Saturday, February 22, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

The truth of the matter is that there won’t be any clamoring for the establishment of universities or colleges that offer courses in Mandarin or Tamil only. The reasons are obvious. 
          Can we see universities with these names in the near future: Universiti Mandarin Melayusia (UMM) or Universiti Tamil Melayusia (UTM)? No way.
          Yet, all the non-Melayu students clamor to enter the national schooling system at the university level with many complaining about not being able to secure places in them.
          If the national schooling system is not good, why then bother to study in the universities?
          The truth is that the vernacular schools are only good as prep schools. This is what many Chinese parents have admitted, so that their children are conversant in Mandarin and be able to write in it, while maintaining their identity and culture.
But alas, many Chinese children and adults have all ‘rejected’ their Chinese identity by assuming totally different personalities with many even ‘rejecting’ their own Chinese names that their parents had given them. They are happy also to change the color of their hair and trying to look western.
          A Mandarin radio station has the announcers or ‘DJs’ who use English names. 
          But whatever assertions that the non-Melayus have of the national schools and their own vernacular schools will dissipate once the Melayus have passed beyond the 30% national equity and when the population of the Melayus has reached 80% of the total population of the country.
          Even now Mandarin or Tamil is not relevant in the public sector. So no wonder not many non-Melayus can enter it because they are not proficient in the language despite many of them who have university education, yet their Melayu is passable for social communication but not for official communication. 
          Melayusia can then become more like Siam, the Philippines, America, and United Kingdom which have a small Chinese or Indian population who could not insist on having their way all the time and who have been ‘sucked’ into the mainstream of society, by them even accepting the majority religion which is Thai Buddhism or Catholicism and  Christianity. 
For the moment, the necessity of the vernacular schools in Melayusia may have some validity. But their standing or relevance may not be so in the future.
          I predict such schools to be assimilated into the national schooling system much like many of the former Catholic and Christian missionary schools which could not exist if not for the support from the Melayu students who now make the majority student population. These schools cannot exist anymore if Melayu students refuse to study in them anymore.
          The non-Melayus, particularly the Chinese and Indians in Melayusia must be thankful that they are not like their brethren in Thailand, the Philippines which had decided to do away with the vernacular schools long ago, so that today, their non-native populations have become fully assimilated with them, so much so that their prime ministers and presidents can come from their own kind.
          Many of those in Melayusia who had studied in the vernacular schools feel increasingly isolated. They can blame their parents for their failure to fully integrate with the national crowd and aspiration, and will forever be ‘condemned’ by scholars of race issues as being stuck in Hong Kong and Chennai, as can be seen by their penchant for things Hong Kong and Chennai.
          You can see small groups of Chinese and Indians who are mostly in their own little worlds of fantasy, thinking and feeling how they are in Hong Kong and Chennai. They hardly have Melayu as friends.
Even the non-Melayu politicians are not known to have their children and grandchildren who are involved in the arts with their Melayu friends.
          I can tell it if they do not have Melayu friends or have seen a Melayu program on television and gone to the cinema to see a Melayu film. The Mandarin and Tamil media discourage them from doing that.
          In Melayusia, different groups of people can have their own schools. The vernacular Mandarin and Tamil schools were described as ‘Independent schools’, so they could insist that they were so. But not anymore.
          Times have changed; the so-called ‘independent schools’ are not so independent anymore. They want to be ‘parasitic’.
They have realized that they could not become independent anymore and have started or even begged and worse, started to threaten the government to offer them ‘grants’ and other ‘incentives’ so that their schools which face fledging student populations from breaking down and collapsing on their own weight.
          In the past their communities were able to sustain these schools, but not anymore and getting aid from the government was repulsive to their nature.
          This must surely mean that their economic standing of the Chinese community is now not as strong and solid like it was before, as the standing of the Melayus become more stable and increasing.
          The students know this and this are affecting their ego and that of the teachers and administrators of such schools.
          The latest statistics on the student population of the Mandarin schools and the national schools show that the student population for Mandarin schools rose by 80% since Merdeka, while the national school population rose to more than 400%.
