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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MCKK Speech Day, 29 July 2006




TITAH DULI YANG TERAMAT MULIA
RAJA MUDA PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN
RAJA NAZRIN SHAH IBNI SULTAN AZLAN MUHIBBUDDIN SHAH

SEMPENA MAJLIS HARI PENGHARGAAN TAHUN 2006
THE MALAY COLLEGE KUALA KANGSAR

29 JULAI 2006 (SABTU), 9.30 PAGI
DI THE MALAY COLLEGE KUALA KANGSAR




Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Salam Sejahtera
Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim.

Segala puji milik Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala, Tuhan semesta alam yang menguasai segala khazanah ilmu dan lautan pengetahuan. Selawat dan salam ke atas Junjungan Besar Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam, ahli keluarga dan para Sahabat Baginda seterusnya kepada para Tabiin dan para ulama. Semoga memperoleh ihsan di hari kebangkitan.

2. Beta bersyukur ke hadrat ILAHI, kerana dengan izin dan rahmat dari Nya jua, Beta dapat berangkat ke Majlis Hari Penghargaan Tahun 2006, The Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK).

3. Kenyataan-kenyataan dasar pemimpin negara begitu sekali menekankan kepentingan program pembangunan modal insan; dengan hasrat untuk modal insan di negara ini dapat diperkaya dengan pengetahuan dan diperlengkap dengan pendedahan agar bersedia bersaing di dunia global. Wawasan tersebut amatlah bertepatan dan perlu segera direalisasikan. Jika tidak, segala kenyataan dasar akan tergantung dalam bentuk retorik; lalu berlaku jurang antara yang dihasratkan dengan yang dilaksanakan, antara impian dengan pencapaian.

4. Pembangunan modal insan di era teknologi maklumat dan di era ekonomi berpaksikan pengetahuan ini perlu direncanakan selaras dengan dinamik yang sedang berlaku dari segi perkembangan teknologi, sains, sistem komunikasi dan penyebaran maklumat. Dunia ilmu berkembang pesat. Setiap hari terdapat penemuan baru, formula baru, cara baru dan pendekatan baru. Buku yang baru diterbitkan boleh dianggap usang dalam tempoh kurang dari satu tahun. Apa yang disifatkan kontemporari begitu cepat menjadi sejarah. Demikian fasa perkembangan ilmu dan fasa penemuan pengetahuan yang sedang berlaku di serata dunia.

5. Dalam menghadapi dinamik sedemikian, institusi pendidikan yang berperanan utama untuk membangunkan modal insan perlu bersifat proaktif melakukan penerokaan baru – merentas perbatasan baru. Kurikulum dan kokurikulum di institusi pendidikan perlu dikemaskinikan secara berterusan. Tenaga pengajar dan pembimbing pula perlu memperlengkapkan pengetahuan selaras dengan dinamik yang sedang berlaku. Kandungan pengetahuan dan kaedah menyebarkan pengetahuan yang dialami oleh tenaga pengajar di era mereka di bangku sekolah dan ketika mereka di alam universiti, mungkin kurang lagi sesuai untuk dijadikan model dalam usaha membangunkan insan di era ledakan teknologi maklumat dan pengetahuan pada hari ini.

6. Ada perkara yang dapat dijadikan contoh teladan dari perbincangan yang diadakan dengan Ahli-ahli Lembaga dan Pengarah Vajirawudh College ketika kunjungan Beta ke Kolej tersebut pada 15hb. Julai lalu. Beta merumuskan, Vajirawudh College amat bersungguh di peringkat perancangan begitu juga di peringkat perlaksanaan untuk mencapai taraf keterbilangan. Kemudahan fizikal yang terus dibangunkan adalah ke arah menyediakan prasarana untuk melahirkan pelajar terbilang. Kegiatan kokurikulum begitu pelbagai, merangkumi kegiatan sukan, seni, budaya dan kemahiran. Program anak angkat dirangkaikan dengan negara-negara Amerika, Australia dan New Zealand demikian juga dengan sistem penempatan pelajar untuk tempoh satu tahun di negara-negara berkaitan, melengkapkan usaha untuk meningkatkan penguasaan Bahasa Inggeris disamping dapat memberikan pendedahan kepada realiti dunia luar. Walaupun kurikulum pengajaran di Kolej tersebut tertakluk dengan sukatan pelajaran nasional, namun Vajirawudh College memiliki autonomi menentukan buku teks, bahan rujukan, kaedah pengajaran dan latihan amali; malah turut menerbitkan buku-buku mereka sendiri. Anak-anak pelajar di peringkat remaja lagi telah diperkenalkan dengan pengajian pemikiran strategik dan digalakkan melakukan inovasi.

7. Program pembangunan modal insan di Vajirawudh College memperlihatkan daya usaha, dinamik, keberanian dan keusahawanan melalui amalan fleksibel, terbuka lagi kreatif yang diamalkan oleh kakitangan pengurusan dan kakitangan akademiknya. Sebenarnya usaha-usaha yang dirintis bukanlah eksklusif untuk boleh dilaksanakan oleh Vajirawudh College semata-mata. Keistimewaan yang mereka miliki adalah autonomi yang membebaskan mereka dari karenah birokrasi kawalan pusat. Beta percaya The Malay College Kuala Kangsar, jika diberikan keistimewaan dan fleksibiliti, turut berupaya melakukan usaha yang sama. Hasrat mencapai tahap terbilang perlu disusuli dengan usaha - dengan komitmen; dengan memberikan kepercayaan dan meletakkan tanggung jawab kepada mereka yang sama-sama memahami dan menghayati wawasan; tanggung jawab yang dilaksanakan di kalangan mereka yang juga terbilang dan senantiasa mahu mengutamakan kecemerlangan; di kalangan mereka yang tidak mudah merasa puas dan terlalu cepat menerima kekalahan.

8. Atas hasrat demikianlah, pada tahun lalu, di Majlis yang sama, Beta telah menzahirkan pandangan akan betapa pentingnya program pendidikan di Malay College dilaksanakan dengan kaedah dan pendekatan baru, kaedah dan pendekatan yang lebih kontemporari. Betapa perlu MCKK diberikan peluang menjadi penggerak, membawa negara dan warga melakukan anjakan dan pengubahsuaian, agar lebih seiring dengan perkembangan dunia global, supaya sumber insan yang dibangunkan, lebih bersedia menghadapi cabaran di abad ke dua puluh satu.

9. Di Majlis yang sama pada tahun lalu, atas nama Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola MCKK, Beta menawarkan kepada negara akan kesediaan MCKK mengambil tanggung jawab membangunkan modal insan secara strategik untuk membantu merealisasikan hasrat dan impian negara mencapai taraf negara maju. Susulan dari itu, atas nama Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola, Beta telah mengutus warkah kepada Menteri Pelajaran menzahirkan hasrat tersebut, antaranya meminta untuk diperkenalkan kurikulum pendidikan antarabangsa seperti ‘International Baccalaureate’ di MCKK.

10. Pada tahun ini, atas nama dan bagi pihak Lembaga Pengelola serta warga MCKK, termasuk murid-murid tua, Beta mengulangi hasrat yang sama dan menzahirkan kesediaan secara kolektif warga MCKK untuk mengambil tanggung jawab tersebut. Anjakan pendekatan ini begitu kritikal dan penting jika MCKK mahu terus berada di persada utama dan jika MCKK mahu terus dihormati sebagai institusi pendidikan bertaraf perdana. Bersamalah diusahakan semoga hasrat dan aspirasi warga MCKK mendapat sokongan dan persetujuan Kementerian Pelajaran.

11. Beta menzahirkan ucapan tahniah kepada para pelajar yang telah mencapai tahap yang melayakkan mereka menerima penganugerahan pada pagi ini. Bersyukurlah atas kejayaan ini dan perlihatkanlah sifat bersyukur itu dengan memberikan penghargaan dan terima kasih sewajarnya kepada mereka yang telah banyak berjasa membantu kejayaan saudara-saudara, terutama sekali ibu-bapa dan para guru. Jadikanlah amalan harian ibu bapa untuk mendoakan kejayaan anak-anak. Kejayaan para pelajar turut mencerminkan usaha gigih dan komitmen para guru dalam membimbing dan mencurahkan ilmu. Semoga setiap usaha dan pengorbanan mendapat ganjaran dunia – ganjaran akhirat.

Wabillahi taufik walhidayah

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.



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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Point of View With TUN HANIF


Hubris and hope

Taken from The Star, 2 June, 2006

HUBRIS. Do you know what it is?” asked our late Cikgu Wilson as he took us through our MCKK Lower Sixth Form literature class in 1955.

And haven’t you heard of the ancient Greek saying, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad?” he continued.

Many of us that morning chorused that we had indeed come across that Greek saying, which gladdened the heart of our already exceptional teacher, lay preacher, poet, chamber music composer and alcoholic, all in one, later to become famous as a prolific writer, literary reviewer and raconteur under the pseudonym Anthony Burgess.

His earliest books, some of you may recall, were the Somerset Maughamish Time For A Tiger with MCKK and Kuala Kangsar’s denizens as its subjects, and the equally iconoclastic and irreverent The Malayan Trilogy.

But, to a man, we hadn’t heard of the word “hubris” and that further gladdened our teacher’s heart, as he was now definitely one up on us. He who had taught us that sometimes, for impact’s sake, we could do away with the verb in a sentence! He then went into the oft-discernible relationship between the word and the saying.

And as I looked over the past fortnight, how I wished that several of us would ponder over this word and this saying, as much as my classmates and I did 51 years ago. This is also a case for literature as a school subject, that it can mould our character and morals, our patriotism and rationality, provided the teacher knows what he is about.

I am sure some of you are riveted on the ongoing spat between the two proverbial “elephants” and you are dying not so much to hear my view but to see me get into the fray. Here I have to disappoint you.

It is not that the Malay in me is warning me that I am a mere pelanduk and should beware what can happen to one caught beneath two struggling elephants, but that it is reminding me of what my late father used to warn me about: “Jong karam, yu kenyang” meaning “When the boat sinks, the sharks are (the ones) sated.”

I therefore do not wish to contribute to rocking the boat.

