Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
During his reigning era from 1979-2003, he stunned the world by initiating Iran-Iraq War in Sep 1980 that last for 8 years, genocide in the killings of Kurds during the Anfal campaign against Kurdish rebels, and invading Kuwait in 1990 for accusing the latter illegally slant-drilling petroleum across Iraq’s border.
Today is the beginning of religious holidays for Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest dates of the Muslim year. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence but a deliberate choice, maybe they’re hoping that the festival would divert the concentration of the Arab world and minimize the backlash from Sunni insurgents. On the contrary, the jubilant Shi’a, oppressed under Saddam, was celebrating the news (the image below – from Wikipedia - shows the distribution of both Muslim sects).
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
1- Two Moroccan boys shot an American tourist accidentally while testing the newly bought rifle. The elder was killed by the police on their escape.
2- No proper facilities to save the wounded tourist, and the couples were abandoned by other selfish frightened companions in a desert village.
3- A Mexican nanny was desperate to bring her two baby-sit kids out of the desert. She was arrested and deported subsequently though she has been considering the States as her home after 16 years of living.
4- A mute-deaf Japanese teen girl was upset to be a virgin. She was looking for love and her initiative to seduce men failed repeatedly.
The director weaved the stories and presented in stark culture contrast among each other, but sharing a common ground – undesirable ill fate. It’s slightly heavy, lack of commercial element, but flowing smooth. Recommended.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
At the Bulgarian custom - border to Macedonia, my finger prints and photo were taken (like fugitive) for profile record. I was ordered to sign a Bulgarian language statement (no one translated to me and I couldn’t understand at all), confirming that I have no objection to be penalized for overstaying in the country. The decree will be given later.
The roads beyond the custom authority of both countries are well paved, but the 50m potholed zone between the 2 offices is an eyesore. A tiny duty free shop is available, selling only liquor, tobacco and perfume.
Skopje is smaller than Sofia (capital of Bulgaria). In general, the roads are narrower, drivers are less disciplined than Bulgarians, insufficient parking place, more Islamic mosques in the city…
There was a long queue in front of Bulgarian Embassy, guess these Macedonians were hurrying for last minute visa application. Note: The diplomacy status between the 2 countries will be changed when Bulgaria will join EU on 01-Jan-07. Till end of this year, both countries’ citizens could travel freely without visa.
Unfortunately visa section was closed at 12:00pm. Thanks to my colleague’s relentless effort, the Ambassador granted special permission to process my application. The gentleman is polite and helpful.
We took a taxi, but was charged €5 for a couple of km distance, obviously we were slaughtered. A friend said it should cost €1 only!!! Shit! We have to learn from experience.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr.M accused the hedge fund speculation was the culprit that destroying the economy structure in the region. He pointed straight to the massive Quantum Fund managed by Hungarian born George Soros who strongly condemned Dr.M’s policy to impose capital control that against free market concept. Dr.M once referred him a “moron”.
Dr.M has obviously lost his former cronies’ support politically since he handed over the Prime Minister post to his handpicked successor – Abdullah Badawi in 2003. He recently expressed his disapproval and criticized the new leader abandoning some mega projects which he had been laying out deliberately during his era. Ironically, the once highly respectful Dr.M was attacked by pepper spray as he prepared to address an assembly in July.
Another political upheaval is brewing…
The initial idea is to relieve the pressure of Thai Baht appreciation against USD recently, worrying that strong currency would jeopardize export of the country. They decided that the short term hot money speculations to be curbed. Thai Finance Minister admitted the authorities have underestimated the impact caused.
In fact the regional stock markets and currencies have gained weight too fast in the past 2 months – 15%! The bullish stock market drives everyone crazy, quite irrational in my opinion. Thought the unexpected blow would cool down the fever lightly, instead the market recomposed swiftly after the curb lifting announcement is made. The whole region is again overwhelmed by the “prosperous” sentiment. Hope this is not a flash in the pan.
Thailand has much to do to soothe and mend the shaken faith of foreign investors.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The 1997 Crisis destroyed the emerging countries’ economy utterly a decade ago. The miracle of economy achievement evaporated, the speculators (hedge fund) mercilessly vacuumed billions of hard-earned savings out of the region, while foreign companies desperately retreating their investments to safe havens. Malaysian Ringgit, Thai Bhat, Philippines Peso, Korean Won had devalued almost 45%, and 75% to Indonesian Rupiah.
