29 January 2010

Beli Masa

Saya ingin menitipkan satu cerita yang diemelkan kepada saya oleh seorang bekas pelajar saya Muhd Azhar Ariffin yang juga follower pertama blog saya, beberapa hari lepas untuk tatapan dan renungan bersama.
Cerita hari ini dipetik dari blog kawan saya (Muhd Azhar), selamat membaca....
Seorang budak lelaki sedang tunggu ayahnya pulang dr kerja...
Bila ayahnya pulang....,
Anak : Ayah, berapa gaji ayah sejam??
Ayah : Buat apa kau sibuk nak tahu?? (menjegilkan mata)
Anak : (menundukkan kepala) adik nak tahu...
Ayah : RM20, kenapa?
Anak : Boleh adik pinjam RM10 dari ayah.? (muka penuh mengharap utk dptkan duit)
Ayah : Kau nak buat apa dgn duit sebanyak itu?? Beli mainan?? Dah!! Ayah penat!!
(menengking) ……
Dgn air mata yg berlinangan, anak tersebut masuk ke dlm bilik....Melihatkan keadaan anaknya, ayah itu menjadi serba salah.. "mungkin dia perlukan duit", fikir ayahnya..
Ayahnya pun masuk ke dlm bilik anaknya...
Ayah : Nah RM10. Guna elok2.., jimat sikit..,
Anak : (muka terkejut dan senyum) dan mengucapkan terima kasih kpd ayahnya..
Kemudian, anaknya itu mengeluarkn sekeping duit kertas RM10 dari bantalnya dan mencampurkn dengan duit RM 10 yg biberi ayahnya.... Melihatkn itu ayahnya mulai marah..
Ayah : Kan kau dah ada RM 10.., kenapa minta lagi RM10 dari ayah...
Anak : (menghulurkan RM 20 kpd ayahnya) sambil berkata.. Ayah ambillah RM 20 ni.., Adik nak beli masa ayah sejam... esok ayah balik awal dan kita makan mlm bersama-sama yaa...
Ayah : (tersentak dan memeluk anaknya sambil menitiskan air mata terharu ....)

25 January 2010

A Teacher Couple Sues Education Officer and HMs

(Edited excerpt from theedgemalaysia)
ALOR SETAR: A teacher couple is suing two headmasters and a Kedah Education Department officer for RM1.5 million for allegedly victimising them and causing them to suffer mental distress. In the suit filed at the Alor Setar High Court on Jan 24, the couple claimed that the the education officer and the HMs had conspired to cause them mental torture and abuse. According to the writ of summons, the couple claimed that one of the officers, who was responsible for the transfer of teachers in Kedah, had prevented their transfer, but with the help of the then state government, the wife of the couple was able to get a transfer to a school in Alor Setar. This resulted in the officer feeling challenged, they claimed. While at the new school, the wife claimed that the education officer and the HM at the school, conspired against her, resulting in her not getting a salary increment. She claimed that she underwent psychiatric treatment then, was also accused by the HM as being insane. Meanwhile, the husband of the couple claimed that the same education officer had conspired with the HM at his school to continue with the “attack” on him and his wife. He claimed that he was asked to teach subjects which were not relevant to his scope of study, prevented him from training the school rugby team and was not given a salary increment for one-and-a-half years. The couple is claiming a total damages of RM1,000,000 from the education officer and the HMs, RM500,000 in exemplary damages from the education officer, a public apology as well as other cost and relief deemed fit by the court.

24 January 2010

Asparagus


I just received a forwarded email from my very good friend and long time varsity mate from Taiping, C.H.Lim about the wonderful thing asparagus can do. I would like to share this article with those who are now in this blog. Please be reminded that this article is only to inform what asparagus has done good to cases stated in this article and it may not necessary be the same for others. Therefore I do not bear resonsibility for any decision taken by those who have read this article in this blog and who have decided to consume the items as stated in the article. All decisions are by one own risk.

Just take a few minutes and its worth reading.....whether U believe it or not.....
Pls. read the contents below & pass to your friends.
Three types of asparagus on a shop display, with white asparagus at the back and green asparagus in the middle. The plant at the front is Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, is commonly called wild asparagus.
Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for Cancer ' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.
I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years.
Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R.Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favourable case histories. Here are a few examples:
Case No. 1:
A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No. 2:
A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments,including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3:
A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine. *
Case No. 4:
A woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and nomore skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of Materia Medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.
We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy. For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.
I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
PROCEDURE:
1) Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator.
2) Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.

Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.
For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.
The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink.
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and inacting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.
The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Please spread the news...
...the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received even to the most undeserved person *
All the very best

23 January 2010

Gred Baru SPM dan Interpretasinya (New SPM Grades and its Interpretation)


New SPM Grades, Starting 2009 -

21 January 2010

Penduduk Malaysia 70 Juta Menjelang 2100

[Disunting petikan dari Malaysiakini (Versi BM), Jan 21, 2010]
1. Malaysia dijangka mempunyai 70 juta penduduk menjelang tahun 2100.
2. Tahun lalu (2009) negara menyambut kedatangan 516,645 bayi, iaitu peningkatan 3.9 peratus atau 20,231 berbanding tahun 2008.
3. Selangor kekal dengan kadar kelahiran paling tinggi iaitu 80,110 diikuti dengan Sabah 60,190 dan Johor seramai 58,597.
4. Pada 2008, Selangor mendahului dengan 76,932, Johor 58,517 dan Sabah 51,773.
5. Jumlah kematian tahun lalu ialah 129,922 berbanding 123,335 pada tahun 2008, meningkat 5.1 peratus atau 6,587.
6. Selangor juga negeri yang mencatat kadar kematian yang paling tinggi iaitu 16,494 diikuti Johor 15,749 dan Perak 15,467.
7. Jumlah penduduk Malaysia pada 2007 mencapai 27.17 juta dan meningkat kepada 27.73 juta pada 2008 dan dianggarkan bertambah kepada 28.31 juta bagi 2009.
8. Sejak beberapa tahun lalu, penduduk dalam lingkungan umur 15 hingga 64 tahun merupakan 63 peratus daripada jumlah penduduk negara, 32 peratus berumur bawah 15 tahun manakala selebihnya berumur 65 tahun ke atas.
9.Mengikut Dasar Kependudukan1985, Malaysia dijangka mempunyai 70 juta penduduk pada 2100.
10.Menurut analisis demografi, saiz keluraga yang paling kecil di Malaysia adalah daripada etnik Cina, diikuti oleh kaum India. Kaum Melayu masih mempunyai saiz keluarga yang ramai.

20 January 2010

Malaysia Boleh Part 2?
















Malaysia Boleh Part 1?













A friend Aaron Chu emailed me the above pictures (Part 1 and Part 2) and I would like to share them here and at the same time to evaluate according to each of our standard.

17 January 2010

The World Is Your Playground When You Master English

(Excerpt from the The Edge Malaysia, Jan 15, 2009)
The world can be their playground if rural students have a strong command of the English language. Despite facing the many challenges, these students could have the edge if they make an effort to speak and write in the language fluently. "If you have a strong command (of the language), you can acquire more knowledge and be far more marketable in job markets worldwide, said Information Communication and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang. Nevertheless, the minister also reminded the rural students to master the Bahasa Malaysia, as well, as it was a passport to local job markets, too.

16 January 2010

China's Formula To Success

Lee G.L, a mathematics genius friend from Bukit Mertajam, Penang emailed me the above story and I would like to share it here.

