Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reminiscing, And Preparing For The Future


It has been an exciting, draining day...!

Something that you don't quite expect to happen has happened. Some would say this was an untimely, unwise move.  Some may see the Prime Minister in a totally new light.

I believe the move had caught many off guard.  Even one seasoned journo said before the announcement today that "No. 1 would never drop No. 2", going by the grassroots support that the latter has.

You'll never know with life and politics.



  • The closest I ever got to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was when he presented this award to me in 2012.  Taking a moment to reminisce (ahem).  Everyone else is also reminiscing on Facebook.

Two other former deputy prime ministers from Johor that did not become PMs were Tun Dr Ismail Abd Rahman and Tun Musa Hitam. 

On a separate matter, the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council in Skudai, Johor Baru, may be relocated to a new building sprawling 20 acres in the future.  Negotiations with UEM Sunrise Berhad is still underway.

The MPJBT was formerly known as the Johor Baru Tengah District Council. In 2001, it became a local authority with municipal status.  

The municipal council would already have been accorded city status when it moves to the new site.  When it gets city status, the property valuation and assessment rate will probably also be reviewed.  So, residents here, please start saving money now.  That was a note to self.

Before that, MPJBT will be surrendering the areas which are found in its eastern zone, namely, Ulu Tiram, Masai, Johor Jaya to other local councils. This will cost the local council a revenue loss of about RM40 million.  But in return, areas in Nusajaya will come under its jurisdiction, and this includes Medini and Forest City.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fairus Jamaluddin

The Johor Asam Pedas dish churned out by Fairus

The "chef" is sharing some tips

Fairus Jamaluddin loves to cook.  His favourite dish is the Asam Pedas Johor.  In 2013, there was a "fiery war" between Malacca and Johor, when Malacca was said to have wanted to patent the asam pedas as a heritage dish of the state.
 
Fairus says that one should always use fresh fish, but if fresh fish is not available and you need to freeze it, he says one should not wash it before freezing.  Wash it only when you are going to cook it.  That way you retain the sweetness of its meat. It's the same with chicken.

However, the 35-year-old who owns a construction business says he always prefers fresh fish and would not mind driving all the way from JB to Pontian to get the fish there.

Fairus also says that his secret recipe was he would always "selawat ke atas Nabi" while cooking, and he professes that this makes a difference in how the dish turns out.

The guests at Fairus' house who can't wait to tuck in to the dishes, but first, a wefie
We had a wonderful meal at the cosy home of Fairus which he shares with his wife, five 
children and several adorable cats.  We got to try two different types of asam pedas --- one with daun kunyit and ikan pari; and one with daun kesum and ikan merah.
  
Fairus shared his recipes with the guests, as he believes that "ilmu tak perlu kedekut" (generous sharing of knowledge) and would one day like to pen a cookbook.

I definitely look forward to buying a copy, "Chef Fairus".

Same Mission, Different Vision

A "He says", "She says", "You say", "I say" situation. The blame game is still pretty much on, but I hope the bickering will end soon. For the sake of the dogs. Not just these dogs but all the dogs out there that need help. 
 
The shelter at Taman Delima 2 in Johor Bahru

The story so far

JOHOR BARU: A veterinarian has certified that four of the dogs rescued from a dog shelter in Taman Delima 2 on Wednesday were in a severe state of malnutrition, poor body condition and infested with ticks.

According to a medical report, one of the dogs has severe lacerated wounds on the neck region caused by the steel chain which had been tied around its neck for a long period of time.

The wound was about three to four centimetres deep. The veterinarian, who declined to be identified said the dogs also suffers from serious enlargement of the spleen and belly which suggested tick fever infection and internal parasite infestation.

"The dogs were not spayed, and they were all weak and lethargic. Most of the rescued dogs were also suffering from diarrhea". The shelter operator who came under public scrutiny after the plight of her dogs were highlighted in the press, had confronted the owner of the land on Thursday evening after learning that some of her dogs had gone missing.

Josphin Mary Paul, founder of Humane Touch Animal Society, allegedly accused the landowner, Kenny Tan, of conspiring with others to remove her dogs.

"My dogs are very attached to me. Now they are all gone!" said Josphin Mary.

She also said that she had all the dogs at her shelter vaccinated. However, she did not believe in neutering or spaying the strays. Josphin Mary said she had chained the dogs to keep them from following her home, as her house was in the same neighbourhood, and that works on the fencing was not yet completed.

