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Prime Minister, Entrecard and Hell Mouth - It Never Gets Easier

Putrajaya, Malaysia
Malaysia’s Newest Prime Minister - After whom? I can’t seem to remember our last Prime Minister name. Hurm..

Najib Abdul Razak will be elected as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia today. The sixth Prime Minister will be handed over the topmost job from the former Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The aftermath of March general election in a way has forced Badawi to step down from the post. The country hopes for a strong leader that will guide its citizens in embracing the economic difficulties ahead.

In case you are wondering why am I writing this way, at this very moment (10 am) I still have a hangover from months of doing technical writings. My hands are burned due to the heat from the keyboard. No, seriously. Anyway, back to the topic, I hope this time around, Najib would show some changes that he has been promised before. No corruption, no personal favor and more actions.

Oh, and Badawi has been giving a Tun title from the King. How considered of him but damn Malaysia and its lengthy titles.


(Entrecard Top Dropper list and Hell Mouth after the jump)

Thank you for My Top Entrecard Droppers

I had been religiously doing my dropping and I was able to complete 30 days of doing the same 300 drops without a missed. Well, there was one day I only managed to drop 167 drops. But I blamed it on my internet connection. Driven by my undying curiosity (and my passion for maths), I have done some calculation on the hours I spent on dropping. I relatively need 3 hours maximum to finish my 300 drops, and times that with 30 days, I managed to spend about 90 hours of otherwise my quality times for myself on Entrecard. Whether I am going to do the same thing this month? Of course I will. Well, at least I will try my best.

No, I am not addicted. I knew I had a problem, I just too damn lazy to care.

These are Hot Shit Form Here’s March Top Droppers:




Congratulation to I Learn Online Marketing for winning 1000 EC and the space ads just below my Entrecard inbox. For your information, I took this data from my statistic page on the 1st April at 2 am in the morning. The result may have changed from that moment on.


Out from the Hell Mouth into the Hell Stomach - well, at least it’s warmer there

I have finished my tiring months of study. I had done about 9 tests, 3 heart wrenching (literally) VIVA presentations (I bad with abbreviations don’t ask me what VIVA stands for) and finally I have officially entered my study week today. This means I will no longer spent 9 hours attending lectures every day. This also means that I will be having my final examination in the following week. Yey to that. I can’t wait for this semester to over.

I usually will spend my study weeks undergoing the same routine over and over again. I will be spending about 8 hours in the library (at least an hour less then before) and enjoying myself during the night. So, don’t worry, I will definitely spend my times attending your sites and replying comments on my blog. :)

Oh and I am glad most of you like my previous post, The World is Getting Weirder. It’s a simple post about some weird news. I wish this week will bore the same weirdness for me to share. And if this thing takes off well, I might change my site tagline. It would be: Hot Shit Form Here, I am Just Weird.


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Learning Should Be Fun!

Pile of Books
Malaysia is currently fussing about whether to teach primary and secondary students Science and Mathematics in English. We even held a riot to prove that we care for where our future lies! (I am not participating in it though). One side is opposing this idea (after it 6 years of implementation) since it has been hard, especially for rural students to learn the two most difficult subjects in their entire school life in a foreign language. To understand the concepts is one problem, to learn the concepts in English is another.

They also said that this move will undermine our national language; Bahasa Melayu and will only benefit the urban students. On the other hand, people who are agreeing with this method of teaching claimed that it will improve our children English and it would be easier to search for references since lots of important information is written in English.


Politics aside, my stand is quite clear. Yes, English is important, but there are other ways to improve our English rather than to instil it in these subjects. I think that we should improve the way English language subject itself being delivered to students. After almost ten years of formally learning English language, from kindergarten to university, many of us still couldn’t grasp the language firmly. (Yes, always blame the education).

So, the way of teaching and the syllabus should be revamped. I don’t learnt Science and Mathematics in English during my primary and secondary school, but when they teach us in English during my university years, I and most of my colleagues don’t experiencing any problem.

To say the least, students must have a firm understanding on the basic concepts in Science and Mathematics. Although many said that people like me, have no vote in this matter since we already understand English quite well and thus, it would not be a problem for us to understand the subjects. Anyway, since I am planning to have my future children raise here, I think my vote count.

What about you? Do you think the medium for learning should be restricted to a certain language? And for Malaysian, which language is better for learning?


P/S: Please mind your language when you comment about Malaysia. I don't want to be brought to the court like other bloggers. Malaysia Boleh!


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It's a New Day

will.i.amBarack Obama, Will.i.am, It's a new day

It has been awhile since my last Music Monday. But I think it's never too late to start joining it again. For this Music Monday, I am thinking of something fresh and new. Nothing spell fresher than Barack Obama's swear in ceremony as the 44th President of United State of America. A good luck wish is never too late. I hope he indeed will change the world. It was an inspiring song from Will.i.am and the beats keep playing in mind. Loved the video too!

In unrelated topic, Happy Chinese New Year to all my friends! May you have a prosperous year ahead!


