Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Selangor Sultan shows sadness due to much politicking in Selangor (Times)

Selangor Times, a free weekly newspaper with a focus on community news, went on the streets last Friday (26 Nov 2010) in a test of media freedom and setting the scene for a possible contest of wills between the Selangor government and the federal Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) which licences the publication of newspapers.

Selangor launches no-KDN newspaper 

Its editor Chan Kok Leong said: "There will be no politics in this paper, only local and community issues".

Selangor Times to hit the streets on Friday by Maria J. Dass

But Amir Muhammad has the upper hand with his creative write-up (click on pic on the left) by squeezing the rules in a satirical way. He writes a fictitious story about the real-life idiosyncrasies of Malaysian politicians and their blood(y) type of politics.

His fiction, "Land where my blood spills" or simply translated as "Tanah tumpah darahku" is actually a parody of the common racialist chauvinistic way now entrenched in the majority Malaysian mindset.

The part which fascinated me most is:
This statement was condemned by the organisation that upheld the rights of the Type O people, Gerakan Darah O Hakiki (GADOH). The motive of this objection: "To say that all blood type is equal is seditious and unconstitutional. Doesn't the coalition that dreams of seizing power know that the Type O people are the indigenous people of this country? We inherited not only the antigens of our red blood cells from our censors, but the right to rule the nation."

It was only yesterday (or the day before) that PKR President, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's call on the abandonment of the ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) concept in her speech at the PKR Congress in Petaling Jaya.

Wan Azizah gives thumbs down to 'Malay supremacy'

Arman Azha Abu Hanifah (left), Azmin & Wan Azizah
Only a day pass and the statement was met with fiery reproach by non other than the organisation that upheld the rights of the Type O people, Gerakan Darah O Hakiki (GADOH), or in comparison the Malay rights pressure group Perkasa.

Perkasa's Youth Chief, Arman Azha Abu Hanifah has labled PKR president Dr Wan Azizah and her deputy, Azmin Ali a “political prostitute” for calling for the abandonment:

Perkasa Youth calls Wan Azizah a political prostitute

Azizah, Azmin are 'political prostitutes', says Perkasa

Arman told a press conference yesterday that Dr Wan Azizah had failed to understand the history and context of constitutional provisions that accord the Malays with what he said were special privileges.

But Malaysiakini readers are quick to chip in by asking Perkasa:  Does that mean Onn Jaafar a 'prostitute' too?

Keris wielding Home Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein
Onn Jaafar's grandson and keris wielding Home Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein was also quick to retort: Wan Azizah tak bertanggungjawab

"Saya ingin bertanya kepada Wan Azizah dan pimpinan PKR, adakah mereka turut menolak institusi raja-raja Melayu? Apa yang ditimbulkan oleh PKR jelas sekali cuba untuk merendah-rendahkan konsep ketuanan Melayu. Kita tidak mahu institusi Kesultanan Melayu turut direndah-rendahkan," he said.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah showing his sadness
Selangor ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed his sadness over the ‘questioning’ of the special position of Malays and royalty.

Sultan saddened by those who question privileges

Yesterday at the launch of a discourse on the current and future historical perspective of the country’s constitutional monarchy system: Wacana Raja Berperlembagaan - Perspektif Sejarah, Kini dan Masa Depan, the Selangor sultan said said he was saddened to the loud voices from among the Malays themselves asking that the word “Malay” from the term “Malay Rulers” be abolished..

Today his speech was picked up by all mainstream dailies. In Berita Harian: Beta sedih
In Utusan Malaysia: Sultan Selangor kurang senang

Well, lets hope Selangor Times stay true to their vow in not publishing any political news in their paper, or the Selangor Sultan will be real saddened.

Well, with the exception if you know how to camouflage it in a creative way.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Poster filem 2 Alam yang pecah tradisi

Inilah poster filem 2 Alam yang sedang ditayangkan dipawagam mulai 18 November lepas.

Sudahkah tuan-tuan melihat atau menonton tayangan gambar tersebut? Saya memang berminat nak menonton, tapi belum ada kesempatan lagi.

Produsernya, Datuk Dr Che Rozmey Che Din merasakan gambarnya yang hensem adalah lebih afdal dipaparkan dalam poster promo untuk filem tersebut.

Hal ini telah dikomen dengan sinisnya oleh blogger, penulis, penerbit dan pengkritik filem Amir Muhammad dalam blog entrinya:

I'm a fan of movie posters, but I have never seen one quite like this

Saya harap Dr Rozmey janganlah ambil hati sebab komen Amir Muhammad tu memang wajar. Lagi pun memang belum pernah lagi saya lihat filem tempatan atau luar negara yang memaparkan wajah produser untuk promo filem-filem yang diterbitkan syarikat mereka.

