Friday, June 13, 2008

The danger of flip-flops

Bernama's sense of humor? Many must have thought the national news agency was commenting on the country's current leadership with this article!
General June 13, 2008 16:04 PM
Flip-Flops 'Linked To Skin Cancer'

LONDON, June 13 (Bernama) -- They may be just perfect for hot weather and a fashion hit of the summer, but remember wearing sandals and flip-flops can put you at risk of developing skin cancer on your feet.

Researchers have earlier warned of some link between open-toed footwears and skin patches.

Now, medics have also joined the attack, by saying that sporting them can increase a person's chance of getting lesions as the skin becomes exposed to intense sunlight, a key cause of skin tumours, or melanomas, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Friday.

Cancer that affects the feet is actually known as "acral melanoma" and typically occurs on the sole of the foot, between the toes or under the toenails.

Research has revealed that only half of patients with foot melanomas survive.

Anthony Kontos, Head of the clinic at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, who regularly treats patients with flip-flop injuries, said people often mistook skin cancer on the feet for bruising.

"With the increasing popularity of open-toed sandals and flip-flops, feet often have a sudden blast of intense sunlight. Our feet are enclosed in shoes most of the year and then we pack our sandals for a holiday in hot temperatures. This means feet are particularly susceptible to sunburn.

"People are generally aware of checking other parts of their body for suspicious moles but they're unlikely to examine their feet," the Indian news agency quoted the podiatric surgeon as saying in a British daily.

But, Kontos added: "Hey ladies, if you still want to sport those comfortable footwears apply sunscreen to feet, including the soles -- that is the advice from doctors".

However a British Skin Foundation Spokesman said: "The fact is that all types of skin cancer are on the rise. Women especially are susceptible because any lotion applied to the bridge of the foot gets rubbed off by sandals."



  1. Ha ha ha ha the Flipping Flopper could be the ideal model for the flip-flops. Now we know where the mole is hiding!

  2. Anonymous8:44 pm


    those who wear one will usually flip.... then flop.

    if u apply it to our leaders, some signs are already there....

  3. Salam Brader,

    1. Itu adalah strategi bisnes zaman sekarang?

    2. Mereka akan 'threaten' manusia dengan berbagai justifikasi. Kemudian mereka akan 'product' something to counter that problem for them to make money?

    3. Otak Yahudi ? Mereka suka masalah. Kerana dimana ada masalah...disitu ada peluang buat duit.

    4. Walhal orang asli dalam hutan tak pakai kasut pun. Lagi sihat!

  4. Anonymous10:09 pm

    Baru satu minggu minyak naik jalanraya, pekan, shoping kompleks, tempat riadah etc sudah mula lengang. Tengok satu bulan lagi apabila letrik pula naik,rasanya macam diserang garuda.


  5. Anonymous10:39 pm

    mungkin ini hanya kebetulan saja kot hmmmmmmm
    Bob From Kuching

  6. Anonymous10:59 pm


    Engkau ni asyik nak ejek si Abdullah Badawi tu jer... cukuplah kau Rocky, kau ni dah nyanyok ke aper?

    Focus la benda yang lebih bermanfaat...

    (Aku bukan sokong Abdullah Badawi okey, tapi usahlah asyik cam nak mempersendakan dia jer... macam kanak kanak!)

  7. bro bru...ini pun boleh jadi modal untuk sindir pm flip-flop badawi..anyway sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves. serious selalu akan cepat tua dan sakit jantung..

  8. Anonymous11:20 pm

    Shall we plana coup againts this flip flop ??????

    --non military malaysian--

  9. Anonymous11:58 pm

    If Dollah is considered as malignant cancer, still there is possibility for cure, using radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.
    The way I see it is that Dollah is like a newly found deadly virus, spreading fast nationwide while the rakyat are not yet immuned or prepared with antidotes.

  10. what?????

    Pak Lah is as good as equivalent to Sandals... flip flop?

    didnt he not look like Sandals in the first place; but he does sounds like one.

  11. Anonymous7:36 am

    Kalau Abdullah Badawi tu flip-flop... bayangkan pula apa dia Dr. Mahathir... selipar tandas kot... kah kah kah!

  12. Anonymous7:59 am

    These are the kind of corruption that berlaku under UMNO in the last 20 years:

    1.The Bank Bumiputra twin scandals in the early 1980s saw US$1 billion (RM3.2 billion in 2008 ringgit)

    2.The Maminco attempt to corner the world tin market in the 1980s is believed to have cost some US$500 million. (RM1.6 billion)

    3.Betting in foreign exchange futures cost Bank Negara Malaysia RM30 billion in the 1990s.

    4.Perwaja Steel resulted in losses of US$800 million (RM2.56 billion). Eric Chia, was charged with corruption for allegedly steering US$20 million (RM64 million) to a Hong Kong-based company

    5.Use of RM10 billion public funds in the Valuecap Sdn. Bhd. operation to shore up the stock market

    6.Banking scandal of RM700 million losses in Bank Islam

    7.The sale of M.V. Agusta for one Euro

    8.Wang Ehsan from oil royalty on Terengganu RM7.4 billion from 2004 – 2007

    9.For the past 10 years since Philharmonic Orchestra was established, this orchestra has swallowed a total of RM500 million

    10.In Advisors Fees, Mahathir was paid RM180,000, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (women and social development affairs) RM404,726 and Abdul Hamid Othman (religious) RM549,675 per annum

    11.The government has spent a total of RM3.2 billion in teaching Maths and Science in English over the past five years. Out of the amount, the government paid a whopping RM2.21 billion for the purchase of information and computer technology (ICT) equipments which it is unable to give a breakdown.

