Monday, January 31, 2011

Berita KKA USM dalam edisi terbaru Berita Kampus

Berita Kampus edisi 8 sesi 2010/2011 ini hanya akan diedar pada 7 Februari. 2011. Teks sepenuhnya dibawah

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Kesatuan Kakitangan Awam Universiti Sains Malaysia (KKA USM) telah menyampaikan sumbangan sebanyak RM 160,000 kepada tiga staf sokongan USM yang tidak berupaya melakukan kerja- kerja lain selepas ditimpa musibah beberapa tahun lalu melalui kerjasama dari AmInsurans Sdn. Bhd.
Antara yang menerima sumbangan, Khairunbee Abd. Hamid, 47, yang merupakan kakitangan awam Desasiswa Bakti Permai yang terlantar sakit akibat serangan jantung sejak tujuh tahun lalu. Beliau menerima sebanyak RM 40,000 sebagai wang sumbangan ihsan.
Selain itu, turut menerima sumbangan tersebut ialah dua staf dari Kampus Kesihatan iaitu Nik Wel Hussain yang juga telah meninggal dunia dua tahun lalu. Beliau menerima sumbangan sebanyak RM80,000 dan seorang lagi, Mohd Shukri Yusof dengan cek yang berjumlah RM40,000 bagi membiayai kos rawatan kesihatannya.
Menurut Khairunbee, beliau sangat bersyukur atas pemberian tersebut setelah sekian lama terlantar sakit dan sumbangan tersebut akan digunakan sebaiknya.
Menurut Wakil Zon 3 KKA USM, Nurul Huda Zainal Abidin, permohonan untuk sumbangan tersebut telah lama dibuat dan baru- baru ini barulah permohonan tersebut telah diluluskan.
Tambahnya lagi, KKA ditubuhkan bagi menjaga kemaslahatan dan kebajikan karyawannya yang layak dan memerlukan bantuan tersebut.
“Inilah sumbangan yang mampu diberikan oleh pikak KKA USM melalui AmInsurans bagi membantu kakitangannya,” ujarnya.
Jelasnya lagi, sumbangan seperti ini adalah sumbangan yang terakhir  kepada bekas pekerja yang dilanda musibah memandangkan tempoh untuk kelulusan sesuatu permohonan adalah dalam tempoh jangka masa yang panjang.
“Disebabkan tempoh menjadi wakil KKA adalah selama dua tahun setiap seorang, maka hal ini akan merumitkan keadaan kerana tempoh kelulusan tersebut adalah lama dan kami pihak KKA akan membantu karyawan melalui cara lain seperti mengadakan bengkel, memberi motivasi dan sebagainya.
Sumbangan cek tersebut disampaikan oleh bendahari KKA, En. Hud Hj. Mat Yasin kepada ketiga- tiga kakitangan itu di kediaman masing-masing  dengan kerjasama  KKA USM dan AmInsurans.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Quite interesting!

Carrot + Ginger + Apple  - Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery -   Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.   

Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.   

Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk -   Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.   

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.   

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.  

 Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion.  

Pear & Banana -   regulates sugar content.  

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .   

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and str engthen body immunity.   

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.   

Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation  

So, keep walking...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Unproven vs The Proven So and So - Abu Dzarr Abdullah

I received this letter in my mail from my other half today. 

It's a very long write-up and might tire you all along, but if you try to grasp the gist of the message it'll be a worth read. 

Of course, the contents may not be so meaningful to people who are not from the Medical, Pharmacy or other applied science base, but the crux of the message can also be understood, appreciated and is applicable to others not in this fraternity.

Abu Dzarr Abdullah is a Medical Lecturer and a Hemato-Oncologist at the Department of Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, USM, Health Campus, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan. 

Abu Dzarr can be reached at

The Unproven vs The Proven So and So.
by Abu Dzarr Abdullah (Jan 2011)

Based on my communications with Dr Abu Dzarr, I agree with him that it is in the best of intents and interest that the article be removed.

Abu Dzarr wrote: contents removed

Any inconvenience or dissatisfaction due to the publishing and later removal of this article is duly regretted.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Humaniversity: Is the heart part of 'human capital'?

It is the beginning of the year and as a loyal and seasoned USM staf, we (me and wife) were at the Vice Chancellor's annual speech again this morning.

We came as early as 8.45am and as we walked inside the almost empty hall I counted, we were the fourth and fifth person to be seated somewhere at the front row of the Dewan Budaya.

En. Mohamad, the emcee warned that VC's speech could take longer then usual as the slides were at least a hundred when he counted them last night at the rehearsal.

It was indeed a long a winding speech. The first hour (or so) was mainly a recap of what has happened the previous year (2010). But some of what was said today was also a repetition of what was mentioned the previous year.

I believe it was deliberated -- that VC wanted to emphasize the importance of a point he made last year regarding the concept of challenging the status quo as he showed again the newspaper clip of the statement by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

But the main point vis-à-vis the title or theme of the speech: Humaniversity: Transformation to Humanise the University was brilliantly conveyed in a series of slides on the plans to transform the university into what it was set out to be.

The conclusion, 'To Humanise the University' as pointed out by the VC among others were:

~ The university is not a business. It is not a factory.

~ the university must seek to right the balance by transforming the prevailing situation to ensure core ethos of humanity is restored

~ the focus is on the enhancement of the core ethos of the university.

~ to transform the university as an urgent universally accepted commitment.

The VC's speech was also filled with quotes, excerpts and citations from the Qur'an, the Hadith, philosophy and a media practitioner.

Among others which caught my attention was the Prophet Muhammad saying: "Surely there is in the body a small piece of flesh; if it is good, the whole body is good, and if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupted, and that is surely the heart (qalbu)".

Below the hadith is a question: Is the heart part of 'human capital'?

The other quote was by the internationally famous media mogul Rupert Murdoch (pic below) who said: "We've been living in the Western world way above our means. We've been on a great binge and it's come to an end and we have to live through the correction."

The hall was filled to the brim. Some sat on the stairs and some sat on the aisles at the side of the hall. Some just lingered outside waiting for a chance to get into the crowded hall as those already in ushered their way to chance a better place to a seat.

Towards the end, the VC's speech was a bit bland as he speedup a bit and skipped a few slides as if trying to catch-up on something more important. But the crowd was not perturbed. Most waited until the end.

After the speech, I asked my wife how long did it take VC to finish. She said about 45 minutes.

Strange, I thought it took much longer. I lost my attention span roughly half an hour through it and then regained it back 10 minutes later. The gentlemen beside us dozed off a few minutes in between the speech.

I tried to look if Prof Lik Meng was around as he usually sat at the aisle beside us (today) with his faithful DSLR. Anyway, he got to his update blog first today and wrote: it took the VC about one and half hour.

Nonetheless, altogether it was a great speech, easy to digest and definitely better than the year before. The video clips and multimedia presentations were also a great support to the overall speech.

After the VC's speech there was a promotional talk on a new telecoms product and Internet service by the CEO of YTL Communications, Mr Wing K. Lee and also an MoU signing ceremony between USM and YTL Communications.

The company was represented by its parent corporation, YTL Managing Director, Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh.

We left before Mr Wing (pic right) finished his talk as our nervous system was already working hard sending alert signals between the brain and the stomach.

Outside the hall, we felt relieved as nasi bariyani was there waiting for us.

As part of our responsibility in fulfilling the needs of 'human capital' the bariyani was easily digested.

Related article: Humanise the University by Bernard E. Meland