Monday, November 8, 2010

Taste of Korea blogging contest

Taste of Korea blogging contest


Taste of Korea blogging contest

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:29 AM PST

A Korea Tourism Organization's foodie site is running a blogging contest in which the first prize winner could get a sponsored culinary trip to Korea. The contest runs from October 11 to December 5; check this link for details if interested.

Taste of Korea blogging contest

I'm going to try my luck with my Seoul food stories; and to be frank I'm more interested with the Samsung Galaxy Tab (the second prize) instead lol.

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Taste of Korea blogging contest from YeinJee's Asian Blog


2 interesting events this sunday in penang

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:17 AM PST

first, we have the freedom film fest (FFF) 2010, which is on both days of saturday and sunday. it will be held at the caring society complex. saturday, beginning from 2.00pm and sunday beginning from 12 noon. please see the FFF website for full details. details of the film screening schedule and synopsis of the film. don't miss the fest, ya, i guarantee you, you will like the movies. i had been going for FFF for the past 3 years and had been enjoying the movies.  no doubt you can download the movies to watch at home but it is not the same as watching on the big screen together with friends or other people. also, during the FFF screening, after the movie, there will be a discussion about the movie, and for some movies, the one who made the movie will be present to answer questions.

on saturday, i will probably drop by for the launching and watch one movie only, as i have to catch the bus back home. on sunday though, i'll be there whole day… as a volunteer.

secondly, the penang forum election of civil societies as councilors will be held at the penang chinese girls school alumni hall from 9.00am.  visit its website for details.



Asian man boarded flight in ‘unbelievable’ disguise

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:06 AM PST

Canadian officials have detained a young Asian man who boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver disguised as an elderly white male.

Young Asian man unbelievable elder white male disguise
Before-and-after photos [via BBC]

Canadian Border Services said the man wore a silicone mask covering his head and neck in what they called an "unbelievable case of concealment". Suspicions were raised when an apparently elderly passenger was noticed with young looking hands. Later he emerged from a wash room looking like a man in his twenties.

The man is reported to be seeking refugee status in Canada. I wonder if he could make it without being caught if he didn't remove the mask during the flight; or perhaps it was his intention to get caught since he's looking for refuge anyway.

Asian man boarded flight in 'unbelievable' disguise from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Girls Award Japan 2010 A/W

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:51 AM PST

Girls Award is one of the biggest fashion shows in Japan. Similar to TGC, the event targets female clothing market with emphasis on street-casual fashion; and the show is concert-like with performances from popular artists beside the catwalk.

The Girls Award 2010 Autumn/Winter show was held in September and attracted some 10,000 attendees at the Yoyogi Stadium. Summarised video below…

Girls Award Japan 2010 A/W from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Why Are Human Beings So Cruel?

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:30 AM PST

Recall this atrocious picture that grabbed our attention not long ago for the wrong reason?Well, we're bringing it up here again today for the sake of one of our strong supporter Eugene Lee.He wanted to catch up on a follow-up report on The Malay Mail that even we at PET+BLOGSPOT missed!Here it is, Eugene - and all you folks - complete with the comments that followed in the newspaper that


Something Shifted

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:28 AM PST

Not the movie Switch... It's actually something in my life and usual time/schedule has been switched since i was tight up with this current project.

Those switches are

  1. Time to go to gym: Switch from evening to morning
  2. Time to do business (poo) : Switch from morning to night.
  3. Time to wake up in the morning:  Pull in 2.5 hours to cater for morning gym.
  4. Time to sleep: Remain the same. 

According to my mom, she said it's good to sleep before 11pm. But given i just got off work on 10pm daily for the past one week, by the time i reached home and took a shower, it's already 11 something... and i also took my daily vegetables intake (snack). So how to sleep early... Sigh~

Anyway, my eyes are tired now... gotta hit the bed now and wake up at 5:30am for gym.

