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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Swine Flu FAQ

What is swine influenza?


It is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. It regularly causes high flu outbreaks in pigs but with low death rates. There are four main sub-types of the virus, but the most recent isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.


How does it spread?


Swine flu viruses do not typically infect humans though they do occur through close proximity or contact with infected pigs or contaminated areas. Cases of human-to-human spread have been documented.


What are the symptoms?


The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu:
- Fever
- Lethargy
- Runny nose
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting and diarrhoea in some cases.


How common is swine flu infection in humans?


In the past reports of about one human swine flu virus infection had been received every one to two years in the United States. From December 2005 till February 2009, 12 cases have been reported.


Has this strain of flu been seen before?


No. Flu mutates constantly, so it is common for new strains to emerge. Pigs can also be infected with both human and avian influenza, and the current circulating swine flu strain appears to contain genetic elements from all three.


Can swine flu be treated with antiviral drugs and flu vaccine?


The swine flu is resistant to two common drugs – Amantadine and Rimantadine. The H1N1 swine flu viruses are very different from human H1N1 viruses. Therefore, vaccines for human seasonal flu would not provide protection. However, a “seed vaccine” has been specifically tailored to this swine flu and will be manufactured if officials deem it necessary.


Can people catch swine flu by eating pork?


No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 70ÂșC and above kills the swine flu virus.


How long is someone with swine flu considered contagious?


People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic; possibly for up to seven days following the onset of the illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.


What can I do to protect myself from the swine flu?


There is no vaccine available right now to protect against the swine flu.


However, you can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by:


- Covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the waste basket after you use it.


- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also helpful


- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. - If you get sick with influenza, stay at home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


- Consult your nearest healthcare facility if you think you have any of the symptoms.


Which countries have had cases of the swine flu?


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed human cases of swine flu in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Spain. Only Mexico has reported deaths from the new strain.


Are there any travel restrictions or advisories for Malaysians?


The Health Ministry on April 27 advised Malaysians against travelling to certain places in the United States, Mexico and Canada which have been affected by the swine flu.


What precautions are in place in Malaysia?


- The Health Ministry’s operations room in Putrajaya has started a 24-hour monitoring of the situation. The public can call 03-8881 0200/300 for enquiries.


- Those returning from Latin American countries and found to have flu-like symptoms will be quarantined.


- Health Ministry officials are conducting health screenings on passengers arriving from the United States.


- Thermal scanners will be placed at international airports to speed up the screening process for swine flu.


- Public and private medical practitioners have been instructed to report to the district health office any patient with influenza-like illnesses or severe pneumonia symptoms and who had travelled to the affected countries after April 17.


- Owners of the 797 pig farms nationwide have been ordered to immediately contact the nearest Veterinary Services Department office or the Animal Disease Control Centre if their workers or animals show symptoms linked to the swine flu.


Where can I get more information?


For more information, go to the Health Ministry (www.moh.gov.my) or call the Ministry's hotline at (03) 8881-0200/300.


Useful Links:

1. World Health Organization: www.who.int
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
3. Homeland Security Department: www.dhs.gov
4. WHO swine flu page: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

It's pretty annoying and congratulations you've got my attention!


“Okay,” I replied. “Then what is that monkey most worried about?”

That monkey is most worried that you will prove it wrong and nothing is impossible. That is its greatest fear.”

Hmmm…..interesting. Now that is a thought.
The monkey is expecting me to surrender and become the biggest loser. What if I do what the monkey does not expect and what it fear most? That would really knock it off-guard.

Ooooo…..I just love it when I have a devious mind. It is so…..so……so me. Dear
Monkey, please bear in mind that you have just chosen a wrong person to mess with and I won't stop at nothing to get my sweet revenge! The time will come...yes, it will come sooner.

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It is not the usual me to blog about something that spoilt my day because I never even bother to rethink about it or digging it and normally I just let it go. But time and again, when things keep turning up and continue to put stumbling blocks on my path, one could not help but to feel extremely upset with such moronic attitude. The numerous act of mocking, taunting, thought -provoking and sarcasm really disfigured my emotion. Well, a moron is as a moron does! In short, only a moron with a pea-sized brain owns such an ape-like behaviour. Last but not least, monkey, finally you've caught my attention and please watch your steps! A monkey always forgets a trap but a trap will never forget its prey...

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Semakan Keputusan Panggilan Temuduga KPLSM Ambilan Julai 2009

Semakan Keputusan Panggilan Temuduga KPLSM Ambilan Julai 2009 boleh dibuat mulai sekarang melalui pautan laman di bawah.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Program Lepasan SPM / Setaraf IPTA - 2 Pilihan Untuk Calon Berjaya

Pelajar yang berjaya dalam permohonan memasuki Program Pengajian Lepasan SPM/Setaraf Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA) bagi sesi akademik 2009/2010 akan diberi pilihan untuk memilih satu daripada dua program yang akan ditawarkan kepada mereka.

Menurut kenyataan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) semalam, calon yang berjaya akan diberi pilihan sama ada untuk mengikuti Program Matrikulasi di Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) atau Program Pengajian Asasi/Diploma di IPTA.

Penawaran dua program itu adalah ekoran persetujuan antara KPT dengan KPM pada September tahun lepas untuk menggunapakai dasar tawaran terbuka bagi calon yang layak.

Keputusan permohonan kemasukan ke IPTA di bawah program itu akan diumumkan pada 1 Mei depan manakala keputusan Program Matrikulasi KPM diumumkan pada 17 April lepas dan tarikh pendaftaran ke kolej matrikulasi KPM ialah pada 11 Mei.

Sekiranya seseorang calon mendapat kedua-dua tawaran itu, calon boleh menolak satu daripada tawaran berkenaan dan jika calon telah mendaftar ke Program Matrikulasi, nama calon tidak akan diproses untuk pertimbangan kes rayuan kemasukan ke IPTA.

Calon yang tidak mendapat sebarang tawaran boleh mengemukakan rayuan melalui e-Rayuan mulai 1 Mei ini melalui laman web http://upu.mohe.gov.my.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Tapisan SPRM Wajib Untuk Naik Pangkat - JPA

Kerajaan sememangnya mewajibkan perisytiharan harta dan tapisan keutuhan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) sebagai antara syarat-syarat kenaikan pangkat bagi penjawat awam, menurut Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA).

Langkah Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) memperkenalkan syarat mengkehendaki pegawainya dikenakan tapisan SPRM sebelum dipertimbangkan kenaikan pangkat adalah menepati peraturan sedia ada dalam perkhidmatan awam.

Ketua Unit Komunikasi Korporat JPA Nik Noraini Nik Ya berkata calon-calon yang dipertimbangkan untuk kenaikan pangkat juga perlu memenuhi syarat-syarat lain termasuk bebas daripada hukuman tatatertib selain penilaian prestasi.

