A Tribute to My Chinese Heritage

The above beautiful piece of art portrays wild orchids with Chinese characters “幽兰”, which means “orchid”, is hung on the wall of our living room.

It was a gift for my mother by our Chinese friend saying that it will bring us ‘ong’; but my father had it hung at that particular spot because it is indeed a very beautiful gift.

I am a Malay and I am very proud to be one; the beautiful Chinese piece of art with the Chinese characters in our living room does not make me less of a Malay.

I cannot read Mandarin, but thanks to our dear family friend, Aunty Helen Ang, we are able to understand what the Chinese characters says; and as orchids in the Chinese culture symbolises wealth and fortune, I guess it does have something to do with ‘ong’.

People often remarked that neither my parents, my siblings nor I have the typical Malay looks, even thought both of my parents are Malay; I think it is the result of our mixed bloodlines.

My maternal grandfather is a Malay with Peranakan Chinese and Middle-Eastern ancestries along the family bloodlines while my maternal grandmother came from Chinese bloodline.

While my paternal grandfather is a Malay, my paternal grandmother is a Malay with some Siamese and Middle-Eastern bloodlines.

I come from a family with a very rich history especially from the lineage of my maternal grandfather where Tun Zain Indera of Tersat, who came from the lineage of the Sultanate of Johor-Riau was my 8th great-grandfather; my great-grandfather, Haji Awang Omar bin Dato’ Mata Mata Tua Yusof was the younger brother of Dato’ Seri Amar Diraja Haji Ngah Mohamad bin Dato’ Mata Mata Tua Yusof.

As I am very proud of my maternal grandfather’s ancestry, I am also proud of my Chinese ancestry.

My maternal great-grandfather, Hj. Ya’acob Abdullah Al-Yunani whom we affectionately called Appa was a Chinese Muslim and his Chinese name was Tung Foo Piew.

Appa told us about how his father, Hj. Abdullah Sulaiman Al-Yunani sailed from Kwantung or Guangdong in the 19th century to start a business and a new life in the Tanah Melayu.

What makes me really proud about my Chinese ancestors is that despite coming from a different country with a different culture and traditions, they managed to assimilate with the local Malay community around them.

Appa said that it did not take a long time for his parents to able to speak Malay and for his father to learn to read and write in the Jawi scripture.

Appa wore his baju Melayu with ‘kain pelikat’ and ate Malay food but he also loved the Chinese style soups, noodles and tofu which we also do enjoy regularly in our home.

And despite of being proud of his Chinese heritage to the end of his life, Appa spoke fluent Malay, practised the Malay custom and proudly called himself a Malay, as he met all the criteria to become a Malay as stated in the Article 160 of the Federal Constitutions.

Appa who called Tanah Melayu his homeland was happy to assimilate and had a very high respect for the Malays and was thankful to be accepted in this country as he knew life in China used to be hard, which was the reason why his parents risked their lives sailing to Tanah Melayu in seeking for a brighter future of their children.

And I am also proud to learn from my mother’s uncle that a great statesman, Tun Tan Siew Sin who was a former Minister of Finance was a distant relative of ours from my maternal grandfather’s side of the family; and that our ancestors came in the same boat to Tanah Melayu long, long time ago.

It is the respect and love for our country as well as for our fellow citizens and obeying the laws of the land that makes us a very special nation.

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Hurricane Dorian: The Aftermath in Bahamas (In Photos)

A view of devastation on Grand Bahama. EYEWITNESS NEWS (Photo credit to CBS News).

CNN – Grand Bahama is facing “extreme flooding” after receiving 30 inches of rain from Dorian, the National Hurricane Center said in its 10 a.m. ET update Tuesday.

The island faces yet another day of dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge as Dorian continues to inch its way over the Bahamas.

Along with the tremendous amounts of rainfall, the NHC said, Grand Bahama is seeing wind gusts measured at 140 mph and storm surge of 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels, causing destructive waves.

These hazards from Dorian are forecast to continue on Grand Bahama through most of the day.

