Friday, April 06, 2007

Bomb HOAX in Penang Bridge; REAL ONE in Restaurant, Bukit Mertajam; Barely Opened for 3 days; Explosion tore through roof; 6 Customers Escape

This is plain stupid in getting permission to close the bridge ALL the time. If there were a bomb and a section were bombed out, will the bridge operator still have to get permission of a ½ past 6 sleeping government in the middle of the night to close it? Use your common sense lah PBSB if there is an emergency! put up a barrier

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Monday April 9, 2007
; Cops to get statement on Penang bomb hoax

BUTTERWORTH: Police will record statements from the employee at a state executive councillor's office, who received a call about a bomb threat on the Penang bridge. Seberang Perai Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Anil Shah Abdullah said police would send a team to the state executive councillor's office in Komtar today to record the statement. He said they wanted to find out what was said by the caller and what transpired after the call was made. The bomb hoax resulted in the bridge being closed for two hours, causing a massive traffic jam on the island and the mainland. ACP Mohd Anil Shah said police had also received the CCTV footage from Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd (PBSB)on the object that was thought to be a bomb. He declined to elaborate, adding that they were still investigating the case. A PBSB spokesman said the matter was now under police jurisdiction and they would wait for the outcome of the police investigations.

The spokesman said the bridge operator was not authorised to close the bridge without permission from the government. “Even our safety department is not authorised to close the bridge for any reason without permission,” the spokesman said.

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ABOVE: The restaurant at Lorong Binjai 2 and BELOW, the curious crows

Bukit Mertajam: The restaurant explosion happened on early Thursdays morning at about 5 am. Six customers escaped unhurt. The restaurant is located at Lorong Binjai 2, Taman Seri Rambai

ABOVE: The explosion came from the refrigerato and BELOW: the exposed roof

The explosion came from the freezing department in a refrigerator. The explosion tore through the ceiling of the restaurant beside shattering the glass windows and damaging furniture.

ABOVE & BELOW: The furnitures were damaged and scattered

Pulau Pinang police said whatever remained of the refrigerator was taken to the chemistry department and the police forensic unit in Cheras KL.

ABOVE & BELOW: the forensic personnel examined closely the refrigerator

A witness said , when they saw the smoke, all of then ran.

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Penang Bridge closure sparked by call by state exco Koay; Opalyn Mok; SUN

PENANG (April 5, 2007): The chain of events that led to the closure of Penang Bridge yesterday afternoon was apparently set in motion by a query from a bridge worker to a state executive councillor, and was not a bomb threat.
Datuk Koay Kar Huah, who is the exco in charge of public works, utilities and transportation, said today he received a call from a friend, who is a staff at the bridge, asking him whether it was true there was a bomb at the bridge.
Koay said this when asked by reporters about talk that it was his call to the police that led to the bridge's closure for two hours and 40 minutes that resulted in a gridlock for peak-hour commuters. "I called up my staff to check it out and the staff then called the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to verify the information," he said in a joint press conference with Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
Koh added that Koay's friend must have heard something about a bomb for him to make the call. When pressed by reporters whether the call from the LLM gave enough details of what had transpired to help police assess the situation, Koh said regardless of what was said in the call, "police have to take such calls seriously as it involves public safety". "Police recommended the bridge be closed because they didn't want to take the 1% to 2% chance of the threat being real," he said. Deputy police chief SAC II Datuk Othman Harun, who was also present at the press conference, confirmed police received the call from an LLM staff.We have called the staff in for questioning," he added. He confirmed a kangaroo bar was found wrapped in cloth and paper on the bridge and that it did not contain explosives. However, he could not confirm whether the bomb hoax was linked to an explosion in a coffee shop in Taman Seri Rambai early this morning ."We have sent the bar found on the bridge and the explosive substances in Taman Seri Rambai for further analysis," he said.Earlier, Koh announced two new steps for future emergencies. "The first step is that a communication and coordination path will be created between all agencies involved," he said.
The second was to expand the communication network beyond radio to include factories, government agencies and schools to reach more bridge users. He added that these steps would also reduce the incidence of rumours being spread. Koh said the bridge's CCTV system would also be further upgraded.
He said the police would immediately take action in the interest of public safety, as they did yesterday, in response to any future incident.