Obama, Barack Obama

"This was inspired by America. It's about Obama winning, and really paying tribute to those people who are responsible for that happening, and that's the American people," the Black Eyed Peas leader said Tuesday night. "The whole thing is really for people to leave testimonials ... to create a page and leave testimonials on how they feel about this American accomplishment." - Huffingtonpost


Watch it awesome video:

If your internet connection is a little bit slow, click PLAY to hear only the music:



I went asleep last night
Tired from the fight
I've been fighting for tomorrow
All my life
Yea I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
'Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Has finally came true

It's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day

It's been a long time coming
Up the mountain kept runnin'
Souls of freedom kept hummin'
Channeling Harriet Tubman

Kennedy, Lincoln, and King
We gotta maninvest in that dream
It feels like we're swimming upstream
It feels like we're stuck inbetween
A rock and a hard place,
We've been through the heartaches
And lived through the darkest days

If you and I made it this far,
Well then hey, we can make it all the way
And they said no we can't
And we said yes we can
Remember it's you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling alright
I've been fightin' for tomorrow
All my life
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Has finally came true

It's a new day
(it's a new day)
It's a new day
(it's a new day)
It's a new day
It's a new day!

It's been a long time waitin'
Waiting for this moment
It's been a long time praying
Praying for this moment

We hope for this moment
And now that we own it
For life I ma hold it
And I won’t let it go

It's for fathers, our brothers,
Our friends who fought for freedom
Our sisters, our mothers,
Who died for us to be in this moment

Stop and cherish this moment
Stop and cherish this time

It's time for unity
For us and we
That's you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
'Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Have finally came true
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling alright

'Cause we weren't fighting for nothing
And the soldiers weren't fighting
For nothing
No, Martin wasn't dreaming for nothing
And Lincoln didn't change it for nothing
And children weren't crying for nothing

It's a new day
It's a new day
A new day
It's a new day
It's a new day!


Barack Obama, President of United State of America
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Ghost and Election

Music Monday #2 >> Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody >> Paris Hilton - Paris For President

I was wondering what the best fit is for my Music Monday. So, after doing some soul searching and mind blowing calculation, I found the solution for my dilemma. In coherence with the two most current event, Halloween (31st October) and US Election Day (4th November), I decided to choose two entirely different songs. My first song is Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody in Ghost soundtrack. Have you seen the movie? It’s about her fiancé’s soul that trapped as a ghost and has to warn his fiancé about the danger she is in. Fiancé, death, ghost and of course, here come the Halloween, are you catching my drift? Anyway, it’s dated back in 1990, which thankfully, I was already born. Love the movie, love the music.


My second choice is Paris for President! No, you read it correctly. I wonder what will happen when we all vote in favor of Paris Hilton as President, “your commander in bikini”? But I must admit, her ‘policies’ does sound promising. That being said, relaying on Paris for the country and world in her hand is purely stupid thing to do. You betcha! It’s hot.




Listen to Paris for President here:


Paris for President!
At the pomp chillin’ with the martini
Paris for President!
Your commander in bikini
Let me tell you ’bout my policy
To stop the player hating on the USA
Initialize nuclear nonproliferation and ratify Kyoto today
You can ride in the motorcade in my hybrid pink escalade

Paris for president!
Not another oldie cliché
Paris for president!
You can get married if you're straight or if you're gay

If you're gonna put lipstick on a pig
Make sure that it matches your skin tone
You can trust me with my finger on the button
Is a vocabulary don't
Trading in the cabinet for a walk in closet
Hey! (hey!)

Paris for president!
America should put me in charge
Paris for president!
Look at bush it can't be that hard

Simon Cowell he might be a little mean
But when his old kicked his bucket
I'll put him the courts to clean,
Then I'll paint the white house pink and move it to Malibu

Paris for president!
A proponent of clean energy
Paris for president!
The real maverick in D.C

Water boarding is torture and global warming is totally not hot
I'll make a department called the fashion police,
Boost the economy with all of the new jobs
Make over lady liberty in Donna, Tommy and Calvin Klein
Hey!

Paris for president!
Get your cute little butt out there and vote,
Paris for president!
Dispensing beauty tips and hopes

Paris for president...
Hey!
Paris for president...
Hey!

Watch the video of Paris for President:


Click below to hear song of Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody:


Watch the video of the soundtrack Ghost:


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Do you like my choice this week? Can't wait to see the result of the election! See you guys next week!


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The Ripple of Events in Malaysia

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for my absence for this few days. Being busy as bee. I will catch you guys up later!

There are always ripples after a storm. And in the last couple days, the ripple may in form of human disaster after Hurricane Ike had stroke Texas. My wishes rest for millions of the victims that affected. In the time of disaster, always lies a faithful hand and a pray of love and hope.



Closer to home, Malaysian can still feel the last jerk of ejaculation of the last general election. Truth to be told, I am more interested in politics than ever. Is there will be a change of government? No one knows for sure, but I could see there are already changes in our politics surface with more ministers voicing their opinions (and one even resign), civilians being tucked away by using Internal Security Act (ISA) without improper justice, KLCI at the low time ever (touching 1000 points), politicians blogs sprout out like the mushrooms after rain and young people start paying attention to what had happen to our country. Well, you decide whether it’s a good thing or not, but I am just riding the ride.


