may have a point when the Opposition largely silent regarding the position of vernacular schools, issue of mother tongue and race-based organisations such as Dong jiao Zong, these people with defensive agendas usually conveniently forgets jusfications such as these schools being self-funded (as opposed to BTN). And these people probably has a history of mental or psychiatric problems because they conjure so-called "facts" out of thin air, such as Ridhuan Tee's complaint of non-Muslim worships and graveyards exceeding the number of their own. Why is it I heard a Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to gain approval from state govt while in the last five years the trend of humble suraus being replaced by mega-ornate mosques everywhere yet comes solat barely few Muslimats are seen doing their prayers (except come Friday)? Non-Muslims also have an option of cremating their own (P/S: Encik Ridhuan boleh jelaskan bolehkan seseorang Muslim membakar jenazah keluarga mereka?) so at least we ARE saving some space for our Muslim brothers because they do not have an option to do so. Ain't we a tolerent lot?!
Funny enough Ridhuan Tee also complains that the Christmas holiday celebrations have been eclipsing the scale of hype of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Boo hoo hoo, perhaps Ridhuan tee should explain why Taoists, Buddhists, Freethinkers, Atheists were busy celebrating a holiday that were supposed to celebrate Jesus or Christianity? Or Ridhuan Tee is envious that Santa didn't didn't give him a present this year or a leggy Santa Rina on his lap?
Sadly Mr Ridhuan (I hope as a university lecturer you can understand my simplified English) this sort of behaviour is also what we called delusional selfishness. Do you think only the Malays suffer when some Chinese light up huge coloks come Hungry Ghost Festival? Did you ever not think of the Christians, Hindus and sensitive allergic Chinese (or Indians/lain-lain race) who could probably die inhaling a whiff of the smoke? Have you ever stop to think also how much non-Malays also put up their effort to accomodate their Malay brethens? For example, having to get accustomed to loud solat broadcasts come 5 a.m. When Muslims dine at our house or parties we take the pain of using Halal silverware, plates and cutlery not tainted by pork. For God sake lah Ridhuan when you send your kid to a SJKC you think those canteen operators want to get sued for serving non-halal food to your kid?! In BTN or other government institutions, do the vegetarians complain when your Malay operators refused to accomodate their needs? No, they rather starve to death or get gastric lest they get accused of being "ultra kiasu", or worst getting busted under Sedition Act for questioning the rights of Malays *gasp*.
Encik Ridhuan, no need to play fire with fire in order to make a point. And don't be so pretentious with the fact just because you use budi bahasa sweet language to spread lies and slender doesn't mean you are holier and better person than the "uncivilised" commentators on your blog (you know who). And nobody is buying your "We're the victim, we're the oppressed" agenda BS - stop it because it makes you look like a fool. Don't go destroying the barrier of goodwill between non-Muslims and your Muslimat because what you are doing now makes you no better than the so-called "ultra kiasus" you're attacking - its opposite.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Since then our neightbours have started throwing accusations around, starting from allegations that we "stole" their Pendet dance for a "Malaysia Truly Asia" style promotional ad on Discovery Channel which turns out to be a botched attempt which our government has nothing to do with it. Then on Sept 2, their students pelted eggs at our embassy for allegedly copying "Terang Bulan" for our national anthem. Now hundreds of comments are posted on forums and portals in their country screaming "Ganyang Malingsia" and baying for our blood because we've robbed, stolen, mutilated, abused piagiarized etc their heritage, culture and people from Rasa Sayang to oil-rich Ambalat island.
I have no problems for our government and people to take responsibility if indeed their accusations are true and proven. Indeed we should be ashamed Noordin Mat Top set up his base across the straits and bombing innocent citizens to death in his deluded jihad against non-Muslim heathens and infidels, therefore should he be caught here toughest measures should be taken against him including use of ISA. Tough actions should be taken against employers who cheated, mutilated and abuse their citizens who worked here (but then the treatment should not be mutually exclusive but applied to others from Philippines, Myammar etc). And if indeed the Malaysian Royalty is convicted by court and responsible for heinous abuse and treatment to Manohara, special treatment and defense must not be accorded to him.
But here I am going to put on my proverbial redneck cap and call tit-for-tat. Their government recently has the cheek to ask our government to raise the minimal salary for their maids to be raised to RM 800. And as I type, many of their kind over in Borneo is crossing over our borders from Kalimantan and getting their MyKads faster than FRUs arresting Hindraf demonstrators in KL. Plantations and factories are still recruiting their kind, depriving our locals their chance for a livelihood. Whom do we see manning DBKL trucks picking up smelly garbages at our housing estates? Who are the people who are employed to sweep streets and busy highways? You will be surprised Indians are doing the dirty job while our "serumpun" kind are managing stalls in pasar malam and warungs in eateries! Imagine the balls of these people sending back their our cash back home and behind our backs screaming "Ganyang Malingsia!".
