Pada zaman ini..

ketika Firaun menjarah khazanah negara,

serta Qarun yang tamak haloba,

masih kebal dan berkata-kata,

SARS-CoV-2 datang sebagai bala,

dharurat diisytihar berkala-kala.

Pada zaman ini..

dharurat tiada lagi di hutan,

malah askar berSJR di pekan,

tiada komunis tetapi penjarakkan,

tiada catuan tetapi sarahidup bantuan

tiada kampung baharu tetapi pusat kuarantin,

menjauh manusia terinfeksi sifar dari Covid nineteen.

Pada zaman ini..

pilot tiada kerja lagi,

jadi pedagang peniaga penjaja,

asal halal di mata Sang Pencipta,

usah di hina mereka yang berusaha.

Pada zaman ini..

ketika pelabur lari,

menjarakkan diri dari PKP,

rakyat hilang pekerjaan lagi,

ahli politik masih berbalah terbahagi,

untuk bersendiri atau bersinergi.

Pada zaman ini..

Trump enggan mengundur diri,

lalu di hasut perusuh mengganasi,

Capitol Hill tempat ditujui,

atas tuduhan penipuan undi.

Pada zaman ini..

saya menulis angkara PKP,

melepasi apa terbuku di hati,

ampun dan maaf jika dikasari,

pada jasad dan juga hati.

  1. Saturday is the day I can sit home alone, revitalize my energy after a week of full-time work hussle. Friday is a day of practice. Sunday is a working day in the state I’m living in.
  2. When I started my sessional clinic 5 years ago, it was on Saturday but since friends were invited to parties that fall most of the time Saturday, I had to move my clinic to Friday. The disadvantage of having clinics on Friday is that the time is short compared to the other days.
  3. My life has been full of surprises lately. I spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: myself and my health. I’m busy with the clinic and campus life, forgetting the fact that as I grow old, the pursuit of happiness should be the top priority.
  4. It’s different now, I fully appreciate every moment of my life. As experts say, at least follow five simple steps to find happiness. (i) value the relationship with the people you love around you – your husband/wife, children, neighbors, co-workers, (ii) focus on the positive and avoid negative people, (iii) express yourself – this can be done by talking to people, writing blogs, singing or reading holy book aloud, (iv) simple exercise, (v) share your wealth with others or sadaqah.
  5. Don’t forget to eat simple foods and hydrate your body with a proper drink.
  6. People express themselves on social networks as a means for their contacts to know what they think and try to communicate their feelings virtually. The availability of new technologies in the pursuit to find happiness. As long as you don’t get intimidated, that’s OK for me. Don’t get too attach to your mobile devices and use them discriminately.
  7. Have a nice day!

  1. Time and again, I have been tested. One day, on returning home from a long drive from KL, I had a stomach upset as a result of eating contaminated burgers. The next morning, bacteria spread through blood stream (bacteraemia) to cause some distant skin infection.
  2. I have been admitted with immediate effect and intravenous antibiotics started. To make it brief, I survived and returned to work without major setbacks.
  3. The tests in life are not uncommon. Different people are being tested in a different way. They determine to what extent we could go and remain patient (sabr) and persistent (istikamah) with our lives. My religious teacher and friends always remind me – you are only be tested within the realm of your limit Stay put and believe in God. Don’t get too overwhelmed by your own emotion. There’s got to be a reason for the trabulation that I had stumbled upon.
  4. Admission to hospital is a major event. I have to adapt to the new life outside of home. Doctors used to think they knew everything about diseases and hospitals. Once they need to play the role of a patient, then they know how difficult life could be as a patient – when nurses start harassing rumors, colleagues start digging their past act and employers start asking when they will return to work. Subconsciously, an event such as hospital admission will become an experience that will influence how they think and react to treatment.
  5. Health is a blessing of God. You won’t truly appreciate it until you’re sick. For the moment, you are ill, the blessing of good health is already gone. Once it’s gone, it becomes a greater challenge to restore back the realm of good health. In some cases, you could just dream because the reality is, you will never return to the past conditions of good health.
  6. It was one of the most dreadful and partubing moments in my life. It teaches me how to appreciate life, how to respect people around me, and the greatest lesson is how to be closer to the Creater, the most beneficent, the most merciful.

