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Happy Merdeka Malaysia!

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Every year as we approach the end of August, we are reminded of so many things. The great things we have in our country and how we have gone through the years. Let us look again at Tunku Abdul Rahman‘s speech below to remind ourselves on what the building blocks of our nation were and how the people have worked so hard to obtain our independence.

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Highnesses, Your Excellencies, People of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

I am indeed proud that on this, the greatest day in Malaya’s history it falls to my lot to proclaim the formal independence of this country. Today as new page is turned, and Malaya steps forward to take her rightful place as a free and independent partner in the great community of Nations – a new nation is born and though we fully realise that difficulties and problems lie ahead, we are confident that, with the blessing of God, these difficulties will be overcome and that today’s events, down the avenues of history, will be our inspiration and our guide.

It is therefore with a feeling of particular solemnity that we have listened to the eloquent words of His Royal Highness and in particular to the moving message he has conveyed from Her Majesty the Queen. We are indeed honoured that Her Majesty should have deputed her own uncle, His Royal Highness to be with us on this occasion particularly when we remember that he is no stranger to this land: we recall too with pleasure his previous visit to Malaya and happy recollections of his stay have remained with us.

His Royal Highness has spoken in moving words of the past associations of our two countries. We in Malaya have a long history, but we do not lightly forget old relationships. For many years past our fortunes have been linked with those of Great Britain and we recall in particular the comradeship of two world wars. We remember too the products of our association; justice before the law, the legacy of an efficient public service and the highest standard of living in Asia.

We shall therefore always Remember with gratitude the assistance which we have received from Great Britain down our long path to nationhood; an assistance which culminated today with the proclamation of Malaya’s Independence. But the long-standing friendship between our countries does not cease with independence: rather it takes on a new form.

As you have heard in the gracious message from Her Majesty the Queen, Malaya will henceforward take her place in the great Commonwealth of Independent Nations whose members are found in all parts of the world, and as an equal partner in that great association. We in this country will do all in our power to promote its well-being in the interests of mankind in general and in the particular service of world peace.

Thus, today a new chapter opens in our relationship with Britain; our colonial status has given place to full equality but we are confident that, fortified by old associations, and linked by old memories, our ties with Britain will grow ever stronger and more durable. British will ever find in us her best friend, and it is a source of much gratification to my Government that British Civil Servants will continues to serve in this country to assist us in the solution of the many problems which independence will present.

But while we think of the past, we look forward in faith and hope to the future; from henceforth we are masters of our destiny, and the welfare of this beloved land is our own responsibility: Let no one think we have reached the end of the road: Independence is indeed a milestone, but it is only the threshold to high endeavour-the creation of a new and sovereign State.

At this solemn moment therefore I call upon you all to dedicate yourselves to the service of the new Malaya: to work and strive with hand and brain to create a new nation, inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty – a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world.

High confidence has been reposed in us; let us unitedly face the challenge of the years. And so with remembrance for the past, and with confidence in the future, under the providence of God, we shall succeed.

PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE

IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL. PRAISE BE TO GOD, THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE AND MAY THE BLESSINGS AND PEACE OF GOD UPON HIS MESSENGERS.

WHEREAS the time has now arrived when the people of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu will assume the status of a free independent and sovereign nation among the nations of the World.

AND WHEREAS by an agreement styled the Federation of Malaya Agreement, 1957, between Her Majesty the Queen and Their Highness the Rulers of the Malay States it was agreed that the Malay States of Johore, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Trengganu and Perak and the former Settlements of Malacca and Penang should as from the 31st day of August, 1957, be formed into a new Federation of States by the name of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

AND WHEREAS it was further agreed between the parties to the said agreement that the Settlements of Malacca and Penang aforesaid should as from the said date cease to form part of Her Majesty’s dominions and that Her Majesty should cease to exercise any sovereignty over them.

AND WHEREAS it was further agreed by the parties aforesaid that the Federation of Malaya Agreement, 1948, and all other agreements subsisting between Her Majesty the Queen and Their Highness the Rulers or anyone of them immediately before the said date should be revoked as from that date and that all powers and jurisdiction of Her Majesty or of the Parliament of the United Kingdom in or in respects of the Settlements aforesaid or the Malay States or the Federation as a whole should come to an end.

AND WHEREAS effect has been given in the Federation of Malaya Agreement, 1957, by Her Majesty the Queen, Their Highnesses the Rulers, the Parliament of the United Kingdom and Legislatures of the Federation and of the Malay States.

