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Kolej Damansara Utama

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad addresses UN General Assembly



Madam President,

I would like to join others in congratulating you on your election as the President of the Seventy-Third (73rd) Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

I am confident with your wisdom and vast experience; this session will achieve the objectives of the theme for this session. I assure you of Malaysia's fullest support and cooperation towards achieving these noble goals.

Allow me to also pay tribute to your predecessor, His Excellency Miroslav Lajcak, for his dedication and stewardship in successfully completing the work of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly.

I commend the Secretary-General and the United Nations staff for their tireless efforts in steering and managing UN activities globally.

In particular, I pay tribute to the late Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from 1997 – 2006, who sadly passed away in August this year. Malaysia had a positively strong and active engagement with the UN during his tenure.

Madam President,

The theme of this 73rd Session of General Assembly, "Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies" remains true to the aspiration of our founding fathers. The theme is most relevant and timely. It is especially pertinent in the context of the new Malaysia. The new Government of Malaysia, recently empowered with a strong mandate from its people, is committed to ensure that every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the nation.

A new Malaysia emerged after the 14th General Election in May this year. Malaysians decided to change their government, which had been in power for 61 years, i.e., since independence. We did this because the immediate past Government indulged in the politics of hatred, of racial and religious bigotry, as well as widespread corruption. The process of change was achieved democratically, without violence or loss of lives.

Malaysians want a new Malaysia that upholds the principles of fairness, good governance, integrity and the rule of law. They want a Malaysia that is a friend to all and enemy of none. A Malaysia that remains neutral and non-aligned. A Malaysia that detests and abhors wars and violence. They also want a Malaysia that will speak its mind on what is right and wrong, without fear or favour. A new Malaysia that believes in co-operation based on mutual respect, for mutual gain. The new Malaysia that offers a partnership based on our philosophy of 'prosper-thy-neighbour'. We believe in the goodness of cooperation, that a prosperous and stable neighbour would contribute to our own prosperity and stability.

The new Malaysia will firmly espouse the principles promoted by the UN in our international engagements. These include the principles of truth, human rights, the rule of law, justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability, as well as sustainability. It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights. It will not be easy for us because Malaysia is multi-ethnic, multireligious, multicultural and multilingual. We will accord space and time for all to deliberate and to decide freely based on democracy.



Madam President,

When I last spoke here in 2003, I lamented how the world had lost its way. I bemoaned the fact that small countries continued to be at the mercy of the powerful. I argued the need for the developing world to push for reform, to enhance capacity building and diversify the economy. We need to maintain control of our destiny.

But today, 15 years later the world has not changed much. If at all the world is far worse than 15 years ago. Today the world is in a state of turmoil economically, socially and politically.

There is a trade war going on between the two most powerful economies. And the rest of the world feel the pain.

Socially new values undermine the stability of nations and their people. Freedom has led to the negation of the concept of marriage and families, of moral codes, of respect etc.

But the worse turmoil is in the political arena. We are seeing acts of terror everywhere. People are tying bombs to their bodies and blowing themselves up in crowded places. Trucks are driven into holiday crowds. Wars are fought and people beheaded with short knives. Acts of brutality are broadcast to the world live. Masses of people risk their lives to migrate only to be denied asylum, sleeping in the open and freezing to death. Thousands starve and tens of thousands die in epidemics of cholera.

No one, no country is safe. Security checks inconvenience travellers. No liquids on planes. The slightest suspicion leads to detention and unpleasant questioning.

To fight the "terrorists" all kinds of security measures, all kinds of gadgets and equipment are deployed. Big brother is watching. But the acts of terror continues.

Malaysia fought the bandits and terrorists at independence and defeated them. We did use the military. But alongside and more importantly we campaigned to win the hearts of minds of these people.

This present war against the terrorist will not end until the root causes are found and removed and hearts and minds are won.

What are the root causes? In 1948, Palestinian land was seized to form the state of Israel. The Palestinians were massacred and forced to leave their land. Their houses and farms were seized.

They tried to fight a conventional war with help from sympathetic neighbours. The friends of Israel ensured this attempt failed. More Palestinian land was seized. And Israeli settlements were built on more and more Palestinian land and the Palestinians are denied access to these settlements built on their land.

The Palestinians initially tried to fight with catapults and stones. They were shot with live bullets and arrested. Thousands are incarcerated.

Frustrated and angry, unable to fight a conventional war, the Palestinians resort to what we call terrorism.

The world does not care even when Israel breaks international laws, seizing ships carrying medicine, food and building materials in international waters. The Palestinians fired ineffective rockets which hurt no one. Massive retaliations were mounted by Israel, rocketing and bombing hospitals, schools and other buildings, killing innocent civilians including school children and hospital patients. And more.

The world rewards Israel, deliberately provoking Palestine by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

It is the anger and frustration of the Palestinians and their sympathisers that cause them to resort to what we call terrorism. But it is important to acknowledge that any act which terrify people also constitute terrorism. And states dropping bombs or launching rockets which maim and kill innocent people also terrify people. These are also acts of terrorism.

Malaysia hates terrorism. We will fight them. But we believe that the only way to fight terrorism is to remove the cause. Let the Palestinians return to reclaim their land. Let there be a state of Palestine. Let there be justice and the rule of law. Warring against them will not stop terrorism. Nor will out-terrorising them succeed.

We need to remind ourselves that the United Nations Organisation, like the League of Nations before, was conceived for the noble purpose of ending wars between nations.

Wars are about killing people. Modern wars are about mass killings and total destruction countrywide. Civilised nations claim they abhor killing for any reason. When a man kills, he commits the crime of murder. And the punishment for murder may be death.

But wars, we all know encourage and legitimise killing. Indeed the killings are regarded as noble, and the killers are hailed as heroes. They get medals stuck to their chest and statues erected in their honour, have their names mentioned in history books.

There is something wrong with our way of thinking, with our value system. Kill one man, it is murder, kill a million and you become a hero. And so we still believe that conflict between nations can be resolved with war.

And because we still do, we must prepare for war. The old adage says "to have peace, prepare for war". And we are forever preparing for war, inventing more and more destructive weapons. We now have nuclear bombs, capable of destroying whole cities. But now we know that the radiation emanating from the explosion will affect even the country using the bomb. A nuclear war would destroy the world.

This fear has caused the countries of Europe and North America to maintain peace for over 70 years. But that is not for other countries. Wars in these other countries can help live test the new weapons being invented.

