September 29, 2008

Bluetooth headset...necessary or not? Saving on water and electricity...


Lately, I am trying to save on energy which is why I look at the need for a bluetooth.
I was reading on the wave emitted by the Bluetooth radiation and no doubt, the Bluetooth signal at 1 milliwatt is extremely low, compared to some cell phones, which may emit up to 3 watts.
However, I believe that normal headset is sufficient for such usage. I mean most of the time we would be holding our mobile while on communication. Even when we were on the road, using a normal headset is sufficient and it saves on the energy used to charge battery.

For me, I decided not to use my Bluetooth headset anymore.



Just the other day, I was talking about fighting against global warming but most of us couldn't even be bothered about the most important element in our lives, water. Probably because it was cheap, none of us really consider the need to save on water usage. Some of us even left the water tap running while brushing out teeth, and there is not a concern to fix the leaking water at home. Especially now that I am staying inside the university campus, I've seen so much irresponsibility act such as leaving the water tap running and most students won't bother to save on electricity, just because they believe they pay their part.

Did you know that...
  • On average, a person uses about 200 litres of water per day, of which 5-10 litres is for basic survival, ie drinking and food preparation.
  • The other 190 litres is discretionary and is used for washing (showers, dishes, clothes, toilets) and the garden.
  • Approximately half the water supplied to urban areas in Australia ends up as waste water, according to a report by the Institute for Sustainable Futures prepared for the Water Services Association in 1998.
And we are only talking about Australia here.



Some of the ways to save on water:

  1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
  2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.
  4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  6. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.
  8. Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  9. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
  10. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  11. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
  12. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
  13. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  14. Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.
  15. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.
  16. . Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  17. Never install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.
  18. Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
  19. Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.
  20. When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.
  21. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
And we are only doing the very small part of it. Think about the difference you can make...make the difference today!

September 27, 2008

Commitment to fight against "global warming"

Well, it seems that everyday a new problem arises and yes, no doubt about it. Every individual can only play their part in the influence that they could. I too want to play my part in creating a better world. Not that I am doing anything significant but I decided to blog about my contribution against 'global warming' every week so that while others may be gaining ideas, I could invite a bigger community to do it together.

For a start, I will make sure that my two handphones will only be charged when the battery is really low. I realized that a lot of people overcharge their mobile phones. In university, I have a friend who charge his mobile almost 24 hours. This could cut down on electricity as well.

No doubt about that, my job as a private tutor where I drive to my students' place will also contribute to pollution. I am going to plan my trip in a more proper manner so that the next time I travel, it will be a one trip journey. This could save on fuel consumption as well. As for the nearer students, I will walk to their house instead.

At the moment, I'll try my best to be conscious about the environment everyday and remind to the people in my circle of influence.

September 25, 2008

Some of you might be tired of reading about politics here. After all, many of us couldn't be bothered. But anyway, couldn't hide some of the frustration that I have.
Anyway I think I ought to blog some of the happenings in my life recently.

Just the other day during the Mooncake Festival, I brought Yen Leng to my grandma's place to celebrate together...

first attempt...suppose to be a love shape...aiks!!

And the second attempt prove that I dunno art...

This one is a star...does it looks like one?

The camera sucks! loL!

I didn't get to celebrate Mooncake Festival with my uni friends as I was back in Ipoh...heard that they have quite a great time there as well.

Besides the Mooncake Festival, I also gotten my mid-semester results for 3 subjects. I'm basically quite proud of myself for doing well since I'm busy travelling and giving tutor for my students.

  • Introductory Probability = 20/20
  • History and Philosophical of Science 33.3/40
  • Calculus 1 - A (they didn't announce the marks)
Well, I've still got my Differential Equation and Linear Algebra 1 results that are yet to come out. Hopefully I still manage an A la.

And I am also busy with the business assignment in UM. Luckily we managed to get the BIG APPLE DONUT, at the very last minute. I was busy doing the business proposal, calling these and that...loL! Boring stuff...hehe...but hopefully can get A for my group members also la.

Here is the blog that my friend is creating for the promotion.
http://applebig747.blogspot.com/

I came back from KL yesterday...hehe! And imagine it, I already have my first class in the morning. Anyway, I'm trying to enjoy teaching as well, so that the work won't be so tiresome for me.


Playing our part as Malaysian...

The message is CLEAR!!