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April 05, 2007 13:59 ; It Was A Hoax - Najib
KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Bernama) -- A bomb scare on the Penang Bridge yesterday evening which caught thousands of commuters in a massive traffic jam when the bridge was closed for more than two hours, was confirmed by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as a hoax and not a bomb threat.

The Deputy Prime Minister (ABOVE) today said: "It was a was not a bomb threat. The police had confirmed it." Speaking to reporters after a dialogue session with the heads of mission at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations here, he said it was the work of irresponsible people and called on Malaysians including the media not to over-react on such an incident. "I don't think we should over-react (on the bomb hoax) because it might encourage people to do the same if the bomb hoax gets wide reporting," he added. Najib also refuted any theory that the incident could be connected to the escalating tensions in southern Thailand.

ABOVE: An aerial view of the congestion on the roads leading to the Butterworth ferry terminal yesterday And BELOW: The long long wait for the ferry

"Until now, the problem in southern Thai is restricted to the has not extended into our country," he said, adding that there had been no indication of certain groups trying to take advantage of the developments in southern Thailand. "Bomb hoax phone calls that happen from time to time in this country have nothing to do with the situation in southern Thailand," he said. In yesterday's incident at the Penang Bridge, the lanes for Butterworth-bound traffic were closed at 5pm, while for island-bound traffic, they were closed at 5.25pm to enable the police to investigate and to ensure public safety. Police found a 15cm-long iron pipe of 5cm in diameter at the road divider on the Butterworth-bound side at Km3.8 of the bridge at 5.40pm. The home-made device was detonated by the bomb disposal unit at 6.40pm and police were investigating its content.


Anonymous ruyom said...

Who wants to stay home and serve here where meritocracy gives way to racial preference? I am a two-times graduate in University Malaya (masters and bachelors degree) and I used to hope that my children could enter a local university someday.

But with sliding university ranking and invisible barriers to keep non-malay students away, I have changed my mind. If I have the opportunity and money avails itself, I will send my children to overseas universities and ask them to emigrate there. We can rot and die here, but not the children.

This brain drain is not a problem to Umno at all. In fact, Umno is happy to see more and more of our talents leaving. Their power base will then be more secure.

All this started with Dr Mahathir. He believed that a half competent malay was better than a fully competent non-malay to serve the nation. This is clearly reflected in the progressive exclusion of non-malays from teaching profession academia, public service and other areas in the public sector as well GLCs since the early 1980s.

During Dr Mahathir's ethnic cleansing of the Malaysia public service, thousands of qualified non-malays left the country for Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Such departure was view positively by Dr Mahathir - it meant that there were more positions available for malays. That short-term thinking has had dire consequences.

During the regional economic boom of 1990s, Malaysia prospered. There was plenty of money. Incompetence and corruption did not matter - a failure could always be rectified through bailout; high costs (e.g. Proton) could always be neutralised through subsidies (for export) or higher prices (for local consumption).

The scenario today is different. Competition is stiff. Newcomers such as Vietnam are breathing down our neck. Giants (India and China) have awakened and are marching unimpeded.

Malaysia needs to exploit all its resources to meet the global challenge. Ignoring 40% of its most valuable resource (e.g. human capital - Indians, Chinese and East Malaysians) is no way to meet the challenge.

Badawi needs to put in place a policy for exploiting the most valuable resource Malaysia has - its people, including the Indians, Chinese and others. Otherwise, this resource will move away to the competitors of Malaysia.

If deployed properly, the talents will be a source of competitive advantage. If not deployed appropriately, the talents will become a source of relative competitive disadvantage for Malaysia when they end up in other countries.

Majority of the non-malays work in multinational companies. With the rate our government and GLCs pissing off these MNCs! These MNCs are moving out of Malaysia.

Get real! Why majority of the non-malays don't work inside GLCs? What do you think they would do when these MNCs are gone? Work in GLCs or emigrate outside Malaysia?

Some of my friends are always skeptical of Singapore.

Of course, Singapore intention is to protect their own interests (isn't what a government is for) - talented people are very mobile nowadays. Singapore also encounters brain drain to the West (US, EU, Australia), so they need new talents to come in.

They prefer Malaysians, as there are cultural ties - easy to adapt to the environment (multiracialism, language, weather, etc), like their Mr Everest climbers.

