what is a modern man

Writer: Steven Lee Kia Juan / 李家源

 A modern man is the one who is full of activities and he is so busy with his business of earning for a living that he never has time to live!
Believe it or not?

Now with the fast speed of air travel, rockets, trains and cars that have brought man restless lives in a fast track kind and what is the end result? Sicknesses and ill health!

So a modern man needs to take care of his health really really seriously!
As a human being, the human nerves just cannot stand the pace at which he lives today.
Many of man's modern diseases, such as heart, stomach and skin troubles are caused by the stress exerted on the nerves by this pace.
Nevertheless all the time, the modern man has to be on the go!
Remember, the modern man always says: Go! Go! Go!

As business is making great demands on him, he rushes here and there. He has no proper rest. He snatches a hasty meal and dashes off again.
He has little time in bed. Just as he is about dropping off to sleep, he leaps out again after the alarm goes!

The world is too much with him. He has practically too little time to sit with one another for a cup of tea, to eat at leisure, to study the world and its wonders and to discuss things at ease..........

A hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago, there was a slowness and steadiness about things. Ask anyone who is above 60 years old and he will be able to tell you the story.
A man could travel on foot or horseback at a relatively sedate pace and he could take his own sweet time over it.

However with this sudden speed up of life, it is hard to imagine how the body cells, could suddenly be forced to try and keep up with the pace? When the body cells are unable to cope with the situation, it will take refuge in a breakdown, a heart attack or a stomach ulcer!

Every little incident disturbs a modern man's mind. He always sees the darkness and misery but not the grand beauty and the real nature of this world!
He tries to keep up with his appearance, works hard for a pathetic reward, and try to feel important when it succeeds.
But when it fails, he pretends that he doesn't mind or to treat it as if nothing happens.

The malady of this modern man is that he suffers from too much of actions. Action after action!

It is like he has to have action, more action and still more action that eventually punctuates his life from his baby cradle to his eventual grave! What is the use of being a modern man?

He can hardly spend even five minutes in a state of silence in action. He is like a constant roar of the machine he invented, making himself sort of a nuisance as well as to the society. His mind and body soon becomes weakened and haggard, and finally fritter away the useful energy and resources.........What a waste!

Besides this, today's modern man has enmeshed in all sorts of ideas, views, opinions and ideologies both wise and foolish from the power of the media, such as the
e-media we have now. It has inadvertently escalated our normal pace of life!

Last but not least it is a man's duty to look from all angles, be it materially, socially or culturally. There are so much more opportunities for achievements, so much greater in work returns and the amenities are numerous. So slow down baby, slow down and enjoy your life while it is still on-going! 

 

 

 steven lee

~ Steven Lee @ 李家源 ~

Life is like a journey.
When you are born, it is your ticket to ride.
With the ticket, you have the license to travel.
Along the way, you pick up things, good or bad.
You get to know the environment, the people and things around.
You get involvements, socializing and planning.
Life gets more complicating.
You fight for it.
You build your dream castle.
You enjoy life.
You have all the commitments in life!
Finally you get down from the train that takes you through the journey of life!

There is a Chinese saying: Journey of a thousand miles begins with a humble step.

从争取成功晋级 大学资格说起

liew chek yee 

~ 刘卓义 @ 刘霖 ~

  也许大部分义安同学都不甚了解数位义安同学在政府执教的情形吧!那么,就让我从头说起,好让一些义安同学在写履历时,能真真实实地写上毕业于义安某某学系,即使早期义安学院的毕业同学只有四届罢了。

  想起当年在1973年初,马来亚大学当局正式录取六位义安学院毕业生进入该大学继续攻读教育文凭科系,以便这些同学在一年的课程后,能派到全马各地的政府中学执教。该批有幸被马大当局接纳的义安同学,计有刘卓义、曾云龙、李良珍、郑再九、钟从宏及张日德。

  该届被马大当局录取攻读教育文凭的海外大学毕业的华裔生,计有南大、台湾各大学及美国各大学的精英,且已在各中学执教的教育界人士。他们都兴致勃勃从本国各地来到马大攻读教育文凭,当然包括国内外且已受政府承认的各大学的精英。该届被马大当局录取攻读教育科系的精英,约有整千人,华巫印及混籍人士都有,以巫裔人士居多,该批各大学精英,都祈望在一年的受训后,都能成为合格的专业老师,并能被政府分配到全马各中学去执行教育工作。

  虽然我们来到了另一个以马来语及英语为主的教学媒介的大学,但是我们都有共同的目标,以求取专业资格,于是我们都以所选择的科目,分组且合作进行学习及研讨。如此,我们认识了好多国内外大学毕业的各民族同学,彼此间共同学习,生活也蛮愉快、充实及有意义。

