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NIK ZAFRI BIN ABDUL MAJID, CONSULTANT/TRAINER
Email: nikzafri@yahoo.com, nikzafri@gmail.com
http://www.nikzafri.blogspot.my

Kelantanese, Alumni of Sultan Ismail College Kelantan (SICA), Diploma (Management), IT Competency Cert, Certified Written English Professional US. Has participated in many seminars/conferences (local/ international) in the capacity of trainer/lecturer and participant.

Affiliations :- Council Member of Gerson Lehrman Group NY, Institute of Quality Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Management, Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Association, Auditor ISO 9000 IRCAUK, Auditor OHSAS 18000 (SIRIM and STS) /EMS ISO 14000:2004 and Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS, CIDB (Now BCA) Singapore),

* Possesses 26 years of experience/hands-on in the multi-modern management & technical disciplines (systems & methodologies) such as Knowledge Management (Hi-Impact Management/ICT Solutions), Quality (TQM/ISO), Safety Health Environment, Civil & Building (Construction), Manufacturing, Motivation & Team Building, HR, Marketing/Branding, Business Process Reengineering, Economy/Stock Market, Contracts/Project Management, Finance & Banking, etc. He was employed to international bluechips involving in national/international megaprojects such as Balfour Beatty Construction/Knight Piesold & Partners UK, MMI Insurance Group Australia, Hazama Corporation (Hazamagumi) Japan (with Mitsubishi Corporation, JA Jones US, MMCE and Ho-Hup) and Sunway Construction Berhad (The Sunway Group of Companies). Among major projects undertaken : Pergau Hydro Electric Project, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, LRT Tunnelling, KLIA, Petronas Refineries Melaka, Putrajaya Government Complex, Sistem Lingkaran Lebuhraya Kajang (SILK), Mex Highway, KLIA1, KLIA2 etc. Once serviced SMPD Management Consultants as Associate Consultant cum Lecturer for Diploma in Management, Institute of Supervisory Management UK/SMPD JV. Currently – Associate/Visiting Consultants/Facilitators, Advisors for leading consulting firms (local and international) including project management. To name a few – Noma SWO Consult, Amiosh Resources, Timur West Consultant Sdn. Bhd., TIJ Consultants Group (Malaysia and Singapore) and many others.

* Ex-Resident Weekly Columnist of Utusan Malaysia (1995-1998) and have produced more than 100 articles related to ISO-9000– Management System and Documentation Models, TQM Strategic Management, Occupational Safety and Health (now OHSAS 18000) and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14000. His write-ups/experience has assisted many students/researchers alike in module developments based on competency or academics and completion of many theses. Once commended by the then Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia for his diligence in promoting and training the civil services (government sector) based on “Total Quality Management and Quality Management System ISO-9000 in Malaysian Civil Service – Paradigm Shift Scalar for Assessment System”

