Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SO MANY HAVE WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, YET THERE IS STILL NO PEACE IN THE WORLD.

… AND NO HELP FROM NELSON MANDELA EITHER, AND NO PRIZE FOR THE WAR-MONGERS.
By Mansor Puteh



It seems that the world cannot depend on any of those people who had been given the Nobel Peace Prizes over the last many decades.

What are they doing with their win? They got a certificate, a trophy and US$1.5 million from the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, yet, they have not given back what they had won to the world.

The most celebrated Nobel Peace Prize winners today also do not know what they can do to fight for peace in the world.

One then wonders why the Nobel Prize committee bothered to create such a prize in the first place.

Was it because they wanted to give recognition to those who had created wars in the world and then try to solve it?

It is therefore ironic how the many of them had been given the prize were indeed those who were involved in most of the problems the world had seen.

So it is not wrong for anyone to wonder why are there now so many people who have been given the so-called Nobel Peace Prize over the last many decades, yet, there is still no peace in the world.

The problem is that the winners are mostly those who were responsible for the problems of the world, and in trying to create peace, they get the prize.

Or there are some who had been incarcerated by their government, and were given the same prize as defenders of human rights.

Palestinians and Arabs can never get the Nobel Peace Prize, except for Yasser Arafat who was poisoned by the Zionists. He won it together with his nemesis, Menachem Begin.

And what has Nelson Mandela done to promote peace in the world, never mind in Africa? Nothing.

He has also not bothered to establish the Nelson Mandela World Peace Foundation to promote it.

In fact, one can say that Mandela benefited from the support he got from many Arab and Muslim countries when he was incarcerated on Roben Islands, but he did not reciprocate the deed when he was freed, and later on become the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

He only made a visit to Tripoli, Libya and met the then leader of Libya, Muamar Ghadafy, despite being criticized by the American government then, when he remarked how he ‘did not forget his friends’.

But that’s just about all that Mandela had done to show his gratitude to the Libyans who supported him when African was under Apartheid White minority rule.

In fact, Mandela or South Africa also did not thank Malaysia for being the first country in the British Commonwealth to call for expulsion of the Apartheid South Africa from the grouping of former countries colonized by Britain, which created a multiplier effect causing the Apartheid government and country to be sidelined by the international community, a move which later caused the Apartheid to surrender to the will of the Black majority in the country.

Mandela may not have known about this fact, but surely, those in the African National Conference (ANC) party must know about it. But they didn’t and if they did, they didn’t care.

They preferred to thank the American government for causing the Apartheid government to be replaced, as this could give them wider coverage in the American and world media.

I want to see a road in any major city in South Africa be given the name of Tunku Abdul Rahman Road, the first prime minister of Malaysia who mooted the idea in the British Commonwealth conference.

Hailing Mandela as a peace-loving man is not sufficient; he benefited from the charity of others without which he might still be in Roben Islands today, if he could survive living there without proper medical attention and treatment.

There are so many people who have been given the Nobel Peace Prizes over the last many decades.

Those who got the prize felt important, with some who were left wondering what they might have done to deserve this, especially Myanmar activist, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest in Yangon when she was given the award.

It was years later after she was released by the Thein Swee government or regime that she was able to go to Stockholm to give her acceptance speech.

And like all the other Nobel Peace Prize winners, Aung Sang Suu Kyi is also a depressing character; she has not shown and act of kindness on the Rohingya minority in her country.

She feared being chastised by the Buddhist militants in her country more than to pacify her inner conscience.

Yes, Time Magazine had branded some Buddhist monks as ‘Buddhist Militants’ in their cover story that carried the title of ‘The face of Buddhist Terror’.

This magazine was banned by the Myanmar regime, because they did not want to face the truth.

So what was the real reason for the Nobel Prize committee to continue giving the Nobel Peace Prize, when those who had been given it have not caused the world to be better and more peaceful?

They should stop giving anymore of this prize as it makes a mockery of the real reason why the prize was given away in the first place.

Are the Nobel Peace Prizes only for the politicians? Why can’t they give the prize to the inventors whose creation had caused the world to be a better place to live in?

They certainly deserve to be given the prize more than the war-mongers and political leaders who hog media traffic the more they create trouble in the world, the more they repress their own people and their neighbors, by stealing land from them using ancient text to justify their barbarism and cruelty against fellow humans. 

Maybe it would be good if some other organizations can come up with a special prize for the worst war-mongers, so the world knows who they are.



Saturday, July 27, 2013

WHAT’S THE USE OF HAVING ALL THE SCHOOLS OF ARABIC, AFRICAN AND ORIENTAL STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND AMERICA, WHEN THE WHOLE OF AFRICA AND ASIA ARE IN SHAMBLES?