          However, an English language daily controlled by the Chinese quickly tried to confuse their readers by saying how much the enrolment in the Mandarin schools had increased tremendously while neglecting to highlight the enrolment for the national schools which is even more stunning than that.
The truth of the matter is that the vernacular schools are practicing discrimination by neglecting the other dialects, and concentrating on Mandarin and Tamil, whereas the Chinese and Indians in Melayusia comprise of people from various other communities such as those speaking in Hokkien, Cantonese and Indians who are Sikhs, Melayualees, Chingalas, Telugus, etc, all of whom do not have schools of their own.
          And these Indians do not send their children even to the Tamil schools but the national schools. So no wonder, most of their children were able to get better quality education and rose up in the social ladder compared to the Tamil students who dropped out of school at a young age.
          Not many non-Tamil Indians are known to be involved in petty criminal activities like stealing metal and electric cables.
Herein lies the danger and disadvantages of such schools, in that they do not offer much promise to the students who stop schooling after Standard Six or even Form Three, as most of them would do.
          This caused the relevant political party leaders in MCA and MIC to become alarmed.
          But none of them dares to admit that their vernacular schools which are off-tangent with the national aspirations have caused many young Chinese and Indians or Tamils to also fail in life, with no proper education. They can’t speak Melayu or English and a smattering of street Mandarin and Tamil that they cannot use anywhere outside of their own small communities and limited confines.
          The vernacular schools in Melayusia are only good for the parents of the Chinese and Indian students, but not their children whose future is not bright. They will grow up not being able to mix freely with the Melayus and whose views on life are often limited. 
          Ironically, the only language of communication for them is still BAHASA MELAYU, although it is ‘bazaar Melayu’ which they use in their own special way with bad pronunciation and limited vocabulary, when they communicate with the REAL WORLD OF MELAYUSIA which is dominated by the dominant Melayu race, which prefers to speak in Melayu, despite many of them who are conversant in English with some of them having studied abroad.
          Only those small groups of Chinese and Indians who have managed to continue their studies at a higher level and sometimes at universities abroad are the ones who are enamored with the English language and use it mostly for social communication.
Many of them had studied in the vernacular schools, but who could go on with their studies at the NATIONAL SCHOOLS where they study in MELAYU, and who also managed to study at universities abroad, and they are the ones who are insisting on speaking in English.
And they are also the ones who thought that the education they managed to get from studying in the respective vernacular schools had made them who they are now.
          They had totally neglected to admit that the reason why they are ‘educated’ is because they had managed to enroll at the NATIONAL SCHOOLS where they were also able to get some measure of self-respect and feeling good with themselves.
Whereas, those who did not manage to study in the national schools often become lost in the crowd; especially if they fail at the end of the primary school or drop out in the middle of secondary school with no real academic qualification to talk about. They are the people who are now feeling jaded and useless with themselves. Worse, they do not know what had hit them.
          The vernacular schools are only good for CHARACTER BUILDING, but only if one wants to know how to read and write in Mandarin or Tamil. It is not good if one wants to learn how to speak in the other Chinese and Indian dialects.
          But this does not mean that those Chinese and Indians who did not study in the vernacular schools are not Chinese and Indians enough.
          One of the worse reasons why the Chinese and Indian parents do not want to send their children to the national schools is because they feared their children to become Muslims.
This is too far away from the truth. Most of the Chinese and Indians who left the religions of their parents are those who converted to Christianity or Catholicism.
Those who convert to Islam only do it at a later stage in their lives, and they are mostly those who had studied in the vernacular schools.
          Just look at the non-Melayus who are registered with Perkim and one can see how their vernacular school background was the reason why they decided to convert. Some of them are now seen in Islamic religious programs speaking in Mandarin and Tamil.
          The other unrealistic reason why the non-Melayu parents do not want to send their children to the national schools is because they think that such schools are dominated by the Melayus.
          The whole country is dominated by the Melayus. Everywhere we go, there are more Melayus than the non-Melayus.
          The situation is made worse, when the non-Melayu parents deliberately do not send their children to the national schools so that their population becomes smaller than the national percentage.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

Who are the Swedes to play god?

