Monday, August 16, 2010
Soo....58 days + 10 more to go

Yep that's how long I've been working
And yes I know its not as long as some of who has reached half a decade
Or a decade or 3 years or whatever

However this is not my first job
And I'm proud to say that I'm definitely not some rich asshole
Who just bum around the house during the holidays..
I've started working as early as 16 years old (I know some of you did it even younger)
Then 18, 19, 20 and finally this year...

I've gone through fairs, office jobs, promoters
I think it is just fair that I should be able to say
That I have pretty much done 50% of the odd jobs if not 70%
(minus the street sweeper, waiter and etc etc)

Now on to what I've learnt
When someone comes to you and say

"Son, find a job that you love to do, 'cuz you'll be doing it for the rest of your life"

He is probably 99.99% right..
So take heed.. -____________-
Suffice to say I do not really enjoy what I'm doing
And TBH, I'll be damned if I have to go through this for the rest of my working career
So no way...

No I'm not a spoilt brat
Don't tell me you love manual jobs?
If you do.. then God bless your merry little hearts
But if you love manual jobs then I love the opposite

I love jobs which are challenging in nature
That I have to actually use my God given brains to tackle
I love jobs which requires you to think
To be able to adapt to different situation instead of going by the book
*What did I just hear my mum snicker?

Truth be told, if I can do something which I do not like half halfheartedly
And yet be able to complete it and to be able to get it as near to perfection as possible
I wonder what I can do if I put my heart and soul into it

TBH, I still haven't got a clue what I want to do in the future
As I've said, anything goes as long as I like it and if the pay is decent
I'll do it.
Of course till I get a degree, I can't really complain
But when I DO get my degree
*Which I eventually will, hopefully (wtf am I saying? I MUST!)
Then that's when I have to weigh my options

Working has taught me that almost every other thing uses common senses
Your common senses are free.. Use them!
However, the problem appears when you've lost touch of something

It could be the big boss who has loss touch with his roots
It could be that superior who has forgotten what it was like to be in your shoes
And God forbid, I should ever loose touch with the ground
That is why I'm writing this
To remind myself what it is like to be on the ground
What your workers actually feel when you make a simple decision
That decision affects them!
Think before you decide!

Managing uses lots of common sense
Your workers are like your engine
You can be a sleek looking sports car
But without your engines, You're going no where brother!
Your decision affects them
To press the accelerator (make decisions) is easy
But your engine is tearing apart (workers overworked)
Without proper maintenance (rewards/promotions/incentives etc)
Your engine will wear out (workers will leave)

So it's just as I've said
It's simple common sense
(of course there are other factors)
Such as the god damned air conditioners (Board of directors)
Which sometimes loves to throw a hammer in to your works every once in a while
But solving them is easy if you know how

Note that I do not read books on managing
Neither do I attend courses on it
And I sure as hell do not have a degree in Management or relating to it
I damn sure have not studied it
It's common sense
And while my example is an over simplistic view
It is pretty much the basic framework..
Tell me I'm wrong
I'm willing to listen and be corrected

I'm telling this to my future self now
If I ever ever get myself into a managing position
With a bunch of guys under me
I must

1) Understand them
2) Give them chances to be who they are
3) Listen to them
4) Take time to get to know them
5) Honor your own promises to them
6) Manage them not control them
7) Allow creativity
8) Give credit where it is due
9) Discipline is a must but not to the point of torture
10) You get them to do things by having them do it voluntarily
11) One way or the other they will do it but the outcome depends mostly on how they were asked to do it
12) Be strict but not control freak
13) Value their opinions (they are smarter than you think)
14) Not everybody is motivated by money and perks

p/s -> if your worker is spending too much time in the toilet.. They're prolly sleepin' there


The list is endless....
How do I know all this?
Simply because I'm also a worker at this very moment under someone else
And this is what I want as a worker


on a side note..
Cardiff is doing a pretty lousy job at managing their workforce atm..

