Saturday, July 31, 2010
Unk Dicko was also once a passionate History teacher and is still very much a History buff today. In any case, most of what had happened, what had been said by the parties involved( plenty! ), the research and investigation, the oral and recorded interviews, the reports that resulted etc...have all been pretty well documented. Many of the papers and reports, both of the Racial Riots and those tumultuous years ( 1963-1965 ), have been declassified and can be accessed through proper application.
Personally, I have read most of the exhaustive press reports, news analysis, commentories and many books over the last 4 and half decades on this subject alone.
For me, the book that clearly stands out as possibly the best and most well-researched book if one needs to understand, comprehend and get a fuller perspective a sort of " total overview or picture" of the 1964 Racial Riots....its cause, the root problems before and after etc... MUST READ the book I've highlighted below.
Title: A Moment of Anguish
Author: Albert Lau
Pages: 312 pages, 8 solid chapters.
Publisher: Times Academic Press
[This is the Front Cover of the book. ]
[ The Back Cover of the book. ]
The book author, Albert Lau, was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, National University of Singapore ( 1998 ).
What I find so different from many other books is that this author had access to many official sources and archives records, both local and overseas, that provided him with a wealth of information and material that were not seen previously in other works.
To get at the Truth or as I've said "near Truth"...you need such a book! The references and quotes are fully mentioned and well-documented.
This is clearly a serious study to capture and present an accurate historical account of what transpired between 1963 and 1965...and in the process, come out with the most detailed report of the 1964 Racial Riots.
I have yet to see a better report on what caused the riots than the full story as recorded in Chapter 6 of the book, page 161 to page 210.
In part 2 of this continuing post, I shall highlight some of the TRUTHs I discovered within the pages of the book.
There were many things that were going on at that time that were hidden from our eyes.
But TRUTH must prevail.
[ The Procession on 21 July 1964 as it moved towards Kallang Gasworks ]
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Many books have devoted chapters to the Racial Riots and their probable causes. There are also official reports from neutral people...ambassadors, high commisioners, journalists, writers, researchers all giving their honest assessment of the situation.
It will take up far too much time and space.
Acting M'sian PM Abdul Razak and S'pore Dy PM Dr Goh
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
During the racial riots of July and Sept 1964, I did not have any private snapshots of the incidents. Unk Dicko was only a 16 year old schoolboy and had no camera to call my own.
I only have one thing to call my own ... my first UKULELE sold to me by my classmate for
the big sum of $20. That ukulele is still with me today! Check out my earlier ukulele posts.
The bicycle that I had used so often was shared by the family. I used it more than any of my siblings combined together.
These pictures are from the National Archives of Singapore. They are mainly for online viewing
only. Pictures of the riots were not easy to come by as only certain members of the press and media had approved curfew passes to cover the disturbances during those days. In some cases, they followed behind the police vehicles.
At other times, they were told " enter at your own risk"...especially in the "hot" spots of Joo Chiat, Geylang Serai and the "No Man's Land" area around Kallang, Bencoolen St and Crawford.
This was Geylang Road looking towards the Kallang Gasworks.
An victim of the rioting in July 1964.
Injured people at the General Hospital, July 1964.
Who can identify this location? I'm sure some of you can.
This was actually during curfew period. The road had no moving vehicles. But look carefully and you can still see some people along the 5 foot way ( they thought it was ok to be there..when they should be inside their homes).
When the daily curfew was lifted for a few hours people rushed out mainly to
Sunday, July 25, 2010
from Saturday 18 July to Tuesday 21 July 1964.
As my previous blog entries have shown, these were the few normal days before all hell broke loose on that fateful day of horror, fear and tragedy.
Looking back at my lifestyle back then, I thought it was rather fortunate that I was at home when rioting broke out openly.
I travelled around alot in a bicycle on a SINGLE DAY, sometimes going to VS , then to the old National Library at Stamford Road, then to friend's homes , then back to my home in Siang Lim Park, Geylang and again to town in the late evening, to school again ( where I might sleep over in the scout den) or return to my kampong. On other days, especially weekends, we often head for the beach... Katong Park, Marine Parade, Bedok, Telok Paku, Changi Beach, Loyang or Pasir Ris. If not the beach, it would be anywhere else in Singapore.
My buddies and I truly enjoyed those carefree days even though some of us were in Sec 4 and facing our Cambridge Exams at year's end.
We knew when to play and when to study.
Often we combined the two activities together especially a group of us Sec 3, 4 and Pre U 1 and 2 who turned the scout den into our second home!
