Sep 18, 2009

Sep 17, 2009

Will BN fall as LDP?

Japan’s LDP has been dumped after virtually unbroken rule since 1955. Many political analysts predicting that Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional (BN) going to suffer the same fate as LDP. But, at the same time Utusan Malaysia columnist Mohd Khuzairi Ismail wrote that it’s not right to compare Malaysia Japan’s political scenarios to Malaysia’s. What you think? In fact, past by-election results showing that there are clear signs PR will take over the federal government from Barisan Nasional.

The wind of changes of government in Australia, the very first minority black President in US and now 52 years of rule brokened Japan is good signs for the people. People need changes! Before this, I can say that people in Malaysia are satisfied with what they have at the time and refuse to change things no matter how bad the things is going on. They only know to make noise in tea shops and when it’s come to election, some of them even yet to register as voter. In simple word, they failed to take part in democracy process and have no rights to talk about politics and the future of Malaysia!

Besides that, the fast-rising awareness of Malaysians is pressuring BN to bully the bloggers, political activists and social activist. The truth is revealed everywhere (blogs, web news and etc) and BN refuse to reform. If they continuously denying the desire of the people, people definitely will change them before they change themselves.

Even former premier Tun Mahathir quoted that:
"Corruption is now rampant in UMNO and the other component parties. Power struggles have emasculated them. Leaders have a strong desire to stay in office even though they have outlived their usefulness."
It’s another clear message that BN must change!

Honestly, time is running out for BN, unless they implement some drastic solutions to win back people’s heart. BN has lots more to fulfill- Eradicate corruption, remove all race based policies and systems, open critics from every stratum of citizen, emphasis on economic progress, increase the sports performance and etc. Please don’t find the fault of others, because it will not work, and it only fails our nation building.


The ‘essence of idiocity'

Sep 16, 2009

Happy Malaysia Day!

Our national day is 31st August, but Malaysia Day is on Sept 16. I wonder why is this 31st August more important than 16 September? Isn’t 16 September the actual date when Malaysia is born? 31st August is just the independence of peninsula, known as Persekutuan Tanah Melayu or Federation of Malaya. During that time, only Malaya or peninsular is under the name of a nation, but then with the joint of Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak, Tunku able to form a nation that today we called Malaysia.

Now, we are giving emphasis on Aug 31, so how about Sabah and Sarawak? They have not yet achieve our independence that time. They were still under the British until the late Tunku Abdul Rahman suggested Malaysia on Sept 16.

Everyone seems to forget that 16 September. I think this date is a much more important date than 31 August. Lets we celebrate Malaysia day with our brothers and sisters from Sabah and Sarawak!

Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Speech on Malaysia Day 16th September 1963:

THE great day we have long awaited has come at last -- the birth of Malaysia. In a warm spirit or joy and hope 10 million people of many races in all the States of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah now join hands in freedom and unity.

We do so because we know that we have come together through our own free will and desire in the true spirit of brotherhood and love of freedom. We have made our decision after much care and thought, finally arriving at mutual consent by debate and discussion, inquiries and elections held over 2½ years. We can feel proud indeed of the way we have created Malaysia through friendly argument and compromise. The spirit of co-operation and concord is living proof of the
desire we share for a common destiny. What better basis for Malaysia can there be, what finer augury for the future? The road to nationhood has not been an easy journey. Surprises and disappointments, tension and crisis, have marred the way.

The peoples of Malaysia, however, have endured all trials and tribulations with confidence and patience, calmness and forbearance, with faith in our final goal -- Malaysia. In the first eighteen months of political and constitutional discussions, beginning from May 1961, things went ahead favourably, because the ideal of Malaysia caught the imagination of all the peoples concerned. We can all recall the remarkable enthusiasm and interest aroused then in the evolution of Malaysia. Step by step the concept came to life. The activities of the Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee, the merger talks between the Federation of Malaya and Singapore, the broad agreement reached in London to establish Malaysia, the appointment of the Cobbold Commission and its exhaustive inquiries in the Borneo Territories, and the subsequent establishment of the Inter-Governmental Committee -- all these steps were taken in internal harmony and in full public view. Suddenly towards the end of 1962 the situation changed. Communist China committed unjustifiable aggression against India. I stood up for democracy and condemned China's attack.

One immediate reaction was that Communists throughout South-east Asia retaliated by an indirect assault upon me by opposing my idea of Malaysia, and they set about creating every possible difficulty to baulk Malaysia. Other external complications occurred -- the Philippines' claim to North Borneo, the sudden and abortive revolt in Brunei, and the startling adoption by Indonesia of a policy of confrontation against Malaya. All these events projected an international crisis in South-east Asia this year, the climax coming in June. The successful meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Malaya, Indonesia and the Philippines, followed by my own conference with President Soekarno in Tokyo eased tension considerably and brought new hopes for harmony and peace. Prospects for a Summit Conference were good, confrontation from Indonesia subsided, so we went ahead with arrangements for the final talks in London on Malaysia.

