Weak.

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First and foremost, my condolences to the families of all of those affected by the MH17 incident. This is a massive tragedy and another black spot for us Malaysians.

However, this time I’m going to a politically incorrect thing and look beyond the tragedy.

The plane as we know went down in eastern Ukraine, where there is fighting between the US-backed Ukraine government and the Russian-back separatist rebels. There has been some trading of barbs between both sides (the Ukrainian government and the rebels) over who actually fired the shot that downed the plane but I have a different view on this whole matter.

You see, for me, the Ukrainian government and the rebels may be at each others throats but that does not mean they are crazy. Yes, no matter how unpopular this may sound, I believe both can think rationally and they (both) would have no way wanted to down a Malaysian jet.

For what reason would they want to do so? It does not give either side any advantage.

For me, I believe that whoever fired the shot was taking orders from someone else (the US certainly does come to mind). Why?

Simple reason : We’ve unwittingly become a pawn in a larger game of chess. A competition between the major powers for territory and influence.

Why has this happened? Simple, our leadership is weak.

Although I am of the belief that Malay leadership throughout the ages has been generally weak and overly accommodating -with certain personalities such as Tun Perak and Dr. Mahathir being exceptions- the present day leadership shown by our current and immediate past Prime Ministers (Najib and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) has been exceptionally weak when compared to the ocean of sharks that we currently dwell in. Sure, there is no Siam to worry about in the north anymore, but biggest fish around and even bigger and badder than ever before.

The Malays are a great race and a wonderful people (anyone who has ever lived in a Malay kampung will attest to this) but their leaders throughout history have always let them down. This is a sad, sick truth but it’s reality. Penang and Singapore was lost to the British due to the self-serving natures of the royals in that time and even now, we can see how the syok sendiri and permikiran sempit attitude of our leaders are causing Malaysia to slowly sink.

Before I go on any further, let me make absolutely clear that I do not believe that our PM Najib conspired with anyone to down MH17. As much as I am unimpressed with him, I do not think he will do such a despicable act.

However, it is his weak leadership that has made it all the more easier for us to be mere pawns in this great game that is being played before us.

When Dr. Mahathir was in charge, these kinds of things never happened to us. He was the man, he was in control. No matter what was blowing around, he kept the ship steady and firm. We certainly need that kind of leadership now.

And lastly, to those affected by the MH17 incident and also to all MAS employees, I dedicate this still officially unreleased song by Girls’ Generation to you : Indestructible. I pray to Allah that you’ll be the same.

Eat halal but die faster?

Okay, I’m aware that the title is in Malaysian English but this topic is something that I’ve been pondering about lately.

You see, over the years, I’ve been hearing this particular story from us Malaysian Muslims who travel overseas. The details sometimes vary but generally the story follows this same pattern :

  1. The person went to a foreign country where the majority population is non-Muslim.
  2. The said person was worried about how to get halal food.
  3. So before he/she flew up, he/she booked a whole ship container in Port Klang containing instant noodles (the most mentioned is that particular M-brand) and ate that (and that only) for the duration of the entire trip.

-EDYSK_2-artykuly_nowe2-chinska_zupkaHaving lived in China before, I can say that finding halal beef or chicken by itself isn’t as easy as in Muslim countries, that’s a given.

And to complicate matters, sometimes the halal food available, like in Arabic restaurants are bloody damn expensive. I would have to burst my wallet everytime I dine there.

Hence, here is something to ponder about :

One of the many reasons for eating halal food is to ensure that the food that is consumed is safe.  This logically brings us to the second part : Is eating instant noodles over the course of 4-5 days even safe?

There are numerous links which detail how bad-ass instant noodles are and these are just a few :

Since we know all this, here the logic part : In this situation, which is worse : Eating non-halal beef/chicken or eating instant noodles for a long duration?

I’m not trying to be an ustaz here, but I think the answer is fairly obvious. Well, at least that’s my opinion anyway.

And please, I’m not asking anyone to eat pork. Pork is pork, no two ways about it, unless marooned in a desert island with only cans on bacon and nothing else. Then it’s a different story.

I’m just saying that in our rush to be more Islamic, we must make sure we ultimately don’t miss the forest for the trees, that’s my humble opinion.

P.S. : I’ve not going to write about politics for a while. Too much is being written on other blogs and I don’t want to add to the already increasing temperatures. I prefer to talk less and do more. (More on this later) I also know that I was supposed to write a political piece regarding the video of My Kitchen Rules 5 but i’m holding it over for now. That article can wait.

 

Ramadhan is here!

PejuangKeadilan15062014Then I ran into this picture on Facebook.

Feel kind of bad for the policeman as to me, he really does look like a decent man (Remember a few posts earlier, I talked about “face reading”?)

Happy to note (again) that those (actually almost all of them who commented) who commented fought back against the rudeness of the page admin.

Still makes me feel bad though. Personally I have no qualms being rude (provided the occasion calls for it) to people who are older than me (on condition that they’re rude to me first) or people who are very kurang ajar, but I find it impossible to be rude to people who are gentle or pleasant.

I don’t really know this policeman personally but he does seem like a nice man.

We have seem to have lost all our political decency. This is a serious problem.

Note the words “Umno BN Beruk Negara” on the bottom right of the photo. What does this policeman have to do with Umno and BN?

He is a government servant working to feed his family. He does not need or deserve this kind of hate.

Going to abruptly halt this post and head off.

Happy Ramadham everyone! Let’s make Ramadhan this year a great one!

WTF?

