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Don't blindly boycott U.S goods

Don't blindly boycott U.S goods

The people have the rights to boycott American goods although the government may not do so, said principal fellow with the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Datuk Muhammad Salleh Majid to Berita Nasional Malaysia(Bernama).

He said if the people were to do so, they should know the reasons for the boycott, otherwise it would serve no purpose.

‘They should not do it blindly and they should also be prepared for the consequences. The intention must be firm and clear,’ the former president of the then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia) told Bernama today.

Muhammad Salleh said Malaysia was capable of boycotting American products just like in the early 1980s when former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the “Buy British Last” campaign.

‘Likewise, we can do a similar campaign or stop using the USD and switch to Euro.

More in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;-

‘There are 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe compared to 14 million Jews and we ought to stick together to fight them,’ said Muhammad Salleh.

On the United Nations’ resolution on the Israeli invasion of Gaza, he said, ‘the UN is a lame duck. Too much belong to the Jews… Hollywood, the media… the list goes on and on. We must not touch, buy or use Jewish products.’

Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) secretary-general Datuk Dr Ma’mor Osman said the people should boycott American products although it was their choice.

‘We should detest the dehumanisation and incursion which threaten world peace. Those devoid of human norms do not care the pain inflicted on others,’ he said.

Malaysian should continue develop food chains and products while the people should give preference to local products, he said, adding that Malaysians should emulate South Koreans and Japanese who support local goods.


P/S: There are real foods in containers and packets that you can get instantly at vending machines in Japan. Certain foods doesn’t even require you to add any sauce but it tastes as delicious as real ones. Despite our tries on the sandwich vending machines a while back, maybe the aspiring inventors in Malaysia can learn a thing or two from the Japanese to invent something other and attract more people to support Malaysian local products. 

To know more about various kinds of vending machines in Japan, you can click here.

As most of the eastern part of peninsular Malaysia is flooded, business is currently slow. . .especially for the tourguides

As most of the eastern part of peninsular Malaysia is flooded, business is currently slow. . .especially for the tour guides

From a Malay greeting, ‘Apa Khabar’ pronounced as in ‘Appa kah-bar’ brings the meaning of ‘how do you do’, is one of Reggie Lee’s many comics. Has won numerous awards for his creativity, Reggie Lee hails from the advertising business for more than 20 years.

Finding his way of the connection between advertising and cartoons, Reggie agrees that both come hand in hand on persuading people to come nearer to the advertisements

P/S: I was used to reading ‘LAT’. His comics especially ‘The Kampung Boy’ makes me think for some times that people in the old days is far more creative in creating their own fun. . .even with a ‘Y’ shaped stick that’s tied up each end with a rubber ban. Nice!

For more on Reggie Lee and his comics, click here.

Malaysia PartyAccording to BERNAMA in the raid at about 3.30am somewhere in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 people were detained and scores of hallucination pills besides ketamine, cocaine, syabu, liquour and condoms were found at a hotel room in Jalan P.Ramlee here. The party was believed to have been organised by a couple, in their 20’s, who were married three weeks earlier.

Meanwhile in another raid in Kuala Lumpur, a newscaster with a private TV station and a local drama actress together with six of their friends, who were earlier detained by police after being tested positive for ketamine and syabu drugs at a new year eve party, were released yesterday evening.

Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Crime Investigation Department head, ACP Kang Chez Khiang said the eight, who were detained during a police raid on Jan 1, were released on police bail at about 7pm.

He said another man, who was also tested positive for drugs, was still being detained on suspicion of being the drug supplier for the party.

However, he said, police would recall all the eight when the outcome of the urine tests carried out by the Kuala Lumpur Hospital was expected to be released in two weeks’ time.

‘Meanwhile, 17 other people at the party who had been detained earlier had been released without condition,’ he said when contacted here at the BERNAMA office today.

No Undewear Party a Big No-No

‘A sex party is against our culture and religion and if it went on, it would damage the country’s reputation worldwide,’ Tourism Minister Azalina Othman said according to the New Straits Times newspaper.