INTERESTING SUCCESS STORY FROM CHINA:
US President Obama visited China last week, primarily to find out what exactly & how exactly China is doing things that makes it such a success story, surpassing all the so-called "expert economic planners" of the US & Europe. His team found these 5 basic lessons behind China's success - it applies equally to our country:
LESSON No 1 - BE AMBITIOUS
The Chinese believe in Setting Goals, Making Plans, & Focusing on Moving Ahead - there is always the sense of foward motion.
As an example, a huge 6-lane highway in Shanghai took only 2 years from planning to ready for traffic. In the US, 2 years will only get you the environment and local authority permit if you are lucky and then in Malaysia in 2 years, they will still....
LESSON No 2 - EDUCATION MATTERS
The Chinese are obsessed with ensuring kids get the right education - English, Maths & Science. They made sure that ther education system reached even the most remote rural areas - today the literacy rate in China is OVER 90%, surpassing even the USA 's 86%. According to American Educationists, the Chinese kids are way ahead of the kids in the USA. How about in Malaysia?
LESSON No 3 - LOOK AFTER THE ELDERLY
The Chinese DO NOT send their elderly to nursing care centres - they personally look after & care for their parents. In the US , nursing care of the elderly is now costing each resident USD 85,000 annually, & this is rising. The Chinese also believe that the grandparents at home make the best tutors for their children. It also provides a sense of cultural continuity - this helps bind society. Here, its a growing trend to have children brought up by maids, of the lowest educational & moral quality - so our children (the future leaders) grow up with similar language & outlook capability.
LESSON No 4 - SAVE MORE
In the USA, savings dropped to zero in 2005, and is only now slowly rising to 4%. In China , the savings rate for every household has exceeded 20%. The Chinese believe that fugality & a healthy savings rate are a sure indicator of a country's financial health. High savings lead to increased investments - results in increased productivity, innovation & job growth. In the West, & aped by our Malaysians, the status symbol is to spend more than you earn, with as many credit cards as possible. In the end, the whole country gets into debt.
LESSON No 5 - LOOK OVER THE HORIZON
In China, eveyone is foward looking - never backwards. New graduates make a vow - never ever will their children & grandchildren ever work in the fields again. With this kind of foward mentality, people are always thinking & planning how, not just to succeed, BUT how to be the best in the world in everything they do. In Malaysia, we are still, after 24 years, trying to get the window switches of the Proton to work properly.

15 January 2010

Anyone Can Stop This - Then What To Fight About?


This two photo combination shows above, in a May 20, 2004 file photo provided by the Canadian Department of National Defence, the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Below is the National Palace photographed Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one day after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.
(Source: Yahoo News Jan 13, 2010)

10 January 2010

Beware Ladies, Men Do Have Sex On Their Mind

(An edited version on an excerpt from NST 2006)
Beware ladies when you are engaging in a friendly or social conversation or anything that is equavalent with men.
Scientists have found out that, most of the time men do have sex on their brain. Men seem frequently to be mistaken friendliness for flirting when they talk to a woman and believe a sexual chemistry is there when none exists.
A research by American reserachers on 43 male universities students who were paired off with female students aged between 18 and 22 , where each pair was sent to a room and encouraged to have a five-minute conversation about college life, and later they were asked to rate their partners on extroversion, agreeableness and physical attractiveness and judged sexual traits such as flirtatiousness, seductiveness and promiscuity, found that;
1. Men were much more likely than woman to infer a sexual chemistry,
2. Men are prone to oversexualise conversations with women,
3. Those who see themselves as sexy are more likely to perceive a sexual dynamic,
4. Women and men perceive sexiness in different ways where;
* women link sexiness with attributes such as extroversion and friendliness,
* men tend to rate sexiness with physical attractiveness where a pyhiscally attractive woman would be rated as sexier.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why women were encouraged not to expose their physical assets in the public and not to engage in long, extremely friendly or inimate conversion with men who were not related to them!

09 January 2010

God Is Watching Us, From A Distance

08 January 2010

Actuary Is The Best Job

Actuary, the job of calculating statistics to determine probablity and risk is rated the best job. An actuary earns about US$85,000 (RM287,000) a year and has few physical demands, little stress, a good work environment and a positive outlook for employment and income growth, according to CarreerCast.com when it analysed 200 jobs in North America.
The second-best job is software engineer, followed by computer system analyst, biologist and historian.
Roustabout is the worst and dangerous job and it pays about US$31,000 a year, with high unemployment and a negative outlook for growth. This is followed by lumberjack, ironworker, dairy farmer and welder.
The worst jobs are rated as fairly miserable. They tend to require working outdoors regardless of the weather, have elements of physical danger and do not pay well.
(Excerpt from NST, 7 Jan 2009, p. 24)

01 January 2010

Rhetorik Atau Realiti?