Bayangkan jika filem-filem Hollywood, sebagai contoh filem Schindler's List (1993) di mana Steven Spielberg adalah produser dan pengarahnya menggunakan wajahnya sendiri sebagai promo untuk poster filem tersebut? 

Tidakkah ia aneh?

Ataupun kita guna gambar Dino de Laurentis (gambar kiri) sebagai menggantikan King Kong dalam filem King Kong Lives (1986). 

Apakah tidak penonton yang kurang arif akan menyalahtafsirkan bahawa Dino de Laurentis itu adalah King Kong? Bukankah itu janggal atau lebih tepat lawak namanya?

Ataupun dalam konteks filem Malaysia, kita ambil wajah David Teo yang menerbitkan filem Remp-it (2006) untuk promo filem tersebut? 

Dalam konteks ini, memang ler tak salah (sebab dalam filem tersebut David Teo ada memegang watak penjual motor). Tapi ke jadah apa David Teo nak muncul dalam poster filem Remp-it, kecualilah David Teo hero atau pun watak utama filem tersebut .

Ini bermakna tindakan Dr Rozmey menggunakan fotonya untuk promo filem 2 Alam bukan saja untuk tujuan pecah panggung (dianggarkan RM40 juta), tapi dia juga cuba pecah tradisi dalam hal menerbitkan poster wayang. 

Syabas saya ucapkan kerana keberanian dan keunikan tersebut. Diharap untuk filem Dr Rozmey berikutnya yang akan memaparkan pelakon seksi Pamela Anderson, wajahnya akan muncul lagi untuk promo filem tersebut (disamping Pamela).

Sebagai hiburan, amatilah poster filem terbaru si mamat (yang angan-angan nak jadi) produser ini yang menggunakan nama dR Romzey (lihat ejaannya betul-betul). 

Filem si mamat (yang tak kurang hensemnya) menurut posternya ini bertajuk Dua Alim, juga dijangka pecah punggung sebanyak RM40 juta (rupiah kut!).

Video terbaru mengenai Dr Rozmey: 
dR. Rozmey hampa dengan kutipan 2 Alam

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ian Young goes into depression, estrange from Fatine

Ian James Young taken from his Facebook profile pic

It's been a while since we've heard about the couple. Have they been parting ways? This is what Fatine's partner, Ian James Young had posted on their shared Facebook page, Right to STAY TOGETHER on October 30 in between 7.00 to 7:05am.

We start here 9 months ago everything wasn’t good but we were ok. 

I and Fatine both appeared on This Morning a national day time program which you may have see the video that has been posted on fatine’s fan page. I knew I would get problems with the future from this and I had to face them .

I knew that being fatine would cause problems but I had fallen in love with her in every sense wanting to be with her, sleep next to, her hold her and just be there for her, so I would take what ever came at me. 

Our relation ship was ok but not good it was always filled with worry about visas and not just about getting them but if we where refused where was the next lot of fees for the solicitor and fees for the application coming from in all we had applied 5 times and the cost was around £1100 each time . I was a caretaker in a small school earning £640 a month and trying to build a business at the same time not doing very successfully at the time and being told I was a failure by her as I couldn’t support her in the way she wanted to be. 

Just before Christmas I was moved out of the school I was working in as there had been a complaint about me appearing on TV and in a local paper. There was no reason given and was told, I should move for my own safety when I asked what was the problem they just told me to move. It has been pass to me that there was 2 complaints that where made to the head teacher that they where unhappy with a homosexual working in the school so. 

And I was pushed out. And that where the bad things happen. After being passed around derby to different sites I was told I was under investigation and they started to push me out and burry me with made up issues that could be seen as rubbish, but who is one small person against a local council. Not wanting to cause fatine any more stress I kept quiet and hide it away. They had done all this and pushed me into depression and started to close everyone out friends and family and fatine to.

Ian and Fatine during happier moments

The only person that I could talk to openly and freely was a close friend who I will not name, but fatine will as she blames her for our break up. My friend and I text allot and were more like brother and sister but fatine took this the wrong way and said I was having an affair. I have never cheated or betrayed anyone I love fatine with all my heart .I have been cheated on and would not do that to anyone.

My friend stopped me from killing myself many times by pushing me towards fatine and open up to her but when we tried to talk she never seemed to be interested witch made me more depressed I don’t blame fatine for this she was under allot of stress and so was I tried to pull my self out of it so many times but just as I did either fatine had bad news or I did as I went on though all the depression it felt like I had lost fatine and she was gone. I found myself sat in my van wanting to kiss and hold her but it seemed it was too late I had taken an overdose. I was found by the police unconscious.

