Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kittens looking for a home

I would like a cat. Actually I would like a kitten. And today I got a photo sent to me of a boxful of fur balls looking for homes. Aww

Would I like a tag team of furry creatures destroying my sofa? Nope. My solo rabbit is good at that already. A kitten and my Peanut will go well together I am sure but I am not sure if once an adult, the Cat will be as accommodating.  Plus, she would get bored in an apartment. 

Dang. I want a kitteh. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

From across Tambak Johor

T-shirt trio found in contempt                                                                                                                   The Straits Times

Singapore -Three men who wore T-shirts depicting a kangaroo dressed in judge's robes were found to be in contempt of court after a day-long hearing yesterday.

Justice Judith Prakash adjourned the hearing shortly after making her decision so the men could decide if they wanted to apologise and withdraw the insinuations they had made about the courts.

But the trio - full-time national serviceman Muhammad Shafi'ie Syahmi Sariman, 20; Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant secretary-general John Tan Liang Joo, 47; and activist Isrizal Mohamed Isa, 33 - refused to do so after the 15-minute break.

Muhammad Shafi'ie cited 'personal convictions'. Isrizal said he would not apologise as he had no intention of impugning the court and did not think wearing a T-shirt would amount to that.

Tan refused to apologise as he believed his actions were about fair criticism.

Justice Prakash said she could not agree with him and adjourned the hearing till Thursday when she will deliver her verdict on their sentence.

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) initiated contempt of court proceedings against the trio for having 'scandalised the Singapore Judiciary by publicly wearing identical white T-shirts, imprinted with a palm-sized picture of a kangaroo dressed in a judge's gown, within and in the vicinity of the New Supreme Court Building'.

They wore the T-shirts between May 26 and May 28 at the Supreme Court.

This was when they attended hearings before Justice Belinda Ang to assess defamation damages that the SDP, its leader Chee Soon Juan and his sister Chee Siok Chin had to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

At yesterday's hearing, Deputy Solicitor-General Jeffrey Chan sought stiff jail terms and cited two reasons.

Firstly, the worst insult that someone can level against the judicial system is to call it a kangaroo court, he said.

The term is generally understood to mean a court that is characterised by unauthorised or irregular procedures, or sham and unfair legal proceedings.

Secondly, the men's refusal to apologise reaffirmed their contempt of court.

Mr Chan urged Justice Prakash to pass a sentence that would denounce such a show of contempt and deter others from acting in the same way .

The men argued separately that they had no intention of publicising their actions, which they said were merely a form of self-expression.

They instead blamed The Straits Times for giving their actions wide publicity through a photograph in its May 27 edition showing them in the T-shirts.

Isrizal also said the image on the T-shirt was not a kangaroo. He said the animal was a wallaby and added that someone asked if it was a chihuahua.

Tan also denied making the remark, 'This is a kangaroo court', as MM Lee walked past him outside Court 4B.

Mr Chan said that while Tan denied making the remark, he did not deny evidence that he pointed to the kangaroo image when MM Lee walked past him.

Tan also did not deny that he committed contempt of court 'by posting or acquiescing in the posting' of an article on the SDP website on July 27 about the trio being questioned by police.

That article included a photograph of the trio wearing the T-shirts.

The court was also shown closed-circuit TV footage of Tan distributing the T-shirts, and of the T-shirt-clad trio being photographed by the media at the entrance to the Supreme Court building.

Although they argued that they were taking personal photographs and tried to stop the media, Mr Chan noted that they stood before the media for 26 seconds.

'If they were that keen not to be photographed, one would have expected they would have walked away as soon as pressmen gathered,' he said.

Monster says: I suppose a judiciary that has to resort to this really has no other serious cases to preside over.  I guess its a break from bankrupting people. But to time it to 26 seconds, I salute the parties concerned for their analness. Congratulations on bringing more attention to your ridiculous pettiness.   

There, gauntlet thrown. Mentalf, your comments?  

Monday, November 24, 2008

Email sent to Rapid KL

Dear Sir/Madam 

I would like to relate an incident that happened today as I was using the LRT putra from Kelana Jaya to KLCC at about 8 am this the morning. I managed to obtain a seat and as I was wearing a dress, naturally the back of my knees was touching the edge of the seat. 

After 5 minutes the back of both my knees started to itch. Within 15 minutes, the areas of the skin touching the seat has become red, inflamed and extremely itchy. I had to get off my seat as it was progressively getting worse. The lady who took my seat was wearing a baju kurung and she did not suffer any discomfort. 

