Archive for September, 2008

The Malaysian Politics Emmy

September 26, 2008 Leave a comment

New blogger Huzir Sulaiman blogged about Malaysian Political Oscars, an Anonymous spread the results of Malaysian Golden Horse award in the blogosphere, and the 60th primetime emmy just concluded not long ago…

Which makes me kind of want to join in the game of making awards… πŸ˜‰

Here is the nomination list…

Best Drama series:

  1. 916 – Frogs
    PKR TV
    Producer: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim & PKR studios
    Director: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
    Stars: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Lead actor), Datuk Seri Wan Azizah (Supporting actress), Tian Chua, Lim Kit Siang, Hadi Awang (Supporting actor)
    Remarks: Debuted in PKR TV since March 9th, this series has created endless controversy and hence dominating viewership. The viewership started to decrease only after the critical September 16th. The series has since shifted from daily episodes to weekly episodes due to the dampening viewership. The director cum producer cum actor refused to disclose when will this season end…
  2. ISA – Returns
    Producer: Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar & Malaysia Government Production
    Director: Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
    Stars: Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar (Lead actor), Raja Petra Kamarudin (Lead actor), Teresa Kok (Lead actress), Tan Hoon Cheng (Supporting actress), HINDRAF 5 & Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi (Supporting actors)
    Remarks: Drama series ISA is one of the longest running TV series in Malaysia. It debuted in 1948, even before Malaysia gains its independence. The TV series, though long running, scored only few Emmy nominations, such as ISA – Ops Lallang and ISA – The Anwar gate. This season, the subtitled “Returns” TV series scored tremendously well in Mid September, generating hype that almost outshadowed the hugely popular “916” series. The series even managed to attract a huge amount of older female viewers, who are particularly interested in the episodes that feature the art of cooking eggs. “The series was never this interesting and I think the (new) producer understand that diversification is the key to success”, an anonymous auntie commented.
  3. The past and the present – Polling and campaigns
    DUMB (Daily UMno Broadcast)
    Producer: Tun Dr Mahathir & The twenty two years studio
    Director: Tun Dr Mahathir
    Stars: Tun Dr Mahathir (Lead actor), Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, Mukhirz Mahathir, Khairy Jamaluddin, Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah (Supporting actor), Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (Supporting actress)
    Remarks: This series has never slipped down from top 3 viewership ever since its debut back in year 2005, and this year’s is no exception. While the director and lead actor’s popularity certainly fueled the series’ success, the outstanding performance by Abdullah Badawi and Khairy Jamaluddin also helped the series to obtain 3 best drama series nominations (TPTP – AP, TPTP – Our sons and TPTP – Surgical knife and keris) in the past. This year, the series featuring mainly the election helped increased the average viewership by 5%. The supporting actors Tunku Razaleigh Hamzah & Muhyiddin Yasin who were new in the series have been gaining much fame.
  4. The Mongolian spirits – 24 Hours
    Producer: Undisclosed
    Director: Undisclosed
    Stars: Altatunya (Lead actress), P. Balasubramaniam, Raja Petra Kamarudin, Datuk Seri Najib (Supporting actor), Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (Supporting actress)
    Remarks: This is one of the most successful horror genre drama series. In fact, there are very few horror genre drama series out there, even fewer successful one. “The missing kids” for example, while attracted commendable audience, was unable to create huge impact. TMS on the other hand, scored the second drama series nomination this year. This year, TMS simulated the critically acclaimed foreign TV series “24” by focusing on the 24 hours, one per episode, after the first public confession of the private investigator P. Balasubramaniam.

Writing this is so time-consuming, LOL. Just for fun OK? Don’t ISA me.

Categories: Politics, Random


September 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Saw this from the blog “Ahh.. Chewww!”, and shamelessly reproduced it here…

=0 (this is a smiley…)

Anyway, follow the link here and witness it yourself… πŸ˜› Apparently it is a well-known bug in the web, I tried changing 8 to 7 and it gives 2. Gah, the blog owner failed exam because of the calculator LOL.