I knew that if I died she would have no stress any more and that she could find someone better than me and she would have money. I was sent home and put under counselling and tablets. 

While I was coming out of the doctors I had a phone call to tell me fatine’s asylum case had been won I did literally cried all the way home this was meant to be our start but fatine had the thoughts I was still having an affair and I started to shut my self away again. 

I admit that I did neglect fatine when I was depressed but I just wanted her to tell me we could get though it together but she wasn’t interested we I used to walk out on her as I don’t like to argue and come back and talk but fatine wasn’t able to talk she just shouted I asked her if she wanted to find some one else as she seem to be pushing it all away from me still thinking and accusing me of having an affair but she left and stayed with 2 of her friends. 

I missed her from the day she walked out and threatened me with the police if I came to the house where she was staying. I admit I am not a bad person, I’m not an evil person and never hurt her or hit her. 

I made the mistake of not looking after her and not treating her right and I blame myself for what she has gone though. This is not an excuse but depression was the cause of most of it caused though losing my job worrying about visas and worrying about my partner. I have now lost the person I love, my job and live on what I earn myself. I have lost the house we lived in and all our pets have gone. I stand alone hoping that one day she will see I love her and hope she will come home.

I have put something’s on face book that at the time was how I felt I did feel used and I felt taken for a fool and I would like to say that I am sorry for what I put. Fatine had good reason to fight back at me and I am more than partly to blame for her leaving. 

I will say that this woman is the best person ever to come into my life weather good or bad, happy or sad. We both hurt each other in different ways and I’m sorry for that. My life is now incomplete and I have shut myself down. I don’t know how long I will last like this but I hope it is not long. 

I hope that she will forgive me and see me for the person I was at the start and let me have one more chance I know I have done wrong and I have learnt by what I have done. She is my life and I love her with all of my body we said we would be with each other till we were old and I still want that we both have our faults but together we can build a good life.

The last message was posted at 8:24am On October 30. Ian wrote:

well i have said my piece and it is time to go, sorry for hurting you fatine but you are my life and without you i don't want life

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Which type and genre of bloggers do you belong to?

Blogging is so easy even a baby can
We usually get ourselves immersed reading blogs and writing/posting on it almost every other day. But many of us are clueless of the real meaning of the term and what blogging is all about.

So, I am reproducing here a wikipedia entry on the meaning of the word BLOG, just to remind me/us that the blogosphere of blogs and bloggers is not as simple as it seems.

If you are a blogger, please take note of the type(s) of blog you are working on and by which genre. I believe this blog belongs to the personal blogs type and the participatory journalism or citizen journalism genre. This blog can also be categorize under the linklog, as the name suggest.

As for the term sopo (social political) and non-sopo blogs, I have yet to find a wiki entry on it. I have a feeling it is a Malaysian invented terminology. Read What genre are you? by mindsblog.com on what SOPO blogs and other genres are all about.

Also read:

How SoPo blogs helped the advertisement industry

I have deliberately made BOLD some of the word and phrases to show its significance.

A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1] is a type of website or part of a website.

Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.[2]

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

Types of Blogs
Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

A brief history of Blogs
The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.[8]

More on History of Blogging

Political impact and mainstream popularity

Since 2002, blogs have gained increasing notice and coverage for their role in breaking, shaping, and spinning news stories. The Iraq war saw bloggers taking measured and passionate points[15] of view that go beyond the traditional left-right divide of the political spectrum. An early milestone in the rise in importance of blogs came in 2002, when many bloggers focused on comments by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.[16]

Senator Lott, at a party honoring U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, praised Senator Thurmond by suggesting that the United States would have been better off had Thurmond been elected president. Lott's critics saw these comments as a tacit approval of racial segregation, a policy advocated by Thurmond's 1948 presidential campaign. This view was reinforced by documents and recorded interviews dug up by bloggers. (See Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo.) Though Lott's comments were made at a public event attended by the media, no major media organizations reported on his controversial comments until after blogs broke the story. Blogging helped to create a political crisis that forced Lott to step down as majority leader.

The impact of blogging upon the mainstream media has also been acknowledged by governments. By 2004, the role of blogs became increasingly mainstream, as political consultants, news services, and candidates began using them as tools for outreach and opinion forming. Blogging was established by politicians and political candidates to express opinions on war and other issues and cemented blogs' role as a news source.

