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  • Benjamin Wong 6:13 pm on March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    I think its about time I declared that this blog is in a state of coma. Previously it was mainly for theo and myself to do some social commentary on Malaysia itself. In light of the fact that theo no longer blogs and that we would most likely get our asses in jail for saying the right thing, I think its best we close thi blog for now.

    It was fun while it lasted tho 🙂

  • Benjamin Wong 10:13 pm on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    You know how our ministers and conservat … 

    You know how our ministers and conservative knuckleheads keep saying we must be decent and sex in any other context besides procreation would bring you to hell and all that? Why is it then that most conservative people and paper based media can’t stop talking about sex?

    They rant about abstinence and how listening to western music makes you unnaturally horny. They rant about how seeing a woman’s hair or pretty much any part of the female body would bring onto yourself ungodly lust and you would inevitably bring your awesome sperm squirting hot rod to bear on her and ask her whose her daddy?

    Has it ever occurred to them that all of these sins come from men who think with their dicks and not their heads? Are they conceding the point that their methods of imparting values have all but failed and they resort to these measures?

    A woman’s body is a god given thing and how she flaunts it is pretty much her own god dammed business. So what if she wears a tube top and a g string below? Does that mean men should revert to their animal states and play rape the indecent chick?

    If the guy has got no self control, shouldn’t he be blamed for his lack of control and his family for not being good at imparting good values?

    Damn chauvinists.

    • I may have exaggerated certain things here to make the post more interesting
  • Benjamin Wong 11:48 pm on March 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    A little rant about Malaysian politics/c … 

    A little rant about Malaysian politics/culture in general. Why is it that Malaysians tend to do things half assed and get the priorities all wrong?

    A good example would be Proton. The newer cars such as the Persona, Neo and all that tend to focus on the Lotus heritage and cool ass design. Now all that coolness is great BUT at the core of every car’s function would be getting you from A to B in one piece.

    The issue with Malaysian cars is the getting there in one piece part and it happens to be a core feature. Same thing with out political initiatives. I applaud the government’s move to make English more widely used in Malaysian Primary and Secondary education but as with all political moves in Malaysia, saying we did it is more important than actually doing it. Our teachers and incompetent at it and openly admit it and whats more important the crowd that ‘deserve’ affirmative action appear not to see that the government is trying to save them. They would rather NOT learn something new and very useful.

    Folks, Chinese culture is a culture so old and rich which also means the Chinese language is at least equally as rich anything the west has and yours truly here thinks its richer. Guess what they used to communicate with the athletes in the 2008 Olympics? English. What language are the people who ‘deserve’ affirmative action in Malaysia consistently not doing too well at school? English (mind you the English thought in our school is a joke when compared to Singapore). What is the reason HP, IBM, Dell and a whole host of other big companies coming to Malaysia and not cheaper countries like say Vietnam? English.

    Now who would in the right mind would want to squander Malaysia’s edge against other countries of the region? Half assed Malaysians. Life is peachy ain’t it?

    What do you think theo and dear readers if any?

    • theodwyn 12:01 am on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm.. I don’t even want to discuss the standard of the English currently taught in our schools. The standard has been decreasing steadily for 50 years, and it will continue to deteriorate without some drastic action.

      Malaysia’s edge over China and Vietnam is decreasing. We used to attract foreign firms to our shores with cheap labour and acceptable English. China and Vietnam and other countries have cheaper labour, and they are gaining on their English skills. The China-chinese students in the UK all speak and write excellent English. It can be said that some of them write better English than some of the Malaysians here.

      What other ‘edge’ does Malaysia have. It used to be said that the political situation in Malaysia was stable, and the citizens were generally happy, which made it a good place to invest in. I doubt the current political climate can be described as ‘stable’. A better word would be laughable.

    • zewt 10:38 pm on March 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you know… stating the obvious and telling the ppl in authority what to do what urging and encouraging them to do the right thing is absolutely futile. i would rather save my energy to blog about rubbish than to blog about serious social issues in malaysia. this country needs more than a revolution before change can take place.

      let those who want to continue to dwell in their langue keep their way… at the end of the day, those who choose to do the right thing will thrive.