By Mansor Puteh



…Or where they established to ensure that the whole of the Arab World, Africa and Asia are in shambles?

Why were they established at the universities in the first place, when they have not really influenced the development in the countries they are said to be focusing on?

But what I can tell is that the studies that the scholars at the schools, faculties or centers have been doing all these years do not seem to be relevant to the countries either.

They are supposed to be experts on matters related to those countries, and who can even offer interesting and intelligent ideas to allow the countries to develop. But over the last many decades, this has not happened.

So what can we say about the Asian, African, Arabic and South American studies that we have at all the major universities in the world, more so in the United Kingdom and America? Not much.

The scholars at these centers or schools or faculties ought to know more about the areas or countries they focus on in their studies or research, but over the years, they had neglected to do so.

They focus too much on the anthropological and historical aspects of these countries that they do not seem to realize that the countries today are in shambles, the more they make an attempt study any aspect of them.

There are so many centers of faculties or schools of African, Asian, Middle Eastern and also Islamic studies in all the major universities around the world.

Many scholars have been created from these schools, with some who claim to be experts in their fields, having conducted extensive research on the cultures and lifestyles as well as the religions of the people in these continents.

Yet, despite that Africa and much of Asia as well as South America are still as backward as they were before.

So what have all these schools done for them? What have they conducted studies, researches and gone on expeditions to discover hidden secrets from them?

If they had done all these, then how come those countries are still backward and are in shambles?

Many of the Arab countries are destroyed. And it does not look like there is any future for them.

The only future that they have is a bleak one.

And it is not just about how the Arabs had wanted to replace the repressive regimes.

Surely, the scholars who claim to be experts on Africa, Asia, the Arab World and also South America know what had happened to these countries.

Yet, all of them have remained silent on the matter.

The so-called Arab Spring I is not what many think it is. What was it?

And why was the Arab Spring II not able to be created? What could it be?

At London University there is the School of Oriental and Asian Studies or SOAS. It is reputed to be an important center for the study of the orient and Asia.

And at Oxford University there is now the Oxford Center of Islamic Studies or OCIS.

SOAS and OCIS are two important and glamorous centers of studies, and they have intelligent scholars and have also organized seminars after seminars inviting scholars and important personalities to speak in forums they organize on a regular basis.

To add to this, they have scholars who have conducted length and extensive researches on Asia and the Muslim World.

But how come the Arab Spring II happened? And how come much of Africa is in shambles?

Till now no one from SOAS and OCIS has said anything about the Arab Spring I and the economic backwardness of many of the countries in Africa and Asia.

I am sure there are other centers for the study of South America and the Middle East, but where are the scholars on them?

Most of the countries in South America are in similar dire straits as their counterparts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

And the situation will not change for the better in a long while.

The question that anyone now can ask is: What’s the use of having the SOAS and OCIS in the first place?

And what’s the use for them to have the many prominent and important scholars and other experts on these countries where they focus on, yet, these countries have been left behind on all aspects.

I am sure there are also similar centers or schools at Harvard and the other Ivy League universities in America as do the major universities in the United Kingdom.

But what’s the use of these universities having them in the first place when they have not benefited the countries they are supposed to study.

I have checked the type of discourses that scholars from such centers, and I dare say that they are impressive, verbose and distracting, but beyond that they are totally useless to the cause of the development of these countries.

The many papers the scholars from these schools or centers have presented are good for academic discourses and perhaps debate, but they are not practical.

Even the Egyptologists can only try to dust off old statues that they can study on but they are not able to conclude how the ancient Egyptians were barbaric, who had caused the destruction of their own country eons ago, with America of today, now which is behaving much like the Egyptians of old.

In the end, the ancient artifacts that earlier discoverers and scholars of Egyptology can talk about are only good for public display in museums in Egypt and the west, for the tourists to marvel at.


But none of them could say some lessons from the downfall of the Pharaohs have not been learnt, especially by the modern or New Pharaohs and how America has the characteristics of Egypt, which was destroyed by their own greed and how America too can fall because of their own greed.    

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HOW MANY CANDIDATES IN THE LAST GENERAL ELECTIONS IN MALAYSIA CAN PASS THE ACEH, IRAN AND AMERICA TEST?

By Mansor Puteh



This may not be the question which many members of parliament in Malaysia and also the whole of Indonesia and the other so-called democratic countries in the world may like.

After all, politics in these countries have all the time been dominated by those who think they have leadership quality and who can do good to their respective countries.

But in most cases, the opposite may be true, that those who enter politics and run for office are mostly those who knew they could not excel in education; they who are not talented but who are not ashamed for trusting themselves in public eye.

In Aceh any Melayu-Muslim who wants to run in the elections in the country must show to everybody that he can read the Holy Koran.