And surprisingly the editorials I read in (usual mainstream lah) newspapers calling for tolerance and dialogue with these people. I'm not going to call for a nuke across Melaka straits to shut their pie hole for good but as a letter to Malaysiakini states, the non-Bumi Malaysians never pelted eggs and bayed for blood leaders such as Hishamuddin, Chua Soi Lek, Samy Vellu, despite their blatant tunnel vision and hypocrisy. Surprisingly Utusan Malaysia's venom against our "serumpun" brothers seemed tame compared with their rant against Chinese and Indians. They do not have problem with these pendatang flooding the streets of Chow Kit and KotaRaya while they have issues with their fellow Hindu citizens trying to build a temple near their place.
It would do the government a great deal of good and save them a lot of trouble if they wake up from their slumber and smell the coffee. Ban their bloody people from working here as maids since they complain the pay is too meagre and our people complain in papers that they are getting sloppy in their job. When their kind is unemployed and unable to find jobs back in their homeland, they would be crawling to us on their knees and beg to work in pig abbatoirs for RM 100 a month seven days a week, just you wait! Aren't we afraid of the diseases they may carry to our country in light of H1N1? Stop issuing instant MyKads to the Kalimantan pendatang and start giving more consideration to talented non-Bumi acedemics who are leaving here rapidly for greener pastures in Melbourne, London, New York etc. Weed out the parasites and nurture the real patriots no matter what their race. Show these ill-tempered "guests" that we're not pussies and we mean business.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
That totally blew away my expectations. Seriously.
Najib shows that he is not much different than Pak Lah "Work with me not for me" Badawi in terms of putting a charade and let the monkeys roam loose doing shit. Hundreds of millions, I daresay being put in his big fucking phony 1Malaysia campaign. You see big effin banners and billboards on highway, it was bombarded in newspapers and even Limkokwing have composed a 1Malaysia anthem for it (which sounds like the worst Aswara student composing a RTM patriotic song horrors!). And yet Utusan Malaysia spews so much racist venom than ever it made Mein Kempf read like freaking Anne Frank diary. Anyway I digress.
It was only a few days ago that the deathtoll for A H1N1 pandemic was roughly twenty and one day later the bodycount doubled to 40! Today the latest deathtoll reported is 51 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/14/content_11878777.htm What the bloody hell's name is the govt doing? The Sun journalist R.Nadeswaran gave a damning expose on the incompetence of the Immigration Dept in screening passangers arriving at KLIA. In the forms he filled, he even passed himself as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and got away with it! Predictably, the Health Ministry lambasted Nadeswaran; http://sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=36693
In the Xinhuanet link, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that closing schools were no longer practical to prevent the infection because most patients were infected from the community. Can he explain in detail what he meant by that? Don't you have students from that community who goes to school? And there is no doubt that people who are in contact with infected patients may have travelled across state, thus spreading the virus further unless the HM told us they send a battalion of FRU troops clad in spacesuits the minute they got a call somebody was infected and closed down the community and anyone who tries to escape are tranquilised or shot on spot. I would buy that argument, even if it's made up.
Nobody will trust that the Health Ministry and the government is doing their utmost best in dealing with this crisis if health forms in KLIA are still used as bookmarks. Minister Liow Tiong Lai should quit all his politicking with MCA and concentrate 200% on tacking the H1N1 crisis. India's actions in shutting down schools and cinemas after 15 deaths shows the government's utmost ruthlessness and concern in tackling the pandemic effectively, and not worrying about petty "practical" reasons and economic concerns. The Malaysian government should worry least about these things, and should put the health of the rakyat at their utmost priority. Least of all, don't bluff your people with your lame chest-thumping statements in mainstream media that "Semuanya is ok!".
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here is a little warning if you haven't watch this movie. This isn't a SLASHER FLICK ala Friday teh 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Terminator, Predator etc although in this movie Javier Bardem's Chigurh character would've dispatched most of baddies mentioned with his airgun and not bat an eyelid (hell, even "badass" is an understatement for this villian). If you hate indie movies with passion, then NCFOM (acronym for this movie) is a typical award-winning fare that critics worship and Transformers-loving teenyboopers wail like babies if shown to them in a detention class. Have I spared you two hours?
