Sunday, December 10, 2006

Malaysia Sweet Malaysia

I'm finally back in Malaysia now... Ah... Home sweet home. You never realized how beautiful your home country is until and unless you face the prospect of living in another country for god knows how long.

Seriously, although technically it was just a holiday for me but the mere thought of leaving Malaysia, my home, my country was quite a sad thought. I know Malaysia has it flaws and everything. What with the recent outcry of dress codes in Kelantan, government enforcing cyber laws and everything. It sometimes can be quite frustrating living in Malaysia.

But hey... love is to be able to accept everything about the person right?

Same goes to my country too..

My family and I finally touched down on Wednesday and the sense of belonging radiantly filled my heart. I was so relieved and glad to be home.

I wonder why I made such a big deal out of this whole thing.

On the ride home from KLIA on the taxi, I was slowly appreciating everything that was around me. Hehe.. the PLUS highway, the trees, the houses, my beloved Twin Towers. Sigh.. Beautiful! =)

Lets not even start with what I’m gonna miss most when I leave. Yes.. The FOOD!!! There's no Malaysian food over there... what am I gonna do?

Well... I guess this is what it takes to be a global citizen. To be able to absorb and celebrate other country's culture and beauty. It’s really not as easy as it sounds.

*small voice*

I wanna stay home.. =(

The taxi service in KLIA is really getting from bad to worst. A few years back, once you get down from the plane, you can immediately catch a taxi to whatever destination to fits you.

Now, it’s not only expensive but you have to wait for at least 1 hour to get a cab.

Malaysia oh Malaysia.. Is this the first impression you wanna give our foreigners the minute they get set their eyes on our beautiful country?

However, I heard that they give priority to foreigners in selling taxi tickets.

No wonder we locals have to wait...

>.< Ok... no more talking bad about my country. Here are some pictures I took from the plane! =)

This kinda reminds me of the show 'Lost' where everyone was sucked into this thing.


Is it nice? Is it? Hehe... The beautiful clouds and Mr.Sun. I use to always think how lovely it would be to lie down on one of those fluffy clouds. But some 'humbug' pointed out to me that clouds are made of water vapour. Thanks a lot. =( Bursting my childhood wonders!

Just imagine we see this wherever we are. Any part of the world. We are no different actually. You and I. We share the same planet. Our beloved earth. What is different is the colour of our skin, the languages we speak, the food we eat, or the tradisions we follow.

Or is it really that different?

I was quite suprised that you can actually take pictures on the plane. I mean with all the window and everything. This goes to show how terrible I am in photography. But am slowly learning now! =)

I'm going of again to KK, Sabah for the next week. Don't think I'll be able to online over there. Have a nice week you guys! ^.^


Bearette24 said...

it's true, i think even if you love the place you live, you want to change some things about it. but at least you love it!

nice fluffy cloud pictures, by the way :)

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures of the clouds...!

I used to love taking pictures of the clouds when i was in secondary school with my best fren... We used to walk around carrying a camera then whenever we see nice formations of the clouds we would snap it! Even if we are half-way crossing the road... HaHa!

So i guess it would be my turn to snap when i am on the plane towards Bangkok on X'mas eve... HeHe...


Keshi said...

Change is good for the soul.

Lovely pics there! I love clouds.


Cergie said...

I like clouds ! When you are above them you have no problem with rain !

Anonymous said...

i'd forgotten how nice the view is from a plane. I never got around to taking pictures of them.

terra shield said...

You're right about being able to love home despite all the flaws...

Love the picture of the clouds, though :)

Tm Lee said...

I got few place photos oso from my recent flight to Perth...wana check it out?~

tulipspeaks said...

we tend to appreciate sumthing only when we r no longer have it. ironic isnt it? between, those r awesome pics!


terra shield said...

you have been tagged....

pink fairy princess sa said...

welcome home!!
welcomw home!!!

Anonymous said...

wow cool the way you seem to be blogging better and better

Anonymous said...

next year is Visit Malaysia Year 2007, improvement in KLIA is a must.

human book said...

List of racial discriminations in Malaysia, practiced by government as well as government agencies. This list is an open secret. Best verified by government itself because it got the statistics.

This list is not in the order of importance, that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean least important.

This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc) who were being racially discriminated.

Figures in this list are estimates only and please take it as a guide only. Government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list cover a period of about 49 years since independence (1957).

