Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

The following is an excerpt from Earl Nightingale's book, "The Strangest Secret", in 1957 which I hope people like Najib Muhyiddin, Ridhuan Tee, Ibrahim Ali and all those pro-UMNO bloggers and NGOs, should read this. Earl Nightingale was an American motivational speaker.

George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Now, it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that's what he's thinking about. And we become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing...he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make a decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand - one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds - one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted. As it's written in the Bible,

"As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

Remember, the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the plants - one corn, one poison. The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety, and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great, unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Najib and the reception in Australia

Forget about the glowing reports by the various msm with regard to Najib's visit to Australia and his attendance at CHOGM. This was what took place.

26 October, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak left for Perth, Australia on Wednesday to lead the Malaysian delegation to the Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM).

Prime Minister who was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, departing from the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang near here at 5 pm.

Among those who attended to say goodbye was the Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Minister Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim and President of the People's Progressive Party(PPP) Datuk M. Kayveas.

That is to say goodbye to Najib but Najib's arrival in Perth has been greeted with 'arousing welcome' also by Malaysians who reside in Australia.

Dressed in a yellow T-Shirt (sign of BERSIH not the Penang Mat Rempits) they welcomed Najib and his party who will attend the CHOGM conference.

See the pictures, what a warm welcome he received in Australia.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The monk and the billionaire father

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything ;
They just make the most of everything they have .

The monk who flew in a jet

In 2008, as my friend and I sat down in the restaurant to eat our dinner, we saw a man in the hotel lobby. Immediately, we assumed that he was alone so decided to invite him for dinner.

“I don’t eat dinner,” the elderly man declined the offer, “I am on my way to the gym.”

The next morning, I met him in the hotel lobby and noticed that he was wearing the same clothes.

“Excuse me,” he said politely and then looking at the young monk sitting next to me, said affectionately, “Son, it is time for us to go home.” The son obediently picked up his small cloth bag from the floor and followed his father.

Earlier, curious to see a monk in the Uma hotel in Paro, I had started a conversation with him.

“Yesterday was my father’s 70th birthday and he wanted me to spend it with him in a special place,” the monk informed me. The monk could have been in his early thirties. He had short hair and was wearing saffron robes and had a pair of slippers on. “What a beautiful country you have? They had flown into Paro in their own jet.

So who are these people? The elderly man is Ananda Krishnan and the monk his only son.

Krishnan is the second richest man in Malaysia . According to Forbes he is worth 7.6 Billion dollars. The Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin is a self made man and is a notable philanthropist but leads a low profile life. He and his son are both Buddhists.

Few years ago, the billionaire lost his son. He started to look for him and his search stopped in a Buddhist monastery in north Thailand . Shocked to see his son in saffron robes, short hair with a begging bowl in his hand the father invites his son for a meal.

“I am sorry; I cannot accept your invitation.” Like all my fellow monks, I have to beg for my food.” Krishnan reply made headlines, “With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son.”

The son still lives in the monastery in the forest of Thailand and like all the monks in the monastery depends on other people’s generosity for his sustenance.

Hearing stories like these one wonders if we are giving up everything that we already possess to acquire things that we really don’t need.

This story clearly demonstrates that human contentment and well being in real terms requires us to go beyond physical, mental, and emotional dimension. Krishnan’s son clearly shows that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion a bigger asset in our lives.

[Source: Business Bhutan]

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

LGE did the right thing by not accommodating these mat rempits

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng refused to have anything to do with these 'mat rempits' and for that to show their disapproval, they demonstrated infront of the Penang State Assembly and started calling the Chief Minister a racist. As usual, the police just stood and watch, allowing these good-for-nothings to create havoc and scream racially-tainted abuses. I remember what an UMNO leader once said that the people should not glorify the term Mat Rempit because these road bullies are no different from gangsters and mobsters. They are a nuisance and a threat to peace-loving Malaysians. So why was this allowed in Penang?

If that was not bad, they were wearing YELLOW t-shirts. I thought this colour was banned. Again, why was it allowed to be used by these mat rempits?

The bone of contention is that they wanted the state government to build them a racing track so that they could thrash their machines till kingdom come. LGE did the right thing by not pandering to these people as it would mean an abuse of public fund. For all we know, the racing track could just be used for their practice runs. After that they will return to using the public roads again for the real events.

Now if the state government was to concede to their requests, the next thing you will find gangsters. triads and thugs demonstrating in front of the Penang State Assembly demanding a rifle range be built for them to practise their shooting skills.

Monday, October 31, 2011

GE 13 is fast approaching and Najib says "I can deliver". Sure or not?

This is an email from one Richard Loh.

