Friday, November 30, 2007

of aber IGP public lecture....

The IGP public lecture was part of the malaysian Aber Week. Held at PJ Hilton. Food wuz great. Great turnout too. Spotted, were long lost aber syawal, akbar (emcee), the injured NASH (see his right 30 stictches i was told, bandaged eye..heheh), sharil my double had to leave for a meeting with JJ (his minister heheh), Ubai. others were datuk & datin yeow, tuan mazlan, CID chief bukit aman, tan sri arshad & puan sri, datuk zawiyah & spouse, soffian, amin and the rest of the young aber set. of course my old friend prof john williams former dean of the law faculty was also around, prof harding and pro-VC prof aled. Tan Sri IGP was a liitle late as he had a prior meeting with PM at Putrajaya. On my table was Datuk Mary Lim, Commissioner Law Revision & Law Reform at the AG's Chambers, Prof Khaw (New Deputy Vice Chancellor Development Universiti Malaya who told me that she is very close to my classmate Professor Chan Swee Peng, one of the nation's foremost authority on diabetes...heheh. I shall not bore you with the details of Tan Sri Inspector-General of Police's lecture. You must have read some of the salient and pertinent issues, facts and figures he said, in today's The Star...hahaha... Kudos to the organisers. One needs passion and commitment to run an alumni. It's a thankless job most times and at times...hmmm you need to fork out from your own pockets too. But, the networking, the camaraderie...can be satisfying and who knows...come in the later part of one's life. Unfortunately...not many graduates in malaysia are into alumni activities....(i do stand corrected tho' heheh)

daddy's gurl....

last wednesday evening I accompanied my good friend Nasser, secretary-general Malaysian Takaful Association, to visit an exhibition of the works of final year students of the faculty of art & design, UiTM, shahalam. It was to visit his daughter's work (nastassia)on exhibit. I was told that during that exhibition, the student's final year grades will be made. Nasser's daughter has been a consistent dean's list gurl and I told him that he shud send his gurl to New York to further polish her talents. It's heartening to note that alot of our boys and girls are talented, creative and with commercial value. Their exhibits are a manisfestation of the quality of work they produced and are capable of producing even better ones...which I'd imagine wud give LimKokWing Creative University a run for their money as well...heheh. Ermmm perhaps, I may be wrong. UiTM may feel insulted to the comparison I just made...they could be perhaps compared to some other ivy league institutions...heheh.

another award meh? heheh....

Yezzehhh...HeiTech Padu Berhad created history again...we got a hattrick. Winning for the 3rd consecutive year, Merit Award of the National Annual Corporate Report Award (NACRA) at a ceremony last night November 29th, 2007 at Sime Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Well, as usual, as the first named group company secretary (until otherwise...heheh) , I received the award on behalf of our public-listed homegrown bumiputera ICT powerhouse..hihi. The rest of the details may be read at our website: Well done Wadi and the team, you guys did a great job....sorilah...I yang naik stage...glamer and geligeleman....hahaha

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

of long service awards...heheh

Time do flies...hmmm I didn't realise that I have stayed at HeiTech this long..hihi 10 years? The longest in my previous job was with oxford university press (9 years) heheh. Long Service Awards remind me of my late dad. he spent 34 years with Shell Malaysia. First in Kuantan rolling oil drums, then a peon and then as a management driver at Shell House, Kuala Lumpur. I remember how during weekends when I was in primary 4 and we were staying at 77 lorong kanak-kanak gombak setia then, we wud take a joy ride in that huge Australian Holden. That was also the first time Japan had their Toyota (Toyopet) in Malaysia and it costs only RM6000 at that time (1964). Then when my dad moved to PD in 1965 he was the first batch of the Shell Refining Company Port Dickson bulk LPG lorry driver. He would show me a gold tie pin of his long service awards and I would always look forward to the year end Shell Christmas party where I would always compete with the other Shell children at the musical go round game. Companies like Shell leave indelible marks not only to their employees but to the families of their employees as well. The company culture permeates and transcends the whole family. Much of my worldview today has been carved, indirectly by Shell. That same cultural transformation can take place at HeiTech, if properly done.
I was walking with dato' EC at sunway lagoon and casually told him that earlier that day i told my staff i am getting a 10 year long service award. it can only mean 2 things: either i am so loyal to dato' or that nobody wants me out there....hahaha. actually i am, the loyal type. if my boz tells me to harakiri...i would actually ...heheh. During his speech he related what i had said to him earlier and while he said that only i know the real reasons...heheh. he used that story for positive re-enforcement...hihi. i guess because i am retiring pretty soon, the thought of moving must have taken a back seat, not that i did not have any offers! hahaha.

