Archive for February, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year 2007

Year of the Pig     This is the year of the Piggy pig pig.  For those who are born in every 12 years ago..this is your year. Although I don’t really follow the Chinese Zodiac, but at least I know that there are 12 characters in the whole cycle; mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat,  monkey, rooster and dog.

       Since I’m in KK now, I’ve been stucked at home the whole week doing revision. But now that I’ve finally came out yesterday and today…..I think i’d just stay at home. The jam was massive with people doing last minute shopping of vege, pork(fresh, dried and preserved), delicacies, pomelo leaves, fish!, chicken and whatever they can grab. It’s not like those things are cheap and I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t get these things earlier, except maybe for vege and fish. Moreover, they bought things yesterday, today and tomorrow(no tomorrow is eating day-erm push it 1 day behind).

       10 years ago, Chinese here(even other races) could still enjoy fireworks; lights and bang here and there. But now, we are faced with the threat of summons! Although it has been banned for more than 5 years, the enforcement is loose. And it’s looser even during certain times of the year where I can still see kids playing right in front of the public place and no one is taking action.  And since police or whoever it is, is stricter, let’s not find ourselves letting loose a firecracker this time or else our pockets will be burnt with a whole too. Oh choi

            As it is also the time of reunion of family and friends, I wish all of you a happy chinese new year, may you be bless with good health, wealth and happiness…if you have any angpow, do send to my email.

To my ex-secondary school friends 2002-St.Francis Convent…..although we don’t see each other that often, my new year wish to you all is that may you be successful in your endeavors!

Backyard

Cats!Cats!    

      In my KK house backyard, there are more than a dozen stray cats! Ranging from 6 with glod stripes, 2 black stripe, 1 fruitcake color and the rest I can’t see clearly.

     However, my favourite one is 2 golden cats; a bro and sis, i suppose. They’re both superbly cute because…..meow the loudest. The female one wouldn’t let me touch her and will hiss loudly when I’m near. The male one is better. I can at least touch him when he’s eating, and he will come near to me whenever he wants food(i guess all hungry cats does). The rest would just wait for signal behind the fence and would jump in when food is poured on the floor.

     Usually, I would feed them with chicken or biscuits, and they would lick clean the floor. Once, when the male cat were still licking his piece of chicken, my mom splash water to clean the floor, carrying away his chicken. What frown the cat gave me! I didn’t do it! He wept to his sister while swishing his tail to show anger..hahaha..So I gave them biscuits in compensation.
     I named these 2 cats..but I can’t tell it here coz it’s a weird name.

A day at home

     ‘Home sweet home’ as goes the normal plain saying that whatever it is, home is still the best. Normal saying only apply to normal people as we shall not forget those unfortunates who doesn’t have a home at all; orphans, beggars, refugees, lost and insane on the streets and so on….

     My day today. 9am, I woke up and prepare for revision. Well, exam is not that near…it’ll be on the 16th May. But due to last year’s experience, I’d rather suffer now than later. Let me tell about they year before’s experience when i was still a first year student. I took my exams in KL thinking that it shall be fun because after exam, my classmates will be organising various outings and activities. Indeed they did, and was fun.

     But, the days of preparation were hell horrible. 1st, i had supernatural experience during a nap, almost died i thought. Adding to this agony, I had to sleep alone that night . Then i   begged my other housemates to sleep in their room. After a few days, I had to move back to my room, and one of the housemates agreed to accompany me that night. Things didn’t improve. Somewhere in my dreams, I began to suffocate. I woke up and realised that i really couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t move or called my sleeping housemate! I thought i would die this time. After few minutes of struggle, phew i finally could take a deeeeeeeep breath.

     2nd year. I really really must say that during this period of time, I couldn’t eat well, sleep well and even brush my teeth properly. The stress were tremendous! And it lasted for 1 month. The toothbrush wouldn’t go in further than 1 inch or else I’ll throw up. However, I was in Sabah, so I had my family members with me and no hallucinations or whatever of that sort.

