Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lulu Don't Know What "thrifty" the Government is Preaching and Practising

Has it been that long ago?
Do thrifty attempts include leasing jets? Lulu knows the argument is that it is "cheaper" than actually buying the plane.

But arent there other options?
like
doing the mere mortal thing of riding first class,
or
doing the working class option, going ecconomy
or even
horrors the everyone can fly option?

Lulu Writes Fiction - The CEO

Once upon a time, there was this new CEO to the corporation. The employees expected him to be different from the previous one as he had a reputation for being religious [good branding] and in his opening speech, he told his employees to work with him, not work for him.

Sad to say, the "feel good" factor proved to be true. Feel only. In truth, a lot of things were crumbling in the corporation.
The CEO, instead of doing a clean-up of his board of directors and management, not only kept the deadwood, he expanded the number of directors.
And the joke going around the office was that CEO a bit slow plus he has problems staying awake at meetings. There were pictures of him falling asleep during regional meetings circulating around the office.

Soon, the employees were told to no pay raise. Worse still, tighten their belts. Milo in the office pantry was removed. Toilet paper was changed to a lower grade and often not available. For business trips, no more hotels. The HR would look for the cheapest rumah tumpangan. Aircon was on at 9:00sharp, and turned off at 6:00pm, leaving you in a pressure cooker environment if you work beyond 6:15pm, which most of them did. The parking in the office was outsourced, and the employees were forced to pay exorbitant rates.
The employees, even through it was tough, knew that for the corporation to survive, they'd have to go along with the belt tightening exercise.

The latest news was that the CEO bought a new luxury jet for his travels. No one knew for sure how much money the company was making for it was a sdn.bhd. and they disgraced and fired the last chap who tried, but based on all the "the company cannot afford it", one would have thought ...
From a whisper here and there, everyone was talking about it. Along the corridors. In the pantry. At the photostat machine. At the watercooler. Even in the offices of middle management. Finally, a group couldn't tahan anymore, and confronted the CEO.
CEO's reply?
"I did not buy a plane. It was leased. That's the sensible thing to do. If we buy it, then we have to be pay for the mainainance and repair. Doesn't make good business sense. ANd it's not for my personal use, the chairman also uses it."
Doesn't sound good, but at least he didn't buy it.
or so they thought.
Then the CEO ter-slipped out
"We are leasing it from Syarikat Cobra Plane"
And this "clarification" was released in the next office bulletin.

The employees were flabbergasted [to say the least] as Syarikat Cobra Plane was a subsidary of the corporation.

Does it get better? Does it get worse? Lulu's not telling yet. But stay tuned to
Lulu Fiction - The CEO Series

the CEO series is a fiction work from whatalulu. It could not bear any semblence to real life as no CEO would be so daft.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lest Lulu Forgets...

he didn't buy the planenor the boat

but somehow, Lulu still feels kinda bodohwe-ed

Monday, January 29, 2007

Lulu Swears Off Buying NST

Yesterday, Lulu did a search on the NST.

NST search engine normally archives news more than a week, meaning you will only get to see the article if it appeared within the week.

for eg, do a search on Badawi, and you will get this

14 entries, with the earliest from the 25th of Jan 07.

if you want to see beyond that, it requires paid subscription.

As Lulu was saying, yesterday, Lulu did a search on "Ooi" to check their coverage on the pending lawsuits, and was surprised by NST's generosity

Did you see the first entry?

It's actually from 2nd March 2006. Which is not a norm for NST search engine.

Maybe it's a mistake, an oversight.

Or maybe someONE being mean and allowing this piece of news to remain and the management does not know about it.

Or maybe fourONEs are being mean and trying to make the guy they are suing (don't know the technical term) look bad.

I dunno. But after this very distasteful incident, I really, genuinely swore off buying NST. Lulu confession - I actually enjoy reading the NST on Saturdays and Sundays as they have invited columnist speak up. I will miss it, but as long as this piece of nastiness is there, Lulu's not giving them RM2.40/week.

Lulu hopes that it's just a mistake or one persons nastiness, and that someone from NST reads this posting and in good conscience and all fairness, normalise the search rules again, or allow for the later acticles, if any, which Lulu thinks would reveal that the "anwar" incident was a non-issue.

if you want a bit more insight on the "Anwar" incident, read the discussion and debate on PPS. WalkWIthUs also provides some background to the incident.

Friday, January 26, 2007

You Want to See Lulu's Payslip? Nah.... as in No

When Lulu was in Form 3, the school embarked on a massive fundraising to build a new wing. Maklum-lah, PM didn't come from our school, so no RM23.5million gift. We were a mission school, and thus were given meagre funding from the government. My class teacher, thinking that she was being smart but lacking in sensitivity, looked up the register and called one by one those whose father had glamour occupations to sign up for a fund raising dinner. One of my friends felt kind of slighted as her parents would have contributed to the school building fund even though her father was a clerk.
That was based on what your parent's occupation was. Can you imagine what my teacher would have done with the sort of information they are asking for today?

I don't know how many of you out there are parents, but this went out to parents to fill in when the school term began [pix borrowed from LilianChan who blogged about it much earlier]
It first surfaced earlier in the month in Selangor where some school teachers told the students that it was compulsory to submit the Penyata Gaji, Borang J and Salinan IC regardless whether you are taking the textbook loan or not. The State Education Dept then commented that it was only for those who wanted to take the loan. But some teachers whose hearing not so good, continued to demand for these documents.

5x mom also faced the same problem in Penang
as did Lee, also of Penang
and ahPek in Johor

There's the issue of invasion of privacy, and also the possibility of document misuse. With the copy of an IC, salary slip, borang J, someone could take up a car loan in your name and 6 months later, you'd be appearing in the Malay Mail with Michael Chong.

further more,
If you are a State Assemblyman, and your salary slip supported by your borang J says you earn RM60k per annum and your daughter goes to school in a S class Mercedes, what's her teacher supposed to think?
or
You're a Land Officer in Shah ALam, and your salary slip supported by your borang J says you earn RM48k per annum and you have a Sect7 fancy mansion address, what's her teacher supposed to think?

