Datuk Merlyn Kasimir PJN ~ A Distinguished Andersonian ~

Datuk Merlyn Kasimir PJN

It is heartening to know that one of your former students

distinguished himself in the Malaysian Civil Service with

a Datuk title conferment by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2004.

Here’s one person whom every Andersonian should be proud of !

Class of Upper Six Arts 2 1967.

He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry – MITI after graduating from MU (Malayan University in Pantai Valley, Kuala Lumpur. While in MITI he had the opportunity to serve in the overseas offices in Cologne, Germany (1976-1980) and in Tokyo (1980-1984) as Trade Commissioner/Trade Attache.

He also had an assignment in Geneva as Economic Counsellor in Malaysia’s Permanent Mission for 3 years from 1989, where he was involved with the Uruguay Round multilateral trade negotiations. They were all very enriching experiences.

Before he retired he was the CEO of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation for about 6 1/2 years, a government agency responsible for promotion of Malaysia’s exports. It was a challenging and interesting job, although a bit tiring sometimes with all the travelling. In fact he visited Perth a number of times , but was not aware that I was here.

Now he is doing some trade and business consulting .

He has 2 children, a boy and a girl. His son in fact will be going to Murdoch University, Perth in February next year to do a degree programme in Mass Comm, after his Diploma in KDU College in Kuala Lumpur.

His daughter , who has just finished her A levels, has also applied to study in Australia. She has submitted applications to a few Universities, including University of Western Australia (UWA). She is keen to pursue international relations and economics.

His children are relatively young compared to those of his other classmates because he settled down comparatively a bit later. He left Anderson School, Ipoh end of 1967, a prima school where I taught as the Sr. Geography Master from 1966 to 1970.

He was born in November 1947. His Datukship is a Federal award ( Panglima Jasa Negara – PJN ) , which he had the honour to receive from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2004.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”


Capitalism – The Sense of Morality

Capitalism – The Sense of Morality

This poem of mine was initially written in the 80s

at the time when Australia was plagued with economic

recession, ‘Bottom of the Harbour Schemes’, political leadership struggle

between John Howard & Andrew Peacock . . . nothing like the scale & magnitude

of the present global economic crisis.


“Capitalism creates a rational frame of mind which, having destroyed the moral authority of so many other institutions, in the end turns against its own.” – Joseph A. Schumpeter

CAPITALISM is good: it generates a lot of food

Growth and progress begin to shoot.

Materialism and consumerism grow

Discontentment and greed get out of control.

Disillusionment and immorality are sins of the century

When aims and energy are directed essentially towards prosperity.

Ethics and morality are no longer strong

Thus the nature of things just go wrong.

The song of the century hits your mind:

When you hang your soul on the line,

Is it worth the price you pay for the money you make?”

Certainly creates the disillusionment for the day.

Sins occur here and there and everywhere

All sense of value and morality fly through the air.

Delinquency and street kids multiply in folds

When every action and freedom can never be told.

There is decay in every facet of society.

Nothing good can be guaranteed.

Fast Buck rules in politics as in business.

Loyalty, morality, trust and faith are silenced by greediness.

We are drifting away from the proper way,

Indulging in escapism, sex, drugs and alcohol as we sway.

In our search for fulfilment

We are lost in our apparent contentment.

There’s a way and it’s God’s way:

Search your heart and soul and pray.

There can be no other way

Having Jesus in your heart will not make you sway.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent