Happy Birthday US of America


July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, US of America

To Ambassador John Malott, Dr. Satu Lamaye of The East-West Centre, Dr. M. Bakri Musa, Semper Fi, Mr. Bean,  my friends, associates and former classmates at The George Washington School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington DC.

July 4, 2014

 

 

The World Belongs to the Man who spends himself in a worthy Cause


June 15, 2014

The World Belongs to the Man who spends himself in a worthy Cause

Teddy RooseveltI remind myself from time to time of Theodore D Roosevelt’s most famous statement, which I quote:

 “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who errs and comes up short again, but who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”–Theodore D Roosevelt

Four reasons for Malay weakness


May 16, 2014

FOUR REASONS FOR MALAY WEAKNESS

by Mariam Mokhtar

The key to progress lies with the Malays. The population of Malaysia is 60% Malay. Even if all of the non-Malays were to vote for the Opposition it would still be insufficient to create a change in government. Changing Malay minds and attitudes is essential if the whole nation is to move forward.–Mariam Mokhtar

Why are Malays obsessed with supremacy ? Is it brainwashing or their own insecurity?

Why are Malays obsessed with supremacy ? Is it brainwashing or their own insecurity?

The Terengganu debacle, the 2009 Perak coup and GE13 have one thing in common: Najib Tun Razak. Najib’s fingerprints are all over these important events in Malaysian history. Najib’s involvement proves that Malaysia is a kleptocracy.

UMNO Baru was founded in 1988 and has risen to become a deadly threat to the national security of a multicultural country like Malaysia. How did this cancer spread so quickly?

The political link

UMNO Baru is not a political party. It functions more like a business. It is like the grandmother of all GLCs. It has access to unlimited funds with branches all over the world. Unlike public listed companies, UMNO Baru shareholders (its supporters) and the consumers of this enterprise (the rakyat) have little say.

Money speeds up decision making. It helped the Terengganu trio who resigned from UMNO  Baru, in the infamous Perak coup in 2009 and in GE13.

The true purpose of UMNO Baru is to prolong the political life of its leaders. With political power comes the ability to squander the wealth of the nation. In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah challenged former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for alleged vote rigging in the UMNO internal elections.

The High Court declared UMNO an illegal party. The original UMNO, which is synonymous with Tunku Abdul Rahman and independence, suffered an ignominious end because of Mahathir.

Humiliated by the courts, Mahathir schemed and plotted to punish the Judiciary. Mahathir did this because they had put him in the awkward position of being the PM of Malaysia but the President of an illegal political party.

With his position as PM in jeopardy he quickly formed a new party in 1988 and called it UMNO Baru. Mahathir transferred the assets of the original UMNO to his creation UMNO Baru.

onnThe Tunku and Hussein Onn withdrew their membership from UMNO and never sought to rejoin Mahathir’s UMNO Baru. Mahathir had brought shame on the party, the Judiciary and the nation.

The Malaysians who praise Mahathir tend to ignore this shameful piece of our history. The irony is that Mahathir was considered by many Malays to be Malay enough to lead the nation but sadly the Malays who try to do things in the interest of all Malaysians are not considered Malay enough.

The Malays

“Malays need protection & Islam needs defending.” These two myths have long been peddled by UMNO Baru but the effect has been to belittle the Malays and demonise the religion.

Few Malays ever ask UMNO Baru: “Why do we need protecting? From whom or from what?” The irony is that Malays need to be protected from UMNO Baru because it is an extremist party. If for any reason Malaysia ceased to exist tomorrow the Malays would still survive but UMNO Baru would be defunct.

If UMNO Baru were to fold up tomorrow, Malaysia would thrive and the Malays would flourish. The most valuable resource of this nation is not so much the natural wealth of the country like timber, oil, oil palm and rubber. Our most valuable resource is the people.

Malaysia would not be where it is today if not for the collective efforts and sacrifices of everyone, including the non-Malays, who built the economy, risked their lives in the two World Wars, the Emergency and the Confrontation.

