Friday, June 18, 2010

New Design

New design is up.maybe couple more tweaks,and its good to go.Would love some comment and suggestion :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gender Equality

This is actually my article review for my English subject's assignment. I post it up thinking that I could make a good use of it, here in my blog. A bit lengthy, but please, do read 'till the end :)

Title: Gender Equality still falls short
Author: Marina Mahathir


In this article, Marina Mahathir was focusing on recent events of underage marriage as how it portrayed our gender equality in Malaysia. The event was about two little girls, who were married to grown men with permission of their fathers, their wali. Other fact that is disturbing was the marriages did not follow procedures, one having been allegedly conducted in a car. It is also stated in one of the case, the father claimed that he was “mesmerised” by the intended groom and therefore allowed his daughter to be taken in marriage.

The papers that was signed also legal as a loophole of the State Enactments gives judges the power to permit them despite the minimum marriage age for girls being 16.What make the issue a bigger worry is that subsequently, one of the girl was found dumped in a mosque, semi-conscious and god knows what she might have gone through. Marina questioned our society for not having the awareness of such cases and she said what else we should call an adult man marrying a child but a pedophilia.

She said, although having the ground to blame the parent, the parent themselves believed what the groom said when he claimed that such marriage is completely in line with religion base on what happen to Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Marina stated that this is what happens when people have not only little religious knowledge but blindly follow what so-called religious people told them.

Had the father asked anyone with some knowledge, he might have found out the law of legal age of marriage, but just because somebody quoted him something that sounded vaguely religious, he believed him and gave his daughter’s hand. Marina questioned, why this never happen to little boys. It’s perhaps because we often view females as property to be given away as and when we feel like it.


From my point of view, I think the author is trying to question why do such terrible cases happened to little girl, and not boy. Just like how old Malay tradition goes, where a grown up female will be marry to other guy without giving her any choices to pursue whatever the individual have dream off, as if a property to be given away, and the author see this as gender inequality.

Personally, I never experience such cases, though I used to discuss, or more like arguing with my friend regarding how different the status of female, or women here in Malaysia compared to last 20, 30 years. She said that now, women are getting better than man, they have better jobs than man, having higher achievements than man while man, at the moment, was busy involving in social problems like illegal racing or infamously know as “rempit”.

Although I’m not against the statement, I rather like to see it in different point of view. I think it’s not the man that had gone down lower than their usual standard. Whatever man had achieved, it will stay as it is. It’s just that women have climb up to the standard of same level as men. Day by day, they increase their social status and having all kinds of job which used to be owned by men. Why it is so obvious? Because here in Malaysia, we are grow by abiding the custom of man have to go to work, while women have to stay home and take care of the children.

We Malaysian, especially Malays are used to the fact of women are not qualify to have their own career. It’s just recently that the trend has changed as Malaysia head to modernisation and regardless gender, capable people are hired for their specialities in certain field. Just as how great the increase in the number of female graduates in higher education centres. It’s not that man fall low and women rise from the slumps. It’s just that more women realise of how important is education to them and for their future, which is a good thing.

Regarding the social problem like illegal racing, it’s simple. Whenever you see a guy involves in an illegal motorcycle race, you will notice the passenger seat will be occupied by a women. No matter how many man involves in social problems, the number of women would not be different in a large margins. Man and women co-exist and dependent, no matter in what environment or situations.

Although she did not satisfy with my explanation, I stress that I am not trying to defend my own gang or sex, I just support equality. In whatever case could arise, gender should not be question because either man or women could succeed, and neither of them is perfect. Both are vulnerable to social problems and such. Maybe in some cases each sex triumph over another, but the gender should not be the reason. It’s the person itself, the attitude and the capabilities. In this case, I don’t think gender inequality exist, if not so obvious, here in Malaysia.

On the latter part of the article, Marina stress on how our society easily falls to whatever so-called religious people told them. This is one of the plague that been infect us, Malaysian for such a long time. In fact, it happened to the whole world. What makes it funny is, not only by blindly follow the order they defies logic thinking, they also done things that religiously wrong in order to achieve something religious. It’s as if they contradicting themselves. How ironic.

I can’t be more agree with the author regarding this issue especially in cases like wrong-teaching or "ajaran sesat" in Malaysia and politics. Some of them follow a false prophet in order to be able to enter paradise after they died, although they forgot, it’s the god that they must obey, not the prophet as prophet just only a medium for the spreading of religious teachings. In politics, in order for them to attract the people to join their so-called religious party, they curse each other and even simple-mindedly claimed that certain people, especially the one in different party, is condemned to hell. As if he is gods himself!