Normally, since it was a public holiday and with no lessons in school, I would have most likely spent my time with my scout buddies in or around the Kallang area where our school was located( next to Jalan Besar Stadium).
Or moved around Geylang or Joo Chiat or Katong area.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The pupils of Gongshang Primary on 19 July 2010 in the School
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Titled " Different Races, Same Kampong ".
It was written by Justin Zhuang the Deputy Editor of the same Magazine.
Photos were also done by him.
To read, simply click on the picture and it will enlarge automatically.
This is the 2nd portion of the article on page 11.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
In early June, I did an interesting special blogpost about " My Personal Diaries". I mentioned that no one had been permitted to read my diaries except my dear wifey and I added that only one other person who is a writer/researcher/editor has seen them. He interviewed me for the special article and report which appears in the latest MIX Magazine.
The only exception I have made so far is to the Deputy Editor of the MIX Magazine...Mr Justin Zhuang who came over by appointment and had an in-depth "live" interview with me.
He is the only outside person who has seen the inside of my diaries...especially the pages of my first hand account of the 2 periods of racial rioting in July and September 1964.
Initially we talked about my Maria Hertogh and Mansor Adabi blogs. Then when Justin discovered that I had actually kept hand written diaries which had almost daily entries since the early 1960's...he was extremely thrilled and excited. He was practically over the moon when he saw my actual writings about the RACIAL RIOTS of 1964...especially that unforgettable day when trouble broke out. It was a Tuesday, JULY 21, 1964....Prophet's Mohammed Birthday celebrations and was therefore a Public Holiday.
The full article covering the main story is in a double page spread on page 10 and 11 of MIX Magazine.
In the next few days, I shall expand on the rioting and the curfews and what life was like as seen from the eyes of a 16 year old schoolboy ( Unk Dicko's age then ) helped in this modern time and age by his precious personal diaries.
MIX Magazine is published by WHAT's UP...Singapore's Newspaper for Students.
The Editors and Publishers are the husband and wife team of Cherian George and Mary Cherian.
The Magazine is well supported and subcribed by most schools, educational institutions and students in general. It has the full support of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
The Inside page of Mix magazine (above)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
And the catchy headline" but there can only be one winner".
So...best thing for me to do was to plonk a couple of $ $ on "Draw" options...as shown below.
The result of the match confirms both as winners.
Bought a straight " Germany " 1 x 2 win option which paid a winner.
The amount I placed on a bet was small. No danger to my financial health whichever way it goes. My message here was and still is not to risk " safe sums of big money" in the hope of or as is usually the case.....greed to get big returns.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The full time game ended in a 0 - 0 scoreless draw...that went into 30 minutes of extra time.
In the 2nd half of E T, Heitinga the Dutch defender was given the red card and not long after that Andre Iniesta showed sublime control on receiving a pass before half-volleying into goal.
Holland deserved to lose totally as they adopted the "thugs" approach to good football. There was very little that was positive in their play and within a short while, mainly Dutch players were accumulating yellow card one after another.
This team, in my opinion, is a total disgrace to the beautiful football that exuded from the Dutch master class of 1974 and 1978. I was mesmerised by the exquisite quality of Johann Cruff and company. They were better than all the teams that were playing back then...sheer class!
Not this group of thuggish players this morning...Van Bommel, Heitinga, Van Persie, Bronkhurst etc.. . They were simply awful.
It was probably the worst game of the entire W Cup as a model for young people watching.
That Iniesta scored and ended the night of misery for the Dutch was totally deserving.
Howard Webb showed too much patience. I think he was reluctant to produce the Red card in normal regulation time even though at least 2 or 3 players deserved to be sent off.
Heitinga's sending off was inevitable...something had to give.
It was the nail in the final coffin.
The Dutch had shot themselves in the foot and even with about 10 minutes left, I knew it was more than sufficient time for Octopus Paul to work some magic in the minds of the Spanish players.
Was it psychic fate at work?
Paul the Octopus will now enter the book of living legends. I won't be surprised if he and his team of caretakers at Sealife Aquarium, Oberhausen would be invited ( all expenses paid) to the Spanish capital and publicly recognised and celebrated.
He needs to be extra protected by Dutch football assasins. The Germans will exonerate him as he helped them to 3rd place.
As for Mani the bird and his owner...I'm certain that many of those who have paid Mr M for his " fortune telling" services will have much to say in coming days ( if they are not too embarassed to say it ).
Here are some superb pictures from the Final.
[ Credit source: Huffington Post ]
Iniesta scoring the only winning goal for Spain
He got a yellow card for this but he will remember this day forever!