In Iran, any parliamentary candidate must be someone who has at least a master’s degree in anything.

And in America, if a person who wants to run for public office, he must be a person with strong morals; even if there are some questions on his social and personal activities, he has to back off from the race.

In Malaysia and most of the other countries in the world, there are no such rulings or expectations.

So no wonder, even if someone has been embroiled in sexual scandals and controversies, and had been charged in court, he can still run for parliament.

And if the law established in Iran is imposed in Malaysia, chances are almost everybody in the parliament today is not qualified to be members of parliament since not many of them do have a master’s degree on anything.

And chances, too, most of the Melayu-Muslim members of parliament are also not qualified to be in parliament because they are not able to read the Holy Koran; they may learn to read the book and make it though, if the ruling had been applied long before they wanted to run for office.

And will there be some people in parliament who will moot the ideas? Chances are they will not be any of them.

It was good for Iran to introduce the law barring those who are not academically qualified from running for parliament as they can turn it into a circus with their antics and poor grasp of the issues they want to debate in.

This can be seen in the opposition in the Malaysian parliament since they are the ones who are always trying to find faults on anything that the backbenchers are trying to explain.

But I am not sure if a Melayu-Muslim can read the Holy Koran his mouth can become pure.

It may be true in Aceh, but that cannot happen in Malaysia as there are some individuals in the opposition who have been known to have bad mouths, who like to spout anything as long as it sounds plausible to them because they think they know more about Islam than all the others so they are qualified to pass edicts or ‘fatwa’ whenever they please.

And why is America more concerned about their members of parliament or Congress?

They are not Muslims and the average Americans too do not seem to mind what their neighbors do.

Yet, for anyone who wants to run for office, especially for president, the majority of the Americans and also their free press often expect them to be people with high morals.

Morality and upholding high religious values are things which are not important to many Americans, otherwise, they would have commented vehemently on how Hollywood and their media have behaved all through the years.

But this they did not dare to do.

And they also do not care to comment on the personal antics of the Hollywood stars no matter how crude they are. They leave this to themselves to decide what they want to do with their lives.

In politics, Americans seem to care who they vote for and who is elected to office.

But they care if anyone who wants to run for public office has some sexual misconduct, and those who have been charged by the court of public opinion and the media had to move out of the race despite them not having been charged for any crime or in court; they just go away quietly.

But in Malaysia this does not happen; one can still go on campaigning and even win a seat in parliament, despite the obvious when the candidates concern do not care to discuss moral as well as religious issues in public.

This can lead anyone to think that there is veracity to all the allegations that had been hurled on those candidates; otherwise, they could easily scoff them. 

And in Malaysia there are cases when members of parliament are not well educated, so much so that they are not able to speak or write in Melayu well; so they are not able to debate.

They end up sitting through the sessions in parliament and vote en bloc with their colleagues in the government or opposition.

Maybe, a ruling that forces anyone wishing to run for parliament to have a certain level of the mastery of Melayu can be imposed in Malaysia.

Will those who are not Melayu want to disagree this? After all, they are the ones who will not be able to meet with the demands and who will not like the suggestion despite it being a good suggestion.

After all the gift of the gab is something which all members of parliament must have to allow him to debate, without this talent, they are left with no ‘weapon’ to use in it.

So no wonder, most of the debates that we can see on television are conducted at such a low level simply because there are some members of the opposition are not conversant in Melayu.

But does this mean that the members of parliament or state assembly in Aceh, the Majlis in Iran and the House of Representatives and Congress in America are doing a good job in managing their own countries?





Sunday, July 21, 2013

GETTING THE INDONESIANS TO SPEAK BAHASA MELAYU BETTER.

By Mansor Puteh








The Indonesians may not like this. And I want this debate out because it can be taken out of context that will inflame some in Indonesia. But the truth is that the Indonesians generally are not speaking properly in Bahasa Melayu which they call Bahasa Indonesia as their slogan. 

They speak it with a thick Jawa accent and sprinkling it with many Jawa words so much so what is published in the newspapers are not legible to the Malays in Malaysia or other countries. The problem used to be so acute that it was very difficult for any Malay in Malaysia to read what was written in their papers and magazines before. But it is not so now and this is good news. The Indonesian intellectuals and politicians, however, speak standard and proper Malay as can be seen in the official website of the president of the country.

They were chided by former Indonesian president Suharto who asked its people to speak and write in Bahasa Indonesia (meaning Bahasa Melayu) better instead of infusing many Jawa words in it. Worse when they also speak in a thick Jawa accent.

The characters in the Indonesian television dramas as well as its entertainers and others whom we see on television or in press conferences also speak Bahasa Indonesia in thick Jawa accent.

Whereas, their leaders and intellectuals speak and write properly.

So it is high-time for the Indonesian government encourages its people to speak Bahasa Indonesia better.

