Sunday, March 8, 2009


Well it has begun.
The big man is driving now. it started yesterday on the way to Tg Karang. Both mother and son were sleeping . I thought to myself as I was yawning and struggling to stay awake, "Hey old man! Your son has a license to drive! Why are you driving?"
So.... I woke the sleeping kid. "Get up, Get up ! Drive!...

I tell you, I didn't blink a moment after handing over the wheel to him. All the way, I kept reminding myself to motivate and not to scream. Stay calm.. Cool...Praise him..
The missus must have been jealous as she didn't get the same treatment. it was always,:
"Change gear lah, apa lagi. tengah sangat lah, release clutch cepat lah, habis lah clutch aku." And she never drove again with me in the car......You see.. I learned a good lesson there.

Then the dreaded request to take the ladies shopping/marketing/visiting happened in the morning just as I was lazing down on the cushion with the Sunday papers.
My reply : Adeep can drive you there.
Wifey : Boleh ke?
My reply : Aik da ada lesen, apa takut. Ikut traffic light, cross roads only at major junctions.
Ok tu
Next, was a quick rush to the shop to get the "P" sticker. And I had the whole afternoon to myself, no ladies, no children, no cats, no visitors, no students, no complaining teachers,no sms, no television, just me and myself.........phew pure pleasure , peace.... (sorry Rizal, got here first)

Oh no....just remembered he still has to make that journey to and fro safely. And the missus is the driving instructor, adviser/supervisor/guidance councilor/ and a bunch of aunties in the back seat.
He might change the radio settings, the driver seat settings, change the angle of the rear and side view mirrors, and there might even be ladies' stuff all over the car. And there will be a permanent "P" sticker on the cars for two years least!
Oh my God, have I released a monster on the road?
Oh God, safe my family from the monsters on the road!

It gets worse...he already has control of my guitars , keyboard, PC, TV remote, my bike, my mind, my heart and even my mother and siblings. He has taken control of all things and people precious in my life. And worst still, they might think that they have no use for me all. I may cease to be important!

Suddenly all this being alone doesn't seem so exciting after all.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Saudara-Saudari ku keluarga Pengadil Malaysia

Sila hayati Pantun ini sekali lagi.

Langkah masuk rimau di dada
Silap langkah rimau dibedil
Berani, tegas, cergas, adil
, waspada
Kalimah Keramat Kami Pengadil

Please, come together,

What is our mission?
What are our goals?
What are our dreams?
What are our priorities?

Where is the brotherhood?
Where are the promises?
Where is your pride?
Where are our ideals?
Where are our principles?

Who is your team?
Who are the opponents?
Who are you angry with?
Who are the supporters?
Who are you supporting?
Who are those laughing?
Who are they laughing at?
Who is the winner?
Who are the losers?

Why is this happening?
Why are we divided?
Why are we confused?
Why are we fighting?

When will we learn?
When will we see?
When will we change?
When will we grow?

Brother refs,
I am no longer active, and many more will not be around soon.I'll still be here to help in anyway I can. i too have a dream for our referees and am trying to achieve it in my own way. What's happening today is no help at all.
Let's put all these aside and see what the real message is. What has been foreseen long ago by our seniors and our greats is taking place now. Do not let it happen. Do not let it get worse. "Everything is in your hands!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Dying Giant

It's that time of the year again when all schools are busy with the district sports calendar. This week in Kuala Langat, athletics take center stage. What caught my eye was the deplorable condition of the Jugra stadium. The stadium was built in 1984 and as in many cases, Malaysian apathy reared its ugly head again. We have some good facilities but 'poor' maintenance culture and indifferent attitudes have seen these facilities gone to waste.
Every year the stadium is brought to life by the MSSD calendar as it is probably the only major athletic event held there other than the many neighbouring school sports .
The facilities and apparatus are refurbished and upgraded to a workable standard by teachers whose schools have been appointed as the technical committee. If not for the MSSD calendar, the stadium remains a sleeping giant awaiting a cruel death.
I wonder who is really in charge of the upkeep of the stadium. Is it the Town Council (MDKL), Public Works Department(JKR) , or the district office? What is the local sports council doing? What about all the hype on Rakan Muda and all the rhetoric about improving facilities and uplifting the standard of sports. Where are the politicians who are so loud? It was the same with previous state government and things haven't changed under the present one. Lots of lip service but where is the action?
Local sports personalities like Mr Jacob Mathews, have been working tirelessly to get the relevant authorities to do something but seems like all our efforts are in vain. Now we just sit and reminiscence about past glories and hope someone or something will change the fortunes of this sleeping giant. Please don't let it die. We the children of Kuala Langat need it .

Teachers from SK Kebun Baharu, lining the track.
The Senior Assistant in charge of Co-curricular activities (GPK K0-Ko) Pn Siti Hajar Mohd Ali, personally supervising the teachers.

Line by line until they ran out of paint and the PPD ran out of resources. Mr Jacob Mathews came to their rescue. he contacted the Council secretary who then provided another 10 cans.

The best they could do

Antique equipment
Modified equipment(notice the nails in place of bolts)
Faulty equipment
This is not our idea of how to get a tan

The landing pit.

Turtle sanctuary

Take off board

Water jump

The discuss cage.
Notice the wire fence that has seen its' day.
The Javelin Runway
The High Jump Apparatus and Landing area
(Borrowed from Schools)

The neglected floodlight service gondola

The rusty goal

The sandy and eroded track

This is where the obstacle race starts, complete with potholes.

Not really a walk in the beach for these athletes.
Blisters and peeling skin is in fashion?
The track is not only the arena to measure speed and endurance but also to test hardiness and resilience to torture.
It would be probably more suitable for drift racing.
Would you let your children run here? Be prepared to face common injuries like Achilles heel, stress fractures, cuts and bruises, knee, ankle and spine injuries. There is no saying what else may happen if they fall on this unforgiving 'tarmac'. The surface is hard and rough, and under the afternoon sun, you could probably fry eggs here.

Clogged drains.Somebody started a mosquito breeding farm here.

Broken concrete surfaces and drains .

Collapsed fences and more clogged drains

The store

The rundown ticket booth and uncollected rubbish from an earlier function.
The shower and sink in the dressing room.
Behind the terraces
The Competitors Stewards Tent
And they still came in droves.
The competitors and their supporters
some even armed with their own tents to shade them from the scorching heat
The Task Squad of SK Kebun Baru (Technical Committee).
The Referees for Track & field events
Arunaslam and Gunaseelan
and Chief judge for jumping events
Zulkifli Moon

Mr Ravichandran Topekan
Chief Umpire
Bridge of Communication
Mr Jacob Mathews
The living encyclopedia of athletics in Kuala Langat
Retired Teacher, coach, sports administrator, social worker,
church goer,
friend.Yours truly
Learning the ropes from Mr Jacob

All the other districts in Selangor have stadiums with synthetic tracks Even though Stadium Jugra is one of the earliest built, it has somehow been left behind. As a result, residents of this small district, stuck between Klang and Sepang, have been deprived of modern sporting facilities. This of course in a way curtails the performance and development of sports in Kuala Langat. You don't need a PHD to figure that out. I am disappointed and and frustrated. Forgive my outburst but I just have to shout out. I have lost faith in the people put in charge of these things. When others are moving forward, in leaps and bounds, we are not only left behind but appear to be falling behind in every way. To add pain to insult, our leaders seem to be preoccupied with competitions off the field rather than in the arena. As citizens of this country, we deserve more. Stop fleecing us like this.