Lulu doesn't know what kerisMuddin means when he says,
Parents asked to provide their salary slips to schools although they are not applying for textbook loans or other forms of assistance should go to the Education Minister himself.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he would personally look into the matter.
is he saying
a) the little Napoleons are not supposed to be asking for your salary slip. He would personally haul up anyone who does
b) what's your problem with giving this info. Come and see me, the keris yielding youth leader and explain to me.

and how do you "go to the Education Minister himself"? With the Batu Talam by-elections and the Johor floods, most ministers are not in the office.
hmm... this would be like asking freelunch to send a bouquet to his "top fave" *blush* Lulu on Valentine's day with no forwarding address given.

Lulu thought the guys in KMU are really clued in

at first, Lulu thought the guys in KMU are really clued in.


This appeared on their forum on Wednesday. Lulu didn't dare to blog it as it still required verification.

Then in today's Star,
Publisher of guidebook gets stop print order
KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Ministry has directed the publishers of the Malaysia Tourist Pages 2007 to stop printing the remaining copies of the guidebook as it contains suggestive advertisements.
The directory in the Yellow Pages section had four full colour advertisements that offered professional and traditional massages.
One of the advertisements stated that the VIP professional massage for foreigners was available 24 hours in Genting Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Port Dickson and the Klang Valley, while another was about a woman “At your Door within minutes – ccall anytime”.
like "wow! these kmu fellas are really clued in"
re-reading KMU's post, Lulu realised that the sumber is Buletin Utama TV3 8.45 malam 23hb Januari 2007. chey....
Now Lulu wondering, did KMU also hear about the PM Abdullah Beli Pesawat VIP Baru Berharga RM 200 juta from a Buletin Utama expose?

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Lulu's Country Very Much Poorer Today

Lulu got notification on the next PayLessBooks Warehouse sale 2 days ago.
Lulu is a cheap book connoisseuir, and thinks that PayLessBooks is one of the best things that happened to Malaysia reading scene. They have made books so affordable to us.
Thanks to them, I've the whole collection of John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer and Mary Higgins Clarke.

Lulu used to see greyish-white jangguted Fidel Castroish man at these sales. He'd buy stacks and stacks of books. Not fluff like Lulu's. Mainly literature and history. The PayLess people used to prepare boxes for him to out the books in. Lulu recognised him as one of the intellectual greats in our country - Dr Syed Hussein AlAttas.
Once, Lulu tried to "imitate" his choice of books cos who knows, maybe by reading his sort of books, Lulu could be less a lulu. Trying not to look to obvious, Lulu followed him and watched as he selected his books. Aiyoh... very chim-la, his books. Lulu can't even recall the titles cos too chim and beyond Lulu's comprehension. Needless to say, Operation Imitate was aborted. Imitations, be it watches, handbags, intellects, government or PMs, may aspire to be the real stuff, but greatness is truly beyond them.

The avid bookreader, Syed Hussein passed away yesterday
Lulu knew of his as an intellect and a former VC of her alumni, the THES#2 university in Malaysia.
Then reading some of his orbituary, Lulu found out that he was the founding president of Gerakan. Do a google search on him, and you'll discover that he did believe in a Bangsa Malaysia even then.
This also reflected in his tenure as VC in UM.
To quote uncle Kit, Malaysia is very much poorer with the passing of Syed Hussein.

[Another One of] Lulu's Hero Strikes Again!

pic borrowed from Howsy who, unlike Lulu, successfully scanned it from today's The Sun

Cool dude, Ng Chee Pang, told Malaysiakini that he had filed two complaints with the EC that Abdul Aziz is abusing government machinery in his campaign.

In his second complaint filed yesterday, Ng furnished photographic evidence. “I have photos. For instance, a Chinese school hall was used, BN flags were hung all over the place for Dr Ng Yen Yen (BN Raub MP and deputy finance minister AND also the lulu who she criticised him for his low education status, not realising that her party candidate is also a lepasan SPM AND also the one who had to give up her Australian PR when it terbongkar) to campaign for the candidate,” he alleged. He also claimed that police and local council trucks were used to transport chairs and other items for the BN campaign.
Now we know and understand the role of the 2nd person in his campaign team, the photographer.

He has also filed a police report on the matter.

Whilst Lulu may not hold her breath in expectation of any action by SPR, Lulu somehow would like to enjoy the hope of hoping that something will be done about all this abuse of government machinery in misusing the rakyat's resources and money.

update 2:09pm
Lulu's hopes dashed. crushed. stamped on. but then again, Lulu's not surprised.

EC ‘cannot act’ against BN candidate
Beh Lih Yi Jan 24, 07 12:56pm

The Election Commission (EC) today said it cannot disqualify the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Batu Talam by-election because it has no power to act on complaints based on its election code of ethics. “The code of ethics is just a guideline for candidates contesting in the election, we can’t disqualify anyone based on that,” returning officer Abdul Kadir Awang Bakar told malaysiakini when contacted today.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

[One Of] Lulu's Hero Azmi Sharom Speaks Up On The NST lawsuit

Azmi Sharom, going against the flow has spoken his thoughts on the NST lawsuit in a letter to Malaysiakini.

Any newspaper worth its salt must defend freedom of expression, not curb it, and as such the NST is behaving in a shameful manner. It is shameful because if what these men and their readers said were untrue, then the NST has all the power and facility to oppose it in the best way possible and that is by intelligently and clearly refuting what was said. For God’s sake, they are a newspaper. They are not some poor individual who had been defamed and has no other recourse but the law because he has no other option to defend himself.

The NST can print an entire special edition defending itself, but instead it chooses to use its money to put these men through the emotionally and financially draining experience of a court battle. What is infuriating is that there are so many other options open to the NST to debunk what they see are lies.

