Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year Eve BBQ

First of all, I would like to thank Kak Nani for agreeing to be the host for Tok Nani's family BBQ. The initial plan was for me to throw the party at Astaka Heights, at the swimming pool area, on the eve of new year.

I totally forgot that JMB will be organising its second year of new year countdown. So I proposed Pak Nit's instead. However, logictically speaking, the new place seems not that conducive for a big family event.

NY Celebration @Astaka Heights

One of the good thing I like about the JMB of Astaka Heights is their effort to promote interaction amongst the residents of this 4 years plus neighbourhood.

This is their second time of new year countdown.

I was there the first time they organised it on 2011 new year eve. And it was really like a big family gathering. They held games, karaoke session, lucky draws, of course, makan-makan, and the lighthight of the night was the countdown itself with a brief fireworks display to mark the coming of 2011.

And this year, they add a theme, which is Hawaian Night and there will be best dressed awards to those who dress the best according to the theme.

Unfortunately, I won't be attending this because I've a family BBQ in Salak Tinggi.

My whole family members will be joining Mak Lang's family for a makan-makan project. If it turns out to be a success, insya Allah, we will have it as our annual affair with more participation from other family members.

Ulang Terbit: Anak Itik

Satu lagi karya yang cuba bermain dengan subjek yang baru. Anak Itik ini adalah sebuah karya satira tentang office politics.

Anak Itik

Anak itik itu hitam gelap
macam bontot kuali,
tak pun macam Muthusamy
yang menjual kacang di bawah pokok Melaka
sebelah Muzium Samudera.

Anak itik itu busuk

macam kentut budak bujang rumah depan,
tak pun macam air rendaman kain
yang terbiar seminggu tak berbasuh

Dan anak itik itu pemalu.

Tapi anak itik itu

putih hatinya
wangi kelakunya
garang kejujurannya.

Dan anak itik itu

tidak menyalah sesiapa
kalau berlaku bencana
dan tidak tuding jari
bila ada kesalahan pada kertas kerja
yang ingin dibentangkan kepada Ibu bank.

Hasmi Haron
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

10 Januari 2002

Friday, 30 December 2011

Melalak, Melalak Lagi

This time around, the attendees were Geng KY members, minus Eijam who was busy preparing for his exams and Mitch who was out of town if I'm not mistaken.

We started the night with a dinner at our favourite hangout spot, no other than Kedai Kak Yah (I think we should renamed the group as Geng KKY). I, however, had to give it a pass due to some technicalities and traffic jam at the flyover of Jalan Pandan Indah and MMR2 interchange.

And I don't know why my mood wasn't there too, whereby I only song 3 songs - my compulsory opening number, J. Mizan's Hari Ini Dan Semalam, my second attempts of Afghan's Padamu Ku Bersujud and Kaer's Izin Ku Pergi.

Mus did complain about my anti-social behaviour on the night, whereby I was busy surfing on iPhoneKu than paying attention of my friends' colourful renditions of Malaysian as well as international hits. Sorry Mus and I'm really, really sorry guys. It won't happen happen. Insya Allah.

But the hightlight of the night is when Mus sang his first ever Malay song in any of the karaoke outings that I've joined him all this while.

Nak lagi, Mus!!!

After melalak, we stopped by at Q Bistro for a light supper before we call it a day. Once again, I'm really sorry guys for sleeping at the table while all of you were catching out with each other. I'm sure all of you saw fir yourselves how struggling I was to keep my eyes open. Once again, MAAF banyak-banyk.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Silence of The Lambs Added to Film Archive

This film is one of my all-time favourite films, which introduced me to great actors - (Sir) Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

The thing I like about this movie is the characterisation of Hannibal Lecter which was never black (or white). That was the first time a film made me thinking that a human being is grey. And it's the first movie that I did not loath its antagonist. Normally, you're either dislike or feel indifferent towards the bad guys in a film. But not Dr. Lecter.

Nak tahu, pi cari DVDnya :)

Note: The article was first published on BBC News.

Silence of the Lambs added to US film archive

Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the LambsHopkins won an Academy Award for playing Hannibal 'the Cannibal' in The Silence of the Lambs

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Oscar-winning 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs is to be preserved by the US Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

The film - in which Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first appearance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter - was one of 25 new additions announced.

Others include Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks, classic Disney animation Bambi and Charlie Chaplin's The Kid.

The titles were chosen from 2,228 films nominated by the public.

Every new addition must be considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant in order to be added to the registry.

Other additions include the 1979 Sally Field film Norma Rae, Robert Rodriguez's 1992 debut feature El Mariachi and the 1953 version of War of the Worlds.

They are joined by such lesser-known titles as A Computer Animated Hand - a one-minute film made in 1972 that is one of the earliest examples of 3D computer animation.

The oldest entries are silent films dating from 1912. One documents the pre-World War I child labour reform movement, while the other is a farce starring comic actor John Bunny.

Gump, which won Hanks his second Oscar for best actor in 1995, is the most recent of the new additions.

"These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture," said James H Billington, who has been the US Congress librarian since 1987.

"Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Return of Bird Flu Outbreak?