In 2009, the presence of the American journalism industry had declined to the point that several newspaper corporations were filing for bankruptcy, resulting in less direct competition between newspapers within the same circulation area. Discussion emerged as to whether the newspaper industry would benefit from a stimulus package by the federal government.

President Barack Obama acknowledged the emerging influence of blogging upon society by saying "if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, then what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding”.[22]
See also: Political blog

Types of Blogs

There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the type of content, but also in the way that content is delivered or written.
Personal blogs
The personal blog, an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual, is the traditional, most common blog. Personal bloggers usually take pride in their blog posts, even if their blog is never read. Blogs often become more than a way to just communicate; they become a way to reflect on life, or works of art. Blogging can have a sentimental quality. Few personal blogs rise to fame and the mainstream, but some personal blogs quickly garner an extensive following. One type of personal blog, referred to as a microblog, is extremely detailed and seeks to capture a moment in time. Some sites, such as Twitter, allow bloggers to share thoughts and feelings instantaneously with friends and family, and are much faster than emailing or writing.
Corporate and organizational blogs
A blog can be private, as in most cases, or it can be for business purposes. Blogs used internally to enhance the communication and culture in a corporation or externally for marketing, branding or public relations purposes are called corporate blogs. Similar blogs for clubs and societies are called club blogs, group blogs, or by similar names; typical use is to inform members and other interested parties of club and member activities.
By genre
Some blogs focus on a particular subject, such as political blogs, travel blogs (also known as travelogs), house blogs,[23][24] fashion blogs, project blogs, education blogs, niche blogs, classical music blogs, quizzing blogs and legal blogs (often referred to as a blawgs) or dreamlogs. Two common types of genre blogs are art blogs and music blogs. A blog featuring discussions especially about home and family is not uncommonly called a mom blog.[25][26][27][28][29] While not a legitimate type of blog, one used for the sole purpose of spamming is known as a Splog.
By media type
A blog comprising videos is called a vlog, one comprising links is called a linklog, a site containing a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one comprising photos is called a photoblog.[30] Blogs with shorter posts and mixed media types are called tumblelogs. Blogs that are written on typewriters and then scanned are called typecast or typecast blogs; see typecasting (blogging).
A rare type of blog hosted on the Gopher Protocol is known as a Phlog.

Blurring with the mass media

Many bloggers, particularly those engaged in participatory journalism, differentiate themselves from the mainstream media, while others are members of that media working through a different channel. Some institutions see blogging as a means of "getting around the filter" and pushing messages directly to the public. Some critics worry that bloggers respect neither copyright nor the role of the mass media in presenting society with credible news. Bloggers and other contributors to user-generated content are behind Time magazine naming their 2006 person of the year as "you".

Many mainstream journalists, meanwhile, write their own blogs — well over 300, according to CyberJournalist.net's J-blog list.[citation needed] The first known use of a blog on a news site was in August 1998, when Jonathan Dube of The Charlotte Observer published one chronicling Hurricane Bonnie.[39]

Crossing the platform from blogs to other media

Some bloggers have moved over to other media. The following bloggers (and others) have appeared on radio and television: Duncan Black (known widely by his pseudonym, Atrios), Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit), Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (Daily Kos), Alex Steffen (Worldchanging), Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette), Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight.com), and Ezra Klein (Ezra Klein blog in The American Prospect, now in the Washington Post). In counterpoint, Hugh Hewitt exemplifies a mass-media personality who has moved in the other direction, adding to his reach in "old media" by being an influential blogger. Equally many established authors, for example Mitzi Szereto have started using Blogs to not only update fans on their current works but also to expand into new areas of writing.
Blogs have also had an influence on minority languages, bringing together scattered speakers and learners; this is particularly so with blogs in Gaelic languages. Minority language publishing (which may lack economic feasibility) can find its audience through inexpensive blogging.

There are many examples of bloggers who have published books based on their blogs, e.g., Salam Pax, Ellen Simonetti, Jessica Cutler, ScrappleFace. Blog-based books have been given the name blook. A prize for the best blog-based book was initiated in 2005,[40] the Lulu Blooker Prize.[41]

However, success has been elusive offline, with many of these books not selling as well as their blogs. Only blogger Tucker Max made the New York Times Bestseller List.[42] The book based on Julie Powell's blog "The Julie/Julia Project" was made into the film Julie & Julia, apparently the first to do so.

Consumer generated advertising in blogs

Consumer generated advertising is a relatively new and controversial development and it has created a new model of marketing communication from businesses to consumers. Among the various forms of advertising on blog, the most controversial are the sponsored posts. [43] These are blog entries or posts and may be in the form of feedbacks, reviews, opinion, videos, etc. and usually containS a link back to the desired site using a keyword/s.