  1. My daughter was married to a gentleman of her choice, and I’m happy for her. It wasn’t easy for her to make her decision, but eventually she made her own decision. I believe that as human beings, we should be given the opportunity to make our own decision, especially with regard to our life and our future destiny.
  2. We planned to make it a day on 2.1.21 as the figures are impressive, but for some unforeseen reasons it has to be postponed. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be widespread, with four digits of new cases daily. As a doctor, I would be ashamed if my home were to create a new cluster due to an unwanted social encounter.
  3. We decided to cancel it and hold a small akad nikah ceremony in the nearby mosque, in the presence of Tok Imam, two witnesses and families on both sides. The akad nikah begins at 10 a.m. and my son-in-law pronounces a clear akad in front of the imam in a single breath.
  4. The rukun nikah has been established to the fullest, but the cultural part has not been established. This includes the reception as well as introduction to family members.
  5. As a parent, I was afraid to observe that she was leaving. It wasn’t easy to let her go since she was little, she’s always been with us. Watching her grow up was the best gift of my life. I don’t know about her mother because she’s a little reserved when it comes to expressing her own feelings.
  6. The entire journey makes me think about human development in the entire lifespan. The Western idea of the stages of life as proclaimed by Erik Erikson is fine to me. But it lacks the element of faith, moral values, and ethics.
  7. Sigmund Freud assumptions on psychosexual influences that design certain ways to behave are totally unacceptable and not pleasing to Eastern cultures. The libidinal impulses such as the oedepal complexes are absurd and refuse to be recognized by today’s development scientists.
  8. In the end, my mind ceases to wonder at some point: the history of human development is repeated, from time to time.

  1. Today is the last day of 2020, the year Covid-19 hits the nation. The new norm determines how we live our lives in years to come.
  2. I’m getting a year older. Unknowingly, I should have made more introjection about where I should have gone, what my priority in life and life after death. I realize how small I am compared to the Creator of the Universe. O Allah, forgive my former sins.
  3. Tomorrow the sun will rise in 2021, on January 1. I’ll be here at my house, watching the beautiful view of Tasik Putra with the sound of birds somewhere in the background, welcoming the new year with hope and desire.
  4. “We must accept the finite disappointment, but never lose the infinite hope.” (Martin Luther King Jr).
  5. I vividly remember the year I was assigned to run a medical school. It wasn’t an easy year since I started the day dealing with demonstration students as a response to the smart-partnership project with some partner universities. The project was finally terminated and the school moved on with 90% of total intake of quotas almost every year for the past 3 years.
  6. The staff and I were pleased that we graduated 4 batches of new doctors from the beginning and are now working as medical officers in various disiplines.
  7. In 2021, we expect to be able to meet the challenges in many different ways. First, e-learning and distance learning, as students are not allowed to stay on campus because of the threat posed by Covid-19. Second, new norms when face-to-face teachings are allowed to be conducted in campus. Thirdly, the visit of the MQA is scheduled at the end of the year.
  8. I wish that in 2021 I could spend more time reading new books, finding new family members and keeping my health at its best.
  9. Happy New Year, 2021, guys!


Posted on: 24/08/2020

Thet older Mlay generation, by and large, believe in the proverb: Rezeki secupak tak kan jadi segantang. Sustenance, mate, life and death are in the hands of God. The observation can be carried out by checking the old Malay pantun in order to study the psyche of the Malays Let’s study examples below:

Gemercik bunyi air mengalir
Mengalun indah membentuk nada
Terusik jiwa rasa terusir
Kala ditengah orang berada.

