Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holiday in Terengganu - Kuala Ibai Homestay :)

Holiday season is here again... Like myself stationed in Terengganu.. my destination holiday might be in KL.. but I think like most of my collegues and other Malaysian.. that work and therefore stay in KL 99% of the time.. why not come to Trengganu and enjoy the things on offer :)

In November and December.. special events would be Monsoon Cup (30 Nov - 5 Dec 2010)... and of course other attractions are still abound.

Monsoon Cup in action.

Cheap seafood at Kelulut. Here we had seafood for 20 pax.. around RM350 and still there were leftovers!!! LINK!

Shopping at Pasar Payang.. I got those at RM60 per piece. Sold for frens @ KL for RM70 ;P

Another nice seafood restaurant nearby Masjid Terapung... quite cheap as well and not to mention DELISH!

Kerepok Lekor Losong... yummyyyy..... LINK!

After the food and shopping session.. why not a bit of culture at Taman Temadun Islam... More? LINK!

So.. what about a place to stay... cheapest way is of course to rent a homestay... me and my friends also operate a nice cheap (relatively wayyyyyyyy cheaper than a hotel) at Kuala Ibai Kuala Terengganu... that would be:-

a. Masjid Terapung Kuala ibai: 1 km (also Noor Arfa Batek)
b. Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu: 2 km
c. Batu Burok Beach: 4 km
d. Marang Jetty to Pulau Kapas, Pulau Redang dan Pulau Perhentian: kira-kira 5 km
e. Pasar Besar Payang: 2.5 km
f. Muzium Losong: 3.5 km
g. Taman Warisan Islam (Masjid Kristal Pulau Wan Man): 8 km
h. Pulau Duyung: 8 km
i. Keropok Losong: 15 km

What about rate? Normal rate RM150 per night. Peak period (weekends/holiday seasons/public holiday): RM180 only.

INTERESTED? Please call / sms Mr Peruzz @ 012-9863732 or 013-9502782...

Pics of the Kuala Ibai Homestay:-

Master Bedroom

2nd Bedroom

3rd room.. still 2 beds for usage..

Dining Area

Dining area (from another angle)

Side view of the house.

Kitchen.. complete with rice cooker and electric jug..


Other facilities nearby:

b. Kedai runcit
c. Mesin ATM CIMB
d. Stesen minyak Petronas
e. Masjid
f. Pasaraya Mydin
g. Klinik

4. Type of Homestay

A Semi D banglo with the folllowing spec:
a. Three (3) bedrooms
b. Two (2) bathrooms
c. Two (2) living area / family area
d. One (1) kitchen
e. One (1) dining area

5. Other things for your comfort:
a. Living area
- Sofa set, coffee table, rattan mat/carpet, TV sets

b. Kitchen (can save a bit on food cost and we'll splurge the savings to shopppp :))
- Cooking gas, refrigerator, cutlery, mug, plates, jugs, simple cooking appliances

c. Dining Hall
- Dining table for six 6) pax.

d. Bedrooms
- Queen size bed for master bedroom
- Two (2) single beds for the other two rooms
- Pillows, bedsheet and blankets.

e. Bathrooms
- Three (3) towels
- Soap and shampoo

6. Additional appliances @ Garden
a. One (1) set BBQ
b. Obe (1) set garden bench(outdoor garden table).

The homestay is located near the nipah area nearby the tip of Kuala Sungai Ibai which provide direct access to the Terengganu beach. Boat jetty is located only a few metres away from the homestay.

Selamat Bercuti @ Happy Holiday ;)

Again... please call Peruzz for enquiries and rental @ 012-9863732 or 013-9502782...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Testing Hafiz's Iphone

Am testing Hafiz's Iphone...... I likeeeee!!!!! Need to buy one... Hmmm maybe after I need to submit back my Blackberry.... I'll buy myself an Iphone....

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blogging with my new Blacknberrry..

Hehehehe just wanna try wheather I can try to blog using my Blackberry.. This is office phone but if all ok.. I might buy my own in the future hehehe..

Just can't find any button for photos lahhh..

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Grand Seasons Hotel KL

Hello.. haven't been able to post much .. though I have finished my EMBA... seems that the activities in my area of coverage i.e. Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang had increase folds.. but anyway, I am happy as I have finished my study.. so, my mind's cleared with academic matters and I am able to do my job much more peacefully at 100% plus level hahahhahah...

Oooo.. before sharing my Grand Seasons story... have to share my latest EMBA result this last sem... GPA 4.0 flat and CGPA 3.87.. Alhamdulillahhhhhh.. got my wish of at least scoring one 4 flat in my study and am happy as although I wasn;t able to spend much time studying as well as doing homeworks, I am able to score all As :) .. think the subject is much related to my work aka MATRADE aka national agency for the Malaysian export so subjects such as Globalization.. International Biz and Strategic Management is right up my alley....

Anyway.. have been travelling a lot actually.. early June I went to Jakarta for UITM Dungun - Universitas Trisakti and then Bandung for shopping.. then went to KB for our EBay on Ramp Programme and Kelantan Fiesta (stayed at New Pacific Hotel .. I'll put an entry after this) and then been summoned to MIHAS (thus Grand Seasons).. all in all 3 weeks outside my office.. made me missed my blog.. my computer.. my office in general.. anyway... back to Grand Season...

Goung round MIHAS.. meeting my clients of Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang entreprenuers..

There are two things that I don't like about Grand Season which are i) The
parking entrace are too tight.. I can see lots of injured walls on the way up.. no doubt by countless of cars not carefully driven by the owners.. as well as a bit spooky parking lots... maybe cz I drove there around 9+ after my work were done as wel as happy hours with HQ friends hehehhe..
2) Very unfriendly receptionist.. sure during my registration, there were others checking out but at least ensure more staffs during peak seasons.. before me a guy was so pissed off he refused to talk during his turn. As of myself.. my keys were left by my colleagues.. the reception was unfriendly and only want to check her collection of keys after my friend from secretariat return her call... lo and behold.. the keys was there.. SO! BAD SERVICE GRAND SEASONS!!!!

