Saturday, April 25, 2015

‘THE INTERVIEW’ CREATED BY ROGUE PRODUCERS OF HOLLYWOOD WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAILED.

…THEY ARE THE ‘CHARLIE HEBDO’ OR ‘THE NUTS’ OF THE FILM INDUSTRY IN AMERICA.          
By Mansor Puteh



‘The Interview’ was not shown in the cinemas in Malaysia and it will never happen.

In fact it was also not shown in the cinemas in many other countries; and only those in America and the west showed it.

The producers of this film must be put in the same league as the cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine of Paris.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DAP STATE ASSEMBLYMAN FOR BALAKONG CAUGHT GAMBLING AND HE WAS GIVEN A THREE-MONTH SUSPENSION BY HIS PARTY.

…ANWAR IBRAHIM WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS JAIL FOR SODOMY, BUT DAP DIDN’T CARE ABOUT IT AND HOW THE DAP AND PAS ARE TWO PARTIES WITH CONFLICTING INTERESTS AND GOALS WITH ONE TRYING TO ESTABLISH A SECULAR STATE WHILE THE OTHER AN ISLAMIC ONE.  
By Mansor Puteh


I can say I know Balakong quiet well; I live nearby this area. It is not quiet and also not well. By right it does not need anyone to represent it in parliament or the state assembly. There is anarchy here in more ways than one.

But the laws of the land say they have to include this area for political parties to put their men to get the votes to represent them in parliament and the state assembly.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MELAYU RAYA COULD HAVE CAUSED SINGAPORE NOT TO EXIST AS WHAT IT IS TODAY.

…CHANCES ARE LEE KUAN YEW WOULD ONLY BE A STATE MINISTER OF SINGAPORE WITH SINGAPORE HAVING A GOVERNOR, AND A MELAYU ONE AT THAT LIKE LIM GUAN ENG OF PULAU PINANG.   
By Mansor Puteh


If not for his Baba background, Lee Kuan Yew would not be what he had been, being able to go deeper into the psyche of the Melayu in Singapore and Tanah Melayu or Malaya then, and being able to speak fluent Melayu which also gave him a good advantage over the other Chinese leaders.

If he had been just like the other Chinese, chances are he might not be able to speak in Melayu to be able to mix with them a lot more and thus became just like the other Chinese leaders in Singapore who were not Baba or Straits-born Chinese.

Monday, April 13, 2015

‘TREE OF SORROW’ BY MALIM GHOZALI PK

… A PROMISING NOVEL IN ENGLISH BY A MELAYU AUTHOR WHICH HAS SUCH A GOOD AND INTERESTING PREMISE BUT WEAK PLOT AND CHARACTERS.
By Mansor Puteh


This novel can be rewritten to make it more interesting by putting it in the context of the overall history of the country, Malaysia today or Tanah Melayu then when it came under British colonial rule that not many today would know or are aware of.

I would also like to see how some of the British officers who had to do what they had to do despite their personal contempt of the orders they had to execute, and relating how they had to come here from having assigned a foreign duty by the Colonial Office in London.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

RAJA HUSSAIN SHAH, RAFFLES, FARQUHAR AND HOW SINGAPORE WAS A LAND STOLEN FROM THE MELAYU AND JOHOR

…WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY MEANT TO BE A MERE TRADING POST AND NOT A SOVEREIGN STATE.
By Mansor Puteh



Singapore is a land that was stolen by the British and given to the Chinese after they brought in enough of the coolies to overwhelm the Melayu who up to the 1800s were in the majority.

The Melayu could still be in the majority if the British had not brought in the Chinese and also Indians from their respective countries, but more Melayu from the neighboring islands and Indonesia.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

LEE KUAN YEW AND THE STRANGE STORY OF AN ISLAND

…HE CAN NEVER BE APPRECIATED BY SUCH A SMALL GROUP OF SINGAPOREANS AND FORMER SINGAPOREANS FOR HAVING DONE SO MUCH FOR SINGAPORE.
By Mansor Puteh


It is described as a small red dot in the sea of green, whatever that means… It is definitely not the flag of Bangladesh.

It is Singapore being surrounded by Melayu and Muslim countries of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CHARLIE HEBDO SACRIFICED THE DEATH OF SOME OF THEIR CARTOONISTS AND STAFF TO PROVE A POINT THAT THEY BELIEVE IN THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

– BY THEIR OWN WEIRD DEFINITION WHICH IN THE PROCESS ALSO HELPED TO DESTROY WHAT FRANCE STOOD FOR. IT IS DEFINITELY A STUPID WAY TO PROVE A POINT, AND DEADLY TOO.  
By Mansor Puteh


Those smart and confused people at Charlie Hebdo should have known better. The French and their president, too should have known better, not to be misled by what they think is right, which could create unintended consequences.