Prior to the catastrophe, International Monetary Fund (IMF) encouraged developing countries liberalizing financial sector i.e. eliminating restriction on capital flows. They again stepped in hypocritically offering assistance in the aftermath. People in retrospect believe that the well coordinated manipulation of currencies was a deliberate attempt to destabilize the region economies, and I believe IMF is the mastermind of this ploy.
Plenty of proposals and packages were presented to help reforming the vulnerable economy, targeted to push the governments to sell off the key assets e.g. bank, electric, water etc, of course cheaply. For instance,
- Indonesia to sell off part of PT Bank Central Asia, Indonesia's largest retail bank
- Korean Daewoo Motors was sold off to American General Motors
Malaysia surprised the world for not accepting any advice from IMF but imposing series of monetary control. Tons of furious critics against the same, saying this act would lead Malaysia economy to bog down further. The years passed and this tactic convinced and proved to the rest of its success.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
The modern technology helps people mobilizing from a place to another conveniently, powerful robots and machines are invented to replace manpower, almost all the works are done by computers… in short, people is working less physically. It wouldn’t be surprise that the future generation no longer needs muscle, but just a bigger brain / head to think and manipulate the computers.
The pollution would be so severe then that the air is corrosive, therefore the wrinkled skin is evolved. Foods are all genetically mutated to grow fast to meet the consumption of expanded population. Possibly easy digestive nutrition substitution is created, teeth are no longer required.
With the tendency nowadays of slim = beauty, this could be the future look of human being.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Space travelling has been commercialized lately but exclusive for the super rich people. Sooner or later it would become popular when the technology is more mature and economic. I wish this would be realized before the end of my life.
It is worrisome to see some countries abuse the technology and race to develop weapon of mass destruction. Possibly the earth would be destroyed earlier than it should be.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Feeling mildly homesick, couldn’t tell the exact reason. Perhaps frustrated over problematic project? Or could be missing family’s care when I was ill recently? Maybe because of not able to plan a trip back home due to visa issue while watching others cheerfully planning their Xmas vacation?
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The Neptune encourages all fishes to voice out their constructive opinions to help solving the problem. Unfortunately it turns out to be another blah blah blah as majority politicians, when the benefit of particular group (i.e. the sharks) is concerned.
Somehow several politicians were “encouraged” boldly and sneaking chances to blare their racist motto in the most important assembly of ocean’s largest political party. It was broadcasted live. The irresponsible speeches undermine the fragile social structures. Worse, the Neptune did not halt the speeches promptly but allowed the sharks barking furiously.
The small fishes were shattered, and protested. Reluctantly, to pacify the anger of the rest, the Neptune summoned the racist sharks and “advised” them accordingly, no punishment was placed. This will definitely set up a precedent for other sharks to follow…
Years ago our Marine Committee boycotted and strongly condemned the inhuman apartheid political system in other coral reef. This trace is obviously and openly fostered on our own reef.
Unfortunately the Neptune was not elected publicly, the chief of the sharks is nominated to lead the ocean automatically.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
“Angels and Demons” is another great novel of Dan Brown though the story is not realistic. I enjoy the way Dan Brown integrates the history, myth and existing structures. It triggers my interest to visit Vatican.
“Digital Fortress” is not impressive comparatively, the storyline is weak.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
The technology is progressing exponentially that we could hardly walk abreast with, every new inventory has a tendency to be smaller and wireless for convenience sake.
We are consistently exposed to the radiations in our living environment, for instance mobile phone, Bluetooth and thousands of unknown sources. There is no concrete study proving that excessive exposure of various radiations would have any physiological effects on the human brain or human body. These are not life-threatening problems but could cause a lot of discomfort in long run. Imagine if all radio waves are visible, the net must be so thick and vision impenetrable.
Research advised that constant exposure to the electro-magnetic field inducted by the high voltage transmission line is cancerogenic, therefore the living area should be distanced away.