Among Nik Zafri’s clients : Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn. Bhd, (MRP II, Accounts/Credit Control) The HQ of Royal Customs and Excise Malaysia (ISO 9000), Veterinary Services Dept. Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Aspects of Project Management – KLCC construction), Corporate HQ of RHB (Peter Drucker's MBO/KRA), NEC Semiconductor - Klang Selangor (Productivity Management), Prime Minister’s Department Malaysia (ISO 9000), State Secretarial Office Negeri Sembilan (ISO 9000), Hidrological Department KL (ISO 9000), Asahi Kluang Johor(System Audit, Management/Supervisory Development), Tunku Mahmood (2) Primary School Kluang Johor (ISO 9000), Consortium PANZANA (HSSE 3rd Party Audit), Lecturer for Information Technology Training Centre (ITTC) – Authorised Training Center (ATC) – University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) Kluang Branch Johor, Kluang General Hospital Johor (Management/Supervision Development, Office Technology/Administration, ISO 9000 & Construction Management), Kahang Timur Secondary School Johor (ISO 9000), Sultan Abdul Jalil Secondary School Kluang Johor (Islamic Motivation and Team Building), Guocera Tiles Industries Kluang Johor (EMS ISO 14000), MNE Construction (M) Sdn. Bhd. Kota Tinggi Johor (ISO 9000 – Construction), UITM Shah Alam Selangor (Knowledge Management/Knowledge Based Economy /TQM), Telesystem Electronics/Digico Cable(ODM/OEM for Astro – ISO 9000), Sungai Long Industries Sdn. Bhd. (Bina Puri Group) - ISO 9000 Construction), Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd,(ISO 9000 – Security Printing) ROTOL AMS Bumi Sdn. Bhd & ROTOL Architectural Services Sdn. Bhd. (ROTOL Group) – ISO 9000 –Architecture, Bond M & E (KL) Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9000 – Construction/M & E), Skyline Telco (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Knowledge Management),Technochase Sdn. Bhd JB (ISO 9000 – Construction), Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM – ISO 9000 & Internal Audit Refresher), Shinryo/Steamline Consortium (Petronas/OGP Power Co-Generation Plant Melaka – Construction Management and Safety, Health, Environment), Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Negotiation Skills), Association for Retired Intelligence Operatives of Malaysia (Cyber Security – Arpa/NSFUsenet, Cobit, Till, ISO/IEC ISMS 27000 for Law/Enforcement/Military), T.Yamaichi Corp. (M) Sdn. Bhd. (EMS ISO 14000) LSB Manufacturing Solutions Sdn. Bhd., (Lean Scoreboard (including a full development of System-Software-Application - MSC Malaysia & Six Sigma) PJZ Marine Services Sdn. Bhd., (Safety Management Systems and Internal Audit based on International Marine Organization Standards) UNITAR/UNTEC (Degree in Accountacy – Career Path/Roadmap) Cobrain Holdings Sdn. Bhd.(Managing Construction Safety & Health), Speaker for International Finance & Management Strategy (Closed Conference), Pembinaan Jaya Zira Sdn. Bhd. (ISO 9001:2008-Internal Audit for Construction Industry & Overview of version 2015), Straits Consulting Engineers Sdn. Bhd. (Full Integrated Management System – ISO 9000, OHSAS 1800 and EMS ISO 14000 for Civl/Structural/Geotechnical Consulting), Malaysia Management & Science University (MSU – (Managing Business in an Organization), Innoseven Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 MSPR8 – Awareness and Internal Audit (Construction), ISO 9001:2008 and 2015 overview for the Construction Industry), Kemakmuran Sdn. Bhd. (KVMRT Line 1 - Signages/Wayfinding - Project Quality Plan and Construction Method Statement ), Amiosh Resources - (1) Lembaga Tabung Haji - Flood ERP (2) WNA Consultants - DID/JPS -Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan - Prelim, Conceptual Design, Interim and Final Report etc. (3) Tunnel Fire Safety - Fire Risk Assessment Report - Design Fire Scenario), Safety, Health and Environmental Management Plans leading construction/property companies/corporations in Malaysia. Timur West Consulting (1) Business Methodology and System (2) Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya ISMS/Audit/Risk/ITP Technical Team

* Has appeared for 10 consecutive series in “Good Morning Malaysia RTM TV1’ Corporate Talk Segment discussing on ISO 9000/14000 in various industries. For ICT, his inputs garnered from his expertise have successfully led to development of work-process e-enabling systems in the environments of intranet, portal and interactive web design especially for the construction and manufacturing. Some of the end products have won various competitions of innovativeness, quality, continual-improvements and construction industry award at national level. He has also in advisory capacity – involved in development and moderation of websites, portals and e-profiles for mainly corporate and private sectors, public figures etc. He is also one of the recipients for MOSTE Innovation for RFID use in Electronic Toll Collection in Malaysia



Risk Based Thinking ISO 9001:2015

(The answers provided are not to be deemed as solutions but basic guidelines, please contact me for further details of consultancy and training)

Q : Do I issue NCR for Risk Identification/Assessment? (i.e. HIRARC)

A : Risk Identification/Asessment and even HIRARC itself is an assessment NOT an audit/inspection. Please do not confuse the two. When we talk about risk, the word "proactive" must always come into the picture. Risk Based Thinking in the new ISO 9001:2015 is previously known as "Preventive Action" but spoken in a wider sense.

If you are using HIRARC, then there are "marks" to denote severity and likelihood of the risk being identified. You can note suggestion or instruction for improvement based on your findings and discuss in your Management Review.

Q : I am a newbie in Risk Management, where to start on Risk Based Thinking during upgrading from the old version?

A: ISO 9001:2015 do not make it "a must" to have a full risk management. Unless it's already part of your core business process (especially planning), e.g. using HIRARC, then that's different. Look at your core business process and identify/ brainstorm the possible risk associated with every process where applicable. Using the Risk Register would be a good idea.

