Bengkel Sehari Jom Tulis Novel!

 

Anda minat menulis novel? Ini mungkin peluang terbaik untuk anda menambahkan lagi pengetahuan dalam bidang penulisan. Sertai bengkel menulis novel ini bakal dikendalikan oleh penulisnya sendiri, Prof Amran Rasli yang pernah memenangi Anugerah Buku Negara bagi buku Syahidnya Kapten Luis De Souza terbitan Penerbit USIM. Bengkel ini adalah kolaborasi di antara USIM Writers Pool, Asia Mediterranean Network dan E-Sentral. Berikut adalah butiran bagi bengkel tersebut.

Tarikh: 18 Julai 2020
Fasilitator: Prof Amran Rasli, PhD

Tentatif bengkel Jom TulisNovel

0800-0900 Pendaftaran sesi taaruf
0900-1100 Tujuh Langkah untuk Menulis Novel   
1100-1130 Rehat/ Sesi Soal dan Jawab
1130-1230 Aplikasi Tujuh Langkah dalam Slot Bicara Karya Syahidnya Kapten Luis De Souza
1230-1400 Rehat/ Makan/ Solat
1400-1530 7 Tabiat  Penulis Berkesan
1530-1615 Sesi Soal dan Jawab

Jika anda berminat untuk menyertai bengkel ini, sila isikan borang pendaftaran di bawah dan hubungi nombor yang tertera untuk pertanyaan lanjut.

Borang Pendaftaran
Saya berminat untuk mengikuti Bengkel Jom Tulis Novel di USIM pada 18 Julai 2020. Saya bersetuju membayar RM125 kepada Asia Mediterranean Network (Nombor Akaun CIMB 8602531043) untuk yuran bengkel (termasuk senaskah novel Syahidnya Kapten Luis De Souza)

Nama: ………………………………….. Institusi: …………………………………………………….

Nombor WhatsApp: ………………………….… emel:…………….……………………………..

Sila hantar borang ini beserta bukti pembayaran kepada Prof Amran Rasli (Nombor Whatsapp: 011110141440, emel: amrasli@gmail.com)
Daftar segera untuk mengelakkan kekecewaan kerana bengkel ini dihadkan kepada 40 orang peserta sahaja.

Ada Apa Dengan… Aulia Iman

Antara karya dari Aulia Iman

Hello readers.

Sudah lama kita tidak bertemu. Bagi sesi temu bual bersama penulis kali ini kami telah memilih seorang penulis yang karyanya pernah diadaptasi ke drama. Beliau merupakan penulis bagi novel Pujaan Hati Kanda dan Pengantin Lelaki untuk Cik Gadis. Dah dapat dapat agak siapa penulis ini? Penulis yang kami maksudkan ialah Aulia Iman. Jom kenali beliau dengan lebih lanjut.

1. Siapa yang memberi inspirasi untuk Aulia Iman menulis?

Minat pada bidang penulisan tu sendiri. Daripada minat, ia bertukar menjadi kerjaya sampingan selain menjadi suri rumah sepenuh masa.

2.Apa makanan kegemaran anda?

Nasi lemak sambal ikan bilis, timun lebih tanpa kacang menjadi kegemaran

3.Siapakah penulis kegemaran anda? (tak kisah luar negara or dalam negara)

Fauziah Ashaari

4.Apakah novel kegemaran Aulia Iman? (tak kisah luar negara or dalam negara)

Kemelut kasih by Manera Muhammad

5.Ada haiwan peliharaan tak di rumah?

Tiada pet.

6.Jika anda diberi peluang untuk melancong secara percuma, ke manakah anda mahu pergi dan mengapa?

Turki. Nak tengok sejarah perkembangan Islam di sana. Tapi belum berkesempatan. Insya-Allah moga satu hari nanti ada rezeki untuk ke sana.

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7.Apakah Aulia Iman merancang untuk menulis dan produce novel terbaru? 

