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-An Entry on HighStage Marketing Perodua Service Centre In Teluk Intan- Unethical Behavior

On the 4th of July 2012, I drove back to Teluk Intan from my home in Kuala Lumpur, I felt something was not right with my brakes as it made some sounds (this was not the first time I have heard those sounds). The first time I heard them was basically right after Perodua Service Centre in Teluk Intan claimed to have changed my brake pads to new ones.  I did come back to the centre and there was no more noise at that point of time. But from time to time after that I kept hearing these noises, I even called the centre and mentioned this over the phone.  On the 5th of July 2012, I used the car around town and there was a loud screeching sound every time I used my brakes- I got very worried, the next day I went to the service centre.

I was informed that my brake pads was completely used and needed to be changed. I had already changed my brake pads when my car hit the mileage of 31,000km in September last year and found it very strange that my brake pads could wear out so fast. I told them it was impossible for such a thing to occur unless they had not changed my brake pads during that service.  My mileage is currently only 44,000km.

Upon checking, it was certain that the pads were definitely not one that had been changed-they had basically just cleaned it and ensured it did not make noise despite charging me for new brake pads. I was rather annoyed but was just glad that I had found out and something could be done.

I was advised to change it and agreed but I told them I would not pay for it again. They said they would change the brake pads for me nevertheless. The service advisor [Mr.  Liew Sei Lek   ] came by the service area, looked at the pads and disappeared-he did not say a word to me which I found was very rude. When I returned to the counter, the lady [Ms.  Vindra ] informed me that they would changed new brake pads for me. I was quite delighted about the news.

For some reason I felt uncomfortable and went back to the service area. I saw a used brake pad near my car and asked the mechanic if that was the brake pad to be fixed for my car, he nodded and said he was told to fix that. I commented that it was not new, he agreed.

I took the part and when to the spare part area/store and asked one of the ladies who was there concerning this, she said that was definitely not new- it was a display piece [I found it funny that a display piece was used- I wonder if their display cars are also second-hand?]

She said she would find out went back into the office and apparently was unhappy because I was causing trouble. At that point, I was pretty pissed that I was treated in such a manner- just because I was an Indian women on my own. I might not be a genius when it comes to cars but I’m nobody’s fool.

The service advisor re-appeared and told me it was courtesy for them to even consider changing my brake pads because it was not their fault and brake pads had no warranty. He also told me that brake pads only last about 30,000 km in terms of mileage, and mine had about 17,000 left. He also said that it must be the way I pressed on my brakes- that was the only reason it was worn out. I reverted by telling him this was not my first car and I knew better. He said what he could do instead is put back this old pads and ensure there was no noise.  I insisted he changed it and walked back to my car.

Moments later he came back to me after seeing me make a few phone calls with a different story altogether. There was also a Malay guy- named Yasir from Perodua HQ who was there, he insisted that the service advisor was doing me a big favour. It wasn’t his fault, he could not monitor everything- even if one of his staff did not actually change the brake pads he would not know. They had no service of who did what to whose car and since it was so long ago, it would be impossible to track [I do know for a fact that there is a customer history and I knew that a Chinese guy-the mechanic named Mr.Ho serviced my car during the break pad change- he has since resigned]. He was not always there to monitor, he could not be on top of everything- he insisted over and over again it was not his fault and that’s why customer feedback like mine was essential. He said out of courtesy he would change new pads for me [something he promised much earlier of course before I found him giving me old parts instead]

Through an inside source, I have reason to believe this is not an isolated incident. This is not the first time they have cheated people of parts or their service. It’s not just about buying something or replacing something, we are talking about lives. Faulty or non-functioning brake pads can cause lost lives, it is no joking matter. God knows how many accidents on the roads can be contributed to service centres like this.

I have been visiting this centre since I bought my car in 2009, I wonder what else I have missed or was not aware of- I’m deeply disappointed and worse still I feel very afraid for those people who have no voice-people who have no idea they are being cheated constantly. Being a small town like Teluk Intan, I never expected this would occur-small town people belief but it did and I will never return to this centre. I urged you to share this matter with everyone you know to push for an investigation to be made on this centre. If you have any information or share similar experiences with this centre please leave a comment here and contact me.

A copy of this will be sent to a couple of organization namely

PERODUA HQ,

PERODUA SERVICE CENTRE TELUK INTAN

CONSUMER ASSOCIATION

for now…

Who likes racist? None of us do. Who likes people who are ethnocentric? I doubt any of us do.

