Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sabahan swear words

Interest in swear words probably reached its peak in 1999 when arguably Malaysia’s most shocking book ever was published. Anybody could write the most expletive-laden book, but if the writer is a National Laureate, have won the National Literary Award and a university professor to boot, it surely will raise quite a few eyebrows.

I have read Dato’ Haji Shahnon Ahmad’s 1966 novel Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan cover to cover on many occasions and enjoyed it tremendously, so when he put his name to a book with a name like Shit @ PukiMak @ PM, it was impossible to resist.

Back to subject matter, the following words could also be found in other parts of the country, or even in neighbouring countries.

This is what I have heard people say or seen people write over the years, from youths on heavy acne treatments to frail old women.

This is strictly for “educational” purposes, don’t hold me responsible for any damages or injuries sustained after uttering these words in public!

The usual way of saying them is “ki”, followed by any of the following words:

(a) ma’ / mak
(b) mas
(c) mai
(d) tiang
(e) tai / thai
(f) ni’
(g) sing [is the intention to say "singh"?]
(h) ndit / ndet / ndat [possibly all variations of the same word]

Dengkos suggested the following:

(i) tiaw
(j) mbet
(k) ting

Any more I missed?

My favourite electric guitars (Part 2)

I mentioned earlier that my favourite electric guitars include the Washburn N4, popularised by the incomparable Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme. To me, he’s one of the very best rhythm players on the planet.

Even though Extreme’s best known song is More Than Words, I think their best songs are the heavier ones, including Decadence Dance and Get The Funk Out (both 1990).

Watch Nuno himself teach you, with an N4 of course, how to play Decadence Dance. He talks a bit at the beginning and only starts playing at 2:22 (solo starts at 7:20), but trust me, it’s well worth the wait:

Click here to see the videos

Yes 4G web portal DDOSed

It was reported today that YTL Comm claimed that their web portal serving subscribers of their newly-launched Yes 4G Broadband was “swamped with too many requests for subscriptions, as many as 300,000 hits per second, which prevented legitimate subscribers from accessing the system.”

Sounds like a classic Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack.

Apparently it happened over the weekend, since the company had to “take lengthy steps over the weekend to filter individual blocks of IP addresses in order to circumvent the fake requests.”

Hopefully their groggy-eyed engineers would be given a Cyber Monday rest to sleep it off.

Bernama says Najib is Deputy Prime Minister, 18 November 2010

BERNAMA (Berita Nasional Malaysia) / Malaysian National News Agency is an official news agency of the Malaysian government, under the purview of its Information, Culture and Communications Ministry.

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia, having succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister on 3rd April 2009.

Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Malaysia on 9th April 2009.

However, today, timestamped 4:23pm, Bernama seemed a little bit confused:

Perhaps it’s a typo or a lazy copy-paste, but shouldn’t verification be second nature already? In any case, the person responsible could very well get an early “Christmas gift” off sites like from her boss…

Guangzhou Asian Games 2010

Update 27th November 2010

The Games has ended. Malaysia wrapped up with 9-18-14 (total: 41), our best ever haul, surpassing 2006′s 8-17-17 (total: 42).

Finishing 10th in the medal standings, we’re second best in South East Asia after Thailand, who got 11-9-32, which is not even their best ever harvest. Of course the Thais love the Asian Games so much – they’ve hosted it 4 times, the last time in 1998 when they collected a whopping 24 golds. Malaysia has never even hosted the Asiad.

In the all-time list, Malaysia is 13th with 51 golds. For SEA, Thailand is tops with 109 golds (7th place). Even the Philippines and Indonesia have more total golds than us. Of course the team to beat is China, with an incredible 1,190 golds in all, even though when it comes to total medals, it still lost out to Japan (2,552 to 2,658).

In the 2010 Asiad, China missed breaking the 200-gold barrier by a single gold, dwarfing second-placed Korea who got 76. China’s previous best was 165 golds.

Update 25th November 2010

Malaysia won its 9th gold through the women’s squash team which defeated Hong Kong 2-0 in the final:
- Low Wee Wern defeated Rebecca Chiu 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9.
- Nicol David defeated Annie Au 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

With that, Malaysia has achieved its 9-gold target, the nation’s best ever performance at an Asian Games.

The 10th gold slipped away when we lost 0-2 to Pakistan in the men’s squash team. Ong Beng Hee was apparently down with a fever when he lost tamely 0-3; but Azlan Iskandar was a huge disappointment when he made many errors with his low shots to lose 12-14, 13-15, 4-11 to the opponent he defeated 3-0 in the individual final.

A few hours later, the men’s hockey team faced, who else but Pakistan again in the final and what do you know, also lost 0-2.

So we lost 2 gold medals to the same team within about 2 hours with exact same scorelines of 0-2.

