I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

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Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama


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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

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.


Maj Hj Mior Rosli TUDM (Bersara)

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?

The Dos and Don'ts of Starting a Business

Since this is the 100th post of this new site (after my old one crashed and burnt), I decide that it should be something informational. Topic of choice for this post? The Dos and Don'ts in starting own business.

Starting one is risky and there are a lot of variables that you have to look into. Time, money, risk and capital. As an entrepreneur, expect sleepless nights, long hours crunching numbers and a lot of travels by public transport as you venture out to talk to potential investors, pitch the ideas to potential customers and get the groundwork done. Do it right and it will pay off and make all your sleepless nights worth it.

Here's some Dos and Don'ts to guide you along, if you feel that I miss anything out or have a tip you feel is useful, feel free to add on by commenting below.

The Dos

  • Set a clear goal! As a business owner, your partner and you should have a clear vision of what you are doing and what is your end goal for the business. Determine whether or not your business idea is feasible before going into business. Developing a business plan which includes financial projections is essential in determining the feasibility of your business idea.
  • Choose your team wisely! You have the idea, you know how to execute it, now choose the right team mates to help you put this idea into motion. A good partner, a good staff and a good connection can help you determine success for the venture.
  • Look at everything objectively! Getting too emotionally attached/invested in the business and you will make foolish mistakes and decisions. Always look at your business objectively, See what works and what doesn't and tackle it accordingly. It is your baby but by not being objectively, your baby isn't going to grow.
  • Baby Steps! Many times an entrepreneur will be so excited about the idea that they will invest way too much at the beginning and will lose everything. Take baby steps, no one is going to rush you, this is your own business after all. Learn and grow accordingly as  your business grow and soon, you will be an expert in the field of choice. There are plenty of mentors around that you can always talk to, the business owners and CEOs of today are much more open to sharing about business compared to the 80s and early 90s.
  • Do have a good business plan! Yup, this is the major one, the important one, after you set a clear goal, you need to make sure that you put everything into paper. It is very important not to skip this step or rush through it. The time you spend planning before you open your business will pay off in the long run.
  • Be patient! You are not running a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time to build up your business to a point when it will actually generate profits. Don't give up and don't set yourself up for failure by jumping the gun. Slow and steady wins the race.

The Don'ts

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! No man is an island, even if you are starting the business alone, you can accomplish a lot more when you ask for help. There's plenty of resources and experts out there that you can tap.
  • Don’t rely too much on textbook scenarios! There's plenty of books out there that gives you tips and lessons as well as case studies for you to refer on but that doesn't mean they provides everything you need to know. Getting it right in your own business/career can only be done through trial and errors as you move towards your goal.
  • Don't quit your job straight away! You might have a plan, you might want to dedicate your days and nights on your new venture, but until it gets moving, don't quit your day job just yet. At the end of the day, you need to have a career to fall back on if your venture didn't work out. If you are having trouble making ends meet personally, starting a business will likely make the situation worse. Remember, the new business owner is the last person to get paid and often does not get paid.
  • Don’t mix personal with business! Especially when you are a lone start-up, you might be taking out a chunk of your savings to get this business going but once it's moving along, you might make the mistake of mixing business and personal things together. Always set up a different system be it a bank account, phone number or even an email address. Don't Put all your eggs into one basket.
  • Don’t go into a business you don’t love! You have to be passionate about the business you want to step into as it will take up a lot of your time and energy. If you are doing it because of the money and nothing else, you will lose steam even before you get through the 1st hurdle. Be passionate about your business and people will see it. I've had people coming up to me and say that I always have a smile even when I'm working. I can only say that when you love what you do, you won't see it as work anymore.
  • Don’t undervalue all the obligations and regulations when it comes to registering your business in Malaysia! You will be surprised at how much paperwork are there to do, if you are not sure, ask. There are quite a number of company secretaries out in the market that is more than happy to work with you to register your company for you. These secretaries also can help you with information and tips that you never know you need. I have to Thank God that when I need them, these friends appears. I always turn to them and ask especially when I don't know. You don't have to feel stupid if you ask questions. This is your business, get it started right and you will reap the reward. 

