Expats

There are lots of expats in this country, which is a good sign that the country is one of the places for expats to go to to earn money.

However, there are expats who come here like some colonial shithead, treating locals as if they are slaves. They think that everyone in this country is stupid and does not deserve a look at. When they conduct interviews of locals, especially in the IT sector, they always say Malaysians lack the experience…and they bring in their countrymen who are half-baked “experts” anyway.

Today, I almost punched one of those expats.

I hope to piss on his grave when he dies.

MPs and APs

Now it has been revealed that MPs from both sides of the fence have been buying imported cars using their AP. Shouldn’t the MP be leading by example? And instead of givng them MPs, shouldn’t they instead be given preferential price for buying locally manufactured cars to support the Malaysian automotive industry?

Teresa Kok in mitigation (in The Star) said she had bought a Honda City for herself (from overseas..I thought they have them here in Honda showrooms); Nasharuddin Mat Isa bought a RM103,000 Mercedes C220; Devamany Krishnasamy bought a Toyota Harrier (also thought to be available locally); and Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar bought a RECONDITIONED Mercedes Benz. Sad fucker.

I wonder what has happened to the “National Car First” policy.

Well, here is the list as published by The Star dated 21st September 2005:

List of MPs and Senators who applied and obtained approved permits for cars
2000
Abdul Fatah Haron (PAS)
Abdul Hadi Ahmad (PAS)
Abdul Wahid Varthan Syed Ghany Bakar @ Abu Bakar Ismail
Charern Intachat
Che Jam Harun
Chin Fook Weng
Chow Kon Yeow (DAP)
Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar (Umno)
Dr Yap Yit Thong @ Tap Thong
Fu Ah Kaw @ Poo Yew Choy
Datuk Hazizah Mohd Sultan (Umno)
Husam Musa (PAS)
Ismail Noh (PAS)
Jang Chow Thye @ Yio Chow Thye (Gerakan)
Kasim Yusof
Datuk Khoo Lay Hin (MCA)
Lim Eng Kok (MCA)
Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (MCA)
M. Shukrimun Shamsudin (PAS)
Mahfuz Omar (PAS)
Marimuthu Nadeson (MIC)
Datuk Mastika Junaidah Husin (Umno)
Datuk Melati Ali
Mohd Amar Abdullah (PAS)
Muhyidin Abdul Rashid (PAS)
Mustaffa Kamal Mohamad Nawi (Umno)
Datuk Norjan Khan Bahadar (Umno)
Nosimah Hashim (Umno)
Datuk Parasuraman
Sanasamy Sinnasamy (MIC)
Puizah Abu Kassim (Umno)
Datuk Rosli Mat Hassan (Umno)
Siti Hawa @ Karimah Mohd Nor
Tan Ah Eng (MCA)
Tan Ek Huat (MCA)
Datuk Teagarajan V. K
Kalyanasundram (MIC)
Datuk Tee Thiong Hock (MCA)
Wan Nik Wan Yussof (PAS)
Datuk Chang Kon You @
Chen Kwan Wu (MCA)
Mohamad Sabu (PAS)
Datuk Ho Cheong Sing (MCA)
Datuk Lim Siang Chai (MCA)
Senator Datuk Ting Check Sii (SUPP)
Senator Datuk Abdul Karim
Abdul Ghani (Umno)
Datuk Wong Kam Hoong (MCA)
Datuk Dr Yeow Seng Huat (MCA)
Zakaria Arshad (Umno)

