Jam 9.21 malam Rabu rakyat Malaysia yang pertama berlepas ke angkasa lepas.
Perhatian seluruh negara bertumpu ke pusat pelancaran Soyuz TMA-11 di Baikonur Cosmodrome ,Kazakhstan.
Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,timbalannya Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak serta kira-kira 1,800 para orang kenamaan menyaksikan detik bersejarah itu di Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha, 35 akan berada di International Space Station (ISS),kira-kira 333 kilomiter dari bumi selama sembilan hari.
Soal istilah samaada mereka terbang sebagai 'angkasawan' atau ‘peserta penerbangan angkasa lepas’ seperti yang cuba ditonjolkan oleh Agensi Angkasa Lepas Nasional Amerika (NASA) sudah selesai.
Pihak Rusia mengitiraf mereka sebagai seorang angkasawan atau Cosmonaut. Apa sekalipun pandangan tentang pemergian angkasawan Malaysia ini...ini adalah langkah pertama.Setiap usaha mesti bermula dengan langkah itu
Badawi telling people to speak the truth is like an ugly woman asking her husband to tell her the truth about her looks. Any husband worth his salt would know you are asking for trouble if you listen to her.
And that is the problem, Badawi is not only similarly inconsistent, he is behaving similarly womanly, indulgent, poor in leadership, spoilt by the comforts of establish rule and structure, and still wanting more but not willing to pay the price, yet still think other people should do more and owe them more, i.e. entitlement.
It is given Badawi is not the leader to oversee great changes but rather a caretaker. The best Malaysians can hope for is that he does not mess things up worst than his predecessor would have.
And there is one danger that he will leave a legacy that could be abused worst than his predecessor by sheer inertia. By entrenching the elected Sultanate system, he puts in danger the possibility of abuse by the truly ambitious. All it takes is someone mediocre but more ambitious and we would end up a basket case.
Everything else that Badawi does is irrelevant whether good or not.
Merdeka Day is a day of shame especially on this 50th Merdeka Day. On this day you have to compare how a successful country like Singapore has done everything right and why Malaysia has done everything wrong.
On this day you will wonder why are we not better off if we are still under the British, I can assure you - we do not fall into what we are today. On this day everyone especially Sabah and Sarawak should be reminded that they should not join Malaysia in the first place.
If you ask me how great are the Umno. I would say they are shameless people just like some Ang Mok who drop their pants for all to see.
We have the tallest, longest, largest, greatest, grandest, biggest, everything; and now some record breaking events, falling, collapsing, cracking, bursting, break-downing incidents in new buildings. It is only the beginning.
I think if Lee Kuan Yew is given a free reign to govern Malaysia for just a single term, Malaysia will double its GDP, poverty will be cut by 50%, corruption will spiral down and our jail will be filled with Tun, Tan Sri and Datuk.
Of course it is just a dream but what a nightmare Malaysians are now suffering!
Nope. You got the equation wrong.
BN won was because there is no equal playing field. In a free democratic country, all parties are given adequate airtime on national television, newspaper, Late Show with David Letterman, etc.
Here, coverage is only for BN. Each time you switch on the TV, you will see our Bapa Slogan sleepy face. You don't have a chance to catch a glimpse of any of our oppositions figure. Tell me when was the last time you watch Anwar on national TV?
All the draconian laws in Malaysia prohibit free speech, and our local mainstream media will have to abide by it. Try to switch on to any of our TV news at 8 o'clock later and the answer is very clear there.
In conclusion, our oppositions are not weak. It is the unfair level of playing field. Period.
This is just another example of how sick our present government under BN is.
It makes us all wonder how low can they go before the whole country collapses……….
This is the politics of finding blame for own weakness or laziness.
What I hate most is when those racist and jealous malays see a well developed township populated and owned by Chinese, and start rambling that the Chinese grabbed the wealth from the malays.
The NEP was abused to enrich only a small portion of the malay population. Now, the pie is shrinking due to global factors and the political elite is looking for scapegoats - and guess what - the Chinese are always blamed, as if working hard and saving is sinful.
As a matter of fact just like Mahathir once stated the government has been giving a lot of opportunities to the malays. The other races prosper because they constantly grab opportunities and create markets for their businesses "without depending on any extra incentives by any governmental sector".
I think this country is wasting a lot of time and energy on this racial thing - actually is an income disparity syndrome, the have and have-nots regardless of race.
Last time all first world. If Malaysia was a body, malay was the bone. Today very sadly, malay is the sick appendix, if remove it, Malaysia will be healthier.
It is a tiring affair to talk of the problems of malays. The problems are too many.
We talk and talk and give resolutions to government to do, i.e. we talk but we are not doing anything about it and rely on others.
The typical discussion would be to say malay is weak in this and that. And the immediate inference is to have what is missing. Too often we are fixing symptoms and not problems.
We have tried and pump money into so many programs but we have yet to create the malay industrial and commercial class.
In any corporate strategy implementation, the key aspect lies in leadership and corporate culture.
For a change, I believe let us have an action oriented discussion. Maybe let us start to think and act independently. With a realistic appreciation of the parameters, only then we act more realistically and prudently.
In the end, we the common people must not be fooled by the political elite. We are risking our very life.
The most popular subject for jokes in Malaysia is the prime minister. That is all that he is good for.
I would not read Utusan Malaysia or Berita Harian, despite being paid to read it!
I cannot imagine people actually buying those papers to read it!
That is why Mahathir said the bloggers are really the last remaining hope of the nation!
Don't blame Utusan Malaysia la, it is owned by Umno, the party with low standard morons and extremists.
Utusan Malaysia, the Star, New Strait Times etc, are just a few shameless newspapers that often cover up the scandals of BN government and to make oppositions look bad.
There is always discrepancy between the source the Malaysia government used to produce reports and the source the media is getting.
Later they will say those source from media is rubbish while they don't even know how is their source came about.
Just like the ASLI report, until right now the government couldn't release the methodology they used to calculate the NEP.
Ask you, if you earn RM1000 per month 10 years ago and if you earn RM1000 now, will your lifestyle is the same?
Only those people who stayed under the 'well' will keep the money under the pillow and still thinking that he is 'rich' forever.
Badawi failed statistic paper, what do you expected his judgment of stock?
Why the destruction in wealth? I give you one word (four if you want to be pedantic) - Umno.
If you look back at all the man made calamities suffered by this bountiful country, the rampant corruption, hypocrisy, leakages, wastages, misguided and plainly destructive policies, it all leads back to that one entity, Umno.
The core or the political center as one puts it, is cancerous and utterly rotten. No doubt, there are good people in the party willing to fight for the values we all cherish, but the hierarchy from the top right down to divisional leaders, is beyond salvation.
Every Malaysian worth his salt feels shame for the downright shameful way the country is being run except the country's leaders. I doubt they know the meaning of shame.
Our resources and public fund are being drained like the 'air longkang'. Of course our economic will also heads toward and looks like 'air longkang'. The management of country economic is given to wrong person like 'kera mendapat bunga'.
Of course we know what happen to the flower. God bless Bolehland.
Brain drain is going on at the rapid pace as rapid as how rapid China and India is growing!
No meritocracy, no transparency, wishy-washy policies, daylight robbery - and we expect investors to come into this country?
Without the EPF propping up the stock market, the paper losses would have been phenomenal. In any case, this government will simply lower the bar and put on the spin that the Malaysia stock market is still in positive territory.
Remember - these people do not know the meaning of the word 'shame'.
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