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The Big Day Today

I cannot explain how I feel about today’s big day in Bukit Gantang.

 

Worried. Scared. Terrified.

 

Our dear Amirul Mukminin, Ir. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will be, insya Allah, the candidate for PAS at the Bukit Gantang by-election. I pray that there will be no untoward incidents, because there have been rumours that Barisan Nasional will do anything to win the seat. Yes, they have all the power, they have all the money, plus democracy in Malaysia is almost non-existent (although BN claims that democracy is still alive). Nevertheless, we still have Allah will us – so whatever the outcome is, Allah knows best. The big challenge starts today, and the bigger challenge will be on the 7th of April. The people will hopefully, show, their power!

 

Anyway, the permits for Harakah and Suara Keadilan were recently suspended, which I thought was really odd. The Minister said that it was done because apparently, both newspapers contained false news and stories. And NST or Star or Utusan or Berita Harian do not contain false news? I mean, every other line in either of the mainstream media would praise BN and curse Pakatan. It is as if Barisan Nasional is the only one who can rule the country! Therefore, it is implied that everyone else is lousy. Seriously, I get sick of reading those newspapers. I only read Star – and only Karim Raslan and Prof. Azmi Sharom’s columns. At least, they talk some sense.

 

Furthermore, it was worse for these past few days – it was all about UMNO. Like seriously, who cares? Don’t they realize that people just cannot stand them anymore? And the other funny thing, they talk about reform, transform, and everything else about changing. But they voted for KJ (the richest unemployed man in Malaysia and who was found guilty for corruption but not punished) as one of the youth leaders. Talk about reform, huh? Very funny, Mr. Prime-Minister-in-Waiting! Very funny, UMNO members!

 

Meanwhile, Datuk Ambiga, the former President of Bar Council, wrote a very interesting article, We Live in Confusing Times… and her opening words were these:

 

“On Tuesday, we read about the call for change and improvement by our leaders. However, just a day or two before that, we also read about the suspension of Harakah and Suara Keadilan, the denial of media accreditation for the Umno General Assembly to The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, the Nutgraph and three others, the breaking up with tear gas of the PKR rally in Bukit Selambau (and the arrest of 21 people) and, of course, the charging of Karpal Singh with sedition.

 

So why is there this terrible disconnect between what our politicians are saying and what is happening on the ground? Is this a case of over-zealous functionaries trying to second-guess the powers that be? If that is the case then it is easily remedied by immediately reversing these orders. However (as I suspect it is), if these orders have the approval of those at the top, then this is a case of a serious mismatch of word and deed.”

 

Cakap tak serupa bikin for the umpteenth time!

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Refreshing Points

How can one live life to its fullest?

 

We had a very refreshing session with Datuk Saw Choo Boon, the Chairman of Shell Malaysia on Friday. The following are some take-home points:

 

First, never stop learning. If you stop learning, you stop progressing. He also reminded us not to only read what we like, but read about everything and anything. That way, you will stay abreast with the latest developments e.g. world economy, political climate, sports – whatever. It will also help in your communication. As a professional, one has to mix around with different people, so if you are well-read, you can share ideas and opinions. (Note: our Prophet (pbuh) has also given us reminders about life-long learning)

 

Second, concentrate in what you do, be good in what you do. Datuk Saw mentioned that if you are assigned to do something, do it well because that is when the satisfaction comes in. Put your best effort and not just do things ‘sambil lewa’. And most importantly, always try to do beyond what is required of you. Challenge yourself to new things, and try to prove to yourself that you can do things better, always. (Again, Islam requires us to do things or perform tasks in the best manner possible – including slaughtering animals)

 

Third, have passion in what you do. Sometimes, if you don’t have the passion to do things, that is when you start to lose concentration. You must like what you do, regardless. What do you do if you really don’t like to do certain things? Force yourself, I think!

 

Finally, never stop asking ‘why’. Don’t be afraid to ask why. This will allow you to be creative. Seek clarity, but do not lose sight of the bigger picture. He gave an analogy. Say you are in a helicopter. You are flying at a certain level, and when you look down, you see the whole area – i.e. the bigger picture. Then, identify the problematic areas, and bring the helicopter down slowly to this area, and zoom in – i.e. seek clarity on what the problem is and find the solutions. I like this analogy. Too often, I am too focused on a certain aspect that I lose sight of the whole picture.

 

Of course, he said a lot more. But, overall, the above four points were the most important points that I manage to capture.

 

It helps us to live life to the fullest!

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“Say to My servants that They should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: for Satan is to man an avowed enemy.” (Surah Al Israa: 53)

 

In the above verse, Allah reminds us to only speak when is necessary.

 

It was a painful lesson for me. Being concerned about certain things does not justify the need to talk about it. Yes, we have been reminded, but as human beings, we make mistakes. It will always be easier if I only talk to Him, for He is the only one who understands. And most importantly, He is the one who will judge us at the akhirah for all our deeds and intentions – and there are only two options, one or the other – jannah (amin!) or naar (na’uzubillah).

 

It has been another stressful week for me so far. March is already coming to an end, and I only have three more weeks to go before classes end. What have I accomplished so far?

By the way, it was our dear MB Nizar’s birthday yesterday, 17 March 2009. May Allah grant him the strength to continue the struggle. Happy Birthday Datuk Seri!

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Thank you, Court of Appeal judges, for the wise decision.

 

I wish I could personally send a congratulatory note to each of them – Datuk Md Raus Sharif, Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong and Datuk Ahmad Ma’arop – at least, there are still some sensible judges out there.

 

It was reported that the three-member panel of judges unanimously decided that YB Sivakumar can use his own lawyers to represent him in all court proceedings. More details can be found here.

 

They specifically said that “We find no provision in any law that states the speaker must be represented by the state legal adviser. Under the Government Proceedings Act, the speaker is not a state officer or the government of the state. The appellant is at liberty to engage his own private advocates and solicitors.”

 

In fact, I recently read an article written by one former Court of Appeal judge, NH Chan, who also said the same thing. The article entitled “The Arrogance of a Novice Judge” elaborated the provisions in the Government Proceedings Act 1956 and the Federal Constitution to explain why the Judicial Commissioner’s decision was wrong.

 

I hope the judges in the Nizar – Zambry case would also make a wise decision – not a decision desired by either Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional – but a decision that would actually uphold the constitution. Yes, I do want Pakatan Rakyat to win but not at the expense of the supremacy of the constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers. Let us pray that justice is upheld in the end.

 

Anyway, congratulations to Sister Nik Nur Madihah Nik Mohd. Kamal from Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan who scored 19 A1s and 1 A2 in her SPM. I almost had a heart-attack when I saw this photo. Such determination, such courage!

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I hope she will be able to pursue her dreams so that she can improve her family’s wellbeing.

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On Cloud Nine!

I just cannot stop smiling.

 

I found out from YB Idham Lim’s blog that they were having a gathering today @ 10 a.m. to celebrate 1 year of PR’s victory in Perak (which was later robbed by the evil BN) and the 4 other states. It was going to be held at the tree of democracy – which I have wanted to go since last week.

 

So, we left home at about 9.45 a.m. When I arrived, I saw YB Idham, YB Tay, YB Anuar, YB Ngeh, YB Nga, YB Wong and a few others. I started taking photos of the tree of democracy.

 

And then he came – in the MB’s official black Camry. I was stunned when he greeted me.

 

YB Idham started off the ceremony with a short doa. And then, our Amirul Mukminin spoke. He was as fiery as ever, and as usual, he would start with a verse of the Quran.

 

Even YB Lim Kit Siang was there.

 

It was a day we would never forget. This photo, says it all.

 

You will be forever, our Amirul Mukminin!

 

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My granduncle, Zakaria Abu Bakar, passed away in Taman Melawati @ 10 a.m., Friday, 6 March 2009. He was 87 years old and was fondly known as Tok Lang. He was buried at Kampong Kemensah cemetery, just behind Zoo Negara. We left Ipoh at around 1.45 p.m., and got there just in time to do the solat jenazah.

 

Despite the extreme sadness, it was a time of reunion. I met again with my uncles and aunts whom I have not met for the last few years. I realized yesterday, that there are only two occasions when we get to meet everyone – at a wedding, or at a funeral. It was very sad indeed.

 

Tok Lang, you will be deeply missed. May your soul be blessed, Al Fatihah.  

 

Meanwhile, I took the following photos while driving from KL Convention Center to Gombak on 3 March 2009 – my dad-in-law’s birthday, and the day KL banjir, and the day the Perak legitimate government made history!

 

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Such a shameful act!

 

I just cannot help but comment on the recent move by the Perak BN.

 

One of the fundamental rules of law that you learn at law school is the separation of powers between the legislative, the executive and the judiciary.

 

And who would ever thought that this very intelligent law graduate who is someone I know personally and is someone that I have high regards of and who has, in the past, numerously talked about the importance of this rule of law is now going against his principles!!!

 

Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin, again?

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