aber malaysia alumni family day, morib...

of temerloh fruit stalls, marhabans & kemaman kopitiams...

Nice, isn't it? The fruit display has improved tremendously along our east coast, well specifically kuantan's new highway, well...relatively new heheh. i drove back last weekend in my daughter's satria neo with my wife and youngest attend my 2 grand nieces aqiqah ceremony and the usual 'marhaban; session which reminded me of Dr Asri (Perlis Mufti) youtube video clip and his description of marhaban and Jaafar Al Barzanji, the guy who wrote the Berzanji script where it is a collection of praises for the Prophet, Muhamad s.a.w (peace be upon him). go watch that videoclip on youtube if you have the chance. We had dinner at kemaman kopitiam, which by today's standard, is a must stop when one is in Kuantan...hahaha. stayed overnight then, after the aqiqah ceremony, had to rush off to morib, for the aber malaysia alumni family day. You may not believe this but I was defending champion for karaoke...and yes, i defended my championship! hahaha. An unfortunate incident occurred during the day before I arrived, Nash fell down during telematch, broke his glasses and those glasses cut his left eyelid that resulted in 10 stitches! I hope he is okay now. The first prize for karaoke was donated by his legal firm heheh. Prof Aled Jones, Pro-VC was at the dinner too and perhaps he is one of those rare singing Pro-VCs hahaha when he rendered a ..'house of the rising sun'..ya ya ya i were not born yet when that song was a hit!...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