"Amalan oleh JPJ itu merupakan pematuhan terhadap Peraturan-peraturan Pegawai Awam (Pelantikan, Kenaikan Pangkat dan Penamatan Perkhidmatan) 2005 bagi memastikan keutuhan seseorang penjawat awam, antaranya tidak terlibat dengan amalan rasuah.

"Perenggan 37 (2)(c) menetapkan antara asas kenaikan pangkat adalah sifat-sifat peribadi pegawai termasuk kesesuaiannya dengan jawatan kenaikan pangkat, keutuhan, potensi dan kepimpinan pegawai," katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini Khamis.

Isnin lepas, JPJ yang dikritik hebat kerana rasuah sejak akhir-akhir ini, menandatangani Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) dengan SPRM dalam usaha membendung gejala rasuah dan meningkatkan integriti serta profesionalisme di kalangan warga kerjanya.

Nik Noraini berkata Peraturan 10, Peraturan-peraturan Pegawai Awam (Kelakuan dan Tatatertib) 1993, menetapkan semua penjawat awam (terpakai untuk semua gred jawatan) dikehendaki mengisytiharkan secara bertulis kepada Ketua Jabatan masing-masing segala harta yang dimiliki olehnya atau isteri, suami, anak, atau yang dipegang oleh mana-mana orang bagi pihaknya, isteri atau suami atau anaknya.

"Peraturan ini juga menetapkan pengisytiharan harta diwajibkan apabila dilantik ke dalam perkhidmatan awam, dikehendaki oleh kerajaan, memperoleh harta tambahan dan atau melupuskan harta," katanya.

Beliau berkata penjelasan dan panduan lanjut mengenai pelaksanaan pengisytiharan harta dinyatakan melalui Pekeliling Perkhidmatan Bilangan Tiga Tahun 2002 di mana penjawat awam hendaklah membuat pengisytiharan harta setiap lima tahun sekali.

Apa Benar Namamu Cinta?

ada sesuatu di hati ini,
seperti bunga tapi tidak harum,

ada sesuatu di jiwa ini,
seperti malam tapi tidak berbulan,

ada sesuatu di mata ini,
seperti intan tapi tidak berkilau,


lembut angin itu,
menyapa ke bibir,
memaksa aku tersenyum,

lembut hati itu,
menyapa ke jiwa,
memaksa aku jatuh hati!


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Aku nak demam,
Blog tidak lagi menyelerakan
Tekak terkoyak dan menggumam,

Aku ingin sekali demam,
Namun MC bukan kegemaran,
Kerja bertimbun begitu mengujakan,

Aku mahu demam,
Kerja bagai kontrak haram,
Siap satu bertimpa menerkam...


Tekakku makin menggerutu,

Cinta, esok aku akan bisu!


and tomorrow, Cinta will be away again -- attending meetings, courses, seminars, uhh whatever...

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Lee Kuan Yew on Ageing

This is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's advice on ageing the best way one can. Here is the transcript of his remarks.

Very interesting insight from the Old Man. If you have read it before, or don't have the time to read the whole story, just read the last few paragraphs. Good Advice!

'Stay interested in the world, take on a challenge':
Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
This story was first published on Jan 12, 2008.

MY CONCERN today is, what is it I can tell you which can add to your knowledge about ageing and what ageing societies can do.

You know more about this subject than I do. A lot of it is out in the media, Internet and books. So I thought the best way would be to take a personal standpoint and tell you how I approach this question of ageing.

If I cast my mind back, I can see turning points in my physical and mental health. You know, when you're young, I didn't bother, I assumed good health was God-given and would always be there. When I was about - '57 that was - I was about 34, we were competing in elections, and I was really fond of drinking beer and smoking. And after the election campaign, in Victoria Memorial Hall - we had won the election, the City Council election - I couldn't thank the voters because I had lost my voice. I'd been smoking furiously.

I'd take a packet of 10 to deceive myself, but I'd run through the packet just sitting on the stage, watching the crowd, getting the feeling, the mood before I speak. In other words, there were three speeches a night. Three speeches a night, 30 cigarettes, a lot of beer after that, and the voice was gone.

I remember I had a case in Kuching, Sarawak . So I took the flight and I felt awful. I had to make up my mind whether I was going to be an effective campaigner and a lawyer, in which case I cannot destroy my voice, and I can't go on. So I stopped smoking.

It was a tremendous deprivation because I was addicted to it. And I used to wake up dreaming...the nightmare was I resumed smoking. But I made a choice and said, if I continue this, I will not be able to do my job. I didn't know anything about cancer of the throat or oesophagus or the lungs, etc. But it turned out it had many other deleterious effects.

Strangely enough after that, I became very allergic, hyper-allergic to smoking, so much so that I would plead with my Cabinet ministers not to smoke in the Cabinet room. You want to smoke, please go out, because I am allergic.

Then one day I was at the home of my colleague, Mr Rajaratnam, meeting foreign correspondents including some from the London Times and they took a picture of me and I had a big belly like that (puts his hands in front of his belly), a beer belly. I felt no, no, this will not do.

So I started playing more golf, hit hundreds of balls on the practice tee. But this didn't go down. There was only one way it could go down: consume less, burn up more.

Another turning point came when -this was 1976, after the general election - I was feeling tired. I was breathing deeply at the Istana, on the lawns. My daughter, who at that time just graduating as a doctor, said: 'What are you trying to do?' I said: 'I feel an effort to breathe in more oxygen.'
She said: 'Don't play golf. Run. Aerobics.'

So she gave me a book, quite a famous book and, then, very current in America on how you score aerobic points swimming, running, whatever it is, cycling. I looked at it sceptically.
I wasn't very keen on running. I was keen on golf. So I said, 'Let's try'.
So in-between golf shots while playing on my own, sometimes nine holes at the Istana, I would try and walk fast between shots. Then I began to run between shots. And I felt better. After a while, I said: 'Okay, after my golf, I run.' And after a few years, I said: 'Golf takes so long. The running takes 15 minutes. Let's cut out the golf and let's run.'

I think the most important thing in ageing is you got to understand yourself. And the knowledge now is all there. When I was growing up, the knowledge wasn't there. I had to get the knowledge from friends, from doctors.

But perhaps the most important bit of knowledge that the doctor gave me was one day, when I said: 'Look, I'm feeling slower and sluggish.' So he gave me a medical encyclopaedia and he turned the pages to ageing. I read it up and it was illuminating. A lot of it was difficult jargon but I just skimmed through to get the gist of it.
As you grow, you reach 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and then, thereafter, you are on a gradual slope down physically. Mentally, you carry on and on and on until I don't know what age, but mathematicians will tell you that they know their best output is when they're in their 20s and 30s when your mental energy is powerful and you haven't lost many neurons.

