DISCLAIMER: This is for those Malaysian Indians who are guilty as charged
Lately, I’m seeing an alarming and increasing rate of Malaysian Indians giving more importance to entertainment than education and also the lack of drive to equip themselves with beneficial knowledge.
Among parents, especially middle class Malaysian Indians who drill their children to excel in education, boot camp style, there are parents who don’t even know the name of the school their children go to let alone what their kids study. But, they know which are the Tamil movies starring Kollywood heroes and the dates of their release. Also, mega serial.
Malaysians Indians, wake up and smell the academic rot that has set in
Somehow, in a blurred time frame, Malaysian Indians have become slaves to India, particularly Kollywood cinematic culture. This occurrence is full blown on Facebook. There are Malaysian Indian Facebook pages fan pages dedicated to Vijay and Ajith.
There are no Malaysian fan pages dedicated to Jackie Chan or Zhang Zi Yi or Yuna or Maya Karin and either for Bruce Willis or Hugh Jackman or Brad Pitt for that matter! This is solid proof that only Malaysian Indians are affected by this cretinism adopted from India.
The first culprits which are responsible for this brain decay and misfiring priorities are THR Raaga and ASTRO. Those mass media are feeding this cancer that’s affecting Malaysian Indians’ prioritizing. This celebrating and hyping up the birthdays of the likes of Rajini, Vijay, Ajith, Surya etc is what our Indian community desperately need now I suppose. The said media hail those actors as heroes and Malaysian Indians of today, especially youth, see those ACTORS whose profession is ACTING as inspiration. I do not know how to brain this..:
I saw somewhere in Facebook where a Malaysian Indian Vijay fan shaved his head to sport the word ‘Kathhi’ (knife) which is Vijay’s upcoming movie. Yean da dei? I wonder what is worth exemplifying in Vijay’s movies. Of course you can learn from movies, any movie but at the end of the day, it all boils down to choice and mind filter – ambil yang jernih dan buang yang keruh. But, most Malaysian Indians CHOOSE to ambil yang keruh dan buang yang jernih from Tamil movies.
The below is the trailer of a gem of a Tamil movie, based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian mathematician who was invited to Cambridge because of his brilliance in theorems:
Not many Malaysian Indians would want to watch the movie above – I bet my life on it. Leave watching, how many Malaysian Indians know that such a movie EXISTS?
I believe it’s important to strive to seek knowledge but not ridicule certain knowledge just because some people’s perception that it is inferior knowledge. I know who is on the right side. BUT, ULTIMATELY, no one knows everything. Environment plays a part in acquiring knowledge and one should never be jeered at just because he or she don’t know what you know. A homeless person knows where soup kitchens are and the one driving around in a BMW with tinted glass don’t. Everyone knows something you don’t so be humble. Katrathu kai mann alavu, kallathathu ulaga alavu.
For those who do not know who the people on the left are, they are scientists and iconoclasts who contributed greatly to mankind. Without them, our world would have been very different in a bad way. In order from top to bottom and left to right : Stephen Hawking a physicist known mostly for his black holes and cosmology theories, Marie Curie a physicist known for her research on radiation and she’s the only woman to have received two Nobel prize in two separate scientific fields, Nikola Tesla known for his many inventions in electricity, Albert Einstein mostly known for the equation E = mc2, which establishes an equivalence between matter and energy, Sigmund Freud founder of psychoanalysis, Neil deGrasse Tyson an astrophysicist director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Galileo inventor of the telescope and defender of the copernic theory which proposes to adopt heliocentrism and satellite movements, Isaac Newton recognized as the founder of classical mechanics, for his theory of universal gravitation, Carl Sagan one of the founders of exobiology, he has established a program for research on extraterrestrial intelligence and Charles Darwin well known for the basis of the modern theory of evolution. Lastly, the guy on the right is Vijay and he is an actor, producer and playback singer in India, specifically Tamil Nadu and, he is also a college dropout like Bill Gates. I want to stress here that most college dropouts don’t become like Vijay or Bill Gates. So, staying out of school is not cool. (I’ve painstakingly included all the links pertaining to the people you should know so the least you, the reader, who don’t know who those people are bar Vijay, kindly make an effort to learn the details that have been served to you on a platter.)
Vijay contributed next to nothing of use to the society. If you choose to know about him and ignore the ideas of people who matter (like those on the left), then you certainly have effed up priorities. Knowing Vijay or Vijay Sethupathi or Shakeela or anyone else is not wrong, but we should also strive to acquaint ourselves with the real knowledge that can benefit us and take us forward in the world. Nowadays, with advent of tech, every citizen has access to an immense amount of information at high speed and low cost. All of us can, if we have curiosity and effort, explore the net and learn, all of us can become well informed people. If you are reading this, you have Internet access so don’t make lame excuses on why you are ill-informed.
There are Indians who achieved great heights – Sundar Pichai, senior vice president at Google and co-creator of Google Chrome, Shiva Ayyadurai, the man who invented email, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft etc. What most of us, Malaysian Indians do at these achievements by others who happen to be Indians by genetic accidents? Holler, “Proud to be Indian!” Tumpang sekaki je lepas tu lupakan. Instead of proclaiming ‘proud to be Indian’ and stopping at that, build on the accomplishments. If white people were complacent of Alexander Graham Bell (he was Scottish and got a US patent for his invention of telephone) inventing the telephone, we wouldn’t have iPhones today.
