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Jan 23, 2017
1/1/17 TRIBUTE TO TOK NAN ..... where will Abang Jo heading?

1/1/17 TRIBUTE TO TOK NAN ..... where will Abang Jo heading?

My encounter with Adenan Satem, Tok Nan or my usual reference to him as Pok Nan, was very minimal. In my course while in the State Planning Unit (SPU) from 1986-1998 was never direct. I just know him from a distance. Personally I only met him was in 1999-2001 that was when I was the Resident of Bintulu. He used to pay a visit to Bintulu as Minister responsible in Agriculture Development. In his visit to Bintulu, he normally will called me to have breakfast with him at the Shell Rest House. In the very first of his visit, my meeting with him was very casual. I knew he loves to joke, thus my jovial attitude match well with his style. I remember, upon appearing from his bedroom he asked me "Where are you from Lah?". My answer was easy but annoying to him. "Pendam Tok". Definitly, I knew he don't like the word Pendam which means a graveyard in Malay. Personally I don't quite agree to the renaming of Pendam to Sadong Jaya. I love Pendam more than any names. In his normal innocence tone he further asked "Siney Pendam ya (Where is that Pendam)?". Again my answer was never straight forward for I knew, he was just wanting to break the ice. "Ala kitak yang tukar nama Pendam ke Sadong Jaya. Sik betul kitak ya! (Mmm you is the one whom changed Pendam to Sadong Jaya. You don't get the History right)". Tok Nan as Tok Nan, one can't really know when he is serious or otherwise at his normal day, he just smile and laugh upon listening to my argument.

(2) Tok Nan was a leader of his style. As I had written about him quiet sometime ago, he indeed was blessed by Allah the Al Mighty with two greatest chances. First, he get his second life, when indeed almost everybody had lost hope for him to recover from his heart attacked. Second, his political career indeed was finished upon his returned as the Minister in the Federal Government. He returned without a portforlio  awaiting for him. In most case, people had seen him as miscalculating his last political footsteps. Alhamdullillah, the Al Mighty Allah, His way of governing matters are always a mystery, Tok Nan

(2) In the same meeting, while waiting for him to come out of his bedroom, I saw an interesting book was on the coffee table, The Singpore Dilemma, the political and educational marginalization of the Malay community. For about 30 minutes or so, I was engrossed browsing and skimming the book. I believe, he may had been watching me for quiet sometimes before he made his gesture to me. He then asked me of what were my focus as the Resident. Indeed upon my arrival to take charge as the Resident in September 1999, my immediate focus had been onto the educational wellbeing of the Bintulu children. Definitely, based on my 1986-1999 experience in the SPU, my scope of focus then widen to no limit. With regard to education, teachers had been coming to see me to complain on all sort of educational facilities gaps in their schools. Schools were over crowded. In the far rural, schools facilities were really in bad shape since most of the schools were boarding types. Teachers quarters were also not sufficient and house rental in Bintulu was very high and not easy to get. Bintulu in 2000-2003 aws indeed going into its probably third economic boom. Accordingly, .... to be continue In Shaa Allah
Dec 22, 2016
3/12/16 THE WISDOM OF THE BIG BANG THEORY ..... Big Bang tiori apakah untuk merobah Melayu? (draft)

3/12/16 THE WISDOM OF THE BIG BANG THEORY ..... Big Bang tiori apakah untuk merobah Melayu? (draft)

The Big Bang theory is a theory that being postulated to explain how this Universe had been created. The theory says, in the beginning, this Universe is full of dust. Mere dust. Over time, millions of years back, all these dust due to their individual gravitational forces clustered together to form loose balls as the foundation to the formation of all the solid elements of today Universe. Thus, the earth was the clustering of masses of dust within the earth radius. The same for the moon, the sun and all the rest. How did someone having the idea of this Universe once was mere cloud of dust? Where does all those dust came to being? How do each of the dust particle generate their own gravitational forces?

