Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why Pakatan will not wrest control of Putrajaya ?

Pakatan Rakyat  consists of a dominant  DAP , bigger than life Keadilan and theologically disoriented Partai Islam Malaysia or popularly known as PAS. The coalition is led by the de facto opposition leader and cum part time porno actor, Anwar , who is working tirelessly at the behest of the Chinese community. This coalition is now brimming with confidence and supported to the teeth by the online newspapers like Malaysia Kini, FMT , Malaysia Chronicle- who are western supported - and other leftists newspapers in Malaysia. As usual, the political clarion the opposition makes is forever loud to the extent that  their confidence level of winning Putrajaya is extremely high. They really believe that everyone is joining their ship to dismantle the well oiled party machinery of the Barisan Nasional not knowing that there is the bigger silent majority group who do not really make their feelings known. This quiet attitude is clearly reflected in the state election of Sarawak in which the Pakatan thought that it would win big based on the online portals reports but the Bumiputeras kept on supporting the  national coalition. The same thing will again happen in the general election scheduled to be held anytime soon after the Prime Minister has disbursed the  BRIM 2.0 to millions of fellow Malaysians. 

Barisan Nasional will still retain the majority
One reason that clearly shows why  the Pakatan can't win is because its a loose confederation of parties with different objectives and aims. DAP is a democratic party only in  name. All its Central Executive Committees are controlled by the Chinese with a handful of Indians or Bengalis.  Not one Malay is elected to the main committee ever.  The new addition, Zairil, who people thought were a Malay is actually biologically a Chinese brought up by Tan Sri Khir Johari, the ex Minister of Education . Zairil whose mother is Christie   got his education from Multimedia University at Cyberjaya. In short, the party is a non-Malay controlled party whose media savvy leader is originally from Malaccca but running the state of Penang like a Tokong. Keadilan on the other hand  is a party of Justice supporting   the leader who was once beaten badly  by morally corrupt  Director General of Police. It is now losing its support among the Malays because of its ding dong policies of Anwar but still championed by some Chinese and Indians especially those in the urban areas. PAS is a theologically driven party who occasionally broke its tradition and looks as if its rudderless under Nik Aziz whose age is catching up but refusing to resign.
DAP sets the Pakatan agenda

Secondly, Pakatan members  are hardcore party  members who will not be able to strike a compromise. The members of DAP who claim to be democratic are hard core Chinese firsters who would only fight for the Chinese issues without any compromise. They will make sure that the Chinese would eventually be in control of most of the states in Malaysia. Their ultimate is is most likely the dismantling of the Federal Constitution and replaced with something that will  eventually  get rid of the Malay privileges and rights guaranteed in the present Constitution. Like DAP, the PAS members are also hardcore members would would make Islam the basis of their dogmas. These supporters will not negotiate if the aspects discussed are off tangent to the pillars of Islam. The Consultative Council of the party will make the final decision which is based on the word of Allah-the Al Quran. Not even Hadi or YB Nik Aziz would have any say on matters decided by the Council. The Keadalan members are probably the most flexible in the Pakatan but the members will make sure that their leaders will head the Pakatan irrespective of the seats won. In short, the Pakatan members will not be able to compromise because of the hardcore policies of the parties and the members within the alternative coalition. In a nutshell, seeking  compromises amonstg the members of Pakatan will not materialize. This will affect their chances of taking over Pitrajaya.

DAP will still run Penang
Most importantly, the Pakatan would not win because the Malays would continue to vote for Barisan Nasional. They know their future is at stake if the Pakatan wins. As such, the Malays who normally  are sleepers would come in strong during the election day to support the continuation of the affirmative policies of the Barisan Nasional. Despite the Pakatan rhetorics and strategies, the Malays will continue to support the National coalition  I believe some Chinese especially those who reside in the Malay belt states like Kedah, Trengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Johor  and Melaka will continue to support Barisan Nasional. The BN will continue to run Putrajaya albeit some lost in seats.

Anwarinas running PAS
I believe in the final outcome of the 13th general election would be that  the Barisan Nasional would retain two thirds majority and the states of Selangor and Kedah will be again  under Barisan Nasional. Pakatan Rakyat will still hold on to Penang and Kelantan because of the support from  hardcore and fanatic members of of PAS and DAP  but with a reduced margin. The noise that is generated now is just the hollow noise made louder by the pro opposition online newspapers. The majority of Malaysians will still support the Barisan Nasional. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Breakfast in Bangi / sarapan pagi di Bangi

Skipping breakfast is not a good habit to practice  But many people tend to skip this important meal especially among students at tertiary institutions. Most of the time, these students wake up really late in the morning  to have breakfast but sometimes they tend to skip breakfast because its one way for them to save money. Money is every thing for them.They must not spend much more than RM 10 a day as  a student. Occasionally , they jump straight to taking lunch at 11.30 am. Dinner for them is around 6-7 pm. Not having breakfast will result in one having a heavier lunch and it's always better to have a good breakfast and just have slices of fruits for lunch. In Bandar Baru Bangi , there are a number of nice places or restaurants to have breakfast. The restaurants below are the best places to have your breakfast in Bangi.

