Thursday, 29 January 2009

RIP : Malaysian Football























Back in 1990, sometime in the middle of that year, I found myself at a football stadium. Urging my favourite team with over 15,000 other people. It had drizzled a little but it did not stop us from supporting our beloved team. 

We have a superb Korean Defender and 2 enterprising Burmese (as that country was then called) players. The local players were all International players, some of whom were part of the Gold Winning Team at the 1989 SEA Games. We had a player so fast that he was dubbed the Kinta Express, a midfielder with a magical feet that we use to call him Maradona, another winger with a deft left leg, 2 superb Goalkeepers, both part of the National Team then.   

The team just returned to Ipoh after defeating out arch nemesis, Selangor in a memorable FA Cup, coming from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Selangor's former Home ground of Stadium Merdeka. I was watching their first Home game since that historic FA Cup win. 

Names that I can remember from that team were Azizol Abu Haniffa, Modh Nidzam Adha, P. Ravindran, Chong Kim Boon, Mohd Ali Jinnah, Zulkifli Mansor, Wan Ahmad Kamal, A. Ellangovan, Jang Jung, Kwi Lyin, Aung Naing and M. Karathu (please send me comments on any more players you can remember from that squad).

That team is Perak. 

I also recall that year, my School Team, St Michael's Institution Ipoh; which I was managing (yes I was managing the school team despite I was only 17 years old) won the District Cup (Kinta II district). Football was good then. We would play for the sheer joy of winning for the School. Just to put on that old jersey (the school could not afford to buy football jerseys, so we had to wear 'hand-me-down' jerseys)  was itself a joy. 

I can remember some of my team mates:-
Gerard Pereira
Chan Tai Wai 
Vinodhan
Mohd Azlan
Mohd Faisal (aka "Enje")
Mohd Hazani
Bathmanathan (aka Batman)
Damian Wong
Sedrick Soosay
Norhisham
Zulkifli (reserve keeper)


The inter school tournaments were active all over Perak and we all had dreams to represent Perak in SUKMA. I had sheepishly hoped to be the Youngest Football Manager of the State. 

But to see what is happening to our football now, hurts. The State Football Associations seems to be an extension of UMNO. The management of football reflects our Government, incompetent, ineffectual, inconsistent. 

It is really sad, as before we got so affixed with what is happening at EPL, the local league that use to give us all so much joy, is as good as buried. To see Perak lift that FA Cup in 1990 is still a memory I hold till now. To be part of the SMI team that won the U-18 Cup back in 1990 is still my top memory in School. 

But that memory is our only legacy, for our future in football is gloom. Football development is poor and we continue to produce sub-standard footballers, playing in a pathetic football league. 

Please, FAM, Government of Malaysia, and the Football Community of Malaysia; please do something to improve. And if somebody from FAM or any State FA needs help to improve the game, please call me, for I am prepared to volunteer some time to see our Football scene be back in the groove again. 
 

Death in Police Custody


The recent news of Kugan dying in Police Custody is not a new news, but nonetheless still a sad news. To be in Police custody, one would expect to be subjected to serious interrogations and/or body search, but to die while in Police Custody is not amusing at all.

A few years ago Francis Udayappan was also found dead in Police Custody but the Police issued a story that he was trying to escape from the lock-up and drowned. News from the Malaysian Bar and NGO's suggests that it was impossible he was drowned as he disappeared for 37 days, and cannot have drowned for that long. 

See link :-

There is little doubt, that we have a problem with the Police and we have a Government who lacks courage and morality to carry out the duty entrusted by the people to them. The Police can deny as much as they want. Syed Hamid Albar can defend the Police as much as he want. The fact is someone died while in Police Custody. Kugan may have been the biggest gangster in town, but that cannot legitimise any beating. The Police may claim that they had to 'rough' Kugan up to get information, but how the hell can the suspect be dead? 

The people need to trust the Police; that they will do, not just the accurate or precise thing, but the right thing! The Police is our bastion of peace and harmony. Our agent of safety and security. If the trust with the Police collapsed, how safe will Malaysia be? 

Already crime rates in major cities are up. How long more are we going to rely on this Government to do what is right, to revamp the Police and to rid it of people who are unable to handle the power which comes with the work. For we all suspect that this is probably a case where Police would have bashed up a suspect, trying to extract information, and the whole exercise went awry, leading to Kugan's death.  

Will this Government charge the Police officer who bashed up and caused the death of Kugan? Will this Government carry out the duty the majority of Malaysians have entrusted upon them?

