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WOW! Only 108 left? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 23:26

By Jayanath Appudurai

 

ACCORDING to the Government Transformation Programme [GTP] Annual Report released on 27 March 2011, there are only “108 extreme poor households” left. The GTP within a span of 12 months transformed the lives of 44,535 extreme poor households. {See Chart}


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To say the least, this is a stupendous achievement! An intractable problem that the nation has been grappling with for more than 40 years has ostensibly been solved in 1 year!


Should not the Government be lauded for this?

 

Guess, it all depends on how ‘extreme poor’ is defined?

 

The GTP’s definition is as shown below:

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 23:48
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Not the last goodbye - 16th July 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:13

By Farida Jivamala Ibrahim


Teoh Beng Hock : death number 1804;  died while in custody on 16th July, 2009.


He can never come back but he matters still.  His little one, growing up without a Dad – he matters too.

 

R. Gunasegaran : death number 1805; died in custody on the same  day in 2009.

 

Nothing can ever bring him back but he matters too,  like his sister, striving to redeem his name.

 

They all matter  - the 1,805 Malaysians who, between 2003 and 16th July 2009 according to a ministerial reply in Parliament, died while in the custody of the state.


We have only the names of  50, among them Syed Fadzil Syed Hamzah - death number 6; S.Hendry - death number 928; Liziana binti Mohd Kamal - death number 1330 and Chai Hong Yik - death number 1631.


What of the remaining 1,755? Who were they? What of their families, struggling with grief, waiting for a closure that will not come?


We do not know. What little we read and hear about is horrifying –  the cruel punches, brutal kicks, relentless beatings, unstoppable strangleholds, mental and verbal assaults … and more.


There must have been the screams of anguish, the pleas to stop, the indescribable pain, a welcomed unconsciousness, and then the stillness of the body and the ending of a life.


They were our own – Anak Bangsa Malaysia. They died in circumstances most questionable and from treatment most vile, in this country they called and we call ‘home’.


And because we looked away, the numbers grew.


Only we, through remembering, through vigilance, through outrage,  can do the very thing we failed to do before.


We must protect our own.

 


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As the sweltering heat of the day gave way to a gentle breeze, the faithful gathered by the river as many had done the previous year.


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Said it, Andrew Tan! PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 22:30

Received a pleasant surprise in the mail. The message says it all (edited for flow and privacy):


Hello fine folks at SABM,


My name is Andrew and I am a proud Malaysian in my second year of undergrad... While I realize that I may have not been quick enough to respond to the closing of voters registration 3/4 days ago, I thought this message was still relevant, especially to those who have already registered.


It is a short, two minute video of us (a few other Malaysians...) speaking straight in to the fourth wall. I was hoping it would be merely part of a series of videos that will sort to reach these ends.


On your website it is stated that the precondition for submitting content/stories is that..."It must enrich the spirit of One People, One Nation... We'll gladly take over from there."


Here is a link to the video where a short description is attached:
http://bit.ly/H5ipAN

 

I was hoping that you would share it. Please, if you get the chance, look at it and let me know what you think. Personally, my 21st birthday still eludes me so I am ineligible to vote, but I think one's political power should be taken a lot more seriously.

 

Cheers! And thank you so much for your patience.

 

Best,
Andrew Tan

 

 

Thanks for the timely message, Andrew. And come back soon!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 22:44
 
History not just glory of the past PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:44

historyBy Dr Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja

First published in Sun2Surf


THE announcement by the government to make history a must-pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2013 seems to have received indifferent responses from many quarters. Although the majority agreed history is important for nation building some have warned that one has to be cautious before implementing the policy.


As a historian I would like to state my view on the matter. It is a known fact that the subject of history in school doesn’t attract the interest of students and this view would be shared by teachers too.


The common grouses are that the subject is boring, syllabus is too wide, politically aligned, favours a particular race, the focus is on one main religious civilisation, memorising of dates and personalities, hero worshipping certain events in history and moral lessons for every historical event. History then is memorised for the sake of passing exams.


The emphasis of Form Five syllabus which draw moral lessons from historical events is indeed true in the exam questions. The exam papers are filled with questions relating to the morals of a particular historical occurrence.


History lessons in Malaysian schools seem to be meant for nation-building and fail to appreciate the subject as it is.


History is not everything about the greatness of the past but also the dark side of a nation. History can no longer be limited to the story of great wars or narrative of political events. It must give due attention not only to few outstanding men whose names are known in Malaysian history but also to the anonymous masses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:06
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Our brave women PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:58

ongohingOrdinarily in everyday life, they already do thoughtful things for us in myriads of ways in our homes, offices, hospitals, schools...


There is no one of us who could have done without grandmother, mother, aunty, wife, sister, cousin, daughter, niece, neighbour... Not to mention what they do for us in our places of work as bosses or support staff, doctors and nurses, cleaners, teachers, police women, administrators, accountantants... (Indeed in the modern era there is almost no male-only profession or job.)


On top of that, many women combine their paid responsibilities with home responsibilities and community responsibilities. As men, our work responsibilities alone bring most if not all of us home fatigued, drained and in need of recreation, entertainment or just sleep. Women workers come home no less tired, drained or in need of a break. Yet many of them never lose sight of the family needs in a given day even when they are at work away from home. During the lunch break or weekends they have obtained whatever grocery or marketing so that preparation of the family meals could be done upon their return home from outside work. Then there's the supervision of the children's study and homework. There is also the the ferrying of the children to and from school on top of in-house or outside work. Not to forget that many of them are usually also keeping an eye on family expenses vis-a-vis family income.

Just writing this list down makes me tired just thinking of how much energy, strategic thinking, and logistics planning precedes the tireless implementation of all this. Everyday!

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:05
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