Still congrats to Pakistan: apparently they won the men’s squash team gold for the first time in 12 years, and the men’s hockey gold for a little longer: 20.

And where’s S Premila? Did she even participate?

Update 24th November 2010

R Puvaneswarn, 35 wins Malaysia’s 8th gold in the men’s 55 kg kumite (karate). He defeated Emad Mohammed Almalki, 21 of Saudi Arabia in the final. At the 2006 Asiad, Puvaneswaran got silver, having lost to Taiwan’s Hsieh Cheng-kang 2-3 in the final. This time, Puvaneswaran exacted revenge, defeating Hsieh in the quarterfinal. Puvaneswaran also won the event at the 2002 Asiad, defeating Otabek Kasimov 4-2 in the final. Puvaneswaran made his Asiad debut in 1994, winning a bronze. In 1998 he was disqualified in the second round for “accidentally punching an opponent’s throat.” His best performance at the World Karate Championships was 4th place in 2000, missing the bronze by one point.

Ku Jin Keat, 35 wins Malaysia’s 7th gold in the men’s individual kata (karate). He defeated Japan’s Itaru Oki, 24, the bronze medallist at the Karate World Championships last month with a score of 3-2. At the 2006 Asian games, Jin Keat won silver, losing 0-5 to Japan’s Tetsuya Furukawa in the final. At the 2002 Asian games, Jin Keat won bronze, having lost 1-2 to eventual gold medallist Yukimitsu Hasegawa of Japan.

More gold hopes:

Women’s squash: Malaysia through to final after defeating India 2-0.
Men’s Hockey: Malaysia through to final after stunning former world champs India 4-3.

Malaysia’s target is 9 golds, which is one better than the best ever performance: 8 golds in 2006.

Update 22nd November 2010

Alex Liew Kien Liang bags Malaysia’s 6th gold in men’s bowling (all events). It’s his second gold, after the men’s doubles 5 days earlier.

Update 21st November 2010

As expected, golds no. 4 and 5 both came from squash, Nicol David (world no. 1 & reigning world champion) and Azlan Iskandar (world no. 15).

On the same day, both our badminton world number ones, Koo Kien Keat / Tan Boon Heong & Lee Chong Wei lost their finals to the reigning Olympic champions in Markis Kido / Hendra Setiawan & Lin Dan.

Update 17th November 2010

As at the time of writing, China is at 97 golds (!), and Malaysia added 2 more golds:

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Azizulhasni Awang, 22, men’s keirin, and another Malaysian, Josiah Ng made it a 1-2 finish. That made up for Azizulhasni’s disappointment in the sprints, where he finished 4th. With that, a very long wait is over: 40-year wait for a gold medal in cycling at the Asiad. The last time was in 1970 through Ng Joo Ngan (individual road race) and Daud Ibrahim (1,600m massed start). Indeed, Azizulhasni is a world class cyclist: he placed 2nd in the keirin at the 2010 World Championships, losing only to Sir Chris Hoy, a multiple world and Olympic champion. He also placed 2nd in the sprint at the 2009 World Championships, losing only to Grégory Baugé, a multiple world champion. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the highest placed Asian cyclist in the keirin, finishing 8th.

Bowling, men’s doubles: Adrian Ang, 22 and Alex Liew, 34. It’s indeed sweet for Alex, who finally got his first Asiad gold after having represented Malaysia for 12 years, starting from the 1998 Asiad. It is Malaysia’s first Asiad gold in the men’s doubles since 1978.

Update 15th November 2010

Our 1st gold: hosts China already at 50+ golds!

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Chai Fong Ying, 24 bags Malaysia’s first gold at the Games, in the Women’s Taijiquan\Taijijian All-Round (wushu). This is expected, because she was world champion in 2005 and 2007, Asian Games champion in 2006 and Asian champion in 2008, even though she finished 4th at the last (2009) world championships. She defeated arch rivals in Japan’s Ai Miyaoka, the 2009 World Championships silver medalist and Taiwan / Chinese Taipei’s Wen Ching Ni, the 2009 World Championship bronze medalist. The 2009 world champion, L Lindswell of Indonesia only managed 6th place. Another Malaysian, Ng Shin Yii, finished 5th. Pity wushu is not an Olympic event.

14 November 2010

Have two major sporting events ever been hosted on the same continent around the same time?

Commonwealth Games 2010 ended 14th October, Asian Games 2010 begins less than a month later. The XVI Asiad dwarfs the XIX CG though, with 42 sports, 10,000+ athletes from 45 regions & countries. In contrast, the CG only had 21 sports, 6,000+ athletes and 71 nations & dependencies.

Definitely China’s experience in hosting the 2008 Olympics helped, including managing the number of cars driven about to lessen pollution in one of the country’s biggest cities; perhaps car insurance policies would be cheaper there during the Games?

