SocioPolitics

Is Abdullah strictly liable for seditious postings on PMO website?

“Watch your blogs, warns PM” was the headline of Sunday Star on
the warning by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in
Kuantan on Saturday that bloggers are not immune from the law, whether
their websites are hosted overseas or otherwise.

Does this warning apply to the Prime Minister himself, in view of disclosures
on the blogosphere that the Prime Minister’s official website had
hosted a very incendiary and seditious article inciting racial hatred,
ill-will and animosity among the Malays and Chinese in the country?

This article, written in Bahasa Malaysia and purported to be by one “DR. NG SENG”,
clearly an “agent provocateur” camouflaging as a Chinese, had been on
the Prime Minister’s Office website for more than 20 months since Nov.
14, 2005 on the “ucapan takziah” for the late Datin Paduka Seri Endon
Mahmood archive.

Blogger Ronnie Liu will be lodging a police report on the seditious and inflammatory “DR. NG SENG” article today.

Although the seditious article, together with the entire “ucapan
takziah” archive, has been removed from the Prime Minister’s Office
website this morning, the fact remains that the seditious article had
been publicly available on the website for over 20 months and a grave
crime had been perpetrated.

Who must be held responsible for the seditious article on the official website of the Prime Minister?

Is Abdullah strictly liable for seditious postings on the Prime
Minister’s Office website to the extent that he could be charged and
tried for sedition?

This would appear to be the implication from the comments of
Abdullah, who appears to be declaring the principle of strict liability
for bloggers and website principals. Is this the position of the Prime
Minister and the government?

Will the Police haul up Abdullah to record a statement following
Ronnie’s police report? I am not suggesting that Abdullah should be
arrested, charged and tried in court for the seditious “DR. NG SENG”
article on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office, although these
would be the logical results if under the law there is the principle of
strict liability for the seditious materials which are posted on the
official website of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Apart from the Prime Minister, is there anybody else who should be
held liable under the principle of strict liability which seems to have
found favour with the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister,
Cabinet Ministers and Umno leaders who have made public statements in
the current “blog war” between Umno and Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s
Malaysia Today news portal.

Or shouldn’t there be different degrees of responsibility between
articles posted by the webmaster and principal of the blogs and
websites, and comments left by visitors – with a mechanism allowing
inflammatory and seditious comments to be removed when they are brought
to the attention of the webmaster/principal so as not to dampen the
robustness and vibrancy of Malaysian blogosphere?

Or will Ronnie’s police report just be ignored completely – in
contrast to the police report of the Umno Information chief, Tan Sri
Muhammad Muhammad Taib against Raja Petra, which saw the police
swinging into action within 48 hours – subjecting Raja Petra to eight
hours of questioning without asking a single question about his
articles?

The article found on the Prime Minister’s Office’s official website:

Mon 14 Nov 2005 14:13
TAJUK: ‘BERSATULAH KAUM CINA’

Kita semua kaum Cina di mana sahaja kita berada mestilah berbangga
dengan bangsa kita, samada Cina Amerika, Cina Singapura, Cina, Taiwan
dan Cina Malaysia. Kita mestilah mengekalkan identiti kita. Di
Malaysia, kita mesti memberitahu anak-anak kita dan mengajar cara-cara
mereka perjalanan halus.

Setakat ini oleh kerana kedudukan kita, kita tiada pilihan untuk
memilih kerajaan yang majoritinya dikuasai oleh orang Melayu. Tetapi
kita sedar dibidang perniagaan dan perindustrian, orang Melayu tidak
ada melainkan mengekalkan bangsa kita (Cina) sebagai unsur utama
meninggikan ekonomi Malaysia dengan meletakkan keutamaan Bahasa
Manderin atau Kantonis di dalam akhbar tempatan sebagai syarat
penerimaan atau syarat kelayakan perlu. Maka orang-orang Melayu
tentunya terpinggirdari bidang pekerjaan tersebut.