2001
Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman
Ali @ Fadzil Md Noor
Alwi Jusoh (PAS)
Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (Umno)
Datuk Bakri Ali Mahamad (Umno)
Datuk Dr Chang Chau Lap @ Charlie (MCA)
Chew Poh Thoi (MCA)
Chia Chui Ket (SAPP)
Datuk Christina Lorline Stephen Tibok
Datuk Mohd Zihim Mohd Hassan
Datuk Seri Dr Suleiman Mohamed (Umno)
Datuk Prof Emeritus
Shahnon Ahmad (PAS)
Datuk Dayang Mahani Tun
Pengiran Ahmad Raffae (Umno)
Datuk Farudah @ Faridah Abu Hassan
Datuk Gapar Gurrohu
Senator Datuk Ghazi @ Hasbullah Ramli
Goh Kheng Huat
Senator Hassan Shukri
Hassan Mohamed
Jamilah Ibrahim
Komala Devi M. Perumal
Datuk Long Jidin
Madius Tangau
Mat Basir Rahmat
Mohd Nasir Che Daud
Nasharudin Mat Isa
Habshah Osman
S. I. Rajah @ Inderajah
Senator Safinah Jusoh
See Too Mee
Senator Datuk Mohamad Abdul Ghani
Senator Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi
Taib Azamudden Md Taib
Datuk Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Datuk Hon Choon Kim
Datuk Dr Tan Yee Kew
Senator Jaya Partiban @ Jaya Yew Teong Look
Datuk Moktar Radin
Philip Benedict Lasimbang
Henry Sum Agong
Datuk Amir Kahar Mustapha
Dr James Dawos Mamit
Fong Kui Lin
Richard Riot Anak Jaem
Senator Yew Teong Look
Teresa Kok Suh Sim
Siam Kasrin
Datuk Juslie Ajirol
Ronald Kiandee
Chong Eng
Datuk Rizalman @ Sumin
Abdullah @ Sumb
Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal
Datuk Joseph Balan Seling
Joseph Mauh Ikeh
Senator Datuk Mazlan Abu
Senator Datin Wan Seri @
Wan Asiah Ahmad
Senator Datuk Muhammad Abdul Gh
Senator Abdul Malek Abd Ghani
Senator Karim Salleh
Senator Datuk Ho Lim Teck
Tan Sri Datuk Dr Karnail
Singh Nijhar
Lee Kah Choon
Datuk Fu Ah Kiow @ Oh (Fu) Soon Guan
Senator Yew Tuan Chiew @
Yew Tuan Siew
Zawawi Ahmad

2002
Datuk Badrul Hisham Abdul Aziz
Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh
Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar
Datuk Abdul Hamid
Datuk Mohamed Omar Bledram
Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew
Datuk Ruhanie Ahmad
Datuk Zainudin Maidin
Hasan Mohamed Ali
Datuk Tengku Mahmud Mansor
Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar
Datuk Mohd Radzi Manan
Tan Sri Mohamed Yaacob Saupi Daud
Senator R. Appalanaidu
Senator Datuk Dr T. Marimuthu
Datuk Tengku Adnan Tg. Mansor
Datuk Ratnam Muthiah
Senator Sinniah Raju
Datin Seripah Noli Syed Hussin
Tan Sri Musa Mohamad
Tan Sri Abdullah Ayub
Tengku Azlan Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar
Tengku Noor Aini Tengku Zainal Abidin
Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Senator Datuk Benedict
Bujang Anak Tembak
Abdul Rahman Palit
Ramli Ibrahim
Jawah Anak Gerang
Liew Teck Chang
Senator Udam @ George Adam Talek
Datuk Abu Bakar Othman
Datuk Arzmi Hamid
Datuk William Lau Kung Hui
Billy Abit Joo
Senator M. Saravanan
Abdul Rahman Yusof
Datuk Amihamzah Ahmad
Datuk Abdul Kadir Annuar
Datuk Ahma Ali Hassan
Datuk Goh Siow Huat
Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman
Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique
Datuk Loke Yuen Yow
Datuk Mohd Zain Omar
Datuk Othman Abdul
Datuk Mansor Md Jaafar
Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Jimmy Lim @ Jimmy Donald
Datuk Dr Johnity @ Maximus Ongkili
Datuk Khansiyah @ Khamsiyah Yeop
Senator M. Krishnan
Senator Datuk Lee Pit Chern
Senator Tan Cheng Tee
Tan Sri Ramil Ngah Talib
Abdillah Abdul Rahim
Kee Ah Kau
Datuk Mah Siew Keong
Shim Paw Fatt
Senator Udam @ George Adam Talek
Datuk Yap Pion Hon
Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai
Che Ghani Che Ambak
Chew Mei Fun
Datuk Harris Salleh
Datuk Mohamad Aziz

2003
Senator Datin Chong Set Mui
Datuk Dr M. Kayveas
Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan
Datuk Mohamad Taha Ariffin
Datuk Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi
Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman
Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas
Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn
Senator Halimah Hamzah
Senator Samsiah Samsudin
Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Senator Lim Kee Moi
Mohd Apandi Mohamad
Mohd Yusoff @ Yusop Mohd Nor
Senator Poh Mok Hua @ Poh Bak Hoe
Datuk Mustafa Ali
Datuk Napsiah Omar
Datuk Muhamad Abdullah
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan
Fong Po Kuan
Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Senator Mariah Abdullah
Senator Datuk Yaakob Mohammad
Senator Ismail Kasim
Alexander Nanta Linggi
Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin
Datuk Lau Yin Pin @Lau Y N Beng
Senator Puan Siw Chun a/p Eam

