#hamiklanjiao Bersih?

Bersih is not about rhetoric.

What Bersih wants? You know. I know. A lot of people know. So it is very clear what Bersih wants.

Yes, Bersih wants a clean government. Bersih wants free and fair elections. Now, Bersih also wants to “save the economy.”

Why Bersih wants these? For the lack of vocabulary, #BetterNation heh.

And how to achieve all these? The specifics of it? May I direct you to some of the recommendations made by Bersih.

Bersih’s 10 institutional reforms:

1. Electoral reform
2. Making the Election Commission a constitutional party answerable to Parliament
3. Barring Prime Minister from simultaneously holding the office of Finance Minister
4. Parliamentary Reform
5. Making MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) answerable to Parliament
6. Separating Attorney General from the role of Public Prosecutor
7. Freedom of Information laws at Federal and State levels
8. Public declaration of Ministers and senior government servants’ assets
9. Repeal of/Amendments to draconian laws
10. Establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)

If all these recommendations by Bersih are accepted and carried out, we should be able to achieve the two main “wants” mentioned earlier.  The 3rd “want” is just the after thought of the other two.

But, really HOW to get all these recommendations done? Through a rally? Heck, rally is just a process. A referendum of collective voices and opinions. To unite and organise people with shared objectives. Really, a rally is one of the simplest mean for common folks to voice out when every other avenue is either being closed down or being bullied into submission. I don’t think people are so naive to think just through rallies we would able to achieve all we want.

The “hows” to achieve all above although is clear and appears to be easy as spelt out in the recommendations, yet it is not quite clear (confusing, but yeah..) because the lack of any result to show. The journey is still a long and windy one, even for an optimist. Especially when this is going to be the 4th edition of Bersih since its first rally on 10th November 2007. What Bersih has really achieved since then? Indelible ink? More awareness? More noise? Really, to be honest not much in measurable results when you compare with the recommendations mentioned earlier.

But that is because we have a very stubborn and irresponsible government in place. Many promises were made, not many were met. All the structural changes recommended to achieve the main objective of Bersih – free and fair election yet to be made. Election Commission is still not reporting to the parliament. Political funding yet to be regulated. Delineation, very minimal to none have been carried out.

So we are stuck with the same old play. Yes it is silly to keep doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. But what choice do we have for now? Do you have better and workable ideas? By all means, do it. Just don’t ridicule the persistence of Bersih supporters.

Because at this stage we are still only concern about “what.” And “why.”

Why we want a free and fair elections? So we hopefully will get a clean government  in the process when we have free and fair elections.

When we have a clean government, hopefully we will have a government that actually cares about the economy, that will listen to the voice of the people who put them in office and will implement measures and policies to the benefit of better economy and all.

How Bersih want to achieve all this? Well before that, does Bersih have a consistent and big enough voice to get things done as what they want? As what you and I want if we all support its objectives and fights. Because if we don’t have a consistent and big enough support to pressure the power to be to carry out the recommendations for all the things we want and why, no point we go talking about how now.

We must remember that Bersih is nothing but a pressure group with its main objective is for electoral reforms. Bersih is not the policy maker. To burden Bersih with all the how to get this and that done, shouldn’t these questions be asked to those who actually can make it happen? Ask the bloody government. Ask the bloody Election Commission. Ask the bloody Prime Minister who is having a chokehold over the whole cabinet and everything that moves (maybe some already dead, unfortunately) in this land.

There are so many things to do, a lot of it have to be in place before what we want can happen. Do we expect to have all the answers before we want to be a part of anything? You already knew the what and why. You want to know the how as well? Bloody hell, go play your game with your cheat codes and walk-through guide don’t you?

We want to save the economy, save the nation and shit, but before all that can happen, we need to restore the confidence and strengthen the institutions we entrust to safeguard our interests, foremost. And I have lost confidence in all the major institutions we entrusted to safeguard our interests, to do its sacred jobs because all are falling apart due to political interference. Look at how much power the Prime Minister and its office wield over the Attorney General’s Chamber, Malaysian  Royal Police, Anti Corruption Agency, judiciary, the submissive cabinet and by extension the parliament by holding some balls just enough to make it a lame duck parliament eg. balls of the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

What else common folk like me do other than voting come every rigged-election and making noise on the social media that soon-to-be-regulated-and-clamped-down? This government is making a mockery of its mandate day in day out, hell no I have not and will never give my vote to anyone to abuse the governance system, public institutions and ruin the nation like what is happening now.

So, you be damned if people want to walk the streets with the like minded to show their displeasure with the government and the system. The most important of all, to throw their support for Bersih in its fights for electoral reforms.

For free and fair elections.

For clean government.

For me, I just need these two reasons. How many do you need?




The uncle is directing passengers to the sections following their destinations. When you already have big signs just in front of the entrance. Yet there many who stopped and asked him which section to go.

Redundancy.  That is why some people never learn to pay extra attention.  What a waste of productivity. Then again, maybe this is a way to “create jobs”.

Good morning.

A short update

It is another week before Chinese New Year and I am already easing into it (read: lazy at work).

So it’s been 1 year and 9 months working in Indonesia for me. I am enjoying the experience so far. My life is pretty simple here. Morning going to work at 7am local time (an hour behind Malaysia) for  5 hours 12pm, break for 2 hours and then continue at 2pm for  another  3 hours. Saturday half day work. Usually after work go for  a short run or doing whatever to sweat myself out for about 30 mins, then have dinner and doing whatever  is there to be done to occupy myself until bedtime.

