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Saturday, 14 February 2009

D Jamel Corner - Again

A coupla weeks ago I posted on how I stumbled onto D Jamel Corner, a warong with aspirations to become a family bistro that is located under a tree built on the sidewalk of a busy factory area street. As I mentioned in that post, they are open on Saturday nights and since today the family was a little busy with the elder's UPSR motivational course that ended later than schedule that my initial plan to try out Yellow Cab Pizza at Kampung Bharu sizzled out, this gave us a chance to try out the place at night. In addition I wanted to satisfy my curiosity as to how the crowd was in such an industrial area at night, and whether the quality of their food was consistent or not. I should not have worried as there was a good crowd of people already there at around eight, with family groups and young couples having started their dinner. Pak Jamel mentioned that they had actually started at eight, so these were the early dinner people and there was actually a constant stream of people coming in, either to dine in or to take away where for this a lounge chair was provided for the comfort of people waiting. Their upper deck seems to be a favourite place for family groups though we did not want to make an extra effort to walk up the hill. When paying the bill, I noticed that they actually had a night menu that is a little bit different than their lunch menu, so no wonder I felt a little strange when I ordered initially. The night menu included snacks like fried samosa and spring rolls, I guess to cater to the supper or karaoke crowd later. We however had a plate of the fried spring rolls and I must say it surprised me that these were freshly made and not of the frozen variety, so I must confess I neglected taking the photo of the three pieces of spring rolls. Simply made with julienned vegetables as the main ingredient, the skin was crispy enough to make the younger ate most of it. If only the chilli sauce it came in was also freshly made instead of out of a bottle, it would have been perfect.

I would however recommend you to order some of the snacks as an appetiser as the main dishes may take some time in coming. The first dish to arrive was the elder's order of fried cockle meehoon or glass noodles. Again the portion was substantial and the dish was fried the chinese way, ie with high fire so the wok hei taste was present to accentuate the taste. The noodles arrived steaming hot because of this and they were generous with their peeled prawns and cockles, though I must say the cockles were not as juicy as expected as I believed they use pre-shucked cockles instead of fresh cockles which would have made this dish so much better. Nonetheless their prawns are still top-notch, and I noticed again that these prawns are actually delicately cooked to preserve their sweetness that some may think they are undercooked. This shows the level of cooking skills the cooks here have and I hope that this style will continue as usually at Malay establishments the prawns served in a noodle dish are usually rubbery overcooked sorry specimens, probably to mask their lack of freshness.

The second dish to arrive was the Cantonese style kway teow, which the wife re-ordered as she wanted to share this with the younger. Nonetheless this time the wife said that although the gravy coating the kway teow was as good as previously, the noodles themselves were a little bit bland and needed an accompaniment of cut chillies in light soya sauce to make it perfect. Luckily for her the younger was more interested to finish off the fried meehon, so she was at liberty to add the soya sauce to enhance the dish to her liking. Anyway the last dish to arrive was my tom yam kung meehoon, and this is as good as at any thai establishment. They really do not stinge with their ingredient here as not only I get a good helping of prawns to make the moniker genuine, there was also sliced celery and button mushrooms in addition to the squid and chicken bits that you expect in a tom yam. And do not let the fiery red soup fool you, the taste was not that hot unless you bite on one of the chilli padis, but the piquant sourness can make you choke if you are not carefull. And again this was definitely cooked with high fire, as the steam clouding the photos stays in the soup until the end.

All in all an enjoyable dinner under the stars, with good music playing in the background courtesy of the open mike set up for those wanting to karaoke the night away, as while waiting for these karaoke fans to step up to the mike the DJ plays mood instrumentals just like a real bistro. But if hearing some wannabe singers croaking the night away is not your idea of fun, leaving early would be a sound move to make I guess.

Friday, 6 February 2009

You Don't Not Even Want To Hear From Your Own?

Ipoh, 5 February 2009 : Hee Yit Foong (DAP)had an audience with the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah and Perak Regent, Raja Nazrin Shah at Istana Kinta where she was interviewed to confirm her intentions to declare support for the BN.

For those of you who are bordering on treason in blaming everybody else but themselves for the fiasco they brought on themselves in Perak, I was surprised reading The Sun this evening that one of their commentators whose views are usually taken as one of their own actually gave a good argument for the Sultan's action. It was even pre-faced by the views of one of the opposition's legal expert on how the Sultan himself has dutifully carried out to the best of his abilities his examination of the situation before coming to a prudent decision. But I guess with the clouding of sensibilities by rage against perceived injustices when losing the state government so spectacularly, such a voice of reason may be lost to these people who have lost their perspective. However if you feel that you have still maintained your rationality and are not in a state of denial, do read the article and make your own judgement. There will be no stuffing of propaganda down another's throat by this blogger at least.

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In the best interests of the rakyat
By: (Fri, 06 Feb 2009)

"Don’t be too harsh on Sultan. The situation is too fluid. He must verify the facts and interview the defectors to determine if they voluntarily changed parties.

He can only do this if he is alone with them. He must verify the numbers himself. The executive government is still functioning. There is no immediate threat. He will consult his advisers. He will wait for BN to ask him to form new government, verify the facts and decide on MB request to call elections.

The double jumping frog will aid your argument in the end as that a****** has no morals. My personal opinion is that any s*** who jumps party is not fit to serve and has lied to the people if he promised a party manifesto to them and does a U-turn.

If I were the Sultan, I too would wait as the facts are changing too fast to make a wise decision. He is under a duty to independently verify the facts himself."

