Sunday, August 31, 2008

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan

The operating word is ‘Merdeka’ which stands for Freedom or Being Independent or Free from external control and colonization or self-governing.

51 years ago, this nation set herself free from the British colonization so Malaysians today can enjoy freedom in the sense of being independent rather foreign domination.

Personally, an interesting word this ‘independent’ is.

As a person who believes in being created by The Mighty Creator, I cannot declare myself as an independent individual. The faith is, I am dependent to God to keep me safe and healthy, helps me out to do the right things and to avoid doing the wrong things from within and from without throughout my life and lives beyond.

Still, what an interesting word this ‘independent’ is.

During childhood, I depended upon my parents, siblings, relatives, kampong folks, neighbors, teachers, friends, society be it from the public sectors or private sectors and even good strangers. Also not fair that I don’t mention the government too who have paved the way for education, public facilities and all.

Childhood then was about being dependent, growing up was about learning all that I could to be independent. The reason was quite understood as I myself noticed on how the society strongly prejudiced against those who are not fit as being independent. So I did the best that I could, hitting all the books, qualified myself for the fully government boarding school, furthered my studies overseas and graduated.

Unfortunately, it was the economic recession so I had no choice but to work with my father helping him out in his auditing and consulting firm. Words emerged among circles of friends that I was still a very dependent person as I was working for my father. In fact, when I got married at the age of 23, I was considered more dependent as all the wedding expenses were paid for. My parents even bought me the house, the car, the furniture and all as my wedding gifts.

So I moved to Singapore as I was accepted for a very good position and good money working for one of the richest man in Asia. I have to admit that breaking away from family business did make me feel a bit independent.

Strangely, I had the urge for something more. So I came back running my own business (with a business partner of course). In the beginning, we had no choice but to depend on ex-boss for sub-contracts in system developments. It helped for our earlier survival. However, it did not take us long to develop our own line of products in risk management and financial information systems.

Trying hard to be as independent as possible, we encountered something awkward in running businesses particularly in obtaining contracts. We discovered that, no matter how good our products were, to sell had something to do with what was called as ‘Political Connections’. People in the industry suggested that we allocate some equity to certain politicians and let them do their political connection things. It was the strategy so known for obtaining contracts be it in the government sectors, or GLCs (Government Link Companies) or even the private sectors.

After lengthy discussions, we decided to be the production house, supplying modules to the Enterprise Resource Planning international companies and became independent consultants to the Multi-National Asset Management companies. Depending mostly on the international markets, circles of friends started calling us, “Truly Independent Businessmen”.

We propose, God disposes. Everything begins must come to an end. My partner got seriously ill and I knew well we both had depended on each other too much. Also we both did foresee that depending too much on the international markets spelled risk so we decided to sell the business to the international players.

Having some equities in the businesses, we both still enjoy annual dividends and monthly fees for being the senior consultants and member of Board of Directors. What we both enjoy most was the ability to live life with what known as having the Financial Independent. In short, we don’t have to really work to earn money.

Having this kind of independent has allowed me to do something else. As I always wanted to be creative in an artistic way, I started writing songs, do some mathematical art and animation. Circles of friends then started to say, “Oh, Azer is dependent on his properties”.

Relatives too have reminded me that there is more than doing nothing much. So I turned myself as a retailer running several sundry shops and initiated companies for my kids. The least I can consider myself being independent as I don’t have to worry about achieving contracts through ‘Political Connections’.

Any retailer particularly of a sundry shop will notice that sales of consumer daily based products are 90-95 percent foreign. Malaysia without doubt is so dependent on foreign items. The situation was voiced out many years ago by those who have been in retailing for years. I then joined myself with the family connection which to my surprise is about 57,500 work force consisting about 7,500 retailing shops all over the country not including other businesses like farming, fishing, small-medium industries etc. The idea of the connection is simple – to be dependent to each other and to be less dependent to the external factors.

The connection has no major problem whatsoever in synergizing each other out but to be less dependent to the external factors is really something else. So here we go again, while running own businesses, the businesses are depending on the external factors - government policies, fuel price hike, political situations, global situations, authorities etc. This leave us no choice but to move into a higher level in order to have more say in running businesses.

Last week, we initiated our a preliminary step into what we call, “The Family” Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The ‘Chamber’ shall connect family members who are into running businesses be it hawkers, self-employed, insurance agents, retailers, industrialists, farmers, fishermen and not only family members in this country but family members world-wide.

I guess the word ‘MERDEKA’ stands for having the choices to be a bit independent. 51 years ago, Malaysia has started well by achieving FREEDOM from British Imperialism, Colonization and Domination. Today, Malaysia and Malaysians are given more freedom in every aspect of living life. Although there is no doubt about us being dominated by other kind of domination, MERDEKA is with us giving us own choices to break free from the domination.

Today is a Merdeka Day. I as a blogger am proud to present Jalur Gemilang, the name of the flag which is always to me, the most beautiful flag in the world. I am presenting it the way it supposed to be unlike some of us who are presenting it upside down. In case some of you never knew, some of us died defending it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Puteri UMNO

So Puteri UMNO has set up an IT Unit dedicated to monitor ‘nasty’ blogs. Personally I’m not sure what do they really mean by being ‘nasty’ but aren’t these ladies prefer nasty guys as nasty guys are more fun and suit well with what considered as their ‘high maintenance’ thing? No?

Obviously everybody has own way to classify things. Before the General Election, their Elite branded bloggers as chimpanzees. Funny thing, after considering blogging a bit did play role to the result, they themselves blog.

