Thursday, June 28, 2012

First Convocation Ceremony of MASA College at PICC on June 27, 2012

      The photos were taken at the First Convocation of Kolej MASA held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC on June 27, 2012.  It was officially declared open by Y.B Dato' S.K. Devamany, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and attended by the Board of Directors, Heads of Faculties, academis and administrative staff, graduates, parents, representative of the media and invited guests.  Y. Bhg Colonel Prof. Dato' Dr Kamaruddin Kachar and I were among the invited guests.
    The 86 graduating diplomates were made up from 17 in Corporate Administration, 11 Executive Secretaryship, 39 Hospitality Management and 19 Information Technology.  The College also recognised and conferred awards for Best Student for Faculties and Best Student for Co-curriculum and Leadership.
   I was given the honour of giving the opening address at the Convocation. The content of the address is given below:  

  "Let me, first of all, take the opportunity to congratulate the Management of Kolej  MASA for this historic First Convocation of the Kolej after taking over the administration of the College from Stamford in 2008.
 2.   Secondly, let me extend my heartiest congratulations to the the graduates who have     successfully fulfilled their requirements for the diploma in Information Technology, Hospitality Management, Corporate Administration and Secretaryship. Your completion of this diploma course is an achievement to yourself and brings a feeling of pride to your parents and members of your family.

 3.  I am grateful and appreciative to have been invited to attend and  deliver a speech at this auspicious occasion.  I accepted it, firstly, as it provides an ULAMA like me to share my experiences and wisdom if there is any, with the Y Generation. Secondly, it provides the opportunity to interact with young people and makes one feel young, and thirdly, this is a social event that you  meet old friends and make new ones.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

4.   Allow this ULAMA to share with you, particularly the young graduates, on his experiences of  how to TO LIVE A BALANCED, HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE.

Balanced Living  - 
(a) good physical health through regular exercises,  proper diet and adequate rest. Exercises – all parts of body – head, eyes, teeth, arms, legs at least three times a week. There are many types of exercises and sports – from walking, jogging, swimming, cycling to sports such as tennis, badminton, squash etc. There are also healthy recreational activities that one can get involved in – gardening, trekking, fishing, bird watching,  hill/mountain climbing etc. Parks, forests, green hills , rivers and lakes are around you and desirous of your visits.  Pick an activity/ a mixture of activities that you like, are simple, do not involve too much expenses and convenient. Do it. Exercises improve blood circulation, reduce cholesterol and heart diseases, develop muscles and joints, manage stress and premature aging, increase fitness and the enjoyment of life.  I jog and swim and whenever I have time I get to the forests and hills to trek.  Proper/Balanced diet – drink plenty of water, have fruits and vegetable juices in the morning, serve fish dishes more often, and build up your energy and stamina consuming local herbs. Fruits and vegetables particularly the coloured varieties like carrot, tomatoes, celery, pegaga, kunyit, halia, terung pipit, keledek, ulam raja, belimbing buloh are rich in anti-oxidants (anti-oxidants are good for antiaging, enhance immune system, build resistance to age-dependent diseases).  Local herbs such as pegaga, hempedu bumi, lemongrass, tongkat ali, cinnamon, ginger, misai kucing, green tea have pharmaceutical values and health values.  

(b) Mental/ Intellectual – reading – read any subject of interest whether it is biography, travel, health, religion,  philosophy, politics, nature etc. Find time to share your experiences by writing.  Always carry a camera and note-book with you.  For instance, like today’s event, take photos and notes on the key points/happenings of the Event. Download the photos and notes and create files in your computer as soon as possible.  Keep these files until you have enough materials to publish them as hard- copy books or e books or share them with readers in the social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs. Be discipline in keeping these records/files.  After a period of time you look back with satisfaction the records of your activities.  These  bring you HAPPINESS.... Having gone through the curriculum of the diploma you have completed one aspect of learning and acquiring skill in your respective fields, at the College. But this is not the end of learning.  Continue reading, acquiring new skill and knowledge and make learning LIFE-LONG.

(c) Spiritual :  The Scout Laws provide guideline to the spiritual part of living.  I was a scout in the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star and until recently I served in the Council and the Executive Committee of Scouts  Association of Malaysia.  I attribute the Scouts Movement  that have moulded my philosophy and practices of balanced living.   Among other things the Scouts taught me to be trustworthy; loyal to DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong, the Country and Parents; useful and to help others; friendly to all regardless of colour, class or creed; courteous; environment friendly; obedient to parents and leaders; be thrifty; clean in thought, words and deeds.

