Sunday, February 01, 2015

Short comment on NEP

The true core shortcoming of NEP is not the so-called "crutch mentality" but NEPotism. No one is really depending on the NEP to survive. The proponent of "crutch mentality" is to help sustain the policy by letting some others in society believing that this policy does really help their race and without it their race cannot survive. So criticism using that phrase will nevertheless strengthen rather than weaken the need for such policy. I remember that Dr. M did like to use this phrase many times during his tenure, but never really did anything substantial to do away with this policy (and the similar policies).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015













Wednesday, January 07, 2015

In response to my friend (on FB)

In response to my friend suggesting Selangor Government should run better private schools to show what they can do for education

To me, it is not the state government but the (federal) opposition coalition should come up with a detailed policy paper on education, and that should be served as Pakatan Rakyat’s alternative education blueprint. Should they come to power, this is what they propose to do, with detailed problem-solution analysis approach. Although PR politicians often brag about the Buku Jingga (PR’s common policy framework), many PR representatives never really read through them thoroughly and never seem to cite them often for mentioning the relevant alternative policy.

To me also, that Buku Jingga is simply not enough, and at times I don’t feel it is professional and thoughtful enough for certain policies. One of the bigger problems for the Buku Jingga is that, they distributed the drafting jobs among politicians and think-tanks affiliated with political parties. It would have been so much better if they can allocate more time to rope in relevant experts in thei field and form a consultation panel for each big distinctive policy area. Each panel should come out with a detailed policy paper to show that they have done sufficient analyses and studies, therefore they have better ideas how to tackle the most pressing issues more professionally. Each policy should be set for medium and long term sustainable goal, so this can deter some ill-thought populist measures put out just to fish for votes.

Back to education reform policy, I do not agree with you Kok Boon to set up a competitive private system just to show the state can run better private schools than the federal government runs public schools. You just missed the point. Government is the authority body taking control/care of public matters. Public schools and the central education system are the focus points for reform, not private schools. Private schools are not to replace the public schools.

What Kim Boon said is not wrong in that Education falls under the jurisdiction power of the federal government, but I would argue that that does not mean Selangor state government should just sit there and do nothing without proposing any alternative education policy. For long some number of PR politicians talking about decentralisation of power from the federal government, so what if the next day federal government agrees to do so, then how would the state government run the public schools differently to BN?

Pakatan Rakyat, if they seriously aspire to become the next federal government and now position themselves as the responsible government-in-waiting, should have already a good alternative education plan to convince us that they can run public education system better than BN if they were elected in the next round. I don’t want to see people like Tony Pua, Rafizi and etc. to give their individual opinions,  I want to know what PR exactly is offering us.
To me, important issues to be addressed are i) the deliberate unequal/imbalance of development resources allocated for different streams of public schools,  ii) sliding standard of Maths and Science, English language command, creative and independent thinking skills, iii) Education that fosters learning capability, but not exam-orientated system, iv) academic freedom and professionalism in the tertiary education.

Sometimes I wonder why an opposition party in Singapore like SDP (, even though they are without a seat in the parliament, yet they can yet come out with a number of detailed policy papers on the most gripping national issues. I noticed also that SDP politicians have such habit: after criticising PAP on various questionable policies, they will propose their party alternative based on their papers to woo support already. Of course no party can win the election just because they have good series of policy papers publication, but this has showed how professional and committed is the political party to offer alternatives to people. People can understand and indeed are given the real political choices, not just different logos.

The Buku Jingga is the common policy framework only, the ‘compromised’ consensus among three parties. It is so common sometimes it sounds just vague and a bit populist. After 505, I have even vague idea about what Pakatan Rakyat is offering to the rakyat, after the infighting among these parties throughout the last year. Are they still serious as the government-in-waiting?

Monday, January 05, 2015

Bravo, Tapway!

Entrepreneur startup is never easy, failure is usually the norm for majority of the new ventures.

Creative and innovative ideas, good marketing strategies, commitment, perseverance , good decision-making and boldness in risk-taking are the characteristics for firms that can successfully survive, emerge and develop.

Therefore I am happy for my brother Chee How. For the whole last year, he must have endured the difficult beginning stage after committing himself full time to his company.

Now his company, Tapway, is listed in the top 18 Malaysian startup firms that have potential to breakthrough this year by Tech In Asia page. It is a good recognition, although i think he has achieved much more than that. Wish him all the best!!

Here let me do some free promotion for his company lah

here is the descrption taken from the page:


tapway google analytics for physical stores
Did you know that 94 percent of total retail sales are being generated in brick-and-mortar stores, according to market research firm eMarketer? For this reason alone, Tapway – which CEO Lim Chee How dubs the “Google Analytics for the offline world” – makes a whole lot of sense.
According to Lim, offline stores simply don’t have access to actionable data that they can use to improve the customer experience – and Tapway provides just that. The team deliberately kept a low profile as they ran beta tests in the past few months, but have recently come out with guns blazing, winning the ‘Best Startup in Malaysia’ title in the local leg of the Seedstars World 2014 competition, and recently pitching at Korea’s DreamPlus Day 2014.
Now, they’re looking to raise between MYR500,000 (US$154,000) to MYR800,000 (US$247,000) to capture the Malaysian market and continue to come up with more creative solutions.



