Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Boomerang Principle

The Boomerang Principle


The Boomerang Principle

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 11:37 AM PDT


In the early years of my career, I did not have a correct view of life. I approached life as if it were a slot machine. I wanted to put as little as possible into it, and I always hoped to hit the jackpot. I'm embarrassed to say that I often had a similar approach in my interaction with people. I was more focused on what people could do for me than what I could do for them. As a result, I would try to make relational "withdrawals" without ever having made any "deposits." Needless to say, I was not very successful.
As I spent more time working with others, my thinking slowly began to change. I began to learn the Big Picture Principle, to see people in a different light, and to place a higher value on them. Once my attitude started changing, so did my actions. I started to invest in people simply because they had value. They were important. And I found that when I focused on what I could give rather than what I could get, people blossomed, relationships matured, and life was more rewarding. After I started to make giving my goal, I often felt that I received more from people than I was able to give.
Over the course of many years, I began learning to invest in people first and often. Somebody has to make the first move in relationships. So I figured, Why not me? I started to take a giver's approach to life, focusing on what I could give in relationships. And I often tried to do it without an expectation of receiving something in return. I discovered that when I added value to people, many desired to add value back to me. When that happened, the relationships developed an incredible synergy and went to a new level.

WHAT GOES AROUND

Where do you stand on the subject of giving to others? I believe there are only three kinds of people when it comes to this subject:

1. TAKERS RECEIVE AND NEVER GIVE. Many people focus on themselves and rarely go out of their way to do anything for others. Such people are takers. They worry only about what they can get, and they are never satisfied.

2. TRADERS RECEIVE AND THEN GIVE. Some people focus on keeping score. They are willing to give, but their primary motivation isn't to help others. They see relationships as an exchange. Often they give because they think they owe something to someone who has helped them, and they desire to make things "even." I was like that early in my career. I was grateful to people who helped me, but I didn't understand the value of adding value to others. And I didn't initiate giving.

3. INVESTORS GIVE AND THEN RECEIVE. In this third group, people focus on others. They give first and then receive if something is offered in return. They believe that success comes from being helpful, caring, and constructive. They desire to make everything and everyone they touch better, and they understand that the best way to accomplish that is to give of themselves. Ironically, by possessing an agenda to give first, they are the ones who most often experience the synergy of win-win relationships.

People who invest in other people have some things in common:

Investors Understand That People Are of Great Value

Once when I was speaking to employees at BellSouth, an executive for the company stated, "People are our company's most appreciable asset." I heard good news and bad news in that statement. The good news is that he truly valued his people and cared about their well-being. The bad news is that what he said is only partly true. People are an appreciating asset only if we are willing to invest in them. Most people, if left alone, remain much the same.

Investors Embrace the Boomerang Principle

People who invest in others know that the best way to help themselves is to help others. They start that investment process by investing in relationships. They see everyone as a potential friend. Counselor and author Alan Loy McGinnis noted:

In research at our clinic, my colleagues and I have discovered that friendship is the springboard to every other love. Friendships spill over onto the other important relationships of life. People with no friends usually have a diminished capacity for sustaining any kind of love. They tend to go through a suc¬cession of marriages, he estranged from various family members, and have trouble getting along at work. On the other hand, those who learn how to love their friends tend to make long and fulfilling marriages, get along well with the people at work, and enjoy their children.'

When you invest in a friendship, you open the door to investment— and ultimately the possibility of a return.

Investors Practice the Principle of Sowing and Reaping

There has never been a person who gave that did not receive in return! You may not believe that, but it is a fact. The Boomerang Principle is true: when we help others, we help ourselves. Here's why I say that. Whenever you give to another person, you will receive something in return that affects your valuables, your values, or your virtues.

• VALUABLES: the things that provide financial worth. When people think about receiving something in return for giving, their thoughts often turn to material benefits. Sometimes when you help others, you do receive something of financial worth. But that is only one kind of benefit and perhaps not the most common kind.

• VALUES: the things that bring fulfillment. Have you ever given anonymously? If so, then you understand that while you received nothing tangible in return, you benefited emotionally or spiritually. Anytime you do something to fulfill your values, you benefit.

• VIRTUES: the things that develop character. Many benefits we receive from giving come in the area of character. Every time you overcome the inclination to be greedy by giving, you become less selfish. Every time you help someone and don't see an immediate return, you become more patient. Such things build character.

In nature, if you sow, you reap. What you reap depends on what you plant. And you always reap later than you sow. The same is true when it comes to relationships. As in nature, they take time.

Investors Believe That Helping Others Is the Divine Work of People

American literary giant Ralph Waldo Emerson advised:

Don't be a cynic ... [and] bewail and bemoan. Omit the nega¬tive propositions . . . Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good ... Set down nothing that will not help somebody. It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. To help the young soul, to add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame; to redeem defeat by new thought and firm action: This, though not easy, is the work of divine man.

TAKE INVESTING IN OTHERS TO A NEW LEVEL

Investing in others is one of the most noble and productive things we can do. Whatever we can do to help others makes the world a better place. As President Woodrow Wilson said, "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
So how do you enrich the world and become someone who invests in others? Begin by taking these five steps:

1. Think "Others First"

Good, healthy, growing relationships begin with the ability to put other people first. Remember the Big Picture Principle, and work to develop an attitude of kindness toward everyone. Begin every relationship by giving the other person respect—even before he has had a chance to earn it. Initiate acts of kindness with everyone.

2. Focus on the Investment, Not the Return

Novelist Herman Melville believed that "we cannot live only for our¬selves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." We are intimately linked with other people, and our destinies are interwoven. As a result, when we help others, we will benefit. But that is not where we should place our focus.
Investors in people are like investors in the stock market. In the long haul, they will benefit, but they have little control over what that return will look like or how it will occur. But they can control what and how they invest. And that's where they should focus their time and energy.

3. Pick Out a Few People with Great Potential

In 1995 when I began investing in people full-time, I felt called to invest strategically in ten people. My desire was to pick people with great potential and invest in them to help them become better leaders. The list of people has changed over the years, but my commitment to serving others has not. If anything, it has intensified. In 1995, I simply wanted to add value to others. Now ten years later, I want to multiply value to others by adding value to leaders.
When people prepare to make financial investments, the wise ones don't put all their money into a single stock or fund. They diversify by investing in several areas. (If you invest in only one and it doesn't perform well, you're in trouble.) But good investors don't spread themselves too thin, either. They know they can give only so much time and attention to each particular investment. Wise investors in people follow a similar pattern. Pick only as many people as you can handle with intensity, choose only people with great potential for growth, and choose only people whose need for growth matches your gifts and talents.

4. With Their Permission, Begin the Process

You cannot help someone who does not want your help. That seems so obvious that I hesitate to say it, but I feel that I must because I see people with good intentions trying to initiate the process without getting the buy-in of the person they're trying to help.
In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, the Law of Buy-In says that people buy in to the leader, then the vision. Mentoring relationships possess a leader-follower dynamic. The people being mentored must trust and believe in their teachers. The stronger the relationships and the greater the trust, the higher the likelihood that the investment process will work. But it must begin with agreement.

5. Enjoy a Return in Due Season

Poet Edwin Markham wrote.

There is a destiny that marks us as brothers;
No one goes his way alone:
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own.