For 35 years, I played my role as a police and security officer and risked my life and those of my colleagues and “men” to help maintain political stability – a precious commodity that, for investors, had distinguished us for so long in this region.

We must be careful, with emphasis on the word “care”, because that Malay adage my father warned me about is so pertinent to the present setting.
Can’t we hear the claps behind us urging us on? Have we turned around to see who are doing the clapping?

Many of us who understand the play but really care for the country are caught on the horns of dilemma: “Telan mati bapak, luah mati emak” literally meaning: “Swallowing (it) will kill dad, vomiting (it) out will kill mum.”

Do you realise that there are so many interesting dynamics going on in our country every day? Yes, it is so clear if we care to read avidly. MAS has a whistleblower programme in place that is winning the confidence and response of its employees. That is an additional nail in the coffin of corruption, fraud and malpractices.

Will other organisations and ministries follow suit?

The Director of ACA Pahang has admitted that people are unwilling to trust the ACA for want of a clear safeguard for whistleblowers. True but, from what I hear, that is only partly true; the perception of the ACA’s unreliability would seem to be the bigger factor. Could it be for that reason that the “close-one-eye” MP is not willing to lodge a report with the ACA on the alleged corruption of Customs officers, of which he claims to have proof? (The Star, June 29) Sad, very sad!

Now that the Works Minister has promised Parliament that he would go after the PISB personalities behind the Matrade fiasco if the AG, with whom he has been in consultation, points to him the way, the light on corruption and wrongdoing shines more brightly – not that I am pre-empting the findings of the investigation. Let us not cast any aspersion on anyone until it becomes justifiable.

Audi alteram partem – hear the other side – is a principle of natural justice.

How many of you are following the twists and turns of our resurgent parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the stewardship of Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad. Surely his stance has gladdened your hearts.

His resolute determination to ensure that the public gets their money’s worth of public expenditure makes us proud to have him at the helm. I am prouder still that he gives today’s Malay Collegians and MCOBA members an example of integrity and courage to emulate. In this time and age, he is indeed terbilang and gemilang.

It goes to show that it is not the mere existence of an institution that counts but what is made of it by brave and honest men.

Previous articles of Tun Hanif’s Point of View are available at thestar.com.my/columnists



Still as good as the old days

Taken from The Star, 2 June, 2006

I WAS back at my alma mater, the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, on June 10 to form part of the line-up of members of its Board of Governors, staff and students, to greet the arrival of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, and Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Michiko, who were gracious enough to include the visit as part of their long-delayed visit-to-Perak programme.

As it so happened, the MCKK of recent years has been encouraging its students to be at least trilingual and has provided facilities and resources for its students to learn a third language after Malay and English. So, it has groups of students at various stages of learning one of the following languages: Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, German and French.

It was such a pleasant serendipity for me to see the young students performing a vigorous Japanese dance – a fishermen’s or rural dance as far as I could make out – for their Imperial Majesties and then answering Their Majesties’ curious questions with both studied deference and quiet confidence. I am sure Their Majesties were pleasantly amused and I was bursting with justifiable pride.

The Malay College may have been established 101 years ago for the education and grooming of the children of Malay royalty and aristocrats but even when I was head prefect there from 1954 to 1956, there were just a handful of royalty among 592 students.

The vast majority were the children of smallholders, farmers, petty traders, penghulu, teachers, government servants, railway employees, soldiers and policemen who were bright enough to be selected.

Today, it is almost the same except that they are really among the crème-de-la-crème of male Malay students and many more than before are from middle-class families, reflecting the improvement in the lot of the Malay society in general since Merdeka.

Sadly, though, the physical infrastructure and resources of MCKK have not really kept up with changing times. Over the years its Old Boys had endeavoured to give it tennis courts, a swimming pool, a proper fencing around Big School, a network of fibre-optics and some computers that are now obsolete.

This month, they gave their alma mater a resource centre equipped with 20 new computers and a printer. But MCKK needs a bit more than these for its now over 700 students to commensurate with the quality of Malay students studying there and the Government’s desire to create global citizens who are outstanding and distinguished.

The library, for instance, is too small and is still caught in the ancient mode of my days with just a little bit more new titles.

Why are Malay Collegians and Old Boys of the Malay College not racial fanatics? In the “old days” it was because of our exposure to British and multi-racial teaching faculty. Today, when the teaching staff is almost totally Malay, how do Malay Collegians escape the embrace of racial fanaticism?

Part of the answer lies in the strong bonding with its Old Boys who largely eschew any kind of fanaticism.

Another reason is that MCKK has been playing home-and-away rugby games against its equally famous Thai counterpart, the royal Vajiravudh College, since the late 1950s.

As a result of these games, there is strong bonding among the boys and Old Boys of both schools.

In recent years, there has been a student exchange programme whereby groups of students exchange visits and are put up at each school for a week and with the students’ families in both countries for a further week. It is an amazing programme that has opened the vista of students of an all-Malay institution to a non-Malay world!

Last year, MCKK started an almost similar exchange programme with Singapore’s premier Raffle’s Institution. MCKK made the visit first; its students stayed in the RI Hostel for several days and played a series of two rugby matches on the first and third day. MCKK lost the first game badly. They didn’t sulk; they were not negative.

They recognised RI’s superior technical skills, coaches and facilities and, like true Collegians bent on bonding with their new Singapore friends, they sought to learn from the RI coaches and profited from it by cutting down the margin of their second loss quite drastically.

They also had two debating sessions that were kept friendly and were not adjudged.
From June13-16, 70 Singapore Raffles Institution students accompanied by seven teachers made a return visit to MCKK.

Under-15 rugby was again played and this time around, RI could only pip MCKK by the slender margin of 9-8, showing how much the MCKK players had benefited from the tips and pointers given by RI coaches last year.

But MCKK won, surprisingly for a Malay institution, both their under-15 and under-16 basketball encounters. Credit must go to MCKK’s basketball coach – my former PDRM colleague, SAC 1 (Rtd) Liew Yong Choon and, of course, to the players.

Man does not live on bread alone; he needs a sense of self-respect and pride born of high achievements and a belonging to or association with something superior. MCKK faculty and students certainly benefit from their exposure to Thailand’s Vajiravudh College and Singapore’s Raffle’s Institution, not least because it exposes them to the excellent standards and elitism of two non-Malay academic institutions north and south of the Malay Peninsular.

The bugbear is that it creates a yearning, a hope, for similar superior hard and soft facilities currently not available to the best Malaysian public schools. Our best students are not inferior in quality; their institutions, however, can do with better facilities and resources.

How can this be best achieved must be pondered by all concerned. As Old Collegians we refuse to play the blaming game. We must be positive, seek help and also offer to help. That must always be the way of MCOBA. Fiat Sapientia Virtus! (Let Manliness Come Through Wisdom!)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

MCOBA Presidential Address 2006


A NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF MCOBA
YM TUNKU DATUK SERI ADNAN TUNKU BESAR BURHANUDDIN


2005 has been an exciting year for all of us, as MCKK celebrated its first centennial. I wish to thank everyone who worked hard to ensure that all activities planned for the centenary were successfully executed, and to everyone else who came in force to support and participate in the events. And please convey my heartfelt gratitude to your fairer halves for their understanding and sacrifices throughout the year.

Yes, 2005 has indeed been a hectic but obviously exciting year for MCOBA, MCKK and all those who are associated with us. We organized many events to celebrate the Malay College centennial, which climaxed with the 26th March celebration at the MCKK grounds, complete with re-enactment of the elephant procession of 1897 and Watikah declaration of MCKK as a National Heritage as well as the reaffirmation of the Conference of Malay Rulers as the patron to the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

Among events that we had in conjunction with the MCKK Centenary celebration were: the establishment of MCOBA Institute for Leadership Enhancement or MILES; the 100-kilometre bicycle race in Kuala Kangsar; centenary art exhibition and auction of paintings at Petronas Gallery in KLCC; publication of a special supplementary issue on MCKK Centennial in major newspapers; launching and sale of several books, such as the MCKK Impressions 1905-2005, The Last Expatriate, LEADERSHIP But What’s Next, The Centenary Pictorial Book; exhibition at Muzium Negara and other locations; adoption of the geriatric ward at Kuala Kangsar Hospital; KL-KK treasure hunt; issuance of commemorative stamps and first day cover; initiate a Malay Culture centre in MCKK with the introduction of the gamelan troupe; and many other activities. And for a fitting finale, we had the very successful staging of the MCOBA Royal Gala Dinner 2005 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. To top it all, the Bargreaves Ballerz, which is officially recognized as the cultural/theatre arm of MCOBA, produced a sterling bangsawan performance that received rave reviews from the audience.

2006 marks the new century for MCKK. And MCOBA, being its proud alumni, is determined to strive harder to ensure that the glorious traditions and achievements of the College are sustained, if not bettered. In order to ensure that this vision is achieved, MCOBA itself has to be strengthened and must be willing to take a more pro-active role in the future.

The 2005-2006 Management Committee of MCOBA has identified and prioritized a few key critical areas that needed reviews and actions to be taken:

Membership.

Total membership is currently touching 1,800. Compared to an estimated 8,000 who had passed the gates of MCKK, the present membership represents only a quarter of old boys alive!

For 2006, MCOBA has planned a comprehensive initiative for membership drive and targeting a total of 4,000 members. The member recruitment drive is aimed to strengthen the MCOBA voice as well as bargaining power; to enhance the activities of the association; to improve networking support within MCOBA as well as vis-à-vis other alumni that share our aspirations to have a better future for this nation; to ensure MCOBA continues to remain relevant and stay in the forefront in the contribution towards nation-building.

There will be several packages available: simplified registration for busy ones; affordable installments for the younger ones; and a few other variations tailored for others. I urge that members will do their bit to encourage their non-member friends to register.

MCOBA is also keeping pace with the advancement of technology. Apart from having full wireless internet coverage for Penthouse, MCOBA is also upgrading its membership database system, as well as its membership card. The new membership card incorporates the IQ smart chip which allows for faster membership identification and comprehensive loyalty program. The loyalty program, which will soon be adding more merchants to sign up, shall offer various interesting packages and discounts for MCOBA members each time they spend their money at MCOBA and selected IQ outlets.

