The Son of the Fallen Stars

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  • August 17, 2007
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(Original Poem Written in Burmese)
By Min Ko Naing*

Recited By Min Ko Naing at the funeral of the Burmese poet Tayar Min Wai**

Translated by Dr Myint Zan
Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law
Multimedia University

Friend, you have nurtured
your belief as
though it is your own child

Friend, you have lighted
your wounds
as though they were wick-lamps

Friend, you have licked your
wounds with your own tongue
and have already learned how to be alive

Friend, you have
already peeled
your own skin:
sharpen your own bones
as though they were needles
and perfectly beautify yourself
by knitting your own clothes

Friend, tarry along my friend:
to remedy, to the best of our ability,
the hurts and wounds of
this Earth on which many stars fall
we will stay behind

go ahead my friend :
in order to protect with our palms
the heat of the Earth where many Suns
send their fury
we will stay behind

proceed first my friend
to prepare the contents page
for your poems inside
the Earth’s
sorrowful gramophone
we will stay behind

move on my friend
when the Peacock flag***
is raised again
on the walls of our Universities
we will …

** Min Ko Naing is a pseudonym for the most prominent Burmese student leader during the August-September 1988 uprising. For his role in the failed or ‘still-born’ student-led uprising Min Ko Naing was imprisoned by the Burmese authorities for more than 15 years from 1989 to 2004.

*** Tayar Min Way is a prominent Burmese poet, writer and fellow student struggler of Min Ko Naing in what is known as the 8888 generation of Burmese students uprising of 1988 (which started on 8 August 1988). Tayar Minway died in August 2007 at the age of forty-one.

**** The Peacock flag is a symbol of Burmese sovereignty and strength and is used by generations of Burmese students in their various struggles against unjust rule. As a symbol of resistance, strength and victory the Peacock Flag was first used by Burmese students in their struggle against British colonialism from the 1930s onwards. Since the 1960s the use of the Peacock Flag has been banned by the authoritarian Burmese governments. Throughout all these years where the Flag is banned Burmese students activists have displayed, talked and wrote about the Peacock Flag if not always openly then at least clandestinely as a defiance against unjust authority and as a symbol of victory. Read in the original, for the translator this moving eulogy and tribute poem –which the translator may not be able to do justice in the translation- is as much an elegy of Min Ko Naing’s departed colleague as it is a message of hope, strength and courage symbolizing the Burmese students’ and the Burmese people’s struggles and aspirations.

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Announcement

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  • August 17, 2007
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Kindly be informed that the Federal Court will be sitting in Malacca from 28th to 30th August 2007. There will be a dinner for the Federal Court Judges on 28th August 2007. Details will be provided in due course.

Wong Fook Meng

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Malacca Bar Annual Dinner and Dance

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  • August 15, 2007
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By Pierre Lim & Wong Fook Meng

Life as a lawyer is no bed of roses. It is challenging, stressful, and let’s face it, the money isn’t that great especially if you are a young lawyer. But the rewards are there if you look hard enough.

As the Chairman of the Malacca Bar, Mr. Ng Kong Peng puts it, lawyers help to put things right. Lawyers help give custody of the children to a parent in a divorce case, lawyers help beneficiaries get what they need when a will is drafted and lawyers help purchasers get their dream homes in drawing up sales and purchase agreement. In short, it isn’t all just about Ringgit and sen or the pursuit of that coveted partnership in a top law firm.

These were points which were touched upon by Ng in his speech during the Malacca Bar Annual Dinner and Dance held at the Ramada Hotel on 11th August.

This year’s event which saw a record turn-out of 350 diners was graced by Tuan Mohtarudin bin Baki, Judge of the Malacca High Court. His Lordship noted in His Lordship’s speech that lawyers should renew their commitment to the rule of law. Lawyers must also prepare their cases well, speak clearly and maintain decorum at all times. As for members of the Bench, His Lordship said that judicial officers must listen to counsel patiently and avoid making derogatory comments from the Bench and give a fair hearing to parties in every case.

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Circular No. 39 of 2007 : Meeting with Pengarah Tanah dan Galian, Melaka

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  • August 13, 2007
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August 13, 2007

URGENT

To: ALL MEMBERS OF MALACCA BAR

CIRCULAR NO. 39 OF 2007

MEETING WITH PENGARAH TANAH DAN GALIAN, MELAKA

The above matter refers.

The office of Pengarah Tanah dan Galian Melaka will be holding a meeting with the Bar Committee on Monday, August 20th 2007 at 3.00 pm to discuss matters pertaining to the administration of land registry and land offices in Melaka.

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The MMA and Bar Games 2007

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  • August 13, 2007
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Report by Terence Chan, Gillian Tay and Jocelyn Chong

The annual games between the Malacca Bar and the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Malacca Branch was held on Saturday, 28.7.2007 at the Malacca Club Sports Complex in Tanjung Kling, Melaka. Among the games played were badminton, table tennis, squash, netball, snooker and soccer. Netball was called off eventually due to the lack of players from MMA.

The Malacca Bar started the ball rolling with an emphatic win through our first doubles in badminton where the pair of Kelvin and Muhamad Faizal won with a score of 15-9, 15-5. Malacca Bar easily thumped the MMA 6-1 and MMA won the only consolation point after defeating our last double of T.S Moi and Aloysius.

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Important Announcement

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  • August 13, 2007
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Kindly be informed that all cases fixed in Malacca High Court 1 before the learned High Court Judge from 8th to 12 th September 2007 will be postponed due to a Judges’ Conference.

Please be guided accordingly.

Wong Fook Meng

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