Thursday, November 06, 2008

Buku belum Lupus - Pesta Buku Dunia Sharjah

Tidak berapa lama dahulu, buku dikatakan bakal lupus dengan keujudan laman web dan lain-lain alat komunikasi digital. Sebagaimana pernah dikatakan video akan menguburkan radio. Masih ingat lagi lagu, "Video kills the radio star!"

Apalagi dengan kehadiran Amazon Kindle (pembaca-e atau e-reader yang dianggap iPod Amazon), boleh memuatkan ratusan buku-buku seperti sebuah perpustakaan.

iPod menguburkan buku?

Tidak mungkin berlaku dalam masa terdekat dan ini terbukti sekiranya anda berkesempatan ke Pesta Buku Dunia Sharjah.

Pesta Buku Dunia Sharjah kali ke 27 sedang berlangsung selama 10 hari dari 29 Oktober hingga 7 November. Dianggarkan lebih dari 100,000 tajuk buku dipamirkan dengan penyertaan 491 penerbit Arab dari 18 negara dan 272 penerbit lain dari 23 negara.
Sebanyak 28,698 tajuk dalam bahasa Arab dan sebanyak 57,927 tajuk baru diperkenalkan.

Penuh sesak dengan manusia yang berhimpit-himpit untuk membeli buku. Ada yang membawa troli, buka satu, tetapi dua atau tiga!

Buku-buku bahasa Arab begitu keras lakunya dan tidak kurang buku-buku bahasa Inggeris.

Penerbitan buku di Timur tengah terus berkembang. Dua penerbit Inggeris terkenal, Random House and Harper Collins membuka pejabat di Abu Dhabi.

There’s no doubt that the current slew of superlative-filled high profile publishing events is guaranteed to please both bibliophiles and record seekers. Right now, for example, the region’s biggest children’s read-a-thon is taking place, as Dubai Cares and the book charity Room to Read aim to get three- to 14-year-olds reading, with a goal of one million books in two weeks.
Each book read is being matched by a donation of books to children in need around the world. During the campaign, which ends Nov 16, the Burj Dubai itself will record the book total, lighting up like a thermometer until the millionth book is reached and the whole tower is lit. Adults are also invited to “sponsor” a book by buying Dh10 vouchers from bookshops or the Dubai Cares website (

Next up, garnering international headlines, the tallest book in the world has been commissioned by Emaar from the luxury publisher Kraken Opus. Called Burj Dubai Opus and edited by Michael Tierney, the book will chronicle the development of the Burj Dubai and will stand 4.5m tall.
Finally, the Sharjah Book Fair this week has seen the launch of the world’s largest atlas, Earth, published by the Australian company Millennium House. The book comes as a limited edition of 2,000 royal-blue leather-bound books with silver corners, measuring 61x47cm, and just 1,000 gold-leather-bound editions with 18-carat gold corners, produced especially for the Middle East.