Related article; Photos : Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Pounds Bahamas

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Photos : Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Pounds Bahamas

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ABC New reported that the category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which came ashore on Elbow Cay of the Abaco Islands, is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, along with a hurricane on Labor Day in 1935 that struck the Florida Keys and moved up along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The eye of the storm made a second landfall at 2 p.m. on the island near Marsh Harbour, and a third landfall an hour before midnight on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island.

Devastating conditions continued on the Abaco Islands overnight, with western portions of Grand Bahama, including the main city of Freeport, seeing the situation head south through the early morning.

Below is a report by The Guardian – Category 5 Hurricane Dorian pounds Bahamas – as it happened:

  • Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northernmost islands of the Bahamas with winds reaching speeds of more than 220mph (355kmh).
  • The first death was reported from the hurricane by Eyewitness News in the Bahamas, which spoke with a woman who said she had learned her eight-year-old grandson had died, likely drowned, and her granddaughter was missing. Both children were in the Abaco Islands.
  • Dorian is the biggest storm to hit the island chain in modern times and has been described as “catastrophic” and posing a “life-threatening” risk.
  • Meteorologists are finding it difficult to predict the path of the hurricane because of its wide “cone of uncertainty”. Though the Bahamas will probably suffer the most devastation, the big question in terms of scale of potential human suffering is where and when Dorian will hit along the east coast of the US, where population density is so much greater.
  • Georgia and South Carolina issued evacuation orders for their coastal communities on Sunday night as the National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges that could reach 18ft to 23ft (5.5m-7m) above normal levels.
  • On Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, footage emerged of floodwaters reaching halfway up the sides of family homes with parts of the roofs torn off. The island chain’s homes are built to withstand winds of at least 150mph (241km/h).
  • Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis said in a televised address: “This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people. I just want to say as a physician I’ve been trained to withstand many things, but never anything like this.

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Sultan Nazrin Tegur Sifat Kaduk Naik Junjung Sebahagian Ahli Politik

UTUSAN ONLINE – IPOH 1 Sept. – Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah hari ini menegur tindakan segelintir pihak termasuk pemimpin yang bersaing mempamerkan ego masing-masing sehingga sanggup merendahkan nilai diri demi mencari pengaruh dan mendapatkan sokongan politik.

Baginda bertitah, suhu politik di dalam negara pasca Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 semakin hari semakin dipanaskan dan dilakukan oleh pemimpin politik sama ada daripada pihak kerajaan atau pembangkang.

“Sifat-sifat kaduk menaiki junjung dan sifat-sifat memilih lebih mahu berputih tulang setelah berputih mata oleh sebahagian pemimpin politik telah meningkatkan suhu permusuhan dalam kalangan rakyat.

“Perbuatan mengata dulang paku serpih melalui persaingan melukis wajah lebih hodoh lawan politik, semakin menambahkan mendung di langit negara,” titah baginda pada sambutan Maal Hijrah Peringkat Negeri Perak 1441H/2019 di sini, hari ini.

Turut berangkat Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.

Dikenali sebagai raja yang sering ‘menjentik’ pemimpin jika ada yang tidak kena Sultan Nazrin bertitah, setelah 62 tahun negara mencapai kemerdekaan, suara menyemai kebencian antara kaum dan agama semakin diucapkan.

Titah baginda pelbagai provokasi secara keterlaluan dilakukan antaranya meletak patung dan melemparkan daging khinzir di dalam masjid, meletak kepala lembu di kuil Hindu, menyebarkan bahan diayah, fitnah dan penghinaan melalui media sosial termasuk penghinaan terhadap agama Islam serta Nabi Muhammad.

“Setiap ungkapan dan setiap perbuatan sedemikian, sebenarnya merupakan pemasangan satu bom jangka yang menantikan masa untuk meletup.

“Sedarilah! Serpihan daripada letupan bom jangka ini tidak mengenal mangsa, malah anak cucu serta kaum kerabat pemasang bom jangka, turut terdedah kepada akibat daripada perbuatan-perbuatan berfikiran singkat,” titah Sultan Nazrin.

