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why isn’t today a holiday?

by lostasylum | September 16th, 2009 

I still remember learning history in my secondary school days… we would learn about August 31 1957 and the events that led up to that history day where Tunku Abdul Rahman led the legendary cry of freedom “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” for the liberated Malaya.

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!

However, the part that always perplexed me was how come there was much less fanfare when it came to the formation of Malaysia, or Gagasan Malaysia as it was known then. The history books always tell us about how the birth of this country called Malaysia would help quell the threat of the communists and how it would make Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak more stable and noticed in the South East Asia region. But they don’t celebrate the birth of this new nation called Malaysia on 16th September 1963.

So here’s the question I’ve been asking myself since I read about these two events in the history books. If 31 August is declared a public holiday because Malaya achieved independence, how is it that the birth of a new country called Malaysia isn’t a public holiday for all its citizens? This is the reason why our friends in Sabah and Sarawak do not share in our zeal for 31 August. The independence of Malaya had nothing to do with Sabah and Sarawak!! It is Malaysia Day that we can all celebrate together.

Here’s the blatant© question of the day: So, how come today isn’t a public holiday? Go figure.

To all my fellow Malaysians, whether you stay in West or East Malaysia, please accept our sincere wishes:

Happy Malaysia Day!

Regards,
Colin blatant©




you could be a hero.

by lostasylum | September 3rd, 2009 

For many of us, we were born in a time where heroes have only existed in comic books, movies or in television series. We’ve somehow bought into this fallacy that the only people who can make a change are those who have super powers or those who a large enough group. Try to do anything outside of that, and it would be an exercise in futility.

But we are here to say that heroes are not mythical beings who do not exist in our real world. Heroes are those who are willing to stand up for what they believe in, people who will not tolerate injustice or discrimination, EVEN if they are the only ones willing to stand up for it. Even if one person would stand up when everyone else would shy away, ONE IS BETTER THAN NONE.

People like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, William Wilberforce, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Martin Luther King Jr were all heroes who all realised that one person speaking up is better than no one saying anything.

Our latest design is based on the saying of Helen Keller, an American author, political activist and lecturer to whom this saying is attributed to:

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

- Helen Keller

In closing, we’d like to show you a video about what true heroes are made of, because even if no one is willing to stand with you, ONE IS BETTER THAN NONE




wishing all our muslim bFFs - selamat berpuasa!

by lostasylum | August 21st, 2009 

Hi Everyone,

The fasting month of Ramadhan for our muslim bFFs (blatant© Friends and Fans) have begun and we would just like to wish all of them “Selamat Berpuasa” or “Happy Fasting” (I hope the translation is correct cause it doesn’t really seem correct… )

Just in case some of you don’t know what Ramadhan is all about, it’s the time when muslims forsake wordly pleasures and learn virtues that will bring them closer to Allah. They will fast for 30 days approximately until Syawal, where they will celebrate the end of the fasting month, hence the reason why it’s called “Hari Raya” (i.e. Celebration Day).

Just for the record, I’m not a muslim, but I feel that as Malaysians, it is important that we understand and respect the cultures and religions of our fellow Malaysians. So, if you never knew why we celebrate Hari Raya, Deepavali, Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Thaiponggal, Easter, Christmas… it’s high time you started doing your homework… for the non-Malaysians, never mind-lah… we’ll forgive you this time… hahahah…

So, Selamat Berpuasa to all our muslim bFFs!

Regards,
Colin blatant©




you think you’ve had it tough? think again.

by lostasylum | September 23rd, 2008 

She was the beautiful girl who was maturing into a promising career as a ballerina. He was the happy boy without a care in the world.

And just as happy as their lives seemed, it was just as seemingly snatched away from them.

The happy little boy had climbed onto a tractor and fell. His own father cried in the hospital when trying to explain to his 4 year old son that he would no longer have a left leg.

The ballerina with the world at her fingertips was involved in a car accident. She lost a part of her body when her right arm was amputated. She lost her heart when her boyfriend walked out on his now less than perfect girlfriend.

Ma Li was only 19 years old when she lost her right arm, along with her ambitions of becoming a ballerina in the accident. Unable to cope, she attempted suicide only to be saved by her parents.

Love and support by her parents gave Ma Li the strength and courage to pick up the pieces of her life and eventually opened a small bookstore. She even found love with Li Tao, a man who loved her for all that she was. But what of her first love: ballet?

Her lover, convinced of her talent despite her handicap, decided to become her agent and helped her develop her new unique dance. It was during this time that Ma Li bumped into Zhai Xiaowei, a 21-year-old cyclist training for the national special Olympic games. Xiaowei had lost his left leg in an accident when he was only 4 years old.

Although Xiaowei had no background in dancing and his initial reluctance to become her dance partner, Ma Li was convinced she had found her dance partner. Together, Xiaowei and Ma Li practiced religiously from 8am – 11pm daily while being managed by Ma Li’s lover, Li Tao. Difficulties were aplenty. Xiaowei once dislocated his shoulder from a fall while practicing a catch routine. To perfect one of the drop moves (where Xiaowei “drops” Ma Li), Ma Li was literally dropped on the hard floor more than 1,000 times!

After two years of training, the duo decided to enter the 4th CCTV Dancing Contest and eventually qualified for the final. They were the first time ever that disabled dancers had qualified for the final.

This was their dance, entitled Hand-in-Hand:

In April 2007, Zhai Xiaowei and Ma Li were crowned 1st runners up (2nd place) of the 4th CCTV Dancing Contest.

Still think your life is tough? =)




this is MY country!!!!

by lostasylum | August 28th, 2008 

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!

Mention the word MERDEKA (that’s freedom in Bahasa Malaysia), and most people would reminisce about the immortal image of Tunku Abdul Rahman declaring that Malaya had achieved independence from its British colonial masters. The words he proclaimed “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” while raising his right hand in triumph would probably be playing in our minds’ eye.

For those who were too young to remember this or were not around to catch this live, watch and be proud! (I actually choked with emotion watching this):

The video is slightly blur and problematic, but for something that was recorded on reel 51 years ago that has finally made its way to youtube, I suppose all of us can make exceptions for the quality =)

Growing up, learning more and being affected by events around us can take away what this country has given us. And sometimes, we probably need unlearn all the rubbish that’s we’ve put into our heads and learn from kids about what’s important and what’s not:

This is my country that bleeds her blood through my veins
This is my country and I will fight for unity
This is my country and I will not forsake her
This is my country and may God’s blessing be upon her

This is our home, this is our land
For our motherland, fight till the end

Our different colours will not make a difference
We’ll treat each other like a sister or a brother
We’ll work together hand-in-hand, we’ll make our stand
We’re fighters, we’ll take on any crisis

This is our home, this is our land
For our motherland, fight till the end

Malaysia will always belong to ALL Malaysians regardless of race, colour or creed… let no one tell you otherwise.

Happy 51st Birthday Malaysia!




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