Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I can't be arsed.
in between all that, I really can't be arsed to do anything nowadays. the workload is so immense personal hygiene has faltered and i forgot to feed the spiders. oh and spiders have infested my neglected room. never mind that. the aforementioned forgetfulness have left them dead anyway.
this is just tortourous.
PS: fuck you royal mail. fuck you royally. and fuck your royal patrons too! (not you though, bessie)
Sunday, February 04, 2007
What does Democracy means?
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, November 13, 2006
Down With First Past The Post. Or Part of It.
For 49 years, the ruling Malaysian BN coalition has had a two-thirds majority in the federal legislature, with the exception of the 1969 General Elections, which was followed by you-know-what. However, never in Malaysian history has the BN obtained a two-thirds proportion of the total vote. This apparent disconnect is all down to the first past the post electoral system we practice.
Make no mistake, the Westminster system is still practiced elsewhere, and other methods are by no means definitively superior to it. However, Malaysian Westminster Parliamenterism has diverged greatly from other instances of it, mainly due to our sociopolitical structures.
For example, first past the post (FPTP from her onwards) systems are supposed to reduce the number of parties. This has ostensibly ben the case in terms of Malay based parties, but definitely not for the other parties. Lineation policies has also been done haphazardly, without documented justification for it.
In a highly heterogenous land such as Malaysia, the FPTP system has compounded matters where racial relations are concerned. Not that I agree with viewing politics in terms of race, but for now, I shall be a realist. For one, a winner takes all system blurs out proportional votes. This is especially bad because different social groups are significantly different from each other, and proportional representation of them is vital to maintain a truly representative legislature.
Therefore I advocate a Mixed Member Proportional Representation system for Malaysia. It's not perfect, and it's definitely more complex and would not be conducive for voters ignorant of electoral mechanisms, but its very suited for voter representation.
To put it simply, parties are allocated seats in the legislature via proportional representation. Howeverm contistuencies are retained, and local representatives still exists within the framework of the system. Every local representative fills up one slot of the allocated seat within the legislature, and if there aren't enough of them to fill up the party's quota, they may appoint more members (there are plenty of variations to how this is decided as well).
In the case where the number of local representatives exceed the party's allocated bumber of seats, there are numeous ways to accommodate this. Germany simply gives them more seats than allocated via proportional representations. There are also methods where extra seats are added for other parties to maintain proportionality.
There are, of course, loopholes. But these can be overcomed by numerous methods. Abuse via party splitting (read the Wikipedia article, because I'm too half-assed to elaborate) can be circumvented by forcing participation in national proportional voting if a party wants to compete in constituencies. Then, a minimum threshold should not apply, to allow parties with local representation but very small amounts of national vote to retain their seat.
Now this may seem a very big change, and utterly unnecessary. But I urge you all to go through election statistics, and you'll see that there is a huge discord between the proportion of votes garnered by opposition parties to the proportion of seats obtained. This is gerrymandering at its best.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The MTV that I waited for months
Now I only need to wait for Straightjacket Feeling to be MTVised.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
There isn’t much going on the PC gaming world now, which really dulls me. I have never been a fan of FPS because it makes me dizzy (I know it’s lame) even though I was a sharp shooter sniper in my youth once. Good enough to receive a round of applause from the whole cyber café after killing all 12 remaining counter terrorist while being the sole survivor, ah the splendors of youth. OK..ok so it was only 8 of them but it sure felt like 12 if you were the only one left and every counter terrorist was tracking you down. I continue to play pc games in my uni years but I forsake cyber gaming completely. Then I got a job!! It cut down my playing time by 20% at the first month then 49% then 80%!!! I didn’t have the pleasure of playing games like I used to. It is not because my interest has wane but more to the fact that I am unable to commit more continuous playing time like I use to. Week ends are spent recuperating energy and trying to catch a movie, wash my car, exercise or clean the house. Weekdays are out of the question since I can’t afford late night gamin hours anymore. So my games are pretty limited to slow pace games. I played
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I was playing Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday when I saw this. Twas a selection of Malaysian Intelligence heads.
OK inane post