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people wont, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't. To reach the goal, you have to start somewhere. But don't forget to build a solid foundation, you will see strength in the business when the foundation is strong.

Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. Good luck and looking forward to hearing about your success story.

Understanding Act 355 and Hudud in Malaysia

This piece is written by Siti Kasim, a lawyer in Malaysia and a lady that is passionate about helping the less fortunate. This was written after the Shariah Act Forum that she attended. Am sharing it here because at the end of the day, no matter how the authorities try to convince us, this does affect the non-muslim in the country as well. 

I wanted to point out that the PAS speaker was misleading the audience in terms of the law. He failed to mention the real hierarchy of laws in our country. The speakers from PAS and UMNO insisted it is not a HUDUD bill. Of course it is not a HUDUD Bill but it has everything to do with HUDUD. Without this amendment to the limit of punishment in the Syariah Courts, they wouldn't be able to mete out the punishment already stated in their HUDUD ENACTMENT.

As pointed out by the rep from MCA, in which it was conveniently not answered, that JAKIM's intention in a proposal by them was to implement HUDUD to the whole country and they are going to start with the amendment to Act 355. So, there it is... their first round of plan is in operation.

I think most of the audience and the Malays do not understand the significance of this Act 355. The Bill seeks to introduce a new Section 2A into the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 to increase the Shariah Court’s power to pass sentences. The proposed Section 2A removes the restriction on punishment for offences against the precepts of Islam that the Shariah Courts can currently impose: imprisonment not exceeding a term of three years, a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit, whipping not exceeding six strokes, or any combination of these punishments (which has come to be known as the “3-6-5 provisions”). No sentence of death can be imposed under the new Section 2A, but the amendment would appear to confer Shariah Courts with unlimited power to impose all other hudud punishments. Hudud offences include offences like zina (adultery), qazaf (false accusation of committing zina), syrub (alcohol consumption) and irtidad or riddah (apostasy) and according to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (II) (1993) 2015 Enactment, punishment for these is whipping, ranging from 40 to 100 lashes. The Bill also seeks to substitute the existing Section 2 in Act 355 with a new section that appears to widen the scope of the Shariah Court’s existing criminal jurisdiction, which is currently limited to offences by Muslims against Islam.

Now, the Islamists will ask why am I opposing this because it is Allah's will!! NO! NO! NO! It is not Allah's Will nor is it God's laws!! We, as Malays must be allowed to openly discuss these so call punishment set out by this Mullahs. Are they really God's punishment? I will share an example of the real God's punishment in theft compare to these Mullah's law later. That is why, I refuse to be governed by these man-made laws under the pretext of Islam. These people are selling Islam. We have been duped for so long.

I know these hardliners are not easy to convince due to the complete brainwashing from their Ostards and Mullahs and most of all our system. Therefore, as a Malaysian Citizen in which my rights are protected under the Constitution and to respect the rights of those who believe they must adhere to their Ostards and Mullahs, I propose we are given the choice to either be governed under the Secular Laws or the Religious Laws. They keep saying why do we want to stop them from practising their belief, so we must not stop them. Those Malays who do not want to be governed under these man-made religious laws, should be allowed to opt out. I will never submit to these man-made laws guise under the cloak of Islam.

If our government of the day, can accommodate this, I promise you, I will never, never interfere with the running of your Islam. I will mind my own business.

My battle all these while was not because of being courageous and brave but because I AM IN FEAR. I am fearful that these Mullahs are taking me away from the true Islam. The Islam that I know as beautiful and full of compassion.

To all that have smeared my name, I forgive you and I hope you will find the true Islam in your lifetime. God has been kind to me by giving me a strong constitution to not be affected by the name-calling and even to the extent in calling me an apostate.

