29 April 2009

"Pemuda Masuk Kampung", salah gambaran

Ketika melayari beberapa blog kenalan di ruang siber, melayari blog Dr Mahadi J Murat banyak membuka minda saya melalui pandangan-pandangan segar beliau tentang erti perjuangan dalam partai politik.

Walaupun Dr Mahadi J Murat lebih dikenali sebagai penggiat seni namun pandangan ikhlas dan tepat beliau tentang situasi semasa harus dihargai dan dikupas secara objektif mahupun subjektif demi meneruskan kelangsungan perjuangan terutama dalam konteks perjuangan Pemuda UMNO. 

Dengan izin, saya ingin berkongsi pandangan beliau dengan semua pemimpin pergerakan Pemuda tidak kira di peringkat Nasional, Bahagian mahupun Cawangan untuk sama-sama kita ambil iktibar dan merencanakan wacana perjuangan kita yang lebih dekat di hati rakyat. Semoga ulasan ini mampu memberi kita suntikan baru untuk lebih berkerja keras sebagai pejuang bangsa dan tanahair.

kita ikuti ulasan seorang pembikin filem, Dr Mahadi J Murat di sini;



"SEORANG wartawan bertanya pendapat saya mengapa pilihanraya kecil yang diadakan di semenanjung selepas PRU12 parti-parti bukan BN menang. Apa bezanya jentera pilihanraya UMNO / BN dengan pekerja pilihanraya bukan UMNO / BN.

Saya kata, "aku mana tau; kamu patut lebih tahu, kamu "warta"wan". Dia marah saya kerana katanya saya berada pada kedudukan yang lebih bebas yang tidak dipengaruhi oleh dasar, arahan dan niat untuk membela mana-mana parti. "Engkau melihat dengan mata dan hati yang lebih betulFikiran engkau belum rosak lagi" katanya.

Saya menjawab ringkas. UMNO/BN kini tidak lagi menjadi sebahagian dari rakyat. Mereka tidak hidup ditengah-tengah rakyat banyak. Mereka kelihatan seperti 'makhluk asing' yang datang beramai-ramai hanya bila ada pilihanraya, atau hanya apabila ada pembesar. Tentulah payah untuk orang merasa parti itu sebahagian dari mereka, lebih-lebih lagi dengan masing-masing memakai macam-macam title, gelaran dan pangkat yang dibesar-besarkan, yang pada orang awam memang mempesonakan; tetapi semua itu menjadi pembina jarak dan jurang mengakibatkan orang-orang yang datang bermusim itu bukan sebahagian dari "gulungan mereka". Parti bukan UMNO/BN sebaliknya adalah "makhluk tidak asing" kepada orang ramai kerana mereka sentiasa berada bersama mereka di sepanjang tahun. Sebab itu kita lihat orang ramai dengan mudah memberi sumbangan dalam menjayakan "program" mereka, termasuk sumbangan dalam bentuk wang ringgit. 

Dengan kata lain pemimpin UMNO dilihat orang sebagai golongan "bangsawan", kerana imej orang besar, orang berada yang dibawa mereka - (bandingkan dengan Dato' Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Menteri Besar Kelantan, misalnya). Lihatlah pemimpin-pemimpin pemuda, wanita, puteri dalam UMNO/BN yang sehingga diperingkat cawangan pun mempunyai gelaran dan penampilan yang hebat, tetapi tidak tepat. Orang bertanya apakah yang telah disumbangkan mereka; sedangkan pemimpin-pemimpin muda bukan UMNO/BN hanyalah orang kebanyakan yang akrab dan dekat dengan masyarakat dan orang ramai.

Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia sebelum ini sebagai contoh; walaupun ayahanda dan nindanya tokoh hebat, dia adalah anak bangsawan yang dilihat tidak memilikki jiwa raga orang kebanyakan. Hisham semasa tenurenya sebagai ketua pemuda kelihatan dari luar hanya pandai menghunus keris di pentas. Itupun bergetar bila disergah rakan-rakan bukan Melayu dalam BN. Cintanya terhadap bangsa (dan bahasa) tidak sampai, dan program popularnya hanyalah "pemuda masuk kampong"; yang mengesahkan dengan sendirinya ketidakberadaan pemuda dan beliau sendiri di kalangan rakyat.

Masyarakat hari ini telah berubah, sebahagian besarnya memandang orang bergelar dan gulungan bangsawan dengan sinis dan penuh kecurigaan; lebih-lebih lagi kepada orang yang tidak diketahui latarbelakang pemikiran dan jasa mereka kepada negara.

