PDRM

“PDRM is just doing their duty and acting on complaints. I support them if they kick more of these youngsters off their motorbikes in Tj Tokong, Penang, zooming in and out of Tesco and the opposite school, as if it’s their grandfather’s road. No helmets, underage, speeding, not wearing masks, probably no license even and hopping onto motorcycles which are probably not even registered under their name. Already six offences. Should we sympathise them?

In fact I often wonder why there’s no action taken against these youngsters. But when there is, people are complaining about police brutality. Police brutality has been exploited to gain political mileage by many politicians to gain brownie points and to garner votes but In this case, to me, the police is never more right.”

Numbers to subside?

“We dissolved Parliament but allow kindergartens to open. We disallow more than two people inside a private passenger car but we allow our public transport to run on full capacity. We were all asked to stay at home but allowed people to exercise in public places provided they observe social distancing. And we expect the numbers to subside? Wahai Malaysiaku!”

Power

“Power does strange things to many people.

In Malaysia, there are three distinct tiers of power we are subjected to and exposed to daily. The hereditary type, the political kind and the conferred sort.

The first is by way of lineage, your blood line, and sits right at the top of Mount Mahameru. Above law even. This is a non-negotiable birth right that entitles you to be the overlord of your state or country depending on the written rules in your constitution lest you abdicate.

The second, is by offering your unequivocal service to your country and by virtue of your status and portfolio, it lends you limited powers to steer the country and decide what is good for the people. You and all your cohorts are part policy maker, part administrator, part maintenance manager, part salesmen and part approving body. And because there are many tiers and divisions, each regulating a certain function, the machinery has churned out countless little napoleons capable of turning hopes into nightmares, not unless you can close one eye to bigotry, or wait till thy kingdom come for your application, whatever it is, to be processed.

Situations such as these could only be overturned by ‘Orang Besars’, powerful aristocrats endorsed by government or king which gave rise to the demand for conferments and awards, given yearly by the Agung, Sultans and government of the day to the deserving who has contributed significantly to the smooth running and dignity of our country be it by way or service, cash or kind.

Currently the most sought after award are the Tan Sri or Datukship for civilians which is equivalent to ‘Lordship or Sir’ in the British context. These awards exudes a certain halo over your head, an aura as you float and walk and alludes one a certain edge, respect and leverage over others. Thus, the egocentric rich seeks this as a form of power and the eccentric wannabes try to earn them, because it paves the way for more opportunities.

But titles such as these had been seen to have landed onto the lap of many questionable if not dubious characters. Recently a Datuk went to beat up a security guard and upon investigation, were found to be a gang leader. So how did he earn an award? The same way he beat up the guard? Many of them do not possess the disposition to carry well the titles given and in the end, brought shame, unnecessary attention and publicity worldwide to our doorstep, no thanks to their unscrupulous conduct and behaviour.

This begs the question. Who proposes and seconds their applications, and how are they linked to the recipient? And how does the approving body regulate and function? Does their induction classes include moral studies jammed down the throat of every school going children nowadays?

The latest case involves yet another Datuk who slaps two kids in a hot pot restaurant. And the two kids so happened to be the son of an influential Datuk and the daughter of a prominent Tan Sri. And the whole incident was captured on video by a Puan Sri. Such drama leaves a distaste in our mouths one wonders how many Tan Sris and Datuks are we hitting, if one throws a stone at the crowd? Why are there so many around? And should a review panel be formed if not a kpi to ensure they do not slack in their conduct? And if this is going to be the case, then should the police be more stringent when they apply for gun licences? I think that is not too much to ask for.”

Why was the Emergency lengthened?

“The MCO is for 2 weeks. Why was the Emergency then lengthened till August? And what will it be like for spm and stpm students caught in between when the funds allocated for schools is much lower than the religious bodies? Elsewhere, even in neighbouring countries, online home programs have been developed and expanded to take centre stage permanently. What’s our plan for uni intake etc? We’ll see as we go along? The same way it takes every two weeks to decide on fuel prices and lockdown status? This indefinite indecisive delayed action of yours is taking a toil on every trader out in the open. The worse part is when you claim the Emergency was for the prevention of Covid-19 spread but on national tv, you said it is to arrest the current political and economic instability. Just exactly what is the kind of political instability are we facing, and how do you arrest economic difficulty by imposing an MCO which retards trade? Someone finds you incapable or a coup d’etat is imminent soon? If you would have been more careful in your mathematics, you wouldn’t have faced unequivocal support because you are a minority government seeking mandate by a majority opposition!