Parking lots. I parked at 4th floor.

Other than that.. I'm ok with the room.. the hot water was nice and gushing so my hot bath was ready in no time.. and I had a surprised visit by a butterfly outside my window.. and I was at 19th floor!!!! Wow.. a butterfly in KL was surprising enough. Well... enjoy the pics :)

Sorry for the gloominess of the pics... hotels light are always that.. and I'm out of there early in the morning as well as coming back at night so none taken in bright daylight.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Noor Arfa Batik Sales! Again.... 2 June - 30 June 2010

Hmmm.. welll sales again guys.. heard there'll be discount from 20 - 70%.. yessss... :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Master Done!!!!!!

Yesssss.... finally after 2 years of intense (??? hhehehhe) study ... my EMBA programme is finally done.. fraught with drama this one as the exepcted date of 29/5 to present being forwarded 4 days earlier to 25/5.. with me and group members dispersed all over the country.. like myself, I had to go to Kota Bharu for my work presentation.. even on Saturday, had to stay up late til 4am just to ensure my scope of work is done huhuhuhuhuhuhu...

Hehehe.. this is the final group presenting.. mine was the first group so no pics for us.. but thankfully, we are able to do the corrections needed by that night.. YES!!!!!!

So, I was free on the 26 and 27 (applied for leave earlier as I thought the VIVA was supposed to be on 29th).. but quite a blessing in disguise cz I have the luvliest 2 days holiday with my boys ;)

Hmmm.. what's next eh?? Think after I came back from Indon.. I'll start doing my E-Bay bizz... it is timely cz I am supposed to do an Ebay course in KB on 14/15.. so, I'll follow up with my own bizz after that hehehhehe..

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Yeayyy.. IBizz is finished!! Last course done :)

Alhamdulillah.. last Saturday me and classmate had finished our last presentation.. proposed a potential Malaysia product to a specific country with specific marketing channel - my group did Radix Fried Chicken - franchising in Saudi Arabia....

Hehehehe this is the pic for our last assignment as usual last minute job but thankfully Google help us a lot... This was around 9pm after diligently started the assignment around 2pm... some of the colleagues even forgone sleeping especially as the Proff warned us that he would be very strict indeed. Seen there as well was the Trio Burger.. recipe created by one of UITM Culinary lecturer .. her hubby manned the burger booth.. RM5.. very large portion, tastyyyyy... nyummm....

Hmm so I am very happy. Indeed there'll be ABR in the next two weeks but for today I'm going to enjoy the cool and stress free day for a while.. BEST!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My beloved N70... new batteries for you deary..

Today I took a little time off to buy my beloved N70 a new battery.. hehehe pity for her cz she's suffering from malnourishment due to the old battery had died.. always need CPR.. and I cant take pics anymore cz the battery would die on me...

So today my beloved N70 got a new heart so to speak and her camera has got a new lease of life.. here's a pic of her.. a bit blurry cz I use the front camera of very little mg pixel..

Hmm though I could've buy another one for browsing the net.. I think I will still keep my N70.. convinient (I'm able to text when driving)... taking pics' a snap.. and not so bad quality hehehehe...

Hmm cant wait to use her for my Indon trip next month.. will delete all those old messages (up to 2085 to date.. I did delete some few days earlier) during our bus trip to KLIA.. hope she's get a new lease of live with her dieted down memory then :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

International Bizz: Wal-Mart and Google Assignment

Hmmm... seems like the nearer the completion of my MBA.. the more work needed to be done. These are part of the syllabus for us to do 5 case studies.. here are 2 out of 5. I'm currently doing 3 more... then there's case study as well as group project as well as test next week, and final exam the week after.

I am also currently doing the write up of our ABR ... and we haven't really done the questionairre yet!!!! Yikes!!! It is stressfullllllll!!!!!


1) The Wal-Mart strategy is to provide every day low prices via its highly efficient operations, logistics and efficiency information system that keeps inventory at a minimum as well as preventing over or under-stocking. From the article, it can be seen that Wal-Mart is successful in the USA as well as 15 nations outside the USA.

However, Wal-Mart also faces problem in some other countries as showed during its initial foray into Mexico and China. These two countries possess different culture in the way people shop and by adapting to these differences, Wal-Mart eventually are able to attract local consumers and then thrive in these countries.
In this regard, Wal-Mart succeeded in other countries by adapting its core merchandising strategy to fit each country’s different culture and norm.

2) Initially, Wal-Mart was facing problem in Mexico due to the difference in shopping habits as Mexican prefers buying fresh products at local stores. This was due to the fact that the food they purchased does not keep fresh overnight which was further aggravated by the lack of large refrigeration at home. As they also lack cars, Mexican do not buy food in bulk.

To cater for the culture difference, Wal-Mart adjusted its strategy to reflect the Mexican culture by hiring local managers with local Mexican knowledge whom are able to control Wal-Mart merchandising strategy. Wal-Mart also builds smaller stores for Mexican to ensure ease of walking advantage and offering more fresh produce.

In addition, Wal-Mart also aimed to change its Mexican customers’ shopping habit by demonstrating that the US merchandising culture of larger distribution centers would enable lower cost of merchandise. This will result in savings which will ultimately be received by the consumer. Wal-Mart perseverance, customization as well as low prices offered ultimately changed the Mexican shopping habits. As a result, Wal-Mart became the largest Mexican retailers. In turn, Mexico is now Wal-Mart’s most successful foreign venture.

3) Wal-Mart failed in South Korea and Germany mainly due to the fact that both countries are developed countries with existing established local rivals that had adapted its offering to their consumers’ preference and local shopping habits. In this regard, the existing local rivals have already secured their consumers’ loyalties which make it difficult for newcomers such as Wal-Mart to compete.
In addition, the consumers prefer high quality merchandises rather than Wal-Mart’s offering of low price due to discount strategy. This further strengthens consumer resistance from patronizing Wal-Mart.