But they also welcome white mans, Thais, Indians, and Hong Kong Chinese too etc. Just take an MRT ride or go to the housing estates - you see many foreigners (not the illegal immigrant type).

We have our own national interests and should protect it, but we have more outflow of talent than inflow. Just see how we treat the economist who had a different method of calculating the bumi ratio of the economy - how to attract talent?

Some of my Malaysian friends have been offered citizenship and a few have accepted……….so those talents not going back to Malaysia.

Singapore is following US policy, US still attracted the best brains from all over the world regardless of color, check out the composition of employment in term of nationality in Silicon Valley and Nasa, you will know why it succeed, America is land of immigrants.

Umno policy is that if Umno cannot have it no other Malaysian should have it. Umno prefers a Mat Salleh (because that is a temporary situation) to have it rather than any other non-Umno Malaysian to have it.

I have been advising my relatives and friends for a long time since years ago - to encourage their children to apply for a Singapore scholarship to attend a university in Singapore even it that means she/he has to serve Singapore for 10 years.

At least, that will provide him for the future. So what is 10 years! He is free to utilise his talent as he pleases after that 10 years. I have 3 nephews who got Singapore scholarships, then served the Singapore government and are now working and being successful in Hong Kong and America.

They are heads of multinational companies. They will never be allowed to succeed in Malaysia because there is identification of race with jobs. All jobs even slightly, connected with the Umno government must have malay employees. That is the new NEP.

Dear Malaysians, I don't understand why the brains should not leave this country. The malays are definitely feel threaten by these brains, so we rather let them leave the country.

Malaysia pays peanuts and racially biased! That is why! Simple as that! Go to England, Australia and even the US hospitals and take a count of how many Malaysian born doctors are there, good doctors, man!

I traveled the world over and have lived in UK, Australia and the US. I have talked and met to these doctors. They not being unpatriotic, it is the Malaysia that is not doing the right thing!

I think Singapore should attack Malaysia and expand its territory to southern Johor. All the Indians and Chinese should migrate to southern Johor, and together with Singapore, forms a new Singapore.

Ex-Malaysians in exiles like myself will support this feasible plan. I am sure millions of overseas and mainland Chinese and Indians are excited about my suggestion.

When all the Muslim brothers from Uganda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia etc etc, become bumis, and enjoy the handout from NEP, there will be the day when the malays realize that they are being marginalize by its own Umno policy.

You can start counting the increasing numbers of Mamak in politics!

In Malaysia, we Malaysian Chinese just need to compete with fellow Malaysians only (where mostly lazy people). Easy to become rich as - we are governed by stupid and lazy people.

We can easily own several houses, luxury condos, own a bungalow at good location, and own and drive luxury cars in Malaysia.

In Singapore, not so easy, we have to compete with Singapore Chinese, Hong Kong Chinese, China Chinese and Taiwan Chinese. Not easy to become rich as Singapore government too smart.

Malaysia will continue to lose its talents not only to Singapore, and other countries but the Umno malays don't give a damn. Their thinking is so long as the malays benefit, the country can go to the pigs and dogs.

They hold the entrenched view that it is better for Malaysia to be another Zimbabwe or Nepal if being in the ranks of Singapore and Japan means malays losing out to the others.

Lim Keng Yaik said recently that Singapore was a small country, so it was easily to govern. In fact, it is not so. Because of its size, it lacks most of the factors of production that we learn in economics.

Land is scarce, and its domestic market is small. However, it recognises that what it has is its labours. No wonder that it is wooing all the brains from Malaysia, since Malaysia does not appreciate them.

Instead, Malaysia seems to be attracting the top criminals as shown by the sharp increase in crime rate. Malaysia with its oil, tin, rubber, oil palm etc, will not forever be able to beat a small country like Singapore because of its incompetent leaders and their cronies who are only interested in their own pockets.

Before the NEP, UM was one of the top universities in the world. After the NEP, it has become trash because it rejects the best minds. The only pro of NEP is if you are in Umno or a friend of theirs.

All the Singaporeans I have met were very nice to me and treat me like one of theirs. We are the same people and I am always in favour of reunification with Singapore.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous fargowin said...

Humans have always migrated throughout history - 'in search of better lives'. It is in our blood. Animals also do it. Some prefer to settle, others move on at whatever odds. The Chinese race is a good example of enthusiastic migrants. The Scots yet another.