That's what they tell me. So, as you acquire more knowledge, you then craft a programme for yourself to maximise what you have. It's just common sense. I never planned to live till 85 or 84. I just didn't think about it. I said: 'Well, my mother died when she was 74, she had a stroke. My father died when he was 94.' But I saw him, and he lived a long life, well, maybe it was his DNA. But more than that, he swam every day and he kept himself busy. He was working for the Shell company. He was in charge, he was a superintendent of an oil depot. When he retired, he started becoming a salesman.. So people used to tell me: 'Your father is selling watches at BP de Silva.' My father was then living with me. But it kept him busy. He had that routine: He meets people, he sells watches, he buys and sells all kinds of semi-precious stones, he circulates coins. And he keeps going. But at 87, 88, he fell, going down the steps from his room to the dining room, broke his arm, three months incapacitated. Thereafter, he couldn't go back to swimming.

Then he became wheelchair-bound. Then it became a problem because my house was constructed that way. So my brother - who's a doctor and had a flat (one-level) house - took him in. And he lived on till 94. But towards the end, he had gradual loss of mental powers.

So my calculations, I'm somewhere between 74 and 94. And I've reached the halfway point now. But have I? Well, 1996 when I was 73, I was cycling and I felt tightening on the neck. Oh, I must retire today. So I stopped. Next day, I returned to the bicycle. After five minutes it became worse. So I said, no, no, this is something serious, it's got to do with the blood vessels. Rung up my doctor, who said, 'Come tomorrow'. Went tomorrow, he checked me, and said: 'Come back tomorrow for an angiogram.' I said: 'What's that?' He said: 'We'll pump something in and we'll see whether the coronary arteries are cleared or blocked.'

I was going to go home. But an MP who was a cardiologist happened to be around, so he came in and said: 'What are you doing here?' I said: 'I've got this.' He said: 'Don't go home. You stay here tonight. I've sent patients home and they never came back. Just stay here. They'll put you on the monitor. They'll watch your heart. And if anything, an emergency arises, they will take you straight to the theatre. You go home. You've got no such monitor. You may never come back.'

So I stayed there. Pumped in the dye, yes it was blocked, the left circumflex, not the critical, lead one. So that's lucky for me. Two weeks later, I was walking around, I felt it's coming back. Yes it has come back, it had occluded. So this time they said: 'We'll put in a stent.' I'm one of the first few in Singapore to have the stent, so it was a brand new operation. Fortunately, the man who invented the stent was out here selling his stent. He was from San Jose , La Jolla something or the other. So my doctor got hold of him and he supervised the operation. He said put the stent in. My doctor did the operation, he just watched it all and then that's that. That was before all this problem about lining the stent to make sure that it doesn't occlude and create a disturbance.

So at each stage, I learnt something more about myself and I stored that. I said: 'Oh, this is now a danger point.'

So all right, cut out fats, change diet, went to see a specialist in Boston , Massachusetts General Hospital . He said: 'Take statins.'
I said: 'What's that?'
He said: '(They) help to reduce your cholesterol.'
My doctors were concerned. They said: 'You don't need it.. Your cholesterol levels are okay.'
Two years later, more medical evidence came out. So the doctors said: 'Take statins.'
Had there been no angioplasty, had I not known that something was up and I cycled on, I might have gone at 74 like my mother. So I missed that deadline.

So next deadline: my father's fall at 87.

I'm very careful now because sometimes when I turn around too fast, I feel as if I'm going to get off balance. So my daughter, a neurologist, she took me to the NNI, there's this nerve conduction test, put electrodes here and there. The transmission of the messages between the feet and the brain has slowed down.

So all the exercise, everything, effort put in, I'm fit, I swim, I cycle. But I can't prevent this losing of conductivity of the nerves and this transmission.

So just go slow.

So when I climb up the steps, I have no problem. When I go down the steps, I need to be sure that I've got something I can hang on to, just in case. So it's a constant process of adjustment.

But I think the most important single lesson I learnt in life was that if you isolate yourself, you're done for. The human being is a social animal - he needs stimuli, he needs to meet people, to catch up with the world.

I don't much like travel but I travel very frequently despite the jet lag, because I get to meet people of great interest to me, who will help me in my work as chairman of our GIC. So I know, I'm on several boards of banks, international advisory boards of banks, of oil companies and so on. And I meet them and I get to understand what's happening in the world, what has changed since I was here one month ago, one year ago. I go to India , I go
to China .

And that stimuli brings me to the world of today. I'm not living in the world, when I was active, more active 20, 30 years ago. So I tell my wife. She woke up late today. I said: 'Never mind, you come along by 12 o'clock. I go first.'

If you sit back - because part of the ending part of the encyclopaedia which I read was very depressing - as you get old, you withdraw from everything and then all you will have is your bedroom and the photographs and the furniture that you know, and that's your world. So if you've got to go to hospital, the doctor advises you to bring some photographs so that you'll know you're not lost in a different world, that this is like your bedroom.

I'm determined that I will not, as long as I can, to be reduced, to have my horizons closed on me like that. It is the stimuli, it is the constant interaction with people across the world that keeps me aware and alive to what's going on and what we can do to adjust to this different world.

In other words, you must have an interest in life. If you believe that at 55, you're retiring, you're going to read books, play golf and drink wine, then I think you're done for. So statistically they will show you that all the people who retire and lead sedentary lives, the pensioners die off very quickly.

So we now have a social problem with medical sciences, new procedures, new drugs, many more people are going to live long lives. If the mindset is that when I reach retirement age 62, I'm old, I can't work anymore, I don't have to work, I just sit back, now is the time I'll enjoy life, I think you're making the biggest mistake of your life. After one month, or after two months, even if you go travelling with nothing to do, with no purpose in life, you will just degrade, you'll go to seed.

The human being needs a challenge, and my advice to every person in Singapore and elsewhere: Keep yourself interested, have a challenge. If you're not interested in the world and the world is not interested in you, the biggest punishment a man can receive is total isolation in a dungeon, black and complete withdrawal of all stimuli, that's real torture.

So when I read that people believe, Singaporeans say: 'Oh, 62 I'm retiring.' I say to them: 'You really want to die quickly?' If you want to see sunrise tomorrow or sunset, you must have a reason, you must have the stimuli to keep going.'

Monday, 20 April 2009

Making success a habit - Stephen R Covey

It's now been 20 years since it was first published, but Stephen R Covey's groundbreaking book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, refuses to go off global bestseller lists. Often recognised as one of the most influential books ever written, the self-help title has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages and catapulted the author to a lucrative public speaker status and one who travels the world inspiring leaders and managers.

Stephen R. Covey's four imperatives for leaders and managers

1- Inspire trust: You do this by modelling, by being a person of high character who can be personally trusted. You also inspire trust by trusting associates in the organisation, empowering them with opportunities to be engaged, to make decisions, to contribute their best thinking or talents. You will find that you will be much better at finding creative solutions, especially in tough times.

2- Clarify purpose: Share a clear vision with your organisation and teams. Your vision needs to be tied to the needs of all your most important stakeholders who are your associates, clients, board members, etc. Everyone needs to understand the most important goals for them to focus and execute on.