Titah baginda kebenaran fakta dan kesahihan berita kini tidak dipentingkan, sebaliknya emosi semakin mempengaruhi diri termasuk dalam kalangan terpelajar sehingga minda rakyat semakin diracuni dan menjadi terlalu taasub serta berfikiran tertutup.

Selain itu, Sultan Nazrin bertitah setiap insiden daripada kejadian jenayah di jalan raya kepada tindakan disiplin seorang guru di sekolah atau majikan di pejabat, warna baju pemimpin, kesilapan mengibarkan bendera, perubahan kurikulum pengajian dilihat dan ditafsirkan secara negatif, menurut dimensi kaum dan agama.

“Keadaan ini amat tidak sihat, meletakkan negara berada dalam zon bahaya yang mencemaskan. Majoriti rakyat di negara ini cintakan keamanan. Mereka semakin resah, semakin gelisah, bimbang dan takut,” titah Sultan Perak.

Baginda bertitah suhu panas itu wajib segera diturunkan dan perbuatan menyalakan api perkauman, meniupkan bara permusuhan antara agama wajib dihentikan tanpa berlengah.

Titah baginda undang-undang wajib didaulatkan supaya keselamatan nyawa dan harta benda rakyat yang tidak berdosa terjamin serta dilindungi.

Mengakhiri titah, Sultan Nazrin turut memanjatkan doa agar Malaysia diamanahkan dengan pimpinan yang amanah, ikhlas, membawa suara kesederhanaan, suara munasabah, suara rasional dan suara persaudaraan agar rakyat berbilang kaum dan agama di negara ini hidup rukun serta harmoni. – BERNAMA

Henti Nyala Api Perkauman, Permusuhan Antara Agama – Sultan Nazrin

Gambar ihsan Utusan Online

UTUSAN ONLINE – IPOH 1 Sept. – Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah mengingatkan semua pihak agar menghentikan segala perbuatan menyalakan api perkauman dan meniupkan bara permusuhan antara agama di negara ini.

Baginda menegaskan, provokasi keterlaluan yang dilihat dan ditafsirkan secara negatif menurut dimensi kaum dan agama adalah ibarat bom jangka yang menanti masa untuk meletup.

Sehubungan itu baginda bertitah, suhu panas tersebut wajib diturunkan kerana keadaan itu amat tidak sihat malah meletakkan negara dalam zon bahaya yang mencemaskan.

“Pelbagai provokasi secara keterlaluan dilapor dilakukan antaranya meletak patung dan melemparkan daging khinzir di dalam masjid, meletak kepala lembu di kuil Hindu, menyebarkan pelbagai bahan diayah, fitnah dan penghinaan melalui media sosial termasuk terhadap agama Islam dan Rasulullah SAW.

“Sebahagian besar daripada perbuatan-perbuatan tersebut dilapor dilakukan kerana upahan.

“Bara perkauman semakin disemarakkan dan api permusuhan antara agama semakin dinyalakan. Setiap ungkapan dan perbuatan sedemikian merupakan pemasangan satu bom jangka yang menanti masa untuk meletup,” titah baginda.

Baginda bertitah demikian ketika berkenan merasmikan sambutan Maal Hijrah peringkat negeri tahun 1441H/2019M yang diadakan di Hotel Casuarina@Meru di sini hari ini.

Keberangkatan baginda diiringi Raja Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim; Raja Muda Perak, Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa; Raja Puan Besar Perak, Raja Nazhatul Shima Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah; Raja Di Hilir Perak, Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah dan Raja Puan Muda Perak, Tunku Soraya Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim.- UTUSAN ONLINE