Begitu juga kalau terpaksa kita ambil orang melayu kerja, kita pilih
yang wanita melayu untuk cukupkan Kouta dan jangan ambil Lelaki Melayu
kerana lelaki ini bersifat memimpi n dan ada wawasan tinggi lebih
bersemangat kental dan berani tanya itu dan ini, kalau wanita melayu
mereka agak lemah dan banyak menurut saje arahan kita. Jadi kita
mengambil kesempatan ini atas kedudukan kita dan meminta hak-hak
politik. Orang-orang kita yang bergiat di bidang pelajaran hendaklah
pastikan bahawa generasi yang akan datang tidak akan diajar segala
pengorbanan orang Melayu, terutama sekali dalam pelajaran sejarah, Ilmu
alam dan lain-lain mata pelajaran, baikpun di sekolah rendah mahupun di
sekolah. Kita aujudkan dan hebohkan tentang maksiat dikalangan pelajar
melayu agar kerajaan sekarang hentikan bantuan pada pelajar melayu dan
juga pelajar kampung.

Kita mesti mengajar anak-anak dan anak orang Melayu supaya mempunyai
pendirian bahawa kejayaan itu bergantung semata-mata atas kebolehan.
Untuk tujuan ini kerajaan Singapura yang kita harus banggakan kerana
telah berjaya memecah-belahkan orang-orang Melayu dengan cara
membahagikan mereka kepada banyak puak seperti Banjar, Acheh, Bugis,
Mandaling, Boyan dan lain-lain. Dari kesannya jiwa rancangan ini, orang
Melayu yang dulunya merupakan 69% daripada penduduk Singapura, sekarang
hanya tinggal 10% sahaja.

Sekarang mereka tiada pilihan melainkan memuji kerajaan Singapura
kerana memberi mereka satu kestabilan, keadilan dan harapan untuk masa
depan iaitu mana-mana bentuk yang kerajaan suka dan fikirkan, pasti
mereka terima, sebabnya orang Melayu di sana tiada mempunyai suara lagi
dan mereka akan tetap menemui kegagalan. Sebagai orang Cina tulin, saya
juga berbangga dengan cara yang dilakukan oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau
Pinang untuk memecah belahkan orang-orang Melayu di sana. Beliau telah
berjaya mengambil tanah-tanah orang-orang Melayu dan memajukannya
sebagai kawasan perumahan dan perindustrian (dalam geran ada nyatakan
30% jenis pekerjaan sekurangnya mestilah dari orang Melayu tapi mereka
beri jawatan seperti pengawal keselamatan dan operator sahaja, jawatan
penting dan teknikal yg bergaji, RM3 ribu keatas semua dari Orang Cina
kecuali melayu yang ada kepentingan bagi mereka itupun seorang dua
saja).

Oleh kerana harga rumah-rumah itu terlalu tinggi bagi orang Melayu,
mereka tiada keupayaan langsung untuk memiliki rumah-rumah tersebut.
polisi ini tidak sahaja harus dilakukan di Pulau Pinang, tetapi juga di
lain-lain tempat , banyak orang melayu pindah ke Seberang Perai. Mereka
takut kalau Pak Lah naik, dia akan pindah Pusat kerajaan Pulau Pinang
dari Komtar ke Kepala batas, kerana orang Melayu banyak disana, nanti
banyak kemudahan dan aset harta akan meningkat dan orang melayu akan
dapat faedah. Mereka sedang mempercepatkan agar pusat kerajaan dibuat
segera di Bayan Bay, Sg Nibung supaya hasrat untuk berpindah ke Kepala
Batas dihauskan.

Tujuan kita ialah untuk menguasai segala kegiatan perdagangan yang
berkaitan dengan bahan makanan, enjin, bank-bank serta pertanian.
Alasan yang munasabah perlu dicari dan dikemukakan kepada kerajaan
untuk menaikkan harga barang-barang keperluan harian. Inilah yang kita
akan terus gunakan untuk mendapatkan kekuasaan politik di Malaysia.
Oleh kerana kita telah kukuh di bidang Antarabangsa, kita mesti
menganggap bahawa saluran penyebaran am yang ada pada kita. Setakat
ini, dunia menganggap bahawa kerajaan Malaysia sekarang adalah anti
Cina dan Pro-Melayu dan juga kita orang Cina ditindas.

