No Malaysian in Harvard for second consecutive year

April 12, 2012

For the second consecutive year, no Malaysian student has gained admission into Harvard University.

Datuk Dr Goh Cheng Teik, who heads the selection panel that interviews students for undergraduate admission into the university, said this was due to the deteriorating quality of applicants from Malaysia.

“I called the Harvard College Admissions Office and was told that although they received applications from Malaysian students, no one was shortlisted for interviews as they are not considered competitive enough,” he told The Star.

Dr Goh said former SMK Damansara Jaya student Avinaash Subramaniam was the last Malaysian to be accepted into Harvard in 2010.

Avinaash obtained 11A’s in the 2008 SPM and was awarded a full scholarship.

Harvard Club of Malaysia honorary secretary Nicholas Khaw, who is also an interviewer on the panel, said from 1985 to 2010, at least one applicant from Malaysia had been admitted into Harvard College every year. (Harvard College is the undergraduate school at Harvard University.)

In 2009, he said two students gained admission into Harvard.

According to a statement issued by the interview panel, a total of 30,489 and 34,950 applications were received by Harvard University in 2010 and 2011 with 6.9% and 6.3% gaining admission respectively.

It said among South-East Asian countries, Singapore has the highest number of students in Harvard College with 18, followed by Thailand (seven), Vietnam (six), Malaysia (five) and Indonesia (two).

Harvard Club of Malaysia executive committee member Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd encouraged Malaysian students to apply for admission into the university.

She said Harvard University this year awarded a total of US$172mil (RM531.48mil) in scholarships to 60% of its incoming students.

Wan Nadiah, who is also an interviewer, said students are encouraged to begin preparations for applications to Harvard at least six months before the application is due.

The application deadline for the 2013 intake is Jan 1 next year and further information can be found at


Sarawak’s Chief Minister relies on Black Magic to make decisions.

October 25, 2010

Taib Mahmud’s secret bomoh

Yakub Tufail, his father and the Ustaz
Sarawak Report can reveal that the aging Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, relies on a personal witchdoctor, or so-called Bomoh, to make all key personal and government decisions!

The extraordinary state of affairs, which has remained a carefully guarded secret among his entourage for many years, has now been explained in detail by insiders.“He will always consult the Bomoh before he makes an important decision, like which minister to hire or fire, or which investments to make”, one senior politician has confided.

Black magic!

Another member of the inner circle, linked closely to the family, also described how one particular Bomoh (see right) had a ‘Rasputin-like’ hold over the superstitious Chief Minister for many years. This Bomoh died two years ago, shortly after the death of Taib’s wife Laila, and the 73 year old leader is said to be frantically searching for a new supernatural advisor, who he can trust to take him through the up-coming election period.

“He hired an interim Bomoh” one source explained, “but he clearly was not satisfied, as he has been going around Indonesia looking for a more powerful magician and he has just engaged a new one!”.

Bomoh’s are practitioners of ‘black magic’ and are widely condemned for exploiting simple people, who do not have access to modern science and education. Taib Mahmud’s dependence on such guidance can only be judged as unhealthy and malign.

read more here…

It is year 2010 and Malaysia’s Chief Ministers are still relying on Black Magic to rule and gain power……holy cow!

When Pakatan Rakyat rules Penang.

October 13, 2010

MPSP – from deficit to surplus

Slightly more than two years ago, Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP) was ailing financially. Remember MPSP having to absorb responsibility for the white elephant called the Batu Kawan stadium built by the previous administration despite protests from local civil activists? Remember the over-priced spanking new MPSP building which cost them RM80 million when the same building could have been built at under RM40 million?

The MPSP was a different creature all together then. Then it was a creation of corrupt politicians (and their appointees) who wielded the reigns of power in Penang. But thankfully not anymore since 2008.

Just to give you an idea about MPSP’s finances, look at the chart below.

MPSP Surplus/(Deficit)
2000 – (RM5.1 million)
2001 – (RM31.2 million)
2002 – (RM36.7 million)
2003 – (RM39.0 million)
2004 – (RM48.9 million)
2005 – (RM57.1 million)
2006 – (RM5.4 million)
2007 – (RM5.1 million)
2008 – RM3.0 million
2009 – RM14.6 million
2010 – RM54.39 million (as at 4 October 2010)

Now tell me who are the better administrators, where public money is concerned and should be used for the public, and those who regard public money as “loot” to be shared amongst themselves and their cronies?

Imperfect as Pakatan Rakyat may be at the moment, at least they don’t steal from us and the public’s money is being protected and enhanced by appointed professionals! To the detractors of PR, yes I agree their problems may be unpalatable to many of us who yearn for meaningful change from race politics and self-interests but surely they are the ONLYchoice when we only have a rock and a hard place to choose from, given the present electorate’s indifference and ignorance.

