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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

HIJRAH

I am in the process of migrating to my own blog domain at akula69.com. You can read my latest posts there.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

SCHEMING THE CIVIL SERVICE VSS

Join the Civil Service. After you are confirm in your job start making problems. You will then be offered VSS to leave the service. Take the offer, and with the money given by the Government under VSS, look for other jobs.

What a stupid idea!

The State JPJ Director who got caught committing khalwat and receiving bribes must be smiling from ear to ear. If the VSS is implemented I am sure he will be the first one to apply and I have no doubt it will be approve without reservation.

All this while I thought VSS is about downsizing, saving overhead costs and enhancing efficiency. Boy, was I wrong about that.

And I am sure those who cant wait to get out from Civil Service will finally have the way to do so by making troubles, lots of it. And on their way out, they would be laughing histerically all the way to the bank.

General Order? What General Order?

This is the classic case of the wrong man being chosen to be on top. Wonder what happened to those AP's issue?

Saturday, August 11, 2007

SO, WHOSE FAULT IS IT ANYWAY?

Last Friday, 3 children and their parents perished in a predawn fire in Kluang, Johor.

Its a tragedy every single time things like this happened. Who is to be blamed? The father who had to delay his monthly electricity bill payment so that he can give the money to his other University studying daughters? Tenaga Nasional Berhad who promptly cut the electricity supply to the house because it was not paid on time? The 3 children who ran back into the burning house to help their parents?
On the same note today, The New Straits Times reported that;

The Prime Minister has directed ministries and agencies to submit a quarterly report on the government’s efforts to wipe out poverty.

The prime minister issued the directive at the last cabinet meeting, citing the need to determine the progress of the various poverty eradication programmes.

"We want to know whether we are on track in our efforts to improve the livelihood of the hardcore poor,"

I wonder how much is their electricity bill? Take my monthly bill for comparison. It averages about RM 80.00 per month. And that includes an air condition unit. I am sure the family's bill will be much lower than that and still he cant afford to pay.

I couldn't help but think about the hardcore poor. Could the family above be categorised as hardcore poor? My logical answer is yes. How much is a monthly income of a factory worker? RM 600.00, RM 700.00? With this minuscule earnings he has to support 7 children, which 4 of them are studying in the university. Tell me how can it be enough?

We Malaysians tend to imagine that hardcore poors are those single elderly persons who live in a rundown hut somewhere in the ulu whatever. Its not only them.

I am not exactly sure what kind of method and studies use by the Government to categorise and to determine living standard of a family.

But I don't need sophisticated statistical calculation to conclude that the poverty eradication programme failed miserably.

I just took a long hard look at this very unfortunate family.


Photos from NST and The Star Online

Thursday, August 9, 2007

OF MAKING EASY MONEY

Last 2 weeks, I contacted my one of my x's who works in Bank Rakyat.

No lah, nothing about rekindling that old flame thing. 2 colleagues of mine wanted to apply for personal loans and I was merely trying to help them.

So I asked Miss X if she can help them. "No problem, I 'll fax everything to you and ask your friends to fill in the forms, attached all the required documents and fax it back to me". I replied "Okay, will do".

I handed over them application form to them and asked them to do what was required and thought nothing about it afterwards.

Until today. Miss X called me.

Miss X :"Akula, I have deposited RM 100.00 in your account today"
Akula : " Huh? What for?

My mind was scrambling trying to figure it out. Why she did that? I silently thought.

Akula: "Did you owe me money when we dated?"
Miss X: "Yeah right. No lah, its your introducer fee for recommending my Bank to your colleagues. RM 50.00 per person. Your friends loan was approved".
Akula: "Whew! Seriously?"
Miss X : "Yes"
Akula : "Thats cool. Thanks dear, bye"
Miss X : "Bye"

Its a pleasant surprise. Earned RM 100.00 by doing nothing. My 2 colleagues also informed me that their loans were approved a day after they sent in the application. And the best thing was, they don't have to go to the Bank to sign the agreement. Instead, the Bank representative's came to the office to seal the deal. Now, that's what I call excellent services.

7 minutes after that I smsed her : "Could you please send the application forms again. I don't have any copies with me". To which she replied :"Don't quit your day job, okay".

She read my mind.

P/s : BTW, I can be contacted at blog.akula@gmail.com if you guys ever need a personal loan. Hehehe.

Monday, August 6, 2007

ET TU, BRUTE?

"Anwar a traitor to Malay cause, says Khairy"

“Anwar is a puppet of the United States and the Jews, thus he must be hounded until there is no more place for him to run to,” he told a state Umno Youth gathering on Wednesday night.

Statements like this reminded me of the days when Anwar was sacked from the Government. If I remember it correctly, the then Prime Minister also called Anwar a traitor and more. I dont know how KJ got his information, but accusation without solid supporting proof remains just like that, accusation.

Its the same when KJ himself was accused as being the figure who actually runs the country instead of the PM. With no solid evidence, it too remains as just an accusation.

Oh well, I guess, only the accused knows how to accuse someone else.

I am sure Karam Singh Walia, (with animated hand movements) will excitedly remarks "Hanya jauhari yang kenal manikam" if he is a political journalist.

The thing is, was it not KJ who immediately went to meet Anwar after his release from prison to help the former secure his passport?

There goes his credibility down the toilet.

With facts like that, tell me why I should even consider his statements.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I TOLD U ITS NOT FOR MY X'S

In case you missed it.

"Anonymous said...

Akula, my daughter's operation went off quite well, despite losing so much blood. Her spine is now corrected and she will be in the ward for the next 3 weeks. Recuperation will take another 6 months. I have you to thank to make the operation possible. A true friend. I will blog about it later. The name of the sickness is Adolescent Idiophatic Scoliosis. Statistics shows it infects every 1 in 5 girls nowadays. Thank you again for the thought and adding it to your blog. Thank you also to the other friends in this blog. "

The father requested me to pass his thanks to you guys for your good wishes and prayers.

I published the above comment from the girl's father as a proof that the `Hero' song was not dedicated to my x's.

You are all I need - Motley Crue came to mind if I ever wanted to do that.:)

TO ARMS! TO ARMS!

The recent announcement of over US 60 billion military aid packages by the US for the Middle Eastern countries namely Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE made me think that it looks like they are getting ready for war. Never mind the fact that this entire region's history and formation of modern borders were carved out in blood.

Add that with these facts. Al Qaeda and Osama Ben Laden are still loose somewhere in Waziristan. The Iranians remains steadfastly insistent in procuring and advancing their nuclear ambitions. And their brethren in Iraq now controlled the government after its Sunni coalition partner quits. Imagine if Musharraf, the Pakistani president, fails to survive the next assassination attempt on his life, thus creating a power struggle within the country, which its nuclear warheads will be at last within the grasp of the fanatics. US and its allies can't do a damn thing other than being a sitting duck magnet inviting attacks from whoever are willing enough.

Chilling facts.

And Malaysian politicians worries about bloggers and flight delays?

Something is definitely wrong somewhere.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

MY ONE HUNDREDTH POST

This is my one hundreth post.

Yey!

As I mentioned in my first ever posting in this blog, this is my 26th attempt. I am happy I managed to stick to this one and wrote regularly.