I am convinced that when people's motives are pure and they genuinely desire to add value to others, they cannot help others without receiving some benefit. The return may be immediate, or it may take a long time, but it will occur. And when it does, the relationship begins to resonate with synergy.
You are probably familiar with the story of Helen Keller, the deaf and blind girl whose life was transformed thanks to the efforts of Anne Sullivan. Keller, who was only seven when Sullivan came into her life, lived almost like an animal. But Sullivan taught her to communicate and opened the world to her. By the time Keller was an adult, she was able to take care of herself. She went on to receive a degree from Radcliffe College and to become a famous author and lecturer.
What you may not know is that when Anne Sullivan became ill years later, the person who took care of her was none other than Helen Keller. The helper became the one who needed help, and the one to whom she had added value turned around and added value to her. Invest in others, and like a boomerang, it will come back to you, sometimes in a most unexpected way.

By Dr John C. Maxwell

Touching Hearts ... Changing Lives .... Pass It On .


A Teacher's Lament

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 09:39 AM PDT

I became a teacher by accident. My ambition was to be a lawyer, journalist or a musician. None of that came to pass although I did end up giving guitar and keyboard lessons at one time. My first stint in teaching was actually in church as a Sunday School teacher. The best treasures in my life are memories of the time spent with my students and seeing how many, if not all, of them are so successful in life today.

Sadly, the standard of English is so bad these days that to console myself after marking essays, I dig out OLD essays or answer scripts from days gone by. And I lay them on my dining table. And I can see so clearly how the mastery of the English Language, even that of perspective and maturity of thought - has been slowly declining, diminishing and deteriorating. Tragic!!!!

This evening, I took out a folder of works by one of my old students who is currently a 2nd year undergraduate @ University of Melbourne. I tutored him for 8 years from the time he was in Year 4 @ Dalat International School. Then he transferred to SCIPS (St Christopher's International Primary School) and later to Uplands and then to Taylor's College. I cried so much during his last lesson with me for Eugene is certainly one of the BEST students I have ever taught in my life, apart from Jackson. Both of them have shown me nothing but respect, love and diligence. I still have all the writing projects Eugene did for me including his own epilogues for Artemis Fowl! Precious! Teaching him then was such an inspiring journey for me. Alas, those were the days!!! Today, I am filled with tears when I despair over the many faulty sentences/grammatical errors, misuse of punctuation, malapropism in abundance and a host of other weaknesses displayed by older students. :-(

His younger sister, Nicole, will be leaving my 'wings' in May this year and I will mourn deeply for I have seen her grow from a pre-schooler to the lovely teen she is today. There is no way I can ever find good students with a commendable grasp of English like they have. They survived my eccentric moods, scolding but devoted guidance and teaching. Nicole is the last of my students who will leave in May together with JP and Ian. :-( I do not want to teach any more, except in college. It is just TOO painful to see the rot and the horrible standard of English in our land.

To be honest, when I mark college essays, I really cry my eyes out for I can see the horrible decline in the standard of English, especially from 2011 to 2012, thanks to the new English the syllabus where students no longer get to study Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 or Somerset Maugham's 'The Lotus Eater' or Steinbeck's "The Pearl" etc. :-( You cannot imagine how bad it is. Ask any senior English teacher/lecturer and you can see the anguish in their faces and hear the sorrow in their lamentations of 'English' days gone by....

When he was 13, Eugene wrote the following story during a school test and it was submitted for a Young Writers' Competition and he won one of the prizes. This story was featured in Page 24 of Young Writers - Telling T.A.L.E.S. From Around the World.

Note: Eugene wrote this on his own without any guidance from me. I do not believe in telling students what to write but in HOW to unleash their imagination and writing potential.

The Unexpected Incident - written by Eugene Huang

I am here, resting from the search for my family and ... my legs. Blurry images from the past flash past my eyes like a horrible nightmare. It has been ten years, but I can recall the experience even now.

It all started when I was eight. My family and I were living in a tranquil neighbourhood like every family. Everything was normal, except there was a murderer hanging about, waiting to tear the life out of the next victim. I told myself I could be the next in line to get murdered!

Anyway, I was left alone at home one day when my parents went to a local antique shop. After ten minutes, the doorbell rang. I went to the door and opened it...bad idea.

A masked-man dressed b a black jacket and black shorts took a rope and strangled me. I struggled as much as I could, but he jabbed a knife into my neck at the edge A sudden feeling of pain and headache rushed to my head as I felt blood splatter out of me. The bleeding made my vision blurry and red.

Then his hand reached for the machete hidden in his jacket and sliced off my foot. As it contacted, there was a sudden blackout.

Seconds later, I looked down and saw my body on the ground, left to rot. My legs were gone.

The man was gone too and I walked upstairs feeling that I was floating, but I didn't realise until later as the only thing on my mind was my parents. They were gone and I didn't know why.

Grief and anger filled my mind. Yet, I have to stop reminiscing and continue my search.....


-Written by Eugene Huang-


*Eugene, you will always be in my heart and I am VERY proud of you!



Sambutan Hari Jadi Super Mewah, Najib Permainkan "Wasatiyyah" Lagi

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 11:17 AM PDT

Kenapa Pejabat PM tempah hari jadi Najib RM79,053?

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Mac: Belum reda dengan pendedahan kos pertunangan anak Perdana Menteri, PKR hari ini pula mempersoalkan kenapa tempahan majlis sambutan hari jadi Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang bernilai RM79,053 dibuat atas nama Pejabat Perdana Menteri.

Pengarah Strateginya, Rafizi Ramli berkata, ianya berdasarkan Banquet Event Order oleh Hotel Shangri-La yang secara jelas menunjukkan ianya ditempah atas nama akaun Pejabat Perdana Menteri.

Majlis sambutan hari jadi itu dakwanya berlangsung di Sri Perdana pada hari Ahad, 24 Julai tahun lalu.

"Tempahan turut dibuat oleh Pejabat Perdana Menteri, walaupun ia jelas adalah majlis peribadi Perdana Menteri.

"Berbeza dengan majlis pertunangan anak beliau, majlis ini secara jelas menyatakan ianya majlis peribadi. Ini menimbulkan persoalan kenapa majlis pertunangan itu tidak dinyatakan secara jelas sebagai majlis peribadi, sebaliknya 'majlis Pejabat Perdana Menteri,"
katanya pada sidang media di lobi Parlimen hari ini.

Majlis itu, menurut Rafizi, turut menyajikan 47 juadah antarabangsa termasuklah daging panggang yang diimport dari New Zealand, makanan Jepun, makanan Barat dan lain-lain.

Kos RM79,053 itu antara lain merangkumi Buffet untuk 100 tetamu dengan kadar RM207 satu kepala (RM20,700), Band Syed Sobri (RM7,738), Band Batak (RM5,300), minuman 5 gallons (RM795), gubahan bunga (RM31,800) dan caj pengendalian (RM12,720).

"Wajarkan perdana menteri berbelanja besar sebegini untuk majlis hari lahir beliau sedangkan beliau menyeru rakyat Malaysia mengamalkan sikap sederhana (wasatiyah) dan mengawal perbelanjaan dalam keadaan ekonomi yang tidak menentu ini?

"Kos hampir RM800 setiap tetamu ini lebih mahal dari sumbangan BR1M sebanyak RM500 yang diberikan kepada rakyat,"
katanya.