A check with Tan confirmed the confrontation when Josphin Mary had gone to the site only to find that her dogs were no longer there.

"I sincerely wanted to help her. I know she has good intention, but she cannot fulfil her promise to keep the shelter clean. The dogs are in a pathetic condition and I am worried that this will pose a threat to the health of residents in the neighbourhood, and that would drag me into trouble as she is occupying my land," he said. Tan said he also feared for his safety, as Josphin Mary appeared very upset.

"She told me she has invested all her time and energy to building the shelter and now her dogs have been snatched from her," Tan said.

"I hope the relevant government department will speak to her, and help me out of this situation," he added.

Johor branch Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia state youth coordinator T. Roystan Vincent said he was not aware of the matter, and the last time he had met Josphin Mary was in January.

The non-governmental organisation had helped Josphin Mary build the shelter, which was completed last December. "Our part was just helping her build a shelter for her dogs. It was a joint project between the Johor branch and the Singapore branch and the cost was about RM15,000.

"We heard about the plight of a woman who had 70 dogs in her house and was having trouble with the neighbours, so out of good faith, we decided to help her build the shelter," Roystan Vincent said.

He confirmed that Tan had let Josphin Mary use the land for free, and was sad that things have turned out this way.

Meanwhile, Dr. A. Shanmugam, a Muar-based veterinarian, came to Josphin Mary's defence, claiming that he had vaccinated the stray dogs at the shelter for free this year. When asked about the ghastly conditions of the dogs, Dr Shanmugam said they were after all, street dogs.

"Josphin Mary would save dogs roaming the streets, the ones that people normally cringed away from. Some irresponsible owners will also just dump their pets outside the gate of her house and this woman would take them in," he said.

Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) public affairs officer Mohammad Firdaus Abdul Hamid said the local council had been confronting Josphin Mary over the past 10 years over the issues of her dogs.
 
The local council's health department officers, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and State Veterinary Services Department have all gone to her house in the past to give her advice.

"We need to review her case and take action against her according to the council's bylaws, now that her shelter is causing disturbance to the public and posing a threat to the health of others living nearby," Mohammad Firdaus said.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Discord Dust 2

Related link: Discord Dust 

Stray dogs found worse off in JB shelter

by Yee Xiang Yun 
(STAR)

JOHOR BARU: These stray dogs were supposed to have been rescued, kept safe and fed in a shelter.  However some 30 of them housed at a shelter in Taman Delima 2 here were found to be malnourished and with ticks all over their bodies.

Volunteers from the Homeless and Orphan Pets Exist (HOPE) who came to know about their condition, were unable to rescue the dogs as the shelter owner refused to let them take the animals.

A war of words erupted between the volunteers and the woman, in her 50s, during an hour-long commotion yesterday.

The canines were seen lying in their own waste while a strong stench wafted through the air.  Some were even chained in cages.

The volunteers immediately fed the dogs with dried food and clean water.

Landowner Kenny Tan, 52, said he allowed the woman to use a portion of his land when she approached him three years ago.

It was learnt that the shelter operator got into trouble with the local authorities several times previously, including in 2012 for keeping about 80 dogs inside a double-storey house.

The woman, who declined to be named, defended her shelter, saying that she fed the dogs daily and the animals were vaccinated and had no diseases.

Aftr two hours of persuasion, HOPE volunteer Iris Leong said the woman finally allowed them to clean up the shelter and send the dogs for neutering and medical attention.

JB City Council public relations officer Mohd Firdaus Abdul Hamid said the woman had been warned and given advice repeatedly.

"We view this seriously and will issue her a notice to clean up the area," he said, adding that the council would also rope in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for help.



Dogs "neglected" at JB animal shelter

by Chuah Bee Kim
(New Straits Times)

 Denial: Owner rubbishes group's claims about animals

JOHOR BARU: Volunteers from an animal shelter here made a shocking discovery when they stumbled upon some 20 dogs, which were believed to be maltreated, here yesterday.

The dogs were found to be malnourished with skin diseases and fungal infection at an animal shelter at Taman Delima 2 here.

A 39-year-old volunteer of Homeless and Orphan Pets Exist (Hope), who only wanted to be known as May, said she tailed the owner of the shelter, a woman in her 40s, about two weeks ago and found the dogs chained up at the location.

"I cried when I saw the condition of the dogs.  I hope the relevant authorities will stop this person from taking in any more dogs.

