Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Uncensored Version from The Economist- 16th July 2011

(From The Economist July 16th- 22nd 2011)

The Malaysian government has censored part of The Economist report on the recent Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur claiming that it is misleading. I have decided to pick-up a copy today for reading pleaure during lunch.

Here is the uncensored copy for those who cannot get it in Malaysia.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Parenting wisdom from a book written thousands of years ago

It has been a joyous journey this past year as a first time father. The joy of being there for John’s first steps and tumbles, first word, first crawl and other precious moment in life is worth every ounce of energy.

King Solomon was said to be the wisest man at his time. He wrote most of Proverbs (Bible book of Proverbs) and here are 3 verses for sharing:

Proverbs 10:1. The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20; A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 22:6. Train-up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Although these were written 2000 years ago, they still remain relevant today.

Happy Father's Day! :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

13th Year Anniversary of the late Loh Jee Mee

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister has recently said he was Malay first and that "How can I say I’m Malaysian first and Malay second? All the Malays will shun me and say that it is not proper."
Instantaneously, it reminded me of an election campaign speech delivered by the late Loh Jee Mee.

Approximately 20 years ago, Malaysian held her 8th general election. As in previous general elections and the elections to come, the 1990 general election fell short from being free, fair and clean. The Barisan Nasional (BN) has always fond of “May 13th riot” and playing the racial card during elections and my late father was not spared from it, especially being a DAP candidate.

It was mentioned during the 1990 general election, that he was neither Indian nor Chinese—his late father an Indian and late mother a Chinese. In his campaign speech later that evening, he made it clear that he may not be a true Indian or a true Chinese, but he was a true Malaysian. He was Malaysian first, Chinese or Indian second. The 1990 general election was probably my first lesson on Malaysian Malaysia.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

12th Year Anniversary of the late Loh Jee Mee- "..in the pursuit of justice and service for the community."

Our family got together back in 1997 to work on the wordings for our late father's monument. We wanted a short sentence to reflect on his character, and to remind his grand children and great grand children of who he was. Justice and service for the community easily came to mind.

I had the privilege to witness some of his good work throughout my childhood. These include attending and rescuing effort for flood victims at Cenderiang, people in need of blood, police bail, passport and registration issues, disputes and etc. Some of those cries for help came past midnight and he would some times return home early in the morning with muddy pants.

Here is one article that I have gotten from the internet recently. The late Loh Jee Mee started pursuing for an Outpatients' Department in Tapah Hospital since 1966--a mission that he continued on as an elected town councillor in 1968 and subsequently as a Member of Parliament in early 70s.

(From The Rocket July/August 1968)

His perserverence for Tapah Hospital was shown on the following oral answer in the Malaysian Parliament in 1971. I found the following from the Malaysian Parliament website:

Friday, 16th JULY, 1971 at 2:30 pm, Questions for Oral Answer:

21. Tuan Loh Jee Mee: To ask the Minister of Health to
state when the much-delayed Outpatients' Department at
the General Hospital, Tapah will commence operation.

The outpatient's department in Tapah has benefited the community in Tapah over the years since its establishment and years to come.

Here is the link to 11th Anniversary:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Brussel, Brugges and Paris

Some pleasure after business..

Grand Place, Brussels

Visited Bruges on the 22nd Feb. The historic city of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Medieval architecture are found in and around Bruges.

Paris, March 2nd.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Let the people of Perak decide, not the 3 stooges

It does not matter if I had voted for the BN or PR, but what matter most is that the people of Perak did not vote for the BN to govern the state in the 2008 general election. In the last general election, PR has gathered 442, 660 votes against 399, 565 for the BN.

As of today there are 28 Pakatan Rakyat (PR) elected representatives, 28 Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representatives and 3 independent representatives in the Perak State Assembly. The 3 are not aligned with any political parties—not BN, not PR. Besides, the qualifications of the 3 stooges as a legitimate assembly are being questioned.

Perak and Malaysia is a multi racial society but there is not a single Indian representative in the new BN Perak Assembly and only ONE chinese representative. The March 2008 general election results has clearly shown that not only BN did not command the popular votes in Perak, but upright rejection from the substantial Chinese and Indian voters.

It is indeed a great dissapointment to see the BN claiming authority over Perak today. Should Perak be governed by the BN? I for one advocate for fresh poll and let the overall poll be the verdict. Let the people of Perak decide!

It is also sad to see my efforts-- the PR's effort to improve Tapah district office over the past few months gone down the drain because of the 3 stooges.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Last Full Board Meeting for 2008

Tapah District Council held it’s the last full board meeting for 2008 today, and perhaps the last session for me as Tapah town councilor.

Apart from regular contribution through-out the meeting today which include amending minutes of meeting, suggestion to bring down safety incident numbers along federal road in Tapah, correcting numbers from finance committee, proposal to black-list vendors and suppliers who did not perform, my observation on Tapah district council performances, I have ended my time with 3 simple suggestions to the council for 2009:

1. Prohibit smoking in all District Council parks and children playground

2. Provide dustbins along all main streets in all major towns within Tapah District starting with Tapah.
Most councilors have used up their RM3000 area improvement funds for “gotong-royong” or spring cleaning—which is mainly for cleaning up streets, clearing drains and cutting grass in respective areas. Most of the councilors will agree that it was a good exercise for the public. Behind these praises, behind these joyous notes that we have done a good project, we are not addressing the rubbish issues in Tapah. We would not have spent the RM3000 for spring cleaning if our street cleaning team, rubbish collectors and grass cutters had done a good job. Also, there are hardly or no public dustbin along the main streets of Tapah which such as Station Road and Jalan Raja.

3. Meet the people session
Town councilors should organize meet the people session every month or at least once a quarter. For example, it can be held every first Monday of the month at 7, 8 or 9 pm. Meet the people session can be organized at the respective community hall or “dewan orang ramai”. It will afford a great avenue to gather feedback from the locals and their plights, as well as to share with them on our on-going initiatives.

4. Annual report card for town councilors starting from 2010.

It is a setback that none of the elected representatives within Tapah district (apart from Sivanesan, the State Assemblyman for Sungkai) have attended Tapah District Full Board meeting through-out my time as a town councilor despite official invitations from the District Office. These elected representatives are MP for Tapah, State Assemblyman for Cenderiang and State Assemblyman for Air Kuning.