Thursday, October 15, 2009

Proton oh Proton........

Proton Jumbuck
Proton-ute-slammed-by-ConsumerING: The Proton Jumbuck performed badly in ANCAP crash testing.
A Malaysian-manufactured ute has turned in the worst crash test performance of any vehicle being sold here, Consumer New Zealand warns.
The Proton Jumbuck ($24,000) joined two other utes available in New Zealand in being given dismal safety ratings by independent crash test organisation Ancap (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).
The two-door Jumbuck was awarded the lowest possible one-star rating after its performance in frontal offset and side impact crash tests.
Ancap scores vehicles from zero to five stars, depending on the safety features and protection of the driver and passengers.
The ute's cabin was severely deformed in the 64kmh offset crash test.
It showed the Jumbuck offered poor head protection for the driver and passenger, and poor leg protection for the driver.
It also lacked airbags, ABS, and electronic stability control (a feature that senses skidding and individually brakes the wheels, helping the driver to regain control).
The two-door Chinese-manufactured Great Wall Motors SA220 ($22,000) was given a lowly two-star rating, with findings that its protection for the driver was poor and its passenger compartment buckled in a frontal offset crash test.
The results showed the SA220 offered minimal protection for the driver's head, chest, and legs, and had ''minimal safety features'' overall; no front or side-mounted airbags, no ABS, and no electronic stability control.
While Great Wall Motors' larger four-door V240 ($27,000) model has dual front airbags and ABS brakes, it was also only awarded a two-star rating.
Both airbags deployed in the frontal offset crash test but did not prevent head damage to the driver and passenger. The passenger's seat belt failed on one occasion and protection for the driver's head and legs was rated as poor.
Consumer NZ testing manager Hamish Wilson said potential buyers should steer clear of these utes.
''With advances in vehicle design and safety features, we think it's unacceptable for a manufacturer to make vehicles that crash test so badly, let alone sell them in New Zealand.
''We don't believe these vehicles should be allowed on the road.''
Mr Wilson said the minimum standard for a new ute should be four stars. The Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, and several Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes achieved this standard.
The difference in safety between a two-star and a four-star ute was significant, he said.
''It can mean the difference between walking away from a crash and being taken away in an ambulance.''

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bye Bye Pudu Jail.......

The demolition of this X shape building only leave us with the memory.........

Monday, October 12, 2009

British immigration ruling leaves 1,000 Malaysians in limbo

Agence France-Presse in London
Oct 12, 2009

Hundreds of Malaysians who tore up their passports and set off for Britain in the belief they could claim citizenship under a quirk of colonial law have found themselves stateless and desperate.
"Dee", a trained architect from Penang, has been reduced to washing dishes at a Chinese restaurant in central London - a victim, he says, of a "citizenship that is not real".

"I have become an illegal immigrant ... actually, even worse, because at least they have their own country to go back to. I don't," the 34-year-old said.

A little-known legal clause gave residents of Penang and Malacca - a seaside enclave south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur - the status of British Overseas Citizenship (BOC (SEHK: 3988)) when Malaysia gained independence in 1957.

Ethnic Chinese in the two regions that were part of a British colony in the former Malaya, wary of discrimination under an independent nation dominated by Muslim Malays, had sought assurances they could resort to residing in Britain.

Immigration activists say a few hundred Malaysians took up citizenship, most of them eventually being granted the right after residing in Britain for more than five years in the 1980s and 1990s.

However, immigration laws tightened in 2002, ending any chance for Malaysian BOCs to register as British citizens.

Confusion over the change, combined with shady immigration lawyers out to make a buck, meant many Malaysians continued to pursue applications. Dee, who had seen many BOC friends successfully gain citizenship, applied in 2003.

Ben Scaro, an Australian lawyer who advocates their cause, says the situation became messier as cases were left unresolved for years, and letters sent in 2005 told applicants they could not proceed unless they showed they had lost Malaysian citizenship.

As a result, many BOCs including Dee renounced their Malaysian citizenship - a process that is extremely difficult to reverse.

"I filled up the forms to renounce my citizenship, and my Malaysian passport was cut up," Dee says. "I was told by the officials at the Malaysian High Commission here that I was no longer a Malaysian citizen.

"What makes it worse is the British government saying it's very hard to renounce Malaysian citizenship and declaring we are still Malaysian, while the Malaysian government says we are not Malaysian anymore but British. It's crazy."

Sealing their fate, an asylum and immigration tribunal last year ruled that Malaysian BOCs who have or had Malaysian citizenship do not have a right to reside in Britain.

"We are looking at a situation where nearly 1,000 Malaysians who have given up their citizenship are now BOCs but have no right to stay in the UK," Scaro said.

It also ruled a Malaysian BOC does not lose their Malaysian citizenship by applying for a BOC passport or renouncing their nationality.

"The British Home Office effectively orchestrated the BOCs' statelessness," Scaro said.

"It said if you can prove you are not Malaysian your case can go forward, so of course the BOCs are going to go to the Malaysian High Commission and renounce. Once they had renounced, then the decision comes along saying the BOC will no longer be a path to citizenship."

