Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Found this article in TheMalaysianInsider by Hafidz Baharom. It's a good read.
NOV 11 — I went to primary school at the dawn of the 90s. In fact, it was 1990. I went to school wearing shorts while others were already wearing slacks. Girls wore pinafores, regardless of their race or religious views.
The wearing of a headscarf, or the absence of one, was not an issue.
Corporal punishment in classes was still there. Teachers had that 1m-long ruler they’d use to smack a hand or a knuckle to instil discipline, with the parents’ blessings.
And yet, everyone got along well enough regardless of their race or religious beliefs, or even their levels.
But now is a different time, for both students and teachers.
Let’s review some recent pieces about how teachers and students are being treated in this day and age in Malaysia.
We have Bumiputera students denied a place a Matriculation colleges because, apparently, she wasn’t Bumiputera enough.
We have a teacher slapping a student, and now facing a lawsuit.
We have a student hospitalised after a teacher caught him smoking and told him to smoke an entire pack in one go.
We have teachers saying that students no longer respect them, while students are stating that teachers need to earn that respect. We have headmasters that are promoted not because of merit, but merely due to years of service.
A decade ago, in 1999, one in three female students in secondary school were sexually active. Any wonder what that figure is now?
Judging by how a girl can give birth in a school toilet and shove her baby in a schoolbag as if nothing happened in a state like Terengganu, my guess is the figure’s gone up.
How many school girls are on the “morning after” pill? How many students are indulging in anal sex to still be considered “virgins” for their weddings?
I may be old fashioned in my preference for people 21 years old or above. That’s just me. While I don’t actually have a care about students having sex at any age (that’s their choice), there are things that worry me.
That would include contraception, emotional and physical damage, abortions and STDs.
How much do they know? How much DON’T they know? How much do they get from schools?
While schools, along with religious and political leaders, continually preach abstinence, it’s obviously not working.
In fact, I think most students would learn more about sex from a porn film, though most of them would probably download something from the West, which would make the women somehow seem to sound in extreme pain. And if you’ve watched the Japanese porn, it constantly sounds as if the woman’s being murdered or abused to the point that someone could refer it to a human rights group as a hate crime.
Oh, and this goes double for gay porn.
While partisan politics may not be in schools, race politics is sufficiently present as to beg to question whether explaining the term “Bumiputera” in the Pendidikan Moral books is damaging towards the issue of unity. I find it damaging for the simple fact that it basically tells non-Bumiputeras that preferential treatment is given not due to logic, but due to luck.
Basically teachers would have to tell the non-Bumiputeras that somehow the Bumiputeras won a genetic lottery, because “the Bumiputeras were here first”.
Kind of like how a bully at a playground monopolises the swing.
I have a personal agenda against government schools. I admit it. My grouse is that schools have remotely promoted racism for years under the education ministers’ noses and I’ve experienced it firsthand.
When I was in Form Three, two classes were reserved for Malays only, assigned with supposedly the best teachers in the school. This was apparently a prolonged policy. I was assigned to one of these classes and took it lying down.
My elder brother did no such thing. He was assigned to an all-Malay class and demanded to be transferred to a mixed class. He was shown to the vice principal’s office and was told off. The phrase used by the teacher, that irks him to this day, was that he shouldn’t “look down on his own race”.
Personally contemplating, who’s looking down on our race? The student who wishes for equal treatment or the enforcer who insists on preferential treatment for a specific race?
I have answers to these issues, but modern day Malaysian society seems to think that such answers would be deemed anti-religion and anti-Malaysian values, which I personally deem ridiculous.
Is it in Malaysian or religious values to encourage ignorance and superstition in this modern day?
It may be of religious value to be ignorant, but it certainly isn’t a Malaysian one. Particularly the Malaysia I want.
Feel free to comment.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Etnik, Agama Dan Raja: Kesannya Terhadap Perkembangan Demokrasi Di Malaysia.....Apa Kata Orang Muda?
Pendapat orang muda jarang mendapat tempat. Pandangan orang muda sukar mendapat ruang. Suara orang muda kurang pula diberi peluang. Menyedari hal ini, Penerbitan Gerakbudaya telah mengambil inisiatif untuk menganjurkan suatu forum perbincangan dengan membariskan beberapa orang tokoh muda dari pelbagai latarbelakang sebagai panelis untuk berbincang dan menyuarakan fikiran mereka tentang persoalan-persoalan “panas” yang telah dan sedang melanda tanah air kita dewasa ini.
