Saturday, January 31, 2009
At a more personal level, the feeling of rejuvenation are very much with the children and the youth. Despite Gaza has been bombarded heavily by Israel for 22 days, the children still displaying the behaviour of kids playing around with other kids as though nothing terrible has happened. More so to those who are still in schools and universities are somewhat free from the external influence and to them hopes for prosperity and peace are just around the corner. So what? Good for them and they are hopes for tomorrow.
What about you? Getting married today? Or heading back to university? You have all the reasons to be happy and wish you all the best with the newly found feeling of rejuvenation that has never been felt before.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Kita mesti menganggap, perjalanan hidup kita disesebuah negara adalah sama dengan perjalanan di dalam sesebuah hutan. Bukan ini bermakna kita tidak demokratik dan tidak boleh bermesyuarah tetapi ianya patut diadakan apabila kesemua ahli berhenti daripada berjalan dan berbincang kerana hendak mencari pedoman baru.
Pilihanraya telah berlalu, dan sepatutnya kesemua kita sedang berjalan dalam satu barisan supaya tercapai destinasi yang hendak di tuju. Ini tidak? Semua orang hendak bercakap dan bercakap dan bercakap. Dan apa akan terjadi kalau sekiranya kita sesat di hutan dan semua orang mula bercakap? Keadaan akan menjadi lebih kusut dan `kesesatan' kita akan menjadi jadi.
Kita di Malaysia ini seakan akan kita telah hilang arah. Lihat sahaja apa yang terjadi..beranika rupa gaya pandangan diberi dan nampaknya kita tak tahu mana satu yang hendak didengar dan diguna pakai. Tan Sri Mahyuddin ada berkata bahawa tidak ada apa yang baru dalam ucapan ucapan pemimpin di pilihanraya di Kuala Terengganu dan ini juga penyumbang kepada kekalahan BN di sana.
Sekarang timbul soal Kugan. Entahlah saya pun tidak hendak lagi berbicara. Semua orang mula bercakap. Bahaya tu, silap silap negara akan bertambah kusut dan ini akan melambatkan lagi jumpanya jalan keluar.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
As with others worldwide, I am also very much interested in the inauguration of Obama as the 44th President of USA. His inaguration keeps me awake till 2am Malaysian time. But I am also interested in the place called Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) because I have been there in the year 1984. So I am somewhat nostalgic when seeing Obama and throngs of crowds walking along the Pennsylvania avenue and near the monument and Lincoln memorial where I have taken pictures with my family in remembrance of me visiting that place. Here are the pictures.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tengok sahaja Obama..dia merupakan calon yang muda apabila bertanding dengan McCain..apa yang Obama buat sehingga dia memenangi pilihanraya tersebut? Strategi. Ia, jawapannya adalah memikirkan strategi yang membolehkan dia memenangi pilihanraya tersebut. Apakah strateginya? Mind extension. Apa maksud saudara yang menulis? Dalam kempen presiden tersebut McCain memainkan isu `ketidak pengalamannya Obama' dalam usahanya hendak menjadi presiden. MacCain mendabik dada dengan pengalaman yang mana dirinya pernah menjadi POW atau tahanan perang semasa perang Vietnam. Hanya dia yang memahami pasal perang berbanding Obama.
Memang betul. Apa strategi Obama? Dia memilih Biden sebagai `running mate' nya dalam pemilihan Vice Presiden pula. Umur Biden tidak jauh bezanya dengan McCain. Malah Biden mempunyai pengalaman bertahun tahun dalam Jawatankuasa Foreign Relations Committee. Nah apa kata pengundi? Sudah tentu pengalaman tidak merupakan isu yang besar kepada mereka.
Dan lagi satu perkara yang mana Obama dikagumi adalah buku buku yang telah ditulisnya sebelum beliau mengisytiharkan dirinya sebagai calon presiden lagi. Ini lagi merupakan satu strategi yang mana dengan adanya buku itu, rakyat umum telah sedia mengenali Obama.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Barack Obama in His Own Words
Mesej yang hendak saya sampaikan kepada kepemimpinan adalah lebih kurang begini. Persediaan yang panjang adalah penting dalam pertandingan yang ada kaitan dengan perkhidmatan dengan rakyat. Pemimpin yang ditangkap muat selalunya tidak boleh dimuatkan dalam serba hal.