"She claimed to love them, but did not take care of them," she said.

Kenny Tan, 52, who owned the 0.67ha vacant land where the dogs were kept, said he was approached by the founder of the animal shelter three years ago.

Tan said the land, left behind by his deceased parents, used to be a haunt for drug addicts.

"When the woman, supported by a well-known non-governmental organisation, approached me and asked if they could use the land to build a shelter for strays, I agreed to let them use it for free as I did not want it to become a haunt for drug addicts.

"The woman, who lived in Taman Delima, near here, said she received complaints from neighbours that she was keeping too many dogs in her house.  So, I agreed to let her keep the dogs here.

"She assured me that the dogs would be bathed and fed, and that they were vaccinated and in good health.

"However, over the years, I found out that this was not the case.

"Recently, thre were even complaints from residents living in the surrounding area that the carcasses of dogs, which had died here, were thrown into Sungai Tebrau."

Humane Touch Animal Society founder, Josphin Mary Paul, 44, the woman at the centre of the storm, rubbished Hope's claims that the dogs were not looked after.

"Too much vaccination will kill a dog," she said, adding that Hope should not interfere with the running of her shelter.

However, Josphin Mary did not deny throwing the carcasses into the river.

"I did not know at that time that it was prohibited, but I stopped doing it after Tan confronted me."

Johor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) vice-chairman Sheila Grewal said Josphin Mary should not be penalised if her intention and passion was to help the strays.

However, Grewal said, the SPCA did not support the culture of hoarding animals.

"Even if you love them, but do not have the space, resources and funds to keep the animals, then abuses can come in different forms.  Overcrowding, undernourishment and neglect are just some of them.

"We would like to discuss with animal shelter operators and local councils on how we can work together in the aspects of fundraising or in volunteerism."

The Johor Veterinary Services Department could not be reached for comment.

Let the pictures say the words that can't be said.










Discord Dust


It feels like someone up there sprinkled some discord dust on earth, and everyone's fighting with one another.

Maybe I'm just exaggerating, but it kind of feels like that sometimes.

This case is another reason why the Animal Welfare Act 2015 needs to be passed as law as soon as possible. It's not about the fine, for this case, but there's a need for a national and state animal welfare board to be set up to say what can and cannot be done. What is right, what is not. I'm also confused now. 


A volunteer holding one of the dogs at the shelter.


The dogs at the shelter were found in chains.


One of the dogs that was not in chains.



The China Press report

Click the link below for the reports in New Straits Times and Star

Discord Dust 2


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Seeking Justice

Rela Man Who Allegedly Shot Dog Out On Bail

Mike was someone's beloved pet

JOHOR BARU: The People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) member who allegedly shot a 7-month-old pet dog in Bandar Seri Alam on Thursday has been released on police bail.

Seri Alam district police chief Superintendent Abdul Samad Salleh said the man in his 50s, who had been remanded since the day of the incident, was released yesterday.

"The man has been freed on police bail.  We are getting the reports before the investigation papers are submitted to the deputy public prosecutor," Samad told the New Straits Times.

It was reported that the Rela member, who works as a restaurant operator, had shot the dog named Mike outside its owner's house in Bandar Seri Alam at 4am on Thursday.

A veterinarian, who treated the dog, removed 10 pellets from its body, most of them lodged in its skull.  It was put to sleep due to the severe wounds.

The dog's owner lodged a police report, and this led to the arrest of the suspect for unlawful discharge of firearms.

An animal rights activist in Johor said he hoped the case would serve as a warning to those who abused animals.

Johor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) chairman Andrew Karun said that even those the suspect was being investigated for unlawful discharge of a gun, the case was also about the indiscriminate shooting of an animal.

He called for the recently-passed Animal Welfare act to be used in the case.

"Under the Animal Welfare Bill, the suspect could face a maximum fine of RM100,000 for the offence.  This case should serve as a deterrent to animal abusers."

Johor Baru SPCA chairman Ranjeet Singh Bhullar said the case was clearly about animal abuse, and hoped action would be taken against those who violated the law.

Ranjeet asked why the suspect had allegedly denied shooting the dog, when he should have lodged a police report if the dog had attacked him.

source: New Straits Times

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Take A Stand

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar says police have to establish whether the man was in a life-threatening situation


Cops To Find Out Why Dog Was Shot

JOHOR BARU:  Police have to ascertain whethr the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) member, who shot a 7-month-old pet dog in Bandar Seri Alam last Thursday, was in a life-threatening situation which compelled him to pull the trigger.