And so they sell them to warring countries. We see their arms in wars fought between smaller countries. These are not world wars but they are no less destructive. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, whole countries devastated and nations bankrupted because of these fantastic new weapons.

But these wars give handsome dividends to the arms manufacturers and traders. The arms business is now the biggest business in the world. They profit shamelessly from the deaths and destructions they cause. Indeed, so-called peace-loving countries often promote this shameful business.

Today's weapons cost millions. Fighter jets cost about 100 million dollars. And maintaining them cost tens of millions. But the poor countries are persuaded to buy them even if they cannot afford. They are told their neighbours or their enemies have them. It is imperative that they too have them.

So, while their people starve and suffer from all kinds of deprivations, a huge percentage of their budget is allocated to the purchase of arms. That their buyers may never have to use them bothers the purveyors not at all.

Madam President,

In Myanmar, Muslims in Rakhine state are being murdered, their homes torched and a million refugees had been forced to flee, to drown in the high seas, to live in makeshift huts, without water or food, without the most primitive sanitation. Yet the authorities of Myanmar including a Nobel Peace Laureate deny that this is happening. I believe in non-interference in the internal affairs of nations. But does the world watch massacres being carried out and do nothing? Nations are independent. But does this mean they have a right to massacre their own people, because they are independent?

Madam President,

TRADE

On the other hand, in terms of trade, nations are no longer independent. Free trade means no protection by small countries of their infant industries. They must abandon tariff restrictions and open their countries to invasion by products of the rich and the powerful. Yet the simple products of the poor are subjected to clever barriers so that they cannot penetrate the market of the rich. Malaysian palm oil is labelled as dangerous to health and the estates are destroying the habitat of animals. Food products of the rich declare that they are palm oil free. Now palm diesel are condemned because they are decimating virgin jungles. These caring people forget that their boycott is depriving hundreds of thousands of people from jobs and a decent life.

We in Malaysia care for the environment. Some 48% of our country remains virgin jungle. Can our detractors claim the same for their own countries?

Madam President,

Malaysia is committed to sustainable development. We have taken steps, for example in improving production methods to ensure that our palm oil production is sustainable. By December 2019, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard will become mandatory. This will ensure that every drop of palm oil produced in Malaysia will be certified sustainable by 2020.

Madam President,

All around the world, we observe a dangerous trend to inward-looking nationalism, of governments pandering to populism, retreating from international collaborations and shutting their borders to free movements of people, goods and services even as they talk of a borderless world, of free trade. While globalisation has indeed brought us some benefits, the impacts have proven to be threatening to the independence of small nations. We cannot even talk or move around without having our voices and movement recorded and often used against us. Data on everyone is captured and traded by powerful nations and their corporations.

Malaysia lauds the UN in its endeavours to end poverty, protect our planet and try to ensure everyone enjoys peace and prosperity. But I would like to refer to the need for reform in the organisation. Five countries on the basis of their victories 70 over years ago cannot claim to have a right to hold the world to ransom forever. They cannot take the moral high ground, preaching democracy and regime change in the countries of the world when they deny democracy in this organisation.

I had suggested that the veto should not be by just one permanent member but by at least two powers backed by three non-permanent members of the Security Council. The General Assembly should then back the decision with a simple majority. I will not say more.

I must admit that the world without the UN would be disastrous. We need the UN, we need to sustain it with sufficient funds. No one should threaten it with financial deprivation.

Madam President

After 15 years and at 93, I return to this podium with the heavy task of bringing the voice and hope of the new Malaysia to the world stage. The people of Malaysia, proud of their recent democratic achievement, have high hopes that around the world – we will see peace, progress and prosperity. In this we look toward the UN to hear our pleas.

I thank you, Madam President.

70th anniversary of the Malayan Emergency

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Emergency, a 12-year war declared by the then British colonial power against the insurgent anti-colonial forces led by the Communist Party of Malaya.
It is not a well-publicised fact that the Central Committee of the CPM launched the armed struggle only in December 1948, six months after the declaration of State of Emergency by the British colonial government in June.
Surprisingly, there has been no commemoration of this anti-colonial struggle by the Government or our local universities, leaving it to civil society to remind the country of this fateful turn of our peoples’ history.
It is hoped that in the “new” Malaysia, Malaysian historical facts can be set in perspective so that the new generation understands the class forces that were arraigned during the anti-colonial struggle, know who the real anti-colonial fighters were and the structure of the Merdeka Agreement that was in keeping with British colonial strategy.
Five key questions about Malaysian history
This alternative history poses 5 key questions for Malaysians today:
  1. Who were the patriots who fought to liberate the country from the British colonial power and the Japanese fascists during WWII and who were the pretenders?
  2. Which parties stood for genuine and inclusive multi-ethnicity?
  3. How would the nation have developed if the “People’s Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition had been adopted?
  4. What is the so-called “Social Contract” we have today and was it the same at Independence?
  5. How did the pattern of communalist politics that has plagued Malaysia for so long come about?
The most complete record yet compiled on the Emergency (1948-60) was written by British academic Anthony Short, commissioned by the Malayan Government and given full access to confidential and secret papers. When his finished manuscript was handed over in October 1968, Short had to wait three years before being told that it was not to be published!
Official history of Emergency banned by government
Nevertheless, his work “The Communist Insurrection in Malaya, 1948-60” was eventually published in 1975 while Short was senior lecturer at Aberdeen University. For many years, this book was banned in Malaysia.
Isn’t it time we had an official explanation of why Anthony Short’s commissioned history of the Emergency was rejected by the government?
On this 70th anniversary of the Emergency, is it not time for Malaysians to read Short’s book and for the 70-year secret documents to be declassified for the benefit of scholars and other Malaysians?
Isn’t it time the country properly acknowledges the contributions of the patriotic class forces in all the ethnic communities to Independence and nation building?
Who were the main opponents of the British colonial power and who put up a protracted struggle to end the exploitation of the country’s natural and human resources while forging a truly multi-ethnic peoples’ united front?
The Umno leadership after the Second World War represented the interests of the Malay aristocracy. They were by no means anti-colonial and did not challenge British interests.
The workers’ movement was the main threat to colonial interests and the Federation of Malaya proposals culminating in the Merdeka Agreement were intended to deflect the working-class revolt by introducing communalism in the Independence package.
Alliance Party was a neo-colonial solution for the aristocracy and capitalists
Any history textbook on the Emergency has to include the history of Malayan workers’ struggles that has been so well written by M.R. Stenson.
The Emergency was as much a crackdown on the workers’ movement as it was a war against the anti-colonial insurrection.
The subsequent “Alliance Formula” comprising the Malay aristocratic class and non-Malay capitalist class was designed to deal with the workers’ revolt and put in place a neo-colonial solution. Thus, the ‘Alliance (racial) Formula’ with all its contradictions was devised in Independent Malaya.
The so-called “Social Contract” would have looked very different if the “Peoples’ Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition representing the workers, peasantry and disenchanted middle class had won the day.
The Malay Nationalist Party (MNP) called for, among other things: the right to self-determination of the Malayan people; equal rights for all ethnic communities; freedom of speech, press, meeting, religion; improving standard of living of all the people; improving farming conditions and abolishing land tax; improving labour conditions; education reform on democratic lines; fostering friendly inter-ethnic relations.
People’s Constitution from the anti-colonial movement
The anti-colonial movement demanded self-government and their AMCJA-PUTERA coalition put forward their “Peoples’ Constitutional Proposals”.
Imagine what our nation would have become had this “People’s Constitution” been the federal constitution at Independence.
This coalition encapsulated a more genuine multi-ethnic approach compared to the “communal formula” of the Alliance that was made up of racially-based parties and fraught with contradictions from the start.
The component parties in the Alliance (now the Barisan Nasional) were unashamedly racial and have been dominated by Umno from the start.
The Prime Minister in the “new” Malaysia does not see the incongruence in heading a racially defined “Parti Pribumi”.
These race-based parties would find it difficult to justify themselves if there was an Equality Act or if Malaysia ratified the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.
The Malayan workers’ movement and radical intelligentsia in the anti-colonial coalition of AMCJA-PUTERA displayed strong organisation, solidarity and inter-ethnic unity and this history is a source of inspiration and a model of genuine multi-ethnic cooperation for Malaysians today.
Through this struggle, they developed an awareness of nationalism and anti-imperialism and the socialist road to egalitarian development.
British communalist strategy to dive and rule
The British colonial power used its communalist strategy to divide this anti-colonial movement using the issue of citizenship for the Non-Malays and reneging on the promises of civil equality for all. What would it have been like if all Malayans had been granted genuine civil liberties and political equality?
The anti-colonial movement was defeated largely because the Malay peasantry had been isolated from the movement, buffered from capitalist exploitation in the estates, factories and other urban industries. The colonial state did not hesitate to use crude racial and religious propaganda against the movement.
If Malaysia is to have a viable future and a new agenda for change involving all Malaysians, we must demand a fair, socially just, equal and democratic country that respects human rights and breaks through to a people-centred non-racial agenda for change.
And when we do, imagine how much we will be able to celebrate at the 100-year anniversary of the Malayan Emergency?
Kua Kia Soong is adviser to Suaram.

