We are all one big family

A few days ago, when I was passing the back lane of Pudu, I saw a very touching scene. A Toyota Vios ‘s left front wheel was stuck hanging in a drain. The driver is a Chinese lady and obviously she had just drove her car into the drain when tying to avoid something. . What moves me was not because of this car nor this lady but the group of men trying to lift the car’s left front wheel from the drain. Most of them I suspect must be motorcyclist passing by as I saw a few motorbikes parked nearby . 6 persons, 3 Malays, 1 Chinese and an Indian were trying very hard to lift, push ad pull the car up from the drain., and eventually they succeeded.

Another moving scene was the match between Lee Chong Wei and the South Korean Lee H I  in the Olmpic semi final. When Lee Chong wei won the match point, he laid down on the floor with relief and then leaped over the barrier and hugged his coach Misbun Sidek.

At these moments, Malaysians are one big ethnic group. There is no differentiation into Malays, Chinese and Indians.

I have asked myself many times how this is so, when in every day life, the ordinary folks can mix ad help each other without discrimination, why at government levels, there are such obvious discriminations? Each time , my answer is the same. The government’s raced based policy is at fault.

Anwar was perceived to have done a lot of wrongs when he was UMNO Minister and DPM. But people change. I agree with Haris that we should forgive him for his past deeds if he is now really for a fair and equal Malaysia. i agree with his proposed ‘Malaysian Economic Policy’ , to replace the skewed NEP.  Above all, I was very touch to read what  he had said in a ceramah : “Anak Melayu anak kita, Anak Cina Anak Kita, Anak India anak kita, mengapa harus kita bezakan”? Yes, we do not know whether this is from his heart but at least his actions and words have been very consistent the past year or so, unlike certain BN leaders , still trying to play race cards to gain support.

Yes, why should we differentiate ourselves into Malays , Chinese and indians after 51 years of independence? We should just be Malaysians, like the Indonesians, or the Thais. Why should we still required to fill in the column of ‘race’ whenever we go to government departments?

As I have oft mentioned , we are all inside the same boat, if we picture our country as a big big boat. Our destiny is one no matter where we sit inside this boat. If the boat succeeds to reach our destinations, all will benefit. If the boat sinks, all will be affected. So why the differentiation into ‘Bumi” “Nonbumi” and so on.

Maybe it is time that I repost another of my writings: What Am I going to tell my grandchildren:

Even though my childhood memories are very blurred now, I can still remember that from the time I was conscious of my surroundings, I had been taught one simple fact of life – that all men are equal in this world. My parents, being both intellectuals in the teaching profession, had always stressed to me that every son and daughter of theirs were equal in their eyes.

When I was older, women teachers were fighting for equal treatment as their male counterparts; equality of the sexes were again ingrained in my mind. I remember I was very glad when one day, my mother came back from school and told us that she would be getting the same pay as her male counterparts. It was really not the pay, because as small kids, the value of money was not so important to us, but rather we were happy because the equal status made our mother very proud and happy.

In schools, we were taught the same thing – that all men are equal. We learned from history how India had started to do away with the caste system, how in European countries, all citizens were treated equal. I learned about Martin Luther King and his ‘I have a dream’ speech. I read about how in the US, the civil rights movement had succeeded in getting equal rights for all races.

I read the book All men are brothers by Dr Albert Schweitzer when I was older, and the notion of equality of all people was again ingrained in me. By the way, the book influenced me into taking up medicine.

All great religions teach about equality of mankind. Even the UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human rights, under which all humankind are supposed to have same rights and deserve the same treatment. As the world progresses towards being one single big family, inequality has become less and less, and I believe that there would come one day (call me an idealist) when all men will be truly equal.

Now, suddenly, someone important is telling me that all my notion of equality is not valid in this country. My dream of equality can only be dreamt of. How do I feel? How do you feel?

One royalty member is telling us that a certain portion of Malaysians, which include me and my family, cannot be equal and should not seek equal treatment; that there are, in fact, different classes of races in the country; that even those born in this country long after independence will still have to carry the burden left behind by our forefathers. How do you feel? I feel disgusted and cheated.

Are we really still so medieval that we still need to have different classes of citizens? Can’t all citizens be treated equal – the tenet of the most basic of human rights? I don’t know how to answer that.

All my life , I have taught my children about fairness and equality. Now what am I going to tell my grandchildren

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57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wazzup
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 13:22:14

    I dont know what school you from that teaches you equality.. hahaha. The most deserving people to be call bumiputra didn’t even get a mention in our textbook. What we get is Ah Chong, Mutu and Ali to start a story. There’s no Pairin or Kitingan.

    All men are equal in school? Teachers pet are chosen to be Prefects to monitor the lesser mortals and that sends the message that you gotta kow tow to be someone.

