Skip to main content

a half-baked AIDS-related query

i was all indignant and wanted to really give this a whole lot of effort... but it's 2am, and I'm not going to have much time tomorrow b4 i head off to the boozefest weekend with the gals.

So, here are some links, do click and read while they are still valid.
1. NST 30 June 2006: Spotlight: HIV: The rising fear factor
2. NST 30 June 2006 Spotlight: Blood test for couples poser
3. The Star 30 June 2006 HIV Blood doners[sic] to face jail term

Some reactions

1. Out of the blue , all of a sudden, this "donating of AIDS-infected blood" is a huge issue that requires a law to criminalise such acts? What on earth happened that this suddenly blows up? Did some VIP's relative get infected via blood transfusion therefore there's this hoo-hah?? I'm not negating the message here - heck if you KNOWINGLY donate "contaminated" blood of any sort, i do hope there's a corner of hell set aside especially for ya - but I am *so* curious why it's suddenly splashed on the front page of The Star. Nothing like this happens without a backstory. So what's the story??

2. "... there must be a concerted effort to stop the disease from spreading faster..." and you wanna do this by throwing infected blood donors in jail? Okay so you're perhaps preventing spread by contaminated blood transfusions - but please tell me what % of infection comes from cases like this? And (more importantly) - how many of these infected blood donors did it KNOWINGLY? And if they had been identified as being infected, were they properly advised & counselled? Did they KNOW they shouldn't donate blood? Hasn't the Malaysian AIDS Council faced an uphill battle trying to educate the masses (and the government!) on everything AIDS-related??!

3. "...all Muslim couples must go for HIV tests before getting married...": I'm sorry but why *just* Muslims? Does the govt not care if the non-Muslims are infected??? Seriously - without providing the rationale behind such a statement, one fills in the blanks with one's own speculation: "racial cleansing" was what popped into MY head.

there were more points - but brain fried.

bed is calling.



  1. Hiya,
    I read those 3 articles (2 in the NST and one in the Star) and got cold shivers down my spine.
    You are right, there must be an ulterior motive to the sudden clamp down... What is it? We may unfortunately never know.
    And why are only Muslims concerned? My 2 cents:
    1) the govermenment of the day only care sof the welfare of the Muslims. If "yang lain-lain" (the others) die off, then, the percentage of Muslims will increase. After all, the aim to Islamicize Malaysia, is it not?
    2) Those getting infected the most are, in fact, the Malays and hence, muslims). Despite the outward "piousness" most of them are randy and horny (Melayu kuat seks). Marriage? For appearances. Sleep around? Happens all the time.

    And notice something else in the reports? They mention that the percentage of women being infected has increased. Soon, they'll be blaming the women for the spread of the disease. Mark my words...

    Malapetaka betul


Post a Comment

Dear legitimate commenters: all comments are welcome! My sincere apologies for making you go through the word verification hurdle, tho.

Dear spammers: please don't bother... I'm just gonna delete any spam that squeaks through word verification anyway, so why not save us both the trouble, eh?


Popular posts from this blog

Noritta Samsudin: Case closed? WTF?

I was amazed to read that Datuk Mustapha Abdullah, the city police chief considers the Noritta Samsudin murder case closed. (Click here and here for some articles)

In July 2004, one En Hanif Basree Abd Rahman was acquitted and discharged by the court on the murder of Noritta. Of course, the months leading up to that ruling made for gross reading in the local newspapers… Early on I decided to just not read the papers, as it was obvious that the murder victim, who seems to have been a high-class callgirl, was the one being judged. I’m certain I did the right thing, for as time went by, more and more people started complaining about the level of detail being reported by the papers. Details about tears in the vagina, and age thereof seemed to be the focus of the court, rather than on the clients. Then again, from early on it was rumoured that many VIPs were among the victim’s “customers”, hence the blinkered focus on the victim rather than her clients. And the clients who…

BOH Seri Songket flavored teas

For many a year, boxes of BOH's Seri Songket flavored tea have served as handy buah tangans for relatives and friends in Switzerland and the USA, providing exotic teas in an exquisite bit of packaging. I'd not tasted any of these teas for myself, though, so this time around on my trip to Malaysia I made it a point to get me a few boxes of my own.

I picked three: Earl Grey with Tangerine; Passion Fruit; and Lime & Ginger; and have tasted two out of the three so far. According to Moomykin, the unlikely Lychee Rose combination is surprisingly good, so I'll grab that next time. Other flavors available in theory are Cinnamon; Clove & Cardamom; Mango; and Vanilla.

Review of the Seri Songket Passion Fruit flavored tea:
I've had this twice so far.

When you open the sachet, the smell/flavor is rather overpowering. But it all disappears when the teabag is steeped in hot water.

The first time, I used one bag to make 4 cups of tea. It seemed a touch watery, and tasted j…

It's been a while...

It's been so long.

Here's what's been going on. I had one kid, then another. Thing One / Nova was my first ever exposure to a kid. I'd never changed a diaper until he came along, and even then I deferred to the hubs or the NICU nurses before I forced myself to overcome that ?fear?.

He is my first. So I always wondered during tough times, was it just me? Or was it also him?

Turns out, it was us both.

He starts First Grade this August. He's currently being (re-)evaluated for an IEP (Individualised Education Plan). ADHD. ODD. ASD. SPD. The journey to these labels was a long one. And still ongoing because I don't think we have it quite right yet. But the labels help. I fought against getting labels. But now I seek them. Anything to help understand. Never in a million years would I have foreseen me medicating my kids. Yet here I am, seeking new meds, getting him a genetic test that should help identify which medications should help him, since the usual suspects see…