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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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posted by Rozhan @ 8/29/2007 10:34:00 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
World Class Universities?
NST - 28 August 2007 - Aiming Higher: PM maps out plan for world-class varsities By : Hamidah Atan

PUTRAJAYA: After starting the process of revamping the school system, the government is embarking on a radical move to improve tertiary education.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi spelled out three measures to help public universities achieve world-class standard.

This is also expected to serve as a catalyst to turn Malaysia into one of the world’s education hubs.

Abdullah said with immediate effect, all public universities would be given autonomy to decide on certain matters and apex universities — to be identified from the existing 23 public universities — would even be allowed to recruit their own faculty and students. Only the best students will be admitted into the apex universities.

Also, audit assessment committees — comprising experts — will be established to evaluate and rate academic achievements in higher institutions of learning.
Abdullah made the announcement when launching the "Strategic Plan For Higher Education: Laying The Foundation Beyond 2020" at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre yesterday. It was attended by more than 3,000 people, including Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Abdullah said: "The government hopes that by being given greater autonomy, the universities can act faster to grab the opportunities brought about by changes taking place in academic, economic, social and other areas."

Abdullah wants to see the universities’ governing bodies using their new power to bring about major changes.

"For instance, I hope they will adopt innovative funding mechanisms to expand their financial resources and not rely solely on the government. It is also my hope that collaborations between public universities and industries will further bolster research activities, leading to commercialisation of research products."

He reminded them that the autonomy came with responsibility and accountability.

"I want to stress that quality and academic excellence must remain the guiding principles of every decision made by a university’s governing body."

Abdullah said the second move entailed the establishment of an audit assessment committee to evaluate academic achievements in higher institutes of learning.

"The ministry (Higher Education) will implement this system to ensure that education quality remains at a satisfactory level and is never compromised.

"For integrity and transparency, committee members will comprise experts and not ministry officials."

The government will use findings of the evaluation for rating of universities and institutions.

"I hope everybody can accept this step as a constructive move to push our universities to achieve world-class standard."

The third move, he said, was to identify apex universities to serve as models of how public universities should be.

"We will identify these apex universities — the best of the best among our local universities.

"At these universities, academic quality, management, teaching and research will be given emphasis.

"A competitive academic situation will be created.

"In terms of administration, the management will be given wider autonomous power compared with other universities. Its governing body can choose to appoint its own administrators, faculty deans and students based on certain criteria to be laid down by the ministry.

"For example, only the best students will be chosen to enter this university and the selection will be from all races. The enrolment must reflect our plural society. Twenty per cent of the enrolment will be made up of foreign students."

Abdullah added that only individuals, including foreigners, who had been recognised as experts in their own fields, would be appointed as apex university administrators, lecturers or deans.

"The ministry has given its commitment that an apex university could be set up within 12 months," Abdullah said, turning to look at Mustapa. "Can this be done?" he asked. Mustapa nodded in agreement.

Abdullah went on to express the hope that at least one apex university could be set up by 2011.

The prime minister said: "Self-governance, teaching, learning and research are critical aspects that must always be looked into to ensure the foundation which we will lay down can result in the development of quality human capital and workforce for the nation.

"We want to see the best academics or thought leaders helming the institutions or universities. In a nation where meritocracy and performance is the priority, we want quality graduates so that they can secure jobs easily, even in international companies."

Mustapa said the strategic plan would complement and complete the national education blueprint launched by Abdullah a few months ago.

The seven thrusts of the plan encompass wider access to higher education, improving teaching and learning methods, strengthening of research and innovation, strengthening of institutions of higher education, enhancing internationalisation to turn Malaysia into a leading education hub, promotion of lifelong learning and strengthening of the ministry’s delivery system.

