Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Julie Andrews Became A Legend

So what's new...
I practically grew up with Julie Andrews. From the 'Sound of Music' to the 'Sound of Music'.... There was no other movie I can recall that made so much impact on me. I watched that movie on TV twice (at each re-run). And I taped it. And I watched it again (and I stopped counting...)

Back then in 1970s there were a few of her shows in black and white, one in particular with Dick Van Dyke. She went, "...these are a few of my favorite sings"... and they both laughed.
She's my favorite singer/actress of all time....

"Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental >fittings
Bundles of magazines tied up in string
These are a few of my favorite things".....

But this jokey one, I just happened to try to find if it's on You-tube... guess what I found instead?

Yep...t'was an urban legend.

I love it anyway.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Some lesser known facts(?)

Vikas should love this... Someone just e-mailed to me.



If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
(Hardly seems worth it.)


If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
(Now that's more like it!) 


The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.


A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
(In my next life, I want to be a pig.)


A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.)
(I'm still not over the pig.)


The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
(Honey, I'm home. What the...?!)


The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

(30 minutes..lucky pig! Can you imagine?)


The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

(What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)


Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
(I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity)


Butterflies taste with their feet.

(Something I always wanted to know.)


The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm......)


Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
(If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)


Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
(Okay, so that would be a good thing)


A cat's urine glows under a black light.

(I wonder who was paid to figure that out?)


An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

(I know some people like that.)


Starfish have no brains

(I know some people like that too.)


Polar bears are left-handed.

(If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)


Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

(What about that pig??)


Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread these crazy facts and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to, maybe even a chuckle.


In other words, send it to everyone!   (And God love that pig!)



Friday, April 20, 2007

Machap & Ijok - "Buy Elections".

Before this, how many Malaysians ever heard about these two towns?  They might as well be in Timbuktu.

Maybe that's what they'd call dark benefits. Some MP dies and the re-election campaign brings blessings like new roads, community halls, street lights, and promises of development the likes of which they seldom see if the bl**dy guy was still alive. More or less like getting an inheritance from a miserly rich dad who's just cashed in!!!

It gets boring but it's great for town folks who live here.  For once they see some celebrations and progress.  Maybe after this voting exercise, they go back to being the sleepy hollows as usual.  Promises?  What promises?

Here are several other peoples' opinions

Enough said.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

If in doubt, ask


There are e-mails and there are forwarded e-mails.   Here's one forwarded mail that created a doubt, and my policy is; if in doubt, ask.  I did.  And here's the result of my enquiry to EPF (Employees' Provident Fund): 

This is the original mail:

 Dear All,
 Just to share with you my recent experience with EPF nomination of
 Years ago I nominated my beneficiaries but when I checked on my EPF
status  yesterday I discovered that my beneficiaries were not
registered. In fact  according to EPF records I do not have any
beneficiaries listed....blank  !!
 Subsequent enquiries showed that I am not the only one experiencing
 One possibility why this happened could be the migration of data when
EPF  upgraded their system some years ago.
 For your family's sake, suggest you clarify with EPF to ensure that
your  beneficiaries are updated.
 Better safe than sorry.......
 P/s.........does not apply to our Muslim frens cos' they are under
Syariah  laws.



This came with the attachment.


Subject: FW: EPF nominations name was gone

No wonder there are a lot of " Unclaimed " over past 10 years !
Suggest we better random check every year ....


please check your EPF norminations! EPF change new system on
31/12/2006,  guess the conversion missed out the beneficiary file.

 I went yesterday with my wife and shock to find out that both our a/cs
do  not have any beneficiary. We are very sure that we had personally
gone to  EPF office together and updated our record and now all the
records are  gone.
 Reason given by the officer was " Saya pun tidak dapat jawab lah,
munkin  sudah sampai masa kamu check sendiri".
 Two of my friends went to check after receiving my e-mail also found
the  same answer - No record.
 cc. to friends & colleagues - Strongly advise to check your EPF





I wrote to EPF asking for clarification.