I was even more depressed reading the Star Newspaper today. Honestly how I wish our Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar realized that his statement is a "ridicule to our nation".
If only he could read out the articles by Raja Petra Kamaruddin that he said 'could arouse anger among Muslims'. I think that article would only arouse the anger of those who are into corruption and hopefully the Minister himself is not involved.


Referring to reports quoting Seputeh MP Teresa Kok as saying she was served “dog food” while under ISA detention, Syed Hamid said all detention centres had their own standard operating procedures, which were in line with international quality standards. He commented this, "“I was informed she was accorded good treatment and received what she demanded." and I wonder how he himself would feel if he were the one arrested.
Using ISA to such an extend is abusive and taking away the "freedom of speech" in our country. In short, taking our freedom away.
Ahmad Ismail incident which attracts 13 division heads' support for his racial remark, shows, in no-uncertain term, that the injustice has occurred. For someone to use word such as "pendatang" to be walking out free and the other inside Kamunting...Justice has been manipulated.
But there is no point arguing about all these without any actions taken.
I found a blog which has quite a good synchronized action to help RPK as well as to advance the people power for a stronger civil society.
http://malaysiacivilright.blogspot.com/

Hopefully more Malaysians will take their stand to fight for their freedom.

September 23, 2008

Are we serious for a change?

Not deliberately, perhaps, but have we?

Not setting out to lie and mislead him, but have we, nonetheless?

Have we, you and I, on the one hand, and RPK on the other, been at cross-purposes?

We’ve given him the wrong impression?

Let me try and illustrate the point I’m trying to make.

The setting is perfect.

Music, lighting and all.

Two people look into each others eyes, one declares to the other, ‘I want you tonight’, and the other proclaims ‘Yes, make love to me’, both not quite realising that they don’t quite mean the same thing.

One is in lust mode, the other in love.

No-one’s trying to mislead anyone.

At cross purposes.

Only to be discovered later, probably at the expense of one, when that one is in dire straits.

A bit like RPK and us, perhaps?

RPK exposes one scandal after another, and we urge him on.

‘Malaysia needs you, RPK’, ‘You are our hero, RPK’, ‘We salute you, RPK’…

RPK does not pause to ask, ‘What mean you all by this?’

RPK is threatened with arrest, with detention, with law suits and all and sundry declare solidarity with him.

Check the comments in Malaysia Today!

Check the comments here!

‘We are with you, YM’, ‘We will walk with you all the way, RPK’ and ‘We are praying for you’.

Again, RPK never stopped to ask.

And so I ask now what all this means?

‘We are with you?’

But he’s in detention and we’re all out here!

‘We will walk with you?’

RPK isn’t walking anywhere tonight! He hasn’t been walking anywhere these last 10 days!

‘We are praying for you?’

Yes, and then what?

Do you think he read too much into all these declarations?

And reading too much, he asked of the millions of MT readers for 150,000 signatures for the petition to the Agong in relation to the judiciary, and got 25,700++?

What could we all possibly have meant by these declarations of solidarity and support if the petition demanding his release from ISA detention, now four days old, has garnered 20,463 signatures?

Just what do we mean?

Would we risk losing our liberty in order to secure his? Is that what we mean?

Risk our jobs? Our business? Our families?

No?

Never mind RPK.

Would we risk losing our liberty, our jobs, our business and our families to bring about the changes we want to see in our country?

No?

To one of the posts on our Hartal ISA that is now on standby mode, someone sent in this comment :

‘…if a nationwide hartal is called on a working day, there could be a blanket suspension of leave so those who choose to go may face possible dismissal at work. Much as I want to see change, putting my job on the line with young children to support rattles my nerve. I am sorry if my lack of courage is a dampener to others. I wish I am more brave. For a start, should we go ahead with the strike, can we do it on a Saturday or a public holiday?’

To the individual who sent in this comment, please do not take this as a personal attack. Truly, it is not.

In fact, I thank you for your honesty.

I’m just left wondering if perhaps we haven’t been as forthright with RPK as we all could have been.

