Thursday, 22 January 2015

HARI-HARI TERAKHIR TUN RAZAK DI LONDON by Dato' Abdul Rahman Mohd Noor

I received this email from my old friend Dato' Rahman who has kindly shared some lost moments in our Nation's History when he was a young PSD officer newly stationed in London during the passing of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak. 

Dato' Rahman request that his article be posted as a lasting legacy for his children and a history lesson for all who would find time through their busy schedule to read:


HARI-HARI TERAKHIR TUN RAZAK DI LONDON

Bagi memperingati pulangnya ke rahmatullah Almarhum Tun Abdul Razak 39 tahun dahulu beberapa catatan telah di sertakan oleh beberapa orang tertentu. Saya secara peribadi, ingin juga berkongsi pengalaman semasa di arahkan menjadi pegawai bertugas selama Almarhum Tun menerima rawatan di London.

2.       Tidak ramai yang mengetahui kehadiran Almarhum Tun  di London untuk menjalani rawatan. Kami mula sadar apabila mantan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia ke London Almarhum Dato Abdullah Ali telah mengarah kami (katakanlah orang kepercayaan Pak Duta) menjadi pegawai bertugas.

3.       Ekoran daripada arahan tersebut maka mulalah saya dan Tuan Syed Kassim (colleague saya di Jabatan Penuntut Malaysia) berkongsi secara bergilir-gilir melaksanakan tugas selama 7/8 jam setiap hari.

4.       Kami telah diingatkan supaya merahsiakan kehadiran Almarhum Tun daripada warga Malaysia di UK terutama sekali oleh penuntut kerana ianya adalah  arahan daripada Timbalan Perdana Menteri sendiri (Almarhum Tun Hussein).

5.       Pada mulanya Almarhum Tun telah tinggal di York House (rumah tetamu Kerajaan Malaysia). Almarhum Tun amat jarang sekali keluar dari kamar tidur dan hanya menerima pelawat yang dekat dan sah sahaja dibenarkan berjumpa beliau.

6.       Saya dimaklumkan bahawa ada juga ketika Almarhum Tun bersama pembantunya akan bersiar-siar di HydePark pada awal pagi (saya kurang pasti kerana hanya mula bekerja pada jam 9 pagi hingga 4/5 petang atau 5 petang hingga 11/12 malam setiap hari).

7.       Apa yang terpahat diingatan saya adalah cara YAM Tun Rahah (isteri Almarhum) membawa dirinya (carryherself) sepanjang masa beliau mendampingi Almarhum Tun. Beliau senantiasa berwajah ‘elegant’ serta murah dengan senyuman dan menerima tetamu dengan penuh kesantunan yang tulen. Hanya Tuhan sahaja yang mengetahui betapa gundah gulananya perasaan beliau melihat suami terbaring (berehat) sambil melayani tetamu.

8.       Saya pernah juga memerhati secara dekat YAM Tun Asmah (isteri Tun Mahathir) semasa mereka berada di London dan semasa saya di arah untuk mengiringi mereka melawat Universiti Oxford; Sussex University di Brighton (tempat Marina menuntut) dan semasa bertemu penuntut-penuntut Malaysia di Caudiff. Perwatakan mereka berdua hampir sama. Saya juga perhatikan Ibu Negara Iriani Jokowi (isteri Presiden Joko Widowo) mempunyai karektor dan  perwatakan yang hampir sama. Ada kemungkinan besar rakyat Indonesia akan memberi penghormatan yang tinggi kepada beliau sama seperti rakyat Malaysia memberikan penghormatan dan menyanjung YAM Tun Rahah dan YAM Tun Asmah.

9.       Setelah beberapa ketika tinggal di York House, Almarhum Tun telah meminta beliau dipindahkan ke Tower Hotel yang lebih berdekatan dengan Hide Park.

10.     Pada hari yang bersejarah itu, saya ditakdirkan bertugas di sebelah pagi. Sebaik sahaja saya sampai ke tingkat 7 (tempat kediaman Almarhum Tun) saya dikejutkan dengan aktiviti yang luar dari biasa. Saya telah dimaklumkan oleh Pembantu Khas Almarhum Tun, arwah Dato Ghazali Khalid bahawa mereka sedang menunggu ambulan untuk membawa Almarhum Tun ke Hospital.

