Archive for February, 2009

Malaysians are not so hot in the bedroom

Wednesday February 25, 2009
Malaysians not so hot in the bedroom
(as published in The Star)

KUALA LUMPUR: A surprisingly high number of Malaysians are not sexually satisfied, a survey by pharmaceutical company Pfizer has revealed.

Two out of three Malaysian men and three out of four women are not satisfied with their sex lives, the Asia-Pacific Sexual Health and Overall Wellness survey stated. Malaysians are ranked sixth among 13 countries but, if it’s any consolation, Singaporeans fared worse. They are in eighth spot.

India topped the list with 70% of the respondents saying they were satisfied with their sex lives while Japan reported the lowest sexual satisfaction rate at 10%. “The Malaysian figure is higher than the overall Asia Pacific results where 57% of men and 64% of women reported being not very satisfied with sex,” said Dr Rosie King, who led the study in the Asia Pacific region from May to July 2008.

“The survey links the level of erection hardness to sexual satisfaction for men.” said Dr King during a roundtable discussion at a hotel here yesterday.

The level of erection hardness is measured in a scale of one to four using the Erection Hardness Score (EHS) developed by the European Association of Urology.

“Level one is like tofu where the male organ is large but not hard, level two is similar to a peeled banana where it’s not hard enough for penetration, level three is like an unpeeled banana where it’s hard enough for penetration but not completely, and level four is similar to a cucumber where it’s completely hard and fully rigid,” explained Dr King.

The men were required to evaluate themselves using the EHS during the survey and 40% of Malaysian men reported that they experienced erection below grade four.

Compared to their EHS grade four counterparts, these men have sex less often, are less sexually satisfied, and may suffer from lack of self confidence, or worse, depression.

“We found that greater sexual satisfaction is strongly associated with greater satisfaction with life overall. Generally, men and women who are highly satisfied with their sex life have a more positive outlook on their relationships and life.

In Malaysia, 102 men and 100 women were selected nationwide based onage, marital status, education level, and income to participate in the survey.

All ears on March 13th.

Whether the people of Pensiangan will have to go to the poll in a by-election will finally be known on the 13th of March 2009. Folks, in case you missed the newspapers this morning, it has been confirmed by George Aluda, one of Tan Sri Kurup’s counsels that the Federal Court would be sitting in Kota Kinabalu on the 13th March 2009 to deliver their judgment. A final judgment and non-appealable for that matter.

If the appeal were allowed, it would be time for Tan Sri Kurup to really concentrate on his job as the Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development and hopely, with God’s blessing, a much needed infrastructure development could be efficiently implemented in Pensiangan.

Otherwise, any other decision would definitely cause unusual hardship to the people of Pensiangan but then again, I guess they are ready for any eventuality come rain or shine.

Cheers!

Rizalman Abdullah.. Is it a joke?

Datuk Rizalman Abdullah in 2003

Datuk Rizalman Abdullah in 2003

A blast from the past. I am of course referring to Datuk Rizalman Abdullah’s comical attempt to bulldoze a come back to Pensiangan after failing to retain his hold as Tenom UMNO chief recently. There is no doubt in my mind that he comes from Kg. Sinulihan Baru, Sook but lest we forget, it was he who abandoned Pensiangan about 18 years ago when he chose to helm the Tenom UMNO division and thereafter, became a one-term Member of Parliament for Tenom in the 1999 General Election.

Now that he had lost the Tenom UMNO Divisional chief post to YB Datuk Rubin Balang, in his final dash for a political survival, he suddenly remembers the 8000+ UMNO members in Pensiangan whom he had long abandoned. I don’t think any sane UMNO members would appreciate such act of treachery.

Folks, if one were to read and digest his press statement today as published in the New Sabah Times, he seems to forget that he is not making any political sense at all. While he is seen to be proposing the names of Datuk Ghani Yassin, the current Pensiangan UMNO chief and/or his deputy, Ahuar Rasam as being the most suitable UMNO candidate to stand as a BN candidate in Pensiangan, he, on the other hand, in the same breath, was also offering himself to stand in Pensiangan on behalf of any BN component party being nominated to stand or otherwise, in a veiled threat, he would stand as an Independent. So which is which? I thought he was being self-contradictory and making a joke of himself. Folks! you be the judge.