You can read more of it in the Malaysiakini's letters to the editor. No subscription is required.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Lulu Wonders if There Were No More Clean Men In UMNO

[please excuse the grammar of the title. can't figure out how to put it correctly]
The PM said it in the run-up to the 2004 General Elections
"We want all of them to be clean. We will conduct thorough checks on them,"

The dentist in Selangor echoed it.
"Everyone must be clean. We don't want our candidates to be involved in any criminal activities, found guilty of corruption or bankrupts,"

so, why is it that the fellas at kmu.net are discussing the integrity of the Batu Talam candidate?
Did UMNO use the same people as the S'gor MB used to screen the Klang assemblymen?

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Economy Don't Look Good - Lulu To Venture Into Side Income?

Lulu mentioned last week that she went for a cupcake decoration class.
This was what we did in the class.
Lulu's cupcake hero is this lady in Singapore who goes by the nick Cupcake Momma. When Lulu gets to 75% of her standards, then maybe can do this for side income.
This is what Lulu's cupcakes look like now.
err... still not very pretty.
nope! CAN'T go into the cupcake business yet.
Until then, looks like Lulu continue to makan gaji, proceed with tightening her belt and "enjoy" the ride our PM is taking us on.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lulu Wishes PM Came From A More Rural School

Lulu came from a government aided school.
In Form 4, the non-exam year, we used a temporary building which was built from [i think] Sirim experimental materials. This building, fondly known as the "Cow Shed" floods when it rains. There were no proper walls from ceiling to ground, instead was a flimsy partition raised 1feet from the floor which did not reach the ceiling, and we could hear the class next door's lessons. I was seated along the wall which was facing the sun, and it was really hot there. One day, a rat ran across the building and maklumlah, it's a girl's school, so you could hear the screams from one class after another. In spite of our "suffering", it was a really fun time. I think it was the best year in my school life.
Mind you, this was an urban elite school.
From the time it was started, all the way up to today, the school has always sendiri raised money for whatever development project was needed. We always needed money, and we learnt from the start that we cannot depend on the government because we were a mission school. Our HM would go persuading the parents for funds, and we as students also raised funds for our building.

so, when Lulu saw this headliner in the star update yesterday, Lulu was flabbergasted.

The allocation under the 9th Malaysia Plan, he said, was for the construction of a hostel, teachers' quarters, a sports pavilion and a laboratory. A further grant of RM3.5mil would be used to carry out repair works on the 80-year-old school
RM23.5 million for just one school... isn't that a bit too much?
This is not just because my alma mater had to work our butts off for our school buildings, renovation and upkeep, but that amount of money for one school, just because the PM is an alumni?
Now, if MCA had done the math like Khoo Kay Peng [not of MUI but of StraightTalk] before going out thank the Minister for his consideration and generous allocation of RM2.1 million for Chinese Schools, he would have realised that it only works out to about RM22k for each of the 96 chinese schools.
And this BM High School suddenly gets a RM23.5mil durian runtuh.

And what about the independant/semi-aided schools which are in urgent need of repair? Has the money been disbursed, and the schools fixed, making it safe for the teachers and students?
Lulu doesn't want another family to have to lose their father like how MR Chan's family lost theirs.



source : http://www.chanboonheng.com/ do drop by the site. Lulu, with her limited Mandarin, read the posting 女儿:爸爸,我真的想见您一面! and shed a tear for the family.
ans this BM High School gets RM23.5 million?
and lastly, Lulu wishes PM came for a more rural school.
Dilapidated schools, especially those in Sabah and Sarawak will be replaced. The Government is also aware that 1,598 schools in Malaysia do not have piped water and 809 schools do not have 24-hour electricity supply.
Therefore RM1.15 billion is allocated to improve and enhance rural school facilities, primarily in Sabah and Sarawak.
PM's 9MP speech to Parliament
if he did, maybe some rural school would get the priority allocation for what is really needed, cos he'd be an alumni.
The people have constantly been told to tighten their belts,
police stations have no money for a more comfortable working environment
schools have no allocation for upkeep,
and this one school gets RM23.5million? not to say they don't deserve anything, but couldn't the allocation been given more based on need rather than want?

Lulu Wonder How The 5 NST Plaintiffs Are Splitting The Bills

any NST stock owners out there?
cos Lulu's wondering, how are
1. The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad (No. Syarikat 4485-H)
2. Kalimullah Bin Masheerul Hassan
3. Hishamuddin Bin Aun
4. Syed Faisal Albar Bin Syed A.R. Albar
5. Brenden John a/l John Pereira

and
1. The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad
2. Kalimullah bin Masheerul Hassan
3. Hishamuddin bin Aun
4. Brenden John a/l John Pereira

in their lawsuit against Rocky and Jeff respectively splitting the legal bill?

and if they do win the lawsuit, how are the spoils going to be shared?

could someone who already has their shares please attend the next AGM and ask this?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lulu Hopes PM Not Like Lulu

Currently, Lulu is kinda involved in an incident investigation in my office. Something was stolen around the New Year break, and this lulu [very hardworking] had come into the office on the 1st and 2nd Jan even though it was a public holiday.
The "investigators" were examining Lulu, asking Lulu which day did she see who when she was in the office.
You have to understand, Lulu is blur as a sotong and has the memory of a sieve. AND Lulu was in her office [i have my own room], working very hard. I know I saw someONE on one of those days, but can't remember which. They must have been thinking, "what a lulu!"
My mum is convinced that Alzheimers is hitting me already.

IN today's Malaysiakini, PM told the reporters that he does not remember taking any loans.

All Lulu can say is that Lulu hopes that his memory is not failing him, like how Lulu's is failing hers.
further reading at Malaysia Today

Lulu Join Hands With Bloggers United

This is the official statement of Bloggers United of which Lulu considers herself a part of. This statement is jointly drafted by Susan Loone and Sheih of Kickdefella.
BLOGGERS UNITED CONDEMN ACTION AGAINST ROCKY & JEFF
& DEMAND LEVEL PLAYING FIELD in ALL ACTION AGAINST BLOGGERS

We, Malaysian bloggers, we, who believe in justice and right to free speech, we, who endorse the Bloggers United movement, unanimously condemn the action taken by media conglomerate NST against bloggers Rocky Bru and Jeff Ooi. The action by the newspaper against the duo is an action against all bloggers who believe in their right to free speech, freedom of expression and justice.

