Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good-bye 2008, Welcome 2009..


and tomorrow is first of January 2009. Looking back all those years, life has been kind to me despite the uncertainties of path to be taken in the beginning. Syukur saya kepada Allah Yang Maha Besar lagi Mengetahui akan segala Rahsia kejadianNya.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I am at Desaru today..



Sudah tiga kali aku ke sini atas tiga sebab yang memenuhi kehendak kekeluargaan. Tidak perlu aku terang sebabnya kerana tujuan aku menulis ini kerana hendak komen sikit pasal hotel ini. Tak tahu kenapa, potensi hotel ini aku categorikan kepuasan keseluruhannya adalah 4 dari 10. Masih ada perkara yang mana potensi tidak disedari sepenuhnya. Masalah besar yang selalunya dihadapi oleh perniagaan hotel adalah pembiayaan. Saya dapat rasakan hotel ini sedang mengalami masalah kewangan. Kalau ditengok fizikal bilik saya diami, nombor 111, ianya sangat mendukacitakan sekali. Tak hendaklah cerita apa, tapi sudah pasti ianya tidak menepati piawaian a 5-star hotel. Bidang pemasaran memandang berat pasal kepuasan pengguna. Daripada dua atau tiga sudut memanglah memuaskan, tapi masih banyak lagi perkara yang perlu disedari dan diperbaiki.

Till next time, happy holiday!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tidak ku miliki...

Di sebalik bukit yang gersang dan air yang mengalir dengan penuh kelesuan, ternampak dia keseorangan meraba raba sedang mencari tongkat.
Walaupun hingar bingar kota metropolitan kedengaran nun jauh sayup di bawah, sayang sekali itu semua bukan miliknya lagi.Apa yang terpampang adalah wajah wajah yang masih hidup dan juga yang sudah bertemu Illahi, ada yang mengukir senyum yang sangat indah tapi ramai lagi yang bermasam muka sebabnya diselubungi misteri dan teka teki.Kedengaran juga laungan keramat pusaka bangsa dan tidak terkecuali suara sumbang hendak membela, bermadah berjela jela, mengetepikan tangisan dari saudara sepupu sebangsa.Lantas datang malapetaka menimpa diri dalam bentuk tsunami dan runtuhnya pangsapuri, adalah cerminan diri angkara lupa apabila sudah menjadi kaya dan bergelar pula hasil memberi..Bila jatuh papa, ditimpa tangga pula, ditanya mengapa, maka jawapan yang diberi adalah sama belaka, `aku difitnah dan aku dikhianati,' menuding jari kesana kemari. `Aku banyak memberi tetapi aku dianak tirikan.'Baik tidak bertempat, jahat dinobat, kaki rayau merempit bingit kapal terbang pusing dunia, hanya ternampak bila `robohnya kota Melaka.'Tapi segalanya sudah terlambat, kesemua itu tidak dimiliki lagi. Sokong membawa rebah, tongkat digunakan kerana bebanan wajah yang tidak berbin dan berbapa.Sayang, seribu kali sayang, dibuang pahit ditelan sayang, lantas hidup bertongkat dihantui bayang-bayang.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rahsia tersingkap di seblik tabir hari...

Ada orang hanya menunggu hari berlalu. Bila hari berlalu maka dapatlah apa yang dipuja. Kalau kereta baru yang di idamkan, maka penantian merupakan satu penyeksaan kepadanya. Ini kerana dalam penantian itu, segala pengetahuan lain yang harus dan patut dipetik dan dimiliki telah diketepikan begitu sahaja kerana keghirahan yang menggila. Kalaulah kereta itu kereta yang ada nama (berjenama), maka dalam penenatian tadi timbul perkara perkara yang ada kaitan dengan perangai seorang `periak' (riak dan takabur).

Orang muda (tidak terkecuali juga orang tua) selalunya terjebak dengan riak peristiwa yang palsu. Penantian dan mainan mereka amat banyak sekali sehingga ramai diantara mereka lupa bumi yang kita pijak ini keras dan tidak punya pandu arah. Bumi yang dipijak tidak menjanjikan kestabilan berpanjangan dan berterusan dan berkemungkinan retak itu memang ada dan akan berlaku bila bila. Ini terbukti dengan terjadinya peristiwa runtuhan tanah di bukit antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur.

Rahsia tersingkap di sebalik tabir hari. Di sebalik tabir hari tidak menjanjikan senyuman seseorang akan berterusan hingga kehari esok. Bagi mereka yang berfikir, melihat gelagat manusia yang beranika rupa dan perangai, mereka optimis, pelajaran tidak hanya dibangku sekolah, tetapi berlanjutan dimana jua kita akan berada.

Allah Yang Maha Besar lagi Mengasihani, terselit di setiap peristiwa adalah berupa pengajaran yang akhirnya mendedahkan rahsia sebenar di sebalik tabir hari..

Friday, December 26, 2008

Kehidupan dan Persepsi...No way out...

Katakan apa sahaja seperti:

Kita telah dibohongi,
Kita tersalah tanggap,
I suka sangat kat dia..
Ingatkan begitu, rupanya begini..
Indah khabar dari rupa,
I am not how I look,
You look like a crook,
Muka garang tapi hati baik,
dan lagi, dan lagi, dan lagi
dari hujung dunia ke hujung dunia yang lain,
ada sahaja yang hendak dikomen..
yang pastinya kita mungkin tertipu atau diri kita menipu diri kita sendiri.


Whatever that is perception at its best...macam mana nak keluar dari kepompong persepsi ini? Kalau hendak keluar secara mendadak mana boleh? Tapi itulah kehidupan, semuanya bergerak secara perlahan...tapi yang penting ialah kita sentiasa sedar akan peranan persepsi ini.

Dalam ilmu pemasaran banyak dikupas pasal persepsi ini. Ini kerana ianya ada kaitan dengan penerimaaan jenama sesuatu barang atau perkhidmatan. Yang sebenarnya barang tak pernah menipu, tetapi pemikiran kita sebenarnya menipu. Ini kerana kita memiliki ciri kekyusukan yang melampau sampai lupa siapa diri kita yang sebenarnya.

Itulah persepsi. Itulah kehidupan. Memang ada jalan keluar...tapi tak semudah itu.. kata orang cinta itu buta. Kata P.Ramlee, apabila sudah suka, serba serbi indah belaka..haha

Till next time ye..?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dakapan...

Pengetahuan baru dapat juga difahami dari ungkapan kata `dakap.' Banyak lagu yang meggunakan istilah `dakap' seperti `dakapan senja.' Dakap membawa erti satu pegangan atau pelukan yang tidak bersifat aggresif tetapi penuh dengan emosi kasih sayang, tidak keras tetapi penuh dengan kelembutan. Ibu mendakap anaknya yang baru lahir dengan lenangan air mata kerana kasih ibu yang tidak berbelah bagi terhadap anaknya.

Dakap juga mebawa unsur terselamat dari marabahaya. Pabila dakapan begitu mesra dirasakan `dunia ini ana yang punya.'

Walaupun ungkapan dakap sentiasa diperkatakan, dalam perniagaan ianya merupakan indah khabar dari rupa. Ini kerana akitiviti pemasaran yang tidak ada atau tidak menampakkan substantif kemanusiaan dan kelahiran manusia yang tulen. Penuh dengan pura pura, so to speak. Indah iklan dari apa sebenar yang dijual. Ketampanan jurujual hanya untuk memikat dan apabila barang sudah dibeli barang adalah `hampas' yakni barang koman atau tidak menepati piawaian kata modennya.

Apa yang mendakap saya ketika ini saya sendiri tidak tahu. Tetapi dapat dirasakan didakap oleh perasaan yang halus dan dapat meluahkan ini semua.

Allah yang Maha Besar lagi mengetahui. Berusahalah supaya akhirnya kita dapat merasai dakapan dari Yang kekal dan Abadi, Yang Maha Esa dan Berkuasa terhadap Segala-galnaya tidak terkecuali Segala Rasa dan Perasaan. 


Allahuakbar.

Sentuhan hati dan perasaan..

