Images by Safia Iskandar
In conjunction with Merdeka Day, CEKU writer Yeoh Tze Ni wrote an article about a Merdeka wish, about her hopes for the nation. She concluded her article by extending this question to our readers: what’s your Merdeka wish?
CEKU and Made by Malaysians collated the responses we received from various young Malaysians around the world to mark the celebration of Malaysia’s independence on Malaysia Day.
On behalf of the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) and its online publication, CEKU, we would like to address some issues that have been raised with regard to the recently published article on CEKU entitled “Putting My Foot Down” by Shaun Tan.
Both the UKEC and CEKU are deeply committed to encouraging young Malaysians to express their opinions based on well-reasoned and logical arguments. We also aim to stimulate intellectual discourse in a constructive manner. As such, we respect Shaun Tan’s right to express his thoughts and opinions. However, we are by no means condoning the act of stepping on anyone’s image. We would like to apologise to any parties who feel offended by the photograph in question or by the article.
We would like to emphasise that the views expressed in all articles published on CEKU are the personal opinion of the writer(s), and do not reflect the views of CEKU or the UKEC.
CEKU Editor 2011/12
UKEC Chairman 2011/12
By Angeline Lee
It was a swelteringly hot day in rural Ecuador. The double doors opened, and the nurses and doctors pushed a hospital bed out of the operating theatre.
On the bed lay an adorable little baby boy, just waking up after his operation and beginning to move about. His family of eight had been anxiously waiting for him outside.
By Sara Rijaluddin
To change and save the world, one does not have to be an outspoken politician to influence a crowd, a UN humanitarian who opened schools and hospitals in third-word nations or an innovative businessman with one outstanding new revolutionary product concept.
Sometimes, it takes the quiet discoveries such as special gloves to be used in space, or the conversion of oil from McDonalds French Fries to power up a car, to have an impact. Sometimes, we tend to forget about the many other interests and pursuits of other brilliant, unsung and unspoken young Malaysians.
By Ezlan Mohsen
London is a fast-paced city. From the investment bankers in their suits who rush from meeting to meeting, to the stall vendors in the east of London who constantly shout at every passerby as they manoeuvre their stalls through the crowds.
Everyone is aware of the need to get moving, and to do so fast.
By Cheong E Von
Like so many people across the globe, I watched and listened intently as the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, delivered her opening speech for the Democratic National Convention 2012. What Mrs. Obama talked about that night struck a chord in the hearts of many.
She spoke about what it means to struggle, to hold steadfast to values you believe in, to have hopes for your children and country.