Saturday, December 30, 2006

For whatever its worth

Early this morning I caught CNNs breaking news on the impending execution of former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussien. According to CNN the US backed Iraqi government is scheduled to send Saddam to the gallows anytime between 10 to 11am (Msian time) today.

Saddam shall die by the rope today, I am sure those in the White House and their buddies in the UK and the rest of the world shall leap in joy once that happens, Santa has finally granted their wishes!

To hell with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that Saddam was allegedly to have stock piled. That allegation was as a matter of fact the green light that got the US and their allies to bombard and invade Iraq, killing thousands along their way and ending up capturing Saddam and his cronies but never finding the WMD that they first allege.

Of course Saddam was involved in heinous and horrendous crimes during his time, but were these the crimes that made the American invade Iraq in the first place? Let the Iraqis settle Saddams fate, (which have been decided anyway with the help of the Americans) but who would be brave enough to do the same to the Americans?

Professor Richard Overy of Kings College London, a leading authority on Nuremburg Trial and International Law accurately describe the way the international legal system works. He writes: International law works only against weaker states. Big powers have an unmerited, but unassailable, [self-induced] immunity.

The Americans came into Afghanistan on the pretext of waging war against terror, but look at Afghanistan today, it is worse off compared to the time of the Taliban. Then they invaded Iraq to disarms the WMD and to restore democracy in Iraq, look at Iraq today, hundreds are killed every month under US supervision.

Perhaps its high time that the American public pressure the withdrawal of their troops from Iraq now that Saddam is to die at any time. Already there are 2,974 US military deaths in Iraq (exceeding 2,973 deaths as a result of 9/11) and I am sure the number shall grow tremendously after this execution as there bound to be those who would rise up to seek revenge.

At the time Muslims in the Holy Land offer their sacrifice, Saddam is duly slaughtered by the Americans.

Meanwhile I wonder when the US will seriously interfere and send Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic to the gallows like Saddam, or are they given immunity because they are non Arabs (and the kill only Muslims)? I wonder when the Americans would invade North Korea that boast of having nuclear weapons with long range capabilities, arrest Kim Jong Il and possibly send him to the gallows too, but of course Kim too has no Arab blood!

Happy New Year, and may Allah forgive Saddam for his wrongdoings.

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Personal comments;
Will the death of Saddam Hussein bring peace to Iraq? (Claimed by US) Of course not. If anything, it'll probably ignite more and more fires between the Shi'ahs and the Sunnis (Maybe they wanna see this to happen, but one thing for sure, whether you are Shi'ahs or Sunnis, we are all MUSLIMs) in Iraq and this will lead to wars and more wars and they (US) can take over the long-awaited oil companies easily. Wassalam.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Soalnya Hati

Setelah berpuisi selama 4 hari 3 mlm di Newry dan juga Clonskeagh Mosque, bolehlah dibuat kesimpulan bahawa 7 habits of highly effective muslim yang disampaikan Ustaz Hasrizal (diolah dr 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey) tidaklaa sukar utk diaplikasikan dalam kehidupan seharian. Those who don't know, the habits are;

1) Be proactive, bukannya reactive!
2) Begins with the end in mind, hidup nie bukan trial n error, mesti ade matlamat!
3) Put first things first, don't be a slacker!
4) Think win-win, kasih syg dan tanggungjawab itu perlu.
5) Seek to understand then to be understood, jgn terlalu self-centered!
6) Synergise, try to get better solution from different opinions instead of tolerable to the one with different opinions.
7) Sharpen the saw, pastikan dimensi fizikal, mental, emosi dan spiritual sentiasa berkembang.

Akal sudah menerimanya, soalnya hati je skang nie, sama ada mahu berubah atau tak. Dalam diri kita nie, Hati@Heart@Liver@Kalbu kat sini bertindak sebagai (penasihat) kepada akal (seorang raja) bak kata ustaz. Kalo penasihatnya berniat utk mengukuhkan takhta Raja tersebut, maka berjalanlah apa yang dirancangkan. Tapi kalau penasihatnya terlalu mengikut kata-kata nafsu (duri dalam daging yang berniat nak mengambil takhta dr raja) maka tergendala lah apa yang telah dirancangkan oleh penasihat (Analogi ini ditokok dan tambah dr analogi yang asal). Ada paham Nathrah dan yg lain2?