Review of MCOBA Constitution

A sub-committee for the revision of the MCOBA Constitution has completed a draft, incorporating earlier feedbacks, comments and inputs from members. The Management Committee will review and discuss the proposed draft before tabling for discussion by MCOBA members, and eventually to be approved in an EGM which will be decided later.

In addition, to address other issues relating to trustees and the holding of MCOBA assets, as well as owning shares in businesses, MCOBA is studying the proposal to set up a company limited by guaranty to run parallel with the association, whereby all MCOBA members will be the shareholder of the company, but their liability will be limited to the RM1 shareholding. This proposal is still in the preliminary stage but a draft constitution has been completed for first review.

We will inform MCOBA members when the final drafts of both documents are ready for members’ review and comments.

Business and Commercialization

In order for MCOBA to stepped up its activities and provide more benefits for members, the association has to strategize its financials. Currently, our sources of income are merely from the small proceeds from the annual dinner, and the lease from our MCOBA Building. By June 2006, the building will be free from encumbrances; however we do not expect much bigger surplus from the lease of office space since current market rentals are competitively low. Furthermore, our expenditures are expected to increase due to inflationary pressures, plus additional premiums we have to pay from our non-performing assets, such as the additional land we acquired at Batang Berjuntai. Hence, there is a need to re-look on new ways to source for cash inflow.

MILES Academy Sdn. Bhd. will come under the purview of this committee, until and if the MCOBA Berhad (company limited by guaranty) is set up. In the past two years of its set-up, MILES Academy has tried to use a few models for operation but was unsuccessful; now it has embarked on a new strategy for 2006: organizing quarterly Leadership (Public) Seminar, and monthly workshops, tea-talks, CEO breakfast talks, in collaboration with COMAT Academy, Carnegie Mellon and Universitas 21. In addition, MILES Academy will also kick-off a Fellowship program (limited membership of 500 leaders of industry from among MCOBA membership); MILES Academy will also offer consultancy and facilitation for top management level of corporations; MILES will also offer leadership enhancement facilitation at school and university level as part of its “pay back to society” program under the auspices of MCOBA.

Our other immediate plan is to set up a proper merchandise company to undertake design, production and sale of souvenirs and premium items, especially for MCOBA and MCKK. We will also offer our services to other organizations, such as other alumni, universities, and corporations through our MCOBA networks. Setting up this company will ensure that MCOBA will not be tied down to finance merchandise orders and sale, and proper accounting and stock-tracking will be established for proper governance.

Publication and Internet-based Communication

We are currently re-organizing our Berita MCOBA publication to be self-funded (or even become a revenue earner for MCOBA) through advertisement offerings. The committee is planning to regularize publication on fixed intervals and update the mailing addresses to ensure members receive their copies.
On e-communication, a task-force has been assign to re-construction the MCOBA website (www.mcoba.org) to ensure that it is informative, up-to-date, and serve members better by highlighting links to other sites maintained by those associated with MCOBA and MCKK. We also have plans to include a 3-channel MCOBA TV which can be used for corporate or individual advertisements (money generation), broadcasting videos on MCOBA activities, etc.

Public Relations and MCOBA Branding

We are looking into positioning MCOBA vis-à-vis contributions to nation-building. We have at different times been portrayed as the good, the bad, and the ugly. Well, it’s time that we manage what others may perceive of us.

Insyallah, we’ll come up with a series of program that support social contributions, such as the one we initiated at the geriatric ward at Kuala Kangsar Hospital. In addition, we have to strike a better rapport with other organizations, at all levels!

Redevelopment and Repositioning of MCKK

MCOBA, through the Board of Governors of MCKK, is currently in the midst of studying several initiatives to prepare MCKK in facing new challenges in its second century. Among the immediate plans are to introduce Sixth Form (or equivalent) classes, and to offer Arts/Social Sciences/Commerce classes for the upper forms. Proposals have been submitted to the Ministry of Education for review and approval.

In 1997, MCOBA proposed a redevelopment of MCKK hostel facilities, a smart-school concept, and to build a sports complex on a newly-acquired 11-acre piece of land. Unfortunately the plan was aborted due to the financial downturn. Now it is our intention to reactivate the proposal and we hope old boys will support us by donating generously to a Fund for this purpose. In the 1970s, Tun Razak encouraged and appealed old boys to support this type of projects for the alma mater. Once we get the outcome of a re-study on the redevelopment plan, and the green light to proceed, we will set up a bank account for this purpose—and old boys as well as friends can contribute what ever amount to be credited (lump sum or monthly standing order) to this account.


A New Chapter for MCOBA

I wish every one of us all the best in your future endeavors. And with your full support for our activities, I pray that MCOBA will thrive and continue to be a strong bastion for the Malays and the nation.


Pride, Passion and Tradition.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

MCOBA Royal Gala 2005 on November 26, 2005

REFLECTIONS OF THE MAKING OF THE MCOBA ROYAL GALA 2005
By Hisham Badrul Hashim

AS I look for the umpteen time the MCOBA Royal Gala 2005 playbill and rewind the precious Concert DVD, I couldn't help displaying a smile on my face. Three months of practices, long hours of "5 minutes from the top", the antics, the drama and tribulations of the making of the Royal Gala keeps flashing like a berserk film reel of the Cinema club. And the ecstasy was heightened, as I kept reading the rave reviews by Syed Nazri in the NST, which I have kept ever since that day. Funny, I'm still reeling from post-concert blues which is a feeling every true Ballerz would wake up to on the morning after every MCOBA Concert. That mixed feeling of euphoria and sadness.

And the feeling is amplified this year; what with the grand success of it all, and the fact that it was THE MCOBA Royal Gala, which was significant in itself--since it marked the end of the year-long MCKK Centennial Celebrations. The sadness in anticipation of the prospect of missing all the fun and action at Penthouse, since hereafter. The satisfaction of doing it together with 50 odd people (I stress ODD people) was indeed an experience one hardly can forget. I suppose it was the bonding of people of different ages, backgrounds, and batches that made it a worthwhile effort for a Malay Collegian like us. There were people involved that were just "sperms in someone's balls" when I left College. I was enthralled by the fact that we had young talents that need not go to "Akademi Fantasia". I was enchanted by people like Kechoque, Hisham Jambu, Kichi, Doc, Joe , Concon and Mat Poen, who fulfilled their ambition to be "ladies" on that night and show their talents. I was aghast and appall by the sight of Jo in his leotards doing the cha-cha. I was amazed by Amrul who had to deliver the most lines and even salvaging Pak Nik's line. I was awed by the presence of veterans like Pak Nik, Abang Amin and Najib for being there to carry on the tradition. I was thrilled by the slapsticks of Najib and cameo appearance of Zin Dahari. It gave me great pleasure seeing Arida and son, Shafiq performing on stage together. I was awed for the courage of Zaim Al-Amin who had to endure his bereavement of the untimely demise of his beloved mother, a week before the performance. When I asked him whether he was up to it, his answer was, " let's finish off what we started". I was impressed by Latt Shariman who had to do many things at the same time. I was daunted by Redza and Rizal for taking up a speaking part. I was inundated by the meticulous antics of Radin, Kipaw and Mat Noor for making it possible to perform favorably. I shall always be fascinated by the antics of Isham Rais and Palo Rossi at every practice. I was amazed by the hardworking crew members like Shahroy, who commanded the light and sound. As for easy going Abang Man, what can I say--he managed to pull it through. Above all I admire the tenacity and persistence of Saleh and his deputy, Mael for putting it all together.

All in all, it was indeed a fitting climax to the year-long 100th anniversary celebrations of MCKK. We managed to put up a definitive and seamless eastern-western infusion Broadway-styled musical Bangsawan, tracing the story of MCKK throughout the ages and the evolution of the characteristic and values of the Malay race. The conceptualized historical play stems from the title " Selagi ada peredaran matahari, bulan dan bintang " ("for as long as the sun, moon and stars traversed the Heavens"). It was an extraordinary show put up by a group of amateurs who on that night became Rulers, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Khadams, Siamese, Mat-Salleh, singers, petite "ladies" dancers, Indians, Chinese, "pak pacaks" and musicians--and who in the day are financial consultants, engineers, bankers, event manager, architects, quantity surveyors, lawyers, teachers, medical and retail specialists or hold other regular and normal jobs.

The success of the show reflects the multitude of talents acquired at school that remain hidden, surfacing only on occasions like the Royal Gala Concert show. All of them were volunteers who "stopped volunteering once they volunteered"--it was all about commitment and doing their best. They believe in what they do and doing it well was what they did. Realism to the minute detail such as shaving chest hairs on the "dancers" chest and having that "cleavage" was the order of the day. The musical was directed by the multi-talented Dato’ Salehuddin Hashim , or fondly Saleh, a respected corporate troubleshooter. And troubleshooting was what he did from the word "GO". The organization was worthy of an orchestrated strategic corporate maneuver with all its planning, managing, reviewing, and implementation. In the end, the show was worth waiting and watching. It was very creative and well-orchestrated. The long hours of preparation, practice and effort poured out obviously do justice to time well-spent.

From what was written, it was truly a great concert... The best part was when Salleh “psycho” each and every one of us to give our best shot--with a week left for the Concert, with his infamous words "...We have a CONCERT". After all, the spirit of Bargreaves Ballers was strong – the long practices, the "cirit-birit otak " rumble in Janda Baik, the Ramadhan retreat to Port Dickson, the family picnic at Ombak, the final touch-up at MATIC, the dance routines, the blending of music and acting, the last minute sound checks and heartaches at KLCC, appreciation dinners, newspaper review and also calls and SMS messages of appreciation from peers and outsiders--an experience that NOT SO MANY people knows. The MCOBA Theatre Group, or Bargreaves Ballerz as we proudly call ourselves (inspired by the confusing calligraphic of Hargreaves Hall at MCKK), is a group meant to facilitate exchanges of ideas, scripts as well as information on logistics, and also to ensure all year-long camaraderie amongst the regular `amateur veterans' of the prestigious MCOBA Annual Dinner & Concerts. Though the namesake was quite recent, we have been around since 1991. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of our establishment and the launching of the official Bargreaves Ballerz Corporate Logo. We call ourselves a Bargreaves Ballerz, a member of the MCOBA Theatre Group. To some people, we are just the clowns who made possible all the MCOBA Concerts, but to MCOBA, we are their cultural arm. Nevertheless, most important to us, this is the closest thing to being a Budak Kolej again.