THIS SMS was sent by lawyer and Petaling Jaya City Councillor Derek Fernandez on Wednesday to several Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders on the situation in Perak. Derek, whose consult is often sought by the Selangor government and PR leaders, was giving his educated two sen’s worth to panicky assemblymen and parliamentarians who were witnessing one of their hard-worn states slipping from their grasp.

Several of them had opined that the palace may be lopsided towards Barisan Nasional (BN) forgetting that only on Tuesday did the regent emphasise the need for Rulers to be apolitical. Derek was attempting to put the matter into perspective and ask the politicians to put themselves in the shoes of the Sultan whose only concern is the smooth administration of his state and the welfare of his subjects.

At the time of writing this, Sultan Azlan Shah had not consented to the dissolution of the state assembly while Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s resignation as mentri besar had been sought. The Sultan had met the four assemblymen individually to ascertain that they are leaving their respective parties on their own free will, without inducements or coercion.

One should give Sultan Azlan Shah some credit for this. He is, after all, a former lord president. And from what we have learnt, His Royal Highness has been going into overdrive consulting his advisers, government officers, as well as leaders from both sides of the political divide.

But of course, His Royal Highness’s final assessment of the situation and his decision not to consent to the dissolution of the state assembly has raised eyebrows from many quarters, especially PR and its supporters.

One gives the palace the benefit of the doubt and concludes that the decision was made in the best interests of the rakyat, from the Sultan’s standpoint.

But the goings-on in the silver state will not end. The BN has launched a coup and its generals who pulled the rug from under PR’s feet, will undoubtedly become the toast at next month’s Umno general assembly.

And what of PR? Well, apart from licking its wounds, unfortunately, it cannot take the moral high ground here in claiming that the opposition has resorted to "dirty tricks". Although it may be true, PR also does not have the right to claim that the defections which now lead to the formation of a new state government, as a breach of the public trust.

This is because PR drew first blood – not only by enticing and accepting Bota rep, Datuk Nasarudin Hashim (who has since returned to Umno) but also by making overtures towards elected BN reps following last year’s general election.

As the saying goes, if you play with fire you get burnt. In the game of political one-upmanship, BN has a larger mandate and the resources to win the match.

So congratulations to BN. But whoever wins, the losers are the people whose ballots are now worthless.

If a dissolution had been consented to, millions of taxpayers’ money, which could be put to better use in these trying economic times, would have been used to conduct fresh elections. But on a wider scale, the happenings in Perak go to show how a handful of individuals can play games with the people’s trust.

As Derek rightly pointed out, they were elected based on their manifesto and by jumping ship, they had lied to the people. Suffice to say, the four who hopped were elected based on their party colours. Nasarudin, Jamaludin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu and Hee Yit Fong are no Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah or Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad who won their seats on several platforms – the latter as a BN candidate and even as an independent.

It was obvious that the people had voted in the Opposition as a need for more checks and balances to keep an eye on the incumbent. If this was not true, how could Loh Gwo Burne, whose only claim to fame is recording V.K. Lingam’s infamous phone conversation, have trumped MCA powerhouse Datuk Lee Hwa Beng in Kelana Jaya?

Thus, if PR wants to point fingers for losing Perak, it should blame itself. Its lack of quality candidates is apparent now. Some of them do not have principles, nor the backbone to stand by their party and the manifesto on which they had wooed the people. The conduct of these four characters underscore the need for an anti-hopping law.

For the BN, by admitting these individuals into its fold, only demonstrates that it will compromise virtually anything to win the political game.

Two of the "frogs" have a graft charge over their heads; one "frog" jumped twice and another had repeatedly said that she was not going anywhere.

Fortunately for some politicians, people have short memories. So when we go back to the polls in three years, there is a likelihood that this dark episode in Malaysian politics where the people were played with and lied to would be forgotten.

Terence is disappointed that he won’t be covering any elections anytime soon. It’s a lot of fun! He is deputy editor (special reports & investigations) and can be reached at .
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Ipoh, 5 February 2009 : Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering), both from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Hee Yit Foong (DAP) and Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim (Bota), who joined PKR on Jan 25 and returned to Umno yesterday had an audience with the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, today to declare their support for the BN.

And in case one doubts if the Sultan was not thorough, here is an article that says he was!

Sultan, Raja Nazrin quiz assemblymen

IPOH: All 31 assemblymen forming a majority for the Barisan Nasional in Perak were interviewed individually by Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Muda Raja Dr Nazrin Shah yesterday.

Sources said it was a brief audience for 27 BN assemblymen but a longer one for the three independent assemblymen and Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, who is back with Umno."The sultan wanted to make sure that the independent assemblymen and Nasarudin fully supported BN and would help form a stable state government," a source said.The three independents are Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering), formerly of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang), formerly of DAP.It is learnt that both an oral and written undertaking of support for the new state government and menteri besar was provided by the three assemblymen.

"The letters of undertaking were signed individually and submitted to the palace on Wednesday night," another source said."Obviously, the sultan is not taking any chances despite the apparently solid front. This will also be fair as the previous Pakatan Rakyat administration was also required to do the same."Nizar's swearing-in as the 10th menteri besar in March last year was postponed twice due to the palace's doubts over whether the three parties -- the DAP, PKR and Pas -- could form a stable majority.

So Is This The People's Rule That You Want?

