Saturday, March 31, 2007

Lulu Praying for Subashini and Her Two Children

may true justice prevail in this land.

Saturday March 31, 2007
Stay against Syariah proceedings
PUTRAJAYA: R. Subashini, who was told to go to the Syariah Court to fight for her matrimonial rights, obtained a temporary injunction from the Court of Appeal to preserve her civil rights pending her appeal to the Federal Court.
In a majority judgment, Justices Gopal Sri Ram, Suriyadi Halim Omar and Hassan Lah, who heard Subashini’s application yesterday, granted an injunction preventing her husband, who had converted to become a Muslim, from initiating or continuing with any proceedings in the syariah courts or converting their younger son. Justice Suriyadi dissented.

Will you pray for them too, and for this nation of ours?

Lulu Writes Fiction - The CEO Series Part 3

The CEO was concerned again.

There had always been rumblings about his mansion in Perth. During the year-end, even though there was a crisis in the corporation, he needed very badly to rest, hence his exodus, together with his entire "staff" to the family home in Perth.

He didn't tell anyone about it. But somehow, they found out about it. They were very unhappy as it was a very big crisis, leaving many homes devastated, and a lot of people homeless. He felt there was no point in his spoiling his holiday, for there was nothing he could do short of stopping the rain. And so it remained, the rumbling, mumbling and grumbling. No one had point blank accussed him of it.

But now...
the fanatic, pain in the you-know-where immediate ex-chairman opened his big mouth and blabbed it out during a mini-staff gathering held down south.

What should I do about it,
What if the reporters ask me questions,
he asked Harry.

Harry, in his typical smug "helpful" ways told his father-in-law, "Tell them the truth, but not the whole truth"

Huh? CEO asked

"Truth is, the mansion does not belong to you. Whole truth is, the mansion belongs to Dean.
[editor's note : to refresh your memory, Dean is the CEO's only son."]
Stop at the truth, don't tell the whole truth. Like how you handled the other questions."

ahhh.... Thanks to Harry, the "wonder SIL" the problem has been averted again.

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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lulu Penulis e-Surat Layang?

erhm...

MarinaM in her latest Musing wrote,

For one thing, many blogs are not anonymous, unlike the writers of surat layang. Therefore bloggers who write under their own names are taking responsibility for what they are saying.
for those of you who may not have noticed, I blog annonymously.
but I am not totally annonymous.

When I first started blogging, I dropped a mail to a lawyer friend to inform him that I've started to blog, and to help me keep an eye on my posts and advise me if I get out of line. This helps me maintain some accountability to what I post. Also, some accountability to my movements in case I suddenly "disappear".

After a few postings, I told my sisters that I blog at whatalulu. twas no big excitement cos none of them had dropped by before.

At my 50th post, a few more friends were told.
And again, at the 100th post, a few more know that I am the person behind Lulu.

There are some bloggers out there whom I have never met, who know me by name, real name that is, and also have my handphone number, just in case they want to or need to contact me.

And the folks at Rocky's last hearing also met the Lulu... and enjoyed her cupcakes :)

I am tracable via my IP even though I've been given numerous tips on how to maintain a i-forgot-what-it-is-called hidden IP.

I don't think that MM was hitting on those who posts annonymously, but the general perception IS that those who do not leave their names are less credible.

I hope that you will also accord to me the same kind of respect as you would those who put their name on their blog. I do take responsibility for what I post. But it's a matter of privacy that I do not leave my name in the public domain.

ThankYou

btw, if you recognise me and are jumping up and down with the "it's her! it's her!", kindly remember, no names, ya?

Sometimes, You Really Can't Blame Lulu

RM50K kononnya, "social contribution fee"
when Lulu read the above clipping, Lulu was disgusted, to say the least.

especially the part that says,
Selangor Housing and Squatters Committee chairman Datuk Mokhtar Dahalan said the decision to impose the fee had been thoroughly studied.
"The money collected will be used to build parks and other public facilities."

Since Dec, the team at the Sun together with the residents at Bandar Bukit Puchong has been battling with the local authorities with regards to the cabin in their playground. No need to say-la, who is using the cabin. Soon after, a consistent pattern of cabins being used by no-need-to-say-la in public parks were emerging.