Malaysian authorities have condemned rumoured plans for a New Year’s Eve sex party at a remote beach, while police warned the ‘no-underwear’ event could be a con job.

Newspaper reports said the party for the under-40s, to be held in southern Johor state bordering Singapore, was being advertised through a website that asked for 250 ringgit (72 dollars) as an entrance fee.

Party organisers had reportedly said that male guests were banned from wearing briefs to the event, while women were only permitted to wear G-string underwear which had to be removed after midnight.

‘The idea of organising such a party is far-fetched but the state Religious Department and local councils have all been informed,’ he told the New Straits Times, adding that authorities would be on alert.

P/S: WHOA~ (O.o) Happy 2009 New Year’s Eve~

Malaysia multi racial societyMalaysia has not suffered major ethnic violence since 1969, when riots fueled partly by Malay rancor over the Chinese’s wealth left more than 200 people dead.

Nevertheless, grievances between ethnic communities have occasionally sparked bloodshed. A dispute between Malays who celebrated a wedding and their Indian neighbors who held a funeral at the same time prompted violence that killed six people near Kuala Lumpur in 2001.

Therefore, Malaysia’s government plans to train special mediators to resolve disputes between neighbors of different races in a bid to prevent communal tensions in the ethnically diverse country, officials said Tuesday.

Wan Abdul Halim Othman, a sociologist who will be training the mediators, said the program will initially be implemented in urban areas where the risk of racial disputes is relatively high because many multiethnic residents live alongside each other.

The program would initially be rolled out in Kuala Lumpur, central Selangor state, northern Penang state and southern Johor state. If successful, it would be implemented nationwide.

Ethnic divisions have deepened amid increasing complaints by minorities about special privileges enjoyed by Malays in jobs, education and other areas. Some also say their religious rights have become secondary to Islam. The government has denied any unfair treatment.

About 300 volunteer community representatives would undergo mediation courses starting next month as part of the government’s efforts to curb racial and religious friction, said Azman Amin Hassan, director general of the National Unity and Integration Department to the AP.

P/S: It’s going to be a new year, new moon and new resolution. Come to think of it, my old one haven’t succeeded yet. Must get 4.0 GPA, must get 4.0 GPA, must get 4.0 GPA. Come on people, live in harmony. Treat others with respect and they will do the same to you.


After the plans approved by the government, AirAsia and its conglomerate Sime Darby, another low-cost carrier terminal will be build nearer to downtown Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. It is said as to meet the total increasing passenger capacity which is expected to rise about 30million passengers by 2014.

Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat also said that the soon-to-be expanded low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) will be build to ensure the comfortability of passengers to travel in both ways speedily and comfortably.

The new terminal, to be called ‘KLIA East @ Labu’, will be built on a 2,800 hectare site (6,919 acres) in the central state of Negri Sembilan under a private finance initiative, costing 1.6 billion ringgit (461 million dollars), the New Straits Times said.

The new LCCT will also be equipped with more road and rail links as it will be easier for people to access the new terminal and light to the time consumed.

With much to the benefit of the consumers, an AirAsia official told the paper that the carrier’s fares could be drop by as much as 15percent when the new terminal opens.

A groundbreaking ceremony was being planned for late January with construction expected to be completed in two years.

This is a good outturn as AirAsia has been lobbying the government to build a bigger LCCT to meet the consumers wants and better service of the number one low-cost carrier in Malaysia.

P/S: Kudos AirAsia! 15percent, who doesn’t want it? yeay! (^_^)

I went with my dad to send my mom at her workplace this morning, we took the usual road and passed by the New JB customs -CIQ- which is the new immigration point if you want to go to Singapore which is by the way, has a pretty IMPRESSIVE architecture judging by how it looked from the top level of my gym floor when I’m on the treadmill.

Anyway back to me now, usual peek hour of the morning everybody’s rushing to their desired location with 145 horse power of their cars, ANYTHING is bound to happened even off the road.