11.     Almarhum Tun dengan memakai gown mandi (bath towel) telah di usung ke lobi Hotel dengan kerusi roda dan diletakkan di dalam ambulan.

12.     Itulah ketikanya saya dapat melihat tubuh Almarhum dengan jelas. Bukan  sahaja keadaannya amat lemah tetapi mukanya amat cengkung dan seluruh badannya amat kurus sekali.

13.     Saya tidak sedari air mata saya mengalir dan rasa sayu serta emosi saya amat tersentuh. Ini adalah kerana saya anak kelahiran Pekan, Pahang dan rasa terhutang budi kepada Almarhum Tun kerana memberi kerja tetap kerajaan kepada arwah ayah saya (Hj. Mohd Noor Bin Osman).

14.     Saya telah mengiringi ambulan dengan kenderaan saya. Sebaik sahaja Almarhum dimasukkan ke dalam Unit Rapi Harley Street Clinic, saya dan Arwah Dato Ghazali terpaksa kembali ke Tower Hotel untuk mengambil barang-barang ‘personal’ Almarhum Tun. Namun sekembalinya kami ke Harley Street Clinic, pakar yang merawat Almarhum Tun telah mengistiharkan pemergian Almarhum Tun.

15.     Tidak ramai yang ada di sisi Almarhum ketika itu. Salah seorang yang membisikkan syahadah ke telinga Almarhum ialah Tn Hj (arwah) Jamaluddin (Warden Malaysia Hall). Beliaulah yang telah mengambil alih semua urusan menyempurnakan jenazah.

16.     Jenazah Almarhum telah dimandi; di kafan dan di sembahyangkan di East London Mosque sebelum di bawa ke Kedutaan Malaysia di Belgrave Square untuk rakyat Malaysia terutama penuntut-penuntut memberikan penghormatan terakhir.

17.     Sungguhpun jangkamasa pengumuman kematian Almarhum Tun sangat singkat, namun ribuan juga yang sempat datang untuk memberikan penghormatan terakhir.

18.     Kami terpaksa juga menerima kritikan yang amat hebat terutamanya daripada Pemimpin Persatuan Pelajar serta beberapa orang pelajar ‘senior’ yang mempersoalkan keperluan merahsiakan kehadiran Almarhum Tun di London kerana mereka dengan lantang mengatakan  bahawa Almarhum Tun adalah Perdana Menteri mereka juga. Sungguhpun kami bersimpati dengan rasa kecewa mereka tetapi kami perlu patuh untuk memastikan maklumat ini tidak sampai kepada rakyat Malaysia di UK.

19.     Pada sebelah petangnya jenazah telah dibawa di Terminal 4 (bahagian kargo) Heathrow Airport. Apa yang saya kesalkan ialah keranda Almarhum Tun yang hanya di selubungi dengan bendera Malaysia telah di tinggalkan bersendirian di atas ‘tarmac’ beberapa jam sebelum keranda di pindahkan ke pesawat Khas. Maklum sahajalah cuaca ketika itu amat sejuk sekali dan semua pegawai Kedutaan serta individu yang mengiringi jenazah terpaksa berlindung dan memasuki dalam kawasan menunggu yang lebih selesa.

20.     Oleh kerana kematian Almarhum Tun adalah tidak diduga, maka banyak persiapan dibuat secara ‘ad hoc’. Alangkah baiknya jika sekiranya kedutaan ketika itu menjemput pelajar-pelajar melayu Islam untuk sama-sama membantu. Sekurang-kurangnya mereka boleh bertahlil dan bersedekah Yassin sementara menunggu jenazah di bawa pulang ke Malaysia.

21.     Tn Hj Jamaluddin telah mengiringi jenazah sampai ke Lapangan Terbang Subang di mana pihak berkuasa di Malaysia telah mengambil alih. Saya mendapat maklum bahawa sepanjang perjalanan ke Malaysia Tn Hj Jamaluddin telah memimpin bacaan tahlil dan Yassin. Jasanya tidak seharusnya dilupakan oleh sesiapa. Bayangkan betapa sulitnya jika beliau tidak mampu memimpin dan menguruskan jenazah Almarhum dari Harley Street Clinic sehinggalah ke Lapangan Terbang Subang.

