Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Thaipusam Celebration - be the difference!

Don't park on MRR2 and areas around like it's your home. Usually only the emergency lanes can be used to park, with police permission. If you double or triple park, and they tow away your vehicle, don't create issue. Don't say once a year also cannot ah? You do every week what ... this is dumb. Imagine your mum is being transported to hospital in an ambulance and she dies because the traffic is blocked by other's cars, parked like idiot.

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT! USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT! USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT! KTM Komuter / Bus. If you insist to drive, don't post on FB how expensive the parking places charging, manned by thugs. You chose to drive, you pay.

Its a chariot procession, carrying our Lord Murugan, don't think we own the whole city and can do anything. Keep your 'Naanum Rowdytaan' or 'Jagat' attitude at home. I do wish the police will use rubber bullets on these baboons.

Dress properly, this is a religious festival, not some parade to pick cheap models.

Throw rubbish INSIDE the bins. Throw rubbish INSIDE the bins. Throw rubbish INSIDE the bins. If you do 'puja' and carry kavadis from the riverside (aatangakarai), FOR GOD SAKE, clean up before you go! Tell your friends and relatives to clean up, since it will be difficult for you to do in 'trance', kan?

Thaipusam is on the day of Poosa nakshatiram on Thai month, if you carrying kavadi for Murugan, do it on that day. If you wish to carry at your convenient time, don't vow for Thaipusam, make vow for Chinese New Year or Labour day. You don't see Muslims go for Hajj during non-Hajj period, don't you?

If you are taking 'paal kudam' or 'kavadis', you don't have to dress like the God or Goddess, nobody believes your makeup makes you Godly. This is not a fancy dress competition. The more gory you look, the more people will think you are actually representing demons. Keep the kumkum on the forehead, not smear on face and make kids scared.

Your kavadi should be benchmarked on Idumban's ORIGINAL kavadi. Period

Alcohol, non-devotional music, funny 'alangaram', non-vegetarian food and other prohibited things are NOT allowed. Don't argue.

The whole world will be watching, don't make them think we don't respect our own religious festival.

Do you see Thaipusam-like aarpattams during Maal Hijrah? Easter? Nine Goddess Festival? Then why this kolaveri? Be the difference, show the example.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

My wish list for Hindu places of worship

Indian lawmakers should formalize the federal level Hindu Endowment Board (HEB) with supervisory powers on all Hindu places of worship. Appoint capable persons at federal and state level HEBs to manage all Hindu places of worship. No exclusion.

Centralize all approval for new places of worship through HEB to ensure strict adherence to religion requirements. Approval must be sought from relevant local authorities for any new construction or renovation. Land MUST be owned by the places of worship, with proper documentation and title. If land ownership is uncertain, construction should NOT be allowed.

Management committee of ALL places of worship MUST be registered with Registrar of Societies (ROS) and adhere to ROS guidelines on registration, accounts and other matters.

To avoid abandoned construction projects, construction of new or reconstruction of existing places of worship can ONLY begin after proof of sufficient funds are guaranteed by temple management committee. Committee must remain in office throughout construction period.

Mandatory periodic audit must be conducted for:
a) all accounts
b) conduct of worship according to religious requirement
c) community activities

12 months registration period for ALL unregistered places oF worship to legalize place, land, committee and all related issues. After 12 months, no illegal places of worship should remain operating.

Sekian, saya yang mencadangkan.
Sashi Kumar

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is how we should celebrate.

Encik, kenapa tak letak Anak Lelaki (Anak Perempuan - 2017)? - registering child birth/name

Update 2017:
Can you believe it? I have to go through the same argument with the officer once again, after 7 years. This time they want me to do Sworn Statement to drop A/P!

I stood firm. No way. Don't simply introduce procedure which is not in the registration guidelines.

Main article (2012):
Birth of a child, one of the happiest moment in a family. The event will be followed by 30th day prayers and naming ceremony. The proud parents will announce the name of their bundle of joy to their relatives and friends, amid a joyous celebration and congratulatory messages from everyone.

