Monday, May 25, 2015

Arabisation of the Malays must be checked! Hurrah for a brave voice!


Marina Mahathir. Took me a while to realise but she pesonify the progressive Malay women of Malaysia and not many of them are around anymore


Arabisation of Islam in Malaysia is critical and it must be checked.
The Malays are the most easily influence group in the country and Umno leaders are now using Arabisation of ISlam for more firm control over them.  Malay women are given a "gentle suasion" (read: do it or suffer) to be more subservient to their Malay men.
I feel  that over the last almost 60 years the Malay culture is slowly deacaying into a natural death where all aspect of the beautiful Malay culture where baju Melayu, baju kurung and kebaya are not seen anymore and women are encourage by the Muslim-Malay male dominated political system of the country to practice "tribal Islam" rather than the progressive one.
For this dudes, I am with Marina Mahathir, I may have not agreed with some of her stance in the past but on this score I am apt to agree with her.  Marina on this subject I am with you keep it up you have my complete support.
Below is an artilce which appeared in Malay Mail online:
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 KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir has criticised the “Arabisation” of Islam in Malaysia amid the institutionalisation and growing conservatism of the faith here.
The social activist pointed out that that it is very difficult to find traditional “baju Melayu” for women during Hari Raya as Arab attire like kaftans, which are long tunics, became more popular instead over the years.
“This is just Arabisation. Our culture — it’s colonialism, Arab colonialism,” Marina told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview here.
“Kaftans are easy to wear. But what happened to our tradition, culture, everything? It’s lost,” she lamented, pointing out that Malay women below 50 generally do not know how to tie the ‘baju kurung’ skirt so that it falls into pleats and makes it easier to walk in.
The eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Islam’s biggest problem in Malaysia is the fear of knowledge of the religion itself.  Read more here....
And read more about her here....

Monday, May 18, 2015

The prime minister, in his blogsite, replies to all unfounded allegations made about him.

  1. Najib on Altantuya's issue, and he said:-
  2. This case has been investigated, tried and concluded in the Federal Court. It is a nine year-old case without end as it continues to be “recycled” by the Opposition.
  3. As it was a lengthy court case, the appellants had ample time to give their full account and tell the courts everything. So why are we listening to individuals whose testimony have already been given and who have been found guilty of the crime?
  4. What is important is that the judgment brings justice to everyone, most importantly to the family of the victim, to the accused and even to me.
  5. I have stated many times that I have nothing to do with this issue, and even sworn an oath on the Quran in a Mosque.
  6. The people must take into account that in politics, many issues keep being played up, and this is one of them. It became hot at a time when I was PM in waiting and the Opposition needed a way to prevent me from advancing. Because the two bodyguards had worked for me, and Razak Baginda was a friend and associate, they tried to connect the dots to me. Razak Baginda has openly admitted to the relationship with Altantuya but in no way did I have any knowledge of it. Pakatan and their media have irresponsibly tried to play the psy-war game by trying to implicate me and influence perception. They even went as far as to superimpose a photo of me, dining with the victim in a restaurant. In this era of social media, these things go viral uncontrollably, including the superimposed photo
  7. Check out Najib's answers on all unfounded allegations levied on him as a person and a prime ministere...


Monday, May 11, 2015

On behalf of those who feel the same way........!


First and foremost let me humbly apologise for "re-printing" an article from Din Marican's blogsite on the subject of former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad incessant attacks on the country's serving prime minister, Najib Razak.
I have always respected Din Marican's civilise write ups on many subjects which I considered as more intellectual rather than infantile in style.
In this particular open letter to Mahathir he is not praising Najib, but rather criticising the former prime minister's incessant attacks on the country's working, working very hard, prime minister.
Din is saying to Mahathir something akin to an adage: those who live in glass house shouldn't throw stones, and it basically means: You should not criticise other people for having the same faults that you yourself have.
This famous blogger dubbed a DJ Blogger, wrote something that many of us want to say or write but dare not for whatever reasons.
So here goes nothing:-
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OPEN LETTER to Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad


By Din Merican
Rosmah-Mansor-Perdana-MenteriBoleh ka?
As someone who admires you over many years, it pains me to read about your political tussle with the incumbent Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, concerning his administration. It is also sad to note that our Prime Minister has not responded satisfactorily to issues you raised with regard to 1MDB financial affairs, the brutal murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian model, and the management of the Malaysian economy.
Most of us agree that the Najib administration is incompetent, inept and corrupt. But there are some differences of opinion about whether he should resign or stay in office. Apparently, UMNO, of which Dato’ Seri Najib is President, is solidly behind him. Key leaders of the party including his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Youth Wing, and your critics in UMNO have pledged their support.
Najib is confident he can hold his own against your incessant attacks and those of pro-Mahathir bloggers like Dato Kadir Jasin  and  Syed Outside the Box, among others, that he can ignore you and allow his supporters to launch  a series of counter-attacks against you and your associates. You have been checkmated by a much younger leaders........Read further here!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why Mahathir wants 1MDB to fail!




To defy Dr Mahathir’s wishes, at his prime no less, would have great personal cost and Ani must have known this, yet he bravely stood his ground. Indeed he was effectively kicked out of TNB for his defiance, as he told KiniBiz in the interview.

When I was kicked out, no company would touch me,” reminisced Ani in conversation with KiniBiz, adding that many companies at the time had ties that link back to YTL. “So I worked for foreign companies for a while.”

But he did not express regret at his decision – far from it. An often-repeated statement from Ani is that he does not wish to have his grave urinated on, a grave insult in the Malay culture, for dishonest dealing in life." The late Ani Arope.

If you are one of the loony, er I mean lonely Mahathir choir boys, I am betting you don't know that MalaysiaKini has come out with the first issue of KiniBiz. Well, now you know. There are two big write-ups on Mahathir in the fortnightly:
1. The study of contrasts between LKY and Mahathir, and
2. The man who refused Mahathir

I am sorry to tell you boys that your idol fared very badly - like, very very badly - in the battle of the bulge with the late Lee Kuan Yew. But that's understable. Even the Singaporeans think their so-called founding father, whom they were not really fond of while he was still alive, was the better man.
What's really damaging to your hero, boys, is the interview with Ani Arope. KiniBiz describes him as The Man Who Refused Mahathir.
The interview could not have come at a worse time. Here's why. Mahathir has been scoring a lot of points attacking Najib over 1MDB, accusing the Prime Minsiter of incompetence, alleging that RM27 billion has disappeared into thin air, etcetera. You boys have been happily repeating the allegations (although I guess you guys don't really know how to read let alone read audited accounts!)
The late Ani Arope, in the interview, is telling us a different story altogether. It tells us of a plan by Mahathir, using the Economic PLUNDERING Unit or EPU, to create power producers that would enrich cronies (Francies Yeoh, Ananda Krishnan, Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary, among others) and imporverish the people and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
Ani Arope saw this. He refused to play along. He was sacked ONE WEEK after saying refusing Mahathir. Before that, a major power breakout was "arranged" to show to the people how inefficient Tenaga Nasional was and why the IPPs were needed. I am not saying all this --- go read the interview in KiniBiz.
After the first IPP (YTL), Mahathir went on to start many more IPPs. These power producers all made big, big money. At who's expense? At the rakyat's, of course. Remember how we all complained about how much we had to pay for electrity. At first we blamed Tenaga but later on, as the years go by, we understood that it was the IPPs.
When PM Najib took over, he must have seen the plundering. So he used the 1MDB to buy the IPPs after telling Ananda, Francis and Syed Mokhtar that their contracts were not going to be renewed, thank you. Next step, list these IPPs in one mega public listing exercise and create and share the wealth with more stakeholders, not just cronies.
Three things will happen together with the IPO :-
1. It will end the ridiculous subsidies that Tenaga Nasional and Petronas had been forced to give to the IPPs year in and year out.
2. The people will enjoy lower electricity tariffs and,
3. the IPPs as we know them will be no more. So will Mahathir's IPP legacy.

