星期四, 7月 07, 2016

【Independence Day】激動人心的總統演說


Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind. 

Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.

Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation.

We're fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We're going to live on!
We're going to survive!
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

早上好。在一個小時之內,世界各地的戰鬥機將會聯合起來,發動人類歷史上規模最大的空戰。

人類,這個字眼,對我們而言有了新的含義。我們不能再為了小事而自相殘殺。我們要為共同利益團結一致。 

也許這就是命運,今天正是七月四日。你們要再次為自由而戰。不是為了反抗暴政或迫害,而是為了避免被滅絕。
   
為了活著的權利、為了生存而戰。如果能勝利。七月四日將不再只是美國的假日,而是世人一同宣誓之日。

我們不會默默地走向黑暗!
我們不會任人宰割!
我們要繼續生存!
我們要渡過難關!
今天,我們慶祝我們的獨立日。


星期二, 6月 07, 2016

【微型小說】真相台主播

“老公,就算今晚在大海中央,我依然會准時聽你的聲音哦。”

“忘了聽也沒關系,盡情享受假期吧。我會想你的。”

兩人不舍的擁吻後,誠傑便目送妻子和幾個姐妹登上天鵝號游輪。待天鵝號完全消失在海平線後,誠傑才返回部門准備今晚的工作:真相台主播。


身為國家唯一電視主播的誠傑是“男女老少通殺”的大紅人,爆紅指數之高連電影明星也望塵莫及。他除了長得帥,更迷人的是他的嗓子,那把向全國百姓傳達真相的嗓子。

今晚,誠傑一身西裝革履,在等待直播信號亮燈的同時,呷了一口金桔茶潤喉。

“燈光、音響、鏡頭,預備!開鏡!”

“晚上好,歡迎大家收看八點的真相播報,”誠傑那把磁性的嗓音像往常般出現在全國大街小巷、每戶人家中。

“首先,我國政府獲得了聯合國頒發的‘卓越政府獎’及十億元獎金,世界各國首腦紛紛發來賀電,肯定政府對世界和平做出的偉大貢獻。第二則真相,我國東部遭遇百年一遇大水災,所幸在政府的領導下,沒造成任何財務損失。第三,南市核電廠發生輕微事故,只導致三名外勞受傷。第四,經過多年的研究,數學局正式宣布‘二加二等於五’。第五則……”

五年前,政府在百萬人中挑選誠傑為真相台主播,全因為誠傑擁有獨特的胸腔共鳴而發出一種富有感性又不失理性、輕易俘虜聽眾信任的完美聲線。

自從誠傑當了真相台主播後,人民不再相信網上的流言蜚語,社交媒體接二連三地自願關閉,記者和社評員也紛紛金盆洗手。從此,沒有了新聞,沒有了輿論,只有真相台的真相。紛亂了數十年的社會秩序因此恢復了和諧穩定,這全歸功於政府的遠見和智慧。

放工回到家,誠傑忽然接到妻子的來電,甜蜜的味兒湧上心頭:“一定是她忍不住想我啦。”

“喂,親愛的。”

“韋誠傑主播。”電話另一端卻是一把冰冷的陌生男聲。

誠傑大驚:“你是誰?我老婆呢?”

“天鵝號已被我們劫持了,船上兩百名乘客都是人質,包括你的妻子。”

“劫持?哈哈,你少嚇唬人!一定是作弄電話,是不是我老婆……”

誠傑的話未說完,“乒乒乓!”電話另一端傳來連串槍擊聲,接著是連聲慘叫。

“老公救……我……救我……”

“老婆?是你嗎?”

“莉紗她們……死了……”一把顫抖的哭泣聲出現在他耳邊。

無疑地,這是枕邊人的聲音。但,誠傑心裡另一個自己仍然懷疑:“這是真的嗎?若是的話,那為何真相台剛才沒要我報道這則劫持真相呢?或許,那時真相台還沒收到這真相吧。”

“還是不相信?那我就在你的貌美妻子臉上開幾個窟窿吧。”

妻子驚恐的尖叫可隱約聽見。

“不不不!我相信了!求你放掉我的妻子,你要多少贖金我都願意給!”

