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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Eat what you can afford, not what you feel like eating

At my aunt's place.

She's my father's sister.

She used to be an officer at the Fisheries Department but has now retired.

I'm at her place to settle some personal issues over the weekend.

Helped her cooked lunch today.

We had fried peria (bitter gourd), grilled ikan keli (catfish) and ulam (Malay salad) with sambal.

Simple lunch.

My aunt told me that these days she only buy food which are sold cheap at the time of her shopping.

"Cik sekarang beli mana yang murah, bukan beli yang teringin makan," she said.

"Peria tengah murah masa Cik beli tu. Cuma 90 sen sekilo je. Kalau ada yang murah buat apa beli yang mahal.

"Peria pun sedap juga. Nanti kalau brokoli tengah murah Cik beli lah brokoli pulak.

"Nak kata semua barang mahal tak juga. Kita pilih la yang kita mampu.

"Ikan keli tu pun murah je. Memang la tak sesedap dan seglamer ikan salmon, tapi okay juga la.

"Ulam sambung nyawa tu pun Cik tanam je kat pasu depan rumah tu. Tak payah beli."

My aunt who is in her late 50s grew up in a poor family.

It's a big family and my late grandfather was the sole breadwinner, working as a labourer.

My father used to tell me how things were different back then, growing up in a poor Malay family before the New Economic Policy was implemented.

Lacking things which now most of us took for granted was a norm back then according to him.

As my aunt was telling me today, my late grandmother was the one who thought her the concept of spending only what she can afford.

"Ya lah, kalau kita nak komplen je pasal hidup susah, tapi belanja nak macam tu juga, memang la tak jadi apa," said my aunt.

My aunt also reminded me that it's normal for the economy to go up and down all the time.

"Memang ekonomi ni macam tu. Sekejap mewah, sekejap susah. Kita kena adjust la.

"Kalau ekonomi merudum, kita belanja lah ala kadar. Tak boleh la ikut rasa je.

 "Nanti kalau ekonomi dah okay semula, boleh la makan ikan bawal ke, ikan halibut ke.

"Tak payah nak kecoh-kecoh.

"Kena sabar banyak dan hidup ikut kemampuan."

My aunt is a bit like me when it comes to politics.

She's quite tired of what's going on.

Not unlike me, she feels that everyone should chill off and wait for the next general election to settle things.

"Yang dia orang nak huru hara bergaduh sekarang tu nak buat apa.

"Pilihanraya nanti undi je lah mana yang rasa boleh improve keadaan.

"Kalau kecoh sekarang pun suruh Najib tu turun bukannya jadi apa pun.

"Lebih baik concentrate kerja kuat lagi untuk tambah pendapatan.

"Kata ekonomi tak bagus, barang mahal, jadi kalau boleh buat duit lebih sikit kan bagus."

I totally agreed with my aunt on all that she said.

They were all just plain common sense.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Now they must arrest Maria too

I think the authorities are doing the right thing.


Police arrests Red Shirts leader

Now they must arrest the Bersih leaders too.

Anyone instigating the public to break the laws must be stopped.

I have made my position clear about street rallies in these previous posts,

Both Bersih and Red Shirts are wrong and must be stopped.

If people have complaints, they should make themselves heard without bothering others.

There's the social media where everyone can says almost anything.

Express yourself there all you want as long as you don't break the laws.

Why then the need to go to the streets and cause problems for others?

Even in this blog I let almost every comment through because of that.

Freedom of speech and expression doesn't mean freedom to bother others.

Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah, as Jamal of Red Shirts, has made it known that her movement will go to the streets no matter what.

Even if it breaks the laws.

Promising a peaceful rally is not good enough if it's still done against the laws.

She cannot instigate the public to break the laws.

Jamal did it and was arrested.

Now it should be her turn.

The authorities must be fair on this.

They must stop both the Bersih and Red Shirts rallies.

Everyone can campaign for their respective causes but they must do so peacefully without putting public safety in danger.

Political differences should be settled in the general election, plain and simple.

That's democracy.

Anyone who are against a peaceful political process must be stopped from causing trouble.

This kind of monkey behaviour must be stopped,

Okay, that's all for today.

Sorry if I kinda sound a bit terse.

Got some personal issues to settle.

Until next time.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Little chat at a virtual golf course (updated)

(Updates at the bottom)

It's Sunday and I'm relaxing.

Not doing much.

Just reading a bit and playing with my phone.

I have been playing this game called WGT Golf since last week.

I'm still at the amature level and could only just play three holes at a time against my opponents.

The players of the game are from all over the world.

This morning however was my first encounter with a player from Malaysia.

His nic is SamAurora.

So, I said hi and we chatted a bit while playing. The game got a chat column.

It turned out that SamAurora stays in Bangi.

Both of us don't play real golf.

In my case, no time and can't really afford it.

But I like the idea of playing golf. So relaxing.

Since it's just a brief competition over three holes, I decided to invite SamAurora to read this blog.

His response was surprisingly interesting,

Well, as he said, he used to read this blog but has since moved to Jebat Must Die.

Good for my friend Jebat then.

