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 as if that’s not incredulous enough, check out the reason for the ban: The comic book allegedly contained “elements detrimental to public order”.

WTF!

Malaysia has sunk so low and the IQ of the government flunkeys have become so imbecilic that they see danger, insubordination and potential for public disorder, not to mention Kaiju, everywhere.

Yet another strong contend for Unspun’s Shit-for-Brains Award here.

 

Ultraman comic falls to Home Ministry ban 

March 6, 2014

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The Home Ministry today issued a ban on the publication of the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the comic book, 'Ultraman the Ultra Power', for allegedly containing elements detrimental to public order. File pic of a Uniqlo fashion launch featuring Ultramen. — AFP pic

The Home Ministry today issued a ban on the publication of the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the comic book, ‘Ultraman the Ultra Power’, for allegedly containing elements detrimental to public order. File pic of a Uniqlo fashion launch featuring Ultramen. — AFP pic 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — The Home Ministry has done what countless monsters and space aliens could not: Vanquish Ultraman.

According to a report by national news agency Bernama today, the ministry issued a ban on the publication of the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the comic book, “Ultraman the Ultra Power”, for allegedly containing elements detrimental to public order.

“It is an offence under Section 8 (2) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for any person to print, import, produce, reproduce, publish, sell, distribute, offer to sell or have in his possession for any such purpose the banned publication,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement was not yet available on the ministry’s website this evening, but an official verified the ban when contacted by The Malay Mail Online today.

“Yes, KDN has banned the book ‘Ultraman the Ultra Power’,” the official said in a brief text message. KDN is the Malay acronym for the Home Ministry.

The ministry added that a gazette was issued on February 18 banning the comic that is published by Resign Publications and printed by Network Printers.

It is unclear what aspect of the comic had led to the ban.

Ultraman is a fictional Japanese superhero who fights “Kaiju” (monsters), and first appeared on television in the 1960s.

It later gained popularity worldwide, including in Malaysia, leading to localised versions of the TV series and comic books.

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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 the media that lowly policemen should not fear anything if they carried out their duties according to the law.

Now if there were more policemen and their chiefs who are like that the rest of us would not have to suffer the irritation of private cars and petty officials who turn on their illegally installed sirens to try to muscle their way through the traffic jams the rest of us are caught in.

Someone should promote the policemen and their chief. Indonesia needs more professionals like them.

 

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(NTT Governor Frans Lebu has the gall to ask the policemen why they halted his convoy after his motorcade was caught using sirens illegally. Photo from Rayhanzampiet,com)

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Saya sangat tertarik untuk menuliskan cerita ini begitu membaca headlinenya di Tribunnews.com kemarin. Ceritanya Dua anggota Satlantas Polres Kupang, Aiptu Piet Ena dan Aipda Mess Nite, menghentikan perjalanan Gubernur NTT Frans Lebu Raya dan rombongannya, usai melakukan kunjungan kerja di wilayah Kabupaten Kupang, Kamis 10/12013. Penghentian dilakukan polisi saat gubernur melintasi Jalan Timor Raya di Noelbaki, karena kendaraan yang mengawalnya membunyikan sirene.   Gubernur NTT Frans Lebu Raya menghampiri dan menanyakan kepada anggota Polantas Polres Kupang, alasan menghentikan iringan-iringan kendaraan rombongannya, Kamis 10/1/2013.Gubernur Frans Lebu Raya pun turun dari mobil dinasnya, lalu menghampiri dan menegur dua anggota Satlantas yang sedang bertugas. \”Pak Gubernur turun dari oto mobil dan tanya saya. Kamu tahu tidak saya Gubernur NTT, kenapa kalian tahan? Saya hanya bilang, kami tidak tahan bapak. Kami hentikan kendaraan yang mengawal bapak karena membunyikan sirene, dan itu melanggar aturan. Lalu Pak Gubernur bilang biarkan saya lewat, nanti saya sampaikan ke Kapolda,\” kata Piet menirukan ucapan gubernur. Hal senada disampaikan Aipda Mess Nite. Menurutnya, sekitar belasan mobil rombongan gubernur yang dihentikan. Bahkan, ada sebagian dari rombongan yang menendang papan rambu lalu lintas yang bertuliskan pemeriksaan kendaraan. Namun, keduanya mengaku prosedur yang dijalankan saat menghentikan kendaraan merujuk pada aturan lalu lintas, yakni UU Nomor 22 Tahun 2009.

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The pigs whose faces could not be seen

Oh Lawd! You’d think that God had no hand in creating pigs. If you’re a believer, of course. If you’re not you’d probably wonder what porcine mentality inhabits the works at KHL Printing Company.