22.     Semasa bertugas banyaklah episod-episod yang baik dan yang kurang menyenangkan yang boleh saya kongsikan bersama. Namun biarlah kita tumpukan sahaja kepada legasi-legasi positif yang di tinggalkan oleh Almarhum  Tun  agar rakyat sekarang dan pada masa akan datang akan mengingati beliau sebagai salah satunya anak watan yang terulung.

23.     Almarhum Tun meninggalkan kita di dalam usia yang realitifnya muda dan saya percaya banyak lagi usahanya untuk memperkasakan bangsa melayu amnya dan rakyat Malaysia umumnya yang tidak sempat di laksanakan.

24.     Saya percaya orang yang boleh membantu kita dalam hal ini ialah Dato Amir Yaakub (x Boss saya di Kementah). Beliau pernah menjadi Setiausaha kepada MAGERAN dan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) semasa Almarhum Tun menjadi Pengerusinya. Perhubungannya dengan Almarhum Tun sangat rapat sekali. Selaku Setiausaha beliau berurusan dengan Almarhum Tun hampir setiap hari bagi membincangkan program dan hala tuju Negara.

25.     Dato Amir pernah menceritakan kepada saya perasaan amat terkilannya kerana pelawaan Almarhum Tun secara beria-ia supaya  beliau mengikuti rombongannya ke London untuk rawatan telah tidak di sambut olehnya. Pada pertemuan mereka yang terakhir Almarhum Tun telah membuka rahsia bahawa beliau bertambah uzur sambil menunjukkan kepada Dato Amir keadaan badannya yang amat kurus dengan membuka butang ‘bush jacket’nya.

26.     Dato Amir telah bersara dari perkhidmatan kerajaan dengan penuh rasa kekecewaan. Jasa besarnya harus dikenang dan di ikhtiraf oleh Kerajaan. ‘That is the least the government can do to reward him for his dedication and for being a true nationalist’.

27.     Saya pernah juga terfikir kenapa banyak ikon-ikon bangsa melayu meninggalkan kita di usia yang masih muda dan dalam keadaan penuh ‘misteri’. Mungkin personaliti seperti Maarof Zakaria (Banker); Hanafiah Raslan (Banker) dan Aminuddin Baki (educationist) belum sempat memberi sumbangan yang optima serta amat bermakna sebelum meninggalkan kita. Begitu juga dengan Almarhum Tun. Pemergian beliau amat dirasai sehingga ke hari ini. Marilah kita bersedekah ‘al-fatihah’ semoga semua mereka ini di cucuri rahmat oleh Allah swt dan diletakkan mereka bersama-sama orang yang solehah. Amin.

ARMNOOR

21/01/2015

Al-fatihah untuk Almarhum Abdul Razak dan semua ikon-ikon dan pejuang bangsa dan negara yang telah meninggalkan kita.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Why is the Catholic Church still insistent to un-ban use of ALLAH for their BM Herald publication?

Update 22 January 2015:


Today the Federal Court has rightly disallowed the  Herald publication appeal for a Judicial Review. Lets move on shall we, Catholic Church can or not?

Original Post:

'There was no issue nor furore over the usage of this word (ALLAH) until the Roman Catholics in West Malaysia demanded that they too use it for their Herald publication despite knowing that usage of that word isn't conducive in the West Malaysian society'
Anon. Source here

The quite headline today:


A quite blog post a few days earlier :


Malaysia's root cause of racial and religious problems


This is an excerpt from Annie's post totally related to the Catholic Church demand to use Allah for the for their Bahasa Malaysia Herald publication:

actually, no, non Muslim bumi's Allah IS NOT under threat from ISMA and PERKASA. I agree that non Muslim Bumis are the poorest lot - and they are mainly in Sarawak. However - the word Allah for the Christians have always been allowed in Sarawak, always. There was no issue nor furore over the usage of this word until the Roman Catholics in West Malaysia demanded that they too use it for their Herald publication despite knowing that usage of that word isn't conducive in the West Malaysian society. That's when the whole mess started. Before this - Sarawakian Christians have been using the word without problem. Now the west malaysian dragged us all into the mess and try to pin the problems on someone else.