3- Align systems: To achieve your vision and your goals, you must align your systems, structures and processes to enable results. So often goals are simply not met because of misalignment. The end result is often mediocre if not altogether poor performance. This can be especially demoralising to people who want to produce but find themselves constrained.

4- Unleash talent: Great leadership doesn't come from the top-down. You have to get the best from everyone by developing their capabilities and capacities for self-leadership. Empower people, co-develop goals and jobs-to-be-done with them and set up accountability and rewards.



Covey, who is also the co-founder of professional-services firm FranklinCovey, refuses to take credit for the seven habits that has made him, his book and his company a force to reckon with.

"I am simply the teacher," he says. "The principles found in 7 Habits are universal, timeless, and found throughout the world.

"I am, at heart, a teacher, a writer, an author. I am also an avid learner who loves to continually learn. I see myself as someone who is trying to live, learn and teach principles."

"There is no doubt that trust profoundly affects the bottom line," he says. "It is at the heart of creating true collaboration, synergy, innovation and building positive relationships. With trust we can find unique, creative solutions to problems and also create new opportunities."

There are no organisations or places that cannot benefit from improving trust, he adds. "The need is common throughout the world. It is the catalyst that keeps everything moving and working smoothly and effectively."

When it comes to leadership, one of the biggest lessons managers need to learn is "the power of having principles" – an example Covey cites as to why his 1989 book is still applicable even in these times. "The 7 Habits are still relevant today and will stand the test of time because they are based on timeless, universal principles. The message today is perhaps even more relevant in the midst of a crisis," he says.

"The principles remind us that we must be the creative force of our own lives otherwise we risk being blown by the winds of change. Being centred on principles gives us a compass from which to effectively navigate from."

The only aspects that have changed, he adds, is "the sheer speed of change and the impact of globalisation".

"We are, indeed, living in a flat world. The age of top-down management is gone. You cannot afford to have one or a few people at the top making all the decisions. You have to create more flat organisations where people are empowered to make decisions, use their creativity and be involved, engaged in problems or opportunities," he advises.

"It is up to each of us to respond to the changes. The challenge is to not only be effective as individuals and organisations but to transcend to greatness."

For this purpose, Covey says he wrote The 8th Habit – From Effectiveness to Greatness, a sequel, published in 2004. "Organisations have the opportunity to create a culture of greatness by institutionalising principles into their systems, processes and structures. The 8th Habit is all about this process," he explains.

"We enable greatness by empowering people to find their voice – to fulfil their passion, talents and conscience towards a worthy purpose. Most people feel that they are not allowed to fully contribute their talents and skills – they feel controlled and constrained. You enable greatness when you unleash talent and help people fulfil their potential."

FranklinCovey, of which Covey serves as vice-chair, is an Utah-based company that specialises in time management training and assessment services for organisations. It has offices in 62 countries and was formed in 1997 after a merger between Franklin Quest, the company that created a time management system called the Franklin Planner, and Covey's Covey Leadership Center.

"I enjoy a leadership role on the board. But most part of my time is spent teaching, travelling for presentations, writing and doing research," he says. "I also make plenty of time for my family – they are my priority.".

The-self help industry today is extremely broad, adds Covey, with many principles which are only "trendy for the moment".

For those looking for resources, he advises discernment. "Evaluate the content to see if it's based on universal principles, if it has stood the test of time. You also need to follow your conscience," he says.

"I am a great believer in the ability of people to take initiative to develop themselves. Our learning is something we each have to take responsibility for."

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Beautifully Imperfect...




Kindly learn to appreciate those little imperfections in your life. It is better late than never...

Saturday, 18 April 2009

SEMAKAN TAWARAN KE PROGRAM MATRIKULASI SESI 2009 / 2010 BAGI LEPASAN SPM 2008

KEPUTUSAN PENEMPATAN CALON PROGRAM MATRIKULASI SATU TAHUN (PST) KPM

Keputusan boleh disemak mulai 17 April 2009 melalui tiga cara :

1) Secara online (melalui internet)

Untuk membuat semakan ini, anda boleh menggunakan :

  • Nombor Kad Pengenalan atau
  • Nombor Lembaga Peperiksaan

2) Semakan Melalui Sistem Pesanan Ringkas (SMS)
  • Taipkan MOE(jarak-space)MAT(jarak-space)NO. KP dan hantarkan ke 15888
  • Contoh : MOE MAT 760704085973

Calon Rayuan:

  • Taipkan MOE(jarak-space)MAR(jarak-space)NO. KP dan hantarkan ke 15888
  • Contoh : MOE MAR 960704085973

3) Telefon ke nombor 03 8884 4100

Tips for filling your income tax returns ( Part 3 )

More tips on lessening your income tax burden

This is the final of a three-part ACCA Easy Guide to Tax Filing for Employees, which looks at income tax threshold, child relief and penalties


FOR YA2008, employees need to make a minimum annual salary of RM26,804 before triggering income tax.


Married couples should ensure that the higher-earning spouse claims child relief to lessen the tax burden. Remember to abide by income tax regulations to avoid heavy penalties.


Income Tax Threshold

For YA 2008, an employee is required to file Form BE by or before April 30 through electronic filing or actual submission of the tax return form to the Pusat Pemprosesan at Pandan Indah, Cheras.


The employee is entitled to the following tax reliefs:


Employees must make a minimum salary of RM26,804 to be liable for income tax for YA 2008.


Example 1: An individual with only EPF contributions as relief


An employee may not be required to pay tax on employment income exceeding RM26,804 if said individual employee incurred other tax reliefs on books, medical check-ups or life insurance premiums.


Example 2: Assuming an individual with a salary of RM30,062 has tax reliefs other than EPF contributions, he may not be liable for income tax. His tax payable is:


An employee earning annual salary exceeding RM30,062 may also not be liable to pay income tax if he incurred the following expenses:


(a) Medical expenses for parents RM5,000


(b) Medical or educational insurance for taxpayer, spouse, child RM 3,000


(c) Basic supporting equipment for taxpayer, spouse, child, parents RM3,000


An employee with an existing SG income tax reference number may need to file in a nil return on Form BE even though his annual salary for YA 2008 is below RM30,062.


Child Relief

Married couples can claim child relief for maintaining any child during the calendar year 2008 whether the child is their own, a stepchild, or a legally adopted child.


The amount of child relief is:


18-years-old or less (RM1,000); above 18 and studying in university or college (RM4,000).


Child relief is given for any number of children who are not married.


Child relief for disabled children is RM5,000.


An additional RM4,000 is granted if the disabled child is studying in university or college.


To minimise tax payable, child relief should be claimed by either spouse who has the highest taxable income.


Example: Li and Choo have three children below 18 years. Li’s total income is RM90,000 and Choo’s RM60,000 for YA 2008. The child relief entitlement is RM1,000 x 3 = RM3,000. (see charts above)


Penalties

The Income Tax Act 1967 imposes various penalties for non-compliance. These include:


(a) Non-submission of return


Return Form BE for YA 2008 needs to be submitted by or before Apr 30, failing which taxpayers incur a:


(i) Penalty that is 3 times of tax


(ii) Fine between RM300 to RM2,000


In practice, the tax authorities impose 2%-20% on the tax payable as the penalty instead of the statutory formula of 300%.


