Monday, June 30, 2008

Lulu Thinks That The PM, In Trying To Sound Intelligent, Confirms To Us His Lack Of Leadership

Lulu thinks the PM was trying to impress us when he said that OKT's decision does not surprise him as he is intelligent enough to have caught the many hints that OKT has dropped.
The Star reports that
“In the past Datuk Ong had hinted such issues to me; (he) used to drop hints,” he told reporters after launching the Bumi Hijau programme here yesterday.
As such, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he was not too surprised to hear of Ong’s decision and that of MCA deputy president Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy not to seek re-election.


now, now.... isnt the PM the head of Barisan Nasional?
Wouldn't / Shouldn't OKT have gone to consult him, or at least inform him of his intention to not seek reelection?
Afterall, as useless as the MCA may be, they're still a component of MCA of which the PM is boss.
If not for advise, then at least for courtesy sake, rather than have this head of Barisan find out through his aides who probably found out via a bernama sms news alert?
Sounds like OKT "see him no up" and PM mega-failed in his attempt to look intelligent.
Our nation's PM, instead of looking like someone intelligent and able to catch the hints, ends up confirming our suspision that he does not command the respect of his subordinate-partners and is not in control of his coalition.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lulu Is Concerned That There Are Those In PKR But Forget They're In PKR And Behave Like It Was The Good Ol Umno Days

Senior aide to MB Khalid Ibrahim, Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri was suspended after he failed to inform Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim of money collected for the state government’s 100-days-in-office celebrations. Ezam Noor terbongkar-ed that the money collected was banked in to PKR's accounts. Lulu can understand if the party is doing fund raising, but letters for corporate donation were sent out under the guise of Selangor State government, using the government's letterhead.

Before that, the Anti-Corruption Agency had investigated allegations that Yahya improperly facilitated the approval of cleaning and garbage collection contracts in Petaling Jaya. The ACA cleared Yahya of any bribery but said his action was of “improper conduct.”

And he is not alone in the "improper conduct". Selangor Today has a scanned copy of a letter sent to the Kajang Municipal Council giving sokongan to a company to melaksanakan kerja-kerja penyelenggaran. The surat sokongan comes with a letterhead from the MB's office, and is believed to have been signed by one of the setiausaha kerajaans.

“Party Warriors” had complained about being sidelined by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's administration in the appointment of local councillors. They felt that these positions were due to them for their years of service and their perjuangan for the party. They fail to see that it is about making our community a better place to live in, not a place to glamour title/positions and having people come bodek you. Criterea of local councillor does not only consists of braving water cannons and beatings and being loyal to PKR.

These actions disturb Lulu. Dont you agree with Lulu that their actions and thinking reek of UMNO?
Its a pity there are still some who carry with them the habits of their UMNO days.
Lulu is worried about those who are in PKR but forget they're in PKR and behave like it was the good ol Umno days
Lulu does not envy Khalid and co who has to weed them out, and rehabilitate those who are still teachable and give them Ezam's number to those who aren't.
The question is, will Khalid do it?

others who have noticed this umno-ness in PKR
Dr Rafick PKR Members - Please dont turn PKR into another UMNO kind of Organization
Sheih So UMNO Ma!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Can Someone Tell Lulu If Liow Is Really Saying Our Tap Water Is Safe To Drink?

cos really, in the interview with Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai in the Sunday NST, he filters his water via a dispenser, which Lulu guesses, boils the water first.

Q: Do you drink your water straight from the tap?
A: I drink it straight from the dispenser, after it has been filtered.
Q: How much does the filter cost?
A: I don't know. But our tap water is potable. We have a water surveillance system that checks the water potability from the reservoir right down to the tap. We get complaints sometimes because of leakages. In certain areas, the water pipes burst and impurities get in. Accidents happen.
Q: But otherwise, you as the health minister,
would assure Malaysians that they can drink water straight from the tap?
A: Yes
, because we have a team that checks on the quality of our water. But we do advise people to boil water. You see in the 1950s and 60s, we used to ask people to boil water before they drink it. But now we have reached such a level (of cleanliness) that we're confident our water is drinkable.
Q: So no need to boil?
A: At least go for a filter because the path of the water distribution channel is so long. Along the way some contamination may happen. I'm talking about JBA water. If you get your water from somewhere else, that's nothing to do with us. I think you better boil that kind of water.
Q: People who can afford a filter will get a filter but if they can't, how much do they have to worry?
A: We have to differentiate between the safety aspect and the visual aesthetic aspect. If the water is slightly discoloured doesn't mean that it's not potable. It can be murky but it can still be safe. It won't cause sickness.
Q: What do you mean by safe?
A: There's no heavy metal and E. coli. So far there are no reports of anyone getting bacterial infection from drinking our tap water.

