Archive for January, 2011

The collapse of the 23-year dictatorship, the first ever collapse of an Arab leader to a “people power” uprising is shaking the Muslim world. President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali who wanted to rule further until 2014 had to fled out of the country due to the mass uprising in every corner of Tunisia, and now, he is hiding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia another authoritarian state, with his tail between his legs.

The spark to the riot was after, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself ablaze on December 17 out of sheer frustration. Mohamed was a young graduate who sold fruits and vegetables for a living, he was locked up and his cart with all his fruits and vegetables was confiscated by the Tunisian authorities for his failure to secure proper license. He eventually died an agonising death on January 5.

Now Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution” has spread to neighbouring Egypt and is about to knock off President Hosni Mubarak from his 30 years dictatorship. Mubarak has gone into hiding now. It is spreading like wild fire across the Arab world. Like Tunisia, and now in Egypt, similar protest over unemployment and food prices have also started in Jordan, Algeria, Yemen and even Saudi Arabia in the past weeks, all these countries has a big percentage of young people, majority are well-educated but a lot unemployed.

This has been one hell of a revolution. It places the military on top and is a another step towards perpetuating the “militarized democracy”. Mubarak went because he wanted to establish a civilian oligarchy led by his son.

Anyway, the people of Egypt will be lucky if their military hands over power to a democratically elected govt in 6 months as promised !!

Comparing this with the situation that is prevailing in our country, do we see something similar happening here. I believe the situation here is not that bad yet although we have our share of widespread police abuse and death in police custody like the case of 22 year-old Kugan Ananthan who died a horrible, lonely death with his body bore the marks of several wounds from severe beatings and torture from the hands of policemen. Then we have the case of Teoh Beng Hock who died in the custody of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency and we are told that Teoh Beng Hock did not commit suicide but neither was his death a homicide. Then we are told again that the police are allowed to shoot as in the case of Aminulrasyid Amzah, the 15 year-old who died in a hail of police bullets. Then recently, there was the case of businessman Chia Buang Hing, 34 who was beaten up by the cops when he was stopped at a police road-block. So many more cases of torture and abuse from the hands of the authorities and it may take me many more pages to complete.

Don’t you think they are testing our patience? I tell you, the way our government is handling the situation really sucks, our belief in the forces of law and order have eroded badly.

Don’t you think Malaysia too is ready for this kind of an upheaval?

The conditions are here also: A dysfunctional polity, corrupt politicians, self absorbed bureaucrats, an uncaring elite, increasing disparities in income and consumption, and an all pervasive corrupt and insolent government.

So is it a matter of when or is it still a question of why?

Or when will we come out and say… CUKUP!

The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) is now on Facebook.


2010 in review

Posted: January 2, 2011 in about me

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 89 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 356 posts. There were 43 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 14th with 9,535 views. The most popular post that day was Najib is Making His Move on Musa Aman.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and tmsv2.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for siddhartha gautama, yong vui kong, selvarajasomiah, musa aman, and free malaysia today.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Najib is Making His Move on Musa Aman May 2010


Lawyer Richard Barnes Confidant of Musa Aman Detained By MACC June 2010


Power is shifting from Musa Aman to Premier Najib – and maybe, to the people July 2010


Proxy War Launched By Musa Aman Against Najib Razak June 2010


Musa Aman’s Tunship July 2010

Dear Readers,

I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

I am not the resolving kind but a friend of mine made me think about becoming more organized. I shall write about it in more detail some-days, but for now I must share this important resolution with you all.

I resolve to stick to a schedule as long as I get all the external and internal motivation to keep this resolution. I request my regular visitors to share their “We-are-with-you”, “Way-to-go-Bro”, “Wow’s”, “Cool”, with me.

And now a note for the non-commenting readers whose not-so-innocent searches bring them to this innocent blog:

If you were here looking for obscene pictures and stories about…well…you know what – you might say “What-a-let-down”, and look around. There’s more to this world than…you know what. But regardless of the reason that you are here……

Wish you a Happy New Year in which all your fantasies about how Rais Yatim had his sadistic go with his Indonesian Amah, how in the video clip Dr Chua Soi Lek was putting his finger in the pie, Elizarbert Wong’s and…phew…I can’t talk about those others…comes true! (Sometimes I wonder why we get to see the searches that bring people to our pages.)

Now a note of thanks to the real audience of this blog…I’d like to thank you all from my HEART. I am sorry I have been irregular in my postings but despite my laziness, you stayed with me. Thank you. I care about you, and so I’ll try to write more regularly.

Thank you for the great ride. God Bless…/selva