Salleh Ben Joned – Malchin Testament

SALLEH BEN JONED was a Colombo Plan scholar sent to Australia to study English and ended up spending 10 years there. He became a student of the late James McAuley, one of Australia’s major poets, at the University of Tasmania. He came back to Malaysia in 1973 and joined the English Department of the University of Malaya which he quit in 1983 to become a freelance writer. Sajak Sajak Saleh/Poems Sacred and Profane was published in 1987 and As I Please, a collection of prose writing, in 1994. His second collection of prose pieces Nothing is Sacred was published in 2003. He launched his new collection of Poems called Adam’s Dream during the Citigroup Kuala Lumpur International Literary Festival 2004.


In his poem, “Malchin Testament”, the persona is showing the scenario of the community in Malaysia on how they use English language and he criticizes the Malaysians in that sense. In the other sides, this poem shows how the Malaysian wants to be totally free. They want to make English as their own and try to build up their own identity and nation. That’s why they did not really care if there’re complains about how they use English. After being colonized for years, the Malaysian tries to build up its own identity whereas they want to be free from any colonization. They hated colonizer but at the same time still use their language.  We can see the evidence in stanza two and three: ..“stress put in all the wrong places, we say ‘cool’ eeben wen it’s hot lah, we hate the mat saleh races, but hijack deh lingo lah!..(Stanza 2) and “we true malaysians, you no, we pree people, you no: pree, to make english not English, but our very own, you see”.. It shows that a new vision of Malaysian had emerged in all their blessed arrogance and freedom.


“Malchin” is a hybrid language which is the combination of the first syllable of the words “Malay” and “Chinese”. The way of how this poem is written shows that the persona is totally celebrating Malaysian cultures. He writes about the issue of “Malayness” and “Nation” identity in such a way as to break down stereotypes. Identity and “Nation” was therefore continually subject to tensions and contestations which resist state-proffered categories. Obviously, the persona has abrogated the grammar and he did it with full of conscious. The point is to mock the Malaysians who totally speak broken English and seem to take it as there’s nothing wrong with that and they are freely to make the language as their own and speak it as the way of they speak of their own. Despite they came from different backgrounds and beliefs – that’s the point that reunited them as Malaysian community with multicultural background that repress divergent views on identity, community and belonging. The persona is proud with Malaysian culture, which shows that he is celebrating the Malaysian culture using a specific style of writing, behold to his identity of a Malaysian poet. 





































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Lee Kok Liang – Death Is A Ceremony

In the early 1950s, LEE KOK LIANG, a Malaysian of Straits-Chinese heritage who was to become one of Malaysia’s most accomplished writers of fiction in English, spent two years at Lincoln’s Inn in London completing a law degree that he had begun at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Lee recorded his European observations in a journal-cum-diary entitled Sketches, Vignettes & Brush Strokes (also given a second working title of Ramblings and Remembrances), written in London and Paris between January 1952 and February 1954, and they form, in part, the basis for his first novel, the unpublished London Does Not Belong To Me which is due in 2003. Death is a Ceremony and Other Stories was his second collection of short stories, published in 1992.

Overall, “Death is a Ceremony” is a story of a boy – Baba, who had grown up to a man, is recollecting the memories of his late grandmother’s death, at the moment of his mother’s funeral ceremony. In this story, culture is a strategy of survival, which depicts how culture signifies, or what is signified by culture, a rather complex issue. As the eldest son, he is responsible to be the head of the funeral procession, whereas makes he noticed the absence of something – the sense of lost respect towards his own culture. As a consequence, the conflicting styles are in a reflection of the cultural and historical discourses, battling to be heard within the story that lies beneath Malaysian’s Chinese community. Through his memory recalls, he is in search of his own identity and yet realizes what he already dismissed – the value of a family that he left out many years ago for the modern lifestyle in the city. There were lots of cultural issues discussed in the story which support that the writer celebrates the Malaysian culture in more specific term, a Chinese culture.

In this story, he used the flashback literary technique profusely to depict the past and the present concurrently, wherefore make it more interesting to see how certain things being presented in this story and thus, makes the story stands out. Here, within the framework, the story is written from the third person, omniscient point of view which mean that the narrator sees all, reports all, knows and explains the inner workings of the minds of any or all characters. For instance, sometimes the narrator tells the readers about the main character – Baba, through the eyes of other minor characters in the story. The used of some diction from two different races in the text – i.e sarong (Malay) and chi kee (Chinese), were the portrayal of Malaysian multicultural lifestyle amongst the people take place. Hence, the writer wants to deliver a message for the new generation; to put more appreciation towards the culture in order to maintain the ancestral tradition. That’s the right way to keep on celebrates the Malaysian culture throughout ongoing civilization in the future, although after the 50 years of nationhood.




