Wednesday, November 28, 2007

say NO to PGCC - Penang Global City Centre

penang global city centre? hello, aren't we global enough?? we're known way before singapore & i think we're global enough in that sense. no need to make it more global bah....

anyways, this is a mega project. cost a lot of money, RM 25billion to be specific. covering 104 ha. will have 37 blocks of apartment, each 40 stories high. on top of that, another two huge UGLY 'iconic' towers being erected on such a small island. will be launched in 8-12 months. and yet, so little has been heard, said and published (even after so much have been said and presented by opposing parties especially the penangites). what happened to the press ah? all died ah? write articles which are of our concern lah! i don't wanna know about which cheer leading's won what medal and which datuk's wife has written and published a book to donate to which association...i don't give a damn...and it's sad to know newspapers these days are so damn lame...and god, what happened to PM's promise for a fair and accountable government? turned deaf? or blind?

and no, we don't need any more 'iconic' towers please. in fact, i think we've had enough. so, cut the crap. our twin towers are no longer standing tall in books of records. back in penang, komtar's become a white elephant. PISA (penang international sports arena) is another rusty elephant. the project to develop pulau jerejak and turn it into a tourist spot is not quite working according to plan. the tourism industry in batu feringghi is dying. golden sand is no longer golden. plastics and jellyfish can no longer be differentiated...what else huh? the list goes on and on...

so if you ask me, we can do better for our dear ol' penang with the RM 25bil than building more buildings and increasing its population & traffic. in the end of the day, whose project is this? (gov. or developer?) whose money are we using? (obviously, ours - the taxpayers') and for whom? (obviously, not us...even if they claim that it's for the benefit of us all...apparently, it's not...go back to democracy! there are so many unanswered questions, so come out and openly discuss the plan or whatever...and if we don't want it, scrap it!)

please check out these clips or google to find out why it's been criticised:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Pak Lah...i want my green trees and grass at the turf club area. i don't want my children to travel to another country next time just to see how a hill looks like...and i don't want no mega projects, thank you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Readings for Saturday--re-edited!

Ok people.... here are your readings for this Saturday. Some provocative pieces to get you thinking... you can disagree, agree, do both... but read and be ready to discuss! If you cannot read all then at least 2-3 of the readings below. But all are pretty interesting though.

Our meeting is this Saturday, 24 Nov at 1:30 p.m. at PG.

Please note the time change... it is now 1:30 and NOT 2 p.m. as originally stated because Shan is not joining us so we can stick to the old time.

Lunch at 12 p.m. with me... if you want lah... meet at mamak first. :-)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

told you 'smart' people always say 'smart' things...

check out Badruddin's blunder and Zaleha.

i wanted to cry when i read these stories. don't know which is worse, a sexist male-politician who speaks without thinking or a female-politician who seriously thinks a mini skirt is an embarrassment to women.

when God made Adam & Eve, they were stark naked. i don't suppose God complained about seeing too much of their buttocks, thighs and what has nudity got to do with religion?? (like what zaleha claimed).

since you enjoy being crude, it's only fair that we be crude too. yes, if they tak cukup kain, kain can be bought...but since you're the one complaining, then you BUY them the god damn cloth!!!

i shall thank you on behalf of airasia. and no, i still can't find anything wrong with their uniform 'cos it looks very much like a normal business attire. only thing is, it's chilli red. so if you still have a problem with what the general workforce is wearing, perhaps you should pay for their cloth too.

as for Badruddin, i suspect it's the limited-vocab-syndrome you are having. we don't have terowong in skirts my dear..they are called SLITS.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

'smart' people never fail to say 'smart things'...

...and it's pathetic no less.

