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Of Corruption Or Of Hope?

There is corruption in Malaysia, though it was still at the first stage during my time, that is, the corrupt officers still hid their acceptance because they feared being apprehended or they did not like doing wrong openly,”  Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, January 27, 2009 (Bernama)

Now the officers do it openly and it is the way of life for us today. As you know, I have my own grievances with corruption. According to the Grand Old Man of Malaysia Politics, corruption is actually a social disease and it exists everywhere around the world.

Now if a Statesman (though a terribly flawed one) like of his caliber can say this, then what is the meaning of life now? Should we or should we not succumb to the pressures of corruption?

Last month we observed the political crisis that was (and still) brewing over first the cross-over of an UMNO Perak assemblyman to PKR. Later we witnessed the sudden disappearances of 2 PKR assemblymen who were suspected of jumping over to UMNO. The last few days ago, the Prime Minister hints on announcing the PKR duo crossover only to be sullied by the resignation letters that PKR held since the March 8 elections. PKR apparently made their candidates pre-signed their resignations as conditions in order to qualify as party candidates. The MB of Perak today met with the Sultan of Perak for 25 minutes to discuss the recent events. RPK has got these to say:

“The Perak Menteri Besar is currently in an audience with the Sultan of Perak to brief Tuanku on the current political crisis in Perak. Will the MB seek Tuanku’s consent to dissolve the Perak State Assembly so that fresh state elections can be held? I hope so. I think that fresh state elections should be held instead of just two by-elections in Behrang and Changkat Jering. Then, once and for all, Pakatan Rakyat can embark on a ‘house-cleaning’ exercise. All those unstable and suspect Wakil Rakyat can be dropped and replaced with more qualified candidates. As is stands now, some of the Pakatan Rakyat Wakil Rakyat sucks and I would not even trust them to walk my dog.”  Raja Petra Kamaruddin, February 2, 2009, Corridors of Power

“It may already be a foregone conclusion that the two PKR State Assemblymen from Perak would rather not go to jail. Never mind if they face fabricated charges and were set up. You still go to jail. Would you rather go to jail or accept power and plenty of money? Many would rather choose power and money over jail, unfortunately.”       Raja Petra Kamaruddin, February 1, 2009, No Holds Barred

I believe what RPK is saying. Hence his quotes above. Right now I find him to be Malaysia’s democratic conscience. How can one dispute the words of the man who risked his own personal freedom by holding steadfast to his principles? And how can one not help admire his audacity to dream and hope for a better Malaysia? 

Anyway, the leadership method in Malaysia has got to change. We should encourage politicians that aren’t  ready made millionaires and that they’re there for the people. The saddest thing about politics is that many of the leaders are in it for the power and money. Only a handful I find are there for the people.

Here’s a good excerpt from an interesting book:

” Absent great personal wealth, there is basically one way of raising the kind of money involved in the U.S. Senate race. You have to ask rich people for it. In the first three months of my campaign, I would shut myself in a room with my fund-raising assistant and cold-call previous Democratic donors. It was not fun. Sometimes people would hang up on me. More often their secretary would take a message and I wouldn’t get a return call, and I would call back two or three times until either I gave up or the person I was calling finally answered and gave me the courtesy of a person-to-person rejection. I started engaging in elaborate games of avoidance during call time-frequent bathroom breaks, extended coffee runs, suggestions to my policy staff that we fine-tune that education speech for the third and fourth time. At times during these sessions I thought of my grandfather, who in middle age had sold life insurance but wasn’t good at it. I recalled his anguish whenever he tried to schedule appointments with people who would rather have had a root canal than talk to an insurance agent, as well as the disapproving glances he received from my grandmother, who for most of their marriage made more money than he did.” Barrack Obama, The Audacity Of Hope (pages 110-111, Canongate Books,paperback 2008) 

In the end, the US Senator for Illinois became the 44th President of the United States of America. Pick up the book and read it, if you got time. President Obama is everyone’s inspiration right now especially at this trying times. For more on President Barrack Obama click here.

To conclude I understand that in life we are challenged everyday with the choices we make whether it is for good or bad. Whichever one we decide, we’ll always have to face the consequences and those decisions will help shape our destiny. With this, I will always choose hope over corruption.