From:  (Me)
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 8:28 AM
To: Enquiry@Jab Pentadbiran
Subject: FW: EPF nominations name was gone

Dear Sir/Mdm,


I have been receiving many messages as per below example.  Kindly explain if this situation is true or not.  I am worried.

I would like to check my status online.  When will that feature be ready?


Thanks for your attention.






And this is the reply from EPF


Dear Mr Teh,


Thank you for your mail.


We noticed that many of this mails have been spreading through.  However,  if  nomination has been registered it will not be lost in record.  Herewith, I am attaching our press release on nomination issue.  Hope you can also help us to forward it to the  sender for his better understanding.  In a way, curbing the spread of this untrue news.


Hope you get a clearer understanding after this.


Thank you and have a good day.







with this attachment (word for word):




Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) ingin menjelaskan bahawa penamaan yang telah dibuat oleh ahli terhadap simpanan mereka masih ada dalam rekod KWSP.


Penjelasan ini dibuat berikutan timbul kekeliruan apabila ahli menyemak status penamaan mereka di kaunter KWSP atau melalui penyata kira-kira yang diperolehi pada tahun ini dan mendapati tiada rekod penamaan yang dicatatkan.


Untuk makluman ahli, setakat ini hanya 2.2 juta ahli telah didaftarkan penamaan yang mereka buat ke dalam sistem komputer baru KWSP. Manakala lebih kurang 2 juta penamaan lagi daripada ahli masih belum direkodkan ke dalam sistem tersebut.


KWSP sedang mengambil tindakan untuk mengemaskini rekod penamaan ahli ini ke dalam sistem komputer di bawah projek khas yang dijangka akan  diselesaikan dalam bulan September 2007.


Di bawah sistem baru ini, borang penamaan akan disimpan dalam bentuk imej dan butiran penama juga akan dikuncimasuk ke dalam sistem. Dengan cara ini semakan terhadap penamaan ahli boleh dibuat secara online.


Ini merupakan proses penambahbaikan yang dilaksanakan KWSP kerana di bawah sistem lama hanya status penamaan (ada/tidak) dimasukkan ke dalam sistem komputer sedangkan butiran terperinci mengenai penama disimpan secara manual.


Oleh itu, ahli diminta supaya tidak bimbang kerana penamaan mereka yang telah dibuat sebelum ini adalah masih sah dan rekod tersebut selamat dalam simpanan KWSP.




Pengurus Kanan

Perhubungan Awam

Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja


Tarikh: 12 Februari 2007


Monday, April 16, 2007


Next time someone in your house buys a PC, don't let him throw out those PE foam protective inserts. Turn them into useful objects. Here's one example. A tooth-brush holder. Just cut vertical slots that can fit your toothbrushes. Cut the slots smaller than your brush handle so that they can hold the brush firmly. Apply some contact glue on your painted or tiled wall and also the flat side of your tooth-brush holder and stick it on after the glue is properly dry. I wouldn't recommend double-sided tape. The PE material doesn't stick well with tape.


These shoes are made for walking...








I've worn lots of shoes and I've worn out lots of them too. Those I haven't worn out were ones that looked good but hurt my feet or get pebbles in them everytime I walk over unpaved or pot-holed roads. Their mouths are too open.

After walking many miles in these, I can declare they are best pair of walking shoes I ever put my feet in. And at RM39.99, they're a steal. Who needs shoes that cost half a fortune?

If any shoe designer from Bata is reading this, please note; don't shelf this design yet. Make more. They're light-weight, no zips, velcro or shoe-laces to fiddle with. Just slip on and you're ready to go. And besides, you won't get pebbles sticking to the soles and they're easy to clean. Good for lazy blokes…like me.

Honey, shall we go one more round?