The first ten minutes would have lulled majority of Malaysian movie goers either into sleep or leaving the cinema for good. Camera panning into distance of a desolate landscape, virtually dialogue free activity focusing on Josh Brolin's character who is hunting on a desert. He finds two million dollars in a suitcase on site of a massacre. Brolin finds the money and buggers off, but then returns to the place where he found them. Back there was a dying old man who needs a sip of water. Lesson of the day: Never take what isn't yours or even if you do, leave and never turn back. Moss got found and what is worse is not a bunch of raging Mexicans after his ass, but a hired assasin with a seriously whack hairdo. In the movie also, a Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is assigned to track Moss down and to protect his wife Carla Jean (Kelly McDonald) but on screen he may be seemed a pretty useless character who laments increasing violence in his good town and "lack of old manners" that is much different than "back in good old days". What is the use of a whining, toothless sheriff who is pretty much impotent in this movie? He doesn't even meet Chigurh in the whole duration of the film (or almost). Just minor spoilers btw
The movie will snap sense onto your head when it reaches the credits. This is also where most people at this point will cry "Bullshit". NCFOM is a movie that demands repeated viewings in order to piece together things that doesn't make sense at first attempt. The movie's main themes centres most on free-will and predestination of fate, or rather also how we respond to inevitability of things, such as force of evil. Chigurh is a fascinating character, much like Joker in The Dark Knight who has their own "integrity" and code of conduct and has no history of injustice or abuse that scriptwriters usually use in order to justify their actions. Whereas Joker's "story" of how he got his scars are most likely cock-up rants of a deranged madman, Chigurh is incorruptible in his pursuit that even if Moss hands him back the million dollars he will still blow his brains out with his airgun. The only way Chigurh's target could survive if he himself offers to toss a coin in deciding the fate of his victim.
Also without spoiling the movie since Chigurh represents Death in this movie, the characters such as Moss also represents how we deal with it. Some choose to continue weasel their way out, even knowing that running away is futile. Some prepares for Death and makes no apology for whatever manner that may lead it to them. In any case, you don't need to be an artsy critic in order to appreciate this movie. Still if you're renting this, watching Bardem's character with that bad hairdo walking about with his airgun still kicks ass.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"I think it's the Chinese papers. I don't know. I don't read Chinese but I got people who reported to me and they (the Chinese dailies) twisted my statement," he said. He also denied saying the Chinese were ungrateful in the interview. "No, no (I didn't say ungrateful). Did you read my Bahasa (Malaysia)? Even (deputy education minister) Wee Ka Siong knows Bahasa. "In Bahasa, I said 'seolah-olah tak menghargai' (‘They seemed to be unappreciative'). You have to read the whole context. Don't pick up just like that," he said. He also appeared to be annoyed with reporters who continued to pester him on the issue. "If you don't understand Bahasa, I can send you to school to understand it." He said that his language in the interview was "very clear and straight" and there was no way it could be twisted. "When you start twisting the whole thing, it puts me in sort of a bad light among the Chinese community," he said.
Muhyiddin unfortunately looked as if has a low-IQ capacity in his lame attempt to defend or sidetrack the remarks he made. Following is the full interview posted here on Utusan Online, HERE.
What is even more disturbing here is that the whole interview smacks of xenophobia ala Hitler who ascended to power by making Jews scapegoats for "corruption" of Germany. The headline entitled Kuasa penentu Melayu hilang jika terus berpecah had Muhiyiddin opined that the minorities (Chinese and Indians) knew they're kingmakers in the elections and warns Malay race that they will turn into a minority if they keep rejecting UMNO in next upcoming elections. These minorities are deceitful people who applauds when BN delivers millions of ringgit in development but then snubs their contribution when it comes to votes, hence they're ungrateful bastards.
If the Chinese press are to be blamed for taking his remarks out of context, here is an actual quote from Utusan website, word by word:
"Saya fikir paling jelas terbukti masyarakat Cina dan India belum bersedia menerima apa-apa bentuk pimpinan kerajaan yang seperti ada sekarang ini, lebih lagi agak terlalu menonjol ialah terhadap apa yang berlaku di Perak itu sendiri. Sesetengah masyarakat di sana, melihat ia dari sudut yang rasis, kerajaan orang Cina ditumbangkan oleh kerajaan orang Melayu walaupun tanggapan itu tidak betul.
Mungkin mereka tidak berapa jelas cara dari sudut Perlembagaan dan peraturan, maka mereka melihat apa yang berlaku sebagai satu bentuk menolak hak majoriti rakyat, mereka mahu kerajaan dipilih seperti pilihan raya lepas."
