A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

This is the new book launched yesterday at MPH MidValley with the title “A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”. I think it is interesting and am getting one myself today at MPH Subang Parade. I think it is worth to spend RM100 for this book since in the STAR today it is reported by MPH general manager Tai Kwai Meng, that more than 5,000 copies were sold yesterday. Wow! Simply awesome.

As we all know that in his twenty-two years as Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad transformed his country from an agricultural backwater into an industrial powerhouse that would become the seventeenth-largest trading nation in the world. Am I sound like a reporter or a politician. Ha aha!

For your information in case that you have forgotten here are some details about Tun.

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad ( born 10 July 1925) was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia. Mahathir’s political career spanned almost 40 years, from his election as a Malaysian federal Member of Parliament in 1964, until his resignation as Prime Minister in 2003.

So what are you waiting for, go, go and get the book now!

Leaders of the world today

For the past one month, we have seen how general people in few muslim countries have become fed up with or disgusted with their current leaders and finally ousted them from their offices. This what we have seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and now Libya. Why? All these happenings because those leaders does not follow the Quran and Sunnah. It is not easy to become a good leader.

It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam SAW was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. According to the Qur’an, he was the best example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world. By studying the life of the Prophet SAW, we can derive those important principles which were followed by the Prophet SAW. Indeed, the Prophet SAW was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.

This vision of the Prophet SAW has motivated Muslims for more than a millenium. At one point, the Muslim Ummah had to wait 700 years for Constantinople to be liberated. The vision still energizes Muslims. But when one leader does not follow the Quran and Sunnah, then all problems shall occurs and this bring the wrath of Allah and finally the general people will also rise for a change.

The Prophet SAW said:

“Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.” (Ahmad)

Hadith – Sahih Muslim 4569, Narrated Umm Salamah, r.a.

The Messenger of Allah SAW said: In the near future there will be Amirs (rulers) and you will like their good deeds and dislike their bad deeds. One who sees through their bad deeds (and tries to prevent their repetition by his hand or through his speech), is absolved from blame, but one who hates their bad deeds (in the heart of his heart, being unable to prevent their recurrence by his hand or his tongue), is (also) safe (so far as God”s wrath is concerned). But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined. People asked (the Prophet): Shouldn’t we fight against them? He replied: No, as long as they say their prayers.

The Duty of the Muslim to Give Sincere Advice to the Corrupt Ruler.

“The master of martyrs (sayyid al-shuhada) is Hamzah r.a., and a man who stands up to a tyrant ruler and gives him nasihat (advice). And so the ruler kills him”

The Prophet (SAW) continued to say : ‘By Allah you have to enjoin good (Ma’ruf) and forbid evil (Munkar), and hold against the hand of the unjust ruler (Zalim), and force him on the truth strongly, or you have to limit him to the truth’. By this evidence, which is the hadith commenting on the verse, Allah (SWT) has prohibited us from remaining silent against the evil (Munkar), and He commanded us to remove it. Allah (SWT) commanded the Muslims to enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar, and made it a duty upon them to do so. Allah (SWT) said; ‘Let it be from among you a group who call to the good, enjoin Maroof and deny Munkar’. Allah (SWT) also said: ‘You have been the best nation (Ummah) brought to the people, because you enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar’. [Musnad of Ahmad]

So in this uprising, we need to do it with hikmah and not with solely anger. The best is we follow certain etiquette:

  1. Stand up to a corrupt leader by first calling him to Islam in hopes that he will repent and correct any haram (Islamically forbidden) behavior or teaching. If this does not work, consider it the collective jihad of the community to address the problem.
  2. An Imam of a Masjid can be replaced, but a governmental leader cannot be overthrown as long as he is Muslim. In both cases, sincere advice based on Quran and Sunnah (not feelings) should be given to the Imam or Sultan.
  3. Facts are not established against a person until that person is allowed to defend themselves against all accusations. A person is truly considered innocent until proven guilty in Islam.
  4. Enjoin the good and forbid the evil.

Proton into Electric Car

Dear readers,

New Year has come and how is your new resolution? As for me, as usual, will do the best to please the Creator and also plan the best for my family. Few years back in 2009 we have heard that Proton is talking or even dealing with Detroit Electric for EV car. Now in 2011, we only heard about hybrid car. So my question is is really Proton developing the full-pledged EV car. In the report by AFP, is said that Proton has said it will manufacture electric cars for eco-conscious markets in Europe and the United States, in a deal with Netherlands-based Detroit Electric. Also it said that Detroit Electric said that by 2012 it plans to sell more than 270,000 of the zero-emission electric vehicles in the US and Europe as well as China, priced from 23,000 to 33,000 dollars. Proton also said it was considering sell the vehicles based on its Persona and Gen.2 models in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Proton was formed 25 years ago as part of an ambitious national industrialization plan, but its market share has slumped in recent years as it floundered in a newly deregulated market.