Friday, April 13, 2007

A week at the gym

Here's a nice forwarded e-mail story that's worth (I think) to send around.  But I think I'd rather post it here.  Don't forget to read my reply to the sender....



Dear Diary.

For my sixty fifth birthday this year, my wife (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me. Although I am still in great shape since playing on my college tennis team 45 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Belinda, who identified herself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear. My wife seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress

started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Belinda waiting for me. She is something of a Greek goddess - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!  Belinda gave me a tour and showed me the machines. She took my pulse after five minutes on the treadmill.  She was alarmed that my pulse was so fast, but I attribute it to standing next to her in her Lycra aerobic outfit. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which she conducted her aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!  Belinda was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, all though my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time she was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!

I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Belinda made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air -- then she put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  Belinda's rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!!  It's a whole new life for me.

The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying on the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot. Belinda was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. Her voice is a little too perky for early in the morning. And when she scolds, she gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.  My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Belinda put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?  Belinda told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life.  She said some other shit too.

Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth exposed as her thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.  I couldn't help being a half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes. Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells. When she was not looking, I ran and hid in the men's room.  She sent Lars to find me. Then, as punishment, she put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.

I hate that bitch Belinda more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world.  Stupid, skinny, anemic little cheerleader.  If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat her with it. Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps!  And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the M----- f----- barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.  Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing her made me want to smash the machine with my planner.  However, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my wife (the bitch) will choose a gift for me that is fun - like a root canal or a vasectomy.



Dear Jayne and friends,




My conclusion about gyms;


1st. they give it to you in a nice cute-looking package like Belinda.

Then they sell you the 'no pain, no gain' propaganda.


If at 40 you don't need the gym, at 65 you don't need it either...

You can live to 95 just walking around the block daily,

Just try not to step into any monsoon drain

Or into the road before an on-coming vehicle.

Carry an umbrella (not the folded type)

It serves as rain/sun shelter,

Weapon against dogs or would-be robbers.

Or walking stick

Or hook up aluminium cans from drains (they sell for 7cents a piece)

Never waste your time and money going to a gym....


Hopefully none of you runs a gym.

If you do, don't forward this.



Thursday, April 12, 2007

Never ever give up!

What if everybody just wanna work smart?

I wanted to find the smart ass who coined the phrase "Work smart, not hard" and hang him by his toes and continuously shoot peppered ice-cold water in his face. Well, I found Gerry McGovern. But he wasn't meaning it to be like what our guys are taking it to mean.

Being busy is often an excuse for not doing something you should be doing. For me it has often been an excuse for not thinking, managing, and planning properly. Working hard is no longer the route to success it once was perceived to be. In an era of outsourcing and offshoring, success definitely does require hard work, but what is way more important is smart work. Basically, all the hard work will be outsourced, with just the smart work remaining.

Now what's happening is nobody's interested in working hard anymore. They're trying to outdo one another, passing work to other people, other departments or shoving them out of sight. Now instead of just managers delegating work to subordinates everybody else is doing likewise, even those without subordinates. They call meetings and pass the job to others. Local jargon turned that into 'Taichi'. I call that a football game. No wonder, the marketing guys always call a "kick-off" meeting whenever they get a LOI (letter of intent) from a customer. Pity the poor guy who has the ball at his feet!

Working in this kind of atmosphere is exasperating. For us and our previous generation who've worked their asses off to help build up this country, it seems some of our youths think working hard is beyond them. And I mean also those armed with their degrees (employable or otherwise). They think 'work' is what someone else does. Some don't even make the suggestions but just fill in the work-order after the brain-storming, during which they keep their mouths shut, being afraid that whoever makes the suggestion has to carry out the job.

Then I found out why they have this kind of attitude.

Some smart aleck has misquoted the Work Smart idea from somewhere and refashioned it. Instead of the phrase "Work smart, don't just work hard" the word 'just' disappeared.

They're ignoring the fact that if everybody just wants to work smart and nobody works hard there'll be nobody working at all.

