My Republic broadband sucks for me. What’s your experience like?

I few months ago we switched from Play Media as a broadband provider because their service sucked – the speeds got slower and there was no good follow-up customer service. We switched to My Republic because a friend had said that their speeds were rather good. What we found was worse. Not only did the…

Breaking potential crisis: Telkomsel and its hacked website

Crisis Management Students: Fire up your twitter apps and browsers and train them on Telkomsel’s website and their Twitter responses. Someone has hacked into Telkomsel’s website and filled it with vitriol and animal references –  and being generally lauded by netizens for doing so. Although hacking is a crime and should be condemned. The hackers…

WTF: Minister blames parent after 14 youths rape 14-year old girl

This is bizarre. A 14-year old girl named Yuyun dies after being raped by 14 youths. Who is to blame? While others my pussyfoot about social factors and whether the victim or the rapists are responsible, the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection is not burdened by hand-wringing. She knows exactly who is to…

The Bomoh’s back with five watermelons to keep things cool

The Malaysian bomoh(shaman, medicine man, con man whatever you call them) Ibrahim Mat Zin, who won notoriety for his antics involving a magic carpet, several coconuts and some nuts serving as acolytes in the search for the missing MH370 is now back. Never mind that his methods did not yield any results in the search for MH…

The Trump Ogoh-ogoh

The ogoh-ogoh are effigies built for the Ngrupuk parade on the eve of Nyepi that took place yesterday. Ogoh-ogoh usually are fashioned after mythological beings or demons and they represent the Balinese people’s spiritual or temporal aims. Often they also serve as social  or political commentary. Hence this year they had an effigy    of…

The Great LGBT scare

This is what I wrote in our office blog about our experience of hiring LGBT people, as opposed to the bigoted views of the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir who has called for a ban of LGBT peeps on campus.   We’ve hired LGBTs, and guess what? They didn’t erode our standards and…

When you try to PR the un-PR-able…

This is what happens. Told’ja so here   Nowhere2Hide: Dr M’s man blasts Kok Wing FMT Reporters | June 6, 2015 Najib’s PR team in tatters, says blogger, and warns image man Lim that his own legacy in danger KUALA LUMUR: Najib Razak’s new image consultant, Lim Kok Wing, has been urged to beat a “quiet…

The shameless lament of Rosmah

There used to be an old joke at the expense of Indonesians and it goes something like this: Q: What’s the difference between corruption in Indonesia and elsewhere? A: None, except that in Indonesia there is an absolute lack of sense of shame associated with the corruption This still holds true in Indonesia, where Military…

Najib’s PR Guru: The Talented Mr Stadlen

The Sarawak Report contains a fascinating story of the staying power and nocturnal pursuits of  Najib’s propaganda chief Paul Stadlen. Stadlen apparently used to head APCO, a lobbying/PR firm appointed by Malaysian Prime Minister to help with his PR needs, which are legion. Unspun’s written about them here and here. Many people then wondered why a firm…

Ultrastupid Malaysian Home Ministry

If I ever had any doubts before that the country where I was born and raised in has literally gone to the dogs, I don’t have any now. The Malaysian Home Ministry has just banned — of all things Ultraman. And then again not even in the TV version but the comic book version. And…

Kisah Dua Polantas Yang Menghentikan Iring-Iringan Mobil Gubernur NTT | Share With Irfan

From Nusa Tenggera Timor, from Rayhanzhampiet.com,  comes this uplifting tale of two courageous policeman who had the temerity to stop the Governor’s convoy because the outrider cars were illegally using sirens. What’s impressive is that when the Governor complained to their boss, NTT Chief of Police Brigjen Ricky Sitohang about their behaviour, Sihotang  backed them up and told…