Sunday, 25 November 2012

Happily Ever After

I recently celebrated the wedding of my best friend wedding Marzuke & Nadia. It’s been said that said that a man is not complete until he is married and then he’s well and truly finished.

For a happy marriage, it is always a good strategy to wake up every morning and apologize to your wife. You may not know why but, hey, during the day you will commit some mistake or the other and you might as well get the apologies out of the way early in the day.

For the fact is that your wife will always be right, everything will always be your fault and you will never win an argument. Just remember that a man who gives in when he is wrong is a wise man but a man who gives in when he is right… He is married!
In a more serious vein, always be respectful of each other, particularly in public, and always fight for each other and not against each other!

A friend of mine thinks everyone should get married because no one deserves to be happy their entire life but I hope that you two will prove him wrong and that fifty, sixty, seventy years from now, you will be just as happy and as much in love with each other as you are today.

Note: Remember SM Salim Song "Dulu lain, Sekarang Dah Lain" 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

My Best Friend Wedding:- Marzuke & Nadia

For an occasion such as this, I do like to thank you all for coming to celebrate the marriage of Marzuke and Nadia’s

I am writing today representing the category for best man. A term that is unjustly appointed to me, and not deserved. Though it’s a great honour, I’m not really the best man, just a good guy. The best man here today, is Marzuke Mohammad. Now as I mentioned it’s a great honour to be his best friend.

Juke and I met in Uitm Machang while we doing our diploma, and haven’t been able to get rid of one another ever since. The truth is it took many years, and wasn't until we much older in which Juke and I realized that our foundation was impenetrable and our friendship was more than just a friendship. We were inextricably linked for life, and found ourselves with a friendship that re-framed our definition of the word. Which is why I was so surprised he chose Nadia over me. 

I have never been a best man before but I’ll try my best. Because Juke said if I do a good job today, I can be Best Man at his next wedding, too.

So here I am writing here with this great opportunity to reveal to all, Marzuke’s past misdemeanor. So I could trot out the usual stories but I thought of getting some visual to help putting you guys into perspective:-

Enough with one secret, I’ve decided to use this time to talk of Juke’s achievements. Without doubt his greatest achievement is marrying Nadia. Marzuke and Nadia are each great individuals and together they truly make an unstoppable couple. Their love for one other is apparent to each one of us today. 

The great thing about Juke and Nad is that they have planned far more than their wedding, they have planned their marriage. As a matter of fact, Juke has already learned the ugly truth that married man is one who replaces the money in his wallet with a picture of his wife.

I have watched Juki live a life of determination, dedication, and passion. I have watched him excel at nearly everything he’s set his mind to, and I have watched him apply that attitude to loving Nad.

Nadia, your grace and humor and your delicious appetite for life make your new husband a better man. You are his sunshine. You are wonderful. You are also now responsible for his moody mood next time.

Marzuke, you are a brother to me, there is a saying "a friend is a family we
choose for ourselves" Thanks for the honour being my best friend.

And so I say to all of you who are my friend in bachelorhood, we have lost another from our esteemed ranks.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am truly humbled and now it gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to congratulate Marzuke and Nadia - We wish them well for the future and hope they enjoy a long happy marriage. 

"Selamat Pengantin Baru... Semoga kekal ke anak cucu".

Saturday, 17 November 2012


 A Japanese, Taiwanese, Singaporean & Malaysian

I spent a major time of my career to work for international companies. When I remember these assignments contracted in international companies, I can say there were exceptional opportunities for many reasons, and not only for professional opportunities, but also for personal opportunities.

In international environments, you are working with colleagues from different nationalities, multicultural environments where often, the working language is English. As Malay speaking native, living in a country where there are three different cultures (Malay, Chinese and Indian), and the presence of colleagues from other countries was the opportunity to improve and practice English language on a regular basis. The basis of collaboration is the communication, but communication is impossible without language knowledge. But language is also the basis of the thought. Better will be the knowledge of a language, better you will express your thoughts, your feelings. But you will be able also to understand also the others.

Starting from the language, you will talk with your colleagues about professional matters, but also about many other matters, which means that you will learn other cultures. By learning different cultures, you will probably discover other sensibilities, other customs and habits, which will make you better understand the point of view of the people on a particular subject, to see different approach from yours. You will establish a better relationship with the people. And if you take care of this, most of the time, people appreciate the interest you bring to their culture. Most of the time, if I know the language of the people I want to talk with, I start to speak in his language. It is an opportunity to practice and to improve my language knowledge.