(2) In the subject of Physic, it was hard for me to comprehend at the Secondary School level, that all particles are having their own gravitational force. Gravitational force is an inward binding force. In an atomic structure, this gravitational force keep the electron to spin around the atomic nucleus which are the protons and neutrons. Thus gravitational force is the power generated by the nucleus to keep the electron at a distance and yet binding. This gravitational force is denoted as g. The size of g for each particle or body is dependant on the size of the particle or body. Bigger body will have bigger value of g. Thus, bigger body will attract smaller body. Dust are indeed clustering of molecules, which are made up of atoms. Thus dust that forms particles, which then forms larger solid bodies indeed if one looks at it from both the subject of physic and chemistry, will explain how the Al Mighty had created and govern this Universe as such. A combination of atomic theory and gravitational force theory, then it is very simple to understand why the earth will pull the moon. The sun will pull the planets. But, then this assumption is neutralized by another theory, when there is a pull, there will always be a push. The g of a smaller body, will act to push the pull of the g of the bigger body. Thus this pull-push factor keep things apart. At those young age, I can't see the logic. Indeed, such is just a theory. A theory means, it can be true or it can be just an assumption. Indeed it is a assumption. An assumption with clear matured well thought basis. Thus to this day, such theory had never been rebutted. It is an acceptable theory, and from the theological perspective, even human being was created out of dust and earth. It was the great force of the Al Mighty hands that forced both dust and earth to form the solid human body. As for human, it was Allah the Al Mighty hands that formed the Big Bang while the rest of the Universe, He leaves it to human mind Big Bang theory as the rule for His mega creation. Indeed His later another Big Bang force ie Kiamat will transform all His creations into the actual forms that He really desires last.

(3) I presumed, human came to the theory that this Universe was created out of dust, has something to do with the earlier revelation of the Book of Allah, the Zabur, made clearer in the Taurah and Bible that man was created out of dust and earth. Such revelation inspired man to theorized that the Universe is made of dust. Man theorized the Universe creation by mirroring the origin of his own creation. Definitely now, we are closing to the theory that dust was initially forge of atoms which come closer to what again the Book of Allah, the Al Quran saying I created everything from water. In a simple understanding of the term water as mentioned in the Al Quran, which could mean forge, but in science forge could also be masses of gases ie mixed of atoms and molecules in the loose binding forms. Thus, I would believe, this creation of the Universe including man will have the profound tenet in the creation of water molecule from both the Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms. Probably, the Big Bang theory was just and idea that mass of water creation either had generated boom released or absorption of energy since in Chemistry, Oxygen and Hydrogen bonding only possible with the presence of heat. Thus, now come the question of  then how did Allah initially came about to these elementary atoms of H-H and O-O and the super heat to bind them to give lives or birth to this Universe? Well I left such to the future thinking of our humankind.

(4) Upon the generation of the loose balls, to the end, for those who had faith in God the Al Mighty, they then postulate such that in the hands of the Al Mighty, He created the Big Bang as a force to complete all his mega creation of the planets, stars and even the sky. In its simple sense, the Big Bang was the last mega forces used by the Al Mighty to further solidify those balls of dust to form the real solid components of the whole Universe as they are today. Such as I see it, is the theory of the West that we had accepted ever since. But my predicament, it is true, the Big Bang was not the only force used by Allah the Al Mighty to demarcate His H-hour of the Universe complete creation, but to me, such Big Bang was the force that Allah had deployed to make all these loose balls to solidify and as well to push them apart to their present axis. In short, the Big Bang solidified and  disperse all these solid particles to what and where they are today. 

(5) To me I agree that the Al Mighty had created every single particle doesn't matter what size it is, it has a gravitational force. Such force, attract and merge them together. But then they solidified, I would believe was due to the presence of the heat. The Al Mighty had used the gradual heating as the real force to accompany the work of His gravitational force in creating all the Universe fabrics. But then upon the completion of His creation, He than deployed a super heat wave across the Universe to do two things. First to further solidify His masses of dust-balls, and secondly to keep all those solidified masses to their distinct characters, distance and function. Thus, the Big Bang, to me was to finalize the creation and later to separated the earth from the moon, all other planets, stars and even the skies ie the Heavens. Well in this writing, let me just throw my hypothesis as such, and let now focus to the need of the Big Bang strategy to really take the Malays whom are majority Muslims to the great that Allah had wanting them to be.

(6) The Al Quran had said, He the Al Mighty, created things for the good of the Umat, if they are thinking...". Again in the same Al Quran, Allah had clearly stated, Look around you, surely you'll see guidance to your astrays. Such, I love to see and even to contribute to make the Malays-Muslims to be great as Allah wish them to be, and to do such, I'm wondering HOW? Thus indeed this theory of Bing Bang, gives me some wisdom on the HOW. SubhanaAllah. Thank to the idea postulated by the West on this Big Bang theory, though their thinking was devoid of the infusement of the element of Iman piety to Allah nonetheless, their brilliant came from no others but from Allah. Therefore, their wisdom I would believe, could lead us to discover a Big Bang strategy as the solution to take the present lukewarm Malays-Muslims on a fast track to mould them to their best characters and position as Allah wishes upon them. The Big Bang theory indeed is a theory that had place this Universe to its today most glorious state, as such I would like to expand such wisdom as the strategy to make the Malays-Muslims to be in their best state and position. In Shaa Allah.