They introduced laws which do not benefit anyone to start with. Many have suffered since their weird child laws were introduced, and many more would suffer in the future.

Yet, they are adamant that they are right in protecting the children in the country regardless of whether they are not Swedish citizens or who were born there.

It is also an irony how they have failed to realize that their laws have failed to protect even the children they claim to want to protect.

Many of the children have been taken away from their parents and are left with no parents.

They will grow up hating themselves for having spilled the beans against them, which involves nothing but personal and everyday and intimate family issues which can be solved by counseling.  

In the end, the affected children and their parents can also grow up to hate the government.

So who benefits from their laws? No one.

Or, may be the lawyers who can earn a lot representing the accused.

In any case, it should be the sole authority of the Swedish government to highlight their weird laws especially to those who intend to come to their country for a short trip or for posting, so they are fully aware of them.

Failing to do so must constitute a crime as they can be charged for cheating unsuspecting people who are not aware of the laws which are not present in most of the countries in the world, which are also against human rights.

Whatever it is, Swedish Laws can never come up close to Syariah Laws. They are no match to the Islamic Laws.

By right, it is the duty of the Swedish authorities to highlight the fact that they have laws which are alien to those who are not Swedish, and who wish to visit or live in the country for whatever reasons they may have, so that they cannot claim to be ignorant of these laws, which the other countries do not have.

Malaysia always remind foreigners who are flying into the country about the strict laws on drug smuggling since many of them may not be aware of that.

So why didn’t the Swedish authorities remind the Muslim couple about their unique laws when they first applied for their work permit to live and work in Sweden?

It is the responsibility of the Swedish authorities to inform foreigners about these laws.

One of the drawbacks or weaknesses of the Swedish Laws which purportedly aim at protecting juveniles in the country is that they do not observe the international legal convention on information gathering involving juveniles.

They did not get the parents of the juveniles to sit with them when they were being interrogated by the school and state authorities, so much so that the child could be easily manipulated, since he does not what he is facing.

And the other weakness is how the Swedish Laws do not protect the innocent, who are immediately punished, even before they are charged for anything.

The fact that the case involving the Muslim family has been dragged for so long, for a case so small, proves that the Swedes do not know how to handle the case.

Yet, they also do not know that the parents of the child, cannot be forced to provide any information to them, which would discriminate against them.

They can choose to remain quiet and not answer any question without the presence of their counsel.

So without being able to get any evidence or statements from the couple, what grounds do the Swedes have to charge them for anything, including for hurting their son?

They cannot depend on the statements of the twelve-year-old boy, and use them against his own parents.

Which court in the world allows this?

The Swedish Laws are therefore so inferior because they are fraud with weaknesses and faults.

They cannot determine that the welfare and dignity of the child can be protected.

On the contrary, the dignity of the Muslim boy has been tampered the moment he is questioned by his school teacher who, being a Swede would know what to get from him.

And in fact, the whole Muslim family has been punished, including the boy and his three brothers and sisters, and parents.

If the boy had been told of the legal ramifactions of his actions by his teacher then surely, he would take extra precaution so as not to cause himself and his entire family to experience indignities and even incarceration.

What they are experiencing in Stockholm is nothing short but ‘state sponsored kidnapping’; they are being held against their free will, and they are now at the mercy of the Swedish Laws which are inferior and bad.

The Swedish Laws are no where compared to Syariah Laws which give better protection to everybody including to animals, never mind, juveniles or children.

The laws in the west do not protect animals like the Syariah Laws so slaughtering of animals in the west or by non-Muslims are done in the most barbaric way.

Even the NGOs which call for the ban on the cruelty against animals do not go beyond sloganeering. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014


By Mansor Puteh  

Someone by the name of Dr. Patricia A. Martinez wrote a piece entitled, 'The facts speak for themselves' in the Star of 6 February, 2014, concerning the controversy surrounding the use of the name 'Allah' in the Bible, as her response to an earlier comment by someone calling himself as 'The Professor'.