The recent event may seem like a grave development in the path of bloggers, but it can never and must never impede or stop us from defending our right to speak, to express, to write and to tell the truth, to be the watchdog, eyes and ears of the people, or simply to share our view, and give fair comment on any subject which involves and affects us as humans, as rightful citizens of this country.

The recent event may very well give the government owned media the opportunity to dictate the so-called 'truth" but such actions only prove that bloggers must unite, continue to uphold the right to free speech and freedom of expression, fight for justice, even if it is not our own, be more alert, committed to the cause of free speech, relentless and persistence in the face of such persecution like the one which had befallen on the two of us.

What YOU do to any of US, is what YOU do to ALL.

As responsible bloggers, we demand and claim our space on the blogosphere for free and fair comment, where important national issues and prominent personalities are discussed. Although it may seem as if the NSTP defamation suits will have a chilling effect on freedom of bloggers, as litigation can be expensive and may jeorpadise a blogger's economic position, we will not be cowed or silenced by those who have no regard for free speech. If you find our post offensive, you may refute us with correct facts and figures and fair comment, in the spirit of free speech.

The first two cases will have grave impact not only on the internet, but country as a whole as the country celebrates VMY2007. The healthy, mature and democratic growth for free speech and expression in our midst is at stake. The reputation of the nation as it strives to promote our multimedia supercorridor and love for IT will be a national joke for all the world to feast on. ",1]

We demand for a level playing field in all action meted out to bloggers and in particular in the defamation proceedings particularly in terms of financial resources and capabilities, and secondly, that the legal rights of bloggers are properly protected in keeping with the imperatives of an information society and knowledge economy which Malaysia aspires to become.

For further information, please contact blogger susan loone at susanloone@gmail.com and sheih at kickdefella@yahoo.com

Lulu Thinks Batu Talam Has The Makings of a Good Indie Film

Meet Ng Chee Pang, Independant candidate to Batu Talam.
Lulu really likes this guy. Young, brash, carefree...

His election campaign is liken to a script for an independant comedy movie. Lulu's not being insulting, but it's really funny. And in view of the dark cloud looming on blogsphere, we really could do with some good laughs.

from the Star, Unknown youngster to take on BN
“I would like to follow in the footsteps of my father, who was active in politics.
His father Ng Kwi Liang, 55, had contested in six general elections since 1982 and lost in all.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) deployed their heavyweights to Batu Talam to ensure success in their fight against him. CHee Pang campaign workers consists of his father-cum-campaign manager and brother Chee Fu, 19, who acted as photographer. They were so low profile after the nominations prompting Malaysiakini to come up with the headliner "Batu Talam: Independent 'missing'" . No posters, no banners. Instead, they have printed 1,000 name cards of Chee Pang, and they hope to pass them all out. Just the three of them.
Suhaini Aznan opines that BN does not want to be seen as bullies swinging a sledgehammer to swat a fly. But they're still bringing the whole squadron down.

Then there were cristicism that he's "lepasan SPM aje" Last laugh is on Ng Yen Yen cos the other candidate is also a lepasan SPM. LOL!
This good laugh was contributed by Susan Loone

But in the meantime, it's fun watching the UMNO opportunist swamp Batu Talam trying to catch this fly.
So far, the laughs have been pretty good.
AND it makes a good indie. Any takers?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

for Rocky and Jeff, from Lulu with love


pic from who else but kickdefella

Lulu had a crisis on Tuesday night. or so she thought. NTV7 pre-empted Grey's Anatomy and showed the Golden Globe Awards instead. That was going to be the last Tuesday night that Lulu'd be at home in a long, long time as Lulu's Tuesday Bible Study resumes next week. Hence the disappointment.

Little did Lulu know that on the same night, 2 men and their family were going through a crisis of their own. A real crisis, and one that would impact not only them, but also Lulu and fellow Malaysian bloggers.

The rumours have already been circulating since last week. Jeff Ooi got his last Thursday, and Rocky on Tues [ around the same time when Lulu was upset over no Grey's Anatomy.]

These are the papers that were served to Rocky.
They are being sued for libel.

Lulu hopes that they will keep their cool, and face this challenge with gusto and have a field day at court at the expense of the NSTP guys.

And Lulu will pray for you and your families. May God's grace be upon you.

Adoi! Lulu Kena Tagged!

As reluctant as Lulu is, but cos its from Lucia, Lulu will give an insight on the weird, weird world of Lulu to all Lulu readers around the world.

The rules: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

1. i have not eaten durians since the age of 5, when after a gluttony session, i threw up in the middle of the night. I don't have a problem with opening up durians, and serving them, but somehow, i can imagine it masuk-ing my mouth.

2. i used to have weekly eating fixations. every week, i'd have to go makan the "it" of the season
from form 4 all the way till i graduated, i must have my weekly asam laksa from the van at the pasar malam.
then for a couple of years, it was wantan mee from sunway. every saturday morning before 8am, i'd be there. after the ldp came up, and the traffic was diverted all over the place, it was not so easy to get to the shop anymore. i stopped going for a while, and one day i went over, they're not there anymore! they've either closed down or moved since. i've no idea where they are now, my favourite wantan mee shop.
this was followed by the charkwayteow from old town. the lady there knows what my order is - mm oi lat chiew, mm oi see hum
then there was the fruit rojak at Tmn Tun. again, the couple know what my order is, but they'll check cos sometimes, i tapau for my sis.
of late, no weekly fixations as i have been quite busy during the weekends.

3. regardless what time i sleep, i'd be up by 7:30am. i could be out till 4am on a weekend, but come morning, i'd be up by 7:30am. in the past 10-15 years, i've only bangun-ed after 9am once.

4. sometimes, when i ter-bangun in the early hours of the morning and cannot tidur after that, i'd drive down to petaling street to have the sang yee porridge. there used to be a choice between porridge and dim sum, but now the yoke woo hin doesn't open till six. kam lun tai not there anymore. yes, the boss there also knows what my usual is.

