Monday, September 29, 2008

Gone Raya

Takbir bergema di pagi hari,
Indah suasana memecah sepi,
Kepada semua salam aidilfitri,
Ampun maaf ikhlas dari Kerp Ph D.

Kepada rakan2 semua, jika selama ini ada carutan, caci maki juga kata2 kesat yang hanya boleh ditemui didalam majalah porno telah mengguris hati dan menganggu minda anda yang bersih, ampun maaf dipinta ikhlas dari hati si penulis blog ini. Ia berkemunkinan besar tidak disengajakan dan jika ada yang terasa, ianya hanyalah kebetulan semata.

Thanks to all for sticking around, and for having to put up with all my crap through out this past year. My apologies if the reading materials here have not been up to your quality standard but rest assured, more craps coming your way.

Ok, lagi sekali…maaf zahir dan batin. Salam aidilfitri and happy holidays to my non-Muslim friends.
For obvious reason, this blog will take a long break, and will be back once the blog-owner is fully stuffed.


Raden Galoh said...

Salam bro...
Maaf sebab jarang sekali tinggalkan komen, maxis bb asyik meragam...buat akak give up manjang.

Hari ini baik pulak dia. Alhamdulillah. Maaf zahir batin sempena Raya ni. Jaga perut jgn mkn sembarangan takut purge pulak.

Take care and love.

Salam to Pinky too ye.

anfield devotee said...

you fat fook . . .

Selamat Hari Raya, bro!

Pi Bani said...

Yo Kerp... apa plan raya nanti? Selamat beraya to you and family. Raya nanti jangan mencarut ye? ;)

Kalau ada tersilap kata, terkecik hati... ampun maaf banyak-banyak ye.

4theprecious4 said...

Salam Kerp

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.
Take care and may you and your family have a blessed syawal.

San said...

The most important asset of a country is not its natural resources, but rather its human resources. This is especially true in a knowledge-based economy, which of course, will be the trend in the future if not already the trend in most of the western countries.

My daughter, who is in her final year medicine in Auckland, told me that a team of Singapore recruitment officers have just visited Auckland and talked to the Malaysian students there, offering jobs and training prospects for the final year students once they graduate.

My daughter also told me that over the last few years, quite a lot of her Malaysian seniors, after graduating from medical courses in New Zealand, have gone to Singapore to work as house officers and subsequently stayed back in Singapore for their postgraduate training. Similar teams are sent to Australia and UK for recruiting Malaysians there to work in Singapore.

About a year ago, Reuters reported: 'Malaysia is counting on bright, ambitious people like Tan Chye Ling for its future, to lead it away from manufacturing and into the knowledge age.'

But the 32-year-old scientist, a postgraduate in molecular biology, is not counting on Malaysia to look after her future.

'I felt very suppressed in Malaysia,' said Tan, who moved to neighbouring Singapore, the region's pacesetter for biotech investment, after a decade of research and study in Malaysia.

'I have benefited from the better research environment and salary scheme here. Things are much smoother,' she said by phone from the National University of Singapore where she is studying allergies and dust mites. Tan estimates that 60 percent of the research teams she works with in Singapore are from Malaysia, despite her country's efforts over several years to develop a biotech industry.

There is a serious problem facing Malaysia and that is the problem of 'brain drain'. Why are Malaysians overseas not coming back to work? Well, pay may be part of the reasons but it is not the main reason.

Singapore recruitment teams offer Malaysian medical students a salary which is a few times what they would expect to get in Malaysia S$40000 a year for houseman after tax (equivalent to RM86000) which is about five times the pay of a houseman in Malaysia.

But as I say, pay is not the main problem. The living expense overseas is high. And for a person working overseas, the loneliness and the stress level is also high. So not everyone opts to work overseas because of the pay. Many would not mind to work for a lesser pay if they can stay near to their loved ones. So why do people choose to work overseas, away from their loved ones?

Malaysia has many research centres and state-of-the-arts hospitals, which may even be the envy of many overseas countries. But hardware alone would not attract these experts to come home.

