Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
One would not appreciate fully the meaning of being a part of success, if one had not been a part of failure, some would say. Smooth sailing success can have devastating dysfunctional consequences. They say, calm seas, do not a great sailor, make...heheh. Congratulations Wadi on today's announcement of you winning MIM's young manager award (MOYA 2008). I can still feel your heart palpitating with extreme excitement and exuberance. Always count your blessings, not your sorrows hey scottish chappie! As you can see from the fourth picture, hey we're all there to give you the moral support. I have been watching your development from the chevening scholar days to the hattrick certificate of merit for NACRA and last year's glass-breaking entry into the records of 2008 NACRA Awards and this morning's MOYA award. Need I say more bro? ...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I just got home from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre about an hour and a half ago. Was invited to the launch of the new Proton (the national car) MPV named EXORA by our YAB Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak. The dinner prior to the launch was very good indeed. Was with Dato' Salamat former PUSPAKOM CEO, Zahamail, Technical Director of Road Transport Dept, Datuk Suret Singh DirGen of Road Safety Dept Malaysia, VC Universiti Malaysia Pahang Professor Dato' Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim and many others. The shot above showed a section of guests which included GLC head honchos and other big kahunas of the financial community, the automotive and related industries.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
"2012 - the US economy collapse. Unemployment hits a record high, crime rates spiral out of control, the prison system reaches breaking point. Private corporations now run all correctional facilities for profit. Terminal Island Penitentiary streams a series of cage fights live on the internet. They are the new gladiators and Terminal Island is their Coliseum ...
(hrmmm...I miss my Coliseum Cafe Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman sizzling steak! hahaha).
But like the mobs of ancient Rome, the modern audience soon become bored...they demand more... "
Saturday, April 11, 2009
"The clear message is that everyone wants a government that is responsive to the needs of the people today. The era where the government has excessive control and adopts a 'government knows best' attitude is over...
I believe that the effort to reform the country starts with revamping the government, with a new cabinet with new responsibilities and a new structure...
Datuk Seri Najib Razak"
New Straits Times (NST) Headline, April 10, 2009, on the day the new cabinet was announced. The quote above gives new meaning, perspectives and a completely new ball game to the business of government, if you ask me. I want to think that this 'new' approach is a positive step forward but I do have some reservations as the statement may have implications and probable dysfunctional consequences. Who is the government referred to here? The civil servants? or civil servants and political masters? Correct me if I am wrong but when we say 'the government of the day', does it not mean the politicians in power and the civil servants entrusted with the administration and management of the country? Again, if we want to be petty with real definitions, administration and management have distinct features separating each other (which I would not want to elaborate now). Perhaps it is the new regime's way of redefining government's roles and responsibilities that is not far off from Osborne&Gabler's 'reinventing government' propagated by Tun Mahathir in 1992? Read here. Just my two sen thoughts for the weekend... I think most people look forward to a strong government. Anyone preferring a weak government please raise your hand? Oh by the way, Congratulations to YAB Prime Minister and his SAF is in order I believe.
Sunday, April 05, 2009