Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lulu Not Sure If You've Realised That The Circus HAS Arrived

Did you know that the Royal London Circus had set up camp in Puchong Utama?

Per the report from the Star, they were supposed to be performing from Aug 8 to Sep 30 in Taman Puchong Utama.
Then a few weeks later, Lulu read that the performance was suddenly cut short.
"Bad planning", "Gross mismanagement" "apa-lah ni?" was some of the grouses that Lulu heard from people who were planning to go.

Then yesterday, Lulu learnt the truth behind the kena potong.

from the Sun 26Sept pg 9
"MPSJ Banning Circuses During Ramadan"
PAS Secretary General Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar says the Subang Jaya Municipal Council is denying non-Muslims the right to watch circus performances by banning them during the month of Ramadan.
snip-snip
... he told Oriental Daily News when asked to comment on the council's move to stop a circus from showing in Puchong Utama with the reason that all entertainment activities must stop during Ramadan.


and from a discussion in lowyat.net,

It's not the management's fault. Blame it to MPSJ-- we cannot perform till the 30th of September because by next week, Puasa period will start.
Yeah, what a lame excuse. What happened to the "multi-racial" country, this country is claiming about?
If they have to be strict about it, then they have to be fair; they must also close ALL the entertainment business in lieu of the Puasa period.
Let's take for example the cinema, aracades, pubs, videokes, etc., etc., . Albeit, they are open during Puasa.
The Royal London Circus, has never experienced this, only until now here in Puchong. Which infact, we had operated during Puasa period even to the most conservative/traditional Muslim area like Kuantan.
Besides, the license we applied for was originally dated 12 July to 12 September and only almost a month after they allowed us to perform. We could have started earlier and avoid performing during Puasa.
We are endorsed by the Tourism -- The Royal London Circus has not only brought entertainment to people but it has also garnered tourists overseas thus, helping the Tourism especially during the 50th Merdeka.
To ban the circus during Ramadan because it is a form of entertainment?
Why stop there?
The TV stations should go blink the whole month. or maybe just air Quran readings and nasyid singing.
Newspapers should do away with their Hiburan section.
and whilst we are at it, Zam should stop talking this whole month because many of us consider what he says as pure entertainment.
Absolute LUDICROUS!
When will they understand that a desire for God and to do His will starts with your heart? It is not in the pious deeds that you do and the wicked that you dont do. And you could put a wicked man in the most sanitised environment, and if his heart is wicked, he will remain wicked.

yes siree....! The circus has arrived, and Lulu's not talking about the Royal London Circus. Islam-as-i-say-tion is here, it is run by the little mullahs who do as they please, and subject you to their whims and fancies.
You are now paying for it, and if it is not stopped, your children will have to pay a heavier price.
Remember this : Because the non-Muslim partners do not / will not treat the problem at the root, the fella from BN you voted has now to fight with the symptoms. And even so, they are unsuccessful. Are you sure you want to vote them back in again?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lulu Wasnt There, But They Were

yup, the posts are beginning to pour in from those who were there

Jeff Ooi Bar Council buses barred from entering Putrajaya; Memos submitted, pressing for Royal Commission.
Rocky We Are Marching
Shanghai Stephen The Penguin Walk Begins
Elviza The Walk Of Justice
Eli Wong Long Walk To Freedom
Patrick Teoh A Walk For Justice
X-Eyed Jules Today I Behaved Like The Opposition
Malay Women Walk Of Justice Was A Success
Siber Party Of Malaysia Justice In The PMs Office
Li Tsin I Marched All 8 Kilomoters of It :)
Weng San Lawyers March - Photos and Videos (he has 5 video clips attached)
Haris Ibrahim A Walk For Justice
Tricia Yeoh Walk To Justice
Mahaguru Malaysian Bar Council's Walk For Justice
Nat Tan The New Faces Of Justice
Bernard Khoo Today I Salute Our Malaysian Lawyers
Nuraina Walk For Justice
Tony Yew Justice We Want Justice
Raja Petra Lawyers March To The PM's Office
Khoo Kay Peng Walk For Justice
Sivin Kit United For A Demand For Justice
Shar101 I was there

Others who were there but whose blog is not updated yet include
Malik Imtiaz
Tony Pua
Teresa Kok
Chin Tong

and does anyone know if Father OC Lim has a blog? Heard he was there too.

The Malaysian Bar Walk for Justice: "When lawyers walk, something must be very wrong"

Videos are available at Malaysiakini, Malaysiakini & Malaysiakini and [believe it or not] The Star

Lulu Learn From The Star

some people out quite clever. They are asking their readers to send in photos of whats happening in Myanmar instead of sending their own people in or buying photos from the news agencies.
Lulu thought, that's quite a smart cut-cost win-win [i let you glamour, you gimme your photos free] deal.

Hey... lulu should also try that for her blog.
so, here goes
remember, you can mail your photos to lulu at whatalulu@gmail.com

In the meantime, Lulu share with you pictures taken by Merdekareview and Malaysiakini








Lulu Thinks You Probably Know This, But Wanted To Post This Anyway

According to eyewitnesses, Putrajaya police chief Supt Abdul Razak Abdul Majid told the protest organisers - the Bar Council - that the march could not proceed due to security reasons


yup, this group was perceived as a threat.
(pix from Malaysiakini)
pray tell lulu then, how would you describe this group?


okay, considering the heat and rain and walk and non-billing hours the lawyers had to endure, Lulu'll be kind, not leave you in suspense, and tell you whall they're called.
They're called UMNOputeras

Lulu Wonders If The Bosses Battled Over Allowing This Online

Lulu Anxious For The Putrajaya Protestors

Malaysiakini update at 10:44am

Protesters barred from entering Putrajaya
Sep 26, 07 10:44am

The police have barred seven buses packed with lawyers and members of the public from entering Putrajaya this morning. The buses were headed towards the Palace of Justice in the administrative capital where the passengers were to take part in a protest march calling for a royal commission of inquiry into judicial integrity.
Malaysiakini learnt that some private vehicles too have been stopped from entering Putrajaya.
Those stranded - numbering about 200 - are now walking to the Palace of Justice, which is located about five kilometres away from where they have been stopped.

A friend who is there told Lulu that the busses were turned away, and they got down the bus and walked 5km to get into Putrajaya. There are more than a thousand protestors there, from the legal fraternity and civil society. There are more streaming in.
Lulu keeps reminding her friends, "take picture! take picture!", like as if they were tourists.
But, rest assured, there will be loads and loads of photographs and videos to mark this historical march.

The march itself to the PM's department has not started as the roads are blocked there too.

Lulu is praying that this march will send a chill down Badawi and company's spine.
oh... and i guess, no loya buruk jokes for a month. Thanks guys, for marching and standing up for us!

