Din Merican’s Welcome

Din Merican–The Malaysian DJ Blogger

DM at 75At 75 (2014)

Welcome to my blog.

Hi, my name is Din Merican. I am originally from Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.

arnold-palmerI am a keen golfer with a passion for Wilson golf clubs. I came to know the Wilson brand because I used their rackets for tennis in the 1960s when I was at University of Malaya.

I learned to play golf while I was at graduate school in 1969, where I had the chance to meet the greatest golfer of the modern era, Arnold D. Palmer (left) and got a few tips from him during one of his visits to Washington DC.

Those who are interested in playing golf should read Mr. Palmer’s book, Go For Broke: My Philosophy of Winning Golf. It is an excellent book. It teaches you to play good and exciting golf. Mr.Palmer was taught golf by his father, Milfred (Deacon) Palmer who was a professional and greenskeeper at The Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania which Mr. Palmer now owns.

My wife, Dr. Kamsiah and I.

Dr. Kamsiah and I.

I like  to use this opportunity to remind readers and commentators that this is a serious public affairs  blog. Comments which can promote ongoing intelligent discourse are welcome.

Please refrain from making remarks or comments which exceed the bounds of common decency. I am looking for ideas and suggestions which are useful for people in power and those whose duty it is to formulate policy and implement programmes.

The articles I post on this blog are carefully chosen for the relevance to issues of the day. The  fact that they are on this blog does not mean I share or endorse the views contained in them.  I try hard to be balanced in both my writings and comments. The quality of the discourse, with few exceptions, leaves much to be desired. Most of the commentators tend to be petty and very personal. I get very few responses to my posting on economics, geo-politics, and international affairs. That is regrettable, but with time, the number of responses to these subjects will grow.

I have friends  in UMNO-BN, Pakatan Rakyat and civil society who I respect very much. In general, they are well meaning and dedicated individuals who are passionate about their undertaking, be it politics, business or social or humanitarian causes.

I appeal to all not to use this blog to boost their egos or post snide remarks. By all means disagree, but please disagree agreeably. I will, therefore, delete comments that provoke hatred and anger against those who happen to disagree with your points of view.

I served in government as a foreign service officer and central banker and then I moved on to industry and commerce (with Sime Darby Group and Indonesia’s PT Bakrie Brothers). I am also with the University of Cambodia as Visiting Professor (Global Strategy) (since 2002) and a member of the Advisory Board of the University’s Asia Economic Forum, and serves the Phnom Penh based Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (since 1996) as Senior Research Fellow.

george-washington school of businessThe George Washington School of Business

I received my tertiary education from the University of Malaya in Economics, and did postgraduate studies at The George Washington School of Business (above),  George Washington University, Washington D.C in the States respectively on Kedah State and Bank Negara Malaysia scholarships. I was also at the INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (1989).

I am Associate Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) and a former Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Penang-based Socio-Economic Research Institute (SERI), now Penang Institute. I have an Advisory Role in US-based Northrop Rice Advanced Institute of Technology (NRAIT) in the area of human capital development and capacity building.

On January 16, 2011, I was conferred Darjah Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) by DYMM(His Majesty) Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman on the occasion of DYMM Tuanku’s 83rd Birthday.

Call me, Din. Come along, guys and gals, with me and let’s go change Malaysia. You can contact me at DMerican2@gmail.com

Here is my interview on BFM89.9 during which I talked about my life, current activities and in particular why I became a blogger. Hope you will find it useful background on the person behind this blog.

Listen to my BFM Radio interview : HERE

47 thoughts on “Din Merican’s Welcome

  1. Hi Din,

    I didn”t know that decent people like you still exist.May your concern and efforts be forever blessed.

    Please help us to help the “lepers” of malaysia.There are 300,000 of us “lepers”.

    Visit http://EvilinMalaysia.blogspot.com

    Help by promoting this cause.

    Malaysians are caught in an evil frenzy of racialised politics, they see a jungle, but are blind to the single trees.

    May God open their eyes soon.

  2. Assallammuallaikum Tuan, my mother is a Merican and I was proud of it. I am a Mamak and proud of it. Lately, the mamaks have shown a downside (not your good self of course). Mamaks are very critical-thinking characters, however; the current younger generation are showing signs of becoming UMNO lackeys by participating in street demos which do not carry any decent message. Nice to know about your good self. Keep up the good work.
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    Protect your Merican heritage.It has a long history of honest,hard working and independent people and their accomplishments. There is one Merican who is an UMNO leader. Thanks for reading my blog.–Din Merican.

