Monday, January 28, 2008

Sejenak bersama Allahyarham Tan Sri Megat Junid

Dalam kesibukan yang tak terhingga , sekilas terpandang di dada akhbar, Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub telah kembali kerahmahtullah. Memang berita ini mengundang kejutan buat saya. pantas teringatkan kenangan sejenak bersama Allahyarham ketika menjadi guru tuisyen Julia , anak perempuan allahyarham .Entah tahun apa ya ? 1997 atau 98...tidak saya pasti. apa yang pasti, Julia memang anak yang comel .Geram tengok dia yang berkulit putih kemerahan seperti allahyarham .Rasanya masa tu umur dia baru 5 tahun .Cerdik sangat tapi banyak ngilatnya bila waktu tuisyen. Sakit perutlah, laparlah...macam-macam alasan dia, membuatkan saya rasa tidak sampai hati untuk meneruskan pengajaran kalau dia dalam kelaparan. Biasalah budak kecil . Budak secerdik dia, rasanya tidak memerlukan seorang guru tuisyen. Memang adalah satu cabaran untuk mengajar Julia, bukan sebab apa, tapi sebab kebaikan ibunya Ziela dan Allahyarham yang sering mempelawa saya makan di rumah mereka.Dalam hati pulak terdetik juga "ini nak suruh bagi tuisyen kat Julia ke nak ajak makan aje".Julia pulak pantang ditanya, nak makan ke, ye saja jawabnya.
Allahyarham dari kaca mata saya, seorang yang cukup 'humble', very down to earth...sangat-sangat merendah diri. Rasanya sebab itu agaknya Ziela terpaut hati pada beliau walaupun jarak usia yang agak berbeza. Dan Ziela Jalil yang saya kenali dalam waktu yang singkat ini adalah seorang yang dikurniakan kecantikan semulajadi dan kebaikan hati. Sama seperti Allahyarham,Ziela juga seorang yang cukup humble dan tidak sombong.
Allahyarham sangat suka bercerita. Pada ulangtahun perkahwinan Allahyarham dan Ziela, saya yang sedang memberi tuisyen kepada Julia dijemput meraikannya bersama. Segan sangat rasanya masa tu sebab saya ingat memberitahu Ziela yang saya hanya berjeans pada hari itu, very casual dan untuk mengadap YB Datuk Seri ketika itu rasanya tak sesuai sangat tapi Ziela 'insisted' dengan mengatakan Datuk Seri jemput. Ingat lagi masa tu, hanya ada Ustaz Julia, Datuk Jins dan isteri serta dua orang kawan Datuk Seri masa tu. Datuk Seri menyapa saya bertanyakan dimana saya belajar, saya katakan saya dari Universiti Malaya.Dan menurut Datuk Seri dia juga dari Universiti Malaya sejak tahun 1970an. Rupanya Datuk Seri juga bekas seorang guru. Kemudian dia diperlawa oleh Tun Dr Mahathir menyertai politik. Kata Tun Dr Mahathir, kalau dia sebagai orang Melayu tidak menolong orang Melayu , sapa lagi yang nak tolong. Masa tu menurut Allahyarham Datuk Seri dia sebenarnya tak bersedia nak masuk politik sebab nak tunggu pencen dulu, tapi sedar-sedar nama dia dah tak ada sebagai guru , dah tukar jadi setiausaha politik Tun Dr M. Dan sejak dari itulah hidup dia jadi tidak tentu arah sebab perlu selalu 'travel' balik sampai malam-malam buta. Semuanya demi berbakti kepada anak bangsa. Dari cerita beliau lagi, saya sudah terdetik di hati....Tun Dr M dan Datuk Seri Megat adalah mereka yang ikhlas berpolitik. Tidak ada niat gilakan kuasa.Semua nya dilakukan semata-mata demi anak bangsa.