Di dalam satu satu peristiwa terselit satu perkara yang boleh menyayat hati dan menyentuh perasaan. Tak kiralah peristiwa itu besar atau remeh. Tak kiralah peristiwa itu ada kaitan dengan manusia atau bukan manusia. Sebagai seorang manusia yang memerlukan satu sama lain untuk segala keperluan, kita mesti pandai mengesan benda benda yang terselit dalam satu peristiwa dan di olah mengikut apa apa kepentingan tetapi hendaklah menepati rukun hidup yang aman dan damai. Jika kita antara golongan yang beriman kepada Allah, sentuhan hati dan perasaan adalah juga sentuhan yang boleh mendekat kan kita dengan Pencipta Yang Maha Agong ia itu Allah Subhanawataalla.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Asking questions or being dependent?

Psychologically I am without an answer. It just occur to me of category of individuals when comes to attitude in asking questions. Some are just without words despite having not seeing each other for so long. Don't care type or to him or her life is full of secrets. Or just heartless to anything. Life is just nothing. Life is only himself, not even wife, husband, or children.

Then comes the romantic type or the caring type, very dependent for something they already knew. For a friend who needs to occupy time, it is okay. A home can be a very happy home with this individual.
Then comes a person who ask for information as well asking questions for things he or she doesn't know. This category of individual is a person who wants to go forward and hate to be in a static position. To him or her it is either move or being removed.

Depending on individual needs, all those categories of individual are welcomed in life. But the one I am somewhat wary of is once the fear is eliminated after getting an answer, the one who has given him all the help he wants is forgotten for ever till....

I am a lecturer, and I have experienced life with all those category of students. But life without making mistakes is not experiencing life the proper way.

To err is human, to forgive is superhuman!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Diskaun cinta..Ghosts roam the town..

KUALA LUMPUR: “Saya menempuh penceraian ini bagai menjalani hukuman mati. Apa yang berlaku adalah ketentuan Allah dan sudah tertulis dalam qada serta qadar-Nya. DERITA NORMAN

Can't help writing on Norman and Abby. They are created not equal. Too young and too `miang' to understand life. They perceive love on a wrong foot. Thus love to them is not 100%. It depreciates by the day. It has become a commodity that is given with a discount. Haha. Wonder, all the years together, they don't feel the wind blows, and the river flows and the music playing the songs of the heart. Love to them is just hugging and kissing and with lust let the body system works wonder when the bodies need to be one. Then comes the three children. The hugs should continue not with one but with four bodies but with a different, it is now with the heart and soul. But alas! Love of children remains, a heart-felt love, no substitute, no switching. But the love for the wife can be discounted and discarded. Because out there there is another cinta with another attractive discount.

Diskaun cinta...diskaun cinta..anybody?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fear rules the day..It unites, it divides.

Neighbours. Friends. Even your closest loved ones. In Stalin's Russia, everyone was an informer. And as a chilling new book reveals, one word from a resentful child was enough to send you to the firing squad.

Have you ever being presented with a list of characteristics possessed by a successful person? Being a follower of those list, you might go all out to buy a book that explains the characteristics own by known personalities. What is more interesting is that sometimes we forget our true self and thus the worshipping of those characteristics forgetting our qualities are being created equal. President-elect Barack Obama has been reading a lot on Abraham Lincoln who believes in diversity in opinion when comes to a discussion. This is reflected by the diverse background of his cabinet team. He even nominated Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to the post of State Secretary despite the `clashes of titans' in the campaign before that.
Have you ever experienced sitting besides the so-called successful persons but fail to feel they are truly great? They are just there warming up the seat and dare not to venture into something that is more than just a smile. Judging from what the media says and written about them, the same individuals who sat beside you are hailed as truly great from characteristic A-Z. But why the silence and not even asking questions that portrays the characteristics in the mentioned list? Do they have the sense of curiousity?

For quite sometime, I have been bothered by the obvious discrepancies of books and realities. Not anymore. What I noted is that a person who is truly great rises himself beyond partisan of all sorts and of all kinds. He can become a man of the hour anytime he chooses to be one. He is nothing but a true, brave,and kind person at heart.

As for the individuals who sat besides me, they appear successful not because they possess all the characteristics required, but they have cunningly displaying the short-term behaviour of partisans at best. If they feel you are nobody, they just ignore you and only focusing on someone they are familiar or someone who has position socially.

The one and only characteristic that manifest in the pretender is fear. Fear is a characteristics that originates million of years ago. The gene of fear is real and can contribute to being good, being bad, or being evil. In other words our actions can be construed as primitive and barbaric, or modern. In each and everyone of us resides the gene of fear and what is feared it can become dominant and it rules the day. It also locks a person into a characteristic that does not allow us to be lighter and free as a bird. Instead it hardens by the day till something tragic happens and shall put the gene of fear away for ever. Till then, fear shall rule the day.

Students, by and large, exhibit the gene of fear which can make their life miserable.Their movements are being dictated by fear resulting in partisan of all sorts and kinds. Their movements are slow and dragging and appear lacks of direction. The university has laid out both academic and non-academic program in order to tap their potentials. Do they really care? We complain about inconsistencies display by the student failing to see what is reality and fantasies. We might be wrong in passing the judgement. They are indeed consistent in displaying their behaviour. Their likes and dislikes, love and hate, etc., etc., all centered around the word `fear.' They study hard for fear of failure, they run away from university because they fear of losing their boyfriend or girlfriend, and they are sick because they fear of not being able to manage things as expected of them.

What about those students studying at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford? Are they a different breed of people that defies the rule that has commonly associated with students in universities that have no ranking? And this also applies to leaders that comes from univeristies of lower ranking. Do they display the true spirit of leading the society they are entrusted with responsibilities? Or they too are just great pretenders?

Till I found out more on this topic, by and large, `fear still rules the day
.'

Thursday, December 18, 2008

once upon a time million of years ago...

...and they have to live in fear ever after. That is when fear originates. It is normal if the fear is to discipline life the way it should be. We talk so much on other positive human characteristics but lacks the knowledge of its true tangible role of unity and unification. It still boils down to an unanswered questions of why, what, when, where of something indicating the yet to be discovered solutions to problems beset mankind and humanity.

to be continued...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Walla, it works...Congratulations..!

It is an art or it is a science? Is it based on the correct code or is it based on chance? I don't have the answer to your question. Well, I am sorry today is not your day. Congratulations, you have make it! Good luck, you have been chosen. I am, why? You have succeeded and with flying colours! Well, what did he say? He says yes! Oh my, I am sure he would not favour with what I am doing..What? You love me?

Those are expressions of life! Everybody have experienced it at some point in their life. But it all depends on what, when, how, and who. What about you? Has anyone ever said that to you? Could be all this time you have been pressing the wrong buttons. Change it!

To those who have been successful, congratulations!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Urban heroes v.s Desert Heroes



Which life is easy? We still have that jungle fear in us despite living in a very much urban atmosphere. Haha. We are now and should be very much urban in everything and in knowledge, but still harbouring and displaying the jungle sentiments in strategies and tactics.
Far from a joke, many in the Mideast saw the act by an Iraqi journalist as heroic, expressing the deep, personal contempt many feel for the American leader (George Bush) they blame for years of bloodshed, chaos and the suffering of civilians.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Surging forward...splashing through

I am leaving behind a thought stigma that has long been sticking like leeches, surging forward and after splashing through mud and murky water. A sigh of relieve and higher sense of freedom erupts through my blood vein the moment daylight breaks after experiencing a long silence of walking in the daylight of darkness...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Natural Habitat and Remote Sensing..

The world is a vast area of land and seas. That is a common knowledge and can be remotely sensed by any human beings with the proper upbringing. The infinity and distances of the vast kingdom of what is beyond, and the mind and heart cannot see, are still miraculously explained by the common people and remotely sensed by technology. We can categorise it as knowledge of the `higher ground.' What about knowledge in the category of `lower ground?'

Despite the`vastness' of creations, surprisingly we have yet to deal and try to understand man in its common ground and common form, the intricacies of their relationship that does not explain the obvious sharing of elements in their natural habitat of needing water, electricity and the oxygenated air. They seem to have a remote understanding of the ties that can mutually bind human and humanity together. We remotely understand each other. A very sad situation indeed despite the so-called success in the field of science and technology.

