Thursday, March 19, 2009

...howwwzattt... kena kencing la...

Mati-mati gua kena kencing. Lu tak kena ke???

Brunei Denies Limbang Story

By Azlan Othman

Bandar Seri Begawan - YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awg Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, yesterday said claims on Limbang were never discussed during Monday's deliberations between Brunei and Malaysia. (more here)

...howwwzattt... the spaceman saga pt. 2...

History is all in the faking
MalayMail March 18, 2009

MAJLIS Amanah Rakyat (Mara) wants to buy the spacesuit used by Malaysia’s first astronaut from the Russian authorities for display in museums nationwide. In fact, Mara had no such intention but had been ordered to do so by Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Noh Omar. Mr Noh’s burning ambition was to get a PhD so that he could sound like the character in the James Bond movie but he’d been told he’d have to get a degree first.

In the meantime, he was a firm believer in outer space, much like the Defence Ministrywhich boasted that it had so many explosives that it could put anyone in orbit. Mr Noh thought the astronaut’s suit might inspire school children to want to become astronauts the next time Malaysia could afford to pay Russia for the privilege.

For Mara, it was one small step for man and one giant leap towards the poor house because the damn thing cost RM185,000, which is a great deal of money in these recessionary times.

In fact, the agency wondered where the money was to come from because these things had to be budgeted for and if it wasn’t, it was going to come out of somewhere else.

The Malaysian taxpayers, however, knew where it was coming from and they didn’t like it one bit.

Actually, they didn’t like it two bits either but no one cared, not least the government, which seemed more worried about its rising budget deficit – except when it came to spending money on items or projects of dubious significance.

Even so, Mr Noh had his supporters. The Malaysian Chinese Association thought the space racket was a good way to freeze-frame history and urged the government to buy Yap Ah Loy’s hat from e-Bay before it got sold to the many countries clamouring for it to be placed in their museums. The MCA knew it would be a good way to inspire schoolchildren into learning all about the trigonometry of cones.

The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) felt left out and suggested that the government purchase the original Melaka tree that had shaded Parameswaran just before he found Malacca. The city leapt back in fright, protesting it had never been lost but the United Malays National Organisationthought it wasn’t a bad idea because it could teach children how to buy ancient trees from eBay.

But they were sticklers for a fact and pointed out that the MIC had misspelled the name of Malacca’s founder.

The Society for Preserving Antiquity Needlessly (SOPAN) jumped on the bandwagon and demandedthat Francis Light’s bifocals be added to the growing list of Things to Inspire Schoolchildren. They were convinced about the merits of their demand, pointing out breathlessly that the founder of Penang had even been mentioned in the beginning of the Bible, in the part about letting there “be Light.”

Gerakan, which was devoutly secular, thought that religion should be kept out of the debate but SOPAN was equal to the challenge. “That was Zen,” it shot back in a stinging reply that floored Gerakan. “This is Tao.” The nonplussed political party concluded that P.T. Barnum was right and that there’s a sucker born again every minute.

On the other hand, the Splitting Hairs Association of Tronoh came out strongly against Mr Light, arguing that his inclusion would be an affirmation of neo-colonialist hegemony which would be in violation of all the principles upheld by Maharaja Lela, including murdering colonials in the shower.

It was far better, insisted the association, to have the original shower displayed in museums nationwide, the better to show children how not to spare the Birch. And eBay’s got it too, complete with bloodstains.

● S. Jayasankaran is the bureau chief of Singapore’s Business Times and can be contacted at

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

...howwwzattt... the spaceman saga...

Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Noh Omar had told Mara to buy the suit “as a symbol of the institution’s success in producing the first Malay spaceman”. Read here, here, here, here, and here.

Waaaa… I don’t know that a minister could simply just open his mouth and ordered MARA to do such thing. For a sum of RM185K, it is sure a pricey move when considering the economic slowdown that we are facing now. If we think rationally, the returns would be minimal.

I don’t know about other MSMs, but the Malay Mail had a field day in reporting the news last Monday, yesterday and even today. Straight to the point I say.

If you can manage to put the first Malay spaceman (read space tourist) into orbit, I don’t find it’s hard for us to get the suit for free since it was all in a package deal. More, the suit was tailored and customized for individual and why the Russian space agency would want to keep it for them. I’m sure the suits are aplenty in their store.

I’ve wrote earlier on this space tourist adventure and still wonder, what ever happens to the experiments they’ve done up there? According to a reliable source, 90 percents of it were destroyed during re-entry. So what's left of it? Some brain at MOSTI better come out with the explanation.

But the real deal was, when the minister involved made it plainly sound so BODOH.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

...howwwzattt... yeah3, another snippet...

An insecure password can put you and the entire computing community at risk. Be a good citizen and do your part to help maintain a secure computing environment.

There are not much different between a password and a panty, infact it shares the same intimacy with the owner. Vary your password as you vary your panties for the various occasion that suit your moods.