     Every day and night, I agonized over the amount of texts and notes to read and hoping that one day these notes can be used to boil soup and by drinking it, I wouldn’t have to study so hard. Waking up is a drag and sleeping is a shudder. The amount of tears shed can make up of one good cup of ‘water’.

       Final year—>2007! I cannot afford to fail at all, or else it’s the end of my 2 years kindergarten + 6 years primary sch + 5 years secondary sch + 1 1/2 years a-levels + 3 years degree. So even if i have 3 layers of eyebags, I must pass with nice colours..(hopefully the colors are flying too).

       You must be wondering why all these stress? Let me explain. I’m taking a course where you need to complete your degree within 6 years frame, 4 papers per year, each paper answer 4 questions and each paper is 3 hours. If you fail one paper, it’s either you can refer the paper once or if you fail miserably, you’ll have to repeat again the whole year! Final year is worse, there’s no chance to refer. It’s either you repeat or get a 3rd class. If you get a 3rd class, that’s the end.

       So my day today basically started with online surfing, then watch tv. Until 12pm then only i start reading. But in betweens, there are more tvs and internet.

     Basically, after all these year’s experience, I’m asking myself when should i brace up. I think the time is now. Back to study table now……

Justifying war?

Look at these torures happened during wartime..

1. Nazi occupation in Germany.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust .

quote: Initially, they tried shooting them by having them stand one behind the other, so that several people could be killed with one bullet, but it was too slow. Then they tried dynamite, but few were killed and many were left wounded with hands and legs missing, so that the Germans had to finish them off with machine guns. In October 1941, in Mogilev, they tried a Gaswagen or “gas car”. First, they used a light military car, and it took more than 30 minutes for people to die; then, they used a larger truck exhaust and it took only eight minutes to kill all the people inside.

quote:The Holocaust was carried out without any reprieve even for children or babies, and victims were often tortured before being killed. Nazis carried out deadly medical experiments on prisoners, including children. Dr. Josef Mengele, medical officer at Auschwitz and chief medical officer at Birkenau, was known as the “Angel of Death” for his medical and eugenical experiments, e.g., trying to change people’s eye color by injecting dye into their eyes.

Are these things inevitable during war time?

2. Japanese Occupation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Occupation_of_Singapore#Life_during_the_Occupation

quote:Japanese military’s use of rape and comfort women (women forced into sexual slavery). For instance, the Sook Ching Massacre of ethnic Chinese, including civilians who had donated to charities to aid the war effort in China, claimed between 25,000 and 50,000 lives in Malaya and Singapore.

I understood that the Japanese were much more cruel than anyone else that occupied and colonised Malaysia.

But at least those crimes were settled during the Nuremberg trials and the Tokyo trials. The Japanese apologised and are still apologising…Nazi’s are banned forever… Some of you should read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’..it doesnt tell the brutality of war but then the book recalled the sufferings of 2 families living in the same space for few years before they were captured.

   But from the War Crimes conference, from Ms. Hana Bayaty’s speech, she said that Geneva Convention were not used to sanction the US crimes in the war because the terminologies used to brand their ‘terrorist’ were wrong! There was no insurgency because people are retaliating for their own country..insurgency should be called resistance..and if it is resistance, Geneva Convention should operate to protect the rights of prisoners of war. In fact, she said..the conquered parts of Iraq should be protected by the Convention, especially the resisting citizens..

     She argued that the US has wrongly branded them so as not to accord them a protection! War on terminologies they said. This is quite serious if it’s true, then US would have done all things in disguise for their own economic benefit.

quote:

They stressed him out so bad that the man passed away. The next day the medics came in and put his body on a stretcher, placed a fake I.V. in his arm [to suggest he died under medical care] and took him away. This OGA (other governmental agency) [prisoner] was never processed and therefore never had a number.

Ivan Frederick

Double standards, we called it. The US army can mistreat any captives or civilians, but they themselves cannot be mistreated.

A quote from a my friend:  an American citizen who was effected by the Tsunami ” How dare you treat me and house me in such conditions, i am a American Citizen ” This statement clearly disturbs me. It implies that American citizens should be given 1st class treatment. Drawing an analogy, the rights of US citizens come first. A right of life ( or should i add on right of comfort ) only applies to US citizens & its allies and not to the rest of the world. This can be seen in the trigger happy US soldiers who have no disregard for lives of innocent civilians. For a country who as preach so much about liberalism, Rule of Law and democracy, the US and its allies simply do not conform to what they preach. Double standard ??

Much like, we are facing the Western Imperialism- yesterday, today and tomorrow..Sad to say, man never learn from their pains and sufferings…or are we suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome?

War Crimes..criminalising it..

   Finally the 3 day conference at Putra World Trade Centre has come to an end with setting up of a KL War Crimes Tribunal..Wondering whether it can really take off because questions are lingering whether it’ll be a legal, legitimate and/or recognize and respectable tribunal. Since Im not doin conflict of laws, I wouldn’t know which laws/conventions are applicable to the reference of the tribunal, but surprisingly, the legal counsel doesn’t seem to know the answer either.

     Victims of war crimes are in dire need, no doubt. But i doubt if the tribunal can really do something for them because obviously the ‘named’ defendants are not even bothered. If we could obtain a judgement, what could the judgement do? It’s not binding, not even persuasive authority yet.

    Ok, I havent state what war crime is. It’s a crime done in the war, breaching of the Geneva Convention. eg: torturing prisoners of war, taking child soldiers, causing harm to women, old folks, sick and children etc…So, the question of whether US is wrong in starting war in the middle east or not, is irrelevant! The thing is, the war that they brought is causing grave injury to the weaker members of the country. If not, P.Lyndie England wouldnt have been charged in the martial court for torturing prisoners of war (brainless soldiers for taking such pictures to be used as an evidence againts them).

    A lot would argue that these things are bound to happen in war, so what’s the big deal? the BIG deal is..you are NOT the one who is suffering! Of course it’s easy for people to rebut all the attacks on “Bush and the pocket Bush in the bushlands of Australia”, thanks to all media who has been faithful to the US govt and the US propaganda that they are saving the world from misery. Certainly some of them are, but not the capitalist. After reading about Karl Marx, I am convinced that capitalist will not save anyone accept money….and democracy favours capitalism.

     Relating to Marx, try wonder why the US is forcing Middle East countries to be a democratic country. What’s wrong with a monarch, dictatorship etc etc..I dint see Bush fighting against Queen Elizabeth 2 or Japanese Emperor or thee Swazilang king..Question: Where is Osama hidding? Really, don’t tell me they can take around a month to find Saddam hidding undergound but not Osama. It’s already the 6th year since 11/9..6th year!! Isnt that a bit slow for such a boasting high tech country..

     Of course of course, we should help regardless of races, origins, faiths or religions..as conscience demands. But the sad thing is, the Mr.Chairman himself doesnt seem to have good regards to people of other religions besides those of his own. The spirit of true Malaysian has not instilled in his mind yet. Or perhaps he’s just to washed up in battling an idle Bush who doesnt even care. But we Malaysians understand better, and I should say no more on this issue.

     And depleted uraniums used in war time. Gosh…now we know how all the increased cancer and diabetic rates happen!  These two diseases have the most unexplainable causes. And the DU dusts are blowing everywhere, where the wind is, not just the warring countries.

     My stand is, war is simply a waste of time and resources. The so called ‘war on terror’ is really a war in disguise to invade the sovereignty of other nations. Not only that, to rob off their freedom, wealth and resources. With or without the press, we do not really know what happen during 9/11 or between Iraq and US or other fighting nation, Palestine and Israel, so forth.  All we know is to sit comfortably in front of the computer screens criticising and commenting on the press reports and reports of other people.

     No matter how much you dislike Mr. Chairman, my personal opinion that his efforts to criminalise wars and fighting war crimes should gain recognition. Why? Art 2 Convention of the ECHR-Everyone has a right to life….(though it’s not applicable legally to everyone, but it does question on our conscience if we say that war is necessary). If the effect of war is so devastating, surely war is not a good thing. If a nation is willing to enter into a war to help another country, why would the ‘helping’ nation adds to the agony of the weaker nation by torturing their people further?