AND WHEREAS a constitution for the Government of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu has been established as the supreme law thereof.

AND WHEREAS by the Federal Constitution aforesaid provision is made to safeguard the rights and prerogatives of Their Highness the Rulers and the fundamental rights and liberties of the people and to provide for the peaceful and orderly advancement of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu as a constitutional monarchy based on Parliamentary democracy.

AND WHEREAS the Federal Constitution aforesaid having been approved by an Ordinance of the Federal Legislatures, by the Enactments of the Malay States and by resolutions of the Legislatures of Malacca and Penang has come into force on the 31 st day of August, 1957, aforesaid.

Now in the name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful, I, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA IBNI AL-MARHUM SULTAN ABDUL HAMID HALIMSHAH, PRIME MINISTER OF THE PERSEKUTUAN T ANAH MELAYU, with the concurrence and approval of Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Malay States do hereby proclaim and declare on behalf of the people of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu that as from the thirty first day of August, nineteen hundred and fifty seven, the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu comprising the States of Johore, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Trengganu, Perak, Malacca and Penang is and with God’s blessing shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations. – August 31, 2013.

* This is Tunku Abdul Rahman’s speech at the Proclamation of Independence, Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, 31 August 1957.

Malaysian Insider

BMW 320d Modifications – Part 3

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After completing both guides on how you can modify your 320d, here is part 3 and the final bit of the modification guide. The previous two guides are catered toward those who want to maintain their cars as a daily driven machine and at the same time tackle the winding roads. This guide is for those who want to get the most out of their diesel machine here in Malaysia (diesel cars aren’t that very popular at the moment).

So who in the right mind would want to do that? Well, if there is anyone about out there in the world, who knows, they might just want to turn it into a race car but honestly, most would turn the 330d and the 335d into race cars especially for endurance races. I have seen an episode of Top Gear where Jeremy, Richard and James used an older E46 330d as a race car for the Silverstone Endurance Race. Locally we have several endurance races and I haven’t seen any diesel cars among the mix yet.

POWER MODS:

We tackled power mods on the first section but lets look at other alternatives available for the N47 diesel engine.

  • Water methanol kit – I found that there are several brands of water methanol kits available and the one which caught my eye is one made by Snow Performance. For the N47 engine, it is advisable to go straight to a stage 2 kit with the controller so that you can enable the water meth whenever you want. Part for the N47 engine can be found in this link. So far the dealers who carry this in Malaysia and provides installation is After12 in Sunway, Clovertech Garage in Kota Kemuning and Works Engineering in Sunway. I found a video on YouTube that with the right map and the water meth kit, the car managed to produce 254hp on the dyno machine.
  • Larger Turbo – I am still in the midst of researching about a turbo replacement or a hybrid turbo replacement. Michael of ProArt says that it is possible but I shouldn’t expect that much more in terms of power from the N47 engine.
  • Larger injectors – With most other crazy diesel mods around, larger injectors are one of the essential parts to upgrade in order to get better performance out of the engine. Take this crazy mod, a quattro Scirocco mod where they used 1600cc injectors on the Audi diesel engine.

INTERIOR MODS:

BMW Performance race seats – BMW Performance do have a range of their Performance semi bucket seats which costs quite a fair bit. You can check them out at ECS Tuning. They are essentially Recaro CS Sportster seats but because it has the BMW logo on it and decked out in Alcantara, it costs a lot more. The difference with this is that it also comes with side airbags and is heated as well.

Recaro Semi-Bucket seats – There are plenty of bucket seats available from semi bucket seats to full race bucket seats. If you want one for your daily drive, you can opt for a semi bucket seat especially the Recaro Sportster CS range or you can check out the Recaro SR range as well. If you are located in Klang Valley in Kuala Lumpur, you can head over to Sunway and visit H Performance there. They are a local distributor of Recaro products ranging from various seats from the Recaro catalog. Do note that if you indeed decide to change your seat, here are a couple of things you need to watch out for.

  1. You need seat rails, two options available, a locally welded one made by H Performance or you can get one direct from Recaro. If you do choose to obtain the one from Recaro, you would need to wait for them to order it in as it takes about 3-4 weeks for it to be made and then shipped into Malaysia.
  2. After installing the seats, you need to watch out for the airbag sensor. The moment you remove it, if your E90 320d is the LCI model, you will have 2 airbags and the active head rest to remove. Please note that the error will pop up on your iDrive and dashboard but you can get a coder to code out the error.