Tun Mahathir on being labeled a Dictator


-THE DICTATOR-

1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.

2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.

3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.

4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.

5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.

6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.

7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.

8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.

9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.

10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.

11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.

12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.

13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.

14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.

15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.

16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.

17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.

18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.

19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.

20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.

21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.

22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.

23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.

24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.

25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.

26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.

27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

-Chedet-

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

Pakatan outlines 100 days' fiscal reform review plan


As the dust settles over the PRU14 battlefield, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be working on fulfilling the fiscal reform review plan which they announced prior to May 9, which includes consulting prominent Malaysian business leaders, in its first 100 days after taking over Putrajaya.

In a joint statement by the coalition's presidential council members, PH said "respected, eminent, patriotic Malaysians" will be invited to contribute in undertaking these reforms.

"Some have already agreed to be part of this endeavour, including experienced captains of industry, a former President of Petronas, a successful Hong Kong-based tycoon, respected former senior civil servants and economists. They will provide guidance for the formulation and execution of the reform plan," it said, without giving any names.

"Malaysia is blessed with a hard-working and talented workforce, good infrastructure and abundant resources. Irresponsible fiscal policy conduct since 2009, and steady erosion of the quality of our institutions have set the country back. The time for progressive change, not a witch hunt or retribution, is long overdue," it added.

The council comprises PH Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng, and Hj Mohamad Sabu.

PH said it will also undertake an evaluation of the responsibilities, commitments, expenditures and liabilities in relation to its revenue, assets and income of the government in the first 100 days of its administration in order to achieve greater fiscal responsibility.

The evaluation will focus on three key areas: federal government budget and finances, accrual accounting and asset-liability management, and outstanding government debt obligations — including government guaranteed debt, especially foreign obligations.

PH said the review of Federal Government Budget and Finances will cover both expenditure and revenue.

The coalition also said it will assess the sovereign risk and capital market management to evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively.

"The treasury function of the Federal Treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved. We will come up with a comprehensive reform plan at the end of the first 100 days which will put us back on a path of sustained prosperity for all Malaysians.

"Subsequent reforms will seek to ensure fiscal conduct that is more sustainable, inclusive and growth enhancing. This will, in turn, seek to improve the investment climate, reduce the cost of living and doing business, raise national competitiveness and promote greater economic prosperity," it added.

Some of the touch points of the fiscal reforms are as per the following:

Expenditure:
  1. Review all major public projects, especially those financed outside of the development budget, and related contingent liabilities.
  2. Review incurred future debt-related operating expenditure commitments.
  3. Reprioritise publicly funded projects responsibly.
  4. Shift expenditure allocations to prioritise general well-being, including social protection for the disadvantaged.
  5. Ensure government procurement by open tender.

Revenue:
  1. Assess the entire revenue base of the federal government to improve its breadth, responsiveness and progressiveness.
  2. Improve accountability of state-owned enterprises and other public assets to enhance efficiency, accountability and revenue contribution.

Deficit and liabilities:
  1. Reduce borrowing and restructure liabilities to ensure greater fiscal sustainability.
  2. Fully account for federal government liabilities – both direct and contingent liabilities incurred via government guarantees.

Inter-governmental (federal-state-local) fiscal relations:
  1. Restructure federal-state-local government relations to more equitably share revenues and costs of providing public infrastructure and services. In this regard, special consideration will be given in the spirit of the constitutional commitments made in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement to Sabah and Sarawak.

Accrual accounting and asset-liability management:
  1. Adopt accrual accounting to better take stock of federal government's assets and improve the asset-liability management framework that would identify mismatches and risk.

Sovereign risk and capital market management:
  1. Evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively. The treasury function of the federal treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved.


Hence, PH said it is "fully committed" to undertake responsible and progressive fiscal reforms, to be implemented in an orderly, transparent and systematic manner to enhance fiscal equity, transparency and accountability, and support accelerated productive investments and economic growth.