  • theodwyn 8:16 pm on November 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Remembrance Day & ISA Vigils 

    Today is remembrance day in the UK, in much of Europe, and in many many countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is not celebrated in Malaysia, even though we are a member of the Commonwealth. Why don’t we have remembrance day on the 11th of November? Is it because we have no dead from the wars? Because we are trying to be different or because we are trying to cast off our colonial influence?

    We know the first is untrue. We have many dead and we celebrate our remembrance on 31st July. Is it the second and third then? I do not know. If it is, then it is a very shallow reason to celebrate our remembrance day on a different date from our commonwealth friends. Remembrance day is a very powerful day. If you’ve ever attended a remembrance service, or even watched the national one on TV, you would know. We owe it to the dead to remember them. To remember history, so that we do not repeat it.

    I have never attended or watched a Hari Pahlawan service. To me Hari Pahlawan was the day our teacher in school gave out forms for us to donate money. No one ever explained to me what it was. The history we learnt in school was a diluted version, designed so we will never forget who is in power. The history I learnt in school instilled in me, not a sense of pride, but a sense of frustration. Frustration that I spent 4 years learning  Malaysian history, yet not know the truth. Frustration that I spent only 1 year learning world history, and most of that on the history of Islam. Frustration that I do not know anything about the history of the world. Frustration that I do not know anything about the world wars. Frustration that at the end of 5 compulsory years of history studies, I did not know anything about history at all, be it world history or Malaysian history.

    History was made a few days ago, when RPK was released from ISA detention. I wish I attended some of the vigils. I would have, if I was at home. I hope and pray that all ISA detainees will be released soon. I light, on this blog, not a candle, but a fire. A bonfire of hope. Hope that our country will be a better place soon. Hope that my fiance and I will be welcomed home with opened arms, that we will have good futures and good jobs. The hope will always be there, the hope that I can come home to a better place. Not just a place to have a vacation in, but to live in and start a family in, unafraid of racism, unafraid of corruption, unafraid of unequality, and most of all unafraid of the government.

    I may not know much of Malaysian history beyond what I have read and heard. But on this remembrance day, I pay tribute to everyone who suffered on May 13th 1969, to all ISA detainees past and present, and to all victims of our very corrupt government. I pay tribute to everyone who died in the defense of Malaysia during World War Two and to all victims of the Japanese Occupation.  I also pay tribute to everyone who suffered the effects of the water canons and tear gas during the Bersih Demonstrations last February & March.

    I believe we were fed a load of lies and bullshit in secondary school Sejarah. I am neutral on whether we are better off after independence than before. From what I know, the transition to independence was a bloodless one. I am not paying tribute to the people who brought independence to Malaysia, simply because I do not know if independence benefited Malaysia at all.

    Happy Remembrance Day everyone.  Keep up the ISA vigils.  I join you in spirit if not in body.

    • zewt 10:44 am on November 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i dont even remember that 31 july is hari pahlawan…

      yes, we have been fed too much lies… it’s time for this nation to chart its own course…

    • theodwyn 9:43 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The question is… how many of us knew 31 July was Hari Pahlawan?

  • theodwyn 9:36 pm on September 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Animal Planet 

    When I read the blogs and news websites these days… I get a surreal feeling.  Like what I am reading is not about the politics of Malaysia, but the politics of an orang utan tribe on ‘orang utan island’.  Actually, its even worse than that.  The actions of Ahmad Ismail are insensitive, uncivilised, and totally unacceptable.  The fact that the upper UMNO hierarchy has done fuck all to stop it shows how far up this uncivility goes.  This insensitivity which is the by-product of years and years and years of separate Pendidikan Moral and Agama classes at school. Years upon years of see-sawing between calling our national language ‘Bahasa Melayu’ and ‘Bahasa Malaysia’.

