Allah, please give Sahak strength….

This was an absolute tragedy that a man lived through to witness, with his own eyes. He saw the car ferrying his wife and young children met with an accident and burst into flames.

This story is featured this morning by Utusan Malaysia, www.utusan.com.my :

Kanak-kanak rentung dalam nahas di Labu

SEREMBAN 21 Mei – Seorang kanak-kanak rentung manakala ibu dan adik bongsunya melecur hampir seluruh badan setelah kereta yang dinaiki terbakar dirempuh sebuah bas ekspres sebelum dilanggar dengan kereta lain di Kilometer 16, Jalan Labu-Seremban di sini tengah hari ini.

Mangsa, Nor Azian Ishak, 9, pelajar tahun tiga Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu 10 Labu di sini yang hangus seluruh badan, mati di tempat kejadian.

Dalam kejadian pukul 1 tengah hari itu, kesan rempuhan kuat bas tersebut, kereta Perodua Kancil dipandu ibu mangsa, Nor Aishah Rashid, 40, berpusing dan memasuki laluan bertentangan menghala Labu menyebabkan mangsa terpelanting keluar.

Malangnya, kereta Kancil itu dirempuh pula sebuah kereta jenis Ford yang gagal mengelak menyebabkan mangsa terperangkap di tengah-tengah dua kenderaan yang marak terbakar itu.

Ketika kejadian, ibu mangsa sempat keluar menyelamatkan diri sambil membawa anak bongsunya, Muhd. Iffad berusia enam bulan. Kedua-dua anak beranak itu turut melecur hampir 70 peratus di badan.

Selepas menyelamatkan Muhd. Iffad, Nur Aishah berpatah balik ke keretanya untuk menyelamatkan Nor Azian tetapi api terlalu marak sehingga membakar rentung anak keempatnya itu.

Siasatan

Pemangku Ketua Polis Daerah Seremban, Supritendan Ahmad Mahmud berkata, siasatan awal mendapati kereta yang dipandu Nur Azian itu sedang berhenti untuk membelok ke kediaman mereka di kawasan Ladang Labu di sini.

Katanya, secara tiba-tiba, sebuah bas ekspres yang tiada penumpang menuju ke Seremban dan dipercayai dipandu laju merempuh bahagian kenderaan tersebut.

“Rempuhan menyebabkan ia berpusing dan memasuki laluan bertentangan dan dilanggar pula sebuah kereta Ford menyebabkan kedua-dua kereta itu terbakar.

“Pemandu kereta Ford yang sempat menyelamatkan diri hanya mengalami cedera ringan,” katanya di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, bapa mangsa, Ishak Sejet, 40, seorang pengurus Kilang Kelapa Sawit Labu yang ditemui di Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar (HTJ) di sini berkata, semasa kejadian beliau bersama beberapa rakan dalam perjalanan keluar daripada ladang itu untuk makan tengah hari.

“Secara kebetulan saya melihat kemalangan yang berlaku itu dan mencuba sedaya upaya menyelamatkan keluarga tetapi sayangnya api terlalu marak, ia berlaku begitu pantas,” katanya.

Tambah beliau, isteri dan anak bongsunya kini berada dalam keadaan kritikal kerana badan kedua-dua mereka melecur teruk.

“Isteri saya kini dirawat di wad kecemasan HTJ manakala bayi kami dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur untuk rawatan lanjut sementara arwah Nor Azian mungkin dikebumikan di kampung ibunya di Tanjung Keling, Melaka,” katanya


The man is my friend. Ishak Sejet. I knew him too well, those days. We were dorm mates. We were classmates. We were in the scouts together. He was the kind of friend everyone who love to have.

Sahak is a Parit Bunga bloke, who went to do engineering at Brighton after sixth form. I have not seen or spoke to him for a long time. I have his number now but since yesterday, he had buried two of his off springs and his wife is critically fighting for her life in Seremban Hospital ICU for 80% burns. Should I call him, I would not know what to say.

My prayers are with him and his family. I am too distraught to even call up my closest friend in the Alumni to tell him this horrifying story.

This story was uploaded from NST, www.nst.com.my :

Man saves wife, son but loses daughter

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SEREMBAN: When Ishak Sejet saw a car on fire after an accident, he rushed to help the trapped victims.

He was shocked to find his wife and two children in it screaming for help.With the help of passers-by, he managed to drag his wife and son out of the vehicle, but was unable to rescue his 9-year-old daughter who died in the flames.Ishak, a manager with MPOB Experimental Palm Oil Mill, had left his office with a friend and was on his way to lunch when he came across the burning car after it was involved in an accident at the entrance of the palm oil mill.”I was shocked when I realised my family was inside.

“After getting my wife and son out, the heat became intense and I couldn’t save my daughter,” said Ishak at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital yesterday.His wife, Noraishah Rashid, 40, and son, Mohd Iffat, 6 months, sustained 80 per cent burns and were later transferred to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Nur Azian, the couple’s fourth of six children, was buried at Noraishah’s hometown of Tanjung Keling, Malacca.Seremban acting police chief Superintendent Ahmad Mahmud said Nuraishah was waiting at the junction to turn into the mill at 12.45pm when an express bus rammed into her car.He said the Perodua Kancil was pushed to the opposite lane where another vehicle driven by a 44 year-old man slammed into it causing both vehicles to burst into flames.The driver of the other car escaped unhurt.Police have detained the driver of the express bus

* An update. I and few buddies drove down to Seremban in the afternoon to meet Sahak. We learnt he buried his nine year old daughter yesterday evening (she died instantly the accident) and this morning, he buried his six month old baby, who eventually passed away at Paediatrics Institute, Kuala Lumpur Hospital very early this morning.

When we saw him, we were simply unable to utter anything. He just cried when he saw our faces and a hug is all we could offer. After the crescendo of emotions simmered, Sahak explained the surgeons are trying their best to stabilise his wife and maintain enough survivality so that she could be transported either to HUKM or Kuala Lumpur Hospital as the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban did not have the facility to treat major burns cases. At the moment, she is struggling for her life.

Later some other ladies from our batch showed up to give Sahak the moral support. One of them is a GP herself, drove all the way from Bukit Beruntung in her MPV.

Our parting words for Sahak were to ask him to be strong and take it easy (have some rest), for his other four kids’ sake (aged 14 to seven) who were not involved in the tragic and dreadful accident.

** An update as of evening, Thursday 24 May 2007. Noraishah or Sahak’s wife, who suffered 80% burns from Monday’s accident, has been transferred to burns unit at 2nd Floor, Kuala Lumpur Hospital this afternoon. Hopefully, they would have better equipment and expertise to deal with cases like this.

*** An update as of noon, Monday 28 May, 2007. Noraishah Rashid, 40, Ishak’s Sejet wife and mother to four of their surviving children never recovered from her burns. She died this today at noon, at Kuala Lumpur Hospital. May Allah s.w.t. bless her soul and give Sahak the strength to carry on, for the other children.

The remains of Noraishah Rashid was bathed, wrapped in burial shroud (kapan) and prayers offered before released by Seremban Police at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary, 3.30 pm and brought back to her kampung in Tanjong Keling, Melaka. She was laid to rest at Maghrib. 

Published in: on May 22, 2007 at 11:44  Comments (18)  

PM announced civil service payrise

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced a pay package increase between 7.5% to 35% for more than one million civil servants earlier on Monday. It is definitely great news for the custodian of public funds.

Bernama has the story:

Civil Servants To Get Pay Increase Of Up To 35 Pct

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced a pay increase of between 7.5 per cent and 35 per cent for the more than one million civil servants in the country, effective July 1.

They will also get a 100 per cent increase in the cost of living allowance (Cola).

In recognition of the heavy responsibility of police and military personnel and the challenges they face in the line of duty, Abdullah said they would get an additional 20 per cent on top of the increase.

Speaking at the Workers Day gathering for the public sector here, he said the basic salary of the Support Group II (Grades 1 to 16) would be increased by 35 per cent while those in the Support Group I (Grades 17 to 40) would get a 25 per cent increase.

For the Management and Professional Group (Grades 41 to 54), the increase is 15 per cent while those in the Premier Grade (Jusa) will get a 7.5 per cent pay hike.