Think about microwave oven operation principle. The object that absorbs radiation would be heated up, as stated in physics energy transformation theory. Beware of the mobile phone is cooking your brain for long tele-conversation, though the manufacturers claim the radiation risk is negligible.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
It is inconveinient to work in the environment without lingua franca, I rely on my colleagues to help translating. Improper use of words might distort the idea of the topic, therefore the language ability of the translator is essential.
Oral translation is no easy task especially involving technical terms. Exact meaning must be translated promptly without imposing personal opinion, while filtering out the unnecessary emotions.
The expression of the translator helps us to define the emotion of the 3rd party. I have noticed recently some translations have been infused with personal opinion, a different image of the original story is depicted. I have to be prudent to judge accordingly.
我对自己的语文能力有自知之明，不奢望达到native speakers 的水平。我在尝试提升自身的能力尤其是中文，毕竟这一方面我只受过六年小学教育。
Most of the educated people in Malaysia could handle 2 to 3 languages, due to the multi racial structure society and freedom to pursue knowledge from schools of different media, such policy is banned in Indonesia.
Our daily communication has turned out to be a hodgepodge of languages. It seems to be an interesting culture mutation, it is literacy disaster instead. People no longer speak genuine language but to adopt words from other languages or dialects to compensate the poor vocabularies.
I’m well aware of my weakness in language, never expect to be as good as native speakers. Am trying to improve in this aspect especially Chinese, after all I had only studied it during the primary 6 years.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The booming economy of Sudan is largely supported by petroleum industry. In year 2001, the exchange rate was USD1 = SDD255 (Sudanese Dinar). It remained relatively stable till I left Sudan in May-2005,
A few days ago, a Sudanese ex-colleague informed that the exchange rate recently has appreciated to SDD204, an incredible 20% hike within 18 months! This would create problems to foreign investors on the increasing local costs (labour, facilities etc).
Rumours said this exchange rate is going to be pushed up to SDD150 within short. I’m not an economist, but I could foresee lots of economy chaos will follow subsequently. Very likely this is another political ploy.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Imagine living in a complex marine society.
The dominant big white shark is getting greedier, bullish and stronger under the protective new marine policy, while the minors are only fed with dregs.
The meat chunk is cut into several pieces, the big white shark picks the largest pieces but claiming it should be distributed by quantity not by weight.
The smaller fishes question the justification of the policy, the big white shark swears to defend its privilege by all means.
No choice, the smaller fishes have to swim away from their territory to seek other opportunities. I’m lucky to find a coral reef, but for how long I would stay, I couldn’t tell.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
National Space Agency said the program was provided free of charge as part of an offset program for the purchase of defense deal from Russia worth US$900 million. There is no free lunch in this world, the cost for sure has been part of the package. This special gift definitely enlightens someone’s vanity.
The public has no choice but to accept the fact. Just when we expect the government would brainstorm creative scientific experiments to be conducted in the space station, among the unexpected proposals are playing traditional board games, traditional fabric printing and performing tea making under micro gravity environment. The very idea of these experiments is said to advertise Malaysian culture to the world.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Malaysia will send its first astronaut into the space aboard a Russian rocket next year, as part of a six to eight day scientific mission on board the International Space Station. This space program is estimated to cost around US$25 million.
The government is very proud of this project, but sorry, I don’t feel single bit of excitement at all. There is no obvious technical benefit out of this luxurious flashy adventure for just 1 man. The truth is our government is squandering money of taxpayers. Their ignorant fantasy eclipsed the sense and reality. It does attract the attention from the world, but scornful. The same budget could have been allocated on more crucial and desperate aspects like medical infrastructure and education.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of year 2006 released by the Transparency International indicating the general corruption level of the 163 surveyed countries, generally linked to the politics, economy and social atmosphere respectively. The public would be induced to judge particular country accordingly.
Malaysian government is upset over the ranking has slid to 44th place from 39th last year. As expected, some politicians defy the credibility of the statistic, presenting numerous excuses to try pacifying the public emotion.
In fact, this survey is not an absolute measure of a country development. Why paying so much concern on the position like students comparing their academic results? Senseless! The ranking slide does not justify one country’s corruption is worsening, likely other countries have improved wisely in this respect. We should question how to improve ourselves instead. Unfortunately barking without practical effort is the strong point of many politicians, avoiding responsibility is their surviving skill.
