Sunday, March 09, 2008

We've done it! Makkal Sakti!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Today, I believe Malaysia has taken the first step towards a more liberal, plural society as well as a credible government.

What was previously impossible for over 40 years has been achieved, and I believe its a sign that Malaysia as a nation has matured. The dreaded 2/3 majority of BN's parliamentary seats has been broken for the first time since 1969, and this time without the racial riots.

For all night, I've stayed up. Munching on crackers, chewing on brie cheese, sipping on apple juice, and starring at my laptop screen. Until at about 8am, I can finally type this: We've done it!

The counting is still on, but the result is clear. Not only that BN has been denied its 2/3 majority, but 5 states (Penang, Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak) are now under opposition control. On top of that, it happened without the much "hyped" racial riots, a smack in the mouth for BN's scaremongering campaign.

From now on, the government and to opposition will have to fight for the people's love. If the government doesn't buck up, we might even have a change in government next election. Either way, its a win-win situation for the people, at last! A plural government at last!

There is a famous (but quite pricy) steak house downtown. That's where I'll celebrate. I had too many sandwiches already.

A moment ago, I went to YouTube and dug out a particular song. I've listened to it before, but this time, I cried. I really did. :')

Ahh... the winds of change. Ain't it sweet?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Election day

Some people has taken notice in my recent interest in politics. Well, it is election year, and its not that hard to notice anyway. But I have this to say: I HATE POLITICS. Its so "dark". You don't always know what is true, what is false, or even something as fundamental as what is right, and what is wrong. You tend to lose track of those things sometimes. Still, if I don't care, who would? Someone's gotta worry about politics, preferably everyone! Its our future our Wakil Rakyat are debating about in the parliaments and assembly halls (as well as kicking each other about it).

I believe the old wisdom "power corrupts" is correct.

And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

No matter whom we vote, we put a politician in the parliament... and you probably know all those politician-related stereotypes already, although I must stress there should be a couple of not-so-crooked ones around. And therefore, for this elections, in interest of Bolehland, it is essential to give the opposition a victory of the slimmest margins, or AT LEAST break BN's accursed 2/3 majority.

*Chants: "Checks and balances. Checks and balances. Checks and balances."*

Polling day is today. Let the good times roll. I will be staying up all night until we have a clear winner.

May the winds of change bring a better Malaysia.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I'm in the news!

Illawarra Mercury
4 March 2008
IQ Section, centre-spread

Wollongong is pretty but look out for the sun

Koh Jun Lin reckons Wollongong is prettier than his home city of Kulim in Malaysia.

Its quieter too, which suits the keen photographer down to the ground.

Jun Lin booked into a backpackers hostel when he first arrived and spent the next few days getting to know the town, getting badly sunburnt for his efforts.

"In Malaysia, the heat is so bad you run screaming out of the sun but because it was cooler here I got too comfortable and didn't realise I was getting burnt," he said ruefully.

But the smiling 19-year-old, who is studying nanotechnology at the University of Wollongong, has found the transition to life in Australia a mixed bag. The fact he is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and English has helped him make friends wiht many international students, but although he found some of the domestic students quite friendly, Jun Lin had also been on the receiving end of racial taunts.

"One overt case was someone walked past me and said, 'All Asians go to hell.' And I know of international students walking home who have had things thrown at them by people driving in cars," he said. "One person I know had his bicycle spoke bent by an apple it was thrown that hard."

It has also been an expensive time, with the cost of living and studying in Australia for one year more than enough to buy a decent house back home in Malaysia.

"I refuse to take the bus unless it is raining because I don't like the prices," he said. "At home, it is extremely cheap. I can go to Penang an hour away for $3, here it cost that much just to get to Wollongong," he said.

Instead, Jun Lin walks into Wollongong from his house in Keiraville to do his shopping at Woolsworths. When walking is not an option, Jun Lin said he catches the train, but that too seems expensive and irregular.

But the two biggest adjustments for Jun Lin have been the high price of food and the fact there is a pub on campus.

"It is my second year here now and I'm still getting used to it," he said.

"Really good food here is expensive but in Penang, for $2 you can get a decent meal and still have enough left over for a drink.

"And finding a pub at uni was a big surprise for me. I don't drink but I do hang out there sometimes."

