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August 8, 2019

khat

So, everyone is talking about ‘khat’, a form of Arabic calligraphy to be made a compulsory part of the BM subject to the vernacular schools for Year 4 pupils starting next year. Because not everyone is docile like a mule, people started to question if this is an effort to ‘Islamize’ the nation… That’s when you see all these dimwits coming out to defend the move with pathetic and bad explanations… like this article here…

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Penang mufti: Khat is not Islamic, strictly a form of calligraphic art
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 7 — Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Mohd Nor explained today that khat is a calligraphic style using the jawi script and is used purely for decorative and artistic purposes.

He added that while it was derived from the Arabic script, only writings in the latter were associated with Islam due to its use in the Quran, the Hadiths and religious texts.

Wan Salim said jawi also derived some of its characters from the Persian alphabet, such as the characters for “cha”, “nga” and “nya”.

“Khat is usually used as decoration on the walls of the mosques or on the covers of Islamic holy books,” he said to suggest why a connection was perceived.

“Khat is a form of calligraphy using jawi and there are actually several types of khat such as Nasakh, Raka’ah, Farsi, Dewan, Thulus and many more,” he said.

Not all forms of khat were comprehensible to those who knew jawi, he added when saying only the Nasakh style was easily understood by those familiar with the alphabet used for Bahasa Melayu before its romanisation.

The religious official pointed out that jawi was not unique to Malaysia and had been commonly used in South-east Asia and shared by then-Malaya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Southern Thailand and Cambodia.

“In the past, students in Malay schools were taught jawi until the early 1970s when the then education minister, the late Tan Sri Md Khir Johari, stopped the teaching of jawi in schools,” he said.

He said it was the British who introduced the Roman script to Malaya and replaced jawi.

Jawi was also used for everyday purposes not related to Islam, he added when recalling that Malay vernacular newspapers previously employed the script prior to the romanisation of Bahasa Melayu.

“Even Utusan Melayu, which used jawi at that time, was very popular among readers who went to Malay schools,” he said.

The Education Ministry recently announced the government’s decision to introduce khat as part of the Bahasa Melayu subject for Standard Four students starting next year.

This triggered objections, mostly by non-Malays, against the compulsory learning of khat as part of the national language subject, with many calling it an added burden to both teachers and students.

Political parties’ responses to the move has been mixed, with some supporting it and others telling the government to instead focus on teaching students more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The government has said it will proceed with the proposal to introduce khat to primary four students but explained that they will not be tested on this.

So it is a form of art eh? If it is as trivial as what the mufti shit claims, then why the fuck is it made compulsory then? What compels them to think that it is so damn important for the kids to must know how to write calligraphy in Arabic? What’s the use for them to know this art form for their future?

Are you Pakatan Harapan guys seriously that dense? Do you seriously think this is the kind of excuse people would buy? I don’t buy it at all and I object to this. ‘Khat’ is a fucking waste of time, money and attention. If my kid is affected by this, I’m sending her to an international or private school. The Malaysian education system has gone to shit.

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November 3, 2018

smoking ban

I’m somewhat delighted that smoking is finally banned in restaurants.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Come January 1 next year, there will be a smoking ban in all restaurants throughout the country, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed today.

Lim made the announcement while tabling the Budget 2019.

“Starting from January 1, 2019, there will be no smoking in all restaurants,” he said during Pakatan Harapan’s maiden budget speech.

Lim said he wanted Malaysia to be a smoke-free country, therefore the government will not allow smokers to light up in restaurants moving forward.

Last month, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad had tried to ban smoking in Parliament but saw his decision challenged by Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul.

Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yunus then created a temporary smoker’s corner in Parliament.

But the question is, who will be there to enforce this rule? Who’s going to do anything if an asshat lights up a cigarette and puffs away?
Policemen? Council enforcers?
I’ve never seen them anywhere. And at most times, they themselves smoke in restaurants.
Enforcement is the key, people. Talk is cheap.