If you have missed out on reading theSun, I've attached the relevant links. I think your disappointment will turn to anger as you read each subsequent report

30 Jan Council orders cabin to be removed http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16855
31 Jan Testing the rule of law http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16865
7 Feb Free lesson on free land http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16931
8 Feb A different law for politicians http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16950
27 Feb Bandar Bukit Puchong Umno defies MPSJ http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=17125
02 Mar Let the rule of law prevail http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16883
15 Mar About-turn slammed Residents ask MPSJ to rethink legalising illegal cabins http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=17303
16Mar Silently condoning a wrong http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=17311
19 Mar Restore faith in local government http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=17333
21 Mar 'No TOL' decision made 15 years ago http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=17349

Do you stay in Puchong? Are you a registered voter there? You can make a change on your ballot sheet. Make a change! Make a difference!
and I hope that the Sultan reads of this, and will haul up MPSJ and the Menteri Besar up.

Public parks are public parks. Meant for the public. Not just one party, no matter how much they claim to be serving the community.

and back to the topic in hand, you really can't blame Lulu for the cynicism and anger she felt when she read that they want to impose a "Social Contribution Fee" to" build "parks", can you?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Joceline Tan Calls Them The Dream Team. Lulu Agrees?

No parting the dream team
InsightBy JOCELINE TAN
The Prime Minister, Khairy added, has shown the spirit of leadership in delegating key tasks to his deputy whereas Najib has proven, in words and action, the good deputy that he is.
“They are the dream team, the most important partnership in the country today. They reassure the younger generation like me of the country's political stability for the next few decades,” he said.
Yup, The PM dreams

Lulu Not Too Sure What Proton Is Up To

Killing two birds with one stone. Making the car affordable to families who need something bigger than a kancil, whilst clearing their excess stock. Clever, or so Lulu thought.
However,
yesterday's Star highlighted that with 10,000 units booked, there was a 3 month wait, and Proton would step up production
step up production?

Of course Lulu's alarmed!

Don't they know how to quit while they're ahead? Either they are selling cars at "normal prices" with such a huge margin that with a RM8496 discount, they are still making money, or they are building cars and giving away money with it.
Have you heard Kenny Roger's The Gambler?
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away, know when to run
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done
Now, every gambler knows, the secret to survivin'
Is knowing what to throw away, knowing what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser
And the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep

You need to know when to walk away.
unless of course, they're not playing to win.
Other possibilities
1. Capture market share, like those beer companies which throw prices during CNY for the sake of this number game.
2. Making sure their p&l looks so bad, no foreign company will want to buy them, and the government would have to force a local company to take a stake
3. Because of the fixed cost plus the labour workforce, it is better to keep the factories running, even though it is producing at a loss.
4. To produce more cars so that there'll be more cars on the roads making tolled roads a more viable option and increasing income for DBKL when the congestion charge comes in.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Lulu Hopes That They Hold To Their Promise

looks like City Hall's quite serious about it.

FOURTEEN spots in Kuala Lumpur have been identified to set up entry barriers if congestion charges are implemented by City Hall. According to a feasibility report tabled by City Hall’s Urban Transport Department at the Congestion Charging Workshop on Monday, the areas are:
Jalan Parlimen,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman,
Jalan Raja Abdullah,
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
Jalan Ampang,
Jalan Kia Peng,
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Jalan Pudu,
Jalan Hang Tuah,
Jalan Hang Jebat,
Jalan Petaling,
Jalan Tun Sambanthan
and Jalan Raja Laut.
source: The Star Solving the jam woes

City Hall urban transport department director Mahfix Omar said based on preliminary analysis, the scheme was expected to reduce vehicular traffic demand by at least 15% in the first year.
However, congestion charging can only be implemented when the public transport systems are comprehensively in place and working efficiently,” he said.

It's good that they recognise the need to improve the traffic system first before implementing the congestion charge. An improved system would be most welcomed by those who work in the city center.
Also, it looks like the congestion charge is for all vehicles entering those roads, regardless whether it is single occupied or not.

Lulu has an earlier posting on this The LRT Doesn't Take Lulu To Work

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Lulu's An Article11 Supporter

Both Malik Imtiaz Sarwar's blog, Disquiet and the Article11 coalition are still very much alive.