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Saturday, August 7, 2010
The Fragility That Is Called "Life"

At first, I had thought of blogging about the awesome night that was the Slash Concert

However, even that great event was marred by something awful
Something terrible

And now
Here I am...
Having just attended a funeral service...
Its unlike any other funeral service..
This funeral service was in honor of a boy a year younger than I..

I have always related death and funeral services with old people
It suddenly dawned upon me
Smack right in the middle of my face much like a face palm...
That Death.. could happen to anyone..
Me, You, Them, Him, Her..
Death does not discriminate..

Suddenly I felt like Life was as thin as paper
As fragile as glass
It could be blown away, or shattered just like that...

As I stood there talking away with my friends
I just couldn't help thinking at the back of my mind
Why would someone so healthy just die like that?
I can only rationalize that God probably loved him more
He wanted him more than anybody else to have him by His side...
Was the only reassuring comfort that I could find

Although I did not know him
I've seen him around
I know his brother
He is just like the rest of us
No more different than You and I
However, I'm confident that he is in a better place now
Together with God The Father Almighty

To the friend I never got to know
And to my friend.. Stay strong
Your brother is in God's loving arms now

"I'm trapped in a vile world
Where the end game's all the same as every other
We're only here to die
Tonight we all die young!"
-Avenged Sevenfold "Save Me"-

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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

JULY 31 — Thank you for inviting me to speak with you. I am truly honoured. I have played some small role in the life of this nation, but having been on the wrong side of one or two political fights with the powers that be, I am not as close to the young people of this country as I would hope to be. History, and the 8 o’clock news, are written by the victors. In recent years the government’s monopoly of the media has been destroyed by the technology revolution.

You could say I was also a member of the UKEC. Well I was, except that belonged to the predecessor of the UKEC by more than fifty years, The Malayan Students Union of the UK and Eire. I led this organisation in 1958/59. I was then a student of Queen’s University at Belfast, in a rather cooler climate than Kota Bharu’s.

Your invitation to participate in the MSLS was prefaced by an essay which calls for an intellectually informed activism. I congratulate you on this. The Youth of today, you note, “will chart the future of Malaysia.” You say you “no longer want to be ignored and leave the future of our Malaysia at the hands of the current generation.” You “want to grab the bull by the horns... and have a say in where we go as a society and as a nation.”I feel the same, actually. A lot of Malaysians feel the same. They are tired of being ignored and talked down to by swaggering mediocrities.

You are right. The present generation in power has let Malaysia down.

But also you cite two things as testimony of the importance of youth and of student activism to this country, the election results of 2008 and “the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of the role of youth in the development of the country.”

So perhaps you are a little way yet from thinking for yourselves. The first step in “grabbing the bull by the horns” is not to required the endorsement of the Prime Minister, or any Minister, for your activism.

Politicians are not your parents. They are your servants. You don’t need a government slogan coined by a foreign PR agency to wrap your project in. You just go ahead and do it.

When I was a student our newly formed country was already a leader in the postcolonial world. We were sought out as a leader in the Afro-Asian Conference which inaugurated the Non-Aligned Movement and the G-77. The Afro-Asian movement was led by such luminaries as Zhou En-lai, Nehru, Kwame Nkrumah, Soekarno. Malaysians were seen as moderate leaders capable of mediating between these more radical leaders and the West. We were known for our moderation, good sense and reliability.

We were a leader in the Islamic world as ourselves and as we were, without our leaders having to put up false displays of piety. His memory has been scrubbed out quite systematically from our national consciousness, so you might not know this or much else about him, but it was Tengku Abdul Rahman established our leadership in the Islamic world by coming up with the idea of the OIC and making it happen.

Under his leadership Malaysia led the way in taking up the anti-apartheid cause in the Commonwealth and in the United Nations, resulting in South Africa’s expulsion from these bodies.

Here was a man at ease with himself, made it a policy goal that Malaysia be “a happy country”. He loved sport and encouraged sporting achievement among Malaysians. He was owner of many a fine race horse.

He called a press conference and had a beer with his stewards when his horse won at the Melbourne Cup. He had nothing to hide because his great integrity in service was clear to all. Now we have religious and moral hypocrites who cheat, lie and steal in office but never have a drink, who propagate an ideologically shackled education system for all Malaysians while they send their own kids to elite academies in the West.