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October 3, 2018

wolf in sheep’s clothing

Caught this in the news today…

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You promised to abolish Sedition Act, not use it, Gerakan Youth tells Pakatan
PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth has condemned the government’s use of the 1948 Sedition Act, saying it is being used to stifle freedom of expression and silence voices perceived as challenging government policies.

Its deputy chief Andy Yong said it was ironic that for many years before coming to power, Pakatan had been condemning it.

“Draconian laws must be repealed as promised by the Pakatan government.

“It must be given a priority. Do not be like the previous BN government,” Yong said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 3).

He said instead of the law being done away with, there had been an increase in in the number of sedition arrests by the authorities.

“So far, I see no steps (taken) towards fulfilling this promise. In fact, we now see vigorous use of this outdated and odious law,” added Yong.

He said laws that criminalise free expression had no place in a modern Malaysia and were incompatible with international human rights standards.

“The Malaysian government should immediately drop these charges and get rid of this law,” he said,

Yong issued his statement amidst news that the younger brother of Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam had been remanded for four days beginning Tuesday (Oct 2) on a sedition charge.

He is being investigated for uploading on social media a photograph which insulted Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Look who’s being so considerate all of a sudden…
‘Laws that criminalise free expression have no place in modern Malaysia…’ …pfft!
Don’t you guys remember who was part of the coalition that was the government before the 14th General Erection?
Why didn’t they champion this back then? So, after losing the government, they’re suddenly the good guys now?
What the fuck, this a soap opera now? I don’t know about you guys but, I won’t find these attention seekers credible now or ever.
They’d make a poor opposition, now that they have set the standard so low as the government back when they could have done something…

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July 21, 2018

black shoes for school children

It is in the news today. The new government’s Ministry of Education came up with the idea of implementing black shoes for the school children. One of the primary reasons cited? Easier to maintain. *facepalm* Here’s one of the news snippet:

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Students to wear black trainers next year, says Dr Maszlee
SHAH ALAM: Next year, school students will step out in black shoes instead of in white.

According to Education Minis­ter Dr Maszlee Malik, the ruling is prompted by parents.

“The mothers especially, not so much the fathers,” he said during a question-and-answer session on education organised by Sinar Harian.

The packed session yesterday was moderated by journalist Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar.

Dr Maszlee was also asked what he wanted to achieve while at the helm of the ministry in the next five years.

“I want to ensure that children carry lighter bags to school and shorten the number of years students spend in school before furthering their studies,” he replied.

Dr Maszlee also said the ministry agreed with the Transport Ministry to sell special number plates to alumni of public universities as a form of additional funding for the institutions.

“Through a JPJ (Road Transport Department) collaboration with the universities, we will try to issue and sell number plates.

“For example, a graduate of UM (Universiti Malaya) may like to have the number plate UM1000 or UM2322.

“So they will pay JPJ, with half of the proceeds going to the university,” he said.

He urged the alumni to support their own universities.

“If the graduates and alumni don’t help their alma maters, who else will?”

Dr Maszlee also said he had assured the universities that their funding would not be cut but at the same time, there would be no guarantees of additional monies for them.

Meanwhile, Mydin managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin asked if Dr Maszlee’s statement on black shoes for school students had been made after adequate consultation.

“I’m sure some mothers have complained but has he asked all the stakeholders, like parent-­teacher associations?”

Ameer noted that for generations, the practice of Malaysian students keeping their school shoes clean was a way of demonstrating personal hygiene, standards and discipline.

He added that parents would have to fork out money to buy new black shoes for their kids.

“School uniform sellers and shops with stocks of white school shoes will also be left holding the bag if the minister’s words become policy next year,” he said.

My question to Dr. Mercedes Benz here is – is that going to make your students smarter? If no, then why bother spending the unnecessary resources to implement & enforce this good-for-nothing ruling?

Our school shoes have been white for many decades, and maintaining them hasn’t been a problem, until these new generation of oxygen-wasting moronic parents whine about the school shoes being hard to maintain.

