Thursday, 11 February 2021

Chinese New Year celebration for the Nanyang (Overseas) Chinese - Learn from Singapore

 

Chinese New Year in Malaysia, 2021


1.  Population of Malaysia - 32.7 million.

2.  Demography : 


3. Area of Malaysia - 330,803 sq km.

4.  Covid 19 cases: 

     (a) In Malaysia

     (b) While in Sarawak:



Obviously, in a pandemic like this, getting together raises enormous problems.   Consider, for example: 

All this "sound and fury" from representatives of 23.2 % of the population ..........




Read https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/02/05/guan-eng-adds-to-chorus-of-ridicule-for-cny-sops-says-ridiculous-rules-show/1947180#google_vignette


....... when this SOP .....


Read http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/faqsop/sop-perayaan/sop-pkp-tahun-baru-cina-chinese-new-year-2021


...... was announced by the "backdoor, minority"  Malay-led Government (whose authority was not recognised by 90% of Chinese according to the DAP leader Lim Guan Eng).  The Malay-led Government  compromised with this minority and the SOP was updated.


Read https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-cny-rules-revised-to-allow-more-to-gather-for-reunion-dinner


Who says size matters?  Not when you have  Warlords Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng from the DAP on your side!


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Meanwhile, in a nation just south of Malaya (a small City-State where most of the population are descendants of settlers and colonists from the Middle Kingdom of China) the rules were slightly different.    Here, the celebrations for the Year of the Ox during the Covid-19 Pandemic had already been carefully drawn up by January 26th 2021, by the PAP-led Government  that had been ruling the country since its Independence.


Chinese New Year 2021 in Singapore

1. Population 5.69 million

2.  Demography :

3.  Area - 728 sq km.

4.  Covid 19 cases: 


5.  All the following are extracts from :










Read https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-cny-things-to-know-8-visitors-lohei-mask-dining-out-14020958


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Chinese New Year Celebration for the Middle Kingdom (People's Republic of China - PRC)


1.  Last year for the Year of the Rat :




2.  This year, the Year of the Ox :








Read  https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/china-lny-travel-new-dst-intl-hnk/index.html


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Here's A Chinese New Year video by Namewee.



PS   Wee Meng Chee's CV.



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Another PS. Sorry.



Is 2021 the Year of the Ox or the Year of the Cow?  It seems both are acceptable. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Cow symbolizes an animal with a gentle nature associated with Buddha. The Ox on the other hand, represents a diligent and dependable personality.

There is however a difference between a cow (lembu betina  in Malay) and an ox (lembu jantan).

The West is quite categorical about the difference.




 
Finally, whatever the day, whatever the Celebration, keep well and safe and healthy for the sake of our loved ones, our Rakyat, especially the Frontliners, and our Nation.  

Abide with the SOP.



Monday, 8 February 2021

Renegade to Hero.

 Malaysia, whatever you do, please, please do not ban this book.




Especially  I beg of my Malay Muslims, young and old to not go the way of this  "Tukang Karut"  (a terminology used by M. Nasir)

Like Salman Rushdie, you will turn him into a hero.

You will give credence and validity to his  "Wild" accusations, innuendoes and his mendacity.

You will turn your Bangsa into Melayu Bangsat, Pengecut and  Katak di bawah Tempurung.

Think of your Heritage.  Not too long ago, your forefathers fought the Japanese and the Malayan Communist Party and so we live in the present country we now have - not totally of our own making and of our choice, but that is all we have and so far we have done a pretty good job.

If we ban this book, we lose our pride and dignity.

If we ban this book, the nation and the Malay-Muslims' reputation will be ground into dirt.

THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO!!!!!

Our nation cannot live with a renegade turning into a Martyr - and a non Malay, non-Muslim martyr to boot!  We certainly must not be responsible for creating and thus  sanctifying St Tommy Thomas.

Furthermore, as Aesop wrote.

The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes.

[We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.]

Look at ourselves, our leaders and leadership. We have the "musuh dalam selimut dan luar selimut". Another enemy (several of our own people), stand beside us providing the  blanket stored in our cupboard.

Let TT and his publisher and his sponsors and masters  keep this book, its profit and other gains.

Don't succumb to this "momok momok"  (again from M Nasir) that thrives in our nation.


So please give Tommy Thomas enough rope to hang himself.


READ, and learn the nature of his game.





 

I

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Sauce for the Goose and Sauce for the Gander - Kong Hee Fatt Choy

 The Gander snarls  .....