The Super Rakyats Who Think They Can Do Whatever They Want, Including Stopping The Royal Entourage and those arrested are not even from Perak

Go On! Read all about it on the blogs that are martyrising the dumb people who are protesting the Swearing-in ceremony of the new Perak MB in Bukit Chandan. Are these 2000 odd people so representative of the Perak Rakyat that they can go above bounds and interrupt an official ceremony without being put in line by the authorities. Who do these people think they are, some super rakyat who can do whatever they want while spouting nonsense that what they are doing is right while ignoring legal niceties. You may think what you are doing is right but that does not make you right. And nobody can adjudge something is haram just by hinting at improprieties without proof. Anyway that is god's work! As it is, proof that you will do and say whatever it takes to further your cause is ample enough to be plainly seen. I just pray that God grant you 'intelligent' people the foresight to finally realise that your kingly and godly leaders have wooden feet actually. Mob rule does not equate to a people's courtla! And political rantings does not mean you are powerful! So enough is enough, let go of the MB'ship. Remember, you are the ones who said a vote of no confidence can be called when the Dewan sits in April. So walk the talk or shut the hell up!

It Hurts When The Pendulum Hits You Instead Aaaa

For Bloggers and readers of blogs who has convenient short term memory loss or selective perception, I just want to highlight how some people change their tune when the axe falls on them instead. Just consider these articles to note how things can change over a two week period.

When you think it's right

Published: Monday January 26, 2009 MYT 4:47:00 PMUpdated:
Monday January 26, 2009 MYT 8:18:56 PM
Anwar claims more BN reps to defect
KLANG: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims his plans are still on track and more Barisan Nasional elected representatives would cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Saying it would occur on a “bi-weekly basis from next month” onwards, the PKR adviser said people have made up their minds and “it’s only a matter of time.”
Anwar told a crowd at the a Chinese New Year celebration held at the Hokkien Association Hall here that “change was imminent and we will surprise you from time to time.”
“Now the ox has come in, just be patient ... we are working hard just like the ox,” he said at the event that was organised by Selangor information chief Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew, in reference to it being the Lunar Year of the Ox.
After the Opposition’s strong showing in the general election last march, Anwar had promised that he had more than 30 Barisan MPs ready to cross over to the Pakatan Rakyat alliance by Sept 16. None did and since failing to meet his own deadline, the former deputy prime minister’s voice had been relatively muted on the crossover issue until the defection of Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim on Sunday, who quit Umno to join PKR.
In IPOH, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin claimed that three more assemblymen could be crossing over from Umno. He said talks were in progress between Pakatan and the three, who had approached the alliance following Nasarudin’s defection on Sunday. “They came forward to meet us without us inviting them,” Nizar said after attending the Perak DAP Chinese New Year open house here Monday.
He however declined to reveal the identities of the three or which parties they had approached, alleging that they could be threatened.
Asked what the chances were of the three actually joining Pakatan, Nizar said there was a 50-50 chance.
But when the Pendulum swings;

Friday February 6, 2009
Ngeh: It’s an unhealthy democratic process
Pakatan Rakyat has described the formation of a Barisan Nasional state government as a coup and unconstitutional.
Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said it was an unhealthy democratic process and Pakatan was contemplating filing a suit against the formation of an unconstitutional government.
He said the new government would be unstable as Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Jailu and Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi were facing corruption charges and might be disqualified.
“Assuming that they are convicted, they are automatically disqualified. There will be no stable government. There is a lot of uncertainty.
“Having a new government does not solve the problem but prolongs it,” he said when commenting on the Perak palace’s decision to ask Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive councillors to resign and allow Barisan to form the government.
Ngeh has denied that he and his cousin, Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming, caused DAP’s Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong to quit.
“It is not true. With Hee, it was for personal reasons. She was unhappy that she did not get an exco position.
“She felt deprived. She had also questioned why other exco members got the new Toyota Camrys but she only had the Proton Perdana,” he said.
Tronoh assemblyman V. Siva­kumar insisted that he was still the State Assembly Speaker.
“We must convene the state assembly first. Otherwise I do not know if there is a majority. I have to count the hands (to ascertain a vote of no confidence against the Mentri Besar and executive council),” he said.

And your ficklemindedness does show when the pendulum hits you instead

Wednesday January 28, 2009
Guan Eng lauds Bota rep’s move to PKR
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lauded Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim’s defection to PKR, saying the move would strengthen the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak.
“The situation in Perak is not like Penang where the Pakatan has a big majority.
“With one more assemblyman (for the Pakatan government), we hope their situation will be strengthened and give them a boost to continue striving and working for the people,” Lim said after hosting a state Chinese New Year open house at his residence on Jalan Macalister on Monday.
Pakatan holds 29 out of 40 state seats in Penang while Nasarudin’s defection raises Pakatan’s majority in Perak to five. “Perak Umno is constantly saying that they will soon overthrow the Pakatan state government, but so far, we only see Umno falling,” said Lim.
And yet you say when it happens to you it is unfair and a betrayal

Friday February 6, 2009
Guan Eng asks Jelapang rep to reconsider decision
GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has asked Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong to reconsider her decision to quit the party and become an Inde-pendent.He said her move to support Perak Barisan Nasional was tantamount to betraying the trust of those who voted her in.
‘‘I believe she is the first DAP assemblyman to cause a (state) government to fall.
“The issue is not about her leaving the party but leaving the people who supported her,’’ the Penang Chief Minister told a press conference at his office here. He accused Hee of making a mockery of the democratic election process, adding that history has shown that there were traitors in all civilisations.
Asked if the engineering of defections in Perak would spread to Penang, Lim said he was confident it would not occur as the Pakatan government held a strong two-thirds majority.
He supported DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s call for a proposal for an amendment to the Federal Consti-tution, seeking to outlaw any form of party hopping or political
So how? You are now the ones surprised meh and suddenly support anti-hopping laws ka! Such political deviousness and yet there are people falling for it. SO there really is a sucker born every minute though we seem to have more than our fair share nowadays!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Under The Tree Again