The wife of a colleague of mine has been admitted for H1N1 last weekend. He and his kids have been advised to self-quarantined at home. I heard it all re-started in Hong Kong. But I don't think the wife had been to Hong Kong, but she was in Kedah last one week or two.

I don't have the details but all of us have been told to stay alert with our temperature. This morning, we got our body temperature read by an administrative staff. Alhamdulillah, my reading was 36.4 Celsius.

My two cent is to drink plenty of plain water, take multivitamins continuously and limit outdoor activities. To those who coughs, please and please wear the face mask. Do your part, please...

Note: The article was first published on BBC News.

Hong Kong orders chicken cull as bird flu alert raised

Hong Kong is culling 17,000 chickens after three birds were confirmed to have died from the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in the past week.

The government has banned imports and the sale of live chickens for three weeks after an infected chicken carcass was found at a wholesale market on Tuesday.

It has also raised the city's flu alert system to "serious".

Two wild birds were also found to have died of the the virus.

The government said it was tracing the source of the chicken carcass, but it was not clear whether the chicken came from a local farm or was imported.

"I understand that it will cause inconvenience to the public, and the poultry trade will also encounter losses," said Hong Kong's secretary for food and health, York Chow.

"However, to safeguard public health, we need to adopt decisive and effective measures to prevent and control the spread of the virus."

On Tuesday, a dead Oriental magpie found at a secondary school tested positive for bird flu.

Another secondary school closed for a day for disinfection last Friday after a dead black-headed gull was found with the virus.

Hong Kong is quick to take action against infectious diseases after an outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease SARS in 2003 killed 300 people in the city and a further 500 worldwide.

In 2009, 300 people were placed under quarantine at a Hong Kong hotel after a guest contracted swine flu.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Melalak Lagi

Puas dapat berkaraoke dengan Geng McDonalds. Hari ini adalah cuti ganti kerana Hari Natal jatuh pada hari ahad.

Lama betul tak jumpa Radzi. Sekarang ini dia adalah pengurus di outlet Kota Kemuning. Masa aku mula kenal dia dahulu, dia cuma 2nd Assistant Manager di outlet KL Sentral.

Encik OC seperti biasa mendendangkan lagu-lagu bernada tinggi. Cuma hari ini, semput sikit. Bak kata Shikin, penambahan saiz badan! Hehehe.

Gembira juga dapat berjumpa dengan Ziana Din, yang sempat hadir sesudah tamat waktu kerjanya. Esok adalah hari terakhir beliau di Parkson, sebelum kembali semula ke industri restoran makanan segera.

Jangan serik untuk ajak aku lagi. Memang best berkaraoke dengan kamu, kamu, kamu, kamu, kamu dan kamu :)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Si Genius Yang Suka Berjenaka

Majalah Maskulin menampilkan YB Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ) sebagai muka depan edisi pertama 2012.

Pada pandangan aku, KJ memang padan jadi cover boy majalah. Dan aku rasa dia adalah salah seorang yang berpotensi untuk menjadi PM satu hari nanti. Dia pandai dan dia berani. Ciri-ciri yang ada pada Dr Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim.

Cuma rezeki sahaja jadi pertaruhan.

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Get Well Soon Kakak

Kita ada Allah taala. Syukur kepada-Nya, puji kepada-Nya, pinta pun kepada-Nya jua.

Semoga Allah meringankan beban sakit dan hilangkan derita dan sayu yang menyelimuti Kak Sharifah.

Dia duga kita sebab Dia sayang dan pilih kita.

Doa dan ingat sentiasa buatmu. Selalu.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

My Heartfelt Condolence To Washi Storm Victims

It was reported that more than 1000 people have been killed after tropical storm Washi lashed the southen island of Mindanao and surrounding areas over the weekend.

Be strong. And He will show you the way as promised in His Book.

“And certainly, We shall test you with a bit of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits. But give glad tidings to the patient ones who, when afflicted with a calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those upon whom are the blessings, descend from their Lord, and they receive His Mercy, and it is they who are guided.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155-157)

“Verily, We have created man from drops of mixed semen in order to test him, so We made him hearer, seer. Verily, We showed him the way, so he is either grateful or ungrateful.” (Surah al-Insan 76: 2-3)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Majlis Naik Buaian

Hari ini hari ke-48, Damia Batrisya dilahirkan. Empat yang lalu, adik perempuan aku (ibu Damia) genap 44 hari berpantang.

Hari ini Emak menganjurkan kenduri doa selamat, sempena Mira sempurna berpantang dengan selamat dan lancar. Dan hari ini juga sebagai tanda Damia naik buaian.

Emak menjemput kumpulan marhaban Pasir Puteh, Bachang untuk memeriahkan majlis.

Majlis ini dibuat secara kecil-kecilan tetapi cukup menyuburkan tradisi daripada mati ditelan zaman.

Puji dan syukur ke hadrat Allah atas rahmat dan nikmat yang berpanjangan. Terima kasih kepada kaum keluarga atas kehadiran yang besar ertinya ini.

Semoga Damia Batrisya akan membesar dengan limpah hidayah Allah taala dan menjadi kebanggaan keluarga.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Mahu Beli Duit?

Aku tak pasti ini Siri Duit ke berapa, tapi ia bertandatangankan Tun Ismail Ali, anak Malaysia pertama menjadi Gabenor BNM. Duit ini adalah koleksi adik bongsu aku, Lan. Dia memang suka simpan duit-duit lama dan mata wang negara-negara lain.