What is Article 11 in the Federal Constitution?
It guarantees the freedom of religion. Article 11 reads as follows:
“11. Freedom of religion.
(1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.
(2) No person shall be compelled to pay any tax the proceeds of which are specially allocated in whole or in part for the purposes of a religion other than his own.
(3) Every religious group has the right -
(a) to manage its own religious affairs;
(b) to establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes; and
(c) to acquire and own property and hold and administer it in accordance with law.
(4) State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
(5) This Article does not authorise any act contrary to any general law relating to public order, public health or morality.”

What does Article 11 hope to achieve?
We aim to promote awareness towards, advocate for and contribute to achieving a Malaysia where all Malaysians in our daily lives:
§ affirm the Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land;
§ strive to build national unity;
§ affirm the right of every person to full and adequate access to justice;
§ recognise the need for a judiciary that is impartial, independent, and an equal arm of the government;
§ recognise that the Federal Constitution embodies an agreement among the various communities;
§ respect the Constitutional guarantees of equal protection for every person in a multi-racial, multi-religious Malaysia;
§ seek to protect fundamental liberties for all;
§ respect the freedom of thought, conscience, belief and religion of every person; and
§ ensure that Malaysia does not become a theocratic state.

and if you think Article 11 is anti-Islam, threatening the position of Islam in Malaysia,

Does Article 11 oppose the position of Islam in Malaysia?
No. Article 11 respects Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution, which states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” We also uphold Article 4(1), which provides that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of Malaysia.

Does Article 11 and its activities interfere with, or insult, Islam?
No. None of the forum speakers or Article 11 coalition members questions the application of Syariah law to Muslims in the area of their personal and family law.
The coalition, however, is concerned about the areas of conflict between Syariah law and civil law, and their negative impact on the rights of all individuals.

for further reading, go to Disquiet and Article11.org

Article 11 is already IN our constitution. "Freedom of religion" is clearly stated. Lulu's not asking for something new.
Where do you stand in upholding this tenet of the constitution?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lulu Menyambut 200 Tahun


BOO!

pic courtesy of Poli101

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Lulu Guesses He Had Us All Fooled

This was in the headlines of the Sunday Star.
Sometimes, you wonder, why people are so blur... isn't it obvious, ... was he that good a con?


but then again, weren't we all conned by the man below?
5 years ago, all those adjectives which are thesaurus-ed with "nice" would have been associated with him.
now... it's a different story. isn't it?

Ladies and Gentlemen, you've been BODOHWEE-ed

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Lulu Gives Suggestion to Johari on How To Answer Allegations ala Pak Lah

On the main page of the star yesterday, Pak Lah tells ACA's Johari to "just answer allegations".

But we all know, Pak Lah has bodohwe-ed us so many times. His track record has gone beyong no good to very bad.
Cakap TAK SERUPA BIKIN was proven once again in pg4 of the same publication.

Yup, what a cop out. "Too late to pop the question".
FIL, why don't you do what you ask of others? "Just answer the allegation" kononnya.
Why can't you be more direct and honest?

Johari, take a cue from your boss, ya

Friday, March 16, 2007

A Lulu Look At Branding and Mad Translations of FireFly

When Coca-Cola first entered the Chinese market in 1928, they had no official representation of their name in Mandarin. While Coca-Cola was searching for a satisfactory combination of symbols to represent their name, Chinese shopkeepers created signs that combined characters whose pronunciations formed the string "ko-ka-ko-la," but they did so with no regard for the meanings of the written phrases they formed in doing so. The character for wax, pronounced "la," was used in many of these signs, resulting in strings that sounded like "ko-ka-ko-la" when pronounced but conveyed nonsensical meanings such as "female horse fastened with wax," "wax-flattened mare," or "bite the wax tadpole" when read.

Now, how many people do you know would like to order a

"female horse fastened with wax,"
"wax-flattened mare," or
"bite the wax tadpole"

to drink?

Fortunately, the wise men of old in Coca-Cola sat together and came up with what we know today as 可口可樂, which can be loosely translated as "happiness in the mouth."
sourece : Urban Legends

Two days ago, MAS announced it would launch a new, small airline based in the northern resort island of Penang that would begin service to two Thai resort destinations from April.
To be named Firefly, the airline will use two Fokker 50 planes to fly daily from Penang to Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, and to the Malaysian destinations of Kota Baru, Langkawi, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu, the airline said.