There are more than 800,000 students in public and private universities in the country.
posted by Rozhan @ 8/28/2007 03:54:00 PM   1 comments
18 Jewels from The Prophet saw


A traveler once came to the masjid to see the Prophet Muhammad ( S.A.W) after greeting the prophet, he was asked where he was from. The traveler replied that he came from very far just to get a few questions answered.
Following is the dialogue between the traveler and the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH ),SAW;
Traveller : I do not want azab (punishments) to be written in my account.
Prophet : Behave well with your parents
Traveller : I want to be known amongst people as an inteligent person.
Prophet : Fear Allah, always.
Traveller : I want to be counted amongst Allah's favourites.
Prophet : Recite Quran every morning and evening.
Traveller : I want my heart to always be enlightened. ( Munawer )
Prophet : Never forget death.
Traveller : I never want to be away from Allah's blessing.
Prophet : Always treat fellow creatures well.
Traveller : I never want to be harmed by my enemies.
Prophet : Always have faith in only Allah.
Traveller : I never want to be humiliated.
Prophet : Be careful of your actions.
Traveller : I wish to live long.
Prophet : Always do sile rahm. (Goodness towards blood Relations)
Traveller : I want my sustenance to increase.
Prophet : Always be in wudhoo.
Traveller : I wish to stay free of adha?b in the grave.
Prophet : Always wear pure (paak) clothes.
Traveller : I never want to be burned in hell.
Prophet : Control your eyes and tongue.
Traveller : How do I get my sins forgiven?
Prophet : Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility.
Traveller : I want people to respect me always.
Prophet : Never extend your hands of need at people.
Traveller : I want to always be honoured.
Prophet : Never humiliate or put down anyone.
Traveller : I don't want to be squeezed by fishare qabr.(Squeezing in the grave)
Prophet : Recite Surat Al Mulk (The Dominion) often.
Traveller : I want my wealth to increase.
Prophet : Recite surat el Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night.
Traveller : I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgment.
Prophet : Do zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night.
Traveller : I want to be in full attention & concentration during prayers.
Prophet : Always do wudhoo with concentration and attention.

posted by Rozhan @ 8/28/2007 01:04:00 PM   0 comments
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Boosting Higher Education?
NST - 23 August 2007 - Move to boost quality of education

KUALA LUMPUR: Stressing the importance of human capital development, the Higher Education Ministry has outlined a blueprint that will transform the country’s higher education system.

It aims to give students and tertiary education institutions the competitive edge needed in today’s globalised world.

The plan will include regular audits on the quality of higher education institutions, greater collaboration between public and private higher education institutions and the advancement of lifelong learning, research and innovation.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the plan would be launched on Monday at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

At the launch, "The National Higher Education Strategic Plan" which articulates the Ministry’s vision for the transformation of higher education from now through 2020 would be released.
"The National Higher Education Action Plan 2007-2010", which will be made public, focuses on the immediate agenda necessary to get the transformation under way.

"While the Strategic Plan is broad and comprehensive, encompassing new initiatives and enhancing existing programmes, the Action Plan outlines strategies for immediate implementation within the period of the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

"Both plans emphasise quality in all aspects of higher education from the selection and training of leaders and faculty members to the adoption of best corporate practices in the management of higher education institutions," said Mustapa.

The plans will complement the Education Ministry’s National Education Blueprint which was launched on Jan 16.

Among the initiatives, programmes and projects under the Action Plan, include:

• Introducing greater transparency in the selection of senior management in public universities to achieve the best levels of leadership possible.

• The development of a Lifelong Learning Policy through the formation of a National Committee for Lifelong Learning. The government aims to increase the number of adult learners, so that 27 per cent of the workforce (from the current 20 per cent) will have tertiary qualifications.

• Exchange programmes which will enrich the learning experience of top students in selected foreign universities.

• Industry attachment of lecturers. There will be programmes to enable the secondment of academics to private sector organisations and vice versa. This will increase cross-cultural collaboration for transfer of knowledge, as well as awareness and understanding of industry needs.

• Holistic education programmes to produce confident students with a sense of balance and proportion. These programmes will enable students in the pure sciences to be exposed to the humanities and vice versa. All students will also be exposed to broader co-curricular activities.

• A target to produce 21,000 PhD holders by 2010, the majority being in science, technology and medicine.

Mustapa said the plan would enable universities to play a bigger role in the country’s future development.
posted by Rozhan @ 8/23/2007 03:53:00 PM   1 comments
Monday, August 20, 2007
Bonds of '57 Revisited
NST - 20 August 2007 - Abdullah: Regain close communal bonds of 1957 By : Anis Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should return to the spirit of 1957, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when the bonds between the three main communities were at their most potent. "The British could not do anything but step down when they saw how united and strong the Malays, Chinese and Indians were. We had one goal — to achieve Merdeka," the prime minister told the MCA general assembly here.