And today I shall be attending an event that shall be attended by Minister, the Adun's, and other respected community leaders from the district. Since we are so used and confident in a remote control in controlling our TV program channel, but when dealing with real situation of interacting with other human beings in its natural habitat, my innate remote control seems to sense the event is still by and large control by knowledge in the category of `lower ground' so to speak. In other words, the `higher' rules of politics and politicians, the rules of local and culture inclinations , must be upheld at best, thus defying all the things I have said earlier. On occasion of this nature, do we still have to depend on remote control to go round? Ideally, no more technology, it is now left to the mind to take over and control the occasion. The distance does not require remote sensing anymore..but instead mind and mental sensing.. and that explains the true power in the natural habitat..and yet to be understood..!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Miracle land...

As a Muslim, we must not believe in magic. As a Muslim, we must not say `it is a miracle.' Allah is Great. If Allah wants it to happen nothing can stop it from happening. That is considered the basic teaching of all Muslim's belief. But when `miracle' does happen, everything about belief in Allah seems to disintegrate. And then comes the uncalled for knowledge and theories of all sorts regarding this miracle and happenings. Checking into all sorts of books, shall unfold the stories of man's wrongful thinking and doing are the causes of their downfall and destruction, right from the greatest of king and kingdom, to the humblest of man in a hut. We just have to toe the line, Allah is Great and at all times seeking Allah's blessing when facing a `magic' and a `miracle.' Allahuakbar.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Time Tunnel of Focus and Taste..

Literally it changes everyday. Despite a long journey to nowhere but somewhere, we still have reasons to live and move on. Just love recalling the focus given when I was a small boy. What makes my day were the intense desire to wake up and cycle to school, the food at the school canteen, and after school, going out with friends to nearby river swimming till sunset! What a life! With all the experiences of the day, I would experience a good night sleep without any interruption in between. But I have another obsession of tuning to speech of political leaders in the radio. The speech was usually aired at night, and lots of time I have to give in to my father's `obsession' of news in the `warta berita.' If you want to call it a listening taste of that era, looking back, the elements that surround it were easy to explain. But how come life is so dragging at that time of my life? Anyway, that explains the tunnel and the time I live in, and there is no turning back. Now, here, I am picking up another obsession, another focus, writing something early morning. Wonder. Would there be new focus and new taste tomorrow..?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cuti-cuti menulis...Jom..



Jom mari menulis. Buat apa tahan tahan kalau nak menulis. Tulis je apa nak tulis. Kalau nak menulis, jangan sangat fikir masa, hari dan keadaan. Nak tunggu apa. Tulis je. Dirasakan aku nie dijadikan otak bercakap. Apa yang terdengar dari otak aku, maka terjadilah satu penulisan. Yang tertulis bukan benda yang koman koman, semua bes bes belaka. Maknanya apa yang ditulis tu ada kualiti belaka. Cuti-cuti ini lagi banyak benda yang terdengar. Hendak hendak kalau dah terbaca blog orang lain. Macam-macam cerita. Macam-macam pose gambar. Gambar beginilah, gambar begitulah. Haha..Kalau nak ditulis semua yang terdengar,terpandang, terasa, dan terbaca, menulis hingga ke malam pun tak akan selesai.

Aku masih kurang faham dengan istilah `writer's block.' Aku faham secara literal ia itu ada masa otak kita blank maka tak ada ilhamlah, jadi tak ada apa nak ditulis. Tidak pula aku berasa begitu. Kalau dibiarkan jejari aku sentuh keyboard ini, maka dengan tersendirinya lah tulisan terjadi. Aku bukan berpandu kepada `writer's block' tapi berpandu kepada `keyboard block.' Haha. Kat ini saja..

Pandang keliling...tengok semua..baca semua...rasa semua..

Tentu tak boleh kan? Maka apa yang kita pandang, itulah kita. Apa yang kita suka baca, itulah kita. Begitu jugak dengan rasa dan tulis. Apa yang kita buat selalu tu, maka itulah kita. Orang putih mengteorikan benda nie sebagai `perception.' Di juruskan dari `selective awareness,' ` distortion,' dan kepada `selective attention' kita sebagai individu. Sebab itu ada orang tak boleh ditegur. Saya pun ada benda yang tak boleh ditegur. Benda tu dah sebati dengan diri kita, jadi apa nak buat. Ganjil kan? Tidak ada benda yang hendak diganjilkan. Dari setinggi tinggi orang ke serendah rendah orang, kesemua mereka adalah mangsa teori yang berunsurkan `selective' ini. Baru semalam saya terbaca kisah Presiden George Bush apabila di interview pasal penalokan Iraq, dia hendak berdiam diri je. Tak nak komen apa apa. Mengape ye..? Dan ada dia mengatakan bahawa separuh peristiwa yang berlaku didunia ini adalah misteri belaka. Dia seorang presiden dan dia juga tidak terkecuali dari menjadi mangsa pembentukan persepsinya. Jadi apa nak gadohkan kalau dia suka dia, dia suka itu, dan dia hendak itu. Orang lain orang lain. Maka diandaikan ada dua orang yang serupa, macam mana..?Ada dengar `theory of natural selection?'...kena berhenti kat sini dulu.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Is life a hidden wound..?

It would be easy if it is an open wound. Apart from the open and big side of cultural life, it is anybody's guess of the private and dark side. Much of it is due to the `wound' that is still being nursed to this day. It is a hidden wound indeed and despite of a happy social life with family, friends, and society, he or she still suffers alienation of one kind or another. It is indeed a closed book with a strange title. And nobody knows about the existence of the book till `something' happen. It could be marriage, riches, positions, or a disaster as in a massive landslide.

Citing the tragedy of Bukit Antarabangsa, it is very much a story of an open book. But there are still `secrecy' surrounding the tragic events. Why? Well, the issue of the lurking danger is an open issue, but a closed life and aggravated by the dark side of human existence could be the main contributor to the sad and tragic event! To say it in Malay, the cause is not because of `pergerakan tanah' but very much because of `pergerakan hati dan nafsu.' haha.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Big Heart. Big Sacrifices..Big Success.

That is what korban is all about...big sacrifices. In order to be successful, the sacrifices must be seen as big. The steps taken must be seen as literally seen as crossing another continent. In marketing for example, an ordinary product is being seen as undertaking a big sacrifice in showing itself in TV day and night. In the ordinary sense of the word, we are just buying an ordinary product. Where are the differences? It is all in the word `sacrifices.' With big money in doing the campaign the product is seen as doing extra work in order to be popular.

In terms of personal success, the stories go the same way. The effort must be seen as a big effort in order to be accepted as a truly successful person. A river feared because of the big flood it causes. So are the mountains that can be erupted into a volcano, is also revered and feared. In marketing we buy anything that has the element of big sacrifices. The customer wants to be seen as something in their buying effort.

Have you heard of community college? It symbolises small actions and small effort and thus it is not well remembered by the local people. Remember, we don't buy products, we buy sacrifices!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha...

To all Muslims, I wish them Selamat Hari raya Aidiladha , some called it Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Korban. Fear of death and fear of losing one's wealth has not being taken lightly by most people. The fear is real. But without the sacrifices, how could we find happiness. Not that many are being bestowed with this quality of sacrificing. But the teaching of Islam nurtures that value in the Muslim for without that we can't be one.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Big House but Think Small...


PADAH KALAU TIDAK BERPIJAK DI BUMI YG MENDATAR..


It is alright. We are not an expert in everything. In life we might be trying to reach for the sky, but unfortunately there are times we are not behaving rationally when trying to touch the ground. Thus the mystery is not in the sky but it is the ground that is full of mysteries!
Rescue workers at the massive landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa this morning. Four people have been killed and seven are still missing. Police will evacuate an estimated 5,000 residents from the area which has been cut off from the main road.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — Four people, including a mother, her two-month-old baby and maid, have been confirmed dead in a massive landslide early today that has trapped hundreds of residents in Bukit Antarabangsa. Police also said seven others are missing and 15 injured in the 4am landslide that swept and buried 14 houses in Jalan Bukit Mewah and Jalan Mewah Utama.

Being big and think small, being small and reach for the sky..

The thought is elusive. Nobody actually knows what goes inside us. If we don't tell (words and actions), we are just nothing to anybody. Marketing has the answer for this. They call it branding, packaging and promotion. The product can be a wonder. But if it is not being projected in a way that it should be projected, the product is just enjoying a life of an exclusive and seclusive self.

Therefore, it does not matter whether we are being small and think big, or being big and think small because in both situations a step should be taken at a time.