5. i used to have workaholic tendencies. used to come in to work before 7:30am and leave past 10:00pm and come in on weekends. after a year, my boss told me that it's not good for me, and he approved another 2 headcount for me. even so, i continued working these crazy hours for another year before putting it all to an end. note the "used to have".

6. i am the only teetotaller in my office. this is tough when the whole office drinks and free flow of beer and hard liqour is a norm at our functions, but this is out of my own choice and conviction. things got 'less pressured" when the CEO found out about my convictions and gave me an amnesty.

gosh... this is not only sounding weird, it's making me sound like a nerdish glutton.

pass the tag? nah. give you guys a break.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lulu Wishes Someone Would Take Raja Zarith's Advice

"Give them and the others the RM52m,

the cost of the KL fireworks.

How can we be without conscience or guilt?
What is there for the poor to celebrate?"

Raja Zarith in her update to MM on Rantings

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lulu Does Some Re-Thinking

This was one of the letters sent to the NST, and in the Sunday edition, there were at least 2 references to it made in the Editorial.

MY relatives were directly hit by the recent floods phenomenon in Kota Tinggi, Johor. They were thankful that they received a bun each for dinner, but for breakfast the next day, a plate of plain fried rice was given to feed a family of five or six. At 2pm that same day, there was no sign of lunch. Frantic parents were told that there wasere food at a hall a few kilometres away, being prepared in abundance there in preparation for the visiting dignitaries.
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/nst/Wednesday/Letters/20070110091728/Article/index_html
After reading this, Lulu thinks that unless the politikus are there to really turun padang, get their hands dirty and eat after all the others have eaten, forget it. Don't go there and disrupt everything just for some cheap publicity shots. Maybe monitoring from afar ain't that bad after all....

This picture was from the frontpage of the NST.
Sober isn't it, the thought of having to abandon your home, to be re-placed into a new place which you have no control over and waiting for the food truck to come, not knowing if there is enough food for your children's stomach.
It's easy to appear magnanimous when there is enough, but what happens when there is not enough?
Would you push your way to the front?
How much more of this can you endure?
What can we do to help them not to reach this breaking point?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Quick Lulu Update

thank you for the feisty sprit, Sheih of Kickdefella. His posters are brilliant but there are some people who just can't take it. Read more on his nasty experiences here.

Now, if the SB were to spy on me, they'd find out that Lulu's one of the most boring-est target to monitor.

For example, yesterday.
7:20 am Suspect left house
7:35 am Had tak halal breakfast in old town
7:55 am Suspect arrived at house of worship
2:00 pm Suspect left, Proceeded to Jaya Sect 14.
2:15 pm Suspect attended a cupcake decoration class till 5:00pm
5:00 pm Suspect left Sect14 and proceeded home. No stops anywhere.
No further movements to report.

Or maybe they'd realise that even the normal man (and lulu) on the street are not happy with what's happening.

Lulu may be a bit busy in the weeks to come, so don't panic if you don't see a Lulu update everyday.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Last Night, Lulu Met The Man Who Brought Her In To This World

Last night, Lulu went for the “Bayangkan Malaysia tanpa DEB?” Lecture Series organised by Youth4Change and the National Young Lawyer’s Committee (NYLC)
I forgot what site it was, but I saw some pictures of their activities, and the people in the photos look really youthful, like 18-25 type. Realising that Lulu not that young anymore, Lulu dropped a mail to the organisers which asked,

considering that this is y4change, are you using a umno youth kind of youth age cut-off? i fit the umno youth cut-off, but not the more common convention definition of youth.
WHat a relief it was for Lulu when she noticed a participant who is even MORE not as young as Lulu!

ahem... so, looks like not everyone there was 18-25.

And later, during the Q&A meeting, he stood up, and introduced himself
"My name is McCoy. I am a Malaysian born in Seremban"
Lulu was like - if he's a doctor, then he's the one who brought me into the world!
And true enough, as he went on, he talked about his involvement as a doctor and his concerns for a National Health Policy.
ah!!!! Meet the man who brought Lulu and three (out of four) of her sisters into this world!
BIODATA
Dato' Dr.R.S.McCoy was born in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, in 1930. He received his primary education at Pasar Road School, Kuala Lumpur, and continued his secondary education at the Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He was among the first group of students to be admitted to the University of Malaya in Singapore when it was founded in 1949. After completing his pre-clinical foundation year and five years of medical training he arrived at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital ready to commence his Houseman year. Following this, he spent two years in the United Kingdom, specialising in Obstetrics and Gynacology, firstly in Oxford then further north in Leeds. He returned to Kuala Lumpur in the early 1960s ready to commence work at the new maternity hospital as Senior Registrar. In the late 1960s, he moved to Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya. In 1974, he joined a group of other Doctors who united to establish the Pantai Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. He retired from practice in February 1996 , having delivered some 20,000 babies!.
Dato' McCoy is married to Susheila and has two sons, Stephen and David, and a daughter, Ruth.
Dr McCoy continues to play an active role in civil society in Malaysia, where he is an advocate for equitable health reforms, human rights and social justice. He has a passion for peace, non-violent resolution of conflict and disarmament, particularly nuclear disarmament. He founded Malaysian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in 1988, the Malaysian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He also serves as the Vice-President, International Movement for a Just World (1996 – 2007)
Affiliations
Former member, Board of Trustees, National Art Gallery (1967 – 1977)
Former member, Board of Trustees, Aliran (social reform movement) (1985 – 1993)
Former member, Malaysian Medical Council (1981 – 1993)
Past President, Malaysian Medical Association (1996)
Founder member, Transparency International Malaysia (1999 – 2004)
Vice-President, International Movement for a Just World (1996 – 2007)
Founder member and chair, Malaysian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (1987 – ongoing)
Member of the Malaysian government’s official delegation to the International Court of Justice on the legal status of nuclear weapons (1995)
Member, Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (1996), appointed by the Australian government.President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (2002 – 2004)
Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (1996 – 2000), (2004 – 2006)
Are you impressed? Lulu is.
Lulu will (hopefully) post her thoughts on the forum later.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lulu Has None of These "Special Cards"

Looks like he has used his, and has not been given a new card

Lulu Thinks It's A Sad-Sad Day for Batu Talam

and it's not because of the death of their state assemblyman.