La Rizz  restaurant
The top restaurant to have breakfast in Bangi is at La Rizz restaurant (Food 4.5 * Service 3,5 * Cleanliness 4 * Cost 3 *)  in Sungai Merab. Just in case you might not know where the place is , its just opposite the Maktab Perguruan Islam Bangi. You have to pass through the road to Hitachi and Sony Malaysia and take the underpass that goes to Sungai Merab. Even though the locality is in Sepang, the distance to that restaurant is so near that people in Bangi consider it as  part of this academic town. The best breakfast to have there is Bubur Ayam (RM 5.5) The porridge is served in a plate complete with "Pergedil" and half of a salted egg. Other condiments  associated with porridge such as spring onion and anchovies  are served as well. However, the portion given is rather small. Normally , I would have ' Roti Jala' (RM 2) plus gravy that is charged if its served with meat (RM 3-5 ). The Roti Canai served at the restaurant is not very memorable as the curry is bit on the tasteless side and served in a really  flat plate . The roti also is not very fluffy. One thing not nice about the restaurant is the service. You have to pay for the food first before consuming it  and cold drinks are served in a plastic container. Food wise, it is a nice place to have breakfast but I have to warn you to come early around 8 am because they start serving lunch at 9 am ! The Malay traditional 'kueh' and assortment of pastries would have gone by 9.30 am.

The second best restaurant to have breakfast  is Tepian Bangi restoran (Food 4. * Service 3 * Cleanliness 4 * Cost 3.5 *) in Seksyen 4. I have to admit that I have been recommending this place for lunch and dinner too in my other write ups. I have to tell you that I have no share in the restaurant but I do know that the owner is quite young and hard working and drives the latest version of the Toyota Camry. This is the best place to have 'Roti bakar' and Roti Canai. The roti Canai (RM 1) is quite large. The best part of the Roti Canai is that it is served with very tasty Myanmar style  "Kuah Dhal" basted with hot and sweet sambal. The roti canai used to be very fluffy but now its a bit thick because of too great of  demand and the need to serve the customer fast. The "goreng goreng" type noodles such as 'beehoon' and 'mee goreng' are nicely prepared. I have to also recommend the 'bubur Ayam' ( RM 3) served at the restaurant. If you have flu or and do not have the appetite to eat, I would suggest that your other half 'tau pau' the Bubur Ayam. It very much better that the Bubur ayam at  MacDonald's.

The next best place (Food 4 * Service 2.5 * Cleanliness 3 * Cost 3.5 *) to have breakfast in Bandar Baru Bangi is at a stall that has no name or probably the signboard is not prominently placed. The restaurant or more of a stall  is just next to the public toilet in Seksyen 1 of Bangi town. The stall is in front of the Satay Samuri  Restaurant in Bangi and also not far from the Singer Shop. The best breakfast to have there is 'Mee Bandung Muar' (RM 4.5). The mee Bandung there is really heaven and topped with lots of peanuts.The gravy is quite tasty and thicken with dried shrimps which gives the 'kuah' a kick. The gravy has enough sweetness of the shrimps and the potatoes. When ordering just make sure that either the father or the brothers that prepare the mee bandung. Otherwise, you will get mee bandung that is quite tasteless. My son also likes  roti canai served at the place especially the Dhal gravy. But I would have the roti with 'sambal tumis ikan bilis with cili padi Negeri sembilan' style. It's really spicy and you would need to have two pieces of roti for the extra hot 'sambal cili padi berdengung'.

Another  best restaurant to have breakfast is Restoran @atas Bukit (Food 4 * Service 2. * Cleanliness 2 * Cost 3 *) The owner is a DKK or 'Darah Keturunan Keling' or a 'Mamak'. The place is always crowded with customers lining up near the place. You will see national made and expensive imported cars overflowing to the main road. If you want to go to the place , it's in front of the Shell station on the way to Putrajaya. from Bandar Baru bangi, The place is nice to have Roti canai (RM 1). The best part is that  the gravy  has the aromatic smell of "Kuah Kambing". If you have the roti canai you have to have it with 'kuah kambing' (RM 3). The kuah daging kambing  is really out of this world  The service however is a bit slow despite having quite a lot of helpers because the customers come in  by the dozens at a time. I would advise that you come early in the morning,. The best way to go there is by taking your 'kapchai' or your superbike. Parking is a big problem at the restaurant . Food wise, I have no complaint.