So no, it isn't ISMA and PERKASA who is the actual problem here. It's that freaking Catholic church that's so belligerent and stubborn that they couldn't even compromise and use a perfectly legible word (TUHAN, anyone??) for their BM publication and dare to bring Sarawak's Christian Bumis into the equation to push their cause. Talk about political opportunists!

But seriously why why is the Catholic Church still insistent to un-ban use of ALLAH for their BM Herald publication?


Whatever the Federal Court decision will be, we should ALL wait patiently and we should ALL accept its finality when it does come out.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My Thoughts on Paris Shooting - Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan

'As offensive as the cartoons maybe it is equally offensive to do something in the Prophet's and Islam's name which is against the teachings of Islam"

Here is a good commentary on the Paris shooting recently, I hope my Muslim and non Muslim brothers would take time to listen:



Thursday, 8 January 2015

Are Malaysians prepared to impose total ban on logging like what the Thais did in the aftermath of its worst flooding?



Saya buat posting pasal banjir mungkin ramai tak berapa faham, anyway saya bukan pakar pasal hal ini, just writing to share based on what little experience I have as a Civil Engineer ...ok now listen to what the expert has to say:

Professor Mohamed Zakaria Hussin, Dekan Fakulti Perhutanan UPM:


Latest headline today from Bernama:
  • A RM3 billion multipurpose dam will be built in Sungai Kelantan under RMK-11 to ease flood problem in East Coast - DID

  • I don't know, I think RM3 billion is a lot of money to spend for a dam, I am not questioning the efforts of the Gomen but I think any new or improvement to flood mitigation infrastructure is useless in the longer run if not addressing the rampant logging upstream on the hilly areas as explained by Professor Zakaria. 

    Penebangan pokok balak tanpa urus alam sekitar terlampau menjadi-jadi di Kelantan sampai  gondol kawasan tinggi di Gua Musang-Lojing
    On January 10, 1989 Thailand banned harvesting of timber in the country following the worst flooding there in nearly a century. Thailand had long been a traditional exporter of raw logs and in more recent years had begun to develop a competitive furniture industry. Despite the ban on harvesting, Thailand's furniture industry has continued to climb in terms of total output and export value. The country now imports large amounts of raw teak and other wood from Myanamar and Cambodia. This trade is not documented nor is it always even carried out with the permission of the governments in Yangoon and Phnom Penh, respectively. In fact, these two countries are now experiencing some of the highest deforestation rates in the world.

2. Description

Following disastrous floods in November, 1988, Thailand banned logging in the country in January of 1989. During the floods, 350 people died and there was $120 million in property losses. Soil erosion caused by deforestation exacerbated the floods, thereby making the damage and loss of lives much worse. Since a large part of the logging was actually for the purpose of export, either in raw or processed form, there was a large international component to this decision (Thailand has a growing furniture export industry). Resourceful Thai businessmen began importing wood from their unstable neighbors -- Myanamar and Cambodia. 
Read more here.

Read this also: 
I think when push comes to shove, we need to do the obvious:

For the sake of our future generations, Malaysia must ban all logging activities just like what the Thais did in the aftermath of its worst flooding in a century. But, :......

Are Malaysians prepared to impose total ban on logging like what the Thais did in the aftermath of its worst flooding?

In the wake of MH370 and QZ8501 incidents, ICAO should implement standard for real time tracking of commercial airplanes ASAP

I will be travelling again to Bangladesh tomorrow, will be there for a few days for meetings and appointments with colleagues in Dhaka and Chittagong. Dhaka is a 4 hours plane journey from KLIA...its moderately long journey (2 movies long) straddling the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and over the Bay of Bengal. 

Normally air travel does not bother me at all, but, since the crash of MAS MH370 and now Air Asia Indonesia QZ 8501 I must confess that I have my moments of of shall we say doubts when thinking about air travelling. Then I thot to myself,  if you are fated to die, you will die even when you are on the way to the toilet....so life must go on.

Nonetheless, it would be helpful if the recommendation of the Chief  Inspector of Air Accidents of Malaysia's Ministry of Transport Preliminary report on MH370 be taken up by ICAO and preferably all the airliners of the world need not wait for instructions to do so:

Source: Preliminary Report here
Had real time tracking been installed on MH370 and QZ 8501, the process of search and recovery would be much faster than it is as a the search area where the ill fated planes crashed/landed would be much smaller as the guesstimates are taken out of the equation.

