Moving up to the top takes a lot of effort and time.When you arrive,you many feel the satisfaction of achievement but after some time,it is very lonely up there because you may be alone most of the time and only a handful have managed to arrive at the top!From my experience,it is worth the efforts....At this age,I prefer to stay on lower terrain next to the flowing river...
This morning,my wife and me walked this little hill about 30 metres in height at Taman Saujana Hijau,Presint 11,Putrajaya.Looking at the top,my wife asked me whether we could do it and I said yes but don't look at the top but just 10 metres ahead of us.Nothing is too high when it is 10 metres away.When we walk the first 10 metres,we just move to the next 10 metres and so on...It is just like the proverbial question on how do you eat an elephant.It is one bite at one time.
On the way down,we turned back and looked in disbelief how high we had climbed.Yes, we have climbed to the top and we did it-a step at one time.After walking 3km in about 45minutes,I took my wife to a mamak shop at P8 to reward us with soft and crunchy roti canai.Alhamdulilah.
I was pleasantly suprised to see this big round mirror up The Rover Trail,inside FRIM,Kepong yesterday morning while my wife and me hiking up the trail.It made me very happy to see how the management is concerned about our safety.At sharp bend and steep trail like this location, we walkers may be ran over if the those cyclists coming down at high speed do not see us.Thank you very much and I now I see where my entrance fees of RM5/car went to.Well done.
Everyday we see ourselves in the mirror.If my knowledge of form 4 physics is still intact,what I see is the reflected image of myself-laterally inverted.Actually,we do not see ourselves as others see us.Anyway,due to symmetrical nature of our shape,we look more or less the same.As a noun,mirror is just an object.However, as a verb,it shows the reflected or percieved view of the object or the action.Another feature of the mirror is that it has blind spot.Sometimes,the images are distorted in shape and speed[via analogue/digital means].So,we must be very careful not to make premature judgement in many aspects of our lives when dealing with things that are reflected by 'mirrors'-literally or metaphorically speaking.
Below is the Rover Trail where we walk-for exercuse and for fun..
This is a personal project which I have been putting on hold for umpteen years.After days of due deliberation,I just told myself JUST DO IT. It is a 100 Days project for me to get prepared to take a professional exam by PMI to certify my professional competency in project management. The first day is today.My last professional exam was a quarter of a century ago.This made me nervous.
This preparation will take at least 2 hours of reading and doing exercises everyday and it will take away my other reading and blogging time.To my fellow readers who keep reading my blog,kindly be informed that my blogging frequency has to significantly reduced to about 3 times or less every week.(about 50% reduction).I hope you will bear with me and may I ask you to pray/do'a for my success.My exam date is either end of Nov or early Dec,2008.
For the next four days,I will be at my kampung for family matters and insyaAllah I will be in KL on 20th August,2008.May I wish you a happy weekend and a good holiday for this coming school holiday.
The article below provoked my mind to think hard about the skills and the meaning of knowledge.I am quite lucky to attend a few lectures by Prof Dr Syed Naguib Al-Attas and Prof Dr Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud on the topics of knowledge as mentioned in the article below.
Flash back more than three decades ago when I was a student at Sheffield University,I think I have acquired some knowledge and skill on how to acquire knowledge during the lectures,tutorials and lab work.But the emphasis was more on giving me basic engineering knowledge than teaching me skills to continuously acquiring knowledge after I graduated.Below is a comment I received from my learned friend when I sent this posting to him yesterday.
As salam mu alai kum Adib, Please look at
1.learn about the subject matter (knowledge) 2.practice applying the subject matter (skill development) and 3.independently apply the knowledge or skills (demonstrate competency)
Universities are only responsible for teaching the skill to acquire the relevant knowledge. The skills and competency(knowledge+ skills+ attitudes) can only be obtained at the workplace.
I personally feel that the less than 20% of the knowledge that we acquire at the Universities were applied at the workplace. The Universities role was just to provide the basic knowledge. It is up to to the individual to apply the knowledge acquired. That why the ATTITUDE is very important in making a person competent.
Prof Dato Sri Dr Ir Wahid Omar
How about your experience?Please share with me and the other readers of this blog.Thank you.
