How feng shui has changed

As a music lover, I was attracted to a piece of news featured in the Star today. There was also a picture of school girls playing digital pianoes .

Star online also carried the news and had a youtube video about it too. You can view the news and the video  here.

Part of the news read like this:

The Deputy Prime Minister said research had shown that children exposed to music perform better than those who are not.

Muhyiddin, who is also Educa tion Minister, added that countries with good academic performance, such as Hungary, the Netherlands, the United States and Japan, gave emphasis to music education.

He said this at a presentation of digital pianos by South Korea’s Booyoung Housing Co Ltd to Malaysian schools at Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah here yesterday.

Booyoung donated 3,000 digital pianos, 50 of which would be given to the Korean community in Malaysia.

Indeed it is true that music helps in mental development and students with music background often do better and think better.

We Malaysians should be thankful to S Korea for being so kind as to donate so many digital pianoes to our schools.

I am happy and at the same time feel a bit sour-ish inside me.

Happy because if we have to pay for so many digital pianoes, the price would be astronomical, remembering how much a school paid for its computer as pointed out in the Auditor General’s report last year. If my memory has not failed me, a lap top was bought for  about RM40000 + . So if we have to pay for these pianoes, I am sure we would have to pay hundreds  of millions (if not in the region of billions) for them, going by the experience as highlighted year in and year out in the AG’s report.

SO, as a tax payer, i feel relieved and happy that we have at least saved so much.

At the same time, I feel sour-ish inside..It was because in the next paragraph, the news report mentioned this:

The company has made similar donations to schools in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

I feel sour-ish because Malaysia is now placed in the same league as Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. I can understand Thailand, but to be in the same league as Laos and Cambodia? In the eyes of international businesses, we have now been classified in this grouping.

I remember we were so much ahead of South Korea in the 60s, and were equal to SKorea in the early 80s. ALso I remember how Malaysia used to donate stuff to countries in Africa in the 70s and 80s, helping the less developed countries of that continent.

Now, we are deemed to be in the same league as Cambodia, Laos, and so on.

How feng shui has changed!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 15:22:59

    Feng shui do change with time as a third dimension. Therefore man can change his fate through his own effort too. The law of cause and effect is applicable not only in Science but all things in existence (both visible and invisible).

    Since when our Edu Min aware that music do play an important part in mental cultivation? Our edu system has never emphasis on arts and music. Most of us today never understand do re mi fa so unlike those born before Merdeka who at least knows or have learn some kind of foundation/basic in music or other forms of arts. Have we come across any school that equipped with teachers with sound knowledge in these subjects ? Rare or no. We like BTN style of bashing rather than music instrument and vocal training. This style of bashing stimulate their minds to become extremist, hence tough leaders.

    If we are not place in the league as Laos and Cambodia, where should we be placed ? Afterall, our football team was long ago placed at the same league with these countries. And our Sepaktakraw team is struggling to beat South Korea now (a game they pick up quite recently).

    The culture of “escapism” derailed our quest of excellence. This is the common practice of our Ministers and uni vice Chancellors.


  2. KH
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 06:56:21

    Is downgrading enough to know that we are receiving donation from Korea now.

    But in the not too distance future , we will be supplying maids and laborers to Korea first then to Thailand and Vietnam later .

    I say we eventually will be Zimbabwe of South East Asia if business goes on as usual.


  3. klm
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 11:15:13

    If you have been paying attention to the news recently, there had be many economic reports that downgraded Malaysia. This had been done in a subtle way, maybe not to offend Malaysia. This downgrading had been a consistent trend. This article is just another one.

    The BN govt may give one excuse after another, but the rest of the world can see. The past time is navel grazing, in the words of Dr. Hus.


  4. aca
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 13:04:36

    dont worry doc. next to come,we will be labelled together with Myanmar, Zimbabwee and North Korea. Rogue states we will be under the autocratic rule of Kuttyism.


  5. Thomas
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 08:10:31

    Just be glad you people can still joke about it!


  6. vsvsv
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 11:37:08

    we are neither like thailand , laos or cambodia. The people in these countries are willing to work under the sun….we malaysian now are too well “protected” that our future generation no longer can work under the sun and barehands. Imgagine our country with no foreign labourers, I don’t think the mamak stores can find people to work as waiters…..don’t mention building industry la….all collapse ….


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