The Malaysian school syllabus nowadays

I could just shook my head when my husband showed this photo shared on facebook to me, a page from a standard one book:

Buku sekolah kanak-kanak darjah satu

Apparently from the comments posted by the friends, there is such curriculum: Kemahiran Berfikir Aras Tinggi (KBAT) or Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

What on earth?!

There is really something wrong with the syllabus.

Why do we want the kids to achieve high level of intellectual skills at this age, when nurturing good attitude (akhlak), teaching them living skills should be the priority?

No wonder we have even standard one kids bullying the peers, if this is what the education system is emphasizing right now. We just fail to understand the mental capacity of the children.

Final words – I agree with this comment:

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Ibu yang garang!

  1. Saya bukanlah bercakap tentang sesiapa yang garang (walaupun ada sedikit relevan dengan ibu saya), tetapi hanya diri saya sendiri.
  2. Saya sentiasa fikir bahawa ibu saya seorang yang garang sewaktu saya kecil dahulu, tetapi saya rasa kalau dibandingkan ibu dahulu, saya lebih teruk lagi (sobs!).
  3. Saya akui kadangkala emosi saya sangat melebihi rasional saya; walaupun kadangkala rasional saya ada melakukan tindakan (memujuk hati) tetapi selalunya emosi amarah saya yang akan menang – yang seterusnya membuatkan saya menyesal sendiri. Tak perlu saya perincikan apakah tindakan yang pernah saya buat kepada anak saya (anak, bukan anak-anak, kerana yang selama ini yang menjadi mangsa amarah melampau saya hanya seorang), tetapi cukup saya katakan perbuatan yang saya lakukan melebihi jerit tengking.
  4. Saya sangat-sangat berusaha untuk mengurangkan kemarahan saya kepada anak . Ada sedikit perubahan yang baik kini tetapi masih jauh daripada apa yang saya perlu buat. Seringkali si anak mencabar dan menduga kesabaran saya, tetapi sepatutnya saya tak boleh marahkan anak kerana dia belum mumayyiz lagi.
  5. Semuanya masih berbalik kepada saya, saya yang perlu mengubah diri, lebih muhasabah diri.

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Water… Wise enough?

El nino has already made it’s way here. And it has been forecasted that the weather is going to remain dry for another 9-12 months.

Dry weather = less water reserve = water ration if not careful

To prevent that from happening, I am doing my bit to save the water. Have been doing it for years (a habit inculcated by my parents, alhamdulillah), but more since the last few months when we had the drought earlier this year.

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I can’t say I’ve done enough to preserve the amount of water in our dams, but at least I’m trying. So far, these are what I’ve been doing:

  • I try to shorten my shower time to only 2-3 minutes. Even if I shampoo my hair, the time is sufficient.
  • I try to ensure no water is leaking through our pipes.
  • I don’t leave the water running when I’m brushing my teeth and while soaping the dirty dish.
  • I try to use the water as minimal as I could when I’m taking my wudhu. Sometimes I have a pail ready underneath the pipe where I’m taking my wudhu to contain the excess water so that it can be used for other things e.g. Washing the bathroom, flush down the toilet etc.
  • Using the used water from washing the rice to water my plants (provide additional nutrients to the plants too).

I vow to do these, which I haven’t yet started:

  • Washing veges and fruits in a basin.
  • The same steps in washing the dishes (have a basin of water to rinse them).
  • Tadah air hujan

Islam has always taught us to use our resources wisely. If it’s not for our good, then what is it for? InsyaAllah, hopefully everyone will play his/her part and we can avoid further rationing.

P/s: it’s been a while, eh?

Bukan sekejap

Alhamdulillah, setinggi-tinggi syukur kepada Allah dengan kemenangan Ikhwanul Muslimin (IM) dalam pilihanraya pemilihan presiden negara baru-baru ini. Tahniah kepada calon IM, Dr Morsi.

Membaca serba sedikit perkataan-perkataan yang telah dilontarkan oleh Dr Morsi, keazaman dan agenda beliau ke seterusnya sedikit sebanyak melegakan perasaan yang sempit lantaran ‘political scene’ di tanah air sendiri. Sampai satu peringkat dua tiga hari yang lepas, saya terfikir untuk menetap seketika di Mesir, kerana harapan masa depan nampaknya lebih cerah di sana berbanding di tanah air nanti.