Rambutan kesip dimakan bonda
Kulit dicampak ke rumpun sepetang
Kalau dah nasib diri tiada
Rezeki secupak tak jadi segantang

Bulan sebelas pergi ke Mekah
Ketika pulang hanya sendiri
Bukannya malas mencari nafkah
Tapi sudah nasibnya diri.

Buah mengkudu masaknya jatuh
Diambil boleh di buang jangan
Bukannya hidup selalu tersentuh
Tapi sudah suratan tangan.

Banyak gunung sudah di daki
Tidak sama hai gunung Ledang
Lama termenung tunggu rezeki
Mengharap semua akan dihidang.

The younger Malays may be different, I don’t know. Many of them are millionnaires. The changes bring about greater self-esteem.

Cerana kesumba indah melati,
Cantik tersemat dambaan puteri,
Ilmu ditimba sepenuh hati,
Kekuatan umat minda bestari.

Biar orang mencabut cendawan
Kita mencabut padi kan mati
Biar orang berebut bangsawan
Kita berebut budi pekerti

In the Malay viewpoint, self-esteem is reflected in akal budi and wisdom not monetary posession. Education received by the traditional Malays directly from their family membaers and the society at large. Basic educations are acquired through Islamic teaching to fulfill the requirement of how to live in the society based on custumeary arrangement within the shariat (religion).

  1. Ex-Primier, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad once said that only Malays can restore the dignity of the nation themselves, depending on their willingness to work hard and take every opportunity given by the government. He stressed that although the government is led by the Malays, it cannot restore the dignity of the people, if they themselves do not want to change their fate. He gave an example, when the community is not willing to take up certain jobs because they felt humiliated and do not provide a return, then such jobs would be taken up by the foreigners.
  2. Tun Dr Mahathir made up the hypothesis about economic backwardness of the Malays by stating that they refused to work hard. He urged the Malays to introspect themselves before blaming the government or anyone else. 
  3. Tun Dr Mahathir’s stance is not new. It has been said through his writing in The Malay Dilemma since 1969. In this book, Tun Dr Mahathir touches on the elements of the weaknesses of the Malays which he sees as an obstacle to the progress of the nation. In view of Dr Mahathir, as long as these shortcomings are not corrected, then the Malays would not be able to compete with other people like the Chinese.
  4. Among the element of weaknesses mentioned by Mahathir in this book are; First, The Malays are weak in many aspects of life due to the culture within the community itself. For example, marriage between close family members is said to be the cause of the weakness.due to hereditary factor. Mahathir believed that intermarriage between close family members is detrimental because the dominant autosomal and recessive genetic characteristics are mixed thus reducing brain intelligence. 
  5. Environmental influences are less helpful in providing disclosure of the true nature of wealth because of the Malays who are living in rural areas are less interested in business. Living in rural areas does not allow them to socialize and mix with the other races. The Malays who live in the city are just interested to be administrators and civil servants.
  6. Mahathir also lamented in his book that the British government’s policy of divide and rule had affected the development of the Malay community. 
  7. Prof Dr Syed Hussein Alatas, in his book The Myth of the Lazy Natives analyzes the Malays and makes reality check. He sums up the opposite with the following arguments: Infact, indigenous groups are very economically active since they traded internationally across the Malay archipelago. They made merchant ships and carry out businesses across the ocean, carrying weapons on their own. Then came the European monopoly that close down the multinational trade zone, curbing and eliminating the indigenous traders to the extent that they just stay focused on becoming aristocratic leaders or ordinary people only. 
  8. According to him, the criticism regarding Malay indigenous laziness only appears when the Malay archipelago was colonized by European powers. He concluded that laziness was addressed to the Malays because the Malays are not willing to cooperate with the colonial exploitation of their homeland. The Malays are more willing to live and work in the village rather than cooperating with the colonial masters unlike the immigrants who were ‘held hostage’ in plantations and tin mines. Otherwise, they have no choice but to work or else they have to return to countries that are at war.

