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Monday, March 27, 2017

LOVERS OF MALAYLAND, FRANK SWETTENHAM



Swettenham, Frank Athelstane, Sir, G.C.M.G., C.H.- b.28.3.1850, Belper, Derbyshire, England. Famous as one of the chief figures in the formation of British Malaya during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To the Malays he was known as one who lived with them, spoke their language, respected their faith, participated in their interests, humored their prejudices, sympathized with and helped them in trouble, and shared their pleasures and their risks. His interest in the country and its people was reflected in the wide range of his stories and sketches. Such varied subjects as The Real Malay, A Silver-Point (a record of his experience of living in a Malay kampong), Malay Sports and Meng-Gelunchor (a kind of water-tabogganning) – just to name a few – bear witness to his love for the people and their pastimes. Adapted after Roff WR, 1967
1907. British Malayaan Account of the Origin and Progress of British Influence in Malaya. John Lane Bodley Head, London. Revised ed Allen and Urwin, London 1948
1896. British rule in Malaya. In Kratoska PH (ed) Honourable Intentions: Talks on the British Empire inSouth-East Asia Delivered at the Royal Institute 1874-1926. Proc Royal Colonial Institute; reprinted OUP, Singapore 1983 
1929. British Malaya. London











The court house at Batu Gajah was built during his tenure as Resident of Perak. Wan Mat Saman, my great-father-in-law was one of the contractors of the buildings.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

PERPUSTAKAAN NEGARA - MENANGKUP


 Seperti di kebanyakan pejabat kerajaan, hidup seronok di Perputakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM). Ada beberapa kali (3 tahun dulu) saya buat hubungan dengan PNM. Bahagian Perolehan Buku di Bangunan TH effisien kerana pegawai (perempuan Cina) itu cepat bayar buku2 yang dibeli. Di Ibu Pajabat, Jalan Tun Razak, mereka tidak terima buku untuk diterbitkan. Itu tidak mengapa mungkin buku saya kurang bermutu. 

Dalam almari pamiran bercermin terdapat buku2 berkenaan Dolah dan Najib. Tidak nampak buku Mahathir. Pengarah memperkudakan timbalan (cina perempuan jugak!) untuk hasilkan kertas kerja bersama (kononnya).

Dalam e-mail kapada pegawai, saya komen pintu masuk kotor dengan sampah sarap. Sebenarnya lokasi PNM tidak sesuai kerana: i)  kawasan sibuk dengan trafik dan leceh untuk orang awam hendak pergi; ii) tidak luas, padang tidak ada dan parking sesak; iii) tersorok diantara lain2 bangunan; iv) bentuk bangunan menangkup seperti tudung saji. 

Sepatutnya digalakan para pelajar dan pengajar dari universiti jalankan kajian di PNM. Pengkaji seperti Titania Denisova dari Russia dipanggil mualim. TS Rashdan pernah menjadi Pengerusi PNM.













Friday, March 24, 2017

LOVERS OF MALAYLAND, HUGH CLIFFORD




Clifford, Hugh Charles. 1887. Journal of Mr. H. Clifford’s Mission to Pahang. MS, Colonial Office 273/144 (unpublished)
1899. British and Siamese Malaya. In Kratoska PH (ed) Proc Honourable Intentions: Talks on the British Empire in South-East Asia Delivered at the Royal Colonial Institute, 1874-1928, reprinted  OUP, K Lumpur 1983
1926. In Days that are Dead. Murray, London
1927. The Further Side of Silence. Doubleday, Page & Co, New York
1928. Heroes in Exile. London
1929. Bushwhacking and other Asiatic Tales and Memories of Malaya.Harper, New York

1961. Report on the expedition recently led into Kelantan and Trengganu. JMBRAS 34(1). Originally printed in 1895






H.C. Syers in uniform, with Hugh Clifford at Raub Gold Mine stockade, May 1892.


Clifford's residence at one time.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FEUDAL CASTLES OF JAPAN


The feudal-era castles are the epitome of Japanese architecture and environmental design.

Traditional Japanese architecture contrasts with modern buildings across the Imperial Moat in Tokyo.