Take the example of my own extended family. My father, who came from a poor family, emigrated together with his late father and late elder brother from Guangdong to Ipoh in 1923. The price they paid was separation from my late grandmother for a couple of years.

When reunited, the family expanded to a total of 10 children. Within one generation, eight of these children were able to go to university in Malaya (Singapore) and the UK. Three of these were Queen's scholars and another, a Colombo Plan scholar. This was during the time of the British, with free and fair competition prevailing.

Within another generation, my family were all dispersed around the world. Today, we have family in the US, UK, the Middle East and Australia. There are only two families left in Bolehland (Malaysia) from the previous generation - and they are retired.

In this generation, we have 13 doctors - all but one specialists - with one the holder of personal chair in a UK university. I am sure all of us can attribute our various successes to being at the right time at the right place and also by being persistent, open minded and diligent.

The argument has nothing to do with race or patriotism. We all love Malaysia as a country but we objected to the type and form of governance and the society it created during various times.

This spurred our migration and our decision to work and live away from the land we were born in. Some of us have even maintained our Malaysian citizenship in hope that things will change and we may be able to return.

Nonetheless, we are thankful that we have not been hindered in our move across borders. We are also thankful that holding a Malaysian passport today will facilitate movement between many countries compared to say, 20 years ago.

In short, our leaving was our silent, peaceful protest. It will of course fall on deaf ears because the existing muhibah ruling class will only be interested in furthering their own well-being and wealth and not those of the rakyat. Fortunately for some of us, we could vote with our feet. So let it be.

We take a larger global view and see that we contribute to the world, not directly Bolehland. My question is: Have you considered that those who do not migrate are the ones who are truly enslaved?

And to the present government I ask: How do you think you could lure people like us back? (Hint: Better money would not work - as we get less where we all are.)

3:41 AM  
Anonymous kok said...

Well, NEP actually is not that bad for non-malays after all. Everything has its cons and pros. 10 years ago, thanks to NEP, I was rejected by UM when I applied for engineering course. I was admitted to NUS of Singapore instead for engineering course.

Today, I can proudly say that I was graduated from a top 10 university in the Asia. If I were to admit to UM 10 years ago, today I might be too ashamed to tell people that I had graduated from UM.

For those talented non-malays, looks global if Malaysia does not welcome you. Be farsighted, be realistic and look beyond Malaysia, nobody in Malaysia appreciate your patriotism.

I graduated from NUS since I was abandoned by UM and now I am working in a MNC in Singapore. I doubt I can find any job back in Malaysia with the same pay and job satisfaction.

I have a cousin who just graduated from a USA university and immediately offered a job with US$5000, which is RM18000, almost equal our PM Badawi's pay.

You see, your future is brighter every way you go if you are talented, why restrict yourself to Malaysia who does not welcome you! You will be rotten fast staying put here.

If we look at history, a country who did not cherish its talents sure will not going any way except doom. Sad to say Malaysia never learns from the history and repeating the same mistake again.

With the current rate of brain drain, one day the local talents will be dried up. No foreign company will want to invest in a country where they had difficulty hiring employees especially in high tech area.

Soon all those companies left behind are purely agriculture or which rely on Malaysia's natural resources. Malaysia is going to nowhere if the existing policy is not changed. Vision 2020 is only remaining a dream, I can guarantee you with 99% confident.

My company is a USA MNC operating in Singapore. We have a design center here, half of whose employees are Malaysians. We had also a few factories in Johor Bahru, Melaka as well as Penang.

Based on the high percentage of Malaysian employees, if my company will to operate in Malaysia, the operating cost could be more than half. But my company still stay put in Singapore. Why? Mainly due to government policy.

Firstly the NEP, secondly they can't find enough talented local to fill in the position. At the end, my company is moving the low value added, low wage manufacturing job to Malaysia partly because of cheap labour and land cost.

If it is not due to its proximity to Singapore (near to design center), the manufacturing will be moved to Vietnam long time ago. Thus, this is why Singapore per capital is 3X Malaysia. How can Malaysia improve its GDP with only attracting low wage manufacturing job!

Malaysia once is competing with Singapore for foreign investment but not anymore. Now with China, India, Thailand, even Vietnam catching up and opening up fast, Malaysia is competing with these countries for low wage manufacturing job.