[ Picture and main predictions from the Daily Mirror ]
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It was a credit to both teams that they took this game seriously despite missing out on the big one tonight. Perhaps because of that both sides played without the kind of pressure experienced in the semi final games.
They were adventurous in attack and made mistakes that proved costly.
Germany started out minus a few of their regular stars...Klose, Lahm, Poldoski, Neurr. But Thomas Mueller was back...and he was a big factor in the attacking option.
Before the match, I checked out the latest reports on the web and read an interesting pre-match interview given by Oscar Taberez, Uruguay's coach.
When asked what his views were on the coming game he said:
" Uruguay not only have to play against Germany and win, we have to play against that (damned)
octopus! " Not funny as the results proved on hindsight!
[ Frankly, I'll nominate this as one of the unforgettable quotes of this 2010 World Cup ].
Germany scored first in the 18th minute through Mueller. But Uruguay equalised through Cavani. 1 -1 it remained at half time.
6 minutes after the restart Forland scored and Uruguay led 2-1.
Everyone must be thinking...it will be kaput for Mani the bird and Paul the octopus if the score remained. They'd both picked a germany win.
But you simply can't change fate can you?
Uruguay GK made a silly mistake and allowed Jensen to equalised for Germany with a header.
Score was 2-2.
For Mani's and Paul's reputation to be upheld...Germany have to score again.
And that inevitable moment came in the 82 minute, from a corner kick...Sami Khedira rose highest to head in unchallenged.
Germany 3, Uruguay 2. And all those who have placed bets on Germany winning heaved sighs of relief.
But the story almost did not end there ( almost!). With the very last second, Forlan took a freekick so beautifully, it beat the GK completely..and heading for the top left corner but something made it hit the cross bar at the last milli-second!
As they say a miss is as good as a mile.
Perhaps that Jabulani ball should have been seized and sent for forensic dissection.
Who knows what you may find inside...perhaps a baby octopus?
So with this 63 game of this W Cup over, Germany has won the 3rd placing while Uruguay achieved 4th place. A great achievement for both teams!
As for Paul...he's headed for super stardom. He has not missed at all!
Mani the bird actually had picked Spain as the W Cup Winner a week earlier. Please check my earlier posts ..." Mani has made 3 predictions ". That report was widely circulated in the press and media. He "suddenly changed " to pick Holland only when a group of AP journalists came to do a story for their paper with his owner Mr M. No explanation was given. No one made any serious follow up as to what has been going on with this "about turn" by Mani the bird.
A video that appeared on Stompers was accompanied by some very searching observations and remarks made regarding M's handling of the bird.
I have no wish to add anything. Readers should see and judge for themselves.
Germany achieved 3rd placing
Saturday, July 10, 2010
The official news is out. Paul the famous octopus who has scored a perfect record of correct predictions at this 2010 World Cup has just made his final and MOST CRITICAL move...picking who will be holding the Cup that has meant so much blood, sweat and tears for all the more than 200 countries/teams involved.
After almost a solid month of pulsating action on the muddy fields of S Africa, it has come down to 2 of the most skilled football teams. There were so many other great teams who would have given an arm or a leg to troop out on Sunday night, a night which no soccer-loving person can be disturbed anywhere the match is telecast.
As in ancient Rome, the final 2 gladiators now face each other. Unlike in Rome, it was for glory or death...with no one to referee, there are no rules to the mortal combat. Here in S Africa, the 2 finalists Holland and Spain have never met in a W Cup Final before. For Spain, they already made history. Their best was a 1950 last 4 appearance. Holland were losing finalists in 1974 and 1978.
From the video, it is very clear that he has opened the SPANISH box. In Paul's language, that is translated to a Spanish win.
A word of caution for those who are betting. In the last world cup, all kinds of predictions were also made for both sides...Italy and France. Those who placed money on an Italian WIN ( 1 x 2 )actually lost all their money. WHY? The game ended in a 1 - 1 DRAW...although Italy won in the penalty kick after ET.
If you pick " who will be the champion?" category..then that's different. But the odds are usually not great.
Mani the parrot...has already picked Holland over Spain. It's their own World Cup Final...Mani versus Paul. I have some critical observations about the way both are kept and managed. That can explain the difference and the dilemma. But to put it here may do injustice to one side publicly. So, I'll think about it first.
So...now punters and bettors have a BIG HEADACHE... who should they follow? Well, if you have been following my advice not to bet BIG, just a tickle or two...you won't have such a headache will you?
