Sunday, September 27, 2015

Blood Moon





Why was the moon red last night? Was it covered with blood spills of my fellow canines?

Blood of the unsuspecting pregnant bitch that had gone up to the dog catchers hoping to get some food, only to find a noose around its neck and was dragged and bludgeoned to its death.

or

blood of this friendly, trusting white dog which wore a licence around its neck but was said to have been shot to death after it was caught by the dog catchers.


Don't let your pets wander on the streets but don't keep us chained up or in a tiny cages all day long either. We feel pain, fear, joy and spill blood just like humans do.


  

May all those brutally slayed find peace and leave with forgiveness in each heart. May they enjoy eternal bliss as they cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.


Live it well.


(all pictures sourced from Facebook)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Old Tradition Made New


Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, an annual event celebrated by the Chinese community where people gather to enjoy mooncakes; ideally, under a moonlit night amid the laughter of children carrying lanterns.

It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.

This year the event coincides with the rare supermoon lunar eclipse.  

It is called a supermoon because the moon will appear bigger and brighter when it is closer to Earth than any other time in its orbit. The last time this celestial event occurred was in 1982 and the next one is going to be in the year 2033.



What is the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival?





Meet awek cun, Kyona Teo, 21, seen here showing the mooncakes at the booth taken up by 
KLT Food Industries Sdn Bhd at the Johor Baru City Square.

With the market growing more competitive, mooncake manufacturers today have to come up with new flavours as well as the much-loved traditional varieties.

The bestsellers at the booth are the Crystalline Coffee Hazelnut and the Crystalline Nutella Volcano, which are much sought-after by the young.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On Hold


I just read the Straits Times report

excerpts of the story here


SINGAPORE - Drivers who make frequent trips to Malaysia will not be required to hold a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) until the end of the year at least.
The Oct 1 deadline to register will be pushed back by at least another four months to give the authorities time to develop a radio-frequency identification tag that is clone- and tamper-proof, a Malaysian Ministry of Transport (MOT) spokesman told The Straits Times on Wednesday (Sept 23).
The VEP, which has a five-year validity, costs vehicle owners an administrative fee of RM10 (S$3.30).

Upon payment, each owner will need to collect a tag to stick on their car windscreen."Don't worry. If you have no tag on Oct 1, you will not be stopped at the border," said the spokesman. "The latest decision is that we want a better tag that is tamper- and clone-proof, so we are trying to enhance the tag at this point of time."
ASSURANCE FOR DRIVERS
Don't worry. If you have no tag on Oct 1, you will not be stopped at the border. The latest decision is that we want a better tag that is tamper- and clone-proof, so we are trying to enhance the tag at this point of time.
MALAYSIAN MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT SPOKESMAN
It will take about four months to finalise the tag's design.
Vehicle owners will then be given several months to collect it, he said.
"We will announce the cut-off date for all Singaporean vehicles to display the tag when we are ready. It could be in June next year."
He added that collection information will be sent to applicants when the tags are ready.
Although details are still being ironed out, the plan is for vehicle owners to be able to pick them up at several locations including roadside rest areas.
Many motorists had been fretting about the Oct 1 deadline. Some gave up on registering, citing the onerous process and problematic website. Others who managed to register said they had not received information on how to collect the tags.
About 74,000 drivers of Singapore-registered vehicles have submitted VEP applications since Aug 15, when online registration began.
The Malaysian authorities had expected 200,000 to 300,000 Singapore-registered private vehicles to be enrolled by the end of this year.


Read the full story at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/no-need-for-vehicle-entry-permit-till-year-end




Nothing To Lose

My pets came to me as I went to my garden, each one clamouring for a hug and a pat.  It's like they each wanted to say "Thank you" for giving us a home.

The dogs came into my life in 2009.  I only had one dog before that, but my pet gave birth to six puppies on that very special February 23rd morning.

When the puppies were six months old, I found a new home for one of them. The puppy died barely a month later in its new home.

I couldn't give away the others after that. But the house that I was living in then was too small to accommodate a bunch of growing puppies.

So, I made the decision to move.  Buying the new property plunged me into debts as it was a corner lot.  I anticipated that, but still went ahead with the decision as I wanted to give the dogs a home and the love that they deserve.

