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I'm very much inspired by the words of Thomas L. Friedman in his book "The World Is Flat" which renders about the influence of bloggers in this new age. I want to keep the highest integrity and honesty in posting my words to the world. This blog act as a testimony to my alacrity of sharing information with the borderless world. Hope we can share a high regards of veracity and chivalry with this blog because that's why it is here. So help me God!

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Monday, 26 February 2007

I'm off to Melaka again...

I'm signing off to Melaka again... be back at Putrajaya back on the 5th March 2007. Asam pedas, here I come!

Speaking of a great Malay

Me & Tok Det years back
I was talking to Erna Shafii from Melaka yesterday evening and she just brought the old teddy in me. The one that used to be jolly and happy working doing something that he loved and pure pro-bono. My previous works is the best thing that ever happened to me. I miss working for Tun Mahathir. Erna message me this morning and part of the sms keyed "frm ina to mr. Mahathir junior". I'll tell you honey, I'll be lucky if I'd be half the man he is. I miss that man.

Discerning a chief and a leader

27th February 2007 - Whats discerns you from being a chief and a leader? I always believe that a leader is born and not develop. And I will always stand by these phrase. While a chief is develop, but still cannot match the quality of a leader. It is imperatives for us to comprehend the true nature of a leader.

A leader always take charge and not afraid of a changes. The ability of seeing the world from outside and fathoming the upcoming future is a must trait of a leader. Plain speaking, a leader must live a world by converging up the future through his gifted faculty. "Gifted", Yes! That is the main primacy in being a leader. A leader always speaks whats necessary for the underling be it the people or small nucleus of a subservient. He must speak not for himself but for the one that he is responsible to.

While a chief is a “yes man” to the upper tier, and only prefer to take orders instead of making one. A chief will speaks his mind for the sake of speaking and not when it is needed. A chief come and go and will always be replace by somebody else. While a leader stays immortal leaving a legacy behind for the latter leader to continue and realize the legacy to perfection. A good leader will refuse to take charge when called upon, but he does so, he will never hesitate to decide when he leads.

Sunday, 25 February 2007

Migrain for two days

26th February 2007 - I had a migrain for two days and now its gone. I guess I stressed on hard and too much on my works thus I start to lose my sharpness in other things that matters. On the 24th February 2007, High School Kajang Millenia batch went out playing futsal at the usual place at Futsalria Bangi.

As I notice one thing that I start to lose my wit and sharpness in the game. I'm very much certain that it was due to my ardent concentration on the budget preparation that I had to leave office in the midnight. It was not a healthy progress, at least not for me that you're to concentrate on jobs and neglect other imperatives needs such as sports (tennis for me) and leisure.

I need a break...

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Sea breeze from Klebang, Malacca

22nd February 2007 - The time showing at my Patek Philippe watch is 8.00 o'clock pm sharp. I just came back from Malacca on the business of settling double cases under the Anti Corruption Agency for the Ministry. Cik Noraini was very nice to me while I was at the ACA branch.

After settling the affair, I went straight to the Ministry branch located at the Jalan Ujong Pasir. I was greeted well by the staff members and they too treat me well. After discussing the matter with one of the officers, they asked me to do a dialogue session with the Ministry staff at 4.00 pm. I had a three hours gap so I decided to find a hotel for the upcoming meeting for my department.

After finished up lunch at Klebang (it was beautiful) we went to the Jalan Hang Tuah for the Zohor prayers. Me and my driver (Faizul), we managed to find ourselves some "belacan", "cencaluk" and "gula Melaka" on our way back to the Ministry branch. Then at 4.05 pm the dialogue started. Everything went up well and we reached an accord for me to be back there on the second of Mac 2007 for the follow up session. Its had been a beautiful day!

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Congratulations Ina!

Me and Ina on her convocation day, middle of 2006

I wish to convey my cheer to my good friend Ina thus managed to be a journalist under the roof of Utusan Malaysia youngest baby tabloid the Kosmo. She rang me last week to mention it to me and asked me for any writing materials that could be publish on Kosmo. I promised to ring her if I had anything good to share with my fellow Malaysian. Congratulations Ina! One steps to the moon. Regards to Penangnites!

Bachok in memories

From left, Beth, Me, Ecah, Yamin, Shahrulnizam and Zahar in the sand

I think among the best and only good memories that I had while I was under UDPA for MCS (Don't know why but I prefer MCS than PTD) is during the Bachok program that was held for two weeks.

Me and one of the Bachok sweetest memories a year ago

On the 19th February 2007, I went back to Bachok for the memories and to visit the adopted family during the Bachok program. Pantai Irama was fully loaded with people that came back to Kelantan for the Chinese New Year holiday. Above post was the photo taken during the Bachok program and I do really miss the good old time. Shah, Yamin, Sri, Wan, Beth, Ecah, Nurul, Muluk and others that I forgot to mention here, thanks for the great memories. I wish you all the best! Thank you Allah s.w.t. , and thank you Bachok!