The reason why "Risk Based Thinking" is introduced into ISO 9001:2015 is because to reduce non-conformance and customer complaints, to justify clearly (substantiated with evidence) the Department/Unit Objectives, KPI/KRA, Balance Scorecard etc. (not simply pick up a figure from 'the sky')

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Friday, April 21, 2017

MOOD MEDIA - LORNE ABONY

The employees are the embodiment of what the M&A is all about. One of the nice things about the opportunity to meet first hand with these employees is to hear what they thought, and they all thought very similar things. They understood that it was necessary; they thought they were in a better, stronger company.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SOAL JAWAB - KESELAMATAN, KESIHATAN PEKERJAAN, ALAM SEKITAR - Nik Zafri

SOALAN 1 : Selain kepatuhan terhadap undang-undang, kenapa perlukan sistem pengurusan keselamatan kerja dan alam sekitar?

Jawapan : Pentingnya sistem ialah untuk memastikan dan meningkatkan lagi tahap keselamatan, kesihatan, persekitaran dan kebajikan pekerja terjaga.


SOALAN 2. Adakah dokumentasi itu penting?


Jawapan :


Jika ianya dapat menyelamatkan nyawa, maka dokumentasi itu penting, tetapi ianya mesti disusuli dengan pelaksanaan. Maka saya berpendapat, dokumentasi dan pelaksanaan adalah sama pentingnya.


Jika kita masih beranggapan bahawa dokumentasi itu terlalu membebankan, maka matlamat untuk mencapai satu sistem yang bertulis sebagai bukti pelaksanaan tidak akan tercapai.


SOALAN 3. Bagaimana nak memastikan semua orang faham mengenai pentingnya menjaga keselamatan, kesihatan dan penjagaan alam sekitar?


Jawapan : 


  • Komitmen ikhlas dan sepenuh-hati dari pihak pengurusan tertinggi.
  • Delegasi tugas yang betul kepada orang yang betul.
  • Komunikasi perlu berkesan dan mesej "suci" ini sampai sehingga kepada peringkat kakitangan sokongan mahupun buruh/pekerja.
  • Latihan dan pembangunan secara berterusan.


SOALAN 4. Kenapa keselamatan, kesihatan dan pengurusan alam sekitar terabai?


Jawapan : Mengikut pengalaman saya - ada 3 unsur sahaja, pertama - sistem, kedua - pelaksanaan, ketiga - sikap :


  • sifat menghafal dan bukannya memahami. Jika tidak faham,bagaimana nak menghayati serta jadikannya sebagai budaya syarikat?
  • Sifat suka menuding jari apabila berlaku insiden dan kemalangan. (Tiada akauntabiliti – rasa dipertanggungjawabkan). Walhal jika mengikut prosedur yang betul (jika ada prosedur), perkara ini boleh diselesaikan mengikut lunas undang-undang. Tidak ada satu pun tempat kerja yang 100% selamat.
  • Melakukan kerana terpaksa dan dipaksa. Melaksanakan sistem pengurusan keselamatan, kesihatan pekerjaan dan alam sekitar tidak boleh dilakukan kerana terpaksa, ianya akan menimbulkan lebih banyak masalah lagi.
  • 'attitude' perlu betul dalam kita hendak melaksanakan sistem ini. (adopting the right attitude)

Jika awal-awal lagi, kita sudah tanamkan pemikiran negatif umpamanya "sistem ini menyusahkan" dan seumpamanya, maka kita perlukan bantuan professional.


  • Mengukur keselamatan, kesihatan dan pengurusan alam sekitar menerusi satu perspektif yang sempit – contohnya dengan hanya adanya peralatan perlindungan diri (PPE), maka keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan serta alam sekitar telah pun terjaga.

Malah persepsi pemakaian PPE juga perlu difahami dalam 2 kategori:

a) adanya topi keselamatan dipakai untuk mengelak dari objek yang jatuh dari atas.

b) adanya topi keselamatan juga dapat menyelamatkan nyawa


Faktor-faktor lain ialah :



  • Takut untuk berbelanja lebih bagi meningkatkan tahap keselamatan kerja.
  • Tindakan menangani insiden dan kemalangan tidak bertepatan dengan undang-undang. Ini termasuklah "cuba menutup" kes-kes kematian, kecederaan parah dari pihak berkuasa dsb.
  • Meletakkan kesalahan hanya kepada Pegawai Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan

SOALAN 5 : Kenapa perlunya Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan?

