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The Thinker

The Thinker
Staring out the BUS, thinking abt life..

Friday, June 27, 2008

Dua Lagu Bermakna..Menyembah Allah

Two lyrics to share with all that are meaningful and nice to hear. These two songs I learn from Camp Cameron 2008 from Manisah and Fredda. (Thanks for teaching me the songs!)

Bapa Yang Kekal
Kasih yang sempurna telah
Ku terima dari Mu
Bukan krana kebaikan ku
Hanya oleh kasih karunia Mu
Kau pulihkan aku
Layakkan ku 'tuk dapat
memanggil Mu, Bapa

Kau beri yang ku pinta
Saat ku mencari
ku mendapatkan
ku ketuk pintu Mu
Dan kau bukakan
Sebab Kau bapa ku
Bapa yang kekal

Takkan Kau biarkan
Aku melangkah hanya sendirian
Kau selalu ada
Bagi ku
Sebab Kau Bapa Ku
Bapa Yang Kekal

This next song, I'm not sure what's the title, but just appreciate the lyric ya..

Roh kudus tercurah di tempat ini
Urapan-Nya yang ajaib memulihkan umat-Nya
Roh kudus tercurah bagi g'reja-Nya
Memulihkan umat pilihan-Nya

Hari ini lah harinya Tuhan
Saat pembebasan tiba
Belenggu dosa t'lah dipatahkan
Mari bersorak bagi Dia

Anggur baru tercurah
Urapi umat-Nya dengan sukacita
Minyak baru tercurah
Penuhi Umat-Nya
Nyata kuasa-Nya

Friday, June 20, 2008

Columnist that I Respect

This is exactly why I love this guy so much. DR Azmi always have a way to put things into perspective and make you understand what he wants to project without being 'biadab' as some would say. I mean each and every Malaysian or those who have interest in Malaysia would be able to understand what the article below means.

I recommend you to read his articles which are publish fortnightly (if not mistaken) in The Star or you could find him in the Columnist section of the online portal. Of course at the same time, read up on other columnist too as their views are really good for feeding your intellectual mind and who knows, you may generate your own thoughts too based on their arguments. I would just take this opportunity to introduce Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi-another columnist on The Star who happens to be a law lecturer too. I only have good things to say about him although I've yet to see or meet him. (Would have a chance to meet him when I attend a forum next week where he is a panelist)

So, enjoy the article I've attached and ponder how our government spend tax payers money 'wisely'. I would be bold enough to agree upon what is said because my experience in SRCUM has made me seen 'things' that change my trust in how government works especially in the higher echelon. Nonetheless, it does not mean we MALAYSIANS or rakyat as papers always refer should sit and do nothing. It's up to us to stand up and take accountability on how this nation works and function in totality. Alright...back to the actual agenda...enjoy the article...

Thursday June 12, 2008

Suffer the children ... of some


Without exotic foreign holidays, life will no longer be the same.

The sun was setting as the Proton Perdana crunched up the gravel driveway of the bungalow on Jalan Kia Peng. The man sitting in the back seat was oblivious to the gentle glow of dusk that bathed the large well-manicured gardens.

His heart felt heavy and his stomach was knotted.

He was going to break their hearts and there was no way out.

“We are here, sir.”

The voice of the driver shook him out of his deep thoughts. With a barely audible grunt of thanks, he stepped out and with leaden feet walked towards the door.

Before he reached it, the huge oak edifices swung open. A small woman in a blue uniform retrieved his suitcase and collected his shoes as he slipped them off. He hardly noticed her, either.

From within the house, there were sounds of a loud X Box game in progress and young children shouting. The man walked into the living room. Expensive Italian furniture was arranged around a 40-inch plasma TV, its sleek modernity a stark contrast to the gaudiness of the sofas and armchairs.

A boy and a girl were transfixed by the screen, watching monsters get beheaded. A woman lounged in an armchair, her diamonds glittering.

“Listen, everybody, I must speak to you,” said the man.

“Not now, Papa, we are reaching level five,” said the boy.

“No, now,” said the man.

The sombre tone of his voice cut through the shrill screams from the video game. The children and the woman looked to the man, their normal indifference suddenly replaced by unfamiliar concern.

Seating himself, the man leaned on his elbows and stared at the floor.

In a voice quivering with barely suppressed emotion, he started to speak.

“Darling, children, I am afraid we can’t go to Orlando Disneyland this year.”

“Where are we going then?” asked the girl. “England? Europe?”

