Asean day dreaming II

Asean day dreaming II

There was much enthusiasm over the establishment of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) – back in the early 1990s, which was touted as the most promising growth triangle in Southeast Asia. However, it has since come to nothing.

The 1997 Asian financial crisis practically took the wind out of its sails, and exposed mercilessly that the so-called East Asian economic miracle was made of clay.

In fact, I had not heard of Bimp-Eaga for years, until early this week when Augustin Teras Narang, the Central Kalimantan governor, mentioned it in passing during his visit to Sabah and Sarawak.

The governor has a vision for a regional economic community fashioned on the successful European Union, and hopes the entire Borneo island would serve as a springboard to achieving just that.

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Dreams from the Barack Obama’s grandfather

 Dreams from the 

Barack Obama’s grandfather

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loathe the British

The President-elect’s relatives have told how the family was a victim of the Mau Mau revolt

Ben Macintyre and Paul Orengoh

Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater freedoms from colonial rule. 


Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan family of the US President-elect.

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Asean’s day dream or nightmare

Asean’s day dream or nightmare

Malaysiakini’s article by Josh Hong 

Extracts only

At an academic conference some years ago in Seoul, South Korea, Chua Beng Huat, a sociology professor at the National University of Singapore, remarked that Asean as a regional grouping had achieved nothing over the last few decades.

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Irrawaddy:Junta Orders Major Air Force Base Relocated


The chief Air Force base in Burma, Mingalardon Air Force Base, has been ordered to relocate to Seikpyingone in Meiktila Township in central Burma, according to sources at Mingalardon Air Force Base. 

“We got the order in late November to relocate to the new Air Force base from the military office in Naypyidaw,” said the source.
The source said that family members of Air Force personal will also resided at the new Air Force base in Seikpyingone.

Military sources in Rangoon said that in June the junta leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, appointed his son-in-law, Col Thein Naing, the commanding officer at Mingaladon Air Force Base.

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AP:Journalists caught in crackdown by Myanmar junta

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-controlled Myanmar has imprisoned two journalists for seven years each for undermining the country’s ruling generals after being caught with a U.N. human rights report.

The court in a northeastern suburb of Yangon on Friday sentenced Thet Zin, editor of the local Myanmar-language journal Myanmar Nation, and Sein Win Maung, the paper’s manager, after convicting them of undermining the government under the country’s draconian Printing and Publishing Law.

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Housemanship can drive you crazy

COMMENT: Many consultants are arrogant and used to bully the housemen. Consultants, esp. in third word countries like Malaysia, almost always used to bully housemen till they are almost crazy.

Instead of current 36 ++hour duty, should consider shift duties. Some consultants are lazy and their super ego drive them to shout and blame the younger doctors. Look even last health minister went to see medical students and bullied them.

Better working conditions, please


The conditions that Malaysian junior doctors have to work in are ridiculous and frankly dangerous to patients.

Long working hours, sometimes exceeding 100 hours a week,

36-hour continuous shifts and stressful working environments, don’t you feel this might cause mental health issues in any normal human being?

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BBC:Laughter defying Burma’s junta

Andrew Harding reflects on his friendship with Burmese comedian Zarganar who, despite repeated imprisonment, continues to make jokes about the country’s military rule.

It has been an unusually busy few weeks in the Burmese gulag.

A sudden flurry of show-trials. A brisk and generous apportioning of life sentences.

And now the prison vans have begun scattering the guilty into the quietest corners of an isolated country.

The convicts’ names are probably unfamiliar to you. The authorities would be happy to keep it that way.

Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Nilar Thein, Zarganar, the list goes on.

Like their more famous colleague, Aung San Suu Kyi, these are Burma’s bravest and brightest, devoured by their own government.

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I Look I See by Yusuf Islam

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Land Called Paradise by Kareem Salama

Land Called Paradise by Kareem Salama


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Eid al-Adha


Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īd ul-’Aḍḥā, Urdu: بقرعید) or the Festival of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah intervened: instead Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice an animal, as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. The meat is then shared out with family and friends, as well as the poorer members of the community (Islam names Ishmael as the son who was to be sacrificed, whereas the Judeo-Christian name Isaac).

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One in three of Malaysia’s workforce is foreign