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June 23, 2013

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Mat Indera & MPAJA – your hero could be my villain

September 3, 2011

The Malayan People Against the Japanese Army, MPAJA, played the role of a resistance movement, during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Now, after 60 years, Mat Indera, a key member of the Johore MPAJA is the subject of a controversy. Should the MPAJA/Mat Indera  be honored? Is Mat Indera a hero, a freedom fighter? Such debates  if done without  chauvinism and cynicism could be healthy . Unfortunately, that is not often the case. The cynicism and chauvinism that skew rational arguments are too visible.

If only  Malaysians could discuss the subject openly and rationally, it would reflect well of a maturing, self-assured nation, with diminishing insecurities. Malaysian should be confident and magnanimous to recognize the roles of the many people from all sides of the divides who charted the history of the country.

Was the MPAJA effective in fighting against the Japanese, to merit honor? The Japanese surrendered because of Hiroshima. The  MPAJA was no match for the might of the Japanese Imperial Army. But, neither was the last stand of the platoon led by Lt Adnan of the Royal Malay Regiment in defending Bukit Timah.

It is not about winning or the right match to merit honor. It is the courage, the spirit, the patriotism, the valor, that are to be admired and earn  a place in the honour’s roll.

To the proponent of the MPAJA , the sales pitch has been to tell the people that  the 3 star symbol  signify the three main component races of the then Malaya. But it has been well understood that  it is the same  red stars of the Communist Party of China. The British knew very well that the organization had been infiltrated by the communists but they were pragmatic  and smart  enough to exploit the anti Japanese sentiments amongst the Chinese, exploiting the deep resentment of the Japanese after  the massacre of Nanking.

It did not help the MPAJA cause  that it was disproportionately represented by the Chinese with a sprinkling of Malay fighters one of which was the BATU PAHAT born Mat Indera. The communist inclined MPAJA did not appeal to the Malays. The frustration and the resistance and the retaliations by both sides proved to be MPAJA’s undoing in Batu Pahat, the hot bed of anti Japanese and anti MPAJA movement in Malaya.

To honor means, to give high respect, credit and distinction. However, before honoring people with hero status let us examine the quality of heroes we want.  We want our heroes to be having  distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and posses noble qualities.

If we apply the above test to the MPAJA, the group would have easily qualified for courage, ability, brave deeds but unfortunately they failed in the noble qualities test. Even their patriotism is suspect to some, because of the link with the anti communist led  Japanese movement of CHINA.

All over the country there are still living custodians of history, with first hand experience of going through hell, being at the receiving end of the MPAJA.  Before HIROSHIMA, there were just too many fellow Malayans, who suffered for refusing  to support the likes of Mat Indera and Chin Peng. THE MPAJA failed miserably  to win the hearts and mind of the people particularly the Malays. The chauvinism amongst many chinese in the MPAJA did not help either.

In Johor, particularly in Parit Sulong, Sri Medan, Bagan, Batu Pahat the atrocities of the MPAJA, the banning of religious related activities amongst the Malays and the notoriety  of  Mat Indera, not to mention the numerous Chinese, resulted in the uprising against the MPAJA led by Panglima Salleh. Dato Onn the district officer of Batu Pahat at that time, was the person responsible to arrest the uprising from flaring further before law and order was restored.

The people themselves revolted against MPAJA without the Police or Government intervention.  The Malays established a self defence movement named the GERAKAN MUHAMADIAH. They did not fight for the Japanese nor was it on behalf of the British. They were fighting against the notoriety of the MPAJA. This revolt was more widely known as Perang Parang Panjang  and it stretched over a few years and not just the period after the fall of the Japanese.

Mat Indera and the MPAJA were just too atrocious to the Malays. The communist streaks were laid bare, the Malays were given a baptism of fire by the MPAJA who by then were inspired by what was happening in China and further motivated by the fall of Japan. Because of their notoriety they became enemies of the people.

