Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
So here i sit, staring blankly at the screen...
What have I been up to after the whirl of crazy law exams? Well for starters, Ive been teaching little kids English at a tuition centre and I rate it as the best job ive had so far, in terms of job satisfaction. Sure I had to chafe and grate and squeeze my vocal chords to make my intentions heard amongst a classful of little piranhas with cute faces all clamouring for attention around the live bait that was me, but I guess Im just a huge mushbucket waiting to be let out of the closet when it comes to kids and their wide eyed gullibility.
Amidst being set up as the designated station for glitter application central for their parent appreciation cards( Mommy Daddy I love you for all you've done for me)and simultaneously having to deal with glitter stuck on my ass and kids trying to eat them, I reached a few epiphanic milestones:
Saturday, November 27, 2010
things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or
“Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”
“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be
prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another”
“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”
“When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.”
“Courage is a kind of salvation.”
“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to
administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest
physician, or the most eloquent one.”
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life”
“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is
when men are afraid of the light.”
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up
being governed by your inferiors.”
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what
amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the
peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
“If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals”
“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”
“How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a
dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?”
“Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.”
“Man - a being in search of meaning.”
“I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning”
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say
“Love is a serious mental disease.”
“He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it”
“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or
they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
“It is only the dead who have seen the end of war”
“No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.”
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who
wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what
“He whom love touches not walks in darkness”
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take interest, therefore, all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all interest due to Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib (the prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiyah bin Al-Harith (relative of the prophet). O Men, the unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calendar in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to forbid that which Allah had made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve; four of them are holy; three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumadah and Shaaban.
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain right with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never commit adultery.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. All mankind is from Adam and Eve,
an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.Learn that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, and that Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your selves.
Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others, and those to others again; and
may the last ones understand my words better that those who listen to me directly.Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
1) Ineffective government bureaucracies that levy exorbitant taxes on citizens towards whom they have failed in their governmental duties. Exhibit 1-Burmese Embassy. I mean not only do we have the crappiest government in the history of the world, but they also manage to extend their slimy fingers of evil tyranny and oppression all the way to a foreign country. Isn't it enough to torture people in their homeland? And when we appeal
"Sorry Maám the State won't allow that."My ass they wont allow that.
on the road who should be scrapped of their license forever. There're those idiots who drive like on the fast lane at 20 km/h with the rightful aura of someone whose mother paved that road. Then there are those idiots who swerve into lanes just when they see an oncoming car w.o signalling. Then there are bigger idiots who slow down suddenly and you have to step on ur brakes like there's no tmro.
wasteyour time with their knowledgeless yakking. Actually lecturers without substance or quality and the fact that this university would allow such sub grade lecturers to teach and no one says anything about it. I hate that I have no interest or confidence in their teaching and that i only go most days for the attendance's sake. There are a few rare gems but those are hard to come by and when i do, i feel like i just found utopia and cannot believe my luck.
4)Shallow judgmental people who
JUDGEyou based on what they think you are, without getting to know you first.
5)The two faced, double standard wise western media that portray the Jews/Americans as faultless and God Almighty and everyone else as their subordinates prone to faults.
6)The hypocritical assholes who call themselves the Muslim Ulama and the Taliban who are actually acting for their own interest in their BIGOTRY infused systems, under the guise of religion.
7) Horny bastards that
whenever they see a girl walking past. Come on...Aren't we in the 21st century? What happened to chivalry and civility and manners? It doesnt help that im already a feminist. It makes me see guys as being prone to acting by orders of their other "head" i.e- who have no self control over their primal side. Who throw away their intellectual capacity as a higher being with mental prowess by that discriminatory act towards women. Sure a sluttily dressed woman might warrant such wolf whistles. But when a girl is dressed simply in jeans and a long sleeved tee, what is there to wolf whistle at?
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
By M. Bakri Musa
Chapter 4: Modern Model States
The Relevant Lessons For Malaysia
At first glance, Malaysians cannot readily identify with any of these three countries. Although they differ in a number of significant ways, nonetheless each has important lessons to offer Malaysia.
The most obvious difference is that none of three countries have multiracial societies and the accompanying interracial problems. South Korea is ethnically and culturally homogeneous. There may be some tension between the Buddhist majority and the Christian minority, but that does not lead to serious social or religious conflict. Polarizations and schisms in Korean society are more along regional and class lines.
Argentina is also deeply divided along class lines; between landowners and workers, and urban and rural dwellers. Ethnic differences are not significant as they are all essentially Europeans. Granted there are significant differences between the Germans and the Italians Argentineans (language, culture, religion), but those are of not of the same scale as the differences between Malays and Chinese.
