Archive for June, 2007

16 words is all you got!

I found out about Digi’s Apostrophe Gallery competition and it’s a very interesting competition indeed. So everyone could make up a short story using only 16 words and enter the competition!

Best 6 will get to go to a writing camp in Bali, best 16 stories will be picked and turned into a visual art for an exhibition!

I’d like to share with you my first 16-word story:
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Mongolian Murder Mystery

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CLUEDO: Despite claims of increasing racial and religious polarisation, Malaysians may now be united in a game of Cluedo.
Photo from flickr.com by Mountainbread.

Monday, June 18, 2007
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP)

The long-awaited murder trial of a political analyst in the slaying of his Mongolian lover started Monday with prosecutors promising to prove that the accused conspired with two policemen to blow up the victim with explosives.

The case has been one of Malaysia’s most lurid scandals. The accused political analyst, Abdul Razak Baginda, is close to the governing party as well as Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his extramarital affair that ended in a macabre death has been the talk of the country.

Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah told the court that he has evidence to show that the policemen killed Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28-year-old freelance translator and interpreter, on Oct. 19, 2006.

He said he will prove that Abdul Razak, 47, “abetted them by planning and giving instructions to get rid of her by killing her” because she was pestering him for money.

Continue reading @ China Post

The hearing continues tomorrow.

Info Minister highlights ‘social contract’

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Photo from flickr.com by akbar1947.

KUALA LUMPUR (SUN – Jun 17, 2007): The freedom given to the press and political parties is not to be abused, said Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin.

“It is not the Prime Minister’s intention to allow the freedom to be breached and for questions to be raised on the fundamental rights of Malaysians under our social contract,” he said yesterday.

“It (freedom) was also not granted to the media to raise sensitive issues relating to religion and the rights of any particular race.”

More @ The Star.

Meanwhile, there may be stealth attempts to suppress freedom of speech by censoring the internet. Read Access blocked is access denied by StarOnline editor, Raslan Sharif.

Tun Abdul Razak: The Father of Malaysian Development

In cooperation of Alumni Yayasan Tun Abdul Razak and Akademi Pemuda UMNO, the seminar, ” Legasi Tun Abdul Razak” was brought together at the Sime Darby Convention Center at Mont Kiara last Friday and Saturday, 15 – 16 June 2007. In addition, Sime Darby contributed to the success of the event as the main sponsor.

The purpose of the conference was to recap the legacy of Tun Abdul Razak’s (TAR) policies and strategies for state development. He was Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, who was in office from 1970 to 1976. He took over from Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj at the point of crisis – Malaysia’s black day, May 13, 1969. It was indeed a trying time for Malaysian leaders; they need positively develop the country and to bring about change in people’s mindset from the colonial period to being citizens of an independent country.

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Rain: A SMARTing pain?

Words may have different meanings. And some may be misleading, especially the acronym for the city’s RM1.9bil (USD543mil) Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel — SMART.

Among the definitions for ‘smart’ as an adjective in Dictionary.com are:

7. quick or prompt in action, as persons.
8. having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability: a smart student.

Hence, when it rained last Sunday (Jun 11), we didn’t really expect this

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A main road in the heart of the city, Jalan Sultan Ismail, submerged. In the background is the city’s signature skyscraper, the Petronas Twin Towers.
Photo by GLENN GUAN/The Star on flickr.com.
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On the KL monorail trail

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Monorail Station at Imbi or Berjaya Times Square, just one stop away from Bukit Bintang, the city’s shopping hub.

Taking the monorail or subway, commonly called the LRT (Light Rail Transit) here in Malaysia, is a relatively new experience for KL urbanites.

As a secondary school student from 1990 to 1994, I mostly travelled on the trusty Mini Buses around town as these slightly oversized vans of the time were ideal for the city’s narrow streets and rush hour crawl.
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Universiti Malaya to move out of the city?

I received an alert from Malaysia Forum on a piece of news from Business TImes today:

GUOCOLAND (Malaysia) Bhd, a property developer controlled by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan, has made a bid to relocate University Malaya from Petaling Jaya to Sepang, sources said yesterday.

As part of the plan, GuocoLand will then own the land in Petaling Jaya and develop it into a commercial and residential township. The proposal is based on a private finance initiative.

A company source said such a development is estimated to have a gross development value of RM10 billion.

I plan to do my graduate work in a year or two and Universiti Malaya is the only local institution that I am considering, hoping it to be my safety net. If it goes to Sepang however, I would cross it out of my list and find another safety net.

A reason why I am contemplating Universiti Malaya is its city life. What city life would there be to talk about if it goes to Sepang?

Since it would be close by to the international airport, I might as well take a flight out all the way to Sydney.

Karen Armstrong in KL

There will be an interesting public lecture by Karen Armstrong next week, Saturday June 16 2007 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 10AM. The title of the talk is The Role of Religion in the 21st Century”.

The best part is it is free!

So, I look forward to attend this one. See you there!

Also, for Wikipedia freak, this is your chance to improve the Wikipedian article on Armstrong by adding a properly licensed photo!

The first blogger to climb up the old railway station’s tower?

Towers of any kinds have always intrigued me: be it the clock tower at the Malay College, the Burton Tower at Michigan, the Petronas Twin Towers. Whenever I see them, I have the urge to scale them.

Today, I did just that.

You know those towers belonging to the old Moorish railway station along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin?

Well, I got to the top and possibly, be the first blogger to do so.
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Malaysian Prime Minister weds June 9

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Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a widower after his wife succumbed to breast cancer, is to marry his former sister-in-law Jeanne Danker Abdullah (right) in a private ceremony June 9, 2007.

Jeanne, who was married to Abdullah’s wife Endon’s brother, has been executive housekeeper in Abdullah’s household since he became deputy prime minister in 1999. She is Eurasian and studied in the Kuala Lumpur satellite city of Petaling Jaya.

The wedding between the 67-year-old premier and his 53-year-old future wife will be held at the Prime Minister’s official residence of Seri Perdana in the administrative capital Putrajaya.
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