Islam

Islam is not just a religion for UMNO Baru leaders. It is a tool to divide the nation, to bring the opposition down and to control the Malays. Muslims are the most oppressed race in Malaysia.

Everything they do or say is under scrutiny. Even scholars and octogenarians like Kassim Ahmad are treated shabbily. Books and films are banned to stop Muslims from expanding their knowledge.

President Obama did Malaysia a disservice by praising Malaysia for being aBarack Obama moderate Muslim nation. Even as he said it, bibles were banned from hotels in Pahang and extremist groups like Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) and PERKASA were provoking the non-Muslims whilst the authorities stood idly by.

Hudud is used to distract Malaysians from more important economic issues like the GST, and the government’s inability to plan and manage a crisis. The government’s failings were dramatically exposed during the disappearance of flight MH370.

Hudud –A Barbaric Practice

Hudud is a barbaric practice and has no place in the 21st century but many Muslims refuse to say or are afraid to say in public that they do not agree with this crude practise. They are torn between believing in democracy and having faith in their religion.

How often have you been dismissed by Muslims who for lack of something constructive to say will accuse you of invoking God’s wrath? How often have Muslims told the non-Muslim to “stop meddling in our religion, we don’t meddle in yours”? These Muslims forget that children have been kidnapped and dead bodies snatched in conversion cases. Bibles have been confiscated and other insults hurled at non-Muslims and their places of worship destroyed.

Which Islamic country has become completely crime-free and rape-free after the implementation of hudud? How is corruption punished under hudud?

As always some Muslims will say to more liberal Muslims, “You are not a true Muslim,” and terminate the discussion after warning, “Have you prepared your answers for when Allah questions you at Padang Mahsyar?” (The Day of Judgement)

Aversion to change

Despite 44 years of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and various other affirmative action policies, the majority of Malays are very poor, they lag behind in education, they lack confidence, they lack English speaking skills and cannot find employment in the private sector.

UMNO Baru manages to convince the Malays that the non-Malays are responsible for their failures. Ordinary Malays are prevented from achieving their true potential but because of conditioning by Umno Baru, are averse to change.

Malays must muster the courage to confront their leaders and make them accountable for their wrongdoings. Malays should demand that Malays who get rich by corrupt means are punished instead of saying “Takpe lah. Dia orang kita juga!” (Never mind. He is one of us!)

The key to progress lies with the Malays. The population of Malaysia is 60% Malay. Even if all of the non-Malays were to vote for the Opposition it would still be insufficient to create a change in government. Changing Malay minds and attitudes is essential if the whole nation is to move forward.

 

 

Congrats to Dr. Kamsiah G. Haider and her colleagues of Klinik Pakar Pergigian Dr. KAM


May 1, 2014

Congrats to Dr. Kamsiah G. Haider and her colleagues and Staff on the 17th Anniversary of  the founding of Klinik Pakar Pergigian Dr. KAM

Dr. KamsiahMy friends,

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kamsiah (my dear wife) and her colleagues, Dr. Army Ampol and Dr Reginald Cuthbert Sta Maria and the staff of  Klinik Pakar Pergigian Dr. Kam in Taman Tun Dr.Ismail, Kuala Lumpur on the occasion of the 17th Anniversary of the Clinic’s founding.

Prior to joining private practice, Dr. Kamsiah, a graduate of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and Scotland’s University of Dundee (with a Masters in Dentistry), was a tutor and lecturer at MU’s Dental Faculty for a decade. –Din Merican

 

Terima Kasih, Malaysia, says President Barack Obama


April 27, 2014

Terima Kasih, Malaysia, says President Barack Obama

Good evening. Selamat Petang.

Obama and King of MalaysiaPresident Barack Obama with The King and The Queen of Malaysia

 

Your Majesty, thank you so much for those warm words. To you, Her Majesty, Madam Rosmah, Prime Minister, distinguished guests and friends – thank you for the extraordinary hospitality that you’ve shown me and my delegation.