    I am proud to call myself a daughter of Malaysia.  I have no problems explaining my ancestry to friends who are curious.  Yes, I am from an immigrant race, and always will be.  But am I a squatter?  My paternal great grandfather and his sons entered Tanah Melayu legally, sought residence legally and made money legally.  My maternal grandparents did the same.  As far as my lineage goes, all my grandparents were granted citizenship according to the laws of the Malayan constitution when it was formed.  So why squatters?  No one has the right to label me or anyone in my family as squatters. Malaysia is as much our country as it is yours.  Malaysia is OUR country.

    Why the sudden outburst?  And why did I not write this earlier?  Well, initially I looked upon what Ahmad Ismail said and thought of it the way one thinks of an annoying mosquito.  It buzzes in your ear and you want it to go away, but you have better things to do than to take much notice of it.  But the response of the upper UMNO hierarchy shows how ball-less they are.  The situation has been futher inflamed by the tearing of Koh Tsu Koon’s portrait.

    His actions, his speech and his refusal to apologise, is an outright provocation.  But should we be provoked?  Yes, we should feel outrage.  But what is the right way to react?  In my opinion, any reaction would be an acknowledgement of the racial differences in the country.  Which is not something we should be encouraging.

    We should be ignoring him.  Forget about him and continue with our own lives.  Acknowledging his words would be giving substance to his claims.  Hold public protests if you wish, but not against his words.  Go forth and proclaim proudly that we are all BANGSA MALAYSIA.  Show the powers that be who we are, and who we want to be.  Show him that we, as citizens of Malaysia are all united AS ONE PEOPLE, and not as a million different races.  We need to put our differences aside to save our country.  We need to help each other and not let the government split us despite all their apparent efforts to.

    Call me a hypocrite if you wish.  But know this –  Deep in my heart, I will always be Malaysian before anything else.

    • zewt 10:19 pm on September 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i have always find difficulty in explaining my origin and my position to my HK friend. they will never understand… oh well…

  • theodwyn 12:39 pm on November 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    On rallies and interviews. 

    I have just watched the 101 East interview on Al-Jazeera, and here’s my take on part of it. Bear in mind that I wasn’t there for it because I was AFRAID. I WANTED to be there.

    1) Water Canon and Tear Gas not equated to force: That is simply bullshit. ANY use of force, is a use of force. And that includes water canons and tear gas. And as Malik Imtiaz said, there was NO NEED to use force.

    2) There is a historical background to not allowing marches: Oh really? Go visit Tok Mommy’s blog where the history of Malaysian marches is TRULY represented.

    3) The police not allowing the rally because they feared violence: Well, isn’t that what the police and the FRU was there for? To stop violence. They could have done just that and nothing more. Instead, what did they do? Use unprecendented FORCE (water canon & tear gas) on a peaceful group of people taking a walk. Who perpetuated the violence? The police could have allowed the protest to go on, and be on the watch for violence, and used force ONLY where necessary. In this case, force was totally unnecessary, and the ONLY violence seen during the protest was from the police, not the demonstrators.

    4) Media relegation: The fact the govenment think that the media needs to be relegated, whether by the gov, or by the press itself, says that we do not have a free press. Self relegation is still relegation.

    5) Representation by the middle-of-the-road, non-political-affiliated citizens: More bullshit from the government. Imtiaz was correct when he said that the rally would have been larger if the roadblocks were not enforced. It would also have been larger if the government did not have a massive campaign to initimidate the middle-of-the-road, non-political-affiliated citizens. The repated announcements in the mainstream media of plans to arrest anyone who turns up, of possible violence, and the video clips of past violent riots being shown on television was a concerted effort by the government to discourage people to attend the rally. The huge show of force by the police and the FRU also contributed to the whole intimidation method. The road blocks and the huge presence of the FRU up to a day before the rally passed like wildfire over SMS from people who were in KL, not for the rally, to people whom they thought was going. I was planning to attend the rally. I was plagued with SMS’s from Friday night, warning me not to go, by people who cared for my safety. To say that we were not there because we didn’t care for the cause is wrong. We weren’t there because we feared for our safety. Trust me, the intimidation and the road blocks and the police blocks, and the LRT bypass and etc worked. Speaking for myself; it worked on me, on the friends I planned to go with, and their friends, and on other middle-of-the-road, non-political Malaysians.