Before they put some limitation on the usage of internet, still can waste time on the internet. Now, just relying on the personal data plan, the speed is painfully slow. Just to send a tweet also taking forever. You would in such god forsaken place they’ll ensure certain things that keep you insane, like being connected to the family and friends via simple technology like the internet would be taken care well eh? Well, some people just don’t have any cow sense of anything. Limitation of internet service during working hours is fine to curb abuse, but after office hours? Playing kuku all night also sien lah.

I didn’t make time to write about my 2014 like I usually do at the starting of a new year, as a recap when I was still active blogging. Uh, people still use the word blogging nowadays?

My 2014 was uneventful, well with my time spent most in the jungle, what do you expect? Health wise I think I am doing good, I weigh and look better than the heydays. I manage to keep my weight at 72-74kg and ensuring that I don’t grow back my tummy. I have been monitoring my body stats, the usual glucose, cholesterol, uric acid and everything is pretty good, hope to keep that this year. Introduced more greens in my food intake and cut down on the processed food and carbs. Why the decision to be so health conscious of late? Well, one thing is that the results from all that makes me feel better about myself. I can’t wrap my head around the fact I am only 32 and feeling old and crap. Late 2012, at 88kg or so I was feeling like crap.

My late father passed away because of cancer in 2011, and my younger brother us unexpectedly in 2012 and I think those 2 events subconsciously influenced me to take a better care of myself on order to be able to take care of my loved ones and to enjoy better things in life.. No money can buy you good health, when it is too late. Career wise, I am doing better than before and that is progress so that’s all that matters. Most important thing is to be appreciated for the work you done and the your value as part of the organisation. And for rat racer like us, we measure that in simplest terms possible, money and support.

Oh ya, Adam is growing up fast. He is 17 months now and the last time I went back he was busy showing off his vocab. I hope to be able to spend more time with him. I am going back almost every 2 months, it is some sort of gentlemen deal between me and my boss. I will not give anyone a rat’s ass when it comes to my entitlements and personal time with my family. I have been down that road, and no amount of hard work or money worth the time spent with your loved ones. Money can find. If cannot find as much as you like it to be, then have to  live as much as it can provide you with.

But I have learned that one important thing in life is to have choice. You need to have choices in the things you do in order not to sell yourself short, so don’t limit your choices. Make and open yourself to more choices.

Till next time. Good night.

“I am your father, Adam.”

Hey there! This is me writing the first post for this blog in 2014, close to 3 months late. My last post was in last year July 30th, so it has been almost 8 months since I have written anything for this blog. What an achievement, not. Let’s see, what has changed since then? Well…

“I am your father, Adam.” Yes, I finally can use that line from now on, when necessary. Meet Adam Encharang Bong Wei Keat. He was born on 24th August 2013. He is going to be 7-month old next week. Damn, time flies.




I only get to see him every 2 months or so since I started working here in Kalimantan Tengah. I feel bad when I think about it. Hopefully this will not go like this for long. Dread to think that I will miss out all the good times with him.

I think I can now pass as a local when speaking on the phone but still too good looking in real life to be an Indonesian bwahahaha!. I kid. I kid. Life is pretty mundane here. Morning 7am to 12am, 2pm to 4pm go to work. Stay in office or go to site, walk around, pick up some calls. Don’t really screw people here to get things done, so being tactful when asking for anything is a must. And you wait. And wait. And repeat. And wait.  Then after work go for a short run or pretend to do anything that can be considered as exercise. After dinner, movie time. Or reading some books. Or wasting time on Twitter, which I am very good at. Repeat from Monday to Saturday. Sunday if lazy stay in the room, watch movies, read books, on Twitter again. Or else go to Banjarmasin city, 3.5 hours away. Waste time at the only hypermall in town then back to the estate usually already 9-10pm local time. Repeat.

Work not really that much different from what I did in my previous workplace. I enjoy the work and the challenges. Sometimes a little frustrated when things not moving as fast as I want it to be. Was used to get things moving faster back home. Then again, I pretty much had the full authority running things back then. Here, there are more ladders to climb. There are still many more things to do, I think I will stay put for the time being. The perks are good.

Eh, why am I talking about work. I should talk about anything but work. I have good news, for myself. I am so much lighter now since I started running in November 2012, and pretty much maintain the current weight at 72-74kg for quite a while now. I was weighed 88kg when I started. I was running consistently every week when I was in Miri and Kuching and was so happy I could make it a habit. More so that I “suddenly’ got to know few friends who are into running as well. Every Saturday 5am we went for a long run. Lost the tempo a little after coming to Indonesia mostly due to boredom running alone. I am no Forrest Gump, man. And the Runkeeper also not working well here. Not sure why the GPS is not working, so I cannot track my run. I thought it was my phone, but I have changed few phones since I came here and still the problem persists. So I just do my 3km or so run every alternate evening. Longer on the weekend when I feel fat. I hope I can keep this habit for long.

I also wish to get back my writing habit. Nowadays writing in spurts on Twitter or Facebook status, making me lazy and dumb when it comes to writing. Things on Twitter also getting dull, people picking fights over the silliest thing. Politics is no longer ‘fresh’, especially when you understand that some things will not change, or it will take time to change. We are still not getting our basics right. Bickering for the sake of it, both the opposition and the establishment. I am especially disappointed with the opposition for sticking to the same old tune just like what its counterpart doing, so it is a never ending and long, boring tango. Well, disappointed with the opposition doesn’t make me a fan of the establishment either. I myself noticed that I have toned down my political craps, straying away from those serious discussions and sticking to hahaha stupid jibes and snarky sarcastic remarks for both sides of the divide. Same old faces, same old ways of doing thing it is just insane expecting different result out of it. Or, maybe I am just getting old. Pffft.

Till next post.

p/s: I hope they find the MH370 soon.

pp/s: Just how many of you still reading this blog?

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