Preetam Rai · November, 2006

Latest posts by Preetam Rai from November, 2006

Malaysia: Violent Demolition

  30 November 2006

Ktemoc writes about the callousness shown by authorities in demolishing a village and a place of worship within it. “But what was typical was the brutal suppression of the villagers by the MPAJ enforcers. It seems that in Vision 20/20 Malaysia, the mentality of authority enforcers are still of Vision...

Malaysia: Teaching Arabic in Schools

  30 November 2006

The EducationMalaysia blogs writes why students are leaving national schools for already overcrowded vernacular schools. “Now, even as mother tongue programmes have yet to be fully implemented in the schools, you will find bungling headmasters and education department officials implementing the most clumsy of policies like forcing Indian students in...

Cambodia: Kite Weilding Terrorists?

  29 November 2006

Details are Sketchy writes about the ridiculous comments made by Cambodian information minister supporting the police confiscation of kites from protesters who were planning to fly them in front of the national assembly.

Malaysia: Incomplete Training Program

  29 November 2006

The Malaysian agrees with Malaysian higher education minister on the plan to send Malaysian IT graduates to India for training but feels that the duration of the stay could be longer. “I wonder if such a ‘condensed’ training package will be worth the investment financially?”

Cambodia: Cambodia's Rabbi

  28 November 2006

Arie meets the first and only native rabbi in Cambodia.”Jewish? In Phnom Penh? Adollah would like to meet you. He's very friendly, free with his blessings, and he may be able to heal the sick.”

Brunei: Bomb Scare at the Airport

  28 November 2006

Our Local Style in Brunei is happy that the authorities are serious about airport security. Brunei's main airport was closed for two and half hours after an alert passenger notices an unaccompanied handbag in the smoking lounge.

Thailand: Black May Video

  28 November 2006

New Mandala links to a video from May 1992 that shows Thai soldiers kicking and beating people who were protesting against the government then. The soldiers were under the ultimate command of Surayud Chulanont, the current prime minister of Thailand.

Indonesia: Expensive Wheels

  26 November 2006

Indcoup wonders how Indonesian armed forces is able to afford expensive vehicles for its staff while it has no money for more important purchases.

Vietnam: Vietnamese Youth

  26 November 2006

Antidote to Burnout gets treated for his birthday by his young students in Vietnam and reflects on the future of Vietnam.

Myanmar: Graduation Ceremony

  26 November 2006

Dawn describes the unique graduation ceremony in Myanmar. “Myanmar graduation ceremonies are different from western ones. There are two days: rehearsal day and the actual ceremony day. I don't know who started this rule, but for the two days, most wear two different suits. On rehearsal day, we don't need...

Online Life in Singapore

  25 November 2006

Decent broadband Infrastructure and familiarity with online technologies makes Singaporeans avid experimenters of emerging technological trends. It is not uncommon to find Singaporean blogger topping Technorati's listing once every couple of months and Singapore based meetup groups often have more members than the ones from bigger cities. Second Life, the...

Thailand: Thai Bridge Blogger Translates Intellectual's Book

  24 November 2006

Thai bridge bogger at has translated thai intellectual Dr. Nidhi Eoseewong‘s book titled “The Culture of Poverty” from Thai to English. The blogger offers the translation as a free download. The book is a collection of essays that will help anyone interested in Thailand to better understand the culture...

Thailand: Unknown Fruit

  24 November 2006

The bloggers at Eating Asia discover a new fruit in the streets of Chiang Mai. “Two days later our 60 baht-a-kilo dien taw was ‘very, very’ soft and ready to eat. I cut it in half to find two burnished brown seeds and smooth, starchy golden flesh. Dien taw's texture...

Cambodia: Meeting a Legend

  24 November 2006

Vireak has a chance encounter with a legendary Khmer dancer. “Neak Kru Em Theay was one of the most famous dancers of the Royal Palace during the 50s to 70s. She has been commonly known as the Tenth dancer or the Tenth Apsara and is the only survivor amongst the...

Brunei: Malay Wedding Part 2

  23 November 2006

The Daily Brunei resources follows up his post on wedding attire worn by Malay males with a post on wedding attire worn by Malay women .