Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pilihanraya Sarawak : BN boleh menang tetapi tidak mustahil akan tumbang.

Pilihanraya Sarawak : BN boleh menang tetapi tidak mustahil akan tumbang.


Pilihanraya Sarawak : BN boleh menang tetapi tidak mustahil akan tumbang.

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 04:02 PM PST

Pilihanraya negeri Sarawak kali ini merupakan pilihanraya yang paling sengit bagi negeri itu. Pembangkang nampaknya siap sedia untuk menghadapi kekuatan kuasa Taib Mahmud dan kali ini Taib tidak boleh lagi merasa keyakinan yang berlebihan yang beliau akan membawa kemenangan mutlak seperti yang beliau pernah berikan kepada BN.

Kesungguhan pihak yang membangkang untuk mengambil alih dari BN Sarawak pimpinan Taib kali ini lebih nyata kerana suara-suara halus yang inginkan perubahan dan peralihan kuasa di kalangan rakyat negeri itu semakin hari semakin kuat. Oleh kerana BN pimpinan Taib begitu bermaharajalela pada pandangan masyarakat maka banyak idea yang innovatif muncul untuk mendekati rakyat bagi memujuk mereka untuk melakukan perubahan untuk kebaikan negeri itu.

Masalah parti-parti pembangkang ialah untuk menghampiri rakyat pengundi di kawasan pedalaman yang mudah dilakukan oleh BN yang berkuasa. Blog ini telah menyebutkan bagaimana parti-parti pembangkang selama ini menghadapi kesulitan untuk mendekati pengundi di kawasan pedalaman seperti di rumah-rumah panjang dan kawasan penempatan-penempatan rakyat yang miskin.

Setiap kali pilihanraya pengempen-pengempen bagi parti pembangkang tidak dapat mendekati pengundi dengan penekanan yang dilakukan oleh Taib Mahmud dengan kuasa politik dan wang yang ada kepada beliau.

Kali ini pembangkang yang begitu serius untuk menolak kepimpinan BN di bawah Taib telah menggunakan kaedah mendekati rakyat dari jauh dengan menggunakan perkhidmatan radio, 'Free Sarawak Radio' yang beroperasi dari Convent Garden, London yang diharapkan dapat mendekati hati rakyat yang ingin diperjuangkan oleh pihak yang ingin melihat tamatnya pemerintahan kuku besi Taib selama ini.

Dengan adanya gerakan seperti ini terhadap sesuatu pemerintahan ianya hanya membawa satu kefahaman bagi mereka yang mempunyai pemikiran siasah yang serius; iaitu mereka serius untuk memperbetulkan keadaan yang begitu serius yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Bagi rakyat Sarawak yang tidak boleh berbuat apa-apa oleh kerana kuasa politik yang menekan yang dilakukan oleh Taib, kumpulan yang sedar dan insaf akan tanggungjawab mereka terhadap negeri kelahiran mereka terpaksa melakukan gerakan yang mereka anggap sebagai tanggungjawab yang patut dipikul oleh mereka untuk membetulkan keadaan.

Kalau gerakan yang begitu seirus dilakukan oleh anak-anak Sarawak dengan kaedah yang betul-betul disiplin, selalunya gerakan itu akan berjaya. Banyak contoh-contoh yang boleh kita lihat dengan mata kepala kita sendiri yang perubahan boleh berlaku dengan sekelip mata sahaja.

Banyak perubahan telah berlaku dengan pantas dan apa yang berlaku di keseluruhan Semananjung Arab dan Utara Afrika sekarang ini adalah contoh yang sedang kita lihat dengan begitu jelas. Keruntuhan Tembuk Berlin yang telah memisahkan Jerman kominis dengan Jerman yang demokratik pada tahun 1989 dahulu berlaku dalam masa sebulan dua sahaja.

Di negara-negara Arab tidak ada parti-parti politik yang dibenar beroperasi secara halal pun boleh melakukan perubahan dengan cepat tetapi mereka melakukannya dengan cara berkonfrontasi yang merbahaya. Tetapi di negara kita, rakyat tidak perlu melakukan demonstrasi jalanan kerana kita mempunyai banyak parti-parti politik yang dihalalkan oleh perlembagaan negara dan rakyat hanya perlu memberikan undi kepada mereka melalui pilihanraya yang diadakan setiap 45 tahun sekali.

