Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Diambang Tahun 2015

Is is just me?.... but in the wake of the crashed airliner QZ8501, I have this bad feeling where sitting anywhere on an airliner would  not be a good thing. Have planned to travel quiet a bit in January and February 2015 but will probably cancel the trips that are not so important.

Anyway my father tells me two things that one will never whom you will marry and for how long, and....the other.... is when you die and where. 

So friends work today like you will live for a thousand years and pray to Allah Almighty as if you will die tomorrow.

Happy New Year 2015, 
Wishing all friends health, peace , joy and prosperity.

Where’s The Safest Place To Sit On An Airplane?

Details Published on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:59 Written byMushamir Mustafa

At the back, behind the wings.
If you’re reading this while waiting to board the plane - I’m sorry, I doubt you’ll be able to change your seat.
That First Class seat doesn’t look so classy for ’survival’ now, does it?
I was reading the SAS Survival Handbook, a read that details almost all emergency situations - from trying to get out of a car that’s plunged into a river to making your own wood oven in the jungle, snow, or desert.
The best place to sit, according to professional survivor John Lofty Wiseman, and author of the SAS Survival Handbook, would be at the back of a plane, close to the exit (doors).
And its common sense. If a plane were to crash - the frontal parts of its hull would receive the most damage.
In 1977, Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 on a Boeing 737-200 hit the ground on a near vertical angle at high speed, purportedly being diverted by hijackers. All hands were lost, with 93 passengers and 7 crew members. Well in this case, it doesn’t matter which seat you are sitting at. Worse still, when an entire plane just goes missing mysteriously or gets hit by a supersonic missile, such as MH370 and MH17.
Popular Mechanics in their 2007 study also found that rear seats were the safest, while Economy class seats gives a 69% chance of surviving as opposed to 56% near the wings, and 49% for those in First and Business class. Discovery TV also set up a daring experiment in which two pilots flew a plane full of sensors and dummies, then parachuted from mid-air. The crash showed that rows 1 through 7 were the most fatal seats as they absorbed most of the impact, with seat 7A sling shotted out of the plane. Could it be that the number 8 really brings ‘good luck’ after all?
The position of the seats are not all telling though. A Channel 4 documentary titled ‘The Crash’ simulated a Boeing 727 crash using dummies in differing seating positions. One was wearing the seat belt and sitting normally, the other in a brace position, and the last one was not wearing the seatbelt at all. As long as you have that seat belt strapped across your waistline, you will survive, experts say.
Don’t forget too that sitting near the exit increases your odds of survival. According to Professor Ed Galea of the University of Greenwich, from studies of more than 100 plane crashes, he found that sitting 5 rows from the exit door allowed a higher chance of escape, and sitting at the aisle won’t hurt either.
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From a technical aspect, Wan Mazlina Wan Mohamed, aviation expert and former aircraft engineer who has worked with the Royal Malaysian Air Force in Crash Recovery and studied Aircraft Crash Investigations, believes that the whole plane is safe.
“Although some people assume seating at the back of the plane is the safest, because it is far from the engine...and near the toilet”.
An ‘emergency exit’ indeed, for those with uncontrollable bladders.
So, the next time your Economy seat gets bumped to Business or First Class, consider the ‘upgrade’. Even if the odds of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 5,000 – a reminder for your next flight booking to improve your odds slightly, sit in Economy class, by the aisle, with your seat belt fastened, within 5 rows of the emergency exit.

Malaysian Digest

Monday, 29 December 2014

You want to know the Ministers or YBs who are NOT PM Material?

The magnitude of the flood in Peninsular Malaysia has reached a point that it should rightly be called a national disaster. 

Malaysian volunteers and the Government manpower and assets are all at hand to help  the more than 150,000 flood victims. Unfortunately some Ministers and YBs  are still on holiday overseas seemingly unperturbed by the disaster that is unfolding. I don't have to mention names especially of the absentee Ministers but today the Prime Minister did the right thing:

Any Ministers or YB politicians who needed to be told by the Prime Minister to cut short their holidays and come home to help with the flood rescue are definitely NOT PM Material.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Not in defence of PERKASA and ISMA

'When the incitement stops, the hating will too'

The recent hoo hah about the Group of Eminent25 who then became the Eminent24 and then back to Eminent25 now supported by  the usual suspects probably with their own agenda like of course the DAP, The Star paper, SIS, Suaram, you name it...... and chief troublemaker have the list here read his post, they are all there and notice who support the Eminent25? Yup you guessed it not many Malay Muslims or NGOs there.