No one feels there’s a threat except you!

I think there’s a lot of paranoia rooted in your pedantic actions that warrants a serious rewrite of our laws to cope with election laws and your insecurity, so why force yourself to form a back door government when you know very well every right citizens democratic votes have been taken off them?

Economic Powered World

“If this world can agree on a Father’s Day, a Mother’s Day, a New Years Eve celebration, and an Earth Hour, why can’t we altogether agree on a 30 days Lockdown month? It’s a one time thing! The objective is clear. Just set the date United Nations! The world comes to a collective economic halt for a month except for essential goods and services, government compensates to sustain every citizen, moratorium sidelined. Do we really want to arrest COVID-19 with untested vaccine? So that corrupt government of the day can benefit, the pharmaceuticals and medical industries benefit and let the strain live? The problem is the virus multiplies and spread faster than recovery!

Oh I know now why we can’t. It’s an economic powered world.”

Funds

“In Malaysia, professional views in art doesn’t matter. The untrained collector who invested heavily into works that doesn’t measure up to professional standards of artistic ability, aesthetic value and judgement based on narratives is going to bury you with their experience, and prove you wrong, no matter how you justify your pick, with their lukewarm enthusiasm. That’s because they have something you need but lack. Funds. Funds to tweak opinions, funds to ensure sustainability, funds to decide marketability. Funds matter. You don’t. Unless you parrot them.”

Side Emergency Door Government

A side emergency door gaffmen. No longer a back door gaffmen. Not since May 13, 1969, where the executive powers is transferred to the National Operations Council with absolute powers, since Parliament is declared suspended. That simply means they can conveniently enact any law they want, and arrest anyone they want, bypassing Parliament using COVID-19 as scapegoat. Currently three senior ministers has tested positive, which means, they would have been in contact with other parliamentarians, what more their sumptuous buffet in between. For those who opposes the current gaffmen, I think it’s time you run for your life. There could also be a coup d’etat.

Bedridden

It is apparent Umno is trying to wrest control of the country with our current pm allegedly bedridden and the dpm’s position lay hanging in the balance due to the disagreements between tun and muhyiddin. According to age old family agreement, hisamuddin was well underway to take over jib when surface developments went beyond their control. Hisamuddin, quick to read the undercurrent submerges to obscurity only to reappear after rumours of his seemingly red carpet secret meeting with the sultan of Johor surfaces, hinting at his possible climb to assume the top position, muhyiddin who is also from Johore. It is also an indication that Johore umno is selfishly capitalising on this opportunity which may see dsai’s or Tun’s opportunity thwarted under the weight of these unscrupulous frenemies.

Today’s announcement will be a good indicator of the direction this country will take and if muhyiddin is genuinely as per rumours, bedridden.

Switching to Telegram?

“Facebook owns Messenger owns Instagram owns WhatsApp. What makes you so sure they can’t buy up Telegram? Facebook have forewarned us that a merger between the chat stations is imminent long ago and now, is on the way to implement it. And without our approval, it’s against the law to move information about. They are not meant to make us jitter, paranoid or suspicious. My question is, are we that famous, popular or rich to feel threatened in the first place? Please give them a break. Do you know how many personnel’s it takes to manage those gossips of ours worldwide to warrant us to behave like cheap gung-ho who refuses even a usd2 fee to manage our profile but expects it to be free for a lifetime? And capitalise it as our own selling platform when there are other pay sites purpose fit to sell goods?”