Yeah I know la, some of the posts were cheesy, but hey, I am not a trained writer. (Cheesy or not, those posts are counted too :)

Of course, like everybody else, I am doing this part time but blogging made me more aware about things that happened around me, as a result, I listened more to conversations and paid close attention to news articles.

Readers have increased tremendously since the first post and hopefully it will soon hit the 5,000 mark. Back then I felt unsure whether people will actually read what I posted. Thanks to you guys for coming back again and again. A special thank you to Mr. Hobo and Mr. Incognito for being the first 2 to visit this blog.

Okay, since I will not receive any Pulitzer for this one hundredth post, I am off to my favourite teh tarik joint to have my nasi lemak (with rendang ayam) and nescafe tarik to celebrate.

And I am not inviting.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

SO WHICH PARTY DO I SUPPORT ANYWAY?

These past few days, I have been receiving emails asking me which political party in Malaysia I am affiliated with.

Hmmm. Oklah, let me make this public.

Its.....None.

Some thought I support the Opposition. Sorry to disappoint you guys. The Opposition front couldnt get their act together since Independence. They are in disarray, accusing their so called partners this and that and all kind of shit. How do you expect them to run a country if they cant even put their alliance in order? Past performances? Well, its ups and downs. And the `Ustaz Ashaari' thing for me is definately a turn off (if you get what I mean). BTW, I did once ask an opposition die hard supporter who was yelling enthusiastically. Whats the reformasi is all about? Erm, mmm is all he could come up with. If he cannot explain to me about the basis of his party's struggles for an outsider like me, then what? I dont want to yell reformasi at the top of my lungs aimlessly and risk my ass just because its the cool thing to do. Nope, not for me.

What about the ruling coalition? Tempting, yes. But again, the `Ustaz Ashaari' syndrome. Almost cult like. A leader can do no wrong seems to be everybody's favourite principle they hold dear to their heart. Harking back on history also seems to be on everyone's lips of broken record recycled theme whenever its speech time. Threats, intimidation, legalize bribery (the most recent one in Ijok) are the accepted norms of campaigning. Ruling the country for the past 50 years made them feel invincible and the term absolute power corrupts absolutely bear no meaning at all.

So what choice do I have left? Like I mentioned before.

None.

OF A MALAY SOUL FOOD

I am pimping for this cool post by mya Malay Soul Food.

Mya is a regular visitor of Nasi Lemak and Nescafe Tarik. She loves All Blacks mind you. (YEY!). And I am lucky she chose to publish her article in one of my blogs. Thanks mya.

Go read it, boys and girls. Her article will convert you non durian eaters and turn you durian lovers into a fanatic.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SHE'S MY HERO

There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are
There's an answer if you reach into your soul
and the sorrow that you know will melt away

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive

So, when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and then you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you

It's a long road when you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
You can find love
if you search within your self
and the emptiness you felt will disappear

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive

So, when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you

Lord knows dreams are hard to follow
But don't let anyone tear them away
Hold on, there will be tomorrow
In time you'll find the way

And then a hero comes along
with the strength to carry on
and you cast your fears aside
and you know you can survive

when you feel like hope is gone
look inside you and be strong
and you'll finally see the truth
that a hero lies in you

That a hero lies in you
that a hero lies in.....you.

Mariah Carey's Hero - Music Box (1993)


I am posting this song and lyric for a brave girl who had endured a painful and major surgery to correct her abnormal spine. I cant remember the tongue rolling, jaw breaking name of this procedure. (Hey, I did try to say it out loud, okay, but couldnt get it right. So I give up! I really dont like medical terms). She's due to undergo a second similar operation in the next few days.

I cant imagine how it must be for a girl like her to go through this. Twice. In a short period of time. She's in her early teens. And I was told by the father, she's a fan of my blog.

I know she will face the next surgery with a strong rebellious spirit that young teens usually have.

I am praying for her speedy recovery.


ps: Come on now, do you honestly think I would dedicate the song to my x's?

Monday, July 30, 2007

OF JUNGLES AND MONKEYS.....OH! AND OXFORD TOO

I would expect intelligent comments from him. But alas, maybe our blue eyed boy got tongue tied, or maybe he was nervous and forgot all those academical words and phrases he used to write in his student days.

Maybe the reporters shoved their recorder a bit too close to his nose and that made him blurted out comments like a fool might say. (Hey, I don't know. I was not there).

Please la, if he thought, spurting out words like jungles and monkeys, made him sounds intelligent, I beg to differ. It would be more cool to say something like a simplistic being who eat and relief itself by way of passing nutrients through its single cell body, no brain amoeba wannabe. I can definitely accept comments like that.

But then again, I was not educated in a famous Uni. So I cannot comment on the quality of graduates it has produced. Or was it because he was orally challenged? Nope, I don't think so. I have listened to his speeches. Its good. I mean, seriously.

Come to think of it, of course it was good, since the audience was 99.99 % (the 0.01 % is yours truly la) behind him and clinged to his every spoken word with intermittent spirited shout of Hidup The One Who Cannot Be Named.

Bear in mind, this is the man, who, as the story goes, was the student who dared to ask a strong worded question to the Grand Old Man.

Well, I guess that was just an extreme promotion of this guy after all.

Being a graduate of a world famous Uni, if a reference to jungle's and monkey's is all the methapor he could come up with, then I feel our future is really, truly blurred.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

RATE YOUR BLOG.

Online Dating

This blog has been rated as PG. ( I did hope forPG-13).

Why? Because it contain words shit (2X) and ass (1x).

Looks like I have to include the shits and the asses more frequently in my postings. :)

PS.Thanks to Michael Song for posting this in his blog.

OF AN AIRLINE AND ONE PISSED OF GUY

Sometimes we cannot avoid things that happened to us. We do not have any control over it.

For instance, when you are driving leisurely at your own pace, listening to the song that you didnt hear for a while, someone knock your car from behind.

Piss off? Yeah sure. Go on. Let it out. Scream until you hurt your throat. Do the mad dance around the car. I hear you man.

The thing is, its unavoidable.

But what will happen if you are a big shot VVIP who suddenly find yourself stranded at the airport because of flight delays? You call for the top man in the company to be remove from his position, right?

People got stranded all the time, all over the world. And what did they do? They did the mad dance, they screamed at the airline or the airport personnel. And the worst thing they did were to say "I WILL NEVER FLY WITH THIS AIRLINE AGAIN" . But thats it, nothing more.

I suspect that if these people have the power in their hands to remove whoever the CEO of that airline is, they definately will go for thats person's head, blood and all. But of course, they dont have that. And they wont call a media conference and bitched about it. They are mere passengers after all.

Unlike the big shot VIP lah.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

A WEEK IN REVIEW - WHERE EVERYTHING IS A OK

Rexy and family - We are ok with the PR. Thanks.
Former Candidate for Commonwealth Sec Gen - Wisma Putra is ok with my decision.
The dipping girls - Our teacher is ok one.
The dipping girls parents - Yup, we are ok.
US Envoy to Malaysia - US/Malaysia relation is ok.
UUM - No, no.......... everything is ok, no baju kurung rules to non Muslims.
RPK - Sure hope he's ok.
Man bitten by crocodile 14 times - He's ok.
Harry Potters row - The 4 major bookstores is ok and started selling.
Ex ACA boss - AG said he's ok.
IGP - AG said he's ok too.
Tourism Malaysia ad - "Come visit the land of okays, where your stay will be ...ummm okay."

