Malaysian Cup Final – My View


I am not a football strategist. My observation from the Malaysian Cup final last night may be right or to the contrary, wrong.

Kelantan seemed to deploy 4-3-3 formation. This formation works best when a team is going forward and attempting to win a match, rather than simply trying to contain the opposition. The strategy backlash in the first half when not enough defenders were in the goal area forcing the goal keeper to tackle hard the opposite striker that resulted in the penalty score.

Perhaps in the second half, The formation relies on the striker to play in the right and the left wing and passed the ball to the center of the formation, capable of scoring the ball up using the head and resulted to the first Kelantan’s goal. The second goal’s kick-on-running style was entertaining and the players have to be congratulated for their hard work.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the game and they deserved to be the winner.

When elders are criminals……


20-year-old student, Marisol Valles Garcia, made police chief of one of Mexico’s most violent towns

A Mexican border town ravaged by the drug war has a new police chief – a 20-year-old woman who was the only person brave enough to take the job. Marisol Valles Garcia, who is studying for a criminology degree, was sworn in Wednesday as the top cop in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a township of 8,500.

“She was the only person to accept the position,” an official at the mayor’s office said. Two drug gangs, the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, have been battling for control of the town’s single highway. Police officers and a former mayor have been killed.

Valles, who has a baby son, says that intimidate her. “We’re all afraid in Mexico now. We can’t let fear beat us,” she said after being sworn in. She is in charge of 12 police officers and wants them to go door to door, looking for the criminal element – which murdered eight people just last week.

Valles will be confronting narco-gangsters who have terrorized much of the country with their depraved acts of violence. In the latest outrage, police found a woman’s head in a bag next to a body left on the street in Ciudad Juarez, officials said Wednesday.

Three decapitated bodies were hung by their feet off bridges in Tijuana last week. The cartels’ brutality has some fearing for Valles. “Let’s hope it is not a reckless act on her part,” said Miguel Sarre, a Mexican professor who specializes in law enforcement.

Twenty year old criminology student, Marisol Valles, stands outside of her office in the northern Mexican border town of Praxedis G. Guerrero municipality in Chihuahua State.

New Train for Bukit Bendera


It’s high time for Penang Hill or better known as Bukit Bendera to get new funicular train. By January next year, the new train will not be stopping in the middle station. Unlike before, passangers have to change train in order to reach the top.

On top of uprading the train, we would expect more improvement in term of high quality show or entertainment when we reach at our destination.

Pondering On Curriculum Revision…..


During recent years, many European countries have seen the need to revise their curricula for religious education and civic education within public school, in order to bring them in tune with the new religious pluralism in Europe where Islam and Muslim communities of different backgrounds have become an important part.

As Christian majority societies, European countries are faced with the challenging task of defining their sense of cultural community so as to accommodate the ever increasing reality of religious pluralism.

As a result, in recent years Turkey and Bosnia have embarked upon process of reform, aimed at new ways of teaching religion and cultural history within the school system.

Pakistan is looking at it’s madrasah system in the same way. What about Malaysia? Does 1Malaysia’s concept has any way to which some reform agenda on the religious curricula is needed in some way or another?

Sorry for asking that question. Don’t blame me, I am just thinking and pondering?

Portrait of My Teacher


Professor Sir Harry Annamunthodo was the first West Indian to be appointed to a Chair in the Faculty of Medicine at the University College of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He was an outstanding teacher at the University, a founding member of the Association of Surgeons in Jamaica and was instrumental in building the capability of not just the Medical Department in Jamaica, but also other medical training facilities throughout the Caribbean.

In his 25 years of teaching at UWI, he contributed to the training of over 1500 medical graduates, who are now holding leading positions throughout the West Indies, North America and other parts of the world. His speed and dexterity as a surgeon were well known, as well as his interest in carcinoma of the penis (of which he was probably the world’s expert in his day) and surgical venereal diseases.

Harry Annamunthodo was born in Essequibo, Guyana on 26th April 1920. As a young boy, he always knew that he wanted to be a doctor and he expressed this desire in a particularly interesting childhood quirk. When animals died, young Harry was always quick to dissect the bodies trying to understand what caused their death.He was a good student in primary school and secured a scholarship to attend the prestigious Queen’s College in Georgetown in 1935. He continued his good academic performance in both the arts and the sciences at secondary school and won the coveted British Guiana Scholarship in 1939.

Since the World War was still taking place, he did not take up the scholarship until 1941, when he went to the London Hospital Medical College, University of London, where he studied medicine. He won several prizes while at University, including the Charrington prize in Anatomy, the prize in Surgery, and the T.A.M. Ross prize in Medicine and Pathology. He graduated in 1946 and obtained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1947, and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1951.