End Concession

The end concession reminds us not to rest on our laurels and stop idling when the virus lurks. Yet somewhere in between heaven and hell, lies the stakeholders ill bent to sway the world according to their conventional outlook and perception of the way things are. Where we are in our country right now, is the end result of the religious meet, sivagangga, the Sabah elections, the recent interstate travel allowed during the year end holidays. Somewhere in between are those who can’t conform to simple rules nor confine themselves to their wives hence it is termed EMCO. Extra Marital Control Order maybe? Arresting the problem is not within the ambit of the public in question, but our regulators. But they are all so afraid of the religious orders, the electoral commission, the immigration etc, all because of the name tags stuck on lapels of their superiors. Next are the attitude of our indefinite gaffmen who has the tendency to establish rules designed to only benefit their pockets. If they are short handed, they could perhaps encourage neighbourhood watch. But they didn’t. Why? The wishy washy rules without efficient enforcement also leads us round and round the Merry go round. With no end in sight.”

Vacation versus Staycation

“When the numbers increase, you need to get down to the root cause, and nipped it in the bud. Invoking a lockdown is an easy way out. It’s akin to opening and closing doors to prevent the bull from storming in. It’s like installing your apartment windows with grilles so that your toddler wouldn’t fall, rather than educating the younger about the dangers of leaning over parapets. If the rakyat has to succumb to your intolerable miscalculation of two weeks vacation, followed by three months of staycation, maybe it’s time everyone takes care of themselves as retailers and eateries were all brought to their knees. Altogether they should close for good since moratoriums are but a feel good concession designed to benefit heartless landlords. All because it’s your fault dear government”.

Accountability

“Our gaffmen is no pushover. Fact is they push accountability back to the rakyat instead of underwriting damage liability for the after effects of the inoculation of Covid vaccine in case of wrong choosing. Damage liability is no stranger to insurance terms and many doctors buys them responsibly. So why not the gaffmen be held accountable for choosing the wrong vaccine when the price we pay is ten times higher that of other countries offering the vaccine to their citizens for free, and their very job is about the welfare and safety of us citizens under threat? The vaccine is not compulsory and those who wanted to be inoculated has to sign disclaimers? Wtf is that supposed to mean? This is akin to tai chi and the art of deflection. It reminds us of the times when the fitness of a building became the responsibility of the architect instead of the building department that approves the plan, a move relatively unheard of in international construction practices otherwise what is the purpose of paying planning submission and approval fees without the benefits of a regulated gaffmen that possesses the expertise to cross check professionalism and guarantees the safety of its rakyat but instead cower when buildings collapses and town planning fail? Hence the severe flooding happening now in many states as well?

Mini Empires

“They finally realise it’s easier to rob our marderland without antagonising each other, having accidentally grab each other’s balls during one of their many spars.

Before, we were all at peace, for when they hated each other, they literally cross check each other out to our benefit.

But now, as they begin blow-jobbing each other to orgasm, we are fed with more cums as they cross each other out inside the ring. These once arch nemesis now turned lovers suddenly realise it’s easier to follow market trend and live a life of immorality instead, both harbouring a mutual hatred of being incestuously screwed left, right and centre by the old man who claims to be their stepfather.

But are we as citizens, going to take these lying down, and wait, as they tie the nuptial knot , promising to loosen the noise around each other’s neck, as we limitlessly ponder about accountability, transparency and whatever fark they claim to preach now gone to the ditch? But can the policemen be at the round table for long sitting with the robbers?

Well, in Malaysia as they say, ‘Money talks, and bullshit walks!’

Integrity and the rakyats welfare can certainly take a back seat to their own mini empires.”

An Ancient Love Poem

(Someone copied this poem and made an atrocious ending to it thus making it very distasteful and offensive when it is meant to be just that, a beautiful lighthearted poem on making love. I encountered it in the 80s when I was a student in Singapore and managed to keep a copy of it which I posted it now. I don’t claim to be the author and I am not plagiarising it. I will give credit when due (please convince me ) because the author’s name was not on my copy, but certainly I am not going to acknowledge the one, a professor in the US shared. His version doesn’t even rhyme well or sound correct if I may be so bold to say)

This is as original as it sounds.