Maybe that explains why we need so many foreigners around.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jeremy who?

Here's something for Malaysians to jump up and shout about:

Jeremy Clarkson overdid it with his melodramatic actions and character slamming about Malaysian manufacturers. His tirades actually show up British frustration about losing their market share in the automotive industry to Asians. Kelissa, even if it happens to be made here, is designed by Japanese and would have beaten the Mini to death if the little Honda didn't do it long ago.

What the Malaysian govt and Perodua should do; take the case to UK courts and sue his pants off instead of grumbling at him from behind closed doors. That's where we should grow up. Not fighting our own citizens on religious, education or economic issues, or attacking bloggers while the rest of the world move on.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Raja Nazrin's keynote address

Here's the full text of the speech for which I want to give a standing ovation:

Full text of Raja Nazrin's keynote address at the Bar Council


DATE: 3 APRIL 2007
TIME: 8:45AM

Ladies and Gentlemen:

1. It is my pleasure to be here to deliver the keynote address at this
Roundtable Discussion on National Unity and Development in Malaysia:
Challenges and Prospects for Nation Building. I am always happy to take
part in an event where there are many young informed Malaysians. I find
that this is time well spent. Not only does it give me a chance to
share my thoughts, but it also lets me do a bit of opinion research
among the younger generation. We like to say that our youths are the
future of this country, but then we proceed to ignore or marginalise
them. We want our future generations to be able to think and act
wisely, but then we do not give them sufficient opportunities to do so.

2. In my view, this is not a good way to prepare those who will take
our place. If the young are to be good leaders and citizens, they must
be exposed to more than just abstract concepts. Even those nation
states which have failed miserably have had great political ideals. I
believe that good and upright leadership must be demonstrated. It has
to be both taught and observed at work. Then, those who are found to be
able must be mentored by those who are capable. In this way, success
can be learned and replicated. Finally, the young must be given
responsibilities they can handle. They should be allowed to make
mistakes along the way as part of their overall learning process. If we
do these things, our actions will echo loudly into the future.

3. My address this morning is on the challenges and prospects of nation
building, a topic that is of the greatest and gravest importance.
Nation building is essential to national unity which lies at the heart
of what this country was, is and will be. With the passage of time, it
seems that we are starting to forget this and it is imperative that we
do not. In the time available, I hope to say enough to provide some
fuel for the discussions to follow. It is my earnest wish that you will
gain some further perspectives on the nature of nation building and
that you will also deliberate on specific actionable ways to further it
in this country.

4. Confucius insisted that language must be properly used if things are
to get done, if justice is not to go astray, and if people are not to
"stand about in helpless confusion." He disapproved of those who
misused words to hide their true intentions and actions. So what
exactly is nation building? Not surprisingly, there are many
definitions, some which differ by a little and others by quite a lot.
In his book, The Making of a Nation,
for example, Professor Cheah Boon Kheng defined it as "both economic
progress and socio-political integration of a nation, i.e. prosperity
and national unity." This captures what are hopefully the two end
results of nation building, but it makes no mention of its nature and
process. I prefer the more common understanding, which is that it is
the use of state power across different dimensions to ensure that a
country is politically stable and viable in the long term. These
dimensions include ethnicity and religion.

5. As a brief footnote, it should be noted that nation building is a
heated and even hated notion in some parts of the world. The main
reasons for this are, first, that it is taking place in the midst of
great domestic turmoil and, second, that it is primarily initiated and
managed by foreign powers. Trying to cobble a functioning state by
papering over deep social and political rifts is, of course, easier
said than done. History has shown us time and again, that it is much
easier to break down, rather than build up, nations.

6. In the case of Malaysia, nation building has occurred in generally
peaceful circumstances. It was not imposed by another country. And it
is undertaken mainly by collective choice rather than compulsion. The
fact that we have been able to forge a nation without resorting to the
rule of the gun has made us something of a rarity and a case to be
studied, if not emulated. It has allowed a relatively effective system
of governance to develop. Our track record at development and resolving
problems such as illiteracy, poverty and poor health has been good.

