Monday, April 26, 2010

About Ponggal

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Ponggal is a harvest festival widely celebrated by Tamils and other Indians.

Ponggal coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India.

Ponggal in Tamil means "boiling over." The boiling over of milk in the clay pot symbolises material abundance for the family.

The festival occurs between January 13 and 15, from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the month of Thai.

It marks the sun’s northward shift.

The day preceding Ponggal in Tamil Nadu is Bhogi. It is a day to discard old materials and repaint one’s house.

On Ponggal, families boil rice with milk, brown sugar, cashew nuts and raisins.

Telugus, Orissans, Bengalis, Punjabis, Marathis and Gujaratis call the festival Sankranthi. Gujaratis also call it Uttarayana and Punjabis also call it Lohri.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

About Banting (Kuala Langat)

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Banting is one of Selangor's major towns. It is situated in the south-west of Selangor and is the district capital of Kuala Langat.

Banting is famous for its seafood, homestay programmes for tourists, the National Space Centre in its suburb Kancong Darat, the Teluk Panglima Garang Free Trade Zone, historical suburbs Jenjarom, Jugra and Teluk Datuk, seaside suburbs Morib and Tanjung Sepat, and Carey Island (Pulau Si Alang) which is the home of the Mahmeri Senoi Aborigines.

Jenjarom is famous for its Dong Zen Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple.

Jugra houses a mausoleum of Selangor royalty and two old palaces of the Sultan namely Istana Bandar (Town Palace) and Istana Jugra (Jugra Palace).

It also houses the Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah Mosque.

Morib was one of the first landing points of the British when they recaptured Malaya from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Teluk Datuk houses a British era post office.

Carey Island is a delta island at the mouth of the Langat River. It has oil palm plantations and villages of the Mahmeri Senoi people.

Famous Malaysians from Banting include the 'badminton royalty' the Sidek Brothers, former Cabinet Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Salleh, former Selangor Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hormat Rafei and his son, rock singer and guitarist Din Hormat of Estranged, television personality Rina Omar, award-winning actor Rosyam Nor, travel journalist Zalina Mohamad Som and businessman Mark Ganesan.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

First Kadazan Consul-General In Canton

Thanks a million, Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).

Francisco Munis, 39, has been appointed Malaysia's Consul-General in Canton (Guangzhou), China, the first Sabahan diplomat to head a Malaysian mission overseas.

Previously, he served as assistant secretary at the Foreign Ministry's protocol department before being posted in 2001 to the Malaysian Embassy in Mexico as first secretary.

Upon his return in 2006, he served at the Information and Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry as Director of Research and Documentation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Loughborough University, the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sabah’s 20 Point Agreement

1. No state religion in Sabah. Changed by third Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun in 1973.
2. English is second official language of Sabah. Still is.
3. The Malaysian Constitution should not be the same as the Malayan Constitution. It is not.
4. The Sabah Governor should not be eligible for Kingship. He is not.
5. The federation is called Malaysia. It is.
6. Immigration is controlled by Sabah. It is.
7. Sabah has no right to leave Malaysia. It does not.
8. There should be Sabahan-isation of the civil service in Sabah. There has been.
9. British officers should remain in the civil service until such time that Malaysians can take over their duties. They did.
10. Sabahans born in Sabah after Malaysia’s formation should automatically be Malaysian citizens. They are.
11. Sabah should retain control over its finance. It does.
12. Indigenous Sabahans should enjoy the same special rights as Malays in Peninsular Malaysia. They do.
13. Sabah Chief Minister should be elected by the State Legislative Assembly. He is.
14. Sabah should have a proper Ministerial system and State Legislative Assembly. It has.
15. Sabah should have its own education system. Abrogated by third Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun in 1973.
16. Kuala Lumpur cannot withdraw special safeguards granted to Sabah without the approval of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly. It cannot.
17. Sabah’s representation in the Federal Parliament should be larger than any Peninsular Malaysian state. It is.
18. Sabah’s Governor is titled Yang Dipertua Negeri. He is.
19. Sabah’s official name is just Sabah. It is.
20. Land and Local Government should be fully governed by Sabah laws. They are.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Candle In The Wind (For Din)

(Original by Sir Elton John)

Goodbye funny friend
May you ever stay in our hearts
You made us laugh at ourselves
You brought us cheer when we were crying

In a world of madness
Your sense of humour
Was the mark of sanity
The pillar of unity
1 Malaysia that set us free

And it seems to me
You lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never riding off in the sunset
Or when rain set in
And your laughter will always
Be heard amongst
Malaysia's rolling hills
Your candle's burnt out
Long before your
Legend ever will