It must be the smell of incense and the soft glow of the oil lamps. Or the twinkling lights and colorful dresses. Perhaps, it’s joining the celebrations of a small and marginalised group of people we call Malaysians that makes Deepavali special to me.

When I lived in Kuantan years ago, I had to walk through a rubber estate to go to my kindergarten at a tiny Catholic chapel called St. Theresa. Along my daily journey, I often meet the Indian family who lives in the estate, and who survived by tapping rubber before dawn, though ending up only with a measley sum everyday.

I befriended their kids and had a wild time chasing goats and chickens around their houses.

I could not forget how cool it was to walk through those rubber trees, and how earthy the rubber milk jars hanging from the tress were. I used to learn a little about how to tap the trees. It was quite a daunting task.

And this Deepavali, it does sadden me to see things happening around our Indian brothers and sisters. But it does give me hope too because there are many Malaysians who are fighting for the truth. For RPK, for the HINDRAF leaders, for many, many others in ISA detention and beyond.

As I celebrate the festival of lights in Bangkok, I’d am grateful for Prasana (from Nepal) and Rizvana (a Muslim lady from India) who will be cooking dinner for me today as we usher in this beautiful Hindu festival.

I wish everyone Happy Deepavali, don’t forget to keep the flame of goodness over evil burning in our hearts. That’s the true spirit of Diwali.

To others, a happy holiday is what we all need.

33 responses »

  1. ; says:

    Happy Diwali to All !

    May the forces of goodness crumple the evil forces that is controlling Malaysia !

    Wishing all an even better Deepavali Next Year !

    ps. To all friends of mine, sorry for not ale to send you Diwali e-greeting cards for I can’t log on to gmail.com for the past 3 days, and all my email contacts are stored there !

  2. monsterball says:

    I wish all my Indian friends….a happy Deepavali…peace in mind….good health and be well.
    Yes…I can feel the sadness for those Indians recently arrested.
    Even tough the 6 year old child is released…she is not happy too.
    Arresting a 6 year old child..shows clearly…what type of mentality…our government have. Remember….the police answers to the government of the day.
    So…lets not blame the police too much….but focus…who gi9ve the orders.
    The 5 Hindraf guys…are simply too much to be admired..and I an sure.. their families…know…most Malaysians wish them well too.
    Although RPK is not an Indian….he is not forgotten…daily by thousands…that truly loves him.
    I take my breakfast…and start thinking…what do they give him….in prison?
    Same as I ate…few meals..start thinking …what food he gets?

  3. hindraf says:

    Saturday, October 11, 2008
    Samy Vellu: ‘Why is this idiot doing all this?’

    If you paid any attention, you would’ve seem that the MIC was headed in one direction – and one direction only; and it was not hard to see as the evidence was all over. We saw how the launch of Samy’s ‘rebranding’ initiative turned out. In case you missed that bit of news, Samy had to literally canvas the hallways of the Dewan Tun Razak Hall World Trade Centre in order to prevent guests at his MIC gathering from leaving.

    He openly asked MIC members: ‘You must be wondering why is this idiot doing all this?’

    To that question, I say: Samy, I’m not wondering… I’m just delighted you are!

    http://imagineequality.blogspot.com/2008/10/samy-vellu-why-is-this-idiot-doing-all.html

  4. hindraf says:

    Saturday, October 11, 2008
    Samy Vellu: ‘Why is this idiot doing all this?’

    If you paid any attention, you would’ve seem that the MIC was headed in one direction – and one direction only; and it was not hard to see as the evidence was all over. We saw how the launch of Samy’s ‘rebranding’ initiative turned out. In case you missed that bit of news, Samy had to literally canvas the hallways of the Dewan Tun Razak Hall, World Trade Centre in order to prevent guests at his MIC gathering from leaving.

    He openly asked MIC members: ‘You must be wondering why is this idiot doing all this?’

    To that question, I say: Samy, I’m not wondering… I’m just delighted you are!

    imagineequality.blogspot.com/2008/10/samy-vellu-why-is-this-idiot-doing-all.html

  5. Seb says:

    Happy deepavali, susan

  6. wandererAUS says:

    Blow out the flame of the evil baldie. Light a thousand candles to keep the spirit of goodness and the call of freedom burning!

    Happy Deepavali to all!!

  7. Wherever there is light
    Darkness must take flight
    Evil can’t stand anything bright
    Let’s use light to remove all blight

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 261008
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sun. 26th Oct. 2008.

