Happy Chinese New Year–Gong Xi Fa Chai

February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 2015–Gong Xi Fa Chai

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Dr. Kamsiah and I wish all our Chinese Friends and associates around the world a Happy and Prosperous New Year (The Year of the Goat), which falls February 19, 2015. May you return safely home for the traditional dinner. It is wonderful to be among family and friends to usher in the New Year. It is a special feeling to be home with your family. There is nothing like family and that is why your annual dinner on the eve of the New Year has so much meaning. It is also an opportunity to pay your respect to your elders.

We have enjoyed interacting with you on this blog and on Facebook. Your comments and ideas have been useful and educational to us in particular. If only our government leaders listen and take heed of our concerns and act for national unity, Malaysia will be a wonderful place.

We have made many friends via internet. We wish very much to meet you in person to express our warm greetings on this great occasion. That is not possible because you are widely dispersed across the globe. But we hope our message of goodwill and friendship via this blog will suffice. Cheers. Gong Xi Fa Chai.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Message of Moderation for 2015

December 27, 2014

Message of Moderation to Najib, PERKASA and ISMA for 2015

by Azmi Sharom@www.thestar.com.my (12-24-14)

When facing the challenges of a nation, one can approach it through a crude and hateful ideology determined that it is the only valid viewpoint and filled with the malicious intent of the bigoted. Or we can choose rationality, compassion, fairness, justice and inclusiveness.–Azmi Sharom

Azmi Sharom 3WHAT do the IS, Taliban and Boko Haram have in common?Firstly, they all describe themselves as Islamic.Secondly they all have carried out acts of despicable brutality.Finally, they are convinced that they are absolutely correct in what they do.

I think there is a lesson to be learnt from these three groups for us in Malaysia. I don’t think we in Malaysia can truly comprehend the horrors felt by those who are the victims of these three organisations.

Mass kidnappings, forced conversions, the murder of schoolchildren, the beheadings of innocents, out-and-out war; these are things which are so grotesque that, to me at least, they seem almost unreal. But they are real and we are blessed that we do not have to experience them first hand. But we must not be complacent.

I am not here to be a cheerleader for the anti-terrorism law now in the works. I have my doubts about this new law, but more importantly, the need for such laws indicate a failure to deal with a problem before it becomes a problem.

Desmond Tutu

Now it would be naïve and foolish to think that the IS, Boko Haram and Taliban, for all their pious posturing, are purely about religion. I am certain that any in-depth study of them will show that their roots are economic, political and social in nature. However, religion is a very useful tool and these people know how to use them.


How much easier is it to convince your followers that killing people is all right if is clothed in the language of a holy war. It is much simpler to deal with economic problems by making the cause of these problems the infidels and the answer is to eliminate them. And controlling society becomes a breeze when you can convince people that you are doing God’s work and only you are correct (coupled with a vicious system of law of course).

What does this have to do with us? Frankly folks, I do not know what our future holds. I do not know if our economy is going to be strong or whether it will collapse. What I do know is that if things get bad, then people will become desperate and they will turn to something to give them hope. The language of the extremist is one such place

It is absolutely vital therefore that we must have many voices and views out there. There has to be opinions which are not reactionary but measured, thoughtful and just. We must dilute the potency of the extreme with a variety of alternative thought.

There are extremists amongst us, and make no mistake they are there, if not in out and out terrorist mode their language and stance is but a few steps away. If we allow only their voices to be heard, then what we are doing is preparing the soil for extremist behaviour to seed and take root the moment things get bad.

inclusivenessOne Choice: Inclusiveness with Compassion

It is therefore of utmost importance to place into the consciousness of the nation a choice. The choice is a clear one. When facing the challenges of a nation, one can approach it through a crude and hateful ideology determined that it is the only valid viewpoint and filled with the malicious intent of the bigoted. Or we can choose rationality, compassion, fairness, justice and inclusiveness.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2015)

December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2015)

Merry Xmas and New Year 2014The Season to be Fearless about Truth and Justice

Dr. Kamsiah and I wish all our Christian friends and associates in Malaysia and around the world  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Let there be Peace among men and women of Goodwill. As we welcome the festive season, let us spare a thought for those among us who cannot for a reason or another enjoy the merriment that this occasion brings.

Let us say a prayer for those who lives have been shattered by those who use war for political ends, promote their ideology of violence and hatred, and  seek to destroy our heritage and impoverish humanity. Renew your Faith in Humanity, Compassion and Most Exalted and Merciful God and say No to Terrorism, Racism, Bigotry.

How about some Christmas songs to welcome the festivities.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

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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