ahh.... politician doublespeak.
He did it so well. He went round and round. "yes you can but". And he does not follow his own prescription. what is good enough for the masses is obviously not good enough for him.

btw, Lulu does believe that when our water leaves the reservoir, its clean and drinkable. But because of the age of the pipes in Selangor, the water gets contaminated along the way, making it unsafe to drink straight from the tap.
Lulu thinks Liow is either ill-advised, not too bright, too trusting, didnt do his homework, maybe even suffering from lead intake from the water he drinks or all of the above when he assures Malaysians they can drink straight from the tap.

When Lulu Grows Up Lulu Wants To Be An 'Option Holder' of Petronas

forget all that doctor, actuarist, etc.
They probably earn peanut dust compared to the Option Holder of Petronas.

Gosh, if Lulu were an Option Holder, Lulu would be richer than Khairy, his wife, his 4th floor friends and their wives and relatives. Maybe still poorer than their nominees and "guna nama saja" friends cos they got a headstart, but who cares, cos Lulu would be rich! rich! rich!

What's so good about being an Option Holder?
Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan says 80% of the oil produced by Petronas is not sold directly to the world market but is channelled through six 'option holders' who obtain the supply from Petronas at below market prices.
ahh.... dont you want to be an Option Holder too?
Who do we send our offer to?

read more about what Jeffrey Kitingan has to say on this in his letter to Malaysiakini, no subscription required.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lulu Wonders If Any Action Would Be Taken Against Bung Moktar

One of the Speaker’s reasoning for the barrier and the retriction was that there was no telling who could enter under the pretext of being a member of the media.
He rebuked MPs (targeting Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah)) for not adhering to Standing Orders, of detouring from the issues at hand and raising irrelevant topics. “Wait first, be patient," he admonished the MPs who tried to raise the Press restrictions in a rather long, pedantic lecture on the need to not misuse the application of the Standing Orders.
[from NST]
However, the barricades were bizarrely, just as abruptly as they were erected, by Bung Radin Moktar, the BN Backbencher’s Club deputy chairman. Bung Moktar’s unconventional act could be perceived in two ways – he was brazenly defying the Speaker’s ruling or he was at his populist worst. "We think the media has a role to play without any obstruction. We were not told about this so we are removing it. We have no permission but we are doing it anyway," Bung Moktar intoned as he removed the barricades.
NST DEWAN DISPATCHES: The Parliament needle and the damage done to the Press
pix from the Star


If the barricades were there to keep our Parlimentarians from danger, then Bung Moktar has endangered the lives of our lawmakers.
If it was Fong Po Kuan who removed the barricade, Lulu does not doubt that the Speaker would have had her suspended.
Lulu wonders if any action would be taken against Bung Moktar.

Lulu Hopes The Press Will Press On And See What They Can Acheive When Unite In Protest Against A Wrong

Last Friday, the Parliament administration issued a notice to all media organisations informing them that they could only send no more than five journalists to cover the ongoing session. The letter explained that the decision was due to concern over security.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz maintained that only five journalists from each media organisation would be allowed into Parliament despite protests from the media.
“Five is more than enough. If five is not enough then something is wrong with you all. It shows you are not efficient. It’s as simple as that"

Parliament admin [whoever they are cos Nazri and Pandikar Amin are owning up to the instruction] weren't bluffing.
this greeted the "not efficient" press when they came to parliament this morning.

The press was not allowed beyond the red ribbon.
The journalists were forced to operate in a small corner where press conferences are normally held.

In protest, journalists from all print, online and electronic media [not just the usual bad boy Malaysiakini but also the mainstream press] have decided to only cover the proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat and boycott all press conferences or events held outside of the chamber.
Its such a big deal that even the news on RTM1, RTM2, TV3, NTV7 and Ch8 covered the boycott.

