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By Justin Hong

I was 18 in 1997, I came home half completed my high school in England because my father was bankrupted. He was a contractor bankrupted because the licensee, Taib’s uncle defaulted on paying royalty to the Government. Pocketed all the money my father gave.

Together with 6 of my friends we went to Komat in Sama Jaya to look for jobs as they only required MCE; to help out the family.

The HR lady was an Iban, on our turn she refused to give us application forms and demanded our qualifications. Without even understanding us, we were turned away. On further enquiry from us, she said, the 250 posts were all filled. It was 10.25am and the application counter just opened at 9.30am. Asked the guard to show us out.

Komat repeated publication for the posts for another week. We went back again and again were rejected. This time she asked us to look for jobs in China.

My uncle promptly help the six of us to look for jobs from his contacts. Ironically, we all ended up in Shenzhen China, working in a micro circuitboard plant.

We were trained by some American to be testers as we know English. We did well, so well that within 4 years, we developed a special test using Argon emission from induced current. Testing the board even more thoroughly and 40+ times the efficiency we were doing.

After a few months of trial, the company decided to subcontract all their circuit board testing to us using the new testing system and they got the test done at a fraction of the cost doing it manually.

Within 3 years, we are testing all the circuit board of all the companies in Shenzhen then.

BELIEVE ME, WE ARE EACH NETTING 2 TO 3 MILLION USD A YEAR.

We spread to include contracts in a lot of companies of China, US, Germany and Finland.

We now employ 7600 people and 1600 from Sarawak. Bumiputra or non-bumiputra who made the grade we are after.

Why I am writing this?

Read more at: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2010/05/26/an-inspirational-story/


I picked up this picture from Zorro-unmasked
which I want to share with all.

They say ‘A picture speaks a thousand words.’ We have all heard this saying, more than once, I would imagine. But consider for a moment how very true this statement really is.

This picture can tell you so many things. And in Malaysia, this is true even more so when racist, bigots and fanatics who fan hatred amongst the population just to stay in power spread lies to break the unity of All The Clear Thinking Malaysians. But Malaysians are not at all like that. Just look at this picture and it will say it all. An Indian Kid leading a Chinese Old man home after they had collected their lunch. Our diversity has endless potential and the man in the street knows that and even a kid knows that.

There are people who care. These individuals don’t give a damn to the racist UMNO who constantly try to break the spirit of Malaysians by their racial discriminatory policies. We have many with Humanitarian Hearts and I’m so proud of this.There are good and bad people of every “race” and ethnicity, and that’s a fact. Only UMNO/BN politicians cannot see this.

Well done Bernard for showing the world that love and compassion and unity is still very much alive in Malaysia although UMNO the pillar of our Federal Government practices its own kind of apartheid to break the unity of our people which is not the value-system our forebears bequeathed us.

1Malaysia – Happy New Year!


It’s the month of fasting again.To all my muslim friends, HAPPY RAMADHAN!


I hardly watched Malay movies except for the many P Ramlee’s movies which was a must,  but, when I saw SEPAT, I was truly impressed and amazed by the the story telling ability of the director Yasmin Ahmad. To me, Yasmin is really an excellent Malaysian Movie Director and her work in SEPAT was thought provoking where she takes us to look at how two young lovers from totally different background cope with family and social pressure. If anyone of you have not seen SEPAT, watch it and see what I meant.

Even Yasmin’s Anak Malaysia, a Petronas TV commercial was also too good for our time when our racial harmony is so fractured. See how Yasmin in this commercial shows us how racial harmony should breathe in Malaysia.

It is sad and a great loss for all Malaysians to hear that Yasmin Ahmad had passed away.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to her husband and family.

Al-Fatihah.

This is Yasmin’s blogs  The Storyteller 1 and  The Storyteller 2. which is a must for all to visit.


I came across this post “An Anak Bangsa Malaysia’s Call To Uthayakumar” in The People’s Parliament aka Bro Harris Ibrahim. I feel this post is very meaningful and it should be shared with everybody. So I thought of sharing it here in my blog. This is great, take a moment to read it; it will make your day to know there are many nice Malaysians out there.

An anak Bangsa Malaysia’s call to Uthayakumar
By The People’s Parliament

July 8, 2009

Shakuntala sent in a comment to the “A Challenge to Uthayakumar…” post. It really does articulate what so many of us feel that I felt it deserved a reproduction here as a post.

It’s reproduced in full below.