The decision even caused a rift between me and some of my relatives.

If I had been a law maker, I would either be jeered for putting the state or country into debt or cheered for being compassionate.

Thank God. I am not a law maker.


By the way, I have embarked on something new, something that isn't really me but my friend said: "Why not just do it anyway, since you already know that you are going to fail?"

This friend of mine is such a contrast to me when it comes to character, mentality, personality and attitude.  She did not disagree with me keeping the dogs, but she encouraged me to embrace a new challenge.

The new challenge is to have a plan so I don't end up with empty pockets come retirement.

I wanted to title this post "I Am Going To Fail", but when I told her this, she tweaked it to: "Nothing To Lose".  It's the same thing but with just a simple tweak, the negative becomes positive.

Even if I don't manage to convince a single soul to start saving and planning for the future, at least I have succeeded in getting myself to do it.

This is just my ramblings on a very hazy day in Johor. The Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in Pasir Gudang is unhealthy at 139 as of 5pm. Larkin (136) and Kota Tinggi (105) also have unhealthy air. The API readings in the other states seems to be fine except for two areas in Kuantan, which are Balok Baru (113) and Indera Mahkota (105).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Peaceful Indeed II

I mentioned Annie's How The Racial Mess Started  in my last post but later removed the link NOT because I suddenly thought Annie's analysis was wrong but I just didn't want to see words like "racial mess" in a story about a peace rally.

But today I'm bringing it up again because I think it was an insightful analysis. 

I also want to highlight an exerpt of a news report.

Umno party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak also talked about the Sept 16 rally which was held in support of the government and denied that the gathering was racist in any manner. "The Sept 16 rally was a peaceful event and was held in support of the government," he said.

So, why were water cannons used during the rally?  And why were there banners, name calling and kicking of shutters?  Was this picture photoshopped?  I don't think so.

 

Even a Mat Salleh --- Dato Franz Swoboda --- was not spared the angst and anger of a red shirt.





The endorsement of the rally as a peaceful event prompted a MCA Youth division chief to say he wants to cut ties and boycott all the PM's events until action is taken against those who call for Chinese vernacular schools to be banned.

The full story here

MCA Youth Chief's Decision To Cut Ties With PM Draws Criticism
(New Straits Times)

JOHOR BARU: A decision by an MCA Youth divisional leader to cut ties with Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak over issues that occurred during the Sept 16 rally has drawn rebukes from his fellow BN comrades.

Umno Youth information chief Jamawi Jaafar said the statement made by Pasir Gudang MCA Youth chief Cia Chow Hui was immature and it did not bode well with the solidarity that exists between BN component parties.

"The action and position taken by the Pasir Gudang MCA Youth chief to cut ties with the Prime Minister and BN chairman is childish. It could make things worse by suggesting that the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu on Sept 16 was racist.

"His action does not reflect the spirit of solidarity among Barisan Nasional component parties," said Jamawi in a statement today.

Cia had announced in a statement on Sunday that the Pasir Gudang MCA Youth movement was cutting ties with Najib because it was disappointed with the latter's statements which condoned the Sept 16 rally as being free from racial elements. Cia said the movement would also boycott
future programmes held by Najib.

Cia said there were worrying incidents at the rally such as the appearance of an anti-Chinese school banner carried by red shirt rally-goers, an attempt by a large group of rally goers to enter Petaling Street, and clash of rallygoers with the police.

Meanwhile, Pasir Gudang Umno Youth chief Azman Jaafar said he was disappointed with the decision by Cia as it was an immature and desperate action.

"MCA Youth should realise it is a time to forge unity and not play up racial issues which can be used by the opposition to divide the harmony among BN parties," said Azman.

Pasir Gudang MCA chairman Tan Cher Puk, who convened an emergency divisional meeting today, said the division stood by Cia's unhappiness over the anti-Chinese school banner that was carried by rally goers on Sept 16.

However, Tan said the division did not condone a boycott for the BN chairman's functions.

"As members of a political party, we must have discipline. We support Cia's decision and his statement, but not to the extent of imposing a boycott on the BN chairman's functions," said Tan.

He said the division would investigate the matter and send a report to the MCA central committee before Sept 24.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pelangi Selepas Jerebu

The haze came, stayed for a while in recent weeks. It rained and now clear skies are here again.