of melayu glokal and ayahpins...heheh

I was reading Datuk A Kadir Jasin's 'The Scribe' - his blog and I liked his comments about the malays...heheh..although we have heard, read and said plenty about the malays over the last 50 years...heehee. But this one seems interesting and I can't help agreeing with much of what he has said...although I do maintain that I continue to remain apolitical...well...hmm almost...but the temptation to be political is soooo inviting enjoy his comments below...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Daripada Melayu Glokal Kepada Melayu Angkasa A Kadir Jasin
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KETIKA merasmikan pembukaan bersama Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (MAT) Pergerakan Wanita, Pergerakan Pemuda dan Puteri Umno tahun lalu, Timbalan Presiden Umno, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, menyarankan agar orang Melayu mengamalkan konsep glokal. Mohon maaf kalau sampai hari ini pun saya belum mengerti saranan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu. Pertama, mungkin kerana keupayaan intelek dan minda saya tidak sampai ke tahap yang membolehkan saya memahami segala konsep dan label yang “tinggi-tinggi” dan “canggih-canggih” yang menjadi kesukaan kini.Kedua, setelah membandingkan kupasan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu mengenai glokal dengan apa yang dibincangkan mengenai glokal (glocal dalam bahasa Inggeris) sejak beberapa dekad lalu, saya mendapati beliau memberi interpretasi yang agak berlainan.(Pengertian umum konsep ini adalah kemampuan seseorang individu, masyarakat atau bangsa berfikir secara global dan bertindak secara tempatan.)Namun apa pun maksud beliau, saya berasa agak gembira kerana bukan semua usaha yang dilakukan sejak 50 tahun lalu untuk menaikkan taraf (status) orang Melayu sebagai bangsa merdeka dan bangsa induk di Malaysia menemui kegagalan.Bilangan orang Melayu semakin ramai. Orang Melayu lebih tinggi persekolahannya. (Saya sengaja tidak menggunakan ungkapan lebih tinggi ilmu kerana seseorang itu boleh bersekolah sehingga ke universiti tetapi masih tidak berilmu).Orang Melayu juga lebih kaya daripada sebelum merdeka walaupun orang Cina dan India jauh lebih kaya. Malah jurang pendapatan antara mereka dengan kaum-kaum Cina dan India sebenarnya semakin meluas, khususnya sejak krisis ekonomi serantau 1997/98.Malah jurang pendapatan antara orang Melayu yang tidak berada dengan orang Melayu yang berada juga semakin luas mengikut ukuran Pekala Gini (Gini co-efficient).Orang Melayu terdedah kepada pelbagai bentuk dan saluran maklumat dan hiburan. Tetapi majoriti orang Melayu memilih telenovela Indonesia, Filipina, Argentina dan drama swasta daripada saluran maklumat dan ilmu seperti National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, CCTV9 dan Al-Jazeera.Saya tidak perlu sebut mengenai Akademi Fantasia kerana fantasi, angan-angan dan khayalan adalah sebahagian padu daripada minda Melayu.Walaupun mereka berpijak di bumi bertuah bernama Malaysia tetapi mimpi mereka adalah mimpi Bollywood, mimpi Manila, mimpi Beunos Aires dan mimpi Jakarta.Maka saya bertanya, adakah masih bertuah bumi kita Malaysia?Dengan minda Melayu yang sebegini atau disengajakan agar menjadi begini maka amat kenalah kalau tahun ini, di majlis yang serupa, Mohd Najib mahu “mengangkasakan” orang Melayu.“Mengangkasakan bangsa” jerit Utusan Malaysia dan Berita Harian.Ini pastinya satu pengalihan perhatian yang bijak di saat-saat mimpi indah dan khayalan orang Melayu terbanyak semakin diganggu gugat oleh kenaikan harga barang dan perkhidmatan, jenayah yang semakin menjadi-jadi, ketidaktentuan mengenai siapa berkuasa -- Majlis Raja-Raja atau Kabinet? -- dan banyak lagi isu-isu pokok yang merisaukan.(Mungkin elok kalau ketika para perwakilan memuji dan memuja idola, mentor dan “protector” masing-masing, mereka bertafakur sejenak sambil menyedekahkan Al-Fatihah dan memohon kepada Ilahi agar pembunuh Nurin dan semua penjenayah durjana dibalas dosa mereka, kita dihindarkan daripada bala dan para khalifah serta ketua kabilah kita diberi petunjuk.)Apa yang dihujahkan oleh Mohd Najib dan diuar-uarkan oleh media massa arus perdana yang akur hanyalah sambungan kepada impian Presiden Umno merangkap Perdana Menteri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi mewujudkan “towering Malays”.Disebabkan tiada istilah rasmi bahasa Melayu bagi “towering Malays” -- mungkin kerana pemikir Melayu yang berkuasa hari ini selesa berfikir dalam bahasa Inggeris – maka saya menterjemahkannya sebagai “Melayu yang tinggi menjulang perwatakannya” supaya orang kampung Tanah Merah, Pendang, Kedah dan Kampong Bongek, Negeri Sembilan boleh faham.Maaf kalau saya katakan masih ramai orang Melayu yang sukakan cogan kata dan bahasa besar sebegini. Mereka sukakan sesuatu yang abstrak yang mereka tidak faham tetapi sedap disebut dan canggih bunyinya. Mungkin oleh kerana majoriti orang Melayu mudah dipengaruhi oleh cogan kata, konsep abstrak dan label-label yang indah inilah maka orang yang cerdik, pintar atau putar belit macam Ayah Pin boleh meyakinkan orang Melayu bahawa dia boleh menjadikan mereka tinggi mengawan dengan menubuhkan “kerajaan langit” (sky kingdom). Atau apakah minda Melayu sebenarnya masih terperangkap dan membeku dalam cerita hikayat dan mitos – bahawa asal-usul mereka adalah dari langit, dari kayangan daripada kalangan dewa-dewa dan dewi-dewi, daripada keturunan Malim Deman dan Malim Dewa? Mohon ampun kalau rencana kali ini, seperti yang amat saya takuti dan benci, menjadi abstrak, sinis dan skeptis (maaf juga kerana menggunakan istilah saduran bahasa Inggeris).Antara koridor dan “towering Malays”, antara “Islam Hadhari” dan integriti, antara Melayu glokal dan Melayu angkasa, saya sesat dalam pemikiran sendiri. Mungkin minda saya yang terperangkap dalam kebekuan masa. Minta dijauhkan Allah Taala.
Nota kaki: Ketua Wanita Rafidah Abdul Aziz berkata hentikan kenyataan-kenyataan retorik dan sebaliknya tangani isu-isu pokok yang menyentuh massa. Ketua Pemuda Hishammuddin Hussein berkata ada kesan yang menguntungkan daripada saluran baru maklumat dan komunikasi termasuk blog.

