Archive for February, 2010

Too Late!

I read in disgust how Syafia Humaira was brutally murdered by her mom’s ex-boyfriend.


Apparently, she was hit and kicked by the ex-boyfriend in the middle of the field!


The full story is available here.


Anyway, a few things that just do not make sense:


·          Syafia is three years old.

·          Nurhanim and the suspect, her ex-boyfriend have been living together as husband and wife for six years.

·          Nurhanim is still married to her husband who has been in jail since 2006 (that is four years already).

·          Nurhanim and the ex-boyfriend have another child out of wedlock.


And now she is saying that “I can’t live without my Syafia”?


Too late!


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Cozy Corner, Ampang

I had to attend a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning.


And since the kids had a day off on Monday and husband was on night shift, we decided to bring them along. At least, they would stop complaining – ‘lama tak mandi swimming pool!’


We took them out for dinner at Cozy Corner, Ampang Park on Sunday night. The last time my husband and I had dinner there was almost three years ago. And of course, it was the first time for the kids.




The food was perfect! They ate so much that they were so full and slept in the car!



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Sports Day

It was Sekolah Rendah Al Hidayah’s 21st Sports Day on Saturday. 

My kids got extremely over-excited for the past few days, especially since the rehearsals and training were conducted for one whole week. I then realized why they got so excited – the Karate Do Club, Silat and Basic Self-Defense groups had performances during the opening ceremony! No wonder they have been kicking and punching each other at home!


Anyway, there were only 3 major events on Saturday since all track (athletic) events were completed on Friday – i.e. telematch for Year 1, 2 and 3. My twins were in the same house – yellow house – and they won first prize for the Year 1 telematch. However, the yellow house scored lowest overall – so the kids got pretty upset about it. They have been practicing their house anthem for the whole week! 

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Mom in Hospital

My mother was hospitalized for 4 days after she underwent a surgery to remove her uterus last Friday.


And I have been on leave since then until this coming Sunday, partly to take care of her and partly to finish up my report before I meet up dear Supervisor on Monday since I’d be in KL for a meeting.


Let me share with you the events that took place before mom was advised to do what she had done last Friday. Mom got pregnant in 1991 but this third child of hers never got to see the world (if not I’d have a little brother or sister who would be 20 now!). Mom had a miscarriage after three months and ever since then, her menses stopped; which means that my mother had an early menopause at the age of 46. Anyway, sometime in late December last year, she suddenly started bleeding again.


And of course, my sister-in-law, who is a gynae at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh, suspected that something was not right. So my mother had to do some check-ups and they found that there was some kind of growth in the uterus; there were some abnormalities.


To cut a long story short, mom was advised to remove the whole uterus, just to be on the safe side. Early diagnosis by the gynae who performed the surgery seems to suggest that the lump is not cancerous, but could later develop into cancer. We are still waiting for the lab results, and hoping for the best.


Alhamdulillah, mom is recovering very well at home after being at the hospital for about 4 days. I slept at the hospital for three nights just to make sure she is alright. She is as fragile as any other woman who had just given birth through a C-section and her wound is much longer than that of mine!



I guess we are all responsible for our own health, so make sure the routine check-ups are done – especially BSE and pap smear for women. I am personally making a vow to stay healthy – by getting active and eating healthier food, which is of course, easier said than done!

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9 February was indeed, a sad day for me. I was emotionally drained.


It was a sad day for Malaysia as a country for democracy has truly died. It was also a sad day for our national oil and gas corporation as it was Tan Sri Hassan’s last day as the CEO and President.


I first received the news that the Federal Court unanimously decided that Zambry remains MB at around 11.30 a.m., while I was on the way to Kuala Lumpur. Even though I had expected that he would win, I still felt that there was hope.


But it was a unanimous decision. 5 – 0! That was something really unexpected. Shocking. Didn’t any of them have slightly opposing views? Could it be that the judges did not have the courage to declare that their former Lord President’s action was erroneous?


Putting aside my sentiments as a member of PAS and a strong supporter of Pakatan Rakyat, I am more worried about the implications of that decision – it was a Federal Court decision!


The discussion that has been going around centers around the fact that Malaysia is moving towards an absolute monarchy. Does this mean that any Sultan whose State Constitution is similar to that of Perak’s can call their ADUNs over for a cup of tea, ask them if they are happy with their current MB, and if majority does not, the MB can be removed the next day? I guess if that is the case, elections are not important anymore! I am waiting for the full judgment to really understand what their reasons are.