Abdullah said the salary increase for the 1,002,040 civil servants would cost the government RM3.4 billion this year or an additional annual expenditure of RM6.8 billion.

The increase in the payment of Cola will involve an additional expenditure of RM600 million this year or RM1.2 billion annually.

Abdullah said the strong growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product over the past five years, averaging 5.6 per cent annually, was the first factor considered by the government in determining the quantum of the pay hike.

This, he said, was spurred by the growth in private sector investment and the external trade volume which had surpassed the RM1 trillion mark.

“All these have allowed interest rates, inflation and unemployment to remain low. The Bursa Malaysia Composite Index also reflects the country’s tremendous economic growth, reaching its highest level recently,” he said.

The prime minister said the second factor was the need to attract and retain qualified, highly-motivated and performance-driven human capital in the civil service.

The government, he said, was also concerned about the rising cost of living due to the hike in global oil prices which had affected those in the lower income bracket.

The fourth factor, Abdullah said, was the government’s affordability which was aided by a marked increase in tax collection and a more prudent execution of expenditure.

“In fixing the quantum, the government is always mindful of its repercussions on the country’s financial position. Any salary increase will also involve pension calculations and certain allowances.

“The quantum has been decided carefully and prudently. The government was able to reduce the budget deficit from 5.3 per cent in to 3.5 per cent last year and we’ll continue with this prudent fiscal management,” he added.

Saying that the pay hike would lessen the burden of those in the lower income group, Abdullah said that at the same time, they should be mindful of the people’s higher expectations of the civil service.

“They’ll expect a high-quality civil service that commensurates with the salary increase. Take this opportunity to increase productivity and the quality of service to the people,” he added.

-The prime minister also urged government employees to be prudent consumers in light of the reported price increases lately.

“Do report errant traders to the authorities and spend your money elsewhere. Consumers who exercise their rights are smart consumers. Tell others if you come across these errant traders so that people won’t have to deal with them.

“The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry should also increase monitoring and efforts to educate the public on consumer rights,” he said.

Highlighting a matter close to his heart, Abdullah said the government wanted the country’s public sector to emerge as one that would achieve global distinction.

“The government is counting on its employees to add value to their work. They should strive to reduce red tape, be friendly, transparent, responsive, creative — putting the interests of customers above all else,” he added.

Abdullah said that civil servants should change their mindset to deliver services speedily, bearing in mind that they should play the role of facilitators and partners of the people and the private sector.

— BERNAMA

This is Ceupacs reaction to the announcements:

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PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) — The Cuepacs is happy with the salary increase of up to 35 percent for civil servants announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today as it meets the aspiration and target of the congress.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman said the congress was also happy that the government had increased the cost of living allowance (COLA) by 100 percent.

“We are satisfied, we are very happy with the announcement by the PM (Prime Minister) today.

“It’s certainly a historical announcement for us, the best. Previously when we asked, it was far below our expectations sometimes.

“We asked for 40 percent for the Support Group 1, now (we get) 35 percent for the group,” he told reporters after the pay rise was announced by the Prime Minister at the Public Sector Workers’ Day 2007 gathering at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.

In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Cuepacs had asked for an increase in salary of between 10 and 40 per cent for civil servants depending on their grade and salary scale.

The last time the government implemented a salary revision was in 1992.

The increase announced today also included for members of the police and armed forces who would receive an additional increase of 20 percent on top of the percentage increase given to all public sector employees.

Omar urged civil servants to make drastic changes in discharging their responsibilities with the objective of raising their productivity to the optimum.

He said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan had asked him to ensure that Cuepacs would play a role in changing the attitude of the civil servants to improve discipline, morals and image in providing service to the people.

Beginning today, Omar hoped that public sector employees would carry out a drastic change in their respective career so that they would achieve excellence and provide quality service.

He hoped that civil servants would make changes not only in terms of work quality but also in terms of image as they had been given a commensurate increase in salary.

He called on government employees who were `moonlighting’ previously in order to meet the higher cost of living to stop such practices.

He said Cuepacs would carry out a study to determine the number of civil servants doing part-time jobs and the reasons for doing so.

On the request by Cuepacs that the retirement age for civil servants be extended to 60 and the abolition of the Competency Level Appraisal (PTK), he said these were still at the discussion stage.

