The School for Supervising the Skyways

Department of Civil Aviation is an expanding its wing to be a global provider for the development civil and commercial aviation operations by developing countries which require a bugger regulator and operator agencies role.

DCA has started to pitch the presence in Africa continent through its civil aviation commission African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC). AFCAC comprises of 54 member states and it is very strong component in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

ICAO is the United Nation body for commercial and civil aviation which issues the standards and recommended practices (SARP), in accordance with the international law for aviation.

In the recently 25th AFCAC Conference in Egypt, Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Liew Tiong Lai said after the plenary session “The ties between Malaysia (DCA) with AFCAC is soaring. Malaysia and AFCAC have long standing of successful partnership”.

The training of foreign air traffic controllers, search and rescue and security supervision for airport management are being undertaken by the Malaysian Aviation Academy (MAvA). It is an arm under DCA.

MAvA is in the process of getting acredditation, is now an associate member of the ICAO Trainair Plus Programme network of training organisations. DCA is working to get the full membership with Train Air Plus.

DCA have trained AFCAC operators under Malaysian Technical Co-operation Program (MTCP), which a fund under the management and disbursement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.. The most recent is we have trained three of their personnel for “search and rescue” operation course.

Malaysia have also reached MOU with Latin American states.

Training programs for civil and commercial aviation authority operators on under and developed nations just like the one with MAvA utilsing the MTCP fund, is actually an extension of the Malaysian foreign policy.

It is derivative of the South-South Co-operation, where technical expertise are being extended.

This opens up the opportunity that the trainings offered by MAvA be operated in the host countries where more people could be trained and in their operating environment.

It is also good opportunity for Malaysians to go, be exposed and learn from their people there.

DCA have been the implementer for MTCP since 1984 and now with the expansion of MAvA, the role and exercise could be expanded further with the indirect benefit be translated through a further extension of the Malaysian foreign policy and better position in global arena.

This is already made history after the experience of the loss of MH370 on 8 March 2015 and MH17 on 17 July 2015, where recommendations made by the DCA through the Minister of Transport presentation in ICAO meetings, have been put to the works.

As the cliche’ goes, ‘People get wiser after the event’. Here is an opportunity where the wise comes before the event. It is wise for Malaysia. It wise of Malaysians travelling by air. It is wise for other people in other carriers travelling by air through the Malaysian airspace.

DCA offer training for courses that are not being offered by other agencies. In the words of DCA Director General Dato’ Seri Azharuddin Abd. Rahman, “We are already there, and we want to move forward”.

Published in: on January 8, 2016 at 02:45  Leave a Comment  

“Mamak, tak mau roti ini hari!”

That was the prank note our common friend on the fridge of her Staffordshire university flat shared with other fellow Malaysians, in the spring of 1990. Growing up in suburban Petaling Jaya in the 70s, the phrase was most probably used by her family to daily breadman serving the neighbourhood almost on the dot every evening.

That was before the time Mamak eatery shops were popular. In fact, it was a rare treat to get a roti canal. Let alone a complete set nasi beriyani-ayam kurma, with popadom. It is often factored in with the treat of watching football matches in Stadium Merdeka.

Those were the days teh tarik wasn’t the nation’s most favourite beverage.

In the mid-80s, ‘Go Mamak’ amongst the youths of suburban Pee Jay and Kay El, mainly students of sixth forms and external accounting and law courses in private colleges in the neighbourhood of China-town simply connotes having stall food.

It was the boom-time stalls in the same area, notable for the banking and capital market staffers along ‘Benteng’. Otherwise, the real Mamak restaurants were a few along Jalan Masjid India and Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Social behaviour professor Dato’ Dr Shamsul Amri has the opinion it is the Mamak phenomena which brought Malaysians closer together.

NST story:

UKM unveils ‘Mamakization’ theory

BY KOI KYE LEE – 6 JANUARY 2016 @ 11:24 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: In an age when the very foundation of Malaysians society is being tested with numerous challenges, a humble Malaysian institution may be responsible for keeping the diverse people in this country together.