  1. Since MCO is in place, the surrounding is very quiet. No more sound of irate parents sending their kids off to school or screeching tyres of some irrate school buses early in the morning. Neither there are sounds of drunken men going home shouting after night of carousing.
  2. Fasting month of Ramadhan is over. This year Ramadhan is rather quiet. Tarawikh prayers are done at home. On the Takbir night (at the end of Ramadhan that welcome the Syawal) we had arranged a live telecast connected all our siblings and relatives. It was the first time that we utilize technology in doing religious routine.
  3. Fortunately, during the fasting month, weather is typically cool. The tropical sun is not blasting hot and those sunny clear blue sky days make my heart sings as covid-19 has find ways to keep them blue and clear.
  4. Syawal this year of 2020 is rather mildly celebrated. Ketupat, nasi himpit and rendang are always the main dishes during Hari Raya. Some dishes are made and learned directly from You-Tube.
  5. Internet has becomes a new 2020 phenomena. Many people are relying on the internet to do works from home such as giving lectures, conduct meetings or even doing housechores.
  6. Surprisingly, more works need to be done during MCO for university administrators like us. For those managing student affairs, food and accomodation for students stranded in hostels need to be taken into planning.
  7. For acadsemic staff, on top of preparing online classes, they need to document every steps of work they are doing in order to prepare for the audit of university, Rest asssured, many are willing to come despite government order to stay at home and conduct work from home.
  8. Looking retrospect, MCO has teaching us to be living differently with new norm to be adhered to. This happens so sudden and unexpected for us to adapt, learn, re-learn and co-learn.

Stay safe.

  1. Durian time!
  2. It’s the heady wafts of durian everywhere. I am OK but some people are partially choked by it. My olfactory nerves aren’t bludgeoned by the durian smell as I like the similar strong smell of pekasam and belacan stuff.
  3. As I step out of my car, a pak cik with smelly sweat-stained T-shirt welcome me. It is just a small stall by the roadside on the way back from my office.
  4. “Durian, durian, durian..big one, small one..choose, from local kampung and durian kahwin”.
  5. A scooter suddenly parked next to me. It’s my friend who thought my car ran out of fuel. I am okay, just want to look out how much they sell durian here. My friend was relieved and quickly started his scooter and go. I feel a bit overwhelmed and guilty for not asking him to browse through the price together.
  6. “Mana ni, pak cik?” “Sik”. Short conversation to start with.
  7. The burly man with a rounded face flicks his chin at me as I hand him a few durians I have chosen. “Berapa sekilo?” “Jual biji”. “Ha!” “Ini murah, ni!” He tried to convince me it is, even more, cheaper to buy without weighing as durian contains thick, hard shell and sharp thorn more than the edible flesh altogether.
  8. Somehow, when I look at his eyes, I tend to believe this poor kampung vendor who is here to sell fruit only once per season. Ok, why don’t I give a try?
  9. I don’t like eating durian by squatting on the ground like many people did when testing to buy durian. I quickly ask the birdy vendor to incise the thick skin and pinch the fleshes to get an idea that they already ripen readily for immediate consumption.
  10. “Berapa?” “60!” “Wow!” “Murahhh lah! Saya bagi dua lagi”. I look again at the yellowish custard flesh and felt in love instantly. “Tiga tu ka?” “Ya!” “ok!”
  11. In less than half an hour I reached home. My son is likened to hantu pulut durian (a fond durian lover). He asked my wife: “..mak, malam ni kita makan pulut durian” Pulut durian is indeed glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk and served with ripened durian.
  12. The taste of pulut durian is hard to describe. The consequence of eating it, is even more, harder to describe as it may be likened to a steamy, risky forbidden love affair with a secret lover. The feel hot sensation accompanied by mild tachyarrythmias makes you awake for hours feeling guilty with pleasure for the rest of the night.