Maybe the issue or controversy surrounding Charlie Hebdo had died, but it is also good to bring it to life for just a bit or while more, to nail an interesting point that had not been raised when the issue was hot.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

HOW COME THERE IS NO BLACK COUPLE ANYWHERE IN THE WRODL WHO HAS ADOPTED A WHITE CHILD

, EVER, ESPECIALLY EVEN IN AMERICA OR SOUTH AFRICA WHICH HAVE WHITE AND BLACK MAJORITY, RESPECTIVELY?
By Mansor Puteh


This is really not much of an issue. But did anyone anywhere in the world miss discussing or raising the matter? Isn’t it also important, as it can bring out a lot if that has happened, because it would reflect a lot on many things and issues surrounding it.

And why must someone from Malaysia raise it?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ARE THEY THE CHINESE AND INDIAN CHAUVINISTS IN MALAYSIA

– HE WHO SPEAK IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE WITH THEIR OWN PEOPLE BUT WHO FORCE THE MELAYU TO SPEAK IN ENGLISH INSTEAD OF MELAYU EVEN WHEN THEY ARE WORKING IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES.
By Mansor Puteh



They are Chinese and Indian chauvinists alright, they who claim to be Malaysians through and through but who do not speak in the national language even with the Melayu.

Yet, they speak in Chinese which is not a language, but a nationality – with the languages of the Chinese being Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and so on; and Indian is also not a language but a nationality of India – whose languages are Hindi, Tamil, Malayam, etc, etc.

Friday, March 20, 2015

DVD PIRACY AND DISTRIBUTION WIDESPREAD IN AN UNDISCLOSED COUNTRY WHERE THE LOCAL ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES ARE RELUCTANT TO GO HARD ON THEM.

ONLY SO FEW ARE DETAINED, CHARGED AND PUNISHED BY THE
COURTS.
By Mansor Puteh


Here is a most unlikely scenario concerning the sale of counterfeit DVDs of Hollywood and films from many countries.

It is a common scene in an ordinary ‘night market’ or ‘pasar malam’ as they call it there in an undisclosed country.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MINDGAMES: AM I THE ONLY PERSON TO HAVE READ THIS NOVEL IN ITS ENTIRETY?

BIG FAT BOOK, THIN ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND PLACE DESCRIPTION.
By Mansor Puteh


Mindgames by Yang-May Ooi, is set in Malaysia. But I am here in Malaysia and have been in most of my life.

But I can’t figure out which parts of Malaysia is the author referring to. She maybe Malaysian (I’m not sure of this) but a Chinese and residing in England.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

WHITE HOUSE SECURITY SUMMIT: WHO ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM AND WHO ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION?

By Mansor Puteh


The White House Security Summit aimed to subjugate the Arabs more and not to empower them.

And inviting those to attend it in February, 2015, who look like they were part of the problem and not of the solution to the Arab matter; with some who can be charged for hijacking Islam and not using the religion to promote and empower the Arabs especially the young ones to better themselves…

But are America and the west blameless in this?

Monday, March 2, 2015

THREE BRITISH-MUSLIM SCHOOLGIRLS AND JIHADI JOHN ALL DOING NOTHING MORE THAN TO PUT INTO PRACTICE THE TRUE MEANINGS OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND OF ASSEMBLY AND OF SPEECH

THAT EVERYBODY IN FRANCE ARE TALKING ABOUT. THE CHARLIE HEBDO MAGAZINE IS DEAD, R.I.P.!...AND HOW THE WAR THEATER HAD MOVED FROM THE MIDDLE TO EUROPE FOR THE ZIONISTS.
By Mansor Puteh
                                                 


‘I totally disagree with you and what you do, but I will defend and support you…’ Who said that, and who liked to say that?

And who will say this concerning the three British-Muslim schoolgirls and Jihadi John?

They liked to say that on the issue concerning Charlie Hebdo, but not in this particular one. Why?

Can one expect to see a gathering of peaceful people who voice their support for such freedoms in the streets of Paris and London soon?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

‘THE JOURNEY’ BACK TO CHINA OF THE CHINESE IN MALAYSIA WHO REFUSE AND CANNOT ACCEPT ASSIMILATION

AND WHO IS FEELING HOW THEIR SOCIETY IS BEING SURROUNDED BY THE VERY PERSONS THEY WANTED TO OVERWHELM. IT SHOULD BE SET IN SINGAPORE OR ‘PENANG’.
By Mansor Puteh


Have the Chinese filmmakers in Malaysia found a niche in the international film festival circuit by coming up with more and more films dealing with their anguish and anxieties living in a country outside of China and facing whatever difficulties and social and cultural disconnection with their host country?

This is an interesting theme.

But can they pull by coming up with something magnificent?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WHY ARE AMERICA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ‘UNDER ATTACK’ BY ARAB OR MUSLIM AND LONE WOLVES ‘TERRORISTS’?

…AND SOME CARTOONISTS TOO CAN BE DESCRIBED AS TERRORISTS!
By Mansor Puteh



What is happening in Europe, the west and America is reminiscent of what happened in America in the 1960s when the Blacks formed the Black Panther and SLA parallel to the movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Black Panther and Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) were a radical and militant Black Power movement which had also gained the support of some American athletes; two of whom wore a black glove when they received their medals in the Olympics.

But they these underground groups did not get the credits due to them all of which were given to one person – Dr. Martin Luther King who now has a day in the American calendar named after him, other than some roads and also a concrete statue in his liking near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

The Black Power movement had to kidnap the daughter of American media magnate, Randolph Hearst, before they were taken seriously.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS DOES NOT REPRESENT THE REPORTERS OF THE WORLD, BUT THEMSELVES ALONE.