In fact, the Indonesians in Bali who have their own dialects speak better Bahasa Indonesia than Jawa because they do not use the Jawa accent, which can be mistaken as the accent of the general population of Indonesia. It is not.

The people in Sumatera do not speak in any Jawa accent; it’s just those who are Jawa, for some strange reasons.

But my theory is that the Indonesian government through its ministry of education has failed to teach their students to speak Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Melayu properly that allowed them to continue to speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly.

Yes, I dare say most Jawa speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly. This can also be checked against the way they sing, where they do away with the Jawa accent and pronounce the words properly.

Why can’t they sing in a thick Jawa accent?

It is time for the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to get the schoolchildren to pronounce Bahasa Melayu words properly and write in the standard way instead of in their own different ways.

The Malays in Brunei speak better Bahasa Melayu than the Jawa.






GETTING THE INDONESIANS TO SPEAK BAHASA MELAYU BETTER.

By Mansor Puteh








The Indonesians may not like this. And I want this debate out because it can be taken out of context that will inflame some in Indonesia. But the truth is that the Indonesians generally are not speaking properly in Bahasa Melayu which they call Bahasa Indonesia as their slogan. 

They speak it with a thick Jawa accent and sprinkling it with many Jawa words so much so what is published in the newspapers are not legible to the Malays in Malaysia or other countries. The problem used to be so acute that it was very difficult for any Malay in Malaysia to read what was written in their papers and magazines before. But it is not so now and this is good news. The Indonesian intellectuals and politicians, however, speak standard and proper Malay as can be seen in the official website of the president of the country.

They were chided by former Indonesian president Suharto who asked its people to speak and write in Bahasa Indonesia (meaning Bahasa Melayu) better instead of infusing many Jawa words in it. Worse when they also speak in a thick Jawa accent.

The characters in the Indonesian television dramas as well as its entertainers and others whom we see on television or in press conferences also speak Bahasa Indonesia in thick Jawa accent.

Whereas, their leaders and intellectuals speak and write properly.

So it is high-time for the Indonesian government encourages its people to speak Bahasa Indonesia better.

In fact, the Indonesians in Bali who have their own dialects speak better Bahasa Indonesia than Jawa because they do not use the Jawa accent, which can be mistaken as the accent of the general population of Indonesia. It is not.

The people in Sumatera do not speak in any Jawa accent; it’s just those who are Jawa, for some strange reasons.

But my theory is that the Indonesian government through its ministry of education has failed to teach their students to speak Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Melayu properly that allowed them to continue to speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly.

Yes, I dare say most Jawa speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly. This can also be checked against the way they sing, where they do away with the Jawa accent and pronounce the words properly.

Why can’t they sing in a thick Jawa accent?

It is time for the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to get the schoolchildren to pronounce Bahasa Melayu words properly and write in the standard way instead of in their own different ways.

The Malays in Brunei speak better Bahasa Melayu than the Jawa.






GETTING THE INDONESIANS TO SPEAK BAHASA MELAYU BETTER.

By Mansor Puteh








The Indonesians may not like this. And I want this debate out because it can be taken out of context that will inflame some in Indonesia. But the truth is that the Indonesians generally are not speaking properly in Bahasa Melayu which they call Bahasa Indonesia as their slogan. 

They speak it with a thick Jawa accent and sprinkling it with many Jawa words so much so what is published in the newspapers are not legible to the Malays in Malaysia or other countries. The problem used to be so acute that it was very difficult for any Malay in Malaysia to read what was written in their papers and magazines before. But it is not so now and this is good news. The Indonesian intellectuals and politicians, however, speak standard and proper Malay as can be seen in the official website of the president of the country.

They were chided by former Indonesian president Suharto who asked its people to speak and write in Bahasa Indonesia (meaning Bahasa Melayu) better instead of infusing many Jawa words in it. Worse when they also speak in a thick Jawa accent.

The characters in the Indonesian television dramas as well as its entertainers and others whom we see on television or in press conferences also speak Bahasa Indonesia in thick Jawa accent.

Whereas, their leaders and intellectuals speak and write properly.

So it is high-time for the Indonesian government encourages its people to speak Bahasa Indonesia better.

In fact, the Indonesians in Bali who have their own dialects speak better Bahasa Indonesia than Jawa because they do not use the Jawa accent, which can be mistaken as the accent of the general population of Indonesia. It is not.

The people in Sumatera do not speak in any Jawa accent; it’s just those who are Jawa, for some strange reasons.

But my theory is that the Indonesian government through its ministry of education has failed to teach their students to speak Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Melayu properly that allowed them to continue to speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly.

Yes, I dare say most Jawa speak Bahasa Indonesia horribly. This can also be checked against the way they sing, where they do away with the Jawa accent and pronounce the words properly.