Yes. Dalam perancangan. Tajuknya Noda Cinta Semalam & Married Mr. Charming.

8.Apakah pesanan Aulia Iman kepada pembaca di luar? 

Selamat membaca dan manfaatkan masa terluang dengan bacaan. Bangsa berjaya adalah bangsa yang membaca. Teruskan sokongan anda terhadap industri buku di negara kita. 😊

9.Pada pandangan Aulia Iman, apa istimewanya novel Aulia Iman berbanding novel lain di pasaran?

Novel penulis lain juga bagus dan ada pengisiannya. Masing-masing ada kelebihan tersendiri. Begitu juga dengan novel tulisan saya. Sudah tentunya diselitkan dengan nilai-nilai murni dan serba sedikit info semasa.  Sambil membaca sambil beroleh ilmu dan pengetahuan.
10.Dari mana Aulia Iman selalu dapatkan ilham untuk menulis? Ada yang dari pengalaman sendiri ke?

Pengalaman sendiri memang tiada. Tapi pengalaman dan pemerhatian sekitar. Isu-isu semasa dan kisah-kisah viral.

11.Apa rutin harian Aulia Iman? Ada yang rare tak?

Tiada yang rare. Tapi biasanya suka habiskan masa dengan membaca dan  layan movie. (Jarang ada masa sebab kekangan waktu)

12.Describe diri Aulia Iman dalam 3 patah perkataan?

Pemalu. Manis dan unik. Hahaha…. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

13.Selain Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Apa lagi bahasa lain yang Aulia Iman kuasai?

Hanya itu sahaja. Bahasa arab pernah  belajar tapi dah lupa. 

 

Okey itu sahaja slot temu bual kita bersama Aulia Iman. Kami mendoakan semoga karya cik akan terus mewarnai industri buku negara dan terus sukses menjadi penulis tersohor!

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 DELIMa, laman pendidikan digital baharu MoE, mendiskriminasi kandungan tempatan

DELIMA, laman pendidikan digital baharu MoE, mendiskriminasi kandungan tempatan, kata teknopreneur tempatan

 

Baru- baru ini KPM telah menlancarkan Digital Education Learning Initiatives Malaysia (DELIMa).  Ia merupakan sebuah laman pembelajaran digital yang membekalkan servis dan aplikasi pembekal luar seperti Google, Microsoft dan Apple secara percuma.

Ini maklum balas Pengarah Urusan Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd, Faiz Al Shahab mengenai perkara ini yang dikatakan telah mendiskriminasi kandungan tempatan. Beliau juga telah menyuarakan perkara ini kepada KPM bersama surat di bawah.

 

YBRS. DR. HABIBAH BINTI ABDUL RAHIM
KETUA PENGARAH PELAJARAN MALAYSIA
PEJABAT KETUA PENGARAH PELAJARAN MALAYSIA
KEMENTERIAN PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA (KPM)
ARAS 8 BLOK E8

KOMPLEKS E, PUSAT PENTADBIRAN KERAJAAN PERSEKUTUAN
62604 WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN PUTRAJAYA                                                                                       17 JUN 2020

 

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

YBrs. Dr. Habibah yang budiman,LAMAN SESAWANG DIGITAL EDUCATION LEARNING INITIATIVE MALAYSIA (DELIMA) MENDISKRIMINASI TEKNOLOGI DAN KANDUNGAN DIGITAL TEMPATAN

 

Merujuk perkara diatas, saya bagi pihak syarikat, sedar akan niat murni Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia untuk mendemokrasikan sumber pendidikan digital. Namun pada masa yang sama, kami berpendapat bahawa pegawai-pegawai dalam KPM secara sistematik, mendiskriminasikan teknologi dan kandungan digital tempatan.

 Pada konteks makroekonomi Negara, bagaimanakah ianya demokrasi jika kita menindas diri kita sendiri?

