Tali Tenang – Bangsar LRT Station

January 18, 2010


We’re on theStar: 250 tied by strings of solidarity and on NST: Networking for a group cause, thanks!

Meanwhile, here are some unofficial pictures from Chris Tock.


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*Read English version of text below.

*This event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255241961044&ref=mf


Ingat tak ‘KL Freeze in Unison’? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psOfYLtKk34

Kami nak berjumpa lagi!

Banyak telah berlaku kebelakangan ini yang menimbulkan pelbagai reaksi di kalangan orang ramai.

Namun kami bangga Rakyat masih dapat terus bertenang.

Jom raikan kematangan kita sebagai sebuah masyarakat yang berjaya maintain cool! Jom jadi inspirasi kepada mereka yang tak berapa cool :]

Mari kita buat sesuatu yang simbolik. Bawa seutas tali dan bersama kita akan mengikat utasan tali masing-masing untuk dijadikan satu tali panjang yang cun gila.

Tali panjaaang yang cun gila itu pula akan kita bawa bersiar selama lebih kurang 15 minit untuk ditunjukkan kepada masyarakat Malaysia yang lain.

Mari bersama kita, semua dijemput serta! Sediakan:

1.      Seutas tali sepanjang tangan kanan anda [Tak kira warna atau jenis]

2.      [Pakai baju putih]

3.      [Kalau ada bendera Malaysia, bawa sekali]

Penting sekali, jangan lupa beritahu member-member semua! Jangan lupa datang!


Remember ‘KL Freeze in Unison’? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psOfYLtKk34

We want to reunite with you!

So much has happened in the last few weeks that has cause our country to be buzzing with agreements and disagreements.

But we’re proud that despite all that’s happened, we the Rakyat, have managed to keep our cool.

Let’s celebrate the fact that we have grown up to be a level-headed cool lot! Let’s inspire those not-so-cool to be cool :]

Let’s do something symbolic. Come with a piece of rope/string and we will tie them together to make one long, beautiful, cool rope that represents each and every one of us.

We will then take our fantastic work of art on a short, 15-minute tour for our fellow Malaysians to see.

Come and join us! Anyone and everyone! All you have to do is:

1.       Bring a piece of rope/string the length of your right arm [Any colour or texture]

2.       Wear a white t-shirt

3.       If you have a Malaysian flag, bring it along

Most importantly, share this news with your friends and you, of course, must come too!


Video: Merdeka Train Party

October 31, 2009

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Evidently, it took us a while to do the video. Many thanks to Vini Balan for having the patience to edit the video and deal with me for the countless of editions asked. Also thanks to food media company Fried Chillies again for providing technical support to allow us to use their equipment. -Zain HD

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New RA t-shirt

April 4, 2009

Random Attire Blue Gymnast

Concept by Zain HD. Artwork by Germ.


This new design, is  going to be in support of young female athletes in the gymnastics arena*. Keeping in mind that, often, they represent the country at a very young age. We are in discussion with a few suitable organisations now to decide which is most apt for this project.

*This direction is not definite, but it will be around that realm.

Realistically, it will be ready in a few months. If you are interested, email Shop [at] RandomAlphabets [dot] com and tell us your size. That’s all. No money deposit. No additional info. When the t-shirts are ready, we’ll notify you. The price, will most probably be different as well, not RM47.


PS. Our Green/Eco Knights and Pink/PRIDE Foundation t-shirts are almost sold out. Only Pink Baby T’s left. For Green, even less. Though there’s both Baby T and Unisex ones left.

Annexe merdeka weekend collision

August 30, 2008

Sunday 31st August 2008, 12pm to 2pm Lecture. From Panji To The Present ~ A short history of sexuality in Malaysia and South East Asia by Dr Farish A Noor at the Annexe Gallery, Central Market.There’s loads of other stuff going on as well.

the annexe central marketart-for-grabs central market

Was at class today and I was informed that there’s a makeup test tomorrow/Sunday/Merdeka Day, for both papers at 10am.

Which forced me to skip my friends wedding tonight and this

Sunday 31st August 2008, 12pm to 2pm Lecture
From Panji To The Present ~ A short history of sexuality in Malaysia and South East Asia
by Dr Farish A Noor at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market.