Earlier, the name was rumoured to be Asmara Air, which brings a romantic rendezvous [to put it politely] connotation. Now Firefly?

hmm... they have to thread carefully on the Bahasa translation. Makulumla, if people want to protest that AirAsia's uniform does not reflect the Malaysia culture, Lulu's sure that those like-minded folks will insist on a Bahasa name for Firefly.

suggestions?
Kelip-kelip. Doesn't sound good, just in case it kelip-kelip on the radar screen, like those you see on TV, then tiba-tiba tak kelip lagi
or direct translation, Api Terbang... no.... api is one of those things you don't want to associate with an aeroplane.
another direct translation. Tembak Lalat or Terbang Lalat.

gosh... good thing I'm not in the branding business. This would be quite a headache.

Regardless, Lulu wishes Idris Jala, MAS and Firefly every success.... and no fire while flying.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lulu Wants Her Old Rehman Rashid Back

Rumour, innuendo, half-truths and damned lies are their stock- in-trade, and previously sacrosanct standards, principles and ethics are now laughable.
-Rehman Rashid Broken down in the barnyard of free expression

News, from our ever so trustworthy press.
This appeared on the papers on the 5th of March

and they forgot to do an update on her when the results came out.
But the Star didn't forget.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi felt that an apology from Utusan Malaysia was in order as it did not report Nadiah's situation correctly. “The newspaper really carried her up, giving her hope that she would score 19 As but she only got 14 As. I think the newspaper should apologise as it has embarrassed her. “She never said she would get 19 As. Nobody would be able to tell until the results come out,” he said, adding that he felt sorry for her. Abdullah said Nadiah's academic achievement was outstanding.

- Nadiah gets only 18 As instead Star 13 March [She scored 14 1As, 4 2As and 1 3Bs]

What he had blanket accussed bloggers of, he could also say the same of the print press, isn't it?

I want my old Rehman Rashid back.
The one who wrote A Malaysian Journey which Lulu "kan-cheong" journeyed with as she read of the young, Malay version of the Chinese banana, Rehman trying to adjust in MCKK
The one who opted for the sack, rather than to ghost-write other people's speeches and columns
The one who wrote an honest editorial criticising the 1987 banning of The Star, Watan and Sin Chew Jit Poh by the government during the infamous Ops Lalang and was reprimanded for it, and left shortly after
The one who when Lulu was a kiddo temp-ing at her brother-in-law's office, showed kindness to Lulu by saying hi to Lulu and listening to Lulu's luluness.

Please, could someone bring him back again?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Lulu Dedication To Ms Sassy MP


for Teresa and all the ladies at Seputeh consituency, this one's for you!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lulu Wondering What Compelled "Tengku" Adnan To Say So Many Stupid Things

“部落客都是騙子,以種種方法欺騙別人。根據我的瞭解,一萬名沒有工作的部落客當中,有8000名是女人。”
Bloggers are liars. They use all sort of ways to cheat others. From what I know, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

What on earth compelled “Tengku” Adnan to say such a stupid thing? A blog entry from an Indonesian representative, Nila Tanzil, on the trip organised by the Malaysia Tourism Board? Couldn't be... she made such a brief remark on it. And her colleague, Maverick Indonesia wrote more critically.

Even the local English and Malay press which gives free publicity to these ruling party politicians refrained from putting this bit of news into the papers knowing that it’s bad press for him. Lulu hopes that there will be no backlash on SinChew for printing this.

With just one swipe, he put himself into the really really bad books of
1. women
2. bloggers
3. the unemployed
AND all the supporter of the three categories and judging by the responses on
Petaling Street and SaraWho, there are a number of them out there.

I don’t know what basis he has for saying bloggers are liars.

Maybe he read a food blog by some unemployed perempuan somewhere which told him where’s the best place for a romantic dinner with wifey and the night out was one big flop, and wifey got angry, and in turn, he has to vent his anger on unemployed women bloggers in general. And it doesn’t sound so nice to tell people that you got conned by a food blog, so talk about national unity-lah.

Could that be what happened?

For those who think that the “Tengku” is committing political suicide ala Sua Chong Keh’s "I am a man so I stand. She is a woman so she squats", forget it. His seat is one of the safest UMNO seat – Putrajaya, where freedom of choice exists and/but it leads to consequences of choice

Btw, if you substituted the word “blogger” with “politician”, especially those who wave keris dipped in red paint, the bold statement would hold water.