Lulu has always thought that the fastest way an assemblyman can bring progress to his constituency is to die while in office.

It's amazing, those by-election effort to please the voters.
Road are suddenly paved
Drainage cleared
People who have been squatters are immediately given TOL
Sudden influx of investment
[lulu not enough sleep, so, these are the immediate ones lulu can think of]

The goody bag which comes with these by-elections are simply amazing!

So, guess it's a sad-sad day for the Batu Talam constituency today.


No one is interested in their area.

To be fair to the opposition, Lulu doesn't think they're chickening out. PAS may have lost by 2,7+ votes the last round, but in the election before that, the majority was only 751. There is a fighting chance, but they've decided to stay out as they have concerns over the electoral votes and the abuse of postal votes.

With this in mind, the disbursement of the goody bag would most probably end.
And the 12,000 volunteers they were planning to send to Batu Talam to talk to the 10,000 voters? dunno? Go join Sharizat in Johor to help the flood victims?

gosh, it's now a free seat for UMNO. no need to worry about losing face if you lose the seat cos no one's contesting it.

Who is going to get this free seat?
Would the candidate list suddenly see a new inclusion, and they give the seat to the "poor" governing chap who is not in government?
afterall, the poor chap is already 30 and not in any official positions, whereas at this age, DPM was already a Menteri Besar.

What a failure....!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Lulu Dunno What Is Wrong With The Star Headlines Nowadays

i know, i know, most of you don't think much of their content anyway.
but this past week, Lulu has seen the strangest headlines from the Star.

first, there was the fresh wind headliner which was filled with mengampu-mengampu and more mengampu.

and today, on the print copy, "Malaysia Needs More Thinkers"
really, that was the headliner.
see, Maverick scanned it

erhm... it's kind of implying that Malaysians do not think, which may be the case as our immediate ex-PM said that he "what we had was a Cabinet that was not knowledgeable, all the time. Instead, the Cabinet comprised politicians, some of whom he said could be "as stupid as he was", and not made up of experts in highway concessions. " with regards to the highway contracts. And we are duh-people who voted them in.

Turns out that the nation should create new community of Muslim intellectuals.

Someone at the Star probably duh-ed the original headliner cos you won't find it in the online version of the same report.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Lulu's flipping-fliping pages of the NST today

On the 24th Dec Ututsan Malaysia carried a story whereby the loud mouths in no-need-to-guess which party were having a wallah time kutuk-ing PAS for [to quote them]

‘‘Inilah Pas, mereka berpolitik tidak kira masa dan tempat. Bagi kita (UMNO), ini bukannya masa paling sesuai untuk mereka berbuat demikian memandangkan negara sedang berhadapan dengan masalah banjir.
‘‘Apa yang Pas lakukan ini merupakan bukti yang parti itu tidak sensitif dengan masalah rakyat.
Mereka tidak ambil peduli, apa yang mereka tahu hanya menyalahkan kerajaan dan berpolitik sahaja,’’ katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia hari ini

- leading candidate for pembodek utama Y2007


menyifatkan Pas terlalu ghairah berpolitik sehingga lupa terdapat sekumpulan rakyat yang kini berada dalam kesusahan ekoran banjir.
Katanya, dalam isu tersebut sudah tentu rakyat akan menilai dan kemudian menentukan parti yang mana lebih prihatin terhadap masalah rakyat.
‘‘Terpulanglah kepada Pas apa yang mereka mahu lakukan dan dalam soal ini, kita serahkan kepada rakyat membuat penilaian.
‘‘Bagi UMNO, kita tidak akan berhenti setakat memberi bantuan ketika banjir sahaja.
‘‘Malah selepas air surut pun, kita masih mempunyai beberapa kumpulan daripada pihak Pemuda UMNO yang akan membantu meringankan penderitaan mangsa banjir,’’ katanya.
- the govening son-in-law

Yup, this is what they said. Stupid statement to make considering that their cheif was on holiday in Perth. Lulu blooged about it then.

3 days later, the assemblyman passes away, leaving a vacant seat which needs to be filled within 60days in Batu Talam.

Lulu's flipping-fliping pages of the NST today, and on pg4, we read that UMNO election machinery was already in operation with about 12,000 Umno members from 70 branches here to help the BN candidate win the election.

Flip the next page [can't find it onlne], and you read Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Sharizat appealing for more volunteers to help victims.

Lulu guesses that the flood's no longer glamourous, and the UMNO boys have already been shifted to Batu Talam.

shame isn't it, what happened to their noble intentions?

and by the way, wondering,
1. these 12,000 UMNO members, tak payah kerja-ke? i mean, sure not everyone's like KJ who during Pengkalan Pasir by-elections, when he was "just" an employee of ECM Libra, could go on long leave just like that?
2. i would think that they get some "allowance" to cover for their expenses. would this allowance fall into the rm100K that the candidate is allowed to spend? let's say they are given rm50/person/day. even if these 12,000 volunteers come for one day, that's aready rm600K.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Lulu Visit Malaysia Y2007 Quiz

Why was Visit Malaysia launced on the 6th day into the new year instead of the very forst day?

a) Fengshui master said that the all the days prior to the 6th was a black day. And to avert the bad luck, you would have to go buy a golden toad from WOFS. Unfortunately, they have run out of the 60m golden frog, so, have to tunggu until the 6th

b) UMNO glamour boys are busy making their presence felt in Batu Talam after 2 1/2 years of absence, and the not so glamour ones have to still be at the flood centers even though the reporters have left

c) The Eye was still 20,000 unassembled mechanical parts, still on the ground

d) Bapa Mertua was err....not on our tanah tumpahnya darah ku.

