Sejak beberapa hari lepas, dua pelakon terkenal iaitu Tiz Zaqyah dan Diana Danielle dilihat aktif berkongsi foto-foto dengan gadis Somalia di Instagram mereka. Perkongsian mereka telah membuatkan peminat tertanya-tanya hingga ada yang berpendapat Tiz dan […]
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Berapa ramai antara anda yang menonton rancangan aneka ragam dari Korea Selatan, Running Man dan berharap mereka akan turun ke Malaysia satu hari nanti? OHBULAN! pasti anda akan menarik nafas lega apabila salah seorang daripada […]
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Sebelum ini, sebuah portal hiburan tempatan telah berkongsi beberapa keping foto mesra antara Chacha Maembong dan seorang jejaka bernama Iqwal. Juga salah seorang penyanyi, kami yakin ada dari anda yang masih belum mengenali siapakah Iqwal […]
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Sebelum ini nama pelakon, Faezah Elai jarang dikaitkan dengan sebarang kontroversi, sama ada daripada segi lakonan mahupun peribadi. Namun begitu, menerusi laman sosial pelakon tersebut petang semalam, Faezah dilihat telah memuat naik sekeping foto yang […]
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Investing in the stock market for long term is about uncover great companies or businesses that are most likely to grow. Financial author and coach, Andrew Chia shared about the six criteria of great companies to invest. Watch the video below:
There are six indicators in any financial report to determine whether a business is worth investing in or not. These indicators are: The Net Profit Margin, Dividends, Growth in Earnings per Share, Return On Equity, Debt Equity Ratio, and Current Ratio.
These indicators can usually be found in an annual report or audit report. We will not show you all these technical reports here because it’s going to cause some of you to faint if you’re not an accountant. There is a shortcut though, which I’m sure this would be familiar to you if you are from Penang. There is a publication done by a Penang company called Dynaquest. It is called the “Stock Performance Guide”, which you can find in most leading bookstores in the country.
This report is a summary of the performances of all the listed companies on the Bursa. Well, not all, but most of the so-called good companies. It contains about 650 reports on 650 companies – 400 companies on the main board and another 250 companies on the second board. I believe they have merged it now. Basically, these are the 650 out of the 1000 or so companies on the Bursa. The rest, which are not reported in this report, we can consider as weak companies.
The first indicator is what we call the Net Profit Margin – meaning the profitability of a business. Of course, when we do a business, we are not running a charity organization or a non-profit organization, right? So, the most important thing for a business, I believe, is profits. If the business is not profitable, I think it is only right to say, that it is not worth doing.
So, how is the net profit margin derived? It is derived by dividing the profit by sales and getting a percentage of it. What would be a healthy range? I would say a healthy range for net profit margin would be between 10-30%. Of course, less than 10% is not attractive. With more than 30% – a lot of people will have their saliva dripping.
There are a lot of businesses in the country that have a gross margin of less than 10%; we’re not even talking about net profit here. A common example would be taking a trip to Lowyat Plaza where people sell all electronic goods. Most of the time, when we look at their gross profit it is less than 10%.
So as a business, how can you survive if your gross profit is less than 10%? What would be your net profit? If your gross is 10%, your net could be just 1% or 2% after deducting the expensive rental, and salaries, and overheads.
For me, personally, if the business does not generate more than 10% in net profits, it is really not worth doing. So, if you ask me why there are so many people doing business in Lowyat Plaza, well – Who knows?
From the Dynaquest report you’ll find a summary of all the figures in to one simple report. The report we’ll reference here is for a company called the PPB group, which in case you don’t know, belongs to the richest man in Malaysia, Robert Kouk.
To find the net profit margin from this report, you will have to look for the Profit Before Tax. For December 06, it is 840 million. Then, manually divide it by Sales which is 2.5 billion.
Why is the annual chart showing outdated figures? Well, it’s important for financial reports to not just look at the latest figures, but actually take figures for at least 10 to 20 years, and get an average from there. That will give you much better idea of whether the business is sustainable or not.
