Earth Hour is finally happening in Malaysia! It was confirmed today via the Earth Hour websites that Malaysia will take part in this global event which will happen for the 3rd year. If you don’t know what Earth Hour is, it is a campaign that calls for individuals,businesses,governments to come together and to take a stand against climate change by a simple act of turning off your lights for a hour!
Simple yet has a huge impact! The event started in Sydney back in 2007 with 2.2million people taking part and went global this year with 35 countries and 50 million people taking part. Next year the target is 1billion people and 1000 towns around the world participating.
It will happen on the 28th of March 2009 between 8.30pm-9.30pm. In Malaysia hopefully we will have major landmarks and buildings around the country switching off with everyone coming together to take a stand against climate change. You may think that what does 1 hour do to help climate change??
But think about it if every one of us does our but, don’t you think collectively we can make a difference?
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The Pakatan rakyat leadership has sent a letter to the Pak Lah requesting for a meeting and he rejected that. Then the Pakatan leadership called for a emergency parliamentary hearing..that too was rejected and BN and UMNO think that DSAI and the Pakatan leadership have nothing and are just buying time.
WOULDN’T IT BE EASIER TO MEET ANWAR AND THE PAKATAN LEADERSHIP AND CLARIFY THIS ISSUE??? Continue reading »
A man of of his words. That’s what i can say about the De Facto Law Minister. He was disappointed in the way the ISA was used against the likes of the journalist,RPK and Teresa who he does not feel were a apparent threats to the nation. He gave his word that if no action is taken that he will resign.
He did just that and tendered his resignation yesterday, he was called to the PM’s office and told to take a 2 week break to think about it and reports said that he has decided that he will be resigning of his cabinet position.
When asked if he would join PKR…His responce ..
he would keep an “open mind”
Time will tell
Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail has been suspended for three years from the party. This announcement was made by PM,Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after an emergency supreme council meeting.
What do i think? Not enough but at least something happened! Happened soon enough? We gotta give Pak lah some credit for taking action. Hopefully this will be a example for those who think of doing remotely as bad as this!
The higlight of it all has got to be Ahmad’s comments after being slapped the punishment:
“I congratulate Koh. He has won this game. Nevermind. Today is his day,”
“I must also thank Koh and Gerakan, for their ‘unique’ way in showing gratitude to Umno, Malays and Muslims
“I want all Malays in Bukit Bendera and the country to remember this day. Do not forget. If you support Gerakan they would show their gratitude in the most unique way,”
You still think he got away light? I sure think so! If only all the ISA detainee’s had this kind of punishment instead of being put away.
I was thinking what DSAI said during his latest press conference announcing Dato’ Fauzi as the latest umno celebrity to join the opposition. He said ‘umno (the govt) is a sinking ship’. Here are some thoughts while taking a dump … and yes, this is going to be a very long dump. Had a feast at a mamak’s last nite, and it has upset my stomach to a certain degree that has given me enough justification to take medical leave.
Sidang Media bersama Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Datuk Fauzi
China was the single most dominant power in Asia during the 15th century. The Chinese used paper for writing, invented toilet paper to wipe one’s ass, and extended the usage to the collapsible umbrella, the playing card and paper currency notes. China had so many geniuses that it outclassed the rest of the world, even Europe who were in a bitter war with Islam. Apart from the drunken, crane and praying mantis style of whoop-ass kungfu, they were also great sifus in understanding of hydraulics, iron smelting and shipbuilding. The Chinese used gunpowder in fireworks for religious purposes, and naturally used gunpowder in cannons, rockets, and guns. Rocket arrows were used in warfare. Cool.
In addition to the advanced weaponry and mastery of magnetism that led to the invention of the compass, China also had the largest navy that dwarfed the combined might of Europe. Laksamana Cheng Ho was able to lead the largest naval expedition, and over 30 years, visited many countries from Southeast Asia, Africa and the Arab lands, establishing many foreign contacts and trades. From a National Geographic episode watched many years ago, some historians even believe that it was the Muslim eunuch that first set sail for America, half a century before Columbus. Cool.
