Haruki Murakami’s Of Walls and Eggs

There are speeches that you cannot get off your head even after years. Haruki Murakami’s speech at Jerusalem “Of Walls and Eggs” is one of these speeches. But should he attend and accept the prize? I think he should. Because by attending the ceremony he made his statement heard.

This is not all, though. It carries a deeper meaning. Think of it this way. Each of us is, more or less, an egg. Each of us is a unique, irreplaceable soul enclosed in a fragile shell. This is true of me, and it is true of each of you. And each of us, to a greater or lesser degree, is confronting a high, solid wall. The wall has a name: it is “the System.” The System is supposed to protect us, but sometimes it takes on a life of its own, and then it begins to kill us and cause us to kill others — coldly, efficiently, systematically.

Hakone's lake. Japan.
A Lake at Hakone, Japan.
Hakone's lake. Japan.
Hakone’s lake. Japan.

On the other hand, Yehudi Menuhin seems to have made the similar statement during his prize acceptance at Wolf Prize.

“This wasteful governing by fear, by contempt for the basic dignities of life, this steady asphyxiation of a dependent people, should be the very last means to be adopted by those who themselves know too well the awful significance, the unforgettable suffering of such an existence. It is unworthy of my great people, the Jews, who have striven to abide by a code of moral rectitude for some 5,000 years, who can create and achieve a society for themselves such as we see around us but can yet deny the sharing of its great qualities and benefits to those dwelling amongst them.”

When challenged as to why he gave such a speech, Menuhin replied, “That is why I came”.

Thanks to SeetheLight’s comment.

Here is another source written on Yehudi Menuhin’s statement.


Karpal Singh: Tiger of Jelutong

In 1999 election, I was pleased when he lost his Jelutong parliamentary seat along with the defeat of Lim Kit Siang in Tanjong. But after many years I started to know who he really was.

He fought for his belief and justice. How do we know? Because he did not get rich along the way. (Unlike some doctors who “juang” for thier own races, but along the way their children got very rich. Isn’t those money belong to the races that they “juang” for?)

There is no money being opposition. At times, like those in 1999 and early 2000, there was no hope too. He fought on. In fact, it is outright difficult being opposition as he had been jailed, prosecuted, harassed by “law enforcers”, etc.

And unlike his other politician comrades, he did not sacrifice principle for relationship. He spoke out loudly against hudud law despite being part of Pakatan. While other members of PKR and DAP kept silent.

Now he has gone, we will see how the mixture of our multi-ethnics culture being re-engineered by both sides of political parties. They had forgotten the original dreams of 1957 and 1964 of the society our forefathers intended to built. A society shown in P Ramli’s movie, a society described in Lat’s Kampung boy.

We all will miss him, the Tiger of Jelutong.


You wonder why you just not interested to involve in others’ dreams. It is a good product, it is a good opportunity, it is good partnership, they are nice people, etc. Why not jump in to achieve together?

But you insisted on your own dreams and your own chosen path while trying to help others in theirs. Just don’t ask you to sacrifice your own dreams for others. It is that simple.

And you wonder whether you will be punished to pay high price later by insisting on your very OWN dreams. You insist to believe that you can go on your own and not relying on anyone as partner. You insist that you had preserved enough not to ask others for investment. But by refusing others, this road is a lonely one. You realize the only person who willing to listen to your ideas is yourself.

But in a way, you feel you only needs other to listen in order to comfort your emotion or stroking your confidence of the path that you have taken, which is practically not important at all. It is perfectly okay.

P/S It has not been a good day for being misunderstood. But it is perfectly fine.

What Do I Want From The Government?

A day after a dismay outcome of serving party in general election, its racist newspaper asked a very interesting question, “Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?” (What more else that Chinese wants?)

Despite the obvious contempt in the headline, it prompted me to think “Ah, what actually I want from this government to serve?”

Here are my wishlist:

1. Free education for all right up to university undergraduates. No need to provide education loan like PTPTN. Simply give free education.
2. No Lynas plant
3. No toll on highway
4. Lower electricity price
5. Lower crime rate
6. Less foreign workers
7. Higher exchange rate and higher purchasing power
8. Better and free healthcare (so that we can save money from buying insurance)
9. Insisting availability of medical insurance detach from life insurance
10. A better Chinese school environment

hmm, so far only ten.

Do It Together

Malaysia is a blessed country. We can achieve great thing only if we do it together. When I say “we” I mean all races.

