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A funny, profound and disturbing contradiction

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 1,142 views

I take punt on lottery every now and then. Yes, I failed my Maths on the Odd and Probability chapter that’s the reason I am punting :grin: Ehem, it’s the rush and the anticipation, non gamblers would not understand and it’s better that way, don’t need to understand for the good of you.

In the past, I would only buy when I passed by the lottery outlets and rarely made special trips just to buy lottery. Lately, I have some friends joining me in this ’super duper ridiculous long shot investment’ and I have means to buy it instantly without going to the outlets, *wink* so I have been buying lottery quite religiously. :neutral: :roll:

I am not writing about ‘how to strike it rich‘ or ‘the good and bad about lottery betting‘ or ‘gambling and its repercussions’ in this post. What I am going to write actually is actually a little disturbing observation that I made, recently.

I always check the lottery results at this one website which is dedicated to all the punters like me where there is a forum, tips, past results statistic etc and all for all the users to check out. What tickles me is this…

As you know, gambling in any form is prohibited for the Muslims. Same goes to Christians, and Buddhists. And, hey no I am not trying to be judgmental here. I really hope I am not appearing like someone who is trying to mock any religion and its followers doings, by writing this post. No offense, if you perceive otherwise from reading this post, I’m truly sorry. (Er, why so nervous suddenly haha! Damn, it’s hard to be politically correct)

In this particular forum, I always see some Muslim forumers posting about tips and all that.  I wouldn’t know they are Muslims (well I actually can tell from the language they use lar) but it’s more funny to actually read some very ‘telling’ conversations among them. Some of the conversations that I find to be contradictorily funny are…

Assalamualaikum bro… ada tips ke?” (Peace upon you brother, any forecast for lottery numbers?)

Ok bro, aku gi solat jap, pastu baru aku gi tikam kat kedai.” (I want to for a prayer first, then I’ll punt some numbers)

Insya Allah, mudah mudahan kena lah nombor nie” (God willing/If it is God’s will we will strike the lottery)

It’s a little bit funny, don’t you think? So far I haven’t read anything along the line “Syukur alhamdulillah, aku kena first prize Toto4D!” (Praise to God, I struck Toto4D’s 1st prize!) yet, but it would be really weird to read that in that kind of forum.

It is easier to identify someone who is of Islam faith than other religion, because of the phrases they tend to use in their daily conversation. Christians don’t go ‘Praise Lord Jesus’ or ‘Amen’ and Buddhists don’t go ‘Namo Amitabha Buddha’ in their daily conversations, I think. That’s the difference and of course, I’m not on purpose selectively write about Islam followers straying from their religion rules or anything. Just that, they are more easy to be identified.

Normally, you would not want to let people know your ‘little background’ when you are doing something which is not right and against your belief system, right? You just don’t want people to know who you are, what are your affiliations or just anything that may incriminate you while doing the ‘crime’.

Put it this way, say you are the  most famous spokesperson for Pepsi and everybody knows you for that reason, you wouldn’t want people to see you sipping Coca Cola and even if you do, you are going to make sure anyone around you don’t know you are a spokesperson for Pepsi, right? A policeman would not wear his police uniform while he’s robbing a bank, right? Eh, wait.. that idea may work just fine, perfectly. LOL!

Let me try again, a Christian priest would not wear his collared coat and bring a Bible with him if he decides to stray and screw some hot chicks at a brothel, right? A Buddhist monk would not go and eat fried chicken at KFC or chewing double cheese burger at Mc Donald wearing his saffron robe, right? Geddit?

I don’t really understand people, sometimes. Full of contradiction, often hilariously funny yet absurdly weird and controversial. Well, life is a contradiction at times – as are we!

ps: “Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction” – William Blake

pss: Please keep your comments civilised and proper okay?

Najib’s new cabinet – My take.

Friday, April 10th, 2009 3,143 views

Najib’s new cabinet.

1. Syed Hamid Albar ‘The Idiot’ is out! Wheeeeeeee!! We don’t need your protection – not that kind of protection, NEVER! So, go and play with your grandkids. Adios!

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Verdict & the smallness of our politics.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 5,174 views

The results speak for themselves. The verdict is out.

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Why I am disgusted by the RM60bil stimulus package by Vijay Kumar Murugavell

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 5,857 views

Please allow me to share this very well written commentary by a friend on the recent RM60 billion stimulus package aka mini budget announced by Najib Razak, our Finance Minister, Deputy Minister and soon to be Prime Minister. (God willing. Hey, you don’t laugh. HA! HA! HA!)

I am a little bit busy with work and I have not really look into the details of the ever stimulating mini budget. Let’s see if I am labourious enough to write one later, just like Vijay did.

Why I am disgusted by the RM60bil stimulus package.

by Vijay Kumar Murugavell

The stimulus package is not transparent enough to comment on with regards to if it would work or not, but RM 60 bil is not enough to stimulate a RM350bil economy that relies heavily on exports and FDI, its like trying to boil water in a swimming pool using an electric kettle.

We are running a budget deficit -in short spending money we have not earned yet to finance this stimulus more so when our earnings from commodities are on a downward trend.

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