Adnan's Views on ISA

to be more specific, note this quote of his: National security is of utmost importance, more than legality or human rights.

i can't believe this. what has become of this world? i never knew we can do away with human's like the basis of everything in this world...this can we, take away the very foundation of humanity? or can we? i'm confused.

and i wonder if mr.adnan would sing a different tune if we were to put him under ISA...hah...ISA more important than human rights huh??

and on numbers:

DPM's Quote

note: If they (the Opposition during the Bersih rally on Saturday) can gather 10,000 people, the Government through Barisan Nasional can gather even more people.

i don't know about you, but i think it's kinda childish to compare such things...numbers?? how old are you??? it sounds almost like, "nyehnyehnyehnyehh~ i have more cookies than you do!"

Don't drag royalty

note: The opposition-led illegal gathering involving some 4,000 people ended with a memorandum being handed over to Istana Negara. The memorandum called for free and just elections.

but, on msn - AFP: Hundreds of police unleashed tear gas and water cannon on 30,000 protesters who, despite a government ban, marched Saturday from the city centre to the royal palace to hand over a memorandum calling for clean and fair elections.

maybe it's been blown out of proportion but 4000 and 30, 000 is too big a figure difference don't you think?

sad lah wei...sad...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fair Election

Opposition trying to drag King into politics, says Pak Lah

KOTA KINABALU: Saturday’s street protest in Kuala Lumpur was an attempt to drag the royalty into opposition politics, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The Prime Minister said the illegal gathering of thousands of people that ended with a memorandum being handed over to an Istana Negara official was an attempt by the opposition to “trap” the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“I believe the King is more mature. The royalty understands and will not be trapped by their (the opposition’s) politics,” he said after opening the Parti Bersatu Sabah 22nd congress yesterday.
Abdullah described the illegal gathering that also saw the involvement of five opposition parties as a political gimmick.
“When the opposition thinks the elections will be called soon they do all sorts of activities to win support; that’s normal,” he added.
The gathering was organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), a group of 60 non-governmental organisations and political parties and it began with thousands gathering at five meeting points in Kuala Lumpur to join in a march to the Istana Negara.
When one group of protesters refused police orders to disperse as they approached the Masjid Jamek area at about 2.30pm, teargas and water cannons were used on them.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police exercised restraint when controlling the crowd.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister said he was satisfied that police had acted responsibly in handling the situation effectively.
He said many ordinary folk opposed the street protest as it caused them much inconvenience.
“Police have the duty to prevent any untoward incident and they will need to take preventive measures such as putting up road blocks. This causes inconvenience but it is necessary,” he added.
To a question on Sabah’s longstanding illegal immigrant problem, Abdullah said it could only be addressed with the people’s cooperation, by not providing shelter or job opportunities or to immediately report to authorities any such foreigners in their midst.
“Malaysians are always very kind and this becomes a problem sometimes when dealing with these illegals,” he said, adding that there were also those who adopted a “don’t care” attitude towards the problem.
Later, Abdullah attended the Deepavali open house hosted by Sabah MIC at the Likas Sports Complex multi-purpose hall before opening the Liberal Democratic Party congress.


This is the news today. What is politics to our goverment? I don,t see the harm of giving the memo to our king. I mean he is our king right! He should know what is heppening in his ruling country. First thing comes to our PM's mind is the opposition. This clearly shows he is not intrested in the citizen but his seat and cabinet. Election has to do with us the citizen voting for who should be our leader of malaysia and what kind of" politics" is this, like our PM said. I just don't understand what is he trying to tell. "I believe the king is more mature". Is he? Let's see. People will not simply gather to make a protest and march right to the palace to pass a memo. I primary school student will understand that something is wrong. Aah malas lah nak cakap. I dah tak tahan and don't know what to do also.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Next meeting

Hey Critters,

Just a reminder and alert to those who didn't come to our last meeting... our next meeting will be at the end of this month.

Date: 24th Nov, Saturday
Time: 2 p.m. (lunch at 12 p.m. at mamak before for those who want to join me)
Venue: PG

Topic: Should parenting be gendered? Should we bring up boys differently from girls? Why? What are the pros and cons of doing that?

Presenter: Vianna

I will post links to the readings next but meanwhile, you can also go do your own research on this topic, not to mention deep thinking!!! Actually, you don't need to read too much to have an opinion on this issue.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fact or Fiction?