I have always found that the best food in Malaysia can easily be found at food stalls under a tree that is crowded and with a row of cars directly parked in front or beside it. Well yesterday was no different when my wife and I patronised a stall opposite the Perodua workshop since we had to pick-up her car during lunch time. Lacking proper dining options in the vicinity, we headed to a stall opposite and found that they specialised in noodle dishes, including prawn noodles and their specialty for the day is something call fried chee cheong fun. This is something we have never heard of before and may be something worth investigating after this visit based on the noodles they served to us today. The wife had her favourite Cantonese style kway teow while I ordered my favourite, the prawn noodles. My anticipation was heightened when my wife's order came and the dish looked wonderful, and you would be amazed by the portions there as shown by the glass in the photo to give an indication of the size of plate. It even had two large sea prawns in lieu of the big river prawns in finer establishments. This calls for a taste test and they did not disappoint me and it was too bad that I had to wait another ten minutes before my bowl of prawn noodles and I was delightfully surprised. This is because it was served ala Penang Har Mee, complete with shredded chicken and side sambal that you do not find even in some fine dining establishments, and also some fish balls with a red oily layer on top as it should be. Top marks for this in my book.

On to the taste itself, the taste is quite authentic though the sweetness of the prawn did not come through as I felt it should be sweeter. Maybe the stock did not use too much prawn or maybe it is catering to the local tastebuds itself. This is because the prawns itself is sweet and fresh so they should have flavoured the stock more bodily if more prawns were used. As proof look at the photos of the peeled prawn held up to the camera, there is no way you will get a peeled whole prawn using a fork and knife if it is not fresh. All in all a satisfying substitute in the Klang Valley while awaiting the chance to get the genuine item in Penang. Another surprise awaits you at the counter as most noodle dishes cost only RM4.50 each and this is very reasonable as my prawn noodles came with four pieces of prawn and all the noodle dishes came in large portions. The proprietor told me they have to do such pricing as they cater to the industrial crowd, so it is an advantage for us normal visitors. Anyway if you are interested to visit look for D'Jamel Corner though you will not find any signage except behind the counter, and they are open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, while dinner only for Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you want to sing in this hard times, they also offer open-mic Karaoke at nights. So enjoy!

Malay Navy In WWII - Casualty Roll

I have been asked by visitors to my blog to assist them to find out information on their loved ones that served in the Malay Navy either in the Royal Navy (Malay Section) or Malayan RNVR. Unfortunately I am not an official archivist and myself only do my research from open sources, so I usually are not able to entertain their requests. Nonetheless I find this naval history website to be a good resource for data on the fighting men and ships in World War II so I suggest that you start your research there.

Nonetheless I have compiled herewith a list of casualties of the Malay Seamen who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war. I am proud but also sad to note that some of our men ultimately died as Prisoner of Wars, especially since the Japanese had given them a chance for freedom during the Singapore Surrender if they had demob. Ultimately they chose to honour their service and uniforms and when into the gallows with their servicemen with their homeland in sight. In this case, I do not list the British seamen who perished together with them as their rolls would be more easily accessible from the British Admiralty, thus here only Malay seamen are proudly listed. Do note that casualty dates run to after the end of the war, i.e, 1946 as presumably that is the time the casualty was reported to the Admiralty after the records could be updated. In addition the accuracy of the data is totally dependent on the website. For an explanation to the abbreviations used, please refer to this webpage.

Casualty List Of Royal Navy (Malay Section) and Malayan RNVR in World War II


4 December 1941

Malayan RNVR
GHANI, Bin N, Signalman, SE/X 701 (Malayan RNVR), killed

8 December 1941

Malayan RNVR
MAHMUD, Bin M, Telegraphist, SE/X 496 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Amin B A J, Able Seaman, SE/X 794 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
SALEH, Bin A, Ordinary Signalman, SE/X 792 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
YAHMAN, Bin H E, Ordinary Telegraphist, SE/X 728 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

9 December 1941

Malayan RNVR
AHMAD, Bin S, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 658 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
ARIF, Bin H E, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X529 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
HARUN, Bin M A, Able Seaman, SE/X 47 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
JANTAN, Bin S, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 533 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

11 December 1941

Malayan RNVR
SAYID, Bin M Y, Petty Officer, (Malayan RNVR), MPK

12 December 1941

Malayan RNVR
AHMAD, Bin H, Able Seaman, PG 183 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

16 December 1941
Malayan RNVR
AHMAD, Bin S, Able Seaman, PG 219 (Malayan RNVR), MPK


17 January 1942

RN Malay Section
JAMIL, Bin S, Leading Seaman, MN 54 (Malay Section), MPK

19 January 1942

HMS Pelandok
YAHAYA, Bin M Y, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1278 (Malay Section), MPK

