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My wish as a Malaysian

Posted by Naro on June 18th, 2009

GIVEN the state of affairs in our country, I was compelled to blog this article out of overwhelming frustration and anger. Angry because I am an ordinary Malaysian who is “helpless” in fixing the political mess (though I wished my vote on March 8 last year would have made a difference), and frustrated because even after a year, the politicians have so far been somewhat irresponsible in tackling the fundamental issues that plague our society.

Politicians have failed to realise that the people are fed up with their politicking and expect some significant changes to our society and hopefully those changes are in line with our country’s goal of achieving vision 2020.

I watch everything from the sidelines hoping that this unnecessary mess will stop and that Malaysians will once again be proud to call themselves Malaysians.

I have come up with a list of essential things which have either been ignored or left un-addressed. I hope politicians will look at these points which in my view are essential for us to achieve Vision 2020.

» Good roads are mandatory.

» Good manners are paramount.

» When an accident takes place you find yourself asking how is the person doing, rather than whether he is Chinese, Malay or Indian.

» When you board a commuter train, people don’t rush into the train but behave in a civilised manner. People readily give up their seats for the elderly, disabled or pregnant.

» People stop saying that they can’t rely on the police force and that they are corrupt.

» Our leaders speak directly to us instead of using the papers or any other media.

» A non-Muslim is given the chance to lead.

» What we read in the papers reflects what is happening instead of what was supposed to happen.

» People realise smoking and drinking are bad for health.

» The day the government realises that the people are whom they answer to and that they are responsible for putting them there.

» When the day comes you see a trader or whoever it is that you come into contact with who smiles at you and gives you the service that you deserve.

» There are no more beggars on the street, the ones that exist are taken care of by the government

» There is no more prostitution.

» The Federal Constitution forms the basis of governance in the country and shall not be questioned.

» Every human being is treated the same, no one is brown, black or white.

» No special privileges for the select few, you have the same basic profile like the others, use it and develop yourself.

» Illegal immigrants are deported immediately.

» Sports is given pride of place and we are able to produce world beaters.

» Public service is commendable, people should say that the government service is better than the private sector.

» What you see advertised in the newspaper is actually what you get. No more gimmicks.

» Everyone is allowed the space and time to worship and practise their religion.

» We are all Malaysians, anyone who doubts that should be questioned in court.

» You go to the mall and you see all the races.

» During festivities, we visit each other because we want to and not because we have to.

» Traffic accidents are kept to a minimum.

» Results and entrance requirements into public institutions are made public.

» No more race-based politics.

» Political parties should be based on ideologies.

» The people should be allowed to scrutinise everything their prime minister does or says.

» Elected leaders should take part in open debates. If you can’t talk to your own people, how are you going to talk to the world?

» When you go as a tourist overseas, people envy you for being a citizen of Malaysia.

» A Malaysian wins the Nobel Prize.

» We qualify for the World Cup.

» We win a gold medal at the Olympics.

» People worship our ministers as if they were Obama.

» Health care is affordable and available to all.

» The ratio of police officers to civilians is acceptable and thus every corner you look there would be at least one policeman.

» You feel safe to take a stroll down the park.

» The judiciary functions as an independent unit.

» Every single sen that is spent by the government is available for public purview.

» Every district and state functions on its own without much aid from the federal government.

» Every single citizen fulfils his responsibility to vote.

We should live by example and be happy with what we have but continuously strive for what we don’t have. Please give me something to shout about as a Malaysian.

Rear belts and Anti-smoking campaigns…

Posted by Naro on June 4th, 2008

THERE are two ongoing campaigns – anti-smoking and rear seat-belts – which the public seems to be ignoring. Both are for the good of the people, but just look at the response.

antismoking.jpgThe anti-smoking campaign has been running for years, but it appears that more people are picking up the habit. The Health Ministry and other agencies must have spent millions, if not billions of ringgit on advertisements and other efforts to educate the public, especially the young on the dangers of smoking.

Pictures showing how a damaged lung looks as a result of nicotine blockages and other horrible pictures simply no longer have any effect. Similarly, banning smoking in certain confined areas have not achieved the desired result. What is more disturbing to non-smokers is that even those who are supposed to enforce the law on smoking are themselves happily puffing away in restricted areas.

The same with enforcement of the use of rear seat belts. There have been many complaints about this new law. Forget about its advantages and the safety aspects. Most of the complaints I have read are of how much it is going to cost to install rear seat belts, and show no appreciation that the government is doing something positive for motorists. It seems the lives of loved ones must be calculated in ringgit and sen.

Perhaps the only way to shock the peo-ple would be to let smoking-related deaths soar. Only then will the public wake up.

