Saturday, June 26, 2010
Call me sadistic, I remain humane through reading things that break my heart like these stories: -
"Hungry tiger shot dead by Rela member"
"They paved Paradise to put up a coal plant"
I cried thinking who would stand for their rights to exist in this world and to be treated in such cruelty, when even we, the smartest 'animals' in this world could not be protected from injustice of our own 'tribe', our own laws and lifestyle.
Let me end this post with Michael Jackson's "Earth Song". How sadly timely to listen to this song, which was first released in 1995, 2 days after commemorating first anniversary of MJ's untimely death.
Well, not until you read "The myth of wedded bliss".
Typically, marriages carry sentiments of gravity, happiness, certainty and long-term commitment. A happy one is equivalent to GBP70 Grand annual income and quitting smoking. It offers hopes that we won't grow old and die alone. Not forgetting, we'll have someone to confide intimately.
Still, would these advantages of being wedded promises us a bliss?
I like that a part of this article stresses the idea of looking at marriages not as institutions we want to see ourselves associated with but rather to put a spotlight on the relations we have with the one we exchanged our rings and vows. It's about that person we share our lives with, and their commitments towards that institution. It's about finding a key to unlock the immense opportunities life could offer and to continue building the bridge with that person, day in, day out. Sounds tiring but it's worth trying.
By-products of a meaningful marriage transcend many roads, touch many lives, enlighten many souls, carry different roles, and thus, creating a better world.
It is imperative in today's world for men to be raised more feminist in the sense that they respect women, they understand their weaknesses and strengths, empower them and see them as partners, rather than subservient subjects.
"The Female Factor" exemplifies the idea of men as more effective feminists (which reminds me of my kind of fine gentlemen, Mr. Carlos Ghosn) - those who become role models to women, not on terms of power and superiority but more of them showing good paternal examples.
So, will you marry me? Perhaps, if only it makes us better, stronger and wiser...
p.s. Having read these articles, I know why we are where we are and why there's too few female representation in this country's policy-making despite the fact that ratio of female to male in this country grows larger.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The honesty's too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you till I die
Till we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides
~ Dan Hill
How a soul in this little body could bring such joy just by looking at him is truly a miracle God has given mankind. That kind of euphoria isn't about me craving for motherhood (now that my biology clock is fast ticking away) - it's about being connected to another living being we sometimes take for granted.
"Be it human or animal, touch is a life-giving thing. Has anyone ever had a stroke or a heart attack while cozied up with a pet? I doubt it"~Robert Brault
Thursday, June 17, 2010
"A statesman of the school of sound common sense, and a philanthropist of the most practical type, a patriot without a superior - his monument is a country preserved" ~ C.S. Harrington
"If you look at his portraits they always give you an indelible impression of his great height. So does his life. Height of purpose, height of ideal, height of character, height of intelligence" ~ David Lloyd George
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
My baby brother is a chemist with ex-Golden Hope’s subsidiary. This establishment produces amongst the best crude palm oil in the world, used in many products meant for export market mainly – thanks to Golden Hope’s meticulous care of its plantation (even my highway client commended how good the soil in their plantation considering the area surrounding is swampy). Golden Hope, in addition, was once considered as amongst the best employers to work with, inculcated a close-knit plantation family culture amongst the staff, providing ample job opportunities to the surrounding community that most staff tend to work till their retirement day with Golden Hope. It was no wonder for them to win the coveted Most Caring Employer for 2006 and 2007 after being named one of the “Best under One Billion” companies in Asia Pacific in October 2005. Came CIMB Investment, Golden Hope was delisted and everything Golden Hope was systematically replaced with Sime Darby – the supposedly pride of this nation. By hook or by crook, most Golden Hope’s senior managements were removed and one best example was termination of Golden Hope’s Finance Director and my brother’s GM, after their refusal to resign, having been blamed for RM120 M losses due to one rogue trader’s jolly forex trading. Both took the case to the court but Sime Darby, in its efforts to close its cans of worms, managed to persuade them to settle out of court handsomely. My brother told me the GM is such a humble, dedicated and well-experienced man – the rumour had it that he was set up by certain parties, to nip the shoot before it grows. With Sime Darby at the wheel, they bring in their not-so-fantastic culture, they spent so much on renovations and changing the management’s cars, they forget to look after their staff’s welfare. I guessed Sime Darby has been cursed too much by its ex-staff, its circa RM1.0 B cost overruns in Bakun Damned is the price it has to pay for such misery caused to its staff and the indigenous people adversely affected by this damning project. That is on top of another B losses Sime Darby incurred from its Qatar project, lest we forget already.
