Saturday, 14 February 2009

Malay language for science and mathematics.

First of all, I'd like to make it clear that the most disgustingly ridiculous of all those who speak both Malay and English are those who 'interweave' these two languages with the intention of fooling people from out of town into respecting them. Every time I see some goons on national television doing this, I feel like giving him / her a good punch or two (for the later, a slap would do). Don't hate me for this, it's an abomination.

If you want to speak in English make sure it's completely English. Otherwise, forget about it.

Do you know that in 2004, DBP (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) and MABBIM (Majlis Bahasa Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia ) actually suggested that Malay Language be made the 'leading' language of ASEAN since more than half of the total inhabitants of ASEAN countries use it? To those of you who do not know this, the incompetence in science and mathematics you have in common is a result of your own ignorance and indolence. Do not put the blame on learning science and mathematics in Malay.

To me, there are two kinds of people who support direly, learning science and mathematics in English. The first: those who received their early educations in English (most likely to be of Malay origin), learned how to 'drink tea' and live like the English, regard themselves as 'above average' and want their sons and daughters to tread the same path.

The second: those who rarely use Malay in their day to day life, consciously or unconsciously regard Malay as a lesser language, use English instead and think that learning science and mathematics in English could be an advantage to their sons and daughters, over the sons and daughters of those to whom English is secondary.

In between are those who follow blindly. These people deserve no group of their own, wouldn't you agree?

Ah. The first one is always the worst or the best. Malays who do not see the importance of preserving their own heritage. Malays who could not answer when someone ask them about the possibility of making their native language as competitive as English, just like what is being done in Europe and other parts of the world. What they could do, however, is making sure that their pathetic, foul-smelling hubbub of supporting English for science and mathematics is discernible. What did they make of 30 people demonstrating that Malay language be treated like it's a national language?

The second consist mainly of ungrateful brutes. It's a social contract and everyone knows it. For the sake of integration, all Malaysians have to acknowledge Malay as the leading language by way of using it and promoting it. Let's say cherish it. And let's not forget that we had several 'integration issues' from the day we attained our independence. You think this concept is outdated? Well, I've heard about China making some aggressive moves in promoting English to their people, but know this; this country was founded upon a principle so different from that. So stop putting China as an example. It makes me want to puke. And I don't know if you ever heard of countries like Germany (Leitkultur) having their own leading culture to ensure integration among their people, countries with lots of foreigners and of richer diversities. This value consensus drew a line they dare not cross until this day, when they have their Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen and so forth and are able to make you proud of driving it. Hey, even the Chinese from the mainland.

So until you can prove the Germans wrong, and of course, you, right, I would lift those banners and walk those streets, proud of the 30 comrades who do not forget their history easily.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

An open letter to Mohd Ridhuan Mohammad of UM.

The situation in Perak is not unique. From the trove of the world's historical heritage you should gain a lot.

The primacy of personal politics has long contributed to the ugliest chapters of world history, long before we even come to know constitutional monarchy. Amidst of the crisis in 1914 in Russia, the Tsar's unequivocal and unconditional support for the Serbs indirectly resulted a revolution which was not so kind to his throne. After the wars from multiple fronts he waged, the Duma came to absolute power and he, to his knees. Let us not forget the fact that the Tsar called for wars despite the assessments of his military strength - conducted by his generals - which were not so supportive.

The lesson here is that a king is still a human. If to question is natural to humans then to be questioned is also natural to humans. Let not this one slip through, because nature restores power to those worthy of it by thunder: war strategies to the generals and democracy to the people.

A wave of 'Transformismo' struck the entire Malaysia in the previous General Election as the people sipped democracy 'more than what the leaders could afford'.

In the crisis of 1914, it is not easy to determine where the final responsibility for taking decisions lay, with the Emperor formally being the ultimate authority and receiving advice from civil and military officials who were not bound by any principle of collective responsibility. In Russia, the situation was complicated by the personality of the Emperor who regarded himself as the ultimate power but who was influenced in contrary directions by his own successive whims and the policies of some of his advisors, and still more by his belief that he represented and embodied the aspirations of most of his subjects.

I do not see the difference between what happened there and then and what's happening here and now for imps should look alike as they sit in eager caucus, as Emily Dickinson blatantly put it. And if you believe that these uprise and revolutions by the people are not inscribed in our tradition of loyalty, you can always check our history or learn of it the hard way.

In fact, what choices does an implemented policy of 'Prudenza, Riserbo, Segretezza' would provide the people with and of what promises?

God Bless you.