察言觀色 (東方日報 25 Jul 2008)

察言觀色
這星期與朋友茶敘,席上有一位我們剛認識不久的Sophia,完全不需言語對話來旁敲側擊,就可以「察言觀色」,往往一擊即中。我和其他友人十分好奇,於是輪流讓她以「有色」眼光來探索每一人的顏色。
我的顏色是白色偏黃,代表我目前像一張白紙那樣,正在聽取各方建言,偏黃則代表我最近想要擁有更活躍的生活。最近桃花不斷的Joey,只是靜靜坐在那裡,馬上就被她識穿秘密:「妳的顏色是粉紅色,怎樣?白馬王子出現了吧?」Joey滿臉通紅,微笑默認。其餘在座的友人,皆一一被她講中,座上一片嘖嘖稱奇,紛紛追問她如何做到。Sophia說,「察言觀色」是一門人人都可以做到的功夫,只是看這能力有無被開發而已。此話一出,眾人紛紛探問個中秘笈,Sophia不知該從何說起。 Continue reading “察言觀色 (東方日報 25 Jul 2008)”

瑪拉向英國學習 (南洋商報 21 Aug 2008)

天窗亮話:瑪拉向英國學習 2008/08/20 18:14:49●姚文傑

雪州大臣卡立提議瑪拉工藝大學開放10%名額給非土著以提升土著競爭力之後,瑪拉學生靜坐示威抗議,校長抨擊卡立此番言論侮辱馬來人云云,我不禁慨歎:原來我們從小學英文,卻一點也沒有學到英國人的智慧。

倫敦金融中心改革成功
香港精電國際執行董事蔡東豪曾在一個電視節目上說過,以前的倫敦證券交易所做生意講究身份地位,股市交易員是哪一所大學畢業比個人專業還來得更重要,而且還有最低傭金制,抗拒外國人才,服務怠慢,各大金融機構無不怨聲載道。1986年,鐵娘子首相戴卓爾夫人主導的保守黨政府決定大刀闊斧改革英國金融界,展開了大改革。在這新政策之下,倫敦金融中心開始重用各國金融人才,不斷改善金融服務,以吸引更多跨國企業前往倫敦上市集資或設立總部,結果倫敦股市風生水起,發展成今天名副其實的世界金融中心。 Continue reading “瑪拉向英國學習 (南洋商報 21 Aug 2008)”

拋諸腦後 (南洋商報 15 Aug 2008)

輕彈淺唱:拋諸腦後 2008/08/14 17:58:38
●姚文傑

全國高等教育文憑狀元江韻兒因課外活動分數較低而無法到馬大就讀醫學系,卻被大名鼎鼎的新加坡國立大學和香港大學醫學系錄取,再一次證明我國制度之荒謬。

高等教育部副部長何國忠博士針對此事說明了兩個重點。一、我國升大學的計分制度之所以如此,是因爲不想栽培只會讀書不參與課外活動的書呆子;二、即使是劍橋牛津,也不是完全以學術成績來錄取學生。何副部長以上兩點都沒錯,錯就錯在實行的漏洞。 Continue reading “拋諸腦後 (南洋商報 15 Aug 2008)”

Watching Taiwan’s election (Taipei Times 26 Mar 2008)

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008, Page 8

Kudos to Taiwan’s democratic system, which showed the world the essence of democracy in its 12th presidential election. I am glad that candidates of both sides were able to humbly accept the outcome of the election. I see this election as a victory for the Taiwanese people and the democratic system of this wonderful island, rather than seeing it as a zero sum political battle between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
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Report those using govt resources in campaign: DAP (Malaysiakini 14 Feb 2008)

Yeow Boon Kiat | Feb 14, 08 5:36pm

DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang has urged voters to lodge a police report if they find any candidate utilising government resources in their election campaign.

“Whenever you see the prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers or deputy ministers arrive in government vehicles or using government funds to campaign, lodge a police report immediately and call the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate”, he told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
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The Umno Factor in Penang Politics (Malaysiakini 5 Feb 2008)

Yeow Boon Kiat | Feb 5, 08 12:46pm

Umno is to be blamed for the present downturn in economy in Penang, charged DAP’s national E-campaign director and popular blogger Jeff Ooi.