Its new Group CEO is the chairman of Bank Islam and CEO of FELDA Global. It was mentioned somewhere in pro-Gomen mouthpiece that he is headhunted for turning around sick companies. Some say he’s instrumental with Tabung Haji but it was also during his time Tabung Haji lost RM65 M to high risk investment. Then, he came to turn around FELDA. From having cash reserves of approximately RM4.5 B once upon a time, this cash cow is not that fat any more – the reserves plunged to whopping RM200 M! Thank you Mr. Charles Santiago for highlighting this to us here.
I love my sister in law dearly – maybe because we are true pisces. Hailed from one remote Jengka settlement, she’s the only one of her 11 siblings that graduated from tertiary education system. My brother courted her in the lab, where both of them worked as chemists. Despite her difficult childhood, she is one strong lady. Her financial intelligence surpasses mine and she has the most caring heart when most people who grew up in her environment would grow up self-centred and snobbish. I’m so glad that my Third Angel has her as his beloved mother.
"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope" ~ William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
In a few occasions, we have visited her parents in Jengka. Developments are primarily concentrated in Pusat Bandar Jengka. Hospital, banks and business areas are miles away and there is no public transport to commute these people to such places of great necessities. I recall seeing The Little Red Dot’s MoH coaster picking up people from housing estates and dropping them after their hospital appointment. With the kind of money FELDA has, why can’t they invest in a modest mini bus to every settlement area? While some lived bigger, better houses, most still live too simple a life. Being around them makes me feel so humble because with little help from kacang-lupakan-kulit FELDA, they are happy people and they achieved a lot with their own sweats, tears and blood. So, reading this piece of lousy cover-up by Ahmad Maslan (Oh, naib ketua pemuda umno.. No wonder stevie wonder), welfare my foot! Imagine if they are given opportunities, I am sure these people would be able to create a self-sufficient community, that grows their own food, that cares for their own people, that enriches everyone’s life. It is too much for FELDA management to decide spending RM600 M to build their own HQ when their people in Jengka and other settlements have to live such a harsh reality.
Please, we had enough of blunders, plunders and dunderheads running and dictating our lives. Before GE13, PR needs to make significant inroads to such settlements. We need to win for these people to live a better life. As simple as that. They don’t need new mosques, new balairaya, new parliament building, new palace or stadium. They need a new team to safeguard their interest in FELDA – their hope.
"Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them" ~ Vincent McNabb
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? - the cuckoo clock"~ Graham Greene & Orson Wells, The Third Man, movie
Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup shortly before the tournament was due to start and at the time it was seen as a major blow to Germany's chances.
However, Low's men thrashed Australia 4-0 in their opening game and put in a performance that sent out warning signs to their rivals.
Low insists that Ballack is still a quality player, but was delighted with the way his team coped without him.
He said: "With Ballack missing, I had to look for a solution. I was lucky that more and more players stepped up to the mark.
"With Sami Khedira, you can draw a parallel between him and a young Ballack. It seems up to now we have dealt with his absence fairly well.
"Michael Ballack was an important player who has immense experience.
"Space distribution is the key to good football. It's no use if players are clustered together.
"I would like to see offensive football, combination play and a certain culture. Combination play is not something you are born with, it has to be practised on the training pitch."
Monday, June 14, 2010
Read this interview, which makes me wonder are our GLC heads that bad (oh, since Sime Darby just announced appointment of its new CEO - Bank Islam and Felda Holdings' Chairman - sniff sniff I smell something fishy here)?
Arjun Rajyagor wins first 'Junior Apprentice'
Arjun Rajyagor has been named the winner of the first season of Junior Apprentice, winning a £25,000 fund to help him kickstart his career in the future.
Last night, Arjun Rajyagor was paired with Tim Ankers as joint project manager and was asked by Lord Sugar to create a branding and advertising campaign for a bottle of water.
Previously famed for being a "calculator basher", Arjun Rajyagor impressed Karren Brady with his creative skills by taking control of the filming of the advert. Choosing the shots and directing the actors, Arjun unleashed his flair to show that he was more than just a "mathmatics man". During the pitch for the brand "A Bottle of Water", Arjun Rajyagor handled the questions about the simplicity of the brand with confidence.
In the main boardroom, facing Lord Sugar, Arjun Rajyagor detailed his past achievements in various business ventures, from being a head prefect to fixing computers from his house. As the tension mounted, Lord Sugar announced Arjun Rajyagor was the first Junior Apprentice winner, beating runner-up Tim Ankers.
Whether you were a big fan of Junior Apprentice or not, you cannot ignore the talent and skills that the finalists displayed in their pitches. Don't forget they were all under 18 - and still faced (some) hard questions from seasoned adult businesspeople.