…HOW COULD ANY SANE PERSON AGREE WITH THEIR SLOGAN, ‘FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION DOES NOT HAVE A RELIGION’ AND THE BANNING ON THE WEARING OF THE BURQAS BY SOME MUSLIMS IN FRANCE?   
By Mansor Puteh


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – Reporters Without Sense! This is what this organization truly is.

They have their own goals to achieve and aims to realize and they may not be what many other reporters especially those in the Arab and Muslim countries, would support.

And they had not bothered to find out just how many reporters in the world who do not support them.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DUMB AND DUMBER POLITICAL, INTELLECTUAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN THE WEST AND ALSO THE ARAB AND MUSLIM WORLDS

…AND HOW THE WORLD HAS TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.
By Mansor Puteh



Muslim political and intellectual leaders today are all trying to prove to everybody who are dumb and dumber…so they are willing to do the unconceivable by fighting with each other purely based on the slight provocations from outsiders who agents habitually infiltrate their organizations, governments and countries like they did not better how to counter them, each time it happened.  

The Muslim and Arab World seemed to be more peaceful when there were not too many so-called smart people, when the leaders and wealthy people knew Islam better than they do now.

Islam spread around the world not by the sword but by trading and intermarriage and no Muslim country had invaded another country unlike Catholicism which used the sword and force the people they had colonized and dominated to join their faith.

The people in the Philippines were Muslims before the Spanish came to conquer them. However, they were not able to move south which still has a Muslim majority.  

Many Arabs especially in the old days were living simply in caves without care for their personal well-being because they only cared for the Hereafter.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHARLIE HEBDO AND THE NEW MARKETING STRATEGY TO PROMOTE FLEDGING PUBLICATIONS.

…GET THEIR COUNTRY AND MOST OF THE WESTERN WORLD TO SUPPORT THEM TO GO FOR THE KILLING AT THE SALES, EVEN IF IT MEANS SACRIFICING SOME OF THEIR OWN STAFF AND A FEW OTHERS – AND FRANCE BANNING THE BURQAS TO RESTRICT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
By Mansor Puteh


Look who’s laughing all the way to the bank…

The three police officers who were gunned down by the attackers at Charlie Hebdo were given a state funeral and given the Legion of Honor.

Yet, the cartoonists who had also died in the incident for which the attack had been launched causing the police officers to be killed, have not been given similar state funerals or Legion of Honor. They deserve to get them more than the police officers, because they were the reasons for the attack to take place, in the first place.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLIE HEBDO OF PARIS AND CHARLIE CHAN OF HOLLYWOOD

…AND THE ONE MILLION IN THE UNITY MARCH IN PARIS (TO NOWHERE), LED BY HOLLANDE AND SOME OTHER EUROPEAN LEADERS…
By Mansor Puteh



This is what is happening in Paris and France in recent times; the French had discovered that their own definition and concept of the Freedom of Speech and Expression to be wanting and it is not perfect.

This is what the whole of France and the world did not see; they refused to see it because their eyes are blinkered; they are too close to the happenings that they had all failed to be intellectual and realistic or real.

All of them are thinking of Charlie Hebdo of Paris and none of them seemed to be aware of Charlie Chan of Hollywood. Both the Charlies are in the same boat, involved in the same issues and controversies.

Charlie Chan is ‘dead’, long live Charlie Hebdo…?

And the National Front of France leader Marien le Pen was not invited to attend the march in Paris so she had to organize one her own elsewhere? Long live, ‘Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite’ (Liberty, Equality and Fraternity)??

Yet, Charlie Hebdo cartoonists did not consider these national slogans or philosophy when they decided to make fun of the Prophet knocking off ‘Equalite and Fraternate’ as they pleased.  


Friday, January 23, 2015

ARAB TERROR SUSPECTS AND TERRORISTS AND MILITANTS HAVE STRONG AND DIRECT LINKS TO HOLLYOOD!

…HOLLYWOOD MOMENTS AND TAKING THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND SPEECH TO THE UTMOST EXTREME – AND ATTACKS ON THE CHARLIE HEBDO OFFICE AND THE KOSHER SUPERMARKET IN PARIS AND THE LINDT CAFÉ IN SYDNEY.
By Mansor Puteh



The French government or police did not like it that one of the newspapers in France on Saturday, 10 January, 2015 had published a photo on the front-page showing a terrorist gunning down to kill an injured policeman who was lying on the sidewalk, who happens to be an Arab, too, like his attacker. 

Here is how the French practice their so-called Freedom of speech and expression by supporting the publishing of some sketches depicting the Prophet yet on the other hand they frowned upon another newspaper from publishing the photo which they thought was insensitive.

This is happening even before the woman, Hayat, who is said to be linked to the hostage crisis in the Kosher Supermarket (Hyper Cacher) is arrested and the dramas of the two attacks on it and Charlie Hebdo are fully digested. 


