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May 1, 2009

Happy Labour Day

About Labour day:

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. The majority of countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, and it is popularly known as May Day and International Workers' Day. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, known as May Day and International Workers' Day. In Europe the day has older significance as a rural festival which is predominantly more important than that of the Labour Day movement. The holiday has become internationalised and several countries hold multi-day celebrations including parades, shows and other patriotic and labour-oriented events. However, in Northern Europe, Walpurgis Night is celebrated on the preceding night and this holiday merges with the Labour Day in some countries.

May 1 is a national holiday in Albania, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia (locally known as Hari Buruh), Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, the Philippines (spelled as "Labor Day"), Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine, May 2 is also a national holiday. In Poland, while May 1 is a national holiday, it was renamed from Labour Day to simply "State Holiday" in 1990.

(Source: wikipedia)

Apr 28, 2009

Bumiputra Term in Malaysia is Similar to Apartheid in South Africa


Apartheid was an official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against non-whites. Bumiputera or Bumiputra is a Malay term widely used in Malaysia, embracing ethnic Malays, Javanese, Bugis, Minang and other indigenous ethnic groups such as the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and the tribal peoples in Sabah and Sarawak automatically denying the rights of other minorities including Malaysian Indians and Chinese

On the 1st of March 2009, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat commented that the term “bumiputera” is racist and prevented other races from receiving government aid. Nik Aziz’s remarks was made in response over extreme criticisms and threats from UMNO against statement made by Democratic Action Party’s Dr Boo Cheng Hau, the opposition leader in Johor where Dr Boo was reported to have compared “bumiputeraism” with apartheid.

Whats wrong if we compare “bumiputeraism with apartheid? If bumiputera are entitled to special privileges, of course for sure the word bumiputera is racist, of course bumiputera means apartheid. Lets me clarify you that the term 'bumiputera' by itself is actually not racist but to say that only Malays Muslim are bumiputera then it is racist. Bumiputera means 'son of the soil' - aren't we all, the different races, who were born in Malaysia, the son of the soil? So all of us, regardless of race, who were born here are bumiputera! Only foreign immigrants we can call them as Non- bumiputras.

I've just done little research on the word "Bumiputra". The word "Bumiputra" is made up of two Sanskrit words - "bumi" meaning "earth" and "putra" meaning "son". The word is used in the Hindu holy books Mahabarata and Veda. Each time the Muslim UMNO Malay calls himself a "bumiputra", he is actually reciting a Hindu word (note: Sanskrit is the language of Hinduism and is not a language used in communication by people). It is weird that a Hindu word is being used to define a Muslim group for the un-Islamic practice of discrimination on the basis of race.

Peace always be with you Tok Guru. Thank you for enlightening us with your wisdom, and I do hope that those sick people of UMNO will take your words like true gentlemen. Tok Guru, you are my greatest Hero in the whole of Malaysia. You are one great leader that I really would love to meet one day. You are the most humble man here in Malaysia. We are all Malaysians, so all should be the same, so scrap out the all the craps about bumiputras. May god bless Tok Guru with good health!

There is hope for all Malaysians; racism has ruled/ruined Malaysian for far too long. Let's forget our race, a poor Rakyat can be a Malay, Chinese, Indian or any other races. Race does not matter, if you are poor you are poor. Let's give equal opportunities to all Malaysians.

Apr 27, 2009

Third Class Malaysia?

THE WIDENING GAP

It’s hard to accept the fact that our nation left far behind compare to other developed and developing nations in Asia. In fact, Japan is in first class, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan in second class, poor Malaysia only able to compete with third class nations thus its nothing wrong to call Malaysia as third class nation. Even China and India are chasing Malaysia from behind and currently they are the economic power house in the making in this region.

Statistics shows that Singaporeans, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese richer than us. Why we have failed although our annual fuel/petroleum export income more than RM70 Billion? We have lost the battle to those nations that lack of natural sources. We are now in dangerous zone while facing world economic crisis impacts.