Sure, maybe Junior Apprentice wasn't as exciting as the normal format of Apprentice, but you have to hand it to the kids - they've got skills. If these kids represent the future of Britain, we're all in safe hands.
Q&A with Arjun Rajyagor, winner of Junior Apprentice 2010
Education: A levels in physics, maths and systems and control, AS level further maths
Real Business (RB): Congratulations on winning Junior Apprentice. What’s it like being the first ever Junior Apprentice winner?
Arjun Rajyagor: The feeling of being the first ever winner is beyond amazing. When I found out, I couldn’t believe it – I was physically taken aback and had to double-check!
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I would win when I first sent off that application form, but now that I have, I couldn’t be more elated. My family and friends have been the greatest support system that anyone could have asked for, and I actually can’t believe that it’s all over.
RB: So what do you plan on using the £25,000 fund for?
Arjun Rajyagor: The fund will be fundamental to starting my own business after university, where I’ll also get the remaining qualifications that I require.
The business will primarily focus on working at the forefront of new and upcoming technologies, and will eventually create viable products that will harness the capability of said technologies.
I aspire to, one day, trade with the likes of NASA and Apple.
RB: Why did you apply for Junior Apprentice to start with?
Arjun Rajyagor: I applied for Junior Apprentice because I thought it’d give me the opportunity to display my raw business talent and demonstrate that academies have m ore to give to the world than just booksmarts.
Also, as it promised to be such a large learning curve, it would allow me to learn so much more about myself and the business world.
RB: How did you find your time on the show?
Arjun Rajyagor: It was the most amazing experience of my life and I didn’t want it to end. I know that I’ll never have the chance to experience something like this again, so I ensured that I’d make the most out of every second.
RB: What do you think of Lord Sugar, Nick and Karren?
Arjun Rajyagor: They were all amazing role models and wonderful people to work around. They gave their criticisms and their praises, but they were always fair. They always ensured that we understood how much of an achievement it was that we’d made it this far. They were always supportive and are still, to this day, people that I aspire to be like.
RB: Who do you think was your strongest competitor?
Arjun Rajyagor: Throughout the entire process, it was Tim. He got off to a shaky start but was always learning and rectifying previous mistakes. He fast became a real contender and was the greatest competition anyone could’ve asked for.
RB: What are you doing now, then? What are your hopes for your future career?
Arjun Rajyagor: At the moment I’m studying for my A-level exams in physics, maths and systems & control, while also undertaking AS further maths in my own time. I’m heading to university in September, hopefully to the University of Oxford to study engineering science.
In the future, after completing my masters in electrical engineering, I aim to start up my own company of electrical and electronic engineers and use my ‘instinct’ to start a ‘revolution’.
RB: What have you learnt about business from your experience on Junior Apprentice?
Arjun Rajyagor: From Junior Apprentice, I’ve learnt that business has a lot more elements to it than I initially believed, and that a business dynamic entirely on the team that is running it and their passion towards the service/object being sold. It’s always important to work with people who share your vision and goal and that way, you can help each other to attain it.
RB: What would you say to any fellow young aspiring business people? Any advice?
Arjun Rajyagor: To all the budding entrepreneurs and young businessmen and women out there, I would like to tell you never to give up on your dreams and if you believe that you can do it, then anything is possible.
Just put your all into everything you do and you’ll be successful in all your endeavours.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle
You’re on the front line
You know it’s serious
We’re getting closer
This isn’t over
The pressure’s on; you feel it
But you got it all; believe it
When you fall get up oh oh
And if you fall get up eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cause this is Africa
Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Listen to your god; this is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
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Y vamos por todo
People are raising their expectations
Go on and feel it
This is your moment
Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
If you get down
Get up oh oh
When you get down
Get up eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it"
p.s. Imagine an old lady trying to act young.. She's definitely a horrible sight!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Im at the internet cafe near the Grandview Hotel where PR's ADUN stay. Uncle Zorro, Helen Ang and many others (in solidarity) were arrested. All PR's MP who came over (even to their offices) and were in the midst of press conference were arrested by sick police f(a)rce...and i almost get caught twice - first when we first walked from the railway station and second when we were at the prohibited perimeter.
In the first incident, the sicko came with all their machine guns and all and their cars blocking the road. The spokeperson for our entourage was provoked and he was arrested along with another. They were hauled in and the remaining guys around 12 of them (bless their souls) joined the two on the truck. There were uncles and aunties there in black and walking with their canes, weak knees and these idiot sicko kept on shouting to them to turn back. I just stood there - the tears just kept on falling. One lousy lady sicko asked me to leave - dik, minta tolong patah balik? i told her - saya tak nak tolong awak boleh? Stood there alone for a good 10 minutes and hopped on the bus as it stopped at the traffic light. The bus took me to the new state building.
