Dare to Live Our Dream

4 05 2013

By Ron CK Sim

“Guys, I shall return very soon to join the struggle for change. Being away does not mean one is not patriotic while living in Malaysia does not mean one is. While one is away, it is imperative that one does what he can to contribute to the struggle for change back home, and that is what I’m doing. Hope other overseas-based Malaysians will do their part to complement what our awakened brothers and sisters back home are doing. The Malaysian dream lives on …”

May 5, 2013 - Malaysians decide

May 5, 2013 – Malaysians decide

Those were my response to a number of comments I received after my first posting, “A Nation Dreams On” was published in The Malaysian Insider website on 31.8.2009. Back then I was living in London, the imperial capital of our former colonial masters. Looking from the outside thousands of miles away, I was indeed hopeful that the beloved nation of mine would one day achieve her dream of being a respected nation, one that stands tall amongst the nations of the world.

Here I am, back in Malaysia since January 2010, witnessing from within all the on-goings and shenanigans that have taken place in the past three years. I am glad to say I have done my part together with other right-thinking Malaysians in this noble struggle for change.

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In Pursuit of True Democracy

10 07 2011

By Ron CK Sim

July 9, 2011, the day a new independent nation was born. Is it the end of the struggle? No, it’s just the beginning. Many challenges lie ahead, no doubt. Nonetheless, it’s a historic milestone that all citizens of the new nation can be proud of. What nation am I talking about? The world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.

I’ve always dreamt of living in a different age, a different era. More specifically, the era when my beloved nation gained her independence from arguably the greatest empire the world has ever seen. Standing right in front of the historic Merdeka Stadium on July 9, 2011 brought back my school memory of a photographic image in which our founding father, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj raised his right hand towards the sky, proclaiming the word “MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!”, each time followed by the thunderous echoes of 20,000 fellow Malaysians in the Stadium. Sentimentally, I wish I lived that day.

Before I carried on ‘sentimentalising’, I was brought back to the harsh, present-day reality. Yes, still standing where I was, I was horrified by the scene along the hilly street leading to the main entrance to the Stadium. Red FRU trucks lining the street with scores of FRU personnel (which we’ve ‘not-very-fondly’ called the ‘red head army’) in their full gear and weaponry. I was wondering for  moment, who were their enemies of the day? The communist insurgeons or the Al-Qaeda terrorists? No, their ‘enemies’ were just the unarmed Malaysians from all walks of life marching for a just cause – to demand for free and fair elections! It’s a living proof how horrible this nation of ours has descended to.

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Restoring a Just Economic Balance

31 12 2010

By CK Leong

Recently, I brought my family back to my hometown in Klang on a regular trip to visit my parents, siblings and friends. I would always try to grab a copy of The Star or The Edge whenever I have a chance after arriving home so that I could get the latest of what has been going on in my country.

And this time the hot talk in town is about the vision to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy by 2020. The “Economic Transformation Programme” (ETP) was drawn up to drive the nation towards that goal with focus to develop specific pillar industries. The country should grow at least 6% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) consecutively for the next decade, and the benchmark for a high-income economy is gross national income per capita of USD15,000 i.e. approximately RM48,000.

At the outset, I think this is a good move and a right step forward. High income means high salary which effectively means high purchasing power (unless the increase in cost of living surpasses income). When we have strong purchasing power, life becomes more comfortable and we could enjoy finer things in life e.g. food, clothing, holidays, cars, residence, etc – all the ingredients of an affluent consumer society. More importantly, we will create more employment opportunities and improve the materials condition of many who are currently living in poverty.

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Shattered Hopes and Broken Dreams

6 04 2010

A Memorandum on the Fate of Sabah in the Federation of Malaysia

 

Presented by DANIEL JOHN JAMBUN, Esq.