So these are the best places to have breakfast in Bandar Baru Bangi.  Breakfast would be very nice if you have it with your family. Have it a bit more on breakfast as it will not make you fat. Just make sure that you cut down on the sugar intake which is the main culprit for obesity. Have a nice breakfast with your family and friends.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tempat makan/ best places to eat in Bandar Baru bangi

Last night (31st of December 2012) after sending off  my daughter (a law major)  to UITM Shah Alam   ,I wanted to stop over at Putrajaya  (my home is in Bandar Baru bangi) to see if there were some firework displays or any kind of festivals  planned for the new year celebrations but my fatigue body just drove me straight back home for the bed. My brain says go to Putrajaya' but my body says ' bed is waiting for you'. In this tussle between body vs. mind last night, the body won. Today is the 1st of January 2013 and believe it or not I will be 51 this coming January. My body has started to ache since I reached 50s  and this is compounded by an implosion of uric acid and hence 'allupurinol' medication is always at hand. Also, at this age you tend not to eat much and you are a bit selective of the kinds of food that you consume. You tend to avoid heavier dishes and go for something light and simple. In Bandar Baru Bangi there are a lot  of  nice restaurants that serve good food but it is not the restaurants that guide me but the food itself. I follow my nose and my taste buds .

Nasi Ayam at Italees Restaurant
Let's say if I want to eat "Nasi ayam" where would I go? I remember a few years back there was a nice Nasi Ayam' stall not far from the Putrajaya mosque near the big lake. It's one of the stalls at the food court facing the lake. But the "Nasi Ayam" there is not as good as it was. In Bandar Baru Bangi if I want to have a really good Nasi Ayam I would go to Italees Restaurant. (Pl use the Google Map to look for the restaurant ). But I have to warn you that the service is not so good as the place is a family run business and there's not enough staff to cater to the needs of the customers. The "nasi " tastes really good and I believe the owner cum cook has added some margarine to make it tastes better and more aromatic. The sambal with lots of garlic goes nicely with the 'nasi ayam'.The portion for the Ayam is reasonably large, enough for a big person like me. The 'nasi Ayam' will even taste better if it is taken together with Taugeh Celup (Rm 1.5) basted in salty soya sauce and sprinkled with crispy fried onions. The complete meal will cost you less than RM 7. It is probably the  best 'nasi ayam' cooked by a Malay Chef.

Roti Jala at Billion Food court
Sometimes at this age you don't feel like eating rice for lunch. I think our stomach at 50s has contracted a little and has become smaller. This is the time you  would order 'mee' or 'kuetiaw goreng'. In my case if I am at the Food court at Billion shopping centre I would order 'Mee Kari (RM 5.50). The stall is the first stall on the right side of the food court . It is the place that is nearest to the basins for hand washings. The gravy for the 'mee kari' is not too thick and I feel that the cook is a bit skimpy on  the use of 'santan'. But the good part is that its' good for our health. The cockles used in the 'mee kari ' are small are a bit rubbery and I would say tasteless  However, the right spices used and the heating up of the gravy make this noodle soup something of a memorable experience. It's so hot that you might even burn your taste buds. Normally after eating the mee kari, I would order ' roti Jala' (RM 1.20), 'popia basah' (Rm 1.50) and 'Bubur gandum' 'bubur kacang 'or 'bubur ubi'. The bubur (RM 1.50) sold at the first eatery at the food court is the best 'bubur' ever. It's not to sweet as tastes really nice and good for a diabetic patient. I think everyone would enjoy it.

Sup Ayam at Tepian Bangi Restaurant

Occasionally,  you would not want to eat noodles or rice. So what do you eat then ? I would suggest that you go for some kind of soup. Why not try chicken soup? There a nice sourish chicken soup (RM 6) served at one of the restaurants in Bandar Baru Bangi. It's called Tepian Bangi' restaurant in Section 4 of Bandar Baru Bangi. The soup served in a quite large bowl is more than enough one person. I can just have have the soup and eat the pieces of chicken and it would last me the whole day. I suggest that you have the soup late in the evening or early in the morning.I had the soup once at 1 am in the morning. Boy it's really good. It's also a good substitute for milk drinking at night. Trust me you will have a nice deep sleep after enjoying the soup.

So if you have problem in terms of what to have for dinner or lunch , why don't you go to these places. Your wife will be very happy with your decision. After  PMS they too have body aches and plus hot flushes and ... they tend too become a bit inactive to cook after so many years of cooking for the family. Don't think that the 50s is only for men. The women too need to have a good rest and some nice pleasures (I'm talking about food).