In comparison, India’s previous biggest sporting event was the 1982 Asian Games.

As for Malaysia, the Asiad could be harder than the CG. In India we got 12-10-14, our best ever haul. In the last i.e. 2006 Asian Games in Doha we got 8-17-17, also our best ever haul.

What is sure is that China will again dominate – in the last i.e. 2006 Asian Games in Doha it got an incredible 166 golds, leaving second placed South Korea more than 100 golds behind! This year the Chinese are hosts, I think them getting 200 golds is not impossible.

“Insane” restaurant near Cameron Highlands

On 10th July 2010, on our way to Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, we passed by an Indian eatery, at Tringkap town if I’m not mistaken, with a big bold signage that says:

If you can’t see it, here’s the closeup:

“Kogila” in Malay can mean “you are insane,” hence the restaurant’s name would elicit weird looks, and then the guffaws, with jokes on “restaurant for the criminally insane” the order of the day. Still, if one would be curious enough as to try the house fare, perhaps even phentermine won’t be enough to stop a hungry soul from stuffing oneself.

Batu Sapi by election, 4th November 2010

The 13th by-election since the 2008 GE.

Batu Sapi, Sandakan, in the state of Sabah, has 25,585 registered voters.

2008 General Elections result:

Datuk Edmund Chong (BN/PBS): 9,479
Chong Kwong Wing (independent): 5,771
Majority: 3,708

Quotes before results

PKR insider“: PKR should secure 28% of total votes i.e. at least 4,597 votes. SAPP should get 4,282 votes / 26%.

Centre for Strategic Engagement (Cense) predicted that BN will win with 7,394 votes, and that 18,273 will turn up i.e. 45% of total votes.

“Barisan Nasional is anticipating victory by a majority of at least 2,000.”

“PKR is looking at a 400-vote majority.”

Yong: “We are winning.”

Ansari: “You will be surprised, I won’t be third.”


On polling day, in some areas queue lengths rivalled that of those for Taylor Swift tickets.

Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin (BN/PBS): 9,773
Ansari Abdullah (PKR): 3,414
Datuk Yong Teck Lee (SAPP): 2,031
Majority: 6,359
Majority over PKR + SAPP: 4,328.

A very handsome victory indeed:
- increased majority from 2008, even if you total up PKR and SAPP’s votes.
- a crushing blow for the former chief minister, getting less votes than even PKR.
- YTL’s first defeat in 8 elections in 25 years, and to a woman with shallow political experience no less. YTL previous won in 1985, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999 (twice = Likas DUN & Gaya Parliament) & 2001 (Likas byelection).
- as for Ansari – Batu Sapi is his 9th consecutive election loss.

So the by election scoreboard now is Pakatan Rakyat 8-5 Barisan Nasional.

Quotes after results

[watch this space]

Gabuh Piging & Sium Diau: Sabah’s first Olympians

North Borneo participated for the first and last time at the Olympics at the 1956 Olympiad in Melbourne.

It sent 2 athletes, Gabuh Piging, then 24 and Sium Diau, then 21.

Gabuh Piging in 2010

Gabuh held the flag during the opening ceremony.

Both competed in the triple jump.

They did not make it past the qualifying round. Gabuh’s best jump was 14.55m, 24th best. Sium’s best jump was 14.09, at 28th, and probably last place.

Only the best 21 jumpers made the final. In the final, the 21st placed athlete was Choi Yong-Kee of Korea with 14.65m.

Brazilian Adhemar da Silva won the event with a jump of 16.35m, a new Olympic record. At that time, he was also the world record holder, at 16.56m which he set a year earlier.

The best placed Asian was Koji Sakurai of Japan who jumped 15.73m.

In 1962, Gabuh Piging set the Malaysian record of 15.16 which would not be broken until 1987 (some say 1986) by fellow Sabahan Sidek Sahak, then 19, who jumped 15.45m at the Borneo Games in Kota Kinabalu.

Another report said Gabuh set the record of 15.38m in 1959.

It was reported that Gabuh jumped even further in training, i.e. 15.85m.

The year 1962 also saw Gabuh breaking the national long jump record with 7.15m, which he set at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.

As of the time of writing, Gabuh’s best jump is still the 8th best jump ever done by a Malaysian. Only the following have done better:

16.29m, Zaki Sadri, 1989
16.24m, Sidek Sahak, 1991
15.80m, Firdaus Salim, 2007
15.80m, Hakimi Ismail, 2008?
15.65m, Chai Song Lip, 1997
15.57m, Zulkifli Salleh, 1991
15.47m/15.49m, Ammar Fitri, 2010

Awarded a Datukship in 2003, Gabuh Piging passed away on 31st August 2010, aged 78.

Yes, the late Gabuh and Sium were the frontrunners, they showed that perseverance and hard work are the true diet pills that work.