  3. Hi Din

    I’ve been reading your blog for news especially on the current issues in the country for quite sometime now. I’m sure all your efforts and the good work will help turn Malaysia into a better country.

    May I suggest; if you could change your blog with black text instead of reverse white. It makes reading more pleasant and not straining to the eyes.

    Thank you.

  4. Just discover your site by accident. Thought its enriching to read the opinions & thoughts of educated & learned personality like you. Will bookmark your site for regular visit. Thanks

  5. dear sir, i’m an avid reader of your blog, very interesting and very informative. however, i prefer the previous layout than the current one, though i’m not against change for the better, but i still think the previous layout is better. hope you could consider that. anyway, keep up the good work and god bless you and family

  6. Din ,Dr Kam is your wife Din do you have a house at Lorong Bukit Pantai 5’Near Tun Ghafar house.I use to know a lady name Kak Jah staying in the house.Is she your X or we are talking different Din Merican.
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    That house used to belong to my Uncle Dato Din Merican. Both he and Datin Jah have passed on.–Din Merican

  7. Opp.Sorry to hear that.I bought the house from Kak Jah and she move to Ampang.What about the lady staying with and a little cute boy.where are they now.

  8. Hello Mr Din,

    My family and I enjoyed meeting with you, Dato Deva Ridzam & family at Restoran Melayu on Aug 16, during our holiday there. We had a memorable Raya celebration, the first in 14 years. Keep on writing!

    Zainal
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    Dear Zainal,

    I enjoyed your company and your family’s. We must apologise for the lack of service at Restoran Melayu. It is a rundown place now. Stay in touch and keep reading this blog for regular updates on developments in Malaysia and the region. Salams, Din

  9. Hello Sir,
    Had always like your blog but I must say I’m no fan of the new layout. What happen to old and vibrant one? It’s got more personality. Cheers!

  10. I just read and listen to your blog.I am not tech savvy, belong to the bullock cart era. I am not too sure this will reach you.

    I admire what you are doing. A bit of Don Quixote and a bit of Barrack Obama.Maybe we can meet again at that Nasi Lemak shop in Uptown.

    Raymond Lye
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    Raymond, I hear you and thanks for your kind words. Yes, we can meet again at that famous food stall.–Din Merican

  11. Hi Din, ur cousin tet here. Njoyd reading ur blog. Btw I m just curious bout a mr Hamid (aug 11) enquired about mama n the lorong bkt pantai 5 hse no 12. We sold the hse in the early 90’s but i thought to someone else. How do i get in touch with Mr hamid.

  12. Hi Din,

    My name is Shahrin Shah. Been following your blog. I am an owner of a conference company and am organizing a corporate governance conference next April. I have a topic on cg scandals which I have invited 2 whistleblowers namely; Michael Woodford of the Olympus Scandal and Harry Markopolos from the famous Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Now I am trying high and low to invite Wikileaks, Julian Assange (keeping my fingers crossed). Whats your thoughts?? Provocative of me?? TQ
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    Good luck in your undertaking.–Din Merican

  13. Are we not done with parties that specifically have their registered name ties to a particular race or religion.
    Unless we open ourselves, we CANNOT rise above these counter progressive stumbling blocks.
    Any democratic party can lean towards: conservative, liberals, socialist,…or something like that without tying its name towards a particular race or religion if it truly aim towards national unison.
    We have come a long way since 1957; unleash the chain in this journey and move forward.

  14. Hi Din, I read your colorful ambassadorship that has gone on to various fellowships.

    As a nation, our politics have to mature in unison for ONE nation by ONE people. As a nation, it is timely to do us plenty of good to leverage on rising US influence to ASEAN on the backdrop of the SCSea lane matters. Opening up more of our economy may invite companies to relocate here; esp. US from PRC now that PRC has gotten expensive. That means increased TEU in Port Kelang (world ranked 13th) and Tj. Pelepas (world rank 16th).
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    Thanks, Matt. For all that to happen, we need first to get our politics right and then introduce policies that are non-discriminatory, and deal with corruption in earnest. We have to compete with the likes of Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. –Din Merican
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    The KPI of a government is measured in JIGS (more Jobs, managed Inflation, more Growth and more Savings). How do you think we could have performed in real within ASEAN had our foreign policies been friendlier with the west since mid-90s? An ASEAN nation that has a no national brand name had gotten few global label in and since then had exported many folds. We could have that, had our politicians mature in their responsibilities. How can we catch up on lost time? Thanks.