I mean who would like a person who blatantly disregards another human being on their barring of race, religion, culture or anything else. But let’s be real honest here. Let’s be direct, let’s not put icing on the matter shall we?

Before you attempt to read this post, read it with an open mind. Keep emotions out of it. For this post is not a post one can read on an empty stomach, that’s for sure nor read when emotions are in high tide.

The Anti Presana Narayanan Wave

Who is this woman? Why is everyone placing such an importance towards this person? What sort of media coverage has this sole person attracted?

Has she done any good to society? Perhaps won an award? Perhaps she is a missing child?

Nope.nope.nope. She is now a famous character not only over Facebook or in the mainstream media in Malaysia and some say overseas but among the Tamils or would it be accurate to say the Indians- she has become the talk of the town.

Presana Narayana- an Indian female model, in her 30s who recently became a household name after making racist statement about Tamils on her Facebook wall through her idiotic status. According to valid sources, this is not a first time offence so to speak, she has previously made such strong racist statements on a Malayleee Youth Group on Yahoo via email to other members. I shall not disclose the content of that email nor the status message she posted up. Rather, I want to address somethings, least we forget.

Just a few facts I would agree on before heading down that road.

Yes, the woman is racist- no doubt about that.

Yes, she has to understand that she cannot be allowed to speak in such a tone about anyone be it about Tamils or anyone really.

Yes, she should be taught a lesson (which I think she has)

Yes, her excuses for such an outburst is not only lame, but ridiculous silly [which one of us have not been whistled at or disturbed by our fellow Indians in the community (regardless whether they are tamils, malaylees, telugus etc)

Below,  what the community has done about it;

  1. Opened up a Facebook page called Anti Presana Narayanan which has 11,555 likes which was opened on the 21st of May 2012, barely a week ago.
  2. Raised the issue up to mainstream press where Malay Mail covered the story.

The reactions of people?

The bulk of them hatred =with comments on wanting to rape the girl, hurt her family among other hateful things.

I mean get your head on straight, if you are indeed anti-racism,you would first not start a page on a person, specifically targeted a single human-being, fine if your intentions was to actually get the issue out fine, but why still continue is my question?

If the issue is indeed about her actions or her words? Why swing below the belt and talk about how skinny she is or what her face looks like or how you think she would fare in the sack?

Are you just having an adrenaline rush by being part of this wave? Are you truly understanding the meaning of anti-racism? No point claiming to be anti-racist when your pro-hatred, don’t you think?

Come one, like I have mentioned before ,none of us are saints. Especially in Malaysia, there is a slang/special words used for every race from the Chinese to the Indians, Malays and other races. If you have never said anything bordering on racist fine, but I doubt anyone of you are  a saint.

Racism is ugly. Coming from a mixed marriage I understand this better than most. I know how it feels to be labeled by your race, religion etc. What is uglier is hatred, what is uglier is people getting together under the guise of unity of anti-racism but instead or targeted a single human being with acts of hatred.

I do not agree with what she said, how she said it, why she said – frankly speaking I think no attention should have been given to this women. She is not worth even talking about yet here we all are debating about her, talking about her and worse still being ugly because of her.

What makes you and her different? If you are just as ugly..You might not be throwing out racial slurs but hatred?

And you think you are taking the high road? Think again.

If only we cared as much about other things like how corrupt our systems are or how children go missing everyday, if we put as much effort towards all the other issues that really mattered, as much as we did for this particular person, wow- how great life would be.

But, oh well people will be people. Do think about what you are doing and what you are saying. Karma can be a bitch, the question is are you really certain that god will only punish Presana Narayanan, cause the way things are going look likes tens of thousand of people are dangerously drawing close to being , if not just as bad, but worse than all the things she says or is doing.

God bless us all.

Next time death comes calling, pray very hard that your loved one does not intend to send you to Universiti Hospital because that would probably be the last time you see anyone or anything in your life.

This occurrences is not merely coincidental. Not one or two people have experience inefficiency at its worst here but many. I myself one two different instances, years apart have experienced crappy service.

Unlike any other industry, inefficiency of staff be it nurses or doctors can result not only in losses in monetary losses but death. So it is no laughing matter.

