Saturday, 29 November 2008

Fight, Fight, Fight

The Mumbai terror attack caused the death of over 22 innocent foreigners and scores of local Indians. 

In Thailand, Airports are closed and Parliament is stopped in Session.

US today have the Black Friday where major discounts are offered all over. But every year someone is killed during the shopping. Yes -  killed during shopping. Already news is out that a worker at Walmart in New York was killed by stampede. 

Of course in Malaysia we have our own interesting news - No Yoga chanting allowed. But it is a Muslim order, so I am not gonna be bothered about it. 

Last week Razak Baginda was released, and the first thing he did, he announced that Najib has never met Altantuya. I wonder how Razak know that? For someone to say one never met the other, the one who said it, but always be with that person all the time. Was Razak hanging around Najib all the time? And his life was in such a mess and he could have been found guilty, but the 1st thing he did, after acquittal was to hold a press conference to 'clear' Najib's name.  

I am however sad about the deaths of the people in Mumbai. I am aware people die everyday all over the world, but to have one's life taken away by this evil terror, is just unfair and unjust. My prayers go to all the deceased.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

The Departure




Born in China on 12th February 1916, he made a decision to come to Malaya back in 1930s. When asked, he informed me that he think he landed in Tumpat, Kelantan around 1937. "Can't remember", he said in Hokkien, "But I think 1937-lah".

During the Japanese Occupation, he was among the many Chinese detained in Tumpat, a story he told many.

He was married, and had 7 kids (5 boys, 2 girls). He made sure his family had a shelter, a house which some may say, a riverview home; since it faced a small river. He worked at a nearby dock for many years of his life, and helped his wife selling 'kuih' in Tumpat, and they both later had additional helpers when all the kids got older.

He always advised his kids to study hard and he was a proud father, though he hardly shows it, let alone say it. As things turn out, all his kids went on to hold decent paying jobs. His family grew bigger when his children went on to produce 14 grandchildren and from this 3rd generation, came the 4th generation of 5 great-grandchildren.

He went on to live till 16th November 2008, when he was 92.

He is my grandfather, Wee Peng Seang. 

My grandfather was a man whom all the grandkids and great-grandkids just loved. He hardly troubled anyone and even after our grandma passed away 9 years ago, he went on to live a quiet and independent life. He was a strong chap too. Only equipped with a bicycle half as old as him, you can almost certainly catch a glimpse of him cycling around the Tumpat village and beyond, even when he was in his eighties. I will always have fond memories of him with his famous hand gesture (almost like a lady-like hitler salute) as he cycle away to run his 'errands'. When we went back to Tumpat to visit him and grandma (when she was till around) he would whisk me away onto the back of his bicycle (of course when I was very much smaller & less fat) and take me along to run his 'errands', only to find out later that it mainly involves having a cuppa tea in his favourite neighbourhood coffeeshop. He would proudly tell his friends, "this is my grandson. He is Ah Hian's boy", referring to my dad, Wee Beng Hian.

And as I grew older, I begun to take note of his subtle but prominent assistance around the house. He would zoom off in his trusted bicycle the moment he hears grandma laments the lack of certain food to cook or the lack of stuff around the house. We will then see him return home not only with the items grandma wanted but with a few more things, like ice creams for the grandchildren. Later, he will quietly sits at a corner watching the TV, without disturbing or imposing on anyone to entertain him but yet, always smiling and entertaining any grandchild who went up to him. I remember him as the man who gets things done without much fuss and fanfare.

As he aged, particularly in the last few years, he still lived an independent lifestyle except of course he can't cycle out to buy his food, and instead our two aunties who lived with him, cooked for him. My dad and uncles would return to Tumpat every now and then to spend some quality time with him. As the wonderful grandfather he lived to be, he never once demanded money from any working grandchildren, instead, whenever we give him ang pows during CNY, he would either refuse or reluctantly take them and always making the comment, "You need the money more than me". Eventually some of my cousins buy him shirts and pants instead, particularly his his trademark wear ie, Short Sleeve Shirt and Knee Length Khaki Shorts.

One of my fondest memories with my grandfather was during the days when I was much younger; when he would share his tea by pouring his tea into the saucer while he drinks from the cup. I would slurp away the nice tea while I hear him talk proudly of my dad and my uncles.

On Sunday 16th November, I flew back to Tumpat in the early hours of the morning (at least it is for me as I am not a morning person), when I heard from my mom that my grandfather was very frail and not eating well. I knew I had to go back to see him. Even though it was only a day trip back, I will never forget that trip as upon returning to Subang airport, I got a call that my beloved grandfather has left us.