It's a brand new uncharted territory for a lot of us, especially those of us who was born into a country that was ruled by Tun Dr. Mahathir, and see the debacle that happened after he stepped down and now with him leading Pakatan Harapan into Putrajaya. Time is changing and it is exciting.

Results from General Election 14 | #PRU14



Here's the unofficial results as it comes in from the various streams across Malaysia this PRU14.



Take the power back from Politicians


If you are running a business and you are serious about growing that business, one of the key ingredients is how to make the supplier or vendor work for you without having to scrutinise every single detail in the transaction and process required to achieve a quality supply.

You introduce competition because competition helps improve the supply in so many untold ways that may even surprise you. Most of us running a business or purchasing an item, or who are customers of a service, are at least vaguely aware of this basic economic principle of how competition exerts pressure on the efficient use of resources to produce a better product or service.

Strangely, or not so strangely, it can be applied to the political process as well. A tale of two or more suppliers can easily be translated to a tale of two or more political parties.

Interestingly enough, when we have the power to choose, we have power over suppliers or political parties. It appears to be true too, that during the time when our power peaks on May 9, we will be treated like honoured guests. Notice too, for example, it is the only period most of us are addressed as tuan or puan more times than we address the political leaders as such.

This power we hold for, unfortunately, only about two weeks is potent indeed.

We must use this great power to make a choice; otherwise when the power wanes and fades, most of us will be left with our little voices that can hardly move the gigantic government machinery to our benefit.

One of the reasons is perhaps because we are taken for granted. We are like soft furry lemmings obediently heading even to the edge of the cliff.

So what must we do? How do we extend our power beyond the two weeks of the election campaign? Fortunately, there is this idea: many leaders have talked about it and I would like to share it with you here.

This idea requires many furry lemmings to understand it and put the power into action. Only then will the power return to the people for a lot longer than just two weeks.

Simply, we change the vendor or the current political party ruling the government or the states. All things considered equal, at the whiff of questionable conduct or suspicion of underhanded tactics or even underperformance, like a purebred business venture, the rational decision is to change.

If all of us understand this simple concept, which works so well for business and competition, it will open up the kind of control, check and balance, transparency and accountability for which most of us have been crying and whining for years.

Imagine, with such an attitude, poor transparency and accountability, abuse, corruption, decay, bad practices, favouritism, cronyism, poor performance etc cannot last for more than one term, and leaders cannot get away with it, because as soon as the people catch a hint of something going awry, the power of the people will ensure the competing political party is called in to govern and all that has rotted will be rectified.

The result is that the political parties will begin to serve the people, as they are supposed to do.

The caretaker government’s role

For those of you who are unsure what role does a caretaker government play once the Parliament is dissolved to prepare for the next General Election. Here's an excerpt that will help you understand them.
Infographics from Bernama.


By Syahredzan Johan

Elections these days are hard- fought affairs. The margins of victory can be very slim. Any advantage that one side has may affect the outcome of the elections.

That is why there is a need to ensure elections are fair to all those contesting.

The dissolution of Parliament does not mean that the Federal Government and the various state governments are also dissolved along with the legislature.

When the legislature is dissolved to pave the way for elections, and until a new government is formed, the one that governs the Federation or the states is known as the “caretaker government”, according to the practice in many Commonwealth countries, including Malaysia.

However, the Federal and state constitutions do not expressly provide for the caretaker government. The constitutions are silent on the role of these “caretaker governments”; they are not provided for expressly by law.

A caretaker government is a minimum government. It is only supposed to ensure the day-to-day administration of the state can continue without disruption as a caretaker.

A caretaker government should not, for example, do anything which may bind the new government. It should not announce new government initiatives or make new policy decisions. It should not enter into new agreements or undertakings. It should also not make new appointments.

Most importantly, it should not use government machinery and resources in any way which would give any political party an advantage.

The reasoning is simple; the caretaker government no longer has the full mandate of the electorate. As the legislative branch has been dissolved, there are no checks and balances to the actions of the executive branch.

Unfortunately, the caretaker government convention is not respected or followed by the Federal or state governments.

Every day since dissolution, there are reports of initiatives or handouts by an incumbent government, on both sides of the political divide.

The caretaker government convention is also recognised in other jurisdictions. In most other jurisdictions, the caretaker government is not codified and is merely a convention.

However, the convention is respected and adhered to strictly by the incumbents.

Ideally, this should be the case in our country. There should not be a need to codify the convention into law by way of legislation. But because our political parties do not appear to respect the convention, we may need to enact a law to enshrine the caretaker convention and ensure its compliance.

Check your Voter's Status Now for #PRU14


All Malaysian young and old would know by now that the election is scheduled to be held on the 9th of May, 2018.  And if you are above the voting age, you head over to https://pengundi.spr.gov.my and check to make sure your voter's information and polling station is listed down correctly, if you are not a voter, you should also check as there's been reports of voter's details listed in locations they have not been to or registered to before.

If you don't want to use their website, you can also use the SPR's SMS service by texting "SPR semak <IC no>" & send to 15888. They will return a SMS on your polling station.



I've checked mine and all the details are the same as the previous years so it is all good but some poor souls I know are not so lucky, and under the election law, they are not allowed to change the details until after the Malaysia General Election is over. So either they head to the parts unknown to them to vote, or they forego their rights to vote. In any case, do go and lodge a police report if you fall victim to such an incident.

Dear fellow Malaysians, time to exercise your rights. To those of you who are able to vote but didn't bother to register, or simply refuse to vote, you people have no right whatsoever to complain about the govt. You're nothing but a hypocrite and a horrible disappointment to the country.

Unless you're in the medical field and you've patients depending on you, dealing with matters pertaining life and death, you've NO excuse whatsoever if your polling station is located nearby. If you're hundreds of miles away from your polling station and it's next to impossible to apply for leave and travel home and back within 24 hours (since the idiots up there decided to have it in the middle of the bleeding week), I suppose you can't be blamed because of the horrible choice of date.

To those of you who are booking flights, train and bus rides back home although you live so far away, I give you my utmost respect. Thank you for making sacrifices to help make a change for a better future for Malaysia.

*Note: I'm not a politician or am involved with any political parties. I am just a man who wants to exercise his right to vote and want to choose the right people who has the community at heart and not those who only has their own personal gains in mind.

Happy 2018


Just want to take this opportunity along with the new revamp of mikeyip.com to wish all you readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2018 be full of great wealth, health and happiness.

