The game that I totally have no knowledge about is cricket. Why? Perhaps because cricket is an exported sport. It has no connection to local culture, play by the rich, white gentleman of the ruling class in the colonial era.

Unknown to me, cricket root’s are deep, lying somewhere in Northern Europe. Cricket too had started a long and bitter battle between England and Australia in late 1800s. Cricket team from Sri Lanka was ambushed in March 2009 in Lahore and since then Pakistan was seemingly unable to hold home games for fear of terrorism.

In USM campus, cricket is played by expatriates from South Asian subcontinent. In Australia, as I was informed, cricket is the biggest national sport. There is no such thing as friendly game, esp if it involve playing an Englishman. The same goes for Indo-Pakistan game. India is the country where cricketers are God, A friend mentioned the name of Mahendra Singh, the captain of India team.

That’s all I know about cricket. How it is played? Sorry, I can’t help you…

The Memoir of Abdullah C.D

I still couldn’t understand how some of the Malays became communist (in the 50s).

Reading Abdullah C.D’s memoir making me realize that freedom fighters too, more often than not, are overwhelmed by emotion and dogma. The principal dogma of Communist ideology holds that the physical world of things which can be seen, felt, weighed, and measured is the only reality that exists. The spiritual dimension to human experience is non-existence. How come he who believes in spiritual Islam on one hand, believes in Communism on the other hand?

Perhaps the class struggle is the answer. if Freud believed that sexual and hostility are two motivating factors that drive primitive instinct, the communist believes that the determining factor in the evolution of society is the class struggle. The working out of the class struggle will eventually bring the Communist Party to power. This is the essence of Abdullah C.D’s struggle and subsequently led to the formation of the 10th Regiment, Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). He argued that he and his regiment contributed significantly to the independent of Malaya.

The reason for reading this book is because I like counter-argument. We have been told for years on the role of the ruling party in the independent of Malaya. Now, Abdullah C.D too, wants some credit. What say you? Let me finish my reading…

Counselor + Psychology = Counseling Psychology

I am puzzle with the state of psychological and counseling services in this country. I was told that counseling grads are filling up posts as Psychology Officers. What really differentiate psychology and counseling is not very clear in the Malaysian setting. Both parties seem to be doing psychological test.

Counselors Act (1988) was enacted among others to determine of the standard of counselling training programmes, the qualifications for eligibility to be registered as a counsellor; the prescribing of ethics; the regulating of fees charged as remittances for counselling services and the ruling on the types as well as the levels of counselling accessible to Malaysian. I guess psychologists are covered under the Counselor Act (1988) as well.

Then the state of practice which has a mixture of counseling and psychology is basically known as Counseling Psychology. However, some psychologists aren’t counseling psychologists. Their works are behaviorally oriented. They are behavioral psychologists and most of our clinical psychologists are behaviorist.

At the end of the day, the monetary gain that they get from the status of their career (as determine by SPA) matters to most of them. Whether they are counselor or psychologist, let the academics in this field determine…

Siege Mentality

A friend when driving must look at people around. He believes there must be someone he knows. He feels people will eventually know him because he is a local person. He scares if people whom he knows meet him and he didn’t greet him appropriately he will be labelled as an arrogant man. He always want to be seen as wise, polite and straight-forward guy.

I know to some it means politeness but to me it means siege mentality. This person has been surrounded by the need to please everyone that back him into a corner. He sees no way out. He may had at one time unlocked the door and exposed himself into new opportunity in another state but when he came home, getting into the old circle of friends, culture and surrounding, he got himself locked up again.

Wikipedia defines siege mentality as a shared feeling of victimization and defensiveness. It comes about as result of a believe that his is under constant attacked, oppressed and isolated. So he becomes frightened of people around him.

Siege mentality can occur to a group of people that make up a society. The prominent features are believe: (i) that they are surrounded by hostile neighbors commonly of different ideology (ii) that they are in conflict with another group of people (iii) that the world is hostile toward them (iv) or lack of trust to another people or society (v) that there always be a need to overtake other people as a mean for their survival and existence.

As A result they become very defensive – prepare hide outs, in case there will be a war, keeping vital resources in safe place in case they are being attacked, less sensitive to another people and will only feel secure when they win the race.

Let’s hope we are not one of them. Bye…