Read the Quran in the language you understand and seek to understand it from people who have no personal agenda.

I want to show you comparison of what is man-made and God's punishment. It is a bit heavy but it's quite easy to understand.


To cut off the thief's hands.


The punishment enforced in some Islamic countries for the crime of theft is based on the wrong interpretation of the following verse:

[5:38] The male thief, and the female thief, you shall ‘eqta’u’ (cut) their hands as a penalty for what they have committed, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Dignified, Wise.

According to the incorrect interpretation of 5:38, the law in these Islamic countries deems the punishment of severing the hand of anyone caught stealing. But is this the correct interpretation of God's words in 5:38?

To determine the correct meaning of 5:38 we must analyse the key word in this verse which is the Arabic word "eqta’u".

The word ‘eqta’u’ (which is the command from of the word ‘qata’aa’) has been wrongly interpreted by the traditional scholars to mean ‘to sever’. But the word for sever in Arabic is ‘batara’ and not ‘qata’aa’.

In 108:3 we read the word ‘abtar” which speaks of he who whose progeny has been cut off/severed.

In 5:38 God did not use the word ‘batara’ but used the word ‘eqta’u’.

The Arabic word ‘qata’aa’, and how it is used, is not any different from the use of the same word (cut) in English.

The word ‘cut’ can mean sever/cut off and can also mean to cause a cut or wound.

Example: You may be working in the kitchen one day and you accidently make a small cut in your hand with the knife, then you would tell your wife “I have cut my hand”! Does this mean you have completely severed your hand? Obviously not, it only means you have made a cut in your hand or marked it.


The Quran gives us confirmation that the correct meaning of the word ‘iqta’oo’ (command form of qatta’a) in 5:38 is to cause a cut/mark and not to sever.

When we read the story of the Prophet Joseph in Sura 12 we read another instance where the word ‘qatta’a’ is used. In 12:31 we read how the women guests of the lady of the house upon seeing how handsome Joseph was, their impulsive reaction was to ‘qattaana’ (plural femine of qatta’a) their hands with the knives given to them. The question here is: Did these women completely sever their hands? Obviously not, they only made a cut/mark in their hands.

We note that the exact word ‘qatta’a’ is used in 5:38 and also in 12:31.

God gives a clear sign that the same word ‘qatta’a’ in both verses has the same meaning. God confirms that every word and every verse in the Quran has been perfected and thus there are is nothing coincidental in the Quran:

[11:1] A.L.R. This is a book whose verses have been perfected.

Consequently, part of the punishment for theft according to the Most Merciful is to mark or make a visible cut in the hand of the offender so as to shame him in front of the people. This social humiliation is part of the deterrent.


But this is not all! If causing a cut in the hand of the thief were the only punishment then it would not in many cases not be sufficient deterrent to stop the thief from re-offending.

The second course of action decreed in the Quran for the one who commits theft is based on the law of equivalence:

[5:45] And We decreed for them in it that a life for a life, an eye an the eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth and equivalence regarding wounds. If one forfeits what is due to him as a charity, it will atone for his sins. Those who do not rule by what God has brought down are the unjust.

By virtue of the law set out by God for equivalence in 5:45, a thief who robs another person should be made to compensate the victim by working for him till the victim is fully paid for all damage incurred.

Simply going to prison will not compensate the victim in any way!

So for example, the thief who is convicted of stealing a thousand dollars from you must work for you until you are fully paid for the thousand dollars you lost, plus any other damage and inconvenience the theft may have caused you.

This Quranic solution maintains justice for all, the thief's innocent wife and children are not deprived of their man or the income he brings home to the family. Moreover, the expensive prison system in this case is eliminated.


God, the Most Merciful, does not cause any person to be punished for the sins of another (6:164). Severing the hand of the thief would permanently deprive him of his livelihood and as a result, his family and dependants would experience hardship for no fault of theirs!

