Month: September 2019

POETRY | An Ode To The Land of My Birth by Becky Ong

To my dearly beloved country, Soon you’ll be turning sixty two, Your children of all religions and races, Will come out to celebrate with you. We shall remember your struggles, And how you fought hard to be free, No more a colony of any kingdom, Your people’s unity was the key. In August, the year nineteen fifty seven, You surely stood tall and proud, From all across the ‘Padang’ The call of ‘Merdeka’ rang loud!   Decades have since rolled past, Leaders have come and gone, A rising, developing nation, Our allegiance, we have sworn. Malaysia, a beautiful gracious...

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CERPEN | Tuan Rumah yang Dikasihi oleh Murali Mohan

Sekarang aku dihalau oleh saudara-mara engkau. Saudara-mara yang tidak pernah muncul dalam kehidupan engkau. Baik atau buruk sebatang hidungpun tidak pernah muncul di rumah kita. Maaf, rumah engkau! Ya, rumah engkau. Walaupun saya pernah tinggal bersama engkau sehingga kini, ia pasti rumah engkau. Engkau seorang sahaja berhak untuk menghalau aku. Aku tidak tahu jalan ke mana aku boleh pergi sekarang. Aku juga tidak faham perasan aku sekarang. Adakah aku perlu risau tentang engkau atau masa depan aku? Aku masih ingat betapa baik engkau, dan bagaimana engkau menjaga aku. Zaman bujang aku tidak mudah untuk dilupakan. Begitu seronok zaman bujang...

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We Asked Malaysians For Their Origin Story. They Amazed Us.

Of late we’ve been served numerous hate fueled content either in the form of news articles, social media posts, videos, images that touch on race and religion in Malaysia. Majority of them left a bad taste in our mouth. We felt compelled to get involved. Initially, we thought we should be angry. Pissed off. Outraged. But would being angry really work? We realised we wanted to understand the situation better. And the simplest way to do that is by sharing stories. Our stories. Stories have the power to produce lightbulb moments. And we experienced that when we posted this question onto...

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POETRY | Autumn by Juliana Heng

When I was a kid, I was an oddball. Nobody wanna play with me, except Autumn. Autumn plays with me everyday Have meals with me during recess and went to the library with me to disappear into good books together. I cannot focus on my homework. Autumn coaxed me gently : “Finish your homework fast fast, then we can play together!” We finished our homework before school ended. Such maturity for a young child. Autumn is an enigma. The moment she landed her eyes on your phone number & IC number, she will call you on your birthday every...

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CERPEN | Darah dan Dana oleh K. Pragalath

Pertemuan Chitragupta Abhimanyu dengan pelabur Chesterfield D’ Souza di sebuah restoran lima bintang di hotel Sukhumvit Grande Hotel, Bangkok mesra sekali antara pemuda dari Malaysia dengan pemodal teroka dari Portugal. “Terdapat pola kebangkitan pemimpin berhaluan kanan di Asia. Ini jelas apabila kita melihat kemenangan Trump, Modi dan Duterte,” kata Chitragupta ketika membicarakan trend politik semasa sambil merujuk kepada pemimpin tertinggi Amerika Syarikat, India dan Filipina. “Saya setuju. Perkara ini juga berlaku di Hong Kong tetapi ia ditentang oleh rakyat, mengakibatkan protes selama berminggu-minggu,” kata D’ Souza yang sememangnya arif dengan perkembangan politik di rantau Asia. Kehadiran pelayan restoran menghentikan...

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