Thursday, June 30, 2011


It has been stated that around 8,000 Indian students obtained
unsatisfactory result in SPM every year. More shocking much of this
students do not continue their education or enroll in skill training
program whether in public not in private institutions. In view of this
the organizers aims to assist to place at 5,000 of these Indian youths
in various government sponsored skill training courses.

Organized by Special Implementation Taskforce on Indian Community
(PM's Department)


-CIDB (Construction Industrial Development Board), Qualifying age: 17
- 35 years old
-IKBN (Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara), Qualifying age: 18 - 30 years old
-NATC (National Agriculture Training Centre), Qualifying age: below 25 years old
-SKIM PERANTISAN PSMB, Qualifying age: 16 - 25 years old
-ILP (Institut Latihan Perindustrian), Qualifying age: 17 - 30 years old
-SLDN (Skim Latihan Dual Nasional), Qualifying age: 16 - 35 years old

More information on the above could be obtained at the below locations
03/07/11 - Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
09/07/11 - Wisma MIC, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
15/07/11 - Dewan Kuil Mariamman, Buntong, Perak
16/07/11 - Dewan MPB Bentong, Pahang
23/07/11 - Dewan Serbaguna Skudai, Johor
24/07/11 - SJKT Saraswathy Sg. Petani, Kedah
06/08/11 - Dewan Hj. Ahmad Badawi, Bagan Dalam, Penang

Time: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Pasukan Petugas Khas Pelaksanaan (Jawatankuasa Kabinet Masyarakat India)
Jabatan Perdana Menteri
Aras 9, Block D3, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62530 Putrajaya
Tel.: 03-8871 1280
Fax.: 03-8890 5204

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Now and Forever...

 Now and Forever...ByPratiba Nair

As she sat alone on the house balcony, many things came across Priscilla Nisha’s mind and as she was looking back at her past, she had a contented life , not wanting anything more than she already has. As she was the last child and the only daughter, Priscilla had the privilege of getting anything that she wanted. Her caring brothers would go to the end of earth to fulfill her slightest wishes while her loving parents would sacrifice anything for her.
            She had a wonderful life, a playful childhood; rebellious teen years where she learned the value of trust, honesty, friends and her parents; and a hardworking (so called ‘hardworking’) and fun (mostly ‘fun’) college life. She always had good friends and family surrounding her. She also found the love of her life, Victor Prasad, at the age of 20. They meet in an office where she was working temporarily as she was waiting for her A-level results. He simply swept her off her feet with his kind heart and stunning smile. Her heart would skip a beat whenever he passes by her and thousand butterflies would flutter in her stomach. She never felt like that before and was wondering if he felt the same as well.

            A month after that, she went up to him and asked for his number as she needed some assistants in her work. But she hesitated to call him because she thought it would be inappropriate for her to approach him and remained silent. Then one day she heard that Victor’s friend meet with an accident and she took this oppurtunity and messaged him to ask if his friend was alright. That’s how they started to get in touch with each other. A month after that he asked her out for the first time. They went to a coffee shop nearby their office for lunch break and lost track of time as they enjoyed each other’s company. Priscilla soon found out that he feel exactly the same way she felt about him. When Victor proposed to her, Priscilla didn’t think twice to say yes as she knew he was ‘The One’.  He would give up anything just to see her smile. He made her feel complete and they were very happy together.

            Unfortunately all this was put to a full stop when she was in the 2nd year of pursuing her undergraduate studies in University. She often fell ill and lethargic, but seldom shows it to her friend, house mates or course mates.  Priscilla knew something was wrong with her and she wanted to know what caused all this. She secretly went to the hospital to find out what was really wrong with her, not wanting to make her friends and family worried. Especially Victor as he could not even bare to see her suffer even a mild migraine. She was sent for several test and checkups and was told to wait for her results.

            After a week, Priscilla could literally hear her heart shatter to a thousand pieces when she received a call from the hospital. She found that her result shows she has cervical cancer. She could not accept the fact that the chances of giving birth would probably be next to zero. The first person who crossed her mind was Victor... He loves children and he adores them a lot. She hid the truth from him and her family. She was totally lost and heartbroken. She thought it was the end of her world and decided to avoid all her loved ones...

            For some time she managed to avoid Victor but he came all the way up to her University to meet her and begged her to talk to him. She tried to put up a stern face and push him aside and lied that she was not interested in him anymore but she couldn’t as her heart cried out for him. Finally she broke down to him and poured her heart out. Victor was extremely shocked from the news that was just thrown at him. It took a while for him to get a hold of himself and with a clear mind he told Priscilla, 'I love you now and forever, no matter what the future holds for us, we would face it together, and i will always stand by your side baby...' From that day onwards, no matter what problem came towards her, she would put up a positive attitude forward and overcome those problem as she knew Victor would always be by her side for her to lean on if she was tired.

           Suddenly, she heard the balcony door open and there was Victor, standing with his stunning smile and two cups tea. And he walked over to her and gave a kiss on her forehead and passed the cup of tea to her and as he was sitting down he said “Dear, I forgot to tell u something in the morning as I was rushing to work… I love you...”

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pembangunan terap konsep ‘Negara kebajikan’

Oleh Mohd Ayop Abd Razid
KONSEP ‘Negara Kebajikan’ (Welfare State) adalah sesuatu yang bersifat relatif dan normatif. ‘Negara kebajikan’ boleh didefinisikan  sebagai satu konsep di mana kerajaan bertanggungjawab menyediakan kebajikan kepada  rakyat menerusi program-program pembangunan yang dilaksanakan. Dalam istilah ekonomi ia disebut sebagai ‘material welfare’ atau ‘kebajikan kebendaan, iaitu usaha menaikkan taraf hidup rakyat. Ia juga disebut sebagai ‘kebajikan sosial’ yang bertujuan untuk membina kesejahteraan hidup (well-being) rakyat.
Tujuan negara kebajikan adalah untuk meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat. Sejak dulu lagi segala macam program pembangunan kerajaan adalah bertujuan  meningkatkan taraf  hidup rakyat. Memang secara asasnya kita akan mengatakan bahawa itu adalah menjadi kewajipan utama kerajaan. Namun, jika diteliti secara mendalam maka kita dapati bahawa kerajaan melaksanakan lebih daripada itu.
Menurut Bergson fungsi ‘kebajikan sosial’ berkait rapat dengan semua angkubah yang terlibat dalam pembangunan ekonomi negara. Ia menggambarkan satu hubungan rapat di antara kebajikan masyarakat seluruhnya dengan pembangunan ekonomi dalam sesebuah negara itu (Siti Rohani Yahya, 1985). Ia juga berkait rapat dengan pengagihan ekonomi (kekayaan) negara.
Usaha pembasmian kemiskinan yang dilaksanakan kerajaan merupakan salah satu bentuk ‘kebajikan’ yang mempunyai kaitan langsung dengan pengagihan ekonomi negara. Pembasmian kemiskinan mula dilaksanakan di bawah Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB). Satu kajian yang dijalankan oleh Malaysian Institute of  Economic Research (MIER) pada Oktober 2005 mendapati bahawa DEB berjaya memperbaiki taraf hidup rakyat serta berjaya merapatkan jurang ekonomi antara-kaum.
Semasa DEB mula dilaksanakan, kadar kemiskinan negara berada pada paras 52.4 peratus. Namun, ia berjaya diturunkan kepada 16.5 peratus ketika DEB ditamatkan (1990). Dispariti pendapatan purata  luar bandar  dan  bandar  menurun dari 1:2.14 (1970) kepada 1:1.70 dalam tahun 1990. Lompang dispariti pendapatan antara kaum juga turut menurun.
Kadar kemiskinan negara terus menurun kepada 5.7 peratus pada tahun 2004 dan pada tahun 2007 ia turun kepada 3.6 peratus. Hari ini, pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak meletakkan keutamaan untuk menghapuskan kemiskinan tegar serta mengurangkan kadar kemiskinan ke paras paling rendah. Di bawah Bidang Keberhasilan Utama (NKRA) berkaitan meningkat taraf hidup berpendapatan rendah, kerajaan telah menetapkan 12 spektrum bagi membantu golongan terbabit keluar dari kepompong kemiskinan.
Ia merangkumi pendidikan dan latihan, kesihatan, kemudahan asas, kewangan dan kebendaan, advokasi, kemudahan awam, penempatan pekerajaan. skim Insurans takaful berkelompok, skim mikro kredit, pensturukturan semula subsidi, transisi dan integrasi dan Kemudahan Perumahan.