We wont know...


Saturday, 24 January 2009

The Ox is coming to town



Another mad mad rush to finish work at office before Chinese New Year. And the usual 'chase money from client' dash happened the last few days. Spring cleaning in office and at Home. We tried to be as ready as possible for the coming Chinese New Year.

CNY is laden with tradition and heritage dating back over 2000 years ago. As a Hokkien Chinese, we will be celebrating the 8th day of CNY as our Hokkien CNY. Legends have it that the Hokkien clan had hid in Sugar Cane plantations during one of their enemy's attacks and came out alive on the 8th day. So you will see many Hokkien people putting up Sugar Cane plants outside their house, particularly just before the 8th day. However that 8th day celebration is now hijacked by other dialect speaking Chinese as it is believed that the celebration on that day will lead to prosperous business. So we see many Chinese people celebrating on that day to pray for prosperous business too.

Superstition practise like blowing fire crackers, not sweeping the house throughout CNY are some of the funny and interesting practises. On the 15th night of CNY, called Chap Goh Mei, traditions will dictate that single ladies will throw oranges into the stream wishing for a partner. Maybe we should hang out at Klang River that night?? Nah.. dont think that is a good idea. 

Anyway, it's important that being a Malaysian and all; one should not forget the heritage and tradition of one's race. It gives colour to our life and these old age parctise and all does add to the festivity mood.

I wish all my friends a good Holiday and to my Malaysian Chinese friends, Kong Hee Fatt Chot.


Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Obama's Inauguration Speech


OBAMA: My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Is he or is he not involved?



I saw this report on the Malaysian Bar website, and it is odd, that despite what is the clearest possible evidence that Najib is involved in Altantuya's murder, but instead our papers have not harped on this. I suppose they must have been instructed to not harp on this and focus on last week's KT election.


What more evidence do we need when we have a testimony of a Police officer that he was instructed to assist Razak Baginda deal with a 'Chinese' women by Najib's PA. Perhaps Najib will say 'my PA has nothing to do with me', but my logic is why in the world will Najib's PA get involved in an argument between a 'Chinese' girl and Razak Baginda, unless of coruse the PA was instructed by his Boss to do so.

How are we ever going to believe Najib that he was not involved? And what amazes me is that this chap is going to be our Prime Minister.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Money cant buy votes



Despite Millions of Ringgit promised to KT by the powerful BN faction, the people of Kuala Terengganu decided they prefer the PAS candidate. Amazing, Interesting & LIberating! 

Amazing as BN had promised heaven and earth to the voters. New Schools, New Roads, New Mosques. We read all that the last 2 weeks, and KT still turn down BN.

Interesting as PAS had to deal with the Hudud accusation, to deal with the purported crack in Pakatan, to deal with the might of BN, and KY still chose PAS.

Liberating as there is some glimpse of hope, that the people, wherever they are in Malaysia may have seen enough of BN, particularly UMNO. 

I, for one, have always been suspicious of PAS. Do they want to take Malaysia into an Islamic Law zone? Do they want to apply hudud to all Malaysians? etc etc. But as the batter cry at last March 8th, it's ABU for me (Anyone But UMNO).

Well done PAS! 


Friday, 16 January 2009

Palestine Humanitarian Fund



Please see link above. The Malaysian Bar has opened a fund to support the Palestine Humanitarian Fund, to assist the people suffering in the current conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

We urge you to support this project and donate to the Fund at the Bar Council. The link above is to a Circular which will guide you on how to donate to the Fund.

Thanks

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

5000 points and still kicking



(extracted from Malay Mail, 13th January 2009)

The victory over Hull on Saturday marked the collection of 5,000 points in the league, and Everton became the first club to do so.

What a feat! But for a club in existence since 1875, and as one of the longest surviving club in the top tier of the league in England, it is hardly surprising that Everton have achieved that.

The win over Hull was, with due respect to Hull fans, a win that was expected of Everton. To ensure the Toffees stayed at the top half of the league, it is games against the newly-promoted teams that they have to collect the highest possible points.

Since that unfortunate defeat to Villa at home, Everton have galvanised themselves and won five of their last six games, without conceding a goal. Villa were thoroughly outplayed in that game, but alas, football is about scoring more goals than the other team, not about keeping longer ball possession.

Back to the Hull game, Everton were as usual, steady and strong again. Starting again without a recognised striker, Everton basically overwhelmed Hull with their powerful midfield and eventually got the necessary goals to win.