  8. reshmann says:

    I wish A HAPPY DEEPAVALI to Susan and all Malaysians.To our indian brothers and sisters,though this Deepavali may never be the same like the previous ones nevertheless stay united and never give up the fight for justice and your rights.Do it in the spirit of `ahimsa’ or non-violence.And dont forget to pray for the Hindraf 5 and for all other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
    I also hope the little 6 yr old Wyaishnavi will be united with her dad who is in self exile soon.
    Dear PM,your decision not to repeal the ISA has broken the hearts of millions of right minded malaysians.You had further tarnished your `nice man’image by choosing to ban hindraf and arresting 11`concerned indians’including a 6yr old child,for coming to see you as their last bastion of hope with a deepavali invitation.With that you have most probably squandered the one and the only opportunity you had ,to go down in history as `bapa reformasi’ and win back the hearts and affection of millions of right thinking and peace loving Malaysians.
    To bro Husam Musa and friends in PAS,its so noble and kind of you to come forward to help the families of those 10 detainees.You have lived up to the true teachings of islam as the revered and admirable Tuan Haji Nik Aziz.May god bless all of you.

  9. Encik H. Musa says:

    Happy Deepavali to you too, hardliner Reshman and other celebrants. May the Hindrafs and all ISA detainees be release very soon.😉

  10. Ahmike says:

    mayest the good Lord bless his people despite of races. Happy Deepavali.

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  12. Parli-Man says:

    TQ Susan and same to you

  13. Anonymous says:

    When good overcome evil,
    the good become evil.
    When evil overwhelmed good,
    it become good.

    It is the law of nature,

    As yang reached it’s pinnacle,
    it transformed into yin
    Just as yin transformed into yang at its extreme.

    Peace and harmony do not come from having good triumphed over evil but in having enough good to balance out the evil. The struggle between good and evil is eternal. That’s the way of samsara.

    Inner Peace and harmony do not come from having good triumphed over evil but come from an acceptance – a deep inner acceptance of the law of nature that pervade all of life. When there is acceptance, just as when there is deep surrender to the almighty, we no longer need to struggle. Divali represents the deep struggle within man and the light represents not good but clarity.

    When there is acceptance , there is no longer good or evil.

    Can there be too much good ? Something to ponder on this special holiday.

    Happy divali to one and all.

    *** Sent all the way from Kuantan ***

  14. Anonymous says:

    Happy Depavali to all Malaysian.
    Thanks.

  15. rr says:

    Happy Depavali to all Malaysia.
    Thanks

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sloone.
    May the “SERENE SMILE OF BUDDHA WITH U.”
    AND HAPPY DEPAVALI TO ALL MALAYSIAN.

  17. Jed Yoong says:

    Happy Diwali, Ms Pan Asian.😉

  18. hindraf5+1l says:

    To all the Indian Brothers and Sisters in Bolehland:

    May the Light of Righteousness shines through across Bolehland!

    Happy Deepavali

  19. motherchell says:

    A very happy Deepavali to all , lets keep the flame bright and forever more !! It may flicker but never die off! No Deepavali for me till i close Kamunting and get RPK, Hindraf 5 and the rest of my brothers safely out .

    “”””Let The Fire inside you Burn forever::TO ALL HINDRAF SYMPATHIZERS: YOU MAY BE OUTLAWED BUT YOU CAN NEVER BE OUTCLASSED.

    LET THE FIRE INSIDE YOU BURN FOREVER AND TRIUMPH OVER EVIL.

    LET THIS BE A DAY OF RECKONING TO ALL THE ENEMIES OF THIS NATION.”””””””

    http://sjsandteam.wordpress.com/category/articles-latest-posted-26102008/

  20. Dr. M says:

    If samy has anything left in him…

    This Deepavali samy should open his house and invite the whole ministerial team over. While eating, feasting and planning how to robe the country further a group of Indians dress in their deepavali best is suddenly transformed wearing HINDRAF tee shirts and peacefully eating amongst them!

    Who says Hindraf is agressive and illegal? It is very much alive and a peace loving organization.

    Happy Deepavali and No to ISA!

  21. deadparrottalk says:

    Happy Deepavali to Najib ,Wife & Guruji

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/11688/84/

  22. reshmann says:

    Dear En.H.Musa,

    I dont consider my self a hardliner,i just believe in calling a spade a spade.The real hardliners are out there in Putrajaya ,rich and powerful breezing through the corridors of power under the guise of leaders for all malaysians.I am just a hard up,speaking up for other hard ups and for those who are constantly being bullied.I am sure you can decipher the famous adage`do not judge a book by its cover’.BTW many thanks for your greetings,and I wish you a belated selamat hari raya aidil fitri,maaf zahir dan batin.

