Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Of beating the drums...psywar

You know GE is around the corner when the ruling party starts making overtures, baiting and slow-dance the opposition.

Let's not be concerned with the date of the next GE. Suffice to say that it will be held in 2017, and this time the stakes are too high for UMNO to take the snobbish high roads which they are accustomed to...

First, Teuku Adenan, the BN secretary general cum UMNO's secretary general, released a time bomb when he professed that BN had reached a consensus regarding the Hudud bill or Act 355. You think that's the full story? NO! Not when MCA and MIC, the original members of Pakatan together with UMNO claimed they were either unaware of the consensus or chose to be elegantly silent on the claim.

With component parties breathing down his neck, Teuku Adenan choose to play safe and add confusion when he said the consensus is to have consensus on the Hudud bill. What is his true meaning? Or is he taking the safe way out.

Remember that BN acts on 1 party 1 vote system. If this is the case and still is the case, BN will have an overwhelming consensus to vote down Act 355. Why? Simply because there are not enough component parties who will go UMNO's way to charmed Hadis's PAS.

Hadi will be two-timed yet again with UMNO claiming they have done their best to pursuade its allies to support Act 355. Hadi should know that Najib and UMNO are political animals who will not satop at anything as long as they get what they wants. Although MCA, MIC, Gerakan is practically finish, UMNO needs them to bring the votes to BN candidates. PAS? They can fly kite as long as BN (read UMNO) can continue running the country, their way.

Before the drums died, Anuar Musa, UMNO's cum BN Information chief choose to introduce fissure to the already fragile understanding between opposition parties. Anuar Musa goes 1 step further in hinting that anybody can make a comeback in UMNO. Read it as an open invitation to Anwar Ibrahim, Ezam, Mukhriz to return to the fold including Muhyeiddin Yassin. Promises can be made to place the stars and the moon on their laps. Once BN wins the GE, these people can fly kite!!!

Maybe it's time to polish the shoes and walks through the power corners of Putrajaya...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Of one, two or more....doesn't matter

How does one keeps oneself to be relevant? Simple, by periodically comes out with catchy statementwhich entice the rakyat.

Whilst some die-hard supporters of Tg Razaleigh will camped outside his langgak mansion for a glimpse of his idea, I think Tg Razaleigh is now a relevantly irrelevant politician.


Tg Razaleigh once caught my attention when he chose to go against Mahathir Mohamed when he contested UMNO's President post way back in the 80's. Back then, it was too close to call but Mahathir with his strategic mastery managed to "change over" Najib and Anwar resulting in the defeat of Tg Razaleigh-Musa Hitam combo. You can browse the internet for their epic political battles!

After that, Tg Razaleigh's political fortunes is an Oreo's "kejap ada, kejap takde" where everytime there is a talk of succession, his name crops up, not as a serious contender but more of making up the numbers. Still, his die-hard supporters believe Tg Razaleigh will one day be the PM.

Through the years, the opposition front approached him but Tg Razaleigh, though interested, is not a risk taker. Being princely, he thought that he could get everything on a silver platter. He did not want to commit but he wanted to reap the rewards. That said, he would not put his eggs in the opposition basket. He would rather placed his "so called" loyalty to BN but at the same time send confusing signals to the opposition.

Now, with 1MDB about to be full blown, Tg Razaleigh needs to make himself relevant again. Noticing what happened to Tun Mahathir, Tg Razaleigh choose to belittle the opposition by making "Malay will be divided" statement. He claimed Amanah and BERSATU will further divides the Malays and this will not be good. There are many who said that Mahathir is getting senile but I guess Tg Razaleigh is not that far off.

Tg Razaleigh failed to remember when he quit UMNO in 80's, he started Semangat 46 and at the same time PAS were splittered to Berjasa and what not. If Tg Razaleigh claimed that BERSATU formation will split the Malay vortes, then what is he doing with Semangat 46? Consolidate Malay votes?

There is not much different what Tg Razaleigh did in the 80's with what Mahathir created in 2016. The physical difference is Semangat 46 gets a rousing start whilst Bersatu kicks off slowly. I see there is a non-issue in Malay voting split.