Why can’t they sing in a thick Jawa accent?

It is time for the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to get the schoolchildren to pronounce Bahasa Melayu words properly and write in the standard way instead of in their own different ways.

The Malays in Brunei speak better Bahasa Melayu than the Jawa.






Thursday, July 18, 2013

DISUNIFIED COUNTRIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

– THEIR TRAVEL SYSTEM SHOWS THAT THE COUNTRIES IN THE EU ARE NOT CONNECTED.
By Mansor Puteh




It is not like traveling in America or anywhere in the world including in the whole of Indonesia.

The transportation system in Indonesia may be basic, but they are efficient, despite the scams one can experience when buying tickets.

But Europe is the worst place in the world for anyone to travel in either by plane or train or bus.

Some of the transportation companies’ websites do not have versions in English.

This goes to show how well English is received in these countries.

They don’t care about foreigners even within the EU and elsewhere who do not speak in the native languages.

And the schedules are sparse with connecting airline, train and bus connection irregular.

But it was not like this before.

I remember going to Europe few times in the 1990s and found traveling from one country to the other and the other, to be easy.

Now it is very tough. One can get stranded by the dearth of information available online so one cannot check on it to know where and when one can travel.

Many blame the transportation system in Malaysia especially to be substandard, but it is far worse in the EU.

Yet, the EU is supposed to have some of the most developed countries in the world.

It is also tough to book car rentals in any country in the EU if one wants to cross the borders; the cost of renting a small car is worth more than the price of the car itself.

So EU is not unified; it is fractured and disconnected. The only common dominator the countries in the EU have is the common currency called the euros.

But there is so much one can do with the currency if the systems are bad or deplorable.

I did not expect this to happen in the EU which is touted to be an advanced grouping of nations most of which are non-Islamic ones, that they wanted to show to the world how they can cooperate and deal with each other, so that traveling between the countries in the EU could be oversimplified, especially with the doing away of the passports at the borders of many of the countries.

But this also does not make any sense at all if traveling is difficult and the transportation system or industry is deplorable.

It is better and also much cheaper to travel in India and Indonesia where their transportation system is more superior to that in the EU, despite the sad state of the railway and bus coaches.

But these countries which are described as some of the less developed knew how to develop their transportation system so that it does not cost too much for the average person to travel about within their countries.

But the EU is totally different; even the low-cost airlines charge exorbitant fees; they cannot be called ‘low-cost airlines’ at all as they charge more than the normal airlines, sometimes.

There one cannot be blame is one thinks of the EU is nothing but a political and economic ploy used by the political and economic leaders to unify the countries in the region so that they can create a greater common market.

But they did not care for the personal well-being of those who live in the EU, and how the need for them to travel must also be addressed as this can indicate how united the countries within the EU are.

Till now, this has not happen with the political and industry leaders looking elsewhere at the issues they are interested in, which do not benefit the average citizens of the EU.




Monday, July 15, 2013

THE MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT’S DEWAN RAKYAT IS DESIGNED FOR CHAOS

…AND THEY GET A LOT OF THAT ALL THE TIME WITH THE MEDIA GIVING PREFERENCE TO THOSE WHO MAKE THE MOST NOISE.   
By Mansor Puteh



It is not about fungshui. Maybe it has got to do with it. But I do not believe in fungshui. So let’s put aside this.

I dare say the confusion and chaos and lengthy verbal fracas that we often see in parliamentary debates may be due to the poor or bad design of the Dewan Rakyat itself.

There is no other parliament hall that looks like Dewan Rakyat.

The best setup for a parliament is the House of Commons, where the members of the parliament in Britain sit without they being able to hide themselves behind a huge desk.

In Dewan Rakyat, they also have a small monitor. What do the members of parliament here do with them?

It makes the Dewan Rakyat look like a video game center.

Maybe this is what many of those in the opposition think, that they are in a video game center where they go to have fun.

And the way the Dewan Rakyat is designed, the members who sit in it on both sides can hide themselves so in the end, they can feel like they are ‘anonymous’ persons who like to say a lot of things and not brave enough to own them, much like those who write ‘surat layang’.

They can spring onto their feet when the urges hit them. And most of the time, the urge comes to them when they want to break the monotony of the debate which often is not one in the first place.

Members of the Dewan Rakyat do not engage in debates; they engage themselves in verbal fracas. And there is a vast difference between the two.

Fortunately, the standing orders say that they are not to be physical, only verbal, and they do it with relish.

They like to make fun of their opponents, especially those in the opposition who do not have much else to do.

Most of them come seem to the Dewan Rakyat unprepared; they lack the facts to argue convincingly so that even their opponents are enthralled by what they say, and they only react.