Chief editors have lent their support to colleagues protesting restrictive moves imposed by Parliament authorities, saying the decision was an unnecessary hindrance and an insult to the press. The Star has recorded support from China Press editor-in-chief, The Star group chief editor, New Straits Times Press Group editor-in-chief , Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily executive editor-in-chief and The Sun consultant editor.

Lulu hopes the press will press on until they get to move around freely in Parliament again.
and after they win this battle, Lulu hopes the media boss will send a strong message to the ruling party that enough is enough. Freedom of the press reigns, and they will write as their conscience dictates.
hope so, hope so, hope so.

Lulu Does Math [Yet] Again

Mathematics is not just 1+1, 124687634-456872, 4687x4867452
It's not just arithmetics.
Mathematics is the search for fundamental truths in pattern, quantity, and change. [sounds profound-yah? Lulu copied it from wikipedia-lah]

One of the things we learnt in Form lulu-forgot-what was this lulu-forgot-what-it-is-called diagram.
Does it look familiar? It helps us do mapping and identify relationships.
ahh....

The Pakatan agreement was that out of the 24 MBPJ councillors, there were to be
4 from PAS
7 from PKR
6 from DAP
7 from NGOs.

The Star lists the following
PKR
1. Mohd Halil Haji Harun – Petaling Jaya Utara PKR deputy chief
2. Syed Abdul Malik Syed A Hamid Al Jafree – Subang PKR deputy chief
3. Thiruvenggadam Aamuthu – Petaling Jaya Selatan PKR deputy chief
4. Halimey Abu Bakar – Kelana Jaya PKR Youth chief
5. Mahharul Ismail – Petaling Jaya Selatan PKR Secretary
6. Latheefa Koya – Petaling Jaya Selatan PKR treasurer
7. Tang Fuie Koh – Petaling Jaya Utara PKR treasurer

DAP
1. Michael Soon Kwai Choy – DAP
2. Mak Khuin Weng – DAP
3. Robert Tan Siang Chok – DAP
4. Tiew Way Keng – DAP
5. Francis Chang – DAP
6. Ramakrishnan Suppiah - DAP

PAS
1. Ahmad Yusof Ludis – PAS
2. Ghazali Shaari – PAS
3. Kamarudin Suhaimi – PAS
4. Muzammil Hafiz – PAS

NGO
1. Dr Melasutra Md Dali – Urban planner
2. Chan Chee Keong – Social activist
3. Richard Yeoh – Transparency International executive director
4. Anthony Thanasayan – Representative of the disabled community
5. Cynthia Gabriel – Suaram executive director
6. Derek Fernandez – Environment activist and lawyer
7. Paneer Sivam - - Labour Activist

When Lau Weng San, Lulu's assemblyman, read the list in the Star, he was shocked to see the exclusion of the proposed representative from RAs. He blogged about it here A mockery for PR if partisan nominees appointed as councilors under NGO quota, and it has been picked up by the Star and Malaysiakini, and now, whatalulu. Weng San is unhappy cos for the hijacker to put in his +1, one of the NGOs was excluded, and from what Lulu heard, it's a residents association rep.

Weng san listed the following NGO-ers in the list, namely Richard Yeoh (TI), Anthony Thanasayagan (coordinator of Malaysians Against Discrimination of the Disabled), Dr Melasutra Md Dali (town planner), Cynthia Manonmani Michael Gabriel (Suaram), Derek Fernandez (prominent lawyer on local governance) and Paneer Sivam (labourer activist)

So, Lulu drew a lulu-forgot-what-it-is-called diagram to help her see who is the +1 whom a certain political party had slotted in their own people using the NGO slot.

ah... thanks to the beauty of Mathematics, Lulu can see who the +1 is.