In the medical field, I have so many classmates/friends working overseas, many in world-renowned centres. Why do they do that? Some of my classmates and friends did come back as specialists. After working a few years (many only lasted a few months), most got disillusioned and went off again.

There is really not much prospect of career advancement here. How many can hope to become a professor even when they are an acknowledged expert in their field? How many of them can blend into the local team where the work attitude is vastly different from that overseas? How many of them can have a say about how things are to be run? On the other hands, lesser beings are being promoted to professorship for doing much less.

There is an unwritten rule that even if the person is very good, the head of the team has to be someone from a certain ethnic group who may not be even half as good as him. In everyday life, some become disillusioned with the corruption, the red tape and the 'tidak apa' attitude of officialdom.

For an overseas doctor applying to work back home, the application can take up to six months to get approved, whereas Singapore sends teams overseas to recruit them on the spot and offering them jobs immediately as long as they pass their final examinations. See the difference?

It is the sense of being appreciated and being wanted that make these people stay overseas. Back here, they are often made to feel that they are of a lower class. They do not feel appreciated and they do not feel wanted. That is the main reason.

For those with children, the education system further puts them off. Even school children can feel being discriminated against and one glaring example is the two system pre-university education.

All these make them pack their bags and off they go again, leaving behind their parents, perhaps their siblings, the friends they grew up together with and their favourite food that is often not available overseas. No one likes to be away from home but circumstances and a sense of being recognised for their worth make them go away. It is really sad.

Parents spend big sums of money on educating their children but the ones who benefit most are the Singaporeans, the Americans, the Australians, the British and so on.

As long as race politics is not done away with, this problem of 'brain drain' will continue and Malaysia will always trail behind the advanced countries no matter how many Putrajaya and Twin Towers we build.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Kak D!

Alaa, no worries la akak. I know you’re always present in my life, and that’s more than good enough.

Maaf zahir dan batin ikhlas dari saya sekeluarga, buat akak sekeluarga. We shall meet, after raya break insyaAllah.

Loadsa love from me.

Bala ji,

Thanks brother. See you on Wednesday.

Kak Pi,

Pelan nak mengecapi erti syawal sepuas-puasnya.

Sama dgn saya akak, ampon maaf ikhlas kalau carutan saya kurang menyenangkan…hehe…maaf zahir dan batin.

Precious mom,

Thanks there. Salam aidilfitri, and maaf zahir dan batin. Have a good one.

Mohan said...

Tuan Kerp: Selamat Hari Raya .. maaf zahir dan batin dude. Semoga niat ikhlas saudara tercapai. Rasa terharu and terkilan bila membaca lawatanmu ke Hospital..teruskan perjuangmu dude.
You take care and have an amazing Raya, M.

minah sayang said...

salam idulfitri dari hati ke hati
semoga ceria & sihat sentiasa

Zabs said...

Salam Kerp,

Salam untuk keluarga dan juga Pinky. Jangan sampai tergooda oleh makanan yang beranika jenius di HR nanti.

IBU said...

Kerp, kerp, kerp...

Ibu maafkan kamu... hehehehe....

p/s Maaf Zahir ya?

Kerp (Ph.D) said...


Thanks there, brother. It’s the least I could do in giving back what I received years ago. You have a great holiday yourself.


Thanks. ampun maaf jika ada terkasar bahasa, lg2 bahasa lucah…hehe…maaf zahir dan batin.

Pak zab!

Terima kasih. Juga buat pak Zab sekeluarga. InsyaAllah memang niat nak jaga makan. Lepas raya plan nak pegi vacation. Tu yang kena jaga extra pemakanan yang diambil…hehe…


Alhamdulillah…bersama maaf bermaafan. Maaf zahir. Salam kpd Ayah Rawang as well as the boys!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Kerp, Selamat Hari Raya to you, Pinky and family too. Slow2 makan makanan raya tu. Nanti tercekik. :P

the Constantly Dramatic One said...

Selamat Hari Raya Kerp. Hopefully you get to spend it with family and loved ones.