Saya merujuk kepada laman sesawang DELIMA, yang baru dilancarkan, dan melihat bahawa semua inisiatif aplikasi dan kandungan digital tempatan telah diketepikan.

KPM dengan bangganya mengagong-agongkan teknologi dan aplikasi luar negara, dan berusaha sedaya upaya untuk menenggelamkan segala inisiatif tempatan yang maju.

YBrs. Dr. Habibah,

Untuk pengetahuan, Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM) telah pun memulakan inisiatif perpustakaan digital sejak 2013, dan telah menggabungkan beberapa pelantar sumber digital dibawah payung u-Pustaka (jawapan PNM untuk mendemokrasikan sumber digital), dan perkhidmatan kami berjenama ELIB, menjadi pelantar sumber pinjaman e-Buku yang membawa variasi judul-judul tempatan.

ELIB secara statistiknya menyumbangkan lebih daripada 250ribu patron untuk u-Pustaka, dan untuk tahun 2020 sehingga 31 Mei sahaja, ELIB telah membawa lebih daripada 136 ribu pinjaman e-Buku, lebih daripada 1.2 juta hits trafik, dan lebih daripada 2 juta paparan halaman untuk u-Pustaka. Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa ELIB adalah perkhidmatan paling popular dalam u-Pustaka, dan sudah tentu jauh meninggalkan Overdrive dari segi kepenggunaan.

Izinkan saya tambah sedikit lagi data, iaitu pecahan genre pinjaman. Mengikut dapatan statistik juga, 81% daripada pinjaman di ELIB adalah daripada semua jenis kategori dalam Bahasa Malaysia, manakala koleksi New York Times Bestseller memberi sumbangan sebanyak 12% daripada pinjaman, dan 7% lagi terdiri daripada kategori-kategori Bahasa Cina dan juga Bahasa Inggeris daripada terbitan tempatan. Ini adalah bukan sebuah fenomena, ianya berlaku kerana majoriti rakyat Malaysia kini lebih selesa dengan berbahasa Melayu, disebabkan oleh polisi menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia sebagai bahasa pengantaran dalam sekolah sejak 1976, sebuah polisi KPM sendiri.

Dr. Habibah yang saya hormati,

Jadinya soalan besar disini adalah mengapa dalam laman sesawang DELIMA, jika ikhlas, pautan pusat sumber bukan sahaja mengabaikan ELIB, malah juga mengabaikan laman web u-Pustaka (yang lebih rasmi), dan mengutamakan pautan Overdrive, yang merupakan sumber e-Buku daripada Amerika Syarikat dalam u-Pustaka?

Saya lihat juga tiada sebarang kandungan atau pun aplikasi daripada pemain tempatan yang lain, kerana jika perkhidmatan percuma yang menjadi pilihan, wujud juga koleksi video Edunation dan juga KPM eTextbook Reader, iaitu kepunyaan Perbadanan Kota Buku, agensi KPM sendiri, yang juga telah diketepikan. Ini semua adalah pemain-pemain lama dan matang dengan solusi yang maju untuk pendidikan di Malaysia, dan KPM tidak boleh memberi alasan tidak tahu. 

Apakah harapan untuk pemain industri tempatan jika sikap pegawai-pegawai dalam KPM adalah begini?

Pegawai-pegawai tidak membawa bincang secara telus sebarang rancangan dengan pemegang taruh tempatan, lagi-lagi yang kecil, hanya mengambil kira pandangan juru jual teknologi Barat atau paling hampir pun syarikat Telko tempatan sahaja.

Setelah melawat pameran pendidikan digital di luar Negara, pegawai-pegawai yang bergesel bahu dengan pembangun teknologi Barat ini merasakan mereka adalah pakar dalam bidang pendidikan digital, walaupun tidak melalui sebarang pengalaman pembangunan teknologi (ada perbezaan ketara antara membaca teori dan melaksanakan sesuatu untuk kegunaan kehidupan).

