Saturday, November 30, 2013

Assess Yourself before telling others

Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Pakatan Rakyat to listen to people before rising the pay for Selangor. If he advises that for Pakatan, why not Barisan Nasional do the same before hiking the petrol price, sugar price, quit rent assessment etc.

Why are you playing double standard? 



1. Shell
2. Intell
3. DHL
4. Petronas
5. Nestle
6. Maxis
7. IBM
8. Dell
10. SP Setia

Candidates for MIC VP Post

There are 8 contendars for Vice President posts whom are incumbents Datuk M. Saravanan and Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany (perak speaker), former vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan, treasurer-general Datuk Jaspal Singh, former MIC Youth chief Datuk S. A. Vignes-waran, Johor treasurer Datuk S. Balakrishnan and businessman James C.S. Selvaraja.

Although the incumbents are tipped to retain their post, but will Indian will ever again trust MIC. Or will MIC could change their style of management or still going to be under the shadow of UMNO.

It's time to FAM to be changed

Football association of Malaysia need to be revamped. How long are we going to be dependent on politicians and royalties. In addition, those who are in the committee/association are not ex-nationals or corporate leaders.

We need someone like idris jala or tony fernandes or george koshy to lead the association. Simply blaming coach is no longer relevant. If Calude Leroy can guide cameroon and angola to world cup, why couldn't he do the same for Malaysia.

The players need to buck up rather than being childish and money minded. Nest, the selection of the team/players need to be more prudent, rather than  going in on a recommendation basis.

If shebby can develop a team which can narrowly loose to Malaysia few years ago, just within a short span, it clearly shows our Management has  a lot of has lack of governance. How many Malaysians are playing abroad now? Can anyone name it or is there really anyone?

Good Bye Rajagobal

Finally, Football Association of Malaysia has agreed not to renew the contract for K.Rajagobal (indirectly sacking him). He served the national team since 2008 where he guided the SEA GAMES team for it's 1st gold medal in 20 years in 2009 and 1st ever ASEAN Cup title following year and thereafter Asian Games quarter finals with a injured team.

But recent performance in world cup qualifying, Asian Cup qualifying and also failing tom defend ASEAN cup title has made a strong mark on him. Of course, we cant blame solely on him for the poor performance, because, he has good and proven track record before this.

Rajabobal's contract ends on 31 December 2013. Till then, there are no tournament or matches involving the senior team. Ong Kim Swee will be the caretaker for the national team till FAM gets the right candidate.

For me, Rajagobal was a "turnaround king" as he turnaround the national youth and senior team for above achievements. In addition, in local league, he also has turned around Selangor, Kelantan and also PKNS.

A coach should only stay in the team for maximum of 3 years, thereafter should just leave diplomatically. Rajagobal should go to overseas club or national team to coach them and prove his worth.

Rumors saying, the replacement could be Philippe Troussier (former Japan, South Africa and Nigeria coach),  Radojko Avramović (former Singapore coach), Bob Houghton, recent head coach of India, Robert Alberts (coach of sarawak). There are 30 candidates applied for the job (foreign coach) and 29 candidates for local coach.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lesson from a donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. 2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens. 3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less from people but more from yourself. You have two choices... smile and close this page, or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson

Weekly Quotes

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2nd place in District Evaluation Contest

It was always my dream to go and be podium finisher in the District contest. It's my 2nd time taking part at District level. Apart from winning, my aim was not to repeat the mistake i did in Penang Contest 2 years ago. Thus, I was very cautious about it.

There were total of 10 contestants and I was the second contestant to speak. Thinking about it, I had experience being 2nd contestant in the club level and 1st contestant in the area level. Thus, that gave me a bit of confidence. I knew I only have extra 3 minutes apart from the normal 5 minutes preparation.

Thus, I took a gamble, of having acronym of "CRAP" and "ER" as my evaluation points. While in the room, I just went to the corner and started to recap and rehearse on house I should present the speech.

When I was called, I want up the stage with full gear and when I shook hands with contest chair, Azizah. Just as I started, audience was laughing and the laughter got better. That boost my confidence and push to perform better. As I saw the yellow light, I knew I need to close it and when i finished my last sentence, the red light was on. At least I knew i was confident that i would not be disqualified.

