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Dora Goh Has Been Released

*UPDATE*
Dora Goh has been found/released and she is now in a hospital undergoing medical examination. She was released in Cheras after the kidnappers received the ransom money from her family.

Thank God!

A 25-year-old Chinese girl (her name is Dora Goh Wei Wei according to some sources) who works for Padini in Glenmarie, Shah Alam was kidnapped by three men this morning. Apparently she was forced into a silver Camry. Only the numerical part of the car plate was spotted by another Padini’s employee:

7641

Please report to police immediately if you spotted the lady or the car, or if you have any information regarding this case.

This is not a hoax or prank. This is very REAL!! Dora Goh is a friend of my colleague’s friend. Even Jeff Ooi blogged about it.

May the merciful God watch over her!

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Emergency: Dora Goh Kidnapped in Shah Alam

A 25-year-old Chinese girl (her name is Dora Goh Wei Wei according to some sources) who works for Padini in Glenmarie, Shah Alam was kidnapped by three men this morning. Apparently she was forced into a silver Camry. Only the numerical part of the car plate was spotted by another Padini’s employee:

7641

Please report to police immediately if you spotted the lady or the car, or if you have any information regarding this case.

This is not a hoax or prank. This is very REAL!! Dora Goh is a friend of my colleague’s friend. Even Jeff Ooi blogged about it.

May the merciful God watch over her!


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Food Reviews, Reviews

Claypot Chicken Rice at Restoran Gafan, Cheras

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, most part of Malaysia will be experiencing rainy days for the next three months due to the El-Nino phenomenon. So on a cold rainy night what would you wish to eat? Something piping hot I reckon, something like a hot claypot of delicious chicken rice to be exact.

I first discovered this non-descript looking restaurant way back in the late 90s, when a friend brought me here. At that time, Taman Connaught was considered pretty far from Kuala Lumpur proper as Cheras wasn’t exactly fully development yet. I still remember how I thought the name, Restoran Gafan (literally means “Add Rice” in Cantonese dialect), is a bit unimaginative and was wondering why were we travelling so far just for claypot chicken rice when we can get the best nearby our places in Pudu.

Just take a look at their menu and you can guess what’s the fuss about this place. There are a grand total of ten different types of claypot chicken rice to choose from, ranging from the original soy sauce chicken to unconventional ones like beef and mutton versions. That’s why is best if you can visit this place with a group of friends so that you can try as many types as possible. Here there are only two sizes, either small (RM7.00-RM10.00) or large (RM13.00-RM19.00). I know some of you might be thinking about the similarity with the Restoran Busy Corner in Damansara Utama. They are almost the same. Apparently, it was opened by the same owner as Restoran Gafan but was sold to another party a few years back.

As I am a big fan of anything tomyam, I ordered a small pot of Thai-style Chicken Rice. Giving this thumbs up as I love how the tomyam flavour compliments so well with the rice and the chicken. If only they made it more spicy than sourish. But any Thai-food fans should try this nevertheless.

The Drunken Chicken (Juei Gai) Rice is one hard to find food, if there’s any elsewhere. It is still a soy-sauce-based rice, but the chicken is not. Instead of soy sauce, the chicken is marinated and cooked with cooking wine. Not sure how true it is, but the waitress told me they only use premium cooking wine imported from Japan. But one thing that I can be sure of, is this one tasted absolutely wonferful. The chicken is just so tender and you can’t resist the fragrance of the cooking wine. This is one rare exception when I don’t mind to be drunk!

While I am not a fan of Nam Yue (red fermented beacurd) at all, unfortunately my mum is. So I reluctantly allowed her to order the Bean Curd Sauce Chicken Rice instead of the recommended Claypot Mutton Rice, as both my parents not really keen on mutton. Any Nam Yue fans might want to try this, as my mum seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Besides all those assortments of claypot rice, they also serve various
types of boiled soup such as the Lotus Root, Old Cucumber and Water
Crest Soup
(all priced at RM4.00 a bowl). And of course, many types of
vegetables are available too, although me and my parents were simply
too full to order anything else besides those 3 pots of rice.

I will come back to try their other types of claypot rice, especially the mutton and the beef ones. The claypot rice here definitely is better than average, although I won’t say they are as good as the old school ones in Pudu. But when it comes to variety, I think Restoran Gafan pretty much wins hands down. The only thing that might sets it back would be its considerably premium prices for its mutton, beef, prawn and fish claypot rice, and the terrible jam on Wednesday night (when the famous Connaught‘s pasar malam is held weekly) and Friday night.

But hey, we Malaysians will cross seas and mountains for the sake of good food right? You might just find ’em here at Restoran Gafan. Add rice anyone?

Restoran Gafan (Cheras)

Address: 40, Jalan Cerdas,
              Taman Connaught, Cheras,
              56100 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-9101 4024

Operating Hours/Days: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Daily

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Random Reflections

My new baby: Sony Ericsson W910i

My long awaited new mobile phone is finally here!!

Thanks to the amazing genorosity of Fannie, and the wonderful logistic assistance from Michael, I finally got to lay my hands on this new baby at 1am last night.