The blog’s name is kinda cool, guess I should name my blog “Wa Toh liao…”, hmmm, innovative mah πŸ˜›


Anyway, I’m a DAP supporter, I voted for “Just Change” in not-so-recent-already general election (The wikipedia record on this was damn good!). And no, the first search entry of DAP in google is Download Accelerator Plus… Errr, Off topic paiseh, my point is, I hereby pledge not to change to support Google Chrome πŸ˜›

I know I know, it is cool, it is tab-independent… But I found it too simple and ended up scratching my head finding some functions. The fact that having multiple chrome.exe running in the system doesn’t really amaze me. I was still using that super slow Compaq P4 laptop then, and my comp almost stopped working due to the multiple process tab-independent feature @@ The recently closed tab feature wasn’t new. The frequent visit page is a bit, well if someone else uses your Google chrome, ahem… Too personalized may not be a good thing… πŸ˜›

Think I got too use to the Firefox, and the new Opera was quite good as well! Tab-independent wasn’t that fascinating seriously. In FF or in Opera, they will save your session and recover it if your browser crash. I know it’s more tedious, but I’m happy with it already… πŸ˜‰

And don’t you think Google has been invading too much of your life? Gmail, Google toolbar, Google search (When was my last time using Yahoo search ah?), Google earth, Google chrome, Google-d Blogspot, Google-d youtube, I’m sure there are more. I believe in diversification, or else every might as well change his/her name to something Google. Can’t imagine one day you will have Googlebook~~  Or maybe GBS TV station? GRadio? Gtunes? G saves me…

Categories: Random, Tech

Love letter to the students…

September 20, 2008 Leave a comment

Really not sure if this letter is appropriate… as in, is it revealed too much? Am I too restrictive? Hmmm… My teaching sux… 😦

Anyway, spent 1+ hour to type this love letter lor, give me some credits… πŸ˜›


Sorry for not email you earlier on and sorry for the rather messy session last Monday.

Some of you may be confused and do not know how to start the report, so hopefully the guidelines below could have you.


The full report should consist:

1) Title
2) Abstract – Basically a summary of your report
3) Introduction – Background information of your work, your objectives in this studies and your main hypothesis
4) Materials and Methods – The details of the 3 plots should also be included here
5) Results – Data collected from the 3 plots
6) Discussions – Discuss the results according to your objectives (i.e. Whether or not the 3 plots are suitable for pump house…) and hypothesis. Provide reasons to your findings. Limitations, suggestions and future perspectives.
7) Conclusion – Answer to your objectives and hypothesis

The “proper” research should start with a (or a couple of) question(s) (which then translated into objectives and hypotheses). So whatever results you obtained are basically to answer those questions. Some people however argue that in some cases, it is easier and better to first have results before asking questions, because the questions can then be engineered to fit your results. It is up to you to decide which approach.

This practical was about doing environmental impact assessments in 3 plots. After taking mainly conservation issues into account, choose 1 plot for development. And as I told you in the class, you would hypothesize that there are differences in the different plots because if there is no difference, the pump house can be built in anywhere. I hope this helps you realize the objectives and the questions for this practical.

And so, you collected data from the field according to what you written in Materials and Methods. Even though you went only 1 plot, you could assume that you went all 3 plots to collect the data.

With all the data you collected, you want to answer the questions. Are the plots different? Which plots to conserve and etc. Remember we are looking at the plots with mainly (but not confined to) ecological, environmental and conservation perspectives. Now, what makes a plot worth conserving? Does older patch of forest more worthy to be conserved? More diverse patch of forest? Warmer patch of forest? If a patch of forest contains 5 native species, while another patch of forest contains 4 native species and 3 alien species, which would you choose? You need to design a set of criteria, and bring in all the parameters (abiotic and biotic both in the circular plot and edge vegetation!) that are related to your criteria, i.e. younger forest has shorter trees… You could discuss why certain parameters are chosen, and why not the others.

Compare all these parameters among the plots, and then you can decide which plot to sacrifice. All the comparisons are qualitative, which means you are not required to do any statistical analysis (t test, wilcoxon test etc.) So if plot A has average tree height of 11.2 plus minus 2 and plot B has average tree height of 4.2 plus minus 1, you can say plot A has higher average tree height than plot B. I hope you still remember some basic statistics such as presenting your some of your data (or graphs) in a form of Average plus minus Standard deviation. Since you are not doing any statistical test, don’t use the word “significant”.

A picture is worth a thousand words, don’t forget the diagrams… πŸ˜‰


The guidelines are just guidelines, I’m sure you have better ideas and ways of telling the story, don’t let my suggestions restrict your creativity… πŸ™‚

Email me if you have any question.


