Many woke up the day after the 12th General Elections on 8 March with the feeling that a tsunami had hit the country over the past 24 hours. Almost no one expected the scale of change that would sweep over the political landscape. The Barisan National (BN) not only lost its 2/3 majority in Parliament but also an unprecedented five states to the Opposition as well.… Read the article
Transforming Society – Part 1
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – 2 Timothy 1:7
I stood there for a long time looking at these verses from the Bible on the memorial plaque. My feet touched the ground where the World War II German Lutheran Pastor – Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer – was executed by hanging at the age of 39 because of his involvement in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.… Read the article
Many years ago, the Chinese church that I attended in London saw a sudden surge in asylum-seekers from Fujian province of China. Despite the joy of singing praises to the Lord in unison and the clapping of hands, the gulf between this “particular group” of worshippers and the rest of the congregation was too conspicuous to be overlooked.… Read the article
God had a great deal to say to the Jews, who had recently been aliens in Egypt and treated as slaves, about the way in which they should treat the aliens in their land. This teaching is equally applicable concerning the welfare of the millions of migrant workers who are aliens in Malaysia.… Read the article
Without commenting on the strange goings-on at the Emergency General Meetings of Pertubuhan Bunga Tanjung in Penang (9th March 2008) and Balkis in Selangor (11th March 2008), it is hoped that the new Committee Members of these two societies will amend their constitutions to grant membership to the wives of ALL State Assemblymen and MPs in these two states.… Read the article
The problem of slapping sedition charges on troublemakers like Raja Petra Kamarudin, the owner-editor of the country’s top political portal, is that it has an equally troublesome habit of boomeranging.
The joke making the rounds in town is that you can’t charge RPK, as he is popularly known in blogsphere, with sedition.… Read the article
The Sunday STAR (April 13th 2008) reported that Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam acknowledged “the many reports involving foreign workers stranded at the airport after their employers failed to pick them up, arbitrary termination and workers, unhappy with the wages, running away.”
“There are also cases of employers not paying their workers and victimising them,” he said, adding the Manpower Department found that nearly a third of the 2,850 employers checked flouted various labour laws.… Read the article
Congratulations to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for letting the CAT out of the bag!
“The time has come for us to look at it from a new national perspective, approaching governance based on competence, accountability and transparency (CAT)” (the Sun, 25th April 2008).
I pray that each Menteri Besar and Ketua Menteri will follow suit!… Read the article
In the 29th April 2008 edition of The Sun, Zainon Ahmad concludes the imaginary conversation between Azman, Chong, Mohan and Zain with these words which refer to the Pakatan Rakyat leaders:
Chong: What I am afraid of is this. Having discovered the rackets of their predecessors, they – the previously good Muslims, good Christians, good Hindus, good Buddhists and good whatever – find it too convenient a gold mine to tell others.… Read the article