The same applies to rear seat belts. Stop the campaign, fatalities of rear passengers will rise and maybe then car owners will come to their senses and install the belts.

So if people do not wish to heed warn-ings on the dangers of smoking and not using rear seat belts, so be it. Let’s channel the money to some other worthwhile cause like helping the poor.

Google Apps aims to move companies to the cloud

Posted by Naro on June 2nd, 2008

Just like rogue employees in the 1990s forced instant messaging into corporations, the new Google Apps Team Edition being launched on Thursday offers a way for workers to slip a hosted apps service into the enterprise.

This could help Google in its efforts to lure more people off desktop applications sold by Microsoft and onto the mostly free Web-based apps Google offers.

Google Apps Team Edition is a free service that lets people within the same e-mail domain collaborate easily with Google Apps, a package that includes Docs, Calendar, Talk, and Start Page.

Unlike IM applications, which open communication to anyone on the Web using a compatible IM app, Google Apps Team Edition lets you share with people only in your same organization.

Google’s stand-alone hosted apps for consumers haven’t really made a splash in the corporate world, largely because of the security threats posed by how easy they make it to share sensitive work data with people outside the company.

So Google created Google Apps, a free Standard Edition and a Premier Edition that has a fee. These editions give an administrator control over how the apps are used, allowing for services to be disabled, new services like Gmail to be added, and integration with apps for things like single sign-on. Google offers security and government regulation compliance services for those editions 9789901 through its Postini acquisition.

“People are already using the consumer (hosted Google) apps in the workplace, like they did IM a decade ago,” said Jeremy Milo, senior marketing manager for Google Apps. “We’re trying to bring more security by introducing the notion of domain awareness.”

The Team Edition offers a compromise for workers who want to use the apps in a company that isn’t already using Google Apps or if the company lacks an IT administrator. An administrator can always step in and switch from Team Edition to Standard or Premier if they want. And a new domain can be acquired through the Standard Edition for $10 for those who need a uniform e-mail domain.

(Credit: Google)

With Team Edition anyone can open an account and start using the apps with anyone within the organization. For instance, a group working on a team project could use Google Apps Team Edition and be able to access the shared documents from any computer over the Internet.

“Google Apps Team Edition is another on ramp” to Web-hosted apps, Milo said. “They are one more way for businesses to get comfortable with computing in the cloud and anywhere, any time access to critical information.”

Blog in your pocket!

Posted by Naro on October 3rd, 2007

Have you ever think to have your own blog viewed via handphone? I just found a new services (maybe quite late for me) from FeedM8 [] which provide a platform for any content feeder such as news, blog or even portal. I haven’t discover yet how far does this service can enhance my blog, but I’m not afraid to give it a try.

All you have to do is just subscribe by clicks on the button at the right here and follow few simple steps to verify that the feed (content from the blog, which is automatically send thru RSS) is yours.

After a few reading, i noticed that these service quite similar to Google Adsense, except it is for WAP services, which can be accessed by handphone or mobile device. This services will convert any news feed from our blog to a content and display it by mobile phone together with their advertisements. We, as a publisher can generate extra income whenever readers click at the ads appeared inside or mobile blog. Sound similar is it? And the best part is, it can pay through your PayPal account. I will give more attention to this feature from time to time.

Mean while, if you are on the go, you can access my blog via your phone using 3G, GPRS or WAP at this link:

Greeting to Naro’s Town

Posted by Naro on September 5th, 2007

Talk about a town (some called city), we can imagine everything related to our life should be there, from the beginning of a very basic needs, an extra income to keep up with the rapid development surround, and the spending power to reach your glorious satisfactions. Thus, this blog which goes by the title Naro’s Town will talk about all the things mentioned above as an expression from one citizenship who will have to challenge his routine life with so many obstacles, problems, issues, opportunities, technologies, rules, government warfare, politics, conspiration, and more. The thoughts posted here are solely my own opinions and cannot be taken for the court orders.

So here I am, just released another web’s art contribution since The World Of Internet surface to my life in 1995, where the BBS (Bulletin Board System) is widely use to share the information (including JPG files), all in the black background with the striking coloured fonts. May be it’s not too late for me to have a blog, even though it pop-up all over the world since 2 or 3 years ago. Better late than never, as people always quote.

Finding a time to keep on updating the blog is another issues commonly faced by all the bloggers. Except for the full time blogger who has already made thousands of dollars monthly being a successful publisher, the average people, like me, may or may not be able to update this blog every single day. My professionalism required me to give more attention on it. Moreover, the jobs nearly provide 75% of my monthly pocket money. However, rest assured that I will try my best to keep on posted new thoughts and point of views every week.

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