Thursday, September 29, 2011

Namewee FxxK Utusan Malaysia!

The maker of the video has taken it down but there are more reuploads.



"Namewee Fxxk Utusan" 影片只有不到24小時的壽命, 就被移除了. 希望大家不要追問我原因, 相信大家心裡明白就好了... 在"Nasi Lemak2.0" 這部電影裡面, 我所要提倡的全民團結, 國家認同的概念, 顯然被很多人忽略了...讓我感到很遺憾. 懇請大家到戲院去看了電影在對我下評斷. 也希望大家不要被馬來西亞某些無良的媒體影響... 馬來西亞在我心中依然是全世界最好最美麗的國家!!! 加油啦! 明天不知道又會發生什麼事情了.... 爸爸媽媽對不起...
Source: Namewee 黄明志

Call us a banana democracy. The one who authored the media report in Utusan Malaysia is not a journalist at all, for she has violated the ethics of journalism. She is really a propagandist who works with a newspaper for the ruling party that owns it.

Utusan Malaysia (formerly Utusan Melayu) used to be a respected Malay daily in the age of pre-independence Malaya. Today, Utusan is a newspaper, shunned by well-educated Malaysians but still consumes paper to print, not monthly or weekly, but daily. What is the point of publishing a daily not respected and wastes unnecessary resources (material, manpower, time) to produce? At least have a consideration on the environment.

There is even more to say about this paper.

Criticism

Utusan Malaysia's credibility as a newspaper has come under fire from many circles for its blatant practice of double standards in its reporting, especially with regard to politically-related news.[1][2] Statements by Chief Ministers in Opposition-held states have been taken out of context, manipulated, or otherwise downright fabricated.[3]

Of late, Utusan has also stoked racist sentiments with provocative headlines championing the New Economic Policy and Ketuanan Melayu.[4][5][6]

In view of Utusan's extreme racist rhetoric, the former Opposition-led Perak state government staged a boycott against the newspaper, with other Opposition states following suit. A motion was also set by the Selangor state government to boycott Utusan while all Selangor state agencies and departments were told to refrain from buying the newspaper and to stop advertising in the newspaper, in a move to protest a short story titled "Politik Baru YB J" by columnist Datuk Chamil Wariya that appeared in the paper and depicted an assassination of a fictional character that portrayed Teresa Kok.[7] In addition, Teresa Kok has demanded RM100 million in compensation from Utusan Malaysia Chamil and the publication for defamation, demanding an immediate public retraction by Utusan and an apology to be published in newspapers of her choice, plus an undertaking that Chamil and Utusan will not repeat the allegations and comments contained in the article.[8] DAP has also filed a report against Utusan Malaysia, claiming Chamil was attempting to stir up public sentiments to carry out political assassination against Kok. [9]

Utusan has also been criticised for publishing very little international news; the Foreign News section typically consists of only two to three pages out of 50 pages in total.

In January 2011, the newspaper suspended a journalist, Hata Wahari, president of the National Union of Journalists, after alleging that Hata had brought the newspaper into disrepute and "insulted" its management.[10]
Source: Wikipedia article on Utusan Malaysia

Namewee was right about all who works in Utusan - all employees, from top to bottom, should go back to school. For all of them are liable to the sin of spreading lies and mislead the public.

Raja Petra Kamarudin of Malaysia Today has a good piece about Utusan as well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Korean Justin Bieber" Park Seong Min debuts!

park seong min

Just fresh from the oven! I watched his debut MV and instant caught on the fire of the song.

Labeled as Korea’s Justin Bieber, rookie singer Park Seong Min has released the MV along with his debut single album, “Beautiful Girl”.

With a pure boy image and originally hailing from Canada, he is known for his charms and ability to win over the hearts of many teenage girls.

“Beautiful Girl” is a bright and cheerful track with a trendy melody and medium tempo, composed by Shin Young Jae. The music video is directed by Han Chul Soo and features actor Ham Jae Hee (as a rapper), as well as actress Oh Ga Eun as his love interest.

Beautiful Girl music video:


"Echo" is another song in his debut album:


Do you think he deserves to be called the Korean counterpart of Justin Bieber? Or even better?