“We can only go to somewhere in Asean.”

The gasps from the family just about drowned out the crack in his voice as he finished his sentence. Then the barrage of questions started. Why? What happened? How can this be?

As the voices rose to a crescendo, the man snapped, tears running down his face as he screamed, “The oil price has gone up and we can’t go on holidays around the world any more!”

“But, darling,” said the woman, “I already told the girls I would bring back for them oranges from Florida. How can I face them in Carcosa at our high tea tomorrow?”

“Papa, you promised Disneyland. I hate you! I hate you!” shrieked the boy as he stormed out of the room.

“Wait, boy!” he called out. “You must try to understand. The whole nation is suffering. We must make sacrifices. It is for the good of the country and for the future.”

But it was too late; the boy had already disappeared into his bedroom. Soon, the sound of heavy rap played at full volume could be heard.

“Oh, darling. Think about the children. How are they going to face their friends at the international school? Where are we going to go on holiday?”

The man wiped away his tears of frustration and held his head as he thought of what to say.

Suddenly, he looked up and with a smile bordering on the maniacal, he said: “What about Singapore? Or we can even go local. Let’s go to A Famosa in Malacca. It’s fun, they have a theme park and an animal and cowboy show. Malaysia Truly Asia! Heh heh heh ...”

His laugh petered out as the girl and the woman stared at him icily, slicing through his forced jollity.

For the longest while, nothing was said. Then the rap music abruptly stopped. The three looked up as the boy walked back to them.

“I understand sacrifice, Papa. And I think I have the solution,” he said.

The family stared at him, hope shining in their eyes. “We can all go to Hong Kong Disneyland!” he exclaimed excitedly.

The man broke down again and buried his face in his hands. Between his gasping sobs, he cried,

“Oh, my son, my poor, poor boy. Don’t you know? Hong Kong is not in Asean.”

“Arrrgghhh!” the boy screamed and ran back to his room, wailing, “I hate you! I hate my life! I want to die!”

The girl, unable to bear the pain any longer, stood up. She loomed over the broken shell that was her father and said, “I know we all have to suffer because of the oil price, Papa. But why do WE have to suffer SO MUCH?” Then she too stalked away.

The man stared into the middle distance.

His pain was almost too much to endure. The only sound in the room was the clinking of his wife’s diamonds as her bosom heaved with racking sobs.

It barely smothered the sound of his shattering heart, for without their exotic foreign holidays, life would never be the same again.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Camp Cameron 2008

I couldn't believe that technology has back fired on me. After spending half an hour typing about my experience of Camp Cameron 2008 and trying to put some picture here, but suddenly the wireless hang and whatever I've typed before this just go up in smoke..haih..

Anyway, since my mood is not really good in the sense of losing everything in just a few seconds. I think I'll just upload some pictures and write some other time in Part Two.

I wonder what Mama is staring at?? Don't scold me lah...

Chalet 11 on their first outing

Monday, June 9, 2008

University Act to Act UP

Learning Curve of News Strait Times (page H3)on 8th June 2008 (Sunday)wrote an article concerning the University and College University Act 1971 (UUCA) or more fondly known as Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU) to many local undergrads. The article was written as a responds to the committment of the government to seriously look into the concerns held by student leaders from all walks of ideology. Some want it abolished and some want reviewing, I wonder how many else don't hold an opinion to it.

In my capacity of assisting to shape certain things that happen in this little world of mine called campus, I have my stand on UUCA or AUKU. To me, abolishing this act serves no purpose as what undergrads are not satisfied is not with the whole Act but to certain provisions in it. Undergrads of Malaysia these days have seen the wider and bigger world where educated citizens play the check and balance system as its not easy for politicians to 'screw' their way through and expect the Rakyat to believe just as it is. Education has help us see the wider picture and therefore grow passionate on certain issues which are close to our heart.

Although AUKU doesn't forbid undergrads to express themselves and voice their opinion, the Act does hinder the practise of speaking your mind out as the provisions given are not clear in meanings and the usual problem would arise in its implementation. Certain students from certain ideology (not parties because party does not exist physically in campus;not allowed too =p)face more 'presecution' if I may put it that way when things seem to go otherwise for students on a different ideology when arguments break out.

My concern would be more on promoting undergrads who are aware politically of their surrounding, being passionate on economic issues, fairness in all treatment regardless of race, religion and ethnicity; which to me is what our BN government is thristing for too. Nonetheless, things always look good and presentable on paper, great visions and missions, wonderful phrases to descibe how we see Malaysia in year 2020 BUT my question is WHICH PART OF IMPLEMENTATION can we see that happening?