As for me, I opt for this printed silk chiffon panty. Emm... thong would have been much better...

Change your password if:
-Never use a dictionary word, even spelled backwards.
-Never use a foreign word.
-Never choose a password that relates to you personally—such as your name, ID, birthdate, etc.

Keep your password secret:
-Never write your password down
-Never let anyone look over your shoulder while you enter your password
-Never use the same password on other systems or accounts

-NEVER give your password to anyone!

-Use a password that is at least 7 characters long.
-Use a mix of punctuation marks, letters & numbers.
-Pick letters from a phrase that is meaningful to you.

Change your password if:
-You haven't changed it in the last 6 months.
-You have told your password to anyone else.
-You've written your password down anywhere.
-You've used an insecure service such as FTP or telnet.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

...howwwzattt... yet another snippet...

On a more softer note...

...howwwzattt... snippet...

During my those days in a boarding school, lessons were conducted in Bahasa Malaysia except for English and never in our wildest imagination that fast forward, students have to adapt to learn subjects such as Math and Science in English.

Back to the olden days students were segregated into 5 classes which were call SET, which is set 1 right to set 5 for the English lesson. Results from the year end English test were considered as a benchmark for which sets are the students going to be in following year.
As for the new form 1 students, they will sit for a special proficiency English test to determine to which set they’re belong to.

I was fortunate to be in the set 1 right from the beginning but we (especially me) in the set 1 were jealous of our friends from the set 5 hence they always got the privilege of going to the library, av lab or some other places other than the classroom.

That is the reason when I reached form 4, I did my English test just enough for me to get through the passing marks so that somehow they will kick me through all the sets until I land in set 5.

No. I never reach set 5; I got stranded in set 3 instead. Still have to learn in the classroom, no field trip except to the toilet.

Terima kasih kepada semua guru-guru yang mendidik saya hinggalah saya dapat menjadi seorang manusia walaupun bukan seorang insan.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

...howwwzattt... we are fundamentally strong???

My friend just got back from Dubai for a holiday here and according to him there were plenty of cars left behind by their owners at the airport and halted construction works were aplenty too. That shows how bad it is now over there.
By Robert F. Worth
Thursday, February 12, 2009

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates : Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai 's fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage.

Now, like many of the foreign workers who make up 90 percent of the population here, she has been laid off and faces the prospect of being forced to leave this Gulf city — or worse. "I'm really scared of what could happen, because I bought property here," said Sofia, who asked that her last name be withheld because she is still hunting for a new job. "If I can't pay it off, I was told I could end up in debtors' prison."

With Dubai's economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield.

The government says the real number is much lower. But the stories contain at least a grain of truth: jobless people here lose their work visas and then must leave the country within a month. That in turn reduces spending, creates housing vacancies and lowers real estate prices, in a downward spiral that has left parts of Dubai — once hailed as the economic superpower of the Middle East — looking like a ghost town. No one knows how bad things have become, though it is clear that tens of thousands have left, real estate prices have crashed and scores of Dubai's major construction projects have been suspended or canceled. But with the government unwilling to provide data, rumors are bound to flourish, damaging confidence and further undermining the economy.

Instead of moving toward greater transparency, the emirates seem to be moving in the other direction. A new draft media law would make it a crime to damage the country's reputation or economy, punishable by fines of up to 1 million dirhams (about $272,000). Some say it is already having a chilling effect on reporting about the crisis. Last month, local newspapers reported that Dubai was canceling 1,500 work visas every day, citing unnamed government officials. Asked about the number, Humaid bin Dimas, a spokesman for Dubai 's Labor Ministry, said he would not confirm or deny it and refused to comment further. Some say the true figure is much higher.

"At the moment there is a readiness to believe the worst," said Simon Williams, HSBC bank's chief economist in Dubai . "And the limits on data make it difficult to counter the rumors." Some things are clear: real estate prices, which rose dramatically during Dubai 's six-year boom, have dropped 30 percent or more over the past two or three months in some parts of the city. Last week, Moody's Investor's Service announced that it might downgrade its ratings on six of Dubai 's most prominent state-owned companies, citing a deterioration in the economic outlook. So many used luxury cars are for sale , they are sometimes sold for 40 percent less than the asking price two months ago, car dealers say. Dubai 's roads, usually thick with traffic at this time of year, are now mostly clear.

Some analysts say the crisis is likely to have long-lasting effects on the seven-member emirates federation, where Dubai has long played rebellious younger brother to oil-rich and more conservative Abu Dhabi . Dubai officials, swallowing their pride, have made clear that they would be open to a bailout, but so far Abu Dhabi has offered assistance only to its own banks.

"Why is Abu Dhabi allowing its neighbor to have its international reputation trashed, when it could bail out Dubai 's banks and restore confidence?" said Christopher Davidson, who predicted the current crisis in " Dubai : The Vulnerability of Success," a book published last year. "Perhaps the plan is to centralize the U.A.E." under Abu Dhabi 's control, he mused, in a move that would sharply curtail Dubai 's independence and perhaps change its signature freewheeling style.