Berikut adalah soalan-soalan Rafizi yang menuntut jawapan ikhlas daripada Najib berhubung kos majlis pertunangan anak (RM409,767) dan kos sambutan hari jadi beliau (RM79,053).

Saya ingin mengajukan soalan-soalan berikut kepada Perdana Menteri jika beliau benar-benar telus dan ikhlas untuk menjadi teladan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia

1- Bilakah beliau (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) akan mengemukakan lapan bukti yang disyorkan KEADILAN agar nama beliau dapat dibersihkan?

2- Dalam masa lebih kurang satu bulan, Perdana Menteri membelanjakan setengan juta ringgit untuk dua majlis mewah di Sri Perdana. Jika beliau bertegas ini dibayar oleh beliau sendiri, bagaimanakah beliau mampu berbelanja sedemikian rupa sedangkan pendapatan Perdana Menteri tidaklah seberapa?

3- Jika perbelanjaan mewah ini ditanggung oleh rakan taulan yang memberi tajaan, siapakah mereka ini dan apakah bukti Perdana Menteri bahawa sumbangan kepada majlis peribadi tidak mempengaruhi apa-apa keputusan beliau selama ini?

4- Wajarkan perdana menteri berbelanja besar sebegini untuk majlis hari lahir beliau sedangkan beliau menyeru rakyat Malaysia mengamalkan sikap sederhana (wasatiyah) dan mengawal perbelanjaan dalam keadaan ekonomi yang tidak menentu ini? Kos hampir RM800 setiap tetamu ini lebih mahal dari sumbangan BR1M sebanyak RM500 yang diberikan kepada rakyat.


Perdana Menteri boleh sahaja tidak mengendahkan soalan-soalan ini, tetapi dengan bertanyakan soalan sebeginilah rakyat dapat membongkar pelbagai penyelewengan yang berlaku dalam pengurusan dana awam NFC sehingga BN terpaksa tunduk kepada tekanan rakyat.

Perdana Menteri membuat keputusan tidak menyambung tempoh perkhidmatan Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil apabila persoalan moral bersabit integriti sebegini diajukan kepada Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil.

Apabila soalan-soalan yang sama diajukan kepada beliau sekarang, wajarkah beliau juga membuat 'pengorbanan' seperti yang dilakukan oleh Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil dengan menjawab satu persatu secara ikhlas dan telus, demi menjaga integriti kerajaan. -HD




LAPORAN SPRM TERHADAP NAJIB

Jingga 13 akan membuat satu laporan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah terhadap Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berhubung pendedahan oleh Sdr Rafizi Ramli di Parlimen hari ini, iaitu perbelanjaan peribadi Najib Razak menganjurkan majlis hari lahir di Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur menggunakan perbelanjaan dari akaun dipercayai akaun Pejabat Perdana Menteri.

Laporan SPRM itu akan dibuat di Ibu Pejabat SPRM Selangor , Shah Alam pada 15 Mac 2012 jam 11.00 pagi. Jingga 13 juga akan menambah laporan terhadap Najib Razak berhubung penafian Shangri-La Hotel bahawa perbelanjaan majlis pertunangan anak perempuan beliau itu dibayar oleh Pejabat Perdana Menteri. Jingga 13 ingin menimbulkan persoalan, bagaimana Najib Razak mempunyai kemampuan untuk menganjurkan sebuah majlis pertunangan yang begitu mahal.

Semua rakan-rakan media dijemput untuk hadir bagi pendedahan ini dan kerjasama semua didahului dengan ucapan terima kasih.

Muafakat. Prihatin. Berani

SAIFUDDIN SHAFI MUHAMMAD
Timbalan Ketua Koordinator
JINGGA 13





Ulasan GB

47 juadah antarabangsa termasuklah daging panggang yang diimport dari New Zealand, makanan Jepun, makanan Barat dan lain-lain.

Kos RM79,053 itu antara lain merangkumi Buffet untuk 100 tetamu dengan kadar RM207 satu kepala (RM20,700), Band Syed Sobri (RM7,738), Band Batak (RM5,300), minuman 5 gallons (RM795), gubahan bunga (RM31,800) dan caj pengendalian (RM12,720).


"Kos hampir RM800 setiap tetamu ini lebih mahal dari sumbangan BR1M sebanyak RM500 yang diberikan kepada rakyat."

Sungguh hebat! Sungguh dasyat!

Benar-benar beliau mempermainkan konsep WASATIYYAH (Kesederhanaan) yang diwarwarkan sebelum ini sedangkan konsep WASATIYYAH itu adalah sebenarnya anjuran dari Al-Quran dan Rasulullah sendiri. Menunjukkan Najib tidak takut lansung untuk mempermainkan malah seperti mengejek seruan Allah s.w.t. dan RasulNya.


وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطاً

Dan demikianlah Kami jadikan kamu satu umat wasatan Al-Baqarah :143


Hadith Rasulullah s.a.w.

"Sebaik-baik perkara adalah pertengahannya". Hadith Riwayat AlBaihaqi

GB mengingatkan kepada diri GB dan kepada semua, bahawa Namrud mati hanya angkara dari seekor nyamuk yang masuk ke telinganya kerana mempermainkan kata-kata Tuhan dan telinganya itu pula enggan mendengar perintah Tuhan.

GB sekadar mengingatkan Najib jika terlupa, dengan satu istilah: Chicken pox!
(Bukankah saat itu wang berjuta yang dimiliki tidak mempunyai apa-apa makna lagi?)


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Animal Protection Law Imminent

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 09:00 AM PDT

PETPOSITIVE COMMENT:

IT'S GREAT TO KNOW that an updated piece of law to protect animals in the country could very well become a reality in the nation in the next few weeks.

One has to thank the Director-General Datuk Dr Aziz bin Jamaluddin of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) for that. Together with PETPOSITIVE, SPCA and other animal NGOs, we were involved in the pushing for this law


PM splashed out RM80K @ Shangri-La b-day bash!

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 08:20 AM PDT

Welche Hunderassen sind gerade im Trend?

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 08:10 AM PDT

Leider unterliegt auch die Wahl einer Hunderasse der Mode. Während in den 70er und 80er Jahren der Trend bei den Rassehunden ganz eindeutig in Richtung Pudel, Dackel und Cockerspaniel ging, so sind es heute die Rassen Labrador, Golden Retriever und Mops die die Herzen der Hundeliebhaber höher schlagen lassen. Auch der sehr lebhafte Australian Shepherd steht zurzeit hoch im Trend. Doch viel wichtiger als der „Modetrend" ist doch das Wesen eines Hundes. Jeder zukünftige Hundebesitzer sollte sich daher die Frage stellen, wie unternehmungslustig bin ich und welcher Hund passt am besten zu meinem Umfeld und meinem Lebensstil? So macht es für Menschen, die gerne regelmäßig joggen, keinen Sinn sich einen Mops zuzulegen, da diese Rasse aus anatomischen Gründen nicht für lange Laufstrecken geeignet ist. Andere Hunderassen, wie zum Beispiel ein Sibirischer Husky, Irischer Setter oder ein Labrador, brauchen sehr viel Bewegung und würden gerne mit Herrchen oder Frauchen lange Joggingstrecken zurücklegen.