Another day another dawn.  And each day a new dawn.

This morning, a sense of joy and freedom permeated in the air as I walked toward the Dataran Mahkota in Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya.  The nearer I got to the stage that had been set for the Run For Peace event, the happier I felt.

I then turned around, and saw a sea of people flooding the dataran.  It was a gathering of peace lovers and they had come from all walks of life, and of all ages, all having their own set of challenges but are determined to shove everything aside for today they had come to spread a message ... the message of peace.... which is the only thing that can ensure prosperity, happiness, sanity and wellness.

Here are some of the people I met  
 

Dennis Wong, 25, (right) said she had wanted to paint more elaborate art on the participants, but due to the long queue, could only do simple designs.  She is seen here painting the cheek of  Lai Chew Ling, 28, as Tan Yong Mey, looks on.  Dennis had earlier given Yong Mey a colourful heart on her right cheek.


Syuhaida Noor Hisham and Roy Zamzainy Abd Rahman, both 20, and students of UniKL Pasir Gudang were also there. 

Datuk Tee Siew Kiong joining the participants for a warm-up exercise.  On his right is Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor chairman Tan Kiang Howe.

SGM Johor had organised this run. My previous post on the event Creating A Culture Of Peace

NUSAJAYA: More than 10,000 people took part in the Run for Peace event at Dataran Mahkota, Kota Iskandar, here today. State Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who represented Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, flagged off the event which was organised by the Johor branch of the Soka Gakkai Malaysia. In his speech, Tee said the Run for Peace, which saw participants of various races was in line with the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's call for racial unity and harmony. Tee said there was no place in Johor for groups that represented only one race to conduct rallies for their own political agenda. "The Run for Peace is timely when there were recent rallies that came together in a single hue for their political parties," said Tee referring to the Bersih 4 and Red Shirt rallies. "The state only supports gatherings that brings different hues together --- like a rainbow, as that is the voice of the rakyat and is suitable for a multiracial community." The peace run is a biennial event which is held in 19 venues nationwide throughout September to deliver the peace message

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/more-10k-people-run-peace-johor
NUSAJAYA: More than 10,000 people took part in the Run for Peace event at Dataran Mahkota, Kota Iskandar, here today. State Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who represented Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, flagged off the event which was organised by the Johor branch of the Soka Gakkai Malaysia. In his speech, Tee said the Run for Peace, which saw participants of various races was in line with the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's call for racial unity and harmony. Tee said there was no place in Johor for groups that represented only one race to conduct rallies for their own political agenda. "The Run for Peace is timely when there were recent rallies that came together in a single hue for their political parties," said Tee referring to the Bersih 4 and Red Shirt rallies. "The state only supports gatherings that brings different hues together --- like a rainbow, as that is the voice of the rakyat and is suitable for a multiracial community." The peace run is a biennial event which is held in 19 venues nationwide throughout September to deliver the peace message.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/more-10k-people-run-peace-johor

The New Straits Times online story at http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/more-10k-people-run-peace-johor

if you want the link, if not I have "copy paste" the story below


NUSAJAYA: More than 10,000 people took part in the Run for Peace event at Dataran Mahkota, Kota Iskandar, here today.

State Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who represented Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, flagged off the event which was organised by the Johor branch of the Soka Gakkai Malaysia.

In his speech, Tee said the Run for Peace, which saw participants of various races was in line with the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's call for racial unity and harmony.

Tee said there was no place in Johor for groups that represented only one race to conduct rallies for their own political agenda.

"The Run for Peace is timely when there were recent rallies that came together in a single hue for their political parties," said Tee referring to the Bersih 4 and Red Shirt rallies.

"The state only supports gatherings that brings different hues together --- like a rainbow, as that is the voice of the rakyat and is suitable for a multiracial community."

The peace run is a biennial event which is held in 19 venues nationwide throughout September to deliver the peace message.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Blood On Your Hands


Rabies is translated as "wabak anjing gila".  Who came up with this translation anyway?



Can you look at these photos and not shed a tear?  


These endless flow of innocent blood will come back to haunt us someday. This is not the way to handle a rabies outbreak. And what outbreak? How many people have died from the outbreak.