Blogs have led to some disintermediation and a breakdown of the traditional advertising model where companies can skip over the advertising agencies (previously the only interface with the customer) and contact the customers directly themselves. On the other hand, new companies specialised in blog advertising have been established, to take advantage of this new development as well.

However, there are many people who look negatively on this new development. Some believe that any form of commercial activity on blogs will destroy the blogosphere’s credibility. [44]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Media practitioners rely on blogs rather than Facebook

This may be good news for news bloggers, at least for now.

According to a survey conducted by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and a public relations company, Intelecasia , blogs are the most popular among media practitioners in search of alternative views concerning a certain issue.

 Some 68 per cent of 442 journalists and editors from 27 media organisations who took part in this survey said they read more than three times or quite frequently news posted in blogs. The objective of the survey was to identify the preferred mode of communications among media practitioners in Malaysia.

The use of Facebook and YouTube is still low despite the fact that the social networking websites are becoming more and more popular among the general public.

Only 37.8 per cent of the 442 respondents said they use Facebook for professional purposes, while 50.4 per cent of the respondents said they do not use YouTube on regular basis.
The survey also found that half of the respondents had never used Twitter for their assignments, whether in finding news sources or receiving media invites.

Read the Bernama news posted on the Malay Mail website on 13 November 2010:
Use of Facebook, Youtube among media practitioners still low

and NST 12 November 2010:

However the survey did not mention why blogs were more preferred than social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

In the West, media practitioners make full use of not only blogs, but also social networking websites in search of alternative views and opinions on certain issues.

The situation here is different, where facts and discussions posted on social media sites are still in question.

Related news: The web may be lawless, but it won't stay that way | Julian Glover

Saturday, November 13, 2010

That cute dick of yours belongs to where it should be!

Yesterday, the first online news that greeted me on Yahoo! News was about the public screening of Raja Azmi's controversial and long awaited film ".... Dalam Botol", or "...In A Bottle".

Malaysia gay-themed film gets applause at 1st show

No, the movie has nothing to do with Christina Aguilera's song Genie in a bottle...!

It's a Malay-language gay themed film about a man who gets a sex change operation because he thought it would satisfy his male lover, but ends up regretting it. The film earned applause from movie bloggers invited to its first public screening on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, three months before its scheduled nationwide release.

Yes, it is due to the fact that some movie bloggers got invited to the screening which got me excited to write something about it. But I was too busy with other matters, I had to put this entry on hold till today.

However I did a simple search on whether there are any write-ups by those bloggers who attended, and I only found one by The Cosmic Abyss:

the message is not in the bottle

So, what happened to the rest who got invited? Still having writers block! Actually the invitation was made open to all bloggers here:

Tayangan Khas : ... Dalam Botol Secara Ekslusif!!! 

and also here: Tayangan Eksklusif ... Dalam Botol!!! Panggilan Akhir!!!

But the invitation was open only to 20 blogger friends of Amy Ikram: amy ikram diary as mentioned in the entry: p/s: Raja Azmi bersama Amy Ikram mencari hanya 20 rakan blogger yang berminat untuk menyaksikan tayangan. The invitation was considered exclusive, and as I am not an exclusive blogger, I did not make any effort to write to Amy Ikram to be invited, and even if I did, Amy would have rejected my request. But the main reason is I was not interested.

But I am interested on what is going on with the Malay movie industry and it's progress, which prompted me to write this entry. So today I made another search to find out more about the movie.

What's so special about it? and I found it here:

Malaysia's first gay movie to test public acceptance

Hmm!... so now I know why Raja Azmi's latest movie flick was initially called "Anu Dalam Botol" or aptly translated -- penis in a bottle. It's about how the protagonist kept the remains of his penis in a bottle for whatever reason only he knows well.

Producer Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman said the movie was based on the life of a friend and that her intention was to offer a glimpse into the life of a transsexual.

She submitted her script not only to the country's national Censorship Board for approval, but also to Malaysia's official Islamic authority for advice.

"I told them the title of the film was 'Penis in A Bottle' and that it was a gay movie about a transsexual, and they said why are you doing this?" said Raja Azmi.

The Islamic authority ultimately approved the script as it included Ruby's eventual regret over her sex-change operation. But the original title, which refers to how Ruby keeps her removed male genitalia in a bottle, was rejected.

So I think Raja Azmi was passionate about making this movie because she was fascinated about the story of a transsexual friend who had his dong cut-off and later regrets about it.