Ciao~


Treler Terbakar Di Senawang, Rombongan PM Austria Ke Melaka Tergendala Seketika

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:42 AM PST

Seremban: Laluan ke selatan di Km 253.6 Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan berhampiran plaza tol Senawang mengalami kesesakan sepanjang tiga kilometer hampir dua jam tengah hari tadi apabila sebuah treler terbabas, terbakar dan melintang di lorong ke selatan lebuh raya itu.

Gambar: Rombongan kereta rasmi yang membawa Presiden Austria Dr Heinz Fischer (belakang kereta peronda polis) untuk melakukan lawatan ke Melaka hari ini tergendala seketika ekoran sebuah treler yang sarat membawa kayu terbakar dan melintang dalam kejadian yang berlaku pada pukul 12 tengah hari di Kilometer 253.6 Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan berhampiran plaza tol Senawang dekat sini hari ini.

Jurucakap polis berkata, dalam kejadian tengah hari itu, treler membawa muatan kayu bergergaji sedang dalam perjalanan dari Pulau Pinang ke Muar.

"Pemandu lori itu Mohd Khatib Ahmad, 26, tidak mengalami kecederaan dan siasatan sedang dijalankan untuk mengenal pasti punca kejadian," katanya.

Kejadian itu juga menyebabkan rombongan kereta rasmi yang membawa Presiden Austria, Dr Heinz Fischer untuk melakukan lawatan ke Melaka hari ini tergendala seketika.

Rombongan itu terpaksa menunggu hampir 20 minit untuk pasukan bomba memadamkan api sebelum mereka dibenarkan melepasi laluan itu.

Jurucakap PLUS berkata, keadaan pulih pada 2 petang apabila laluan itu dibuka semula. - BERNAMA


"Lelong... lelong... " Kedengaran Selepas Banjir

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:32 AM PST

Lelong musim banjir

Gambar: LARIS...Penyapu, berus lantai dan mop antara peralatan membersihkan rumah yang mendapat permintaan ramai selepas banjir berikutan keadaan banjir yang beransur pulih di negeri ini ketika tinjauan di sebuah kedai di Jalan Jitra-Bukit Kayu Hitam di sini hari ini. Kelihatan pemilik kedai barangan plastik, Lee Leong Chai, 46, (kiri) bersama pembantunya Nizam Nik Leh, 30, menunggu pelanggan di hadapan kedainya.

JITRA - Orang ramai mulai membanjiri kawasan pekan Jitra 2 untuk membeli pelbagai barangan yang dilelong peniaga di sini, apabila kawasan ini mula reda dengan banjir yang melanda sejak seminggu lalu.

Tinjauan Sinar Harian mendapati, banyak pengguna mengambil peluang membeli pelbagai barangan termasuk pakaian, tudung, tuala dan barangan keperluan lain yang dijual dengan harga lelong di sini sejak beberapa hari lalu.

Dalam masa sama, peniaga juga mengambil kesempatan melelong barangan mereka dengan harga serendah 50 sen kepada pembeli akibat banyak barangan terjejas banjir baru-baru ini.

Peniaga Perniagaan Kain Lim, Lim Kheng Seng berkata, mereka mengambil peluang mengadakan jualan lelong untuk menghabiskan pelbagai stok pakaian yang kebanyakan rosak akibat banjir.

"Banyak juga pakaian yang basah, namun masih elok, jadi saya melelongnya dengan harga yang murah kepada pembeli dan ia akan diteruskan sehingga tiada lagi pembeli yang datang membeli barang lelongan ini," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Dalam kejadian banjir itu, perniagaan Lim terjejas teruk dan melibatkan kerugian kira-kira RM30,000 dan terpaksa menjual pelbagai jenis pakaian yang basah dengan harga lelong sehingga mencapai potongan sehingga 40 peratus.

Sementara itu, tinjauan di Kedai Wan Hantaran, pemiliknya, Low Poh Wan, 47, berkata, dia mengalami kerugian kira-kira RM10,000 pada kejadian banjir kali ini.

Menurutnya yang menjual pelbagai barangan untuk hantaran perkahwinan dan bunga-bunga plastik itu, dia mula membuka kedainya itu semalam dan pada masa sama membersihkan setiap penjuru kedai yang terjejas banjir baru-baru ini.

