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Hindu influences deeply embedded in our cultural roots

When my late mother was alive, no beef was allowed to be served in the house.

She was a Buddhist who observed the taboo.

Below is her picture taken when she prayed at the reclining Buddha temple in Tumpat, Kelantan – snapped by the Star‘s Kota Bharu bureau photographer Rohaizat Md Darus. (I was at that time a staff of the paper’s Saturday Weekender pullout.)

I remember as a child asking my mom why she would not let me eat beef.

She replied the cow contributed a lot of goodness as well as suffered tremendously and sacrificed for us humans. I can still recall that she was rather emotional in explaining this and even close to tears when reminding me how we must respect this sacred animal.

Her belief is not all that much of a surprise considering that Buddhism originated from the Indian subcontinent and hence some of the Hindu practices would have also historically seeped into our faith.

The photo above is, I believe, the Menghadap Rebab ceremony which I witnessed in Besut, Terengganu many years ago. It was part of a Makyong folk art performance.

There are traces of Hindu salutations and spiritual incantations in the Buka Panggung proceeding. Under PAS, however, the Makyong dance theatre was banned whereas Wayang Kulit was sanitized for show to the tourists, that is after its Hindu rituals were suitably excised.

Hindu influences permeated many aspects of Malay life before the advent of Islam. One of my favourite songs connected with Terengganu, Ulit Mayang – music video below – is an offering to the spirits of the sea. The mantra is pre-Islamic.

Karma: ‘Is Zakir Naik the reason for T’ganu MB losing titles?

April 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm 6 comments

Is the gomen helping Pemandu make money?

Global Transformation Forum is an “event organized by the rich, for the rich and of the rich,” claims DAP Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.

Ticket prices for GTF 2017 start at RM4,000, and reaching a ceiling of RM10,000.

According to YB Ong, the government gave GTF 2017 a subsidy of RM15 million. He also says in his press statement yesterday that revenue from the transformation forum “goes directly to a private company”.

The private company organizing GTF 2017 is Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd. It is co-owned by its CEO and president Idris Jala the evangelista. (more…)

March 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm 7 comments

The joke is on Haris Ibrahim

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall accept Mahathir and Muhyiddin to lead the Dapsters

Last night at an opposition function in Padang Rengas, Muhyiddin Yassin proposed, “Maybe we can name the new coalition between Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu as Barisan Rakyat – Barisan Rakyat to fight against Barisan Nasional”.


March 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm 10 comments

Planting chillies and onions at home

Some people were wondering what I did during my 2-½ month hiatus from blogging.

In pictures …

Chilli seeds & fertilizer


March 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm 2 comments

Price of ikan kembung has dropped to RM2 a kilo

In Sungai Petani, Kedah.

I’ve not been updating my blog since January. Sorry about that.

The earliest reader comment that was left languishing in my moderation queue dated back to 4 Jan 2017 (below) — from commenter ‘surrhead’ @ 2017/01/04 at 5:33 pm.

Surrhead had complained that the price of ikan kembung (in January) shot up to RM10-12 per kilo.

He will be glad to hear that its current price has gone down to between RM1.40 and RM2 — see this March 16 Utusan report. (more…)

March 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm 2 comments

Breaking into a smile


March 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm 1 comment

You rocked, Ridzuan

Lost Souls – a passing

Singer Ridzuan Hamid of Lost Souls fame passed away day before yesterday from a heart attack.

He was 44.

Ridzuan (Wan) fronted the local band that was the opening act for Bon Jovi at a 1995 concert in Shah Alam.

The music clip above Sister Golden Hair is Lost Souls’ cover version of the hit song by America. Below is Lost Souls’ live recording of Bread’s Everything I Own, belted out to a screaming crowd of 50,000.

March 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm 3 comments

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