Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ayah Pin Turun ke bumi untuk Pemilihan UMNO?

Akhbar KOSMO melapurkan Kelibat Ayah Pin di KL?


Sekitar tahun 1998, saya bertemu sekumpulan Melayu yang bercerita tentang keajaiban seorang manusia dari Trengganu dan mengenai Rijal alghaib (Lelaki Ghaib). Saya mengenal salah seorang dari mereka melalui kawan-kawan dalam Pemuda UMNO masa itu dan individu ini pernah menjadi rakan niaga kepada Zahid Hamidi (seperti dakwaan dialah).

Dalam satu pertemuan selepas maghrib di Masjid Bangsar, seramai lima orang ahli kumpulan ini bercerita kehebatan masing-masing kononnya diberikan 'kuasa' dalam melakukan beberapa perkara, seperti 'time machine' untuk kembali ke mana-mana zaman. Ada yang boleh ke mana-mana dengan sekelip mata. Ada yang boleh mengetahui gerak hati seseorang. Ada yang boleh buat duit dan mengambil duit dari ATM tanpa akaun bank! Bermacam lagi.

Antara ahli kumpulan ini pernah menjadi orang besar sebuah gergasi telekomunikasi. Mereka semua tidak bekerja kerana hanya bekerja terus dibawah Allah! MasyaAllah!

Sewaktu berbual itu, salah seorang mereka berkata,"Ada Rijal Al Ghaib hadir bersama kita!"

Dia pun bercakap sesuatu kepada yang ghaib itu dan 'menterjemah' kembali kepada saya setiap soalan dari Rijal Al Ghaib.....naik meremang bulu roma. Allahualam. Menurut Rijal Al ghaib yang hadir itu, salasilah keturunan saya dari Shaikh Sayyid 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani. MasyaAllah!

Ketika itu saya tidak terdengar pun mengenai Ayah Pin. Teringat yang salah seorang dari mereka pernah memberikan telefon untuk bercakap dengan seorang 'tukang kayu' dari Trengganu. Tukang kayu yang hebat kerana pernah sendiri pergi ke langit sana.

Saya membuat anggapan kemudiannya, setelah kisah Ayah Pin menjadi hangat selepas tahun 2000, mungkin itu Ayah Pin, hanya Allah yang mengetahui kerana saya sudah terputus hubungan dengan kumpulan ini sebaik berhijrah ke UAE.

Saya akan ceritakan pengalaman hampir setahun dengan kumpulan yang semua ahlinya mahu jadi Rijal Al Ghaib ini. Malah ada membantu mereka berniaga dengan memberi maklumat mengenai dunia IT.

Kini Ayah Pin dikatakan muncul kembali, apakah kena mengenai dengan pemilihan hebat dalam UMNO? Setahu saya, berkenalan dengan kumpulan tersebut, mereka semua adalah ahli UMNO yang setia dan percaya Dr. Mahathir itu diterima oleh kerajaan langit, manakala TG Nik Aziz dikatakan ditolak oleh kerajaan langit!

Video dokumentari Ayah Pin.


KUALA LUMPUR - "Ketika itu saya lihat kira-kira 60 lelaki berpakaian serba hitam mengiringi seorang lelaki yang memakai topi berjalan sambil tunduk.
"Mereka dilihat memasuki tiga buah bilik di sebuah premis karaoke di ibu negara dan tidak membenarkan sesiapa masuk serta menampal kata-kata aluan meraikan kedatangan pemimpin 'Kerajaan Langit'.



Demikian cerita seorang lelaki yang mendakwa menyaksikan sendiri kemunculan semula seorang lelaki ala Ayah Pin berdekatan tempat kerjanya di ibu negara kira-kira sebulan lalu.
Menurut lelaki yang ingin dikenali sebagai Shah, 40-an, ketika itu, dia yang sedang bertugas ternampak kelibat seorang lelaki yang dikelilingi oleh puluhan pemuda pelbagai kaum pada 24 September kira-kira pukul 11 malam.
"Mereka terus memasuki premis karaoke tersebut dan menempah bilik yang dikhaskan untuk kumpulan mereka sahaja tetapi apa yang mereka lakukan di dalam bilik itu saya tidak tahu.
"Kira-kira tiga jam selepas itu, mereka keluar dan saya yang tidak berpuas hati telah pergi ke dalam bilik itu dan melihat banyak botol arak bersepah-sepah,'' katanya di sini semalam.
Tambahnya, dia yang pada mulanya tidak mengetahui mereka merupakan pengikut kumpulan ajaran sesat itu sehinggalah dia ternampak kata-kata aluan yang ditampal pada dinding di premis yang sama.
Menurut Shah, antara kata-kata itu termasuk 'Selamat ulang tahun God grandfather yang ke-4... Selamat sejahtera dan gilang gemilang dari Kawalan Bumi dan Kerajaan Langit'.
"Huruf-huruf itu ditempa dengan gabus dan ditampal pada sekeping papan sebelum dilekatkan pada dinding premis karaoke tersebut,'' katanya.
Ujar Shah, melalui pemerhatiannya, kebanyakan lelaki yang menyertai kumpulan itu datangnya dari pinggir ibu negara terdiri daripada Melayu dan India.

Apple After Steve Jobs....

Steve Jobs may be a celebrity CEO, but he doesn't jump out of airplanes or traipse around Africa with bundles of cash. He is always in character and always on message, so much so that when late-night TV parodies him, he's invariably rolling out some new iProduct . Jobs gets called mercurial, egomaniacal, a micromanager. If that sounds a little like a CEO doing his job, maybe that's because he is—and a mighty fine one.



