My perception to the struggle for a better Malaysia (if it is still worthwhile).

We need to change how this country is being run. We must show to the politician that we are sick of them. This problem that we face today, we inherit them from our nation’s forefathers. We have the responsibility not to pass that baggage to our children. To have or to be perceived to have different level of citizenship is a no go for an honest real nation building. It is more than enough that we are segregated by the ever widening standard of living but to exacerbate it by racial profiling is suicide. We cannot delay assimilating our various ethnics into a singular national identity that are based on our shared aspiration not on our past histories of disparateness. Religion should be kept as a personal conviction not as a insurmountable wall that divides us. Communal and cultural issues should be dealt on a communal stage not on a platform as national agendas. The issue of poverty should be solved as an socio-economic issue not as a racial-political division. We are “the people” who are proud enough to state our independence in declaring that we are not “your people” who you could manipulate or annihilate. We see through you and we understood your agenda well enough to reject both.

Grass-roots Hockey in Malaysia, Uprooted?

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where to, Malaysian hockey?

I admire Lawrence Van Huizen. Remembered him as the old white bearded man with a walking stick looking like “father time”. Standing at the side-line, intensely observing youngsters in an intra-school hockey game at the NS padang. This was back then in the 80’s. I was playing that time. He gave a lot for the sport that he loves, so I dedicate this long winded blah-blah as a tribute to him.

Hockey should be brought down to the grassroots level again. Elitism has no place in sports. Look at the hockey scene in our secondary school today, many schools dont have a proper hockey field, let alone a proper hockey team. Hockey is not soccer, not a game which they learn to play in front of their kampung houses, let alone under the high-rise residential flats/apartment blocks. Hockey needs proper coaching during school time on the school hockey field. It needed special equipments which cost beyond most schools could afford. It needed trained hockey teachers/coaches not just stand-in coach who never played the game in their life. The ministry of education must make it compulsory for schools to have a hockey team. Hockey is the only team-sports that we at least can say we are world contenders (soccer??–come on get real).

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Don’t have a cow man!

It was the best of time, it was the worst of time. Today is the 52nd Independence day for Malaysia (Merdeka Day). This country was founded 52 years ago on this very date of 31st August 1957 with a great promise of solidarity in a pluralistic multi-cultural democratic society. Three days ago in Shah Alam, Selangor the reason to clebrate was greatly marred by the action of some of its citizens. The rash and thoughtless action by these trolls, make me want to puke. It disgusted me throughly and almost spoil my fasting. I don’t feel like celebrating “Merdeka Day” anymore.

You could read the said article and my comment at  themalaysianinsider.com: cow-head-protest-was-end-of-tether-for-sect-23-folk. I have included the my exact comment below this posting as a record of my participation in a democratic dialogue. I stand by my word…

While the USA celebrate its first non-white president, we shun our own citizen because his/her religion or race. If this action by some of the bigoted citizen is a sign of thing to come, we as a nation are doomed to the scrap heap of history. 52 years of living together should be enough to bond us, unless during these 52 years we refuse to see the real problem. It is not we are uneducated (some of the participant of the “cows head demo” are professionals), but we are ill-educated. We live only for our own comfort and disregard the others. The Chinese has a word for this,  they call it “Kiasu“. I don’t really know what this word really meant but it do represent selfishness and an unrelenting attitude of pushing for victory despite the huge collateral damage.

We could not any longer pride ourselves with the claim to be an example of a peaceful multicultural society. Some of us wish to be segregated into the separate silos of race and religion. As the rest of the world move forward discarding ethnic differences, We transgress backward embracing the inclusiveness of our various community. The demon has raise its head once again as it did in the May 13 1969 tragedy. Have we not learnt our lesson? Do we want to commit the same mistake as our forefathers?

Thus to clear my conscience and making my stand clear on this issue. I made a conscious effort to respond to the situation but not to aggravate it. By making a thoughtful comment after reading a latter article, I hope to exercise my faith in a just and open democratic society. This article consist of interviews of the resident of the housing area and maybe the perpetrator of the incident too. As usual my policy when commenting on such article would be to do it transparently and would be using my real name. I hate anonymity when used to evade responsibility. I stand responsible for my comment, I want to show that offering a good responsible comment or or participating in a dialogue is an integral part of  an open democratic system.

By the way, I shall not rant any further about this incident. It has been covered extensively the local media. You may watch the video of the incident above or perhaps read the first online coverage of it at themalaysianinsider.com .

Below are my comment as exactly as I have posted it at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/36376-cow-head-protest-was-end-of-tether-for-sect-23-folk .

I cant understand their argument that if there is a temple near the playground children would not play on it. Children are not bigoted like adult. A temple is a place of worship just like a mosque or a church. God fearing people go to worship in whatever place you choose to call it be it temple, church or mosque. May i repeat “God fearing people”. It is not like they are building pubs or brothel.

What the people are implying is that they prefer segregation, by that argument alone i perceived them to be racist not religious. These are kampung folks who used to live in their isolated communities but being forced to move to the cities for economic purposes. They are bringing their kampungs bubble (tempurung) with them.

