I managed to get involved in the Perdana Global Peace Forum. I attended the forum feeling a bit superficial, like the whole idea of the forum was rather pretentious. Heck, this is Malaysia, the land where peace is only skin-deep. So rather than trying to immerse myself with the whole peace-thingy, i chased after the speakers and the MC to reach my own selfish objective.
OK, i admit the whole idea of the forum was a bit too ambitious, it felt cheesy even, as cheesy as Wah Idris' composition of forum's theme song. Yuck, why Wah Idris, his moments had passed, heavily synthesized songs are out (along with the rockers of the 80s), his electric guitar goreng action was so out of place especially when it was SO obvious the music was on minus one . Well, maybe i shouldnt complain so much, maybe he's the only musician who feels strongly about world peace, or maybe he's cheap.
Anyways, all in all, the whole thing was OK, and after the forum, I'm a changed person (u wont see it on the surface, though), and i dont think it's too ambitious anymore after they made it clear that the objective is not to revolutionize anything, but rather, it's to open our eyes to wht's happening, and the reality of war, and the harshness of the truth, and to get us to somehow, in our own small ways possible, do something postitive in light of the suffering of the war victims. Yup, there were tons of Bush-bashing, I'm not gonnna go into that, after all, he is an idiot and a murder-addict, and it's a known fact.
My only regret was tht they didnt really cover anything on the sufferings in other parts on the world such Rwanda, Zimbabwe (the president Mugabe was there and supposed to present a speech on the 2nd day, but on the 1st day, one the speakers mentioned something about Zimbabwe, when mugabe's slot came, he didnt speak at all, merajuk kot..i dunno), Uganda etc. Nonetheless, the war in Middle East is real, civilians are being killed on a daily basis. People in the 20th century are more barbaric than in the past where the fights were fought only by soldiers.
I feel strongly about this issue, but i wont say it out loud for fear of sounding too Miss World-ish.. I wanna volunteer to help, but honestly i dunno how, and honestly, i'm too afraid of going to Iraq and mati katak. I know I will never get to directly lend a helping hand. Hence, this is my contribution, from today onwards, I will stop drinking Coke, I will also stop ordering McD (shouldnt be too difficult since they didnt response to the complaint i lodged 2/3 weeks ago) and everything else American (and contributes to israel, that is), unless I get it for free, and since it's gonna be almost impossible if i were to give up everything in every aspects, I'm gonna start with what I consume. And if u see me breaking my own resolution, please, feel free to smack me in the head.
The people behind these websites were the speakers at the forum:
The one that never got published until now...
2 weeks ago