Rakyat tidak perlu berpenat lelah untuk berdemonstrasi dan melumpuhkan sistem kehidupan seharian kita. Walaupun begitu banyak kenyataan pemimpin-pemimpin kita membuat kenyataan untuk menyedapkan telinga dan hati sendiri, hakikatnya tetap yang BN di Sarawak tidak lagi sebuah 'coalition' yang semantap dahulu.

Penolakan rakyat semakin hari semakin jelas dan dengan adanya kesempatan untuk melakukan perubahan secara aman di negara ini maka kesempatan inilah yang memungkinkan BN kecundang dalam masa yang terdekat ini. Alasan untuk menolak kepimpinan BN oleh Taib ini adalah merupakan asas yang tidak lagi boleh dipersoalkan kebaikan niat pihak yang inginkan perubahan ini.

Dalam masa dan zaman ini mana-mana pemerintahan yang dikendalikan oleh seorang individu yang seperti pemerintahan sistem Raja dan Maharaja seperti di negara-negara Arab akan mendapat tentangan dari rakyat yang inginkan cara pemerintahan yang tidak rasuah yang menerbitkan sistem krnism yang begitu menebal. Di Sarawak elemen ini jelas kedapatannya.

Jika ada pihak yang serius yang melakukan pembelaan kepada rakyat maka isu penekanan Taib dan parti pemerintah terhadap rakyat dan siasah negeri itu, pihak itu akan mudah mendapat sokongan dan dukungan rakyat yang ramai.

Hanya yang perlu dilakukan oleh parti-parti pembangkang ini ialah untuk mendekati rakyat dengan waktu dan masa yang mencukupi untuk melakukan perubahan itu. Alasan untuk rakyat memberikan sokongan terhadap usaha mereka adalah kuat dan jika ada apa-apa perubahan di Sarawak, itu adalah perubahan yang akan membawa keabikan dan faedah kepada negeri dan rakyat negeri itu.

Kita perlu ingat, perubahan drastik dan cepat memang tidak mustahil untuk berlaku dan dialami dizaman sekarang ini. Perubahan memang tidak lagi mustahil.


Job applications ~ The good, bad and ugly among the various candidates

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 09:03 AM PST


Its not a walk in the park as far as going through the hundreds of job applications that have reached my inbox. 


From the over qualified to the outrageously childish ones that really has me questioning as to how these applicants were even allowed to graduate from their colleges or universities in the first place?


So many of the ones who were applying for jobs which we advertised so apparently clear didn't state which particular job they were applying for?


If I am to exercise my right to vet through these applications, I'd waste no time in just moving such applications into the 'Disqualified applications' listing.


Imagine, the audacity of these applicants to expect the Employer to have to do extra work in investigating as to what job these obviously unreliable people are even applying for in the first place?

How the hell can we be expected to know as to what job it is that these folks are applying for or whether they are even worth interviewing?


When a job applicant sends in an application with the subject heading in the email 'apply job', it actually sends a signal to the Employer to dismiss such an application right away!


Really! How can we go on and trust this applicant to be able to do a good job when they 'proclaim' out loud at the very first exchange that we would end up having to 'train' this person from day one to do something that they should be well capable to just come in and impress us with what they can deliver?


I'm really very surprised to see folks with degrees and diplomas be so weak in writing job applications. Some do not even bother to use proper English and they mess up their words and puts us off with their first line of introduction.


For a WebTV to be able to deliver the very best of programs and productions, it is imperative that we set the bar high. As high as we can according to the international standards for we will be accessible globally once we start streaming our programs through our portal online. 


So, it is important that we choose only the cream of the crop so to speak who can not only deliver whatever they promise but do so with a certain standard that will set us apart from the run of the mill offerings some sites dish out!


As I said, there are the good, those who are bad and some downright ugly!



I have received some applications from really good candidates who are accomplished cameramen and video editors! 