ohh darn it, let’s get the complete list from wikipedia and get a summation:
Among the scientific accomplishments of ancient China were paper (not papyrus) and papermaking, woodblock printing and movable type printing, the early lodestone and magnetic compass, gunpowder, toilet paper, early seismological detectors, matches, dry docks, pound locks, sliding calipers, the double-action piston pump, blast furnace and cast iron, the iron plough, the multi-tube seed drill, the suspension bridge, natural gas as fuel, the escapement mechanism for clocks, the differential gear for the South Pointing Chariot, the hydraulic-powered armillary sphere, the hydraulic-powered trip hammer, the mechanical chain drive, the mechanical belt drive, the raised-relief map, the propeller, the crossbow, the cannon, the rocket, the multistage rocket, etc. Chinese astronomers were among the first to record observations of a supernova. The work of the astronomer Shen Kuo (1031–1095) alone was most impressive, as he theorized that the sun and moon were spherical, corrected the position of the polestar with his improved sighting tube, discovered the concept of true north, wrote of planetary motions such as retrogradation, and compared the orbital paths of the planets to points on the shape of a rotating willow leaf. With evidence for them, he also postulated geological theories for the processes of land formation in geomorphology and climate change in paleoclimatology. Yet there were many other astronomers than Shen Kuo, such as Gan De, Shi Shen, Zhang Heng, Yi Xing, Zhang Sixun, Su Song, Guo Shoujing, Xu Guangqi, etc. Chinese mathematics evolved independently of Greek mathematics and is therefore of great interest in the history of mathematics. The Chinese were also keen on documenting all of their technological achievements, such as in the Tiangong Kaiwu encyclopedia written by Song Yingxing (1587–1666).
An impressive list of technological contributions to human society. Which begs the following question: with all the knowledge, economic monopoly, and military prowess, and hence super power status at the time; why the fakk didn’t the Industrial Revolution happen in Asia? Three centuries had gone by and it happened in 18th century Europe. Why did the science of Galileo emerge in Pisa and not in Patna or Peking?
The technological clock-stop can be focused to the following: inefficient government, bad policies and bureaucracy, weak leadership, corrupted government officials, inflation, excessive taxes, mismanagement of the treasury when combined, led to resentment against the government.
Disunity + corruption + Factionalization= Inability to change.
To coin a phrase from GI Jane:’ there are no bad crews, just bad leaders’. Should the current PM resign?’ I, for one think so. The rakyat has spoken during the last election where BN experienced the true meaning of ‘terkejut beruk’ or ‘tergolek dog’ and witnessed some of the richest states in Malaysia went convincingly to PKR. The prime minister should have taken it like a gentleman and act responsibly as a leader. Do what normal people do dude, Resign! Should the current cabinet be changed too? I would say ‘hell yeah‘. The ‘crew’, be it members of the cabinet or members of the party high council, are infested with corrupted and scandalous characters. A study made by Transparency International revealed that Malaysia scores a very low BPI(bribe payers index), just a few ladders below China who is currently champion. BPI is a measure of how willing a nation appears to comply with demands for corrupt business practices. That says a lot. Not many local companies are able to do business overseas and it’s easy to spot any ‘big cable’ riding on board. The actors holding the top position in the company board could range from being the wife, brother, sister, son, daughter, relative, son-in-law, to the possible combo of the son of a brother who is an uncle of a nephew who is also a son-in-law to the cousin who is twice removed to a politician. RPK’s revelation on the ‘Oil for Food’ program was an eye opener.
It’s obvious that the ruling government needs to get its act together and change. The two year wait for the power transition to a new prime minister is such an attempt. The fact is, any change will be made futile as long as someone perceived (and proven) weak is still at the helm. Back in the 70s’, when breakthrough technologies came along, big firms must destroy the old to build the new, but few were not able to change due to structural problems that were almost impossible to solve. For example, when the microprocessor allowed the personal computer to replace the mainframe as the dominant growth market in the computer industry, the old industrial leader, IBM, fell off a cliff, and new leaders, Intel and Microsoft, emerged. IBM understood the new technology and wanted to compete but could not destroy its old mainframe business to build the new. Going back to the 15th century example above, like China, Malaysia is being guided by an irresponsible government, with policies that have been maneuvered to benefit the selected few, draconian measures consistently being used to harass the people and this is easily done when corrupted officials have an available dog pound ready to obey and lick its masters. The rakyat suffers.
UMNO and BN a sinking ship? It certainly feels so. Any sane man (or rat) would logically jump off the ship as soon as possible. Malaysia’s administration needs a revamp but people often fear the change of leadership. When confronted with that possibility, they immediately ask, “Who could replace him?” As history has shown time and again, there will always be someone to replace a failing leader. What is needed are courage and determination and the hope that the choice will fall on the right person.
There seems to be an acute shortage in the BN stable for a leader that is most perceived as having the right talent to steer Malaysia out of this gradual down slide. This leaves us to the opposition and unless you have been living in a bat cave these past few months, we all know who that RIGHT person is, right?
oh wow …been a while in this cool jamban of mine, my thighs are certainly getting cooked from the notebook and it seems that I’m also out of toilet paper. Darn it. If you haven’t been reading properly, the Chinese also invented the toilet paper and the toothbrush as we know it, concocted from the cute piggy’s hair and bamboo.
‘I came here
To shit and stink,
But all I do
Is sit and think’