Ada sesiapa lagi yang mengumpul duit di luar sana?

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bila Kawan Lama Berjumpa

Lama tak jumpa Shahrul Azwan. Mus pun lama tak jumpa dia. Sekarang ini, isterinya sedang mengandungkan anak kedua.

Sihat betul kau sekarang ni, Shah :)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ombak Rindu

Aku tak tahu kenapa mamat ni terkejut bila aku cakap nak beli tiket filem karya terbaru Osman Ali, Ombak Rindu.

Apakah filemnya tidak sesuai untuk ditontoni aku? Atau filem ini bukan untuk tonton golongan Adam? Ataupun memang riak mukanya sebegitu?

Apa-apa pun, akhirnya hajat aku untuk menonton filem yang berjaya mengutip RM4 juta dalam masa 4 hari tayangan, tercapai.

Terima kasih kepada sepupu aku, Nazrol dan dua orang kawan - Ed dan Fendy, kerana sudi temani aku.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Recycling Products

As part of the efforts to support the company's drive to promote recycling culture, my department has designated 4 November to 5 December 2011 as the Go Green Month.

One of the programmes for this campaign is to create the most creative recycling products out of office waste. The emphasis here are MOST CREATIVE and OFFICE WASTE.

And the following are the products of my team - Pasukan X-MEN:

1) Self-made paper bags (by Rina)

2) Bookmarks (by HH, Reena & Zaini)

3) Pens & pencils holder (by Zaini)

4) Family photo frame (by Zaini)

5) Gift box (by Zaini)

6) Picture frame (by Liza K)

7) Outstanding Work Compartment (by Rina)

8) Recycle greeting card (by Zaini)

Compartment for used envelopes to be reused

10) Compartment for recycle papers

And our team won the second place. We were second to Pasukan The Incredibles.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Departmental Recognition Programme 2011

Alhamdulillah, I won three awards at this year's Departmental Recognition Programme, and one of them is Best All-Rounder Staff. Thank you to those who have nominated me and thank you to the Management for selecting me as the winner.

This is the second year that we have this category. Last year, the award went to my supervisor.

And to make it even sweet, my section has been awarded with the Best Section award. Alhamdulillah. What a year for DFI Macro Surveillance Section. And congratulations to other winners, and of course the Organising Committee.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Scary Tak?

Cuba teka, siapakah dia di sebalik topeng yang ngeri ini?

Ini adalah sebahagian daripada aksesori untuk majlis makan malam sempena Treasure Hunt 2011. Tapi tahun ini, sekali lagi aku tidak dapat turut serta kerana akan menghadirkan diri ke majlis graduasi di Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia.

Aku memang suka majlis makan malam yang dianjurkan sempena pertandingan mencari harta karun. Memang happening and staff pun memang sporting. Setidak-tidaknya, separuh daripada hadirin akan hadir mengikut tema yang telah ditetapkan.

Kali ini, temanya ialah Ghost Night.

Anyhow, all the best to all participants! And also my officemates that have been made to perform on that night. Perform baik-baik tau!

Selamat Bersidang

UMNO sedang berhimpun, mengumpul kekuatan, semangat dan iltizam untuk persediaan masuk dalam ibu segala pilihanraya.

Seperti Dr Asri, aku pun rasa para pembahas gagal membaca mesej PM agar UMNO berubah untuk merobah.

Ramai yang berbaur perkauman.

Cuma PM yang masih setia dengan konsep 1Malaysia beliau. Tahniah DS Najib!

Cuma kenapalah The Sun guna gambar ini di muka depannya hari ini? Tak gah lah :(

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Ulang Terbit: Rindu Terlarang

Antara sajak terawal saya yang membincangkan subjek cinta dan erotika. Mungkin sajak pertama kot, dikarang di penghujung tahun 2001 dan disiarkan buat pertama kali di Aku dan Sajak.

Rindu Terlarang

Rinduku padamu
hanya Tuhan tahu
hebat penangannya.

Matamu yang memanah hati

bibirmu yang mengucup bibir ini
tubuhmu yang menekap tubuhku
melekat kukuh dalam ingatan
umpama baru semalam kita bersama
menganyam cinta.

Biar dipisah tujuh lautan

dibenteng tujuh banjaran
kau tahu aku faham
itu hanya zahir cuma.

Aku rindumu

hanya Tuhan tahu
hebat penangannya.

Bila lagi kita bisa bersama

membebas ghairah
mencantum hati nan terbelah
sebelum datang lagi rasa bersalah.

Hasmi Haron
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
28 November 2001

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

15 of the World's Weirdest Museums

Malaysia, in particular, the historical city of Melaka is under the radar again. This time, one of her museums, is recognised by as Top 15 of the weirdest museums in the world. The museum was first called People's Museum, before being renamed to Museum of Enduring Beauty.

I, myself, have yet to visit this museum. Insya Allah, will include it in my itinerary for my incoming homecoming trip.

15. Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malaysia

Flickr/Northampton Museums
Our advice on beauty? Just brush your hair and smile.