“先进国”这个概念和定义,迄今仍无国际共识。从经济方面来看,先进国的其中一项重要指标是有高人均收入(per capita income)和高国内人均生产总值(GDP per capita)。有者以工业发展为标准;拥有第三和第四级产业(tertiary and quaternary sector)分布的高度工业国一般上是先进国。近年也用人类发展指数 (Human Development Index - HDI) 来衡量和分辨先进国与发展中国家。平均预期寿命(Life Expectancy)和教育水平都囊括在HDI的计算中,先进国的HDI排名通常名列前茅。








Sunday, December 21, 2014



电检局禁止影片的理由可以是宗教(如好莱坞巨片《诺亚》)或道德(如《华尔街之狼》)。别以为只有外国影片被禁,早前由本土独立电影导演阿米尔莫哈末的两部马共纪录片《最后的共产党人》(The Last Communist)和《村民,你好吗?》(Apa Khabar Orang Kampung)都被禁映。

原定去年八月上映的《新村》也因题材牵涉马共,迄今仍未能公映,但赞颂首相纳吉先父拉萨的《王者回归》(Tanda Putera)虽惹争议却可公映。这说明要播放政治题材的电影不是不行,先决条件是要政治正确。



主角们的流亡生涯,无不暴露着当权者无情打压公民的最后权利-- 行动自由。即使有些流亡者在后期被迫换了国籍欲重踏故土,通过正常程序依然不得其门而入。流亡,是他们付出的良心代价。政府对待异议分子,其专横霸道绝非“纯属虚构”的电影情节;逼使国民流亡更非新国之专利。我国政府近期似乎在制造21世纪新一批的政治难民。不久前,社运份子阿里阿都加里尔为躲避政府利用《煽动法令》折磨他,而向瑞典寻求政治庇护。兴权会(Hindraf)前领导人瓦塔慕迪和著名部落客拉惹柏特拉也曾为了逃避恶名昭彰的《内安法令》而流亡英国。




紅地毯 Red Carpet

友人: 你几时要踏上红地毯哦? (Friend: When will you step on the red carpet?)

我:你家有紅地毯嗎?我過去踏一踏  (Me: Does your house have a red carpet? I go over to step on it)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014





2012年,欧盟把三项制度方案纳入既有的欧盟规章,即「原产地名称保护」(Protected Designation of Origin - PDO) ,「产品地理标志保护」(Protected Geographical Indication - PGI)以及「传统特色保证」(Traditional Speciality Guaranteed - TSG) 制度。PDOPGI制度是为了保护某地域生产具有特色和品质的食品。这些食品只限在当地生产,加工和制备。分别是PGI的申请要求从宽,不强制所有加工制备过程必需在本地完成。PDOPGI制度的例子就分别有法国香槟(Champagne)和英国康沃尔馅饼(Cornish Pasty)TSG则不限定于生产地域,但重点保护传统食品的特色。

所谓的食品特色,在该法令第三章1151/12条款说明,食品的材料,生产加工方式必须是“传统”的。而这“传统”必须已维持了至少30年。食品的生产属性同时也必须与类似食品区分。按照欧盟保护制度,通用名称不可注册,例如切达乳酪(Cheddar Cheese),但特定产区West Country Farmhouse切达乳酪就行。





我回答:因為我要繁殖後代,所以用繁體 xD

Sunday, December 07, 2014





攸关人民医药福利的预算案政策包括:明年起政府提高纳税人的癌症,心脏病,艾滋病,白血病等重症医疗费的税务减免(Tax Relief),从每年五千令吉提高至六千令吉。这些重症的医疗费不小,一年减免六千令吉只不过是杯水车薪;况且有大约半数人口的家庭收入少于四千令吉而不需缴税,就直接被排除在受惠群体之外。但是,偏偏这些较贫穷的人民更需要政府的直接资助,难道这还不够讽刺吗?

此外,政府属意建造更多一个马来西亚诊所1Malaysia Clinics更甚于医疗设施功能较完善的医疗诊所Health clinics。早前一马诊所因没雇用专业医师,只派遣医疗助理人员驻守,结果备受诟病,风评极坏。据《星报》今年的田野调查,发现大多数设立在城镇地区的一马诊所平均每日到访人次不超过15人。这次政府宣布增建30间一马诊所并承诺派遣专业医师执勤,似乎后知后觉,志在挽救声誉。


期望私立诊所和医院完全吸纳额外成本并不实际,预料他们将至少转嫁部份费用给消费者,导致人民的医疗费飙升。吊诡的是,在医药保健旅游的名目下,只要私立医药中心成功招揽超过5%的国外游客,明年就可申请100%的投资赋税减免Investment Tax Allowance奖励。政府是否鼓励私人界更着重国外游客更甚于本地人?