Thursday, January 31, 2008

School’s shorts-sighted reaction slammed

STUDENTS of a Vision School in Kampung Jawa, Klang, who won a cross-country race did not receive their prizes because they were wearing shorts, Tamil Nesan reported.

It said the secondary school students who reached the tape after them were given the prizes instead, prompting parents to lodge a police report against the school administration.
The prizes were given to only two students who finished among the top 10 in the 5km cross-country race organised by the school on Saturday.

A parent, V. Suseela, 47, said that it was accepted practice for athletes to wear shorts in the international arena.

She said the school had also tried to use flimsy excuses like failing to get the ribbons at the designated spots and that the numbers pinned on the shirts were torn to disqualify the students.
Another student was disqualified for being bald.

seals: grrrrrr, so what the Ministry did? Play balls? I think I agree that this is what we will get if we sit duck like how we ahve been. It is time to voice out and act on it!!!!!

Director: Teacher insensitive to boys’ religious practice

IPOH: The discipline teacher who had allegedly shaved the moustaches and beards of six secondary boys had been insensitive to the religious and cultural practices of the students, Perak education director Hussain Harun said.

Confirming that the teacher had reprimanded the schoolboys when ordering their religious wristband removed and shaving the moustaches and beards they had allowed to grow ahead of fulfilling their vows during Thaipusam, Hussain said: “The teacher was enforcing school regulations that disallowed the use of the wristband and required students to be clean-shaven. But the teacher was also being insensitive to the students’ religious and cultural practices.”

As a result, a misunderstanding had occurred, he said, leading to the complaint by four of the boys’ parents.

Hussain was responding to the report lodged by the boys’ parents at the Sungai Senam police station on Saturday.

One of the fathers said he had written a letter on Jan 7 informing the school that his son would be allowing his moustache and beard to grow as he was going to fulfil his vows during Thaipusam last Wednesday.

The boy’s father had said that his son would be bald and have his moustache and beard removed after the religious festival.

But on Jan 18, the father said the discipline teacher had told them to remove the religious wristband and their moustache and beard were shaved.

Hussain said the department had conducted its initial investigation last Tuesday after receiving the complaint, adding that a second investigation was conducted yesterday.

“We have instructed the school principal to call the parents and the discipline teacher to discuss the matter.”

If need be, the teacher would have to apologise to the parents for hurting their feelings by being insensitive to their religious and cultural needs.

“The best way is to ask for their forgiveness. There is no need to blow the issue out of proportion,” he added.

Seals: If need to be? wow that looks "tidak apa" / would have to? They are making it looks like it is a peanut matter. I remember reading, a student commented something about a teacher and the student was punished. Here the teacher has insulted the religion and his believe...that is serious. I can say even he has insulted the "RUKUN NEGARA" The first line "Kepercayaan Kepada Tuhan" (Believe in GOD). How can this be taken lightly?

If this is taken lightly, then it means insulting religion of ok with this government and anyone can insult anyone.

I guess this also proves what HINDRAF been telling. The Indians are marginalised..... this is a clear evidence. Indians are being placed like a "scarp" and anyone can say anything and it is not serious and a sorry just to keep the mouth shut is enough.

He should be sacked and placed in jail and charged for insulting and removed from the most respectful teaching profession. He also should be made to work as street cleaner and collect garbage for 1 month in a typical Indian estate and live there for the duration. If you want respect , learn how to respect in first palce.

He should be scaked and placed in jail and charged for insulting and removed from the most respectful teaching profession. He also should be made to work as street cleaner and collect garbage for 1 month in a typical indian estate and live there for the duration

Mr Samy Velu, is this ok with you? As you claimed you are the only leader. Or your hands are tight? We can't have a hands tight leaders.

This makes me trust what HINDRAF has been claiming.

Next question...was the actual details was reported? I guess not.... I saw another posting :

I think this is related to the SMSes flying around among the Indian community (I received it about 5 times). The article in the Star did not mention any details, but the SMS said its SM Anderson, Ipoh and the teacher’s name is Kamaruzaman. In order to avoid blowing up the issue, the news also did not mention that he uttered the words “ini agama syaitan” (referring to Hinduism). Of course this is the students’ word against his, so there’s virtually no way to prove it.
Its easy to say as the Perak Education Director did - “the teacher ask for forgiveness and parents accept it”. Its like saying “forget it and move on”. Now, if we have a teacher who is supposed to be the paragon of virtue, a role model, leader by example, a guide, a mentor and beyond, doing this, citing a flimsier than tissue paper excuse like “insensitive to religious and cultural practices” (what nonsense does that mean? is the teacher an illegal immigrant or he just fall down from the sky and became a teacher? Or he never mingled with other malaysians before?), what can we expect of the students?

The teacher must (not SHOULD) ask for forgiveness, undergo disciplinary action (demoted, pay cut AND suspension). The parents should start a civil suit, and the PM must invoke ISA and detain this guy for two years and “rehabilitate” him.

To avoid future cases, all teachers must undergo “religious and cultural sensitivities” program of all the non-muslim religions. This must be extended to all student and included as a compulsory module in National Service and all institutions of higher education (public and private). The tutors for these program must be supplied by the respective recognised religious bodies.
Now, that would be proactive action.

The teacher’s apology is worth nothing, because deep in his heart, its “agama syaitan”.

Taipusam: In the morning

FW: Customer Letter

This is an actual letter from an Austin woman sent to American company Procter and Gamble regarding their feminine products. She really gets rolling after the first paragraph...

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Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from 'the curse'? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my time of the month is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be transformed into what my husband likes to call 'an inbred hillbilly with knife skills.' Isn't the human body amazing?

As Brand Manager in the Feminine-Hygiene Division, you've no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers' monthly visits from 'Aunt Flo'. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behaviour. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey's Anatomy was written by drunken chimps.

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Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always Maxi-pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: 'Have a Happy Period.'

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PC Magazine's 2007 editors' choice for best webmail-award- winning letter

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thaipusam: The next step

In close watch on what that are doing the the reaction of the one who is taking kavadi

Thaipusam: In the process of piercing

FW: THAIPUSAM 2008 - My True Experience

(Picture was taken by the author)

My husband, kids and I were at the Subramaniam Temple , Port Kelang for Thaipusam (23.01.2008). As in previous years, we would have gone to Batu Caves , except this time around we decided to support the protest against The Batu Caves Temple Management by not patronizing their organization.

The celebrations that was the grandest to date at Port Kelang deserves a whole piece of its’ own. What was really an incredible experience for my family and I, was something else that was happening at the temple grounds.

To the right of the temple proper was a podium with banners of pictures of the HINDRAF leaders who were in ISA detention. The banners proclaimed in English “HINDRAF Peaceful Assembly Struggle” and “Release Our Leaders”. Having seen quite a number of youths and elderly people with an orange T-Shirt and scarf emblazoned with ‘Makkal Shakti (People’s Power) on them at the celebrations. I assumed the podium was a place about the ongoing protests of the Indian community in the country. Some were sleeping and others seated. Those seated were quite. They were neatly dressed but looked drained.

But what was going on was something more significant, emotionally powerful and almost groundbreaking in Malaysian history. Some In front of the group were a few young men in the orange “Makkal Shakti’ T-shirts selling car stickers and being spokespeople for what was going on. I could see everywhere the youths with Makkal Sakthi T-Shirts are serving foods, provide drinks, cleaning temple compound, controlling traffics and etc… Looking at these people I felt a sudden sense of wanting to do something but not knowing exactly what. As we stood there near the podium we could hear people offering donations. These were politely refused by the young men. They said that they were protesting and praying and not for money. Wow! What a wonderful team with marvelous co-ordination and dedication.

It was from these men that we found out that the people on the podium were on a hunger strike. From the 20th of January 2008 which was 3 days ago. They would fast until the 25th. Some of them it seams had to take some water occasionally. Two of them had been admitted to hospital. We were informed that there was a doctor on standby to monitor the situation.