(7) Indeed almost every day, Allah flashes His Big Bang strategy to signify for human to improve fast. Everyday we see lightening and followed by thunder in the far distance, yet such never or most of the time mean nothing to us except when flood or drought is on our door step. Indeed, the lightening, the thunder, turn the cloud to rain and even storm. With such, Allah change things to His desire. Thus, the Malays, the today Malays whom to me are in the dusty stage really need the big Bang to be great. The Big Bang is needed to drain and or water the suffocating flooded and or thirst drought Malays to the adeen that they should be.

(8) Today Malays, be they in Malaysia, Indochina, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei and even Singapore, they are in the dusty stage as in the Big Bang theory. Politically, economically and definitely in term of Iman, they are in a very dusty stage. All are still in the loose form. They are bonded in the loose form of clustering of masses of dust. Today Malays are mere clustering of dust. They are mere masses of dust. They are "Malays", yet they are Pattani, they are Cham, they are Sulu, they are Javanese, Bugis, Sunda, Minang, and I can say they are thousand islands of dust masses. Even here in this Country, they are Malays and yet thy are Kelantanese, Kedahan, Johorean, and many more. They are not a Solid Crystallized Malays. Everything about them are islands. Isolated. Discriminating even. Today Malays in both its narrow and larger sense are loose entities. Entities, plural, not singular.

(9) Allah, His Mighty, if one could see, is so obvious, Just look into the sky. There are a lot of loose islands of  cloud up there. There are thousand, even million of them up there. They are mere loose forge of water droplets. They are hanging islands and or islets in the vast blue sky. Only with the sparkling  lightning and roaring thunders all these water droplets will condense to form rain that turn into ocean, lakes, river and all sort of water bodies. But those are the natural forms of water. But as Muslim, who read the Al Quran, those are not to be seen from such a mere naturalist perspective. What are those signifying in the course of our duties as caliph as Allah had ordered? Indeed, to me the Malays are just the same. They are forge of cloud of water droplets.They are scattered in the Malay Archipelago. They are of multi-facets. They are indeed disarray of islands of cloud in the open Universe. They are still in the loose forms. As I mentioned earlier, today Malays, even in Malaysia or Sarawak, they are neither a solid rock that build the mountains or water fluid that makes the ocean, lakes, rivers and those sort. The Malays have yet to come to their most desired forms and function. Thus a Big Bang is needed to make the Malays to Allah the Al Mighty real wishes.

(10) Let look at the Malays from their present footing perspectives. Politic had divided the Malays to chaotic disarray. The Malays are political prolific, yet never to maturity. Politic is the source of the Malays disunity. Politic never bring the Malays to maturity. The Malays politic is about politicking. It is not about good governance. Accordingly worst, their Islamic thinking also had divided the Malays badly. Islam are interpreted either wrongly or narrowly. The pratice of Islam had shifted from to glorify Allah to self greed satifaction and egoism development. Islam had not been made an instrument to make the Malays a better Insani. Islam is a tool to satisfy greed and egoism development. Even worst, the mixed of Islam and politic are a subject of great abused. Rather, Islam and politic being treated as a subject of rationality, both are used to justify greed and egoism. In both case, the majority Malays are happy to be the subject of the manipulation of the minority greedy and egoism. But for sure it was neither politic nor Islam that made the Malays in disarray, it was the poor comprehension and manipulation of both that made them as such. Likewise, economically, the Malays are islands within their own lands. The Malays are diverse islands of economical distinct charateristics. Some are big and beautiful. Most are small, diverse and barren. All these islands had never being put together to form a great living land. The Malays left their land to the exploitation of the greedy and abusive. In the area of culture, not much is promising. Culturally, such had placed the Malays in long stress. Culture is not really about the best norms. Culture is imposed again for certain very narrow importance. Definitely in the area of culture and tradition, the Malays are also being divided into islands of hangging cloud. Thus, probably Allah last intervention before the Kiamat for the Malays to be what they should be is by the intoduction of a Breaking Point followed by a Big Bang.