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan were and never racist - Mior Rosli


WE ARE AND NEVER WERE A RACIST
By Major (R) Mior Rosli (TUDM)

I wish the Defence minister, the deputy defence minister read and listen to what I have to say very carefully.

Yesterday, Hishammudin accused Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan of being Racist.. I demand your apology to us because it is not us who are racist.. it is you. Don't you remember when you was the UMNO youth chief? You unsealth the Keris, waved it in the air and demand for Chinese blood? Isn't that Racist and dangerous? The police should have charged you under ISA, put you behind bars and throw the key. We don't need Racist people like you leading a multi Racial country. Now just because the elections is round the corner you have the cheek to talk about increasing the number of non malays in the Armed Forces. Something that we have heard many many times over many many years.

Let me tell you and all your bloody UMNO goons.. THERE IS NO RACIAL CONFLICTS NOR SENTIMENTS AMONG SOLDIERS WITHIN THE MAF. We have gone through tough and team training day and night for 6 months for the other ranks and 12 months training for the officers. We ate, slept, trained, sweat, cried and laughed together... After recruit or cadet training we were enlisted and Commission into various corps and services. Except for the Royal Malay Regiment, in all corps and services we were never bothered if one is a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, IBAN or kadazan... Our loyalty only goes to our Commander what ever race and religion they are, to our Corps/services, to the MAF, to our King and country. That's was how we were taught and trained.

During both the emergencies (1948-1960/1960-1989), during the confrontation with Indonesia, and the war in Sarawak till the early 90s.. we fought like brothers..to defend this country and to maintain the independence of this country. We make sure people like you to be safe and maintain your freedom in this country.

You were never there to see our comrades died..got their legs and arms blown off. You were never there to see how their wives and children cried when their husbands came back in coffins or without legs or arms.

You were born with a silver spoon.. you are not more than a show off. Donning a military uniform, with a Commando beret, with senior airborne wings on your chest.. You made many veterans sick Looking at your stupidity.

During the emergencies combating the CTs there were many non malays did clandestine operations, became agents inside the enemy troops and acted as rubber tappers,farmers, etc.. some were caught and killed.

Our pilots, many were non malays too were shot down, and when they did their rescue, bodivac and medical missions, don't care the dead or injured were Malays, Chinese, iban or indians... Or what ever race they were.

Today UMNO is kissing lips with the CPC. Having closed doors meetings..all for power and money... Forgetting their sacrifice so that UMNO can continue to exist until today..

It is your (UMNO) policymakers who try to separate and divide us racially. It was your party that makes the quotas for entry and promotions.. it was your party Who control who should be generals and who should not.

Soldiering is a professional job. If you get unskilled people to be promoted, you will get a half baked Armed Forces. A half baked Armed Forces will Never be able to defend this country effectively.

If you want the Chinese to be seen of their loyalty, make the Armed Forces more professional and not Political.

We, the veterans Armed Forces Officers and the ex senior police officers are the real Patriots. More Patriotic than any of you, "power and kleptocracy" crazy politicians. DON'T EVER BELITTLE US. IF THERE IS A WAR TO DEFEND THIS SOIL, WE WILL BE THE SECOND OR THIRD LINERS BEHIND THE REGULAR FORCES TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY... PLEASE DON'T MESS US UP WITH YOUR POLITICAL DREAMS!!!

What your party are doing towards the MAF are degrading them.. making them weak, making the Generals like puppet on the strings until they do not know to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

You are making the Rakyat live in a "BOILING FROG SYNDROME". The moment the Rakyat realised what happened to this country, it will be too late.

The problem with politicians like you are because you rose up not from grassroots leaders.. from the beginning until now you are just "A TORTOISE ON A POLE". Don't know how you got up there but just because your father was the PM, if not you are nothing.

We who served from 1948- 1989/91, majority are still very much alive. Your party betrayed us, ignored us, lied to us and many of us are struggling to live on with our lives.. while over all these years you and your party members became kleptocrats and took away what actually belong to us and the Rakyat.

May Allah curse all of you if you don't realise what you did wrong.

Wallahualam.

Maj Hj Mior Rosli TUDM (Bersara)
https://www.facebook.com/mior.rosli/posts/10155876786206092


Guide to using the ‘one-win-everything’ negotiating technique

extract from Virgin

This is a new, thoughtful way to negotiate where everyone wins. And I do mean everyone - you, me, the other people at the table, the public, the environment… the whole entire word.

With the Dalai Lama being the peaceful type, you may be thinking to yourself - does negotiating like the Dalai Lama mean laying down? Well no, it doesn't.

It means getting exactly what you want, while making sure the other side gets exactly what they need. On top of that, you make sure the good of everyone else gets met as well.

Here’s how you can negotiate like the Dalai Lama


Step 1: Smile (and have a sense of humor). Remember, after the negotiation the people at the table do not disappear. When the deal ends, you'll be doing business together so be nice, have fun and make friends when ever possible.

"Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other." - Dalai Lama

Step 2: Sit together (be on the same side of the negotiating table). When you sit across from others, you're often seen as the challenger. You want to be on the same team, and friends sit together. Lose the table, or find a glass one because transparency and closeness is the key to friendship.

"I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” - Dalai Lama

Step 3: Find out what problems they want to solve (then help them solve those problems) In 'one-win-everything' we have added a new technique to negotiating, it's called 'helping'. Discover the other side's problems, then help them solve them. Simple.

"An open heart is an open mind." - Dalai Lama

Step 4: Never get angry (No matter what - don’t get angry). Someone will probably offend you, it’s nothing personal so don’t get mad. Take a calming breath in, then out. Think, one-win-everything.

"The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger." - Dalai Lama

Step 5: Ask 'how does this effect the rest of the world'? If this is a win for all, move forward. If not, figure out if and how you can make it a one-win-everything before moving forward. And if you cannot, walk away.

"When you lose, don’t lose the lesson." - Dalai Lama

Step 6: If someone is rude, start over (return to Step 1: Smile). Begin again - never let others influence you in a negative way. Instead, do your best to influence them in a positive way, or walk away.

"Someone else’s action should not determine your response." - Dalai Lama

Step 7: Never say no (instead, give the other person an 'mpossible "yes, if"). This is a very sly Dalai Lama negotiation tactic... never say "no". Always say, "yes, if", then add an impossible contingency.

Here is how it works:

Let's say you are negotiating with a big oil company who want to drill a well on your bird sanctuary. They tell you: "Our study shows it's impossible not to spill any oil, and it kill many endangered birds, but we want to drill anyway."