Watch:


Read:

A new frontier in airplane surveillance with space-based technology (VIDEO)

AirAsia QZ8501: why do we still rely on black boxes?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Deforestation must be managed and then enforced by Angkatan Tentera Malaysia or face more floods in future #Banjir2014

Flood can be defined as a body of water, rising, swelling and overflowing land not usually thus covered. Also, overflowing of the bank of a stream, lake or drainage system of water onto adjacent land as a result of storm, ice melt, tidal action and channel obstruction.

'The faster water runs from upstream area of  a river system, the higher the magnitude of the flood will be. Hence anything that increases runoff speed of the rain water, like excessive cleared area due to deforestation will contribute to floods'
Me

'Construction of flood-mitigation infrastructure is vital. It is also equally important to maintain the infrastructure. However, if the forest cover continues to be cleared, no matter how much we spend, Malaysia will not be able to minimise or solve its flood problem. This is mainly because a large amount of water will overcome the infrastructure we construct to contain floods'
Piarapakaran S., President, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia

The flood devastation as at 29 December 2014:

Source The Malay Mail Online here

In Kuala Krai floods, humanity at its best and worst

‘Complete collapse’ in east coast flood response, NSC concedes 
I believe after this flood has passed........we are staring at one of the biggest flooding event in our history if not the biggest. The end of the flooding signals the start of the repair and remedial work on the damaged roads, bridges, power cables, power substations, water treatment plants and water pipes, sewerage system and include building temporary shelters for those who lost their homes etc.etc. I think the flood damage will take a couple of billion Ringgit to be made good.

I do not want to comment on the rescue and relief effort beyond observing that the Goverment machineries, our armed forces, police, para military and citizen volunteers had performed admirably and selflessly under very difficult circumstances to help the victims caused by the flood.

The Government had announced Flood Mitigation Funding for the affected areas, that is well and good, but I believe any discussion on flooding must also focus on the rampant deforestation by illegal or legal means too. 

Deforestation plays several roles in the flooding equation because trees prevent sediment runoff and forests hold and use more water than farms or grasslands.
  • Some rainwater stays on the leaves, and it may evaporate directly to the air (the more water used in the watershed, the less remains to run off).
  • Leaves reduce raindrop impact, and gentler rain causes less erosion.
  • Tree roots absorb water from the soil, making the soil drier and able to store more rainwater.
  • Tree roots hold the soil in place, reducing the movement of sediment that can shrink river channels downstream. source
read a letter from AWER:

Forest preservation is vital
29 DECEMBER 2014 @ 8:11 AM

THE Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER) is not amused by attempts to portray the floods as “punishment from God” or a rare occurrence.

In the 10th Malaysia Plan, it was stated that RM5 billion would be allocated for flood-mitigation programmes. Based on the 2015 Budget breakdown, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) was supposed to have carred out flood mitigation projects worth RM4.638 billion from 2011 to 2015, but only RM2.459 billion has been allocated so far. The Federal Government had also allocated RM1.788 billion and RM3.998 billion for flood-mitigation programmes under the 8th and 9th Malaysia plans respectively. What is the status of these projects? What were the expected results of projects that were completed by December 2014?

Based on estimates, losses caused by the floods are around RM1 billion a year. This was a figure published by DID in 2002. This means we have suffered a total of RM12 billion in losses until 2013. This year’s floods will cost us a lot more. However, the losses do not include flood mitigation, infrastructure reconstruction and compensation allocations. What is the price that we will pay in the near future if forests continue to be destroyed?

The flood situation has worsened over the years, and it is time to audit the flood-mitigation projects. Awer urges the auditor-general to conduct in-depth audit of flood-mitigation and drainage projects that were planned and executed under the 8th, 9th and 10th Malaysia plans. The audit should also evaluate the success of each project.

Basic science clearly places floods as part of the water cycle. Being part of the equatorial climate, “rain” is the keyword. As we have explained before, when rain falls, a portion of it is absorbed by the forest and soil. The remaining rainfall will flow on the surface as run-off. As we reduce the absorption capacity, naturally, we will increase the amount of surface run-off.

Why the lower absorption capacity? This is due to deforestation, change of land use, increase in impermeable surface and development to cater to an increasing population.


