Things I Wrote…
I was asked to provide an editorial note for a students magazine. This is what i wrote…
First of all, congratulations for the inaugural issue of ‘Proloqour’. This has been made possible, I believe, with hard work, determination and team effort of those who involved, of those who feel the greatest satisfaction with its successful publication. Let this issue marks the first step of a tradition to be adopted and nurtured by the students of the faculty. Let it be the first of more to come.
Enough of praises, reality check. Our faculty is relatively a new one, compared with other law faculties in this country. As we all should know, in its state of infancy the faculty is doing all that necessary to acquire the recognition of the LLB (Hons.) program by various bodies within the legal industry. To be recognized, a lot of things need to be done by all in order to develop the faculty’s reputation and achievement. These two things are the most important agenda for us now.
Law degrees are prized depending on its status of recognition. Thus it is imperative to make sure that degree holding graduates produced from this program to be recognized within the context of the Legal Profession Act 1976. However, this is not an easy task. Not a walk in park. To acquire recognition, we need to be distinguished. To achieve that is an onus carried not only by the academics and administrative staffs of the faculty and university alone, but with whole concerted effort involving students as well.
The publication of Proloqour, apart from other recent co-curricular successes, I believe is one of the valiant efforts made by the students in fulfilling that onus. Now, your next onus is to ensure that the magazine reach readers outside the four walls of our institution. Let the public see that we are capable. Let the public see our love towards the law. Let the public see that we mean business. Res ipsa loquitur.
Proloqour should not be a ‘just-another’ students yearbook, full of chirpy pictures, nonintellectual writings and what not. Personally I expect more out of Proloqour, I expect that the magazine will be the stage and forum where students will be able to write, discuss and convey their opinion of the law with pride and intellect. Through the magazine, portray your academic and intellectual camaraderie rather than your varsity reminiscences… or at least the majority part of it.
To do the above, students should be able to take part actively in academic discourse with regard to matters relevant to this country and abroad. Students need to be eloquent with current issues. They need to be well verse with the law. They need to be able to articulate. With those abilities and together with all the right attitudes everything will be possible.
I hope that this magazine and its articles will express the true colours of our law school and the honoured hallmark of the legal profession… to uphold the law, without fear or favour.
SDAR’s on the list. Cool.
Congratulations for all… especially teachers who continuously stayed with the school till now since the time of ‘GQ’ trousers are still ‘in’ or the time when VGA screen computers are the state-of-the-art technology. All your sacrifices made for the school and students are not in vain.
During my stint in SDAR I personally labeled teachers. Call me judgmental but from my own eyes I can see and believe that some teachers deserve to be respected and adored while some are just plain teachers. Same as teachers anywhere, in any school.
Some are best remembered as sex icons (teenage boys have vivid imaginations), some sadist, some lazy, some gay so on so forth. However some stood out from the rest. Some become beacons of wisdom, source of inspirations (not the lewd ones), and respected.
Why do they differ from the rest?
It is because as teachers they are sincere. Fullstop.
Some teach because they can’t practice.
Some teach because their parents told them to, “Jadi cikgu je Mat, senang nanti kerja kerajaan ada pencen”.
Some teach because it is the only choice they have.
There are tons of reasons to choose from. Some good and some bad. Whatever wrong reason that caused a person to become a teacher is not that important. Fate guides us where we are suppose to be. As long as there is sincerity towards the profession, things will turn out in the positive.
The success and recognition acquired by those 20 schools are totally indebted towards those sincere teachers, whom I believe remain steadfast in their profession.
Terima kasih cikgu…
p/s: To Cikgu Sahak Ahmadun, you are in my ‘A’ book… always.
Note: Few hours after I posted this update, the blog as per the link attached on the picture below is no longer operational. The blog has been deleted.
Still about the Internet
This post is continuation from my last one.
The story is like this. Somebody got too liberal and wrote bad things about our late Sultan of Johor. The news reported this incident and then those, so called ‘penderhaka’ blogs are swamped with visitors. Now, these visitors, trying imply subservience and respect to the royals wrote comments on those blogs. Thus starting a flamewar.
Reading those comments makes me to ponder…. is this the Malaysian culture? Why are we now so insensitive, vulgar and barbaric?
In another decade what will Malaysians be?