Are you okay?

I am not.

Notes: I made up the Tourism Malaysia ad. You can read the rest in the news, okay.

Friday, July 27, 2007

AWESOME? SURE I AM. :)


Azwan thought I am awesome, so he awarded me this Awesome Guy Blogger Award. Now, time for my speech..............

In your dreams! :)

Sorry, I am not a speech giving person, although sometimes I do wish I have the flair to talk in front of an audience.

Anyway, I have to choose 5 awesome dudes. In no particular order:-

1. HOBO DUDE - Memoir of Interant Hobo.

2. 13 MAY - Layan Kepala

3. WINGED ACROPHOBIC - Merrily Down The Stream

4. UNCLE SHA - Uncle Sha

5.

The fifth spot remains as it is for now.

Quoting Azwan " You dont need to do this if you dont want to". But you dudes are awesome bloggers to me, regardless.

I am so done here.

PAY PER POST


Everybody loves to make money.

Yes, even the good ol' me. Of course you have by now notice all the ads I put up on this blog. My sole purpose? What else, money. Yeah, yeah I know, money is the root of all evil but who cares? I want to have more. In fact a whole lot more.

That said, I am signing up payperpost as another ploy to earn more. I am posting this to get paid. I am still trying to understand what I should do, so if you ad expert out there feels like you want to correct me, please do so. I am willing and learning.

So what is payperpost?

The only thing I know so far, is that you write a review of something, as offered by someone or some businesses who pre determine how much your review is worth, get it approved and you will get paid or something like that. (Hey I am new at this.)


Unlike other advertisers, its all up to me, myself and I. If I want to make more, I have to blog more. Money is always an encouraging factor to motivate me . And from what I know so far, Pay Per Post pays more too.

Of course, if this venture is succesful like I hope it would be, I will finally have the means to satisfy my lust for Krell Evolution.

If its not, well, I still can piss people off with my postings.

p/s: CG, does this answer your comment:)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

SO, U WANNA KEEP ON BLOGGIN 2?

Much have been said about bloggers these past few days. Thats why I posted comments and statements from various newspaper and media.

However, the only fair comment about bloggers was reported by Malaysiakini. The mainstream media as expected, tend to generalize and demonize bloggers in their reports.

Bloggers blog not because they just feel like kicking someone's ass. In fact they write about their opinion on whatever they could think of, things that happened to them and because they feel they need to say something outside the comfort and security of familiar surroundings. It doesnt matter if they write about frustrations and happiness, Manchester United or All Blacks, cats and roosters. The most important thing is they record it all and let the world knows about it.

It just so happen bloggers do write about politics as well. And what is wrong about that?

Politicians gives 'ceramah' all the time and tell their audiences about their party manifesto, bad mouthing the other side, do character assasination and God knows what. And that's all right?

The only thing different between bloggers and politician is, politician deny things he said if his statements came out wrong and blame it on the poor media for misquoting. Bloggers will have his writings cut and paste as prove in the comment columm if they said the wrong things. And I never heard a blogger blame their readers for misquoting.

The thing is if we cannot get a fair, just and balance comment from the mainstream media, where we would go to? Politicians? Yeah right.

I'll read the blogs.

SO, U WANNA KEEP ON BLOGGIN' ?

Utusan Malaysia Online, 24 July 2007

Bagaimanapun, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, setiap orang perlu menyedari bahawa negara ini mempunyai undang-undang yang perlu dipatuhi.

‘Tidak, tidak ada keputusan khas dibuat untuk ambil tindakan ke atas blogger, tetapi setiap orang perlu sedar bahawa negara ini mempunyai undang-undang,” katanya.

Malaysiakini.com, 24 July 2007

However, Kadir, a blogger himself, felt that such an action would be unlikely. “I don’t think so (there will be a crackdown). It’s too early to say that,” he said when met at the sidelines of a forum on bloggers in Shah Alam today.

Malaysiakini.com, 24 July 2007

Meanwhile, Prof Zaharom Nain of Universiti Sains Malaysia said there are attempts to control bloggers through lawsuits, citing Jeff Ooi and Ahirudin Attan, who are currently embroiled in a multi-million ringgit lawsuit for defaming the New Straits Times, as examples.

Bloggers are creating space for democracy to expand in Malaysia,” he said at the forum organised by the Centre for Media and Information Warfare Studies of Universiti Teknologi Mara.

Bernama.com, 23 July 2007

A Senator today called for a stern action against bloggers who he described as "arrogant and bold" when making disparaging remarks against leaders.

"The lack of specific act to supervise bloggers gave them the space to spread lies which touch the sensitivity to the community. It can become a threat to peace". Said Senator Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi when debating The Electronic Government Activities Bill 2007 in Dewan Negara.

Malaysiakini.com
, 24 July 2007

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that there is an attempt by the government to curb voices of dissent on the Internet. “Yes there is an attempt. But you cannot stop people from using the Internet,” he told reporters after officiating the International Conference on Gold Dinar Economy at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.

Mahathir said in the past, his administration would have liked to ban Internet pornography but it was “impossible” because, among others, the content was based overseas.

“Same with bloggers. You can’t stop them,” he stressed.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

ALL BLACKS WON THE TRI NATION TITLE & THE BLEDISLOE CUP.


New Zealand 26-12 Australia.

What did I tell you before? For full report, click here.

Onwards to World Cup.


Photo source:http://tvnz.co.nz

Saturday, July 21, 2007

MALAYSIA AN ISLAMIC STATE.

This statement by DPM caused a fiery debate between Umno and MCA.

Me? I dont give a shit.

Sure I am a Muslim. But so are millions of Muslims worldwide who are not living in an Islamic State. Does that makes them lesser Muslims?

I understand the fact that such statements are formulated to gain political mileage with Malay voters, in view of the coming General Election. As usual la, to paint the heroic image of the ruling party as a Muslim causes champion.

However I was surprised by the ridiculous action by the Government after which, as reported in Malaysiakini, banned all mainstream media from publishing any issues relating to Malaysia being an Islamic State.

Quoating an article "The Islamic state may not interfere with the personal rights of non-Muslims, who have full freedom of conscience and belief and are at liberty to perform their religious rites and ceremonies in their own way. Not only may they propagate their religion, they are even entitled to criticize Islam within the limits laid down by law and decency."

And Malaysia an Islamic State?

Islamic State or not, doesn't effect my everyday life one bit. My paycheck stays the same, I still drive the same car, I work in the same place, etc.

Like I said, I dont give a shit.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

TEH TARIK SESSION: ANNOUNCEMENT!

You guys know who you are.

There will be a TEH TARIK SESSION at NZ this coming Saturday at 10.00 pm. Free your schedules and please do try to make it.

As usual, balaks only, no wife's, girlfriends, kids and tag alongs allowed (that includes x wife's, x girfriends, x mistressess and x whatever you want to call it for you know who la).

If you guys have to apply Visa from your love ones, apply early to avoid disappointment. Hehe

See you there.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

THE HOTTEST JOURNALIST IN MALAYSIA

Wan Zaleha Radzi, Zalina Azman, Normala Samsuddin are among those beauties who once brightened up TV3 news over the years. No doubt they made TV news a joy to watch.