4) Expanding in China fits Wal-Mart aim to venture in developing market with the lack of strong local competitors as well as the ability to shape the existing shopping culture toward its benefits and low-price strategy appeal. In the first decade of its operation in China, Wal-Mart expands slowly as shown by only 66 stores were being opened from 1996 - 2006. Even though Chinese’s bargain hunting culture ensure acceptance of Wal-Mart’s low-price strategy and wide selection offered, Wal-Mart still fail to adapt local culture in its merchandising and operations strategy.
By understanding the local Chinese culture of having their food freshly harvested or killed before the purchase as well as offering local delicacies such as turtles, Wal-Mart had earned the Chinese trust to purchase. In addition, though initially Wal-Mart was against union of workers, it adapted by allowing union for its Chinese workers, where union act as arm of state rather than in USA where union are used for labor contracts bargaining.

Adaptions of these local cultures enable Wal-Mart to expand rapidly via acquisition of Trust-Mart chain by 35 per cent. In this regard, Wal-Mart is on track for success in China which it now considers as the centre of its growth strategy.

5) By studying the culture of a nation, companies like Wal-Mart are able to tackle the consumer’s preference and therefore enjoying tremendous growth. Beginning from its founder Sam Walton, combination of culture values was kept constant with a business modal that are able to respond quickly to a changing world. Even today, Wal-Mart identifies its challenge as to lead change while upholding the culture that makes them a great company. In the age of globalization, Wal-Mart had embarked in the expansion of its business worldwide that had presented them with more challenges due to diverse cultures and norms they had to face.

Based on their failure in German, Wal-Mart had learned that they cannot create change unless they first understand the culture that they want to change. It adopted localization in its policy of going abroad, in the sense that it had to be flexible and adaptable as well understanding of the locals. This is vital to ensure its survival in its new territory.

After global consumer acceptance, Wal-Mart will be able to convince local customer of its core values which includes placing customers first with good services and products at lowest costs. As Wal-Mart values are towards the consumer benefits, by highlighting the advantage of patronizing Wal-Mart, it will ultimately able to convince customer to appreciate their original core values which was demonstrated by its success in Mexico and China.

In this regard “Glocalization” or going global but also localized toward the culture of each country, Wal-Mart are therefore able to run a global business in which it is able to maintain its huge economies of scale and buying power while in the same time being flexible at the local level.


1) Google decided to operate in China due to the strategic and vast opportunity that China’s internet population of 100 million users presented. This translated into world’s largest internet market as well as potential major source of marketing revenue for Google. Decision was therefore made for Google to establish full operations in China in term of having its own computer server and a Chinese website. Operating in China also solved the problem of slowness for Google in serving the Chinese market which was made worst by the censorship imposition as well as tackling its rival’s presence in China such as Yahoo!, MSN and Baidu.

Google would also be compromising its “don’t be evil” mantra by operating in China as it would be subjected to Chinese regulations including information censure. In this regard, Google adopted the stance of giving its Chinese users “the greatest amount of information possible”.

The fundamental philosophical approach towards ethics that Google undertake when it decide to enter China is the Utilitarian Ethics on which the moral worth of actions or practices is determined by their consequences. Utilitarianism judges an action desirable if it resulted in the best possible balance of good consequences against bad consequences. In this regard, the Chinese people though would only be able to access censored information, it is better than no information at all or experiencing bad service. Google too would benefit in term of getting access to the Chinese users and therefore earning better revenue which would be a positive result against in shareholders’ satisfaction.

Another theory that defines Google’s decision is the Rights Theories which recognize human being as having the fundamental rights and privileges transcending national boundaries and culture. Rights establishment should be set at level of the minimum of morally accepted behavior. In its decision in operating in China, Google’s objective was to give the Chinese users “the greatest amount of information possible” within the stipulation of the China government rule and regulation. This is basically the minimum standard required of the rights for information which can be defined as the fundamental rights and privileges of the China people.

2) The engagement of self-censorship by Google China was in accordance of the China’s rules and regulations which clearly violated Google’s mantra of “don’t be evil”. This resulted in its Chinese users claiming that Google are more interested in making profits than defending its principle. However, Google management defended the move by claiming that giving the Chinese users limited information is better than none at all.

In my opinion however, Google should be standing for its mantra of “don’t be evil” which is no censure at all for information. In this regard, it is better for Google to operate outside China where it would not be govern by Chinese regulations. Google would then be able to give fair free access of information even though its service would be degraded due to Chinese government direct censorship. As seen in recent news, Google had since ceased its operation due to reason as stated by its chief legal officer David Drummond “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results," written in January 2010. Since then, Google shifted its operation to Hong Kong while its Chinese website was maintained in order to direct users towards its Hong Kong website.

In this regard, it is better for the government to censure rather that doing self censorship because of Google’s original philosophy of free information for all. In addition, there are still possibilities that the Chinese government to engage in further censorship on top of the self censure.

In the long term as globalization expands further, it is not unlikely for China’s internet users or even the China government itself would be able to accept availability of information without censure. By sticking to its principle, Google would be better off as it would be able to stick to its principle of “free information for all” which in the long run would earn it credence towards its future Chinese internet users.

3) Should all foreign search engines refused to invest in China due to censorship, the immediate result would be in term of knowledge available both in China and outside of China. The Chinese people would be deprived from relatively free information that these search engines provides while the outside people will be less well-informed of what transpired in China. In addition, China would lose financially as these search engines will withdraw their facilities and therefore closing down their China offices as well as laying of their local staffs.

However, in the increasingly globalised world where information access is of paramount importance, I believe that in the future, the Chinese people would be able to access the foreign search engine to access the information they wanted. The Chinese government would also in the long term, be pressurized by the international bodies to open up its close door policy in free information for all.
In the initial stage, the Chinese government and its sanctioned search engine would clearly benefit i.e. the Chinese government would upheld its value via censoring information deemed sensitive while Baidu would enjoy the vast Chinese internet market which directly translated to tremendous advertising revenue.