And on behalf of my country, I want to thank the Malaysian people for the wonderful welcome that you extended to us today. I’m delighted to make this historic visit. As some of you may know, it has been nearly 50 years since an American President visited Malaysia.

In his memoirs, Lyndon Johnson wrote of how impressed he was by the “extraordinary vitality and eagerness” he saw in the faces of people here and throughout Southeast Asia. And I’m eager to see that same boleh spirit tomorrow – (applause) – when I have the opportunity to speak with young people from across Southeast Asia at the University of Malaya.

Mr. Prime Minister, I look forward to our work together, and I pledge to infuse our efforts with that same spirit. Tonight, I simply want to express my gratitude for the generosity that you’ve shown us today – a generosity the people of Malaysia have extended to my family since I was elected.

As some of you may know, two years ago, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia hosted an exhibit that showcased some of my mother’s batik collection. Now, my mother loved batik. I remember when I was a boy growing up in Jakarta, she’d come home from village markets with her arms full of batik and she’d lay them around the house and look at them, and make dresses out of them. And I was a young boy so I wasn’t as excited as she was.

And they weren’t particularly fancy or expensive – although later in life, she would get some antiques that were extraordinary – but for my mother, batik wasn’t about fashion. It was representative of the work and the livelihood of mothers and young women who had painstakingly crafted them. It was a window into the lives of others – their cultures, and their traditions, and their hopes. And it meant so much to her and it was part of her spirit, and so I’m deeply grateful to the people of Malaysia for celebrating that part of my mother’s life. It was very kind of you.

And I tell this story because my mother believed, and I believe, that whether we come from a remote village or a big city, whether we live in the United States or in Malaysia, we all share basic human aspirations: To live in dignity and peace. To shape our own destiny. To be able to make a living and to work hard and support a family. And most of all, to leave the next generation something better than was left to us.

These are the aspirations that I believe illuminate a new era of partnership, of “berkerja sama” between the United States and Malaysia. For while we may be different as nations, our people have similar hopes and similar aspirations. And we can draw strength in both our nations from our ethnic and religious diversity. We can draw hope from our history. And we dream of a brighter future for all of our children.

So I would like to propose a toast: To the strength of our relationship, the power of our friendship, the peace and prosperity of our peoples, and the good health of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

Terima kasih banyak. Thank you very much. – The White House.gov, April 27, 2014.–http://www.themalaysianinsider.com

* Remarks by President Barack Obama at the State Banquet at Istana Negara on April 26, 2014, in conjunction with his visit to Malaysia.

Utusan reaches new heights of absurdity


April 7, 2014

 Utusan reaches new heights of absurdity

By John Malott*

malott1It is shocking to see that an Assistant Editor of Utusan Malaysia has written that the 9-11 attacks were planned by the CIA, and that the agency could also be behind the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

It is yet another example that Utusan has become the laughing stock of Malaysian journalism, given to fabrication, conspiracy theories, paranoia, extremism, and racism. Just think of all the libel suits that it has lost in the past two years. Think of its declining circulation, as readers grow weary of propaganda that tries to pass as news.

But Utusan is not just any newspaper. It is owned by UMNO, Malaysia’s rulingnajib-razak1 party, whose President is Najib Abdul Razak. UMNO and its President traditionally have provided editorial guidance and supervision to Utusan.

So what say you, Najib? You will soon be welcoming President Barack Obama to Malaysia. Are you going to let this absurb statement in “your” newspaper stand? Or will you speak out – and denounce this nonsense – before Obama comes?

When Utusan had its screaming headline after the 13th GE, ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu’, Najib defended the paper. Then just a few months later, he told government-linked companies that they should buy more advertisements in Utusan in order to aid the newspaper financially.

Will Najib react differently this time? Washington certainly will take note of the editorial comment in this UMNO newspaper, and will be waiting to see if there is a reaction from Najib and his government.