God’s law is fair and God’s wisdom is unequalled.

Applying the correct punishment for theft would give the offender the opportunity to repent and reform after the full punishment is completed and the victim has been compensated.


Severing the hand of the thief constitutes a life-long punishment that cannot be reversed should the offender genuinely wish to repent and reform.

In all the Quran, there are no life-long punishments! Even the punishment of adultery, which is considered one of the greatest sins, is not a life-long punishment.

The reason that there are no life-long punishments in the Quran is simply because God being the Most Merciful accepts the repentance of all who repent sincerely and reform. A life-long punishment would violate the concept of someone being forgiven. A forgiven person has no further punishment, but a man with a severed hand is punished for the rest of his life, even if he repents and reforms!

God gives us in the very next verse (5:39) further conclusive evidence for the correct meaning of the punishment for theft.

[5:39] Then whoever repents after his transgression, and reforms, God redeems him. God is Forgiver, Merciful.

In 5:39 God says that He will ‘yatoob’ (redeem) all those who repent and reform. The verse ends with the words God is Forgiver, Merciful. When God ‘yatoob’ (redeems) any person, forgives him (Forgiver) and grants him His mercy (Merciful), this means that this person is no longer punished.

Needless to say, a person with a severed arm will have a life-long punishment that cannot be reversed and thus can never be free of his punishment!

Those who insist on claiming that the punishment of theft is to sever the hand of the thief are therefore those who reject God’s infinite mercy.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

The Malaysia - Merdeka Debate

There are some who argue that 2016 is Malaysia’s 53rd and not 59th Anniversary. There are also those who argue that Merdeka Day should be celebrated on 16th September and not 31st August. Then there are those who say we should have two celebrations — Merdeka Day celebration on 31st August and Malaysia Day celebration on 16th September.

Why not we celebrate Merdeka on 16th February instead? And on 16th February this year we would have celebrated our 74th Anniversary of Merdeka from the British on 16th February 1942 when the Japanese kicked them out. We can also celebrate Federation Day on 1st February and this year would have been the 68th Anniversary of the creation of the Federation of Malaya on 1st February 1948.

Melaka can also celebrate Liberation Day on 15th August and this year would have been the 505th Anniversary of Melaka being liberated from the Sultanate. Anyway, as you can see there are endless possibilities and if the opposition is really bankrupt of issues and need to create issues out of non-issues there are many they can conjure.

Can you imagine the Americans having this same argument as Malaysians? The United States celebrated its Bicentennial or 200th Anniversary of its Independence on Sunday, 4th July 1976. That was basically the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Last month they celebrated their 240th Anniversary.

Do you know that when the United States was created on 4th July 1776 there were only 13 states? It was not until 3rd January 1959 and 21st August 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th state respectively. Arizona and New Mexico joined in 1912 and Oklahoma in 1907. New York joined in 1788 and was not part of the original 13 states. Texas became a member of the United States in 1845 and California in 1850.

So, if based on the arguments that Malaysians put forward, Independence Day for the United States is not the 4th of July and the United States is not 240 years old this year. Different states would celebrate their independence on different dates and no two states would celebrate it on the same day, not even the original 13 states of the United States.

But then all Americans anywhere in the world celebrate the 4th of July as their Independence Day although Texans may have a second celebration on the 2nd of March when the Republic of Texas became independent from Mexico in 1836. But now the Republic of Texas is just one of the 50 states in the United States and Texas does not claim to be equal to the United States instead of just a ‘downgraded’ state in the United States after just nine years as a Republic.

Is this why Americans are more progressive than Malaysians who waste so much time arguing about whether Merdeka should be celebrated on 31st August or 16th September and whether Malaysia is 59 or 53 years old? Then we argue about whether Malaysia is a Secular State and if so then why is Islam the ‘official’ religion of the country and why do we have two legal systems, one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims?