Even the attackers of the Twin Towers of Lower Manhattan might have got inspiration from watching an earlier Hollywood called ‘Independence Day’ which saw the White House being bombed to smithereens. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

CARTOONS AND CARNAGE AND CHAOS:

HOW CARTOONISTS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO DEFINE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND SPEECH, THE EFFECTS CAN BE DEADLY, THEY WHO CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THEIR PENS AS MUCH AS SOME OTHERS WITH THEIR FIREARMS AND ALSO VETO POWER IN THE UNITED NATIONS.
By Mansor Puteh


A reckless man with a gun can be as harmful as an irresponsible cartoonist with a pen…

Some cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris found this out and paid for it dearly with their own lives.

They subscribed to the false impression and their own version and definition of Freedom of speech and expression and did not care for the sentiments of the others who they poke fun of and paid the price for it with their lives.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION AND THE FAKERY OF THE FRENCH’, EUROPEANS’ AND AMERICANS’ EXHORTATIONS ON THESE.

…WHY EVEN ON OSCAR NIGHT NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO WEAR SIMPLY, THE FOUR-LETTER WORD IS STILL NOT ALLOWED TO BE BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED IN THE MEDIA!
By Mansor Puteh



I first visited Paris in January, 1981 and the second time in June, 2013. I had fond memories of the city I visited the first time.

Paris has not changed the second time I saw it again recently with the Eiffel Tower still standing proudly and can be seen from all over the city.

The only start difference that I could see is the sight of the many colored people especially Arabs and Muslims from African countries that had been colonized by France earlier, who are now there, especially at the Eiffel Tower and the train station, Gard du Nord which was where I had put up in a hotel at.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

HAS THE STAR NEWSPAPER BECOME THE LAUGHING STOCK OF WORLD JOURNALISM?

…CAN THE STAR PRODUCE A DOCUMENTARY ON THE HISTORY OF THEIR NEWSPAPER?
By Mansor Puteh


This is one definition on who may be a nationalist and a chauvinist: A Malaysian nationalist is a person who studies and studied in the national schools; a chauvinist is one who studies and studied in the vernacular schools who grow up depending on the charity of the Melayu for his commercial business while not having any fascination for Malaysian culture and arts, choosing only those from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.

And a Chinese chauvinist newspaper promotes not Malaysian culture but China, Hong Kong and Taiwan culture with the Indian or Tamil chauvinist newspaper promoting India culture and not highlighting the participation of Chinese-Malaysians in the arts and film in Malaysia.

Normally some newspapers like to charge some agencies or individuals for becoming ‘the laughing stock’ of the country. They do that all the time, with the editors and journalists who also sometimes use their readers to say similar things.

But surprisingly, this charge can now be leveled at one newspaper in Malaysia which seems to believe too much in what they say, especially when they want to redefine ‘moderation’ and ‘extremism’ to suit their political agendas, whatever they are without realizing that these two words in the English language not only have negative meanings but also positive ones that they did not care to ask what they are.

How could a reputable English language newspaper not know this? That one can be extremely kind and also moderately evil!

So what’s the point in asking for everybody not to be extremists and to get them to be moderates?

The Star indeed can be charged for being the laughing stock of world journalism.

For a mere newspaper, the Star can be charged for misusing the medium to express the politics of their editors.

Have they gone too far with the word, with their views?

No other newspaper in the world has come anywhere near to them. They are indeed in a class of their own.

Of course the Washington Post had caused President Richard Nixon to be forced to resign over the Watergate scandal. But in this instance, it is the Stargate scandal or controversy that the Star has found it embroiled in.

But alas not many in Malaysian will care about this newspaper which will go on insisting that they are right that they have the right to report and criticize as they please.  

Is the Star taken the Malaysian and their readers and especially their non-readers for granted for too long?

The most disgusting part is how they have the gumption to want to do whatever they are doing to achieve what they have not bothered or dared to say other than being vague about it.

They also have the veracity to insist that they are right. They won’t buckle; they will continue on with their quest to push for the moderation campaign.

The moderate criminals, rapists and liars will welcome that for they have a lot of sentiments to share.

But the people who are extremely kind and generous will not think much about them. They have been made to feel like they had done something wrong for being extremists in the eyes of some people who did not know any better than to charge them for being ‘extremists’.  

So now the criminals will go on robbing and hurting others but they can do that only moderately. And those who are extremely kind and generously will also want to consider to be less so.

Last year’s bonuses for the Star staff will therefore be moderate; and instead of them getting a few months’ bonus, they will get just half a month!

This will make the staff of the newspaper organization extremely happy for being able to do their part to prove that they also practice what their paper is preaching to everybody.

And in the international front, the Zionists will not want to completely destroy Palestinian towns and villages but partially.

This also caused those who are said and reported by this paper to be supporting their cause, without any of them now actually knowing why and what they are supporting.

The strategy used by the Star is not unique; they write and insist on being right until they come to the extent that they began to believe in their own filth, however ridiculous it may be.

No wonder not many Malaysians are giving their support to their cause.

The silent majority does not care with their politics and continue to read what they say just to see how ridiculous it is.

They want everybody to be moderate. Do their editors, sub-editors and journalists want to do what they are trying to preach, i.e. by getting moderate wages, which is a third of what have been getting now, just to show to everybody and mostly their readers and those who support their cause that they mean what they say?