    Women are treated equals because they are getting the same pay as male counterpart? Common Doc… You gotta be more open than that.

    Fairness and equality?? You better teach your kids the reality of life in Malaysia or they are gonna blame you for making them prone to shock and hurts.

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 13:38:37

    wazzup, I do not know how old you are and probably you went to school when all the discriminatory policies are already around.

    I went to school in early sixties till 1971 and entered university in 1972. In those days we were never taught to be unequal. In fact even in early seventies in University of Malaya, there is no discrimination and polarisation as such and studnets mixed well with each other. My wife is from MU, and all her five years in medical schools , she shared rooms with Malay roommates, and they were very close, unlike nowadays.

    Sorry that you do not believe me.. but that is the truth.

    Do you know that before the sixties, women got very low pay compared to their male counterparts? They were on different scales for the same positions holding. At least, equal pay for equal job gives a semblance of equality since wages are something that you can quantify. You may argue that promotion may not be equal, but that is being subjective. Even now, a lady doctor gets the same pay as a male doctor in civil service. A clerk gets the same pay if he or she is on the same salary scale.
    And they get the same perks, like no of days of holidays, allownaces and so on, things that can be quantify. Before , in the early sixties, even perks were vastly different.

    As regards telling your young children about how unequal is this world? I do not want to do that to breed someone who will always hate other race. I have stressed fairness to my children and all of them, I am glad to report, are doing very well, not only in their studies but also as a person.

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  3. crisma
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:19:14

    Dear Dr, when u said ‘I have asked myself many times how this is so, when in every day life, the ordinary folks can mix ad help each other without discrimination’…

    have you ever thot the fact that ordinary folks can help each other WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION is ALSO due to govt’s policy since 1957?

    I think you have not. there is 2 sides of the coin. You can tell your grandchildren about this too.

    thanks.

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  4. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:24:02

    Doc….In reality…wazzup is right.
    He sounds like a person..who have seen it all…or a young man….heard it all from his parents?
    My guess..is that he heard it all..and he got the right informations.
    Doc….you sound like a man….who have actually never suffered to go through life.
    It is either you come from a wealthy family ….of you have the good luck…to live in such nice Malaysian environments.
    The Pudu you are witnessing is totally different from the Pudu I have experienced and live with…long long ago.
    Pudu was full of poor chinese…struggling to make ends meets…all their lives..supporting their children’s educations…with no help from MCA or government at all… and most are pro DAP…as they have no choice. And they have supported they right Chinese party…all their lives.
    But yes…I was talking about the Pudu…….when Malaysia was only 8.5 million populations….and not 25mil.
    And for that…wazzup and I may need to upgrade our latest knowledge…for Doc deals with all sorts on Malaysians….and should have better opportunities than see and feel how Malaysians are thinking and behaving … in Selangor.
    I too have seen mark changes in Subang Jaya…seeing all races do mix freely…..and talk like Malaysians.
    Perhaps wazzup comes from Sabah….or even Terengganu?
    You see….each of us write what we either have gone through or heard it.

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  5. crisma
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:24:27

    addition – all these years govt promoted the ‘semangat muhuibbah’ campaign, ‘bersatu teguh, bercerai roboh’ campaign etc…

    those are the things that make us Malaysians. This so called unity we had all these years were not come into fruition naturally.

    It was inculcated by the very govt you criticising right now.

    If tehre was no effort by the govt to integrate unity since Merdeka days, you think we may be as peaceful like this? We could turn out to be like other unstable countries like Yugoslavia (bosnian wars), Sri Lanka (Tamil Tiger wars), and several african countries.

    Think my good doctor.

    Thanks.

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  6. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:27:35

    crisma is obviously pro UMNO or BN.
    Present government policies sucks!!
    Have been exposed enough.

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  7. anomie
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:33:03

    Hi Dr Hsu,

    There is a touching article in today’s SinChew Plus; Rice from hundred family.

    Pls do a translation & post it. There is a spirit of bangsa M’sia there.

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  8. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:40:05

    crisma…Why talk all those good points that made Malaysians keep voting for UMNO and BN…..like suckers?
    We have awakened after the 12th election.
    Why talk cock and bull again?Malaysians are by nature… peaceful lot……not due to great UMNO government….but due to the three great peaceful races….that love to live in harmony and with peace and happiness.
    Don’t give credit to UMNO or BN…..PLEASE!!
    UMNO created fears…provocations….very corrupted greedy politicians…etc etc etc!!
    Oh gosh!!!…..do I need to put all details over and over again?
    Talk sense crisma….and don’t ever try to tell us…how great UMNO and BN are. DON’T EVER TRY!!