RN Malay Section
SULAIMAN, Bin A B, Stoker, MN 612 (Malay Section), MPK

21 January 1942

RN Malay Section
QASIM, Bin W, Able Seaman, MN 1122 (Malay Section), MPK

26 January 1942

HMS Kelana
JA'AFAR, Bin U, Telegraphist, MN 585 (Malay Section), MPK

RN Malay Section
ABU, Bakar B M, Able Seaman, MN 200 (Malay Section), MPK
HASHIM, Bin U, Able Seaman, MN 556 (Malay Section), MPK
KOMING, Bin U, Petty Officer, MN 198 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Sylvia
ABU, Baker B H A, Petty Officer, MN 281 (Malay Section), MPK

31 January 1942

HMS Fanling
RAZAQ, Bin S, Engine Room Artificer 1c, MN 765 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Pelandok
HARUN, Bin H, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1262 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Abbas B I, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1318 (Malay Section), MPK

RN Malay Section
MUHAMMAD, Nur B A, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1260 (Malay Section), MPK

10 February 1942

HMS Sylvia
AHMAD, Surji B M N, Telegraphist, MN 327 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Isa B K S, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1317 (Malay Section), MPK

11 February 1942

HMS Kilat
HUSAIN, Bin B, Able Seaman, MN 1138 (Malay Section), MPK

13 February 1942

HMS Giang Bee, ship loss
FOO, Chee B, Chief Cook, NAP, MPK
LIM, Foo S, General Servant, NAP, MPK

ML.1063, ship loss
AHMAD, Bin S, Able Seaman, MN 345 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Pelandok
TAMBI, Bin M D, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1141 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Relau
MUSTAFA, Bin M, Deck Serang, NAP, killed

HMS Scorpion

HMS Scorpion, ship loss
ABDUL, Rahman B Y, Able Seaman, MN 713 (Malay Section), MPK
ABDULLAH, Aziz B S, Leading Signalman, MN 527 (Malay Section), MPK
ABU, Bakar B H, Leading Seaman, MN 58 (Malay Section), MPK
AHMAD, Bin H L, Able Seaman, MN 734 (Malay Section), MPK
ARSHAD, Bin Z, Leading Telegraphist, MN 322 (Malay Section), MPK
DIN, Bin H, Able Seaman, MN 357 (Malay Section), MPK
IBRAHIM, Bin M D, Able Seaman, MN 1194 (Malay Section), MPK
MAT, Zin B U, Able Seaman, MN 999 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Ali B U, Able Seaman, MN 407 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Bin S, Leading Signalman, MN 356 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Daud B S, Able Seaman, MN 736 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Husain B P, Able Seaman, MN 873 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Noh B G, Signalman, MN 672 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Saleh B I, Able Seaman, MN 1103 (Malay Section), MPK
OTHMAN, Bin H M N, Telegraphist, MN 971 (Malay Section), MPK
ROSLI, Bin N, Able Seaman, MN 529 (Malay Section), MPK
SULAIMAN, Bin P, Able Seaman, MN 1001 (Malay Section), MPK
TAJ-UD-DIN, B I, Able Seaman, MN 748 (Malay Section), MPK
UMAR, Bin A, Signalman, MN 1129 (Malay Section), MPK

14 February 1942

HMS Dragonfly

HMS Dragonfly, ship loss
AHMAD, Bin S, Telegraphist, MN 871 (Malay Section), MPK
BATJAN, Bin M A, Signalman, MN 1126 (Malay Section), MPK
JAMAL-UD-DIN, Bin Y, Telegraphist, MN 1042 (Malay Section), MPK
JOHAR, Bin U Y, Able Seaman, MN 1221 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Hanis B Y A A, Leading Signalman, MN 376 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Nur B N, Able Seaman, MN 656 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Sam B B, Telegraphist, MN 1140 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Sani B A G, Able Seaman, MN 724 (Malay Section), MPK
QAMR-UD-DIN, Muhammad, Leading Seaman, MN 104 (Malay Section), MPK
RAFI, Bin M, Leading Telegraphist, MN 420 (Malay Section), MPK
RAMLI, Bin H A K, Able Seaman, MN 1220 (Malay Section), MPK
SADA, Hari B H S, Able Seaman, MN 782 (Malay Section), MPK
UNGKU, Onn B A M, Signalman, MN 1116 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Grasshopper

HMS Grasshopper, ship loss
BAKARIA, Bin H A S, Able Seaman, MN 515 (Malay Section), MPK
ISMAIL, Bin P, Yeoman of Signals, MN 127 (Malay Section), MPK
JAMAL-UD-DIN, Bin H A, Telegraphist, MN 1058 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Nur D B I, Able Seaman, MN 1077 (Malay Section), MPK
YUSUF, Bin H S, Able Seaman, MN 694 (Malay Section), MPK

Kranji, Singapore evacuation
IBRAHIM, B A, Telegraphist, MN 1085 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Li Wo, ship loss
MUHAMMAD, Yusuf B J, Able Seaman, MN 571 (Malay Section), MPK
RAJA, Anwar B R M, Signalman, MN 590 (Malay Section), MPK

Malayan RNVR, Singapore evacuation
AHMAD, Bin S, Ordinary Telegraphist, E/X 793 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
ANANG, Bin R, Telegraphist, SE/X 345 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Nur B A, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 525 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
UMAR, Bin H H, Ordinary Signalman, SE/X 716 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
USMAN, Bin B N, Leading Telegraphist, SE/X 346 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

HMS Pelandok, Singapore evacuation
ABDUL, Hamid B C, Able Seaman, MN 1169 (Malay Section), MPK

