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November 21, 2019

flying car

So these guys are arguing like primary school kids over the definition of a flying car… in the parliament. *facepalm*

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Ruckus in Parliament over ‘flying car’
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof was put on the defensive during Question Time today when Opposition lawmakers besieged him over the “flying car” issue after it was dismissed as a drone by the Transport Minister Anthony Loke last night.

The entrepreneur development minister was in the midst of replying a question from Sibu MP (PH) Oscar Ling on a separate matter before Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS MPs began heckling him over the “flying car”.

“This is the attitude of leaders who want to deny something from the youths.

“I am happy to say that today the government has started a programme to train our youths on using drones… unmanned carrier vehicles or whatever you want to call it, whatever narrative you want to bring, drone, flying car, vector, unmanned aerial vehicle…” said Redzuan who was trying to defend himself while smiling.

However, he was interrupted by Pasir Salak (BN) MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman who dismissed the drone as a product from China that sees local youths merely slapping the vehicle together.

Lenggong (BN) MP Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah advised the minister to stop speaking as the more he tried to defend the “flying car”, the more he became a laughingstock.

“Minister, the more you speak, the more Malaysians are laughing at you,” said Shamsul Anuar.

Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof then intervened and asked the sceptical Opposition lawmakers to take up Redzuan’s invitation and tag along with him to test the flying car tomorrow.

Baling (BN) MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim then interjected to tell Redzuan that he should bring Loke along.

Tajuddin then asked Redzuan whether or not the government had injected US$30 million (RM120 million) into the flying car project.

“No, zero,” said Redzuan.

Paya Besar (BN) MP Mohd Shahar Abdullah then pointed out that he believes Redzuan was being sabotaged by his DAP colleagues.

“I don’t see it like that. I think I will have to hold a class for anyone who doesn’t understand air mobility,” said Redzuan.

Yesterday, Loke told Parliament that the “flying car” being promoted by Redzuan is a drone and, therefore, needs to get the go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

My thought is, they can’t even fucking make a proper car with wheels… why bother making a flying car??

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October 20, 2019

UM – a big joke

UM is a big joke. Many people claim that it’s a prestigious Malaysian university, I think not. It’s a shithole. Just look at how they’re willing to lie in the media. Some students protested against their vice chancellor in a convo, and they withheld their degree. You’d think they know what they’re doing, and would at least come out to explain why it was done. But no. When shit has hit the fan, these bunch of expired turds outright denied it and came up with some half past six excuses to quell the public anger. They don’t even have the balls to own up something that they’ve done. What kind of cowards do that? You really want these people to educate your children? They call themselves educators? What kind of example are they setting now? No thanks. I don’t have respect for people like this.

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UM protest grad to get his scroll, degree not withheld
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — University of Malaya (UM) board of directors chairman Tengku Datuk Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen Tengku Ibrahim today said that the graduate who protested during the convocation ceremony on Monday has been informed that he can collect his degree scroll.

“I want to stress that the university is not withholding the graduate’s scroll and academic transcript. All graduates can access and print out their scrolls through the university’s online graduate system.

“The distribution of the scroll and academic transcript are done in stages beginning October 12 and graduates can access and print it out from October 18,” Mohd Azman said in a statement today.

On Monday, UM graduate Wong Yan Ke carried a placard to the stage during the university’s convocation ceremony while receiving his bachelor’s degree, urging vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim to resign.

This was followed by the barring of another student Edan Kon, 23 from participating in his convocation the next day after auxiliary police found a folded placard in his possession.

They suspected Kon of carrying out a similar protest in support of Wong.

Commenting on the incidents Mohd Azzman said while UM respects students’ freedom, the rights of others should be respected as well.

“I would like to emphasise that University of Malaya is an institution of higher learning that always supports and promotes academic freedom and intelligence and is neutral and non-compliant.

“In our opinion, the student’s act has disrespected the convocation ceremony and tarnished the event. The student’s action showed that he does not respect other graduates who are being celebrated and also their parents, other guests who were present,” he said.

Mohd Azzman added that UM’s board of directors strongly believes that the purpose of education is not only to gain knowledge but also to build an individual’s personality to achieve excellence through knowledge at the same time instill moral values.

“In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that students are held accountable for actions so that they can reach their maximum potential.

“UM respects the rights and principles of freedom of expression of every individual under this University. On this basis, UM has always been regarded as one of the most liberal universities in the country. However, in exercising this freedom, the rights of others must also be respected,” he added.

Mohd Azzman said the Kongres Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Congress) on October 6 was an academic debate to identify, discuss and suggest solutions to challenges faced by Malays from political, economic, educational, cultural and religious aspects.

“Nevertheless, in line with the university’s goals and the principles it supports, the university will be more cautious and implement more stringent and dynamic justifications for programmes that address all aspects of national interest,” he said.

Both Wong and Kon were against alleged racist elements in Abdul Rahim’s speech during the Malay Dignity Congress in which the latter purportedly claimed last year’s change in government had eliminated Malay political dominance.

Abdul Rahim also reportedly claimed to have asserted that Malay privileges were being questioned and warned others not to challenge the social contract in his speech.

As a result, Wong was called in on Wednesday to have his statement recorded by the police after UM lodged a report against him, while Kon was accused by the university of his intentions to disrupt proceedings.

Among the reasons cited which caused Kon being barred from his graduation ceremony included a Facebook posting in which he “incited” other students to join in the protest to seek Abdul Rahim’s resignation during the graduation proceedings.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also on Wednesday stated that while students have the right to protest, a convocation ceremony was not the right place for such actions.

To the hardworking wage earning parents, I have one thing to say to you. Always be prepared to pay for your kids’ education. Don’t sit around hoping that the spastic government’s going to dole out charity funds to educate your children for you. That’s just lazy and wrong. Your child is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.

If you can’t afford a tertiary education for your children, it’s fine. Then have a plan. Your children can always work to lessen the burden. Tertiary education can always be done later. You don’t have to do it right after high school. There’s nothing wrong to earn an honest living to fund one’s own education – it might even make the experience more fulfilling for the child, and he/she would learn a thing or two about appreciating the hardship of life. If you don’t agree with me, fine too. Keep waiting for charity then.

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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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