Kita sekarang telah banyak di Pulau Pinang dan ini markas kita , kita
mesti kerjasama dgn orang kita di Singapura, supaya satu hari Pulau
pinang boleh jadi milik kita secara yang tak disedari, banyak anak-anak
didik kita telah diserapkan dalam kerajaan Tempatan, walaupun dalam ker
ajaan negeri maseh dimonopoli oleh orang Melayu. Walau bagaimanapun,
kebelakangan ini terdapat langkah-langkah yang diambil oleh elit-elit
Melayu untuk mengubah gambaran ini dan menyuarakan apa yang sebenarnya
berlaku. Kita sebaliknya mematahkan langkah-langkah itu sebelum ianya
berjaya dilaksanakan.

Dalam bidang politik, orang-orang Cina haruslah bergembira dengan
perpecahan demi perpecahan terlibat di kalangan orang-orang. Kita
tenggelamkan semangat orang melayu untuk menghidupkan Persatuan Melayu
macam GPMS dll. Ini bahaya bagi kita, kita hiburkan pemimpim Melayu
Negeri dengan apa yang dia mahu. Saya sebagai orang Cina, sangatlah
bergembira untuk memberitahu anda bahawa salah satu sebab penyingkiran
itu adalah jarum dan tindak-tanduk teman-teman kita Gerakan dan MCA di
dalam Barisan Nasional dan DAP dari luar.

Sekarang tibalah masanya untuk kita menanam perasaan benci di kalangan
orang-orang Melayu terhadap pemimpin mereka. Kalau kita bijak
menjalankan operasi kita, kita akan berjaya mengasingkan Perdana
Menteri sekarang ini yang terlalu jujur menjadi seorang ahli politik.
Kalau kita orang-orang Cina bersatu, kita berjaya memecah belahkan
Dato’ Sri Dr Mahathir Mohammad dengan Dato’ Sri Anwar Ibrahim, kumpulan
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dengan Kumpulan Najib Tun Razak.

Apabila British meninggalkan Malaysia, pemerintahan adalah di tangan
beberapa orang Melayu pilihan. Kita ketahui bahawa pemimpin-pemimpin
Melayu ini kiranya disukai oleh orang Melayu sendiri. Pada
keseluruhannya, mereka adalah orang-orang miskin tetapi bernafsu besar.
Kita berkeupayaan memberikan apa yang mereka mahu. Kita akan terus
mendapat apa yang kita kehendaki dari mereka. Kemudia sesudah kita
memberi mereka secukupnya, kita akan mendedahkan mereka ini. Kita akan
meminta mereka supaya dilucutkan daripada jawatan-jawatan mereka.

Kita tidak akan rugi apa-apa dengan pemecahan itu, malah menguntungkan
orang-orang Cina. Pekerjaan ini mesti dijalankan dengan licin, supaya
intelek-intelek Melayu tidak akan menyedarinya. Setakat ini kawan-kawan
kita di bidang perniagaan telah berjaya mengenepikan Dr Mahathir, Dr
Abdul Rahman Yaakob dan semua pelampau-pelampau dalam UMNO termasuk
juga sektor kerajaan. Kita orang-orang Cina harus bangga kerana
orang-orang Melayu yang menerima rasuah ini telah diletakkan di
badan-badan berkanun. Di UDA kita telah mendapat keuntungan yang banyak
walaupun orang kita nombor dua di situ. Mereka yang tidak mempunyai
pandangan yan g kuat akan terus sanggup menjual orang-orang dari
bangsanya sendiri, kiranya mereka diberi apa yang mereka kehendaki dan
kita pula hendaklah menggunakan kelemahan mereka ini untuk kepentingan
diri kita.

Kita akan gagalkan mereka dengan Tentera Darat, Laut dan Udara. Kita
akan terus gagalkan mereka dalam polis. Kita telah buktikan bahawa
tanpa kita orang-orang Cina, mereka tidak akan mendapat apa-apa
maklumat berkenaan dengan kegiatan Komunis. Kita juga perlu
bekerjas!ama dengan pergerakan dibawah tanah kerana tujuan kita adalah
sama iaitu menguasai Malaysia. Kepada kita, caranya tidak lain sama ada
menerusi politik atau perjuangan bersenjata.

