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Friday, October 22, 2010

Petition on Abolish the Proposed Development of 100 Storey Mega Tower in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Dear All,

I would appreciate if you could provide your support for the cause and sign the petition. A million thanks in advance! Click here to sign http://www.PetitionOnline.com/APD100ST/


The Prime Minister of Malaysia on 15 October 2010 during his tabling of the Budget 2011 in the Parliament has announced to build the Warisan Merdeka, which will be undertaken by Permodalan Nasional Berhad. This is an integrated development comprising a 100 storey tower, which will be the tallest building in Malaysia, replacing the 88 storey Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The total projected cost of the project is RM5billion and the 100 storey tower is expected to be completed by 2015. Development of the entire project is scheduled to go on until 2020.

The 19-acre development area of the mega project, which includes a condominium and a shopping mall, is sited on the car park and land adjacent to Stadium Negara and Stadium Merdeka. Additionally, another stadium which is the Chin Woo Stadium is also located within the development area.

There are 4 premier schools that are located within the vicinity of the development area of the mega project; namely the Victoria Institution, SRJK (C) Jalan Davidson, Methodist Boys’ School and Confucian Private Secondary School.

The Victoria Institution is a premier secondary school and one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur which was founded in 1893. It was declared a National Heritage by Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry of Malaysia on 14 February 2009.

Methodist Boys’ School is also one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur which was founded by Christian missionary Dr. William T. Kensett in July 1897. In 2008, Methodist Boys' School was awarded the cluster school status by Education Ministry of Malaysia.

SRJK (C) Jalan Davidson, an 82 year old school, is one of the premier primary vernacular schools in Kuala Lumpur. In 2004, the school won the gold medal at the World Robot Olympiad in Singapore.

The 104 years old Confucian Private Secondary School is considered as one of the premier private vernacular schools in Kuala Lumpur. Its latest achievements include 2nd place on the recently organized 3rd Taylor's Culinary Challenge 2010.

Together, the 4 premier schools educate approximately 6,000 students every year.

With the development of the mega projects, it is likely that there will be disruptions and disturbance inevitably such as noise and air pollution generated from the construction of the mega project. In addition, safety and health of the students of the 4 premier schools is also being put at risk due its proximity to the construction site of the mega project, with the usage of scaffolding and other building equipments and large overhead cranes, earth movers, heavy-duty lorries and dump-trucks etc for its construction activities.

With the development of 100 storey office tower, shopping mall and condominium, it is likely that the mega project will lead to massive traffic flow and congestion problems within the area of the 4 premier schools. All the above will inevitably lead to a less than conducive education environment for the students of the 4 premier schools and this will affect the education process and quality of education that they will received.

We believe that the RM5billion development cost of the mega project should be used to improve various aspects of the Malaysian society such as:

- To improve the infrastructure of schools such as building of basic necessity i.e. toilets, provision of free books and assistance to school children in the rural areas in East Malaysia and West Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawak.

- To eradicate poverty and improve the standard of living by providing assistance to hardcore poor, particularly the rural areas in East Malaysia and West Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawak.

- To improve the healthcare system and service such as building of daycare and dialysis centre, replacement and improvement of equipments and facilities in hospitals; particularly in the rural areas in East Malaysia and West Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawak.

- To provide assistance and improve standard of living such as building infrastructure to cater to the basic needs such as electricity and water facilities, road and transportation to the Orang Asli (indigenous people) of East Malaysia and West Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawak.

- To provide assistance that caters to the daily needs of the OKUs (orang kurang upaya/disabled person) such as providing trainings to enable them to enter into job market and building of road pavements and infrastructure to enable mobility.

- To provide assistance to the less fortunate/elderly people such as building of old folks home and day care centre.

- To improve on public transportation and to reduce traffic problems of major towns and cities and making the major towns and cities a livable city.

We therefore call for the immediate abolishment of the proposed development of the 100 Storey Mega Tower.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

That Okay Song - from That Effing Show

A wonderful song to celebrate our Malaysia for 47 years old


Is Malaysia getting you down? Tired of those traffic jams and flash floods? Tired of listening to those same old talking heads and their slogans? Feeling like you want to just throw in the towel and give up?

Well we at That Effing Show have something to say. That it's all fine. That its okay. Kita sudah kautim. Paravaillay.

Because we are the world. We are the children. We are the all singing all dancing machas. And we're back. This time, we have horns! We have trumpets! We are higher and fi-er than ever before. Heck, we even scored ourselves a special musical guest star. Check it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can We Start Over? Or is all lost?