"Police have to establish whether the man who shot the dog was put in a life-threatening situation and whether this led him to fire the shot," Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told the New Straits Times.
  
On Thursday, the man, in his 50s, shot the dog, named Mike, outside the gate of its owner's hourse .

The owner, G. G. Tanabalan, said the veterinarian had to remove 10 pellets from the dog's body.  Most were lodged in the skull.  The veterinarian said the dog had to be put down as its skull was fractured.

Seri Alam police chief Superindent Abdul Samad Salleh confirmed that the man possessed a category B licence to carry and use a firearm.

He said the man was arrested after Tanabalan lodged a report at the Bandar Seri Alam police station at 7.16pm on Thursday.

He said police had obtained a four-day remand order on the man from the date of his arrest on Thursday.  The case is being investigated under Section 39 of the Arms Act 1960 for unlawful discharge of firearms.

(source: New Straits Times)

A Dog Named Mike 

Murdered Darlings 


Mike is only seven months old and was described as friendly and playful by owner and neighbours


Readers of this blog who knew Mike and didn't find the dog "friendly and playful" as described,  can drop me a line

Those who think the shooter was just being "trigger happy", cruel and mean, can also share your 2 cents' worth.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Murdered Darlings

Updated

  Original Posting

The Johor MB's Raya Open House

On first day of Raya, I was among those who thronged Saujana, the official residence of the Johor Menteri Besar.

From there, I went home to change --- there was a heavy downpour and we were caught in the rain --- before driving to Bandar Seri Alam, where there was a case of a dog shot on the eve of Hari Raya.  It was not just a case of a dog being shot and later had to be euthanised, it was a case of a People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) member discharging a firearm in a residential area.

Was there any justification to the shooting of the seven-month-old mongrel? Are Rela members permitted to carry guns? Will this suspect become the first to be charged under the newly-passed Animal Welfare Act 2015?

The Bill was drafted to protect the welfare of animals like the ones below


a dog found roaming in a university campus and later found dead, allegedly poisoned



and a host of other ghastly past incidents like the slaying of a dog at the Kepong KTM station, a Rottweiler shot with arrows, a poodle named Sushi, a dog named Mike ...

There are, however, worst atrocities all over the world.

Anyway, I only learnt yesterday that the Animal Welfare Bill 2015 has yet to receive the royal assent, and therefore is not yet gazetted.  

When is it going to be implemented so that the Department of Veterinary Services will have more power to prosecute abusers and mete out harsher punishment for the crimes committed against animals.


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Dog Named Mike


This is Mike




a 7-month-old mongrel
Those who knew him described him as a playful, friendly dog.


Click this link Restaurant Owner Arrested For Shooting Of Dog if you want to know what happened to Mike.  There are gruesome photographs which you would need to scroll down if you want to see them.  WARNING!  It is not meant for the faint-hearted.  

Seek justice for Mike, but at the same time, pet owners, please don't let your pets out of the house unaccompanied.

Working on a more indepth version of the story for print.  Will update.



















































The brutal shot at 4am did not kill Mike instantly
He had to be put out of his misery later that same day at 2pm.

Rest In Peace, Mike

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Di Mana Dia?

Goats at the Osman Goat Farm

One month of fasting is coming to an end for the Muslim community.  Tomorrow is Hari Raya Aidilfitri.  The sight, smell and sound of the goats reminded me of a childhood song "Chan Mali Chan".  I'm not sure what message song conveys.  I just know the tune is very catchy.  

I think the song is about love, a courtship song of sort.

Let me take this opportunity to greet all Muslim friends near and far "Selamat Hari Raya semua".

The 1st story I did today was "Johoreans Go On A Last Minute Festive Shopping Spree".

Ridzuan Salleh, 27, (left) doing some last-minute shopping on the eve of Hari Raya from a booth set up by Kijul Food Supplier.  The guy in blue is Zulkifli Mohd Hafan, 37, owner of Kijul Food's Supplier, that supplies home-made cookies since 2003.

