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August 28, 2007 at 3:19 pm

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Quantifying the Volume of Sanctified Sustenance, Sustainability and the Merdeka Wherewithal

3 rites of Surah Yasin reverberated in the Masjid Putih as the night of 15th of Syaaban passed – it’s the night of (Malam) Nisfu Syaaban. People thronged in the mosque, a newly renovated with lots of structural defects (defeating the very purpose of renovation per se). Aestheticism achieves only with peripheral vision, fails in focal visualization. Even the place of worship suffers at the hand of incompetence local contractor.

Litres of bottled water converged in front of the Imam. 0.5L to 3.0 litres each. Reminded me of CamelBak tagline: Hydrate or Die.

The placement of those liquid containers in front of the Imam’s prayer saf; intrigued me. Perhaps it’s the epicentre of heavenly blessing. Concentration of sacred rites converges to the heart of sacrosanct machine; pumping piety from the branching blood vessels of multitude human soul; and vasoconstrictor comes in the face of pragmatist (like me).

Once prayer finalised, they gathered the water – now an elixir – a placebo fluid for range of illness, talisman and mana. Yet how do you quantify how much “divine” quanta in those sustenance without a guideline of tangible qualia? Is a vial enough? A drop instead of a gulp? Imbibing or salving?


Multiplication of pahala (heavenly reward) for every virtue is a part of quantifying moral value. Whilst it encourage being good (and the dosa (sin) as counterbalance of morality governance); arithmetic of merit and demerit doesn’t make them (us) inherently good.

In a span of time, breathing and living amongst the branded Islam Hadhari community. I find a number (a different set of populace from the majority) of their daily habit of environment preservation and personal hygiene; objectionable. They (Malay muslim, stressing the “Malay” as racial demographic) litter, their lack of toilet hygiene and their complacent with squalid neighbourhood aren’t really reflecting those “inherently good value”.

These lackadaisical attitudes lend a hand to the municipal and government apathetic policies toward environment sustainability and preservation.

Open dumping site, deforestation, reef erosion, noisy heavy industrial zone and smelly sewage plant adjacent to residential zone, uncontrolled urbanisation and dirty toilets are not the product of religious refine but rather racial state of mind. It’s a simplified gestalt approach to social hygiene, not statically factual but semblance of truth prevails.

Re-use, reduce or recycle the rubbish might be hard to the general population. Stick with “put the rubbish in the bin” mantra. And don’t forget to flush.


To commemorate the 50 years of independence, National Geographic channel showed the ceremonial coronation of Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Ke-13: Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin; entitled “Becoming A King” on ASTRO channel 52, last night (27th August 2007). Pakcik Baharom was there, a part of the nobat performer. News, history and footage of Terengganu Nobat can be found here.

Datuk Mohamad Nor Khalid (Datuk Dr. Lat) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Anthropology and Sociology by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Discovery Channel documentary entitled “Crossings: Datuk Lat” on ASTRO channel 54 premieres on 29th August 2007. Crossings traces his journey towards his life’s dream of becoming a professional and recognised cartoonist (Kampung Boy and Town Boy).

Next upcoming documentary; “Sultan Iskandar: The Controversial King.”

A controversial figure in Malaysia, Sultan Iskandar has led a chequered life. Appointed Tunku Mahkota or Crown Prince in 1959, he was dismissed from that post in 1961 by his father after being found guilty of assault in the Malaysian courts and sentenced to imprisonment.

While he was Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Iskandar created further controversy by assaulting a golf caddy. A soldier, the brother of the caddy who was badly injured and subsequently ran amok in Kuala Lumpur causing a security scare. The soldier was later arrested and sent to a mental hospital.

His assault on a hockey coach and teacher, Mr Douglas Gomez (1940-1999) sparked a constitutional crisis between the government and the Malay Rulers which culminated in the removal of the legal immunity from prosecution of all the rulers in March 1993.

A seminal documentary; say after 75 years of independence?

Now that would make us truly Merdeka.

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August 28, 2007 at 10:19 am

Brainmail: Internet Wives, Eunuch Guards and the Future

Warren Ellis speaks clever:

I have decided that the next stage of my Conquering of the world requires that I take a flock, or perhaps coven, of Internet Wives.

For the men reading this, I believe I also require an army of Eunuch Guards to attend them.

It’s a horrible fate for you all, I know, but you can’t stand in the way of the Future.

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August 28, 2007 at 3:17 am

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15th October 2007. One Issue. One Day. Thousands of Voices.

What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?

One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.

Blog Action Day

15th October 2007. Blog Action Day.

Let’s talk about the environment.

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August 23, 2007 at 3:46 am

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August 22, 2007 at 3:19 pm

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August 21, 2007 at 3:19 pm

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Straw of Life

Being an avid traveller, having a good supply of clean water is vital. The £19.99 iStraw seems to be a good candidate as portable water filter.


While the LifeStraw® worth £1.85 a straw, the prototype design still can’t filters 5 micron spores like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which can cause diarrhoea and upset tummies. Giardia lamblia itself is an organism that is resistant to iodine. High content of iodine level might be another drawback for the LifeStraw® option.

Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli B, Vibrio cholerae, Campylobacter, Klebsiella and Salmonella bacteria can be removed with the efficiency of 99.99999% for every 700 litres of water for LifeStraw® and 500 litres of water for iStraw.


LifeStraw® the TIME’s “Best Inventions 2005” might be good enough for the inhabitants of the third world countries; the “upmarket” iStraw however would be a better choice for the world travellers.

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August 16, 2007 at 1:31 am

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