At the House of Commons,

Westminster Parliament, London,

On March 9, 2010

 

Good afternoon all Honourable Members of the House, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, I would like to record our most sincere gratitude having been given this honour of presenting this memorandum before this esteemed House. Today, marks a moment of honour for the people of Sabah, the former North Borneo, for having been accorded this rare opportunity to present a Memorandum a matter of grave significance, a matter which affect our fate as the people of the Federation of Malaysia. We see this as a historical event, a moment granted by God’s grace, in which we can communicate under this honourable roof, to reminisce a milestone of history half a century ago which was followed by sad events that in too many instances happened with numerous misgivings.

For decades now, we the people of Sabah, have been haunted by ghosts of history dating back to August 31, 1963, the day we gained independence from Great Britain. Malaysia was conceptualised and constituted with the best of promises, endearing in us hopes and dreams for a greater future. It is with sadness that I stand here to witness that what had transpired since September 16, 1963 had been a series of events that had led us to the present situation in which we can justly proclaim to be a situation of shattered hopes and broken dreams!

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My Responsibility as a Malaysian – Part 2

25 03 2010

By S. Saravana

I often hear from my friends that raising a child is a challenging task. Almost a year back, I started reading books on parenting, browsing through many informative websites, and even attended an ante-natal course. I have learned a lot which made me feel good in sharing information with other new parents.

In November 2009, my lovely wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Words just can’t express well enough the joy that we had holding our baby in our arms for the first time. From that point onwards, I have experienced the fun and the hard work of being a new parent. The journey has just started and I am looking forward to enjoying every moment with my family.

How would Malaysia be in the next 30 years to come? Will our children get to live in a good living environment? For all parents out there, do you have similar questions running through your mind? Who are responsible to create a good living environment? Major roles in our nation’s development are in the hands of our political leaders. What is being done currently is what would shape our nation’s future. Let’s have a look at our nation’s current political development.

After losing the state administration in Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak (now back under BN’s administration), BN is facing an uphill challenge. We now have BN on the one hand doing everything possible to regain the people’s support and PR on the other hand doing its best to grow its supporters. There are good and bad about this situation.

Firstly, I view this as a needed competition between ruling party and opposition party. If opposition’s voice is too small to be heard, BN would then be too relaxed being in its comfort zone. Since now BN has lost its 2/3 majority in Parliament, it is not in a position to sit back and relax. BN is now doing its best to gain back its supporters. Being in this situation, people would enjoy the best from both the parties.

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Quote of the Day

27 02 2010
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“As for judge Augustine Paul, he was beyond the pale for any hope of redemption. His name shall forever remain in infamy with the likes of the infamous Judge Jeffreys.”
~ NH Chan, retired Judge of the Court of Apeal of Malaysia
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LoyarBurok‘s 5-part interview with NH Chan can be read below:
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A Beautiful Garden called Malaysia

27 12 2009

By CK Leong

This morning, I received a letter from one of my buddies in a very nice envelope printed by POS Malaysia. The front and back faces of the envelope show miniature of people from different races holding hands together in jovial mood. That envelope really animated in me a refreshing sense of being a Malaysian. Obviously, the message is very clear – Malaysia pride itself as a multi-racial country and diversity of people is the facet of our community. The watchword here is ‘diversity.’

The Malaysian community could be best described as a garden. We are a small garden of people in a garden of the people of the world. But this small garden is blessed with flowers (people) of so many different colors that make it look beautiful compared to other gardens with only one or two types of colors!

Indeed, diversity is our strength!! We are comfortable with having people of different races as our relatives, neighbors, buddies, friends, colleagues and classmates. Respect and acceptance of each other is something that comes very naturally in us. We enjoy celebrating Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas every year. Most of us are able to speak two or more languages. We are accustomed and sensitive to the different cultures of our friends of other races. We live our everyday life together, we accept that all of us are one inseparable community, and we call Malaysia our home. We have come a long way in building this bond of unity and we have also gone through many challenges together as a community.

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