Belajarlah dari kesilapan ini. Masih belum terlambat.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The unflappable pilot (Chesley B Sullenberger ) who landed his US Airways jet safely on the Hudson River in New York was described by a friend last night as one of the last American gentlemen.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tough times ahead - both economic and political
Brown unveils plan to create 100,000 jobs
Retail sales and prices fall again
Obama, Democrats plan US$500bil economic package
Malaysia to cut 2009 GDP forecast
Bank Negara reduces interest rate
Growth target achievable if projects implemented on schedule, says Najib
Economy in Recession: The Starbucks Effect
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 - The government is working to revise downwards its earlier economic forecast of 3.5 per cent growth this year.
Several economists and government officials told The Malaysian Insider that the buffet of worse-than-expected trade numbers from Malaysia’s main trading partners as well the slumping industrial production and export figures indicate that the Abdullah administration will have little choice but to hope for growth to be between 1 per cent and 2 per cent.
The more pessimistic private sector economists do not discount the possibility of Malaysia entering into a technical recession. A country is deemed to be in technical recession when it suffers two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
The Malaysian Insider understands that the government’s high-level Economic Council during a meeting last Tuesday was told that risks to the Malaysian had increased substantially in the past month as a result of sharp dive of the US economy and other major economies.
World Bank reports estimate that the US growth will be -0.5 per cent; the European Community will be -0.3 per cent and Japan will hover around –0.1 per cent. And this may not be the end of the bad news.
The scale of the US downturn continues to surprise with the nation losing 1.5 million jobs in the last three months of 2008 and economic output during October, November and December shrinking by 6 per cent compared with the same period in 2007.
Also, government officials also concede that the economies of China and India – despite their growth forecast this year – will not be able to provide the markets needed for Malaysia exports as both have recorded worse than expected industrial output figures.
Not surprisingly, Malaysian exports contracted in October, as indicated by a sharp 12.6 per cent decline in the shipments of electrical and electronic products. Two consecutive monthly declines in industrial production index further underscored the country's vulnerable macroeconomic fundamentals in the final quarter of 2008.
A government official said: “Malaysia will still be better off than most countries but we will not be able to export our way out like in 1998. This time, both developed and developing countries are in trouble.’’
During the Asian Financial Crisis, Malaysia was able to ramp up its manufacturing sector and push its exports to the US, Europe, China.
Compounding matters is the low commodity and oil prices, both big contributors to the government’s revenue.
Still, government officials believe that Malaysia will not be in recession. They note that a quick rollout of the RM7 billion stimulus package will boost economic growth by 1 per cent and are already planning to unveil another package of economic measures aimed at reducing the cost of doing business.
Privately, they concede that they are in unfamiliar territory. They are not alone.
The New York Times reported that there is skepticism whether the stimulus package being pushed by President-elect Barack Obama will be big enough to end or, at least, limit the recession.
Last night, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the economy will not plunge into a recession though it too feels the ripple effects of the global economic turmoil.
He said the Malaysian economic stability was also supported by the high banking liquidity and private sector confidence but if private sector confidence trended downward, the government would inject more funds into the market.
Two crucial elements to be attended to in tackling the effects of the economic turmoil were the credit level and job opportunities, he said.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
If we aspire to become a truly global person, partisanship should be exercised at the action and doing level of the locality, but not in thoughts and thinking. When comes to thoughts and thinking it should at all times global thus avoiding the stigma of fanaticism that can destroy the world in just a second.
The cause to all these dimensions of partisanship is none other the immediate reward one can get by being an associated member of the `group.' And the reward can be either tangible or intangible (seeking for a false sanctuary of one's dream and thought).
So try to make oneself rise above and over the thought of partisanship and taste the true reward of being independence not here and now but somewhere in the years of tomorrow and tomorrow.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
As a small boy or girl, you know not what is good, what is bad, and what is evil. The growing up process saw the master of `languages' that inculcate the unintentional reward system that lead to habits that are uncalled for. It does not make oneself rise above the partisan thinking of local culture. When I was a small boy, my `languages' are somewhat natural and free in the sense I have never been immediately rewarded for good things I have done. But I do saw the `reward' when looking at it from the stand point of many many years of being alive. Thus the extreme and common partisanship of thinking fail to capture my imagination. My imagination is somewhat unique and pure and it is rooted down deep of a tree named simplicity.
And this morning, I saw `cruelties' in actions of others. My benchmark of judging others is my tree of `simplicity' that bears fruit of simple wisdom. Well, the cruelties are the result of complex worldly reward system that sees reward in the form immediacy and quickie. What they see are `repetitions' of everything. They don't see that the`repetition' as a powerful strategy of freeing oneself from it and thus you can become a very strong person. But what happens, it is very common to see the majority live only by the day and night and roll together with it without the slightest idea whether it is for the better or for worse. Find out the secrets in the repetition of everything and this include day and night. It is nothing more than happier after discovering the secrets of one's ability and thus living a fruitful life!