Mr Lim's displeasure.



The Goose reminisces .....








But "the goose is cooked".  (It's an idiom meaning "the good times are over".)  Thanks to Covid 19.


One of the the caretakers in the Kitchen explains.....






Ash reckons .....

If only Hari Raya had been on February 12, 2021,  we could have had our celebration at the Pasar Malam or the Car Wash or at the Barbershop too!  Furthermore, there would be an improvement in hairstyle for all Malaysians!  And, this time, the B40s, the employees and their Taukehs would have been able to earn and bring home a bit more 'lui'  (money in Hokkien) for the family to celebrate an auspicious occasion.


Besides (and before Covid 19), Malaysians in Malaysian Malaysia have already been afflicted by another Virus, this time from the West - a virulent global bug known as Victimitis and MeTooitis.  It has developed most especially among the comfortable (and more 'civilised') urban denizens.  It is an offshoot of the Human Rights Crusade.  Unlike the invisible virus of Covid 19, this one is very, very conspicuous and in-your-face.

Everybody and anybody can put on the mantle of Victimhood.  But nobody wants to talk about their blessings or their responsibilities - only their self-entitlement.

Finally, as an anak jati Semenanjung Tanah Melayu, I hold my head in my hands and I fall back in despair of my heritage.





                                       I am standing with one foot in the grave.




Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Get Cracking Malaysia!!

 Heavens to Betsy, OMG, Goodness Gracious Me!!!!!!

This will not do Malaysia. 

13 January 2021 -  Declaration of  the return of the MCO. 

14 January - Heavens forbid. An Emergency was announced by the Paramount Ruler.  We are seeing the death of democracy and freedom in this country. 👎 Bring out the black flag (and maybe the yellow T-Shirts?), get the Petitions going, 👊 especially if you see yourself as the Saviours (Hallelujah) and guardians  of the Rakyat's Free Spirit (hic! hic!) and especially as you are dedicated to bringing back the Mandate given by the People in 2018.

24 January 2021 - More wailing and wringing of hands, more gloating and self-righteousness.  WOT! it has been 11 days since the MCO and the cases are still skyrocketing , now hovering at 4,000.

This will not do!   We must petition for Parliament to return, challenge the legality of this minority, backdoor Government.  We shall show them how.

So this is our plan.

LET'S HAVE AN ELECTION.  

LET'S ELECT A NEW GOVERNMENT FOR A NEW (SERIES 2) MALAYSIA.

LET'S HAVE ANOTHER SABAH-STYLE ELECTION AND EXTEND IT TO THE REST OF THE NATION - BRING THE 'SABAH VIRUS' TO MALAYA.  (Remember the speech made by the Sponsor of THE VIBES in September 2020 when he said, amongst other paeans of praises to Sabah, "Malaya has an infection and Sabah/Sarawak is the antibiotic we desperately need."!!)🙏




LET'S ANOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER :     PRIME MINISTER  TUN/TAN SRI/DATUK SERI/DATUK/DATO/ ENCIK/MR  and maybe DATIN ..xyz... THE IX.  

MALAYSIA IS NOT SHORT OF AMBITIOUS WANNABES WHO, LIKE IZNOGOUD, WANT TO BE PRIME MINISTER INSTEAD OF THE PRIME MINISTER.     

(Explanation for the young and deprived: When I started buying Iznogoud Comics in 1975, I never thought how apt it would be to the politics of my Tanah Air wef from 2019.

The Authors, Translators and Publisher.


Here's the rallying cry of The Great Revoluton and Struggle of the Brave People of  Malaysian Malaysia.

There are many,many Iznogouds in Malaysian Malaysia, both covert and overt. Some are blatant, some are by proxy.

And in the end, it will all come true, maybe in a few months' time, perhaps in a year, perhaps never? 

I highly recommend this masterpiece as essential reading for the undergrads and lecturers in Malaysia's Institutes of  Higher Learning.  There's a video version available on YouTube for the hi-tech generation who are not accustomed to reading print (though the printed version is far superior, not tainted by the accent), for our budding young politicians and gung-ho social media personnel.


But not before Covid 19 tears this nation into shreds (especially the Rakyat)   However the ambitious, rich and powerful will survive, a sort of  culling of the weak and inefficient and unenterprising,  indolent, lazy and pursuing a deficient value system.  (Now where have I heard that before - Charles Darwin??  Naahh! Darwin's more intellectual than that.)  