2004
Senator Chiam Yong Tee
Datuk Firdaus Muhamad
Rom Harun
Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim
Datuk Kamaruddin Ambok
Datuk Dr Mohd Fuad Ahmad
Senator Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi
Enchin Majimbun @ Eric
Datuk Lim Si Cheng
Mohamad Shahrum Osman
Mohamed Razali Che Mamat
Mohd Hayati Othman
Senator Osman Bungsu
Salahuddin Haji Ayub
Senator Sharifah Azizah Syed Zain
Syed Ali Abbas Alhabshe
Datuk S. Veerasingam
Wan Ubaidah Omar
Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri
Ago anak Dagang
Datuk Dr Makin Marcus Mojigoh
Donald Peter
Idris Haron
Raime Unggi
Datuk Sazmi Miah
Dr Junaidy Abd Wahab
Hamim Samuri
S.A. Vigneswaran
Senator Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
Samsu Baharun
Datuk Raja Ahmad
Zainuddin Raja Omar
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
Datuk Muhammad Abd Ghani
Datuk Abd Karim Abdul Ghani
Datuk Agnes Shim Tshin Nyuk
Datuk Hasan Malek
Datuk Wan Andan Wan Mamat
K. Devamany
Edmund Chong Ket Wah
Fadillah Yusof
Hasni Mohammad
Huan Cheng Guan
Ismail Mohamed Said
Ismail Abd Mutalib
Datuk Ismail Sabri
Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad
Raman Ismail
Razali Ibrahim
Senator Nosimah Hashim
Syed Hood Syed Edros
Senator Wan Nordin Che Murat
Wan Azmi Wan Ariffin
Senator Wan Ramlah Ahmad
Wilson Sagamani Paul Devasagayam
Azmi A. Rahman
Datuk Shahziman Abu Mansor
Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing
Datuk Md Said Yusof
Datuk Omar Faudzar

2005
Ahd Shabery Cheek
Datuk Abdul Rahman Ariffin
Datuk Roslan Awang Chik
Senator Datuk Abd Rashid Ngah
Hashim Jahaya
Senator Safinah Jusoh
Senator Tay Puay Chaun
Dr Rozaidah Taib
Senator Chua Kim Chuan
Datuk Che Min Che Ahmad
Datin Dr Nik Azizah Nik Yahya
Datuk Dr Abdullah Md Zain
Senator Hii Tiong Kuoh
Mohd Yusof Majid
Datuk Razali Ismail
Datuk Saripah Aminah Syed Mohd
Shaari Hassan
Nasaruddin Hashim
Mohd Daud Tarihep
Datuk Mohd Yasir Ikhsan
Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin
Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Senator Fatanah Datuk Ahmad

Former MPs
2001
Datuk Awang Jabar
2002
Khatijah @ Mek Jah Awang
Tan Sri M. Mahalingam
Datuk Dr Azman Atar Othman
2003
Datuk Sukri Mohamed
Datuk Mansor Masikon
Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad
Tun Ghafar Baba
Yunus Rahmat
2004
Datuk Chin Kon Tow @ Chin
Kong Too
Datuk Hamzah Mohd Zain
Ng See Tiong
Muhamad Mustafa
Hunaizah Nor
Yim Kok Kheong @ Yim Chee
Chong
2005s
Abdul Majid Baba
Puan Seri Sarasa Velu
Datuk Chong Yu Chee @ Frankie
Datuk Chua Soon Bui
Datuk Eng Hoi Choo
Datuk Ibrahim Ali
Datuk Krishnan Perumal
Datuk Saad Man
Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng
Datuk M. G. Pandithan
Datuk Ramlah Abas
Datuk Sapin @ Sairin Karano
Datuk Johan @ Christopher
Ding Seling
Dr G. Leelavathi
Mohd Zain Mat Daud
Ghazali Embong
Habshah Osman
Kaltom Othman
Hanipah Ahmad
Jamludin Ahmad
Kan Kok Kwan @ Kun Tak Fui
Rahaiah Baheran
Siti Jeliha @ Zaleha Hussin
Sukinam Domo
Datuk Michael Bong Thiam Joon
Othman Yunos
Salleh @ Hassan Ali
Zeevil @ Shamugam
Dr Tan Chong Keng
Datuk Yong Chiew Lip @
Philip Yong

Shame.