“我們一分錢也不要。只要你替我們做一件事,我們就立即釋放你的妻子和所有人。聽好,明早八點的真相播報,我要你告訴全國人民:‘天鵝號被二加二四組織劫持了’,否則後天等著收屍吧。”話完,電話掛掉了。

誠傑一臉錯愕,“他是說廢話嗎?天鵝號遭劫持的真相,明早鐵定會播報的呀。‘二加二四組織’是啥?”

一想到愛妻身陷險境,誠傑整晚輾轉反側,未等天亮,他已抵達部門迫不及待想登上主播台,以便妻子能早點獲釋。

“早上好,歡迎大家收看八點的真相播報,”誠傑開始朗讀稿件,“第一則真相是,一艘名為天鵝號的游輪昨晚因遭遇龍卷風而沉沒……咦,不對啊,天鵝號沒有沉沒!它目前被二加二四組織劫持著……

誠傑來不及說完,鏡頭突然斷電。此時,他心口一涼,血花濺到滿面,眼看一顆子彈從自己胸膛穿過……

“這是真相台的突發真相播報,剛才有一名瘋子入侵真相台並冒充韋誠傑主播,企圖散播邪惡謠言,所幸及時被制止。現在本台再次播報第一則真相,昨晚天鵝號遭到龍卷風侵襲而沉沒,船上乘客全部罹難,政府對此表示極度的哀傷。第二則,數學局被國際奧數協會表揚,因為發表了‘二加二等於五’……”

(1485字)

此作品榮獲2014年馬來西亞華文微型小說創作比賽『公開組優秀獎』

星期六, 6月 04, 2016

那些年,在那個廣場上,那個擋那些坦克的【男人】

還記得那個男人嗎?
在27年前的今天,
他一步一步,毫無懼色地往前走。
前面不遠,迎面而來的,
轟隆轟隆,是無數鐵輪轉動的聲音,
也是瘋狂殺人的國家機器發出的吼聲,
周圍的人,驚恐地四處逃亡。
但,他一步一步,毫無懼色地往前走。
走到路中央,擋住了第一輛坦克,
第二輛坦克停下來,第三輛跟著停了,第四輛也是…… 
全部坦克停了下來,鐵輪轉動的聲音沒了。

 
他,一個血肉之軀,阻擋了一群坦克的前進, 
 也停止了那刺耳的吼聲。 
 在他眼前的,是數十輛的坦克, 
 是壓迫人民的國家機器, 
 也是魚肉百姓的暴政, 
 更是死亡的屠刀! 
 但,他並不怕,仍然昂首挺立。 
 這一幕震撼了世人,這是哪來的英雄? 
 國家機器老羞成怒:“只是個螳臂當車的歹徒!” 
 沒錯,這的確是不自量力的螳臂, 
 但,這個螳臂贏得了歷史的尊重, 
 這一無畏的小舉動,為世界塑造了一個偉大象徵, 
 那就是,反抗強權的勇氣。 
 他是誰?沒有人知道。 
 但,我們所知道的是,他是個不怕死的男人。 
 這才是男人!