They get the thrill by downplaying what the backbenchers say or want to say or try to drive at – and it is the only trick that they have when debating.

But most of the time, the debates end up facing problems with semantics.

I have not heard of anyone from the opposition who has spoken eloquently and in brief, that can even convince the backbenchers.

They are now larger in numbers than after the earlier 2008 elections, but this does not mean that they can shout louder and longer.

They are still lost in Dewan Rakyat. They sit there when they like or they loiter in the lobby or even sit in the cafeteria chatting with the very persons whom they had argued with earlier.

So most of the time the ugly verbal fracas that are created in Dewan Rakyat are not just due to the incompetence of its members, especially those in the opposition who do not know how to oppose; they only know how to get angry.

But the main problem may be due to the poor quality design of the hall itself.

It is clear how the designers had tried to copy the design of the original Dewan Rakyat which had a partition, where the members of the backbenchers sit on one side while those in the opposition sit on the other side.

And in the middle is a space.

But when the numbers of the backbenchers started to dwindle, they had to create more space or seats and desks for members of the opposition so much so that the Dewan Rakyat has to be reshaped so that the seats now have a ‘U’ shape.

They also enlarge the size of the chairs and desks so that only the heads of the members of Dewan Rakyat are seen.

This makes them look odd if the debates are broadcast on television or if photos of the Dewan Rakyat are published in the media.

This means to say that as long as the Dewan Rakyat looks like what it is now, chances are verbal fracas and unnecessary arguments will continue to happen.

The designers of Dewan Rakyat ought to have considered the design of the House of Commons and of the Australian and New Zealand parliament halls in Canberra and Wellington to know how to use them for it.

It is better for Dewan Rakyat not to have its members hide themselves behind large desks.

They must be exposed for what they are and the television monitors must be removed. They do not need them.

Only if this is done, can we expect the debates in Dewan Rakyat to be conducted in a more proper manner so that the speaker concerned does not have to issue threats or to force anyone to stop speaking so that the debates can be done more intelligently.

And the Malaysian media too seems to encourage the members of parliament to be as noisy as possible and say the most outrageous things possible so they can be highlighted.

The media seems to like such persons who they often give a lot of space in their papers.

But what if the media does the opposite and only gives space to those who say the most intelligently?

Surely, the members of parliament in Dewan Rakyat will try to outdo each other so they can get the publicity they need, but they have to say intelligent things.

So may be it is a combination of the design of the Dewan Rakyat and the media which has created all the noise in the Dewan Rakyat that we have heard.

No wonder, the members of parliament have never been known have said anything intelligent because the media still favor those who say the darnest things and not the smartest things in Dewan Rakyat.  

Yes, most of those who are members of parliament in Malaysia may have won their seats in the general elections, but this does not mean that they are smart, that they can debate convincingly and intelligently.

After all most of the issues that the opposition likes to debate in Dewan Rakyat are too few in numbers; they hardly ever discuss or debate on all the other issues as well.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

CAN THE CHINESE IN MALAYSIA CAN BE DESCRIBED AS A ‘LOST TRIBE’?

…THEY ARE DEFINITELY NOT LIKE THE CHINESE IN CHINA ANYMORE, WHO HAVE NO AFFILIATION OR AFFIRNITY TO THE MING DYNASTY CHINA OR MAO ZEDONG’S CHINA OR EVEN THE DENG ZHAOPENG’S CHINA.’
By Mansor Puteh



(My ancestors left China for good; they did not turn back to look at a country that had expelled them; and if they had remained, they would have starved to death in the Great Famine.

They became Melayu and are not happy to reminiscent on their backward past.)

How can the Chinese in Malaysia think they are still Chinese, in the right sense of the word?

Their ancestors were indeed Chinese since they had come from there, or to be more exact, extracted by the British from South China mostly to come to Tanah Melayu and the other countries in Southeast Asia or Nusantara Melayu or Nanyang, as the Chinese then called it.

So the many scores of thousands of young and able Chinese men sailed in rickety junks crossing the Nanhai or South China Sea to Nanyang in search of the proverbial pot of gold.

Some found them, so they returned to their villages in South China or in the Fujian District and remained there to enjoy what they had earned in Tanah Melayu or the other countries in Southeast Asia.

Those who failed to find their pot of gold had to remain there, because they felt miserable and did not want to return to their remote villages with no more than the shirts on their backs, the very shirts, they had worn when they first left them few years earlier.

Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, in his books always like to say that most of the Chinese who had come to Singapore and also Tanah Melayu then were those who were not well-off or well-educated.

And he lamented how they could not speak Mandarin as they were mostly from the south and had to be taught the language; yet, even then after so many years, they still could not master the language to be able to speak with the Chinese in China.

The Chinese in Singapore and also Malaysia now, are not like the Chinese in China in many ways.

