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Sunday, May 12, 2013

PRU13: Chinese ungrateful? What about Reformasi 1998 and PRU10 1999?

After UMNO/BN lost the popular vote in the Malaysia Thirteen General Election (PRU 13 or PilihanRaya Umum 13), UMNO politicians and media started attacking the Chinese as being ungrateful for backing the Pakatan Rakyat opposition. Even though in truth, instead of it been a Chinese tsunami, it is actually an urban and middle class tsunamin that swung against UMNO/BN.

Is calling Chinese ungrateful justified? Then what about the 1999 Tenth General Election where the Malays swung to vote for the opposition because of disgust at how Anwar Ibrahim was treated and because of Reformasi 1998? If not for Chinese swinging to support UMNO/BN and Mahathir, they would have lost the election then. And now they call Chinese ungrateful. Melayu mudah lupa (Malays forget easily).

Saturday, May 11, 2013

PR Selangor Thanksgiving Rally (Perhimpunan Kesyukuran)

Pakatan Rakyat will he holding a Thanksgiving Rally Thursday 23 May to celebrate success in retaining Selangor this Malaysia 14th General Election:

Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Thanksgiving Rally
23 May 2013 (Thursday/Khamis)
Starting 7.30pm
Venue: Padang Timur Petaling Jaya
(In front of Amcorp Mall near Taman Jaya LRT Station)

Pakatan Rakyat Thanksgiving Rally

Monday, May 6, 2013

BN won unfair victory with less than 50% popular votes

When everyone was so enthusiastic with the unprecedented crowds at Pakatan Rakyat's ceramah's and people were very confident of a PR victory, I had my worries. Worries about the traditional gerrymandering and malapproportionment which ensures that BN can win will less than 50% of the votes. In addition to that, there were worries about the effect of cheating, phantom votes, the buying of votes via BR1M handouts (with public money), crony mega dinners and worries about how those civil service who had helped BN implement very unfair policies and actions, would vote because of fear of retribution.

My worries were increased when, while the majorities were impressive, it was not a landslide majorites when preliminary results in Selangor began trickling in. Thus it was not a surprise when The Malaysian Insider revealed their calculations showed BN won only 5.22 million votes (48.7%) as compared with Pakatan Rakyat which won 5.489 million votes (51.3%) and still won by a simple majority.

Is it payback time for the cronies for helping BN retain a simple majority with public money? Let's hope not.

I am confident without all the gerrymandering, malapproportionment, vote buying, etc., Pakatan Rakyat should have won.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Grand Finale PJ

You are cordially invited to the Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Grand Finale for the Greater Petaling Jaya parliamentary seats of PJ UTARA, PJ SELATAN, KELANA JAYA & SUBANG on 4th May 2013 (Sat) 7pm!

It will be held in Kelana Jaya Stadium and we are expecting a 50,000 crowd on the eve of polling day to Usher in the historic opportunity to UBAH!

Please find below the details:
Date: 4 May 2013 (Sat)
Time: 19:00 - 23:59
Venue: Kelana Jaya Stadium, Jalan SS 7/15, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Wong Chen (P. 104 - KELANA JAYA)
Tony Pua Kiam Wee (P. 106 - PETALING JAYA UTARA)
Sivarasa Rasiah (P. 107 - SUBANG)
Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan (N. 31 - SUBANG JAYA)
Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad (N. 32 - SERI SETIA)
Haniza binti Mohamed Talha (N. 33 - TAMAN MEDAN)
Rajiv A/L Rishyakaran (N. 34 - BUKIT GASING)
Lau Weng San (N. 35 - KAMPUNG TUNKU)
Yeo Bee Yin (N. 36 - DAMANSARA UTAMA)
Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping (N. 37 - BUKIT LANJAN)
Dr Mohd Nasir bin Hashim (N. 39 - KOTA DAMANSARA)

Please bring your friends and family to join us for a great evening of fun and excitement!.

For more update, please visit Tony Pua's FB page:

Thanks a lot for your support.

Phantom voter? Contact TAHAN Squad hotline

After casting your vote, stick around the polling centre or go to another polling centre where phantom voters are likely to vote. Keep a lookout for suspicious voters who may be phantom voters.

Call TAHAN Squad hotline: 016-505 9065

Malaysiakini alternative sites when main site blocked

On election night, Malaysiakini will be bombarded with traffic. There may also be some funny matters going on between the user and Malaysiakini. Below is a full list of sites that will be carrying the live results. Please keep this email handy and share this email with friends who will be following the live results. Note some of the channels have https in them, these are secure channels.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pahang Phantom voters - same name very similar NRIC number

For polling and counting agents in the following polling centres and polling streams in Pahang, watch out for this phantom voter who is officially registered to vote in Pahang:

Nama: Ab Rapar bin Awang
Tahun Lahir: 1949
Kad Pengenalan:

DUN: 084 /17 - Sungai Lembing
Parliament: 084 - Paya Besar
Pusat Mengundi: Sek. Keb. LKTP Bukit Kuantan
Saluran: 1
No. Siri: 310

DUN: 082 / 13 - Semambu
Parliament: 082 - Indera Mahkota
Pusat Mengundi: Sek. Keb. LKTP Bukit Setongkol
Saluran: 2
No. Siri: 431

DUN: 082 . 12 - Beserah
Parliament: 082 - Indera Mahkota
Pusat Mengundi: Sek. Keb. Balok
Saluran: 1
No. Siri: 248

I have checked it for myself. Go ahead and do the same at

Malaysia 13th General Election - Phantom voters

Thursday, May 2, 2013

RAHMAN Prophecy and end of BN rule

The RAHMAN Prophecy predicted accurately the series of Prime Ministers to helm Malaysia as Tengku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak, Hussein Onn, Mahathir, Abdullah Badawi and finally, Najib.