This article is taken from http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/have-we-misrepresented-ourselves-to-rpk/

Reading this article help me realize that when we talk about change, we need to take into account that while someone else suffered inside, we're enjoying ourselves outside. Blogging, chatting and hanging out with friends while RPK is being imprisoned.
I must admit that I would not be as bold as to take any steps that could put me into that similar situation. Will I be bold enough to speak up if I were to be expelled from UM if I did? Yes...we're all excited about changes but while some of us only want the benefits of change, some are willing to go the extra mile. I want to be those that will go the extra mile, for Malaysia. Hopefully more will take this article and put some thoughts into it.

Let us not be like those "hypocrites" who talk about 'integrity' so lightly. The same goes with us...let us be real with our words for change.

Raja Petra detained...

Raja Petra to be detained 2yrs under ISA (update 2)

By M. MAGESWARI


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin was served with an order Monday night that would see him detained in Kamunting for two years under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Raja Petra will be held without trial under Section 8(1) of the ISA, reporters were told by his lawyers, who were at the High Court hear to argue their habeas corpus application on Tuesday. The detention order was signed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar on Monday night.

On Tuesday, DPP Abdul Wahab Mohamad raised a preliminary objection over the blogger’s habeas corpus application saying that Raja Petra’s detention by the police under the Section 73(1) of the same Act has become academic.

DPP Abdul Wahab confirmed that he had been informed Tuesday morning of Raja Petra’s detention under the minister’s order which was effective Monday.

“The applicant is no longer detained under Section 73 (1) of the Act and we strongly contend that all the issues pertaining to the said detention have now become academic since the detention order under Section 8(1) of the Act came into effect,” he said.

DPP Abdul Wahab said the police no longer have authority on the applicant and that the burden has shifted to the Home Minister.

“Thus, any illegality in the prior arrest and detention cannot be the subject matter of inquiry. Any previous issues which transpired before the issuance of the detention order cannot be subject to judicial inquiry.

“I seek your indulgence to strike out the application,” he submitted before High Court judge Suraya Othman when the case was mentioned Tuesday.

Raja Petra had filed a habeas corpus application on Sept 16 to get a court order for his release. The blogger named the Inspector-General of Police as the respondent in the application.

In a supporting document affirmed by Raja Petra’s wife, Mable @ Marina Lee Abdullah said she believed that Raja Petra was detained under ISA on Sept 12 to silence him as well as to extract information concerning his sources.

His lead counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar argued Tuesday that the minister’s action was only to defeat the wrongful detention application by his client and it was unacceptable.

Malik argued that Raja Petra’s detention by the police under Section 73(1) of the same Act was without basis, unconstitutional and in bad faith.

He submitted that the minister’s order was inter-related with the detention order by the police and that the applicant could still challenge the validity of the said order. “It is a very urgent matter and there is no evidence to suggest that he (Raja Petra) is a threat to national security. He just put in his comments,” he said.

Justice Suraya asked both parties to file in further written submissions before hearing the matter again on Oct 28.

Speaking to reporters later, Malik said he would file another application for his client under Section 8 of the Act.

Earlier, Raja Petra’s wife Marina and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok were spotted chatting with former de facto Law Minister Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim as they sat at the public gallery.


This article was obtained from The STAR online.

RPK's Address at Kamunting

Y.M. Raja Petra Kamarudin
Tempat Tahanan Perlindungan,
34009 Kamunting, Taiping.
Perak MALAYSIA

For those who believe that RPK has been treated unfairly, it is time to play a part as a Malaysian. Let us write in for the man who has been influential in editing the MalaysiaToday blog. We all know that justice has not taken place, and we will not stop fighting for the man who is willing to bear the brunt in order to speak against the racist baggots.

I felt depressed...yes, at the sight of Malaysia's politic, where all the "leaders" are busy fighting for their own position and Power. Let the Rakyat remind them that this is a democratic country where the Rakyat is the POWER.

ISA cannot rob the "freedom of speech" in our country.
When ISA was introduced, the main purpose of it is against armed criminal and communism and none of that are involved in this case. Our country has achieved its' independence 51 years ago, so let us not allowed "leaders" who with their "own agenda" rob that freedom.

As Malaysians, it is this moment to take our stand. Write to the press, write a card to support RPK. Let our government know and see the need to change, change for the better and for those who have their own "selfish agenda", it is time for them to step down and stop pretending to be leaders for their people, for a leader will care for their Rakyat and not one who enjoys seeing the Rakyat going into KAMUNTING.


September 19, 2008

Making a stand...


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.