Satu perkara lagi yang patut kita gunakan adalah kebencian yang ada
pada orang-orang Melayu dengan Sultan-Sultan mereka. Kita mesti
menguatkan lagi kebencian ini supaya apabila orang-orang Melayu tidak
mempunyai kepercayaan terhadap Sultan-Sultan mereka, mereka akan hilang
suatu symbol perpaduan dan kita dengan mudah sahaja dapat membawa
mereka kepada kemusnahan mereka sendiri .Untuk membuktikan apa yang
saya katakan, sebagai seorng cina, kita tahu kerajaan Malaysia sekarang
lemah. Kelemahan ini terbukti dengan kegagalan mengawal harga
barang-barang keperluan. Kita boleh menurun mana-mana cukai dengan
menurunnya harga buah oren menjelang Tahun Baru Cina, tetapi kerajaan
tidak berbuat demikian apabila tiba Hari Raya orang-orang Melayu kerana
saya tidak pernah ingat harga buah kurma diturunkan menjelang Hari Raya.

Pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu bertujuan untuk menolong orang-orang Melayu
dalam rancangan Malaysia ke-7. Kita orang-orang Cina harus menunjukkan
sokongan kita terhadap rancangan ini kerana kita tahu mereka tidak akan
mencapai matlamatnya. Di sebaliknya, apabila mereka tidak memajukan
rancangan Felda, kita orang-orang Cina akan mendapat keuntungan melalui
pembinaan jalan, pembinaan bangunan, pembinaan rumah-rumah, parit,
pemotongan pokok, penyediaan tanah dan lain-lain. Segala bentuk
pembangunanakan membawa keuntungan kepada orang-orang Cina, yang juga
bermakna kejayaan serta kekayaan orang-orang Cina akan bertambah.
Sekarang ini saya percaya, orang-orang Cina sudahpun memegang 60%
daripada kekayaan negeri ini termasuklah tanah. Sebaliknya orang-orang
Melayu hanya memegang 3% berbanding 4% kepunyaan asing. Kita tidak
boleh berpuas hati. Kita orang Cina hendaklah mendapatkan kekayaan
orang-orang asing ini sebelum ianya jatuh ke tangan orang-orang Melayu.

Taktik kita memberi saham kosong kepada orang-orang Melayu hendaklah
disambung terus kepada orang-orang Melayu ini dan akan mengenepikan
orang-orang Melayu lain daripada memasuki bidang kewangan terutamanya
sebagai akauntan. Di bidang pelajaran kita mesti mewujudkan Universiti
Merdeka secepat mungkin. Kita mesti terus menghantar beribu-ribu
anak-anak kita ke Hong Kong, Taiwan, Amerika atau di mana-mana di dunia
ini. Apabila mereka pulang kita akan memasukkan mereka di sektor-sektor
swasta yang mengandungi 80% daripada peluang pekerjaan.

Oleh kerana keadaan ini, kerajaan sekarang ini yang pro-Melayu tidak
akan berjaya menguasai keadaan pasaran. Petani-petani yang terdiri dari
75% orang-orang Melayu terus tidak bertanah. Nelayan akan tetap miskin
oleh kerana pegawai-pegawai kerajaan mereka sendiri sudah tidak boleh
dipercayai lagi. Orang Cina harus menolong untuk memusnahkan segelintir
pegawai-pegawai Melayu yang dedikasi dengan membawa mereka ke golongan
kita. Kita dengan demikian diharapkan akan membuat mereka gagal dalam
tujuan asal mereka. Ini kita pastikan lakukan dengan usaha bersama
antara sektor swasta atau kerajaan. Beberapa di kalangan Cina mungkin
bertanya sama ada boleh atau tidak mengambil alih negara ini dengan
pasukan tentera. Saya menjawab, mereka hanya general-general bodoh.
Lihatlah sahaja kelulusan mereka dan pengalaman mereka dan lihat pula
apa yang berlaku di Indonesia. Di Indonesia mereka semua boleh dibeli.