In time to come, when people google the phrase
馬來人就會殺華人、華人又殺回馬來人、印度人就會殺所有人

“Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indians will kill everybody else.”

, they will see the name “Tengku Adnan” next to it. This is how internet history will remember him.

Footnote 1. This is not the 1st time the esteemed "Tengku" made it to whatalulu. Look here and read more about his "Tengku"ness here 2. Coincidentally, there's a pic of Sua Chong Keh squatting in the Star Metro today.

Friday, March 09, 2007

If You Were To Pass By Lulu's Office Just Now,

you'd be wondering why Lulu's laughing away, alone in the room.
Here's a peek at what was on my screen. Someone mailed these to me, and i just have to share them.
Have a good laugh!











International Women's Day - Lulu's Late

Apologies. Not meaning to give excuses, but Lulu's posting is late cos
1. Lulu was on leave yesterday, and did try to blog it from the home pc. but home pc has been a bit tempermental, kept hanging, so after a few times, Lulu decided to give up.
2. After that, Lulu was out celebrating International Women's Day in her own special way - shopping :D and didn't get home till late.

Lulu is the fourth child in a family of five girls. Yup! Five girls, no boys.

Shortly after Lulu was born, my paternal grandfather wrote a letter to my dad. Not to congratulate him on this precious jewel, but to tell him to divorce my mum because she is unable to give him any sons. After four daughters and still no sons, it was just too much for my grandfather to take. My grandfather, needless to say, belongs to the older generation who think that all sons must have sons to carry the family name. Daughters on the other hand, when they get married, they leave the household, and join their husband's. And in those days, since it's always the woman's “fault” that she is unable to produce any sons, my mum would have to be dealt with. It was suggested that my mother is to leave, with the four girls, so that my father can start life anew, and find a new woman who would bear him sons.

The family has gone a long way since the infamous letter. My parents did try to "pok" again for a son, but ha! ha! number five also turned out to be a girl. My baby sister.

My mum who had to bear the brunt of not producing a male heir was vindicated when my oldest sister entered Cambridge. My grandfather got to glamour and tell his friends that his grandaughter was studying in 剑桥. The rest of us didn't turn out too bad either. Lulu went to the #2 university in Malaysia, entering the same department as her brilliant Uncle #8.

"What's the point of having daughters?"
At least this misconception has been resolved in the Lulu family. What about the rest of the world? Aborting female foetus, drowning baby girls, abandoning your daughters, loving them less, giving them less opportunities and freedom. There is progress, but we daughters still have a long way to go.
This post is aslo dedicated to all women out there who are facing the same kind of pressure that my mum was facing. Daughters are a good thing. More 孝顺 [canto: hao hsun, filial] Even after they get married, they'll still come home and manja you. They give better back massages than your sons. They always have you at heart, and they're really good in taking care of you. Love them, and ignore the buzzing pressure in your ear.

To all you women out there, hope you had a good day too!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Lulu's Been Busy

but fortunately, the busy-ness is not at work, else I'd be thinking of drafting a letter like this to boss.
added mar9 - the genius behind the letter is cheesie of cheesieland. She's got more resignation letter samples on her site

just now, Lulu was directed by Kean-Jin Lim of 4896 to a statement by umno-reform at http://www.umno-reform.com/urnews1/blog_attack_pm.htm

The Umn0Reformers seem to think that this loose band of bloggers are a tight-knit group of anti-Abdullah conspirators. To quote them,

Kehadiran Bloggers United adalah seperti langkah teratur untuk memulakan serangan strategik bagi mendedah kepincangan pentadbiran Pak Lah melebihi laman- laman Web yang timbul secara serius sewaktu gerakan reformasi anjuran Anwar Ibrahim.
Ini adalah serangan lebih komprehensif dan agak menyeluruh.
Penentangan ini lebih tersusun dan Pak Lah harus risau bukan sahaja kerana kehadiran mereka menentang tetapi ketiadaan penyokong ortodoks yang bangkit mempertahankan. Sistem penentangan terhadap Pak Lah semakin tersusun. dan lebih "advantures" dalam memulakan gerakan.


wow!


gosh!


there's a movement like this?
Is this the official poster?


and lulu's not in it? how can???

gosh... and all those "makan mi rebus" sessions at section 14 - that was the front for the strategic planning meetings for the top honchos?

and the appearance of all those bloggers at Rocky and Jeff's court hearings, Lulu thought it was to show support to the two who were being sued. Now Lulu have to ask, were those the information dissemination points?