Sikap KPM adalah seperti orang kampung yang malu dengan orang kampungnya sendiri.

Saya faham bahawa alasan yang akan diberikan adalah tidak cukup masa untuk melibatkan semua pautan, namun sikap untuk hand pick Overdrive sebagai pautan menunjukkan sentimen pegawai-pegawai KPM yang hadap dengan produk Barat dan memandang rendah terhadap inisiatif tempatan.

Mengapa saya rasa amat kecewa adalah pada masa yang sama, wang Negara dicurah untuk syarikat-syarikat pemula tempatan memperkenalkan teknologi dan ekosistem baharu, supaya penjanaan ekonomi menuju revolusi industri 4.0 dapat diusahakan. Dana dan geran diberikan, tumpuan dan rangkaian dipupuk oleh agensi-agensi seperti MDEC, Cradle, Magic, MTDC dan yang lain, namun apabila tiba pada realiti, tiada sebarang sokongan yang diberikan oleh KPM dalam pelaksanaan atau pun perolehan teknologi tempatan.

Setiap negara maju mempunyai syarikat-syarikat teknologi yang mengetengahkan pengaruh dan mengumpul data untuk mereka membuat bekal menuju Revolusi Industri 4.0, kita pula di Malaysia dengan sewenang-wenangnya memberi data kepada teknologi luar supaya mereka dapat mencapai cita-cita mereka, meninggalkan kita sekadar pengguna bertauliah sahaja.

Sekali lagi ini jelas kelihatan apabila pautan moe-dl.edu.my adalah sekadar perkhidmatan ubah hala ke pelayan Google, supaya data setiap anak-anak kita disimpan oleh Google. Mudah dikatakan.

Namun sedekad dari sekarang, siapa yang perlu menjawab kepada anak-anak kita yang terasa diri mereka menjadi mangsa kecerdasan buatan (artificial intelligence) yang bermula daripada dataraya teknologi luar yang dibenarkan bersekongkol dengan KPM? Sudah tentu pegawai-pegawai yang membuat tetapan ini sudah pun pencen dan tidak bertanggungjawab lagi terhadap keputusan ini. KPM membuat keputusan hari ini yang tidak melindungi kepentingan masa depan murid-murid. Jika pegawai-pegawai tidak mementingkan perihal murid-murid, perihal industri tempatan, untuk siapakah pula pegawai KPM memberi khidmat?

Saya berharap bahawa perkara ini dibawa bincang, dan KPM juga perlu memahami senario semasa di Malaysia dengan lebih mendekati pemaju-pemaju teknologi tempatan. Semoga perkara ini diambil berat untuk kepentingan Negara kita.

Terima kasih saya dahulukan.

 

Yang Benar,

Syed Faiz Al-Shahab
Pengarah Urusan

 

[SNEAK PEAK] BAHANA SKIM CEPAT KAYA

Bahana Skim Cepat Kaya Oleh Dr Nik Rahim

 

Cara Mengenali Skim Cepat Kaya (SCK)

Menarik apa yang tertulis dalam sebuah e-book keluaran Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) tentang SKC. “Jangan tertipu dengan nama skim pelaburan hanya kerana ia kelihatan menarik atau profesional. Broker profesional, penasihat pelaburan dan ejen insurans harus mendaftar dengan pihak berkuasa.”

Jadi antara kaedah mengenali SCK ialah dengan cara mempastikan bahawa ianya berdaftar dengan pihak berkuasa. Jika tidak berdaftar, maka jelaslah bahawa ianya adalah SCK. Bagi mereka yang pernah ‘terkena’ dengan SCK, anda pastinya masih ingat tentang pelbagai alasan yang diberikan kepada anda apabila anda bertanya tentang status syarikat atau skim yang ditawarkan.