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  9. A true Malaysian
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:41:25

    What Anak Malaysia said about ‘fears’ our Malay brothers and sisters have is infact very true. These ‘fears’ were actually ‘artificial’ at beginning but they become so ‘real’ when played to the maximum, not just by Umno, but also those racist parties like MCA, MIC.

    Umno plays up Malay’s fears that Malay will lose their ‘tanah air’ when compete on equal ground with non-Malays, like what we see in ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ , Biro Tata Negara (BTN) and UiTM.

    MCA plays up Chinese’s fears that if Chinese vote PAS, hudud laws will be introduced and Chinese schools will be closed.

    MIC plays up Indian’s fears by saying that if Indian don’t vote BN, their voices, being the minority will not be heard.

    All these shadow plays have resulted in ‘lack of trust’ amongst the various communities until we Malaysians decided to put a stop on these fears by voting Pakatan Rakyat in the last 12th GE.

    While Dr. Hsu is correct to say that non-Malays still have ‘fears’ on Anwar Ibrahim for his role in Umno last time, I am of the view that all Malaysians need to give Anwar benefit of doubts in giving him a chance to ‘neutralise’ Malay’s fears, Chinese’s fears, Indian’s fears and East Malaysian’s fears.

    Let us give our supports to Anwar Ibrahim, the GHOST BUSTER and start to think and act as Malaysian. So, those in BN, in particular Gerakan and East Malaysian political parties, why not jump ship now before being ‘busted’?

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  10. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 15:50:54

    anomie, i was unbaleto find the article you mentioned in SInchew website, since i do not subsribe Sinchew. Under which section may i ask?

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  11. crisma
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:19:52

    monsterball,

    clearly you dont know Malaysian history that well. u said malaysians are naturally peaceful? you are only half correct. They become naturally peaceful only due to the massive unity campaign started by Malayan govt since 1957 and then by malaysian govt since 1963.

    It’s only due to extremism from within 3 races were subdued effectively by the govt did we have peace in Malaysia. Although there were racial riots in 1964 and 1969, it was only due to the extremisms mentioned.

    Credit should be given when its due.

    Anwar is a good spin doctor. He made a lot of fiery and racial remarks which shows him to be anti racism but in actual fact, was inflammatory in nature. Take a look at the statement by Anwar which Dr Hsu had bold. Since when did the govt is differentiating the child of the races here in Malaysia? You mean to say that some children of a particular race were left to die or unattended and discriminated here in Malaysia? But by saying that, he in actual fact, is fueling the racial sentiment in each particular races n further derile the harmony among the races. If the argument that the current BN govt now is indeed practising blatant discrimination, the fact that anwar is inflamming the public with such statements does not make him free of guilt.

    Btw, do you know that there were a lot of racial riots before 1957? Please study history ok.

    Good boy.

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  12. Y C Chai
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:21:42

    Man are born equal but it is man make themselves unequal thereafter.

    Politicians are solely responsible for what we are at today. Why? Go and ask them for the real answer. But, i bet you will never get the truth as they have assemble 1001 theories to deny it. This is a universal phenomenon where politician survived on creating confusion and divisiveness, so that they remained in power. There is a saying “If u want to a person’s true character, five him power” i don’t remember who said it. Here u see the true color of a person. After all, Dr Hsu u once quoted in Latin : politics means many who suck bloods.

    Mankind will not achieve equality as long as religion, race, language and culture are used to differentiate one from another. More so, if it is manipulated by politician. In order to lessen the adverse effect man must start to acknowledge our roots is one, whether u believe the BIG BANG theory or otherwise. Or the least is we belong to the same species category, i.e human being and start to live harmoniously with each other. Failing which we are no better than animal who live along the theory of the fittest survive (by killing each other).

    The British adopted the method of divine and rule before merdeka. And BN is adopting the same method even though they realise it is outdated and does not benefit us in the long run. So, the scenario is clearly pointed to the similar mentality of POLITICIANS that “power is supreme and anything else is secondary”. I rest my comment here.

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  13. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:28:25

    crisma….How old are you?
    I am 69 and have LIVED through history.
    It will be useless to talk to one braggart….appearing here once awhile….trying to teach grandfathers how to suck eggs again.
    Reveal your age…your profession ….then we will have a good debate.

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  14. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:30:07

    And I am not a “good boy”.
    I can be your grandfather!!

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  15. A true Malaysian
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:35:55

    As far as I am concerned, Malaysian history pertaining to ‘racial riots’ are very blur to me. I myself have not read Kua Kia Soong’s book on 513 (it has been banned, right?) which many people said contained more accurate facts about 513 riot than what that documented in our school history text books.

    Perhaps crisma can give more details on racial riots that he (or she?) mentioned.