No even orcs have manners, maybe trolls, cave trolls…
Perhaps so… Middle Earth opss… Middle Malaysia la katakan…
So who to blame?
Since I will not blame myself and to blame any other individual may amount to defamation. I choose to blame education. Yeah right. Education is the culprit. Our system of education has failed us. Has it?
Note to cybercops: Don’t cha wanna charge all these blokes under Section 233 Communications and Multimedia Act 1998? Nope? Why? Telus brother… telus…
Today’s news reported a student who got ‘booked’ by the police for writing statements that could cause trouble against public safety.
Hmm… it seems that the Authorities are now swarming the Net, eavesdropping of personal communications, looking at people’s facebook and friendster profiles, in order to catch the culprit of the church attacks. They prowl the internet for leads. Hoping to find someone reckless enough to implicate or impliedly implicate themselves with the arson. Today they charged one. Seriously an unlucky bloke.
He got charged because, I believe his facebook profile together with his IP address gave away to much information about his whereabouts.
My questions now are…
What about those who writes anonymously?
What about those IT whizz who are able to scramble the IPs?
What about those who are rich enough to hire IT whizz to do their bidding?
Will they get lucky?
Will they be caught?
Do you feel lucky… punk?
For the scrambling of IP part personally I don’t know. My IT knowledge stopped to expand with the coming of Windows XP. Perhaps our cyber-police force knows the answer. For the other parts let us together think and ponder.
For most of us Malaysians the net is a blessing. It ushered a new era of alternative views, news and pornography which, without the net, will never gain a setting in mass media. But the best thing about the net is… anonymity.
The net has always been a place where anonymity reigns. Anonymity enables net surfers to write about whatever they want, be it personal, political, fantasies – most of the time lewd ones, frustrations etc. Anonymity has also cause people to write bad things in the net. Things which are much worse than those written by that poor fellow charged today. They write in total disregard of other people’s feeling and sensitivity. However, they got away with it.
It’s easy. Justice nowadays is choosy. A lot of people got away except for few unlucky ones. A true realization of Kafka’s Before the Law. If justice is not choosy then I am sure our courts will be swamped with cases of IT misuse such as this. Read Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and you can see that most of us, including facebook operators are sinners against the section one way or the other.
For now we are lucky.
So the next time you log in into those social websites, all those profiles with pictures of sexy luscious girls with half their boobs hanging out their dress requesting to be your friend are most probably not so sexy cyber-policemen in their mid 40s. So enough of social websites anyone?
Read here for the son’s reply as reported by Harian Metro.
Take a look on the news above (The Star Online 14/01/2010). Read it and ask yourself whether that son is one heartless bastard or not.
Family is the nucleus of society. In science, if I can still remember, nucleus forms the core of a cell. If something goes wrong with the nucleus, the cell will be cancerous effecting other cells and in the end killing the host.
Substituting nucleus with family, cells with society and host with country, I believe we can apply the above situation as a grim analogy of the outcome of what will happen to this country if all the saner person in this country do not take heed.
What are we becoming nowadays? Animals?
No. Perhaps far worse. Even animals value kinship.
So what can we do?
Write about it?
Nobody nowadays gives a shit about what other people write anymore, unless the writing is outright scandalous in nature… which actress went nude, which politician became porn star, who sodomize who, so on and so forth. That is why I personally seldom write anymore. Nobody gives a shit… especially to shitty writings such as mine.
Condemning on the other hand, doesn’t work at all. Each time something bad happen, people tend to condemn full stop. No further action. It’s like the UN and OIC condemn Israel’s actions toward Palestinians. Nothing changes. Status-Quo.
The only thing that can work is law and enforcement. We have a ministry that concern with family matters. Why not instead of doing family-day program, coloring contest, and what not… make an effort to really ‘educate’ the public in the importance of family. Be aggressive. Make laws… situations such as above must be addressed, and then enforce it. If the public do not value family anymore then they must be ‘taught’ and ‘disciplined’ on that. No compromise.
Please do not let this country suffers a cancer which will destroy it. (Country have cancer ke?… Duhhh… refer analogy above)
Sigh… enough said… Family is important. . It is the main foundation of society, country, nation, bangsa and everything related you can think of.
Let us re-embrace family values…
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. -Desmond Tutu-
15 & 22 November 2009 @ 8 p.m.
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