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Obama Stands By His BlackBerry

President-elect Barrack Obama made his stand to hang on to his beloved BlackBerry like his life depended on it. Obama before assuming his role as the President of the United States of America, is required by the law to surrender his hand-held to the Secret Service. This is in accordance to the post-Watergate Presidential Records Act of 1978 that is to record every communication the White House. 

Obama’s reason about being adamant in keeping his BlackBerry is that he does not wants to remain in the “White House fishbowl”. To quote the President-elect;

“It’s just one tool among a number of tools that I’m trying to use, to break out of the bubble, to make sure that people can still reach me,” Read more here.

However, I believe that there is another reason for Obama’s insistence of keeping his BlackBerry. 

The National Security Agency (NSA) earlier on did came up with a solution but it looked so…ah…errr…well…

The Sectera Edge, a combination phone-PDA that's been certified by the National Security Agency as being acceptable for Top Secret voice communications and Secret e-mail and Web sites.

The Sectera Edge, a combination phone-PDA that's been certified by the National Security Agency as being acceptable for Top Secret voice communications and Secret e-mail and Web sites. (Credit: General Dynamics & CNet News)

 

 See what I mean? If I were Obama, I’d guffaw on this piece of shit!  Why would anyone ever give up a technological marvel for that crappy device? It even has that thingy sticking out of it! Judge for yourselves. Take the one above and compare it with the one below;

 

The Latest RIM Product, The BlackBerry Bold

The Latest RIM Product, The BlackBerry Bold

I don’t know about you, but I would have nightmares if you ask me to downgrade from a BlackBerry to a Sectera Edge! Read more here.

*You know what? The more I post about this, the more I want a BlackBerry for myself! 😀

**Went to the City today and visited the phone shoppes; I asked the shopkeeper to take the  mobile from the glass display and let me hold it. I will get it once there’s money coming in. Very cool phone!

Of Being Classy And Clueless…

5 days ago, I posted Obama + BlackBerry + Spidey = PROTUS. In it Marvel Comics had President-Elect Barrack Obama gracing the cover of the latest Spider-Man comic book. Then I chanced upon another comic book, this time Obama is on the cover of Erik Larson’s Savage Dragon;

Savage Dragon Endorsing Barrack Obama For The Presidency Of The United States

Savage Dragon Endorsing Barrack Obama For The Presidency Of The United States

 Comic books has become a popular medium for effective promotion campaign. Obama was selling the concept of “Change” to the masses and this sense of idealism works well with idealistic comic book fans.(Comic books had come a long way since; it is no longer just for kids. Avid comic book readers have averaged to the age group of 50 and below)

Apparently, this wasn’t  the Savage Dragon creator’s first politician on his covers. Outgoing President George W. Bush also had his turn however in a quite undignified portrayal…

 

Savage Dragon Showing Moral Support for George W. Bush

Savage Dragon Showing Moral Support for George W. Bush

Heh, since we’re talking about GWB, I just remembered his final press conference as US President. He fucked up quite badly… just check it out for yourselves…

See what I mean? After enduring that for 8 long years, everyone is really relieved to see him go. How could a man like that ever become US President is beyond me.

Once I have time, I’ll write more about good ol’ Dubya. (Read the comments on YouTube)

 

 

 


Obama + BlackBerry + Spidey = PROTUS

Obama and Blackberry

Obama browsing through his BlackBerry

I’ve never seen so much excitement around a person like President-elect Barrack Obama could generate! One of the top stories around is Obama’s attachment to his BlackBerry. Upon his swearing in as the 44th President of the United States, he is to surrender his much beloved mobile to the Secret Service as per ‘legal and security concerns’. Due to his devotion to the hand-held, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) considers it to be a priceless endorsement of their product, for the President-elect is advertising their product : free of charge! Read here for more.

I think I can safely say that we can relate to him because who in this day and age is without a mobile device? However in Obama’s case, he is now the poster boy for all the nerds and geeks of the free world! The President-elect is really into his gadgets and of course it shows.

Why I said that he’s geeky? Well, the BlackBerry ain’t the only thing he’s into. He was also into comic books! He used to collect Spider-Man and Conan the Babarian comic books as a boy! And now he will be gracing his presence on the cover the next Spider-Man issue!

 

Special Inauguration Day Edition, The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 (RM14) and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

Special Inauguration Day Edition, The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 (RM14) and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

Read here for more!