When I was still at his bedside that day, he could not talk and was struggling to breath but he knew... he knew I was next to him. It was really sad and overwhelming to see a man who is so strong, so independent and so brave yesterday, to be so weak and in so much pain today. Emotions got the better of me and I was in tears when I bid my farewell, knowing that it is probably my final wave to him.

My grandfather, The Man who decided to move from China, took a risk by moving to Malaya and end up leaving a dynasty of 3 Generations. I will do my best not to let his legacy down. I will miss him.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Identity Theft in Cyber Space

Another Forum organised by the Information Technology Law Committee of KL Bar. I hope you will all attend. Identity Theft is cyber space is a serious problem.

Thanks

richard wee



Links:-

Identity Theft in the cyber world – Are you really who you are in the internet? 

The KL Bar Information Technology Committee 
presents a Forum on Identity Theft 

Date: 20.11.2008 
Time: 3.00pm 
Venue: Bar Council Auditorium
1st Floor, No 13 - 17, Leboh Pasar Besar, Kuala Lumpur. 

Speakers: 
1. Deepak Pillai - Advocate & Solcitor 
2. Prof. Abu Bakar Munir – Professor in Law from University of Malaya 
3. Shamsul Jafni Salleh - former Director of Security, Trust and Governance Department of Malaysian Communication And Multimedia Commission (MCMC) 

Admission: FREE 

For registration information, please contact Masni at the KL Bar Secretariat at 
03- 26933585 or masni@klbar.org.my

I hope you will attend.



Identity Theft in cyber space - a very serious problem
In April 2008, the New Straits Times focus on this issue of Identity Theft in Cyber Space. 
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/LearningCurve/20080419163016/Article/index_html

IN UK, there is even a dedicated website for this
http://www.identity-theft.org.uk/what-is-identity-theft.asp

IN US there are laws specifically dealing with this.
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/lis/privacy/idt-statutes.htm

A case on point is the case of Edward Anderton an American Ivy League graduate who was sentenced to a 4 year jail term for stealing identities and living a lavish live at other people's expense, of course. See link:-
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,451944,00.html

The Information Technology Law Committee of KL Bar views this problem to be a serious one. The upcoming Forum this Thursday is a platform to discuss this issue. The Forum will host 3 great speakers, and we hope as many people as possible will attend. Entrance is Free.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Race will only matter if you make it matter


This was my reply to the report in The Star, picked up by the Malaysian Bar Website. Please see this link:-



Dr Chua,

This issue of race will only matter if you make it matter. The UMNO agenda of separating the malays from the rest of the country and then continuing to implant the thoughts of supremacy and protectionism will hurt this country. I speak for myself, though I am conscious of the fact that I am not alone, that many non-malays in Malaysia accepts the special position of the Malay people in our country. That is in the Constitution.

However that special position in the Constitution does not equate to supremacy nor does it give validation to UMNO's constant bullying of the non-malays.  

I wish to remind the people who waves the card of history on us, and claim privilege and protection from that so-called historical fact as if it is inscribe in stone, to get your history right. I wish to also remind those who talks about the Social Contract that was supposedly agreed to in 1957, that this so-called contract was a re-action of the Malayan Union, which proposed an equal Malaya back in 1946.

The Constitution was designed to protect the Sultanate in Malaya, the Malay Language, and Islam in Malaya. It was NEVER a ticket to bully and belittle non-malays. It was NEVER a creation of Supremacy of a race.

Dr Chua - you are now the Deputy President of MCA. Please remind your fellow members of Barisan Nasional, especially those from UMNO that Malaysia abhorred Apartheid in South Africa, and condemned Lee Kuan Yew when he suggested that the non-malays in Malaysia were not given a fair deal in this country; to not subscribe and prescribe this insidious concept of malay supremacy.  

And if UMNO refers to the NEP, please remind them that NEP was designed to help the poor and deserving citizens of Malaysia and not just the malays.

So, back to your point here, you have the power and authority to effect change and educate the Malaysian to see beyond the colour of our skin. If you do not take up this responsibility, then I will say, that you and your colleagues who asked us to vote you either in the General Election or at your internal MCA elections; have failed.  

Thank you.  

Sincerely,  
richard wee


Friday, 7 November 2008

Putik Lada: In a Catch 22 bind


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Friday, 07 November 2008 07:54am

Richard WeePutik Lada©The Star (Used by permission)
by Richard Wee

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Thanks to all


Another Birthday, and it only means I am one year older. I am bloody 35 years old now. 