Jawapan :


Keselamatan, Kesihatan Pekerjaan dan Pengurusan Alam Sekitar bukan kerja perseorangan tetapi ianya adalah kerjasama dalam satu pasukan.


Perlu ada sesi bertukar-tukar pendapat, mengikut kepakaran dan pengalaman dalam bidang/jabatan masing-masing demi keselamatan, kesihatan dan pengurusan alam sekitar sesebuah organisasi.


Jangan hanya serahkan semua tanggungjawab kepada Pegawai atau Pengurus HSE sahaja. Inipun salah juga...


SOALAN 6. Adakah Penilaian Suasana Berbahaya, Impak/Aspek dan Risiko itu perlu?


Jawapan :

Penilaian ini perlu dimulakan daripada peringkat perancangan pra-operasi lagi. Sebarang suasana berbahaya, impak/aspek dan risiko perlu dikenalpasti secara proaktif berdasarkan pengalaman terdahulu. Kemudian ianya perlu dikawal semasa penilaian berlaku dan disemak kembali akan keberkesanannya.

Penilaian Risiko tidak sama dengan Pemeriksaan (Inspection) dan Audit.
Pemeriksaan adalah sesuatu yang biasa dilakukan (rutin), audit dan penilaian risiko adalah secara berkala dan berjadual.

Bezanya, penilaian risiko tidak diberikan laporan ketidakpatuhan (NCR) seperti audit dan pemeriksaan.

Penilaian risiko akan mengenengahkan masalah kecil yang berpotensi membawa kepada masalah yang besar jika tidak ditangani secara proaktif. Jika ada masalah besar, maka itu menunjukkan terdapat risiko yang tinggi dalam sesuatu operasi

Setiap masalah diberikan pemarkahannya yang tersendiri. Kesilapan penilai risiko ialah mengeluarkan laporan ketidakpatuhan. Ini boleh menimbulkan kekeliruan.

Tujuan utama Penilaian Risiko ialah untuk menjadi pemangkin dengan mengurangkan trend ketidakpatuhan dalam pemeriksaan dan audit.

Maka jika didapati jumlah NCR masih tinggi (makin bertambah) dalam pemeriksaan dan audit, maka kemungkinan besar pengenalpastian risiko secara proaktif adalah TIDAK TEPAT. Segera lakukan penyemakan kembali.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

AND HE ACTUALLY DID IT - TAN SRI LIM GOH TONG



And he actually did it!
When everyone at that time said "It's impossible"
He chased after his dreams and he realize his dreams into reality.
Do we have that courage?

Friday, March 17, 2017

TYPICAL PITFALLS IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE - Nik Zafri

Lesson No. 1 : The CEO must be well-informed of any risks (both technical and financial) when deciding to invest in "new innovation"

Innovative ideas may sound "juicy" but potentially may also become a great threat to sound governance practices. Few gigantic motor corporations thought innovation was a good investment hence a lot of money went to Research and Development (R and D) to produce "innovations" to only knew later that they have breached the law.

a) The VW emissiongate/dieselgate

Quoting Ian McVeigh, Head of Governance at Jupiter Asset Management wrote in the Telegraph UK in 2015 : 

"The revelation that the car giant (VW) has been using so-called “defeat device” software to get its diesel cars to pass strict emission tests has been an unmitigated disaster. Since the scandal broke, the value of the company has fallen by around €30bn (£22bn)"


Source : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AVW_stock_price_after_emissions_violations.png (Analysis by Dennis Bratland)

He wrote further about the significance of the CEO being well informed of investment analysis without the investors finding out about it first. Ian also mentioned about the corporate structure of German companies - having split boards - a supervisory and a management board making it potentially unclear of the "who is responsible or authorized for what?". UK however adopted the principle of putting the final responsibility with only one board.

The Volkswagen dieselgate or emission gate case started on 18 September 2015, when the US EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to German automaker Volkswagen Group for intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines to activate certain emissions controls only during lab emission test. The programming caused the vehicles' NOx output to meet US standards during regulatory testing but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving. 

The CEO sportingly have since apologized to the customers, users and the general public. Later, he resigned.