However, there is more to it. Let's number the alphabets numerically and then add up the numbers to get .....


A-1 K-6 K-11 P-16 U-21
B-2 G-7 L-12 Q-17 V-22
C-3 H-8 M-13 R-18 W-23
D-4 I-9 N-14 S-19 X-24
E-5 J-10O-15 T-20 Y-25


=18+1+8+13+1+14 = 55

So it means that BN can only rule for 55 years, has to end on 5th May (55
years too).

Altantuya and Teoh Beng Hock

There is more. The late Teoh Beng Hock was born on April 20, 1979 while the late Altantuya Shaarriibuu was born on May 6, 1978.

It so happened that the nomination date for Malaysia's 13th General Election was on the birthday of the late Teoh Beng Hock, that is, April 20. Would the rule of UMNO/BN ends on May 6, 2013, the day after polling day? Let's hope so for a better Malaysia.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Malaysia General Election 5.5.2013 Sign From God

Malaysia has been ruled by the same corrupt regime of UMNO/BN for 55 years but finally Najib has dissolved the Parliament on Wednesday (Rabu) and the useless Election Commission has declared Saturday as Nomination Day on a Saturday (Sabtu) and called for election on 5 May 2013, a Sunday (Ahad).

Are all these dates and days a sign from God? Consider these:

1)Pegumuman bubar Hari Rabu (Announcement of Parliament dissolution on Wednesday)

R-Rakyat (Public)
A-Akan (will)
B-Buang (throw out)
U-Umno (United Malay National Organization)

2)Tarikh Penamaan Calon Hari Sabtu (Nomination Day)

S-Semua (All)
A-Akan (Will)
B-Bersatu (Unite)
T-Tumbangkan (to overthrow)
U-Umno (United Malay National Organization)

3)Hari Mengundi Jatuh Pada Hari Ahad (Election Day falls on a Sunday)

A-Adalah (This is)
H-Hari (Day)
A-Akhir (Last)
D-Dato Seri Najib memerintah (Dato Seri Najib rules)

4)Tarikh Mengundi 5.5.13 (the election date is 5.5.13)

55 tahun Umno memerintah (55 years of UMNO rule)
2013 tahun yang terakhir (2013 is the final year of their rule)

ان شاء الله insya'Allah God willing

Friday, April 19, 2013

PJ DAP Ceramah Venue, Date and Time:

DAP PJ Ceramah Schedule: (All ceramahs start at 7.30pm)

20/4 Sat - SS2 Taman Bandar (commercial centre)
Speakers: Tony Pua, Elizabeth Wong, Hannah Yeoh, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

21/4 Sun - Taman Paramount (commercial centre, next to Giant)
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

22/4 Mon - SS4C/5 (commercial centre)
Speakers: Charles Santiago, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

23/4 Tue - SS3 (covered basketball court next to Dewan Orang Ramai)
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

24/4 Wed - Petaling Garden Jalan 5/46 playground
Speakers: Charles Santiago, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

25/4 Thu
(i) Pangsapuri Damansara Bistari (near SS2 Mall)
(ii) Pangsapuri Sri Aman (near Taman Paramount LRT)
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

26/4 Fri - SS23 Tennis Courts
Speakers: Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

27/4 Sat - Sungai Way Football Field (opp SRJK(C) Sungai Way)
Speakers: Tony Pua, Teng Chang Khim, V Ganabathirao, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran

28/4 Sun - Seksyen 17 (commercial centre car park - to be confirmed)
Speakers: Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

29/4 Mon - SS2 Taman Bandar (commercial centre)
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

30/4 Tue - MBPJ Hockey Stadium, Jalan Selangor (near PJ Old Town Bus Terminal)
Speakers: Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

1/5 Wed - Kpg Chempaka Basketball Court
Speakers: Tan Kok Wai, Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

2/5 Thu - Seksyen 5 Jalan Gasing Satellite Carpark (near St Francis Xaviers Church)
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

3/5 Fri - Seksyen 14 playground behind Digital Mall
Speakers: Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

4/5 Sat - Finale (venue to be confirmed)
Speakers: Tony Pua, Lau Weng San, Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran, others to be confirmed

DAP Rocket has landed on the Moon!!

The move by ROS (Registra of Society) to not recognize the DAP CEC (Central Executive Committee) has the unintended effect of strengthening the cooperation and camaraderie between its component parties, PKR, DAP and PAS.

DAP has decided to use the PAS "moon" logo in Peninsular Malaysia and the PKR "eye" logo in East Malaysia.

So do help us kick out the corrupt and power abusing UMNO/BN from Putrajaya by helping to spread the news that the DAP Rocket has landed on the MOON

Please tell all the voters that where a DAP candidate is contesting, put your X in the box for PAS.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Appeal for election observers in pictures

PRU13 in preparation for Malaysia 13th General Election has appealed for volunteer observers. Let us hope that sufficient observers can be recruited to form the critical mass leading to real change for a free and fair election. Here goes:

Trust in Election Commission lacking
Why monitor elections
Monitor elections because it is our right
Monitor because we want free and fair elections
Election observers, polling and counting agents role
Election observers, polling and counting agents areas and period of duty

Too many to display in 1 post. Will upload balance in batches in due course.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The coward of the country (Malaysia). Video & Lyrics

The coward of the country (Malaysia)
Sung to the tune of Kenny Roger's Coward of the Country.


Everyone consider him the coward of the country
He never stood one time to prove the people wrong
His papa named him Najib, the folks just called him yellow
It was a fact that he would always hide, in Rosmah's shadow
He was only 16 when his daddy faced May 13
He looked on as his daddy act, seized power from Tunku
Growing up with his dad as PM, he lived in utter luxury
No challenge or hardship, Najib just had it all

Promise you, dad, not to do the things you've done
Walk away from trouble if I can.
Now I don't care that I'm weak, I just turn the other cheek.
I trust you know me enough to understand
I'd rather cheat than have to fight like a man.

He's just a career politician, with no track record achievement.
Since graduation, he just received titles because he is Razak's son.
From minister to prime minister, he never had to fight.
They were all handed to him on a silver platter!
Najib never understood the hardships of the people
The struggle and the poverty, he doesn't care what matter most
From his dad to the mamak, he only learned to spin untruth
He cheated and lied, corrupt to the core, he only wanted power

Promise you, dad, not to do the things you've done
Walk away from trouble if I can.
Now I don't care that I'm weak, I just turn the other cheek.
I trust you know me enough to understand
I'd rather cheat than have to fight like a man.

Hindraf, Bersih, Lynas, Felda, they march with united voices.
All met by soldiers, shot with water cannons and tear gas.
When the people cried, Najib said "you help me, THEN I help you"
He doesn't even understand the PM's role, a public servant.
After 5 years of Najib's rule, enough is enough
The people are not holding back, they'll stand and be counted
All Malaysians are waiting for the GE13, VOTE FOR CHANGE
We said, "This is for all Malaysians," as we watch BN fall.
And we heard him say,

Promise you, dad, not to do the things you've done
Walk away from trouble if I can.
Now I don't care that I'm weak, I just turn the other cheek.
I trust you know me enough to understand
I'd rather cheat than have to fight like a man.

Everyone consider him the coward of the country

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baru Bian & Brothers: This land is my land

Lyrics & video for the song "This land is my land" by Baru Bian and Brothers:

This Land is My Land
This Land is your Land
From Tanjung Datu, to the Lawas Highland
From the Rejang Valley, up the Usun Apau
This land was made for you and me

As I was driving, thru the Borneo Highway
I saw below me, the beach of Tanjong Lobang
I saw above me, the peak of Mount Murud
This land was made for you and me

I've roamed and rambled, I followed my footsteps
Through the virgin forests, of our mighty mountains
And all around me, a voice was saying
This land was made for you and me

This Land is My Land
This Land is your Land
From Tanjung Datu, to the Lawas Highland
From the Rejang Valley, up the Usun Apau
This land was made for you and me

I followed your low hills, down the coastal rivers
Your golden beaches, and the sunny bright waters
As the fog was lifting, a voice was calling
This land was made for you and me

In the street of the cities, along the longhouse ruai
By the kaki-lima, I see the people gathering
And the many are grumbling, and many are wondering
If this land's still made for you and me

This Land is My Land
This Land is Your Land
From Tanjung Datu, to the Lawas Highland
From the Rejang Valley, up the Usun Apau
This land was made for you and me
This land was made for you and me

This Land is My Land
This Land is your Land
From Tanjung Datu, to the Lawas Highland
From the Rejang Valley, up the Usun Apau
This land was made for you and me
This land was made for you and me

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Yeo Bee Yin – DAP latest talent

Subject: DAP's latest Talent

She's from Segamat therefore DAP should consider her a candidate for Segamat North. Yeo will be a SURE win and JOHOR is waiting for such a change. Everyone should read this article by Yeo Bee Yin. It's a personal reflection of how she sees this country that she loves and more importantly she is doing something more than just coffee talk and roadside commenting, like most of us. She's sacrificing herself by joining politics on hope that she can bring positive changes to this wonderful country. All the best to you Yeo. I do hope you achieve your dreams which is also the same dreams of many of us. Cheers!

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In short: Female, 29, love God, love lives, love Malaysia.
I grew up in a small town in Segamat (Johor) called Batu Anam. I attended SRJK(C)Hwa Nan and SMJK Seg Hwa for my primary and secondary education.
Until I get Petronas Scholarship to study Chemical Engineering in Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), I couldn't converse in English at all (just like any teenagers from kampung). Thank God that I eventually graduated from UTP with a First Class Honours and was the top student for the year 2006.
Then I worked for Schlumberger, a US oil and gas company, as an international field engineer in Turkmenistan. I spent the next 2 years working in a male-dominated industry in the middle of desert or sea.
I then went on to pursue MPhil (Masters in Philosophy) in Advanced Chemical Engineering under Gates Cambridge Scholarship and completed it with a Commendation.
Since end of 2010, I've returned to Malaysia to serve my beloved country. I've been volunteering in DAP social media work since Feb 2012 and still working hard so that more young people will join us to make a change to our nation.