I honestly thought that by 35, I would be a little wealthier, and probably married. I know many of my friends dread that 'M' word, and I too am not that comfortable to settle down. The amount of divorce cases I have seen have put me off of marriage. But as age catches up, and as I feel a little more calm with live, settling down is a natural progression. Since being 'appointed' (actually it was self appointment as I asked the baby's father to let me be the godfather - haha!), as the godfather to Helena Teh, daughter to my close buddies Seng Leong, and Yee Suan; I felt the warmth of parenthood and feel it is something I can do. I suppose changing the diapers and waking up at 3am to feed the baby will be a difficult new chapter, but then again we face something new almost on a daily basis anyway.  

Wealth? Well, since I discovered my strong desire to fight the fight, champion the cause of justice and giving a hand to those who needs a hand, I ended up getting involved in the Bar. Needless to say, that involvement deprived me opportunities to make money. The time involved in doing Legal Aid matters, helping out projects in the Bar and really trying to effect change in the Country, Society and the Bar; means that is time taken away to complete a Contract, draft an Affidavit etc etc.. which only means, less income. 

But I feel satisfied when I see the look of the legal aid client when we give them a hand and expect nothing from them, the eyes of the child when we go hand over gifts and money to the Orphanage Homes, the smile of the kids as we teach them simple arithmetic etc etc; that is priceless. 

The organising and coordinating of the Bar projects and activities takes up so much time, but it is worth the while if it brings benefit to the Bar. For some reason, I just love to organise stuff. Seeing the project grow before my eyes, give the satisfaction which is hard to describe, except to say it feels good. It would have been better if I can make some money out of this (haha); but I suppose we cant get the best of all things.

Anyway, it was a good quiet birthday in the Day but the gathering I just had at night with the mostly-lawyers crowd is nice. It feels good to be around friends you enjoy company with and feel comfortable with.

My sister will be back from Singapore tomorrow. I miss her. Hope to spend some time with her over the weekend. On Saturday, will host another birthday bash with my best buddy, Chow Hoong (his birthday was on the 2nd Nov); with our old school mates... these are people I know almost 18 years already.. bloody long time. Looking forward seeing them.

I was asked what my birthday wish is, and as I put my hand over my heart I do sincerely wish:-
1. The best of health and happiness for my parents and sister;
2. A truly better Country to live in;
3. Maybe, just maybe, earn a million bucks by the end of next year (haha).

Thanks to all my friends who send me birthday wishes via texts, e-mails, phone calls, facebook messages etc etc. You all, take care!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The Bully


"If you say that the concept of Malay supremacy has failed, then Zaid will not be what he is today. He is fortunate he was born a Malay," he said after launching a forensic level security control system, NexCode, here yesterday.

The above is a quote from Syed Hamid Albar. This fellow is a racist to the core and a bully. The concept of 'Malay Supremacy' is wrong and absolute deviation from the Constitution. The Malay people have been given special position in the Constitution with regards to education and religion. After the NEP, the policy there was meant to help poor people, and since the malays were generally poorer back in 1970, the NEP leaned towards the malays.

The whole concept then was to help and assist people particularly the malays. the Constitution was also drafted to appease  the malays in 1957 after the British wanted to create equal rights to all Malayans via the Malayan Union in 1946. 

No where in these concepts include Bullying and belittling. What Syed Hamid Albar is saying here is basically this:-
1. You are lucky if you born a Malay in Malaysia
2. If you are not malay, too bad - you are just plain 2nd class, an unlucky bunch.

The UMNO agenda of continuing to separate the malays from everyone else is to ensure this sselected few like Syed Hamid Albar stays in power, for them to continue buying their new cars, go holidays with our tax money etc etc. I've said before in my blog, that the gut feeling I get, is that some of these UMNO leaders only care about the next contract they get or the next car they can buy, not about the welfare of the country or the people.

We have insufficient hospitals, insufficient schools, poorly rated Universities etc etc. Improve on that lah. 

We should look at the possibility of suing Syed Hamid Albar for this insensitive and arrogant statement. We must look at ways to bring the UMNO hypocracy out to the International Arena, to expose their anti-apartheid stand and their so-called cheers for Obama as an International Fraud!

I quote below the exact words of the New Economic Policy from 1970, which I got off the Malaysian Prime Minister's Website. See Link:-


LATAR BELAKANG

        Dilihat  dari  perspektif  sejarah Malaysia, penjajah
      British  menggalakkan  perkembangan  masyarakat  secara
      'plural'  melalui  amalan  'pecah'  dan perintah. Pihak
      British telah menggalakkan kedatangan tenaga buruh dari
      negara  China  dan  India  untuk  kepentingan   ekonomi
      penjajah   dalam   sektor   perlombongan  bijih  timah,
      perdagangan dan perladangan.