Here's wishing that we will be able to sieve through the hundreds of applications that have come our way and end up with some brilliant gems who are masters in their field and make us proud.

Looking forward to shortlisting the applications and interview the job seekers!


May we get the right people for us to make this up and coming WebTV a success! 


Insya Allah!


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Civil Society in Action

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 03:59 AM PST

By Joe Fernandez

Dear All,

P. Uthayakumar of the HRPM sees "Civil Society" in Malaysia as one big joke.

He sees Hindraf Makkal Sakthi and HRPM coming out in support of the Orang Asli, the Christians and the natives in Sabah and Sarawak, among others, but it's always a one-way traffic. He doesn't see any action, let alone even statements, from other marginalised communities and the minorities in support of Hindraf and HRPM. Among those remaining silent, he includes "the great Dr Jeffrey Kitingan".

Uthaya remembers once attending an anti-apartheid rally in London in front of the South African Embassy. "Ninety eight per cent of the demonstrators were whites," recalls Uthaya. " That's Civil Society in Action. When something is wrong, no matter who it involves, you not only speak out but stand up to be counted in support."

So, Anwar Ibrahim's Masyarakat Madani, Najib's 1M'sia and Lim Kit Siang's Middle M'sia "are all just plain rubbish, humbuggery of the highest order and racist", according to Uthaya.

He wants those who want to prove him wrong to assemble in front of the KLCC on Sun 27Feb in support of Hindraf's and HRPM's rally against racism, racial prejudice, racial polarisation, marginalisation and disenfranchisement in Malaysia.

What are your thoughts on how Uthaya feels?

I will be working on a comment piece on this issue as a follow-up to Feb 27.


kita tidak sama dengan mereka

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 03:55 AM PST

kata si buta kepada si pekak,
kita tak sama dengan mereka,

Mesir Arab kita pula melayu,
Tunisia di afrika kita di Asia,
Libya kulit hitam kita kulit sawa,
Yamen makan roti kita makan nasi,
Bahrin jubah kita kain pelikat,

kita tidak sama dengan mereka,

Rakyat Mesir bangkit kerana Arab,
Rakyat Tunisia amuk kerana Afrika,
Rakyat Libya berarak kerana hitam,
Rakyat Yamen merusuh kerana roti,
Rakyat Bahrain merusuh kerana jubah,

Namun si celek berotak tahu,

Runtuh Mubarak kerana rasuah,
Lari Ben Ali kerana first lady,
Gadafi kerana beraja dihati,
Ibnu Saleh kerana harga minyak,
Syeikh Khalifah kerana demokrasi,

Semua ada pada si tiada otak,
semua diamal oleh si buta,
semua telah dikerjakan si pekak,

sumbangan oleh Kalbun Umno


Arab Spring could be Al Qaeda's fall

Posted: 26 Feb 2011 03:52 AM PST

Contributed by Anak Mami

When historians in future years grapple with the significance of the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt 10 days ago, coming as it did in the wake of the "Jasmine" January 14 Revolution in Tunisia, they may judge it not only as a seismic event, shattering and renewing the Arab political order, but also the key watershed moment in confronting the global al Qaeda threat.

The political, economic, and cultural stagnation that al Qaeda fed off for more than two decades has been replaced by the fastest moving change the region has ever witnessed, the most promising of Arab Springs.

The burgeoning democracy movement across the Middle East appears to have caught al Qaeda off guard and threatens to reduce the terrorist group to irrelevance.

"If you have freedom, al Qaeda will go away," said Osama Rushdi, a former Egyptian jihadist.

"Al Qaeda can work under a dictatorship regime, but I think if we open the door for all people to be part of society and have human rights, then there will be security not just in Egypt but around the world," Rushdi

But others caution that the coming years will not be without dangers.

In the case of Yemen, for example, some have suggested that protests may weaken the government's ability to confront al Qaeda's growing presence in the tribal areas of the country.

Furthermore, the weakening of security services throughout the Arab world may allow jihadist groups like al Qaeda in the medium-term to rebuild capabilities, warns Noman Benotman, a former Libyan jihadist once personally acquainted with al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri.

"This is a make or break moment for al Qaeda," said Benotman, now a senior analyst at the Quilliam Foundation, a UK counter-extremist think tank.