There’s loads of other stuff going on as well. Loads. Super for art enthusiasts. More info here.

Meant to meet Michelle Yeoh there, who is busy preparing the launch of ProjectMalaysia.org. Which is really really soon. :)

Pictures: rwp wellington, eindhoven, kuala lumpur, melbourne, singapore

August 25, 2008

.wellington Alastair Smith

In Civic Square, Wellington. Photo by Alastair Smith



Read while Waiting Project

“To think that it was just an idea you had some 3 months ago to where it is now. You’ve done so much, am proud of you.”
- Miss Not Ascertainable

RWP first crossed my mind in early May 2008. While I was pushing my bike on the highway after it ran out of petrol. It was one of the best times of my life.

I’ve been a law graduate since December 2007, and could be earning perhaps RM2000 a month for an employer silly enough to pay me that kind of money. But I’m not.

Instead I’m a self-employed unpaid pseudo activist doing what I feel like doing and persuading as many people as I can reach, convincing them why they should listen to this madman.

Whether you commend or criticise the Read while Waiting Project, but henceforth at some point in your life, it has (even) subconsciously moved you to read as oppose to not doing anything productive with that time, I then, have achieved what I set out to do.

RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks

*All pictures you see here are also available on Facebook.




“I just left the place. Although tak ramai, I’m really happy with it. Ada dalam 6, 7 orang, and they are all totally strangers, grouped together to read books. Best douh. Thanks a lot bro. You taught me something there and I felt it.”
- Izhar Moslim

To promote the participation and awareness of RWP, RA has done 3 things (1st video, 2nd video & 23rd August flashmob) and have 1 more remaining. That is, the BookCrossing gathering.

It is where people, strangers and friends, would meet up to either loan or give away books. This gathering will be done in a few months time.

Below are pictures from Melbourne. It was coordinated by Izhar Moslim, who arranged for 400 RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks to be delivered to Melbourne at the last minute via Afiah Hafiz.




“P.S. = it was .. niceeee !!!”
- Chiara Mafucci

RWP has 2 main objectives
1. To see more people reading (any form of literature) whenever they wait
2. To make people more conscious of whenever they are about to go somewhere and know that some waiting will be involved, then bring something to rea

Below are pictures from Eindhoven. It was coordinated by Chiara Mafucci. Chiara is from the south of Italy and works in Eindhoven. Zain HD had dinner with her in when he was in Eindhoven for one night (November 2007).




“Hmmm..it’s raining here.”
- Sofiah Jamil

The reason why RA picked the ‘waiting’ element is because of the baby steps approach.

Don’t try to get someone who does not even read to start the habit, buying literature and/or set an over optimistic goal.

Below are pictures from Singapore. It was coordinated by Sofiah Jamil. She is researcher at the NTU Rajaratnam School of International Studies and co-founder of Itchy Traveller.



Kuala Lumpur

“Zain, great fun meeting you yesterday. Enjoyed the RWP. Let’s think of something fun for World AIDS Day please!”
- Marina Mahathir

The idea was to get a person comfortable with the idea of reading in the first place, and then what that person does subsequently, is up to them.

And the simplest way to do it, is to get them to not allocate a time of the day specially for reading, but to fill it in between things they already are doing.

Below are pictures from Kuala Lumpur (taken by Joshua Ong). It was coordinated by Zain HD of RA. He needs a break.

RWP also got picked up in New Zealand by two influential bloggers. Social commentator Paul Reynolds and former managing director & publisher of Penguin NZ, Graham Beattie. With the help from Paul, RWP was promoted on the Christchurch City Council Library Official Blog and the National Radio of New Zealand.



Random Attire

RWP is one of RA’s pro bono projects. Support our projects by donning these t-shirts.

RWP at malaysian student leaders summit

July 31, 2008

Video will be screened at the 2 day Summit. 1200 Pay It Forward Bookmarks will be distributed via 600 ‘goodie bags’.


If it was up to me, though it still is, I would rather not bog the RA blog with RWP. But more and more entities are getting involved actively, on top of the unexpected magnitude it has grown in to, I will keep everyone updated.