The Chinese people would clearly be at the losing end the most as they would only received safe and regulated information as opposed to the full access of free information available that they have the right to. The foreign search engine including Google would also be at a losing point as they are unable to tap the huge number of China’s internet users that represent huge potential earning in term of revenue from advertising etc.

4) Should all foreign search engine refused to invest in China due to censorship, the local search engine Baidu would certainly benefited as there would be no direct competitors.

Monday, April 12, 2010

INB 780 - International Bisness

Hmm... I have to salute our last lecturer Dr. Nik for International Biz.. fun.. full of anecdotes.. I know some of our classmate who are keen FBs fans dont even log on their FB and just enjoying his ramblings hehehe..

His red beard signifies the rocking soul within :)

Well.. as my trade is in international biz, I am happy that this is my last subject for EMBA esp as the homework given is manageable as well as open book texts ahaks...

Well.. as usual in International Biz, of course we will be dealing with globalization, culture and religion difference, ethics considerations etc. It is quite inteersting as lots of new cases was discussed such as Google foray into China, Walmart.. Islamic Banking.. really relevant in my work area.. and the best things is that the kau timness of proff will enable us to find time on updating our ABR :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Come to Malaysia and Lose Weight

Hmmm came across this opinion by an American tourist who is very satisfied with his cycling trip in Malaysia...

Apparently Norman Dorfman cycled around Malaysia in 12 weeks.. his journey started by buying a bicycle in Thailand and start cycling from Padang Besar (West Coast Northern Peninsular Malaysia) down to Johor Bharu (Southern) then to Kota Bharu (East Coast Northern) and back down to KL. He lost 15 kgs while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.. great view.. challenging and also pleasing ride.. fine food and great hotel...

Way to go Norman.. by the way.. U have my vote should you want to be Malaysian ambassador for bicycle tourism. Bravo ;)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Noor Arfa KL Sales!!! 15 March - 14 April 2010... :)

Well.. even though the circumstance is a bit saddening... i.e. closing down of their Jalan Abdul Rahman shop.. well.. it is still a SALE!!!! Hehehe :)

So.. anyone wanting to buy quality batik at cheap price... discount reaching 70% ... jom jom... :)

The venue is at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman... near the Maju Junction..

Copying straight from their email:


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Timeless in Kuala Terengganu

Timeless in Kuala Terengganu

THINGS tend not to happen quickly in Terengganu.
This never used to be a matter of note — the fishermen of the coast and the farmers of the hinterland have been bound for time immemorial by the schedules of tides and seasons, not annual budget allocations and five-year development plans.

For all the familiar, steady, stately rhythms of Terengganu, though, these days change also seems to happen overnight. The regular but infrequent visitor to Kuala Terengganu sees a magic-lantern show of change: a stop-motion animation of frozen frames.

Flying into KT’s Sultan Mahmud Airport just two years ago was all the more spectacular for the splendid view of the then spanking-new Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, completed just in time for the 2008 Malaysia Games, on its showcase site in Gong Badak.

Today, arriving air passengers see the RM300 million stadium in the same state as it was on the morning of June 2 last year, when the east awning crashed down on the (thankfully, empty) tiers below.

The roof collapsed barely a year after the stadium’s completion. Almost as much time has elapsed and it’s still wreckage: empty, silent; as frozen in time as a broken clock.

The Crystal Mosque shimmers in the night on Sungai Terengganu.

A similar desertion afflicts the RM250 million Islamic Heritage Park on its 23 hectares of Pulau Wan Man in the Sungai Terengganu estuary. Here stands the famous new Crystal Mosque, along with scaled-down replicas of 21 other iconic examples of Islamic architecture from around the world.

Not all of them are places of worship, however, which makes of the Crystal Mosque something of an anomaly. Viewed from the village across the river it is also a theme-park centrepiece, and this sits uneasily with the religious sentiment, deeply rooted here, of transcendent humility.

And so the grounds of Pulau Wan Man are empty too, save for the occasional busload of package tourists. But even they are absent from the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa on Pulau Duyong, where the echoes of visitors’ footsteps on the gleaming floors bounce like trapped birds about the cavernous spaces.

Built for the Monsoon Cup sailing regatta in 2005, these premises have since come alive but once a year with the moveable feast of the Swedish Match Tour circuit. Otherwise, they lie fallow. The ground-floor retail outlets are empty; the terrace café serves warung food to random sightseers; neighbourhood children fly kites in the parking lots.

Moored at the Ri-Yaz marina is a wooden schooner of traditional Terengganu perahu besar design, being fitted out by its German owner. He is hoping someone will buy the vessel, into which he has sunk a million dollars and a decade of his life, but which he now has little hope of operating himself.

Pointing out the cabinetry and carved teak panelling, he laments that the skills for such work are vanishing. “The master doesn’t want to work any more, not even to teach his apprentices, and the apprentices are no good.”

Pulau Duyong is indeed quieter now than it was a generation ago, when the riverine isle was a gamelan of hammering and sawing amid the fragrant wood shavings and sawdust of 30 boatyards. Only three remain.

Last weekend, work proceeded desultorily on just one boat. (It was a blooming beauty, though, the graceful curve of its hull sanded smooth as a woman’s cheek, its raw wood glowing ruddy in the hard and angled light of the afternoon sun.)

The expertise and labour for such work is harder to find now, and more expensive. Although demand for the boat-builders’ services remains respectable, and despite late-breaking fame having quadrupled fees, prospective clients grumble of reluctant workers and declining skills.

A measure of prosperity has come to the Terengganu coast, and any working fisherman knows the finest thing money can buy is leisure.

It was a shame, the German skipper said. Ten years before, he had thought getting his schooner built in Duyong would help boost this unique and valuable Malaysian artform among boating and sailing enthusiasts the world over. But it had emerged that enthusiasm was easier to raise among foreigners than locals.

Perhaps that was why the Monsoon Cup, Taman Tamadun Islam and even the Gong Badak stadium, the broken bird’s nest, were built for people coming to Terengganu from elsewhere.

Sound enough in theory — the Terengganu designed by God Almighty remains serenely beautiful, with its high blue skies, starry nights and clean sea breezes — but nothing has turned out as planned. These places are not drawing the people for whom they were designed and built.