September 17, 2008

Finally connected inside University Malaya

It seems like a torture to be disconnected from the internet. Probably it was because of this, I felt like I am out of touch with the world. And we must all acknowledge that this is the IT world.
Anyway, just as most Malaysians who probably were looking forward for Sept 16, I too was eager to know of the results regarding the new government in Malaysia. It would indeed be a historical moment if it indeed happen on 916. Nevertheless, we must come to face the reality that it is not happening, at least not yet.
Well, whether there be a new government or not, I believe all Malaysians will want to see the nation heading to a positive direction. And maybe the first issue that the government need to deal with is the ISA. No one will want to see Theresa Kok or Raja Petra or even other detainees to suffer without given the proper trials.
Indeed, we need to be thankful to have minister like Zaid who chose to step down as a minister in his stand against ISA. A man with principle and responsibility, I believe Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is a good role model for politicians, that instead of thinking about your own power and money, it is time to realize your responsibilities as a leader.

Here is the article from the Star Online.

I can only salute you, Datuk Zaid for being a man who stand by your word. Indeed, reformation towards the judiciary system in Malaysia could not be done without people like you. You have not fail Malaysia...it is only your colleagues who fail you.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim will not change his mind about quitting as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, saying he has failed to reform the legal system.

He said he constantly met “a brick wall” from Cabinet members and Umno to many of his suggestions for reform.

The former de facto Law Minister, who remains a Senator, added he did not want problems arising from his proposals to plague Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a time when the latter was grappling with party conflicts and other challenges.

Zaid thanked Abdullah for suggesting he go on leave but said: “I am not tired. I’m just disappointed.”

He said he prayed Abdullah would remain Umno president and Prime Minister and accomplish what he had set out to do.

“I apologise to all Malaysians because of my weaknesses, I have failed,” he said in a 40-minute press conference at his office here yesterday.

“It has not been a mistake to take up the offer,” he stressed.

Asked why he was giving up when he had bluntly told journalists just in May that they should go on fighting for media freedom despite the obstacles over the past 20 years, Zaid said: “Maybe I’m not as courageous as you are. I agree change does take time but I was looking for some positive development to give me assurance.”

He maintained Abdullah had been supportive “within his own constraints.”

Asked whether Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim - if he formed a new Government - would be able to bring reform to the judiciary, Zaid replied: “He hasn’t formed the Government. It doesn’t matter whether the Prime Minister is Abdullah, Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak), Tengku Razaleigh (Ham-zah), (Tan Sri) Muyhiddin (Yassin) or Anwar. I don’t care; I just want to see transformation.”

Describing himself as a “man of deep responsibility”, Zaid lamented that in the six months he had been Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, he had suffered accusations of not standing up for Malays and Muslims and other criticisms in Parliament.

Naming Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman as one of his critics, Zaid rebutted :

“You can still be a champion for your race and think of the country.”

He said he tried but had failed to convince those in power to effect changes related to equality as prescribed in the Federal Constitution, so the Government could move forward.

Zaid had tendered his resignation to Abdullah on Monday.

In his letter, he had listed his frustrations in trying to achieve the reforms he had been tasked with doing; the final being the recent arrest of three people under the Internal Security Act.

Asked whether the public should give up on Abdullah’s promise for judicial reform since he - the person specifically tasked with achieving it - had resigned, he replied: “I don’t think everything should be pegged to me. I am not a hero. Someone else might be more acceptable.”

Asked whether he would leave Umno for opposition party PKR, Zaid admitted he had not been “treated well” by Umno - he was even suspended once on charges of money politics.

He said he had not decided on joining “PKR or anybody else,” adding he had not been courted.

Asked whether he had advice for the Government, Zaid said it must start trusting its own people.

“If not, you will always worry which policy benefits which group. You can have a race-based party but you don’t have to be racist bigots,” he said on his last day in office.

Besides the latest news regarding Datuk Zaid stepping down, we also have the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) pulled out of Barisan Nasional after a four-hour supreme council meeting. Indeed although many might say that the political stability in our country is affected because of rumour regarding the takeover and all, but I believe it is time for us to reflect and face the reality that something indeed is very wrong with our government. If we want to fight for a better future for all Malaysians, it is the time now. The time to take our stand. That we want a government that is clean, accountable, transparent, and with integrity.
And that is what BN has failed to show all these years.