Apa pandangan orang muda tentang soal etnik? Apa pendapat orang muda tentang soal agama? Apa pula fikiran orang muda tentang soal Raja? Apakah pula pemahaman orang muda tentang demokrasi? Adakah etnik, agama dan Raja memberi kesan terhadap perkembangan demokrasi di negara kita ini? Adakah kesannya negatif atau positif? Adakah ianya menghalang atau membantu di dalam proses pendemokrasian negara kita? Apa kata orang muda? Apa analisa orang muda? Apa suara orang muda?
Untuk mengetahui suara orang muda di dalam membincangkan persoalan-persoalan “panas” ini, jom kita ramai-ramai datang, hadir dan sertai forum orang muda ini. Walau pun panelisnya orang muda tetapi forum ini terbuka untuk semua, muda dan tua, baru dan lama.
Berikut adalah maklumat tentang forum orang muda ini:
Tarikh : 24 Oktober 2009 (Hari SABTU)
Masa : 2.30 Petang – 5.00 Petang
Tempat : KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
(Bangunan sebuah berwarna putih di hadapan Stesyen Monorail Maharajalela).
Biodata Ringkas Para Panelis Muda di Forum Orang Muda:
Fahmi Reza ialah seorang pereka grafik dan pembikin filem dokumentari yang menggunakan seni sebagai medium untuk membangunkan kesedaran di kalangan orang muda ke arah perubahan sosial dan politik yang lebih adil dan demokratik. Beliau telah menghasilkan dua buah filem dokumentari sejarah perjuangan politik radikal yang berjudul “10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka” dan “Revolusi 48”. Filem dokumentari beliau yang berjudul “10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka” (http://10tahun.blogspot.com) telah menjadi sebuah filem dokumentari “cult” yang cukup popular di kalangan anak-anak muda.
Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin:
Shazni Munir adalah pemimpin mahasiswa yang masih menuntut di Universiti Malaya dan aktif dalam gerakan mahasiswa di tingkat nasional. Selain dari menerajui Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam (PMI) Universiti Malaya dan memimpin Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Semenanjung (GAMIS), beliau juga merupakan Pengasas Bersama Gerakan Mahasiswa Mansuhkan AUKU (GMMA) dan Pengerusi Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM). Beliau juga turut aktif di dalam bidang penulisan dan idea serta cetusan pandangan beliau boleh dibaca di blog Perubah Zaman (http://shaznimunir.blogspot.
Lee Kai Loon:
Lee Khai Loon adalah bekas aktivis mahasiswa dari Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Beliau pernah menerajui organisasi pemuda DEMA semasa beliau mahasiswa dan beliau jua pernah bertugas di Hong Kong sebagai anggota sekretariat Asian Students Association (ASA). Sekembalinya beliau daripada Hong Kong beliau mendirikan Youth For Change (Y4C) dan menjadi salah seorang daripada anggota sekretariatnya.
Mohd Hariszuan Jaharudin:
Mohd. Hariszuan adalah mahasiswa tahun akhir jurusan Sains Politik di UKM. Beliau merupakan salah seorang daripada pengasas ruang wacana bebas blog Diskusi Santai Kopi (Diskopi). Di samping aktif menulis di Diskopi beliau juga aktif di dalam Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI). Di KAMI beliau menerajui Biro Majlis Diskusi dan Dialog (MADILOG). Selain daripada itu beliau juga terlibat aktif di dalam penyelidikan pilihanraya kecil di Permatang Pasir dan Bagan Pinang. Idea dan cetusan pandangan beliau boleh dibaca di blog Diskopi (http://diskopi.wordpress.com)
Komentar Forum: Bro TukarTiub a.k.a Hishamudin Rais
Hishamuddin Rais adalah orang tua yang perawakan, otak dan jiwanya tak pernah tua. Beliau adalah pengasas mazhab Non- Governmental Individual (NGI) dan pengarang buku agitasi khusus buat orang muda “Pilihan Raya atau Pilihan Jalan Raya” dan buku separa-intelektual “Keganasan, Penipuan & Internet”. Beliau sekarang aktif menulis di blog separa-tabloid http://tukartiub.blogspot.com yang sudah pun menjadi “cult classic” dengan hits hampir 5 juta dalam tempoh hanya 1 tahun sahaja.
Sebarang pertanyaan atau maklumat sila hubungi: Ms Lee Siew Hwa di 03-7957 8342/8343 atau 016-465 5107; Shahrir Halim di 012- 321 5803 atau Mr Chong Tong Sin di 016-379 7231.