"We have to return to and regain that same spirit of understanding and togetherness for our 50th year of independence."

Many challenges had been faced since, with more to come, making it essential that the sense of unity and togetherness of the nation’s founding be revived, he said.

"Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun V.T. Sambanthan were united because they knew they had to work closely in the best interests of the country.
"This was when ties between the three main races were at their closest," he said.

Abdullah related the story of a meeting between Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tan and leaders of the Chinese community at the onset of negotiations with the colonial power.

"Tunku had just told Tan he wanted to go to London to discuss the terms of independence with the British when the Chinese leaders present began emptying their pockets.

"They handed over their money, rings and watches to Tunku and told him they wanted to help finance his trip to London.

"That was how united they were and how much they were willing to sacrifice in the name of liberty."

Speaking to the 1,738 delegates of the 54th annual party assembly at Wisma MCA yesterday, Abdullah stressed that Barisan Nasional’s strength depended on the combined might of the component parties.

"If the component parties are weak, we will lose out in the future. Component parties must be sensitive to and respect each other."

In standing for their individual causes, community leaders must not practise discrimination, he said.

"Those who discriminate are unworthy of being leaders. True patriots are those who consider the needs and feelings of others without discriminating."

Abdullah’s speech, which was off-the-cuff, was well received from the audience, which included other BN component party leaders and former MCA leaders.

At the close of his 45-minute speech, Abdullah replied to MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who had spoken earlier on the fraternal principles required for the ruling coalition to endure for the next half century.

"On the issue of power-sharing, I have been fair, I want to be fair and I’ll always be fair.

"BN will stay on not for another 50 years, Ka Ting, but for more than 100 years. We will always stay together," he said to loud applause.

Abdullah was given a standing ovation as he returned to his seat.
posted by Rozhan @ 8/20/2007 10:13:00 AM   0 comments
Friday, August 17, 2007
Repetitive Humans ....
NST - 16 August 2007 - School Milk Programe: 11 years later, problem persists By : Shamini Darshni

BANGI: Eleven years ago, a researcher found weaknesses in the school milk programme, including poor storage and inconsistent deliveries. Fast forward to 2004 and in another study, she found that nothing much had changed. "Schoolchildren failed to get the stipulated amount of milk, or the milk was not delivered according to the schedule set by the Education Ministry," said Prof Dr Aminah Abdullah of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia of the 1996 study.

That study had quoted another study she conducted in 1995, commissioned by the Education Ministry, which recommended that a new milk delivery system be introduced as the milk was not being delivered on schedule.
On the 2004 study, Aminah, the dean of the science and technology faculty, said she found the same result: Suppliers were delivering milk four to five times a year instead of the eight as requested by the ministry.

"If you keep milk at 50º Celsius, it will last for four months. At normal room temperature, it will last between six months and a year. How the suppliers are storing the milk, we don’t know, but when you stack milk cartons one on top of the other, the temperature will change. Proper storage and transportation is a must," Aminah told the New Straits Times yesterday. The same study looked at milk delivery in three national schools and two national-type schools in Hulu Langat. The study also polled teachers in charge of the milk programme in the five schools:
  • 40% did not check or taste before distributing
  • 20% of teachers would discard spoilt milk immediately
  • 40% would return spoilt milk to the supplier and demand a fresh supply
  • 40% would report the bad stock to the senior assistant, the supplier and the district education office.
Hmm .. why are we like this. Is it so difficult to have a protocol for doing this? Again I feel we are doing this for the sake of doing it. Is it too difficult to ensure the money the government is pumping to feed our children be used effectively? Is it too difficult to take the necessary actions of storage to keep the milk fresh? Are we like just zombies handing out milk brainlessly with little concern for freshness, health and general well being ... Do we have kemahiran hidup teachers here?? Aiyaa.... tak tau lah ...

posted by Rozhan @ 8/17/2007 09:28:00 AM   0 comments
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Danger . hehehe ..
posted by Rozhan @ 8/16/2007 12:40:00 PM   0 comments
Bukit Gantang Carnage ..
NST - 15 August 2007 - Bukit Gantang crash tragedy: What will it take to stop carnage? By : Minderjeet Kaur, Lee Shi-Ian, Mimi Syed Yusof, Noor Adzman Baharuddin, P. Chandra Sagaran, Adie Suri Zulkifli, Jaspal Singh, S. Aruldass, Phuah Ken Lin, Marc Lourdes and Adib Povera

KUALA LUMPUR: As the nation reels from the worst road accident, the main question on everyone’s mind is: What will it take to stop the carnage on the roads?