Questions I would like to raise and ponder in respond:
1.) If NEP was sincere in helping the hardcore poor, how come we still have many poor villages suffering without electricity and water? (Let's not even get started with East Malaysians suffering in the interior)
2.) If equality in economy share is of great concern to surpress poverty, how come policies such as discount rates for Bumiputera ONLY when purchasing property being practice? With logical mind, does a millionaire or billionaire of Bumiputera descend deserve that kind of financial help when compared to the poor farmer in the sawah padi trying to eek a living when both are Bumiputeras?
3.) If our constitution has promise that Malay Special Rights are there to stay, why is the leading party of Malaysia (BN-UMNO) playing the tune to spark racial dissatisfaction when giving public speeches? (Is that necessary?)
4.) If our constitution has promise the freedom of practising the belief/religion you have, why then do government interfere when courts are ruling religious based cases? Shouldn't the matter of religion remain between the believer and his/her GOD; unless and until it causes MAJOR national disunity (which remains subjective to the interpretation of individuals)
5.) If the nation would truly want to progress and develop to compete with other countries, should not Meritrocacy outshine Quota system? Wouldn't we as Malaysians want to see the BEST candidate be in leadership position rather than 'pakar main politik'. I mean I would not mind voting/supporting the best candidate even though he/she is of different ethnicity; be it a Malay, Indian, Chinese etc brother or sister because at the end of the day, we are all Malaysians right?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Price Hike Again??

I believe the nation has been shock again by the price hike announced on such a short notice by our government. What a wonderful way to thank voters who voted in March 08'. Which actually leads me to think whether the cabinet actually appreciates the votes they have attained?

I've two things to comment on the recent price hike, which I would just comment briefly as I believe knowledgable Malaysians would have thought of these few points and might have actually tackled it even deeper.

Firstly, from the economic point of view, I believe the subsidy system is not a long term solution as the government would not be able to sustain growth and efficient management. We can claim that our oil price is the lowest in the region but thinking back, the subsidy only benefits the rich more than the poor. Simple analysis, who uses car that consumes more petrol? Who drives further and longer journeys? Is it the poor fellow who tries to fork a living on a motorcycle or the business man/ government officer who plays golf and sauna every evening? Of course, let's not forget how 'generous' the government has been all these years, giving subsidy to neighbouring countrymen who earns relatively more but spend like lords in Malaysia.
Besides the point above, the society would need to look deeper into the matter as WE need to realise that all these subsidies are from tax payers eventually. The government is not stupid in its planning either. Subsidy would definitely come from another source without us realising. I can't comment further or elaborate much as I don't have the facts with me but thinking along this line would help us see the bigger picture.
White elephant projects need to go, individual MEGA projects need to be more transparent for RAKYAT to know where is our hard earn money going to, special priviledges given to ministers and family need to be reviewed and etc. People in power always have ways and means to cover their ass and its up to YOU AND ME to ensure that doesn't happen. Ask questions and query their actions!!
To conclude my first point, it was time to review (or raise) our petrol price. But read on to my next point....

Secondly, speaking from a voters point of view, I have to say that my confidence in the promises of the current government has been shaken. I admire and respect Pak Lah for who he is but I guess, even he has his downfall (Let me clarify that I'm neither a Tun supporter ok!). Barisan National or Pak Lah has promise that price of petrol would not be raised within the short span if they win the 12th General Elections but shortly after winning with a smaller majority, price of petrol went up with a HUGE percentage if compared to before. Understanding that our economy doesn't permit subsidies to linger too long but my point is that the current government had promise the RAKYAT and it is very dissapointing when I heard about this news. In other words, I come to conclude that our government's promises are just saliva in the air!!
This issue of saliva in the air seems to be common feature in government department. Just to side track awhile ya..I've this experience in University when I question about certain elauns for the student facilatator during orientation. The Vice Chancellor promised to raise the amount from RM100 to RM120 in 2006 and when I question in 2007 (a year later) why the elauns is not out and whether the amount would be as stated in the promise, I was answered very sarcastically by the then TNC who has move on to be the VC in another local Uni that whether we submitted a letter to his office regarding this matter when he was personally there when VC promise it. I was so shocked to hear such reply coming from an academician cum politician in campus because it means that promises made in public, in front of more than 1000 students hold no ground...WTH!!