In celebration this holy month of Muslim where they are forbid to eat during the day light and the month where all the devils locked up in hell, people seem to be the devils of they own. Seditious and unethical newspaper reports and blogs were posted in the name of free speech. After it becomes out of control, they tried to lock up all of them in the name of racial disturbances. While there are lots of ways to judge people, no one is judging a person based on an article, no reasonable man that is. Let alone chose ISA to detain her. I am talking about Teresa Kok of course and an article that said to be entirely based on the former Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Oh my, how excited our political scene has become! I am thrilled to know what more after this. Another locked up Malaysia Today’s incident I guess? They tried to block the website (to show who the boss is I supposed) and after that failed, they detained the editor. Well, Malaysia Truly Asia!

*UPDATE* : Another blogger was arrested for sedition! (ehem, I told you :)

P/S: Hurm, I am still wondering how lil Wayne’s trouser hang down so low during the performance at MTV Video Music Awards 2008 in Hollywood. It seems so effortlessly hung down there!

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How do you Show your Country your Appreciation?

Picture from: Urban Collective

No matter how much I complained about this current government; on the corruptions, cronies, political motives, short term planning and no planning at all, high inflation, economy dampness, interfering in jurisdictions, government controlled medias and web sites and less people friendly, just to name the few, I still love being in Malaysia. There is a say, “hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, baik lagi di negeri sendiri” (translation: Even though other countries offer much better things compare to your motherland, it is better still to live in your own country)

Today is the 51st anniversary of independence of Malaysia. I read a tweet from Milkberry asking, “does the fact that you don’t blog about Merdeka or how much you love your country make you a lesser Malaysian?”. It is a good question to be asked around. For me, I do not believe it will makes you less Malaysian, but still it is one of good ways to show your love towards your country. I do not have my own vehicle to put a flag or stickers on to show my patriotic-ness (I just have a bicycle, but the tyres are flatted and 90% of it already rusted). So, although I am in the middle of preparation of two examinations on this Wednesday and Thursday, I make sure that I spend sometimes writing this post.

If you are doing a post about Merdeka or any other country’s Independence Day, do leave me a link. I will add you up in this post!

Posts about Malaysia’s Independence Day (31th August 2008):
  1. Mangosteenskin – Malaysia Month of Independence
  2. Bluecrystaldude’s My Little Black Pot – Show Malaysia Some Love!
  3. Bluecrystaldude’s Hot Shit Form Here – How do you Show your Country your Appreciation?
  4. Love-n-Hate - 51:... It's 31st!!
  5. Love-n-Hate - 52:... Happy Birthday MALAYSIA
  6. Akmal - Merdeka! Merdeka? Yeaaahhh Merdeka!

I am wishing that Malaysia will continue to grow further in the sense of politic stability, equal economic distribution, with consideration of ethnics’ sensitivity, social stabilities and unity of its multiple races and religions citizens. I hope that our country will be more resistant towards problems weather from the outside or inside country, and be more vocal in voicing its opinions. I also hope that there will be improvements in environmental awareness, human rights and government openness policies among others.

Some other activities usually done in celebration of Independence Day:
  1. Watching concerts during the countdown (fireworks included)
  2. Partying all night with friends while keep in mind how hard the oldies achieved the independence (some may also said that they party for those war veterans)
  3. Watching the national marching at the morning of Independence Day (usually being done by kids as older people tends to take the advantage of holiday to wake up late
  4. Playing futsal (could also being used to celebrate New Year) and karaoke (most probably would not be a patriotic song) the whole day
  5. Spending holiday with friends and family in the comfort of home and watching movies all day long
  6. Reduce the carbon burning by spending half or third quarter of day sleeping
Other than these activities, you could also leave me a comment on how do you celebrate your Independence Day’s holiday. I am sure you would find it very amusing how people quench their thirst of creativity on how to spend their holiday. Selamat menyambut kemerdekaan yang ke 51, Malaysia!

Bluecrystaldude

P/S: I will be off from commenting other blogs for a few days. Although, I will try my best to reply this post's comments. Don't worry, I will be back to your blog before long!

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Great Opinions, Bad Health - Ulcer & Tonsils

I was overwhelmed by the all the responds in my latest post, Change Your Lifestyle (READ THIS HOT POST HERE). I would like to elaborate a little bit more on the topic, but I am not feeling well this weekend. My tonsils are swelling like hell, a condition that been repeating for years since I was a kid. But last weekend it was getting out of hand or in doctor's term, my "tonsils are enlarged, reddened and exudate white patches of tonsillitis". And the worst of it, I don't even noticed that my tonsils were swelling. I thought my sore throat was due to my tongue and mouth ulcer, yet another symptoms I have been experienced through out the year. I could not post any of these pictures here as they are not suitable for general audience and for those who want to eat after reading this post. (Check them out through links at the end of this post - for the record, mine is not that bad as shown from those pictures and articles). Back to the post, here are some great opinions from my readers. Add them up and take part in my poll!

