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Friday, July 15, 2011


Dear valued readers, 

Recently I read the article below with lots of excitement and enthusiasm and am so eager to share with you, which I hope you will like it. The main reason why I decided to blog it with intention that you receive maximum value for your time spent on reading the articles here. I also noted that my preceding article on YB Datuk Ambiga received very encouraging responses and great concerns of readers. Today, this article is no coincidence related to the Bersih rally, but of a good reason, which I believe in. What made me to say so? Any guess before you proceed to read it further?

Perhaps, I can safely say that we can learn from this rally, the real time experience especially for those who have tainted with the ugly picture of the May 13 incident of racial riots in Malaysia which ultimately caused our Father of Independence, YB Tunku Abdul Rahman, stepped down as our nation's first Prime Minister.

I must admit that this ungrateful act to certain extent have instilled "terrible fear" amongst Malaysian communities. As a result, it had been occasionally misused by some irresponsible quarters to stir up the fear in order to achieve their hidden agendas, so to speak.

But, what is more important for me to highlight what I have learned from the article below. I prescribe this as another excellent example to ease fear by facing and overcome it once and for all so that you are free from it. Thank God that I am still alive to see both of these incidents. First incident taught us how to instill that fear, at that time I was in the Primary School. Yet the image of how my father rushed to my school and rescued me out from it still in my memory till todate. Unknowingly what had happened at that time, I just followed his instruction till I reached home safely. The rests are history.

Last few days, I had seen how the fear was eventually subsided through confronting and overcoming it. I cried out with joy and thank God and Malaysians who kept the situation orderly and peacefully. This is another affirmation that you need to confront whatsoever fear you have in order to overcome it. Conversely, by avoiding or ignoring it, it will bring you nowhere. This is not what I say only but also from the top management Gurus worldwide. In fact, I have constantly prescribed this formula fruitfully and I see the author of the article also experience it the way as I did. By now, hope you can see vividly why I do encourage you to prescribe this formula in your life, which I strongly believe everyone of us will have some fear. It is a matter of as to what extent the fear affects us.

Alternatively, you may also shift your mind to focus on something which you are comfortable instead of something you are fearful. This tip I had shared with you in my article on my 2nd day in China, where I have my wonderful time in the Oriental Tower, which you may click at the title of the post to refresh yourself.

Please continue to read the article below, extracted from Malaysiakini, for your better understanding of what I had mentioned above.

Have a fruitful day and feel free to forward your comments as provided.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Bersih 2.0 “bersih”ed me! — Lt Col (R) Aw Yong Tian Teck

JULY 12 — As I headed for the LRT station to enter the city on the morning of July 9, I was both fearful and determined — fearful that a “May 13” type violence would erupt, and afraid of being arrested. Yet, I was determined to break this shroud of fear that had gained intensity over the last two weeks from reading the newspapers, watching television and listening to coffeeshop talk.

I nervously joined a predominantly Malay group outside the KTM building. From those whom I glanced at a bit longer, I received courteous smiles. I soon started to join them in shouting “Hidup Rakyat” or “Hidup Bersih” and punching the air as we strolled along. When they shouted calling upon “Allah”, I suddenly became conscious of the present controversy concerning the use of the word by non-Muslims, reducing my voice to a murmur.

As we approached Dataran Merdeka, our path was blocked by the police. We were told to sit down on the road, women and children included. Someone started singing, “Negara ku…” then we all joined in.

Despite my 27 years’ service in the nation’s Armed Forces, I never felt so close to Malaysia, my country as at that moment… then the dreadful bell on the top of the FRU vehicle rang, followed by what sounded like gun shots. They were firing tear gas into the crowd!

Completely unprepared and shocked, I was overcome by the painful and nauseating gas. We scrambled and I managed to move to a corner. A Malay man handed me bits of salt and others shared their water with me. The group retreated towards Dayabumi, and as I joined them, visibly shaken, I was frequently asked, “Uncle OK?” by smiling young Malay lads.

Our march through the Chinatown area was another eye opener. As we passed a Chinese eating shop, the crowd which by then included a number of non-Malays, waved invitingly to the customers asking them to, “Mari sama-sama!” At an Indian stall by the roadside, they crowded to buy water; a far cry from the violent, rioting mob that we were told to expect!

The way to Merdeka Stadium was blocked. As the now enlarged crowd retreated through the Chinatown area, we were again attacked by the FRU with tear gas. We scrambled and finally ended up in front of Puduraya, joining a much larger crowd with more non-Malays present. Once again, the police fired tear gas and shot their water cannon at the crowd.

The crowd then regrouped and headed towards KLCC. It was nearly an hour before the police finally came and did their “thing” again. By then, the “order” to “bersurai” was passed around; the rakyat had done their job!