  15. Hi Din,

    I don’t know you but after reading some of your blog posting .. I know you are certainly a Malay but your thoughts are not racial and you stand for universal values of fairness and justice for all and you love this country.

    It is refreshing to know that there are people like you around and we will need a lot more of your kind [ malay ] to be this kind [who stands for good values] to spread the good message of standing for universal values and be ourselves yet living harmoniously in this land as for too long, sadly too many people have been brainwashed by interested parties to become racial zombies.
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    You are most kind, my friend. We can only do our best.–Din Merican

  16. Hi Din! Its been long time since we have been in touch. Geeta from Zernike Group, the Netherlands. I happen to see your blog on fb. Its great to read that you are doing something for all of us. I left Malaysia in 1998 with lost hope but over the last few years I am beginning to see some light perhaps our generation of Malaysians will finally live to see the day where we will all be looked upon as Malaysians instead of being defined by race.

    When my husband first came to KL in 2002, he instantly saw the racial tension without even myself talking about it. All he said was “I hope you country doesn’t become another Ivory Coast in a few years”. I am from fourth generation of Malaysian and my children are fifth. Hopefully they will have reason one day to come home soon to find their roots. Long live Malaysia as it is a country with tremendous potential.

    By the way, Congratulations on your marriage. I heard about it through Don. I hope we will be able to meet again in KL. I have been in Africa since 2003 but I always visit my parents annually. Lots of courage and all the best in this mission to liberate all of us!
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    Geeta, it is good to hear from you. I am in touch with Don Wong and if you are in KL again please contact Don and he will no doubt arrange for us to meet. Yes, we are almost a failed state. The debate on pendatangs and citizenship is not doing us any good at all. My regards to you and Serge.–Din Merican

  17. Hi Dato’,
    I wonder if you could remember me. I grew up in the Alor Setar Hospital quarters, and I used to play around the area where you stayed in the early 60’s. You were my senior. I called your mother Aunty Dorall, and she would call me ‘girl’.
    Where is Zai and Khairun now? I have not met them since then.
    I now reside in Alor Setar, after having retired as a Staff Nurse. I am now in my 60’s, and am married to an O&G specialist in a private hospital here.
    It is really heart warming to know that you are now contributing towards the welfare of this country. This country needs more sincere and dedicated people like you, especially now.
    I hope you are the Din Merican that I knew then.

  18. Greetings Dato’,
    with respect to your background in the world of international relations, your comments on the following breaking news would be welcome,
    Regards, FOM.

    Nick Xenophon denied entry to Malaysia, expects deportation

    From: AAP
    February 16, 2013 12:15PM

    INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon has been refused entry to Malaysia and now expects to be deported.

    Senator Xenophon, who has raised serious concerns about the probity of the upcoming Malaysian elections, flew to Kuala Lumpur this morning but was stopped by immigration officials.

    “I am effectively a prisoner here. I’m being held in an area with all these holding cells which are full of women. They have basically told me I am an enemy of the state,” he told the Adelaide Sunday Mail.

    “They are trying to get me on the next plane out of here and back home.”

    A spokesman for his office said he had been informed he would be deported under the country’s security legislation.

    Senator Xenophon planned to stay in Malaysia until Tuesday, meeting election commission officials and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

  19. YM Dato’ Din,
    I stick to your Blogg for the variety of news & infos available, and the ‘ liberty ‘ to be critical to vent our pent-up emotions and/or fr.usterations, for lack of public space elsewhere…
    But i prefer to maintain my anonimity, since school-days up to my career in life, people who meet me have an instant dislike and they do frown upon me…can’t explain why….i suppose its written in my stars….
    Btw, if PKR comes to power, i fervently hope you would be the Nation’s Foreign Minister, for the capacity & comptence you have in a wide variety of fields….i mean, the skill & ability….hope everyone joins in this ‘ prayer ‘ – Sincerely, Abnizar.