The point is the supporters from both sides of the fence love arguing and if they have nothing to argue about they will create something. On 31st August 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman declared Merdeka and that is when it happened. The same goes for the 13 states of America on 4th July 1776 that has now grown to 50 states and all 50 states celebrate 4th July as their Independence Day — even Hawaii, the last state that joined on 21st August 1959.

Originally written by RPK.


Personally, I see 31st August as the day when Malaya achieve independence from the British rule with our Tunku declaring Merdeka Merdeka Merdeka to the loud cheer from the masses. And thus, despite the government effort to encourage people to start using Hari Kebangsaan on the day, I would still call it our Merdeka celebration.

As for the 16th of September? That would in fact be the Hari Kebangsaan, that's the date the country truly got united as Malaysia with the inclusion of the Borneo island.

Does it matter that we celebrate 2 different days that "represent the same thing"? No, it doesn't matter at all, at the end of the day, it's just a commemorative date to remember the country's history in coming together to become Malaysia, it doesn't affect us in the current age whether Independence day is celebrated on the 31st or Malaysia day is celebrated on the 16th, life still goes on, we still have a battle to fight to bring Malaysia as a country to a bigger height.

With all the dramas that is affecting the country, why not look at the bigger picture? Look at today, to me, every day, yesterday, today, tomorrow, it's all a celebration and a battle. A celebration because we as a nation is peaceful as a whole while we read news of countries around us that is always with some form of fight. A Battle because as a nation, we still have a long way to go. The country has grown stagnant over the last couple of years, technologically, the country is advancing but yet, the country is suffering from brain drain. Why not stop this bickering and look at what better way to move forward, help the country to go forward to a bigger plateau and strive for another milestone that is in the country's agenda? 2020 is just around the corner, how many things in the Vision 2020 that the government put forth all those years ago has been achieved? How many is still unresolved?

So 31st August, Independence Day aka Merdeka, 16th September, Hari Malaysia. 2 Celebration, 2 holidays, you have a problem with having 2 extra holidays in our calendar? If no, then let's get on with our task at hand and stop bickering about it already.

Hungry Ghost Festival Experience

After dinner, I went for a stroll, Walked past a convenient store and I thought might as well buy some groceries.
When I was about to pay, I realised that I did not bring any money out so a quick phone call to my family and they would just come out to pass me some.
While waiting for my money, I saw an old man burning joss paper by the road side. I went to have a chat with him.
"What are you doing here ? " I asked him
"I m sending money to my family " he said.
Then he asked me, " What are you doing here ?"
"I m waiting for my family to send money to me. " I replied.
On hearing this, his face turned pale and he ran away quickly.
I shouted to him, " Hey, don't run ! I am just waiting for my family to send money to me !"
Suddenly, all the people burning joss paper nearby also ran away.
The end.

This is all fiction and is just for laughs. Was queried by friends on Facebook when they first read it there trying to find out if it really happened to me or I just wrote a story to lighten things up on this 盂蘭節. Well, now you know. :)

Past Career as a TV Producer

It's one of those days where you met some new friends and start talking about life and career. And one of the thing that always crop up in conversation is what I've done previously. After all, at 40, I have started to fall into the category of people who has been there, done that. Sounds amazing but also looking back, start to realize that the people I meet are getting younger and younger.
As a career, after graduating from Art school, there was only 1 direction I wanted to take, to be part of the TV industry. At that time, being 21, young and gung-ho with a few years experience of working in a Production House while I was still studying, made me feel I could take on the world! And at time, the biggest and hippest place to be at is ASTRO. Yup, never cross my mind to join TV3 or RTM after my team got merged with NTV7 and I decide to forge my own path elsewhere. 

