Saturday, July 30, 2005

My Farewell Party



I was caught by surprise not knowing that my colleagues were actually held a farewell lunch for me and the former administrators (two of them but one didn’t turn up). I thought it was a normal lunch as part of our hospitality to our affiliate consultant and his wife from Australia. I was really shocked when towards the end of the lunch, the dreaded doctor announced my resignation in front of all the guests. He thanked me properly for my contributions in two years working with the organisation. The most surprising yet was he apologised openly to me; like whatever happened in the past, he would like to apologise and blah blah blah…. He said I would always be welcomed to come back working with the organisation (Hah! Dream on). He knows I would be soft and polite with everybody watching my every acts and emotions especially when there were also guests present. I was not ready for that. I was speechless of the unexpected and touched by the good thoughts of everyone. I really can’t think straight.

So I made my impromptu speech (don’t even have enough time to think of what to say to them). I was deeply touched and softened (hate it), so I began with thanking everybody for holding the lunch, thanking the organisation for giving me great experience and finally thanking everybody for the colourful memories I had with them. I had no choice but to accept the apology and with heavy heart telling the evil doctor that I won’t keep it in my heart (yikes!!!). Well everybody was happy in the end. What a great speech :) but I still have ill feelings towards this pretentious doctor (so much to stay professional).

I resigned because of him! How could I forgive him easily? I hate myself and the impromptu.

LONDON BOMBERS

I am watching the BBC News when I write this. The London Police has captured three suspected failed suicide bombers. So much fuss about how they managed to capture two of the suspects. They used tear gas and minor explosives to burst open the door. A little bit of drama on how the police persuaded the suspects to come out with only their underwear (oh dear!).

Then the media interviewed the eye witnesses on how the police operated (remember the case when they killed the wrong man, a Brazilian guy - condolences to his family). Analysis has been made, they came out with their own theories and opinions. I am no longer interested to know. They better not make another mistake this time. They better do it right or there will be a different kind of perception towards the police procedures

Let’s change the channel.

Oh No! It's a live broadcast. Same news on the CNN! My God! This is so depressing. Better go to sleep. Good night everybody….

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

MAWI! OH MAWI!



Last night was very interesting because I got to watch Desperate Housewives and then, Linda Onn’s talk show. I watched Desperate Housewives for the first 30 minutes (to know what the fuss was all about), then during the commercial, I switched to Channel 4. It was a talk show with Linda Onn talking about Mawi AF3 (AF3 – Akademi Fantasia, Malaysian most popular reality TV show). Well… how could you resist when they were discussing about the talented, most humble and likable Mawi. Yes, I am one of his fans. Like Iman Wan said, he’s got the magic.

I love Iman Wan for giving the most factual argument in defining who’s to be called ‘talented’ and who’s not. His argument was the best. Talent is something that is very subjective. You can’t define talent with one type of measurement. If Mawi can’t play the music or read musical notes doesn’t mean that he can’t be a good singer. We have many popular artists that do not play music like Siti Nurhaliza, Syarifah Aini, Jamal Abdillah, Ella and many more. Some of them play little music only after years of becoming an artist. It’s a learning process for every artist to teach themselves with new skills whether it’s music, modelling or acting. Nowadays audiences are more intelligent to choose their favourite artists. In Mawi’s case, he has staunch supporter which is not wrong at all. He has the x-factor that is incomprehensibly magic. Why can’t people just accept that?

Oklah, let’s talk Malay now.

Pada suatu masa dahulu saya tidak melihat Akedemi Fantasia sebagai sebuah rancangan yang berprestig. Namun begitu saya akui sangat untuk AF3 ini ianya sangat berkualiti kerana peserta-peserta yang lebih professional di samping mereka mempunyai bakat sedia ada yang cuma perlu diasah sedikit untuk menjadi lebih sempurna.

