Posted in Motherhood, Parenting

kiddy123.com – Malaysian Parenting Directory

I’ve been invited to write for a Malaysian parenting directory, kiddy123.

I’m really happy to be apart of this as I’ve been trying to break through Malaysian market since there is quite a challenge for local English writer to make a name.

I hope this would be a start to more to come!

Here are some of my articles posted on the site:

How to Handle Different Parenting Style in Family

 

How to Handle Your Toddlers’ Tantrum

 

Ramadan Fasting – How Young Should Your Child Start

 

Let me know what you think! Comments and honest reviews are welcome.

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Posted in General

Jobdirumah – Cara Selamat untuk Bekerja dari Rumah

Sekarang makin banyak orang nak cuba bekerja dari rumah secara online.

Tetapi mesti ramai yang agak teragak-agak untuk mencuba kerana banyak berita dan cerita dari orang ramai yang platform-platform ini kebanyakkannye scam dan menipu orang yang dah mendaftar. So sebab ini ramai yang langsung tak mahu cuba bekerja dari rumah secara online.

Saya sendiri pernah tertipu dengan salah satu platform bekerja dari rumah ni. Website untuk platform ni memang sangat professional and nampak boleh dipercayai. Sesetengah platform untuk bekerja dari rumah ni memang dari awal da boleh nampak macam tak boleh percaya. Tapi platform yang ini memang betul-betul nampak professional. Dan saya pun mendaftar untuk menjadi ahli kerana kalau tak mendaftar, saya tidak akan dibekalkan dengan “module perniagaan” untuk memulakan kerja online saya.

Lepas dah bayar yuran pendaftaran sebanyak RM50, saya pun terima “module perniagaan” tu. Tengok-tengok rupanya kene jadi agen jualan. Ada kene jual top up la, ada kene jadi affiliate agent untuk website yang betul-betul mengarut la and macam-macam lagi. Then bile saya try to contact the admin of the platform tu, langsung tak dapat dihubungi. In the end, abes macam tu saja duit saya.

So bile mak saya suruh saya check Jobdirumah.com saya da macam lali. Ni mesti menipu gak, kata saya.

Tapi sebab saya masa tu memerlukan duit extra so saya pun cuba-cuba la tengok website Jobdirumah.com ni. Biasa je, tak de apa-apa yang fancy pun. Then saya Google Jobdirumah.com sebab saya nak baca sebanyak yang mungkin mengenai Jobdirumah.com before saya try. Banyak blog posts and forum yang mengesahkan bahawa Jobdirumah.com BUKAN SCAM. Ramai yang share screenshot yang menunjukkan duit yang mereka dapat dari Jobdirumah.com.

Then saya pikir mungkin this time JDR ni selamat dan sah, bukan macam platform bekerja dari rumah yang pernah tipu saya dulu tu.

So saya pun daftar untuk menjadi ahli. Sama juga, yuran pendaftaran ialah RM50.

Lepas saya dah browse through senarai jobs yang ditawarkan, saya pun cubalah beberapa untuk tengok betul ke saya akan dapat duit. Tak sampai beberapa jam saya dah dapat USD 5 sebab saya dapat job untuk menulis dua artikel untuk seorang client ni.

Kemudian in the next few days saya pun cuba lebih banyak job lagi and Alhamdulillah, dalam masa seminggu, saya dapat USD 99 (lebih kurang RM297). And sekarang saya teruskan saja bekerja dengan Jobdirumah.com kerana saya yakin memang JDR tidak menipu.

Setiap job dibayar dengan rate yang berlainan, depending on the type of job. Kalau kerja tu mudah, rendah la sikit bayarannye tapi kalau lebih complex, then client sanggup untuk bayar jumlah yang tinggi. Contoh di bawah ni ialah bayaran dari satu client yang nak saya tuliskan 10 artikel untuk die. Total yang die bayar saya ialah USD 54 (lebih kurang RM150).

Bayaran masuk ke PayPal dan ditransfer ke Maybank
Bayaran masuk ke PayPal dan ditransfer ke Maybank

Jangan anggap kerja Jobdirumah.com ni cara untuk dapat duit secara mudah dan cepat kerana ini masih dianggap sebagai kerja seperti mana kalau kita kerja di office. So client akan expect kerja yang berkualiti tinggi and on time. Namun jobs die tidak la terlalu complex kerana kita dapat browse kerja yang sesuai dengan skills kita so that kita akan dapat deliver apa yang client nak dengan baik.