But I am also glad that Pakatan Rakyat has accepted the decision quite bravely. Like it or not, we still have to work hard for the next general elections, which does not seem too far away. We need to put aside this battle for awhile, and concentrate on winning the war!


Anyway, I spent the rest of the day in Kuala Lumpur trying to control my emotions, and trying to hide my tears. Surprisingly, I did not shed any tears over the Federal Court’s decision but I lost it when I met Tan Sri and Puan Sri over lunch. Actually, I consider myself fortunate to be able to say goodbye to Tan Sri and Puan Sri in person; I even decided to stay on after my meeting to join the crowd to bid farewell to Tan Sri and Puan Sri.  


And that was emotionally draining. I think almost half of the Twin Towers’ occupants came down to say thank you for all that he has done for the company. People were clapping, shouting his name, screaming “I Love You Tan Sri”, singing the company’s song… and I saw so many people wiping their tears when he walked past them. Tan Sri kept on saying Thank You to everyone. It was just so depressing. I waited until his car left the Twin Towers, which was around 6.30 p.m. and got home at nearly 9.00 p.m.


Tan Sri’s Thank You note a day earlier to all the employees was talked about the whole day. I am glad I downloaded a copy because I couldn’t control my tears after reading it. He has done so much for the company, for the nation. His values should be emulated by each and every one of us.


He is the icon of the company and will remain in our hearts forever. Thank you, Tan Sri. You will be greatly missed!

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Today is the 9th of February 2010.


Within a few hours, the judges of the Federal Court are about to announce their decision on one of the most controversial cases this decade: Nizar vs. Zambry.


For the past few weeks, PAS has been conducting roadshows and organizing solat hajat, whilst BN uses the media extensively to portray how good the Zambry government is, despite it being an illegitimate government to the eyes of most people.


Although the judges would have already made their decision by the time I am writing this, I still pray that they make the right decision. Not to please anyone, but to uphold justice and democracy in this country.


Regardless, if Nizar is declared the rightful Chief Minister of Perak, I hope the Sultan would be agreeable to dissolve the Perak DUN. Otherwise, if Zambry wins, this struggle would definitely go on. Most importantly, Pakatan Rakyat needs to work harder to ensure that we get Perak back the next elections, and to prove that it is a viable alternative to BN.


And to Datuk Seri Nizar, whatever the decision is, you will forever be my Ameer! 


Meanwhile, the whole world is watching Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II trial which started last week. I wish the media would be more careful in saying things in the news – I fear that our children are listening to things they are not supposed to know at that age! I follow the trial quite closely, thanks to twitter, but to me, none of it makes sense. And of course, the trial is so obviously unfair to Anwar’s team – a trial without access to key documents????


But I will always remember what one of my good friends said to me, “It is okay. You don’t have to be too worried about the whole case. This is only justice in this world. When we all arrive in front of Allah, that is when true justice would be upheld!”


And I shiver at the thought of my past sins being played on the big screen too!

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We attended the wedding of Zaid and Aminah last Saturday.


Zaid is Tuan Haji Asmuni Awi’s eldest son who is currently pursuing his MBBS. He has another two sons, Fitri, a lawyer; and Hafiz, who goes to the same school with my children.


Tuan Haji Asmuni is a famous lawyer in Ipoh, and he also holds a very high position in PAS.


It was a grand wedding indeed, and the food was good (ada kari kambing!)


To Zaid and Aminah, Semoga dikurniakan rumahtangga yang bahagia dan dikurniakan zuriat yang soleh dan solehah, dan semoga kekal hingga ke syurga.




Meanwhile, on Sunday, we finally celebrated Abang’s 32nd birthday. We had earlier celebrated Mom’s 65th birthday, which happens to be on the same day as Abang’s i.e. 19 January but Abang was working on the night shift that week. So on Sunday, I took Abang and the kids out for lunch at Restoran Simpang Tiga, a new eating place in Ipoh. The food was good, though a bit on the high side. And we later bought a cake and mom came over to cut the cake with Abang. Happy birthday Mak, happy birthday Abang.


By the way, last week, upon returning home, we came across a huge, beautiful butterfly (which could also be a kupu-kupu… I am not too sure), but the kids got so excited about it!

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