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  16. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:38:12

    “credit should be given when its due” You can stuff all you logic into your (editor, profanity deleted)crisma.
    The Devil can also quote Scriptures.
    Have we come to the part.to blame Chin Peng yet..smart ass crisma?

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  17. crisma
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:41:44

    sorry.. i meant ‘derail’ not derile.

    tq

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  18. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:42:59

    hahahahaha …True Malaysian has a special art..how to behave dum dum..to make a real dum dum speak.
    Book is no more ban la.

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  19. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:45:20

    hi crisma…broken english accepted. I have plenty.
    Start your history lessons……young punk.

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  20. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:50:25

    Maybe not young punk…but a Muslim learned professor of history in a Tong Sampah University …in Malaysia.

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  21. crisma
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 16:57:07

    wow monsterball.. feeling grumpy are we?

    glad i struck a nerve 🙂

    by the way since ur 69, ur born around 1939. Pak Lah’s age. But i doubt u would remember the racial riots which was resulted from the communists movement whom had slaughtered the men in a village in 1948. And how abt the riots in Penang (hartal) in mid 60’s?

    By the way, Kua Kia Soong’s book is 513 described from his analysis and his point of views. There are two sides of a coin. So we can believe in whatever we want to choose.

    But inter racial harmony is important in order to build a progressive nation.

    By the way monsterball, sorry for calling you a boy when instead you’re 69. Probably because of the way you write your comments. I swear I thought you’re under 18.

    (btw, when Malaysia was having 8.5 mil ppl, it was in the early 60’s. Poverty rate was soaring high – as only natural in a newly independent country. DO we see any poor pppl in Pudu these days? Seldom. If the MCA did not help, then its the leaders’ failure to do so. Not the system).

    thanks and have a good weekend.

    P.S. I’m just 18. Kidding.

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  22. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:17:07

    crisma….Why ask me all those questions?
    You are suppose to be the expert….until now you know.I did LIVE through history.
    So how old are you?
    Come on…you want to teach grandfather…you tell first.
    Still trying to be too smart again?
    Hi…you mean no poor people in Pudu due to UMNO great love for the Malaysians there?…….hahahahahahaha
    Little by little…you are revealing your true self.
    young man.

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  23. A true Malaysian
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:17:56

    So, Kua Kia Soong’s book is not banned. I will try to get a copy. But crisma, shouldn’t it be the same for both Kua’s book and school text books? Unless one of them was ‘distorted’, agree?

    I agree with you that ‘inter-racial harmony’ is important in order to build a progressive nation. But, don’t you think that the so-called harmony that we have now is ‘superficial’?

    If this ‘harmony’ is infact ‘real’, then why there are still fears in the thinking of various races in Malaysia? I am not sure whether you are a frequent visitors to this forum, if you are not, then perhaps you should read the comments by ‘Anak Malaysia’ on the Malay’s fears.

    To me, such ‘harmony’ is ‘real’ when each of the communities have no fear. Such fears will not be in existence automatically if policies of our country is fair, equitable, transparent and on merit basis. Then only we can become a progressive country. Agree?

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  24. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:27:27

    True Malaysian and ask for it. They will not display it out…but always available ..if you ask for it.at he counter.
    Should you still find it not available….I can lend mine to you.
    I bought few of the said book and gave to few bloggers…when they found it hard to get.
    Elizabeth Wong guided all..how to get the book.
    Looks like crisma will not response to you..or going to teach me history lessons.
    Now..he is asking questions on history……..hahahahahaha
    No need to teach him. He is pro UMNO.

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  25. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:30:03

    True Malaysian…Is your 5.17pm addressed to me..for a response?

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  26. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:31:50

    Oh no….it is for crisma.
    Good ….let that smart ass answer.

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  27. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:34:34

    The book will not be displayed.
    You need to ask for it..at the counter.
    MPH is best.

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  28. anomie
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:35:18

    HI Dr Hsu,

    Its the Sinchew Plus, the tablot addon.

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  29. Killi Valavan
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:43:30

    looks like Crisma is a govt spokesman/woman .
    Govt did much effort but the problem is that it’s one sided . For the amount of discrimination non-bumi (especially Indians) went thru ……. i’d say what crisma written is nothing but crap !

    Latest news ….. more and more cases of Indian student racial abuse (in SK schools!!!) being reported . It seems they were hidden but ppl nowadays (Hindraf awakening??) becoming more vocal to protest …… Unfortunately there’re no Indian political leaders in the past to supress this .
    inter-racial harmony…… a joke ?? …. even teachers cant practise it …

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  30. anomie
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:43:56

    Is under Sin Chew Plus 星雲 dateline 22/08/2008

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  31. A true Malaysian
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:44:57

    5.17pm was addressed to crisma. I think we should know the real facts of 513 as this was the basis Umno come out with NEP and policies that many of us found discriminatory. If these policies were based on ‘distorted’ 513 facts, then we can conclude that all these while, we Malaysian, particularly the non-Malays, were being fooled by Umno.