Familienhund – ja oder nein?
Eine ebenfalls wichtige Rolle bei der Wahl der Hunderasse sollte die Frage sein, ob es sich um einen Familienhund, einen Wachhund oder auch einen Begleiter bei der Jagd handeln soll? Als besonders kinderlieb gelten Golden Retriever, Labrador und Sennenhunde. Alle drei Rassen sind besonders gutmütig. Bei den Sennenhunden gibt es vier Unterrassen. Am bekanntesten ist sicherlich der Berner Sennenhund, doch es gibt auch noch den Appenzeller Sennenhund und den Entlebucher Sennenhund. Diese beiden sind deutlich kleiner als der Berner und tragen ein kurzes Fellkleid. Beide besitzen jedoch ebenfalls einen sehr freundlichen und gutmütigen Charakter und sind mit ihrer dreifarbigen Fellzeichnung besonders hübsch anzusehen. Sie sind die wahren Optimisten unter den Hunden.

Auch ein Hund stellt Bedürfnisse
Trotz alledem sollte man immer bedenken, dass ein Hund für lange Zeit ein treuer Begleiter und ständiges Familienmitglied sein wird. Ein Hund ist kein Modeaccessoire. Er stellt seine eigenen Bedürfnisse und benötigt als "Rudeltier" viel Zeit mit seiner Familie. Regelmäßige Bewegung und Beschäftigung sind für ein glückliches langes Hundeleben genauso wichtig, wie eine ausgewogene Ernährung und die vom Tierarzt jährlich durchzuführenden Impfungen.


Cultural policy and Intellectual Property

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:30 AM PDT


As reported in Guang Min Daily

黃漢偉:等於阻止別人使用‧反對"興啊發啊"

2012-02-21 20:07

黃漢偉:文化民俗需推廣流傳,不適申請帶有保護性質的專利權。(圖:光明日報)

(檳城21日訊)"興啊、旺啊、發啊"是檳州首席部長林冠英的口頭禪,針對柔佛新山福建會館建議將新山古廟眾神出游的口號"興啊"、"發啊"申請專利權建議,檳州城市鄉村規劃及文化藝術委員會主席黃漢偉認為,專利屬於知識產權,文化民俗推廣流傳,鼓吹更多人廣為"使用",以顯示其"軟實力",而專利權則帶有"獨佔"的性質,因此並不適用在文化民俗方面。

不符承傳文化意義

我國的知識產權法主要是為了保護一項"發明"或"創意",若其他人要使用就必須付錢。若"興啊"、"發啊"獲得專利後,這等於是阻止別人隨意使用,與承傳文化的意義不符。

"其實不一定要申請專利,有關單位可以出書,介紹他們的歷史淵源,強調他們的文化民俗特色,將來即使別人使用或借用他們的口號,也顯示出他們的影響力。"

他指出,如今一些人將本屬文化民俗的事物申請專利,完全不符歷史根據。"就像源遠流長的端午節的粽子和塔香那樣,個人怎麼能申請專利呢?"

"即使是混合了各民族地區方言而產生的特殊語言,也不能申請專利,因為語言的本意就是為了互相交流,不能獨占。"

柔佛古廟眾神出遊活動歷史悠久,已成為新山標誌性的文化盛會,活動中各廟以充滿特色的花車參加遊行,圍觀民眾則吶喊助興。根據當地傳統,農曆正月廿一古廟出遊後,農曆新年才算結束。

新山福建會館會長拿督張寶文是於日前表示,眾神出游的口號"興啊"、"發啊"是源自新山古廟的眾神出游,因此相關單位應儘快申請專利權,以免遭人"捷足先登"並利用這兩句話賺錢。

起源難以考據

大馬文史工作者李永球說,在新馬印尼一帶,"興啊"與"發啊"是許多福建廟喜好的口號,因此這兩句話的起源難以考據,相信新山古廟不易申請專利權。

"太平廟宇活動喊'發啊'的作活已有約百年歷史,而馬六甲則多是喊'興啊',此外,印尼峇眼亞比、新加坡的慶典也喊'興啊',中國文化大革命時期則出現文化民俗斷層,因此,'興啊'與'發啊'字眼從何而來,根本無從考究。

律師:語言字句無專利權

律師林安邦說,由於"興啊"、"發啊"是日常生活常用的字眼,並不是柔佛古廟出遊才出現的文字,因此不太可能獲得專利權。

他指出,專利權擁有排他性,一旦獲專利權後,其他人將不准使用,若讓柔佛古廟享有"興啊、發啊"專利權,這等於禁止其他人說出這兩個字詞。

"一般來說,語言字句使用並沒有專利權,如果大家都為某字詞口號申請專利,那公眾每天講話都可能'侵犯別人的專利權'了。

他補充,專利與註冊商標是完全不同的概念。"可口可樂(Coca Cola)這個名稱組合是從不存在,由該公司提出,所以他們可以為這名稱作為商標申請專利。"

"試想一下,'我接受唔到咯'這句話已經成為許多年輕人的口頭禪,如果有人以自己以"發明"了此"經典金句",因此申請專利權,那以後大家都不能說這句話了。"


你知道嗎?
保護專有權益

當某人發明或創作出一種"史無前例"的物品或方法後,為了保護專有權益,可向政府提出申請,經過審查認可後,即可獲得專利權。

專利與商標及版權同屬知識產權,是對一項"發明"

而授予的一種專門權利,"發明"所指的是提出開發出一項史無前例的新技術解決方案或產品,帶有"排除他人使用"的占有權,若他人要使用,必須付錢。


Revival of Abandoned Housing Project

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:26 AM PDT



As reported in Sinchew.

黃漢偉證實白武士購地獻議‧大華高原發展計劃或重見曙光

檳城)苦等了近20年,大華高原發展計劃2A、2B及第三期料將重見曙光,而這一道曙光,相信能夠真正了結購屋者多年來的等待和期盼!

根據可靠消息,有一在檳城起家,產業計劃遍佈檳州的發展商或許將成為白武士,接手大華高原擱置了多年的計劃。

大華高原原定是在壟尾興建一個綜合性的混合發展計劃,包括住宅、商場、學校等,購屋者在1995年簽署了房屋買賣合約至今已經過了17個年頭,這項原本在1999年完成的發展計劃突然生變,最終也落入清盤師接受及停工擱置的下場。

消息說,在大華高原發展計劃(除了第一期)擱置多年後,一家來自檳城的發展商獻議從債權銀行手中購取逾17萬平方米的大華高原的地段,不過土地買賣的其中一項條件就是接管及完成被擱置的2A、2B及第三期計劃。

這也意味著,只要該發展商答應此條件,大華高原發展計劃的"命運"將改寫。

黃漢偉:發展商與銀行洽談中
購屋者有轉機了!

