Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Think and Act Anew

Judge Aly Fekry, head of the Cairo Administrative Court ordered the Egyptian army on Tuesday to end virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons. For background into on this story, read my blog posting dated June 09, 2011.

But the army is defiant. General Adel Morsi, head of military’s judicial authority, said there was no decision to conduct these tests, so the court ruling could not be implemented. He is just so disrespectful!

I must admit I have made fun of Sunway University’s “Think” slogan. But having said this, the SUBS Head of School spent a lot of time thinking! And some of those deep thoughts were generously shared with faculty members – one of which is so meaningful that I just have to share Associate Professor Foo Yin Fah’s email with everyone else. With just three days from the dawning of a brand-new year, I trust he doesn’t mind if I reproduce it here in my blog:

“What is the coming of a new year but merely the turning of another page in the Gregorian calendar. The page has turned 365 times over the past year, so why is the 366th time so special. Notwithstanding that next year we will be turning the pages 366 times, I guess welcoming the new year is about saying goodbye to the old one. And when an old year passes by, it will never come round again. So we want to look towards the new year with hope and anticipation of better things to come. Perhaps we want to forget the past or we just want to have a different tomorrow. This is a time to start afresh.

As we contemplate our resolutions for the new year, I wish to share a very compelling and appropriate quote for the season by Abraham Lincoln from a speech he delivered in 1863 when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation:

'The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country'.

Although our mission is not quite to save our country but building our School will be just as challenging. We must disenthrall ourselves of the dogmas of the past. We must THINK and ACT anew!”

Isn’t the above so weighty, so insightful, so profound? There's no need to be astonished! He is, after all, my head honcho at SUBS - somebody who is wise, informed and perspicacious!

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