It is apparent from my understanding that he remarked the minority voters who rejected BN are not educated enough to understand the workings of the law and Constitution.
"Tetapi bukankah setiap kali pilihan raya kecil, permintaan kaum bukan Melayu dipenuhi, malah di Bukit Gantang walaupun peruntukan RM1juta diberikan tetapi kaum Cina tidak juga menyokong BN?
MUHYIDDIN: Ya, kadang-kadang kita berasa terpedaya juga kerana zahirnya nampak macam 'ok', sambutan dengan tepukan gemuruh tetapi mungkin sudah ada tertanam dalam hati iaitu sesuatu tidak mudah hendak berubah, pokoknya masalah isu Perak terutamanya di kalangan masyarakat Cina yang mungkin telah dipengaruhi dengan sentimen simpati kepada Datuk Seri Ir.Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, kononnya dia 'dijatuhkan', lepas itu kononnya dasar memberi pegangan tanah selama 99 tahun dilihat dasar yang menguntungkan.
Ini yang mungkin menyebabkan sukar BN mendapat sokongan walaupun kita fikir bila mereka hendak sekolah Cina dibantu, kita bantu, sepatutnya mereka membalas budi. Pada waktu itu, kita pun tidak berharap sokongan kaum Cina akan meningkat 40 peratus dan sebagainya cuma kita berharap ada peningkatan sedikit tetapi apa yang berlaku ia mencatatkan penurunan, macam tidak ada penghargaan terhadap apa yang kita lakukan."
Note also Muhyiddin repeatedly said these words were twisted out of context, as if it existed in the first place! Furthermore he add, much to his annoyance of reporters who kept pestering him that "If you don't understand Bahasa, I can send you to school to understand it." and he said that his language in the interview was "very clear and straight". His modus operandi to deny his prejudice now is to retort to the interpreter that his/her command of B.M is weak. Amazing, isn't it? Those Chinese reporters probably didn't even get a simple credit in their B.M paper in SPM! Blame those illiterate, ungrateful, deceitfully conniving reporters!
It goes to show Najib hasn't learned from the mistake of his predecessor Pak Lah "Work with me not work for me" Badawi's cakap lain serupa bikin attitude. His deputy's xenophobic views contradicts his 1Malaysia blueprint vision. But then again, we all know its a fucking facade of lies since this PM made a statement back when he was UMNO Youth leader in early 80s that he will bathe Chinese people's blood in keris. We all know BN's same old modus operandi for winning votes in by-elections; talk about national unity, promise development to non-Malay voters while talking dirty about pendatang and how they're usurping the rights of bumiputeras to Malay voters.
As consolation to haters of BN, they have not learnt their lesson! I suppose the lack of I.Q content by leaders such as Muhyiddin is a good thing. They are still clueless about why non-Malay voters were ungrateful to them?! Use those time and money you're going to spend on "feedback" on more productive things, like going to fucking Disneyland on context of "lawatan sambil belajar" (credit to Khir Toyol). As Malaysiakini put it aptly quoting a popular saying, “Fool me once, shame on you but fool me twice, shame on me!". Voters aren't going to be fooled thrice and elect this retard as the Prime Minister of this country.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I initially wanted to join the whole Earth Hour claptrap until at eleventh hour the whole BS to me is just appalling when the fact struck me that event feels as hollow as celebrating Valentines Day. Most of the "celebrities" and people who are psyched by this event are probably hypocrites when it comes to doing real energy conservation.
For instance at 7.10 p.m someone I know someone from college sent me yet another SMS telling me to switch off lights at 8:30 till 9:30 p.m to "save planet earth" when this guy at college goes off to lunch everytime leaving the goddamn air-cond on in the practice room. His excuse? Cool down his instrument in order to preserve the pitch. >_>
Then I read in NST Zainal Abidin says he will switch off the lights in his house at 8:30 p.m then will spend the whole time doing BBQ with his family.
Thats like a crook saying he's giving up robbing banks and go raping women instead. You switch off lights and use CHARCOAL to fucking grill meat during the hour?
And as usual those hotels and reputable corporations are using the whole Earth Hour shit for cheap publicity, no need to deny them. Corporate responsibility my fucking ass. Announce loudly in newspapers your offices will switch off power completely or "non-essential lights" for that hour. Then rest of the freaking year your company would use 10 times more energy than a normal company would do eg: CEOs who drive petrol guzzling Jaguars, Mercedes or SUVs (hell worse, those who have private jets for Chrissakes). Companies who bulldozes forests and shoo away natives to build exclusive bunglos for the rich. Companies whose factories emit enough carbon to rival those in Beijing. List goes on.