And will the Star dare to get someone to produce a documentary on its history and also a book on how this newspaper first appeared and how it expanded to become a national newspaper, and if they had supported the cause of Independence or Merdeka of the country?

But can the Star prove to everybody that they are capable of doing what they are doing with their moderation and extremism campaign?

Do they have the history to back that?

Do they dare to get an independent agency to help them come up with a special documentary to document how their newspaper started and how it expanded and what they have been doing all these years to prove that they have been moderates and had also shun extremism?

They have been promoting the English Premier League (EPL) to the extreme, everyday, giving them many pages in the sports section.

They continue to do that even though they have not been given any due recognition by the EPL or even one EPL football team in England.

England has also not offered any of their editors due recognition much less a knighthood for helping to promote the EPL.

The Star newspaper therefore can be charged for being the laughing stock of world of journalism because they are serving the cause of the other countries in this way.

And no newspaper in the world has said they also endorse what this newspaper is doing, much less to want to report on it and to also recommend to the selection committee of the Pulitzer’s Prize to give due recognition to them.

No newspaper in England is devoting even a single column on Malaysian football; even the Wimbledon badminton finals are not covered extensively by any newspaper in England, the reason being no English player has made it to the finals in ages.  




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

THE STAR, MODERATION, EXTREMISM AND THE MELAYU DECOYS OF THE LEFT…

By Mansor Puteh


I have been following the campaign by the Star to encourage moderation by Malaysians and am feeling confused as to what it means and what the Star wants to achieve.

Everything is written in doublespeak and statements made by its originators and unofficial creators are laced with hidden meanings.

How could some mere journalists of a newspaper publishing in English who are not so well-educated on many matters dare to trust themselves to the fore in such a campaign or movement and unabashedly push aside the many others who are better educated than them?

They have failed miserably to definite what they exactly mean by moderation and extremism.

They have in one swipe charged Melayu nationalists as ‘extremists’, they who lead organizations simply to uphold the National Constitution, and nothing more.

They are no more like Mahatma Gandhi who promoted independence of his country, India, or the nationalists of Indonesia who wanted to cause their Dutch colonial masters to leave their country.    

Many Melayu privately wonder if this is nothing but a silly ploy to slowly and moderately change the political system of the country?  

The first Melayu nationalists led by Umno and other Melayu organizations had been recognized for their campaigns and support that led the country to its independence.

They who fought against the implementation of the Malayan Union are ‘extremists’. If they were moderates, chances are Malayan Union would have been implemented.

The newspaper of Malaysia which had championed the cause of Merdeka or Independence of the country was Utusan Melayu; the Chinese newspapers especially did not care too much about helping the leaders of the country on the struggle to achieve Merdeka.

The Star did not exist then.

It is so convenient for the Star to charge Perkasa and the Melayu groups for being ‘extremists’ when they are nationalist organizations.

It is also strange how the campaign to promote moderation and to condemn extremism by the Star has not become a national past-time by most Malaysians of all races and backgrounds; those who had stood up to be counted are mostly those who had retired or pensioned who wanted to be seen to be active.

But alas, they have only managed to get so few people to support their move. Those who offer their support do not seem to have written or said much on the matter

I am confused by what the Star means by 'moderation' and also 'extremism' and who are ‘moderates’ and ‘extremists’.

Therefore one would hope for the newspaper to define what they mean by that instead of using the definition as found in some dictionaries.

I am wondering if the Star condones those who want to be terrorists or militants just moderately? The Moderate Terrorists? The Moderate Racists? The Moderate Criminals, etc?

And is it any bad if one just wants to be extremely kind and generous?

Surely one can now also wonder if the Malaysian football team Harimau Melayu (Malaya?) lost to Thailand in the AFF Suzuki Cup finals simply because they decided to play less agressively to the extreme, but moderately?

Does the Star also want the law enforcement officers and agencies to enforce the law moderately? Does the Star also want the judges to adminster the law moderately? Does the Star want students to study less agressively but moderately?

Did the Star assume that the Malaysian government has not been moderate in their actions?

Tunku Abdul Rahman had been quoted by the Star for being a leader who adopted moderate actions. Is that so?

If Tunku had done so, then surely it could mean that he had agreed to give the Chinese and Indian immigrants citizenship and allowing the Mandarin and Tamil vernacular schools, which have now become one of the reasons for the whole country not being able to develop fully for the full benefit of its citizen.

And is the Star charging the Malaysian government for not adopting a moderate stance so much so that the moderation movement has to be launched and more and more voices from the so-called moderate Melayu and other Malaysians have to be solicited?

Bear in mind that those who have done so including Musa Hitam had not said much on the matter; they said they are moderates. But what exactly have they done to show that they are so?

The Star says it supports the Vision School which the chauvinist Chinese organizations and groups and leaders do not.

For your information the Vision Schools which see schools from the different education systems – Sekolah Melayu, Mandarin and Tamil schools – located in the same area, may be an idea which I had first mooted.

I wrote about it long ago and was asked how such a system be introduced and I said what the government would later describe as the Vision Schools or Sekolah Wawasan.

