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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Melayu oh Melayu: March 22 2011

By al-Din on March 22, 2011 10:56 PM

The Malay psyche is being challenged internally and externally as such that confidence is on the wane. Some are not or less proud to be a Malay. At one time or another we pass comments detrimental to the Malay mind and thought. This is because we detest so many mishappenings that don't add to our confidence.

1. Leaders are corrupt - they keep corrupt people around them.
2. Greed and dishonesty - corporations are bastardized. SD is 19.6% owned by PNB but billions lost, monopolistic Pos Malaysia in debt, Maybank has the highest paid CEO...
3. Governance bastardized at all levels of institutions.
4. Mental and physical health backsliding - Malays becoming obese.

In places like Latakia, Faisalabad, Mecca, Medina, Beirut and elsewhere the much talked about Malay hero is Mahathir that make us proud.

A Pahang Malay, a failed politician claims that he is a bastardized cross between Mung Thai and AK47.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Semenanjung Tanah Melayu 2: mar 10 2011

By al-Din on March 10, 2011 5:19 PM

Imagined or real there are spirits in the jungle, evil ones and kind-hearted ones. Among all these hive and jive, live the jungle dwellers, the Orang Asli, the so-called Proto-Malays, the pioneer brother of the Deutro-Malays.

The Orang Asli are my people. Unscrupulous people have taken many parts of the jungle ie. my kampongs and my towns so to speak. They simply come in with huge machines to get timber and make way for roads and farms. What are we supposed to do?

Our sources of plants for food and medicine are increasingly difficult to get. The rivers where we take our bath and catch fishes are no more prestine but coloured like teh-tarik. Our catch of birds, monkeys, squirrels and snakes are getting meager because you have killed them directly or indirectly or driven them far into the jungle.

Now, we cannot hold wildboar feasts often anymore. When the outsiders use guns to hunt wildlife dear to us such as seladang and deer, these animals become a rarity . We use traps and sumpit to hunt for food. The blowpipe dart cannot go very far as your bullets. Our catch are thus limited. Moreover, many of us are getting old and cannot blow our sumpit strong like before.

We are an ignorant and confused lot. We live by the land. Whatever extra money we have we buy salt, sugar, rice, Panadol, and titbits for the children from the van-seller. Please do not make it more difficult for us by proclaiming that out traditional shifting cultivation is bad for the environment. How could we move the mountains with our bare hands and primitive tools? It is the supposedly civilized people with machines who flatten the mountains and destroy the forests and everything in them including us.

Sometimes ago, one of our people in Kampung Reka in Kelantan claimed that he saw a Si-Misai Belang (part of jungle law to call them indirectly and show respect) dragging a victim into the jungle. This was not the first and last episode. Since time immemorial there had been very many of our people were brutally devoured. At night we even have to compete with the elephants to gather durian fruits before they swallow them away.

We are the protectors of the jungle. The jungle is not neutral. We were then in the diffused forefront where the communists were active. It was not easy to fight against the terrorists knowing very well that they were lurking somewhere there. We were sharing the same jungle and footpaths. It was like sharing the bed with the enemy – sumpit versus gun.

We encouraged our young to join the Senoi Praq as jungle trackers and scouts that helped saved lives of many government soldiers during the emergency. They get some monthly pension, meager though.

Some years ago, there was a case of a group of Malays (Kelantan) who tried to seize our land and we had to rough them up in self defense. A few got hurt. Several of us were brought to court and appeared on TV handcuffed. How haggard looking and malnourished they were! They are rich and yet want more, ours was a case of survival, theirs greed above all.

We need protection or ways to defend ourselves and our families. There are so many intruders nowadays, humanoid and non-humanoid that come into the so-called reservation that you have alienated for us.

Although we have the jungle reservation to live in (and die) but the boundry is constantly being encroached. Before the past general election, the government proposed to establish a botanical park in Perak. We objected because part of our land may be taken. Thus, our area is getting smaller and we have no title to the land.