Saya tertarik menulis berkenaan Mawi kerana ibu saya sangat mengaguminya. Bayangkanlah, ibu saya dari pagi sampai ke malam asyik menghadap TV Channel 4 and Channel 15. Sampaikan saya tidak dapat menonton rancangan lain melainkan AF3. Sangat luar biasa fenomena Mawi ini. Ianya bermula apabila Mawi tidak dipilih sebagai salah satu perserta AF3. Betapa ramainya orang yang tidak berpuasa hati, termasuklah saya, rakan-rakan sekerja saya dan his greatest fan, that is my mother. Memang luar biasa kan. Tak pernah dilihat sebelum ini.

Apakah faktor yang membuatkan Mawi sangat luarbiasa?

Pada pendapat saya Mawi ini disukai ramai pertamanya kerana dia berani membawakan genre music yang berlainan semasa konsert pengenalan AF3 iaitu nasyid. Mana ada orang berani nak menyanyi lagu nasyid untuk bertanding, betul tak. Lebih-lebih lagi nasyid yang dinyanyikannya sangat merdu dan sempurna. Memang Mawi ada suara yang sedap didengar yang mana cukup untuk dia dipanggil sebagai seorang penyanyi. Itulah bakat namanya.

Kemudian apabila masyarakat mengetahui mengenai latar belakang Mawi yang berasal dari keluarga agak tidak berada, menjadi DJ sambilan di pasaraya di negeri Johor dan sebagainya, masyarakat menjadi lebih simpati kepadanya. Apatah lagi dengan latarbelakang agama yang baik, dia adalah contoh lelaki melayu terakhir sebagai mana yang dikatakan olah Iman Wan. Saya sangat setuju.

Apa yang saya tidak setuju adalah apabila salah seorang jemputan Linda Onn yang mengatakan bahawa Mawi diberikan layanan istimewa oleh media padahal dia tidaklah berbakat sangat dibandingkan dengan Amelia. Saya telah jelaskan tadi di atas (di dalam bahasa Inggeris) bahawa bakat seseorang itu tidak boleh dibandingkan dan dinilai dengan ukuran tertentu kerana ianya adalah sangat subjektif. Bukan suara saja yang menjadi penilai untuk seseorang artis itu untuk berjaya dan bukan kebolehan bermain alat musik saja sebagai pengukur. Ada banyak lagi benda yang tak boleh diterangkan yang dinamakan ‘x-factor’ yang membuatkan seseorang itu boleh menjadi terkenal. Mawi ada semua itu, jadi kita perlulah menerima hakikat ini.

Tiada maknanya kita bergaduh dan bertengkar sehingga ke tahap yang tak masuk akal kerana membahaskan isu yang tak akan selesai sampai bila-bila. Biarlah penonton memilih sesuka hati mereka. Sesiapa saja yang menang kelak bermakna dialah yang paling disukai dan dialah pilihan majoriti. Bukan senang untuk membuat seseorang itu berhabis duit, tenaga dan masa semata-mata ingin melihat Mawi menang. Lihatlah sendiri Mawi FC yang ditubuhkan. Lihatlah vote yang Mawi terima, sehingga ke tahap 39%! Tak pernah terjadi sebelum ini. Fikir-fikirkanlah. Kenapa? Surely he is talented, and surely there is something special about him.

Siapa kata peminat Mawi semua orang kampung dan tak berpelajaran? Satu kesilapan besar :)

GO MAWI! GO! ... lupa nak tambah... WORLD!

Monday, July 25, 2005

NICE GIRLS DON’T GET THE CORNER OFFICE



Stop acting like a girl, grow up and be a woman. Stop being too nice; it could jeopardise your own career. Learn something from here:

“If you work non-stop without a break … worry about offending others and back down easily… explain too much when asked for information… or “poll” your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviours such as these are sabotaging your career”.

Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – 101 unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers”.