(b) Non-payment of final tax


The employer deducts the employee’s monthly tax which is paid to IRB on the 10th of every month. The difference between the actual tax and the total tax deducted by the employer must be paid to IRB on / before Apr 30. Failure to pay the final tax on Apr 30 will result in a late payment penalty of 10% being imposed.


An additional 5% will be imposed if the final tax or penalty is still not paid by June 30 (60 days after Apr 30)


(c) Not keeping sufficient records


Under the self assessment system, an employee is required to keep sufficient records on his tax affairs for seven years. Only the tax return Form BE is submitted to IRB by or before Apr 30.


These records comprise a copy of Form BE, salary slips, Form EA (Statement of Employment Income), and credit card statements in relation to petrol claims, travelling, parking, and toll charges incurred in relation to official duties.


Failure to maintain sufficient records is an offence and the penalty will be:


(i) A fine between RM300 to RM10,000 or


(ii) Imprisonment ≤ 1 year.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Tips for filling your income tax returns ( Part 2 )

If you pay minimum EPF how does it affect you taxes?


INDIVIDUAL taxpayers need to be alert to amendments to the income tax regulations relating to bonuses and directors’ fees.


Taxpayers also need to consider the tax consequences if they elect to pay the mandatory minimum contribution of 8% to the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF).


By opting to contribute 8% to EPF instead of the previous 11%, they lose out on dividends, decrease the potential size of their retirement nest egg, and could suffer additional income tax.


Bonus/directors’ fees

Employees receiving director fees or bonuses in 2009 in relation to work performed in 2008 or prior to 2008 will only be taxed in year of assessment (YA) 2009 under a new amendment to the Income Tax Act 1967 to ease filing under the self assessment system via the Finance Act 2009 (gazetted on Jan 8, 2009).


These director fees or bonuses would be included in the EA Form 2009 to be submitted on April 30, 2010. They must not be treated as income in 2008 and should never be included in EA Form 2008.


Example 1:

Karmen Sdn Bhd pays a special bonus of RM8,000 to Fionna on April 1, 2009 for her excellent performance in 2008. The bonus of RM8,000 will be treated as income for 2009.


Example 2:

Yie Lin receives director fees of RM300,000 in relation to 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (or five years’ total) on March 1, 2009. The total director fees of RM300,000 will be treated as income in 2009.


The employer is required to deduct the monthly tax deduction in the year 2009 (year of payment) and pay the net amount to the employee or director.


There is a new monthly tax deduction table issued to take effect on Jan 1, namely Income Tax (Deduction From Remuneration) (Amendment) Rules 2008 [PU(A) 468/2008].


Paying bonuses and directors’ fees related to 2008 in year 2009 has the advantage of tax savings of 1% if and only if the annual income of such employees is RM250,000 and above.



EPF contributions: 11% or 8%?

With effect from Jan 1, the EPF Act 1991 has been amended to allow employees to contribute 8% of their salary to EPF.


Previously, the mandatory contribution was 11% of salary.


The employer will continue to contribute an amount equal to 12% of the employee’s salary to EPF.

Under the existing Income Tax Act 1967, income to be assessed remains at 100% of salary although the employee only receives 92% of salary.


Salary 100%


Less: 8% of salary to EPF (8%)


Net salary 92%


The employers’ contribution of 12% is not taxable on employees. The amount of EPF contributed by employees (8%) is available as tax relief.


EPF plus life insurance premiums paid on the life of the taxpayers or their spouses will be granted a maximum tax relief of RM6,000 in a particular YA (EPF + life insurance = RM6,000).


Although the Government meant well by lowering the EPF contribution from 11% to 8% to ease the taxpayer’s financial burden, taxpayers may ultimately end up paying additional tax due to reduced EPF contributions.


Assuming that an individual does not have life insurance premiums, full utilisation of the RM6,000 relief will require an individual to earn an annual salary of RM54,545 (computed as follows: RM6,000/11% = RM54,545).


An individual earning an annual salary below RM54,545 will end up paying additional tax if he reduces his EPF contribution from 11% to 8%.


Example:

Melissa earns an annual salary of RM50,000. She pays 11% of salary, or RM5,500, to the EPF and pays RM500 in premiums on her life insurance. Effective Jan 1, she is required to pay only 8% of RM50,000 to EPF.


The differences in tax payable as a result of contributing either 11% or 8% to EPF are shown in the table


Taxpayers need to think twice before opting to contribute just 8% to EPF.


Although employees whose income exceeds RM54,545 don’t pay additional tax if they contribute 8% to EPF, they risk losing out on a substantial retirement sum since their contributions will be lower by 3% (11%-8%) and interest will compound annually on a smaller lump sum.


EPF paid a dividend of 4.5% in 2008 and 2007. Although the EPF Act 1991 sets the mandatory contribution by employees at 8%, employees have the right to request their employers to continue deducting 11% of their salary for EPF to meet tax savings and retirement planning goals.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Tips for filling your income tax returns ( Part 1 )

This first of a three-part ACCA’s Easy Guide to Tax Filing for Employees looks at additional goodies for taxpayers


IT’S tax season again! Employees are required to submit their tax return Form BE for year of assessment (YA) 2008 on or before April 30, where the income assessed is in relation to the basis period of Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2008.


This time around, taxpayers get to enjoy additional tax goodies as part of the Government’s effort to cushion the impact of the economic downturn and higher cost of living on Malaysians.


Specifically, the Government announced via the Budget 2009 proposal and the second stimulus package on March 10, 2009, the following tax benefits for employees, which will take effect in YA2008. These benefits will help reduce taxable income and, consequently, the amount of tax payable.


Compensation for loss of employment

The tax burden is eased for retrenched employees as well as those who opt for voluntary separation schemes.


Employees who are retrenched on or after July 1, 2008 will be granted an income tax exemption of RM10,000 for each completed year of service with the employer or companies in the same group. This also applies to payments for employees who opted for voluntary separation schemes.


Example:

A is a salesperson working in Star New Enterprise from April 1, 2006. Due to the economic downturn in 2009, A was retrenched on Nov 1, 2008 and was paid compensation of RM25,000 for loss of employment. The amount to be taxed in YA2008 will be:



Compensation RM25,000


(Less) Exemption


1.4.2006 – 31.3.2007


1.4.2007 – 31.3.2008


(2 completed years of service)


X RM10,000 RM20,000


RM5,000


If the retrenchment was before July 1, 2008, then the amount exempted for each year of service will be RM6,000.


Tax-exempt employee benefits — allowances

The following tax benefits provided to employees from Jan 1, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008 will be tax deductible against business income for employers AND exempted from tax on employees. These benefits are also available for YA2009.