Cuma syarat-syarat basic untuk Jobdirumah.com ni:

  • Basics dalam penggunaan computer and Internet. Kalau mahir in any software or programs lagi bagus kerana boleh dapat job yang lebih specific. Selalunye jobs yang lebih specific akan dibayar lebih tinggi
  • Kemahiran membaca & menulis dalam English. Yang ni penting kerana kebanyakkan jobs dalam English and clients pun ramai dari overseas so kemahiran untuk berkomunikasi and menulis in English perlu ada
  • Komputer peribadi atau laptop
  • Internet connection yang laju. Clients sometimes akan hantar file-file yang besar untuk kita buat so kalau Internet ada masalah, ini akan mengganggu kerja kita. And sesiapa yang mahu join Jobdirumah.com digalakkan untuk sentiasa online or sekurang-kurangnye boleh online secara kerap kerana client akan hubungi kita bila-bila masa sahaja
  • Boleh bekerja secara independent. Oleh kerana kerja secara online ni tidak ada pengawasan, kita perlu pandai manage time untuk siapkan kerja. Discipline yang tinggi adalah penting kerana sekiranye kita tidak dapat deliver kerja on time, client mungkin tidak akan bayar dan review kita akan menurun. Kalau review kita tidak elok susah untuk dapat job dari clients.
  • 18 tahun ke atas

So saya syorkan Jobdirumah.com untuk sesiapa yang mahu try bekerja dari rumah. Dengan Jobdirumah.com yang ternyata sah and selamat, anda boleh mencari side income secara consistent!

Boleh juga email Jaja di jajashahmohen@gmail.com untuk apa-apa soalan or kemusykilan mengenai JDR.

UPDATE/S:

Ada ramai jugak yang email Jaja untuk tanya macam mana nak bukak PayPal account.

Please refer to this video for steps untuk bukak PayPal account for Malaysians. Hope it helps!

 

Posted in General, Motherhood

Working From Home

I wonder how many of you have tried to join the platform that offers you handsome rewards just by working from home (or wherever you take your laptop with you, for that matter). And I wonder how many of you have been conned by the platform that offers you handsome rewards.

The deceptive idea of wanting to earn money without having to do much work is the very sentiment that these scam platforms prey on.

To be honest, I was one of them before.

Having skills but no outlet to put it to use, being stuck at home day in day out without something different to do other than housework and being overeager in signing up to something that seems credible enough.

Suffice to say that soon after I paid for my registration fee, I heard nothing from the platform administrators and received no reply to my countless emails asking for more information on how to start working on the projects they promised me. After a week, I got the idea that I was conned.

This was almost two years ago.

After what happened to me, I didn’t even bother reading or finding out about other “seemingly credible” work-from-home platforms. For me, they all have the same scripted advertisement and promise the same thing. “Pay $50 for registration fee but you will get $5000 per week. Join now or be sorry that you miss out on this opportunity,” are just one of the many things they say.

Then I chance upon Cristian Mihai’s blog.

He is an awesome writer and I look up to him as a blogger because I’ve always had this romantic idea where my blogs are followed by thousands of people, I have bustling activities going on in my blog and I can write something everyday. He wrote a post about how to be a good blogger and make the best of your blog in Rules, rules, rules. From his blog too I learnt that there are several trusted platforms that pay you to write articles for them.

Trusting him to know what he’s talking about, here are the few that I’ve signed up to and yes, this time around, I wasn’t conned.

  • Helium – This platform is open to everyone around the world (some of the platforms only allow US citizens to sign up). There is no registration fee. To write an article for them, you simply need to choose a category you like best or know most about and select a job. Some articles are $1 and some cost more. If Helium purchased your article, then they will credit the money to your Helium account. If they didn’t purchase it, they will still feature your article under that category. You can cash out your earnings after you reach $25 or more
  • Elance – I have just started with Elance for about a week but I have received several jobs and received the payment. Elance uses bidding system, where you need to bid for a job with other freelancers. If a client chooses your proposal, then you are awarded the job and will receive the payment after you deliver. For this, you will need English writing skills as most of the jobs require you to write reviews or academic papers for them.  After you have received your payment, you can transfer your earnings into your PayPal account for withdrawal. This is also open to everyone.
  • JobDiRumah – This is for Malaysian citizens only. The concept is the same as Elance’s.

