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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.

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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.

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

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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Gambar Sekitar Majlis Tahlil A. Karim Omar

Alhamdulillah, dengan rahmat Allah S.W.T., majlis tahlil ayahanda kesayangan kami, Allahyarham Tuan Haji A. Karim bin Omar telahpun berjalan dengan lancar selama 3 malam berturut-turut.

Terima kasih diucapkan kepada semua yang telah menjayakan majlis tahlil ini.

Semoga roh Allahyarham dicucuri rahmat oleh Allah S.W.T., Amin.


Gambar: Pokok Tumbang Berhampiran KLCC, 2 Cedera

Gambar ihsan Astro.

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Mac — Seorang penunggang motosikal dan pemboncengnya cedera selepas dihempap sebatang pokok tumbang di Jalan Ampang berhampiran Menara Berkembar Petronas KLCC di sini hari ini.

Pengarah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Lumpur Khiruddin Drahman berkata kejadian berlaku pada kira-kira 7.30 pagi.

 Beliau berkata kedua-dua mangsa telah dibawa ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

“Dalam kejadian itu, sebuah kereta turut dihempap tetapi pemandunya tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan.

“Ketika ini kerja-kerja pembersihan serpihan pokok tumbang di jalan itu sedang dilaksana oleh Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL),” katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama.

Kejadian yang berlaku pada waktu puncak ketika orang ramai menuju ke tempat kerja atau urusan lain itu menjurus kepada penutupan sementara jalan, namun anggota polis trafik berjaya mengawal keadaan.

Wartawan Bernama yang berada di KLCC berkata petugas DBKL dilihat bertungkus lumus melakukan kerja-kerja memotong pokok yang tumbang itu kepada beberapa bahagian dengan bantuan jentera berat sebelum dialihkan.

Setakat 10.15 pagi, peringkat akhir kerja pembersihan masih berjalan.

Insiden yang berlaku dalam keadaan cuaca baik itu menarik perhatian orang ramai yang mengambil kesempatan merakamkan gambar dan video serta dikongsikan dalam media sosial. — Bernama

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Tragedi Hitam Bukit Kepong – Sejarah Hitam Yang Mesti Diingat

Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong adalah sebuah muzium yang patut dilawati oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan negara agar kita dapat menghargai perjuangan pihak polis dan melihat sendiri kekejaman pengganas komunis yang cuba merampas negara kita.

Pada tahun lepas, saya telah berpeluang melawat muzium yang dikendalikan dan dikawalselia oleh PDRM ini dan dapat menghayati dan memahami kejadian semasa peristiwa berdarah ini dengan lebih berkesan berbanding sebelum ini.

Lebih bermakna, Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong ini dibina di kawasan asal Balai Polis Bukit Kepong yang telah diserang dengan ganas oleh pengganas komunis pada 23 Februari 1950.

Sudah 68 tahun berlalu semenjak tragedi hitam serangan ke atas Balai Polis Bukit Kepong di Johor yang mengorbankan 25 orang polis, keluarga mereka dan orang awam, apabila komunis bertindak ganas menyerang balai polis berkenaan dan akhirnya dengan kejam telah membakar balai polis tersebut.

Balai Polis Bukit Kepong ialah sebuah balai polis kecil yang terletak di tebing sungai pada selekoh Sungai Muar; di mana Bukit Kepong ialah sebuah perkampungan kecil yang terpencil yang pada ketika itu pengangkutan utama ke Bukit Kepong adalah dengan menaiki bot menyusuri Sungai Muar.

Hampir 200 orang pengganas komunis diketuai oleh seorang komunis Melayu bernama Muhammad Indera telah membuat serangan hendap ke atas balai polis itu yang diketuai oleh Sergeant 3493 Jamil Bin Mohd Shah dan membunuh hampir kesemua daripada 22 orang anggota polis yang bertugas di situ.

Pengganas komunis telah mengepung seluruh Balai Polis Bukit Kepong sebelum memulakan serangan ganas mereka dan percaya mereka akan dapat menawan balai polis itu dengan mudah.

Namun, walaupun dengan jumlah anggota yang amat sedikit berbanding jumlah musuh, pihak polis dengan cekal telah bertempur habis-habisan untuk mempertahankan Balai Polis Bukit Kepong dan tidak menyerah kalah mengakibatkan hampir kesemua anggota polis dibunuh dengan kejamnya bersama keluarga mereka, termasuk yang hangus terbakar apabila pengganas komunis membakar berek kelamin di situ.

Kita mesti mengambil iktibar daripada tindakan kejam dan tidak berkemanusiaan ini agar ianya memberi pengajaran kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia supaya tidak terikut-ikut dengan fenomena neo-komunis dan neo-sosialis yang semakin mempengaruhi orang ramai di negara kita, khasnya golongan muda.

Generasi muda tidak boleh buta sejarah dan melupakan mereka yang telah berkorban nyawa demi membina dan mempertahankan kedaulatan negara ini.

Al-Fatihah buat semua perwira negara yang terkorban mempertahankan Tanah Melayu ini.

  1. Sergeant 3493 Jamil Bin Mohd Shah (Bukit Kepong police chief)
  2. Corporal 7068 Mohd Yassin Bin Haji Wahab
  3. Lance Corporal 7168 Jidin Bin Omar
  4. Police Constable (PC) 3933 Hamzah Bin Ahmad
  5. PC 5674 Abu Bin Mohd Ali
  6. PC 7493 Muhammad Bin Jaafar
  7. PC 7862 Abu Kadir Bin Jusoh
  8. PC 8600 Jaafar Bin Hassan
  9. PC 9136 Hassan Bin Osman
  10. Extra Police Constable (EPC) 3475 Mohd Tap Bin Lazim
  11. EPC 3795 Jaafar Bin Arshad
  12. Marine Constable (MPC) 60 Ibrahim Bin Adam
  13. MPC 68 Awang Bin Ali
  14. MPC 181 Basiron Bin Adam
  15. AP 1925 Ali Akop Bin Othman
  16. AP 2127 Othman Bin Yahya
  17. AP 2130 Samad Bin Yatim
  18. AP 1912 Mahmood Bin Saat
  19. AP 2098 Redzuan Bin Alias

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