In the short term, Benotman says, al Qaeda will need to navigate strong countervailing winds. The clamor by protesters from North Africa to the Gulf for more democracy is hardly change al Qaeda can believe in.

"What we see playing out now is completely against what al Qaeda is preaching," Benotman said.

In an April 2008 online Q&A with supporters, al Qaeda's No. 2 Zawahiri wrote that the only alternative to the Mubarak regime was setting up an Islamic state in Egypt, by which he meant an al Qaeda-style theocracy.

"Change (in Egypt) is coming -- with Allah's permission -- without a doubt, for this corrupt, rotten regime cannot possibly continue. The important thing is getting ready for change and being patient in that and preparing to accept sacrifices, then making use of the opportunities," he wrote.

But now, faced with a script they never expected, al Qaeda's top leadership could be in danger of losing the plot.

The televised scenes of secular, middle-class youngsters and Egyptians from all walks of life courageously, peacefully and ultimately successfully challenging the rule of President Hosni Mubarak have been transmitted onto tens of millions of television screens across the Arab world and have captured the imagination, providing vastly more attractive role models for young Arabs, whose hopes for too long have been strangled.

Delayed response from al Qaeda's No. 2

From Zawahiri, who has regularly weighed in on political events in Egypt, there finally appeared to be a reaction -- of sorts -- to the Egyptian protests in a tape released on the Internet pn Friday.

In the audio statement, al Qaeda's No. 2 neither directly acknowledges the protests nor the removal from power of Mubarak, instead referring to "what happened and happens in Egypt." The statement was dated the second Islamic lunar month of Safar, which corresponded to the period between January 6 and February 3, indicating that it was recorded at least a week before Mubarak left office. Demonstrations gathered pace in Egypt on January 25.

In his statement, Zawahiri as usual railed against the Mubarak regime but also criticized democracy as a system of government, hardly sentiment that endeared him to the millions thronging that day into Tahrir Square and other locations in Egypt to celebrate a "Day of Joy."

Self-preservation may explain Zawahiri's slow response.

According to data provided to CNN by IntelCenter, an American company that tracks al Qaeda statements, Zawahiri two years ago managed to get messages out as quickly as 10 days after a news event. But in the past year, his fastest response time was 32 days, suggesting that intensified U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan may have pushed him into deeper hiding.

When he recorded the just-released message, it was possible that events could still play into his hands. During the first days of February the stakes in Egypt's Tahrir Square for al Qaeda and the United States could hardly have been higher.

As the protests gathered strength, it appeared possible that the Mubarak regime might move to crush the demonstrators and that Arab street protesters would view the United States as complicit.

Such a crackdown, and the frustration of raised expectations across the region, could have created a newly receptive climate for al Qaeda's key propaganda message -- that the United States deliberately props up Middle Eastern dictatorships to prevent the emergence of an Islamic world power -- and no doubt Zawahiri and other al Qaeda leaders would have exploited it to try to win recruits. But the ground shifted, Mubarak fell, and the United States strengthened its support for the demonstrators, hollowing out the al Qaeda narrative.

When in the coming weeks Zawahiri finally acknowledges Mubarak's exit, he will probably be seen by most Egyptians as more out of touch than ever. "He has no popularity in Egypt anymore," said Rushdi, the former Egyptian jihadist.

Rushdi spent time with Zawahiri in Peshawar in the late 1980s and remembers how Zawahiri and a number of other Egyptians with key leadership positions within al Qaeda influenced the worldview of bin Laden and pushed his fledgling organization toward armed confrontation with Arab regimes.

Rushdi does not mince his words: "Mubarak is responsible for most of the problem of al Qaeda," he said.

However that claim is judged, what is clear is that many of the Egyptians in Peshawar at the time of al Qaeda's creation in 1988 had been radicalized by harsh treatment in Mubarak's prisons. And Zawahiri's anger against the ally of the regime that imprisoned and tortured him would later help fuel al Qaeda's decision to launch the September 11 attacks.

Rushdi says the end of the Mubarak regime will prevent men like Zawahiri from again emerging in Egypt.