I read this book recently and found it very useful to all career women out there. I admit that I too have done a lot of mistakes in the past which have caused me to back down easily from the battle or even let the situation control my decision at work. Dr. Frankel segmented the 101 mistakes into six areas for easy understanding. Among it all, here are the mistakes that I often did:

a. How you play the game:
1. Doing the Work of Others
2. Avoiding office politics
3. Being the conscience
4. Protecting jerk

b. How you act:
1. Telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth (So Help You God)

c. How you think:
1. Making miracles (doing the impossible too often)
2. Taking full responsibility
3. Using only your first nickname or first name
4. Giving away your ideas

d. How you sound:
1. Using qualifiers such as It’s kind of like…, Perhaps we should… etc.)
2. Not answering the question

e. How you look:
No mistake in this area :)

f. How you respond:
1. Believing others know more than you
2. Tolerating inappropriate behaviour
3. Putting the needs of others before your own
4. Permitting others’ mistake to inconvenience you

There you go, among the 101 mistakes stated in the book, I’ve scored 15, about 15% of 101. Not so bad, ha. The mistakes I’ve done most are in the areas of how I play the game, how I think and how I respond.

Dr. Frankel states that there is still gender bias exists in the workplace which I agree 100% (I have faced this situation many times, the reason why I never got promoted). She explains further that women still earn only 72% of the salaries earn by their counterparts, must work twice as hard to be considered half as good as their male colleagues, and are more likely to be overlooked for promotions to senior levels of an organisation.

If you read the book further, you would learn other skills to arm yourself from doing mistakes that will cause you stagnation or damage to your career in the future. I think it will help a lot.

So go girls (hmm... women) get the book now!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

NOW IS TIME FOR ACTION




I am tired of being tired and I am bored of being bored. I must do something about it. I am unemployed, so what! I won’t let my unemployment ruin my life for long. This is my choice, nobody forces me. I am responsible for my own action. I am done with thinking and I am done with this non-profit organisation. It’s time to move on and put my plans into action.

During my long period of solitude and so called soul searching, I realised about a lot of things. I am more aware of my personal problems, my own ability and self worth. I’ve told a few of my friends that I don’t want to think so much about finding a new job. I don’t know why my instincts are telling me not to worry. I don’t even care that the unemployment rate in Malaysia are at a critical stage. I am not a fresh graduate; hence I believe that I am in a different category all together.

Yesterday I ask my dear friend to send me a copy of a TV drama script. I told him that I am going to be a script writer and the good thing is he didn’t laugh at me. Instead he supported me and encouraged me even more. I love him for that. In times like this you are happy to have friends around you and you realise the true value of quality friendship. I am so blessed.

I have thought of doing freelancing job on writing and designing. This has always been my side income anyway. Only that I don’t do it seriously. Now is the time to think of doing it more often; to take my talent into the next level. It will take sometimes to polish the skill but who knows one day I could be famous. Ha ha ha…. Just kidding.

Here is what I have read:

If you would have love,
Give love.

If ye would have friends,
Be friendly.

If ye would have mercy,
Be merciful.

If ye would have beauty,
Make your world beautiful for others,

For this is the law, not just a good thing,
But a LAW.

~Edgar Cayce~


This is very true. Like the cliché:

Whatever goes around, comes around

Monday, July 18, 2005

CAN ASIANS BE TALLER?




KALAU PAKAI KASUT TINGGI MESTI PANDAI BERNYANYI

“Kalau pandai pakai kasut tinggi macam ni, mesti pandai bernyanyi. Betul tak, adik mesti pandai menyanyi” says the cobbler with an Indonesian accent to me.

(Translation: If you know how to wear a high heel like this, surely you can sing. Isn’t it, you must know how to sing.)

I was a little bit speechless but it was funny, I smiled so that I won’t appear to be rude. Ha ha ha… I can’t laugh it out just yet. Wait till I am safe in the car. I said to myself.

He’s a 'gatal' old man. It’s just amusing how his mind was working. My friend waiting in the car gave the cobbler an impatient signal knowing very well that he was trying to delay the process of mending my high heels unnecessarily. I broke the heel while practicing dancing a week earlier and haven’t realised it till that day while wearing the same shoes to work. This time I had no spare shoes in the car as usual. I had to fix it or I will not be able to walk properly. Nana drove me that day because we were supposed to go somewhere and now she was waiting for me impatiently.