However, I look seriously on what Tg Razaleigh fails to do. He failed the nation to stand up and brings UMNO's Majlis Tertinggi to task and "open" up on 1MDB. It has been a see saw movement when Rahman Dahlan declared MO1 to be Najib whilst Noh Omar said he has no clue who is MO1. How can that be? Both are Cabinet members and Rahman Dahlan is BN's strategic communication director. Does this mean both of them are not talking? Or worse, are the ministers running their own agenda without guidance from 1MPM6?

Noh Omar should refrain from being ignorant as he is touted to be Selangor MB if BN wrest Selangor from Azmin Ali. His statement is unbecoming of a politician and expose his weakness. Rahman in one of his statement said "Only an idiot do not know whos is MO1". Does that mean we have 2 in UMNO when Langkawi MP dragged DYMM YDPA as MO1 whilst Noh Omar, a minister doesn't have a clue who is MO1?

Back to Tg Razaleigh. His antics lately bare his true self, a person who is revengeful and self-centered. To him, everything is OK if I get my way. Tg Razaleigh is still vengeful of Mahathir. After years gone by, he still bears hatred and revemge against Mahathir, not only on personal basis but to the extend that he fails to put the nation first before self. To Tg Razaleigh, i bade you good bye. You ahve been deleted from my list of those who can be called upon to defend Malaysia in its bad times.

With oil prices slumping, Malaysia is facing bad times when Europe is gunning for "no palm oil" products. Europe is doing that to punish the "slah and burn" approach which resulted in yearly haze. Malaysia may not be directly involved but there are Malaysian companies operating palm oil plantation in Indonesia. 1MPM6 may not be the one who "slah and burn" but what about Malaysian companies in Indonesia?

With Petronas going south, palm oil facing "no palm oil" campaign what else can we rely on? PETRONAS laid off 1,000 staffs and may be laying off more soon, we will be flooded with highly-paid O & G workers. How are they going to cope up with the lay-off?

Rubber, once our treasured commodity is facing bleak times. Malaysians have to buck up and be prepared to face the worst. It is time for politicians to stand up and protect our money from being siphoned off and only "transform" selected few whilst the rest will be doomed.

Tg Razaleigh is hopeless, Mahathir is over the hill, Hadi is suspected, Anwar is jailed - who else will lead the fight for a better Malaysia? Those who can contribute are druken with power, influence and greed. It is time for normal daily Joes' like you and me to state our stand : "Enough is enough".

Can we still pin our hopes on Tg Razaleigh? Yes, he maybe the longest serving MP of Malaysia and yes, he maybe genetically connected to the Kelantan household but NO, he is not the nation's saviour.

Eventhough Tg Razaleigh is highly respected within his Gua Musang constituency when every election sees him easing thorugh with Orang asal's support, Tg Razalaeigh fails to deliver his part of the mandate. Where is Tg Razaleigh when his orang asal stand against the loggers? What is his stand, personally as well as the elected MP of Gua Musang? Becoming an elected MP does not gives Tg Razaleigh the license to forever stay in Kuala Lumpur within his plosh mansion. Instead, it is Tg Razaleigh's moral duty to attend to his constituents...and goes through the thick and thin of any issues affecting them. Orang asal looks highly to Tg Razaleigh but Tg Razaleigh looks highly to those who can dine and "bodek" him. That is not the way to earn their respect and their votes. Tg Razaleigh...you are doomed.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Of substance or trivial... language

I remember James ingram.. singing "I did my best, but I guess my best wasn't good enough...
For here we are..."

Sometimes or rather most of the times, we love zooming in on trivial matters and blow it up out of proportion, just because we don't like the particular person or his party stand.

This is what I see when some alternative media and bloggers jumped in to belittle Zahid Hamidi's English pronounciation in the recent UN assembly. Not only that, some gleefully viraled his speech highlighting on his gross mispronounciation. Does that make you happy? Does it serves your end of the happiness scale?

Granted, Zahid fares better if he choose to stick to his Bahasa. Unfortunately, someone behind pull the strings and nod him to deliver his speech in English. Before I go any further, let me be frank. The speechwriter ought to be severely reprimanded for not knowing his job.