So she wants to tell people, "hey...if you are a transsexual, don't simply go and get a surgery to remove your dick and then regret it. That cute dick of yours belongs to where it should be even if you don't like it. It does not deserve to be preserved in a bottle.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bad boy Dr Rozmey seeks bad girl Pamela Anderson's help for his image

Datuk Dr Che Rozmey Che Din, the glamour seeking O&G specialist turned businessman cum film maker is never one to shy away from controversy.

Not long ago he was in a dispute with officials at Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional (Finas) and Lembaga Penapis Filem Malaysia (LPF).

All this for trying to get a slot for his first film production Dua Alam on his choice of screening dates.

NST's FARIDUL ANWAR FARINORDIN wrote: Even before its release, supernatural thriller Dua Alam is already making a lot of noise.

Actually, all the problem was due to the eligibility of his movie's Syarat Wajib Tayang which I think is a matter of simple government bureaucracy which Dr Rozmey failed to adhere to. How can you get a screening date if you don't have a Syarat Wajib Tayang? and how can you get Syarat Wajib Tayang if you don't apply for one?: Skim Wajib Tayang belum terima permohonan daripada Dr Rozmey.

To obtain a screening date, a film traditionally will be put in queue for an available slot. The film will, under Syarat Wajib Tayang, be given 14 days of compulsory screening by cinema operators. 

Due to this controversy, Dr Rozmey has made a fuss over the matter saying a lot of negative things about Finas and the Syarat Wajib Tayang. He wants to skip this process and go straight to the cinema hall. To make matters worse, it was reported that the film hadn’t even been submitted to the Censorship Board (Lembaga Penapis Filem).

In a latest move to attract attention for this movie, Dr Rozmey has made announcement for the purported screening date on 18 November 2010. An entertainment website (ohbulan!.com) here is poking fun of this latest fiasco by Dr Rozmey:

(Super LOL!) Perutusan Filem 2 Alam Ala Hari Raya

Dr Rozmey was also reported to have wanted to sue Finas for not getting the 18 November 2010 screening slot for this movie.

Read also: Preview Filem 2 Alam Dr Rozmey Yang Hancur!

At the same time this attitude of him blaming everybody else over his problem has given him a household bad name in the eyes of the media.

He was also said to have been showing his anger at journalists and on occasion refused to answer phone calls: Dr. Rozmey Emosi Dengan Wartawan, Enggan Jawab Telefon

Even some social media activist were said to have created a Facebook hate page for him. I tried to look for it in Facebook but to no avail.
Updates: I found the FB page; Kami tak suka Dr Rozmey yang angkuh which has 5909 likes, I Can Find 100, 000 People That REALLY HATE Datuk Dr Che Rozmey Che Din!! (1351 members) and Kami Tidak Menonton Filem 2 Alam utk Menyumbang 20 Juta Kepada dr Rozmey (1404 likes).

However, his Facebook account is still active.

In the latest news on Dr Rozmey, he is trying to get Baywatch actress, Pamela Anderson to star in his next movie in 2011.

“Pamela Anderson Akan Berlakon Dalam Filem Saya, 2011″ – Dr Rozmey

In the mean time lets give him the benefit of the doubt. Lets hope by working with Pam for his next production, he can eventually shed his bad-boy image from the eyes of the media and public.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dating Chrissie Chau will be like paying for international roaming

Hong Kong model and actress Chrissie Chau Sau Na who is good at modeling lingerie and showing off her assets especially her cleavage is at the attention of rich men.

China Press reported that a rich man in China is willing to pay one million yuan (RM463,340) to have dinner with the Hong Kong model.

Although he was rejected, the magnate did not give up.

He continued expressing his wish on her Facebook while flooding Chau’s cellphone with SMSes.

He also sought help from a woman to persuade Chau.

However, the model was not moved.

She wrote on her mini blog: “A mysterious woman called me and said a rich man likes me and wants to have dinner with me.”

The model quoted a line by Chapman To Man-chak in a movie: “Do you know this is roaming? Its very expensive!”

Last year Chrissie became the most controversial celebrity in town after releasing a book of sexy photos and a giant pillow emblazoned with a life-size image of her scantily clad self.

She talks to June Ng about career planning, sexiness and bad press.

According to our buddy Wiki, Chrissie is “a Hong Kong pseudo-model and actress”. It also says that “Chau is arguably Hong Kong’s most famous lang mo”.

Lang mo is another word for pseudo-model. And pseudo models are apparently what they call a girl who is under 5’8″ and therefore is not a catwalk model, but more likely a model at at fairs and expositions.