White school shoes and uniform are supposed to teach our children one thing – discipline. The discipline to groom oneself, by maintaining the cleanliness of one’s own uniform. The white color would make it easier to spot dirt/filth/stain, and harder for the students to be a sleaze. It looks cleaner and in some ways, make it safer for them as a pedestrian because it’s easier to spot in white.

Pakatan Harapan government is trying too hard to make popular decisions. Sometimes you got to think yourself. Don’t just listen to idiots. (there are many of them)

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May 13, 2018

Malaysian politicians are morons – 3

So now we have the new government. As expected, some in-fighting already started before they even had time to clean up the streets of those banners and posters. That’s because, like it or not, most of these people who are forming this new Malaysian government… are amateurs. Most do not have the experience to run a country so, time is needed for them to break-in. Shit’s going to get much harder.

But even before it begins, this Rafizi Ramli guy (the PKR vice president) made a press statement yesterday to bitch about PKR not ‘being consulted’ to appoint the top 3 ministerial positions in the new cabinet. That was when shit hits the fan. People were pissed off because because it was deemed ungrateful (indeed) of him to do things like that to undermine the leadership. I was pissed too, like, can’t this idiot air his discontentment internally? Why go to the press? Imagine that if you do not like the dish your mom cooked for you, first thing you do is to go to the newspaper to castigate your own mom?? Doesn’t make a lot of sense I know.

And then there’s this idiot oxygen waster called Wong Chen, who is Rafizi’s BFF of some sorts, also a big winner of Subang Jaya’s parliament seat P104, came out with this idiotic post to defend Rafizi’s action in his Facebook – which made me even more pissed. Check out what that asswipe had to write:

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The matter is simple. PKR has 47 + 1 MPs. DAP has 42. Bersatu has 13. Amanah has 11. Note also that Sarawak BN MPs are now exploring to join Pakatan. Expectations and anxieties are high that many UMNO MPs will jump to Bersatu in the coming days.

The PM and Deputy PM positions were agreed earlier by Harapan before the elections. So the announcement of the next few senior ministers was to be made today by consensus of all parties. At 4 pm, Dr.Mahathir appointed the 3 new ministers in the presence Bersatu, DAP and Amanah. These 3 posts are the most powerful in the country. Finance went to DAP. Home ministry which controls the police goes to Bersatu. Defence which controls the army for Amanah.

Nothing yet for PKR, the single largest party in Pakatan? So what did Rafizi do that is so wrong in the eyes of the public? He is telling truth to power that these appointments were made without PKR consent. Then he tells us that Dr.Mahathir will see Anwar in hospital to consult Anwar and hopefully they can discuss and rectify the issue.

Rafizi does not want to see the new govt under Dr. Mahathir to start on the wrong footing and as such he dared to tegur Dr. Mahathir’s announcement. And for this he is villified by most of you.

It is precisely this unhealthy attitude of Malaysians never to question authority, that is the main reason why we allowed Rosmah and Najib to rule us for 9 years.

Rafizi worked tirelessly for 2 years with INVOKE to bring about meaningful change. I am proud to be his friend and will continue to support Rafizi in his quest to create a two party system for Malaysia.

The sentence that ticked me off was this : “It is precisely this unhealthy attitude of Malaysians never to question authority, that is the main reason why we allowed Rosmah and Najib to rule us for 9 years.”

The gall he had for saying we were ruled by assholes because of our ‘unhealthy attitude’! What the fuck! Does he even know how democracy works, that cibai!?

FUCK YOU WONG CHEN! FUCK YOU AND RAFIZI RAMLI AND YOUR DOG!

I have to say this, that when we voted, we voted for PH, not any specific person or his creed. The reason was simple, everyone wanted the tyrannical government out – because we weren’t exactly thrilled with their shitty policies, corruption and arrogance that had put our country in the backseat in terms of reputation for decades. Had anyone put a rabid dog in place of the (then) opposition party against BN, we’d have voted for that damn dog all the same and won the election. And now this guy suddenly is so full of shit and put himself on the high ground to condemn us! FUCK!

And now it’s disheartening to learn that PH still has a long way to make this right. They already disappoint big time before assuming office. GODDAMN!

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