Benotman, the former Libyan jihadist, cautions against jumping to such conclusions. He stresses that regime change is far from complete in Tunisia and Egypt. He argues that as long as Western-backed armed forces continue to dominate politics across the region, al Qaeda's message will continue to hit home for some, adding that those who are already ideologically committed to al Qaeda's Global Jihad are unlikely to be swayed by current events.

The past 10 days demonstrated that events can take unpredictable turns, offering up opportunities for Islamist terrorist groups.

In Libya, an ongoing deadly crackdown on protesters could provide an opportunity to al Qaeda and regional affiliates to gain new recruits. Radicalization in recent years has run high in Libya, especially in its eastern provinces. While the Iraqi insurgency was at its peak, more young men traveled from Libya to join al Qaeda in Iraq than from any country apart from Saudi Arabia.

As protests sweep the region, nowhere is U.S national security more at stake than in Yemen, from where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has twice launched attempts to attack the U.S. homeland in the last 14 months.

There is a danger that the recent deadly assaults on protesters in Sanaa by pro-government elements could be exploited by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the coming weeks to win recruits for its intensfying campaign against security services in the country, especially if the death toll rises and the protest movement is crushed. President Ali Abdullah Saleh's close counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States would allow al Qaeda to weave such a crackdown into its propoganda narrative of American-backed dictatorships oppressing Muslim populations.

There is also a danger that if demonstrations gather force and there is a precipitous and chaotic end to Saleh's 33-year rule, al Qaeda may have, at least in the short term, an opportunity to extend its safe haven in the country.

In the Gulf state of Bahrain, a key U.S. ally hosting the headquarters of the United States Fifth Fleet, any repeat of last week's deadly crackdown on demonstrators could also be exploited by al Qaeda, even if many (but by no means all) of those demonstrating are from the country's majority but disenfrachised-feeling Shiite community. The group have often been targeted by al Qaeda and likeminded groups across the Muslim world because their views are seen as heretical.

Future opportunities for jihadists

Benotman says that with the weakening of security services in some Arab countries, the greatest future opportunities may lie for jihadist groups with a narrow regional agenda rather than those like al Qaeda focused on attacking the United States and its Western allies.

According to Benotman, one of the groups that may try to rebuild its activities in Egypt is Zawahiri's very own group: Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Zawahiri fused his group with al Qaeda shortly before September 11 and aligned it with bin Laden's Global Jihad, against the desire of some within the group who wanted to carry on focusing on operations in Egypt.

Earlier this month, what appears to be a breakaway faction of Egyptian Islamic Jihad issued a statement on the situation in Egypt, calling for the "elimination of the Pharaoh and his lackeys." The statement was issued from Iran under the name of Tharwat Salah Shehata.

Benotman -- who met Shehata, an Egyptian lawyer turned jihadist, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2000 -- says he was a leading figure in the group in the 1990s.

Shehata, according to Benotman, opposed the group's merger with al Qaeda and vied with Zawahiri for leadership of the group in the years before September 11. Shehata and several other members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad appear to have eventually found safe haven in Iran.

The new Egyptian Islamic Jihad statement, says Benotman, represents a relaunching of the group's campaign to create an Islamic state in Egypt. Given the geopolitical standoff between Iran and Egypt, Benotman says it is likely that Iranian authorities gave tacit approval for the group to issue the communiqué.

If Benotman is right, this may be the start of a shift by some Islamist militant groups back toward attempts to topple regimes in the Arab world, weakened by the events of the past weeks.

Some argue that it was the successful repression of jihadist groups by the security forces of Arab regimes that led al Qaeda to target the United States in the first place. Forced into exile in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, men like Zawahiri came to view the United States as the main barrier to the creation of new Islamic order at home.

"Mubarak exported Egypt's problems to the whole world," said Rushdi, the former Egyptian jihadist.

Outside Yemen, it may prove difficult for jihadist groups to gain traction. Violent campaigns by Islamist militants in Algeria and Egypt in the 1990s turned the vast majority of the population against them. Furthermore, decades of repression by security services destroyed many jihadist groups' capabilities or restricted them to remote areas like the Sahel region south of Algeria and Egypt's Sinai Desert.