To me the Melayu who have voiced their support for the movement for the moderates led by the Star to be nothing but decoys to confuse the Chinese even more; they who comprise mostly of people who once held high office but who have not done much upon their retirement and who wants to be counted.

All Melayu know that the shape of the country has changed so much so that in less than a decade Chinese economy and politics that they had tried to exemplify will collapse.

Everywhere the Melayu are present where at an earlier time the Chinese dominated those economic activities.

More and more Chinese have started to accept this as a fact that cannot be denied; that more and more young Chinese have also realized that Sekolah Melayu are their only guarantee for a future.

Those Chinese and Indian kids who do not speak in Melayu will be left behind; unless if they want to be sidelined by the majority Melayu in the country who cannot earn a living if they cannot converse in the Melayu language.

Did Faridah Noor who is one of the twenty-five ‘prominent’ Melayu who support the Star’s moderation movement know what she is talking about?

Wasn’t she who had led the Malaysian team at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Pulau Batu Hitam (Pedra Branca) dispute with Singapore which saw Malaysia lost the islands, because she had conducted the case on behalf of Malaysia moderately?








Saturday, January 3, 2015

WHO IS THE MASTER OF TRIBUTES OF MALAYSIA…HE WHO CRIES CROCODILE TEARS EACH TIME WHEN SOMEONE RELATED TO THE FILM INDUSTRY AND LITERATURE DIES?

…AND WHO WILL WRITE A TRIBUTE FOR THE ‘MASTER OF TRIBUTES’ – BECAUSE HE IS A JOKER?
By Mansor Puteh


There is a person who has written more tributes to dead film actors, directors and authors in Malaysia than anyone else.

It is a pity that there is no special mention of this feat or achievement in the Malaysia Book of Records, or he will definitely get a mention in the book that no one else in Malaysia can better.

It is an achievement not many will want to better, anyway…

Maybe the person who can be described as the Master of Tributes had not written that many tributes to be given this recognition.

He has to wait a while before that happens, and he can achieve this feat when more authors and film folks die; his achievement depends greatly on how many of them die – the sooner the better.   

Normally tributes for the dead are written by someone close to the deceased. But in Malaysia those who are closed to the deceased authors or film folks generally do not do that.

The chore has thus been given to anyone who had the propensity to misuse the word to express emotions that look and sound to be fake.

He was never known to be close to anyone in the film industry and literary scene in Malaysia.

He had not been known to have written anything interesting about them in the form of essays much less in books.

And he had also not been known to have spoken in any length with any of them, much less to pose for photos with them.

However, when one of them dies, he is quick – very quick – to put pen to paper or hit his fingers on the keyboard of his computer to write a tribute on him, calling them ‘his friend’ who had just passed away and which is also a loss to the film and literary scene in the country.

He seems to have developed or created a template in which he can just change the names of the persons and circumstances he had died from and also some details on his artistic or literary backgrounds and he has got yet another tribute to publish.

One thing’s for sure is that he writes not with passion or personal interests but to attract attention to himself so he can show to all Malaysians that he cared. He did not care about the persons he had written when they were alive.

He only cares about them when they are dead.

Who is this person? What is he trying to pull?

He can probably publish an anthology of tributes if there are enough people in these fields had died. But it won’t be anytime soon as those who go away do not go in droves but one at a time.

And for any given year, there are at the most two or three such persons who die, mostly due to old age.

It is also good that his view of things do not extend to very far; he is not known to have written on the arts, since there are some famous but relatively popular painters who had gone on.

Yet, there are also some literary figures who had passed away but they did not get the Master of Tribute’s attention because they are seen to be small figures, not worthy of his attention.

He would deem it unnecessary and below him to come up with a tribute on such personalities.

The Master of Tributes only concentrates on those who are much larger in size and who commanded a certain degree of attention in their fields.

No one can be faulted if he thinks the ‘Master of Tributes’ is nothing but a JOKER!

He is indeed a JOKER.

He is indeed a JOKER because he does not write on personal anecdotes on the ‘victims’, which proves that he did not have any personal relationship with them when they were still alive.

He only writes what is obvious about the person who has become his ‘victim’ by saying about things that everybody knows about him and his works – books he had written or films that he had acted or starred in and how they first met to sit and talk about them, etc, etc.

There is none of that.

Normally, a person paying a tribute to a dead film star or director or author will have something more personal or intimate to share with his readers of his column to show how close they were.

This is also to show how he could and had better understood the inner thinking of the author and film star.

But none of these had appeared and could appear in the tribute simply because it is written by someone who is misusing the dead author and film actor to serve his own self-interests which is to show how much he remembers them and had cared for them and their works, when in fact he did not bother with them when they were still alive.

The Master of Tributes knew no one else would want to write tributes to the dead authors or film folks, so he took it upon himself to do it.

He won’t dare or would want to write tributes of dead national politicians or figures from the government ministries and agencies or corporate sector, because his true colors would be exposed since he did not know any of them to be able to write much on them.

The task normally fell on the newspapers and media to do so and they would normally seek the views of those who were close to the persons.