六月初,又到一個令人沉重的悲劇紀念日:1989年的天安門六四事件。說到六四,腦海出現的第一個畫面多數是上面那張照片:一個男人阻擋四輛坦克。這是人類歷史的經典照片,也代表了人民對抗強權的勇氣。

由於鏡頭畫面的局限,有些人以爲這個男人只是阻擋四輛坦克,其實不然。他是阻擋了整個坦克隊伍的前進。看下圖:



後來第五輛坦克也跟著駛進來。


算一算,他當時阻擋了超過20輛坦克大軍的前進。
稱他中華英雄,不為過也。

以下是我在九年前做的一個短片,裏面有這個男人阻擋坦克的鏡頭。



有人認爲,這男人叫王維林,但無法證明,至今他的身份下落依然成迷。

星期五, 5月 27, 2016

美麗島有一首美麗的《美麗島》



作詞:陳秀喜
作曲:李雙澤

我們搖籃的美麗島,是母親溫暖的懷抱
驕傲的祖先們正視著,正視著我們的腳步
他們一再重複的叮嚀,不要忘記,不要忘記
他們一再重複的叮嚀,篳路藍縷,以啟山林

婆娑無邊的太平洋,懷抱著自由的土地
溫暖的陽光照耀著,照耀著高山和田園
我們這裡有勇敢的人民,篳路藍縷,以啟山林
我們這裡有無窮的生命,水牛、稻米、香蕉、玉蘭花

星期六, 5月 21, 2016

Buddha: A socialist reformer

Today is Wesak Day, Buddhists around the world join together to celebrate and commemorate the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana of Gautama Buddha (釋迦牟尼佛). So, Wesak is one of the most sacred religious festivals for billions of Buddhists of the world.

On this day, the majority of Buddha’s believers will pay their homage to Buddha at temples, practise vegetarianism and precepts and even have a whole day meditation and abstain from sex and alcohol as well. While for other believers, Wesak is merely an off-day to get oneself refreshed from workloads.

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, was the founder of Buddhism. Undeniably, he was also a religious teacher and wise sage who has far-reaching influenced our human civilization. However, after thousand years of his departure, some of his modern believers, unfortunately, only known the metaphysical role of Buddha, and certain sects even deified him to become a cult object to satisfy people’s private desires.

I bet you do not know that, our Buddha was one of the greatest socialist reformers (社會主義改革家) of his time or even for these millennia. The ideas or initiatives proposed by Buddha could be considered as ‘advanced’ until the early 20th century despite Buddha lived in year 500 BCE. As we known, in Buddha’s time, the world, particularly India of that time, was full of oppression and exploitation.

The Buddhist flag
The society was practising a strict caste system (種姓階級制度) which had divided mankind into four distinct social classes, i.e.  Brahmins (priests 祭司), Kshatriyas (nobilities 王族), Vaishyas (civilians 平民), and Shudras (slaves 奴隸). All these castes were hereditary. That’s means if a person born to be a slave, he always be a slave and his sons and grandsons will be slaves too, for generations. There was no right for you to choose to be what you want to be during the era of caste system.

Buddha was the first man dare to openly oppose this barbaric caste system of Indian society. At that time, he actively promoted social reform especially on the liberation of caste and broke through social taboos of the caste system by allowing numbers of slaves to become his disciples (Upali 優婆離, who was one of the ten principal Buddha’s disciples, was a slave before his renunciation). In his Sangha community (僧團), disciples from different castes were living together peacefully, such as Purna (富樓那), one of the ten principal disciples was from Brahmin.

The initiative of Buddha to eliminate the caste system had expectedly provoked the uneasiness and anger of the ruling Brahmin class. Out of fear, Brahmins had launched several assassinations and persecutions against Buddha (all attempts failed) in order to preserve their interests. Nonetheless, Buddha had no fear of those in power and their oppressions, instead he carried out his ideal of social reform, boldly.

Gautama Buddha, was not a socialist who just liberated the caste, but he was a feminist (女權主義者) too. Buddha had set up a nuns’ unit in his Sangha community, allowed women of every caste (even prostitute) to join the Sangha and conferred the nuns same rights with the monks. Utpalavarnna (蓮華色), a prostitute who had turned into a famous Buddha’s female disciple, was a symbol of huge breakthrough for that conservative society.