Do they think that Muslims would somehow be defiled if they chanced on a photo of a pig? And why only the faces of pigs? Why not the pot bellies and teats hanging from the underbellies? Sure if anything is to give offence they would be the items to do that rather than those cute faces.

But such is the Malaysia we have. Its been like this for a long time but lately its been shoved deeper into the sty and as a result there’s a lot of hogwash there.

Pig faces blacked-out in Malaysian edition of New York Times | Malaysia | The Malay Mail Online.

A copy of an article in the Malaysian edition of the International New York Times on January 22, 2014 shows images of pig faces being blacked out.A copy of an article in the Malaysian edition of the International New York Times on January 22, 2014 shows images of pig faces being blacked out.KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — Seemingly innocuous pictures of pigs in the front and middle pages of today’s International New York Times (NYT) have been blacked out in the Malaysian edition of the paper, raising both amusement and concern among readers.

A frontpage story in the international newspaper featured a picture of piglets standing in the snow but the printers of the Malaysian edition, KHL Printing Co, had blacked out the faces of each animal.

A continuation of the story about rising demand for pigs reared in the open on page 19 of the paper got the same treatment, with the faces of two adult pigs blacked out.

A representative from the printing company based in Shah Alam told the Malay Mail Online in a telephone conversation that pictures of pigs are not allowed in a Muslim country like Malaysia.

“From last time also we do this. If there is picture of nudes or like this we will cover. This is a Muslim country,” the spokesman said when asked why the faces of the pigs had been censored.

In standard English, his remark would translate as: “We’ve been doing this for some time. We block out pictures of nudes and things like these. This is a Muslim country.”

 

A cautionary tale for expats in Asia

Don’t shit where you live and work sounds like common sense. We all now, however, that common sense is not common. But when this surfeit is combined with the sensitivity of a prat, the mixture is disastrous.

Take the case of Anton Casey, a well-heeled expat banker in Singapore, who has been raising heckles in Singapore lately with his smug arrogance and insensitive remarks.

The story of how Casey almost singlehandedly manages to piss off a whole nation by calling them “poor” because they could not afford a Porsche, and then rubbed salt in the wound by posting a video blaming the Singapore’s parents for raising them as “wusses” is told in the Straits Times story below and other blog posting (see here and here), so Unspun does not need to delve into it.

Flash to yesterday. After, understandably, receiving death threats and wholesale abuse Casey finally wakes up to the fact that he’s done something not too clever. So what does he do?

He hires a PR firm to help him send an apology in the form oaf a press release to the Singaporean people in the Straits Times and, apparently, to do the dog’s work of contacting social media users to take down their postings about Casey.

Not a smart move. Especially when the PR agency can’t even write a proper press  release that sounds anything remotely like a contrite human being. The release apparently quoted casey saying: “I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore.” (Italics mine)

Would like? To extend a sincere apology? Who talks like this? Would like signals his intention, doesn’t mean that he’s apologising. Extend a sincere (as opposed to insincere) apology.

How about: “I am deeply sorry” instead?

And what’s wrong with this man, who presumably has had more than rudimentary education, that he cannot write the letter himself and ask the PR company to use their contacts to send it to the paper’s editors?

It looks like Casey’s travails are not over as many Singaporeans won’t see this as enough contrition to forgive him. This is exacerbated by the fact that many Singaporans, except for the very well off, are feeling the economic pinch of escalating prices, limited professional opportunities and the pressure of keeping up with the pristine and success self-image that the Government carefully encourages and nurtures in its citizens.

All this has also bred envy and resentment against expats, euphemistically called foreign talents, in Singapore. The popular local perception is that all expats get lucrative and perk-filled work packages that most of the time are unjustified. This is not quite accurate although all it takes here is for a few rotten apples to spoil the whole basket.

And when rotten, boorish apples like Casey get on social media and trumpet their ignorance, the rest of the expats, many of whom are very professional, totally integrated into local society and very decent people, can only cringe.

Hopefully the rest of us would remember not to shit where we live and work.

British expat, husband of former Miss Singapore, apologises for calling commuters “poor people”.

An expatriate who referred to commuters on public transport as “poor people” in his Facebook post has apologised on Tuesday in a statement sent to the press.

British national Anton Casey, who is married to former Miss Singapore Universe Bernice Wong, added that he and his family had received death threats and that he had exercised “poor judgment” in his earlier comments.

In a statement issued through Fulford Public Relations, he said: “I would like to extend a sincere apology to the people of Singapore.”

Mr Casey, who apparently drives a Porsche, added: “In the past 24 hours due to a security breach of my personal Facebook page and the misuse of an old video by unknown sources, my family and especially my Singaporean son have suffered extreme emotional and verbal abuse online.”

