News, Reviews

Spiderman made it to the top of KLCC, finally!

The famous French climber, Alain Robert, dubbed the Spiderman for his crazy & daring climbs finally managed to scale all the way up to the top of KLCC’s Petronas Twin Towers this morning. The picture below showed the daredevil standing proudly on the tip of the spire, which stands at 451.9 metres from the ground level.

Spot the Spiderman!

Despite the heavy rain in the morning, Alain Robert started his third attempt to conquer this steel landmark. Both his attempts in 1997 and 2007 were thwarted when the authorities stopped & detained him at the 60th floor, 28 floors short of the 88-storey skyscraper.

Alain Robert, seen here during his 2007’s 2nd attempt at KLCC.

While I do not condone reckless actions of endangering someone’s own life, I do however respect this French Spiderman’s determination, guts & superb scaling skills. Do you know he scaled all those famous buldings/structures (Chicago’s Sears Tower, Taipei’s 101, Paris’ Eiffel Tower & etc) with his bare hands and only some chalk powder?! No ropes, no safety locks… *gulp*

Will post up more photos as soon as I get them.

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News, SocioPolitics

Hindu Temple Protest by Racist Malays in Shah Alam

Once again, a blatant display of racial provocation by certain group of people, after the similar provocation during the pig farm protest in Melaka last December. And once again, no action was taken against these people, even though it was a clear case of incitement of hatred, not to mention it was an illegal assembly, both an offense worthy of arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The article below is taken from MalaysiaKini.com:

Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow’s head this afternoon.

NONEThe residents – from Section 23 in Shah Alam – who gathered after the Friday prayers, placed the head outside the gates of the state secretariat building for a short period before removing it.

“Where is Xavier? This head is for him,” shouted one of the protesters in reference to Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

Jeyakumar is one of those in charge of non-Muslim affairs in the state.

Earlier, the protesters had marched some 300m from the state mosque to the state secretariat building.

Before dispersing, several protesters spat and stomped on the cow head. The cow is considered sacred among Hindus.

Samy Vellu sees red

NONEIn an immediate reaction, MIC president S Samy Vellu condemned the protest.

“The cow is a sacred animal of the Hindus, and for this group to resort to such action, is intolerable and tantamount to challenging the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution.

“It is the right of Malaysians of any faith, including Hindus to build temples and other places of worships. I am very sad that this group had paraded the cow’s head on their way to the state secretariat building,” he said in a statement.

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 04“We must not allow anyone to challenge or ridicule any religion in this country. I worry that this action may lead to retaliation from the Hindu community. However, I wish to urge the Hindus especially be calm and let the authorities deal with it,” he added.

Samy Vellu said MIC wants the government and the police to take action against the organisers of this protest.

They must be punished according to the law for endangering the racial harmony in this country, he added.

So while our Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak keeps promoting his 1Malaysia concept of national unity, all we can see is 2 laws, 2 types of citizenship, 2 economic rights, 2 educational opportunities, 2 housing prices, and many other 2s. 1BigJoke that’s what it is!

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Random Reflections

Sad story involving the Pixar’s movie UP

ANIMATED movie Up may have been Pixar’s second-biggest hit after grossing US$290million ($420m) to date, but it is the story before its release that has touched many.

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UP: An undated photo of 10-year-old Colby Curtin, who was diagnosed with vascular cancer. She died hours after watching Pixar’s animated movie Up, which was her wish before she died. PICTURE: AP

Ten-year-old cancer-stricken Colby Curtin got her final wish to watch the movie in a private screening in her home.

Seven hours later, she died.

She was too sick to go to a theatre, but a family friend got in touch with the movie studio Pixar. They sent an employee of the Emeryville-based company to Colby’s home with a DVD copy of the movie, The Orange County Register reported.

Colby’s mother, Mrs Lisa Curtin, said she had asked her daughter if she could hang on until the movie arrived.

‘I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,’ she said her daughter replied.

Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer on 23Dec 2005 after doctors found a tumour in her liver.

