Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bloodbaths on American Soil

Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Pic by Joel Auerbach

On Valentine’s Day this year, a 19-year old male, Nikolas Cruz, took an Uber to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

He was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, law enforcement officials said, which he used to spray bullets to unsuspecting victims. 

He then fled the scene on foot, blending in with the rush of students pouring from the building. 

The massacre unfolded in less than 10 minutes, according to the timeline released by the Broward County Sheriff’s office. The aftermath of this mass shooting saw at least 17 people killed and 15 others wounded, with five individuals sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The February 14, 2018 slaughter was not the latest nor will it be the last. 

Check out the gruesome statistics extracted from website Gun Violence Archive under heading Mass Shootings @ Webpage

I hadn't realized how commonplace shooting incidents are in the country. 

And like all the other mass shootings there – tears flowed freely, followed by cries of anguish that quickly turned to anger. 

Citizens organized anti-gun rallies and pleaded/pushed/pressed for stricter gun control. 

Listen to the speech by Parkland student Emma Gonzalez at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday – where she demanded national lawmakers to do something to prevent mass school shootings. She even called out President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association by name:

I am sorry but I don’t believe anything will change. Not enough Americans care enough.

The killings will continue. And life goes on for the rest of the country.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Emily of Emerald Hill: Fund-raiser for Ooi Eow Jin

On February 11, 2018, I was at The Play Haus, a performance art theatre in Pearl Shopping Gallery in Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur to watch Emily of Emerald Hill. And I was fortunate to be given a seat in the second row at the front. 

This monologue play is immensely popular and it has been staged since 1984 – and I only caught it this time around. 

Emily of Emerald Hill is a nostalgic re-enactment of the glorious days of the Peranakan (Straits-born) Chinese in Singapore. The commonsense portrayal of the protagonist Emily in a multiplicity of roles, starting as a daughter to becoming a daughter-in-law, wife, mother and matriarch presents us with a tapestry of multi-layered perspectives of a lavish Baba-Nyonya lifestyle underpinned by wealth and status. 

There is nothing kitsch about this play – instead, it exudes rich intentions, authentic realism and charming elegance. 

And the formidable Pearlly Chua stylishly performed with put-on panache – and bringing me back to the good old days that I could only read about but would never experience.

I will readily admit that the 100-minute production gave me a concise yet compelling insight into a vanishing Peranakan culture and a slice of the history of Singapore (which is not unlike Malaysia).

It was a narrative that I could easily relate to and I am sure, with many others too. More so, since I am a Peranakan. 

A sparse setting. A down-to-earth script. A single character. And uncomplicated circumstances  these were all completely recognizable. 

A fascinating story because it tells of a feisty woman fighting for acceptance and at the same time, securing her position as the ‘first lady’ in a stifling environment that overflows with social norms and patriarchy. She has to pay a heavy price too – having had to grapple with her eldest son’s suicide and her estrangement from her husband. 

After so many performances – the show still stayed true and portrayed just as lovingly. Pearlly Chua was eloquent, expressive and evocative. A remarkable actor – this was her 201st performance, I’m told. 

Emily of Emerald Hill was written by award-winning Singaporean playwright Stella Kon and directed by world renowned Malaysian director Chin San Sooi. 

I actually asked Chin if Chua was ever tired of reprising her role as Emily Gan umpteenth times – and he responded that he knew the latter did not feel that way. Passion drove her and it still does. 

As the drama unfolded, I was gripped to my seat. I was immersed into the storyline straightaway. I was engaged, engrossed, enthralled. 

Thank you for the play that celebrates the strength and stamina of the human spirit allowing it to survive, succeed, and still stay relevant in an ever-changing world. 

Congratulations to everybody for bringing back this show. And for a worthy cause too!

This was Chin’s fund-raising initiative to raise funds for retired composer and songwriter Ooi Eow Jin (pic below). 

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Ooi – who collaborated with entertainers such as P Ramlee and Sudirman Arshad in a career that spanned four decades – has been stricken with Alzheimer's disease since 2015.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Cockroach as Prime Minister

One Facebook user seemingly was so desperate to get rid of Najib Razak that he claimed even a cockroach can make a good prime ministrial candidate. 

“Yes, even if you put a cockroach, I will vote for it. Najib must go”, he wrote in the comments section. 