RN Malay Section, Singapore evacuation
ABU, Bakar B A R, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1393 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Kilan B M, Leading Seaman, MN 783 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Tabal B M Y, Able Seaman, MN 508 (Malay Section), MPK
MUHAMMAD, Tahir B H, Able Seaman, MN 1167 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Vyner Brooke, ship loss
AHMAD, B (initial only) H R, Able Seaman, MN 673 (Malay Section), MPK
AWANG, Adam B A N, Able Seaman, MN 1175 (Malay Section), MPK
HUSAIN, Bin M, Able Seaman, MN 655 (Malay Section), MPK
LI, Wong C, Cassab, NAP, MPK
MA'ANOR, Bin M, Able Seaman, MN 1016 (Malay Section), MPK

15 February 1942

Malayan RNVR, Singapore evacuation
ABU, Bakar B A, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 829 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
ADNAN, Bin A, Able Seaman, (Malayan RNVR), MPK
ARIF, Bin I, Ordinary Telegraphist, SE/X 878 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
GHOUTH, Bin W, Ordinary Telegraphist, PG 288 (Malayan RNVR), killed
HUSAIN, Bin H, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 652 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
ISNIN, Bin C, Able Seaman, SE/X 569 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
WAHID, Bin L, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 482 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

HMS Pelandok, Singapore evacuation
AWANG, Bin H T, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1327 (Malay Section), MPK

16 February 1942

HMS Dragonfly, ship loss
MUHAMMAD, Jani B A, Able Seaman, MN 238 (Malay Section), DOW

Malayan RNVR, Singapore evacuation
QASIM, Bin N, Leading Seaman, SE/X 491 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

ML.1062, ship loss
ISMAIL, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 545 (Malay Section), MPK

17 February 1942

RN Malay Section, Singapore evacuation
SHAUb, Bin H A R, Leading Seaman, MN 664 (Malay Section), MPK

20 February 1942

HMS Kedah, Singapore evacuation
ALI, Bin H I, Leading Seaman, MN 28 (Malay Section), MPK

21 February 1942

ML.1062, ship loss
ABDUL, Maj I B A, Leading Seaman, MN 874 (Malay Section), MPK

22 February 1942

Malayan RNVR
MUHAMMAD, Ali B A, Able Seaman, SE/X 426 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

3 March 1942

Malayan RNVR
NYAT, Bin A, Petty Officer, SE/X 166 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

15 March 1942

HMS Pelandok, as POW
MUHAMMAD, Sham B M D, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1327 (Malay Section), died

16 March 1942

HMS Pelandok, Singapore evacuation
ABDUL, Jamal B M S, Ordinary Signalman, MN 1398 (Malay Section), MPK

15 April 1942

RN Malay Section, as POW
HASAN, Bin Q S, Signalman, MN 992 (Malay Section), died

25 April 1942

Malayan RNVR
DAUD, Bin S, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 755 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

13 May 1942

Malayan RNVR
WONG, Yong T, Leading Cook (O), (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Friday, 4 September 1942

RN Malay Section
ARSHAD, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 1247 (Malay Section), died as POW

1 October 1942

RN Malay Section, as POW
RAHMAT, Bin S, Able Seaman, MN 1096 (Malay Section), died

2 November 1942

HMS Pelandok, as POW
JA'AFAR, Bin B, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1427 (Malay Section), died

15 December 1942

Malayan RNVR, as POW
ABDUL, Latif B I, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 620 (Malayan RNVR), died


1 January 1943

RN Malay Section
AHMAD, Bin I, Able Seaman, MN 463 (Malay Section), killed

23 February 1943

Royal Navy
MUHAMMAD, Yusuf B A, Able Seaman, MN 1145 (Malay Section), killed

3 March 1943

IBRAHIM, Bin M, Signalman, MN 928 (RN Malay Section), killed

9 May 1943

RN Malay Section
ABDUL, Hamid B J, Leading Seaman, MN 159 (Malay Section), killed
10 May 1943

RN Malay Section
BUJANG, Bin J, Able Seaman, MN 1226 (Malay Section), killed

25 September 1943

HMS Pelandok
JUSOH, Bin G, Stoker, MN 888 (RN Malay Section), killed

30 October 1943

HMS Pelandok
SHADAR-UD-DIN, Bin J, Able Seaman, MN 710 (RN Malay Section), killed

12 November 1943

RN Malay Section
UMAR, Bin M, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 814 (Malayan RNVR), killed

13 December 1943

RN Malay Section
ABDULLAH, Bin A H, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1340 (Malay Section), killed


Saturday, 1 January 1944

RAHMAT, Bin S, Able Seaman, MN 254 (Malay Section), MPK

HMS Pelandok, as POW
MUHAMMAD, Sayid B M K, Ordinary Telegraphist, MN 1341 (Malay Section), died

RN (Malay Section), as POW
AHMAD, Bin A, Leading Seaman, MN 323 (Malay Section), died
Thursday, 20 January 1944

Malayan RNVR
UMAR, Bin A, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 549 (Malayan RNVR), died

Tuesday, 1 February 1944

HMS Pelandok, as POW
BASU, Bin H Q, Able Seaman, MN 1068 (Malay Section), died

Wednesday, 1 March 1944

Malayan RNVR
YUSUF, Bin M, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 818 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Friday, 3 March 1944

RN (Malay Section)
SHAUKAT, Ali B M G, Signalman, MN 898 (Malay Section), died

Saturday, 15 April 1944

RN (Malay Section), as POW
AHMAD, Bin H R, Able Seaman, MN 280 (Malay Section), died

Sunday, 23 April 1944

HMS Pelandok, as POW
SA'AT, Bin M A, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1332 (Malay Section), died

