Umno…jangan cepat melatah

“Umno, don’t be hysterical too soon”…says the good Dr. Mohamed Rafick Khan @  Rights2Write. 

We were primary school mates in Sekolah Rendah Pengkalan Tentera, Batu 9, Gambang, Kuantan, way back in the 70s. We met again in the blogsphere when Rafick discovered my blog. Now he has a blog, too, and his ‘message’ to UMNO is pretty interesting. In a nutshell, he says (and this paragraph was translated into English from his blog), referring to UMNO’s rally in Penang yesterday over the NEP:

Malays have to think rationally. Perhaps the new government (in Penang) have better approaches than the NEP. Give them a chance lah to do it. Before anything can happen, (you all) already go and carry out an illegal street demonstration. We (wait and) see. If they (new government) do not do for us as they had promised we will throw them out in 5 years. What are we afraid of. Let us see how far is their ability (to run the government). Let’s see whether they can do what they have promised. Do not become hysterical. No one will lose…and it’s not too long also…that is people’s power…the people can elect a government and people can also bring them down“.

There was a time when we grew up not knowing the difference between skin colors. Some of us see beyond it now, many still see the shades, but most are blind underneath their own. 

But things are changing. The river is flowing. And you can’t step into the same river twice.

32 responses »

  1. Ranger says:

    They are terrified that the new government will be successful in uplifting the poverty levels of all races. Raise the standard of living at a very cheap rate, if that happens, it is goodbye for them to make a come back. They will never get back Penang and their gravy train, that is what the protest was all about.

  2. drrafick says:

    hi susan. many thanks… I think the english word for melatah is not stammer.. I am not sure what it is in English. My search with online dictionary has not been successful…

  3. sifu says:

    It’s true…it was very nice when we grew up not minding colour differences. I just have food for thoughts…
    We all have learned to eat nasi lemak, rendang, roti canai, wantan mee, etc. We loved the food from other races. Just imagine Malaysia without the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians and other races…no good cooking right?

  4. arifabdull says:

    melatah = behaving hysterically

  5. arifabdull says:

    歇斯底里 = melatah

  6. MOOSE says:

    drrafick…. stammer is gagap in malay🙂

  7. […] To Umno people, jangan cepat melatah! […]

  8. Penang Exile says:

    Slight change of topic – anyone noticed that the Palace-approved MB designate of Perlis seems to have academic qualifications issued by a notorious diploma mill in the USA called Newport University which? I don’t think HRH The Raja of Perlis knows about this. See below:

    Monday, August 13, 2007
    Diploma Mills
    Trust us with your children: School pyschologists don’t need psychology degree.

    August 13, 2007 – The Pittsburg Post-Gazette has a story on diploma mills and the academic bogus degrees sold to federal employees on congressional staffs and with NASA, U.S. Customs and the Pentagon. And, apparently, schools. They briefly mention without elaborating further on this case.

    Former Pittsburgh Public Schools psychologist Donald Stettner also claimed he received a doctorate from Columbia State University. His counterfeit credentials were not discovered until after he was accused of molesting children in 2003. He was suspended without pay, and his employment status with the district is still pending.
    From KDLA Nov 3, 2003 – KDLA investigator Andy Sheehan discovered the credentials were bogus.
    Stettner claims he received a master’s in psychology from Newport University — which KDKA discovered is an Internet school that is not accredited by the US Department of Education. In fact, in four states, it’s a crime to put a Newport University degree on your resume.
    In addition, he claimed a doctorate in the philosophy of social work from Columbia State University, a California “diploma mill.”

    The city schools and state never questioned Stettner’s resume, because a psychology degree is not required to be a school psychologist — and they didn’t see the need to dig any further.
    http://teachertrash.blogspot.com/2007/08/diploma-mills.html

  9. myop101 says:

    I like to look at the sky after the rain. I always try to find a rainbow because truly, it is a beautiful natural phenomena. And you know something about a rainbow? You don’t find a gap between the colours. They are aligned together yet distinct from each other yet able to co-exist in harmony.