Mahathir is not alone in his onslaught of Najib. He was never alone. The IPPs have been with him from the start.  Now boys, go get your copy of the KiniBiz. Rememebr there's a Part 2 of the interview coming in two weeks.

Read more about this honest to goodness servant of the people who refused to do it anymore...here!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The real reason why Mahathir battling to stop Najib's 1MDB, by hook and by crook (and crooked bridge too!)




To defy Dr Mahathir’s wishes, at his prime no less, would have great personal cost and Ani must have known this, yet he bravely stood his ground. Indeed he was effectively kicked out of TNB for his defiance, as he told KiniBiz in the interview.

When I was kicked out, no company would touch me,” reminisced Ani in conversation with KiniBiz, adding that many companies at the time had ties that link back to YTL. “So I worked for foreign companies for a while.”

But he did not express regret at his decision – far from it. An often-repeated statement from Ani is that he does not wish to have his grave urinated on, a grave insult in the Malay culture, for dishonest dealing in life." The late Ani Arope.

If you are one of the loony, er I mean lonely Mahathir choir boys, I am betting you don't know that MalaysiaKini has come out with the first issue of KiniBiz. Well, now you know. There are two big write-ups on Mahathir in the fortnightly:
1. The study of contrasts between LKY and Mahathir, and
2. The man who refused Mahathir

I am sorry to tell you boys that your idol fared very badly - like, very very badly - in the battle of the bulge with the late Lee Kuan Yew. But that's understable. Even the Singaporeans think their so-called founding father, whom they were not really fond of while he was still alive, was the better man.
What's really damaging to your hero, boys, is the interview with Ani Arope. KiniBiz describes him as The Man Who Refused Mahathir.
The interview could not have come at a worse time. Here's why. Mahathir has been scoring a lot of points attacking Najib over 1MDB, accusing the Prime Minsiter of incompetence, alleging that RM27 billion has disappeared into thin air, etcetera. You boys have been happily repeating the allegations (although I guess you guys don't really know how to read let alone read audited accounts!)
The late Ani Arope, in the interview, is telling us a different story altogether. It tells us of a plan by Mahathir, using the Economic PLUNDERING Unit or EPU, to create power producers that would enrich cronies (Francies Yeoh, Ananda Krishnan, Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary, among others) and imporverish the people and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
Ani Arope saw this. He refused to play along. He was sacked ONE WEEK after saying refusing Mahathir. Before that, a major power breakout was "arranged" to show to the people how inefficient Tenaga Nasional was and why the IPPs were needed. I am not saying all this --- go read the interview in KiniBiz.
After the first IPP (YTL), Mahathir went on to start many more IPPs. These power producers all made big, big money. At who's expense? At the rakyat's, of course. Remember how we all complained about how much we had to pay for electrity. At first we blamed Tenaga but later on, as the years go by, we understood that it was the IPPs.
When PM Najib took over, he must have seen the plundering. So he used the 1MDB to buy the IPPs after telling Ananda, Francis and Syed Mokhtar that their contracts were not going to be renewed, thank you. Next step, list these IPPs in one mega public listing exercise and create and share the wealth with more stakeholders, not just cronies.
Three things will happen together with the IPO :-
1. It will end the ridiculous subsidies that Tenaga Nasional and Petronas had been forced to give to the IPPs year in and year out.
2. The people will enjoy lower electricity tariffs and,
3. the IPPs as we know them will be no more. So will Mahathir's IPP legacy.

Mahathir is not alone in his onslaught of Najib. He was never alone. The IPPs have been with him from the start.  Now boys, go get your copy of the KiniBiz. Rememebr there's a Part 2 of the interview coming in two weeks.

Read more about this honest to goodness servant of the people who refused to do it anymore...here!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Watch this and think the xenophobic and chauvinist DAP!