Monday, June 23, 2008

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lulu Suspects This PM Likes His DPM

On Sept2 1998, Anwar was sacked by his boss.
On Sept3 1998, four affidavits were served on Datuk Nallakaruppan (who was charged for an offence under the Internal Security Act [ISA] for possession of some 125 rounds of ammunition without a licence) at about 8:35 a.m. that morning.
By 1:30 p.m. that day TV3 in its news broadcast made public the allegations made in one of the affidavits, which were very detrimental to Datuk Anwar. Those allegations were also published among others, in a special edition of the Malay Mail newspaper which went to print at about 12:00 noon and became available for purchase by the public at 2:00 p.m. the same day. Lulu's mum sent her out to buy this [noC4 required] explosive edition which contained sex, lies and no videotape.

Fastforward 10 years.
On 18th June 2008, RPK signed a statutory declaration concerning what he had been informed regarding the Altantuya murder. It made its way around the internet.
There was no special edition printed by the Malay Mail even though the boost in sales would have been much appreciated in a time where their sales have gone the same direction as their reputation.
There was nothing, not even a hint of it in the normal papers.

ahh.... Lulu suspects this PM really, really likes his DPM, unlike the 1998 PM and his DPM.

Go here to read more about the Anwar affidavit. It is a document dated 15 September 1998 and signed by Raja Aziz Addruse, Tun Mohamed Suffian, Rasamah Bhupalan, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, Ramdas Tikamdas, P. Ramakrishnan, Mehrun Siraj, Zainur Zakaria, Cecil Rajendra, Yang Pei Keng, Rustam A. Sani, Gan Teik Chee and Sivarasa Rasiah

Update [9:00am, June 23]
ahh.... finally. a hint of it on the Star regarding a "prominent woman"'s presence

Friday, June 20, 2008

ahhh.... You Don't Need Lulu To Tell You This

"honest dealings" are not a secret within the party. It's not like they did not know.
they hold it like a noose around your neck.
this is probably the #1 reason why most of their people, in spite of all the wrong doings and evil actions, stay loyal to UMNO and the BN.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lulu's Chicken Or Egg Poser

The weekend papers reported that everyone's favourite son-in-law joining the chorus of calls for Petronas' accounts to be made public. “I will bring it up in Parliament and will ask the Government to make it public,”
Two days later, Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican informs that Petronas has been publishing its annual report for the past 18 years and it is easily available, including on its website.

it's like o-wow! For years, months, weeks and days, people have been calling for the Petronas accounts to be made public.
Suddenly, one well-connected arrogant person opens his mouth, and oo... we're told where to find the accounts.

Amazing, isnt it?

That got Lulu thinking.
1. KJ open his mouth, Petronas boss felt the pressure cos it's KJ, and responded.
2. KJ knew Petronas was going to make an announcement [cos KJ knows everything], knew that he's losing this battle, joined the populist calls to look like a hero.
hmm... chicken or egg?

btw, did anyone watch the Petronas boss's interview on telly last night? Lulu caught a bit of it. The bit where Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican said that it's up to the PM to give the green light.
If KJ really wants the public to know the details, he should tell his father-in-law to make it public. That is, if he really wants the public to know. And this is actually a good time, cos whatever mismanagement uncovered can be blamed on the previous administration aka DrM.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lulu Thinks NST Is Being Plain Outright Nasty


Realising the high expectations of an electorate that had been so riled with the previous administration, Lim's administration started off by trying to discredit what Gerakan had done in the 18 years it was in power.
He pulled no punches in attacking Koh's administration, starting off with alleged land scams, which Lim claimed had cost the state millions of ringgit in losses, then moving to the Penang Global City Centre (PGCC) project, which the state government revealed had never been approved.
Even the wives of former assemblymen were not spared when they were accused of not following the correct procedures in dissolving Pertubuhan Bunga Tanjung and transferring RM350,000 from its coffers into the account of the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti).

Lulu does not think that LGE took the tactic of discrediting what the Gerakan had done in the past 18 years.
And when he was talking about the "alleged land scams", he was looking for answers on how land was "sold" at such incredulous prices.
and the wives.... ooo the wives.... once again, they were looking for answers.

NST is running a 100days in office series.
The way NST has written it, well... their intention looks pretty obvious.
this series was credited to SHARANJIT SINGH, LEE KENG FATT, MARINA EMMANUEL, MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW and PHUAH KEN LIN.
Lulu wonders if they had written this bit on top, or was it written someone whose job is dependant on his political masters.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lulu Wonders If The Government Understands How Tight Money Is For The Average Malaysian

the papers interviewed some people who had gone to collect their rebate on saturday.

