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Jan 3, 2009

The Flying Doctor: Datuk Dr M.Jegathesan



M JEGATHESAN DURING 1960's

In his day, he was regarded as the fastest man in Asia. In 1966, he earned the accolade of being the fastest man in Asia by winning three gold medals at the Bangkok Asian Games in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m events. Datuk Dr Mani Jegathesan, fondly called the Flying Doctor for blazing the tracks around Asia despite being a doctor, was an icon in the 1960s, regarded as the "Golden Era" of Malaysian athletics.

At the Kingston Commonwealth Games in 1966, Dr Jega became the first Malaysian to qualify for the final of the 220-yard (now the 200 m) race. Forty years later, Dr Jegathesan not only became an accomplished athlete, well-known doctor and researcher but did the country proud yet again through his appointment as Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Medical Commission and honorary Medical Advisor for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Dr Jega has competed in three consecutive Olympics, namely Rome (1960), Tokyo (1964) and Mexico (1968). Dr Jega also has the distinction of appearing in two 200 m semi-finals in the Olympics and his time of 20.92 s, set in 1968 at the Mexico Olympics, still remains intact in the Malaysian athletics records book. His 200m national record in 1968 is probably the oldest in the records books but as much as he would love to see his record remain unbroken, he hopes Malaysian athletes would strive harder to not only smash his record but also reinstate the country's status as a leading power in athletics, just like in the 1960s.

A lot of questions appearing in my mind. There will be another Dr Jega appear in national athletic arena in future? Can anyone as Malaysian talented to equivalent the achievement of him? Why after few decades Malaysia still unable to produce the athletes that capable as him?


Dr Jegathesan: "It is my sincere hope to see Malaysia emerge as an athletics powerhouse in the region and appear in the final of a major event like the Asian, Commonwealth or Olympic Games."

Jan 2, 2009

'Mesra, Cepat Dan Betul'?

ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE

A 27 year old Malaysian ethnic Indian has alleged that he was tortured by policemen. Prabakar claimed that police were extremely rude and cruel during the interrogation. He accused police used several types of methods to abuse him.
  • During the interrogation, police were:
  • beat him with a rubber hose
  • splashed boiling hot water on his body
  • repeatedly beaten him
  • kicked him
  • stepped-on him at least with 10 police personnel
  • uttered vulgarities
  • warned him not to show his injuries to magistrate
  • brought him to a private clinic instead government hospital
  • hung a long piece of cloth from the interrogation room ceiling and tied it around his neck while he stood on a chair. They then threatened to knock away the chair

He also accused police that involved in corruption, he said police was bribed him RM500 to not lodge report against them on the incidents. Prabakar’s 18-year-old cousin who was also picked up by police on the same day as him still missing until today. I wonder such interrogation by police reflect 'mesra, cepat dan betul' motto. Lets see how they solve this issue!

PRABAKAR SHOWING HIS WOUNDED BODY

Jan 1, 2009

My 2009 New Year Hope for Bangsa Malaysia

A lot of thing I learnt since I started to blog. I wrote my personal view on nation’s politics, education, sports, leadership, economy and several other fields, eventually received a lot of feedback from readers, some of them supported me and another group of them criticised and screwed me indeed. I begin New Year with new hope for my beloved Malaysian.

In conjunction with New Year, I have list of hopes to change Malaysia to be the best. I'm confident that most of the Malaysians hope as well same with mine. Truly speaking, Malaysia left out far from the developed nation status. We owned third class facilities and mentalities, not much things to proud of. Our leaders love to blame others, instead learn from the first world nations.

In year 2009, I hope dramatic changes on our,

Politics and electoral system:
  • two party system solid coalitions of (BN-PR), proven effectiveness in United States, Britain, and Canada, has proven system's effectiveness
  • more clean and transparent Election Commission
  • emphasis people’s need first before party ideology
Education:
  • single school system agreed by all (without effecting mother tongue)
  • abolish quota system bring again merit system
  • higher education students allowed to involved in politics
  • problematic and racist teacher needs to be suspended and punished according to their disciplinary misbehaves
Sports:
  • reform national football team again as it was in 70’s and 80’s with a bag of multiracial players
  • hope to see more world champions for example Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David
Leadership:
  • whoever lead the nation, must be fair and give equal rights to everyone despite the diversity of race and religion
  • not only take care of their and family members and cronies
Law/judiciary:
  • abolish Internal Security Act (ISA), the law that haunting social activist, opposition leaders and race based organization leaders from time to time
  • abolish other act as well, including AUKU and OSA
  • judiciary system must stay apolitical, uncorrupted and unbiased

Economy:
  • special plan by government to eradicate poverty
  • fuel price strictly follow the world price
  • government must stop waste taxpayers money and nations wealth on unprofitable projects and expends
  • old budget updated immediately in subsequent to the world economic crisis
Security and enforcement:
  • take action on policeman who abuse their power
  • immediately suspend authority who proven involved in corruption
  • set up special squad to reduce and combat crime rate in the affected housing area
  • police stop their brutality towards people
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dec 30, 2008

Joke of the Year (2008)

Some 1,500 people including 400 children from a group of 20 Malay organisations joined the two-hour gathering which kicked off at 9am in Polo Ground, outside Sri Mutiara, the official residence of the Penang governor. They called on Malaysians to defend Islam as the nation’s official religion, the granting of immunity to the Malay royalty and the upholding of the draconian Internal Security Act to protect national security.

Initially, the stated purpose of the ISA was to defend communist activity in Malaysia during the Malayan Emergency. Since 1960 when the Act was enacted, thousands of people including trade unionists, student leaders, labour activists, political activists, religious groups, academicians, NGO activists have been arrested under the ISA. Although the ISA is draconian and undemocratic. Malaysia are the first nation which some of its citizen support the law.

Besides that, some Malays fear that their rights will be taken away by others. What a joke? Its seems like they are the majority here, so no chance their rights been take away. Since independent, history tell us that only minority struggling for their rights. No Malaysian questioned Islam as official religion so far. No one act to threat immunity to the Malay royalty so far. These people who gather are political motivated.

Many teenagers at the gathering carried banners with slogans written in both Malay and Jawi such as 'Kesabaran Melayu Ada Batas' (Malays' Patience Has Limits), 'Jangan Hina Nabi Muhammad SAW' (Don't Insult Nabi Muhammad), 'Jangan Pertikaikan ISA' (Don't Dispute ISA). 'Kekebalan Raja Raja Dipertahankan' (Defend the Royal Immunity), and 'Jangan Pertikaikan Hak Orang Melayu' (Don't Dispute Malay Rights). Other banners included 'Melayu dan Mamak Bersatu' (United Malays and Indian Muslims) and 'Jangan Ulang 13 Mei' (Don't Repeat May 13).

What you say? Some banners are very seditious, provoking other races too. They are the real 'threat' to nation's security, not the HINDRAF detainees who fights for minority rights without touching any religious or race sensitivities. The protesters of HINDRAF not even have a single banner of seditious words. But Malaysian government 'locked' HINDRAF leaders in Kamunting camp. If HINDRAF is a threat to the nation, how about these protesters?

Malaysia is fast becoming a sick nation. Everything is wrong in every aspects. From bad to worse! I think there are better things to do than protesting for nothing. Some people making very 'frustrating jokes' around. The year 2008 meet an end, hope in the coming year there will be no more such shameful incidents.