How could the Master of Tribute want to write on prime ministers who had died? His words will ring hollow because his perspective will be severely restricted. They can only come from his peers and those who knew him, leaders of foreign countries and also party leaders in the Barisan Nasional coalition.  

Let’s see who will write a special tribute if the Master of Tribute dies finally?







Sunday, December 28, 2014

DISADVANTAGES IN STUDYING IN THE SO-CALLED PRIVATE AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN MALAYSIA: HAVE ALL THESE SCHOOLS BEEN OVER-RATED?

…SO WHERE ARE THE FORMER STUDENTS OF SUCH SCHOOLS?
By Mansor Puteh



Parents send their children to the so-called private and international schools because they thought they were more superior compared to the Sekolah Melayu.

But the truth is that this may not be so.

The only reason why these parents send their children to these schools is because they are exclusive and mostly, because they can afford it.

There are many hidden and unaccepted disadvantages of such schools and these parents do not want to be fully aware of what they are. They want to be aloof from them and continue to assume that these schools can give their children the best education in the country.

There are even some who sent their children to Singapore and also to England.

So far no one has ever tried to study what are the advantages and also mostly the disadvantages of such schools and what they can do to the students when they are studying in them and mostly when they are done with studying there and have to be on their own joining the hoi polloi in the universities in the country and also abroad.

Chances are the students are not able to relate with the simple things and the normal persons they would meet at the universities and in the societies they are in.

And they may grow up feeling detached from the society and country and also the world.

Worse, despite them having studied using English as the medium of instruction, some of them may not be able to speak in the language or write much in it later on in their lives other than to use the language for social communication.

A lot of misconceptions have been created of the private and international schools where the medium of instruction is English.

Some of them were established to cater the needs of students who came to live in the country with their parents from abroad who are here to work in international companies or embassies.

But over the years, some Malaysian parents found it expedient and convenient to send their own children to study there, even when the fees charged by such schools are exorbitant.

The students are said to be getting first class education and when the medium of instruction is English, many assume they speak the best English in the country compared to the students who study in the sekolah kebangsaan or national schools or more exactly the Melayu schools.

And the students are said to be better of academically and they are able to converse in English more fluently and expressively.

And better, they are also said to be very liberal and who often manage to obtain better results in their examinations compared to the students of the Sekolah Melayu.

These are mere misconceptions.

And one can’t blame anyone for harboring such misconceptions. Because they had been misled into thinking that they are so.

The truth will shock many.

The truth is that most of the Malaysians who had studied in such schools are not outstanding. They are not able to get better grades in the national examinations compared to those who studied in the Sekolah Melayu, even if they are from the rural and remote areas.

Most, if not all of the students of the private and international schools have parents who are better off economically and socially so they are able to afford to be sent to such schools.

On top of that they are also able to use the latest electronic gadgets and take tuition to supplement their education.

But this does not mean that they are any better than the students of the Sekolah Melayu in many ways.

The shocking truth is that the top students in any national examination are those who studied in the Sekolah Melayu, with some from those in the rural and remote areas and whose parents are simple kampung folks who operate food stalls or tap rubber and so son.

The children of the wealthy in the urban areas and other exclusive residential areas in Lembah Kelang including the children of the titled, seldom, if ever, managed to get a string of As for their examinations.

And most of those who went on to pursue their education at the master’s and doctoral degree levels are the students from Sekolah Melayu.

In fact, most of the scholars that we have in the country are those students from such schools.

So where are the former students of the private and international schools in education? Nowhere.

Most of them go into the private sector by getting their first degrees and this is when they stopped studying altogether.

They have no need to further their education.

They end up no excelling in their own chosen profession.

None of them are capable of excelling in the arts. None became artistes or are engaged in the creation of literature and art.

Some of them may have taken music lessons, but they also do not excel.

And what can they do with their English that they are said to be fluent and proficient in? Nothing.

They use English for social communication and not to acquire further knowledge; worse they are also not able to impress anyone in England and America and the other countries where English are the main medium of everyday communication.

Some of them do English language theater but not in those countries but in Malaysia for a small crowd.

Many of the former students of such schools seem to have lost touch with reality. They live in a world of their own amongst themselves and cannot relate with the majority.

In fact, most of them speak in pidgin or Funny English amongst themselves. They write better than they speak since they have to abide with grammar and the dictates of the language, which they do not have to do if they are communicating amongst themselves when they discard linguistic propriety.



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

‘THE INTERVIEW’, ‘DAY OF THE JACKAL’, SALMAN RUSHDIE’S ‘SATANIC VERSUS’ AND THE NEW FILM CRITICISM 101

– A US$44 MILLION-LESSON HOLLYWOOD WILL NOT FORGET. …MOST HOLLYWOOD FILM PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ARE NOT SO WELL EDUCATED.
By Mansor Puteh


Times have changed. Hollywood too has to accept the fact that they alone do not dictate how the cinema is appreciated, their cinema that had failed to fully develop because it was hijacked by so few who had narrow views on what it can be used for, not to chastised others but to promote better understanding amongst Americans and the rest of the world.

And how film criticism has changed so much over the years especially with the advent of the internet when almost everybody is a film critic.