Laman web: http://www.gerakbudaya.com
BERGERAK MEMBANGUNKAN BUDAYA WACANA
DI KALANGAN ORANG MUDA DAN MAHASISWA
Thursday, October 8, 2009
By Dina Zaman.
OCT 7 — My brother-in-law wrote this in his Facebook notes:
My Thoughts On the First Week of Syawal
On the 3rd day of Raya, we went back to Teluk Intan, my mother’s hometown. We have not gone back for several years since my maternal grandmother passed on. The town has changed a bit here and there. Now, it has McDonald’s, Old Town Kopitiam and a Giant hypermarket.
The Old Town Kopitiam, all the waiters were Bangladeshis. When we stopped at the R&R along the North-South Expressway, all the workers at the stalls were Indonesians, including the cashiers. (Where were the Malay teenagers?) We went to the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. There, we saw groups of Malay boys under the tower playing guitars and chatting idly.
We finally arrived at my mother’s kampung. We talked with elder relatives. They were saying that nowadays, they were afraid to go out of their homes as there were many snatch thefts and crime. Some of the elderly had been cheated by Haj scams proposed by relatives, who were only into making money from these trusting relatives of theirs.
The government had leased land to the kampung people to develop so that they would gain from high commodity prices; instead they sub-let to the Indonesians, and claimed the benefits from the government and go jolly katak with the money.
The Indonesians, having worked hard, profited from their enterprise, while the Malay folks gained nothing from the claims of benefit. During this Raya too, I saw a Malay advert on “One-drop Perfume”. In the advert, one of the salespersons proudly claimed that he now owned a BMW car. What kind of advert is this? Why were we using BMWs to reflect wealth?
Is this reality? Yes it is. I am deeply saddened by the things that I have seen. Some people will be mad if I say this: If the Malays were to lose in the next 10 to 20 years, it is all because of our own doing. Do not blame others for what happens. We are dumb. No, not stupid but we are dumb because we only think about short-term rewards. We do not like getting our hands dirty. We let others do the work and reap the rewards of our own soil. We believe we are successful when we drive a BMW 7-series. We dare sell our souls for a piece of immediate temptation. The next generation will pay the price.
I hope that the Malays will understand that it is not the BMW-7 Series or several bungalows or that third celebrity wife or even that one gazillion ringgit in your bank account or when you change your “Muka berkarat” to “Muka Vitamin C” that is a benchmark of success. It is all about knowledge. Just good old knowledge! All the material things are meaningless. It means nothing. There’s a Malay proverb that says “Menang sorak, kampung tergadai” meaning “You may win at shouting but you lose the village that you bet on”. If we don’t change our mindset, we will not only lose the village but we will lose everything else, including our dignity.
And why is that so?
My regular readers have many times posed this answer via e-mail to me: that the NEP and handout-mentality have ruined the Malays. Perhaps. But one must remember that the NEP had noble intentions, but like all intentions, went pear-shaped as it benefited the political and business elite. It did not benefit the average Malaysian. And when one has dreams, and who does not have dreams, short-term gains are very attractive.
My humble theory is that we Malays are insecure and scramble towards status and wealth, simply because we have a shorter tradition of monarchy, Islam and trade, unlike our Chinese and Indian counterparts. And because of that complex, we Malay-Malaysians accelerated our growth, perhaps to our detriment. Call it the Ferrari NEP.
Let’s have a quick history lesson, of which I was a recent student too. Because there is a word limit to this article, this will be considered a very truncated history class!
According to H.M. Elliot and John Dowson, in their book "The History of India as told by its own Historians", the first ship bearing Muslim travellers was seen on the Indian coast as early as 630 AD. In truth, Islam came to South Asia prior to Muslim invasions of India with the arrival of Arabs who used to visit the Malabar region, which was a link between them and ports of Southeast Asia, to trade even before Islam had been established in Arabia.
In fact, there was communication between the two worlds, even in the early days of Islam. The spread of Sufism and the popularity of Sufi mystics appealed to India’s idea of spirituality. Muslim Indian patriots, intellectuals and activists are part of India’s rich and textured history of governance.
Indian’s royal lineage and history of governance began almost 9,000 years ago. Warring Mughal emperors, and rival kings enriched the landscape of India, and under the British Empire, India fought tooth and nail for independence. Its economic history is as rich: beginning from the Indus Valley civilisation from 2800 BCE to 1800 BCE, the people of India practised agriculture; traded with other countries, and one example of India’s business triumph is that in 1526, Mughal India was the second largest economy in the world.
China’s history is no less important and is as renowned, if not more than India’s. Likewise with Indian Malaysians, Chinese Malaysians may feel no sentiment towards the motherland but nonetheless are very proud of their heritage and lineage. Indeed, these two communities’ histories are gigantic.