This week saw Apple launch its new line of laptops. Sleeker, speedier, meaner. And a little cheaper. They have also slashed the price of the existing entry-level model to $999, the first time an Apple laptop has been sold for less than $1,000. The discount could have been in response to Morgan Stanley's late-September report, in which it issued a revised recommendation for Apple that saw its share price tumble by 17.5 per cent.

But Apple has other problems. At the launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2004, joked about his health in an attempt to alleviate concerns over blog rumours that he had suffered a heart attack. He then handed off parts of the presentation to other executives, possibly to dilute his guru status and demonstrate that other able helmsmen were available should he have to step down.

But while stories of Steve's death have been greatly exaggerated – Jobs' own words after Bloomberg mistakenly posted his obituary in August – his gaunt appearance has prompted many to question Apple's future without him.


His hands-on, somewhat irascible style has shepherded a series of aesthetic gadgets into the marketplace and captured enough hearts to maintain a healthy balance sheet, so few would deny Apple's reputation is securely anchored to Jobs' charisma.
Steve's strategy has always been to target the man in the street. The "cool" factor that accompanies Apple products is an attribute you just can't sell to a business, which wants to know the answers to such banal questions as: "What is the cost of ownership?"
Steve's consumer base, meanwhile, is drooling on their collective hush puppies as they cry: "Wow, it glows in the dark!" This is a marketing strategy more suited to a fashion house than a technology giant, but it has served Team Steve amply.
It allowed Apple to turn a glorified Walkman (iPod) into a chic fashion accessory and whipped up a nerd frenzy over the iPhone ("Wow, touch screen – cool!").
Jobs has built a brand that will outlast him. He has never shrunk from firing those who didn't measure up. So presumably, any new organ-grinder will have a focus on Stevosity and steer the ship into the wind, releasing market-pleasers such as new laptops, which have custom-designed graphics processors and glass touch-pads that allow multi-finger gesture controls ("Wow, etc.").
Here's a selection of some of the most insanely great things the man has said, organized by topic: innovation and design, fixing Apple, his greatest sales pitches, life's lessons, taking the fight to the enemy and Pixar.
On Innovation and Design:

"It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing."-- At age 29, in Playboy, February 1985
"I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do."-- BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 12, 2004
"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."-- Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998
"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."-- BusinessWeek, May 25 1998
"It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much."-- BusinessWeek Online, Oct. 12, 2004
"(Miele) really thought the process through. They did such a great job designing these washers and dryers. I got more thrill out of them than I have out of any piece of high tech in years."-- Wired magazine, February 1996
On Fixing Apple:
"The products suck! There's no sex in them anymore!"-- On Gil Amelio's lackluster reign, in BusinessWeek, July 1997
"The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament."-- Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company, by Owen W. Linzmayer
"If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago."-- Fortune, Feb. 19, 1996
"You know, I've got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can't say any more than that it's the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me."-- Fortune, Sept. 18, 1995
"Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could -- I'm searching for the right word -- could, could die."-- On his return as interim CEO, in Time, Aug. 18, 1997

Deepavali and Gold Rush in Dubai

It has been unusual traffic jam in Dubai with Gitex and gold rush. The traffic jam was very annoying indeed. I could not understand it until I read the news!
We had an open house at Consul General of Malaysia's residence at Barsha and caught up in the jam. By looking at the standstill traffic along Sheikh Zayed road for several kms, I thought Dubai was in disaster zone!

Drop in prices sparks gold rush



Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Thousands of people jammed the town centre Thursday night and Friday afternoon as they rushed to buy gold with prices plummetting to as low as Dh 80 for a gram of 22 carat gold.
A combination of lower oil prices, financial meltdown, profit-making and the upcoming Diwali festivities had played a vital role to push gold prices down by 20 percent, a major gold jewellery dealer said.
"The volume of sales increased 400 percent Thursday night,” said Tushar Patni, Chairman of Golden Jewellery Group of Abu Dhabi. He said sales at each sales amounts to between 30 to 50 Kilos of gold in one shift ", he explained.
Gulf News witnessed the rush to buy gold which lasted until midnight. Gold shops owners said that the buyers are all expats who wanted to cash on this "golden" opportunity.
"I think it is a one-off chance to invest in gold", said Baqir Akbar, a Pakistani IT engineer who has been working in Abu Dhabi for two years.
"I could maximize the returns of my saving through buying into cheap gold", he explained.
Patni agreed saying that expats who missed a similar opportunity two months ago are determined to grab this one.
"We had similar drop in the gold prices in August down to Dh 84.", he said. "Some people were not financially ready and a lot of them were away on holidays and they missed that opportunity."


Those who bought gold then made a profit when the prices went up again to Dh 104 a gram after that short period.
There are about 125 gold shops in Abu Dhabi, 85 of them are members of the Gold Jewellery Group.
The drop in gold prices will also be short-lived and retailers expected it to last for a week before picking up again.
"We expect this low price to last for one week only", Patni said. "Gold shops will have a special sales day on Sunday. At the end of next week prices can go up and those who are now buying gold can make a profit".
‘Our raffle barrels were full’
In Dubai, the famous Gold Souq and gold shops were also swamped by buyers. Swapna Nair, general manager of Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, said she expects the same huge rush on Danteras, when Indians have to traditionally buy gold on that day.
“This is biggest drop in price for a long time,” she said. The last time prices dipped down was during the Dubai Summer Surprises, to Dh 84.5 per gram.


“Our raffle draw barrels could not turn (beacuse of the vouchers inside). The large population of Indians in the UAE makes a lot of difference (to the sale of gold),” she said.
A gram of 24 carat gold is presently selling at Dh 86. Indians prefer 24 carat gold jewelery.
Nair said it was very difficult to predict gold prices in the near future as it depends on many factors. “Oil prices are down, so gold prices are down. But the dollar is strong,” she noted.
The Dubai group has 750 traders as members.
Diwali celebrations will start on October 28.