These are just a few that I share because there are more on Cristian Mihai’s post. I’m trying to search for the post but at the moment I can’t seem to find it because he does have a lot of posts written and I can’t really remember the exact keyword for me to look up that post. However, once I’ve got it (and I remember that he wrote about platforms that are only open for US citizens), I will post it here so you can read more on other work-from-home platforms that are trusted.

If you are still dubious about this, here’s a photo of what I received from Elance 2 days after I joined.

You should at least check them out. Who knows you can really after all earn while working from home (or wherever you take your laptop with you, for that matter!)

Posted in General

Let’s Drink Tea With Our Pinky Out

Seriously, I have no idea what else to think.

There are many (nonsensical) news in Malaysia that can make top headlines just as long it has a little to do with real journalism and news of real content.

The latest one that is making all the buzz among Malaysians is of a young couple of 24 and 23 studying in Singapore. I should also mention that they posted photos and video of them having sex or engaged in sexual acts.

In this age of technology where 90% of Internet users use the Internet to search for pornography or at least any material with pornographic content, is that really such a surprise?

Since I am not with legal background, I will not comment on the legality of their decision. Although this blog post might help for you to understand the legal rights when it comes to posting explicit content material online – Unlawful Sumptuous Erotica.

What appalled me is the reaction from Malaysians regarding this issue and the bashing and abuse this couple received over their decision to post such photos and video.

They are accused of unsound mind and needs serious psychiatric help because their sex behavior is not normal. They are embarrassing themselves for exposing what is sacred between two people. They are degrading and insensitive to Asian values.

Really? I mean, really? That is your argument?

I mean, have you actually seen what is happening around Malaysia before you say that?

For God’s sake, we have school kids caught having sex in our public parks while still in their school uniform. In the middle of the afternoon. And you are telling me about Asian values and moral decorum?

For this couple, they are at least adults and not underage and the sex is consensual. What is so wrong about what they are doing?

That they are having premarital sex?

So does so many other Malaysian couples, whether it is against their religious beliefs or not. The only difference is, other Malaysian couples either do not post their sexual acts on-line or that they keep their activities on the low.

While many slander this couple for cheap publicity or immoral conduct, I don’t see anything wrong with what they did. While they are accused of being of unsound mind because of their sexual exhibitions, I’m sure any psychologist will tell you that exhibitionism is a known sexual behavior.

What I see as wrong is how Malaysians are trying to deny that premarital sex is common among Malaysian youths. We are bashing this couple with all kinds of verbal abuse because they choose to be open about their sex life. We are calling them names and labelled them sick.

We pretend as though everyone else in Malaysia is chaste and saint-like. Or at least we pretend as though Malaysia is still untouched by Western influences when it comes to sex or any social behavior or even to freedom of expression.

We just don’t do these things because we are Asians.

Seriously, that excuse is really getting old and annoying.

I don’t know when Malaysians are going to realize that many Malaysians don’t truly care about Asian values anymore.

Our people are getting more bold and more expressive. Yes, some too much for their own good some might say but the good thing is they are starting to realize that they can say something about what they feel or think without feeling scared of anyone or afraid of what others think.

I also don’t know when Malaysians are going to realize that they can’t forever pretend that Malaysia is lala land where everything is pristine and sacred.

There are many things happening around Malaysia that many like to sweep under the rug. There are many issues in Malaysia that deserve more attention than petty issues like unmarried couple having sex. I agree that some might argue that premarital sex is a serious issue because it can lead to unwanted pregnancies and health issues but many Malaysians who are practicing premarital sex are pretty much well-educated in sex.

Except of course those school kids bonking away in the park. That is the more serious issue that Malaysians need to pay attention to.

Not to an adult couple having consensual sex.

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Posted in Children, General

When TV Takes Over Teachers

I’ve been watching Astro Tutor TV lately (Astro, Channels 601 – 603).

It’s a program tailored for school students to help them in their revision because it features all subjects for all grades. It focuses more on how to score in your examinations because it specifically discusses on what to write as your answer to a particular question so you will get full mark.

I don’t watch the episodes on other subjects because they don’t interest me. I, of course, only focus on the English episodes of the program. Not only because I teach English, but also because I love the language so I am always interested to know the ins and outs of the language.

Well, that was my first mistake.

I wish I had a teacher like this for my creative writing.

