It is said that in modern times, we listen seriously to what comedians say and laugh at what politicians say. This is unfortunately true in recent times especially when the comedian saying it is Dave Chappelle. Image source: https://www.mysanantonio.com
One of the first stand-up comedians that I actually sat and watched in full in Youtube was Russell Peters and then over the years, I started to discover others like Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Griffin, Gabriel Iglesias, Ronny Chieng (He is Malaysian too) and George Lopez (his 2004 stand-up “Why You Crying” brought back so many memories from my childhood. There is so thing common between Mexican and Indian).
David Wood is American evangelical missionary. Wood has participated in numerous public debates with Muslims and atheists,usually in a public hall or in front of a university audience including debates with Sunni Muslim apologist Shabir Ally.
Wood was invited on several ABN shows in inter-religious discussions against atheism and Islam where among other things he regularly appears on the Aramaic Broadcasting Network.
He has produced YouTube videos presenting his views on religion.
Interestingly David Wood’s 3rd point is this:-
“Muslims who don’t speak English are brought to Naik’s English lectures to cheer for what he says, even though they can’t understand him”
And this video is even older – 8 years ago in 2011:-
The point is whoever listening to Zakir Naik’s debates must firstly know how to speak and understand English. Understand in sense of not just understanding the meaning of the word in English but also the impact of the said word in the sentences used during the speech.
And next is to verify the facts again – all debaters and speakers are humans and they can make mistakes as well.
(Some things are not weird like the way people like to park their cars, it is just a result of people not taking the time and care to do the right things)
It is getting weird, it must be the insane weather, I am very sure – it has been raining cats & dogs for past weeks and yet it feels like one is sitting in a sauna at night. My daughter fared worse, despite having 2 fans and occasionally the air-conditioner switched on, she was sweating like she had just done a 10 km marathon.
Or perhaps it is something we have been drinking (or sniffing), I don’t know. Perhaps it was due to our overzealous with being the righteous one that some of us can see the end is near. Whatever the reason maybe, things are just getting weirder in this country.
It is going to be a week since MH370 went missing and yet, we have not lost hope…
Whilst the whole world is anxiously waiting for any positive news for the missing MH370 and the relatives, friends and the Government of the missing passengers have strongly expressed their dissatisfaction with the sometimes contradictory and lack of information coming out from Malaysia, they are unfortunately had to deal with this:-
One cannot dismiss the power of bomohs / shamans / astrologers in any society (even in India) – I know some of them are quite good in what they do. With MH370 still missing, there’s no harm trying but there is a proper place and time for everything. The last thing we need is to have someone doing weird charms & ceremonies in the public and in front of a group of “hungry for news” reporters. It does not take too long before it goes viral on the internet and Malaysia ends up becoming a laughing stock of the world.
Don’t these people realise that it seriously undermines the authorities’ credibility in the crisis and Malaysia’s good name. It already took some considerable beatings todate. It also mocks the serious effort by the authorities and the search & rescue teams combing the vast ocean for any evidence of the missing plane (why waste time and effort when you can do the same with 2 coconuts). It has led to a number of spoofs too.
P.s. There was a photo of Obama watching the circus on TV circulated in social media but this was confirmed to be a fake. But does it really matters if it is a fake or not when the world had watch and read about it and had a good laugh?
(Among the many funny things posted on Najib’s statement that the price of kangkung had gone down, this stands in my mind as the funniest bit. I just love Ronald’s face on the second photo – it looks like he had answered too many phone calls asking for McKangkung. Images source: Facebook)
If you have missed out on the joke on Najib, look again – it’s on the front page of BBC, rather cheekily titled “Laughing Stalk“:-
Malaysia’s prime minister is being widely lampooned on social media for a comment he made about the price of kangkung, or water spinach.
Food is a faux pas minefield for politicians, especially when it’s perceived as being used in a get-down-with-the-people kind of way – think of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s pasty moment or Chancellor George Osborne’s “posh burger” tweet. The almost inevitable response seems to be ridicule. That’s where the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak finds himself right now. With the government under fire because of price hikes in basics like fuel and electricity, he chose to push back by highlighting a reduction in the cost of the leafy green vegetable kangkung.
Kangkung – also known as water spinach, morning glory and Chinese spinach – is widely eaten in Malaysia, and is cooked as a stir-fry with a little garlic or chilli paste. But it’s cheap, grows wild alongside streams, paddy fields and drains, and is not considered a staple. Moments after a video of the prime minister was posted making the comments, the sarcasm and jokes began to trend on social media in Malaysia.
There have been hundreds of thousands of tweets, a Facebook page set up – with 10,000 followers already – a YouTube re-mix of his comments, the lyrics to popular and traditional folk songs have been re-worked, and “Keep calm and eat kangkung” T-shirts have been made and rushed to market.
Thanks to Najib, the whole world is laughing at Malaysia!