(Yes! I am not afraid to declare that I am in agreement too).

Muhammad Iszam was one of 1,517 people who took part in a Facebook poll organized by The Malaysian Insight on December 04, 2017. 

Users were asked if they agreed with the proposed Dr Mahathir Mohamad-Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leadership should Pakatan Harapan win Putrajaya in GE14. 

After a 24-hour polling period, 872 (57%) users said "yes" while 645 (43%) said "no". 

A similar poll was held on Twitter where 107 people (48%) voted for the said pairing as opposed to 115 (52%) who didn't during the six-hour voting window. 

I have included a few other comments as well. 

Sharifah Eedurah Al-Qudsie supported Wan Azizah in the hopes of removing the current leaders. 

“I say yes to Wan Azizah as long as Najib and the geng (are) out”, she wrote. 

Tamil Arasan agreed with PH’s strategy, saying, “For political strategy, I’m saying YES”. 

Those who disagreed felt that the older generation should step back and take on a more advisory role, making way for new faces, such as Mohamed Azmin Ali or Rafizi Ramli. 

“No. Be an elder and set the stage for the next batch now”, said Ndrew Teng. 

Me  I am just delighted that even a cockroach can be of good standing, when compared to shitass Najib!  

am not sure if Iszam was referring to the American cockroach (Periplaneta americanaor) or the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) – the two most common species found in Malaysian homes. I guess, a cockroach is a cockroach is a cockroach. 

Anyway, a lipas is always preferable to najis, LOL!

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola thought "ass" just meant "butt." But that’s just the tip of assberg. Check him out here:

On Sunday, Celtic were held to a scoreless draw by a dogged St Johnstone side. Anyway, the Scottish Premiership leaders increased their advantage at the top of the table to nine points.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kepala Bapak Kau, Scolds Najib Razak

The Opposition are accusing Prime Minister Najib Razak of selling Malaysia’s sovereignty to China. The latest personality to do so was badass Mahathir Mohamad.

Instead of debunking this particular argument – the prime minister’s response consists of words like stupid (5x), pathetic (2x), ridiculous (1x), "bodoh" (1x) and “kepala bapak kau” (1x)  all within a span of just two minutes and forty seconds.

Najib's colourful words appeared in his opening speech at the MCA's 64th AGM at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur on November 05 last year.

Needless to say, I am ashamed that he is my Prime Minister. Memalukan!

Can you imagine a parallel universe where animals are the dominant species? 

What if animals treated us the way we treated them? What if animal and human roles are reversed? What if? 

Check out these videos – where we put animals in human shoes and vice versa:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Liow Tiong Lai Blasts Mahathir to Praise China

Last week, MCA’s most senior asslicker Liow Tiong Lai (right) launched a scathing attack on Mahathir Mohamad accusing him of attempting to wreck bilateral relations with China. 

Mahathir, he said, was “creating unnecessary fears among Malaysians over Chinese investments”. 

But Liow being Liow, he can’t be expected to understand what Mahathir was talking about in relation to China. 

Liow is just being true to himself. By being a stupid-ass. 

Mahathir had merely expressed grave concern over Najib Razak’s foolhardy embrace of China at the expense of the national interest. 

Chinese state-linked firms played the role of white knight to rescue 1MDB in 2015 as the scale of the fund’s financial woes became public – following a series of leaks to the media by whistle-blowers. 

China General Nuclear Power Corp swooped in with a $2.3 billion deal to buy 1MDB’s power assets, while China Railway Engineering Corp bought a stake in the Bandar Malaysia development project for RM12.4 billion. Prior to the deals, the fund sat on nearly RM42 billion in debt. 

And there are a host of other so-called China investments. ECRL (East Coast Rail Link), Melaka Gateway, Forest City, and MCKIP (Malaysia-China Kuantan industrial Park). 

Mahathir viewed Najib’s efforts to deepen ties with Beijing as worrying – he believed the latter has a self-serving reason that has nothing to do with having the country’s best interests at heart. 

Sometime last year, Mahathir had reasoned: “We question whether these projects are necessary for Malaysia or not...what is happening is that Najib wants to borrow money but he needs an excuse to borrow money”. 

[Note: This came from a wide-ranging interview he gave with South China Morning Post’s This Week in Asia that was published on April 01, 2017]. 