2nd update 11:51am
Police block protest march in Putrajaya

About 1,000 protesters who have gathered at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya have been denied permission by the police to march the three kilometres to the Prime Minister’s Department to submit a memorandum on saving the judiciary. According to eyewitnesses, Putrajaya police chief Supt Abdul Razak Abdul Majid told the protest organisers - the Bar Council - that the march could not proceed due to security reasons. Bar Council vice-chairperson Ragunath Kesavan confirmed this to Malaysiakini. He also added that they would proceed with the march.

March begins despite police order
The protesters then heard a short speech from Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan before starting their march at 12 noon.
“We walk peacefully and with dignity,” said Ambiga, who added that she was overwhelmed and proud of the good turnout today.
She said that the march was a “walk for justice” as “we deserve a first class judiciary”.
“When lawyers walk, that means there is something wrong. We want changes in the judiciary,” she said.
Protesters handing over memo
Having defied a police order not to march, protesters are now at the Prime Minister's Department where their representatives are handing over a memorandum to an official.
The protesters took about 30 minutes to reach the building. A four-member delegation led by Ambiga is currently in the building.
Those waiting outside are braving a heavy downpour that started about 12.45pm.
Walk for justice ends with memo submission
A peaceful ‘Walk for Justice’ organised by the Bar Council ended with the submission of a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department calling for the establishment of a royal commission of inquiry to stem the slide in the judiciary.
A four-member delegation from the Bar Council submitted the memorandum to an official from the PM’s Department. The premier is currently in New York.
They chanted "We want justice" as they marched, holding placards stating "Judiciary has gone to the dogs" and "Judiciary has gone (down) the drain".
Rocky is reporting from the ground We Are Marching

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lulu Hopes They'll Pick A Few Good Men of Intergrity

they need to,
they really need to.

for the sake of the integrity of the judiciary,
if there is rot, it needs to be cleansed
for the sake of the innocent
if the two most quoted names are innocent, good men on the panel will clear their name. shoddy men will only provide more fuel for the fire
for the sake of the coming General elections
if they want to boast they did something good, this is their moment to shine.

A few good men on integrity.
Lulu hopes they dont blow their chance

Lulu Feeling Dejavu-ish

Do you remember how you felt when you first heard Darth Vader say, "I am your father"?

Vader's revelation to Luke that he is his father is one of the most famous movie plot twists of all time.
Totally unexpected, it totally blew Lulu away.
Totally, totally shocked.
How could it be?
What happened?
What's going on?
Aren't they supposed to be on contrasting ends? Why are they suddenly related?

Kinda dejavu.... kinda like how the rakyat felt when they heard Nazri announce "I am HIS minister"
Totally unexpected, it totally blew Lulu away.
Totally, totally shocked.
How could it be?
What happened?
What's going on?
Aren't they supposed to be on contrasting ends? Why are they suddenly related?

yes, Lulu is still in shock. Still not gotten over it. Maybe some things, you never get over.

At least with Darth Vader, he was a fictional character revealing the truth in the show, but with Nazri, he's real and alive and talking nonsense which no one in government is refuting/correcting.
And that's scary.

If you have time, read Maybe Lulu Watch Too Many Foreign Movies

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lulu Feels SO Embarassed for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar

i really do.

Thanks to Aisehman, Lulu checked out the NASA website and learnt that this flight is Expedition16.

And in this entry dated Sept 6th [time stamp is on the bottom right corner], Lulu learnt that the crew consists of
Commander Peggy A. Whitson Whitson
Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko
Flight Engineer Daniel M. Tani
Flight Engineer LĂ©opold Eyharts
Flight Engineer Garrett E. Reisman
and our glorious
Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor


everyone has a glorious write-up. In fact, there's so much to say about them, there a "+Biography".
Our glorious "Spaceflight Participant" pula, you know what they have to say about his participation? Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will launch with Expedition 16 and land with Expedition 15.

Aiyoh... Lulu feels SO embarassed for him. At least they didnt put "Got a free ticket thanks to the purchase of 10 Sukhoi Su-30 MKN jet fighters from Russia".
But Lulu guess, the way the Malaysian government and the media play it up, the jaguh kampung would probably still reign in the kampung. The government is probably going to send millions for the PM, his Mrs, and all the other freeloaders to see the "spaceflight participant" blast off from Kazakhstan. Pity they couldnt spare a dime for the participants of the Special Olympics.

Wonder what his blog entry on this would be like? You think it would be anything like lulu's?

Maybe Lulu Watch Too Many Foreign Movies

Lulu always thought that Malaysia practices a separation of power between state and legistlative.
Lulu's quite sure there were these diagrams in her Pengajian Am book. There were separate boxes for the the executive, legislature and judiciary.

Executive power is vested in the cabinet led by the prime minister.
Legislative authority is the power to make laws and also the power to raise taxes and authorize expenditure. These are your MPs and State Assemblymen.
The judiciary are the courts and her judges.

and the next bit, which i got from [of all places!] the Malaysia tourism website states,
In order to execute its judiciary functions without being partial in any way, the Judiciary is independent of the Legislative Authority and Executive Authority. The Federal Constitution of Malaysia is also providing safeguards to ensure that judges can carry out their duties as judiciary without any influence from the desires and wishes of either the Legislative or Executive Authority.

if that is what this tourism site is telling our foreign visitors, then it must be true.
and that Lulu is remembering it correctly, not that she's been watching too many foreign movies with all these anasir buruk which propogate human rights.

so, why is it that Lulu is reading this in Malaysiakini?

Lulu Plays "Spot The Holes In The Story"

aka Lulu Thinks, With Cops Like These, Who Needs Robbers

Exciting things were happening at the Apollo market yesterday.
The Sun reports that a commotion occured between the police and a crowd of about 200 people at the Apollo market on Jalan Raja Uda during a raid on an illegal VCD stall yesterday.

The People's Version
They said a man dressed in a tee-shirt and shorts had approached, drawn a
firearm and hit a man who was taking care of the VCD stall with a pistol butt.
That was when those who were there surrounded him until the other policemen came.
This was what the shoppers and hawkers saw, and their conviction about what had happened was so strong, they actually went to the police station to lodge a report on the incident as they saw it.