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That's enough frivolity AsH.  You are getting high on your Kopi Kampung!  Let's get back to basics, to please the chorus (sometimes raucous) of disapproval about Malaysia's Peformance in controlling Covid 19.  We are not doing enough to curtail Covid 19. But tell me which country has?

As I am fortunate enough to put  my feet up to rest in two cities, Kuala Lumpur (12 years) and Leicester (36 years), let me make a comparison of some salient features of these two countries that I call my home.

Comparison of Covid Cases as on 23 Jan 2021


                                  Population                Cases                   % of total population affected


UK                            67.88 million             3.58 million                                5.28 percent



MALAYSIA                32.7 million            176 K                                          0.538 percent


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Comparison of Covid deaths as on 23 Jan 2021


                                          Cases                        Deaths                       % of deaths


UK                                   3.58 million               95,981                         2.68 per cent


MALAYSIA                    176 K                        660                               0.375 percent


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Comparison of Economic Ranking


                                           Ranking                                       GDP


UK                                     6th largest in the world                $2.638 Trillion


MALAYSIA                      39th in the world                          $336 billion 


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*  1 Billion  =  1000 Million 

*   1 Trillion  =  1000 Billon


C'MON MALAYSIA, THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU RENEWED THE MCO AND IMPOSED THE EMERGENCY.  YOU ARE TRYING OUR PATIENCE!!!!  😡😡


Oh yes, must not forget this contribution by a Sabah researcher Dr Audrey Teh Yi Hui working in London who lamented " I'm from Malaysia where we don't have state health care and I've seen families bankrupted by medical bills."

See  https://anaksihamid.blogspot.com/2020/11/dr-audrey-yi-hui-teh-kota-kinabalu-lass.html


Finally ; .........

.......  yesterday our dear friend in Leicester sent us this picture of their garden.

Jackie's and Julia's garden, Leicester 25 Jan 2021.

Jackie wrote : Yes, hope you're both ok, apart from homesick?  The Covid situation here is dire, Leicester hospitals struggling, and on the local radio they were saying they need more mortuary space.


Jackie is a retired SRN (State Registered Nurse) and Julia is still serving in Leicester's NHS.


To all the Frontliners in Leicester and Malaysia, keep up the splendid work.  We are rooting for you.


Friday, 1 January 2021

2020 - The Year the Planet lost its colour and reverted to black and white.

 Paul Simon's "Kodachrome", like almost all of Simon and Garfunkel's songs, is quite poetic.  In this particular favourite of mine, Paul Simon writes "Kodachrome makes you think all the world's a sunny day".


                                           Video by Steve Mayfield from YouTube

Before Covid 19, we tend to view our world in gorgeous colours, there was no end to the pleasures and fun (with the aid of high technology) we could wreak on this planet despite the colour of blood in Gaza and Palestine, in Iraq (twice), Libya and Syria.  Of course, hunger and poverty and greed have no colours to titillate or anger us at all.  

Although I have played this song umpteen times on my vinyls,  I realised this morning (after a brief lesson from the spouse) that Kodachrome does not refer to colour negative films, and the resulting  pictures that we get from clicking our non-digital cameras.  That is in fact Kodacolour.  

Kodachrome is for slides , for producing positive transparencies.

I have lived with the spouse for nearly four decades  and it was only today that I learned  the origin of his boxes and boxes of colour-slides of Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak, Sabah and New Zealand.  With his hardy and faithful Nikkormat camera he has taken thousands of photographs of Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah and New Zealand in black and white. 

The Nikkormat - a 1960s solid and heavy (pre-plastic), precursor of the Nikon. It was discontinued in 2010 after 75 years due to falling demand.  


In comparison to Kodachrome which "gives us the nice bright colours",  Paul Simon added this: "Everything looks worse in black and white".  But I still prefer the nostalgic black and white.

Here are some of my favourites from the spouse's black and white collection on Singapore.







Must be the pioneers of Singapore's Malay pop band. This happy scene was taken in a Malay kampung on Changi Beach.


Malay kampung house, Jalan Eunos,1966/1967.  Where have all the kampung houses gone?  Long time passing.





6 1/2 ms Upper Changi Road heading towards Kampung Chai Chee and SATA.


When things are seen in black and white, indeed they look grim and dreadful.  But like the photographs above they can be beautiful and honest.

Wawasan 2020 Malaysia, ridden with Covid 19 has wreaked havoc, grief and despair on almost every facet of our existence.  But we have also seen the exposure of the nascent and underlying frailty of a complacent and selfish people. 