Perhaps they were the wrong people. Perhaps these things should not have been erected to outlandish specifications on reclaimed sand, but rooted in Terengganu’s traditions of cultural continuity and craftsmanship of such mastery as has endured for centuries.

The wind sighing in the stays of the shrouded skiffs at the deserted marina, the tide rising and falling alongside the empty promenades of Pulau Wan Man — these remain the same.

Also recognisable is the steamed fish at Restoran Tian Kee — but that venerable eatery used to be on the Kampung China waterfront, and now the water is invisibly distant across another wide strand of reclaimed sand, awaiting some other startling new thing to materialise from the silent, shadowed void.

- NST Online -

Monday, March 8, 2010

MBA 790 - Strategic Management

Huhu... just a short note on my new subject... Strategic Management... hehehe.. I better post something before I completely forget about it especially I am also busy with the ABR/Thesis as well as preparation as the Logistic Person for our colaqium to Universitas Trisakti, Jakarta, Indonesia.. expected around middle of this year.

Our Proff. Dr. Yeop from UiTM Kelantan.. extremely knowledgable....

Our books - one for concept.. and the other for cases.. cost RM70.. extremely interesting but I don't know if I have the time to read all taht...

I feel extremely fortunate as my work involved liasion with outside companies.. so this subject seems to come naturally cz I can see the progressions.. To date.. our review involved SWOT anaysis... stategizing for Strenght (S), Weaknesses (W), Opportunities (O) and Threats (T).. and the corrsponding recommendation SO, ST, WO, WT...

Hmm.. though seems like I'm able to sail tru.. the amount of work is also bit heavy.. term paper.. case study as well as Company recommendation.. to what me and my group will do on a Sardine / Canning firm in Terengganu...

Huhuhu.. as my workload is really increasing... I would be very pleased when all are finished.. just 2 more subject to go.. and an ABR.. hope I can still maintain my CGPA points.. aminnnn....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Issues: Social Bussiness Model for Women & Unwanted Pregnancy

For the past few days, the Malaysian newspaper highlighted several cases of abandoned babies.. most do not end happily.. the two latest news really make me really sad.. the first one of a baby girl being left.. when discovered her body was covered and bitten with ants (i hope that is not the cause of her death).. and the latest one was yesterday I think.. a baby boy burned in a rubbish bin (this one was believe to died before his small body was burned)... Most of these babies are belief from Malay aka Muslim origin...

It sadden me in a way cz Muslim and Islam should be merciful towards each others and this would include the mother and baby.. I believe most of these babies were born out of wedlock and being in a conservertive society, babies' death are preferable than the shame and stigma to bear and raised an out of lock baby.. the babies were innocent... but maybe in Malaysia, there are no ways of handling this increasing trend.. which make me incorporate them in my latest GBI assignment.. I have to do a 15 pages of academic paper tittled "Enhancing CSR and Promoting Social Busssiness in the Bussiness World: Pharmaceutical Sector Perspectives".. I've just did that.. but to post them all here is unlogical.. so just the segment on SB for these unwanted pregnancies.. hope somebody will learn something from this .. ;(

I didn't event have the heart to capture the whole of the baby's picture.. was sadden by the red welts on her sweet face.. being a mother of a 4 months old baby boy myself .. I can't understand why not these babies are given to adoptive parents.. there are lots of married couples yet to be blessed with babies for years.. maybe there are no centres of facilitation as yet.. I hope it would be soon taht just lip service of related ministry.. all talk and publicity.. but no real solution..


Malaysia is bountiful in its resources and in this regard, social business seems to do not have a place here. Malaysia’s poor are actually still well off compared to others all around the world. Abundance of fertile soil and river of which we are still able to derive our livelihood, we have government aids such as Pusat Pungutan dan Pengagihan Zakat and Kebajikan Masyarakat; as well as charitable organization and programme, most famous of is TV3’ Bersamamu. Glaringly is the reluctance of Malaysian to be employed to work in hardship jobs which resulted in higher number of foreign labours into Malaysia.

In this regard, the idea is to target the group that are needful but are not catered to due to insufficient funding or stigma in which the unwanted pregnancy can be included. Based on Polis Di Raja Malaysia’s statistic, a total of 580 cases of unwanted babies were recorded from 2000 to 2006. From January till September 2008, there were 50 cases of baby abandonment which shows that the trend had increased tremendously. The feasibility of the business of selling unwanted babies is highlighted in the recent cases in Johor and Kula Lumpur of babies sold in between RM15,000 to RM20,000 by agents to couples unable to conceived their own baby.

As unwanted pregnancy is still a taboo subject within Malaysia which is predominantly Muslim, it is imperative to highlight the point that the initiatives will save the innocent babies, reeducate the young mothers as well as giving hope to childless couple.

These business models would include corporate initiatives, would be foster parents and concerned publics as investors for capital, land, equipment and other related items. Products and services that could be sold would include items for women – during pregnancy as well as post babies such as maternity clothing, baby items, cross stitched handicrafts and such. The labor would be the pregnant mothers with work designed to be suitable for their condition. To avoid stigma, inclusion of single mothers can also be included. The initiatives would also include small grants for these targeted groups to open their own sewing shop after their graduation from the centre.

Monday, February 8, 2010

EMBA GBI: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Bussiness - Global and Malaysian Cases For Pharmaceutical Sector

Well.. another of my GBI assignment that I believe have better place in the cyberspace than linguishing in my hardrive :)


Corporate social responsibility (CSR), also known as corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, responsible business, sustainable responsible business (SRB), or corporate social performance,[1] is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. Ideally, CSR policy would function as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby business would monitor and ensure its adherence to law, ethical standards, and international norms. Business would embrace responsibility for the impact of their activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere. Furthermore, business would proactively promote the public interest by encouraging community growth and development, and voluntarily eliminating practices that harm the public sphere, regardless of legality. Essentially, CSR is the deliberate inclusion of public interest into corporate decision-making, and the honoring of a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. (Wikipedia).