Although Volkswagen is embarking on new policies and slowly regaining the trust of stakeholders and the car buyers, but the price they have paid is high.

Lesson No. 2 : Hiring "external party" to advise the Board can also lead to disaster.

I once heard somewhere that billionaire Warren Buffet; at some point; do not fully trust "external party's" judgement. He would rather make his own final decision.

Be careful when appointing external "subject matter experts" especially authorizing them to speak in a Board Meeting. If it is not necessary to hire, then DON'T! 

Many important decision cannot be made unanimously because the "so-called guru" says "NO". Ironically, the CEO agrees and subscribes to the "gurus" advice rather than seeking majority opinions from the experienced board members. (I've seen this happened before - it was a disaster!)

Hiring consultant assisting in corporate governance implementation is fine but these practices should be restricted to mid and support levels where CEO leads the initiative - not vice-versa. Board Members meeting must always be treated as CONFIDENTIAL.

Remember : Not everyone in the boardroom are smart guys!

Lesson No. 3 : There are always good rationales of why laws are implemented and enforced. 

Those who try to avoid the law are deemed to have "cheated" the government/ lawmakers and other stakeholders. Or put simply, betraying everyone's trust. 

One of the top cases that I've bumped into is misappropriation of funds (breach of trust) due to shareholders "manipulating" their unclear roles, responsibilities and authorities to serve their own ends. Other cases include : board ineffectiveness, unethical audit and risk practices, "unfair" pay, bad relations with external parties such as accountants and company secretaries. (aah yes, accountants and company secretaries can tell stories too - they know your secrets!)

We've witnessed how prolonged "conflict" between corporate entities and the lawmakers ending up in series of investigations and prosecutions. Long battles in the court of law not only endanger the company's reputation (even if you win the case) but the sad consequences that follow it - from people loosing jobs to reduction of market values.

Lesson No. 4 : Risk is always PROACTIVE

Never wait until problem arises. Learn the lessons from others who have failed. Take proactive measures by adopting Risk Management. (and don't just simply say....DO IT!) Proactive Risk Identification will provide you with a guide on Plan of Action (mitigation), brainstorming and develop a strategic plan. 

All these activities must happen prior to operation/project implementaton, assessed during the operation (comparing with the Risk Register for proactive risk identification stage) and mitigate during post-operation stage.

Adopt good practices of Risk Management but do not try to be too bold by taking unwanted risks!

Lesson No. 5 : Do What You Say and Say What You Do.

When you have given solemn promises or have put them in your customer charter or have addressed them in Manuals and Procedures - deliver them. Don't just file everything up and ignore them, or displaying what needed to be displayed and "that's it...end of story" - hoping that your PR will do the rest for you.

Sometimes, as a shareholder, you need to realize what you think is "impossible" can happen and do happen - whereby other shareholders (your own friends) can turn against you due to one or two angry customers who feel that you are not delivering what you have promised.

There are so many reasons of why ISO 9000 or Total Quality Management is introduced on the first place. Surely they are not to burden you but to help you.

Lesson No. 6 : Non-Conformance and Risks are opportunity for improvement

Don't scare auditors with cold bullying remarks such as :
  • "I'm your paymaster",
  • "Make it looks like there is more "loss" than "profit",
  • "I know your boss",
  • "Don't try to be too smart - remember Enron?" 

Remember, auditors are human beings too. If they feel threatened, despite the Non-Disclosure Agreement, they still can adopt the "Need to Know Basis" vs your "Transparency" - they can even get court-orders. Believe me, the end-results won't be good.

Treat auditors as friends who are trying to help you not destroy you. Treat any non-conformances as opportunities for improvement and not some "fault-finding activities". In the end, you'll be in every auditors "good book"

Don't make your company becoming one of the case study being discussed in front of other auditors in their association.

Lesson No. 7 : Be careful when setting limits on shareholder voting power.

One study (by Ken L. Bechmanna, Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School and Johannes Raaballeb Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University) shows that the bad corporate governance in the banks is visible in the shape of severe restrictions on shareholder rights, including voting and ownership ceilings, etc. These severe restrictions are quite unique, especially from an Anglo-Saxon perspective. In the U.S., ownership ceilings are not allowed and in a sample of 4,399 U.S. firms, only 24 had voting ceilings (see Commission of the European Communities, 2007). 