Thank you, Shakuntala.

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I’m first and foremost an Anak Bangsa Malaysia and I want the numbers to grow….they are already. I believe in being an Anak Bangsa Malaysia only because the concept embraces all of us, whether we are black, yellow, a lighter shade of pale,dark brown, light brown and even white.That’s how far we have come already!There is no stopping the tide.

If we look ahead, our children and their children are not going to be in their particular national grooves…they are all going to be mixed and more mixed…they are definitely going to be MALAYSIAN. There’s no two ways….only ONE, the Malaysian Way.

A true leader who has the welfare of all Malaysians at heart, will heed the call…. for unity and intergration of all races.Because that’s the character of our country, Malaysia. We want the lousy word RACE to end and the only way to do it, is to unite and put an end to this damned thing called RACE which is causing no end of negatives…and problems.

Uthayakumar,….I heard that you fought very hard for a Chinese boy, who was a victim of police brutality, a few years back. I’m not sure if you were successful,or what came of it, but it just shows the kind of person you really are, not a race based crazy fanatic, but a far-sighted all embracing, generous person of the calibre of, maybe, Nelson Mandela?

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This was reported by Bernama… – Manik Urai voters should show the country that Malays can still be united under the Barisan Nasional, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said what was hoped was that the unity that had been established for over 50 years remained strong so that people could live in peace and harmony under Barisan rule.

“Umno and Barisan place importance on unity, not splits, among the people, because this allows development to be carried out in the country,” he said when launching the Barisan election machinery here Saturday night.

Shafie, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister, said the government had clear principles whereby the people’s interests came foremost.

He also took to task certain leaders in the Opposition for trying to cause disunity when they questioned the noble intention by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to forge a unity government.

“We are concerned by the objections made by (PAS spiritual leader Datuk) Nik Abdul Aziz (Nik Mat). Although Hadi is for unity, Nik Aziz seems not,” he said.


Malaysians with Indian ancestry are so stuck in the racial crap created and carved by Samy Vellu for the last 30 years. This is a 30 years screw up of the mind and I hold Samy Vellu responsible for this.

Why have to follow the racist Umno style of thinking? This racist thinking has caused Malaysians of Indian ancestry to suffer from complexity problems. Until and unless Malaysians with Indian ancestry get rid of the racial feelings and resolve to fight for the struggles and reforms as a Malaysian they will surely be left behind in the wider context even come 2050.

Let face it, those who embrace the Malaysian identity will rise with the rest of the Malaysians. This country belongs to all Malaysians and not to any one particular community.

This is a beautiful country and lets not screw it and divide it by race.

We have such a rich ancestry and diversity which we should bring together and make Malaysia a unique nation a melting pot of this diversity.

I myself will never, yes NEVER, ever join any racial based political party which thrives on ethnicity. I and my family are color blind and I thank my parents for having instilled this in me. I even married a Sabahan Bumiputra and created 2 kids who don’t even know their race. My children are very much colour blind like me. I instilled this on them and I am proud of this.

Now lets look at the Bukit Selambau situation. Abang Anwar gave the seat to a Malaysian of Indian ancestry to represent Pakatan Rakyat. What else do they want? Why create all the fuss about the candidate? Why cant they see the big picture? Just because MGR their idol is not selected to stand, the idiots make it difficult for the person selected by the party. What kind of thinking is this? That is why I say their heads are all screwed. Perhaps Abang Anwar should give the seat back to a Malay candidate since it’s a Malay majority seat and in the last election the last PKR candidate was a Malay. Afterall, this Arumugam fellow who won the seat the last time because of the disqualification of the PKR candidate was with the help of Malay votes.

See here what PET has got to say about Malaysians of Indian ancestry and he calls them BODOH PUNYA INDIA and I agree with him fully.

Here goes….

Okay, now over to the Indians. There are three by-elections coming soon — one each in Perak, Kedah and Sarawak.
While there appears to be no problems thus far in Perak and Sarawak, it looks like Kedah is going to face problems even before Nomination Day. And the problem is as follows. The Indians are not happy with Pakatan Rakyat’s choice of candidate and they will probably boycott or sabotage the by-election if they don’t get their way.
Okay, I have no problems with that. After all, most of the Indians, the majority of them, are all ex-MIC supporters anyway. This means they have kepala otak MIC. They think like MIC and throw tantrums like MIC and demand this and that like MIC. That is to be expected.
But what is unsettling is the way the Indians constantly talk about Indian this and Indian that. Every time these ex-MIC Indians open their mouths it must be about Indian rights, Indian interests, hak India, kepentingan India, and whatnot. These Indians are just like the Umno chaps, minus the little rusted curved knives. These ex-MIC Indians and the Umnochaps are like pinang dibelah dua, or, as the English would say, like two peas in a pod.