Tales of my return

21st February 2007 – I came back yesterday and arrived at Kajang approximately at 10.00 pm. It was heavy traffic after the Bentong toll, but we managed to be back early through Kuala Lumpur. Even though I arrived back home at 10.00 pm, but my favorite uncle asked me to spend the night with him at Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam.

After I dropped my mother and younger sister home, I rushed to KGSAAS and arrived safely there at 11.00 pm. It was tiring but life at KGSAAS was nice. After coffee break and watch the “National Treasure” movie I retire to sleep. And this morning after splendid morning view from my uncle apartment at KGSAAS, I rushed to Putrajaya. Life was good yesterday.

Today Malacca BPR (Anti Corruption Agency) phoned me for an appointment at Malacca tomorrow. So I’ll be around Malacca tomorrow for the urgent meeting. Perhaps I can make a visit at the Ministry branch there after the meeting. I wish to share a lot with you all what happened during my Chinese New Year break. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll start writing for the blog. Cheerio!

Friday, 16 February 2007

I'll be back

I'll be back to Putrajaya on 21st February 2007. Happy Chinese New Year!

Thursday, 15 February 2007

I'm going back after all

Labok, Machang
16 February 2007 - I've got a call last night from my uncle. He asked me to go back for the Chinese New Year celebration with him. I can't say no to him, trust me I can't! I guess I'm going back home after all. Happy Chinese New Year!~

I'm not going back for Chinese New Year!

Relatives in Labok
15 February 2007 - I'm not going back to Labok for the Chinese New Year festival. I hate to lose such a precious quality time with the family back at Machang. But the reality on life nowdays especially about cost of living and future planning is very hard to swallow. I'm saving some ringgit for my post-graduate studies which will start in June.

I wish all of my friends to have such a splendid celebration with the family no matter what color your skin is. Family comes first!

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

I'm back!

14 February 2007 - I'm back from ESSET Bangi. The courses was wonderful. I managed to get friends from the enforcement department and expand the length of my friends pool. But the best part of it, among the Ministry staff, we (the courses participants) was among the first to meet KPDNHEP new secretary general, En. Mohd Zain b. Mohd Dom.

He was very humble and down to earth. He was from MITI and once in charge of the bilateral meeting for the international trade. It was the first visit from the VIP's such as secretary general and I dare to say that he is the first VIP that had such a characteristic that was so humble and down to earth.

I was talking to Talal yesterday asking him about the progression of the Malaysian-US FTA trade that currently held at Sabah. I suggest that we call it off just like many observers suggest. I've been informed that at the first place, Tan Sri Nor would like to call it off, but after the US Ambassador met our "beloved" PM, the negotiations continues. Let's hope we call it off for good!

Friday, 9 February 2007

Keep This Man Out!

Chin Peng

In the name of our thousands martys and innocent people that died in the period of 1945 - 1989, keep this man out from this nation. He doesn't deserved to be here! We apologised for what he did to us, but we won't forget!

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Out for a week!

Me at Istana Negara
I will be out of station from 11 - 14 of February 2007 for an induction courses for the ministry. I had received a message from Rakis that he will be out from Utusan (already signed his resignation letter) due to personal, milieu and political reason with Utusan. I hate to see such a young promising journalist leaving Utusan the only "good faith" paper that we have today. But like he said, "jangan di halang" I'm just gonna wish Rakis good luck in his future undertaking.

Thanks too to a very fine young woman named Norimah cause willing to spent time in checking my weblog. I'll be logging a new article from time to time and no worries, I'll be back as usual! Cheerio!

Delivery System - Boring!

9th February 2007 – I must say that Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad is doing much in stressing the problem of the delivery system in our country. With a vast experience as the government servants in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I believe Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad would be made a very good chief-secretary of state (Ketua Setiausaha Negara).

But the level is never better than that. INTAN – Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara as the training institution for the MCS (Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad was once as MCS) has done a job well done in developing an MCS into a chief or a head of department. But stay with my words, just chief or head of department, nothing more. Not a much needed character that can lead a nation but just a ministry.

In turning the nation such as Malaysia into an Incorporated Nation, we must have leaders that are innovative enough. Personally in my own opinion (if we still have the freedom of self-opinion), I’d say that Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad is a very good government servant but a folly leader.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Criminalising War (Day 2) - Photo Series - Part 4

Datuk Kadir Jasin & Me

Datuk Kadir Jasin & Me

The most influential political blogger and me

Criminalising War (Day 2) - Photo Series - Part 3

Full house

The session underway

Jeff Oii taking snapshots

Criminalising War (Day 2) - Photo Series - Part 2

Session on the way

Mr. Ali Shalah

Tun Siti as chairperson on the screen

Criminalising War (Day 2) - Photo Series - Part 1

Session start with Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah as chairperson

Participants taking seats

Me near the VIP's row

Criminalising War (Day 2)

Datuk Kadir Jasin & Me
6th February 2007 - I just came back from PWTC for the evening session with the surviving victim of the Abu Gharib prison, Mr. Ali Shalah. To my surprise Datin Rosmah Mangsor the wife of Datuk Najib Tun Razak was also present. I was sitting behind Dato' Kadir Jasin (Malaysian influential blogger). The session was clearly presented with the loud of applause of supports from the audience. Here let me share with you all the photos taken for this evening session.

