Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

The spirit of Hari Raya is upon us again. Balik kampong and open house.

I was at Masjid India today and it was still crowded for last minute shopping. It was really nice to see all the happy and smiling faces especially the kids.
However my heart go out to those seeking alms all the way from Sogo right to the KTM komuter at Bank Negara.

I will be visiting my Aunty in Bandar Sri Damansara and and a time to meet up with my cousins.

Heaven help me if I don't visit and wish her. She is the last surviving sister on my mother's side.

Selamat Hari Raya all Malaysians.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Song For Anwar Ibrahim

I wont last a day without you - sung by the Carpenters

Day after day, I must face a world of strangers (Pakatan Rakyat)
Where I dont belong ,Im not that strong
Its nice to know that theres someone (Datin Wan Azizah) I can turn to
Who will always care, youre always there

(*) when theres no gettin over that rainbow
When my wildest of dreams (Becoming PM) wont come true
I can take all the madness (Sodomy charge) the world has to give
But I wont last a day without you (Pakatan Rakayat)

So many times when the city seems to be
Without a friendly face (Tok Guru Nik Aziz), a lonely place
Its nice to know that youll (Lim Kit Siang) be there if I need you
And youll always smile, its all worthwhile

Repeat (*)

Touch me and I end up singing
Trouble (Sodomy charge) seems to up and disappear
You (?) touch me with the love youre (?) bringing
I cant really lose when youre (?) near
When youre (?)near, my love

If all my friends (Pakatan Rakyat) have forgotten half their promises theyre not unkind, just
Hard to find
One look at you (Karpal) and I know
That I must learn to live without the rest
Ive found the best (Pak Lah)

Repeat (*)

Political Crisis

Our country is at the crossroads of political upheaval. No doubt about that.

Daily I read and hear about "political crisis" in context to the supposed majority secured by the PR. BN supporters, I am sure, relish the challenges ahead come what may in this respect.

I do not see this scenario of a change in Govt as a national crisis per se. It is a natural progression in any democratic process. When you command the majority (in Parliarment} you rule, period.

But, is that the wishes of the majority of the RAKYAT who have given the BN the mandate to govern?

There is no national political crisis. There is only a crisis of confidence of the rakyat in the LEADERSHIP of the Govt, not the BN itself.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Liverpool FC and the MIB

Liverpool FC has dropped 2 points against Stoke City no thanks to the Men in Black. This is not the first time that the club has been agrieved by bad referee decisions early on in a football season.

The club was penalised by the theatrics of Chelsea's Saloman Kalou last season and Pepe Reina was adjudged to have handled outside the penalty box in a goal kick against Bolton Wanderers two seasons back. Both instances ended in a goal for the opposing side as a result of the referees' wrongful decision which was proven so by replays.

The same can be said in the disallowed goal against City. Replays show the ball had crossed the the goal line without any other player touching the ball and was therefore a legitimate goal.

While credit must be given to City in preventing LFC to any further breach in goal, the result would definitely have been different if the goal had stood. City had on the outset had every intention to play for a draw. They did not play to win.

In the earlier stated grievances the referees had admitted to the mistake but the damage done does not change the result with unmeasurable consequence at the end of a season.

The same can be said here because the result could mean a place in the Champions league or even the EPL title itself in terms of momentum, morale and points dropped .

The only solution I can see for this defect is to provide for video challenges to referees decisions but only where a goal is in dispute.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

September 16 Expectations

The good that I can see out of the present chaotic political scenario is that it will expose the true loyalists and turncoats from either side. If it has not already ( Tan Kee Kwong, Ezam, Tan Yee Kew etc)

Jumping ship, for the unimaginable to materialise, would be mostly from those in East Malaysia, especially Sabah.

The state has a history of lalang and desperate politics. Remember Pairin’s switch to Ku Li’s camp or Tun Mustafa’s interpretation of nominated assemblymen?

Those familiar with Sabah politics can recount how fractious Sabah had developed with divided loyalties and power struggles upon the demise of Tun Fuad Stephens.

Making the state from one of the richest to one of the poorest.

Since Sabah UMNO was borne originally out USNO members, they do not share the ideals of Peninsula UMNO, having being formed only in 1991. Sabah UMNO was established for the very same problem that the present Govt is threatened with, cross-overs.

As for Sarawak the situation is less problematic. Its political mindset, if one were to trace back to the Brooke administration, is a predilection towards loyalty to authority while eschewing instabilty.

Moreover the BN State Govt seems as popular as ever.

Jumpers here would likely be from the SUPP or SPDP but the odds are indeed very slim.

Again and again we come to the root cause to the situation that the BN finds itself in, from a landslide in 2004 to a limping 2008.

That of an inept and incompetent leader who underestimated the wrath of the rakyat and the extent of disatisfaction among TunMM’s supporters.

On another note, the price of fuel is likely to be reduced but will the price of goods? I doubt it. Could not the decision to increase the fuel price wait for just 3 months?

If he had a genuine concern for the welfare of the rakyat at heart he would not have done so , no matter what.

Weak willed, lost credibility and ill advised again.