Happy Divali to Men and Women of the Hindu Faith

October 22, 2014

Happy Divali to Men and Women of the Hindu Faith

DivaliHappy Divali to All Men and Women of Goodwill

From Dr. Kamsiah G. Haider and Din Merican

Dr. Kamsiah and I wish our friends, associates  and readers  who are of the Hindu Faith a Happy and Prosperous  Divali. We face many challenges today (and that is probably an understatement). It is going to take good brains and hard work to meet and overcome them. Let us, therefore, not take things for granted. In a globalised world, competition is the final arbiter between success and failure.

Din and KamsiahWhile today we all celebrate this Festival of Light and leave all our daily cares behind momentarily, let us remember that come tomorrow we must get back to reality and work hard for a better future for our beloved country and the world. To do that we must take full advantage of our rich diversity. We must never for one single moment allow politicians and extremists in our midst to cloud our humanity and divide us. We are all human beings,  equal in the eyes of our Creator.

With this mind, permit us, Dr. Kamsiah and I, to quote the greatest Indian Leader of the last century,  Mahatma Gandhi for inspiration: I am a Hindu because it is Hinduism which makes the world worth living. I am a Hindu hence I love not only human beings, but all living beings.Mahatma Gandhi

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitr Al Mubarak

July 27, 2014

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitr Al Mubarak

din and kamJuly 28, 2014 has been declared Syawal 1, 2014 in Malaysia. Dr. Kamsiah and I wish all Muslims and other friends Happy Idul Fitr–Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri–and may tomorrow be a modest time for celebrations  as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives tragically on MH370 and MH 17 and their families. Those Malaysians who are leaving Kuala Lumpur to their respective hometowns for the long weekend, please drive carefully.

Hari Raya 2014Hari Raya–2014

We are grateful to all of you for your support of this blog. Dr. Kamsiah and I have learned a lot from your comments, views and ideas and we want you to keep on sharing your thoughts and feelings about developments in Malaysia and other parts of the world with us and your friends.Please do not be afraid to tell us and others who read this blog what you think. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

A Gathering Storm over Johor Sultan’s Commercial Dealings (Part 3)

June 12, 2014

A Gathering Storm over Johor Sultan’s Commercial Dealings

PART 3: Is another constitutional crisis brewing in Johor?

by Khairul Khalid@www.kinibiz.com

khaled-nordinEven though Johor Menteri Besar (MB) Mohamed Khaled Nordin has pared down the Sultan of Johor’s proposed executive powers in the controversial new housing bill, many observers wonder if this is just the lull before the storm.

Could there be another constitutional crisis in the making similar to the one in the 1980s?

Although the constitutional crisis in 1983 that led to the diminishing of the monarchy’s powers occurred under different circumstances, compared to the current uproar over the Johor housing bill there are basic underlying themes.

In both cases, the executive and monarchy are trying to exert power and control over one another.

Although the previous constitutional crisis in 1983 was at a bigger national scale, it is not entirely inconceivable that a wider tussle between royals and state government could develop following the current situation in Johor.

“I wouldn’t call it a constitutional crisis just yet, but we have to keep monitoring the situation closely,” said According to Senai state assemblyperson Wong Shu Qi. Another observer says that there are very slim chances of it happening only because the current Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak is not likely to go against the royals.

“In the previous crisis in 1983, there was Mahathir Mohamad (former Prime Minister) who campaigned aggressively against the royalty. I don’t think Najib is strong enough to do that,” said an observer.

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Gong Xi Fai Cai and Welcome Year of the Horse

January 30, 2014

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Welcome Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

As we write this message to welcome the Year of the Horse, our Chinese friends around the world are enjoying their traditional Yee Sang dinner with their family members. Dr. Kamsiah and I wish them Gong Xi Fai Cai and hope the Year of the Horse will bring good fortune and health to them and their families.

Chinese New Year picFor those in Malaysia, we wish to assure them that our country will be safe and secure, despite provocations by politicians and their supporters, if we continue to live in harmony and respect each other. We have lived side by side for generations and can continue to do so if we do not allow our emotions and prejudices to get the better of us. Let us play our part to ensure a happy and prosperous Malaysia.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Greetings from Malaysia

December 24, 2013

2014Our sincere good wishes to all our friends and associates around the world. As bloghosts, Kamsiah and I are indeed grateful for your interest and support. We enjoyed reading your comments. To those are humble enough to want to learn, these comments are eye openers. Keep well and let us join the Xmas and New Year celebrations and pray that we can continue to live in peace.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

‘Nambikei'(Trust), Mr. Prime Minister?