At a personal level, we must be a thinking self. A thinking self would attract another thinking self. If both are thinking small it is okay, because by virtue of two individuals with thinking self, they are by nature and organization are bigger than one thinking self.

In conclusion, success depends on three things. The three are thinking big or small, nature, and organization. Thus by being in the right place and at the right time, it can spell success for all the individuals and mankind.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The smiles that reflect loneliness..


I smile. Everybody smiles. But not animals. Any thought on what it stands for? Have you ever heard of body language? Smiles represent a body language. But what language does it speak? It speaks only one language, that is language of loneliness. When somebody smiles, it does not last long, only for a while. What about the rest of the time? It is none other one and with one lonely self, whoever we are. Smile is a projection of the vast land we have been but without inhabitants except the lonely self. The sight of others give us a big relieve and thus the smile. I smile at what I have written. Why? After being so long on the road, at last I found the answer to a very lonely question. Why do we smile?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Life is a reflection...


It is a very broad statement indeed. But it could be magnified to a greater detail depending what is to reflect what. I for one would always wonder of the irregularities and discrepancies of life and even the whole world itself as to how and why things happen. One is heard as saying, `the shadow of life' which is somewhat similar to `life is a reflection.' Why not substitute it as `the shadow of our thoughts' which might explain what I am going say and write next.

I have been quite restless when comes to thinking that has the element of why and how. I am not going to sit still till I see a light that can thrust me into the so-called area that resides the answer to my restless thought. What we think and do and the outcome we might experienced are very much a reflection of those cognitive (thought) process, act and action.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Marketing and unchartered zone..

It has come to my notice, events do happen, but the differences are in what, when, why, and how. If you talk about the thrill in `makan,' I think the thrill is no longer there, unless `makan dalam kapal terbang' atau `makan sambil terbang', haha. Atau makan selepas kena di denda.

Sebenarnya apa yang nak saya cakapkan ada kaitan dengan bidang pemasaran dan juga ada kaitan dengan perjalanan hidup seseorang.Pasal pemasaran dulu ye..

Bidang pemasaran sebenarnya penuh dengan cerita lama tetapi lain masa, lain hari, lain waktu, lain tempat, dan lain duit menyebabkan baru itu jadi baru atau jadi lama. Cuba bayangkan keperluan seribu orang, dan mengambil kira apa yang saya sebutkan tadi, pasaran untuk barangan dan perkhidmatan amat terbuka dan luas sekali.

Bagi sesuatu kehidupan pula, seseorang itu sentiasa menginginkan perjalanan atau pengalaman yang boleh dikategorikan sebagai `unchartered zone' atau tempat yang tak pernah diteroka dan sudah tentu dinanti nanti jika ada peluang untuk mengalaminya buat pertama kali. Penerokaan ini tidak hanya berkaitan dengan kehadiran fizikal seseorang tetapi juga mencakup pengalaman keseluruhan deria kita.

Lantas menyedari hakikat tersebut, pengeluar akan berusaha mempelbagaikan perkhidmatan pengeluaran mereka kerana dimensi keperluan dan pemilikan tidak ada penghujungnya.

Itulah pemasaran dan itulah kehidupan. Always on the look out for something `new.'

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Isu yang mudah diselesaikan.. kita adalah sebahagian dari kehidupan..


Banyak masalah di dunia ini berpunca dari rasa`ketepencilan' yang dianggap melampau atau keterlampauan., sengaja atau tidak disengajakan. Adakah ini merupakan lumrah kehidupan atau hanya satu persepsi diri yang selalunya susah nak dipraktik dan diluahkan?

Sebenarnya ada banyak peristiwa yang boleh dikupaskan dan mengambil semangat penampakan yang saya sebutkan tadi. Tapi blog saya bukan merupakan blog yang serius yang boleh dijadikan `bahan rujukan aktiviti ilmiah' tetapi sekadar lontaran `ilham yang terasa' sewaktu hendak bangun dari tidur. Jadi agak memadai dengan kupasan dari dua peristiwa ini.

Former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim describes the way the Higher Education Ministry treated her as "sedikit kurang ajar" (somewhat disrespectful).

Isu yang dibawa oleh bekas VC Univeristy Malaya sebenarnya ada persamaan dengan peristiwa `Mumbai siege.' Isu Rafiah adalah isu `keterpencilan' dari sudut diri atau hal peribadi. Apa selama ini setelah sekian lama duduk di Malaysia masih lagi tidak memahami dengan budaya kerja orang Malaysia kita? Unsur `manusia' tidak ada dalam kamus etika perkhidmatan di Malaysia, baik di peringkat bawah mahupun di peringkat atas. Tetapi dalam pada itu `unsur kemanusiaan' merupakan yang sangat di titik beratkan.`Apa peduli' atau `peduli apa' merupakan ungkapan kata yang selalu diperkatakan dalam diam diam. Kita hanya akan mengambil peduli apabila sesuatu perkara itu dihebohkan. Ini hal kemanusiaan. Tapi dalam banyak perkara, kalau tidak dihebohkan, ianya adalah sangat bertepatan dengan hal seseorang itu sebagai manusia. Lantas diucapkan, `hanya Allah sahaja yang Mengetahui.' Tapi tanpa usaha berubahkah kita?

Jadi dalam diam atau dengan berdiam diri, ramai kita menjadi mangsa kepada `isu keterpencilan' ini. Sebagi menggambarkan `bersatu kita maju, dan bercerai kita lesu' tidak hairanlah berlakunya peristiwa `Mumbai seige' yang mana selepas ini usaha ke arah pembaikan dasar akan dilakukan. Begitu juga dengan hebohan Datuk Rafiah ini, usaha ke arah pembaikan pentadbiran perlantikan akan dilakukan. Isu Rafiah adalah isu pentadbiran yang mana amalan nya memang sudah begitu sekian lama. Datuk Rafiah membawa soal kerjanya dan persepsi cucu terhadapnya dikemudian hari..hahah..Saya merasakan ini soal remeh, dan sudah tentu ramai yang akan mentertawakannya. Jika dibandingkan dengan pengalaman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, `what she experienced is nothing compared to what other successful leaders has suffered.' Nelson Mandella is another good example of `humanity' and `human' atau `manusia' dan `kemanusiaan.'

Dalam diam dan berdiam diri kita akan dimusnahkan. Bersatulah dalam bentuk yang bersesuaian dan diterima supaya isu `manusia' akan mendapat pembelaan yang sepatutnya.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mumbai seige...A complex world, a simple answer..


For once, being heartless and ruthless is a virtue. It is a teaching from the Indian soil, city of Mumbai. It is an event void of anything that can be regarded as whether I am for or against the taking over of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai by the terrorist. To me, the event is a manifestation of mental tyranny of manipulation of the terrorist and the soldiers. Both sides just don't value human lives. They just killed each other and enjoy the blood shed. No rooms given for talking and negotiating. They are just ruthless and heartless. Solution is none other than shoot or being shot, to kill or being killed. A complex world with a simple answer. In that sense, are they not being tyrannical? It is an irony, such a majestic hotel with 400 rooms, and not even a single room being spared for negotiation. No wonder they have come out with the phrase, `the rich, the famous, and the evil.'

Friday, November 28, 2008

Goodbye to yesterday..Welcome to Tomorrow..


Boleh dikatakan hidup saya sentiasa di kelilingi oleh pelajar pelajar umur antara 19-22 tahun dan dari seluruh negeri di Malaysia ini. Senyuman mereka, suka dan duka mereka, merupakan lumrah kepada saya dan tidak boleh tidak perlu memahami apa yang berlegar di sebalik emosi tersebut.
Yang datang dan yang pergi, sudah tidak terkira ramainya. Saya hanya mampu berdoa semoga mereka berjaya dalam apa jua lapangan mereka ceburi. Dan juga di doakan mereka berjaya dan bahagia dalam menghadapi liku-liku kehidupan..

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Who am I...still the old me..?


Still has that inferiority complex in me? Hope it is only a left over. Before, I am somewhat shy when found in the company of others. This feeling is usually felt after reading other person's blog especially from those who are perceived as successful. What they say, the pictures shown, are sensed as better than I am. That is the initial reaction I got. Poor me. Luckily my developed six sense quick to realise the thought irregularities and quickly come to the rescue. The blog contents of others might appear humble and down to earth, but the hidden message picked by my six sense is not meant to be like that. It is a show off in the subtlest form that reader can't realise it and thus many tend to fall for what has been literally said and shown. I think that causes the inferiority complex in me. For a moment, I have been taken for a ride. But when I have my senses back, I am no longer that old me, instead I can feel the resurgence of a flow of new strength in me and ready to take the world again.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Seeing things with the big eyes..


