Sunday, March 11, 2018

BGIS Reunion Fellowship 2018

                                                   A reflection and sharing

                              The participants at the BGIS First Reunion Fellowship
 Saturday 10 March 2018 was a historic day for us, the residents of the small village once called Indian Settlement in Changkat of  Batu Gajah,Perak. It was a day when about 50 us,past and present members of Indian Settlement(IS) came together in our first ever reunion fellowship, meeting very old friends many of whom we could not even recognise. 

We gathered in the Gopeng Hall of Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh to celebrate our humble origins from a small village called Indian Settlement (IS) in Changkat, Batu Gajah. Today it is renamed Desa Changkat,a name that does not reflect the true greatness of the IS where we grew up spending much of our childhood. 

Our origins may be humble but the products of that simple origin may be seen all over not only Malaysia but the world and Dr Francis Jayaraj  from the US, who was with us, is just one example of that greatness. In fact, IS has produced many illustrious sons and dayghters who have done pride to all of us.

Our parents were just poor illiterate farmers, peasants, and cowherds but they were men and women of steel. By their hard work, resilience, dedication and sacrifice they produced illustrious citizens in us in almost every field. Today we are the testimony of the success stories of our poor but far-sighted and wisdom of our parents decades ago. Many of them are not here anymore but we take this opportunity to salute them for all they have done for us.

As old residents we are extremely saddened and disheartened to see the pathetic state of our once vibrant kampong that used to be a hive of activities for us as, children and adults. We excelled in almost everything, academic and sports. We were a name to be reckoned in hockey, athletics and cricket. In the field of academic excellence we had many outstanding people heading almost all the government departments.

We may not be able to return our IS to the days of its past glory but we hope our children and grandchildren will understand our great past and continue to carry on with the legacy of our village and what it stood for in the history and development of our nation. We can describe the motto of IS as:

                                   “Humble in origin, proud in achievements”

Let’s reignite the flame of our comradeship of the past and make special efforts to organise many more reunion fellowships and activities for the underprivileged people of Desa Changkat.

         Humble in origin,proud of achievements        

Monday, January 01, 2018

New year 2018

Reflections and resolutions

There is no better news to end the year 2017 than Dr.M apologizing for the wrongs he did during his tenure as PM. We would have been happier if only he was more specific but nevertheless it may the start of better things to come.

This act of humility by a man at the ripe old age of 92, who was considered a dictator once, provides the theme for reflection for coming New Year 2018. He has lead the way for other politicians and leaders of today to apologise for their wrongs and either change or leave for the betterment of the nation and the people at large.

In our own lives we would have done many bad that could have hurt others to varying degree. This is the time to ponder on those deeds and say sorry to those we offended. Many of us may be still continuing do wrong and keep hurting others, included those who love us. For them this is a time to not just say sorry but to repent and return to the right path. Making amends for our past is vital to move forwards to a better and happier future.

The year 2017 comes to an end amidst an environment of gloom and depression in the country. We seem to be losing all that we have painstakingly built over the last 60 years, It was not an easy task but built with the sweat and blood of all Malaysians who have made this land their home with hopes for better lives for their children and grandchildren.

Today the country is going through very difficult times, racial and religious polarisation at its height, and massive corruption with tainted leaders who refuse to bow to the wishes of the people, blatant abuse of power with total disregard for law and order, extremely high crime rate, economic mismanagement, marginalisation of the minorities and an uncertain future for the people. These have resulted in loss of credibility in the governing system and its leaders.

There is an air of despair that is resulting in the emigration of talented citizens who are disillusioned with the poor treatment given to them. There is great fear of the country going downhill further to levels beyond redemption. The return of past leaders who are far past their prime is proof of a lack of capable and dedicated leaders to helm the country.

The year 2018 is very crucial as it offers people the chance to make the change necessary in the coming 14GE.Many people are of the opinion that this 14GE may be the last opportunity for change and if we fail, we may never get another chance again.

As law-abiding and peace-loving citizens let us step into 2018 with hope that we can bring about the change. Let us not let down the millions who are anxiously waiting for our votes of change come GE14.

Happy New Year

Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Often we tend to be judgemental from what we see.hear and feel especially on social media.Too often we are be wrong.This result in many innocent and good people suffering in pain and injustice meted onto them for their perceived wrongs.

We fail to understand, sometimes not even bothered to understand,the behavior of others – our family, friends, strangers and even foes.

If you could stand in someone else’s shoes
Hear what they hear
See what they see
Feel what they feel
Would you treat them differently?

If only we take some pains to see inside others’ hearts and understand their plight,our society will be a better place for all.

 The following video illustrates something humanity has to ponder

BGIS Reunion Fellowship 2018

                                                   A reflection and sharing                               The participants at the...