With the NEP and other policy, soon Malaysia is losing a tougher war (Vietnam's labour and land is even cheaper than Malaysia). This is why many MNC like Intel had moved their manufacturing site to Vietnam from Malaysia. This is fact and it is happening now, if the government does not do anything, that is it for Malaysia.

This is the con of NEP. But this NEP thing will never diminish the talented mind of non-malays. The more the discrimination, the more non-malays will look for other way to flourish.

UM is like a terminally ill patient and it is beyond cure, there is no point crying over spilled milk. One day, UM will be like the government primary school, abandoned by non-malays.

If there is no opportunity for non-malays in Malaysia, they will look beyond Malaysia, believe me, as a non-malay, if you can survive the harsh discriminative condition in Malaysia, you can flourish and survive any places in this world.

As I said before, NEP is just like a drug for the malays, it can bring short term satisfaction to the malays. Everybody including malay knows that this drug is not good for long term but the malays got so addicted that they can not live without it anymore.

But on the other hand, for the non-malays, the NEP had caused some short term unhappiness but this will not harm them for the long term, they will study harder, work harder, and get better result, survive anyway in the global world.

The non-malays had becoming stronger eventually while the malays will become weaker and weaker until one day, they will not be able to survive in the global world. One very good example is our national car, Proton.

3:44 AM  
Anonymous vokoyo said...

The special position of the malays as prescribed under Article 153 of the Constitution is limited in scope to only the reservation of reasonable quotas in these 3 sectors: public services, educational places and business licenses.

Hence, the present rampant racial discriminations practiced on almost every facet of our national life are mostly violations of the Constitution. Examples of these violations are:

(a) Racial discrimination in the appointment and promotion of employees in publicly funded bodies, resulting in these becoming almost mono-raced bodies. These bodies include: the police, civil service, army and various semi and quasi government agencies.

(b) Imposition of compulsory share quota for malays in non-malay companies.

(c) Imposition of compulsory price discounts and quotas in favour of malays in housing projects.

(d) Completely lop-sided allocation of scholarships and seats of learning in clearly unreasonable proportions that reflect racial discriminations.

(e) Blanket barring of non-malays to publicly funded academic institutions (that should include the Mara).

(f) Barring of non-malays from tenders and contracts controlled directly or indirectly by the government.

Our Constitution provides for only one class of citizenship and all citizens are equal before the law.

The presence of Article 153 does not alter this fact, as it is meant only to protect the malays from being "squeezed" by other races by allowing the reservation of reasonable quotas on certain sectors of national life.

However, this Constitution has now been hijacked through decades of hegemony of political power by the ruling party to result in the virtual monopoly of the public sector by a single race.

The ensuing racism, corruption and corrosion of integrity of our democratic institutions have brought serious retrogression to our nation-building process in terms of national unity, morality, discipline and competitiveness of our people.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous fong said...

It is the racial division in all facets of the government's racially based policies that has led, and unfortunately, is still forcing non-malay Malaysians to head for overseas for better opportunities in all fields.

I left Malaysia about 20 years ago. I left not because the economy was in a bad shape. It was in a good shape! In fact, I would have done better if I had stayed behind. I left because I was fed up with the divisive racial-based policies of the government that I experienced since as long as I could remember. And I felt there was no way I could change the system.

When I was in lower secondary at a government-aided school, I was wondering why only the Chinese pupils had to buy textbooks and pay the monthly school fees. Some others had it all free. I didn't know the rationale then but could only envy them.

Later on, I was surprised when two malay classmates were selected to proceed to do the then Higher School Certificate (Form Six then) although I had far superior academic results than both of them. I missed the selection.

Every Monday morning we stood shoulder to shoulder at the school assembly and sung the same national anthem with the same gusto and yet we were treated differently. Again, I couldn't understand all that.

I had at great expense to my parents, to do my HSC at a private college before embarking on my tertiary education overseas (you guessed it right - I was rejected by the local universities).

Upon my return, I found to my great disappointment that nothing had changed and that the malay and non-malay concept was still firmly entrenched in all aspects of government policies.

I didn't want my children to compete in such an unfair environment. I wanted them to have 'a fair go' especially in education. For this reason, I left Malaysia. This was the same reason that drove so many well-educated, multi-skilled non-malay Malaysians to leave.

Malaysia simply can't afford to lose so many highly educated, highly skilled non-malays. Other countries will only be too happy to welcome them. Just imagine the benefits they stand to gain without having to outlay any costs to train them.

If Malaysia is to survive competitively at the international level, it has to seriously reassess its racially motivated policies. The polices have failed to uplift the well-being of the malays with the exception of the well-connected elite group.

Admission to all local tertiary courses, the appointments to public office, the tendering of contracts etc, have to be based solely on merit not along racial lines. Public scholarship to higher studies should be likewise too.

Malaysia's future is at stake.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous reek said...

There is no doubt that the academic standards of our Malaysia universities have dropped to a point whether we should still call them "universities" or should we actually now term these establishments as "over expanded high schools" instead.

With the departure of Dr Gomez plus others, I wonder what is left of our so-called institutes of higher learning.

As a matter of fact, I have stopped calling graduates from some of these "universities" for interviews, as I know through my past experience, I would be wasting not only my time but also the time of the graduates.

There were those who applied for marketing positions who could not even write a proper application letter to "advertise" themselves to the prospective employers, to induce them to recruit them (the graduates) for a job.

Then there were those who applied for sales position, who could not even sell themselves during the interview. Most of the time, the interviews are conducted monologues (the employer does all the talking) and the replies could be so incoherent.

It is such a waste and this is the result of Umno's idea of meritocracy. God bless Malaysia!

The Malaysia education bureaucracy has an illness, no one in the world will understand. It is build upon paranoiacs and insecurities that their inferiorities will be exposed and be a laughing stock by people.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous San said...

It comes as no surprise that the teaching of math and science in English is a failure.

The fact is that it is not feasible to teach those two subjects in English as the pupils will have to overcome two obstacles to attain the idea's objectives. The first obstacle is to understand the English language which is foreign to a majority of rural pupils.

Only when they understand English well, can they go on to understand the subject matter. If they don't know English, they will lose interest in the subjects being taught in that language and hence failure in the subjects at a later stage.

Let us hope that the government admits its mistake over the teaching of math and science in English. The sooner the better before another generation of Malaysians are lost in the world of science and technology.

We have already lost our cutting edge due to our rapidly declining standard of English. Let not the situation erode further.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous julee said...

Unfortunately, I do not hate the MCA or Gerakan Chinese leaders and things like that, because I don't have faith on them and since the beginning I don't think they really speak what is from their heart, they speak what is good for themselves.

Our country is just a country full of racist people everywhere, and we always think we are multi-cultured country and people live happily ever after, but we forgot other country has more different races and cultures than us. But I think this is all about the Malaysia Boleh disease, we thought we are too good compare to other country.

I wonder this government now is building a nation, or building a malay kampung. Honestly, the most important thing is about our next generation, and so far all I see now, is the people biting each other just to get a piece of meat for themselves.

The biggest culprits for all these tension are the politicians, whether they are from Umno, MIC, MCA or others. Why should ordinary people like us be burden with all these excesses, which could be used to give us free medical treatments, cheaper petrol, electricity, better schools, etc.

Fighting among races will not enrich the poor, it is just create excuses for the "corrupted" politicians to "sodomise" and "rape" the country even more.

Thailand berubah kerajaan macam menukar seluar dalam, tetapi mereka lebih baik daripada kita.

Taiwan, Korea, Jepun malah India, bertukar kerajaan dan hasilnya mereka lebih baik daripada kita.

Indonesia berubah kerajaan dan hasilnya mereka lebih baik daripada kita sekarang walaupun peringkat permulaan agak susah.

I will vote any opposition party hopefully to get some changes for worst or better. And I urge my fellow wise Malaysians to do so. What some person said was right, we must change the government, then only there is hope.

Look at BN after 49 years, only the politicians and cronies benefited. So why are you afraid of changing the government, unless of course you are also part of them.

It is the politicians who raped us - the citizens. I would like to see big changes in our government, at least the one that I always dream of is a better education system. We are heading globalization already and I want my children to be well prepared for that too.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous tim said...

I am a Malaysian who has lived in Singapore for more than 10 years and before that in UK for almost 7 years. One thing you all need to know about us Malaysians, we don't go to another country and expect handouts.

When I was there and was unemployed for awhile after my course finished, my British friends asked if I was planning to go on the dole and if I wasn't, why not? I am sure they meant well..........but I was horrified at the thought.

Unfortunately the people of certain other countries have completely screwed up the system there (but it couldn't have gotten to that state if the British government hadn't let it happen in the first place)! Now, any foreigner going there is immediately seen as a threat!

It is no fun being a second-class citizen in the country of one's birth (in this case for someone and myself, Malaysia).

To somebody I have this to say to give everything up and start again, you must have decided this only because you were completely frustrated!

I know what you mean. I have had this discussion many times. We Chinese and Indians in Malaysia complain about it but we don't do anything about it because we are afraid of rocking the boat, in case we get thrown in jail.

So complain or join the Romans when in Rome, become corrupt, pay under the table for tenders or to get your file moved to the top..........etc etc.

It is all very well getting fed up with your motherland, but it takes enormous resources to up sticks and move to another. Tell me, if I just fancied coming to live forever in Singapore, or Australia for that matter, would I not be expected to come prepared? And that usually means money-wise.

I appreciated someone verve when he said that he'd made wealth at home and what was to stop him doing so again. Great. And he wishes to leave because of political and unfair reasons, again, good for him.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous yuking said...

Singapore's prime minister mentioned during the 2006 National Rally that Singapore needed a population of 10 million to stay competitive and thriving into the future. Now it has 4 million. So, it needs a population injection of 2.5X.

And to sustain a larger population, it needs a larger land mass. I remember reading during the sell sand fiasco that the Johor sand was supposed to sell to Singapore, could have increased the island land mass to accommodate 2.5X its population, i.e. 10 million.

Malaysia has 25 million people. Roughly 24% are Chinese, i.e. 6 million people.

So ~ if we put 1, 2 and 3 together, isn't the road to solving Malaysia racial and religious problem as simple as selling the required sand to Singapore and then allowing all 6 million Chinese to emigrate?

If Malaysia and Singapore allow dual citizenships, or if Singapore loosens its PR processes, or if the commutes between Malaysia and Singapore is made simpler - the cows will naturally move themselves.

In any case, I just wanted to highlight the convergence the figures 4 + 6 = 10 million, from the seemingly independent issues.

At the end of the day, I doubt Singapore, given its track record, would want all 6 million of the Chinese Malaysians. They'd take all the high net worth people, the professional and the skilled, but would not go out of their way to court the rest.

They have got to make room for other sources of very, very talented people - China and India.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous romsam said...

No surprising with such emotion running high: More to emigrate. This is brain drain. Bolehland has no vision for its all people except for the Umno malays.

Who not afraid of the keris waving politician? Even my malay classmate emigrated to New Zealand recently, sick of the polemics and the politicising of religion here, good thing got money shall travel, no money no talk.

Should have left 10 years ago when I saw that we have no equal opportunities. But I hesitated and said there will be a change when Badawi takes over. Well! Guess that was not the case. It got worse and the future of Malaysia is bleak!

Pack my back and left the place to look for better opportunities and fight on merits. I am better off in Australia than the "dark hole" of Malaysia. At least you get respected for your recognition and skill. In Malaysia, how good you are is always a second class citizen. No promotion for us but their own kind.

NEP to malays is like drug to drug addicts. Once they started to taste it, they will never let go till they die. Tough they all know very well NEP is just like drug, not good for them in the long run, but they can't resist the short term temptation and fall deeper and deeper into the abyss of NEP.

Since now, the NEP had become Never Ending Policy, the little hope of getting out of the NEP drug will dismiss and leading to the destruction of the malays. By then maybe all the able non-malays had already emigrated to greener pasture in overseas. I forecast 2020 year is the doom day. Thanks to selfish Umno malays.

We are at our own liberty not to live in this controversial country. The government does not discourage us to leave this country. For Chinese and Indians, Malaysia perhaps is not a good place to stay because your mother countries to with China and India are now thriving. Just leave malays to manage their own country. Let Malaysia ruin with the malays.

The Chinese culture is compatible to other cultures in the world. The Chinese will have no problem adapt to other cultures in the world. There are many China Towns in overseas countries. So the Malaysian Chinese will feel at home wherever they go.