Buddha’s feminist thinking and actions, no matter in India or other parts of the ancient world or even if compared to today, was still an unprecedented move because discriminations on women still exist in certain sects currently. In fact, all social reforms carried out by Buddha had came from his compassion and proposition that all sentient beings are created equal (衆生平等).

In addition, Buddha had successfully established a classless social order and common ownership of the means of production in his thousands population of Sangha community. This system was quite similar to modern socialism. At the meanwhile, his advocacy of abstinence life had pioneered the ideology of LOHAS (健康與持續性的生活) and green environmentalism for more than two thousand years. Even in his metaphysical teachings, he had challenged theocratic Brahmin which been perennially detaining people’s thought and proposed that everything comes from the theory of cause and effect (因果論). The initiatives taken by Buddha had reflected the pursuit for freedom of thought from dogmas.

Gautama Buddha, a crown prince who abdicated his kingship, a religious teacher who denied the Brahmin theocracy, an social activist who defended the civil rights and a man who valued women’s rights, was definitely a great socialist reformer at all times. But ironically, for many years, Buddhism has been typically depicted as a religion which is indifferent to politics and worldly affairs. This is a wrong image conceived by the public toward Buddhism due to some historical reasons.

For your knowledge, more than 20% of Malaysian are Buddhists. Why don’t we stop praying before Buddha’s statue just for our own personal desires, but go and learn the spirit of Buddha which has no fear of the authoritarian regime and defends the rights of the people.

Last but not least, I wish Buddhists all around the world: Happy Wesak.

星期一, 5月 16, 2016

謝謝您,老師們~

今天是教師節,我想起了自己生命中也有一些讓我印像深刻的老師。雖然沒有可歌可泣的故事,但這些老師的言教身教對我的人生志向起著關鍵性的影響,直到今日~

感恩每一位教過我的老師,特別是:

(循人小學:1993至1998)
1)羅麗雲老師,我一年級時的班主任。那一年我拿全班第一名,到現在我依然記得她的容貌。後來我二年級時,羅老師好像因為嫁人而transfer了。

2)蔡泥真老師,我四、五年級時的班主任。得知她是一名作家後,我以身為她的學生感到驕傲。後來我六年級時,蔡老師transfer到北馬,直到去年我才知道她目前在Alor Setar執教。

3)連老師和高老師(抱歉記不起名字了),我小學時期的常識校隊指導老師。她們是我的伯樂,發掘了我的時事與常識天份。

(中華獨中:1999至2003)
4)陳思群老師,我初中三時的華語老師。她是我的伯樂,發掘我的時事與常識天份,也把我帶入時事與常識校隊。

5)陳春梅老師(CM Tan),我高中二時的班主任兼英語老師。她是我的伯樂,那一年是我的英語輝煌期,也拿了全班第一名,更是人生轉捩點

6)楊宏隆老師,我高中一、二時的數學老師。因為他,我跌入低谷;也因為他,我登上頂峰。關於我和楊老師的故事,可參閱【楊宏隆老師,一路走好。】(幾年前楊老師魂歸天國了)

7)劉聰老師,我中學時期(從初中三到高中二)的常識校隊總指導老師。與劉老師相處的三年間,我的歷史常識爆升了一千倍

8)伍老師(抱歉記不起名字了),我高中一時的華語老師,她狠狠地failed了我一篇作文,但卻讓我發現自己有寫小說的能力。

9)Cikgu Rosnani,我高二時的國語老師,是她令我不再害怕寫國語作文。那一年的國語大躍進,比華語成績還要好。

SMK Cochrane(2004至2005)
10)Puan Joginder,我Form Six時的副校長。她沒有教過我,但積極幫我處理從獨中轉進國中的繁瑣程序,也成功讓我進到我想就讀的班級。

11)還有很多很多老師(也包括補習老師),抱歉無法一一列明。

感恩老師們,沒有您們當年的啟蒙、傳道、授業和解惑,沒有今天的我。感恩~無限感恩,也祝您們教師節快樂~