JOHOR BARU: It may be crowded with people and traffic, but people are still people are still flocking to the Angsana Johor Baru Mall, here to do their last-minute festive shopping. Ridzuan Salleh, 27, a technician from Pontian, said he had been too busy with work to go shopping and that he only started his Hari Raya Aidilfitri leave today. "It's the day before Raya but I can see I am not the only one doing the last minute shopping. I will be going back to my hometown in the evening," he said. Ridzuan stopped by at the mall to grab some festive cookies at the Kijal Food's Supplier, one of the booths set up at the mall in conjunction with the festival. Ridzuan said he had adopted the habit of last minute shopping as prices would be slashed. Zulkifli Mohd Hafan, 37, who is the owner of Kijal Food's Supplier, said he had taken up booths at the mall since 2003. "Last year, I took up four booths selling my home-made cookies. This year, I only took up three booths. Business is slower this year, compared to previous years. "Singaporeans make up the bulk of my customers, and they are snapping up my cookies without much haggling over prices. They are really enjoying the currency exchange," he said. Zulkifli said he would like to clear his stock, but the leftovers will be contributed to suraus and welfare homes nearby. Aisyah Sahari, 18, who was selling home-made cookies for the first-time in a joint venture with a friend, said she would keep her shop open until late tonight. "Like most traders here, I will be operating the business until midnight," she said. Shop assistant Nabiha Asmi, 19, whose booth is offering Hari Raya wear for Muslimah said the crowd of last-minute shoppers would usually throng the booths after the breaking of fast on the eve of Raya. "Some of our women's jubah which is usually priced at RM229 is going for RM180 today, and it may be further reduced as the night approaches," Nabiha said. Like the other traders, Nabiha said sales have dipped a little compared to previous years, but she admitted that Angsana was among the most crowded places for Raya shop
You can read more about the last minute shopping here, if you like.

 After that, I did this story "Osman Goat Farm Brings Cheer To Senior Citizens".


Osman Goat Farm managing director Osman Cheya Kutty (2nd from right) distributing beef to 180 poor families living in Kg Kangkar Tebrau.
 


The link to the story is here

What touched me most at the event was when Osman Cheya Kutty said this: "One of the recipients handed me some home-made festive cookies in exchange. There were tears in this woman's eyes, and when I saw that, I felt that what I gave away today is nothing compared to the hardship she has to go through. The happiness I saw in her eyes were a priceless gift in return for me." 

My good friend Mary Victoria Dass did the Bahasa Malaysia version of the story here

Both pics that appeared in the New Straits Times were taken by Muhammad Aidil Hussain, currently doing practical training at the bureau.

As of time of writing, it's about 20 minutes to go before midnight.  

Need to sleep now.  Good night everyone.

