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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

School used to be good (part 1 - Band of brothers)

I still remember the time when I play the game of war beside the classroom block when I was three at Sekolah Kebangsaan Gua Musang (SKGM), Kelantan. Our school was located at the heart of old Gua Musang town facing the real Gua Musang (which the town got its name on the first place). Our school was built beside Secondary and elementary Chinese school called Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Yu Hua and Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Yu Hua. We (SKGM and SRJKC) shared the same field for sport activities. I still remember watching the brass band of the Chinese school from my classroom (at standard three – it was located besides the field).

They were wearing red uniform and that does really impressed me so much. I never saw a music group playing musical instrument consist of a young student that was so discipline and as good as that. We (my young friend) played the game of war every Thursday morning (recess hour) because we were very much influenced by the previous night combat action movie shown on TV2. My platoon member consist of me-myself, Tarmizi, Iskandar, Uzi, Raymond and others (which I can’t remember the name). We were like the band of brothers. We would find ourselves some broken chairs that look like sub-machine guns to be installed to our so called made bunker.

And every break hours 10.00 am – 10.30 am, we will be sharing our lunch either at school canteen or at our bunker of course with fake machine guns nest on it covering our platoon. Tarmizi and Taufiq (they were brothers) always prepared to share their meals (home made burger) with me. Burger those days were only entitled to the rich family (My family couldn’t afford them). I do had an Indian friends at SKGM, but Indian community was really scant those days. They usually work at Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) and they lived nearby either near the train station or alongside the railway track.

Among my child friends, I always be the captain and I always lead. Those days we only can watch RTM channel (either TV1 or TV2). TV3 Transmission was really blurred and hard. And life as a child you could easily be induced with TV program. I remember after watching the previous night Malay drama about a police nailing thugs, we would re-enact the scene we watched during recess hour at the school yard. From standard one (it was 1 Chempaka or 1C beside the SKGM Surau) to standard four, I managed to be chosen as a class leader. Class assistant usually be selected among girls. The only class assistant which I remember till today named Kazimah. She was of course beautiful. She was my assistant at standard three at SKGM. Being a class leader you have to lead greeting the teacher whenever they entered the class. It was really honored to be a class leader when I was a child. Other than that, your job is to collect exercise books and send it to Bilik Guru. Of course that stopped when at standard four I was elected as a school prefect. I was more honored to be the school prefect because it was really hard to be chosen as one. You have to be good both in curriculum and academics to be a prefect.

Those days when I was at SKGM, my auntie was at standard five. Everyday my mother would gave me fifty cents for lunch. My auntie was better because my grandfather would gave her RM 1 for spending. I would persuade my auntie to her lunch money to me either ten cents or twenty cents. But my auntie would come to me and ask me to give that fifty cents and she would make a magic by changing that fifty cents to RM 1. I would stand and watch in awe as she made those magic. Of course I would be happy when I got the money because I now can buy a banjo (cost RM 1) that would be sold in front of the school every evening. My auntie name is Juliana and currently she works as a dental nurse in Kajang, Selangor.

I used to go to school by van (it was illegal by the road department because they are not registered). Those days at Gua Musang, it was hard to find legal transportation to school. There were no public transport whatsoever and there are no school bus offered or provided for children like us. I still remember when we had to re-route our way back due to the road department making some road blocks ahead.

At standard 4, we changed to a new built school at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Wangi (SKSW), Gua Musang. It was in front of the huge cave which we called Gua Katak (I never know the real name though). I happened to have the opportunity to explore it during tracking for SKSW boy scout. When we first launched the school song SKSW, I was very much impressed because it was made by our school music teacher. It was better than some current pop songs. Sri Wangi library is the first place where I learnt how to read books. If we had some tuition class in the afternoon, I would stayed at the school library to read. It is the place where I read about JFK that will be my future and long lasting idol.

I still remember the day (it was Thursday) when our arts teacher want us to build kites and represent it to school, I rushed back home that afternoon (my home was located at Taman Wangi) and phoned my father who was working at Kuala Krai. Kuala Krai was located about 100 kilometers from Gua Musang. That day was Thursday, and we were supposed to present our kites on the next Sunday (Kelantan school open from Sunday to Thursay).

Due to the long distance my father couldn’t make it because he already visit us last weekend Due to distance my father would visit us once a fortnight). I hung up the phone of course in somber mood. How can I make a kite, because I never made one. In that stub mood then I retire to sleep. When I woke up about 6.00 o’clock in the evening that same day, I saw my father was sitting at the back of the house with threadlike bamboo making a kite for me. It was a kite the type of a fish. Kelantanese would called it Wau Ikan. I only designed the decoration of it of course. It was yellow in color and after I present it next Sunday, our teacher hung it up at the School library. Of course I was very proud.