* John Malott was former US Ambassador to Malaysia and friend of Malaysia

 

 

Tribute to Sam Berns


February 3, 2014

Tribute to Sam Berns, RIP

COMMENT: I pay tribute to Sam Berns for his courage and  mental attitude. I am deeply moved by Sam’s plight but I admire this young 17 year old. I thought I should share this story with you. It is important that we all accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative and anything in between. Yes, Sam, we will keep looking forward and hope we have your spirit and verve.–Din Merican

Sam Berns is an inspiration to us all

by Margalit Fox@http://www.nytimes (01-13-14)

Robert Kraft, owner of The New England Patriots, pays a tribute to Sam Burns:

Robert and Sam“I loved Sam Berns and am richer for having known him. He was a special young man whose inspirational story and positive outlook on life touched my heart. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with him and to get to know his incredible family. Together, they positively impacted the lives of people around the world in their quest to find a cure for Progeria. The HBO documentary, ‘Life According to Sam’ shared his incredible story with a national audience. It was so beautifully done. It made you laugh. It also made you cry. Today, it’s the latter for all who knew Sam or learned of his story through that documentary.”

Sam Berns, a Massachusetts high school junior whose life with the illness progeria was the subject of a documentary film recently shortlisted for an Academy Award, died on Friday in Boston. He was 17.

His death, from complications of the disease, was announced by the Progeria Research Foundation, which Sam’s parents, both physicians, established in 1999.

Sam Berns and His parentsSam with his parents, Drs Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns

Extremely rare — it affects one in four million to one in eight million births — progeria is a genetic disorder resulting in rapid premature aging. Only a few hundred people have the disease, whose hallmarks include hair loss, stunted growth, joint deterioration and cardiac problems.

Though the gene that causes progeria was isolated in 2003 by a research team that included Sam’s mother, there is still no cure. Patients live, on average, to the age of 13, typically dying of heart attacks or strokes.

The feature-length documentary “Life According to Sam,” directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, was released last year. They won an Oscar for their 2012 short documentary “Inocente,” about a homeless teenager.

“Life According to Sam” has been shown at film festivals, including Sundance, and it was broadcast on HBO in October. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it is among 15 documentaries considered for Oscar nominations.

Through the film, through a profile in The New York Times Magazine in 2005 and through a talk he gave last year at a TEDx conference (a community-based incarnation of the TED talks) that gained wide currency on the Internet, Sam became progeria’s best-known public face.

“Life According to Sam” opens when its subject, who lived in Foxborough, is 13 and follows him for three years. He agreed to participate on one condition, which he sets forth firmly in the film: “I didn’t put myself in front of you to have you feel bad for me,” he says. “You don’t need to feel bad for me. Because I want you to get to know me. This is my life.”

Diminutive and bespectacled, Sam was a riot of enthusiasms: for math and science, comic books, scouting (he was an Eagle Scout), playing the drums and Boston-area sports teams.

In his TEDx talk, he spoke of his heart’s desire: to play the snare drum with the Foxborough High School marching band. The trouble was that the drum and its harness weighed 40 pounds. Sam weighed 50 pounds. His parents engaged an engineer to develop an apparatus weighing just six pounds. Sam marched.

sam bernsThe only child of Dr. Scott Berns, a pediatrician, and Dr. Leslie Gordon, then a pediatric intern, Sampson Gordon Berns was born in Providence, R.I., on Oct. 23, 1996. He received a diagnosis of progeria shortly before his second birthday.

Finding little medical literature about progeria, his parents, with Dr. Gordon’s sister Audrey Gordon, started the research foundation. As a result of its work, clinical trials of a drug, lonafarnib, which appears to ameliorate some effects of progeria, began in 2007. Though preliminary results are considered encouraging, the drug does not constitute a cure.

Besides his parents, Sam’s survivors include his grandparents, Alice and Lewis Berns and Barbara and Burt Gordon.At his death, Sam had been planning to apply to college, where he hoped to study genetics or cell biology.

“No matter what I choose to become, I believe that I can change the world,” he said in his TEDx talk last year. “And as I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy.”

