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Thursday, November 24, 2011

What Every Voting Citizen Should Know

I found the following article and thought it might be useful to share it here.

What Every Voting Citizen Should Know

The Voter Agent training recently conducted at the PJ Civic Centre brought to the fore some very critical issues which every voter ought to know. These are as follows:

1. As soon as you enter the polling station, you will be ushered to Kerani 1, who will check your personal identity against your NRIC. 
He/she will then read out your name, NRIC number and the Siri/Bilangan number in accordance to the list provided by the Election Commission (SPR).

2. Once all that is verified, Kerani 1 will pass your NRIC to the next officer, Kerani 2.

3. Here, Kerani 2 will hand you a ‘Kertas Undi,’ which is identified by its Serial Number.
As a voter, please know your rights. You have the constitutional right under our Election Laws to NOT accept the ‘Kertas Undi’ that the officer assigns to you. You CAN and should ask for a different ‘Kertas Undi’ from a different book.
To do that, just say to the officer, “Encik (or Cik), saya minta Kertas Undi dari buku lain atau dari bawah.” Translated, that is, “Sir (or Madam), I like to request a different ballot paper from a different book or from below.”
This must be done so that the voter CANNOT be identified via the SPR’s master list.. It will take just ONE voter to upset the whole sequence, which will eventually affect the SPR’s master list for that voting centre. The aim of doing this is to SAFEGUARD every voter’s identity. No one has the right to know how you want to vote.

4. Once your ‘Kertas Undi’ is issued to you, just stand there and do NOT leave immediately. Instead please CHECK BOTH SIDES of the ballot paper in order to ensure that there are NO pencil markings or any other form of suspicious markings on it. 
If there are, REJECT the ballot paper issued to you and instead request for these markings to be either erased to your satisfaction or for you to be issued with a new ‘Kertas Undi.’ Also do NOT accept any loose-lying ‘Kertas Undi,’ which may have been strewn about because it was rejected by someone else earlier. ALWAYS ask for a fresh ballot paper from the book.
An alternative, as suggested by certain other people via email, is to bring along your own eraser so that when you see any pencil marks, you can rub them off completely yourself.

5. Kerani 2 will then hand the ‘Kertas Undi’ to the next officer, Kerani 3.
Kerani 3 carries a seal, which will be used to stamp your ‘Kertas Undi.’ PLEASE watch carefully that the officer stamps your ballot paper FULLY and CLEARLY. After that, see that it is folded into two before the ballot paper is handed over to you.

6. You can now proceed to the voting booth.

7. At the booth, please ensure that the ballot paper has only your ONE marking of a single X.
If for whatever reason, suspicious or otherwise, you overlooked some pencil marks of numbers or markings on the front or back of the ballot paper (ie other than your own mark), please ERASE those markings completely. REMEMBER, these markings can and will render your ballot spoilt – so be extra cautious.
The most careful approach is to check your ‘Kertas Undi’ thoroughly before you accept it from the officer. REMEMBER to check it in front of the relevant officer so that if you have to reject it, he is right in front of you.

8. Do not be afraid or cower in fear when you have to express your objections because there are representatives from the various participating political parties who will be there to observe the whole voting process and they are there to assist you as and when you need.
As mentioned earlier, PLEASE bring along your own pencil ERASER.
It is VITAL that we get this information across to as many people as possible. It is this kind of information that BN/UMNO does not want others to know. They thrive on public ignorance so that they can do whatever they feel like brazenly. 
One way to stop them is to send this information to as many of your friends as possible so that everyone, on voting day, knows exactly what to do, knows his/her constitutional voting rights and is aware of what to look out for.
Every one of your votes COUNT. Help us to oust the present government. Help us, through YOUR VOTE, to say goodbye to rampant systematic corruption all the way from the Prime Minister right down to the civil service government servant and all the way to even the state royalties. 
Print this out and keep it safely. When Voting Day finally arrives, it will be handy for you to access and read again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

50 Quotes from Bill Gates

This is from the following article.

1.  "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

2.  "It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

3.  "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

4.  "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."