And I would say it's one of those decisions I did not regret, ASTRO in those days was modern, taking on the digital technology and merging the old with the new so I got to learn all over again. Learning about some of the tools and tricks that is employed with older technology while putting in my own fair share of experience with the newer technology that I've picked up over the years shooting music videos and fashion shows.
It was a steep learning curve too! I've to start writing scripts, do my own research, edit footage and montages as well as learn to put a show together as a Producer. It was not easy but it was very exciting. I've also got to know a lot of new acquaintances that I still call friends today. Meeting international celebrities and working with them, you'd also realize, they are human after all. In a way, it made me a bit muted when it comes to celebrities cause we've worked with them, that glam around them was also shattered because of our close dealings too.

It wasn't easy parting ways in 2002 after I've been with the same company from 1996 but sometimes, we just have to move on when we realize that there is only that much that we can do and we've hit that limit. For me, I got burnt out, working Monday to Sunday since I started working without taking a proper break took a good toll on me.

I ended up in Mediacorp's Channel 5 though when some crappy thing happened in my personal life and I decide to leave for greener pasture in Singapore. But despite how much I try to find other work, I still end up working in the TV industry because of my experience. I have to say that the knowledge I've gained when I was doing my own shows as well as what I learn from ASTRO days was invaluable. Despite being new, I could jump straight into work and start producing stuff from the 1st day.
The past 6 years though, my career has shifted to a different direction but in terms of growth and experience, what I've learn in those 2 companies helped me a lot especially when it comes to managing projects and teams.  Only difference is, instead of dealing with a different team on a weekly basis for Live shows, I now do the same but with different projects. The juggle is similar, it's just a different environment and type of work I do.

Do I miss the TV life? Yes and No, Yes because I used to be able to travel around for quite a bit at the company's expenses covering glamorous events and stuff.   No because despite us producing the Live shows, we can never watch it LIVE ourselves but  get stuck staring at multiple monitors  and making sure graphics are ready, scripts are scrolling and VTs are marked for playback.

Ah.. .sometimes, it's nice to look back at life. Don't you agree?

PAS, Selena Gomez & Women's Clothings Fetish

Posted by Pisang Raja, you can read the original text here. The reason I'm sharing it here? Because it's pretty much sums up I have been asking.

Today the dudes at PAS made a fuss about Selena Gomez. Ealier this month, they made a fuss about the evils of cinemas. Previously, they made a big fuss about several concerts by foreign artists. Before that was about Valentine’s Day. PAS’ major concerns have always revolved around women’s clothing, alcohol, women clothing, sex, women’ clothing, etc, etc and women's clothing. And their solutions always seems to be same – ban this and ban that, get women to dress up properly, etc, etc.

I actually have bigger concerns. PAS is no more a small backyard political party. It has run Kelantan for more than 20 years. It ran Terengganu and Kedah for one term each. It has many MPs. PAS is a big fish. As a party that harbours an ambition to run the country, it needs the skills, experience, interest and responsibility in all matters that are of concern to the people of Malaysia - science, trade, finance, banking, sports, education, agriculture, biotechnology, defence, environment, human rights, international law and politics, aviation, etc, etc.

I hope someone from PAS will clarify the party’s position. If I knew the answers, it will help me decide whether or not to convince my friends to vote for PAS next time.