Rabies control efforts need to be carried out, but this mass culling of dogs is insanity.

Saving lives is the priority, not destroying them.



Dogs are being targeted when the disease can be transmitted to humans from other animals too, not necessarily canines.

Sorry for the graphic picture but this atrocity is happening in our midst and it's heartbreaking.

Pet owners. It all started with you. Their blood is on your hands, too.



Friday, September 18, 2015

Creating A Culture of Peace

UPDATED
Whenever we attend an event, there'd be goodie bags on the seats or distributed to guests when they arrive or leave.  These bags are given out to participants, guests and members of the media.

But we don't really think much about the goodie bags --- like the effort, energy, time that others took to put a goodie bag together so that you'd not leave the event empty-handed.

Tonight, I got to help out members of the SOKA GAKKAI MALAYSIA (SGM) pack the goodies into bags for distribution to participants of the Run For Peace event on Sunday (Sept 20).  It's the first time that I'm helping out in the goodie bag assembly line.

I saw people --- young and old --- and from all walks of life coming together to pack the goodies into bags, and for the bags to be put into boxes.

So, this is how you pack a goodie bag.  It's an activity that calls for teamwork.

The run, which is divided into two categories --- 9km and 4km, will be held at Dataran Mahkota in Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya.

The aim of the run was to create an awareness of peace and to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

A total of 10,168 people are taking part in the run themed  Creating A Culture Of Peace  this year.
The event will also feature cultural performances and face painting.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Animal Farm

 

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” 

 

- George Orwell

Ini macam kah? Memang ini macam.  
 

Very Exasperating Period

Tan: Fairly easy to register for the VEP online.  Need to key in engine chasis number, insurance policy number and road tax expiry date, among others.


JOHOR BARU: The start of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for Singapore-registered vehicles is just two weeks away, but some drivers from the republic are in the dark about where they are to pick up the smart tag after registering their vehicles on the Road Transport Department (RTD) website.

Some said they will choose not to drive to Johor if they did not receive the smart tag when VEP begins on Oct 1. Others faced obstacles when they tried to register through the RTD website for VEP registration.

Danny Tan, 44, a Singaporean who works at a multinational corporation in Senai, said he registered for the VEP online two weeks ago.

"I managed to register within 10 minutes. My problem now is I have yet to receive any further news from the RTD as to how to collect my smart tag or how to make payment," Tan said.

"If I fail to receive my smart tag before Oct 1, I am not going to drive into Johor because from the newspaper reports I have read, Singapore-registered cars will be turned away.

"I have registered but I do not have a smart tag. Does that mean my car will not be allowed to come through? I do not want to take the risk because the checkpoints will be jammed up if vehicles are turned away on that day," Tan said.

The frequently asked questions section on the VEP website ( https://vep.jpj.gov.my/) stated the smart tag could be collected on a date and at locations that will be announced by the RTD later.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman, Datuk Hasni Mohammad had said recently that only 45,000, or less than nine per cent of 500,000 Singapore-registered vehicles had registered for the VEP since Aug 15.

Hasni said the online registration system could not accommodate the number of registrations and that it needed to be improved.

Tan said he found it fairly easy to register for the VEP online. He only had to key in car ownership details such as engine chasis number, insurance policy number and road tax expiry date, among others.

Another Singaporean Joanne Fong, 28, said she encountered difficulty while helping her uncle to register online.  Fong said she failed on several occasions.

Fong said she understood if there were teething problems but she wondered if there was a place or counter to register for the VEP as an alternative to registering on-line.

Richard Marto, 38, who lives and work in Singapore but comes to Johor Baru with his family on weekends and public holidays, said he had been trying to register for the VEP online since last month.

"I have called the RTD hotline, but couldn't seem to get through," Marto said.

Shop operators at the Sultan Iskandar customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) building said they were waiting to see if the VEP will have an impact on their businesses.

"Only those who take buses will frequent this shop. Whether the VEP will reduce the number of motorists or increase the number of day trippers who come in via public transportation remains to be seen," he said.

When contacted, RTD director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad, declined to comment on the VEP.