Similarly, voting and ownership ceilings are not among the 24 corporate governance provisions carefully examined by Bebchuk, Cohen and Ferrell (2009), who show that restrictions on shareholder rights lead to significant reductions in firm value.

Out of the six entrenchment provisions found to be value destroying, four of them set limits on shareholder voting power and the ability of a majority of shareholders to impose their will on the management.

And FINALLY!!

When you are having problems, try avoiding easy paths such as buyover, mergers, bailouts etc or worse - let yourself willingly to become "victim" to "hostile takeover" or ending up in government intervention. 

Even if you feel like selling your shares or the company itself, don't give up yet - try your best to first to solve your problems - who knows, you might succeed against all odds. 

Be transparent to your employees - let them know what is happening, many companies have gone down to earth and surprisingly, their employees have very good ideas on how to save the company. If the idea works, give these employees the rewards that they deserve!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SCOTT SIBELLA, MGM GRAND PRESIDENT

#ScottSibella #MGMGrand #EpicBosses




Lessons learned. Corporate Leaders, CEO and Presidents of all major corporations of the world - THIS is the way to go!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DON FERTMAN - CDO - SUBWAY


#Subway #DonFertman #EpicBosses


Subway listens to the sandwich artists (staff) who are directly dealing with the customers on a daily basis. This is the best way of knowing what the customers really want.

Something that is lacking in most businesses today. They only listen to their customers and ironically blame their own staff.

Monday, November 21, 2016

E-SASTERA MALAYSIA DID IT AGAIN (In Nik Zafri's perspective)

#Esastera 
Further reading and compliments to :

http://www.e-sastera.com

https://www.facebook.com/esastera.malaysia.1

https://aktivisesastera.wordpress.com/jawatankuasa/

http://www.lenterasastra.com/2016/11/21/sastrawan-malaysia-menyuarakan-persaudaraan-di-banten

http://www.lenterasastra.com/2016/10/19/dua-penyanyi-malaysia-akan-tampil-di-cilegon/


http://klikweb.dbp.my/wordpress/?p=522




Not a very long time ago, I wrote about this fabulous association (Esastera Malaysia) that unites both local and ASEAN e-writers, poets, literature practitioners/activists/fans alike.



Last week, they did it again! 

Esastera is embarking on a journey to become a global player in the e-literature market. 







Ahkarim; known for his distinctive style; 
reciting a poem at Rumah Baca Bintang Al-Ikhlas Banten

The founder Prof. Dr. Ir. Wan Abu Bakar alongside with Ah Karim, Puzi Hadi together with Ilya Kablam and Hijasri of GLP not only painstakingly contributed towards the success of ASEAN E-Writer Award simultaneously HESCOM 2016 but also helped out in few other events all held in different places including Pondok Pesantren Al-Fath Kota Cilegon, Banten and International E-Literature Seminar Indonesia and Malaysia (SISIM) 2016 where Prof. Ir. Wan and Puzi among speakers/representatives from Malaysia. 



The events have also witnessed the corporate social responsibility rendered by E-Sastera towards the needies.


GLP entertaining the guests with beautiful poetic songs

The events are organized in collaboration with Gabungan Komunitas Sastra ASEAN - GAKSA (Literature Asean Community Association) founded/lead by a young excellent Indonesian poet, Mr.Muhammad Rois Rinaldi.

Rois; who is soft spoken and humble; enjoys a reputation of being a 3-years consecutive recipient of the HESCOM Award by Esastera Malaysia- the highest appreciation;by far; ever given to any ASEAN e-poet/writer.




(Rois is also practicing his own personal social responsibility by leading the Rumah Baca Bintang Al-Ikhlas (RBBAI) Banten (House of Reading) focussing on issues of education guided by the values of religion, moral, social and cultural)




The main theme "Between Anyer and Jakarta" (inspired by one Sheila Majid's song) - Esastera appeared in Banten to voice out their strong support towards transnational unity/fraternity of literary works, how they adapt to the borderless world, the future of e-literature and their generic functions in the global issues today. Other issues are aimed towards promoting the rich culture of the archipelago (Nusantara) as well as tourism in Banten.
Web/Blog : http://rumahbacabintangalikhlas.blogspot.my/2016/09/kenali-kami-lebih-dekat.html

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/824900917543484/

Among international poets attending the events are Rohani Din, Mahroso Doloh, Zamree Idris, Jayaraksa Mukti etc.