  1. Science. Will PAS continue the teaching of modern mainstream science in our schools? Will it ban the teaching of Darwinian evolution? Will PAS allow the teaching about reproductive health? Will it increase or reduce the amount of time given to science subjects? I am assuming (I could be wrong) that PAS will not allow the teaching of Maths and Science in English because I have never heard senior PAS leaders speak in English.
  2. Internet. Will PAS censor the internet? There are millions of web pages that are not in line with PAS’ so-called “virtues”. BN has not censored the internet (although from time to time some dungu minister will suggest it is time to censor). Will PAS leave the internet alone?
  3. Sports. Will PAS support and promote sports or will it kill it? For example, FINA will not allow swimmers to wear sarong while taking part in the Olympics games. Will PAS bar qualified Muslims from swimming in the Olympic Games? How about bodybuilding and weightlifting? Will PAS allow Malaysians bodybuilders or weightlifters to compete at the world level wearing tiny briefs? (for some reason, PAS has never objected to male bodybuilders wearing tiny briefs). Will PAS encourage sports in our schools?
  4. International trade and finance. What is PAS’ position on international trade?. Malaysia is a trading nation. We are the 17th largest trading nation in the world and we trade with almost all countries in the world. The bulk of our trade is with “infidel” countries. I need to know whether if and when PAS runs the Federal government, this trend will continue? I am asking because I don’t know and because PAS’ has never made its position known about international trade. (they have only made their position about women’s clothing known).
  5. Women. Will PAS uphold the rights and promote the progress of women in Malaysia? One thing the BN government has done reasonably well is the education of girls and women. Women now account for almost 70% of students in our universities. Women now outnumber men in our civil service. Many women are heads of departments or ministries. Women outnumber men in my office (and in all positions). Will PAS allow this trend to continue? I may be somewhat out of touch but I cannot for the monkey in me name a single women leader from PAS.
  6. Segregated schools and colleges. Will PAS permit the Chinese and Tamil schools to continue? How about sekolah berasrama penuh that only cater (well 99%) for Malay students. Will PAS make UiTM take in all Malaysians or will the party choose to maintain the segregation? Sekolah agama are also segregated schools – so can we assume PAS will support segregated schools – segregated either by race or religion. Or will PAS go further by segregating boys and girls in our schools?.
  7. Environment. Will PAS protect our forests, wetlands and wildlife? I specifically ask this because the PAS government in Kelantan has done a really bad job. The rape of Lojing Highlands has continued for more than 20 years. When PAS governed Terengganu, there were no improvements in the conditions at the marine park islands. PAS, while governing Kedah, did not do anything with regards to environmental protection. Azizan actually threatened to log the biological rich Ulu Muda Forests. Nik Aziz once threatened to shoot all the tigers in Kelantan and log Taman Negara. So, can someone from PAS explain its position with regards to our forests, wetlands and wildlife?
There are many other issues. How will PAS tackle to soaring cost of healthcare? How will PAS deal with the rising influence of China and India? How about biotechnology? What is PAS’ position on Dalai Lama? What is PAS’ position on Taiwan viz China? What is PAS’ position on ISIS?

I am asking all these questions simply because I have never heard PAS leaders publicly speak about these things. So, if someone from PAS can explain the party’s position with regards to the above, it will be very helpful to me and I am sure to thousands of Malaysians.

Untill I get an answer, I will just have to assume that PAS is only interested in how women dress.

What happened to the site?

If you're curious about what happened, no, I didn't wipe out my site and decide to get rid of all the blog posts dating back to the year 2000. Unfortunately for me, my server died on me. It has served me well and hard as it was also hosting several client's stuff (Thank God I've migrated theirs to another server while keeping this as the back-up of the back-ups).

Am I sad that the server died and all the stuff I've put up all these years get trashed along with it? No, I do have a back-up of all those blog postings and images. But not sure why, it just wouldn't sync with this new site. If not, everything would have gone up and it felt like nothing happened but when I have messages coming in asking me what happened during that 3 hours until I put this one up. I had a tinge of sadness that it died just like that. But I am also happy because there's actually people who reads my site! And all these time, I thought the only regular reader to my site is me!

Anyway, all is not lost, the back-up will remain as it is, just a zip file sitting in my computer and my server. I'll look at it as a way to say, it's a brand new start, time to pack all the old stuff away and time to start anew. With things going as it is, I think it was also a good time to do that too. I will still write about the food I eat, the food I cook, the places I visit, the dance experience I went through but all will be done in due time. As my work takes up more of my time, updating this site will just be a 'when I've got nothing else to do' situation.

April 14, 2016. It's a brand new day, brand new start. A Reset to the Matrix of mikeyip.com and it is time for us to look ahead. The history has been stored. It is time to create new history for the future.

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