"Dalam kejadian banjir baru-baru ini, kita sempat menyelamatkan sebahagian barang dan disimpan di bahagian atas kedai dan sebahagian lagi diangkat dan diletakkan pada tempat yang lebih tinggi dalam kedai ini.

"Jika tidak diselamatkan pasti lebih banyak barang yang rosak dan terpaksa menanggung kerugian yang tinggi," katanya.

Bagaimanapun Poh Wan berkata, banyak juga barangan yang dijual di kedainya yang perlu dicuci semula sebelum dijual kepada pengguna kerana kesan lumpur yang masih ada pada barang berkenaan.

"Jika ada barang yang masih boleh digunakan kita akan jual, jika rosak teruk kita akan membuangnya sahaja," katanya.

Sementara itu, Tinjauan di Pusat Optik Jitra mendapati, pemiliknya sibuk membersihkan kedainya bersama beberapa pembantu sebelum membuka semula perniagaan cermin mata itu.

Pemiliknya, Doreen Tan berkata, banyak juga kotak cermin mata yang rosak akibat terkena lumpur dan ia berkemungkinan tidak lagi boleh digunakan semula.

Menurutnya, dia menutup kedai cermin matanya itu sejak hari pertama banjir dan tidak dapat menganggarkan kerugian yang dialami kerana masih belum membuat pengiraan ke atas barangan yang rosak.

"Malah, saya juga tidak pasti bila kedai ini akan mula beroperasi memandangkan masih banyak benda perlu diselesaikan selepas banjir mulai surut," katanya.

Banjir di Ayer Hitam masih teruk

Dalam perkembangan lain, banjir di Ayer Hitam masih buruk memandangkan air di kawasan Jitra mula surut dan ia turun ke kawasan itu.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Ayer Hitam, Abdul Ghani Ahmad berkata, beberapa kawasan di DUN itu yang terlibat dengan banjir termasuklah Kampung Telaga Batu, Kampung Telaga Batu Putat, Kampung Kota Rentang, Kampung Alor Biak, Sungai Korok, Permatang Bonglai, Pida 1, 2, dan 3.

Menurutnya, sejak banjir mula melanda kawasan itu, beliau bersama skuad banjir Pusat Khidmat Wakil Rakyat (PKWR) Ayer Hitam dengan kerjasama penghulu dan Majlis Ketua Kampung (MKK) sentiasa bergerak ke kawasan banjir yang terlibat untuk memberi bantuan.

Menurutnya, bantuan makanan dan keperluan asas diberikan kepada mangsa banjir di seluruh kawasan DUN Ayer Hitam yang terlibat.

"Kita mengambil tanggungjawab sepenuhnya membantu semua mangsa tidak kira mereka yang berpindah ke pusat penempatan sementara mahupun yang mendirikan khemah di sekitar kawasan rumah yang selamat.

"Bantuan tidak mencukupi juga tidak timbul memandangkan kita sentiasa memberi bantuan dari masa ke masa kepada mangsa mengikut keperluan mereka.

"Setiap hari kita akan menghantar skuad banjir ke kawasan yang mengalami banjir bagi melihat keperluan mereka," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Beliau berkata, kelmarin beliau bersama Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak juga melawat beberapa kawasan di DUN Ayer Hitam dan DUN Kota Siputeh bermula dengan pusat penempatan di Sekolah Kebangsaan Kodiang.

Menurutnya, Azizan bersamanya juga melawat di Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Muda, Alor Biak dan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Indera Putra, Alor Biak di samping menyampaikan bantuan keperluan makanan dan barangan lain kepada mangsa.

Sehingga jam 10 malam kelmarin, jumlah mangsa yang ditempatkan di Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Muda, Alor Biak ialah seramai 2,197 manakala di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Indera Putra, Alor Biak pula seramai 713 mangsa ditempatkan di situ buat sementara waktu. -SH


Banjir di Pokok Sena dan Pendang pulih, Kota Setar dan Kubang sedang pulih

ALOR SETAR: Keadaan banjir di Kedah semakin pulih dengan semua pusat pemindahan di dua daerah iaitu Pokok Sena dan Pendang ditutup sepenuhnya petang ini.