    Why can’t we, the different races in Malaysia, unite like a rainbow? we share the same ancestry somewhere back in time. Sigh…

  10. ANg kong says:

    ‘……seems to have academic qualifications issued by a notorious diploma mill in the USA called Newport University….’

    Alamak, this potentially could be a headline news if it’s true and enough to call for a clarification from the newly appt MB…… i smell rat in this..! if only a journalist is brave enough to put forward this question to the MB…

    goosh, i never expect such twist n turn, u kill me and i kill you drama after d election. Best thing is i don hav to fork out any money to buy a ticket for this….

    Penang exile… u r so niamah xxx keng man.!!! hahaha

  11. Penang Exile says:

    Someone send this to RPK for invesitgation. I can’t seem to get through to his e-mail. There’s a lot more in the internet if you know where to look.

  12. Penang Exile says:

    This was what triggered my check – NST’s write-up on 15 March 2008.

    Md Isa, 61, is a four-term state assemblyman for Bintong. He was also Kangar member of parliament from 1995 to 1999. In the recent general election, he won 4,882 votes, to beat Pas’ Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir, who garnered 2,772 votes. Md Isa has a PhD, master’s in business administration and diploma in total quality management from New Port University, United States. Between 1984 and 1986, Isa was the private senior secretary to the then deputy home affairs minister, Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.

  13. Penang Exile says:

    More from Tony Pua (written in 2006) on Newport University:

    http://educationmalaysia.blogspot.com/2006/11/dubious-phd-faculty-members.html

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006
    Dubious PhD Faculty Members
    Regular readers of my posts will know that I’m fairly critical with regards to the standards and quality of academics and lecturers in many of our local private colleges. I’ve received complaints, many as comments in my earlier blog posts with regards to the lecturer’s language abilities, experience as well as competence. Because of that, I’ve always urged the relevant authorities to require private colleges to published detailed resumes of faculty members to allow for more detailed scrutiny of the quality of teaching at the college.

    Well, here’s an additional important reason. It’s something which I’ve known and hinted for a while now, but for one reason or other, I’ve not had time to conduct a thorough research on it, to make it a bigger expose here. But given a slow news week on education, I thought, I might as well publish all the evidence I have here, and possibly let the bloggers and readers out help out with additional research.😉

    I have discovered that a significant number of faculty members at some of our more prominent colleges employs PhD holders with qualifications secured at dubious or even bogus institutions such as the now infamous Irish International University, blogged here.

    KDU Management Development Centre (KMDC), which operates as a professional development centre under KDU College Sdn Bhd in Petaling Jaya certainly employs some of these luminaries. In KMDC faculty profile pages, if you go through some of the instructors qualifications, you’d find that many of the facilitators doctorates are obtained from dubious sources. For example:

    [Update 28 Nov 06: Please note that KMDC has removed some of the dubious profiles listed below from the website. I have saved copies of it to avoid defamation charges.]

    1. Dr. James Chong PhD (Ire, 2002)
    “Dr. James Chong has a PhD from Irish International University, Ireland…”

    2. Dr. Ragunathan PhD (2002), MBA (1999)
    “Dr. Ragunathan has a PhD in Business Administration and MBA from Newport University, United States… Dr. Ragunathan lectures on Research Methodology for the MBA and MSc programs.”

    For Dr James Chong, the university doesn’t exist in Ireland, if it even “exists” at all! So where did you attend your PhD programme, the headquarters of IIU in Pakistan? As for Newport University where Dr Ragunathan obtained his PhD and MBA, it is definitely not recognised by the Office of Degree Authorisation in Oregon, United States, which clearly lists colleges which are either unaccredited or diploma mills.

    More interestingly, I found a Dr Jacky Chin whose credentials are in my opinion, impossibly impeccable.

    Dr. Jacky Chin Yew Sin DBA (Aust, 1999), PhD (Can), MBA (G. Mgt) (Scotland, 1997) MBA (Int. Bus.) (Aust), MSc (Can), BA (Hons) Acct (UK, 2000), BA (Hons) Bus Admin (UK, 2001), BEng (Hons) (Malaysia, 2000), BJuris (Malaysia, 2001)

    Dr. Jacky Chin holds numerous academic and professional qualifications and has been awarded the Outstanding Young Malaysian Award (2000) in the Category of Academic Leadership and Accomplishment. He has written countless publications. Dr. Chin consults extensively and holds professorships in many International universities and learning institutions. He is currently undertaking 3 doctorate programmes in various leading universities.

