Wednesday, June 15, 2005

What an exciting read!

Here is a brilliantly executed account of a first-timer’s experience at a race track. While accounts of track days are commonplace in the media, it is a very rare occurrence to find a fantastic narration that makes you want to go to one yourself.
I musn't brake or lift off, even though it's downhill and I'm picking up speed, because I know from Calum that I can take this flat-out, and it's uphill now, and I've made it through the corners and… Oh my God, here are two Porsche 911s, a Radical SR3, a Caterham Seven and an Ariel Atom up my backside. I can see them all quivering in my vibrating rear-view mirror, but they're not pushing me yet; I'm praying for a straight to let them by, and thank goodness here's one. I move over, and stick my left arm out to wave them on, but they're all through before I can lift my hand, and here comes the Dunlop bridge!

I marvelled at the difference between boy racers and racing drivers: the former hustle you through bends, itching to get past, and so completely miss their lines and lurch around on ragged laps. The racing drivers, meanwhile, hold back to let you sort out your turn then power past in beautifully executed manoeuvres.

The Daily Telegraph has a very well written weekly motoring section that is worth inspecting.

Erin Baker, "Tracks of My Tears", Motoring, The Daily Telegraph, 4th June 05, United Kingdom.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, have not been to your blog in some days. But here is my reply to those questions in your previous 2 postings.

Looking at such an important topic objectively.
First of all, i am sure all of you love your country. Malaysia tanah tumpah darahku. Yes, their propaganda IS that effective to vulnerable young minds. But let me ask you this, does the country love you as much?

The education system in Malaysia, the one i am proud to be from because i grew up in it. What is your opinion on it?

The fact is, every few years when a new education minister comes in, in come the new policies. Then what happens to those that the Ministry had been trying to implement for the last couple of years? We start afresh, again. It's like painting the wall white, and when it's nearly finished, you paint it blue. And when it's nearly completed we paint it white.

Proof of this? Well, remember during our parent's generation? Most of the subjects were all taught in English due to the strong ties with England. Then over the years, Bahasa Malaysia which became Bahasa Melayu which is now don't know what they want to call it, took a bigger role.

If you look back, when did the system change from English to BM? If i'm not mistaken, it's when Dr. M was education minister, just a few years before he became the PM in 1981. He drastically changed everything and made Maths, Biology etc all in BM.

Hmm, who was it in the last few years before Pak Lah became prime minister that so strongly advocated the change of Science and Maths to English? Yes, none other than Dr. M. Get my drift?

We are being led into a political roller coaster actually. The children are the real victims, the poor pupils in the government schools like you and me. No wonder the chinese education group and association want their say over the chinese school education system. At least there is some consistency there. If there is a change it would be less political.

Without sounding too political, it's like how UMNO stirs up controversy from time to time to woo voters. It's the same. No wonder you have fresh graduates these days going on months and months without jobs. Whose fault is this really?

I agree, BM is a good way to unite the different races that speak so many different languages in Malaysia. But the fact is, in the world today, BM is redundant. So bad that you need to find a place to house all of them. Well, the civil service is seen as the dumping ground. The Malaysian government try to promote the use of the language. They end up overly promoting the use of a language which has no use other than in the government departments and the civil service. We must face the fact that BM is important as a tool of unity, yes. But it will not make you a global citizen to enable you to compete with the rest of the world.

Malaysia boleh?

I will not mention much about oh how education should be teaching you how to think rather than mere spoon feeding. It has been repeated too much. But i am very sad and utterly disappointed that what i have learned in primary and secondary school has mainly been a waste of time. Seriously, a lot of it just clogging my bran space.

Much as i am a very patriotic Malaysian and as much as i have so many fond memories of my school days. It does not prepare you for to face the reality of the world today. It's like giving a group of youths some hand to hand combat training then sending them to Iraq where people use guns. You give them this illusion to life on, but it is life changing when this illusion is shattered.

Hence, my conclusion is that many global Malaysians work away from Malaysia because they want to learn to be better global players. I do think many do not worship the west, but realize there is a lot to be learned and they want to learn it. How and why are they better and in what aspects. They merely want to better themselves, nationality is irrelevant here.

Also, a lot of the time great talents are not being appreciated. There are 1,250 JPA scholarships. Why do students getting 13A1s even have to appeal? It should be automatic. I mean the MCA comes in as is seen as a hero. But hey, come on lar, the PM needs to interfere in some minute policy matters? Where oh where were the days of Tan Siew Sin and Tan Cheng Lock? Where the MCA actually had some say over national policy. Today's MCA? They are like admin people, taking care of UTAR etc. NOt to mention Michael Chong's complaint bureau. I'm not saying their not doing something good. But heck, concentrate on the important things. The re-pegging of the ringgit, foreign policy etc. Not trying to be 'ying hong' in the 'San Chuen'. (Chinese hero in a chinese new village)

Imagine the pressure on the next generation of SPM students, they may freakin have to get 18A1s to get a JPA scholarship. Ridiculous.

Now if you are someone as brilliant as that, which i am not. Would you not go somewhere where your talent is appreciated?

Some may think many that are away from Malaysia do that just because they are white worshippers. I wish it is that simple.

In the end. You and i, we are merely immigrants in the country that we love. Does it love us as much in return? From the time of Laksamana Cheng Ho landing at the shores of Melaka, until today hundreds of years later. We will still be classed as immigrants albeit in a more subtle manner. When today even the mamak's (Indian muslim) can nearly be categorized as bumi putera? Immigrants not because of the colour of our skin, that's just an excuse. It's because of the need for a political enemy when some party is not united. We are their enemy and we always will be.

Sekian. Wassalam.


4:24 am, June 17, 2005  

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