Malaysian Indians, it’s high time to wake up from slumber and start acquiring knowledge
Knowledge is divided into 3 generic categories – needs based knowledge, choice based knowledge and instinctive knowledge. Needs based knowledge is education and many of Malaysian Indians nowadays don’t see education as a need – some in my own family. They have every ASTRO Tamil entertainment channels and the TV runs almost 24/7. Choice based knowledge is what you choose to know. Instinctive knowledge is innate and driven by instincts shaped by evolution – primal knowledge.
A friend of mine organized Vetri Padigal, a free educational program for Malaysian Indians but the event didn’t get the expected turnout although it was FOC. He wrote a bogus status on Facebook and our Malaysian Indians showed their true interest:
As of yesterday Vetri Padigal program for northern region was completed successfully. We covered Perlis, Kedah and Penang in total of 7 locations. Perak events are coming soon. Several things we realized by conducting this program: 1- Very few Indians know about their higher education options with the grades they have. 2- Not many Indian families think beyond SPM. Right now my kid need to score well in SPM, after that I will wait for the result to decide... too late people. 3- Entertainment is so much more important than education. 4- Very few schools care about Indian student's future. Even lesser Indian teachers gives a damn. Its just a job for them. 5- Even for education program, you need to have "star power" to get people interested to attend. So as a MyMen founder, I have decided to invite Actor Surya for our next program. As you all may know, he is very involved in education programs through his Hero or Zero and Agaram foundation. So bringing him for Vetri Padigal will be the right choice. Students will benefit from this. Our next program for northern region is planned after SPM exams and that is when we planned to invite him. Since Surya's charges and travel expenses wont be covered by our organizing committee, unfortunately we have to charge a fee from the students to attend. We are looking for one central location for northern region, maybe in Penang or Kedah. If anyone interested to attend, please let us know NOW. We need to plan the event, hall and the rest of the things. We need at least 1000 people to attend and tickets will be about 50- 100 each. We will update you all soon about the ticket price. I have one more surprise for you all so wait for my update tomorrow. MyMen gonna rock your education world with actor Surya! He blew his bogus status: So I promised a surprise today. The surprise is Surya or Arya is not coming for Vetri Padigal. The amount of interest and inquiry I get for Surya visit and private messages is really pissing me off. We give priority to a movie star but not your education. Know your priorities. You willing to pay to see Surya but wont come for a free program for your education. Neenga ellam nalla varuvingada...
With my SPM grade, I applied for IPTA and I didn’t get a seat (quota system) and I was pushed to do STPM. Many of our Malaysian Indians fear STPM like the plague. Trust me, taking STPM is one of the best academic choice you’ll ever make. It prepares and motivates you for varsity in a wholesome way. It is difficult but STPM adds value to your resume and it is not a waste of time like how most Malaysian Indians believe. STPM is also a surefire way to get a seat in IPTA.
Even before your child sits for SPM, visit MOHE JPT and scour the higher education opportunities offered locally and update your knowledge on the little education chances we Malaysian Indians have in Malaysia. KNOWLEDGE IS WEALTH. We cannot afford to wait for the fruit of knowledge and higher education to drop into our outstretched hands; we gotta pluck it with our hands. Also, if you want to enroll your kids in private colleges make sure that the course is accredited by LAN.
This Padicha tha Hero illena Zero commercial targets child labour and ironically, Vijay is not very educated and he’s promoting education. Well, if you will only listen to matinee idols from India to take your education seriously, here goes:
Naveena and Linggaes scored 12 A+ in SPM and no teen on Facebook changed their profile pic or created pages acknowledging the neat feats of the duo.
16 year old Gowree commits suicide over love failure and every other Malaysian Indian teens changed their profile pics and created Facebook pages glorifying her act of ultimate sacrifice for love.
Where else our teens get such ideas if not from Tamil movies? And, their parents are either sleeping or engrossed in mega serials. That Maharaja package is a big mistake.
See, even I watch Tamil movies and Vijay and Film Fare award shows. I think Vijay does a good job as an actor and I particularly like the movie Thuppaki. The problem is, many of our youth and even their parents get carried away and make entertainment first priority. I am not asking anyone to become Puritan. All I am asking is for Malaysian Indians to make an effort to become all round educated and knowledgeable persons as well as able to draw the distinction between trivial knowledge and beneficial knowledge. As a marginalized community, our very existence and future depend on education and only education as well as general knowledge for extra edge and appeal. Vijay ain’t gonna help you score in SPM or get our Education Minister to abolish the quota system at gun point. So, we should raise up our academic standards and be the cream of the crop. This video below will tell you why you should broaden your knowledge:
A public university (IPTA) houses almost 8K students but we have ONLY 110++ Indian students in an IPTA thereof. Even if we go by quota, we should have at least 7% or 5%. 5% of 8000 = 400 But Indian students constitute of 1.3% only now, that is, 110 students. The Malaysian Education Ministry refutes that it practices quota system but the statistics speak otherwise. Even UM which has a Tamil department under the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies has just 100+ Indian students. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. It’s DO or DIE. I don’t even have to mention the scrounges of Malaysian Indians – crime and school dropout rate, prison population and gangsterism. We are literally the dregs of Malaysian society. Proud of it ah?
Ponder on this quote:
Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
– Governor Kathleen Blanco
Intha punch dialogue:
Entertainment vaazhkai le irukalam aana vaazhkai eh entertainment ah iruka kudathu. Vaazhkai eh entertainment ah iruntha, vaazhkai naaridum.