By sharing our knowledge, our experiences, by sharing different point of view, we acquire new possibilities to move forward our thoughts, our ideas. In some mind mapping seminars, we talk about radiant thought. If for example, you think about an apple, you can think about the tree, about the country where the apple was picked, to the person who picked it, What I mean here, is that the point of view of somebody having a different culture than your, can bring new ideas, new approaches to you, and increase your intellectual capabilities.

Do not forget also the social dimension of such multicultural environment. When people from different cultures are developing smooth collaborations and relationships, the success of social integration is ensured. The gratitude of the accomplished work is a key element of our self-respect, the condition to respect the others.

As conclusion, it is obvious that working in multicultural environments are experiences that I will treasure for both my professional and personal life.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

New Financial Year

Ma’al Hijrah’ signifies the emigration of Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622CE/AD. The remembrance of this significant historic event serves as a reminder for Muslims to better themselves in all aspects of their lives, leaving and moving from the bad to good, and from the better to the best, all in the name of Allah.

The significant of "Hijrah" is to "starting fresh" and marks the beginning of new checkbook; we put last year's accounts to rest. But, what about our own balance sheets? When was the last time we assessed our minuses and pluses, our strengths and our weaknesses, our good deeds and selfish deeds? How many years' worth of grudges and bitterness and pain have we left unchecked?

As professional accountant and a person who have received a conventional accounting education and I have been brought-up on the idea of accounting as an ‘objective’, technical and value-free discipline, the idea to applied to daily life is quite interesting.

A good businessman always checks his balance sheet: how much he spent, how much he earned. And they assess themselves accordingly: "Am I a good businessman?" In the same way we must assess the balance sheets of our lives. Look at the last year. Where do we stand? How many people did we hurt? How many did we heal? How many times did we lose our temper? How many times did we give more than we received? 

Likewise, just like we make it a point every year to file our worldly taxes, it is worth taking the time on a regular basis to file our 'heavenly' taxes and review our deeds and actions of our lives. Whether we do it on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis is up to our convenience; however, doing so daily is a much easier task than doing it occasionally.

The idea of self-accounting is highly recommended in Islam, and there are numerous narrations which urge us to observe this disciplinary practice. We are encouraged to call ourselves to account before we are called to it and to weigh our deeds before a day when they shall be weighed for us.

The purpose of this exercise of scrutiny and self-auditing is to discover one's faults and sins, thus leading to repentance and struggle to correcting one's faults and purifying one's self. So, let us start afresh, with a new book, unadulterated by old grudges and bitterness.


Salam Maal Hijrah 1434H to all Muslims all over the world :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Colour of Rangoli

The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which translates as "row of lamps." Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

There are many legends and religious accounts related to this celebration. Regardless of the mythological explanation, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple - and some not so simple - joys of life.

In general, Diwali signifies the light over darkness, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood.  The light which dispels the darkness of our ignorance; it is a festival of the light which shows us the way on our journey through life.

It is a perfect time to revive our inner joy and happiness and provoke this copious positively and cheerfulness into other areas of our life including family and the society at large. The time when we gather with loved ones, celebrating our family, our friends and the prosperity bestowed upon us.

So, on this day, let us fill our entire beings with the "light" that clean out our minds and hearts, making a true "fresh start."

To all my Hindu's friends, I wishes you all "Happy Deepavali" and hope it brings lights of happiness, togetherness, spiritual enlightenment and prosperity for everyone.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Hot Air Balloon Communication

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. Taking a balloon ride, I can feel the thrill of suspended in a basket under a glorious hot air balloon. As the balloons gently rise from the ground at daybreak as the silence of night is interrupted by the first birds of the morning. The view from a hot air balloon is undoubtedly spectacular, and the experience is one you will remember as enchanting and uplifting.

While flying the balloon, it remind me the story is told of a man flying in a hot air balloon who realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?” The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must work in Finance,” says the balloonist. “I do,” replies the man. “How did you know?” “Well” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must work in Management”. “I do” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?” “Well”, says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help you. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

Here is a classic example of "Chicken and Duck Talk", based on an old Chinese proverb to describe how two groups of animals can't understand each other because they seemingly speak different language.