Recent cases include;
• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is balancing the CSR as well as ensuring profits to its shareholders. It announced in early 2010 will only charge five percent profit on manufacturing costs for Malaria vaccine to ensure availability and affordability in poor countries as well as creating an $8 million fund for scientists in discovering newly accessible chemicals potential for new drugs.
• In 2009, GSK stated that it would grant South African firm Aspen the rights for manufacturing HIV drug Anacavir royalty-free in its effect to make medicine accessible to the poor. It had also announced a new fund to support NGOs working with HIV infected pregnant women in Afrika as well as contributing for patent pool focused on neglected diseases.
• Pfizer had also agreed to provide 60% price reduction on tuberculosis drugs for patients taking second-line HIV/AIDS medications and therefore improving access.
• Merck had also taken step to do R&D and produced drug Mectizan for threating river blindness or onchocerciasis which affected 80 million people or 2 per cent world’s population in poor developing countries. Without government and NGOs investments, Merck had provided the drugs for free as well as setting the initial distribution. Since 1987, Merck had contributed 2.5 billion tablets of Mectizan worth $3.9 billion on top of $35 million in their Mectizan Donation programme.
• Research by Roberts Environmental Center (REC) at Claremont Mckenna College found out the leader for CSR reporting for pharmaceutical sector are Bristol-Myers Squibb (U.S.) and Sanofi-Aventis (France).

o By analysing online sustainability reporting for the 26 largest pharmaceutical companies world-wide, REC scored the firms based on the transparency, intent, and performance for both environmental and social issues. The results are as follows:

 Highest Overall Scores
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Abbott Laboratories

 Highest Environmental Reporting Scores
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Johnson & Johnson
Abbott Laboratories

 Highest Social Reporting Scores
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Abbott Laboratories

 Lowest Overall Scores
Forest Laboratories
King Pharmaceuticals

• The winner, Bristol-Myers Squibs Foundation is created with the aim of reducing health disparities around the world. In 2008, the foundation allocated $150 million on R&D for least developed countries and vulnerable properties. They also increased access for HIV/AIDS treatments and maintaining the policy of no enforcement of patents for HIV/AIDS medicines in sub-Saharan African with process at level of no profit.

Cases against CSR:

• In 2009, Swiss drug conglomerates Novartis had raised comments when it refused to donate swine flu vaccines to World Health Organization (WHO) in the event of it making the breakthrough. The company would only provide the vaccine discounted price to poor nation. In contrast, Sanofi and GSK had offered 100 million and 50 million flu vaccines respectively.


Only in the last few years that Malaysia had finally join the CSR forays with its aspiration ingrained in the National Integrity Plan, the 9th Malaysia Plan and the Capital Market Master plan. Significant boost to CSR was given during the Budget 2007 requirement for Public Listed Companies to report their CSR initiatives followed by Bursa Malaysia’s launched of CSR frameworks for Malaysia PLCs which were also directed to adopt CSR reporting. As part of its GLCs transformation programme, Khazanah Nasional had also release the Silver Book containing GLCs’ CSR Guidelines.
Other initiatives include the PM’s CSR Award aimed to honor the companies making a difference in the communities they served through their CSR programmes. The Prime Minister’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2009 will be awarded on March 10, 2010. Its aims is to recognise companies that have made a difference to the communities in which they operate through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. There were 316 entries from 161 companies for the award. DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd was named as the overall winner after being awarded the top prize in the best workplace practice and culture and heritage categories.

Other winners included British Petroleum in Malaysia (environment), Petronas (education), Intel Technology Sdn Bhd (community and social welfare) and Masterskill College of Nursing and Health (small company CSR).

Current initiatives include the establishment of Yayasan 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Berhad) to manage the RM100 million CSR Fund by launching of efforts towards ensuring 1Malaysia value such as equal opportunity to education as well as quality of life.

Malaysian companies are also urged to set up childcare centre as part of CSR and will be entitled to a 10% tax reduction per annum on the cost of setting them up for a period of 10 years. Meanwhile, government agencies offering childcare centres at the workplace would be given a RM80,000 grant to create the facility.
Sample of Malaysian CSR for Pharmaceutical / Health Firms:

Given the nature of Pharmaniaga's core businesses and its focus on knowledge, it is no surprise that it has chosen a consumer awareness campaign as its flagship social contributions programme dubbed mesti ambil tahu! (MAT), which loosely translates into "Must find out!”. Officially launched by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek in April last year, MAT aims to persuade Malaysians to be more proactive in understanding health issues and the basics of healthcare. Pharmaniaga's other CSR activities also revolve around healthcare such as its support of Mercy Malaysia in carrying out disaster relief missions and National Diabetes Institute in the Fight Against Diabetes programme. Last year, the company donated surgical masks to traffic cops, postmen, firemen and students.

Top Glove Foundation (“TG Foundation”) was officially launched on Sunday, 14 June 2009 as a non-profitable organisation established solely for charitable purpose. The main objectives of TG Foundation are as follows:
• To provide funding for charitable purposes especially for the needy Community through donations, sponsorships and other means.
• To provide funding for educational purpose by giving out scholarships, advancement of education and other educational related funding.
• To carry out other activities in relation to environmental and community that are allow under the legislative provision of the Government of Malaysia.


A social business is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective. The profits are used to expand the company’s reach and improve the product/service. Social business is a cause-driven business. In a social business, the investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point. Purpose of the investment is purely to achieve one or more social objectives through the operation of the company, no personal gain is desired by the investors. The company must cover all costs and make profit, at the same time achieve the social objective, such as, healthcare for the poor, housing for the poor, financial services for the poor, nutrition for malnourished children, providing safe drinking water, introducing renewable energy, etc. in a business way. The impact of the business on people or environment, rather than the amount of profit made in a given period measures the success of social business. Sustainability of the company indicates that it is running as a business. The objective of the company is to achieve social goal/s (Wikipedia).