The answer is already there, in the form of the recommendations made after every major accident.

Monday’s tragedy at Km229 of the North-South Expressway near Bukit Gantang, which claimed 20 lives and injured nine, has resulted in more recommendations being made. But readers and industry sources say there is nothing wrong with the recommendations made earlier. They were spot on and workable. The question they ask is this: Why have the recommendations not been implemented?

If earlier recommendations had been implemented, would a bus driver with a string of traffic offences been allowed to drive? And would a 20-year-old bus be deemed roadworthy?

Last year alone, there were 6,400 fatalities and about 300,000 accidents. Out of that, 9,700 accidents and 39 fatalities involved buses. Recommendations have been made over the years. And they continue to be made. But none of them, say industry sources, had addressed the main problem — the lack of enforcement. This has made the recommendations ineffective.

In the next few days, the authorities will try hard to come up with answers. Already, fingers are being pointed at the driver and the weak structure of the bus.

Today, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy will submit a working paper to the cabinet on more recommendations. He will also point out weaknesses in the current system.

This will include the Kejara demerit point system where points are only deducted when summonses are settled, the issue of poorly assembled buses, tightening of regulations involving bus drivers and improving operations of bus companies. "If the cabinet agrees, the ministry will implement the recommendations," Chan said. On Monday, he warned the relevant agencies to get cracking on the refresher course programme for drivers. The course is to help the ministry gauge the aptitude and the mental and physical state of bus and lorry drivers.

What was said after...

Kuala Lipis bus crash (2003): 14 killed, 26 injured
1. Recommendation: Send drivers for refresher course. Status: Not implemented.
2. Recommendation: Two drivers in each express bus. Status: Implemented but poorly monitored.
3. Recommendation: Punish bad drivers with higher insurance premiums. Status: Not implemented.
4. Recommendation: Drivers to undergo medical check-ups once every six months. Status: Implemented but carried out once a year due to high cost.
5. Recommendation: Suspend bus operator's permit if driver found to have caused an accident. Status: Partially implemented. Several bus drivers were suspended.
6. Recommendation: Drivers and passengers to fill in a report on the problems they faced. Status: Implemented for several months but discontinued.
7. Recommendation: Drivers not to drive for more than eight hours continuously. Status: Implemented but poorly monitored.
8. Recommendation: New guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers. Status: Implemented: Second driver introduced, drivers allowed maximum journey of eight hours and rest every two hours.

Nibong Tebal bus crash (July 2006): 11 killed, 35 injured on their way to St Anne's Feast
1. Recommendation: Drivers to undergo mandatory refresher courses once every three years. Status: Not implemented.
2. Recommendation: Special centres to be set up nationwide to train drivers. Status: Not done as refresher course programme was still pending.

Recommendations after the Bukit Gantang crash (Aug 13, 2007): 20 killed, 9 injured
1. Drivers to undergo mandatory refresher course. 2. Tighten rules for drivers and implement same checks as carried out on airline pilots. 3. Safety briefing for passengers before journey begins. Just like in planes. 4. Build railway tracks to connect more towns. Rail travel is safer. 5. All passengers to wear safety belts. 6. Drivers must be in good mental and physical health. 7. Drivers not to drive continuously for eight hours. 8. All highways and expressways to be lit up. 9. Improve quality of locally assembled buses. 10. Hiring more foreign drivers.