  20. Hi, Din. Hamzah Majid here, your old colleague from Wisma Putra days. We must have a chin wag over coffee in Bangsar again. It’s been some time. Now, Din old boy, what do you make of the EIU assessment of the PRU 13?

  21. I enjoy reading your blog, and would share with you what I overheard while I was waiting by the corner, in hospital, someone talking about the happenings in Lahad Datu, and one of them commented that in his kampong there are many illegals from both sides of the neighborhood, as coming from north east and south of the boarder. He said, when someone dies in his village in rural kimanis, Papar, they will come to the funeral and help themselves, then they will ask, borrow or steal the identity cards of this dead person. That is another way of them becoming locals by assuming the identity of the dead person. As it is the tradition of some of the locals to bury everything that belongs to the dead, they literally dig the graves to get whatever they can. Identity theft kampong style seems to work, they can gets first class citizenship and get all the benefit just like that.

  22. Good Evening Dato Din.
    This is Apu from Federal Book Center, Petaling Jaya, Your News Paper boy during your University days at Jalan Chantek, Petaling Jaya. I feel very fortunate to read more about you and your articles. Call me anytime if you are around Rajoo’s
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    Apu aka Hisham, it is good to hear from you. Let have your hp nr and I will call you so that we can arrange to meet. Keep reading my blog so that you may be updated on GE-13 issues.–Din Merican

  23. Apa habaq Cik Din.. Virost anak siam Kedah ni..saja nak bertanya khabar. Lama tak berjumpa Cik Din. Tapi selalu juga singgah kat blog ni. Semoga doa anak-anak Malaysia ..Ini Kali Lah. Sawadhikap. Ex-Holiday Villa Mgt Team
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    Virost, please call or sms me at 017-366-0897. Sawadhikap.–Din

  24. It’s always refreshing to read about current events from an informed and incisive viewpoint. I feel wiser and smarter everytime after reading your blog. ;) keep em coming….

  25. Dear Dato’ Din,

    As a regular reader/follower and sometimes commenter on your blog, I have found it interesting that your stance on The PM has changed significantly over the past 6 months or so. Previously, your stance seemed to be ‘Give Najib a go, let’s see what he can do’. (I personally thought this a strange stance given he had been PM for about 4 years already and had had plenty of time to show what he could do and achieve.)

    Then a few months prior to the election you seemed to run out of patience waiting for him to perform and started advocating for change. It would be interesting to hear your comments on what caused your change of opinion.

    With respect,
    FoM
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    Patience is not on a never never basis. I met him at the Malaysian Open Golf in 2010 at the Maybank marquis at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, and we had a 10 minute conversation. He told me then that ” I want to make Malaysia great again.” I said yes, I would support his mission. He did not keep to his part of the bargain. Now, it is time for change. It is a question of trust. I now have doubts about Najib’s commitment. I could be wrong but let us wait and see.–Din Merican

  26. Hi Din,

    I only recently started following your blog prior to the GE13 and I find the contents fair, enlightening and motivating. With decent Malaysians like you who wear their hearts on their sleeves around, I agree with David Chin, Zainal Abidin Musa, David Ng and others that there is still a hope for Malaysia.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither should we be kept waiting any longer. 55 years was a long time.

    Keep up the great work.

    Sincerely and God bless,
    Chris Loh
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    Chris, thanks. But the blog is as good as the quality of the readership and commenters it attracts. I provide the platform by choosing articles that reflect the mood and concerns of Malaysians and provide my own comments to initiate discussion. This blog is for all who are constructive and intelligent in the expression of their views.

    Yes, there is every reason to be optimistic about our country. I believe the government in power is listening but unfortunately, it is slow to respond to change with Ministers like Zahid Hamidi and his predecessor Hishamuddin Hussein and conservative hardline UMNO leaders making it difficult for the Prime Minister. We Malaysians have to keep pushing the envelope in a responsible way. Civil society will serve as a check and balance mechanism.–Din Merican

  27. Datuk,

    Wishing you and family and all Muslim readers of this Blog Selamat Hari Raya.
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    Thanks, Sam. Stay in touch via this blog.–Din Merican

  28. Gday Din, it was a great pleasure dapat makan nasi mamak together with you and Kamsiah. I still am passionate with my golf and love my Honma. Cheers
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    It was Kamsiah’s and my pleasure to see you. When you are back next, we shall have a round of golf. Honma is an expensive golf set. In the meantime, keep that Halal meat flowing.–Din Merican

  29. Dear Dato Din,

    I just started reading your blog two weeks ago and since then I have been checking it out daily.