"There are some issues that needed to be addressed. Until then I don't want to talk about it," Ismail told the New Straits Times.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Peaceful Indeed

Was planning to stay at home and rest on my day off, but decided to go out instead in the afternoon.  The air quality in Johor seems to be improving.

It was a quiet day with light traffic.



Ordered a plate of mee rebus from Haji Wahid's Mee Rebus stall at Angsana JB Mall. It's affordably priced at RM4, and it's yummilicious!

For supper I had 


an avocado topped with brown sugar and Anlene milk powder. The avocado cost RM6. I bought it at a fruit stall manned by Indonesians.

When I got home, I watched videos of the bloody peaceful rally on FB. Some of the video clips were quite shocking.  Sad to see such episodes packed with racial slurs take place on Malaysia Day! 

And there were even verbal attacks on a former Prime Minister, one who had helmed the country 
from 1981 to 2003.  

With so much unrest on Malaysia Day occurring in the country's capital, it's hard to stay unaffected. 



Monday, September 14, 2015

Ready To Rumble?


No! Better to rumba.

I came up with the title for this post after seeing a remark on FB where the person wrote he was set to retaliate at the slightest provocation on 916. He said if anyone went around looking for a fight in his turf, they'd be sorry.

I'm not working tomorrow and plan to spend a quiet day at home.  That's how I'm going to celebrate Malaysia Day, held on the 16th of September every year to commemorate the formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963, marking the coming together of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo to become Malaysia.

We have come a long way since then. Are we going to throw it all away?

But people are not going to read what we write or listen to what we have to say, if their minds are set on doing whatever they want to do.

So, I'm going to enjoy some ME time. Stay indoors, get away from the haze. Maybe read a book.  Play with my dogs. Hug a cat.

Oh, meet my feline friend. I call her "Mama Cat" but today someone told me it isn't pregnant. It's just fat.



So the cat is just fat la.

Look at it's terrified face (picture on the right). Or is it a look of boredom?

I bet it's thinking: "Put me down! Let me go, you crazy, nutty lady! It's my mealtime!!!"




One Thing After Another






cobbler in an alley repairing shoes as haze envelopes the city.

He charged me five ringgit for replacing the heel studs, making my shoes seem new again.  He is  74-year-old Idris Abd Majid. This senior citizen works hard for the money and is worthy of respect.

Small traders have to brave the economic uncertainty and the haze.  So, note to self, if you're working in an air-cond room and getting a monthly salary, stop whining. 

But can't help sighing when I think about the documentary that was aired on Sept 10, that almost everyone is talking about now. 

And then (talking about a separate matter now) there's the explanation of the generous donor that now becomes a wealthy supporter or is it supporters ... when is the storytelling competition going to come to an end?  People just want the plain and simple truth.

Finally, the upcoming red shirt rally which is going to take place after all on 916. Pray that all will be well.  Wonder if traders like Idris and the ringgit can handle a rally in a time of an economic slowdown.  The Aug 29 and 30 rally turned out well with minimal incidences, so hopefully this one will be the same. After this, can we all be friends again?

Easier said than done, I guess.

My prayer http://driveonamission.blogspot.my/2015/09/may-light-triumph-over-darkness.html.  for self and everyone and for Malaysia Day to be an event we can all celebrate with joy and pride.

Selamat malam.




Sunday, September 13, 2015

Konpius

Another dog picture has surfaced on Facebook, where the dog was reportedly spotted in Tesco, yes Tesco again, this time a German Shepherd was in Bercham, Ipoh.  The handsome fella is said to be a lost pet.

I don't know why dogs like this store so much.  If I should adopt another pet,  I'll name it Tesco. I love dogs.

I don't think this picture was photoshopped.  Now every picture that I look at, the first thing that comes to mind is whether it's real or doctored?


Pet owners, please be more responsible.


Now this picture is just priceless.  This German Shepherd has struck up a friendship with a stray cat.  So sweet.

These two German Sheperd stories are not related in any way.  I just stumbled upon them on Facebook.




I had not planned to write about dogs and felines, but they were so adorable I couldn't help it.

I was actually going to write about unit trusts.  Two friends approached me recently on two separate occasions.  Both said I do not have much time left --- approaching retirement, not the grave (although we don't really know when the departure date is going to be).

