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Monday, June 26, 2017

A Tea Cup Without A Storm In Singapore

Hi folks. Here is some interference in other countries' affairs. (Just kidding ah - hands off the trigger.)

Once upon a time a black panther escaped from the zoo in Singapore. This was in the Stone Age. The panther crawled into some drain and refused to come out. The SPCA did not do black panthers. The circus was not in town. So the Singapore Armed Forces were called in. They blew up the panther with dynamite. I recall reading this.  And they talk about using a sledgehammer !

Another time the cable car to Pulau Sentosa malfunctioned and people were left dangling in the air.  BG Lee (the present PM) organised a helicopter rescue of the people in the cable car. Lee became a national hero. Of course he also became the PM.

Singapore lacks excitement. Everyone is so proper.  So when black panthers escape or cable cars malfunction it is really big news. In Malaysia we are the opposite. There is excitement every day. There is too much excitement. The Genting Highlands bus can fly off the cliff and no one cares. 

Another matter has cropped up now in Singapore. It is a family squabble between Premier Mr Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings over the estate of their late father Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It is a really small matter. 

Again the sledgehammer approach is being used (or "dynamite the black panther").

Here is that YouTube video.

My view :  I dont think the dispute has affected Singapore's reputation at all. Singapore's GDP runs into the hundred billions of US$.  It is not dented at all.

Neither is confidence in their government affected in any way.

I feel it is not fair to speak on behalf of dead people. Especially when the reputations of other people are also involved.

A slight intrigue is why did PM Lee Hsien Loong offer to transfer 38 Oxley Road to his sister for a nominal S$1.00 but later sold the house to his brother at fair market valuation ?? Why not transfer the house to his brother for a nominal S$1.00? Or sell the house to his sister at fair market valuation?

Again I doubt this matter is the "most unhappy experience for Singaporeans".

It still appears to be a family squabble. To say that it is now making "baseless accusations against the government" which  "cannot be left unanswered" may be stretching things a tad too far.

Is there really a need for a "Ministerial statement on July 3rd when Parliament sits"?  Its really not even a storm in a tea cup.

Not just Singaporeans but the whole world has great  confidence in Singapore's  institutions and  in their system of government.

It looks like the matter has already distracted the Prime Minister's attention from the everyday task of governing Singapore.  No damage has been done to Singapore. It may not be necessary to fix something that is not broken - yet.

Sometimes great people, good people, great leaders, capable people and (the acid test) people who have achieved great things for themselves, their families, their professions and in their jobs do not realise the great things they have already achieved.  They may not already appreciate how "great" they are.

Do not be arrogant but do pat yourself on the back for the things that you have done. The things you have achieved. The overcoming of the difficulties, the worries, the stress, the financial duress that everyone must or will go through at some point in their lives.  

If you have gone through all this, lived, achieved your objectives, delivered on your obligations, kept to your promises and responsibilities - then you have done some great things indeed.   

"Great leader" is an understatement when describing the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He was a gigantosaurus not just as a politician, a prime minister , a leader and statesman but as an intellectual and a learned man.  Few can hold a candle to Mr Lee.  I have read some of his critics. You are pip squeaks.

His son Lee Hsien Loong who has been Prime Minister of Singapore for 13 years since 2004  and has some years in front of him has also done a sterling job. There is no doubt about that. Singapore keeps going from strength to strength. 

My advice to Premier Lee Hsien Loong is to just drop this matter.  I am not a Singaporean but come July 3rd, I dont think the Singapore Parliament has to deliberate this matter.  All sorts of unnecessary issues may come up.

Then people will make rebuttals and counter rebuttals and it will go on. Then someone may take the matter to Court.  Totally unnecessary.

Singapore, South East Asia and the world has benefitted greatly from Mr Lee's great wisdom.  Surely he relied upon the same wisdom when he left behind his final  wishes.   Preserving the wisdom of such a great man will do much more good not just for Singapore but also for the government.   

End of intervention in other peoples' affairs. 

Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf Zahir Batin.