He then worked as the Senior Registrar at King George V Hospital in Illford, Essex for two years, where he was mentored by the famous abdominal surgeon, Mr. Herman Taylor, who inspired his interest and skill in surgery. Though he spent 8 years in England after qualifying, he always wanted to work in the West Indies. In 1953, he entered the University College Hospital of the West Indies at Mona as Senior Surgical Registrar, with a great desire to work at this recently opened institution. He became a temporary Lecturer in Medicine in 1955 and gained permanent appointment in 1957.

Apart from his teaching responsibilities, Sir Annamunthodo made other contributions to the University, by serving on several committees, and in particular, through his supervision of the construction of the Faculty Building in Medicine. His attention to detail is demonstrated by the fact that the physical structure has survived with little or no maintenance for all these years.

In his contributions to the development of medicine in the Caribbean it was Sir Annamunthodo who encouraged Dr. Knolly Butler to go to Trinidad to set up the Eastern Caribbean Medical Scheme.

It was said of Sir Annamunthodo that “he collected around him a group of dedicated academic surgeons who made Mona the centre of excellence and ultimate referral for the Caribbean area”. In 1979, he departed the University, and the Senate of the UWI conferred the status of Professor Emeritus on him. He then took up an appointment as Professor of Surgery at the University of Kebangsaan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At this new posting, initiated by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Sir Annamunthodo was said to have thoroughly enjoyed developing the university’s new postgraduate programme. He held this post until his death in 1986.

Sir Annamunthodo’s legacy is noted in the naming of a final year prize in surgery at UWI Mona in his honour and in the “Sir Harry Annamunthodo Lecture” also hosted by the institution. The obituary of the Barbados Association Medical Practitioners best encapsulates the contribution which Sir Annamunthodo made to the training of surgeons in the Caribbean: “His seed is scattered throughout the Caribbean; let us remember to tend it, for making it flourish would provide the reward he sought.”

[Tribute to Professor Sir Harry Annamunthodo, Kt, FRCS Written by Carl Jackman, CBE, MA]

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It is hard to compare octogenarian and young student. Nevertheless, what differentiate them are wisdom and experience.

During his spare time at lunch time, he used to take a nap. His class started later when he was ready, sharp in time. Unfortunately, some students, including me, were falling asleep after trying hard to follow his lecture. I still remember Prof Sir Harry’s lecture schema – it started with aetiology, microscopic finding, macroscopic finding, investigation, surgical intra-op procedure  and post-op care.

His description on surgical procedures was so vivid as if we are following him operating in the OT. That is called knowledge and experience.

He called everyone, professor. I was nodding every words he said when he shouted, “yes, professor…wake up”

After all, he was very generous in exam. We all liked to be examined by him. For sure, we could dream of day dreaming the next day at Tasik Titiwangsa. But still some of us failed. Again, for sure, it is not his fault…

10-10-10 and It’s Uniqueness


10-10-10 marks another notch in the personal history of many people especially Dato’ Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukur and his wife Dr Harlina Yunos for celebrating their wedding on a fairly fairy-tale scale.

I was just arrived from a friend’s daughter wedding to catch up with the delayed live telecast on TV3. On my way, along Federal Highway, I was perturbed by siren from VVIP’s car rushing for ceremonial function which I guess, urgent attendance is likely.

Many people, it seems, had been ushering the date 10-10-10 by publicly celebrating the day with wedding, to reckon the uniqueness of the numbers, by organizing family festivities and friends get together.

It will not be possible to come to something like 20-20-20…so for those who had something to remember on 10-10-10, I wish you, Happy Belated Anniversary.

Are We Technophobic?


Is FB reduced productivity?

According to a new report from Nucleus Research, an IT research company, companies that allow users to access Facebook in the workplace lose an average of 1.5% in total employee productivity,  The survey of 237 employees also showed that 77% of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours.

A  study released by Ohio State University shows that college students who use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grades than students who don’t use the popular social networking site.

Never mind on what they’ve said. I used FB to get to know my old acquaintances in school and universities. It is an avenue where I can spread my thought, idea and perspective of life. If by doing so, I violated societal norm, what more can I say?

In fact, FB is becoming a new media now. Boundary violation pertaining to bashful and diffident demeanor will perish as society reach to a certain stage of maturity. Democracy will flourish as there will be no more political supremacy to dominate news headline. Intellectual debate is allowed through free discussion and multilateral communication, cross-border and cross-gender interaction.

We need to educate people to use FB for good. Refraining people from utilizing technology is counter-productive in the long run.

Are we technophobic?