But so far film criticism has got its best supporters, in the North Koreans, who was charged without they ever been put to trial for having hacked into Sony Entertainment Pictures and causing their latest Christmas offering ‘The Interview’ to be shelved.

The North Koreans have been described as ruthless and backwards when it was convenient for anyone in America to do so; yet, when hacking is mentioned, they are said to be the best in the world.

The world, and especially America, too, has a lot to learn from them just as much as the North Koreans have something to learn from the rest of the world and America.

This has come in the wake of the recent announcement by Barack Obama on the thawing of the diplomatic relations between his country and Cuba.

Yet, with the North Koreans, he has upped the ante against them, by issuing threats no one knows if they would ultimately be realized. They could be empty threats.  

When Salman Rushdie wrote ‘Satanic Versus’ which caused the ire of Imam Khomeini who ordered his book banned and he, killed.

Salman went on to be knighted. Rise Sir Salman.

V S Naipaul, the Nobel Prize for Literature winner remarked how the edict passed by Imam Khomeini was the most extreme form of literary criticism.

Maybe it was Salman’s idea of trying to try his luck with the Nobel Prize selection committee. But so far he has failed to do that.

But he should be happy being knighted, despite the protests by some Muslims who were against him being given such an honor for not doing much to develop world literature much less to use literature and the power of the world to bring peoples together.

One thing’s for certain is that if one wishes to be so knighted, he has to defame Islam.

Taslima Nasrim of Bangladesh wrote poems and some novels which are hitherto unrecognized but she was given political exile status by Sweden.

But if one wants to get the ire of the White House, one has to order the banning of a third rate Hollywood film which would otherwise had been shown and taken off from the cinemas without anyone realizing that it was there in the first place.

‘The Interview’ does not look like a funny film, despite it being touted as a comedy. Their producers cannot say or admit that it is a serious film.

There had been some films set in Iran produced by third rate producers from Hollywood; they had all gone unnoticed when Iran refused to give credence to them by totally ignoring them.

What if North Korea had also done the same, would ‘The Interview’ get its audiences all over America during the long Christmas and New Year holidays? One doubts it.

This film could even be passed by the critics in America and spawned by the viewers in the country.

But now with the brouhaha over this film, if it is finally released in whatever media, then surely, there will be some who would otherwise not want to watch it will want to do so, simply to see what it looks like.

But the difference between the Hollywood films set in Iran and ‘The Interview’ is that the later is on North Korean President Kim Jong-Un.

If the films were set in Iran was on Imam Khomeini, then surely, Iran too would not want to sit idle while the viewers in America watch it.

But the truth is that no one knows if North Korea was involved in hacking into Sony. It could be an inside job, as some has alleged.

The prime minister of Singapore’s official website had just been hacked, but a local Melayu person had been arrested, charged and sentenced.

But what about the hacking into the computer system of the Iranian nuclear plant which caused their system to be stunted for a year or two, and leaving some Iranians dead.

Worse, five Iranian scientists were assassinated by people who were on the pay of Mossad.

No film will be made on this episode, even by the Iranians themselves. Unlike the one on the attack on the Zionist athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972 by none other than Steven Spielberg who had earlier produced films which disparage people of color in his ‘Indiana Jones’ series starting with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. It is pure Zionist propaganda.  

‘The Day of the Jackal’, a film on how someone using the fake name or pseudonym of ‘the Jackal’ wanted to kill French President Charles de Gaulle which was produced by Hollywood some years ago.

The film went on to be shown in America and elsewhere to muted response and no reaction from the French and their government.

Former American President George W. Bush too had been shown to have died in a feature film produced by Hollywood.

There was some debate on this when someone said that it was the first time a sitting president of their country had been given such a reception in a film.

They had only seen their former presidents being given such treatment, but not when George W. Bush was still alive and their president.

Fortunately and unfortunately, the film went on to the cinemas and was not given any hoot by the viewers in America and elsewhere.

But Kim Jong-Un is not like George W. Bush and Charles de Gaulle. And North Korea is not like America or France.

Even if Fidel Carlos of Cuba had been shown to have been assassinated by a gunman who had sneaked from America, even if it is in a film produced by Hollywood, there would have been severe repercussion by some hardline Castro supporters and diehards.

So no wonder such a film on the assassination of Castro and also Imam Khomeini has not been produced by Hollywood.

Hollywood knew better not to deal with such men and topics.

But they did not know better when Sony decided to spend US$44 million to produce ‘The Interview’ which they now regretted.

The main problem is: most Hollywood producers and directors are people who are not so well educated, including Spielberg whose knowledge of the world does not extend to very far.

No wonder, he and his colleagues look at the other cultures, history and peoples especially their honored political and other leaders through blinkered vision, using them purely for their entertainment.

They call such works, parody or satire and to express their creative urges and also to use creative license, whatever that means.

But to Sony, it means US$44 million down the drain…and to those in Old Hollywood, a slap in their faces.

North Korea won; Hollywood lost. And the White House is not trying to up their ante to try and make sure Sony and Hollywood are protected by executive order.

What a shame! Because this is purely a creative and intellectual activity. Sony and Hollywood must be brave enough to handle the matter without call ‘Papa! White House stay out of this!’