Sunday, November 19, 2006

Malware in UMNO

This just in from the Help Desk!

Complaint: UMNO operating system corrupted with malware. System integrity maintained via introduction of subroutines that keep the malicious code in check to prevent system-wide chaos.

Despite upgrades in firmware and software, system continues to be plagued by malware that continue to cause problems including irrational wielding of wavy daggers, racist rhetoric and perverse xenophobia on an annual basis.

A system check showed error message: 0x800CCCD6 IMAP_BUFFER_OVERFLOW Buffer limit exceeded.

Ran diagnostics and and a series of restore points to default but malware is now part of the operating system and unable to return Malays to a race of cultured, polite, humble and rational people as per the Selangor Sultan List (SSL).

Diagnostics revealed that while core operating system remained rational, software upgrades over the years using a combination of freeware and java applets have corrupted the entire system leaving it blind to rational thought, deaf to advice but absolutely vociferous in spouting drivel - in line with freedom of speech as guaranteed under cyberspace laws.

However, other parts of the system cannot handle such freedoms and are now hankering for a previous operating system that shut down all ports and kept the entire system in a vacumm and isolated from any upgrades.

Solutions: Core system remains viable but malware is hard to eliminate as its code is intertwined with operating system. Other competing operating systems are not robust to run system-wide.

Lines of code from previous version of operating system continues to turn up as extensions of malware, putting strain to the system. However, routine system diagnostics is rooting out the malware. System needs extensive recoding to prevent system-wide chaos.

However, clients are not willing to make changes to the operating system. Which means we will continue to service the clients until we stop technical support for this operating system.

Where's Open Source when you need it?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. Ingenious. This post of yours should be published and distributed throughout Putrajaya, MSC and the nation. Perhaps a few good systems analysts or at least a couple of trouble shooters may take up the difficult task of either overhauling or devising a replacement.

shinwee said...

The only method BN can stay in power is to keep the nation stupid, uninformed and struggling to put food on their tables.

If the nation is stupid, then they will ask less questions. Unable to think logically and systematically, everything that the BN force feed to the nation will just be taken at face value. BN says that malays should be given more help.

If the nation is uninformed, then BN will have less to worry about stealing their money and telling a totally different story of how they are helping them get better. Take a million, donate a thousand.

If nation is struggling to put food on the table, the less time they have to care about the decapitated political condition in the country. So BN can just continue to marginalize every single person who is not a malay.

So why talk about them not reaching their promised goal of being first world when it is not their goal since day one. Everyone here knows what their goal is. We know that their promises are as empty as their heads.

What they want is to get as much money as possible and stash them in some other country because sooner or later, the ringgit will be worthless. Maybe cheaper than rupiah.

We will have to see if that really happens after the next election.

honyang said...

Lim Keng Yaik questioned why after 36 years, malay equity ownership was still 18.9%.

In 2004, Morgan Stanley issued a report that estimated that over 100 billion US dollars (360 billion ringgit) had been lost to malay patronage (NEP) in the 20 years preceding 2003 (1984 to 2003).

One economist estimates that in the 36 years of its existence, the NEP has been used to channel over one trillion ringgit to the malay community through ASB, ASN and all related government policies.

Since 1970, the government has used the NEP to covet education, employment and every other conceivable benefit to the malays. These measures have largely been successful with all the top posts in GLCs, government, public listed companies, universities and practically every single area that the government has any control over being reserved for one race

The chief setbacks of the abuses of NEP are ineffectual bureaucracy, perverted social values, rampant corruption and cronyism, retarded economic growth, thwarted economic competitiveness, unrelenting brain drain, warped educational system and worsening racial polarization. Such anachronistic and regressive policy has no place in the present globalize world, and for that matter, in any civilized society.

This greed is not going to end. We as a nation of loyal citizens have to put a dent into this rubbish for the sake of our children.

miya said...

It is getting scarier being a malay in Malaysia today! You would want the other races to be treated fairly because that is how things should be, and that is the only way the other races will look at you like a normal human being that work their way the top……….not an idiot malay who got lucky and receive all the help in the world through the so-called rescuer - Umno.

The infamous crutches are there - I am not the only one saying this, the leaders have repeatedly said that. But let us be clear - none of us with a fair mind would ever point fingers at all malays. This should not be seen as a racial problem, as the political gooiness would like us to think.