The Perang Parang Panjang has often been wrongly projected as a chinese-malay  racial clash. No it was not, there were many innocent victims, no doubt. It was a faith-based fight to protect their own interest and their rights against the communist ideology. The big picture was the fight against the suppression, the chauvinism and  notoriety of the communist inclined MPAJA. The account  of the war is best and fairly narrated and recorded in the book Red Stars over Malaya.

To classify Mat Indera and MPAJA  as a   resistance movement   should be acceptable ,a notorious, communist inclined resistance movement,  but  to make heroes out of them, in my opinion is rather misplaced.


Sabar, adakah pengertian dan penghayatan sabar didalam konteks Melayu itu betul?

March 6, 2010

Cacat bahasa cacat bangsa. Begitu berat sekali tanggungjawab ahli bahasa menentukan dan mencerminkan jiwa bangsa.

Bahasa Melayu punya polisi terbuka khususnya didalam penerimaan Bahasa Arab dan Inggeris . Diantara keduanya kerana kaitan rapat dengan agama, istilah Arab  punya kesan mendalam kepada jiwa dan raga Melayu. Malangnya kerana budaya inteleknya tidak sedinamik budaya Inggeris, banyak istilah yang disalahguna, salah tafsir, salah erti, cacat  dan membawa kesan mendalam keatas DNA, perangai, budaya, politik Melayu.

Tiada kecacatan yang seburuk pengunaan perkataan SABAR didalam Bahasa Melayu.

Menurut Kamus Dewan, sabar bermaksud kita betah menahan penderitaan (kesakitan, kesusahan dan lain-lain), tidak lekas marah atau putus asa, tidak terburu-buru serta tenang.

Bait-bait indah dalam lirik lagu Sifat Mahmudah nyanyian Hijjaz  menggambarkan maksud sabar MELAYU: “ Redha sifat hati yang suci, ujian yang tiba rasa gembira, atau tiada apa terasa, kerana menerima anugerah Tuhannya. Sifat sabar sedikit berbeza, ujian yang menimpa sakit dirasa, tapi dapat ditahan perasaannya, hanya bermain di dalam sahaja, di luar tidak nampak terang nyata.“

Sebagai surah lazim, sejak di sekolah rendah Melayu diprogram dengan sikap sabar ALASR seperti di takrifkan Kamus DEWAN. Akibatnya Melayu sanggup tertindas, Melayu sanggup dipinggir, Melayu sanggup diruntuhkan hak, Melayu tidak melawan, Melayu jadi malas,  kerana kononnya sabar mengharapkan kemenangan sekurang-kurangnya di akhirat. Musuh-musuh Melayu yang berstrategik faham mengeksploitasinya.

Adakah ini sebenarnya SABAR yang dikehendakki agama? Adakah sikap fatalistik  yang sinonim dengan Melayu yang dicerminkan olih SABAR dikehendaki olih Allah didalam surah AL asr? Semestinya tidak kerana kecacatan itu datangnya dari kita, segala yang baik itu datangnya dari Allah.

Sabar yang mendatangkan kemenangan itu bukan yang dikehendaki KAMUS DEWAN.  Kecacatan Kamus Dewan adalah mencedok takrifan SABAR dari Kamus Inggeris  sebagai PATIENCE. SABAR bukan Patience!! Sila liha nota persendirian saya seperti berikut”

The Malay language translates SABAR as PATIENCE. It is a literal Malay English translation which makes the understanding of the word ASABR as mentioned numerous times in the QURAN misplaced.

Patience is rather restrictive. PATIENCE is defined as an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay eg. to have patience with a slow learner. When used in the context of work it means quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence eg. to work with patience.

PATIENCE is further defined in terms of its quality. The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

Asabar bukan PATIENCE. Patience is tolerance, the suppression of annoyance and anger . Patience is emotion containing anger, desire, want, in steady preserverance.

Quran didalam  Ayat 3:146 mendfinisikan SABAR atau ASABR dengan penuh lengkap.

3:146 How many of the Prophets fought (in Allah’s way), and with them [fought] large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah’s way, nor did they weaken [in will] nor give in. And Allah loves [hubb] those who are firm and steadfast. [as-sabreen.