You want to say: "No way," however using the Dalai Lama's technique you won't have to. Instead, you say, "yes, if you find a way to do it where not a single drop oil gets spilled and not a single birds gets harmed. Plus, you pay me $10,000,000,000 dollars for every harmed bird - do we have a deal?"

You won't have to say no because they'll say it for you - because of your impossible contingency.

The Dalai-Lama says "yes, if" and lets the other side say "no".

I hope you'll only use your new found negotiating powers for good.

And for now, i'll leave the last word to the Dalai Lama: "There is no hundred per cent winner, no hundred per cent loser - not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way."

Tips to Reduce Snoring


As many as half of adults sometimes snore. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in the throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which creates those irritating sounds.

Sometimes snoring may indicate a serious health condition.

In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner.

Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring.

In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, these aren’t suitable or necessary for everyone who snores.

Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Not all snorers have OSA, but if snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication to see a doctor for further evaluation for OSA:

• Noise during sleep

• Excessive daytime sleepiness

• Difficulty concentrating

• Morning headaches

• Sore throat

• Restless sleep

• Gasping or choking at night

• High blood pressure

• Chest pain at night

• Your snoring is so loud it’s disrupting your partner’s sleep

• You wake up choking or gasping

To prevent or quiet snoring, try these tips:

• If you’re overweight, lose weight. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the throat that contribute to snoring. Losing weight can help reduce snoring.

• Sleep on your side. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall backward into your throat, narrowing your airway and partially obstructing airflow.

Try sleeping on your side. If you find that you always end up on your back in the middle of the night, try sewing a tennis ball in the back of your pyjama top.

• Raise the head of your bed. Raising the head of your bed by about 10cm may help.

• Nasal strips or an external nasal dilator. Adhesive strips applied to the bridge of the nose help many people increase the area of their nasal passage, enhancing their breathing.

A nasal dilator is a stiffened adhesive strip applied externally across the nostrils that may help decrease airflow resistance so you breathe easier. Nasal strips and external nasal dilators aren’t effective for people with sleep apnoea, however.

• Treat nasal congestion or obstruction. Having allergies or a deviated septum can limit airflow through your nose. This forces you to breathe through your mouth, increasing the likelihood of snoring.

• Don’t use an oral or spray decongestant for more than three days in a row for acute congestion unless directed to do so by your doctor. Long-term use of these medications can have a rebound effect and make your congestion worse.

Ask your doctor about a prescription steroid spray if you have chronic congestion.

To correct a structural defect in your airway, such as a deviated septum, you may need surgery.

• Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages at least two hours before bedtime, and let your doctor know about your snoring before taking sedatives. Sedatives and alcohol depress your central nervous system, causing excessive relaxation of muscles, including the tissues in your throat.

• Quit smoking. Smoking cessation may reduce snoring, in addition to having numerous other health benefits.

• Get enough sleep. Adults should aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The recommended hours of sleep for children vary by age. Preschool-aged children should get 11 to 12 hours a day. School-age children need at least 10 hours a day, and teens should have nine to 10 hours a day.

See your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms. These may indicate your snoring is caused by a more serious condition, such as obstructive sleep apnoea.

If your child snores, ask your paediatrician about it.

Children can have obstructive sleep apnoea too.

Nose and throat problems – such as enlarged tonsils – and obesity often can narrow a child’s airway, which can lead to your child developing sleep apnoea.

Mayo Clinic News Network

Of Parameswara, Hang Tuah & Malaysia's History that is more Fiction than Facts


A number of common errors regarding Parameswara and other matters need to be clarified. Historical records referring to Parameswara are attributable to 3 sources:

1. The Portuguese Gordinho D'Eredia, son of a Portuguese mariner and a Malaccan lady from Macassar, referred (circa 1600) in his writings to a Malaccan ruler called 'Permicuri.' Not much more information emerged from this source. The Sejarah Melayu for example, makes no mention of a Parameswara at all.

2. The Portuguese mariner Tom Pires who lived in Melaka, referred to a ‘Xaquem Darxa’ and a ‘Modafarxa’ in his 1513 Suma Oriental .

3. The Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) archives have records of the visit to Nanking of the envoys and rulers of Melaka. These were:

(a) Pai-li-mi-su-la in 1405

(b) his son Mu-kan-sa-yu-ti-er-sha in 1414 and

(c) his grandson Hsi-li-ma-ha-la-che in 1424

These visits to China and the court of Emperor Yung-Lo were to pay tributes to China and seek protection for Melaka against Thai and Indonesian invaders. The three above have been interpreted respectively as:

(a) Parameswara

(b) Megat Iskandar Shah

(c) Sri Maharaja

The two visits to China in 1414 and 1424 were also to report the deaths of Parameswara and Megat Iskandar Shah respectively, and to re-affirm the close relationship between China and Melaka. All three Rulers of Melaka and their envoys made their respective journeys to China in one of Admiral Zheng He's (Cheng Ho) several fleet-ships.

It is clear from these records that Parameswara never converted to Islam. He was an Indian Hindu or an Indian/Malay/Aboriginal Malay mixed Hindu who fled Palembang in Sumatra to eventually found Melaka circa 1400 AD.

It was Sri Maharaja who converted himself and the court of Melaka to Islam, and as a result took on the name of Sultan Muhammad Shah (possibly the ‘Modarfaxa’ of Tom Pires) sometime after 1435.

Megat Iskandar Shah was thought to have changed his name after marriage to a Pasai princess, the name ‘Megat’ signifying a marriage between a commoner and one of royal stature. But his conversion to Islam is in doubt, given that his son was named Sri Maharaja and therefore, the possibility of another non-Malay wife emerges.

These details of Parameswara and the succession to the Melakan throne were resolved definitively by our own Professor Wang Gungwu in his paper ‘The First Three Rulers of Melaka’ published in 1968. This is the basis on which current school history text-books are constructed vis- B -vis the Melaka Sultanate.

With regard to Raja Chula, we can take a more definitive stance, ie, that without a shadow of a doubt, this is a reference to Raja Chulan/Cholan of the Chola Dynasty (7-13 century AD) of South India. The most famous of these Indian Hindu Kings were Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola who invaded Southern Thailand, Kedah, Perak, Johor and Sumatra about 1000 AD.

With regard to the legend of Hang Tuah and questions about his origin/ancestry, I believe that many have been misled that Tuah and his musketeers were of Chinese descent. That it was verified by DNA tests. Such a claim can be found on the Internet and refer to a source, viz., The Federal Association of Archaeology and Research of Michigan, USA.