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

I never wrote about Dr. Mahathir in this way


January 27, 2014

NOTE: I never wrote this (below) anywhere and not on my own blog. I haveFacebook-K and D disagreed with the politics of Tun Dr. Mahathir; that is true. But I never expressed my views in this kind of language. I have too much respect for someone who was my hometown hero and my Prime Minister for 22 years of my life to resort to this approach. The person who wrote this has no guts to use his own name and instead chose to use mine. I am grateful to Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam for bringing it to my attention.–Din Merican

Please read what I wrote in July, 2013. HERE–http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/no-dilemma-dr-mahathir-just-the-need-for-a-better-malaysia/?relatedposts_exclude=60920

Dr M is anti Chinese, Pure and Simple

*MAHATHIR’S OWN DILEMMA*
by Dato Din Merican
 

MAHATHIR IS OFTEN PORTRAYED NOWADAYS AS AN “ARSEHOLE” WHO DESTROYED THE UNITY OF MALAYSIANS SO THAT HE COULD PIT ONE RACE AGAINST THE OTHER AND REMAIN IN POWER TO ENABLE HIM AND HIS CRONIES TO PLUNDER THE WEALTH OF THE NATION.
AND THE SAD THING IS HE HAS NOT STOPPED DOING IT EVEN WHEN NEARING
HIS MISERABLE DEATH-BED.

PITTING THE MALAYS AGAINST THE NON MALAYS HELPS KEEP UMNO-BN IN POWER AND IT’S A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY AT THE EXPENSE OF MALAYSIA’S VIABILITY AS A SUSTAINABLE NATION-STATE.

THIS MAMAK ARSEHOLE IS THE NEMESIS OF THE NATION AND THE DEVIL INCARNATE HIMSELF!  WHEN WILL HE GO, ONLY THE DEVIL KNOWS! SO GOD HELP US…
Dr. Mahathir has yet to deal with the ghosts of his past deeds. Here no one can help him but he himself. This is indeed tragic for a once formidable leader of our country who is advancing in years (born in 1925). He just cannot let go and now he has taken upon himself the task of interpreting Malaysian history.

It is not a Malay Dilemma or a Chinese Dilemma. It is solely Mahathir’s own dilemma. A half-breed Indian Mamak who cannot accept his original roots but must portray himself to the world that he’s more Malay than the Malay themselves. It is telling on his self inferiority complex. And in the process he is destroying Malaysia’s multiracial harmony and national cohesiveness.

* He is unwilling to come to terms with himself. Just because a Chinese taxi driver dropped him off at the labourer’s quarters instead of the main residence proper while he was a medical student in 50′s Singapore, The insult was long lasting in his mind.  His anti-Chinese feelings are not to be easily erased.  After 57 years of UMNO and government handouts, he may be right after all that the Chinese look down on the Malays as fit to be beggars and labourers.*

Let us admit this.

The Chinese community contributed enormously to the growth and the development of our country over the centuries even *BEFORE* the British arrived as colonialists.

Instead of giving them due credit for their hard work and sacrifices, UMNO is erasing their roles in the history books.UMNO is abusing them as a
national punching bag – scapegoats and bogeymen – for its own failures to uplift the living and educational standards of the Malays.

(a) The Chinese know what they want and are willing to put up with obstacles and hindrances in their way to get ahead. The Chinese will remain a resilient and viable race no matter what shit is thrown at them or put in their way.

(b)Their work ethic is the envy of all Malaysians.

(c) Their business acumen is second to none. Even the Chinese diaspora throughout southeast Asia, mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan knows that. Practically every Chinaman in every Chinatownthroughout the globe know what the Chinese in Malaysia is capable of. It has earned them their bragging rights.

(d) They are investing heavily in the education and future prospects of their young. Their next generation.

(e) They continue to improvise and modernize their companies and business strategies for opportunities abroad, since they cannot get contracts in our country on their own merit, and must, therefore, be sub-contractors to favored UMNO cronies cum businessmen.