The ubiquitous ‘mamak’ stall, often overlooked in the grand scheme of things, is currently the subject of an academic study which seeks to understand how it contributes to social cohesion in the country.

In the paper ‘Mamakization’: Food and Social Cohesion in Multiethnic Malaysia, authored by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Studies (Kita) director Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, and Eric Olmedo, the ‘mamak’ is scrutinised for its role in nation building.

“Food is a vital social cohesive element and also welding force for the nation. ‘Mamak’ shops are famous amongst Malaysians and even foreigners and is seen as a social gathering centre positioned in the same vein as cafes and coffee shops. Food is the universal language to bring people together, across age, income, race and even culture.

It also plays an equally important role in society, as everyone has to eat and this helps to cultivate the nature of bringing multi-ethnic Malaysians together.,” said Shamsul Amri.

Speaking to the New Straits Times recently, he said: “People of different ethnic groups and also various social standings gather at mamak stalls for meals.”

Shamsul Amri added that mamak restaurants were able to accommodate and incorporate different cultures under one roof and this has indirectly led and encouraged further social cohesion in the country.

“There are different things going on at a ‘mamak’ shop. You can see that they are able to serve various dishes that come from Malay, Indian and even Chinese cultures.

“It is also a place for Malaysians to gather and catch a game of football, which is of a totally different culture, since English, Spanish, Italian leagues football matches are also aired,” he said.

He further added the trait of social cohesion was strong at ‘mamak’ shops, making all Malaysians feel comfortable. It is considered as a place for all regardless of their race and religion.

Based on lessons from the field, Shamsul Amri said the research also found empirical evidence of inclusivity as Malays, Chinese and Indians all crowded the food outlets.

“Not only that, we have also observed that workers use Tamil language to communicate, but they have also managed to adjust to their customer’s language, regardless if it is a mixture of Bahasa Melayu and English. It is a striking example of ethnic alignment which leads to social cohesion,” he added.

Shamsul Amri said the research had summarised that mamak shops play an active role in social innovation, especially on how people behave and interact which in the end creates social cohesion.

Asked what was the purpose of his research into finding the ‘mamak’ theory, Shamsul Amri said it was to show that Malaysians are innovative in solving ethnic problems, and it was not the sole responsibility of governments or politicians.

Shamsul Amri said this study could help the public to look at things from a different perspective, via the lens of social cohesion or symbolic interactionism.

He said it was impossible to stop negative news from circulating via social media platforms, but this ‘mamakization’ theory can show Malaysians how to focus on the good things that make the country wonderful.

“This study will expose the social cohesion in our country through a connector such as ‘mamak’ shops. It will also allow the public to see for themselves how they are creating an initiative through social innovation that fulfills social cohesion,” Shamsul Amri said.

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The other more common Mamak then was the rojak-cendol phenomena, mostly found under the most tree shaded corner spots all over in Petaling Jaya.

In many places, Mamaks were offering mi-goreng from their pushcart for a small affordable price, even for boys coming from from rugby or hockey practice for the annual inter-school district and state level games.

We must admit we have not gone through the study yet. However, the anti-thesis to Shamsul’s opinion is the term Mamak do come with a negative connotation of overcharging, inconsistent of charge and short selling at an eatery.

Never the less, otherwise it is a typical eatery where the standard for service, price and value is almost expected.

Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 02:22  Comments (2)  

Twice toned Tony

The DAP Strategist and MP for Pedaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua had his face egged again when he had to be reminded through social media by fellow Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) MP for Simpang Renggam Liang Teck Meng to stop the using the PAC as his political theatre and work together, as representative of the rakyat.


Press statement by Liang Teck Meng, member of PAC Parliament.