Lulu caught a bit of the siaran langsung on TV1.
Lulu thought that it was a bit strange for the host to make his speech in Malay when there were foreign dignataries and probably tourists around.

It got worse.

When it was time to get onto the ferry to take you to the Eye, the MC announced something like, "Could the Foreign Dignataries please be patient as the Prime Minister and His Cabinet make their way to the Eye on Malaysia?"

erhm.... that was totally un-hospitable for us to ask the foreign guest to wait while FIL and his kaki bodeks go on their joyride?

Per the Berita Harian, "Hadir sama pada majlis itu ialah Menteri Kabinet, Menteri Besar, Ketua Menteri, duta serta pesuruhjaya tinggi asing dan kira-kira 500 wartawan asing yang dibawa khas."

Lulu was taught to treat her guests well. Shower them with attention. Pamper them.
Definetly a no-no to go on a joyride first cos got priority and ask them to wait.
Maybe the way they were brought up was different from Lulu's.
Or they forgot all the good virtues their mums taught them.

doesn't this bernamapic kinda look like what Lulu illustrated in the previous entry?

Lulu Has NEVER Felt Safer In Sunway Before



gosh... hopefully, the tourists at Sunway Hotel is feeling as protected as Lulu
TOL! TOL! TOLAK TOL!
HIDUP! HIDUP! HIDUP RAKYAT!
Lulu firmly belives that a signed contract, no matter how disgustingly lopsided it is, has to be honoured.
ACA may have to step in and investigate the company, her shareholders and their relationship and provision for donations to certain political parties.
The contract stands, but if there were any hanky-panky, those involved must be brought to justice.
And that we learn from this.
The big question for Lulu now is, What are the terms for the Kemuning - Shah Alam Highway toll road which was given out without any tender?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Lulu Has Had No Profesional Training

in doing graphics with Paint, or any other lukis gambar software. so, *cross finger* just as you have forgiven William Hung and enjoyed his singing, please sit back and enjoy my artwork.
I think most of you have heard about the RM30mil rush job eye over KL.
Lulu was wondering, as she blogs this, the PM is probably, hopefully, on his ride in the Eye.

They would need a shot of the PM giving his thumbs up for this project.
But how, if it tiba-tiba jam, tak boleh gerak in mid-air?

What is the contingency plan? What is the plan for damage control?
hmm... considering that this is a projek kerajaan Malaysia, projek bersama Barisan Nasional, maybe they can get all the syncophants to tarik the wheel.

excuse Lulu please. Getting a bit corny today.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Sad Reminder of Poverty in Malaysia for Lulu

My father was a government servant until he was 40, then he left for the private sector. With a stay at home wife and 5 daughters, the family was never rich. But we were never poor either. I have always taken going to school as part and parcel of my life. Without having to worry about anything, come the first week of Jan would be the start of a new year in school. Schooling and getting an education was not just taken for granted, but also expected for these five girls.
WHen I read this from Malaysiakini, it made me feel real sad. A 12 year old boy hanged himself when he could not raise the money to pay his school fees.

Boy hangs himself over school fees
Jan
5, 07 1:10pm
Twelve-year-old Daniel Boniface ended his life yesterday when he could not raise the money to pay his school fees.
His sister found the standard six pupil hanging in their house in Miri, Sarawak, at about 5.30pm.
He was then rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead.
The boy’s uncle, who declined to be identified, told Bernama that he saw Daniel last at about 3.45pm.
Prior to this, he said the boy, who is the youngest among five siblings, had asked his mother for money to pay his school fees.
His mother, who is separated from her husband and works as an office cleaner, told Daniel that she could not afford it.
According to the uncle, the boy then contacted his father who lives in Mukah. However, Daniel was scolded when he asked for the money.
The boy then turned to his grandmother for help. She too scolded him and told Daniel to quit school and look for a job since he could not afford to study.
A Miri police spokesperson confirmed receiving a report on the incident last night.
It's not just the school fees. Its the sad tale of real life poverty in Malaysia, where children are expected to go out to work not just because the family cannot afford to send them to school but also because they need the money to get past the day.

The NST features the La Salle brothers who provide hope for children like these.
Hostel a shining star for rural kids
05 Jan 2007
NABAWAN: Brother Peter Phelan was spot on when he chose the name Butitin Hostel for the children’s home that he began here 15 years ago. The hostel has lived up to its name, which means "star" in Murut, by shining its light on scores of children in this interior district since 1991.
Thanks to the De La Salle brother, many have gone on to become teachers, soldiers, policemen and nurses to improve the socio-economic standard of the rural families in the area.
He said parents of boarders at the hostel are charged RM10 a month "but some cannot afford even this amount".
The hostel operates on donations besides using vegetables and fish from its property.

if you want to make a contribution, their contact is
Brother Peter Richard Phelan
Brother Jaikul Egbertus Severinus (HP: 013-8664027)
ASRAMA BUTITIN, NABAWAN
P.O.Box 4389957 Nabawan
Sabah Malaysia
Tel: +6087 366 369
E-Mail: egbjs147@tm.net.my
http://www.lasallesacredheart.org/delasalle/Butitin/index.htm

Lulu Thinks One Man's Fresh Wind is Another Man's Fart

lulu warning - the post below may make you puke, so, read at your own risk.Abdullah brings a fresh wind to Malaysia

so says Umno Information chief Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib, also known for
1. being a former Selangor mentri besar,
2. ex-husband of Tengku Zahariah, daughter of the previous Sultan of Selangor
3. exiting Australia with AUS$1mil in his suitcase.