Ok, one of them recommended index funds, which is considered a high risk investment.  She said the fund price is attractive now and I should concentrate only on index funds. So, when the market bounces back, I will have sufficient savings to retire.  She calculated for me already.  She said I won't be able to retire comfortably if I don't embark on aggressive savings from now.

However, another friend said that at this age, I shouldn't  be looking at high risk products as I can't afford a misstep.  She suggested diversification, some in fixed deposits and some in low to medium risk types of unit trusts, namely, Islamic funds.

My friend, who recommended index funds, said: "But you don't have much money, how to diversify?  The best strategy is to focus on index funds, buy low and sell high when the market is on the uptrend."

I don't really know much about investments.  Everything's so expensive nowadays, there's really not much left to save. 

If you are investment-savvy, can you share your views on who is the better unit trust consultant here?  The customer is in her late 40s, indulges in retail therapy at times but am trying to kick the habit.  Not much time left.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Concerted Effort Needed To Curb Dengue Epidemic In Johor

pic sourced from http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/details_linked.asp?pid=9261

More information on the Aedes aegypti  on Wikipedia


JOHOR BARU:  The dengue epidemic in Johor has risen to an all-time high of  9,617 dengue cases according to the latest findings compiled by the Johor Health Department.



State Health and Environment chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the number of cases is already beyond the yearly median, and above the average cases recorded in the past five years.

"The cumulative number of cases in Johor until Week 35 registered at 9,617.  The number of cases in the same period last year was 3,797, signifying a surge of 153 per cent.

"There were 28 reported deaths from dengue fever in the latest findings, and the victims included a Japanese, a Nepales and two Bangladeshis, who succumbed to the disease transmitted by a mosquito bite.

"The Japanese man, a retiree working as a consultant in a manufacturing company here, had died on August 19.

"There are fears of more deaths from dengue in the weeks ahead if residents do not change their mindset and attitude toward clearing the clutter and ensuring cleanliness in their surroundings," he said.

Ayub said that a lackadaisical attitude can result in death.

 "There is an average of 80 to 100 cases reported daily, with 80 per cent occurring in Johor Baru," he said.

Ayub also said that there is indiscriminate dumping in the city as much as in rural areas, when asked to comment on why there are lesser reported cases of dengue in rural settings, such as Kg Pendas Baru in Gelang Patah where a sea of rubbish was found.

"The Aedes mosquito population is as much in urban areas, namely Johor Baru, as in other districts and villages in the outskirts.

"Mosquitoes can easily bite one human after another within a short distance, which is why there are more cases in Johor Baru where the population is more dense," he said.

Kg Pendas Baru in Gelang Patah

In a move to curb the problem, Rotary International District 3310 Rotary Dengue Epidemic Control Committee chairman Lucas Chew said the Rotary Club of Johor Baru Sentral will be working with the Majidee Park Residents Committee on a pilot programme to promote awareness on dengue prevention.

The gotong-royong programme, to be held along Jalan Tembusu, Majidee Park on September 20 from 8.30am to 12pm will see the participation of over 250 people.

"We hope to make this a Role Model Project for other housing estates to emulate," Chew said.

Ir John Cheah, a former public health engineer, who acts as advisor to the Rotary Dengue Epidemic Control Committee said Rotarians have almost wiped out Polio worldwide, and strongly believe that a concerted effort will overcome the Dengue outbreak.

"Currently, only Pakistan and Afghanistan have people who are suffering from Polio.  Besides the pilot programme to encourage residents to clean up their neighbourhood, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia Johor Branch is also keen to work with Rotarians to eradicate the Aedes mosquitoes by destroying their breeding grounds.

"Places like roof gutters, underground drains and air-conditioner drip trays are all potential breeding grounds," Cheah said.

Johor Health Department deputy director (Public Health) Dr Fatimah Othman and Johor Baru Member of Parliament Tan Sri Shahrir Samad are expected to attend the "Towards Gated and Guarded Community and Promote Awareness on Dengue Prevention" programme on September 20.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini


An outdoor gym. It's free of charge and you get to workout amid vast greenery.  I went to the Mutiara Rini Urban Forest (Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini) in the morning. Just across the road is the Tesco Extra Mutiara Rini. 