Based from the first website to proclaim as the global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment: :

Right to Sight is designing a scalable eye care ‘product’ and provision system with the aim of eliminating avoidable blindness in developing countries. The company plans to partner with organisations and governments that can facilitate its work.
Dragonmobility designs, manufactures and supplies unique, customised, elevating powered-wheelchairs to provide independent mobility to its severely disabled customers. Dragonmobility's managing director originally designed the world's first powerchair (for use by those around 5 years of age) for his daughter, who used it to access mainstream education and work and who is now Dragonmobility's general manager. The company's experience allows it to provide a proven holistic approach to users who have all kinds of disabilities and who are aged from 11 months to more than 65 years old.

Elixir Foundations is a Community Interest Company that helps people suffering from drug addiction to become and remain abstinent.

CellAegis Devices is an early stage company developing a safe, non-invasive, and cost-effective medical device that reduces the magnitude of a heart attack by up to 40-50%. The external device automates the process of preconditioning which activates the body’s innate protective mechanisms to significantly reduce the amount of damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack. Validated in numerous clinical trials, preconditioning also reduces pain during angioplasty, results in few subsequent adverse events following cardiac surgery and is beneficial for high risk patients in non-cardiac patients

As such, most of the companies are in its infancy stage.

In Malaysia however, there is yet an entity able to claim itself as a social business entity.


Friday, February 5, 2010

EMBA GBI - Comments on Bio Piracy

This is actually my first assignment for the Global Bussiness Issues .. commeting on Joseph Stiglitz Chapter 4: Patents, Profits and People.. and focusing more on Bio Piracy.. seems better for me to post it in cyberspace that just sitting still in my hardrive.. quite interesting actually the issue of Globalisation on Patents .. esp. how it stimulated Bio Piracy.. enjoy ;)


The developing countries traditional knowledge as well as local cures derived from their rich biodiversity has been currently targeted by large pharmaceutical firms via the use of patenting. Bio-piracy term is invented to illustrate the unfair practices in which the company “re-discovered” and “rebrand” traditional cures and afterwards charging the locals what they have known and used over the centuries without regards toward preserving the biodiversity itself.


Corporations such as Syngenta, Monsanto and others are currently pursuing the patenting of “climate genes” that are able to endure environmental stresses especially in view of the global climate change. Most of these genes are from Africans corps and thus sparking fears over biopiracy of the nation’s biodiversity.

Monsanto is currently leading the race towards patenting African key crops such as sorghum, maize, peanut, cotton, wheat, manic and sugarcane for their “climate” benefit such as biomass accumulation as well as stress and drought tolerance. An Israeli firms Evogene has also claimed 700 climate related gene consequences in a single patent submission covering African’s key crops such as maize, peanut, cotton, wheat, manioc and a number of economic plants including ornamental and teak species. US based Ceres Inc. has filed patents on “climate genes” for both agro fuels and food crops such as sorghum, maize, millets and rice. Swiss company Syngenta had patent pending for development of genetically modified (GM) plants resistance to saline soil and drought.

In 2008, non-government organization Environment Technology Council (ETC Group) stated that over 500 patents application has been filed around the world and many more pending afterwards. Agreements that might lead to biopiracy include:

i) Sorghum is a major African and Texan crop known for its draught tolerant quality with potential for grain, agro fuel and fodder production by Ceres that had signed exclusive rights for high biomass sorghum lines from Texas A&M University.
ii) Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) which is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates; and Buffet Foundation involving Monsato, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), the African Agricultural Technology Foundation and the national agricultural research institutes of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa.

These seeds are said to be available royalty-free to South African small farmers and are said to exemplify corporate generosity as well as how biotechnology can solved problems due to climate changes. However, critics such as the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) remain cautious liking the offerings as “Trojan horse intended to hook Africa farmers on GM seeds”.

Other case includes Teikoku Seiyaku Co. Ltd. (Kagawa, Japan) for patenting three traditional herbal remedies that are well known and commonly used by Chinese medicine practitioners.

These current cases of bio-piracy add on to the seriousness of old cases such as Enola vs. Mexican beans, South Asian’s basmati rice, Bolivian’s quino, Amazonia’s ayahuasca, Indian’s chickpeas, Peruvian’s nuna beans and Andean’s maca.


Peruvians has proactively prevented patenting of their traditional knowledge by foreign firms. In 2009, the Peruvian National Commission against Bio piracy has challenged patent submission in France, Japan, Korea and the U.S. which were derived from the traditional knowledge. The patented products are derived from Lepidium meyenii, Plukenetia volubilis Linneo and Myrciaria dubia, three native plants that are well known for their medicinal benefits. Currently, the commission monitors 69 of their genetic resources at the world’s main patent offices.

In this regard, other developing countries should consider their own department of bio piracy allegation investigations. Foreign companies should be able to use the developing countries traditional knowledge and rich bio-diversity. However, they also need to compensate the local people fairly.

An anti-biopiracy treaty is expected to adopt by countries parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) when they gather in Nagoya Japan in October 2010 for the biennial Conference of the Parties. It is hoped that biopiracy can then be prevented as well as equal fair sharing of biological resources and the associated traditional knowledge.


In Washington, leaders of 80 religious faiths including Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Buddhist and Hindu had in May 1995 held a joint conference stating the opposition against the patenting of genetically engineered animals and human genes, cells and organs. “….humans and animals are creations of God, not humans, and as such should not be patented as human inventions,”

Surah Al Anbiya -The Messengers (verse 21): (These people also accept that the universe has been created by Allah Almighty and is in operation according to His Laws ~ 23:84-85. 29:60-62. 31:25. 39:38. 43:9. However they are not ready to admit that their own socio-economic system and life should also be subordinated to His Laws). They carve separate deities for their earthly affairs (thinking that lives should be governed by their own or other man-made Laws) and believe that they should progress and flourish accordingly. (In short, they profess that there should be two different Ilahas. one for the outer universe and the other for life on earth. God should rule the physical world and earth should be ruled by man. What a terrible mistake they are committing!)