Dear readers who have been asking me why I have been so silent on this blog about the shenanigans of the ongoing PKR polls and the call for the third force by prominent civil activists; time willing I will address this issue soon, but I foresee that it will require a long posting to truly explain my stand – it is that complicated. Hopefully, I will be able to address this issue soon once I get those nitty-gritty events which sap my free time out of the way first.

Rest assured, this blog will not shy away from difficult issues that needs addressing – personal preferences notwithstanding. Thank you for your patience.


Credit to  Romerz


Why should MCA interfere with Utar?

October 9, 2010

Human nature is such that there are two kinds of human behaviour when it comes to charity – the pretentious and the altruistic donor. I have always doubted the sincerity of those who give to charity by proclaiming it under the flashbulbs of press photographers. In these amusing photo ops, you see the donors posing with an enormous mock cheque to emphasize the size of the donation. If you’re truly charitable, why not dispense with the fanfare and write the amount on a normal cheque?

Having said this, I can now tell you about the truly altruistic gesture of philanthropist Koon Yew Yin. He made an offer of RM30 million, quite gratuitously, for the building of hostels for University Tunku Abdul Raman (Utar) students in Kampar.

Ever since the university was founded, its students have had to find their own accommodation outside campus. In many cases, they have to pay exorbitant rents far beyond the means of poor or even middle- class students.

The generosity of Koon was brought to my attention by the unflattering headline ‘Tycoon wanted seat on council’ in theSun (Sept 3, 2010). The article’s sub-headline was ‘Koon also wanted Utar residential village named after him, says MCA division chief’.

The MCA division chief in question, Ipoh Timur’s Thong Fah Chong, had said Koon’s requests were not acceptable as they had “exceeded the university’s jurisdiction and [could be] deemed an interference in the management of the university”. Thong added that hostels could not be named at one’s whim and fancy.

In his immediate response, Koon countered that although it was correct that while the facility was to be named after him, what he had specified was that the hostel blocks should be named after the fundamental rights such as Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Freedom, or the qualities of integrity such as honesty, justice, etc.

Koon also categorically denied he had ever requested a seat on the Utar council, clarifying instead that he had agreed to Utar’s counter-proposal for a task force to oversee the construction of the hostels.

He said his requests, including for a seven-man task force (four from Utar and three to be nominated by him) to oversee the construction of the hostels, and for all construction contracts exceeding RM10,000 to be open to competitive tenders, were to ensure everything was done in the interest of the students. He said it was not meant to interfere with the management of the university.

It’s common practice

One may ask, why should the Ipoh Timur MCA division chief Thong Fah Chong (left) criticize the well-meaning and generous offer of RM30 million by a good Samaritan?

Thong even questioned the motive of Koon for his offer of substantial financial assistance to Utar. He accused Koon of wanting to sit on the council of the university. This is a false accusation. It is not true because Thong has admitted that “late last year he had … arranged for the philanthropist to meet the then president of the MCA … but he was not aware of what transpired at the meeting apart from the request”.

If he was unaware of what took place at the meeting, then how could he say that Koon wanted to sit on the university council?

Furthermore, why should a member of the MCA interfere with an offer of a donation to the university?

Should it not be left to the university to accept or not accept the offer without having to cast aspersions on the motive of the donor? If you must refuse the offer, surely it is polite to refuse it graciously? But the way it has been handled by Thong as the representative of the MCA has reflected badly on the upbringing of the man as well as on the sincerity of the association.

Not surprisingly, Koon has now withdrawn his offer? Can you blame him? Anyone in Koon’s shoes would have done the same thing.

A celebrated English lawyer of the 18th century, William Blackstone, was the first Vinerian Professor of Law in Oxford University, as was the renowned Geoffrey Cheshire later. The law professorship was named after a certain Mr Viner who had endowed on Oxford a large sum of money.

For his offered RM30 million, Koon did not even ask for a professorship to be named after him. All he asked was for any eventual profits from the hostel rental in future to be overseen by a foundation in his name, and for this foundation to disburse scholarships and other forms of assistance to Utar students.

And what is so wrong for the donor to establish a foundation in his name to oversee the utilization of his donation? Alfred Bernhard Nobel, 1833-96, Swedish chemist, engineer, and philanthropist – noted for his invention of dynamite (1866) – is a household name today for his bequest to the foundation awarding the Nobel prizes.

But in Malaysia, Utar and MCA vilified Koon for demanding accountability and transparency in how the university and its authorities from the political party would manage his RM30 million. Their action sinks my opinion of the MCA to an even lower level.