One of the phrases use by Zahid mentioned President Obama followed by (gasp) President Najib. When is Najib the President of Malaysia? Or is this a subtle message from BN that we are going republic, dispensing the monarchy system soon? Is this what BN is aiming for after GE 14?

Zahid has to be clear here and he must take full initiative to clear the air. If indeed this is right, BN needs to go to the rakyat and explain why the change. Is there any necessity for us to change our political system and install a President instead of Prime Minister? If this is so, when will the change take effect? And what will become of our monarchy system?

If it is indeed a mis-read, Zahid should state that too and let all understand that it is the optical illusion forcing Zahid to err.

Frankly, there is no love lost for BN. Bung Mokhtar strike the right chord when he says we should be more ashame if we cannot properly communicate in Bahasa Malaysia compared to English. He further says "“What is the big deal about someone not being fluent in English? It is not even our language. There are plenty of great world leaders who are well respected, despite not speaking English."

I agree with him. English is not everything. In fact, I bet that some of us could not differentiate between English and American and our spelling will be the "rojak" integration between the two. There were those who were fortunate enough to further their study in US of A after their high school. Thre in Us of A, foreign students were required to sit for an English proficiency test where they were graded on their English skills afterwhich the colleges will decide if these students need to take some English courses or not.

You think you are great? No way, Jose. The American colleges use their standard of English and Malaysian's "British slang" will end up with these students need to go for "English pronunciation classes". You think that is bad? Not yet. In these classes, you may find Koreans who pronounce "Electri-col" instead of "Electrical" getting the pat and declared excellent, compared to those who opted to pronounce it as "electrical". My question - does that make your English bad? I have not started with the spelling yet...

We need to be open minded. Not everything done by the guy from the "other side" is bad or should be taunted. Zahid Hamidi, for all his shortcomings, choose to take the hard route and delivers his speech in English. He has the guts to face the "empty halls" with his English, can you? Do you think Tian Hua can do much better? Or be it Mat Sabu, Hussam Musa, Anthony Loke, Hadi Awang will fare better? Even Anwar Ibrahim may not be able to deliver "perfect English" speech... so what's the fuss?

Instead of dwelling and trying to make Zahid a laughing stock, we should focus more of where Malaysia is heading. Malaysia is slipping in global competitiveness. We are down from 18th spot to 25th spot. This is a bigger issue than Zahid's English. What is the government going to do about it? Are we still on bragging rights that 25th spot is fine because we are still one of the most competitive nation in Asia?

I want to know what Pakatan Rakyat/Harapan has to say about it. What are our action plan? Or are we leaving it to fate to decide?

English? We have many references to improve. "Mind your language", "English after school" are some of the preferred option if Zahid is seriously thinking to improve his proficiency.

With GE 14 around the corner, I am more worried about those who "sneaked" in becoming voters and may one day heads this country. Speaking of which, I refer to Article 160 of the constitution on the definition of a "Malay".

Article 160 defined a "Malay' as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom and -

(a) was before Merdeka Day born in the Federation or in Singapore or born of parents one of whom was born in the Federation or in Singapore, or was on that day domiciled in the Federation or in Singapore; or
(b) is the issue of such a person;

Let's be real. Can we classify a person who speaks tamil at home but posess a "Malay" name ba termed as "malay"? Likewise, can we called a person, born outside Malaysia with both parents non-Malaysian be embraced as a "Malay"?

Whatever it is... have you ever heard Putin talking in English? Or Italian President, French PM, German Counsellor, China President speaking in English? They prefer their mother tongue. Maybe Zahid too should stick to Bahasa....

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Of fragmentation, distrust... and silver platter

Malaysians like winners. If you win, especially the conveted Gold medal, you will be feted with financial rewards in the sidelines.

Malaysia boleh!!

This is not about their heroics and sacrifices. This post is about fragmentation, distrust which is not in the paralympics athletes vocabulary..

In case you haven't heard it, there are growing rumours that 1MPM6 may call for snap election sometime early next year. You can smell the taste of election when there is this sudden rush to register new parties.