YB Tony Pua seems to have forgotten that it is not only me who is asking you to be careful with your words and not bring the Parliament PAC into disrepute.
After YB Nur Jaslan had stepped down in July and before new PAC Chairman Hassan Arifin took over, your fellow DAP YB and PAC Co-Chairman, also reminded YB Tony to be careful of what he said and I quote:

““If you do not have any evidence to back (it) up, then, do not raise the issue. “If there is an allegation, the person needs to prove it,”

And YB Tan gave you this piece of wisdom which I hope you will never forget again: The “PAC is all about establishing the truth.

Was your DAP YB Tan also “polishing apples” when he similarly criticized you then?

YB Tony Pua seems to have had a momentary lapse in memory. I hope it is not permanent. He seems to have forgotten what he wrote on New Year’s Day.

It was clear from his post which I had criticized in my statement yesterday that YB Tony did not merely “speak up” or criticized 1MDB but he had already made a judgement that “crooks” have caused “tens of billions of public money to be lost”.

And in reply to my statement, he had arrived on that conclusion based on public information.

I am puzzled on where he got his evidence from public information that “tens of billions have been lost due to crooks”. Did he base it on the audited reports or did he read Sarawak Report and arrived at that conclusion?

And if we can draw conclusions based on Public Information then what is the purpose of holding a PAC inquiry?

YB Tony needs to understand that the inquiry onto 1MDB was held precisely to find out the truth behind the allegations made by the public media.

If we can come to a conclusion based on public information then there would be no need for a PAC inquiry and there is no need for YB Tony to waste his precious time in the many sessions of the PAC inquiry.

We might as well disband the PAC and sit at home to read anonymous blogs such as Sarawak Report if it has become acceptable practise to come to a conclusion based on “public information”.

As a member of the PAC, I have invested much of my time on these proceedings and I do not want my fellow PAC members to bring the entire PAC and Parliament into disrepute while the rest of us are intent on reaching a final conclusion based on actual facts, evidence and witness interviews – and not on “public information”.

Is this so hard for YB Tony to understand? Is it that hard for YB Tony to work with the rest of us to collectively come out with a proper fact-based conclusion instead of undermining the credibility of our entire team and process with his unproductive and politically-motivated statements?

There is really no point making hundreds of statements if the majority of them are politically-motivated that is not based on actual facts. It adds to the noise and confusion and not on the truth.

For YB Tony Pua to react to my statement this way further reinforces the growing public belief that, despite multiple warnings including from his fellow DAP YB in the PAC, YB Tony Pua’s continued wild accusations his dirty political game.

Again, I plead with you: Please stop continuing to try to get yourself sacked from the PAC to manipulate public perceptions and bring the PAC and Parliament into disrepute.

Please stop playing games. It is unfair to the rest of us on the PAC and to the public.

Liang Teck Meng,
Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam,
Member of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.


Pua, was quick to react with the excuse of “Exposing crooks” despite highly respected DAP respected MP for Kepong Tan Seng Giaw and co-Chair of PAC apprehended Pua for his unsubstantiated political theatrics riding on the 1MDB investigation currently being heard by the PAC.

The Star story:

Monday, 4 January 2016 | MYT 12:21 PM

1MDB: Tony Pua responds to Liang Teck Meng’s allegation


PETALING JAYA: Tony Pua has responded to Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng over his call for an MP to stop playing “disgusting dirty politics” and focus on evidence-based investigations on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“What is wrong with wanting to ‘expose the crooks’ behind the multi-billion ringgit scam behind 1MDB which has resulted in tens of billions of ringgit of taxpayers losses,” said Pua in a press statement on Monday.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said that this was not the first time that Liang has told him off for speaking out on 1MDB.

“Liang, who is also the Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam, who is never heard raising issues which matter to the man-on-the-street, has been impressively first-off-the-mark to criticise me whenever I comment on 1MDB recently,” said Pua.

Pua added that Liang has claimed that he was trying to deliberately get himself suspended from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by speaking up on the issue.

Both Pua and Liang are PAC members.

In his statement, Pua added that he never breached the Parliamentary Standing Orders, which states that the information provided by the relevant parties privy to the PAC is not allowed to be disclosed before tabling in Parliament.