The Police Version (the Sun)
The police claimed it was a misunderstanding because the policement involved were in civilian clothes.
The shoppers and the hawkers claimed a man with a pistol had staged a "robbery".
According to Seberang Prai Utara district police chief, ACP Wan Abdullah Tengku Said, police had received information about VCD peddlers selling pronographic VCDs at the market at about 11am.
"Two policement, who lived in the community, were sent to the scene to investigate, but they went in civilian clothes, and while one waited outside the market, the other went in."
He said when the VCD peddlar, a Chinese woman, believed to be from mainland China, saw the policeman approaching, she ran away"
"While the policeman was collecting the VCDs, someone in the crowd shouted ompak and more than 200 shoppers and hawkers surrounded him.
"He then produced his authority card to show proof that he was a policeman. At the same time, Butterworth OCS Chief Insp Zamri Shariff arrived and managed to calm
the situation"
additional Police Version (The Star)
An undercover operation “backfired” when 200 people confronted two policemen in Jalan Raja Uda, mistaking them for robbers.
The policemen, in plainclothes, had gone to an open-air market at about 11am following a tip-off that porn VCDs were being openly sold.
The duo were said to have flashed their authority cards, following which two VCD peddlers made a getaway. The policemen then went on to seize the VCDs that were placed on a table.
The crowd, suspecting something amiss, surrounded the shabbily-dressed olicemen. Someone then shouted rompak, rompak! (robbery!).
During the commotion, four men carted away the seized VCDs. The standoff with the police lasted about an hour. A man was brought back to the Butterworth police station for questioning and released later.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said, who said the incident arose due to a “misunderstanding”, added that both policemen maintained that they had shown their authority cards.
“My men said they identified themselves but several witnesses said they did not do that,” he told a press conference at the Butterworth police contingent headquarters.
He said the two policemen, who sensed trouble after seeing the crowd swell, radioed for assistance.
ACP Wan Abdullah said policemen in patrol cars hurried to the scene.
He said police would investigate claims that one of the policemen had a scuffle with a man and brandished a pistol at him.
The holes that Lulu has spotted
1. Fair enough, they can wear plain clothes. BUT, if it was an operation, why were two cops who were at home, dressed casually, sent to carry out the ops. It was not like there were no policement around cos when they got ino trouble, were able to summon to help, and backup hurried to the scene.

2. Was it one cop at the booth sapu-ing, or two cops? Is there no code such that you never work alone? How could he have gone in alone, whilst the other "kept watch" outside the market?

3. Were there two VCD peddlars or one, who is conveiniently described as a woman, believed to be from mainland China.

4. Why would the VCD peddlar run away when she saw the policeman approaching? He was dressed shabbily, not in policeman attire. How would she know him from the average Joe.... unless a> she does not exist b> he was swinging his gun

Lulu's sure you can spot a lot more holes in this story.

And if Lulu understands the psyche of the Chinese traders correctly, unless they firmly believe in what they saw as the truth, they would not court trouble from the police. No way they would go to the police station to lodge their report. You get what I mean?

Lulu Continues To Wonder If The Star Is Getting Careless

Lulu [maybe like the Star editor] didnt notice it. A very intelligent friend pointed it out.

So now Lulu wondering,
did the Star editor get careless (again!) or there is a Joceline Yap in the Star who gives insights to Joceline Tan's column?
hmmm.....

Other than the wondering about this petty issue, the article was quite a good read. If you have not read it yet, you can read it here http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?file=/2007/9/23/columnists/joceline/18936513&sec=Joceline

Lulu THinks Something Is Grossly Wrong With The Laws of This Country

When Section 33 of the Child Act 2001, which states that
parents or guardians found guilty of leaving their child, can be fined a maximum of RM5,000 or jailed no more than two years or both
can be used to charge the grieving parents of Nurin,

why where there no laws to charge
Senator Datuk Muhammad Abdul Ghani when it was discovered that cloned APs came from the senator's company.
One-eyed Jasin who wanted customs officials to "close one eye" in regards to his timber import shenanigans
State Assemblyman Zakaria Md Deros who built a palace without a building plan on land which he bought at his "privileged" price.

Is there something grossly lacking with the laws of the country?
or
Is there something grossly wrong with the implimentation and execution of our laws?

Lulu doesnt know which it is. Maybe one or the other, or worse still, both.
Whichever it is, there is something grossly wrong with this country.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lulu Was Wondering Where All The Youth and Sports Ministry Money Went To

It really saddened Lulu's heart to read that the Special Olympics Malaysia squad could not find local sponsors to help ease the burden in the event.

Special Olympics Malaysia chairman Joseph Lau Tee Sun said was deeply disappointed that no state or federal agency he approached was willing to sponsor even a “fraction” of the expenses. Even Malaysia Airlines turned down his request for assistance.
The total expenses for the trip works out to RM150,000, including food, accommodation, training and sports attire. Eight coaches and two officials will accompany the athletes.

“Since early this year, I couriered and faxed letters to the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Education Ministry and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry,” he said, adding that only the Youth and Sports Ministry sent a letter dated Aug 8 stating that it had no funds.

sigh... at first, Lulu was wondering, where all the money could have gone.

Then, a lightbulb flashed!


ah....
Sad, isn't it?

A Lulu Quiz

can you tell me, without searching it online, from the top of your head,
How many universities are there in Malaysia?

Do you know how many there are today? Lulu looked it up Direktori IPTS.
Let Lulu shock you with the list.

Public Universities
1.Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UDM)
2. Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM)
3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
4. Universiti Malaya (UM)
5. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
6. Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
7. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
8. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
9. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
10. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
11. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
12. Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
13. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
14. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia(USIM)
15. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
16. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
17. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
18. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
19, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia(UTHM)
20. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

I'm sure by now, you're wondering, what's Lulu's problem in all this.
Please be patient as Lulu explains.

Lulu's currently reading Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat.
TF gave very high marks to India for setting up the Indian Institutes of Technology.
Lulu's going to pick up some bits from his book.

"The IITs became islands of excellence by not allowing the general debasement of the Indian system to lower their exacting standards," noted the Wall Street Journal (April 16, 2003).
"You couldn't bribe your way to get into an IIT... Candidates are accepted only if they pass a grueling entrance exam. The government does not interfere with the curriculum and the workload is demanding."
pg127
and when the Y2K bug needed a fix,This computer remediation work was a huge, tedious job. Who in the world had enough software engineers to do it all?
Answer : India, with all the techies from all those IITs and private technical colleges and computer schools.
pg 131
Look at India today in terms of IT advancement. They're such a great success. Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India has 10,000 individual dollar millionaires.
It's not like Malaysia did not foresee the future of IT. We build a whole township called Cyberjaya to cater to this need.

Where-o-where did we fail?
Look how the IITs were run. Ours ran totally contrary of what the IITs did. We took in, and are still taking in candidates who got there based on a "helping the weaker race" policy, who are so weak, we "help" them by offering kelas tambahan, we "help" them again by moving the grading curve, we "help" them graduate out of university, and they graduate, and they are basically unemployable because of they were helped all the way. I wish the story ended here, but the government "helps" them (again!) by employing them, hence inflating our emolument expenses.
Can you see how we have failed to produce choice employees in this era of globalisation?
Our jaguh kampungs can barely stand in the local arena, how are we, this nation, going to take advantage of this borderless world?