By the time I disembarked at KLCC, the swollen area had grown from the size of a 20 sen coin to the size of my palm. I rushed to the emergency department of a hospital and was told that I had an allergic reaction to what may be chemicals left on the seat. I had to be given 2 injections and medication to ease the itching and control the inflammation and I had to be given medical leave. 

It is very strange that this happened and as I have not experienced this before, I would hope that this is an isolated incident. I would like to inquire how often does your cleaning crew wipe down the seats and if chemicals and harsh detergents were used in the cleaning?  Nevertheless, I would like to highlight this to you so that you are able to take precautionary measures to avoid this happening to passengers again.  

I hope to hear from you soon.

Irene Fernandez is free!

In one of the longest cases in Malaysian history, justice has finally come for Irene Fernandez, although I am still adamant that this should never have happened in the first place.  

A name today that does not roll off the tongue as freely as PRK or Uthuyakumar, yet she has been the bastion of Tenaganita - the main NGO that speaks for migrant workers and against the trafficking of women. 

In an office that overrun with case folders and low income wage earners that spills out into the landing at times, her tiny team still records cases of abuse, misuse and heartbreak, and negotiate endlessly with employers, embassies, government agencies and the police.  Powers that be who usually don't take to being criticised openly. Which of course was exactly what Irene had done and got her arrested and embroiled in a court case that has lasted almost 13 years.  

Anyway an except from Wiki:

Irene Fernandez (*1946) is the director and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Tenaganita, which promotes the rights of migrant workers and other oppressed and poor people in Malaysia. They had been given the promise of getting support for their families at home by the rich, but instead, they got cheated and had to suffer malnutrition, torture and sexual abuse.

In 1995, Irene Fernandez published a report on the living conditions of the migrant workers. She was arrested in 1996 and charged with 'maliciously publishing false news'. After seven years of trial, she was found guilty in 2003 and imprisoned for one year. She was later freed on bail but her passport is held by the courts and, as a convicted person, she was barred from standing as parliamentary candidate in the 2004 Malaysian elections. Despite her restricted civil rights, she carries on her everyday life and continues her work.

In 2005, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers".

The public has been urged to show their support by showing up in court and draw support from friends and family. The mass media in Malaysia are not expected give full coverage on the news due to tight control by the authorities.

 From a time when I actually made a difference

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Morbid facination

Blog Tok Wan

This little ditty in today’s papers caught my attention.

Pahang govt recruits pensioners as bloggers

TEMERLOH: The Pahang Government has appointed three pensioners as bloggers to thwart slanderous comments and allegations posted on the Internet.

State Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the bloggers, who would be paid allowances, would be provided with computers and the Internet access in their homes.

The pensioners can capitalise on their experience to explain the actual situation to the people besides providing feedback and opinions to the Government, he told reporters after attending the Senior Citizens Day organised by the Pahang Chapter of the Malaysian Government Pensioners’ Association here on Sunday.

“More bloggers will be appointed. We value pensioners’ thoughts in our efforts to improve the state’s economy and prosperity and unity of the people,” he said. – Bernama

Monster says: You mean these would be bloggers don’t even have internet or even computers at home?  So they have become net savvy at the cyber caf├ęs issit?  

And what slanderous comments and allegations are the Pahang government referring to? And actual situation? I think the only party that is way out of touch with the actual situation is the one proposing this. And oh, isn’t it trite that one has to blog to provide feedback and opinion to the government? And why la they didn't put in the url of those blogs. I'd have fun. I am so mean. 

 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Singlish?

Caught a Singaporean makan show this evening. The celebrity was digging into a pastry and found a fruity suprise in the centre.  

Instead of compote, she confidently proclamed that it tasted like strawberry COMPOST.

Don't know how that got through the editors but my 10 minute guffaw was just what the shrink ordered. 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Ulam Evangelist

I converted two petai virgins yesterday. Now two more souls have been saved from lives devoid of the pungent ambrosia. Nods of approval and promises to go forth and convert family members is a good sign.  Now for the rest of humanity.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To infinity and a fatter paycheck

Only 3 weeks more and I am outta of a job. 

And then its on to the next one. I am having the hebee jebees now.  After 2 years of being queen of my heap, now I will be at bottom rung again. Yup, in a TOTALLY different industry. Again. 

A rolling stone gathers no moss or even bonuses but then loyalty has never been my strong point. Shame on me. But show me a loyal monster and I will show you one who is hiding it well. Having the attention span of a fish, its so easy to be bored.  Not always fun. 

Hopefully this new job will usher in a new era of excitement, satisfaction and rewards. And no more having to rub shoulders with people in the bigger PR pool who exude as much genuine warmth as a something from a Mattel assembly line.     