Adam & Eve, as everyone knows

Lived in a garden, without any clothes

And in the garden, there were two little leaves

One covered Adam, the other Eve

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As the story goes, needless to say

Along came the wind, which blew them away

And the wondering sight, that made Adam stare

Was Eve’s rookie, all covered with hair

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The night was calm, with a silvery moon

And soon they both found, a place to spoon

And the amazing sight, that met Eve’s eyes

Was Adam’s ‘thing’, as it started to rise

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Adam thrust, with all his might

For his was big, and hers was small and tight

And forward and backward, he did stride

Till friction made Eve, all juicy inside

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She jerks and moan, as he teases her darts

Her legs spread wider, as he pistons her tart

Then all of a sudden, Eve gave a loud shrill

As Adam’s ‘thing’, began to spill

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Adam was so spent, but down Eve went

She sucks him wildly and devour his content

She made him twitch, and pleases him good

As Adam kept spurting, till he ran out of food

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Three months later, all went well

Six months later, ‘What a swell!’

Nine months later, what a shock!

Out comes a baby, with a nine inch c’ck!

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(Author Unknown)

What Women Wants

Seven (7) doors to her heart.

Some say five (5).

There had been disputes concerning ways to win a women to your side.

Here’s mine.

Attention

Attention is being aware of others, besides ourselves, and being the focus of someone’s loving attention. Every woman needs someone who is there to listen to their deepest feelings and needs, and understands her intentions, and fears. Every woman needs that kind of attention to thrive, to be the best they can be. It shows that you care and want her to be around.

Admiration

Admiration is why she grooms herself daily and spends substantial time and savings on skin care and clothes, to look magical to you. When she is constantly admired, she can feel your undivided presence which affirms her self worth, boosts her esteem, and gives her self confidence. It allays her fears and insecurity and warms herself up to you.

Acceptance

In order to be intimate, woman needs to feel safe, accepted, relaxed, and worthy. Trying to challenge her good sense, oppose or challenge her, will not win you love, respect, or understanding. If you accept her for who she is, it means that you are seeing the truth in her within your relationship. That will calm her and give her a sense of stability and safety. It makes her feel homey as she welcomes you into her life and her inner thoughts.

Appreciation

Appreciating her efforts makes her feel good about herself and increases the chances of her love connection with you. Showing her gratitude and validating her efforts reinforces your good relationship. That she knows she can be of help in times of need and contribute to your well being. Women cares when they are in love. Not knowing when to reciprocate her thoughtfulness by showing her appreciation makes her feel rejected.

Affection

As humans, we all need emotional, spiritual and physical affection. It requires some direct behaviors that show us the proof of these things. Affection is often a code word for sex but oftentimes, there can be sex just by being attentive, unexpectedly hugging her from behind, showering her with surprise gifts, sending note cards, dropping her a line when you are busy, these are some keys that makes her feel wanted.

Allowing

Allowing means letting her be who she is, and not trying to control her, change her, cage her, or force her into a mould she finds irrational, intolerable or humiliating. Allowing is the essence of unconditional love. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t set limits in your relationship with her. You can. But setting limits is done to protect your relationship and yourself; whereas controlling is making her do what you want. Acceptance doesn’t make sense without allowing.

Affirmation

Affirming is to express agreement with, or commitment to uphold and support her thoughts and ideas, or her words or actions. To agree or concur with her gives her the emotional support and encouragement she needs, that what she does is all correct.

I stand open to be corrected. But try not to be abusive with your language.

(Author Unknown)

Overcoming Grief

Grief is a state of loss. An emotional upheaval that one feels beit over a divorce, loss of job, death of a loved one. It manifests in 7 stages, some experts argued 5- but it all depends on our equilibrium, our attachment to that party, the circumstances that brought about the loss, and the severity inflicted by the tragedy. The various stages are sequential but rubbery, with no affixed period, and an aggrieved party may sail across, mixing up or skipping some stages in between, and recover in no time at all. The 7 stages are: shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression, upward turn, reconstruction and working through, and finally, acceptance. But to ride through grief, one must know firstly how grief happens.

Religion has been the pinnacle of mankind. It is responsible for our lifestyle, the constant unrest between nations, civic consciousness, moral conduct and governance. It shapes us to become who and what we are today. However, what most people overlooked is the well known mantra of ‘Giving more so that one could receive.’ An extreme example would be “If anyone slaps you on your right cheek, offer him your left also.” Deep, mysterious parable that is. But a powerful one. That is another topic of discussion altogether.

