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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines 're-accomodates' a doctor by violently dragging him off a plane

That headline does not even need any journalistic creativity. The truth has angered so many. Because United Airlines practices overbooking flights like so many other airlines, they decided to remove an elderly physician by force from a plane.

Here's the video you've probably already seen.

They actually did that to a 69 year old physician. It just cannot be justified.
Everyone I've spoken to has basically flipped a table when they heard about it.

United Airlines did try to offer money to passengers to get off the plane that they overbooked. And when there were no takers, they decided to ?randomly select a person and use physical force to remove him.

And the drama did not end there. The CEO posts a lip-service styled response to the issue soon after, the most significant statement being:
“I apologize for having for having to re-accommodate these customers, 
-Oscar Munoz,CEO, United Airlines.

Wow.. That's even worse than a non-response.

But wait, there's even more. An internal email starts circulating showing his support for the actions of the employees.

The only reassuring thing about this whole scenario is how globally this company has been chastised for their actions. People are responding by sharing the message, boycotts towards the airlines and cutting up United Airlines' cards. 

And that's the way a company that has grown too fat for it's own good goes down. When taking out a doctor off the flight to accommodate four of their own employees is acceptable SOP, it's time to eject this company from existence the way it ejected the doctor. 

United Airlines just needs to be re-accommodated, to chapter 7.

I will be spreading the message to boycott such reprehensible actions against a medical personnel. And I hope you do too.

Just before you leave, here's a spoof United Airlines ad done by the Jimmy Kimmel show:


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mr Lawrence, and the final train ride goes online

When a close friend who taught you valuable lessons in life goes on to the ever after, you stop where you stand and take a good hard look at your life and realise you can end just as easily any time. And if you are wise enough, you reevaluate the important things in life.

Mr Lawrence was just such a man.

I left to my practice for many reasons. It was gradual, but in the end, as I realised several years ago (as i am reminded again today) how short and fleeting life is. I needed to seize back the time that is rightly mine and do what i want with it.

when your time comes, will you be able to say you lived a good life?


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ola Bola, and why every Malaysian should watch it - Lingghezhi rating 8/10

First things first, watch the trailer. This one is safe to watch without spoiling too much, don't worry. The target audience seems to be Malaysians above 30. You do not need to know much about football.

The Malaysian film industry generally has most of its best stuff come from independent film makers who release their material on social media, as opposed to the watery material that ends up on the big screen every festive season that do not speak greatly of the average Malaysian movie-goer's maturity. The last notable Malaysian movie for me was  Yasmin Ahmad's Sepet, and that was 2004!

It's such pleasure when a historic gem like Ola Bola comes around.

Why should you, the above-average, educated, football-loving or otherwise, Malaysian watch it?

Because it reminds us that despite the current state of Malaysian football, we have potential.
We had a strong team, the then Harimau Malaya. We may not have one now, but this sport is our national passion, second to only maybe badminton.

Because of all the 1980s memorabilia and artifacts of the time, from the light lamps to the sewing machines, from the latex processing method to the chicken essence boiling. These are things slowly lost to time, as each generation passes. I was only recently pleasantly surprised to find the old made-in-China hand towels still available for sale, albeit not as cheaply as before.

This film, despite being half fiction, has made itself part of Malaysian history, and is definitely a good candidate for future literature studies many decades from now.

The various hurdles and judgements passed by the families of players and the expectations placed on them can hit home to a lot of us, and the simple ride back home on an empty village road surrounded by greenery reminds us of a simpler life people once lead. Contrast this to the time one spends now on the LDP and Federal highways every day, running in the rat race to our own little goals.

After the movie ended (note: you need to watch the credits), as I shuffled out of the cinema alongside other moviegoers, it is obvious the Malaysia potrayed that most senior citizens of Kuala Lumpur remember, no longer exists. The crowd in today's globalised Kuala Lumpur no longer matches the demographic or the spirit of the people in the movie.

It is a world that will disappear with the generation who lived it, making the value of this movie immeasurable as it captures so much of that life.

The only weak points would be the hints of amateur acting showing through. Marienne Tan's beginning and ending scenes unfortunately would flicker me out of the zone, mostly because I had expected better in a film that spent so much care on the details.

The placement of the senior Balak Eric and Marienne in the midst of a tale being told of the past however was seamless, and the many sentimental little pieces of Malaysian life in the 80's will make many of us smile.

TLDR : Lingghezhi rating 8/10. Must watch for Malaysians.

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