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Upward Social Mobility for the B40

The 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) mid-term review (MTR) acknowledges that income gaps are widening at an alarming rate. According to the 11MP economic blueprint presented in 2016, about 2.78 million households out of the total 7.6 million households are classified as the bottom 40 (B40). This represents 36.6% of Malaysian households…

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Reflections about the ICERD rally

Whilst some of us may not agree with the motives of the recently concluded Dataran Merdeka demonstration, most would agree that it was in no small way an unqualified success for the organisers, as much as it was for the fledgling democracy of Malaysia Baru.

It proved to all and sundry, that the Malaysian rakyat, given the freedom and space by the authorities, can manage to voice out their socio-political grievances in a civil fashion, without causing violence and threatening our national peace.

The harbingers of doom and gloom, those who subscribe to the idea that public expressions of dissatisfaction and opposition will only result in civil disorder and mayhem were proven wrong in more ways than one.

During our student days in the 70s, we demonstrated peacefully in the very heart of the streets of London, without any untoward incidents and dreamt the day when we could do similarly on our home ground.

On the contrary, during the BN heydays, anyone daring to protest would first face a hostile and rabid mass media determined to whip up negative public sentiments against the likes of BERSIH et al. And prior to the event, there were arbitrary road … [Read more]

TRANSFORM, PERFORM, CONFORM OR …

24 Nov 2018

The 10 year old clip featuring Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Unity) Senator P Waytha Moorthy has been hogging the news in the mainstream, alternative media and more so in social media.

The recent expose by R.AGE, we hope would give our fellow Malaysians some understanding and grasp of the historical and current issues afflicting the Indian Bottom 40 (IB40) community.

Compared to the national average, the school dropout, unemployment and crime rates are higher among the IB40 community. Anybody who has stayed near a rubber estate or with an Indian community will know how bad their living conditions are.

It is therefore not too difficult to understand the frustrations of the Indian community who have been long neglected by their own leaders and the lack of political will to improve their socio-economic status. Instead, they were used only to win their votes by cash handouts but only to be forgotten until the next election

We may not agree with the politics of Waytha but surely we can understand why the Indian community sorely needed a much more vocal, aggressive and extrovert exponent to champion their rights and to highlight their predicament and deprivation.

How different are the historical nuances of Waytha from … [Read more]

ICERD

22 November 2018

Upon contemplating writing on the sizzling hot International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) issue, we felt trapped in a Catch 22 impasse – damned if we do and damned if we don’t

One of us had to actually derive inspiration from proximity to the mosque of the Prophet in Masjid Nabawi, at Madinah.

To the liberals, human rights activists and civil societies, allow us to reiterate that the ratification of the ICERD is a no brainer.

But, to the many “Ketuanan Melayu” protagonists out there, the ICERD is a blatant declaration of open war. No amount of evidence-based law is going to convince them otherwise. Let alone rationale or common sense because the ICERD is to them a whole load of non-sense, a total disrespect and repudiation of their “inalienable bumiputra rights”

And for the liberals et al to expect a swift transformation of this “supremacist Malay mindset” indoctrinated over 61 years of toxic racial and religious BN politics, is naivety at best.

It is only kurang ajar in the sense that the lack of adab (decorum) is a learned behavior from an ambience of racial and religious bigotry, which now requires radical behavior modification (for want … [Read more]

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin
Tok Misai
17 Oktober 2018

Utusan Malaysia memang patut dipanggil Utusan Meloya. Logiknya selepas kerajaan BN ditong-sampahkan oleh rakyat pada 9 Mei lalu, Utusan Meloya sepatutnya insaf dan bertaubat dari menyebarkan berita-berita fitnah yang membuat rakyat rasa gelisah tidak tentu pasal. Perbuatan seperti ini bukan kerja orang beriman. Ini kerja orang munafiq yang suka melihat rakyat dan negara jadi tunggang langgang.

Saya berkata begini kerana rasa meluat baca artikel yang disiarkan oleh akhbar cabok ini mengenai Menteri Pendidikan baru Malaysia yang bernama Dr. Maszlee Malik (DMM) di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM).

Punyalah banyak isu dan urusan penting lain yang DMM bincangkan pada lawatan beliau ke PPUM dua hari lepas, tiba-tiba berita yang dikutip dan disiarkan oleh Utusan Meloya secara meluas ialah mengenai warna stokin murid-murid sekolah pula. Kamu tidak sedar dirikah yang akhbar kamu ni sudah lama tak laku dan kedudukan kewangan syarikat pun sedang nazak? Kenapa masih bengong lagi? Nak berterusan begini sampai Kiamat kah?

Disebabkan lapuran Utusan Meloya yang tidak adil ini, tak pasal-pasal DMM kena serang oleh pelbagai pihak yang menuduh beliau sebagai seorang Menteri yang hanya sibuk dengan isu-isu remeh dan gagal menangani isu-isu lain mengenai tahap dan kualiti pendidikan di negara kita yang lebih besar … [Read more]

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

17 Oct 2018

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

If one were to rely solely on Utusan Malaysia for news on the current Minister for Education, one would think that the honourable Minister is consumed with only thoughts of socks and shoes.