Saya katakan juga kepada kawan wartawan ini, ketua pemuda yang baru Khairi Jamaluddin yang tidak dilantik ke mana-mana jawatan kerajaan dan masih tidak mempunyai gelaran Dato' misalnya, adalah imej yang tepat bagi pemuda UMNO. Saya juga katakan, sebaiknya pemuda UMNO mengikut apa yang dibuat oleh parti-parti bukan UMNO/BN dan bergeraklah sebagai "NGO" di bahagian dan cawangan-cawangan dengan program yang kelihatan bukan politik. Lebih baik lagi kalau program-program berkenaan dijalankan tanpa terlalu jelas sangat bentuk politiknya.

Selagi imej (termasuk logo / lambang / cogankata ) UMNO/BN di kehadapankan dengan berlebihan, selagi itulah sukar bagi UMNO/BN untuk masuk ke dalam lingkungan yang bukan dari kalangan ahli mereka; sedangkan golongan inilah sasaran utama mereka. Golongan inilah yang dikategorikan sebagai golongan rakyat yang akan menentukan penerimaan terhadap UMNO / BN pada PRU 13 nanti.

Fikirkanlah bagaimana Satu Malaysia dapat menyumbang kepada objektif ini untuk menentukan ia tidak menjadi sebaliknya"

26 April 2009

Something to ponder about...

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To the politicians on both end. This should be a good case for not having another by election

To all fast food lovers, the next time you eat, please remind ourselves that not all are as fortunate as we do

To all human being...
the suffering of another soul is for us to learn and reflect our inner self.

Hope this short story really taught us to cherish life and be grateful.

22 April 2009

Our Sweet Cuppa Cakes @ Paparich!

The birthday attire

What Occasion? Our youngest sista's birthday.
Where?! Paparich USJ Taipan
Why? Celebrating her becoming a teenage gurl.. yes ThirTEEN!!!
How? presented her with the nicest cup cakes, big birthday card and everything she wanted to have in the house.
Who? Dad, mom, me and my milla, dearest Kak ayu and Abg jiji, Cheeky Kak chik and lil cute bro was there 
When? last sunday after my trip to KK.



Such a sport dad!

Ohh... mama also in her element

the birthday gurl and her cuppa cakes

It was a blast. Such a sport from  my parents and  my siblings to make it a sweetest celebration for baby. She was smiling all the way home and she had her stomach full too! It would be another month before we will be celebrating birthday again.. this time it would be the 3 in the family. Mom, dad and me. 
 
 

20 April 2009

Tempat lama lagikan dikenang, Inikan pula 'The Malay College' ku

The OBW 09 in Kuala Kangsar was a special event in my calendar year. I decided to go back a bit later rather than the usual late friday evening lurching down to Kuala Kangsar. I opted for more leisure drive down PLUS highway with two comrades, adiq and mafia on Saturday morning though. It should have been a fourth member to complete our 'beatles' tour to KK but we were dumped by him in the last minutes. Too bad! Nevertheless, the show must go on and we were already there in KK by noon.

As usual, the first pit stop would be the school itself. I wonder after so many years of going back to koleq, the same feeling of anxiety still there to be felt. I wonder if its only me but the eagerness shown on the face of my two pals reflects that we shared a common sentiment. Our arrival was not received by thousand of adoring fans but rather a quiet mood. Strange that it seems but for the past years of MCOBA Old Boys Weekend, the tranquil atmosphere was too obvious to be seen. Maybe of the nation recession effects or perhaps the OBW has lost its touch to the old boys?! I couldn't answer but I do hope this cooling period would rather temporary and the spirit of Old boys weekend would be restored.

After a few hi's and hello's to fellow old boys. It's time for some souvenirs! This year quite a number of old boys turned fund raising committee to help their adopted sports team. I decided to help the Mighty Ducks Fund Raising Campaign at their Kapet's Yengko and ordered 3 t shirt. It cost me like RM200 for 3.. sigh, budak koleq memang pandai manipulate yet you still feel obliged to give a supporting hand... rite, Hope it really helps, guys! :)

Kadir, Tony and Ayul was there even earlier. They enjoyed themselves capturing pictures at the field. While others like Old Man and Opeq was on the field playing hockey, Senoq and the cricketeers willling to put themselves under the sun on the innings. Geng Alphard (ajis, abe, bachin, bothaq, buja modaq and zef) were nowhere to be seen. Probably still sleeping after a night out in Ipoh.

Now perut has started singing, it's time for lunch.

We should had our lunch at the favourable Saudiah. Unfortunate, it was full house. Even our former juniors back in koleq didn't care to offer their seat anymore. Well over the years, you will lose your King of School title when the junior will become super senior and you ended as another old boys. How time has flies and you could see yourself now 'duduk sama rendah dan berdiri sama tinggi' with everyone. We conceded defeat and left to Seri Kangsar for our lunch. It was a good decision as the place was even better and spacious for the 8 of us. The food was not bad either. During lunch most of the talks was about tonite FA cup semis which 3 of the big four will be playing.