    12.The commission paid for purchase of Jets and Submarines to two private companies amounted to RM910 million.

    13.RM100 million bill to compensate Gerbang Perdana for the RM1.1 billion “Crooked Scenic Half-Bridge”

    14.RM1.3 billion have been wasted building the white elephant Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities on cancellation of the Malaysia-Singapore scenic bridge

    15.RM 100 million on renovation of Parliament building and leaks

    16.National Astronaut Programme - RM 40 million

    17.National Service Training Programme - yearly an estimate of RM 500 million
    18.Eye on Malaysia -RM 30 million and another RM5.7 million of free ticket

    19.RM 4.63 billion, ’soft-loan’ to PKFZ

    20.RM 2.4 million on indelible ink

    21.Samy announced in September 2006 that the government paid compensation amounting to RM 38.5 billion to the highway companies. RM 380 million windfalls for 9 toll concessionaires earned solely from the toll hike in 2008 alone.

    22.RM32 million timber export kickbacks involving companies connected to Sarawak Chief Minister, Tan Sri Taib Mahmud and his family

    Bailouts -
    23.Two bailouts of Malaysia Airline System RM7.9 billion
    24.Putra transport system, which cost RM4.486 billion;
    25.STAR-LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion;
    26.National Sewerage System costing RM192.54 million;
    27.Seremban-Port Dickson Highway costing RM142 million;
    28.Kuching Prison costing RM135 million; and
    29.Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam costing RM8.3 million.
    30.Le Tour de Langkawi costing RM 3.5 Million

    31.Wholesale distribution of tens of millions of shares in Bursa Malaysia to cronies, children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth billions of ringgits.

    32.APs scandal had been going on year-after-year going back for more than three decades, involving a total mind-boggling sum of tens of billions of ringgits

    33.Alienation of tens of thousands of hectares of commercial lands and forestry concessions to children and relatives of BN leaders and Ministers worth tens of billions of ringgits

    34.Wastages and forward trading of Petronas in the 1990s based on the low price of oil then. Since the accounts of Petronas are for the eyes of Prime Minister only we have no idea of the amount. Whatever amount, you bet it is COLLOSSAL!

    In Time Asia magazine issue on March 15 2004, South East Asian economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore Daniel Lian, figures “that the country may have lost as much as U$$100 billion (RM320 billion) since the early 1980s to corruption.”

  13. Anonymous8:40 am

    POKLEH is a terrorist and terminator, see how he put Malaysian into defensive submission with tail in between the legs.


  14. Anonymous8:45 am

    Pak lah flip-flops? That was what the "13 million dollar man" says. But to compare with Dr.M Pak Lah is still far better. Dr.M and the 40 crooks; Daim, AP Queen, Sammy, Leong Sick, the two anak Dr.M..... Oooooh just sick them.


  15. Salam Bro,

    I've always wondered who coined this flip-flop phrase in the first place. Any ideas?

  16. Anonymous11:20 am

    Kinabinatangan said...

    Engkau ni asyik nak ejek si Abdullah Badawi tu jer... cukuplah kau Rocky, kau ni dah nyanyok ke aper?

    Focus la benda yang lebih bermanfaat...

    (Aku bukan sokong Abdullah Badawi okey, tapi usahlah asyik cam nak mempersendakan dia jer... macam kanak kanak!)

    Tepulang kepada pembaca samada mempesenda atau itulah KENYATAANNYA Perdana Menteri awak - kluangman

  17. Anonymous11:33 am


    why 'hello malaysia', bernama tv suddenly went off air last night? host, dell n panelists, cuepacs pres. n social activist, syed ,sorry can't recall his full name were talking about 'gaji oh gaji'.
    it was hot but no ending.

    golfers say good drive but no finis, la bro!!

  18. Anonymous12:49 pm

    right, that's it.....back to terompah's!

    perhaps we should start selling capal's....

  19. Dah sesak nafas ni masih lagi ada suara yang lantang sokong Pak Blah ni ye. Yang sokong to flipflops jugaklah. God have mercy on us all.

  20. asm rocky's bru

    my favourite slip-on shoe during summer. BTW, love your blog, really informative in just one page.

  21. Anon 1133 who comained about "Hello Malaysia" programme on Bernama TV.

    Firstly, tolonglah pakai nickname lain kali. I placed TWO notice boards on the use of Anon, no space for a Third one bro.

    I contacted Bernama TV with regards to your complaint.

    Here's the SMS from Sdr Yong the Bernama Editor in chief himself:

    "There was a power surge and UPS failed to kick in. Technicians worked feverishly to restore power facilities. Happened for the first time. In their haste, the producers forgot to explain why blackout happened via scrolling news at bottom. Teething problems in our first 3 1/2 months of operations. We repeated entire programme this morning. If viewers want more, we can recall panellists back another day. It just goes to show that bernama tv is attracting audiences and gaining audience share. I hope the advertisers don't overlook us. We try to improve day by day and appreciate viewers' concern and comments on our smooth running."