Some of My Readers Great Opinions:
  • "things are getting way out of limits, with the prices soaring the sky!" - Nisha
  • "i guess i have to give up so many things esp You-can-live-without-them-expenditures and shopping if i decide to drive a car in maincamp. *sigh*" - Izzah
  • "Hmm... The government told us to change our lifestyles but did they even bother to change their lavish lifestyles?" - Adawiyah Juzailah
  • "Reduce.. reduce.. reduce.." - e-tavasi
  • "we go to work by car. after sending me to office, my hubby will park the car and use motocycle. if it rains, we switch to car again. if not raining, we go home by bike. - Mangosteenskin
  • "i also turn off the engine when i need to sit in the car waiting for hubby to finish his work. but a lot of mosquito if it's already dark." - Mangosteenskin
  • "... people with lavish lifestyle tend to spend their socks off to show their status by buying all those dream things for the people who can't afford it. That's why every time we wanted to spend on something, we should think hard about it." - Fishy@ike
  • "At the end of the day, you only bought or use the things that you really need and no waste of money occurs." - Fishy@ike
  • "reducing military expenses" - Bluedreamer27
  • "Government should stop the corruption at the first place." - Faisal Admar
  • "You can't compare durian price between Malaysia and Japan :)" - Faisal Admar
  • "It is too bad when Governments don't think about what they are doing to the people in their country. When there is corruption the people loose so much and others gain at the peoples expense. It is so sad." - Angelbaby
  • "A cut of 10% should have been 30-40%, so they would feel the pinch too.
  • "now, i am going to work early so as to avoid the traffic jam. Tolak awal, tekan minyak pun slow sebab bawak macam buat video klip muzik" - Rizal
  • "i want to change my lifestyle by having/getting more money ;-)" - Rizal
P/S: Happy Father's day to all dads other there. I hope my health will return to normal as soon as possible :)

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Change Your Lifestyle

Poor | Edited from starbuck_555

I should stop talking about myself. I was thinking about finalizing my summer holiday post when I suddenly saw a STOP sign below a lamp post in front of my house. When did they put it there? So, like a good citizen with an obligation to mother nature creation, I think I will need to postponed the post (again). Honestly, I kinda embarrassed - one of the feeling that has been disappearing for the past few years, for talking about myself to much. Plus, people will think that I am a self centered bastard who like to brag (not that I care much about what people said). Nevertheless, taking the cue, I will talk about more important matter in order to save the world (I could feel the world is shaking when I say that phrase).

The global price of oil already hit a time high with $139 per barrel last Friday. I check on this site to take a look at today's price and what a surprise! I was greeted with a WELCOME! The last word you want to associate with oil price. Anyway, the price is $132.90 today and I left the site without looking for "Good Bye and Have A Nice Day". The new oil price in Malaysia is RM2.70 per liter (increased by 40%) and I sure all around the world, the price is increase too. And they even forecast that the global oil price will be double ($250) in the near future. Consistently, other goods prices will be up too unless the government do something. Of course, waiting for the government to take action is simply a long and painful wait, so I decided to list up what you could do to reduce the burden of the price war. Viewer Discretion Advised. This May Not Be Suitable For A Light Hearted Audience Reader.

Reduce Your Electrical Bill
Two things that usually end up a chuck full lot in your electrical bill are water heater and air conditioner's usage. Oh, by the way, Malaysian electrics rate will double start from next month. Be prepared..
  • You should get use having your bath in the cold water especially for Asian people who don't experience 4 seasons through out the year. What is a better way to start your day with the coldness of the morning running water splashing your face that will literally shake you up and actually awake you?
  • Open up your room windows and feel the breeze of fresh air so that you won't have to use air conditioner at all time (this step is not advisable for the city housing).
  • Sleep naked when it's hot rather than switching on your air conditioner or fan. Make sure you lock your room door before trying.
  • Try to switch off the unused plugs, including your water heater and air conditioner's plug - most people forget about it.
  • Try to get your eyes use to see in the dark, switch off the unnecessary lamps. It's better than having a cheaper electrical bill than to be robbed at night.
Reduce Your Entertainment's Budget
You should not indulge yourself with entertainment too much (although "too much" is depending on your state of finances). As matter of fact, this should be the last thing in your budget. However, I am a normal person, and like any normal human being, entertainment plays a big part in our life.
  • Cut your you-can-live-without-them-expenditures. For example, I will cut my Astro bill (a local satellite TV) by unsubscribed my Movie package. Of course this may be due to the fact that I rarely watch the movie channels (as I already saw most of the films there). My father wanted to unsubscribe it for a long time ago, this may a little push he needs.
  • You-can-live-without-them-expenditures also may include the budget for clothing. Try to buy one expensive (and a good quality) cloth once in a year. You could always wear it for many years to come. Avoid buying something too trendy, as trendy is very seasonal. Classic is always a good (and save) choice.
  • Try to reduce you-can't-live-without-them-expenditures. For me, it is the broadband internet (again, it depends on people). Try to choose the cheapest but reliable one. Although I am quite certain I can't do anything about mine.
  • Try to reduce what I like to call, your "social visits" rather than "hanging out with friends" phrase (You would be less guilty, trust me). One of these social visits would easily make a hole in your pocket in no time. Less shopping, less hanging out at fancy cafés and restaurants, less clubbing, less cinema going and less everything you usually do on your social visits.
Reduce Your Vacation's Budget
Other example of you-can't-live-without-them-expenditures is vacation. You're stressed a year out and you really need this holiday to make you humane again.
  • If you want to go to oversea vacation, try to choose a country that its currency exchange rate is high. This is because you would not tend to spend a lot of money on shopping on top of other expenditures. London is one of the places that you shouldn't go although the currency rate is high because the price for things there are relatively cheaper (unless you have a very very high willing power to stop shopping).
  • Whereas Europe countries are the best choice. It offers you many historical places to go without the urge to excessively shopping.
  • Try to adjust yourself into having only one long vacation per year rather than an oversea trip every two months. Oh, and of course, try to explore interesting vacations in your own country.
  • Opt to public transports whenever you're on holiday. You don't need to rush or anything right? Just enjoy the holiday. (This step may not apply to those who already use public transport every day to get to work).
  • Plan your journey well and ensure you save some of your money for emergency situation when you're on holiday. Try not to be over budget.
Other steps that can be done:
  • Reduce the usage of water. You don't need to wash your car or motorcycle every week. But you should take a bath at least thrice a day.
  • Hoop in your colleague's car to work, use public transportation or simply walk.
  • Teach your children the value of money. Reduce their monthly allowance if possible (this should be your last resort).
  • Eat outside less. Try to cook at home. Which may or may not cause several food blogs and restaurants to close.
  • Stop buying newspaper, there all bullshit anyway. Read them online instead.
There you go. Give it a try! I am doing some of the steps on my own. If you know other effective steps, do tell us. I am sure we all want to know. Changing your lifestyle may be hard, but we should not let it to be a problem to meet the end of month. Kindly note: this life changing tips are not brought by any party government, N.G.O, or any influential figure - although they should. Any similarities are regretted.