It is a very small world indeed. It is a world very much to our own. I started it and I close it. Nobody helps to start it and nobody helps to close it. That is our world, a world of little and small appreciation. Generally, people don't see things with their `small eyes.' Life does not work that way. It always begin with the `big eyes' meaning we can't see the smaller aspect of someone appreciation for something until something happened. Is that weird?

I once has an obsession of appreciating pictures that depict life in its `loner' aspect rather than the `together' aspect. In the magazine of `Life,' their editorial philosophy is to portray life where there is no sharing. And to drive home the point, pictures of President Kennedy, President of Lyndon B Johnson and others are shown in a such a manner that depicts life they are experiencing is not being shared by others. `Lonely at the Top' that is the title given to the picture of President Kennedy looking outside from his oval office window. And there are sequence of pictures shown title `moment of death' depicting a rebel being shot by a firing squad and to this minute I can still remember the pictures vividly.

Thus the word `appreciation' has a connotation of the `small eye.' There are eyes that roam the world but it does not stop at anything or anywhere until the small eye catches or see something. And when it stops, it is no more seeing things with the big eyes, but you have found love in what the small eyes see. That is appreciation and could be an obsession. It is also the beginning of a life centered to oneself. You might experience happiness or sadness. That is what life is all about. Take it and you can't leave it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today and where is tomorrow..?

When I was a small boy, my focus is on things I love to play with. Is it love, is it sheer curiosity of a boy at that age that makes me do what as a boy naturally bent to do. I could not really recall `those feelings' that I possess when I was a small boy. I just leave it to the wind where to fly me, so to speak. But what I can remember best about me is that I never complain on things I should have done either being asked or just doing it for the sake of doing it.If I were to borrow today's phrase and fit it with my behaviour then, I am very much my own man or `boy' in anything and on everything. All in all, being a boy, I am obedient, and don't have the slightest idea of the years ahead in terms of higher education and happy life. I just live by the day and tomorrow, not next week, or next month.

Being what I am now, I just don't know what has gone wrong with my upbringing and my previous life. Looking back all those years, and looking at where and what I am now, I never thought it is going to be like this. In short, I am quite successful compared to my other brothers and sisters. And I am really a shock to my father and my mother.

As I have said just now, being one's own self and not easily influenced by the environment and friends, despite lacking in ambition and effort, one can still make it provided one has a good heart and kindness. With the characteristics of kindness and good heart, it is going to be an open sesame to the knowledge at large and infinite. Knowledge knows not what is tomorrow, because it is here now and today. As for tomorrow, it would take care by itself.

Monday, November 24, 2008

No time to wait..Keep moving..

Everyday I shall be telling myself to keep on moving. It is your move not their move. It is your steps not their steps. It is your destiny not their destiny. So don't look at anything that can keep you from missing the track but keep on moving. Don't stop at any body's smile that seem to distract your attention as to where you want to go. They smile but the smiles are envious of the big move you have already been making. Some indulge in conversation that is not participative or interactive. They are very much on the other side of the fence. They do not see you. So why wait and pretend to share, just keep on moving and the reward is just around the corner.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Peace of Mind..

When come to riches, we don't stop at anything. But remember among those `anything,' our precious moment of peace of mind can be in jeopardy. How could we differentiate an event that can be construed as a factor to disturbing our peace and thus brings us to mental chaos? An interesting question right? But are the answers easy too?

At whatever age a man is, as long there is life in us, the risk of being in a situation where peace is at stake, any event can be a probable cause to it. So how should we handle that situation? None.

Live and let live, Allah is Great and `bertakwa' (remembering Allah all the time) is the answer. What matters are quality of the inner strength that can result from it and thus when hell broke loose, the inner strength will combat the situation and InsyaAllah, with time, we shall be proclaimed the winner! Allah is Great.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Democracy and its beauty..

Whatever Rafidah says, and whatever Sharizat says..the bottom line and the saviour is the practice of democracy. If it is not because of democracy, personality like Rafidah would become a dictator. She dictates things to others despite of the fact umno constitution is very clear with regard to the choice of leaders. Democratic allows the grassroots has its say through election. What Rafidah has been doing is making the exco members bow to her wishes and agreed upon the succession plan. The main function of exco members is operational (managing affairs of wanita) and not constitutional or basic policy matters. Succession plan should be drawn out in the context of searching for good leaders and grooming that person. Succession plan must not be rigid as a month to month time table. Sharizat has already the cut to be a leader. Anytime.
So what's your problem Rafidah..? The problem is in yourself...not UMNO, not LEADERSHIP, nothing, but the problem is the fear in yourself in facing tomorrow without what you have used to be.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Frozen Time, Frozen Thoughts...

There are events in this country which calls for depth analysis. Abdul Razak Baginda, after an affair with Altantuya and causes havoc and troubles to others , still thinks he is more civilized than others and deserve to be treated as such. He is no doubt analytical in discussing about what has happened, but his analysis is not worth pondered because it comes from a frozen thought of a frozen man. He displayed foolishness by saying he receives less Hari raya Card compared before he goes on trial. Who is he to say that? Much of the things he say is not worth looking the second time. As for Najib, his priority when becoming the prime minister is to avoid Razak Baginda. He is a bad influence. Despite the court has found him not guilty, he is still a disgrace to the country, our beloved country, Malaysia.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Split personality or split-self..?

I prefer split-self to split personality. Psychologist describes a person with split personality as a person who is not stable mentally. But everybody changes over time and in many ways when change is the theme for his survival and protection. In other words everybody has a split self in himself as a form of security. Meaning we can adapt or we can split our self to all types of self when comes to a change in the environmental factors either physical, nature, culture, or mental. An that explain why a person can write on all topics when he seeks something to be written. The reason then is in the natural ability of one self to automatically split the self to whoever persons and personality he wants to be and thus the production of a written work or the display of the character. Sounds logic or sounds crazy..? Neither logic nor crazy but splitting through one's self in order to survive..

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Self incomplete...

Just a short note on what I mean by `self-incomplete.' It is just another understanding of we being created imperfect. The moment one is alone, one can feel one's imperfection and thus the seeking. But why can't we try to be humble for once and act appropriately when we are among other people? Despite that `incompleteness' of oneself, when being given the chance to air an opinion, it seems he or she is all perfect from head to toe. Not what is said, but the hidden message is full of double standard, double meaning, and a show off of one kind. Well, everybody is created equal in that sense of `self-incomplete' and that is normalcy at its best and that is what we are opened up to everyday despite the life nonsensical in the small sense of the word. Ha ha. Good morning...!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Money is not part of our body..So is position in social hierarchy..

Money has never been part of our body. And so is our status. People and public call us by a name, and we see ourselves differently. Why? Money helps, there is no doubt about that. But the blood and flesh that matters. The Pharaohs tried to appease themselves with building pyramids, but still it did not work. Obama, the president-elect, is on the threshold of world power, making him the most powerful man on earth, but still shaky and pondering on how he is going to face a legacy, if there is any. How he pushes himself everyday, and at the mercy of world scrutiny, I think can make him more human than ever. Would he?

Hope today we are showered with Allah' blessing that can put us in the right path, mentally and physically. It is the flesh and blood that we feel first before anything. Others take a back seat. Does that understanding opens up life you have never seen and felt before..?

Ekonomi (3)..seronoknya bersekolah di bandar..

Sekolah rendah mungkin ada di kampong, tapi tidak sekolah menengah. Pada zaman selepas merdeka, sangat digalakkan bersekolah di aliran sekolah orang putih. Sekolah beraliran orang putih hanya terdapat di bandar sahaja dan menjadi buruan pelajar pelajar dari kampong untuk merasa hidup di bandar. Tetapi oleh kerana pelajar dari kampong ini bersekolah aliran bahasa melayu, maka sesiapa yang hendak mengikuti sekolah menengah aliran bahasa Inggeris, maka dikehendaki memasukki `remove class' yang merupakan kelas peralihan ke bahasa Inggeris selama setahun. Sekolah menengah ini pulak di sediakan asrama khusus bagi pelajar yang datang dari kampong kampong yang mengelilingi bandar ini.