    Never mind if crisma is pro Umno, that make me want to know more, I still wish to know what he has to say.

    How to be friend if I don’t know him (or her)? Perception is not real.

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  32. wazzup
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 17:56:18

    Dear Doc, Malaysian has high tolerance, true but anything to do with previous Gomen is dicrimintory ie school, Gov text, policies and no matter how old you are you’ll see if you open your eyes. In the sixties do you have to tick the race box in gomen form or not?

    Most people has no problem with each other, I still share my durian with my other Malaysian. But to tell our kids everything is flowery is ‘gu sai’. I’m not saying who to hate but what to expect in Malaysia of which the Gomen is blaring that she doesn’t belong to us, the ‘sepet’.

    To tell the next generation this is not telling them to hate. But not to tell them is ignorance. But maybe ignorance is bliss huh Doc…

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  33. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 18:29:13

    What about having 2 preuniversity streams, one the 2year STPM, and the other the 1 yr matriculation? Is that equality?

    Yes, Pudu people have improved their lives, because almost all countries in Asia Pacific region has progressed.

    But look at this. In the 60s, Malaysia , Singapore, Taiwan were about the same in income percapita. In fact Malaysia was then 3 times higher in per capita income than Korea. BUt in the the 80s, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan all went ahead of us. Now Korea is much higher than us in capita income.

    The stress on muhibbah as i see it is to make sure that no one complains of the unfair policies, because oif anyone complains , it is against unity and will be viewed as a nonconformist. It is to shut the mouth os the very ones who are being marginalised by telling them everyone is united. It is like a sugar coating on a poison. It is supposed to numb the person who is talking the poison.

    Why should Morgan Stanley said 100 billion has been lost since the 80s, if everything is as rosy as someone here pointed out.

    Why students with 11 A’s still cannot get into the course of their chocie and needs MCA and gerakan to help? IS it not their right to a place of their choice if they got all A’s, and was one of the very very top (top ten) in the whole country? Is this right?

    Why should a millionaire buying a one million house still get 15% discount, which the developers will pass it on to those poorer souls buying link houses at 300,000 in the same scheme? is this what you term equality?

    If that is equality, I would not want to argue anymore, because it is no more sensible to do so.

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  34. bewareSB
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 18:42:40

    beware of Crisma. He is the agent provocateur I warned you about…

    Doc, ban him..

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  35. cilipadi
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 19:08:12

    As an outsider, I am so impressed your gomen can do things so ‘co-incidentally’.

    Latest news, fuel prices down effective from tomorrow, unbelievable but true. So co-incidental with PP by-election ya.

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  36. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 19:17:42

    Good news. But Pak Lah was saying that fuel prices wont decrease until 1st september just 2 days ago.

    It reminds me of the day in Feb 12 when he said he wont not dissolve the PArlaiment during Chinese New Year period and then the next day, he announced the dissolution of Parliament.

    Why is it always like that? Anyway, I welcome the announcement although it must have everything to do with the by election.

    People are not so easily moved by carrots and sticks way anymore.

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  37. cilipadi
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 20:00:34

    Haha, see how your CEO making decisions, at his whim and fancy. It is a laughing stock to all of us outsiders. It’s as if Malaysia belong to him.

    You won’t be surprised if he calls for fresh election after ‘kalah’ in PP by-election. Just wonder why they scare of Anwar Ibrahim so much, anyone?

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  38. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 22:45:03

    Doc…Dollah is saying that..so that all motorists do not keep minimum petrol in their car tanks…..making petrol station loose money.
    Secondly…he must make sure..what Petronas have bought are all sold out..without a loss. Right now……making hell of of lot…and not passing back to motorists…..so that the extra huge billions of profits…UMNO can start their nonsense again…how to enrich UMNO…self and friends.
    Once the time and condition is favourable to petrol stations…and Petronas…he will reduce the price.
    To my opinion…Dollah wants it as long as possible….to enrich Petronas and indirectly..only way to enrich UMNO…with their usual billions RM projects..all approve..to start sucking Malaysians blood….over and over again.
    They have no choice. That’s how UMNO stays indespensible to some….and if they do not feed them….UMNO is more dead.

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  39. daffodils
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 01:23:14

    A little bit of correction Dr Hsu if you dont mind. STPM’s program is like the Alevels and the duration of study is one and a half years.

    Only about 10% of the places in matriculation colleges are opened to non-bumis and usually those who take up the places there would end up with the maximun CGPA of 4 whereas students with excellent SPM results doing STPM find it an uphill task to score well that grade though there have been resourceful students who have made it and these are snapped up by our neighbouring universities.