  • theodwyn 1:41 pm on November 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Apex Universities 

    A search on for ‘apex university’ produces 6 hits to Malaysia-linked websites on page 1. A brief browse of the next few pages reveal that the idea of apex universities, while not new… is not a well-used one. Most of the hits where the word ‘apex’ were linked to a university, merely represent the location of the university, an acronym of some sort, or the name of a sports team within the university. It is very obvious that the government’s sudden announcent of apex universities represent an attempt to increase the reputation of education in Malaysia much more than it is worth. Whether or not they are trying to create a local version of the ivy-league, oxbridge, redbrick or russel group is arguable. However, it is undeniable that none of our local universities qualify to compare with these highly-esteemed institutions. Our universities aren’t even fit to squat under their shadows.

    The intentions of the government is unclear on the goal of apex universities and how they are going to accomplish it. If it is merely a measure of extra support, extra funding, and recognition – then all is fair. If it is meant as a pretence to compete with the creme de la creme of universities worldwide, then this whole charade is a farce. There may be some positive gain from it. It will encourage private universities to be more competitive in the race to become an apex university. This is probably a good thing for their students. If it means more funding and more support from the government, then obviously the students will stand to gain from it as well.

    In the bigger picture, will it really benefit the fledging tertiary education industry of this country? Will our public universities compete in the same way the private ones will? Apart from the first five universities, the rest of the industry is barely 20 years old. ALL of the universities need support, funding and recognition. Giving a certain university more funding than another would be unfair to the rest. If anything, the weaker universities would need more support than the stronger ones. Is putting these young universities in a race for a meaningless title and pitting them against each other beneficial for the students? Now is not the time for our universities to go dog-eat-dog. Universities should be sharing resources and helping each other to improve.

    I wrote in an earlier post about the ‘full circle‘ comment. In it, I mentioned that the majority of international students studying in Malaysia aren’t here to get a local degree. Most of them leave with degrees which contain the name of an overseas institution, most often of an Australian, American, or British University. See where I’m heading?

    For our universities to be recognised as ‘good’ worldwide, it is not among the local universities that they must compete with. It is with every accredited university on this planet. So what if we have an apex university if its ranking worldwide is 1000th? The Acamedic Ranking of World Universities for 2007, doesn’t rank a single Malaysian University in the top 500. Neither does The QS World University Rankings by The Times. Not a single one of our universities are close to being competitive internationally.

    Is there any reason to wonder at all why the undergraduates who can afford it get overseas degrees? Any reason to wonder why so many of our private colleges/universities offer twinning programmes, under which the student will end up with an overseas degree even if they study locally? As long as these private universities are awarding degrees not of their own name, they cannot achieve worldwide ranking because they do not get full credit for the quality of their degrees. And as long as the public universities don’t buck up to raise their standards instead of their intake, we will come NOWHERE close to competing on a world stage.

    Where’s the apex? Are we reaching for the peak of Mount Everest? Swimming into the Marianna Trench? No we are not, we will be left flaundering at the base of the mountain (which we reached via helicopter) yet again. Victims of a government who have many ideas, none of which work. The government needs to increase support for education in this country, not to turn the whole idea of good quality tertiary education here into a comedy caper. Dearie me…. is this where I end the post with my signature phrase again? What you think is best for us, may not necessarily be good for us.

    • sinergy.starfall 2:20 am on November 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Well, to be honest there are two factors hindering the rise of our unis,

      1 ) good lecturers, bad course
      – the lecturers to my understanding are mostly of high quality, the bad news is that the unis do not upgrade the course to meet industry demands. When was the last time you saw a private uni adding COBOL or FORTRAN for their grads? Last I checked hot skills according to the specialist blogs, IT websites and surverys, the hot skills were Java and .NET. Even the courses I saw that have those modules are doing stuff thats commonly done, education centers need to be more forward looking. Did I mention that these programming languages are also done in English? I do not think that teaching them in Malay is a good idea since if you work in a MNC they will throw you out of the door since you can’t deal with their global network since they almost exclusively do that in English. I saw those UiTM and UTAR books so it is true [I am a IT guy so my knowledge is within that domain]