Since it has been a DARN long time since anyone posted anything here, I thought I'd cut and paste this very funny Satire here. You can also check out the original post at this link -->

Ministers Explain: Why Our Corruption Benefits You

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 NOV (New Shit Times) - Four of Prime Minister Mahathir's most corrupt Cabinet Ministers, Tun Daim Zainuddin, Datuk Seri Ling Liong Sik, Datuk Samy Vellu and Datin Paduka Rafidah Aziz, today held a joint press conference to explain why their corruption was in the public interest.

Daim began by describing corruption as a unifying bond within the Malaysian Cabinet. "There is no doubt that we are, all of us, united in corruption. Surely the public does not want to see a disunited Cabinet because then, the whole country will descend into chaos."

Daim explained that it was only because of corruption that Malays, Chinese and Indians within the highest levels of government could lay aside their differences and work together. To illustrate the point, the four of them linked arms throughout the duration of the conference.
Ling Liong Sik pointed out that the four of them had become role models for what it was possible to achieve just with the right connections: palatial mansions, luxury cars, private jets and bottomless bank accounts. He added that the youth of the country needed high targets as a spur to achievements.

To this, Samy Vellu agreed, saying that poor estate workers looked up to him as the epitome of success. "To them, I'm taller than a tall palm tree. And with good reason too," he added.

Rafidah Aziz chipped in, describing herself as, 'a towering beacon of inspiration for all Malaysian women."

Daim compared themselves favourably with the sacked Deputy PM, Anwar Ibrahim who, because he was corruption-free, lived in a small house and drove an old car. "Such a person wouldn't give anyone dreams," he said scornfully. "People without dreams live without hope. And people without hope generally die. So, if we are all to be like Anwar, most Malaysians would soon be dead."

According to Daim, Abdul Murad's recent affidavit alleging that Anwar was corrupt like themselves was "sheer nonsense" and no more than "a plot orchestrated by Anwar's supporters so as to salvage their leader's pathetic reputation."

Daim exposed the fact that Anwar was incredibly simple-minded when it came to money. "You could put a million dollars on his desk and he wouldn't even touch it!" He also scoffed at Murad's allegation that Anwar had stolen RM3 billion, adding that, "The man isn't even capable of stealing one ringgit, let alone three billion. I tell you, as a Finance Minister, he was most unprofessional."

Daim reminded reporters that he himself, twice the nation's Finance Minister, had stolen no less than RM2 billion of the country's money. "It's a pretty hard act to follow," he said proudly.
Daim continued: "It's true that RM2 billion can build a lot of low-cost housing, but who would want to live in such houses? They are just boxes, unfit even for dogs, let alone humans. Hence, by stealing the money, I have saved countless families from a fate worse than death."

Samy Vellu, also the Works Minister, said, "While my tidy pile of ill-gotten gains could have gone into building hundreds of kilometres of roads, what for? More roads mean more accidents. Hence, my corruption has already saved many Malaysian lives."

Continuing the same theme, Ling Liong Sik explained that while the billions he and his son had misappropriated could have gone into helping pig farmers ruined by the Nipah virus, these good-for-nothing people would only have wasted the financial assistance on gambling, drinking and womanising. "I base my conclusion on the fact that pig farmers inevitably become like the hogs they look after. As a result, my corruption has already saved many Chinese families from breakup."

Not to be outdone, Rafidah Aziz observed: "While the dirt money in my bank account could be used to electrify a lot of villages, that would only increase the incidence of electrocution among rural folks. Now, we don't want to see dead bodies all over our countryside do we?"

Having already served the nation so well, the four Cabinet Ministers promised to indulge in even more corrupt practices should Barisan Nasional be returned with a two-third majority in the next elections. "Someone's got to do it. After all, it's all for the public good," they chorused. They ended the conference by kneeling down before a picture of Mahathir who they revere as their patron saint of corruption.

After the conference, it was discovered that all four had stolen the microphones into which they had spoken.


And do check out another interesting link on Anwar Ibrahim at