Good hair day? On the third floor of the People's Museum in Malaysia is a monument to the extremes people will go to feel pretty, oh so pretty.

The records go back to the very beginnings of human history, revealing some of the outrageous concepts of beauty people will conform to: bound feet, insertion of round disks into their mouths, molding heads into oval shapes and much more.

Bring your own mirror; you'll feel a lot better about your own appearance after leaving this gallery of "real beauty."

Don't Miss: A display of how several tribes elongate the neck with brass rings or stretch ear lobes with plates. Take an aspirin after your look.

Museum of Enduring Beauty, Jalan Kota, Bandar Melaka (p. Jawa), Malaysia; +60 6282 6526\

Read more: 15 of the world's weirdest museums #3 |,2#ixzz1ePpWVdNH

In Malaysia, Muslim preachers now wear tudung

November 22, 2011

Siti Adibah presents herself during the first live telecast of "Solehah", in Kuala Lumpur September 23, 2011. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Already accounting for more than 60 per cent of undergraduates and over half of civil servants, Malay-Muslim women are now breaking into the male bastion of Islamic preaching.

In a New York Times (NYT) article published yesterday, it was reported that two local new reality TV programmes are shining a spotlight on the rise of women in the male-dominated arena of religion.

The reason for this phenomena, the paper appeared to suggest, was because there was a significant gender role in Islam that could only be filled by women.

"We need women preachers, rather than men," 21-year-old Siti Adibah Zulkepli, 21 a contestant on the reality TV show "Solehah" (translated as "pious" in Arabic) was cited as saying by the NYT.

 "Because they don't face what we are facing — health problems, how to manage the house, how to manage the children. The woman knows better," she added.

It also cited Greg Barton, acting director of the Center for Islam and the Modern World at Monash University in Melbourne, as saying it would be a mistake to dismiss the significance of Malaysian women's expanding engagement in Islamic education.

Both "Solehah" and "Ustazah Pilihan", which the newspaper translated as "'ideal female preacher' in Malay" are burnishing the image of female preachers here and show how women "can shape and nurture potential leaders of the future", the paper said.

Citing Zaleha Kamaruddin, the first female rector appointed to head the International Islamic University here, the NYT said Malaysia was carving a new path for women in Islam.

"I think Malaysia has started to break the glass ceiling and is trying to be one of the modern Muslim countries," she was reported saying.

Despite the massive headway, the NYT observed that Malaysian Muslim women were still barred from leading prayers.

It cited Perak mufti, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria saying he welcomed the growing number of women teaching Islam, but insisted they could not lead Friday prayers in front of mixed congregations.

"They can preach Islam to the men, but they cannot lead the prayers for men," the NYT reported Harrusani saying.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Letters, Land Title & Graduation

I was away from home since the eve of Eid Adha. I went home to my parents' in Melaka. Besides celebrating eid, I helped my sister looking after her first child, a daughter which happened to be my first niece. Also, I was helping my parents with the preparation of my youngest sister's wedding.

I returned home yesterday after sending my sister and her hubby off to the airport. They have gone to Bali for their much awaited honeymoon. I hope they will have a whale of great time there.

And last night, while waiting for Yusof and Arbain to pick me up, I bumped into my new housemate, Harees. He just got back from work. That was our second encounter since becoming housemate on the eve of 9th Zulkaedah. Yusof once again brought me to Restoran Jet for our favourite char kway teow.

This morning, I was doing nothing at home. Just laid on my bed, surfing the Internet. An hour before afternoon, I decided to go to Tiram Travel at Dataran Palma to pay for the requested deposits. Rozain (soft spoken chap with well maintained goatee and sweet smile) gave me a few copies of booklets, together with the official receipt.

Later, I went to collect my letters from the letterbox. And look what I found in it. The invitation letter from the International Islamic University Malaysia for the graduation ceremony which has been scheduled on 3 December 2011.

To those who do not know, I took up a 9-month certificate programme on Islamic Law late last year. Alhamdulillah, I managed to complete it last March. Actually, I'm very looking forward to attending this ceremony, which is my first time to experience the Malaysian-style graduation ceremony.

According to the letter, I need to pick up the robe by this weekend. This means I could bring home the robe to Melaka so that I could take a couple of pictures with my family wearing the graduation gown.

Tak sabar!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Selamat Pengantin Baru Niza & Fauzi

Semoga berbahagia santak ke akhir hayat.

Please forgive me that I do not have a single picture of the reception at the bride's side. In case you didn't know, I was in the ER of Hospital Melaka, suspected of snake bite.

On the hari langsung itself, I was busy entertaining the guests.

In fact, there was no picture of the family with the mempelai. Only my parents and the pengantins. I guess, it was because the pelamin was inside the house, unlike the two previous weddings, whereby the pelamins were outside the house.

Anyhow, the ceremonies - all three - akad nikah, malam berinai and hari langsung went off smoothly. And the weather was very kind too.

On behalf of the family, I would like to thank all - families and friends for helping out with the wedding and made it a success. Your presence meant a lot to us and only Allah could repay your support and generousity.

To the mempelais, once again, Selamat Pengantin Baru. Semoga berbahagia santak ke akhir hayat. Aamin...