(a) Petrol card/petrol allowance/travel allowance


An employer providing petrol cards, petrol allowance or travelling allowance to employees to travel from home to workplace or office will be allowed up to RM2,400 a year.


(b) Meal allowance for working overtime, travelling outstation.


(c) Parking allowance.


(For (b) and (c), the allowance must be reasonable and justifiable depending on the nature of work and position of employee.)


(d) Medical treatment for employees, spouses and children to include traditional medicine such as ayurvedic treatment and acupuncture.


(e) Interest subsidies on housing, car and education. The total loan amount is restricted to RM300,000.


(f) Childcare allowance up to RM2,400 a year.


(g) Employers’ products or services which can be provided free or at a discount which must not exceed RM1,000 a year.


Employers involved in the manufacture of food and car accessories may consider providing the products to employees to reduce their cost of living in the current economic slowdown.


These allowances need to be disclosed in the Form EA as tax-exempt benefits although they are not taxable on employees.


Official duties – travelling allowance

When employers provide petrol cards, petrol allowance or travelling allowance to salaried personnel, such as reporters and other employees, to carry out official duties, this form of allowance is taxable on the employee and must be reflected in their respective EA Forms.


Employees must keep a record of the actual expenses incurred in relation to official duties and set off the amount incurred against the allowance received. This is an added burden and responsibility on the employee. The records have to be kept for a period of seven years.


Employees may end up paying additional tax under the self-assessment system if they report the employment income as per the EA Form without deducting the actual travelling expenses incurred while on official duty to carry out the employers’ business.


In the Budget 2009 announcement, the Government said petrol cards, petrol allowance, travelling allowance and toll cards for official duties up to RM6,000 a year will be tax-exempt.


This means that the employer will exclude RM6,000 a year from the taxable income of employees as reported in the EA Form. However, the employer needs to disclose this RM6,000 as a tax-exempt benefit in the EA Form.


Employees receiving travelling allowances not exceeding RM6,000 a year will no longer be required to keep the required receipts to substantiate their claims.


This incentive applies from YA2008.


However, if the employer provides, for official duties, petrol card, petrol allowance, travelling allowance and toll card exceeding RM6,000 a year, the employer is required to report in Form EA in two sections:


(a) Tax exempt benefits: RM6,000


(b) Part of taxable employment income – salary, bonus, entertainment allowance – and the petrol/travelling/toll amount in excess of RM6,000


In this case, the employee is now required to keep all receipts to substantiate her claims.


Example:

Ming Hui has marketed agricultural products for Duck Rich Sdn Bhd since 2007. She receives a travelling allowance of RM14,000 per year.


For the year ended Dec 31, 2008, the company will provide Ming Hui with Form EA disclosing taxable income of RM8,000 as part of employment income and a tax-exempt benefit of RM6,000.


Ming Hui incurred RM9,000 for travelling expenses to carry out official duties for YA2008. She is required to set off these travelling expenses against the amount received from her employer of RM14,000 (and not RM8,000). The amount taxable on her is RM5,000 (RM14,000 – RM9,000).


Ming Hui is required to maintain the receipts of RM9,000 for a period of seven years.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Public caning for schools?

Consider the recent suggestion to re-introduce "public caning" in schools. Ask ourselves -- why have we come to a point where we need to reintroduce such a sign and symbol of authoritarianism?

Times have changed. In the 1940s and 50s our grandparents send their kids to school with a cane /rotan. Child psychology was not in vogue yet. They did not know any other way. American democracy was not pervasive yet. TV was still in black and white. iPHONES, Blackberry, and iPODS were still in the imagination of kids yet to make it big like Bill Gates.


The problem in schools is deeper than just behavioral. Boredom, apathy, and disengagement are merely symptoms of a larger problem. The problem lies in the entire spectrum of what we have been doing over the last 50 years, the crisis of educational leadership we have, a vision of society which does not match the politics in education we have deeply hammer into the schools we built. It lies in the philosophy, paradigm, pedagogy, process, and product. Most importantly it lies in the we view human nature as it related to economic development.


We can begin to analyze this issue by looking at what we have produced: Mat and Minah Rempits. Our education system has become "rempitised".

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"The (North Pole Free Fall) expedition is among the latest controversial moves by Umno to engage youths, especially Mat Rempit, in a series of baffling activities…. This includes a 50,000-strong carnival gathering which never took off, a road trip tainted by sex and booze allegations and a proposed programme to reward mat rempit for nabbing snatch thieves."
- Malaysiakini newsreport March 10, 2007


Again and again we are sending a wrong message to the children of tomorrow concerning what good behavior for our youth should be. Wrong model. Why are we allowing Umno Putera to glorify Mat Rempits and reward them with something they do not deserve? Don't these youth leaders know what education means and how to educate these 'damaged' youth? We do not understand what being "fair but firm" means in educating troubled youth.


Worse, we do not understand the root cause of why children fail in school but graduate to become Mat and Minah Rempits or "Alongs" and all kinds of human beings alienated by the system we built together.


The 50,000 strong gathering, the name-change to Mat Cemerlang, the proposed drag race circuit, and now the North Pole jump – what are these for in the name of 'education for good citizenship'? How many will 50,000 Mat Rempits multiply into in a decade? What will be the consequence for our nation already falling apart from corruption and mismanagement? We need more than just quick fix solution to the issue of 'juvenile delinquency' that is getting out of control. We need a "zero-tolerance policy" on "rempitizing behaviors".


Don't the ministry of education know what the taxpayers want for the education system? Why not spend money preparing good teachers to prepare good curriculum and teaching strategies to deal with the children of the Millennium generation?


Why not spend money making sure that all schools meet the minimum standards of technology, resources, safety, and teacher competency? Why not beef up the "rempit division" of the police force?


Why continue to arrogantly trumpet pseudo-humanistic approach to curing the disease of rempitism when there are better long-lasting ways we can employ to make sure students do not become what they shouldn't be becoming?

The wrong model


Mat Rempit wannabes will think that even if they do not do well in school and not be disruptive, they will still grow up protected by the system created by those who want to continue to preach the "welfare mentality".


There will be youth political parties trying hard enough to negotiate with the "motorcycle gang" so that the latter can be of help in maintaining the hegemony of the ruling party.


The compromising approach towards those who "terrorize" neighborhoods, law-abiding citizens, or even rob and maim others will give more and more power to many others to follow the footsteps of the motorcycled mob.


"I'll make you an offer you can't refuse" said Don Vito Corleone of Mario Puzo's The Godfather fame – would be the best way to describe the philosophy of how we reward these troubled youth.


A wrong model of youth education will produce more youth who will see national development through wrong lens.


Perhaps our minister of education need to spend one class period a month in different classroom settings, as an undercover substitute teacher, to understand the culture of the classroom and to make sense of why many things are failing.


Perhaps top ranking officials of the ministry without classroom experience need to take turns doing this undercover job to see why we are not producing the graduates we want.