Oh yeah, english sux, bad grammar and not sure if the guidelines itself failed or not… @@

Hope not, or else I jump into Singapore river also can’t clean myself liao

Oh by the way, the teaching was one most disorganized and messy session I’ve ever had… Thanks to my balik kampung II πŸ˜‰

Categories: Life, Teaching

Teresa Kok predicted Zaid’s exit?

September 16, 2008 Leave a comment

Look at who was the one who thought that Zaid Ibrahim could not stay long in the cabinet

Zaid Ibrahim made a law minister

I am surprised to see Zaid Ibrahim, the former chairman of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Caucus (AIPMC) and former Kota Baru MP being appointed as Minister of Law in PM’s Department, the position formerly held by Nazri.

I know Zaid has strong views on UMNO and Pak Lah’s government. He has been very frustrated over what had happened in past years too. While I am glad that he has been appointed into the cabinet, having worked with Zaid Ibrahim on Burma issues in past years, I also wonder how long he can stand and bring reform in the judiciary. Hi hi, let’s wait and see….. hopefully he can really bring change this time.

ISA detainee Teresa Kok wrote this back in 18 March… πŸ™‚

Teresa Kok was also a member of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Caucus (AIPMC) which Zaid Ibrahim was once a chairperson. Zaid commented previously that,

β€œI am very sad that people like Teresa (right), who I know personally, can be seen as a threat. I can’t see how a journalist doing her duty or even Raja Petra can be seen as a national threat.

I believe everyone is somehow linked between each other, mysteriously… πŸ˜‰

Categories: Politics


September 13, 2008 2 comments

ISA means Internal Security Act in case you got no idea… It granted the government to detain a person without any reason for 60 days, and the Home Minister can then extend detention for 2 years repeatedly…

Anyway, I was happily reading some blogs when the feed about the journalist from Sin Chew Daily got detained under ISA, I went web-trawling immediately.

I was emotionally ill, I written in some comments, “God bless Malaysia, what did we do to have deserved these?” and something similar. I teared up a bit even…

I know RPK got detained early on. But that was kind of expected.

The Sassy MP from Seputeh blogged about Ops Lallang II this afternoon… and what she didn’t know is, she will be the another detainee…

As I web-trawling and pray for the Ms Tan Hoon Cheng that was detained in her house in Bukit Mertajam… Susan Loone suddenly whacked a blog entry with “MP Teresa Kok also arrested!”…


I was planning to go home at that point of time already… and this title came out!

OK, the next 1 hour, I web-trawled about the third ISA detainee of the day, the highest majority MP in GE12…

I’m emotionally distress now, and too bad I got glued to the chair…

All I can say is, I don’t know if I should go back home tomorrow morning… =.=Β  and I wish I could wake up the other morning, knowing all BN people died…

Just some trivia:

2 Chinese and 1 Malay got detained in 12 September 2008.

Both Chinese are USM graduates (with a Mass Communication degree as well), USM located in Penang, the DAP state.

The Malay’s grandfather was Penang’s first Governor.

Both Chinese are women, it is rare to have woman ISA detainee, which could mean Malaysia has a little bit of advancement in gender equality…

I need something to distract me, so that I will be able to calm down…

I kept listening to this cheesy song (as Cancer charity single) by All female singers in Hollywood, Just Stand Up… I can’t help but relate the song with current situation in Malaysia…

On the brighter side… MP Teresa Kok and Journalist Ms. Tan Hoon Cheng can now be titled “Former ISA detainee”…

Categories: Politics

Weekend back home trip… Part 1…

September 9, 2008 4 comments

It’s part 1 because I’ll be going back home again to celebrate mid autumn festival aka Tanglung/Mooncake/Lookyao festival…

It was a 7 hours plus midnight train from JB to KL, featuring another almost 2 hours of traveling from NUS to JB KTM station, thanks to SBS 170 & Woodland Custom checkpoint

Arrived in KL bloody early, 5:30am… And the first Putra LRT train came by 6:00am…

KL Town was pretty much still preparing for the morning, with only that porridge store in Cecil street (Jalan Hang Lekir) started its business…

So, it was perfect time for a person with camera to fatt hiao (anyone wants to translate this for me? @@)…

Somewhere Central market? Alight in Pasar Seni (Central Market) station mah

A nation in distress? Translation: To that two names: We don’t need submarine, fighter planes, tanks…

High street (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee), typical scene in Chinatown area of KL

Lorong behind the shops

Preparing for daytime business

The Tamil is missing… Oh, and where is Pahan ah?