Those malays in leadership positions should set the example with their own children. In stead, they chose to take advantage of their status, and teach the children how to exploit and abuse the system.

That to me is the most tragic aspect of malay feudalism. Today, if these kids are challenged, they will wilt and die with drugs.

Corruption involves both giver and taker and here we have a classic case of the giver making a mountain of the taker's taste. Such is the greed of man. He is never satisfied, under whatever circumstances.

Among the malay plunderers are also Indians and Chinese. We know that all too well. Among those who have been taken for a ride are not only the Chinese and Indians but also Malays, the common folks.

I would be denying the truth that all is ok but there are sufficient level headed people who will be able to cushion the racial politics now being staged and played, because none of us are going to benefit from any foolish excesses.

And I also want you to know that capabilities and knowledge do not just belong to any one race - it belongs to everyone. This is a ploy by politicians to indoctrinate us in a way to create animosity among us.

We have a greater task than this petty quarrelling - that our Malaysia country has been monopolised by corrupt and power crazy politicians, and we need to realise that we are all on the same side - not on the opposite as these politicians would want us believe and behave.

More Malaysians will have to change their mindset if we want to make Malaysia a progressive nation.

For too often, there has always been the fear to vote opposition as the government has always managed to create the fear that, if it is overthrown, chaos will ensue.

To me, the opposition should just concentrate on winning two or three state governments and then prove to the rest that "Hey, it is ok to change your government if it does not perform."

Even Indonesia has had a few changes of government and they survive. I am sure Malaysians can do better than that.

samp said...

I left the country some 20 years ago. I am very glad I made that decision. My children got the education they desired and both enjoying their chosen professions after completing university studies.

I enjoy tremendously living and contributing to my adopted country. I am an IT professional, so are many of my friends who left Malaysia with me in the 1980s.

Most of our children are professionals in their own rights. They earned their places in the society on their own merits. Many of them are in the engineering, financial, IT, legal and medical professions.

Dare I say many of them won various scholarships throughout their academic pursuits. Oh Malaysia! You don't know how much you have lost……….

vesewe said...

Now if you followed speech about a new agenda to help malays. So this is the way to create towering malays - just give them more handouts.

All talk was about helping, read enriching the malays. No one had the balls to talk about the Malaysia agenda. If this is what our future leaders spew, then I shed tears for my beloved country.

Much of so-called leakages of malays allocation has not gone to other malays but merely lost. Look at the bank write-offs, the debt of Perwaja, the loss of Proton, the ringgit depreciation etc, and you get an idea where they have gone. The non-malays benefit is marginal compared to the larger loses.

Just look at how many of the chief ministers and Menteri Besar reap profit from their position for personal gain, compared to few did not do it. They must be using the same pretext of some noble cause like the NEP. But at the end the one benefiting is their closet cronies.

What left to Malaysians is the exorbitant car prices, high toll rates, no viable alternative public transport in cities, ever increasing water tariff, etc. Who is suffering at the end? Isn't it the "rakyat" at large and malays forming the largest portion?

Have they not considered why previous implementations failed? In fact one needs not look far to find the answers - ABUSE of POWER and CORRUPTION leading to cronyism and nepotism.

A simple solution is to implement an answerable to parliament, freedom of the press and independent judiciary as a starter.

Instead, Umno is asking for more privileges. Who are the main beneficiaries? So long as Malaysia's resources are plentiful, the non-malays as scapegoats, the use of religious fear factor works on the people, Umno will continue to call the shot.

Unfortunately there are not enough resources to satisfy the greed of Umno, the people will remain poorer while the rich get richer.

For non-malays, their ultimate aim is going abroad. Those left behind, well, the left over will join the poor including the malays in Malaysia. Thus denying Malaysia the skill and wealth of the emigrating Malaysians.

Don't forget the call for more help, enriching the malays are actually for Umno, selected cronies and few! Not all the malays!

Do read them carefully and not counting it as every malay or Malaysian! Because of this nature of speech don't count it as "for all malays" and a case for you to bombast the innocent malays!

With all the hundreds of millions and multibillions ringgit of contracts going to the crony companies and Umno-malays, with all the Approved Permits (APs) going to the malays (almost), with all the banking licences going to the malays (almost), with all the big government-linked companies (GLCs) coming under the control of the malays, with all the government jobs (almost) going to the malays, with all the petrol stations, transports licenses going to the malays, etc.