When my seeya(grandpa) was rushed to the hospital after he had a fall, he was left to bleed. No one attended to him at all and my auntie who is a doctor had to rush to the hospital and stitch him up. Only to be charged for it later, not only is that absurd but irresponsible. My late grandpa was in his 70s then.

Years later, my achie (grandma) was admitted to Universiti Hospital due to heart failure. She was admitted at approximately 11am and till 1.30 pm no one doctor attended to her as no doctors were on a duty apparently which I believe is BULLSHIT. Once he does decide to attend to her, the doctor ask all her family members to leave the room as he questions her. You have to understand my grandma is in her 80s and is having dementia, she does not remember things very clearly-fighting with her is to no avail. Smart thing to do would be to ask her family, but does he? No…the smart doctor fights with this 80 year old woman. I mean how stupid can you get? I think this doctor need to attend finishing school more like it!

How can a hospital run without doctors? So when its a holiday people can be left to die?That is ridiculous. To make matters worse, she is then prescribed a medication which sadly the pharmacy can’t provide because its half day-on a freaking Monday in a freaking hospital. It is closed! Can you believe that?

So my 56 year old father has to drive around KL looking for the medicine which happens to be a controlled medication. All this while my grandma remains in the hospital without the necessary medication for heart failure. Someone suggested that we send her to the private wing because they take care of you better. So what happens if you do not have money? You are left to die? So is that the state of our medicine today?

The best thing is after this huge charade they will charge you a hefty bill for basically doing nothing! What is the point of doctors and hospitals then?

I’m appalled by Universiti Hospital. I vow never to return.

CURRENT UPDATE: She has no bed yet and has been at UH since 11 this morning. Lack of beds.

Teluk Intan or known to the old timers as Teluk Mak Intan or Teluk Anson, is a small town located in the town of Perak.

This quaint town has grown from days of small roads and 1 fast food restaurant and a small mall to a 2-3 way roads (bigger than you can imagine) for a small town gal anyways! Now, the town even has a Mc Donalds drive-thru and our very own Giant. To the many who know me online, I’m an original Penangnite but truth be told I am a small town gal from Teluk Intan, Perak.

I’ve not ever mentioned this little town that I hail from but today, I find that it requires saving, it requires a spot on my blog, it requires highlighting matters that should not be overlooked ,just because it is a small town. Very aptly, the issue at hand leans very close to my passion, the field of education.

San Min Su Wa is a Chinese private school funded by the public through donations (they collect up to RM240k at one given time to fund the school). It is located at Jalan Sg Nibong, 36000 Teluk Intan. It is well equipped with computer and projectors. Hell, they even have a multimedia room. They are very big on extra-curriculum activities like singing, dancing and constantly entering competitions. Academically, the kids do not fair too well but often the majority of them pass (according to inside sources: they are “passed” if you get what I mean). I was told that the kids here are “skilled in English”. They can barely speak a sentence in English and we are talking about 16, 17 year old (but they can differentiate a verb, a clause and other parts of english! What’s the blady point if you can’t speak a word of English!). Guess what, these are the same students who come to me a couple of years later at college level and torture the living day light out of me. God, help me!

Most of the kids are fairly rich and have serious attitude problems. They are all mostly daughters and son’s of local businessman in town and most, show no regard to studies, as they feel they can always fall back on their parent’s businesses. Even their English teachers can barely carry the language well, to make matters worse they translate English words they teach to Mandarin (how does that help in any way? I have no idea). For those who might say, eh it’s hard to teach kids who can barely understand English, so translation is the way to go. I refuse to believe that as I encounter the same problem and my kids improve drastically after being exposed to methods of Ms.C and these are the same breed of UEC kids. If they show me attitude and if do not put effort, I fail them.

A local source tells me that educators are often made to pass students who do not deserve to pass (this also happens in local colleges that are not monitored well, I’ve seen it happen before, thank god my college has pre-boards for examination regulation).

his continues to occur in schools and colleges, when will it stop? To make matters worst, the management treats the educators in a very shameful manner, that “pisses the shit outta me”. An inside source tells me of the occurrences of the following incidence;

1.Teacher’s salary for the month of December has not been given to the teachers because of fear that they will resign at year end so the salary will only be given to teachers the
following year, towards the end of January. ( To my knowledge: People depend on their salaries on a monthly basis to pay bills at the right time and of course eat! It is their “rice bowl”
or periuk nasi”. I’m single and if I were to get my pay late I’d suffer, so I pity those teacher’s with families. It is year end furthermore,people have to pay for school uniforms,
stationery etc.
2. They have a steady input of part-timers that teach specific subjects. These teachers have been teaching for sometime at the school and have been paid on a monthly basis whether
there is classes or not. All of a sudden, there start cutting teacher’s salary into half as school holidays are approaching without giving further notice.
What do teachers who depend on the salary do when half their pay has been taken from them? Also they leave out teacher’s from the schedule and do not inform the part-timers that
they are no longer necessary. This is a plain injustice.Again, what do the teachers do? Have they, no courtesy? What about people who depend on it for a living!

