Friday, July 29, 2011

I dream of Cormorants

One morning, before I woke, I dreamt of a flock of cormorants, which was entangled in a net, flying by and then perching on a tree. I told a friend who was on the phone with me and explained to her what a cormorant was. I got help from some old friends and we headed for the tree but no one did anything. Everyone was waiting for everyone else. When I asked why nothing was done, someone said they were waiting for another friend. Another person told me they couldn't find the right scissors to cut the net. I got a little frustrated of waiting and the excuses and started to walk to the birds to free them myself. And then I woke.





This is a cormorant.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Urbanscapes within spools

 And so the spool...


Into the night...
That grew out of love...


And into this sight...


The Tree of Life...

Look ... our hands ... such sheer delight...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Goodbye Abroko

19 May 1974 - 14 July 2011
 
 
The first time I met him I couldn't get his name right until someone spelled it our for me. I knew him as Abroko but I later learned that he was also Avroco. I thought his name was unique and his character was far from anyone I knew. His soft spoken personality amazed me since I knew he was quite the rocker and punk. And for the times he made me laugh with his silly antics, I am grateful to have known someone so special. Have a wonderful after life the way you know how and thanks for being a part of the artistic circle of life.

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Press Statement by Doctors on tear gas and chemical laced water were shot into the compounds of Tung Shin and Chinese Maternity

by BERSIH 2.0 [OFFICIAL] on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:46pm
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

We, the undersigned  doctors, wish not to enter into the polemics of the Bersih 2.0 march on 9th July 2011 but would like to clarify the inconvenient truth.

We are outraged at the incidents, and the subsequent responses  from the authorities, to the events where tear gas and chemical laced water were shot into the compounds of Tung Shin and Chinese Maternity Hospitals, two adjacent buildings along Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, with scant regard  for the safety of patients, staff and the general public who were at the buildings  that afternoon.

Hospitals  are considered  as safe sanctuaries for all, even during war times, but these consecrated places of refuge and protection were violated by the defence forces that afternoon.  Police even entered the buildings in search of some of these peaceful marchers.  What was most frightening and witnessed by many  was the unprovoked violent assault within the hospital compounds and apprehension of several protesters who had merely run into the hospitals to seek shelter from the tear gas and the water cannons!

It is repulsive that the authorities entrusted with policing the nation and protecting the weak and needy, have shamelessly denied publicly, the occurrence  of these incidents  IN SPITE of countless photo/video and eye witness accounts of what was evident to all independent observers.

A few of the undersigned were actually visiting or working in the hospitals concerned at the time of the events and will gladly provide sworn affidavits, if required, as to veracity of the incidents

The Malaysian public expect holders of high public office to honour their positions accorded by the citizens, by discharging their duties with moral integrity, dignity  and transparency.

Their failure to do so raises the public's  doubts in their competence and credibilty as much as it demeans those high offices.



Dr Ng Kwee Boon - Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Datin Dr Low Paik See - Consultant Paediatrician
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin - Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist
Dr Mazeni Alwi - Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist
Dr David Quek - Consultant Cardiologist
Dr Sheikh Johari Bux - Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Steve Wong - Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa - Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr Ng Swee Choon - Consultant Cardiologist

Sunday, July 10, 2011

There was a 'Bersih' event and the fan fell on me...

Yesterday was the first day of my art exhibition. It was really hot under the tent and I was restless. So I got up to walk around as much as I could to keep from drowning in my own perspiration. Since my next door neighbor was the watercolor society and a master was at work I decided to mosey over yonder to get a glimpse of an artists at work. Just as I stepped inside the tent I felt something hitting me really hard on my left shoulder and I wondered if there someone actually did that like an old friend doing the friendship whack on the back.

Everyone around gazed at me as though I was some kind of a sideshow attraction when I realized they were stunned and shocked out of their system at an incident which could have been worse than a scratch on my shoulder. This guy kept asking me if I was okay and his ashen face was enough to tell me what he must have seen. After a moment of shock myself I piece the entire thing together upon seeing the fan on the floor just inches away from me. I still didn't make much fuss about it but the people wanted to really make sure I was okay. I looked for signs and felt a little stinging on the shoulder and found a superficial scrap on my left calf. Other than that I was unharmed. What a thing to remember on my first art exhibition. The organizers were so afraid of what could have happened to me that they kept appologizing every chance they get. One even suggested I could have been beheaded by this freak accident but it gave me only more ideas for a horror story.



