src="http://www.mcoba.org/whiteband_small_right.js"> The Lighter Side of MCOBA: October 2005

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

MCOBA Management Committee 2005-2006


The MCOBA Management Committee for 2005-2006 was elected during the recent AGM in August 2005:

President: Tunku Datuk Seri Adnan Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
Vice President: Dato' Seri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas
Hon. Secretary: Abdul Razak Ali
Hon. Treasurer: Mohd Shukri Hussin

Committee Members:
Hisham Badrul Hashim
Abdul Razak Ahmad
Dzulkifly Mohd Zain
Tengku Mohamad Tengku Taib
Mohd Kassim Mohd Aris
Tunku A'amash Tunku Adnan
Nik Ismail Nik Daud
Dato' Mokhtar Hashim
Mohd Nasir Ali
Abdul Aziz Ishak
Bahari Atan
Hakim Hamzah
Hasnulariffin Hassan
Mohd Razif Abdul Aziz
Azli Abdullah

MCOBA was founded in 1929. This year, as MCKK celebrates its 100th anniversary, and MCOBA its 76th, while the world is in the 5th year of the third millenium A.D., the new committee will have to review the association's new vision and mission, its objectives and strategies.

To contact MCOBA, please call +603-2274 6306 or fax. +603-2274 3176.

This blog will update on activities of and share information on MCOBA & MCKK. Watch up for more postings in future...

Have fun and cheers!

Jak Li.