JOHOR BARU: Single mother Zainab Bon, 71, is able be make beef rendang for Hari Raya Aidilfitri thanks to a contribution from Osman Goat Farm here today. The management of the livestock company distributed beef to 180 poor people and senior citizens living in Kampung Kangkar Tebrau, here. Zainab, who was among the recipients said it has been difficult to make ends meet as she relies on her youngest 25-year-old daughter, who recently found a job as a clerk that pays RM800 a month. "I am grateful to the good samaritans who have contributed to add more cheer to Hari Raya. These days it is not easy to get by with an income of RM800 but I am grateful that my youngest daughter, who has just completed her studies, has found a job," said the single mother of six children aged 25 to 52. Kampung Kangkar Tebrau village head Kamarudin Mustakin, 60, who was present at the ceremony to hand over the contributions, said the Osman Goat Farm has been been contributing to poor families for the past three Hari Raya celebrations. "The local community here, especially the underprivileged, are deeply grateful for the generosity," Kamarudin said. Meanwhile, Osman Goat Farm managing director Osman Cheya Kutty said one of the recipients handed him some home-made festive cookies in exchange. "There were tears in this woman's eyes, and when I saw that, I felt that what I gave away today is nothing compared to the hardship she has to go through. The happiness I saw in her eyes were a priceless gift in return for me." The company distributed 2kg of beef worth RM56 to each recipient during a simple ceremony at its office in Jalan Enau, Kangkar Tebrau. Osman Goat Farm started operations more than 20 years ago. Osman said giving back to the community was a way for the company to thank their customers.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/node/923
JOHOR BARU: It may be crowded with people and traffic, but people are still people are still flocking to the Angsana Johor Baru Mall, here to do their last-minute festive shopping. Ridzuan Salleh, 27, a technician from Pontian, said he had been too busy with work to go shopping and that he only started his Hari Raya Aidilfitri leave today. "It's the day before Raya but I can see I am not the only one doing the last minute shopping. I will be going back to my hometown in the evening," he said. Ridzuan stopped by at the mall to grab some festive cookies at the Kijal Food's Supplier, one of the booths set up at the mall in conjunction with the festival. Ridzuan said he had adopted the habit of last minute shopping as prices would be slashed. Zulkifli Mohd Hafan, 37, who is the owner of Kijal Food's Supplier, said he had taken up booths at the mall since 2003. "Last year, I took up four booths selling my home-made cookies. This year, I only took up three booths. Business is slower this year, compared to previous years. "Singaporeans make up the bulk of my customers, and they are snapping up my cookies without much haggling over prices. They are really enjoying the currency exchange," he said. Zulkifli said he would like to clear his stock, but the leftovers will be contributed to suraus and welfare homes nearby. Aisyah Sahari, 18, who was selling home-made cookies for the first-time in a joint venture with a friend, said she would keep her shop open until late tonight. "Like most traders here, I will be operating the business until midnight," she said. Shop assistant Nabiha Asmi, 19, whose booth is offering Hari Raya wear for Muslimah said the crowd of last-minute shoppers would usually throng the booths after the breaking of fast on the eve of Raya. "Some of our women's jubah which is usually priced at RM229 is going for RM180 today, and it may be further reduced as the night approaches," Nabiha said. Like the other traders, Nabiha said sales have dipped a little compared to previous years, but she admitted that Angsana was among the most crowded places for Raya shopping in JB.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/node/9234JOHOR BARU: It may be crowded with people and traffic, but people are still people are still flocking to the Angsana Johor Baru Mall, here to do their last-minute festive shopping. Ridzuan Salleh, 27, a technician from Pontian, said he had been too busy with work to go shopping and that he only started his Hari Raya Aidilfitri leave today. JOHOR BARU: It may be crowded with people and traffic, but people are still people are still flocking to the Angsana Johor Baru Mall, here to do their last-minute festive shopping. Ridzuan Salleh, 27, a technician from Pontian, said he had been too busy with work to go shopping and that he only started his Hari Raya Aidilfitri leave today. "It's the day before Raya but I can see I am not the only one doing the last minute shopping. I will be going back to my hometown in the evening," he said. Ridzuan stopped by at the mall to grab some festive cookies at the Kijal Food's Supplier, one of the booths set up at the mall in conjunction with the festival. Ridzuan said he had adopted the habit of last minute shopping as prices would be slashed. Zulkifli Mohd Hafan, 37, who is the owner of Kijul Food's Supplier, said he had taken up booths at the mall since 2003. "Last year, I took up four booths selling my home-made cookies. This year, I only took up three booths. Business is slower this year, compared to previous years. "Singaporeans make up the bulk of my customers, and they are snapping up my cookies without much haggling over prices. They are really enjoying the currency exchange," he said. Zulkifli said he would like to clear his stock, but the leftovers will be contributed to suraus and welfare homes nearby. Aisyah Sahari, 18, who was selling home-made cookies for the first-time in a joint venture with a friend, said she would keep her shop open until late tonight. "Like most traders here, I will be operating the business until midnight," she said. Shop assistant Nabiha Asmi, 19, whose booth is offering Hari Raya wear for Muslimah said the crowd of last-minute shoppers would usually throng the booths after the breaking of fast on the eve of Raya. "Some of our women's jubah which is usually priced at RM229 is going for RM180 today, and it may be further reduced as the night approaches," Nabiha said. Like the other traders, Nabiha said sales have dipped a little compared to previous years, but she admitted that Angsana was among the most crowded places for Raya shopping in JOHOR BARU: Single mother Zainab Bon, 71, is able be make beef rendang for Hari Raya Aidilfitri thanks to a contribution from Osman Goat Farm here today. The management of the livestock company distributed beef to 180 poor people and senior citizens living in Kampung Kangkar Tebrau, here. Zainab, who was among the recipients said it has been difficult to make ends meet as she relies on her youngest 25-year-old daughter, who recently found a job as a clerk that pays RM800 a month. "I am grateful to the good samaritans who have contributed to add more cheer to Hari Raya. These days it is not easy to get by with an income of RM800 but I am grateful that my youngest daughter, who has just completed her studies, has found a job," said the single mother of six children aged 25 to 52. Kampung Kangkar Tebrau village head Kamarudin Mustakin, 60, who was present at the ceremony to hand over the contributions, said the Osman Goat Farm has been been contributing to poor families for the past three Hari Raya celebrations. "The local community here, especially the underprivileged, are deeply grateful for the generosity," Kamarudin said. Meanwhile, Osman Goat Farm managing director Osman Cheya Kutty said one of the recipients handed him some home-made festive cookies in exchange. "There were tears in this woman's eyes, and when I saw that, I felt that what I gave away today is nothing compared to the hardship she has to go through. The happiness I saw in her eyes were a priceless gift in return for me." The company distributed 2kg of beef worth RM56 to each recipient during a simple ceremony at its office in Jalan Enau, Kangkar Tebrau. Osman Goat Farm started operations more than 20 years ago. Osman said giving back to the community was a way for the company to thank their customers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Constructive Feedback