Hey, I’m not blaming every individual that is behind the wheels of every accident that happened in this world. It just the level of their mentality that should be blamed at.


Yea, ride it you jerk!

I was at the back seat when my dad wants to drop my mom off to her office and this motorcyclist came out from behind our car and crashed a little bit of the end on my side of the door when I was just about to open it on the left side of the car. It has to be noted here that it IS the spot of dropping point of passengers.

And yes maybe I was part of the fault because I forgot to look behind before opening the door. But as far as I’m concern there isn’t any law of the road in Malaysia stating that any motorist can overtake another’s vehicle on the LEFT side of the road. And it is CLEARLY the Spot for dropping passengers off and you shouldn’t even be speeding here in the first place.

Judging by the law I AM not guilty here. But as I have civics I went outside and apologize to the apparent guilty-by-law motorist, and his passenger. Follow suite was my dad and of course he defended me and said sorry again for my behalf.

It was jammed packed with other cars queuing behind waiting for our car to move that time. The motorist just doesn’t want to shut up and keeps blaming me for not looking behind before opening the door and honestly, I think it was the ONLY point of his entire babbling.

Suddenly my dad took out his wallet and pulled a 50 Malaysian Ringgit and gave it to him. 50? the only casualty I saw on his passenger was a SCRATCH on her left shin and NOTHING on the motocycle!

It can be tolerated if the motorist broke his arm -wish it did!- or his motorcycle suddenly fell apart but it was NOTHING! and my dad gave him 50bucks? That guy doesn’t even suppose to deserve a penny!

When we were back in the car and we were on the road again heading to my dad’s office, I asked him the reason he gave the good-for-nothing motorist 50bucks when clearly we have the right not too.

Called it bribery he said but he didn’t want any fight to occur as everybody else was in a rush to go to work too and the queue behind our car was increasing. It was also to shut the low-life-motorist’s mouth so that we can get a move on with our life a bit faster.

The motorist and his passenger still live and his motorcycle still works very well. The one thing that can be a concern is of the passenger’s left shin to be healed with loads of stitches before a hemorrhage occur. . . NOT!

And guess what? we still lost 50bucks today to the schmuck motorist.

P/S: Hurmm, makes me wonder why Malaysia’s rank drops down on the Freedom House’s Global Press Freedom Ranking for 2008. With all that has been happening and this minor little things happened in any time, honestly, I’m not surprise at all.


Cigarette packs will carry pictorial warnings by January 1st, 2009. Malaysian Health Minister, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said that a minimum of RM6.00 for 20-cigarrete pack will be charged to consumers. Non-smoking premises also will be extended.

Get it? Do not smoke. It is bad for you!

Get it? Do not smoke. It is bad for you!


Politics of Race 2.(updated: September 1st, 2008)

“Bangsa Melayu has always been the “tuan” in Tanah Melayu since centuries ago. Just as the Chinese, Indian, Japanese and the Germans, in theirs”. – Dr Hassan Ahmad, former Malaysian permanent rep at the UNESCO, quoted in “… Yes, this is about Malaysia!”

Original article
Politics of Race.

At midnight, prominent human rights lawyer Malik Imtiaz launched Project Malaysia, a non-profit initiative he has put together with some friends. The “experiment” will run for a year, during which it will explore 12 core Malaysian themes through “comprehensive no-holds-barred, critical discourse in which all stakeholders have a chance to put measured views across”.

“The aim,” Malik says, “is to find solutions for a better nation and craft a blueprint for the future.”

The initiative debuts with its first core theme, Politics of Race. A piece full of promise and optimism. I want to share Malik and Michelle’s confidence, but I do think that, after March 8 and Anwar Ibrahim’s win in Permatang Pauh, “race is no longer a pivotal consideration in (Malaysians’) quest for what they believe is right”? I have my doubts. I ‘d say we are not there yet. But, hey, read the piece and tell them what you think.


Posted: September 1, 2008 in Malaysia
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Jalur Gemilang


Now, is it me, or do you find it

a little quiet for Merdeka, too?