檳州房屋委員會主席黃漢偉行政議員向《大北馬》證實了此消息。他說,確實有發展商表達了購買大華高原地段的獻議,只是所有的細節仍在發展商及債權銀行律師洽談中。

他說,債權銀行曾在去年10月10日在各大報章刊登廣告,表示有意將大華高原的地段售出,當時廣告列明的是大華高原3期被擱置的計劃及旁邊的土地,要求有意購買土地的發展商呈上計劃書。

"這項地段出售意願在1月6日截止,直到2月中,他們決定接受一家來自檳城發展商的獻議,他們所提出的條件除了土地交易外,也包括要求發展商完成被擱置的發展計劃。"

對白武士接手樂見其成

當記者詢問白武士接受的機率有多大時,黃漢偉保守地說,這是給購屋者的一個轉機,不過任何的擱置計劃要在白武士接手之前還是需要完成許多細節和程序,而他也約見了有關發展公司詳談有關計劃要如何落實。

他解釋,大華高原購屋者在奔波了多年後,也曾因為白武士接手不成而失望,畢竟合約簽不成的話一切就會回到原點,不過這次的接手他仍對樂見其成。

詢及若白武士接手,有關白武士可否獲得任何特別優待或優惠時,他說,州政府方面可協助豁免一些費用,如門牌稅、地稅、政府部門費用等,讓發展商剩下一些開銷。

擱置門牌稅接近100萬

"由於房屋計劃擱置很久,因此白武士需要承擔很大筆的門牌稅,就以大華高原來說,他們擱置的門牌稅已經接近100萬令吉,因此州政府為了促成工程復工,也會特別批准豁免有關費用。"

積極處理擱置房屋計劃
大華高原計劃最複雜

黃漢偉也說,自民聯政府執政以來就積極著手處理州內多項擱置的房屋計劃,特別是在1997年經濟風暴後被擱置的計劃,而處理的進度也頗為讓人滿意。

已讓7發展計劃"復活"

"目前我們已經讓7項發展計劃'復活',包括湖內安曼園、花地園屋業計劃、珍美園、大山腳孟光華園、Taman Guar Perahu Indah、Taman Orkid Indah及威南的Taman Pekatra,當中部份計劃仍在動工中,也有一些已經獲得完工及合格證書了。"

他坦言,在"老擱置計劃"中,只剩下大華高原仍未復工,因為這項計劃是最複雜、擱置最久,也是影響比較深遠的一項計劃。

"無論如何,仍有一些擱置未超過5年的'新晉擱置計劃',我們也會著手處理。"

計劃未動工可更改圖測

他說,如果發展商接管的計劃仍未動工,他們就可以重新呈圖更改圖測,而原本的購屋者則可以選擇"加額"購買或退回部份款項。

他認為,在處理擱置房屋計劃最大的挑戰是要如何"管理"購屋者,畢竟購屋者過度的氣憤或反彈將導致無人敢接手的局勢。

"另一項挑戰就是在工程被白武士接手後,由於接手的發展商沒有過去簽署的合約及資料,因此會有很多人冒出聲稱自己是購屋者,有時候一個單位突然出現二至三名'買主'。"

漏夜"搶購"苦17年
購屋者感嘆甚麼都沒有

當初漏夜排隊只為了購得大華高原一個單位,事隔17年後我們仍甚麼都沒有!

在接受訪問時,大華高原2A、2B及第三期購屋者頻頻表達他們的無奈。

他們說,當初在推介大華高原產業時,他們滿懷希望地希望為自己購入一個理想的家,他們甚至漏夜排隊只為了"搶購"一個單位。

許文炳:依稀記得當年排隊情景

2A期臨時購屋者委員會秘書許文炳回憶起當年清晨4時排隊等待購屋的情景,當時他的妻子在懷孕,現在孩子已經中四了,屋子卻未完成。

許正仁:讓一些業主宣佈破產

第三期臨時購屋者委員會主席許正仁說,在計劃擱置後,由於一些銀行仍繼續向業主"追債",讓一些業主最終宣佈破產。

連仁:有些人從黑髮等到白髮

第2B期臨時購屋者委員會主席連仁說,在購屋者當中,有些人從黑髮等到白髮,有人也已經退休了,甚至有人都已經離世了,卻還盼不到自己的屋子。

"當初我們為了房子的事宜到處奔波,最後也成立了臨時購屋者委員會,但是我們都沒有建築及發展方面的知識,因此不斷在海底撈針。"

他們在聽聞或有白武士接手後都感到非常開心,除了希望事情可以儘快落幕,也希望州政府能夠插手協助爭取購屋者的利益。


Happy Day For Senior Citizens

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 07:21 AM PDT


As reported in The Star.

Happy day for senior citizens

DESPITE facing difficulty walking properly, 63-year-old widow Sharifah Bibi managed to struggle through the crowd to collect her RM100 payment.

She was among 6,676 eligible senior citizens from the Air Itam and Air Putih state constituencies in Penang who receive the payment at Maybank Kampung Baru branch in Jalan Air Itam.

The money was given under the state's Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme.
Aid brings cheer: Sharifah showing her RM100 note after collecting the payment during the state's Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme.

Sharifah, who suffered a broken leg in an accident eight years ago, was happy with the money as she could now add it to her savings to buy medication for the injury.

Also spotted at the programme was M. Suppeah, 73, and his wife P. Kristanamah, 69, who each received RM100.

"We are already pensioners and feel very grateful to the state government for the cash aid.

"My wife and I have heart problems which require constant medication which is expensive.

"This money is very important to us as we can buy the medication that we need," said Suppeah.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who greeted the recipients, said that the state government was ready to help the people.

"We are willing to help everyone who are in need," he said.

A total of 135,220 senior citizens in Penang have registered for the appreciation programme.

The RM100 payment was made to senior citizens from the Air Itam (6,676), Air Putih (2,828), Sungai Pinang (3,800) and Tanjung Bungah (3,439) constituencies on Saturday.

Also present was Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai.