Favourite Books
The Little Prince

"Why are you involved in politics?" I think this is the question my family members, friends, and many others will ask.
It's a long story. I am writing this story today to make sure that, if ever, I forget what am I in politics for, it will serve as a reminder.
Part I: The Beginning - Seed of Love
It all started in 2001 with a prayer movement - 40-day Fast and Pray for Malaysia, organized by NECF (National Evangelical Christian Fellowship). I was a first year student in University Technology Petronas (UTP) when I came across this movement. Not knowing why, I felt the urgency to pray for our nation. Since fasting alone for 40 days is no joke, I managed to persuade my best friend (Thin Thin) to fast and pray with me. So that's the beginning of the story - I sowed the seed of deep love for the country and fellow Malaysians.
One of the prayer items in NECF booklet has always been this: that God will raise more righteous politicians in Malaysia. Being a very practical person, beside prayer, I also tried to persuade some of my righteous male friends to join politics. Well, I have to admit that I was a conservative person then, so to me, politics was the ground of men. I thought my role is to pray and to serve the underprivileged community in NGO works.
I remember I was only 18 years old when I did my first 40-day Fast and Pray for Malaysia. Looking back now, I realized, I too, can be a part of the answered prayer. How marvelous.
Part II: Years on Distant Shores
No, I am not a super patriotic person that nothing else matters to me beside Malaysia. Being a 'kampung' girl, I dreamed of going overseas - to study, to work and to see the world.
Part II (a): Eyes Opened
My dream finally came true in my fourth year in UTP.  I was offered a 6-month internship placement in BASF world biggest chemical site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. As a chemical engineering student, and being the first student in UTP to get the offer, it was indeed was a great blessing to me. So I went.
These photos show the entrance to BASF Ludwigshafen site, which housed about 38,500 staffs. I don't remember the size of the site, what I remember is, you need a bus to go from the entrance to your department building, and of course from one department to another. In 2005, I was a little tiny intern there. :)

Internship in Germany was my first taste of international exposure as they take interns from all over the world to Germany. Here are the pictures of some of my friends there. I spent countless of hours with some of these friends here discussing about socialism, welfare state, capitalism, democracy, war, revolution, religion, and just about anything under the sun.

Due to language barrier (I know little German), I needed an English-speaking church and I finally found one and  attended Rhein River Baptist Church (RRBC). RRBC is a church established to serve the spiritual needs of the American army who are based in Mannheim (a city near to Ludwigshafen). I was one of the few non-military church member there. Through my interaction with the American armies in RRBC, I began to understand what "Democracy", "Liberty" and "Patriotism" really mean. Below is a picture of me and some of my church mates in RRBC.

During my stay in Germany, I also took the opportunity to travel to neighboring countries like France, Italy, Luxembourg and England. It was in these trips that I foster my love for arts and architectures, which remain till today.
Before coming to Germany, as a top student, I thought I knew a lot. After I came here, I realized how little I knew about the world. I began to question why in Malaysia we did not learn a more complete world history, different political systems, different ideologies, arts and culture? Neither have we been taught to think critically and objectively. I began to realize that what we've been taught in the schools have been crafted in such a way that we can be easily manipulated if we are not careful. Our syllabus was (and still is) flawed and politically biased.
I have to admit that before coming to Germany, I was an ardent supporter of Dr Mahathir and his legacy. I read his book, watched his documentary, supported the blind protection of GLCs  and race-based affirmative action, thinking that it's true 'patriotism'. (You can see how brain-washed I was then.)

Six months of internship in Germany has completely changed my world view , my eyes began to open, my previous perceptions shattered and I began to see things very differently. There is actually a much BETTER way for Malaysia.

I was 22 years old then.

Part II (b): A Disheartened Young Malaysian

After the internship, I came back to Malaysia to finish my study in UTP and graduated in 2006. Before I finished my study in UTP, I received offer from my dream university, Cambridge University, for a program called MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering. I was so happy! So I started to apply for funding. I wrote to Petronas Education Unit (I was Petronas scholar), JPA, Khazanah, MCA  and many other governmental and non-governmental organizations. I didn't get any. Although disappointed, I wasn't blaming anybody as I understood that nobody was obliged to fund me. Despite financial difficulties in his business in 2006, my dad agreed to fund my study in Cambridge.
However, I still had one problem. I was bonded to Petronas for 10 years and was supposed to serve my bond after I finished my study in UTP. So I wrote to  Petronas again to ask for deferment of service until after I finished my master degree in Cambridge. A few weeks later, I was called to come to the education unit. I really thought things will be settled quickly and I might even had a chance to persuade them to fund my study.
So I went with high hope. There, I saw a nice guy, he told me that the program was great etc and he really wanted to help, but it was in the policy that they couldn't allow any deferment for the bond or I would have to pay up my bond in lump-sump. Hearing that made me realized that I had no way out. My dream had crashed. I did not blame Petronas for that, as they were just following the contract and it would be a havoc if every scholar would come and ask for deferment or for more funding. I understood that.
However, it was a small incidence in the education unit that made me utterly disappointed with how things work in Malaysia. While waiting at the lounge, I met two returning scholars from Nottingham University, UK. I started to talk to them. To my very surprise, they couldn't even speak proper English! After a while, an education unit guy came and met them, I accidentally saw their results - one of them get second class lower and the another one a third class. That blasted my mind. Here I was, with a CGPA of 3.95/4.00 (if it's in 100% scale, it would be a 98%) 'begging' only for 1 year of deferment, not even a scholarship, but was denied. Here they were, spent 4 years in the UK fully sponsored and yet spoke broken English and graduated with at most, mediocre results.
Am I not as much a Malaysian as them? Being a 23 years old, I was utterly disheartened and disappointed.