The online roasting started following the circulation of a couple of Mr Anton Casey’s Facebook posts which sported insensitive comments. A YouTube video of him in what seemed like a taunting response to his detractors, was also blasted by netizens.

Gumawan Fauzi and the Act of Killing Democracy with the FPI

In Joshua Oppenheimer’s incredible documentary The Act of Killing, Indonesia’s former vice president Yusuf Kalla, regarded by many here as a saner voice than most of the politicians, delivers a mind boggling speech to a gathering of the Pancasila Youth.

 

The Pancasila Youth is a paramilitary organisation that grew from a motley collection of semi-official gangsters that did the wet work for the Indonesian military against the “Communist” Chinese Indonesians in North Sumatra during Suharto’s New Order.

Kalla told an enthusiastic audience that Indonesia needs premans (gangsters)  because without them the nation would be run by only bureaucrats, who couldn’t get many things done. But preman are men of action who could get things done in Indonesia, he said to laud applause from the crowd.

He also paid lip service to the “roots” of the term preman which he and the gangsters all claim comes from the words “free man”, an insinuation that they are their own people, independent from the dictates of others. Indeed, on one level they are right. The word comes from the Dutch vrijman (‘free man’) .

But that is where the romance of the pre man, or free man ends. The fact is that they “existed in the grey areas where they treaded within the inside and outside of law. Whilst they were admired due to their autonomy, they were also feared by the locals due to their connections to the authorities.” In other words running dogs of the Dutch against their own people and because they serve a purpose to the powers that be are tolerated and even encouraged by government officials.

If you delve into the Wikipedia definition further it gets interesting:

preman is a member of an Indonesian organized gang, encompassing street level criminals up through crime bosses. Premans are often perceived negatively throughout Indonesian society due to associations with violence and criminality. This root word is derived from a term which describes the “confluence of state power and criminality”.[1]However, organized crime in Indonesian has a more enduring an complicated history, as the confluence of crime syndicates with perceived legitimate political authority has a history extending as far back as the Medang Kingdom.[2] While associated with brigandry and theft, Indonesian crime syndicates have periodically acted as enforcers to maintain authority and order.[2][3] The roles of the jago or jawara were particularly important during the Indonesian Revolution, as they often adopted political roles that helped consolidating the power of local authorities.[2] Despite their significance to Indonesian history, syndicates are universally marginalized due to associations with violence and social illegitimacy.[4][5]

And when it gets to the etymology of the word it get’s even more interesting:

The word jago literally means a rooster and refers to a type of strongman that exists as a part of the everyday life in urban and rural areas of Indonesia. The jago is a social and political actor in both recent and more distant history of Indonesia. In Indonesian popular culture, the jago is often romanticized as a champion of the people whose acts of violence are motivated by a deep sense of justice, honour and order.[6]

The preman is the modern form of the jago. This word originated from the Dutch term vrijman (‘free man’) which later morphed into preman, referring to a new breed of urban jago who “is not in the service of the Dutch East India Company, but has permission to be in the Indies, and carries out trade for the sake of the VOC,”[6]:9[1]:58–59 The vrijman, orpreman existed in the grey areas where they treaded within the inside and outside of law. Whilst they were admired due to their autonomy, they were also feared by the locals due to their connections to the authorities.

What all this means is that Indonesian leaders have been using these quasi-official gangsters to do their bidding for hundreds of years. It is baked into the DNA of the ruling class in Indonesia.

Hence we have Kalla and now Home Minister Gumawan Fauzi legitimizing  and even praising the FPI, who are no more than common thugs in Islamic clothing.

Indonesia has progressed far since the fall of Suharto in 1998, but when it comes to the preman its leaders have not moved an inch from the Medang Kingdom. It is feudal, it is wrong and it is disgusting.

But Kalla remains a popular figure among many in Indonesia who view him, in the face of SBY’s namby pamby image, as a decisive doer. And Gumawan, who’s act of praising the FPI as an asset to the nation is as reprehensible to praising Hitler’s Brownshirts in Germany today, is still keeping his job without even a slap on the wrist.

When will the populace rise up and say: Enigh is enough?

 

 

 

 

 

Is mine bigger than yours?

It must be all that grass they grow in Aceh. They are purported to have the best grass in Indonesia.

How else do you explain the actions of the local education authorities in devising a questionaiire asking kids as young as 11 how big their genitals are?

Unspun is unsure if the parents have been caught up in a whiff of the local vegetation as well as parent Nurlina was quoted as saying that the questionnaire was OK, if only it didn’t have those dirty pictures to accompany the questions.