This is the Dyera costulata (Jelutong), a timber species, among the variety of trees found here.



And this is the Pokok Bucinda, just planted today to mark the launch of the ASEAN Rides Festival 2015. A convoy comprising 380 bikers was flagged-off at the urban forest. These bikers from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia will meet at Putrajaya for a rally on Sept 12.

There were also simultaneous flag-offs in Kelantan and Perlis.  The rally in Putrajaya is expected to have 10,000 participants from ASEAN countries, to enliven Malaysia Day on Sept 16.


After the flag-off, I explored the urban forest. I saw this Bunga Raya (Hibiscus), which is Malaysia's national flower.



There is also a lake in the hutan bandar.  Very peaceful, very serene.  I think I shall drive here more often. It's a great way to start the day.

After a walk in the park, maybe can drive over to Tesco for grocery shopping.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Peace-Loving Moderates

It started out quite promising - the Malaysia vs Saudi Arabia match.  

Many were hoping the Malaysia team can bounce back from the 10-0 defeat against UAE.  Sadly,  it didn't happen.  In fact something worse took place.  The game had to be abandoned after flares were thrown on the football pitch, with Saudi Arabia scoring 2-1.

Now, we can't even be good Malaysian fans who can enjoy a friendly football game anymore. 

Another dog in a trolley picture has surfaced, this time it was said to be at another Tesco outlet.  Why is Tesco being targeted?  Other than "mat rempitting" and "photoshopping to deceive" and mass producing confusion, aren't there better things to do?

Why are some so keen on junk bombarding youths to hate?  Revolutions are usually triggered by very extreme intra-racial resentment.  Let us not go down that path.
   
I guess the management of Tesco is wise in a way, in that they chose to err on the side of protecting commercial interest rather than come out and admit the dog in the trolley picture was a fake.  

Sometimes denial can invite more cynics to cast further aspersions, followed by further accusations no matter how truthful you paint yourself to be.

No need for any "storytelling competition",  just say the trolleys have all been cleaned and give an assurance that it will not happen again, and let the matter rest.

Peace

May everyone have a good day today.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Are You A Banana?



My supper ...

Banana with Anlene milk powder. Easy to make, and nice to eat.  I hope this simple meal can give me a night of deep, restorative sleep.

I do sleep well on most nights, unless if the weather is too freaking hot.

A simple prayer before I sleep. A prayer for peace and happiness for self, the environment, loved ones, pets, strays and every form of life seen and unseen.

Eating banana has numerous benefits, so go indulge in this delightful yellow thing. But refrain from telling someone to "eat banana" in Cantonese.  A Cantonese speaking person would know why.  It's something like "blue bird", which doesn't translate well into Hokkien.

I think I'm sleepy already.  Good night and sweet dreams. 晚安, 亲爱的。













Sunday, September 6, 2015

Passion



Have some passion fruits and become more passionate.  Perhaps invite some passion or bring the passion back.  To have a passion for truth, justice, life .... 



The blueberries  just looks so inviting.  Something to spread the cheer, and chase the blues away.

This is also the seventh month of the Lunar Calendar, where Hell's Gate is open for spirits to roam free. 

For a spooky tale, please click  A Murder Scene Is Now A Temple  which appeared in the New Sunday Times today.



There Really Was A Dog In The Trolley?

Updated

Even though Tesco Malaysia has issued a statement, which appeared like there was indeed a dog in a trolley, and for a minute, I also was convinced of it, I still hope that Tesco Extra Plentong will say something about it.

Surely, there must be a CCTV recording or some tenant, shopper, staff, guard, who would be able to verify the truth of this allegation.

I wrote earlier about "keeping calm and be discerning", but even I wavered when I saw the statement. I still think the picture was a FAKE.  99% sure of it.


Original Post

Oops!  Major oops!!