Sabtu lepas saya telah membawa anak perempuan saya mendaftar masuk tingkatan 1 di sebuah sekolah menengah kebangsaan. Pihak sekolah telah berusaha dengan gigih untuk memastikan proses pendaftaran berjalan dengan baik dan sempurna dan sememangnya pihak sekolah tersebut, terutamanya guru-guru yang terlibat dalam urusan pendaftaran tersebut telah melaksanakan tugas dengan cemerlang.
Bagaimanapun satu perkara di luar kawalan pihak sekolah dan sememangnya pihak sekolah tidak boleh disalahkan ialah apabila murid-murid masuk ke bilik darjah mengikut kelas masing-masing untuk memulakan urusan pendaftaran yang mana, sama ada sedar atau tidak sedar, murid-murid ini telah memilih tempat duduk mereka mengikut kaum masing-masing.
Dalam kelas anak perempuan saya, diperhatikan murid-murid Melayu duduk sesama mereka dan dalam satu baris bangku ke belakang, murid-murid Cina seboleh-bolehnya dengan kaum sejenisnya, begitu juga dengan murid-murid India. Sekiranya tidak dapat duduk dengan pasangan kaum sejenisnya murid Cina akan memilih duduk dengan murid India atau sebaliknya dan juga dalam satu baris bangku ke belakang. Anak perempuan saya yang tidak agresif dan sentiasa lambat bertindak akhirnya duduk dengan seorang murid India di baris belakang kelas. Di hadapannya adalah murid-murid Cina. Jelas di sini memperlihatkan keselesaan murid-murid itu duduk sesama kaum sejenisnya atau mengikut bumiputra atau bukan-bumiputra dan memperlihatkan satu trend yang tidak sihat apatah lagi bila kedengaran rhetorik sana sini dari banyak pihak slogan paling panas masa kini 1Malaysia atau sebelumnya slogan-slogan perpaduan dan sebagainya.
Saya percaya keadaan ini bukan hanya berlaku di sekolah baru anak perempuan saya itu sahaja tetapi dikebanyakan sekolah, termasuklah sekolah saya! Rhetorik atau realiti?
Bukan sahaja keadaan ini berlaku dikalangan murid-murid kita sahaja, malah kalangan guru-guru pun demikian! Dalam mesyuarat, seminar, kursus atau berbagai bentuk perhimpunan antara guru-guru malah tempat duduk dalam bilik guru sendiri pun memperlihatkan trend ini.
Malang atau teruknya apabila ada guru yang colour blind, bermacam tohmahan atau sindiran dikenakan! Contohnya, jika seorang guru Cina berada dalam kumpulan guru Melayu atau agak mesra dengan guru Melayu dan petah berbahasa Melayu, dicopnya OCBC. Begitu jugalah jika seorang guru India mesra dengan guru Melayu dicopnya OIBI (malangnya tidak ada bank bernama OIBI atau sesiapa mungkin boleh tubuhkan bank bernama Oversea Indian Banking Incorporation). Tidaklah pula kedengaran sama ada sindiran OMBM (apa pula nama bank ini!)dicop ke atas guru Melayu yang mesra dengan guru bukan-Melayu!
Ada pihak melihat perkara ini remeh dan cuba menutup kelemahan masing-masing tetapi realitinya mereka ini adalah insecure dengan diri masing-masing, maka secara psikolgi sedar atau tanpa sedar, cuba melemparkan kelemahan kepada orang yang dijadikan sindiran itu. Itulah realitinya dan boleh diperhatikan apabila sesama mereka apabila berkumpul, banyak bahan bualan berkisar kepada kritikan, kutukan, tohmahan dan mempelekehkan orang lain bukan dari sejenisnya atau ke atas sejenisnya yang mereka perasan menyebabkan mereka berasa insecure.
Di khalayak ramai hebat dirhetorikkannya 1Malaysia, perpaduan dan macam-macam sandiwara.
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