Apart from Proton and Detroit Electric we also heard about Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd. It says that they will accelerate plans to introduce its version of electric cars to the local market, riding the technological advancement of its Japanese principal Nissan Motor Co Ltd as the race to bring fuel-efficient cars here hots up.

Guys, but the so-called-experts says that most industry observers agree that an electric car catering for the mass-market will not be viable in the near term, given the inadequate local infrastructure and after-sales service to support electric cars in Malaysia now.

So are we going to wait and wait for 2012 as they plan or we do it ourselves! Hahaha! It is no harm in trying and I would recommend you read this article here about how we could convert our own car to an electric car at our own backyard!

Hello Proton, hello Nissan and hello Detroit Electic….read it here now, http://roslihanip.linktrackr.com/electriccar

Presbyopia or farsightedness (Hyperopia)

What is Presbyopia? At first I am blurred about what its mean and later I found it it is inside me. Presbyopia usually occurs beginning at around age 40, when people experience blurred near vision when reading, or working at the computer. Blurred vision is very annoying experience. I am a nearsightedness since I was 15 and now at 44 going to 45 I am farsightedness or developing Presbyopia. It is the sign of old age my friend.

I am confuse now. Am I experiencing Presbyopia or farsightedness (hyperopia), where both causes near vision problems but for different reasons. The eye specialist said Presbyopia is caused by an age-related process. This differs from astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, which are related to the shape of the eyeball and are caused by genetic and environmental factors. So as for my case, who is at mid forties, Presbyopia is the answer.

This my latest score card on my eyes!

Eye Examination Result

So the answer to my problem is I have to wear a new eyeglasses with bifocal lenses which are the most common correction for presbyopia. Bifocal means two points of focus: the main part of the spectacle lens contains a prescription for distance vision, while the lower portion of the lens holds the stronger near prescription for close work.

But I do not want to use the bifocul glasses as it has a line between those areas and that is why I go for Progressive Lenses. Why progressive lenses? You may be maturing, but “mature” doesn’t have to mean “old” he he he!

If you are a 40-something who has trouble reading fine print, you have more options than just the lined bifocal lenses your parents wore.

Progressive lenses, sometimes called “no-line bifocals,” eliminate the visible lines of traditional bifocals and trifocals and hide the fact that you need reading glasses. No one else has to know whether you are wearing glasses just for fashion — or because your arms have “grown too short” for you to see up close!

So guys for a mature guy, I repeat not “old”, I bought a new pair of eyeglasses late November and on Saturday my new gadget is ready. Here it is……

Source of infos: http://www.allaboutvision.com/

Are you going to say “YES” 4G Wimax?

Hey guys,

For the past weeks, I have been hearing this question, Are you going to say ‘YES’? At first I am a bit amused with the question and then I realized they are asking about the new YTL Communications, the newest player in the wireless broadband sphere. Calling it ‘4G’ technology, it promises high-speed Internet nearly everywhere you go for cheap and all-you-can-eat!

At the official launch November 19, YTL’s Yes 4G WiMAX service unveiled the prices with prices starting at 2.64 sen per MB for data usage totalling 2.5GB and below. The prices vary according to usage, where the more you use, the cheaper the rate per MB. At 3GB, the rate is 2.25 sen per MB and at 4GB or more, it comes to 2.10 sen.

The “Yes” wireless Internet and voice service is said to be as much as 5 times faster than most users’ current 3G network. The new WiMax network also allows customers to pick their own ID and number. While we’re sure that greater download speeds are a major factor in the exceeding of business expectations, one can never underestimate the power and promise of personalization played in the buoying the service sign ups. Although it may be an ultimately arbitrary factor for the service provider, the appeal of having a say in one’s own number might be construed as “kinda neat” for customers. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the service is that it will be billed like most utilities, not on a fixed monthly rate, but on an as used basis.

But the real issue in Malaysia is, with this Yes gives a better service than the rest of it kind in the broadband industry. This is yet to be proven and for us to test and to find out. Arrggghhh! As Malaysians we have already been burned by the empty promises of many broadband providers, should we put our trust in YTL?

Guys, let’s not make our own judgment without getting the facts straight and the only way to find out is to try it. As for me, I am staying in Subang Jaya currently I am using P1 Wimax, Maxis broadband and TM Streamyx and all have their advantages and disadvantages.

But I am a happy camper and now I am thinking of saying ‘YES’.

If YTL Communications can live up to their bold claim of providing up to 5 times over 3G existing speeds, then we are really going to be happy campers. TM’s HSBB has already given us a taste of the joy that lightning fast internet speeds can provide, and if YES 4G can do the same for the mobile realm, then we are sold.

In terms of pricing, all we can really say is that we kinda saw this one coming. Sure, a pay-as-you-use system doesn’t sound anywhere near as enticing as the “unlimited” offerings out there, but if YES 4G can provide constant and reliable service, we don’t really see this a being much of a problem. So guys, what say you, let’s try ‘YES’.

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