Week 4

LOCALLY
The Latest Life Endangerment Trend

This is a serious trend that has been dominating the news in Malaysia. Recently, there are so many suicide cases and the saddest one was the two recent ones where this mother threw her 5 year old daughter then jumped to her own death and the 17 year old girl who jumped from her school building because of a relationship failure. Another case is when a man fell to his death when his ex-girlfriend attempted to jump and he held on to her. Apparently, counseling centres all around the country receives at least 60 calls from people who plan their suicide and the statistics show that at least 10 to 13 people, especially youths (16 – 25), commit suicide due to the unbearable stress they face every day. It was estimated by the National Suicide Registry Malaysia (NSRM) from January to August 2010, about 425 people committed suicide.

Frankly, I used to think that people who claim they want to commit suicide are people who crave for attention but now, after reading the papers, some of these people who commit suicide have friends who actually ‘encourage’ them to do it. Comments like, “Go die, lah” or “Let me buy you a coffin.” is indirectly encouraging a person to commit suicide. People who are troubled need to be heard and helped.

INTERNATIONALLY
The End Of A Pharoah’s Reign.

“Egypt is free” were the words uttered by the people of Egypt who were fed up with the reign of Mubarak when it was announced by Vice President Omar Suleiman, that he (Mubarak) had resigned from the presidency after 18 days of protest.

The step down of Mubarak was considered “the greatest day in Egyptian history”.

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Week 3

LOCALLY & INTERNATIONALLY

Revolution In The Land of An Ancient Civilization

It was January 25th 2011, when it all started. Egyptians against Hosni Mubarak marched and demonstrate the unfairness of his reign in Cairo where there was an estimate of 300 deaths. Mubarak announced to the people that he would not stand for election in September 2011.

Hosni Mubarak was elected as president in 1981 and had caused a lot of political corruption in the country. Anti-Mubarak protestors focused on brutality of the police, unemployment among the people and lack of free speech and elections.

In yesterday’s news, however, the Muslim Brotherhood holds first talks with Vice President Omar Suleiman in order to press demands. The government, however, wants the protest to stop and the people to go back to their daily lives since shops in Egypt had been closed for twelve days prior to the riots and protest.

Egyptian protestors against Mubarak claimed they will wait for Mubarak to step down.

Malaysian students studying in Egypt, however, have been reported that they are safe from the riots and were told not to get involved in any protest. The Malaysian government, however, had been organizing an evacuation plan for Malaysians in Egypt to come home. About 11,000 Malaysians were evacuated from Egypt by air.

Today, the first batch of 778 Malaysians in Egyptian landed in KLIA from Jeddah at 10 this morning via MAS Airlines and Air Asia and was greeted by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Kompleks Bunga Raya.

The Malaysian government are also arranging with the Egyptian universities for students to sit for their exams in Malaysia.

Personally, I think that Mubarak should just step down because the more he continue to reign the country, there will be more bloodshed. He had caused enough misery to the country and what I am also concerned of is that Egypt is a country rich with ancient history. I saw a video of the damaged artifacts in the Cairo Museum by National Geographic which broke my heart. Although, famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass is positive that the artifacts are not severely damaged, but it affect me because those artifacts are from the times before Christ.

As for what is locally related where this whole incident is concerned, before “Operation Pyramid”, I read blogs by students in Egypt claiming all evacuation is under their own effort. Yes, I was not too happy about it. When organising an international evacuation, the government will have to go through with a lot of procedures. The government will have to go through a lot of protocol before they can continue with an evacuation plan and I hope these people are thankful.

In The World Of Football

There seem to be so much drama in the football world now.

Internationally and locally.

Last year in December, during an AFF Suzuki Cup match between Malaysia and Indonesia, the Indonesians claim their lost due to the Malaysians flashing laser lights at their players thus disturbing their players. During the finals where Malaysia played against Indonesia again, Malaysia proved themselves victorious.

I was overseas and celebrating in Macedonia, a boutique to be exact, when I was updated about Malaysia’s victories in the AFF Suzuki Cup. Then, it came to mind, a national holiday and Datukship for the coach.

I was right. Malaysia got their victorious holiday and Coach K. Rajagopal was awarded a Datukship in Kuala Lumpur, today.

However, while our Malaysian football scene is celebrating, somewhere else – in Liverpool, Liverpool fans are angry at Fernando Torres’ actions to accept the deal made by Chelsea. Chelsea offered¬†¬£50 million to transfer the Spaniard to Chelsea. I am also a loyal Liverpool fan and I was angry that he decide on leaving the club just because the club was not making any progress. According to a Twitter user, “Fernando Torres believes he can fulfil his dream of winning the Champions League after completing his move to Chelsea.” when he told fans to remain loyal to their club of support only 3 weeks ago.

Today in London, Liverpool fans burnt his jersey outside Melwood training ground. Personally, I find it uncalled for even if it is your dream to win the Champions League but by claiming that it was your dream to join Liverpool at first and then join another team just because the team is not doing well, shows no loyalty at all.