Professor Dr. Ir. Wan announcing the final results

Other parties involved - including Reps from Banten Education Department/Cilegon Education Office and Pondok Pesantren Al-Fath Kota Cilegon, Banten and Yayasan Al-Khairiyah Banu Al-Qomar, Karangtengah Cilegon.


Me and Wife attending as honourable guests of Hescom 2015 in Dynasty Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SCAMMERS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED - NIK ZAFRI

#OhioStateUniversity #Cybersecurity #Scammers #NikZafri #Hasil #LHDN

This is how I teach scammers some "computer lessons" they will never forget. Never mess around with the old school programmer. You will live to regret it for life!




Friday, October 14, 2016

CONDOLENCES TO THAILAND

#KingBhumibol #Thailand



His Royal Majesty - King Bhumibol Adulyadej  (Rama IX of Chakri Dynasty) has passed away peacefully. A true people's King. He has ruled fairly, a peace loving King, establishing justice and unity and to me - he has been well-known to treat everyone equally regardless of religion, race and social status.



On behalf of my country - in my own humble way, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand.

#NikZafri

Sunday, September 25, 2016

CARA BERFIKIR DAN BERTINDAK YANG BERJAYA - Nik Zafri

Boleh dikatakan kebanyakan dari kita gagal dalam melakukan sesuatu tugasan adalah bukan kerana cara bertindak tetapi CARA BERFIKIR.

Saya pasti ramai yang menggemari topik motivasi termasuklah menyertai kursus, membeli buku, membaca artikel dll yang memaparkan rahsia kejayaan perniagaan mahupun karier.  Ironinya, tidak ramai pula yang berjaya walaupun telah mendapat tip-tip dari mereka yang berpengalaman.

Sebenarnya, kesalahan bukanlah pada bahan motivasi atau teks yang digunakan oleh penceramah atau cara ceramah disampaikan atau apa yang dibaca, tetapi kegagalan itu adalah kerana peserta kursus atau pembaca bahan-bahan itu sendiri.

Ini kerana terdapat sifat ingin berjaya serta-merta dan beranggapan motivasi yang disalurkan kepada mereka adalah berbentuk magis atau “kuasa yang sakti” untuk mengubah hidup mereka dalam tempoh yang cepat.  Ini sebenarnya adalah sifat tergesa-gesa dan juga rasa “tamak” dan bukannya pemikiran positif.

Buktinya, mereka hanya akan bersemangat dalam tempoh jangkamasa yang singkat.  Selalunya mereka akan gagal (malah sentiasa gagal) mengekalkan keadaan “bersemangat” itu.  Bila semangat yang berkobar-kobar itu mula pudar, perasaan mereka akan sedikit demi sedikit diganti dan akhirnya dikuasai dengan “rasa rugi berbelanja untuk kursus motivasi”, “buat habis duit saja”, “tidak menjadi”, “ianya bohong” dsb. Lebih teruk lagi apabila penulis atau penceramah disalahkan – “penceramah itu hanya nak buat duit sahaja”

Tanpa disedari, pemikiran negatif inilah yang akan mencetus gelombang yang dicemari kebencian, irihati, marah, sakit hati, sangka buruk, sentiasa menyalahkan orang lain atas ‘nasib kita, menjadi pasif’ dll. Ini akan menyebabkan golongan ini berada dalam apa yang saya ibaratkan sebagai “causality loop” (1)  – suatu keadaan yang mana golongan ini terperangkap dalam suatu kitaran hidup yang sama, membosankan dan tidak ada jalan keluar. Produktiviti kerja dan keuntungan/pendapatan perniagaan serta urusan anda juga akan terganggu. Anda rasakan seolah-olah anda tidak cukup masa untuk melakukan sesuatu perkara yang penting dalam hidup anda. Disusuli pula dengan rasa tertekan hampir setiap masa, selera makan anda kurang atau terlalu kuat. Lebih teruk lagi, anda dapati anda telah disahkan mengidap penyakit kronik seperti obesiti, darah tinggi, diabetes dll. Dunia anda akan menjadi sempit sehingga hari anda meninggal dunia dengan penuh rasa kekecewaan.

MAHUKAH ANDA MENJADI BEGINI? SAMPAI BILA??


