Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Year Greeting

(My old 'Dufferin' buddy Sudheer Chand sent me this message which I would like to share with everybody)

I wanted to send a season's greeting to you all. I must confess though, that taking such action worries me a little. It is in fact somewhat difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without potentially causing offense specially in this sensitive forum spreading over a few generations. Therefore I had to seek lawyers advice and here is what I feel comfortable to say to everybody:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, non denominational, non political celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated in recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make my country great and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of their wishes.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms.

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees were harmed directly in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were selectively rearranged.


  1. Ha-ha I dug this one! Anyway here's to a Have a Happy & Prosperous 2008, Bang Kepten!

  2. This bloke would make a 'fine' federal court judge.

    Btw where's the "I accept" or "I donot accept" buttons that usually goes with this type of message errr..greeting?

    Atheists included ah?

  3. Ceud mile fàilte! Captain Yusof.
    What a wonderfully PC New Year greeting which perhaps reflects the sad state of affairs here today, folks are afraid of their own shadows, and forever looking over their shoulders.
    Oh, what the hell!
    May I wish everyone a Very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Prosperous and Successful New Year.
    My humble wish is that 2008 in Malaysia and throughout the world there will be freedom, trust, honour, justice, dignity, selflessness, non-discrimination and truth.
    Hogmanay is just around the corner, so on 31 December 2007 at 24:00 hours, please join me in a toast with a wee dram of uisge beatha, or your favourite beverage.

  4. hehehe...i like, i like!

    have a wonderful 2008, captain sir.

    merry New year!!

  5. capt, well said. Each and everyone of us has been endowed by the CREATOR with the most quantity of grey matter amongst all living creatures so let's respect that endowment and also the thought that comes with it in any form. It is his right so long that on one is affected by his action.Let him live his life! My best wishes to you and family for 2008.

  6. Respected Captain Yusof
    At the outset a plain, simple Happy n prosperous 2008 without any malice.I liked the piece on your blog.Smewhat true reflection of our times
    Warmest Regards
    Javed Hasan

  7. mat salo:

    same to you, mates. may 2008 be a better year for all of us.

    capt karim: happy hogmanay to you too sir.

    javed: same to you, commander. many thanks for visiting.

  8. Captain Sah, I'd like to recruit your friend Chand to join my team of lawyers to pulverize the AG's team. He reminds me of Voltaire who claimed that when the government is wrong it is dangerous to be right.
    Anchors aweigh to a decent 2008.

  9. Zorro;

    sorry but Sudheer isn't a lawyer but an ex-mariner now an Oil and Gas consultant based in Houston, Texas.

  10. Happy New Year, Captain.

    May God prosper thy & family's way all the days of your life.

  11. The Ancient Mariner,

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge has written an epic poem in your honour. Dato Kamarul Bahrin, and you are from MCKK together with Pak Sheikh kita. I know you too, but I am an Old Free. Selamat Tahun Baru.


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