The grounds of Nijo Castle in Kyoto are ornamented in autumn with chrysanthemums, one of the favourite flowers of Japan.











Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PANTUN PADANG RENGAS



Padang Rengas buah kepayang
Masak bijan atas bara
Debat bukit tinggal bayang
Baru melenting macam kera


Mulut bising seperti murai
Jantan betina mandi kolam
Ngaku diri orang samurai
Siang hari disangka malam


Bawah Najib Ahmad Zahid
Siapa gemuk lebih badak
Bini baru datang haid
Dia hantam buat tak dak


Dari jauh datang pelancung
Malam puasa makan wajib
Usah tempah kepala dipancung
Keris Bugis empunya Najib


Ayam denak ayam serama
Jambu batu dalam perahu
Nazri masak main derama
Nama disingkir nanti PRU


Dari Bagan Datuk naik teksi
Pandu  laju cakap lucu
Baru kau tahu demokrasi
Chief balik jaga cucu

Monday, March 20, 2017

NAZRI, NAJIB WILL OSTRACIZE HIM


Nazri is a samurai kontot as he proclaimed to be. For many years now he acts as the henchmanman for Najib -  ward off  blows from critiques, opponents and to cover his (mis)tracks and mistakes. In return, he gets his ways, privileges and rewards. He knows that he is untouchable as long as Najib is up there. And, both know each others skeletons in the cupboards during Pemuda UMNO days and in London as students. 


How dare Najib rumoured to depose him after the previous general election? Justifiably, he has an axe to grind against Najib:

Kalau kita ingat lagi, pernah timbul cakap-cakap yang hangat mengatakan selepas PRU 2013 Najib mungkin gugurkan Nazri daripada Kabinet kononnya “untuk lembutkan hati Dr Mahathir dan ucap terima kasih kerana bantu dalam PRU.”


Pity Nazri for he has borne the brunt shielding Najib. He has suffered bruises. He is growing tired of being a political brute that has turned him into a raging bull. The bull is on the pensive mode kicking wildly to get out of the pen, Najib or no Najib: 

Kalau bahas Parlimen pun Najib mengelak dan lari daripada forum Nothing2Hide, masakan dia berani berbahas terbuka dengan Dr Mahathir.


The 'Chief' as he calls himself is obviously an egomaniac. This has played strange ways in his mind, a derangement that has impinged onto his very son: 

[“Chief” (tuan ketua) adalah gelaran yang budak-budak Nazri bagi kepadanya. Anak dia, Nedim Sujak Nazri Aziz, dibagi gelaran “Junior Chief” (tuan kecil).]


He wants to prove to all and sunder that he is a hero. He can clear the air on many outstanding issues of the country that Najib has created. He believes that he can take Mahathir verbally whom Najib dare not at Padang Rengas:


Yang ada kedudukan adalah Najib tapi Najib tak berani berdepan dengan Dr Mahathir. 



The Chief is at vengeance to lock horns with his former master over a supposedly corruption case that has tarnished his image. 

Ada orang kata, ini adalah kerana siasatan Badan Pencegah Rasuah (sekarang Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia) ke atas Nazri bersangkutan lesen teksi masa dia jadi Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan.



Mahathir is a man who shines most when challenged. Nazri has overlooked that and hence falls into the trap which he himself set-up. He cannot back out from the debate by himself otherwise what can he say to his young wife? His  macho signal to UMNO/BN and hence the top echelons is that he is the lone wolf. 

Already, Said Keruak, Najib's numero uno henchman at the moment is on negative mode saying that RTM will not air the debate. This is in line with Najib's stand on 1MDB. At the last minute a ruse will be cooked up to cancel the debate. The police may have to come in.

Tengok sajalah tindak-tanduk beliau dan konco-konco beliau dalam Parlimen bila isu macam 1MDB, SRC International dan FGV dibangkitkan - sekat pembangkang tanya soalan atau letakkan semua perkara di bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA).


If the debate is on and Najib somehow gets crucified over 1MDB and other issued, Nazri might as well forget about PRU14 under UMNO's ticket. He will be in the political wilderness. Tanam kacang dan jaga cucu!

(highlighted brown: The Scribe A Kadir Jasin)