Now, however there is this person whom I am big fan of. Hands waving while delivering reports with passion and professionalism, made me think that this is how news report should be delivered. Viewers are hook, absorbing those words in trance like state.

TV3 news is not the same if he's not in it.

Forget all the beauties, now there's only KARAM SINGH WALIA.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

TEH TARIK SESSION IN SESSION 3

I had a heated discussion about religion, God and Malaysian politics late in the afternoon today.

No, that's not what I want to write about.

There were four of us, and this friend of mine have a habit of making his point by touching us on our hands. With his hands la!

At first I just dismissed it, thinking nothing about his overfriendly gestures. I shot a glanced to Adi, he couldn't stop his smirking. I look at my other friend, Jeffri and he keep on shifting on his seat. Uncomfortable.

An hour into the conversation, I couldnt stand it anymore and said to my overfriendly friend.

Akula:"Hey bro, do you mind? Keep your hands to yourself okay".
Overfriendly friend: "Ummm, sorry dude, it's a habit. I didnt realize I did that".
Adi: "Fine, just dont do it again."

1 and half hour later.

Jeffri: "Bro, you are still touching us man. Apa ni?"
Overfriendly friend: "I am so sorry".

I winked at Jeffri and Adi. And from that point, all three of us 'accidentally' started touching him back whenever we want to express our points.We touched him on his hands and put our hands on his knees. Our overfriendly friend was getting restless, and restless every minute, but I noticed that he actually stopped touching us.

Finally, he gave up, pushed his chair back, and walk off saying : "You guys really sucks". I shot back "Its your fault for bringing the gay thing out, bro".

He didnt turn back, but I was pretty sure he heard our hysterical laughter ringing in his ears.

All 100 kg and 171 cm of him.

Monday, July 16, 2007

BEARING RESPONSIBILITIES

Kudos to Tengku Abdullah for resigning all his posts in FAM. Same goes to KJ. Thats how you take responsibilities.

For all other officials in FAM, wtf are you waiting for?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

OF MY TRIP TO KUALA PERLIS

I went back to Sungai Petani last weekend and decided to drive to Kuala Perlis for the seafood.


Although there is a new highway from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Kuala Perlis, I took the old road via Alor Setar, Kuala Sanglang and Simpang Empat.

Nothing much had changed all these years while I was abroad. The scenery pretty much looked the same as I remembered it. Paddy fields, the irrigation ditch looks familiar.

Entering Perlis I did notice however there are quite a few houses painted in pink like the above picture. I cant remember any house in pink along this road eleven years ago. Its either that, or my memory is failing me.

I was not impressed at all when I reached Kuala Perlis. The tired jetty look uninviting and out of shape. New buildings and stalls were built but not maintained. Right in front of it, an abandoned building remains standing. And beside the access road lies a rubbish dumping area.

Oh well, its the Malaysian style again at work here. The government spent million of RM's promoting tourism abroad, but neglected the basic facilities back home. When are they ever going to learn? 50 years of Independence and still we cannot take care of our own backyard.

At least, the seafood is still good though.

MALAYSIA TRASHED YET AGAIN!

And Malaysia lost, yet again to Uzbekistan 5-0. Norizan Bakar, the coach finally conceded that we don't have the quality to compete in the Asian Cup Final.


Duh! You think?

What else is new anyway with our National Football team. FAM despite spending millions of RM's still couldn't put together a decent team. I repeat, a decent team.

I don't expect miracles, but the way they lost the opening match to China really shows our National team sucks big time. No fighting spirit at all. Show some pridelah.

FAM officials from top to bottom should do the honourable thing and resign en masse. But then, I doubt they would do that. As always, unlike in other countries, where officials and ministers will accept the responsibility and resign from their posts, the Malaysian way is to say, "if I resign it shows that I am not responsible to this mess, so I would stay on".

The thing is, they have been there for so long, which is as long as I can remember. It is a fact that FAM is responsible in destroying our once great football team.

The new Nike sponsored jersey while nice to look at doesn't help one bit. Or could it be our boys played like they did simply because they don't want those jersey's to be dirty? Hey, its a Nike after all, isn't it?

Watching our football team played, I am sure Sapok Biki hung his head in shame.

Like the rest of us.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

OF BUFFET AND ALA CARTE

Remember when I told you about the motivational course I attended last weekend?

It was in Swiss Garden Resort and Spa Hotel.

I was on my way out the restaurant after choosing my food at the buffet table, thinking how I would enjoy eating it outdoor when I was stopped by the waiter.

Waiter: "Excuse me sir, you cannot eat outside if you take your food from the buffet"
I was perplexed and bewildered:" Why not?"
Waiter: "You see Sir, the tables outside are meant for guests who order their dinner ala carte."
Akula: "Are you serious? You mean I cannot eat my buffet food outside?"
Waiter: "Yes Sir, that's right."

I was getting annoyed and pissed off.

Akula : " Fine. I want to speak to your F&B Manager"
Waiter: "But why sir?" he said in a calm voice.
Akula : " Just get me you damn Manager"
Waiter: "He's not around, Sir"
Akula : "WTF! Look! I am going outside with my food, and I will eat my dinner, after that, I will light and enjoy my cigarettes. In the mean time you can call the police, RELA, Bomba, SMART TEAM and whoever else you could think off. And you are wasting your time arguing this with me. Maybe you better start calling them now."

I went outside.

(*Sigh* 9 straight hours of course programmes and a hungry stomach really made me mad.)

I don't feel motivated at all.

I wrote a complain note to the Hotel Management.

"I demand your hotel to reconsider this discriminatory and apartheid policy of separating buffet and ala carte patrons. We "the buffet" customers should be given the choice to eat our food anywhere, be it in the restaurant or outside if we wish too."

"P.S. Your hotel sucks!"

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Laaaaa....

I totally forgot that today is my birthday.

Well...

Happy Birthday to me.

I accept cash only for present.

And yes, without doubt, this is a self pimping post.

Hahaha.

SELF PIMPING

No lah. I am not self pimping myself. Cant take the heat. :)

But KJ is.

It was reported yesterday, that KJ called for younger candidates to be given a chance to contest in the next General Election.

"This is necessary because in politics continuous efforts are needed to rejuvenate the party and Government”-KJ

I agree that there should be a succession plan in every organisation to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

I think this is a smart move by KJ to ensure that he will be chosen for the next GE. I am sure after this statement, all his machai's and balachi's will go out and campaign for new guys (especially him) to be fielded.

Maybe he felt that time is running out and he got no choices other than to expose himself. This will of course reminds the power that be to include him. Otherwise they can just kill off his political career by not selecting him to be a candidate. To further his ambition, he cannot afford not to be a YB.

Hope he'll start cleaning up all his skeleton in his closet.

Like renewing his driving license for example.

But then, come to think of it, maybe he wont need to.

After all jatuh standardlah, for a YB to drive himself.

Right?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

GOING AWAY

My best friend and colleague will be moving to Ottawa for her next assignment.

We argued, fought, teased, joked and laughed together all the time. Never mind she's a lady. She will stand her ground if she thinks she's right. She's cool.