The Malaysia Agreement was duly signed in early July. Unexpectedly Indonesia reacted most strongly, renewing its policy of confrontation with the result that the Summit conference of leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines at the end of July began in an atmosphere of doubt. The Summit conference ended in an agreement by the three countries to form an Association of States of Malay origin to be known as Maphilindo. It was agreed that in order that the partners in Maphilindo could welcome Malaysia the United Nations Secretary-General should be asked to ascertain anew the wishes of the peoples of Sarawak and Sabah. That request has not been implemented. Now finally the peoples of Malaysia are celebrating the establishment of Malaysia. This is the time to think earnestly and hopefully on the future of Malaysia as the whole country resounds with joy. So I pray that God may bless the nation of Malaysia with eternal peace and happiness for our people.

Into History
The Federation of Malaya now passes into history. Let us always remember that the Malayan Nation was formed after many difficulties during a long period of national Emergency, yet its multi-racial society emerged, endured and survived as a successful and progressive nation, a true democracy and an example to the world of harmony and tolerance. As it was with Malaya, so it can be with Malaysia. With trust in Almighty God, unity of purpose and faith in ourselves, we can make Malaysia a land of prosperity and peace. In doing so let every Malaysian in all the States of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah ensure that our Malaysia is truly worthy of the aims and hopes we have shared, the trials and stress, we have endured, in working together to achieve our common destiny.

Sep 15, 2009

Seal the vernacular schools

If there are any suggestion to close down vernacular schools, I have to agree for it. But with one condition, please suggest making vernacular subjects such as Tamil and Mandarin as compulsory subject for students at the same time. In the case of Tamil school. each year one by one Tamil school have been closed despite the number of students, and some of students are not get opportunity to learn Tamil because they are not from Tamil school background. In fact, ethnic lost our language and schools too. Although I wrote similar post as this in the previous year, but I need to rewrite my stand on this issue.

Well, some of us definitely will not agree with my stand. But what I'm trying to tell you is we must defend our mother tongue, if Tamil schools really a problem, then it should close down. What’s the point Tamil schools struggling with a lot of problems nowadays. Gangsterism, lack of basic facilities such as classroom, toilet, field and the insufficient of students in estate and rural schools, these are the crisis faced by Tamil schools since 1957.

I love Tamil schools, personally I’m not from Tamil schools but I know the pain when one not get opportunity to start primary education in there. I don't mind the schools closed as long as the Tamil language survives. I learnt Tamil by my own. Sometimes my friends tease me that 'your thaimozhi (mother tongue) is Telugu', I reply them that you must be proud when other people learning your language and label it as their own 'Thaimozhi'. Such a low mentality of Tamils in Malaysia will destroy their own language.

Currently, most of the Tamil students not going to Tamil schools not because they don't love the Tamil language but they don't like the schools surrounding mainly because lack of basic facilities and the problems that I have stated above. If Malaysian Indian not agreeing to close down Tamil schools, then the government should allocates sufficient money and carry out proper strategies to solve the problems today. Pointing out the problem is not the solution, the majority of our Tamil schools no progression since independent and we are moving backward whereas national schools and Chinese vernacular schools are developing tremendously.

Some of the Malaysian Indian parents totally lost confident on Tamil schools. They not satisfied with the Tamil schools condition and surrounding. What they should do? They of course want their children to study in conducive environments, so they change their mind and made decision to send their children to any schools either National schools or Chinese vernacular schools and completely rejected Tamil schools. The long term effect is on our Tamil language and Tamil schools. We must ensure our language survives, so that I don’t mind if vernacular schools removed.

Let me give you an example, Singapore government made Tamil and Mandarin as compulsory subject to all Tamils and Chinese there, they also give additional salaries to the teachers that able to teach Tamil. Tamil is one of their national languages. How about Malaysia? Any plan? No at all! Each year we know that they are some allocation from the government but where the money goes?

I only see few Tamil schools are in good conditions, don’t tell me that ‘we are started to rebrand and structuring strategies for Tamil schools’. Are you making joke? What the hell? After few decades you have just started to look on the Tamil schools?

Close down the schools if no one care about it, but make Tamil (all the vernacular subjects) compulsory to all Malaysian Indian students in Malaysia. Some politician fooling the Makkal (people) by politicizing the Tamil schools, do we need such politician to defend Tamil schools? They are emphasizing on their political agenda more than on Tamil language.

Besides that, if our young generation study in the same school (national school), definitely we can start uniting them from that day onwards by understanding each other! Don’t cheat the people with empty promises! Make sure Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, and other languages survives in Malaysia!

Sep 14, 2009

Who owns Rasa Sayang Eh? Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, or Singaporean?

The Indian version:

The Chinese version:

The Indonesian version:

The Malaysian version:

The 3 in 1 (Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian) version: