Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Source : Malaysiakini
Letter From : A Schoolteacher
I am a teacher by profession. I am teaching in a government school. Being a teacher, I am expected to inculcate moral values in my teachings. I have memorised all the sixteen values ‘Nilai-nilai Murni’ as a result of twenty-five years of teaching – values that transcend curriculum. Day in day out, all the students are exposed to all the values which are expected to cultivate good thinking and moral values among our young citizens. Examples of some of the moral values are being kind-hearted, respecting each other, fairness, honesty, and moderation.
In the recent SPM examination, many of my students did very well, some scoring straight As. We, teachers of all races, felt so very proud seeing the achievements of our students. We had ‘Hari Anugerah Cemerlang’ in my school. Parents, regardless of race or religion were there to lend support for the programme and at the same time to motivate the children. One such student is my own daughter, who scored 12 As, best student of the school. She used to wake as early as 4 o’clock in the morning to start preparing for her SPM.
When I asked her why she has to take up 12 subjects and ‘torture ‘ herself, she told me, ‘I am not a bumiputera like many of my friends.’ So the need to take up two extra subjects (not offered in her school) in order to be on par with her Malay friends.
She applied for the Progran Matrikulasi well before SPM itself. Yesterday was the day she was eagerly waiting since obtaining her SPM results because all the applicants will get their reply from the matriculation office. While I was in school, my handphone rang. It was a call from my daughter. When I answered the call she was already sobbing, and I am so silly to think that it was tears of joy.
The sobs turn to cries after she heard my voice - she was devastated, depressed and very disappointed because she failed to get entry into this government-sponsored programme. She is the eldest in my family. I have another three school going children. May be I am to be blamed because it was me who asked her to study hard, get good results because being an ordinary teacher I can not afford to send her to private colleges.
When I came back after school yesterday afternoon, again I saw tears in her eyes. She asked several questions. ‘Is it wrong to get 12 As in SPM? My Malay friends who got 2As and 3 As got to do the matriculation programme, I am denied. What’s wrong? You are also a teacher just like uncle, (my Malay college in school) his son was offered a place although he scored only 5As. Why?’ I don’t have answers.
Being a teacher (I teach History and Moral Education), I teach my students to be loyal to the country, to respect the leaders, to obey the laws of the nation, to promote goodwill and so on. I encourage them to participate in ‘Rimup’ (a race integration programme among students of various races).
I do not know what to say to my daughter. I feel guilty because what I teach in school is actually rubbish, perhaps I need to tell them the reality being a non-Malay citizen of our beloved nation. For that I need to resign. Please Mr. Prime Minister, may be you have something to tell us.
Posted by Praveen at 7:32 PM
Friday, April 25, 2008
Posted by Praveen at 5:44 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Posted by Praveen at 3:04 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Posted by Praveen at 9:36 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Source : Via Email@ Yennamike Blogspot
Posted by Praveen at 12:46 AM
Source : Yennamike Blogspot
Watch Out Folks - JPJ Annual Clearence Sale.
Seems like they are encouraging more and more offenders to appear on Malaysin Road by reducing their summons tariffs...!!!. Is this Goverment's incentive to reduce it's population...??
Guys please learn from other countries and set the bar high so that people will be more aware of their traffic rules. In other countries you could easily lose you license for Speeding but in Malaysia RM 70 sahaja maaa....
Posted by Praveen at 12:44 AM
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Posted by Praveen at 12:43 AM
Source : Via Makkal Sakti and MIB
PWM Brief Statement 6th April 2008.
Re : GROUP CLAIMING TO BE “MAKKAL SAKTI”.
It has been brought to my attention that a group claiming to be registered as “Makkal Sakti” is now operating to recruit members as an alternative to HINDRAF and they claim HINDRAF IS NOW KNOWN AS “MAKKAL SAKTI”.
HINDRAF has been on the forefront to push the idea of People Power “Makkal Sakti”. However this group has been claiming that HINDRAF no longer exists due to government pressure and the new name of HINDRAF is “MAKKAL SAKTI”.
I wish to stress that this is not true and HINDRAF WILL REMAIN SO LONG AS THE PEOPLE WISHES SO.
We cant stop people from misusing the name “MAKKAL SAKTI” but we have to spread the news that these are people who are out to confuse and mislead the people as they now see that a large number of people are attracted to HINDRAF AND MAKKAL SAKTI.
To all our supporters I wish to say that HINDRAF IS MAKKAL SAKTI as we derive our strength from the people. We do not recruit membership nor do we collect subscriptions. So please beware of some segments misusing our name. For clarifications please call our National co ordinator Mr.Tanendran on 019 4105283 or Event co ordinator Mr. Kannan on 012 269 0024.
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Posted by Praveen at 12:42 AM
Saturday, April 5, 2008
It doesn’t matter how long the Government decides to lock me up but the most crucial point is we must fight and demand for our rights. 50 years of injustices are enough. Lets do it for our future generations.
Posted by Praveen at 9:54 PM
Friday, April 4, 2008
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Posted by Praveen at 6:44 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Re : Uthayakumar does not need freedom initiated by Samy Velu
Samy Velu should apologize first.
The recent statement by Dato Seri Samy Velu that he would urge the Prime Minister to release the 5 HINDRAF leaders is most appalling. He was part of the system that incarcerated those “messengers of truth” and suppressed the legitimate voice of Democracy.Whilst the Prime Minister was a “gentleman” in accepting his errors and pledging to rectify his mistakes, Samy Velu is playing politics by his regular antics now, seeking the release of the 5.
He should first of all apologize to the 5 families and the Malaysian Indians for the following reasons:
a) failure to oppose the arrest by Government openly on 13th December 2007
b) misleading the Government and public that HINDRAF is a threat to National Security and linked to terrorist organizations
c) misleading HINDRAF struggle for his own political survivald) denying the 18 demands of HINDRAF as absurd and claim that the Indians were not marginalized.
It is plainly clear the initiative now is to gain popularity and to repair the damage done to his reputation as an obsolete leader.I wish to stress Uthayakumar wouldn’t want a freedom based on sympathy by Samy Velu or anyoneone else. FREEDOM should come on basis of acknowledgement that HINDRAF struggle is legitimate and his struggle is peaceful and not a National Security Threat.
P. Waytha Moorthy
Posted by Praveen at 3:58 AM
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, though not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon. If you play a trick on someone after this time you are the April Fool.
Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn't fully account for the spread of April Fools' Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools' Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.
Posted by Praveen at 8:05 PM