Zaim Al-Amin subsequently wrote:

I share Hisham's inmost sentiments about this year's Concert. It could justifiably be known as the MOAC (Mother Of All Concerts). For someone who have been involved in almost all past Concerts (all but one), I can safely vouch that this year’s concert was the most special. I've been a Bangladeshi Worker, an Indian Government Officer, a Japanese Colonel (Sukamaki), a Lunatic, a fake Malay General (Hazami), a Malay Government Interviewer and others. But nothing beats this year's Typical Indian (Krishnan).

Perhaps it's the event in itself; being the curtain raiser for the MCKK 100 Year Celebrations. Perhaps it's the multiple Royal attendances. Perhaps it's the theme. Perhaps it's the huge (albeit initially spartan) ballroom. Perhaps it's the settings. Or perhaps it's the abundance of multi-talented cast this time around. Or perhaps it's the new Ballerz Logo (courtesy of Radin), or the new Ballerz T-Shirt (courtesy of Lord St. Bul), or perhaps it's the new Ballerz `Mawi' Cap (courtesy of S.A. Latt).

Or then again perhaps it's the sheer tradition of the Bargreaves Ballerz. The coming of age of a joyful spiritual group, consisting of men of different age and background, made common by each other's passionate commitment towards the MCOBA Concerts.

It's about the awesome sweeping power of our accumulated love for MCKK; of having shared the same balcony and common rooms, of trying to pay due homage to our beloved alma mater. In any little way we could. Of trying to be boys again. Even my wife and kids sensed it. That extra something; sometimes manifested in things like our Kopi Dangdut Dance done after each practice session at Penthouse. Or displayed in those exchanges between Lord St. Bul, Isham Rais and Rosli WooeR each time they crossed paths. Or on stage during the grand finale. Or on the dance floor after the Concert. At other times, you know it's just there.

That's why whenever the Ballerz get together, anyone could sense that this is a very special gathering. There's so much energy, the air seems to spark with electricity. We are all leaders in our own right, yet we all know when to work together under a common cause. That's the power of human synergy at its best. This year we even manage to form the Bargreaves Ballerz Futsal Team (Jerseys, Cheerleaders T-Shirts, and Red Bull courtesy of Lord St. Bul; 100-Plus courtesy of Shahroy), and we delivered a respectable performance during the MCOBA Futsal Tournament 2005, despite our lack of time to “java jive” and gel as a football team.
True, the concert can teach any young upstart the cardinal principles of event, financial, logistics and other management. What the people saw was a seamless, hilarious one hour Bangsawan performance. What they did not see is the hours of toil, sweat and countless other pains (Abang come, Adik also pain) that went with it.

Kudos due to Dato' Saleh who, as usual, had the answers to everything. And Abang Mail with his reliable efficiency that rivals that of the Germans. And of course, Abang Man who came despite looking like he needed to be warded for three weeks (he had fever, remember) and almost magically produced all the necessary “barco effects” and, later, the DVDs (rekod-rekod tak main la, oghe la ni dah pakai DVD).

And I always have admiration to people who had to brave against the logistics for their sheer determination and commitment: Najib `Jigger Jag' for coming all the way from Muar (todate, I can't really fathom how he did it, with the regularity of practice that we had); Abang Amin Al-Rashid coming all the way from Teluk Intan; Mat Poen all the way from Port Dickson; Amrul Hazarin all the way from Semenyih and of course, the champion this year is Arida & Sons (bunyi macam syarikat jual carpet kat Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) who came all the way from Kuala Nerang, Kedah. I suspect that even if Kuala Nerang was flooded then, he would still have made it all the same.

And of course I admire Pak Nik, who tried his best to deliver his lines which was always funny in his unique ways. And each time he forgot, it became funnier. And my hats off to Amrul too, for swallowing up any lines given to him and reproducing them perfectly each and every single time like a faithful tape recorder. And Bro. Razak with his `buluh perindu' voice and funny antics and authentic Negeri Sembilan dialect.

And the dancers; I am still amazed each time I saw their perfect gyrations that would make any self-proclaimed transvestite cry with shame. Their dance routine did justice to the majestic performance. And of course, Lord St. Bul’s and Arida's singing were simply fantastic. And the band was simply marvelous; never missing a beat from beginning to end. And to think we worried about them during the earlier stage of rehearsals! Add all that to Rehman Rashid's emceeing. And of course, his now legendary rendition of the song Ampun Tuanku (sung to the tune of “New York, New York”). He looked as if he was fresh from Broadway!

And of course, to my fellow Malaysian Wong Ang Kut (semua mau angkut) and many times sparring partner, the very special Sdr. Hisham Badrul Hashim. Nobody came close to him: he's holding the record `sebagai orang yang paling banyak memegang rekod'. No, seriously, if MCKK or MCOBA should come up with a record book of sorts, he'd be holding the record as “The Old Boy In The Most MCOBA Committees”. Just take a look at the credits at the back of the MCKK Pictorial Book; his name is deservedly everywhere. And that is not counting the sub-sub Committees like Jawatankuasa Ehwal Senikata Untuk Skrip (JESUS), Jawatankuasa Induk Latihan Amali Teater (JILAT), Jawatankuasa Utama Brainstorming Untuk Rehearsal (JUBUR) and others. And he's also a very active member in the Bargreaves Ballerz egroups, and we wouldn't be very much the same without him. Just look in the e-group archives; after every Concert he'd come up with delicious reviews; not unlike the last one.

I believe we've received rave reviews and deserving accolades. This we got aplenty from the newspapers, the audience, batch-mates and in my case, colleagues (there are 5 MCOBs in Protank). And there are these people, who used to pass negative comments about past Concerts; this year they're jealously silent. I consider that as a compliment as well.

In retrospect, this year's Concert was perfect. Right from the earlier meetings, the Brainstorming at Janda Baik, the Practise Escapade and Sembahyang Terawih at Cape Ricardo in Port Dickson, and the Full Dress Rehearsal at the MATIC Auditorium. And of course, at the end of the day, even the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre spartan Grand Ballroom was transformed into a majestic Balai Rung Seri.

Looking at the Royal Guests was enough to gauge the success of the Concert. Their Majesties (with the exception of YDPB Negeri Sembilan) came in harboring doubts and suspicions about this whole Concert; what with all the royal decorations on stage. They'd be thinking in their royal minds: either this is another boring modern Bangsawan attempt or an Instant Café-like show full of innuendos and jokes done in bad taste. This was heavily reflected in their serious and sober mood during the early part of the evening.

Even during the first few lines, they maintained their composure; and there was static electricity in the air--as if a little bad joke could spark off something ugly. I must admit that I was a wee bit concerned--Hisham's lines and mine could do just that--our controversial and racially sensitive lines could light off an uncontrollable flare within Their Majesties' table.

But when Amhari Keng came in with his funny Siamese banter, and Kechoque & Gang performing their lovely dance, everything went fine, and the rest was, rightfully, history. Of course, kudos as well to Zulkipaw, Radin, Mon, Shahroy and rest of the stage and lighting crew for a job well done…as always. Like the band, they too did not miss a single beat.

I'd hate to miss out mentioning names, so I am listing hereunder the names of each and every single Bargreaves Ballerz who have made the MCOBA Royal Gala Bangsawan play what it was.

In appreciation of the MCOBA Royal Gala Concert participants:-

Dato' Salehuddin Hashim (Co-Producer, Stageplay Director)
Mohd Ismail Ibrahim (Co-Producer, Production Design/Publications)
Zulkifar Sulaiman (Technical Producer)
Tunku A'mash Tunku Adnan (Music & Entertainment Producer)
Ezani Abu Bakar (Music Director)
Radin Shamsulkamar (Facilities & F&B Director)
Azman Mohd Yusof (Audio Visual Director)
Hisham Badrul Hashim (Script Coordinator)
Nik Ahmad Azmi Nik Md Daud (Asistant Producer)
Hishamuddin Rais (Assistant Stageplay Director)
Salazmin Salam (Light & Sound Director)
Zaim Al-Amin (Casting Director)
Ahmad Mohd Noor (Logistics Director)
Rosli Mohd Ali (Sound Tech)
Shahrol Nizam Yusoff (Crew)
Mohd Rais Abdul Rahim (Crew)
Sharil Fariz (Crew)
Abdul Razak Khalidon (Tuanku)
Tunku Ahmad Burhanuddin (Tuanku)
Nik Adnan Omar (Tuanku)
Amrul Hazarin Hamidon (Tuanku)
Amin Al-Rashid Abdullah (Chief Khadam/Memanda/Tok Perdana)
Mohd Najib Salim (Assistant Khadam/Memanda/Tok Memanda)
Latt Shariman Abdullah (J.P Rogers)
Amhari Effendy Nazaruddin (Kundasik)
Ariff Adry Adnan (Sami Siam)
Muhammad Hafiz Othman (Siamese Dancer)
Shahril Shamsuddin (Siamese Dancer)
Hishamuddin Md. Noordin (Siamese Dancer)
Mohd Dzulfrizal Zulkapli (Raja Rezza)
Hisham Badrul Hashim (Wong Ang Kut)
Shahredza Minhat (Wong Keng Kang)
Zaim Al-Amin (Krishnan)
Shaiful Azhar Ahmad (Chris Ananda)
Nik Ahmad Azmi Nik Md Daud (Night Club Singer)
Dr. Mohazmi Mohamed (Cha Cha Dancer)
Mohd Hafiz Ismail (Cha Cha Dancer)
Azlanhazli Sanusi (Cha Cha Dancer)
Malek Maulud (Mama San)
Rashidi Aziz (Sheikh)
Zin Dahari Zainal Abidin (Ayah Pin)
Ezani Abu Bakar (Keyboard/Saxophone)
Dr. Hanis Ahmad (Saxophone)
Raja Shahruzzaman Sultan Idris (Bass/Vocals)
Ahmad Ridzuan Dahari (Guitar)
Saiful Tahir (Percussions)
Nazari Khalidun (Drum/Percussions)
Shamshui Amri Omar (Rebana Ubi/Guitar)
Mohd Nasir Ahmad (Tabla/African Drums/Conga)
Mohd Shafiq Ahmad Ridzuan (Violin)
Eizrel Arizan Salleh (Trumpet)
Raja Abdul Halim Raja Shah Kobat (Lead Guitar)
Raja Zailan Putra Azam (Vocalist)
Azhar Talib (Hulubalang)
Nor Azmi Ahmad (Hulubalang)
Numan Mohd Salleh (Hulubalang)
Mohd Yazli Rosli (Hulubalang)
Azri Azizi (Hulubalang)
Md Shazaril Zakaria (Hulubalang)


