Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sad Episode for Malaysian Badminton..

The decision made by the legendary Misbun Sidek not to continue coaching Malaysia under BAM goes into history as one of the sad episode in Malaysian badminton. I said "coaching under BAM"... You can never know what will happen in the near future...
From my point of view, it all started when BAM refused to accept Misbun's request to have his son, Misbun Ramdan, under his wing. If you know Misbun Sidek, you'll understand why... His son did not show any improvement under that "other coach". So, it's a descent request for him to ask BAM to put his son under him.

But, unprofessional and stupid BAM officials have other agendas in their mind... They somehow made his golden boy, Lee Chong Wei, to make a statement in the press stating that he doesn't mind if he is no more under Misbun Sidek. That statement was made during the three months when Misbun tendered his resignation letter on the 31st of December 2010. During that period, Lee Chong Wei had no personal coach. Rashid Sidek and Teh Sue Bock was put on charge. Coincidently, Lee Chong Wei beat the off form Lin Dan in the All England finals in February 2011.

Rashid Sidek was a gentleman and do not want to interfere with the Misbun/Chong Wei - BAM saga. He has the criteria of a true coach. Being professional and would not take advantage of situations faced by Misbun/Chong Wei. I respect you for that, Rashid....
But this other coach, coming from no where, unheard of before this..., took the golden opportunity to accept the role of being Chong Wei's coach. That's disgusting!!! Shame on you !! Any other coach will agree with me on this. But not BAM's stupid officials... Of course, it's an easy job to do. Chong Wei is already world's Number One. And he is world's number one made by Misbun Sidek, not Teh Sue Bock !!!

For the record:
1.   It was Misbun Sidek who spotted Lee Chong Wei during a talent scouting done in Penang.
2.   It was Misbun Sidek who first coached Lee Chong Wei from the very beginning.
3.   Somewhere in the middle, Chong Wei was put under coach Li Mao by BAM.
4.   When things didn't go smoothly for Chong Wei, Misbun requested to BAM to have Chong Wei under him in 2007.
5.   During this era, Chong Wei rose to stardom and became world's number one.
6.   Things go bad when Misbun requested to have his son under his care. Can you imagine that?? His own son cannot be under him?? That's BAM !!!
7.   Apart from Chong Wei, 3 other shuttlers enjoyed good fortune under Misbun. They were Roslin Hashim, Hafiz Hashim and his brother, Rashid Sidek.
8.   Lee Chong Wei was like his son. He left his family most of the time to be with Chong Wei all the time, for 4 years. And when he was not around for 3 months, Chong Wei left him....
9.   When Misbun tendered his resignation as BAM coach in December, Lee Chong Wei made it public in the media that he will follow Misbun wherever he goes... Everybody applauded his stand. Who changed his mind?? My guess is as good as yours....

I know (as a former national athletics coach, myself) how sad Misbun is now... I know how dejected and frustrated he is when Lee Chong Wei said he doesn't need Misbun anymore.. If I am Misbun, I would also do what he did last 28th April, 2011 - to reject the BAM's new offer.What's the point giving lots of perks when you are not happy....  Put Chong Wei and Misbun Ramdan under Misbun Sidek. He will be happy !!! Everybody will be happy too... Is that difficult to do, BAM??

By Misbun's standard, BAM should have made Misbun Sidek the CHIEF of all Chief Coaches of BAM. That should have been the new contract. He should be the one who have the super power in coaching, choosing players and assigning them to the other lower class coaches (just like Li Yongbo of China). After all, he is the BEST Malaysian coach ever !!! Name me another Malaysian coach better than Misbun... Punch Gunalan? James Selvaraj? Teh Sue Bock? Razif Sidek? No one but MISBUN SIDEK !!!
BAM, where do you people learn your Sports Management from?? Madagascar??

And, what is the new contract all about? Misbun Sidek is to train and produce more clones of Lee Chong Wei.... And then, all the clones will be given to Teh Sue Bock once they mature and become world number 1 !!! So, Misbun do all the donkey job and Teh Sue Bock gets the 20% allocated for coaches whose athletes win Gold medals in the Olympics...(incentive from the government). %^$^$@#$%^*&*&^% !!!!!!!
INI TAK ADIL....!!!!

This is sad for Malaysian badminton.
All the best wishes to you Misbun Sidek..
And to Lee Chong Wei... I have nothing against you. Before this, I celebrated all your wins and had full of praise for you for making Malaysians proud...  But, beginning today I will NOT celebrate any of your success and will NEVER be proud of what you achieved... Sorry, but I think you have forgotten who brought you up to this level of success.... I guess you are just what our ancestors said "KACANG LUPAKAN KULIT". Sorry!!

Have a nice day...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MISBUN rejects BAM new Contract...

Misbun Sidek, the famous Malaysian badminton coach, who coached current world number 1, Lee Chong Wei for 5 years, rejected the new BAM's contract offered to him.
It was understood that the new deal includes coaching his son, Misbun Ramdan, but not his golden boy, Lee Chong Wei.... And that's unusual for BAM to do so... BAM once said Misbun is good for developing new talents only... Do you believe that? That's unprofessional...
As usually, Misbun Sidek did not give any reason for his action, but it was obvious that he wasn't satisfied with the new terms and conditions laid by the BAM. For the record, the BAM is famous for making coaches unhappy.
Denmark's Morten Frost was one of them. He stayed for just a couple of months. Korea's Park Joo Bong was another one who didn't stay long...