CERITA HANTU DARI ALLAHYARHAM

Dalam pada sibuk mengikuti Tun Dr M, Menurut Allahyarham juga , dia selalu juga kena kacau dalam perjalanan pergi balik utara ke selatan. Sekali tu katanya lagi, dia dah tak tahan sangat bila sampai saja di kawasan Templer Park, bau wangi mula menusuk hidung dia. Oleh kerana dah tak tahan, Allahyarham pun berhentikan kereta, lepas tu buka pintu luas-luas dan menjerit pada hantu-hantu yang nak mengusiknya....siapa-siapa yang ada dalam kereta dia di suruh keluar dengan segera.Kelakar pun ada bila mendengar cerita Datuk Seri, takut tu jangan ceritalah. Sebab cerita Datuk Serilah, saya terpaksa tunggu Datuk Jins untuk balik ikut belakang kereta dia. Tahu-tahu sajalah rumah Datuk Seri masa tu di Bukit Antarabangsa memang gelap gelita bila waktu malam.
Dan paling tidak dapat saya lupa komen Datuk Seri pasal cerita liar yang mengatakan beliau berkawin satu lagi. Katanya'One is not enough, two is just nice BUT three will be too crowded". Kata-kata itu sudah menjelaskan pendirian beliau ketika itu tentang poligami atau mungkin cinta Ziela sudah cukup melengkapi hidupnya.
Al Fatihah buat Tan Sri Megat Junid. Semoga keikhlasan Allahyarham Tan Sri memperjuangkan nasib bangsa akan mendapat pahala yang berganda dan menjadi bekalan di sana.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

angers prey on sweet innocence






By : Zainul Arifin













The search for 5-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar now involves not only the police, but also efforts of although caring Malaysians, including posters on the back of vehicles

MY 6-year-old daughter, Zuleika, is worried about the bad men who could break into our house to get her. It began when Nurin Jazlin Jazimin went missing and was later found murdered; it is now back in earnest with the disappearance of 5-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar.

She is also concerned that the guards who are supposed to patrol the neighbourhood may not be as diligent as they should be, or that bad men could eventually evade the security guards who would need to go to the bathroom at some point.

If I were to be home in the late evening and she was awake, she would ask a series of questions before letting me into the house.

"What is your number?" That would be my mobile telephone number that she now knows by heart. "What is your name?" would be the follow-up question.

I asked her why was she asking me those questions and she said, if there were a bad man who looked like me and pretended to be me, he would be found out rather easily since he would not be able to answer the questions correctly.

This rather cute sensibility, and I am not saying that just because she is my daughter, is nevertheless a manifestation of the influence of our not-so-innocent times on a child's logic.

But it is also an illustration on the manner of a 6-year-old's thought process. Hence we should not be too surprised if they were lured away by bad men and women.

It is thus our primary responsibility to educate them of the dangers that could befall them.

Zuleika's worries, which sometimes border on paranoia -- at night she glances often at the window near the stairs' landing -- is a result of my wife and I telling her often to be extra careful, especially with strangers. We told her of missing young girls who have yet to be found, lured by toys, sweets and promises of kittens.

She saw the images of Sharlinie in the newspapers, on TV, at the back of a lorry and on walls and pillars. She asked who the girl was and why her pictures were plastered everywhere.

We told her that if someone came to her school and said her parents were involved in an accident, do not follow him or her, unless they were her uncles or aunts. Go to her teacher instead was my instruction.

When stories of missing children became a common feature in the newspapers, we decided not to hide from her details of the dangers that are lurking out there.

My wife and I told her of bad men and women who would take away children and do nasty things to them. We exaggerated a little, of course, but we believed we were entitled to do so.

It is of course important to be vigilant, and all parents would have stories of near misses and fortunate turn of events.

We know that luck, or divine intervention for those so inclined, have thus far made it possible for many of us to have our children unscathed and unharmed despite misadventures in the kitchen, bathroom, park and the mall, when a simple twist of fate would have brought about unthinkable horror.