Land matters are under the purview of state governments. This includes the protection of virgin forest. Clearing virgin forest and replanting the area with crops does not make it “green” and “natural”. Destruction of the forest destroys nature’s ability to delay the flow of surface water. Green-coloured crops will not guarantee natural flood mitigation. Once a forest is destroyed, it’s a one-way ticket for all of us.

Awer urges the government to obey nature’s law. Every solution that is planned for flood mitigation must “mimic” nature’s method. Water flows from higher to lower elevations via a logical passage (due to gravity). It forms freshwater swamps and lakes in its journey. The movement of a large volume of water does not follow the passage humans create. The water moves based on its own momentum, and washes away everything in its passage that it can overcome. This was what we witnessed in Bertam Valley, Cameron Highlands. Mimicking nature and using its delaying method is the only way to reduce or prevent such a devastating incident.

Construction of flood-mitigation infrastructure is vital. It is also equally important to maintain the infrastructure. However, if the forest cover continues to be cleared, no matter how much we spend, Malaysia will not be able to minimise or solve its flood problem. This is mainly because a large amount of water will overcome the infrastructure we construct to contain floods.

Remember, we live in equilibrium with nature. Any attempt to destroy it is like charting our own destruction.!

Piarapakaran S., president, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (Awer)

My thots:

Deforestation must b managed n enforced by ATM or more flood in future!

Source here, Locations shown are an aproximation only
Easy Reading on Deforestation and Flood: 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Diambang Tahun 2015

Is is just me?.... but in the wake of the crashed airliner QZ8501, I have this bad feeling where sitting anywhere on an airliner would  not be a good thing. Have planned to travel quiet a bit in January and February 2015 but will probably cancel the trips that are not so important.

Anyway my father tells me two things that one will never know..one...to whom you will marry and for how long, and....the other.... is when you die and where. 

So friends work today like you will live for a thousand years and pray to Allah Almighty as if you will die tomorrow.

Happy New Year 2015, 
Wishing all friends health, peace , joy and prosperity.

Where’s The Safest Place To Sit On An Airplane?

Details Published on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:59 Written byMushamir Mustafa

At the back, behind the wings.
If you’re reading this while waiting to board the plane - I’m sorry, I doubt you’ll be able to change your seat.
That First Class seat doesn’t look so classy for ’survival’ now, does it?
I was reading the SAS Survival Handbook, a read that details almost all emergency situations - from trying to get out of a car that’s plunged into a river to making your own wood oven in the jungle, snow, or desert.
The best place to sit, according to professional survivor John Lofty Wiseman, and author of the SAS Survival Handbook, would be at the back of a plane, close to the exit (doors).
And its common sense. If a plane were to crash - the frontal parts of its hull would receive the most damage.
In 1977, Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 on a Boeing 737-200 hit the ground on a near vertical angle at high speed, purportedly being diverted by hijackers. All hands were lost, with 93 passengers and 7 crew members. Well in this case, it doesn’t matter which seat you are sitting at. Worse still, when an entire plane just goes missing mysteriously or gets hit by a supersonic missile, such as MH370 and MH17.
Popular Mechanics in their 2007 study also found that rear seats were the safest, while Economy class seats gives a 69% chance of surviving as opposed to 56% near the wings, and 49% for those in First and Business class. Discovery TV also set up a daring experiment in which two pilots flew a plane full of sensors and dummies, then parachuted from mid-air. The crash showed that rows 1 through 7 were the most fatal seats as they absorbed most of the impact, with seat 7A sling shotted out of the plane. Could it be that the number 8 really brings ‘good luck’ after all?
The position of the seats are not all telling though. A Channel 4 documentary titled ‘The Crash’ simulated a Boeing 727 crash using dummies in differing seating positions. One was wearing the seat belt and sitting normally, the other in a brace position, and the last one was not wearing the seatbelt at all. As long as you have that seat belt strapped across your waistline, you will survive, experts say.
Don’t forget too that sitting near the exit increases your odds of survival. According to Professor Ed Galea of the University of Greenwich, from studies of more than 100 plane crashes, he found that sitting 5 rows from the exit door allowed a higher chance of escape, and sitting at the aisle won’t hurt either.
Photo: APPhoto: AP
From a technical aspect, Wan Mazlina Wan Mohamed, aviation expert and former aircraft engineer who has worked with the Royal Malaysian Air Force in Crash Recovery and studied Aircraft Crash Investigations, believes that the whole plane is safe.
“Although some people assume seating at the back of the plane is the safest, because it is far from the engine...and near the toilet”.
An ‘emergency exit’ indeed, for those with uncontrollable bladders.
So, the next time your Economy seat gets bumped to Business or First Class, consider the ‘upgrade’. Even if the odds of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 5,000 – a reminder for your next flight booking to improve your odds slightly, sit in Economy class, by the aisle, with your seat belt fastened, within 5 rows of the emergency exit.