Untuk membantu masyarakat luar bandar atau warga desa mencapai pendapatan yang lebih tinggi maka kerajaan melalui Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah berusaha memperkasakan Industri Kecil dan Sederhana (IKS), memperbanyak pembangunan wilayah berkonsepkan Agropolitan, menyuntik nilai-nilai komersial dalam produk luar bandar serta meluaskan pasaran produk terbabit ke luar negara melalui pelbagai strategi pemasaran dan penggunaan ICT.
Program 1AZAM pula  adalah merangkumi empat bidang iaitu Azam Kerja, AZAM Khidmat, AZAM Niaga dan AZAM Tani akan dilaksanakan bagi meningkatkan produktiviti golongan miskin.
Selain itu, kerajaan menyalurkan pelbagai bentuk bantuan bagi membantu golongan tertentu seperti Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU), golongan miskin dan miskin tegar, orang bergelandangan, kanak-kanak dan warga emas. Pelbagai bentuk bantuan diberikan kepada golongan terbabit seperti bantuan kewangan secara bulanan, bantuan peralatan, bantuan persekolahan anak, bimbingan perniagaan kecil-kecilan dan tempat perlindungan bagi mangsa-mangsa penderaan.
Demikian juga bantuan buku teks secara percuma, subsidi pembayaran yuran pengajian di Institute Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA) serta  pemberian pelbagai bentuk subsidi yang telah sekian lama diberikan kerajaan adalah juga sebahagian daripada bentuk kebajikan yang disalurkan kerajaan kepada rakyat. Hari ini, rasionalisasi dan penstrukturan subsidi adalah bertujuan agar ia benar-benar sampai kepada golongan rakyat yang layak menikmatinya.
Dalam konteks perumahan rakyat, kerajaan telah menyediakan Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) yang bertujuan menjamin golongan setinggan dan mereka yang berpendapatan rendah memiliki rumah. Pada tahun 2010, pencapaian NKRA  berkaitan meningkatkan  infrastruktur luar bandar menunjukkan kerajaan telah membina dan membaik pulih sebanyak 16,926 buah rumah melalui Program Bantuan Rumah, membekalkan kepada sejumlah 35,291 isi rumah dengan bekalan air bersih di kawasan luar bandar, serta menyambungkan kepada seramai 27,209 isi rumah dengan bekalan elektrik luar bandar.
Usaha-usaha itu telah berjaya mengubah kehidupan dua juta rakyat di luar bandar, termasuk di perkampungan orang asli dan juga kawasan pendalaman di Sabah dan Sarawak. Di segi mempertingkat khidmat kesihatan,  kerajaan telah memperkenalkan konsep Klinik 1Malaysia. Ia merupakan pelan perkhidmatan rawatan perubatan ringan kepada penduduk, khususnya di kawasan bandar. Tujuan Klinik 1 Malaysia adalah untuk mengurangkan kesesakan pesakit luar di unit kemalangan dan kecemasan di klinik dan hospital kerajaan.
Lokasi klinik ini dilaksanakan di kawasan-kawasan kediaman atau perumahan rakyat dengan kadar bayaran RM1.00. Justeru, ianya dapat menjimatkan masa dan perbelanjaan pesakit yang memerlukan rawatan ringan. Selain itu, kira-kira 25 peratus (7.5 juta ) penduduk di kawasan pedalaman, terutamanya di Sabah dan Sarawak  yang berada  jauh dari pusat kesihatan boleh menikmati perkhidmatan dan rawatan kesihatan percuma melalui klinik bergerak 1Malaysia membabitkan perkhidmatan melalui udara, darat dan air.
Kesimpulan, pembangunan sosioekonomi negara adalah aspek penting dalam membentuk kesejahteraan, kebajikan dan kualiti hidup rakyat. Semua kumpulan dan komuniti di negara ini mendapat faedah daripada kebajikan sosial yang dilaksanakan kerajaan. Ia merupakan komitmen kerajaan untuk meninggikan taraf hidup rakyat . Justeru, negara kebajikan yang dikumandangkan oleh Pas di dalam muktamarnya tempoh hari adalah sesuatu yang sudah pun dibuat oleh kerajaan selama ini.
Pada 15 Oktober 2010 lalu, Perdana Menteri Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak telah mengumumkan cadangan pembinaan Menara Warisan Merdeka dalam pembentangan Bajet 2011 di Parlimen Dewan Rakyat. Menara Warisan Merdeka merupakan projek mega yang dikendalikan sepenuhnya oleh Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). Pembangunan projek ini akan dibiayai oleh dana dalaman PNB tanpa menyentuh dana pemegang unit amanah dan tanpa sebarang peruntukan daripada kerajaan.
Menara ini akan dibina setinggi 100 tingkat dan bakal menjadi bangunan pencakar langit tertinggi di Malaysia. Ia akan didirikan di kawasan sekitar Stadium Negara dan Stadium Merdeka dengan tapak keluasan tanah 19 ekar. Projek ini dijangka akan dimulakan pada tahun 2011 dan dijangka siap pada tahun 2015 dengan nilai keseluruhan projek adalah sebanyak RM5 bilion.
Menurut Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan PNB, Tan Sri Hamad Kama Che Piah, projek mega ini bukanlah sesuatu yang baru dirancang dan dimasukkan dalam Bajet 2011 tetapi ia telah direncanakan sejak tahun 2004 selepas kawasan tanah dibeli daripada Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad pada tahun 2000. Projek ini melibatkan pembangunan bercampur dan berkonsep bangunan hijau. Ia akan dimajukan dalam tiga fasa di mana ia akan turut menempatkan unit-unit kondominium dan kompleks beli-belah. Lokasi menara juga turut menempatkan ibu pejabat baru PNB.
Projek ini akan membawa keuntungan kerana ia bakal menjana ekonomi negara selain menjadi tarikan kepada pelancong sekaligus sebagai mercu tanda pembangunan serta pemodenan negara. Tujuan projek ini diumumkan dalam Bajet 2011 adalah sebagai bukti ketelusan kerajaan memaklumkan kepada rakyat sebarang projek mega yang dirancang demi faedah dan kepentingan rakyat.
Pengumuman projek pembangunan menara tersebut telah mendapat tentangan dari pelbagai pihak yang rata-rata mengatakan bahawa projek ini banyak memberi keburukan berbanding kebaikan. Sehubungan itu, JASA telah melaksanakan kaji selidik bagi mendapatkan reaksi masyarakat awam berkenaan isu ini.
JASA telah melaksanakan Kajian Pendapat Awam tentang Menara Warisan Merdeka pada 29 Oktober hingga 7 November  2010 yang lalu. Jumlah responden bagi kajian ini adalah sebanyak 3,510 orang yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum dan lapisan peringkat umur yang dipilih secara rawak bagi setiap Parlimen dan DUN di seluruh Malaysia. Kajian ini telah dilaksanakan melalui kaedah temu bual bersemuka terhadap peserta-peserta program Taqarrub dan orang awam.
Hasil kajian ini menunjukkan bahawa 75.6% (2,655) responden tahu tentang cadangan projek pembinaan Menara Warisan Merdeka yang telah diumumkan oleh YAB Perdana Menteri dalam pembentangan Bajet 2011. Manakala sebanyak 24.4% (855) responden tidak tahu tentang cadangan ini. Responden sebanyak 61.6% (2,162) bersetuju dengan projek pembinaan Menara Warisan Merdeka setinggi 100 tingkat. Responden yang tidak bersetuju dengan projek ini adalah sebanyak 38.4% (1,348).
Responden sebanyak 64.1% (2,251) berpendapat bahawa projek ini mampu menjana ekonomi negara dengan membuka peluang pekerjaan dan ruang perniagaan kepada rakyat Malaysia. Manakala sebanyak  35.9% (1,259) responden pula tidak bersetuju bahawa projek ini mampu menjana ekonomi negara.
Hasil kajian juga mendapati bahawa responden sebanyak 58.1% (2,041) bersetuju menara ini dibina di tapak sekitar Stadium Negara dan Stadium Merdeka. Manakala sebanyak 41.9% (1,469) responden tidak bersetuju dengan lokasi tersebut. 
Responden sebanyak 51.3% (1,799) tidak tahu bahawa projek ini akan diusahakan sepenuhnya oleh PNB tanpa menggunakan wang pelabur unit amanah dan peruntukan daripada kerajaan. Manakala responden yang tahu tentang pengusaha projek ini adalah sebanyak 48.7% (1,711).
Responden sebanyak 70.2% (2,463) bersetuju bahawa menara ini bakal menjadi tarikan kepada pelancong sekaligus sebagai mercu tanda pemodenan negara. Manakala sebanyak  29.8% (1,047) responden pula berpendapat sebaliknya.
Rata-rata responden bersetuju dengan cadangan pembinaan Menara Warisan Merdeka ini demi kepentingan pembangunan ekonomi negara. Projek ini dilihat mampu membuka pelbagai ruang perniagaan kepada syarikat-syarikat dan peluang pekerjaan kepada rakyat Malaysia.
Sebahagian responden tidak bersetuju dengan lokasi pembinaan menara ini kerana lokasi tersebut harus dipelihara sebagai kawasan bersejarah. Pembinaan menara ini hanya akan menambahkan lagi kepadatan dan kesesakan di kawasan tersebut.
Ramai responden yang tidak tahu bahawa projek ini dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh PNB tanpa menyentuh dana pemegang unit amanah dan tanpa peruntukan daripada kerajaan. Adalah disarankan bahawa penerangan mengenainya dipertingkatkan dari semasa ke semasa kerana terdapat segelintir rakyat yang melihat bahawa projek ini merupakan satu pembaziran kerana mendakwa ia dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh kerajaan dengan menggunakan duit rakyat.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lincoln College Malaysia Scholarship

If you are thinking about to further your studies in Lincoln College Malaysia there is Scholarship is being offered to deserving student at Lincoln College Malaysia.

Diploma programmes:

Business studies, Information Technology, Business Management, Hospitality Management, Electrical/ Electronic/ Engineering,

Amount Pre-University Programmes

- Foundation in Science

-Foundation in Business and Computing

- GCE A-Levels


Scholarship 50% Tuition Fees : Criteria SPM : 8 A and above ( Limited to 10 candidates per program per intake )

Scholarship – RM 3,000; Criteria: SPM - 6 credits & above

Scholarship – RM 2000 : Criteria: 5 credits (parents earning less than RM3,000 combined)

Diploma Programmes

Scholarship 50% Tuition Fees Criteria SPM : 8 A and above ( Limited to 10 candidates per program per intake )

Scholarship - RM 3,500 Criteria: SPM - 7 credits

Scholarship - RM 2,500 Criteria: SPM - 5 credits

Scholarship - RM 1,500 Criteria: SPM - 4 credits OR

- SPM - 3 credits + must have represented in school activities/games/societies OR

- SPM - 3 credits [parents earning less than RM3,000 combined]

For Electrical and Electronics Engineering : RM 5000 : Criteria: SPM - 7 credits

For Hotel and Catering : RM 5000 : Criteria: SPM - 7 credits

How to apply

Scholarship Application form must be sent at least 1 month before the enrollment of the course ( Exception July 2011 intake )

Complete the application form with certified true copy of actual & forecast results slips and all other supporting documents to MIC Selangor :








TEL: 03-3323 4422

FAX:03-3323 4343


AYUSH Scholarship

AYUSH Scholarship
1. The Government of India has announced twenty (20) Scholarships for Malaysian students to pursue courses in Traditional System of Medicine in India during the academic year 2011-12 following the visit of Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh in October 2010.

2. The High Commission of India welcomes applications from interested Malaysian nationals who wish to pursue courses in Traditional System of Medicine in India from the academic year 2011-12 onwards. The number of seats available under each course is appended below:

(i) Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) - 11
(ii) Bachelor of Siddha Medicine & Sciences (BSMS) - 5
(iii) Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) - 2
(iv) Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) - 2

Names of Colleges for BAMS:
1) Rajiv Gandhi, PG Govt. College, Paprola, Himachal Pradesh - 1 seat
2) Government Ayurved College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh - 1 seat
3) Government Ayurved College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 1 seat
4) Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyala, Pune, Maharashtra - 1 seat
5) Government Ayurved College, Patna, Orissa - 1 seat
6) Government Ayurved College, Tripunithura, Kerala - 1 seat
7) Shri Dharmashala Ayurvedic College, Udupi, Karnataka - 1 seat
8) Government Ayurved College, Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 1 seat
9) Choudhary Braham Prakash Ayurvedic College, Delhi - 2 seats
10) Rajiv Gandhi Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital Mahe, Pondicherry - 1 seat

Names of Colleges for BSMS:
1) Government Siddha Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 3 seats
2) Government Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu - 2 seats

Names of College for BUMS:
1) Aligarh Muslim University (AMU),Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh - 2 seats

Names of College for BHMS:
1) National Institute of Homeopathy, Kolkata, West Bengal - 2 seats
3. The application forms for this Scholarships are available with the Education Section at the High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur (Telefax: 03 2092 2339, Tel:             03 2093 3510       ext 410, Email: The ICCR application form, guidelines, and the terms & conditions can also be downloaded from the links given at the end of this page.

4. The candidates should meet the following selection criteria: (i) the candidate should have the eligibility to apply for the course (ii) should be proficient in English and (iii) should not have any serious health problems.

5. The eligible qualifications for the Bachelors courses are given below:
b. A Levels
c. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)
d. Canadian Pre-University (CPU)
e. Or other qualifications which are equivalent to 12th standard in India.

6. The candidate should have taken the following compulsory subjects at the qualifying examination level: Physics, Chemistry, & Biology, with minimum 50% marks in each subject.

7. The minimum age to apply for these courses is 17 years, as on 1st October in the year of admission.

8. The duration of all the four courses listed above is Five and Half (5 ½) years.

9. Please also note that no airfare will be provided under this scheme. The scholarship provides for Tuition fee, Living Allowance, Contingent Grant, House rent Allowance and Medical benefits.

10. Interested candidates may fill in the prescribed proforma and forward to the Education Section, High Commission of India, No.2, Jalan Taman Duta, Off Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. The last date for receipt of application by the High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur is 30 June 2011.
ICCR Guidelines 2011
AYUSH Scholarship Financial Terms & Conditions

Tuesday, June 14, 2011




Steve Job's (founder of Apple) Commencement Speech at Stanford

CEO, Apple & Pixar Animation

This is a commencement speech that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, gave at Stanford University in 2005. In it, Steve recounts three personal stories and his advocacy of 'following your heart and doing what you love to do.'


I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Saya pasti rata-rata di sini telah pun menonton sebuah dokumentari sejarah yang bertajuk 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka. Jika belum, anda boleh tontonnya di sini. Dalam sejarah yang kita pelajari di sekolah, kumpulan-kumpulan ini dilabel dengan nama parti berhaluan kiri, iaitu satu nama yang mempunyai konotasi yang negatif. Selalunya dikaitkan dengan ideologi yang radikal seperti sosialis. Dan baru-baru ini, Fahmi Reza dan rakan-rakannya sedang dalam usaha untuk membikin dokumentari kedua bertajuk Revolusi'48, iaitu dokumentari tentang pembongkaran semula kisah yang tidak diceritakan tentang perjuangan parti sosialis beraliran ketenteraan atau lebih dikenali dengan nama komunis dalam dalam usaha mereka membebaskan tanah air dari penjajahan. Saya secara peribadi mengalu-alukan dan memuji sebarang usaha yang mengangkat kebenaran sejarah biarpun ia seperti terlalu pahit untuk ditelan. Tapi apa yang kita dapati dalam teks-teks sejarah yang kita pernah pelajari, kita hanya diberitakan dengan satu sahaja aliran perjuangan yang menyumbang kepada kemerdekaan negara. Selain aliran itu adalah pengganas. Saya pasti mereka yang merangka teks sejarah hari ini bukanlah mereka yang buta sejarah, dan semestinya ada sebab mereka mentafsirkan sejarah dengan versi tersebut. Contohnya dalam Peristiwa 13 Mei 1969, kita telah digelapkan dengan sejarah yang mengatakan bahawa peristiwa itu adalah angkara parti PETIR yang membawa isu-isu perkauman. Tapi dalam buku May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969 tulisan Kua Kia Soong, kita diberi pencerahan dengan versi lain pula. Justeru persoalan saya, 1. Apakah sebab sejarah dimanipulasi hanya untuk kepentingan golongan tertentu? Adakah demi tidak mencetuskan pemberontakan atau huru-hara? 2. Apakah kayu ukur untuk menilai sejarah? Diri pengkaji sejarah? Parti politik? Agama? 3. Adakah wajar sejarah negara kita dibongkar semula, dinilai dan diteliti dengan seadil-adilnya walaupun terpaksa merombak secara besar-besaran silibus sejarah di sekolah? Saya yang sifar ilmu sejarah politik ini menagih komen-komen para filsuf dan sejarawan.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Senarai GLC yang mengambil bahagian dalam menjayakan program SL1M Fasa 1 adalah :

Nama Syarikat
Program SL1M Logo
1. Affin Holdings Berhad
SL1M – AMP and FSTEP (Affin Management Programme and Financial Sector Talent Enrichment Programme)
Affin Holdings Berhad 
2. Amanah Raya Berhad
SL1M – AmanahRaya Executive Associate
amanah raya
3. Axiata Group Berhad
SL1M – BLUi (BLUE interns)
4. Bank Negara Malaysia
SL1M – BNMGP (Bank Negara Malaysia Graduates Programme)
Bank Negara Malaysia 
5. Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad
SL1M – BPGDP (Bank Pembangunan Graduate Development Programme)
Bousted Holdings Berhad
SL1M – Boustead Graduate Internship Programme
Bousted Holdings Berhad 
Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad
 Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad
CIMB Group Berhad SL1M – CIMB Skill Enhancement Programme
CIMB Group Berhad 
Khazanah Nasional Berhad
SL1M – GEMS (Graduate Employability Management Scheme)

Khazanah Nasional Berhad 
Lembaga Tabung Haji
SL1M – TH Lembaga Tabung Haji
Malayan Banking Berhad
 Malayan Banking Berhad
Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad
SL1M – Malaysia Airports
Malaysia Building Society Berhad
SL1M – MBSB (MBSB Graduate Training Programme)
Malaysia Building Society Berhad 
Malaysian Airlines System Berhad
SL1M – MGT (MH Graduate Trainee) Programme
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
MIMOS Berhad
SL1M – MIMOS AcT (MIMOS Acceleration Talent)
Perbadanan Nasional Berhad
SL1M – PNS Graduate Talent Programme
Permodalan Nasional Berhad
SL1M – PNB Investment Bridging Programme
Petroliam Nasional Berhad
SL1M – GEES (Graduate Employability Enhancement Scheme)
 Petroliam Nasional Berhad
Sime Darby Berhad
SL1M – SD MAP 2011 (Management Apprenticeship Programme)
21. SIRIM Berhad SL1M – SIRIM
22. Telekom Malaysia Berhad
SL1M – TM GEOP (TM Graduate Employability Outreach Programme)
Telekom Malaysia Berhad 
23. Tenaga Nasional Berhad
SL1M – Program Pembangunan Siswazah

Tenaga Nasional Berhad 
UDA Holdings Berhad
SL1M – SPP UDA (Skim Pelatih Pengurusan UDA)
uda holding
UEM Group Berhad
SL1M – UEM Group Berhad "YES" (UEM Group  Berhad "Young Executive Scheme")
UEM Group Berhad 
UMW Holdings Berhad
SL1M – UMW:GEP (UMW Graduate Enhancement Programme)
UMW Holdings Berhad 

மலேசிய வரலாறு: அதனைத் திரும்பத் திரும்ப நாம் எழுத வேண்டுமா?

நான் பள்ளிக்கூடத்தில் படித்த நாட்களில் வரலாறு எப்போதும் எனது விருப்பத்துக்குரிய பாடமாக இருந்து வந்துள்ளது. நான் வரலாற்றுப் பாடத்தை நேசித்தேன். காரணம் அது ஒரு கதையைப் போன்று வாசிக்க இயலும் என்பதாகும்.
இந்தோனிசியாவிலிருந்து வந்த இந்து இளவரசர் ஒருவர்  அடைக்கலம் நாடி, மலாக்காவைத் தோற்றுவித்த கதை அதுவாகும். ரத்தம் சிந்தாமல் மலாயா சுதந்திரம் பெற்ற கதை அதுவாகும். மலேசியக் கூட்டரசில் இணையுமாறு கட்டாயப்படுத்தப்பட்டு வற்புறுத்தப்பட்டு “ஏமாற்றப்பட்ட” கதை அதுவாகும்.
நாம் இன்று ஒரு திருப்பு முனையில் நின்று கொண்டிருக்கிறோம். நமது பள்ளிக்கூடங்களில் நமது மலேசிய வரலாறு பற்றிய பாடம் மீது விவாதம் தொடருகிறது. ஆனால் எந்த முன்னேற்றமும் ஏற்பட்டதாகத் தெரியவில்லை. உண்மையில் அந்த விவகாரம் தொடர்பில் கல்வி அமைச்சு மீது அவநம்பிக்கையே அதிகரித்துள்ளது.
அந்த அமைச்சுக்குப் பொறுப்பாக உள்ளவர் பெர்க்காசாவை வெளிப்படையாக ஆதரிக்கும் இனவாதியாக இருக்கும்போது நாம் என்ன கூற முடியும்?
ஒரு நாடு என்ற முறையில் 53 ஆண்டுகளைக் கடந்து வந்துள்ள நாம், நமது வரலாறு என்ன என்பதை நம்மால் முடிவு செய்ய இயலாவிட்டால், நமது மூதாதையர்கள் கனவு கண்ட நாடாக வாழ்வதில் நாம் படுதோல்வி அடைந்து விட்டோம் என்றுதான் சொல்ல வேண்டும்.
உண்மையைக் கண்டுபிடித்துச் சொல்வதே வரலாறு என நான் தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் கருதுகிறேன். சில வேளைகளில் உண்மை குறிப்பாக அதிகார வர்க்கத்திற்கு கசப்பாக இருக்கலாம்.
நமது அரசியல்வாதிகள் அந்த ஆய்வை ஒப்புக் கொண்டு பள்ளிக்கூடங்களில் உள்ள நமது இளம் தலைமுறையினருக்கு அனைத்தையும் துணிச்சலாக எடுத்துரைப்பார்களா?
அவர்களுக்கு அந்தத் துணிச்சல் இல்லை என்பதில் எனக்கு கிஞ்சித்தும் சந்தேகம் இல்லை. காரணம் அவர்கள் தங்களது சொந்த உலகக் கண்ணோட்டத்துக்கு மாறுபாடான எந்தக் கருத்தையும் சகித்துக் கொள்ளும் பக்குவம் அவர்களுக்கு இல்லை.
எடுத்துக்காட்டுக்கு மகாதீரை பற்றி நினைத்துப் பாருங்கள். அவர், தாம் நிர்வாகச் செய்த காலத்தில் மாற்றுக் கருத்துக்களைச் சகித்து கொள்ளவே மாட்டார்.
அந்த அரசியல்வாதி அல்லது அவரது கட்சிக்கு முரண்பாடான எந்தக் கருத்தும் தேச நிந்தனை அல்லது அபாயகரமானவை என்று கருதப்பட்டது. அத்தகைய கருத்துக்களைத் தெரிவித்தவர்கள், துரோகிகள், விசுவாசமில்லாதவர்கள் அல்லது  அது போன்ற சொற்களால் முத்திரை குத்தப்பட்டனர்.
“கடந்த காலத்தை நினைவில் கொள்ளாதவர்கள் அதனைத் திரும்பத் திரும்ப எழுத வேண்டியிருக்கும்”, என ஜார்ஜ் சந்தயானா என்பவர் ஒரு முறை கூறியிருக்கிறார்.
கடந்த 53 ஆண்டுகளாக நாடு, ஒரே அரசாங்கம் என்ற பாவத்தை எவ்வித பிழையும் இல்லாமல் திரும்பத் திரும்பச் செய்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது. 1969ம் ஆண்டு தொடக்கம் நாம் உண்மையில் நமது களங்கமான கடந்த காலத்திலிருந்து பாடம் கற்றுக் கொள்ள கொள்ளவில்லை.
ஏன்? நாம் நமது மலேசிய வரலாற்றின் இருண்ட பகுதியை மட்டுமே கற்றுக் கொள்வதற்கு தள்ளப்பட்டோம். மலாய்க்காரர் அல்லாதாருக்கு மே 13ஐ நினைவுபடுத்துவதற்கு நமது அரசியல்வாதிகள் இன்று வரை தயங்கியது இல்லை.
மே 13க்குப் பின்னர் சிலாங்கூரில் கம்போங் மேடான், பினாங்கில் கம்போங் ராவா ஆகிய இடங்களில் அதுவும் 1990களில் மற்ற இனக் கலவரங்கள் நிகழ்ந்துள்ளன என்பதைக் கூறுவது வருத்தமாக இருக்கிறது.
“மக்களே, நாம் ஏதாவது பாடம் கற்றுக் கொண்டோமா?”
நாம் கடந்த காலம் மீண்டு வந்து நம்மைக் காப்பாற்றும் என்ற நம்பிக்கையுடன் கடந்த காலத்தில் வாழ விரும்பும் மக்கள்  (அம்னோ/பிஎன் என வாசிக்கவும்) ஆவர்.”
நமது நாட்டின் வரலாறு என்ன என்பதை அறிய நாம் நமது அடித்தளங்களுக்கு மீண்டும் செல்ல வேண்டும். துங்கு காலம் தொட்டு ஹுசேன் ஒன் காலம் வரையில் நிலவிய நல்ல, நல்ல கடந்த காலத்தையும் நாம் மறந்து விடக் கூடாது. கொடுங்கோலன் மகாதீர் வரும் வரையில் அந்த நாட்கள் தேசிய ஒற்றுமைக்கு மிகச் சிறந்த காலமாகத் திகழ்ந்தன.
பல்வேறு ஊழல்களினால் மாசு படிந்துள்ள அந்த பிஎன் அரசியல்வாதிகளின் கரங்களிலிருந்து நாடு என்னும் முறையில் நமது வரலாற்றை நாம் மீட்க வேண்டிய அவசியம் உள்ளது. நமது தேசியக் கருவூலத்தை அந்த கோமாளிகள் கூட்டத்டை நம்பி ஒப்படைக்க வேண்டுமா? இன்றையத் தினத்தில் அந்தப் பகற்கொள்ளையர்கள் மேலோங்கி இருப்பதாக நான் அஞ்சுகிறேன்.
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