Monday, 1 May 1944

RN (Malay Section)
ZAQARIA, Bin M Y, Able Seaman, MN 1064 (Malay Section), MPK

Tuesday, 30 May 1944

RN (Malay Section)
JANTAN, Bin C, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1409 (Malay Section), MPK

Thursday, 15 June 1944

RN (Malay Section), as POW
ABU, Hasan B A A S, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1311 (Malay Section), died

Monday, 26 June 1944

(Harukiku Maru) Japanese steamship, as POW
HASAN, Bin M, Leading Signalman, MN 881 (Malay Section), MPK
Saturday, 1 July 1944

HMS Pelandok, as POW
ABDULLAH, Bin Y I, Ordinary Seaman, MN 1320 (Malay Section), died

Sunday, 2 July 1944

HUSAIN, Bin M, Able Seaman, MN 1218 (Malay Section), died

Monday, 3 July 1944

RN (Malay Section)
JA'AFAR, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 1200 (Malay Section), MPK

Saturday, 15 July 1944

HMS Pengawal
ISHAQ, Bin A, Stoker, MN 108 (Malay Section), MPK

Tuesday, 1 August 1944

HMS Pelandok, as POW
ABDUL, Ghani B M -U -D, Able Seaman, MN 660 (Malay Section, died

RN (Malay Section), as POW
ABIL, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 901 (Malay Section), died
RAJA, Sikandar B R H A, Leading Seaman, MN 711 (Malay Section), died

Sunday, 6 August 1944

HMS Pelandok
UNGKU, Khalid B D, Ordinary Signalman, MN 1133 (Malay Section), died

Friday, 1 September 1944

RN (Malay Section)
SAYID, Ahmad B S I A, Telegraphist, MN 1004 (Malay Section), MPK

Monday, 18 September 1944

Malayan RNVR, as POW
USMAN, Bin J, Petty Officer, SE/X 169 (Malayan RNVR), died

Sunday, 1 October 1944

HMS Penghambat
TALIB, Bin A T, Able Seaman, RN (Malay Section), died

Tuesday, 10 October 1944

Malayan RNVR
YUSUF, Bin A, Leading Seaman, SE/X 83 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
Tuesday, 24 October 1944

RN (Malay Section), as POW
ABDUL, Rahman B E, Able Seaman, MN 415 (Malay Section), died

Tuesday, 31 October 1944

RN (Malay Section)
MUHAMMAD, Bin Q, Stoker, MN 100 (Malay Section), MPK

Wednesday, 1 November 1944

Malayan RNVR
JAFAR, Bin H S, Able Seaman, SE/X 493 (Malayan RNVR), MPK
USMAN, Bin A A, Able Seaman, SE/X 313 (Malayan RNVR), died

Sunday, 5 November 1944

RN (Malay Section)
MUHAMMAD, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 358 (Malay Section), MPK

Sunday, 19 November 1944

RN (Malay Section)
ALI, Bin, Able Seaman, MN 8 (Malay Section), POW, died

Thursday, 30 November 1944

Malayan RNVR
MUHAMMAD, Amin B H A, Ordinary Signalman, SE/X 616 (Malayan RNVR), MPK


Monday, 1 January 1945

RN (Malay Section), as POW
BAHROM, Bin P, Able Seaman, MN 223 (Malay Section), died

Friday, 5 January 1945

HMS Pelandok, as POW
AHMAD, Bin A, Able Seaman, MN 495 (Malay Section), died

Wednesday, 31 January 1945

HMS Pelandok, as POW
BUJANG, Bin L, Leading Seaman, MN 53 (Malay Section), died

Friday, 2 February 1945

HMS Pengail, as POW
KAMARI, Bin H A H, Signalman, MN 1047 (Malay Section), died

Wednesday, 21 February 1945

Malayan RNVR
HARUN, Bin B, Leading Signalman, SE/X 18 (Malayan RNVR), killed
Saturday, 24 February 1945

RN (Malay Section)
MUHAMMAD, Nur B T K, Telegraphist, MN 950 (Malay Section), MPK

Monday, 19 March 1945

HMS Pelandok, as POW
ABU, Bakar B U, Able Seaman, MN 385 (Malay Section), died

Sunday, 25 March 1945

Malayan RNVR
HARUN, Bin T, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 902 (Malayan RNVR), killed

Tuesday, 27 March 1945

IBRAHIM, Bin H, Telegraphist, MN 965 (Malay Section), MPK

RN (Malay Section)
UMAR, Bin A, Telegraphist, MN 961 (Malay Section), died

Wednesday, 28 March 1945

Malayan RNVR, as POW
ALIAS, Bin H, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 838 (Malayan RNVR), died

Wednesday, 4 July 1945

RN (Malay Section), as POW
ABDUL, Jalil B H, Leading Seaman, MN 245 (Malay Section), died

Wednesday, 18 July 1945

Malayan RNVR, as POW
DULLA, Bin A, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 816 (Malayan RNVR), died

Tuesday, 11 September 1945

HMS Pelandok, as POW
ABDUL, Wahab B S, MN 316 (Malay Section), died

12 October 1945

Malayan RNVR
MAMAT, Bin H B, Ordinary Seaman, SE/X 556 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Sunday, 2 December 1945

HMS Pelandok
RAJA, Muhammad H B R A, Signalman, MN 388 (Malay Section), died

Saturday, 15 December 1945

RN (Malay Section)
ABDUL, Manap B A R, Able Seaman, MN 1183 (Malay Section), died