Sehingga jam 4 petang, hanya 56 pusat pemindahan masih dibuka di daerah Kota Setar dan Kubang Pasu dengan jumlah mangsa yang masih berada di pusat pemindahan banjir ialah 22,829 orang dari 5,761 keluarga, berbanding 28,208 orang pagi tadi.

Jurucakap Bilik Gerakan Banjir Majlis Keselamatan Negara berkata, jumlah mangsa banjir di daerah Kota Setar ialah 16,760 orang dengan 4,112 keluarga, manakala di Kubang Pasu mangsa yang masih berada di pusat pemindahan ialah 6,069 orang membabitkan 1,649 keluarga.

Sebanyak 39 pusat pemindahan banjir masih dibuka di Kota Setar, manakala di Kubang Pasu masih terdapat 17 pusat pemindahan beroperasi.

Jurucakap itu berkata, semua mangsa di daerah Pokok Sena dan Pendang sudah dibenarkan pulang ke rumah masing-masing secara berperingkat selepas air di kawasan mereka surut sepenuhnya.

Sementara itu, jurucakap Bilik Gerakan Banjir Jabatan Pelajaran Kedah berkata, sebanyak 50 sekolah masih ditutup iaitu lapan di Kubang Pasu dan selebihnya di Kota Setar.

"Ada juga sekolah-sekolah itu dijadikan pusat pemindahan banjir dan ada juga yang masih ditenggelami air," katanya.

Sehingga petang ini, semua jalan telah dibuka kepada lalu lintas. Hanya empat jalan sahaja yang masih digenangi air iaitu Jalan Alor Setar-Kangar, Jalan Gunung Keriang-Alor Janggus, Jalan Pantai Johor-Gunung Keriang dan Jalan Titi Besi-Kampung Pasir.

Tinjauan di sekitar bandaraya Alor Setar mendapati kebanyakkan premis perniagaan telah beroperasi seperti biasa. Bekalan elektik dan air sudah pulih di kebanyakan tempat, cuma masalah tekanan air dan bekalan air bersih masih menjadi masalah kepada kebanyakan penduduk. -Bernama



Noh Omar not fit for high office? Do we not have a 'murderer' at high office?!

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:09 AM PST


DAP's Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim today hit out at Tanjung Karang Umno division chief Noh Omar, calling him a thug with a "kampong mentality".

NONENg (centre in pic), who suffered a concussion from an alleged attack by some 30 men in Sawah Sempadan in Noh's constituency four days ago, said it is his duty as a Selangor assemblyperson to visit and listen to the grouses and needs of all of the people in Selangor, regardless of the location and as an elected representative, even if he was from Sekinchan he would give concern to all areas in Selangor.

At the Selangor state assembly after the tabling of the 2011 budget, Ng said that Noh Omar said that he (Ng) went into his area, so he (Ng) was assaulted.


Hive Of Activities From The Animal Therapy Centre

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:39 AM PST

PET+ File Pix
DATELINE PETPOSITIVE THERAPY CENTRE, PETALING JAYA: 
THE EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION seems to just keep building up for all of us here at the PETPOSITIVE Therapy Centre.
And it seems like it has been the same for quite a few animal lovers and activists too everywhere.
We were just thrilled to bits when we read The Star's report today confirming what we reported yesterday.

The


My Pakistani buddy and I. Lunch buddy @ non-halal Buddy Vegetarian PJ!

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:08 AM PST

His name is Bilal aka as Billy. ;)

I thank God for this good friend, my ex-colleague, who was my lunch buddy. We used to go the Buddy Vegetarian or should I say 'non-halal vegetarian'  Restaurant. Why? Because it was cheap and nice! RM2 lunch!

Though a Muslim, he respects people of other faiths and does not necessarily go for halal-certified food.