(d) Social – association with people, friends, community work.
5.  Happiness and Enjoyment are recognised as the main purpose of living.  It is not something that will just happen but it has got to be worked out and achieved.  Life is something to be enjoyed and lived rather than a journey of suffering to be endured on the way to better things.  Aristotle, the Greek philosopher has been quoted to have said ‘The ultimate aim of all human action is HAPPINESS.  In his book ‘The Happiness Purpose’ published in 1977, the lateral thinker, Edward de Bono, expressed similar sentiment and that ‘The legitimate purpose of life is HAPPINESS and the best foundation for happiness is self-importance’.  Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement in his book ‘Rovering to Success’ reiterated that ‘ I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life.  Happiness doesn’t come from being rich nor merely from being successful in your career nor by self-indulgence.  One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and can enjoy life when you are a man’.....’this is the true joy in life – that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.  That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clock of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve to hold up for the moment and I want it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations’ (George Bernard Shaw).

6.  In concluding,  the overriding purpose of life is HAPPINESS and the keys to achieve it are:
     (a) Good Health – participate in easy and simple exercises, sports and recreational activities on regular basis; have proper and balanced diet and ensure having adequate rest

     (b) Getting involved in exciting activities such as  intellectual, art, culture, religious, gardening, travels, environment (tree planting)
     (c) Practice Balanced Living – physical, intellectual, spiritual and social

     (d) Supercharge thinking through reading – expose to various experiences, practices, words of wisdom of philosophers, leaders, teachers etc which become the driving force to unlock the talents within you
     (e) Change Thinking – choose, act, talk to be productive, healthy, exciting and happy

     (f) Commit to Excellence in Whatever You Do – profession, hobbies, sports, writing

     (g) Share and Write About Your Experiences



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Outward Bound School Sabah - 28th Meeting of the Board of Trustees

1.  The 28th The Outward Bound Trust of Sabah (OBS) was held on June 19, 2012 and attended by members of the Board and the staff.  The highlights of the meeting was the Chairman's Report, which covered the activities being undertaken by the OBS throughout the year of 2011.  The Chairman, YBhg Dato' Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin considers 2011 an exciting and successful year for OBS as it has conducted a record number of courses (120)  yielding a corresponding highest amount of course fees ever achieved at RM 1.3 million.  What was more remarkable was the fact that this was achieved with limited resources and the small manpower manning it.
2.  Out of the total 3 602 participants, 1 590 attended the professional programmes, 1 234 were local students, 551 were foreign,  principally from Singapore and Brunei and 227  participated with the specialised training modules.
3.  The Management team under the committed and dedicated leadership of Y Bhg Datuk Victor Gabriel William, the Executive Director, provided opportunities for the members of the staff to be exposed and developed in terms of skills, knowledge and competencies.  All the members of the staff had the opportunity of attending the OB International Staff Symposium held in Singapore, followed by an educational trip to Johor Bahru and Melaka.  The contributions of the staff were also recognised through the many awards which include the Best Employee, Most Exemplary Staff, Most Potential Staff and Most Improved Staff.
4.  The facilities at the Kinarut OB continues to be improved and upgraded.
5.  Other activities of note which took place in 2011 include the launching of the GPS Park, OBS Nursery, the Annual Dinner and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award conducted in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Kinabalu Sutera.
6.  Members of the Board of Trustee congratulated the Excutive Director for having brought tremendous results to the OBS during the year and also in getting the staff to work together as a team to bring about the excellent results.
7.  The OB Movement was conceptualized by Kurt Hahn, who, together with two colleagues, established the first OB Centre in Wales in 1941 that provided experiential training targeted for youths 'to practice active citizenship within a self-governing community, to taste vital health as a result of athletic training; to gain self-respect through their suprise of what they can do; to experience (through the seas, the forests, the plains, the rivers or the air) the brotherhood of adventure.'  Hahn's inspiration to develop training programmes for youths to experience the outdoors and work towards personal development was primarily motivated in the effort to overcome the many weaknesses pervasive among them which include decline in fitness due to modern amenities, lack of initiative, decline in care and skill as a result of weakened traditions and craftmanship, erosion of self-discipline contributed by the dependency on drugs, and finally the declining compassion due to the fast pace of modern living.  The OB Movement spread its wings to around 35 countries.  Malaysia established its first OB Centre at Lumut in 1954.  Outward Bound Sabah was incorporated in 1985.  Tengku Adlin has been with OBS since its inception.  Datuk Gariel William joined it in April 1999.