        Penambahan  penduduk    dan   peningkatan    kegiatan
      ekonomi    telah    menyebabkan   pertumbuhan   bandar,
      jalan-jalan, rel-rel keretapi dan pembahagian  kelompok
      kaum   mengikut   sektor  ekonomi.  Keadaan  ini  telah
      menyebabkan jurang perbezaan antara  kaum,  pembangunan
      bandar dan luar bandar bertambah besar.

        Selepas  mencapai  kemerdekaan,  Rancangan  Malaya  5
      tahun telah diperkenalkan.  Rancangan  Malaya  Pertama,
       kedua  dan  Rancangan  Malaysia Pertama dirancang untuk
      menitikberatkan kepada segi pertumbuhan dan pembaharuan
      ekonomi. Rancangan ini telah menunjukkan kelemahan dari
      segi  strategi  di mana  corak   atau   sistem   semasa
      penjajahan masih berterusan.

   RASIONAL

         Dari banci penduduk tahun 1970 didapati 49.3% dari semua
      keluarga  di Semenanjung  Malaysia   menerima   pendapatan
      di bawah garis miskin.Dari jumlah  semua  keluarga  miskin
      86% berada di kawasan  luar  bandar  dan  14%   di kawasan
      bandar.  Kadar  kemiskinan  mengikut   kaum   pula  adalah
      saperti berikut:

         kaum         kadar kemiskinan        pendapatan purata
                          (%)                keluarga sebulan (RM)
        Melayu            64.8                    172.00
        Cina              26.0                    394.00
        India             39.2                    304.00
        Lain-lain         44.8                    813.00

         Dari kajian Tahunan  Hakmilik  Syarikat-syarikat
      Berhad  yang  dijalankan  oleh  Jabatan  Perangkaan dan
      rekod dari Pendaftar Syarikat adalah didapati  hakmilik
      dan penguasaan sektor syarikat-syarikat pada tahun 1971
      adalah seperti berikut:

         Pemilikan                  Jumlah Pemilikan     %
                                      ( RM juta )
     1. Bumiputera perseorangan         279.6          4.3
        dan agensi amanah
        a) Bumiputera Perseorangan      168.7          2.6
        b) Agensi Amanah                110.9          1.7
     2. Bukan Bumiputera              2,233.2         34.0
        Warganegara asing             4,051.3         61.7
                                      ---------       -----
                           Jumlah     6,564.1        100.0
                                      ---------      -----

         Dilihat dari sudut pembahagian pekerjaan pada tahun
      1970 pecahan mengikut kaum adalah seperti berikut:

         Sektor                Melayu   Cina   India   Lain-lain
        1.Pertanian            67.6     19.9   11.5    1.0
        2.Perlombongan         32.1    58.7     8.5    0.7
        3.Perniagaan/          42.6    45.5    10.7    1.2
          Perdagangan,
          Pentadbiran Awam,
          Pelajaran,
          Pertahanan dan
          Kemudahan Awam.

         Kepincangan  di  atas  dipercayakan  telah  merupakan
      suatu  sebab  utama  berlakunya  peristiwa 13 mei 1969.
      Peristiwa ini merupakan satu perusuhan  perkauman  yang
      telah  memaksa  satu  dasar  yang bersepadu diwujudkan.
      Dasar yang dikenali  sebagai  Dasar  Ekonomi  Baru  ini
      adalah  satu dasar yang dilancarkan oleh kerajaan dalam
      tahun 1970 melalui Rancangan Malaysia Kedua (1971-1975)
      untuk membetulkan ketidakseimbangan sosial ekonomi yang
      wujud   di   Malaysia  di antara  kaum-kaum,  di antara
      wilayah-wilayah dan di antara kawasan di  wilayah  yang
      sama.

 OBJEKTIF

         Menyedari  kedudukan ketidakseimbangan sosial ekonomi
      itu ,    kerajaan  telah   mengusahakan   supaya   satu
      pendekatan baru dalam rancangan pembangunan negara yang
      melibatkan program 20 tahun yang dikenali sebagai Dasar
      Ekonomi  Baru.  Matlamat  utama dasar ini diperkenalkan
      ialah   bagi   mewujudkan   perpaduan   negara   dengan
      mengurangkan  perbezaan  ekonomi,  sosial,  kebudayaan,
      penempatan dan sebagainya.

 STRATEGI PELAKSANAAN

         Rancangan-rancangan  pembangunan di bawah Dasar Ekonomi
      Baru  adalah disusun  dan  dijalankan menerusi strategi
      serampang  dua  mata:

      i.  Mengurang dan seterusnya membasmi kemiskinan dengan
          memperbanyakkan peluang-peluang pekerjaan kepada  semua
          rakyat tanpa mengira kaum.
      ii. Penyusunan semula masyarakat untuk mengurangkan dan
          seterusnya menghapuskan    pengenalan   kaum   mengikut
          fungsi-fungsi ekonomi.