I was also thinking very much about the Bersih 2.0 rally happening simultaneously within the city limits while I was feeling hot and restless with loud music blaring throughout the flower fest. I couldn't help but wonder if my friends were there and if they were okay. If everything was under control or everything was chaotic and frightening. I kept asking for divine intevention or was it alien intervention to help ease the people's march for a cause they believe in. I don't know what the future holds now but I know it can be good ... only if everyone wants it to be.



 



Strip me: In honor of the forgotten

This song is just so appropriate after yesterday's event.
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/169444
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/169480
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnhDIGTldho

Strip Me - Natasha Beddingfield

La-la-la-la-la la
lala la la-la la lala
[repeat]

Everyday I fight for all my future somethings
A thousand little wars I have to choose between
I could spend a lifetime earning things I don't need
That's like chasing rainbows and coming home empty

And if you strip me, strip it all away
If you strip me, what would you find
If you strip me, strip it all away
I'll be alright

Take what you want steal my pride
Build me up or cut me down to size
Shut me out but I'll just scream
I'm only one voice in a million
But you ain't taking that from me (oh ooh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that!

I don't need a microphone yeah
To say what I've been thinking
My heart is like a loudspeaker
That's always on eleven

And if you strip me, strip it all away
If you strip me, what would you find
If you strip me, strip it all away
I'm still the same

Take what you want steal my pride
Build me up or cut me down to size
Shut me out but I'll just scream
I'm only one voice in a million
But you ain't taking that from me (oh ooh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that!

Cause when it all boils down at the end of the day
It's what you do and say that makes you who you are
Makes you think about, think about it doesn't it
Sometimes all it takes is one voice

Take what you want steal my pride
Build me up or cut me down to size
Shut me out but I'll just scream
I'm only one voice in a million
But you ain't taking that from me (oh ooh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that from me (oh oh)
You ain't taking that!
[repeat]

Monday, July 4, 2011

Let my people go

In this age and time,
In this era of the undermined,
Let my people go!

In this dreadful war of losses,
In this oppressive tiny clauses,
Let my people go!

In your heart of hearts,
In your mindful crafts,
Let my people go!

In the silent surrender,
In the warmth asunder,
Let my people go!

In the darkest night for the frighten child,
In the brightest day of lucid days gone wild,
If you would not let my people go without reservation
Would you at least let yourself be love, be compassion?

A Floral Choral & Spring Cleaning





Counting down to Saturday July 9th, 2011. What are the odds that it's occurring simultaneously with one of the biggest events on the other side of town known as Bersih 2.0?

Even the King himself has stepped in.

I am following closely the developments of the proposed gathering and procession by Bersih with the aim of handing over a memorandum to me as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and how the government, particularly the agencies and departments concerned, is handling the issue.

"However, I believe that the nation's leadership under Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak is capable of handling this problem in the best possible way.


"I urge that amid the political fervour of a section of the people to bolster democracy in our country, it must also be ensured that this demand on democracy does not bring destruction to the country.
"Generally, we cannot be following too much the practices in other countries, as harmony and stability are vital foundations for a country and which all quarters must protect.


"I also urge the government to carry out everything that is entrusted to it by the people in a just and wise manner, and it is important that I as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong do not want to see this country with a plural society in a situation where there is animosity among them or a section of the people being enemies with the government, on whatever grounds.


"When any problem arises, we as a civilised society must resolve it through consultations and not follow our emotions, as the Malay saying goes, "Yang Dikejar Tak Dapat Yang Dikendong Berciciran (Not getting what we chaste after and spilling what we carry).


"The fact is, street demonstrations bring more bad than good although the original intention is good. Instead, we should focus on our main objective to develop this country, and not create problems that will cause the country to lag behind.


"Remember that there is no land where the rain does not fall, there is no ocean that is not turbulent. That is how important moderation and compromise is, which has been long been in practice by our nation's administration."




Long live the King and may flowers be our power.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=15170%3Aking-steps-in-orders-najib-to-discuss-with-bersih&Itemid=2


http://bersih.org/

http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110704-0000172/Bersih-2,0-is-Najibs-biggest-challenge

http://www.thenutgraph.com/bersih-2-0-%E2%80%9Cillegal%E2%80%9D-chaos-causing-%E2%80%9Ccommunists%E2%80%9D/