Please globalize the universaties for real progress

Please globalize the universaties for real progress

Borrowing the words of the American social reconstructionist George Counts, who wrote of the need to reconstruct society through education, I propose that we seriously engage in a national dialogue on the beauty of diversity in our public universities.

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Doctorate in International Education Development, dissertation on Cybernetics and Social Change — “Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State — (Columbia University, New York),

Masters in International Education, specialization in Peace Studies, essay on Hegemony and Spaces of Knowledge and Power (Columbia University, New York City),

Masters in Communication (Columbia University, New York City),

Masters in Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction (Ohio University),

Masters in International Affairs, specializing in Politics of Southeast Asia (Ohio University),

Bachelors of Science in Education, specializing in English Literature, Teaching and Education (Ohio University).

Certificates in Multicultural Education, Teaching and Learning in Technology, Social Studies, Educational Leadership/Supervisor/ Principalship.

Member: Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society in Education Columbia University Chapter, International Understanding Honor Society Ohio University Chapter,

Member of Spring 2007 Oxford Round Table on Diversity in Society.

More than 200 published analyses on Malaysia. Taught more than 40 courses in a variety of fields.

We must congratulate the present leadership of Selangor for suggesting that Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) be open to non-Bumiputeras; a good suggestion indeed and UiTM students and alumni should in fact be proud that such a statement of hope and reconciliation is made public.

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DSAI can forgive, not forget

DSAI can forgive, not forget

Malaysiakini interview

Steven Gan & K Kabilan | Aug 14, 08

Please read my article, which I wrote yesterday, requesting DSAI to consider forgiveness


Anwar Ibrahim said he was willing to forgive his enemies for his woes in the past decade should he become prime minister, but he will never forget.

“It’s not easy to come out from prison, being assaulted, being jailed, being smeared with the most nasty sort of attacks, and then suddenly say okay, ‘malice towards none’ – quoting (Abraham) Lincoln – and move on,” he told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview yesterday.

anwar ibrahim exclusive pre permatang pauh interview 130808 08“But how do you run a government and affect changes, move forward – we need a new Malaysian awareness, we need unity of all races, we need a new vibrant economy, we need to reform the judiciary and bring back confidence in a more professional police force – if you get yourself engrossed with the past?”

The opposition leader talked to Malaysiakini at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur after meeting with a number of top regional fund managers before leaving for Penang where he was to kick off his by-election campaign that could see him returning to Parliament after an absence of 10 years.

“I got to rush to Penang, Votes count, you know,” he quipped as he sat on a sofa at the hotel’s business centre.

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Dear DSAI, use your liberty for the liberation of Burmese political prisoners


Dear DSAI,

once you become PM,

please kindly use your liberty

for the liberation of

all the Burmese political prisoners


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi unveils ‘Loot Lat Yae’ campaign, asks voters to save country.


Daydreeming after reading Athi Veeranggan’s Malaysiakini news article on Aug 14, 08

Burmese Democratic leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has picked ‘Loot Lat Yae’ as the theme for her election campaign in Myanmar, urging voters there to put her on the road to Nay Pyi Daw and save the country from tyranny.

She told a crowd of about 500,000 people in Yangon that it was ‘now or never’ to trigger changes for reform.

“We want to save our nation from all wrongdoings, mischief and oppressive military governance,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at a rally at Yangon City hall in central Yangon.

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Originally the word xenophobia comes from the Greek words xénos, meaning ‘the stranger’ and ‘the guest’ and phóbos, meaning ‘fear’. Thus, xenophobia stands for ‘fear of the stranger’, but usually the term is taken to mean ‘hatred of strangers’1. Xenophobia can be understood as “an attitudinal orientation of hostility against non-natives in a given population”.2

In contrast to sociobiologists who consider xenophobia to be a universal phenomenon, social scientists describe it as one among several possible forms of reactions generated by anomic situations in the societies of modern states. Furthermore, it is growing out of the existence of essentialist symbolic and normative systems that legitimate processes of integration or exclusion. Thus, xenophobic behaviour is based on existing racist, ethnic, religious, cultural, or national prejudice. Xenophobia can be defined as the “attitudes, prejudices and behaviour that reject, exclude and often vilify persons, based on the perception that they are outsiders or foreigners to the community, society or national identity.” 3

Is the Bill of Guarantees under the Multimedia Super Corridor discarded?

Is the Bill of Guarantees under the Multimedia Super Corridor discarded

Court order against Raja Petra riles bloggers

Shafee latest challenger to RPK’s online stature



By Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — The court order requiring controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) to reveal the identities of readers who commented on some articles he posted has stirred up the blogosphere.

Lawyer Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had filed a defamation suit against RPK and also an ex-parte application for an order that compelled him to reveal the identities of visitors to his web portal who had left comments and messages below the articles which accused Shafee of masterminding the recent sodomy charge against PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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Apartheid, social and political policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by white minority governments in South Africa from 1948 to 1994.

South African Girl


The term apartheid (from the Afrikaans word for “apartness”) was coined in the 1930s and used as a political slogan of the National Party in the early 1940s, but the policy itself extends back to the beginning of white settlement in South Africa in 1652. After the primarily Afrikaner Nationalists came to power in 1948, the social custom of apartheid was systematized under law.

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Fuel price protestors face new charges

Aug 13, 2008 (DVB)–Eight students and human rights activists arrested during protests against fuel price hikes last year have had five further charges added to their original charge of sedition, said their family members.

The student activists and Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network members will now be charged under sections 143, 145, 147, 295(a) and 505(b) of the penal code.

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KNU commemorates Martyrs’ Day

Aug 13, 2008 (DVB)–The Karen National Union pledged to continue its struggle at a ceremony to mark the 58th annual Karen Martyrs’ Day, which was held yesterday on KNU brigade 7 territory.

The ceremony started with a military parade by 150 Karen National Liberation Army soldiers and brigade 7 provincial chairman Pada Ahto read out a martyrs’ day message from KNU chairman general Tamalabaw.

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UN Human Rights Envoy Cancels Press Conference


Wednesday,August 13,2008

The new UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Burma canceled a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, a sign that his first trip to Burma yielded little practical results, say activists.

Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived in Rangoon on August 3 on his mission to Burma and scheduled a press conference after he left Burma on August 7. No reason was given for the cancellation of the press conference.

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“Courage in Journalism” Award for Burmese Woman


Wednesday,August 13,2008

A Burmese woman journalist, Aye Aye Win, has been awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation “Courage in Journalism” prize for 2008.

The Foundation said it had chosen Aye Aye Win, 54, for the award because of her coverage of such events as last September’s demonstrations, in the face of great danger to herself. Aye Aye Win reports for the international news agency Associated Press.

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