Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

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I Say It in YOUR Face!

I’m not a big fan of politics – in fact, it’s the way Malaysian politics work, and the hybrid of unscrupulous politicians with ulterior motives and religious extremists that throws me off, makes me sick and thus, nurturing me to shy away from the prickly topic since young.

The Parliament Saga

Headline goes: Now, media barred from Parliament Lobby

KUALA LUMPUR: In another move that has journalists infuriated, the Parliament administration slapped a ban on them entering the lobby.

More than 100 representatives from various media organisations were allowed at a small corner, where press conferences are normally held.

It’s fresh out of the oven, and it’s splattered all over the newspaper headlines today. Another typical example of hampering press freedom in Malaysia, another typical case study of how badly the government is at public relations. Basically the whole saga started when each newspaper is allowed to have 5 reporters at the pre-defined ‘Media area’ (which is cordoned off with tape and sign boards, treating press personnels like pests) – so reports will have to holler, jump or execute any possible attention-grabbing stunts in order to get a hold of a passing MP or Minister. To further stifle the effort of free, truthful journalism, the reporters are only allowed to enter the lobby area between 1pm and 2.30pm.

And so the reporters are smart enough to stage a boycott and refuse to interview ANY of the MP or Ministers after the shocking discovery. This will show them who’s the real boss – it’s we people, the power of majority, that are supposed to have unhindered access to information. Not those boot lickers and whatnots.

The Outrageous Ban on Lipsticks

Headline goes: Malaysian city bans lipstick for Muslim women

(CNN) — Authorities in a northern Malaysian city have forbidden Muslim women from wearing bright lipstick and noisy high-heeled shoes, saying the directive is intended to prevent sexual assaults and “illicit sex.”

The gruesome discovery that some idiotic doofus in the Kota Bahru authority thinks that it’s the choice of lipstick and footwear that determines the chances of a female being sexually assaulted, harrassed or raped has made me feel extremely ashamed of my country. When did Malaysia start to reverse on changes and embark on the journey of reverting back to the good ol’ stoneage days?

So bright lipstick and the sounds the stilettos make with the ground make males sexually excited and aroused? And they blame it on the WOMEN for being raped – just like blaming victims to be rich if they’re robbed. Gender discrimination is not uncommon in Malaysia, but when did it escalated into something so despicable and uncivilised by modern standards?

White blouses are sexy?

Headline goes: ‘Sexy’ school uniform slammed

Kuala Lumpur – A Malaysian Islamic group on Wednesday condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.

Munirah Bahari must be out of her mind – how the hell does a white school blouse makes males sexually aroused and subjects wearers to a higher risk of sexual assault or harassment? Shouldn’t she be addressing the root of the problem instead of something that sounds so freaking childish, unrefined and brainless? She discriminating against women, which she happens to be one as well.

Premarital sex and unwanted pregnancy in Malaysia are on the rise because of a COMBINATION of social factors and definitely not because rapists think white blouses are sexy. The government should instead concentrate on strengthening the family bond, encourage health behavior, spend more money on educating teenagers about the importance of safe sex and being loyal to a parter in relationships.

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