Then comes the compulsory obligation for registering the name and the birth of the child with National Registration Department (NRD / JPN) in accordance to Act 299 BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION ACT 1957 (Akta Pendaftaran Kelahiran dan Kematian 1957). This act is to be read together with Kaedah-Kaedah Pendaftaran Kelahiran dan Kematian 1958 used by JPN, which prescribes the process of registering a child's birth and name in Malaysia.

Enough of intro, let's get to the point. In 2010, I welcomed the birth of my son. As required by the law, I went to a JPN office to register his name, Krish Laxman Kumar. Like any other responsible, IT-savvy, info-hungry, never-done-it-before and I-don't-want-to-mess-up-my-child's-name-forever parent, I went thru all those documents above before starting my old bike, riding to the JPN office.

I was given the JPN.LM01 form, which I filled and submitted at the counter. While waiting, like everyone else around there, I wanted to go out and smoke, then I realized I'm not a smoker, so I bought a pack of soya drink and waited for the number to flash on the bright red LED panel, with the voice of a sleepy lady - satu satu empat tiga, kaunter lapanzzzzzz. When my number was flashed, I rushed to the counter to complete and collect the coveted Warganegara birth certificate for my son, alas there's an issue says the counter staff. This is how it went on for the next half hour or so:

she : Encik, kenapa tak letak Anak Lelaki?
me : Cik, sila tengok bahagian A4, saya dah tanda Jantina sebagai Lelaki
she : bukan itu encik, bahagian A1, nama kena ada anak lelaki untuk anak encik
me : saya tak mahu letak anak lelaki sebagai sebahagian nama dia
she : encik kena letak juga
me : kenapa?
she : sebab dalam nama encik ada anak lelaki, jadi mesti masukkan juga
me : mengikut peraturan dalam kaedah pendaftaran ke?
she : ye encik betul!
me : ini salinan kaedah pedaftaran JPN, ini salinan akta pendaftaran kelahiran, cuba cik tunjuk dimana peraturan ini ada
she : errrr saya tak pasti, tapi kebiasannya nama kaum india mesti ada anak lelaki atau perempuan
me : saya tak ikut kebiasaan orang lain, nama anak saya ikut kehendak saya
she : tak boleh cik, mesti masukkan juga
me : saya akan ikut cik jika boleh tunjuk peraturan ini dalam borang, akta atau kaedah pendaftaran
she : macam ini encik kena bincang dengan pegawai saya
me : sila panggil pegawai 

after few minutes of intense discussion with her pegawai, both came out to see me
he : encik, nama anak encik mesti disertakan dengan anak lelaki
me : atas sebab?
he : seperti nama orang Islam ada Bin atau Binti, kebiasaannya nama orang Hindu perlu ada anak lelaki/perempuan
me : saya faham encik, tapi itu kebiasaan, bukan peraturan dan jika ia peraturan, mesti ada termaktub dalam mana-mana dokumen yang saya baca, tiada pun? lagipun kalau ikut logik encik, nama orang Cina kenapa tiada anak itu anak ini?
he : pasti encik tak mahu letak anak lelaki?
me : saya sangat pasti saya tak mahu nama sebenar anak saya menjadi Krish Laxman Kumar Anak Lelaki Sashi Kumar. Jadi teruskan proses pendaftaran.
he : encik kena sign atas borang ini, mengatakan encik tak mahu anak lelaki sebagai nama anak
me : saya tak perlu sign mana-mana mengikut proses pendaftaran JPN, jika mahu juga encik mesti bagi saya surat untuk saya patuh arahan encik, barulah rasmi.
he : takapalah, encik tunggu. nanti bila siap pendaftaran staff ini akan panggil encik
me : terima kasih

So my dear ladies and gentleman, tukang kayu dan tukang simen, you do have a choice not to include anak lelaki, anak perempuan, anak kepada, anak ikan or anak kucing etc. as part of your child's name. Furthermore, if we have included all this unconventional prefixes as their name, it will appear as A/L, A/P, A/K on all the official documents throughout their life!! In addition to that, it becomes another issue when you apply for an international passport, where the naming scheme has to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization's MRTD Standard Document 9303, where symbols such as / is not allowed. If you still include those prefix, our kid's names will look like this:


AL and AP doesn't have any meaning in our names, so there's no need for our kids to carry those extra alphabets in their names. Hope this article is useful for all parents expecting for new addition to their families. God bless.