In all, I spent about five hours marching with a largely predominantly Malay crowd. I was soaked and tear-gassed, but in the end I felt liberated, happy and grateful to God! Never have I seen the Malays so passionate about their cause, yet so gentle and mild-mannered under such trying conditions.

They were nowhere like the racially-incited, hate-ridden, property destroying “kumpulan jahat” that we were told to expect — definitely not in the crowd that I had the privilege to walk with that day!

The non-Malays who were there must be commended equally for their belief and conviction, and for their faith in a mature Malaysian society. The policemen whom I spoke to were surprisingly good-natured in spite of the long hours they had been on duty, some expressing concern for my safety. The order to fire tear gas at fellow Malaysians came from the top.

definitely not in the crowd that I had the privilege to walk with that day!

James Oh

Skype me at james.oh18

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Dear all,

Greetings from Malaysia. This is one positive development after "Bersih" rally in Malaysia that has taken place, which we, at this blog, are so pleased to announce here.

First, one significant interesting point need to be praised is in regards to the manner the rally was held, so peaceful except some unnecessary physical force was used in some instances. This is an eye opener to lots of Malaysian that the myth of the racial riots, which happened in the past is unfounded. Thanks to God and the maturity of the Malaysian public who were involved in the rally and the politeness of the majority of the police force on duty. This indicate well that most Malaysia want to preserve peace for the nation.

The day after the rally, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who led a counter rally to Bersih 2.0's, had called for both groups to hold joint talks over how the country's electoral system could be reformed. Hope this initiative echoes the ruling party's intention to sit down to resolve this long overdue urgent issue to begin a new chapter for Malaysia, which I believe this initiative will be well received by Bersih.

Yesterday, Bersih 2.0 organising chairperson Datuk S. Ambiga revealed that rallies cannot be held at the drop of a hat. If it is held, there must be a good reason behind it. On the other hand, the PM urged the people not to treat the streets demonstration as part of our Malaysian's culture.

In this connection, Ambiga also welcomed Umno Youth's invitation to engage in a televised debate to publicly talk about its demands for electoral reform. In her recent interview with the Star, she in fact welcome all parties to participate in this avenue including Election Commission. She also prescribed that a televised debate was a "very healthy" way to carry forward electoral reform in the country, as one avenue to address this issue. Great idea.

With this latest development, I strongly believe many people especially Malaysia will view it as a positive development to this electoral reform. Let us welcome it with open minds and hearts. Nothing cannot be resolved if all parties come with sincerity.

Before I pen off here, I like you to note another interesting point in regard to the permission given, by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, to the Bar Council's monitoring teams to observe the recent rally. In this regard, we should express our heartfelt thanks to him for acknowledging the council's impartiality in conducting the observation exercise and the professional behavior of the police team.

With this new development, we urge all parties to put the past behind us and move forward to embark a higher level of democracy for Malaysia, which we all love and are proud of.

Thanks and look forward for a better Malaysia,

James Oh

To read other related articles on "Bersih", please click at the title of the post.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Hi! Everyone,

This is just a follow up of my preceding post in regard to the international award won by our Malaysian fellow. To refresh yourself, you may click at the title of the post.

In recent weeks her name was mentioned everywhere, local and international news. By now, this rally on July 9, 2011 made her name even more glorious than before. As such, I believe lots of people would like to know her better. In this connection, I append her profile from Wilkipedia for your reference and information.

From Wikipedia

Ynag Berbahagia Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

24th President of Malaysian Bar Council

In office 2007–2009

Preceded by YEO YANG POH


Chairperson of Bersih 2.0


Assumed office 2011

Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan (born 1956) is a Malaysian lawyer who served as the President of the Malaysian Bar Council from 2007 to 2009. She is a former student of Convent Bukit Nanas and served as the Head Prefect in 1975.


In March 2009, Ambiga became one of the eight recipients of the 2009 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.[1][2] In the ceremony, the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented:

“ Ambiga Sreenevasan, has a remarkable record of accomplishment in Malaysia. She has pursued judicial reform and good governance, she has stood up for religious tolerance, and she has been a resolute advocate of women’s equality and their full political participation. She is someone who is not only working in her own country, but whose influence is felt beyond the borders of Malaysia. And it is a great honour to recognise her and invite her to the podium.[3]

Religious equality

Ambiga Sreenevasan has stood up for religious tolerance and was the lawyer for Lina Joy in her apostasy case. Ambiga has argued that Article 121(1A) of the Constitution of Malaysia does not deprive Muslims from equality and freedom of religion. All Muslim groups accuse her of disputing Syariah law.[4]

Acting in her capacity as President of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga accepted a memorandum on the formation of an inter-faith commission, which also made 14 demands. Ambiga further held a forum on Article 121(1A) concerning syariah law and the rights of Muslims for freedom of religion, despite objections from conservative Muslim groups.[5]

Bersih 2.0 rally

Bersih 2.0, as the organisation has branded itself for the 2011 rally, is chaired by Ambiga Sreenevasan. The group is pushing the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) to ensure free and fair elections in Malaysia. They have demanded that the EC clean up the electoral roll, reform postal voting, use indelible ink, introduce a minimum 21-day campaign period, allow all parties free access to the media and put an end to dirty politics.