After asking a few locals (shish..some were plain ignorant i felt like giving a good long lecture), one macha gave me the best direction to the SUK building. I felt good - i didnt miss my daily walking session. At one turning to the building along the river, i saw 1 chinese guy - ive seen him before. Yes, we had zigzagging to get ourselves there from the railway station. I walked along one malay lady - Kak Wa - an ipoh housemaker - a devout supporter of PAS. A few guys were there including YB Nizar's PA. He walked mindlessly away from the building. We saw the sicko chased the people gathering at the edge of the perimeter and one good man hushed to us that we will be next. I quickly checked the surrounding, saw one lawyer firm (in a house) with an open. The chief sicko shouted - tangkap - and we dashed to the house, hiding behind the lushful flower of paradise and a scooter. We heard voices and alhamdullilah, they were the owner of the premise - a lawyer wife and a caterer hubby. They let us in the house as the hubby told us that the sicko was looking for 2 ladies in black. Conversation ensued between us. Apparently, the lawyer wifey is a daughter to Adun Bukit Semanggol so we almost got news straight from the assembly hall as her brother, who acts as PA to her father, was there. Kak Wa shared her stories about what happened after the 'haram' MB took over - both YB nizar and YB Sivakumar stayed at the MB's house, guarded by PAS' unit amal. Security was very tight as there had been threats about kidnapping, killings, ammunitions etc. UMNO memang bijak bab2 macam ni...shishhhhh...Many supporters 'berkampung' at the MB house throughout the ordeal till YB Nizar left his official residence...
A few days before the 'hijack', Ustaz Harun Din came over the house and warned YB Nizar that something will happen to Perak State Govt. INdeed, it came true. When the 'perassan' MB lodged a police report that he had bomoh the assembly hall, Ustaz Harun Din had also warned that there are too many 'jampi serapah' in the hall. Again, siapa lagi kalau bukan org melayu yg suka bomoh2 ni kan?
I cried a lot, so whats wrong with that after listening to stories like that. Ok, so i need to read history again as i felt like we are re-living what people back then must have felt. While you can say we cant win this by protest and all but i always believe that will not go down the drain. So, J, that najib thingy is totally failed. It is the culmination of the surat khabar lama and the sleeping booty - go figure how horrible he is....
As said by Robin Sharma, "Great achievement often happens when our backs are up against the wall"...
Take care J...wherever you are...
I was back home by 9.30 last night - safe yet broken hearted - and was told by Mr Whisperer that Uncle Zorro and the rest had been released last night. Alhamdullilah...i cant bear the fact that some uncles would have to spend time in the lockup over night, with no medications. I was imagining if they were my father...
Perhaps you just have to read it literally...no explanation required, J.
I had enough of 'the game' people like you play. It doesnt make our country any better or even make KJ a better person. For once, i wish you could understand that the era of persona idolisation is over. I'd be glad if you could just change people and not merely bringing them down. We are not lalang, J...
As for your The Perak Debacle, is there anything else to be said about it? UMNO really opened up its own 'pekung' and its game 'makan tuan'. Yes, the winner is clearly PR.
You know, J, people from all walks of life came over to show their support, even at the expense of kena kejar and kena pulas tangan. Do you think they were suka2?
Even fulltime housemakers took time to go there. If they were UMNO members, i know they came for the money paid. These were just plain Makciks and Pakciks, naik moto kapcai, anak muda kerja sendiri. Whats this crisis meant for them? Kak Wa from Ipoh just sms me saying that the rats sent in 5 trucks barricading a mosque where solat hajat was to be performed. Its crazy, not just hindu and buddhismd, now islam as the official religion of this nation is being threatened...Gosh, J...UMNO is so gone...history....
Almost half of those who gathered were chinese and the rats, mostly malays, felt provoked on racial basis - apasal org cina besar kepala nak tunjuk perasan tak tentu pasal? I chuckled when these chinese people told the rats - encik, kami bayar gaji encik! hehehehhe..those idiots never know where their gaji comes from...
So, can we focus on economy now? We bloody should - with or without the crisis. But the problem is the UMNO goons are blaming this crisis when it is their non-performance in handling our economy. We didnt see anyone from MoF there 'guarding the sanctity of our constitution and monarch - yea right! - to justify the money spent on helis circling the SUK building, thousands of rats stationed around Ipoh (semua tanggung) and many more wastage of public funds. Wow, our sovereign rating must have been negatively impacted in near future...