Islam arrived in China in the year 651, more or less about 20 years after the Prophet Mohammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) death. (Islam arrived in Malaya somewhere about the 14th and 15th century.) Muslim Chinese were known to be aggressive traders and businessmen. They were also known to be astute astronomers and healers, and were also very influential in government.
When it comes to governance, the Chinese dynasties have inspired books and films to be made. The Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han dynasties, to name a few, and their legacies can be mind-boggling to the tepid reader. Despite what many have complained as the dark era of China, Communist China by herself too is a formidable legacy. The sheer drive and discipline and, of course, notwithstanding the bleakness of the socialist period have combined with thousands of years of an indestructible DNA. America pales by comparison to these two countries.
According to Professor Anthony Milner who wrote "The Malays", the Malays in Peninsular Malaysia are a relatively new phenomenon. And unlike the Chinese and Indians, who have two whole countries in two continents belonging to them, the Malays come from diverse regions and settled across a wide area. With the exception of Malaysia and Brunei where the "Malays" are the majority community, the rest are minority ethnic groups; however, what is a Malay? (The writer hereby humbly wonders out aloud as to whether the Chinese/Indians question their identities in great depth as the Malays do.). Do we, the reader and thinker, abide by Milner’s suggestion: “… It is a question that in one form or another will concern us throughout this book, and puzzling about it has eventually left me to write about the ‘Malay-ness’ rather than ‘the Malays’…”
Of course, to imply and say that Malay youths are a lost cause would be unfair. Young Chinese and Indian Malaysian youths share similar issues, and have their own problems too. There are many young Malay youths who are industrious as well. But it is a pity to see that they prefer short-term gains rather than plan for a future.
The writer accepts duit raya.
So, what do you guys think?
Friday, September 18, 2009
THE ANNEXE MEEKLY
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep 2009
ART FOR GRABS RAYA SPECIAL!
Arts & Crafts Bazaar + more!
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep, 12pm to 8pm
Presented by The Annexe Gallery & Central Market
Celebrate your Raya with your friendly neighbourhood artists at Art For Grabs. Experience our kenduri of creativity, where colours and coolness unravel like a well-peeled ketup-art. What better way to spend your duit Raya? All arty stuff under RM100 each!
ADVISORY: Please be advised that the Central Market carpark will be closed for the whole day on Saturday 26 September for the CM Annual Lantern Festival. Parking will be available at Dayabumi and other areas near CM.
Presenting our programme of fringe events during our Art For Grabs Raya weekend! Featuring Nurul Izzah Anwar, Farish Noor, 15Malaysia, Filmmakers Anonymous, The Lost Poets, Troubadours, and more!
All events are FREE except where indicated.
SAT 26 SEP
12pm – HANG TUAH THE PACIFIST: DECONSTRUCTING OUR HEROES
Lecture by Dr Farish A. Noor
2pm – POETRY SELL OUT
Spoken Word & Poetry Performance
4pm – REFORMASI GENERATION SPEAKS
Forum & Book Launch
6pm – FILMMAKERS ANONYMOUS 11: WOMEN IN LOVE
SUN 27 SEP
12pm – TANGERIN & NIKOTIN
Reading & Book Launch
5pm – AZMYL, SEI HON & JEROME LIVE!
6pm – GADOH
PENTAS RAYA Full Schedule
All events are FREE except where indicated.
SAT 26 SEP
HANG TUAH THE PACIFIST: DECONSTRUCTING OUR HEROES
Lecture by Dr Farish A. Noor
Presented by The Other Malaysia & The Annexe Gallery
For too long the legendary character of Hang Tuah has been cast primarily as a warrior in the service of the state, and adopted by ethno-nationalist ideologues as a symbol of nationalism that denies our cultural connectivity with others. Dr Farish Noor looks at the Hikayat Hang Tuah in its entirety and consider how the second half of the Hikayat revises and deconstructs the character of Hang Tuah, by representing him as a cosmopolitan rational agent endowed with free will and a keen interest in other cultures and societies. We will show that the intention of the Hikayat Hang Tuah is to open up the minds of the readers, to preach a doctrine of non-violence and to sow a sense of universal love for a common humanity instead. Hang Tuah was indeed a hero, but only because he was a man of peace who ultimately renounces the ways of power and violence.
Click here for more info on OtherMalaysia.