However, in the accelerated mode to go uno to uno against BN, there is a growing concern regarding the readiness state of a united opposition.

Whilst Bersih is planning for a grand November "get together", Lim Guan Eng choose to spar with Ambiga. I guess Guan Eng has a personal vendetta against Ambiga when the she opinioned Guan Eng should take leave until his bungalowgate is resolved.

If Guan Eng has an issue with Tun M, Guan Eng should confront the old man directly and not "pukul anak, sindir menantu". Amongst others, Guan Eng claimed :-

1. why she was working with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad;
2. she may be forgiving Tun M for what he has done (to the country);

Is Guan Eng seeding fragmentation between political parties and "opposition-friendly" NGOs'? If this persist, Guan Eng, in his capacity as DAP's Secretary General, may not be participating in the upcoming BERSIH5. This, in turn, will be fodder to BN as they go about preparing and strategising how to zerolimate opposition in the parliament.

Opposition is now in "headless chicken" situation. With Anwar tucked in Sg Besi, Nik Aziz, Harun Din, Karpal Singh gone, the opposition lost their standard bearer. Hadi is seen to be too cosy with BN, Azizah seen to be too indecisive, Mat Sabu is "lost in action', Muhyiddein is cautiously absent, Shafie Afdal is too "far" away, the opposition needs a rallying person, a mascot to go to. Tun M seems to be the next logical choice as Tg Razaleigh is forever brooding.

Tun M may be a "soldier from the past". He is old, disarmed and systemetically ridiculed. Even his latest "mengadap session' is being politicised. Instead of Tun M or DYMM YDPA, it is Najib who "almost" become their media man when he implied:-

1. Tun M presented the Citizen Declaration to DYMM YDPA;
2. Tun M had his audience on 15th september 2016;
3. DYMM YDPA in not empowered to dismiss him as PM although he can appoint one as PM. In short, the dismissing or terminating a PMship is not provided to DYMM YDPA;
4. Only the Parliament can terminate 1MPM6 service as PM through a vote of no confidence motion and after receiving majority votes;
5. DYMM YDPA can apply his goodwill to "pursuade" 1MPM6 to resign benefitting the rakyat;
6. It is a "four eye" meeting, one on one chat between Tun M and DYMM YDPA;

DYMM YDPA is not binded to reveal to 1MPM6 the details of his chat with Tun M. 1MPM6 is not privy to the discussion. What 1MPM6 implied may be true and may not be true. 1MPM6 can crows that DYMM YDPA advised Tun M to back off. If that is true, why meet in Kedah and not Istana Negara?

Let's ne practical. There are many hidden things for speculation. It may surface 10 years down the line when a party wants to score points. Lika what is presently going for Nalla. Wth full "Nambikei" spirit and Senatorship in hand, Nalla turn against his one-time tennis buddy (Anwar) claiming that Anwar two-timed him.

Nalla is having his "one-time" shot to fame in picturing Anwar as a back-stabber. Nalla is cleverly manipulated by KJ to paint Anwar in the nagative. Hopefully, this may prolong Anwar's vacation in Sg Buloh.

The opposition needs to gel fast if they ever want to capitalise on UMNO's (actually 1MPM6's) weakness. Opprtunity do not knock twice. However, the differences in opposition is too wide and the gap-filler is still unidentified.

For that, I say "Wake up, opposition". Unless, of course, if these brand of politicians still basked in becoming opposition forever...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Of miscommunication : here, there and everywhere...

Jeff Ooi claims that his tweet was misread (you can read it in my previous post).

Well! Miscommunication seems to be everywhere. Is it because of our education standard? or is it pure mis-communication mistakes? We hear but never listen??

Before I go further, Another brick in the wall sets alarm buzzing... Will it be another scoop for Al Bukhary's Tradewinds? or will it be another pits for Felda?.. or does 1MPM6 needs the Pradeeps to salvage his reputation using sheep clothing "Emirs" to camourflage where they came from?... It's "Singh is King" deja vu...

First...it was this hoo hah about FLOM RosCTmah getting UNESCO award. That was timelined 18th Sept by STAR.