This is a spurious claim and the association referred to, in fact, does not exist.

There is also a hypothesis that ‘Hang’ is associated with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po from China who married Sultan Mansur Shah of Melaka in 1459. But there is nothing offered by way of tangible proof/evidence by those who espouse this line of thinking. What is true though, is that, Hang Tuah is dismissed in a single line in school history text-books. The Education Ministry will have to answer this mystery.

But what is really sad is that our children are taught as though Malaysian history suddenly began in 1400 with an Islamic Melaka. The cultural influences of India in particular, and China, in South East Asia span over 2,000 years, starting perhaps with the arrival from India of the Brahmanical prince/scholar Aji Saka in Java in AD78, through to Vietnam, Cambodia (Indo China), Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Brunei and beyond.

We are led to believe that the Indians and Chinese first arrived on the shores of Malaysia in about 1850 as desperate indentured labourers, farmers and miners. Nothing could be further from the truth. The findings at Bujang Valley speak of an ancient Indian/Hindu presence in Kedah. There were Chinese settlements in Pahang and Kelantan around the 13 th -14 th century and in 12 th century in Singapore. The early Brunei Sultanate had a Chinese Queen. One need not ponder at length the implications of Angkor Wat and Borobudur or that 40%-50% of Bahasa Malaysia comprises Sanskrit/Tamil words.

Why is the study of Hang Tuah taken out from our school history text books? Even if Hang Tuah’s a different race altogether, what significance does it do to our history? The time has arrived for us to record our history as the facts tell us and not as we would like to wish it for. The truth will never hurt anyone. Lies, always will.

Why dreaming is important for entrepreneurs - Richard Branson

Am always in the path of learning and one of the person that is inspiring with what he does at his organizations is Richard Branson. Here he shares why it is important to dream as entrepreneurs.



"Like many people, I sometimes think to myself: what if this is all a dream? I feel like one day I might wake up and be 20 years old again, with my whole life ahead of me. That thought doesn’t scare me, though, it excites me. I’d quite like to go back and plot my life all over again, and have even more big dreams," writes Richard Branson.

"Dreaming is one of humanity’s greatest gifts. It champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change and propels us forward. In a world without dreams, there would be no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, no civil rights. What a half-lived and tragic existence we would have. We should all dream big, and encourage others to do so, too."

For Richard, his personal dream was to be able to travel into space, opening the door for others to do so along the way.

"Throughout my life, space has always held a special place in my dreams. After witnessing humans land on the moon, my generation thought that we would all be making routine trips there and exploring it together. But as the years passed, we learned that government officials were not in the business of taking you and me to space; they had other priorities.

"Eventually, when it came to space exploration, it became obvious that private enterprise would have to take what the government started and pave the way for other discoveries. This is essentially the reason our team started our commercial space line, Virgin Galactic. We wanted to help ordinary people reach the stars by doing what we do best: innovating. When Virgin Galactic was merely a name and a vision backed by a small founding team, I didn’t know where this journey would take us nor how long it would take for us to get somewhere."

Like so many of the Virgin businesses, Virgin Galactic started off as little more than a dream. But something Richard and the team realised from the start was the importance of embracing their vision.

"Decades ago, after we watched the moon landing, the idea of space exploration was new and promising. Later, the obstacles made even considering it seem out of reach. But, as our experience with Virgin Galactic demonstrates, taking dreams seriously - even the ones that seem wildly out of reach - is essential.

"When you have an idea and you’re thinking of starting a business (whether it’s in space exploration or not) remember not to be self-conscious about having high expectations. Don’t judge yourself too harshly, and don’t let the naysayers convince you that your idea is way too optimistic, or that you’re being too idealistic or not serious enough."

So, what have all these years of dreaming taught the Virgin Group founder?

"It’s important to look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, and believe that you are more powerful than the problems that confront you. We are only limited by our imagination. Also remember that the benefits of having big dreams far outweigh the perceived risks, because their value isn’t just measured by the outcome, but by the inspiration that comes from the journey of achieving them.


"Dream big, and you could be presented with the opportunity to lead the world on an incredible adventure - even one to other worlds."

Is the Generation X Forgotten?


Forget the Baby Boomers, and yes, there's a buzz about the Generation Y. What about those of us from the Generation X? Generation X-ers were born from roughly the mid-Sixties to the start of the Eighties. We didn’t even get a name until Douglas Coupland wrote a novel about us in 1991, and for a long time people thought Generation X meant we were nihilistic slackers who would never amount to much. But, oh, we’ve come of age now. We’re mainly in our forties and fifties, and this is our time.

Generation X has the benefit of possessing the best characteristics of both the boomers and the millennials, and none of the downsides. We know how to work hard and we know how to play hard. Generation X-ers are very industrious. Boomers don’t understand the internet and millennials were raised on it. Generation X created it.

We stripped off and dove into the glittering waters of this brand new thing, and made it what it is today. We had a dot com boom (and a couple of busts), we took those progressive late-boomers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs under our wing and showed them what we could do with their stuff. We walked around with phones the size of rucksacks and sent the first halting text-messages. We knuckled down and worked hard and now we write books and make TV and direct movies, we get up early to go to work, we come out in the middle of the night to fix your burst pipe.

Generation X was breast-fed punk and invented indie, and grunge, and techno, and any bloody musical genre of worth that you care to name. We transformed the Eighties and we owned the Nineties. We had alcopops and ecstasy and we were fearless and stupid and happy, but we still got up for work on Monday morning, no matter how bad we felt.

Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past. Generation X acknowledges what has gone before, learns from it, and resolves to shape the future into something better. We don’t throw our hands in the air and say the job’s a bust, let’s give up. We know we can’t go back to mythical halcyon days and we know we can’t just rip it up and start again. We work with what we’ve got and try to make it better. We change things from the inside out.

Boomers’ lives were defined by a war they have no memory of. Millennials fear a war they can never survive. Generation X: we knew war. Some of us fought and died in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq. Some of us protested those wars. We lived through the mistakes and we can make sure they don’t happen again.

Yes, Generation X had some things easy. We were paid by the state to go to university. We’re the last generation to be able to afford home ownership and get a mortgage. We remember when it was easier to get a job. Generation X is unique because nobody has had lives like we’ve got. Boomers were old by the time they were 40; millennials have yet to hit that milestone. Generation X is pushing back the envelope of old age, through attitude and health, like never before. We can do the shopping and read comic books and pay the bills and play video games. We can “adult” all you like, but we’re still kids at heart.