I watch the program with the preconceived idea that it would be taught the way, I don’t know, Frank McCourt would’ve taught his classes. But then again, maybe I was expecting too much. This was after all, Malaysia, and not Welton Academy where John Keating taught or something.

And one thing about Malaysian education (see post on Education Is The Only Guarantee and Malaysia Is Breaking Every Rule) is that, there is not much encouragement for students to think for themselves. Rather, the content of the subject is fed to the students with silver spoons. We are all about acing the examinations, getting excellent grades and collecting as many As as possible in our little basket of vanity.

Of course every student would want to get as many As as possible because let’s face it, that’s what get them into universities and all that but when that become the sole purpose of learning, it sort of deviate the beauty of education away from the students, making them more of a memory machine than an enlightened mind.

Now back to this Tutor TV thing.

The episode I was watching last night was about the book The Railway Children by E. Nesbit.

I didn’t expect the program to really discuss the book in depth because it was just a half hour program so it would be ridiculous to have a complete discussion of the book’s every element.

But what I didn’t expect is for it to rush through the book like it was just a pamphlet. It merely discussed the synopsis of the book in like, what, 3 lines. It touches on the characters’ development, barely, and it breezes through the incidents that happen in the book.

If you know me personally, then you would know what a passionate literature student I am. So when Malaysian Education Ministry decided to bring in the literature component into English syllabus when I was in school, I was truly ecstatic.

I thought, finally I was able to read and discuss about a book in school with my teacher, just like the students in Dead Poets Society. Although I wasn’t that much of a hopeless romantic to think it would be exactly like in the movie because let’s face it, (altogether now) this is after all, Malaysia, I was still excited to know that now we are doing that too.

Man, was I wrong.

First there was no a true in-depth discussion of the book. It was more like a brief introduction on who wrote the book, what the book is about, who are the characters and what are the values you can get from the book.

That is, of course, also the basis of any literature discussion on a book but it was so brief that a student might as well asked to bring a Cliffs Notes to school rather than the full unabridged copy. Heck, I think even Cliffs Notes covers more than what it is taught in Malaysian schools.

And what’s worse is that, there is no complete understanding of the book or what it stands for or the language of the book or the style of writing by the author or the symbolic meaning of certain occurrence in the book.

In some schools, the students don’t really need to read the whole book, just the chapters important enough to make it into the exam papers. It’s about knowing which excerpt to choose from the book so that you can answer the questions in the exam later.

How ridiculous is that? You tell me.

For me, that is not what literature is about.

There is no focus on the language, no emphasis on the characters’ development, no discussion on plot transition and/or any discussion on what the students think.

I was very fortunate to be able to go to a private tutor for my literature paper because my tutor, is truly a great literature teacher, other than my father, of course.

She encourages us to think, asks us what we feel about a sentence or how a sentence makes us feel, how a character can provoke or revolt us, what does it make us think about the author or the character, how does a single word makes us feel, how does a question makes us uncomfortable – everything. She talks about a paragraph, as though it’s alive.

When I saw what they did on Tutor TV was the same as how my school teachers used to teach us literature, I was absolutely crushed. Not to mention, angry, but I was more devastated, really.

They have robbed away what learning is about.

They have stolen the beauty of understanding the nuances of a language away from the students.

They have killed the joy in reading a book by segmenting it into calculative portions of scores.

I know the program’s main objective is solely for revision and focusing on examinations but it takes away the student’s interaction with a teacher and I feel that, even though a teacher may not be a good teacher, he or she is still a very important role in educating a student.

A teacher may not be a passionate teacher to truly teach but at least with interactions, he is able to encourage self-expression by the students and indirectly the students can learn how to have an educational discourse with an educator. And that is one of the most valuable education a student can get.

I am truly very sad that Malaysian education is really just about getting through your examinations.

My sister is still in high school and when I ask her if she has any discussions with her teachers about the subjects taught, she said no. It was just pretty much them sitting in class, taking notes while getting through whatever it is the teacher has plan to teach for the day, getting a list of homework before the period ends and passing them up the next day.

It’s robotic that it’s almost psychotic.

I am, too, a product of Malaysian education if you think I think I am above other Malaysians, but when I was in school, I refuse to be sucked into that rigid system.

I took my own effort to learn outside school with private tutors and express my opinions and thoughts with them instead of with the teachers at school. Because the teachers in school can’t afford to have you debating with them about a topic because they have so much to rush through to make sure they syllabus are covered by the end of the semester.