Our politicians are too busy churning our graduates to be able to boast that "The number of Malay graduatess has increased many-many fold (so we need to preserve the NEP)". Alas, tese young ones come out posessing nothing other than that piece of paper with little education or thinking skills with them.
Our politicians are too busy promising universities to "borderline" states. When they build them, we wonder how much was siphoned out of the kononnya "cost". We wonder who will staff these universities. But we dont wonder where they will find the students from.
Our politicians are too busy main-ing politik with the universities. The best man did not get the job. If you are of the right race and not vocal about the ruling party, probably. If you are of the of the right race and has shown to be a very willing with the ruling party, definetly.

We seriously need to produce quality graduates. Churning out graduates is not enough for a flat world.

Thomas Friedman is an excellent and relevant writer on the topic of globalisation.
You can follow his column on the New York Times
oh... if you're not smart like Lulu, Lulu advises you to read more and let the writings of the smarter person make you sound a bit smarter. So, if you think our PM not so smart, could you please offer this piece of advise to him. Lulu would do it herself, but she tak kenal him.

SIM KWANG YANG contemplates this issue at Failing Malaysian varsities

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lulu Thinks The Anti-Corruption Sandiwara Has Begun

Maybe the PM realised that there are some Malaysians out there who remember his anti-corruption pledge, and decides to offer some sacrifices to appease his voters.

The first to go are three cops.
PUTRAJAYA: Three senior police officers found it did not pay to break the rules when two of them were sacked and another demoted.
The punishment meted out against the trio was announced by Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday
-NST For marrying again, senior police officer sacked and another demoted

oo-wow-wee. The PM makes this very important announcement.
oo-wow-wee. Action is taken. It doesnt pay to break the rules in the Malaysia civil service.
oo-wow-wee... if you think Lulu's impressed, then, errhhh, you must be one of those who voted for BN in the last GE.

But Lulu definetly thinks the sandiwara has begun.
If you're some mid-level corrupt fool, Lulu warns you to be careful. You may be next on the sacrificial table.

Will the CJ be on the list?
Lulu don't know, and can only guess that it depends on the PM's popularity index. If need be, the CJ will be sacrificed. Afterall, the lingam tapes were in the M era. Not Badawi's "fault".

Lulu's Wondering What's With The IGP

Lulu has no doubt he made the silly statement with such insensitive timing, but Lulu's wondering, was he fed the question?
Did he just get korbankan-ed to be the silly man of the month to distract us from other problems?

like the Port Klang "loan"
the everything naik harga season
What do you think?
don't let the media do a Danae on you!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Lulu Loves Her Comics!

ever since Lulu signed up a Facebook account and added the comics application, Lulu's getting her daily dose of her favourite comics. Thought I'd share with you two of today's strips

We have heard many times how the government says they are fair and believe in equality.
Yup! Looks like we are getting it, Zoe style!

Danae hit the X on how Malaysian crisis are averted.
distractions! distractions! and more distractions!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lulu Grieves

There must be some things we can do to make it a safer place for our children

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lulu's Brilliant Idea To Stem Corruption

basing on the government's brilliant idea to combat illegal logging, why don't we do that to combat the sick disease called corruption which has penetrated all levels of society?

What is the government's brilliant plan?

To combat illegal logging, the Government will shift the burden of proof to buyers of timber.
An amendment to the National Forestry Act, to be made in the next few months, will see those suspected of carrying out illegal logging having to prove that the commodity was obtained legally.
Failing this, they will be deemed to have acquired the timber illegally.
-The Star

Fed up of the extremely low success rate in prosecuting illegal loggers, the National Forestry Council has decided to amend the law to shift the burden to loggers to prove that their logs are legally felled.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who chaired the 21st Council meeting today, said:
"The council agreed to review and amend the National Forestry Act 1984 to incorporate the principle that the burden of proof is transferred to the party that is found to be in possession of timber.
"This means those found in possession of timber must furnish proof from where the trees were cut. If they cannot show proof, it means they have committed an offence. If they can produce proof as to the source of the timber it, it means the logs are from a legitimate source."
He said the amendments would incorporate tighter provisions and stiffer penalties on errant loggers, to show the government's firmness and seriousness in dealing with the problem.

-The Sun

Najib's remarks come after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pledged last month not to indiscriminately approve logging licences, amid mounting concern that clearances are threatening endangered species and tribal communities.
- Malaysiakini

Lulu's brilliant idea heeds PM's pledge during the 04 elections to fight corruption. So, Lulu's proposal is not anti-kerajaan, but to membantu kerajaan.

In the same spirit as what is being done with the logs, lets shift the burden of proof to the corrupt! for starters, lets go after those in public service whose lifestlye seems way too extravagant for the salary they are getting. Tun Haniff himself wrote that "40% of the senior officers could be arrested without further investigations – strictly on the basis of their lifestyles".
Sounds good, doesn't it? Tempting...
BUT
it goes totally against the spirit of justice, that you are innocent until proven guilty.

The National Forestry Council and the AG Chambers needs to study the current loopholes and come up with better enforcement and prosecution rather than take this lazy way out.

What Would Lulu Do?

if you had met up with your boss to ask for a pay rise as
1. the rise you ask for is fair market value
2. your current pay is not enough to meet your expenses
3. there is a spike in demand for your skill set
4. there is also a dearth in the alternative skill set which may have covered for the shortage in your skill set

but your boss turns you down and tells you no without explaining why.

your guess is that
1. he wants to meet his kpi and not increase department expenditure
2. he wants to be a hero at your expense
3. he thinks YOU should do national service and put service ahead of self whilst he goes around in his luxury cars and returns to his very expensive bungalow.

would you leave your company and take your skill set somewhere else where you will be better paid and better rewarded?
what would you do?

The chicken farmers had met with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to protest against the lower ceiling price of RM5.60 imposed for chicken last week.
This is a reduction from the pre-puasa ceiliing price of RM6.00 and will be effective from will be effective from Sept 13 to Oct 20 for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and from Nov 1 to 15 for Deepavali.

The previous ceiling price of RM6.00 took effect on Oct 1, 2004 and had not been reviewed since in spite of the rise in prices of chicken feed ingredients like soya bean and crude palm oil over the past year. The cost of corn, which constitutes a large part of chicken feed, shot up by 50% over the last six months.
Lulu would also like to add that in that period, the government has allowed the price of petrol, electricity and water[if you stay in Selangor] to go up, up and away, so, don't tell Lulu that the government is helping us keep the price of chicken low because they love us and are prihatin terhadap kehendak rakyat.

Demand for chicken has gone up due to the festive season. It does not help that the Malacca government insist on getting rid of, by any means required, 100,000 pigs in their state, prompting a shortage in supply of a meat alternative.

