Your Weekend Entertainment

August 29, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment

For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and I dedicate this BERSIH themedin and kamsiah at klinik2 song to all Malaysians who are participating in the BERSIH 4.0 rallies today and August 30, 2015. Please keep calm as victory is coming sooner than we realise it.

UMNO members are at the grassroots are restless and hurting as the economy slows down and the ringgit continues to drop in value. Once they react, our Prime Minister will get the message loud and clear that it is time for him to resign his office.

Sometimes, it takes bad times for us to realise that we have been lulled by our leaders and sycophantic economists and pundits into thinking that our economic fundamentals are sound. The reality is something else. Tough times are ahead. We must now tighten our belts and face the difficult times that lie ahead. But take comfort in the fact that tough times do not last, only tough and disciplined individuals do.


Let us feature, Vince Hill with his popular hit titled Look Around which was the theme song of Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal’s movie, Love Story, Earl Grant’s Till the End of Time and The Winds of Change by The Scorpions– Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Bonus–Tina Dahari

Your Weekend Entertainment

August 22, 2015

Kamsiah-DM at home

Dr. Kamsiah and I present Ella Fitzgerald, America’s First Lady of Jazz as our guest for this weekend. The Album tilted Ella in Berlin won a Grammy Award in 1960. and after listening to it, you will come to the conclusion that Ella is the best in her business.  For more about Ella, please read:

Please have a good weekend and be ready for BERSIH 4.0, August 29-30, 2015.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican


Your Weekend Entertainment: Hits of The Sixties

August 15, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment featuring Hits of The Sixties

Dr. Kamsiah and I propose to present to you hits of Sixties for this weekend. Some of them are alien to my favorite dentist since she was just growing up while I was already in my twenties. Given the length of time that some of these songs hit the pop charts, I must admit that I am unable to recall them. But it is nice to take a trip down memory lane and try to recollect of a very special time, dubbed as the troubling and rebellious  sixties. I was at The University of Malaya, Pantai Valley, Kuala Lumpur before leaving for postgraduate studies towards the end of that decade (1968, a year before the tragic riots of May 13).  What is special of the sixties? Let me find out.

Here it is:


Make Love not War

There has never been a decade quite like the sixties; the diversity, conflicts, hope, anger, the music, the dance crazes and the fun that characterized those years are captured here. The 60s decade was a decade of change. Not only were those changes evident in fashions but world events, music of the 60sautomobilestoys, and individual self expression as displayed in 1969 during the largest outdoor rock concert ever performed, Woodstock.  The television shows of the fifties and sixties depicted the morals and values of our society. The simplicity of our lifestyle were so evident at that time. The westerns on the televisions series were about the good guys always winning.

Music and events of the day interacted with one another as we progressed through one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential hopeful Bobby Kennedy illustrated the turbulent and restless society. Lance Morrow said “The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy’s murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.”

In contrast the sixties decade has been described by historians as the decade that resulted in the most significant changes in our history. In 1969 the race to space was won by the U.S. by putting a man on the moon. This one event caught more press and attention second to only the Vietnam War. The 1960s were also time of turmoil, probably described as such for the racial unrest during this period, social injustice and because of our involvement in the war in Vietnam. The magnitude of violence in the streets of U.S. cities as well as on college campuses in protest of the War in Vietnam was unprecedented in our history. The burning of the flag and draft cards were widely used as tools for protest.

 Even though the ’60s had its periods of unrest and violence, it was a great decade to have grown up in. If you don’t believe it just ask anybody who was a baby boomer. (Anybody who was born from 1946-1964.) Even though you may have not lived during this decade, you will still enjoy browsing this significant history and if you were fortunate enough to experience the 60s, when baseball was the favorite past time, just sit back and remember how great the sixties really were! Look how fashions and ideals of today were shaped by baby boomers. Try to remember when life seemed so much more carefree and slower. The music was clean and fun and we actually understood the lyrics. We knew all our neighbors on the street where we lived. Innocent fun was the game not violence against our fellow man.

The school dances with the crazy dance steps of the popular dances at the time were fond memories. We invented steps to add to the ridiculous steps these had. We were having fun just as the sixties were meant to be. Check out these popular dances of our times.

Games were pretty popular back in the 1960’s Ouija and Twister were all the rage, before the internet, board games and other types of social games made great entertainment.  For adult’s, in particular ladies, the bingo halls were frequented often, a pastime which has since been in a steady decline. Other pastimes have also gone out of fashion, whereas some have stood the test of time. One pastime that seems to gain growing these days popularity is online bingo. Some sites offer free bingo games just for fun, while others offer to play for money. Most sites will offer a combination of the two.