As I see it, Misbun did the correct thing. He didn't bow to stupid, unprofessional badminton officials...
How can a coach not coach his athlete that he groomed to be the world's number 1 and in line to win the prestigious Olympic gold medal next year? It doesn't make sense... And to add salt to his wound made by BAM's sword, Lee Chong Wei said he is comfortable with his "new" coach.
Do remember Chong Wei !!! It was Misbun who scouted you and it was Misbun who made you who you are today!!! Don't be like "KACANG LUPAKAN KULIT"

Whatever..., we are behind you, Misbun Sidek... You did the right thing !!!

Have a nice day....

The Dried Ikan Kembung...

Since the prize of the local mackerel, the ikan kembung, had gone down due to its abundance in the market, I took the initiative to make it salted dried. I bought 10 kilos of fresh grade B ikan kembung and took 2 days to turn it into salted dried ikan kembung.
From 10 kilos of fresh fish, I got 3 kilos of dried fish. But the point is..., it tastes really, really nice when you take it with white rice or glutinous rice...
Wanna try??  He, he...

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LEE HWA Stationary in Kangar...

Photostat copy for 3.5 sen a copy in Kangar at this time when everything's expensive..?
Come to Lee Hwa Stationary and Trading.
Where is it?
The new yellow building behind The Store...
What else..??
Come see for yourselves...
Located in the heart of Kangar town, this small store sells almost everything below the normal price in Kangar. For example, a graph book of 40 pages costs only RM0.80, where the price is usually RM1.00 in other stationary stores, including supermarkets.
This graph book costs only 80 sen.
 other services provided..
 one customer buying A4 papers for her teaching aid in SMK Derma.

Other notable cheap items include A4 papers selling at RM8.20, printer ink refills at RM10.00 each...
Just make a visit to this store and you'll find out more...

Have a nice day Mr. Lee........

Life Without Misbun Sidek....


Ajay Jayaram..
Lee Chong Wei had a scary 1st round in the 2011 Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series...
Chong Wei just managed to overcome unranked local unknown boy, AJAY JAYARAM of India 21-19, 21-18 in the first round. He nearly lost the 1st set...
That's the life without Misbun Sidek..... You chose it Chong Wei!!!

Have a nice day..

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More and More Support for PPSMI..

Hmmm.. now, more and more voices are heard from the public on the benefits of PPSMI (Learning Science and Maths in English)... Apart from the local newspapers, I've received positive comments in my Blog. Let's see them:

syazeleen said... 
Many of those who seek to abolish the PPSMI policy argue that if countries like Japan and Germany can succeed by using their national language, why can't we?

There's a simple answer. During the developing years of these countries, technology advanced gradually. '

Totally agree. The Japanese and Chinese don't just change spellings (karbohidrat comes to mind). It's not a matter of just translating textbooks. It has more to do with using their own language to describe scientific matters. They come up with their own vocabulary. Research and teaching goes hand in hand, but since the powers-that-be over here doesn't seem inclined to acknowledge this, we're doomed.

*A bit melodramatic at the end. But I'm just annoyed at these people. I wished I had my SPM Science and Math in English. Would've made my life a lot easier* 

Lov3 Timor L3st3 said... Timor Leste case is more complecate then Malaysia, we use 4 languages ( tetum and Portuguese as official languages and Indonesia and English as working languages. but personal opion better we adopt English.. 

R.S., Petaling Jaya, Selangor

I REFER to the letter "BM is soul of the nation" by Professor Dr Norhashimah Jalaluddin, president of the Malaysian Linguistic Society (NST, April 19).
While Bahasa Malaysia may have helped to develop the country, one must consider Malaysia on the global stage.

Is it really that different to strike a balance between the preservation of an aspect of our national identity and merging it with a globalised culture? I think not.

The writer said patriotism could be proved by answering this question: who is deemed more patriotic -- citizens who wish for their own national language to be the medium of instruction or citizens who reject their country's national language?
Excuse me, but I boast about the beautiful aspects of Malaysia to people I meet, wherever they are from, and tell them about how proud I am of the nationality that I bear. Do these not make me patriotic?

Simply because of my choice of learning Science and Mathematics in English, have I "rejected" my country's national language? Strong words, indeed.

Let us take a look once more at our national education system. As far as memory serves, I recall having BM classes every day in school; and History (Sejarah), Geography (Geografi), Moral and other subjects were all taught in BM, too.

In fact, English was only used during the English Language, Mathematics and Science classes.

Is it fair to sideline parents who prioritise English over BM and tell them that they have to choose private or international schools for their child's educational needs? Not all can afford it.

BM is confined to smaller borders, whether we like it or not. I agree that BM is part of our national heritage and pride, and I for one find it extremely useful in daily situations.

English is a global language and the faster we accept that, the faster we can develop as a nation. I am not dismissing BM as the "soul of the nation", I am, however, emphasising the importance of English as an educational tool.

Language is not the "only" factor in the socio-economic development of a nation. There are a multitude of other factors equally as important and ignorance would inevitably result in a premature conclusion. I quote film director Federico Fellini: "A different language is a different vision of life".

The Malaysian community has the capacity to advance with the help of not just BM and English but Mandarin and Tamil, as well. Let us draw strength from that diversity. 