That being said, I have no bones against the Eminent25 in fact I welcome the development, it is in essence a call to the Prime Minister requesting the appointment of a panel of experts to resolve any conflict between enacted Islamic laws and civil law, and the Federal Constitution in a closed forum and not to do it publicly. 

To which I completely agree, religion should be discussed by experts in closed doors meetings and not discussed by less knowledgeable Muslims and some non muslims who dont know head or tail about Islam in public.

Just hope they remain independent and just hope they do not get carried away by the adulation and support of the usual suspects and turn into another Ambiga's Bersih which is now a certified Pakatan apologist.

I am only anxious that the group had zoomed in on Perkasa and ISMA as extremists and being the cause of the problem. The open letter by the Eminent25 does not back their assertion that Perkasa and Isma are extremists with facts, thus falling into the trap of  DAP and Christian zealots who insist to use the word Allah by non Muslims in the Peninsular which is a source of much angst of the Muslim community in the Peninsular. 

Perkasa and ISMA exist and is thriving simply because Malays and Muslims in Malaysia sees their sensitivities being trampled and they are not extremists, not by a long shot. Talking about and defending the Malay race and Islam is not extremism. This is rubbish talk by the zealots and the bigots of the Dap,Mca,Gerakan and some Malays who claim to be moderates whatever that means.

While our Constitution is a secular constitution, any issues about Islam and the kalimah ALLAH should take cognizance of the fact that 61.3% of Malaysians are Muslims. Failing to do so will only invite a backlash from the majority. 

Malaysia Demographics (source):
Muslim (official) 61.3%, 
Buddhist 19.8%, 
Christian 9.2%, 
Hindu 6.3%, 
Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 1.3%, 
other 0.4%, 
none 0.8%, 
unspecified 1% (2010 est.)

If some of you is seeing the rise of ISMA and Perkasa likening it to the rise of radical Islam like those Taliban and the psychos of the IS (which Tony Abbott now calls a Death Cult) it showed that you are naive and do not know your Malaysian Malay and Muslim friends. Malays as a people are very tolerant  unlike the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan or the Arabs in the Middle east. But woe betide those who are not sensitive to things dear to the Malay Muslim of Malaysia.

Jangan cari pasal macam DAP Lim Guan Eng buat You see the Malays and the Muslims never cari pasal..problem is the Dap zealots and some Christian bigots yang sibuk cari pasal. 

I sure miss the days when the Dap is small and not supported by the Chinese like now.

When the incitement stops, the hating will too.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Government must bite the bullet and bring back the PPSMI for the sake of our future generation

Recently the UK PM, David Cameron said something very important about the study of Maths and Science in schools, he said: 

'If countries are going to win in the global race and children compete and get the best jobs, you need mathematicians and scientists - pure and simple' 

Well actually Malaysia's former PM, Dr. Mahathir said almost the same thing back in October 2014:

'The Government should bring back the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) or the country will be left behind'

'knowledge of science and mathematics was growing, and without a command of the English Language, the country would be left behind'

"If we want knowledge, especially in science and mathematics, we must use English because most of the knowledge is in this language,"

"We will become a race which cannot create anything if we fail to master science and mathematics, which are mostly in English,"

This is what I twitted:

Will PM Najib ever understand the issues and problems and bring back PPSMI ?

In 2003, Dr Mahathir introduced PPSMI, but the Najib-led administration reversed the policy in 2009 and reverted to using Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction.

Friday, 5 December 2014

If we had given citizenship to immigrants(legal/illegal) then why we can't give now?

'Why was it right to give Chinese and Indians citizenship in the 1940s and 1950s (for whatever reason that may have been) and wrong to give others citizenship today?'

'Those whose ancestors before this were given citizenship are now the same people grumbling about citizenship given to others'
Raja Petra

The Sabah RCI has done a good job but really I think if illegal immigrants who comes to Malaysia and want to settle here and they are generally good people, they can, but will need to fulfill the criteria set by the Government based on our Constitution. Malaysia's population is almost 30 million people, we need more people, the ideal will be at least 70 million people as the Gomen envisioned

Here is Raja Petra's interesting take on the illegal immigrant problems in Sabah:

