Thursday, October 21, 2010

Say 'NO' to Otherisation

A recent individual assignment on Language & Intercultural Communication.

Otherisation deals with a major hindrance to communication in the way in which we over-generalize, stereotype and reduce the people we communicate with to something different or less than they are. (Holliday et al., 2004)

my piece of work

Someone needs to try and say "NO!". If not, this just wont end.

So are you saying "NO!"?

Monday, October 18, 2010

To be in Malaysian University (the ugly and stinky side!)

Yes, this is an ugly side of Malaysian University!! Particularly Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. I'm not sure with the situation in other universities though.

Why? Read the below excerpt of a letter:


Dimaklumkan bahawa Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi telah meminta semua universiti
mempertimbangkan cuti tambahan hari Deepavali dan menjadualkan semula tarikh
peperiksaan akhir Semester I Sesi Akademik 2010-2011 bagi menghormati perayaan
tersebut. Setelah berbincang dengan Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia, pihak Pengurusan Universiti telah bersetuju cuti tambahan sempena hari
Deepavali dilanjutkan seperti berikut:

Tarikh asal : 4 – 7 November 2010
Tarikh baru : 3 – 8 November 2010

Sehubungan dengan itu, semua pelajar yang terlibat dengan peperiksaan pada 3 dan 8
November 2010 diminta mengambil Kad Masuk dan Jadual Peperiksaan (KMJP) yang
baru di Pejabat Dekan Fakulti masing-masing mulai 19 Oktober 2010.

Segala kesulitan sangat dikesali.

Sekian dimaklumkan, terima kasih.

It's only a week a way from exam, and they are making such changes!!

Ya, it's good to respect the celebration of Deepavali and all, i have nothing against this at all. In fact, every year, it's only Raya and Chinese New Year have the most attention on holidays and all. But what's with the last minute changes? Did they just realised in this moment that universities should respect the celebration of Deepavali? They should have known this earlier and save up all this problematic and last minute changes!

The changes of exam dates is affected as well. And they are changing some of the dates to 31st October, which happens to be on a Sunday. So much talking done on being respectful? Why do they have to replace exams on a Sunday, which is a day where most Christians meet up in church for worship and sermons (some churches meet on Saturday)? I remember hearing people having exams on Sundays in the previous semesters. This is crazy. The Muslims have to perform their Friday Prayer in mosque every Friday afternoon, hence lectures and exams wont fall on that time. So, it's okay to interrupt the worship and sermon of Christians huh?

Noticed in the letter, it was the Ministry of Higher Education who asked universities to consider having additional holidays for Deepavali and reschedule the exam schedule. If you think carefully enough, you'll realised that this has got to do with some political issues.

Again, this shouldn't be happening if there's proper and careful plannings by the Ministry of Higher Education and the universities. This has once again clearly proven that we Malaysian, are still way far from achieving the dream of 1Malaysia or Wawasan 2020 or whatsoever that we are dreaming about. If this doesnt change, well, it'll forever be a dream only!

This is not the Malaysia i'm expecting in future.. *let us pray earnestly for a better Malaysia*

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sharings from the graveyard

This has got nothing to do with creepy or death stuff.

My family and I went over to visit the graveyard of my grandparents(dad's side) and aunt in Klang. We also visited my granduncle's graveyard, who happened to be a Christian.

And this is a little something i saw at my granduncle's graveyard, and i thought it's worth sharing here in blog:

Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy.

From Thy gracious throne above;

thanks for every need provided,

from the fullness of Thy love!

Thanks for daily toil and labour,

and for rest when shadows fall;

thanks for love of friend and neighbour,

and Thy goodness unto all!

Thanks for thorns as well as roses,

thanks for weakness and for health;

thanks for clouds as well as sunshine,

thanks for poverty and wealth!

Thanks for pain as well as pleasure,

all Thou sendest day by day;

and Thy word, our dearest treasure.

Shedding light upon our way.

Thanks, O God, for home and fire-side,

where we share our daily bread;

thanks for hours of sweet communion,

when by Thee our souls are fed!

Thanks for grace in time of sorrow.

And for joy and peace in Thee;

thanks for hope today, tomorrow,

and for all eternity!

From the passage above, "thanks" was mentioned so many times! And if you realised, it's associated with the good things, bad things, big things and small things in life..

The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Hence, let us live out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in our life, for Hope is here with us today, tomorrow and for all eternity.

(granduncle's graveyard's entrance)