Interlok – When a language lesson isn’t about language

by Eyes Wide Open Literature is indeed an excellent subject to help students develop communication skills, creative expression, critical thinking skills and appreciation of culture. Most of all, teaching literature should be about teaching the student to enjoy reading for himself/herself, so that through books he/she can gain an knowledge about things in the world-at-large. … Continue reading

10,000 dead sepets

By Eyes Wide Open Now THAT makes a funny cartoon! By Berita Harian’s journalism benchmark. There was a ‘minor’ outcry over Berita Harian’s cartoon of Ultraman running for his life from a deadly tsunami. Malaysians of all creeds and colours were united in condemnation of such an insensitive treatment of the greatest natural tragedy to … Continue reading

Interlok: BTN agenda — for nation-building, konon (1)

Going back to our earlier posting ‘Interlok: Sepet, greedy Cina gemuk & liberal dummkopfs’, it is not only the main Chinese character Cing Huat that is depicted as fat. Author Abdullah Hussain had consistently made almost all the Chinese characters gemuk dan gelojoh (greedy). The Indians are not portrayed in the book as fat, nor are … Continue reading

Interlok – haiya…mau bising buat apa?

by Eyes Wide Open Why it’s important to remove Interlok from the school syllabus? Simply because it is not a suitable book for present times, given the racial politics being incessantly played out at all levels of Malaysian government and society. In more matured times, perhaps this novel could be read with more open hearts … Continue reading

Interlok – haiya, kasi lia olang cakap lah!

by Eyes Wide Open When talking about Interlok, affluent liberals of all races continue with their cries of “Don’t be so sensitive la!” “Let them la, next election we will vote them out!” “Things described in the novel really happened, so what?” Tragically, such people are still choose to be ignorant of the fact that … Continue reading

Interlok – itu ata apa salah, ah?

by Eyes Wide Open HartalMSM has received some comments from people who find nothing wrong about the Interlok book being used as required reading in schools. Their reasoning usually goes along the lines of “The things mentioned in the book really happened among Indians and Chinese immigrants what, so what’s the big deal?” Honestly, I … Continue reading

BTN – Brainwashing The Nation (Part 1)

By Eyes Wide Open “There exists a causal relationship between a free press and democracy. Democratic institutions degenerate into dictatorship in the absence of an independent media.” Abstract from: The role of the independent media in Africa’s change to democracy Long-suffering African nations have long woken up to the fact that for real democracy to … Continue reading

BTN – Brainwashing The Nation (prelude)