The Countdown, My Take On It

We’re a week away from our country’s 13th General Election. While I used to take a rather calm and neutral stand usually, I can’t help but voice a couple of my opinions this time around. Now I won’t touch on the opposition’s claims on corruption issues or how those people of high authority in the country are misusing their power, for I don’t have solid proof, neither do I have a strong argument. Everything I know about those issues are simply read from the net and Facebook posts. So, as silly as it sounds, I’m gonna take a ‘innocent till 100% proven guilty’ stand. Or at least I’ll try not to talk and accuse anyone of anything….. yet. 😉

The stuff that pisses me off are mostly not politically based, but they’re more of those general stuff done during the campaigning period that annoys and disgusts the living daylights out of me. I’ll say this, in Penang, campaigning has been take to a whole new level. (Note : ‘A whole new level’ does not necessarily mean it’s a good thing.)

1) The flags. Oh gawd, the flags. While one party places their flags properly and spaces them nicely (well, relatively speaking), another just simply lump them all together. Not kidding. My state has been strewn with lost of blue coloured cloth. It’s becoming a real eye sore. 317313_10151868821954692_506942498_nSee what I mean? Truth be told, these scenarios tell a lot about the people campaigning. These speak really loudly of the mentalities of the people who are running for the particular area where the flags are simply strewn around like rubbish. I wonder what in the world were they thinking when they walk/drive past all these messy flags? Didn’t they see these atrocities?! Can’t they ask one of their volunteers to tidy it up properly? Seema as if they couldn’t even be bothered. Seriously, if you can’t even keep your flags in check properly, how the hell are you gonna be able to do a proper job in your assigned area? Hmph.

2) The campaign ads. Oh wow. Seriously. I think both sides are guilty of this, even if one side is slightly better than the other. But I feel both could do without dissing the other party excessively. When I attended some of the rallies, I like it when they tell us what they can do for the country and the nation, and NOT the part where they’re insulting and dissing the other party to extremes. A little dissing here and there is okay, it adds the humour, but to spend the entire half hour you’ve got just dissing another party? Not cool. Some of the candidates from both sides are guilty for this. I personally feel a real professional campaign ad should be made to tell people what you can do and contribute to the country, NOT dissing the opposing party. While both sides are guilty of these slanderous billboards and posters and rally talks, but one party takes it a step further by not only publishing it in newspapers, but also on the radio stations and television channels as well. It actually disgusts me to the point I simply turn off the radio. Whatever happened to proper campaigning? Ugh.

3) Freebies. Now, this pushed me over the edge. I’ve always kept mum on all things politics, until about a month back when I heard free laptops will be given out to students. I just snapped, and the dam of thoughts just flowed right out. Lol. But seriously, enough of giving all these material things and money! Firstly, it makes you look like you’re buying votes (boo!) and practicing money politics. Secondly, it makes people feel that even you guys aren’t even confident in your own party and its manifesto, hence needing to give away all these goodies and freebies. Thirdly, I really appreciate the 55 years of peace in this country, but,you should know, we don’t want all these temporary goodies and freebies (it’s a waste of money actually). All we want is a permanent improvement in the country’s development and also the standard of living of the nation. The future for our future generations.

All these little actions shows the kind of people on each side of this ‘GE 13 game’. I don’t know about everyone else, but to me, a person’s mentality place a pretty big role in the person’s ability to carry out a job properly. What kind of people do we want to put our country’s future in? I’ll be fair and say this. There are the good ones and the bad ones in both parties. It would be ideal to vote for the ‘good and righteous ones’ regardless of their parties. But sadly, that is not the case this time, is it? The nation has taken to pick parties instead of capable candidates. Well, that’s the bad news. But the good news is, most of the ‘lesser of two evils’ is on the same party. 😉

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The death match will be this coming Sunday. Who will win and who will lose?

Big Dream?

Gladys sent me this a few days back. Trust me when I say, I’ve NEVER heard of it, ever! Until I was sent this picture.20120831-011435.jpgBoy, did I have a good laugh. But seriously? I really doubt it’ll be able to replace Facebook. The thought itself is considered a joke among many. Reading up on this website, it is apparently only limited to Malaysians. This is one of the main factor that pulls the whole idea down, I supposed. Many of us now have relatives and friends living overseas. And limiting the members aren’t gonna get it anywhere. Facebook on the other hand, lets us connect with people all over the world.

I daresay, till now, almost 2 years after launching the 1malaysia.com website, it is still nowhere near replacing Facebook in this country. I did a little check up on the website, for the first time ever. Gotta give it to them though. The log-in homepage will definitely ease parents’ worries of allowing their kids onto the website.It looks 100% kids-friendly. 😉

But all that being said, it’s always good to dream right? One must have dreams in order to be on their way to success. Dream big. Aim high. Aim for the stars and you may fall on the clouds. Then again, there’s a chance it is a cloudless day. 😉

114 A

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I actually was a little shock when I read about this last week. No. I haven’t really been keeping updated with the national news lately. Nothing really interesting. Or rather, nothing worth my time and effort to read about. So when I first caught a whiff of this online, I was pretty knocked out of my mind. Unbelievable. This ruling creates so many loopholes. Bottom line, this kinda defeats the principal of our law to consider someone ‘innocent until proven guilty’. From what I read, almost everything in this section 114A screams ‘you’re guilty unless proven innocent’. 

Because of this 114 A, it would also do good to remember never to lend your phones, laptops, iPads or anything else that can access the internet to your family, friends or anyone for that matter. Also, it’s be great never to let anyone know your wifi password and not let them use it.