I was waiting for the Algeria vs Russia and the South Korea vs Belgium matches to start and my mind was totally off politics when I saw this post by Teresa Kok.

Please do tell, how does this not come across as anti-Melayu? No matter how much the DAP tries to deny it, the truth keeps slipping through the cracks.

Here’s the a picture of it :

TeresaKok01Happy to note however, that her comments did not generate the usual “Yes, master” and “Hail Teresa!” replies typical of Pakatan Rakyat supporters.

I’m quite heartened that a Malaysian Chinese took her up on it, in fact, showing that there are still sane minded people among the Malaysian Chinese when it comes to their political views and beliefs.

TeresaKok02 TeresaKok03But still does not negate the fact that Malaysia is still headed torward -driven by none other than the DAP- another incident like what happened 45 years ago.

And I’m not the only one, many others -most recently and notably Raja Petra Kamaruddin (http://www.malaysia-today.net/may-13-version-2-malaysia-is-about-to-erupt/)- have the same idea.

While I’m not in the business of issuing threats or even wanting such incidents to happen, let me state that I sincerely believe that particular major minority will suffer the most if Round 2 does happen. Not that I want it to happen at all, it will be ugly.

Well, I’ve leave the article at this for now, but first, please watch this video -a promo for My Kitchen Rules Season 5. Despite being just 1 minute and 8 seconds long, this video tells a lot about what Malaysia hasn’t done, what Malaysian should have done and what Malaysia should do.

I will elaborate in my next post. And it’s football for me now! Russia’s 1-0 against Algeria while South Korea and Belgium are still tied 0-0 at half time. Second half’s about to start!

Hello? Hello?

Am I the only one that seem to have the idea in effect, Malaysia has not had a Prime Minister since October 2003?

In fact, to expand the whole thing further, it would seem that no one has been running the country at all since then.

Pretty much the only thing that has stopped the country from falling into anarchy are our million-plus civil service, including and especially our security forces.

Therein lies the problem : Malaysia, for a lack of a better word is seriously f-ed if we can’t find any leaders of calibre soon.

The opposition which briefly dazzled many -including yours truly- in 2008 as a fresh breath of air turned out to be even worse poison that Barisan ever was. The DAP keeps gnawing away at anything Malay and Islam (and irritating the majority Malays in the process) while Pas is still playing the Blind (and may I add : the Bodoh) and letting the DAP run roughshod all over it all the time.

We need leaders with real calibre to come run the country and when I mean calibre, I don’t mean those syok sendiri “intellectuals” who join fancy named NGO’s or have blogs which write fancy articles on how Malaysia should be.

This doesn’t mean I’m anti-intellectual or against intellectualism, far from it. We need leaders that can relate to the common people, the uncle at the grocery shop, the cikgu at school, the officer we meet at the government department, these kinds of people. Not people who just know how to talk and write things that are far divorced from reality.

And someone better emerge fast, the longer we wait, the f-ed we’re gonna get. And something that keeps running in my mind over and over again : Is the DAP really wishing for that thing to happen again? It seems ridiculous at first but somehow they seem to putting us on a pathway toward it again. I wonder…

Anyway, waiting for the Uruguay vs England match. Can’t wait!

 

 

Honestly?

Malaysian politics is bullshit.

It’s slowly reaching a critical point which I fear will end up very much like a certain incident 45-years ago.

No leadership found anywhere. I think that KJ -who is held up by many as a smart leader for the future- is just a fake while Najib, well, we all know he is clueless anyway.

Meanwhile, the Vampires in the form of the DAP, the orges in the form of the PKR and the blind in the form of Pas lurk in the dark shadows waiting, scheming.

Meanwhile, we’re missing out on great stuff like we can find in the following links to 3 great articles and one great movie trailer.

Enjoy everybody and please sort out your priorities! : )

http://www.iflscience.com/space/bizarre-hybrid-star-found

http://www.iflscience.com/space/sakurai%E2%80%99s-object-evolution-witnessed-real-time

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/new-state-matter-discovered

Prologue…

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I feel really bad about writing this now, almost a full week after Sultan Azlan Shah passed away, but the cheesed off feeling that I have been having for a while now due to something (not to me personally) that the Party (you know which one -and no, not the DAP for once) did made me lose interest in posting anything new for a while. I still am not really in the zone to post new stuff but with Tuanku’s passing, I have to, mainly for 2 reasons :

  • I am an orang Perak and no matter what Sultan Azlan Shah was my Sultan, and
  • If I did a write-up when a relative low-life (compared to Tuanku) passed recently, (you all know who he is), then I am more than obligated to write this one.

One thing about the Perak Royal Family is that compared to most of the other royal families in Malaysia is that the carry with them an air of intellectuality. The rarely seem to be of oafish, overbearing or gangsterish.

Sultan Azlan Shah was a former Ketua Hakim Negara from 1982 to 1984, something that was only interrupted when he ascended the throne of Perak following the death of Sultan Idris, another very beloved Sultan of Perak.

Although Tuanku briefly attracted controversy in 2009 due to the Perak government crisis – something which I admittedly wasn’t very happy about at that particular time -  but 5 years on, I can truly see the wisdom in Tuanku’s actions.

Yes, I admit, that what Tuanku did may have been a bit unusual but it was legally correct and right now, I will even add morally justifiable.

Rest in peace Tuanku and the prayers of all Perakians will be with you. Al-Fatihah.

And for our new Sultan, Sultan Nazrin Shah, I’m looking forward to see Perak soar to greater heights under his reign.

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