Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Montague & Capulet

Two households, both alike in dignity in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny where civil blood makes civile hands unclean. From forth the faital loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth wiht their death bury their parents' strife.

Juliet
: O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I shall no longer be a Capulet.

Romeo: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

Juliet
: 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, thou art thyself though not a Montague. What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. Oh, what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet; so Romeo would, were he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection to which he owes without that title. Romeo, doff thy name! And for thy name, which is no part of thee, take all myself.

*sigh*

History been keeping more Romeos and Juliets apart. Protestant and Catholic...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Democratic Action Party

This is my first political post. I dont have much interest in polity but seems like i have to play this inevitable role as i's being given this citizenship. Mercy, God.. mercy..

Seems like the probablity for me to cast my first vote will be to DAP. Still hasn't decided yet, but tentative choice is that because the current BN administration has too much baggages, though the leader is, no doubt, a good one.

Check out DAP's Vision and Mission, which is more palatable to me:

An outline of Party Policies:
On the Reform of Legislative Institutions
restoration of local government elections;
abolition of the appointment system of Senate;
denial of the two-third majority of the ruling parties in the Parliament and State Assemblies.
On the Reform of the Electoral system
restoration of the "one -person-one -vote" system of constituency delineation;
expansion of voting rights to all citizens who age of 18 years or above;
restoration of the independence of the Election Commission;
creation of an electoral culture that is clean, fair and free.
On nation-building
Abolition of the division of "bumiputra" and "non-bumiputra" and the implementation of ethnic equality.
On Economic Development
due emphasis be given to distributive justice;
opposition to environment destruction;
opposition to "Party Capitalism";
replacement of the ethnic quota system with a policy of "merits and needs"
On Labour
implementation of minimum wage
opposition to unlimited import of foreign labour;
defence of workers' rights to free association;
promotion of workers' solidarity
On Social Welfare
implementation of health care and other social security policies;
protection of the aged, the disabled and the poor against absolute poverty.
On Education
implementation of a seamless system of education;
full recognition of the right to mother tongue education.
opposition to the 1996 National Education Act.
On Ethnic and Cultural rights
cultural democracy;
ethnic equality;
national integration through equality, tolerance and understanding.
On Mass Media
creation of a free, fair , accountable and responsible mass media
opposition to the monopoly of information and manipulation of news;
On Agriculture
non-ethnic-based reform to land-reform;
rental control;
expansion of agricultural loan;
reduction of agricultural taxes.
On Environment
opposition to any economic policy that destroys the environment;
the right of Orang Asli to develop and enjoy their natural resources;
all major development of natural resources like the construction of mammoth dams must be subject to strict monitoring and assessment.
On International Relations
promotion of world peace and justice;
support for the Non-Alignment Movement;
opposition to imperialism and racism;
promotion of human rights and democracy.
On National Defence
opposition to excessive defence budget;
call for genuine national service;
strengthening of civil defence;
streaming and reduction of armed forces to a highly trained professional force.
On Women
participation of women in all levels of decision-making.
opposition to all laws that discriminate against women.
On Youth
nine years of compulsory education;
abolition of ethnic quota system in education, the Universities and Universities s Colleges Act and all other laws and regulations that retard the full development of the potential of Malaysia citizens.