Jadi, setelah kita memegang kuasa politik, kita boleh ketepikan pasukan
tentera ini. Kita orang-orang Cina mempunyai kebolehan untuk bermuka
manis dan dipercayai oleh orang-orang Melayu dan kita harus memainkan
peranan kita dengan baik. Kita akan terus bermanis muka dengan berkawan
bersama mereka kerana waktu ini kita belum boleh menunjukkan niat dan
belang kita yang sebenar. Contoh yang paling konkrit kita mengalami
kekalahan teruk dalam peristiwa 13 Mei yang lalu. Saya mempunyai
hubungan dengan pihak atasan dan saya tahu apa yang ada di dalam otak
mereka, dan apa yang difikirkan. Pada keseluruhannya, pemimpin-pemimpin
sekarang sedang takut menemui pengundi mereka.

Kita mesti mengumpulkan tenaga dan usaha mematahkan mereka dengan cara
perlahan-lahan. Pada masa yang sama juga kita mesti perkuatkan dan
mengenepikan risauan kesangsian orang-orang Melayu terhadap
pemimpin-pemimpin mereka. Ini kerana terlalu jelas ketidakstabilan dan
kemiskinan masyarakatnya. Akhirnya diharapkan mereka ini tidak akan
berminat untuk mengundi dan membiarkan takdir yang menentukannya. Kita
akan membuat penentuan ke atas mereka dan masa depan mereka kerana
orang-orang Cina akan menjadi pemimpin-pemimpin mereka itu.

Oleh Dr. Ng. Seng

– quoted from limkitsiang.com and Malaysia Today –

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Events, Random Reflections

Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrated my birthday yesterday. Actually started celebrating on Sunday night when I went to Jogoya with Hui Yin (thanks Hui Tee for the vouchers! ). Then last night I celebrated with my family + my cousin.

 

Well, birthdays are not a very BIG thing to me, but I do cherish every single one of them as they have always been happy occasions. I am really ok if my birthdays are only an excuse for people to gather up and have fellowship. I still remember about 9 or 8 years ago when my church friends “celebrated my birthday” at the KFC in Bukit Bintang. None of them actually wish me or sing me the birthday song at the restaurant that night. Kakaka…

So for those people that have wished me, either in person, SMS, MSN or phone call, a million thanks to you all. Really appreciate the kind thoughts.And for those who didn’t wish me at all, be afraid, be very afraid. Grrrr….

Heavenly Father,
Today I thank you that I am “fearfully and wonderfully” made. 
I am so thankful that I can say that You made me to be special,
and really mean it.  That I don’t have to try to be something I’m not,
to be considered special.

Even before I was born, you created me the way I was meant to be. 
To fully accept that You created me for a purpose and that You love
what You created in me, is such an awesome thought! I can not thank You enough for what You have done in my life and in my heart,
to bring me to where I am today.

I know I truly am a miracle this day, on the day of my birth.
I love You and thank You and praise You, for You are worthy of all honor!

– quoted from Chanin (2002) –


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Food Reviews, Reviews

Kokopelli Traveller’s Bistro in Section 11, PJ

Was very eager to try out a restaurant reviewed recently by xiulongbao. After showing pictures of the food there to my colleagues, it was not that hard to convince them to make that place our lunch target later.

Did a simple search on Google and with the help of Google Earth, it was not difficult to locate the bistro. It is actually operating in a bungalow just opposite the Sekolah Keb. 1 Sultan Alam Shah. Parking can be a tricky affair if you come late, as there are limited parking spaces in this residential area.

At first I thought something is amiss as the restaurant looked empty. The waiter promptly welcomed us and ushered us into a hall/room in the bungalow.

There are about 7 tables in there and all except the one reserved for us were occupied. The first thing you will noticed is the decorations in that restaurant. From the flowers and little marbles on the table, to the candle holders by the windows, they seems to put quite some effort in making the place cosier and nice. There are also quite a number of paintings on the wall, apparently the owner of the bistro, Ariff Awaluddin, is a big fan of local arts.

Another prominent thing you will noticed is their logo, the Native American’s deity of fertility, known as Kokopelli of course. You can find it on their menu, windows, and even all over the courtyard’s floor!

The drinks came quite promptly after ordering, and all of us were very satisfied with them. Almost all drinks there are priced at below RM10, including the fresh fruit juices which seems to be quite popular here as almost all tables ordered one at least.

After waiting excitedly for about 15 minutes, the signature dish of the bistro finally came. The owner Ariff are famous for his Char Kuey Teow (RM8.90), and have built a sizeable fan base since his days in Royal Selangor Club as well as Uncle Don restaurant in Sri Hartamas.