Perhaps one reason that Umno Youth perceived that the malays are not faring too well in the economic field is that the wealth that is now in their hands is not well shared out, and is concentrated in the hands of a small number of elite and crony malays.

If you look at the number of government contracts going out to malays is really discriminating against the non-malays.

Until now, I have not heard of one malay who has the courage to admit that about 90% of the government assistances and projects, that went to help the malays has gone to waste - huge squandering and wastage.

It is the reason why they are not being respected by other races.

That is their huge weakness. No matter how much monetary assistance you give to the malays, somehow or rather it doesn't improve their attitude and character towards work. It doesn't improve their knowledge on any business they are in.

Their business ethic is the lowest among Malaysians. Their wealth will never improve. Later down the road, they will be spending most of their money if not all, on material gain rather than on building knowledge, skill and value.

That is why, or 90% of the government projects, 90% of the student scholarships goes to them, has gone to waste. They didn't take the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skill but merely for material gain.

They have no confidence in themselves after so many years of independence. No faith and no confidence in themselves to do their best and compete in the world. None at all!

Because most of the time, they spend their money and time on material gain and politics. I would say malays place more importance on the form rather than on the substance.

Look at the amount of protocol they have to follow in their daily life. Most of it is not practical at all.

In short, we are stuck in medieval concept of balance of conflicting interest rather than those about moving forward to be become one.

So long as we are stuck in such medieval thinking, so long as we will be paralyzed by our fear and insecurities - and honestly substandard as a nation.

romsam said...

Sometimes, we malays deserve to be labeled. We need to be criticised and provoked, and be put into a corner before we come out fighting. Otherwise we tend to be easy going, preferring the softer options even when we know that there are no free lunches at the end of the day.

When we cannot deal or cope with reality, what do we do? We become envious of others and legislate to take away their rights, not matter how well we rationalise our actions. At worst we run amuck, and that is infantile behaviour.

The NEP cannot be in perpetuity. After 35 years of affirmative action, we have not much to show for it. Our destiny is in our own hands. The golf handicap concept is not a prop. It has to be assessed on performance. Don't you think it is time we, as individual malays, make the paradigm shift in our thinking towards being self-reliant? We need new modalities and a renewed "can do" spirit.

No leader, intellectual or otherwise, can help us if we do not want to change. I am not here to lead you and others, as I do not believe in being led. Lead yourself. You have to learn to accept criticisms, and be confident and strong to deal with them.

You have to take to the well and drink its water yourself. But before that, you have to identify where the well is, learn to dig it, assess the drink-ability of the water, and find the best way to tap it. It will be better if you can purify and package the water, brand it and sell the surplus for profit. To do that would require knowledge which must be acquired as it is not given to you or me on a silver platter.

I believe in self-motivation, serious self-criticism, and sober reflection, together with the guts and will to make appropriate adjustments. That is hard work, but it is most satisfying in my view.

The choice is ours to make: keep our feudal ways, or abandon it in favour of a more liberating and open system. For me the answer is obvious. However, I do not expect this to happen overnight. We have to make a start. A journey of a thousand years begins with the first steps, the outcome of which is full of challenges and uncertainties.

I do not give up because I believe in fighting back, and speaking my mind. This streak remains with me to this day. Thanks.

tim said...

It is true NEP has its good and its bad points depending on whose view you are looking at it.

The non-malays have been straddled with this law for a long time and I can see lots of dissatisfaction emerging from their rank. This can be seen by the ever-increasing number of emigration taking place as well as non-returning students from abroad.

I cannot start to call them traitors, as some of the malays here seem to imply on them. Put yourself in their shoe first and feel the full effect of the discrimination for over 30 years……….Do you think you will be happy? Anybody?

Want to know why the non-malays are all running away from Malaysia for greener pasture as malays call traitors and rats? Know that even rats must be wise to jump ship when the ship is sinking.

The government has been pushing the unity theme for Malaysia for a long time - the so-called Bangsa Malaysia. How do you unite people? How are you going to unite people of different races where one race enjoys more rights than other races? Unity can never happen if there is inequality.