Stay tuned for the next Bargreaves Ballerz’s event…

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Voice that's hard to ignore


As appeared in The Star, Friday, 28 October, 2005

TO THE POINT

A lawyer by training, politician by accident and corporate man by choice – that is how Datuk Seri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, 61, describes himself. The former Umno wakil rakyat is now into corporate governance and sits on the boards of a string of companies. On the lighter side, he also sails, listens to Italian opera and loves golf. But it is the way the president of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance shoots from the hip on issues close to his heart such as corporate ethics, corruption and the state of the Malays that makes people sit up when he speaks. He did quite a bit of shooting in an interview with JOCELINE TAN and KHAW CHIA HOOI.

You wear so many hats. Does it give you a headache?
Megat Najmuddin: 'Race-based politics distorts the political system and leads to polarisation'That’s the story of my life but it’s all about time management. I was a lawyer for 14 years before I went into politics and the corporate world. Basically, I’m very no-nonsense.

Nowadays, I spend more time on Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance matters than on my corporations. I am chairman of four public-listed companies and director of three others, all in a non-executive capacity. But I still have a passion for good corporate governance and integrity, for doing things the right way. I feel strongly about sound political leadership and policies.

Tell us about your foray into politics
My father was a founder member of Umno in Perak but it was my neighbour in Petaling Jaya, Mazlan Harun (son of former Selangor Mentri Besar the late Datuk Harun Idris), who talked me into politics. He asked me to help out in his division. One thing led to another and soon I was heading the Petaling Jaya Umno division – I won the post by just one vote.

I was appointed an MPPJ councillor for 18 years from 1981 to 1999. It was a long time to be a municipal councillor but it honed my political skills and my thinking about local governments. I think I know more about local governments than (Datuk M.) Kayveas. I agree with him to a certain extent when he said that it’s like a secret society. In fact, I can think of worse things to say about local governments than Kayveas ... but let’s leave that aside.
I was also assemblyman for Kelana Jaya from 1986 to 1995.

You are on the appeals committee of the Umno disciplinary board. You have strong views on money politics?
It’s not only in Umno, it’s in the whole political process, in almost every political party in the country. I was telling a DAP leader the other day that there is political corruption in Umno, MCA, MIC and even PAS which is in power in Kelantan. The only one left is DAP because they are not in power. If they are in power, they’ll find that there will be corruption in their party.
I think we’ve put the fear of God in them. The right signal has been sent to the membership – money politics or political corruption within Umno will not be tolerated. If the third most senior man in Umno can be set aside for money politics, what more others?

The Prime Minister has made a huge push against corruption
I think as far as the rhetoric from Pak Lah goes, he is absolutely correct. He is also trying to put some systems into place like the Malaysian Integrity Institute (MII). And now he’s looking at his own PM’s department, restructuring it to make sure it is more effective in its delivery system.

I think Pak Lah is serious. But what are we doing about it? What’s the Government doing? What are the civil servants doing? What are the rest of the Cabinet ministers doing? Pak Lah is trying his best and we must give him the support. We can’t allow the poor man to be shouting from the top of the mountain with nobody listening to him, nobody supporting him, nobody helping him.

I’m a member of the MII and also president of Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance. I’m also president of the Federation of Public Listed Companies. I’m not a voice in the wilderness and I want him to know we want him to succeed. We want to see good governance practised within the corporate sector but it cannot work unless there’s good national governance.

You cannot allow corruption to go unchecked. You cannot have a corrupt civil service. Why should the corporate sector be clean and practise good governance if national governance is corrupt?

You have said that State Economic Development Corporations (SEDCs) should be abolished
I have been consistent on this. I’ve been saying it for years. I even said it at a conference of SEDCs in front of all those SEDC officials and the Johor SEDC chairman was there.

What is so special about SEDCs? What is it that they can do that others cannot? I don’t think they are efficient. Look at their record and the performance of all SEDCs in the country. At their best, they incur losses; at their worst, they are disasters. They create disasters – that’s what I said.

Has any SEDC done well?
None of them have shown any results. The Government has no business being in business, especially when they appoint government servants, state secretaries and state financial officers to sit on the board of directors in SEDC companies. How can government officers do business and be regulators at the same time? It’s a conflict of interest.

The SEDCs are chaired by mentris besar – again, a conflict of interest there. He’s a politician, the No1 man in the state and he’s doing business on behalf of the state at a time when we are talking about transparency. They should close down. Those employed there could be absorbed into the private sector like what has happened in Johor.

Johor has no SEDC, you know. It’s only a name. All their assets have been transferred to Johor Corporation, a public company. You can say Johor Corp is probably the most successful. They are into plantations in a big way, hospitals and other businesses.

Have you upset a lot of people talking like that?
Of course they get upset but they know where I’m coming from.
But there’s no point just being upset. You must argue with me, tell me why we should not do away with SEDCs. Is it because of the bumiputra interest alone? Why are they so keen to keep the SEDCs? Convince me. Why should there be a public stake in private business? The Government already has a 28% stake in businesses anyway. All businesses have to pay company tax, service tax and customs duties.

How do you unwind?
There’s golf. I’m a single handicapper. I’ve been playing golf since 1970. My other passion is sailing. I used to have two sailboats but now I have one. I’ve sailed around the peninsula, up to Myanmar. I love nature, I love the sea. Rugby has always been another passion because I used to play the game. I was a national player and I was the University of Singapore captain for two years. I also love music. It helps me relax and unwind. I’m not chauvinistic in my appreciation of good music, good food or beautiful women.

You often talk about Umno having to re-engineer itself
It’s time we move forward. Umno should open itself up to non-Malays like what (founder president) Datuk Onn Jaafar initially wanted. Race-based politics distorts the political system and leads to polarisation. Umno can be the United Malaysian National Organisation. What’s wrong with that? Do we lose our identity as Malays? Do you lose your identity as Chinese, as Indians if you become members of Umno? We will still remain who we are. People are scared when I talk like this. They say: “It’s easy to say because you’re outside but say that at the Umno general assembly and you’ll be politically slaughtered.” But we should think about it.

Are you influenced by your Chinese wife?
No. Actually, I studied at a totally Malay school, but my teachers were mostly non-Malays. But one thing about the Kuala Kangsar Malay College old boys – we are never racist.

I suppose we did not face racial discrimination like Malay boys did in the mixed schools, so we don’t have so much baggage. Don’t forget I was also educated in Singapore so that helped form my opinions and thinking. I was in university before the NEP, I had to compete with everybody else. They didn’t lower the passing mark for me to pass my exams, I had to compete with the Chinese and Indians and I didn’t have any inferiority complex in that regard. I could have been married to a Malay but my thinking would still be the same.

Umno Youth wants a revival of the NEP
There is some basis to the proposal. We have not met some of the objectives of the NEP but there’s not much point shouting to the world about it. It could have been done in a quieter manner, through consultation to address the shortcomings in the policy rather than politicising it and playing to the gallery. Everything could have been done in a more mature manner without exciting people negatively or alarming others. It doesn’t help the Malays in the eyes of the world.

If you keep on coddling them and giving them crutches all the time, they’re not going to come out from the subsidy mindset. The right way to go is to have some affirmative action but the way it is implemented has to be different. There must be meritocracy among the Malays.

To be honest, the average young Malay is rather embarrassed by all the publicity given to this matter. Many Malay professionals – lawyers, doctors, engineers – they don’t need crutches, they can stand on their own. When I graduated, there were very few Malay professionals in the country but look at them now, some of the top surgeons in town are Malays, top lawyers, top accountants. There’s nothing to apologise for so they’re barking up the wrong tree. But I can see it's about politics, this playing to the gallery.

The 30% target of Malay equity under the NEP fell short. It’s only about 12%
To me that's a big success because we started from zero. The 1997 Asian currency crisis decimated the Malay participation in the economy.

Many businessmen fell by the wayside although there were some who were very cavalier in their attitude. I can name you a few but I won’t. Some didn’t add any value to their companies, instead they took value out of the companies. I’m ashamed of these Malays but in the main picture, the Malays have learnt their lesson and a new crop of professionals are coming up – top class people, highly educated and sophisticated. They can stand on their own and compete with anybody. So all is not lost.

Do you miss frontline politics?
I don’t miss the hurly burly of active politics. It was stressful and very bad on my family. My kids were growing up when I was active in politics and I missed their growing-up years.

Politics is a 24-hour job and you have to deal with a lot of trivial and petty things as well. My wife was not interested in it, she never took part in anything, she stayed out of the way. But when there was sorrow on my part, she felt the sorrow. If there was stress, she felt the stress.

Tell us about the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance
The idea came from the Government and I was installed the first president and still am. We suffered a setback because of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim. He was behind the idea as Finance Minister but when he was sacked it took time to put the MICG back on the government agenda because everything Anwar did was viewed with suspicion. We had to convince the new Finance Minister that this is the way to go.

We had been poorly funded from the word go, yet we were expected to move mountains. We didn’t move any mountains but we moved a few hills with the little funding we had. The MICG is supposed to be an advocacy unit as well as a centre of excellence for corporate governance. We also wanted to take on the role of training but the powers-that-be felt the education part should be taken on by the KLSE.