POETRY SELL OUT
Spoken Word & Poetry Performance
Presented by The Lost Poets
A spoken word poetry event without boundaries, tickets or cultural coercion featuring a random collection of KL-based poets, rappers, writers and performing artists either working for their art or working at it. Including Poetry Slam seductresses, Sheena Baharudin and Kathleen Choo, Lost Poets, Afi Momo, Illya Shariya and Elaine Foster (also Poetry Slam KL Champs), poetry open mic giggers Sharief Manjur and Jamal Raslan Abdul Jalil and many more! Want to spread the word? Join us in during our open mic session. Word!
REFORMASI GENERATION SPEAKS
Forum & Book Launch
Presented by REFSA
The future belongs to the young, needless to say. And they want a bright future. Since Malaysia's older generation has failed to provide for that future, the country's young has to secure it for themselves. Liew Chin Tong, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Hannah Yeoh will speak on their own perspectives about what they feel and where the country is heading from their own perspectives. The book “Speaking For The Reformasi Generation” by Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong will also be launched.
FILMMAKERS ANONYMOUS 11: WOMEN IN LOVE
Presented by FA Herstory Films Project
Women filmmakers explore and showcase their stories of love, sex and desire for this special FA. Herstory Films Project wishes to launch this space to share your love story, be it fairytale or forbidden, proudly or anonymously. Premiering Mien.ly’s film “2 Boys, 2 Girls and A Beat Up Car”. Also featuring films from Margaret Bong, Juliane Block and more!
Click here for more info.
SUN 27 SEP
TANGERIN & NIKOTIN
Reading & Book Launch
Presented by Sang Freud Press
New poetry book “Tangerin & Nikotin” by Mimi Morticia.
Presented by Time Out KL
*Admission with free voucher in Time Out KL September issue!
Produced by the same people that made MAFU (Malaysian Artistes For Unity), 15MALAYSIA consists of 15 short films directed by 15 young filmmakers in Malaysia. Most of the selected filmmakers have won international film awards from major festivals around the world and represent the core of what is known internationally as the Malaysian ‘New Wave’ filmmakers. The cast consists of numerous celebrities, actors, musicians – and most refreshingly – high profile and often controversial politicians. Taken together, the films represent a broad spectrum of filmmaking voices in Malaysia today.
Directors include Yasmin Ahmad, Ho Yuhang, James Lee, Tan Chui Mui, Amir Muhammad, Liew Seng Tat, Nam Ron, Benji Lim & Bahir Yeusuff, Khairil Bahar, Johan John, Woo Ming Jin, Suleiman Brothers, Linus Chung, Kamal Sabran and Desmond Ng. Cast include Khairy Jamaluddin, Nik Aziz, Liow Tiong Lai, Tian Chua, Zaid Ibrahim, Adibah Noor, Bront Palarae, Namewee, Atilia, Serena Choong, Amber Chia, Jay Menon, Sharifah Amani, Hon Kahoe, Jason Lo, Harith Iskandar, Patrick Teo, Daphne Iking, Sarah Lian, Nam Ron, Ciplak, Azmyl Yunor, Ida Nerina, Lorna Hoong, Baki Zainal, Nick Dorian and many others.
Click here for more info.
AZMYL, SEI HON & JEROME LIVE!
Presented by Troubadours Enterprise
Singer songwriters and Troubadours founders Azmyl Yunor, Tan Sei Hon and Jerome Kugan perform together for the first time since 2007, in a preview gig for this year’s KL Sing Song happening from 30 Oct to 1 Nov. Catch Azmyl the punk folker, Sei Hon the acoustic ah beng, and Jerome the pink spirit perform a mix of new and old original songs in their own inimitable style. Not to be missed!
Presented by KOMAS
“Gadoh” is a film that tells a story of a group of teenagers beset by racial tensions further escalated by their environment and school system. In the ensuing aftermath, one teacher ropes in the help of an old friend and reluctant maverick theatre activist to deal with the bigotry. Is there hope amid the cycle of discrimination that surrounds us? Directed by Brenda Danker and Nam Ron. Starring Nam Ron, Nick Davis, Zahiril Adzim, Amerul Affendi and Maya Tan Abdullah.
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GALLERY FOR HIRE!
The Annexe Gallery is available for hire. For exhibitions, performances, screenings, talks, forums, launches, etc.
Click here for our rental rates.
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Make a date with De-lovely Annexe!
FREEDOM FILM FEST returns on Fri 2 to Sun 4 Oct!
MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE on 5 Oct with Liew Seng Tat’s favourite flick!
NO REFUGE: A Photo Exhibition of Burmese Refugees In Malaysia starts Wed 15 Oct!
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