So, if you don't want people to comment on your special rights, then don't talk about unity in front of the non-malays.

The next reason why the non-malays keep on condemning the special rights is because of the implementation of it. Does every malay has the chance to enjoy their special rights? From what non-malays have been seeing since the past till now, only the rich and powerful are enjoying it. The poor malays are still poor. How many poor malays were transformed from poverty to middle class?

Sure, what you talk about your experience might be true if you put it in a nutshell. You cite examples of success stories and cases which is what it should be. But don't use special rights to deny a fellow deserving Malaysian of that chance too.

If you don't trust your fellow countrymen, whom in the world are you going to put your faith into?

The reasons have been given, countless in fact. And I believe you can also see it for yourself what kind of state Malaysia is in now. No unity, no improvement in the competitiveness in Malaysia.

I believe no community will get stronger if it depends on protection all the time. In face of globalization, each one must pull its own weight but work as a team. Otherwise we go down together.

Even when we were children we were taught the strength of sticking together. Ultimately, we probably won't affect policy much. But it will satisfy me to know, someone reading this, will accept my argument. If only one person reads this and is willing to change their way of thinking, then I have succeeded.

Because they will then carry that idea to the next person.

Like myself, I will seriously wish that my future children would not have to endure the same pain as I did. The system hasn't changed much in the past (even if they do change, the change usually isn't beneficial to non-bumis), and as I can foresee, the system won't change much in the future too.

I know things cannot be as ideal as everyone would wish. We all are persevering. Nevertheless, when there is a better opportunity worthwhile to pursue, we will go for it.

molisa said...

Is the language diversity in our educational system a stumbling block to so-called 'national unity'?

Despite the insistence of this idea by the self-interested ruling elite, it is simply wrong.

And the common use of English did not stop Americans from fighting Britons in the War of Independence. And let us not forget the American Civil War - both sides spoke English.

And to the contrary, we see Europeans of different mother tongues coming together in a democratic manner to forge a united continent in the form of the multilingual European Union with common standards of democracy, governance and human rights.

English-speaking people with different mother tongues are also now living peacefully in five different independent and sovereign countries namely the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Britain and Australia.

It is time for the Malaysian ruling elite and their ideologues to stop spreading the voodoo of that language diversity hampers national unity.

The root cause of national disunity is none other than the existence of race-based political parties like Umno, MIC and MCA, which perpetuate race-based affirmative action policies and which only benefit the upper class BN-members and their sons, daughters and cronies.

kok said...

Hisham said the people should not gamble away the future of the country by championing race politics. The irony is he does not have to look too far for such people.

What Khairy and some of the UmnoYouth leaders did was to champion race politics. It is obvious that Hisham did not point his finger at his own colleagues for wrecking the future of the country.

He is wrong because he did nothing when his fellow colleagues in Umno Youth were making all sorts of racist statements. He is wrong when he is equally guilty of doing the same - championing his own race.

It is better for the Umno Youth leadership to realise now that the original spirit of the New Economic Policy (NEP) was meant to help the poor and truly marginalised malay community to catch up with development. The policy was meant to assist them to reach a level playing ground with other communities.

Based on the first objective of NEP, there is no connection between the malay agenda and the policy. On the contrary, when the policy was introduced, the language used to frame the policy framework was non-racial, e.g. eradication of absolute poverty regardless of race.

Unfortunately, over the years the NEP was manipulated as a tool to breed patronage politics. Patronage politics is the chief cause of corruption. It is the kind of political system which is used by the 'Little Napoleons' to perpetuate their corrupt practice and their hold on power.

As a result, we enriched the well connected and privileged few but neglected the poorest 40 percent of society.

It is the distortion of the NEP policy implementation that we criticise. We support special privileges to given to the poor regardless of race so that those at that socio-economic level can use the extra assistance to make a better a living. Privileges should not given to those who are already living comfortably. The NEP is not a privilege to be given to people of a certain skin color.

A methodology used since 1971 should merit a comprehensive review so that we do not leave out some important but marginalised segments of the society. We need to find out why after 34 years of the NEP, the poorest 40 percent of the society are becoming even poorer.

The government should focus on closing the income gap between the poorest and the richest regardless of race. One effective way is to focus on capacity-building and enhancing access to economic opportunities and means.

aston said...