We are confronted day by day with the antics of our Rambo-like politicians, political parties and NGOs. The Kelentong elite amongst our intellectuals, our pontificators, media merchants and moghuls, bankers, movers and shakers of the economy  together with their Zougou and Barua  (lackeys/ running dogs) become more and more transparent just like the revelations of more and more new clusters of  positive Covid 19 cases. 


Such telling times like 2020 can however bring a shaft of reality to remind us to be a little more cynical and critical about the great and good in our midst. Just a few weeks ago we were caught or rather captivated by this news.



How could this be?  One of our very own home-grown Malay-Muslim preachers, bearing the very much vaunted and  respected title of "Syed"?  You would expect this of our Mat Rempit, our young, hedonistic and westernized liberal set, what my dear ole Emak would term as the "Kutu Embun".

Here are excerpts from the South China Morning Post.  The foreign press are really lapping it up: about this disgraceful blot on what they see as the smug and self-righteous Malay-Muslim landscape of Malaysia. 




Here are the faces of the customers of Reality TV Islam; of a "commodified Islam".



And when this is the response of the Minister in charge of Religious Affairs in the PM's Department to  the heinous (though still alleged) crime committed by a Muslim preacher; then the Ummah and the Muslim authorities should stop yelling Murtad when young Muslims turn away from Islam.  And when Islam is mocked and insulted by non-Muslims, they either have to take it on the chin or stop crying "Islamophobia"! 



The gist of his regret(?), sorrow (?), concern (?)  revolves around

1. Now boys, don't do this molesting thing again, at least "in the coming year" - up to 2021 I reckon. "Please be mindful".  For whose sake? The molester or the victim?

2. As for polygamy, go ahead "if you think it is needed" - (nudge, nudge, wink, wink! If you know what I mean eh? if you know what I mean).

NB  The paragraph I have bordered in black suffers from a mistranslation and/or misrepresentation - "May you be given strength and wealth".  It is highly probable that what is translated as "wealth" actually means "murahkan rezeki" .  Wealth is "kekayaan, harta benda", as in material goods and fat wallets.  "Rezeki" is a combination of happiness and prosperity, in earning your bread and butter and to be lucky in money matters as well.

The writer of this article in the Malay Mail is Danial Dzulkifly.  ?????
 




Below, in Caption 1,  is an extract  from today's Utusan Malaysia which highlights the kind of action that our Islamic Bureaucrats should be involved with to counter such unreligious and immoral behaviour among our Muslim preachers.

Caption 1



If they can regulate a system to monitor and apprehend ordinary Muslims who don't keep the fast during Ramadan, those who commit khalwat, and those who frequent the houses of sin, why can't they find the will and the means to monitor, regulate, charge and punish the sexual predators in their own house?

Overpaid, overfed, overbearing, oversexed and over here.  That was how the Brits described the presence of American soldiers in Britain during the Second World War.

Well, Malay-Muslims now have their very own home grown "overs" who are now over here.  Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi.  Such an apt Malay proverb.  Wish I could translate that into Arabic and English.

The above extract (Caption 1) came from an article in:



Also read :



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How much blacker can 2020 be for Malay-Muslims in Malaysia?  

Let the Malays screw the Malays.  Now that has been racheted up to : Let the Malay-Muslims screw their fellow Malay- Muslims.

In 1789 Marie Antoinette, wife of France's King Louis XVI said to the poor and hungry peasants who had no bread, "Let them eat cake".  Came the French Revolution and nearly the whole lot of the Monarchy and Aristocracy were guillotined.

Our Malay-Muslim version is  "Let them eat meat that has been passed off as halal"  - imported by a meat cartel who were supervised under the watchful eyes of Jakim, Veterinary Services Department, Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department, Customs Department  and  Port Police.
















2020 reeks of the odour of hypocrisy, high-mindedness, devout righteousness, and so-called care for the Rakyat and the Ummah.  There is no vaccine to counter this sickness in our midst.  This is life in black and white in Malaysia.  It is a picture that is brutal and honest.  

Malaysians, most of them, are not lacking in education.  But despite that, I fear they "cannot read" or they scorn "the writing on the wall".

I'm fortunate to have my photographs ( gifted by the spouse) in black and white, reminders of what is undoubtedly a  more innocent life and landscape that is not as sanctimonious, greedy and self-righteous as the last four decades.  I have not left my country.  My country has left me. 

Last but not least....



And many more lists will go on right through 2021, 2022, 2023 .................