It's 5pm and I was preparing myself for our annual football match with the F1. We have started the tradition since 3 years ago by having an exhibition match with the F1. It was a good call anyway as it excites people to come back to koleq and have a go again on Padang Prep School. Lucky it wasn't raining. The F1 looked rather jaded from another game much earlier in the morning. That shouldn't be a case to underestimate them as some of them were really darn good! We were closed to lose but in such situation, experience did count. We manage to beat them by a slim 3-2 scoreline. Overall, main bola after long hiatus memang pancit giler!



gambar sebelum pancit! courtesy modaq


That nite was rather ordinary but we still manage to get everyone together for dinner at Benteng. Not a bad idea though as there was a fireworks celebration at Lembah in conjunction with the royal highness Sultan Perak's birthday. We joined the other for the concert a bit later. Some songs were refreshing but overall the concert was never up to the standard it was used to be. Maybe a lil bit of tweaking need to be done somewhere. I would rather spending my time watching Arsenal playing Chelsea on FA semi final. Though the young guns was attacking all cylinders, it was never meant for them to be in the final. They lost to a stronger Chelsea 1 -2. I could not take it anymore and found my way back to Safari for a snoring session with Che mie.

Sunday came by, i was late for the traditional rugby match at the field. The night before some of the rugby boys (OB) were planning to have another back to back win against the boys since 2000 but against all odds, the present boys survived the demolishing and indeed they themselves turned winner by a slightest margin (2 pts conversion since both teams has 3 tries a piece). I left padang and hopped for a few shots with Kadir and Ayul who were the regular models. Had a brief encounter with Hasnul, the wife of Cikun and we talked about life and family. I excused myself when adiq came calling for our journey back home.

There was no drama nor I am a drama queen myself. But life in Koleq will always be interesting even it was only for one short weekend. Going to miss koleq once again.. 

As always, MCKK will open its door to the custodians for as long as another 100 years...

15 April 2009

Now, who will be the biggest loser?


Most people would start their new year's resolution vowing to put off some weight . I am one of the aforesaid. Nonetheless, after reaching the first yearly quarter; my dreams of wearing tight hugging shirts and slim fitted jeans seem like thousand years away. heck me!

But sometimes the lightning do strike twice. With the right mind (thanks to the SECRET) and positive attitude, I have started imagining myself doing a project runaway for Rizalman Collections. Eversince the body have started to react for such thoughts and I am inspired once again to start my most forgetful resolution!

Moreover, me and my milla are now religiously attached to the Biggest Loser Show showing daily on channel 702 Astro. The show one way or another connected well with us and we are glued in front of the tv set everytime. Most memorable moment during the show would be when the host mentioning ' Your previous weight was... and now you are....'. Everytime a contestant lose weight, we could catch a glimpse of lasting cheer and satisfaction on his/her face. After what they have endured and gone through without favour and much pain, losing weight is their greatest reward.

Currently my weight is 104kg. My BMI stands at 29.4
Another 0.6pts, I can consider myself an obese!
My fat percentage is 34.3% and i need to reduce my fat mass down to 20%. That is 14.3% fat reduction.
I'm targeting 10% weight loss from my current weight; leveraging myself to 94kg. It seems a realistic target for now.
Whether i would succeed in my quest or not.. you guys out there will be the judge..
and we will see who's really the biggest loser!


p/s: If you see the column Predicted Weight: 83.3kg on the sheet, it is definitely way out off my league. If I were ever reduce to 80kg, definitely I am a Rizalman model material ahaks!

8 April 2009

Ask Morkymoqq (2) : 2 Bukit 1 Batang

Dear morky,

Yesterday's tri by-elections proved yet again that BN hasn't grasp back people's heart. The status quo remained with 1 BN - 2 PR. It is so obvious at the current state, BN is no longer the ONLY choice for the voters in representing them. With the by-election results stand at PR 4 to BN 1 after the 'political tsunami' last year, BN as a coalition of respectives etnic-based parties have to make great reforms and big changes within themselves before hit back for another round of by-election. I do hope we should take a break (from by-election) and focus more on the upcoming recession crisis. Nevertheless we could only hope, the destiny written is not ours to know. Btw, what's your take on this political dynamics which has occured to our nation thus far?

Encik Pengundi 'Hantu'
Bukit Merah

Dear Encik Pengundi 'Hantu',

I wish you well and hopefully you are safe and sound back home after 'doing  your part' at respective polling centre. I'm sure you were one of the phantom voters who managed to get your way through and casted your vote. Unfortunately your vote didn't help to swing any result to the ruling party. Unless you were casting in Batang Ai, were you?! hmmm... Don't bother to answer.