I didn’t answer him. I waited quietly till he’s done, paid the bill and rushed to the car. Once in the car, I repeated his famous line to Nana, “kalau pandai pakai kasut tinggi macam ni, mesti pandai bernyanyi”. Ha ha ha ha…. We both laughed it out to tears :)

Nana and I think it strange and funny at the same time. I think most Indonesian guys are romantic. They express their feelings in a poetic kind of ways. I’ve been mending my shoes with him for years and each time he tried to woo me with different kind of lines. All is very poetic like in a ‘dangdut’ song. Only that it doesn’t work with me.

That’s the opening actually :)

Now what I really want to write here is about the ‘tall obsession’. How nowadays everybody wants to be taller than they really are. That is why I like high heel in the first place. I never wear anything flat most of the times. My actual height is 5' 3" but people usually mistaken me to be 5’6”. The good thing about me is that, I look comfortable with the heels they don’t even notice that I’m wearing one :)

This obsession to be tall is not just me. I guess, many Asian people are born smaller and shorter compared to the western people and many wish to be taller. I think tall people look gorgeous in cloths, do better in sports and they exude an aura of superiority around them. This is only my own opinion. I do know a lot of smaller and shorter people out there who are excellent in what they do. My president is one good example of small petite lady. She’s not even 5 feet but she has an aura of powerful presence and I highly respect her. A person who manages 13 hospitals and about 4000 staffs is surely something.

Why are we smaller and shorter? I don’t know why but our genetics are tailored in such ways that it suits our environment (unless you are from mixed genetics). I am still yet to find articles that explain this scenario on how human being went through an evolution process to adapt to the environment they live in. If you want to ask me, I would simply say that God is great!

We are created with different shapes and colours to suit the environment we live in. Asians are darker, smaller and shorter to suit the hotter environment. Dark skin can cope with the sun ray better than fairer skin. The ultraviolet from the sun can cause skin cancer which the dark skin can fare better. Example is Africa; they are dark-skin so that they can cope with the harsh climate better.

Westerners are bigger, fairer and taller because they live in higher latitude (means colder) and it suit the four seasons. Bigger people can retain more heat during the cold weather and fair skin also will retain the heat in the body better compared to darker skin which absorbs heat as well as cold (this is only my common sense, don’t believe me). Sometimes, even the inner organ sizes are different like the Eskimo which has bigger lungs then us so that they can survive the cold climate better unlike us. Well I must have read or see about this somewhere in the book, magazine or TV but I can’t recall the sources to proof it here.

GENETIC MIXTURE IS GOOD FOR YOU

Now the question is; can Asian be taller? I would say yes we can! We can not change our existing nature, but we can create a taller generation. The formula is simple; short people must never marry people with their same height. Instead try to find someone taller than you are to avoid repetitive genetic attributes. It’s all about genetics and you sure can change it. Marriage into other cultures is also a good idea :)

DRINKING MILK WILL MAKE YOU TALLER

The Vietnamese Government now is spending money on research to study on how to make its citizen taller. One of their precious finding (which had been founded by the Japanese and proven by many countries earlier) is to drink milk. They had found that the undernourished children during the war had been stunted which made Vietnamese as one of the smallest and shortest people in the world. The government now is running a massive campaign to encourage milk drinking among Vietnamese children to make them taller (CNN and BBC News).

Well, logically, it is true that milk is an important source of nutrition for child’s growth. It is rich in calcium that is vital for development of stronger bones and teeth and it helps reducing osteoporosis in older days.