Stiglitz’s opinion against biopiracy seems to have continued on after his publication in 2007. As the potential benefits and profits are great, multinationals and large corporations continues their forays towards developing countries’ traditional knowledge and rich biodiversity. However, developing countries has started to take note as well as stand up to fight for their right such as the Peruvian state anti bio piracy initiatives. Though unable to do their own manufacturing of their rich flora and traditional knowledge, developing countries should be compensated for their resources instead of being taken advantage via use of patenting.


Stiglitz J (2007) Making Globalization Work, Penguin Book

Monday, February 1, 2010

EMBA - ABR or Applied Bussiness Research (Thesis & VIVA)

Quite busy actually this week, but had to jot done a bit on our ABR short course held last weekend. Hmm... quite packed as it was held on Thursday nite from 8 pm to 10.. as well as full day Friday. So, imagine my commute from office with the baby (who wasn't being cooperative along the drive .. from 4 pm Kuala Terengganu to nearly 7pm in Kerteh as had to pacify the baby along the way.. ) as well as balik kampung (going to the inlaws) after class... hectic hectic!!

Our esteemed lecturer Proff Wan from UITM Shah Alam. Very experianced. We were afraid of him in the beginning....but actually he is very impressive once you get to know him.

Respect! Even with the cane, he is still dynamic!

Actually, learned a lot from the packed 10 hours course. Lots of docs as well .. too many that we only covered the salient points. However, I will retain them as ref for my PHD (maybe a year rest after Master.. think of persuing it in Monash Malaysia)..

The group consultation session was torture. Instead of giving it straight on, Prof expected us to think and came out with new or revised idea before he gave us his blessing :) .. I quite like that cz we emerged knowing things better as well as more aware of syok sendiri or unstable subject.. From our long tittles of thesis, we had summarized it .. in to ensure relevancy. It was amusing to see additional tittling can make the grade bad as it does not jive with the study itself. We were given glimpes of BAD... Unrelevent.. Complicated as well as good ABR submissions.. I've learned A LOT esp. I haven't got the experiance of doing thesis during my undergraduates years.

Hehehe.. and the best point is... he seems interested and gave me the go ahead for my tentative PHD thesis tittle.. Yippee!!!!

THANKS A MILLION Prof Wan!!!!! :)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Terengganu - Herbal Chicken Rice Al Hijrah Oasis, Bukit Bayas

Hmmm.. would like mention about my new foodie delight.. Nasi Ayam Herba or Herball Chicken Rice at Bukit Bayas, Kuala Terengganu... it's quite near Kuala Ibai but need to go tru the trunk road to be there... it is on the left side of the road before the Bukit Bayas shop lots.. near their 7-11..

Front view of the restaurant - Al Hijrah Oasis..

Their menus.. ops.. can't read from this far :P

Front view.. we arrived about 15 mins before lunchtime.. if not, it would be PACKED!

The chicken rice...

The special Herbal Soup - chockaful of mushroom and meat.. a bowl for around RM5.50... I love it but my male colleagues says it's too heaty for them.. maybe the herbs... BUT I LOVE ITTTT!!!! Yummmmmmm....... :) .. I'm salivating just thinking about it :P

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Kuala Ibai folk keep vigil for sighting of ‘pontianak’

hehe.. can't resist putting this in cz its though not so near to my place but near enough.. huhu scaryyyy

Monday January 25, 2010
Kuala Ibai folk keep vigil for sighting of ‘pontianak’

KUALA TERENGGANU: Dwel­ling on superstitious issues such as pontianaks will only set the people back and hamper the development of the state, said information and religion committee deputy chairman Muhammad Ramli Nuh.

Hitting out at certain people who claimed to have seen the female apparition in a village in Kuala Ibai recently, Muhammad said it only reflected the backward thinking of the people.

“When other parts of this region are moving towards achieving progress, these locals are wasting their precious resources on such a preposterous matter.

“Even if the pontianak really does exist, just ignore it and concentrate on spiritual development and enriching knowledge to keep pace with globalisation.

“Those spreading the sighting rumours have nothing better to do and they should enrol themselves in religious classes or carry out community works,” he said when asked to comment on the supposed sighting at Kampung Tok Adis here last week.

The villagers claimed that they stumbled upon the pontianak after carrying out a gotong-royong to clear some bushes at a cemetery last Monday.

Hehe.. just an illustration here :P
Those who claimed to have seen the ghost said it had long hair, sharp teeth and a pair of red eyes.

The purported sighting caused a fuss among the villagers and some were keeping vigil every night at the cemetery in the hope of catching a glimpse of the supernatural being.

According to Malay folklore, a pontianak is said to be the spirit of a woman who died during childbirth.

She is usually dressed in white with long black hair.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

EMBA - GBI795 Global Bussiness Issues

Hmmmm.. time really flies and I am now in my fourth semester.. elated in a way cz just 3 more subject to go and about 4 months before my study finishes but apprehensive as well.. cz we haven't really done our ABR preparation AS YET!!!!

The deceptively looking taxtbook "Making Globalization Work" Joseph E Stigliz RM45.00

Our extremely knowledgable lecturer.. Dr. Asry..

Actually I quite like the subject.. it is interesting to note that 60% of the world population controls 6% of the world economy.. whilst 40% of the worlds controlled 94% of the world's economy.. no wonder that there are hugh gaps between rich countries and poor countries.. I've also developed a respect for Mr. Muhamad Yunos.. the CEO of Grameen Bank who define the phase Social Bussiness as opposed to abundantly available as well as sometime shifty Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).. another interesting tidbits is that some part of the world will be submerged in not so distant future due to the melting of Artic / Antartic bz we haven't really taken care of our mother nature .. HORROR!!!

Hmmm... though a bit scary.. I am also interested in our lecturer's method of teaching in which I would say he was grooming us for VIVA practices i.e. we need to present topics in the syllybus without AVA helps.. write some "without plagiarism" academic paper... as well as internal intellectual forum and seminar.. al notwithstanding the fact that he is a bit stringent in giving students As.. yikes.. there goes my aim to get at least 2As this sem... huhuhu.. wish me luck!!!