He said that the Standing Orders did not gag PAC members when it came to information that was already in the public domain.

“I’ve spoken in the past on the National Feedlot Corporation, KLIA2 and even the 1MDB scandals even as the PAC investigated them without any issues. Even the former PAC chairman put it on record that I’ve been very disciplined when issuing statements,” said Pua.

On Sunday, Liang said he had read a statement by one of his fellow committee members on New Year’s Day and was stunned.

Alhough he did not expressly identify the “Yang Berhormat”, it is believed that Liang was referring to fellow PAC member and Opposition MP Tony Pua.

Liang went on to say that no sane person would try to prejudice and dishonour himself and the PAC in such a manner unless he had a hidden political agenda that was not based on the truth or on factual evidence.


Pua should be able to show a little more maturity and behave less arrogant, out of respect as a member of a very exalted body of public enquiry considering that he has no other appropriate choice but to maintain decorum.

Slightly more than three months ago in the centre of contentious allegations and rumours about 1MDB which was still under PAC and Auditor General’s investigation, Dr Tan demanded that a full enquiry be instituted after leaked documents privy to the PAC hearing found its way to foreign media.

The Star story:

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 | MYT 11:51 PM

Dr Tan should demand full enquiry into leaked PAC documents, says 1MDB

KUALA LUMPUR: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw should demand a full and transparent enquiry on how confidential PAC documents on 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) landed in the hands of a foreign media publication, said 1MDB.

1MDB in a statement Wednesday said Dr Tan at the same time should advise Tony Pua, his party member who is also a member of PAC, that one should not say things based on hearsay or without evidence.

“1MDB welcomes this profound advice of the eight-term MP for Kepong as timely and wise, to seek proof before making accusations and to uphold the rule of law, that one is innocent until proven guilty.

“We trust Dr Tan will prescribe the same advice to his junior Tony Pua,” it said.

The statement added Pua’s claim to fame is recycling unproven allegations on 1MBD, but when answers are given and facts shared, he was proven wrong.

However, he (Pua) would ignore the facts, change the topic and wait quietly for the next sensationalist and unproven allegation, it added.

The statement was issued in response to Dr Tan’s advice that one “can’t say things based on hearsay” pertaining to the leaks on PAC’s confidential documents to the foreign media publication. His remarks were carried by a news portal Tuesday. – Bernama


It is unsure how Parliament as the legislative institution and PAC as a committee to Parliament would stomach Pua’s theatrics, which is getting old and no longer getting the attention which the Opposition crave in the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s premiership and the Federal Government.

However, Pua is working on getting to be ‘victimised’ since the combined effort with fellow Opposition leaders, pro-Anwar media, foreign and Neo Con Jewish sponsored media working together in tandem to achieve the said objective, is dying out and fizzling away.

Published in: on January 4, 2016 at 12:30  Leave a Comment  

Happy New Year

The 2016 which comes with fresh hopes for a better future kicks off with the delightful news from the courts, when the suit by UMNO rebels led by former UMNO Langkawi Wanita member Ainina Saadudin against the party President and Executive Secretary was struck out.

The Star story:

Friday, 1 January 2016

High Court strikes out civil suit against Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno received a “New Year gift” when a civil suit filed by a former member of Langkawi Wanita Umno against its two office-bearers on a “political donation” of RM2.6bil for use and benefit of the party was struck out by a High Court.

Yesterday, Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and its public officer Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh succeeded in their bid to strike out the suit.

In his ruling, High Court Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said he found the plaintiff “does not have reasonable cause of action”.

Anina Saadudin had claimed to have filed the civil action for the benefit of Umno and its members.

In elaborating, JC Mohd Zaki said Anina had no legal standing to bring the civil action as she was not a public officer or office-bearer of the party to do so as stipulated under Section 9(c) of the Societies Act 1966.

He said he agreed with the contention of the defendants’ lead counsel Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun that only a public officer and the office-bearer of the party would be the competent person to initiate such legal actions.