Anyway, if none you guys agree with me that’s okay. I don’t have a BlackBerry instead I got an Nokia E71 which is pretty alright…(‘…for now,’ says the inner techno-junkie) and I too used to read comic books… :p

Self-Sacrifice Is Needed For Change


So Barack Obama is now President-elect of the United States of America. Today is indeed a historic moment not only to Americans but also to the entire world. For today is the day that we celebrate the victory of a African-American President.

Everybody seems to be proud of him even here in Malaysia. Some bloggers are jubilated of the fact that the US President-elect is a Muslim.
Muslim? Really? I don’t think so.
According to Wikipedia, Barack Obama is actually a Protestant Christian (United Church of Christ). It also says that it was Obama’s grandfather who was Muslim. Anyway, that’s not the sole reason why everybody is happy with the landslide(?) victory. It is also because that he was brought up in Indonesia which exposed him to Asian values. This means that we have a world leader of whom everyone can relate themselves to and who has a better understanding of how this part of the world operates. 
As America looks forward to a promising and better tomorrow meanwhile in this part of the world, we are still struggling with our favourite flip-flopping premier, Pak Lah. 
Talking about flip-flops, the recent reversal of the scrapping of gas pipeline project is met with disappointment from UPKO President Bernard Dompok. The worst thing is that the Sabah State Government meekly accepted the decision reversal and pooh-pooed the whole thing as crying over spilled milk. I can understand Dompok’s frustration. How can one fight for and defend his state when the state government allowed themselves to bend over to this flip-flopping moron? Sad to say that we are so far behind in attaining visionary status. How can we even dream of change when everyone is happily swimming in corruption?
This leads us back to President-elect Obama. The possibility of producing a black president happened 45 years ago, when a brave leader, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his inspirational speech, ” I Have A Dream“. He was assassinated in 1968 and Obama became President-elect in 2008. King had to fall in order for Obama to rise. King paid with his life in serving his community.
In order to hope for change, we need to make sacrifice. Dare we hope for change? Or are we too scared? To me, Dompok is courageous in voicing out his discontentment. My fear is that he might step on too many toes and might back-fire upon him. After reading what the government is capable of doing in dealing with dissent, I grow worrisome. They might even consider assassination. Even from prison, RPK is still blogging and that is an indication of him not shutting up for anyone or anything.
My point?
Self-sacrifice is needed for change. 
Is anybody gamed?

Self-Sacrifice Is Needed For Change


So Barack Obama is now President-elect of the United States of America. Today is indeed a historic moment not only to Americans but also to the entire world. For today is the day that we celebrate the victory of a African-American President.

Everybody seems to be proud of him even here in Malaysia. Some bloggers are jubilated of the fact that the US President-elect is a Muslim.
Muslim? Really? I don’t think so.
According to Wikipedia, Barack Obama is actually a Protestant Christian (United Church of Christ). It also says that it was Obama’s grandfather who was Muslim. Anyway, that’s not the sole reason why everybody is happy with the landslide(?) victory. It is also because that he was brought up in Indonesia which exposed him to Asian values. This means that we have a world leader of whom everyone can relate themselves to and who has a better understanding of how this part of the world operates. 
As America looks forward to a promising and better tomorrow meanwhile in this part of the world, we are still struggling with our favourite flip-flopping premier, Pak Lah. 
Talking about flip-flops, the recent reversal of the scrapping of gas pipeline project is met with disappointment from UPKO President Bernard Dompok. The worst thing is that the Sabah State Government meekly accepted the decision reversal and pooh-pooed the whole thing as crying over spilled milk. I can understand Dompok’s frustration. How can one fight for and defend his state when the state government allowed themselves to bend over to this flip-flopping moron? Sad to say that we are so far behind in attaining visionary status. How can we even dream of change when everyone is happily swimming in corruption?
This leads us back to President-elect Obama. The possibility of producing a black president happened 45 years ago, when a brave leader, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his inspirational speech, ” I Have A Dream“. He was assassinated in 1968 and Obama became President-elect in 2008. King had to fall in order for Obama to rise. King paid with his life in serving his community.
In order to hope for change, we need to make sacrifice. Dare we hope for change? Or are we too scared? To me, Dompok is courageous in voicing out his discontentment. My fear is that he might step on too many toes and might back-fire upon him. After reading what the government is capable of doing in dealing with dissent, I grow worrisome. They might even consider assassination. Even from prison, RPK is still blogging and that is an indication of him not shutting up for anyone or anything.
My point?
Self-sacrifice is needed for change. 
Is anybody gamed?

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