Just came back from Hong Kong. Spent an extended weekend discussing 'Cardiometabolic issues in Metabolic Syndrome' with the best of Asian, Australian and European endocrine and cardiological minds. Namely to put it bluntly 'the effect of obesity, glutony, increasing sedentariness in our lifestyle and as a result, diabetes, strokes, hypertension and kidney dysfunction leading to a much truncated lifespan'...a topic to be discussed in future articles.....
Pearls and Gem must have gone places or perhaps I look like a 'hot blooded Pashtun' or like that 'Khalid' chap from Pakistan: I was 'randomly' checked twice by the efficient Hong Kong securities at the airport, on entry and at exit...At least they were rather very straightforward and go about their job with mechanical efficiency, sparring out the hypocritical approach of the Australians who will start with " Sorry sir, this is just purely random that we choose you, we have some question to ask you blah blah blah....".I was picked 'randomly' on entry and exit three times out of three, Down Under. So much for random check.
The big issue in Hong Kong today was of Amina Bhokary. A young lady with high education and connection let off scott's free by the court after her 3rd incidence of abusing the police: she slapped them in public. Her defence was that she is a manic depressive...Still a weak excuse for a third offence. A huge public out cry. Reminded me that the Hongkies are still very much British in their outlook.
Two full pages in South China Gazzete of the dissent of building of mosques in New York and elsewhere in the States. Despite the 14th Amendment. The Americans perhaps should take a leaf or two from us in Malaysia: we have thousands of churches and temples and probably over 40,000 'kuils' everywhere and anywhere,some side by side to mosques. The other day while riding in Elmina Estate I counted there are over 15 'kuils'..we Malaysians do not make a big deal over it except when it encroaches on public land for yrgent development and is illegal.
Why talk big about the 14th Amendment when deep down you guys are so intolerant??!!
Safely back on home territory I was welcomed home by an unpleasant feeling.After Hong Kong Airport, our KLIA looked today 'very sparse' at 6 pm local time. I counted only 10 jet liners,90 % Malaysian. So much for 'Best Airport 3 Years in a Row!'.Another land clearing on the entrance of KLIA heralding another terminal for the LCCT. My God! We never stop building even when our present airport is half empty..
Then a pleasant taxi ride to Subang Jaya..Malaysia, the Best of Asia..still OK..One kilometre down the highway.....my God!...1Malaysia emblazoned across the skyline ....how can we ever have 1Malaysia with 3 school systems early on running parallel in the education of our youth! When even the wawasan concept as put forward by Dr M [ means just 'sharing' the same compound, not yet the same curricullum ] brought so much anger and displeasure, let us all forget about 1Malaysia...It is an idiotic concept and a waste of time if one side is not willing to give an inch for the sake of national unity.
The 1Malaysia ad reminded me once again of Hong Kong that I just left. A loud group of Indonesian Chinese dining near my table in Hotel Excelsior Hong Kong, were conversing 100 % Indonesian language,of all the place in Chinese Hong Kong, to the chagrin of other chinese looking people around them..... We have somehow missed the boat! Let us think of something else apart from 1Malaysia.
The irony of it all.... I know I am now back home in Malaysia.