One day, a colleague, a Malay wanted to join us  for lunch. We told him that we were going to Buddy Vegetarian Restaurant and asked him if he was OK to eat there. He said no problem. So, off we went.

Once we arrived at the restaurant, we went to the food area. Before ordering, my Malay friend asked the server 'Is this 'halal'? The server, a Chinese, did not seem to understand his question. Then, my friend asked, 'Can Malay eat?' I tried to explain to the server that my Malay friend was a Muslim and he could not eat pork. The boss at the cashier came to know of my friend's 'predicament' and told my friend that he could eat the food.  Satisfied with the boss' affirmation, he proceeded to order his food.

Well, my friend's reaction as a result of his fear of food not 'halal-certified' really opened my eyes to see the world of difference between a Malaysian-Malay Muslim and a non-Malaysian Muslim! ;)


Mus Digesa Undur, Di Sandakan & Libaran Jelas Ada Manipulasi

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:30 AM PST

Manipulasi undi di Libaran dan Sandakan, gesa Sdr. Mustaffa tarik diri

Oleh Abdul Aziz Anon

Sebagai sahabat seperjuangan Sdr. Mustaffa Kamil Ayub yang mengenali beliau secara dekat ketika bersama dalam gerakan belia, saya menggesa Sdr. Mustaffa Kamil untuk menjaga integriti peribadi beliau dengan menarik diri dari proses pemilihan PKR yang nyatanya berat sebelah dan dipenuhi manipulasi oleh pihak lain yang bertanding.

Tindakan Dato' Zaid Ibrahim yang menarik diri adalah sesuatu yang tidak mengejutkan berikutan rentetan dakwaan beliau bahawa terdapat manipulasi undi yang memenangkan YB Azmin Ali. Kelemahan dan permasalahan berbangkit tentang pengurusan pemilihan PKR oleh Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) dan Sekretariat Ibu Pejabat PKR adalah sesuatu yang tidak boleh diterima. Pemilihan PKR sememangnya sungguh meragukan.

Apa yang berlaku di cabang Libaran dan Sandakan adalah bukti jelas proses pengundian yang tercemar di mana berlakunya manipulasi undi. Di cabang Libaran dengan seramai 1,501 ahli, sebanyak 898 ahli keluar mengundi dengan peratusan keluar mengundi 59.83%. Keputusannya, Azmin dapat 881 undi, Zaid 8 undi dan Sdr. Mus 6 undi. Sedangkan semasa pemilihan Jawatankuasa Cabang PKR Libaran hanya 99 ahli (6.60%) sahaja yang datang. Mana mungkin dalam tempoh kurang sebulan peningkatan keluar mengundi begitu mendadak.

Isu yang kedua, JPP hanya mencetak 50% kertas undi dari jumlah semua ahli dalam sesuatu cabang. Tetapi bagaimana pula di cabang Libaran, kertas undi dan jumlah yang keluar mengundi lebih besar dari jumlah kertas undi yang disediakan.

Perkara yang sama juga berlaku di cabang Sandakan dengan anggota parti seramai 1,047 orang. Sejumlah 456 orang keluar mengundi (43.55%), sedangkan pemilihan peringkat cabang yang sepatutnya lebih ramai dan lebih panas hanya 81 orang yang hadir. Mana mungkin peningkatan begitu mendadak dan menyaksikan Azmin mendapat 417 undi, Zaid 25 undi dan Sdr Mus 13 undi.

Dalam masa sama, 16 cabang di Sabah yang turut sama mengadakan pemilihan hanya mencatatkan peratusan keluar mengundi secara purata 8.09%. Hanya Libaran dan Sandakan yang begitu ketara perbezaannya.