I however think blogging is not major. Today, THE PEOPLE are not that stupid and easily fooled by any political campaign. Blogging however helps a bit to make an informed decision. Anyway, go ahead Puteri UMNO with your kinda monitoring. THE PEOPLE too do monitor through blogs or other ways. It’s not really that difficult to see the keris-waving, oath swearing, highways collapsing, finger-signing, ‘F*&k You’ saying, documents shreadding, mouth cursing, price hiking bla bla bla bla bla …

Worrying so much about the people being nasty eh. THE PEOPLE are more worry about The Elite being cruel.

The Faces

Song and Music by Azer Mantessa
Flash Illustration by Azer Mantessa

About this song

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Permatang Pauh

To all voters of Permatang Pauh, please do vote for Barisan Nasional.

They have Pak Lah, Datuk Seri Najib, Tun Dr. Mahathir (ooppss, sowwie ... he quits) but it's okay, they have his son Datuk Mukhriz ... yeahhh!!!, Datuk Sri Khir Toyo, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, Datuk Idris Jusoh, Datuk Rustam Ali, Datuk Adnan of Pahang, Khairi Jamaludin, Datuk Isa Abdul Samad, Datuk Ali Rustam, Datuk Hishamudin, and many many many many many many more ... and of course ... Fuel Price Hike too :-)

Heard that Tun Dr. Mahathir will migrate once Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim becomes Prime Minister ... so I wonder where?

Hmmmm ... this is tough ... so lemme think...

Japan? Maybe, they want him ... wow!

Singapore? You've gotta be joking!!!

India? Quite possible ... hehehe

France? Possibly too

Los Angeles? Maybe, everything can be made legal there :-)

Canada? Why not ... nice and quiet.

Mauritius? Not bad a choice too.


Yeah I bet ... Dubai it is !!!!!!!

All the best to you Dubaians. Good thing, you people get to have more highways. But ... pssstttt ... you shall have to pay for the tolls though and the toll plazas shall be highly congested.

Yep ... I bet ... Dubai!!!

On YouTube

I have posted a new music video Teia de Ariana.

Stayin Alive

While to us all who have to wait for a lil while for the whole changes ... keep stayin alive :-)

I have registered myself as a voter :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


LOL … my son accidently deleted all my musical setups and files so for this entry I fail to compose a new song. Since things do happen with purposes, this gave me an idea to have an internet backups for the works done.

So I have created my own webbie at:

I should’ve had this idea before :-)

Luckily all my original songs are posted at Cadenza MIDI Diary. Anyway, it’s good to start everything from scratch again … LOL.

On YouTube

I have posted a new music video with a song titled “Pink Ginger”.

1,3 Bee Gees

I have posted this one before. It’s me singing Bee Gees. I think this one was recorded about 3 or 4 years ago. I have known these songs since I was 4-years old. Funny thing is that, the songs are my first 3 English songs I learnt and another funny thing is that I did not even know they were in English … LOL.

Back then, old friends called me ‘Mat Bee Gees’ meaning I was so a Bee Gees affectionado!!! To be honest, I am still now!!!

Song and Lyric by Bee Gees
Guitar and Noises by Azer Mantessa
Vocals by Azer Mantessa
(Me trying to sound like Barry Gibb … LOL)

Friday, August 08, 2008


All the best to Olympians :-)

Compete well :-)

On YouTube

Has posted a new music video Layan Kepala.


Song and Music by Azer Mantessa
Lyrics and Vocals by Azer Mantessa

One day I was surprised
Like winning the first prize
The minute when I saw her smiles

So I found myself a way
When everything is grey
To let me rest my weary day

I’ll make it for a while
To let myself drop by
For many reasons why
The lady has some style

So pure
The lady is a cure
And any guys will sure adore

Always with a happy face
Any time any place
A habit that is full of grace

Happiness is the key
And she’s reminding me
Sometimes I couldn’t see
What I’m suppose to be

There is a good lesson to learn
As we have to choose all the turns
Along the way
Just smile … to light and live the day

The lady is a pearl
Ever since she’s a girl
Now she is in my wonder world

It’s always a worthwhile
To look into her eyes
And the smiles that can tell no lies

There’s so much more to say
Why don’t you make a stay
For her precious smiles
Diamonds in my eyes

Samantha …

Saturday, August 02, 2008

You Jump I Jump

Picture above is taken from a comment posted at Malaysia Today. It is believed, the picture is fictional and has nothing to do with those who are still alive, dead or not yet dead.

Tectonic (The Unreal Story)

There were these people who loved each other. They loved each other way too much that they started a club called, United Something …

United Something … decided to build the largest ship ever called Tectonic. Once the ship was ready, they sailed into the open sea.

Among them, there were these two guys who loved each other the most (no, no, no, no … they were not homosexuals, that was accused onto someone else). One of them was Che Dek and another was Lah. They were so close to each other that people started to called them both, Che Dek Lah.

The love of Che Dek Lah had changed love into jealousy in the group. United Something … then had broken into many cronies. Noticing the situation, Che Dek approached Lah:

Che Dek: Tectonic is sinking.
Lah: What?! … Why?
Che Dek: United Something has now broken into many cronies. We are now so known for corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and racism and God knows what else.
Lah: Oh! No wonder we are losing popularity.
Che Dek: Want to make a Gentlemen’s Agreement?
Lah: A Gentlemen’s Agreement?
Che Dek: Yes. You jump I jump.
Lah: You mean, once I jump into the ocean, you will jump with me?
Che Dek: Yes.
Lah: Why not you jump then I jump. You jump first then I will follow you.
Che Dek: Sure, same thing.


Suddenly, Che Dek jumped into the ocean.

Thriving to make for the swim, Che Dek yelled …

Che Dek: Jump Lah! Jump!
Lah: Hehehehe


On YouTube

A new music video (of sort) is posted with a song titled Rampaisari.

Nothing But A Mushroom

Song and Music by Azer Mantessa
Flash Illustrations by Azer Mantessa