(Frankly speaking and in my personal opinion, the best main battle tank or MBT out there is Israel’s Merkava MBT which came into service in the late 1970s and has gone through substantial improvement over the years. It has a very low profile and is armed with a locally built 120 mm smoothbore gun that is also capable of firing laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles similar to the Russian tanks. Image source: Wikipedia)
In Raman Ethanai Ramanadi, Sudhir who plays his young friend Gopi must have a very tough time doing his scenes with confident with the great Sivaji Ganesan, one of the biggest stars in the Tamil movie industry calling him vaada, pooda and dei so casually. Image source: Alchetron
I was very proud when I saw a Malaysian, well made Special Force movie called Paskal in 2018 and then in 2020, I watched URI: The Surgical Strike which showed that great Special Force movies can be produced outside Hollywood. I always had a soft spot for anything that is related to the military and especially on topics related to the Special Forces units within the military – I think I told this more than once in this blog. Image source: Bollywood Hungama.
Now with “everything” being online and the delivery of the ordered items pretty much safe and on time, one will not need to go out to an ordinary shop to buy. It is just a matter of clicking a button to pick, select and pay. Infographic source: Midec / Exabytes
The downside of online purchases is that one cannot be able to physically inspect the items before purchase. And I admit that I got burned more than twice of which I managed to get a refund for some and for others, a chance to throw away into the dustbin.
On 14th September 2021, PBS Frontline ran an excellent documentary on Boeing’s series of shocking mishandling & process failure in the manufacturing of the new 737-Max passenger plane. The trigger point was the introduction of the new Airbus A320neo and the delay of Boeing’s next model, the 787 Dreamliner. Image source: PRNewsfoto/Boeing
There was tremendous pressure to bring the new plane into the market in time to counter Airbus’ A320Neo plane. In the end, a software glitch caused 2 major accidents that saw 346 passengers & crew died, Boeing & airlines suffered substantial financial losses due to glitch & grounded planes and caused the chairman & CEO, Dennis Muilenburg his job.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) even converted some of the CN-235 transport planes into maritime patrol roles which says a lot about the capabilities of a modern, well-designed transportation aircraft. Image source: Wikipedia.
When it comes to the air force’s mainstream inventory, one would often fancy their latest lineup of the latest jet fighters and perhaps their heavily armed & armoured attack helicopters but no one talks about the workhorse of the air force, the transport carriers.
The next major item that I am planning to buy online is the US-made Fluval brand fish tank set that comes complete with a large 34 litres fish tank, 3 stage water filtration system and multi-colour 7500K LED lights for the living hall. Image source: Shopee
We will need to spend extra on the accessories namely the fine white sand, aquatic plants; lava rocks and of course fishes. We had 2 other aquariums at home before but it was not attractive as we did not add the right accessories and we had to throw them away after they had a crack.
In the 2020 Telugu movie Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, the goons will try to force an innocent businessman to sell 50% of his profitable company shares through threats and even attempted murder. A similar plot has been the crux of the story in many Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies in the past but only in Malaysia, there is the rule to force private companies to sell their shares and lose a controlling stake in their own companies. Image source: Twitter
It was reported in TheStar back in February 2021 that Petronas had contributed almost RM1.2 trillion since 1976 to the national budget income. In Budget 2020, the Government projected a one-off special dividend of RM30 billion from Petronas which represented 10% of the overall RM297 billion income. The question is how long Petronas can continue to contribute significantly to the national budget? Source: Petronas
Star Trek: The Next Generation and Captain Jean Luc Pichard have been my type of Star Trek that I want to watch forever. It is almost a perfect Star Trek TV series combining great storytelling, memorable characters and special effects. Further Star Trek: The Next Generation crew was the only one that went to Day 1 of the “first contact”.