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.