Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Factor of Success

Today, I woke up a bit late...
I have class during the morning so I quickly went for a bath and got ready..
After eating breakfast (bread with strawberry jam), I quickly rushed to my further mechanics class because I was already 5 minutes late...
When reached there, I saw what I had expected to see..
An empty dark classroom..
Not again!!
Including this, this is the 5th time I was the only who went to class..
Pn Ju came about 5 minutes later and she just smiled at me when she saw me standing in front of the class...
I think she too had expected the same thing...
So, I asked her to go and study at the RC and she agreed...

Some may say that I am writing this to brag about being the only one to go to class..
And wanting everyone to know that I am a very good student..
Well, that is not the reason I am writing this..
I am writing this to give an advice to my fellow friends...
And base on my story, I think you already know what am I going to say...

Respect and Baraqah
Like most of us, I too think that it is better if we have our own time to study..
We prefer to have study leave and study by ourselves..
Hence, since last week, most of us obtain a lot of free period because the teacher decided to cancel classes..
I am now free during block 3,4,5 and 6..
Which means I now only have two blocks to go to...
block 1 and 2..
This is the case for most of my friends....
So since now the percentage of free blocks is more than the percentage of class, I decided to skip most of my block 1 and 2...
"Alang2 dah free, baik free 1 hari trus..
bru best..
that was what I thought...
However, one day, a friend came to me and gave me an advice...
He said:
In exams, it is not only study that determines our success, it also comes from the baraqah of our teachers...
Baraqah is defined as the blessing of someone to us....
Many of us forget this important factor in running our life..
But trust me, the blessings from our teachers, parents and the people around us plays a very important role in our success...
We can not see it..
We can not quantify it..
We can not feel it..
But in order to be successful in life, we must believe that it exist and strive to obtain it..

A teacher once told me a story about a student who was very smart in his studies during his secondary school..
But he was not very respectful to his teacher...
As many people expected, he excelled in his SPM..
However, when he went on to continue his studies in university, he found it very difficult..
He couldn't focus and he was getting bad results for his exams..
One might say that it was all because he didn't get the blessing from his teachers who were the one giving him knowledge and guidance during secondary school...

Now the question is, how exactly do we obtain it???
One of the ways is to respect our teachers and parents..
Respect is define as the condition of showing honor to the person..
We show that we appreciate that person..
We do our best to make him or her happy..
We obey our parents...
We do our homework...
We come to class when we are suppose to..

After that, I promised to myself that I will never skip classes...
-The first thing is because I don't want to create a habit of skipping classes during my time in universities.
-I hope to obtain the blessing from my teachers
My results during trial was not very good..
So I need to do everything I can which can help me succeed in my exams..
Thx to that from of mine who showed me my errors..
All in all, please pray for my success in my A level examinations..

Sunday, May 10, 2009

7 May - Black Malaysia Day

This day should be considered a black day for Malaysia. The event that happened on this day is a disgrace to all Malaysians.
To those of you who are not aware of this situation, let me brief you a little about what had happened on that day:
1. The first state assembly sitting since the Pakatan Rakyat state government was ousted in February was held on this day. The BN formed government in Perak lead by Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir wanted to table a motion to oust the current Speaker V Sivakumar in this sitting.
2. Before the sitting started, the Speaker ordered Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six excos who was suspended to leave the assembly. They refused which lead to some mouth fights between the Pakatan reps and the BN reps.
3. Datuk Zambry then asked to table a motion to oust the Speaker but was refused by the Speaker since he said he will not start the assembly until all those who are suspended leave.
4. The Deputy Speaker, Hee Yit Foong then said that she was in charged and she ordered Sivakumar to leave the assembly. Datuk Zambry then tabled the motion to oust Sivakumar and obtained the support from all BN reps.
5. Sivakumar then said that the motion was not legitimate since he was still there.
6. After a few hours, police came in to forcefully remove the Speaker from his seat. He was then replaced by the BN elected Speaker R Ganesan.
7. Meanwhile, outside the Secretariat Building, bystanders and protesters were arrested for being in 500m of the fence, which was placed by the police. Those who were only drinking in a restaurant nearby were also arrested.

For more info about this event you can go to
1. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/103763 (malay language)
2. Malaysia insider

From the events which happened, it is clear to us that democracy in Malaysia is not practiced fully. This is an act of destroying the constitution, the law and the parliamentary traditions. It seems that we are more of an autocratic country than a democratic country. Force is used to enable the BN government to take over the Perak state. Yeah, you can be proud of doing such a coward thing. Celebrate all you want. You won't obtain the respect of other people by obtaining power using that method. It makes me disgusted.
Furthermore, it always makes me wonder, who is the police force working for?? The country or the BN government?? And why is it always the Pakatan reps who are given a tough time by the police?? From my observations, the police force are not working for the country to protect the people but are working for the BN government to hurt the people. They are like brutes who just want to bully the weak. Don't they have crimes to worry about than carrying out arrest of peaceful protesters??? What is wrong with wearing black clothes to protest?? What harm can it do to other people?? We should have the right to wear whatever clothes we want as long as it is decent. No one has the right to strip us of this right.
Another question that should be raised is why does the BN so afraid of dissolving the assembly and call for fresh elections?? Is it because they are afraid of losing in the election?? Only they know the answer.
On the whole,I think that it would be wise to dissolve the assembly and give the power to Perakians to decide who they want to represent them. Even though it is time consuming, this is the only way that peace can be installed back in Perak. The sooner this ends the better for the benefit of Perak.
The government can use force to control our actions and speech but they do not have the power to control our minds and thoughts. I hope that you can give me your opinion on this matter.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Topup Industry in KYUEM

For about a year and a half I became a topup seller to my fellow friends in KYUEM.
It was fun. Exciting especially when I received the money. You have the chance to communicate and get to know a lot of people.
However, it was very tiring and the income was not that good. In economic terms, I was only earning normal profit which is define as:
the level of profit which is just enough for a firm to stay in business and is not able to attract any other firms to join the industry.

That is a bit of revision for economics students.
However, since February this year I have stopped selling topup.
Because I thought it was not worth it. My reasons are:

1. Exams is just around the corner. This is one of the most important exams of my life and it is important for me to stay focus and not be disturbed constantly while I'm studying or when I'm sleeping. This is because when I was selling topup, I get messages at 2 am from someone asking me to topup. Sometimes, people wake me up at 3 am to ask for topup. The worst part is, because I was too sleepy, I sometimes topup the wrong number which makes me making a loss. huhuhu

2. It is too tiring to collect money from people who bought on credit. And since I'm soo forgetful, I constantly forget who and how much people owe me. Sometimes, I even felt embarassed for asking the wrong person.

3. Profit is not that good. I only received around 10 cents for every RM10 topup I sell. It's too little. Not worth my time. I can do some other things like study. : P

However, I don't want to give the impression that selling topup did not give any benefits to me.
First, I managed to learn from my own experience how dangerous bad money management could be. Hence I continuosly tried to improve my money management (collecting money from debters) but I haven't found one that is really effective. But I did manage to make some improvement.
Secondly, it was very happy to be able to help people who are in need of topup. You see, KYUEM is not a place where you can just go to the small shops and get topup easily. No,no. In KYUEM, you need to know friends who sells topup and trust me, there are not many of them. Why can't we just go to shops to buy topup?? KYUEM is located at a very rural area where there are no small shops around! The closest thing to small shop is the dotco and it does not sell topup. So, whenever I managed to help my friend who are in great need of topup, it makes me feel good.
However, crisis sometimes happen when everyone of the people who sells topup are all out of topup. That is when havoc occurs in KYUEM!! Sometimes, it goes on for a whole week!!

Lastly, I would like to say thank you to all my loyal customers. You have helped me a lot. And a lot of thanks to my partner Syahir for helping with the posters and promotions.

The Story of a Butterfly

Today, I managed to wake up early and did mt Subuh prayer at the mosque thx to Brother Aidid who woke me up. After the prayer, like always, there will be a tazkirah (a session for people to give good advice and reminders to other people).
Today, the person presenting the tazkirah is Brother Aidid.
Here is a summary of what he said:

Imagine that one day, a person walked and saw a tree in front of him. At that tree, he saw a cocoon where a beautiful butterfly is about to emerge. The person went nearer to the cocoon have a closer look. He saw that the butterfly is trying very hard to break free from the cocoon. Feeling sympathetic to it, he went into his room and brought out a scissor to cut open the cocoon in order to cut the cocoon to make it easier for the butterfly to escape from it. So he cut the cocoon and the butterfly was able to break free easily and started to fly. However, after a few seconds, the butterfly fell and couldn't get back up to fly because its wing is too weak. Even though the intention of the person is good, his action has made the butterfly weak and unable to fly.

Now what does this story tells us??
That we shouldn't help people when they are in need of our help??
No, that is not the morale of this story. What I learnt from this story is that challenges and difficulties in life are very crucial in our lives. Everyone must have experienced failure. We feel depressed and weak when we are unable to achieve something. However, we must always realize that each and every failure will make stronger and better. A person who fails but then managed to rise and start all over again is a person who will succeed in life. This is because that person will now be able to learn from the mistakes that he did. This makes him a better person than he was before.

In life, we must always face these challenges and never give up. There is no shortcut to it. We must give it our best or else we will regret it in the future. Either we fail or succeed is another story. As a student, one of the most important exams in my life is just around the corner. This will determine my future. That's why I have promised myself to never give up no matter how hard the subject is and I hope that all my friends out there will feel the same way.

All the best in your life!!!