Well, I too am tired of reading the same old news...but I believe that many more Malaysians are tired of it as well....we all want to see a change, a change in Malaysia that will push us forward.

September 13, 2008

A good lunch makes the day for me

Today I felt that I'm one of the luckiest person, having a girlfriend who loves me enough to make lunch for me. And she was not good at cooking, not at all. Although she only prepare those sort of 'western food' for me, I felt that she has done her best and I truly appreciate it.
I hope she know how much I wanna be with her and that I will make sure that this love story is the most beautiful ever written by anyone.

Before I proceed here is some of the snapshot of the delicious meal...


And here's the person trying to finish her job...

Alright...again, I posted her photo without the permission but I guess it's just part of the 'sacrifice' being my girlfriend. Lol! Haha! Just kidding...well, there is some good news. Yen Leng will be working in Public Bank, beginning on the 16th of September. The date seems significant to you? Haha! I'm sure all Malaysians will be watching for the next thing to come...especially somewhere near 916. =P
Anyway I am happy for her...=P

Oops...trying to look good again...ouch! I look like I just wake up...ish!



Imagine seeing this face everyday...one that somehow hmm....makes me smile...=D


And this is for being such a perfect girlfriend.

Alright...I think it's enough of Yen Leng...=P before I bored you too death with my photos....=P
Well, today I manage to download some of my favourite Chinese songs into my PDA phone...hehe...Guang Liang and some other of my favourite. I was checking out on the songs when I terclick Emil Chau's "Peng You"....In English means "Friends"
It reminds me of some beautiful friendships...and yup...as usual...me again...a bit emotional, I had a few drops of tears.
It just doesn't make sense to lose that sort of connection with some people. Anyway I'm trying to look at it from the positive memories left behind and to move on into the next phase of life myself.
I just read some news on the recent arrest of the Sin Chew reporter, Theresa Kok and Raja Petra under ISA. I was not shock or surprise but in a way, a little disappointed at the action.
Here is the news from The Star online...

Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng were arrested Friday under the Internal Security Act.

Three Malaysian newspapers - Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan - were also issued show cause letters by the Home Ministry.

According to Raja Petra's wife Marina Lee Abdullah, he was not “too surprised” when police told him that we was to be detained under the ISA.

She said her husband had been talking about it (ISA) for some time of late and knew his time was “coming up”.

“It came as a shock to me, but at the back of our minds we knew they (the Government) were going to use the ISA on him,” Marina said at her home in Bukit Rahman Putra here.

She said 10 policemen, led by Asst Supt Mohd Yusof Chem, arrived at their house at 1.10pm. At that time, Raja Petra, Marina and their two daughters were in.

“They asked for Raja Petra’s Mykad before entering the house to conduct an inspection. They looked in all the rooms and the car before seizing some 15 VCDs on ceramahs held by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and 16 books mostly on local political figures,” she said.

Marina said it was only after the policemen completed searching the home that they told Raja Petra that he was being detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA and would be taken to an undisclosed place.

She said ASP Mohd Yusof read Raja Petra the grounds for his arrest, which was publishing hatred-inciting articles on his blog.

“Raja Petra was in good spirits as he was whisked away by policeman at around 1.50pm,” she said, adding that he was not handcuffed.

“I will be strong for my husband and children and we will fight this all the way,” she vowed.

She said she would discuss her husband’s arrest with their lawyer before deciding the next course of action.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told The Star Raja Petra was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA as he was deemed a threat to security, peace and public order.

He said that under Section 73 (1) Raja Petra would be detained for 60 days.

“The police will do an assessment during this period and if they feel he should be held more than 60 days, the police will then refer to me,” he said.

Syed Hamid also confirmed that Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters.

"They have been given a week to reply," he added.

Sin Chew's Tan was arrested from her home in Taman Permai in Bukit Mertajam at 8.30pm Friday.

PKR Information Chief Tian Chua told The Star before leaving for Taiwan that he was informed of Raja Petra’s arrest by party colleagues.

“RPK’s daughter sent a SMS to say that her father was arrested about 1.10pm (Friday),” he said when contacted before he boarded China Airlines flight CI 0656, which was scheduled to depart KLIA at 2.20pm Friday.

Raja Petra’s arrest comes a day after the Cabinet ordered the Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC) to re­instate access to all blocked websites, including the controversial Malaysia Today.