The problem with you millennials and boomers, though you’d never admit it, is you’re too alike. You’re both insular, in different ways. You’re both selfish. You’re both so blinkered, you think you’re the only two factions in this petty little fight of yours.

You forgot about Generation X.

But don’t fret, we’re still here. Working hard, playing hard, innovating, learning from the past and planning the future. So have your little generational war, and when you’re done, don’t worry.

We’re Generation X, and we've got this.

Ending an 8 year relationship - Putting a closure on things.


The inevitable finally happened. Before it gets out of hand, I know the best thing to do is to come clean and put it out in the open. Yes, you can judge me, I won't blame you for it. But after 8 long years without much progress moving forward, I had to take the path that I've been dreaded. I AM DONE!  😡😡😡

Yes, I've been in an 8 year relationship that started even before I came back from Singapore. No one knew about it, not even my parents, as we agreed that it is best kept private. I'm sorry to those that worried about me.  😢

Before you assume anything, it's better for me to just clarify the situation. Better hear from the horse's mouth than through the gossip mill. Right?

Today. we have come to an agreement to go our separate way, it's tough to end this relationship, but the distance and the financial burden with me also having 2 children and aging parents of my own to care, it does get taxing with all the traveling and late nights involved.🙏

To avoid any further drama and gossips, I'll just inform u guys with the truth of what really happened. It's been awhile since I've felt good about this relationship even though It has been wonderful and amazing! There's just too many red flags that I didn't want to see. I won't deny that I fell deeply in love, completely head over heels. But looking back, there's also many negativity that comes with this relationship. Maybe I was blinded from all the time we spend together but having been apart for the past few months, I came to realize that it's not really worth it. We had our usual relationship talk and both agreedd to it. 💔

Of course with this being the era of the Social Media, it will eventually get out into the open, so, with heavy heart, I've made a decision to say good bye and move on, take the unchartered path into a life away from this relationship. No doubt we will eventually see one another every now and then, we have too many mutual friends. But I can't deny that when it's time to move on, it's time to move on. It breaks my heart to do this but I have to.  💔

I will be ending my relationship with Guinness, Carlsberg, Tiger, Heineken, Kilkenny, Kronenbourg & Hoegaarden from today. It is time for me to move on, focus on things that's better for my life.

You gotta jump to be successful


Saw this short clip of Steve Harvey on youtube and I find it quite motivational. I've watched this clip for quite some time now, I even watched it repeatedly over the years. Because the message is simple and it is worth reminding myself about what I aim to do.



My friends and team members always find me why I push them so hard to take that leap of faith. Watch this video, and I hope now you understand why I kept pushing forward no matter what obstacles are placed before me.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends a Happy Chinese New Year 2017. If you want to know what this year will bring for your zodiac sign, here's the complete list for all the 12 animal signs.




Now, one of the most important aspect of the Chinese Culture is when would be the best dates to go back to work during the Chinese New Year celebration. For 2017, these are the dates/days you can look at to start work.

Most Auspicious Back To Work Date/Days

Western:  2nd February (Thursday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 6 day

Western: 4th February (Saturday); some Cantonese don't like 4th that's all
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 8 day
or  if can afford to close longer, then: 6th February (Monday) which is the 10th Lundar day

If cannot close for too long; and need to open as early as possible. Briefly do it in the morning of
Western: 29th January (Sunday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 2 day

Cantonese don't like opening on the 4th. But no issue with Hokkiens & Teochews
Western: 31st January (Tuesday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 4 day

The Flaw in Malaysian Education System


Although Standard 6 (UPSR) and Form 3 (PT3) students have to sit for national examinations, automatic promotions allow most to remain in school until Form 5 to sit for the all-important SPM.

Good SPM results are essential for admission into public university courses with limited seats, as tuition fees at private universities are high and beyond the means of parents with average income.
A university degree is needed to work in licensed professions, senior positions in the education field or in government agencies. But in the private sector, paper qualifications counts for little when holders are unable to communicate and interact well with others.

Many Malaysians can speak several languages or dialects but are masters of none. They can chat for hours but may not be able to write an intelligent report or describe well something everyone seems to know.

Few Malaysians can think, speak and write clearly as clarity of thought is not given due importance. Many tend to generalise instead of being accurate or specific.

Access to vast amount of information does not necessarily make one well-informed, as such superficial knowledge has little application and minimal benefit.

On the other hand, mastering a language and mathematics will empower any student to excel in arts or science subjects, or professional programs such as law or accountancy.

Deeper understanding and fuller use of a language would greatly help in personal development, which is grossly lacking in our education system, and not through rote-learning or memorizing religious texts.

One issue that is happening across the nation is that schools are competing with one another for top spots in the yearly ranking, pressures are placed on the teachers to make sure the students know how to answer during examination periods and with that, the children go through hours of memorizing information from the books instead of understanding them. Do the children understand what they are memorizing?

I have children of my own, they have no problems reciting information and produce answers when I quiz them from the books, but try asking them in a slightly different manner and my children looked like I've thrown a curve ball at them and they get lost. Am I supposed to get upset at them for not knowing facts/information that they've already studied?

We have succeeded in churning out millions of graduates lacking in confidence and acting immaturely during job interviews, with many unable to describe in their own words what they have studied for a few years.

I've had fresh graduates that shows up for interviews, knowing full well that I am hiring people who can converse and write well in English but during interview process,  requires me to repeat my questions several times over simply because they can't grasp simple English. I've also encountered similar situation when I patronizes certain outlets and restaurants at the malls. Especially in areas where majority of the foot traffic are tourists.

English are taught in schools but did the teachers provide the right tools for the students to learn to understand what they are learning in school?

While parents are prepared to spend a fortune on their children’s education, hardly much growth can be seen in term of education wise, especially in the rural areas. We get some fantastic results coming out from some parts of the country that even I have not heard about but talking to these same students with fantastic results made me wonder occasionally whether they are actually taught properly in school or they are made just to memorize texts without the tools to think and explore properly.

It's becoming somewhat of a broken record as this situation is constantly being questioned year after year and every year, we get answers from the Ministry of Education that they will work on improving the standard of education in the country without actually seeing any results. How long can this go on?

Are companies expected to spend tons of cash trying to train and teach these young graduates that is joining the work force because they are ill equipped when they step into the work environment? If that is so, then the question is, what are they teaching these graduates in our local education system and higher education system?

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