Speaking of football. You’re too young to have experienced the Merdeka Cup, which Tunku started. We had a respectable side in the sixties and seventies. Teams from across Asia would come to play in Kuala Lumpur. Teams such as South Korea and Japan, whom we defeated routinely. We were one of the better sides in Asia. We won the Bronze medal at the Asian games in 1974 and qualified for the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Today our FIFA ranking is 157 out of 203 countries. That puts us in the lowest quartile, below Maldives (149), the smallest country in Asia, with just 400,000 people living about 1.5 metres above sea level who have to worry that their country may soon be swallowed up by climate change. Here in ASEAN we are behind Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, whom we used to dominate, and our one spot above basketball-playing Philippines.

The captain of our illustrious 1970’s side was Soh Chin Aun. Arumugam, Isa Bakar, Santokh Singh, James Wong and Mokhtar Dahari were heroes whose names rolled off the tongues of our schoolchildren as they copied them on the school field. It wasn’t about being the best in the world, but about being passionate and united and devoted to the game.

It was the same in Badminton, except at one time we were the best in the world. I remember Wong Peng Soon, the first Asian to win the All-England Championship, and then just dominated it throughout the 1950. Back home every kid who played badminton in every little kampong wanted to call himself Wong Peng Soon. There was no tinge of anybody identifying themselves exclusively as Chinese, Malays, Indian. Peng Soon was a Malaysian hero. Just like each of our football heroes. Now we do not have an iota of that feeling. Where has it all gone?

I don’t think it’s mere nostalgia that that makes us think there was a time when the sun shone more brightly upon Malaysia. I bring up sport because it has been a mirror of our more general performance as nation. When we were at ease with who we were and didn’t need slogans to do our best together, we did well. When race and money entered our game, we declined. The same applies to our political and economic life

Soon after independence we were already a highly successful developing country. We had begun the infrastructure building and diversification of our economy that would be the foundation for further growth. We carried out an import-substitution programme that stimulated local productive capacity. From there we started an infrastructure buildup which enabled a diversification of the economy leading to rapid industrialisation. We carried out effective programmes to raise rural income and help with landless with programmes such as FELDA. Our achievements in achieving growth with equity were recognised around the world. We were ahead of Our peer group in economic development were South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, and we led the pack. I remember we used to send technical consultants to advise the South Koreans.

By the lates nineties, however, we had fallen far behind this group and were competing with Thailand and Indonesia. Today, according to the latest World Investment Report, FDI into Malaysia is at about a twenty year low. We are entering the peer group of Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines as an investment destination. Thailand, despite a month long siege of the capital, attracted more FDI than we did last year. Indonesia and Vietnam far outperform us, not as a statistical blip but consistently. Soon we shall have difficulty keeping up with The Philippines. This, I believe, is called relegation. If we take into account FDI outflow, the picture is even more interesting. Last year we received US$1.38 billion (RM4.40 billion) in investments but US$ 8.04 billion flowed out. We are the only country in Southeast Asia which has suffered nett FDI outflow. I am not against outward investment. It can be a good thing for the country. But an imbalance on this scale indicates capital flight, not mere investment overseas.

Without a doubt, Malaysia is slipping. Billions have been looted from this country, and billions more are being siphoned out as our entire political structure crumbles. Yet we are gathered here in comfort, in a country that still seems to ‘work.’ Most of the time. This is due less to good management than to the extraordinary wealth of this country. You were born into a country of immense resources both natural and cultural and social. We have been wearing down this advantage with mismanagement and corruption. With lies, tall tales and theft. We have a political class unwilling or unable to address the central issue of the day because they have grown fat and comfortable with a system built on lies and theft. It is easy to fall into the lull caused by the combination of whatever wealth has not been plundered and removed and political class that lives in a bubble of sycophancy.

