Archive for March, 2010

Quit playing games with my (political) heart

Hopping Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Hashim insisted that he’s no quitter.

Despite his recent political transformation, he claimed that serving the rakyat was still close to his heart.

Party affiliation or allegiance is therefore not important, reminded the ex-PKR politician.

See here.

Living nervously in a leap year

It must have been the current heatwave in the country that has caused a flurry of activities among some frogs in this very year of the tiger.

Yes, your guess is right: a few of these frogs have already started jumping out of their hideouts – and into the limelight.

Not only that. These amphibians have also been noisily croaking – to the extent of making some concerned humans hopping mad!

And word has it that there might just be a wee bit more frogs jumping with joy – all in the name of race, religion and the country! Err, I mean, for the sole purpose of racing religiously in the countryside.

Incidentally, Van Halen’s famous ‘Jump’ number may well be made the anthem of the newly found commune called Froggisville.

Why ‘computeritis’ is dangerous to Malaysians

Malaysians, especially the young ones, have been warned of the danger of ‘computeritis’ in the long run. 
For the uninitiated, ‘computeritis’ refers to the disturbing habit of relentless looking at the computer for a long period of time so that one’s reading habit gets jettisoned somehow. 
Expressing this concern of late is no less than our informed Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim who called on young Malaysians to cultivate the habit of reading books. 
Apparently, this paternalistic advice came about within the larger context of people subjecting and glueing themselves to websites and blogs that are especially critical of the powers-that-be. This is because such virtual obsession may unfortunately take people away from other reading materials, such as the mainstream newspapers, that offer truth and nothing but the truth. 
But then, this promotion of reading habit, it seems, has its limits too. Well, at least in Malaysia. 
Not all books can be read. There are still some books that have been banned or censored by the Home Ministry, including the one regarding a former Prime Minister who ruled for a long, long while, and another one that funnily looks at 1Malaysia.
Mind you, these banned books, if exposed to those innocent Malaysians, can trigger off something nasty, like causing public disorder or a threat to national security.
In this sense, certain reading habit — virtually or otherwise — can be considered dangerous by the ruling elite.