Bluecrystaldude

Poor People Marches | Edited from starbuck_555

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Dear our beloved Malaysian Government,

We are faithful and law abide citizens have done what you have ordered. We have changed our lifestyle. And now what? No, telling people to stop eating rice when the rice price is high is not a solution. No, telling people to change their lifestyle could not solve all the problems. What about for those who struggle for the end meet, live just to survive another day and do not spend much or any on their "lifestyle"? No, not everyone send their children to study in U.K or Australia. No, not everyone has a chauffeur to drive you to work. You should try take one of our public transports, Minister. No, the rebates given will do little to cope with increasing prices and done nothing for those who don't own car or motorcycle. No, paying the same salary for government servants but in two installments is not the same as increase their salary. And no, we are not doing any street demonstration. What will be your action now?

Three simple steps that should be considered to cope with the price war:
  • Increase the effectiveness of public transportation services. Increase the effectiveness of public transportation services. Increase the effectiveness of public transportation services. Read about Neomesuff and her vivid experience when she took the real public transport.
  • Reduce tolls and car prices. Neighboring countries (except Brunei which news easily forget to compare with) may charged on higher petrol fuel, but their cars there are much cheaper than us.
  • Tighten up the enforcements. Check that daily goods and services so that they do not increase their prices as wish.
The acts of men sometimes come so kind
And with such love do well express, yet
The deeds of men sometimes come so mean
And with great disgust is well despised.
These conflicts unresolved for times,
Someday, somewhere resolves to meet.

(Life, The Unfinished Business | Oliver Mabamara)


No, I don't think it already late to talk about oil price. It never too late for something like this. No, I don't think it's too late to review the price structure. And no, I am not an anti-government, yet.

A true Malaysian at heart,

Bluecrystaldue
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Hot News This Week #2

Politic - Dirty? Not-lah

I am not sure whether the news about Malaysia's former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who finally decided to quits the ruling party or the American Idol finale news. Okay, fine. Mahathir wins hand down. He is a former prime minister (read detector) for 22 years. After all the bad things he had done, I still have a respect for him. As people say, he indeed 70% right most of the time. A percentage that equivalent with A++ in Malaysia's politic.

Although my father and I mutually agree that the medias are trying to light down the spotlight from Mahathir's case with the infamous six - which included a prominent lawyer, an attorney-general, a tycoon, 2 Chiefs Justice and the now Tourism Minister). The case is now not even in the front page of any local newspaper. Suddenly, the famous V.K. Lingam's tape (did you know that Lingam is also a Sanskrit word for male sexual organ? See the Lingam Massage) has disappear. Just hope that they will do something about it later.

Oh, don't forget that the showdown between Obama and Hillary hasn't yet reach the end. It had been a long run, I am glad we finally reach to the end of it.

