Of Eight Who Got Involved : Seeing Democracy In Action

“Can you be a Polling Agent/Counting Agent for the opposition? They are desperately short of people.” I had been getting several such SMSes and e-mails about two weeks prior to the elections. I chose to ignore them. But when I started thinking about how I wanted a change to the country’s corrupt, inefficient and unjust system, I realized this would never come about if there were no PACAs acting for the opposition to observe the voting and counting.… Read the article

Let’s Get Moving Now On The IPCMC

I spent approximately 45 minutes on Polling Day sitting in a pondok polis in Bukit Damansara. My mother had been involved in a small traffic accident earlier that morning, and so after we had cast our votes at S.K. Bukit Damansara we went to report the incident. It surprised us to realise that Bukit Damansara does not have a full-fledged police station.… Read the article

Rightful Rule: Romans 13 For Today

“Read Romans 13!” wrote a Roman Catholic layman to a newspaper as he chided Jaime Cardinal Sin for being critical of the Marcos government. “Read Romans 13!” wrote back a Baptist leader when asked to endorse “A Call to Repentance,” issued by Diliman Bible Church in September 1983, two weeks after Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was assassinated at the Manila International Airport.… Read the article

To Defect Or Not To Defect and Other Post 388 Musings

I must admit to some level of ambiguity here. A few weeks ago, I was quite certain that defections would do no good for a few reasons: the electoral pact between the three main opposition parties was still freshly minted and required some time through the fire, the new opportunities gained by the erstwhile political Opposition need to be tried and tested and the quality of defectors may leave a lot to be desired.… Read the article

Apology: Our Future Lies In Redeeming Our Past

Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussein says he’s sorry for brandishing the Malay keris at three Umno Youth general assemblies in a row that offended non-Malays. Prime Minister Pak Lah Badawi has also issued what sounded like an apology for the scandalous sacking of the Lord President Tun Salleh Abas and other senior judges two decades ago and has offered them compensation.… Read the article

Who Did Jesus Vote For?

This is about one of the most anticipated time in Malaysian history. Yet, where would Jesus stand in all of this? 8th of March 2008 was an exciting day. It was International Women’s Day. It was Datuk Sami Vellu’s birthday. It was also my daughter’s third birthday. And it was Elections Day for Malaysians.… Read the article

The Word Became Flesh

It was 1988. I was doing my chambering when the Malaysian Bar called for an emergency general meeting in response to the dire judicial crisis facing our nation. In its protests against the then Prime Minister’s atrocious interference and violation of the Judiciary’s independence, among others, members of the Bar were asked to wear a black band around their arms indicating that the independence of our judiciary is dead!… Read the article

Getting Involved

When I left university and joined the teaching profession, I was immediately faced with the issue of teachers’ pay. My colleagues in the staff room were engaged in animated debate between classes. The NUT (now NUTP- National Union of Teaching Profession) man was signing up members. Another new Christian teacher had strong views that Christians should not associate with a union which was advocating for higher pay and in favour of picketing to achieve that objective.… Read the article