In a recent "holier than thou" price check in the city led by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal, 47 traders had their goods seized while more than 100 were issued summonses. Most of them were booked on the count of selling chicken above the ceiling price.

And now with Singapore lifting the ban on Selangor poultry products, if you were a poulty breeder, wouldnt you choose to sell your chicken to that little island nation who will pay you fair price, rather than locally in a suppresed, rugi wang market?

Remember how Lulu started by asking you what would you do if you asked your boss for a pay rise with valid reasons? You would take your skill set elsewhere, wouldnt you?
In light of that, don't be so fast to "boo sama poultry farmers" who take their chicken to Singapore to sell.

btw,
with regards to sellnig chicken above ceiling prices, Lulu's not advocating that you break the law, but please, the people are crying.
"It's a matter of survival for us"
"No one will want to do a business which makes losses,"
"We cannot possibly survive based on the ceiling price set by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry,"
"Currently, there is a shortage of some 20% chickens in the market,"
"It is difficult as the earnings are not enough to cover costs."


For further reading,
8 SeptFarmers: Poultry prices too low
9 Sept Dealers say difficult to sell chicken at ceiling price
15 Sept Summonses for 100 traders
15 Sept Production costs have increased
15 Sept To avoid action, retailers need to produce proof of wholesale price
17 Sept Singapore lifts ban on Selangor poultry
6 Sept Send the swine elsewhere or they'll be culled

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lulu cannot help but think

that this is the kind of mentality/attitude that UMNO is trying to perpetuate with the NEP/DEB/whateveritiscallednow



Sad, isn't it?

Lulu Thinks, With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies

On Sunday, Lulu saluted the young and the fearless. Yee Yang Yang of UPM had the support of his friends when he went the the student affairs office to reclaim his "confiscated" items. Even though the officers there got nasty, his friends stood by him.

MCA however, DOES NOT have friends like Yang Yang does.
When push comes to shove, this is what their closest partner tells them.

Najib tells MCA: Explain yourself to voters
If the Chinese Malaysian community perceives that the MCA is under-performing, it is because the political party has not adequately explained its efforts to protect their interests. This was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s take on why the MCA, a Barisan Nasional (BN) component party, has fallen in the estimation of its constituents.
In an interview published today by Sin Chew Daily, Najib said the MCA has been told to go all out to correct such sentiments, especially with the anticipation that there will be a swing in Chinese support to opposition parties in the next general election.
Najib, who is also the BN deputy chairperson, was asked to comment on the community’s anger with the MCA and the party’s possible loss of political support.
There is also a widely-held sentiment among MCA leaders that - while they are busy ‘fire fighting’ - other BN leaders are setting fires and stirring up the community’s feelings on numerous issues that affect its interests.
Najib appeared to differ with the view but told the MCA that its challenge is to explain various government policies to the community.
Some early in the morning thoughts

1. With friends like your buddy who gives this kind of advise, who proclaims on a whim and fancy that we are an Islamic state, who suka-suka, waves the sword, who needs enemies? As it is, UMNO is doing a fantastic job.

2. Ha!Ha! Time for another roadshow to explain "various government policies" to the community? Haiyo.... is MCA sure they want to go around further proving the "running dog" theory? Lulu has ngam-ngam cham-cham about OKT's claim that MCA is the voice of the Chinese here.

3. MCA chose to go to bed with UMNO. There are personal beneficiaries of course, afterall, how many MCA State Assemblymen and MPs do you know who drive humble cars? MOB illustrates their position aptly in the poster below.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Lulu Wonders Why We Allow Some Bad Cops To Stay And Tarnish The Good Name of The Whole Force

Tun Hanif Omar in his column in the Star last month wrote

I briefed the Royal Commission that police corruption was so extensive that a very senior ACA officer had confided in me and another top retired police officer that 40% of the senior officers could be arrested without further investigations – strictly on the basis of their lifestyles. One state police chief had a net worth of RM18mil. My friend and I had watched the force getting deeper and deeper into the morass of corruption.
In these past few days, Lulu has seen more news on bad cops.
Some of these news really break Lulu's heart. To read the full report, click on the picture for the embedded link.



There are good cops left in the force. There must be. It can't be all bad.
And it is because of them that we must see to the implementation of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
The good cops have done a good job, and they should not be bundled with the bad cops.

Some things you may want to know about the IPCMC

2. What is IPCMC?
• The IPCMC is an independent, external oversight body, whose principal function is to receive and investigate complaints about the PDRM and its personnel.
• The IPCMC will drastically change the present situation. It will make PDRM much more accountable and will help restore and sustain public confidence in PDRM.

3. Who will sit on the IPCMC?
• The IPCMC will be made up of seven Commissioners appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the Prime Minister, for a three-year term.
• The IPCMC is expected to (generally) conduct public hearings. It will be accountable to Parliament.

4. What kind of issues can the IPCMC address?
• The IPCMC will be empowered to investigate police corruption, the commission of criminal offences by the police, and other misconduct.
• The IPCMC can investigate the actions of a police officer even if he or she is not on duty or outside the country.

If you want to know more about the IPCMC, read more about it on Aliran's website, An indispensable part of police reform

Lulu Thoughts 1.Why Are The Editors At The Star Getting Careless 2. SS3 repavements

Encik Ahmad Bakri of Petaling Jaya wrote a letter to The Star Metro highlighting the road conditions in his area, particularly road 34, which if his memory serves him correctly, has only been retarred once in this three decades.
All over the letter is SS1, SS1, SS1/34, SS1/34, SS1/34,
why then, Lulu ask, is the letter headlined as
Roads in SS3 need upgrading

as it is, Lulu is gravely concerned about the credibility of the news reported in the Star, now Lulu also wondering if the editors are also getting careless and/or lazy.

and this brings Lulu to her next grouse,

SS3, unlike SS1, has been overblessed with constant road resurfacing. If you are wondering why we're so blessed, it's because the oyster part of the oyster fried meehun stays in SS3.
Now, now, don't be envious. The problem is that the contractors who have been hired take the shortcut instead of doing what they have been contracted to do. When you repave a road, you are supposed to dig out the old road, then pave over that. But these contractors cut corners by laying over the current road.
As a result, a lot of houses in SS3 are now below road level.
But these sial contractors also know how to pretend. If you go to SS3/46, you will not encounter this problem. You will find the houses level with the road. As you all know, the one known as noodle aunty stays in Aman Suria, so, no prizes for guessing who stays there.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lulu Salutes The Young and The Fearless




One of these student's friends was "visited" by the Hal-Ehwal Pelajar of his university and his laptop, handphone, MP4 player, 2 pendrives, leaflets and personal documents were confiscated without giving written acknowledgment of the items confiscated.

His friends stood by him and walked with him in his pursuit for justice.