SYED AZAUDDIN, Gombak, Selangor

English: It's the lingua franca, professor

PROFESSOR Dr Norhashimah Jalaluddin's letter "BM is soul of the nation" (NST, April 19) is interesting but not based on facts, whether historical or current.
The professor accused the Parent Action Group for Education (Page), which advocates English as a medium of instruction for the teaching of Science and Mathematics, as a "small group lacking in patriotism towards the national language".

What does she mean by "patriotism towards the national language?" To me, patriotism means "devotion to one's country", that is, self-inclination for the well-being of fellow citizens.

This comprises many aspects, such as making efforts towards peace and prosperity of one's nation, ensuring that one's country is well regarded internationally and nullifying any threats, both from internal and external sources, that could jeopardise the safety and security of the nation.
Certainly, preference for English instead of Bahasa Malaysia in the teaching of Science and Mathematics does not render one unpatriotic.

Those who advocate English as a medium of instruction for these two critical subjects can instead be said to be more patriotic than those who insist on Bahasa Malaysia.

These English-for-Science-and- Mathematics advocates have in mind the welfare of Malaysian children, who have to live in a world that is becoming more and more globalised, with English becoming the lingua franca.

Norhashimah quoted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement in 1987, that "practice is the proof of whether or not we love the national language".

She may have forgotten that it was Dr Mahathir himself who introduced the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English, and for patriotic reasons, too.

In his memoirs, A Doctor in the House, Dr Mahathir gave many valid reasons for advocating English as the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics.

For example, the dynamism of the two subjects (in theory and/or application) and the changes are documented in English, the relative slowness of these changes to be translated into Bahasa Malaysia, and the possibility of Malaysian students being left behind in the acquisition of this knowledge if they are not able to keep up with the scientific literature, which is in English.

He concludes, rightfully, by saying, "for these reasons, I strongly support the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. Malaysians must be knowledgeable in Science and Mathematics if we wish to achieve Vision 2020".

Page and those supporting PPSMI are not asking for the abolition of Bahasa Malaysia altogether in schools, but only that the teaching of Science and Mathematics be in English and only for the reasons outlined by Dr Mahathir.

Therefore, for Norhashimah to say that those who are in favour of English are unpatriotic is both inappropriate and uncalled for.

It is also irrelevant for her to say that the English language, in the historical context, was a "denigrated language, inferior to the other languages of knowledge, such as Arabic , Greek and Latin".

The hard reality is that at present, English is accepted as the language of science and technology, international relations (it is one of the six international languages used in the United Nations) and diplomacy, and tourism. It is spoken by almost one billion people worldwide.

To me, those who fight for Bahasa Malaysia without considering the realities on the ground are not "patriotic" per se, but more "nationalistic", and this may not necessarily be good for a multicultural nation like Malaysia.

In modern times, no nation "is an island by itself". Every nation has to have active interrelationships with other nations to survive, and English is the language for international communication.

At present, all great nations where English is not the mother tongue -- for example, China, Japan, Russia and Middle Eastern countries -- are sending their young children to study English in countries where English is the mother tongue or where English is widely taught, such as Malaysia and Singapore, by the plane-loads.

The question is: which language poses the least difficulty in ensuring the best education possible for our children?

Norhashimah gave examples of nations in Africa and the South Pacific, and the Philippines that have failed to achieve progress and development even though they had English or French as the mediums of instruction in their schools.

I am not sure whether this failure is because of the foreign languages they used in their respective education systems, or the failure of their socio-economic and political systems, which effectively retarded the teaching of these languages in their schools.

Civil wars, abject poverty, lack of infrastructure, etc, are the main reasons for the lack of progress in the nations mentioned.

I would like to also point out to Norhashimah that the 100,000 people she claimed marched to Istana Negara on March 7, 2009 to submit a memorandum to support the cause of "Bahasa Malaysia for Science and Mathematics only" may not be representative of Malaysians as a whole.

A recent poll conducted by the independent Merdeka Center showed that 58 per cent of Malaysians wanted English to remain the language of instruction for Science and Mathematics.

Lastly, she should accept the fact that the growth of a language like Bahasa Malaysia is not frustrated by the popularity of another language, like English.

K.T. MARAN, Seremban, Negri Sembilan

English: Be pragmatic and give parents an option 

I REFER to the letter "BM is soul of the nation" (NST, April 19) by Professor Dr Norhashimah Jalaluddin.
On the calls by those wanting Science and Mathematics to be taught in English, she said: "This will create social dichotomy and dualism, which defeats the purpose of having a unifying national language."

During the time when English was the medium of instruction, was there dualism and social dichotomy? We were actually more united then.

Knowing Bahasa Malaysia will allow a person to survive only in Malaysia. Do those who are anti-English want to create such a situation in a globalised world? Do they want to prevent Malaysia from becoming a global player?
I was amused by her argument that those advocating the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English showed a lack of patriotism.

I wonder how a person can become unpatriotic just by being not proficient in Bahasa Malaysia or by studying in English.

Unity does not come only through the use of the national language. There are economic, social, cultural and spiritual factors that unite mankind.

Let our thoughts be world-embracing, so that we will become global citizens. Let us be pragmatic, not narrow-minded.

Those who think that unity and patriotism will only come through the use of Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction can send their children to schools that use BM. Those who wish to have their children learn Science and Mathematics in English instead should be allowed to do so.

Well, well, well....  As I've promised, I'll update the latest development on this issue frequently...
Have a nice day...

