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A classic case of ‘cakap tak serupa bikin’

Haresh Says, as published in Malay Mail today.

MY friend Rosman turned up at my house on Saturday in a not so pleasant mood. Instead of exchanging pleasantries, he started shouting about open burning. After allowing him to rant for a good five minutes, Rosman proceeded to explain what ticked him off. “I’ve been noticing this group of people, whom I believe are residents of this particular Taman (a neighbourhood in Ampang, Selangor) setting trees on fire for the past week,” said Rosman. “I’m sure they don’t own the land as it is located by the side of the main road. They are also destroying trees for other vegetation. But more importantly, such open burning activity is not helping the current hot and dry spell, contributing to hazy conditions.” I told Rosman he was free to complain to the Department of Environment (DOE). After all, it’s director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan, had last month, said a strict ban was imposed on open burning in Selangor, Malacca and Johor to combat haze. Halimah th…

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Bittersweet night for Fatehah

As published in Malay Mail today.

 The roar of the crowd lifted her spirit as it was a bittersweet night for Fatehah Mustapha, Malaysia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The national cyclist told Malay Mail that it was an emotional march as the team paid tribute to the 298 lives lost in the Flight MH17 tragedy. Fatehah walked with the Jalur Gemilang flying at half-mast while six other national athletes and two officials donned Malaysia Airlines (MAS) cabin crew uniform — a plan engineered by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to honour the victims of the airlines' second aviation disaster after the disappearance of Flight MH370 on March 8. “It was sad as I was thinking of MH17 (while marching),” said 25-year-old Fatehah. “At the same time, I am honoured to have led the national contingent. Walking in front of the contingent has motivated me to do well in my event.” Fatehah was chosen as the flag bearer to replace nati…

When they used scissors and tape to fly flag at half mast

Government servant? Chill, have a root beer

Haresh Says, as published in Malay Mail today.

This is in no way trying to poke fun or ridicule our civil service. However, it does not help that several black sheep within government agencies and ministries tend to be bosses, even at times trying to outdo their ministers. As a journalist I have come across interesting civil servants, some of whom have been extremely professional in their dealings. But I met a sports journalist last week who said a particular civil servant “owned Malaysian sports”. “He is even more powerful than Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin,” the reporter said sarcastically. I could only smile. There also those who are known to abuse their positions. Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department deputy director (intelligence and operations) Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said police are looking for a key member of a syndicate involved in fake work permits, believed to be an Immigration Department officer.  This jogs my memory of an incident that…