*Imagine a pencil that cost 50 sen is “direct-negotiated” to cost RM5.00 a piece where the UMNO middleman sapu-ed the profit of RM4.50 (if that’s not greed, corruption and abuse of power, what is?) Taxpayer’s monies are squandered away needlessly like that and it’s normal practice.*

(e) At home, they (the Chinese) expect a government which is transparent and accountable, NOT a corrupt and abusive one. In the last election, THEY VOTED AGAINST UMNO-LED BARISAN NASIONAL FOR THIS REASON.

Are the Chinese after political power? I have Chinese friends – and Indian friends too –  with whom I discuss issues (corruption, abuse of power, discrimination, good governance, race relations, and so on).
From them I get the sense that  -

1. THEY ARE QUITE HAPPY TO HAVE A MALAY PRIME MINISTER AND A MALAY DOMINATED GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE NO QUARREL WITH ISLAM AS THE STATE
RELIGION.
 
( DR.M & MOST OF THE SENSIBLE MALAYS KNOW VERY WELL THAT THE NON-MALAYS ARE NO REAL THREAT TO MALAY POLITICAL DOMINATION BY SIMPLE DEMOGRAPHY)
That is a given.

2, They respect our King and his brother rulers.
*The Chinese are actually the No 1 suckers for all the crappy awards and medals thrown out at every donkey sultan’s birthday party. They will even pawn their mistress’ underwear to purchase such honorific titles and awards. Pieces of shitty metal.

It is not shocking to hear some Chinese towkay pay RM300,000 to secure a VVVIP datukship.  *3) But at issue to the Chinese (and me too) is what kind of Malay leadership we should have for Malaysia.They HATE the present bunch of Malay racist leaders who use Islam to play divide and rule among the people.

THE CHINESE WANT ENLIGHTENED AND PROGRESSIVE MALAY LEADERS WHO WILL NOT USE RACE AND RELIGION FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL ENDS. (ALL PATRIOTIC MALAYSIANS SHARE THE SAME COMMON GOOD VALUES; LESS CORRUPTION, LESS WASTAGES & GREATER EFFICIENCY & BETTER GOVERNANCE SO THAT OUR BELOVED & BLESSED MALAYSIA CAN BE COMPETITIVE & BE HAPPY, PEACEFUL &PROSPEROUS)

4. They feel that anti Chinese bashing after GE-13 should stop.

5They want to be respected as Malaysians with equal rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution, not as pendatangs, to have some say in the affairs of state in so far as those policies affect their welfare and interests, and they want to contribute to the future development of Malaysia.

I am sure that, like me, THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH A FORMER PRIME MINISTER (THE MAMAK DEVIL) WHO HAS ABANDONED HIS BANGSA MALAYSIA VISION in order to further HIS INTEREST IN SEEING A KETUANAN MELAYU 1MALAY MALAYSIA.  I will have none of this.

Just give me a Malaysia for all citizens, irrespective of race, creed, color and religion so that together we can face the challenges of a 21st century world.

- Dato Din Merican

Din Merican’s Blog: 2013 in Review


January 3, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Thank You, WordPress.com. You have been most helpful throughout 2013 Din and Kamsiahand I hope to receive your support and cooperation in 2014. I also thank all commenters for their valuable contributions, especially those identified in this report. Mr Bean has been replaced by Looes74 in the pole position. Because of citizens of the world, this blog now has clocked in 11 million+ visitors and counting. –Din Merican

Here’s an excerpt:

About 1,000,000 people visit the Seattle Space Needle every year. This blog was viewed about 3,100,000 times in 2013. If it were the Space Needle, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Uncertainty as the Secret of Happiness


December 29, 2013

Food for Thought ahead of 2014. Negativity is the antidote to positiveFacebook-K and D thinking. So rediscover the power of negative thinking and may you find Happiness and Success, says Mr. Burkeman. For me the key to happiness is to be one’s authentic self. I have always looked at the positive side of life. Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. That is the dictum for me. Good luck, Mr. Burkeman.–Din Merican

Against Positive Thinking: Uncertainty as the Secret of Happiness

by Maria Popova

Exploring the “negative path” to well-being.

