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Vol II: The Mis-Adventure Continues
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A scary world

What has our world turned into? Every day, it is nothing but war, natural disasters, man-made eco disasters, killings, etc...

I'm sure everyone would have read about little girl Nurin. Her case reminded me of another girl, many years ago, who was similarly tortured and abused.

I'm also very sure that everyone of us would have known personally at least one female friend or relative who has been a victim of snatch theft. I won't be surprised as well if we personally know someone who's house was broken into. I know 2 classmates who's house were broken into in the past 3 months or so.

Just last week, I heard that a colleague of mine got slashed by robbers who had wanted to steal his Toyota Camry. We have all heard of it before. Someone knocks your car from behind. There's a car blocking yours. You can't drive away... Next thing you know, someone smashes your window. Then you get slashed. The slashing is to scare and shock the victim. But is it necessary?

And it is not just with cars. I've also heard of snatch thieves who will knock their victims on the head with bottles or stones before grabbing the handbags.

So the big question is... How safe are we these days? We call ourselves 'developed'. But it seems like we've taken a few steps backwards instead.

We are supposed to feel safe in our own homes. But how safe is it these days? We'd definitely label a Malaysian as CRAZY if he or she does not grill up their house or even a condo unit that is on the 18th floor! That is how safe we are...

For me, it has reached a point where I really don't mind we we have the army patrolling our streets. I believe there is a shortage of policemen in the country. If so, why can't we use the army? I would rather see a few soldiers on the corner of every street. No, it won't make me feel like there's a war going on. I think looking at how things are, I would feel much safer.

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On 9/26/2007 06:16:00 PM Anonymous Wayne Liew said:
It is true that our country lacked police patrolling on our streets.

Increasing the numbers of police might help but what we want are not those sitting in the office!
On 9/27/2007 05:20:00 PM Anonymous Lannie Loke said:
The numbers of crime increased in Malaysia really scare me off from returning to M'sia for holidays. I have been reading The Star website daily, almost everyday a bug crime will stand in the news. What actually happen to M'sia? Children can't play safely on the street by their own.

I think Europe still the best country to stay. I love my place now after settle in for almost 6 years. I have no fence surround my house, no house alarm fix, and I still live a safe and comfort environment.
On 9/27/2007 10:29:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
*sigh*

sad but true. somehow, it just don't feel that safe in Malaysia anymore. But I heard recently that in US, the crime rate is quite high too. Serious crimes (murder, rape, kidnap) occur at the rate of 1 case every 20mins or so... According to what I heard, its 'normal' in developed and modern countries...
On 9/28/2007 04:44:00 AM Anonymous Lannie Loke said:
It's true that US is no longer a safe country to stay, especially in big cities. My mum which stays in Florida, came to Europe to visit me last month. She was suprise to see how safe, clean and beautiful in Nederlands. Of course in Amsterdam also a lot of crimes happen daily, but not in small city.

After years of living abroad, I like here more than M'sia. Education here is good compare to M'sia system.
On 10/02/2007 01:28:00 PM Blogger anttyk said:
No matter how bad the situation is here, Malaysia is still our home. While it's true that crime is increasing, our country is still much safer compared to our neighbours, Thailand and Indonesia. Crime is present in every country, and it is up to us to be vigilant and take measures to prevent bad things from happening to our loved ones.
On 10/02/2007 08:26:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
anttyk, I understand...

Malaysia is our home. Which is why I feel for it. I want my home to be a safe place. Compared to 20 years ago, things are so much different now.

But how 'viligant' is 'normal'? I have female friends who get scared the second they hear motorbike. I get paranoid each time I see someone walking behind my house (backlane) after my house was broken into 2 years ago (around this time of year).

My classmate just told me that his house was broken into about 2 months ago. It happened while they were asleep upstairs. Can you imagine what would have happened if the robbers decided to check upstairs? Or if he had gone downstairs for a drink?

We hear and read of so many cases where robbers slash the victims for no apparent reason - maybe its a scare tactic.

Heck, even VIPs are not spared. Just in the last few months, there were several 'high profile' robberies where the victims were VIPs (politicians, etc).

Someone once joked that statistics in Johor shows every female has been a victim of snatch thieves at least once in their life!

This is the point I'm trying to raise... How safe is our country (or the world, for that matter)?

I definitely support the idea of reviving Rukun Tetangga, which our PM recently mentioned.










Sunday, September 23, 2007

Arundina progress

Arundina is a cluster home that is being built by the award winning developer called SP Setia in a place called Setia Alam. It will be my new home really soon, judging by the construction progress...

Front view of Arundina
Looks like the structure is completed

A peek into Arundina
This is how it looks inside

10ft side garden
This is where I'll be planting some of my food... :)

I have been told it will be ready only early next year. I guess still lots of touch-up to be done by the developer.

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On 9/26/2007 10:39:00 AM Blogger anttyk said:
Wow. Your house looks good. I like the design of the living room...
On 9/28/2007 10:04:00 AM Anonymous blusher said:
Atai! You are so lucky to be able to get a semiD. Cool! Really green with envy now...hehehe....CONGRATS with the new hse ^__^










Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September update

Dog catching competition has been called off. It was decent of MPS to actually admit that it was ill-thought out plan and that they learn from this.

I've not been updating this blog and also my website partly because I've just changed my job. Plus need to spend sometime with my family and also a few other things...

I'll probably need another week or two before I settle into the new schedule...

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On 9/20/2007 11:30:00 AM Anonymous blusher said:
Phew! Glad that dog-catching campaign has stopped.