Part II (c): The Only Way out

It was just a few days after I came back from Petronas education unit that I received a call from an American oil and gas company informing me that I was recruited. How did I get the job? While searching for scholarships to Cambridge, I casually attended 5 stages of job interviews with this company as my mom adviced me to go for job interview experience. I really couldn't remember what I did during the interview. So being able to get the job, I would say that it's God's open door, or some may say that it is by 'accident'.
Anyway, going back to the story, I was given 2 options from the recruiter: one is to be a local staff and another one is international staff. Of course, there's a huge difference in term of compensation between these 2 options. If I were to choose the latter, I'd have to go to a country called "Turkmenistan", and the salary would allow me to pay up my Petronas bond in just a few months! Turkmenistan might sound scary to many, but I was so excited! I really wanted to see and know more about this part of the world! Since the offer was great and there was no way that I could attend Cambridge anyway, I decided to take up the international assignment.
Turkmenistan was where I spent most of my next 2 years. I was 24 years old when I left home for Turkmenistan.

Part II (c): When Money Rules

My life in Turkmenistan was summarized here.
Not only in Turkmenistan, I also spent 3 months in Alexandria, Egypt and some time in Baku, Azerbajian for work related assignment during my 2 years in oil and gas industry.
Being paid in a salary comparable to at least the general manager in Malaysia, I managed to settle my bond with Petronas very quickly and saved some for myself. With the traveling allowances from the company, I traveled to many other countries too during the holidays. Life was great, I worked hard, played hard. Because of the good compensation scheme, I did not really think much about what I really want to do in life, my dream or my passion for the country. What I went after were money, bonus and performance. I became terribly self-centered. I just didn't care anymore.
It was until 9th Mar 2008, when I opened The Star online and saw the news on the political tsunami that I realized how I still love and care about my country. They were just buried very deeply under my frustration and disappointment. How I wished I would be able to contribute to the change no matter how small the contribution was, instead of just seeing it as an outsider.
I began to question, why am I here? Is this really what I want to pursue? Do I do this because there's no more option? Do I do this just because of money? If I were born in the US with many other opportunities, would I still do what I am doing now? How many more Malaysians out there left Malaysia because they went for better opportunities, just like myself and many other Malaysians abroad I've met throughout the years?
My dream for a better Malaysia has re-ignited, click here to see what wrote back in 2008. After more than half a year of consideration, I quit the job just months before my second promotion (when I still could resist the temptation). I wanted to be back to make a change to my nation, so that our next generation do not need to wander around the world for a better future, because the better future IS in Malaysia. I knew that I am a nobody and of me coming back would not help much, but I thought I should just do my part as a Malaysian, to serve our nation, regardless.
However, before I was back for good, I wanted to fulfill my childhood dream first, that was, to study in Cambridge University. I did not need to worry about my finance anymore now as I could afford to pay for everything. So I re-applied and got the admission offer within a month.  A double blessing to me was that Cambridge Gates Scholarship, the most prestigious post-graduate scholarship in Cambridge University, also offered me a full scholarship! Everything was paid for including air tickets, living expenses and school fees! I was and always will be grateful for Bill and Merlinda Gates Foundation. 
With that, I went to Cambridge University at the age of 27 years old, a long-delayed dream finally came true.

Part II (d): Living Cambridge Dream

I had a great and fruitful year in Cambridge. It was an intellectual challenging year and I had countless of sleepless nights to finish up my writings etc. I enjoyed most of the lectures, which were usually delivered by the professors who are top in their respective fields in the world. Many of the lectures had greatly inspired me especially in the field of sustainable development and renewable energy. I just so enjoyed the abundance of knowledge there.Here is a picture of my friends and I in my college (Corpus Christi College) in Cambridge.

Putting personal development aside, what I had experienced in Cambridge continued to make my burden for Malaysia even stronger. Throughout the year, I've met with many brilliant Malaysian students or working adults from top universities in the UK. I usually asked if they will one day be back to Malaysia. For those with JPA or Petronas bond, they said yes because no choice, whereas for those who are not bonded, almost 80% said No or they'll only be back to Malaysia if they can't find a job in UK, Europe or US. Malaysia has become the last resort.  For the Gates scholars, it's even more dismal. Out of the 10 who have received the scholarships from 2001 to 2010 (unfortunately none received the scholarship in 2011 and 2012), I am the ONLY 1 who is back. Where do these people go? There are all at the foreign land seeking for better opportunities and a better future. Can we blame them for not coming back? NO, absolutely NOT. Malaysia has just too little to offer them.