This pea-brained newspaper with gutless editors are back with their mischief. Their toxic spew is now centred on YB Dr Maszlee Malik, the Minister of Education.

Their journalists wait in ambush, trailing the Minister on his walkabouts. They care little for any weighty substance the Minister expounds on, preferring instead to wax lyrical about socks, shoes and other trivia, an obsession that reveals more about themselves than the man they write about.

If Utusan is worth even a grain of journalistic salt, it would report on the numerous initiatives drawn up by the honourable Minister in the last 100 days. This includes the green policy in all learning institutions encompassing vehicle-free zones, community clean-ups, tree-planting and adopting the 3Rs; Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

However, Utusan has never been known as a bastion of journalism.

A newspaper sans integrity or honesty is but a pitiful face of hate politics, demonization and vilification. … [Read more]

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

16 Oct 2018

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

We’ve heard some outrageous stuff being uttered in the past week. And some real petty stuff being reported by both the mainstream and alternative media in the more recent few days.

The most outrageous being an ex-UMNO politician lambasting Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership with “Your stupid manifesto stopped you, is it?”

Though enlightened by the new politics of PH she probably still carries with her foul baggage from her UMNO past.

We wrote a piece which politely lashed at our Prime Minister when he announced that he would be holding the education ministry portfolio. And took to task both Anwar Ibrahim and Kit Siang for pussy footing on the issue. (https://www.malaymail.com/s/1632351/doctors-to-doctors-talk-musa-mohd-nordin-and-johari-bux)

It was heart warming to learn that unlike many, PM still held dear to the PH manifesto, heeded principle centric politics and immediately relinquished the idea.

We would like to see the moral compass still held high in the ever unpredictable realm of Malaysian politics. And in the new era of Malaysia Baru, we should not succumb to the Machiavellian politics of past or present politicians or even civil society for that matter.

In more tangible terms, the Minister of Education should be allowed to carry on with … [Read more]

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

15 Sep 2019

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

I have no doubt that many of you have written to your Pakatan Harapan (PH) state assemblymen (ADUN) and parliamentarians (MP) on various issues that in your humble opinion solicited their immediate attention.

A few ADUNs and MPs may have obliged and undertaken the necessary actions or remedial tasks but would it be too far-fetched to suggest that the majority have not even bothered to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, let alone revert, or only paid lip service to your suggestions, whilst a few were actually pissed off with your recommendations?

Well! Some of us never got to ascend the rarefied atmosphere of top echelons of corporate or academic leadership because we held dearly and uncompromisingly to our puritanical and religiously democratic views trained into us since our formative days in the UK. Among others, the notion that a leader should be told what he needs to be told and not what people feel he wants to be told. In short, calling a spade a spade (we hope we are being ethnically correct and colour blind) was and still continues to be a dearly held principle of engagement.

We always wondered why our peers including some very close colleagues … [Read more]

A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek

29 May 2018
“A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek”

Generically, we medical doctors are politically naïve. Doctors #Tun MM and #Datin Seri Wan Azizah are the outliers in our profession, in a good way actually.

So we stick to the stuff we do best, to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always. But when confronted with a malignant tumor or a brewing septicemia, without hesitation we are trained to execute radical surgical excision or institute powerful intravenous antibiotics.

And we sensed this scenario rearing its ugly head soon after 9 May 2018. Sticking our clinical noses into the post GE14 ambience, we are perturbed by the political nuances displayed by some of our Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.

What is the wisdom or traction to be achieved by now suggesting post GE that “rising cost of living and the unpopular #GST were the top reasons voters swung to #PH”

It only invites derision and outrage from a large segment of PH supporters who would swear that the historical PH triumph boils down to the aura and popularity of #Tun MM.

Way back, when the opposition was still in the wilderness and finding its footings, when the idea was first … [Read more]

Doctors to Doctors talk

18 May 2018

Doctors to Doctors talk

When YAB Tun announced that he would be holding the education ministry and YB Kak Wan the women’s affair, we flipped!

And upon reading this morning’s Star headlines; “Anwar: Ministerial posts for top two not contrary to manifesto” – we double flipped!

Is everyone simply being polite to YAB Tun when he rationalized his masterplan to rejuvenate the Malaysian education system? Didn’t the young Turks, the likes of YBs Dr Dzul, Khalid Samad, Chin Tong, Izzah et al in the political forum who were always loud and dissenting (in a good way) responded to YAB Tun’s plans to revolutionize the learning and teaching of our young minds.

It is as if they were mesmerized by YAB Tun or still in cloud 9 post-GE14 euphoria, or more probably it was like they “tak sampai hati” to speak against an old man’s “dying wish” for his nation’s children and their future.

We, hard core clinicians, maybe politically naive in the bargaining and jostling of political posts in the new cabinet but as far as Tun and Kak Wan are concerned we are clinically convinced on the grounds of “Evidence Based Politics” (EBP) that neither should hold portfolios in the Pakatan Harapan … [Read more]