Then shopping malls, hotels, etc are celebrating Earth Hour by inviting artists to perform in a candlelight or "low-powered", "unplugged" concert, organizing candlelit dinners, bla bla and naturally patrons will switch off lights at home and travel there with...petrol powered vehicles. Pointless exercise again unless you're one of the patrons who either take LRT, cycle or walk. Then you're getting a cookie from me at least.
You want to do your part in "saving earth"? First do watch Al gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" regardless your political affliations or if you think Gore is a pretentious freaking liberal. Use air cond only when its absolutely necessary, even better if you're sleeping at night switch air-cond only for three hours then switch off and use electric fan for remaining night, like what I read in the paper. Minimize use of A4 papers, better use digital softcopy to submit your assignments. Try refuse plastic bags offered in supermarkets, if you do make sure they're recycled. Use containers whenever you tapau/takeaway cap fan, kai fun or whatever since polestrene is evil (which I'm struggling because polestrene is also convenient, but we all try). Whatever helpings you take in buffet, finish them or else smuggle your leftovers out for your dog to finish. The organizers will dump their foie gras, oysters, sashimis into the garbage bin anyways.
And of course, don't brag out loud to everyone you're a "green" hippy. Nobody will give you a medal for your efforts to conserve earth. Don't be like PETA hippies and make our lives miserable. Preach what you want, but don't shove them down their throats.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Nothing kicks ass like a good workout for the heart. Um, not by normal cardiac workout. What constitutes one is a good jolt of kick by getting thrilled or scared the bejeezus out of your ass. I always thought the video game medium is more scarier than movies when it comes to deliver good scares. You name it; Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame series. Instead of scares being delivered by whims and from a fixed perspective set by a so-called director who supposedly knows how to deliver the goods, most of the time its a let down. Not so in an interactive horror game - explore the vast but unseen heavily misted stretches in the woods or claustrophobic, dark often very-very dimly lit corridors in a abandoned storehouse/mansion/apartment/etc? The gamer is given free will to get jolted in different ways possible, either from getting chased by a tyrant with a hugeass chainsaw/hammer or risk getting gang-raped by a horde of zombies.
Not to say the film medium is totally flawed. I've seen really good films that even made me switch on lights to sleep at night after watching it; Ju-On series, The Shining, Blair Witch to name a few. The really good movie experience is akin to being chained on a chair being forced to watch a live corpse being dissected to its bare bones. REC is but one example.
The makers of this film doesn't give you any pretentious bullshit, hence you won't find anything groundbreaking or "original" to top Blair Witch Project the film that gave birth to "first-person documentary" style of filming. There is no room for "plot development" and all characters basically whine and yell at each other most of the time. Hence I do not understand stupid critics who denigrates this film based on those criterias, like the one from Variety: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117934528.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
Premise of plot is simple, no need for fancy side-stories about a protagonist's hidden secret past or an excuse for a stupid sex scene (typical in slasher movies) despite the fact the female protagonist is hot. Female reporter covers a typical day of a firefighter for a weekly documentary, which leads her and cameraman to an apartment after a distress call about an old lady getting stuck in an apartment. Over there, shit happens when the old lady attacks one of the policemen, then in an attempt to secure help the apartment is sealed off by authorities fearing an epidemic outbreak. The reporter and cameramen, trapped with fireman, a camera-phobic cop and distressed tenants have to find a way out of there while things in the apartment is getting ugly.
This movie is seriously only Blair Witch with zombies. Thus if you have watched it before, the good thing it retained is the indie-feel, real budget film making and quality without fancy shit like CGI, orchestra and fancy lighting. While Blair Witch is basically the fear of what we cannot see, REC basically ramp things up with that plus the fear with things we can see, hence the zombies.
And why did I mentioned video games in first paragraph? The penthouse as you will see later in the film is an obvious homage to the Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Only gamers will understand what I mean and I don't think that would spoil the sheer awesomeness of this movie. The only flaw is that the movie is too short. I thought the last 10 minutes could be stretched a little more. But then that would be too much of a good thing to finally give way to an actual heart attack. It is that terrifying.
As usual if a horror movie from a non-Hollywood scores big by satiating the lust of screen masochists, its guaranteed for a remake - from Hollywood. However it is also an unwritten rule that a superior remake is like finding speck of gold in Saharan desert. So if you come across the title "Quarantine" but have yet to watch this movie for Chrissakes give it a pass. Even if reading subtitle is a chore, its just a little chore compared to ruining yourself watching an inferior Hollywood remake. Best experienced lights off, after midnight, maximum effect; alone.