It saddens me that this is the state of our education. This school is a perfect example of a mill that is churning out robots, who leave the school with minimal knowledge and impact. We are supposed to nurture the kids not numb their minds. Educators are treated like crap which is yet another sad revelation of what happens in this small quaint town.

Some might say this happens in all schools or colleges, so why this one. Firstly, I have an inside source to this particular one, to prove what occurs behind the doors! The rest (about other institutions) is based on speculation rather than evidence, so I can’t name specifics. Here, I can.

San Min Su Wa better buck up and hold up the integrity of its school as an education pillar of this town. I will not rest if nothing is done till words gets out about what happens in this schools especially if it does not improve in the near future. My question here is, what sort of governance is occurring if education becomes yet another shopping mall churning out certs/degrees and what nots to the non-deserving and treating their staff like pieces of crap. How are we to sustain the countries developments if this is the quality of graduates and teachers? How are we to turn a blind eye to the injustice occurring to this small town teachers! I can’t..can you?

Website: http://www.sanmin.edu.my/ (Fully in Chinese, you’d think your in China!)

Facebook Page of the school: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SEK-MEN-SAN-MIN-SUWA/58362455931?v=info

“Makan, Minum, Tidur Coca-Cola”
The phrase clearly states an absolute obsession over Coca-Cola. Fine by me, catchy and pretty clever as a marketing/advertising strategy there is no doubt about that, after all it is a product. But what would be the case with the latest obsession our dearest government has been infected with…Would it be a marketing strategy? Propaganda? Visionary dream? What would you call it?
I call it the 1Malaysia syndrome. You basically see it everywhere… Let’s just have a breakdown of how 1Malaysia syndrome is seeping into our lives, our workplace, our homes, our schools, our media and the list never ends.

Image 1: 1Malaysia blog by Dato Sri Najib (but of course)

Image 2: 1Malaysia Facebook Group

Image 3: 1Malaysia Booklet

Image 4: 1Malaysia News Item

I need not elaborate further, don’t you think? You get my drift, yeah? Well, it is everywhere. It’s on print (essay competition etc), TV (mystory)…. I almost feel as though this concept has been de-valued or even forced, so common that it bears neither significance nor relevance in this 21st century.
Some might say, hey cher you are such a skeptic but let’s just look at the bare facts. 1Malaysia is sure as hell not a new concept; it’s been recycled over and over again when the nation requires crutches to stay afloat. It’s been used time and time again in different ways; using different names by different people that sit right up there (I ain’t talking about god, that is for sure!).

All of a sudden he becomes a hero because he is all about unity, all about togetherness, all about the coming of all races no matter the color, the culture, the religion and the list goes on. 1Malaysia, who can fault such a noble vision, such a community puller but the question is what is behind 1Malaysia or more like who and why!!

Quoted from the 1Malaysia booklet;
(can be accessed at http://www.1malaysia.com.my/about/about-1malaysia/1malaysia-booklet/)
“1Malaysia adalah penerusan agenda membina negara”
– In simple words, it means 1 Malaysia is a continuation of an agenda in the direction of developing a nation.
Some of the key words used in this document;
“Penerimaan antara kaum”
-Acceptance among the races-

“Peningkatan ketara sikap toleransi”
-Increase of tolerant attitudes-
“Tiada mana-mana pihak yang akan dipinggirkan”
-No party will be sidelined-
“Sikap sampai lewa dan acuh-tak-acuh tidak boleh wujud….”
-Could not be bothered attitudes should not exist-
“1Malaysia adalah satu transformasi ketara”
– 1 Malaysia is an obvious transformation-