Part III: Hello Malaysian Politics

After pursuing my personal dream, as I've promised myself, I was finally back to Malaysia to pursue my dream for the country. Even with a strong burden for the country, it hadn't crossed my mind that I should be in politics, mainly because to me, being a politician was too far-fetch. I had no idea as in where to start, what to do, and which party to join. Also, I had been bipartisan all my life. What I thought I would do to make a change was probably community works and joining NGOs.
Until my company did a project with Democratic Action Party (DAP) in their general election social media campaign that I was exposed to politics first hand. I finally came to realization that if I want to make a good impact in this nation, with the limited things I have, it can only be done effectively through politics.
So joining politics? It was a tough decision, especially this year, only 1 year plus after I started my own business. I am not a person that go after fame and power, why bother to join politics? In addition, I am already 29 years old, isn't that better for me to find a husband and start a family? (God knows, when I was young I wanted to get married at 25!). Why waste time fighting for a job, of which I'll risk losing every 5 years and getting a pay that is not even half of what I used to get? Will I be able to survive in politics in the long run?  As my mom has so rightly put it, "you can have a decent and comfortable life now already, why choose such a hard life?".
However, what my mom did not know, is my love for this nation since I was 18 years old, and my desire to see a better Malaysia.
As I look back my life, by the grace of God, I was blessed with good (and free) education, MNC job training as well as so many different opportunities of exposure. What I want to do now is really to be a faithful steward to the gifts of God and use them to bless more people, especially fellow Malaysians.
"For everyone to whom much given, of him shall much be required" Luke 12:48
So I've made up my mind to join politics.
Even after I've decided that I should join politics, I wasn't quite sure of which party to join. I was still a bipartisan by then, although I did hope that DAP will win more seats in the GE. So I examined through the ideology, history and leadership of different parties, and had finally come to a conclusion that DAP is the best choice for me.
Ideologically, I have always been a democratic socialist, so it fits just well.  Historically, DAP stood the test of time and never wavered in its principle. Thirdly, I think I can follow the leadership of DAP without worry for 2 reasons:
1. they usually make decision based on number and facts and not rhetoric, so most of the time they make sense to me
2. they uphold integrity and righteousness
One setback of DAP to me was the party ethnicity-mix. It is still made-up of mostly Chinese and I am definitely not very into a race-based party. However, as I was involved in the Roketkini (DAP Malay news portal) Facebook page promotion, I could see the effort of DAP to reach out to Malay population and a genuine intention top down to make DAP a multiracial party. No party is perfect anyway. So I decided to join DAP and believe that through hard-work and time, we can build a true multiracial party together.
Part IV: Hope for the Future
So now, I am in politics and volunteering in DAP. What am I going to do for the next 20-30 years in politics?
Firstly, my heart is to use my gifts to serve the people regardless of income, race and religion. I believe politician is in fact public servant, we should always work towards maximizing the interest of the public.
For the long run, my hope for Malaysia is very simple. I hope that through the hard work of our generation, we'll make sure that Malaysia can be a land of opportunities and equality for our children.  I hope that Malaysia can be a land where, no matter how big and what your dreams are, they can be fulfilled here; and no matter what your potential are, they can be reached here. I hope that our children, no matter where they study outside of Malaysia, they will so look forward to come back to Malaysia, not because of the scholarship bond, not because of other considerations, but because this is the best place for them to be. I hope for a Malaysia that is free from corruption, united regardless or race and religion as well as competitive in the global economy.
And now, I shall work hard for it. May God bless the works of our hands.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Good News - UMNO BN is trashed

Look at this photo. It fits the state of UMNO/BN at current time exactly, bruised, battered, trashed:

badly trashed car with number plate BN2013

Let's pray that this would be their status (trashed) post General Election 2013 for we just cannot wait to get rid of them.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Whither 'kesopanan dan kesusilaan' on 'Allah' issue?

I have the honor of meeting some Malays who are so hospitable, well mannered and gentle that are real examples of the gentle and generous Malays. I admire them for that.

But Ibrahim Ali? Read below what Mohamad Tajuddin Mohammad Rasdi has to say courtesy of Malaysiakini:

Whither 'kesopanan dan kesusilaan' on 'Allah' issue?