True to the hypes, this Char Kuey Teow received seal of approvals from all of us. The taste is just oh-so-good and very very similar to the version you can find in the sacred homeland of CKT, Penang itself. It is full of “wok hei” and slightly more spicy than usual CKTs.

We found the New Zealand Lamb (RM20.90) here up to our standard too. Although Kevin’s medium rare was a tad too rare, my request for medium was done almost to perfection. They did re-do the lamb for Kevin with a complimentary corn for him, to their credits.

Served with two huge pieces of lamb, there are three types of sauce to go with it, namely black pepper, mushroom and BBQ. It also comes with side dishes such as the mayo potatoes, bun with butter, corn and some vegetables. Even a big eater like me had some tough time finishing everything, so definitely worth the money.

There is a huge selections of pasta too, but we only got to try the Seafood Aglio Olio (RM18.90). This yummy-looking pasta is served with steamed mussels, shrimps, calamaries and other imgredients such as chillies, garlics and corianders. Not outstanding but tasty nevertheless.

The bistro also serves several types of desserts, but we were too full to check them out that day. No alcohol is at offer at this place, the most you can get are some sparkling juices.

If it is not too hot or if I come at night, I might want to try doing al-fresco there as the courtyard seems very nice, with the little lanterns on the table and wooden floor.

Food quality, service, ambience and presentation are the main factors that I will look for in any place I go for food. And Kokopelli passed all of those with flying colours I must say, especially considering their reasonable pricing. The owner also insists on using just local produces and ingredients, so there’s another reason to support them instead of some foreign’s franchise eateries. Need I say more?

Kokopelli Travellers Bistro

Address: 6, Jalan Bukit (Section 11/2)
              46200 Petaling Jaya.

Telephone: 03-7956 7505

Operating Hours/Days: Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday – noon to 3pm, 6pm to midnight.
                                    Friday – 6pm to midnight
                                    Sunday – 10am to 3pm


* click on the map to enlarge *

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Restoran Kanna Curry House in Section 17, PJ

It is not unusual for my boss to ask me out for lunch and disappear the next minute, leaving me high and dry. But one fine day he suggested us to eat Indian curry rice in Petaling Jaya. After “test-the-water” period of about 10 minutes, I certified him as “dead serious” and off we go!

When my boss directed me to drive to Kanna Curry House, I was like “what?!”. And both him and Kevin were surprised that I no idea where is this place. Well according to them, this is a famous curry house, and judging by the amount of patrons and cars I believe they are right.

There are three separate sections that you can choose to sit at, the air-conditioned area in the shoplot, the non-air-conditioned in the shoplot as well, and the shady outdoor area right in front of the restaurant. Opted for the outdoor area as it is less stuffy and more “feel”.

Once you are seated, the staff will come to lay down the banana leaves, and then come back with buckets of default side dishes. Then piping hot white steamed rice will be given to you, according to your preferred amount.

No idea what are they called but you can start eating the rice with them as they are yummy on their own! But of course, who would come to a curry house without sampling their curries right?


* the curry mutton *

There are countless types of curry here, namely mutton, chicken, fish, vegetarian, and others. My personal favourite of that day is one particular Curry Chicken. I am not sure whether it is the default type of chicken curry or a special flavour curry chicken, but dang it tasted so good.


* the curry chicken *

The very red looking Chilli Prawns were very good too, and extra points to them for peeling off the shell for the customer.

The Fried Pomfret (Bawal Putih Bakar) are worth mentioning too, as it was fresh and with strong hints of herbs versus those bland fried fishes as well.

My boss was raving about the fried chicken there too, so we ordered three pieces of them. We have to wait for quite some time to get hold of them as the waiter would have to walk back to the shoplot to replenish his supply several times before it was our turn. Yes it is that popular there.

Well I was not that impressed with the fried chicken to be frank. Okay it was much better than the usual fried chicken at those mamak stalls, but it was not as tasty as I expected them to be. It was slightly dry and the taste of the herb/spice are not evenly spread over the chicken. Hmm..maybe a 7 out of 10 from me.