Canada’s Travel Warning

This warning was issued on August 10th, 2005, but is still current at the point of writing. When reading this, I never realised I am living in an extremely dangerous country. They wrote among others:

You are advised against non-essential travel to the islands off the east coast of Sabah, including Sipadan and Langkayan island. Recent credible reports (June 2005) indicate that there is a high risk of kidnappings of foreigners. On April 12, 2004, three crew members were kidnapped from their vessel, just outside Malaysian waters off the east coast of Sabah. In October 2003, six foreigners were kidnapped from a resort in Sabah by armed pirates. The Abu Sayyaf group from the Philippines kidnapped foreigners from a diving resort in Sipadan and Pandanan in April and September 2000, and from the resort island of Palawan in the southern Philippines in May 2001. Malaysian authorities have increased security in the region in response to these incidents. Canadians should also exercise caution in areas around Semporna and Tawau on the Sabah mainland.

It goes on to say:

There is a heightened threat of terrorism throughout Southeast Asia, including Malaysia. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice. Exercise caution, particularly in commercial and public establishments (hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreation events) and tourist areas frequented by foreigners. Canadians should monitor local developments and register and remain in regular contact with the High Commission of Canada in Kuala Lumpur or Foreign Affairs Canada.

This is the best part…

CANADA TRAVEL WARNING: Malaysia
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Still Current at: Wednesday 21 September 2005
Updated: 10 August 2005
Malaysia
INTRODUCTION

This Travel Report replaces the previous one, dated August 5, 2005. Changes have been made in section 2 of the report. The level of warning has not changed.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Violent crime against foreigners is uncommon. Petty crime is prevalent, especially in tourist areas and at the airport. Snatch and grab incidents against tourists occur. Thieves on motorcycles frequently grab bags and other valuables from pedestrians, often resulting in injury. Women walking alone or with children are common targets. Exercise normal safety precautions and ensure personal belongings, passports, and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not leave valuables unattended in vehicles. Do not accept food or drink from strangers. There have been cases of drugging. Demonstrations should be avoided.

Male travellers, usually alone, have been approached in public places with invitations to participate in card games offering attractive opportunities for winning large amounts of money. Victims have lost thousands of dollars before realizing they were being scammed.

Dang…this sure is a dangerous country.

What about traveling to Canada? I found this warning that says:

Isolated cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE/mad cow disease) have been reported in Canada and the United States.

Guess they’ve been eating too much beef…that’s why they always get conned. Then again, they’re Canadians.

Of Dive Forums (and the old house in a storm)

Forumers from have been sending me private messages, e-mails, and Yahoo! Messenger messages, asking if I’m for real (not wanting to post anymore on MDC).

I am being real here…the only time I changed my mind was the dive destination (even after having paid an organiser for an LOB trip)…because my good friend wanted me to dive in Tioman with the rest. Even that trip was spoilt by unwanted calls and SMS’s…that I wish I could just disappear off the jetty, never to be found alive again.

That is how I feel right now…deep down I wish for the earth to open and swallow me up.

39 years, 2 months and 12 days…the only precious ones holding me back are my daughters and son.

Of Dive Forums..

I have two favorite forums…the Malaysia Diving Community, and Fins Online Forum. I write more in the former as I felt a sense of belonging there.

Of late, the forum has not been any fun. People bickering, some taking things too personally, that one cannot say anything to advice some divers about their dive conducts, especially when the latter is diving with their charge.

Any advice to me is good advice. I have bad habits when diving too…which is why I prefer not to have any buddy (which in turn is bad). And I have been getting advices from those with more experience in diving than I. I appreciate those advices although I may not have to heed to them.

Take it with a pinch of salt, people.

Until you grow up, I bid adieu.

Old House In A Storm

Imagine an old house, leaking zinc roof, rotting pillars…in a heavy storm. The occupant trying hard to cover the leaks with rags, plastic and what-have-you. At the same time the strong winds buffet against the walls, threatening to bring the house down; the occupant shoring the pillars with whatever he has, to not let the house tumble down in the storm.

Having done all that, the occupant prays that the house will ride out the storm. And hopefully, when things are calmer, try repair whatever damage to make the house stronger in case another storm brews.

The story of my life…