No doubt, the lowest rank countries are among the well known poorest and political unstable countries. This does not imply the cleanest country has no corruption cases, but it was carried out more secretly, professionally, advance technically, and sometimes legally.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
One of the recent typhoons destroyed the crops of my colleague in Philippines, he lost some money.
I experienced the mighty typhoon in Philippines, unforgettable. On the day typhoon was approaching, the thunderous storm cut off power supply. I was guarding alone in the semi-brick house in the fishing village, felt the house quaking with fear. By 8pm, the typhoon roared with its maximum speed (180km/h). The raindrops coupled with tremendous force permeated through any tiny gap into the house, was worrying badly it would collapse. Was exhausted after struggling over the night, I laid asleep on the wet mattress.
The rain had ceased the next morning. The front and backyard were flooded, but the faeces from the neighbouring piggery were drifted to my backyard, disgusting! The whole village was a mess - electricity poles, nipa huts, trees and plants were destroyed, collapsed. The dead poultries scattered around.
Felt deeply sorry to the farmers for losing the crops, all efforts were in vain. The poor families who could barely feed themselves had to search around for materials to rebuild their huts, but unable to construct a sturdier shade. The typhoons visit yearly, it has become their yearly routine works.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Have been applying the work permit together with a German colleague, the identical documents were submitted at the same time to the immigration office. My colleague is granted the permit while I am rejected. The unofficial reason given is that I am not holding European / American passport. Judging one’s capability based on nationality is pathetic!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Malaysia education systems and policies are closely related to the politics. The recent ranking of world universities again proved that Malaysia has not reached the world top range. The government has repeatedly stressed to build Malaysia as international education podium, the politicians give much comments but without persistent practical efforts. In order to materialize this idea, its self education must be improved to convince the rests.
The privileged system reserved at least 30% of the university quota to the Malay ethnic, this figure would exceed half after recruitment filtration. Lots of Malay elite students have been sent studying abroad after secondary school with governmental scholarships. Those remains will fill up the chances granted by the quota system. Eventually it widens the gap of education achievement between the Malays and non-Malay students in general. For protecting the “weaker” community sake, the syllabuses have to be simplified, which drags the university quality. On the other hand, the non-Malay students are competing fiercely to enrol to government universities, but the opportunities are limited.
There are not many non-Malay lecturers and professors in the national universities, the reason is unclear. I leave it to the readers to ponder. Additionally, the comparative lower salary and lacking of advance research and development facilities are among the reasons failed to attract first class talented scholars back home to contribute their knowledge.
The constant brain drain is a serious loss to developing countries. To promote and alleviate education, eliminating racial issue is among the steps to be considered.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The following cartoons are posted at MalaysiaKini, sarcastically disclose the present dreadful politics.
（徽章）我抗拒贿赂， （徽章）我抗拒贿赂， （徽章）我等待贿赂
(badge) I’m against bribery， (badge) I’m against bribery， (badge) I’m waiting for bribery
When the present Prime Minister was taking office, for fighting corruption sake, the governmental officers were ordered to put on the badge (I’m against bribery) to show determination. The author adds a “N” in front of “anti”, becomes “Nanti”, means “waiting”. This operation effect was not prominent.
第一任首相 / 1st Prime Minister – Tunku Abdul Rahman （开国之父）
第二任首相 / 2nd Prime Minister – Tun Razak （发展之父）
第四任首相 / 4th Prime Minister – Dr.Mahathir （工艺之父）
第五任首相 / 5th Prime Minster (Present) – Abdullah （凯利的岳父）
Khairy is the son-in-law of present Prime Minister, rumors said he is interfering governmental operation and abusing rights, sparking criticism. His extreme speech on racial issues helps installing himself in the party, triggers strong discontent within Chinese community.
Year 2002, the cronies flattered the former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir, frightened of the strongman’s political supremacy.
Year 2006, after stepping down of Tun Dr.Mahathir, the cronies turned against him, typical fickleness of politicians.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Plenty of ghost related rumors spreading in the folklore. I never take it seriously but simply some baseless tales. Something inexplicable happened lately worrying me much, séance was consulted. It makes me re-evaluating my opinion on this subject, is that coincidence or those stories are factual?