I know that people from Italy are called Italians, people from Germany are called Germans, people from Russia are called Russians, people from China are called Chinese, people from India are called Indians, and so on and so forth. Therefore, it goes without saying that people from Malaysia are called Malaysians. But those Malaysians whose forefathers came to Malaysia from India in the 1850s to around 1920 or so still want to be known as Indians even though they and their parents were all born in Malaysia.

Read my lips, very slowly. Those born in Malaysia are Malaysians while those born in India are Indians. You can’t be born in Malaysia and yet still be Indians. Get it? Or must I repeat that?

Enough of all this Indian this and Indian that! Who the shit cares about Indian rights and Indian interests? We are fighting for Malaysian rights and Malaysian interests. It is Ketuanan Rakyat. Not KetuananIndia just like Ketuanan Melayu a la Umno.

I once had an argument with a Hindraf supporter and he tried to impress upon me that the Indians need to be represented and they need an Indian to represent them. I asked this chap whether he is Indian and he replied that he is. Then go back to India, I told him. Indians live in India. Malaysians live in Malaysia. He then corrected himself and said that he is a Malaysian.

In that case, I replied, why do you want an Indian to represent you? Can’t I, a Malay, be your representative? Why must it be an Indian? I too can represent the Indians and serve the Indians.

This Hindraf chap then asked me how I would feel if an Indian represented me. Considering I am Malay, can I accept an Indian Prime Minister? Of course I can, I replied. In fact, I accepted an Indian Prime Minister for 22 years. The only thing is I never saw him as an Indian or even addressed him as an Indian. I just addressed him as Datuk Seri (now Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

I am not the problem, I told this chap. You are. You look at things from an Indian perspective. I look at it from a Malaysian perspective. Anwar Ibrahim is half-Indian. Wan Azizah, according to Umno, is half-Chinese. I am half-Malay. Many of my very close friends and relatives are half this or half that. But we never, I repeat never, address each other or look at each other through coloured lenses. We are absolutely and thoroughly colour-blind.

I would like to pack all those who shout and scream that they are Indians into a tongkang and send them back to India where they belong. Bodoh punya India!”

 

 


Pak Lah said that anyone race can become the Prime Minister in Malaysia. Tun Dr. Mahathir too echoed this and went further to say that the person must be a “Bangsa” Malaysia and must be supported by all Malaysians then only he or she can become PM of Malaysia.

Does Bangsa Malaysia really exist in Malaysia?

Is there such a thing call Bangsa Malaysia?

I remember Abdul Ghani Othman, the Menteri Besar of Johor, saying in an UMNO convention sometime ago that Bangsa Malaysia was a “nebulous concept” which overstepped the bounds of the Constitution and it must only be applied in the context of all the peoples of Malaysia with the Malays as the pivotal race.

We know many Umno leaders and Umno members had all along been clamoring for the supremacy of the Malay race – KETUANAN MELAYU. And about how their rights are protected under the constitution and so on, and only a Malay could be a true Malaysian. Some Umno leaders openly say that the Malay people are the TUAN of Malaysia and the Malaysian Chinese and Indian-Malaysians who form a significant minority in Malaysia, are considered beholden to the Malays for granting them citizenship in return for special privileges as set out in Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia.

Take the case of the recent appointment of acting-General Manager in state agency, Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS). A female Chinese, Low Siew Moi was about to retire and was appointed by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid to head the PKNS. There was so much hue and cry and even  protest from Malay leaders that the appointment was incorrect because she is Chinese.

Why was the appointment not right when the person appointed had all the qualifications, experience and merits for the post? Tan Sri Khalid had even described Low, 57, a trained accountant, having served PKNS for 35 years as the most appropriate candidate on the basis of her dedication and experience as deputy GM for corporate and financial affairs and asset management. The only possible answer is that she is not a Malay. This episode seems to imply that one’s capabilities, despite being a Malaysian, can be overlooked based on race.

So what is Dr Mahathir talking about? How can a non-Malay ever be PM of Malaysia when even a person who is more than qualified, is not even accepted as an Acting- General Manager of a quasi-government body, even though she has the backing of the Menteri Besar of Selangor ?