    Cheers!!!

  23. What better tribute to the Indians can we pay than to reflect on their pains and courage.

    While we join millions in wishing our fellow citizen brothers and sisters a “Happy Deepavali”, it is most appropriate to dwell on three significant points:

    1. ‘Deepavali’ is a the victory of good over evil. This war against evil is centuries old, if not miilions of years old – since the dawn of human civilization. So, be prepared to have life-long battles against evil of all sorts as we walk this planet.

    2. It was the Indians who coined the clarion call of ‘makkal sakti’ as they braved the odds on that fateful march in Kuala Lumpur, igniting in the hearts of all Malaysians the need to combat corruption, discrimination and evil in our system of governance.

    3. Today ‘makkal sakti’ is a Malaysian vocabulary shared by millions irrespective of creeds and origins.

    Hopefully, the will of the rakyat in unision will set the nation on its right foot forward in quick time. Otherwise we can only stand guilty before our respective Gods on the day of judgement.

    J. D. Lovrenciear
    Semenyih

  24. storm62 says:

    happy deepavali to all Malaysians of Hindu religion.

    except semi value….he doesn’t need my wishes.

  25. hutchrun says:

    hahaha guruji lari back to his beloved india aledi

  26. Joshua says:

    HAPPY DEEPAVALI

    Where there is light, there is no darkness.

    http://takenotetakeheart.blogspot.com/2008/10/happy-deepavali.html

  27. hutchrun says:

    THE USE OF LIGHT:

    “I can see in the dark” boasted Nasrudin one day in the teahouse” ”

    If that’s so, why do we sometimes see you carrying a light through the streets?”

    “Only to prevent other people from colliding with me”

  28. Bravoeaglehotel says:

    “”””Let The Fire inside you Burn forever::TO ALL HINDRAF SYMPATHIZERS: YOU MAY BE OUTLAWED BUT YOU CAN NEVER BE OUTCLASSED.

    LET THE FIRE INSIDE YOU BURN FOREVER AND TRIUMPH OVER EVIL.

    LET THIS BE A DAY OF RECKONING TO ALL THE ENEMIES OF THIS NATION.”””””””

    Happy Deepavali to Peace Loving Malaysians
    MAKKAL SAKTHI !!

  29. thangaveloo says:

    In February 2008, weeks before the general election of March 8th which altered the political destiny of Malaysia, this astrologer had dropped a hint that the nation was in for a couple of years of extraordinary upheaval: by the end of 2008, he said, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his son-in-law would be removed from power by their own party. At the time, my friend was skeptical about this prediction – it seemed so totally unlikely.

    And what Dr K had predicted, in addition, was that Umno’s power succession plan was ill-fated and would end in utter disarray. By early 2009 there would be a vote of no-confidence against whomsoever inherited the PM’s job, resulting in Parliament being dissolved and fresh elections called. A new government would be voted in and Umno would take on the role of parliamentary Opposition.

    http://magickriver.blogspot.com/2008/10/deepavali-prediction.html

  30. thangaveloo says:

    In February 2008, weeks before the general election of March 8th which altered the political destiny of Malaysia, this astrologer had dropped a hint that the nation was in for a couple of years of extraordinary upheaval: by the end of 2008, he said, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his son-in-law would be removed from power by their own party. At the time, my friend was skeptical about this prediction – it seemed so totally unlikely.

    And what Dr K had predicted, in addition, was that Umno’s power succession plan was ill-fated and would end in utter disarray. By early 2009 there would be a vote of no-confidence against whomsoever inherited the PM’s job, resulting in Parliament being dissolved and fresh elections called. A new government would be voted in and Umno would take on the role of parliamentary Opposition.

    magickriver.blogspot.com/2008/10/deepavali-prediction.html

  31. ANg Kong says:

    Happy Deepavali, amongst all the controversies that have arisen lately….well wishes to all

    B U T

    I JUST HATE MY MIL!!

  32. Pegasus says:

    HAPPY DEEPAVALI to all Hindus. May God gives the strength and will power to all to carry on fighting for justices for all Malaysians. The truth will prevail and hopefully we have the light glowing for us to see the path we seek are brightly lit . May the Hindraf 5 are release soon along with RPK and other ISA detainees through the work of God. Sooner or later things will turn around and the people will see a change of government happening soon. Umno/BN goons will also see the light from the tunnel…. a fast approaching train !!!!!!
    God Bless All !!!.

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