Why Russia Is The Enemy : Russian Aerospace Engineering's New MC 21 Jet Liner


https://youtu.be/ExjwenxroaU


My comments :   Russia has a long history of producing world class jet liners for a very long time. Among Russian classics are the Ilyushin 62 and Ilyushin 86. 

The graceful IL62



The jumbo IL86 





They also produced the supersonic Tupolev 144 (Tu 144) passenger liner.

That was in the Soviet era.

21st century New Russia has now produced the MC21 - a game changing jet airplane. This 150-200 seater rivals the Boeings and Airbuses in this class. 

The Russians have developed a new engine for this plane (PD 14), new avionics including a heads up display in the cockpit (the information is projected on the windscreen of the plane in front of the pilot). 

Most interestingly the single aisle is wide enough to allow passengers and the food cart to pass each other comfortably. 

The MC 21 is said to be 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeings and Airbuses. 

Russia and China are challenging US and European supremacy on many fronts.  Hence Russia and China are enemies.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

From The 1970s People


Hi folks. These are all pre-loaded from Thursday and Friday.  Hope to be back soon.
 


 

Link :  https://youtu.be/xmgPhRJr2jk


Friday, June 23, 2017

Selamat Hari Raya



Ok folks, its that time of year again. 

Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin.

This year allow me to wish you all earlier than usual. 

I will be pre-occupied for some days. 
Family time again.
May not be able to update the Blog.

There will be some stuff pre-uploaded.

As always drive safe. 
If there is traffic help each other out.
If someone needs some space, give them space.

Try something new this year - give a friendly wave to others. 
Dont worry if they wave back or not.

And let me remind you again, spend time with folks who care for you. 
Dont bother impressing anyone, especially folks who dont care for you.

This is important as it will save you money and aggravation. 

There is really no need to buy a new car just for the Raya. 
Buy a new car when you really need one.

Go easy on the food. 
Avoid sugar as much as you can.

Selamat Hari Raya. 
Wishing all of you great holidays as well.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hiroshima & Nagasaki vs Mati Keluar Air Mani By Dean Kadeer

Another posting by Dean Kadeer

 
Bom atom yg pertama(di gelar Little Boy) di jatuhkan ke atas bandar Hiroshima,Jepun pada pukul 8.15am 6 Ogos 1945 ,menyebabkan kematian penduduknya yg dianggarkan seramai 140,000 orang.

Bom kedua(digelar Fat Man)pula dijatuhkan pada 9 Ogos 1945 ke atas bandar Nagasaki dan menyebabkan kematian penduduknya yg dianggarkan seramai 80,000 orang.Kedua-dua bandar tersebut menjadi padang jarak padang tekukur.Jepun menyerah diri kpd tentera bersekutu yg diketuai oleh Amerika dan Great Britain dan akhirnya peristiwa ini telah menamatkan perang dunia ke dua.

Apakah sikap masyarakat Jepun selepas perang?

Adakah masyarakat Jepun dan tentera Jepun yg terkenal dengan "kamikaze"(suicide attack) nya menyimpan dendam kpd rakyat Amerika dan Eropah dan berazam utk membunuh mereka dgn meletupkan diri ditengah-tengah kumpulan orang awam di New York atau London?

Jika dilihat dari senario jumlah manusia yg terkorban dari dua pengeboman tersebut,sudah pasti agamawan Jepun akan berkobar-kobar melaungkan slogan jihad dan "perang salib" kpd dua syaitan besar iaitu Amerika dan Great Britain yg telah menghancurkan negara mereka.Sudah pasti Jepun(yg sudah pun maju dan mempunyai armada tentera yg maju dan hebat pada waktu itu) akan mencipta senjata baru utk dililitkan kpd badan warganegara mereka untuk diletupkan di bumi Amerika dan United Kingdom sebagai tindakan balas dendam.

Kesatuan orang-orang Jepun dan moral bangsa mereka sangat tinggi.Mereka sanggup membunuh diri sebagai simbol pertanggungjawaban(Harakiri/Seppuku).Aksi sebegini biasa kita lihat dan dengar dlm banyak filem-filem Jepun atau kisah Samurai.