Kasih Ibu Buat Si Anak

Tanda Kasih Kakak Kepada Adik

Night at A Farmosa

My friends came down to Melaka to attend my sister's wedding. They stayed at Mahkota Hotel. There are five of them, namely, Mus, Sham, Eijam, AJ and Shah.

Since I was very occupied during daytime, I could only joined them at night.

At first, I was planning to bring them to Jonker Street. Later, I found out that the area was packed with participants and fans of body building competition. If I'm not mistaken, they held the 3rd World Body Building Championship here in Melaka. I'm puzzled why they chose Jonker Walk as the venue.

In fact, the boys already strolled the infamous street themselves in the afternoon.

Instead, I met them at Mc Donalds! Nazrol was later joined us after meeting Geng Bebudak Melaka. They cannot stayed long because Fendy and Ed need to go to bed early because they will be going to Jempol for another make-up job. Similarly, Nazri need to attend a state function on the next morning.

As usual, we started our gathering with latest updates on what happened in Kuala Lumpur for the last one week plus that I'd left the city. Some are juicy indeed, some are boring. Then, the bashing part. As always, it was all about "negeri maju" vs. "metropolis kulaijaya".

If AJ didn't remind us how late it was, we could have continue talking until subuh! Before we dismiss, we promised to meet again for brunch at Restoran Ayam Golek Bachang.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Qurban: a spiritual celebration

Alhamdulillah, umat Islam berkesempatan menyambut Hari Raya Korban semalam dalam suasana tenang dan bersederhana.

Aku pulang ke Melaka, berkonvoi dengan sepupu yang baru dapat kereta baru.

Sampai di rumah pusaka arwah Cokgu Jaafar, aku dapati kedua-dua buah hati tiada di situ.

Wafri dibawa pulang ke Taiping, menziarahi dan berkenalan dengan nenek dan saudara mara di sebelah bapanya.

Damia pula, ditahan di Hospital Melaka kerana ada tanda-tanda kekuningan. Tetapi syukur alhamdulillah, Damia dibenarkan pulang pada pagi Hari Raya.

Pagi ini, Mak meminta aku ke perkarangan rumah Nek Alang, bagi turut serta gotong royong menyiang daging korban untuk penduduk Pasir Puteh. Dua ekor lembu ditumbangkan, dan dengar cerita ianya disumbangkan oleh Datuk Ali, panggilan rakyat Melaka untuk Ketua Menteri mereka.

Syukur alhamdulillah kerana suasana tenang untuk membolehkan kita mengimbau peristiwa qurban yang telah dilakukan oleh Nabi Ibrahim as dan Nabi Ismail a.s, serta melinaskan tuntutan agama.

Selamat Hari Raya Korban buat semua umat Islam dan kepada yang menunaikan ibadah haji, semoga Allah terima haji tersebut.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Damia Batrisya

This is the first post about my first niece. She was born on 1.11.11 at 7.41pm at Hospital Melaka.

Both mother and daughter were healthy. Anyhow, Damia had been admitted last Friday due to yellow. Alhamdulillah she has been discharged this morning. Syukur.

Update: No-Halal Logo Food Stalls @Viva Home

My enquiry has been forwarded to Jakim but the Management Company for Viva Home.

I'm a bit puzzled here. Are they saying that they themselves do not know whether or not the food stalls in their own food court have been halally certified!?!


Anyhow, let us give them benefit of the doubt. Atas nama baik sangka, mari kita tunggu penjelasan lanjut daripada pihak-pihak yang berkenaan.

Satu lagi, pihak Hotline, The Malay Mail tidak menghubungi aku lansung. Hmmm...

Begin forwarded message:

Date: 3 November 2011 05:23:50 GMT+08:00
Subject: [Portal Halal Malaysia] Pertanyaan / Maklumbalas

Terima kasih di atas pertanyaan / maklumbalas tuan.

Pihak kami akan memberi maklumbalas secepat mungkin.

Terima kasih.

Form : Pertanyaan & Maklumbalas
registered at 2011-11-02 16:23:50

Nama : Haron
Alamat Email :
Perkara : Lack of Halal logo @food stalls in Gurvey Drive Food Village
Pertanyaan / Maklumbalas :
From: arenaKu uKanera
Date: 31 October 2011 14:08
Subject: Lack of Halal logo @food stalls in Gurvey Drive Food Village

Dear Sir/Madam,
Good day. I've visited our foodcourt last Saturday and noticed that most of the stalls did not display the Halal logo, except for Western food stall. Just to confirm with your side, is the food sold in the said foodcourt really Halal? As you may aware, some of the patrons to Viva Home are Muslims, and like me, would appreciate it if you could ensure that your Muslim customers could get Halal food while shopping in your premise.

Thank you.

- Haron -
Taman Shamelin Perkasa

Ingin mendapat kesahihan pihak Jakim jika food court di Gurney Drive Food Village benar , halal? Tidak terdapat tanda Halal pada gerai-gerai di situ. Saya ingin kepastian dariapada Jakim dan saya telah email mereka untuk bertanyakan juga perkara itu. Harap Jakim boleh membantu. Terima Kasih
IP Address :

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Kereta Siapakah Ini?

I drove my cousin to the 3S Honda Sungai Long to collect his new car.