I sincerely think this particular politican has gone bonkers! Honestly speaking, he may have several pockets of grassroot support in Sook but definitely, not in Nabawan. Further, I was made to understand by a very prominent local politican in Keningau that when a large section of Sook was once part of the Tenom Parliamentary constituency, he made a lot of unfulfilled political promises in 1999 including the donation of a cow for every villages. When asked for after the election, he merely shrugged off his shoulder and uttered the words “itu politik bah” . Hence, in brief, I don’t think he is the so-called “saviour” for BN nor could he be a successful Independent. He is a politican past his prime. In his quest for a candidacy, he has, along the way, stepped on the feet of Datuk Ghani Yassin, Ahuar Rasam and several other UMNO leaders in Pensiangan. No doubt, he may have also hurt the feeling of fellow BN component parties by his action and tirade as published in the media for the past two days.

I honestly believe the Federal and State BN leadership would not even think or attempt to temper with the present quota that has stood the test of time. Any attempt to temper with the present arrangment would seriously jeopardise the existing harmony prevailing in BN. The dacing will otherwise, be seen as tilting towards destruction. Folks! Believe me.

But then again, all this diatribe will remain as one and one only, a diatribe, if and when the Federal Court ruled to set aside the Election Court’s decision in favour of the PBRS president, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup. Period.

Cheers!

The long wait continues….

A confident Tan Sri Kurup with his lead counsel, Firoz Hussien and PBRS supporters yesterday

A confident Tan Sri Kurup with his lead counsel, Firoz Hussien and PBRS supporters yesterday

To many, yesterday was just another day but to all PBRS members and political analysts alike, it was supposed to be the “Judgment Day” in the political life of one of Sabah’s much celeberated local politicans, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, the PBRS president, current MP for Pensiangan and the Federal Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development.

It never happened. Instead, the Federal Court comprising of the Appeal Court President Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff sitting with the Chief Justice of Malaya Datuk Arifin Zakaria and Federal Court judge Datuk Nik Hashim Abd Rahman said from the bench after hearing submissions from Tan Sri Kurup’s senior counsel, Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin, SFC Azizah Nawawi acting as an intevenor for the Attorney General and the Respondent’s counsel, Haji Ansari Abdullah that their decision was reserved until the next date to be fixed.

However, the reserved decision didnot dampen the joyful spirit of many PBRS members who attended the appeal hearing before the Federal Court in Kota Kinabalu. They emerged out together with Tan Sri Kurup from the Court, smiling and waving to the public to show that everything was fine in the Appeal and that they expected the decision would be in Tan Sri Kurup’s favour.

I am not going to talk about what had transpired following the submissions made by Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin, SFC Azizah Nawawi and the Respondent’s counsel, Haji Ansari Abdullah as to discuss it in detail would be tantamount to subjudice but suffice to say that it is more probable than not that Tan Sri Kurup will succeed in his appeal to reverse the Election Court decision that declared his election unopposed for the Pensiangan seat as null and void on the 8th September 2008.

In fact, a local lawyer, Justinus Baharum, confidently put the ratio of Tan Sri Kurup’s winning his appeal at 70-30. For others, the prediction was as high as between 90% to 95%. Yes. It was a very good day indeed for Tan Sri Kurup.

Cheers!

Overwhelming support !!

A large section of community leaders from P182 Pensiangan. A courtesy of Pensianganpress

A large section of community leaders from P182 Pensiangan. A courtesy picture from Pensianganpress

When I stepped into the banquet room at the lower ground of the Keningau Perkasa Hotel yesterday morning, there were only a few remaining chairs left at the front row of the room. The atmosphere was full of excitement though unruffled. I could sense that something very important was about to be unveiled by the PBRS president to some 250 community leaders from P182 Pensiangan comprising of the District Chief, Native Chiefs, Assistant Native Chiefs, Village Heads, JKKK Chairmen, PBRS Divisional Committee Members, Youth and Wanita Divisional Committee Members of N37 Sook and N38 Nabawan.

It was indeed a very important speech. The President took it into his stride in explaining the reasons why he had to go public in his defence of several unfounded allegations by the opposition parties and to some extent, a couple of individuals in BN itself.