      2. The racially based quota. ’nuff said 😛

      We are along way from emulating esteemed institutions such as MIT who incubated alot of the leading American organizations such as Hewitt-Packard or better known as HP Computer Corporation, Campbell Soup[I kid you not] and The Progress Foundation[cutting edge database technology] to name a few. HP is now dominating the computer hardware business. Not to mention most of the brains behind all the latest high end and bleeding-edge [state of the art stuff thats beyond cutting edge for the uninitiated] IT innovations are done by MIT grads and yes folks that includes Indians from India since alot of them get their heads permanently damaged from there as well (their PHDs in case you cant guess what I meant).

      ps – the calrification of those words are added in since I am sick of telling people what they mean when I write them. if you think i sound cocky then sue me since you probably have an inferiority complex or something along those lines. yes, I am in a bad mood and yes i like to flaunt stuff and be arrogant when i am pissed, bite me.

  • theodwyn 6:58 pm on October 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 million scouts…… 

    or 1 million idiots in scout uniform??

    This was in the news some time ago. Not hot news… but the jist of it is that someone ‘up there’ announced plans to increase the number of scouts in Malaysia from 200,000 to 1 million. My question to the people ‘up there’ is this: Are they planning on having 1 million scouts, or 1,000,000 poor souls who doesn’t know anything at all about scouting dressed in the scout uniform?

    I’m not the most qualified person to write something like this…. but who is ever qualified to write a blog post? I’ve been a scout for 9 years and 10 months. 5 years as a scout, 4 years and 10 months as a leader, and 2+ years as a rover scout. (One can be both a leader and a rover at the same time). I haven’t spent very many years in scouting, but I have spent more years in scouting than the average Malaysian scout who enters in secondary I and leaves after secondary V. The success of the scouting movement is not in how many entry-level scouts there are, but in how many of those scouts stay in scouting, and how many of those scouts come back. For scouts to want to stay in scouting after adulthood, or to come back to scouting after they’ve left it, they must be imbibed with the scouting spirit, to have enjoy scouting to the core, to have been bitten by the scouting bug, to live the scout oath and law, not just while they are in uniform, but even when they are out of uniform.

    It is easy to dress a person up as a scout. Just throw him a uniform. One can even memorise and recite the scout promise, but that does not always make one a scout. Just ask yourself if you live by the principles of the rukun negara. We all had to recite the rukun negara when we were in school, but how many of us live by those principles? If we did, if all the people did, if all the people governing our country did, then we would have a clean and fair judiciary. Do we? I’m not going to talk about the judiciary now, I’m just using it to illustrate a point.

    The scouting bug, the scouting spirit, isn’t as simple as reciting a promise. Not even attending and completing a woodbadge course during a tenure in a maktab perguruan can make a true scout out of a teacher. And the knowledge passed on from these teachers to the scouts will not make the scouts scouts, not unless the teacher has been inbibed with the scouting spirit.

    In order to increase the number of scouts in this country to 1 million, the country would need 125,000 scout leaders (I’m using the 8:1 scout:leader ratio). To be a scout leader, one needs more than a woodbadge. One needs scouting experience. Scouting is more than uniform and a promise. Scouting is about loving nature, about understanding the patrol system and implementing it, about camps and hikes, about breating, eating and living the scout promise, about teamwork, leadership, cooperation, about passing on knowledge from one generation to the next, about being independent, about knowing how to play when its playtime, to work when its worktime to know what is good for oneself, and what is bad. Voluntarism is a very important part of scouting. Volunteer scout leaders participate in scouting because they enjoy scouting, because the are happy when scouting knowledge and spirit gets passed on to the next generation. Volunteer scout leaders never every get monetary returns, they do scouting because they have the BP spirit deep in their hearts.

    Can mass production produce the same result as the scouting bug? Can monetary incentives produce the same result as years of enjoyment, years of happiness and experience gained from scouting? Can mass produced scouts really be called scouts? It is easy to dress-up. It is not so easy to be a true scout.

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Scouts are coming. Soon, that familiar Scout’s uniform will be seen in every housing estate, village, Felda scheme, Pusat Giat Mara and Institute Kemahiran Belia centre.