Dua Petang Berpuisi

Semalam aku, Danny dan Hani bertarung dalam Temasya Pantun 2011. Lawan kami, Emas Kencana, merupakan juara bertahan.

Mereka turun dengan berpakaian songket.

Mereka berbincang sesama sendiri semasa membeli pantun-pantun kami.

Dan mereka tidak menjawab tiga pantun kami dalam masa yang telah ditetapkan.

Bak kata orang, kalau sudah namanya rezeki, insya Allah, takkan ke mana. Emas Kencana sekali lagi berjaya mempertahankan kejuaraan mereka. Tahniah uols ;)

Itu petang Khamis.

Petang Jumaat pula, aku telah dijemput oleh pihak penganjur untuk mendeklamasikan sajak bersama-sama Pyan Habib, Lan A to Z, Meor, Wanji Zin dan tiga orang lagi warga kerja.

Aku memilih untuk membaca sajak yang aku tulis pada tahun 2007, di Manchester. Tajuknya ialah Sunyi Seorang Lelaki.

Sajak ini adalah rakaman peristiwa dan rasa ketika aku menyambung pejaran di England 4 tahun nan lalu. Sunyi dan sepi seorang lelaki Melayu, di samping membuat beberapa pop culture reference.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Usage of Bahasa Melayu

The Government should have implement this policy much earlier. Anyhow, it's better late than never. I personally think this is a good policy.

In this regard, I would also think that the Government should remain firm on the PSSMI. National schools should use national language, except for non-BM language classes. And the government should not entertain the political threat from PAGE on this matter. Let them be in the same category as PERKASA and HINDRAF as the champion for "politik ugut mengugut".

One more thing, I really hope that both camps would ensure that all of their candidates for the incoming general election are fluent in Bahasa Melayu. It is sad to hear those politicians speak pathetic BM.

JPA arah urusan rasmi agensi awam guna penuh Bahasa Kebangsaan

Oleh G Manimaran
October 31, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Okt — Semua dokumen perjanjian dalam negeri melibatkan agensi-agensi kerajaan dikehendaki menggunakan Bahasa Melayu sepenuhnya — selari dengan keputusan Kabinet memartabatkan Bahasa Kebangsaan dalam urusan awam negara ini mulai sekarang.

Perkara itu, sebahagian daripada 10 urusan rasmi kerajaan, ditekankan dalam pekeliling terbaru dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) akhir minggu lalu.

Bagaimanapun pekeliling itu tidak menyebut tindakan yang akan diambil JPA jika peraturan baru ini dilanggar.

"Semua dokumen perjanjian dalam negara oleh agensi kerajaan hendaklah menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan sepenuhnya. Dokumen tambahan atau lampiran, sekiranya ada, boleh disediakan dalam Bahasa Inggeris," kata pekeliling itu yang ditandatangani oleh Ketua Pengarah JPA Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah.

Justeru, tegas beliau, semua ketua jabatan hendaklah memastikan penggunaan Bahasa Kebangsaan dilaksanakan dengan baik dan betul serta secara menyeluruh dalam perkhidmatan awam.

Selain dokumen-dokumen perjanjian dalam negara, kata beliau, keputusan itu melibatkan semua surat-menyurat rasmi dalam negara oleh agensi kerajaan hendaklah menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan sepenuhnya.

Malah menurut beliau, agensi-agensi kerajaan dikehendaki memberi surat balasan beserta dokumen lampiran dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan termasuk surat-menyurat yang diterima daripada mana-mana pihak yang menggunakan bahasa selain Bahasa Kebangsaan.

Pertengahan bulan ini Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata semua penjawat awam diwajib menggunakan bahasa kebangsaan dalam segala urusan rasmi dan pentadbiran kerajaan termasuk ketika bermesyuarat, surat-menyurat atau seminar.

katanya, Kabinet bersetuju dengan keputusan itu bagi memantapkan peranan bahasa Melayu selain memperkasakannya sebagai bahasa ilmu.

Selain itu, kata Abu Bakar, dalam urusan mesyuarat melibatkan kehadiran warganegara Malaysia, semua urusan berkaitan dengan mesyuarat termasuk e-mel, notis, minit, memorandum, laporan, nota pembentangan dan dokumen edaran bagi mesyuarat anjuran agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran ahli mesyuarat atau peserta dari kalangan warganegara Malaysia hendaklah disediakan dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan.

"Semua perbincangan, taklimat, pembentangan dan persembahan dalam mesyuarat anjuran agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran ahli atau peserta dari kalangan warganegara Malaysia hendaklah dibuat dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan," kata beliau lagi.

Abu Bakar juga berkata, semua urusan berkaitan dengan penganjuran majlis rasmi termasuk surat, e-mel dan notis jemputan, pengacaraan, bacaan doa, ucapan aluan, perasmian dan penutup, pembentangan serta dokumen edaran anjuran agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran peserta dari kalangan warganegara Malaysia hendaklah disediakan dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan.

Abu Bakar menambah, pengiklanan kekosongan jawatan dalam perkhidmatan awam oleh pihak berkuasa melantik, kementerian dan agensi kerajaan hendaklah disiar atau diterbitkan menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan.