Oh at this restaurant, staffs are assigned with their own specific dish. So be expected to face some persistent staff that will not go even after you said no. My boss told me that they are given some sort of commission for whatever they can sell, so it is not surprising they behave so.

One you are done with your meal, just take the mini slip with your table number stated on it, to the counter and pay the amount quoted by the cashier to you. Definitely better than waiting for the staff to come to your table and slowly count for you.

On the counter you can see a lot of snacks and desserts on sale. And if you walk into the shoplot, you can also choose the dishes you want from the tray just like the conventional type of curry houses.

Overall, can’t deny that Restoran Kanna Curry House is among the top of the league when it comes to curry house. One need not be an expert in curry to be able to tell how tasty and superior their curries are. While the fried chicken was slightly disappointing, the rest of the dishes received the thumbs up from us. Service and attitude of some of their staff were less than desired, especially considering the fact that you pay premium prices here. But Kevin told me that it was the first time he encountered such bad service, after his many visits here previously. So if you feel like having some Indian curry rice today, head straight to Kanna!


Restoran Kanna Curry House

Address: 29, Jalan 17/45
              Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Telephone: 03-7958 4814

Fax: 03-7958 2829

* just behind Lisa De Inn Hotel on ‘Rothmans Roundabout‘, opposite the Restoran Nanking and Restoran Tua Huat.

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Random Reflections

Raining Season is Back

I simply love rainy and overcast days. I don’t know why, but I just do. People associates rain to chaos, inconvenience, traffic jam or leaky roof. But I associates it with serenity, comfortable sleep, romance, coziness, and even jazzy music. The sound of the rain hitting the pavements or the roof and windows of my car, is simply wonderful music to my ears. And if I am not in a rush, I would not mind being stucked in a traffic congestion, listening to some of my favourite jazz music, and imagining myself in New York or Melbourne during their autumn season.

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Pak Li Kopitiam in Bandar Baru Klang

Updated: As of 2011, this kopitiam has closed and moved to Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1, in southern part of Klang

In the recent years, numerous new eateries opened for business in Bandar Baru Klang‘s commercial area. At one glance, I at first dismissed them as those typical new kopitiam-styled restaurants that offer nothing new and exciting. So when Hui Yin suggested to me one day to check out this Pak Li Kopitiam, I was quite reluctant. But thank God I did went!

Once stepped into the restaurant, the first thing you will notice is the big screenshots of the TV3’s Jalan Jalan Cari Makan pasted on the wall. To be frank, I have never watch that programme before, so I have no idea how credible this is. The interior design of the restaurant is just like what I have expected to see, the theme of an old kopitiam with wooden chairs and white marble top tables.

Evidently the owner of this kopitiam is pretty proud being visited by the JJCM, as they shove yet another reminder of the visit on the menu as well.

I was pretty impressed with the extensive selections on their menu though. There are many type of cuisines here, from the typical kopitiam fares such as Curry Mee, Assam Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, to Western dishes such as Fish & Chips and Hainanese Chicken Chop.

There are many types of drinks and desserts to choose as well, as you can see on their colourful drink section of the menu.

The service there is quite efficient and good, so it won’t be long before your drinks and food are served.

The Iced Honey Green Tea (RM2.20) was quite disappointing, as I felt it was too dilluted. Can hardly taste any Green Tea aroma, instead tasted more like a Iced Chinese Tea. The Asam Limau (RM1.50) was pretty good, and quite a steal too at that price.

Being the glutton me, I decided to order an additional piece of Curry Chicken (RM2.50) besides a main dish. The chicken thigh itself was huge, and the curry gravy tasted very nice as well. Definitely would be very good if eaten with Nasi Lemak. Worth ordering I reckon.

Hui Yin ordered the Hokkien Kuey Teow Goreng (RM4.50). I have no idea why they call this fried flat noodle as Hokkien as it wasn’t done that way. To me it was more like the common Kuey Teow Goreng you can find at mamak stalls. Turned out it was not a good choice as the Kuey Teow tasted too bland and dry. You might want to avoid ordering this.

But then the real star of the night came. Yes, I agreed to go to this Pak Li because Hui Yin told me that they serve nice mee goreng. Called Mee Mamak (RM4.50) here, it was simply fabolous. I can safely say that this was one of the best mee goreng I had in recent years (the other being the Mee Sultan in Penang). The taste is so rich, with sweetness and spiciness fused together harmoniously. The portion was substantial and they are very generous with the ingredients too.