Hmmm ... the problem is is very, very simple. If we have this, we would not need any additional guidelines as it is just simple logic and human decency. The problem is that WE DO NOT TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO. That is it. If we take pride, we will ensure the buses are in excellent condition, we have very responsible drivers, we obey rules and regulations, be courteous providers as well as drivers and so on. We will unfortunately hear the same BULL again and again and we shall reconvene at the next carnage ... aiyaa .. tak tau lah ...
posted by Rozhan @ 8/16/2007 10:13:00 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Female & Coffee

BBC News - 7 August 2007 - Coffee 'protects female memory' - Caffeine may help older women ward off mental decline, research suggests.

French researchers compared women aged 65 and older who drank more than three cups of coffee per day with those who drank one cup or less per day. Those who drank more caffeine showed less decline in memory tests over a four year period.

The study, published in the journal Neurology, raises the possibility that caffeine may even protect against the development of dementia. The results held up even after factors such as education, high blood pressure and disease were taken into account. Caffeine is a known psychostimulant, but this study appears to suggest its effects may be more profound.

However, lead researcher Dr Karen Ritchie of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research warned against jumping to premature conclusions.

She said: "While we have some ideas as to how this works biologically, we need to have a better understanding of how caffeine affects the brain before we can start promoting caffeine intake as a way to reduce cognitive decline. "But the results are interesting - caffeine use is already widespread and it has fewer side effects than other treatments for cognitive decline, and it requires a relatively small amount for a beneficial effect."

Dang .. no wonder my wife has such a good memory .... and she loves coffee too ... aiyaa.. tak tau lah ...

posted by Rozhan @ 8/08/2007 05:18:00 PM   0 comments
Malaysia in Oman
Oman daily Observer - 8 August 2007 - A taste of Malaysia at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa - By Ali Ahmed al Riyami

THE delightful ‘Malaysian Food Festival’ hosted by Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa concludes on August 10. During the 10-day-long festival, a team of chefs flown in from Shangri-La’s Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have been offering diners a sumptuous evening buffet of Malaysian delicacies.

Usually serving Latin American cuisine, the award winning, buffet style Samba Restaurant has been bringing a taste of Malaysia to Oman with talented Malaysian chefs, Namak Bukhairi and Edmond Sheong, showcasing many of their finest signature dishes in a live open kitchen every evening from 6:30 to 11 pm. To add to the atmosphere, the venue has been decorated to reflect traditional Malaysian ambiance, with music and entertainment provided to further enhance this authentic setting. “Malaysian cuisine is not simply one particular distinction of food, but a culinary diversity originating from the country’s multi-ethnic population of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya and the indigenous people of Borneo. A brief look into the past explains how Malaysia came to provide such a cosmic array of food, which is now known the world over as ‘Malaysian Food’,” said Chef Bukhari.

In addition to mouth-watering dishes such as Ayam Kurma Berkentang — Spiced Chicken Curry with Potatoes, Daging Masak Merah — Braised Beef with Tomato and Chilli Pasta and Ikan Goreng Berlada — Stir Fried Fish with Fresh Chilli, guests will have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes, including weekend breaks at one of Shangri-La’s many hotels around the world.

posted by Rozhan @ 8/08/2007 02:32:00 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Airmata Rasulullah saw

Petikan dari TaZkiYatuN NafS

Detik-detik Rasulullah SAW Menghadapi Sakaratul Maut.Ada sebuah kisah tentang cinta yang sebenar-benar cinta yang dicontohkan Allah melalui kehidupan Rasul-Nya. Pagi itu, walaupun langit telah mulai menguning, burung-burung gurun enggan mengepakkan sayap.Pagi itu,Rasulullah dengan suara terbatas memberikan kutbah, "Wahai umatku, kita semua ada dalam kekuasaan Allah dan cinta kasih-Nya.Maka taati dan bertakwalah kepada-Nya. Kuwariskan dua perkara pada kalian,Al Qur'an dan sunnahku. Barang siapa mencintai sunnahku,bererti mencintai aku dan kelak orang-orang yang mencintaiku, akan masuk syurga bersama-sama aku."

Khutbah singkat itu diakhiri dengan pandangan mata Rasulullah yang tenang dan penuh minat menatap sahabatnya satu persatu.Abu Bakar menatap mata itu dengan berkaca-kaca, Umar dadanya naik turun menahan nafas dan tangisnya.Usman menghela nafas panjang dan Ali menundukkan kepalanya dalam-dalam. Isyarat itu telah datang, saatnya sudah tiba."Rasulullah akan meninggalkan kita semua," keluh hati semua sahabat kala itu.