There’s no point having a good net profit for just one year. For example you have a good profit for the latest year, and then in the subsequent years, you have a very low profit or even a loss. So, this is what you will get from the Dynaquest report.
What about the are 5 criteria? For Premium Webinar Members (PWM), you can watch the full session here:
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Bagi mereka yang pernah menyaksikan filem The Hunger Games pada tahun lepas, jangan ketinggalan untuk menyaksikan sambungannya menerusi The Hunger Games : Catching Fire yang bakal menemui penonton di seluruh pawagam tanah air bermula hari ini. […]
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Pt.1: Hello Paris! Hello Helsinki!
Pt.2: First meeting with Ms.Helsinki
Pt.3: CityCenter & Stockmann in Helsinki
Pt.4: Streets In Helsinki
Pt.5: Nokia Store, Cafe In The Park & Exploring Helsinki
Pt.6: First Dinner In Finland!
Pt.7: Visit to Nokia House in Helsinki, Finland
Pt.8: The bridge, the room & the wall of Nokia phones
Pt.9: Top view, bottom view and rooftop garden at Nokia House, Finland
Pt.10: We Are The Judges!
After touring Nokia House and had lunch and more product sessions, we ended up at this restaurant for dinner.
It was located by the marina. Such an awesome location.
Hello! That’s me and Dean and Jen and..
Most amazing meal ever. The pork was so tender. Wow.
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Being new at parenting, victories come in many ways when we cared for you Sara.
Every time we changed your diapers without you pooping on us is a victory.
Every time we didn’t drown you while bathing is a victory.
Every time we pulled out a string of mucus out your nose is a victory.
Every time we managed to put on rompers is a victory.
Every time we put you to sleep is a victory.
Every time we calmed you down from loud cries is a victory.
Every time we burped you is a victory.
Shaving your head clean was a victory.
Putting mittens and socks on without flipping your finger is a victory.
Every time we swaddled you is a victory.
Every time we do anything to you is a victory. But most importantly,
Everyday we wake up seeing you breathing is our greatest victory.
Good night little angel. Her full name is Sara, I will explain my next post.
ps: Notice the we, no more me.
During last month’s visit to the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Maryland, USA, I stopped by the city of Los Angeles on my way home for five days. In those five days, I met a friend for the first time, who drove six hours from the state of Arizona to see me.
She was Laura Clancey, an advance practice nurse who became a friend after reading Lee Hom’s writing about me.
Needless to say, Laura and I are both avid fans of Wang Lee Hom. Laura doesn’t understand Chinese, but she likes the music Lee Hom composes and his personality. Besides Lee Hom, we also have a similar passion to serve humanity in our own ways.
Laura met me at Seton Hall of St. Vincent Medical Center where I was staying. Together with my mom, we had lunch at the hospital cafeteria before driving to the Santa Monica Pier in West L.A.
We strolled through the pier’s theme park rides followed by the boardwalk all the way out to sea. At the end of the boardwalk was the pier itself, on which we stayed to watch the beautiful West L.A. sunset that I love.
While we were admiring the sun’s gradual descend, a couple was taking pre-wedding photographs on the beach below us. There was the bride and the groom, and their entourage of photographers and assistants.
As I watched the two hopeless romantics pose and gaze into each other, with the waves and sunset beyond, a familiar music played in my mind.
Lee Hom’s Forever Love.
Ai ni bu shi yin wei ni de mei er yi
Loving you, not because of your beauty.
Wo yue lai yue ai ni mei ge yan shen chu dong wo de xin
I love you more and more, your every eye contact touches my heart.
因为你让我看见 forever, 才了解自己,
Yin wei ni rang wo kan jian forever cai liao jie zi ji
Because you make me see forever and understand myself.
Wei lai zhe xie ri zi yao hao hao zhen xi
We should treasure the days that are about to come
Ai wo you xie tong ku you xie bu gong ping
Loving me, there may be some pain and unfairness
Ru guo zhen de ai wo bu shi li suo dang ran de jue ding
If you really love me, understand that it’s not an easy decision.
