There was a bad jam going to the office this morning because they had closed off the roads around Dataran Merdeka for the National Day parade rehearsals. Unfortunately, the Indonesians have ensured that they were rehearsing in smog.
Ira passed her driving test today. I went ti pick her up are the Malay driving school headquarters in Sungai Buluh. The drive showed me just how bad the haze situation really was.
Now that Ira has got her driving licence, and Hanis too, I think I’ll get them to drive more and so I will get to rest more when we travel long distances.
On the news, things aren’t doing well in school today. In Bandar BAru Bangi, a fifteen year old boy died when he had a misstep while trying to retrieve a friend’s bag which was hidden by some of the other students on a ledge. Up north, another boy was hospitalized for serious head injuries after he was beaten by some boys.
There was something I read online today that was rather interesting. Some people are worried that the Islamophobics will have a field day because the Eid will fall on 9/11. They will certainly be saying that the Muslims are celebrating the twin tower incident. In a way, I think that may not be such a bad idea. The twin tower destruction was a bad thing, that is not arguable, but it was also like something that was preordained to happen.
The twin tower incident was, in my opinion, a planned thing. It needed to happen if viewed in the greater scheme of things. Not necessary in the malicious sense. With the communist bloc broken up, the West needed another enemy: a new Other, it is something that the Western Abstract mind cannot do without. They need something to be the opposite end of the continuum: the “darkness” to their “light”. Without it, they cannot justify their oppression of their own. With it, they can dangle the Other like a bogeyman in front of their masses and thus allowing them to be lead by their noses - like buffaloes.
Dr Chung assigned me to lead a team to update our practicum guidebook. Apparently, we have been getting complaints from students and school personnel who claim that the guidebook left them somewhat clueless at times. Although, I think this is perfectly possible, I also think that it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt because both of the people mentioned have been known to have lied about not getting information because they were too lazy to retrieve the information or read the book themselves. I think I’ll start with a little investigating.
Logically speaking, two avenues of inquiry is open to me here:
A. Ask the student and school personnel themselves via an online survey.
B. Examine the text in question and compare it to other guideline texts available online. I have also started my inquiry in his direction by downloading a few practicum guidelines from foreign universities. This is because I could not find local ones online today.
Perhaps this can be an avenue for a case study in an action research program