Malaysian Digest

Monday, 29 December 2014

You want to know the Ministers or YBs who are NOT PM Material?

The magnitude of the flood in Peninsular Malaysia has reached a point that it should rightly be called a national disaster. 

Malaysian volunteers and the Government manpower and assets are all at hand to help  the more than 150,000 flood victims. Unfortunately some Ministers and YBs  are still on holiday overseas seemingly unperturbed by the disaster that is unfolding. I don't have to mention names especially of the absentee Ministers but today the Prime Minister did the right thing:


Any Ministers or YB politicians who needed to be told by the Prime Minister to cut short their holidays and come home to help with the flood rescue are definitely NOT PM Material.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Not in defence of PERKASA and ISMA

'When the incitement stops, the hating will too'
Me

The recent hoo hah about the Group of Eminent25 who then became the Eminent24 and then back to Eminent25 now supported by  the usual suspects probably with their own agenda like of course the DAP, The Star paper, SIS, Suaram, you name it...... and chief troublemaker have the list here read his post, they are all there and notice who support the Eminent25? Yup you guessed it not many Malay Muslims or NGOs there.

That being said, I have no bones against the Eminent25 in fact I welcome the development, it is in essence a call to the Prime Minister requesting the appointment of a panel of experts to resolve any conflict between enacted Islamic laws and civil law, and the Federal Constitution in a closed forum and not to do it publicly. 

To which I completely agree, religion should be discussed by experts in closed doors meetings and not discussed by less knowledgeable Muslims and some non muslims who dont know head or tail about Islam in public.

Just hope they remain independent and just hope they do not get carried away by the adulation and support of the usual suspects and turn into another Ambiga's Bersih which is now a certified Pakatan apologist.

I am only anxious that the group had zoomed in on Perkasa and ISMA as extremists and being the cause of the problem. The open letter by the Eminent25 does not back their assertion that Perkasa and Isma are extremists with facts, thus falling into the trap of  DAP and Christian zealots who insist to use the word Allah by non Muslims in the Peninsular which is a source of much angst of the Muslim community in the Peninsular. 

Perkasa and ISMA exist and is thriving simply because Malays and Muslims in Malaysia sees their sensitivities being trampled and they are not extremists, not by a long shot. Talking about and defending the Malay race and Islam is not extremism. This is rubbish talk by the zealots and the bigots of the Dap,Mca,Gerakan and some Malays who claim to be moderates whatever that means.

While our Constitution is a secular constitution, any issues about Islam and the kalimah ALLAH should take cognizance of the fact that 61.3% of Malaysians are Muslims. Failing to do so will only invite a backlash from the majority. 

Malaysia Demographics (source):
Religion:
Muslim (official) 61.3%, 
Buddhist 19.8%, 
Christian 9.2%, 
Hindu 6.3%, 
Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 1.3%, 
other 0.4%, 
none 0.8%, 
unspecified 1% (2010 est.)

If some of you is seeing the rise of ISMA and Perkasa likening it to the rise of radical Islam like those Taliban and the psychos of the IS (which Tony Abbott now calls a Death Cult) it showed that you are naive and do not know your Malaysian Malay and Muslim friends. Malays as a people are very tolerant  unlike the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan or the Arabs in the Middle east. But woe betide those who are not sensitive to things dear to the Malay Muslim of Malaysia.

Jangan cari pasal macam DAP Lim Guan Eng buat ok.....read. You see the Malays and the Muslims never cari pasal..problem is the Dap zealots and some Christian bigots yang sibuk cari pasal. 

I sure miss the days when the Dap is small and not supported by the Chinese like now.

When the incitement stops, the hating will too.