Namun berdaftar dengan pihak berkuasa sahaja masih belum cukup untuk ‘membebaskan’ satu-satu syarikat itu daripada menjadi salah satu dari syarikat yang terlibat dengan SCK. Syarikat FINA yang saya sertai sebagai Penasihat Syariah adalah syarikat yang berdaftar tetapi menjalankan perniagaan yang berasaskan kepada SCK.

Berdasarkan kepada peraturan BNM, mana-mana syarikat yang ingin melibatkan diri dalam menawarkan skim pelaburan kepada orang ramai mestilah terlebih dahulu mendapat kebenaran bertulis dari BNM. Jika tidak syarikat tersebut boleh didakwa di bawah Akta Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram, Pencegahan Pembiayaan Keganasan dan Hasil daripada Aktiviti Haram 2001 dan juga Akta Bank dan Institusi Kewangan 1989 kerana terlibat dalam aktiviti pengambilan deposit secara haram.

Jadi kalau ada yang datang ‘approach’ anda untuk membuat pelaburan dengan tawaran keuntungan yang ‘gila-gila’, minta dulu bukti pendaftaran syarikat dan juga kelulusan dari BNM untuk menerima pelaburan. Jika tiada, ucapkan selamat tinggal. Usah tunggu lagi. Lagi lama anda tunggu, lagi mudah anda ‘dicairkan’ oleh ejen-ejen SCK yang sememangnya amat ‘profesional’. Dalam syarikat FINA yang saya sertai dahulu, yang menjadi salah seorang Pengarah syarikat adalah seorang PEGUAM! Hebat kan?

Sekian Sahaja.

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[REVIEW] TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE

Ten Things You Need to Know About College by David House

Searching for a selecting a college or university is one of the most important activities you’ll undertake in your life. It determines much of your future as much as or even more than buying your first house, finding a soul-mate and getting married, applying for and accepting a new job and other major moments in your life. Paying for college is also the biggest purchase you’ll likely make in your life other than a house. Searching for a college to attend can be confusing, complicated, and time-consuming. The Ten Things You Need To Know About College provides you with information about colleges and universities that will help make your college search informed and successful.


I would like to take a moment to praise the author’s effort in trying to reach out and educate the public. The author’s open our eyes about what we need to know about college. Some people lost their way, what they need to do when they get offer from college/university.

This book also explain about strategic minded means that how you should plan where you’ll headed as institutions and how you’ll get there. College and universities are a lot like businesses. They work very hard to get students register at their places to make students aware about their college/universities . They tried their best to provide best facilities and campuses to their future students. So, as students, you need to need to be strategic and competitive as well, this is because you will face major competition and that’s means you need to market yourself too. You need to plots out strategy that consist of what you need to do, when you’ll do it, and how you’ll do it.

What makes you need to buy this book is that the author’s also share about you major of studies. The author explain, your major probably won’t define your life or your future career. Because there are plenty of people that what they do now does not same with what their major is. You need to be an explorer, open to new ideas, adventuresome, intellectually curious, mentally agile, and intent on finding something.

On top of that, this book also explain to you about study abroad. When you join a program to study abroad, you will get opportunity to live and study abroad. discovering what it’s like to be a foreigner is a challenging but mind-expanding experience. You should grab opportunities when your college/university offer a program to study abroad. You will learn so much about their culture, language and etc.

I highly recommend this book to students that just finish their high school or to people that wish to further their studies.