But where and what are the facts? Martinez did not say that, she only quoted and said things that some ulamak in Pakistan or Turkey might have said without acknowledging that they are just their views which cannot constitute as ‘facts’.

Martinez does not even know what are personal views and what are facts.

Maybe the real reason why this sort of controversy arose recently can be seen in how some foreign infiltrators had tried to create a wedge between the Malaysians in Peninsula Malaysia and those in East Malaysia or between the Muslims and non-Muslims, who many have admitted to be the 'safe deposit' for Barisan Nasional in any election, and this controversy could be used to cause a rift and encourage the East Malaysians to think differently of the government of the day.

And perhaps she would also like to know how the Bible was first translated from English into Malay.

It was not the original Bible that was written in Aramic or other ancient languages, which Munshi Abdullah did not understand, but in English which means that it was translated not according to the oridinal intentions of the original Bible.

There are many versions of the Bible today, those that were written by pastors and anybody who wanted to promote their own views with some even wanting to do away with gender identification for their God, which means that in these versions God is not a HE, but a sexless person. 

She claims that the name for ‘Lord’ in Malay should also be ‘Allah’ and not ‘Tuhan’. If there is no exact word in Malay for any word in English, then the original word in English should be used, so that the word ‘Allah’ cannot be applied as a convenience.

So ‘Lord’ in the English version of the Bible must also be used in the Malay version of the book, unless if they want to use ‘Tuan Hamba’ for ‘Lord’.  

So if Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the logic should extend to saying and insisting that 'Jesus Christ is the Son of Allah'. But Allah is not a human being or of any physical entity.

And Jesus Christ is also not Nabi Isa (a.s.), as claimed by many including by some Muslims themselves, then those Muslims must also acknowledge that the illustrations and drawings and also statues of Jesus Christ can be used to decorate any mosque as well as the houses of those Muslims, especially their own houses and also vehicles. 

Jesus Christ to Muslims is just a caricature of Nabi Isa (a.s.), as much as Moses or Mary, who are not Nabi Musa (a.s.) or Maryam (a.s.). 

Yet, how many ulamak from Pakistan and the other Muslim countries in the Arab and non-Arab world are aware of it?

It is therefore useless for Martinez to quote any of them as they are not the sole authority of Islam whose edicts or fatwa can only be passed by the Majlis Fatwa Malaysia or those of the respective countries they are living in.

The views of those ulamak are their own, including those in Indonesia and Turkey, whose views may have also been debunked by fellow ulamaks in the respective countries that Dr. Martinez may opt not to mention or reveal what they are.  

As for the Holy Koran, there is no such a thing as a Koran in English or any other language. The Koran can only be presented in its original Arabic version and any translated version is given the title of the Translation of the Holy Koran in English.

Martinez is wrong in quoting Munshi Abdullah who she claims to have approved the translation of the English version of the Bible into Malay. There is written proof of what she says on Munshi Abdullah is wrong.

And as for the other evidences she presents, one can surmise their veracity from the misrepresentation of Munshi Abdullah on the matter. He did not approve of the translation.

The Catholics of Sabah and Sarawak were misinformed of the true intention of the early Catholic envengalists who had tried to propagate the religon to them by using 'Allah' in order to confuse them into believing that they would be praying before Allah when they were not.

And the facts that Martinez had tried to use to support her contentions also cannot hold water.

Catholicism as practised by those in those two states differ immensely from those that is being practised elsewhere, including in the Philippines where even The Vatican had chided them for observing some strange 'street-theater' by cruxifing its believers, when it was deemed to be against the values of Christ by The Vatican and also against the teaching of their religion.

But the Filipinos did not care.

In fact, no other country in the world including those in South America which have a majority Catholic population bothered to practise the festivities so it was a purely Filipino invention. 

But who would believe in the edicts passed by The Vatican as many Catholics in South America, Africa and Asia especially continue to practise Catholicism their way by infusing Pagan values and beliefs without any sense of guilt or shame despite them having been chided by The Vatican itself?    