Saw this statement on the Tesco Malaysia Facebook

[KENYATAAN - Troli di Tesco Extra Plentong]
Kami amat kesal dengan kejadian anjing peliharaan salah seorang pelanggan kami dirakam di dalam troli kami di Tesco Extra Plentong. Kami ingin menjelaskan bahawa Tesco Malaysia tidak membenarkan binatang peliharaan untuk masuk ke dalam semua premis kami. Pihak stor kami bersama AJK Masjid Plentong telah melakukan proses pembersihan (sertu) serta-merta malam kelmarin untuk memastikan semua troli bersih dan suci untuk digunakan



Translation:

STATEMENT - Trolley in Tesco Extra Plentong

We deeply regret the incident where a pet of one of our customers was spotted inside a trolly of the Tesco Extra Plentong.  We wish to clarify that Tesco Malaysia does not allow pets into all our stores.  Our staff together with Plentong Mosque committee members ensured that all trolleys are clean.

Now I am confused again.  So, it was true?  The picture was not photoshopped?

I'm referring to my earlier blog post Trolley Dog. So the security guard and the rest of the staff were indeed sleeping?

If the incident really did happen, then the dog owner should be censured, not the dog.  

Attempts to get Tesco Extra Plentong for clarification on the matter proved futile.

 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Trolley Dog


Who so free to do this huh?

Creativity is not for spreading vile and ill will. At first glance I also didn't realise the picture was photoshopped. 

But after a while, it became clear that the management and security guard of the hypermart would never have allowed a dog on a trolley, unless the guard was sleeping at the time and all the staff were just too busy to notice.

An important lesson here. Please don't over-react when you see something negative like this on social media.  There are some who want to create discord, and draw blood. This is a time to keep calm and be discerning.


500 trolleys at the hypermart had to be cleansed by the Plentong Mosque committee members after the picture went viral. Whether it was fake or not, the Muslim community felt it was "better to be safe than sorry".

These pictures are real, right? 

All pictures sourced from Facebook.




Thursday, September 3, 2015

How Do We Separate The Waste?


OPERATORS of restaurants and other shops in Johor Baru are unsure how they should segregate their waste.

Maat Sulaiman, 61, who has been operating a restaurant in Bandar Baru Uda here for 20 years, said some issues were not clear.

"The new scheme is good but we are clueless on what we should do.  How do we separate the rubbish?  Where does the polystyrene go?  If there is leftover food inside a polystyrene container, does the customer throw it into the food bin or another bin?"

He said he was waiting for the authorities to furnish more details on the move to separate wastes at the source and what he should do to avoid paying the fine which takes effect on June 1 next year.

On the inconsistent rubbish collection schedules in the past, he hopeed it would not occur with the new regulation.

"On one occasion, the rubbish was not collected for four days.  My wife is particular about cleanliness.  We had to drive to a roll-on roll off bin located 1km away to discard the rubbish."

Since Sept 1, residents were required to separate theirsolid wast by category, namely paper, plastic and others.  The regulation applied to seven states, including Johor.

Solid waste collection will be twice weekly for kitchen waste, food waste and other solid materials, while recyclable items will be collected once a week.

Halifah Halim, 41, (this lady is also featured in my story Kindness Johor), of Bandar Seri Alam, said she had been separating recyclable items from waste even before the ruling was announced by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

"Once you are used to separating the rubbish, it will come naturally.  But it will take time."

SWM Environment Southern Johor manager Mohd Zan Ariss said the new ruling applied to business premises as well.
  
He said the separation of waste, at the source would lengthen the lifespan of landfills in the state.

(source: New Straits Times)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Defence Counsels Presented Their Case Well

A reader pointed out to me that the message in my WhatsApp group which I mentioned in Cuts Like A Knife was actually quite mild.

He directed me to read At what cost the greater good?

I've read it.  Thanks for telling me about the article. All this is really disheartening.

On a totally separate matter, I would like to congratulate Datin Freda Sabapathy, Chuah Shyue Chien and M. Vinodharan for winning a case at the Johor Baru High Court yesterday.

I think the three defence counsels who represented the two step-brothers acquitted and discharged for the murder of a woman in 2013 were worthy of a mention. 

Both the accused were charged on Feb 11 last year under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the two accused.

Sofian said the court had looked at three major elements in the trial, which was the victim's death, cause of death and the person who had caused her death.

"The first element was established by the prosecution.  But, I have to agree with the defence counsel that shoddy investigation conducted by the investigating officer led to the acquittal and discharge of the two accused," the judge said.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor was Rahimah Abdul Majid.

Reports on the court case appeared in the New Straits Times as well as the Star on Sept 2. 

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