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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Featured, Personal

Malaysia was already an established country when I began school. All we knew at that time was that we had a strong Prime Minister, and that the country was doing well. When the political upheavals began, I was still not feeling all that involved at first. The economic breakdown in the 1990s affected me badly, yes, but I still managed to get a job, and still managed to scrape a living. The thing is, these things pile up. What does not seem a big matter at first, would act as straws on a camel’s back – sooner or later you feel that enough is enough. I’ve been through a few elections, and this is the first one I feel really involved in. I cannot remember an earlier election that had a bigger turnout at such an early hour before. I saw senior citizens waiting patiently in line the whole morning; some going through two hours or more in the queue before managing to get into the voting halls. To have the whole country unified is not easy – but one man has seemingly managed to do it this time. He’s got most of the country united – against him. Tonight decides the fate of Malaysia. Let’s keep our (inked) fingers...

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New Style Mamaks?

New Style Mamaks?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Personal

(Picture courtesy of IndoBowl). I still remember going to the mamak stall as a student in college. At that point of time, it was very popular. Now the old mamak stalls are nearly all gone, and disappearing fast from the market. Now if you want a simple plate of roti canai or Indomie goreng, you have to pay more at fancier restaurants. The IndoBowl opened up in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, and was an instant hit as it offered Indomie in various cooking styles. Now it’s opened up a second branch in SS15, Subang Jaya. Why not go give it a...

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Another Graduation…

Another Graduation…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Personal

(Picture courtesy of Aishath Raya.) And there goes another batch of graduates… Every year, students complete their courses, and move on with their lives. But what, exactly, are they going on to? What did we prepare them for? This year was a little different. Just before graduation, I lost not one, but two of my ex-students. The first one was one of my first students in SEGi Kota Damansara. He was a good student in the Interior Design course. He was attentive in class… a little prone to debates, but still progressed well. I only saw the occasional posts on Facebook after graduation, but he looked like he was doing well. Learning of his death was a big blow. And then, not even two days later… I heard that a Fairview ex-student had also passed away. I only taught her for that one quarter, but I remember her well – cheerful and outgoing, a popular girl all around with her classmates. I was looking forward to seeing her on Honours’ Day. As a teacher, students touch our lives in so many ways – even if we only have them in class for a single session. I remember most of my students, and I hope they are happy. The deaths of these two students, so close to each other, has made me question our educational system – are we doing the right things? Are we preparing them for...

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