PM Malaysia(current one-2010) says;
“1Malaysia adalah satu gagasan bagi memupuk perpaduan di kalangan rakyat Malaysia yang berbilang kaum, beteraskan beberapa nilai penting yang seharusnya menjadi amalan setiap rakyat Malaysia”
– 1 Malaysia is a notion to foster unity among Malaysian of varied races based on a few crucial or important values that should be a practice for every single Malaysian-

Like I’ve mentioned before, 1Malaysia is a recycled concept (think Bangsa Malaysia during Mahathir’s time). No issue with that really, good concepts should always be emphasized and fostered but if it is such a great concept why was it not picked up by the nation, by its people? Simple, just one word- “Hypocrisy”
It’s as simple as a father telling his son to quit smoking because it is bad for him and the very next minute lighting up a ciggie right in front of his son and smoke his lungs out. Good for you, bad for me scenario? It’s like what you should do and what the reality really is…

Let me tell you why 1Malaysia will never work;
1. Affirmative action –it is argued that it should remain as we should not questioned the Bumiputera’s right, in fact we should help them but my question is who helps those in need regardless of race? What about those who are in the same boat but just not Bumiputera, do they not matter? (refer to the third keyword phrase above- already people are being sidelined and continue to be)
2. Malaysia’s raced based party system (by this I don’t mean a partay but political party!)- it is argued that there should be an acceptance of all races yet we are founded and continue to grow on a political system that clearly is based on race (think MIC, MCA, UMNO). We still use race cards when elections are near, we still call each other special names that reflect our races, we still call ourselves “Malaysian Indians, Malaysians Chinese etc”.(some might argue, what’s in a name but I argue that it reflects much more than just the name but how we have been brought up to think and feel as Malaysians which is divided!)
3. Perpetuation of the importance of race being individually singled out in official documents or forms- If race does not matter and everyone is accepted, why does race play an important role when applying for a dog license, a job, a scholarship etc? Acceptance of ALL RACES? Think again!
4. Double standards of how race is portrayed attacked and ridiculed on a seasonal basis. There are so many cases in which race is used as political currency or worse still weapon that is often brushed off or ignored. Think Siti Inshah Mansor of Sekolah Menengah Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra racist remarks that went ignored, Awang Selamat on his article “Bisikan from Utusan that was had threatening elements(https://cherwith.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/bisikan-seorang-anak-malaysia/), Makkal Ossai printing of pictures of Jesus holding a cigarette(https://cherwith.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/atas-sebab-perpaduan-atau-tindak-balas-politik/) and the list goes on…
I could go on but I think the reasons are evident and in your face already…

I have written about the concept of Bangsa Malaysia and lots that relate to 1Malaysia over the years, on numerous occasions;
https://cherwith.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/matters-of-race-religion/
https://cherwith.wordpress.com/2007/08/01/bangsa-malaysiadoes-it-truly-exist/
https://cherwith.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-newtowards-the-true-meaning-of-bangsa-malaysia/

All I can say is a very wise man once said;
The power entrusted to us is not to be used against others, not to improve our position and not to make us rich. The power is to be used in the interest of the people” – Tun Hussein Onn

Yet here we are almost 50 years later talking about a concept that has been talked about by numerous parties including myself with no real action. We talk and talk and talk but we are still rooted in the same system that imprisons us. We have pillars of the nation that advocate a concept they truly do not believe in, let alone understand. So 1Malaysia? I say start talking action that truly reflects that, I have in a small way, have you? No point plastering adverts after adverts to drill in the concept of 1Malaysia to the public if you guys up there do not understand it beyond superficial notions of 3 main races playing guli together or congkak(only being constantly portrayed through TV/Adverts etc when the reality is far from it)! So is the power being used for the interest of the people? Is that what 1 Malaysia is or merely another political instrument to favor the ones in power?

Pre-marital sex. In this day and age, such a notion is not excatly something very bizzare, or even something that would raise the eyebrow. You can count the amount of men and  women,who are still virgins, before they decide on marriage, muslim or non-muslim. The numbers doesn’t necessarily reflect the sort of Malaysian culture, that Malaysia often loves to portray. That aside, pre-marital sex is definitely something that is happening among muslims and non-muslims(no matter how much either of them would like to deny).

Personally, I could not be bothered, as to who decides to save their virginity or who doesn’t, men or women, muslim or non. Frankly speaking, it matters very little to me.  Like I often say, each to its own. But when pre-martial sex brings about the canning of women, Muslim women in particular, it definetely raises more than an eyebrow.