of acceptance speeches...

I was googling some samples of really exceptional acceptance speeches as I had to craft one for a dignitary who will be receiving a global achievement award next week in London...and I bumped into William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech... do enjoy his remarkable observation of life and the way he captures them in literati....

William Faulkner(1897-1962)
"No matter how piercing and appalling his insights, the desolation creeping over his outer world, the lurid lights and shadows of his inner world, the writer must live with hope, work in faith."J.B. Priestley

"I decline to accept the end of man."

William Faulkner: Nobel Prize Speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 1950

"All his life William Faulkner had avoided speeches, and insisted that he not be taken as a man of letters. 'I'm just a farmer who likes to tell stories.' he once said. Because of his known aversion to making formal pronouncements, there was much interest, when he traveled to Stockholm to receive the prize on December 10, 1950, in what he would say in the speech that custom obliged him to deliver. Faulkner evidently wanted to set right the misinterpretation of his own work as pessimistic. But beyond that, he recognized that, as the first American novelist to receive the prize since the end of World War II, he had a special obligation to take the changed situation of the writer, and of man, into account."
Richard Ellmann

I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work--a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust. It will not be difficult to find a dedication for the money part of it commensurate with the purpose and significance of its origin. But I would like to do the same with the acclaim too, by using this moment as a pinnacle from which I might be listened to by the young men and women already dedicated to the same anguish and travail, among whom is already that one who will some day stand where I am standing.
Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only one question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid: and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed--love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, and victories without hope and worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands.
Until he learns these things, he will write as though he stood among and watched the end of man. I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

of portsmouth, french insurer and and collision repairer? ...

More fotos at thatcham training 2007...hahaha

THATCHAM Training 2007: if u think it was a holiday, think again...heheh

of SIRIM, st james park, cut rolls royce, covent gardens & indian food...hahaha

The first foto was taken at the base of eiffel tower with the new CEO of SIRIM, Dr Yahya also an old fren. We met when I was in PNB during meetings (about 10 years ago) where SIRIM and PNB had a common chairman...heheh. Dr Yahya (he was quick to alert me that he is not a Datuk yet...hahaha when I introduced hime to the JPJ taiko on my right hahaha). Dr Yahya succeeds Datuk Dr Ariffin Aton (hmmm also an old fren) whom I knew when he was a dashing (still is very much dashing even though retired now hahaha) young engineer at the ESSO Refinery at Port Dickson. No one in PD could miss him as he was the only guy driving a metallic grey Ford Cortina. In those days...hmmm its one class above the S350 series by today's standards..hahahaha.

of battlestar galactica and great buildings...

more fotos at Lloyd's of London....