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August 26th 2008: Another Historical Day

Posted by nuruliman45 on August 27, 2008

The long-waited for by-election took place yesterday at Permatang Pauh. A day of long suspense filled the air as Malaysia awaited the results of the second close-call election of the year. As expected, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won his place back in parliament..!

The Star Online

Now, what does this mean…?

It is obvious that the rakyat is anticipating and hoping for a real change in the country by handing over the parliament seat back to Anwar. Trust, faith, belief of the rakyat is with you, Anwar….. Sorry BN! :-p



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Behind =Meet Dave=

Posted by nuruliman45 on August 19, 2008

I caught the trailer for this movie last week or something, and couldn’t help but take a sneak peek at this new comedy! Plus, who could miss a film with the hilarious Eddie Murphy as the lead actor!!

In the ‘Meet Dave’, Eddie Murphy plays 2 characters: The spaceship and the captain of this so-called spaceship. It so happens that the captain and his ship mates control this large ship (in the form of Eddie Murphy) and comes to Earth on a mission to retrieve back an orb that got itself on Earth.

In the movie, each part of this Ship(Eddie Murphy)’s body is controlled by a team of these aliens – the right arm one or a few of them, the left another team, the mouth several of them. Quite awkward, but that’s what makes it a movie!

Application to Real Life

You could see how in the movie, they portrayed how difficult it is to control this creation of theirs (the spaceship in the form of human) – to understand its surroundings, how to interact with other people the size of the spaceship, in what way to move the limbs, and much more. It took much more than several of them to control this spaceship! Even with that amount, they were unable to fully control the spaceship the way a real human being is like.

This made me think how we, humans, could function so well without anything inside controlling us inside our bodies, *LOL* πŸ˜€ …Probably with hundreds of thousands of little beings inside us, it would still be inadequate to manage a sophisticated creation like us. That’s the beauty of Allah’

s creations πŸ™‚ . Now, that was thinking about 1 human being. Why don’t you try keying in 1 x the number of the world’s population. That doesn’t include all the other living things on this planet – plants, animals, insects. Then there’s the microscopic world – amoebas, bacteria, platlets, AND MANY MORE!!! woah, I’m overwhelming myself!! phewh! The amazing thing is that HE (Allah) doesn’t need help at all controlling all this… SUBHANALLAH.

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Students Clueless about their Future

Posted by nuruliman45 on August 19, 2008

Due to the overly competitive world of high achieving, many students (yes, even university students) are clueless in what they want to undertake as a career. Students are clueless because they are confused between:

  • What they are interested in
  • What they are good at
  • What their parents want them to pursue
  • What they qualify to further in for their tertiary education

Careers of interest is important for a student to emphasize, but then comes the drawback of what parents want them to pursue and whether they qualify to further in that field. For example: Maria has been dying to be a marine biologist since she was in form 1 but her SPM results couldn’t qualify her to further in that area.

Another factor students should consider is a career they think they’ll be good at. In secondary school, most students can detect in what areas they are good at or in what areas they notice they have a bit of an advantage of over their fellow classmates. Choosing what one is good at is a great motivation booster when pursuing any challenge. Yet, some students feel that what they are good at is not their passion nor what they see can contribute to the kind of career they dream of. Then there are those who feel, “Why should I choose something I’m already good at, I want CHALLENGE, man!!”… to say that this is a very arrogant stand, couldn’t say so either because it all depends on the person themselves.

Then comes the common part where a student would plunge into an area just because it is the oh-so-longing hope of their parents. I have heard many of my friends during my school years, matriculation semesters, and even among my current classmates tell me how they ended up where they are/were because gave into what their parents wished for and nothing more; it was the only reason they had chosen what they had chosen. One of my friends went for Life Science in the matriculation to head for Medic, because she was like the last child in her family and her parents wanted to see one of their children become a doctor – and so be it!…she went for Medic.

Ok, here’s a biggy. This is what usually influences most students to become clueless: their examination results do not qualify them to study what they want. Some want to go for engineering but their Additional Math isn’t strong enough to get them into any engineering courses, for example. It’s usually from their SPM, STPM, Matriculation results when chaos starts and students are torn away from what they planned and anticipated to do and are obligated to further in what they are offered.