For this instance, communication barriers exist due to difference in the ideologies or the presence of conflicts. For me, it really reminded me to be thoughtful of the different filters these two disciplines think about the world and needing to ensure that we connect the dots between the two worlds.

It is essential that we identify our communication barriers and work towards rectifying it. The most practical way or approach to get rid of communication barriers is to communicate more and more and at different levels.

Back to my hot air balloon flying, it was an amazing experience. So much to see, but often it's the sensation of floating silently over this picturesque landscape at sunrise for your 60 minute hot air balloon flight, that really makes this such a special time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces and be amazed at the colourful spectacle of our other balloons in the morning sky.

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Accountant

I have been reminiscing a lot lately about how I became an accountant. I am so grateful to the people that supported and trained me at the beginning, and taught me how to be a good accountant. If it wasn’t for them giving me a chance and taking the time to train me, I wouldn’t know what I know now and I could have even given up on my accountancy career.

Accounting profession has a positive impact to my life. First, the profession has made me feel as a contributor to the economic development of the world. My business organization has benefited from my service in decision making for future performance improvement. Secondly, the profession has shaped myself discipline. Account department is very crucial to the running of the business thus it must be involved in all business activities and transactions. This has made me a good time manager and a hard working person.

As some of you may know, my main profession is accounting. It's a challenge for an accountant to write a whole blog. Everything I've learnt in my entire life can be boiled down to a dozen numbers, so writing is a problem for me.

So I wanted to share some of what the world has looked like for me since becoming an accountant. I started writing a blog for ACCA Careers, the reason I have decided to write for ACCA Careers is because I have a real desire to contribute to the younger generation and society on the whole through information and knowledge sharing. ACCA Career is one of the best tools for me to realise this ambition.

Please find my articles as per below:-

As I pause midway through my life and look back at life since school, I realise that the road I took was one that I never expected to be on, but I am eternally grateful and humbled by the opportunities I have had. I intend to live the rest of my life building upon that foundation.

Happy Accountant's Day

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Little Mosque on the Prairie

The above statement was taken literally from Hang Tuah’s famous quotes “Takkan Melayu Hilang di Dunia" or "Never shall Malays vanish from the face of the earth". The quote is a famous rallying cry for Malay nationalism. Hang Tuah the legendary Malay warrior who lived during the reign of Sultan Mansur Shah of the Sultanate of Malacca in the 15th century. He was the greatest of all the laksamana, or sultan's admirals, and was known to be a ferocious fighter. Hang Tuah is held in the highest regard, even in present-day Malaysian Malay culture, and is arguably the most well-known and illustrious warrior figure in Malaysian history and literature. From this famous quote, lets us explore the Malays that survive out of Malay territory.

Last week, I had a chance to witness a Malay wedding in Katanning. Before I explain any further, let me provide you with a brief info of Malay Katanning. Katanning is a small town that's located 300 km to the south of Perth which is a home of a small Malay community that originated from the Christmas and Cocos Island.

The Cocos-Malays are descended from workers brought to the Cocos Islands in the 19th century to assist with the harvesting of coconuts for copra. The islands were isolated during much of their habitation and a unique culture and language has developed based on original Malay traditions and the Islamic religion.

Malay Katanning that comes from Cocos Island is mostly already living here for almost 40 years and more. But their relationship with the community on the island are still close. Language, customs and way of life does not run away with the atmosphere of the Cocos island.

Here are the Malay Muslim community is quite solid, out on Andrews road, you will be surprised by the sight of a Mosque not far from town. I was very excited to see the opening of the mosque's board executed in 1981 by Allayarham Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. At back of the mosque there is also a religious school which is used as a classroom learning the Malay community children every weekend.

Malay language use remains the main language here. However, Malay children here no longer speak the Malay language with their parents. They still understand Malay language but not able to answer properly. So it was unique conversation between "Chicken & Duck" which is a worried as one day the Malay heritage might be lost forever.

The young generation production of intermarriage has lost their features. They look more like a Caucasian then Malays and their language is strongly influenced by the Australian dialect.

For now the remnants of the old ‘Malay’ culture is still to be found in Katanning. Malay food (based on Wedding dishes), the mosque and the warmth and hospitality of the Malay people. Malaysians and Indonesians are starting to visit Katanning to experience this cultural link for themselves.

Note: Katanning was originally settled by Europeans in 1835. The name Katanning is expresses by the indigenous Australians as "kart-anning" which means "Meeting place of tribes".