Thursday, October 11, 2007

Eid Mubarak

I used to send out greeting cards by the hundreds, or rather my secretary did, but stopped doing so when I went into early retirement some years ago. I have also not received any since, well maybe a few, at about the same time. Its not that I am a cheapskate or something but somehow greeting cards have never really meant much to me. This is probably a throwback to my sailing days when we seamen will usually receive our mail after many days, even weeks after the fact when we reach a main port of call. A bit of a dampener you will agree.

So here's wishing everyone Eid Mubarak or Selamat Hari Raya Idilfitri as we say it here in Malaysia. To all those driving balik kampung, remember that you may be the best driver in the world but its the nut on the other side of the road you will have to worry about.


  1. Capt. Selamat Hari Raya. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. 'Sama-sama' to you Captain Yusof & all your family.

  3. Captain Y....

    Salam Aidil Fitri to you and your family too


  4. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to you and your family.

  5. Yo Captain,

    Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

    to you and family. Happy holidays.

  6. Capt,
    Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir batin.
    After the hols, let's get together. Need your support for the Citizens for Nurin Alert initiative.

  7. Captain,

    selamat hari raya aidilfitri!

    maaf zahir & batin!

  8. SELAMAT HARI RAYA ... also from IKMAL

  9. Captain Sir!
    Have a blessed and happy Raya with the family and loved ones!
    C U for MRT when we get the call!

  10. Dear all,

    many thanks for the best wishes. This is most gratifying since I know all you guys personally ... haha

  11. Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin to you and yours, Cap'n!

    Keep on fighting the good fight, yah!

  12. An old friend and colleague sent me this email which I wud like to share with you all:

    Dear Capt.,

    My wife and I wish you and your family a wonderful Hari Raya!

    Things are really moving fast! Is it because we are getting older or is it that we have to while away too much?. Your contributions to the blog is really a feather in your cap. In the process many may think that nothing would come out of it; but never mind, at least you make many aware of the dire situation we are put into.

    Now that they have wanted to impose the 3-day free period instead of 5-day; this will certainly become an additional cost to the shippers and consequently to the poor Malaysians down the pecking order. It is the theme of the game in our country today to find 'excuses' to increase incomes or revenues without considering if one has put any effort to increase productivity. The game is based on the Toll concept, every 3 years or so, add 10% if not more! For any organisation which can give out 6 months of bonus and they contented that they are not making money! I don't think you could find any privatized company any way in the universe where you can enjoy such guarantee in term of investment return. As usual, the very bottom of the population would bear the brunt of all these escalation in prices of goods.

    As we celebrate the festive season,we should also wonder how enjoyable would be these days in their lives. Capt., it is sad but true and at the end of the day, it is only people like you can make the difference! You know, in the current environment, many a time our opinion would only cause those bums to turn such opinions towards racial line. At times of such festival, we can only pray to the ALMIGHTY to have mercy on our country. Capt., enjoy the season and we shall meet for our 'teh si'.


  13. Ramadhan memberi kesedaran
    Syawal itu kejayaan.
    Tahniah, itu ucapan perayaan.
    Perjuangan ramadhan tiada akhiran.

    Selamat hari raya to all. Maaf zahir batin.

  14. On the eve of a day of national celebration, one shameful festering wart is marring the joy of Hari Raya in Klang this year. That is the vulgar ostentatious pretend palace built by Zakaria the former railway gatekeeper, and make believe royal personage. He may have just been to Mecca for the Ummrah, but his grave sins will never be cleansed. See you soon at my gate.

  15. Hi Usop,
    With all the retirement time you have I thought you have all the time in the world to read the few cards which you received.
    However, if you miss reading mine, here's wishing you again Salam Eidul Fitri to you and your family.

    K Baharin

  16. mekyam:
    a voice:

    many thanks. same to you too.

    takde open house ke?

  17. YA, Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri & Maaf Zahir Batin to you and family.

    Don't worry I guess here in cyber they don't send you cards/wishes becoz of your positions, its mere friendship ... and it’s sweeter

  18. The Hari Raya celebrations were dampened by the following maritime disaster off the east coast.
    Lives were lost and losses and injuries were sustained due to the Mersing to Pulau Tioman ferry "Seagull Express" disaster, which was was the result of criminal negligence, if the reports from Bernama, the Star on-line and in NST on-line, and other sources are factually correct.
    Based on the media reports, it is likely that the ferry, amongst other things:
    was unseaworthy
    was of unsafe design
    was unlicensed (license expired months ago)
    was not issued with a passenger certificate (the previous one expired several several years ago)
    was overloaded with passengers (a vessel can carry a maximum of 12 passengers. In order to be permitted to carry more, a valid passenger certificate must be issued
    was undermanned with crew
    had inadequate lifesaving and fire fighting equipment on board
    that the Master & crew were uncertified and poorly trained

    The following parties / authorities will need to be thoroughly and independently investigated, and if found guilty of any crime or dereliction of duty, they and their responsible individual employees must be punished to the full extent of the law.

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency [MMEA] (Malaysian Coastguard)- Prime Minister's Department
    The Malaysian Marine Department- Ministry of Transport
    The Marine Division of Royal Malaysian Police- Ministry of Home Affairs
    The ferry owner and the ferry operator
    The master of the ferry
    The crew of the ferry
    The Pahang State tourism authority (they promote this ferry on their web site.
    The Johor State authorities in Mersing
    Any other relevant licensing, regulatory and enforcement authorities.

    In the past maritime incidents have been poorly investigated and shortcomings have been simply swept under the carpet. In many cases the guilty were not punished

    Innocent lives will continue to be lost at sea if the typical Malaysian lackadaisical 'tiada apa' attitude continues unchecked.

    Malaysia urgently needs an independent professional Marine Accident Investigation Board tasked to investigate all marine casualties.

  19. capt., all the best to you and your family on such auspicious occasion. Well, we should remember the good times we have had together. Many things could change but good deeds are seldom forgotten by real friends. Keep it going, I believe we will all get to see the light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what happen now!


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