Gan dao ni de hu xi zai wo er bian xiang wei feng shen qi
I can feel your breath next to my ears as fresh as the breeze.
Wen rou de an fu wo de bu an ding
You softly comfort my restlessness.
所以我要 每天研究你的笑容 ouu… 多么自然
Suo yi wo yao mei tian yan jiu ni de xiao rong, duo me zi ran
Therefore I want to examine your smile every day, how natural it is.
Forever Love, Forever Love
Wo zhi xiang yong zhe yi bei zi qu ai ni
I really want to spend my whole lifetime loving you.
从今以后, 你会是所有 幸福的理由
Cong jin yi hou ni hui shi suo you xing fu de li you
From this moment on, you will be the reason of all my happiness.
Ai qing shi chang zui mei zui yuan de lu xing
Love is the most beautiful and furthest journey.
Yan tu yu ji ni ning ou er zu ai wo men de qian jin
There’ll be rains and mud along the way which may sometimes prevent us from moving forward.
Gan dao ni de ti wen zai wo huai li xiang yang guang he xu
I can feel your temperature in my arms as warmly as sunlight.
Qiao miao de rong hua wo de bu an ding
You magically melt my worries away.
不可思议 证明我爱你的理由 ouu… 多么自然
Bu ke si yi zheng ming wo ai ni de li you, duo me zi ran
Unbelievably, this proves my reason for loving you, how natural it is
Ni gan dong de yan jing
Your touching eyes
Wo chen mo de sheng yin
and my silent voice
Fang fu jiu shi zui hao de zheng ming
are the best evidence of our love for each other
就让我再说一次 I love you …
Jiu rang wo zai shuo yi ci, I love you…
So please let me repeat this. I love you….
Zhi dao yong yuan…
Oh, I am moved to tears just reading the lyrics above and correcting the translation. This song was released in the year of 2005 – the year I finally lost my residual hearing to Neurofibromatosis. It’s released as part of an album called “The Sun and Moon in my Heart”. It’s the last of Lee Hom’s albums that I heard with my natural hearing.
When I lost my hearing, I was sad that I would never get to hear his music naturally again. But I learned something interesting lately. From the comments I read about his recent compositions, I gathered that the music he composed which I knew and heard prior to 2006, were among his best.
In a way, I am glad. I am glad that I have, at least, learned his best music to date by memory. They are immortalized in my mind forever.
I have faith that he can compose such wonderful music again.
Lee Hom’s music compositions – those that I have heard – touch people across culture and geography because they spoke about life. They spoke about the natural processes and experiences of life which everyone goes through and experience at different times. His compositions then, had an element of hope. Many also had the element of faith in life. Some song lyrics may have described a regrettable life experience, but the music behind them was always fluid. They carried a sense of continuity in them, which made listeners feel hopeful. Like someone who did something wrong and confesses his or her mistake, with the hope and self-belief to do better. Anything positive and hopeful attracts people, and these were reasons why many people across culture loved Lee Hom’s music so much.
I have faith in Lee Hom that he can compose such great music again. They can be as great as, or better than, those that I have heard.
I am not patronizing Lee Hom. I am saying this from experience.
Do you know that, after I lost my hearing in mid-2005, my self-expression improved? I used to be a music vocalist. I also played the piano and violin. After I lost my hearing, I could not sing or play music anymore. It was saddening initially. But I did not dwell on it for long, because I had more important things to concentrate on. I was desperately raising funds to remove the brain tumor that robbed my hearing, in order to continue living.
In that desperation and pressure to survive, I could not dwell on the loss of my hearing. I must communicate with people. I must communicate my cause any other way I could.
I could no longer sing. I could no longer hear. But I could still talk, and talk I did. No one was there to teach me on how to be an effective public speaker. But because I was once a stage performer and vocalist, I could stand on stage, before an audience, and project my voice coherently even though I could not hear myself while everyone could.
My written expression also improved by leaps and bounds like magic the moment I lost my hearing. Those of you who have followed my blog since many years ago would be able to recognize the change and maturity of my written compositions. I do not use bombastic words or complex sentences, yet people have been saying that I write very well.