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[SNEAK PEAK] BORN TO SMILE

Born To Smile By Nora Abu Hassan

 

I WALKED into the 21st century with baggage, armed with the awareness that something had to change and that I needed to start with a commitment to improve myself. I have the genes of pro-active parents who often spoke about self- improvement and being a better person so that we could serve others. I only started thinking about this as an adult when I was thoroughly exhausted by the insecurities of my childhood.
Courses in leadership, language proficiency and business practice almost immediately made me better at managing the kindergarten. I signed up for hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and coaching too. The objective was to learn how to help others but actually I needed to learn how to help myself.
In 2002, I went to Singapore to listen to Anthony Robbins, the world-famous motivational guru. The Indoor Stadium was filled with thousands of people encouraged by his rah-rah cheerleading style as he spoke about personal excellence in every aspect of life. I’d never seen or heard anything like it. The experience opened a window in my mind.
I translated personal excellence into social work. I joined Kiwanis, an international community of over 215,000 volunteers and 8,200 service clubs in 80 countries dedicated to improving the lives of children.
This was an especially rewarding experience — managing the club, driving membership, raising funds, and then developing an agenda and executing projects. It was a leadership position which offered a new perspective – you can’t be bossy with volunteers. They need to be engaged in a special way.
I was blessed with a fabulous team who loved charitable work. We raised a substantial amount of funds which was then distributed to children in need and various other causes. We visited many orphanages and homes to understand the needs of these marginalised children. Over those years, it was quite an eye-opener to see so many children and babies left in the care of strangers like that.
This work caught the attention of the Malaysian Women’s Weekly magazine which presented me the Great Women of Our Time – Education and Public Service award in 2007. Another award, this time from Utusan Karya, followed in 2008.
It was a great honour to be recognised like that in such a short time. I didn’t expect it because I already felt highly rewarded by the act of social service itself. It’s something I strongly recommend — everyone must serve society in some way, it’s really good for the soul. As I happily accepted these awards, a question popped in my head: shouldn’t I be working for children with cleft lip and palate? I had worked hard and sincerely for other causes, and it gave me great satisfaction. Had I short-changed myself because I was too embarrassed to bring it up? I think so.
That year, I listened to leadership guru Robin Sharma speaking in Kuala Lumpur. He had a calm, soothing manner as he spoke about overcoming his own adversity. The word “heal” came up and another little window opened, this time in my heart. I began to examine my feelings in a new way. He planted a big question: “ What is your life purpose?”
Thinking that I might indeed find my life purpose, I signed up for neuro-linguistic programming. Trainer Andreas Dorn taught the class to take charge of our minds, and therefore our results. My focus improved. I even influenced my children with these ideas. It showed positively in their schoolwork. I was inching my way forward. I could feel my head getting organised but my heart was still a wreck. I was nowhere near telling my then husband or the children the truth about me.
Still, I was on to something. I had flashbacks of my childhood. I remembered the nights I lay in bed and in my little-girl way asking God “why me?” over and over again. On some nights, before I fell asleep, I would transport myself and play a game in my head. It was like a movie with me as the lead actress and occasionally in a supporting role. There were all kinds of scenes, mostly happy ones with an imaginary husband and even children. I saw myself as normal and beautiful.
As a child, when I was alone, especially at night, there was no one to talk to except my Creator. It was like talking to a friend. As a teenager, I would scrutinise my face in the mirror and be overcome by the dreadful, sinking feeling that I was hideous. Then I would stuff tissue paper into my nose to give it some shape. To God, I would say “make me pretty” with perfect faith and child-like innocence.
There were days when I stared at people with perfect noses and desperately wished mine was too. As a teen, I had only two goals: to look pretty and have many friends.
After attending all these programmes as an adult, I learned that, as a teenager, I had been “visualising” and allowing the power of my subconscious to set goals. Emotional pain, I learned, helps us find clarity. Making a statement and forming a picture is like setting goals. Prayer is like that too. This was new insight, and I began to see God and my faith in a different way.
In 2011, I Googled for help and found Isaac Lim, a therapist in Petaling Jaya. Over the course of a year, Isaac used the Emotional Freedom Technique to help me find the emotional scars that surgery couldn’t remove. I was carrying the imprint of a lifetime: the victim mentality. Only recently, I viewed a short video of me speaking about my issues at Isaac Lim’s office. The audience was made up of people also seeking help. Boy, did I look angry! In these therapy sessions, by examining my energy, my reactions, and my conduct, I was learning to let go.