To wrap up my review, I personally agree with the article. It’s a very good article and it manages to reveal what’s been going in our country. Hopefully, it will succeed in rising awareness among us and together, we can prevent such terrible case to occur again in the future.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Important and trivial

Last week, I went back to Jitra,Kedah for my cousin's wedding. We receive the invitation a week earlier, but it left me and my dad feeling...perplexed. Apparently, her dad was somebody in politic stuff, so he got a lot of acquaintances with title "Datuk" . Meaning his mates from politics party he joined.

The invitation stated that the event started on 12.00 pm to only 3.00pm. As they held the event in a hall, they need to clear it up early as to prepare for the night event(talking about discrimination), involving only those "Datuk"s . Simply prove that the night event will have a better feast compare to "public" event that held on the afternoon.

Somehow, I felt that this is wrong. The time limit given was so short, guest hardly able to meet the couple, and it seems like he prioritize his politics mates over his own relative eventhough what is more important, who he blood-related with are, his relatives, not those "Datuk" . There are even relative that took care of her daughter that married that day when she was still a kid, but still had to attend the 3-hours short "public" event. No sort of appreciation offered.

What I'm trying to say, we want to have a grand event for our daughter's wedding. we want to make a feast for our politics friends, for the "Datuk" and all, but we forgot about the most important thing, our blood-related relatives. They are the one that mean most for us. They are the one that support us when we got into any trouble.

This kind of stuff can be avoid by having the "public" event and the "personal" event on a separate day. So, the quest for "public" event like us the relatives, wont have to like, rush throughout the event. We will have enough time to eat and to meet with the couple. So, nobody is left out this way.

The same goes to my previous comic strip. Why I put up that kind of post? Because the restaurant that I mention was so great with its wonderful interior design, yet the quality of the product it offer, which is the food and drinks, was not on par with its design.

In my case, how can somebody be so stupid to use a very small straw for ice blended? Obviously the ice will stuck half-way through in the straw. Even at pasar malam (night market), they smart enough to use a big, slurpee-like straw. They use 1000 watt blender, yet the ice didnt crush properly. Its like, they didn't do it properly, for the sake of business. Its like they come, open a shop, spend capital for hundred thousands ringgit, just to play around.

This what happen when we overlook the important aspect over a trivial one. What determine a restaurant quality is their product, which is the food and drinks, not the chandelier and whatsoever. How can we improve, or excel in business if we can take care such an important aspect.

Same goes to studies, it doesnt matter what university your in, what count is the courses that you take because that will pave your future and its direction. Doesnt matter whether its matriculation or diploma, or degree, government educational institute or private one, doesnt matter which is superior to the other, because what matter is the course that you take must co-related to your interest as it will determine your job in the future.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

How small a straw can be...?

Last 2 days, I went to a restaurant. Although its pretty small, but the interior is lavish. There were so many decoration. They even have chandelier! .So, I thought this place might serve delicious foods and drinks.
Then, I say a menu says, "coffee ice blended= RM2.50" . I was like, favourite drinks at such a low price. Without any delay, I ordered a... After a while...When I was about to "enjoy" my drink..
Then I realize that...The straw was freaking small. Its smaller than regular straw. It had like, 1/10 diameter of a normal ice-blended-kind-of straw.So,obviously its impossible to drink the ice blended. I was so,so disappointed. =_=|||

Revival of my insidemeizan blog

Hye everybody (well,if there is 'anybody' reading this :P ) . This blog has been on hiatus, or idle for a very long time. More than 5 month. Its all because of my lack of ability to properly divide my time between my personal life, my studies, and my blog. Another reason for the hiatus is to prevent me from posting useless entry just for the sake of keeping it 'alive'. So, it better off dead rather than have tons of meaningless entry.

The reason why I refrain from posting useless entry, also the main reason why I start blogging, is because I want people who read my blog, gain something from it. By posting things that meaningful, that is not just some chit chat and bitching, I hope I can help other people 'see' things that they cannot 'see'. Realize the what we unable to realize by looking things in different points of view and perspective, thus widen one's thought and mind.

Somehow, recently, I gained back the interest of 'blogging', again. Although I dont know whether I can keep it update, especially when I go back to my campus on July, but I will try my best. My resolution is harder this time.

So, for anybody, that already read my blog or just start, hopefully you guys can give me support by giving comments and opinion on whatever issue in my post. It means a lot to me. Owh.and for the one just start reading my blog, I will use english in my post, but you guys can comment even in bahasa. I dont mind. I did this for the sake of making it more general and 'international' lol, and for me to improve my english proficiency. I'm still leaning lol :P

Thats all for now. Thanks you.