I think it is not that I write well. Rather, I can express my inner self well. Yvonne Foong today is a lot calmer on the inside and matured with control over her life. My writings reflect my inner self. I am expressing my inner self when I write. I accepted and made peace with my hearing loss within two years. I have also made peace with the fact that I am living with Neurofibromatosis. You are in truth feeling my inner self when you feel encouraged and touched from reading my words.
But just like Lee Hom, there was a short period of time after I lost my hearing, that I felt frustrated and upset. My relationships with people were affected. My expression wasn’t very nice. But it was temporary. That phase gradually came to pass when I found out that I could still express myself well by other means – by writing and speaking. It came to pass as I gradually regained control over my life in spite of circumstances, when I found inner peace and stability. When I rediscovered my purpose and direction.
Hence, I have faith in Lee Hom that he will pull through this phase and be able to compose beautiful music once again. Meanwhile, continue to support Lee Hom personally and enjoy this old song from him which, to me, is timeless.
Since MariaDB aims to be a compatible/drop-in replacement to MySQL, its crucial that in 10.0 we support all the 5.6 options/system variables, else we have to clearly document them in the Knowledgebase article MariaDB versus MySQL – Compatibility.
To this extent, Sergey Vojtovich (svoj) has created MDEV-5277 as a tracker. There is also plenty of discussion on this topic at the maria-developers mailing list. I encourage current users of MySQL 5.6 to take a look at the list and comment either in Jira or on the mailing list to ensure that when we are ready for MariaDB 10.0, we cover what you’re using.
Speech by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang at EU-Penang Day Luncheon-G Hotel at 12.30 pm on 20 November 2013
This year marks the 3rd year in the row the EU-Penang Day is celebrated in Penang. I wish to thank the EU delegation for continuing the tradition of forging better ties and cooperation with Penang through EU-Penang Day.Today, we have the presence of representatives of 16 nations of the European Union through their various Ambassadors and representatives.
This annual function is indeed the best opportunity to promote people to people link between Malaysia and member nations of the EU. The European Union has 27 nations and a total population of 500 million people.
It is important that the Humanity or World Community including EU and Penang to instil the three practices in its public administration.
1. The Courage ToBreak Racial Stereotypes and Facilitate Inter-faith Dialogue.
2. Public Service for Community by improving their lives and the value of citizenship for an individual by asking not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country.
3. To Reduce Inequality as if we cannot help the many who are poor, we cannot save the few who are rich and to allow us to live with dignity in accordance with the United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Malaysia is the EU’s second most important trading partner in ASEAN, after Singapore. No bilateral preferential trade arrangements exist between Malaysia and the EU, but under the new Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), in force since January 2006, the share of Malaysia’s merchandise exports to the EU eligible for preferential treatment rose from 16% to 81%. Over 70% of Malaysia’s exports to the EU now enter duty-free. Malaysia records a trade surplus with most EU Member States.
Penang has earned itself a new nickname – the Silicone Valley of Malaysia, due to nearly all the large semi-conductor, electronics & electrical factories from the USA, Europe & Japan which catalyzed the growth of the manufacturing industry in Penang.
We have the top manufacturing companies like Intel, Bose, Honeywell and Motorola, medical devices like B Braun and St. Jude Medical, and in the services sector Wilmar, IHS, Air Asia& Citigroup. Practically all the branded names in the manufacturing sector are in Penang. Penang contributes 25% of Malaysia’s imports and exports. Today, the manufacturing industry contributes to 50% of the GDP of Penang. While we still endeavor to improve in the manufacturing sector, our bigger focus is to grow the tourism sector and service sector even more.
“Tourism” is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. According to UNWTO, in 2012 over 1 billion tourists travelled the world; generating a total of over US$ 1 trillion in earnings for the countries they visited. ASEAN attracted more than 74.8 million visitors last year, posting a strong 10.14 per cent growth. Out of 25 Million tourist arrivals to Malaysia last year, Penang received 6.09 million tourists, making us the top 3 state in Malaysia with the highest tourist arrivals.
