Satire photos by Hishamuddin Rais

This is something interesting Rocky’ Bru just published. It was first published in MStar, just after buka puasa this evening. Its about Hishamuddin Rais, the “Reformasi” street mob activist expressing his satire political photo-pop-art.


Hishamuddin imposed Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi face on the iconic quantum physicist Albert Einstein’s photo and PKR President YB Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s face on Marillyn Monroe’s. Its rather a sultry shot!

There are also Opposition leader YB Lim Kit Siang as a punk and PAS President YB Hj Hadi Awang as a hippie.

This seemed to be Hishamuddin Rais’s attempt to do an “Andy Warhol” ‘pop art’ thingy. It was reported that Nori Abdullah, daughter of Prime Minister bought ten of these pop art satire photos for RM 800.oo ea, a week before the 50th National Day celebrations at Valentine Willie Gallery, in Bangsar.

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 22:22  Comments (2)  

Boycott chicken, go for alternatives

Recently, the sharp increase in the retail prices of chicken, is some much to be desired and really hurting the consumers. The sharp increase was felt after the 2008 Budget was announced last week.

Its time the Malaysian consumers majority disallow themselves to be bullied by the producers/suppliers/retailers minority. The Malaysian consumers majority have a very powerful ‘consumerism’ power in the hands, to state and determine what products should be served to them at what prices but time and again, they failed to use this power. What they always do is to take the easy way out and whine and bicker at the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumerism.

They should learn to decide on themselves, on what they should be fed and made to consume at what prices. Alternatives are best substitute when a particular product is ‘boycotted’, so that the price and quantity supplied reached a stability/equilibrium point, usually in the medium term. Of course, products like food and perishables are very elastic and easily affected by consumption rate.

This is The Star’s story for this morning on the subject matter:

Enough chicken supply – and at the right price

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be ample supply of chicken for the festive season, with prices staying below the ceiling price set by the Government.

However, the prices may be raised if feed prices keep going up, Leong Hup Holdings Bhd, one of the country’s largest poultry breeders, said.

Its executive director Tan Sri Francis Lau said the company would maintain the ceiling price of RM4 (farm price) during the festive months and that his company would not cut production.

“Despite the increase of feed price by 30% since last year, consumers will still be able to enjoy the ceiling price of RM4 although the production cost is now RM4.16.

“However, the industry may not sustain in the long term if the feed price keeps rising,” he said.

Lau added that the Federation of Livestock Farmers Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) would be meeting to discuss the issue with the relevant ministries after the festive season.

Earlier, the Government rejected a bid by FLFAM to raise prices and said there would be no change in the ceiling price for the festive season.

A statement from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said a discussion was held between the traders and the authorities on Tuesday.

It said the retail ceiling price for standard chicken would remain at RM6 per kg and super chicken at RM6.70. The wholesale prices for standard chicken and super chicken are RM5.40 and RM6 respectively.

The retail price for live chicken is RM5 per kg while its farm price and wholesale price is RM4 and RM4.50.

The only major change for the coming festive season is the lowering of the ceiling price for imported buffalo meat from India, with a retail price of RM8 per kg, which is RM1 less than the current RM9.

The wholesale price for buffalo meat has also been reduced from RM8 per kg to RM7 from today.


At the current prices of chicken, it is wise to boycott the product and the Malaysian majority consumers go for alternatives, such as imported buffalo from India. Unlike chicken which is fed with antibiotics and injected with hormones, buffaloes roam freely and eat natural stuff. Although its ‘red meat’ compared to the ‘white meat’ chicken, buffalo meat has a lot of nutritional values and minerals required by our system. So it’s a wise medium term alternative to chicken.


The issue about Malaysian majority consumerism is really, as they say in Malay, “Tepuk dada, Tanya selera”.


*Graphic is taken from Forum


Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 10:57  Comments (4)