Students become innocent victims

After I retired from the bench in the year 2000, I returned to Ipoh. Here I met Thong who became a friend. Later I befriended Koon during the height of the Perak constitutional crisis of 2009.

Today I have lost respect for my erstwhile friend Thong because he tried to gain political mileage by vilifying poor Koon, an unpretentious retired engineer whose only sin – if you can call that a sin – is to offer RM30 million to build hostels for students.

Koon earned my respect and admiration because he was concerned with the plight of the thousands of students who face the uncertainty of not being able to find decent lodgings and having to pay extortionate rents to unscrupulous landlords besides. Since Utar students must seek accommodation outside campus, the private house owners in the vicinity have taken advantage of the situation.

If you’ve been reading the Ipoh Echo – a fortnightly free newspaper – you will have noticed that for several months now the paper carries an advertisement of Koon Yew Yin’s offer of scholarships to poor students.

Koon has given scholarships to about 70 deserving students for the last three-and-a-half years and most of them are studying in Utar. The only repayment required of the recipients is their word — a promise that when they’re financially secure after graduation, they will in turn help other poor students.

Just for this year alone, the Koon Yew Yin scholarships are worth a total RM1 million, of which some three-quarters of the sum has been approved to those applicants who passed their interviews. This itself is a large amount of money to be coming from a single Malaysian individual, and furthermore one who does not bond the students to work for him.

Yet there are some people in politics – in the MCA for instance – who are wary or envious of the unpretentious and well-meaning millionaire.

There is really more to why Utar and its political masters did not accept the donation of RM30 million from Koon, but I won’t dwell on the matter here.

But perhaps there is a lesson to be learnt from the withdrawal of Koon’s offer more than one year after it was made.

With these dubious episodes occurring, you can understand why I choose to be apolitical. But for the young students who have nothing to do with politics and the parents who have to worry about their children’s living environment the first time away from home, it is a disappointing lesson learned with some sad poignancy.

I think MCA is a joke….why so quiet on this?

You be the judge….for our children’s future.

Gerakan concedes Penang to DAP for another term.

September 15, 2010
GEORGE TOWN, Sept 12 — Penang Gerakan chief Datuk Teng Hock Nan has conceded that DAP can keep the state in the next general elections but said his party has a good chance of recapturing it later.Teng predicted the ruling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government will not be in power for a long time.

Teng Hock Nan

He said that the popular chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, will not helm the state after the 14th general elections due to “how Lim handles the state affairs”, adding the people need a strong opposition if they want to keep the Lim Administration.

“With his style of running the government, he will be appointed the chief minister in the next general elections, but … not the following general elections,” Teng told The Malaysian Insider.

Elections are not due until 2013 but speculation is rife that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will call for a snap parliamentary election while the states can hold theirs another time.

Najib’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) is grappling with sensitive race issues as a section of the majority Malays want to keep affirmative action policies under his New Economic Model (NEM) while other communities are demanding meritocracy.

The prime minister said yesterday he is committed to affirmative action but the methods need to change.

Speaking on race issues, Teng agreed that leaders from both coalitions in the state – BN and PR – play racial issues for their own benefits, “those holding high government positions” do it more.

“I am not saying Umno doesn’t do it [playing up racial issues] … more so done by people holding high government positions. They don’t pay any regards to social standing and they keep on fanning racial sentiments and running down one race.

“These people are also those who preach that we should not use racial issues for political mileage. You must practice what you preach,” Teng said.

“At one hand, you say this, on the other hand you go against what you say every day,” he added.

Teng noted that the relationship between the different races in the state has worsened compared to the time when the state was under Gerakan’s rule between 1969 and 2008.

He said Penangites will recognise the efforts of the multiracial Gerakan in the long run if the party continues to play its role in Penang as not only a constructive opposition, but also as a party that smoothens racial relationship in the state.

Acknowledging that Gerakan is perceived weak, he said the party has taken several initiatives to train new people who would be prepared to play positive roles in the state.

Teng said he was positive that if Gerakan members continued to hold on to party principles and if the younger generation worked together towards the betterment of the party, Gerakan will be able to take over the state administration from PR.

He said although he did not foresee Gerakan getting back the state in the next general election, it was possible in the 14th general election.

“The win will be towards Barisan or the party with a clean image and credibility for  bringing prosperity to Penang, but unfortunately [we are] perceived as weak,” Teng said, referring to Gerakan which was seen as irrelevant after its poor run in the 12th general elections.

The party suffered its worst electoral defeat after retaining only two federal seats. The party also lost its only cabinet post following its poor performance in the election.