Additionaly, in some countries, like Libya, reconciliation efforts have reduced the risk of a return to violence because they removed from the scene established jihadist outfits capable of recruiting and organizing radical-leaning youth. Several former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group were released Wednesday as a part of an ongoing peace process initiated by Saif al Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libya's leader, which saw the group renounce violence in Libya.

What jihadist groups should fear

But what such jihadist groups should fear most is a real and sustained transition toward democracy, broad-based economic opportunity and freedom of expression in the Arab world. Far fewer young Arabs would probably then be attracted to violent Islamist ideology. Like the protesters of Tahrir Square, they would find meaning, purpose and opportunities in other causes.

Change, of course, will not come overnight. And in some Arab countries, even if pro-democracy demonstrators prevail, political transformation will probably take many years to achieve. Yemen is a case in point because of its weak state institutions, lack of an educated middle class and strong tribal structures. But if there is a pan-Arab political opening, the momentum will be strongly against al Qaeda.

The events in the Arab world may also have an impact on homegrown extremism in the West.

In Europe, radical Islamist preachers have been able to prey on a sense of identity loss, discrimination and alienation experienced by second- and third-generation Muslim immigrants from the Arab world and South Asia. Their message has been that such youngsters should devote themselves to efforts to remove an oppressive Western presence from the Muslim world so that a theocratic Islamic Golden Age can be recreated.

But at a time when images of Tahrir Square rather than American tanks are dominating Al Jazeera and other news outlets popular amongst immigrant communities in Europe, that radical vision may start to lose its luster. Moreover, it will be harder for radical preachers to sell the line that Western-style democracy is inherently anti-Muslim and un-Islamic, if Arab diaspora communities see it empowering their relatives on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

If the winds are indeed changing from an era of Islamist militancy to democracy in the Middle East, nothing is more illustrative of this than the story of Osama Rushdi, the former Egyptian jihadist interviewed for this piece.

Previously the spokesman of Gamma Islamiya, an armed Egyptian Jihadist group, Rushdi resigned from the group in the mid-1990s, renounced violence and has in recent years worked closely together with a range of Egyptian opposition figures in the UK, including secular liberal intellectuals under the auspices of the Save Egypt Front to bring constitutional democracy to Egypt. Last year, he even helped organize a conference in London for Mohammed ElBaradei, a Nobel Prize laureate and potential Egyptian presidential candidate, and he now hopes to return to Egypt.

"The Egyptian young people created one of biggest wonderful peaceful civilian revolutions, so now they are proud about themselves and demand a civilian state and democratic institutions," Rushdi said.

In the long term, a successful democratic transition in the Arab world would arguably make the United States significantly safer from al Qaeda terrorism. The threat of attack would remain because, as September 11 illustrated, even a small group of dedicated individuals can create terrible carnage, and al Qaeda today continues to enjoy safe havens in Pakistan and Yemen from where it can organize new attacks. But if al Qaeda's recruiting efforts are significantly hampered, so will its campaign of global terrorism.

by Paul Cruickshank

is an analyst on terrorism for CNN and alumni fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security .


SEEING DOLLARS AND SENSE IN THE SILVER-HAIRED MARKET

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 11:33 PM PST

One of the things I must do on my monthly trips to Singapore is catch a movie or two. Senior citizens get to see movies in their entirety, unlike in Malaysia where we have a scissors-happy censorship board. 'The Passion of Christ', 'Schindler's List' and 'Brokeback Mountain', for example, were banned from commercial screening. Too much gore and violence is also a no-no, the same with profanity and sexual scenes.

I recently saw 'Black Swan' and 'The King's Speech' in Singapore. I bet the lesbian scenes and all the profanities so central to both stories were removed in the Malaysian screenings.

Another joy of watching movies in Singapore is I get a seniors' discount. I pay only S$4 for a ticket. Right now Golden Village is offering free gifts and big prizes for senior movie goers. The company needs them to fill the seats for the day shows. The younger set prefers the evening shows when they get off work.