Jebat is in my blogroll.

I have to admit that Jebat writes better than me and he is a more serious blogger.

Well, at least SamAurora knows my blog :)

We chatted a bit more after that and it was all very pleasant.

Anyway, after I told him about my blog, his game unfortunately didn't go very well at the final hole.

This is the outcome,

Hopefully I can bump into SamAurora again in the game and we can have a rematch.

I'm sure he wants to beat me next time :)

That's all for now.

You all have a good Sunday, okay.


Bumped into SamAurora at the game again yesterday evening and we had a rematch.

He was more serious, probably trying to concentrate at beating me.

No talk about Jebat or Tuah or Sang Nila Utama or Parameswara or whatever this time.

But still it was nice playing him again.

SamAurora seemed to be trying really hard.

But it was a scrappy game and the course was quite tough.

Here is the outcome.

Better luck next time dear SamAurora.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The good Red guys from Kelantan

I like this story,

JELI, Oct 15 2016 : Kelantan Umno is reviving the ‘Jelajah Gelombang Merah’ programme by making it more people-friendly in anticipation of the 14th General Election, said its liaison chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
He said the programme, first introduced by Kelantan Umno in the last general election, would be redesigned with a new format to include the participation of Umno state, division and branch leaders.
“We will improve on the programme to make it more relaxed and people-friendly as we believe this concept will boost the people’s spirit to support Barisan Nasional in ensuring the coalition’s victory in Kelantan in the 14th general election,” he added.
He told this to reporters after launching the programme for Jeli divisional level here yesterday.
Mustapa said the programme would include ‘gotong royong’ to clean public facilities, community sports, cultural performances, health screening, exhibition, sale carnival and briefings on current issues.
He said the programme would be carried out in all the 14 Umno divisions in the state as a run up to the 14th general election. – Bernama
I doubt that BN or to be more exact Umno can capture Kelantan from Pas in the next general election, but I think this "relaxed and people-friendly"  Jelajah Gelombang Merah will help improve Umno's image throughout the country.

It's much better than the Red Shirts, who are on a collision course with the Bersih people next month.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I dislike the Red Shirts and Bersih for their troublesome antics of wanting to impose their presence on the streets.
If Tok Pa and his people in Kelantan can come up with peaceful and beneficial programme to highlight their initiatives for the people, why can't Bersih and Red Shirts do the same?
Why must they threatened to brawl on our streets?
I know that some people love to see the fighting and are goading them to go at each others' throat in their blogs, etc, but I hope it will not happen.
As I stated previously, I will even support the authorities if they intervene to stop both the Bersih and Red Shirts rallies. 
Enough of their nonsense, okay.
We got better things to do than being bothered by them, such as improving our lives and caring for the ones we love.
We all really should just do things peacefully without disturbing others and wait for the general election to settle our political differences.

Just be patient for the time being. It's not that long from now.
If we need to campaign, we can do so the nice way like Tok Pa and his people.
I always like Tok Pa.
I first met him many years ago when he was the Entrepreneur Development Minister.
He was nice then and he is still nice now. 
I even once hung out quite a bit with one of his daughters.

She was also nice to me like her father.
Some people say nice guys don't win wars, but I disagree.
As far as I'm concerned Tok Pa is a winner because of his nice ways.
I hope everyone can learn from him and his people in Kelantan.
It's not a contest of who are more "gedebe" (gangster-like). It's actually  a contest of who are the ones the people like more.
Who do you all like more? Ambiga, Jamal or Tok Pa?
I choose Tok Pa any time.
Think about it, okay.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Morning with Hiroko

Just finished my morning cycling round.

It's my exercise routine now.

Quite nice to sweat it out a bit early in the morning.

I'm beginning to love my bicycle quite a bit.

Since it's a Japanese “mamachari”, I named it Hiroko after a character in my favourite Japanese movie Love Letter 

I like the Hiroko character because she was very loyal to her beloved fiance...even after he died.

I'm a bit like that myself :)

Well, it's been more than two weeks now since I started cycling and I think I'm feeling better.

Just about 45 minutes of cycling around the neighbourhood.

Quite fun too.

I really recommend you all to try it.

I think it's the easiest exercise for people who actually couldn't care less about exercising.

Simple, inexpensive bicycle like mine would do.

Bloggers who got no real life should try it.

Hey guys, get off your butt and sweat it out a bit, okay.

It can be quite unhealthy sitting there in front of the computer for hours thinking dark thoughts on how to make people hate each other.

Seriously, you all can go mental like that.

People can sense that you are mentally ill by reading your writings.

There are better ways to enjoy life than doing that.

Exercise, lose weight, healthy lifestyle....happy thoughts.

It helps fill your mind with good things and therefore you can write more positive stuff.

Less hate and toxic writings.

Much better, really.

Okay, I need to go shower, breakfast and get ready for work.

Have a good day guys.


It's a quiet moment at the office now.

