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A Tale of Two Countries – Malaysia & France and the Meat They Eat

February 19, 2010


One of the best things about being Malaysian is the opportunity to grow up amongst people with such diverse cultural and religious backgrounds – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, Eurasian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, I know, this is insane... – that we’ve become experts at navigating the minefield of cultural do’s and dont’s that would leave others baffled or worse, offended.

Between Preserving Heritage and Observing the Faith – The Malay Royals

February 18, 2010


One of the prevailing cultural legacies the Malays have inherited from their ancestors is the monarchical system of nine sultans who act as constitutional monarchies in their respective states. Each of the state sultans will in turn be appointed as the national monarch for a 5 year term under a unique system of rotational monarchy, […]

One Word, Two Meanings

January 10, 2010


In light of the recent spate of attacks on churches in Malaysia, let’s get one thing straight. It is never, ever acceptable to commit violence against any religious house of worship. In peace or in war, respect must always be accorded to the sanctity of churches, synagogues, temples, shrines and mosques to those who worship […]

Still on the Obama bandwagon

December 16, 2009


I would be the least likely person to support Barack Obama. Well, that’s an outright lie. I could think of several other persons less likely to support him – Republican fat cats nervous about paying more tax, Confederates of the Deep South still bearing (or inflicting) the scars of Segregation, the extremists living along the […]

The Malaysian Motto – Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu

December 12, 2009


My previous diatribe on France (written with love, of course) where I segued into discussing the French national motto and its relevance on contemporary French society got me thinking about the Malaysian equivalent (I would’ve also pondered on the Australian motto but as far as I know Australia hasn’t got one). Truth be told I’ve […]

My Love-Hate Affair with France

December 10, 2009


Visiting Paris as a teenager many blurry years ago, my first impression of the French was hardly positive. Arriving at the Gare du Nord from London’s St Pancras train station, we carried our luggage and tried our luck as one after another taxi driver shook their head, with lips pouted down, as they refused to […]

Bullying Is Not So Bad When It’s Done Democratically

December 1, 2009


It is ironic – even bemusing, were it not so tragic – that the ‘direct democracy’ Swiss voters employed to ban the construction of new minarets has now brought the country closer in line with autocratic regimes such as China, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, in their persistence in restricting religious and cultural freedoms of their […]