7. There is, of course, much more that can be done. Our institutions of
governance are far from perfect and quality improvements will probably
occupy us for at least the next fifty years, if not longer.
Nevertheless, for all the criticisms that have been made, it is only
common sense that we could not have survived, let alone prosper, these
last 50 years if government institutions had not been responsive or

8. So what are the central challenges to nation building going forward?
Let me speak first more generally about the world, and then move
specifically to Malaysia. To my mind, there are many challenges, but
the one that stands out most is that of having to balance the need for
change with that of continuity. Globalisation, in particular, has
unleashed sweeping economic, political, social and cultural
transformations that have weakened national institutions, values and
norms. It is as if all the boats on the ocean had suddenly lost their
anchors, rudders and compasses overnight. Naturally, this has produced
a strong reaction in the form of a desire to preserve identity,
character and tradition. These are among the strongest motivations
known to mankind and have been at the foreground or background of
practically every conflict that has ever been waged. Add to this, a
deep sense of deprivation, powerlessness and injustice, both real and
imagined, and the tension between change and continuity mount greatly.

9. Managing change on a national level is never easy, and certainly not
on the scale and speed that we are witnessing. Multi-ethnic countries
have to be especially watchful, and particularly if they have a weak
sense of national collective identity. In the absence of a strong
binding nationalism, they are prone to polarisation and competition
along ethno-religious lines. The state, which may well start out by
being a relatively honest broker, can become increasingly pressured to
act in ways that favour the interests of one group over another. If the
pendulum swings too far in one direction, dissatisfaction and
frustrations will inevitably result. These can be expressed in ways
that range from passive non-cooperation to active opposition and even
violent conflict. To a large extent, this has led to the fragmentation
of states.

10. Countries need to recognise the larger macro forces at work and
understand their implications. They have to engage creatively to ensure
that there are sufficient investments in social capital and cohesion.
They must create and capitalise on co-operative systems within
societies. In recent times, it has become usual to try and place the
blame for the disintegrating state of world affairs on the doorstep of
religion. This is a misunderstanding of the first order. Religion is
not the cause of societal dystrophy; it is the antidote. It is a social
stabiliser that allows believers to reconnect to values that are fast
being lost in today's ever more materialistic and self-centred world.

11. What does Malaysia have to do to ensure that it continues to be
successful at nation building? Psychologists say that our short-term
memory can only hold seven items. Let me outline seven guidelines that
I think will have to be borne in mind in future national building

12. First, Malaysians of all races, religions, and geographic locations
need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have a place under
the Malaysian sun. Only when each citizen believes that he or she has a
common home and is working towards a common destiny, will he or she
make the sacrifices needed for the long haul. In Malaysia, the Federal
Constitution, the Rukun Negara and Vision 2020 encapsulate the rights,
hopes and aspirations of the population in a way that no other
documents do. The integrity of these documents must be defended and
promoted, especially the first.

13. Second, when we seek solutions to problems in nation building, we
must be careful not to assume away problems. Nation building is
required precisely because there are stark differences within society.
If we all walked, talked and thought the same, it would probably not be
needed. There will therefore be chauvinistic groups in this country,
just as there are in others. They will fight the idea of national
unity, block social change and try to be politically dominant. The
existence of these groups, however, does not mean that nation building
is a futile exercise. It does mean that we must be prepared to
negotiate our way through and around these differences. We can, for
example, create social movements that aim to enlighten and dissuade
popular support being given to them.