Well my take on the current political state is simple. The ruling party aka BN have to accept that they are now taking on a formidable pact (PR) that have great will, determinations and people aspirations in their hand. PR is no longer used to be Barisan Alternatif, Gagasan Rakyat or even Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah alliance anymore which BN can simply taken head on. PR is a real deal that offer a CHOICE to rakyat which BN should respect and be cautious too.

BN got a clear signal from 2 bukits and a thorough soul searching has to be undertaken within the component parties. It should be taken as a collective responsibilities amongst the components and not putting any blaming to respective party for such lost. Yet the root cause of the problem must be address. If the problem lies in UMNO with its power crazy, racist remarks, corruption and other negative perception, the UMNO president and the Chairman of BN has to take swift action. If the problem lies in MIC as irrelevant party to represent Indians and the need to change the undemocratic election of its leader then by all means the BN Chairman and other party president amongst BN election has to speak up and make changes. If the Chinese voices were swinging to the 'dark' side, MCA, Gerakan and the other Chinese based BN component party need the address the issue in a proper manner not simply 'summarising' up that the Chinese want to be heard more in the government thus asking extra cabinet seat etc. Dont ever betray the compromises made by our fore fathers about respecting others whilst earning your self respect.

Overall, my take  can be summarised as per my friend message in 8 long smses as follows;
"Voters under 40 years old rejected BN totally! BN needs a new way of campaigning approach that won't misuse government media to potray themselves as gods whilst the others are utter demons. It has backfired and created sympathy votes towards PR. People now want facts, intellectual discussion and new hope in a gentlemanly way of campaigning. Then, rakyat will surely come back to BN "

It is about time for BN  to come with fresh faces and new icon. BN leaders must understand their Y.B. title is no longer a Yang Berhormat but a title that come with great responsibility, amanah and people friendly.

I would prefer them to be address Yang Berkhidmat instead. :)

6 April 2009

When hippie wannabe goes marching...

It could have been a straight forward journey back to KL. It should have taken us a four hours max but we ended up arriving in KL ten hours late. You'd wonder why? how? what a sluggish car i have?! (yes, admitted if compared to tut... refer kaler tema) yet it's all not about the destination;  it was about the wonderful journey back to KL for a bunch of brady's like us. :)

I decided to take a longer route or jalan dalam instead of a typical highway journey.  We kicked start our journey heading to Selama, Perak to visit my ummi who lived in a small kampung called Banggol Jas. The place are very close to my heart and i was taken aback by the serene ambiance and beautiful countryside. This is the place i would go for my 'annual pilgrimage' every hari raya to enjoy the mouth-watering sambal masak that goes well with ikan keli bakar. Yum2!

From Selama, Perak we headed to Pondok Tanjung which is well known for its forest reserves. This was  later confirmed by our first encounter with the penjaga hutan who seem not welcoming our presence there.  Due to its population, the place looked deserted and the monkeys were really conquering all places. 

Jangan tegur!

dedicated signage for them too!

As we past the reserves, we reached the heart of this small town, a small sub station of KTM. In my early MCKK years, I used  to travel on Mel Train ( a low fare and slow train) from Kuala Kangsar to Penang. Pondok Tanjung was one of the sub station the mel  would stop for at least 10 minutes before lurching down towards Penang and passing through the captivating Tasik Merah. 

Yes, I am ketua stesen.



gadis kota tiba di desa.. 

Calon2 biggest losers


We should have arrived in KL by 8 pm then but due to the photo2 session we have re-calculated our timing to 8.10pm. That shouldnt be the case anymore as we past Kamunting and Taiping and got very excited. We ended up touring the historic town ourselves. Starting with a quick stop at the lake garden and take turn reminiscing old memories riding on a swan; we completed our Taiping visits with a jalan-jalan cari makan at the famous kuey teow doli... 
Though it took  us like forever, but i tell you... it's worth the wait.

Hujan kept us away from riding one.

Ultraman tiga

Kuey teow doli special 

The rest of the trip can simply be summarised in this short clip. enjoice!

video

1 April 2009

Pak Lah is leaving for good

It 's confirm!
Paklah will retire from his premiership post coming Friday. 
If everything goes as plan, he will pass the baton to DS Najib who will be our 6th premier.

I am not laughing nor crying. It is destined.. Paklah will have to step down, and he should!
considering what happened last GE, as the general in command, he should take responsible and exit in a gentleman manner, instead he needed some one like ts muhyiddin to push him out.

I dont pity him. As much as he did it to the other before him... he deserved his judgement.
after all, you already made a hefty fortune even at the very last day on your seat.
That is our Mr Clean 5th PM, Datuk Seri Abdullah or should i address him in advance, Tun Lah!