(11) I would believe, untill and unless the Malays had realized that their sustenace Breaking Point is at their door step, then by nature they would wake up in a Big Bang way to react fo correction. Just as when one being put to almost death in the ICU then one will realize, time is up and he must repent to change. This is human nature, thus the Malays need to be made realize indeed, they are reaching to a Breaking Point be continue...In Shaa Allah
Dec 19, 2016
3/12/16 CAMEROON HIGHLAND .....diamond that is left sinking into the mud (draft)

3/12/16 CAMEROON HIGHLAND .....diamond that is left sinking into the mud (draft)

Within this year, I have been three times to Cameroon Highland. My latest was yesterday. My interest of visiting Cameroon Highland, is a little bit different from many. I love Cameroon Highland, for its gives me some inspirations to practice my farming and gardening skills. Many times, when I visited Cameroon Highland, I would be back to my Kampung with some new fruits or plants for me to nurture. In this trips, I collected the four commercial varieties of sweet potatoes. It's hard for me to get the stem cutting, but I would believe I could propagate the plant through the tubers. The four varieties that I managed to collect are egg york yellowish, the white to yellow, purple sweet and deep purple Cameroon. All these, adding to the Keladi Jembut which my grand mom used to plant and feed our family in those hard days of the 1960s. I found this Keladi Jembut at the roadside stall at Seberang Jaya, Penang the day before. I hope I could nurture them successfully and spread their planting materials for others to benefit, In Shaa Allah.

(2) In this writing, I'm not going to talk on those botanical matters of the sweet potatoes. My concern is to present how being neglected is Cameroon Highland. I have no statistic to backup the significant role of Cameroon Highland to the least Malayan economies if not Malaysia. From my numerous observations, probably Cameroon Highland is suffering equally negligence as Kundasang of Mt Kinabalu. Indeed economically, both are having similar socio-economic contribution to the National economies ie Agro-eco-tourism.

(3) Today, Malaysia is well connected to the world. Malaysia for its own strengths, is becoming one of the key global middle class tourism destination. Cameroon Highland (and Kundasang) is blessed with the cool evergreen environs that not only attract the locals but the foreigners as well. Green landscape and cool climate definitely something that the Arabs would appreciate much. These are something that most of them couldn't have at home. Their numbers coming to Cameroon Highland, I observed is increasing. Tropical ever green and cool climate, is what those from the West and Far East appreciate much. They love this tropical cool but sunny places. The Westerners had been to Cameroon ever since. The influx of the Chinese tourists is something that Cameroon Highland could be expecting more and more. Definitely the mountainous cool and colorful flora are what the Malaysians would enjoy most. Cameroon Highland is a place of family-based outing for the Malaysians. As such, as in its origin, Cameroon Highland indeed was the splendid seclusive for both the Western and Eastern Plantation management personnel to rest and rejuvenate in those colonial days. Today, such role had widen to cover all walks of Malaysian lives as well as the coming tourists. Accordingly, Cameroon Highland (and Lojing in Kelantan) supplies most of the demanded Vegetables, Cut Flowers and Fruits for both Malaya and Singapore. While agro-industry is the main specialty of Cameroon Highland, but tourism had made the place known to the whole Nation and the world. Lately, my observation, properties development is making a steady growth in Cameroon Highland.

(4) I can't exactly recall when was my first visit to the Cameroon Highland. But I believe, it must be around 1983 which being compulsory as final year botanist students then, we were required to submit at least 25 species of new plants to the Univeristi Kebangsaan Malaysia Herbararium. Cameroon Highland is one of the prime area for botanical specimens collection due to its high potential for botanical degradation. From that 1983 to today, in term of properties and business development, Cameroon Highland had changed alot. But what really concern me is the haphazard development of the whole system in Cameroon Highland to sustain the Place to be a major Malaysian tourism destination. Definitely, yesterday was a public holiday. And worst it is the school holiday. Malaysians are flocking to Cameroon Highland like ants queing back to their hive. The road was jammed upward and downward. The Brincang Saturday and Sunday Market sort of creating havoc to the whole system and it has been as such year-in-year out all through. The same with Tanah Rata. Definitely, the best excuse is peak period. Secondly, definitely the narrow winding roading system. Traffic control I would say almost nil. The Mr Policemen were only seen at time of the worst rather being there to manage traffic order from the very beginning. But my observation, the key major contribution of traffic chaotic in Cameroon Highland (and even Kundasang) is due to the lack of parking space. Indeed there is hardly enough parking space in Cameroon Highland to fit into the flocking tourists as well as to meet the local business transportation demand.