We thought of doing corporate governance ratings – whether they have corporate governance standards in their structures, in proceedings of directors’ meetings, in the proceedings of the officers in that company, the risk management, the internal control, things like that. But that went under the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group, which I personally think creates a conflict of interest. They are representing the minority shareholders, so how can they rate companies which are not treating the minorities properly?

Do you feel like a lone voice?
Sometimes I feel like I’m shouting from the top of a mountain and the mountain is shouting back at me, like an echo. But having said that, we’ve also done relatively well. Malaysia is rated quite high, internationally, in terms of corporate governance.

We used to be somewhere at the bottom of Asia at No. 97, now we are somewhere at the top. The level of awareness in the corporate sector for good corporate governance is there. People accept that we need it but the question is one of better results and performance. Still much to be done there.

(Datuk Seri Megat Najmuddin is currently the Vice President of MCOBA 2005-2006 - Ed.)

Exclusive: MCOBA Cohiba Cigars

Hi MCOBs and friends,

Merry Eid-ul Fitr, 1426Hijr.

For cigar lovers, here's a good news:

By special arrangement, MCOBA has been able to secure an exclusive shipment of Cuban Habana Cohiba Siglo VI cigars for the enjoyment of MCOBA members only. The supplier has even made it with complimentary markings of the MCOBA logo on the boxes and the rings. Each box comes with 25 sticks at a price of RM 2,000 per box. Those interested please contact any of the names below, and we will make arrangements for the delivery to you.




To purchase this limited edition cigars, please contact:

Dzulkifly Mohd Zain 019-311 6684 (e-mail: dzulzain@dz-assoc.com)
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Faris Najhan 012-202 7713
Lokman Johari 012-232 2263
MCOBA office: 03-2274 6306

COMING SOON: Another limited edition
Humidor selling at RM 7,000 for 50 sticks (packed in a 96-stick-capacity box).

Monday, October 24, 2005

Syair MCKK


A friend recently asked me "what's so special about MCKK, and it's connection with the Raja-Raja Melayu?" Well, for those who have the same question, I append below the Syair, a Malay poem, which was recited during the Centenary Celebration on 26 March 2005 (just when the procession of elephants was entering the MCKK grounds).



Seratus tahun telah berlalu,
Tersergam gagah, Malay College yang satu,
Wawasan murni Raja-Raja Melayu,
Agar negara makmur dan maju.

Empat Raja, empat negeri,
Di Kuala Kangsar mencemar Duli,
Berbincanglah Tuanku, pendapat diberi,
Agar Melayu memerintah sendiri.

Sultan Ahmad, Raja di Pahang,
Rombongan gajah dan hulubalang,
Merentas hutan dan gunung ganang,
Di Kuala Kangsar, sedia berbincang.

Sultan Suleiman, bersemayam di Jugra,
Perjuang kedaulatan bangsa dan negara,
Bijak berhujah, bijak berbicara,
Mendidik Melayu menjadi perkara.

Yam Tuan Negeri, Tuanku Muhammad,
Muda dan segak, bijak teramat,
Menuntut agar Melayu dimartabat,
Di negeri sendiri, negeri berdaulat.

Sultan Idris, di Perak bertuah,
Bersuara lantang, kembalikan maruah,
Mendidik Melayu di sebuah sekolah,
Menjadi pemimpin, pentadbir berhemah.

The Malay College sekurunlah sudah,
Di Kuala Kangsar nan serba indah,
Warisan bangsa dan negara bermaruah,
Wawasan di Raja sebagai wadah.

Perayaan ke seratus meriah berseri,
Raja-Raja berkenan mencemar Duli,
Bersama rakyat turut merai,
Sejarah dan budaya penghormatan diberi.

Watikah dibawa, niat nan suci
Gajah bertujuh gagah kemari
Sedia menyembah mengabdi diri
Bukti besar kuasa Illahi

Tujuh gajah dihias berseri
Angka nan ganjil dalamnya erti
Tujuh langit berperut bumi
Kuasa Tuhan kita insafi

Menjunjung kasih Duli Tuanku,
Atas sokongan diberi Tuanku,
Menjadi penaung Malay College yang satu,
Semoga Allah beri petunjuk selalu.

Kepada para hadirin sekelian,
Marilah kita sama doakan,
Wawasan dan jasa akan berterusan,
Sekurun lagi MCKK berkorban.


nukilan Jak Li

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Furore over the anthem, Negaraku

The recent furore over the government's attempts to keep fiddling around with Negaraku as they please has annoyed most Malaysians to such an extent that it is considered by many to be unwise to make any further alterations without the support of a popular referendum.

History of the Negaraku
(excerpts from http://www.answers.com/library/Wikipedia and http://www.national-anthems.org/)

"Negaraku" or "Negara Ku" is the national anthem of Malaysia. "Negaraku" was selected as a national anthem at the time of the Federation of Malaya's independence from Britain in 1957. The title means My Country.

The lyrics go as follows:
Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku,
Rakyat hidup, bersatu dan maju,
Rahmat bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,
Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.*2

This translates into English roughly as:
Oh, my country, the land where my life began
Its people live in progress and harmony
With God-given blessings of happiness
Our King reigns in peace

At the time of independence, each of the eleven States of Malaya that made up the Federation had their own anthem, but there was no anthem for the Federation as a whole. Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the time the Chief Minister and Minister for Home Affairs organized and presided over a committee for the purpose of choosing a suitable national anthem. On his suggestion, a worldwide competition was launched. 514 entries were received from all over the world. None were deemed suitable.

Next the committee decided to invite selected composers of international repute to submit compositions for consideration. The composers chosen were Benjamin Britten, Sir William Walton who had recently composed the march for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, the American opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Zubir Said, who later composed the National Anthem of Singapore. They were all turned down too.

The Committee then turned to the Perak State Anthem. On August 5 1957 it was selected on account of the "traditional flavour" of its melody. New lyrics for the National Anthem were written jointly by the Panel of Judges— with the Tunku himself playing the leading role.
At the time this melody was, while still the State Anthem of Perak, also a well-known and popular Malay song under the title, Terang Bulan ("Bright Moon").

The song had been very popular on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles. where Sultan Abdullah of Perak had formerly been living in exile. He heard it at a public band concert on the island, a song to a popular French melody, La Rosalie, originally composed by the lyricist Pierre Jean de Beranger (1780-1857), who was born and died in Paris.

Sultan Idris of Perak was invited by Queen Victoria to go to London in 1888, the year after he was proclaimed Sultan. He was accompanied by Sir Hugh Low, the British Resident of Perak and he took Raja Mansur, eldest son of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II Habibullah, with him as his ADC. When their ship reached Southampton a representative of the British Government came on board and asked Raja Mansur -in his capacity as the Sultan's ADC - to give him the music of the Perak State Anthem so that it could be played when His Highness was given a ceremonial welcome. Raja Mansur thought it would be undignified to reply that Perak had as yet no State Anthem, so he decided to create one. He explained that he had not brought the music with him but he could hum or play the tune if someone could take down the notes, and when the Bandmaster arrived he hummed the music of his favourite tune from the Seychelles. When the Bandmaster had gone ashore Raja Mansur went to the Sultan and told him what he had done and when they drove in state to Buckingham Palace he reminded the Sultan that when he heard the tune he must stand to attention himself as it was now his own State Anthem. From that day onwards Perak adopted this as its official Anthem and was probably the first Malay State to have one.

The tune was later introduced into an Indonesian Bangsawan (Opera), which was performing in Singapore. In no time at all, the melody became extremely popular and was given the name Terang Bulan. Aside from its dignity and prestige as the Perak State Anthem, the tune became a Malayan "evergreen", playing at parties, in cabarets and sung by almost everybody in the 1920s and 1930s. (Today, of course, since independence, it is not played as a popular melody, and any such use is proscribed by statute.)

Traditionally Negaraku was introduced with a short drum roll "which beckons the audience to attention, and heralds a stately pace, where the nation sings its pledges of loyalty to King and country. It continues serenely to express the unity of our multiethnic population and our gratitude to God for His blessings. And as the music repeats the coda section, praying for the safety of our enthroned King, then comes a stirring crescendo of drum rolls and cymbals, which culminates in a poignantly dignified ending."

The anthem was given a new quick march beat in 1992, which proved unpopular. Some Malaysians have gone as far as to say that the altered tempo resembled circus music, and was the subject of much derision. In July, 2003 it was reported in the Malaysian press that the anthem would be rearranged for the second time and the title and lyric would be changed from Negaraku to Malaysiaku. There was a public outcry of dismay and the change of name was scrapped, but the anthem was re-arranged and returned to the pre-1992 pace by composer Wah Idris.

YM Datuk Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, MCOBA, wrote:
Negaraku sebenarnya bukan diciplak. Namun terdapat kontroversi tentang asal-usulnya. Lagu yang dimainkan di gazebo di Seychelles bernama "La Rosalie", kemudian menjadi 'Terang Bulan' atawa lagu Setambul yang dipertikaikan samada keroncong Jawa atawa lagu Melayu Malaya, kemudian lagi menjadi lagu kebesaran Perak 'Allah Selamatkan Sultan', dan kemudian lagu kebangsaan Malaya/Malaysia 'Negaraku'.


Di muzium muzik Perancis di Paris, saya pernah bertanyakan mengenai ‘La Rosalie’ tetapi tiada yang boleh membantu mengesahkan iramanya. Saya pernah mencadangkan melalui tulisan kepada pihak atasan pada tahun 1993 untuk dicipta lagu kita sendiri dan bukan sebarang lagu yang dipertikai milikannya. Tiada hasil selain mantan PM mengubah sedikit rentak kelajuannya dari “slow march” yang pernah diperlikan oleh mantan Dubes Republik Indonesia di Kuala Lumpur pra-Konfrontasi Djatikusumo.

Namun oleh kerana Malaya akan menyambut jubli emas kemerdekaan dua tahun lagi, mengapa tidak didesak sang pencipta beradu usaha mencipta lagu kita oleh kita bagi kita?

Berikut adalah tulisan beliau (Mac 1993) yang menzahirkan harapan agar Lagu Kebangsaan Negaraku dan Panji-panji Negara diubah:

Tabik saya kepada yang berwibawa
Semoga diterima dalam sentosa
Suatu cadangan sekadar usaha
Untuk menjana kebanggaan bangsa

Malaysia menjelma 16 September
Hampir tamat dasawarsa ketiga
Tidakkah sampai masa dan ketika
Bendera dan anthem direka semula?