Mahathir is right to be concerned about why we are suddenly borrowing humongous sums of money to fund gargantuan infrastructure projects that the government has yet to prove are really necessary. 

Actually, these colossal undertakings serve China’s strategic goals; not ours. 

For sure, blasting Mahathir will win the MCA some brownie points from Najib but nobody else really gives an ass-shit. 

Liow must be thinking he was smart to play the China card – little did he know that it will serve no purpose because Malaysians will refuse to play along with the MCA. 

The BN party that is facing political annihilation in GE14 should be more concerned with defending the legitimate interests of minority communities like the Chinese in the country rather than appearing to be the spokesperson for the People’s Republic of China. 

More than stupid, Liow is an idiot. 

Bursting with childlike eagerness, this dunderhead had said “relations between Malaysia and China are not built on interest but on genuine friendship”. 

What a stinky pile of bullshit! 

Someone had written that “only fools build bilateral or multilateral relations on the basis of sentiment. In international affairs; there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests”. 

That same someone added: “Anyone who deals with China will quickly know that they are not sentimental; they know exactly what they want and pursue it with persistence and determination. Behind the smile and sweet talk is an iron fist; just ask our navy commanders trying to enforce our sovereignty in the South China Sea”. 

[Background info: Local fishermen couldn’t fish in Malaysian waters in the Luconia Shoals area off northern Sarawak since May 2015 because they had been chased away from there and threatened by the Chinese Navy. 

Luconia Shoals, locally known as Gugusan Beting Patinggi Ali, is a cluster of shoals and reef complexes, 65 nautical miles north-west of Miri, in the South China Sea. 

FMT reported that the Foreign Ministry had lodged weekly protests with Beijing over the presence of the Chinese Navy – but to no avail. China, which is 4,000 km away, claims that Luconia, which is just outside the Spratly Islands, belongs to it]. 

So, Liow, shut the fuck up! 

Liow aside  today, China is asserting itself as the driving force behind globalization. 

And it is projecting bold confidence and flexing its muscles economically, politically and militarily.

Like it or not, the Chinese dragon is on the move. It deserves the world's respect.

Below, is an interesting video clip showcasing the might of China's Army for their 60th anniversary parade – with the Hell March theme from the Red Alert 3 game:

A real ass marching spectacle!

Don't mess with China!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Addiction to Technology

During this festive celebration that is the Lunar New Year, there will be plenty of selfies and wefies. And an abundance of photos will be uploaded on Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and elsewhere. 

Our addiction to technology is very real. Some say it is creepy. 

These two videos hopefully can remind us that there’s more to life than being tied down to gadgets, no matter how useful they are.

Sure, nowadays, people are constantly on their phones. 

The TNB Coming Together commercial is a reminder of how we celebrated Lunar New Year before, and as we reminisce, to celebrate the occasion in the way it should be celebrated  together as a family with human contact.

This Chinese New Year 2018 video prompts us that no matter how important technology may be, it will never replace the relationships we have with each other.

A Rooster that Barks

The full-page ad published in Sin Chew Daily featuring a rooster barking, "Wang! Wang!”. Image via mykpdnkk

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) issued an apology on their official Facebook page regarding their full-page Lunar New Year ad that appeared in major Malaysian newspapers on Thursday – depicting a rooster that barks instead of a dog! 

The barking word "Wang! Wang!" is interesting. While the word's original meaning is prosperity, it has been used in many Lunar New Year advertisements this year to depict a dog barking. 

The ministry said that it happened due to a "technical error" but it did not elaborate. 

Hmmm, how can anybody confuse between a rooster and a dog? 

To non-Chinese, this is the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Last year was the Year of the Rooster. 

While the wrong zodiac animal was shown, the advertisement carried the right message: "We welcome a prosperous year of the dog. We wholeheartedly wish people from all walks of life a happy lunar new year". 

Image via mykpdnkk

The ministry, meanwhile, posted a digital festive greeting on its Facebook page but still did not include an image of a dog in it. 

Poor doggie! Some Malay-Muslims just can't stand the sight of you.

Callum McGregor's second-half strike delivered a deserved 1-0 victory for Celtic in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday. 

The Scottish side dominated play but were ruing a series of missed opportunities until the midfielder's decisive finish in the seventy-eighth minute. 

The victory was Celtic's first win at home in 12 European matches outside the qualifying phase.