Having studied under Positive Psychology pioneer Dr. Martin Seligman, and having read a great deal on the art-science of happiness and the role of optimism in well-being, I was at first incredulous of a book with the no doubt intentionally semi-scandalous title of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (public library). But, as it often turns out, author Oliver Burkeman argues for a much more sensible proposition — namely, that we’ve created a culture crippled by the fear of failure, and that the most important thing we can do to enhance our psychoemotional wellbeing is to embrace uncertainty.

Besides, the book has a lovely animated trailer — always a win

Burkeman writes in The Guardian:

[Research] points to an alternative approach [to happiness]: a ‘negative path’ to happiness that entails taking a radically different stance towards those things most of us spend our lives trying hard to avoid. This involves learning to enjoy uncertainty, embracing insecurity and becoming familiar with failure. In order to be truly happy, it turns out, we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions – or, at the very least, to stop running quite so hard from them.

The American edition (once again with an uglified, dumbed down, and contrived cover design) won’t be out until November, but you can snag a British edition here, or hunt it down at your favorite public library.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/06/21/oliver-burkeman-the-antidote/

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

Happy Diwali 2013


November 1. 2013

Happy Diwali to all our  Hindu and Sikh friends and acquaintances

happy_deepavali__festival_of_light_

Wherever you may be in the world, Dr. Kamsiah and I extend to you and your families a Happy and Prosperous Deepavali. Let there Peace in your hearts  and goodwill towards others.

Please do not forget the millions of people who are no position to celebrate this festival of light because of poverty. Give generously to the needy and bring smiles to their faces at least for this day, if not always. May this quote from my favorite man for all times, Mahatma Gandhi, give them hope:

Gandhi“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Welcome to Malaysia, Ambassador Joe Yun and Mrs Yun


September 10, 2013

Welcome to Malaysia, Ambassador Joe Yun and Mrs Yun

Joseph Y. YunUS Ambassador Designate to Malaysia

Note: Joseph Y. Yun, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2010 to 2011.  From 2009 to 2010, he was Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia.  Since joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. Yun has served overseas in Korea, Thailand, France, Indonesia and Hong Kong.  Before joining the Foreign Service, he was an economist for Data Resources, Inc. in Massachusetts.

Mr. Yun received a B.S. from the Cardiff University and an M.S. and M.Phil from the London School of Economics.

–Removed by the User, Why?

Selamat Datang, Ambassador Designate to Malaysia, Excellency Joseph Y. Yun, Mrs. Melanie Yun and family. Your assignment has come at time when we  in Malaysia are working hard towards a better and more inclusive country, where we will be identified by our Malaysian nationality, not by our race, religion, colour or social status .

Don’t be too alarmed at how we Malaysians play our political games. I say that because I believe our leaders and Malaysians know that we have the potential to be the beacon of democracy and the model of economic development with equity in our region. We will, therefore, not do anything that will put that vision at risk. Malaysia is a land of many possibilities.

There is a vast reserve of goodwill towards your country, althoughDM latest our politicians do take pot shots at your country’s foreign and economic policies from time to time. Our relations are strong and well anchored to weather the occasional hiccups. Many of my compatriots and I have benefited from excellent education at American Universities.So you will be among friends who have been exposed to American education, music, theater and the arts.

You are also the beneficiary of the efforts of all your predecessors and I am sure given your engaging personality, you will take our bilateral relations to a new level as the US engages itself once again in our region. Welcome and have a great tour of duty.--Din Merican

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri


August 7, 2013

Greetings to All Fellow Muslims and Friends

Aidil Fitr

My wife Dr. Kamsiah and I wish you, my Fellow Muslims, and our friends in Malaysia and around the world Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir & Batin. It is that time when we Muslims celebrate the arrival of Syawal and bid fond farewell to Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calender. We also wish you all good health and happiness and  thank  you for your kind wishes and support throughout the year for this blog.