BBC Hard Talk with Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar

BBC Hard Talk with Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar

BBC Hard Talk before becoming an Anti_Foreigner Minister

Dato Seri Syed Hamid AlbarIn a HardTalk programme first broadcast on Thursday 13 September 2007, Sarah Montague talks to Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

 

Malaysia has just marked fifty years of independence, and there’s much to celebrate.

Living standards have improved immeasurably over the past five decades, illiteracy has been virtually eradicated and the economy is doing well.

But do Indian and Chinese Malaysians have as much to celebrate as the Malay population?

Sarah Montague talks to Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar about whether the law giving preferential treatment to Malay and other indigenous groups is now outdated.

 

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30h GMT (not Asia), 08:30h GMT, 14:30h GMT, 20:30h GMT, 23:30h GMT (not Asia)

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 0430 and 2330.

NO NO NO by Moustache Brothers

NO NO NO by Moustache Brothers

From Irrawaddy online magazine‘s “Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour” by WAI MOE

The well-known comedians, the Moustache Brothers, are conducting a vote “No” campaign in their nightly performances in Mandalay, the second largest city, using a visual gag of crossing their arms over their chests, a tourist told The Irrawaddy.

“The military junta is doing its utmost to encourage everyone to vote ‘Yes’ on May 10 and endorse the constitution,” says Par Par Lay, one of the Moustache Brothers. “But the Moustache Brothers would like everyone to know that they will vote ‘No’ in the referendum.” 

Moustache Brothers

“This is a sham constitution that the junta is trying to force onto us,” he says. “If we vote
‘Yes,’ democracy will never come to Burma.”

Lu Maw - Moustache Brothers

Par Par Lay and Lu Maw, his fellow comedian, were both imprisoned for seven years during the 1990s. Par Par Lay was jailed again for more than one month during the 2007 civil uprising.

 

The true hero-warrior

The true hero-warrior

Notes or extracts from Malaysiakini’s letter of AM Keris, “The keris is not a symbol of political ideology”.

 

 

In the true sense of the word,

a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
  • that somehow is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds.

 

Even when their cause appears lost or hopeless,

  • warriors rarely give up their cause,
  • persevering on with admirable courage,
  • even being prepared to lay down their lives
  • or to put it on the line for their cause,
  • which nearly always has something to do with serving and protecting others who are less able to do so from some human cruelty or injustice inflicted on them unjustly by what is termed as man’s inhumanity to man.

 

All true warriors_

  • have this innate noble quality of heroism
  • and that is why they often become inspirational role-models to emulate
  • and iconic heroes of the people.

 

The best example of a Malaysian warrior hero in this genre is, in my view, the legendary Hang Jebat,

  • who was a valiant pahlawan,
  • a warrior of exceptional skill with a keris
  • and in the art of hand-to-hand combat called silat,
  • and who under tragic circumstances, gave up his life for true friendship and loyalty
  • by first defending the honour
  • and then protecting the life of his beloved friend and fellow warrior, the equally legendary Hang Tuah.

 

So the keris (like a samurai’s or knight’s sword or a Jedi’s light sabre) is_

  • a reflective symbol of the noble warrior’s benchmark moral code of honour,
  • principled conduct and disciplined way of life
  • which enshrines highly revered human values and principles
  • which amongst others include the values of selfless service to others,
  • the seeking of life-long learning, knowledge and wisdom,
  • and the pursuit of excellence in all things attempted.

 

Ever heard of the law of physics which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?

Well from my vantage point, I see that law as a scientific ratification of the universal principle of natural law which states that in the final analysis at that proverbial end, one always reaps what one sows, no matter what.

 

And to quote some wise words from the famous Hang Jebat:

  • ‘Raja adil raja disembah;
  • raja zalim raja disanggah’

which literally means_

  • ‘A fair and just king/government is a king/ government to obey;
  • a cruel and unjust king/government is a king/government to fight against’.