He could not fathom the allegation of no infrastructure development in Sook during his tenure as an Assemblyman for what was then N41 Sook. To enlighten the community leaders, he took pain in bringing them down memory lane to 1985 when he won Sook for the first time as an assemblyman. Sook was then a very underdeveloped constituency. There was no sealed road from Keningau to Sook. There was no electricity. There was no clean water supply in most parts of Sook. There was no systematic government administrative office to cater for the need of the people. There was not even conducive primary schools nor was there a Government secondary schools and lastly, as a consolation, there were only makeshift tuckshops then in what is now called Pekan Sook or Sook Sub-District.

As compared to today, he showed to those present that there is now a sealed road from Keningau to Sook and Nabawan. There is electricity supply to most parts of Sook and that as he spoke, electrical posts were being delivered and erected in Kg. Lanas, Sook and that the BN Government has already approved the sealing of the exsisting Sook – Sinua gravel road and the Ansip – Dalit gravel road in the RM9. There are also many primary schools built in Sook as well as two Government Secondary Schools respectively in Pekan Sook and in Tulid and finally, he stressed that clean water supply in Sook will be a thing of the past once they are implemented in several areas of Sook in RM9 and RM10 respectively. He also pointed out that, Pekan Sook is now a subdistrict with an Assistant District Officer helming the administration of the area and that there are now two rows of concrete shophouses mostly operated by the natives of Sook.

With this unblemished record of development, he wondered why the people of Sook could easily be cheated and influenced by the opposition parties’ allegation about of no development in Sook in all the years he was their assemblyman and that as their current Member of Parliament, he could provide much more development not only in Sook but in Nabawan as well.

However, when he spoke about the current hot issue of a Murut candidate that need to be nominated to contest in Pensiangan, he talked at length about the sensitivity of the matter. To him, when he chose his protege, YB Datuk Ellron Angin, a Murut, to be the BN candidate of Sook in the last general election, he had not, at all material times, considered the race factor. Instead, it was his loyalty, diligence and commitment to the party that swayed in his favour.

After he ended his speech, there was an eruption of applause before he made an exit and thereafter, several calls for a resolution to nominate him as the Pensiangan BN candidate should there be a by-election.

True enough. When a resolution was called, there was an overwhelming and unanimous support for Tan Sri Kurup to be nominated as the BN candidate should a by-election is held in Pensiangan.

Unanimous support for Tan Sri Kurup as the BN Candidate. Courtesy of Pensianganpress

Unanimous support for Tan Sri Kurup as the BN Candidate. Courtesy of Pensianganpress

As a politician, I am especially inspired by the speech. To me, there are so much to be learnt from this particular man. One thing I truly learned from YB Datuk Ellron Angin’s political experience is that in politics one must be truly patience and posseses unquestionable loyalty to the Boss and the party.

Cheers!

Faith will move mountains

BN

BN

As the saying goes “Faith will move mountains”. Likewise, the people’s faith in the BN government in the interior of Sabah is of the same degree and is, I believe, immensely powerful. Nevermind the rhetoric, nevermind the promises, nevermind the political discourse, nevermind the polemic, the people in Pensiangan who are mostly far from the madding crowd, essentially, are BN supporters except during a period of about 12 years after PBS left the BN in 1990.
PBRS

PBRS


But their political realignment began to emerge from the doldrums when PBS rejoined the BN on the 23rd January 2002 wherein at that time the Pensiangan Parlimentary seat was held by PBS president, Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan. From thereon, the people of Pensiangan had returned the seat to BN in the 11th General Election in 2004 and again in the 12th General Election in 2008 where the PBRS president, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup won unopposed whose win however, had since been declared null and void by the Election Court on the 8th September 2008.

With the opposition parties’ win from a back to back by-elections in Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu, one must be spared the embarrasment if he were to predict wrongly that Pensiangan would be another easy kill for the opposition parties should there be a by-election.

Whatever it is, faith is immensely powerful. The political scenario in both Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu is very different from Pensiangan. Infrastructure development did not seem to be the top criterion for them. Hence, they could afford to ignore BN’s battle cry of more funds for development as opposed to the opposition parties’ smear campaign which among others were allegation of rampant corruption in high places and BN leaders especially the candidate were not people-friendly.