A couple of years ago a number of children died from unknown causes in Cameron Highlands. The wanton use of chemicals by farmers have contaminated the groundwater and rivers - where our daily lives centred. The health of our people and surroundings are in dire need of rehabilitation. What has our government caretakers got to say to our predicament? Dia orang tu memang macam tu!

For some of us, the government has built us houses fitted with zinc roof. But the roofs are too low and become unbearable during the heat of the day. We still prefer the traditional huts of palas roof even though we have to go deeper into the jungle and be free, at least for a little while more.

Five-point strategy

For long term sustainability the government could help to improve our living standard by:
1. Demarcate suitable agricultural land and give advise, supplies, guidance and incentives how to grow food and economic crops.
2. Help market our agricultural produce and jungle products.
3. Train us in various trades, skills, and crafts so that we could be more self-reliant and provide us better job opportunities.
4. Improve our health by providing better sanitation, medical services, drinking water, electricity and other amneties.
5. Build playgrounds, courts for sepak takraw, volleyball and such, community halls that also serve to play indoor games.
6. We need land titles for our reservation to secure ourselves legally and assure us security in this “Tanah Tumpah Darah Ku”.

Hendak mangkok-ku-beri mangkok,
Mangkok ku-beri berisi padi;
Hendak pantun ku-beri pantun;
Pantun ada orang asli.

Semenanjung Tanah Melayu 2: mar 10 2011

By al-Din on March 11, 2011 12:57 AM

Population growth rate of Orang Asli in 32yrs:

Tribal-group 1974 2006 Growth rate (/yr)

Negrito 1,981 3,666 1.4%
Senoi 32,633 77,472 1.8%
Proto-Malay 22,313 57,642 1.9%

Total 56,927 138,780 1.8%

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

changing regime: 28 feb 11

By al-Din on March 1, 2011 1:28 PM

The great Muslim shame – greed and delusion of power. Sock it to the punch bag, the rakyat (didahulukan). Powerless. People arise and got bloodied.

The Arabs have no choice but revolt. They had been at the pinnacle of civilization. Yearning for respect in the eyes of the world but time and again humiliated by external forces and worse by their own people.

Oil-rich but poor. High income economy but poverty. Nation’s wealth controlled by cronies.

Regime change they must. No doubt the problems are complex:

1. The whole political, economic and security systems need to be revamped. Widespread corruption to be overhauled and culprits brought to justice.
2. The economy is in disarray and food scarce.
3. Revenge, witch-hunts and executions will happen.
4. Vultures flying in the sky and setting strategies to secure oil supply – US, Israel, EU, UN, IMF ...
5. We need experts on the Middle East.
6. Tun Dr Mahathir – for Prime Minister of Bahrain!

changing regime: feb 28 11

By al-Din on March 1, 2011 9:59 PM
Regime change is here. Bastardization (to borrow Nazir's) of the governance system is led by none other than the leader himself.

1. What a corrupt policy giving money pre by-elections. Isn't that buying votes? Legacy of the sleepy-head!
- 10m for Kerdau. It appears that the basic infrastructure of water supply is substandard. It did not happen yesterday but has been that way for years. Who is not doing their job?
- what about the millions for Sibu, Tenang, Merlimau ...?

2. If the above is the way it should work than we should opt for more by-elections. The deadwood politicians should retire or die. Only then development will come in (provided BN win).

3. Whose money is that? I left IJN they get 5m! Renovate my residence 65m.

4. 27m to renovate Kg Baru mosque - failed to see what Kg Baru really need, wholesome development and not to put wool over our eyes and hence to take the heat away from the 65m renovation work. Mudah sahaja hendak diamkan orang Melayu - kelemahan mereka agama, masjid. The mosque may need renovation but more things could be done with that kind of money.

5. The ETP, high income economy and Permata are but a farce. The beneficiaries are not the ordinary people but the previleged and elites. The cost of living is sky-rocketting. Abundant food and rice is what the rakyat need.

6. First lady and Eva Peron approach doesn't work here.