    The odds are stacked against the STPMers. They have to cram everything for that one big exam at the end of the course whereas the matriculation students have the advantage of modular exams to cruise through. Once they are done with the units for one modular exam, they do not need to study for those units again. That means for the next modular exam, they have a lighter load. So the probability of getting good scores is higher when the scope of study is less.

    The fact that the matriculation students finish their course in one year point to the fact that the STPMers do a wider and more extensive syllabus. STPMers who enter university in the same year as matriculation students are one year older. In terms of depth of knowledge, well then one knows who has more of it.

    Whatever the odds there are compared to matriculation course, STPM is more recognised internationally though the dice is loaded in favour of the other side.

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  40. romerz
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 02:20:02

    Looks like I have to wade in on this one.

    Dear crisma,

    The ordinary Malaysian of different racial backgrounds can help each other without discrimination because ultimately most human beings of whatever race are compassionate people, DESPITE AND NOT because of government policies.

    Government policies did very little to remove the distinction between the different races despite the proclaimed muhibbah declaration but instead harped on it.

    In reality, whatever multi-racial propaganda fed to the public is nothing more than lip service when divisive policies are implemented at the same time to cement the continued dominance of the ruling elite.

    Please note here that I make a distinction between the ordinary Malays, Chinese, Indians and Others from those within the ruling elite which also comprises Malay, Chinese, Indians and Others.

    You see crisma, the muhibbah concept of multi-racialism was the only option available to gain independence, given at that time, non-racialism was yet a common catchphrase in the world. Multi-racialism had to be adopted in order for Malaysia to gain independence (in some sense it was agreeing to disagree for now but to be sorted out at a later date).

    And once independence was gained, the multi part of racial politics should be reduced to less multi until there is non-racialism as monsterball advocates. (On this I agree with him 100% but just differ on the methods to get there)

    Unfortunately the ruling elite found that in the aftermath of May 13, it was easier to perpetuate this multi-racialism part of politics to keep stability than to work towards non-racialism and a Malaysian Malaysia with equal rights and opportunities for all.

    To a certain extent, those founding fathers of our country were hampered by circumstances of history to really carry out the original immediate post-independence objectives of a single Malaysia without encroaching into Malay/Muslim rights. In short, they compromised those ideals for stability.

    Then came along a crafty PM by the name of Mahatir who recognized that the noble pro-affirmative actions can be manipulated to benefit a few and in turn consolidate and strengthen his position as PM.

    Have you ever wondered why he could remain as PM of the country for 22 years?

    He knew that he we don’t really have a choice to choose otherwise for none of the opposition parties offered any ‘middle ground’ politics until the advent of PKR. He knew that because of this lack of choice, he can give the rakyat potatoes and the rakyat would be so grateful that we wouldn’t complain that the ruling elite are getting the steak.

    And this continued for 26 (22+4) years until today when supposedly strong and independent institutions like the judiciary, polis, civil service, etc, are compromised. Today its all about the ruling elite with no check and balance until 8 March that is.

    Please do not make the same mistake I made for naively believing their propaganda. Then I was too lazy to delve further and read between the lines.

    Take the trouble to read between the lines and determine for a fact if the muhibbah proclamations are of substance or merely paying lip service to ordinary Malaysians since the ruling elite have become so arrogant that they forget that the younger Malaysians of today are a lot more educated and exposed than those of 26 years ago.

    They still think we are incapable of deeper thoughts as was the case 26 years ago for fears of instability.

    If you are a true democrat and think yourself a fair-minded Malaysian, please rethink your position.

    I’m not saying mine is right but I appeal to you to go further than just accept declarations of the ruling elite.

    Use your wisdom and determine if actions speak louder than words.

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  41. monsterball
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:39:30

    Good Morning to all!!
    At last…I am flu is gone.
    And I have seats in my car for three more.
    One just phoned me for a lift.
    OK….I am going to put out some facts and let you judge:—–
    1. Two Perak RPK arrested for sex and bribery. Charged and released.
    2. Najib took Koran oath..that he does not know the c 4 Mongolian lady. Khairy shouting….for Anwar to go and swear at the Koran….like Saiful and Najib did.
    3. Dollah takes train ride….and said the service is no good. He is showing…he is “People’s PM”.
    4. Dollah announced petrol price reduced by 22 sen …tomorrow.
    5. Reward Lee Chong Wei under a place with so many UMNO banners.
    All these…just these three days!!!
    Is not Permatang Pauh…the mother of all by-elections in Malaysia?’
    How not to go…..and be part of history.
    Doc go…maybe few sick people may die…so understand he cannot go.
    True Malaysian..want to take a lift..to and fro PP?