- relieved after collecting the RM625 as she was facing difficulty paying her son’s university fee. “Now, I can afford to pay the semester fee of RM608,” she said

- This is good. I can use it to pay my water, electricity and telephone bills.

- I'm so happy. Now I have extra cash to pay my bills.

- I need the money. It will come in handy, especially with my six children.

as it is, these people are already short of money. and it has only been 10 days since the price hike.
what happens next month when there is no extra RM625 coming their way?

Lulu continues to worry.

Lulu's Once Upon A Time

once upon a time, a man received a special goose from his aunt.
it looked like a normal goose.
he received it from his aunt who told him that it was a special goose. it would lay golden eggs for him everyday.
10/day in the first 5 years.
then 5/day for the next 3 years
then 2/day for the following 2 years
and on the 10th year, the goose would lay no more.

the man received the gift like a durian runtuh.

with the eggs laid, the man took the golden eggs and sold them.
in no time, he became very rich.

he took the money and bought a big house.
and a big car.
big tvs
terra-menerra kitchen.
italian furnishing.
whatever luxury money could buy, he bought it.
whatever was in fashion, he'd buy it.

not being a wise man, he bought things which depreciated.
his big house was continuosly renovated. when roman pillars were in, he added them. then granite facade was in, and he granited his house. he added a gym when he saw a neighbour's gym. the children's playroom was equiped with a mini cinema and had playstations, nintendo-wi and x-box for each of his children. of course there was a swimming pool even though no one in his family could swim. he renovated and renovated and renovated till there was barely any garden left. to put it very bluntly, it was a very ugly monstrosity which no one in their right mind would buy.
he changed cars every other month. the luxury car salesman's phone number was #1 on his speed dial, ahead of his family members. his garage was like a picture of a car magazine, consistently displaying the latest models.
he spent his money on things which depriciated instead of investing it for the future.

as a father, he did not prepare his children for the reality of life. he spoilt them and bought them the latest toys. he never taught them the value of money, education or an honest days work. he did not save any money for his children's future, and he did not prepare them for life in the real world. You want? you throw tantrum, you get.

even though he knew [maybe he forgot] that his golden egg laying goose had an expiry date, he continued to live a wanton life.

one day, the goose stopped laying golden eggs.

once upon a time, a man received a special goose from his aunt and he wasted every opportunity the goose could have given him.

there will come a day we will tell our children and our granchildren, "once upon a time, Malaysia was an oil producing nation..."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Is It Just Lulu, Or Did You Also Notice There Was No Date Mentioned?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/84432
"The leadership change will definitely take place at the right time," he said at a luncheon with government officials and community leaders.
when is "the right time"?
what defines "the right time"
who defines "the right time"?

and ok, this is not the U.S. and Lulu doesnt get to vote for her president. But those chaps in UMNO do. Don't they get a vote on who is to be the successor? Done deal already?

Lulu Hopes The Police Wont Hurt Them

the fuel hike, though necessary, has really hit the middle income and below Malaysians.
Prices are going up because of global forces and capitalists greed, and you don't know if yout paycheck can cover for your family's necessity. It's really frightening when you have house payments/rentals to pay, car loans and a family to feed.

And a lot of frightened people are out there around the Kg Baru mosque, Chow Kit and Sogo area.
They are not frightened of the police. What scares them is the thought on how to cope in such difficult conditions.

Earlier this morning hundred of Federal Reserve Unit members were stationed at the Kampung Baru mosque and its surrounding areas.
Also in the vicinity is a water cannon truck and four FRU trucks.Several roads leading to Kampung Baru and other roads in the city have also been blocked by the police.

After the prayers, Malaysiakini reports that over 2,000 people have taken to the streets.
Malaysiakini's latest update reports that at Sogo, the crowd of about 1,000 people decided to conduct an impromptu sit-in in the middle of the busy Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, forcing traffic to a standstill.

Lulu hopes the police will not hurt them.
Lulu hopes the police will understand the fear and pain they are going through, and allow them to voice their heartache and protests.
Lulu hopes the lousy government is not so out of touch from the average Joe that they will be able to understand the burden that many feel.
sigh...
Lulu hopes the police will not hurt them.

