Friday, 13 November 2020

Ik Neng Sar Si

Aiyah King Sing, why you so siau lang, so opiang, so low class one? You buat bising bising dalam Parlimen, kata DG 'takut mati'.  You pileh salah orang meh. Itu DG ada Tuhan, apa Tuhan dia kasi, mati kah, hidup kah dia terima dan tatak takut.

Kalau sudah sampai masa, mati akan datang.  You boleh mati atas katil, tepi jalan, boleh mati masa makan bak kut teh.  Tolong lah, jangan cakap DG macam itu.  Boleh jadi, you lagi takut mati!  Bila you punya datok-nenek belayar dari Tongsua ke Sarawak, lagi banyak chance untuk mati. Ada harimau, buaya, ular, kongsi gelap ugut duit, ada opium untuk kasi lupa bila badan penat dan sakit sakit. Doctor mana ada? Kalau ada epidemic penyakit, itu ang mo lang mahu masuk hutan kasi you baik kah?   Ada you punya taukeh mahu datang tengok you apa khabar?  DG punya kerja bukan hanya diri kasi news, dia singseh banyak pandeh, banyak sibuk, banyak tanggung jawab.  You ada pergi tengok tengok orang Sabah kah, ada jumpa rakyat Bintulu tanya khabar kah?

Kalau lah gua kasi you tiket kapal terbang Cathay Pacific Flight No 44, tempat duduk No 04, you tentu pucat dan  kalang kabut! Nanti mati leh!

Kenapa di Malaysia banyak bangunan tinggi tinggi, condominium atau commercial tak ada Level 4.  Kalau naik lift, sama juga, tak ada butang No 4.  Nombor 4 kasi tukar 3A!  Nombor rumah 44 tukar 43A dan 4 jadi 3A!

 Siapa takut No 4?  Siapa takut mati?

Itu nomber 4 jangan kasi cakap lah. Sama juga jangan tuduh ada orang takut mati.

Ik Neng Sar Si - One Two Three Four.  Si is Four.  Si means MATI or DIE.

Jadi siapa yang takut mati?  Sudah tentu bukan Dr Noor Hisham!!

Tolong lah.  Kita semua anak Malaysia kan?   Kita semua kata kita ada hak dalam Malaysia.  Hak itu bukan hanya untuk diri kita, orang lain pun ada hak,  hak mereka jangan di-beri hina!

You sudah lama jadi YB.  Tentu YB telah beberapa kali melafadzkan RUKUN NEGARA.

Rukun Negara yang kelima menyatakan :


Perhaps we can all learn something from the DG's reply to your crass insult.  But it will cut no ice with you, as with most politicians in Malaysia.  

So, in YB Dato Sri Tiong's world, the digit 4 is absolutely taboo.  It even goes as far as in picking western names.  You may choose names like these for yourself or your daughters, like Hannah, Audrey and Teresa.  But never, never Lucy.  LU SI - it invokes a fate worse than bad luck. It means YOU DIE. It is not something you wish upon anyone, not even your worst enemy.  But to accuse someone of being afraid to die, "takut mati", is quite reprehensible and uncivilised.  Especially as YB Dato Sri Tiong King Sing belongs to a 5,000 year old (according to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew) culture.

Here's a lively song for strutting between Bintulu and Parliament House and back to Bintulu.

May you live long and prosper.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

ELECTION - USA, November 2020. A TAPESTRY inspired by the EAGLES "Hotel California"



On a dark desert highway

Cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas

Rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance

I saw a shimmering light

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim

I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway

I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself

This could be heaven or this could be hell

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

There were voices down the corridor

I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California

Such a lovely place, such a lovely place

Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the Hotel California

Any time of year (any time of year)

You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted (mind twisted with materialism and status)

She got the Mercedes Benz

She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys

That she calls friends

How they dance in the courtyard

Sweet summer sweat

Some dance to remember

Some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain

"Please bring me my wine"

He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969"

And still those voices are calling from far away

Wake you up in the middle of the night

Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California

Such a lovely place, such a lovely place

Such a lovely face

They living it up at the Hotel California

What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)

Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling

The pink champagne on ice

And she said, "We are all prisoners here of our own device"

And in the master's chambers

Joe and Kamala

They gathered for the feast

They stab it with their steely knives

But they just can't kill the beast.

Last thing I remember

I was running for the door

I had to find the passage back 

To the place I was before

"Relax", said the night man

"We are programmed to receive

You can check out any time you like

But you can never leave"



Will Malaysia pick up a few tips and hints on the theory and practice of Democracy in the West?