Went back home after breakfast, and came back to Central market annexe via LRT in Miharja…

Bentoh 013
I remember these flats in Miharja was inhabited by people back in early 90s, well a hint of I’m getting old πŸ˜›

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Never been to Central Market Annexe, in fact never really aware of there’s such a place until I went to the 5th Freedom Film Festival

Watched 3 short films:
Voices From the forest – The stories about how non-timber forest product (NTFP) being sustainably harvested by rural people in Indian through environmental NGOs help. The NGOs usually act as the middle man to buy NTFP from the villagers. Part of the money goes into villagers’ pocket while another portion is retained and channeled back to the community, promoting social welfare. Mostly successful and provides optimistic view to managing forest resources… The Indian accented narration reminds you the film was shot through independent efforts, as all three films were. πŸ™‚

Knasaimos – Stories about how indigenous people in Knasaimos, Papua Indonesia clashed with the commercial harvester with big money. The people believe that they are son and daughter of the mother earth, while looking at the company cutting down the trees harming the earth… Not very well-shot but successfully telling an optimistic story, which ended the company being blocked by government from further harvesting and a subsequent culture convention within the community of Knasaimos…

What Rainforest? – and a subtitle of “wake up and smell the palm oil”… Tempted to add a “lah” behind πŸ˜› The story successfully painted a picture, linking the exploitation of rainforest in Sarawak, the subsequent plantation of oil palm, the rights and the suffers of indigenous people. The film also highlighted the jurisdiction issues, the (corrupted) incompetent government, the need of sustainable development and the human rights over the rainforest exploitation issues… In my opinion, the film is a little bit too pessimistic and sad, I always hope that I could do something seeing this never-ending boom of oil palm plantations, but all you can see is more and more forests being cleared without consulting the people… The two characters from the film were there in the discussion session, my BM is just too sucks to really express my feeling to them~~ I guess in the end of the day, it is the Sarawakian who can stop these to continue happening, after all the state government can even ban and block a West Malaysian from entering the state…

Will try to write a little bit more about the film and the environmental stories next time… πŸ˜‰

Agar-agar mooncake with Yam paste… It’s nice! πŸ˜€

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Sneak peek of my home, what was I doing actually? @@

Categories: Life

Whatever you like…

September 1, 2008 Leave a comment

is the title of this week’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Single by T.I. The single made a 71-1 jump in the chart, becoming the “best jumper” in US Billboard history…

I got no idea what T.I. stands for, except I know another T.I. stands for Transparency International, a global organisation that acts as a government watchdog over corruptions…

The song has catchy tunes, and I’m an uncool Pop songs fan, so I quite like the song… But that’s not really the reason why I write this blog, LOL.

My first reaction listening this song is, why I heard something similar to “whatever you like” like few days ago ah?

OK I know it is uncool to put Hillary Clinton in my blog, but this is how the song reminds me about the “you can be anything you want to be”… I watched this video the day after she spoke in US Democratic National Congress in Denver

You know lah, listening the same tone in one week makes an interesting (boring kan?) blog topic. Well, the difference is, the song is about a sugardaddy telling his girl(s) “you can do whatever you like” and the “you can be anything you want to be” is the campaign warcry of the junior senator of New York…

Maybe people nowadays are deprived from the freedom of choice, whoever you will be, sometimes really depend on someone else. I remember my ex-supervisor told me, don’t look back, no point to regret…

Fight for the freedom of choice, and if you made a choice, whether or not you chose it “freely”, keep going and don’t look back… Duh, it’s easier said than done. But this is life lah, bo bian… πŸ˜‰

By the way, after watching Hillary Clinton’s speech, I can’t help but to watch back a youtube clip featuring Meryl Streep in the movie “The Manchurian Candidate” (released in 2004, a remake from 1962’s).

PM Pak Lah: You can do whatever you like, just don’t wake me up OK? ZZzzz…

PM Lee Hsien Loong: You can be anything you want to be, just not oppositions OK?

PM Samak: You can go wherever you want to go, just don’t go onto the street and protest lah

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