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Peanut is a spoilt bunny

After running amok in my room for a bit, sniff every bit of furniture on my floor, she would settle between by feet and expect to be stroked. If she is not happy with the quantum or quality, she would thump her feet to show her displeasure. But if I have pleased HRH, she would lick my toe and groom my ankle.  

And people think rabbits are not intelligent. She sure got me wrap around her little paw. 

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ok, so I am a geek.

Here you go. Tribute to John Williams. Brilliant!


And here are  the lyrics:

Close Encounters of the Droid Kind]
You must use the force (repeat ad nauseum)

[Raiders of the Lost Wookiee]
Long time ago, far far away (repeat)

Kiss a wookie, kick a droid
Fly the falcon through an asteroid
Till the princess is annoyed
This is spaceships, it's monsters, it's Star Wars, we love it!

Come and help me, Obi Wan
X-wing fighter and a blaster gun
Dance with Ewoks, oh what fun!
This is spaceships, it's monsters, it's Star Wars, we love it!

[Super Han]
Get in there you big, furry oaf
I couldn't care less what you smell
I take orders from only me
Maybe you'd like it back in your cell
Your Highness, your worshipfulness, your highness, your worshipfulness

No one cares if you upset a droid
(nobody cares if you upset a droid)
That's because droids don't tear your arms out of socket.
(nobody cares)
I suggest a new strategy: let the Wookie win
That's because nobody cares if you upset a droid.

[ET the DiscoTerrestrial]
Now we listen to Luke whining:
One more season... One more season... One more season... One more season...

I was gonna go to Tashi Station for power converters
Now I guess I'm going nowhere.
It just isn't fair.

[Jaws: the Wookiee]
Wooookie (repeat)

Someone move this walking carpet (repeat)

Kiss your brother, Kiss your brother (repeat)

Princess Leia
Well I guess you don't know anything about women.

Who's your daddy? (repeat)

[Jurassic Darth]
Luke, I'm your father
(That's not true!)
It is useless to resist
(My hand!)
Come with me my son, We will rule
(I'll never join you!)
Search your feelings it is true

So you have a twin sister 
Who Obi Wan was wise to hide
(Is that Leia?)
If you will not turn
Then perhaps she will
Give in to your hate
You are mine

Long Long Long Time ago... Far Far Far Far Away

Long Long Long Time Ago, Far Far Far Away (repeat)

Kiss a wookie
Kick a droid
Fly the falcon
Through an asteroid
Till the princess is annoyed
(She's annoyed!)
This is spaceships, it's monsters, it's Star Wars, we love it, it's true

Episode 3
Coming to you
In 2005

So Let's go
(go go go to the movies)
Stand in line
(buy buy buy me some popcorn)
Cause it's al-
(please I'd like extra butter)
most the time
(Join the dark side...)
May the Force be with you all

John Williams is the man

 

Congratulations to the new president

I enjoyed President-Elect Barack Obama's speech in Chicago. 

Thanks to Even's PR agent for bringing my attention to it.  You can watch it on YouTube 

The full transcript can be found here. 

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Americans making history

Who do you think ought to win?  
Here is a rundown on the candidates' stand on main issues. 

Sunday, November 02, 2008

World Animal Day 2008

We arrived at about 4-ish. Relatively well attended, the parties that were present were SPCA of course, PAWS, WWF, pet stores, etc. Good to see so many young people getting involved in saving the critters. There were dogs and cats for adoption. However according to a volunteer, adoption was slow. They only managed to find homes for a puppy and a few cats. Still, that is a more few homeless animals with people to care for them now.

Many people brought their pets as a show of support. We saw plenty of huskies. And a fair share of toy dogs. Being a fan of big dogs, I got acquainted with a very sweet tempered Afghan who looks just like the caricature in 101 Dalmatians. And he is a huge dog with eyes that would melt wood. Yet there was this one pooch who was walking around with a plaster on its ear because it had the misfortune of calling the Afghan a sissy. Heh. Well I speculate, anyway. This Afghan was rescued and homed by this wonderful lady by the name of Yen, a dog Samaritan.

The event ended with musical performances which included the gorgeous Honey Madu and uber talented Dose Two. Because though it was pretty late and the rain came to shower its support as well, whatever it is the lingering staff had a good time.

And beyond the galaxy or at least from Cineleisure Damansara, a different species came to grace the occasion. I hope they did not scare the visitors/pets. Although a pregnant Padme had me taken aback.
For a small donation that goes to SPCA, one can take pictures with the Starwars' cast for one's blog for one's friends to take the completely mickey. Nevertheless, for their guts in championing a good cause, I salute them (and curi-curi take pictures). I know, I have no shame. What, I bought an umbrella at a premium. So I kinda I paid my dues..

If you can - its TODAY