22 May 2010
I see that the mythologising has begun. It has been a week since and the coverage has continued unabated. Obviously, this will serve several political purposes but the need for nation-building myths and national myths are paramount in any young nation. Some would term it propaganda while others would term it history. The lenses can be tinted in myriad colours.
I will prefer somewhere in the middle. Great things were done by men of action in uncertain circumstances. And they did right. They built something, hopefully lasting and worth preserving.
In the early days, there had been no provision for such a programme as the eradication of poverty, housing shortages and the creation of jobs were self-evident to the populace at hand. There was little thought given to creating a national narrative then. However, with the advent of the internet and the difficulty in information and media control, it is not surprising that it has given rise to this direction, members of the SPH has been given the mandate and the authority to chronicle past deeds.
There is a need to chronicle the early efforts, if not for historical reasons but for that of remembrance, for the people, by the people.
To me, the principal role of the military is to defend the nation. Using the military to kill its own people is unforgivable. This isn't any different from the 1989 massacre in China. I wonder if there is an attempt by the various media in whitewashing the entire incident...
And now, I find that some people were cheering the army for killing the demonstrators. Right-wing types?
Some had also justified this by some measure of moral equivalence. I don't know. Some had claimed that both sides were equally in the wrong. Whitewash? What do you think?
Bound by a fanatical fetish for secrecy, Apple had created a certain culture which the subcontractors were probably abiding. Imagine the tremendous pressures in these plants. Nine worker deaths so far. I hope all the Macheads/iphoneheads are happy with their little shiny gadgets.
19 May 2010
The FV103 Spartan APC. This was not meant to be a general troop carrier but a small carrier for specialised teams like anti-aircraft missile teams and so forth.This is the APC version of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) family.
18 May 2010
Humber Scout Car was a common Second World War reconnaissance vehicle with a petrol engine. Over four thousand of these lightly armed vehicles were manufactured. This is a running example at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
The harassment starts from AIA. How many calls will it be this year? Heh.
At 9:25 am in the morning, my mobile rang.
Caller: Hello, my name is Ms Idiot calling from S.B. Sujarno, an authorised representative of AIA...
Me: I'm not interested. Goodbye.