       Membasmi kemiskinan    
         
               Kemiskinan adalah sebab  utama  yang   menimbulkan
          perasaan tidak puashati di kalangan rakyat. Ianya bukan
          sahaja terdapat di luar bandar  tetapi juga  di bandar.
          Keadaan ini boleh menggugat perpaduan   negara  kerana
          masalah  kemiskinan adalah mengikut   kaum dengan kadar
          kemiskinan paling tinggi di kalangan orang Melayu  yang
          tertumpu   kepada aktiviti pertanian tradisional. Usaha
          telah dijalankan  untuk menyelesaikan  masalah   sosial
          ekonomi  dan projek pembangunan telah dirangka  supaya:

           i.    Mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan untuk semua golongan
                rakyat yang menganggur.
          ii.   Menambah daya pengeluaran dan pendapatan.
          iii.  Memberi peluang perpindahan orang yang bekerja di
                sektor yang rendah daya pengeluarannya   kepada
                sektor yang lebih lumayan.
          iv.   Mengurangkan jurang perbezaan pendapatan  antara
                kaum antara kawasan bandar dan   luarbandar  dan
                antara wilayah.
          v.    Memodenkan kehidupan di luarbandar.
          vi.   Mewujudkan kumpulan perusahaan  dan  perdagangan
                bumiputera.
          vii.  Mengadakan suasana pekerjaan   yang  mencerminkan
                komposisi kaum di Malaysia.
          viii. Memperbaiki taraf dan   kualiti  hidup  rakyat
                melalui pelajaran, latihan, kesihatan, kemudahan
                kemudahan infra-struktur dan lain-lain.

           Penyusunan Semula Masyarakat
     
          Adalah  menjadi  hasrat  kerajaan  supaya     menjelang
          tahun  1990  pemilikan  saham / ekonomi  Malaysia  akan
          melambangkan  komposisi  kepentingan   kaum   di negara
          ini , di mana penyertaan  Bumiputera sebanyak 30% , 40%
          bukan Bumiputera  dan 30% terdiri dari  pelabur-pelabur
          luar negeri.
                    Dalam  mencapai  matlamat  penyusunan  semula
          Dasar  Ekonomi Baru, strategi berikut telah disusun :

           i.   Meninggikan daya pengeluaran dan  taraf  kehidupan
          golongan  miskin  melalui  proses  memodenkan   kawasan
          luarbandar.

           ii.  Mengurangkan keadaan yang tidak   seimbang  dalam
          struktur guna tenaga yang terdapat sekarang ini  dengan
          cara yang progresif dan menerusi   pertumbuhan  ekonomi
          seluruhnya supaya pada tahun  1990  kedudukan   tenaga
          buruh mencerminkan bilangan kaum.

           iii.Menambahkan dengan lebih cepat lagi bahagian rakyat
          Malaysia dalam pemilikan modal dalam stok syarikat  dan
          pertumbuhan  ekonomi.

           iv. Membentuk sebuah masyarakat perdagangan  dan   per-
          industrian di kalangan orang Melayu dan kaum Bumiputera
          supaya dapat membentuk dan memiliki 30% ekonomi  dalam
          tahun 1990 dan menubuhkan beberapa agensi saperti MARA,
          Bank Pembangunan,Bank Bumiputera,Amanah Saham Nasional.

           v.  Memajukan negeri dan kawasan yang dianggap  mundur
          melalui pembangunan wilayah baru seperti DARA,KESEDAR,
          KEJORA dan sebagainya.

  Penutup  

           Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang bermatlamatkan perpaduan negara
          melalui prosespembasmian  kemiskinan   dan   penyusunan
          semula masyarakat didalam  konteks  keselamatan  negara
          yang kukuh. Segala program pembangunan negara dan Dasar
          kerajaan  semasa  yang  diperkenalkan  adalah dirancang
          dan dilaksanakan  untuk  mencapai tujuan-tujuan diatas.
          Usaha ini  memerlukan  bukan  sahaja usaha  yang  gigih
          dari kerajaan dan kakitangannya, malah ianya memerlukan
          perubahan  sikap,  tenaga  dan  pemikiran  rakyat  dari
          sektor swasta.

Where in that Policy do you see the clause that there exist this so-called "Ketuanan Melayu" And why would any country allow one race to be legally supreme to another and yet demand its people to be united and call ourselves Malaysians every 31st August or 15th September?