Saya menggesa Sdr Mustaffa Kamil Ayub untuk turut menarik diri dari pertandingan Timbalan Presiden demi menjaga integriti peribadi beliau, serta untuk menghantar mesej yang jelas kepada JPP dan Sekretariat Ibu Pejabat. Kedua-dua badan tersebut mesti digantung dari menguruskan pemilihan ini, yang kini jelas diragui dan tidak telus. Puncuk pimpinan, khususnya Ketua Umum sewajarnya membuat tindakan bagi mengelak perpecahan yang lebih parah jika pemilihan PKR diteruskan. -kerajaanrakyat


Mustaffa ikut jejak langkah Zaid?

PETALING JAYA: Seorang lagi calon timbalan presiden PKR Mustaffa Kamil Ayub tidak menolak kemungkinan akan mengikut jejak langkah Dato' Zaid Ibrahim menarik diri dari perlumbaan merebut jawatan itu.

Ketika dihubungi oleh FMT hari ini, beliau berkata, "saya belum tarik diri…..belum!"

"Saya akan menyerahkan memorandum kepada Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) esok termasuk perincian tentang kelemahan dalam proses pemilihan dan meminta pemilihan parti ditangguhkan semata-mata atas sebab ini.

"Saya akan memberi JPP masa untuk memikirkannya dan jika tidak menerima maklum balas yang bersesuaian dan memuaskan hati dari JPP maka saya mungkin menarik diri," ujar beliau.

Apabila disoal sama ada beliau menetapkan tarikh akhir sebelum menarik diri, beliau berkata, "ya, tapi saya hanya akan membuat keputusan pada malam ini selepas berbincang dengan pasukan saya."

Zaid, yang baru-baru ini dilantik sebagai Ketua PKR Wilayah Persekutuan mengumumkan bahawa perletakan jawatan melalui blog pada 3.00 pagi ini.

Beliau menyatakan keputusannya untuk meletak jawatan ekoran kegagalan pucuk pimpinan parti menangani tuduhan-tuduhan terhadap kelemahan dalam pemilihan bagi merebut jawatan nombor dua itu walaupun beberapa aduan telah dibuat. Beliau juga meletak semua jawatannya dalam parti.

Zaid masih dalam perlumbaan

Bagaimanapun, Setiausaha Agung PKR Saifuddin Nasution menjelaskan pagi ini bahawa Zaid masih dalam perlumbaan itu kerana parti belum menerima secara rasmi penarikan diri secara rasmi daripada beliau.

Minggu sudah, Mustaffa menyertai Zaid meminta pemilihan itu ditangguhkan sehingga segala aduan diatasi. Hari ini beliau berkata penarikan diri oleh Zaid memberi petanda jelas ketidakyakinan beliau tentang proses pemilihan sehingga menjejaskan kredibiliti JPP.

Mustaffa berkata, "dalam sesuatu perlumbaan, pasti ada yang kalah dan menang. Setiap peserta harus menerima hakikat bahawa dia akan berada dalam salah satu keadaan itu," katanya.

JPP dipertikaikan

"Tapi semua peserta mengharapkan pertandingan itu berjalan dengan adil, telus dan atas peluang yang sama rata. Masa ini, kedua-dua peluang sama rata dan JPP dipertikaikan," tambahnya.

Ujar beliau, "situasi ini sangat serius. Suara rakyat terbanyak harus didengari dan isu-isu yang mereka hadapi harus ditangani sebaik mungkin oleh JPP. Kalau tidak, akan berlaku ketegangan di peringkat akar umbi."

Mustaffa bagaimanapun terperanjat apabila diberitahu bahawa Zaid meletak semua jawatan dalam parti.

"Sudah pasti ini adalah keputusannya sendiri tapi ini menunjukkan betapa kecewanya beliau terhadap parti," katanya, menambah,

"meletak jawatan dalam parti merupakan satu isyarat protes yang kuat." Mustaffa juga mendesak supaya Pengerusi JPP Dr Molly Cheah diberi bidang kuasa dan mandat yang penuh untuk mengendalikan pemilihan.

Dr Cheah baru-baru ini memberi isyarat bahawa beliau tidak lagin terlibat dalam pengurusan proses pemilihan. Sumber dalaman parti mendakwa proses pemilihan dikendalikan sepenuhnya oleh ahli-ahli parti.