COMMENT I wish to comment on the irresponsible statement of Ibrahim Ali (purposely NOT using any titles) on the burning of Malay language Bibles with the name Allah. I think such statements, if left unchecked by the Malaysian public, elected representatives and especially, the prime minister himself, would create a culture of extreme violence and victimize many innocent Malaysians.
I urge peace loving and sensible Malaysian of all religious faiths to come together and denounce such ‘grandstanding statements’ that clearly violate our ‘sacred’ Rukunegara tenet of ‘Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan’.
Our forefathers have worked hard to build this nation of diverse communities, race and religions and derive the principle of ‘Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan’. I am convinced, as a Malaysian, as an academic and as a Muslim, that the May 13 tragedy that saw many innocent lives lost was not due to the ignorance of ordinary Malaysians but by politicians trying to be popular by using such fiery instructions in order to incite racial hatred.
I have read the book ‘A Singapore Story’ and some other critical writings that indicate that the culprits of our racial mistrusts and clashes were in no small part due to self-serving politicians and a media which has no sense of honour whether in the Islamic spirit or in any religious spirit.
Have we Malaysians, and especially Malays, forgotten our own principle in the Rukunegara, crafted in our own Melayu Language. Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan. As good  am I with English I can’t translate properly the word ‘kesusilaan’. The word, and I am not a scholar in Lingusitics, connotes to me such softness, tact and, politeness, concern and humility. Is there a better word than this to reflect such a great culture of the Malays?
I dare say that the Prophet Muhammad, if Allah had not intended for him to be born in Arabia, would have been a Malay. Why? Because the Prophet was the softest and most humble, polite and considerate of men.
I have read through over 20,000 hadiths from the compilations of Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Madjah along with the Muwatta and the Sirah Ibn Ishaq to conjure up a man which a hadith says that the Prophet was so ‘shy’ and gentle that even a small slave girl can lead him.
This characteristic of gentleness is totally unheard off in the boisterous, rowdy and all man’s world of the Arabs. When the Prophet Muhammad stood on the fields of Ta’if with a bloodied and scarred body after being stoned by children and adults of the settlement, he still forbade the Angel Jibrail from taking any retribution and destroy the community. Why? For ‘I am sent as a Mercy to mankind’ said the Prophet.
When Aishah asked him ‘What was your greatest fear, O Rasulullah?’ He replied that he feared of giving in to his feeling of vengeance and destroying the community with a single command. The Prophet did not fear death or bodily harm. He feared giving in to his ego and vengeful feeling that all humanity possess.
Who are we Malays then?
I, therefore ask, who are we Malays then? Are we better than the Prophet? Look at our examples. The mufti and other higher authorities have INSTRUCTED, ORDERED and DECREED that non-Muslims MUST NOT use the word Allah. The PAS Syura Council that has all the so-called great Islamic scholars went round and round their wordings until settling on almost the same tone of instruction, order and decree.
Now we have the person of Ibrahim Ali calling on the burning of the Bible or the Injil. Unless I am mistaken, Allah called on all Muslims to honour the Books of Allah in the past and its PEOPLES. Yes... yes...we can argue about what book and which Bible that have been ‘tampered’ with and all that stuff but I have read the Bible in English and I, for one, found many enlightening things that Nabi Isa says that has helped me get closer to Allah The Most High.
I think I am honouring what the Qur’an says in Surah Al-Baqara to believe in the Books. I also read other books of our great religions that have given the first idea of humaneness to human civilisation.
The whole Allah issue to me was handled as badly as it can be handled. Why? It is simply an instrument of political influence. If the so called scholars and politicians of Islam were sincerely concerned about such confusion on the Malay usage of the word Allah, there should have been a courteous call for discussion with our brothers and sisters of the Christian faith. Not instruct, order and decree first... and... then call for discussion.
What discussion? It seems that the decision has already been chiselled into stone. Where in heavens name is the Rukunegara? Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan?
Ibrahim Ali has called for the burning of the Bible. What next? Let us Malays go burn a church at 4 pm next week? Oh... while we’re at it why don’t we burn a few Christians... if we have time!
What talk is this? What country is this? Have we forgotten the decency to discuss cordially. “This is an Islamic Country and I am a Malay and so you better do as I say!” Is that the line we are taking now as Malays? Perhaps that is a Malay cultural trait... I do not know. But I DO KNOW it is NOT what the Prophet would say or do. It is NOT within the Islamic Spirit as shown by the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him).
I can quote pages and pages of hadith showing the generosity and magnanimity of Muhammad Rasulullah. I can’t seem to find any of the same characteristics in Malay politicians in Malaysia.
My wife and I have raised five children and now we have a grandson. I am sure all Christian parents and Muslim parents are concerned about where this country is going and would it be safe to be a place to stay. Just because I am a Malay, with a million-strong mostly Malay civil service, and an equal number of police and military personnel of my race does not give me the right to frighten my brothers and sisters of the Christian faith... or any other faith for that matter.
So, before such volatile statement turn into regrettable actions, I call upon the last strand of decency from the politicians of the ruling party, and especially the prime minister, to denounce Ibrahim Ali and his war-mongering words. Or else, we would have to change our Rukunegara from ‘Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan’ to ‘Kekasaran dan Kegila-gilaan’.

MOHAMAD TAJUDDIN MOHAMAD RASDI is professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's School of Architecture. An eloquent writer, he has authored over 30 books, including his latest, ‘Why Listen to the Vice-Chancellor?'

Friday, January 18, 2013

Parents don Bersih's yellow for RM100 school aid

Parents don Bersih's yellow for RM100 school aid

A group of parents at a Chinese secondary school in Seremban caught the eye of the crowd when they turned up in bright yellow Bersih T-shirts to receive the RM100 school aid from the federal government.
Photographs of the 15 parents who coloured the aid award ceremony at Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Chan on Wednesday evening are circulating widely on social media.
NONE"I wore the Bersih T-shirt to make a point to the powers-that-be that the gift of money won't necessarily make us bow down and agree with them," one of the parents, Wong Chai Soon, told Malaysiakini yesterday.
"Instead I received the cash with great trepidation, as I worry what the nation would be like in the future."
According to Wong, the idea to wear the yellow Bersih T-shirts at the event was sparked by a friend of his and this later spread to others in the group.
"I received an SMS from my friend and forwarded it to others. I also asked my friends at my office to wear yellow."
Asked about the reaction of the teachers and other parents to their yellow initiative, he said no one seemed to take affront.
"Some looked at us, some spoke to us. Those that I knew agreed with us. The teachers, they were just normal. Maybe they were too busy attending to the many parents there."
'Bersih Mama'
The RM100 aid to parents with schooling kids - the second time in as many years - was one of the provisions of Budget 2013 tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak last year.
NONEThe campaign to wear yellow when collecting the cash aid was initiated by a group of mothers who called themselves 'Bersih Mama'.
In a statement on Wednesday, the group called on parents to make use of the occasion to reiterate poll reform movement Bersih's demand for clean and fair elections.
"Currently, what is most needed by the people in this country is not RM100, RM250 or RM500 in financial aid.
"If this country has no fair and clean election, it would not be truly democratic," it said.
Besides Wong, many other parents have heeded the call and uploaded on the Internet photographs of them wearing yellow when

Saturday, January 12, 2013

People's Uprising Rally #KL112 photos & videos

Left home early, 10am, and got a lift to the nearby LRT station on the way Pasar Seni to add to the numbers for Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People's Uprising Rally) also referred to as #KL112.