14. Third, nation building requires accommodation and compromise. In
our haste to be prescriptive, we should not be so idealistic that we
are incapable of also being practical. We should not allow perfection
to be the enemy of the good. Yes, we should seek the best solutions and
expect the highest standards of performance. But we should also be
prepared to sacrifice some part of our positions for the good of the
whole. The virtues of pure self-interest are largely a myth. What seems
to be a reality is that individuals end up worse off when they act out
of self-interest, as opposed to acting in their collective group

15. Fourth, if nation building is to be successful, enforced solutions
must be avoided. Nation building is effectively rendered null and void
by coercion or the threat of violence. 'Might' cannot and must not be
shown to be 'right'. If solutions cannot be found within the political
and social structures, there will be a strong temptation to resort to
illegitimate ways and means.

16. Fifth, nation building occurs when society is open, tolerant and
forward-looking. So important are these values that they are embedded
in Vision 2020's nine strategic challenges, as are those of mature
democracy, caring society and innovation. Only by being inclusive and
participative can the various sectors of our society be productively
engaged. It follows that all forms of extremism, chauvinism, racism and
isolationism must be guarded against. They must be soundly sanctioned
socially, politically and, if necessary, also legally.

17. Sixth, nation building is a process rather than an outcome. When
Malaysia started off 50 years ago, there were no examples to study.
There were no manuals to follow. Mistakes were made and, to a greater
or lesser extent, lessons have been learned. While a sense of
impatience is perhaps fully understandable, nation building takes place
over a period of time and only with persistence. Where there is no
trust, trust has to be built. Where there is no cooperative network,
one has to be established. Building on layers of foundation is the only
way to ensure that the process is solid and sustainable.

18. Seventh, the political, social and economic incentives must reward
good behaviour and penalise bad. I know that this statement is
virtually self-evident, but it is a fact that many countries are as
likely to punish good behaviour as to reward it. After all, if there
are benefits for corruption, then there is a real cost to being honest.
The incentives for building up a nation must be greater and more
compelling than breaking it down. The price of racial and cultural
intolerance must be made prohibitively high.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

19. I believe fostering national unity is the responsibility of every
Malaysian. However, schools, institutions of higher learning and sports
centers have a very special role to play. This is because the sense of
national unity is best inculcated in the young. Through textbooks,
sports and interaction, educators should eliminate ethnic stereo-types.
Through the imaginative teaching of the history of Islamic, Chinese and
Indian civilisation, educators could foster greater understanding among
different ethnic groups.

20. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe this
is true. To me the village comprises three main institutions - family,
school and community. From birth we should be taught to respect and
honour each other's culture and heritage. Learning to interact with
others is part of this process. Playing with children of other races on
the play ground and in friends' homes, we learn to go beyond the colour
lines early in life. In school we should be taught about other cultures
and beliefs under the same roof as others of different ethnic groups -
once again cutting through the colour lines.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

21. I am aware that there are many Malaysians who are deeply troubled
at the state of national unity in this country. What I have tried to do
today is disabuse you of the notion that there are any 'quick fix'
solutions in nation building. If you look closely enough at any
country, even ones that are regarded today as highly successful such as
Japan, you will find there have been episodes in its past where events
were very tenuous. I hope we will do our best to guard against cynicism
and hopelessness. And I hope we will all stay the course. Failure, may
I remind you all, is a costly option.

22. I wish all speakers, facilitators and participants a constructive and fulfilling day ahead.

Star Online

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tough-Minded Maiden


For every love lost the maiden's heart sinks

And with each, the love-lorn maiden thinks

That life is no longer a bed of roses

No beauty that lines her beau's sweet proses

Each stanza, every careful word that she'd read

Lies scattered like a bundle of broken worn out thread

That would never rebind the promises he couldn't keep

Leaving her in solitude to moan and weep

But the maiden hangs on tight a grip in her mind

Grieves not for too long, sets out to find

The purpose of her being in this uncompromising land

Hearts that change swifter than shifting desert sand

Her strength will carry her through this world so grim

Determines to grieve not for any mortal's fancy or whim

Begone thou hollow eyed being with the sickle

I shall not give up my life for something so fickle