Coincidentally it’s all about Old and New stories...
NEW BIRDS FOR THE AIRMEN
The Ministry of Defence’s decision to replace its ageing fleet of Sikorsky S61-A4 Sea Kings or Nuri with Eurocopter's EC725 Cougar helicopters has been hailed as a most appropriate decision.
Eurocopter already had a strong presence in the commercial market in Malaysia and this would the first time that the ministry would be procuring the marque for the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Eurocopter is also the supplier of the Fennec helicopter to the police and navy. The decision was announced by the new (old actually since he was there between 1986-1987) Defence Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on his first day at Mindef.
Ageing Nuri (read:Old) to be decommissioned, state-of-the-art (read:New) Cougar flying in…
KULI HAS PASSED HIS TIME, SAYS BLOGGER
Blogger Ashraf Abdullah in his Jejak Pujangga said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who has once again reiterated to contest the Umno presidency March next year has already passed his era.
According to Ashraf time has eluded the former Umno Vice-President and he has almost lost touch with the party’s grassroots especially the younger members. Besides, there were among the youngsters who don’t even know Ku Li.
The grassroots are more receptive to Mohd Najib Razak whom the blogger feels was more capable.
Again, the Old and New perspective…
OBAMA WINS FIRST ROUND, A BLACK US PRESIDENT BEACONS
As expected US presidential candidate Barrack Hussein Obama has unofficially won the first round of the three scheduled debates with less than six weeks remaining until Election Day. The two vice-presidential candidates will meet next week for their only debate.
Obama and John McCain stood behind identical wooden lecterns on stage at the performing arts centre at the University of Mississippi for the televised debate. The 47-year-old Obama is seeking to become the nation's first black president while McCain, 72, is hoping to become the oldest first-term chief executive in history — and he made a few jokes at his own expense.
Clearly this is an Old and New issue…
FINALLY, THE REAL OLD AND NEW STUFF…
Elsewhere in Malaysia, Malay-Muslim housewives and their helpers are busy replacing old curtains/drapes with new ones, old furniture with brand new products from the stores, older paint on the front façade of the house (including the gate) with newer coat and sometimes old washing machines with new washer to clean up new Aidilfitri clothes dirtied with old-styled rendang during the occasion.
The rest of the crowd are also busy -- getting new sampins, chapals (sandal), tudungs and kain pelikat (some called it kain pulicat) among the older folks -- all in the name of Aidilfitri while some of us take out the old shoes for a new polish, make up older car with newer stereo or sports rims to make it look new.
However, there are also some unfortunate among us who will get out our year-old, two-year old or not-so-old clothes to be washed and worn during the new day, the 1st of Syawal.
Some might complain that the new clothes are not up to the standard but hey, while some lament they ain't got no new shoes for Hari Raya please think of those without their feet, literally and figuratively speaking!
By the way, have you seen any mesjid, madrasah or surau folks put a coat over the old colour of the premises?
Salam Aidilfitri from Utarawan@ Zukri Valenteno, Rohana Mustaffa, Muhammad Zahir Zukri, Muhammad Zaim Zukri and Muhammad Zafir Zukri -- Maaf Dzahir and Bathin from us at Suasana Tenang, Kuala Lumpur.