Thursday, 23 April 2015

MR. PREMIER! SHUT UP!


EPF members will retain right to withdraw at 55, Najib says today. 

Mr. Premier...errr...that is a non-issue in the first place! Now that people are really pissed off with your government, you want to appear as a hero by overriding the EPF board. What a drama, man!

The Employees Provident Fund contribution comes from employees themselves and their employers. EPF is just the appointed manager...so start behaving like one instead of like the owner. Stop dictating to us what is good for us and what is not because we can read in between the lines, ok. 

It is employees' money. Period. Kapish?

NOW NOW! WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?

Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan told reporters on April 23 that those who complain of having to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) for private hospital fees should opt for government hospitals instead.

Now, now...why didn't we think of that?

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I'M BACK!!



Regular visitors to this humble blog may noticed that I've been awfully quiet for the past two weeks. It's because I've been away attending the supreme training in my life - far exceeding other trainings that I've attended in my entire life, civilian and military combined. I'll share my own first hand experience and lessons that I've learned there for our mutual benefits in due course.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

BOOK REVIEW_CYRUS THE GREAT EDITED BY LARRY HEDRICK


Cyrus the Great founded the Persian Empire in the sixth century B.C. He was praised by the likes of Plato as an “enlightened monarch.” He was known for his benevolence, justice, kindness, and deep-seated desire for mankind to live in peace. He was also known for being the first to write a document chartering human rights.

Although this book goes through Cyrus’s history and achievements, the leadership lessons expressed in this book are timeless. Many of them focus on dealing with allies, understanding the self-interest of your team, encouraging high performance and standards, and proving that your words are backed by your deeds. Even the renowned management guru Peter Drucker calls it “the best book on leadership.”


“We discussed how wonderful it would be if a man could train himself to be both ethical and brave, and to earn all he needed for his house-hold and himself. That kind of man, we agreed, would be appreciated by the whole world. But if a man went further still, if he had the wisdom and the skill to be the guide and governor of other men, supplying their needs and making them all they ought to be, that would be the greatest thing of all.”

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

BOOK REVIEW_MASTERY BY ROBERT GREENE


Those who have done great work, who made an impact in their domain and lead fulfilling lives, did so because they mastered their skills and deeply connected with their field. Think Darwin, Mozart, Temple Grandin, Michael Jordan, and others.

Robert Greene debunks many of history’s greats while also providing a practical look into how we can utilize these findings in our own lives. From deliberate practice, to apprenticeships, to overcoming roadblocks, Mastery is an invaluable read in understanding how these seemingly gifted historic icons pursued mastery and how we can embark on the same path.

“The basic elements of this story are repeated in the lives of all of the great Masters in history: a youthful passion or predilection, a chance encounter that allows them to discover how to apply it, an apprenticeship in which they come alive with energy and focus. They excel by their ability to practice harder and move faster through the process, all of this stemming from the intensity of their desire to learn and from the deep connection they feel to their field of study. And at the core of this intensity of effort is a quality that is genetic and inborn - not talent or brilliance, which must be developed, but rather a deep and powerful inclination toward a particular subject.”


The book ISBN is 9780670026302. It is published by VIKING and sold at Times Bookstore at RM55.00

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

BOOK REVIEW_MEDITATIONS BY MARCUS AURELIUS (TRANSLATED BY GREGORY HAYS)


Marcus Aurelius, a ruler of the Roman Empire, wrote in his journal during his time at war—a meditation where he reminded himself of all his principles and past teachings. Stoicism is a school of philosophy that teaches us how to deal with the obstacles we face in our lives.


As a leader, you will undoubtedly deal with a barrage of negative emotions and roadblocks, both internal and external. They can cripple us, but what Stoicism teaches is that they can also be a profound advantage.

“If anyone can refute me - show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective - I'll gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.”

The book ISBN is 9780140441406 and is sold at Times Bookstore for RM31.00

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014