Dengan datangnya pelajar pelajar ini, dan pengaruh yang dibawa ke kampong, maka suasana kampong telah di suntik dengan cerita cerita bandar yang mengasyikan lagi membransangkan menyebabkan sedikit sebanyak pemikiran kampong telah dapat mengiringi perkembangan di bandar. Pelajar ini telah mengenal dimensi kehidupan di bandar yang tidak terdapat di kampong dan bermulalah cerita orang Melayu tidaklah sebodoh mana malah ada yang dapat menyaingi pelajar Cina dalam matapelajaran tertentu..seperti matapelajaran matematik dan sains.

Agak malang, sistem pemerintahan pada ketika itu tidak juga mencelekkan orang melayu kepada soal ekonomi..mengape ye?

bersambung..

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ekonomi (2)..kampong yang indah dan terdapat segala-galanya

Dulu boleh dikatakan kampong tu Melayu dan Melayu tu kampong. Orang Melayu kalau keluar dari kampong kerana sebab sesuatu diibaratkan seperti dah lari dari kampong. Dan kalau ada yang balik setahun sekali tu seperti telah melanggar `perlembagaan' kampong dan dianggap telah melupai kampong halaman mereka. Mungkin ada terdengar `tempat jatuh lagi dikenang, ini kan pulak tempat bermain.' Ungkapan itu ditujukan kepada orang Melayu yang merindui kampong dan berusaha hendak balik ke kampong asalnya.Bab keluar dari kampong dan merantau jauh ke negeri orang tidak merupakan tabiat kepada orang Melayu pada satu ketika dulu. Kalau yang ada itu, mungkin kerana berjauh hati, merajuk, atau kekasih dikahwinkan kepada orang lain yang lebih berada.

Ada sebab dan alasan yang boleh diketengahkan kenapa tabiat itu telah bertunjang begitu rupa. Kehidupan di kampong adalah kehidupan yang selesa dari segi asas kehidupan. Buat apa pergi jauh kalau di kampong kedapatan segala galanya. Aneka buah buahan tanpa beli terdapat di kampong. Ayam, itik, dan daging senang diperoplehi. Aneka lauk pauk dan sayur sayuran sangat senang diperolehi kerana setiap rumah ada menanamnya. Maafkan saya kalau saya mengatakan kalau nak dapat kekasih pun tidak juga merupakan masalah. Juga kalau hendak merasa nikmat hiburan dan perkara bersabit pakai memakai, ada yang ke bandar berdekatan pergi pagi dan pulang petang. Ada yang pulang malam atau pagi. mengapa ye..?

Nilai nilai ekonomi moden tidak tertanam kepada orang kampong. Istilah bandar adalah merupakan istilah yang misteri bagi mereka. Mungkin bagi yang ada tanah dan mengusahakan kebun getah sikit, mereka ini dianggap `elit kampong' dan akan dihormati kerana `kekayaan' mereka dan selalunya jadi bahan gosip orang kampong yang lain kerana taraf sosial mereka yang sikit lebih tinggi.

Begitulah kampong oh kampong. Nilai hidup mereka bukan berteraskan nilai ekonomi yang boleh membuat seseorang tu kaya raya. Seronok juga hidup yang begitu, bebas dari stress yang berpunca dari aktiviti ekonomi.

Tetapi apakah faktor yang akhirnya mengubah nilai hidup mereka sehinggakan kampong hanya dijengok pada cuti hari raya sahaja?


bersambung...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ekonomi...dari sudut yang mudah..(1)

Saya dapati ramai orang tidak pandai `articulate' atau cakap cakap pasal soal ekonomi atau soal cari duit atau soal cari rezeki. Ramai yang ambil kursus ekonomi menyimpulkan kursus ini susah nak faham dan di label sebagai `killer subject.' Mengapa begitu ye..?

Sebenarnya soal ekonomi soal kerancakkan penerimaan sesuatu aktiviti itu. Lagi rancak dan diterima maka `nilai ekonomi' semakin tinggi. Satu ketika dulu, orang Melayu dianggap sebagai bangsa yang tidak faham ekonomi kerana dibandingkan dengan towkay cina yang suka berniga barangan runcit. Mungkin komen ini ada asasnya.

Pernah satu ketika dulu bangsa Melayu mengangap pergi ke bandar sebagai satu perbuatan yang salah. Kerajaan pun pernah berusaha dengan dasar dasar tertentu supaya orang kampong tidak ke bandar kerana bandar akan menjadi sesak. Dan yang peliknya, kerajaan pada satu ketika dulu pernah mengubal dasar `Family Planning' iaitu satu keluarga kena hadkan berapa anak. Tetapi dalam begitu orang kampong tetap ke bandar kerana hendak mencari dan menambah rezeki. Mungkin kerancakkan aktiviti orang bandar menyebabkan kita beranggapan dibandarlah akan berlaku `midas touch' iaitu apa yang kita buat akan menjadi duit. Kita akan bincang ini kemudian nanti. Mari kita cakap pasal kerancakkan duduk di kampong dulu.

Sebenarnya, kampong akan mengalami `natural process of growth' dan akan menjadi bandar akhirnya. Kerancakkan kehidupan ekonomi di kampong sangat terhad dan dan dikawal rapi oleh adat dan resam yang memandang sepi soal ekonomi. Malah dibezakan istilah ekonomi bagi bandar dan kampong.

bersambung..

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The mental terrain of the young and the old...

There is a link between physical and mental prowess of consumers. As one gets older, the mental prowess is getting slower. The five faculties of senses tend to find its own level. In terms of adoption a new product, for example, he would be buying the same product of the same brand name because it takes effort to remember a new one. Literally speaking, he has already lost his heart (or sight) on something new. Being aware of the mental characteristics of customers, especially the young , the marketer should spend lots of money on promotion in order to dispel unnecessary fears which contribute to hesitancy. As regard to tackling the old, one can find oneself in a much more worst scenario. As for the young, it is fear of losing money (worth it?) that prevents them from experimenting or buying a new product. As for the old, it is not the fear but the hearing and the seeing which can render an advertisement a waste.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Marketing Manages ABC's...

Marketing manages...

1. Awareness (ATTENTION), benefits, and change (ABC)
2. Awareness before change (ABC)
3. Awareness by chance (ABC)
4. Attitude, buying, control (ABC)

5. 's stands for social factors

We have to make a search for the elements that configures understanding and leads to change.People or organisation with lots of money or with budget is an easy customer to almost all new products. They are easily opened up and always ready to discuss change. But there are also other dimensions that can speed up awareness. The macro aspect of life contribute to the buying motivation and consciousness. Politics and government is one of them. But the most broad, influential and pervasive are the cultural and social aspect of one's life. An individual with money and needs are ready for change but is sanctioned by the sheer strength and force of his culture which says no to the change. It means, the culture is in control of the buying decision. So considering that, marketing also manages...AWARENESS BY COMMUNITY, or AWARENESS, BENEFITS, and CULTURE.

Marketing also manages ABCD....D stands for what? DESIRE...A strong desire can override anything or can `tsunamised' everything. OK till next time!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sipi, sepi, dan mimpi...

Tatkala manusia lain sedang sibuk ke sana kemari, maka masa itulah perasaan sepi, menyipi, dan menyepi datang menyanggah. Tatkala kita nak menegur dan menyapa, disitulah dirasakan kesibukan yang pura pura menyambut kedatangan kita dalam konteks perbezaan yang sangat ketara. Wacana hidup yang sepatutnya berseri seri bertukar rupa menjadi mimpi yang ngeri. Tatkala hati ini meraung meronta minta pandang dan reti, tetapi apabila terjadinya begini, baru dirasakan kebesaran Allah yang tidak pernah lari dari titian yang abadi. Tiba datang rasa kekuatan yang amat sangat, dunia jadi kecil, manusia sememangnya sudah salah jalan dan perlu bantuan. Tiba datang sepi dan sipi lagi, tetapi kali ini dilakar perasaan dan pengertian yang indah, baru disedari kita sudah berada di puncak dengan sejuta kekuatan untuk membela. Tetapi untuk siapa, apa, dan mengapa?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pure Differences...!