Untuk membunuh diri(kamikaze) sebagai tindakan balas dendam kepada manusia yg mengebom ratusan ribu warga negara mereka rasanya tidaklah terlalu sukar,tetapi ini tidak berlaku,kenapa?

Kenapa kita tidak pernah mendengar warga Jepun menjadi pengebom berani mati di bumi Amerika atau Britain kerana isu Hiroshima dan Nagasaki?Mereka bukanlah bangsa penakut,mereka juga punya teknologi utk berbuat demikian.Kenapa mereka tidak membalas dendam kpd negara yg telah membunuh ribuan nenek moyang mereka tanpa belas kasihan?

Selepas perang,masyarakat Jepun telah bangkit.Mereka sedar,tidak ada cara yg lebih ampuh untuk mengembalikan maruah bangsa Jepun selain dari menjadi peneraju dalam semua bidang kehidupan spt  teknologi dan sains.Inilah azam masyarakat Jepun.Hari ini,tanpa laungan "JIHAD" atau "KAMIKAZE",bangsa Jepun menjadi bangsa terbilang didunia dan menjadi antara negara yg berada dlm 10 negara yg kukuh ekonominya.Penderitaan perang dijadikan pengajaran yg pahit utk mereka membina tamadun baru dan maju ke hadapan.

Bagaimana pula dengan umat Islam yg berjumlah 1 billion yg mengaku bahawa bumi ini seharusnya diperintah oleh Khalifah Islam?

Afghanistan diserang oleh tentera Soviet Union(USSR) pada tahun 1979-1989.Laungan "jihad" dan "perang suci" mula kedengaran dan menjadi buah mulut umat Islam.Di waktu yg sama,kedatangan Khomeini membawa kepimpinan ulamak dan Khalifah Islam di Iran menyemarakkan api "negara Islam" dan "JIHAD MELAWAN AMERIKA & ISRAEL". Setelah hampir 4 dekad perang Soviet-Afghan berlalu,hasilnya cuma umat Islam semakin teruja untuk meletupkan badan sendiri di tengah-tengah masyarakat kafir yg mereka sangkakan musuh.Inikah kebangkitan mereka?

Laungan "JIHAD" menjadi anutan umat Islam seluruh dunia seolah-olah dengan melaungkan "tuhan yg maha besar" akan mampu mengubah nasib negara mereka dan umat Islam yg mereka akui "ditindas dan ketinggalan".

Kata seorang Anthropologist Scott Atran; "since 2004 the overwhelming majority of bombers have been motivated by the ideology of Islamist Martyrdom". Ya,mereka mahu mati syahid dan segera ke syurga dgn membunuh orang awam.Adakah ini sahaja kemajuan dan perancangan umat Islam utk mengembalikan maruah mereka?

Ideology "jihad" yg pada asalnya tertumpu dlm kerangka zon perang sekarang ini merebak teruk ke segenap jiwa umat Islam.Mereka yakin memerangi orang Yahudi dan Kristian adalah tuntutan agama.Lalu membunuh orang awam samada Yahudi,Kristian atau non muslim adalah sesuatu yg dihalalkan.

Bayangkan,kanak-kanak Melayu yg berusia hanya 10 tahun sudah mula melaungkan slogan "membenci Yahudi". Apakah corak masa depan bagi kanak-kanak spt ini?Mereka tidak tahu erti perang,erti kemanusiaan,politik dan ekonomi,tapi orang Melayu dan Islam menanamkan kebencian dlm jiwa kanak-kanak atas nama agama.Bayangkan apabila kanak-kanak ini mencapai umur 30 tahun,setelah 20 tahun dibajai dengan kebencian,tidakkah mereka berpotensi membunuh manusia atas nama "agama"?