Giving is an act of love, and giving begins with one being emphatic, generous, happy, caring, or simply, being dutiful. No one will give to their enemies where love doesn’t co-exist. And the more you love someone, the more you will give.

But taking or receiving is inevitable. Taking begins with the suckling of our mothers breasts, till one receives education, and finally when one is fit to take on the world. That dependence comes from one’s natural parents, guardians or sponsors. It is this constant state of receiving that one can mistakenly inherit the dogma of entitlement, thus quite often, a receiver will never know when to give back. Even after they grow into successful adults. Sometimes they defer their plans, others went chasing after rainbows. As a result, their caregivers are neglected because giving is not reciprocated. Until that fateful moment of loss arrives.

The receiver is then confronted with guilt, regret, denial , blaming oneself, the “ifs” I were to do this and that, the longing to do more which they did not initiate when their loved ones is still alive, because there exists an imbalance between giving and receiving. If one would have given enough or more than one receives, grief is short lived. But that is a natural frailty of man. To put off affirmations, praises, visits, giving of gifts. All these can be taught, but never will they ever be fully executed.

But managing grief is entirely different. The rites encountered in certain religions helps the aggrieved to let go. They are the hidden gems subtly designed with human emotions in mind. This if one could afford to, a full rite is better than half-baked ones. The action of burning incense is letting go, the serving of meals and drinks and the giving away of sweets to well wishers is letting go, the throwing of gluttonous rice, the offering of candles, the placing of wreathes and flowers on the casket, the singing of hymns, the shouting of mantras, the placing of bones into urns, throwing flowers into the pit, these rituals were all designed with giving in mind. If one couldn’t afford to, the giving away of the deceased possessions to the poor and underprivileged is another way of letting go. And when one gives, one will gradually let go. And the more one let go, the natural progression lightens our heart to recovery.

So it is right to say that hidden beneath all religions, beit right or wrong, our forefathers whom has designed all these sacred rites and mantras had us in mind. To help us heal.

Something Deadlier?

This Pandemic is mild. Its death rate, tiny. But it spreads quick, and its effects on our lungs, can lead to disastrous complications. Because of that, earthlings began to observe newer habits, just to avoid contacting it. Still, there are many superheroes out there whose ears still hear nothing, and their freedom, not negotiable. If the world could come together, and endure a 30 days total lockdown in every corner of our world , something like an ‘Earth Hour’, can we overcome the problems all at once? Let’s named it ‘COVID 30’. But can UN unite with WHO and world leaders to have an EGM to agree on this common fight? And stop the fattening of wallets of hand sanitizers and face mask producers so we could unmask ourselves again?

Let us imagine, what if something deadlier is concocted into our atmosphere in the near future, whilst this pandemic remains. But one that is not as easily shirked off. Isn’t that a confirmation that biological and chemical warfare is out there blooming now? With viruses coded to attack specifically only on the organs it was programmed or designed to attack?

Because of that, scientists should focus on developing tablets or aerosol sprays that when consumed or applied, seeps into our skin and forms a protective sheen rather than wasting enormous budgets on developing defence and iron domes that can only deflect weapons, but still renders humanoids helpless to vulnerable chemicals and viruses? Wouldn’t that be better than zipping ourselves in two inches thick suits when the real defence is only concentrated between our noses, eyes, mouth and our skin?

Think about it.

Casting out Charm

To know if a person is charmed (In Hokkien’Tiok Kong Thau’), experienced mediums or deliverers will look into the victims pupil and observe its dilation and sheen.

To confirm his suspicion , he will make the suspect crawl under fishing nets left basking at the beach during sunrise or make him cross a river. For it was said that evil spirits wouldn’t cross a river or sea, and so are charms.

For if a person can do that with ease, that means he/she is not suffering from some kind of charm or possession. Evil spirits will also get themselves trapped in the net and so are charms, therefore the possessed will refuse to crawl beneath them. That is the reason why fishing nets has always been part of the accoutrement found above door entrances in shophouses, besides the more popular pakua ‘Eight trigrams’ used in Taoist rituals that has a curve mirror smacked in the centre of it.