Raymond and Chrissy in an intimate kissing scene in Perfect Wedding
Raymond Lam Fung’s new movie, Perfect Wedding <抱抱俏佳人> will also feature Chrissy Chau Sau Na.

In the film, Raymond will fall in love with his boss, Miriam Yeung Chin Wah. However, Raymond’s character will have one night stands with other women, including Chrissie Chau.

To make the characters stand out more, Director Wong Chun Chun added a last minute intimate scene where Chrissie removed her top to reveal her bra in front of Raymond. According to inside sources, Raymond acted very professionally and did not gape at the well-endowed Chrissie, who possessed a 32D figure prior to the actual filming of the scene.

When the actual kissing scene was filmed, Raymond had seven outtakes. Many of the crew members teased Raymond that he intentionally had the outtakes in order to prolong his contact with Chrissie.

Earlier, Chrissie filmed a commercial for a Japanese food brand while wearing a light blue bra. In her bed scene with Raymond, she also wore a blue bra, which apparently has become her war armor!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another productive weekend, but where is Durian Burung?

Last weekend I had somewhat achieved to (basically) accomplish 3 things that had been imposed on me (willingly) for quite some time.

The mission is -- pleasing everybody.

Quite a tall order if you see the list of request.

The first is choosing (or deciding rather) a second (bigger) house for the family. The second is getting a car for my third daughter and lastly a motorbike for my fourth daughter.

Now, you might want to think I must be damn rich to be able to afford all these in a single week (as opposed to Superman who can leap tall buildings in a single bound).

But the fact is I'm not (rich). It's just a simple PR exercise -- problem solving.

Problem number one -- solved -- we are getting ourselves a new double-storey link house in Permatang Pauh which will be built soon and completed sometime in 2012. The details will be laid out in another posting.

Me with 2nd, 3rd & 4th daughters (not wives)
Now for the second problem -- solved -- my 3rd daughter will be getting her new (used) car soon, most probably after her final exam on 25 November.

I was supposed to buy her a car as she will be graduating her Diploma early next year and wants to use it for her attachment (practicals) in Kota Bharu. She had saved some RM4K and she was badgering for me to top-up the rest for the car. Initially she wanted a new car (Perodua Viva) but I said she has to pay the monthly installment herself for which it is quite impossible now as she does not have a job yet.

So since she had saved RM4K, I thought it was wise she spend it buying her own car rather than waste it on something intangible.

But I told her I can only afford to top-her-up for a used car that cost below RM10K. So, for the last few months I was searching hi-and-lo for a used car and had also test-driven some without any signs to commit (to the seller).

But I digress (I always do).

This daughter who is studying in Beranang, Selangor is supposed to go back to college yesterday (Sunday, 7 November) after spending a 3 day holiday with her sister (second daughter) here in Penang. 

The only time I had met her on this occasion was on Friday (5 November) when I arranged for her to test-drive the second-hand (third actually) Proton Saga Iswara in Permatang Pauh.

So, after Friday prayers on 5 November they both came and after the test-drive, she agreed on the purchase. I put up a deposit and the owner promised to do all the paper work/name transfer for my daughter. So, after paying the rest of the cash, I hope to drive the car home before Eid Adha, God willing.

Around noon yesterday I gave her a call to ascertain her whereabouts and ask what time is she going to take the bus back to Beranang. She said she is somewhere in Seberang Perai to attend a wedding function. The elder sister is doing part-time as a wedding planner/organiser, so the younger sister is tailing her everywhere.

She wanted to go back the same night (Sunday) via Butterworth and wants me to wire her some money. I wired her some money, but before that I tried to buy her a ticket back to Beranang via Kajang at the Sungei Nibong Bus Terminal, but to no avail. Tickets to Kajang were sold out for the day/night. So I asked her to buy the tickets at the Butterworth station instead, as she initially wanted.

So, last night when I asked (sms) her if she has got her bus ticket back to Beranang via Kajang, Selangor, she sms me back: Tkt bas durian burung kul 12 (malam ni).

Now, where is Durian Burung, I asked my wife?

She said it is in Melaka... as Durian Tunggal is in Melaka.

Now why would my daughter take a bus to Melaka to go back to Beranang, Selangor?

Jauhnya nak patah balik!

Today I surfed the Internet and found out Durian Burung is actually in Kuala Terengganu.

The name Durian Burung as used here is for the name of a bus company: Durian Burung Ekspres Sdn Bhd. Unfortunately, this bus company does not have a website. But you can view the phone number of its ticket office in Kajang here.