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You Know You’re Malaysian When…

1) You complain about the quality of the pirated DVD you just purchased. “What, RM10 for DVD5?! Aiyah, boss … sound no good, cheaperlah …”

2) You’re willing to consume sambal petai and durian and gladly suffer the bloating and wind-breaking incidents.

3) You’re exceedingly polite to the Mat Sallehs but you slang your own kind. “Hello, sir. Why don’t you sit here, it’s got the best view of the city skyline.” But, “Aunty-ah, your table is over there next to the kitchen.”

4) You order Maggi goreng and fried chicken, complain about how oily the food is, and then proceed to finish it anyway.

5) You love to talk about food. You’re already thinking about what to have for dinner while eating lunch. “I’m stuffed. What shall we have for dinner?”

6) You dive into a communal-style meal the moment the dish lands on the table only to hesitate at the last morsel of food on the serving dish. There are two possible explanations for this: the first is the pai seh (embarrassed) factor, while the other is the myth that the person who eats the last piece will be a spinster.

7) You hit the accelerator the moment the first drop of rain hits your windshield. “Alamak, it’s going to rain. Sure traffic jam one. I’d better drive faster.”

9) You feel a burning desire to send text messages and even have the gall to give your friend a blow-by-blow account of the movie to your friend on the handphone during the screening of the movie. “Okay, now that girl Lizzie is impersonating an Italian singer; she so doesn’t look Italian …”

10) You forsake your loved ones for the all-important four letter-word: S-A-L-E. “Sorry, mum, I can’t take you to Aunt Mary’s because I have to go to MidValley before the crowd.” You’re also more than happy to be part of the insane traffic jam that forms around malls during weekends and sale periods.

11) Reality shows Akademi Fantasia and Malaysian Idol dictate your social life. “What, no TV at the mamak? Count me out. I’m staying home. Rinie needs my support.”

13) You fail to function normally without your daily dose of teh tarik and nasi lemak.

14) You have owned at least one Proton in your lifetime. Cheap, cheap. That is until you start to make enough dough to buy that Honda you’ve been salivating over.

15) You slow down at an accident site to take down the car number plate, but won’t step out of your car to help the victim could be a robber!

16) You’d rather park your car along the main road outside the mall, where there’s a yellow line, rather than pay RM1 to park inside where there are adequate bays.

17) You plead, bat your eyelids and relate a sob story to the officer at the town council office to let you off the hook (or reduce the amount considerably) for the fine you incurred when you parked your car on the double line.

18) You make an appointment for 10am and conveniently show up a half hour late Malaysian time, what …

19) You pop open the wet tissue packet at the Chinese restaurant by squeezing the trapped air to the top of the packet before proceeding to smash your fist into it. The louder the pop the better.

20) You greet your friend / neighbor / acquaintance on the street with “How are things?” or “Have you eaten?” or better yet, by stating the obvious: “Went to market ah?”

21) Ramlee burger is the “piece de resistance” of your growing-up-years cuisine.

22) You catch all major televised events at the mamak.

23) You have roughly six meals a day (breakfast, mid-morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper). Then there’s the snacking keropok ikan, pisang goreng, muruku, jam tarts and the like.

24) You get the whole family dressed to the nines, jump into the car and head for the minister’s open house and ask for styrofoam boxes and plastic bags to tar pau food.

25) Your accent and language style vary according to the race of the person you are conversing with.

26) You’ve got a friendly disposition. Smiles are abundant and your “Apa khabar?” is warm and sincere.

27) You exclaim loudly how expensive everything is, even though the items may in fact be going for a steal. “Wah! So expensive, ah? Hak sei ngor (Scare me to death)!”

28) You dig deep into your pockets to contribute to the latest appeal for donations in the newspapers.

29) You “dis” our country all the time, but as soon as something good happens (like winning the Thomas Cup), you morph into a proud Malaysian.

30) You never travel abroad without a bottle of chilli sauce, or sachets which you can sneak into restaurants.

You’re proud to be Malaysian – and you pass these jokes on to all your Malaysian friends!



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Tips & Tricks!


Have you faced any problem like you cannot open your pendrive and local hard disk by double click left mouse? Maybe your computer has been infected by ravmonE. There is few easy steps that you can use to clean your computer from ravmonE.

1. Open My Computer.

2. Click Tools -> Folder Option.

3. Click View.

4. Uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files.

5. Now go to your local hard disk and look for unfamiliar files.

6. Delete that files except System Volumes Information and Recycler.

7. Done. Restart your computer and you can open your pendrive and local hard disk as usual.


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Critical Thinking Skills in Education (CCTS) is a course that expose students with basic knowledge about thinking and thinking skills in the teaching and learning process. As a becoming teacher, this course would be a help in order to guide me through the components of creative and critical thinking skills. It also gives me the idea towards developing students’ thinking in the future.

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