And when our teacher arranged a tour to Kota Bharu by some rented bus (it was two bus and a van) to an exhibition by a man called Zuilkifli (Zulkifli happens to be a young Malay who love to invent new things and unique gadgets at the middle of the 90’s), it was like a visit to Kuala Lumpur itself. It was really hard for us to be in Kota Bharu even though it is just 150 kilometers from Gua Musang. That is why I do encourage any teacher at any school who would like to make a tour to some place. It gives the students a new perspective to look upon and maybe the child maturity and complex mind might change to a better condition. I represented Sri Wangi for boy scouts to Sek. Keb. Paloh. It was really tough because Paloh was located at the heart of Kelantan. There was nothing there only palm oil plantation. But I do enjoy myself over there. We learn how to build up a tent and used that chemical mould to print something on the ground (for an example like a foot steps of a cow and a tire mark). I forgot that material called.

SKSW too is the place that I got my straight A’s in UPSR (those days it was 4A’s instead of 5). Thanks to all the teacher involved and responsible for my achievement. That year (1995), only 4 student’s got 4A. My good friend name Ijam got it to though no one ever thought that he will be getting it. There are stories about Ijam which I will tell you later. My headmasters at that time was Puan Zurita. Of course she was very proud of it that SKSW managed to be one of the best school at Gua Musang. But there’s still a long way to go. They (school) gave me a bicycle as a gift due to my good performance in UPSR. But during the presentation I was at Kajang (our family moved to Kajang because my mom got a new Job as a Health Educational Officer at Kajang). My grand father represent me during the ceremony. It was a le run bicycle and I do appreciate it so much though I never rode them because I gave it to my cousin who stayed at Gua Musang.
to be continue...

I was on the paper and so was Emmy!

I'm in the paper (Utusan Malaysia) on Monday, 27th November 2006. It was my article which I wrote about the Malaysian space program:

And to my surprised Emmy too was on the paper yesterday (Berita Harian - Tuesday, 28th November 2006). I think it was her fifth appearance on the national newspaper. The last one (New Straits Times) was on the Hari Bersama Pelanggan KPDN&HEP at Kuantan. Previous than that (Harian Metro) was on the Hari Pengguna Malaysia at Bukit Jalil. Well I can't blame her. She was like a magnet for fame. Most gorgeous living thing on earth currently. But she actually despised being photographed. No wonder all of her picture published in the paper was taken either on behalf of the Ministry or taken candidly.

I`ve been getting phone calls asking me why Emmy's article was a little bit hazy and viewers having difficulty in discerning her photo. So I uploaded her photo (down) which I copied from Berita Harian Online on the same article which a little bit more clear. Thanks for viewing!

Well... It is still a long way to go...

Sunday, 26 November 2006

Melayu sudah lupa?

One of the forumers nickname zbzack wrote this today and it really touch my heart:-

"Secara kebetulan ketika menunggu anak yang dimasukkan ke KMC, aku terserempak dgn Tun CT (Tun Siti Hasmah) di lobby semasa beliau menziarahi kakak Tun M (Tun Dr. Mahathir). Dalam pada aku menjengok-jengok Tun CT dari jauh aku terpandang seorang lelaki tua yang juga melihat ke arah Tun CT tetapi didalam keadaan yang cukup sayu.. Memang menghairankan keadaan lelaki tua ini memandang. Allah mengatur segala2nya, ketika di kantin KMC, lelaki tua tadi datang duduk semeja dengan aku. Aku pun mengambil kesempatan bertanya dia apa yang berbuku dalam hati ini. "Orang melayu dan umno dah lupa depa.." kata lelaki tadi sambil bangun mengesat airmata dan langsung tidak menjamah makanan yang dibeli"

I will never forget... you can bet on your life on it... I swear to God I will never forget... and I will tell my children and my grand children about this... Melayu mudah lupa..

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

New Economic Policy (NEP) Revisited

I`m writing this article solely to express my worrisome and uneasy feeling over the area under discussion – prolong of the New Economic Policy (NEP). NEP was designed to give a fair share (30% of the economic cake) to the Malay Bumiputera’s not 35%, not 70%, not 100% and surely no less. When the NEP was launched, Malay’s equity share is about 2.4% and currently reaching it’s 18.9% (not including GLC’s). But when one of the UMNO Youth member`s suggest to increase it to 70%, the non-Bumi’s in this country start to feel perturbed and betrayed. This is because when the former premier (Tun Abdul Razak) promised a 30% economic cake for the Bumiputera’s plus Malay’s will continue holding the highest office in this nations, it will all be considered fair (not equal) among the three main races. The words fair itself depict how Tun Abdul Razak unravel the predicament of an unequal economic equity among the multitudes race within the teenage nation of Malaysia during the inception of NEP.