Petikan ucapan saat awal kemenangan (image: http://kebunketereh.com)

Perkara penting untuk dijadikan iktibar hasil peristiwa penundukan kezaliman dan permulaan penegakan keadilan ini, bahawa untuk berjaya dalam perjuangan memerlukan tarbiyah, pengorbanan dan keimanan yang tinggi. Perjuangan IM lama bermula berpuluh tahun, lebih lama daripada usia ayah. Sistem usrah yang dijalankan, bukanlah semata hanya – ‘quoting Angel Pakai Gucci’“asyik berbulatan gembira sahaja” tetapi untuk mendidik keimanan dan kefahaman Islam. Dan usaha yang bertahun, mendidik satu generasi ke satu generasi.. alhamdulillah mula membuahkan hasil.

Kemenangan ini bukan kemenangan mutlak IM, tetapi kemenangan kecil yang membuka ruang untuk perjuangan yang lebih besar. Untuk mengembalikan daulah Islamiyah, yang mana apabila umat Islam memerlukan tempat mengadu, kita ada sistem Khilafah kita. Juga merupakan kemenangan besar buat rakyat Mesir yang bersatu menjatuhkan kezaliman.

InsyaAllah, kemenangan ini membakar semangat saya untuk mendidik anak (-anak) untuk berjiwa besar seperti anak-anak Mesir dan Palestin. Dan semoga perjuangan kita semua diredai Allah..

I’m feeling sick

Istana baru di Malaysia? Source: DrMAZA.com FB

A year ago, I was a young woman who knew more on what’s happening thousand miles away i.e. in Malaysia rather than what’s going on around me i.e. in UK.

But that has changed now.

To be honest, I haven’t read Malaysian news (from whatever source) for months..

(Primary) Reason being: I feel sick reading them.

Other reasons: I spend most of my times with my school work, family, and reading a novel. (A NOVEL?! for months?!)

I only know what’s going on in my beloved country through news and status appeared on my fb news feed, shared by ‘friends’ (Inverted commas don’t mean I half-heartedly befriend them, but some are shared by public figures which I’m one of their fans). If I am lucky enough, there’ll be news on Malaysia in the local newspaper. Like the one about teachers in Terengganu sending the feminine boys to a camp to make them tougher, to reduce the possibility of them becoming gays (Yes, that sort of news appeared in UK newspapers). Continue reading

Jiwa Pemuda..

Have you noticed that I’ve added a new list of links – ‘Jiwa Pemuda’ – at the side of my blog? 😀

Why ‘Jiwa Pemuda’?

If you think I’m trying to preserve my youth.. yes, you’re definitely right!

Saya kini sedang menjalankan usaha me’muda’kan diri dari segi pemikiran, semangat waja, keberanian etc, etc.. (would be great if I could preserve my youthful look too, but a little late maybe.. LOL!)

As mentioned by Allahyarham Dr Fathi Yakan, the Youths are the agent of change. It doesn’t matter what your age is, as long as you have the determination to change yourself and the people around you to the better, you are the ‘PEMUDA’.

Semangat Pemuda

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Halal – dua isu berbeza

Nampaknya isu halal memang susah nak selesai.

Maksud isu halal di sini ialah kehalalan makanan dari segi sumber fizikal, iaitu isi kandungan, penyembelihan binatang, cara proses.

Dua hari lepas isu halal muncul dalam dua akhbar online yang saya baca dari dua negara (& benua) berbeza, yang mana mempunyai majoriti penduduk yang menganut agama yang berbeza. Negara tersebut ialah Malaysia (pastinya) & UK.

Sedang isu halal di Malaysia berkisar tentang ‘penipuan’ pengeluar produk – ada yang menggunakan label JAKIM palsu, sijil halal JAKIM sudah luput; dan ketidak-sensitifan pengguna Muslim dalam menggunakan produk yang dijamin halal (beli secara lewa), di UK lain pula terbalik ceritanya.

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Farewell bids to these Egyptians

We had a farewell ‘celebration’ for a couple of Egyptian friends last week – Rasha & Khalil.

Khalil has successfully defended his PhD thesis last December while Rasha is doing split-site course and is returning to Egypt to complete her study there. She’s in the process of obtaining a ‘master’ degree for a medical doctor (something like that).

Alhamdulillah, we’re happy for them and wish them all the best for their future. Yes, THEIR FUTURE.

They were due to fly back to Egypt on Sunday, 30 January. But last Saturday (29th) night while we were having a leaving do at Ahmed’s Restaurant, Khalil received a call from Rasha’s husband that they need to postpone their flight back to Egypt as the circumstances were getting worse. Continue reading