Ambiga has summed up the main issues raised by the organisation she leads as "unhappiness... in the Sarawak [election], unhappiness about corruption, [and] unhappiness about the independence of our institutions."[6] She said demands made during the first rally in 2007 have not been addressed, hence the follow-up rally.[7]

The communiqué issued by Bersih issued in 2007 called for reforms to Malaysia's first past the post electoral system, ensuring the independence of the Election Commission (EC), eliminating electoral practices deemed unfair to opposition candidates, eliminating corrupt campaign practices, equal access to the media for all political parties, and instituting a caretaker government during election periods, among others in the long term.[8] It also asked for immediate action to introduce indelible ink to prevent multiple voting, the abolition of postal votes, a complete revision of the electoral roll and equal access to state-owned media for all political parties.[8] A statement on 15 June also called for:[9]

• Automatic voter registration

• Reforms to postal voting

• Use of indelible ink

• Access to the mainstream media for opposition parties

• A minimum campaign period of 21 days

• Independence of institutions

• An end to electoral graft

Bersih's demands have been repeatedly dismissed by the Election Commission (EC), who have sought to tie the organisation to the opposition's agenda.[10] EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar claimed Bersih was working with Pakatan Rakyat to "overthrow the government."[10] In turn, Ambiga has criticised the EC's conduct, asking them to remain independent from politics.[11]

On 23 June 2011, Ambiga received a death threat via text message.[12] She remained defiant, saying "nothing has changed" and the rally will go on.[13]

With this information and update, it makes my proceeding post completed and fulfilled.

Have a fruitful day,

James Oh

Skype me at james.oh18

To read other related articles, please click at the link below:-

Monday, July 11, 2011


Always fascinating as not many of us able to scuba let alone underwater photography . . . !


Magnus Lundgren's lonely diver traversing a cavernous underwater crack in Iceland scooped Best in Show in the 2010 Deep Indonesia competition
A lonely diver traversing a cavernous underwater crack scooped the 2010 Deep Indonesia photography competition. The picture was taken by 45-year-old professional photographer Magnus Lundgren from Sweden as he was guided though the fissure in Thingvellir Lake, Iceland.

'Hitting Sailfish' by Alexander Safonov - a sailfish attacking schooling fish in Port St Johns, South Africa
"Hitting Sailfish" by Alexander Safonov - a sailfish attacking schooling fish in Port St Johns, South Africa

'Multitude' by Acevedo Eduardo - schooling catfish in Indonesia
"Multitude" by Acevedo Eduardo - schooling catfish in Indonesia

Sand Tiger shark in a school of fish in North Carolina, by Jeremy Kozman
Sand Tiger shark in a school of fish in North Carolina, by Jeremy Kozman

Lion fish with schooling glassfish in Red Sea, Egypt, by Amir Stern
Lion fish with schooling glassfish in Red Sea, Egypt, by Amir Stern

'Reflection' by Yigal Aharoni - lion fish in Red Sea, Egypt
"Reflection" by Yigal Aharoni - lion fish in Red Sea, Egypt

Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, by Francesco De Marchi
Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, by Francesco De Marchi

'Women profile' by Adriano Morettin - soft coral and schooling bait fish under a pier in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
"Women profile" by Adriano Morettin - soft coral and schooling bait fish under a pier in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

'The boss and the gang' by Tamas Szabo - a lemon shark with pilot fish in Red Sea, Egypt
"The boss and the gang" by Tamas Szabo - a lemon shark with pilot fish in Red Sea, Egypt

'Schooling Jacks' by Maria Rivarola - a diver and schooling jackfish in Indonesia
"Schooling Jacks" by Maria Rivarola - a diver and schooling jackfish in Indonesia

'Blue Eyes' by Michael McEvoy - a moray eel in Indonesia
"Blue Eyes" by Michael McEvoy - a moray eel in Indonesia

A cowshark in Cape Town, South Africa, by Dennis Vandermeersch
A cowshark in Cape Town, South Africa, by Dennis Vandermeersch

'Untitled' by Jose Alejandro Alvarez - sweetlips in unspecified location
"Untitled" by Jose Alejandro Alvarez - sweetlips in unspecified location


'Untitled' by Jose Alejandro Alvarez - sweetlips in unspecified location