    Like the majority of Malaysians i am very concerned and worried for our country which seems to be falling apart. This is a beautiful country and I will wish to stay and die here. In the midst of so many uncertainties, it is reassuring to hear from rational thinking and good hearted people like your good self. I hope the current leadership will listen to you and similar voices and be brave enough to bring about changes for the betterment of our wonderful country. Don’t let one or two selfish politicians hold our country to ransom.

  30. Hai Din, You still look very young, not much different from our second college, UM, days and your new wife looks far younger than her age. May Allah bless you both. zambri,

  31. Hi Din, Mahmood here. This is not a comment but a request. Please let me have your email address so I can send you a lecture I gave at the Academy of Medicine congress yesterday for your comments. Regards .Mahmood Merican
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    Dear Dato’ Doc, my e-mail address is dmerican2@gmail.com. Please send your lecture and I will have it posted on my blog promto. We must play golf with Zain. Even 9 Holes ok. I understand from Zain that you are a long hitter off the tee. Salams to you and Datin Ragayah.–Din Merican

  32. My dear friend , it was great to have you both for Xmas ! Do blog on !
    I enjoy and respect your views !
    Ramon

  33. Dear Dato, I’m not a Malaysian but I am proud to have chosen to have called Malaysia my home for my self and my family for the past 20 years. I operate a small specialist business operating both Internationally and in Malaysia, and employ and train Malaysian staff in our business enterprises. We generate serious income for Malaysia and pay all of our taxes and duties in Malaysia.

    I am currently astonished, nay flabbergasted, at the recent social/political/public service changes, which while initially were gradual, but are now appearing to be a flood. We ( I am referring as a Malaysian) have the Police not accepting or acting upon court orders; and now State authorities not accepting the direction of the Attorney General.

    Where is the future for Malaysia if the rule of law has no standing?

    This is a fantastic country with outstanding individuals and enormous potential. Take off the chains and let the natural economic and social expansion take place.

    I really fear for the future based on the current direction.

    With fear in my heat, but hope in my sole!
    FOM
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    I was born (75 years ago) and bred here and it pains me to witness its degeneration into a nation where the Rule of Law is being sidelined. Our present Prime Minister is a total disaster. He goes overseas whenever our country is in a crisis. When the Johor problem reared its ugly head, he goes Turkmenistan. –Din Merican

  34. I was born 67 years ago in this country. Yes, the change for the worse started 30 years ago, and it has accelerated the last few years. There is no more inter-racial trust and respect. We have been divided by race and religion, all for the benefit of a handful of greedy politicians.There is now total failure of rule of law. I have no more faith in this formerly beautiful country of ours. I am afraid the slide will be complete in a matter of time, and Malaysia has failed.

  35. Hi din,

    i was made aware of your blog only today by dr. kassim ahmad when i did a brief interview with him on his on going case with Jawi. he told me to look up your blog. i have been writing in free malaysia today under the name narinder singh (some articles were deemed controversial by readers). i like your take in your welcome page….working towards a better malaysia….

  36. Narinder, welcome. I look forward to reading your articles. Keeping writing and sharing your ideas and views on this blog. –Din Merican

  37. Dato’,

    I note with admiration that you are a signatory to the new Negara-Ku coalition. The following statement however, accredited to the Home Ministry as reported in TMI, ” “For that matter, Negara-Ku is an illegal organisation,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page today”, only further amplifies the rapid decline of this wonderful country. Only caring Malaysians can stop the rot.
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    Ancien regime indeed, that is what we have become. The charter of Negara-Ku NGO is what Malaysia should embody. It is Tunku Abdul Rahman’s dream. We Malaysians must strive to make it happen. There is nothing illegal about making Malaysia a living democracy for all its citizens. Who is Zahid Hamidi? He is just an elected Member of Parliament. –Din Merican

  38. Dato Din,
    First of all Selamat Hari Raya tyou, your family and all umat Islam out there.
    Think you have done a wonderful job on this site, have been an avid follower for the last six years
    God Bless.
    Cheers

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