Yes folks, now I have a totally different perspective on kopitiams, thanks to Pak Li. This Mee Mamak is a winner no doubt. I will even gladly come to Klang just for this, although I don’t really have to travel that far as they have just opened a new branch in Seksyen 7 in Shah Alam. Will definitely go back again, as I have yet to try their other specialties such as the Nasi Lemak and Katong Laksa. Jom we “jalan jalan” ke Klang to “cari makan” their Mee Mamak!

Pak Li Kopitiam

Address: 29, Lorong Tiara 2B,
Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Klang.

Telephone: 03-3343 3608

Opening Hours/Days: 8:00am to 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
* off on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month *

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Fei Loh Hokkien Mee in SS2

Walked past this new eatery few weeks ago, on the way to eat Teochew porridge in SS2, Petaling Jaya. One would find it difficult not to notice it because of the big banner they hang outside.

Occupying a corner lot, their signboard features the mascot (Fat Man aka Fei Loh), and waste no time to proclaim their signature dish, the Hokkien Mee/Noodle.

While the banner is to promote their Fresh Prawn Noodle (RM13.00), with over 100 grams of prawns per serving.

But one look at their menu, you find the usual items that a hokkien noodle stall will offer, such as Cantonese styled noodles, fried rices, Loh Mee, and Yue Tau Mai (Fish Head Soup Noodle). Besides that they also offer some side dishes, with their pictures hanging on the wall for your easy reference.

This restaurant is air-conditioned, a real vital factor for office workers to select where to have their lunch, especially during warm and heaty days.

They are having this special lunch promotion at the moment (not sure long term or limited time though). For RM6.00, you can choose a drink and one main dish (most of the noodles and fried rices are valid options). I reckon this is a good deal for a air-conditioned restaurant and in such an area as well.

Most of us opted for their Iced Herbal Tea or the Iced Barley. Both fared alright, although one of the Barley tasted quite bland. Maybe the staff forgot to add sugar into it.

Now, the star of the Restoran Fei Loh, the Hokkien Mee itself. When the dish is included in the restaurant’s name itself, our expectation of it is naturally high. And Fei Loh (if he is the one that really do the cooking) didn’t disappoint us I must say. The big thick yellow noodle was stir fried to perfection, with every inch of the noodle evenly covered with the thick black sauce. The taste of “wok hei” was still there despite being cooked with several other plates at the same time (I assumed). And to my great delight, there are lards in the noodle!!!

But before we devour the noodle, we noticed something on the plate. Stains!!! I understand sometimes the restaurant can get really busy and hectic, but it is still ain’t a good enough reason to serve with semi-dirty plates no?

As me and Kevin were in a Hungry Ghost mode that day, we decided to order a Loh Mee to share amongst us. But after the high of the Hokkien Mee, we were swiftly brought down to earth again. No it wasn’t bad, but tasted quite ordinary. The portion was pretty substantial, but the same can’t be said of its taste. Too bland for my liking I reckon.

The Cantonese Fried Noodle comes mixed with the soft Kuey Teow and the crispy fried Mee Hoon. My colleague commented that it was quite salty, although another colleague rated it at 7/10. So maybe you need to try it yourself to know whether its good or not.

The Yong Chow Fried Rice fared much better. It looked good, tasted good and the portion was good too. Wouldn’t mind ordering this instead of Hokkien Mee on my next visit here for sure.

Overall, it was a reasonably satisfying lunch. Well the restaurant for sure does live up to its claim as a specialist of Hokkien Mee. Other noodles are kind of ordinary standard but their fried rice was a winner as well surprisingly. Hygiene might not be as good as you wish it to be, but it scores high in terms of comfort and service. And coupled with the great deal of RM6.00 set lunch, no wonder me and my colleagues were all smiley after the lunch!

Restoran Fei Loh Hokkien Mee

Address: Ground Floor, 179, Jalan SS 2/24,
               47300 Petaling Jaya.

Telephone: 03-7877 9527

Operating Hours/Days: 11:30am – 4:30pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am (Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays)


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