It makes Lulu think, how many of us would stand by our friends and walk with them? This walk is no walk in the park. There would probably be consequences.
Are we willing to do the right thing, especially when it will cost us something?

Read more about the incident at Mainstream politics and criminal intimidation in campus elections?

It Used To Be That SomeTimes, Lulu Don't Understand The Star

now, it's like quite often, Lulu doesn't understand The Star.

Looks at how the MPS meeting was covered by the other papers.

This is what Malaysiakini wrote

At this juncture, one resident committee representative known only as Rashid, allegedly lunged at Malaysian Animal Rights and Welfare Association (Roar) president N Surendran with Anthony caught in the middle.

“I’m on a wheelchair. I can’t run. I cannot protect myself. I was very scared,” said Anthony, who runs Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive).

Surendran said that although he was unhurt in the incident, he was certain that he would have been assaulted by Rashid had the latter not been restrained by others.

The two said Rashid had followed the group to the lobby of the MPS headquarters and that the latter’s antics didn’t stop there.

Animal lover Lim Ann Nee (right), who was taking video footage of the scene at the lobby was allegedly hit on one arm several times with a booklet by Rashid.

“I told him at least seven times ‘Don’t touch me!’. But he was chasing us away,” she said.
maybe you're thinking, "aiyah... that's Malaysiakini."
well, NST also reports a scuffle.


but the Star.... o the Star....
There was 2 coverage on it, one under nation, and the other in metro
Selayang dog-catching competition scrapped - no mention of any scuffles whatsoever
MPS scraps contest - even better.
As Tang was seated at the conference room on the ninth floor, SPCA representative N. Suren-dran, who is also Malaysian Animals Rights and Welfare Society (Roar) pro-tem committee president, demanded that the dog-catching competition be scrapped.
Tang asked him to calm down and said the issue had to be discussed rationally.
Surendran together with Petpositive president Anthony Thanasayan and Malaysian Association for Responsible Pet Ownership president Dr John Satyamoorthy then left in a huff.

hmm.... notice the gap?

ayoyo... ini Star....

Lulu Thought Chan Kong Choy Ask e-Kesihatan to Stop Cheating

When Lulu saw the headline , Lulu though that the 'medical check-up" that he had in Australia knocked some sense into him. Maybe he saw his mortality and realised his accountability, that kinda thing. Wow! So Bold!
Yup! Yup! eKesihatan has to stop cheating!

Please understand, people do support the need to do a check-up on drivers to weed out those who are unfit, have drug or alcohol problems, that kinda thing. We have seen too many unnecessary deaths causing much grief to many families.
But the manner that is planned for implementation leaves much to be desired.

The Wilayah Persekutuan Taxi Owners and Drivers Association, the Kuala Lumpur Taxi Workers Association and the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Radio Taxi Association, which together represent about 3,000 cabbies, slammed the RTD’s eKesihatan scheme for placing yet another financial burden on taxi drivers.
Taxi drivers want to know why they have to pay RM80 for a medical check-up at a panel clinic, when they can get the same examination for RM1 at a government hospital.

The medical fraternity have their questions too.
They question the need of a middle man who adds no value to the chain, but earns RM35 from every test and RM100 for doctor registration
They question the cost, and they have offered alternatives
It's also pathetic that this scheme was cooked up in a short time without consultation.

But sad to say, when Chan Kong Choy was headlined as saying "eKesihatan to stop cheating, says Kong Choy", he meant

KUALA LUMPUR: The new eKesihatan scheme was introduced to plug loopholes in the current system, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said.
He said the system, which would be phased out by the end of this month, had many leakages including chits being falsified.
“A lot of commercial vehicle drivers, including express bus drivers, are unfit to drive and even drug addicts are able to drive due to weaknesses in the current system,” he said.
On the negative reaction from various parties on the scheme, Chan said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has been asked to hold dialogues and meetings with those involved.
Asked why JPJ wanted the doctors involved in the scheme to register with a private company, Chan said: “I don’t think they are registering the doctors.”
He said what was required was for clinics to become part of the panel.
On the third party company being given the right to operate the new system, Chan said: “I don’t have the details.”
Lulu is disappointed with Chan Kong Choy.
disappointed, disappointed, terribly disappointed.
Lulu is wondering when will Malaysia ever get out of this fake money making schemes.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Lulu's Name Is On The Petition

if you go to the page, you'd find my name there, somewhere in the midst of the many thousand names.
is yours there yet?
http://malaysia-today.net/blog2006/Announcements.php?itemid=8121

why does Lulu think you should sign it?
Please take time to read the official petition at http://www.malaysia-today.net/petisyen_rakyat.html

The concerns are all close to my heart.
but
9) Pilihan raya dipermainkan oleh alat Kerajaan. Pilihan raya kecil mendedahkan penyalahgunaan harta Kerajaan untuk membantu parti politik yang berkuasa. Isu pengundi hantu masih berleluasa sewaktu pilihan raya. Kita perlu memperbaiki sistem pilihan raya yang masih diperalatkan dengan begitu mudah oleh parti memerintah. Rakyat tidak lagi mempunyai tempat untuk mengadu.

is extra special.

Electoral reforms need to be done. Only when the government is elected on level playing field [or at least, close one eye, slightly skewed in their favour] will our nation move in the right direction.

If you are worried that the authorities will persecute you for signing the petition, Lulu says dont worry. With 10,000 [and still growing] names on the list, it's highly unlikely they will pick on you. If you can't get over the worry barrier, put in your surname and your initials.
Worry more for the future of your children if the rot does not stop.
Stand up and be counted

Do You Wonder, Like Lulu Did, If Jesus Was Political?

Can Christians be political without getting involved in party politics?
What is the role of Christians on public issues and the related public policy dialogue?
Are we an Islamic State?
Can we evolve a Bangsa Malaysia?
Who will fight corruption and for integrity?
Whose responsibility is it to ensure the application of universal values, ethics and morality in the public spaces of life in Malaysia?
In the light of many challenges facing Malaysia, what is our role as Christians in Malaysia to continue to be the salt and light of the Gospel on these issues and concerns?

maybe we'd find an answer here

OHMSI, the hearts and mind "think-and-act" tank will be officially launched on the 15th of September 2007 at the PJ Gospel Hall Jalan Gasing, PJ from 10.00am to 12.00noon.