November 10, 2013

MY COMMENT: ‘Nambikei'(Trust), Mr. Prime Minister? Well, IDin MericanX for one cannot trust you. Your words are cheap. It is action that matters most. You have been talking from the first day you took office in 2009, and have not done anything that can promote the very things that you talk about. Are you sleep walking or a just blinded by sycophancy and flattery of the so-called deliverers of “good tidings” to notice that all is not well in our country? Bernama is obviously reporting the stuff you say to please you, and disappoint us. Enough of the spin from Bernama, your personal staff at the Prime Minister’s Department,  and Idris Jala and his expensive consultants at Pemandu.

What more do you want? You got your mandate from GE-13, although Barisan Nasional lost the popular vote. You were recently made President of UMNO uncontested. There is enough power for you to what is good for our country. Let me remind you that leadership is about character and integrity. These qualities are the two fundamentals for any man who seeks to be a leader. Look deeply at yourself, and then show us that you have got what it takes to be the Chief Executive of our country. It is NOW or NEVER.–Din Merican

Prime Minister Najib: Embrace two fundamentals of Harmony

Najib Razak has urged people of various races to embrace two fundamentals of harmony – work together in a strong bond of friendship and allowing richness of culture to flourish.

The Prime Minister said the strong bond of friendship would enable the country to overcome any obstacles while the richness of culture would be a force that would portray Malaysia as a culturally diverse country.

Addressing the National Deepavali Open House at Bandaraya Square, Johor Bahru last night, he urged the Indian community to continue to strengthen the strong bond of understanding and cooperation between government and the community that was built over the years through ‘nambikei’ (trust).

g-palanivel1.The celebration held by the Tourism and Culture Ministry was attended by Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, Natural Resources and Environment Minister G Palanivel who is also MIC President, Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin, and Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

Najib said cooperation among people of various races would ensure a better quality of life for the present and next generations.

TRUST NAJIBNambikei or Tembikai, Najib?

“If the strength of an elephant lies in ‘thumbikei’ or trunk, the strength of a man lies in ‘nambikei’ or trust,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the government was committed in fulfilling the pledge made in the 13th general election manifesto to improve the well-being of the Indian community. He said this could be clearly seen through a number of initiatives such as an additional allocation of RM50 million for Tamil school infrastructure announced in the 2014 Budget.

Najib said RM100 million was also allocated to improve Tamil schools performance and provide skills training for Indian youths as well as a RM50 million fund for the Indian Entrepreneur Development Scheme (SPUMI) under Tekun Nasional and loans under Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia.

Special attention given

He said many areas in the life of the Indian community were given special attention through various innovative approaches to bring about a positive change to the community.

“For example, from 2009 to 2013, the government has allocated RM560 million for Tamil schools infrastructure development nationwide.

“I am very impressed when informed of the Tamil Schools Future Action Plan that for the past five years the achievement gap among SJKT (Tamil schools) was reduced by 50 percent while the gap between SJKT and national schools is now less than four per cent,” he said.

He said the UPSR National Average Grade for SJKT increased from 2.58 in 2010 to 2.44 in 2011 with similar trends seen in Mathematics achievement from 92.5 percent in 2011 to 94.1 per cent last year while Science achievement rose to 87.6 percent in 2012.

On entrepreneurship, he said until October this year, more than 19,000 Indian entrepreneurs had received financial assistance amounting to RM227 million, including about 11,000 from Tekun loans amounting to RM137.3 million since SPUMI was established in 2008.

Meanwhile, about 30,000 people of various races attended the celebration which was arrayed with cultural events depicting the multi-racial society in the spirit of 1Malaysia as well as a tourism product.

Kumpulan Artis Kebudayaan Johor waxed the floor with a welcome dance followed by Temple Five Arts Troupe gyrated with Indian traditional dances before revellers were vowed by Permata Seni Tari children.

In the spirit of Deepavali, Najib completed the ‘kolam’ pattern.The Deepavali celebration started at 2.30pm with various activities such as Indian music, dance performances and a demonstration on ‘bunga malai’ or flower arrangement.

Various traditional Indian food and delicacies such as muruku, masalavadei, laddu, putu mayam and tosei were served to visitors including MegaFam participants from Singapore and China.

- Bernama/www.malaysiakini.com