Indonesia: 40 years of silence

Here’s a haunting documentary to look out for. Some 500,000 to 1 million Indonesians were butchered in the mid-1960s. The synopsis from the official website:

Directed by anthropologist Robert Lemelson and edited by two-time Academy Award winner Pietro Scalia, “40 years of silence: An Indonesian tragedy” is a moving feature length documentary film about one of the most horrific chapters in Indonesia’s history.



SXI brother-principal’s retirement marks end of era

St Xavier’s Institution principal Bro Paul Ho’s retirement draws to a close the presence of the La Salle brothers as principals of the mission schools in Malaysia. It began with SXI in Penang and it ends with SXI.

But Bro Ambrose Loke remains as director of St Francis’ Institution in Malacca and La Salle brothers continue teaching in several schools in Sabah, Malacca and Perak. Other brothers are involved in non-formal educational activities in learning, tuition, training and rural educational centres across the country.

How would you rate the contribution and impact of the La Salle Brothers in Malaysian eduation?

  • 10 - Outstanding contribution; tremendous impact (72%, 331 Votes)
  • 9 (8%, 38 Votes)
  • 8 (7%, 33 Votes)
  • 7 - Good contribution; significant impact (6%, 27 Votes)
  • 5 - Fair contribution, average impact (2%, 10 Votes)
  • 0 - Zero contribution, negative impact (2%, 8 Votes)
  • 2 - Negligible contribution; little impact (1%, 4 Votes)
  • 6 (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 4 (0%, 2 Votes)
  • 3 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 1 (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 457

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Pakatan rejects ‘unity talks’: What now, Hadi, Nasha?

So there you have it: the Pakatan leaders have come out with a firm stand against “unity talks” with Umno, much to the relief of the many Malaysians who voted for change and reforms in the last general election.

Surely, this must put all those within Pas who initially backed the “unity talks” proposal – notably Hadi and Nasharudin – in an awkward position. It’s time for the party to project leaders who are more open and in touch with the aspirations of the rakyat, namely folks like Husam Musa and Nizar.



Have speed sensors been replaced on all Airbus planes?

Spotted in a Bloomberg report after the recent Air France crash:

The plane maker (Airbus) recommended in September 2007 that airlines replace the Thales SA speed sensors, known as Pitot tubes, on single-aisle A320-series planes as well as the A330 and A340. Air France said June 6 it waited until April to begin installing the new sensors because it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that their high-altitude effectiveness for the A330 was demonstrated in lab tests.



Poll: Weekly day off for domestic workers?

I was shocked when I read that a recent SMS poll conducted by The Star revealed that 76 per cent of 769 respondents were against the idea of allowing domestic workers (maids) a day off every week.

Let’s see if you are any different from the readers of The Star. Hopefully, we can get a similar number of respondents here and then we can compare the results…

Should domestic workers be given a day off every week?

  • Yes (55%, 427 Votes)
  • No (41%, 319 Votes)
  • Don't know (4%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 775

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