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Your Weekend Entertainment– Nat King Cole


May 23, 2015

Phnom Penh

Your  Weekend Entertainment– Nat King Cole

I turned 76 today. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to be entertained by one of dinat UC 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.

Thank you for good wishes on Facebook and look to your support and encouragement for this blog. To worth anything, a blog must be read by discerning readers and visitors. So keep those comments coming.–Din Merican

Weekend Entertainment from Phnom Penh by The Mekong


May 9, 2015

Weekend Entertainment from Phnom Penh by The Mekong

Yes, CLF, I have been neglecting my DJ duties for a quite a while. The reason is simple. Music depends on one’s mood. In Malaysia with all the nonsense happening under the leadership of the inept, dishonest and extremely  corrupt Jibby, there is no mood for enjoyment. But in Phnom Penh, I feel useful, energised and liberated.

Here I see Cambodians working hard daily to make decent living while their leaders are busy trying to attract foreign investment to create jobs for their people. The politics is stable with Prime Minister Hun Sen is fully in charge and the city by the Mekong is vibrant and booming. Economic growth for 2015 is projected to be 8 percent in real terms driven by construction, tourism and agriculture. The Riel is stable against the US dollar.

Din and Kam @KLIAI am in a celebratory mood right now and it is indeed appropriate to feature Neil Diamond. I dedicate this entire album of Neil’s hits to my dear wife, Dr. Kamsiah and all of you wherever you may be in God’s world. To my dear wife, I say be strong as I am only 90 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Stay cool. Change is coming to Malaysia if we all can make it happen.–Din Merican

Dame Shirley Bassey at The BBC


March 21, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment –Dame Shirley Bassey at The BBC

We all have been through a lot this whole week and the week before. We have wtinessed the passing of the Hudud Bill (with amendments) by PAS and UMNO politicians at the Kelantan state assembly. They did it for purely political reasons. We read that at LIMA 2015, our beloved Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has bought himself a new toy which will fly him and his consort around the world, costing nearly half billion ringgit at our expense. The Police continues to arrest and persecute opposition politicians like Nurul Izzah, Rafizi Ramli et.al while in our homes, we are not secure from night raiders who will rob us clean when we are less vigilant.

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The 1MDB scandal continues with the Auditor-General in action while attempts to divert our attention from this mother of scandals continues unabated. On April 1, GST comes into effect leaving citizens burdened with the rise in the cost of living. So far, we know taxi, bus and train fares have gone up. We are sure  that  the prices of tosai, chapati, roti canai and tea tarik will rise as well, and we know salaries have not increased.

Let us put all that behind us at least momentarily and take a break.  We hope will enjoy the company of  the incomparable Dame Shirley Bassey who sings with such emotion and virtuosity.– Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Weekend Entertainment–Barry Manilow: My Dream Duets


March 7, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment–Barry Manilow: My Dream Duets

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For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and I are pleased to share  Barry Manilow’s latest release titled  Barry Manilow: My Dream Duets with you. With technology, imagination and creativity, Singer-Composer-Arranger, Barry is able to “sing” with singers long gone. Listen him do that with Mama Cass Ellioit, Whitney Houston, John Denver, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and others. Enjoy yourself with this album. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

 

Relax to the Sounds of Glenn Miller


February 26, 2015

Relax with the Music of Glenn Miller

February 2014 is nearing its end. What better way to relax than to listen to the music ofJames Stewart Glenn Miller. May it bring back memories to men and women of my generation with the sounds of Glenn Miller. I remember watching James Stewart play the role of Glenn Miller in the movie in tribute of this wonderful bandleader. June Allyson played Mrs. Glenn Miller.  Dr. Kamsiah was  too young to remember.–Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment: Frank Sinatra


February 14, 2015

Your Weekend Entertainment: Frank Sinatra

Happy V Day to All
Happy V Day to All

For this weekend,let us listen to Frank Sinatra, the greatest crooner-singer of the 2oth century. While browsing the youtube, we found this video recording of the making of the album titled LA is My Lady. Composer-Arranger Quincy Jones led a group of some of the top musicians, Lionel Hampton, Ray Brown, Ubie Green, George Benson, Newman Foster et.al, with Mr. Sinatra as the main attraction. We think this album is the best of the many albums released by this entertainer over the years. We hope, you will enjoy our choice for this weekend. All the best.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

P.S. As suggested by Kellen, we dedicate this clip (below) featuring George Strait to the family of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim. May they stay united and strong in the face of adversity with their father now in prison.