Strange times indeed. What are they smoking and where can we get some?

Aceh City Tells 11-Year-Old Schoolchildren to Assess Genital Size

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Banda Aceh. Parents in Aceh were demanding answers from education officials on Wednesday after it emerged that children as young as 11 were told to fill in a survey that included questions about the size of their genitals and whether they had experienced any sexual dreams.

“Actually there was no problem with the questionnaire, but I was very shocked when I opened page five and saw images of women’s breasts and female and male genitalia,” Nurlina, a parent of a student at Sabang 1 State Junior High School, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

Nurlina said that the page in question included pictures of male and female genitals of varying size and asked the student to circle whichever they felt was the closest approximation to their own.

In addition, boys were asked whether they had experienced a “wet dream,” and girls were asked to assess the size of their breasts. Children as young as 11 were told to complete the survey.

The head of the Sabang Education Agency confirmed that the questionnaire had been distributed to six junior high schools in Sabang, Indonesia’s westernmost city with a population of around 30,000. The legal framework of the semi-autonomous Indonesian province of Aceh includes elements of Shariah law.

Misman said the local education body had included the questions on the recommendation of local health officials.

“It was a recommendation from Puskesmas [community health center] to collect information on the children’s health,” he said.

Nurlina was not persuaded by the view that the authorities’ efforts to document the health of Sabang’s children necessitated asking the kinds of questions with the attendant visual aids found in the survey .

“There were also questions as to whether or not the girls have menstruated and if the boys have experienced sexual dreams,” she said. “Those questions were meant for children who have just graduated from elementary school — that’s improper.”

Nurlina, a civil servant in Sabang, prohibited her child from answering those questions and said she would file a complaint to the school and the local education office.

“The teachers should have checked the questionnaires before they were distributed to see if the pages came with indecent images,” she said.

Misman said the schools distributed similar questionnaires last year but there was no public outcry because the questions were not accompanied by a set of pictures.

“[The surveys] have been distributed and some of them have been returned because children did not want to answer that particular page,” he said. “After I saw the questionnaires I can see not only that they asked about their genital sizes, but that there were some very vivid images of genitals —  this is too vulgar.”

Misman said his office would discuss the issue with Sabang’s mayor to find the best solution.

And why don’t Ahmad Hamidi go back to Jogjakarta?

I have emigrated.

I have done so because of chauvinistic pigs like Ahmad Hamidi who think they have a better claim on the land where four generations of my family grew up in than relative newcomers like him.

If you look at the Wikipedia entry into Wan Hamidi, it says that he is of Javanese origin, with with roots in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. Here you see a photo of Wan Hamidi in Javanese gear being at home in Jogjakarta.

 

Menteri Pertahanan Malaysia Dr Ahmad Zaid Hamidi bersama dengan Walikota Yogyakarta Haryadi Suyuti ziarah ke Makam Raja Mataram

So you have to wonder at the duplicity that Malaysians have to put up with if they stay in Malaysia. You have this Javanese posing as a Melayu (which is an ethnic group in Riau and Kalimantan, but become elevated to a race in the Malaysian Constitution). The Prime Minister Najib Razak and his father a former Prime Minister are of Bugis origin (see here).

And of course, as we all know, Mahathir is a mixed-blood with Indian being a prominent part of the mix. (The Tunku – Abdul Rahman – was also of mixed blood with Thai coursing through his veins but he’s the only decent chap in the Umno elite)

So you have all these guys with foreign blood running Umno and through Umno, Malaysia for the past five decades. It is rotten to the core and they would have been drummed out of office, if not for widespread fraud.

So emigrate my Malaysian brothers and sisters. Life outside is much better. But if you’re not inclined or do not have the option to emigrate, fight them tooth and nail!

New Malaysian home minister tells unhappy Malaysians to emigrate

PETALING JAYA – Malaysia’s newly-appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reportedly said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country’s political system should leave the country, stressing that loyal citizens should respect the rule of law.

Malaysian news website fz.com reported on Thursday that in his first opinion piece printed in the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia daily since receiving the portfolio on Wednesday, Mr Ahmad Zahid wrote that the illegal gatherings held across the country by opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition was a form of escapism and the denial of the fact that it failed to take control of Putrajaya.

“Malaysia inherited the political system from the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries also use the first past the post system where political parties contesting in the election will only have one representative in each constituency with the principle of a simple majority of votes,” he said in a column.

He said opposition leaders, especially those from Parti Keadilan Rakyat and the Democratic Action Party, had been “irresponsible” in confusing young Chinese voters and their followers who are “politically blind” to dress in black to protest against the result of the 13th general election which they believed went in their favour, going by the popular vote.