Raja Petra Kamarudin
The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) has finally issued its report regarding the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah and it appears that this controversy is not about to go away. The response to the RCI is varied from why so long to hold a RCI, why hold it only now and not earlier, can the report be trusted, to has the report been edited/doctored so that the truth can he hidden?
From our understanding of things, there are a few (maybe three) different categories of immigrants (we are still talking about Sabah, of course). 
Those who sneaked into Sabah without any valid papers, 
those who were legalised with false papers, 
and those who were legally made citizens in compliance to the proper law and convention.
The tendency in most countries, even in the west, is for people from the poorer countries to sneak into the more prosperous countries, especially if they are neighbouring countries. It is all about earning a better living, which you cannot get in your homeland, or to escape wars, conflicts, persecution, etc.
Many European countries, even the US, face this problem, as did Asian countries like Hong Kong. Even a large majority of the Vietnamese ‘boat people’ were ‘economic refugees’, which was the reason why the UNHCR faced difficulties in finding them a home.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in defending the government policy of giving foreigners citizenship, cited first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman as giving two million foreigners citizenship as well.
This is the ironical thing. Those whose ancestors before this were given citizenship are now the same people grumbling about citizenship given to others. This is just like those Malays who made good and are now successful because of the New Economic Policy (NEP) are those who now oppose the NEP and want it abolished because, according to these people, the NEP is being abused, makes the Malays weak and lazy, does not allow meritocracy, etc.
I do not want to debate the issue of fraudulent citizenship (those with false papers) or illegal immigrants (those staying in Malaysia without any legal papers) and so on. I want to talk about the policy of whether foreigners should or should not be given Malaysian citizenship.
This, of course, means your citizenship must be valid and you must have legal papers to live and work in Malaysia. Hence that would mean I oppose syndicates that smuggle in illegal immigrants or syndicates that fabricate papers to make these illegal immigrants ‘legal’ citizens of Malaysia. I only support bona fideMalaysian citizenship, naturalised or otherwise.
As I have written many times before, the British Colonial Government of Malaya began importing workers from India and China into the country around 1850 and officially ended this policy in 1920 when there was no longer any need for foreign labour and when the world economy went into recession.
In 1941, the Japanese invaded Malaya and many Chinese suffered at the hands of the Japanese (mainly because Japan and China were at war). The Japanese landed in North Malaya and expected to take Singapore in 100 days. They marched down Malaya and took Singapore in just 70 days.
But the British had been preparing for defeat. The war had been going on for two years before the Japanese set their sights on Malaya so the British knew that it was a matter of time before Malaya fell. So the British planned a ‘stay back party’, those who would be left behind when the British retreated and who would go into the jungles to fight a guerrilla war against the Japanese.
The British set up a training centre in Singapore and trained British, Australian, Malay, Chinese, Nepalese, etc., soldiers, police officers and citizens (civil servants and planters) in the art of jungle warfare. Freddie Spencer Chapman’s book ‘The Jungle is Neutral’ is a good read if you want to know more about what happened at that time. Also good reads are ‘The War of the Running Dogs’ and ‘Tanamera’ by Noel Barber, ‘Merdeka’ by Lachman Gunn, ‘Jungle Soldier’ by Brian Moynahan, ‘King Rat’ by James Clavell, and so on.
The plan was, once the Japanese take over Malaya the fight would continue. The Chinese had their Malayan Peoples’ Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) and the British their Force 136. Force 136 would work with the MPAJA and provide it with training and logistics support, arms and ammunition included.
The British never imagined that the MPAJA, who were mostly (but not all) Chinese Communists and anti-British, were true friends. They were just comrades united against the Japanese and once the Japanese go home then the British would now have to face a new enemy, the Chinese Communists. The British who fought side-by-side with the Chinese would one day have to try to kill these same people.
After the Japanese surrender, the British tried to form the Malayan Union in 1946. But the Malayans, the Malays in particular, opposed this plan and in 1948 the British abandoned the Malayan Union in favour of the Federation of Malaya. The Chinese Communists, however, who by then were called the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and no longer the MPAJA, opposed the Federation.
On 16th June 1948, the CPM launched its insurrection, which ended 12 years later in 1960 but officially ended on 2nd December 1989 with the signing of the Hatyai Treaty. The first three British planters killed on 16th June 1948 (Allison, Christian and Walker) are buried at the Church of St Joseph in Batu Gajah, Perak, while the Emergency was declared two days later on 18th June.
At the beginning of the insurrection there were about 12,000 Communist Terrorists (CTs) operating in the Malayan jungles. By the time of Merdeka in 1957, the numbers were reduced to less than 2,000. Hence by Merdeka the ‘war’ was almost over and the Communists had been defeated.
One way that the British defeated the Communists was to isolate the Chinese from the CTs by relocating them into new villages. These new villages were guarded and fenced up and a dusk to dawn curfew imposed. Hence the Chinese could no longer give the CTs logistic support (although not all ‘support’ was done voluntarily but at the point of the gun).
Next the British gave 60% of the Chinese immigrants, about 1.1 million Chinese, Malayan citizenship. This was so that the Chinese would regard Malaya and not Communist China as their homeland. The British also gave the Chinese TOL land. It was TOL and not freehold so that the Chinese could be placed ‘under threat’ that they would lose their land (which had to be renewed annually) if they supported the CTs instead of supporting the government.
In Umno’s negotiation with the British regarding Merdeka, the British made it clear they would not entertain Merdeka for Malaya unless the issue of the immigrant population was first resolved. The Chinese and Indians would have to be given a place under the new independent Malaya sun and not be sent back to China or India.
Hence, after Merdeka, more Chinese and Indians were given citizenship (the two million that Dr Mahathir is talking about, and which he blames Tunku Abdul Rahman for).
Some Umno people (and non-Umno Malays as well) keep harping on this issue about citizenship being given to the non-Malays in the 1940s and 1950s. That may be true but it was necessary. It was first necessary to prevent Malaya from falling into the hands of the Communists and then necessary to gain Merdeka. Malaya would not have gained Merdeka and, in fact, may have even become a Communist state if not for the British move to give citizenship to the immigrants.
Today, there are no Chinese or Indian immigrants any longer. The Malaysian Chinese and Indians are all Malaysian born. But we do have other immigrants from the neighbouring countries. And now the government needs to decide what to do with them, just like the government had to decide what to do with the Chinese and Indians in the 1940s and 1950s.
It is not a crime to obtain Malaysian citizenship. It becomes a crime only if you obtained it in an illegal manner. Malaysian citizenship can be obtained either by registration or by naturalisation. Either way you have to give up your prior nationality, as Malaysia does not allow dual citizenship.
If you are a foreign national, with no Malaysian origins whatsoever, you can obtain Malaysian citizenship by naturalisation. The only requirements are you must be over the age of 21, have resided in Malaysia for more than 10 years in the 12 years period immediately preceding the date of application, and can demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the Malay language.
Have these requirements been met? If it is ‘yes’ then no more discussion on the matter. If ‘no’ then something is amiss and requires investigation. That is the crux of the matter. But to say that no foreigners can be given Malaysian citizenship is not something that needs to be discussed because for more than 60 years foreigners have been given Malayan and then Malaysian citizenship.
Why was it right to give Chinese and Indians citizenship in the 1940s and 1950s (for whatever reason that may have been) and wrong to give others citizenship today?
The issue of how and why it is being done is another subject matter altogether. In the 1940s it was to stop the Chinese from supporting the Communists. Today, it is to…well, whatever that reason may be (you probably have your own thesis on the matter).
We can argue about the manner (whether it was done legally or not) or even the motive (whether to stop the Chinese from supporting the CTs or to increase Umno’s ‘vote bank’). But as long as it follows the Constitution there is nothing that can be done, unless we change the Constitution to say that no one born outside Malaysia must be allowed Malaysian citizenship.
Is that what we are saying? That may solve one problem but it will trigger many other problems.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