    And more interestingly, if you dig a little more on the over-achiever, you’d find that

    …Malaysian academic, Prof. Dr Chin Yew Sin, has his name listed in the Record Book of World’s Initiators for his immense achievements in the academic field. Dr Chin holds 12 world records, some of which are: The first person in the world to have attended eight graduation ceremonies to obtain five degrees and three post-graduate diplomas and certificates from the US, UK, Australia, Scotland and Malaysia in a year; first person in the world to have four bachelor’s degrees and graduated in the same year; first person in the world to complete a Bachelor’s of Arts (Hons) degree in Business Administration in four months, a Masters in Business Administration in nine months and a Doctorate in Business Administration in 15 months; and first person in the world to have 72 qualifications, including 11 degrees, post-graduate diplomas and certificates, two diplomas, 15 certificates, seven professional certifications and 37 professional memberships.
    Frankly, I would think Sir Isaac Newton would have difficulty competing with Dr Jacky Chin.

    [Update: A little bird who spoke to the Centre’s Director who gave “some excuse that Jacky Chin was only a ‘consultant’ for one project.”]
    Now with at least 3-4 out of KMDC’s list of 7 faculty members in possession of doctorates originating from dubious sources, what does it reflect upon the institution itself? I have yet include faculty members whose PhDs and DBAs originates from a little known college in Australia, Southern Cross University, whose Graduate College of Management specialises in “distance education programmes”.

    Now, KMDC certainly isn’t the only college which employs such faculty members. Prominent Chinese educationist, Dr Yap Sin Tian of Southern College, also secured his PhD from Kensington University in Hawaii/California in 1990, which has since been closed by court order. He has also obtained another Doctorate in Philosophy of Education from, ah, Southern Cross University in 1999.

    Another director of the college, Dr Chong Swee Huat, apparently secured his doctorate from a St Clements University, with origins in Turks & Caicos Islands and various African sites.

    And this simple discovery is just from 2 colleges which published a little detail on their faculty members. The little details allowed me to do a little investigative research. For most of the other private colleges, large or small, I have no access to names of faculty members which clearly limits my ability to uncover more “scandalous” information. I would not be surprised even, if some of our public universities may have unknowingly recruited some of these candidates with dubious certifications.

    For the benefit of the fee paying students in the market, it is critical that the Ministry of Higher Education put down the necessary rules and regulations which requires the private colleges to publish the credentials of their key faculty members. With these information, at least it will be possible for students and concerned parties to be able to have a better idea of the type and quality of lecturers who they are likely to be taught in the college.

    Should any readers out there managed to retrieve any other list of faculty members in other colleges, particularly those with apparent doctorates or MBAs, please feel free to email the list to me. I’ll see what else I can find.

    OK, it’s been a long day, gotta get some sleep😉. You may also read more on my various posts on bogus universities here.

  14. nmjg says:

    Whoever is the mastermind behind the UMNO demonstration in Penang last friday has to be punished. They have proved to the Rakyat that the IGP has 101 reasons to nab them and put them into the Kamunting Detention Camp, like what he did to the Hinderaf. “Fairness” is our culture and Demonstration “itu bukan Budaya kita”, am I right?

  15. anuarnor says:

    google search : isa sabu newport

    result

    http://newport.edu.my/graduates.html

  16. Lim says:

    ANg kong Says:
    “March 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm
    ‘……seems to have academic qualifications issued by a notorious diploma mill in the USA called Newport University….’

    Alamak, this potentially could be a headline news if it’s true and enough to call for a clarification from the newly appt MB…… i smell rat in this..! if only a journalist is brave enough to put forward this question to the MB…

    goosh, i never expect such twist n turn, u kill me and i kill you drama after d election. Best thing is i don hav to fork out any money to buy a ticket for this….