Well...see for yourself. It's true. No one could have imagined that the real STAR of this 2010 World Cup is not those household names like Kaka the Brazilian, Rooney the looney, Messi the Argentinian, Ronaldo the Portuguese, Honda the Japanese, Villa the Spaniard or Mueller the German. This world celebrated STAR is now the hottest search item on Google search or on Twitter. And he lives in his humble abode and is not paid the multi-million pounds annual pay of those mentioned. Paul the Octopus has just made his pick for the 3rd place playoff between Uruguay and Germany.
He has opted for Germany...as can be clearly seen on this video.
Paul has also made his FINAL pick for the Grand Final between Holland and Spain.Who did he choose? Check the next blogpost for the video and writeup.
Goodluck to all if you are having a flutter on this game!
Friday, July 9, 2010
World Cup 2010
'Mani the parakeet' picks Netherlands as World Cup winner.
By Mogana Pillay
Posted: 08 July 2010 2342 hrs
Singapore's home-grown psychic parakeet has picked the Netherlands to win the World Cup. Mani, an astrologer's "assistant" in Singapore's "Little India" along Serangoon Road had also picked the right winners for all the quarter-final ties and the Spain-Germany semi-final. This has led people from all over Singapore to flock to the roadside astrologer's table to find out if they will get lucky too, especially in their World Cup bets. Mani and his owner, Mr Muniyappan, see about ten customers on an average day. Now, they entertain that many customers in just one hour! With the World Cup in its final stage, Mani is now literally the talk of the town - and many are going with its prediction of the Dutch team winning its first-ever World Cup title. - CNA/al .
Click below link for the official news report on Channelnewsasia.com.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
‘Psychic octopus’ to predict final - if not tired
We do not want to overburden him: spokesperson
BERLIN - Paul the "psychic" octopus, who has become a global star after correctly forecasting all six of Germany's World Cup games, will predict the final, but only if his hefty workload has not exhausted him.
The mollusc medium, who stunned Germany by tipping Spain in the semi-final - spot on as it turned out, will on Friday make his prediction for the third-place Germany match with Uruguay, a spokesman for his aquarium told AFP.
Whichever box Paul wrenches open is adjudged to be the winner.
Afterwards, Paul will be offered boxes with Spanish and Dutch flags, the two teams in Sunday's showcase final, but only if he is deemed not too tired and still hungry, the spokesman said.
"We do not want to overburden him," the spokesman said.
The eight-legged oracle forecast German wins over Australia, Argentina, England and Ghana. Proving he is not just attracted to the German flag, he also correctly predicted losses to Serbia and Spain, the latter live on national TV.
But as many World Cup stars have discovered in South Africa, the footballing gods can quickly snatch fame and favour away.
Bitterness at Germany's 1-0 defeat to Spain turned to anger with some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd in Berlin insulting both Paul and his mother.
Even crueller, some fans have begun posting recipes on the Internet, believing that Paul's reward for his clairvoyant powers should be a meeting with the barbecue or the paella pot.
Psychic octopus right yet again
'Octopus strikes again' is not a headline that most people would relish reading, but Spain fans are delighted
'Psychic' cephalopod Paul the Octopus has become a sensation in Germany after correctly predicting all of Joachim Loew's side's SA 2010 results.
The pre-match predictions have seen the eight-limbed oracle indentify the winning team with 100% hit-rate, including Germany's defeat to Serbia in Group D.
His keepers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, were playing down his latest tip, however, when plucky Paul plumped for a Spain win in Durban.
Yet, amazingly, the clairvoyant creature was proved right for a sixth time in succession, much to local fans annoyance.
Carles Puyol's 73rd minute header booked a World Cup final place for Vicente del Bosque's side, but may have condemned Paul to a local lunch menu, as German hopes were dashed.
Angry Germany fans have already begun blaming the mighty mollusc for their semi-final demise, and have even suggested that "Paul should be fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella," according to newspaper reports.
For his part, Paul is refusing to keep a low profile and will swim into action once again to predict the results of both the third-place play-off and the final itself.
If Spain produces the same sublime performance or take it 2 steps higher...Holland will be completely eclipsed in the coming Final.
They have so many players that you feel could produce a goal at any moment. That turned out to be true in the 73rd minute of the 2nd half when poor defending allowed Carlos Puyol ( Barcelona's captain ) to head in powerfully for the one and only goal.
Thomas Mueller who was suspended could have made a real difference.
On this performance Spain has to be the favourite to lift the trophy and the World Cup will have a new champion. But don't discount Wesley Sneider and company. They too are on the brink of making history for themselves.
Before that great Final will be the 3rd place playoff between Uruguay and now Germany.
[Photo credit: Reuters] - Spanish players celebrating at final whistle
[ photo credit: Reuters ] Schweinsteiger in tears at end