ကိုကိုၾကီး(၈၈) မ်ိဳးဆက္ သို. ABSDF ေၿမာက္ပိုင္းရဲေဘာ္ေဟာင္း ညီညီ မွ တုန္.ၿပန္ စာ

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 06:51 AM PDT

ကိုကိုၾကီး(၈၈) မ်ိဳးဆက္ သို. ABSDF ေၿမာက္ပိုင္းရဲေဘာ္ေဟာင္း ညီညီ မွ တုန္.ၿပန္ စာ
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ကိုကိုၾကီး (၈၈ ) မ်ိဳးဆက္ခင္ဗ်ာ….
ခင္ဗ်ာ: messenger  ဂ်ာနယ္ထဲမွာေၿပာသြားတဲ့စကားလံုး ေတြကိုေဆြးေႏြးခ်င္လို.ပါ။
အဲဒီစကားလံုးေတြက အၿခားသူေတြသံုးရင္ ၿပသ၁နာမရွိေပမဲ့ ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ထဲက ေၿပာသြားတာ ကေတာ့ လက္မခံနိုင္ပါ။
ကိုကိုၾကီးက " ဒီကိစၥၾကီးက သံသယရဲ. ဓါးစာခံေတြ သားေကာင္ေတြ ေခတ္ကာလ အေၿခ အေနမွာ မွားယြင္းမွဳေတြ လို." ေၿပာသြားပါတယ္။
ဒီကိစၥက အဲဒီလို လံုးဝမဟုတ္ပါဘူး၊ ၾကိဳတင္ၾကံစီၿပီးမွၿဖစ္ခဲ့တဲ့ကိစၥပါ။
က်ေနာ္ေရးတဲ့ အခန္းဆက္ေတြကို ေစာင့္္ဖတ္ၾကည့္ပါ။ အစအဆံုးၿပီးသြားရင္ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ မၿပီးခင္မွာေတာင္ဇာတ္ရည္လည္သြားပါမယ္။
ေအာင္နိုင္က အထက္ဗမာၿပည္မွာ ထြန္းေအာင္ေက်ာ္က ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးတာဝန္ခံ၊ ေအာက္ဗမာၿပည္မွာ ကိုကိုၾကီးက ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးတာဝန္ခံနိုင္ေအာင္ကလည္း မိုးသီးဇြန္ လဲေထာက္လွမ္းေရး မဟုတ္လား ဆိုၿပီး စြတ္စြဲတာ က်ေနာ္တို.အဖမ္းခံရသူေတြအားလံုးအသိပါ။
ခင္ဗ်ာ: မေတာ္လို.မ်ား ေၿမာက္ပိုင္းမွာေတာခိုခဲ့ရင္ ခင္ဗ်ာ: ၊ ေမာင္ေမာင္ၾကြယ္ နဲ. ထြန္းေအာင္ေက်ာ္တို. အမွဳတြဲျၿဖစ္ၿပီး ၁၅  ေယာက္စာရင္းမွာ ခင္ဗ်ားပါ ပါသြားခဲ့မွာ။
အခု ၁၅ ေယာက္ထဲပါတဲ့ ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးဆိုရင္လဲ က်ေနာ္ရယ္ သူရယ္ GOSDA အမတ္ ကိုေမာင္ေမာင္ေအာင္ရယ္ ၃ ေယာက္ မႏၱေလး သံဃသမၼဂၢီ ဥကၠဌ ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးေရဝတ လႊတ္လို.မဲေပးၿပီးေနာက္ရက္ကစၿပီး နိုင္ငံေရးလမ္းေၾကာင္းပံုစံသစ္ေဖာ္ဖို. အနိုင္ရမဲ့ ပါတီနဲ.ညွီနိွဳင္းဖို. ေဆြးေႏြးရန္အတြက္ခင္ဗ်ာနဲ.ေတာင္ဥကၠလာပမွာ ေတြ.ဆံုေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့သူပါ။
ဒီလူေတြကမေတာ္တဆဆိုၿပီးေသသြားခဲ့တဲ့သူေတြမဟုတ္ပါဘူး။
ေက်းဇူးၿပဳၿပီးစကားလံုးတိုင္းကိုအေလးအနက္ထားေၿပာဆိုေပးပါ။
ေနာက္ၿပီးခြင့္လြတ္တယ္ဆိုတဲ့စကားလံုး ၊ ေနရာတကာမွာ လူတကာက ကိုယ္မခံရတဲ့ကိစၥေတြကို ၾကားထဲကေန ဝင္ဝင္ၿပီးခြင့္လြတ္ေနၾကတာ ၿမန္မာနိုင္ငံသမိုင္းမွာ အစဥ္အလာဆိုးၾကီး ခ်န္ထား ၾကမလို.လား ။
လုပ္ခ်င္ရာလုပ္ၾက ေနာက္ၾကခြင့္လြတ္ၾကမွာပဲ ဆိုတဲ့အသိတရား ကိိုေနာင္မ်ိဳးဆက္အတြက္ ခ်န္ထားခဲ့ခ်င္ၾကသလားး
မမွားၾကပါနဲ. သတိထားၿပီးလုပ္ၾကပါ။ကိုယ္မွားရင္ကိုယ္ၿပန္ခံရမယ္ဆိုတဲ့အသိတရားမ်ိဳး ထားခဲ့ဖို.ၾကီဳးစားပါ။
ခြင့္လြတ္တယ္ဆိုတဲ့စကားကေၿပာဖို.လြယ္ပါတယ္။အထူးသၿဖင့္သူမ်ားေတြခံရတဲ့ကိစၥမ်ိဳးေပါ.။ က်ေနာ္တို.က ကိုယ္တိုင္ခံစားရတဲ့ကိစၥေတြကိုလဲ ခြင့္လြတ္ပါတယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ အဲဒီလိုလူမ်ိဳးေတြရဲ. အေၿမာ္အၿမင္နည္းပါးမွုကို ရွဳတ္ခ်ၿပီး ေမတၱာဓါတ္ၾကီးမားမွဳကိုေတာ့ ဂုဏ္ၿပဳပါတယ္။
တဆက္ထဲမွာပဲ ၁၂ ရက္ေန.အမွတ္တရပြဲ ဦးေဆာင္က်င္းပခဲ့တ့ဲ က်ေနာ္တို.နဲ.အတူ အခ်ဳပ္ခံရၿပီးလြတ္ေၿမာက္ခဲ့တဲ့ ရန္ကုန္က ပုဂၢဳိလ္မ်ားကို တခုေမတၱာရပ္ခံလိုပါတယ္။
ေနာင္ကို ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးနာမည္ကိုအသံုးၿပဳရင္ လူသစ္ဆိုတဲ့စကားလံုးကိုမသံုးၾကပါနဲ.။
ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးတို. က်ေနာ္တို.တေတြ UG လုပ္ခဲ့ၾကတာဟာ မႏၱေလးေက်ာင္းသားအုပ္စုေတြရဲ.အားေပးကူညီပူးေပါင္းပါဝင္မွဳနဲ.အတူ ABSDF ကိုမိခင္အဖြဲ.ဆိုၿပီးလုပ္ခဲ့ၾကတာပါ။
၁၉၉၀ ႏွစ္ဆန္းပိုင္းမွာ မခင္ခ်ိဳဦးနဲ. နန္းေအာင္ေထြးၾကည္ကို ေထာက္လွမ္းေရး ၿဖစ္ေၾကာင္း စံုစမ္းေထာက္ခံေပးပါဆိုတဲ့စာက်ေနာ္တို.ဆီကို ေၿမာက္ပိုင္းဗဟိုကေန ေရာက္လာပါတယ္။
က်ေနာ္တို.တေတြက ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးေရဝတ နဲ.တိုင္ပင္ၿပီး ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးလို.မသကႍာ ဘူးဆိုရင္ ၿမိဳ.ေပၚၿပန္ပို.လိုက္ပါ။ ဆက္ၿပီးသတ္ၿဖတ္မွဳေတြလုပ္ေနမယ္တိုရင္ မႏၱေလးအုပ္စုက NB နဲ.အဆက္အသြယ္ၿဖတ္မယ္လို.စာၿပန္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။
ဒါ ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ အမ်ားၾကီးထဲကတခုပါ။ခင္ဗ်ားတို.တေတြလဲသိသင့္သေလာက္ သိခဲ့ၾကမွာပါ။ အဲဒီေတာ့ေၿပာ ခ်င္တာကေနာက္ေနာင္ကို ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးနာမည္ကိုအသံုးၿပဳ ( ဖို.မ်ား ၾကံဳေကာင္း ၾကံဳလာခဲ့ရင္) ကိုခ်ိဳၾကီးကိုလူသစ္လို.မသံုးၾကပါနဲ.လို.ေမတၱာရပ္ခံပါတယ္။


188 Hugh Low Street Ipoh

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 06:54 AM PDT

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[WASPADA] Emas Susut Selepas Diserah Untuk Dicuci

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 08:27 AM PDT

Emas susut, tukar warna kelabu

PENDANG – Seorang suri rumah terpaksa mengalami rugi besar apabila semua barang kemas miliknya rosak dan beratnya makin berkurangan setelah mencuba khidmat mencuci barangan berharga itu yang ditawarkan tiga individu, baru-baru ini.

Dalam kejadian jam 11 pagi itu, seorang lelaki dan dua perempuan menaiki sebuah kereta berwarna putih mendakwa datang dari Jitra, pergi ke rumah jirannya dengan menawarkan perkhidmatan mencuci emas dan turut menjual emas Korea.

