May 23, 2015
Your Weekend Entertainment– Nat King Cole
I turned 76 today. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to be entertained by one of crooners of my generation, Nat King Cole, the man with a velvet voice and a heart of gold. I regret that I cannot be with my wife, Dr. Kamsiah, to share the occasion. Her duty to her patients prevents her from being in Phnom Penh for the occasion.
Seven decades plus 5 have gone too quickly and when I look back and take stock of my life and after my reflection in the dying hours of my 75th year, I find I have not achieve very much except for being a constant irritant to my widowed mother when I was growing up, and now for crossing swords with our corrupt and dishonest Najib regime and his UMNO predecessors. There is still much that remains to be done; it is never too late but I must now make haste slowly.
At The University of Cambodia, I will be able to do research and write my memoirs with the help of some of my able research assistants and eager graduate students, catch up with my reading outside of my fields of specialisation. It has been quite some time since I read a poem, the classics and other novels, and books on history, religion and philosophy.
I remain forever indebted to my departed mother for giving me a priceless gift of a good education which enabled me to travel and work in many countries, for teaching me to know the difference between right and wrong and not to compromise on principles, and how to be humane and considerate to and do no harm to others. I am also grateful to my dear wife Dr. Kamsiah for allowing me to answer my call for service in Phnom Penh at the University of Cambodia in education and capacity building.
The environment here in Phnom Penh is liberating and quite inspiring since Cambodia’s leaders and Cambodians are busy rebuilding the civil war ravaged country. What Prime Minister Hun Sen has done to politics is to create a political culture based on dialogue and win-win discourse, and cooperation among all stakeholders. He believes that politics should not be adversarial and confrontational if everyone is focused on development of the human character and mind and the economy. The much respected and admired Prime Minister Hun Sen is revamping the education system to make it world class so that his people can integrate and compete in ASEAN and the rest of the world, and I am here at the University of Cambodia to partake in making his vision a reality. For this reason, at 76 today, I am perked up and excited.
Let me assure you that I will not lose sight of my beloved Malaysia.. I will be active on my blog to expose the rampant corruption and abuses of power of the UMNO-BN regime without fear, and keep a close watch on what the political opposition is saying and doing, not hesitating to criticise them when they fail to keep to their cause.
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