Since George Town was accorded UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage City, we have seen a tremendous rise in the tourist arrivals in Penang. For the last 2 years, hotels in Penang are experiencing close to 100% occupancy rates; especially during festive occasions and school holidays. We can also see hotels, especially boutique heritage hotels mushrooming all over Penang, especially George Town.
We have also the No.1 street art mural in the world ` Siblings on a bicycle’. No wonder Yahoo! Travel listed Penang as one of the 10 islands in the world that you must explore before you die. There is a renewed spirit of pride among the locals, who are keen to share with the world how special Penang is.
Currently the attractions in Penang such as Street Art, George Town Festival, Penang Bridge Marathon, Penang World Music Festival and the Escape Theme Park has garnered international attention. The Penang Bridge Run which was held on November 17 had seen a recorded participants of 47,000 from local and abroad.
As the appreciation of George Town now draws more visitors, the locals too rise to reclaim the city. All of this has generated a palpable buzz, which in turn draws even more visitors. Therefore, the State government has set up its own agencies to address not only tourism but also heritage and green initiatives.
Penang is the first state to prioritize green growth in order to maintain a robust green economy for the state, and to secure the state’s international competitiveness in manufacturing, tourism, services and building sectors. Penang is one of the top three governments that have the most projects registered and certified by GBI.
The state government and the local governments are studying the possibilities of making compulsory for all new developments in the city to be in compliance with GBI.
As at 8 October 2013, there are 38 Penang based projects registered with GBI, which is about 8% of the national total.Out of these 38 registered projects, 16 projects have received GBI certification, and the remaining 22 are pending submission of their design to GBI. The 16 projects represent 11% of the total projects certified by GBI nationwide.
I am told that GBI is recognized by the World Green Building Council, GBI has certified more than 70 million square feet of Gross Floor Area of buildings in Malaysia. More than 5.4 million square feet or 8%, came from projects based in Penang. To achieve 70 million square feet of Gross Floor Area in four years is indeed a clear sign that GBI is widely accepted by the industry. Penang State Government is serious about making Penang the No. 1 in Malaysia in creating a cleaner, greener, safer and healthier state.
Finally to improve the quality of our workforce requires us to improve the quality of our educational institutions. Penang has managed to attract world-class universities. The Asian Women Leadership University (AWLU) driven by the No.1 women university in the US, Smith College, and the United Kingdom’s Hull University together with the local KDU University have committed to Penang offering liberal arts courses, engineering, accounting, business studies, logistics and law.
I was informed that in thisafternoon, representatives of the EU nation will visit the George Town’s Heritage Trail and the lively living heritage in town. Finally, the evening will not be complete without the launching of the European Film Festival at GSC Gurney. Let us understand each other through art and films which requires no language but serves to remind us all despite our different faces, we come from one race – the human race.
I hope all the delegates will enjoy their trip to Penang and I wish to take this opportunity to once again thank the organizers of the EU-Penang Day especially the EU Embassy, Penang Institute, Penang Global Tourismand investPenang for jointly organizing the successful and memorable event today.
Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng on 20/11/2013 @ G Hotel The signing of MoU between Think City Sdn Bhd (Think City) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).
Since July 2008, the Penang State Government has been actively supporting steps to protect and conserve the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site through a competent, accountable and transparent manner. Amongst the committed actions are, firstly, the State Government set up a company named George Town World Heritage Incorporated under the direct purview of me ( Penang Chief Minister ), as the site manager tasked with responsibilities to plan, manage and promote this living cultural heritage city of George Town.
Secondly, the Penang State Assembly Meeting in December 2011 has already approved the State Heritage Enactment.
Thirdly, the State Government since year 2010 has been working closely with federal ministry department, state agency and local authority in formulating a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and Special Area Plan for George Town World Heritage Site. These documents serve as an important guide to regulate and manage physical developments in George Town World Heritage Site with the aim of safeguarding and preserving the authentic Outstanding Universal Values of George Town. These documents have been presented to and well accepted by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee during its 37th World Heritage Conference in Cambodia last June 2013. Currently , these documents are prepare for gazette process and we anticipate official adoption in early year 2014.