I’m pretty sure there are other students like me. Students who are hungry for a true education, who are passionate about learning for learning’s sake, who are willing to read as much as possible just so they know about something.

But what scares me is that, with the tips about the quick ways of scoring in exams provided by TV programs and cheat sheets that can be downloaded online, I’m afraid the young generation will not be able to truly know what learning is about.

They would grow up on a fast track to ace the exams because it will be instilled in them that a good education is a good grade in exams.

I am positive that Astro has a truly altruistic and noble intention when they come up with the program because I know it has helped many Malaysian students to score their examinations and that’s what keeps the Ministry Education and most parents happy.

But I am disappointed nevertheless at the lack of educational values it provides and how learning is now seen as a way to get better grades rather than understanding and embracing a subject even if you’re not sure if you’ll be using it when you’re looking for a job later in life.

I just hope there’s more for Malaysian students because truly, they are missing out so much.

Posted in General

What Merdeka Is For Me

In a few years, it would be 3 decades of Merdeka for me in this country.

When I was little, celebrating Merdeka (Independence Day) meant drawing competitions, decorating our classroom with hundreds of flags and murals and school concerts and plays, all in the spirit of Merdeka.

When I got to high school, Merdeka eve meant a whole day of no studying for the Art and Cultural Club kids were busy performing local dances and plays and poem recitals and the teachers got a day off. That also meant no homework for the following day since Merdeka will always be a public holiday.

Malaysia is all about multi-races and living together in harmony.

But now that I am older, now that I’ve read and understand more about the country’s state, I take interest in its political, socio-economics and social issues, I’m not really sure what Merdeka meant for me anymore.

The feeling of having independence in one’s country shouldn’t be effected by the state of its current affair, should it?

I know a lot of my friends who despise the government because of how things are in the country. But that doesn’t make them any less proud to be a Malaysian. After all, asking questions about the governments’s actions is not the same as questioning the government.

I am at an age where one should already have a strong view on things that are related to one’s country.

But to be honest, I don’t really know.

I mean, I read a lot about what’s happening and what others are talking about the government’s actions and decisions and all that but even so, it didn’t really give me as strong an impact as it would have on some. I have things that I agree and there are some that I disagree with.

And if someone were to ask me, “What does Merdeka really means to you?”, I would be at lost as how to answer.

I do not feel that fire of passion when I talk about my country. I do not feel that liberation from oppression when I talk about independence. I do not feel that pride when I look up to my country’s flag waving high on the pole.

Does that make me a bad citizen or it’s just show I’m ignorant? And maybe by being ignorant it makes me a bad citizen.

I’ve always suspect that my lack of patriotism is because I was born when the country has already gained its independence for many, many years.

So things aren’t as dire or oppressive as it once were during the colonization. I guess if I were a little (or a lot) older, if I were around to see when and how things first came to be, then I would probably appreciate my country a lot more and therefore have more spirit of patriotism in me.

It’s the same concept when we talk about the apathetic and almost delusional teenagers who lives in the city nowadays. Everything is at their feet – technology especially.

They didn’t have to know how hard it is to make a living because most of their parents are already well to do, they didn’t have to fight to go to school because education is free and going to school is like second nature. They are connected to the Internet 24/7, anything they need or need to know is just a mouse click away.

The older folks obviously didn’t have it that easily.

They have to carry thick books to school, walk a mile to go to school and in the rain sometimes, they have to work after high school to pay for their college tuition and when they graduated and got a job, they have to provide for the family and have no time to go gallivanting around town with their friends.

Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister.
You can hear the passion quivering in his voice when he exclaimed “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!” on August 31st, 1957, to a stadium full of people who echoed back to him, saying the words for the first time.
Foreign yet resonating with hope.

It all comes down to the hardship you have to endure that makes you appreciate what you have.

Just like Merdeka.

You would have to know and understand the hardship of fighting for a free country to be able to have tears in your eyes when you talk about Merdeka. Even if you don’t exactly fight the Japanese back then, there should be that something in you that trigger the passion for your country.

For, I have yet to discover that passion.

Maybe I am apathetic. Maybe I am too ignorant to care. Maybe I am too comfortable to be in a place where I don’t exactly have to break my back to put food on the table for my family. Still, all these shouldn’t be an excuse of not being patriotic.

Sometimes, when I think about it, I am ashamed of myself.