  但是,天有不测风云,在良好的学习环境里,却爆出一批马来极端份子,包括一小撮大学当权的马来教授及见识浅薄的马来同学,先在大学自由论坛里、大学评论会里,大肆攻击一些华裔的南大、义安、台湾各大学及美国毕业的华裔毕业生,预谋地想从马大将我们轰出。在不得已的情况下,当时马大翁姑亚兹校长,教育系系主任,都紧急召见我们,与我们对话共三回合。当时我们这批二、三十位同学,除了一两位开始不攻读外,但大部分始终站稳立场,寻找对策,本人被推举为义安、南大等同学首领,再次负起带头任务,收集资料,里外奔走,会见当时担任马大评议会的首席主席敦苏菲安联邦大法官、黄木良律师,姚裕福同学等。黄律师还答应要为我们义务在法律程序上争取公平合理的对待,不收一文钱,使我们深受感动。大法官则说,大学之门打开,让我们有资格的进来,如今却要赶我们走,不要让我们攻读教育文凭,真是本末倒置,且预祝我们这一批同学,一定会胜利。果然,邪不能胜正,在大学当局召开数次评议会的结果,还是让我们继续攻读完教育文凭科系(Diploma Education)也考获教育文凭。

  毕业后,我们被派到各地政府中学执教,但是待遇却没有着落,我们被政府有关教育部门指定暂时先接受非大学毕业生的待遇。所以,我们这一批组织起来欲争取晋级大学毕业生(D3)的待遇,争取的路途刚要开始,一些同学便开始转入独中当高职,一些则转入私立学院当讲师,最后,义安剩下本人,郑再九及钟从宏三人继续联合南大、台湾等大学,美国各大学的同学,共同奔走有关政府教育部门。

  在争取的过程中,我们也有考虑 (一)放弃,打回原形,永远在那些讲过我们的人面前抬不起头,   (二)就是抓紧拳头,咬紧牙根,以争取公平的待遇,奋斗到底,不可退缩,来达到固定的目标。

  从1974年起,一直到1978年止,我们共奔走了二、三十次漫长的道路,这包括当时的副教长陈声新、教育部长拿督斯里马哈迪医生、皇家教育服务委员会(SPP)的官员、公共服务委员会属下的大学遴选委员会(JPA)、新加坡教育部高级官员、义安学院当局,还有马华的拿督李三春、拿督李孝友、拿督曾永生、陈征雁、新加坡义安同学,以及各地南大、义安、台湾各大学以及美国数间大学毕业的同学,我们都能站在同一阵线上,争取我们共同的目标,即D3薪金待遇。

  我们无法估计得失,但我们始终有共同的目标,付出一切的努力,我们也没法准确的预测结果,我们寻找一切可行的途径,可佐证的资料,不管路途的遥远,如巴生依斯兰学院毕业生及香港珠海学院毕业生执教的待遇资料,都在我们搜集之列。

  所以,要改变我们这一批共同命运的政府中学教员,惟有靠勤奋,靠知识去争取。套用一句老话“苦干加巧干”。而这种“知识”,包括识知与实践,我们也了解,再好的命途,但却不事争取,也断无成就无成果。所以,无论我们的命途有多差,但是只要肯努力迈进、肯付出。即使事倍功半,还是有成果的,所谓“勤有功”,“勤加缘”,这是不变的真理。

  终于在1978年及1979年时,我们这一批还是在政府中学执教的同学/老师都各别在不同的日子收到教育部有关部门及皇家教育服务委员会,批准我们获取晋级D3薪金制的宝贵信件。

  直到2012年初,我们这批义安、南大、台湾、美国等各大学受训的老同学也是最后一批进入马大接受教育文凭(Diploma Pendidikan)受训的老师,老同学,一些至55岁退休。另一些则至60岁退休。但是退休后大家在一起时,难免都有一个共同的感触,共同的意念,那就是要感谢我们的黄木良义务律师多年来为我们的奋斗,打拼,争取合理,公平的待遇,使我们难以忘怀。

  于是我们着手订制了一面精美的盾牌,赠送给黄木良律师作为永久的怀念及感激。

  以下为我们这一批,也是最后一批被马大当局录取接受教育科系的老同学也是退休老师。末了,也请有关的同学读了这篇报道式的文章后,发觉有错漏,还请原谅及指正,谢谢。

义安
(巫文系)

南大
(巫文系)

台湾
成功大学

台湾
师范大学

巴生
依斯兰学院

美国
Marist College

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郑再九

钟从宏

曾云龙

李良珍

张日德

梅荣杰

张坚

罗展庆

黄枝木

刘美惜

卢文高

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Noraisamy

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