SO,that's all I have to say on this issue. Our county is going through evolution at the moment and I pray we who are AWAKEN would stear this nation towards betterment. Racial biasness and hatred instilled by the government or our forefathers need to be left behind. We need to de-learn to re-learn. I'm glad to say that I've some good Malay friends who exchange ideas with me during this term as student council Vice President and I would like to just mention a few here; its ironic that these are the people who are labeled opposition in student movement: Hilman and Shahir. We don't always see our points eye to eye (arguing at times) but at least they are honest enough to acknowledge and be frank with me, unlike certain leaders we have.

May ALLAH the almighty, the Alpha and Omega give us blessing to carry on the good fight!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

White Blouse Sexy??Attract rapist??

It's a wonder how come certain people would come out with such statement, saying that the way women folk or gals dress would cause them to be rape and sexually hurt in certain ways. When I notice this claims by such body who claims to be wise in religion, that 'blasted' me off..

I would agree that the current material is too thin and it is not so decent for our society especially in the interest of the girl herself, reviewing on the material should be of concern and not because it encourages rape and it gets more sick when certain male chauvinist in Malaysia's political arena have the 'stupidity' to utter that these women should just lay there and enjoy it since they can't change the situation. It saddens the intellectual minds of Malaysians that we are having these kind of leaders in our midst.

Nonetheless, that is what happens when you have an ideology who goes to the extreme and logical mind would not compensate nor comprehend.

If you are interested, see what Marina Mahathir has to say on this issue.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Thinker is Back!!

Hi peeps,I'm officially back to the blog atmosphere again after spending 3 weeks 'bertaubat' in Cameron Highlands. I was away in a beautiful place call Lutheran Lakeview Chalet to spend time thinking about life and God; what are the things to re-focus back in life after 3 years in campus.

My oh shock I was when I came back to my 'normal' life to find out that quite a few interesting things has taken place. I'm not sure where to start my pace again but I'll try to blog on few issues I find interesting (in campus and the general world).

Below is an interesting email I received from a friend. I'm not sure whether it's authentic but I sure do pray it is as this is how our Politicians should be-an example to the Rakyat and not squandering
tax payer's hard earn money by enjoying themselves. We (the Rakyat) are skeptical at all politicians; from the tiniest prawn to the biggest whale as they seem to be un-trustable. And I know how it feels to be a politician as I myself am a small prawn (if not a pawn) in campus politics =p

Enough of on...

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

This is written by Ning Baizura's manager & photos taken by him. CM travelling alone - wish him really safe journey & hope it is worth the effort to save Govt. money.

Friday, May 02, 2008
As Ning and I were lining up to board our flight to Penang on Wednesday afternoon, I spotted a familiar face standing in front of us in the queue. So I whispered to Ning.

Me: Look in front of us. It's Guan Eng.
Ning: Who?
Me: YAB Mr. Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.
Ning: No lah.
Me: Yes lah! I know how he looks lah. It's the CM lah.
Ning: Takkan CM jalan sorang sorang. If he's the CM, where's the bodyguards and the officers and the rombongan and kaum kerabat?
Me: Tak percaya? Watch and learn.
So I walked up to Yang Amat Berhormat, introduced myself and asked to take a picture. He smiled and obliged. YAB CM: Hey, I know you! You're Ning Baizura!
Ning: YAB Lim, good afternoon.
YAB CM: Come, come, we take a picture. Vernon, here's my card. Email me the pictures OK.
Me: Definitely, sir.

Ambik kau. CM pun peminat katanya!
Ning and I really felt honoured. But we felt more surprised that the Chief Minister of a state was travelling all by himself like any normal rakyat jelata. But the biggest surprise in store for us was yet to come.

As usual, we sat in First Class. I expected the CM to be seated somewhere in front of us but then I realised he wasn't in First Class. Where did he disappear to??? I popped my head round the curtain that veils First Class and Economy Class and guess who I saw sitting in the front row seat of Economy quietly reading the newspapers?

YAB Mr. Lim, you have my deepest respect. You have made history by being the first Chief Minister in this country to sit in Economy Class whilst in office as Chief Minister. You really mean what you say when you talk about cost-cutting. Sir, you have shown me leadership by example.

Of course I asked permission to take his picture sitting in Economy and he laughed. And I said I'd blogged about it and he laughed some more, and gave permission. Ketua Menteri yang berjiwa rakyat.