I`m worried when the Chinese community especially Chinese business chambers feel betrayed by the very same government who promised (just 30% of economic cake equity for both Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera’s) this 35 years ago. This will itself create a further emotion of self unbelonging among non-Bumi’s in this nation due to the NEP is getting to be a “Never Ending Policy” instead of a fair share allocation promised years back. What should be stressed on is that, nowdays the Malay’s should begin to grab the new opportunity overboard. 30% of the economic cake in China, India and Vietnam is much-much more than 100% economic cake in this nation. UMNO Youth members also failed to stress on the National Development Policy (NDP) which is proved to be a success in developing a high quality Bumiputera businessman based on merit and a good track record rather than a spoon feed Malay during the NEP period.

The purpose of NEP is to create a much more bigger economic cake for the three main races and not to extricate it from our Chinese friend and give it to the Malay’s in the name of equal share. Human’s have to be treated accordingly and not equally. I believe that the purpose and the three main pillars of NEP is still relevent nowdays but UMNO Youth should try to potray it into Dasar Wawasan Negara carrying the main foundation of the NEP and not boosting to regress back to the 1971.

I`m writing this article personally because my community where I lived consist of Chinese and Indian friend. My best friend is an Indian named Neil. We live in a harmony and peaceful way just like the Malaysian formula appllied years back. I’m worried that our way of life will be destroyed by the mild and childish suggestion of the UMNO Youth members that just trying only to get personal political mileage to be in power.

Program Angkasawan Negara Hilang Fokus

Program angkasawan yang dilancarkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia baru-baru ini adalah merupakan hasil perundingan perjanjian timbal balik pembelian pesawat pejuang Sukhoi-30 MKM antara kerajaan Malaysia dan Rusia. Menerusi perjanjian pembelian ini, kerajaan Rusia bersetuju untuk membiayai kos latihan dan penghantaran angkasawan pertama dari negara ini ke sebuah Stesen Angkasa Antarabangsa (International Space Station – ISS) menjelang bulan Oktober tahun 2007.

Program angkasawan ini adalah tanggung jawab penuh Agensi Angkasa Kebangsaan (ANGKASA), yang merupakan sebuah agensi di bawah Kementerian Sains, Teknologi & Innovasi (MOSTI). MOSTI diberikan tanggungjawab penuh untuk memilih calon angkasawan yang akan dihantar ke Stesen Angkasa Antarabangsa (ISS) selepas latihan selama 18 bulan di Rusia.

Dipercayai bahawa dengan adanya program seumpama ini, rakyat Malaysia dan negara akan mendapat faedah di dalam bidang sains dan teknologi. Ini termasuklah perubatan angkasa, sains hayat, sains persekitaran dan sains fizik di mana penyelidik dan saintis tempatan dapat melibatkan diri di dalam eksplorasi dan eksperimen sains di persekitaran angkasa yang unik itu. Berasaskan faedah-faedah yang akan diperolehi oleh penyelidik dan saintis tempatan di dalam bidang yang disebutkan itu tadi maka kerajaan melipat gandakan usaha menjadikan program angkasawan satu realiti.

Walau bagaimanapun beberapa keraguan mula timbul mengenai objektif utama perlaksanaan program angkasawan negara. Antaranya seperti penjelasan yang diberikan oleh Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim yang mewakili Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi. Mengikut jawapan beliau ketika sesi soal jawab di parlimen, sepanjang angkawasan negara berada di ISS antara program yang akan dijalankan adalah bermain gasing dan batu seremban sebagai satu cadangan eksperimen. Tidak cukup dengan itu, cadangan juga timbul untuk angkasawan pertama negara itu mencanting batik di luar atmosfera bumi. Ada juga cadangan sesi menjamah makanan seperti teh tarik dan roti canai di angkasa. Datuk Rohani juga menjelaskan bahawa eksperimen itu dicadangkan untuk mencari jawapan bagi persoalan dunia sains, perubatan, dan penyelidikan. Persoalan di sini yang ingin penulis utarakan adalah; (1) Apakah perkaitan permainan gasing dan batu seremban yang dicadangkan dengan objektif utama program ANGKASA bagi eksplorasi sains dan teknologi serta sains hayat angkasa?, (2) Siapakah yang bertanggung jawab menjadi perunding kepada MOSTI mencadangkan eksperimen bersifat anak-anak dan tiada nilai signifikan kepada perkembangan sains dan tekonologi dan sumbangannya kepada rakyat dan negara?, (3) Tidak bolehkah eksperimen bersifat anak-anak ini dilakukan di pusat latihan angkasawan Russia dan masa berharga yang diperolehi angkasawan Malaysia di ISS digunakan sepenuhnya untuk mencari penemuan-penemuan baru yang lebih signifikan untuk pembangunan program angkasa nasional?