Lulu did wonder why the cake buying took so long, causing Marina and Noraina to be terlambat. hmm... now, Lulu thinks she knows. .. Side mission. So many cars leaving Sect14 together, SB can't follow them all.

and if someone had told Lulu earlier, Lulu could have embedded secret messages into the cupcakes like how the Chinese used moon cakes to hide secret messages in their conspiracy to overthrow the Mongolian rulers.

how come no one told Lulu?

all this... happening right under Lulu's nose. So exciting...
Lulu... as usual, last to know.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Amir Muhammad Can Still Make Lulu Laugh!


You may know him as the producer of indie film maker, producing shorts and film like the banned "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir" and "Apa Khabar Orang Kampung".

Amir Muhammad was a former New Straits Times columnist. At fourteen, he was already a regular contibutor. And if you think about it, he was fourteen about twenty(?) years ago, and those were the glory days of NST. He went to uni, read law under a Petronas scholarship, came back, joined the corporate world for 9 months, opted out and re-paid his loan by instalment to live out his dreams.

In the days of DrM, one of his published articles in "Perforated Sheets" was deemed as anti-establishment, and his column taken out of NST and no longer welcomed. It was a sad, sad day, but thankfully, he resurfaced in Malaysiakini "Counter Culture".

After DrM retired, and [i think] when the "5 lagi plaintiff" took over NST, Amir Muhammad was given a column again. If I am not mistaken, it appears every Thursday, and you should be able to find it online. I don't find them as funny as his vintage stuff.

His old articles, ah... those were classics. Stuff like,

For a couple of years in the late 90s I edited the scripts for a long-running Malay-language TV soap opera. By the end of it I was responsible for over 200 hours of the stuff. Oh, judge me not too harshly, dear reader. I realise that as jobs go, it wasn't the most highbrow, reputable or lacking in ickiness. But what's done cannot be undone.

Looking back on those halcyon days can get me all teary and emotional. I remember the fuss created when we got the tycoon's mistress (a slutty model with a penchant for pink minis and arched eyebrows) pregnant. This immoral plot was raised in Parliament, and the TV station forced us to make the mistress repent. (The tycoon was allowed to continue his caddish ways). So the story department concocted a perfectly viable personal tragedy for the model, which caused her to mope a bit and then fall down a winding staircase to get a miscarriage before wearing a selendang full-time and mouthing moralistic platitudes to all and sundry.

The trouble was that, stripped of her former sluttiness, the character became boring. She had no redeeming vices. We needed to get rid of her. So we cooked up a perfectly humane, naturalistic solution by getting her run over by a truck.

Don't you wish all problems could be solved so easily? The nature of the plot dictated that police personnel had to keep butting in and almost finding out the tycoon's dastardly deeds (By the end of the series his catalogue of atrocities included not only drug dealing but murder, kidnapping, arson, fraud and sporting a ridiculous brown/white stripe in his hair). The cops were not allowed to find out anything too incriminating, because that would mean losing our main character. So in other words, the Malaysian police force had to look like a bunch of morons for over 100 continuous episodes. This was a lot more difficult than you might think. You see, the law in Malaysia is that only real policemen can play uniformed policemen on screen. The trouble with getting real cops is that not only were they rather wooden, they kept wanting to rewrite the dialogue to seem more professional. The cops kept wanting to solve the case really quickly, which would have been inconvenient to say the least.

Finally we just got rid of the real cops and introduced a whole squad of plainclothes investigators, who could then bungle admirably. We kept running into censorship difficulties and so the station appointed staff to monitor our activities. Scripts now had to be sent to them for approval, which cramped our style and made the process a lot less fun.

The station people would send back e-mail detailing all the ways in which a particular scene offended their sense of decency. Choice extracts: An amorous couple could not elope to Thailand because "this would affect the friendly relations between the two countries". No big reference to the economic crisis could be made because "this would affect the morale of the public". When we tried an interracial pairing, we were warned that the Malay guy can't be shown accompanying his girlfriend into a Chinese restaurant because "no Malay would do that."