(5) At peak period, visitors will have to spend relatively more time on the road in the cars rather appreciating the true diversity and beauties of Cameroon Highland.  All these definitely will accumulate into uneasiness, emotional disturbance and definitely bad driving attitude and poor alertness for visitors. Going to Cameroon Highland at peak period is nothing but to enjoy the very bad traffic management. 

(6) I wonder, where are the local authorities, the Ministry of Transport (MoT), Ministry of Public Work (MoW), definitely the Ministry of Tourism (MoTo) etc to look at Cameroon Highland from a larger National economic perspective. Accordingly, from the few Christmas Greeting Posters hanging around, I would believe, politically Cameroon Highland is represented by Indian MP and ADUN. If such is true, that adds to my wonder where are the relevant authorities to make Cameroon Highland a better employment, living and rejuvenating place? No body seem to care much about this Cameroon Highland; the city of Cameroon Highland. Cameroon Highland is drifting to the course of capitalist greed. The local political representative, I would say either incapable and or complacent wrt Cameroon Highland development management. They are incapable in the sense, they can't do much to make thing better. Accordingly, they may be complacent for the fact that their voters are well taken care, despite the worsening situation of the overall Cameroon Highland. Thus I would say, politically Cameroon Highland is in the situation of the economically minor is having the majority political power. As such, Cameroon Highland is suffering from the under people-business power representation. My such presumption is based on a very simple logic. If one sees around, the Chinese and even Malays are much prominent in their presence in Brinchang and Tanah Rata. But how come, say they voted for Indian representatives. By norms it should be either the Chinese or Malays would represent Cameroon Highland in Parliament or DUN. And my best guess is there are much more Indians hidden among the tea plantation as compared to the Chinese-Malays in the Agro-tourism business. Those seem to be the Malays, are the TKIs. The Bangladeshi and Nepalese are making up their significant presence there as well. As such, I would say, the Chinese and the Malays are not making up to the numbers for any political change or even political power in Cameroon Highland. Therefore, as far as politic is concern, the Chinese and the Malays of Cameroon Highland are insignificant and things are politically determined by the majority Indian voters among the tea plantation system. Things at the tea plantations are improving well, the Indian communities and voters I would presume are happy about those, thus politically the present political representatives at the Parliament and DUN are rather complacent, but the urban living of Cameroon Highland on the other hand is suffering an under political representation issues. Therefore, the political will to change and make Cameroon Highland a better place is less emphasized.  That indeed I would believe the bottom line of the Cameroon Highland development management problem as of way far back and into the long future.

(7) The normal issues when Cameroon Highland came into the National limelight is all about the greed of those agro-tourism related industry. Nothing really come through to get all the authorities concern to act in such that Cameroon Highland indeed is the National diamond that should be crafted and polished to the best value. All seem love to look for scapegoat and let things die by their own course. Indeed when I talked to some of the business people there, a climate of frustration and hopelessness is high in the air. As such, seem to be normal in the Malaysian lives, when frustration and hopelessness are clouding their heads, the best attitude they would take is to be very indifferent. Therefore, Cameroon Highland is now facing a very high indifferent syndrome. People are just interested to care for their individual greed. This indifferent attitude would sink Cameroon Highland to be flat red mud into the future.

(8) Is it really difficult to manage Cameroon Highland (and Kundasang)? I don't think so. Thus I would believe then, such is not the correct querries of this Cameroon Highland development management issues. The most appropriate question probably "Has and is there being a serious effort by both the related State and Federal Government to really redress the present problem faced by Cameroon Highland? That again the answer is just the same, no, I would believe. Thus Cameroon Highland (and Kundasang) will be forever a disaster to enjoy and a much disastrous in the making.

(9) Well it is not really something that is easy say then done to turn Cameroon Highland into a best agro-eco-tourism places. Kuala Lumpur in the past had the same issues. So was Penang. I mention those, for they are much geo-demographically complicated and yet could be managed well. What needed in Cameroon Highland is the merging of public and private creativities inline with today market demand. What I could see in Cameroon Highland is the divergent course of public and private sectors thought and actions...... to be continued. In Shaa Allah. 
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