This weekend, is UKEC‘s Second Malaysian Student Leaders Summit. It boasts 22 speakers. Of that, the ones I am interested in are

  • Karim Raslan, Founder, Karim Raslan Associates
  • YB Senator Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim, Minister in the PM’s Dept. – Law and Judicial Reform
  • Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz bin Ungku Abdul Hamid, former VC of Universiti Malaya

*MSLS on Facebook.

Sunday 27 July : Emailed the organisers asking if it was ok to insert 2 RWP Pay It Forward Bookmarks in each ‘goodie bag’.

Monday : One Alia Sidek replied, saying ok while informing that there are 600 goodie bags. It must be delivered to Nikko Hotel by Friday 6 pm.

Tuesday : RA calculated that we have almost exactly 1200 Bookmarks left, which does not only mean we have none left, but must print some more in view of being distributed for Bijou Bazaar. We placed an order with the suppliers for 2000 more.

Tuesday: Replied to convey our appreciation and thanks. While not avoiding from asking whether or not it is possible to screen the RWP video at the 2 day summit, at whatever point they are comfortable with. As what RA did at Farish Noor‘s book launch, an idea suggested by Ezra of ZI Publications. :)

Wednesday : Alia replies saying it’s cool and dandy.


RWP bookmark

July 20, 2008

“You’re a workaholic. And if you’re not careful, it’s something that will always be. xxx”

For the moment:
The Ultimate (Live)- The Roots

*This post was originally written on 28 June.

RWP BookmarkIf you are visiting this website today, because you received the RWP bookmark, then you have made RA and it’s efforts happy. And a step closer to making RWP a success.

Read the main posting on RWP, that explains the whole project, here.

Join RWP on Facebook.

*If you really support and believe in this project, then take those bookmarks, pass it to someone you know. Leave it on your colleagues desk, in your classmates pencil box or next to your relative’s jamban. Whatever. As long as it gets the message around and delivered. Baby steps.

*If you want some more bookmarks/cards, let us know. We’ll meet up and pass it to you. We distributed more than 750 at KLue Urbanscapes and will be printing more.

One of the main basis of RWP is that it carries the Pay It Forward approach. So what we have done is that to make bookmarks that look like this.

We ordered 1000 of it.

And decided that we should distributed in batches of 3 so that the recipient can share it to more than 1 person.

Last night it arrived at my house and I sat down alone for almost 4 full hours, wrapping 999 RWP bookmarks with 333 black rubber bands.

Multiplies of 3 will get you 333 batches with one extra odd card out. The blue dot on the W, is that extra 1.

Because I’m just that gatal, I decided to use more rubber bands to put everything together.

The quote above, was an sms from someone who knows me only too well. My first time being told so. Something I didn’t notice for myself. Something I needed to hear for myself.

Again, if you are visiting this website today, because you received the RWP bookmark, then you have made RA and it’s efforts happy. And a step closer to making RWP a success.

Thank you. :)

randomKLX starting point revealed

June 14, 2008

RandomActs: clean random fun. :)

This email contain 2 important information. Please read them carefully to avoid embarrassing yourself.

1. Location.
2. Surprise instruction.
1. KL Sentral Concourse. KLX only refers to 1 clock.

Next to McDonalds, there is a Maybank ATM. Next to the ATM, there is a clock. That is our clock. Gather anywhere near this clock, not necessarily infront of it. As long as you can see the time so that you can press Play at exactly 5pm.

Do not loiter or crowd the clock area at KL Sentral too early. Just be there 2 minutes beforehand.

2. Buy a Putra LRT ticket to Kelana Jaya. We may or may not go there. ;)
Make sure you buy it BEFORE 5pm. If you don’t, you will be left behind.

Remember, when the clock says 5pm, 0minutes and 0seconds, you press Play.

Do not bring any type of camera. KLX is participatory. We have assigned a group of photographers and videographers to do the job. KLX is not a circus and we don’t want clowns with their eyes focusing through an electronical lens. Only show up if you are wearing the proper dress and ready to participate and have fun!

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