    Penang exile… u r so niamah xxx keng man.!!! hahaha”

    Why get so excited??? Normal’lah with DEB they (UMNO) are powerful like superman and pocket is fat enough to do this mah….

  17. Feroz Merican says:

    They are terrified that the new government will be successful in uplifting the poverty levels of all races. Raise the standard of living at a very cheap rate, if that happens, it is goodbye for them to make a come back. They will never get back Penang and their gravy train, that is what the protest was all about.

    Absolutely dead on comment by Ranger.
    If Khalid does a good job in Selangor, they, (UMNO)
    will never get back this state either.

  18. ANg kong says:

    Penang exile,

    for Phd graduates fr UK universities, isnt not true tht the British Library holds a copy of their respective thesis on all graduates??

    again.. your investigation has revealed some interesting ‘stories’, i wonder if they would ever turn into ‘facts’

  19. Penang Exile says:

    ANg kong -You are absolutely correct. The name Newport University (no such thing as “New Port’ – NST got it wrong) struck a chord in my memory as one Datuk tried to sell me the degree from there more than 10 years ago. He claimed to be a member of its faculty. This happened in the Datuk’s house in Section 14, PJ. Later, there was an office opened for several years purportedly to conduct teaching also in Section 14 but it subsequently closed. I guess they are doing this via internet now.

  20. joo ngan says:

    Dear Mr Lim Guan Eng,

    COngratulations on being the CM of Penang. Its been a long time coming and finally the people of Penang has decided to give you a chance to put into action what you have been preaching all these years.

    I hope you will use this opportunity to fulfill all your election promises to the rakyat unlike the other PM who wasted 4 years of goodwill dillying and dallying. The next GE is just round the corner and you don’t really have that much time left. Already UMNO and its gang of agitators are itching for a fight as demonstrated by their infantile antics at Komtar.

    I wish you all success in your endeavours in Penang. If you succeed then the rest of Malaysia will realise that there really is a better way to govern and to live. The buffoons at Komtar insist that Penang must not become another Singapore. Well I challenge them to go ask any Singapore Malay whether they would rather be a Malaysian Malay. If Penang turns out to be as spectacularly successful as Singapore under your leadership then the people of Penang no matter what race or religion can thank their lucky stars that they made the right decision and escaped a lifetime of misery.

    Please work hard and smart Mr Lim. The people of Penang has taken a huge leap into the unknown and has placed their fate in your able hands. If you fail then all will be lost and Penang will be punished by BN if they win back the state. Good luck.

  21. Selangor Voter says:

    I don’t care what has LGE said about NEP. My concern is he and the new government must be successful in uplifting the standard of living of all races and eradicate the level of poverty in the state. Even then, I think there is no point for him to raise this sensitive issue. I think no one will disagree with him on open and transparent tender and procurement processes except Umnoputras.

  22. Lim says:

    “ANg kong Says:
    March 16, 2008 at 5:49 am
    Penang exile,
    for Phd graduates fr UK universities, isnt not true tht the British Library holds a copy of their respective thesis on all graduates??
    again.. your investigation has revealed some interesting ’stories’, i wonder if they would ever turn into ‘facts’”

    Hey you guys, don’t be to supprise that the graduation picture shown somewhere is from any wedding @ photo studio. HAHA…..

  23. ng lean heang says:

    Dear Mr. Lim Guan Eng
    Malaysia now is for Malaysian by Malaysian.

  24. malayamuda says:

    they are afraid. cos everyone seems to be getting a better deal under the opposition. things are more transparent and even open tenders.

    they cant let this go on too long bcos then even those who believe their cock and bull stories will not believe them anymore. so before more damage is done, they have to get the opposition out of power.

  25. Billy says:

    I was there a little bit late at 3.45pm on Fri, 14/3 after receiving a fresh SMS. I had gone to Komtar at 1pm. As there was nothing then, i chose to return home. En route, I saw a roadblock along coastal road, and 2 school buses were stopped – 1 full of schoolchildren. I thought, it wasn’t a rumor after all.