Mangsa, Aishah Jaafar, 58, berkata, ketiga-tiga suspek datang ke rumah jirannya kerana ketika itu ramai penduduk kampung sedang mengadakan gotong-royong untuk majlis kenduri sempena jirannya yang ingin mengerjakan umrah.

"Mereka datang sambil menawarkan khidmat cuci emas dan menjual emas Korea pada kira-kira 20 penduduk wanita pada masa itu. Ketiga-tiga mereka meminta barang kemas dipakai beberapa penduduk untuk dicuci dengan bayaran hanya RM2 untuk satu barang," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Aishah berkata, pada masa itu, salah seorang daripada suspek menarik tangannya dan meminta rantai tangan yang dipakainya untuk dicuci. Menurutnya, namun dia enggan memberikan barangan terbabit kerana bimbang ditipu.

"Selepas enggan memberi rantai tangan untuk dicuci, saya bertanya sama ada mereka boleh membaiki rantai tangan jenis batu yang putus. Mereka mengakui boleh melakukannya dan terus meminta saya mengambil rantai tangan itu di rumah
.

"Disebabkan yakin mereka ingin membaiki rantai tangan itu, saya mempelawa mereka ke rumah saya dekat situ, sehinggakan saya cepat-cepat berlari balik ke rumah," katanya.

Aishah berkata, tiba di rumahnya, dia segera mengeluarkan rantai tangan terputus itu dan memberikan kepada mereka, namun suspek memaklumkan ia tidak boleh dibaiki.

Katanya, dia seolah dipukau tiga individu terbabit apabila terus membenarkan mereka membuka semua barang kemas dipakainya, iaitu seutas rantai tangan dan rantai leher serta mengambil satu gelang lagi yang disimpan di dalam bilik untuk dicuci.

"Mereka memujuk saya agar semua barang kemas itu dicuci dengan bayaran hanya RM2 dan tiga barang milik saya dikenakan RM6. Mereka mencuci barang kemas dengan cara membakar semua barang kemas itu dan memasukkan semuanya dalam botol serta terus menggoncang kuat botol itu sehingga cecair di dalamnya menjadi warna kuning keemasan," katanya.

Menurutnya, selepas proses itu dia tidak menyedari gelangnya rosak dan berat barang kemasnya makin susut hingga tiga individu itu beredar.

Aishah berkata, selepas kumpulan licik itu pulang, dia baru tersedar semua barang kemasnya menjadi ringan daripada berat asal.

"Gelang saya makin nipis dan rosak, rantai leher menjadi kecil dan bertukar warna hampir kelabu. Saya terkejut kerana semua barang kemas itu telah dibeli lebih enam tahun lalu dengan harga RM4,000 ketika itu, namun semuanya menjadi ringan. Saya cuba menimbang dan mendapati semua berat barang kemas itu hanya 10 gram," katanya.

Menurutnya, dia pasti tiga individu terbabit mencuri emas melalui cecair yang digunakan.

Aishah difahamkan, tiga individu itu sudah tiga kali ke kampungnya menawarkan khidmat mencuci barang kemas dengan kenderaan berlainan kemungkinan mengelakkan penipuan mereka dikesan.

Anaknya yang enggan dikenali berkata, dia maklum isu ramai penduduk di bandar tertipu dengan servis mencuci emas dari rumah ke rumah, namun tidak menyangka ia turut ditawarkan di kampung. -SH


A New Beginning Soon

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 05:08 AM PDT

It is great to be almost well again. :-) I can almost talk normally now without having to clear my throat every 2 minutes. However, I am not sure if the neighbours are happy because instead of hearing me cough or clear my throat, I am now singing (or rather - trying to sing) because for over two months, that is something that I could not do thanks to my sinus.

Here's a spontaneous recording of 'Fly Me To the Moon' which I did this morning.

Of course it is nothing great. My younger boy insists it is NOT music - only cacophony. Today, he was tested and it was confirmed again that he has perfect pitch. My older boy also has the same. Life is unfair. I don't understand why my two boys have perfect pitch but I don't. I can see my boy smirking in the background.

Soon, I will be attending classes. I wonder what it will be like to be a student again. I am quite sure I will be the oldest in the class. The last time I attended an art course, I was the 'Auntie' in the class :-). I am sure it will be the same again.

Anyway, I believe it will be good for me as I can feel what it is like in the other side of the court and to be able to empathise with my students.

Originally, I wanted to be take the course full-time but the Head of Department advised me do it part-time as the full-time workload would be too stressful and it was likely I would have extreme difficulty in meeting deadlines and assignments. I am sure my students reading this would be smiling. :-)

Here's something that my son wrote yesterday afternoon. His reward was extra time for his games. :-)

It was the last round of the card game before we turned in for the night at Jake's sleepover party. Adam suggested that the loser should be slapped with a forfeit. We all agreed that the unlucky one would have to go on his own and knock on the door of the house across the road where Jake lived. 
As I looked out of the window, it almost seemed as though that gloomy looking house was glaring at me angrily. I just knew that the loser of this fateful round would definitely have an interesting trip to nothing but sheer doom. 
As I played my turn, I gathered my cards and heaved a sigh of relief thinking I had a good call. One by one, we showed our cards. The final round pierced my heart. 
I was destined to be THE chosen one. I kept to the deal with unspoken words without looking at my friends who were giggling and grimacing eagerly to frighten me. 
Walking there, I felt as though the house opposite was staring right into my eyes. Bathed in the moonlight, the wooden house seemed eerily evil. Curiosity beckoned and I walked towards that house. 
Treading slowly on the damp soil in the garden, a sudden surge of panic froze me to the spot. Out of the blue, my friends were screaming and telling me to run for my life. 
Before I could turn around to ask them to shut up, I saw a wooden stake moving in my direction and it pierced my chest. A piercing high-pitched scream was the last thing I heard as my head struck the ground.

Wishing everyone a lovely evening!


Bakar Rumah : Bekas Pemilik Restoran Meninggal Dunia Akibat Melecur

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 06:10 AM PDT

Johor Bahru: Seorang bekas pemilik restoran meninggal dunia akibat melecur selepas dipercayai membakar rumahnya manakala isteri dan dua anak perempuannya cedera dalam kejadian di Kampung Melayu Kangkar Pulai di sini, Selasa.

Gambar: KEADAAN ruang tamu rumah didiami empat beranak yang hangus selepas dibakar pemiliknya sendiri di Kampung Malayu, Kangkar Pulai, Nusajaya, hari ini. Isteri kepada pemilik rumah itu, Wan Rokiah Wan Yussuf, 43, melecur teruk dalam kejadian itu dan kini sedang dirawat di Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru. - Foto Bakri Mohd Dahalan

Ketua Polis Daerah Nusajaya Supt Noor Hashim Mohamad berkata kejadian berlaku kira-kira pukul 9.30 pagi dan sebelum itu difahamkan berlaku perselisihan faham antara bekas pemilik restoran itu Syed Hussin Syed Hussin, 63, dan isterinya Wan Rokiah Wan Yussuf, 43.

"Polis sedang menyiasat kejadian yang berlaku di rumah separuh papan dan batu itu dengan terperinci. Berdasarkan maklumat, rumah itu dibakar sendiri oleh si mati," katanya kepada Bernama ketika dihubungi.