Ireland may be closer to Malaysia in its communal dynamics, what with the profound differences between Protestant and Catholic residents. Even then it would be hard to tell just by looking a Protestant Irish from a Catholic one (of course the crucifix hanging around the neck would be a definite giveaway!). In Malaysia, by and large you could readily tell a Chinese from a Malay, and a Malay from an Indian, those mamaks notwithstanding.
Since the Irish independence however, the Protestants had been effectively pushed out to emigrate. Today they are an insignificant minority. To the north however, the Catholic and Orangemen are very much still at each other’s throat. Although many of the leading Irish institutions (Trinity College for one) and venerable industries (Guinness, Irish Times) were of Protestant origin, they are now fully Irish (that is, Catholic) in ambience and character. A couple of generations ago the Irish had a comparable “Malaysian” problem, with the Protestant minority controlling the economy while the Catholic majority was marginalized.
Ireland in particular offers three major lessons for Malaysia: one, reducing the influence of institutionalized religion; two, population control; and three, the issue of education and language.
The Catholic Church had more influence in Ireland than in any other country, including Italy where the Vatican is. The Irish Church controlled the social services, education system, and everything else, including perhaps the thought processes of its followers. In the past, the clergy was to the Irish what the Ayatollah is to Iranians today. Educational institutions in Ireland were for a long time not so much learning as indoctrination centers. Irish social services were meant less to alleviate the social pain and sufferings, more to entrap the faithful to the church.
Substitute Catholicism for Islam and Irish for Malays, and we have the situation in Malaysia today. Just as the Irish were gripped and strangled by the Church, so too are today’s Malays by governmental Islam. This brand of Islam has intruded into every facet of Malay life; from our schools and into our minds. Malaysian Muslims risk being branded “deviationist” and suffer the worldly consequences should they by chance stray from the official line or dare express independent thought. Many Muslim scholars have been jailed without due process for braving to give new meaning to our faith. If some Muslims leaders in Malaysia have their way, apostasy would be a capital offence.
There is a proliferation of Islamic institutions in Malaysia. Even universities supposedly designed for science and technology have large Islamic Studies departments. Yet despite the quantity, alas their scholarly works remain unimpressive. No new thinking or fresh insight emanates from these hallowed halls. These Islamic establishments are less scholarly and religious bodies but more government propaganda machinery. They serve to stamp an Islamic cachet to every official pronouncement and policy. No less significant, they are also massive public works programs for the glut of otherwise unemployable Islamic Studies graduates.
Islamic leaders give endless fatwas (edicts), often on topics for which they are completely clueless. Their training is narrow and rigid. Granted no one can be knowledgeable on every topic and issue, but these Islamic officials are not shy of making pronouncements outside their scope of competence. They seem to have all the answers; they do not feel compelled to seek advice from worldly experts. When you presume to have a direct line to the Almighty Allah, you certainly do not need the advice and counsel from mere mortals. Their intellectual certitude is exceeded only by their moral arrogance.
In Malaysia, religious teachers and ulama are treated with undue reverence. Critical thinking is not encouraged or allowed when they deliver their fatwas, khutbas, or lectures. Question or query them at your peril. Theirs is the ultimate truth. To these modern Islamic ‘scholars’ and ulamas, everything is deemed settled; all the students have to do is absorb whatever is spouted from their teachers’ mouth, and retain it long enough to be regurgitated at examination time. No wonder when these students grow up and face the problems of the world, they are befuddled.
As in Ireland of yore, the system of education in Malaysia today is heavily influenced by religion, in this case Islam. This is a recent development. Before that religion had minimal or no role in the Malaysian educational system; it was essentially secular. However, with the greater emphasis on Islam, partly as a planned strategy by the UMNO-led government to steal the Islamic thunder from the opposition Islamic party, the government has been emphasizing religion in schools and other establishments.
It is not religion – specifically Islam – that is so destructive in the education of young Malays, rather the manner in which the subject is being taught. Religious teachers treat their students as subjects to be indoctrinated. Students are viewed as empty bins to be filled in with dogmas. They are taught to treat their teachers like the Pope – infallible – never to question what is being uttered no matter how ridiculous. Religion is reduced to a series of do’s and don’ts. Rote learning rather than critical thinking is valued.
The sad and destructive part is that this teaching philosophy gets transferred to other subjects. Before long we will get a generation of Malays who are nothing but robots controlled by the state.
Next: The Relevant Lessons for Malaysia (Cont’d)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's been ages since Ive updated my blog. And for good reason too, what with work and being taken on a non stop emotional bungee. These pictures perked me up and made me smile; the reason why I have a blog at all :)