Especially loved ones.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...


thanks there. likewise, wishing you a very happy aidilfitri. ampun maaf jika ada tersinggung kata dari pihak saya. regards to mike.


thanks there. you hang in there. as i said over there, you'll get over it once the soapy period is over. then its back to the usual stuff.

monsterball said...

I wish you all the best...good health...and full of happiness.

Tinesh said...

macha...selamat hari raya!

ps: why ur blog got spam comments la? panjang giler d fler wrote lol

cakapaje said...

Salam...last night got wish already what!

Anyway, make sure you save some of the angpows for me...I oso bachelor you know :)

Selamat Menyambut Aidil Fitri again.
Maaf zahir dan batin. (no jilo-jilo, still waiting for the teh tarik!)

tajudin said...

salam raya salam aidilfitri!!!
(jangan tersalam keruk pulak....)

Zawi said...

Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf zahir batin.
KL is all yours to enjoy.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Dear Kerp,

Here's wishing you & your family a Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

The Ancient Mariner said...

Salam Kerp,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
Maaf zahir Batin.

Go easy on the ketupat and rendang, hear..


salam aidilfitri to you and your family, Kerp!

maaf zahir & batin! and take care...God bless!

senorita.. said...

does Syawal last for a month? does that mean u r gonna be on hiatus stuffing urself for a month???!

Slamat Hari Raya...!

ps:i miss lemang/ ketupat/ rendang/ kuih etc etc


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mott said...

selamat hari raya kerp..

wish i was around to enjoy all the festivities...*glum*

wanshana said...

Happy stuffing yourself, Kerp :)

Don't forget to recite "Bismillah". Nanti tak kenyang-kenyang, and perut akan memboroi pada kadar supersonic speed...Hehehe!

Here's wishing you a joyous Hari Raya with Pinky and the family.

Maaf zahir batin :)


Kak Shana, Ayah and the kids

arsaili said...

salam maaf zahir batin

Anba said...

Big Bro....
i might be late but better late than never rite..

Selamat Hari Raya...bro
Maaf Zahir dan Batin...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Happy belated Hari Raya Aidilfitri to you, Pinky and your family!

Sorry for taking so long to wish you...=(

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Mr goh,

Thanks for the well wishes. Likewise, hope you’re in the best of health.

T man,

Thanks bro.

It was too long I couldn’t be bothered to read what’s it all about.


Yea man, jilo-jilo. The tehh tarik can wait. Hopefully cikgu to come down during the next school break and yamcha all around, on ME.


Thank you brother. Salam aidilfitri juga pada saudara. Aku salam semua org…sebb ada isi…muahahaha…

Pak Z,

Salam aidilfitri. Maaf zahir dan batin juga dari saya, ikhlas. Enjoyed trips to kl city center loads, thank you.

Aunty maria,

Thanks aunty. Wishing you and uncle ruslaini too. Maaf zahir dan batin.

Capt Yusof,

Thank you sir. Wishing you likewise. And too late, been stuffing like mad.

Kak ena,

Thanks akak. Maaf zahirdan batin from me to you.


Ofcos not, will be back once raya break is over. Thanks for the wish. If you had been in the country, I’d have invited you, really.


Thanks there. Come back next year and I’ll treat ya to a feast.

Kak shana,

Boroi? Alamak, too late. Been having this boroi-ness since like forever.

Maaf zahir batin to you too. Salam to doc ayah and the kids.


Thank you, brother. Maaf zahir dan batin.


Never too late. Syawal is one month. Thanks for the wish.


What belated? We’re still very much in raya mood still. And thanks. wish you were around, you’re definitely invited.

jaflam said...

Hai Kerp,

You are cordially invited to my Hari Raya Open House as follows :

Date : Sat 11 Oct 08
Time : 2 – 4 PM
Venue : No 2, Jln 3/5G, Bandar Baru Bangi.

Pls fwd this invitation to Mute Audio too on my behalf.

Thank you and regards.


Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Thanks datuk J. i would love to be there. kalau tiada aral, you'll see me at the front gate. thnals once again, sir.