But certainly it is not a laughing matter. All items that was promised (during the election campaign) to cost lower went the other way around. And just when you thought that these idiots would have learned a thing or two from the whole kangkung incident, they decided to go on an overdrive and make a fool of themselves many times over:-
A special Cabinet committee formed to tackle the high cost of living will look at the root causes of price increases to check unreasonable or arbitrary hikes. The committee, representing various ministries, understands that not all price increases stem from government fiscal consolidation measures. Some are due to market structural issues, including supply and sale, with unscrupulous businessmen exploiting the situation, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
What, only now the Government want to set up some shit and want to find out “why” the cost of living had gone up!
You mean to say that they have been sticking their head in the ground all this time? Issue with market structural issues, including supply and sale, with unscrupulous businessmen exploiting the situation sprang up only now and without any warnings? Don’t you think it is a bit too late now especially the issue of price hike was actually raised and discussed in detail long before Christmas last year? Still remember one kangkung Minister telling off the consumer that if they feel that the price of chicken is high, then don’t eat chicken? Back then, this seemed to be the only best solution that they can come up with when consumers hit back at the Government on the drastic price hikes. One idiot went aboard with the “leave Malaysia if you don’t like BN” call which left many speechless. Perhaps all of them were aiming for the grand Kangkung of the Year award.
Anyway why you need a special (ahem!) committee when you know they are only going to waste time and a lot of taxpayers money and in the end would still be clueless on why there has been a drastic price hike of essential things? At the most, they will come back and say that the increase is justified, it cannot be controlled and thus the Government have done its best and should not be blamed for it. Perhaps they will even justify the kangkung statement from Najib. This is what will happen at the end of day. The reason is this is simple – we had a handful of committees all the way from Pak Lah’s time too but nothing positive came out from these committees.
It does not take rocket science to know that there is a cascading effect on the price of basic items once you hike up the petrol and toll charges. The other part that causes unreasonable or arbitrary hikes is corruption, unnecessary spending (what happened to that 2nd private jet that was rumored recently?) and lack of enforcement (if you say that the business owners raises the prices arbitrarily – then why they are not booked?). You still need a special committee to investigate the root cause? Why not entrust the related Government departments to do up the study and propose immediate action plan to the Government? Or this too has been curtailed by the billion ringgit consultants? Don’t you think with this, even the best kangkung jokes seemed rather pale?
Think about it and in the meantime, enjoy this video (ya, more kangkung jokes and it only shows that the Malaysians are always step ahead of the low thinking politicians):-
Have a good weekend ahead and make sure you take up a lot of kangkung (last I heard, it was cheap, very cheap)…
(I have done up Part 3 of the trip to Oriental Paris but that post has to wait for this classic – it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in Youtube)
(Watch the video below to see why this judge of a talent show in India goes in shock)
I am sure everyone would have seen some kind of “talent” show in TV – at least at the level of American Idol. In India (through the TV shows over at Astro), we have watched all kind of “talent” shows – singing show, dancing show and once in a while, live stand-up comedy show. But I am very sure that no one would have seen this kind of “talent” show ever!
The link was IM-ed to me by a Singh friend and the start seemed rather harmless but somehow seeing all those guys in military camouflaged pants should have raised some kind alarm. The expression on the judges’ faces was priceless and despite the horror, no one bothered to stop the “talented” guys from continuing. It was a bloody end but at the same time, it was so unbelievably funny.
Just watch till the end and keep a close eye on the judges’ reactions!
HAVING your gym membership terminated because of your exercise gear is probably the last thing you would expect to happen.
As ludicrous as it may sound, this was the exact bombshell that landed on a 47-year-old administrator by one of the largest privately-owned health clubs in the world.
“The staff, one of whom is the manager of the gym known as Maggie, stopped me and told me that they wanted to have a talk with me immediately. They then took me to a tea stall nearby where she bluntly told me I was no longer allowed into the gym as they have terminated my membership.”
LOKE says if her dressing is considered indecent, the fitness centre should have a dress code so that members know what they should or should not wear.
“I also would like to know which clause states that we must be silent during classes? In fact, the instructors encourage us to be more participative. I did not cause anyone any problems. It is very unfair for a loyal member to be treated in this manner.”
The gym center replied to the allegations in the paper and they seem to have valid points to terminate her membership but the really funny part was the readers’ comments at the bottom. Some of the classic ones are:-
If I were to tell you her ‘activities’, one whole day wouldn’t be enough to tell half. You might say I’m mean but when you have to exercise with such an ‘INTERESTING’ sideshow, your blood would boil or you might die from over laughing
You haven’t experienced the torment that we have suffered from all those years going to classes with her. I swear if murder was legal…
Moans during the exercise? Please respect the male members. They can’t work out if certain parts of their body obstruct the movement of the lower parts of their body
On the other side of the spectrum, Tricubes Bhd has confirmed that it will charge government agencies about 50 cents for every email sent to Malaysians who are account-holders. The irony of things is if you charge the government, you are charging the tax-payers indirectly. So, why need all this nonsense where there are free, secured email options available out there.