Archive for September, 2008

Politics of Race 2.(updated: September 1st, 2008)

“Bangsa Melayu has always been the “tuan” in Tanah Melayu since centuries ago. Just as the Chinese, Indian, Japanese and the Germans, in theirs”. – Dr Hassan Ahmad, former Malaysian permanent rep at the UNESCO, quoted in “… Yes, this is about Malaysia!”

Original article
Politics of Race.

At midnight, prominent human rights lawyer Malik Imtiaz launched Project Malaysia, a non-profit initiative he has put together with some friends. The “experiment” will run for a year, during which it will explore 12 core Malaysian themes through “comprehensive no-holds-barred, critical discourse in which all stakeholders have a chance to put measured views across”.

“The aim,” Malik says, “is to find solutions for a better nation and craft a blueprint for the future.”

The initiative debuts with its first core theme, Politics of Race. A piece full of promise and optimism. I want to share Malik and Michelle’s confidence, but I do think that, after March 8 and Anwar Ibrahim’s win in Permatang Pauh, “race is no longer a pivotal consideration in (Malaysians’) quest for what they believe is right”? I have my doubts. I ‘d say we are not there yet. But, hey, read the piece and tell them what you think.

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MERDEKA!

Posted: September 1, 2008 in Malaysia
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Jalur Gemilang

HAPPY 51st INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Now, is it me, or do you find it

a little quiet for Merdeka, too?

Anwar IbrahimDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has made a grand come back to the Dewan Rakyat, defeating his closest rival, Barisan Nasional’s Arif Shah by more than 15,561 votes in 26 August, 2008 by-election for the Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat.

The other contender, Hanafi Mamat of Akim who secured only 92 votes, lost his deposit.

Anwar’s majority exceeded that of his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail who garnered a 13,000-majority in the March 8 general election.

With this victory, Anwar, whose Parti Keadilan Rakyat has the most number of seats among the Opposition parties, would be made Opposition Leader.

PS: While I congratulate Anwar on his victory, I pray that is as far as he gets.

The Battle Between Two Wolves

Posted: September 1, 2008 in icedlemontea RAW, Life

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, `My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.`

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: `Which wolf wins?`

The old Cherokee simply replied, `The one you feed.`

-Dedicated to Yahaya, may he rest in peace

Ps- Which wolf are you feeding?