Monday, June 30, 2008

Soaring The eagle


S.T.E.This is the programme that i attend last two weeks,compulsory for all Petronas scholars.Mainly,it is to motivate students to perform better in their studies and to bring awareness of their responsibilities towards Petronas.

It was held in Agrotek Resort,Hulu Langat(near the place i sat for my driving test with JPJ).At first,i was not really into the programme as i know,it will be boring as other motivation programme.But,heaven!!it was unlike what i thought at the first place.Petronas did a good job to entertain their participants in that programme.Most of the students satisfied and they want more.Including me.:P

It's main onjective is to let students aware and master 6 things in total well being or also known as TWB diamond.It is studies,relationship,finance,mind,body and spiritual.All is covered except studies.

What i like about it is how the fascilitators manage to make the activities fun and interesting.How they did it?They treat us like a young kids.YUP!!We were asked to draw our dreams.Draw what is in our head when certain words is given.We were also given sweets and drinks in the class.We sang songs,dancing,sleeping together,sharing experience.It is very wonderful,even i cannot explain it exactly.

There,UTP students was given a chance to meet their overseas student(students who further their studies overseas).You can see the difference between them obviously.The overseas students are more socialise and more bold unlike UTP students,some or not.But,what i like is they are being so supportive. On the last night of our programme,there is a karaoke competition.Most of the contestants are from UTP and about two or three from overseas. The winner was Joe,from the overseas students.He rocks that night!He's very talented.He's the medical students who is fortunate to be under Petronas scholarship.For your information,there are only 10students chosen by Petronas to further study in Medical.Others are engineering.Hurm,UTP students sucks that night,but the overseas students kept supporting them,eventhough,the night was like-UTP versus overseas.LOL.Unlike UTP students,when their opponent sings,they didn't cheer at all.

One of the activities that i remember is 'words that kills' in the Relationship diamond.We learnt about harsh words that can hurt feelings and we were told to make it less hurtful.LOL..Then,the session continue with 'heart writing.'A session to write all things that u hate about a friend of yours.Hurm,honestly,i didn't write anything because i don't have any.During that session,i wonder why there are none in my mind.Then,i started to think whether they are someone who hates me very much.It is because i hardly know how people feel,especially towards me.My friend had once said that i say anything i like without considering what other felt.So,in that 'heart writing session',i wrote-'to anyone who hates me,please tell me.I really don't know you all felt and i really want to apology for everything that i've done.I'm really sucks in this thing'(something like that laa).In the end,we were asked to trash the written paper if we were ready to forgive someone who we hate so much.Most trash,some keep it(not ready yet to forgive).

Then,there is also a session that what we wanna tell our parents.Anything that we sorry for,we hate or anything that we feel that time.We were asked to write it down on a piece of paper.I wrote-"I'm sorry to both of my parents,to mom especially because she had to retired early just because to take care for all of us(siblings),me especially,because of my poor performance in studies(after jump class)".Then,i started to think.Maybe,that's why my parents didn't allow me to study overseas.I might ended like what i decide during my PTS.After the writing session,we were asked to volunteer ourselves to share anythings.But anything that we told would remain in that class.Hurm,i listened to stories and i'm very grateful to have a happy family.I didn't share anythings because most of the stories are very sad to hear.Honestly,i shed tears too.(tapi cover2 la).Most of them had a bad relationship with their parents,especially with their father.I love u mak,abah.

What else eh?foods.Wonderful.We were served 6 times a day just to eat.Very delicious.The best night was on the karaoke night where we had BBQ too.I ate 'kaki kambing'.People were like 'uh?is this guy for real'.LOL.I ate it because most of the parts was already eaten by others when i came down for BBQ.(i was late that night).

Overall,the programme was very enjoyable.We are EAGLES.

Friday, June 13, 2008

we are not a rich country??

Yesterday,i read a statement made by Datuk Shahrir saying that Malaysia is not a rich country.Hurm,i was wondering why did he thought of that when our economy is said to be increasing handsomely(long time ago) where Bursa Malaysia had jumped into a so-called the highest She has ever reached,over a trillion.Well,considering the people who are not fortunate enough,(struggle hard in their lives-lots of letter are published in Utusan), what Datuk Shahrir claimed was quite true.I wonder,why the 'kadar kemiskinan' is said to be decreasing over the years when there are lots of people who are still in the poor state.The government should consider back what is the level for people who are in 'kemiskinan' state.Previous level cannot be used again considering the inflation rate,lifestyles and increasing of 'taraf kehidupan'.

Two years ago(SPM-06),in Islamic religion class,the Ustaz said that how could the 'Pusat zakat' made a lot of profit(actually,he was discussing about a case where there was a worker who misused the profit).He said,why don't the profit(over a million) is contributed to the poor people?That much of money sure can help those unfortunate.He mentioned of the Era after the prophet Muhammad died(wafat),where people have to travel over a country just to search for poor people to pay their zakat.It showed that the country was so rich(there were no poor people qualified to accept zakat) that people had to travel just to complete the fourth 'rukun islam'. He questioned us,whether we are generous enough to donate most of our belongings to the other,taken prophet's companions as examples?Most of us answered,we didn't think we were that generous.So,he gave us an anology.
1.There is a big,beautiful house(rich) surrounded by many dilapidated houses.
2.There are common houses that look the same.

In the first condition,if you were to live in that big beautiful house,you might live a comfortable house but your heart will never ever calm,as you will worry about your safety,fearing of any robbery that could occur.That's because the poor one will always jealous over the fortunate one and they might throw stones at your big house.

In the second condition,you will live not so comfortable house but you will always calm,no much to worry and there will be no one will have bad feelings towards you.Isn't great?

Hurm,well, this post is just about my thought to be shared with you all.Nothing is meant for certain people.

I hope the very best that those who have right to handle all this kind of thing to use their authority in proper so that all of us can live happily.Worldy and hereafter.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Overuse Is Losing(O.I.L)

Salam and greetings to all readers.

This post will be about the current issue-oil price. Note as a reminder that I will not side any body in this country as this is only thought of mine.

I have been browsing the net and read through articles and there are lots of things that i get from others. Some are annoyed with the government and some just tell us to be patience and start to learn how to cut short our expenses. But,mostly,blame the government for the unreasonable increment.(Based on the statistics of previous increment,it can be seen that this year increment is the most highest-78cents.)
(You know what,i guess correctly when i say government will say the actual increment is 1Ringgit but they will say they give discount 30cents.LOL)

From what i can get through reading are:
1.Why did the Prime Minister suddenly announced the new oil price?why not later?
2.Why not the Prime Minister just let the price rise slowly-by phase,not drastically.
3. A minister said that the price will be announced on August.why now?
4. Those minister tell us to change our lifestyles(the poor people) but what about them(the upper class people)?
5.It's unfair for the upper class to have same subsidies like the poor people.
6.Why the Prime Minister always tell our oil price is cheaper when our per income capital is lower than other countries?This is how they(ministers) want to tricks our mind(NOTE:it's not me who says,this is what i found)
7.Why do the government still increase the oil price when we are the net exporter of oil,where we shouldn't be affected by the oil price.
8.PETRONAS can make a lot of profits and why not subsidies the profits?
9.And the list will go on...etc2

(As a Petronas scholar,i am not please when people always talk about the profit that Petronas gets.It's not that i'm against it but what i'm not please is when people want more of Petronas profits to support oil subsidies.Yesterday, i read about what
Tan Sri Dato Sri Mohd Hassan Marican said in the newspaper. He mention that 33.5billion of its profits has already been channeled to the government to subsidies oil.He said that,people should know that the cost of oil exploration and research has already increase too. That means,Petronas should also spend more on to reinvest for it's company to grow.He added that most of other oil companies fail to excel when lots of their profits is given to the country.As for me,i wonder does the government really make use of Petronas profit to subsidies oil or not?-sigh)

I also received another opinion from my dad over our breakfast.He said that,the more government spend on subsidizing oil,the more greedy people will overuse the oil-which then,will increase the number of cars on road(I've read this too on newspaper article a long time ago where the writer compares Petronas and Pertamina.He says thatPertamina was once one of the top oil company in the world but it fell when more of its profit was used to support oil subsidizing) .It's not so hard to change our lifestyles. When buying for example,do we eat nasi lemak only or nasi lemak with sotong,telur and so on.We choose the best way to save our money.It's up to us actually.

I agreed with him but suddenly i remember some other thing i read.
"Apa yang orang kaya cakap pasal kemiskinan tak sama dengan apa yang orang miskin cakap pasal kemiskinan"

I am quite fortunate because i was born not from a rich family but from a quite good economically-established family.I might not affected the whole(still student) but i can see what the poor people felt(but i know,i didn't feel the same way as they did).Thanks to my father who asked me to get a job while waiting for SPM results last two years.It was really tiring to be a waiter who sometimes got on-call duties but still get low earnings(yeah i know,part-timer only get few,but not as what i thought it was).I had made a calculation where i suppose to get 400++ but i only manage to get 300++.That's because of uniform fee,EPF and so on. There was also a brother(who's older than me) who will to come to Kelana Jaya from Shah Alam just to be a sushi-maker.When i asked why don't he just work on his area,he answered that there are no jobs for him to occupy.He had to ride a motorcycle just to get to workplace. He only got 1000++ not including overtime.I wonder how he would manage to survive if he was still to work there(His presence is no longer on sushi king-he might quit the job i think)

I think i have talk to much that i have run from what i want to say.My point is we should be with the poor people when we want to talk about the poor people.(NOTE:i'm not trying to argue that what my father said was wrong.Because i know,he had felt the difficult times a long time ago to support our family.So,what he said make sense.Thanks dad for everything)

All in all,we shouldn't blame anyone for this issue. What we can do is to find solutions to settle all matters. What i can recommend is let us get back to the Holy Quran-a book that covers all aspect of our lives and it is still practical till the End of the Day.Like what God says in Surah Muhammad,47:24
"Maka tidakkah mereka menghayati Al-Quran ataukah hati mereka sudah terkunci?"

Let us refresh our mind.
1.As for saving,we should kill our nafs.Like in surah Al-Jathiyah,45:23
"Maka pernahkah kamu melihatnya orang-orang yang menjadikan hawa nafsunya sebagai Tuhannya dan Allah membiarkan sesat berdasarkan ilmunya dan Allah telah mengunci mati,pendegarannya dan hatinya dan meletakkan tutupan atas penglihatannya.Maka siapakah yang akan memberikan petunjuk setelah Allah(membiarkannya sesat)maka mengapa kamu tidak mengambil pengajaran"

Do you all know that jihad against our nafs is the greatest jihad of all?

2.It's true we might angry towards our government over certain issues,but we should never talk bad things about them.Like in Surah al-Hujurat,49:12

"Wahai orang-orang beriman,jauhilah kebanyakan dari prasangka,sesungguhnya sebahagian dari prasangka itu adalah dosa dan janganlah kamu mencari-cari kesalahan orang lain dan janganlah sebahagian kamu mengumpat sebahagian yang lain.Sukakah salah seorang di antara kamu memakan daging saudaranya yang sudah mati?Maka tentulah kamu merasa jijik kepadanya.Dan bertakwalah kamu kepada Allah.Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Penerima Taubat lagi Penyayang"

Indeed,we should always think good of others.

3.For those who are quite fortunate,help those who are unlucky.Like in Surah Muhammad,47:38
"Ingatlah,kamu adalah orang-orang yang diajak untuk menginfakkan (hartamu)di jalan Allah.Lalu di antara kamu ada orang yang kikir, dan barang siapa kikir maka sesungguhnya dia kikir terhadap dirinya sendiri.Dan Allah-lah Yang Maha kaya,dan janganlah kamu yang membutuhkan(karunianNya).Dan jika kamu berpaling(dari jalan yang benar)Dia akan menggantikan(kamu) dengan kaum yang lain,dan mereka tidak akan (durhaka) seperti kamu"

As for me,i hold on
"Jika kamu mengejar akhirat,dunia pasti datang"
Its analogy is like a body,a source of light and a shadow.If you after your own shadow(world),you will stay where you are(stray form the right path).But,when you run to the source of light(akhirat),the shadow(world) will always follow you.

I know that my understanding in Islam is not so good,but Allah says,we should always remind others.Like in Surah az-Zaariyat,51:55 and Surah al-Asr,103:1-3.We are never perfect in all,so,we should never ever wait to be perfect to remind others

That's all for now.Let me highlight you all again that this post has nothing to do to any side of party,body,individual or so on.It is just a share of opinion of mine.

p/s:In future,i might have difficulties in finding job(Petroleum engineer),so i think i suppose to work harder from now on to safe a good position in job.I have read in some articles,which i have forgotten from where i read it,but it stated that-It's true that oil is drying out,but,it is only on from the spot that we have discovers.There are still about two third yet to be discovered soon.(i hope what it says is correct)

Thanks for reading guys.