IT’S ALL IN THE FOOD

I remember that the Japanese are also obsessed with being tall; they encouraged drinking milk after World War II. Another interesting finding was that eating raw food can make you taller. I guess that is why Japanese likes to eat raw fish and seaweeds because it has certain enzyme that enhances the hormones that will enhance growth (check it out yourself). I think Japanese have done a lot of good research to improve the condition of living through their diet. They have the longest lifespan in the world; 78 years for man and 85 years for woman. Remember the oldest living person; a Japanese woman who had died at the age of 114 (Guinness World Record).

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT :)

Friday, July 08, 2005

A COMPLETE MORON, STUPID, IDIOT!

I am totally angry and shocked with the latest news I saw on BBC News last night. It was all over the newspapers this morning. I don’t care about my intention not to write anything related to sensitive issues before this. I just can’t contain my anger anymore.

Poor innocent people going out to work on early Thursday morning, poor Londoners who had just celebrated their winning to host Olympic 2012 and poor leaders busy at the G8 meeting trying to come up with consensus to make the world a better place to live in. It’s totally barbaric, backwards and unintelligent move to bomb innocent people. It’s inhumane and on top of it all, the suspects are believed to be the al-Qaeda. What a shame!

I don’t understand what good can come out from this. What are they trying to proof? When this will ever stop? Please someone tell me. I am worried sick and fed up to always hear negative things about Muslim’s community. Thanks to those who claimed themselves as Muslim but in actuality was a power-hungry attention-seeker unworthy people. They only make the matter worst and tarnishing the good name of Islam.

No way! Islam never teaches this. As ignorant as I am I do know that Islam is a peaceful and loving religion. I hate to discuss about serious matter in my blog because I always think myself as unqualified especially in subject related to politics and religion. Other people can write it better than me. Nevertheless, being a person who cares about a lot of things in this world, I must say something about this latest incident.

What happened to the world today was that Islam has been branded as a religion that breeds terrorist. I am ashamed with those people who contributed to this.

The insurgence of al-Qaeda and the Jihad groups who claimed them selves to be the saviour of other Muslims terrifies me. Who are they to represent us? Who gave them the right? Thanks to them, Muslims now have to bare the hatred and abuse from the non-Muslims of the world. Our mosques got burned; Muslims suspected as terrorist; Muslims got humiliated during checking point to enter western countries (I have no time to proof these incidences). Life is getting harder because of this.

It is so sad because our name is tarnished by the small minority who are irresponsible. Don’t you see it, the negative perception of others towards the religion it self. I used to read a blog which says bad things about Muslim being uneducated and illiterate, stupid and backwards, barbaric and intolerant and the list goes on and on.

There was one guy (I refused to mention from which country) who blamed it on the Quran as being the word of lies and Muhammad as being a paedophile and homicidal maniac. I won’t mention which blog (don’t want to cause anymore hatred) but this is the reality today. No matter how much the western countries are trying to tell us that they don’t hate muslims and they don’t blame our religion, still the feelings and perceptions are there. The stereotyping, you just can feel it. I learned a long time ago that it is not easy to change one’s perception without concrete evidence or strong reasoning.

Well, okay. I’m tired and disappointed today. Before I log off, I just want to mention here again that this is all my own thoughts and opinions. I am not representing the Muslims or anybody but my own self.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

I m d 1 4 u n u r d 1 I 1

Try saying it out loud. What do you get?

“I am the one for you and you are the one I want” – Lovely! 13 words

That’s what you get. I got it from TraxxFM. Again an interesting contest on who could form the longest sentence using one letter to form one word. This one has won.


Stop Trying

“Please don’t even bother with me….. Get away… get away from me”. I feel like screaming it out, but this is only in my head. Someone in the office makes me want to puke.

Another one is “Okay, change partner!”, ordered the beautiful teacher with her eyes rolling. What a relieved.
She saved me from him. He’s hopeless, he’s dangerous.

Dancing with him could be ‘DANGEROUS’.


Greed!

Orang yang tamak selalu rugi.
~Malay Proverb~

Greed will cause pain.
~Taiwanese Proverb~

Greed lessens what is gathered.
~Arabian Proverb~

If you ask for too much at once, you will come home with an empty bag.
~Croatian Proverb~

Big mouthfuls often choke.
~Italian Proverb~

No matter where you look, all the wisdom is this world will say almost the same thing. Greed is not good. Nothing good can come out from being greedy. Got it!