Update 3:57
Lulu's glad it didnt get ugly
Malaysiakini reports that
And at Sogo, the crowd of about 1,000 people decided to conduct an impromptu sit-in in the middle of the busy Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, forcing traffic to a standstill.
After a short while, following a brief speech by Salahuddin, the crowd dispersed from the area.
However a small group of them continued their march towards the PAS headquarters located about a kilometre away in Jalan Raja Laut. Many others, numbering several hundreds, joined in with this march as well.
The crowd then dispersed peacefully upon reaching the PAS building, after once again hearing a short reminder from Salahuddin for the crowd to participate in the July 5 mass rally.





pictures from malaysiakini

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lulu Wonders If The PM Is Aware Of The Suffering He Has Brought Upon These Children

[written by Azmi Sharom, not Lulu]
Listen, everybody, I must speak to you,” said the man.
“Not now, Papa, we are reaching level five,” said the boy.
“No, now,” said the man.
The sombre tone of his voice cut through the shrill screams from the video game. The children and the woman looked to the man, their normal indifference suddenly replaced by unfamiliar concern.
Seating himself, the man leaned on his elbows and stared at the floor.
In a voice quivering with barely suppressed emotion, he started to speak.
“Darling, children, I am afraid we ...
click here to read the bad news

Lulu Cheers Project Petaling Street!

Lulu stumbled upon PPS [www.petalingstreet.org] when she was googling the words "petaling street" for makan.
ohhh.... a whole new world opened up to her!
You have your social political stuff, humor, family, giddy headed nothings, heavy hearted sob-stories and Lulu's favourite - food stuff.
Lulu didn't quite know how it worked, but there it was, with new links to click everyday.
PPS quickly became a part of Lulu's daily diet.

After some years of reading blogs and listening to how our ignorant ministers and umno youth leaders kutuk-mengutuk bloggers, Lulu thought, there must be something those bunch of bloggers are doing right cos they're getting critism and insults from stupid people. So, Lulu jumped on that blogging bandwagon.

ah.... Lulu's bandwagon was going at tortoise's pace. Lulu wondered if anyone was reading the blog. Then Lulu decided to figure out how to ping this PPS thing. Seriously, it's actually quite simple, even for a lulu like Lulu.
and from there, some of you clicked Lulu's ping. Discovered the world of Lulu. maybe some of you are enjoying the world of Lulu.
and it's all thanks to PPS.

Thank You PPS.
Thank You for introducing Lulu to so many blogs.
Thank You for bringing so many new readers to Lulu, some who have become friends to her.

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lulu's Not Going To Fall For This

do you know that up to the afternoon a few hours before the PM announced the petrol price hike, Lulu did not believe the "did you hear, petrol's going up today?" news?
Lulu didn't.
Afterall, on 4th June, Shahrir had said that a new fuel subsidy scheme would most probably implemented in August.
And Najib quashed talk of petrol price increase on May 30th.
Lulu can't find the link, but remembers that shortly after the elections, the PM said that he has heard the rakyat, and there will be no price hike.

and we all know what happened later in the afternoon.
in spite of all that public declarations and assuarances.
so, how-lah they expect us to believe this?
as much as we would like to believe it, the days of believing in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is gone. gone-gone-gone.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lulu's Pathetic Loser List [2]

Normal people become MP through the ballot box. Whilst there is some hue and cry about the fairness of the election process - the ruling party having the advantage of man, money & machinery, the missing opposition candidate and the [not-so-secret] secret weapon, the postal votes, that's how most people [both the normal and not so normal] get elected into parliament.

However, pathetic loser list [2] has gotten in differently.

In 1995, Lee Chong Meng ran and lost in his attempt to be the Member of Parliament for Bukit Bintang.
In June 1995, however, he filed a petition seeking a declaration that Wee Choo Keong had not been properly elected. Dr Lee said a RM7,000 fine imposed on Wee earlier for contempt of court disqualified him from being a candidate. On Aug 2, 1995, then election court judge Datuk (now Tun) Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim [made doubly famous thanks to the Lingam tape] decided in Dr Lee's favour. Wee was disqualified, and to everyone's surprise, instead of calling for a by-election, Lee Chong Meng, who had lost the election, was declared the rightful Bukit Bintang MP.