I think he should cover Justin Bieber's "Baby" to be called one!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Planetshakers "Heal Our Land" LJworship cover



"Heal Our Land" is written this year by my home church Planetshakers. I am expecting this song to be included in an album next year; have a taste of it before you buy.

Meanwhile, support my church by purchasing their latest album, Nothing Is Impossible on iTunes.

Related links:
Planetshakers official Youtube channel
LJworship Youtube channel

Monday, September 26, 2011

So, what does the state religious departments do?

From The Four Letter Word called SEX by Raja Petra Kamarudin:

The state religious authorities conduct raids to catch people indulging in illicit sex. Do the state religious authorities conduct raids to catch people involved in racism, persecution, discrimination, corruption, abuse of power, abuse of public funds, spending tens of millions of the taxpayers’ money for your wife’s shopping sprees, cruelty to animals, etc? Of course not! They do not care about all that. They only care about those people indulging in illicit sex.

So the state religious authority can actually be called ‘The Department of Anti-Illicit Sex’. It is not actually a religious department. It is an anti-illicit sex department. Millions of Ringgit of your taxpayers’ money is spent to employ thousands of officers whose job is to make sure that you only bonk your wife, and from the front, and no one else other than that and not from any other position other than the front.

Well said. Can I add another?

Our religious departments have the notoriety of snatching bodies during funerals. Apparently, this is also their job.

In what way does body snatching happen?

Suppose one of your family member has passed away and you're conducting the funeral according to your religious faith other than Islam. Halfway during the ritual, a few religious officers approach your home and say your deceased has converted to Islam a few days ago and yadda yadda yadda. The next thing that happens is an argument between you and the religious officers. In no time your case will make it to major newspapers in the country.

Haven't they have better job to do other than body snatching and sex policing? While not engaging in illicit sex (fornication/adultery) is important, aren't there more important matters to take care of? After a person has breathed his/her last, who else has better say on the funeral other than his/her immediate family?

The next question to ask, who will inherit the property of the deceased? Real Islamic law says that heirs have the right to inherit. The State only takes over one's property should there be no relative left behind (read: NO RELATIVE LEFT BEHIND, not "no Muslim relative left behind"!).

Before Wikipedia, we were treated as fools. Now, no more.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

miss A's "Good Bye Baby" English cover



I've always loved English cover produced by ashilia4life and her husband JDRelic! Do check out the rest of the covers in their channel.

Taeyang Wedding Dress official English version

I know there is a Korean version of this song but I've never know Taeyang has released his official English version until today! There is an English cover by J.Reyez.

The lyric below is the original English version. This is in contrast to J.Reyez's cover version found on most lyric sites.



Some say it's not over till it’s over
But I guess it’s really over now
There’s something I gotta say before I let you go
Listen…

Can’t believe what’s goin’ on
Gotta keep my cool, be calm
When I heard you and he was screamin’ out of control
All I can think about is “No, no, no… he won’t
hurt the one I’ve cared for so long, long… Hell, no.”
I know we’re done, and now it’s none of my concern but how
can two be windin’ out from only weeks in goin’ out
Just makes me feel that what we had was real
Could it be or is it too late? (Oh, oh baby)

Baby
Listen to your heart, won’t let you down
Cause you should be my Lady
Now that we’re apart love will show how
Life carries on…

I’ve never felt so strong
Life can lead us to a happiness never ending
If we just know that we belong to each other
Never worry, grow as we go
See you in your wedding dress
I can see you in your wedding dress
I see you walking down in your … (wedding dress)
I can see you in your wedding dress (Oh, yeah)

I was never perfect no
But I’d never let it go to a point I’m ragin’, throwin’ making you uncomfortable
What he didn’t, did to you was unacceptable
You claimed everything was okay. That’s impossible
Find More lyrics at www.sweetslyrics.com
Just know I’m here for you
All clear for you from night to sun
Gotta be near you, the feel of you gives me a rush
It makes me feel that what we have is real
It could never be too late

Baby
Listen to your heart, won’t let you down
Cause you should be my lady
Now that we’re apart love will show how
Life carries on…