"Saya mengulangi seruan supaya kakitangan utama dalam JPP dirombak semula," kata Mustaffa. "Mereka merupakan staf kepada beberapa pemimpin dan tidak dapat berlaku neutral, satu elemen penting dalam pemilihan."

Sehingga semalam, keputusan tidak rasmi dari sejumlah 75 cabang yang telah selesai mengadakan pemilihan menunjukkan Mustaffa memperolehi 1,187 undi, jauh di belakang Azmin Ali (4,146) dan Zaid (3,402). -FMT



My tears flow when I read this P Ramlee’s tragic biography

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:06 AM PST

Legendary P Ramlee

Image by Sham Hardy via Flickr

Source_MKini's letter:"P Ramlee: A tragedy that no Talent Corp could have saved" by The Ampas Man

Question: Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti?
Answer: Not in Malaysia

Other views suggest that Ramlee was poached and enticed to return to Malaysia which he did in 1964. Wrong step it seems. All promises in Malaysia were not kept by his new masters. Sounds very, very familiar here.

Merdeka studios was poorly equipped and its rookie staffing meant the legend had to multitask which ended up eventually in him churning out shoddy movies. All 18 movies he directed in Malaysia flopped. Sounds like the same stories we hear from some of our Malaysians "trying" to return home from overseas.

Ramlee lost his glitter, his money and his fame. His partner and colleague, HM Shah, tried to form a company called Perfima to enable Ramlee to relaunch his career and produce his dream of colour films.

But Perfima apparently ended up in the hands of inexperienced and connected cronies leaving the talented Ramlee then, as in now, even as a Malay, blatantly unrecognised, ignored and out in the cold.

The documentary brutally exposes how Ramlee tried in vain to set up P Ramlee productions, but was again shut out by this country's media and entertainment industry including RTM.

He had to sit in the canteen at Ankasapuri while Saloma had her own show in RTM! He could not secure any government aid, grants or 'Private Financial Initiatives' despite his passion for Malay music and culture.

He tried to reinvent himself and sought a bank loan – but was rejected!

  1. With his wealth of experience and in his early 40s then, he should have easily qualified.
  2. (I just remember that RHB had give RM 500 MILLION loan to five persons even without their signatures and RM 800 million to ONE lady in Sarawak. Although I had given them all the necessary documents of my own business they stupidly insists that they need a pay slip for my car loan!!!)
  3. Poor Ramlee didn't know that in Malaysia it is the "know who" that counts than the "know how".
  4. If he had known George Tan from the Carrian Group then, Ramlee may have received a few million from BMF without even having to pay back.
  5. Or he should have "nurtured" some connections like how some luminaries have.

Ramlee by now_

  1. tragically stressed out,
  2. overweight,
  3. disheveled,
  4. completely down and out
  5. with passion and spirit broken,
  6. had to now do almost any job he could including
    • running mahjong tables
    • and singing at weddings and other functions

to put food on the table for his family.

  1. He had to live on rice and eggs.
  2. It was truly 'Air Mata di Kuala Lumpur' for Ramlee.
  3. A court summons a day prior to his death for being a guarantor finally tipped the balance and did him in when
  4. he suffered a massive heart attack
  5. and he died on May 29, 1973 at the age of 44.
  6. On the day he died, there was no rice in his house.
  7. And Saloma had no money for his funeral.

The man and legend, P Ramlee paid a very heavy price for returning to Malaysia.

The country just did not have

  1. the infrastructure,
  2. manpower
  3. and expertise to accommodate his enormous talent.

He would have been better off in Singapore even with the unions there. He would not have gone broke in the club and wedding scene there and perhaps Singapore TV could have given him a break as compared to our own RTM.

All the belated accolades and titles were meaningless as far as the man himself was concerned. He died hopelessly broke and broken.

Question: Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti?
Answer: Not in Malaysia

Those who watched the heart wrenching P Ramlee documentary on the History Channel on Oct 31, 2010 must have gone to bed with a heavy heart.  

