Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2007«

Our Disturbing Fascination With MENJ

February 21, 2007

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Now that we have concluded with the pomp and ceremony of the “Jaguh Kampung Of The Month”, we would like to focus our attention to this disturbing fascination we harbour towards the mental aptitude and inner workings of MENJ. MENJ is a full-time blogger (read: unemployable) who claims to be “dedicated to the study of […]

MENJ – Jaguh Kampung of The Month

February 21, 2007

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Baru-baru ini, MENJ, dalam kemarahannya di atas komen seorang bebal dari Belanda yang menghina umat Islam, telah mengugut untuk membelasah si bebal itu dengan tumbukan di mukanya. Pada pendapat kami, kejahilan orang Belanda itu tidak sepatutnya dibalas dengan keganasan. Bukankah lebih bermakna sekiranya diadakan dialog supaya orang Islam dan bukan Islam saling memahami dan menghormati […]

The Sick In Secular Sweden

February 18, 2007

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Di masa-masa cuti ni, kami suka meluangkan masa dengan membaca. Takda kerjalah kami nak membaca majalah sampah seperti Mastika, ataupun novel jalanan Melayu yang jalan ceritanya mendayu-dayu dan sebak. Kami baru saja habis membaca sebuah memoir oleh Ulla-Carin Lindquist yang bertajuk ‘Rowing Without Oars’ dalam terjemahan Inggerisnya. Ulla-Carin Lindquist merupakan seorang wartawan dan penyampai berita […]

Patutkah Kanak-Kanak Dibeduk?

February 11, 2007

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Continuing with our special focus on Sweden, a liberal Scandinavian nation with a strong social democratic background, we explore the contentious issue of corporal punishment of children. Apart from having an Ombudsman for Children, Sweden leads the world in child advocacy by being the first country to ban corporal punishment of children, in 1979. Although […]

Who’s The Man? Ombudsman! (A Complainant’s Dream Come True)

February 11, 2007

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One of the most striking differences between the Letters section in Malaysian newspapers and those in developed countries is how we regularly misuse it as an avenue to complain on domestic issues. In contrast, readers of the better broadsheets in the First World transform the section into a lively and multi-dimensional forum to discuss various […]

Can The Durian Be Jansson’s Temptation? Swedish Simplicity Vs Malaysian Extravagance Part 2: Food

February 9, 2007

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Dalam artikel lepas, kami meramalkan perbezaan antara Sweden dan Malaysia dari segi falsafah senibina dalaman, di mana Sweden lebih pragmatik dan ringkas manakala orang kita, agaknya terpengaruh dengan promosi Warna-Warna Malaysia kelolaan Kementerian Pelancongan, lebih tertarik dengan gaya hiasan yang riuh-rendah dan berbagai-bagai. Sifat kedua-dua negara ini juga boleh dilihat dalam budaya masakannya. Makanan Malaysia […]

Swedish Simplicity Vs Malaysian Extravagance Part 1: Interior Design

February 7, 2007

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Two of Europe’s biggest design powerhouses are Italy and Sweden, and although both are renowned for quality workmanship and an obsession to detail, the two are extremely divergent in terms of philosophy and attitude. Italian establishments, the likes of Fendi, Armani and the showy Versace, lavish the eyes with grandeur and avant-garde creations, while Swedish […]