“I had asked the Prime Minister on the matter just now. There is an avenue for discussion from time to time, we will bring it up soon. There is no problem,” he said.

Asked whether the salary increase was an indication that the general election was approaching, he said: “We don’t think about the general election. Our thoughts are to raise the living standards, image and productivity of the workers, to produce excellent workers who can face competition so that there is no complaint from the public.”

He hoped businessmen would not exploit the salary increase to raise prices of goods.

“If possible, set up the Price Control Commission, call on the non-government organisations to participate in the commission. If it’s just to monitor, we think it’s pointless,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) is convinced that the salary increase would not create any anomaly between the graduate and non-graduate teachers.

“The NUTP is convinced that the graduate teachers would not suffer any setback from the difference in the percentage increase,” said its secretary general Lok Yim Pheng.
— BERNAMA

We hope now the civil service productivity would increase and commensurate with the payrise received. There are so much to be desired how certain departments carry out their daily business and operations, especially when it directly involved the public.

The civil service should focus on the reduction bureaucracy to improve of service efficiency and a method reducing corrupt practices. Accountability is also another important area to be stressed on.

Efficient civil service would generate a more efficient economic activity and this would encourage economic growth. There would be a progressive economic cycle from there on.

Published in: on May 22, 2007 at 00:08  Comments (5)  

Peristiwa 13 Mei dilawati semula

Ini perkembangan baru dalam senario penulisan bukan fiksyen Malaysia. Ujud sekarang usaha dikalangan blogger Melayu untuk memberikan pandangan mengenai peristiwa berdarah rusuhan dan pergaduhan antara kaum 13 Mei 1969, dari sudut dan kacamata orang orang Melayu, penduduk majoriti Negara ini.

Sesungguhnya, peristiwa hitam ini perlu dilupakan dan rakyat majmuk berbilang bangsa dan fahaman agama Malaysia perlu bergerak lebih dekat kepada perpaduan antara kaum dan integrasi nasional. Tiada ada positifnya ‘melawati semula’ (revisit) medan yang hanya membakar luka luka yang lama and begitu panjang masa diambil untuk dirawat dan pulihkan semula.

Rakyat Malaysia generasi muda sepatutnya perlu belajar dan memahami apa yang diusahakan selepas peristiwa ini, seperti apa yang Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN) berjaya pelupuri dan kerjasama dan kesefahaman antara parti parti politik yang timbul dari perundingan pasca peristiwa ini lebih penting lagi untuk diutara dan pertontonkan. Pendekata, ambil yang jernih dan buang yang keruh.

Namun begitu, terdapat usaha usaha dari pihak tertentu, terutama mereka yang cenderung kepada politik chauvisnistik Cina DAP yang sengaja mengimbau kembali peristiwa ini dengan tafsiran sempit mereka, untuk sebenarnya mengerohkan keadaan dan bukan sebaliknya.

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Sebagai contoh, buku “13 May” tulisan Dr. Kua Kia Soong ini adalah usaha tegar mereka yang berfahaman ala DAP kearah itu. Apa yang positif terhasil dari penulisan belum jelas lagi kelihatan.

Yang jelas ialah reaksi penulis penulis siber Melayu dalam alam bloggosphere. Laman blog 13 Mei: Dari Kacamata Melayu, www.pesanan-pesanan.blogspot.com, merupakan tindakan reaktif kepada usaha Dr. Kua menerbitkan buku dan mengiatkan perbincangan sudut sempit ini. Satu perkara yang menarik disini, laman blog 13 Mei ini terdiri dari bloggers Melayu yang membelakangkan fahaman politik kepartian mereka untuk bersatu mempertahankan suara Melayu dalam isu ini.

Mungkin ada pihak seharusnya mengingatkan Dr. Kua Kia Soong, mantan Ahli Parlimen DAP Petaling Jaya (1990-1995) dan chauvinis Cina sealiran kecenderungan dengan beliau akan bahaya dan kesan bermain dengan mancis dalam rumah kayu penuh berisi bunga api dan bahan-bakar kerosene.

Mungkinkah laman blog ini cuba mengajar mereka yang sengaja mencari penyakit?

Published in: on May 22, 2007 at 00:02  Comments (21)