Oct 4, 2008

Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram

The version popularised by Mahatma Gandhi:

Raghupati Raaghava Raaja Raam, Patita paavana Siita Raam, Siita Raam, Siita Raam, Bhaj pyaare tu Siita Raam, Ishwara Allah Teero Naam, Sab ko Sanmati de Bhagavaan.


Lord Rama, Chief of the house of Raghu,
Uplifters of those who have fallen,
(O divine couple) Sita and Rama,
Beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
God or Allah is your name,
(meaning that the supreme can be called by many names)
Lord, bless everyone with this wisdom.

Oct 3, 2008

No More Racial Sentiments!

Compare us with Brunei, which gained independence 27 years after us. The Bruneian Proclamation declares Brunei "a sovereign, democratic and independent Malay Muslim monarchy". Our Proclamation, on the other hand, announces that we "shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people".

Our founding fathers were not too worried about things involving race. They did not declared officially as a Malay state or a Muslim state; they did not need to call for Malay unity or Muslim unity. But they did call for the all Malayan unity. Even if they did believe that in the short term, some authoritarianism was necessary to clamp down on ethnic tension, they knew that in the long run, all that matters is that the people of Malaysia are happy, that they have liberty and justice.

So what were some political parties talking about when they met over "Malay unity"? Was it about how to improve the lot of the Malays by lording it over other Malaysians with some ideology of ketuanan? Or they just purposely ignoring the non-Muslim which are almost 35% of the Malaysian citizen? We are facing a lot of crisis nowadays, including the hike of inflation rate, leadership crisis, worrying sports performance, drop of the Malaysian Universities in the world rankings and I have a long list of the problems. So, hope all Malaysian focus on those problems instead of racial issues.

Malays should believe multiracial liberalism concept, then only we able to form strong and competent Malaysian. After 51 years of national independence we are still talking about unity among Malays, among Chinese, among Indians and among other races. These should be the issues of the past and now as Malaysian we should get on the progress and developments upon Vision 2020.

No more racial sentiments!

Oct 2, 2008

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!

Mahatma Gandhi's contribution towards bringing peace and non-violence to this world is unparalleled. His teachings must be promoted to resolve current conflicts, avoid violence, find peaceful solutions and to make our world a better place to live.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. Gandhi was a practitioner of non-violence and truth, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred as Gandhi Jayanti in India.

Oct 1, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya!


Sep 30, 2008

Death of a Warrior: J B Jeyaretnam 1926-2008

'Come, walk with me, let us walk together... for peace, justice, truth... fearing no one except God'

The legendary Singapore opposition icon, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, better known as JBJ, passed away early this morning of a heart failure. After having left the Workers Party, he had just formed the Reform Party to mount a new challenge to PAP dominance. He was the interim secretary general of the party.

He was Singapore’s Mr Opposition, having broken the PAP’s 15-year monopoly in Parliament in the Anson by-election in 1981, winning 52 per cent of the votes to become Singapore’s first opposition MP.

Jeyaretnam was Singapore's best known and most dogged opposition leader who fought a lone battle against the powerful ruling establishment despite being driven to bankruptcy.

Rest in peace, JBJ. You have fought the good fight; you have completed the race.

Sep 29, 2008

Who Makes A better PM?

Not much of a margin between Anwar and Najib in this survey, though 6% of Malaysia’s population of 27 million equates 1.62 million people. The survey carried by Merdeka Centre which clearly shows that the both leaders have capabilities lead us to a better Malaysia. Opposition stalwart lead the survey and followed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. According to the survey, 40% choosed Anwar and 34% choosed Najib. 25% of them not confident and refuse to choose the both leaders.

Sep 28, 2008

SPM 2008 Revision Questions

Times Guides, the publishers of Times Higher Education magazines have published Times SPM 2008 Revision Questions. 15,000 copies of the book were distributed to schools in the Klang Valley and other city centers. In view of making this book available to all SPM students, Times Guides have produced an e-book version of the book for students to download for FREE. The e-book version has questions, answers and past year exam question analysis. This book is produced by a group of experienced teachers who are specialist in their subjects.

The e-book can be downloaded for free here.

For those going to sit for SPM this year, hope this questions assist them to perform well. Good Luck!