For many foreigners, Dubai had seemed at first to be a refuge, relatively insulated from the panic that began hitting the rest of the world last autumn. The Gulf is cushioned by vast oil and gas wealth, and some who lost jobs in New York and London began applying here. But Dubai, unlike Abu Dhabi or nearby Qatar and Saudi Arabia , does not have its own oil, and had built its reputation on real estate, finance and tourism. Now, many expatriates here talk about Dubai as though it were a con game all along. Lurid rumors spread quickly: the Palm Jumeira, an artificial island that is one of this city's trademark developments, is said to be sinking, and when you turn the faucets in the hotels built atop it, only cockroaches come out. "Is it going to get better? They tell you that, but I don't know what to believe anymore," said Sofia, who still hopes to find a job before her time runs out. "People are really panicking quickly."

Hamza Thiab, a 27-year-old Iraqi who moved here from Baghdad in 2005, lost his job with an engineering firm six weeks ago. He has until the end of February to find a job, or he must leave. "I've been looking for a new job for three months, and I've only had two interviews," he said. "Before, you used to open up the papers here and see dozens of jobs. The minimum for a civil engineer with four years' experience used to be 15,000 dirhams a month. Now, the maximum you'll get is 8,000," or about $2,000.

Thiab was sitting in a Costa Coffee Shop in the Ibn Battuta mall, where most of the customers seemed to be single men sitting alone, dolefully drinking coffee at midday. If he fails to find a job, he will have to go to Jordan , where he has family members — Iraq is still too dangerous, he says — though the situation is no better there. Before that, he will have to borrow money from his father to pay off the more than $12,000 he still owes on a bank loan for his Honda Civic. Iraqi friends bought fancier cars and are now, with no job, struggling to sell them.

"Before, so many of us were living a good life here," Thiab said. "Now we cannot pay our loans. We are all just sleeping, smoking, drinking coffee and having headaches because of the situation."
*Taken from MAS Engineering Portal

Saturday, March 7, 2009

...howwwzattt... good...

Malaysia Airlines Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) Division is acknowledged as the best Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) centre in Asia Pacific by Frost & Sullivan, Singapore.

In awarding the 36 year old organization with the 2009 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan Airframe MRO Center of The Year Award, Frost & Sullivan said, "Malaysia Airlines E&M division has exhibited its capability to deliver comprehensive services including aircraft modification and upgrades to its customers in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide.

“It has delivered high value to customers. In addition, it has demonstrated growth in the customization of airframe MRO products, innovation, marketing, and sales strategies that have resulted in revenue growth over the past 2 to 3 years. Potential revenue for the coming years remains strong.”

Senior General Manager, E&M, Mohd Roslan Ismail said, “We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of the entire engineering team who has worked very hard to position our E&M as a leading MRO player.

"Over the last 2 years, our third party revenue contribution has increased 100% from RM218 million in 2006 to RM438 million in 2008, and we have seen a 50% increase in the number of customers. Our target revenue for 2009 is RM520 million."

He added, “Last year, we set up MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a wholly-owned subsidiary to take advantage of the MRO business. Our success story includes signing a JV agreement to establish a JV MRO in Hyderabad, India, which marks our first foray overseas.

“Key priorities for the year include finalizing all joint ventures off-shore and overseas. We hope that the JV with Qantas and Alenia Aeronavali of Italy will be fully operational by next year.”

MAS E&M Division currently has 80 customers including Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Jet Airways, Qantas, Austrian Airlines, AWAS, RBS and GECAS, one of the world’s largest fleet owners and lessors.

Established in 1972, it has over 36 years of experience in MRO business. It is a certified MRO organization by 31 National Aviation Authorities including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, amongst others.
*Taken from MAS Engineering Portal

Monday, March 2, 2009

...howwwzattt... i stiff your stuff and now it's your turn to stuff my stiff...

I’m not quite sure how the idea cropped up but the way I saw, it was more of a way to “kipas” the boss.

First, let us see what the Minister Mentor means and then let us evaluate whether this fellow could be well put in the position of the Minister Mentor.

Minister Mentor (Simplified Chinese: 内阁资政) is a cabinet position created by the Singapore government in 2004 as part of a leadership transition.

The first and current Minister Mentor of Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew. The newly appointed Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong (son of Lee Kuan Yew), announced his father's new title together with the naming of his Cabinet on August 12, 2004. Before being appointed as Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew held the post of Senior Minister (1990–2004).

In the parliament, recently someone had made a proposal so that the out-going PM should be made a Minister Mentor as to follow suit the way Singapore gave their due respect to their former PM.

In my humble opinion and judgment, the comparison is more of a “Langit dan Bumi”. Years were taken for Singapore to be known and seen as of today under LKY premiership but what was so great about the 5 years under AAB administration that warrants special recognition.

Source: Wikipedia