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  42. Dr Hsu
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 08:00:16

    Thank you daffodils for the correction.

    And Romerz, bravo, you have said what I wanted to say and in a better and more eloquent manner.

    Thanks…

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  43. monsterball
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 10:06:56

    Doc……Just went to “Mediform clinic” at Subang Jaya…..and Dr.Stephen Tan Teck Sin said he knows
    My usual half yearly check up by him.
    He said he read your blog everyday.
    Fit as a fiddle!! Blood and urine test..results not yet known. Usually…..when I travel to small towns…I carry some antibiotics and diarrhoea pills.
    Yes romerz…great style.

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  44. monsterball
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 10:50:43

    hi crisma!!
    Come back and battle.
    Talk so much….why now so quiet?
    Then… few weeks later…appear again with nonsense?
    Come on.. crisma…let a grandfather teach you something.
    If you behave like a Malaysian…feel like a Malaysian….and love this country with your life..like a Malaysian…than …..even if we disagree..we have something in common..we are Malaysians.
    Now what is a Malaysian?
    A Malaysian is one that do not see each other as this or that race.
    The best test is when you see an Indian….with black skin textures..can you see him as a Malaysian and not as Indian?
    Can you see your own race….whatever it is…not a Malay…Chinese or Indian…but as a Malaysian?
    UMNO and BN are the culprits. I don’t blame you….but I will blame you…if you are that stubborn….not to change for the better and keep on putting out your ‘history”…based on what you read..put out by UMNO.. and not what you really know.
    UMNO knows..vast majority Malays will love race and religion politics That was donkey years ago.
    Now vast majority of Malays are hungry for truths.
    Are you hungry to seek truths?
    What is TRUTH?….such a wide subject..it will take you a lifetime… just to learn a little.
    So young man/woman….don’t waste you precious time being a parrot..a tape recorder…knowing next to nothing.

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  45. Kenny Gan
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 12:49:54

    Kedah Gerakan Youth calls for the party to pull out from BN. The story here:
    http://malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/11676/84/

    Note Gerakan leaders’ response. Koh Tsu Koon wants close door discussion. Gerakan Kedah chief said it’s the Youth leader’s personal opinion.

    Meanwhile, Anwar said another Gerakan leader, Dr. Tan Kee Kwang, chief of Gerakan KL has joined his campaign for Permatang Pauh.
    http://anwaribrahimblog.com/2008/08/22/lagi-pemimpin-parti-gerakan-menyertai-kempen-dsai-di-permatang-pauh/

    Dr. Hsu is right that there are powerful forces swirling beneath the surface of Gerakan and they are now venting to the surface.

    Dr. Hsu, what will happen if Gerakan leadership continue to ignore these forces?

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  46. Dr Hsu
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 13:34:19

    Kenny Gan, Yes. Many have openly supported Pakatan in this by election. Just like me, I have openly written in my column in Malaysian Insider tht Anwar should be supported because this by election is no more about Anwar, but about what he represents, which is what Gerakan’s ideology is about.

    The leaders who choose to go against this sentiment is gooing against the ideology . They ignore this at their own risks, as election is coming up.

    Dr Tan is my good friend and I support his role in campaigning for what Anwar represents. I have just sent a sms cogratulating him for this.

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  47. rim tim
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 14:43:29

    I read this in a blog;

    http://anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com/2008/08/anwar-hanya-salin-kulit.html

    Is this true?

    it seems dat anwar still wants malay rights to be uphold instead of promoting deregulation of the affirmative action.

    even PKR posters in permatang pauh reeks malay supremacy. are we just his pawn? wer is d consistency?

    i think we should be wary of anwar. he will backstab us one day.

    tq

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  48. nick
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 17:07:36

    Hey guys, don’t chase crisma away from this blog. His views are rare these days. It does amuse me to listen to government supporters, be they pro-BN, or pro-UMNO. I hardly come across any now, either in my factory, in my network of friends and business associates. I need to hear their views especially the way crisma puts it, how wonderful this government is and how we need to give credit where credit is due. Crisma, please come back.

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  49. monsterball
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 17:11:33

    rim tim…It is true and also not true.
    It is difficult for you to understand…if you ae not a Malaysian. Are you a Malaysian?
    Anyway…it is promised in law…to give malays more help than others …and he cannot change all these ..once he become PM.
    If Anwar backstep us..he will be very stupid …..as Malaysians will frontstep him back .. million times over.
    Thanks for your concern and welcome to write anything.

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  50. Dr Hsu
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 21:08:51

    nick, I think he was chased away by our friend bewareSB. hahahaha…..But I hope he comes back and debate with you all..

    It is indeed rare to hear his type of reasoning now.