Can't you see, it is all back to square one. Year in, year out, some talk for half an hour, some one, some two. Some sing, many belt out their most recent released 'pantun'.

After all. Malays are good at that. Suggestions after suggestions, some good, some impossible to realize.

But, do you see any of these materialised? Hardly. Why, why and why??? Because the malays can never change. Never! Why?

The leaders forgot or were it they simply didn't want to admit and address that the actual disease is the malays and the remedy itself is also, the malays. They can never change. What is it about the malays?

Firstly as you all know, they are a lazy species. Since the beginning of time they have been like that. Even the encyclopedia called them as lazy people. I think those British with their accent tried to call them 'malas', and if you put 'y' in, it becomes 'malays'.

Embracing Islam make them a worse lot. Now they have a license to kill anything that gets into their way.

Malays are ungrateful lot. In reality, they just can't live or open their minds for others. When Mahathir said that they are complacent, they put him in jail. When Mahathir encouraged them to learn English language, they got angry with him, saying it is a 'bahasa penjajah'.

When other races 'maju', they got angry with them too. That was why at the end of Mahathir his regime, he said this, "I have achieved greatness as a prime minister, but I only fail in one thing, changing the malays."

Well, nothing to be surprised about anyway since Mahathir is not really a malay, and I guess that was why the malays were angry with him.

Last but not the least, if only the malays be that of PAS or Umno don't mix politics with religion. Remember, you can't serve two masters, one will surely outweigh the other. No, you can only achieve balance and stability in heaven, not here on earth.

ruyom said...

I propose that the Chinese Malaysians pull out of Malaysia and set up our own state, just like Singapore and be a successful nation. This new country will be a secular country that values real democracy, diversity, equality, freedom, justice, equal opportunities and equal treatment for all.

There will be no place for corruption, incompetence, racial discrimination, religious discrimination and social injustice. I am sure there will be no short of Chinese Malaysians, Indian Malaysians and even malay Malaysians who will want to live in this new country.

Perhaps Penang will offer to pull out of the federation and be the second Singapore? It is time for the people of Penang to demand a referendum!

I am an academician (European) working in a local university in Malaysia. It took me years to understand what is going on here.

In a Malaysia university there is no space for talented and hardworking individuals if they are not with the right color. These will face heavy mobbing and will be tracked down to a point that they humiliated, destroyed, crushed and cracked down.

No respect is given for knowledge. They do not accept excellence from foreign. Please never ever send foreign students there, they will be humiliated and crushed down by powerful idiots (especially malays).

I believed in that country once, I was wrong. All their infamous university local propaganda makes me vomit.

Last term there was a girl from Malaysia, who shared the same elective with me. Her spoken Chinese is so good that none of my class (European) found that she was from Malaysia until she told us.

I have also met some Malaysians who speak really good Chinese. At least the government in Malaysia (unlike the government of Indonesia until recently) didn't prohibit the learning of Chinese, although the Tunku in the 1960s viewed the Chinese with extreme suspicion due to the attempted coup (which was largely Chinese) in Indonesia.

It is really sad to see Malaysia in such condition. And the situation keep getting worse.

Just have a look at the crime rate, education system, policies made by the ministers, and you will very soon realized that Malaysia is a sinking Titanic.

Those are some of the things that shape the future of one country and they are not in good shape at all. Unless fairness, justice and transparency are being upheld, I think there is really very little hope left for this country.

The people sitting at the corridor of power are indeed corrupted and incapable. They are sinking this country.

This is possible in any country that is not democratic and transparent. It isn't a matter of if, but when!

San said...

The culture of jealousy never die. Mahathir promoted the sense of jealousy of malays against non-malays to get into power.

He promoted again jealousy of Malaysians, and malays in particular against the son-in-law of Badawi to throw Badawi out, so that his nominees can go in.

Now it is generally accepted that jealousy between races has a legitimate claim to attention. Then NEP will not go way and Najib claimed that there cannot be a time limit for NEP.

His father asked for 20 years, and he now says 200 years, until the country is taken over by foreign power, whichever is earlier.

Let us not provide excuse to Umno.

Mydeen Aboo Backer said...

Bang Mydeen dok rasa adek-adek comment ni emo sangat. Rilek le beb, jom pi kedai Mydeen minum teh tarik. Mesti special punya.