The first goal saw Marouane Fellaini coming from an offside position to head the ball in, and David Moyes, unlike most managers in the league, actually conceded the goal should have been disallowed. Instead of calling other clubs a smaller club or preparing a list of complaints about other managers, Moyes had done the gentlemanly thing to offer solace to Phil Brown about that first goal.

But, come what may, the win was an appropriate result. Hull could not create many chances, and Everton on that day were the better team.

Mikel Arteta’s goal in his 150th game for Everton was the icing on the cake for him. He has been a wonderful player to watch and Everton’s top 10 position is largely due to players like him. Hopefully, he will score a few more goals.

With 5,000 points collected thus far, it is hoped Everton will collect not just another 5,000 points but perhaps some trophies too.


Monday, 12 January 2009

Top 10 reasons to support BN


http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/legal/general_news/vote_bn_or_lose_out_says_khairy.html

Above is a link to the a report, picked up by the Malaysian Bar website. We see BN's continued strategy to 'threaten' people into voting them into Parliament. Khairy was quoted to have told the people in KT to vote BN or else they will lose out. He said something similar at the last Permatang Pauh election, but of course BN could not sustain the power of Anwar there.

At KT, BN is actually the so-called 'incumbent'. They won the sit at the last General Election in March 2008, by over 600 votes. Why should they make such statements when they are the defending party? These kind of statements should logically come out at places where they are losing out?

But never mind that for a moment. We should study what people of KT can 'lose' out if they don't vote BN in. Here's my top 10 list:-

1. We will lose out a government who lost millions in failed projects like the Klang Free Trade Port, a Government who appoints a company to build building like Matrade and MRR2 highway in KL, and then spent more money to repair the same structures, whilst the original contractors are off, scot free;

2. We will lose out the corruption culture in every single level of the Government;

3. We will lose the racism of UMNO, just see the videos of the last UMNO general assembly in 2007, and you will know what I mean;

4. We will miss seeing Najib proposing such plans to sell important Community places like Institut Jantung Negara to government owned companies like Sime Darby;

5. We will lose a Government who increased petrol to Rm2.70 causing all food product to go up, to realise later it was a mistake and (though having dropped petrol price) now see Malaysians forced to deal with higher priced consumer products;

6. We will lose Samy Vellu;

7. We will miss Syed Hamid Albar, Khir Toyo & of course Khairy too;

8. We will lose a Government who continue to play the race and religion card whenever convenient;

9. We will miss a Government using ISA to 'protect' the detained person and instead of arresting the person calling people "pendatang", detain the reporter who reported the story;

10. We will lose  a Government who allows projects on hilltop and later blame God is there is a landslide on that very hill.


So, there you have it; we just cant lose BN. We must vote BN in!

 

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Please donate to the Palestine Humanitarian Fund of the Malaysian Bar

The Malaysian Bar, through the National Young Lawyers Committee has initiated a Fund Raising campaign on Humanitarian grounds for the people suffering due to the current Palestine/Israel conflict.

All donations will be channeled to Mercy Malaysia, and together with Mercy Malaysia, the Bar will try to provide financial support to the suffering people at Gaza.

For more details, please visit the Malaysian Bar Website:-

Friday, 9 January 2009

Forum : MYTH AND REALITY IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE


There is a Forum on Friday (9th January 2009) at the Bar Council at 8pm. The Forum is a joint effort between the BC and The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI).

I would urge you to go, since it is a Friday evening. We have to lend support to the Palestinians, who is suffering daily bombing and attackes at the Gaza Strip.

That war in that part of the world, has lost its sense and purpose. I am not suggesting that a war WITH a purpose & sense is justified, as I take a position that all Wars are not justified at all. But this Israel v Palestine War has some reason and logic, many years ago; but now it is just senseless and horrifying. Scores of Kids and unarmed citizens have died, and whatever Israel may say in their defence, nothing can defend the senseless attack of civilians. 

For those on facebook, please visit:-

The Forum is open to all, and is free. See you there!

 

Will it ever change?


Some friends I met during the recent year end break asked me, "will it ever change ah, bro? After 10 months of a stronger opposition, has it improved?"

Immediately I know this friend is asking if Pakatan's current position has made Malaysia better, has it changed for the better? Since the change, we see Malaysians having the guts to speak out. We now see that is extremely possible for an alternative government, that Barisan Nasional, or UMNO does not have the monopoly anymore, in the game of power in Malaysia.