This is supposed to be a message for my business partner. Well, sad that he won’t be able to read this.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Don't get married if you are poor?

“Don’t get married if you don’t have the money” says Gary, the Scam Boy. “No, I don’t agree, lots of famous people coming from poor family background” says the handsome Nigel, the Green Man. Whom do you agree with?

I heard this conversation over Radio 4, Trex FM my favourite radio station, on my way to work this Monday morning. An interesting topic on the first week of work, it made my day. So, is it okay to get married if you don’t have the money, produce children you can barely feed and struggle to make the ends meet?

I will go with the Green Man. Although money is very important, marriage does not necessarily have to be big or grand. The most important thing is to respect your spouse, the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with (hopefully). Make it legal and then work hard to fulfil the responsibility that awaits you. If you want to wait for the money, that day might never come at all. Opportunity will be lost and you will live with regrets of ‘what ifs’.

The topic came out today due to the Live 8 Free Concert in line with The G8 summit which will take place from 6 to 8 July at Gleneagles in Scotland.

“HERE’S THE PROBLEM… Every single day, 50,000 people are dying, needlessly, of extreme poverty. More than were dying at the time of Live Aid. Dying of AIDS, dying of hunger, dying of diseases like TB and Diarrhoea. Dying, often for want of medicines which we can buy over the counter in a chemist.....” read more.


Scam Boy, the smart guy was saying that being poor and still wanted to have a family will only make your family suffer like what happened to the world now, relating it to the social problems and the situation in Africa. I in some ways agree with his opinion about being poor leads to social problems (because of desperations) and sufferings (in Africa - more to do with political problems that lead to economy stagnancy) like in Africa. But let’s just be honest with ourselves, it’s human nature to mate and reproduce. It is hard to go against nature. No matter what you do, you will always go back to the way God created us to be. Man and woman, in regardless of your social status, rich or poor will not be complete without the other. We live our lives predestined. This is only my opinion, many might not agree.

In our context, if we have enough education, if we are poor, don’t let it hinders us from doing great things. If we could turn setbacks into positive ways of thinking, there will always be a way.

Situation in Africa needs to be looked into more carefully. May be the first thing we should do is to give them all the supports that they needed. Help them stabilised the political situation. This is the role the UN (shame on them) and the G8 could play. They also needed assistance in term of basic amenities like in healthcare and education, as well as financial assistance, to create industries for economic growth. And of course the G8 could do more for them being the richer ones.

LET’S MAKE POVERTY HISTORY….

Friday, July 01, 2005

BAHASA MALAYSIA



This is courtesy to all my Malay friends and those who understand Bahasa Malaysia :)

Baru-baru ini telah berlangsung sebuah Persidangan Kesihatan Antarabangsa dan Pemeran Kesihatan yang telah diadakan di Palace of the Golden Horses. Acara tahunan ini adalah tajaan Persatuan Hospital-Hospital Swasta Malaysia dan telah dilancarkan oleh YB. Datuk Dr. Chua Soi Lek, Menteri Kesihatan Malaysia.

Acara yang berlangsung selama tiga hari ini telah menjadi tumpuan masyarakat perubatan di seluruh Malaysia termasuk beberapa pihak dari luar negera. Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) atau pun Persatuan Kualiti Kesihatan Malaysia iaitu sebuah badan professional ‘non-profit’ telah diberi penghormatan membentangkan topic-topik penting berkaitan dengan kualiti di bidang kesihatan pada hari sebelum persidangan berlangsung. Tidak ramai yang tahu berkenaan dengan peranan yang dimainkan oleh MSQH di dalam meningkatkan kualiti perkhidmatan kesihatan di Malaysia. Oleh itu pada persidangan ini, ramai yang bertanyakan tentangnya.