Monday, April 25, 2011

ENGLISH - The Language of Science and Maths.

"If the language of Technology (Science and Maths) was Roman, parents must have sent their children for Roman classes..."
Thank you, Mr. Manvinder S. Bullar of Kuantan, for the beautiful phrase.... I love it.

Yes, I too, would have sent all my children for Roman classes. But it happens to be English..., and we, Malaysians have the edge because the language is already there since 1957. Why must we go against what is good for our future generations...
I've sent my eldest son for Mandarin classes when he was in Form 1 and 2. Actually, his school gave a choice between Mandarin and German. I asked him to take the Mandarin language. It paid off. He is currently studying Petroleum Engineering in Beijing...
My youngest daughter is currently following Mandarin classes in her primary school because I have the instinct that Mandarin will be very important in the near future.
I recently adopted a Chinese girl as my adopted daughter because I feel it is a good move to understand the Chinese culture and learn the Chinese language as well... My family have no problem with this.. She (the girl)  too, have no problem with this. In fact, this girl is comfortable calling me "abah" - the name used by my children to call me... I feel proud too...

You see, whatever it is - English is definitely the language for Technology, Science and Mathematics. The move by our beloved Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed to introduce PPSMI was the turning point for our future generations since the a lot of our university graduates lose out when it comes to job hunting. The level of English competency among graduates was so poor that the former Prime Minister had to come out with the PPSMI. All went well until this shallow minded group of people who claimed to represent the Malaysian Linguistic Society (PLM) and 48 NGOs, came with barrels of blank bullets firing themselves.... What a joke !!   You can fool somebody but not everybody....

Let's see the two latest development on this issue today:

English: We risk losing technological edge


I LOVE Bahasa Malaysia and many of my closest friends are Malays. There are some things better said in the Malay language than in any other language. The role of Bahasa Malaysia in nation-building is important and, largely, this goal has been met; the majority of Malay-sians are capable of communicating in Bahasa Malaysia.
That said, I must stress that I am a firm supporter of the English language, too.

I own an engineering company and it saddens me to see that the majority of young graduates from polytechnics and public universities are mediocre in performance.

Although they have the desire to succeed, they are held back by their lack of English competency. Even if they do get hired, they remain with poor promotional prospects.
Simple scientific terms in English are lost on them. They are unemployable, largely because they cannot work independently in the different fields of science.

We require innovation and creativity to progress as a nation, to build on existing technologies, which are expanded into new products and services.

However, these graduates are unable to contribute effectively because most of the knowledge base is in English.

Any country that is not technologically competent risks being left behind or, worse, would be at the mercy of technically superior countries.

It is funny that the people who oppose the policy of teaching Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI) are those who have little or nothing to do with technology. Most complaints come from non-technical groups.

I know that the industry captains will agree with me when I say that English is the way to go, but their silence is baffling.

Many of those who seek to abolish the PPSMI policy argue that if countries like Japan and Germany can succeed by using their national language, why can't we?

There's a simple answer. During the developing years of these countries, technology advanced gradually. Today's scenario is different; technology is expanding at a rapid pace.

A simple example: 30 years ago we were still using phones with rotary dials. Now, we are able to see, in colour, the person we are speaking to, who may be on the other side of the world.

To design this phone, a team of engineers who have to refer to technical manuals, almost all in English, is needed. If one is not proficient in English, it would be almost useless to be part of this team.

Those who champion the switch back to Bahasa Malaysia in the teaching of Mathematics and Science claim that people in support of PPSMI are unpatriotic.

But by being brave enough to speak up for PPSMI, we are really more patriotic than those who oppose it or, worse, choose to keep quiet about it.

I would like to see our country shine on the world stage and the fastest way to get there is through the use of English.

Much as we love Bahasa Malay-sia, we must accept that it will take a very long time for our national language to attain the same standard as English in the scientific world. In the time it takes to do so, Malaysia would be far behind others. How then can it be unpatriotic to plan for a better future for the children of our country?

Are those who seek to keep our children from such progress deemed more patriotic?

Being competent in English can only take the country forward. It is, therefore, hard to understand why these groups are opposed to the PPSMI policy?

Is the national language under threat? I doubt so. The importance given to Bahasa Malaysia is enshrined in our Federal Constitution. Nothing can change that.

What harm can come from being competent in another language?

Some argue that the rural folk are under threat as a result of the PPSMI policy because they are the ones with a weaker command of English and are unable to keep up. If that is the case, then teach them more English, not less.

If we are ready to accept the reality that English is the international de facto language of technology, and I don't see how anybody can argue with that, then we should do more to expose these rural folk to the language, thus ensuring their success in this world.

The truth is, those for the PPSMI policy are merely being practical and realistic, as what's most important is the future strength of our country.

We should not fall into the trap of these so-called "patriots". They may genuinely believe themselves to be right, given their limited exposure to the world of technology. But instead of quibbling over what's right or wrong, we need to consider our current status and where we are headed.

A brighter future lies in our technological competence, not in championing any particular language.

It does not matter what the international language of technology is. If the international language of technology was Roman, I would urge all to study Science and Mathematics in Roman. It just so happens that it is English.

We have a choice -- either succumb to the narrow viewpoints of some or make a bold choice for a brighter future in this era of globalisation.

It is not a question of how many million people or organisations that are supporting you. It is merely a question of using the de facto international language for Mathematics and Science in order to move forward and ensure a better future for all.

English: Professor's arguments flawed

TOH BOO HUAT, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

HUSSAINI Abdul Karim, in his letter "They do us a disservice" (NST, April 21), has done a great job rebutting many flawed arguments presented by Prof Dr Norhashimah Jalaluddin ("BM is soul of the nation" -- NST, April 19).
Norhashimah is looking at the issue from the narrow band of academic language of instruction (I quote: "... easily the most comprehensible language for educational purposes in the country") while neglecting the wider scheme of things -- unemployment as a result of poor command of English, international language needs of certain professions as well as in the fields of business, science, technology and many others.

The good professor also said: "It is morally wrong for these individuals to insist that others conform to their demands."

Ironically, she is doing just that by saying, "PLM and its affiliates strongly condemn any suggestion to revive and re-implement the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI), be it fully or partially" and when she says that they demand to "hold to the education minister's promise to abolish PPSMI up to the tertiary level by reverting to the pre-2003 status quo".
Norhashimah mentioned that "they are spoilt for choice in choosing from private and international schools for their children's education". But I am unable to find one which families from the lower- and middle-income groups can afford, despite living in Petaling Jaya.

So much so...
I will keep writing and updating this PPSMI issue because I think it is the right choice. It is my personal view and I think a lot of open minded Malaysians are with me....

Have a nice day...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Watch your diet, kids.....

Suddenly, everybody is so conscious about food sold in school canteens... It seems that a lot of school kids are overweight or obese these days...
Question 1: Are school canteens to be blamed?
Answer:  Not 100%.

Question 2: Are parents that are supposed to be blamed?
Answer: YES !!! 100%.

Why do I say Yes?
Why not? Parents are 100% responsible for their child's diet. They are the ones who feed their child from the very first day of birth. It starts with the milk supplied to their child. Breast fed? Or cow's milk fed? You...,  parents answer that question..
As the child grows up, what sort of food is served to the child for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Let's put is this way... What do you, parents, eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? That's what your children eat..
How often do you take your family to KFCs? Pizza Huts? McDonald's? Kenny Roger's? There's a Malay saying that says "Tepuk dada, tanya selera".. , which means "ask yourself, and you'll get the answer".

How much do you give your child for his/her school pocket money? RM10 a day? RM5 a day?
That's too much, actually.. Why? Because the school canteen is not a 5-Star restaurant. The prices of food at the school canteen are very low. A plate of rice with chicken doesn't cost more that RM2.50 (in Perlis, it costs only RM1.50). A plate of noodles only cost RM1.50 (in Perlis, it is RM1.00). Drinks usually cost below RM1.00.
Whatever it is, we are more concerned about your daily diet. Be it in school or most of the time, at home..
We are more concerned about your Calories intake everyday... What type of food do you take everyday. What is your diet....

Snacks and drinks for primary school children during recess should not be more than 250 calories. Lunch should not be more than 400 calories. So is your dinner... If you're aware of these calories intake, then you should not worry about your physical shape...
Do you know how much calories are there in your daily food?? Hmmmm... I've already guess that. Malaysians are always not into it.. They don't care... I'll give some, in case you wanna know:
1.   Fried Rice  -  a plate (159g) - 313 Calories (Kcal)
2.   Briyani Rice - a plate (159g) - 222 Kcal
3.   Chicken Rice - a plate (159g) - 350 Kcal
4.   Nasi lemak set - a plate (210g) - 494 Kcal
5.   Fried koay teow - a plate (170g) - 293 Kcal
6.   Fried meehoon - a plate (199g) - 250 Kcal
7.   Noodle curry - 1 medium bowl (355g) - 463 Kcal
8.   Mee soup - 1 medium bowl (371g) - 228 Kcal
9.   Porridge - 1 medium bowl (273g) - 104 Kcal
10. Chapati - 1 slice (60g) - 187 Kcal
11. Burger - 1 set (100g) - 255 Kcal
12. Curry puff - 1 piece (37g) - 131 Kcal
13. Pau - 1 piece (67g) - 205 Kcal
14. Doughnut - 1 piece (42g) - 164 Kcal
15. Keropok lekor - 5 pcs (33g) - 167 Kcal
16. Nugget - 4 pcs (80g) -232 Kcal
17. Bread (white) - 2 slices (56g) - 150 Kcal
18. Fresh fruit - 1 serving - 60 Kcal
19. Chocolate drink - 1 packet (250ml) - 138 Kcal
20. Fresh milk - 1 packet (250ml) - 120 Kcal
21. Yoghurt - 1 tub (200 ml) - 112 Kcal
22. Ice cream - 1 cone (157g) - 250 Kcal
23. Fruit juice - 1 packet (250ml) - 110 Kcal
24. Barley water - 1 glass (237ml) - 55 Kcal
25. Soya drink - 1 packet (250ml) - 138 Kcal
26. Mineral Water - 1 botol (whatever size) - Nil.

That's some Malaysian food for your knowledge.. Might be of some help..
Keep fit with a healthy diet...
Have a nice day...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Still not satisfied???

There is still dissatisfaction among the anti-PPSMI group? Come on... You people are really living in the dark caves.. Never want to improve yourselves. We are talking facts here, not sentiments..., and our future generation is at stake here...
I'll let Mr. Hussaini Abdul Karim of Shah Alam do the reasoning....


English: They do us a disservice

I REFER to the letter from Prof Dr Norhashimah Jalaluddin, the Malaysian Linguistic Society president (Coordinator for 48 non-governmental organisations against PPSMI and Page), "BM is soul of the nation" (NST, April 19).
First, let me say that I am not a spokesperson for the supporters of PPSMI nor Page but I support the use of English.

When I discussed her letter with some of my friends at our surau, many were shocked at the "mood" of the letter. All of us do not agree with her.

Her letter raises some pertinent questions:
Do the "Pejuang Bahasa" (language nationalists) need to resort to extreme measures, as shown in her letter, in trying to ensure the survival of Bahasa Malaysia?

Are all Malay-speaking people naturally patriotic?

Is the Malay language under threat?

My answers are: no, to all the questions.

The professor suggested that those who ask for English to be the medium of instruction for Science and Mathematics were being unpatriotic.

Many countries use two or more languages; one, their own national language, and two, a working language that can be used commercially and internationally for business and international relations, and which is more often than not, the English language.

China, India, Pakistan, Singapore, many countries in Europe and Africa, for instance, use at least two languages and one of them is the English language. Is the professor suggesting that the citizens of these countries are also unpatriotic?

Patriotism is not just about the national language. Fighting corruption, eliminating wastage of public funds, calling for good governance, integrity, etc, are just some acts of patriotism.

The writer stated that "we wish to state again that PLM does not object to the teaching of the English language". But earlier in her letter, she had said, "PLM and its affiliates strongly condemn any suggestion to revive and re-implement the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI), be it fully or partially". Her statements are contradictory.

Historically, the English language may at one time have been considered a denigrated language, inferior to other languages of knowledge such as Arabic, Greek and Latin.

That was a very long time ago but English is now recognised as one of only very few world languages the language of international relationship, international commerce and the Internet.

And as the writer correctly stated, English has become a "dynamic" language today.

To wait for Bahasa Malaysia to be on a par with the English language will take a very long time, a hundred years perhaps as that was the period the English language took to become what it is today. In a hundred years from today, when Bahasa Malaysia attains the level where English is now, the English language would still be a hundred years ahead of our national language. We will never be able to catch up.

We have gone quite far in our efforts to get our people proficient in English, without neglecting Bahasa Malaysia, as the introduction of PPSMI since 2002 has shown. So don't stop now; let the momentum continue.

My friends and I are not against Bahasa Malaysia and we support and laud the government's efforts in promoting the language.

Those who want English to be used are only asking something that can and will make our country better and not something that will make the country go backwards.

We are definitely not glorifying the English language as mocked by the writer, but we are just being practical and realistic and for very good reasons.

We certainly are not "colonised" in our thinking and outlook. That allegation is a bit far-fetched.

Being proficient in both English and Bahasa Malaysia will not make our values as Asians and Malaysians any different from the practices, customs, cultures and beliefs of the "Pejuang Bahasa". We are all Malaysians and we are one. So, let's not go against each other.

Claiming that a press conference last year was joined by 48 Malay NGOs that represented more than 30,000 members and over 100,000 people took part in a peaceful rally to submit a memorandum to Istana Negara on March 7, 2009 against PPSMI does not mean that the majority of Malaysians support their cause.

And to say that only a small number of people support the agenda of Parent Action Group for Education (Page) is incorrect.

Many reasons have been given by many people from all walks of life, including very young schoolchildren, for the past several years in letters to the media, meetings, seminars, discussions, etc, on why we still need English.

And Malaysians sighed with relief when the prime minister and the deputy prime minister recently said that the government was taking another look at the issue. If a decision is made to retain PPSMI, then we would have continuity, which is good for all.

We, who are asking for greater use of English, are concerned about nation building, development of the country, and to ensure that the country achieves its aim to be a First World nation, a developed country and a high-income economy by 2020.

A good working knowledge of the English language will help us achieve those aims more easily.

However, we have never at any time hinted or suggested that the use of Bahasa Malaysia in national schools be curtailed.

We do not believe that being proficient in both Bahasa Malaysia and English will create different classes of people, and there's no guarantee that using just one language will not create divisions among the people.

As it is, if one observes carefully, people who only use Bahasa Malaysia are themselves already divided into classes. Greater wealth for all, eradication of poverty, increased employment opportunities, providing a better life and being bilingual are better causes in uniting our people.

The writer also said the "effort to educate the people via English is unpatriotic". Calling people who want to help young fellow citizens and future Malaysians to be better and to make sure that their needs, welfare and their future are taken care of as unpatriotic is bizarre and unfriendly.

I am one of those who fought for our country when it was threatened by communist insurgents in the 1970s, and I will not hesitate to do the same again and take up arms and fight to defend our country if it ever comes under threat again.

I am sure most Malaysians who support the use of both Bahasa Malaysia and English would do the same.

So, by going against the obvious, the writer, the Malaysian Linguistic Society (PLM) and the 48 NGOs she represents are doing a disservice to the country, especially to the young people and students throughout the country and the generations of Malaysians to come.

Satisfied?? Grow up !!!
Here's another one:

The need for PPSMI

I HAVE long resisted the urge to jump into the fray because all my kids have left secondary school and it is no longer a concern of mine. But I’ve decided to write now because I feel guilty about not making a stand and also because I do strongly believe our young people will be better off if we choose to continue with the PPSMI.
Firstly, I do not think one can dim one’s patriotism by learning Mathematics and Science in English.
In fact, the Malaysian flag can only fly higher when we can compete globally.
To retain the PPSMI will not threaten the status of Bahasa Malaysia as being the soul of the nation. I do not see how the two can be connected.
Even my mum who is uneducated speaks good Bahasa Malaysia and she can communicate with anyone.
However, because her English is only passable or “broken”, she may be passed over for a job in an MNC (a multinational company).
My husband works in one.
He and many others have come to this real and practical conclusion: The candidate who can write and speak better English will be preferred for a position in his company.
Believe me, academic qualifications rank second to the ability to speak and write in English in an MNC.
How many people can be absorbed in the civil service?
Who would choose to work in the civil service?
Only those who aren’t conversant in English and thus cannot compete globally?
If I had remained a teacher in the civil service, believe me, my pay would only be a fraction of my husband’s and that, too, when I have better academic qualifications.
Not that money is everything but some of us as parents want to give our children the best we can.
In my humble opinion, it is fear that puts us in shackles.
Returning to the past will only impede our liberation and civilisation as a people and it’s a call that is opposed to wisdom.
We need to have faith in our ability to compete and this cannot come overnight or without hard work and sacrifice.
Experience will tell you that to save one’s neighbour, neither material help nor political change nor prayer is sufficient.
One has to rise to a new life; one must confront and solve common problems, whether material, educational or political, starting with a more lucid vision of reality.
We cannot allow others who are afraid to compete to force us to remain in the deserts of our lives.
We must take destiny in our own hands and reclaim our ability to discern what is better for ourselves.
Parents who only have their children’s best interests at heart and perhaps the nation’s, must be allowed to choose the way their children ought to be educated in.
A path to liberation requires time, responsibility and sacrifice. We are already on this path.
Why allow irresponsible people who use hollow arguments that can only attract the mediocre to determine our fate?
We have come a long way; we have to persevere and work harder.
Have a nice day....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The COACH-ATHLETE Relationship...

**This post is specially dedicated to LEE CHONG WEI and the Officials of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

To achieve a high level of performance in sports, especially individual sports, the relationship between the Coach and Athlete must be something extraordinary. Let's put it this way: Both are ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
The athlete may be raw or maybe a seasoned athlete in his respective sports. It doesn't matter. The point here is the coach could bring this athlete from the level he/she is at that particular stage to another level the athlete have never perform before. It takes time and there's a lot of ups and downs involved...
Let's go point by point:

1.  A good coach doesn't talk much. He knows what to do which others don't. Others here includes coaches and especially sports managers and sports officials who think they know a lot about that particular sports. These people are usually the ones who talk a lot but knows nothing about coaching. These are the ones who are lazy bums, always find glamour and travel a lot to attend sports meets for free (using government money and still claim for travel and expenses) but cannot even coach a school boy to win a district tournament. The real coach stays back home training his athletes and earns a small amount of monthly allowance from the National Sports body..., which of course is spent on his athletes while doing all the coaching (food, drinks, travels, attires, incentive gifts...).

2.  A good coach have this special "inner eye". He could see things others couldn't see. He could see the true potential in an athlete. Why not? He has gone through all the stages of being a coach - from basic coaching to high performance coaching. He has done all the research of being a good coach because he has the special interest in it. Officials have no interest in coaching because they are more interested in making money.

3.  A good coach usually drives a second hand car. His car is his second home. The car is full of sports accessories and sports equipments. Mineral water bottles are everywhere in the car. He doesn't have time to wash his car either. On the contrary, sports officials drive brand new cars and are always shining...

4.  A good coach usually doesn't possess a degree from universities. He is not stupid. It's just that he doesn't have time to further his studies due to his love for the sports he is coaching. He is hooked on coaching. On the contrary, sports officials have degrees and masters from sports universities. But it's just that. Only paper work and no practicals. If there is, it's just 30% at the maximum. The rest is open book exam results and theories of sports management. No coaching there !! And he earns a handsome income monthly...
Coaches go through 70% practicals when going through their coaching courses (Level 1, 2 and 3). It's hands on !!!  The final exam is only 30% at the maximum. And he gets RM700 allowances per month.

5.  A good coach doesn't have time to go for holidays. He is "married" to his athlete. 90% of his life is devoted to his athlete. He doesn't even have time for his wife and kids.... He has his coaching schedule to follow in order to achieve the desired results of his athletes.
Sports officials have 90% of his time to his wives and family. He comes to work at 8.00am and goes back at 5.00pm. Actually, he is seldom in his office.. He might be on the golf courses or attending self-organised seminars in 5-star hotels or holiday resorts...

6.  The performances of athletes goes up slowly, according to the programme laid out by the coach. There's no short cut to success and it might take 3 to 5 years for the athletes to give results. Once the athlete reaches  that level, the hard work had already been done. It is up to the athlete to maintain the form he is in. It's only the fine tuning that is needed to be done and it is important for the athlete to be self dependent.
Actually, that is what athletes should be. You cannot depend on the coach all the time... You have reached a level where you can survive without the coach around.. BUT, to chance coaches is a SIN !!! You are considered ungrateful if you do so.....
Do not listen to sports officials because they know nothing about coaching.... Bare that in mind !! If you do, you are bound to face injuries.. Trust me. Your programme will be different and you are courting troubles..

7.  Lastly, just flash back where you were before you were under Misbun Sidek. You were nothing. Nobody knew who LEE CHONG WEI is... You went up the chart to be World Number 1 under Misbun Sidek. You beat everybody, including LIN DAN because of the programme drafted by MISBUN SIDEK.. Just bear that in mind....

Good Luck Lee Chong Wei... and blame yourself and BAM if don't win the GOLD MEDAL in the 2012 Olympics. But if you do win the gold medal - you'll get RM1,000,000, your new coach Teh Seu Bock gets RM200,000 .. and your coach of 5 years, Misbun Sidek, gets NOTHING !!!!
And to MISBUN SIDEK..., you've done wonders to MALAYSIA. Thank you very much... Maybe you should start thinking about coaching Ramdan under Nusa Mahsuri ....

Have a nice day....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arkib Negara in SMK Derma..

The Arkib Negara of Malaysia (National Historical Documents/Archives) came to school today.
There was a one-hour slide show, a quiz contest and an exhibition. Every student had the chance to visit the gallery at the exhibition, while the Form 2s and Form 4s had the extra opportunity to watch the slide show...
Some important photos at the exhibition:
Good move by the Arkib Negara... We learned a lot..
Have a nice day...

Monday, April 18, 2011

BMI in your Report Cards..

Moving to check child obesity, schools across Malaysia have started grading children on their weight along with academic performance.
Effective immediately, school report cards will now include the student's body mass index (BMI) as a way for teachers to monitor the student's health, Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
Lai said the measure had been adopted to keep parents abreast of their children's health and to let them know whether their kids were overweight or obese.
The decision reached during a Cabinet meeting earlier this month follows the government ban on school cafeteria from selling junk foods and sugar laden soft drinks.
"The BMI will indicate if the child is overweight or obese. If the child is overweight, the teacher will advise the parents to get help from the nearest clinic," the minister said. 
Liow said the measures were necessary because of the increase in the number of obese and overweight children.
Malaysia is currently ranked sixth among Asian countries and first in Southeast Asia for a high percentage of obese citizens.
Though the measure has been widely hailed by the parents, but it appears school children would have another reason to dread the report card.

Good move....  Now let's see how to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).

The BMI formula

BMI Formula Developer - Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet.
Adolphe Quetelet
1796 -1874
The Body Mass Index(BMI) formula was developed by Belgium statistician Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), and was known as the Quetelet Index. BMI is also referred to as 'body mass indicator'. BMI is an internationally used measure of obesity.
How to calculate BMI - for users who wish to manually calculate BMI we have provided a bmi formula for both imperial & metric measurements (we also offer an online BMI Calculator).
Body mass index calculation is very straightforward. Calculating body mass index requires only two measurements, height & weight.

Imperial BMI Formula

The imperial bmi formula accepts weight measurements in pounds & height measurements in either inches or feet.
1 foot = 12 inches
inches² = inches * inches

Table: Imperial BMI Formula
( lbs/inches² )
(weight in pounds * 703 )
height in inches²

Metric Imperial BMI Formula

The metric bmi formula accepts weight measurements in kilograms & height measurements in either cm's or meters.
1 meter = 100cms
meters² = meters * meters

Table: Metric BMI Formula
( kg/m² )
weight in kilograms
height in meters²

Calculate BMI & Find Weight Status

Table: BMI Weight Status Categories
BMI   Weight Status
Below 18.5   Underweight
18.5 -24.9   Normal
25 - 29.9   Overweight
30 & Above   Obese

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sports Updates..

Sports Results today:
GOLF:  Maybank Malaysian Open 2011

1 1 Matteo MANASSEROsponsored by Titleist 66 71 67 68 -16 (272)
2 4 Gregory BOURDYsponsored by Titleist 71 69 66 67 -15 (273)
3 3 Rory McILROYsponsored by Titleist 69 64 72 69 -14 (274)
4 6 Rafael CABRERA-BELLOsponsored by Titleist 69 70 69 67 -13 (275)
4 1 Alexander NOREN 64 69 71 71 -13 (275)
6 4 Felipe AGUILARsponsored by Titleist 70 70 66 70 -12 (276)
7 15 Simon DYSON 70 64 76 68 -10 (278)
8 15 SIDDIKURsponsored by Titleist 68 71 71 69 -9 (279)
9 10 Alejandro CANIZARESsponsored by Titleist 69 72 68 71 -8 (280)
9 6 Martin KAYMER 70 71 67 72 -8 (280)
11 20 Charl SCHWARTZEL 73 71 67 70 -7 (281)*
11 10 Stephen GALLACHERsponsored by Titleist 67 70 72 72 -7 (281)

F1 - CHINA Circuit.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:36:58.226 3 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 56 +5.1 secs 1 18
3 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 56 +7.5 secs 18 15
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +10.0 secs 2 12
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +13.4 secs 4 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +15.8 secs 6 8
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +30.6 secs 5 6
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 +31.0 secs 14 4
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 56 +57.4 secs 10 2
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 56 +63.2 secs 13 1

English FA Cup Semi-Finals (Wembley):  
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
Man-of-the-Match Yaya Toure was City's second-half matchwinner, seizing on a catastrophic blunder by Michael Carrick before finishing smartly past Edwin van der Sar. Paul Scholes was sent off as Manchester City ended Manchester United's treble bid by booking their first FA Cup final appearance since 1981.

Barclays Premier League: *tonight
Liverpool   2
Arsenal      0

He, he... just my prediction....
Have a nice day....