Entertainment - Finally..
Another showdown this week is the American Idol finale. A match between two Davids - between a rock star and the prince of ballad. My vote (if I had one) will goes to the older and the rocker David. David Archuleta just too sweet (too innocent, too cute, too fragile and other "too" good qualities to describe him) for me to swallow. And Randy keeps calling him "Yo, babe". LOL. Love when he sang Chris Brown's though.
“Season seven will be remembered for that kid with the stage father who may or may not (as of this writing) have cost his son the title. It is the season when everyone thought an Irish girl with a failed CD just might be pimped to death by the show but in the end was never given a break. It was the season of guitars, pianos and yes, a ukelele. A season of forgotten lyrics. A season with iTunes. A season of an ill-advised mosh pit and useless Q&A sessions. And yet another season in which Paula Abdul upstaged the contestants for all the wrong reasons. In the end, it may be a season in which “American Idol” turned the corner and ultimately became the search for and selling of a rock star.” - Rickey Yaneza - who "has been posting MP3s and video of each "Idol" performance for as long as we can remember and treats every "Idol" season as a full-blown political campaign, complete with slogans, nicknames and online ralies" - MTV
Of course, there also Akademi Fantasia finale this week to cater for Malaysian drama appetite. Not sure who will win the it, but I think Stacy, Nadia and Riz are a good trio. That being said, I kinda annoyed with Nadia and Riz's attitude. Toi is upgrading himself very well and Nubhan is in it just to proof that Malaysian are still voting based on their look rather than talent.

Humanity - OMFG!

The first case is about the two women were arrested after being accused of allowing a fucking freakingly young 2-year-old to smoke at a restaurant. The aunt said she was concerned about the boy's welfare because the child can say and do other inappropriate things, and believes that may have picked up on the drug activity his mother displays. According to police:
The boy's 26-year-old mother and 39-year-old aunt were eating at the restaurant last week when they held a cigarette up to the boy's mouth and attempted to light it.

The aunt told police that the boy often says, "smoke, smoke," and sometimes takes cigarettes out of a pack and puts them in his mouth.

The child had been saying "smoke, smoke" while the aunt was smoking in the restaurant, and she held her cigarette up to the child's face. When she took it away,
he continued to ask for a cigarette and grabbed one from a pack on the table. - GreenfieldNOW
Oh my, could it be caused by a young motherhood? The mother too young to quit her much more enjoyable life? How do we know we are ready to become a parent? Do we need an age barrier? I don't think 26-year-old is considered as "young" nowadays, as people at the tender age of 15 already pregnant and having kids. To be matured beyond your age is a dangerous thing, especially when you have no guide from older people.

Second case is about an online hoax that ended with the suicide of 13-year-old girl, Megan Meier who hanged herself last year inside her parents' home. Their parents have said that their daughter's death was the result of the rapid decline of her online relationship with a person she believed to be a boy name "Josh Evans," who first flattered the self-conscious girl and then taunted her.

Her neighbor, Lori Drew and 18-year-old employee identified as Ashley, allegedly created a false-identity Myspace account to contact Megan, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. Truth is, Josh didn't exist. Meier hanged herself after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her (!).

I am not in the position to urge people to be truthful in their networking sites when some people chose to create an alter image of themselves there, which I did for time to time. Well, life is bored if you don't know how to enjoy it. LOL. Nevertheless, try not to be safe when you're out there. Do not give any personal informations which include your instant messenger id, phone number, address, avoid upload your house's picture (which I accidentally did, and then some stranger start knocking on my front door), telling about your vacation date and place, and for underage kids, please let your parents know when someone saying that he/she is interested in you.

Oh I wish I had the power, the power to change the world
But I'm just one man trying to do it on my own
Somebody change the world,
we've got little boys and little girls,
growing up on this sinful earth,
oh whats happening?
I don't know, but please tell me,
we've got all these criminals and discretes,
killin people for no reason,
I don't know why..
Oh I wish I had the power, the power to change the world
But I'm just one man trying to do it on my own
- Sean Kingston - Change

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Youth Point of View

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The most current hot issue right now is politic. I am very much pissed when people said that youth now are not interested with politic. Actually, we do. However, not to the extend of politic talks day and night. Especially when it was about political parties that are knotted with old and arrogant people. Youth are more eager to see more young politicians to have a say in the government. And that is exactly what we have done.

We tend to observed the characteristic of the contestant and how they appeal to each individual. Even in an unique case where an old woman (Maimun Yusuf, 89 years old) who contesting for the parliament seat are not far from youth grasp. Some determined young men even built a Facebook page for her. I can't help but to feel proud that most of my friends are very interested to watch the general election results being announce. One of them even said that the feeling of waiting and the level of excitement is equal if not exceed as you're watching a football match. How cool is that?

These are what I have observed for this year elections:

Posters = More plastic waste
Plastic degradation will takes about 40 years. So, if a politician used 10 000 posters, it sums up to 400 000 years of decomposition. I don't think politicians will live that longer. Do they?

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Recycle when it still usable
The last general election's poster and flags (4 years ago) are still hanging high. Even tough some of the faces already faded (as their manifesto) and the flag color already wash out by weather, you could always use it again for the next general election. Just make sure that you are not using someone else posters for your campaign.

Please insist your kids to wear a sunglasses when they are out
You could see the faces of the politicians all over the billboards. The question is, how come they do not even bother to wear a make up or put up their best face before putting up the billboards? There are several reported cases that underage kids are mentally affected (crying) after seeing those scary faces. This will definitely burden their parents especially when they were stuck in traffic jams. Just imagine, one or half and hour fill with cries and honking sound. How merrier!