I will miss her.

Thats for sure.

RAMBLINGS 1

So, I have not been able to blog for almost a week.

And to top that, last weekend I went for a motivational course in Kuantan. Its quite tiring but fun, nevertheless.

These past few days, I thought a lot about what makes me the way I am today. (Those who are not interested to read about me writing about myself, please dont go any further. You have been warned.)

I was told that I need to smile more, do away with my serious appearance and I will get more friends. Hmmm...Is my social life that bad? I did mentioned in my previous postings, I hate people who gave me advices without even knowing who I really am. *Sigh*

Sometimes people just assume you are what you look like. Whatever happens to the, "I should know you better before making any judgement" thing?

I cant change how I look like, nor I will change my attitude and character to satisfy somebody. I am what I am. Either like me the way I am, or not.

Doesnt really matter to me anyway.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

HEROES


Cant wait for season 2. The ending is a little bit of anti climax. I expected a lot of fight between Sylar and the heroes, not just stood there and be stabbed by Hiro. All in all a good season. Hope the second season would be better.

Monday, July 2, 2007

HUNKY CUSTOMERS TRIGGERS CATFIGHT

I really have to blog about this piece. That `mamat' for sure secured a bragging right forever, and its recorded in the news should no one believe him. Doesn't matter even if he fled the scene. But then, I will not be surprised if other not so hunky man will also claimed that he was the man that triggered the catfight.

Ladies, please. I am sure you guys are not THAT desperate. ;)

KUALA TERENGGANU: A man, who reportedly looked like a Bollywood actor, walked into a food court for a teh tarik and triggered a brawl among three women that left one woman scalded and another woman's T-shirt ripped open.

Several chairs and tables were damaged during the fight among the women at the outlet in Merega Beris in Kijal, Kemaman on Saturday.

The shocked man fled the scene.

It all began when the man walked in alone. Two women at two separate stalls immediately tried to get his attention and lure him over to their stalls.

When he stopped to speak with one of the women, her competitor, 21, became so incensed that she marched over to the woman, tore her T-shirt and accused her of being gatal and dressing seductively.

The other woman, 22, immediately grabbed a pan and splashed her attacker with hot water, scalding her.

The scalded woman's mother, 46, rushed to her daughter's aid, hurling chairs at her assailant, damaging tables and alarming the other customers, said state Deputy CID Chief Supt Khairi Ahrasa yesterday.

He said the scalded woman was now warded at the Kemaman Hospital.

Source : The STAR news online.

WRITERS FOR HIRE

It was reported today in Berita Harian, that the Government had appointed several writers to to counter lies that were spread especially when it involves Goverment leaders in the Internet. The Sports and Youth Minister will head the group. You can read the rest of the news here.

Oh well, dear Minister, I would love to read and comment your blog. I do want to know about what the hell happened to Rakan Muda, after all the bruhaha and millions spent to promote it. What kind of impact, if any, it had on our youth? Are Malaysian youth (especially Malays) free from drugs and not wasting their time by `lepak' now?

Anyway, anybody interested to be the Government official blogger?

Sunday, July 1, 2007

KEDAH VS PERLIS, FA CUP FINAL.


I made a bad decision to go back to KL from Sungai Petani yesterday's evening. Usually if I travel, I will browse through the Internet or the newspaper to see if there is any big event going on. And if there is, I will postpone my travel or delay it.

The reason is I dont want to be caught in a traffic jam. I am not a patience man. Patience is the ability to wait without complaining and I am definately not that.

And I got stuck. I knew that there is Kedah and Perlis FA cup final scheduled to be held in Batu Kawan Stadium, Penang. I was so stupid to think that Batu Kawan is in the island, not in the mainland. Obviously, the fans were on the right course, heading there, with me among them. Had I figured it out, I could easily avoided the traffic jam by delaying my return for a few hours.

I was caught in a traffic jam for 1 hour entering Sungai Dua toll plaza and another one right before Juru toll plaza all the way to the Batu Kawan exit for another 2 excruciating hours.

I did wonder about what the hell are highways for? To make life easier? Balik kampung during raya or other holidays are really stressfull. Last raya, my sister took about 16 hours instead of the normal 5 hours from KL to Sungai Petani.

Kedah won the match for the record.

Yeah, yeah, its my own fault.

ALL BLACKS DEFEAT. NOT THE END OF THE WORLD, OKAY.

Dammit. Yeah, okay, so, All Blacks loose to the Wallabies. Then again, its not the end of the world yet. After all, Wallabies took about what, 4 years to beat All Blacks?

HENRY HAPPY TO BE RID OF INVINCIBLE TAG

The All Blacks have finally been beaten, and despite the disappointing nature of defeat, their coach Graham Henry insists the lose is "a good thing".

Most people, before the game, were convinced that New Zealand would sweep all before them in the coming months resulting in a World Cup win. The result does not cast New Zealand's credentials into doubt, but it does give hope to others and prove they are not invincible.

Henry, who has grown tired on the invincible tag, believes the defeat will give the squad a chance to now reaccess where they are as well as providing huge motivation for the coming months.

"I think this is probably a very good thing in many respects," he told Fox Sports.

"It just put us back on our hind foot and made us think and rethink what we are doing.

"Hopefully this is motivational."

The expectation for New Zealand to deliver the World Cup has grown over the past years and has now become something of a burden, similar to 2003. At that stage four years ago New Zealand had whitewashed Australia in the Bledisloe Cup but went on to lose 22-10 in the World Cup semi-final.

Despite the winning score coming from a Luke McAlister mistake Henry was quick to defend the makeshift outside centre.

"We made some mistakes defensively generally, I won't blame any particular individual and that's the way it was," he said.

"And Mortlock played particularly well, had a big game, and exposed us a couple of times."

Henry was however far from happy with the manner in which referee Jonker handled the scrum, with both sides struggling to come to terms with his interpretations of the laws.

"It's frustrating the scrum at the moment," he said. "It needs to be looked at.

"That's not the way to play it really with short-arm penalties all the time. It's frustrating."
Article Published: Saturday 30 June 2007
Written by: Sports Digital Media

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

OF SARCASM

Paris, winter 1999

A middle aged European man asked me this question jokingly. "I read in the newspaper long time ago, Malaysians lived on trees before. Now, do you still do that?" I replied "Sadly no, but since we are so used to heights, now we live in skyscrapers".

I reciprocated a question. "Why your Paris is known as the perfume capital of the world?" He nodded, agreeing "Ahh, what kind of question you asked. Its because we French like to smell nice and beautiful". I replied, slowly but with clear voice. "Are you sure this is not because you want to cover your body odour with those perfumes? You rarely take any bath, yes?" He smiled and laugh, " Haa, I like you, you funny man".

He didnt even realize I was just being sarcastic.

IZI YAHAYA

Al Fatihah. Ali Setan came to my mind. One by one, just like that, they're gone.


JOHOR BARU: Actor Izi Yahya, known for his villainous roles, died here after a fall during the shooting of a documentary on Saturday. He was 42.

He was initially rushed to a clinic in Mantin, Negri Sembilan, and then referred to the Seremban Hospital.

However, there was no specialist at the hospital to treat Izi, who required immediate surgery for brain haemorrhage.