Stumbling through the 60s you will recall the famous and not so famous written and spoken words that were so much part of the 60s culture. Margot Kidder said it well with It was a wonderful time to be young. The 1960s didn’t end until about 1976. We all believed in Make Love, Not War. We were idealistic innocents, despite the drugs and sex.”  And John Lennon said The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”  I don’t know about the possibilities but I do know that the 60s was an event that even today’s school children try to research and understand why the 60s decade had so much impact on today.

The 60s were a time of fun and innocence and much of it was reflected in the music and the lyrics such as “The message may not move me, or mean a great deal to me, but it feels so groovy to say “I Dig Rock and Roll Music” from Peter, Paul and Mary’s 1967 hit “I Dig Rock and Roll Music.

Spiro Agnew described all the segments of the 60s with his quote “Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike – I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam.”

Read more quotes from the 60s generation

How Did We Survive?

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day and we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Pay-stations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….We had friends and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Little League had try outs and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned.


I remember Woodstock. NY–1969 because a few of my classmates and  I were at the concert. As for Dr. Kamsiah, she was still a 5-year school girl in Taiping, Perak. Two of the songs that were particular favorites of mine then were by Judy Collins titled Both Sides Now  and  Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson from the popular move, The Graduate, which featured Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and Anne Bancroft as the seductive Mrs. Robinson. I also like The Fifth Dimension’s The Age of Aquarius.

Judy Collins- Both Sides Now (1968)

Simon and Garfunkel–Mrs. Robinson

The Fifth Dimension– The Age of Aquarius (1969)

Enjoy the Weekend. Hope to meet you in Kuala Lumpur next week. I am on a special mission for The Hun Sen School of Government and International Relations at The University of Cambodia and to be with my dearest Dr. Kamsiah.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Entertainment by The Mekong: The Voice of Paul Anka

August 1, 2015

Entertainment by The Mekong: The Voice of Paul Anka

It is the weekend again. What a hectic week it was for those of you guys in Malaysia. dr-kamsiah-and-din-in-baju-melayuYou were being entertained by the tricks and antics of our Prime Minister, YAB Dato’Seri Najib  Tun Abdul Razak.We have chosen Paul Anka, composer, singer and entertainer.

Paul Anka recorded his first single, “I Confess“, when he was 14. In 1957 he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was widely believed to be a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter. In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. The song “Diana” brought Anka stardom as it rocketed to #1 on the Canadian and U.S. music charts. “Diana” is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including “It’s Time to Cry”, which hit #4 and “(All Of a Sudden) My Heart Sings”, which reached #15, making him (at 17) one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain, then Australia with Buddy Holly. Anka also wrote “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – a song written for Holly, which Holly recorded just before he died in 1959. Anka stated shortly afterward:

“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly’s family. I’m giving my composer’s royalty to his widow – it’s the least I can do.

Paul Anka’s talent included the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (reworked in 1962 from a song Anka wrote earlier called “Toot Sweet“; it had been rewritten with lyrics and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959 as “It’s Really Love“).] Anka composed Tom Jones‘s biggest hit record, “She’s a Lady“, and wrote the English lyrics to “My Way“, Frank Sinatra‘s signature song (originally the French song “Comme d’habitude”). In the 1960s Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit film The Longest Day (which also was the official march of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, in which he made a cameo appearance as a US Army Ranger. For his film work he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, “Lonely Boy“. He also wrote and recorded “My Home Town”, which was a #8 pop hit for him the same year. He then went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. In 1960 he appeared twice as himself in NBC‘s short-lived crime drama Dan Raven.

In 1960, Anka signed with RCA Victor. He bought the rights and ownership of his ABC-Paramount catalog in 1963, but like most North American recording artists saw his career stalled by the British Invasion. By the late 1960s, his career focused on adult contemporary and big-band standards, played regularly in Las Vegas. In the early 1970s he signed with Buddah Records. After more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, he signed with United Artists and in 1974 teamed up with Odia Coates to record the #1 hit, “(You’re) Having My Baby“. The two would record two more duets that made it into the Top 10, “One Man Woman/One Woman Man” (#7) and “I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone” (#8), and the #15 duet “(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love”. In 1975 he recorded a jingle for Kodak written by Bill Lane (lyrics) and Roger Nichols (melody) called “Times of Your Life“. It became so popular Anka recorded it as a full song, which peaked at #7 in the U.S. pop chart in 1976. The follow-up was another hit that Anka wrote for Sinatra, “Anytime (I’ll Be There)”, peaking at #33. Anka’s last Top 40 hit in the U.S. was in the summer of 1983: “Hold Me ‘Til The Mornin’ Comes”, which included backing vocals from then-Chicago frontman Peter Cetera; it hit #2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart.

His 1998 album A Body of Work was his first new U.S. studio release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983; vocalists and performers included Celine Dion, Kenny G, Patti LaBelle, and Skyler Jett. The album included a new version of “Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes”, once again performed with Peter Cetera. In 2005, his album of big-band arrangements of contemporary standards, Rock Swings, provided a mainstream comeback of sorts that saw him awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.