Newspaper is not for news
Every single damn main newspaper has political motive advertisement all over it (mostly all of them are from the current government party). In every 2 pages, there will be a full length advertisement of what they have achieved and some of their memorandums. If you're lucky, you will find one or two real news in the sports section (sport celebrities who asked to wear political motive shirts is not a news)

When newspaper is not enough, you could always turn to radio
To rest your eyes for sore sight billboards, you could always tune on radio. Bored to hear those loud and explicit lyric in the radio? No need to worry anymore. You could hear all the good things that have been done for you. The aim is to make you feel guilty if you're not voting them.

Always blame democracy
not me 1: hey! I win! Thanks to democracy.. not me 2: It's ok, I am lost. That is part of democracy..
Does this reason is actually valid? Please think about something else. Such as, "I do not do my job when I was elected". Want to hear something like this? Dream on brother..

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Internet Heaven
When your main newspaper were spammed by the government ruling party, a youth like me always always fulfill our curiosity by surfing about it online. To spend most of my 'priceless' reading time (as you may recall, most youth are lack reading), I am prefer to read blogs, independent political views and opposition's sites. I have to admit, not all of the content there are correct. But at least, it makes me to think twice about certain things.
Malaysia update: Malaysia has its 12th General Election yesterday (08/03/08). The Government collision (Barisan Nasional) has suffered unexpected lost. 4 of its ministers and 10 deputy minister also lost their parliament's seat. They even failed to win 2/3 of parliaments (Malaysia is using British election system) and just win the simple majority for the parliament.
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And Abdullah Ahmad Badawi still doesn't want to step down from his thrown. Even our veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for two decades before handing over to his chosen successor Abdullah in 2003, accused the prime minister of "destroying" the coalition and suggested he should quit. "I think he should accept responsibility for this. He should accept 100 percent responsibility," he said. "I am sorry but I apparently made the wrong choice." Mahathir is straight to the point as usual.

UPDATED by Bluecrystaldude (12 March 2008):

Karim Raslan in his article, WHEN VOTERS SHOW WHO'S THE REAL BOSS in The Star (Wed., 12 March 2008) said that one of the the reason for Barisan failure is the youth's vote.
"It is obvious that the ruling coalition has underestimated the impact of young voters. Close to a million new voters (Malaysian voters consist about 10 millions) took part in this election. Their passion and conscientiousness in discharging their duties as citizens have put previous generation of voters to shame.

The Barisan has simply failed to win them over. To put it simply, the young Malaysians who voted last Saturday are a different proposition from their parents and grandparents. By talking down to them with gross disrespect, the Barisan is simply reaping the bitter harvest of excluding the youth from the political process through draconian laws like the Universities and University Colleges Act."
Meanwhile, Marina Mahathir in her article also in the same newspaper, THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN said the major lesson from this election is that "power rightfully rest with the people. It's all in that little piece of paper very five years."

State your opinions on this matter:
  • Are you interested in politics?
  • Do you think that youth lack of interest in politic? Why?
  • Do you agree with my observations above?
  • Who do you think will be the President of United State? (Would it be Obama, Hillary or McCain?)
P/S: I put all the pictures of America Presidential election campaign because my country politicians' face are not suitable for general viewing. Thank you,

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Another HINDRAF gathering?


i would like to talk about HINDRAF according to my view. But first, let me copy 1 of email i received couple weeks ago:

It is troubling to note the govt did not take heed of the grievances of its people, esp the minorities for too long. It is betrayal of the people's trust as ONE Malaysian family - by the people in the corridors of power.

Hasn't HISTORY taught these insensitive govt leaders (from all the various ruling coalition parties) that when pushed, it becomes a shove.
(Note: Myanmar; Philippines with People Power; Indonesia against Suharto; Singapore with protests/dissent more underground and on the Internet, than overtly; ..and now Malaysia).

We just had the ASEAN Conference; and the formation of HumanRights Group to oversee abuses of power within ASEAN.

The protests are supported by all races in Malaysia and even in Singapore, as this is a protest against the Malaysian Govt, and NOT an inter-racial problem, per se.
In my opinion as a citizen in this country, what i keep thinking this couple of weeks is what will HINDRAF do after all this over? let say they manage to put the international pressure and give reason to America and his alliances to attack Malaysia. What will HINDRAF do after that? Building a new government? Does it has enough politics power to coup with all this different races in Malaysia? I would love to hear their long term plan first. [ i cant get a hand of their memorandum. can u? please inform me if u see it] i still doubt there is ethnic cleansing in Malaysia. and i thought that the Malays are more poorer compared to Indians??
The Indians, generally are a more gentle race, and do not bicker as much compared to the other races. They tried to use the normal democratic channels to air their grievances - through their MPs, Govt leaders, Media, NGOs, Courts, multi-representations, etc..

They (incl the other races of Malaysia) had to resort to this unprecedented large scale protests as a last resort.

On the other hand, one should WONDER with all the injustices against the minorities (even though they are part of the MALAYSIAN FAMILY) such protests did not occur earlier.
i really don't want to see our tourists ran away with a bad images left behind about our country.

welcome to visit Malaysia 2007!
The damage to Malaysia - due to shortisghtedness of politicians of all hues - is immense - with the expected big drop in tourism; bad publicity; etc...