Perhaps these officials can be given a class period to teach in the urban schools and where Mat and Minah Rempits reign – schools in Puchong for example. Or they can sit in classroom in Arau Perlis where broken door, blackboard, windowpanes, ceilings and walls welcome new students daily.


These are the real stuff of teaching – ones that ministers do not see. Many are merely interested in 'officiating' smart schools and have photo sessions for example with Microsoft's Bill Gates in Dengkil – schools that will produce no Mat and Minah Rempits.


Many do not even want their children near National Service camps that has taken the lives of many of our precious youth to date! We now have a movement towards the three school system – public, private, and international – each catering to the degree of fear parents have towards their children's education.


This is the lifeboat/sinking sampan mentality we have cultivated as a nation.


But education is about hope and love.That's what the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire once said. It is about modeling best practice. Where do we begin then?

The right model


First, we need to stop sending the wrong message. We need to reward those who are doing well academically regardless of race, and help channel their creativity through the spectrum of their educational experience.


We need to create classrooms with smaller sizes so that the needs of these children can be met according to their interest. The "small schools" movement that identify children's career interest at an early age can be a good model to work from – schools modeled after the concept of "academies".


Let experts from all sector of society -- the stakeholders in education -- help suggest good ideas on how to help our troubled youth.


Next, get funding to create alternative schools for troubled youth, that would also include a course in 'motorcycle education'.


We need to study the "ecology" of the child and the "anthropology of the modern Malaysian school" and classroom in order to ascertain why children become disillusioned in schools and declare their freedom and irresponsibility on the streets, past midnight.


We need to find out where their parents are and why they are no longer doing good parenting. We need to teach them that poverty is not a license to leave their children to be educated by the streets. In poverty too there is dignity and an inspiration to raise grateful children who will not be a menace to society.


We need to study the socio-economic make-up of the youth at risk and ascertain the nature of psychological emotional, and even spiritual derangement that is plaguing our youth. We need to hold parents accountable for their children's behavior, not just leave already stressed and poorly-paid teachers to become "correctional officers", while trying to create success for all.


Parents must be given trainings in what matters for their children in school and how to monitor behaviors. Schooling should be a peaceful partnership between the child, parents, teachers, and the society we wish to create.


It is not about stealing the minds of children of tomorrow or the benefit of politics of the here and now.


We need to study the ecology of the media and the nature of fast changing economy to see the impact of it on the youth of today. What are the youth watching on TV? Who produces junk programs that produces the "GIGO" (garbage-in-garbage-out) mind? How does the media exploit the insecurities of our youth?


Certainly a lot to study and act upon.


But first and foremost, we must study ourselves as a nation—where are we going?


And—we need to stop political parties from further nurturing 'rempitism'. There are better ways—by being fair yet firm.


Let us pray that those with "rempitised" minds do not become our political leaders or education ministers.


Education, as the philosopher John Dewey would say, is the only way for social and intellectual progress. Teach children, as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, according to the times they are in.


Good luck with our journey. We hope for the experts in our ministry to guide us through.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Semakan Keputusan Permohonan Ke Matrikulasi KPM - 17 April

Kementerian Pelajaran menetapkan 17 April ini sebagai tarikh semakan permohonan memasuki Program Matrikulasi oleh pelajar lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Menurut kenyataan Kementerian Pelajaran hari ini, semakan boleh dibuat melalui laman web kementerian di http://www.moe.gov.my dengan memasukkan nombor kad pengenalan beserta angka giliran SPM.

Pemohon juga boleh menghantar Khidmat Pesanan Ringkas (SMS) dengan menaip MAT jarak nombor kad pengenalan pelajar ke talian 15888 atau menghubungi bantuan Bahagian Matrikulasi di 03-8884 4100 pada hari bekerja (8.30 pagi hingga 4 petang) bagi mengetahui status permohonan.

Menurut kenyataan itu, tarikh pendaftaran adalah pada 11 Mei ini dan surat tawaran dan maklumat lanjut berkaitan pendaftaran, yuran dan lain-lain akan dihantar oleh pihak kolej berkenaan.

Pemohon berkelayakan yang gagal dalam permohonan boleh membuat rayuan melalui internet atau secara bertulis dengan melampirkan satu salinan keputusan SPM beserta kad pengenalan yang disahkan kepada Bahagian Matrikulasi, Aras 6, Blok E15, Parcel E, Kompleks Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62604 Putrajaya, sebelum 30 April ini.

Keputusan rayuan akan diumumkan pada 22 Mei depan melalui laman web.

Pemohon juga boleh menyemaknya dengan menghantar SMS dengan menaip MAR jarak nombor kad pengenalan pelajar dan hantar ke 15888 ataupun menghubungi talian bantuan Bahagian Matrikulasi.

Menurut kenyataan itu lagi, keputusan kemasukan ke Program Dua Tahun (PDT) akan diumumkan pada 3 Jun depan dan pelajar dikehendaki mendaftar di kolej 12 hari selepas itu.

Status permohonan boleh disemak melalui laman web dan semakan juga boleh dibuat dengan menghubungi talian bantuan seperti di atas ataupun dengan menghantar SMS dengan menaip MAT jarak nombor kad pengenalan dan hantar ke 15888.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Tapisan SPRM Wajib Untuk Naik Pangkat - JPA

Kerajaan sememangnya mewajibkan perisytiharan harta dan tapisan keutuhan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) sebagai antara syarat-syarat kenaikan pangkat bagi penjawat awam, menurut Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA).

Langkah Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) memperkenalkan syarat mengkehendaki pegawainya dikenakan tapisan SPRM sebelum dipertimbangkan kenaikan pangkat adalah menepati peraturan sedia ada dalam perkhidmatan awam.

Ketua Unit Komunikasi Korporat JPA Nik Noraini Nik Ya berkata calon-calon yang dipertimbangkan untuk kenaikan pangkat juga perlu memenuhi syarat-syarat lain termasuk bebas daripada hukuman tatatertib selain penilaian prestasi.

"Amalan oleh JPJ itu merupakan pematuhan terhadap Peraturan-peraturan Pegawai Awam (Pelantikan, Kenaikan Pangkat dan Penamatan Perkhidmatan) 2005 bagi memastikan keutuhan seseorang penjawat awam, antaranya tidak terlibat dengan amalan rasuah.

"Perenggan 37 (2)(c) menetapkan antara asas kenaikan pangkat adalah sifat-sifat peribadi pegawai termasuk kesesuaiannya dengan jawatan kenaikan pangkat, keutuhan, potensi dan kepimpinan pegawai," katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini Khamis.

Isnin lepas, JPJ yang dikritik hebat kerana rasuah sejak akhir-akhir ini, menandatangani Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) dengan SPRM dalam usaha membendung gejala rasuah dan meningkatkan integriti serta profesionalisme di kalangan warga kerjanya.