Well, good luck in ur new job! Yes, spend quality time with ur family & wife. Good move!
On 9/21/2007 11:39:00 AM Blogger Taikor said:
Same same. Busy life.
On 9/21/2007 02:52:00 PM Blogger anttyk said:
That is good news! How's the new house?
On 9/25/2007 10:54:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
house getting along just fine... :)

yours leh?? seems like forever under reno only... :)










Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Catch the most dogs and win rm15k (USD4.5k)

This is no joke. Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (Selayang Municipal Council) is organising a dog capturing competition. All you need to do is catch as many dogs as possible. The dogs will still need to be breathing (for audit purpose) and each dog captured must also be photographed as proof of capture.
Tangkapan hendaklah diserahkan hidup-hidup kepada urus setia pertandingan untuk pengiraan/audit. Gambar setiap ekor tangkapan juga hendaklah dikemukakan sebagai bukti tangkapan.
Assessment will be done twice a year (every 6 months). To qualify for the three prizes, you will need to capture a minimum of 150 dogs every 6 months. The prize structure? 1st prize gets you rm15k, 2nd prize rm13k and 3rd prize winner gets rm11k. That's a whooping rm39k in taxpayer's money! An incentive payout of rm20 per dog will also be given out every month. Only stray dogs will be counted.
Dog catching competition details

More dog catching competition details
Competition details

The thing is...
What the f*ck is wrong with our councillors?!?

Don't they have better things to do with the money? Why target only dogs? I'm sure we all have problems with stray cats and even rats! And what if someone captures a licensed dog, what guarantee is there that the person will not remove the license and 'submit' the licensed dog as stray?

From Remembering Sheena's 4th September post:
I appeal to the Malaysian public to please bombard the newsdesk of the Media with emails and phone calls expressing disgust at this outrage. Below are the email addresses you can write to. Please don't forget to include your full name, email and mailing address and telephone numbers:

editor@thestar.com.my
metro@thestar.com.my
letters@nstp.com.my
news@nstp.com.my
mmnews@nstp.com.my
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
editor@malaysiakini.com
editorial@sinchew.com.my
bhnews@bharian.com.my
pengarang@utusan.com
editor@nanyang.com.my
am@hmetro.com.my
gmkl@guangming.com.my
bgns@bernama.com
tcpb@po.jaring.my
I hope everyone can help pass the word around. No, this is not about expanding the competition to include stray cats and rats. It is about:
- expressing disgust for such brutal and stone-age 'sport'
- expressing disgust for abusing taxpayers' money
- respecting and loving all living beings including stray dogs

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On 9/06/2007 03:19:00 AM Blogger Ian said:
Please sign the following peition to help stopping this competition, i had posted over my US Care2 networks, hope it will boost the signatures, thanks again:

http://www.petitiononline.com/doghunt1/petition.html
On 9/06/2007 11:12:00 AM Blogger Jacquelyn said:
-_-
Shouldn't they be focusing on more important matters such as improving the security of housing areas etc etc? and who on earth would be so free to catch a min num of 150 in 6 months?!
On 9/06/2007 07:14:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
there is an 'updated' petition... for those who want to have their voice heard, please use this new one instead:
http://www.petitiononline.com/doghunt2/petition.html
On 9/06/2007 07:56:00 PM Blogger Natasha Fernz said:
Hi,

thanks very much for posting this information, and also for updating the link to the revised petition.

Please see my boog http://cleopatrathelabrador.blogspot.com for more email addresses of organisations that you can write to.

Will be updating it as I write to more organisations...
On 9/07/2007 03:26:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said:
YES NO MORE STRAY DOGS. WOO HOO. YEAH MAN
On 9/11/2007 05:39:00 PM Blogger anttyk said:
This is so sad man... :(
On 9/17/2007 11:54:00 PM Blogger B.L.U.S.H.E.R said:
Being a dog lover, I'm quite distraught with this news. :-(
On 9/19/2007 09:14:00 AM Anonymous happy4ever said:
I think this have been taken off now.
Anyhow, if you'd think this is crappy, wait till you watch this:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qlQWNib2Tcw

Crappy minister giving crappy answers to BBC. Watch and cringe on your seat. >_<










Monday, September 03, 2007

Glass of water

After every meal, my wife will usually bug me to drink a glass of water. Yeah, she treats me like a child but I actually don't mind... :)

Usually, she will bring out a glass of water and ask me to finish it. Today's dinner was no different. My wife brought out a glass of water. But instead of telling me to finish the water immediately like she always do, she just left it on the table and sat down next to me. I was feeling quite thirsty, so I reached for the glass and started to drink...

Mrrgggrrll... Pfffft.... Aaarrggghhh...!!!

It's boiling hot!!!!!

I stared at my wife. She looked back at me. When she realised what happened, she started to laugh and just said "I didn't ask you to drink it ma..."

Like that also can?!? My tongue is a bit sore right now...

Come to think of it... It was quite funny. Joked with her much later, telling her that just because I talked too much, she still didn't need to burn my throat and mouth...

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On 9/04/2007 05:53:00 PM Anonymous Wayne Liew said:
The subconscious mind did its work again...Lolz..

Just a glass of boiling water, no big deal right? Lolz...
On 9/04/2007 06:40:00 PM Anonymous lady said:
Ha ha, this is a good one. Appreciate what (and who) you have, or else many more parts will burnt!
On 9/05/2007 09:08:00 AM Blogger adriantai said:
wayne, i just maybe coz not many nerve endings on our tongue, gua...

lady, like dat also can ar?!? modern women really ganas these days... hahaha...
On 9/08/2007 10:19:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
so envious...haha...










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