But Teng urged Penangites to give the party “a chance” in the next general election to play the role of a constructive opposition in the state assembly.

“In any administration … any government, absolute power corrupts. We are heading towards absolute power. If you want Guan Eng to hold on to power longer, we appeal to the people to put a few of us in the state assembly,” he said.

“We want people to trust our track record and put a few of us in the state assembly for check and balance in the state assembly so that Guan Eng’s government doesn’t rot too fast. It will rot sometime, but not too soon lah,” he added.

How come KTK was so quiet about this?

DAP is here to stay in Penang…..bye bye BN….Blardy Nonsense.

UMNO caught lying AGAIN !!!

September 11, 2010

Once a liar always a liar….and it’s proven again, they lied!

During the last few days of Ramadan Month when the Muslims are fasting, it was supposed to be a Holy month but yet again some Muslims are willingly spewing lies after lies just to make themselves some cheap publicity in the news. Sad these Muslims do not respect their own followings but yet when non-Muslim invited to a Mosque by the nazir of the Mosque they make hell for them….and plenty of police reports….calling them “hina” Agama Islam.

See what they wear “officially” and what their leaders says.

UMNO & Perkasa Logo on their official shirt.

Rabu lalu, mesyuarat BN di Putrajaya memutuskan untuk memisahkan dirinya dari PERKASA kerana aktiviti pertubuhan itu boleh menjejaskan usaha BN untuk mendapatkan sokongan bukan Melayu. Sejumlah pemimpin BN yang menghadiri mesyuarat tersebut, telah menyatakan keraguan terhadap PERKASA dan mendesak Umno menyatakan pendiriannya terhadap pertubuhan tersebut.

Parti Cinta Malaysia menyokong tindakan pemimpin Umno memisahkan diri mereka daripada Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA). Naib presidennya, Huan Cheng Guan berkata orang dan individu yang berfikiran waras sepatutnya menjauhkan diri daripada pertubuhan pimpinan ahli parlimen Pasir Mas, Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

“Kepimpinan Umno mesti mengarahkan wakil rakyatnya dan ketua bahagiannya supaya tidak menyertai aktiviti anjurah PERKASA dan menganggotai jawatankuasanya,” kata Huan yang juga bekas naib presiden Gerakan.

Berikutan itu, Setiausaha agung Umno, Datuk Tengku Adnan Mansor kemudian berjanji kepada rakan-rakan BN bahawa parti itu tidak akan memberi sokongan kepada PERKASA ataupun IbrahimPERKASA, yang mendakwa mempunyai 50,000 ahli, ditubuhkan selepas pilihanraya umum 2008 selepas pilihanraya dalam usaha untuk melindungi hak-hak berperlembagaan orang Melayu.

Ramai ahlinya adalah dari Umno. Benarlah kata orang, kewujudan PERKASA adalah satu bebanan ‘maha’ berat kepada Umno.. kehadirannya ternyata membuatkan Umno tidak selesa, selain membuktikan Umno gagal dalam membela hak Melayu/bumiputra (cakap je lebih)..

Tanggunglah sendiri wahai pemimpin dan penyokong Umno.. berani keluar statement (konon nk tunjuk tidak ada kaitan dgn PERKASA), so berani lah tanggung… selepas satu persatu bala menimpa.. mula mula kompenan BN dah beri ‘warning’, diikuti Parti Cinta Malaysia pula beri pukulan maut…
Umno kini hanya ada dua pilihan, sama ada menurut ‘titah’ parti2 kompenan BN dan Parti Cinta Malaysia, iaitu dgn memboikot segala aktiviti PERKASA sebagai membuktikan kata2nya, atau membuat U-turn dgn mengumumkan akan menyokong PERKASA..

Tidak pelik selepas ini, Umno akan berpecah kpd dua kumpulan, iaitu satu kumpulan yg cenderung kpd PERKASA/Ibrahim Ali/Tun Mahathir, dan satu kumpulan lagi yang menyampah dan meluat kepada team PERKASA tadi yg menjunjung gagasan 1Malaysia Najib, antaranya Khairy Jamaluddin dan Nazri Aziz…

May i ask, who is lying? UMNO or Perkasa? Najis or Ibrahim Ali? Tengku Adnan or Dr M?

looks like UMNO melayus are trying to cheat the Malaysian Malays again.

Selamat Hari Raya Malaysia 2010.

September 9, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir dan Batin…To all my Muslim friends and families…….semoga semua diKampung sihat2 belaka.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

“Merdeka” kah mereka ini?