Malaysian constitutional lawyers also disagree with the British tribunal's interpretation of Malaysian law.

"If a Malaysian has gone through the renunciation process and followed the procedure, then the person is no longer a Malaysian citizen," prominent lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said.

"Of course Malaysia would not allow the citizen to renounce its citizenship without having another citizenship, but as far as the government is concerned the British Overseas Citizenship, as its name implies, is another citizenship.

"If these Malaysians follow the procedures, in these circumstances, they end up being stateless."

Edmund Yeo, a Malaysian citizen who is a councillor in Ealing, west London, says only the British government can resolve the dilemma.

"The British government gave them that right, they were born and you called them BOC in Malaysia ... and now you want to remove yourself from this problem, that's not right," he said. "These people can be turned into very productive citizens who pay taxes. These are not economic refugees, they did not come in the back of a lorry. They walked in the front door saying they are claiming citizenship, so give it to them."

But a UK Borders Agency spokeswoman said the government was sticking to the tribunal's ruling.

"Being a BOC is not the same thing as having British citizenship and does not give people an automatic right to live in the UK," she said.

"We do not believe these individuals are stateless and the courts agreed. Anyone in the UK illegally should leave voluntarily. If they do not, they are liable to be removed."

For Dee, the situation remains bleak. "Malaysia will not take me and I have lived in the UK for 11 years," he said. "I am British, I have lived here for more than a third of my life and I am willing to work hard so why don't they just let me?"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Now I know why our University Standard has dropped to all time low!!!!!!!!!!!

Every Sunday morning, when I surf " Malaysian Insider" article , I am always served with an artcile with a so called Lectrurer Mohd Ridhuan Tee who writes weekly article in Mingguan Malaysia. With curioisty I read his artcile in order  to judge how good is the standard of our lecturer in Malaysia ( I was told that all good lecturer in Malaysia has either served in overseas especially in Singapore or  in private institution).

I almost vomit out all I have eaten in the morning when his article always repeating with  words "Kiasu" and "Kiasi". I cannot imgainne how his students can benefit with his teaching judging from his weekly articles standard.  You will not find any constructive criticism, intellectual arguments ......He just " hentam and hentam" particular race. for the sake of "hentam"........

Now I can only feel sigh about the standard of lecturer in Malaysia......just one word I can say

" Memalukan"  

Read This.....You will know what I meant....

Nizar !!!!!!!!!Immoral Victory for Umno but the Biggest Winner is.....

At last  UMNO has "broken the egg" by scoring victory in the Bagan Pinang by election. It seems that Bagan Pinang's voters have set  a bad precedent  by endorsing a corruptor in this by election. Hence, I am not surprised  if BN will come out with  weird candidates such as murderer,gangster and robber in the coming  election.

Nevertheless , I still want to convey my congratulatory message to Bagan Pinang's voters --------- the biggest winner for Bagan Pinang by election . Schools and temple in this area have received multi million allocations (Nothing to shout about lah these are all yours and my money), the biggest ever allocation they have ever received  in 52 years under BN.   

Frankly speaking, I went to Bagan Pinang recently and I can tell you that this area is still very backward and not much changes compared with 10 years back when  I first visited the place.

I think  Bagan Pinang voters must thank to Pakatan Rakyat, if not because of strong oppossition, I don't think Umno will allocate such a big allocation this time.

Umno's first victory in the by election in West Malaysia should also serve a good wake up call for Pakatan Rakyat this time.  They need to wake up now  or otherwise they will be despised by voters in the next by election if they still quarrel openly in the public and still act with opposition mentality. 

Lastly, the return of  Isa Samad also serve as a nightmare for current Negeri Sembilan 's MB  Mat Hassan ( you can see his worrying face in the photo above). Let's wait and see whether situation in Terrengganu and  Perlis will repeat in Negeri sure get what I meant.....he he!!!!!!!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt ........never mindlah

Again, UMNO has showed us that  corrpution and money politics are welcomed in Malaysia's culture and has set another bad precedents in our arena of politics again........ 

Isa  Samad who had been found guilty of money politics has been choosen as the candidate for the Bagan Pinang'by election despite objection from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tengku Razaleigh. This only shows that this party has never empahsised on the core quality of  a candidate...i.e Integrity.....

Imagine if your children ask you " Daddy Daddy Mummy Mummy what is an  important perequisite an elected representative must possess in order to be choosen as  the candidate? Why my teacher always tell me the importance of being an integrity person but I see it 's never been practise in Malaysia in the political arena? Why a person find guilty in giving bribe still can be choosen as candidate?"

Have you got your answer yet?

If you have to pause for few minutes before you can answer to your children....then you  should know who to vote in the coming by election if you are Bagan Pinang's voters.

  • (Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily)

Friday, October 2, 2009

In Malaysia......Apa- apa pun boleh jadi........

Today headline in the Star..................
Teoh inquest: Mystery male is one M. Gopala, says Dr Seah....................

Gopala was a road accident victim ........................

Wow even a dead man can resurrect ?