Even The Vatican has not endorsed the claim by the Catholics elsewhere on the matter concerning the use of the name of ‘Allah’ for God in the Bible, or else such issues would have been distributed worldwide and not just in Indonesia and also Sabah and Sarawak.

Even the Popes had not mentioned or uttered the name of ‘Allah’ in place of God in their sermons and commentaries or everyday greetings.

Yet, there is also no calligraphy of the name of ‘Allah’ that is displayed in The Vatican or any Roman Catholic church in the world.

The Catholics and Christians utter, ‘Oh, my God!’ and never ‘Oh, my Allah!’

In fact, Rev. Terry Jones of the small church in Florida which has a congregation of a mere fifty persons is happy to encourage any Christian or Catholic or anyone to burn the Koran.

If he is true believer of Christ and also think that the name of his God is ‘Allah’ then he would not want to do that since the name of ‘Allah’ is mentioned countless number of times in the Holy Koran.

Martinez should also check with another well-known Islam hater, Geert Wilders of Denmark on what he thinks of ‘Allah’.

How so often has Martinez herself says or mentions ‘Allah’ in her everyday life and activities? Does she also have the calligraphy of ‘Allah’ in her house and her vehicles, either in Arabic or English? 

I have not seen any Catholic in Malaysia who has a locket with the name of ‘Allah’ in Arabic or English or heard any of them utter the name in public before.

And I studied from Standard One to Form Five in a Catholic missionary school in Melaka and I had not seen or heard any of the students who were Catholics who uttered the name to themselves or to anyone. Why? 

In fact, the Hagia Sofia church in Constantinople in Turkey when it was under Catholic rule was the largest church in the world also did not have any calligraphy of ‘Allah’.

However, when Sultan Mehmet managed to capture Constantinople and the whole of Turkey and other neighboring states, he put the calligraphy in Arabic of ‘Allah’ and also ‘Muhammad’ in the church to show that it had been turned into a masjid.

The Roman Catholic rulers of ancient Turkey had all the time in the world to place calligraphy of ‘Allah’ everywhere in the Hagia Sofia, but they did not do it.

And if the Catholics in the world say they also pray to Allah, then why have the cross on the spires and not the calligraphy of ‘Allah’ on them instead?

And this should be what matters the most. So let the truth prevail… 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


By Mansor Puteh

I took it as good timing that when the time came for me to donate blood for the 400th times, it was close to the end of the year so I arranged to do it on the last day of the year instead.

I take it as a personal achievement. It is not unlike making it to Outer Space, or stepping foot on the peak of Mount Everest which did not have to take such a long time or much effort to achieve, especially these days with sophisticated equipment and many willing sponsors.

For one to be able to donate blood so many times, one has to take more than forty years, so it cannot be an overnight success but a lifelong passion and continuous and regular activity and taking up half a year of his life.

The euphoria is not similar but delightful, more so if some words on it are jotted and shared, especially to those who are doing it including those who have never donated blood all their lives, but who would need some of it in their later years or when they are not in such good health. 

So I planned it so that it happened on the very last day of the year juggling my filming schedule to allow me to donate blood before and after each of the trips I had to make abroad to few countries throughout the last year.

Traveling abroad also has its advantage; so each time I travel I notice that my cholesterol level would normally go down a little due to the physical acts of traveling and doing a lot of walking.

The climax of which is my participation in a film festival in Portugal which selected my new documentary for the competition last November.  

I could very well be the filmmaker/author to have donated blood the most number of times in the world.

It brought me back to the time when I first agreed to donate blood for the first time when I was in Form Six, studying in a private secondary school in Jalan Barat in Petaling Jaya.

My classmate then called Alex, asked me if I would like to join him to go to Hospital University nearby, and I agreed without giving it much thought.

Alex, was also in a band in Kelang called the ‘Yellow Jackets’ had been donating blood few times before, but I did not ask who might have asked him to donate blood.

So if not for Alex, I would not have donated blood all this while.

He was the first blood donor I had ever met and he did not look like one, just as I am.

