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News and happenings from back home (Malaysia) and around the world.
A Malaysian student, Mohammad Asyraf Haziq, was one of the victims in the riots spreading across the cities in London. This youtube video captured the footage of a group who looks as if they were trying to help the bleeding Mohammad Asyraf at first but later on took advantage and went through his bag, snatching some item off his bag.
According to New Zealand Herald news , he lost his wallet and mobile phone and sustained a broken jaw and disjoint teeth. According to that report, he was attacked while walking home from buying food to break his Ramadhan fast.
To all Malaysian students in London – please stay safe.
Recently an estimated of 10,000 protestors took to the street in Kuala Lumpur marching towards Merdeka Stadium to demand for electoral reforms. Al-Jazeera news site reported that police arrested more than 1600 protesters in what they call as “the biggest opposition-backed rally in years”.
The rally was illegal (you need police approval before you can have large gatherings) and police were trying to contain them by sealing off parts of the city, and firing tear gas and chemical-laced water in repeated attempts to disperse the crowds.
Some witness claims that the police asserted violence, charging protestors with batons and dragging them into the truck. However, this was disputed by Prime Minister Najib Razak in his statement where he said that police handled the protestors professionally. He condemns street demonstrations, urging not to make them part of the culture of Malaysia. Whether it is violent or not, its for you to judge.
This is not the first time Bersih had a rally. They had one about three years ago. Below is the Al-Jazeera’s interview with Malaysian Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin on the allegations of violence during Bersih 1.0 three years ago. What is interesting is how the Minister handled himself in the interview, responding by saying “I congratulate your journalist behaving like an actor” which is a little below the standard of conduct expected from a Minister.
Interviewer: “Let me return to my former questions. Why is protest illegal?”
Minister: “We have elections in Malaysia. There’s no point for a protest”.
Then the question is: “Isn’t this protest for electoral reform? How do you protest through a process which is being disputed?”
To be fair however, if Malaysia’s elections was as bad as potrayed, opposition parties could not have gain 5 states in the last election. Also, most big rallies like this worldwide never ends in peaceful demonstration because of the emotional tense on both sides – protestors and police.
From the Bersih 2.0 site, one their main demands is to ensure cleaner electoral roll to wipe out “phantom voters” such as deceased persons and multiple people registered under non-existent addresses. Also, they demanded for postal votes which enables Malaysians living overseas to cast their votes (similar to US).
That may explain why Malaysians living in Auckland have also demonstrated outside Pak N Save in Royal Oak (NZ Herald report) in support of the Bersih 2.0 rally on Saturday. There were also reports of the same gathering occurring in other parts of Australia.
Malaysia is expected to call its 5-yearly election next year.
So Wimbledon is going on, and top players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are head on. Surprises might occur and who knows an underdog may even take them all out. For the past few matches, one would say the frustration seeing Nadal loose to Djokovic or that Federer lost to Nadal after defeating Djokovic in the previous French Open is at its height.
If you don’t have cable tv, don’t worry. Channel one (TVNZ 1) is airing Wimbledon live this week typically from 12am midnight. So catch your dose of world class tennis (or even the fun of watching the linesmen sweat in what it seems like a ridiculous uniform for a hot summer time) this holiday. Unwind with a cup of hot chocolate or just plain awesome milk tea. Or stream online, if that is your means.
On 19th March 2011, in light of the Christchurch Earthquake and Japan's tsunami/earthquake, The Star has published an article under the Survival Smarts section on steps to take cover if these events were to occur. Below are some steps listed in the article.
If you are indoors:
- If there's a table near you, take cover under a study table or desk that will provide protection and breathing space. (This article did not mention what it means by “protection” and “breathing space” but I presume it implies that the desk must be quite hard so that it will not shatter when heavy things fall on it and the desk must be wide enough to fit your body + extra so that the debris will fall further from you to let you breath ?)
- If there's no table near you, cover your face and head with your arms (not the palm of your hands, the whole arms! gosh, this is not the time to cover your face and cry, its real disaster) and crouch in an inside corner of the building (walls against walls I imagine, not near windows?).
- A lower floor or a cellar is safer as the upper floor could come crashing down with you on it (see, doesn't mean higher is better).
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls and anything that could fall such as lighting fixtures or furnitures (definitely not where you keep your pots and pans)
- Stay in bed if you're there when earthquake strikes. Hold on, protect your head (not face or you'll suffocate before it even strikes) with a pillow. Unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall, move to the nearest safe place.
- Use a doorway for shelter only if its close by and if you know its strongly supported.
- Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Most injuries occur when people are hit by falling objects while rushing in and out of buildings.
- In shop, keep away from large displays of goods that could come crashing down.
- In high rise building, stay put. Don't go into lift or take staircas
e. Get under the desk.
If you are outdoors:
- Remain outdoors. Don't try to run.
- Move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires (I find this hard if you're living in the city)
- Don't go underground or into a tunnel where you could be trapped by blockage or collapse.
- On a hillside, its safe to get to the top as the slops are liable to landslide
If you are in a car:
- Stop and stay in vehicle. Avoid stopping near buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.
- Crouch below seat level where you will be further protected (under your wheel, glove compartment, etc)
- Proceed cautiously once quake has stop.
If you are trapped under debris:
- Don't light up a match (because that consumes your O2), move about or kick up dust.
- Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing
- Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Shout only as a last resort because shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amount of dust.
If its a tsunami:
- RUN. for your life
- Head uphill or inland.
And these are some of my tips that I've discovered after following the news of rescue missions in Christchurch.
- Keep your mobile with you. I find that rescuers were guided a lot to the people trapped in debris because they could contact them using their mobiles.
- Conserve the battery of your mobile – be it keep it on silent, don't call but text. Rescue missions can take a long time and the most critical time is when they are closing in on you.
- Once the quake stops, contact someone or 111 for emergency. (you can text to 111 too because they now have those service for Deaf and hearing impaired people).
Most important of all, if you have not already seen it on tv:
- Plan, practice and communicate emergency plans to your family / friends .
- Make sure you have canned food and water.
- Make sure you know where you should meet in event of emergency. Eg. if earthquake happens, lets meet near the museum at Auckland Domain.
- Make sure you know all the emergency numbers.
Keep safe everyone!
Reports lately that Android phone’s market share of smartphones is slowly catching up with Apple’s iPhone (and some say its’ growth burst is beating Apple’s), reports from global research agency Millward Brown has found that Apple’s brand is still the most valuable at $153 bil, moving up two spots from previous year to snatch Google’s no. 1 position. Google is now in second place at $111 bil with Microsoft in fifth at $78 bil.
Whats surprising to me is to see brands that I’ve never heard before, such as China Mobile at $57 bil and ICBC (Chinese bank) at $44 bil. Perhaps thats because I am living at the ends of the earth.
The interesting progress to see what would be the impact of the release of Chrome OS, a cloud (think of it as online based) operating system service by Google this year on Google’s brand next year. Or will Apple counter that with an iPhone 5 release? (no, I am not hinting it will be released anytime soon because I do not know myself). On the side note, see how Facebook is creeping in with a 246% increase in their brand value?