The struggle and style of the DAP today are no diference than that of the CPM of yore.  The end justifies the mean for both the DAP and the CPM in terms of policy of trying to control this beautiful multi-racial country named Malaysia.



Monday, April 13, 2015

A feel good story today. Proud to be Malaysian after reading this....!



Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee from Kelantan.....



KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — At a recent photoshoot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz of prominent scientists honoured by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one woman stood out from the rest.
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee is the president and leading researcher of an organisation working on the development of vaccines for infectious diseases. She is also a Malaysian, a proud Nyonya born and bred in Kota Bharu.
So, how did this small town girl become one of the most important malaria fighters in the world today?
Tell us about your childhood growing up in Kota Bharu.
My childhood was quite idyllic. My father Sim Seng Watt was born in Sibu and was the Organiser of English Schools under the British Empire in Kelantan in the late 1940s. He taught at the Sultan Ismail College (SIC) in Kota Bharu. Everyone called him Cikgu.
My father would go durian “hunting” during the season and I would tag along in the car going to the nearby kampungs where durians and heaps of mangosteens were sold along the roadside. He told me about the various local flora, the nipah palms along the paddy fields, how to recognise a mango tree, all about rubber and how it was tapped.
I would romp around in the rubber plantation that was behind my home collecting seeds that we would play with. My mother taught me how to plant tomatoes and beans in our backyard.
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee’s first birthday growing up in an idyllic Kota Bharu. © Provided by The Malay Mail Online Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee’s first birthday growing up in an idyllic Kota Bharu. She also showed me how to catch spiders to keep in a match box! I must have learned the love of science and observation of living things at an early age.
I always felt my education in Kota Bharu was strong even though it was thought of as the hinterland of Malaysia. Our teachers at SIC were superb. The curriculum was outstanding. Students were challenged and expected to perform well.
How did you get into tropical medicine and development of vaccines for infectious diseases?
I received a First Class honours in Physiology and a Masters in Physiology at the University of Malaya. I wanted to pursue a PhD, but did not have the financial support to do so. I applied for a World Health Organisation (WHO) Tropical Disease Research (TDR) scholarship to do my PhD at the Department of Malaria and Filariasis at the Institute of Medical Research (IMR).
I was given the opportunity to work with the other prominent scientists at the IMR. I was sent on field studies in Sabah and other areas where we would work all night collecting blood samples from village to village and house to house.
Later I was invited to join Harvard University as a post-doctoral fellow, where I focused on the molecular biology of the worms that cause elephantiasis and other forms of filariasis.
How has your work changed the way in which malaria and other tropical diseases are treated?
I have been working on the development of an effective malaria vaccine since I started my scientific career. I have identified likely target genes, cloned and sequenced genes, and developed them as subunit vaccine candidates based on one or two of the more than 5,000 genes of the malaria parasite. I was always trying to outsmart the malaria parasite, and this led to wonderful scientific discoveries, but not to a highly effective vaccine.
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee prepares vaccines in a laboratory in Equatorial Guinea. © Provided by The Malay Mail Online Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee prepares vaccines in a laboratory in Equatorial Guinea. In 2003, I started a vaccine company called Protein Potential LLC. At the same time, my husband Dr Stephen L. Hoffman started Sanaria Inc, a company solely dedicated to developing a malaria vaccine.
Sanaria is developing a whole malaria parasite vaccine, called PfSPZ Vaccine. It is intended to be used to prevent malaria in residents of malaria endemic countries and for travellers and foreign personnel working in malaria-hit regions. Most importantly it is intended to be used to immunise the entire population for malaria elimination campaigns in endemic counties.
We were repeatedly told by almost all of our colleagues that it would be impossible to manufacture a whole sporozoite vaccine. After several years we were successful, and now there is enormous excitement worldwide about our programme since our PfSPZ vaccine approach has shown 100 per cent protection in several studies, one of which has been published in the prestigious scientific journal Science (Seder et al., Science, 2013).