    At around 3.45pm, the gathering had ended and most demonstrators had dispersed. But then, I noticed a small group of these demonstrators in the Komtar’s concourse area. They looked somewhat “lost” in the surrounding, and wandering aimlessly. Quite certain not Penang islanders. Ppl “imported” from other states, I reckon.

    Adjourned to Esplanade hawker centre, overheard some Mamak hawkers and workers relating the illegal gathering in Komtar. These ppl were there. A Malay couple selling Laksa came over to chat with me. What they related to me nearly make me puke. First, they complained that, according to a Malay daily, PPSB has incurred a loss of RM14mil last year. They claimed that if Penang govt decides to stop the ferry service, they’ve to close their store. Second, they lamented that the hawker lot is unsuitably located. Visitors won’t be able to notice their hawker stall from the road…….I was thinking to myself,”WTF got to do with the new DAP/PKR govt?”

    If these “misguided souls” ,who demonstrated in Komtar, choose to return again, I think there’s going to be trouble.

    Perhaps, we should put these BABOONS in enclosures still available in Botanical Gardens!

  26. fellowmalaysian says:

    They are trying their best to prevent n disrupt the new coalition fm getting down to work cos they know when the new coalition eventually succeeds, n by god they will, in moving the new states forward without leaving any malaysian left behind, bn will be history as another ‘tsunami’ wil sweep across our nation in no time.
    To our future. Cheers

  27. MOrgan says:

    Well what ever happen,WE ARE all MALAYSIAN ,WE ARE ALL ONE so we are arguing for the TRUTH and leave with FACTS. Let the one who are TRUTH to SERVE the People to serve and like wise let them investigate to the bottom of why we are 10-15yrs behind Singapore and kick out the EVILs within us.
    Everything happens for good of our Nation.
    Sure M’sai is not ONLY rich in Multi races but also very rich resources where others around us don’t have. Thats the Beauty of Malaysian .

    Long Live Malaysian

  28. Chindian BR Supporter says:

    My friend in Bernama told me the crowd is much less than what is said in the newspapers. Most of the people were from UMNO Seberang Perai. Why the Tanjung Tokong folk and from around the island did not take part? These are the real Penang Malay poor. A lot of Perai people are from Kedah and Perak but came over to work in factories.

  29. Tom says:

    Yes its a TOM & JERRY Show till the Next Election, The people has made their Choice strongly even,so let them the new and the old get down to work see who is who.
    For the new team you have to work hard if you want to continue or just KISS good bye.
    Now every one said it clearly that they don’t need the Tallest twin Tower,Biggest Airport,the huge dam creating thousand of mega watts,super corridors ,and the new NEP. How is going to benifit and uplift the people of Malaysia as a whole????
    How much is a is a S dollar to Rm 1????? why ???? who benifits from all this , we don’t big Airport where after the huge amount what they say profit after the peak is just lost just like that and then only way BAIL OUT lah.
    Thoes 50 yrs of enjoying now every one is watching the Bad and the GOOD! do you think they will go down may be now when the cake is HOT and then it COOL OFF, may be they do a SOUL search,do you think they will learn or its going to be a FAMILY bussiness!
    Its a BIG SHOW in Selangor.Pinang and Perak! the heat is ON WHO ?? Feel it ,just sit and watch !
    The people like any other developing countries just jobs and enough to carry the families needs,education ,health, and affordable houses and look at the prizes, the chicken prize ,vege, and just to name a few ,can go up up up and never go down so the team have to go down at LAST!
    so do you think now they are gong to Address our needs,so realities have be handle accordingly to needs of the people,we all belongs here regardless of what ever religion,race or different culture, we have unite and make this “Malaysian ” a great country.
    To thoes who have swindle millions and to the cronies and to thoes “Tidak Apa” wake up and clean your self and your home, enough is enough or face it,the new Generation will be there to change ,want a swing of vote again .

  30. anak malaysia says:

    Susan

    Sorry but how can I post a comment in RPK’s malaysia-today.net? There no link to register. Can you advise me. Thanks.

  31. wits0 says:

    Feroz M, “They are terrified that the new government will be successful in uplifting the poverty levels of all races.”

    Exactly. Anything to keep people poor and stupid and having no alternative governance.

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