ANyway, this kaki bodek praised Bodoh-we for
1. bringing much openness and transparency to his administration
2. establishing greater rapport with world leaders on the international stage
3. creating this new climate which has spurred the economy, more so with new growth corridors and sectors created
4. for being very firm in determining the direction of the country.

yes, this very man,
brings fresh "wind" to Malaysia

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Lulu Loves A Good Mystery - Updated



this is more of a scandal than a mystery-ya?
today at 11:00am,

hopefully, ALL will be revealed.
hopefully, they'll be able to come up with hard facts and concrete evidence
hopefully, they'll also cover the Kota Kemuning-Federal Highway no-tender concession.
hopefully, there'll be names.
hopefully, they get to hold the press conference.
hopefully-hopefully-hopefully we'll never ever enter into this kind of concessions ever-ever again.
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as of 3:30pm, Lulu still in the dark as to whether the Sidang Media: Pendedahan Perjanjian Konsesi Tol took place or not. No updates on Malaysiakini, JeffOoi or Keadilan's site.
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6:00pm JeffOoi has an update at For whom the tolls toll?
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Malaysiakini has an update at Toll agreement: Secret document revealed
The document that they received was the contract between the government and Litrak.

Some highlights :
1. The gist of it is that it is highly unlikely the government's claim to that it was negotiating with the concessionaire to reduce the toll rates is true as the rates have been fixed under the agreement for the entire concession period of over 30 years from 1998.
2. There is no need to play the berapa naik, bila naik guessing game as it has already been spelt out in the agreement
For passenger car using the LDP
1998 - 2006 RM1.50 [this was reduced to RM1.00+million RM compensation after public protest]
2007 - 2015 RM2.10 [lulu guesses that there is more compen$ation as the revised rate is RM1.60}
2016 - end RM3.10
3. Tian Chua got the document from "People who passed on this contract to us take a lot of risks". The authorities might put the seal of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) on this agreement later and the OSA can be enforceable retrospectively. Yes - per OSA, they can back track the stamp and make you guilty just like that.

Tian Chua said that the 200-page agreement was signed on April 23, 1996.
Lulu knows who the PM was then, and the Roads Minister. hmm... who was the Finance Minister? Can someone enlighten this Lulu please?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Malaysiakini and Lulu Brings You Good News for Y2007

isn't this good news?
Lulu did wonder how we are going to tide through this new year, with everything naik harga and the government's senseless-endless-needless spending.
In an ideal setting, the money would be spent on the rakyat, especially to help the poor who are involved in this sector and improve their condition.
But in bolehland, this surplus would go to the s-e-n spending.
After 3 years under Bapa Mertua, Lulu would count herself fortunate if this surplus is sufficient for s-e-n, and would not requiring adding to the rakyat's burden.
This would be counted as good news, right?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

OKT Would Need To Do A Lot More To Convince Lulu About This

cos for now, Lulu belongs to the group who believe that MCA is UMNO's mouthpiece to the Chinese. At these "internal meetings", UMNO decides, then leaves it to MCA and MIC to explain to their community how the decisions "kononnya" would benefit them. This is nowhere near OKT's perception of his party.

to quote ksq's comments on an earlier posting, "the next time any of your cousins reached voting age, just sing to them the famous tune "Whyyy...MCA?" "

OKT, please actually really-really do something to convince Lulu otherwise.

updated 21:44
hey... lulu becoming quite a lulu. didn't connect the dots - this was printed by the MCA paper. Definetly a case of masuk bakul angkat sendiri.

Monday, January 01, 2007

No, Lulu Does Not Think That Barisan Nasional Supports You

from their 2004 Election Manifesto.
BN cares about your needs and will seek your views on important issues.
and after they seek your view, they go ahead anyway and tell you to tighten the belt.

Increases in 06
Quit Rent in PJ
Water Rates for Selangor and WP
Electricity tariff
Petrol prices
[hampir terlupa...] BLR naik
and everything related which any of the above.
Increases in 07 (1 day down, 364 days to go)
Toll on 5 highways
it's a good thing oxygen is free in Malaysia.

Lulu went into Miri town for a few hours as she had some time to kill between the Mulu-Miri and Miri-KL flight. so, Lulu took the taxi into town. The conversation between Lulu and friends with the taximan [TM] went something like this
TM : You ada telefon Mahathir tak? Panggil dia balik kerja.
Lulu : [buat tak tahu] mengapa?
TM : itu Badawi-ah, semua barang naik harga. Masa Mahathir, memang ada naik, tapi satu, dua sen sahaja. Sekarang, naik 30sen, 50 sen, semua barang naik harga. susah! Macam mana cukup?
TM : Talipon dia. Suruh dia balik kerja.

believe it or not, Lulu also misses DrM. If you told this to Lulu 5 years ago, Lulu would probably hit you on the head, and asked you if you were mad.
Do you feel the same way too?

Lulu ke Mulu but Somebody Else Who Should Be Around

is abroad.

Lulu in true Malaysia spirit did a cuti-cuti Malaysia to support the government's effort for
unfortunately, the leader of the nation, Mr Jangan Tiru Macam Saya, who will officially launch Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007, on 6 Jan, chose to go abroad for HIS holiday.
kinda stupid isn't it?
Lulu just can't get over it.
not that Lulu wants something bad to happen to him, but somewhere deep in me, Lulu wishes that it was for some tragic illness screening which he requires testing abroad which compelled him to go, so that in Lulu's eyes and all Malaysian's eyes, he will not be perceived as an insensitive, couldnotbebothered, selfish old man.
for now, Lulu is left to feel so truly amazed at how can he make such a stupid decision to go abroad for his holiday in spite of VMY2007, the end of an old year and the beginning of the new year compounded with the heartbreaking floods happening around our country.

Lulu Wants To Start The New Year by Sharing

Have you heard of uncyclopedia? Lulu's blogged about it before when her readership was like 1-2, so now, Lulu's going to share it again for the benefit of the new lulu-groupies.... errr like as if ada...

Uncyclopedia, "the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," is a satirical parody of Wikipedia, though Uncyclopedia claims the reverse.
Their logo is a hollow potato named Sophia, which is a
parody of Wikipedia's globe logo.
The original proclaimed mission of Uncyclopedia was to provide a satirical point of view (SPOV) in the wiki format. However, as the community grew, the content expanded to include many other forms of humour.
from their alleged copycat wikipedia
sounds boring?

check out the entry on malaysia, and this is what you get




farnee ha ha!

check the full entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncyclopedia
do check it out and have fun doing "research" on other entries!