Apakah maksud bangang?

Maksud perkataan bangang adalah / The meaning of bangang is :

dud , duff , foolish , stupid

Perkataan berkaitan: / Related Words
ahmak dense , stupid...
bahalul not very clever , stupid...
baghal mule , stupid , obstinate...

Pantun Bangang?

Dua tiga kucing berlari,
Mana nak sama si kucing belang, 
Blogger upahan UMNO mana mau lari, 
Presiden UMNO sudah chop bangang

Kajang Pak Malau kajang berlipat,
Kajang hamba mengkuang layu,
Jawatan MB, azmin dah lipat,
Tinggal khalid seorang merindu

Sorong papan tarik papan,
Buah keranji dalam perahu,
kenapalah ISA dan EO ditalkinkan,
walaupun undang2 itu masih diperlu

Encik Baba jatuh dalam parit, 
Cik Aminah ketawa jerit jerit, 
Harga minyak jatuh bawa perit, 
Mari doa ekonomi tak masuk parit

Kalau ada sumur di ladang,
Bolehlah hamba menumpang mandi,
Nasib baik Akta Hasutan tak ditendang,
Kalau tak ramai orang yang hilang gigi

Rumah Pak Mamat di tepi sawah,
Pakai langsir yang masih basah,
Parti Pas parti tak bermaruah,
Kena hentam dengan Dap tak kisah

Tuai padi antara masak
Esok jangan layu-layuan
Jangan cakap ikut suka tekak
Nanti menyesal bertahun tahun