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Dr Audrey Teh Yi Hui - "the Kota Kinabalu lass"


AsH was as usual sitting with Socks (our cat, not his foot apparel) on her lap, indolently passing away her time on a lazy CMCO day (a habit attributed frequently to my people).  She made the mistake of dumping Socks back on to the chair and proceeding to the laptop to catch up on the latest news.

Cor Blimey!!! (to be in tune with work and play on the second floor of a  London greenhouse).  I learned something new and devastating about my Tanah Air.

From this Twitter Site came :

.... and I learned that..

 22 October 2020

No "state health care"?  Is this about Malaysia 100-200 years ago?  Have we been downgraded into some kind of Banana Republic?  A "Republic" is probably in the line of sight of some Malaysians.  But 'Banana'?  Not when we have such well-heeled Anak Malaysia like .....

By the way, Mr Lau Cho Kun at No 10, like Dr Teh, comes from Sabah.

..... and of course the formidable entrepreneurs who became self-made billionaires.

 How can any academic/writer/ journalist / researcher,  in his/her right mind think that a country like Malaysia - which can spawn and boast these self-made billionaires - be unable  to afford "state health care"?  I cannot seriously think of any country in the world that can be caught in such a dire predicament.


Malaysians however can be very proud of their Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr  Noor  Hisham bin Abdullah when he very quickly responded to Virginia Gewin's ignorant article on Malaysia's Scientist-gardener Dr Audrey Teh from St George's, University of London.

The DG and all his medical and non-medical staff in the Ministry of Health, have been and still are working their guts out during this Covid 19 pandemic especially in Dr Teh's home-state of Sabah.


Hallelujah! There was a response from the writer of the article yesterday (4 November) which was posted on Dr Teh's Twitter.

But first here's a little look at the author Virginia Gewin.

Her contribution as recorded by the Hakai Magazine

Her wittering on Twitter yesterday.

Quite a telling quote by VG on what America has to do to survive: "It must relearn how to speak, and how to listen."   Ditto for you VG though I have to add one more for you, "how to be a responsible writer."

Here is Virginia Gewin's and Dr Audrey Teh's response to the Director-General's letter:

A clever tweak from THIS:

The first article on 22 October.

"Updates and Corrections"  

It doesn't seem like much of an apology or saying "we are sorry if we hurt.......",  but we shall take comfort in the meaning of the word "erroneously" which means "ideas or information are wrong  and based on facts that are not correct.

But the damage is done!!

I believe, if anyone or any publication makes the accusation that Singapore "does not have state health care" - they would be taken to the cleaners if no abject APOLOGY is given. 

However I'm still a bit confused about this bit :

"It also overstated how some families have been affected and missstated Teh's affiliation.

1. What is "Teh's affiliation"?

2. What part of "Teh's affiliation" has been "misstated"  (made wrong or inaccurate).   

I can only guess that maybe Dr Teh has no affiliation to Malaysia the country, that she is not a Malaysian citizen.  That she is only "from Sabah".   But what difference does that make?

Despite the "correction", we are still in the dark as to who, Gerwin or Teh, got their their information and their facts wrong ?

But maybe this is just a story as stated in the  'Updates and Corrections' - a kind of fiction?  Maybe not the tobacco part, but the piece regarding Malaysia and her non-existent "state health care."

One more point referred to in the "Correction" - about "health care not getting to certain parts of the country."  That is to be expected in a developing country where the terrain can be heavily forested and mountainous and the transport infrastructure is nothng like in the rural areas of the Lake District or the Cotswolds.  

But as to being ruined by medical bills, that is possible if you opt for private medical care.  Whatever the private hospitals can offer, the Government Hospitals can do the same. Of course it won't be as quick as you mightwant or get in the private sector.  But you do  have an alternative without being "ruined by medical bills."

Let me add this observation of Malaysia's health care by an Anglo-Scot 'bumiputera' from Dr Audrey Teh's adopted neck of the woods.

The above 4 excerpts are from an email that DI Buchanan wrote to Dr Teh's Head of Department yesterday.

Finally (at last), from AsH to The Star :

I am quite amused that The Star's  Bernard Cheah reckons that Malaysians are (merely)upset by that article in Nature magazine.

Now that is what I would describe as an 'understatement'!

There are so many other pertinent verbs to describe how we Malaysians feel.  To The Star, take your choice  from the list below.

And I find it quite charming that Bernard Cheah regards Dr Audrey Teh Yi Hui as "the Kota Kinabalu lass".  Aww shucks... how nice.

Let's have a very British break with The Goons, a sort of  'Zen moment'.

PS I have not forgotten Part II of "Chiak Boh Liau".