Notes on photos: The above two photos were taken when I was attending a lecture to seek more knowledge.The photo below was taken when my partner and me were conducting a PMP course.
Tuesday June 3, 2008
Varsities must teach the skill to acquire knowledge
IKIM VIEWS By Ir Ahmad Jais Alias Fellow, Centre for Consultancy and Training, IKIM
Students should learn about the purpose of
knowledge, and how to acquire knowledge correctly. This will
necessitate lifelong learning.
IN ONE of my
articles written last November, I emphasised the importance of
continuing professional development for graduates beyond their formal
One of the reasons is to
bridge the gap between what they have acquired during their studies and
the demands and expectations of employers in the job market.
we take the opportunity to gauge feedback from employers (or potential
employers), most of them are of the opinion that today's graduates are
not ready for a job requiring a certain command of knowledge that
graduates are supposed to have acquired from their learning process in
Another common concern is an
apparent lack of skills among the graduates that would enable them to
adapt and adopt new knowledge and skills at their workplace. Hence,
employers have to spend a handsome sum of money to send their graduate
employees for training and enhancement programmes.
are two aspects for us to ponder. On the one hand, graduates are
expected to acquire knowledge, at least to a minimum level in their
field of study; while on the other hand, they are expected to be
sufficiently trained in certain skills which will enable them to be
self-sufficient in their jobs.
So, where do we begin to address these concerns?
Perhaps we should begin by trying to understand the difference between the process of learning vis a vis the training process. Which should universities focus more on?
acquiring knowledge, one is necessarily referring to the process of
learning, in other words, the cognitive process of acquiring knowledge
or skill. The result of learning correctly conducted is profound
Prof S.M.N. al-Attas defines
knowledge as “both the arrival of meaning in the soul as well as the
soul’s arrival at meaning”. It is this meaning which allows the seeker
to understand the relation between the subject matter of knowledge, and
Therefore, the process of
learning in universities should produce graduates with the ability to
understand the meanings of what they have learned. They should be able
to explain it, elaborate on it, and create a new relationship between
what they have learned and the current and real challenges in the
The process of acquiring
knowledge may be established by means of external and internal senses
and faculties, reason and intuition, and true reports of a scientific
or religious nature and transmitted by their authentic authorities.
should therefore learn about the purpose of knowledge, and how to
acquire knowledge correctly. This will necessitate life-long learning,
and will continue with individual professional development, even at
The question is, does our higher
education system today help to prepare students with regard to how to
acquire knowledge? Or is ‘spoon-feeding’ information still the norm?
real knowledge is acquired through training, skills are also developed
by training. There are other meanings to the term skill: “an ability
that has been acquired through training” or “an ability to produce
solutions in some problem domain”.
skilled workers are trained in the same activities or sequence of
processes, until they command a certain level of craftsmanship that
enables them to produce successive controlled or similar results.
are trade-offs here. If the education system focuses more on producing
skilled graduates in terms of ‘technique’, they may neglect the ability
to acquire knowledge.
In my opinion we should
train students with the skill of acquiring knowledge. Acquiring
knowledge is actually paramount, to be repeated constantly throughout
our life. With the skills to acquire knowledge, a person actually
fulfils the requirements for continuous lifelong professional
All other knowledge, skill and
ability, will henceforth be automatic. The institution of higher
education should perhaps ponder and reflect, and subsequently act.
This posting is for my personal record.First ,let me thank my schoolmate Dr Azmi Mohd Tamil for posting this song in our sdara mailinglist.During my time in the
late 60's,our school song is in Malay(Bahasa Melayu).Later on someone
invented a new additional song to sing at other social functions.When they start singing,I remain quiet.So,I must memorise this new song:
We are proud to belong
to a school that is strong
that's our dear good old sdar
we are taught to promote
to our studies & sports
that's our dear good old sdar
the joy we had
and the sorrow we share
is a part of our unity
our feelings are strong
to the school that we belong
that's our dear good old sdar
Note :sdar means Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak.The photo shown is taken when I went to SDAR in 1965-about 43 years ago.