Real sick and tired of all these Umno babiputras, the sob in Malaysia Umno babiputras!

Yes, the only realistic proposition is encourage all Chinese to emigrate to Singapore and leave Malaysia for the malays. Trouble is Singapore is so small, its land mass will not allow a huge population to live in the island.

So next choice for the Chinese to emigrate is to Australia and New Zealand. The exodus has begun. Those who can afford now have started to go. The signs are already there.

There is no future in this country anymore. In a few years time this country will be in ruins when the oil money runs dry. FDI has already dry up and gone to other countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Foreign factories have closed shop migrated to China and India.

Chinese planning to emigrate should also consider option to return to China. Some of my friends went to invest there and within a few years become millionaires. There is much more opportunities and being Chinese there shouldn't be any problem.

By my own experience I can tell you that it is great being a new citizen in Singapore. You are judged by what you can contribute and not but some NEP policies.

The education in Singapore is also about the best in the world. Yes, even the educators from the native English-speaking countries adopt how mathematics and science are taught here.

Best of all, every time you cross the causeway to visit Malaysia you are rewarded by at least 2 or 3 times in your spending capability.

Oops……….now that this is happening, in the next 5 - 10 years, Malaysia will end up looking like the Philippines, where their main export is maids. Lack of income from tax, will see economy melt down. Skilled professionals all fled from the country.

Yes and having lived overseas, I have a nice bird's eye view of how Malaysia is heading towards the sewers.

Malaysia has spent the last 3 decades focusing on physical infrastructure without developing the human capital. Never mind the restrictions and stifling of independent minds - let us not even go there yet.

Let us start with basic education and providing of higher education opportunities for the best and brightest. We have cultivated at least 2 generations of dumbass.

Too many unqualified malays have been force fed into colleges and universities and the end result is you have the same bunch of witless village idiots, except now they are holding a piece of paper they don't know what to do with. A minority is absorbed back into the tertiary education system……….no prizes for guessing what that has caused over the last 30 years.

For the majority remaining, real world corporations wouldn't even hire them if they offered to work for free. So you have a bunch of jobless numbskulls who think they are too good for the common labor jobs, which they would have ended up in anyways given their aptitude and qualification, and desire a pen-pushing corporate position (if they could push that pen to string one coherent sentence in English, that would be another thing).

So we bring in all sorts of foreign labors to do our work for us, and we have a youth bulge of unemployable (and grossly unqualified) graduates walking around with a sense of entitlement.

Sounds familiar? It should. This is what is happening in the Middle East.

This trend towards greater Islamic extremism is also no coincidence. It is merely the natural path of development that a failed society embarks upon.

The malays have failed. Plain and simple. Their policies stink, they have screwed themselves more than they have others, in fact. The only reason the shit hasn't hit the fan sooner is because, like their desert co-religionists, they have petroleum propping them up.

That will go soon……….not totally, but it won't be at the present rate it props the country up. And it is closer than you think.

Those who can should emigrate and get the hell out - and that includes our malay brothers and sisters who have the means to. When the dust settles, no amount of cyber cities, longest bridges and tallest buildings, are going to save you from the disaster of a fourth world country that is being developed.

I am one of the cows applying for migration. How do I feel? I feel that the world is my home. If I am not treated well here, I will go to another country.

It is not about fighting for the country or fighting for the world. I am fighting for a better life and that is what everyone craves for.

Anyway why limit ourselves to one country when we can explore to other places. We only leave once, make the best out of it.

Well, the most popular countries to emigrate are Australia, New Zealand and USA. For those who wanted to emigrate to any of these countries and not prepare to pay the extra migration agent fees should consider apply themselves, it is not difficult as long as you meet the respective country criteria.

I know because I am an migrant myself and I helped my friends to emigrate to all those countries in the past three years.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous vesewe said...

I for another have given up on Malaysia as well. Born and raised but discriminated against in my own native soil. I now pledge loyalty to Australia where I am treated fair and equal.

I had not forgotten my grassroots but what is the point remembering it! All that I ask is equal rights and opportunities being a citizen but as a racist government, it is therefore impossible. Oh well……….Malaysia's loss is Australia's gain.

It is still pretty interesting to frequent the current affairs going on in Malaysia. It is as though one is reading the collapse of the Roman Empire.

12:13 PM  

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