Energy, Water and Com­mu­nications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said on Thursday the order was made because there were other “harsher” laws in the country, under which authorities could take action against the owners of blogs and websites, instead of blocking it.

“The Cabinet has asked the ministry to direct MCMC to reinstate access to any blocked website with immediate effect.

“At the same time, it is asking MCMC to closely cooperate with the police, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Home Minister to monitor any website or blog to ensure that this does not contain seditious, racist or religiously insensitive remarks.

“Instead of blocking access to offensive websites, the Cabinet wants authorities to investigate and act quickly against the owners of these sites,” he said in Putrajaya.

I strongly believe that Malaysians who want to see a better Malaysia would want to know how can a reporter who simply wrote what she heard can be arrest under such charges. Whether it be Malays, Chinese, Indians or any other race, I believe these sort of arrests only cause disappointment. Seditious, racist or religiously insensitive remarks have been said to be the cause for the arrests and many people would want to know what about the person who make such remark himself? And we all know who is it. If the government indeed want to come out clean and gain the confidence of the public again, the first thing is to take the consequences of their wrongdoings as well. We are a free country...and we want to see an independent country where people of different race coming together acknowledging one another as Malaysians and not "pendatang".
I am a Chinese, but I uphold the Bahasa Melayu more than Mandarin because I see myself as a Malaysians. I have great Chinese friends and I have close Malay buddies as well. And of course the Indians as well. I hope to see a better Malaysia in the days ahead. I only wish the government could finally see the need for justice, integrity and accountability to be practice and not just by sweet promises. Anyone who love Malaysia will want to see a change...change for the better.



September 12, 2008

I finally realize...


It was just recently that I checked my inbox and realize that most of the messages were from new friends, girlfriend, family members and yah...some of my close buddy.
I think about my "friends" and I wonder if there were at any time friend of mine or is it just a project that we were friends?
I said it before and I will say it again, yes...even if I have to say it with frustration...
"I spent my youth serving in church and my 'so-called' friends now are too busy to even give me a simple msg."
I am not just referring to people whom in a way not much related to me, but people who are from the same cell group, people who call themselves family.
I am disappointed. We are talking about making a difference...giving a little time to others. And OMG....we don't even have time for someone whom we hang out weekly in church. No wonder the song HEAL THE WORLD only talk about giving a little time and a little space because even for that we are not able to do it.
Talking about busy...I believe I am in every single way as busy as those people if not even busier.
Well, some might say that they have family and yes exactly, I have a family whom I spend time with every time I come back during the weekends.
Girlfriend...I have one whom I love and would be spending time with her almost everyday, so that she would be even more happy being with me.
Work...I am working my ASS off every week back in Ipoh and my travelling time is even more than your "ministries" or "busy activities".
Beyond that, I have my studies which I need to maintain my CGPA at 3.50 for my scholarship and that means I need to put in much effort into reading and doing exercise as well.
And not to forget about the fact that I am also attending church, every week on Sunday for at least 2 hours and I am also going to my grandma's place for at least an hour plus weekly.
If that is not busy, then what is it?
I am sick of doing the job of smsing saying..."hey how are u? take care ya bro/sis! n keep in touch!"
And I would have reply like "Yah...you too...take care ya! Keep in touch!"
Cut that word out if you are not serious. And I mean it....I am not asking for anything...I am only asking for that sincerity in becoming a friend.
Some of these people are extremely good people to me and honestly I don't mind naming some here. (That is how frustrated I have become of these people who treated me as a PROJECT)
I must say that some people are good enough to still keep in touch with me...people like Addie, Liang Hin, Chun Fai, Jian Yao, Mun Yee....I wish I could name more but it just couldn't come into mind.

September 05, 2008

She is my girlfriend...YenLeng


I'm excited...I'm happy...I'm in love...haha!
I was looking through some of the photos I took with her and really, it doesn't matter what others might comment, but our cute looks surpass all others.

Last two week, I was down with fever and seriously, I was freaking frustrated as I had my mid semester test to go through but I was lucky to have Yen Leng being there for me. Well, she couldn't do much (she's not a doctor after all) but she was with me every night when she's done with her work and her tuition work is like from morning til 6.00p.m. So it must be extra tiring for her and yet she was there, taking care of me. I am touched and yes, I'm even more in love with her.

I just woke up....gosh! I was sick at that time...