He had to be rushed to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here when it was learnt that there were also no specialists at the Kuala Lumpur, Selayang and Sungai Buloh hospitals nor at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

He died at Sultanah Aminah without regaining consciousness.

Izi lost consciousness after a fall during the shooting of a documentary titled Darurat (Emergency).

His role as a villain was most prominent in the film Embun, in which he played “Akaishi”, a Japanese soldier.

The role won him the Best Supporting Actor award at the 16th Malaysian Film Festival in 2003.

Izi’s remains were taken to his family home in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, for burial at the Ulu Klang Muslim cemetery. — Bernama


Sunday, June 24, 2007

MINIMUM WAGE. I SUPPORT MTUC'S DEMAND

High time la for minimum wage to be enforceable in Malaysia. How do you expect a worker earning RM 200-500 permonth to survive? If he's married and have children(s), its barely enough to cover food expenses alone.

Think about this, the national poverty level in Malaysia is RM 691 in Peninsular Malaysia, RM 888 in Sabah and RM 765 in Sarawak. In contrast workers in 5 star hotels in KL earns about RM 295 which is the waiters and cleaners.

Now, tell me if there is nothing wrong about that. And dont let me start with factory workers and others who are in the same boat.

Tourism, as reported in the mainstream media is Malaysia's second highest in foreign exchange earner but they cannot even pay those workers in the industry a decent salary. And we demanded that they smile for the tourists, welcoming them since they are the frontline guys.

MTUC will be picketing if this demand are not met by the Government.

Who can blame them, if the salary they earn to make ends meet is just a mere RM 295.00 per month anyway.

And Malaysia aims to be a developed nation on these guys blood, sweat and tears.

How ironic, isnt it?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

THE CRUEL CAPITALIST SIDE OF A MALAYSIAN CLINIC

Clinic holds baby ‘hostage’ over RM985

A THREE-day-old baby girl was kept “hostage” by a private clinic in Masai, Johor, because her family were unable to pay the RM985 clinic charges.

Harian Metro reported that the baby, born on June 18, was not only separated from her mother but also had to sleep on a weighing scale.

The baby's luck changed when officers from the state Health Department, the Pharmaceutical Department and the Immigration Department raided the clinic on suspicion that the doctor was selling sleeping pills to drug users.

Dr Haslina Zamani, the deputy director from the state Health Department's Private Medical Practice Control Unit, said that the baby was returned to her parents at Kampung Pertanian on Thursday.
Source: The STAR Online, June 23rd, 2007.

I am outraged reading the news above. How could anyone act so damm cruel is really beyond me.

Looks like money rule this Malaysian mind. Compassion and kindness must have took the backseat that day. I remembered another similar case just few weeks ago where a private hospital refused to admit an elderly woman who was beaten until the son put up a huge amount of money as deposit. The woman ended up dead on her way to a government hospital. And its not the first time it happened.

Dont tell me the clinic/ doctor have exhausted all reasonable way to get what was owed? I am quite sure, if the parents have enough money, they would have paid. The baby was only 3 day's old for God's sake. And on top of that, the newborn was left sleeping on a weighing scale!

I cant imagine what the mother must have felt to be separated from her baby. I cannot but think about the helpless father who must wonder how he's going to find money to pay the clinic so that his baby can be released. I am overwhelmed with sadness thinking about the baby.

To the doctor/ clinic I'll say: May you rot in the deepest hell!

Friday, June 22, 2007

THE REASON

After reading my blog, a friend smsed me.

"Beb, why kutuk sangat KJ tu, ko jeles ke". (Why you said bad things about KJ? Are you jealous?). I didn't reply.

Nope, its not because I cant take criticism. I was in a meeting. And for the whole day I was stuck doing this paperwork. I just got back from the office.

Anyway, let me stress this one fact. No, I am not jealous of KJ. Who is he anyway? I am not competing with him. But the thing is, if he is a successful corporate figure, or a well known athlete, or a famous academician, I wont give a shit about him (Seriously, I think Malaysiakini wont give a shit, either).

KJ, on the other hand, is a politician. He's young, ambitious and brilliant. There, I'll be the first one to admit that. 31 years old and he's already become the deputy youth chief. People will say, that its because of his FIL (father in law) influence. Sure, I'll admit that too, being connected to big guns does have its benefit, but who doesnt anyway? He's not the first one. Look at the DPM. Won his first election uncontested after the death of his father at a very young age of 23 years old because his father was the PM.

Of course, I do not agree with some of KJ's antics, especially the stupid ones. And I wont comment on things that I am not sure or dont know about. Let other people do that.

I realize one day, KJ might lead us, whether we like it or not. Perhaps by criticising him of his wrong doings will drill some sense in his head and make him realize that he cannot take things for granted. He got to watch it. If we dont do this, our next generation of leaders will repeat the same thing of what are wrong nowadays.

That my friend, is why I kutuk KJ.

OF KJ10Q: AN UPDATE

Anonymous alerted me in his comment that it was reported in Malaysiakini, KJ has settled his summonses totaling RM 1,740.00 and not RM 5,100.00 as previously mentioned.

And I thought it ends there.

No way brother.

It gets better.

Further checks by Malaysiakini shows that 10 of the offences were committed after KJ's driving licence expired since Oct 21, 2006. KJ when asked about this, told Malaysiakini that he was unsure whether what was reported is true and promised to check it out with JPJ.

I really dont think its necessary for KJ to go to JPJ and enquire about his driving licence status. Its really very simple, just take a look at the current onela. If it's expired, only then you go to the JPJ and asked them to correct their online records. What's so difficult about that?*Sigh*. After all, its easy to renew driving licences, even his balachis can do it.

The bigger picture here, as a public figure and the SOL of the PM, it is expected for KJ to show good examples, like strictly follow the law of the land.

It may seem like a small thing, but imagine, if KJ does not respect the law, how could we expect him to run a country?

Malulah sikit, beb.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

OF YASMIN AND THE TELEPHONE

Ring, ring.

I picked my office phone. "Hellowp". Silence on the other end.
Clicked.
I put the phone down.

Ring, ring.

Picked up the phone again. "Hello? ". No answer.
Clicked.
I was getting irritated. Put the phone down again.

Ring, ring.

Again, picked up the phone. I decided not to say anything.

Male voice : "Umm, Hello".
Akula :"Yes, can I help you?"
Male voice: "Is Yasmin there?"
Akula: "Yes, just a sec".

I waited a few seconds before replying while covering the mouth piece with my hand.

Akula : "She's on her way. BTW, did you call just now......... twice?".
Male Voice: " Emm, yes, I did".
Akula : "Why didnt you answer when I said hello, man?"
Male Voice : "Well, your voice is not what I expected to hear. This is Yasmin's direct line, right?"
Akula : "Dude, at least you should asked if you are not sure, right"
Male, in a I-am-bored voice: "Whatever,.... now, can you put Yasmin on?"
Akula : "Hey asshole, you got the wrong number, this is my direct line and there's no f**king Yasmin here!"

Slammed the phone down.

I dont understand why people like to do that. Just asked if its the correct number. Acting like an idiot with self confidence issues wont help at all.

I was completely satisfied for making that guy wondered whether, he really got the wrong number and Yasmin was really not there, or he irritated me so much that I refused to pass the line to Yasmin.