The biggest problem we have now is that the Federal Government is still under BN. That must change, thereafter, the new Government must change the Civil Servant, or at least change the mentality of the Civil Servant. The current standard of complying with the minimum standard of quality when delivering services to the public, must go. We must move towards a culture of maximising quality and providing the public a good system of delivery.

I found this quote of mine, in the Sun at the end of 2007. Sun had interviewed a few lawyers, mostly involved in the Human Rights Committee at Bar Council, on our wishes for 2008. I said this:-

I wish that the Government would do more for the people in 2008, and that the promised crackdown on corruption by our Prime Minister will be intensified with further measures implemented to ensure that corruption is addressed comprehensively. I wish that all incidents of corruption in the past years are investigated and the wrongdoers brought to justice. I also wish that our Members of Parliament are held accountable for their actions and statements, and that they display a higher level of leadership and character. And finally, I truly wish that the Government will repeal the ISA and replace it with true respect and regard for the rule of law." 
Richard Wee Thiam Seng


Unfortunately, I would say, none of my wishes came through. It looks like the only way to have the possibility of those wishes come through is to change the powers at the top of our Government. 

But we must not give up. Even if Pakatan turns out to be a poor alternative, the People must chose a new path and not return to Barisan. If Pakatan fails, we must chose a 3rd path, to elect people with a certain intellectual level (preferably a high one, of course) and more honest people in the Government.

I still believe that there are thousands of Malaysians (if not million)  that cares for the Country more than they care for themselves. We have too many people in BN who care only of themselves, who have been treating the people as chattel of votes, to be persuaded once every 5 years to vote these self centered people in.

Will it ever change? I would believe the answer is Yes. And the change would be for the better. Have faith!


Sunday, 4 January 2009

Richard Wee Lopez


New Year, New Hope, New Challenges...

Sunil Lopez & I decided to merge our respective firms and we are now called Richard Wee Lopez. Our new website is http://www.rwl.com.my and our new Blog is http://richardweelopez.blogspot.com/.

We foresee a challenging year with the credit crunch and all. But I have personally been challenged, been defied and been denied; but I have long taken the view that it is how I stand up to all these that matters. 

Sunil is a great chap and someone I look forward to work with. I really hope this will be my last stop in terms of legal firms. The changes the last 2 years have delayed the growth of the Firm and has adversely affected our income. No more! Time to push forward and put this Firm out there.

Kuala Trengganu by-election

You know that the election is around the corner, when the local media, all controlled by Barisan Nasional; starts to lavish praises on the BN parties and amplify the 'mistakes' & 'cracks' in the opposition. Just a few days ago, in the Star under the section where sms texts from the pubic are published somewhere in the centre, Star published a text who complained about the wild x'mas party at Penang and amazingly asked 'what the DAP government is doing about it?'

This is what I called mischievous publication, for it is clear that the duty to handle the peace of place lies with the FEDERAL CONTROLLED Police. It is also odd that years of Mat Rempit Terrorising us in Klang Valley, the Star did not publish the failing of BN to rid of that menace?

Also recently a a public discussion at Bayan Lepas, Penang; some people there attacked Lim Guan Eng and asked for more housing to be built, when the Housing plans are under the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 

MCA's attackes on DAP about Hudud law suggestion by PAS; got big coverage on the Star. In that situation, I say this:-

1. Hudud has long been part of PAS's struggle. It wants to impose Hudud Laws in malaysia, and the least I read, Hudud can only apply to Muslims. 

2. 
MCA was silent (except MCA Youth in 2007) when the comedian Hishamuddin kissed the Keris not once, but trice at UMNO Youth AGM. 
MCA was silent when Mahathir amended the Consitution in 1988 to add Article 121 (1A). 
MCA was silent when Bar Council was attacked by champions like Najib, Syed Hamid Albar & (the biggest champion of them all) Zulkifli Nordin; when all Bar Council wanted to do was discuss the plight of mothers like Subashini. 

3. The Star did not amplify the news about PKR led State Government of Selangor appointing a person of merit, a lady to lead PKNS and yes, she happens to be a Malaysia of Chinese origin. Instead news on the 'Malay-based NGO' protesting on her appointment received massive publicity.  

We must be vigilant against this one sided news by the local media. It is crucial that a balanced news be distributed to the public. And then the people can make an informed decision on who they wish to chose, especially our fellow Malaysians in KT. 

And before I forget, Happy New Year to all!
:)