Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I found it in the net. Its an old blog, but worth to read...

Thrice a week, millions of Malaysians of all races, from all walks of life congregate in tiny 10 by 20 feet places. Men and women who will elbow you out of the way at train and bus stations, queue patiently at hundreds of betting shops scattered across the country. The KTM (Kuda Toto Magnum) shop is as ubiquitous as the neighborhood Seven Eleven, a theatre of dreams for the average Malaysian. Teenagers in shorts, yuppies with ties, women with hair dyed blond, policemen in uniform indulge in the great Malaysian tradition of betting on 4 digit numbers. It was speculated that our Formula One ace, Alexander Yoong fared miserably because he slowed down to look for debris with numerical significance whenever a fellow competitor crashes. Can't blame him though, his sponsor was after all Magnum, one of the leading gaming operators.

The other popular Malaysian preoccupation of setting senseless world records coexists happily with this national pastime. The patriotic desire to preserve Malaysia's record for having the world's highest incidence of road accidents provides punters with a limitless source of numbers and inspiration. If broken vehicle license plates are not available, Malaysians turn to the roadside "Datoks"; mythical shrines and statutes erected underneath trees and big rocks. Opportunists appeased the "Datoks" with ornaments of street worship and received spiritual predictions in return. Those blessed with winning numbers repay their benefactor with fruits, slaughtered chickens or a concrete shelter, depending on the size of the windfall.

On draw days, near closing hours, you'll find a mess of triple parked cars and motorcycles slotted haphazardly into every available space outside the lottery shop. Oddly enough, there is courteous social interaction in 11th hour gambling. The encountered greetings are indicative of the individual's hopes and motivation. When you meet a Chinese acquaintance at the gaming shop, the likely greeting is an optimistic "Fatt Choy" (Prosper). The Malay hopeful, on the other hand, sheepishly explains his presence as "Berlabur" (Investing). The guilt of deviating from sanctioned investments is compounded by the ever present danger of encountering religious department officers on duty. The Indians would greet each other with a redundant Numberela?" (Buying Number?). A kind of mutual reaffirmation that they are both at the right place, at the right time.

Broken number plates often transformed into broken dreams. At coffeshops, the morning after, it's not uncommon to overhear someone cursing "Phui! Chou Hye!" (Smelly Female Genital!) when he discovers the winning number is 'terbalik' (reversed) that of his forecast. Undaunted, another intrepid gambler scans the results in the newspapers like a diligent proof reader. Headlines and front pages are ignored along with the fact that the odds are mathematically against him in this game of chance. For him, no odds are too big and no dreams too small.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Aku baru je selesai membaca coretan dari blog anti PTD yang korang boleh baca disini.

Tetapi kali ini aku rasa sangat berbeza sekali. Walaupun hati aku sakit bila membacanya tapi hati aku jadi makin sakit bila memikirkan kebodohan pegawai-pegawai lain di skim yang sama dengan aku. Tidak terfikirkah akan mereka tentang tanggungjawab dan amanah rakyat yang dipikul?? BEtul jugak laa kata mereka bahawa harus diterapkan nilai agama dalam ujian pemilihan PTD sebab mereka-mereka yang buat taik ni takde rasa berdosa langsung. Terutama yang berkhalwat tu...

Semua manusia melakukan kesilapan..itulah ungkapan yang biasa aku dengar bila seseorang tu mengakui akan kesilapan masing-masing..

Aku akui orang skim lain pun sebenarnya lagi teruk dari skim M, tapi ingatlah wahai manusia skim M bahawa anda tidak boleh buat taik sepanjang perkhidmatan anda bersama Kerajaan. Seronok gak baca blog yang kutuk PTD sebab secara tak langsung PTD menjadi ikon buat skim-skim yang lain dan secara tak langsung juga, PTD muda boleh mengetahui serta menilai apa yang patut dan tak patut dibuat dalam perkhidmatannya..

Nway, thanks for the kutukan dan teguran. Bagi aku, aku terima segalanya dengan hati terbuka dan fikiran yang positif. Dah buat taik, kena mengaku laa..ye tak?? Tapi orang lain toksah laa baling batu sembunyi tangan..

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Nalbandian scores again

David Nalbandian beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0 Sunday to win the Paris Masters and clinch his second straight Masters title after winning in Madrid last month.

He also beat the world No. 1, Roger "FeDex" Federer twice both the tournaments..although I hate to see Roger loses but Nalbandian did play a splendid game and he deserved to win.

``I was injured the first part of the year,'' Nalbandian said. ``So it wasn't very easy for me to come back and play good tennis.''

The win means Nalbandian is first alternate for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, which features the top eight players in the ATP race. Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Fernando Gonzalez and Richard Gasquet will play in the Masters Cup, which starts Nov. 11.

I can't wait to wacth that...kudos for you David Nalbandian!!!!