Monthly Archives: October 2008

Latest Malaysian Idol

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must be the latest Malaysia Idol. To his supporters, at least, who made and erected the 12-meter high giant cut-out of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Batu Caves state constituency in Selangor.

 

On that note, I must agree with UMNO Vice-President Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, that it would have been better if the RM5,000 had been utilized to help the poor.  

 

Somehow this giant cut-out thing sends shivers up my spine. It is reminiscent of the fanatic followers of the Syiah followers in Iran, who idolize Ayatullah Khomeini.

 

Datuk Seri Anwar seems to be re-enacting the role of Datuk Harun in the May 13 tragedy in 1969 where both protagonists created serious disharmony among the major ethnic groups in the country.

 

I think the one major mistake Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has made in his entire tenure as Prime Minister, which I find hard to forgive, is to let Datuk Seri Anwar out. He is now free to roam the streets of this country to do what likes.

 

Datuk Seri Anwar is creating a great divide among the Malaysians, and now even among the Muslim Malays, we are “berpuak-puak”. He is like “duri dalam daging” or a “virus” and he’s going to make us rot as a nation.

 

How can we unite our people if we are divided as a nation? If we really want to be a Muslim country, we must go back to Al-Quran and Sunnah Rasul, and be united as Muslims. Why must we be “bergolong-golong” and put each other down?

 

Rather than trying to create a new government or propagating his own selfish agenda, Datuk Seri Anwar should work together with the current government. All parties should put more effort on how we can be more tolerant, accepting and open so that we can work together as one nation, despite our religious, cultural and ideological differences. At the end of the day, we are only human beings. In Allah’s eyes, we are all created equal. Why must we kill each other and tear at each other’s hair for our religious, cultural and ideological differences?

 

If you analyze Sejarah Melayu, the “berpuak-puak” syndrome was the crack that created the beginning of the downfall of Melaka as a Muslim Empire. As a pepatah Melayu says, “bagai retak menanti belah”. When a nation is divided, it does not take much to bring us down. It all started with a crack in a nation’s ideology. When there is a “virus” in the nation that is infecting our national ideology, we will become weak as a nation.

 

One of the easiest ways for the “virus” to spread is through the mind, and the most important tool today is the internet. So, I think it is good that the Government is now paying close attention at its newest constituency, which is the borderless cyberspace. Indeed, they should have done this like donkey years ago. How can the Government neglect the importance of blogs as a strategic tool in the last election?

 

Anyways, rather than persecuting more and more bloggers, perhaps they should work together with some of the bloggers to propagate the country’s national ideology. If the Government work together and be supportive of bloggers, some of them could even support the Government in creating the right perception for this country to the whole world so that we can closer to the reality. Perception is reality.

 

As perception’s tool is the mind, indeed, the real weapon in today’s warfare is not arms, but ideology. If your people does not subscribe to your ideology, you can’t get them to fight your war. But then again, why must we create war, when we can create love for each other?

 

I did not get an A for my history in high school for nothing, you know. I am just sad to see that people never learn from history lessons.

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Giving thanks

On the eve of Eid ul Fitr, I was thinking about how much I’ve accomplished in life. It’s not THAT great compared to some of my more successful friends. But it is good enough compared to some of my not so successful friends. But then, who am I to judge a person’s success?

 

Then I read what Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh said and came down to Earth: “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.”

 

So, on Eid ul Fitr, I give my thanks to Allah for all the blessings I have received.

 

I give thanks for being born a Muslim, and remaining a Muslim today. I give thanks that Malaysia is Muslim country, and that we practice religious tolerance and freedom to practice our religion. Our local politics suck at the moment but at least we are not facing the kind of turmoil that our neighbors are.

 

I give thanks that both my parents are alive and kicking, never mind the fact that they always disagree with each other. I think my parents are a lot healthier and lead a more active lifestyle than I do.

 

I give thanks for having two younger brothers who are loving and protective of me. My brothers may never repay me for the hard-earned money I have spent on their university education. Nonetheless, I give thanks because my brothers graduated with university degrees, and are doing well – one is an interior design consultant in Dubai and the other one is running his own multimedia technology consultancy business.

 

I give thanks for getting along well with my two sisters-in-law, although initially I had teething problems with new sister-in-law prior to their engagement, but we have a good relationship now that they are married. The not so new sister-in-law is heaven sent, and I couldn’t have asked for a better sister-in-law!

 

I give thanks for having a bright, charming and beautiful 2 + years old nephew who brings me such joy and happiness, and whom I shower with love.

 

I give thanks for having a job that I am passionate about. I give thanks that my company is generous with employees, giving bonuses even to new employees who have not been confirmed as permanent employees, like me. I give thanks for having a wonderful boss, supportive colleagues and dedicated staff.

 

I give thanks for having a man in my life that is supportive of me, although he would not be ready for long-term commitment until he graduates. Ours is not a typical relationship but then again, neither one of us is a typical individual.


I even give thanks even for the excruciating pain I suffered when The Ex-Hubby left me five years ago. He left me broken and dead broke too. Nonetheless, I am thankful to him, for without the challenges and obstacles that I have managed to overcome, my life would not have been as eventful, exciting and interesting as it has been and still is now. My ordinary life becomes extraordinary because of The Ex-Hubby.

 

The rain has stopped. The storm has calmed. The dirt has settled. The road is no longer uphill. I could have wished all this never happened, but I am glad it happened, because adversity introduces a woman to herself.

 

Like this phrase I saw in a commercial at a cinema that goes something like this, “A journey is not just a trip. It’s a learning process. It is a search for truth, freedom or self- discovery. Does the person create the journey? Or does the journey create the person?”

 

Whatever it is, I give thanks for this journey.


Pantu Raya Se-Malaya

Pantu Se-Malaya

To all Muslim bloggers celebrating Aidil Fitri:

Selamat Hari Raya & Eid Mubarak!

Have a safe journey if you’re travelling!

Here’s a pantun to my fellow Malaysians:

PANTUN RAYA SE-MALAYA

Kelantan…

Make ikke cicoh budu
Jange lupo tamboh satar
Kelik rayo taksir laju
Nanti rayo dale sepita

Terengganu…
Makang ubi jamang jepong
Makang kepok cicah cuke
Bulang pose mung bengong
Bulang raye mung gile

Pahang…
Sepadan Pahang ada kasino
Nasi dagang ikan patin
Jange mu masam muko
Raya makan rendang sadin

Johor…
Cegitu cegini awak suke
Awak suke kite tak suke
Esok luse hari raye
Sama-sama bersuke rie

Melaka…
Hawau kau berak merate
Kaki bengkak ulau patok
Kalu balik naik kerete
Jangan pandu kalau ngantok

N. Sembilan…
Masak lomak cili api
Campo dongan daun turi
Hari rayo kolumpo sopi
Tinggal penyamun dongan pencuri
(org kolumpo jgn kocik ati!!)

Selangor/K.Lumpur…
Wa cakap lu wa tak tau
Tapi wa tipu sama lu
Raya jangan buat tak tau
Angpau ada bagi gua dulu

Perak…
Gulai tempoyak ikan mayong
Deroyan busok tebok tupai
Pandu hemat ingat kampong
Asal teman selamat sampai

Kedah…
Aloq Staq terketaq-ketaq
Lapaq perut makan pau
Macam mana tak ketaq
Kena paksa bagi angpau

Penang…
Nasi kandaq kedai mamak
Anak mami juai pesemboq
Lepas raya usah dok triak
Kalu ceti mai ikut dapoq

Perlis…
Padang besaq kecik aja
Tempat siam lalu lalang
Hari raya kita berbelanja
Jangan sampai menambah utang

Sorry la Sabah n Sarawak jauh nak kena naik belon baru boleh buat Pantun.