I feel like I should have at least a little bit of feeling for my country. I wouldn’t want to wake up in terror not knowing if I would survive to see the next day because my country is overrun by terrorist. I wouldn’t want my children to grow up not knowing what it’s like to go through a little hardship, if not a lot because I don’t want them to grow up as spoiled brats.

Maybe it’s about time I discover myself before I discover my country.

The passion that is patrotism.
Posted in General

Seksualiti Merdeka

Seksualiti Merdeka is simply translated, sexuality independence. That in itself is very self-explanatory.

It’s the only festival in Malaysia that celebrates human rights for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The festival comprises of human rights awareness, talks about LGBT’s struggle in being accepted, support groups, concerts and art exhibitions.

Queer Without Fear - Seksualiti Merdeka

Oh, I should probably tell you that the LGBT community’s rights is not recognized in Malaysia. As a matter of fact, if one is caught in a homosexual act, he or she can and very likely will be imprisoned.

Homosexuality is deemed the sickness of the mind and is not a feeling of love, but pure lust that is felt towards a member of the same sex due to the temptations of the devil. It is considered a disgusting lifestyle for it diverts from the natural act of love of human beings and those who are engaged in a homosexual lifestyle is reduced to the level of animals for only animals practice homosexuality.

Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country. And in Islam, homosexuality is strictly forbidden. There are verses and stories stated in the Quran in which a race was cursed and subsequently terminated by Allah because they practiced homosexuality. This infamous race becomes the marrow of example when Muslims talk about how homosexuality is condemned in the eyes of Allah.

Photo courtesy of ei-ie.org

It is no secret that I support any form of human rights. And naturally, I support the LGBT community as well.

For me, even if I’m born a Muslim and I know that homosexuality is haram in my religion, I support them because I know how hard their life is and what struggles they go through having many close friends who are homosexuals.

But by supporting the LGBTQ, I’m not being a good Muslim.

In fact, I’m breaking every rule there is. I’m supposed to remind this group of people to “return to the right path” and not let them astray into a lifestyle that is condemned by God. I need to steer them to the right course of how to be a human being and let them find their rightful counterpart, a person of the opposite sex.

By encouraging the LGBTQ to stand up for their rights, I am indirectly condoning free sex, in which I also somehow support extra-marital sex since homosexuals in Malaysia are not allowed to marry each other. I am encouraging the end of human race and being almost as disgusting as the homosexuals themselves.

I truly wonder if any of the condemning Malaysians ever stop to think that human feelings are different to each other, that sometimes one can’t help how one feels. They say that solace and prayers will guide these lost souls to the right path for the devil has possessed them so they can’t think clearly or rationally on what is natural for human.

But what about those who are adulterous?

What about husbands who sneak behind their wives back to sleep with someone from the office? Or wives that bring men into their marriage bed when the husbands are away?

Are these not lost souls as well? Are they not practicing free sex? Just because they are heterosexuals their rights are recognized as the abandoned wife or ill-treated husbands?

There are many loyal homosexual couples that have been in relationship for many, many years and sometimes longer than an average heterosexual couples would’ve last in a relationship. How can this long a relationship be of pure lust? Lust will, sooner or later, usually sooner, run out and fade and the parties involved usually get bored with each other.

Malaysians protest for Seksualiti Merdeka.

Being raised in a religious family, I completely understand the reaction most Malaysians have towards Seksualiti Merdeka. But what appalls me is the level of hostility it created. Most Malaysians who are against the movement are very verbally abusive, insulting and downright rude.

There is always ways to work things out for the better and the Malaysians are doing it wrong at every turn.

I believe the LGBTQ has endured enough abuse, sometimes physical and most of the times verbal, chiding from the public, being ostracized by their own family and now they are asked by the Malaysians who are against them to remove themselves from the country and make a living someplace else that can tolerate LGBTQ.

I’m not naive enough to think that the LGBTQ will be safe in another country like America. Sure it’s more open and the LGBTQ are allowed to have their own parades and festivals and celebrations but there will always be those who are against this group.

It is not where this group find refuge that will determine their safety and their rights are protected. It’s those who are not of the group that should step up and support another human being, even though they are of different belief and religion from us. It’s about being a human.

There are many other things forbidden in holy books but always homosexuality is talked about.

Morality is doing what is right despite being told wrong and religion is sometimes doing what is being told despite what is right.

There are enough heterosexuals ruining the sanctity of marriage and disrespecting their relationship without needing us to condemn the love homosexuals have for their partners.

Love is love no matter who it is between.