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Giuk.net – Sabah’s First Blog Feeds Aggregator Portal

October 7, 2006 by · 12 Comments 

At last someone comes up with a blogtal or a blog portal that aggregates the latest postings from Sabahan made and maintained blogs on the cyberspace. It’s called giuk.net which means a worm in a local Sabah slang. That’s a good name for a blogtal if you ask me.

This site is owned by MrBadak and currently accepting submissions from Sabahan bloggers who want to be listed in the system. To get listed, just fill out a simple form and your site will be approved within 48 hours.

I hope more Sabahan bloggers will register their blogs there, not only to get traffic, but to help those who seek “Sabahan made” information on the cyberspace to find a “one stop shop” which could save their time and effort in search such info.

Malaysia is the world’s record-breaking capital

April 4, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The story about the Malaysian record breaking obsession seems to be picked up by media from around the world.

Wired magazine has published a story about Malaysia as the world record-breaking capital.

Talking about record breaking, even the small town where I live in didn’t want to be left out. Apparently, we are the record holder for having the longest bamboo mattress in Malaysia. In a positive way, this has attracted some media publicity and to some extent has put my town on the local tourism map. But most of the time, my town is just like other peaceful and quiet little town.

This record setting frenzy seems to be concentrated more in other places. Whether this is good or bad, the writer of the article has this to say:

The efforts are chronicled in the Malaysia Book of Records, a compendium of 2,005 of the country’s bests, firsts, biggests, and longests. Many attempts are so outlandish – most time spent cooped up in a vehicle – that they’re regularly slotted into the “wacky news” segments on newscasts around the world. To Western eyes, the country seems like a nation of attention-hungry circus freaks. But in Malaysia, the desire to build the largest tea bag or gather the most twins at a single location is a form of national pride.

I wouldn’t go as far as to brand Malaysian as attention-hungry circus freaks, but there’s nothing wrong with having some fun once in a while.

But from where I am sitting, we do not really pay much attention to most of the records. They usually get little coverage by the Sabah media except those media from west Malaysia and others from around the world.

You are a true Sabahan when…

February 22, 2006 by · 14 Comments 

A friend of mine sent me this list of things which embodied a true Sabahan, as her email said.

  1. You drive at right lane of the road, with a speed of only 50 KM/H.
    If people horn behind you, you still don’t know what’s wrong.
  2. You have the luxury of working from 8 AM to 5 PM (get off work punctually).
  3. You don’t believe that there is any "clean" politician in Sabah.
  4. You feel "obligated" to reach the top of Mount Kinabalu at least
    once in a lifetime.
  5. You prefer a big car than a big house (probably you can’t drive a
    big house around to show off).
  6. You wear slipper and short wherever you go, even in city.
  7. You still think that Labuan belongs to Sabah.
  8. You will not go to any FREE seminar / function that has no food or refreshment.
  9. You don’t care about service. You just want things cheap, cheap,
    cheap.
  10. You know where to get your candles and torch light quickly in the
    total darkness (due to training by frequent blackout).
  11. You know what "aramaitiee" means…
  12. You shout "referee bodoh" and at the same time throw mineral water bottles on the pitch during a football match at Likas Stadium..
  13. Your Timorese maid ran away with her lover, taking your money or jewellery along..
  14. You doubt someone’s mykad wether it is real or fake..
  15. Your favourite assemblyman whom you vote and supported all this while…gambled away and lost a whopping 60 million ringgit in a London casino..
  16. You go inside a karaoke at 12 pm and realise that the place is
    still open at 5 am…
  17. You come across a supposedly local person but with a very foreign accent..
  18. You cannot vote in an election because someone has voted on behalf of you…
  19. You own a bakakuk

I was looking for something that’s funny and clever at the same time but they are either funny or clever but not both. Nevertheless, some items ring true for a Sabahan and some applies to Malaysian in general.

Personally I think item number

3. You don’t believe that there is any “clean” politician in Sabah
If there are more responsible politicians than the irresponsible ones, we would be on par in terms of physical and human capital development like our neighbouring Sarawak.

4. You feel “obligated” to reach the top of Mount Kinabalu at least once in a lifetime.

Who doesn’t, even the west Malaysian travel all the way to conquer her peak.

6. You wear slipper and short wherever you go, even in city.
Well for me at least. But I put on jeans more often now.

11. You know what “aramaitiee” means…
A true Sabahan knows what this means.

15. Your favourite assemblyman whom you vote and supported all this while…gambled away and lost a whopping 60 million ringgit in a London casino.
After partings with my hard earn money to pay taxes like a responsible citizen that I am, this is where our money ends up sometimes. London casino.

19. You own a bakakuk
Own three and get a death penalty.

Anybody can topped this list, I’d like to know 😉

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