"Semua urusan bagi perkhidmatan kaunter di agensi kerajaan hendaklah menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan. Walau bagaimanapun, bagi memudahkan komunikasi dengan pelanggan-pelanggan bukan warganegara Malaysia, petugas-petugas kaunter perkhidmatan boleh menggunakan bahasa yang difahami oleh pelanggan berkenaan.

"Semua maklum balas berkaitan aduan dan isu di media massa mengenai perkhidmatan awam oleh agensi kerajaan hendaklah disediakan dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan. Bagi siaran dalam media massa berbahasa Inggeris, terjemahan dalam Bahasa Inggeris boleh disertakan sebagai dokumen lampiran bagi memastikan maksud asal maklum balas tidak disalah tafsir," katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, menurut Abu Bakar, surat antarabangsa semua surat rasmi oleh agensi kerajaan kepada pihak-pihak di luar negara digalakkan menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan dan disertakan terjemahan dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

"Sekiranya ada dokumen tambahan yang perlu disertakan bersama surat tersebut, ia bolehlah disediakan dalam Bahasa Inggeris," katanya lagi.

Bagaimanapun katanya, semua dokumen perjanjian oleh agensi kerajaan di peringkat antarabangsa hendaklah menggunakan Bahasa Inggeris.

"Terjemahan dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan boleh disediakan bagi tujuan rekod dan semakan. Sekiranya terdapat sebarang pertikaian di masa hadapan, dokumen asal dalam Bahasa Inggeris akan menjadi rujukan yang sahih," katanya lagi.

Katanya, semua urusan berkaitan dengan mesyuarat termasuk e-mel, notis, minit, memorandum, laporan, nota pembentangan dan dokumen edaran di mesyuarat anjuran agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran ahli mesyuarat atau peserta dari kalangan bukan warganegara Malaysia, boleh disediakan dengan menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan dan Bahasa Inggeris.

"Semua perbincangan, taklimat, pembentangan dan persembahan dalam mesyuarat anjuran agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran ahli atau peserta dari kalangan bukan warganegara Malaysia boleh dikendalikan dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan dan Bahasa Inggeris," katanya lagi.

Malah katanya, semua urusan berkaitan dengan penganjuran majlis rasmi termasuk surat, e-mel dan notis jemputan, pengacaraan, bacaan doa, ucapan aluan, ucapan perasmian dan ucapan penutup, pembentangan serta dokumen edaran anjuran kementerian dan agensi kerajaan yang melibatkan kehadiran peserta dari kalangan bukan warganegara Malaysia, hendaklah disediakan dengan menggunakan Bahasa Kebangsaan dan Bahasa Inggeris.

Ulang Terbit: Merdeka

Walaupun kita sudah melewati bulan kemerdekaan, sukacita diterbit semula salah satu sajak kegemaranku, yang pertama kali diterbitkan di Aku dan Sajak pada tahun 2001.


Hari ini aku umpama tekukur betina
yang dibenarkan keluar
dari sangkar neraka.

Sekian lama berendam sengsara, berselimut derita
hari ini Tuhan jatuhkan rahmat-Nya lagi
memutuskan rantai-rantai seorang jantan
yang dua darsawarsa membelengguku.

Gembiraku pada Tuhan
yang menggerak tukul itu
yang menyuntik belas pada si Arif
yang mengeluar suara-suara adil dari wakilku
yang membogelkan seorang bapak
yang menjernihkan wajah seorang isteri.

Sekarang aku bebas
tahukah engkau bagaimana rasanya?
umpama bersimpuh di bawah pohon sena
di satu petang yang redup, nyaman
sambil mengulum ais-krim Malaysia.

Aku bebas ini hari
bersama lima puteri dan tiga putera
serta parut-parut yang membalut tubuh
tahukah engkau apa rasanya?

Hasmi Haron
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
27 Ogos 2001

Friday, 28 October 2011

Happy Birthday, Datin!

Well, today is not her birthday. Hers was on 25th, but she took leave on that day. So, Juita and the gang, planned for a surprised birthday bash today.

In her birthday wish, she thanked everyone for this lovely surprise and of course, the commitment and cooperation that everyone has given and wish all the best for each one of us.
Once again, happy birthday Datin Shahariah. Moga murah rezeki, berkat usia. Aamin.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Bazir Wang Negara Satu Pengkhianatan

Aku setuju betul dengan Datuk A Kadir Jasin. Tiada istilah yang lebih tepat lagi. Mereka memang pengkhianat. Aku syorkan agar kerajaan "nama and shame" kesemua pihak yang terlibat dalam skandal pembaziran wang negara. Rakyat sudah muak dengan alasan-alasan yang bodoh dan bobrok.

Bazir wang negara satu pengkhianatan — A Kadir Jasin

October 27, 2011

27 OKT — Bukanlah tujuan kita sepanjang masa mencari salah Kerajaan. Kita juga harus mengiktiraf perkara-perkara betul yang Kerajaan lakukan.

Tetapi kalau Kerajaan melalukan kesalahan, kita berhak mengutuknya kerana kita tidak memilih dan membiayai Kerajaan untuk melakukan kesalahan.

Atas prinsip itu, kita menyambut baik Laporan Ketua Juruaudit Negara yang memberi markah tinggi kepada kebanyakan Kementerian, Jabatan dan Agensi Kerajaan. Tetapi kita juga mengutuk kegagalan Kementerian, Jabatan dan Agensi yang gagal menunjukkan prestasi baik.