Trials on testing the vaccine are now being conducted in the USA, Europe and Africa. We expect that when our vaccine is licensed and deployed, it will first dramatically reduce and then eliminate the 200 million clinical cases and greater than 550,000 deaths caused by malaria every year.
You and your husband were recently honoured by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Tell us more about that.
We were honoured by being invited participants on The Art of Saving a Life, a BMGF project promoting the value of vaccines. The Art of Saving a Life tells the story of the impact of vaccines on improving child survival and humanity in the past, present and future. We were honoured for our life-long and on-going work on the development of an effective malaria vaccine.
Was there ever pressure to excel in your field, as a Malaysian professional overseas? Or was it more from personal ambition?
There was never pressure from my family or peers. I do not believe that pressure from the outside can generate the passion, dedication, tenacity and commitment that are needed to excel in any field. I am a driven person. It is my nature to be curious. I love a challenge.
After being a scientific researcher for more than 30 years, I am still in awe of the discoveries that can be made upon close and careful investigation. I am proud to identify as a Malaysian, who was able to use my Malaysian upbringing and education to try to make a significant mark on scientific progress in the greater world.
Do you still identify with being a Nyonya after living and working so many years abroad?
I absolutely identify as a Nyonya. Both my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandparents were Peranakan.
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee, seen wearing a traditional Nyonya kebaya, is one of the leading researchers developing a vaccine for malaria. © Provided by The Malay Mail Online Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee, seen wearing a traditional Nyonya kebaya, is one of the leading researchers developing a vaccine for malaria. My paternal grandmother only spoke Malay and wore “sarong kebaya” every day without her precious “kerosangs”, which would only appear when she was dressing to go out. I remember fondly my paternal grandmother always plastered white “bedak sejuk” on her face after a morning shower.
I love to cook and my family is into food. I learnt to cook some Peranakan dishes from my mother and still serve them at home today. In fact I have thrown a banquet every Chinese New Year where friends gather to cook, talk about and share their family’s most memorable and traditional meals.
Do your children identify with the work you and your husband do?
We have three boys. The eldest Alexander is 35 and is a lawyer, who is our in-house legal counsel for both of our companies. Without his support and legal acumen we would not go very far.
Seth and Ben are 25 and 23 respectively. They are both in medical school. They have always been involved in our work. We often have had visiting scientists and clinicians who are our close friends and collaborators share a meal or stay with us.
The boys would join us at dinner and come with us on trips to the field all over the world, and have conducted scientific research since high school.
Seth and Ben spent a summer during their undergraduate university time and before medical school working on hookworm and malaria near Ende, in a remote site on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Like Steve and me, Seth’s primary interest is in infectious diseases and global health, while Ben is currently focusing on neuroscience and is in an MD/PhD program.
Do your sons see themselves as entirely American or do they also embrace their Peranakan heritage?
The boys are a complete blend of cultures. When they were young, they were surrounded by many languages. They are most intrigued and amused by Manglish and the way Malaysians string Malay, Hokkien and English all together without heed to language structure!
Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee’s sons (from left) — Ben, Seth, and Alexander — are big supporters of the good work she and her husband Dr Stephen Hoffman do. © Provided by The Malay Mail Online Dr Betty Sim Kim Lee’s sons (from left) — Ben, Seth, and Alexander — are big supporters of the good work she and her husband Dr Stephen Hoffman do. My mother has spent the summers with us for the past 24 years and they grew up with her. They have also visited Kota Bharu many times. In fact Ben is so interested in food and cooking that he took a semester off while at Stanford University a few years ago, to be a student at a chef’s school in Florence, Italy.
In addition to Italian cuisine, he has mastered how to make “rendang” and Singapore laksa, both learnt by painful trial and error in the kitchen. There must have been 20 types of “rending” that he went through before hitting what made him happy!
What inspires you today?
We believe that our PfSPZ Vaccine, a highly effective malaria vaccine, will be available for anyone who needs it, in the near future. This is a statement that makes history. I am living it.
* To learn more about Betty Sim Kim Lee and her work, visit www.sanaria.com. View her photographs by Annie Leibovitz here