Either way, its not my concern.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

RELIGIOUS PASSION AND COMPASSION

A good piece written by Winged Acrophobic.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CODE OF ETHICS FOR MPS

The Code of Ethics for MPs, among others, aims to provide a set of disciplines and guidelines that must be adhered to by the MPs whether in the august house or outside.

Mohamed Nazri, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Select Committee, said the Code of Ethics would enable all cases of ethics violation by MPs to be discussed and investigated by Standing Committee on the Code of Ethics for MPs instead of being debated in the house.

It will also enable members of the public to lodge complaints on irregularities committed by MPs in discharging their responsibilities.

Meanwhile, Acting Chairman of the Backbenchers Club (BBC) Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar, who is also a member of the Select Committee, denied that the setting up of the committee was due to the increasing cases of ethics violation by MPs.
- Source - Bernama. 19 June 2007.

I wouldnt jump up and down reading this news piece. In my opinion, they can create a whole lot of Code of Whatever, but if the MP's themselves are not sincere to follow the guidelines, honestly I dont think it will work.

MP's should mind their language and behaviour all the time and failing to do so just shows how irresponsible they are.

By the way, this article did not mention what kind of punishment will be given to those MPs who violates the Code of Ethics. In this case, I would like to suggest to the Select Committee to consider rotan punggung (public caning), ketuk ketampi and lari keliling (run around) Parliament as penalty.

They are a bunch of grown up school boys anyway.

Monday, June 18, 2007

PERRRHHH! POWER!

If you miss this in todays newspaper, a man named Jaja Stone (yes, thats right) did a stunt by pulling a 8.9 tons bus with his penis for 50 metres. Only in Indonesia.

I was wondering what interests the crowd more, Mr. Jaja Stone or his penis since from the pic above, it looks like they're eyeing the bad boy downstairs. But maybe thats my imagination.

I cannot help but wonder how Mr. Jaja Stone's wife felt that night. :)

Source: Utusan Malaysia - 18/6/2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

“It is not the Prime Minister's intention to allow the freedom to be breached and for questions to be raised on the fundamental rights of Malaysians under our social contract.”

“It (freedom) was also not granted to the media to raise sensitive issues relating to religion and the rights of any particular race.”

I am not a lawyer, but I find its hard to believe that the Prime Minister is the sole authority to decide on what we can and we cannot do. Correct me if I am wrong but arent fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and not the social contract (whatever that is)? And since when we uphold social contract as the supreme law of Malaysia?

Seriously, I can see the need of the media to practice self censorship, but I dont agree with the word granted. Fundamental rights is not granted, it is our rights to start with. In my view, laws and regulations are formulated to protect that fundamental rights, not to deter it.

About the social contract, it has been mentioned time and again, but what I want to know is, who made the social contract and when and by whom? Our previous leaders? Or was it forced upon us by our former colonial masters? And if our former leaders jumped in a hole full of horse shit yelling yippykaye motherf**ker, shouldnt we by now, after 50 years of Independence starts to clean up that shit, or should we just continue emitting horse shit smells forever?

BTW, the quote above is from another ignorance Minister, as ignorance as another Minister who few years back proposed a multi million RM training facilities for Malaysian athletes in the UK, which however hard I tried, failed to see the sanity of the proposal.

My intelligence is truly being asaulted.

OF VIPS

PHUKET 1996.

A VVIP was scheduled to embark from a cruise ship at one of the many beach in Phuket. It was a hot day. Earlier I had to drive for 7 hours from Songkhla to Phuket for the VVIP visit. His visit programme is to embark from the cruise ship (its from Port Klang) and proceed to Phuket International Airport for a flight to Andaman.

I arrived at the beach and saw the cruise ship mooring. I went through the checklist of things that needs to be done in my head. Everything looks good. I studied the surroundings. Suddenly it dawned on me that everybody else on the beach is half naked, and my boss and I were the only one with full suit, sweating profusely. Damm it. I stood there motionless, trying to act that wearing a suit, on a hot day, on the beach, surrounded by half naked tourists is a normal, everyday thing.

I could see puzzling faces around me. One of them, a blonde and stunning girl, braved the awkward situation and asked me "So, who's coming dude?" I replied, "Its the VVIP, from Malaysia". "Thats really cool". She said "but I pity you guys, dont you wish you are without that suits, here on this beach". I said. "Appreciate your concern, but dont worry, though, I'll be hitting the beach right after this".

The VVIP came ashore and we whisked him away to the airport. My job done, still wearing my suit, I went straight to the beach, meet up with the girl and got her room number. We went for a nice dinner that evening and I ended up staying in Phuket for another 2 days with her.

Its really strange, but guys with full suit on a hot day at the beach really attracts hot girls attention.

Thank you Mr. VVIP sir.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

OF MY COUSIN'S WEDDING

Last Friday night, I went to my first major kenduri since I got back from overseas. I was expected anyway, all my aunts, uncles and relatives will be there.

Its somewhere in Cheras and from my place, I estimated that it will only take about 30 minutes. I was familiar with the area since I have lived there, before I went abroad. But I got lost (as expected). In addition there is the weekly pasar malam in full swing, blocking the access road, and after 2 hours of guessing and cursing, I finally arrived at the place.

The night was blessed with really heavy pouring rain.

The Akad Nikah

The akad ceremony, the Imam, surrounded by hordes of self appointed photographers, (me included), relatives and friends of the couple, gave advise and tips on marriage life to the groom. Everybody were giving their utmost attention to the khutbah nikah and everything was quite. No sounds or voices were heard when suddenly a loud ringing sound broke the silence. We look at each other's faces, wondering who the hell did not switch off their handphones. Then I saw the Imam, sheepishly took out his handphone and said "Maaf ye, saya punya" and proceed to answer the incoming call "Ha, saya tengah nak nikah orang ni, ok, ok. Kang saya call balik, lepas ni la". The crowd broke into laughter. Even the nervous groom. Continuing the ceremony, the groom successfully said his lafaz nikah in one go.

I saw an aunt outside the house, standing under an umbrella with another cousin holding a white t shirt. I asked them "What are you doing with the t shirt?" The aunt replied "To throw on the roof la, petua stopping the rain tomorrow. You stayed overseas too long until you dont remember your petua already ha?" Ribbing me. "As far as I know, you have to hang chilies, not throwing t shirt" I said. "Chilies already done la, this is another petua, orang oversea oi", she shot back as she instructed my cousin to do it. They threw that poor t shirt up the roof.

The Wedding Day

I could see black clouds in the sky. People started to come at 11.oo am. The crowd grew bigger by the hour. My cousin looks great in her traditional Malay wedding dress. I congratulate the newlyweds and went around to meet up with my relatives.

Yes, the celebrity Chef Ismail is one of the relative, and he's the family's caterer. You can see him in the photo below singing his heart out, belting one after another of yesteryears hit.

At around 3.00 pm, after no more guests arrived, it rained as if on cue. Guess the the chilies and t shirt does work after all. See the photo below, dishwasher boys happily washing the dishes in the rain.

I thought to myself, those kids running around were babies, when I left Malaysia 11 years ago. My uncles and aunts looks a bit older and wiser. Cousins were married and have their own babies now. And they still hang chilies to stop the rain plus the new tshirt petua of course.