I’ve never felt so strong
Life can lead us to a happiness never ending
If we just know that we belong to each other
Never worry, grow as we go
See you in your wedding dress
I can see you in your wedding dress
I see you walking down in your … (wedding dress)
I can see you in your wedding dress (Oh, yeah)

Baby girl you won’t regret
Come along just take my hand
Let’s start this journey livin’ life so beautiful
This happy hope that we spread, love and see
It goes deeper so deep from my heart (Whoa oh)

I’ve never felt so strong
Life can lead us to a happiness never ending
If we just know that we belong to each other
Never worry, grow as we go
See you in your wedding dress
I can see you in your wedding dress
Never let go… never let go

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cacao Green with Nuffnang Australia bloggers

Months ago, had a chance to visit Cacao Green for a food review with Nuffnang Australia peeps.

That was my second time visiting Cacao. Previously, I had it with my church friends.

violet
Violet LeBeaux

Cacao Green is owned by a Korean. The shop specialises in organic fat-free frozen yoghurt. These yoghurts are made in situ with materials imported from Italy.

Japanese matcha
These green yoghurt contains green tea, a premium grade tea with its characteristic taste known to tea enthusiasts.


Toppings can be added on top of yoghurt for variety.

chocolate waffle
Another dish to try at Cacao Green is their waffle. You mustn't miss these rich tasting chocolate waffles. It's overpowering.

blueberry waffle almond topping
Blueberry waffle with almond and walnut to top it off.

green tea latte
Green tea latte - Concentrated, strong, creamy and rich taste of green tea.


Hot chocolate, 60% Cacao. Bittersweet with hints of walnut and fruity flavours. Made from cacao imported from Brazil.

cacao green 75%
I took my experience to the next level by trying out 75% Cacao. The concentrated taste will simply take over the whole of you.


Violet, take 2.


Group shot before we left.


Alvina, marketing manager of Cacao Green.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Now, you tell me (part 2)

This article, authored by me, has originally appeared on Malaysian Aspiration Program

In a Malaysian high school we had to study history as part of Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) [Malay: Sijil Pelajaran Malaysian (SPM)] as part of the graduation requirements. The syllabus is prescribed by the Malaysian government as they wanted us to know them, not necessarily the genuine facts we should know. What’s the point of getting a good grade in Sejarah SPM knowing that some parts of the syllabus were not the truth?

I am sure many are familiar with founding of Malacca by Parameswara circa 1400 A.D., as taught in history textbooks. If you care to look around, there exists many versions of the founding of Malacca: Wikipedia says that Sang Nila Utama fled Palembang and Parameswara was born in Singapura; Sejarah Melayu (The Malay Annals) makes no mention of the name “Parameswara”. Which story should we believe?

As raised by Professor Dr. Zainal Kling, Malaya was never colonised by British and remained merely as British protectorate. If the Malay states had existed as independent entities, they should enjoy the full sovereignty over their land just like Thailand did. By pointing that Malayan states were merely protectorates, Prof Zainal is right in the hair prickling terminology and semantics; however he has diverted our attention away from the essence of history – facts and reality.

The British were interested in natural resources of the Malay kingdoms and waited for a good opportunity to gain a foothold. Political conflicts involving ascension to the throne in the Malay kingdoms were really good ones. So they installed certain princes as Sultans of their respective states. In return, the Sultans were asked to sign treaties that contain certain obligations. The core of the treaties was that the Sultans agreed to receive a British officer whose advice must be heeded except in the matters of Malay customs and Islamic religion. In essence, this gave the British the colonial mandate. The British made use of their officers to exert political control over the Malay kingdoms. Wasn’t this no difference from being a colony? Do you merely call the Malay kingdoms as protectorates?

The Englishmen were more interested in the natural resources to fuel their industrialised economy but the Sultans had no say in most matters in their land. A consequence of British colonialism is parallel jurisdiction of religious and civil courts, which is overlooked in our history textbooks. This parallel jurisdiction is still causing problems today.

