Umno and Tamil schools

Both my parents were educated in Tamil schools alone. Mom grew up in Tamil Nadu (Tamil-land, or land of the Tamils) so there was no choice in the matter, and dad with a mother and step-father as municipal workers was always going to get the little education he was privileged to in a Tamil school for labourers’ children.
Life made those choices for them. Continue reading “Umno and Tamil schools”

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Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights

APRIL 22 — There is that often used tale to get the “count your blessings” message across.
About the man who always complained about his lack of shoes until he met someone who was an amputee.
It is good to remember that sliding into self-pity is not going to change things, and it is true, so many people have it worse than you. Continue reading “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights”

These councilors and their things

APRIL 20 — I work for the people of Timah Langat, which is one of the three zones in Dengkil. (Please refer to the bottom for a fuller description of Dengkil)

They are good people. They don’t expect too much from government. It’s the same across this country. We have come to a point where people just hope for government intervention to improve their lives, not demand it.

And they often look at me with that cynicism, and I can’t blame them. Continue reading “These councilors and their things”

Najib sidesteps reality

APRIL 17 — They say the righteous man feels a pang of shame — a deeply imbued inadequacy. It is not that what he preaches is wrong, flawed or deceitful. Quite the contrary.

He feels he struggles to meet those ideals himself. The words are prophetically radiating from the mountain top, and they are his own words. But he struggles to reach the perch himself.

So will Najib Razak in the weeks to come, feel that burden of promise, for he prescribed an idea beyond and above his own personal convictions — 1 Malaysia. The trouble to begin with is his predecessor did unintentionally bring to the fore, prevailing universal ideas of rights of man.   Continue reading “Najib sidesteps reality”

Who will Hisham Hussein arrest first?

APRIL 16— After an eternity in the ministry of education, where he managed to promise people indefinitely that he would try to bring policies that will stop the muck education is in for decades — now he can start to play police and thief, as the home minister.

So Hishamuddin ‘Always endeavouring to look strong and manly by gripping effeminately phallic symbols like keris’ Hussein, is now the man sent to replace baldy.

It is too tempting to not guess who is on the printed list Hisham places under his pillow nightly, hoping it would give a sense of strength in his dreams. Continue reading “Who will Hisham Hussein arrest first?”

The hell of KL driving, thanks for the fish PDRM

APRIL 15 — The key purpose of traffic laws is to enable the smoothest and safest road transportation of all people.

It begins with that, and it must most often stay with that.

Laws that forget the underlying goals of the body of laws they belong to, can quickly become impediments to the very thing intended. Continue reading “The hell of KL driving, thanks for the fish PDRM”

Standing almost on the wrong side of history

APRIL 14 — Money, or the lack of it has always determined the vast majority of elections in the politically developing world.

Which explains why the simple-minded are often successful, and the principled come unstuck.

That thousands can stay on the streets of Bangkok for the reinstatement of their flawed leader for days. That voluminous meals, tents, vehicles, repairs and trinkets can appear in the by-elections of this country, with very short notice.  Continue reading “Standing almost on the wrong side of history”