But teasing, ribbings and petua still remains as ever as part of the kenduri's charm and magic.

All those years abroad, I guess I've missed all the fun.

Friday, June 15, 2007

OF MY NESCAFE TARIK

You guys did this to me. My PC screen is splattered with my RM 1.20 Nescafe Tarik. And so is my shirt. I couldnt believe the statistic on my screen. As of 12.18 pm today, this blog was access for 143 times! Thats a record for a newbie like me! Usually, it will be around 40- 60 visit per day. Here's the stat.

Last Hour 36
Today 143

Thank you so much for visiting. I am really happy to know people do read what I wrote. And the best thing is, you dont have to agree with me. Once again thanks a million. And please do put up your comments.

With that said, you guys still owe me a Nescafe Tarik . (Oh, and a new shirt). :)

GOOD NEWS FOR MISTRESSES

Men beware! If you think you can get away leaving your mistresses just like that, after cohabiting with her, think again. Mistresses do have rights. This landmark decision should serve as a wake up call to all men, wife's and mistresses alike.

I will not be surprised if mistresses starts flocking to the court as the result of this ruling.

Men will tremble, woman will have added arsenals in the ever bitter gender war.

Now, what about those toyboys?

From The Star News Online
Mistresses have rights, too

By RAPHAEL WONG

PUTRAJAYA: Women, including mistresses, have rights in modern-day society and therefore should not be treated as chattel, the Court of Appeal ruled in a landmark decision.

Justice Gopal Sri Ram said following an English case law in 1858, the English courts at that time did not recognise the rights of women as they were then only considered as chattels.

However, he said the concepts in equity were not carved in stone and have since evolved according to the circumstances of contemporaneous society.

“Otherwise, women will have no rights at all today.

“Do you think in this day and age we should apply principles relevant to society, which treat women as chattels? It would be a retrogressive step.”

He said this in a landmark decision that unanimously allowed babysitter Heng Gek Kiau's appeal against a High Court decision to order her to transfer a single storey semi-detached house in Taman Sri Skudai, Johor Baru to her then lover Goh Koon Suan.

The High Court then had declared that Goh, a wealthy Singaporean businessman, was the owner of the property and that his mistress Heng had only held it in trust for him.

Justice Sri Ram, who sat with Justices Zainun Ali and Hasan Lah, said the decision in this case was “ground breaking” as this was the first time a court of law has ruled that a mistress has rights.

The Court of Appeal, in setting aside the High Court's orders, ordered Goh, 72, to pay costs.

The appellate court judges also ordered that Goh release the house's title deed to Heng and remove a private caveat he had lodged on that property.

In his statement of claim, Goh stated in 1968, that he met Heng, an Indonesian illegal immigrant then and five years later he cohabitated with her.

He claimed in 1980, after she had become a Malaysian citizen, he bought the house but kept the title deed with him.

Heng claimed that Goh bought her the house but throughout her stay, she had maintained and paid for all the utilities including the land assessment rate and the quit rent.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

OF KJ10Q

I was driving in Putrajaya the other day, leisurely. A black SUV suddenly zoomed past me really, really fast.

No nothing happened to me.

I glanced at the car and noticed the plate number. I usually do not pay attention to those cars who wants to overtake me. But this one really caught my attention. I said to myself, hmmmm, thats something else. The things is, in Putrajaya, you'll find all the XIII NAM, the PUTRAJAYA, DC and CC, the SUKOM, X OIC, XI ASEAN, BAMbee plate number. This car is unique in the sense that it doesnt carry any of the one I mentioned above. Instead, it bears the number KJ10Q.

I asked my colleague about it. "Man, you've been out of this country for so long, you are so out of touch. It belong to the Prime Minister son in law la. KJ stands for Khairy Jamaluddin, 10 Q is thank you. The story goes, someone gave him the plate number as a thank you gesture". He said. " Ok, its cool". I replied.

Actually, I really dont care much about what kind of plate number people want to use. Its his car's anyway, and if he wants to put a billboard size plate number that says, I AM THE PM'S SOL (son in law) I couldnt care less either.

So that's that, I thought.

Until I read Malaysiakini just now. It was reported in Malaysiakini, KJ has outstanding summons for various traffic offences amounting to RM 5,100.00. Guess for what car? The SUV KJ10Q la, what else. (He owns few others which were also issued with tickets). It was confirmed by KJ himself in an SMS to the enquiring Malaysiakini reporter. (Sorry cant link to the article. You have to subscribed to read it, and I wont give you my password, hehehe).

So what do we have here?

An ambitious, brilliant young politician who aims to be the youngest Prime Minister or just a speed junkie who dont give a damm about respecting the law?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

TRIBUTE TO MAT AWET

News Flash

Check out tribute to arwah Mat Awet by Winged Acrophobic.

-Akula-

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

OF GIRLS, LOVE AND DUNHILL CIGARETTES

I am an addicted smoker. I admit that. I like to pollute my lungs with nicotine and that’s that.

Before you guys (those who doesn’t smoke) are going to jump up and down, feeling the need and craving to lecture me on how bad smoking is for my health, let me tell you this, I know, I understand and I get it. These days, who doesn’t anyway.

I don’t know if I am generalizing here, but girls usually don’t like men who smoke. Like KA, a girl I used to date. One day, she gave me an ultimatum to choose between her and my cigarettes. I told her without hesitation “Cigarettes with a big, towering capital C’. She dumped me. I am cool with that.

The thing is, with relationship, for me at least, its not about cigarettes. Its got nothing to do with the fact that I chose Dunhill (London, Paris, New York) over a beautiful, sweet and charming girl. Its not about that. The way I figured, if she could not look pass my hazy self, then she don’t know me at all.

I always protect my freedom. As you guys know, I have been living by myself (I mean with friends) since I was in secondary school. To be free to make my own choices and decisions is sacred to me. If a girl thinks that she can budge into my life and take control of what I should or shouldn’t do, think again. She can find someone else for all I care. No hard feelings.

A girl should trust me enough and let me make my own decision to quit. Not forcing it. Changes should come from within oneself. Of course, a supportive girlfriend does help.

I am all for watching sunsets, hold you in my arms (with a cigarette in my hands of course), all the romantic stuff. That’s for sure.

Wouldn’t it be romantic if I could say “Hey you know, I am killing myself with this. I am quitting right now (action: throw away the cigarette) because I love you. I want to grow old together……with you”.

Hahaha. You wish!.

OF SREBRENICA'S MASSACRE


Finally, after 11 years, the Dutch Government and the UN have to answer about their role in allowing the Srebrenica's massacre to happen. In court.

A friend of mine, Hasan (a Bosnian) came from Srebrenica. I met him in Zagreb's mosque in 1998 which were (and still are) the focal point of the Muslim population in Zagreb. He's a refugee and was lucky enough to escape with his life when it happened. His father, all his male siblings and relatives were killed in that massacre.

I cant imagine how people like Hasan deals with the tragedy everyday for the rest of his life.

Hopefully, as a Malaysian, I dont have to.

Just a year before that, between April and July 1994, in a short period of 4 months, an estimated 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. The UN Secretary General acknowledged UN failure in 1998 to prevent the genocide. It's endless.