In conjunction with the launch a forum “Was Jesus Political?” will be held.
Moderator: Rev Dr Hwa Yung
Speakers
Dr Lim Kar Yong, New testament Scholar, STM.
Dr K.J.John, Executive Director, OHMSI.
Commentators
Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, General Secretary, CCM and CFM.
Dr Beth Baikan, Catholic Scholar from Stella Maris Parsih, SabahBrother
Goh Keat Peng, Executive Secretary, MCCBCHST
Brother Steven CM Wong, Chairman, NECF Research Commission
Sister Tricia Yeoh, Senior Policy Analyst, CPPS

For more details, contact
K.J.John, PhD, Executive Director,Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
Email: kjjohn@ohmsi.net

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lulu ALMOST Missed Roald Dahl Day

Today, Sept13, is Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl is one of Lulu's favourite-est authors.
Lulu loves his books, the kiddy ones and the adult ones too.
His short stories are absolutely brilliant.
His children stories made you cheer along with the kids.
Your heart would go dum-dum-dum along with Charlie as he nervously tore open the chocolate wrapper.
Matilda was so alone in the world, not loved by her parents at home, and picked on at school. When Miss Honey came, you knew somehow, things would brighten up for Matilda.
The love story in EsioTrot showed Lulu how sweet love can be, even when you're old and grey.
After reading Revolting Rhymes, Lulu never looked at her "happily ever after" characters in the same way again.
And My Uncle Oswald, his adult book, was adult in such a clinical yet hilarious way.
Lulu would continue gushing about Roald Dahl, but... Lulu's got other stuff pending to do.

Lulu hopes that if you have not heard of Roald Dahl would go check him out. Really, his books are so sweet and charming and fun. Introduce your kids to Roald Dahl too. My nephews enjoyed his books when they were young.
a list of his books can be found here

Since Lulu Opened Up A Discussion on GST

so, Lulu should share with you all how the industry suspects GST will be implemented.

Actually, no one knows as the government
a. has been tight lipped about it
b. is still totally clueless about it
If you ask your friends in the accounting houses, they'd probably tell you that in the early days, they were invited for some consultations where some of the paling basic, dungu-est questions were asked. And the pace practically went to zero after the postponment was announced.
btw, Lulu did hear just recently that a delegation went to NZ to study their system, you know, one of those "Lawatan Sambil Belajar" things.
This is how the industry guesses the calculations and payment will be done.

for example, if today, you pay RM1.00 for a can of cola from your local grocer, when GST is implemented, [assuming gst is 5%], you would be paying RM1.00+RM0.05 to the local grocer.
but before the local grocer had sold the can to you, a series of events had happened in the chain supply.
We'll start with what happens at the cola factory.

ColaFactory would have paid their supplier RM0.525 for the raw material to make that drink. Out of that RM0.525, RM0.50 went to the supplier, and the other RM0.025 the supplier has to pay the government for GST.
The raw goods are processed and made into a can of coke. ColaFactory does their costing, taking into account the material cost, the labour, expenses and profit, marks it up to RM0.85 to sell to your local grocer. ColaFactory would invoice the grocer at RM0.8925 [=RM0.85+RM0.0425] and that is the amount your grocer would pay ColaFactory. ColaFactory, just like their supplier pockets the RM0.85, and pays the government RM0.0425-RM0.025 = RM0.0175.

The GST will be incurred at every level of the chain.
BUT
the amount paid by the each level is paid back to them via the invoice to the next guy on the chain, and ultimately, paid by you the consumer.
Yup! You're the one who's actually paying for the RM0.025+RM0.0175+RM0.0075 even though it was collected at every level.
Why every level? It is believed that the government wants to ensure minimal escapees.

Some comments mentioned sales tax. It is believed that the sales tax will be abolished then.

As Lulu mentioned earlier, no one really knows. We will have to wait for the elections to be over to know for sure.

GST - everybody gets to pay!

Lulu Adds Yet Another Word To Your Vocabulary

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
e·mol·u·ment
- noun
profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.

from the AG Report, pg 20

Emolument - why couldn't they just put the simple term "penggajian" like what is in our income tax form?

Emolument is represented by the pink [apologies. i earlier posted it as dark blue]bar.
Tony Pua, in the DAP forum last night pointed out the rise from Y2002 to Y2006. Take note that Y2006 was pre-civil servant's increment. Even then, it went from RM20million, to RM28million in 5 years. That's an incremental value of 40%!
Did the civil servants get an annual increment of 18% every year from Y2002 up till Y2006? That is what you would need for your salary in 2006 to be 40% more than what you got in 2002.
If you had a 10% annual increment, then your 2006 salary would have been 21% more than in 2002. Even that, Lulu doubts if there are any takers.

So, how did the wage bill get bloated 40%?
if you were at the forum, Tony would have pointed you to the right direction.
Else, look up Lulu's post Now That The Government Servants Fatt Tatt, Lulu Hopes They Take Into Account How Real the Fatt Tatt Is

the AG's report can be viewed and downloaded from http://www.audit.gov.my/Federal/LA%20KAN%202006%20AKAUN%20AWAM.pdf

Lulu's Reading The Budget (6)

Note the contrasts between #29 and #31

29. To encourage the development of the fund management industry, the following measures will be implemented:
First: Foreign ownership on fund management companies and REITs management companies will be allowed up to 70%. The minimum Bumiputera ownership requirement will remain at 30%; and
Second: The SC will facilitate the licensing process as well as all dealings with other Government agencies to expedite the approval process for the establishment of fund management businesses in Malaysia.

31. In line with the objective of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC), the Government will introduce several measures, as follows:
First: Islamic fund management companies will be allowed to be wholly owned by foreigners;
Second: A sum of RM7 billion fund will be channelled by EPF to be managed by Islamic fund management companies;
Third: Islamic fund management companies will be allowed to invest all their assets
abroad; and
Fourth: Fund management companies will be given income tax
exemption on all fees received in respect of Islamic fund management activities,
until year of assessment 2016.


In #31, you can see that the government recognises that if you want to attract foreign investors, you have to give up forcing them to "share" their returns with people who add no value to their investment other than the race category on their MyKad.
Sad to say, it's apparent that the government wants to attract only a certain kind of investors. The rest, as far the government's attitude as shown in the budget, can invest their money elsewhere.

Lulu dunno about you but it doesn't look like the government's agenda is to add to the Bumi content in Malaysia. Looking at this #31, the government is switching to adding to the Islamic content, regardless whether you're local or foreign, in Malaysia.

Lulu, The Tax Payer, Could Also Have Told You That

The tax expert version
The year 2009 a realistic and dynamic time to implement the goods and service tax (GST) as people will be more prepared, says a tax expert.
“I am more inclined to say 2009 if you looking at our current economic situation. We need to give people sufficient time to get prepared, at least between 12 and 18 months,” PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tax services executive director Steve Chia said today.
The tax payer version
The year 2009 is a realistic to implement the goods and service tax (GST) as people will have voted the Barisan back into power.
“I am more inclined to say 2009 if you looking at our current political situation. BN needs to give the voters sufficient feel-good illusion to ensure a win in the current General Elections” blogosphere taxpayer Lulu Whatalulu said today.
Do you know that something like only 1.2million out of the 26million Malaysians pay taxes?
With the introduction of GST, ALL Malaysians will have the opportunity to pay taxes. To put it ala AirAsia, "Now everyone can pay."
Assuming that GST is charged at 5%,
Your clerk who earns about RM1,000 who used to earn too little to pay taxes will have to pay 5% tax on everything he buys.
Your daughter who is still schooling with have the opportunity to pay this 5% tax on everything she buys.
Your parents who spent all their lifes paying taxes will have to pay this 5% for everything they buy.