Sigh. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder… Are we moving forward, or backward?

Defeated But Standing Tall

Like I said before, I’m not a fan of Olympic. And certainly not a fan of badminton. But somehow, I feel, this guy is worth writing about, because as much as I don’t like badminton, this fella has brought together Malaysians of different races and cultures to root for our country, united as one.

29 year old Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysia a proud country despite not winning the gold medal for the Olympic Badminton Men’s Single. He fought his way through to the finals, where he faced his most popular rival, China’s Lin Dan. It’s like the 2008 Beijing Olympics all over again, EXCEPT that this time, Datuk Lee Chong Wei played a really good game, giving his all. I remembered his 2008 Olympics Badminton Men’s Singles Finals against Lin Dan. I presumed it must be due to the stress to win Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, that made him play a bad game. Think he lost his spirit to fight somewhere during the first round, sealing the defeat at 12-21 and 8-21 to China’s Lin Dan. Even those of us who watched the match didn’t hope much 15-20 minutes into the game, at that time.

But this time, 4 years later, Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysians proud. If I may say so, maybe luck just was not with him this time.

A 21-15, 10-21 and 19-21 defeat to world number 1, Lin Dan, just proves that he gave his all, and did his best. He may have lost the match, yes, but in my opinion, he already won and surpassed his old self who seem to have given up halfway through the game 4 years ago. And based on that alone, I can safely say, it is a good accomplishment. Even with the weight of every Malaysian’s hopes to obtain the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia, on his shoulder, this man fought his way to the very end, losing by only a very slim margin.

So it came as no surprise when this time, after the defeat, people started posting “We’re proud of you, Lee Chong Wei” or “Job well done, Datuk!” or “Even though we lost, you did great, Datuk Lee Chong Wei” or many other quotes that are along the same line, as opposed to those of the “It’s okay. Nevermind. There’s still the next Olympics” posts 4 years ago.

Congratulations to China’s Lin Dan. A well deserved win to the world’s number 1 and also 2 time gold medal winner of the Olympics Badminton Men’s Single.

As for Datuk Lee Chong Wei, he did a great job, and Malaysia as a whole is extremely proud of him.Here’s one for the man who got Malaysia its first medal in the London Olympics 2012.
Here’s one for the man who defeated his old self and rise up better than before.
And more importantly, here’s one for the man who brought all Malaysians united together on the night of 5th August 2012.

Olympic London 2012

Kicked off with a bang, a couple of days ago. But I guess I’m not really a sports person. While almost everyone is talking about the updates, its kinda sad to say, I’m not really interested in them. Of course, I do just flip to the sports section once in a few days to check up on the medals won by different countries all over the world. I find it nice that all the countries are gathered in the same place in healthy competition and ‘indirectly’ bonding with each other. Kinda gives the world a little feel of fuzzy warmness, or so I’d like to believe. Though I gotta say, this year, the Olympic Games doesn’t feel as hyped up as it was 4 years ago, when it was held in Beijing, China. Or maybe its just me. Heh.

ONE thing I did notice though, which pretty much comes a little as an embarrassment. Just a little. I still have to support my country, right? During the opening ceremony, I saw tweets from friends who were following the progress stating stuff like “OMG! What is Malaysia wearing??” or “Oh no! Team Malaysia, why your uniform so clownish?” or “Such an embarrassment. What an ugly uniform. Sigh.” Curiosity got the best of me. I waited a couple of hours then I googled the Malaysian uniform for the Olympic Games 2012. Gotta say, I was kinda speechless for the first few seconds. 
Well, I guess, on the upside, it would be hard to miss the team walking past, since we probably need a pair of sunglasses to shade the eyes. And to make matters worse, Yahoo! just have to go and rate them one of the worst team uniforms of the London Olympic Games 2012.

I wish I could say it wasn’t THAT bad. But I really, REALLY think, they could have done a much better job with the uniforms. I mean, the ‘baju kebaya’ is actually a really nice attire to be worn, and it looks really good! If only the could have toned down the colours or the patterns. Tone them down by a wide margin, actually. So I guess it is too bad that the beauty of the ‘baju kebaya’ is ruined. Oh well. Like I said, too bad. Heh.

News going around that there are a couple of really good looking hot athletic, but aren’t there always? =) So the games kicked off, and to date, it seems like China is surpassing the United Stated to take the lead in the medal table. But we’ll see how it all ends. It’s only slightly past the beginning anyway. 😉

Coins’ Facelift

Our Malaysian government has decided to come out with a new set coins. Our old coins of about 20 years will slowly phase out. The new 50 cents and 20 cents coins will be in  yellow-ish colour while the 10 cents and 5 cents coins will remain silver. Differences in sizes and colours as shown below.Latent images and indentations on the new coins are supposed to improve the security features and prevent counterfeiting. They are also supposed to be smaller and lighter than those they are replacing. The designs on the edges of the coins are supposed to make it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish the different denominations. The new coins are expected to be released for public use next year.There have been mixed reviews regarding this issue. Wonder if there’ll be a big ‘hoo-ha’ over it.

Though, am still wondering, how can smaller sizes help make differentiating the coins easier. From the picture, looks like the new 20 cents and 50 cents are about the same size. Actually, looks like there is really very slight difference in the sizes of the 50 cents, 20, cents, 10 cents and 5 cents coins comparative to the current old ones. And the colours, really? =.=” Can’t help but wonder, what’s the main purpose of all these fuss. Hhmmm.