... after a series of teasers, the day has come to reveal the advertorial that appeared in the New Straits Times today (July 16).












Constructive feedback welcome. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Be Dazzled



A stunning burst of colours over the Seri Omega Private and International School during its Open Day Celebration.
Another lovely composition.  Both shots the work of an award-winning photographer.
BOOM and the lights fill up the night sky as the crowd cheered with delight. This shot was snapped by an amateur photographer armed with a Canon EOS 1000D which was on auto-focus mode.


The advertorial on the School Open Day 2015 will be out in the NST on Thursday (July 16) and Sin Chew Daily on Friday (July 17).

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Muhibbah Drumming




What am I waiting for?

Waiting for the rain? snow?  durian to drop?

I am waiting for the fireworks display actually.  But more on that  later.

By the way, Hari Raya is just around the corner.  Can't wait to wear my new baju kurung when I visit friends who celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.  Got this baju kurung at RM95.






We need some Muhibbah drumming to foster the unity among the different races in the community.

Where am I and what am I doing here?  Click this link please.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Briefly

Updated

I have started a new blog called "COME On A Quality Quest" where I will try to focus more on the services that are out there.  I know it is difficult to make choices at times. Sometimes it all boils down to luck.  Sometimes it calls for discernment and discussion.

I hope I can help out by writing about the various organisations and their range of services, brands, products and about that little competitive edge of  theirs.

The link to my new blog is on my blog roll.  I will try to be more professional in "COME On A Quality Quest".

Meanwhile, "COME Roam With Bee" will continue to adopt the rojak concept where I will write to the tune and rhythm of the moment.  It will mostly be about my experiences, opinions and ramblings.  

Cheers!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bubur Lambuk Amal Cookout





Belum masak lah ... look at me ... sudah tak sabar nak makan. We were representatives of the Johor Media Club.  That's our president Fauzi Ishak cutting the (not sure what veggie is that) for the Ramadan porridge. On the left is "Betty" from Star. Full name Norbaiti Phaharoradzi.

We have a new photographer attached for practical training. He calls me Aunty. Have told him not to, but "out of respect", I guess, he's still doing that. Ok lah, memang dah aunty pun.

The last time I saw him he was just a little boy. He would follow his Dad to the office when his Dad drops in during his day off. Now the boy is attached as a practical trainee. 

Enough of me babbling on on a sleepless night in JB. I'm coming down with flu. Better get some rest.

Anyway, here's the NST online report on the cookout at the Regency Specialist Hospital in Bandar Seri Alam, Johor Bahru.


(from left) Fauzi Ishak, Che Noriah Ismail and Chin Wei Jia at the event.

JOHOR BARU: More than 100 participants from the Seri Alam community here took part in the "Bubur Lambuk Amal" charity cookout, organised by the Regency Specialist Hospital (RSH) here today. 

Eight organisations comprising the Johor Media Club, Pasir Gudang Umno, Pasir Gudang Municipal Council, Seri Alam Police district headquarters, Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd, Taman Rinting Mosque, Universiti Kuala Lumpur and the Universiti Teknologi Mara's Pasir Gudang branch, gathered at the compound of the hospital to cook 15 cauldrons of bubur lambuk. 

The ingredients and spices for the bubur lambuk were sponsored by the RSH, can be distributed to some 6,000 people. 

Regency Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Chin Wei Jia said the event will help strengthen ties among those in the community and promote unity. 

This is the fifth year that RSH is organising the free distribution of bubur lambuk to those in 
the Seri Alam neighbourhood. Also present were RSH director of operations Albert Choong 
and its director of Business Development Derrick Chan, Johor Media Club president Fauzi Ishak, and Pasir Gudang Wanita Umno division deputy chief Che Noriah Ismail.

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