Monday, 24 December 1945

HMS Sulara
ABDUL, Rahman B M N, Leading Telegraphist, MN 990 (Malay Section), died

Thursday, 27 December 1945

HMS Dragonfly
MUHAMMAD, Ali B S, Able Seaman, MN 680 (Malay Section), as POW, died


Tuesday, 1 January 1946

Malayan RNVR
RAHMAN, Bin S M, Able Seaman, SE/X 649 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Tuesday, 8 January 1946

RN (Malay Section)
JANTAN, Bin Y'A, Able Seaman, MN 13 (Malay Section), MPK

Saturday, 12 January 1946

HMS Grasshopper
JANTAN, Bin M, Able Seaman, (Malayan RNVR), died

Tuesday, 22 January 1946

Malayan RNVR
MAT, Haris B L, Leading Seaman, SE/X 460 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Tuesday, 5 February 1946

RN (Malay Section)
HASAN, Bin Y, Leading Signalman, MN 548 (Malay Section), killed

Thursday, 4 April 1946

Malayan RNVR
DIN, Bin H, Able Seaman, S/EX 320 (Malayan RNVR), killed

Tuesday, 16 April 1946

Malayan RNVR
MANAN, B (initial only) J, Ordinary Telegraphist, SE/X 746 (Malayan RNVR), MPK

Sunday, 22 September 1946

HMS Pengawal
ABDULLAH, Sani B A, Able Seaman, MN 974 (Malay Section), died

Thursday, 16 August 1945

RN (Malay Section)
MUHAMMAD, Tahir B A, Able Seaman, MN 27 (Malay Section), MPK

Sunday, 19 August 1945

RN (Malay Section)
SALAM, Bin S, Able Seaman, MN 1131 (Malay Section), MPK

Tuesday, 21 August 1945

HMS Grasshopper, as POW
MUHAMMAD, Darus B U, Able Seaman, MN 778 (Malay Section), died

Monday, 27 August 1945

RN (Malay Section), as POW
AHMAD, Bin Q L, Leading Telegraphist, MN 1083 (Malay Section), died

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Yet The Race Question Again

Last night I caught an episode of the TV social re-engineering drama Gol and Gincu that focused on the question of what makes the Malay race as the heroine's boyfriend wanted her girl to be less westernised and more Malay. As usual the immediate reply from the girl was that she ate the Malay heartland food of belachan and tempoyak to signify that she was still a Malay despite her western ways, and after a conversation with her mom when she listed the stereotypical Malay traits her mom told her that she and her father had discussed what makes a Malay and their conclusion that it was what you are, and not what race you are listed as.

This I quite agree with as can be discerned from my previous post I am no believer myself of the colonialist artificially created concept of Malay as a race, and that's why I celebrate my heritage as a Mandhailing more as the negative traits of a typical Malay stereotype really do not reflect the Malays as a whole, though a large majority may display such traits. Thus I do not subscribe to the superiority of the Malay race, though I subscribe that the privileges of the Malay native and the supporting infrastructure to ensure that they are not left behind in their own hereditary lands must be maintained as long as possible. Nonetheless I do believe that such institutions may not last or even be necessary forever and have personally ensured that my family at least do not need to depend on such a support network.

Thus back to the question of what makes the Malay race, my simple conclusion is that we are at least confused on how address the matter. The show's proposition that a member of a race need not practice nor reflect their race's attributes to be one as depicted by the scene when a Chinese salesman mistakenly approach the heroine by speaking Cantonese to her as he mistook her for a Chinese and when referred to the Chinese cast who replied that she cannot speak Cantonese herself to depict that she need not give out vibes to be Chinese is flawed to me. This is because how anglophile or westernised or even better Malaysianised one gets, it is my experience that at home one still will speak their mother tongue and maintain some of their traditions no matter what, so the scene should be the guy talking Mandarin to the Chinese girl but her reply would be she only knows her dialect would be more believable. That is the problem actually as within a race there are actually many ethnicities, and the race classification only lumps the heterogeneous ethnicities into a homogeneous grouping that does not reflect this fact.

So the guardians of a commonly shared culture that to me is what "race" is all about should know what it is they are promoting and protecting. Otherwise another scene rightly depicts these guardians own ignorance of what they are protecting when the heroine made a non-typical Malay pantun verse in the form of pantun jenaka or comedic pantun in a pantun recital was laughed down by the so called pantun experts or supposed guardians of Malay culture, without realising they are actually exposing their own ignorance. So this is the conundrum of what we are facing, to protect the commonly shared culture of a race when these commonly shared cultures are actually evolving in a much larger melting pot, hopefully creating the Malaysian race finally no matter how long it takes, as then the race will not only encompasses the ethnicities within a specific race but all ethnicities prevalent in the country.

Nonetheless I do want to comment on this creeping movement to equate the plight of an ethnic people in the domestic war in Sri Lanka to the plight of a people invaded by a foreign country in Gaza, the whole M. Kugan mess where it is conveniently forgotten that the victim nonetheless is a criminal suspect and the trumpeting of their efforts to term as racists derogatory postings against their race in blogs while ignoring what other racial postings are being done against all the other races, as if theirs is the only persecuted race in the nation. Are you subtly using the issue of race that you claim you deplore to further your own agenda? That is one question that everyone should consider before blindly supporting such so called "non-racist" acts that actually belie their racist attitudes.

Our Government leaders should really honestly ask themselves, why is the strongest party taking all this crap and could this be why they lost in the hearland itself?