Highway II (by Kojach)

Photo Credit: Kojach

So Ops Sikap ended yesterday and major newspapers covered the increase in road accidents and related deaths. Almost every interview that covered this topic has some politician or public figure commenting on society’s attitude towards road safety being the primary reason for our blood smeared roads.

In a recent interview broadcasted on TV3, Malaysia’s IGP; Tan Sri Musa Hassan, had even remarked that even if traffic offences are punishable by death, Malaysians would still drive dangerously and with disregard to other road users. Read the rest of The Ops Sikap Syndrome: Attitude Problem? Whose? »

This is probably the most engaging and equally uninformative news surrounding the swine flu pandemic. Quoting Bernama:

BEIJING, July 23 (Bernama) – Chinese herbs have proved effective in the cure of Influenza A(H1N1) in Ditan Hospital, Beijing where 88 out of 117 patients treated for the disease only on the herbs fully recovered and were discharged.

Holy pigs! This is good news, right? That was my first impression too. Seriously, 88 out of 117 is over 75% success rate. Amazing is an understatement!

As I continued reading, I was happy to find out that this treatment is not only effective, it’s also very cheap:

“Treatment cost per patient using Tamiflu is about RMB56 a day whereas using traditional herbs it cost only around RMB12.”

Google tells me that RMB56 is about USD$8.20; whilst RMB12 is just above USD$1.75 (RM29 and RM6.20 respectively).

Then comes the clincher:

“We have even tested using the method on high risk patients since July 1, and the results proved favourable.” said Wang.

However, Wang did not reveal the herbs used to cure the patients.

Depressing isn’t it? Especially considering that 90% of all medical news for the past two months has been about H1N1.

And here I was, thinking that this would potentially be Nobel prize winning stuff. But until I see real evidence; I count this as vaporware.

When the search for Nurin Jazlin Jazimin has gathered tremendous pace over the last couple of days, it’s emerged that the body of a girl found in a gym bag yesterday was indeed Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, as confirmed by DNA tests.

It makes me wonder why less than 24 hours ago, even Nurin’s parents couldn’t identify the body.

May God have mercy on Nurin’s soul. I pray that the heartless person that did this despicable act to her be brought to justice.

Malaysia has been kicked out of the Asian Cup after being thrashed 5-1 by China and then mauled in a 5-0 defeat to Uzbekistan. I foresee a similar outcome for tonights match against Iran.

I still remember the time when Malaysian football was in a much better shape in the 80s. Of course we didn’t make it to the World Cup even then, but nevertheless Malaysia was a force to be reckoned with in ASEAN and Asia in general. But even during those times, our World Cup qualifying dreams are often shattered by South Korea; one of the most consistent World Cup qualifiers in Asia.

But now football is a national shame. It’s also more shameful that the person at the top of the FAMSultan Ahmad Shah, refuses to step down and let more qualified professionals take charge of the Association. Why? Because apparently he thinks that resigning now would be a cowardly move.

He had 23 years at the helm and during that time Malaysia’s football woes continue to become worse. Everything else had been changed; players, coaches (both foreign and local coaches had been given the opportunity), lower peons in the FAM, and so on. The only thing that didn’t change is the person at the top.

And somehow setting up an inquiry to find out reasons for the national team’s abysmal performance is going to help them? How? I think Sultan Ahmad Shah only needs to look in a mirror to see one of the major reasons why Malaysian football is in the dumps.

We need a proven, seasoned, and experienced professional to lead the FAM. Getting someone who had actually played football profesionally would be helpful. Is this too much to ask?

This is not a rumour.

Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be marrying Jeanne Abdullah this Saturday in a private function to be held at Seri Perdana (the official residence of the premier).

The press release, which is in Malay, can be read here.

For the benefit of those who can’t read Malay (or is it Bahasa Malaysia now), here is my translation of the text:

Press Release Announcing the Wedding Ceremony of The Prime Minister

With happiness, we’d like to inform that the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be marrying Jeanne Abdullah on Saturday, 9 June 2007 (23 Jamadilawwal 1428 Hijrah).

Jeanne Abdullah was born in Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 1953 and is the first of four siblings. She received her education from Assunta Secondary School and is well experienced in the field of administration and hotel management. She has been involved in the management of some of the most well-knowned hotels in Malaysia including Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Pan Pacific Hotel. Jeanne has also served as a supervisor of the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister as well as being a manager of the Seri Perdana Complex.

Jeanne has two children, Nadiah and Nadene.

The function will be held at Seri perdana and will be attended by close family members only.

There’s an unconfirmed picture of the soon-to-be Mrs PM here. Please note that I cannot confirm nor deny that that is really her picture!