SABAR adalah Tegas didalam perlaksanaan, Teguh didalam matlamat dan pegangan, Tegar hati dan fikiran, Tahan cabaran fizikal dan mental didalam menegakan yang BENAR dan memerangi yang SALAH. Bukankah kefahaman dan pengunaan SABAR didalam Bahasa dan Masyarakat Melayu konteks harian itu SALAH?

Sabar adalh sabar yang dikehendaki AlQuran. Sekiranya DNA dan kecacatan Melayu mahu dibenteras satu inisiatif  strategik mencari kecacatan KAMUS DEWAN perlu dibuat segera bermula dengan perkataan SABAR. ( mungkin dikuti dengan TAQWA)


Towards a more effective RMAF – what to do with the flying assets

January 31, 2010

I do not envy those top brasses of the RMAF. There are just too many issues they inherit.

It has been very confusing. I am referring to the abundance of ideas that has crowded the Malaysian Defence aeroSPACE industry or should I say the minds of the thinkers and planners at the Malaysian Pentagon. I am being kind, but not the politicians in the other camp. They call it flip-flop, they call it lack of clarity and direction, they call it abuses of the process and power. Not very kind indeed.

I like ideas.  All leaders like ideas. As a leader one must encourage creativity, the expression of thoughts. Ideas, particularly those unthinkable outside the box stuff, properly analysed, fairly and objectively decided upon are gems waiting to be polished. So this posting is about OBJECTIVES, what I think should be the AIR FORCE clear objectives.

Of prime importance is the unwavering resolvedness that The  Air Force must not be the loser. The Nation MUST gain. The lives of the pilots must not be compromised.We must try to  understand and share the anxieties of young mothers, lovers, letting go of their brave, loved ones at the door for their flying missions.

But the political masters and the  paid  spin doctors have their answers ready. The cocktail of fighters in the inventory they say is  Malaysia  way adopting a multilateral defence strategy. We make friends with all the superpowers. How do we make them happy? we buy their military hardware. It does seem to work, in this time of peace, but the number of aircraft types in the inventory is stretching the abuse of the RMAF too far.

How about this piece of cynicism.  We are just  continuing our old diplomatic ways of paying “tithe” or “UFTI” to the superpowers. It used to be “bunga mas” but now it is Ringgit or USD, and in return we get a few adult toys for our amusement. ouch!!

Objectively, Malaysia needs to reduce the cocktail of fighters to a manageable aircraft types. It is a logistic nightmare. It is a flying nightmare switching from one cockpit to another, although the masochistic flyboys would not admit that. Seven or eight fighter types are just NOT manageable. Let us not fool ourselves.

Objectively, Malaysia needs a new rotary wing fleet. Let us not over politicize this issue at the expense of the lives of the pilots. The NURI or S 61 was a 1959 design. It has been upgraded several times. The environment it was designed for was different from the new demands of climbing mountains, hugging terrains. Get on with the E725 contract.

With the meagre purchase of 12 aircraft, the NURI is still needed. period.

In many NURI accidents Pilot errors have often been cited. Have we ever thought how stressful it could be at the cockpit of an aging aircraft? Let us not overwork them like what the old birds, the NURIS have been subjected to. There are obsolescence, and once the functions are compromised the pilot assume that responsibility which equates to added stress. Once  obsolescence is addressed, availability is the yield and combine that with available technology, the NURI would be safe.

Objectively, we must not discard the NURI for the time being. We must make it safe. We must improve its airworthiness and availability. A very clear  and practical role has to be established for the NURI and the RIGHT enhancement be engineered and carried out. If for whatever reason, a practical move is to downgrade its role to purely non- special missions, so be it . Risk taking with an old set of birds is  irresponsible and is  pure act of indiscipline.

Those are some of the primary objectives which needs uncompromising resolvedness. It is tough in view of the limited budget and conflicting demands, but leaders are supposed to have balls of steel, and able to distinguish between  follies and wisdom.