Lagu Kebangsaan dinyanyikan selalu
Berasal dari Seychelles kita diberitahu
Menjadi siulan orang-orang terdahulu
Sangat popular di hilir dan hulu

Awal abad di suatu hari
Kisah Sultan dari Cempaka Sari
Ke London baginda berangkat pergi
Menghadap Raja Inggeris pelindung Negeri

Sultan Idris Mursyidul-a'dzam
Pemerintah Perak Darul-ridzuan
Ketika tiba di Victoria Station
Disoal: How shall we play your Anthem?

Caranya Melayu menandakan daulat
Nafiri ditiup dipalukan naubat
Tiada lagu kebangsaan dibuat
Untuk berdiri bertabik hormat

Hendak mengaku tiadanya lagu
Tentu nampak kodinya Melayu
Disiullah baginda saat itu
'Terang Bulan' laksana buluh perindu

Nota disusun irama pun digubah
Istiadat sambutan diatur sudah
Bendera Perak pun berkibar megah
Anthem dimain di Buckingham indah

Sekembali baginda di Kuala Kangsar
Diperihal lawatan kepada Orang-orang Besar
Cerita keadaan yang hampir mencemar
Ketiadaan Anthem menyebabkan gusar

Dititahkan kepada jelata sekalian
Jadilah 'Terang Bulan' lagu kebangsaan
Liriknya disedia lantas dimasyhurkan
Lagu dinama "Allah Selamatkan Sultan"

Selepas 27 hb Julai 1955
Kerajaan sendiri pula menjelma
'Malaya Merdeka' laungan bergema
Anthem Negara pula perlu dijana

Diadakanlah peraduan lagu-lagu
Masuk pencipta seperti J.Boyles & A. Soliano
Terbitlah lagu 'Putera-puteri' & 'Benderaku'
Tetapi kesemuanya tak diminati Tunku

Maka Kabinet berfikirlah sejenak
Anthem-anthem Negeri pula disemak
Daripada sembilan adalah gamak
Yang boleh dipilih Menteri terbanyak

Masih terpukau dengan 'Terang Bulan'
Yang mendasari lagu Perak Darul-ridzuan
Kabinet memilihnya tanpa mengkelan
Sebagai Lagu Kebangsaan Persekutuan

Menjelang terlaksana gagasan 'Melayu Raya'
Cantuman Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak & Malaya
Soekarno yang iri menganjurkkan pesta
'Terang Bulan' dinyanyi untuk berdansa

Terhina tersipu si Kamaruddin Idris
Dutabesar kita hatinya terhiris
Maruah kita sengaja digilis
Dek tahana Bung yang dihasut Iblis

"Terang boelan di oedjoeng kali
Buaja hidoep disangka mati
Djangan pertjaya hatinja lelaki
Lain di moeloet soes lain di hati"

Demikian sebahagian senikata dinyanyi
Konon dari keroncong Jawa asli
Pungkoq digoyang sambil menari
Sesudah mengaib kita dikonfrontasi

Malaysia XXX dan XXXVI Malaya
Masih berkongsi lagu Negeri & Negara
Apakah tiada modal dan upaya
Untuk Anthem sendiri dicipta?

Terluang masa lima purnama
Bagi dihebah kepada semua
Memanggil pencipta masuk ke arena
Mencipta Anthem baru lirik dan irama

Seperkara lagi panji-panji negara
Berjalur 14 berbintang dan hilal pula
Putih biru kuning & merah menyala
Tetapi termodel kepada bendera Amerika

Barangkali bersempena tiga dasawarsa
Kewujudan kita senegara Malaysia
Bendera baharu wajarlah disua
Sebagai lambang Malaysia perkasa!


Nota-nota:
1.Dasawarsa=sepuluh tahun = decade
2.Seychelles= pulau buangan Sultan Abdullah
3.Cempaka Sari= pusat pemerintahan Perak dulu
4.Gusar=murka
6.Tanggal 27.07.1955=Pemilihan Umum pertama Malaya
7.'Melayu Raya' =gagasan awal sebelum 'Malaysia'
8.Kamaruddin Idris= Dubes Malaya di Jakarta
9.Lima purnama= dihitung dari 16 April 1993
10.Hilal= bulan sabit=crescent.

And hear these: (just click on the links)
http://paultan.org/wp-content/Mamula_Moon.mp3
http://paultan.org/wp-content/terangbulan.mp3

So what say you?

Adlan Benan Omar, MCOBA, pointed out that the ADC who accompanied Sultan Idris in 1888 was Raja Mansur ibni Sultan Abdullah; and not Raja Kamaralzaman ibni Raja Mansur as mentioned originally in Wikipedia. Raja Kamaralzaman was born in 1892 and died in 1962. Adlan added other interesting facts in history:

Sultan Idris made four trips to London:

1884: while serving as Raja Bendahara, he was accompanied by Hugh Low and Raja Mansur to ask for the return of the Perak alat kebesaran seized by the British from Sultan Ismail Muabidin Riayat Shah (1871-1875).

1888: at the invitation of Queen Victoria, again accompanied by Hugh Low and Raja Mansur

1902: to attend the coronation of King Edward VII, accompanied by Hugh Clifford and Raja Chulan as well as Raja Alang Iskandar (later Sultan Iskandar Kadasallah Shah 1918-1938) who was studying at Oxford

1911: to attend the coronation of George V, accompanied by Tengku Permaisuri Che Uteh Mariah, Raja Chulan, Raja Harun al-Rashid and Raja Abdul Rashid.

According to Raja Aminah binti Raja Mansur, it was at the 1888 visit that Raja Mansur instructed the bandmaster of the British Royal Navy to play the tune La Rosalie as the state anthem of Perak at Southamptonport in order to receive the arrival of Sultan Idris, then newly installed as Sultan.

In passing, amongst other state anthems used have been:

Johor - Dondang Sayang (1897) lyrics by Capt Mohd Said Haji Sulaiman (written 1910)
Selangor - Chantek Manis (1898) Raja Bot, replaced in 1908 by Allah Selamatkan Duli Yang Maha Mulia (D Ortega) and in 1960 by Duli Yang Maha Mulia (current)
N. Sembilan - Bunga Tanjong (1898) Berkatlah Yang di-Pertuan Besar (1911 - Andrew Caldecott)
Terengganu - Allah Peliharakan Raja Kami 1927 (Hashim Bakar)
Kelantan - Lanjutkan Usia Sultan Kami 1927 (MS Menezes)
Perlis - Amin Amin Ya Rabbal Jalil 1930 (Tuanku Syed Hamzah Jamalullail)
Kedah - Allah Selamat Sultan Mahkota 1937 (James Redhill)
Pahang - Lagu Pahang 1923 (Mary Sworder)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ucapan Takziah kepada PM YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Warga MCOBA sekelian mengucapkan takziah kepada
YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
dan keluarga di atas sekembalinya ke rahmatullah
Almarhumah Datin Seri Endon Mahmood.
Semoga Allah SWT mencucuri rahmatNya ke atas roh almarhumah.
Al-Fatihah.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

MCOBA Royal Gala 2005

Yes, as anticipated by all, the MCOBA Annual Dinner 2005 will be bigger than usual. This year's function will incorporate the Royal Dinner planned in conjunction with MCKK's Centenary Celebration. It's a 2 in 1! And we're calling it the "Royal Gala 2005"

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2005
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, KLCC

Price: RM 3,000 per table of 12 pax (RM 250 per pax)

Despite the steep hike in oil prices, the price of dinner per person is lower at RM 250 (RM 275 in 2004 and 2003). Nevertheless, the price per table is RM 3,000--a bigger table which can accomodate 12 people, so that you have more friends to enjoy the night with...

TABLES ARE ALREADY ON SALE, FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE, NO BOOKINGS ACCEPTED. Fast selling, 5 rows sold within first week!

The 2005 Concert will certainly be very interesting: a bangsawan, a story revolving around the sun, moon, and stars...well actually, as of today, the synopsis can't be finalized because the script keeps changing for the better, and funnier! Of course you can expect them to be funny: they are the Bargreaves Ballerz!



The website for the Royal Gala 2005 is still under-construction, so if you want to check out the site, be very careful, okay? Safety First. Click: http://www38.websamba.com/royalgala2005/default.asp

The King has confirmed attending and so do several other Malay Rulers. We've also invited the PM, DPM and MCOB Ministers. It'll be truly an event to be remembered, so don't miss this opportunity.

To purchase a table(s), please call:

Suraya, MCOBA Penthouse: 03-2274 6306
Hafizi @ Peejoun: 019-208 0156
Jak Li: 013-207 6500

Don't wait, Call Now!

Proton Gen-2, 1.6 H-Line MCOBA Special Edition

In conjunction with the MCKK Centenary Celebration this year, Azam Media Network and Proton embarked on a project to produce 100 MCKK Centennial Gen-2 Special Edition cars. The SE cars are produced in 4 colors--yellow, red, white, and black. The cars come with ABS, dual airbag, customized leather seat embroidered with a MCKK logo, leather steering wheel, customized interior, enhanced NVH (noise vibration harshness), new 15" alloy ream specially designed, full body skirting and rear spoiler, and personalized keychain.

Prices:
1.6 Manual Transmission, Metallic, RM 69,888-00 OTR
1.6 Automatic Transmission, Metallic, RM 73,888-00 OTR


The selling price is inclusive of standard accessories such as power window, central locking, alarm, air-conditioner, anti-rust, and CD player.

Currently, 40 units of 1.6MT are immediately available. Those who have made an earlier booking and paid a deposit will be given preference, while the remaining units will be sold on first-come, first-serve basis.

Unfortunately, our request for "MCKK" special plate has been turned down by the Transport Minister. So all current registration for the Gen-2 will be subject to the regular registration.

Sale of these special edition Gen-2 is open to all, and not just Malay College old boys! So MCOBs, go and get it now...