Just feel like sharing this video with you all,

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Maybe Dr Mahathir wouldn't mind the Japanese too much

In his latest post,


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad among others wrote these,

7. Orang-orang Proton tidak dibenar bercakap dengan saya, dan peniaga kenalan saya tidak dibenar mengadakan business dengan Proton. Tujuan Najib ialah supaya Proton bankrap dan boleh dijual dengan murah.

8. Nama saya tidak boleh dikait dengan Proton. Proton hendaklah dijual kepada orang asing 100% supaya industri kereta nasional dihapuskan. Hanya kereta import sahaja yang boleh dijual di Malaysia. Jangan ada apa-apa yang dimula oleh saya. Biar hancur industri tempatan asalkan Najib puas hati.

He basically said that the government wants to kill off Proton because PM DS Najib Razak is angry with him.

I'm not very sure if Dr Mahathir is really accurate on this one.

Okay, maybe it's true that Najib couldn't care less about Proton as it is a Dr Mahathir's baby, but I highly doubt it that he wanted to kill off the company just out of spite.

There are tens of thousands who depend on Proton for livelihood and I don't think Najib is that stupid to incur their wrath with the general election not that far from now.

There should be a more rationale reason for the whole thing.

As we all know, Proton is undoubtedly bleeding and the government has to help it financially to survive.

I don't think this is what we want of Proton.

We want the national car maker that we are proud of to do well.

So, I was not overly distressed when I read this story last month,

DRB-Hicom to sell as much as 51% stake in Proton

I think that's to accommodate a potential foreign partner to come in and help Proton.

That's what the government wants as it can't go on helping Proton.

At least that's how I understand it.

Of course the potential foreign partner will want some control over Proton to make things work, thus that 51 per cent stake.

I don't see anything wrong with that.

It's better that way than letting Proton suffer the way it is now.

I think a reliable foreign partner will do good for the company, particularly in correcting the bad practices currently plaguing the company which brought down the Proton badge in the eyes of even Malaysians.

For example, a foreign partner with controlling power can get rid of vendors who supply substandard parts for the Proton cars.

I was made to understand that many of these vendors got their work with Proton via political connections and no matter how bad they performed in supplying parts for the cars, they were always retained.

Proton people can't get rid of them because they would pull their "cables" to stay on the job.

That's how Proton cars became famous for their faulty power windows, cheap plastic interior, making funny noises just weeks after purchase, etc.

When my father bought his Preve, the GPS unit which came with it was almost useless. I borrowed the car to go to Teluk Intan during the by-election there and the GPS map only showed half of the town.

I conclude that the vendor who supplied the GPS system must be one of those who got the contract by pulling their political cables.

Now, a foreign partner with controlling stake can kick out such useless vendors as they would not be subjected to external pressure from any local politician.

They wouldn't care less if some division chiefs complain to Najib that their proxy companies acting as Proton vendors got their contract terminated.

They will just want to get the cars made the best way possible and that definitely can do without bad vendors.

I was made to understand that potential foreign partners approached by Proton want exactly that.

The Japanese ones in particular.

They will not want to come in if they can't control the quality of the cars.

I think it's for the best.

And I trust the Japanese more than the French and Chinese, who were said to be the other potential partners.

French - remember the terrible Tiara model which was done with Citreon.

Chinese - Chinese cars good meh?

And I think even Dr Mahathir will not be too angry if Proton is being controlled to a certain extent by the Japanese.

After all, he always wants us Malaysians to be ethical and disciplined like the Japanese.

Really, it is better that way then letting Proton to continue dying an agonising death.

This is something we have to be rationale about.

Hopefully, one of Dr Mahathir's more sincere advisors can coax him to accept the reality about Proton.

That way, the handsome old man may not be too stressed by the whole thing.

Come on guys, he's 91, okay.

Well, at least that's how I see it.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Street rallies in Malaysia are built on hate

Had dinner with a good friend last night.

She used to be a BN supporter but now had jumped to the other side.

She read my last post and said I was wrong for asking the authorities to stop the planned Bersih rally next month, but agreed on the part where I wrote that the Red Shirts needed to be stopped too.

"Bersih is peaceful. It's the Red Shirts who create the trouble. They are the violent ones," she said.

She had watched that video where a group of Red Shirts beat up a Bersih motorcyclist.

I told her that I'm against all kind of street rallies.

It doesn't matter who are organising it.

Street rallies can easily end up being violent no matter how peaceful the organisers said it would be.

The Bersih rallies had turned violent in the past.

Remember these images?

The Bersih crowd in that incident actually beat up a policeman and totally thrashed his patrol car.

There were other not so nice images of Bersih like these.

Any group of people can turn into a violent mob if they were instigated hard enough to hate.

It doesn't matter whether they are wearing red, yellow, pink or whatever other colours.

That's why I'm against both Bersih and Red Shirts.

I believe in doing things peacefully and intelligently.

Street protests, at least in this country, are just not that.

They were mostly built on hate and the risk of violence is always there.

In Bersih case - hate Umno and BN.

In Red Shirts case - hate the opposition.

Hate and violence should be shunned.

It's actually easier to preach hate and violence but  to what end will that leads us?

Let's not fall for the tricks of those who try to be popular by peddling hate and violence,  okay.