Monday, 5 February 2007

Oh! How predictable...

6th February 2007 - I woke up early this morning, earlier than usual (though I slept early last night). After a cup of tea prepared by my loving mother I checked the morning paper that the newspaper vendor send it every morning to my apartment. How predicatble! No news about the "Criminalising War" conference on the front page, not in the second or third. But at the eighth page with just a small column as a formalities that every other paper was mentioning about it except the KJ's boys.

Maybe I ought to change my subscription to Utusan Malaysia? It was (the conference) on the front page of the Utusan Malaysia this morning. At least there's a good reason why the Malays were adamant of not merging the paper with the devil's own.

Sunday, 4 February 2007

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-6)

My issue

5-7 February 2007 - (8.00 am - 5.00pm)
5-11 February 2007 (10.00 am - 6.00pm)

p/s: Sorry for all the blurry photos. I'm not a profesional photographer like jeff!

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-5)

After the noon session

To the exhibition

Tun & Matthias Chang

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-4)

Notice the man wearing robes is the Abu Gharib prisoner - Ali Shalah

Tun Dr. Mahathir & Matthias Chang
Tun Dr. Mahathir & Matthias Chang

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-3)

Tun Dr. Mahathir launching the exhibition

Tun Dr. Mahathir launching the exhibition

Me & Adnan Harris

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-2)

Standing ovation for Tun Dr. Mahathir

Standing ovation for Tun Dr. Mahathir

Standing ovation for Tun Dr. Mahathir

Criminalising War - Photo Series (Part-1)

Tun Dr. Mahathir giving a speech

Tun Dr. Mahathir giving a speech

Tun Dr. Mahathir giving a speech

Criminalising War

Me and former collegue (Adnan Harris) for Perdana Leadership Foundation

5th February 2007 - What else do we better start the new week but with a conference "Criminalising War". I went to the Putra World Trade Centre today as a part of a conference to promote peace held by the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (Patronage by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad).

I do encourage all my friends to take part in the discussion because there are a lot that can be learned especially by the outstanding speakers. The hall was full-house by the time for the Keynote Address by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. There are participants sitting on the steps. I wish to share more but I had to finish up some works for ministry meeting tomorrow. But here are some photos taken this morning. After the noon presentation I met Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah outside the hall for the launching of the war crimes ehibition by Tun Dr. Mahathir. Above was a photo of me and my good friend Adnan Harris. I used to work as Tun's researcher and Adnan still is his librarian. We remain good friends till today and I met him this morning at PWTC.

Peace not war!

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Kampung (not so) Bharu, Kuala Lumpur - Part 2

Kampung Bharu

Making an unpopular decision is very hard. Especially when you being booed by your on people which you would like to help. That is the defect of democracy. But necessary action must be taken with a clear conscience. Doesn’t matter either the cat is black or white as long as it catches mouse. That is why a new developing nation such as Malaysia badly needed a good strong leader who thinks for the sake of the “rakyat” and not for his own interest.

Kampung Bharu

The system must be respected because at the end, the system must prevail after the leader is long gone. In the history of nation building great leaders must always take charge with the best explanation. It’s up to the peoples to understand the certain undertaking. But when decision is made, it must be made with righteousness and clear conscience. The bottom line is that it must serve the lower tier before it reach the “feudal lord” (if a leader still insist on the feudal lord or family self). Kampung Bharu needs help!

Kampung (not so) Bharu, Kuala Lumpur - Part 1

Kampung Bharu
2nd Febuari 2007 – When talking about spending government money for the sake of the “rakyat” lets not stray ourselves by buying unnecessary assets for the feudal lord. Just like the demise of the early great civilization was that when the feudal lord start squandering people’s money for the sake of the selected few.

From the eyes of the Kuala Lumpur people, we can’t run away from the fact that Kampung Bharu is badly needed a major overhaul. Yes for the shortest term Kampung Bharu is very important for the daily life of the central Malay who lived at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It must not be touch at all. But the reality is that it began to turn out being a ghetto such as during the Nazi’s occupation of Poland.

Kampung Bharu is permeating unnecessary crimes and certainly not the picture we want to show to the outsiders what Kuala Lumpur is all about. If you ask me whether or not Kampung Bharu folks wants a development or not? That is out of the question. Many people will detest on jeopardizing Kampung Bharu. But still, it is here where we should make unpopular decision for the goodness of the “rakyat”. To dare is to do.

Happy Birthday Mummy!

Mother and Fatimah (my sister at Lake Garden)

2nd Febuary 2007 - Today is my mother's birthday! She was born in the year of our nation Independence but as a British subject then converted to Malaysian after the nation independence. My mother is a very strong women who managed to raised three of her children even after the death of my father eight years ago.

She was the reason of what I am now and she always be with me whenever I'm sober. She is a good cook and always learn from her mistakes. She's willing to take advice from her children and always seeks advice before doing something. The eulogy will never over because she is my mother. No one could be a better mother than her. Happy birthday mom, and I love you!

Faces of Tun Teddy

Faces of Tun Teddy