For booking and purchase, please call:
Arep Padillah 019-209 2222
Mohd Rizal 012-203 9505
Zainol Azmi 019-304 0119

Jak Li 013-207 6500


Financing available from Proton Edar. Documents required for loan:
1. copy of identity card
2. copy of driving license or a photograph (if buyer doesn't have a license)
3. latest 3 months' of pay slip.
4. bank statement of savings/current/fixed, and/or
5. form J of income tax, and/or
6. form EA, and/or
7. offer letter for employment

Setelah sebulan kita berpuasa,
Kini tiba masa berRaya,
Tepuk dada tanya selera,
Gen-2 baru tentu bergaya.

Safe Driving, everyone.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Raja Nazrin Shah's Speech, 6 Aug 2005 @ MCKK

Appended here is the speech by the Chairman, MCKK Board of Governors, Raja Nazrin Shah, during MCKK's Speech and Prize-Giving Day held on 6 August 2005:

(The speech is in Malay; sorry there is no translation to English)

TITAH DULI YANG TERAMAT MULIA, RAJA MUDA PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN
RAJA NAZRIN SHAH, SEMPENA HARI UCAPAN DAN PENYAMPAIAN HADIAH
THE MALAY COLLEGE KUALA KANGSAR, 6 OGOS 2005 (SABTU); 9.30 PAGI.


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Salam Sejahtera

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

Segala puji milik Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala, Tuhan semesta alam yang menguasai segala khazanah ilmu. Selawat dan salam ke atas Junjungan Besar, Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alai Wassalam, para keluarga dan para sahabat Baginda, seterusnya kepada sekalian para ulama dan para tabiin. Semoga memperoleh ihsan di hari kebangkitan.

2. Beta bersyukur ke hadrat ILAHI, kerana dengan izin dan rahmat dari Nya jua, Beta dapat berangkat ke Hari Ucapan dan Penyampaian Hadiah The Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) pada pagi ini.

3. The Malay College Kuala Kangsar telah mencapai usia 100 tahun. Kelahiran Kolej ini pada tahun 1905, adalah hasil dari pemikiran yang dirumuskan oleh Raja-Raja Melayu. Raja-Raja Melayu berpandangan adalah penting bagi anak bangsa, dibekalkan dengan kandungan pendidikan dan diperlengkap dengan penguasaan ilmu pengetahuan selaras dengan keperluan semasa negara dan dunia. Fikiran radikal Raja-Raja Melayu 100 tahun lalu, telah mencetuskan satu revolusi pendidikan kepada orang Melayu khususnya dan kepada negara secara menyeluruh. Sesungguhnya penubuhan MCKK adalah pemangkin kepada proses pendemokrasian program pendidikan di negara ini.

4. Setelah berusia 100 tahun, MCKK telah mencipta sejarah—telah mencapai tahap kegemilangan. Namun kegemilangan tidak akan kekal selamanya. Kegemilangan tidak dapat dipertahankan semata-mata kerana sejarah kecemerlangan masa lalu. Kegemilangan memerlukan penciptaan kejayaan baru, keupayaan untuk senantiasa berada di barisan hadapan, keberanian menerokai perbatasan baru, kesanggupan melakukan pembaharuan.

5. Pada hemat Beta, MCKK telah mencapai tahap kematangan untuk diberikan kepercayaan, menguruskan program pendidikan di kolej ini, dengan kaedah dan pendekatan baru; kaedah dan pendekatan pendidikan yang lebih kontemporari. MCKK harus diberikan peluang menjadi penggerak, membawa negara dan warga melakukan pengubahsuaian, agar lebih seiring dengan perkembangan dunia global, supaya sumber insan yang dibangunkan, lebih bersedia untuk menghadapi cabaran di abad ke dua puluh satu.

6. 100 tahun yang lalu, MCKK merupakan institusi yang berjaya menempatkan anak Melayu dari seluruh Persekutuan Tanah Melayu untuk diletakkan di bawah bumbung pendidikan yang sama. Perasaan orang Melayu ketika itu, yang begitu tebal bersifat kenegerian, telah dapat ditipiskan. Malah melalui proses pendidikan yang dilalui di MCKK, mereka membina satu ikatan persaudaraan yang kuat. Ikatan persaudaraan yang sangat diperlukan dalam proses penyatuan warga, terutama dalam gerakan memperjuangkan kemerdekaan dan dalam usaha mengisi agenda kemerdekaan.

7. Dunia tanpa sempadan dan perkampungan global adalah satu realiti. Negara menyedari, betapa pentingnya dijalinkan rangkaian kerjasama erat, di peringkat serantau dan di peringkat antarabangsa. Peranan negara dalam badan-badan antarabangsa semakin penting. Kepentingan negara di peringkat antarabangsa juga semakin menyeluruh.

8. Dalam hubungan ini, negara hendaklah terus bijak, mengatur langkah strategik, mengambil peranan sebagai pemimpin, memenuhi keperluan dan permintaan di persada antarabangsa. Negara harus berani dan harus bersedia, berfikiran lebih terbuka—lebih fleksibel, dalam melaksanakan program pendidikan. Kurikulum pendidikan yang diiktiraf di peringkat antarabangsa seperti “International Baccalaureate” wajar diperkenalkan kepada para pelajar di institusi pengajian tempatan.

9. MCKK adalah antara pusat pendidikan yang memiliki keupayaan untuk diserah melaksanakan tanggung jawab sedemikian. MCKK di abad ke dua puluh satu, harus dibangunkan hingga mencapai taraf antarabangsa; berupaya menawarkan tempat pengajian kepada pelajar Melayu dari serata dunia. MCKK bersedia mengambil tanggung jawab, menjadi perkampungan akademik bagi seluruh rumpun Melayu. MCKK mempunyai potensi, menjadi tapak semaian tunas muda Melayu membina rangkaian hubungan dan rangkaian kerjasama di peringkat global.

10. Untuk itu, atas nama Pengerusi Lembaga Pengelola MCKK, Beta menawarkan kepada negara, akan kesedian MCKK mengambil tanggung jawab besar tersebut; tanggung jawab membantu menrealisasikan hasrat dan impian negara untuk muncul sebagai sebuah negara maju; negara bangsa yang dapat berperanan aktif, menrealisasikan perlaksanaan program pembangunan insan di peringkat antarabangsa. 100 tahun yang lalu, MCKK telah mengambil langkah mencantumkan pemikiran muda Melayu di tanah air ini, melalui program pendidikan. Biarlah, Bandar Di Raja Kuala Kangsar, sekali lagi menjadi tanah dan bumi, tapak semaian yang dapat mencantumkan dan menyatukan pemikiran dunia Melayu.

11. MCKK di era globalisasi, di era teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi, di era ekonomi berpaksikan pengetahuan, perlu berani mengambil tanggung jawab lebih besar selaras dengan wawasan negara untuk mencapai taraf negara maju, sejajar dengan impian negara untuk menjadi pusat pendidikan ulung di rantau ini.

12. Beta mengucapkan tahniah kepada para pelajar yang telah memperolehi tahap pencapaian melayakkan mereka menerima penghargaan pada pagi ini. Semoga pencapaian hari ini, dijadikan tangga untuk memperoleh kejayaan lebih besar. Dalam kegembiraan memperoleh kejayaan ini, jadikan diri, insan yang senantiasa bersyukur atas nikmat anugerah ILAHI; jadikanlah diri, insan yang mengamalkan budaya berterima kasih kepada mereka yang begitu berjasa dalam hidup saudara-saudara, terutamanya kepada para guru dan ibubapa. Semoga setiap diri kita, dikurnia kejayaan, senantiasa mendapat rahmat, lindungan dan bimbingan ILAHI.

Wabillahi taufik, wal hidayah
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

PETROSAINS Opens Young Minds to Career Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry

Kuala Kangsar, 1 October 2005.

PETROSAINS organised a Career Day at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) for students and teacher counsellors from secondary schools around Kuala Kangsar. The 200 participants were given the opportunity to interact with successful professionals on various exciting career possibilities in the field of science and technology, especially in the petroleum industry. On hand to share their experience was a team of geoscientists from PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, comprising Rahimi Faizal Ibrahim, Yusliza M Sufian, Nurhakimah Mohamud, and Ahmad Faisal Bakar. The participants were also exposed to a series of interesting displays, presentations, discussions, and talks during the interactive and fun-filled activities brought to them by PETROSAINS. The PETROSAINS Career Day was initiated in 2001 and the event in Kuala Kangsar was the eighth in its series and the first outside the Klang Valley. It was aimed at promoting science and technology in the petroleum industry with the objective of offering the target audience an insight into developing their career path in this industry. Through endeavours such as this, PETROSAINS hoped to help in the development of creative and innovative thinkers, scientists and technologists. The Career Day was one ofPETROSAINS' initiatives to help and encourage youths to pursue knowledge and broaden their experience in order to excel in today's K-economy and to meet the challenges of globalisation.In his welcoming remarks, PETROSAINS Head of Programmes, Encik KamaruddinKassim, explained that it has always been one of PETROSAINS' main objectives to contribute to PETRONAS' effort in producing a more innovative, professional and science literate workforce for the future.

"At PETROSAINS, we see education and information as key success factors in realising this process. Thus, we focus our efforts on the young and their influencers, namely their parents and teachers. The imagination, ideals and energy of young people represent a vital source for the continuing development of our community and country. We can help make a difference by informing, sharing knowledge, encouraging participation and showing them that they have an important role to play in meeting the challenges of the new millennium," he said. "The energy business is unique as it not only has a huge impact on global development, it also offers international career prospects and outstanding challenges. PETRONAS is at the heart of the energy and petrochemical business, and is one of the country's most successful organisations. With that, we always recognise that we are also a part of society and that our success as an organisation is intimately linked to that of society. So, at PETRONAS we are totally committed to a business strategy that always balances profits with principles. A career with PETRONAS promises vast opportunities, continuous challenge as well as personal and professional growth. The PETROSAINS Career Day highlighted some of the opportunities available not only in PETRONAS and the petroleum industry, but also science- and technology-driven industries as a whole," said En Kamaruddin.

Report by
Ariff Adry Adnan @ bullet Class of '97
Business Development
Petronas MITCO