Pada 24 Oktober, portal berita The Malaysian Insider melaporkan yang Jawatankuasa Akaun Awam Dewan Rakyat (PAC) akan menyiasat tujuh Kementerian dan Agensi kerana pengurusan kewangan yang lemah. Mereka adalah Kementerian Kesihatan, Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Kementerian Pengangkutan, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri, Jabatan Kastam dan Perbadanan Stadium.

Pengerusi PAC, Azmi Khalid dipetik memberitahu pemberita bahawa ini adalah tujuh yang diperakukan oleh Ketua Juruaudit Negara dalam laporan tahunannya yang terbaru. Kata Azmi, PAC akan memutuskan minggu depan kalau bilangan yang akan disiasat akan ditambah.

Azmi yang disertai Ketua Juruaudit Negara, Ambrin Buang, berkata, pengurusan kewangan Kementerian dan Agensi Kerajaan bertambah baik dengan 43 daripadanya mendapat skor tertinggi empat bintang, 60 tiga bintang dan dua mendapat dua bintang. Tidak ada yang memperoleh penarafan bintang merah iaitu satu bintang.

Saya tidak bercadang membuat analisis laporan Ketua Juruaudit Negara itu kerana media massa arus perdana dan baru telah banyak melaporkannya.

Memadailah kalau saya katakan, kelemahan pengurusan kewangan awam, biar sekecil mana pun, tidak boleh dipandang remeh, apatah lagi dalam suasana kewangan negara yang semakin terhad dan mencabar.

Penyalahgunaan, pembaziran dan kebocoran peruntukan kewangan Negara bertentangan langsung dengan mantera 1 Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan dan menggambarkan kegagalan Pelan Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) yang menjadi wadah perjuangan Perdana Menteri Najib Razak.

Apatah lagi, Perdana Menteri sendiri, sebagai Menteri Kewangan, adalah ketua turus kewangan negara. Jadi, kalau ada autoriti mutakhir yang perlu dipersalahkan kerana kelemahan pengurusan kewangan awam, hendak tidak hendak, orang itu adalah Perdana Menteri sendiri kerana beliau adalah Menteri Kewangan.

Sebab itulah saya dari dulu lagi, berpegang kepada prinsip bahawa Perdana Menteri tidak wajar menjadi Menteri Kewangan. Tetapi, oleh kerana Perdana Menteri memilih untuk turut menjadi Menteri Kewangan, maka beliau perlulah menanggung padah "the buck stops here" seperti yang diungkapkan oleh Presiden Amerika, Harry S. Truman.

Dalam ingatan saya, hanya Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra tidak pernah menjadi Menteri Kewangan. Yang lain semuanya menjadi Menteri Kewangan, kalau tidak lama, sekejap. Najib menjadi Menteri Kewangan sejak beliau menerajui negara pada awal 2009.

Elok disebutkan yang dua daripada agensi yang akan disiasat oleh PAC terletak di bawah Kementerian Kewangan iaitu Jabatan Kastam dan Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri.

Itu belum diambil kira sembilan Kementerian dan Jabatan yang terlebih berbelanja sebanyak RM3.73 bilion. Antaranya Kementerian Pelajaran, Kesihatan, Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam, Jabatan Peguam Negara, Suruhanjaya Anti-Rasuah Malaysia dan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam.

Secara peribadi, saya tidak membantah keras kalau kejadian terlebih berbelanja oleh Kementerian-Kementerian sosial dan ekonomi seperti Pelajaran, Kesihatan dan Pertanian bukan berpunca daripada pembaziran atau penyelewengan.

Dalam suasana ekonomi yang lembap dan inflasi yang meningkat, adalah lebih baik Kerajaan berbelanja ke atas rakyat jelata daripada untuk kesenangan beberapa kerat Menteri dan pegawai tinggi. Jadi, eloklah dijimatkan perbelanjaan mengubahsuai rumah dan pejabat Menteri, perjalanan dan keraian yang tidak perlu.

Satu lagi, saya bimbang sikap sambil lewa sesetengah pegawai awam terhadap kewangan negara bukan sahaja merugikan rakyat jelata, malah akan membawa nama buruk kepada Kerajaan.

Golongan yang paling dianakemaskan dan dijaga ibarat menatang minyak yang penuh adalah kakitangan awam. Tetapi, bukan sahaja perkhidmatan awam masih tidak cemerlang seperti yang dijanjikan di bawah GTP, malah (dengan ampun) wujud tanda-tanda ketidakpedulian dan sabotaj oleh elemen-elemen tertentu dalam perkhidmatan awam.

Akar umbi kepada kewujudan unsur-unsur negatif ini perlu didalami, difahami dan ditangani segara. Kepastian perlu dicari sama ada ia kebetulan atau disengajakan.

Antara yang sering kita dengar adalah ketidakpuasan hati kakitangan awam terhadap campur tangan pihak luar dan pihak-pihak dalam Kerajaan yang diberikan kuasa eksekutif yang mengatasi kuasa Menteri dan Ketua-Ketua Jabatan dan Agensi. —

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication, and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.