Noor Hashim yang enggan mengulas lanjut mengenai perkara itu berkata Wan Hussin meninggal dunia ketika dalam perjalanan ke hospital manakala Wan Rokiah dan dua anak perempuan mereka, Sharifah Aishah, 22, dan Sharifah Zulaikha, 21, kini dirawat di Hospital Sultanah Aminah di sini.

Katanya seorang lagi anak pasangan itu, Sharifah Zulaikha hanya dirawat sebagai pesakit luar.

Beliau berkata kes itu disiasat sebagai mati mengejut dan mayat Syed Hussin dibedah siasat di hospital yang sama.

Sementara itu, seorang lagi anak pasangan itu yang tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan dalam kebakaran itu, Sharifah Athirah Alya, 16, berkata dia sedang tidur di sebuah bilik di rumah itu ketika kejadian terbabit berlaku.

"Apabila saya terjaga dari tidur kira-kira pukul 10 pagi, saya lihat emak sedang merangkak ke luar rumah dari pintu dapur dengan api masih berada di badan," katanya ketika ditemui di rumah mayat hospital itu.

Dia bagaimanapun enggan mengulas ketika ditanya lebih lanjut mengenai kejadian kebakaran itu. -BERNAMA


"Kalau Tak Nak Hang Bunuh Saja Bapak Hang Ni, Bagi Aku Tanam"

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 04:30 AM PDT

Dia ni bapak hang', anak pura-pura tak kenal

KULIM - "Kalau hang tak mahu pada orang tua ni, hang bunuh dia. Bagi aku tanam. Dia ni bapak hang," antara ungkapan kecewa diluahkan penjaga seorang lelaki warga emas berusia 68 tahun yang merupakan anak saudara kepada mangsa ketika berlaku pertengkaran di hadapan rumah anak perempuan mangsa di sini kira-kira jam 5.30 petang kelmarin.

Kejadian berlaku apabila mangsa menyatakan hasrat untuk tinggal di rumah anak perempuan tunggalnya kerana setelah sekian lama dijaga adik-beradiknya.

Waris yang juga anak saudara mangsa buntu dan membawa mangsa ke Balai Polis Kulim apabila mangsa tidak mahu lagi tinggal di rumah mereka.

Seorang waris berkata, mangsa berada bersama keluarganya lebih 30 tahun lalu tetapi berhasrat untuk tinggal bersama anaknya di sebuah taman perumahan di sini dan untuk memenuhi hasratnya, mereka menghantar mangsa ke rumah anak kandungnya.

Menurutnya, sebelum menyerahkan mangsa kepada keluarganya, mereka meminta nasihat polis untuk mengiringi kerana khuatir berlaku sebarang kejadian tidak diingini.

"Apabila tiba di rumah anak mangsa, polis terpaksa menunggu kira-kira 15 minit sebelum pintu rumah dibuka. Malang bagi mangsa apabila anaknya itu berpura-pura tidak mengenalinya.

"Perkara ini menimbulkan tidak puas hati dan kemarahan anak saudara mangsa dan berlaku pertengkaran mulut. Anak mangsa terus mendesak supaya bapanya itu tidak ditinggalkan di rumahnya kerana dia tidak mahu menjaganya," katanya.

Waris mangsa berkata, sejak dulu lagi anak mangsa tidak pernah menjaga kebajikan bapanya itu sebaliknya segala tanggungjawab itu diberikan kepada keluarganya.

Katanya, memandangkan kasi­han­ dengan nasib menimpa mangsa, mereka setuju untuk menjaganya sejak 30 tahun lalu.

"Tok sudah tidak mahu tinggal bersama kami dan meminta kami menghantarnya ke rumah anak perempuannya. Kami semua sudah berkahwin tetapi masih boleh menjaganya. Seingat saya, sekarang saya sudah berusia 28 tahun. Sebelum itu pun tok sudah tinggal bersama kami. Sejak akhir-akhir ini, tok memberontak mungkin kerana dia nyanyuk.

"Dia sering mencederakan dirinya sendiri. Bagaimanapun kami terus menjaganya walaupun bersikap keanak-anakan. Memandangkan dia mahu tinggal bersama anak perempuannya maka kami setuju untuk menghantarnya ke sana. Malangnya anak tok enggan menerimanya," katanya.

Sebelum itu, jiran yang tinggal berdekatan dengan rumah anak mangsa memaklumkan kepada waris berkenaan bahawa bapanya telah meninggal dunia. Waris yang mendengar pengakuan dibuat jiran terpinga-pinga dan memperkenalkan kepada mereka bahawa warga emas itu merupakan bapanya.

Polis yang mengiringi waris mangsa kemudiannya memapah mangsa keluar dari kereta dan menunjukkan kepada anaknya, namun anaknya itu masih tidak membuka pintu pagar dan membenarkan bapanya masuk ke dalam rumah.

Atas sikap prihatin, polis meminta anak mangsa untuk memberikan kerusi kepada bapanya kerana mangsa tidak tahan berdiri lama kerana sudah tua.

Pertengkaran antara keluarga itu berterusan di mana anak mangsa tetap tidak membenarkan bapanya masuk ke rumah. Polis kemudiannya menasihatkan supaya permasalahan yang berlaku dapat diselesaikan secara aman kerana ini merupakan permasalahan keluarga.

Polis memaklumkan, anak mangsa datang ke Balai Polis Sungai Kob kira-kira jam 9 malam untuk mencari rumah sepupunya bertujuan menghantar mangsa kepada mereka.

Sinar Harian kemudiannya menghubungi pegawai Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) dan dia mengarahkan supaya anak mangsa menyerahkan mangsa ke JKM sebelum dibawa ke mahkamah untuk arahan penempatan tinggal di rumah orang tua. -SH


Ibu 'Bayi Alas Kaki' Dipenjara Sehari Dan Didenda RM2,000

Posted: 14 Mar 2012 02:59 AM PDT

Kuala Terengganui - Seorang wanita yang masih dalam pantang dijatuhkan hukuman penjara satu hari dan denda RM2,000 oleh Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Terengganu hari ini terhadap tuduhan membuat laporan palsu.

Wan Syafira Wan Nazri, 23, didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di sebuah rumah bernombor 1234 Kampung Beladau Kepong, Manir di sini ketika disoal siasat pada 12.30 malam, 25 Februari lepas.

Dia mengaku bersalah melakukan perbuatan tersebut semasa pertuduhan dibacakan di hadapan Majistret Abdul Hayyi Salim.

Tertuduh yang bekerja sebagai pembantu kedai itu didakwa mengikut Seksyen 182 Kanun Keseksaan kerana membuat laporan palsu.

Pendakwaan dijalankan oleh pegawai pendakwa Insp Miky Dustan Musa manakala tertuduh tidak diwakili peguam.

Mengikut fakta kes pada 25 Februari lalu, tertuduh dengan sengaja telah memberi maklumat palsu dengan niat menyebabkan penjawat awam (polis) menggunakan kuasanya yang sah di sisi undang-undang yang mendatangkan bencana kepada seseorang yang lain.

Bernama sebelum ini melaporkan seorang pembantu kedai sanggup mengadakan cerita kononnya bayi itu ditinggalkan di rumahnya oleh seorang warga emas.

Namun tindakan wanita itu berjaya dibongkar polis berdasarkan laporan yang bercanggah yang dikemukakannya dan dia disyaki tidak bercakap benar dan bayi tersebut adalah miliknya sendiri. - Bernama

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