At this early hours. there was already a sizeable crowd. Had a photo taken at Pasar Seni:

People's Uprising Rally, crowd at Pasar Seni

On the way saw participants holding up placard that reads "Justice for "Teoh Beng Hock", hawkers selling yellow T-shirts from motorcycles, others selling mineral water and cold drinks:

People's Uprising Rally - Justice for Teoh Beng Hock

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat, hawker selling mineral water and Ramly burger

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat - hawker selling Yellow T-shirts from motorcycles

At 11am, the road to Stadium was already very crowded:

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat, crowded road to Merdeka Stadium

Outside Merdeka Stadium, posed for a photo with a DAP flag bearer:

Inside the stadium at 12pm, it wasn't that crowded, but the crowd keeps flooding into the Stadium until it was very full and the rest has to stand outside to listen to the speeches:

Packed crowd on field Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat

In front of me, I can see the crowd packed like sardines (well, almost lah) with the familiar Victoria Institution where I spent 2 years for Form 6 in the background:

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat Stadium Merdeka with VI in background

And last, participants singing Negara Ku to signal the start of the rally and later, a singer singing "Ubah Sekarang" (Change Now) (videos):

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat - Negara Ku

The participants of Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People's Uprising Rally) singing Malaysia's National Anthem "Negara Ku" (Our Nation):

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat - Ubah Sekarang

Here is a song "Ubah Sekarang" (Change Now) by a singer whose name I do not know.

Update: found from Malaysiakini that the singer is Ito from the rock group Blues Gang and the song title is ‘Ubah ini kali lah’ (Let's change this time).

Friday, January 11, 2013

Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat marches to Stadium Merdeka

Here are details of plans for 7 marches from 7 different locations to Stadium Merdeka for the Himpunan Kebankitan Rakyat (People’s Uprising Rally) courtesy of Malaysiakini:

Seven marches to Stadium Merdeka planned

4:51PM Jan 10, 2013

Organisers of the People's Uprising Rally are calling on participants to join seven processions towards Stadium Merdeka before the Saturday rally officially gets underway.
According to the latest instructions by rally organisers, the seven rally points for the procession and the respective leaders of the processions are as follows:
Universiti Malaya mosque
Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR)
Ng Suee Lim (DAP)
Adam Adli (Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia)
Maria Chin Abdullah (Bersih 2.0)
S Arutchelvan (PSM)
Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque @ Zunar (cartoonist)
M Kulasegaran (DAP)
Husam Musa (PAS)
Teo Kok Seong (DAP)
Mazlan Aliman (Anak, PAS)
Jalan Sultan
Ishak Surin (Muafakat)
Tan Kok Wai (DAP)
Wong Tack (Himpunan Hijau)
Central Market
Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS)
Teresa Kok (DAP)
Elizabeth Wong (PKR)
Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru
Badrul Hisham Shaharin @ Chegubard (Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia)
Masjid Negara
Azmin Ali (PKR)
Muhajid Yusof Rawa (PAS)
Khalid Samad (PAS)
According to political activist Hishamuddin Rais, who is on the organising committee, the announcement of designated procession leaders was requested by the police.

He told Malaysiakini that the organisers will also be heeding a police request not to march from Dataran Merdeka.

NONEHishamuddin (far right) also announced that organisers strongly discourage the use of private vehicles by rally participants and urged them to use public transport to reach the rally points.
He said those setting up stalls to cater for the participants are only allowed to operate at the Maharajalela monorail station, the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and the Hang Tuah LRT station.
Once the stadium reaches saturation point, late-comers are required to sit outside the stadium.
He also urged all participants to behave appropriately during the rally.
"This is a peaceful assembly. Please avoid all forms of provocation. Don't create chaos," he said.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

UBAH Gangnam Style English version with lyrics

UBAH Rocket Style (Malaysian Gangnam Parody) English Version

You're walking down the street
Looking right looking left
Fearing for your money, your loved ones and your life
Let's make our cities safe, more police fighting crime
Bad guys got to do prison time
Wanna buy a car
You can't find buses on the road
and you're no movie star
Cars are pricey, taxes are high, your bosses underpay
You need to buy a house to stay, to pray and also to play
But you must pay, pay, pay

No more corruption, give us transparency
Lower prices, hey, Can we lower prices, hey
End of abuse of power, need accountability
Lower prices, hey Can we lower prices hey
We can change to make things right, let's make history

Ubah Rocket Style
Rocket style
Ubah Rocket Style
Rocket style
Ubah rocket style
Eh... Malaysia
Ubah Rocket Style
Eh... Malaysia

The sheep is in the meadow
the cows are in the condo
Where's that boy who looks after the cows? He's a no cshow
MACC, AG Chambers, CCM, Malaysian Police
Please catch the culprit who stole my cheese
A sinking submarine
Commission taker, Mongolian murderer
right no where to be seen
Naval ships, APCs, helicopters, cronies' cash machine
LRT, MRT, take my way or the tolled highway
And you must pay, pay, pay

No more corruption, give us transparency
Lower prices, hey, Can we lower prices, hey
End of abuse of power, need accountability
Lower prices, hey Can we lower prices hey
We can change to make things right, let's make history

Ubah Rocket Style
Rocket style
Ubah Rocket Style
Rocket style
Ubah rocket style
Eh... Malaysia
Ubah Rocket Style
Eh... Malaysia

Oh Lynas dear
Tell us why are you here?
Please please we don't want you here, are we crystal clear?
What cyanide mining?
Nuclear power building?
Please please can you disappear
(so you know what I'm saying?)

Ubah Rocket Style
Eh.... Malaysia
Ubah Rocket style
Eh.... Malaysia
Ubah Rocket Style

Executive Producer:
Tony Pua

Directors & Videography:
Jack Wong
Ooi Leng Hang

Assistant Producers:
Teo Nie Ching
Junz Wong
Yeo Bee Yin

Lyrics & Storyboard:
Tony Pua

Recorded & Mixed by:
Oseven Production

Parodied Music by:

Ooi Leng Hang
Jack Wong

UBAH Mascot Stars:
Henry Sim
zuoli King