Manusia tercinta itu, hampir selesai menunaikan tugasnya didunia. Tanda-tanda itu semakin kuat, tatkala Ali dan Fadhal dengan cergas menangkap Rasulullah yang berkeadaan lemah dan goyah ketika turun dari mimbar. Disaat itu, kalau mampu, seluruh sahabat yang hadir di sana pasti akan menahan detik-detik berlalu. Matahari kian tinggi, tapi pintu rumah Rasulullah masih tertutup. Sedang di dalamnya, Rasulullah sedang terbaring lemah dengan keningnya yang berkeringat dan membasahi pelepah kurma yang menjadi alas tidurnya.

Tiba-tiba dari luar pintu terdengar seorang yang berseru mengucapkan salam."Bolehkah saya masuk?" tanyanya.
Tapi Fatimah tidak mengizinkannya masuk, "Maafkanlah, ayahku sedang demam," kata Fatimah yang membalikkan badan dan menutup pintu. Kemudian ia kembali menemani ayahnya yang ternyata sudah membuka mata dan bertanya pada Fatimah, "Siapakah itu wahai anakku?""Tak tahulah ayahku, orang sepertinya baru sekali ini aku melihatnya," tutur Fatimah lembut.

Lalu, Rasulullah menatap puterinya itu dengan pandangan yang menggetarkan. Seolah-olah bahagian demi bahagian wajah anaknya itu hendak dikenang. "Ketahuilah, dialah yang menghapuskan kenikmatan sementara, dialah yang memisahkan pertemuan di dunia. Dialah malakul maut,"kata Rasulullah, Fatimah pun menahan ledakkan tangisnya.Malaikat maut datang menghampiri, tapi Rasulullah menanyakan kenapa Jibril tidak ikut sama menyertainya. Kemudian dipanggilah Jibril yang sebelumnya sudah bersiap di atas langit dunia menyambut ruh kekasih Allah dan penghulu dunia ini."Jibril, jelaskan apa hakku nanti di hadapan Allah?" Tanya Rasululllah dengan suara yang amat lemah."Pintu-pintu langit telah terbuka,para malaikat telah menanti ruhmu.Semua syurga terbuka lebar menanti kedatanganmu, " kata Jibril.

Tapi itu ternyata tidak membuatkan Rasulullah lega, matanya masih penuh kecemasan."Engkau tidak senang mendengar khabar ini?" Tanya Jibril lagi."Khabarkan kepadaku bagaimana nasib umatku kelak?""Jangan khawatir, wahai Rasul Allah, aku pernah mendengar Allah berfirman kepadaku: 'Kuharamkan syurga bagi siapa saja, kecuali umat Muhammad telah berada di dalamnya," kata Jibril.

Detik-detik semakin dekat, saatnya Izrail melakukan tugas.Perlahan ruh Rasulullah ditarik. Nampak seluruh tubuh Rasulullah bersimbah peluh,urat-urat lehernya menegang. "Jibril, betapa sakit sakaratul maut ini." Perlahan Rasulullah mengaduh. Fatimah terpejam, Ali yang di sampingnya menunduk semakin dalam dan Jibril memalingkan muka.

"Jijikkah kau melihatku, hingga kau palingkan wajahmu Jibril?" Tanya Rasulullah pada Malaikat pengantar wahyu itu."Siapakah yang sanggup, melihat kekasih Allah direnggut ajal," kata Jibril.Sebentar kemudian terdengar Rasulullah memekik, kerana sakit yang tidak tertahankan lagi. "Ya Allah, dahsyat nian maut ini,timpakan saja semua siksa maut ini kepadaku, jangan pada umatku.

"Badan Rasulullah mulai dingin, kaki dan dadanya sudah tidak bergerak lagi.Bibirnya bergetar seakan hendak membisikkan sesuatu, Ali segera mendekatkan telinganya."Uushiikum bis shalati, wa maa malakat aimanuku,peliharalah shalat dan peliharalah orang-orang lemah di antaramu."

