Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1Malaysia; Learn from the best

I was quite surprised to read the star online today that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed the idea of 1MALAYSIA concept introduced by our Prime Minister was taken from the 1Isreal Concept. More over, he claimed that our Prime Minister has consult APCO WorldWide to design the 1Malaysia concept. According to him, it was obvious that a lot of similarities of between the two concepts. To mention a few, it includes the 1malaysia fund and 1Malaysia Clinic.
From my reading, APCO Worlwide is actually a US-based company, doing business in financial, political and media capitals throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. From the wikipedia it states that;

APCO has distinguished itself over the years by building a senior team that includes former elected officials, ambassadors, business leaders, journalists and government leaders. The firm has largely grown organically, developing its own offices around the world, building relationships with clients over time and offering an integrated, broadly based portfolio of services in support of the full range of corporate affairs activities managed by senior executives of its clients. Some of APCO's senior counselors include:
• A. Elizabeth Jones, former U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan
• Aleksander Kwaƛniewski, former president of Poland
• Darren Murphy, former media adviser to UK prime minister Tony Blair
• Don Bonker, former Democratic congressman from Washington state
• Donald Riegle, former Democratic senator from Michigan
• Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
• John Magaw, founding director of the Transportation Security Administration
• Lalit Mansingh, former foreign secretary of India and former Indian ambassador to the U.S.
• Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. ambassador to Morocco
• Sergio Marchi, former Canadian ambassador to the World Trade Organization

The issue that our opposition leader tried to highlight here was that the APCO worldwide were somehow connected with Isreal because the chairman of the company were top individual from Israel (something to do with army if I m not mistaken). So, the main issues here were the security of our country and the integrity of our leader.
Latest news that I read from The Star Online, Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said Apco was not involved at all in the ministry’s affairs.
What I am thinking is that, it is a wise move to learn from others especially if it benefits the peoples, even from our enemy. Like the great leaders says’ Put aside our differences, Lets us make the world a better place to stay.”

Monday, March 22, 2010

Adjusting to what I have...

Its been a quiet sometimes I haven’t update my blog, this was due to my jobs responsibility as a lecturer. I have to give lecture to my students, observe my practicum students, do some research (in fact, I just extract it from my previous thesis), do the faculty task, attend courses and etc… not to mention busying looking for overseas conference that I may attend if endorsed by the faculty.
Some of my friend asking me, how was life being a lecturer? Since I had been a teacher in secondary school for four years before joining UiTM as a lecturer. Usually my answer to them, It was a great experience in terms of career advancement, opportunity, exposure to new knowledge (of course by attending courses), knowing a lot of distinguished researcher (most of them are professors) and of course MONEY. But let us not put money as our main priorities because according to Dr. Fadilah Kamsan what matters is satisfaction. This was re-emphasized my one of my facebook friend (E’na Binut)
~Money can buy a house but not a home. Money can buy a bed but n0t sleep. Money can buy a clock but not time. Money can buy a book but not knowledge. Money can buy food but not appetite. Money can buy position but n0t respect. Money can buy blood but n0t life. Money can buy medicine but not health…. – Anonymous-
Since joining UiTM in December 2009, I have learns a lot of things, these 3 are only parts of it;

1. Being away from my comfort zone (The place where I belong, in Tuaran Sabah where all my parents, brothers and sister are there for me). Here in Shah Alam, I have to survive all by my own, but luckily I have a lot of Sabahan friends here plus my new friend at the Faculty of Education, I manage to survive. One important reminder that I always had in my mind is “ Masuk kandang harimau mengaum, masuk kandang kambing Mengembek”. I always missed the time in my village where every weekend my friends and I always had the “cerita-cerita’ session, karakoeing and had a few tins of beer! (wow, I should censor this kind of story huh!)
2. Teaching in UiTM is quite different from teaching in other IPTAs. UiTM policy are; the medium of teaching is English. So all the lesson should be conducted in English. I m unfamiliar with this policy before because I was graduated from USM and UTM and most of the subject are conducted in BM. Even in UMS the lessons are in BM. I would like to see it in the positive aspect; I had a feeling that this may among the reason my UiTM graduates are among the hot cakes; My brother its self (Nosius Luaran- Land/ Sea Surveyor) was the UiTM alumni, Alfred Angkaji (Attach with Construction Company and Majoring in Arts and Design; Christoper John Baptist (Lecturer at Maktab kerjasama Koperasi, Sabah Branch) all are enjoying their blooming career.
3. Teaching/Lecturing and doing research are two things that should come together. I better not discuss about this or else my writing more on academic.

This are the time I have for my blog folks. Since I have one follower, its worth updating my blog.
MCA fresh election is around the corner…after all I hope it can solve the MCA crisis. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a high respect for the Chinese Party it is simply because they gave a youngster a chance to be a leader ( Do PBS, UPKO or PBRS do the same?; Tepuk dada Tanya selera……)

Adakah pemimpin muda KDM dalam PBS, UPKO dan PBRS berpeluang menjadi calon dalam PRU-13?