Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Zaniah (female adulterer), Batumalai (stone hill) or Ah Kow (dog) figure amongst a list of names that are termed "undesirable" for use by Malaysians to christen their children.
The National Registration Department has forbidden the country's multi-ethnic community comprising Malays, Indians and Chinese from using names from a list that it has compiled, the 'New Strait Times' said today.
"The department has put up a list of 'undesirable' names in a bid to spare a child the blushes when he/she grows up," the paper reported.
I mean who would want to live in a place where the government decides what you can and can't name your kid. But more importantly, who'd want to live in a culture that thinks Adolph Hitler and Stalin are people you want to name them after in the first place?
To the 12-year-old friends planning to build themselves a den, the cherry tree seemed an inviting source of material.
But the afternoon adventure turned into a frightening ordeal for Sam Cannon, Amy Higgins and Katy Smith after they climbed into the 20ft tree - then found themselves hauled into a police station and locked in cells for up to two hours.
Their shoes were removed and mugshots, DNA samples and mouth swabs were taken.
Officers told the children they had been seen damaging the tree which is in a wooded area of public land near their homes.
What in the world ever happened to common sense — for the police? Jail and DNA? For this? Yeesh.
Sadly, I think it’s more a matter of incompetence than pomposity.
"What in the world ever happened to common sense — for the police? Jail and DNA? For this? Yeesh."
There are similar examples in the US. We are becoming a "nation of laws"(and, of course, the ensuing regulations), which seems to be many people’s goal, wherein the use of personal discretion and judgement, no matter how expert or experienced, are strictly forbidden and punished.
" I’m sorry, but other than silly, I never saw the point. "
This is Congress you are speaking of; a rational point is not necessary.