We (my husband and I) froze completely when we were told that the fast was a peaceful protest against the detention of the HINDRAF leaders under ISA. I started crying first. I told my husband that suddenly I felt so helpless.

It didn’t take my husband’s eyes long to fill up with tears. My mind was filled with questions of who were these people who decided to leave their families and sacrifice their health to stage this fast. They looked like people that I see everyday. But they were special. These were people who had made a physical, mental and emotional commitment to a cause that me and my circle of friends just talk about.

My colleagues and friends, we talk a great deal. We talk and discuss about the nuances and undercurrents of Malaysian politics and about the motivations of HINDRAF.

My husband and I realized that we would be going back to our home after a couple of hours. We would be going home to a good hot meal and shower and probably catch a nap before the evening was up. But the people at the podium would still be there: hungry and thirsty and worn out. For a cause. As we introduced our son and daughter to one of the protesters, he hugged them and simply said “Hey, it’s for you and your future we are doing this for.”
As we left, we thanked the protesters for what they were doing with a “Makkal Sakthi Spirit“.

Candle and special Prayers in Taiping GH yesterday (27th Jan 08)

There were almost 1000 ppl visited Hindraf heroes, Mr . Uthaya and Mr Mano M whom were admitted in Taiping GH yesterday.

The turn out was high as it was Sunday and many from all over the country from came to see the glimpse of their heroes and to show their well wish to them.
I spoke to few of them whom gathered at 4C ward lobby, all of them greet to each other by saying Vanakam, Vaalge Makkal Sakthi regardless of gender and age.
This new phenomena and its a prove of unity awareness among the Msian Indian after the 25/11 Hindraf awakening.

They even brought in their family including children as far as from JB to visit their heroes.
A man by the name of Siva from JB says he is with his family as he looks this a family struggle and it is for the betterment of his kids. He wants them to know who is Uthaya and why he is in the hospital.

The unity spirit was high and I believe it was the big step winning for HINDRAF cause.
Ppl were streaming waiting for their turn to go and see him from the outside of glass door. There are almost 4 Kamunting detention staffs at each room.
The visitors are allow to see him from outside and wave hand with smile which Uthaya repeatly waving one and with the support of another hand as he is still on drips.

We came with an idea and I rush to nearest shop to some manila card and marker, later I communicate to him thru these manila card writing.
We wrote some supporting word and thank him for the entire guide he had lead. Wish him fast recovery and many more.
He was really impressed and happy that he able to get the message across.
His smiles are signs of his courage.

Later abt 7.30 pm were did the candle vigil which been held daily since last Friday nite.
Yesterday there were abt 80 children and they lead the vigil with more than 200 others for more than 1 hours at the car park beside the ward.
Both Uthaya and Mano could see the vigil from their room and slowly waving hand to support the vigil down there.

A police patrol car did came half way of the vigil and was just watching us from far. Nothing done.
The crowds disperse peacefully and with a small prayer for their heroes.
Today is the last day of the hunger strike and we hope all will be ok for all of them.
For those whom are nearby pls do come to the Hospital today evening to show our support.

Vaalge Hindraf. Vaalge Makkal Sakthi,
seals: we respect each other as humans then we join in as Malaysians then others comes in...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thaipusam Showers 2

The first touch of the cold water.....
Layered splash....

my best shot....a shot as i wanted. Did not know it until I see it after I download it

Bathing is a must as water can wash out negative energies off the body before taking the kavadi

Taipusam Showers

Manila..Makati City At Night

Night View of Makati City And in the Day
My hotel room's Hall, was upgraded to this Exec Suite

After 3 days of stress trying to solve some problems, today I had a walk along the many malls close by. And was glad to see Chinese Vegi "BODI" food stall in a food court here. I was glad, and a good dinner like in Malaysia. I used to go to this BODI at a mall at Pasig City when I stayed there.