Just a thought

Just came back from a very long  New York-Frankfurt-Singapore-Kuala Lumpur flight.  Felt a little bit disorientated because of the time zone difference.

Flying through many cities this time, one of the  most striking things is that the world is now so much more cosmopolitan and smaller now. In every airport, in every street, whether it is US , Hong Kong or Germany, you see people of different cultures: Caucasians, Middle easterns, Turkishs, Indians, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese everywhere… The whole world is getting to be a big melting pot.  People of different colors and cultures were sitting side by side, whether it was in restaurants, theatres, in departure halls or inside airplanes.

It makes me wonder why are there still people who are still so extreme that they cannot accept a fellow human being as equal; people who still cannot treat fellow human beings fairly.

Without a fair society, our economy would not be able to match those outside, simply because without fairness, we are actually stifling off talents from certain groups and at the same time , we are forcing many innovative people moving overseas.

While other countries are moving ahead, we are actually dropping further and further back. What a pity!

Just a thought on home coming!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 14:53:07

    Welcome home, Dr Hsu, even if home is not an egalitarian paradise. Each country has to go through its own trials and tribulations to reach maturity and Malaysia’s journey as a nation has barely begun. We must plod on.


  2. CYC
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 17:43:43

    Welcome back to Wonderland….. here u get see so many wonderful things/happenings that makes u wonder if are traveling back in a time capsule. U hear people speaking the language/words spoken during your great grand father’s era. U see people behave as if it is 1960s. U notice peoples’ thinking backtracked to 1960s as well. U can gauge exactly what really happened except rewinding your mind to the few chapters in history book to look for some hints. But then we have a scientist just being appointed as an ambassador to engage to dialogue with aliens, and this is futuristic. Kind of paradox…. funny huh. Tats Malaysia captained by Jibby, courteously served by Kow-tow Koon and Dr. Pornchua Soilekchai.

    There are so many wiseman-like kind of people in Gelakan waiting to be baptized. Else they will not reach heaven but ended at hell, or they are already in there. Rock them and shake them, Dr.


  3. klm
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 11:13:15

    Dear all,

    I was introduced to the Khan Academy at http://www.khanacademy.org/#

    This is an excellent very high quality tutorials on pre-u maths, science and economics (finance) offered for free.

    This is what Bill Gates uses with his children and he rated bythis as amazing.

    The guy doing this is an American Bangladeshi with 3 degrees in maths and electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

    Unfortunately, this is in English. So Malaysian students will have problem understanding an excellent source of learning material.


  4. Phua Kai Lit
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 15:58:58

    Yes, Dr Hsu.

    In China, they have lots and lots of Chinese who are also Muslim and comfortable with both identities.

    Here in Malaysia, if what I read is correct, we have a Muslim “intellectual” of Chinese descent who
    writes material that reads like one written by
    a rabid, anti-Chinese racist.

    Sad, isn’t it??

    P.S. I visited the Great Mosque in Xian and it is laid out like a Chinese temple.


  5. andrea
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 17:29:10

    Welcome Dr Hsu ! Things need to be real bad before the people will wake up and cry,….enough is enough to vote for real change.

    No matter how bad is the thunderstorm and how heavy is the rainfall, the Sun stills shine and the ever warming rainbow will pierce through to signifying the arrival of the bright sunlight and a hopeful new day.

    We will just have to be the catalyst for change in whatever little way we can to pass the baton of a united nation to our children.


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