August 31, 2010

Today Malaysia is celebrating her 53rd National Day….but sad it wasn’t like those days when we have countdowns and mixed crowd of different races, cultures, religions and all smiling and strolling in town squares, by the sea sides and even kampong are filled with colourful bulbs.

But to some unlucky ones, they don’t even feel the difference as they have been living their daily lives like this…….

The small shag of an UMNO’s voter.

This is the Home to the Zakaria’s family somewhere of Gambang, Pahang, ironically was the state of the present UMNO’s PM. Yet till today after 53 years of BN/UMNO’s ruling, the people who voted for them still live life this way……it really spoils my mood to celebrate this Merdeka 2010……what 2010?….and Malaysians are still living in this condition?……i thought i was having a nightmare but i’m not…..this is for real.

Merdekakanlah mereka dulu sebelum kita Merdekakan Negara ini.

the Zakaria Deros mansion.

The huge mansion of UMNO’s crony.

P/S : Same name, Zakaria……. but different fake.

A Successful Malaysian Chinese Begged to come back by Government.

August 28, 2010

This is a very good and
inspirational story of a motivated Chinese man in

Posted by Sii Hoi Chan, he lives
in Kenyalang

I was 18 in 1997, I came home
half completed my high school in England because my
father was bankrupted.
He was a contractor, bankrupted because the licensee,
Taib’s uncle defaulted on paying royalty to the
Government.  Pocketed all the money my father gave.

Taik Mahmud

Together with 6 of my friends we went to Komat in Sama
Jaya to look for jobs as they only required MCE. To
help out the family.

The HR lady was an Iban, on our turn she refused to
give us application forms and demanded our qualifications.
Without even understanding us, we were turned away. On
further enquiry from us, she said, the 250 posts were
all filled. It was 10.25 am and the application counter
just opened at 9.30 am. Asked the guard to show us out.
Komat repeated publication for the posts for another
week. We went back again and again were rejected. This
time she asked us to look for jobs in China.

My uncle promptly help the six of us to look for jobs
from his contacts. Ironically, we all ended up in
Shenzhen China, working in a micro circuit board plant.
We were trained by some American to be testers as we
know English. We did well, so well that within 4 years,
we developed a special test using Argon emission from
induced current. Testing the board even more thoroughly
and 40+ times the efficiency we were doing.

After a few months of trial, the company decided to
subcontract all their circuit board testing to us using
the new testing system and they got the test done at a
fraction of the cost doing it manually.

Within 3 years, we are testing all the circuit board of
all the companies in Shenzhen then.


We spread to include contracts in a lot of companies
of China, US, Germany and Finland.

We now employ 7600 people and 1600 from Sarawak. Bumiputra
or non-bumiputra who made the grade we are after.

Why I am writing this?

Today my company has been operating in Penang for 6
months. We are employing 200 people.

I was conducting interviews for senior staff for the jobs.

One of the people that came in for the interview was the
same Iban lady from Komat 10+ years ago. The lady who
turned me away. The lady who told me I was not eligible
for the job. The lady who told me the posts were filled
when yet to select the first applicant of 250 and the
lady who asked me to go to China to look for a job.

I had the satisfaction to tell her all these if I
wanted to. Instead I listened to all her talk about how
great she had done in her former employment and now she
was out on a huge VSS. How well she will do for me with
her experience and how much she would like to work for a
Chinese boss. She said she is the daughter of an
influential bumiputra man and her husband is doing
well in business. I let her rave on with her diatribe.

Finally, when she realised she the one doing all the
talking and I was not even asking questions, she

Finally I said, I know her. She was shocked, for now I
was properly suited up and not in T-shirt and jeans
like the first time we met.

I simply said I like to thank her for asking me to go
back to China to look for work. I did, I made it and
what she is seeing today and the brochure I placed
infront of her is in fact the SUCCESS from disgust and
disappointment of being a Malaysian Chinese!!

She was murmuring to herself. I told her, she will get
a job from me but not as the senior HR, not as the
assistant HR but as an assistant to the assistant HR.
She was shocked, happy and almost cried. Then she
confessed that her husband was a bankrupt and her 3 children
had to be in the care of her sister.

I told her, she meant nothing to me, her race meant
nothing to me and what she had done also meant nothing
to me. The insults, the frustrations and the anguish of
a young man trying to help his father. I told her she
would be  treated like everyone. She must get her job
done or she’d be out like anybody. I told her, I do
not care for YBs, bumi policies or business
opportunities in Malaysia. I do not need Malaysia.


Justin Hong

DPP vs Pornthip video goes online, finally!

August 26, 2010

Finally, a long waited video of the clown in court here in Malaysia.

Just for laugh….remember, laughter is the best medicine!