In 1957 the British Empire gave us independence because all races, i.e. Malay, Chinese and Indian, demanded independence under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

In 1963, Malaysia were formed because the Kadazan-Dusun, Iban, and other ethnic group indigenous in Sabah and Sarawak wanted to join Malaya and the Malay, Chinese and Indian in Malaya welcomed them to join us. All races wanted the same things.

However after the 1969 watershed event that orchestrated by politicians to topple Tunku Abdul Rahman through racial riot, Chinese grew suspicious of the government. For many years, majority of the Chinese supported oppositions during the elections.

We forgot one thing, in Malaysia, great things only happen when all races act together.

In 1990 election, after the breakup of UMNO into UMNO Baru and Semangat 46, Sabahan and Chinese wanted to change. But the Malay decided to stick to UMNO. So Dr M won big and nothing changed.

In 1998 election, the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim infuriated the Malays. The Malays wanted to change. But this round, Chinese didn’t want to change and gave huge support to Dr M to keep BN in power. The opposition leader, Lim Kit Siang, even lost his seat in Parliament.

In 2004 election, Dr M resigned. The appointment of new Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi, gave all races hope of eradication of institutionalized corruption brooded and encouraged during the serving (ruling?) years of Dr M. All races gave their mandates to new Prime Minister to clean up the system. The oppositions lost big. The ruling party achieved a historical victory of winning 90% of the Parliament seats, inspired by the resignation of Dr M. (Ah! you see, all races acted together)

In 2008 election, despite disappointment on continuity of corruptions, only half the Malay and half the Chinese wanted to change. Expecting a usual election result, we got a surprise. The opposition won big. The ruling party, BN, got their worst ever result in their history. Then we knew, the Indians wanted to change.

However, all three races forgot about our brothers in East Malaysia. The Sabahans and Sarawakians did not want to change yet. The East Malaysia votes saved BN skin to be kept in power.

Now in 2012, again, the Chinese seems clearly wanting a change. But it will not happen unless other races are convinced and act in accord. If the Malay, Indians, Sabahans and Sarawakians also want to change the government, ini kali lah. Otherwise, all of us have to wait until all races decided on the same thing.

The interesting part is this:
a. in order to be kept in power, it is wise for BN to split the races.
b. But in order for the opposition to win the election, the oppositions need to unite all the races.

Compilation of my favourites photos since years ago (1)

This is the first of the three random compilations of some of my favourite travel photos.

Collection of travel photos

This is the first of the three random compilations of some of my favourite travel photos.

I snapped the bottom right photo in a Yamaha concert, if I remember correctly, at Petaling Jaya civic hall. I especially like this photo due to the right timing of flash. The flash was a fluke.

Revisit the purpose of this blog

I started this blog with the intention to be anonymous.

Being anonymous allows me to write freely, showing-off my words and photos freely, not worrying about being judged, etc. I even switched off the visitor’s comment. No one can have a say in this blog, as this blog is my own space of free speech. People can hate me reading my words but too bad, this blog is my place. I won’t give them a chance to comment. I don’t have to care about readers who disagree with me.

Somehow along the way I violated my own principle for moment of vanity and I linked this blog to my facebook account. There are people that I care about. I care about how they judged me. I care about how I am being seen by the people that matter to me. It become no longer fun to show and update this blog for I know my words, thoughts and writing styles can be too blunt and raw to be desirable.

Same thing for FB. My friend list had bloated with so many so-so friends, colleagues and friends that matter that there is no longer fun to write about many issues in the posts. For every post I need to stop and think before I post. It has unconsciously become a tiring process of maintaining an online identity or, in a more accurate word, image. What makes it worst is my recent outburst of nostalgia posts. 😛 Very embarrassing, but well, I asked for it. Hope I get back to normal soon.

I am cutting the link between my FB account and this blog. I still can write my opinions, but not on FB. Bye bye FB. I am removing my website info from FB too. A while later, nobody will remember I ever have a blog. This blog can remain as the outlet of my thoughts.

May be back to handwriting journal, but blog somehow is more fun with my many photos.

update: errr but just realised, I put my Mt Kinabalu blog at chwh and all the photo in FB with chwh domain names needed to be removed.
How to go back to anonymous at cool head warm heart now?
Got to start a new life journal blog now. 😛


I knew since long ago that it is not so much about the nature, but it is about the walking.

May be walking through the city, may be walking up the mountain, may be along the beach, etc. but it is always about the walk and the mindless walk.

For rare times in life, I would not think but simply walk.