Which is the best option???

All these points get humble-jumbled up in these students’ heads and lastly, they feel that there are either too little or no options left for them. Hence, can become unmotivated altogether.

Now, out of all these reasons, which reasons would guarantee a student to choose a suitable career for him/herself?

Well, according to Talent Plus Asia Pacific managing director Dr William Wan, interest and passion is #1 in choosing a career.

Dr Wan feels that while worries about having a solid β€œrice bowl” are understandable, a career choice guided by interest and passion often results in a win-win situation. (The Star Online)

Yes, Interest and passion is absolutely the most important factor in choosing a career! It is obvious that whatever you pursue, if you do it because you have an inner passion for it, you’re surely go far. For example, if a student chooses IT because he is fascinated with computer programming, nothing could stop him from achieving because he loves what he studies. Furthermore, he wouldn’t have a problem building a career, because despite any obstacle, he’d find a living out of what he has a passion for, even if it means he having to open a business of himself. But that’s A-okay because he loves what he is doing! He faces no loss!

For those who do not qualify for a course of interest after their SPM, it isn’t the end of the world. Believe it or not, I have met many people who studied one area but ended up in a career which had almost nothing related to what they studied! Among them took up Arabic for a degree but I guess he found his true passion in the middle of doing his Bachelor when he started his own company at 22 in training and consultancy. Way off course, but he seems to be enjoying what he does now.

The important thing here for students (including myself) is to keep in mind something that they have a passion for and feel that they can spend the rest of their life doing for self-satisfaction. Hold on to that one thing, and GOD willing, that student can go far. Whatever comes their way, it could be faced because of an interest that the student could defend later on. The key is determination and perseverance in whatever one does.

In Islam, God is Ever-fair, hence whichever path a person endeavors, if they work hard, they will surely get what they deserve: a worthwhile return.

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Students daring?

Posted by nuruliman45 on August 18, 2008

ironic, ironic….

UiTM students marching to Bangunan Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah

(UiTM students marching to Bangunan Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah)

ironic, ironic…

(Some of the 5,000 UiTM students who held a peaceful march to protest)

Wasn’t it just several months ago that the government was saying how organizing protests and demoes are a part of the Westerners’ culture, not ours (Utusan Malaysia Online)? Well I guess it has officially been made an OK action to be made as Datuk Seri Prof Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah encouraged all UiTM branches to protest against (what most people believe is) the recent proposal of Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (Do you actually believe the manipulative media saying that Tan Sri Abd Khalid proposed this?…haven’t we heard about this opening 10 % UiTM quota thing long before this? think about it….). I repeat: PROPOSAL; nothing more than a proposal!

Can someone tell me… What’s the difference between this peaceful march with the peaceful marches before this?…You know, the ones protesting against the rise of fuel prices and all… both are bombs or anything………. nontheless, why were most people afraid to participate with the demo demanding lowering fuel prices? … while the demo in UiTM was encouraged? both striving for something right weren’t they? hrmmm…..

I just can’t understand what all the commotion is about when what Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim brought up was just a proposal; a suggestion…not more than that….but the whole country makes it like he had implemented the whole thing altogether… it would be different if Tan Sri was threatening UiTM to bring it up to the Parliment. Feel me, people?

Nevertheless, congratulations to all UiTM students involved in the protests for showing how easily you ‘melatah’ to a mere suggestion. I believe you have all started a wave of braveness for university students to voice out their rights… that is an improvement (although this was due to the highly obvious encouragement from the Vice Chancellor himself). It’s not long till amendments of AUKU has to be made as UiTM itself has made voicing out legal within campus territory… VOICE OUT UR RIGHTS!

Here’s what Datuk Seri Prof Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah advised a few days ago:

“I hope Malaysians will think carefully before they make their decisions and not be influenced by those who speak only for their own political benefit to gain the support of Malays.”

Yes… I agree with him… “don’t easily be influenced by people who speak for their own political benefit”… but do look at it at both sides of the game…. it’s not only one side fighting for attention here. UiTM students seem to be pulled and lured into being a part of the game of fighting for the Malays’ support – help campaign for BN in the up-coming Permatang Pauh election – congrats I bid to UiTM-students-involved-in-the-protests! Did they think of that? πŸ™‚

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