Sambutan acara tahun ini adalah amat baik walaupun ianya diadakan di suatu tempat yang agak jauh dari kota iaitu di Palace of the Golden Horses tidak seperti pada tahun-tahun sebelum ini, di Sunway Pyramid Exhibition and Convention Centre di Sunway Pyramid
. Ramai peserta bengkel persidangan ini yang bermalam di hotel ini termasuklah yang tinggal di kawasan KL.

Saya telah mengambil kesempatan persidangan tersebut untuk menerokai hotel terkenal Palace of the Golden Horses ini; dari bilik tidur ke ‘Teksi Air’ yang menyambungkan hotel ini ke ‘Mines Beach Resort’ dan Mines Shopping Complex’. Memang tidak dapat dinafikan tempat ini mempunyai daya tarikan yang tersendiri kepada pelancong. Saya dimaklumkan bahawa semua bilik hotel telah penuh kerana Persidangan Kesihatan Antarabangsa tersebut serta pelancong dari Arab dan Hong Kong yang datang bercuti untuk musim panas di negara mereka.

Saya cuba menikmati keindahan Palace of the Golden Horses dari kaca mata seorang pelancong. Kesimpulannya adalah saya bangga, ia sangat cantik, ada prestig tersendiri dan sangat bersih.

Pada pendapat saya, Malaysia adalah sebuah negera yang bertuah kerana kepelbagaian geografi, masyarakat berbilang bangsa dan kekayaan dari segi bahasa. Menyatakan tentang keindahan alam semula jadi di Malaysia, satu perkara yang perlu diambil perhatian oleh rakyat Malaysia ialah menjaga kebersihatan tempat-tampat tarikan pelancongan supaya sentiasa bersih dan indah. Saya agak kecewa dengan sikap sesetengah rakyat Malaysia sendiri yang suka membuang sampah di merata-rata tempat tak kira di mana jua. Kekadang kita terlihat orang membuang sampah dari tingkap kereta, kekadang orang membuang puntung rokok, tin minuman dan kertas gula-gula begitu sahaja padahal tong sampah ada disediakan. Apa salahnya sekiranya anda memandu, kumpulkan dahulu sampah anda di dalam kereta sebelum membuangkannya ke dalam tong sampah apabila telah sampai ke destinasi yang dituju. Sampah-sampah kecil tersebut mencacatkan keindahan pemandangan jalan-jalan raya di sepanjang lebuhraya dan juga di dalam kota metropolitan kita. Amat memalukan kepada pelangcong asing.

Pada tahun 1992 saya telah mendaki Gunung Ledang di Johor. Masih jelas diingatan saya betapa tercemarnya gunung tersebut. Saya terbaca juga dari blog seorang ‘expatriate’ yang mengadukan perkara yang sama masih berlaku. Ini bermakna, situasi sampah sarap di gunung tersebut setelah 13 tahun berlalu masih lagi berlaku dan ini amat memalukan. Dia juga mengadu berkenaan kawasan perkelahan Templer Park yang sangat kotor. Apabila orang asing yang mengadu, ia dikira amat serius.

Berbalik kepada Gunung Ledang, di sepanjang perjalanan naik ke atas, banyak sampah sarap di celah-celah pokok dan di sepanjang laluan ke puncak gunung. Siapakah yang akan membersihkannya? Sikap yang betul apabila memasuki kawasan-kawasan semulajadi atau pun hutan ialah membawa pulang semua sampah-sampah yang tidak boleh ‘decompose’ atau boleh juga menggali lubang khas untuk menimbuskan sampah-sampah tersebut. Lebih terpuji sekiranya kita menolong membersihkan sedaya yang mampu. Cuba anda tanya diri sendiri, kalau semua orang tidak berbuat begitu, orang lain tidak akan dapat menikmati keindahan kawasan semulajadi tersebut. Kita tidak perlu terlalu bergantung kepada pihak tertentu untuk membersihkan sampah sarap yang kita sendiri membuangnya.