I was born in a city (JB), my neighbours are chinese and indians when i was young. I never had any bad thoughts about them . They are people just like my family. Their kids are my playmates. Their place of worship are just across the road from a surau. No, there was never any untoward incident. The fact that they observe their religion goes to show that they are good people. Near my grandma’s house is a hindu temple, at dusk when the good moslems congregate at the kampung mosque, the temple caretaker would sound their bell.. their call to prayer. It is not about tolerance it is about coexistence. We share the same aspiration and hope for a better future although our religious believe is different.

Now i live and work in a different state (terengganu) where the majority are malays. Most of my friends here never had a friend or neighbour of a different race in their development years. They are the kampung folks. So often have i heard the comments that from them who think that the idea of sharing same living space with another race is unbearable. I honestly think that they are being prejudice to the hilt. I for one that for the better part of my life grew up living with the other race and religion find the experience enriching. Nor do in the course of being with them (my none malay/moslem friends) have i lost my religion. I hope that kampung folks who move to the cities leave their kampung parochialism back home.

I pray that good sense would prevail. Please dont let our unfounded prejudice cloud our judgement. Racial/religious hatred is an end game. There is no happy ending. For us moslem please dont let our nafsu amarah spoil our Ramadan.”

A comment to Razaleigh.com

On the 20th of February 2009, I posted a comment on razaleigh.com, at that time I was feeling desperate and seething with anger. here goes with some grammatical correction (what do you expect… a grammatically correct mad man?… sheesh)

dear tengku,

i am a teacher, a malay teacher to be precise. I become a teacher because i admired how teachers are the one who raise the spirit of independence from its cradle the revered maktab perguruan sultan idris. but lately the political scenario in our beloved country has left me in a quandary. i almost feel no sense of patriotism as if patriotism is a shameful feeling. I have been blessed with 5 kids, the eldest being 12 years old. i am so ashamed of country that i could not tell my children that the rukun negara is sacred. Once upon a time, i believed in the rukun negara but now it rang so hollow. when i look around, what i saw are opportunist acting like leaders, bumpkin who think they are teachers, zealots who walk as self-ordained prophets, thugs who are employed as police, plagiarist hailed as sage, judges intentionally manipulated the scale, the kings who failed their subject.

What should i tell my children about our country ( refused to add the prefix “great” to it). Where the rule of law is but an empty slogan. If the government could itself not respect the law then the only chance for the rakyat is a great social upheaval. It may not be bloodless but if that does the job why not. it is a disgrace to live the live of cowardice. i am a very peaceful man but i am seething with anger now. Our country is a farce. Please Tengku, wakeup! our children future are at stake.

This is not about from which political divide you are from. I think malaysia is at a turning point. Do you envision the best for this country. If the answer is yes, wake up. If not stay in your white palace or the bungalow u call home and watch the country burn. The signs are all around cant you see?

As for my kids, i pray that that they will never live to see people like our present leaders (sic) thrive like the lice that they really are.

Namewee has named us.

A lot of broohaha has gone around about this topic. (Watch the vid with English sub). Some in the government potrayed this as an act of treason. I doubt it. Some well to do bloggers has attached political motivation on how the government responded to the issue… well what do you expect from political beasts (political shit). I read through almost all the response from malaysia-today and found myriads of viewpoints from the comments posted. Kudos to RPK for giving space for many dissenting views, however does all this fingertips responses really address the issue?

As I am a teacher, not a politician therefore i refused to comment this from a political point of view. I notice that part of the angst Namewee show on his video is stemming from his inability to gain admission into a local university. If I’m not mistaken Universiti Malaya. Thus he was forced to further his study in Taiwan and earned his fee living as a busker. Judging from the quality of his work (the are some more on youtube), he is quite a talented and intelligent Malaysian. He deserved a place in our local university and a study loan. We must not discriminate people based on races. One do qualify for a position or opportunity because of one’s capability not because of one’s religion/sex/race. What sort of curriculum are the Ministry of Education trying to push at school? Is it one based on bigotry, prejudice and fascism?

I cannot prophesied the future but my bloodline is malay (for now}. What if my son marry a chinese girl and his son also marry a non-malay. So what is in store in the future for my great grandchildren. Will they be discriminated in school? So go to hell with those fascist politicians. We should aim for equal education opportunity for all. If you want to hang yourself with racial politics, go live in Israel and suffer the fate of  the goyim. You will know what it is like to be a second class citizen.

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Well I have to do something, right. I have been reading all those so call blogs that are mostly political in nature. Most of them are filled to the brim with criticism about injustice and corruption in Malaysia. Not withstanding the barbed comments from readers eager to add their two cent worth whether to offer a piece of their mind or just to add fuel the fire. All is fine in proving that it it still safe to think aloud malaysia. However all the reading make me realise that what lack in Malaysia is what I shall coin ” Positive Social Activism”. Continue reading