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The (purposely) forgotten hero reintroduced

17 Aug

His name is Ibrahim Datuk Tan Malaka and a small book he wrote in 1920s about the independence for Indonesia sparked the revolutionary mindsets on many youngs to fight for freedom of the nation. The youngs include the forefathers Sukarno and M. Hatta.

He spent all his life to gain the independence for the nation but was excluded from being part of it at the crucial moments leading to the proclamation of the Declaration for Independence on August 17, 1945. Continue reading

Indonesia’s mindset on its 63rd Independence Day

17 Aug

Indonesia goes through its 63rd birthday and it was marked with a bad sign.

The highlight of today is perhaps an accident at the flag ceremony at the Presidential Palace, when the master of the ceremony found the knife at the tip of his rifle fell off to the ground.

Speculations have arise around it. Some say it is a bad ‘sign’ for the country. Another dismissed this view as superstition. But one thing for sure, the commander was lack of discipline to check his weapon and the lack of willingness to have a perfect ceremony. Continue reading

come out to light

9 Aug

As I am researching about immigrants in the UK, I found one thing that was rather difficult to comprehend: Everyone is willing to talk to me, except the Chinese groups. The EU high commissioner was on holiday but quick to reply to ask me to schedule an slot with his PA, a professor at the university was really helpful, a Chinese researcher told me his phone number, another Chinese writer did the same.

Trying to reach the Chinese support groups, I found out that it was almost so much tougher. They either missed the appointment time, said they were very busy or just told me a plain “No. I cant help you.” Even the free legal helpline for Chinese migrant, during phone-in time, was too busy to accept my request for a 10-minute chat on how they are helping the migrants. The officer told me, “Just send in your questions and let’s see who will reply you.” My plea for a possible name I can contact was plainly declined as well. It has been a week and I don’t think there is much hope for any reply. Continue reading

Stop complaining about Indonesia

8 Jun

“If you want to complain about Indonesia, the list will go and on,” my friend told me, signalling me to stop. I was telling her the new light into our own history and why things work as what they are now, that there are few rich and powerful people determining how millions of people should live. She was bored and annoyed.

“What’s the use of knowing. Nothing will ever change,” she said.

Indonesians are famous for its acceptance of fate. When people have an accident and break their leg, they said, “Thank goodness it’s only my leg. I still have my life.” Continue reading

Critical thinking 5

1 Jun


I wonder if Winnie the pooh is really story for children.
The intended meaning seems to target the mind of adults.

In this example, Winnie the pooh story is an example of fallacy in argument – begging the question.

Begging the question means the premisses presuppose the truth of the conclusion. 
In this case, Winnie the pooh draws a map based on his own imagination and then claims that the treasure is buried when he thinks it is buried. He presuppose that his imagination will lead to the truth. Even if he does find the treasure, it will be based on pure good luck. There is no logical strength in the argument.

 It’s a widely used fallacious argument.

New rulers of the world

31 May


The new rulers of the world is written by John Pilger, a very good journalist with very good investigative skills. It is published in 2002. It tells the human’s stories and what, why and by who the real stories are written. The stories that we should know but often being denied from knowing, especially for people who come from countries with less freedom of speech.

I can personally relate to the book because of the particular chapter on Indonesia. It is about why Indonesia is what it is now and about the 1965 revolution. I somewhat know what is happening but not completely understand it. The chapter made me shiver. I learned more about the powers that are working in the country and understand why things have gone the way they are – the motivation. It also made me see how much power and money can do.

Only now I understand why people say that we need to know the history to understand the present. And history can repeat itself – again and again and again – until something is done. The story of Indonesia is being repeated in many other countries and now even in Iraq. The greatest prize of south east Asia set a precedence for more bloody occurances in other countries.

Pilger really knows his stuff before each interview and churn out data off his head, rebuked his interviewees’ attempts to misinformed him, at times using their own data.

I think this book is a must read and very reasonably priced.