We dont know if GST will come with a 5% drop in income tax. Lulu, the tax payer, wouldnt bet on it, considering the looming end of petrol money and how well prepared we are to face it.
But Lulu does think that consumption will rise in Y2008 as there will be "panic buy" to stock up before GST is imposed.
On Lulu's shopping list - probably a new car.

Lulu Supports The Peoples’ Petition To The Agong

Raja Petra would like to bring up at least 11 issues on the incompetency of the present lah-lah administration which is so blah to the attention of the Yang Dipertuan Agong.

1) The recent shooting of two people in Kuala Terengganu.
2) The reported gang clashes in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johore over the 50th Merdeka celebration holiday that resulted in a few deaths.
3) The Auditor-General’s report that revealed gross and blatant abuses and transgressions in the management of the peoples’ money involving billions of Ringgit.
4) The state of affairs in the Royal Malaysian Police where even the former IGP Tun Hanif Omar admitted that corruption is a serious problem.
5) The state of affairs in the judiciary where senior judges have been bypassed in many promotion exercises in favour of candidates with blemished records.
6) The breakdown of law and order and allegations by serving police officers, who have signed Statutory Declarations or Affidavits, that the organised crime syndicate is running the police force.
7) The dangerous and alarming racial and religious divide.
8) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s implication in the Oil-for Food scandal.
9) The need for electoral reforms as proven by the incidences of gerrymandering and phantom voters in the many general elections before this and which will continue and prevail in the next general election.
If you support this Peoples’ Petition, please sign it at http://malaysia-today.net/blog2006/Announcements.php?itemid=8121. Those not registered in Malaysia Today but would like to sign the petition just send RPK an e-mail at raja.petra.kamarudin@gmail.com with the message "Signed" and your name

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Terengganu police chief SAC I Ayub Yaakob Is Confusing Lulu

one bullets?
four bullets?
does he know the difference?
Lulu thinks someone better give him the worksheet to gauge whether he knows the difference or not.

For all you know, maybe the SAC1 really doesn't know how to count. Once the problem is diagnosed, he'd be able to go for treatment.
[btw, mummies & daddies, the sheet is from www.beginningreading.com. There are other free printable worksheets which guides your children on the ABCs and 123s]

Azmi Hussein?
Wan Abdul Aziz?
does he know the difference?
Lulu doesnt have real life photos, and how that the illustration below will help illustrate to you that people do look different.
Could it be one of those strange things in life where they're identical twins separated at birth, hence explaining their look alikeness which led to a mistaken identity? cannot be... one is 24, the other 29.
Or maybe in the battle, their name tags got mixed-up. But cannot be.... , as at least one of them was concious enough to tell the story about how he was protecting women and children.

Is SAC 1 Ayub Yaakob doing the spin or is he getting spinned by someone else?
The incident happened on Saturday. Why did it take him Sunday and Monday to realise his spin was wrong?

And the stories are so twisted and confusing, Lulu's not sure anymore if Konstabel Azmi Hussein is the tokoh berani, A PJK/Datuk-ship Awardee, A Top Cop Material

from Malaysiakini

T'ganu police chief: Constable fired FOUR shots
RK AnandSep 11, 07
6:18pm

The police officer, who discharged his firearm during the clash in Kuala Terengganu over the weekend, had fired a total of four shots. Terengganu police chief SAC I Ayub Yaakob confirmed this when contacted this evening.
He also clarified that the shooter was a 25-year-old general duty police officer and not Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel Azmi Hussein, 29, as reported previously. The police officer, who was said to have opened fire in self-defence after being set upon by an armed mob, was identified as constable Wan Abdul Aziz.
As a result of the incident, two men, Suwandi Abdul Ghani, 37, and Muhamad Azman Aziz, 21, sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and neck respectively.
Both, who have been hospitalised, are reported to be in stable condition. Wan, on the other hand, received several stitches following the attack and is currently on medical leave. He has since filed a police report and the case has been classified as ‘attempted murder’.
The police are also investigating to determine if there was any negligence on the constable’s part.
Meanwhile, Ayub said FRU personnel Azmi is still undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during Saturday’s clash between the police and opposition supporters. Azmi was hurt when the angry crowd pelted police personnel with bottles, stones and other objects. In total, four police officers, including Wan and Azmi, were injured.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lulu Looks Up the Thesaurus To Find Words Which Expresses What THAT Concessionaire Does

bacteria, barnacle, beat, bloodsucker*, bootlicker*, brownie, brownnose, deadbeat*, dependent, flunky, freeloader*, fungus, gremlin, groupie*, hanger-on*, hose, idler, lackey, laze, leaner, leech, lounge lizard, scrounger, sideman, slave, sponge*, sponger, stooge*, sucker*, sycophant, taker*, yes-man,
antibody, bacteria, bug*, cootie, crud, disease, life, microbe, microorganism, microscopic, parasite, pathogen, plague, virus
cancer, cancroid, excrescence, fibrous tissue, fibrousness, fungus, lump, mole, outgrowth, parasite, swelling, thickening
barnacle, bloodsucker, bootlicker, dependant, flunky*, follower, freeloader*, heeler, lackey*, leech*, lounge lizard, minion, nuisance, parasite, satellite, sponge, sponger*, sycophant, truckler*
adulator, apple polisher, back scratcher, backslapper*, bootlick, bootlicker*, brownie, brownnoser*, crawler, cringer, doormat*, fan, fawner, flatterer, flunky*, footlicker, glad-hander, gofer, groupie*, groveler, handshaker*, hanger-on*, lackey, lap-dog, lickspittle, minion, parasite, politician, puppet, slave, sniveler, spaniel, sponger, stooge, toadeater, toady, truckler, water boy, yes-man

Take your pick when you write your piece on the rentseekers who were awarded the concession by the Transport Ministry to "conduct" drug tests on drivers, attendants and conductors of commercial vehicles.

Read more about it at
Unhealthy practice http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=19295
e-kesihatan - another parasitic rent-seeking monopoly? http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2007/09/11/ekesihatan-another-parasitic-rent-seeking-monopoly/

If Lulu Ever Had To Stand Up And Protest Against An Injustice

Lulu hopes to be brave, and not be easily rattled.