Here and there, we are still repeating the same mistakes. Are we? But mistakes ought to be looked from a very broad perspective. An event that was so tensely displayed somewhere might have a destructive implication somewhere else. Yet the continuation of the mistake still takes place. Or is it truly a mistake per se?

The differences are found all over the globe. Being adaptable to the physical and mental terrain of a place would naturally produce something different from another terrain both physical and mental. And all these adds up to the terms, cultural differences, social differences, economic differences, and political differences. Despite all those differences and its polluted nature, one differences still remain mystery but pure is personal differences. Could that be the cause of mistakes committed? Or could that be the cause of change, for better or for worse..!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mesyuarat Perwakilan UMNO..Hilang gah dan hilang keagongannya...mengapa..?

















Saya tidak lagi melihat mesyurat perwakilan UMNO sebagai satu majlis yang gah dan agong. Dalam ingatan saya, inilah kali ketiga saya menghadiri mesyuarat UMNO seperti ini. Dan kehadiran saya kali ini mengukir sejarah yang tersendiri kerana pemilihan kali ini ada kaitan dengan perginya seorang perdana menteri dan akan digantikan dengan seorang perdana menteri yang baru.
Tak tahu mengapa, aura pemilihan dirasakan tidak mantap dan substantif dalam konteks masa depan negara dan orang melayu. Mungkinkah disebabkan mesyuarat ini berlatarbelakangkan banyak kekalaham dalam piliharaya yang ke-12 Mach lalu, dan disusuli pula dengan peristiwa demi peristiwa yang menampakkan perpecahan semata-mata?
Aura kemegahan dan keagongan yang pernah dirasai dahulu telah hilang dan apa yang menyelubungi perasaan saya pada masa mesyuarat berlangsung adalah UMNO telah hilang sengat dan bisanya.
Mesyuarat kali ini mememperlihatkan pemindahan kuasa secara sukarela jawatan ketua bahagian kepada ketua bahagian yang baru. Saat saat begini sepatutnya akan membuat ahli menangis dan bersedih. Maklumlah ketua bahagian yang pergi itu sudah menjadi ketua sejak berbelas tahun yang lepas. Mengapa tidak dirasai pemergian ketua bahagian tersebut? Sebagai bekas ahli parlimen Temerloh selama tiga penggal, sudah tentu banyak yang disumbangnya kepada pembangunan bandar Temerloh. Tetapi upacara puncak mesyuarat tersebut bukan pemergian ketua lama, tetapi penantian pengumuman keptusan AJK bahgian, Naib ketua yang baru, dan 7 ahli yang akan mewakili bahagian ke Persidangan Perwakilan UMNO di PWTC , Kuala Lumpur.
Politik adalah hal pemimpin yang boleh memimpin rakyat yang memerlukan pelindungan dalam semua aspek kehidupan. Falsafah itu tidak lagi dipakai hari ini. Ia adalah soal perebutan jawatan semata-mata dan menjadikan tanda gah seseorang dalam konteks kepentingan diri sendiri.
Lantas apa yang patut saya katakan kepada UMNO? UMNO perlu berubah dari hujung kaki hingga ke hujung rambut. Itu yang berlaku kepada Amerika Syarikat dengan Obamanya. Di Malaysia siapa pula?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Being rhetoric...?

Unconsciously, rhetoric phrase or words tend to rule the day. I am neither the president nor a prime minister of a country. But there must be something in me or you that can make you and me `the president' or `the prime minister' of something.

Don't strain our thoughts unnecessarily. But for the comfort of saying it, we say something that can create unnecessary tensions to our body and mind. And you know, I am good in bending things that others fail to do it. What do I mean? (I should not have used the word `bending').

Obama, in his first press conference says... "Immediately after I become president, I will confront this economic challenge head-on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity." "Some of the choices that we're going to make are going to be difficult," he said. "It is not going to be quick. It's not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in." But he said he was confident the country could do it.

As a man grows older, he should not use the word that has to do with strength. It zaps the energy away. But Obama is a young man and he lavishly throw words to that effect. He uses the word `confront' , the phrase `dig ourselves out of the hole' , all represent unnecessary waste of physical energy. Being rhetoric in one's speech is an easy way out from confronting the real world. There is no such thing as a perfect world. But there is such word as `perfect thinking.' How ever slow the process of thinking, if giving it a focus, a new configuration would eventually configured and thus solving the problems at hand.


Friday, November 7, 2008

A lost world..oneness to the extreme..

It has been a lost world indeed. Only connect to the sound of silence. And that sound of silence is the sound from me and not from you or others. It is oneness to the extreme. Don't expect somebody would read this. Just a piece of writing not to be shared. If you happen to read it, the connectedness is not there. A frightening world indeed. A lonely world. Despite oneness to the extreme, there is always that sound, the sound that separates the good and the evil. It does not mix. One that stands on its own and blast ifself when the opportunity comes. Keep me wondering, can the world survive the day if everybody is being switched off from the realities of the existence of others? We have been subdued. Oneness to the extreme, the world is moving towards that scenario. Would there be a turning back..?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change has come to America...





Barack Obama elected 44th president
‘Change has come to America,’ first African-American leader tells Americans in his victory speech..

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dunia menunggu keputusan bakal Presiden Amerika Syarikat yang baru..mengapa..?

Ramai mengharapkan supaya Obama memenangi pemilihan presiden Amerika Syarikat kali ini. kenapa? Dengan kemenangan Obama, ia membawa erti yang sungguh manis bagi semua penduduk dunia amnya dan penduduk Amerika Syarikat khasnya.

Kemenangan Obama akan mengubah haluan sosial Amerika Syarikat.
Kemenangan Obama akan mengubah haluan politik Amerika Syarikat.
Kemenangan Obama merupakan kemenangan amalan demokrasi itu sendiri.

Dunia selama ini memandang Amerika Syarikat sebagai sebuah negara yang tidak mungkin dikuasai oleh bangsa berkulit hitam. Tetapi sekarang pentadbiran Amerika telah berada diambang perubahan yang akan memecahkan segala mitos dan kepercayaan kolot. Ia merupakan satu kemenangan kepada perjuangan bangsa berkulit hitam di Amerika Syarikat.

Bagi saya, cerita pembesaran Obama itu sendiri memiliki unsur suspense yang tersendiri.
Ayahnya, Barrack Hussein, seorang pelajar Kenya datang ke Amerika Syarikat untuk menuntut ilmu di University of Hawaii. Di sana pelajar yang berkulit hitam dari Kenya ini telah mengawini ibu Obama yang berkulit putih yang juga pelajar di Universiti tersebut. Kepada pelajar Afrika yang menuntut di Amerika Syarikat, kiranya dapat mengawini gadis Amerika,yang berkulit putih, maka ia dianggap sebagai satu kebanggan dan kemegahan.Tetapi kepada keluarga si gadis berkenaan, ianya adalah satu kegilaan dan ketaksuban dan perlu dihalang.

Perkahwinan antara orang hitam dan orang putih tidaklah semudah itu perjalanannya di Amerika Syarikat. Ada yang masih kuat berpegang kepada tradisi. Begitu juga dengan emak ayah kepada ibu Obama, yang berasal dari Kansas, telah menentang keras pilihan anaknya itu. Ibu Obama tidak mengendahkan bantahan ibu bapanya dan telah berkahwin dengan pemuda Kenya itu.

Malangnya, dengan lahirnya Obama, penentangan tidak hanya disebelah keluarga ibunya sahaja,tetapi juga disebelah keluarga bapanya juga. Penceraian berlaku dan ayah Obama telah pulang ke negara asalnya Kenya dimana selepas beberapa ketika pada tahun 1982, ayah Obama meninggal kerana kemalangan jalan raya. Ada yang mengaitkannya dengan kekecewaan dan kegagalan kehidupanya di Kenya.

Ibu Obama pula tidak serik serik dan telah mengawini penuntut Indonesia, Lolo Soetoro, yang juga belajar di Universiti tersebut. Obama telah dibawa ke Indonesia pada tahun 1967 sehingga umur Obama 10 tahun. Kerana rungsing dengan pembesaran dan pelajaran Obama di Indonesia, ibu Obama, Ann Dunham, telah menghantar Obama ke Hawaii dan telah dijaga oleh atuk dan neneknya yang sangat menyayangi Obama.