My initial impression was, wow this baby is slimmer than I thought it would be. Nicely presented in a cool transparent plastic box, I took the mobile phone out and put on the battery quickly. As quickly as a child who wakes up on Christmas morning and rush down to get his/her gift at the Christmas tree. It didn’t took me very long to explore the phone’s functions though, as I have diligently read all the reviews and walkthroughs of this new model on the internet for the past 2 weeks.

So far I’ve been very impressed with this latest Walkman slider phone from Sony Ericsson, especially with the uber-cool interface and the crisp music. However, the 2MP camera that comes with this model is almost a total letdown. Without any autofocus and only fairly decent picture quality, you might want to look elsewhere if camera function is of importance to you. But for me, its not a big issue as I carry my prosumer camera along almost all the time.

Have yet to really utilise all the functions so far, and all my phone contacts are not even transferred to this new phone yet. This phone package includes a free 2GB M2 memory card, so I won’t have to worry about running out of memory space when loading MP3s and videos in.

So please be patient if I didn’t answer your call immediately or as fast as I used to. Most probably I’ll be admiring the way the phone rings, blinks and vibrates when your call comes in. Can’t blame me right?

    MY NEW BABY!


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News, SocioPolitics

BERSIH – Al-Jazeera Phone Interview with Information Minister

Below is the transcript of a telephone interview between the KL-based Qatari news network, Al-Jazeera’s Asia Bureau and our very own Minister of Information, Zainuddin Maidin.

The news anchor was grilling Zainuddin about the 40,000-strong BERSIH rally on Saturday that was deemed illegal by the police and demonstrators were attacked with chemical-laced water cannons and tear gas. And all our dear minister can muster were some amusing, self-denial, paranoia answers said with very broken English, especially considering he is the Information Minister. Really remind me of the equally nonsensical interview by the former Iraqi Information Minister during the Desert Storm II. He was denying the presence of American soldiers in Baghdad and claimed that those Americans are being slaughtered outside the city, all these while the sound of bombs exploding around him and the sound of American tanks moving into the city centre!

ZAM: ….I commend your journalists trying to project, to exaggerate
more than what actually happened. That, that, that, that’s it. We, we
are not, the, the — and I, I congratulate your journalists behaving
like an actor, that, that’s —

AJ: As you say that, sir, we’re watching scenes of protesters being sprayed by chemical-filled water …

ZAM (interrupts): Ya, I am watching, I hear, [?] …. trying to
do it everywhere but in Malaysia people are allowed, to, you know [?]
… Police have allowed the procession to go to the Istana Negara, you
know, do police, first police, like, they handle them, they [?] them,
they … the police don’t, don’t, don’t fire anybody …

AJ: Our correspondent came back to the office, sir, with chemicals in his eyes!

ZAM (speaking over her): … You, you, you, you are here with
the idea, you are trying to project, what is your mind, you think that
we are Pakistan, we are Burma, we are Myanmar, everything you, you are
thinking …

AJ: Well unfortunately when you refuse to let people protest, it does appear so.

ZAM (speaking over her): …Ya, ya, we are not like you, you
have early perception, you come here, you want to project us like
undemocratic country. This a democratic country!

AJ: So why can’t people protest then, if it’s a democratic country?

ZAM (interjects at “protest then”): Ya, people protest, people
then — first they protest, we are allowing protests, and they have
demonstrated. But we just trying to disperse them and then later they,
you know, disperse, but later our police compromise. They have
compromised and allowed them to proceed to Negara. Police, our police
have succeeded in handling them gently, right? Why do you report that
and you take the opposition, someone from opposition party you ask him
to speak, you don’t take from the government, right?

AJ: Why did you not break up these protesters —

ZAM (interrupting): Pardon? Pardon? Pardon?

AJ: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

ZAM: I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you.

AJ: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?

ZAM: No we, we are, we, this protest is illegal. We don’t want,
this, the, normally … (slight pause, then continues to talk while she
interjects)

AJ (interjecting): OK, so let me return to my former question. Why is this protest illegal?

ZAM (babbling on): Ya it’s illegal protest because (AJ: Why?) we
have the election in Malaysia. It’s no, no point on having the protest,
we are allowing to have every, an election every five years, never
fail. We not our like, are not like Myanmar, not like other country.
And, and you are helping this. You Al-Jazeera also is helping this,
this forces, the, you know, these forces who are not [?], who don’t
believe in [?] …

AJ (seems to want to say something, but decides not to): I don’t … many thanks for joining us.

ZAM: I don’t, ya, you, Jazeera, this is, is Al-Jazeera attitude. Right?

(she doesn’t reply. In the background, the chants of the protesters fill the silence)


* transcript courtesy of idleThinK

Malaysia’s mainstream medias are putting a news blanket on anything about BERSIH. Not surprisingly as almost all the free-to-air TV channels and newspapers are owned by the ruling party, while other independent media agencies might risk suspension for reporting it. So now we still have the freedom of bypassing government’s control of the media through the internet, at least till the day when our leaders turn paranoia like the generals in Myanmar, the president in Pakistan or the communists in China.

But don’t take this for granted. Be a responsible citizen of our beloved country. Cast your vote wisely this coming general election. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone if you know what I mean.

May God bless Malaysia.

* I am truly embarrassed by the Information Minister, speaking in those Manglish in a programme watch by millions of people across Asia. I wonder what he got for the SPM‘s English paper.


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