Museums, art galleries, and city attractions are jumping on the band wagon with attractive discounts for folks aged 60 and above. Tickets for Universal Studios Singapore, for example, start at $S32 for a one-day weekday pass, instead of the regular adult price of $S66. (Pic right: RapidKL 50% concession for senior citizens aged 60 and above.)

Dollars and sense at work here. And a win-win situation for all.
However, not everyone can see the money to be made in the seniors market. I recently inquired at an up-market restaurant whether grandmas get to eat for free. After all the place was named "Grandma's Restaurant". The head waiter looked at me with an air of disdain and shook his head. I suggested perhaps if grandma came along with the whole family, she might get to eat free? "Sorry, no," was the firm reply.

It was almost lunch-time, and the place looked quite deserted. Surely it made business sense to offer grandma a free meal if she brought along two or more full-paying adult diners? After all, most grandmas wouldn't want to eat alone. That's good marketing strategy.

What do senior citizens enjoy doing? They love to read, travel, shop, exercise, meet up with friends for a chat or a bite, be entertained, and more. MPH could offer seniors a discount on books, Starbucks on beverages, travel agencies on trips, IT companies on their products, supermarkets on groceries, and pharmacies on supplements.These are just a few examples.

One doesn't need to have an MBA to see all the golden business opportunities available to make money in the growing silver-haired market. All one needs is some common sense and the ability to put two and two together to make profits.
My discount card from Guardian Pharmacy. Too many terms and conditions, so not that popular with senior citizens.

Student discount cards have been around for a long time now. Similar cards for retirees and pensioners have yet to make an impact. Such cards would certainly go a long way towards stretching their limited savings.


February 27 - A Big Day For Malaysia And Racism

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 09:51 PM PST

On the 25th of November 2007, a bunch of relatively unknown activists took to the streets of KL.

They were severely abused as the government went no-holds-barred on trying to quell their voice of dissent.

I lost count of the number of times they were sprayed with chemical-laced water, much less fired with tear-gas.


I had mixed feelings about this group; unable to decide if they were extremist or if they had legitimate concerns.

This time, their cause is straight forward and legitimate. It is a walk against RACISM - not specific to any race or creed.

And tomorrow, on the 27th of February 2011, people from all walks of life will come together again to speak out against the use of the novel 'Interlok' for school examinations and also against government-propagated racism in general.

It won't be a walk in the park, I assure you. The government is understandably nervous.

Protests in the Middle East have toppled regimes so they will take no chances. Instead, they will come down hard on the planned gathering.

And yet, coming down hard on these peaceful protesters in 2007 led to widespread international attention and managed to fuel the anger of otherwise apathetic citizens.

Even now, Human Rights Watch has issued a statement to the home affairs minister to allow the march to go on as planned.

"Malaysian government opposition to peaceful marches results in three big losers: the rights to free expression, freedom of association, and peaceful assembly," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The home affairs minister should respect Malaysia's international legal obligations and permit the march to proceed, and the organizers should ensure that the march is orderly and peaceful."

It would be very interesting to see what happens tomorrow, since it is expected that Perkasa and other deplorable elements of UMNO will also be present to cause trouble.


Charlie Sheen Unleashed: I’m Not Taking that Najis Anymore! we Malaysians must Reject Najis

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 09:17 PM PST

Charlie Sheen Unleashed: I'm Not Taking that Najis Anymore! we Malaysians must Reject Najis
Here is actor Charlie Sheen is stirring controversy while delivering an on air rant during an interview on the Alex Jones Show. During the on air radio rant, Sheen criticized the producer of his hit CBS television sitcom Two and a Half Men and almost everyone else. This is Charlie Sheen being totally awesome on the Alex Jones radio program. And by 'awesome' I really mean fucking insane. Note to self: Don't do a shit load of the finest blow imported from Columbia and then call into a live radio program to be interviewed. Either Charlie Sheen is fucking nuts or the last shipment of cocaine was just too strong. No kidding… this is the most amazing 45 minutes of radio ever! Alex Jones is now internationally famous for scoring this epic and totally fucking insane interview. This maybe the low point of Sheen's career but Jones is going to skyrocket to his pinnacle after giving the world this total awesome madness. Truly cocaine is some amazing stuff.
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