Walaupun ibu dan bapa Obama telah tiada, begitu juga dengan neneknya, tetapi nasib orang muda yang berkulit hitam ini rupanya begitu menyerlah sekali. Dan hari ini sudah dirasai satu sejarah akan tercipta buat Amerika Syarikat dan juga buat dunia...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Is it going to be OBAMA, The 44th President of The United States of America...?

What Blogger `Color Conscious' has to say on OBAMA:

I choose Obama. Without delving into platforms, I largely base my support upon his character and his identity--or the identity I perceive him to have, I should say.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Perginya Ramadhan..


Ramadhan sudah berlalu. Agaknya kita sudah lupa rasanya berpuasa. Kita sudah lupa rasanya berterawikh. Kita sudah lupa betapa seronoknya menunggu saat saat berbuka puasa. kita sudah lupa betapa eratnya hubungan kekeluargaan apabila ramai ramai bangun sahur dan berjaga hingga ke pagi. Dan perasaan hendak beraya berjumpa ahli ahli keluarga yang merupakan puncak segala perasaan dan sangat dinantikan! Sekelip mata semua sudah berlalu.

Hari berganti hari, bulan berganti bulan, semangat bulan Ramadhan beransur luput dari tahan diri dan timbul pula perkara yang boleh memakan hati. Sekali lagi kehidupan mula dilanda badai pemikiran kesonsangan di sana sini. Kita takut menggunakan istilah sesat kerana ia berkait rapat dengan maruah diri. Melayu ada mengatakan `malu bertanya sesat jalan.' Rupa rupanya ramai yang sesat dan malu pulak bertanya.

Sangat jelas, hidup bahagia dan rezeki dari dunia terbentang luas sangat berkait rapat dalam ertikata memerlukan perpaduan dan sentiasa bersatu. Kalau berpolitik, jangan pulak gelagat kita akan membawa kepada kehancuran bangsa, negara, dan agama. Begitu juga dalam perkerjaan, sosial, adakala gelagat rakan sekerja dan ahli masyarakat tidak mempamirkan watak `one for all and all for one.' Dalam Melayunya `bersatu kita maju, becerai kita lesu.' Dalam perniagaan apa diungkapkan sebagai CSR atau `corporate social responsibility.' Dan dalam pemasaran apa dikatakan sebagai CRM atau `customer relationship management.' Berpijak dan rasalah ketulan hati,tanah, batu, dan cuaca yang tak menentu dan berhati hatilah dalam membuat sebarang keputusan kehidupan.Jauhilah diri dari berlagak sombong seolah olah kamu akan hidup seribu tahun lagi.Jauhilah dari pujian yang melampau dan ada pulak yang syok sendiri dengan meletakkan diri dengan harga yang mempamirkan kesombongan dalam kebodohan.

Allah yang Maha Besar lagi Penyayang, tidak membiarkan hambaNya sentiasa dalam kesesatan. Bulan berganti bulan dan bulan Ramadahan datang lagi. Buang yang keroh ambil yang jernih. Yang jauh didekatkan. Dan yang dah dekat tu dimesrakan lagi. Dan diharapkan dengan perginya Ramadhan kali ini, maka pergilah juga segala amalan buruk dan keji yang melekat pada hati dan tubuh diri selama ini. InsyaAllah.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Re-educate and resell...Balik ke `pangkal' jalan..


Adakala kita kena pegi jauh ke belakang untuk mengenal dunia hari ini. Kata orang putih kena `go back to the basics,' atau menurut teori pemasaran, kita kena `resell dan re-educate.' Dalam istilah yang lain kita kena bermuhasabah diri bagi mengenal barang yang dibeli sama ada ianya betul betul merupakan rezeki atau riak bagi satu-satu sasaran pengguna.

Orang putih nampaknya lebih creatif dalam hal mengenal diri ini. Mereka tak pergi kebelakang atau muhasabah diri, tetapi mereka ke `back to the future' dan dari situ membuat jejakan sama ada betul atau tidak apa yang kita lakukan pada hari ini. Tetapi Allah tidak memberi kita kebolehan yang sedemikian kerana ia boleh memporakperandakan dunia keseluruhannya dan kehidupan tidak ada makna lagi.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Last day of the month...


Felt gloomier or felt happier? Time for a jump start and launch yourself to anywhere and could land yourself into the wilderness of the wild wild wild west, wild African jungles or into the wild Amazon forest. But the reality is I am being thrown into the wild wild politics of Malaysians both at the national and local level.
My political consciousness has long been in me for as long as I can remember. This 9 November 2008, I am going to cast a vote for the political positions here both at the local and national level. Whom I am going to give my vote to? I have been approached by few and requesting me to vote for them.
Political scene in Malaysia is just like a wild dream that has no basis to fear or to be happy for that matter. So when the day comes, I just vote..Ha-ha as easy as that. Nobody here in my home town has carved out a name like Tun Razak or Dr Mahathir. But are there potentials? Not in a decade or so. But as I have said earlier, life sometimes is just like a dream that has no basis for the doing or action. So just vote!
It is the last day of the month. Neither do I felt gloomier or happier but just plain simple me who just want to relax and play golf this evening and hope the ball does not find itself flying high into the wild wild forest of kelapa sawit!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Khairy wants debate, Mukhriz says no. Apa pendapat anda...?Apa kata berdebat ala `sumo wrestling'...


Kalau saya, apa nak ditunggu tunggu. kalau rezeki tak kemana. Ular yang menyusur akar tidak hilang bisanya. Dah menjadi budaya kita suka melihat orang berlaga. Bukan sahaja budaya kita , boleh katakan semua budaya. Ada lembu dilagakan. Ada ayam dilagakan. Dan jika orang pulak berlaga, kita tak sebut laga, tetapi berdebat. Kan hebat! Lebih glamor..

Dalam hal berdebat ini saya nampak semangat yang ditunjukkan oleh Khairy adalah semangat hendak berlaga, macam berlaga ayam. Ada terdengar dia cakap begini bunyinya...`sebut sahaja dimana dan bila, and I would be there.' Ayam jantan katakan..
Mukhriz pulak bagaimana? Dalam hal debat ini susah nak baca kepala Mukhriz yang sudah botak tu..Dia ini nampak gaya sangat berstrategi..Berlaga tak nak, apatah lagi berdebat. Apa yang dia hendak..?

Tunggu....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Changes and the Third eye..


I teach business courses. One of the courses I teach is marketing. Naturally what goes on around me catches my marketing eye. Not one eye but three eyes. One eye is looking at the basic of things. Another is the price one is able and afford to pay, and the third is placing the service and product in terms one's own dream of happiness.
It has been a while I have not taken the north-south bound PLUS expressway till yesterday. I took the route from Johore Baru to Kuala Lumpur. What amazed me is the change that takes place all the way from JB to KL. The services rendered are meant for the three categories of customers.
Changes always has the story of old products are obsolete and being replaced by new ones. Marketing, at its best delivers the very modern and high-tech of products that create conveniences to customers, and in this case it is the highway users.
New product development has always been the major thrust of marketing in theory but not in practice. The problem is not in the management but the elements in the environment it self which include the demographics of customers. It is how the environment perceive and accept change that makes the difference. It all boils down to the word `ready.'
Do they really in need of the products and services? Do they have the money to spend? And thirdly, there must be elements of dreams in the products and services and spells new lifestyle for the customers.
As for the highway users, what I noted, the customers mainly comprised of those from the two categories. Most of us are still in the category of the normal two eyed customers. At least for now.

So Malaysians, keep on dreaming!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Making an Impact...

While glancing through on one of the daily newspapers I saw the word `impact.' Dalam Melayunya, impak atau kekesanan yang ketara.

What is it? Kekesanan apa? It depends on what you are talking about. I would rather see it in its completion cycle and not how it begins. In an election for example, a candidate's campaign can been seen as making an impact on the voters but found himself lose the election.

My writing for example, I don't think it is making an impact to most of the readers. But it does make an impact on a number of persons for various individual reasons. An advertisement for example can be very sensational and everybody is talking about it. They are aware of the advertisement, but the product fails miserably in the marketplace. The product's feature might fail in capturing the interest of the buyer what more creating a conceptual desire in the customer and results in action described as a happy and timely purchases.

In conclusion, don't use the word `impact' as a measurement of one's success in life. It is such a lonely word, so to speak.