And China does not have much fascination for the Chinese outside of China, who they see as renegades, much like the Chinese in Taiwan.

The only difference is that the Chinese in China consider Taiwan to be part of China, but not Malaysia or Singapore or the other countries that have many Chinese as their citizens.

And the Chinese outside of China and Taiwan cannot claim to be the strong supporter of the Chinese language and culture as what they do in China is not the same as those that the Chinese do outside of China.

The Chinese in China can be described to be Chinese from the Ming Dynasty China, Mao Zedong China and also Deng Zhaopeng Chinas.

Herein lies the confusion that had arose.

Which Chinese are the Chinese in Malaysia are in? They do not practice the virtues of the Chinese in any of the three eras of China.

Therefore, can’t they be described as a ‘Lost Tribe of China’?

Even the Chinese educationists and other chauvinistic Chinese in Malaysia cannot say which China they belong in or want to belong in, since even China has not given them any recognition and ask them to be their supporter and in what cause?

The funny thing is the Chinese in Malaysia can’t even impress the Chinese in other countries in Southeast Asia.

And no Chinese political and cultural leader of Malaysia has ever been accorded with the utmost respect by the Chinese elsewhere.

In fact, the senior and top Chinese leaders of Malaysia can never be given any respect by them, who would want to invite them to talk about the Chinese culture and language, especially in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and the other countries in the Asean region, including, Singapore, too.

Why have the vocal Chinese leaders in Malaysia especially those who express their ideals and aspirations to promote the well-being of the Chinese on the political and educational levels, have never been given due recognition by their brethren in those countries?

The answer is that, the Chinese elsewhere do not consider them to be at par with them, that the Chinese in Malaysia are no more than the ‘Lost Tribe of China’.

This raises another interesting and intriguing issue concerning anthropology.

If the number of Chinese in Malaysia is small and they are confined in a small area, then they can become a serious study on how their ancestors had come to Tanah Melayu and how they have still maintained their identity, etc.

They can become much like the ‘lost tribes’ in remote areas of many countries, such as India and Africa where they may have some people who still practice their ancient ways of life, whose very existences were discovered by intrepid researchers and anthropologists, whose discoveries may heighten their prestige as scholars.

But since the Chinese in Malaysia today are still large and dominant and also vocal, such issues do not arise.

But it is still an interesting and intriguing anthropological issue that can still be researched on.

But where are the serious anthropologists that we have in Malaysia who can do that?

In fact, such issues are not raised by any of them, but by someone else.

There are some researchers who have claimed that there are many people in Madagascar and other parts of Africa who may have Chinese ancestries.

They claimed that Admiral Zheng He or Cheng Ho had visited those parts in Africa where some of the Chinese sailors had married or had personal relationship with some African women who bore them children, who then extended their lineage, so that we now still have Africans in those areas who have Chinese features.

Not only that, the Africans too believe their ancestors were Chinese and they have material proof to show that, especially in the pottery and other folklores that they still share among themselves.

Many Jawa women in North Jawa Island have Chinese ancestry; this can be seen in their features.

Zheng He and some others had visited Jawa many times and many other Chinese men who went to Jawa later remained there where they married Jawa women who bore them children.

They became Muslims so in the end the Chinese in the Chinese men disappeared, as they too started to practice the Jawa way of life.

In fact, the Chinese in Malaysia not only cannot relate to the Chinese in other countries in Southeast Asia; they cannot also relate to the Chinese of Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, and even America and elsewhere.

When the Chinese of Malaysia are abroad as travelers or students, they prefer to mix around with the Melayu from Malaysia.

Even if they are in China on a short tour, they find the local Chinese in China to be vast different then them.

I tried to provoke some Chinese from Malaysia when I was on a tour of Beijing and Tianjin by asking if they would rather remain in China to live and work here.

None of them said they would consider option. Because they know China is not like the China of their fantasies; it is another country with their own culture and also language that they can never appreciate or understand fully.

The Chinese in Malaysia do not help to expand the vocabulary of the common and major Chinese language called Mandarin or to uphold true Chinese cultural values, when most of them have already become ‘less Chinese’ than the Chinese in China themselves.

They also do not embrace the Chinese language that those in China had developed and changed over the years.

Singapore tried to adopt the Pinyin system, but gave up after a while after realizing how this system could deface their own identity as Southern Chinese with even the names like Lee Kuan Yew being changed dramatically that no one could tell if he is the same person with the new spelling system for his name.

So the claim or exertion by some Chinese chauvinists of Malaysia that they are supporting the cause of the Chinese really does not hold water.

They are only interested to remain as the ‘Lost Tribe!’ in Malaysia as they cannot claim to be the defendants or supporters of the cause of the Chinese culture and language, since they are not given those recognition by China itself who can claim to be doing this.




