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

Do Something

“YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. You can get on a path of wisdom and walk it. … “Build your house on a rock,” as Jesus urges us. … You may ask what good all that will do in the face of a task as massive as repairing creation? … I cannot offer an answer that proves the human venture on this planet will be successful in the long run.… Read the article

Easter Sunday

Sunday’s here again He’s risen on the third day Indeed He’s risen Christ won Satan lost Still many would not believe The victory o’er sin First the women saw The empty tomb and much more Others also did His pierced hands and feet Showed he to whom that doubted Yes, my Saviour lives I too believe not Till I felt His love within Peace now fills my heart O Hallelujah Jesus now on God’s side sits O Hallelujah.… Read the article

Dari Sini Ke Sana

From a distance, the world seems brighter now. Even though we’ve far to go. From a distance, our land more hopeful now. Even though our doubts may grow. For the process of change is never immediate And the work of reform never instant. For the breakthroughs occur in seen and unseen ways And the landslides come after much rain.… Read the article

The Gospel, Romans 13 and Oppositional Politics

It’s easier to explain to non Christians than to Christians why I am in an Opposition party – but well, DAP is now the GOVERNMENT of Penang, how’s that Church? For one, there is always the cold, “apolitical-ness” approach which the Church in Malaysia adopted. This is probably for most bred by the culture of fear inculcated by the BN government to maintain their hegemony beginning in the late 80s with ferocious attack of the Executive on the Judiciary which led to the sacking of the then top judge Tun Salleh Abbas (and five other judges of the highest Court) and the rape of our consitutional rights when the Executive gave orders for a “cleanup” operation which saw the silencing of idealogical and political dissents and religious minorities through the gravely unjust preemptive law, ISA.… Read the article