Barely 24 hours later, STAT again timelined 19th Sept "Award withdrawn". On the same day, STAR quoted BERNAMA's original source about the award. Free Malaysia Today covers it this way...

Miscommunication may be playing havoc to RosCTmah's PERMATA but this is at the worst possible time. It looks bad when miscommunication happens but what if the original source comes from a highly-placed official? It comes from Educiation Ministry Secretary General!!! If our Education Ministry Secretary General cannot get himself right the first time, then it is no wonder our education system is going down the drains... I guess that is what they call "Leadership by example".

Is it about Murphy's law here? When everything is bad, it gets wotse?

First, let's walk through the events...

Remember DOJ (Department of Justice?). DOJ USA applied to seize certain properties linked to RosCTmah's son in USA under the biggest kleptoracy case. Although Red Granite (the son's production house) lodge their defense, it is eerily silent from Jh-Lo. That's one.

Remember Xavier Justo? He is an IT exec jailed in Thailand with a case connected to 1MDB. Latest news is he will remain in Thailand serving his full sentence eventhough it ewas earlier reported that he will be transferred to Swiss to finish his sentence. Why Swiss? He is a Swiss citizen. It is said that Thailand opts to choose the latest decision under diplomatic pressure. Trus or not? It doesn't matter much, as again it is connected to RosCTmah, directly or indirectly.

What about the recently concluded ASEAN meeting in Laos? Some "naughty" reports had it that Obama was stopped in his tracks to enable 1MPM6 to say "Hi" to his "golfing buddy". Again, this is said to be orchaestrated by you know who...

With all these events, it is really annoying for the Ministry Education Sec Gen to pass the wrong information. Is this miscommunication or is it done on purpose to humiliate? After all, you do not know who are your friends anymore when the tide is changing on an hourly basis.

and what about First Ladies summit? Nothing on the radar since 2010... has it been effectively "dikuburkan"? Or the lukewarm response turns off Rosctmah? Maybe, it is not "glamourous" enough to continue footing the bill, as none of our "big" neighbours attended the summit, what more those from G20 or G8 nation never bother to show up. I guess it is just a "One time showpiece"... and now poofff..Gone with the wind... So much for FLOM...

Will Ministry Education Sec Gen get the axe? Ala Red Queen's "Off with his head"? Or is the "miscommunication" hitting the nerves of Rosctmah at her weakest point? Time will decide... and that time is nearer than what you think...

Me? If miscommunication happens - I will just say sorry for "Sorry seems to be the hardest words"... Et tu Mahathir... who is said to be in London for last minute "adjustments" before letting loose the "next wave" against 1MPM6. Could it be a signal of a "turnover" from another "loose-mouth" blogger over there?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Of Adios, goodbye and...

A long and refreshing week. I took a well-deserved break last week. Whilst I took the break, the Maker decided to invite Dr Harun Din to meet the Maker.

I am not going to dwell on why he chose San Francisco to undergo his treatment nor to sensationalise anything including how some claimed that California is translated as "Land of the Caliph". Let others do that.

What caught my attention is how divided the opposition is becoming. Agreed that DAP is not seeing eye to eye with PAS, but the action of Jeff Ooi in "re-tweeting" the message is unbecoming of a parlimentarian.

Way before Jeff Ooi chose DAP to be his party, I admired his exposures in many government projects where I see him working hand in hand with Hussam Musa. That was during the fnal days of Tun M's era!!!

However, now Jeff Ooi looked a different man. Is his MPship getting too much in his head that he can't help but to "unwittingly" jumped into the pits?

Unfortunately many are practising "undifferentiated hostility" whereby everything said and tweeted by their idols are all correct and whatever done by others who are not in their same wavelength is wrong.

"Adios (good bye) Harun Din. Let there be peace" - looks innocent enough. Adios means good bye. but the words after ADIOS is suspiciously questionable. What is Jeff trying to say? Is he implying that with Harus's demise, there will be peace? Or is Jeff praying Harun meet his Maker in peace?