Fourthly, in line with the vision of George Town World Heritage Site for convergence as an intelligent and sustainable heritage city that belongs not only to Penang, Malaysia but also to the world, the State Government has duly committed and embarked on annual celebration of George Town Festival since year 2010 to commemorate the successful inscription of George Town as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 1 month long festival celebration funded mainly by the State Government has set an ideal platform for multi cross cultural performances and art programs to further promote the colourful cultural heritage city of George Town.
Lastly, I would like to emphasize that the State Government is not working in ‘silo’ in safeguarding our UNESCO world heritage site, instead close collaboration and partnership approach in various forms have been established with relevant government agencies; other organizations such as Think City to further enhance and strengthen our OUV of George Town World Heritage Site.
As the manager of the George Town Grants Programme, Think City was able to catalyze more than 200 urban regeneration projects in George Town World Heritage Site. Some of these worth mentioning projects are restoration of Masjid Kapitan Keling dome; conservation of Seven Terraces; upgrading of Cheah Kongsi; tree-planting scheme at Carnarvon Street; development of Little India and upgrading of urban market area. We feel of course that Think City can do much more and are willing to request the Federal government to top up the RM 20 million allocation as there as only RM1-2 million left. Of course the state government is in dire need for funds to carry out heritage conservation. Despite not receiving any funding as promised by the Federal government. The state government has successfully established the George Town World Heritage Incorporated, which is now the foremost state government agency on heritage conservation in Malaysia.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Aga Khan Trust for Culture to Penang and in partnering with Think City. AKTC, is a renowned international organization which has shown remarkable good track records in revitalizing the world historic cities. With the signing of this MoU, we hope that both Think City and AKTC will be able to assist Penang improve its capacity for planning, conservation, developing strategic action plans and further enhancing the distinctive Outstanding Universal Values of George Town. This partnership, which has the full support of the State and local Governments, will also be focusing on possible inward investments to development projects that are compatible with this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Information about the AKTC
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is recognized as one of the foremost organisations involved in matters of architecture, conservation and urban planning. Its Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, which will be the main collaborating partner under the agreement, promotes planning, conservation and urban revitalisation in historic cities. It also undertakes the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces in ways that can spur social, economic and cultural development.
Individual project briefs go beyond mere technical restoration to address the questions of the social and environmental context, adaptive re-use, institutional sustainability and training. Its projects include major parks in Cairo and Delhi and urban revitalisation projects on sites as diverse as Zanzibar and Kabul. As a part of the Aga Khan Development Network, the Trust undertakes cultural projects in a of broad continuum of development activities that usually encompasses economic, social and cultural initiatives.
Information about Think City
Think City Sdn Bhd is a special project vehicle established by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia. Think City, which is a 100% owned subsidiary of Khazanah, is tasked with implementing and managing the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP). Launched in 2009, Think City continues to support non-governmental organisations and local communities having committed a total of RM 16.6 million (USD 5.2 million ) including 205 projects involving building conservation, community-led shared spaces and cultural mapping projects; as well as technical assistance & capacity building programmes.
Think City provides a working platform bringing different and oftentimes competing stakeholders to the table by way of innovative ideas. Think City continues to work closely with federal, state and local governmental agencies whilst supporting public private partnerships including the George Town Business Improvement District Scheme (BIDS), the Little India Joint Action Committee, Yayasan Islam Pulau Pinang and outreach & educational programmes by the George Town World Heritage Incorporated.
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Pemuda PKR (AMK) menyelar kenyataan Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) yang mengaitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dengan fahaman “liberal demokratik”, yang menurut NGO itu akan membawa Malaysia ke arah negara tiada agama.
Timbalan ketua penerangannya Najwan Halimi berkata, kenyataan Presiden ISMA Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman itu berniat jahat, terkepung dalam ideologi tajaan PERKASA dan sekadar mengulangi pandangan perkauman yang jumud.
Malah, menurut Najwan, ia boleh mencetuskan sentimen agama dan perpecahan kaum.
