Tuesday, July 22, 2008


This is not asking you take off.

Depending where you are, the above words may give different shades of meaning. Right now, everyone is pissed off with political debacle in the country. Among friends you may piss off laughing, uncontrolled for reasons known to yourself while others piss around not knowing what to do and wasting their time. When it rains heavily, you can exclaim that it’s pissing down outside.

But when you actually want to do the very thing with the call of nature, you are taken aback by the deplorable condition of public toilets a subject much bandied around in the media but till now unresolved. Now with a minimal sum charged for entrance, you may expect some decency and respectability. Of course at some high end establishment e.g. the KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, patrons are happy to pay even more than the nominal sum to get VIPs facilities. Passing off excess liquid has its price too.

This topic actually narrows down to the substance that all medical facilities require when checking our health. A small plastic cup would reveal the state of our well-being. Now even at the highways and at amusement places, you can be subjected to your urine test less you are a danger to others on the road and affected or high while entertaining yourself.

Now there is another story to that indomitable liquid. A recent report by CWI (Care for the Wild International) highlighted the case of the Temple Tigers. Less you have not heard about it, there is a monastery in Kanchanaburi, near Bangkok Thailand, where the carnivores’ tigers are kept in captivity under the guise of care, treatment and domestication. The monastery has captured the tourist trade and daily there are 300 – 400 visitors mainly foreigners who pay to get access to the place and closest to the beast. Visitors can cuddle and be photographed with the big cats as they would the domestic cats. This of course excites most people and more so for the monastery members as they collect a sizable sum every year.

The CWI report uncovers the unsavory side to the business. Tigers as extinct creatures are subject of concern and all attempts are made to conserve them as other wild animals of the world. The Temple Tigers are initially thought to be approaching that course. But no says the report. Tiger trade takes precedence. It is disheartening to learn that the tigers there are subject to abuse and mistreatment.

Those of us who are men about the house and care to walk around the home may notice pungent smell of cats’ urine here and there. This is disconcerting but it has been done for a purpose. The cat has claimed and notified its territory. In the wild tigers too use urine as a territorial or aggressive signal. Sprayed at close quarters it would represent an extremely aggressive gesture from a dominant animal.

Now, the question comes around how do the monastery monks at the point of religious piety domesticated the animals? Such that the big cats submit to their needs glorifying in loads of cash flowing in.

Contributions that came in according to the report go a little way toward the comfort and nourishment of the ‘pets’. More so, the tigers too got into the disappearance act. What hit me most is reading about the use of tiger’s urine by the monks and workers at the temple. The urine becomes a potent contributor for docility. The tiger’s urine is squirted on the cat’s face and any sign of resentment, aggressiveness or wildness is reduced to timidity and quiet submission.

This discovery challenges the rights of the Temple Tigers’ monks and workers to operate the ‘rehabilitation’ and called upon the Thai authorities and other related bodies to act.

In an earlier publication I talked about an elephant sanctuary in Chengmai Thailand where the creatures roam freely while also entertaining tourist everyday of the week. One can only marvelled at the antics and performances of the giant beast of burden. Hopefully they are kept in good order with no mismanaged enforcement.

For reference to CWI report please see http://www.careforthewild.org/default.asp and related articles.

An alert on 'urine' at Goggle may also disclose other interesting issues. It seems that scientists at NASA are also requesting for lots of urine to be delivered at its station. "The No.1 need right now for some of the builders of the nation's next spaceship: Lots of urine. The need is voluminous. 3o liters a day, which translates into nearly 8 gallons. Even on weekends. Designers of the Orion which will park unoccupied in space for up to 6 months while astronauts work on the moon have to solve a pressing issue of getting rid of stored urine ... " For reading http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/07/16/nasa.urine.ap/index.html

There is therefore a reason to realise that the watery substance that human and animals release is not just waste but in essence a force by itself. You can now piss away ...

1 comment:

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

Pak Non

Very intriguing title. Guess you are right. We are pissed off with the current selfis, self-righteous politicians.

BTw as regards choosing a bike, it depends on your aim really. If you want to go up-hill, down-hill on very technical trails, then an expensive (RM2,000 and above) is recommended.

But if you want to go riding around the neighbourhood or the local parks (like me) anything below RM2,000 would suffice. It can even go as low as RM600.

Please check out SooBeng Bicycle Shop located at Pekan Cina Alor Setar for good bikes. Your son, Abu Bakar, might have have a certain preference.

all the best!