But the question is, would the people of Pensiangan be able to afford voting for the opposition in lieu of infrastructure development? Although, rumour has it that they may forego development in preference of a change in their parliamentary leadership. But, I don’t think so. Pensiangan is lacking so much in development that to vote for the opposition will only bring them down further below the poverty line as at the moment, the opposition is not capable to do so as they are neither the Federal or state Government nor are they very close to forming one. To hand in Pensiangan on a plate to the opposition will not make much of a difference to the overall governance of the country. Instead, the people themselves will have to suffer as a consequence because what they will receive in return from the opposition is merely lip service.

As I see it, the people must not be too excited in wanting change lest it will lead them to making hasty and irresponsible decision. A decision which they may have to regret for a very long time as once the die is cast, there is no turning back. As I have mentioned earlier in my previous post, when we are faced with a choice in a difficult or fearful situation there is an old cliche that decribes what we tend to do i.e. we choose “the devil we know” over “the devil we don’t know”. Yes we choose the comfort and security we have now and what other good things promised to us over the unknown future.

I have faith and I believe the people of Pensiangan have it too that come the Pensiangan by-election (if at all there is one) the people will support and vote BN-PBRS in a big way.

Cheers!

PBRS Convention 2009

PBRS Convention 2009

PBRS Convention 2009

The PBRS one day Convention 2009 was held at the NOVOTEL One Borneo in Kota Kinabalu yesterday. It was an in-house affair attended by the party’s supreme council members and its Wanita and Pemuda wings. Despite being such, it was to me, rather grand and majestic considering the ambience of the place.

The President, YB Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, in his opening speech had among others, stressed upon the need for the party to be stronger and resilient in the face of adversity in the very near future more so when PBRS is seen to be the smallest component party in BN resulting in people’s negative perception that it is therefore, deemed to be contributing less to the BN struggle.

He further justified the above by looking at the present trend that PBRS members are not receiving similar treatment as other bigger component parties in terms of securing jobs and political posts in the present government and that to avoid defeat in future elections, the BN government must change in its approach when it comes to dealing with the people such as the Laissez faire attitudes of its officers involved in land applications, unfair distribution of jobs, powers and promotions in government institutions, “barbaric” treatment of the people by a certain government department in the state, PATI and problems pertaining to the issuance of MyKad to illegal immigrants.

For a moment, it struck me that this was the real man himself that I came to admire since my university days. I have long thought that he must always be persistent enough to voice out his inner feelings to the public at large so that the people would be able to judge for themselves that Tan Sri Kurup was actually at all material times, their true champion. In fact, he may not have realised it, but when he spoke in public about incidences of probable corruption taking place in the Lands and Surveys Department in Sabah years back, there were lots public support from the KDMs, resulting in drastic measures taken by the said authority to address perennial problems of land application especially in matters relating to the natives.

Yesterday, he stressed upon the recent political development affecting the relevance and integrity of BN where it lost Permatang Puah and Kuala Terengganu in a back to back parliamentary by-elections and the jumping of ship by the Bota BN state assemblyman to PKR and as such he asked all attendees to participate seriously and contribute ideas in the party’s mission to rebrand. This is in line with the need for PBRS to change for the better together of course, with a change in the attitude of the members themselves for the party.

He gave life and further credence to JFK’s famous inauguration speech by saying ” JANGAN HARAP APA PARTI DAPAT BERIKAN KEPADA KITA TETAPI BERTANYA LAH APAKAH SUMBANGAN YANG DAPAT KITA BERIKAN KEPADA PARTI ” which among others, he highlighted the need for PBRS members to (1) improve their services to the people, (2) initiate robust membership drive and (3) voice out important issues affecting the interest of the people.

Yes Sir! we desperately need change but in our desire to change, we must not forget that we have to be competent enough to manage change and at the same time, we should have sufficient funds to absorb whatever costs that the process of change may incur in the very near future. If and when all these have been factored into the process, I am very confident that the much sought CHANGE will be knocking on PBRS’ door in no time at all.

On another note, it is very comforting to know that the newly re-appointed PBRS Secretary-General, Datuk Dr. Johnson Tee is such a computer-savvy guy that, according to him, the long-awaited PBRS own website would be online latest by next week.

Cheers!


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