After a long hiatus away from reading newspapers or even blogs, UNSPUN’s post on his blog concerning Malaysian Women that were being canned due to their pre-martial affairs caught my eye. It really baffles me, that it is punishable by law, in fact it even makes it ridiculously silly (by no means am I making fun of syariah law). If you were to really punish by law, the crime of pre-marital affairs, I promise you there will not be enough jail cells for muslim or non-muslims alike! Why were this women in particular chosen to be put in the spotlight and canned? If it is truly punishable, I’m surprised it is the first we are hearing of. Most importantly, the fact that only the women are punished, makes it rather sexist don’t ya think? As far as I know, it takes two to tango ( in this sense, have sex). Unless the natural order of things has changed (if it has I sure did not get that email). Why only punish the women? Were the men unwilling participants? Were they victims? Are the men protected by law? Are they invincible to the hands of the laws or is it ok for them to do as they please? If anyone out there is an expert in Syariah law..please enlighten me… cause as far as I know, this is extremely ridiculous! As usual, our authorities have a lot of time to police this sort of affairs instead of actually bothering to solve real problems and issues like snatch thieves…sigh…

Penang UMNO has been urging and recommending the federal government to stop proposed mega projects in Penang such as the;

A. second bridge

b. light monorail system 

c. Penang Outer Ring Road

d. Penang Sentral

e. RapidPenang bus service.

State Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim said the previous Gerakan-led state government had worked together with the federal government to bring all sorts of development to Penang and since people wanted a change and thought that DAP could do better than they did not need all this development since they voted BN out. As such, all development projects fueled previously would be urged by them to be cancelled.– looks as if they are more worried about their political positions then their own rakyat!!!

Since the people have clearly rejected development and made their choice for a change, we will recommend to the federal government to cancel all such projects. Don’t blame us for this,” he said after a state liaison committee meeting here today. (Umno only won two parliamentary seats and 12 state seats- whose fault is that now? the rakyat?)

When asked whether revenge was on their mind they retaliated and implied that since the rakyat wanted a new leadership his hands were tied. Case of sour grapes perhaps? So I guess this is what we have to look forward to…each time UMNO loses they will either resort to creating ill feelings among the rakyat(there was a demonstration at KOMTAR yesterday) when that doesn’t work they try to claim back “their so call development project which were supposedly their brain child”. Is this what we have to look forward to? Is this who you’d like to vote back in, 5 years from now? A party which blackmails you? Threatens you? Pulls the carpet from off your feet?

I see no point at all of the demonstrations. Why? I believe in freedom of assembly. There should assembly if there feel their rights are alienated or marginalized or even seek audience with the CM….perhaps the latter first. But why I said no point? UMNO Penang were the ones who were demonstrating yesterday for the rights of Malays at KOMTAR but they were the same people saying take all the major projects away- doesn’t that imply let our people suffer for making the choice that they deemed not right?

So what’s the point of demonstration when you yourself have indirectly asked for not only your right but others to be taken away in Penang? So each time things don’t go their way they are going to cut off the rakyat’s benefits? What next?Basic supplies? Water? Electricity? What a joke!

Which makes me think back. UMNO Penang says take the development project away. But whose money is being fueled to run this projects? Not UMNO definitely! Not BN! But every Malaysian….tax payers money. So how dare they use it against the rakyat?

You know when election was around the corner, I had a chat with my grandparents both avid supporters of Barisan. They have always been very secretive about voting but we all knew they voted BN. So we were talking about the elections and BN, Opposition. My grandpa said its BN who has been paying my pension all this years!I scoffed and told him that it was the government at that point entrusted to BN to run ,that was paying your pension. But most importantly it did not come out from the BN pocket but the taxpayers money! I guess previously most Malaysian feel indebted to BN when thats not the actual senario. They are meant to feel grateful for money they earned through hardwork, nothing to do with BN ultimately .The concept of people being upfront and brave towards the government and their policies was alien to them instead there said we should just be content with what we have or it could be taken away.

We should not be afraid of our government. But we always have been. Why? For the simple reason…we are afraid they will take away the little we have. Look at UMNO Penang-thats a great example of what people fear!

But people have to remember the money used for this project is the rakyats! Without the rakyat, there would be no money, no goverment let alone elections. So don’t allow this people to black mail us ever again! Tell them off! To have the audacity to say this…just horrible.

