ENG to CH Translation: The yellow wave and its durian effect 黃潮和其榴槤效應 (Malaysiakini 12 Nov 2007)

The yellow wave and its durian effect
Azly Rahman
Malaysiakini Nov 12, 07

“Bersih, Cekap, Amanah” – old political slogan

“Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” – new political slogan

“B.e.r.s.i.h” – slogan to get from the new slogan to the old.

I quote the first few paragraphs of the 1776 American Declaration of Independence:

“… When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. …
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其實我也是 Pilot & Skipper

話說2003年9月13日下午兩點三十分
我搭中華航空飛往臺北
臨別依依 我對送別的親友 說:
「你們可知道?其實我也是pilot 飛機師。」
家人大喜 歡呼說道:
「嘩!我們家出了一個飛機師耶!」
朋友亦喜上眉梢 問道:
「哇!文傑是飛機師耶,下次搭飛機要給我們折扣啊!!」
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Deal with the rot, not the tape 亟需糾正的腐化司法制度 (Malaysiakini 9 Oct 2007)

Deal with the rot, not the tape
M Bakri Musa
www.malaysiakini.com Sep 28, 07 11:41am
If Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz has any sense of personal honour and professional integrity left, he should resign immediately. If Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has even the slightest responsibility for leadership and moral duty to the citizens, he should not extend the Chief Justice’s contract, due to expire this October. If the Malaysian Bar Council has any credible principle of societal obligation and self-policing ethics of a profession, it would disbar the lawyer making that phone call shown in the infamous video clip exposed by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.
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The Outer Space Travel 2007 太空漫遊2007

Can I buy the best telescope by using RM 31
To see the poor schools all the way from the outer space
To see the children, who, can’t afford to study
To see the patients, who, are suffering because of lack of $$$, to see the doctors
To see the old folks, who, are lonely and homeless
To see the nation’s poverty, starvation, struggle, and hopelessness,
After, paying RM 31
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Feeling Empty by Guest Writer Jasmine Yi-Hua Bonn

You wake up in the morning and the sun is shining into your room, making you smile and let you feel happy. It seems like life couldn’t be better and you step forward to conquer life and your aims. You want to have the life you dreamed of, you want to be successful to satisfy your own expectations. In the evening you come back home after reading dozens of books, after studied dozens of books, after finishing your work, after meeting a few people who bore you anyway.
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星期六 Saturdays

我繼續再硬朗 抵擋不屑的眼光
想找廣闊的遠方 和她飛往
—黃貫中〈香港晚安)

星期六,一個我很常被非常強烈的孤獨感襲擊的日子,當然,2007年的9月29日也不會放過我。平常在週一至週五,我很享受工作—課業、寫作、翻譯、看書、運動,沒有想要停下來的一刻,只想一直完成我想要做的事情。但到了星期六,我整個人就懶散了,很想把自己放空什麼事情都不管,只管休假。
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告別虛偽 請將手放開 不要回來

1997年,那天真爛漫的年代,存了一點錢,騎著腳踏車到唱片行買Beyond最新廣東大碟《請將手放開》。當時的我,並不太瞭解收錄在這專輯裡的歌曲的含意。我一直懵懵懂懂地聽了好多年,一直到2005年2月,我來臺灣升學之後第一次回到馬來西亞的老家,我像以前一樣早上醒來開音響聽搖滾樂驅走睡意。當時家人都外出工作、上課去了,空蕩蕩的家裡,就只剩下我和《請將手放開》,我才慢慢瞭解當中的意義。

《請將手放開》專輯是一個故事,不只是Beyond繼1996年Live & Basic演唱會之後,以三人姿態繼續搖滾的故事,《請將手放開》也是在講著香港的故事,一個港英時代即將結束的大時代。 Continue reading “告別虛偽 請將手放開 不要回來”

眼神的暴力

上週看到《中國時報》的〈18分 有那麼好笑嗎?〉一文,思緒良多。其實在臺灣,輿論暴力又何止18分的暴力?我是來臺升學數年的馬來西亞僑生,對臺灣教育現狀有些愚見,我知道自己無權批評,我但求爲不會考試、不想被逼著上研究所的臺灣朋友講幾句話。

臺灣高等教育普及,大學生隨處可見,碩士生人數亦節節上升,「萬般皆下品,唯有讀書高」的傳統觀念,可見一斑。記得剛上大學時,教授、學長姐都在宣揚「上研究所才有競爭力」的觀念,我在懵懵懂懂的情況之下也覺得「我要上研究所,才會有競爭力」。但是當我慢慢深入瞭解之後,我發現很多臺灣朋友不是爲了做學問而上研究所,而是爲了畢業後的起薪可以多幾千元新臺幣,甚至是爲了逃避現實之後,我就知道「上研究所,才有競爭力」是一個迷思。之後每當別人詢問我是否要報考研究所時,我一定回答:「不了,謝謝。」結果很多學長姐就會一臉迷惑地看著我說:「你不想唸了?拿著大學學位很沒有競爭力耶!」又是「有競爭力」的標籤。考不上研究所的學長姐,被教授追問時,總會覺得不好意思,老是被教授關懷一番:「喔,那你/妳要加油啊!某某同學已經考上某某研究所了,他/她真的很優秀。」又來一個「很優秀」的標籤。
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