Kat sini ade nasyeed by Zain Bikha yang berckp ttg hati seorang muslim...yang baik dijadikan teladan, yang buruk dijadikan sempadan...ditujukan khas buat diri sendiri..huhu

Heart of a Muslim

Looking up at the sky, searching for Allah most High
He rejected the way of worshipping Gods of clay
Prophet Ebrahim knew that Allah was near
And that the heart of a Muslim is sincere

Under the hot burning sun, he declared God is one
Though with stones on his chest, his Imaan would not rest
The Muadhin knew that right would conquer wrong
And the heart of a Muslim must be strong

It's the heart of a Muslim through the guidance of Islam
That makes you fair and kind and helpful to your fellow man
So living as a Muslim means that you must play a part
Allah looks not at how you look, but what is in your heart

In our poor meager state, little food on our plate
Mother said she was glad, always sharing what we had
When I asked how can we share what's not enough
She said the heart of a Muslim's filled with love

He said its time you should know, you will learn as you grow
That some people around will do what's bad to bring you down
Father said to be a star that's shining bright
For the heart of a Muslim does what's right

So whatever you, make sure your words are true
Honesty is the best, because life is a test
Even if it hurts so much you want to cry
For the heart of a Muslim does not lie

Friday, December 08, 2006

Doctors LUCKY to get housemanship???


Experience at what cost?
04 Dec 2006
PROF DR RAYMOND AZMAN ALI, Medical Faculty, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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IT is my duty and social obligation to address the issues raised in the statement by the Malaysian Medical Association president ("MMA: Doctors lucky to get housemanship" - NST, Nov 30).

As someone who has been in service for 20 years, and worked as a house officer abroad and resident medical officer in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, I think it is time I stood up for doctors.

Yes, house officers and resident medical officers gain "valuable hands-on experience" by working long hours in government hospitals, but at what expense?

It is not wise and counterproductive for us, the seniors, to say "I did it before, why can't you?" to our juniors.

In Australia, no doctor is allowed to work continuously beyond 12 hours.

It is dangerous and unethical to make the brain, mind and body work beyond 12 hours as a doctor. It is unthinkable to make any doctor work 34 hours continuously.

On returning to Malaysia to work as a resident medical officer in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, that is what I was made to do.

So, these long working hours are not confined to house officers. As a specialist who deals with the organ that thinks, I can say that sleep deprivation causes irritability, irrationality, poor concentration and poor judgment.

Does the public want doctors to treat patients when they are tired, irrational and lacking judgment?

Could some of the deaths and mishaps that have occurred in government hospitals been avoided if doctors were more rational and able to make reasonable judgments?

And, this could also explain why some medical officers get upset and temperamental with their junior house officers.

Sleep deprivation may cause migraine attacks and cause daytime sleepiness.

What is the point of producing more modal insan (human capital) for the nation (in the form of doctors) when excessive daytime sleepiness makes them less productive or unproductive during normal working hours?

It is time government and university hospitals reviewed the working hours of house officers and resident medical officers. This can be done. It does not require parliamentary policies. YEAY! (I just added the yeay part!)

It is a matter of hospital administrators thinking of ways to shorten the working hours with the limited number of doctors.

Some may argue that developed countries, like Australia, have more doctors, but they also have more hospitals.

At the hospital I worked at in Australia, the doctor-patient ratio was the same as any government hospital in Malaysia.

I know that the medical officers in anaesthesiology in most hospitals in Malaysia have started practising new improved working hours.

Doctors who work nights should only work nights, and then go home in the daytime and get the weekends off. Doctors restored to work days should go home at night, but also work on weekends (which are normally less busy and have no clinics anyway).

Of course, there must be adjustments to call allowances and teaching hours if medical officers are in a master's program.

The improvement of working hours for doctors can and must be carried out by stakeholders.

P/S: Good news to will-be doctors huh :P

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Good luck to all...

This is not going to be a particularly long post. I just want to wish good luck to all who have last card-signing of the semester tomorrow! Diana, Fra, Peyuz and the rests...gambate kudasai!

I prefer netball!

I'm extraordinarily tired today. 1 hour in the gym + 2 hour of vigorous taekwando training make me feel sick rather than healthy. I did enjoy doing all these physical activities (either vigorous or moderate huhu) but I just can't bear with it anymore especially when the instructor ask me to do all steps in fast motions, use your brain to make defensive movements and not just relying on the theories, so on and so forth. I just can't. Okay. Fullstop. Now is the other side of the story which I love to write. Hihi. I saw my First A walking towards the squash court with his cute face facing straight to mine (A bit perasan here!). OMG, I wish I can pause that moment and keep vividly in my mind and I just can't. Fra, as you may recall, my First A stood around me during my last card signing right? I guess he knew already laaa. Smart boy! I may sound 'gatal' here but believe me it won't last forever. My feeling on guys is easy to come and easy to go and so don't surprise if the next thing you know I turn my crush on feeling to hatred-ness. Huhu.

Lenot, jom jogging weekend ni?