I urge you not to fall into that complacency. It is time to wake up. That waking up can begin here, right here, at this conference. Not tomorrow or the day after but today. So let me, as I have the honour of opening this conference, suggest the following:

Our sense of ourselves as Malaysians, a free and united people, has been replaced by a tale of racial strife and resentment that continues to haunt us. The thing is, this tale is false.

The most precious thing you have been deprived of has been your history. Someone of my generation finds it hard to describe what must seem like a completely different country to you now. Malaysia was not born in strife but in unity. Our independence was achieved through a demonstration of unity by the people in supporting a multiracial government led by Tengku Abdul Rahman. That show of unity, demonstrated first through the municipal elections of 1952 and then through the Alliance’s landslide victory in the elections of 1955, showed that the people of Malaya were united in wanting their freedom.

We surprised the British, who thought we could not do this.

Today we are no longer as united as we were then. We are also less free. I don’t think this is a coincidence. It takes free people to have the psychological strength to overcome the confines of a racialised worldview. It takes free people to overcome those politicians bent on hanging on to power gained by racialising every feature of our life including our football teams.

Hence while you are at this conference, let me argue, that as an absolute minimum, we should call for the repeal of unjust and much abused Acts which are reversals of freedoms that we won at Merdeka.

I ask you in joining me in calling for the repeal of the ISA and the OSA. These draconian laws have been used, more often than not, as political tools rather than instruments of national security. They create a climate of fear. These days there is a trend among right wing nationalist groups to identify the ISA with the defence of Malay rights. This is a self-inflicted insult on Malay rights. As if our Constitutional protections needed draconian laws to enforce them. I wish they were as zealous in defending our right not to be robbed by a corrupt ruling elite. We don’t seem to be applying the law of the land there, let alone the ISA.

I ask you to join me in calling for the repeal of the Printing and Publications Act, and above all, the Universities and Colleges Act. I don’t see how you can pursue your student activism with such freedom and support in the UK and Eire while forgetting that your brethren at home are deprived of their basic rights of association and expression by the UCA. The UCA has done immense harm in dumbing down our universities.

We must have freedom as guaranteed under our Constitution. Freedom to assemble, associate, speak, write, move. This is basic. Even on matters of race and even on religious matters we should be able to speak freely, and we shall educate each other.

It is time to realise the dream of Dato’ Onn and the spirit of the Alliance, of Tunku Abdul Rahman. That dream was one of unity and a single Malaysian people. They went as far as they could with it in their time. Instead of taking on the torch we have reversed course. The next step for us as a country is to move beyond the infancy of race-based parties to a non-racial party system. Our race-based party system is the key political reason why we are a sick country, declining before our own eyes, with money fleeing and people telling their children not to come home after their studies.

So let us try to take 1 Malaysia seriously. Millions have been spent putting up billboards and adding the term to every conceivable thing. We even have cuti-cuti 1 Malaysia. Can’t take a normal holiday anymore.

This is all fine. Now let us see if it means anything. Let us see the Government of the day lead by example. 1 Malaysia is empty because it is propagated by a Government that promotes the racially-based party system that is the chief cause of our inability to grow up in our race relations. Our inability to grow up in our race relations is the chief reason why investors, and we ourselves, no longer have confidence in our economy. The reasons why we are behind Maldives in football, and behind the Philippines in FDI, are linked.

So let us take 1 Malaysia seriously, and convert Barisan Nasional into a party open to all citizens. Let it be a multiracial party open to direct membership. PR will be forced to do the same or be left behind the times. Then we shall have the vehicles for a two party, non-race-based system.

If Umno, MIC or MCA are afraid of losing supporters, let them get their members to join this new multiracial party. PR should do the same. Nobody need feel left out. Umno members can join en masse. The Hainanese Kopitiam Association can join whichever party they want, or both parties en masse if they like. We can maintain our cherished civil associations, however we choose to associate. But we drop all communalism when we compete for the ballot. When our candidates stand for Elections, let them ever after stand only as Malaysians, better or worse.

Now let’s have a discussion.

* Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s speech at the UKEC’s Fourth Malaysian Students Leadership Seminar in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2010.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.


Dayum YB Tengku Razaleigh..

Thank you..

I love you man!

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