Then of course there was the directive in early 1999 that no English words could be used at all, and so characters had to call each other up on their telefon bimbit, hide cocaine under the permaidani and store information in a cakera liut, just like the rest of us. The whole process to me could be likened to the movie Ben-Hur. The first half was a wild pagan ride, and then moral correctness had to intervene. At one point we even had to rename a minor character because the name "Anwar" was seen as a covert call to reformasi. What started out as a lark for me became a quick, scary lesson in the frustrating practicalities of living within a whole battery of regulations. That was my cue to exit.


In his recent interview in response to Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim's request to watch his recently-banned film Apa Khabar Orang Kampung in an attempt to have the ban reviewed , Amir said it was pointless.

Last year, Rais organised a special screening at Finas of Lelaki Komunis Terakhir for selected individuals after it was banned by the Home Ministry, but nothing came of it.
"After viewing the movie, there was a lot of talking but no decision was made," Amir said in an interview.
"In fact, the minister himself said he couldn't lift the ban because it's not his preorgative. It was like a circus," Amir said, adding he was not keen for the situation to be repeated.
News portal malaysiakini.com reported yesterday Rais wanted to watch the film, saying it would be wise to review it to see if it was a threat to security or morality.
Amir also noted it was the Home Ministry, headed by Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Admad, which was in charge of the Censorship Board, and not Rais' ministry.
"It's like getting a traffic summons and going to the agriculture ministry to settle it," Amir said.
source : Sun2Surf Amir: It's pointless

yes, Amir Muhammad can still make Lulu laugh!

you can find more of his stuff on his blog, or his yahoo group.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Lulu Logic on the 1st Anniversary of Promise to Improve Public Transportation

in other words, harga petrol naik 30 sen this day a year ago.

a year minus one night ago, the usually quiet Esso station near Lulu's house was doing roaring business. Lulu thought, finally, the station there is getting some business. Turns out that the government had just announced the 30sen price hike on petrol.

Of couse, any ah-Jee, ah-Joe and Lulu would be furious about it. And the government in response to all the unhappiness from the public, rationalised that the extra earnings of RM4.4 billion would be used to improve our public transport system.

Granted, now there's Rapid KL. But that's a private initiative, and unless they collapse and the government had to bail them out, this is not gonig to require so much money. And Lulu doesn't think that their subsidies and tax break would come to more than a drop to the magic number.

Neither do I think the LRT frequency has increased. Nor has the number of carriages. Nor the parking spaces at the station.

The talk about the LRT expanding to Subang and Damansara Perdana remains as "talk" whilst those in the know are probably buying up cheap houses and land there.

Maybe...
maybe he thought that as Prime Minister, he'd be considered as the #1 public servant

and whatever he travels in is his means of transportation,

public servant... transportation...

therefore leasing another luxury plane for "official use" on top of the six that they already have constitutes to "improving public transportation"?

and that the money was loaned from that "improve public transport" fund to Khazanah who loaned it to Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB)

and then after that, beyond his control, oil price went down,

so, for whatever barrel we sell, we don't make as much as we did when it was USD80+ per barrel,

and so, don't really have the theoretical RM4.4 billion, but only RM0.5 billion, which was indeed spent on ha!ha! Public Transportation.

and so, no more money (for now) for further improvement on [real] Public Transportation.



Pic from Walk the Walk, Talk the Cock
and btw, teamBSG, or is it just the chief cook, CNY almost over.... ada naik lagi, ke?

Lulu Hates This Dengki Culture #2


Lulu was quite flabbergasted to read this in the NST today.
Umno Youth slams Fong over neglect of Bumi grads
01 Mar 2007
SHAH ALAM: Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn was lambasted yesterday for neglecting unemployed Bumiputera graduates.
and it goes further on to their targeting one company

...he [Umno Youth Public Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Subahan Kamal] told reporters after highlighting allegations of discrimination against Bumiputera employees by Giant Hypermarket in Shah Alam.
He said the ministry should enforce a 30 per cent quota for Bumiputeras at all levels in the private sector and ensure that locals were given preference over foreigners.
They had also claimed that there were few opportunities for career advancement in the company. The letter, sent to the Prime Minister’s Department, also alleged there were no Bumiputeras in top management positions in the company. Giant Retail (M) Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Datuk John Coyle, who had earlier met Subahan over the matter, told reporters that 80 per cent of staff in the company were Bumiputeras. He said there were 123 Bumiputeras in lower and middle management with three in top management positions.
To Lulu's recollection, this is the first time they are actually targetting a company. Usually, these are general statements. It disturbs Lulu. Today they're visiting Giant, tomorrow it could be your company...