“Apa yang jelas adalah, Abdullah Zaik sendiri tidak memahami kerangka liberal dalam konteks yang menyeluruh,” kata Najwan.
Dalam kenyataannya hari ini, Najwan juga berhujah, kritikan Abdullah Zaik terhadap Buku Jingga dinyatakan tanpa menyebut komitmen bersama Pakatan Rakyat untuk mempertahankan perlembagaan, Islam sebagai agama rasmi dan melindungi keistimewaan Melayu.
Berhubung dakwaan Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD) pimpinan pimpinan pusat PKR Khalid Jaafar, mempromosikan fahaman liberal secara terancang, Najwan menafikannya.
“IKD sebagai sebuah institusi pemikir bukan sekadar mengangkat wacana liberal sebagai tema perdebatan bahkan turut mempromosi aliran pemikiran Islam klasik dan kontemporari sejajar dengan pergulatan pelbagai isu dan krisis pemikiran, sosial dan budaya di negara ini,” katanya.
On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speech, equality and democracy are still under attack
The Gettysburg Address contains two simple truths. One is to be found in its first sentence, one in its last.
The first is that “all men are created equal”. The second lies in Abraham Lincoln’s determination that “… government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” A century and a half after they were spoken, the force of those 21 words is undiminished.
This is not to say the rest of the Address no longer holds meaning. We should remember those who fought and died in the American Civil War. All Lincoln’s words are wonderful to read and written in a way that is easy for people to understand. His speeches have a poetic simplicity.
But today, when we read the Gettysburg Address, we should first be reminded that in the US – as around the world – the simple truths it expresses are under sustained assault.
Food-stamp cuts. Public-service cuts. Attacks on voting rights in a democratic system completely at the mercy of money. The death penalty, the awful symbol of a criminal justice system weighted against the poor. Tax inequality. Taxpayers’ money used to shore up Wall Street. Opposition to healthcare for all. Opposition to immigration reform. Government surveillance.
No one needs a history degree to know the fight for equality and popular democracy did not end, with the American Civil War, in 1865.
Lincoln led a war effort which resulted in the abolition of slavery. We should never forget this – particularly when powerful reminders are available. Mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech with a viewing of 12 Years a Slave and you will be reminded, with a succession of terrible jolts, that in the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln simply stated the truth.
The writer of that film, Tony Ridley, is American. But like me the director, Steve McQueen, is British. So is his star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. The female lead, Lupita Nyong’o, is Kenyan. The Gettysburg Address is a foundation stone of American history, but like the Declaration of Independence (which it cites), it also resonates around the world. Lincoln’s words speak clearly to those of us who are from countries, however benignly governed, in which all men are not deemed to be equal. It speaks more urgently to those still living under slavery, or theocracy, or dictatorship.
We are all equal – regardless of birth, colour, religious belief or the lack of it, sex or sexual orientation. We are all equal regardless of wealth. We have made strides in recognising that equality, but in the century and a half since slavery fell we have not come close to perfecting it. Our governments should at least attempt to do so.
Today, then, we might ask: called upon to read Lincoln’s words, could any of our leaders possibly do them justice?
We have a chance to find out. For PBS, the documentarian Ken Burns has filmed public figures reading the Gettysburg Address. The list includes every living president, as well as congressmen, mayors, historians, journalists and Whoopi Goldberg. Stephen Colbert’s performance is meant to be funny. Marco Rubio’s, less so. Tea Party favourite Ted Cruz, alas, hasn’t yet answered the call.
The spectrum of opinion represented – from Bill O’Reilly to Rachel Maddow – demonstrates the chaotic nature of any democracy. But if we can agree, as the participants in Burns’ project presumably do, that the Gettysburg Address expresses the fundamental truths on which America was founded, we should at least be honest with ourselves about how those truths relate to America and the world today. Lincoln’s words should not simply be celebrated, without questioning what he meant by them. We should also ask what his words mean to us.
Whether genuine equality under genuine government of, by and for the people could ever exist is, of course, debatable. What is not in question today is that 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln made the most powerful statement that it should.
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