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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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Names Of Victims And Shooter Of Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting (Photos)

Connor Betts and his sister Megan. Facebook. (Photo: Credit to New York Post).

(CBS News) – Below are the names and ages of the nine victims who died in the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting. Six of the nine victims were African American and one of the victims was the shooter’s sister.
  1. Megan K. Betts, age 22 (sister of shooter Connor Betts)
  2. Monica E. Brickhouse, age 39
  3. Nicholas P. Cumer, age 25
  4. Derrick F. Fudge, age 57
  5. Thomas J. McNichols, age 25
  6. Lois L. Oglesby, age 27
  7. Saeed Salah, age 38
  8. Logan M. Turner, age 30
  9. Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, age 36

News reports stated, according to officials, the Dayton mass shooting gunman was Connor Betts, age 24.

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Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting: 10 People, Including A suspect Killed (Photos)

Ten people were killed in Dayton, Ohio mass shooting, August 4, 2019. Credit photo to CNN.

(Reuters) – Ten people, including one suspect, were killed early on Sunday in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and at least 16 others were taken to hospitals with injuries, police said.

Authorities gave no details about the circumstances of the shooting except that it occurred in the city’s Oregon District, an historic neighbourhood known for its nightclubs, bars, art galleries and shops.

The Dayton Daily News said the shooting occurred at or near an establishment called Ned Pepper’s Bar in Dayton’s Oregon District.

A report by CNN stated that the incident happened at around 1:00 a.m. ET in a popular area in downtown Dayton on August 4; only about 13 hours after a shooting that left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas.

CNN also reported, Dayton Police Department’s Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper said in a news conference that the shooter has been shot dead by responding police officers.

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[Photos] 2019 Polar Vortex – Bone-Chilling Conditions In Midwest

[Yahoo! News}- A blast of super cold Arctic air known as a “polar vortex” is whipping through the Midwest this week, freezing over lakes and cityscapes and creating life-threatening conditions for residents.

Wind chill temperatures on Wednesday were expected to drop to as low as -60 in Minnesota and -50 degrees in Illinois, prompting school districts to cancel classes and the U.S. Postal Service to suspend deliveries in some areas.

The historic deep freeze has transformed the Midwest into a deadly winter wonderland.

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Selami Kekejaman Pengganas Di Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong (Gambar)

Saya dan kakak saya Aeshah bergambar di hadapan bangunan utama Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong, Muar, Johor.

Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong telah dirasmikan oleh Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Johor, Tuanku Sutlan Ibrahim Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Iskandar, pada 23hb Februari 2017.

Galeri ini penting untuk dilawati oleh semua rakyat Malaysia, terutamanya generasi muda yang pada hari ini semakin terpengaruh dengan fahaman liberal, hedonisme dan semakin tidak peduli tentang ancaman terhadap negara bangsa.

Saya telah berpeluang melawat galeri ini pada tahun 2017; dan ianya telah memberikan kesan yang amat mendalam terhadap diri saya dalam menghayati sejarah kekejaman pengganas komunis yang mahu merampas pemerintahan negara.

Lawatan ini juga mengajar saya menghargai semangat perjuangan dan pengorbanan anggota keselamatan negara yang sanggup berkorban nyawa demi mempertahankan bumi Tanah Melayu ini.

Berbagai serangan ganas pengganas terhadap anggota keselamatan negara khasnya pasukan polis, digambarkan kembali melalui pameran audio-visual, artifek, dokumen, keratan akhbar dan sebagainya; yang mana apabila dihayati, akan memberikan kesedaran dan keinsafan khasnya kepada golongan seusia saya yang hidup di zaman yang serba senang ini

Kita akan dapat merasakan sendiri betapa kejamnya pengganas komunis yang amat memusuhi Raja-Raja Melayu, kerajaan Tanah Melayu, anggota-anggota keselamatan dan orang-orang yang tidak menyokong perjuangan mereka.

Malah, penghayatan sebegini mungkin tidak dapat kita rasai hanya daripada membaca buku teks sejarah sahaja.

Amat rugi kepada mereka yang tidak mengambil peluang untuk belajar memahami sejarah perjuangan negara bangsa di galeri ini.

Hanya melalui pemahaman yang mendalam dan kesedaran terhadap sejarah negara, barulah lahir semangat patriotik yang mendalam dan menjadikan kita lebih peka terhadap berbagai ancaman terhadap kedaulatan negara kita.

Lebih signifikan lagi, galeri ini dibina di kawasan asal tapak Balai Polis Bukit Kepong yang musnah dibakar oleh pengganas komunis ketika mereka dengan kejamnya menyerang Balai Polis Bukit Kepong pada 23 Februari 1950.

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