In fact, I could have been the top blood donor of the country if I had not stopped donating blood when I went to college in Shahalam and later to study at a university in New York City where I stopped donating blood for fifteen years or so, which could easily allow me to donate for more than three hundred times.

Many people find all sorts of predictable ways to celebrate the last day of the year, 31 December, 2013, by doing a host of things which had been done earlier by the others, with some ending up hurting themselves that would require some others to spare their blood to help save their lives.

But I would rather spend it to donate blood.

Donating blood is time-consuming, but it has been an interesting experience which spanned more than forty years of my adult life.

I will still donate blood. And I will try to let them allow me to go on donating blood as long as I am capable of doing it. 

I was amazed if not shocked when I learnt how an American man was allowed to donate blood at the age of 83 years, and in England a 72-year-old man who was originally not allowed from donating blood was told later that he was able to do so.

Surely, these two men did not donate blood for the first time. They must have been doing it for a long period of time.

I also learnt how regular blood donors have not been known to suffer from heart, kidney or lung or other major problems, which is a comforting feeling.

The top blood donors of the country are as yet unknown. No attempts have been made to highlight them. They are still a mystery. So they end up being hidden from the public.

Even those suffering from AIDS and leprosy have been given faces, but the top blood donors of the country are hidden.

Many regular blood donors who had donated many times stop doing so after so long, but they are still unknown, the anonymous blood donors who are never ever given due recognition.

They may be the guy who one sees everywhere who never knew how to talk or brag about what they had achieved compared to the singers who are the pride of the society for having sold so many albums and who managed to become an overnight success, or even the schoolchildren who had achieved a string of As in their examinations who are all given media attention.  

Yet, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared last year, 2013, that ‘A Blood Donor is a Hero’ (Penderma Darah Adalah Seorang Wira). So where are our blood heroes?

I decided to do something unusual when I donated blood at the National Blood Center or Pusat Darah Negara (PDN) today, by having a small impromptu event, by inviting some of the nurses to post a photo with me holding the certificate saying that I had indeed donated blood 400 times.

And to thank them, I offered wristwatches to fifteen of them so they could remember the occasion, which is insignificant as there are many others or a few others who had donated blood many times more than I have.

So I am curious to find out who they are.

I tried to produce a special documentary on them as the top blood donors of the country, but did not get any support or even encouragement from PDN or even the Ministry of Health.

We all know how the senior officials of the ministry and also PDN do not donate blood regularly a habit which they could have started when they were still in Form Six, so it is not a surprise if they are not eager to see such a documentary produced to highlight the top blood donors of the country.

I was told that the top blood donors are publicity-shy. Is that a fact? Do they feel guilty for donating blood all their lives like it is a sin for them to do so?

Maybe they are just happy to stare at the many mugs, ballpoint pens, tee-shirts, tie-pins, calendars and sometimes umbrellas they get for donating blood over the thirty to forty years that they had donated blood?

It is also unfortunate that they may not be able to clean the bronze, silver and gold medals that they were promised, when they had donated for twenty, forty and eighty times, as the practice of offering them was scrapped many years ago.

If those who only sign the forms to offer their organs, when they die can smile widely for the media, to show how caring they are, then surely the top blood donors, too, can be cajoled to put faces to numbers, being the top blood donors of the country.

All that I have found out is that the top blood donors comprising of people who have donated blood for more than five hundred times, are people from all races and they are mostly ordinary persons.

There is nothing extraordinary about them. They come to PDN to donate blood quietly and leave as quietly as they had come.

No one could tell how many times they had donated blood as there is no fanfare given to them when they arrived.

However, the sad truth is that the top blood and the regular blood donors of the country are mostly not professionals, or those who were educated abroad, or who are involved in the NGOs and other agencies.

I have also not seen any national athletes or sportsmen coming to donate blood on a regular basis.

Most of them are also not public figures or well-known either. There is no one in the parliament including those who hold top posts in the political parties who donate blood regularly.

I found it amusing how an elderly religious personality who said blood donating is good, yet, he had never ever donated blood in his life.

It is therefore easier for anyone to inform the others how donating blood is good, but it is another matter to donate blood.