Up is the animated tale of a grumpy old man who, after his wife’s death, tries to fulfil their joint dream of visiting South America by tying thousands of balloons to his house and floating away.

Colby had gone for a DreamWorks 3-D movie, Monsters Vs. Aliens on 28 April. But she was impressed by the previews to Up.

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‘It was from then on, she said, that ‘I have to see that movie. It is so cool,’ family friend Carole Lynch said.

Colby was a movie fan, said Mrs Curtin, and she latched onto Pixar’s movies because she loved animals.

But the girl’s health began to deteriorate two days after she watched Monsters Vs. Aliens.

On 4 Jun, Mrs Curtin asked a hospice company to provide a wheelchair so that her daughter could go to a movie theatre, but the chair was not delivered over the weekend, she said.

Five days later, Colby was too sick to go anywhere.

Another family friend, Mr Terrell Orum, called both Pixar and Disney, which owns the animation studio.

The message was received by Pixar officials, who agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a copy of Up for a private screening, Orum said.

The employee arrived with the DVD, stuffed animals of characters and other movie memorabilia.

Couldn’t open her eyes

Colby was unable to open her eyes to see the movie so her mother described the scenes.

‘When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,’ Colby’s mother told the Register.

‘I just know that word Up and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me, it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.’

When her mother asked if she enjoyed it, the girl nodded, Curtin said.

The Pixar employee left after the movie, taking the DVD, which at that time, had not been released.

Ms Lynch, who was with the family during the screening, said the employee was teary.

Her mother said one of the souvenirs left by the Pixar employee was an ‘adventure book’ based on a scrapbook that, in the movie, is kept by the wife of the main character.

‘I’ll have to fill those adventures in for her,’ Mrs Curtin said of her daughter.

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Police crackdown on Anti-ISA demonstrators

Just got this picture from an email by a friend. Kekeke…found it sooo funny. Of course, no disrespect to our beloved Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM – Royal Malaysian Police) and millions of Michael Jackson’s fans out there.

Lyrics for Beat It – Michael Jackson

They told him “Don’t you ever come around here
Don’t wanna see your face, you better disappear”
The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it

You better run, you better do what you can
Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it. beat it
Just beat it, beat it

They’re out to get you, better leave while you can
Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man
You wanna stay alive, better do what you can
So beat it, just beat it

You have to show them that you’re really not scared
You’re playin’ with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare
They’ll kick you, then they beat you,
Then they’ll tell you it’s fair
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it

Beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it

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Penang’s 1988’s Jetty Collapse Tragedy

I was watching a local Mandarin news programme on Astro when I saw the preview of a special segment on a victim of the 1988’s Penang ferry terminal tragedy. No idea what I am talking about?

Well on the 31st July, 1988, the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal (Penang Ferry Jetty) in Butterworth, suddenly collapsed due to severe overcrowding and weak steel bars structure of the jetty. The collapse caused 32 deaths and at least 1674 people were injured, most of the devotees rushing to the Penang Island for the Kuan Yin Festival (Goddess of Mercy) on that fateful day.

The special segment of the news programme were about the TV show’s effort to locate a victim, that were photographed among the debris, trapped together with the body of her dead mother. 21 years later, they managed to locate her, and interviewed the now 20-ish woman.

That spurred me to google the incident on the net but to my surprise, I found next to nothing. For a major tragedy, I find it hard to believe so little about it has been recorded/posted/archived in the cyberspace. I remember all the cover pages of the major newspapers on the day after the incident were all about it, and people were talking about it for weeks.

Recently there were numerous incidents of collapsed stadium, collapsed roads, cracked flyovers, collapsed ceilings, leaking pipeworks and other avoidable debacles in this country. Thank God so far no lives are lost. I hate to see changes only after lives have been “sacrificed” unneccesary. May the people/government that have been given authorities/responsibilities to be accountable, honest, incorruptible and efficient in what they do.

This posting is dedicated to the 32 lost lives and thousand others who are affected by the jetty tragedy. Lest we forget…

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