On October 12, 2009, Anka stated that Michael Jackson‘s new release titled “This Is It” was a collaborative effort between the two in 1983. According to Anka, after recording the song, Jackson decided not to use it and the tune was then recorded and released by Sa-Fire. After Anka threatened to sue for credit and a share of royalties, the administrators of Jackson’s estate granted Anka 50% of the copyright.[15] An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, “Love Never Felt So Good”, was discovered shortly thereafter. His album Songs of December charted at #58 in Canada in November 2011.–wikipedia

Please have a good weekend from Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican.


Paul Anka and Sammy Davis Jr.

My Cousin Ahmad Daud from Penang

Weekend Entertainment by The Mekong

July 25, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment by The Mekong

Kamsiah and Din in PNP

Dr Kamsiah and I promised you that Sir Cliff Richard will be our entertainer for this weekend. Let us start off with his rendition of Little Things Mean a Lot.

The sentiments reflected in this tune are out of date. 21st century women have no time for gentlemanly conduct like giving your hand when “she crosses the street”or “your shoulder to cry on”.  Rosmah Mansor, for example, goes for power, diamonds and money. Others like members of the Housewives Club accept being second, third or fourth wives as long as their men are loaded with money.

Ask Tiger Woods and he will tell you that his former wife was after his money. These men (ah, Tiger is a very good-looking guy with uncontrollable urges that got into an expensive divorce) have looks that could sink a thousand ships. Well, that is my view (Din Merican).

There are exceptions are as in all things. And here Dr Kamsiah agrees. But in general, it is true that, as Dame Shirley Bassey says, “Diamond are Forever”. Rosmah has no difficulty in endorsing that statement.

Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. He has been a resident for most of his life in the United Kingdom, but in 2010 confirmed that he is now also a citizen of Barbados. In addition to his property in England, he divides his time between living in Barbados and at a vineyard property in Portugal. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the UK and is the third-top-selling singles artist in UK Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

With his backing group the Shadows, Richard, originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single “Move It” is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.” Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music later led to a more middle of the road pop image, sometimes venturing into contemporary Christian music.

Over a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and two Ivor Novello Awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist] and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles (or 18, depending on the counting methodology) and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in 5 consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s. In 2008, he celebrated his 50th anniversary in music by releasing a greatest hits album, featuring the new track “Thank You for a Lifetime“, which reached number 3 in the UK singles chart. In November 2013, Richard released his latest album, The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook, which became the 100th album of his career. –wikipedia.

Please enjoy your weekend and leave politics in Malaysia behind. We believe that time is a great equaliser. Najib’s fate is coming. It will be one of a disgrace. He will be remembered in our history as the Prime Minister who blew all opportunities he had to build a united and prosperous Malaysia. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Sir Cliff Richard

Bonus: P Ramlee and Saloma

Your Weekend Entertainment– Matt Monro

July 18, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment by The Mekong

Kamsiah and Din in Phnom Penh2Dr. Kamsiah who is now in Phnom Penh and I are pleased to present Matt Monro as our guest singer for this weekend. This former London Bus driver  was blessed with a golden voice. Here is a short write up about him which we obtained from  Wikipedia.

Matt was born Terence Edward Parsons in Shoreditch, London[1] and attended Duncombe School in Islington, and Elliott School in Putney] Affectionately nicknamed “the singing bus driver” (because one of his many occupations prior to achieving fame was driving the Number 27 bus from Highgate to Teddington),he got his first break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist with the BBC Show Band. An important influence on his early career was the pianist Winifred Atwell, who became his mentor, provided him with his stage name, and helped him sign with Decca Records.

A Warm Personality with a Fabulous Voice

In 1957 Monro released Blue and Sentimental, a collection of standards. Despite the album’s critical acclaim, Monro languished among the young male singers trying to break through at the end of the 1950s, many of them emulating Frankie Vaughan by recording cover versions of American hits. (Monro even recorded a version of Vaughan’s “Garden of Eden” during this period.) A short recording contract with Fontana Records followed.

Matt MonroBy the end of the 1950s, Monro’s mid-decade fame had evaporated, and he returned to relative obscurity. He and his wife Mickie lived from her wages as a song plugger and his royalties from a TV advertising jingle for Camay soap. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, “Bound for Texas”, for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes..

Let us just relax and come back refreshed to witness and read about the political nonsense from Najib and his bunch of goons, all of whom should be put in a special prison for the things they have done to our country. When will UMNO Malays realise they have been bribed into silence.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican in Phnom Penh.

Bonus for My Friends and  Readers in Wonderful Thailand

Another Version –Sabai Sabai (Rock)