The big shift was to start talking to the important people in my life — something I had never done.
On an otherwise uneventful day, I sat my daughters down at the kitchen table and told them everything. Both girls remember that I burst into tears. They were upset to see me crying, and assumed that something terrible had just happened. They were less concerned that I was talking about a cleft lip. Instead they sat there waiting to hear about some catastrophic event.
At the time, I felt raw but today, I look back and laugh. Nadia tells me that she had always noticed that one of my nostrils was larger than the other. As a child, she had assumed it was because that I picked my nose aggressively. That day gave them insight into their mother — and her moods and her temperament. Since then, I’ve been able to talk about anything with my children. It opened a talking culture in my home. These days, Nadia says I sometimes talk too much. Oh well.
I told my university buddies Chithra Subramaniam and Audrey Danasamy. Over dinner in a Kuala Lumpur restaurant, they told me that, yes, they had seen the scar but never bothered to ask me about it because it simply didn’t matter. As far as they were concerned, those were happy days filled with fun and laughter and friends. I was filled with insecurity but they thought I was a happening chick. Audrey said: “Heck, you even had a boyfriend!” I laughed out loud. I never saw it that way.
It was hard to tell Amir. It was especially difficult to talk about the bullying. I was not prepared for his response: “Do you think I didn’t know?” I sat there on the bed like a deflated balloon. Had someone told him? I had believed that he never knew but obviously I had done a lousy job of hiding it. I felt really silly.
That year, I attended programmes in public speaking and self-actualisation by the well-known Malaysian trainer Anthoni Dass. It was scary but I wanted to do this. Amazingly, I actually spoke about my cleft history during the small group practical sessions. I didn’t cry. Soon I was a part of MIM Toastmasters as well. Again, I spoke about it. I had crossed a line that I had feared all my life. That got me the Best Speaker Award… I don’t know if it was for speaking eloquently or for the pure honesty but I felt liberated. Clearly, these were gigantic breakthrough strides and I had thoughts about being the voice of the cleft lip and palate community.
Jenny Chan, my business partner of many years and with whom I had built a good friendship, provided me with insight. She had noticed the little scar on my face on the first day we met and guessed that it mostly likely came from a cleft lip but it wasn’t important enough to ask about it. Over the years, she had spotted occasional moments of my insecurity but it wasn’t an issue because we worked so well together. She observed that I still seemed to find it hard to talk about my cleft with my immediate family.
When I spoke to my parents, they too said that I was not ready to become the voice of the cleft lip community. Could I handle the scrutiny? Or could it be that they were not ready for this?
Then, a big powerful jolt into reality hit. In December 2014, my brother Hasri passed away after a heart attack. It was a shock to the whole family. No one saw that coming. He was so young, and so was his family. Hasri was funny, bubbly, loveable and I adored him. It was a deep kind of loss and sorrow, and it hurt so much to see my parents grieving. That shook me to the core.
Hasri’s passing pushed all the big questions to the forefront. What was I doing with my life? Was I really going to change or was I just dreaming of it? Was I truly going to break through my own insecurities and walk the road to self-acceptance?
And I began to think about God’s will. I didn’t ask to be born with a facial deformity but here I am. Everything happens for a reason. I needed to surrender to God’s will and not fight it, to please God and not argue over the details of lip scars and nose shapeliness. How was I going to convert the energies of my insecurities into kindness and compassion?
I took a break by attending a retreat in Phuket in 2016. The venue was a beautiful tropical resort where the palm trees swayed to breezes blowing in from the Indian Ocean. It was the first time in my life I had actually gone on my own to a place where I didn’t know anyone. It was so different from my previous trips – it always felt like there was a family entourage.
Here, for several hours a day in between sessions, the participants were required to spend time alone – by the pool, on the beach, under a tree – to contemplate what each one wanted in life. For five days, we drank only fruit juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No solids were served. Oddly, I didn’t feel hungry.
We exercised and listened to the facilitator Skip Archimedes. He had overcome teen obesity and became a champion gymnast. One day, during training, he injured his spine so badly that every doctor he saw in his native England said he would never walk again. He changed his life with new regimes for health, diet and exercise, got out of his wheelchair, returned to competitive gymnastics and won more medals. Today, he’s like a super athlete. Underlying it all was the attitudinal change. I was moved by his life story. Gosh, what was my excuse?
At the workshop, we were shown ways to let go of unhappiness, grief, insecurities, and toxic relationships. I came home feeling physically and mentally detoxed, lighter, energetic and more vibrant.