If a person is found charmed, the medium or bomoh will first search for the ‘opening’, a gateway where the charm enters from, and then determine the origin of the charm inflicting him. That opening is usually an object left in the garden or main door of the home of that person charmed. Without that gateway, the charm cannot enter the home and attack the person. Evil spirits can also enter homes through other means, like sneaking under umbrellas for instance, which is also another reason why locals shun carrying open umbrellas when they enter into their own houses at night, whilst our fellow Malay friends washes their feet before entering.

The openings or gateway are usually claypots wrapped in cloth left perched in between branches of a tree. Inside the pot, depending on the severity of the infliction, were found rusty nails, amongst other things. The colour of the cloth will also determine where the charm originates from. That will direct the medium to the source if he needs to seek aid, if the charm is too powerful hence refuses to leave that person. A yellow cloth is left by a Chinese shaman, the red, by the Thais, and the black, the Malays. So it was believed that the most fearful charms comes from the Thais.

When they are found, the medium will then perform some incantations, climb up the tree, and dislodge it by the kick of his feet. The act of kicking or knocking it down with the feet is sacred, for if hands were used, the charm will also enter the medium when he picks it up. Other than football, our feet cannot pick up things.

Hence the old wives tale of shunning the idea of picking up things left on the roadside not meant for you.

Phenomena of the Rising Tide.

The only real solution to this flood problem is elevating all low lying terrains much higher above the highest recorded flood level of that area as well as replacing and elevating all our existing drains and culverts. Something Singapore did many many years ago with some areas being forced to landfill to as much as two meters higher than the existing road level. As Penangites, we must readily admit that flooding not only occurs during heavy rain, but also whenever a high tide occurs. It so happens that nowadays, a phenomena like a high tide actually raises our sea level to meet the level of our existing drains therefore the backflow. The seawater gushes in while at the same time rainwater wanted to gush out, both looking for an outlet thus they collide. And it is not because Francis light and his entire entourage intended it to be this way but because global warming has drastically raised the sea level, the same reason why all our sandy beaches are being eaten up slowly by the sea from Gurney Drive till Batu Feringghi and beyond. And it is not about leaves and rubbish clogging the drains as some would like to blame it on. I’m just revisiting architecture in all its common sense glory.”

Kris Lee 2018.

“But herein lies a bigger problem. Global warming has eaten up most lands surrounding our archipelago. It was claimed that Java itself will lose 50 percent of its land mass within 50 years. And Singapore has built and already tested its billion dollars tide arresting mechanism.

Sophisticated embankments to flush out the phenomenon of the rising tides needs immediate attention unless roads, residential houses and massive buildings sacrifices one storey each of their podium for refill. Is that possible? Yes it is. But where can we find the sand needed?

Over in our country, certain states has an annual flood scare during the monsoon season. And all the government cares about is to allow for stilt houses and sampans for the last fifty years. Seems to me that we are going to be another Venice in fifty years if our annual budget consistently goes to the building of faith rather than building embankments of hope.”

– Kris Lee 2020.

Flooding in Penang

The only real solution to this flood problem is elevating all low lying terrains much higher above the highest recorded flood level of that area as well as replacing and elevating all our existing drains and culverts. Something Singapore did many many years ago with some areas being forced to landfill to as much as two meters higher than the existing road level. As Penangites, we must readily admit that flooding not only occurs during heavy rain, but also whenever a high tide occurs. It so happens that nowadays, a phenomenon like a high tide actually raises our sea level to meet the level of our existing drains therefore the backflow. The seawater gushes in while at the same time rainwater wanted to gush out, both looking for an outlet this they collide. And it is not because Francis light and his entire entourage intended it to be this way but because global warming has drastically raised the sea level, the same reason why all our sandy beaches are being eaten up slowly by the sea from Gurney Drive till Batu Feringghi and beyond. And it is not about leaves and rubbish clogging the drains as some would like to blame it on. I’m just revisiting architecture in all its common sense glory.