Di luar pintu tangis mulai terdengar bersahutan, sahabat saling berpelukan. Fatimah menutupkan tangan di wajahnya, dan Ali kembali mendekatkan telinganya ke bibir Rasulullah yang mulai kebiruan."Ummatii, ummatii, ummatiii?" - "Umatku, umatku, umatku"Dan, berakhirlah hidup manusia mulia yang memberi sinaran itu. Kini, mampukah kita mencintai sepertinya?

Allahumma sholli 'ala Muhammad waBaarik wa salim 'alaihi Betapa cintanya Rasulullah kepada kita.Kirimkan kepada sahabat-sahabat muslim lainnya agar timbul kesedaran untuk mencintai Allah dan RasulNya, seperti Allah dan Rasulnya mencintai kita. Karana sesungguhnya selain daripada itu hanyalah fana belaka.

posted by Rozhan @ 8/07/2007 03:59:00 PM   0 comments
Students Ready to Lead ..??
NST - 6 August 2007 - Students boo over remarks that they can freely express views - KUALA LUMPUR: Boos and catcalls greeted Datuk Rafiah Salim when she said public university students had the freedom to express their thoughts and ideas.

Several hundred dissenting voices rang out when the Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor, when taking a question from the floor, said there was "no such thing as students being unable to address their concerns".

Hearing their disapproval, Rafiah retorted: "Behaviour like this is exactly what causes people not to respect you. You won’t even give me a hearing. And you won’t get respect. "If you behave like that, nobody will listen to you because it is not worth listening. You are not respecting others."

Hmm .. looks like our students still has A LOT to learn .. there are rules and regulations and channels as well as etiquette of doing things .. don't follow the KURANG AJAR way of Al Gore when he came to Malaysia. Not only was he Biadap, he didi not do his homework as well ... sometimes it is best to study first the consequences before you take a step .. hopefully in the right direction as well. A philosopher called Voltaire once said, I may not like what you have to say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it. Are we ready folks to be as such ??? Aiyaa .. tak tau lah ...
posted by Rozhan @ 8/07/2007 02:49:00 PM   0 comments
MERDEKA - Risky Teachers
NST - 6 August 2007 - School takes patriotism to new heights By : Jason Gerald John - MALACCA: From afar, two men perched on the roof of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kubu would look like contractors repairing the tiles on top of the school building.

However, out of curiosity, New Straits Times photographer Nashairi Mohd Nawi went to take a closer look. To his astonishment, he learnt that the two men on the roof of the two-storey building, were the senior assistant of SK Kubu, Mohamad Jaafar, 47, and the school’s administrative staff, Noor Rashid Osman, 50. The two were busy placing hundreds of miniature Jalur Gemilang on top of the roof, in the spirit of Merdeka. "This is the first time we are doing this. "All the teachers were discussing one day on how to decorate the school to usher in the country’s 50 years of independence and this idea was hatched. "Although it is risky, when all the flags are in place, the school roof is full of miniature Jalur Gemilang," said Mohamad.

"With the Merdeka celebration kicking off in Malacca on Aug 17, we wanted to do something different not done by any other school, and this is how the teachers and students in the school want to show our love for the country," said Noor Rashid. The miniature Jalur Gemilang were bought using the prize money of RM700 which it won from a school beautification competition last year in which SK Kubu took home the consolation prize.

Senior Assistant of SK Kubu, Mohamad Jaafar (right), perched precariously on the roof of the school building while placing a miniature national flag in conjunction with the  50th Merdeka Day celebrations. Assisting him is administrative staff Noor Rashid Osman.
Senior Assistant of SK Kubu, Mohamad Jaafar (right), perched precariously on the roof of the school building while placing a miniature national flag in conjunction with the 50th Merdeka Day celebrations. Assisting him is administrative staff Noor Rashid Osman.

Hmmm .. guess there was nothing wrong by being patriotic and different ... but either both or one could fall and die .. wonder if their family would think that it was worth the trouble. Talk about doing the right thing wrongly .. no safety consideration at all. What was he picman thinking anyway ..?? .. exposing the adventure of it or the risk-taking teachers ... aiyaa .. tak tau lah ...

posted by Rozhan @ 8/07/2007 01:02:00 AM   0 comments
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