Saturday, May 10, 2008

Explaining my absence.

Yes readers, I know I have suddenly disappeared from the blogosphere for quite some time now, since Monday, because of my longer working hours.

It's really been a long week and this is how I spent it:

1. Working (Duh!)

The desk where I work.

Yeah, I'm an administration assistant at Summerhill Realty so that means that I have to:
  • Be in the office early to get the office sorted out before all the real estate negotiators (agents), start coming in.
  • Yes, I get to use the computer, but not so much to blog, but for databasing. I'm made to go through the property listings that the negotiators pass to me and key the data into the Summerhill computer database. This is really, REALLY time consuming. The first few days, the load was really, REALLY great. I literally had to sort through a MOUNTAIN of forms and key them in, one by one into the system. AND WHEN YOU KEY IN THE DATA YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN CAPS, CAUSE THE SYSTEM CAN ONLY UNDERSTAND CAPS, AND NOTHING ELSE BUT CAPS. Thank God that I got through that gigantic stack already and I have less data entry to do these days.
  • Being an office administration assistant also means that I am in charge of the filing of all the petty documents around the office. EVERYTHING is filed in this office, ranging from advertisement invoices to incoming faxes. Yes, we also have to file up the Dell computer advertisements that come in through the fax! But the worst was still the Star Advertisement invoices. I had to go through a stack of invoices about half as high as your average PC casing, cross check with the different agent's files to see if they have been charged accordingly, AND then file ALL THOSE INVOICES IN DESCENDING ORDER! If you know me, you would know that I hate paperwork and was never EVER able to file my homework up when I was back in school. All my papers were always missing because I was too lazy to file them up. Guess this is paperwork karma.
  • Be the de facto telephone receptionist. Yes, I have to go "Good morning/afternoon, Summerhill Realty..." in my saccharine sweet voice every time someone calls. Yes, its really SO sweet that one lady commented "wah, your voice very ho thia!" (well that means 'nice sounding' in Hokkien) and made me go all "kam siah, kam siah" ( thank you in Hokkien)!
  • Type and print stuff. Yeah, I'm the guy that everyone goes to when they want a letter or some forms printed. I get to play around with the photocopier a lot too. Well, on the bright side, I guess I got better with Excel and Word... or maybe not.
  • Also double up as tech support. I'm the youngest guy there so (the older folks) approach me with tech support issues from time to time. I'll gladly teach anyone who wants to sort their contacts on Gmail or how to use their new laptop anytime. (: Just glad that I can help.
  • LISTEN TO LIGHT FM. Yes, the radio is RIGHT BEHIND ME, so I really can't help but listen to James Blunt crooning "I'll carry you home" for the 213,231,453th time! That pretty much explains why I blast Hitz FM on high whenever I have the chance to in my Kelisa.
Told ya, Soph. (:

Yeah that's pretty much everything I do as an administration assistant. But the job's not too bad, cause I get to learn all about real estate, and as Donald Trump says, that's where the money is. So I guess the opportunity to learn all about tenancy agreements and S&P's can't be a bad thing ya?

2. Trying to write about the Raja Petra sedition case.

RPK takes the sedition case on!

Yes, I was trying to blog about that ALL week, and I have even done extensive (well, at least I think it is) research on Malaysia's sedition laws so that I can write a thorough critique of the whole case.... but I guess that it's been a little too long since my last argumentative essay! So there goes the critique... But oh well, I now know what interalia and mens rea mean now! (: I'll make a good law student lar, SMU! Can ya please please offer me law?

Anyway, back to the Raja Petra sedition case, Raja Petra (editor of is being investigated under our sedition act for an article he wrote on his blog, "Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell". Well, read about it here.

Now, let us take a quick look at Malaysia's sedition act so that we can discuss it lah.

Under section 3(1), those acts defined as having a seditious tendency are acts with a tendency:
(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;

(b) to excite the subjects of the Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;

(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Malaysia or in any State;

(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State or amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia or of any State;

(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia; or

(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution.

It really pisses me off that we are still living in a society where we still cannot tolerate alternative views, that's what this whole act is about. Only support expression of opinion when it's YOUR opinion that others are expressing? That sounds real Stalinist to me, really. That must really make mother Russia proud.

Even if our dear sedition act is not the archaic dinosaur that everyone thinks it is, what pisses me off even more is that the sedition act is only used when a personality comes up with words that offend a high ranking member of our dear government, but never when those very same high ranking officials do something to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races of the population of Malaysia. It's either that its somehow enshrined in our constitution that the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia are not part of the population of Malaysia, or that something is SERIOUSLY wrong with our judiciary system.

Yes, somehow when a high ranking member of our government goes up and wields a weapon in public and incites hatred, it's okay, but when a blogger writes about bringing those responsible for a murder trial to justice, it's sedition. Our dear politicians seem to be so immune that the dear person who was fooling with a weapon in public didn't even get charged for brandishing a weapon in public. Where is the sense in all this? Guess it rocks to be a member of our very dear government.

Guess we need someone to stand up to this injustice. Go RPK!

I just hope that this case sheds light on the gaping flaws within our judiciary system. Let justice prevail!

DISCLAIMER: And let me stress once again that these are just some of my humble observations which are not in any way meant to incite hatred against any party but to just very politely point out how funnily the judiciary system always seems to side the dear government in Malaysia. So, please don't sue me for sedition, dear government.

3. Guest starring on

Notice anything familiar about this picture?


Cause like Tysern put it, those stinky pajamas sure look really familiar...

... and Lim Kit Siang's body ain't as hot as that one...!


Hey, that's us, Tysern, Ee Fei, Chongxian and I, at the Nuffnang pajama party!

Guess I can recognize those smelly pajamas from anywhere!
But why Lim Kit Siang? Oh well, I shouldn't be complaining, at least it wasn't Karpal Singh!
*Read Kenny's post here!


Oh well, it really has been a busy week but I hope to keep posting regularly, so you readers, hang on in there!

To all mothers out there, Hamlet's Hero wishes you a very Happy Mother's Day to you! Make sure you do something special for your mother whenever you can, she very well deserves it!

Old school.

Hamlet's hero, signing off.