Is this pathetic loser hoping for 2nd time lucky?


He lost by a 14,000 margin. Another case of, for every person who voted for him, two did not vote for him. And not all the 12,000 people who voted him are in the Bukit Bintang area as there are 5,500 postal voters, of which LCM claims 90% support.

Gosh... IF he does get 2nd time lucky, would he dare to walk the BB area unescorted, knowing how unloved he is?

Pathetic, truly pathetic

Lulu's Pathetic Loser List [1]

Koh Tsu Koon was the third Chief Minister of Penang from 1990 to 2008.
In the recent elections, he gave up his state seat, aiming for a Federal seat. He ran for the Batu Kawan parliament seat, and lost [lost-lost-lost] to Prof Ramasamy by 9,465 votes. For every one person who voted him, two people did not vote for him. It was quite a shameful loss to the man who led the state for 18 years, bringing "much progress" and all those other lovely airy-fairy story kinda thing to Penang.

Initially, he was complimented for his gentlemanly conceeding the win to Pakatan and attending his successor [as in CM successor, not Gerakan successor]'s swearing-in ceremony. He had also promised a smooth handover.

Then things went downhill.
His smooth handover included clean offices and empty files.
Then there was reports of illogical land deals which he was not willing to explain.
And then there was his pathetic attempt to claim credit, initially through his ex-PA, then now himself, in doing so much "solid groundwork" in bringing in investors to Penang. There was so much groundwork being done that in spite of being in digging the ground for 2 years plus, the investor did not [dare Lulu say "dare"?] seal the deal till a new government was in.
Just as Lulu was thinking, man... this is so pathetic, he goes down to a lower level of patheticness.

This, in from Malaysiakini,
Koh who is also Gerakan’s acting president, apparently last Thursday evening at a business seminar confirmed that Samsung, Naza and several more companies would be investing in Penang.

Is he so bitter that he would risk more jobs for Penangites by disclosing the companies which are still doing their due diligence?
What is in his heart? The welfare and the betterment of the Penangites? Glamour for himself?

Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Lulu Doesnt Really Know What To Say About The Petrol Price Hike

Lulu can still trim on her spending and probably save a little less.

But what about those who've already done a few rounds of "change lifestyle"?
those who have already taken up a second job?
who have already changed the car for a bike?
who have already started living on Maggi Mee, an egg and a bit of vege?

And for what?
because the government can no longer afford it?
because the subsidy money can be put to better use?

And in the meantime,
- our PM still jets around in a totally unecconomical personal jet which was leased [not bought, he says with great indignant] from a GLC with terms which are probably like the toll concessions. If it cost us RM792K during the 2 weeks of elections covering local destinations only, can you imagine how much it costs a year?
- we spent RM39.11mil on the first "angkasawan", and we still want to continue spending money on training #2 even though the space programme looked to be “as good as grounded” after Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili revealed there was no money left for it.
- it doesn't end there. we want to spend an undisclosed sum on buying the Soyuz capsule boarded by Malaysia’s first Angkasawan.
[if you are free today/tomorrow, Lulu suggests you take a drive to that hotel in Glenmarie where UMNO is having their pow-wow and report back what sort of cars these "ubah gaya hidup" advocates are driving]

This is the same government who is going to take the money not spent on petrol subsidy and "put it to good use".

sigh.
Lulu really does not know what to say.
I really worry for those whose belt are already so tight.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Lulu Would Have Headlined It This Way

malaysiakini put it like this
lulu, on the other hand, would have headlined it this way cos it reflects lulu's sentiments more accurately

maybe even add the "urgh" to denote agony...