    The Scouts Association of Malaysia also plans to introduce the Rover Scouts (for those aged 18 and above) at private and public institutions of higher learning, national chief Scout commissioner Colonel Prof Datuk Dr Kamarudin Kachar said.

    He said the organisation wanted to increase its Scoutship from the current 200,000 to one million in three years.

    “We started the Scout movement in Felda schemes in Johor, Negri Sembilan and Perak some five or six years ago. Now we want to take it nationwide,” he said after a dialogue session with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said at the Scout headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

    “We are now moving from school-based to community-based. The idea is to instil social integration and national unity and to reduce social ills. This is most important,” he said.

    Introducing Rover Scouts at the community level, he said, was also geared towards community development, increasing environmental consciousness and advocating peace.

    He added that the Rover Scouts would also be introduced in countries with a large number of Malaysian students.

    “We have Rover Scouts in Indonesia and the authorities in London have agreed to us setting up a troupe there as well.”

    The association is also planning to introduce Rover Scouts in Australia, Russia, Egypt and the United States.

    “The objective is to instil patriotism among Malaysian students overseas, and to increase their leadership qualities, living skills abilities and upgrade their working skills,” he said.

    The International Scouts Academy of Malaysia will also function as a leadership and skills-training hub for uniformed bodies from all over the world, he said.

    Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia have already indicated interest in sending Scouts here for training. There are 18 million Scouts in the Asia-Pacific region.

    A variety of activities have been planned for the 100th anniversary of the Scout movement in Malaysia from May 12 to 18 next year.

    The star event will be the 100th year jamboree at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Commemorative coins and stamps will be issued as well.

    “Six thousand Scouts, including 1,500 from Asia-Pacific countries, will attend,” said Kamarudin, adding that the association had applied for a RM2 million grant from the Youth and Sports Ministry.

    Source: NST – 2007/10/09

    Note to readers: I wrote this a few days ago, many times, and I was a lot more mad about this, and the post was a lot angrier… but streamys kept messinag about and I kept loosing my post… the more i lost the post, the angrier the post got…. but in the end strymyx won… and here I write it again… but it probably doesn’t get the point across as well as my last post did… but it may be a better read since its not so angry… either way… at least I wrote something I guess… heh.. Regards…

    • penny 2:56 am on October 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      My brother was a king scout, and my sister in law and I also was a girl guides…My uncle and aunt also scout and girl guide..but now only my aunt still active as Pesuruhjaya of girl guides in perak.

    • theodwyn 1:59 pm on October 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Good to hear Penny. What do you think of my post?

    • ben 2:31 am on November 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      PL : Awas, bris ke kah-naan luh-rus
      RightMarker : Stew, do-ah, tea-gah

      god i miss those days 😛

  • Benjamin Wong 9:11 pm on October 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Final Frontier…. 

    I remember falling in love with the concept space travel when I watched my first episode of Star Trek : The Next Generation. The idea of going into the unknown and seeing things for the first time enthralled me and it was also one of the reasons I got into technology.

    Many people I know of are very proud that we got somebody up there but is it really a great thing? In my books it is just like a millionaire paying big bucks to be a space tourist. True, there were experiments conducted but it just doesn’t give that ‘I am so proud to be Malaysian’ or ‘Malaysia Boleh’ thing.

    What makes a space program of any country great is not really the destination but the road there. The engineering challenges of creating a space vehicle breaking earth’s gravity and all the logistical issues in maintaining it are what makes it a monumental achievement for the Americans, Russians and more recently the Chinese. We on the other hand bought some Sukhoi fighters in exchange for a scientifically oriented taxi ride.

    I think it is great that we have somebody up there but is it truly something of monumental proportions that it is being made out to be? It also doesn’t help that prior to the launch that some idiot in the government also wanted us to make Teh Tarik and play Batu Seremban there.

    Maybe one day when we have a space program that is vertically integrated from rocket to astronaut I’ll be proud but not today.

  • theodwyn 6:33 pm on October 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Free Burma!! 

    No. 12299!

    Free Burma!

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