Isu negara Palestin dijadikan lambang "Yahudi itu jahat" dan kerja Yahudi hanya utk memusnahkan Islam.Cuba baca baik-baik,isu Palestin ini bukti Yahudi jahat atau bukti umat Islam bodoh?Hanya orang bodoh dan naif  sahaja yg boleh ditipu dan di jajah sepanjang masa,dan ini lah yg berlaku kpd umat Islam.

Masyarakat Jepun bangkit setelah di bom pada tahun 1945.Masyarakat Yahudi bangkit selepas Holocaust pada perang dunia ke 2 yg meragut jutaan nyawa orang-orang Yahudi angkara tentera Nazi.Adakah masyarakat Palestin,Afghanistan dan umat Islam sedunia bangkit sptmana rakyat Jepun dan Yahudi?

Apa yg dibuat oleh masyarakat Palestin semenjak tahun 1948 selepas tertubuhnya negara Israel di tanah yg mereka akui "tanah suci mereka" itu?.Cuba kita baca di bawah ini apakah kejayaan yg di capai oleh masyarakat Yahudi hari ini setelah mereka menubuhkan negara mereka sendiri pada tahun 1948 di "tanah suci umat Islam Palestin"

"Israel is a developed country and an OECD member,with the 35th-largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product as of 2016. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree. The country has the highest standard of living in the Middle East and the third highest in Asia, and has one of the highest life expectancies in the world". Ini tidak termasuk lagi tentang perihal kecanggihan armada tentera Israel yg telah diketahui umum.

Lihat,Yahudi sudah tentu tidak sibuk untuk melayan kerenah retorik agama bahawa umat Islam adalah "musuh mereka".Sebaliknya mereka mengejar ilmu dunia utk bangkit sebagai individu dan negara yg dihormati serta berkemahiran tinggi.Sebesar mana pun kebencian atau retorik masyarakat dunia tentang perangai jahat "Yahudi",mereka tidak peduli.Mereka tahu hanya dgn ilmu dan kemahiran lah masyarakat mereka akan dihormati oleh dunia.Trauma tentang Holocaust mengajar mereka sesuatu.

Sekarang mari kita lihat apa kegiatan umat Islam.Berdekad-dekad lamanya mereka membazirkan masa berkhutbah di masjid dan surau tentang kejahatan Yahudi dan Kristian terhadap umat Islam dan tentang kejatuhan Khalifah Uthmaniyah angkara hasutan orang kafir serta negara Islam dibuli oleh kuasa imperialis dunia.Mereka tidak habis-habis menabur benih "JIHAD" dan "Perang Suci" kpd kedua-dua syaitan ini,tetapi hasilnya apa?Mereka menabur kisah bagaimana Baitul Maqdis itu adalah kiblat suci umat Islam yg wajib di ambil semula.Tetapi selepas 7 dekad Palestin "dibuli",apa yg umat Islam ada untuk merampas semula Baitul Maqdis?

Mereka fikir dengan menambahkan kebencian kpd Yahudi,Kristian dan non muslim,maka bertambah kuatlah umat Islam.Mereka fikir dengan memperbanyakkan letupan bom di negara-negara kafir akan membuatkan umat Islam lebih dihormati.Mereka fikir dengan memperbanyakkan hukum-hakam agama dan imej-imej agama mampu menguatkan umat Islam dan mereka akan berjaya bersaing dgn manusia lain.

Umat Islam sekarang hanya tahu melihat dosa orang lain dan kemudiannya "menerakakan" mereka tanpa menyedari bahawa merekalah yg terperosok ke dalam neraka dunia pada hari ini.Akhirnya dunia hanya melihat umat Islam sebagai manusia yg tidak boleh hidup aman damai bersama dgn masyarakat lain.Siapa yg mahu hidup dgn umat yg menjaja kebencian kpd sesama manusia?

Bertaubatlah umat Islam..contohilah masyarakat Jepun dan Yahudi yg melihat kedalam diri mereka sendiri dan bangkit sebagai manusia contoh.

Nota : Mati keluar air mani diambil dari kisah benar Mujahideen Afghan yg mati di medan perang Soviet-Afghan.Itu tanda mereka baru saja selesai berjubur dengan bidadari.