And my private doctor...hehe! She was there with me while I tried to get a rest...such lovely girlfriend...hehe!

Taking photo while waiting for church service to start...

Second shot!

This is probably how it looks like for the predators...is that the name of a movie?

The HK gangster look...couple from Hung Heng (name of a gangster group in HK)

Face off!!


see...together forever...it's a promise!


How did my brother get in the picture? Aiks! Haha! "Lamp post"

We spend a lot of time together, most of the time with my family along as I'm a person who believe that a dating life should goes beyond just "the two person" but it involves people around you. For those of my close buddies, you might wonder why I didn't hang out as much time as I used to with you guys...I just hope you guys will understand that I need my girlfriend to have an ample of time to slowly fit into the group and she needs that time.

It was funny how love can be...before we started the relationship, I was the one that would be doing everything for her but once we're in a relationship, she's always doing her best for me...better than I could do for anyone.
(I'm happy and grateful for the love she shown to me...it gives me the strength to keep going on...and going on stronger each day.)

Days before we start our relationship....


During the school band...

I was thinking of posting more photos but just realize that it's all in the CD...aiks! I guess I'll post it when I have more free time.
Btw, see the cross I bought for her...it's nice! I've got taste!
Haha!
Love forever, impossible? Think again!





Stupid bus

I was really fed up with Transnasional today and wonder "What stupid bus is this?"
I bought the ticket for 1.30p.m and I only managed to get into the 3.30 bus.
It was a day full of excitement as I thought of going home early to give my girlfriend a surprise as she would reach home at 6 plus after work. But to my despair, I waited for two hours...and yes, it was suppose to be the most efficient bus in our country.
And to make things worse, the workers aren't that friendly and the bus driver told me this...
"Saya tak tau tapi patut ada tempat la. U naik atas tanya la...Hari ini saya puasa...tak mau nanti gaduh pulak."
I'm like "Oh my God....you're fasting so what...I mean I respect that culture and religious practice but fasting doesn't give you the right to stop playing your role as a bus driver and what the heck! I'm a passenger who waited for two hours."
But anyway I was lucky to have Evon going back together with me though she complained more than helping...lOL!
And just as the bus started moving, she was into dream land in seconds. Of course it wasn't long that I fell asleep myself but the trip wasted my day basically.
Anyway I rewarded myself by capturing some of the stupid picture of Evon while she was sleeping and decided to let the world see that as well...wakakaka! I'm evil...I know that!

Oops...got ya!


Oh my God...she's awake and ready to kill me for exposing her photo to the world...loL!

Alright...enough of today's trip...describing about it makes me even more mad.



September 04, 2008

It's Thursday


It is Thursday again. Yes...I'm excited, happy and looking forward to be going back to Ipoh.
I can't really wait for the time to move on.
I want to go home to my bed, my toilet...yes...I want to have a touch on my computer...I want to see my family, girlfriend, and friends.
But then again, this trip back to Ipoh will be even more hectic.
Aiks...my students are going to have their SPM trials soon...yes...I just wanna wish them all the best here!
Hopefully they will catch the trick to score for their Mathematics.
I thought of blogging about them but then come to think of it, I might as well postpone it til I get home and post some pictures along. But then, no matter how hectic is it back at home, it is still home where comfort and strength easily comes to me. (Hehe...=P)
I guess I JUST WANT TO GO HOME.

September 03, 2008

Studies...bored



I just couldn't help to hide the boredom of studies.
I know next week there will be another two more tests....mid semester test and having also to teach my students especially the Form 5 ones (SPM trials just around the corner) make it worse for me. I felt bored looking at the numbers at times, since I'm studying Stats...it will be like numbers everyday including my tuition classes.
I am bored, especially during the lecture class. Not that the lecturers are terrible as some of them are really good but it's just that I could not stand the repetition of the definition of these and that.
Aiks....3 more years to go....

Anyway one thing that I love about university is of course the library. Recently I just borrowed two books which is very interesting after finish one of Plato's book...The Republic.
The title of the book is Goodness and Justice and another one by Kierkegaard.
I thought of posting another photo in the blog but then I forgot to bring the cable to connect my mobile into the computer. Therefore only able to get one picture from the internet. It's quite interesting but I must admit that it took my time from my studies. I guess I'll postpone the reading until my test over on the 9th and 10th September.


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