Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
MALACCA: Despite the rumbles of criticism, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam is following through on his plans to bring the Eye on Malaysia to the state.
Under the plan, the Eye on Malaysia, which was unveiled at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur early last year in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, will be relocated here later this year.
Mohd Ali said the Ferris wheel, which comprises 42 gondolas, would operate at its new base in Bandar Hilir in October, in time for the Deepavali celebrations.
"So far, we have invested RM20 million in the Eye on Malaysia project," said Mohd Ali, who believed the project could start generating profits in five years' time.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Thursday May 8, 2008
Mahathir: Danger of defections is real
PUTRAJAYA: There is great danger in Pakatan Rakyat taking over the Federal Government, as there are signs of component parties in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak crossing over, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said when the Barisan Nasional had two-thirds majority in Parliament, it was not worth for any component party to crossover unlike now they had nothing to lose as crossing over meant still being in the Government.
Stating that Pakatan Rakyat was a force to be reckoned with, he added that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s threat had to be taken seriously.
“I, at first, wanted to dismiss this possibility, but on studying the situation I feel there is great danger,” he said, adding that members lacked inherent loyalty to the party and are only interested in personal gains.
Dr Mahathir said people in Sabah were used to being under Opposition rule while state Barisan leaders like Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan had great support when he was in the Opposition.
“So, can you say they will stay loyal to Umno, I don’t think so. Even here in the peninsula, I see quite a number of the people who will crossover when there is something to gain.
“If this Government loses its power, it is no longer the Government, and it will not be in a position to dole out all kinds of cookies; the clout is gone,” he told reporters after presenting the keynote address on National Sovereignty during the Perdana Leadership Foundation’s Discourse Series yesterday.
Dr Mahathir claimed that Pakatan Rakyat was gaining support because people felt powerless especially when only Umno could change the leadership but now no division dared to hold an EGM to amend the party election system.
“If the 30% support ruling is not changed, no division will nominate another apart from Pak Lah (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) as the president and he will win uncontested in December,” he said, adding that the earlier zest to change the leadership had died down and that the “hand kissing” had started again.
Stating that Umno was no longer democratic, he added that his wish to meet Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after the general election to discuss current affairs did not materialise until today.
“Najib said he had to get permission from the PM, until now he has not seen me; apparently the PM does not trust his deputy,” he said.
On the performance of the Opposition so far, he said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was smart by not antagonising the people while earning their respect.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
And life seems such a trial
Above the clouds theres a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.
With its many ups and downs
Remember its quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Together with Hamid (Dato' Hamid Ally Azran), Yahya (Arwah Tan Sri Yahya DRB), Hamid (We and Wheels), Fauzi (MOFAZ), among others (another about 40 odd car importers and traders) and of course Nasimuddin (Arwah Tan Sri from NAZA Motors). One of our main achievements was to get the cabinet through then Minister of Finance YBM Tengku Razaleigh to allow us to manage our own bonded warehouses and showrooms.
PEKEMA is doing very well now and so is Naza Motors under the able leadership of Nasimuddin. It is a big shock when I receive news at about 3-30 am two days ago that he had died of cancer. He is a very nice humble man even though he is a billionaire by now (I think). A soft spoken gentleman and what really catches me was his remembrance of PEKEMA Founder members.
He never fails to greet me when on occassions we meet either at the launching of NAZA products or some other events. I never fail to get an invite from NAZA's function. Whether its their bike events or car events. I dont think its because we bought a few Mecerdes from them. But I think its more of the friendship. Its good to know also that NAZA is very well diversified. May NAZA keep on prospering and carry the flag as a suceessful Bumiputera Conglomerate as justice and payback to the great man who had sowed the seed and nurse it to grow so that the fruits are cherished by all and the future generation.
Rest in Peace Nasimuddin and may God bless your soul
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions. If everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."