A very well written piece from a truly Anak Bangsa Malaysia as we celebrate Hari Malaysia on 16th September for the first time in history.


The nation called ‘Malaysia’ became a reality on 16th September, 1963 but for 46 years its birth was celebrated on 31st August, a date memorable to the Peninsula but without any meaning whatsoever for Sabah and Sarawak.

How did that happen?

I was in Form 4 in 1963 and not at all politically conscious. What I understood at that time about the steps leading to the formation of Malaysia came not from reading the newspaper ( my favourite page was the comics ) but from listening to adult conversations - Brunei first planning to come in but then opting out, Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak willing to go the distance, Cobbold Commission, referendum etc.

From all the talk around me, I learnt that the Tunku was pursuing and pushing for all brokering to be settled, so that this ‘new’ nation Malaysia could be born on 31st August too.

But it was not to be. Disagreements brought delays and the Tunku’s dream was fulfilled only 16 days later.

Much as I dearly love the Tunku and always will, I question why no recognition was given to 16th September during his tenure.

Only this year, 47 years later, are we collectively as a nation giving that date its due prominence in history.

Looking back, in a sense Malaysia never had a chance to live and take its baby steps. There was no 1st Anniversary, no 2nd, no 3rd ….

But anniversaries are just a once-a-year thing. Worse than the date distortion is Malaysia’s being robbed of her destiny as a nation embracing a diversity of people and cultures.

We could have been a showcase to the world of what decency and love are about. But we are not.

You see, love means relationship and being decent means being fair. That would have meant reaching out across the seas to our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak in true friendship, giving without expecting returns, defending their rights and homeland because it is the right thing do, especially for family.

But we did not.

We never took the trouble to reach out and touch the hearts of Sabah and Sarawak. We treated them merely as curious touristy places and never felt their heartbeat, never knew their disappointments, never recognised the betrayal they suffered, never heeded the lonely cries for help.

Any wonder then that our country has a fragmented soul? Any wonder then that we have never truly been one in heart and spirit?

And we stayed so blinded, so wrapped up in our own needs and wants that we never knew the concept ‘Malaysia’ had taken on a distorted form and that agreements had not been honoured.

We stayed that way until now – 47 years on.

Here we are, finally realizing the horror contained in those years, outraged at the plunder and for the first time determined to make amends.

Sabah and Sarawak, much as the mainstream media may lie to you, we the ordinary rakyat here in the Peninsula are not celebrating Hari Malaysia in the sense of accomplishment and achievement. There is nothing to shout about. And much to be ashamed of.

What we will be doing on the night of 15th September and on 16th September is confirm once again the greed and corruption of leaders from here and the complicity of the leaders over there that led to the plunder of wealth both where you are and here, the deprivation of your rights and ours, and the untold suffering everywhere.

You have been duped and so have we.

These will be days of sobriety and for the voice of justice. These will be days when we see the betrayal in all its ugliness and acknowledge that a colonial master emerged in our midst who is of us and far, far worse than the British who left.

These must be days for reflection and repentance for we too, all of us over here and all of you where you are, have been guilty of letting this happen - by our very silence, because of our fear.

The important question is: Is all lost?


Why not?

Because, for the first time, we have decided collectively to recognize nationhood on its true date of birth.

And because we have begun the steps to live the truth, the lie and all it stands for will be displaced and so too all men whose tongues are forked.

There is an ongoing cleansing of this nation that the government is too blind to recognize. Its misdeeds of the past, so long hidden, are being uncovered time and again against its will.

For me, justice will prevail because the misdeeds could still be hidden but they aren’t any longer.

There is a passing of the old and we need to leave the past behind to move ahead.

But how?

We, the rakyat, must learn to trust one another again and to reach out and help.

Not easy when so many hurts abound? Yes, but the choice is ours to take the risk.

It makes us vulnerable.

Yes, but someone once said that if you want something you have never had before, you must do something you have never done before.

We over here want the best for you.

So on behalf of the thousands over here, I ask for your forgiveness.

I ask that you forgive us our negligence of you, our never really embracing you as family, our keeping quiet as political leaders violated your trust and robbed you of your inheritance, your rights and your riches.

On behalf of the Peninsula, I ask for forgiveness and hope you will forgive because that very act of forgiveness on your part will give you peace and set you free to live again in the fullness for which you came into being.

So let the healing begin.

Much love.