Within ASEAN, Malaysia is in the same league as Myanmar.
Singapore is in the same league, as far as treatment of minorities are concerned, though at a different scale.
i really hope that this hurricane of racist remarks, allegations and even the street protest being stop immediately. However, i really think that the government should start to listen to our voice the whole time, not just when general election is near.

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Gambar Palsu k nih????


Baru-baru ini, negara digemparkan dgn isu pembakaran Jalur Gemilang sewaktu tragedi Batu Buruk 12 September 2007. Semua media arus perdana menuding jari kononnya ia perbuatan ahli PAS, dan lebih mendukacitakam Polis Malaysia tanpa usul periksa mempercayai kejadian itu seolah-olah benar-benar berlaku.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi juga mengulas mengenainya begitu juga ahli-ahli Parlimen dengan nada dan konotasi marah sehingga ada yang menyatakan pembakar bendera itu perlu dibuang negara. Pemuda UMNO negeri Terengganu juga tanpa usul periksa dengan kerjasama pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) konon ingin mengadakan kempen memungut tandatangan secara besar-besaran bagi mengutuk "perlakuan " tersebut.

Persoalan kini, gambar itu siapa yang merakamkannya yang disiarkan secara meluas utk mengkambinghitamkan PAS dan juga BERSIH selaku penganjur ceramah? Pemuda yang membakar bendera itu siapa namanya dan dari mana datangnya? Apa sebenarnya niat polis yang secara membabi buta mempercayai gambar itu dan akhirnya mentality pemimpin UMNO dan ahli parlimen yang mempercayai bulat-bulat sekeping gambar yang tidak diketahui asal usulnya itu?

"Penelitian halus terpaksa dilakukan keatas gambar tersebut dan nantinya kita akan mendapati ia adalah sebenarnya gambar yang dilakukan secara 'super-imposed' dibikin oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab serta mempunyai niat jahatnya yang tersendiri."

CUBA KITA AMATI GAMBAR ITU:

1) Suasana yang ada seolah-olah pemuda yang bertopi keledar itu bersendirian dengan tindakannnya membakar bendera. Tiga pemuda di sebelahnya seperti "tak ambil kisah" terhadap perbuatannya begitu juga pemuda-pemuda yang di atas jalanraya di belakangnya.

Ini bererti perlakuan pemuda yang membakar bendera secara solo itu adalah pelik sehingga tidak ada sesiapa pun ambil kisah terhadap perlakuannya.

Justeru itu ada dua kemungkinan, pertama hanya orang gila biasanya yang tidak akan dipedulikan oleh sesiapa. Kedua imej pemuda yang membakar bendera itu sebenar dilukis kemudian. Saya lebih berat dengan alasan yang kedua. Cuba kita telitikan lagi dengan lebih terperinci terhadap imej itu.

2) Kita lihat gambar bendera yang dipegang oleh pemuda itu. Ia jelas satu lukisan bukan satu imej bendera sebenar. Tone warna bendera itu sekata dan ini amat tidak realistik memandangkan suasana ketika itu adalah waktu malam. Warna jalur merahnya, robekkan bendera di sebelah bawah, lambang bulan-bintang berlatarbelakangkan biru dan asap apinya juga nampak jelas semuanya dilukis dan rekaan semata-mata keran satu hal yang tidak logik malah tidak mungkin sebaran asap itu mempunyai bentuk kaku yang tidak realistik. (lihat kawasan yang ditandakan dengan garis)

3) Kita lihat pula pemuda yang mencangkung seraya membakar bendera itu. (rujuk foto di atas)

Imej pemuda itu jelas ditampal kerana kecacatan yang wujud di sekurang-kurangnya 3 tempat:

A.Tempelan adalah ketara di tangan pemuda itu dengan imej seluar dan kain pelikat dua orang pemuda di belakangnya.

B. Apabila imej itu diteliti dengan resolusi yang tinggi kita akan dapat melihat kesan tampalan di aliran badan pemuda yang mencangkung itu.

C. Kedudukan bayang-bayang pemuda itu salah kerana aliran cahaya dari hadapan tidak memungkinkan bayang-bayang utk berada tepat di atas objek.


(rujuk foto di atas)

Justeru itu dengan bukti yang ada saya berpendiran bahawa foto berkanaan telah direka dan "doctored" dengan teknik "superimposed" bukan bukannya foto asli.

Kita tidak tahu berapa banyak lagi foto yang direka untuk memburukkan parti pembakang dan berapa ramai pula yang tertipu hasil dari niat dan muslihat yang tidak jujur ini. Kutukan ke atas tangan dan diri orang yang mereka-reka serta mengada-adakan perkara yang tidak ada.
Dan lebih memalukan lagi Polis Di Raja Malaysia mengambil foto ini sebagai asas untuk mendakwa tentang wujudnya perlakuan tersebut tanpa memperdulikan kesahihan foto berkenaan. Atau ada apa-apakah tujuan PDRM bertindak sedemikian?

[red_blood] said: tak kiralah gambar ini betul ke tidak, tapi kita memang tidak sepatutnya membakar bendera. Lambang negara tu beb. DUN TRY THIS AT HOME!

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