Such discrimination is rampant in our country. Serious efforts must be taken by the incoming Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, to ensure that positive actions are placed to curb this race mentality which is a setback for a true Malaysian race – if such agenda even exists at all.

The problem is a real setback because every good action taken to improve our country through the appointment of qualified non-Malay could continue to be perceived as bad, even to the extent of being used as excuses for demonstrations and protest by racist UMNO chaps.

On Bangsa Malaysia, leaders at the federal level must be serious and sincere in solving matters related to race and religion.

Barak Hussein Obama, an African American, won the presidency of the United States of America and his victory as a Black American was echoed even by our own Prime Minister. The recognition offered to Obama by some of our leaders is nothing short of hypocrisy. Our UMNO leaders must be ashamed for being so hypocritical.

In my heart of heart, I for one, believe there will never be an Obama story in our country, anything said about Bangsa Malaysia can merely be regarded as ploys to gain the support of the people, whenever leaders needed them. At the end of the day, Malaysia’s social, economic and political scene is still dominated by racial sentiments championed by UMNO..

And here we are, a nation 51 years old, still calling the non-Malays ‘pendatang’, equating multi-lingual roadsigns with sedition, using abusive language and rude body language in parliament, coming up with fatwas on tomboys and yoga, and so on and so forth.

We are a bunch of “Jaguh Kampong” and have no desire to progress. Some are even trying to move the country back into some distant past of another place and time.

We look at people like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu and wish that our leaders could be like that. But they are not. Not even close.


November 25th 2007 Hindraf Rally

   

The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation by the Malaysian Government from today, 16th October 2008, and I thought it was good if I revisited the Hindraf Rally on 25th November, 2007.

When next month 25th comes it will be exactly one year since the Hindraf Rally.

Need to relate what happened that day 1 year ago so that all could see the core of my experience which was AWESOME!

I left at 6 am by LRT from Kelana Jaya. At 6.30 am I was at the Ampang LRT station and got on foot around Jalan Ampang.There was police block near Jln Ampang and plenty of cops everywhere. There were many people congregating along the road. Never saw so many Indians gathered together in one area. Had teh tarik at a restaurant nearby KLCC.

At 7am I moved to KLCC park, there were a lot of people gathered here. Suddenly there was tear gas in KLCC park and the FRU canon had moved and was placed at the far end that leads towards Jalan Ampang and thus blocking the way.

There was was no way ahead so I went to the opposite entrance of the Twin towers. A very big group had gathered here by then.

I got a Mahatma Gandhi’s poster by someone I didnt know. This was nice because a sense of power of truth, nonvoilence and peaceful assembly was encouraged.

At 9 the FRU started to spray water laced with INSECTICIDE (smelled like malathion) towards the crowd , people just sat down and were very calm, the next moment tear gas cannisters started flying into the crowd and all hell broke lose and people started screaming and running towards the opposite direction.

I saw some people got trampled by the crowd. I myself was choking and was looking for water to wash my eyes and luckily someone gave me a bottle of mineral water to wash my eyes. By now the crowd had pulled back. I was telling some in the crowd not to leave as I was right infront and I could see people were getting angry and were throwing back at the police the gas cannisters.

I walked again towards Jln Ampang with some lawyers, I think, and behind us was another big group marching.

The FRU allowed us to pass until the junction, but suddenly, without any warning they attacked us again with the water cannon, spraying laced insecticide. I felt itchy all over my body and knew it was definitely a strong dose of malathion and maybe some carbamates mixed. By now the whole group had split into 2 with most of them in Jln Ampang.

In Jln Ampang, the FRU truck moved into KLCC and pushed the crowd further back and stopped in the middle. The group in front of KLCC had to retreat.

I was pushed back from public bank to BSN and further back to The Zouk by about 10.

By now the crowd had got bigger and bigger all around Jalan Ampang towards Jln Raja Chulan. There was full of people here. The FRU in the meantime, was getting trigger happy and was firing volleys of teargas cannisters after cannisters.

By 11.30, a helicopter was hovering above us and it was impossible to hear anything as the helicopter was so close to the ground. People were jeering at the helicopter while they were taking photo shots from the air.

By 12.30 we dispersed and while dispersing, the FRU still continued to chase the peaceful crowd all the way to Jln Raja Chulan.

Today 25th November, 2007, I saw the Indians in Malaysia finally waking up from slumberland.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating!