There are people who do not realize that yesterday was Malaysia Day — myself included. Although, I did have a feeling that I am forgetting an important date lately. After making sure it was not an anniversary or birthday, I did not bother about it any longer.
Then, I started reading all this birthday wishes on twitter going out to Malaysia. How could I forget something this important? Well, not life or death important but important nonetheless. Thankfully (just for the sake of not feeling such a big arse myself), I am not the only one around me who have forgotten about it.
Strange, isn’t it? Such a significant date — the day Malaysia was “formed” — yet it seems like not everyone gives a shit about it. Well, at least no way near the importance of our Independence Day on 31 August. That is if they even bother about 31/08.
I would like to describe the atmosphere as sad but I think strange is a more accurate feeling.
I noticed TheStar online started running a poll a few days ago. The question asked was, “Should race be a required information in official forms?” 20% answered “Yes” while 80% answered “No”.
Personally, I find it rather amusing. I have had no problems filling up the race field in any forms since I was a kid. I would just write CINA or CHINESE, depending on the language of course.
Does it really matter if individuals are required to fill in their race information in official forms? So what if the government of the day decides to remove the “race” field from all official forms? Will 80% of those who answered the poll (together with the others who support the move) finally feel [whatever they were lacking by having to fill up their race in official forms]?
I say, leave the forms as they are.
I am neither in favor nor against retaining the race information in official forms, or any other forms for that matter. In fact, I think the issue isn’t whether race should or should not be mandatory in official forms.
That is simply because (chances are high that) Teoh Ah Kao isn’t Indian, Mutusammy A/L Supramaniam isn’t Malay and Abu Bin Ali isn’t Chinese. (NOTE: Names mentioned are imaginary figures and does not relate to anyone alive or dead.)
So, until and unless we solve the actual “problem” — provided they is one at the first place — having race as a mandatory field in official forms is a nonissue.
Should race be a required information in official forms? Why not?
My company is having a blood donation drive this Tuesday. Below is a checklist on whether a person is eligible to donate blood.
Blood Donation Checklist:
1. Healthy today.
2. 18 – 65 years old.
3. Weight 45kg or more.
4. More than 5 hours sleep.
5. Breakfast or lunch before donation (within 4 hours).
6. 3 months or more after last blood donation.
7. No medical problems (discuss with Medical Officer).
8. Not on any medication (discuss with Medical Officer).
9. Not having menses for the past 3 days.
10. Not pregnant/breast feeding.
11. Not a drug abuser.
12. Not a homosexual (Men having sex with another man).
13. Do not have multiple sexual partners (more than one partner within 6 months).
14. Do not have sex with prostitutes.
15. No tattoos, ear/body piercing or acupuncture within 12 months.
16. Not stayed in UK and Europe during 1980 – 1996.
Based on the checklist above, I should be allowed to donate blood, if I wanted to. Let me check.
If there was a law persecuting blog owners of “blog negligence”, I would have been thrown into jail and/or fined.
Two weeks ago, I went to the PC Fair at KLCC to get myself some tech gadgets — RAMs, external hard disks (one for myself and another for my brother) and a mouse. The RAMs were for office use. The external hard disk is because I can no longer tolerate the lack of space of my existing drive and constantly repeating these 6 steps to increase hard disk space. Lastly, the scroll wheel on my mouse stopped functioning just days before the event.
Add that all up and I had a perfect excuse to go for the event. After my girlfriend found out that I have been to the PC Fair and back without even mentioning it to her, she asked me jokingly if I was there to check out the booth babes.
Now, this is a trap question. Whatever answer I give can and would be used against me. If I answered “No, I was not there to check out the PC Fair booth babes”, she would never believe me. If I answered “Yes”, well…
I ended up choosing to act stupid and answered, “What booth babes? I was there to get some tech gadgets and did not see any of them. Must have been the economy.” Of course, that was not a correct answer. Just do a quick image search on Google for the term PC Fair and you will see more pretty (judgmental) booth girls than tech gadgets.
What would you have answered?
One can only take so much bull-crap from politicians sometimes.
A week ago, Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir was alleged to have asked for the closure of vernacular schools — an offence which may see him fined or jailed if found guilty. He later denied this.
I am nobody to judge if Mukhriz Mahathir, son of our ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad has committed sedition. In fact, this post is not about him but the people who have said that our Jerlun MP did commit sedition.
At least two politicians and a lawyer have spoken against Mukhriz’s statement. All claimed that he could (and maybe should) be charged with the Sedition Act. One even wanted the Attorney-General to take appropriate action against him.
That is really funny because as far as I know, the police would not lift a finger unless a police report is lodge. Just a question to parliamentarian Lim Kit Siang — how many police reports have been lodged against Mukhriz Mahathir for his alleged seditious statement? On the other hand, how many police reports on snatch theft incidents have been made and what are the steps taken to address this problem?