If Prof Zainal was right about Malaya not being colonised, armed rebellion by Tok Janggut, Dato’ Maharajalela, Dato’ Bahaman and the likes should not have happened. We would not see the reason for Tunku Abdul Rahman to lead a delegation to London to negotiate with the Englishmen. The British Parliament would not have passed a law for Malaya to become an independent nation. All struggles for independence would be in vain.

On the other hand, UMNO wants to claim all credit for nation building, especially on the independence of Malaya. Little do we know about Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya which predates UMNO, exerted a strong influence during her time. This organisation was given a mere mention in our textbooks but their role has been completely downplayed. PKMM was in fact the first organised movement to fight for independence of Malaya. An important fact that I want you to be aware of – that UMNO-MCA-MIC alliance was able to claim most of the credit for independence of Malaya was because the British had banned left wing political movement (PKMM included). This is akin to winning a race not because you can run fast enough, but the supposed winner didn’t win because he was removed for some reason. Also, not without support from the people who voted them in.

How long do we need to take to get our history right?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Now, you tell me (part 1)

this is a post written by me originally appeared on the Malaysian Aspiration Program website

The recent remark made by Mat Sabu (PAS Deputy President) about Mat Indera (the Malay who led the siege against police barrack at Bukit Kepong) has sparked a huge uproar among UMNO Malays. If you rely on newspapers to know what he has said, let us forget about what we've read in the newspaper and listen from his mouth.



I have read the novel of Bukit Kepong as part of my Secondary Four KOMSAS syllabus. The novel is written by Ismail Johari who was a police. Knowing the author's affiliation immediately I'm wary of potential bias in portrayal of characters involved, both the protagonists and antagonists alike. Then we had a movie which has the same name directed by Jin Shamsudin. Knowing that Jins Shamsudin has connection with a party with political interest I am immediately put on guard of any potential conflict of interest. At the end of every scientific paper you must always declare any conflict of interest, the most being which party funded your studies, don't you?

So who's this Mat Indera, anyway? Before you say anything about him, you must know what he had done from his mother's womb to his tomb. There is no denial that he was the one who led the siege against Bukit Kepong police barracks, but why did he ended up in the Communist Party of Malaya, anyway? If you had read his Wikipedia entry, he was formerly in Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM) and its youth wing Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (API) to join the quest to demand independece from Great Britain. Too bad, the British banned PKMM and other parties to crackdown against left-wing politics. Left with no choice, he joined Communist Party of Malaya to continue fighting against British assets. That is why I ask you to read the full story before you make any judgement.

Now I ask you to look at the bigger picture. What was the backdrop of Bukit Kepong incident, then? Cold War, that's correct. If you read history carefully that's also the period of Korean War - a proxy war between Communists and Capitalists - we still feel the effect today in the form of North-South Korean conflict. I reiterate again, it was the war between the Eastern bloc and Western bloc, though I refuse to make any judgement on who's the good and who's the bad guy at this point. Fitting the Bukit Kepong incident into the big picture should at least make some sense to you now - the fight between Communists and (capitalist) Britain.

Ultimately it's the victor who decides how to call history. The communists won in China, they were deemed heroes for liberating China. The same goes for Vietnam - Saigon renamed in honour of Ho Chi Minh City that stands until today. The communists didn't win in Malaya so they were labelled insurgents - not because they were real traitors but the victor decides to call them so. That is what is called the bias in historical interpretation. Had the Communist Party won their fight and established government in Malaya, what would you call Mat Indera today? Think about it.

Most of us study history in high school to pass exams. Or to remember the legacy and heritage of nationhood. But the most important lesson of all - all human beings and all parties have their own interests and will act accordingly to meet their interests.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who's this Mat Indera?

Mohammad Sabu of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party has recently talked about Mat Indera who fought against the police during the Bukit Kepong incident. His claimed that Mat Indera was unfairly treated in history and we ought to relook at the incident.

The incident is one of the most intense fighting during the communist insurgency in Malaya. In history we are always taught who's the good guy and who are the bad guys. That the communists are always the bad guys and the police are the good guys. So in our hearts, we have been taught to exalt those who fought the communists and condemn the communists. In reality, sides involved in a conflict aren't as simple as we thought.