As I finished the speech, thunderous applause received from the audience and I walked out from the stage confidently.

Thereafter, I went out from the room, so that i can relax my mind. As the announcement of results goes, there were 1 time disqualification. I was just hoping it would not be me.

3rd place name was announced and it went to Kyle Tham from Division W. 2nd place winner...stronger drum roles please..said the Azizah...It's Meyyappa Manickam !!!!!!

Wow...I made it...1st podium finish. I hugged Emil, then Dr,Thila. It took me at least 3 minutes for me to reach the stage as people. shaking hands, hugging and congratulating me.

Of course the winner was Robert Ram whom was the final contestant. Some said, he ha advantage to prepare for more time. But nevertheless, when comes to contest, you need to be prepared for every situation.

I took it with open heart. Just after the events concluded, it took half hour for me to get out from the hall, as people were taking pictures with me. That's where I realised my real value.

Now I can proudly says that I'm one of the best evaluators in the district.

I would like to thank Emil, Victor, Ariff, Shanker, Hadzrin and Bernard for giving me valuable input on methods to evaluate. 

The fruit of my hardwork as Division Governor

After working tirelessly for 1 year (even more of includes campaigning and pre-works), It's good to receive the award and more over to be nominated as 1 of the best Division Governors for the term.

Even before I started the term, there were council member resigned from the team. I took to positively, as i already expected huge challenges throughout the term. I had to be like iron-man, to be able to handle may rods at the same time.

There were club closed even without notifying me, members reluctant to come out from their comfort zone or think differently, non-proactive members and even worse, try to bring back issues which happened 2 years ago, so that I will loose focus.

Nevertheless, I had strong friends (i'm saying this because, they lend their shoulder during my challenging time). Division B is a unique division, where you have 29 clubs from 5 states. So special attention need to be given to them.

Sometimes, I will just wonder, why did I put myself into this. But then, to be a corporate leader, you need to go through all this hurdles and made me a stranger person and able to flex my muscle to carry heavier weights.

Putting in the theme at "Breaking Barriers", i broke the tradition of female leaders and became the 1st male leader, 1st gen-y leader and also 1st district podium finisher for the division.

Thanks to my council members, especially, Emil and victor whom gave me the right directions when needed.

I told my team, you would not be a special person, if you merely copy last term's leader, but of curse, some reluctant to change. But I left it to them to gauge their leadership, as true leadership will leave marks and people would remember, even you have vacated the post. Just like Mahathir and Mandela.

Anyway, I have proven to many people, that I too can lead and achieve glory, as tiger woods mum said"let you golf stick to speak". There were even a club member shouted at me during a club meeting, but I was patient and smile, and just thought that "Dogs bark at unknown people and if you keep looking at barking dog, you would not reach your destination".

Of course finally, when you clean your house drain, there will be definitely have few mosquito to bite you, just don't bother and keep cleaning it, else, you house drain would not be clean.

Now I'm happy that I have received the President Distinguished Award and sustain the same feat over least 7 years. Receiving the award from Ramdas Nair and I told him, what ever happened, I have made it. He hugged me and congratulated for the achievement. Thereafter, many wishes from people from North, south and central on the achievement as young leader.

Hero is always a Hero, wherever he goes.... 

Penang Bridge Marathon 2013 - 17 Nov 2013

I always wanted to take part in full marathon for this event. As usual, kept postponing it, till I got the chance to take part. I made it this round as it will be the last series in the old bridge.

I left to Penang on Saturday at 3pm and arrived around 8.30pm. Then went to hotel to put up and have dinner. While travelling, I manage to get sleep around 2 hours, so that gave me some energy for night race.

After dinner, went back to hotel, to get another hour sleep and finally left to the Jeti for shuttle bus. It started raining around 10pm and was raining til I reached the starting line. The bus dropped us 700M from the starting place, so I had to walk. But it was a good warm up.

The race started on time and my aim was just to complete the race. As the race started, all were fine. I was running in front of 6 hour pacer, so I knew I was not that slow. The rain kept pouring. At least that kept me cool and hydrated.