Nik Noraini berkata Peraturan 10, Peraturan-peraturan Pegawai Awam (Kelakuan dan Tatatertib) 1993, menetapkan semua penjawat awam (terpakai untuk semua gred jawatan) dikehendaki mengisytiharkan secara bertulis kepada Ketua Jabatan masing-masing segala harta yang dimiliki olehnya atau isteri, suami, anak, atau yang dipegang oleh mana-mana orang bagi pihaknya, isteri atau suami atau anaknya.

"Peraturan ini juga menetapkan pengisytiharan harta diwajibkan apabila dilantik ke dalam perkhidmatan awam, dikehendaki oleh kerajaan, memperoleh harta tambahan dan atau melupuskan harta," katanya.

Beliau berkata penjelasan dan panduan lanjut mengenai pelaksanaan pengisytiharan harta dinyatakan melalui Pekeliling Perkhidmatan Bilangan Tiga Tahun 2002 di mana penjawat awam hendaklah membuat pengisytiharan harta setiap lima tahun sekali.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Spang Kederang Sungguh!

*Sila Baca Dalam Loghat Terengganu.

Salang sejahtera. Sini saye ade satu cite untuk pengajarang semue. Bagi sape-sape yang nok gi interbiuw dang ade niat nok nippu mase interbiuw tu, ingat- ingatlah cite ni. Kisoh benar ni tau bukang rekaang!!!

Beberape tahung yang lepas, satu temuduge kenaikang pangkat telah dibuat oleh saloh sebuoh anok syarikak TNB. Biaselah kang kalu nok naik pangkat mestilah duduk ujiang bertulis dang lepas tu barul! ah ujiang bercakak pulok (temuduga lah tu) test suare lah pulok. Dang dalang rama-rama yang terpilihtu ade tige kawang kite dari Tranung telah dipilih untuk di temuduge. Kebetulang pulok tige kawang kite ni adelah peserte ketige yang pertame. Ape lagi debor peruk lah kawang 3 orang nih. Kawang yang nombor satu mule la merungut, (kene bace ikut loghat terengganu!) .......

"Baru je sapa sini, letih tok hilang lagi, doh bale baru sapa pulok".

Sampuk pulak kawan yang kedue ni.... "mapuh kite kalu lagu ni... aku
doh kecuk perut ni".

Dang bersuare la pulok kawang yang ketige ni dengang berlagok macho seraye berkate "Mu nok takut bende gok awang eh... Kalu die tanye, mu jawap je la. Kalu mu tok tahu, mu bahang gi la jawap bende pun.... Janji mu jawap doh. Hok mu due ekor ni takut sangat bak pe.... Bukangnye tukang interbiuw tu nok makang mu. Cer mu tengok aku nih, rilek je. Siap buleh control ma! cho lagi".

Tibe mase yang ditunggu-tunggu, make name kaw ang kite yang pertame ni pun dipanggil.

Dalam 15 minit kemudian, kawang yang pertame ni pun kuor lah. Ape lagi macang kera kene belacang la kawang nombor due ni dok tanye ape soalan yang di tanye oleh tukang interbiuw tadi.

"Eh awang! menatang bende tukang interbiuw tanye mu tadi???". awang
nombor satu tadi pong jawap, "Susoh jugok soalan die, tapi aku tok ingak doh bende yang die tanye tadi, tapi se je yang aku ingak die tanye.... pengerusi TNB yang baru sape name. Aku pung jawaplah Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis".

Kawang nombor due pulok menyampuk "Ah sudoh! aku tok reti starang nok sebuk name tu. Guane nih awang? Aku rase nok terkecing doh ni. Ah! aku tulih kat tangan je la awang. Kalu die tanye senang le sikit aku nok jawak."

Pastu sapok le pulok kawang nombor tige yang berlagok panda nih, "Bakpe yang mu jadi bodo sangak nih. Jangang tulih kat tangang, nanti tukang interbiuw tu na! pok mu tulih situ. Mu tulih kat getoh spenda mu tu. kalu die tanye, mu selok la sikit spenda mu, mu buat-buat la gatal kat perut. Pah tu mu kerling la sikit name pengerusi TNB tu".

Ape lagi... kawang nombor due ni pong suke la dengor idea bernas
kawang die tu. Tapi die tok tahu yang kawang die nombor tige tu pong panik gok, sebab die pong tok tahu nak sebut macang mane.

Name kawan nombor due pun dipanggil... . Dalang 20 minit kawang nombor due tok kuor2 lagi. Kawang yang nombor tige panik doh nape kawang die tu tok kuor2 lagi. 5 minit pah tu, kuor la kawang nombor due ni dengang muke tersenyum. Kawang nombor tige pong tanye la, amende soalang yang kuor, jawap la kawan no due ni, "Susoh gok soalang die tapi soalang pengerusi TNB tu aku buleh jawap... aku sempak selok spenda aku. Tukang interbiuw tok nampok aku selok tadi".

Kawang nombor tige ni pong panik la. "Ah sudoh awang! aku pong sebenor nye tok tahu jugok nok sebuk name pengerusi TNB tu".

Jawap lah kawang no due tadi. " Mu tulih pade getoh spenda mu tu macang aku buat nih"

Kawan no tige pulok jawap," Aku nok tulih macam mane aku tok pakai spenda"

Ape lagi kelang kabut le kawang kite. Tibe-tibe kawang no satu yang dari tadi berdiam diri tadi bagi idea..... "Ape bende yang susoh sangat ni awang, mu beri je spenda mu kat die kejap."

Ape lagi bergegas la kawang2 ni pegi toilet untuk berpindoh suor dalang. Tok lame lepah tu name kawang no tige ni pong dipanggil. Dengang semangak berkobor-kobor dan rase confident yang amat sangat kawang kite ni masuk dalam bilik interbiuw tu. Tok sapa 10 minit kawan nombor 3 ni kuor sambil tergaru-garu kepale dengang muke kepelikkang. Kawang2 die yang dok luor ni tanye la kenape kuor awal sangat?

Kata kawang nombor tige, mase ahli panel tanye name pengerusi TNB tu, die jawap je la. Tapi, tok pasa-pasa semue ahli panel su! ke sampai kang ade yang mengalir-alir air mate tok tahang sangat. Pastu kawang2 ni tanye la, mase ahli panel ni tanye name pengerusi TNB tu, ape mu jawap. Dengang confident die bagitahu dengan kuat dan lantang.....

"Datuk Calvin Klein".

Rupe-rupenye mase kawang ni berpindoh seluor dalang tadi, kawang yang sorang ni dah terpakai terbalik rupenye yang belakang ke depang, yang depang ke belakang. Name pengerusi TNB kat belakang, name jename spenda tu pulak kat depang. Tergelok besorlah kawang2 yang due orang lagi tu.....Gitulah cerite nye.... spang kederang sunggoh!!!

Well, it was sweet and memorable to be in Terengganu for nearly 15 years and if I was given a chance, I will definitely love to be there for the rest of my life. Why? Mak aii, hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri. It's pure logic to choose hujan emas...!