Memang tidak dinafikan bahawa program angkasa Malaysia ini mendapat bantuan kewangan daripada kerajaan Rusia untuk kos latihan dan kos penghantaran angkasawan ke stesen ISS. Walau bagaimanapun, peluang ini tidak harus dibazirkan untuk dipenuhi dengan program-program yang jelas tidak mendatangkan faedah langsung kepada rakyat Malaysia. Penulis ada juga melawat laman web ANGKASA (http://www.angkasa.gov.my/) untuk mengetahui dengan lebih mendalam mengenai program angkasa yang dilancarkan ini. Penulis dapati tiada faedah yang signifikan dan hala tuju yang jelas akan pembangunan program angkasa Malaysia ini melainkan hanya untuk meletakkan angkasawan pertama warganegara Malaysia di stesen ISS. Sebagai contoh, antara soalan yang ditanya di laman web rasmi ANGKASA di dalam ruangan undian (poll) adalah; Apakah jenis buah-buahan tempatan yang sesuai untuk di bawa ke angkasa lepas? A. Rambutan, B. Manggis, C. Durian (sila rujuk laman web ANGKASA). Apakah soalan-soalan begitu wajar di tanya di dalam laman web yang bersifat eksplorasi pembangunan sains dan teknologi itu?

Suka penulis untuk berkongsi di sini ketika mula-mula John F. Kennedy mencadangkan program angkasawan di negara Amerika, beliau ada menulis surat bertarikh 20 April 1961 kepada timbalannya iaitu Lyndon Johnson. Berikut merupakan persoalan yang ditanya oleh beliau di dalam surat tersebut; (1) Adakah kita mempunyai peluang untuk mengalahkan pihak Soviet untuk meletakkan makmal penyelidikan pertama di ruang angkasa? (2) Adakah usaha kita kuat dan adakah kita bekerja 24 jam untuk memastikan program angkasawan kita berjaya? Jika tidak, bolehkan usaha kita dipercepatkan dan berikan saya cadangan untuk mempercepatkan program angkasawan? (3) Di dalam pembinaan alat tujahan enjin (boosters) perlukah kita menekankan penggunaan kuasa nuklear, cecair kimia atau kombinasi ke semua perkara yang disebutkan bagi memastikan ianya (boosters) berjaya? (4) Adakah usaha yang dilakukan pada tahap maksimum untuk mendapat keputusan yang sepatutnya?

Berikut merupakan persoalan yang ditanya oleh seorang pemimpin bagi memastikan sebuah program besar seumpama ANGKASA untuk berjaya. Objektif program angkasa negara perlu dinilai semula bagi memastikan fokus utama program ini tercapai. Cadangan-cadangan yang bersifat ke anak-anakan perlu ditolak bagi memberi laluan kepada eksperimen yang menjurus kepada pembangunan sains dan teknologi mendapat tempat. Eksperimen seperti mengkaji kesan kuasa sifar Graviti serta kesan kepanasan haba 3000 darjah celcius ketika melalui atmosfera bumi perlu diberi ruang berbanding bermain gasing dan batu seremban. Jika untuk memenuhi objektif asal program angkasa negara, eksperimen seperti kesan sinaran ultraviolet, sinaran X, dan sinaran gamma ke atas kulit manusia tanpa perlindungan atmosfera bumi perlu dilakukan. Eksperimen seperti ini jelas memberikan maklumat dan ilmu bagi memenuhi objektif penerokaan perubatan angkasa dan sains hayat yang digariskan di dalam objektif asal program ANGKASA ini.

Penulis berharap agar kerajaan, MOSTI dan ANGKASA menilai semula perlaksanaan program angkasa bagi memastikan program ini tidak hilang fokus utama di dalam pembangunan dan penerokaan perubatan angkasa serta pembangunan sains dan teknologi. Cadangan-cadangan yang tidak mempunyai faedah yang signifikan keatas objektif asal program ini perlulah ditolak bagi memastikan perlaksanaan program angkasa nasional memberikan manfaat kepada semua.

Friday, 17 November 2006

Dear friends,

This is my first posting for this new weblog and I`m very much looking foward to share some educated information with the world. Lets discover this world together and wish me luck in this holly endeavour! Cheerio

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