Monday, July 8, 2013

WHY ARE THE IVY LEAGUERS AND OXONIANS NOT CROWDING AROUND THE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND GIVEN SPECIAL PLACES IN THE OTHER MINISTRIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS?

…THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE ANY PLACE FOR THEM.
By Mansor Puteh



Permata Pintar was established in order to encourage young Malaysians to study hard so they could end up being admitted into any of the ten Ivy League and Oxbridge universities in America and Britain, respectively. But can they be sure of this happening?

The Melayu leaders were mighty proud when Safiah got admitted into Oxford University at the age of thirteen to study mathematic.

The British press too gave her wide coverage.

They marveled at her achievement, despite her being British with her mother a Melayu from Malaysia.

Yet, none of the Melayu leaders or their wives, had ever bothered to ask themselves what they could do with Safiah, if they could offer her a scholarship that could compel her to come to Malaysia to work.

They did not know what to do with her.

In fact, even Britain did not know what to do with her, and for that matter Oxford also did not know what else they could do with her other than to offer her a place to study there.

And the so-called Oxford Center of Islamic Studies of OCIS also did not care.

So what was the point for Oxford to offer her a place to study there and for the British press to give her wide coverage, and the creation of OCIS?

The Melayu in Malaysia had not even bothered to invite her to come to Kuala Lumpur to appear in forums.

The Umno and Melayu leaders went to England but did not meet her because they had come with the wrong intention, of getting publicity for themselves and not to offer her a scholarship or post upon graduation from Oxford, so she could pursue her master’s degree and doctorate elsewhere perhaps  at Oxford or Harvard.

So in the end, Safiah faltered and disappeared after dropping out of Oxford, in an almost dramatic way, feeding some news in the media in England for a while for doing something which shocked many in Malaysia.

Only then Umno leaders sprang to their feet to try and persuade her.

But no one knows what Umno and the Melayu leaders wanted her for.

They did not offer her any post in any government ministry or agency or at the university, so they could not create a Safiah that would suit the needs of the Malaysian government.

Yet, at the same time Permata Pintar was established; and so far they have got some hundreds of young students to study together.

Didn’t they know geniuses do not crowd in the same classroom; they are on their own most of the time.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Albert Einstein and the other geniuses of recent times did not know each other; they went on their own to trek into the unknown to bring back goodies for which the world now benefits from.

If they were discovered early in their lives and flocked together in a classroom, chances are they would burn out, after being forced to perform before visiting dignitaries to please those who had brought them together.

And by the time they are older, chances are no Ivy League or Oxbridge university would ever want to accept them.

This will happen to the children in the Permata Pintar program.

And this is also the sad state of the Ivy Leaguers and Oxonians of Malaysia; none of whom are accepted with open arms by the government, so much so they do not crowd the Prime Minsiter’s Department and all the ministries and government agencies.

In fact, Mara and JPA which offer scholarships and study loans to deserving Melayu students cannot be proud to have sent many of them to the ten universities.

The problem is that the Prime Minister’s Department and all the ministries and agencies do not want to send any of their own staff to study in the ten most prestigious universities in the world, simply because they did not smart-asses in their midst.

The problem would happen if they choose some to study there, when they themselves had not bothered to study in these universities earlier when they were younger and were able to get the opportunity to do so.

So no wonder those who have studied in those universities on their own cannot and can never be accepted by the Malaysian government, despite them saying that Malaysians and especially the Melayu should strive to study hard and get into those universities.

Why is the Prime Minister’s Department not crowded by those with impressive Ivy League and Oxbridge degrees of all specialization?

It is not difficult for the prime minister to insist on getting those with degrees from these universities and the other prestigious one, if he himself believes in the value of education.

The Melayu with Ivy League degrees and education are so small in numbers; and most of them are not functioning fully; because they know if they try to be too smart, they will end up stepping on the toes and feet of their superiors, who have ‘eaten more salt’ then them.

And in Malaysia, the amount of ‘salt a person has eaten’ is more important than the level of education that he has.

So no wonder the logic and insistence on Malaysians to have Ivy League and Oxbridge education and backgrounds uttered by those in high office, can therefore be taken with a grain of salt.

It is wrong for anyone to ask the prime minister and the ministers just how many officers who crowd around them who have impressive academic backgrounds with education at any of the ten most prestigious universities in the world?

The answer is obvious; there is none in most of the ministries and government agencies.

And how many Melayu who had got admission into any of the Ivy League and Oxbridge universities that Mara had found expedient to reject his or her application for scholarship or study loan?

Even the so-called ‘education sections’ of the local English language newspapers do not have a special spot for those with Ivy League and Oxbridge backgrounds; they only write on petty matters and issues concerning education and in general terms.