J, just ignore me ok..i will only make you despised me more...btw, hope DJIA performed as you wish yesterday...
Sunday, June 6, 2010
At the same time, such nerve-wrecking, mind-boggling, time-juggling, hand-clapping moments also bring out the terrible side of me. I could immerse myself completely in my 'Alice in Wonderland" world.
In the office, I have my side of the window blinds all opened up - I love the brightness of the sunlight and the views I could enjoy every now and then. Perhaps, the sun has moved a significant degrees to the west lately as someone sitting next to me decided to close my blinds - without informing me first. That irks me so much (at least, she should have a courtesy to reason out her action as I see myself as being reasonable). Fine, I would respect her action but I thought she knows me well enough to mutually respect my idea of having the sunlight later in the afternoon. Still, she remains adamant. Last Friday, she announced to the whole world that she's going to nap after her lunch that she deems that give her all the right to switch off the lights. I normally work through lunch and that day, I desperately need to get my reports out to our counterparts in the other side of the world by end of the day - and it's Friday! As she sits next to me, I was struggling looking at the figures. in such dim-lit office .At first, I was rather accommodating but looking at her babbling with some colleagues instead of napping, I told her I need my blinds open to do my work, which she obliged by opening half of them. Since then, we have yet to exchange words. I hope she knows that I don't like that kind of attitude and if she thinks I need her support to be popular amongst colleagues (so I better be good to her), she's darn wrong!
“It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you are not”
p.s. Danny Elfman's "The Little Things" - one of soundtracks from this cool movie "Wanted" with my fave Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.
p.s. Updated on 7 June 2010, 10.30 am - Yeay! The communication line is back on track. "The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you" ~ Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927
Friday, June 4, 2010
I am still suffering from acute mental diarrhea reading comments in MKini here by educated urban Malaysians on the tragic incident that befallen humanitarians on board the Mothership for Gaza Freedom Flotilla - Mavi Marmara. But what do you expect from most Malaysians? At the rate we are going and the kind of rubbish we utter and think (since most of us are still 'hibernating'), we would be winning this trophy - The Worst Citizens (or some can say "The Worst Humans") in the World.
I won't go further trying to state my points in this tragic issue, most of us have misplaced our ignorance. Thanks to my dear Antares, he reads my mind when he came up with "You Become What You Hate".
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Good times for a change
See, the luck I've had
Can make a good man
So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
Haven't had a dream in a long time
See, the life I've had
Can make a good man bad
So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
However, since yesterday morning, after listerning to Richard James of Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("PMM") fuming over Health Minister's flip-flop on banning small pack cigarettes on BFM 89.9 (you can listen to the podcast here), suddenly I see a hero was born out of cigarettes.
PMM does not only have butts (cigarette butts of course), it has guts too because this flip-flopping business is a big turn-off to foreign investors (as local investors don't really contribute to the country's GDP as huge amount of their monies exchanged hands along with froggies and serial liars) for it has no business sense.
And if you read this article on TMI, may you'd know why I salute PMM: -
"In the absence of clarity surrounding this decision PMM will have no choice but to evaluate all possible avenues including legal recourse to recover any losses the company may suffer", the statement said.
PMM had earlier released a statement threatening legal action over the government's flip-flopping over the small pack ban. PMM managing director Richard Morgan said that this sudden reversal of a previously-approved Cabinet directive was not only a 'devastating blow' for business but foreign investor confidence as well.
"How can any corporation plan for its future and maintain its viability in an environment of such legal uncertainty where decisions that are supposedly set in concrete can be overturned so rapidly and without any consultation?", he asked.
This precipitous decision coming less than one week before the previously-announced deadline will cause damage to PMM's business and competitive position and it conflicts with the Ministry of Health's stated public health objectives.
Morgan appealed to the prime minister and his Cabinet to reinstate the June 1 deadline for the ban on cigarette packs of less than 20 sticks.
"We believe this is essential to ensure foreign investor confidence that Malaysia is indeed a fair and transparent nation in which to do business ", he said.
I suspected that this 4th time flip-flop has got something to do with disposing some 14-stick stocks belonging to some 'warlords'. They are buying time to make more money. Previously, it wasn't easy to trace contrabands and with the banning, it will be easy for law enforcement agencies to seize them - yes, size sometimes does matter in this matter.
Still, is it worth it to quench the thirst of these warlords with more sinful moneys by turning away real investment? Should we allow some people's political and personal agenda to reign above our national economic agenda? Why bother attending Idris Jala's subsidies workshop if we allow such bad business ethics and corruption to flourish?
Way to go Philip Morris, way to go!