Confessions Of A Tobacco Addict

Today, Saturday 31 May, 2008, is “World No Tobacco Day”. There are more than one billion smokers in the world. I used to be one of them. I had smoked for some 20 years and towards the end I was smoking 60 sticks a day – 40 filtered ones and 20 of the unfiltered fragrant clove cigarettes from Indonesia.… Read the article

Race, Religion, Country?

In the Star edition of Wednesday 21 May 2008 it is reported that “Perak Umno chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali expressed shock and disappointment over Dr Mahathir’s decision.” “On behalf of the state liaison committee and for the sake of our race, religion and country, I beg Tun Dr Mahathir to abandon his intention to leave so that we can together strengthen Umno and complete our unfinished struggles,” he said.… Read the article

Politics – The Jesus Way

Let’s talk about politics – but let’s do it Jesus’ way and not the polarized and dyspeptic way we seem to be going about our politics. Let’s avoid the dangerous assumption that true faith can lead in only on political direction, the dangerous assumption that our political opponents are bad people, the dangerous assumption that God has a single plan for our nation (or any nation) and that religion must do whatever it takes to bring about that plan, and the dangerous assumption that fervent faith confers political rights and privileges not available to others.… Read the article

The Elections Are Over .. What’s Next?

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

It’s No Longer Just About Me

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

But Many Who Are First Will Be Last ..

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

Wives To The Fore!

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