Going the extreme Route

  • Reduce that weight! – Weighing in at more than 1500kg, the E90 320d as well as the F30 320d is a heavy car. Shedding some weight is an important bit and if you are serious about making it into a track car, that means stripping out the interior, aircon and other parts which makes the car comfortable. You can also reduce unsprung weight by using lighter brake calipers and rotors as well as lighter rims (try out the Japanese made Enkei’s 18″ rims which weigh around 8kg per rim).
  • Roll cage – Adding a roll cage will definitely improve the car’s rigidity. Since there aren’t that many available ones here, a custom one has to be built. I haven’t seen an E90 race car yet here locally so the process of building the roll cage will most probably be a trial and error basis.

Image Source: Turner Motorsports and ECS Tuning

Manga Reviews – Cooking Related Manga

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I sort of gained a love for reading manga back in my uni days when I was typically bored and whilst I was waiting for anime episodes to be released on a weekly basis, I lost my patience to actually watch anime and found out that the storylines in manga were a lot faster and I could read a whole lot of them within a short period of time.

With that I started trolling the internet finding for more sites which offered scanlations (translated manga) and when Apple released the iPad especially with 3G connectivity, it was a perfect combination. Now my iPad has become a fantastic manga viewer and with dedicated apps available, reading manga couldn’t be any easier.

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Personally, I use the app MangaStorm and it is a paid version which allows me to favourite a unlimited number of manga to follow on a weekly basis (new chapters are release each week on average). It is simple to use and easy for my to track whenever a Manga gets updated.

Anyhow, lately I have been reading several mangas and I thought I would give some reviews about some of them. This time it is based on the cooking genre.

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Yakitake!! Japan – Rating 3.5/5

This is a manga about a young baker who aims to create a bread which is worthy to be praised worldwide and would be the pride of Japan. Basically his goal is to create a bread so synonymous with Japan that it becomes famous (think french bread). The story starts off with the boy going for tryouts to join a famous bakery and pits him up against other bakers in a bake-off style challenge (think MasterChef and IronChef). But as the story evolves, I feel that it has become overly weird hence as an overall manga, I give this 3 out of 5.

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Bambino! & Bambino!! Seconde – Rating 5/5

Bambino! is the first of the series and has been completed. It talks about a young chef who lived in a small town in Japan and helped out at a small italian restaurant. His mentor chef then asks him to try working in a popular italian restaurant in the city and when the chef reaches there, he has the shock of his life because being a chef wasn’t easy. He started off with the basics and even had to work at both the back of house and front of house in order to garner enough experience in order to be a better chef. The story revolves around him and the restaurant he works at, Trattoria Baccanale, where he has to learn how to speak a little italian as well as get experience from the people around him as well as a trip overseas to garner more experience. The storyline is really interesting and it keeps you in suspense. 

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Addicted to Curry – Rating 3/5

The story goes about a guy who has the passion and the skills to create curry. He helps out a girl whose father left her in charge of a curry house whilst she is still in high school and thanks to the mysterious chef, Makito, who is a curry expert, together they go about trying to keep the business afloat as well as find ways to help others by the use of curry dishes. The storyline seems a little too predictable for me but they do give a lot of curry recipes in there which I doubt that I will ever use them to cook curry.

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Hells Kitchen – Rating 3/5

The story revolves around a young boy named Satoru who was approached by the Earl of Poor Eating from hell and Satoru has been selected by this demon to be his next meal. In order for Satoru to be completely delicious, he has to undergo a lot of training to become a proper chef in order for his soul to taste any good. The story can go a little bizarre at times and the cooking techniques can be a little out of this world. Updates for this manga is pretty slow as it is currently on chapter 29 at this point.

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Nobunaga no Chef – Rating 4.5/5

One of my favourite mangas which is still ongoing. The story is about a modern day chef who managed to go back in time in war-torn 16th Century Japan where he meets historical figures of past. In this situation he still shows his skill as a chef and ends up helping out the local warlords through his food and knowledge. The story does touch on history as well as how the chef, Ken, manages to make delicacies based on what is available in the 16th century.

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Shokugeki No Sama – Rating 4/5

A young boy’s dream is to inherit his father’s restaurant which is a special of the day type and at the same time surpass his father’s culinary skills. But in order to do that, his father sends him to a top notch cooking school where he expands his horizon in the world of cooking and learning about other cooking techniques. It does have the trends of Yakitake Japan where the boy’s skills come from his experience of trial and error. Updates are frequent for this manga (weekly basis) and the storyline does get pretty exciting.

 

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