Reading the news about school bullies made me sick. I am writing to show my support of the decision made by the Hon. Minister Dato' Khaled Nordin not to give in to the appeals of the parents whose children were expelled by MRSM for bullying others.IMHO, these brilliant but bad manners kids should not be there in the first place. As parents, if my children did something wrong,I am also responsible and accountable.You guys (the parents) had failed to inculcate the good akhlaq to your kids.Period.
The story of school bullies is nothing new.Personally I was bullied when I was admitted to SDAR,Tanjung Malim in 1965.I knew what it was like then and my experience as hostel captain/headboy of SMT,KL exposed me to many bad and ugly things happening in schools with hostels.It all depends on how good are the hostel masters and the prefects looking after the boys.My view expressed here was not based on heresay, but from my personal experience of 8 years of my life eating 'nasi kawah' at the hostels.
When it comes to boy schools, the boys will be boys! My eldest son went to SDAR in Seremban and when I asked him, nothing had changed for the better.When it comes to my second and third sons,they took my advice to stay home and only lived in the hostel during their college/university days.
There are pros and cons about kids studying in boarding schools, but when it comes to discipline, there is NO comprise.
PS: Remember one student died many,many years ago.It happened at SMT,KL.When my youngest son joined the school three years ago,the HM informed the parent and the students that bullying is forbiden.He famous qoute: YOU TOUCH, YOU GO.Now, the school is one of the top technical schools in Malaysia.
My alumni meeting ended at 7:30pm at KL Sentral tonight.This is the third meeting for me today and I felt very tired and wanted to go home as soon as possible.To avoid the traffic jam,I decided to take the Putra train from KL Sentral to Majid Jamek and then LRT train to Pandan Jaya where my son will take me home by his car.
By the way,I am not a regular train user in KL.When a train arrived at Masjid Jamek,I immediately boarded the train.After a few stations we passed through,I thought I was on the right train.When the train passed through Cheras station I did not realised yet that I took the train to Sri Petaling.While on the train, I was toying with my new GPS device to measure the distance to destination and the speed of the train.The maximum speed recorded was 70km/hr.Suddenly my GPS indicated that instead of getting closer to Pandan Jaya station(my destination), it was getting further away.Then only my ageing mind realised that I may be on the wrong train.When the train stopped at Salak South, then I confirmed that I was on the wrong train.
I alighted from the train at Salak South and took another train back to Chan Sow Lin station.From there, I had to wait for a Sentul Timur train to Ampang. Instead of arriving home early, my journey was delayed by about 30 minutes.
I am sharing this short note so that all of us can learn a few lessons that may be applicable to our lives.First, do not be in a haste like me or make an assumption that you are in the right vehicle.Second, monitor where are you going.If you don't know where you are going,any road or train will take you there.Third,even if you are aided with satellite guidance communication system,please keep your eyes open;your device may have instrumental errors!
After more than 30 years since I left Sheffield University,I got the gut to call my housemate to tell me the address of a terrace house where we lived for about two years when we were students there in 1973-1976! In fact I was ashamed not to remember when I brought my wife there on our ten anniversay of our marriage when she asked me where I lived and I just could not recall.Twenty years later,yesterday to be exact,as I was playing around with maps.google.co.uk, I just typed Sheffield University and to my suprise the names of the roads came back to my fading memory....
I remember where my engineering faculty was at Mappin St and I did virtually walk allthe way from The Union building to Mappin St.Then I noticed Portabello St where I normally had my lunch there.The next question came to me was what did I live? I tried hard to recall but it just refused to come back.Immediately,I called my house-mate and he told me that we lived at 13 Ruth Square.So I googled the address and my God,I now know where I live for two years in 1974/76!
I spent more than one hour checking the map and the satellite image and then a had a shower of memory started to fall on my head...
"Okay,boys and girls.I am going to see the HM for a few minutes. All of you must continue reading and don't make noise while I am away.Now, you see my spectacles here on the table? My eyes are watching you!
To the teacher's suprise when he came back,everyone in the class was reading quietly believing that the teacher's spectacles was actually watching over them.
This story was told to me by a teacher. It only works for Std One pupils;-)
NB: I will be at a resort conducting a course for the next three days.Please be informed that I wouldnot be able to response to your comments during that period.