Trump or Biden

“The US presidential election matters to the whole world. Because they’re ruthlessly still is the world’s largest economy. Their foreign direct investment policy dictates how the world moves and run. Trump is poor in that. That wall he wants to build is a bloop. Deporting foreigners is again a bloop. But a large fraction still believes in him. America chose him then, because all Barack did was talk, talk and talk. Also, there were no other candidates left to choose from. After Trump’s win, Barack craftily shifts the blame to Trump to distract others for his non performance. If Biden wins, it is not a triumph for Obama. But Obama will certainly ride on it. And Biden will have lots of shit to wipe. Biden needs to win back the trust from the whole world. Right now, democracy doesn’t work for the US. The republic system is better. But they can give Trump a miss. I can give Trump a point for what he has made himself to be. But certainly not as president and certainly not on foreign policy. In foreign policy, Clinton is still by far the better one.

America can certainly afford a fresh face.”

My two cents.”

Tackling Covid-19

Stop getting concern and anxious over all the news circulating online. That won’t help eliminate the virus. Neither is you daily activity or inactivity. Rather, practicing good habits does. Wash hands regularly, wear masks, social distance yourself.

The infected needs to be quarantined. Not you and me. Life must go on as usual, but don’t forget our good habits. If we begin turning our daily activity into inactivity, first, the streets will go dead. Then the economy will go bust. When that happens, starvation will kill you faster than the virus could.

If we are asked to clock in, we must be required to clock out also. Otherwise each time a bloke is called in because he is tested positive, everyone everywhere he made an appearance at needs to be called in. Isn’t that silly? Imagine the whole shopping center crowd including sales assistants or a full running hospital needs to be called in?

You waste precious time contact tracing, and you waste doctors and nurses man hours besides tests kits. So much for my beloved government . How our government comes out with the Covid case numbers to warrant a lockdown is beyond me. However what is not beyond me is that the number of cases reported daily spikes way beyond what is circulated online amongst my friends.

Mysejahtera

“When someone is infected, the gaffmen only needs to refer to the data on the whereabouts as compiled by mysejahtera app. Discourage physical sign in and discourage other contact tracing apps. That way, you are in control. That way, you don’t need to waste precious time interviewing those whom are tested positive. Let mysejahtera be the only contact tracing source for everybody. If you can’t control this, stop convincing us that you can run this country. Clearly you can’t. When the figures are rising. Not unless you want to justify the need to call for an emergency to proof our king wrong. That is mischievous.”

– Kris Lee 2020.

Game of Kalituay

  • Kalituay is a home grown game, fun and lively, played between two opposing teams. It’s origin can be disputed, but it has been played both in the kampongs as well as the city.

It demands the players to be agile with their eyes, swift with their reach, yet nimble on their legs and to win, and the running team should not be caught by the catching team.

The running team must compromise through each of the compartments from line 1 till line 4 and back to line 1 without being caught, hit, touched or slapped by anyone from the catching team.

A perfect run through scores 4 points for the running team. And deducted accordingly if one or more members are caught.

There are three sets for each opposing team, taking turns to be the runner as well as the catcher, and the team that scores highest in the run through without being caught wins the game.

Usually the court size will determine the number of people needed on one team and on a normal scale, a badminton court is ideal with each player from the catching side standing on lines 1,2,3 and 4 as guards. Only the player standing on line 1 is allowed to run up and down the spine and catch, touch, hit or slap any unsuspecting runner that lingers on its spine.

The game begins with both sides getting ready and one runner and the first catcher slapping their palms.

A referee can be appointed to dispute a hit.

(Image outsourced without permission)

Normalcy to return?

“It is coming to year end.

What most businesses anticipated, that normalcy will return, is clinging on to false hope. Except for businesses that deals with essentials, rental demands cannot cope with the rate of drop in sales, with most abandoning ship to cut losses, many resorting to online platforms. Thus landlords suffer and so are the lenders. That became the new norm. But can those in the non essential businesses, from f&b to travel, to accommodation, to sports, to ego pleasing and the pleasure industry, and many more survives this?

The sad truth is that the new normal already seeped into our lives long ago, when men went a-chasing for success and power, through greed and negligence. And forces the world to its knees, like an injured boxer, succumbing blow after blow, to its slip shot policies thus, the fatal knocks of 911, SARS, Fukushima, and now Covid-19. Where-forth thou is love, kindness, generosity, righteousness, goodness and empathy if one may ask?

They are at the ringside babe! They are at the ringside! Helping the boxer regain his strength with momentous fixes, while praying he will last till the end- instead of succumbing to a knockout…”