Rationally thinking, if you were a good employee, there is no reason why your boss would not want to promote you. And don't think that the Chinese only hire Chinese, or that the Chinese only promote their own kind. [this is a very big generalisation but..] what doe$ the Chine$e care about? What are the Chine$e known for? If you can do your work well, if you can bring in the re$ult$, then you will be rewarded well. Don't get hoods over to see your CEO and fight your selfish hidden agenda for you.
dengki ... envious. jealous. mean. venomous. vicious.
added Mar2nd - Aisehman thinks that maybe Subahan can offer some of them a job at KFC.

Lulu Hates This Dengki Culture #1

envious, hatred.
and if Lulu may add to it, spiteful.
self-seeking agenda.

Detik 26 Februari ini tentunya meninggalkan kenangan yang paling manis dalam diri personaliti terkenal Era, Linda Onn. Bersama VJ popular Channel [V], Dominic Lau, dua wajah Asia ini diberi tanggungjawab untuk menemubual bintang terkenal dan penggiat seni Hollywood untuk siaran istimewa, Live From The Red Carpet.
BHarian

You could tell froh the papers that she was clearly excited about it. But on Oscar night, only Dominic Lau, sporting a Armani tuxedo was spotted.

of course the Malays papers went abuzz about it.
HIP speculated yesterday that Pakaian punca Linda ‘hilang’ di red carpet

Tetapi Hip difahamkan ia barangkali berpunca daripada pakaiannya yang dikatakan ‘tidak sesuai’ untuk diperagakan di majlis itu. Penyampai Era itu pada mulanya bercadang untuk memakai pakaian rekaan pereka Indonesia, Jovian Mandagie. Tetapi di saat akhir, dia diminta seseorang untuk memakai pakaian rekaan seorang pencipta tempatan yang kalau disebut namanya memang semua orang sudah kenal. Gaun petang berwarna perang lembut yang berjaya disiapkan dalam tempoh sehari itu diterbangkan ke Los Angeles sehari sebelum majlis berlangsung.

Utusan Malaysia, [which i thought was quite mean] put it as Linda Onn merajuk kerana kebaya
Bagaimanapun menurut sumber, ada pihak yang kurang senang dengan keputusan Linda untuk menggunakan baju itu hanya kerana ia direka oleh pereka luar.
Gara-gara itu, seorang wakil Star TV terbang ke Los Angeles (LA) membawa sepasang pakaian rekaan pereka tempatan, Radzuan Radziwill untuk dipakai Linda beberapa hari sebelum acara berlangsung.
Namun, kata sumber itu lagi, Linda enggan mengenakan baju rekaan pereka tempatan dan dikatakan begitu kecewa kerana tidak berpeluang menggayakan kebaya yang direkanya bersama Jovian lalu menarik diri menjadi pengacara karpet merah itu.
Dalam pada itu, Jovian yang dihubungi berkata, dia terkilan kerana Linda tidak dapat menggayakan rekaannya pada anugerah berprestij itu.
‘‘Memang Linda terlibat sama dalam proses rekaan kebaya Malaysia tersebut dan saya mengambil masa selama dua minggu untuk menyiapkannya.
“Linda begitu gembira dengan hasilnya. Tanpa berfikir panjang, dia terus membelinya,” kata pereka berusia 21 tahun itu yang enggan mendedahkan harga dan lakaran kebaya itu.
And on their muka hadapan today, Kebaya: Radzuan Radziwill tidak kecewa

Cybberworld is abuzz over the speculation that it was the high handedness of some VIP's daughter, probably throwing a tantrum, and insisting that RR's baju be used, playing the kononnya patriotic card. And she must be some very powerful daughter, so much that the fear of her and her daddy [or could be mummy] is so ingrained in Astro and StarWolrd, that they flew someone over to handcarry the dress.
MrManager has quite a good write-up on what transpired.

And in this issue, Linda Onn has definetly earned Lulu's respect. She stood firm by her designer, a 21 year old Jovian Mandagie, whose mother is his mom is indo, but his dad is apparently kelantanese. Lulu guesses that there will be a price to pay for this, and hope Linda will get ample support from her friends and supporters to weather it.

Linda Onn, Jovian Mandagie, two names to look out for in the coming years.