Friday, September 21, 2007

Fxcked up journalism

Lately i realised my posts have mostly been about myself and i've not written anything that deals with any issues for these issues have been brought up by other bloggers. What happened these 2 days changed my perception of the mainstream media in Malaysia.

There was once a time when journalism was supposed to be a respected professionalism. The workers of the media were at the frontline of the latests happenings trying to uncover the truth behind the stories they report. These were subjective or independent opinions which represented the views of the journalists. Even in Malaysia's context, journalism was once a tool used to enlighten the society. Scholars opposing the British rule wrote their opinions in the newspapers and distributed it in hope of opening the eyes of their countrymen to the truth of the society. This eventually invoked the idea of nationalism and the people of the country demanded for independence from the British rule. That was a time when journalism was used to enlighten the people. Now, the mainstream media is what i'd call BULLSHIT AND CRAP which censors opinions and its main purpose is to spread propaganda. No one with opposing views are allowed to voice their opinions. No one is allowed to know the shortcomings of the Government.

For all that crap i could still tolerate it. However, the last straw came on Tuesday. On the front page of the news was the picture of a bruised and battered, dead young girl. For days that followed, the media followed with close attention to the progress of the case. What irked me and filled me with angst and horror was how the media sensationalized the issue. Any person regardless should be allowed to pass on with dignity. It is ok for media to publish the pics of the girl when she was alive but to publish the pics of her corpse was totally uncalled for. What is worse is how the media described in details the process of her assault. From now on, I will never be able to look at cucumbers and brinjals the way i used to.By all means, condemn such a heinous crime, spread the awareness to parents of not letting your children off your sight but do not sensationalize the case by going into the details of the murder! If you think this is bad enough, it was only days ago that the Auditor General gave a press statement on the blatant wastage of funds by the public departments. It was only days ago that 2 people were shot by live bullets by a policeman who tried to disperse a congregation. However, no news is reported on the follow up actions taken against those who misused the money of the public or the police who opened fire against civilians.

The case of the child is what i'd call a problem on the surface. The root of the problem lies within the efficiency of the police. B4 her corpse was found, it was reported in the papers regarding her missing. Had there been efficiency, such a tragedy could have been prevented. Y aren't the mainstream media highlighting this issue then? Are those so called journalists so blatantly ignorant that they had the wrong focus? Or is this press coverage of the girl's murder a shift of the people's attention from those who plunder and abuse power?

To be honest, I have never really been a believer but for those who actually use the gruesome murder of an innocent young girl to mask their heinous crimes they commit, may God have mercy on their soul.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Strange encounter of the third kind (Not another ah gua joke)

Earlier this morning woke up to a pretty bad day. Had sore throat and definitely not enough sleep. Din even bother to style my hair and i pulled a cap on. Mum even turn off d power to my computer system and i'd argued with her... It's NEVER a good way to start a day with a quarrel... :(

Oh well dat wasn't as bad as what i'd experienced or at least THOUGHT i experienced. Usually in the early mornings, i ain't fully awake so i'd usually catch a nap in d lobby. However today i was feeling especially tired and sleeping while sitting up ain't exactly gonna help so i went to search for a room in level 6 to nap in. Around 8, Mdm. Christina appeared and chased me away. Apparently she has some kinda interview going on for her students. So d only empty classrooms left are the ones on d 8th floor. Dragging my sleepy feet, i made my way up to d 8th floor which was practically empty with no sign of life at that moment - a nice place to sleep with no worries of anyone disturbing me :)

How wrong i was. Went into a room and napped in a corner. Couldn't really fall asleep so i took a look at d construction going on outside and da eventually bored me to sleep. In d midst of my sleep, i thought i felt d presence of two other people. I thought I might have overslept and some people are gonna use the class for their tutes or lecture. I tried waking up but suddenly i felt a sense of hostility. Strange as it may sound, it seemed like those two people were not quite friendly. I thought one of em asked his friend "Is he dead?" while the other was checking me out. I tried to move but i couldn't. It's like a case whereby i felt like i was frozen on d spot. I was kinda afraid and so i quickly chanted a few times of Amitabha in my heart. After the chanting, i was actually able to get up and have a good look at my surroundings. Strangely I was the only one in d room. There were no 2 other person in the room. Instead of freaking out and running away i actually sat there wondering if it was o just a dream for a while. Guess it might really have been an encounter of the third kind and these kinds are usually more frightening than the ah guas...

C anything strange with these seats??? This was where i was napping...

After it o, I actually msged my fren and asked him to come uni so v could go to the same room to take a pic or two for this blog :P The next moment i stepped into the room i did feel kinda nausea. No idea y, but after taking a pic or two i quickly left with my friend. Sleepy as i may be i don't think i'd be taking my naps there lest i really end up resting in peace.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Quotable quotes???

Another Friday night and i've nothing better to do so I'm listing down some of d quotes that i like. Some are my own creation while others are those which I've read about or heard from my friends.

  • Talk cock, sing song play ping pong. ( got this one from Siang Shen)
  • Beauty is skin deep but ugliness goes right through the bones :D
  • KFC whoresome meals - guaranteed to make ya feel like a whore
  • Try pronouncing P.H.O.N.E. Now try P.H.U.C.K !!!
  • Idiots are plain stupid.
  • Half of a glass is filled with water. Optimists call it half full. Pessimists call it half empty. Engineers call it a waste of space as the container is twice d size needed !!!
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A durian a day keeps everyone away from you.
  • Hi miss, i've lost my number. Can i have yours?
  • That asshole is an ace whore.
  • Honeymoon years in studies are for real. You wake up totally exhausted the next day

Monday, September 3, 2007

My house steamboat buffet

My house steamboat - nope it ain't at my place. The restaurant itself is called "My house". No idea y they have such a name but most probably they want their customers to feel at home over there. First heard of it when i was living in d hostel but never really got d chance to visit it. First visit was last year.

Yes i know i did two articles bout food. I'm getting fat from o this eating - so sue me... Strange things oways happen to me and they do often happen in d darnest way possible. Like i've said earlier, when i wanted to go there to try out the food, the chance eluded me.

On merdeka day, my fren invited me to go over for dinner and i went with him since there was nothing better to do. Ate a lot of weird stuff... Oh yeah - the satay there is a definite must. So are the chicken and mutton kebabs! Had bout 40 to 50 sticks of those things. Add in more fish meat in d asam soup, that's more than enough to last for a few days.

And come Saturday when my bro comes to kch. Suddenly my dad has a brilliant idea for dinner - my house steamboat. WTH? I was like... shyt... two nights in a row at d same place. What's more, it's an all u can eat buffet dinner... On d second night it was definitely all i can't eat... :(

Growing fat these days... haiz... I'll try to work off d fat... Wish me luck !!!