JC Mohd Zaki said Anina must continuously be a party member in order to be able to bring derivative action.

“It (her status) changes when she was terminated by the party. The plaintiff cannot proceed with the derivative action when she is no longer an Umno member,” he added.

Besides that, he said, it involved internal party matters.

He ordered Anina to pay RM5,000 in costs to each defendant.

Speaking to reporters later, Mohd Hafarizam described the decision as a “good New Year gift for Umno”.

“With this decision, we hope it will put to rest any attempts to put Umno to scandal and public odium,” he said.

Anina’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said they would appeal against the decision.

“We will carry on to the next level,” said Anina.

She had said she was a lawful member of the party when she filed the derivative action on Aug 28.

Among others, Anina sued Najib for the return of part of the RM2.6bil donation allegedly deposited into a Singapore bank account.

In asking for an account for all monies received by Najib in the form of donations, Anina claimed that the Prime Minister had breached the Umno constitution, the provisions of the Societies Act 1966 and his common-law duties as a trustee.

Mohd Hafarizam had argued that the civil action was scandalous, frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of court process filed with an ulterior purpose which ought to be struck out by the court.

He also argued that Anina had automatically lost her membership when she brought the civil action, as clearly provided for under Article 20.7 of the Umno constitution.

He noted that another High Court had on Dec 7 also struck out Anina’s challenge over the termination of her membership on grounds that it had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Mohamed Haniff has applied for the civil dispute to be heard in a full trial, saying that there was no decision ever made by Umno with regard to the RM2.6bil donation.


The defendants, who have instructed to pay the cost of the case, are determined to rebel on further. Ainina Saaduddin was automatically sacked as an UMNO member when she sued the UMNO President “On behalf of UMNO for the purportedly criminal breach of trust about the RM2.6billion donation”.

Those, especially were former strong UMNO activists and supporters who have since rebelled against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak a year ago at this point of time had different level of confidence. They were convinced that the sixth prime minister and seventh UMNO President would have either quit or toppled within three months time.

More and more allegations in the combined form of manipulated facts and fabricated ones, where incessantly thrown against Prime Minister Najib and were viralised especially in the age and practicality of  ICT democracy. This is not without the extensive and intensive input and assistants by the foreign media, many which are controlled by Neo Con Jews with an agenda.

The malicious intent is the strategy to demonise, which were designed to rile majority of the rakyat to the point of anguish and demand, either through party, Parliament or mob street demonstrations to topple Prime Minister Najib.

The manipulation is so intense even a handful of UMNO current and former leaders were taken in and bought into this demonisation game.

However, Prime Minister Najib’s rather cool approached stretched the game further as new information surface and brought forth with substance to dispel fallacy and popular myth, actually drew compounding and added the already multi-facetted stories (which deemed ‘scandalous’ to many!) into a three-dimensional spiralling confusion.

The basis of the allegations were on the over-manipulated commercial deals and decisions of 1MDB, which the bad ones are the basis of the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Najib’s leadership and inadvertently, the Federal Government.

Many confused and equally ignorant blind loyalists of the former Prime Minister drawn up as ‘Minutemen Militia’ against the rebellion to topple Prime Minister Najib, which in the first week of April with the scandalous raison d’être of “RM42 billion of hilang“.

Between 29 May 2015, where the Cabinet was briefed on the ‘Rationalisation Plan’ of the strategic investment company, rolled out a careful plan to unbundle and rationalise all assets, liabilities and deals.

The deal with IPIC in June, the sale of Edra Global to CGN and the final deal of Bandar Malaysia yesterday, brought relief to the stressful cashflow commitments of 1MDB, which was the reason of the financial woes.

Even on the political front, Prime Minister Najib’s July Cabinet reshuffle which saw Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin’s departure since being a member in April 1995 and other Cabinet Ministers proven to be the right judgment call.

Some of the rebellion hopefuls were banking on the rebellion by BN MPs at the last session through the ‘Vote of No Confidence’ motion and some strategic UMNO leaders and more than handful delegates openly demand for their President to go in the party Annual Assembly in early December.