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  51. romerz
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 02:19:47

    Dear rim tim,

    Yes be wary of Anwar but not deny him the chance to prove to us what he claims he will do for this country we live in.

    Please go read in my blog Haris Ibrahim’s open letter to anwar.

    http://romerz.blogspot.com/2008/08/open-letter-to-anwar-haris-ibrahim.html

    Let me try to explain to you Anwar’s continued upholding of Malay/Muslim rights which is enshrined in our federal constitution.

    So let us go back to the federal constitution.

    The federal constitution which is the basis of our existence as an independent nation contains articles which guarantees the rights of ALL Malaysians, irrespective of race or religion.

    However, given at that time the economic clout of the Chinese, our founding fathers had to allay the fears of the Malay/Muslim majority of the country that they would not be overwhelmed by the migrant Chinese in their own land. (Remember that prior to 1957, there were no Malayan citizens but instead all were subjects of a British crown colony)

    This was necessary because without Malay/Muslim support for the ‘social contract’ the British would not grant us independence in the form of our choice but rather in the form of what the British deem fit for us.

    So they included in the federal constitution article 153 which basically guarantees the special position of Malay/Muslims in this land.

    The problem is not with article 153 for it was intended as a shield (protection) of Malays/Muslims against any possible encroachment of their rights by the economically powerful Chinese/non-Muslims.

    Unfortunately article 153 became a problem because successive BN governments used it as a sword (excuse) to justify racists policies for their own ends to appeal to the Malay/Muslim electorate to consolidate and prolong their rule.

    So Anwar’s upholding of Malay/Muslim rights, as intended in the federal constitution, is nothing wrong if it is used as a shield and not as a sword.

    I think you are mistaken about Anwar’s position on the NEP. He has openly declared that the NEP will be modified to one of need irrespective of race and religion as opposed to the present policy based on race and religion.

    Anwar’s position today is a mixed policy of free market/socialistic form of governance. Letting people do what they do best in a free market economy but with a government ready and willing to intervene if Malaysians irrespective of race and religion are left behind.

    Basically he is advocating governance to protect all Malaysians based on needs rather than the present practice of privilege based on racial belonging.

    For this we should give him the chance to deliver to us what he has promised.

    You have to also be practical. The present corrupt BN with its Malay/Muslim powerbase can only be challenged by a Malay/Muslim politician.

    If not Anwar who else?

    Do not be afraid of Anwar. Be wary and watch him closely. Anwar can be voted out of office as easily as he can be put there.

    If the powerful and corrupt UMNO/BN can be brought to their knees on 8 March by the rakyat, who is Anwar to withstand the might of the rakyat if he does not deliver his promises.

    Give him a chance.

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  52. romerz
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 03:06:17

    Aya Doc,

    I just realized a mistake with my earlier comment.

    I had said prior to 1957 there were no Malayan citizens but instead all were subjects of a British crown colony.

    I would like to correct myself that Malaya was never a crown colony but a loose collection of Malay states under British protection.

    Sorry.

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  53. monsterball
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 04:15:16

    Yes …”Straits Settlements of Malaya” was what we are known..during colonial times….and we were British subjects.
    But the British were smart to recognized all Sultans…to give face to the Malays and play act their smart ruling power.
    Chin Peng helped to free Malaya from Japanese invasion…and was betrayed by the British…when Malaya was free.
    Get this very very clear!!.

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  54. Dr Hsu
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 10:37:37

    rim tim, I think romerz has covered the ground very well.

    Thanks romerz..

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  55. sosong
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 23:51:36

    Before 31.8.1957, Malaya was divided into 3 groups, 1) Straits Settlements, Penang, Malacca, Singapore 2) Federated Malay States, Perak, Selangor, NS, Pahang 3) Unfederated Malay States, the rest.
    51 years of BN rules, divide Msian further n further, if continue like this, SURE will be behind many ASEAN country in time to come! No need a rocket scientist to predict this!

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  56. Anak Malaysia
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 23:40:18

    romerz,

    well said…

    now, have any one of us ever wonder why the late Tunku Abdul Rahman refuse to join UMNO “Baru”…

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  57. Anak Malaysia
    Aug 28, 2008 @ 00:12:32

    Dr. Hsu,

    I have this habit of browsing through the old pictures of my parents. And I’m impressed with those pictures from the 50’s and 60’s. Lots of different faces in them. Malays, Chinese and Indians with a sincere smiles…

    My parents work in the government under the health services. My mother is a nurse and my father is a HA.

    I’ve just want to say that I do think that your explaination is not that far-fetched as it do happen before. Maybe limited, but it did happened…

    Hmm, maybe that’s why my parents send me to the Penang Buddhist Association’s kindergarden on Penang Island when I was 5 and 6 years old hahaha…

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