Hmm.... rasa macam laporan alam semulajadi pulak kan. Sebenarnya saya adalah pencinta alam semulajadi, banyak habiskan masa remaja di dalam hutan :) Ini juga adalah kali pertama saya menulis menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia. Ada rasa sedikit sukar untuk mengarang tanpa menggunakan bahasa pasar.

Walaubagaimanapun saya akan cuba sedaya upaya untuk tidak ketinggalan di dalam memperkasakan bahasa ini. Bahasa Malaysia adalah satu bahasa yang sangat halus dan indah. Apabila kita menggunakannya, maksud setiap perkataan amat mendalam dan terasa agak berat untuk bertutur sepenuhnya di dalam bahasa ini terutamanya apabila ingin menyatakan tentang perasaan. Ianya terlalu halus. Contohnya, kita jarang mengatakan, “aku cinta pada mu” (hanya selesa di dalam lagu) sebab ia terlalu halus dan sangat bermakna. Kita lebih suka menggunakan Bahasa Inggeris, “I love you” kerana ia lebih ringkas, tidak terlalu berat atau terlalu peribadi. Mungkin ini hanya dirasai oleh saya sahaja, mungkin orang lain tidak begitu. Saya tidak berapa pasti.

Dari segi sejarah mengapa saya jarang menulis di dalam bahasa ini adalah kerana saya terlalu bergaul di kalangan orang bukan melayu. Saya dibesarkan di Negeri di Bawah Bayu, Sabah. Semasa di sekolah saya bergaul dengan bangsa-bangsa bukan melayu (Melayu adalah minoriti di Sabah). Bahasa pertuturan pula adalah bercampur kerana terdapat pelbagai etnik di Sabah termasuk orang-orang dari Indonesia dan Filipina yang juga adalah sebahagian daripada komuniti tempat saya bersekolah kerana status Penduduk Tetap (Permenant Residence) yang mereka perolehi di Sabah. Saya telah biasa bertutur dengan bahasa pertuturan orang Sabah dan ini berlanjutan sehingga saya pulang ke Semenanjung Malaysia pada tahun 1990 untuk menyambung pengajian di sebuah universiti di utara. Sekembali dari Sabah, saya merasakan amat sukar untuk kembali ke bahasa pertuturan gaya semenanjung kerana susunan bahasa dan perkataan yang digunakan adalah berlainan. Kawan-kawan juga sering mentertawakan saya kerana loghat saya yang agak kasar. Contoh-contoh perkataan Sabah yang berbeza adalah; sikat rambut - ‘sisir’, semalam – ‘kemarin’, tidak mahu – ‘endak mau’, miang – ‘getek’, menyorok – ‘tapok’ dan banyak lagi. Keluarga saya masih lagi menggunakan sesetengah perkataan ini kerana kami terlalu lama berada di sana dan ianya telah sebati di dalam kehidupan kami. Malah adik bongsu saya juga telah dilahirkan di sana.

Berbalik kepada penggunaan Bahasa Malaysia di dalam penulisan, jika kita lihat di pejabat, Bahasa Malaysia jarang digunakan di dalam persuratan (terutamanya bagi syarikat swasta) kerana Bahasa Inggeris lebih difahami oleh semua masyarakat. Persuratan menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia hanyalah apabila berurusan dengan badan-badan kerajaan. Ini ditambah lagi dengan zaman globalisasi di mana kita berinteraksi menggunakan ‘lingua franca’ Bahasa Inggeris. Sesekali ada juga saya terfikir, suatu hari nanti adakah generasi akan datang masih mahu menggunakan bahasa ini di dalam kehidupan seharian mereka.

Wow! This is the longest posting for me so far. I hope there will be someone who would want to read it. Ha ha...for those who can not understand a word in Malay, what I had written up there was my sentiment about being Malaysian, about the natural environment and the National Language.

KEEP THE NATURE GREEN!

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  • Love your country. Keep it SAFE & GREEN...