5.  "Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."

6.  "I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot."

7.  "I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing."

8.  "If you can't make it good, at least make it look good."

9.  "Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10% to business thinking. Business isn't that complicated. I wouldn't want that on my business card."

10. "Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you. Find yourself."

On Wealth and Investing:

11. "I have $100 billion… You realize I could spend $3 million a day, every day, for the next 100 years? And that's if I don't make another dime…"

12. "Patience is a key element of success."

13. "Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we'd want to get involved."

14.  "Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of disease of the world at large, it's really let us down."

15. "Creative capitalism takes this interest in the fortunes of others and ties it to our interest in our own fortunes in ways that help advance both. This hybrid engine of self-interest and concern for others can serve a much wider circle of people than can be reached by self-interest or caring alone".

16.  "I have drifted away from thinking about these philanthropic things. And it was only as the wealth got large enough and Melinda and I had talked about the view that wealth wasn't something that would be good to just pass to the children."

17.  "I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you're giving it away."

18.  (On being the world's richest man) "I wish I wasn't… There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it."

19.  "… No one is less happy than I am with the performance of Microsoft stock! I've lost tens of billions of dollars this year -- if you check, you'll see that's more than most people make in a lifetime!"

On Leadership:

20.  "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."

21.  "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."

22.  "Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until ever inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do."

23.  "If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure."

24.  "If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?"

25.  "We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior."

26.  "I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don't just think, 'Yes, my country is doing well,' but you think about the world at large."

27.  "There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position."

28.  "You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines show us the way."

On Business Development:

29.  "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

30.  "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."

31.  "Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."

32.  "If you show people problems and you show people the solutions, they will be moved to act."

33.  "I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington, and we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making great software."

34.  "The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."

35.  "This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50."

36.  "Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes."

37.  "At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas, but the image is that they all come from the top -- I'm  afraid that's not quite right."

38.  "The Internet will help achieve 'friction-free capitalism' by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other."

39.  "We are always saying to ourselves, 'We have to innovate. We've got to come up with that breakthrough.' In fact, the way software works, so long as you are using your existing software, you don't pay us anything at all. So we're only paid for breakthroughs."

On Computers and Technology:

40.  "The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier."

41.  "To create a new standard it takes something that's not just a little bit different. It takes something that's really new and really captures people's imaginations. And the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard."

42.  "We're not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be."

43.  "Windows 2000 already contains features such as the human discipline component, where the PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does something that does not please Windows."

44.  "I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity and they can be shaped by their user."

45.  "When the PC was launched, people knew it was important."

46.  "DOS is ugly and interferes with user experience."

47.  "Software suppliers are trying to make their software packages more user-friendly… Their best approach, so far, has been to take all the old brochures and stamp the words user-friendly on the cover."

48.  "The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don't really even notice it, so it's part of everyday life."

49.  "I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."

50.  "The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beauty in Nature

Lately as I look around, I noticed many interesting things but have missed it before.  

Take example how lights dance in the wind:

As the insects dance around the lights, you can see the patterns the insects make:

It was also interesting, that the color of this picture somehow creates a different color effect in the photo.

Even in the sky, we can see interesting design.  For example this eye in the sky:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dong Zen Temple

Dong Zen Temple is a very popular place for photography and also for prayer.

See the video below, towards you end you will find a surprise.  Best part about the place is the entrance is free.

Also look at some of the photos taken from the temple surrounding.

VIDEO0006 a video by strovek on Flickr.
Location is found below:

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Park and Ride from Prai to Penang

Penang Government will be introducing a park and ride service for people staying in Prai and working on the Island.   This service will start on Mar 2011.  The commute will be from Seberang Jaya on the mainland to the factories in Bayan Lepas (including Sunshine in Bayan Baru).

The free bus service will run 6am to 9am and from 4pm to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays.

This is one of the Green initiatives of the Penang government as well as to help fight the increase in fuel prices.  This follows another initiative of no plastic bag for the supermarkets and fast food outlets.  This shows the political will of the local government to help save our environment and create greater awareness.