I read "ADIOS. Let there be peace" as Jeff implying the former. Jeff, in his full DAP clothing is actually not belittling Harun as PAS's Murshidul Am but indirectly "attack" Harun as one of Malaysia's most learned Islamic scholar. That is where Jeff goes wrong.

We may have the right to disagree with other religions but at the same time we have to respect their religious views. Jeff crossed the invisible line and unfortunately the rest of Pakatan failed to reprimand him. Lim Guan Eng said Jeff's tweet is insensitive and does not represent party. What says AMANAH and PKR? Is AMANAH too deep entrenched that whatever said against their former colleague turned enemy is alright? What says PKR who is just as confused between party and individuals?

Me? Regardless of what Harun did or did not do, I consider his death as a great loss to Malaysia. We lost one of the pragmatic Islamic scholar... May he received "keradaanNya"...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Of Alone Again... naturally

As I look around me, I see empty spaces once occupied by comrades-in-arms. Now, one by one, they are blown by the wind...and some meet Him... Fortunately or unfortunately, they do not know me when our paths crossed numerous times in the past. I am talking about Zorro, Harris "the lawyer" Ibrahim, Sakmongkol, Topeng Perak, Mrs MP and the rest...

But this posting is not about me...

One article in Malaysiakini caught my attention. It is something Rais "Bridge burner" Yatim said... regarding Jamal "Red shirt" and money politics in UMNO. You can read Malaysiakini's news "Don't hide behind blade of grass" here.

Rais Yatim being Rais Yatim goes with a pantun :

"Jangan dipanjat kelapa condong,
buahnya jatuh ke laman orang,
bumi dipijak langit dijunjung,
berdiri tegak bukannya lalang.”

(Do not climb a crooked palm tree,
its fruits fall into others’ yard,
where the land is trod the sky is shouldered
stand tall but be not like grass.)

Rais countered Jamal's insistence that the money is "donation" from his friends is considered money politics regardless whether this is UMNO's election year or not. Jamal stated that if money is distributed during UMNO's noon-election years then it is not money politics. Me? Simple... what is the money for? If it is to "buy" loyalty, then it is money politics regardless when, where, who, and how the money is transferred from the giver to the receiver.

Looking at the pantun, there is another malay proverb "Menegak benang yang basah" which literally means "To straightened a wet thread". What it means is to defend what is already obviously wrong.

Think - which one is bigger and broader? Lallang or benang? I believed that lallang is broader than benang. Years before, lallang is pictured as those whose stand (political or not) swayed with the wind. Back in the 80's, one such lallang is the present 1MPM6 when he last minute switched of allegiance change Mahathir - Tg Razaleigh power equation.

Now, benang is smaller than lallang and as "Bagai menegak benang basah", it is impossible o hide the truth. Years after 80's, we are faced with 1MDB. Are we still in the old cocoon believing that whatever UMNO does is right? If Rais Yatim who is an UMNO leader and currently UMNO adviser pointed out the "money" politics practised by Jamal (and many others not named) is destroying the party, then what about hiding the truth from the public?

Last few days in a flight (hey! I pay for the flight, OK?) an UMNO supporter make another stupid statement. It is about DOJ and kleptocracy case in USA. He lamented that MO1 is not named by DOJ and he further stressed that DOJ did not go after MO1.

First, to be a politician and to be a good and responsible politician, you have to appear whiter than white. That means you have to be seen almost a saint and not just innocent. In MO1's case, he may hide behind the legal jargons and legal manouvres, but the fact is MO1 is step-father of a person named by DOJ. On top of that, MO1 is a close acquitance to one Hollywood party goer. You add the sum and figure out MO1. If you cant, then just read Rahman Dahlan's statement on MO1's identity. Yes, MO1 may be legally right but is he morally clean? My answer "Tepuk dada, tanya selera".

What are you going to do about it? Start jogging in the park (not looking for pokemon) for November is calling you. See you all somewhere, sometime in November (God willing). Will you guys be there? Me? Yeah... I shall be there... in rememberence of and standing-in for Zorro... alas...Alone again, naturally...

By the way... look at the body language when 1MPM6 talked to P1 in Laos...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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