“Apa yang anda fikir, anda akan zahirkan, anda akan menariknya, jika anda tumpukan masa ke atas apa yang anda tidak mahu, maka semuanya yang anda tidak mahukan itu akan dizahirkan, ditarik pada diri anda satu demi satu”

Apa yang dirasakan seperti “kononnya ada perbezaan” dalam kitaran ini – hanyalah suasana yang dicipta dari ilusi dan escapism sekadar hanya mengisi rasa kekosongan dalam diri. Ibaratkan seseorang yang mengubah kedudukan perabut dalam rumah yang sama untuk menghilangkan kebosanan melihat posisi yang sama setiap hari.

(1) A temporal causality loop (or simply causality loop) is a type of phenomenon whereby a specific moment in time repeats itself continually inside an independent fragment of time.

Kaedah terbaik ialah :

1.  Riadah – apabila anda mengesan masalah bakal melanda dan cuba menguasai diri anda :

kosongkan diri anda serta merta, tarik nafas yang panjang – tahan dan hembus perlahan-lahan (3 X berturut-turut), tutup mata perlahan-lahan seolah-olah anda mula tidur, pandang (antara dua kening) seolah-olah anda berada dalam cahaya yang terang bersuhu nyaman, angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa, suasana di tepi pantai yang indah. 


2. Minda -  segera bersangka-baik (yakin yang negatif tidak selamanya negatif dan ianya pasti berubah menjadi positif), banyakkan senyuman, sentiasa berpesepsi positif - mengambil pengajaran dari kegagalan – menjadikannya satu kekuatan untuk bangkit walaupun jatuh berkali-kali, tidak mudah berputus asa, jika anda sakit - anda akan segera makan ubat dan bertemu dengan doktor, anda akan sentiasa berteguh cita-cita – berusaha ikhtiar – berdoa  - dan berserah setelah bekerja keras untuk mencapai cita-cita yang diidamkan.

Anda akan dapati produktiviti, kualiti kerja malah perniagaan yang anda jalankan mendapat keuntungan (samada besar atau kecil). Lebih menakjubkan anda sendiri tetap berperasaan gembira dan ceria.

PADAMKAN DAN LUPAKAN PERKATAAN ‘GAGAL’ DARI KAMUS DAN DIARI HDUP ANDA

Sekiranya anda boleh berada dalam suasana seperti ini dan mengekalkannya sehingga melihat hasil yang memberangsangkan, saya yakin, gelombang yang dicetuskan dari diri anda adalah berbentuk positif, anda mendapat ketenangan menerusi kesabaran, sentiasa gemar mendapatkan nasihat yang baik, sifat ingin mencontohi mereka yang berjaya malah anda akan kagum melihat mereka yang gagal tetapi tidak pernah putus asa dan bangkit dari kejatuhan dsb.


Anda juga akan bersifat lebih menyintai kemanusiaan – tiba-tiba terasa perasaan insaf dalam diri anda, tiba-tiba menjadi seorang penderma yang ikhlas – membantu mereka yang dalam kesempitan – menjaga alam sekitar – dll.

Anda menjadi seorang pemberi yang tidak pernah mahukan sebarang balasan kerana anda yakin bahawa setiap kebaikan akan dibalas dengan kebaikan. Tanpa disedari, anda juga mendapati anda dikelilingi oleh mereka yang berfikiran positif dan sentiasa berjaya.

Malah tidak mengejutkan saya jika anda akan dapat "hidupkan jiwa-jiwa yang mati" dan mereka yang pernah gagal akan menjadikan anda sebagai contoh untuk mereka kembali berjaya!!



Kekuatan minda umpama ini sangatlah luarbiasa – ianya mampu menukar suasana  ‘causality loop’ kepada ‘ripple effects’  (2) yang membuka peluang demi peluang (seolah-olah tidak pernah kehabisan) dan anda rasakan diri anda sangat bertuah, menyedari betapa luasnya dunia ini terbentang menyediakan pelbagai perkara menarik yang masih belum anda terokai.  

(2) the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

Anda menjadi seorang yang idealistik dan inovatif.  Andalah pelukis hidup anda sendiri. Anda juga menjadi seorang yang suka berterimakasih dan selalu bersyukur kerana dikurniakan akal yang bijak dan matang.  Pola pemikiran ini akan mempengaruhi tindakan anda. Anda sentiasa melihat jalan keluar dari segala masalah anda. 

Objektif anda adalah satu : “UNTUK BERJAYA”




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