Alas, non avail. BN and UMNO proven to have more confident with Prime Minister Najib to stay on. The immediate next week, Prime Minister Najib and PAS President Dato’ Seri Haji Hadi Awang openly embraced the window of ‘co-operation and working together’, in a clerics conference.

Hence, as the year end drawn and a new chapter has opened, even a strong player in the demonisation game conceded that the tide is turning towards Prime Minister Najib’s advantage.

Pro-Anwarista news portal:

After surviving a rough year, Najib heads into 2016 stronger than ever

Published: 1 January 2016 8:58 AM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be near invincible this year even as he is expected to face more strident calls from within and outside Umno to quit.

Although 2015 was the roughest year of his six-year leadership, the 62-year-old Umno president managed to cement his hold on the Malay ruling party and quash his internal enemies, including the widely influential Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The only real opposition to Najib outside Umno, the Pakatan Harapan parties, are in disarray and are unable to tap into a disenchanted electorate to muster an effective multi-ethnic movement against him.
In fact, Najib has started a subtle yet effective initiative to further divide the opposition and cement his position among the Malay-Muslim masses by courting PAS, the country’s second largest political party after Umno.
In his policy speech at the Umno general assembly on December 10, Najib offered PAS the chance to work together to build a “perfect” Malaysia.
On December 17, Najib and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang donned colour-coordinated traditional Malay dress to jointly officiate the Al-Azhar University alumni dinner in Kuala Lumpur.

He reiterated his olive branch towards PAS and urged the two parties to come together for the sake of the Malay-Muslim community.

Hadi responded to these overtures by saying on December 26 that PAS wants to be “adviser” to the Barisan Nasional ruling government, which Umno heads.

For many Malay-Muslim voters, an Umno-PAS cooperation would be a dream come true and any leader who could actually pull it off would stand to gain much goodwill, said Ibrahim Suffian of the independent polling agency, Merdeka Center.

“He can mute criticism towards him in Umno with something as big as this because he will show that he can expand support for Umno.”

One reason why the internal rebellion inside Umno has not caught on is the support Najib has from the party’s middle-ranking division leaders, said analyst Wan Saiful Wan Jan of the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).

Although the slow-brewing uprising is catching fire at the lower ranks, it has not been enough to unseat Najib, even when it is being spurred on by Dr Mahathir.

But main problem with the anti-Najib movement, from within and outside Umno, said Wan Saiful, was that there was no clear replacement for Najib and this crippled its momentum.

“The two elements have to come together. You can’t really ask him to resign and yet not provide an idea of who will take over.”

Right now there is no clear replacement. Najib’s estranged deputy in Umno Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal have not positioned themselves as replacements.

Both were dropped from their ministerial posts by Najib in a Cabinet reshuffle in July.

And neither is Najib’s new handpicked Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi seems interested.

Najib’s supporters in Umno had also attempted to quash the uprising among branch leaders movement by suspending eight of them.

Meanwhile, the opposition’s prime minister-designate, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is serving his five-year prison term for sodomy since February.

In some ways, Najib’s trials are reminiscent of his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was hounded out of office in 2009.

Abdullah also faced intense pressure from his own predecessor, Dr Mahathir, to step down.

The difference is that Najib and his supporters are entrenching themselves and fighting back, and that sparks questions about what is at stake if he were to quit.

“Abdullah showed that when there was pressure, he was willing to step down. He was not afraid to let go,” said Wan Saiful.

Yet Najib, when faced with the same demands, is the opposite, thus creating the impression that he has something to fear if he resigns, said Wan Saiful. – January 1, 2016.

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Despite having the emotional storm for the charged-up political uprising which have yet materialised, it is a happy new year indeed with Ainina not able to progress further in what shall be a demonisation of UMNO. Politically, it shall be an interesting 2016 indeed.

Published in: on January 1, 2016 at 14:00  Comments (1)