10 Reasons Why I Should Join The MCB
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
[Just for laughs] Having lived Bolehland for more than 20 years now, I've learnt the way the MCB (Malaysian Censorship Board) works and operates. While I'm not sure how the MCB plays its role in the music or theatre industry, I do know alil bit (based on observations, that is) about its policies and strictness (also inconsistency) when it comes to censoring and filtering films - Foreign and local films included.

Kudos to the MCB for banning Daredevil and changing Hellboy's name to Super Sapien. You can tell that the MCB wasn't too happy about Daredevil and the name of Hellboy. Given that some other movies contained even more violence compared to Daredevil, yet still allowed to be shown in cinemas nationwide, I don't see why these movies should should be allowed, too:

1) Torque: Promotes illegal racing (motorcycle). Young bikers would try to imitate or modify their bikes to look somewhat similar to those in the film.

2) XXX - State of the Union: Too much violence. The main character doesn't appear to be a well-disciplined man. Kids (or adults with peabrains) would try to imitate the stunts in the movie.

3) House of Wax: Paris Hilton is considered a sex icon/idol/goddess to some people. Her movies should not be allowed on this pure land. Also, the movie contained crude violence.

4) Kungfu Mahjong: Promotes gambling. Should be banned.

5) Ong Bak: Promotes violence. Should be banned.

6) Kungfu Hustle: Violence aplenty. This included chopping off legs with butcher knives and dousing petrol onto people. Also promotes gangsterism (mafia gang, etc). Should be banned.

7) Ocean's 12: Promotes theft. What more, the thieves seemed to have no regret and never get caught. Should be banned.

8) Initial D: Promotes illegal street racing. Influence youths to try drifting on public roads. Should be banned.

9) Mr and Mrs Smith: Violent scenes. Angelina Jolie is too sexy - some sicktards with a freaky libido may get all excited and rape some pedestrian after the movie.

10) Batman Begins: Batman-wannabes may try Batman's stunts and acts (including driving like him). Bad influence. Should be banned.
PSD Scholarship "Slip-Up"? Welcome To Bolehland
Saturday, June 11, 2005
The fact that the PSD is finally granting scholarships to our country's top SPM scorers is interesting (Students get to fulfil their dreams and Rejected top SPM scorers finally get PSD scholarships). I share the joy of the students myself, because scoring 12 1A's and above is no small feat. And the extra co-curriculur activities? It's simply amazing. What more, they're among our country's 20 top-scorers. What else could have possibly denied them of the govt scholarship?

Now that the PSD has rightfully approved their applications, it is only natural that we, the rest of the bolehans, asked, "What went wrong?". Look, we're not talking about only one applicant, but 5 (based on NST report). Technical slip-up? Or are those scholarships reluctantly granted due to public (and our PM) pressure? I shan't speculate.

Whether or not it was a technical slip-up, either way, it is embarrassing that the PSD gave in after the issue was highlighted in the media. It proves that the PSD officials have admitted their errors. Do we need to make a big fuss everytime, just to get the authorities to REALLY look into the matter? It seems to me that, more often than not, this method works.

Why do we always need to go through the media in order to get things done? What happened to the proper channel? We all know why and how brain-drain is (and has been) threatening our country. Yet, we've got balls to not improve things. Lucky for us, the 5 dejected PSD scholarship applicants hadn't been snapped up by foreign bodies/institution (providing scholarships). Otherwise we could've said bye-bye to yet a few more talented "Anak Malaysia"s. (Btw, what happened to the "Anak Malaysia" 'branding' exercise?)

No point trying to attract Malaysians overseas back to serve the country when young, talented bolehans are left to seek opportunities elsewhere after being denied govt scholarships and public university admissions. It's like pumping petrol into a leaking petrol tank, you know? Not a smart way to achieve the desired result, huh.
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