Whoever has the time should read what Zaid Ibrahim of UMNO said concerning all this issues after the elections, read here;

Former Umno leader Zaid Ibrahim has called on politicians – both government and opposition – to stop fueling racial sentiments in the wake of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition’s unprecedented election setback”- Malaysiakini

read here for more on what Zaid had to say

 http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/79831

-now that’s a smart UMNO Dude!

another humble and man that is using his brains!!- dude Mr.Koh Tsu Koon

“former chief minister Koh Tsu Koon, who is also the Gerakan’s acting president spoke some sense when he rejected the Umno’s call by saying that those infrastructure projects are crucial for the future economy and quality of life for Penang and its neighboring states.” –Sourced from SK

On an ending note I’m glad to say that the UMNO Penang do not represent the Malays in Penang.Malays here are much smarter than to fall for the political tacticts of UMNO Penang who like someone said cut their nose to spite their face. The Malays know that we are in for the long haul, to help each other regardless of our ethnic background! I’d like to call/ to invite all Malaysians from the Malay, Chinese and Indian, Kadazan etc ethnic group who are interested to join the cause of creating and retaining a Bangsa Malaysia- Penang. A true bangsa Malaysia….to work towards a better state government-first stop Penang…Any takers? Mail me at cherwith@gmail.com

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was warned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi not to make statements that could stoke racial tensions.  (The Star,Thursday March 13)

Pak Lah I would have expected you to sober up by now, after suffering a huge defeat in the recent elections. After losing the mystical 2/3rds…that had become more of a curse than anything else for the last 50 years. So when former PM, Mahatir said step down…when other quarters said resign….I thought come on, people lose its normal. But people can change, who knows Pak Lah can too. He can make a better Malaysia. After all he did humbly accept his defeat and vouched to serve the people better. But Pak Lah whats with the threats? What’s with the warnings?

Guan Eng the current CM for the coalition won Penang fair and square! He was given the mandate by the people. Every Malaysian be it Malay,Chinese or Indian voted for DAP, PAS and PKR the coalition government in support of their of them and what they stand for. The people have voted. What have you got to say now? Doing with NEP has always been the plan from the start itself. What’s wrong with doing away with NEP? It is in fact a racial policy. Just because people do not take to the streets and kill each other over it doesn’t make the NEP any less racist then it already is. NEP only serves to help select few not all Malays thus it does not fulfill its purpose.

You claim to represent the people Pak Lah but you don’t! You represent yourself! You are a selfish man and I’m glad to say I’ve seen enough of you. The only thing that will cause racial tension is if people like yourself continue to badger on and cause a ruckus when there is not. You do not have to worry about Malays in Penang. As longs as Malays, Indians,Chinese and other races are Malaysian they will be taken under the wing of our coalition government. Those who are poor will be assisted not just because of their race but because they require assistance. Not all Malays are poor..same case with Chinese, Indians and other races. But they are those who are poor regardless of race. Please open your eyes.

Doing away with this policy will only do good because EVERY MALAYSIAN will be at the heart of things, they will be put first priority! So racial tension????? Only tension will be Dealing with people like you that are not willing to accept that with time comes change and with change comes differences…with differences comes a better Malaysia. The question is Pak Lah, do you want to be apart of  a better Malaysia or not?

Just short post..do watch this video courtesy of a fellow Malaysians. It is very relevant to Malaysia especially in the wake of the upcoming elections. Enjoy….Hope this video enlightens you as much as it enlightened me!

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA or known as Abolish ISA Movement will probably be disheartened to the fact that the government denied them a permit to organize a solidarity vigil for the ISA detainees scheduled to be held at 8pm this Saturday at Dataran Merdeka. I have no idea whether GMI will proceed to have the gathering despite not having a permit but one thing is for sure, permit or not this shall not break the spirit of the people fighting for their basic rights as Malaysian citizens! It’s funny you know every time there is a gathering or peaceful march or any sort of thing like this the government goes all out despite it being peaceful and all about how we are not following the law, we do not follow the correct route, we do not get permits etc….but the truth of the matter is that we are indeed following the correct path. We apply for permits, we seek their PERMISSION but of course it is to no avail. Indeed it is no surprise to us that they have yet again denied the permits. Why? Why else? It does not fall in with their given plan, it doesn’t make them look good. So why or why would they allow it???Sound like a democratic country to you?Think again??? Its the Malaysian style of democracy…Well 2008 is not looking very different for Malaysia is it?????