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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bakun: May 19 2010

By al-Din on May 19, 2010 7:17 PM

The megawatt of Bakun has led to megawhat? The loss of billions that is. The rakyat will suffer. PNB will suffer losses and thus our Amanah Saham dividends.

The dawn raid of Guthrie (part of Sime Darby) in the London's market in Tun's time has turned into a grand oblivion. Only Zubir sacked? The elegant pretender, musang hitam berbulu ayam, the killer of Memali should go Japanese style - commit harakiri.

Malaysia is fortunate that Anwar and Musa, two anachronistically ambitious individuals did not become PM by the grace of Allah and thanks to Tun. The score for Tun is effectively +2-1= +1.

In the process of empowering Sarawak with megawatts, I lost some RM10k. The coal power plant set in Mukah (again by the China dolls) took my 3.5ac beautiful land by the South China Sea. The state's compensation was celah gigi. DAP won.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

LOangkawi O' Langkawi: May 17 2010

By al-Din on May 18, 2010 10:26 PM

Awad is a small Mediterranean island off the coast of Syria. It is rocky and thus naturally bare. It is historical because the Greeks were there before. Now, it is a popular tourist site for locals and also for fishermen to land their catch.

Of the other exotic Mediterranean islands on the European side, not only the islands but the holidaymakers, picnickers etc (Tun excluded!) are bare or almost! That was not the reason for a VC of a major local university signed a MoU with a university in Malta, of all places? He was on cloud nine!

Between islands and highlands, I prefer the latter for the reason of its climate. However, the parallel betwen them is that their ecosystems are unique and delicate. Space delimit the islands. The hills and mountains on the islands/highlands are prone to erosion when the vegetation are heavily disturbed or removed.

To manage people - administrators, contractors and laymen must know geography. The power of geography is that it can destroy or rejuvenate depending on who uses it.

Much of the time untrained people are given the job to develop and manage infrastructural and beautification projects. Look at Teluk Muroh, Lumut - concretised groundscape with giant lembing regalia pointing to the sky!

Understanding and discipline are crucial towards keeping a greener environment. One evening, while camping I was apprehended by the KOA campground manager for picking pieces of dead branches to be used for firewood!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

kebenaran itu selalunya pahit: 9 Mei 2010

Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...

Malaysia kini dalam keadaan tenat mencari semua punca dana negara. Sambil itu masih senang2 beri 2 telaga minyak kapada negara lain. Dimana kepentingan negara boleh digadaikan!

Bapak borek anak rintek. Dulunya bapaknya beri 1Genting kapada Lim Goh Tong untuk hub judi. Kini anaknya beri lesen judi kapada iMalaysia.

Income dari hub judi Genting dan lesen judi bola akan bercampur-aduk dengan pendapatan negara yang halal. Yang halal akan berbaur haram tanpa boleh dipisahkan. Masihkah kita mengaku kita negara Islam? Kepentingan bukan Islam lebih penting hingga lupakan bala dari Allah.

kebenaran itu selalunya pahit: 9 Mei 2010

Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...

Bilangan professor di Malaysia memang ramai. Ada yang telah menjabat professor mahu pangkat lagi - asyik mengejar gelaran Dato'/Datuk pula. Ini melibatkan mainan politik dan menggeselkan bahu dengan orang-orang kenamaan. Ia menggunakan nama dan fasilitas institusi sebagai batu loncatan.

Apabila bergelar professor dato/datuk ia terus syok berpolitik dalam dan luar institusi. Ia tahu orang tidak berani sentuh dia walaupun prestasi, output atau kelakuannya menurun.

Sebuah institusi terkenal masih menyimpan professor bergelar dato' yang pernah ditangkap basah sebagai dekan kampus cawangan. Apa VCnya buat? Pentadbiran sebegini akan memudaratkan institusi dan tauladan yang salah kapada semua pihak termasuk ahli akademia, kakitangan, pelajar dan khalayak ramai.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Debat DEB di Australia. May 5 2010

Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...
With reference to PM May 6th posting on orang asli which we missed.

Plight of my people: Part I

Imagined or real there are spirits in the jungle, evil ones and kind-hearted ones. And among all these hive and jive, live the human jungle dwellers, the Orang Asli, the so-called Proto-Malays, the pioneer brother of the Deutro-Malays.

The Orang Asli are my people. Unscrupulous people have taken many parts of the jungle ie. my kampongs and my towns so to speak. They simply come in with huge machines to get timber and make way for roads and farms. What are we supposed to do?

Our sources of plants for food and medicine are increasingly difficult to get. The rivers where we take our bath and catch fishes are no more prestine but coloured like teh-tarik. Our catch of birds, monkeys, squirrels and snakes are getting meager day by day because you have killed them directly or indirectly or driven them far into the jungle.

Now, we cannot hold wildboar feasts often anymore. When the outsiders use guns to hunt them wildlife dear to us such as seladang and deer, these animals become a rarity . We use traps and sumpit to hunt for food. The blowpipe dart cannot go very far as your bullets. Our catch are thus limited. Moreover, many of us are getting old and cannot blow our sumpit strong like before.

We are an ignorant and confused lot. We live by the land. Whatever extra money we have we buy salt, sugar, rice, Panadol, and titbits for the children from the van-seller. Please do not make it more difficult for us by proclaiming that out traditional shifting cultivation is bad for the environment. How could we move the mountains with our bare hands and primitive tools? It is the supposedly civilized people with machines who flatten the mountains and destroy the forests and everything in them including us.

May 6, 2010 4:30 PM
Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...
With reference to PM May 6th on Orang Asli posting which we missed.

Plight of my people: Part II


Sometimes ago, one of our people in Kampung Reka in Kelantan claimed that he saw a Si-Pak Belang (part of jungle law to call them indirectly and show respect) dragging a victim into the jungle. This was not the first and last episode. Since time immemorial there had been very many of our people were brutally devoured. At night we even have to compete with the elephants to gather durian fruits before they swallow them away.

We are the protectors of the jungle. The jungle is not neutral. We were then in the diffused forefront where the communists were active. It was not easy to fight against the terrorists knowing very well that they were lurking somewhere there. We were sharing the same jungle and footpaths. It was like sharing the bed with the enemy – sumpit versus gun.

We encouraged our young to join the Senoi Praq as jungle trackers and scouts that helped saved lives of many government soldiers during the emergency. They get some monthly pension, meager though.

May 6, 2010 6:57 PM
Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...
With reference to PM's May 6th posting on Orang Asli which we missed,

Plight of my people: Part III

Some years ago, there was a case of a group of local Malays (Kelantan) who tried to seize our land and we had to rough them up in self defense. A few got hurt. Several of us were brought to court and appeared on TV handcuffed. How haggard looking and malnourished they were! Theirs was a minor offense compared to ones who traded in dadah and whatnot. They are rich and yet want more and more. Ours was a case of survival, theirs greed above all, above patriotism.

We need protection or ways to defend ourselves and our families. There are so many intruders nowadays, humanoid and non-humanoid that come into the so-called reservation that you have alienated for us.

Was it true that a far-distant blood-cousin of us who lives along the Yuat River in that far-flung island of Papua New Guinea had his blood sample taken? They said that he has immunity against malaria and wanted to study and patent his cell line. They say that there are provisions in the global agreement on the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) for intellectual property rights and equitable sharing of benefits.

Now, if somebody come to my people and try to do something like that, what shall we do? We cannot run to the nearest police station to report immediately because it is so many miles away! Our area is not accessible by mobile phone either. We are hapless people.