He added that Umno’s hands were seen in many of the policy initiatives that have to come from the federal level to the state.

Ooi said that although the Penang state government led by Gerakan may have many economic plans to implement, but the foreign direct investment (FDI) flowing into the state was still being filtered by the powerful Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office.
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民進黨慘敗顯示水能載舟覆舟 臺灣選民教訓陳水扁成爲典範 (Malaysiakini 24 Jan 2008)

姚文傑 | 1月24日 晚上9點55分

民進黨在最近的臺灣立委選舉中蒙受前所未有的慘敗,在總共的一百一十三個席次中,國民黨勝得八十一席,民進黨只贏得二十七席,取不到三分一的議席。民進黨主席陳水扁也爲敗選負責,請辭黨主席,並由民進黨總統候選人謝長廷接任。
兩名留臺人兼時事評論員謝錫福及羅志昌對這次臺灣的選舉分別給予高度的評價。謝錫福認爲這次選舉推翻了過去一般人認爲臺灣民主制度很混亂的印象,也讓臺灣可以成爲民主發展典範。
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News reports during internship at online daily Malaysiakini

Date & Title
Jan 21 All mum on hush-hush BN Supreme Council meet
Jan 28 DAP targets Internet for polls campaigning
Jan 30 DAP raps ‘hostile’ PKR members
Feb 1 NGO activists join DAP
Feb 5 The Umno factor in Penang politics Video here
Feb 6 Reducing crime rate – PM’s top priority
Feb 13 Did the King really approve the dissolution?
Feb 14 Report those using govt resources in campaign: DAP
Feb 16 No more politics, UM students warned
Feb 18 Spunky graduates to take on Goliaths
Feb 19 Question for parties – hey, remember us?

Date & Title
Jan 22 阿都拉:2004年是特例 承認國陣來屆大選難大勝
Jan 24 民進黨慘敗顯示水能載舟覆舟 台灣選民教訓陳水扁成為典範
Jan 25 國際透明促把議員劣迹放上網 光束計畫調查候選人政治獻金
Jan 28 行動黨推介「罪案之城」 主打第一波網絡競選廣告
Jan 30 創設公共演說部招攬辯才入黨 行動黨抗衡馬華明星主播效應
Feb 5 百物騰漲壓力年貨市場淡靜 商家咸认鼠年氣氛比往年差
Feb 11 參與大專生黨集會受對付 四馬大生面對聽證會審訊

Rallies: Taipei versus KL (Malaysiakini 2 Jan 2008)

Rallies: Taipei versus KL
Phang Ee Leong and Yeow Boon Kiat | Jan 2, 08 1:41pm

While a group of lawyers rallying to fight for freedom of assembly at Kuala Lumpur on Dec 9, Taipei—the capital city of Taiwan, on the other hand, had another rally going on as migrant workers from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines went on streets to plead for the rights to enjoy off days.

Taiwan has more than 360,000 migrant workers, including 160,000 domestic helpers; all of them are not protected under the Taiwanese labour law.
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臺北的遊行 vs 吉隆坡的遊行 (Malaysiakini 24 Dec 2007)

臺北的遊行vs吉隆坡的遊行
特約評論 | 12月24日 下午4點49分

作者:房怡諒、姚文傑
(注:房怡諒为世新大學社會發展所的學生)

12月9日(週六),當馬來西亞首都吉隆玻一群律師浩浩蕩蕩舉行進行著爭取「集會自由與人權」的遊行時,遠在千里之外的臺灣首府臺北市同時也有一場遊行活動在進行,那是來自印尼、泰國、越南、菲律賓等東南亞籍外勞爭取休假的大遊行。
臺灣有36萬多的外籍勞工,其中16萬是家庭幫傭,由於外勞不在臺灣勞工法的保護範圍,因爲外勞的勞動條件不受法令保障,連基本的休假權利也沒有,因此常有傳出有人三年內得不到一天的休息,而這個由臺灣國際勞工協會所發動的遊行,其訴求是呼籲臺灣政府重視基本工權、基本人權,讓家庭類勞工也擁有勞動權益保障,得以休息、放假。 Continue reading “臺北的遊行 vs 吉隆坡的遊行 (Malaysiakini 24 Dec 2007)”