A year later, I attended another of Skip’s retreats at which I listed out some goals, one of which was to write a book. This book. It was the first clear indication that I was ready to be open about everything to everybody. I was healing. Really healing, and taking powerful steps forward from Isaac Lim’s gentle push towards self-acceptance.

 

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Features in E-Sentral App to Nurture Reading Habits

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Cyberjaya – Amidst all the political fiasco in the country, this year, Kuala Lumpur city has been recognized as the World Book Capital by UNESCO.

In line with this theme, the government, NGOs and industry players have worked hard to enhance the culture of reading in the country.

We often think that Malaysians do not like to read, but this assumption is completely misleading.

Malaysians in this era read more than they did decades ago because we always read on the screen of our devices.

However, what we read today is usually short texts in the form of messages, postings and snippet sharings.

According to various studies, the challenge in reading short texts promotes shorter attention span and reduction in mind concentration as well as stamina.

Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd, the operator of e-Sentral ebook store, has developed technologies that utilize data and AI to overcome the challenges short text reading bring.

According to e-Sentral Managing Director, Faiz Al-Shahab, long text reading or long form reading is a form of exercise for our minds.

“By reading long texts in the form of stories, biographies, information, or entertainment, our minds will develop stamina for a longer attention span, encourages cognitive thinking, stimulate imagination, and more thinking in general.

Unfortunately, we all agree that reading is important, but we do not understand why it is important”, Faiz said.

Faiz also explains how the new feature in E-Sentral app can be used to foster reading through technology.

“The updated e-Sentral application provides intelligence and analysis of our reading health.

A metaphor will be something like a weight loss app, where we measure calories, walking or running distance and so on, e-Sentral app measures user’s reading habits, and time spent reading.

The performance will also be provided in the form of brief reports from week to week, so that users will be encouraged to read more long text material.

Directly, e-Sentral app is an application that is used to stimulate reading interest, or to train yourself to practice a healthy long-text reading culture”, continues Faiz.

This technology behind reading analysis has also been applied by the company in digital libraries for schools.

In this context, a student’s digital book loan will be automatically measured when the student uses the digital book.

When students read of flip through pages of the digital books loaned, each page is matched by the time spent.

Then, a report will be generated by the system for teachers to monitor student’s reading performance.

Pioneering digital book industry and technology in Southeast Asia, E-Sentral began operations in 2012 with less than 100 ebook titles, and now offers over 300 thousand titles, and now champions long-form text reading through technology.

“Reading ebooks is becoming more common because naturally, consumers are switching the format to digital as consumers spend more time with devices.

As predicted, ebooks are also becoming more and more popular,” Faiz explained.

“On the other hand, ebooks are cheaper, more practical, because we can get or buy them anytime, there is always stock, no need to go out, as long as there is Internet, we can get the ebook and start reading.

For those who love to read, ebooks make it easy for them to carry multiple titles with them wherever they go, as if a small library were at their fingertips ”, continued Faiz.

As the print industry deteriorates, the use of digital books has increased day by day. e-Sentral has posted an increase of 177% in sales over the last 18 months.

The company’s intention is to become a leading application in reading and education in Southeast Asia.