Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Kung Fu Actress got a Tan Sri


This year's Agong Honour's list caught alot of people by surprise. Unlike previous investiture, the customary Ministers and civil servants would fill the honours list. Many of them seem to have a penchant for repeat performances practically every year. One would think the recipient had done an extraordinary job in the execution of their duties. But some have been even lucky to receive the hinorary title even before embarking on any distingusih career.

One recent surprise recipient was the young son of MCA President Chua Tee Yong.. Hardly knocking thirty he was catapulted to contest his father's seat of Labis when the latter resigned his Minister and Parliament post over his sordid porno episode.In quick time, his father struck a bargain with Najib and the young protege was duly appointed a Deputy Minister.And in double quick time the young upstart was given a Datukship from malacca maybe perhaps for his boyish smile.

But the last week was really a surprise for the newly minted second time round Agong.In one stroke of his pen or was he adviced by Putrajaya, two distinguish gentlemen and a fame kung Fu exponent actress was awarded a distinguish Tan Sri and Datukship tittle. But what took many by surprise was the rain of villification accorded to the chinese Kung Fu exponent, Michelle Yeoh for her Tan Sri award. The remarks directed at her was pure vitrolic and full of hatred. Some calling her a bitch and a prostitute.The other two, Zang Toi and Jimmy Choo was unscathed by any disparage comments and was well received.

Many people attributed the adverse response to her fervent support for Najib and B.N. But then , this should not be the primary reason because supporting a party of your choice is an inherent right of a budding democracy.

My two cents worth is that Michelle Yeoh's profession in chinese culture and tradition are not worthy of any acclaim. Singers and actresses in chinese scale of respect is a lowly one. In fact it is an established fact of a singers and actress life to sleep their way on a director's couch in order to advance their career.That explains the low respect accorded to singers and actresses.. A famous tale often told was the story of the love life of the fame singer Theresa Teng. At the height of her singing fame she felt in love and was imminently poised to wed the son of a Hong Kong billionaire.. The matriach 's family made one conditon for Theresa Teng to abandon her flourishing fame career before she could marry her son.She opted not to comply with the condition and the rest was history. She continued her singing career with an aging caucasian lover and died under circumstances that could have been avoided had she lived and married the billionaire son.

Michelle Yeoh's current love life have not endeared herself to her many cinema goers fans. Her present and continuing romp with an aging podgy caucasian more fame for his wealth than anything else does not help to elevate Michelle's reputaion.And her continuing illicit fling with the caucasian Jean Todt has perhaps caused an explosion of disparaging remarks that is now flooding the social media.

Nurul's ban entry to Sabah- a shameful act

The recent ban by Sabah's immigration authorities of Nurul Izzah's entry into Sabah not only drew bipartisan criticisms but propelled our country to some degree of notoriety. No country which professed democracy has ever had the cause to ban its citizen from entering into another state which is part of the country's autonomy. But what makes the whole episode a mockery is that Nurul was not a normal persona non grata felon but an elected member of Parliament in the Federal Territory.

What makes it even more interesting was the statement by the newly minted Tourism Minister, Nazri who went on to justfy the ban as something 'based on the provisions of the Law for the safety of Sabahans'. Safety of Sabahans? Safety from whom? Did Nurul's visit posed a threat to the security and safety of Sabahans? What kind of rubbish is this idiotic Minister trying to say? If indeed Nurul was a security threat then it was incumbent of the Home Minister to arrest Nurul and charge her for any impending threats that she may posed. This kind of foolish reason offered by a member of the cabinet is pure fabrication and fiction done with the intention of blemishing the opposition's reputation. Even maverick B.N's politician from Kinabatangan Bung Mokhtar tweeted that the move was a 'mistake and a 'disaster'

According to the Sabah Immigration authorities , the ban was under the order of the Chief Minister Musa Aman who denied that the ban was politically motivated. If it was not politically motivated then what was it that had led to Nurul's ban? Further, the Immigration authorities comes under the Home Ministry which is a Federal authority. So how could Aman intervene to order the Immigration authority to ban Nurul? Unless of course this was done with the tacit approval of the Home Ministry which gave its official the green light to effect Aman's order for the ban. The ban has raised many questions as to the legitimacy of such a ban on its citizens in the absence of any valid reason. Further, does the chief Minister has authority to order a Federal agency to carry out an order which does not come under its jurisdiction. The fact that the Home Minister has chosen to remain silent when its authority and jusrisdiction have been encroached by the state govt only raised further suspicions that there was a covert conspiracy to ban Nurul from the begining.

Opposition member of Parliament must debate this issue with the govt and once and for all correct this anomaly. Such ridiculous situation has been allowed to fester for so long and Sarawak has also been one of the culprit exercising such unreasonable ban on Malaysian citizens. Malaysians deserve the right to know the legality of such frivolous actions by the whims and fancy of Chief Ministers who view their state as if it is their own private domain.

Pakatan should demand scrutiny of all spoilt votes in marginal seats.

One intersting fact emerged during the last 13 General Election which seemed to escape the attention of Pakatan strategists. Five typical cases which should require further attention and scrutiny applies to 1). Labis 2) Bentong 3) Cameron Highlands 4). Kuala Selangor 5) Sungai Besar.The results of all the five constituencies should provoke some degree of suspicions.

In Labis,Chua Soi Lek's young progeny , Chua Tee Yong won with a slender majority of 353 votes. And that after considerable allegations of money being paid for votes by young Chua's campaigners.The wining majority of 353 was overshadowed by a nearly two fold fold increase of 689 spoil votes.

In Bentong,, former MCA Health Minister, Liow Tiong Lai won with a majority of 379 votes but this slender wining margin was overshadowed by the almost triple amount of 988 spoil votes.

In the Cameron Highlands result, MIC President, G.Palinivel garnered a small majority of
462 votes and this again was overshadowed with a two fold increase of 877 spoil votes..
In Sungai Besar, B.N won with a majority of 399 votes and this was out numbered by 699 spoilt votes.
Lastly, Kuala Selangor was won by B.N with a majority of 460 votes and this was conspicuosly outnumbered by a two fold increase of 934 spoilt votes..

Since E.C had mentioned that it will not only accept votes marked with an 'X' but also will accept those marked with checks and dots too, it will be interesting to find out what reason was given for those huge numbers of spoilt votes. A proper scrutiny of all the spoil votes can only lead to a determination whether all those rejected votes were legitimately construed as spoilt.

In the light of the revelation that there was a huge increase of spoilt votes of 332,297, up from 2008's 324,120 ballot papers, it is important that the E.C act transparently by revealing all the spoilt votes for a proper scrutiny by an independent party. This is to allay fears that the spoilt votes were deliberately cast aside as spoilt without proper justification.This is neccessary because spoil votes rejected by the E.C are not included in the final count.