But many may have forgotten that Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) consisted of communists. They were one of the parties who fought against cruel Japanese occupation. But after the Japanese were driven off, it's the same communists who gave our forefathers a hard time.

After the British returned, the communist wanted to obtain independence by military action. You may be tempted to judge them with the standard you use today. But suppose you were living in that age, you did not have the benefit of foresight, all you could only do was to fight for whatever you believe in. Ultimately, the side which prevail will have the privilege to write their version of history.

Didn't the communist wanted to "liberate" the country out of bondage of colonialism? So they took up arms. But for the other side, they knew that the communists were disrupting peace on the people, so they joined the police force and entered Her Majesty's payroll. In short, the communist took up arms believing they should liberate Malaya but the British feared the spread of communism and took actions to stop it. If you were one of those people living at that time, there is no right or wrong answer for joining either side! But do you know what's in these people's mind? The communists were really fighting against colonialism and the other side was fighting for peace. To really understand history you must put on the glasses that sees things as they happen. You can't see them with your naked eye that judges by the standard today.

At the end of the day, we were taught to commend those who fought against the communists. I reiterate again that things aren't as simple. What I'll tell you - the police who fought, love peace and the people, but they had to serve with the British; the communists believed in independence and liberation and fought against British assets. In some sort of way, the communists were fighters for independence. What Mat Sabu has said appear to offend many, but it took intelligence to understand what he really meant!

Mat Indera gained prominence for his role in the Bukit Kepong assault. He remained in Communist Party of Malaya to fight for independence militarily. He's a fighter for independence in his heart though he didn't get to write his version of history.

Likewise, I can tell you about Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Read Acts of the Apostles from the Bible to know about Paul - all you need is just to be able to read in English. This person preached the Gospel to non-Jews (Gentiles) and converted many, but do you realise that Paul was also the same person who approved the stoning of Stephen (the first martyr) and persecuted the early Christians? How can a person who converted many Christians also persecuted many Christians?

Initially, Paul was the "bad guy" (antagonist). Later, after an encounter with Jesus Christ. he became a "good guy" (protagonist). However, if we simply call Paul of Tarsus, Apostle to the Gentiles as a "bad guy turned good guy", that's an embarrassing oversimplification. So, the question is, why does God choose a "bad guy" to preach the Gospel?

Now, pretend that you can see through people's heart and know what Paul thinks. Paul is a Jew and belonged to the sect of Pharisees. He wanted to serve God wholeheartedly. But the Pharisees hated Jesus and his followers so much simply because their influence on the community will be diminished (read: Jesus performed many miracles). Therefore, the Pharisees persecuted Jesus' followers at every opportunity. Paul was such a zealous person, loyal to his faith that he carried out the persecution. If you want to know why things happen you'll need to read the Gospels followed by Acts to know the full story.

Back to the story - we knew that Paul devastated the early Christians but why God choose him to preach to the Gentiles? He's actually a man after God's heart! So, Paul encountered Jesus while on his way to Damascus, the rest is history.

So, do we see Paul as the totally great person who spread Christianity to non-Jews? Likewise do you regard Mat Indera as the villain just because he was with Communist Party of Malaya? Treat historical figures fairly according to the circumstances they were set in!

So, UMNO wants to claim all credit for independence of Malaya. The rest has been forgotten out of the picture or have their role downplayed. But it was the communists who set the date earlier because British was compelled to hand over in bad economic circumstances after a major war. The UMNO-MCA-MIC alliance indeed have a big credit for independence - but no party can claim total credit.

UMNO resorted to this antic of smearing Mat Sabu and PAS for this little thing. What do I have to say? UMNO is a patient lying on his deathbed!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guys can dance girls Endo Jidai

Some hopping on Youtube lead me to parody artists Endo Jidai.

This is their cover-parody of SNSD Mr. Taxi.



They're dancing to Girl Generations' song with a more eloquent twist into it. What's more, some of them are guys and they're good at executing girl's moves! After looking at the video, the definition of dance cover and parody is challenged - what they did make it hard to classify into either, maybe half-half.

Check out their channel to view more of their SNSD parody.