After the u-turn at Juru toll, there was a food station and they provided cream bun. I just ate the bun and threw off the cream. I was expecting power gel at that point.

Just after few kilometres, I started feeling cramp at my left calf, but I still continued, by jogging and walking. After few more kilometres, my right calf and left ankle was also aching. This made me to walk, the rest of the race. Although there were a lot of ambulance along the way, but my mind was set to complete the task.

Certain time, I took ice cubes for the muscle and realised, that would not work, as it needs to be heated due to cold weather.

It took about 7 hours for me to finish the race. As I reached the last 500M, i tried to jog and push myself. There were cheers and support from other runners whom has completed the race as they told me to "go..go..go", "you can finish it...", "you can do it" etc.

Just after the race, I collected the medal, t-shirt and sat down near soya station.

Points for improvement:
1. Inadequate 100plus stations
2. No muscle cream or spray
3. Improper distance markers
4. Inadequate Breakfast

At least, I feel proud now that I have completed the marathon despite challenges. Next year looking forward to race at new bridge.

Think Before you Donate

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Benefits of Drinking Ice water

I made a quick research about ice water as I was about to go into heated argument few days ago. So I decided, lets get the facts before arguing.

1.Ice water can deter the body to burn fat. Of course, cold things will freeze the fat, but you can always drink ice water after your exercise as u have already burn some fats and you wont be burning it till the day.

2. Even when you ave 45 degrees fever, the doctor will put you in ice room to bring down your temperature.

3. Just after your match or sports even, you will apply ice on your muscle to avoid flaming n also if its swollen.An ice bath will immediately reduce swelling while flushing lactic acid out of your body. 

4. Ice water could be harm for teeth, yes, but you can overcome it by brushing your teeth with proper toothpaste and also toothbrush.

5. drinking cold water can help lower your temperature back to normal. This can be important in high heat or strong sun, when you risk heatstroke from strenuous exercise. In addition, cold water is absorbed more quickly into your body than warm water, helping you re-hydrate more quickly.

6.When you drink cold water, you will feel cold only for your throat and tongue  but not your stomach. It's because, when it reaches to those part of the body, it's already warmed up.

I have personally seen tennis players, drinking ice water during the game itself.

Finally, if you say cold water is bad, then, people in Scandinavian countries always feel cold

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Budget 2014

Get the script from below link on 2014 budget

The snapshot of budget:

  1.  Monthly tax deduction is final tax, if tax payer is satisfied.
  2.  GST – 6% -  GST will not be imposed on services provided by the Government such as the issuance of passports, licences, health services and school education; GST will not be imposed on piped water supply, and the first 200 units of electricity per month for domestic consumers;
  3.  Individual income tax rates be reduced by 1 to 3 percentage points
  4. families with monthly income of RM4,000 will no longer have tax liability
  5. Corporate income tax rate be reduced by 1 percentage point from 25% to 24%. Whereas income tax rate for small and medium companies will be reduced by 1 percentage point from 20% to 19% from the year of assessment 2016;
  6. Secretarial fee and tax filing fee are allowed as tax deductions from the year of assessment 2015;
  7. RM530 million for preschool programmes as well as set up 93 preschools in national-type primary school
  8. Removal of sugar subsidy of 34 sen effective 26 October 2013.
  9. For gains on properties disposed within the holding period of up to 3 years, RPGT rate is increased to 30%, whereas for disposals within the holding period up to 4 and 5 years, the rates are increased to 20% and 15%, respectively. For disposals made in the sixth and subsequent years, no RPGT is imposed on citizens, whereas companies are taxed at 5%.
  10. For non-citizens, RPGT is imposed at 30% on the gains from properties disposed within the holding period of up to 5 years and for disposals in the sixth and subsequent years, RPGT is imposed at 5%.
  11. Increase the minimum price of property that can be purchased by foreigners from RM500,000 to RM1,000,000
  12.  a special tax relief of RM2,000 be given to tax payers with a monthly income up to RM8,000 received in 2013.
  13.  BR1M to households with a monthly income of below RM3,000 will be increased from RM500 to RM650.
  14. For single individuals aged 21 and above and with a monthly income not exceeding RM2,000, BR1M will be increased from RM250 to RM300.

Saturday, November 2, 2013