Kekecohan Membangkit Minat Saya Memartabatkan Tulisan Jawi

Pada mulanya saya tidak menyangka kekecohan berkaitan isu tulisan Jawi dan khat akan menjadi begitu panas dan berlarutan sampai begini. Memberi peluang pelajar sekolah rendah mengenali dan mempelajari tulisan Jawi adalah satu usaha yang sangat baik untuk memastikan generasi muda tidak akan buta tulisan Jawi, iaitu tulisan asal Bahasa Melayu. Perkara ini penting bukan hanya kerana tulisan Jawi merupakan khazanah berharga negara tetapi ianya penting dari segi akademik, lebih-lebih lagi dalam usaha mengkaji dan memahami sejarah negara kerana banyak dokumen lama ditulis dalam tulisan Jawi. Namun malang sekali kerana sebaik sahaja perkara ini diumumkan, telah timbul berbagai bantahan daripada mereka yang mungkin kurang memahami betapa pentingnya tulisan Jawi kepada sejarah dan ketamadunan negara bangsa. Antara yang lantang bersuara termasuklah badan pertubuhan pendidikan Cina, Dong Zong yang juga telah memulakan petisyen membantah perkara ini. Dong Zong mendakwa langkah kerajaan untuk mengajar tulisan Jawi di sekolah ialah satu usaha ke arah “Islamisasi” dan ianya bercanggah dengan Perkara 12(3) Perlembagaan Persekutuan kerana memaksa seseorang untuk menyertai amalan agama lain; alasan dangkal ini dijawab oleh Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir di mana beliau melabelkan Dong Zong sebagai “rasis”. Kekecohan ini telah menyedarkan saya tentang kekhilafan diri saya sendiri yang selama ini tidak berusaha menggunakan tulisan Jawi dalam kehidupan harian saya. Saya boleh membaca teks Jawi tetapi masih tidak begitu mahir dalam mengeja dalam ejaan Jawi dan kini saya merasa bertanggungjawab untuk belajar dan berusaha menggunakan tulisan Jawi. Sekarang, semasa kelas hadis mingguan yang saya hadiri, saya menulis nota menggunakan tulisan Jawi walaupun menghadapi masalah untuk mengeja dengan betul. Maka, setelah pulang ke rumah saya akan menyemak semula tulisan saya dan memperbaiki ejaan yang salah. Tulisan Jawi saya tidaklah cantik, dan saya masih bergantung kepada kamus Daftar Kata Bahasa Melayu Rumi-Sebutan-Jawi terbitan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka serta aplikasi atas talian yang mengubahkan tulisan Rumi kepada tulisan Jawi untuk merujuk ejaan Jawi yang betul. Alhamdulillah, sudah semakin banyak ejaan Jawi yang telah saya tahu dan saya semakin dapat memahami konsep ejaan Jawi dengan lebih baik. Sebagai seorang rakyat Malaysia, saya bukan sahaja harus memartabadkan tulisan Jawi tetapi kini saya berasa malu kepada diri saya sendiri kerana saya tidak mahir menulis tulisan Jawi. Saya tidak mahu menjadi rakyat yang hanya mengejar kejayaan material dan lupa akan asal usul budaya bangsa saya sendiri kerana kejayaan material semata-mata tidak akan dapat membina dan mempertahankan ketamadunan negara bangsa.

Nora Anne Autopsy: No Sign Of Kidnapping, No Evidence Of Rape

Nora Anne Quoirin (Photo: Credit to The Star Online)

The Star Online – SEREMBAN: The authorities have ruled out foul play in the mysterious death of Nora Anne Quoirin, whose remains were found in a stream 10 days after she disappeared from a resort in Pantai Hills near here.

Medical experts who conducted a nine-hour autopsy on her remains ruled that her death was caused due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, said state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop.

“They also found that she was not raped.

“There was nothing to show that she was abducted or subjected to any form of violence, ” he told reporters at the state police contingent here Thursday (Aug 15).

DCP Mohamad said the postmortem finding also ruled that Nora could have been dead between two and three days before she was found.

“There were no injuries to her body, except for a bruise to her leg.

“But this was not cause of her death, ” he said.

The four-member team led by Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensic pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Feng also included HTJ forensic pathologist Dr Hanif Mohammad and Dr Aidora Saedon from the Chemistry Department and Sufian Arshad Ahmad from the Forensic Department.

A search-and-rescue team found Nora Anne’s remains in a stream some 2.5km away from the The Dusun resort she was staying in with her family.

She had checked into the resort with her parents Sebastian Marie Philipe and Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and siblings Innes Julia and Maurice Arthure on Aug 3.

However she was not found in the room she shared with her siblings the following morning.

A window in the room that could only be opened from the inside was open.