Last 2 days I was very busy. SO many people are down with the flu bugs that I have not been so busy for a while… Added to this , 2 of my desktops in my clinic went crazy, one restarting and restarting all the time, and the other one restarting and asking for password which is not installed in the first place… So I have to send them to my friend at the “Computer War” shop in PJ SS2 (free advertisement for this great shop)..
The restarting one was condemned; something wrong with the mother board. The other would have to be reformatted, possibly due to a virus which attacked while opening emails, despite the free AVG anti viral software that i use and update regularly — my eldsest daughter would be pestering me to change to Apple , “NO virus attacks apple lah”– So i have to put on the moderation mode in the blog yesterday.
Now I am writing from my old but reliable workhorse – touch wood I hope it won’t fail me now- a notebook I bought many years ago.
A few things I wish to comment today.
Firstly, I would like to comment on the suggestion By Husam Musa, PAS vice president , that if Pakatan wins the Federal government , Hudud law would be introduced.
I am glad that DAP came out strongly, especially the old lion Karpal Singh who had once famously said “over my dead body”.
I am always fearful of the intention of PAS in the Pakatan coalition. I am of the view that no matter how good is the religion, and Islam is certainly a great religion, politics and religion should not be mixed.
60% of Malaysians are Muslim, which means that 40% are non. This is a sizeable number. To subject this 40% of non under the law of a religion in which they do not practise is not fair and is against their will and their respective religions .
Malaysia is a secular country and should remain as one. This is because religion is something personal. No one can force a person to believe in a religion other then his own.. Even if you can forcibly convert someone, you cannot convert his inner thoughts… And religions depend on a person’s inner thoughts and inner acceptance of its teachings.
I have advocated Gerakan to pull out of BN and be on its own, and not join Pakatan. It can support the good policies of Pakatan, but for hudud law, it is a big no no…By not joining in a coalition like Pakatan, it would not be caught in the position like DAP now, having to rebuke its partner’s view and at the same time has to ask for the stand of Anwar and Keadilan. The whole hudud issue in Pakatan is like the Sword of Damocles, ever ready to drop and cut loose the coalition.
PAS and DAP join hands because of a common enemy, UMNO. If this common enemy loses power and is no longer relevant, can these 2 parties work together? That is the big question.
PAS should abandon its hudud agenda; it must realise that in a multireligious country, to impose religious law of one religion would not be well accepted.
Local film makers are asking the authority to raise the movie tickets for Hollywood shows to RM 20 per tickets, because local films cannot compete .
I was shocked at this request… Protectionist mentality again.. I am an avid film goer, and take my family to see shows regularly, and many in the cities are like me, as this is one entertainment that whole family can go together.
If local movie makers want to sell more tickets or attract more people to see its production, it should improve its quality, and not by asking authority to raise movie ticket prices for Hollywood movies. This is like punishing the local movie goers for the incompetency of the local movie producers.
This is exactly the same case like our Proton cars.
Malaysians must get rid of this protectionist mentality. If you want customers , you must go the extra mile to get the customers, not by imposing restrictions on your competitors… That way, the local film industries can never improve.
When will Malaysians learn this important lesson? The world is rapidly becoming globalised and we are still inside our cocoon, depending on the outer husk to protect us..
What the local film producers can do is to reduce their ticket prices by RM2 – at the momemt , they are charging the same price for their tickets as those Blockbusters movies from the West- , since their production cost is much much lower ..
I remember in the 60s, there was one good Hindi movie showing in Penang, and almost every Penangite then, irrespective of race, went to see this show… This shows that if you are good, you can attract people to come and see…
The third thing is the HIV suffers. Someone -MB of Perak whom i have much respect for – has suggested that HIV sufferers be quarantined. He may have good intention, but this will not work and would only drive all the HIV cases underground.
HIV carriers look normal before the illness strikes. There is no way to tell except for a blood test. If you lock them all up, who would come go for the HIV tests?
Those who are carriers would deny their illness and go undergound . They would not get proper counselling and there is no way to track them.
The best way top control STD is actually contact tracing, like what is done in Singapore and overseas. You treat the person, and ask him how many contacts he had (sexually), track these contacts and check their blood status. If positive, give them counseling , ask them to use condoms and so on. If negative, they must be kept under surveillance until the window period is over..
Drug addicts from a major proportion of HIV carriers in Malaysia. This group too must be given help to kick the habits. This is the ‘ i couldn’t care less’ group because they feel that they are hopeless, and society has abandoned them-which is not really true- and the stigma of being a drug addict is the main reason that they go back to this habits again and again, even after repeated rehabilitation. Society must help this group… It would do the MB a lot of good if he can initiate a fund to help the HIv sufferers, especially those with drug addiction, instead of suggesting to shut them up.