750000 Malaysian Professionals Overseas -Malaysian Employers Federation Survey

January 27, 2010

750,000 Malaysian working overseas.

That is good news. It is good news that professionals are well represented. In this context , as professionals they are engaged in one of the learned professions and  they are characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession. They also live on this axiom that they will earn as much money and serve whoever that pay them well and treat them professionally.

A growing number of The new age Malaysian professionals have no qualm serving anywhere in the world, if the return  commensurate with the discomfort, discrimination, loneliness, of the new country. I am happy to see a growing numbers are Malays and other non-chinese. . This has been accelerated due to the fact that Malaysian Engineering degrees are getting recognition in Europe and the US.

In UAE there are 2000+ Malaysian Expatriates. There are thousands  In Saudi, South Africa, Sudan, Turkmenistan, PakisTAN, KelanTAN,  CHINA. My team was in Shanghai and the guy they met was a young  Malay chap. If you ask them the main reason they left TEchnip, Petronas, TNB, or any Malaysian company  , etc. etc, the simple answer  is the pay is just TOO good. many consider themselves citizens of the world. I would encourage  Malaysian to migrate and see the world. I personally have contemplated acquiring an EU citizenship. So what?

Admittedly there are people who migrated due to frustrations, and those who find living conditions in South Africa, Auistralia, London as livable   and many other reasons . Naturally  this is being exploited to the fullest by the DAP, MCA, GERAKAN, to their advantage. Do you buy this ? we can buy some, but not rod, line and sinker.

I never take pride that t KL is the cheapest city in the world.  Pay people decent and competitive wages, a big percentage will scramble back. Not all, but the TRUE  professionals will.


The Passing of the greatest Malay Massuer, the Greatest Massuer in the World

January 6, 2010

I have done spas and massages all over the world. On the principle that your body and your health is your greatest asset I have no qualms pampering myself. As with high performance cars, that needs servicing calibration and realignment, body rejuvenation by massaging is my equivalent of calibration, realignment, charging and servicing.

I have experienced the mauling of the punjabi masseur in Bangalore who thought I was her capati dough. I have been pampered by the secret of Marrakech beyond the Hamam. There were those who were more interested in  trading the extra services. The Thais would think you were a contortionist. The Swedes would trample on you.  I have had Malay male  masseur who claimed to be the restorer of your libido.

Not a single one of them come near to the standard, the satisfaction and the professionalism of my PAK SU.

Yesterday when I called his number it was Mak Su who answered. I was dumbfounded. He succumbed to his short illness on the 17th of Dec 2009. The last time I called him was a few days before his demise. He was still hospitalised.

Pak Su was different. His style was different. His understanding of a man’s anatomy was amazing. A massage to him is the whole body massage, the nooks and corners of every accessible muscle.

In his deep Kelantanese accent he would be describing each part of the anatomy. At any difficult spot he would mumble a few mantras, spit his saliva to his palms and presto the pains disappear. In between it would be gossip times, about his other clients and I knew I was also in his Pancaindera gossip column.Not that I mind.

I was introduced to him by Pok Ya my senior at the Malay College.  Off we went to his rented squatter hut. I changed into a sarong and rested my head on this blackened pillow, not unlike the one on board the Marang boat. Filthy in the most extreme form.

It was a Wow massage. The post servicing road test was amazing. I was able to take corners, the power was enhanced and you get better mileage. Satisfied client.

To avoid the filthy pillow, subsequent massages were done in the comfort of my home. My driver would fetch him and send him back. He would stay for dinner or lunch. He liked my two MEKs otherwise he would not touch the food he said.

Adam became close with him. At the prodding of his big brother he would be accompany TOK SU and kept asking” Jangan lupa urut Batin tok Su”

He would be using this special oil which he said was made of aged submerged wood in rivers where river creatures position themselves to catch their prey or sunning themselves. So your instrument will be as stiff and strong as this submerged wood and  creatures will be drawn to it so he claimed. I think it worked.

I asked him if any one of his sons has taken up the skill. Unfortunately none was interested.

I am going to miss him very much.