Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Public Forum on Eradicating Poverty for Sustainable Development

Title of the forum
Poverty from "Missing" Perspectives: Religious Institution and Non Governmental Organizations

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Selapas Tsunami (After the Tsunami)

May 14th, 2010 by Pusat KOMPAS
[Source: http://vimeo.com/11732348]

Selepas Tsunami (After the Tsunami) from Pusat KOMAS on Vimeo.

The 12th General Election did not only result in the change of government in four states or the lost of Barisan Nasional two-thirds majority in Parliament. It brought along many practices never seen before in the governmant system. In Selangor, a body under the state assembly was formed to monitor the use of public funds.

In the federal Parliament the increasing presence of opposition representatives has resulted in more serious debates. Today, UMNO and Barisan Nasional has started speaking the language of change. However, the real reform process is not as easy as voting on polling day.

This documentary discusses the meaning behind those promised changes. Info on KOMAS - komas.org

A Big Pictures production for Pusat KOMAS.
36 mins.
Director: Anna Har
Producer: Brenda Danker
Executive Producer: Jerald Joseph
Editor: Chi Too

Pilihan Raya umum ke-12 bukan setakat melibatkan perubahan empat kerajaan negeri atau kehilangan kuasa dua pertiga Barisan Nasional di Parlimen. Ia membawa kepada pelbagai amalan yang tidak wujud dan namkapasing sebelum inin dapat dirasakan oleh rakyat buat julung kalinya. Di negeri Selangor satu badan di bawah Dewan Negeri ditubuhkan untuk memantau perbelanjaan dana awam.

Di peringkat Persekutuan , Parlimen kini nampak lebih serius dengan kehadiran wakil pembangkang. Hari ini, Barisan Nasional yang keras kepala sebelum 8 Mac lalu, juga sudah mula bertutur dalam bahasa prubahan. Bagaimanapun, perubahan yang sebenar bukanlah semudah membuang undi pada pilihan raya.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Malaysia’s International Relations and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): A Structural Change Analysis

[Asian Social Science; Vol. 6, No. 7; July 2010]

Har W.M, Lam Z.L, Chan M. L, Liew K.Y, Har E.L & Lum C.


This study aims to identify the effect of international relations and the presence of structural change using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) and Chow test respectively. It also aims to examine the long run relationships among Malaysia’s GDP and inward FDI, as well as among Malaysia’s total FDI and inward FDI taking into consideration of international relations using Engle-Granger test. Furthermore, Error Correction Mechanism (ECM) is used to examine whether the variables are converge in the long run. This study supports that international relation affects inwards FDI from all selected countries (Japan, United States, Singapore and Germany). In addition, inwards FDI from respective countries have long run relationship with Malaysia’s GDP and Malaysia’s total FDI. It also found that the respective variables are converging in the long run. With this finding in mind, international relations-focused policies can be created in order to boost up Malaysia’s FDI inwards and growth.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Har Wai Mun [Mar 26, 2010]
[Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/127617]

Ever since the development of Aristotle's rhetoric in forth century BC, slogans and motivational words played important roles particularly in politics. The best example was Alexander the Great, Aristotle's student but Malaysian political leaders certainly do not lack when applying this skill.

Thanks to plenty of political naivete political slogans are great assets in brainwashing Malaysians' minds due to the continuous suppression of freedom of speech and thought for them

In the Mahathir-Anwar era, we have the famous 'We are one family' slogan. Spoken in Mandarin by Malay leaders, this slogan fascinated many Chinese. Another top hit slogan was Dr Mahathir Mohamad's 'Malaysia Boleh'.

I still recall joining in the patriotic shouting of 'Malaysia Boleh' that successfully inspired the Malaysian hockey team at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. The biggest surprise was when the Australian hockey team supporters modified their slogan to 'Australia Boleh' in their final match!

Not to forget was Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's 'Do not work for me, work with me'. Yet after the March 2008 election, not much of his Umno colleagues were willing to work with him anymore.

The latest No.1 slogan is Najib's '1Malaysia', so aggressively marketed by the Barisan Nasional government that the Malaysian sphere has been unjustifiably assaulted by the aforementioned slogan from 'Salam 1Malaysia' to associating '1' in naming new business, housing areas and for a variety of promotional matters.

I wonder whether this slogan has been grammatically verified by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka or else it is merely language pollution.

What is it so grand about the '1' (satu)? Indonesia already has their 'Satu Negara, Satu Bangsa, Satu Bahasa' since a long time ago. What is the difference in being 'Malaysian' against being '1Malaysian'?

Why are we still calling ourselves 'Malay', 'Indian', 'Chinese' and 'Iban' (to name a few racial terms) instead of only 'Malaysian' if we all are '1 Malaysian'? Among the Chinese, we have for example the Hokkein, Cantonese and Hainanese people, yet nowhere in Malaysia or China are they called '1-Chinese'.

Why does the government still wish to appeal to restrict the use of the word 'Allah' by the Herald? Why are corruption investigations, ISA detentions and even the right to protest selective? There are already many critics against the '1Malaysia' slogan, hence there is no need to repeat more here.

Indeed, the alarming concern that needs to be highlighted is the naïve state of Malaysians' mindset on politics and rational thinking. Malaysians tend to 'give chance' too often to Barisan Nasional after the latter comes out with slogans and sky-high (but would not be fulfilled) promises.

Let me share a story told to me by a friend, hoping that it will help Malaysians to wake-up from being hypnotised by merely slogans.

There was a son who was so naughty and therefore tended to do many bad things. This son would apologise to his father after every bad thing he did but still repeated his misdeeds again and again. One day, the father asked his son to hammer a big nail into the house wall after every bad thing did while pulling out a nail for every good deed he performed.

Years after year, the son grew up to be a better adult. Finally, the numerous nails he once hammered into the wall had been all pulled out. What was the father reaction? He just said, 'Glad that you have finally turned over a new leaf but look at the wall. Despite no more nails, the wall has been disfigured by nail holes.'

In the Malaysian context, the Barisan Nasional is the son but one who never turned over a new leaf. Instead, this 'son' went on nailing and then pulling out the nails with slogans and sometimes with a 'hammer' (read: prosecuting the opposition with force like the draconian ISA).

Anyway, the damage (the nail holes) has been done. Look at Malaysia's competitiveness. Compare Malaysian education standards with Singapore's. Judge for yourself whether there is justice and democracy in Malaysia. How about the attitude of the government towards corruption and cronyism?

Hence, please wake up fellow Malaysians. Open your eyes and you may see another word between the '1' and 'Malaysia' that is mocking us – '1-naïve-Malaysia'.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Condemnation on Attack of Three Churches

The three churches namely the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, the Assumption Church in Jalan Templer and the Life Tabernacle Church were fire-bombed last nights.

Heading the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang call, all Malaysian leaders and citizen should condemn in the strongest possible terms the spate of church attacks.