Thus, as much as some of us would be quick to judge the unfortunate guardians, we should all remember that safety is a kind of a "best effort compromise".

We must resist the temptation to judge, and instead work towards something positive.

The citizen-initiated Nurin (Nationwide Urgent Response Information Network) to alert the media and public in the event of missing kids is one such example.

I believe as much as we are vigilant as we can be, we are but a step away from making headlines, since bad luck can likely descend on some even as it lets the rest to fortunately escape.

- New Straits Times

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Despite Abduction Cases, Parents Still Lax On Children's Safety



By Normawati Muhamad Nor

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Despite the wide media publicity on the spate of child abduction-molestation cases of late, many parents still seem to take their children's safety for granted as observed at the city's shopping complexes.

Checks by Bernama at some hypermarkets and a departmental store showed that some parents allowed their children to run about in the premises while they were busy choosing the merchandise or talking on their mobile phones.

"It's not easy to watch over them...being children, they naturally like to run about," said a mother whose six-year-old child was playing away from her in a hypermarket.

When reminded of the well-publicised case of Muhammad Nazrin Shamsul Ghazali, 5, better known as Yin, who went missing from the Sogo departmental store here on March 31, last year, the woman who declined to be identified admitted that such cases could be due to parents' negligence.

Another shopper, Norbaiyah Mohamad, 33, said parents should be conscious about their children's safety at all times, especially outside the home, as an untoward incident could happen within a split second.

"It's better to leave them at home under the care of family members than to bring them to the hypermarket and allow them to run about. When something bad happens to them, we will be blamed," said Norbaiyah who held tight her child's hand while doing her shopping.

Jamilah Ahmad, 54, said many people did not realise the danger of bringing their children, especially the hyperactive ones, to the hypermarkets or supermarkets.

"Such children are difficult to control, so parents take the easy way out by letting them loose."

She said parents should learn some lessons from the child abduction cases including the latest involving five-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar, and the brutal sexual assault-murder case of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, 8, last September.

"I hope Sharlinie's case will be the last as a result of parents not being aware of their children's movements at the time.

"It's better that we change by being more responsible and cautious from now on, because we never know when an evil person will strike," added the retiree.

Meanwhile, Jusco Wangsa Maju branch Customer Services supervisor, Maziani Mat Sidi, said cases of missing children at the departmental store always happened on weekends, public holidays and festive seasons as it would be packed with shoppers.

"The children would cry after being separated from their parents who would come and get them, usually within 30 minutes, after hearing our public announcements," she said.

--BERNAMA

Saturday, January 12, 2008

My tight schedule

It's already 12th January. I never got the chance to wish Happy New Year to anybody. Starting from January 27th, meetings are all I need to attend. I can never be sure when will this be end. This year I got back the discipline teacher post which I hated the most but by being a discipline teacher my teaching periods will be reduced and no more form teacher clerical work which will give me more concentration on the teaching.That's the best for this year. Two other men discipline teacher will definitely lesser my burden.

Without a maid around, my routine starts at 5 a.m and ended at 12 pm.My previous maid had left a lot of damages to my house and things. It took a week for me to clear the mess she made. Was I the boss or she?Even when she was around, I was the one cleaning her toilet three times. Sakit hati but not having her around also will take me few days to get adjusted to work and time . Wanna know how tired I got this last few days....

5.00 am- wake up, prepare breakfast, solat , basuh baju and clean the house
6.45 am-hubby and arianna left to kindergarten and work
7.15 am- Sarah wakes up, ask her to take a bath,take breakfast
7.55 am- with Daniel along I send Sarah to her kelas agama
8.15 am- go marketing at nearby shops, feed Daniel , bathe him and put him back to sleep
9.00 a.m- start cooking
9.45 a.m- carry Daniel and left home to fetch Sarah
10.15 am- continue cooking while Sarah entertain Daniel
11.00 am- prepare lunch for Sarah and dress her up
11.30am- I prepare myself to work while Daniel crying for attention.
12.00pm- pack my lunch and Sarah's for recess time
12.30pm-left home to send Daniel to Nursery and Sarah to school
1.00pm-6.45pm- KERJA
7.15- reach home, panaskan lauk, makan , mandi ,pray
9.00pm-12pm - fold baju,cleaning again, ironing,and preparing for the kids baju for the next day.

My hubby complained I made noise by vacuuming in the middle of the nite. No choice ma... what to do. I asked him to wait for somebody to invent a quieter vacuum cleaner.If I didn't do that, the next day will be another chaos.

TIRED nya..............

Activating NURIN Alert for Nini

Citizens For NURIN Alert - a group of concerned citizens advocating an alert system in finding, locating and saving missing children -- is pleased that Celcom, LiteFM (and its sister stations), television stations and the print media have taken prompt pro-active measures in complementing police efforts to find 5 year-old Nini (Sharlinie Mohd Nashar) who has been missing since she was abducted at a playground in Taman Dato Harun (PJS) on Wednesday (Jan 9).

CFNA Jasni Abdul Jalil said in advocating the introduction and implementation of NURIN Alert (modelled on AMBER Alert, the original US mechanism), Citizens For NURIN Alert hopes that these bodies continue unabated in volunteering to fortify efforts to save Nini in the shortest possible time.

The action by Celcom and the broadcasting and print media is key in activating a system like AMBER alert on which the proposed NURIN Alert is based.

This will go far in the search and rescue for Nini.

Citizens For NURIN Alert is pleased with the swift and serious action by Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in appealing to TV stations to flash Nini's picture as often as possible and in warning her abductors not to harm her.

CFNA believes that time is key in the seach for Nini.

All that had taken place since Nini was reported missing on Wednesday has demonstrated the mechanism by which the proposed NURIN Alert works.

With new cases of missing children, CFNA feels that it is all the more compelling that an alert system such as the proposed Nurin Alert be swiftly put in place.

At this stage CFNA is working closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, a corporation and a unit of the Royal Malaysian Police as well as a group of professionals to make NURIN Alert a reality.

Citizens For NURIN Alert was formed following the death of 8 year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin in September last year.

Nurin was abducted on Aug 20 near her home in Wangsa Maju. Her brutalized body was found stuffed in a sports bag at a shoplot in PJ on September 17.

It was felt that not enough had been done to search for her and to save her in the 28days that she went missing.

CFNA felt that an alert mechanism modelled on AMBER Alert should be in place "to save the next child" as AMBER Alert had proven to be highly effective, and thus, successful in saving he lives of missing children.

Nurin's death should not be in vain. NURIN Alert is named (with her parents' blessings) after her and is in her memory.

CFNA's pro-tem committee comprise chairman Kamal Affandi, Jasni, and committee members Nik Farez, Nur Azrina Abdul Samad, Hanizah Hashim and Nuraina Abdul Samad.

For more on Citizens For Nurin Alert, click here, and here,.
Read also Tembam for an education.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Missing Child Alert

Sharlinie Mohd Nasyar or Nini, 5, went missing Wednesday morning after going to the playground at PJS 2 in Taman Medan, Kuala Lumpur at about 11am. New Straits Times writes that a police report was lodged the same day by father Mohd Nasyar Mat Hussain.

Utusan Malaysia reports that Sharlinie was last seen wearing a light blue tee-shirt and pink slippers. She is about one meter in height, weighs 20 kilogrammes, and has short hair with a round face.

District police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed also released the photofit of a suspect who had on Monday abducted a 6-year-old girl in the neighbourhood. Those with information on Sharlinie’s whereabouts, or on the suspect, to contact RakanCop at 03-21159999.

Bernama request that anyone with information on Nini’s disappearance to contact the nearest police station, or call her mother Suraya Ahmad at 016-2709096 or Mohd Nashar at 016-2583450

Pls pass the word around or post this on your site!!