A primary one student can also claim easily that he can deliver. In fact all salesmen, businessmen and any Tom Dick and Harry can promised and said “I can deliver”.

I was disconnected from the virtual and outside world for almost a month and have no idea what the local political scenes have turned into. While eating the bungkus nasi lemak I read from the wrapped star paper headlines “I can deliver – Najib Razak”.

Today after getting connected again and having read most of the political news, I wonder what the PM meant by “I can deliver”. By just giving a salesman type of answer “I can deliver” means nothing if the whole system of manufacturing the product is not working in sync.

Way back in the late 90′s when I was in the US, I applied for a delivery job in a restaurant. The boss asked me one question ‘can you deliver?’ and of course my answer was ‘I can deliver’. He started laughing and told me that he had fired six delivery men within six months, all answering the same question with ‘I can deliver’. I asked what went wrong.

The boss than explained, either the car broke down frequently, not able to read the road map, poor working relationship with co-workers or flirting around. I then assured the boss that these will not be my problems and to try me out for a month. Since the restaurant was in urgent need of a delivery man I was employed.

Within two months I was named the fastest delivery man in town and of course the boss was laughing all the way to the bank because I can make so many deliveries for him each day. What the people wanted when they order delivery were the food arrive in time and still in warm and tasty condition. I seldom cross the speed limit and never got caught for any traffic offences. There were complaints to the boss that I deliver too fast, no joke. So, how did I successfully make the delivery? Here is how.

Within two weeks of employment I changed my old broken down Fort Escort for a brand new Nissan Sentra. Inside the kitchen there were the Chinese (China) chef, Indonesian helpers (preparing the raw ingredients), Americans taking the phone orders and packaging. I work very closely with them all. Once orders were taken, the American will let me know the addresses (I always reminded the Americans to make sure the addresses are always correct) and I will study the map and find the locations. Next I will work with the chef to speed up on the delivery orders. The American will follow the list that I provided that highlights which address I will deliver first and packed them accordingly to the routes that I will be driving.

You can deliver successfully only when the whole system is functioning properly. Najib Razak alone cannot make any delivery if he fails to clean up the whole system that runs the government. The whole system is rotten to the core. Even his own DPM is not working or talking in sync with his policies, how can the PM than make any delivery. Sending his cybertroppers to attack oppositions with unsubstantiated claim of wrong doings, sexual misconduct and created lies upon lies do not help either.

Giving out goodies only near election time is no delivery but an insult to the voters. Playing cool on the outside but cold inside that calls for “crushed bodies and lost lives” ain’t delivery. Flip flopping and making u-turns after policy statements cannot count as delivery. Copying from others and treated as yours are not delivery.

Without making changes to the judiciary, PDRM, MACC, EC, laws that hinder democracy and race and religious relationships and appoints suitable, qualified and capable candidates to important Minister posts such as finance and education I can bet that Najib can only deliver zero.

Today PM Najib has given us a very good advise, “don’t be afraid to take risks”, so what are you all waiting, grumbling or indecisive about. BN is Umno that has been in power for over five decades and we have seen and heard how bad they are and yet we keep voting them in because we dare not take the risks. With Najib’s advise we can now take the risks to CHANGE the bad and filthy Umno government. Go for it, believe me, this risk is worth taking.

Monday Humour

Now I don't feel stupid anymore ....


Employee: Excuse me sir, may I talk to you?

Boss: Sure, come on in. What can I do for you?

Employee: Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years.

Boss: Yes.

Employee: I won't beat around the bush. Sir, I would like a raise. I currently have four companies after me and so I decided to talk to you first.

: A raise? I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time.

Employee: I understand your position, and I know that the current economic down turn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, pro- activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade.

: Taking into account these factors, and considering I don't want to start a brain drain, I'm willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound?

Employee: Great! It's a deal! Thank you, sir!

Boss: Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you?

Employee: Oh, the Electric Company, Gas Company, Water Company and the Mortgage Company!

An elevator that has a voice recognition that speaks with a Scottish accent?


A man who'd just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly...

She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied.. You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you spend?'

To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.

'There's no charge,' she says.

'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'

'So I just switched the heads.'


Sunday, October 30, 2011

An unbelievable story and yet it is true - Associated Press

To our lawyers, how do you solve a case such as this ... just when you think you have heard everything!!

Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess.

This is an unbelievable twist of fate!!

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, (AAFS) President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story:

On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a 10-story building intending to commit suicide. He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency.

As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.

When one intends to kill subject 'A' but kills subject 'B' in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B.' When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded.

The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore, the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun about 6 weeks prior to the fatal accident. It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.

Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger.

The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

Now for the exquisite twist...

Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus.

He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the 10-storey building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window.

The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself.

So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.