Lulu Could Not Help But Think Of This Aesop's Fable

Umno Youth is going to embark on a "fact-finding" [note the inverted commas] mission based on the history of the formation of Malaysia and drafting of the Federal Constitution?
Some highlights
1. aim to comprehensively educate (the public) on building a Malaysian nation
2. "explaining" the social contract that Malaysians have agreed upon
3. the History subject in school would be reviewed if needs be.
Malaysiakini also reports that the first phase of the plan would be solely an Umno initiative before it is opened to the other component parties within Barisan Nasional (BN)
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83888
Lulu could not help but think of this Aesop's fable, The Man and the Lion
A MAN and a Lion traveled together through the forest. They soon began to boast of their respective superiority to each other in strength and prowess. As they were disputing, they passed a statue carved in stone, which represented "a Lion strangled by a Man."
The traveler pointed to it and said: "See there! How strong we are, and how we prevail over even the king of beasts."
The Lion replied: "This statue was made by one of you men. If we Lions knew how to erect statues, you would see the Man placed under the paw of the Lion."

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Lulu's Classified - Looking For Petrol Station Land Located 50.1KM From The Border

if you know of any plot of petrol station land which fits that criterea, could you please drop Lulu a mail at whatalulu@gmail.com?
Lulu wants to open petrol station 50.1km from the border.
Lulu believes there is a lot of money to be made there, a lot of foreign currency "earned".
Thanks

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Lulu Was Very Concerned For The Petrol Station Operators Who Tiba-Tiba Have To Enforce the No Petrol Sale to Foreign Cars

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad used his power under the Control of Supply Act to direct and ban the sale of subsidised fuel to these foreign cars. This applies to petrol stations located as far as 50km from the border.
["used his power" is not a figment of Lulu's imagination, but a quote taken from here]
The announcement was made on Monday, and was expected to be enforced on Friday the very same week.

Friday came, chaos ruled and the enforcement retracted. Now DPM says the decision to ban the sale of subsidised petrol to foreign-registered vehicles will only be finalised on Tuesday.

Lulu thinks the ministry was very shortsighted in executing this control.
It is easy for people like the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Kedah director Salleh Maamor to say that operators must ensure that the benefit was only enjoyed by Malaysians and not outsiders, and that petrol station operators in border towns in Kedah should make it their responsibility to “protect” fuel that is subsidised with the people’s money.
There is no denying that with the ban, the operators will be affected. Operators on both ends of the country expressed their concern that it would affect their businesses.
To place the onus on the operators to not sell petrol to foreigners in a time where prices of everything is going up and at the same time they're losing business is really unfair to them. The government, [whether by imposing this ban or by having a dual pricing system] opens them to a lot of temptation to sell foreigners subsidised petrol at a black market price and pocketing the difference. Please understand that Lulu is not saying that petrol station operators are a dishonest lot, its just that the government is dangling a huge temptation in front of them, taking into account the current scenario. It's really not fair to them.

Lulu hopes the government will properly evaluate how to implement this.
Or maybe accept that it's easier said than done.
Maybe what the government could do is to only allow cars with full tank of petrol to enter our country. If they have to refull, they're only refilling whatever they consumed in Malaysia.

Lulu Wonders How MIC Is Using IT Experts To Tackle Online Allegations

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has hired two information technology (IT) specialists to rebut allegations against the party on the Internet.
“We would make sure that the allegations are replied to within 24 hours,” president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said here at the 62nd Selangor MIC delegates conference here on Saturday.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/6/1/nation/20080601120055&sec=nation

come on-lah... if someone poses questions on
- the management of Maika
- Telekom shares beneficiaries
- the oppresion of Makkal Osai
- marginalisation of the Indian poor
- MIC's stand on HINDRAF
- TAFE College
- Samy Vellu's hairstyle
you seriously think 2 IT specialists would know how to reply to these issues? would they have enough MIC content and knowledge in them to be able to expertly and specialist-ly rebutt the allegations?

101 thoughts are springing out of Lulu's little mind. amongst them
1. why [lulu's rolling her eyes as she types this] would you need to hire expensive IT specialists to do a job that even a lulu like Lulu can do?
2. if they know enough, would they have enough freedom to reply the truth?
3. er... wouldnt it make more sense to hire fiction writers if you're looking for people to rebutt the allegations
4. would the IT Specialists be mere scribes, requiring no greater skilss than that of a typist typing out what the master dictates?
5. would it be a cheaper option to do it the azalina way - providing cyber trooper jobs for the umemployed [ read: cheap labour]?
6. is there some sinister agenda in hiring specialists with skillsets to take over your blog?
7. for real-ah, these IT specialists?

dunno-lah