It transpired that Malaysia's one and only film icon had died penniless and shunned by the public, including his own colleagues.

And the way it was done appears to have uncanny resemblances to what's happening today in Malaysia, almost 45 years after Ramlee returned to Malaysia.

The documentary, narrated by British actor, Timothy Watson and was 12 years in the making included precious interviews by some of his friends, actors and actresses who had passed on. The underlying tone was one of profound melancholy.

Ramlee, borne out of poverty along Caunter Hall Road at an Achenese community in Penang , had to endure the brutal Japanese occupation whose schools incidentally inculcated a certain discipline in him.

In his formative years then, this discipline proved crucial as a founding platform for his eventual brilliance, creativity and innovation in film and music.

He subsequently gained phenomenal success at Shaw brother's Jalan Ampas studios in Singapore. His success at Jalan Ampas was the apparent result of the studio's incredible milieu of experienced film crew, choreographers and directors which the Shaw brothers had assembled from India, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

With the load of management and finance off his shoulders, Ramlee was able to thrive and focus on his talent of creating music, acting and eventually direction, screenplay and editing.

The Shaw brothers invested and created such a conducive environment at Ampas that Singapore became the Mecca for the Malay film industry for an entire genre of actors and actresses from the whole of the Malay Archipelago from Pontianak to Penang to Medan.

Apart from Ramlee, Ampas provided careers for other actors and actresses like Nordin Ahmad, S Kadarisman, Ahmad Daud, Normadiah, Saloma and Saadiah.

But this talent could not have been developed without the expertise of directors such as BS Rajan, L Krishnan and Phani Majumdar. Directors such as Majumdar already had something like 15 years experience in directing films in various languages in Calcutta and Bombay before they came to Singapore.

It was on this wealth of experience that the Malay film industry flourished.

Majumdar directed Ramlee in 'Anakku Sazali' which won Ramlee Best Actor in 1956. And when Majumdar returned to India, he discovered another great Indian actor, Feroz Khan and directed Khan in his first big hit 'Oonche Log' in 1965. Yes, it was happy times then at No 8 Jalan Ampas and Boon Kheng Road. But it had to end. Or so it seems.

Things appear to have taken a turn for the worse during the confusion of the Malaysia-Singapore separation of 1963 when Lee Kuan Yew had trouble reigning a tight leash on trade unions involving Lim Chin Siong, and his own PAP leaders led by Che' Awang and Devan Nair.

Ramlee appears to have been an inadvertent victim of the unions' unreasonable demands leading Shaw brothers to call it a day at Jalan Ampas when they couldn't keep up with unions' demands for higher pay.

The documentary is not only an eye opener but a very good case study for anyone contemplating returning home to Malaysia.

Whether you are a scientist, engineer, accountant, doctor, etc, beware of the conditions enticing you to return.

If your kid is an aerospace engineer, a naval architect or a transplant surgeon, it's a no brainer that he/she should not return at all unless you are absolutely sure the country has the infrastructure and skilled manpower to support these fields.

Don't believe in these stories that you should come home to "help" and "develop" your areas of expertise. That's not going to happen. That sort of thing will only go to the chaps who have the connections.

Assess any offer carefully and do not trust anyone including this government. Make certain all agreements are enforceable in Singapore and the UK.

In retrospect P Ramlee, with no formal education but was able to compose more than 360 songs and 66 movies, probably returned to a society that was not developed nor had the brainpower and skills to match up to his vision.

In short he was just surrounded with a whole lot of officials and journalists with serious hangups who were not interested in the industry itself. There was no driving force like the Shaw brothers.

And the prevailing attitude at that time and probably even now was and still is a third class mentality. In an environment such as this, no one with creativity, innovation, skills and brains can ever hope to survive let alone thrive.

It's better they stay back where they can develop and nurture their talent. If a star as bright as Ramlee could be extinguished with such impunity, the rest are nothing.

Ramlee and his entire family were wiped out financially despite his immense talent. But he remains still till this day, the Malay Archipelago's cinematic legend. With apologies…

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