至于永恒能量的产生，科学家提出的宇宙大爆炸至今无从证实，这是比较受落的科学假设。Dan Brown 的著作 Angels and Demons 以深入浅出的方式谈及此理论，不妨一读。
Does ghost exist? I believe it does, but not superstitious. Physics state that energy is constant and transformable. I reckon the spirit is a form of energy, though science couldn’t prove its existence. The religions believe the soul would depart from the body to the heaven or hell when one deceased. Could we explain that the so-called heaven and hell is an unknown dimension where this energy is accommodated? Buddhism discussed cause and effect, the reincarnation, coincidentally matching with this Physics theory. “Ghost” is just a name to it.
Questioning the generation of constant energy, scientists have presented the Big Bang Theory which is the most acceptable hypothesis though no proof yet. The fiction of Dan Brown – Angels and Demons has briefed and simplified the explanation of the same.
Monday, October 09, 2006
一九九八年印尼排华事件震撼了世界。马来西亚华人担忧类似事件在本土爆发，人心惶惶，庆幸最终一切太平。印尼社会体制不一样，加上大部分的二亿四千万人口生活在贫穷线下。穷人觉得nothing to lose，一场政治浩劫演变成排华灾难。说白了，一切都是钱作怪。反观马来西亚经济发展稳健，民众生活基本安定。心理不满归不满，又有谁希望挑起另一次种族纷争，节外生枝呢？毕竟很多人还存着五一三事件的阴影。
Singapore Premier Mr.Lee Kuan Yew has made a statement recently that the Chinese ethnic in Malaysia and Indonesia are being systematically marginalized. It has triggered strong protest from both governments, Singapore’s Ambassadors have been summoned for explanation. Both countries condemn such statement distorting the facts, groundless and challenging the deep-rooted sensitive racial issues, also implied clearly that Singapore being the neighbor would be affected if unrest explodes. This reaction is in fact proving otherwise.
Since May 13, 1969 incident, the sensitive racial topics are mandatedly suppressed in Malaysia. Folks have been living peacefully, but the exterior harmonious society does not reflect the actual inner emotions. Undoubtedly the ruling party is working hard to balance wealth distribution among the ethnics, targeting to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor. The privilege and quota structure which in favor to “Bumiputra” (Malay ethnic) is an unfair system, lots of Chinese and Indians feel like being oppressed, but dare not to voice out their anger.
The 1998 Anti-Chinese movement in Indonesia stunned the world, Malaysian Chinese were worried if the violence would erupt in their country. Eventually everything turned out peacefully. Indonesia operates different social system, and huge portion of the 240 million populations live in poverty. The poor has nothing to lose. A political plot had mutated into Anti-Chinese movement. Conclusively, the money matters. On the contrary, Malaysia economy is developing in steady pace, folks live peacefully. No matter how discontented, no one wish to initiate another racial conflict. The grave memory of May 13 has not been forgotten yet.
Hoping that the sacrifice of Malaysian Chinese would be rewarded with more harmonious social development.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
My whole weekend was spoiled to try saving the data. The viruses are currently somehow suppressed but I’m not sure the diehard is still hiding somewhere.
Strong advice – DON’T ever try to open any file from unknown source.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The music industry no longer needs professional singers but just some idols who could utter words.
In the 80’s and 90’s, I was laughing to my elders when they were criticizing the pop songs meaningless but a junk piece of noise mixture. Today, the youngsters are teasing me getting old. Ha… position is changing.
Hence I launched a huge project lately. I flipped through all CDs and compiled all nice songs together. I dug out many long forgotten and neglected songs. Strangely I have started appreciating the music of the 70’s which had never been my favourite in the past. Particular song brought back particular memories… “Yesterday Once More” (by The Carpenters) aptly describes present feelings.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Organizing party is a tiring assignment to me. Mom always said, if W is on the list, X has to be invited (should not be offended); Y is very close to us, his whole family should come along; Z is the respectful elder in our family clan etc. So end up, the party would be crammed with half a thousand guests.
If I would have my wedding party someday, I would only invite controllable crowd and those I know well, ensure that all my guests will be taken care of and no one is neglected. A feast is not necessary at all.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ridiculously I used to complain my colleagues for not executing their tasks seriously but feeding me various reasons. In fact, I'm not better than them.
The Chinese proverb says, 己所不欲,勿施於人
Thank you TP.