But readers beware: there so many negative feedback from the internet about this bus' services. Read some readers comments of its services:

bas Durian Burung yang hampeh

Bas Durian Burung tipu penumpang

But to be fair to the company, there are also some good views on the services it renders: Hati² Dengan Syarikat² Bas Ekspress di Seksyen 17 Shah Alam

Now, what about the story of my 4th daughter getting a motorbike?

Lain kali-lah tulis.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

About Acupuncture and Laser Acupuncture

Acupuncture is said to be one of the most ancient and characteristic techniques of Chinese medicine.

From ancient times, this acupuncture technique was valuable in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. It was also mentioned in the history of early civilization that the African tribes of Bunti, the Arabian Tigris, the ancient Egyptians and Indians also practiced some kind of acupuncture in their treatment of ailments.

It was said to have been practiced in the Stone Age with stone needles. The Eskimos still use sharpened stones for treating illness.

In times of war, soldiers who were struck by arrows in certain parts of the body, found themselves cured of ailments in other parts of the body. So, curious persons started to wonder whether there was any relation between pricks on the skin surface and cure of the internal organ.

Acupuncture is totally harmless when compared to western medicines which could cause reactions or side effects. It is very useful for treatment in most chronic disorders and was said to be very effective in the treatment of the bronchial asthma, diabetes, residual paralysis of polio, deafness, arthritis–joint pains, back–ache, cervical spondylosis, head pain, osteoarthritis, knee joint, frozen shoulder, hypertension, sciatica, hemiplegia, paraplegia, migraine, speech disorders, allergy, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, insomnia and many other conditions.

I came across this Utusan article today on acupuncture focusing on its latest treatment using laser technology:

Inovasi teknologi akupuntur Oleh mariatul qatiah zakaria

Alas, acupuncture may not be that traditional or conventional anymore.

I suddenly found myself immersed (for the next three hours) with the Internet's vast resources to enlighten myself on this subject.

Actually Utusan has already published another topic on this subject about a year ago with a similar title:

Inovasi rawatan akupuntur Oleh NOOR FAZRINA KAMAL

There are so many things I don't actually know about this amazing technique (categorized under complimentary medicine) which claims to be able to help cure so many ailments and diseases. It may sound like quack to many a skeptics, but I wouldn't want to be too sure about that.

So, this attempt at finding out about more on this subject has given me the impetus to write this entry, but it will be just a preliminary review on the subject as seen from a layman's insight.

The procedure of conventional acupuncture is by inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body. The needles are pricked as deep as a third to an inch into the skin depending on the type of ailments and the physical condition of the patient. But before that the acupuncturist needs to decide which points to treat by observing and questioning the patient in order to make a diagnosis.

If the patient is not strong, feels uncomfortable or phobic with needles, then inserting the needles in the patient will not be effective.

As such, the conventional method of acupuncture are now being developed by utilizing laser technology innovated from Korea. The ancient way of using long tiny needles are no longer considered hygienic, but this new method utilizing laser technology is also said to be quick and painless.

The method is also called Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). LLLT has primarily been shown useful in the short-term treatment of acute pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

I did a random check on the Internet to see if there are scientific research done on this and this is what I found:

In 2003, the World Health Organization published an article synthesizing the scientific research (controlled trials) of the time, and concluded acupuncture is helpful for the treatment of pain in some cases of acute epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, knee pain, low back pain, neck pain, pain in dentistry, postoperative pain, renal colic, and sciatica. The authors also concluded acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in other conditions for which further proof is needed. 

An analysis of the 13 highest quality studies of pain treatment with acupuncture, published in January 2009 in the British Medical Journal, concluded there was little difference in the effect of real, sham and no acupuncture.(2)

A 2007 review concluded that low level laser therapy (LLLT) may be effective in reducing inflammation and pain, while a 2008 Cochrane collaboration review concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the use of LLLT in the management of low back pain.

Stephen Barrett, writing for Quackwatch, concluded there was evidence to support LLLT use for temporary pain relief, but "there's no reason to believe that they will influence the course of any ailment or are more effective than other forms of heat delivery."

Insurance company Cigna has reviewed the evidence for LLLT and concluded that it is still considered an experimental treatment therefore does not provide coverage for it.

The effects of LLLT appear to be limited to a specified set of wavelengths of laser and though more research is required to determine the ideal wavelengths, durations of treatment, dose and location of treatment (specifically whether LLLT is more appropriately used over nerves versus joints.)

Therefore administering LLLT below the dose range does not appear to be effective. The factors of wavelength, effective dose, dose-rate effects, beam penetration, the role of coherence, and pulses (peak power and repetition rates) are still poorly understood in the clinical setting.