List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Out of all the 5 major banks, only one bank is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by malays

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are malays

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by malays

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be bumis status

(6) 0% of non-malay staffs is legally required in malay companies. But there must be 30% malay staffs in Chinese companies

(7) 5% of all new intake for government army, nurses, polices, is non-malays

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), drop from 40% in 1960

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-malay government servants in Putrajaya. But malays make up 98%

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the whole government (in 2004), drop from 30% in 1960

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to malays

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by malay government e.g. Approved permits, Taxi permits, etc

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is make difficult for Chinese rice millers

(14) 100 big companies set up, owned and managed by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by malays since 1970s e.g. MISC, UMBC, UTC, etc

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia, throughout 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other malay transport companies due to rejection by malay authority to Chinese application for bus routes and rejection for their application for new buses

(16) 2 Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and 3 are Chinese in October 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given

(17) 0 non-malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (November 2004)

(18) 8000 billion ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatisation of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over 34 years period

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(21) 2637 malay primary schools built since 1968 - 2000

(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, malay schools got 96.5%

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school-text-book-loan, a malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible

(24) 10 all public universities vice chancellors are malays

(25) 5% - the government universities lecturers of non-malay origins had been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004

(26) Only 5% is given to non-malays for government scholarships over 40 years

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under "Look East Policy"

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course that they aspired e.g. Medicine (in 2004)

(29) 10% place for non-bumi students for MARA science schools beginning from year 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% malays

(30) 50 cases whereby Chinese and Indian Malaysians, are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003

(31) 25% is Malaysian Chinese population in 2004, drop from 45% in 1957

(32) 7% is the present Malaysian Indians population (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians had emigrated to overseas since 40 years ago

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians had emigrated to overseas

(35) 3 million Indonesians had migrated into Malaysia and became Malaysian citizens with bumis status

(36) 600000 are the Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC and were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship for 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism of how easily Indonesians got their citizenships compare with the Chinese and Indians

(37) 5% - 15% discount for a malay to buy a house, regardless whether the malay is poor or rich

(38) 2% is what Chinese new villages get compare with 98% of what malay villages got for rural development budget

(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to other name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or sort) when it was being officially used for a few days. Government try to shun Chinese names. This racism happened in around year 2000 or sort

(41) 0 churches/temples were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built

(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No churches, no temples are required to be built in housing estates

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to be constructed. But told by malay authority that it must look like a factory and not look like a church. Still not yet approved in 2004

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002)

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-malay origins

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese face, and the good guys had malay face. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this tendency becomes less

(47) 10 times, at least, malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13 since 1969

(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. Or these Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racistly re-delineated so Chinese voters were diluted that Chinese candidates, particularly DAP candidates lost in election since 1970s

(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by Malaysia government since 1960

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) is not ratified by Malaysia government since 1960s

(52) 20 reported cases whereby malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and malay government hospital staffs purposely delay attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths being beaten up by malay youths in public places. We may check at police reports provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down malays were seriously assaulted or killed by malays

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposit is only about 3.5% per annum

There are hundreds more racial discriminations in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hope that the victims of racism will write in to expose racism.

Malaysia government should publish statistics showing how much malays had benefited from the "special rights" of malays and at the same time tell the statistics of how much other minority races are being discriminated.

Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.

If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazi, going on onto the non-malays of Malaysia.

Civilized nation, unlike evil Nazi, must publish statistics to show its treatment on its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish……….

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-malays.

Anonymous said...

Hey hun just to say I am back now not posted for ages had stuff to do just hopped in to say hi. And there are good and bad things in every part of the world, no-one and nowhere is perfect we just gotta love em all.

-Princess Shin- said...

Yeah.. Nothing is perfect. But well.. home is home! =)


Oh goodness.. lucky you were not knocked by a car! *shakes head*

Waiting for your pictures! =)

It makes us stronger right? I absolutely agree with that! Hehe..

Thanks anyway!

You think so? Hehe.. Nice thought! =)

Its really beautiful from up there. Not counting the air pressure and the oh-so-terrible air pockets though! =( Hehe..

-Princess Shin- said...

terra shield,
Yup.. Malaysia is our home. The whole package! =)

Thanks for tagging me!

Yeah.. sure! Nice pictures of the city!

yeah.. That's human! No matter how much we are reminded to appreciate everything around us. But it never hurts to be reminded again! =)


pink fairy princess sa,
wat a long name you have now.. hehe.. thanks for giving me a warm welcome! =)

oooh.. Thanks for the gracious compliment! I hope i don't disappoint you! =)

I so agree.. Really hope they do something about it.. All talk and no say wont change anything! =(

right you are my blogger friend! =)