Except for making me almost 2 years younger, I like this article Katelin wrote. :D I'm actually 20 years, 51 weeks, 2 hours, and 24 minutes old when I type this line at 6.31pm.

So what else happened?

Well, the NSW premier wasn't kidding. ICAC says "sack the whole city council". Next day, the whole council is jobless. A bit heavy handed I guess, but hey, at least they're doing something. BPR is just for show, maybe lift its little finger once in a while to remind people its still exists.

Yesterday, I had a meeting marathon. 3 meetings in a single day. That was exhausting. At home, chatted with a friend to draw up a blue list for a trip to Tassie. Sounds like fun. Not much else happened.

Today, I donated some blood. 470ml of it. Nothing special happened. This is my 4th donation in Australia and 6th in my lifetime. YES! Keep it up! Real proud of myself.

The article did not mention that the walking time from Keiraville to Wollongong is approximately 1 hour each way, although the bicycle is sure to cut travel time.

The case of apple bending a bicycle spoke. Maybe its an exaggeration, maybe it wasn't. Who knows? I'm just retelling. Anyone wanna play "Mythbuster"?

EDIT: Decided to photograph and post the newspaper here. Click for (slightly) larger image.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Ranting again

I suspect I have a new hobby: ranting. Yeap, the disease that is so pandemic amongst blogger has infected me.

Right... on with the show!

Speaking of pandemics, It seems that quite a number of my friends have been infected by a new wave of "click-to-get-sick" MSN viruses. Of course, I'm not that stupid, but unfortunately 3 of my friends have been infected and so far have gotten nowhere in trying to remove it. Good luck folks.

I rode my brand new bicycle to the nearest Officeworks to buy some toner for my printer. Unfortunately, they have ran out of the single pack and are selling the cheaper-per-unit-but-more-than-I'd-ever-need twin packs. So, I now end up with enough ink to print 5000 pages and no clue what to do with it. Print flyers for DAP, PKR and PAS ar? lol. Before I could figure out what to do with all that ink, I found another problem: the box won't fit into my backpack, and so I rode back with the zippers open and the box peeking out the bag.

I'd dare say the bicycle cut my travel time by at least half despite the somewhat hilly terrain, but the seat was a literal pain in the rear! Argh... I can barely walk after running that errand. It'd probably be a bad idea to cycle the super-hilly terrain to uni, its not that far anyway, about 20 mins on foot? But its a definite advantage when going to town.

I don't have the strength and stamina that I had during my high school days any more though. All the stamina from swimming since childhood, participating in cross-country races (never won, but at least I completed the course), and all that strength from nearly seven years of working my way to a Taekwondo black belt... all that went to rot when I went to collage and everything comes to a crashing stop. I was never the best sportsman even just amongst my peers, but I'm certainly worse off today, lol.

So yeah, boycott NSW buses (unless it rains or I'm late). Wish I can boycott the trains too but I'm not keen on cycling all the way to Sydney.

In case you haven't notice, I've added a new widget on my blog, courtesy of Feedjit. Pretty cool isn't it? Makes me real curious though, who are all this people? Tasmania... probably June. Kuantan??? Victoria Point??? Say hi la people! lol. Especially the regular visitors.

Also, I've managed to find a copy of BN's 2004 manifesto. 4 years later, it turned out to be a load of cr*p. And now look who's accusing everyone else of making empty promises and claiming that they are the only ones who can deliver! lol.

There is also a corruption+sex scandal going on in the Wollongong City Council. Look what's going on... the NSW's (yes, just a state body, not federal level agency) ICAC (Independent Commision Against Corruption) is actually doing what took a Royal Commision to do in Malaysia. People are already resigning, and the Premier is already promising that heads will roll if ICAC makes the recommendation. Compare and contrast with BPR anyone?

Alright, enough politics for one day.

I've started playing a game called Ikariam, on my brother's recommendation:

Don't ask me where did the name came from, but it looks interesting so far. Hopefully I can quickly control a good part of the technology and economy. As one fictional Colonel-General Pavel Leonidovich Alekseyev of World War III (as depicted in the novel "Red Storm Rising) fame puts it, "Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics". Or something like that...

My bro, ever the genius who somehow can't score in school exams, managed to get rank 28 within days, out of nearly 20k players. Gotta catch up!

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