You could dismiss these extraordinary projects as merely commodifying learning, and there’s no doubt that the Burj Dubai Opus and Earth will be bought by rich collectors, while the gold Earth has been ordered, or “sponsored”, by some of the region’s most prestigious libraries and companies, including Dubai World’s company Leisurecorp.
But there are more beneficial consequences as well, whether it’s supporting the work of bookbinding craftsmen or helping wipe out illiteracy in developing countries. The high profile presence of these volumes – along with the ever-increasing attractions of the Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai book fairs and incursions of international publishers into the market – shows a national confidence in the enduring popularity and the universal value of the book.
At Dh14,000 for the basic royal blue version, Earth may not be available to everyone, but the Dh500 concise version sold out on day one of the Sharjah Book Fair, reflecting the trickle-down effect that can result from the spectacular publications that make headlines.
One of the most striking defences of the book is offered by John Wood, the former Microsoft executive who gave up his career to set up the charity Room to Read, which provides developing areas that are high in illiteracy with books, libraries, training and teaching.
“My view on this is simple,” Wood says. “There are scientific studies that prove nothing stimulates and develops the brain quite like reading – it completely engages the brain, whereas computers, video games and TV are very passive activities.
Reading really lights up those synapses, and the thing is, the brain is the most incredibly complex and beautiful device anywhere, so we should really stimulate children’s brains early on.”
For a man who abandoned a career in the biggest software company in the world, he takes a surprisingly back-to-basics approach.
“If you look at the world, there are 76 million children not even enrolled in school, and in the poorest populations we have to get the basics first – for a seven-year old girl in Namibia or an eight-year-old boy in Cambodia there is no access to that kind of technology. We take books for granted but there are parents around the world who would give anything to be able to give their child one book.”
Another obvious, though often overlooked, point is made by Gordon Cheers, the publisher whose 20-year dream it was to create the world’s largest atlas, which culminated in Earth.
“If the power goes out here, our search engine – we call it an index – will still work. You might have to use candlelight to look at it, but it will be there, we hope, for 500 years.
”Yet when Google Maps can provide satellite images so detailed that you can see your house online, is there really a place for an item as unwieldy as a 20kg leather-bound book in a 15kg case? For Cheers, the point is not that the information is available: it’s how it is presented and absorbed.
“What we like to think is that with the atlas we’re taking you by the hand for a journey round the world. You can dream about where you’d like to go. Atlases are so social: when people were looking at this at the Sharjah fair, they’d point first to their home town, then to one next to it and say, ‘Oh, this is where my grandparents were, and look over here, someone I know lives there, and I’ve been to this place over here’ – and before you know it you’ve spent an hour looking at a map.”
Accuracy, says Cheers, is also a key selling point. “Yes you can get all this on the internet, and there is certainly a place for the internet – my children and I use it all the time – but we still use and love books. Sometimes the kids try to do some research for a project on the internet and think, ‘Where do I start?’ There’s just so much out there. And you can’t always trust the information available: we started to use the internet to cross-check some of our facts and it’s then that you realise just how unreliable it is.”
In most literate societies, reading is not a merely functional form of communication: it’s a cultural meme and something that is passed down through generations. The high value placed on beautifully decorated Qurans was evident at the Arts of Islam exhibition at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, where illuminated Quranic texts were the highlight. Exhibitors at the Sharjah World Book Fair displayed an incredible number and variety of beautiful leather-bound, gilt-stamped Qurans.
“When His Highness Sheikh Mohammed launched the Dubai Cares read-a-thon with Room to Read on Sunday, he made the point in his speech that the first word in the Quran is ‘read’,” says Wood. “We forget that reading can be the basis of a peaceful and prosperous society.”
For Cheers, too, the giant atlas is created not only as a repository of huge, vivid images and useful politico-geographical information, but as a way of perpetuating dying skills such as bookbinding and cartography.
“I think things like Google Maps have actually made me more determined to do the book,” he says of his quest. “What’s happening now is that cartographers are becoming like watchmakers – new cartographers aren’t being trained, so they’re really, really rare.
”With so many people going to the internet in search of map, Cheers posits that Earth may be the last big atlas ever published.“I’ve got two young children, and I will hand this book down to them and hopefully in 500 years people will still be leafing through it. People aren’t going to hand a hard drive down to their children each year. It will be an heirloom.”
Certainly, this is objectification of a book as something that Cheers calls a “time capsule”, that others might call art and that many will no doubt term an investment. But as long as certain books remain valuable, prestigious and newsworthy, there will remain an interest in the paperbacks, the fiction, the self-help tomes, the text books and the lush coffee-table books that are the bread and butter of the publishing industry.

Kalau Obama itu bapaknya Melayu

kalau obama itu bapaknya melayu
bapaknya orang kepala batas
maknya orang afrika dari kansas
pernah belajar di madrasah kota baru
berbapa tiri jawa kelang
adakah fatwa dari jakim
apakah dia melayu hadhari
atau sekadar lelaki asia sawo matang
bertaraf bumiputera untuk masuk UiTM
tetapi telah murtad
dari ketuanan melayu
dan boleh dihukum gantung
demi semangat hang tuah

kalau obama itu bapaknya melayu
bapaknya orang kepala batas
bersumpah sebagai melayu glokal
bersumpah tidak kenal altantuya
apakah dia boleh masuk ameno
menjadi menteri besar pahang
sebelum menang tidak bertanding
sebagai presiden ameno
dan menjadi perdana menteri
tanpa politik wang
tanpa komisyen kapal selam
tanpa komisyen jet pejuang
dan tanpa jadi balaci
pada tokey-tokey judi
mengatur perundangan negeri

kalau obama itu bapaknya melayu
bapaknya orang kepala batas
fasih obama bercakap melayu
lebih fasih dari mahathir
tetapi pergi ke gereja setiap ahad
melaung-laungkan reformasi
mahu mengubah suasana
dengan meritokrasi dan keadilan
apakah beliau menjadi rakan RPK
bercuti panjang di kemunting
demi keselamatan negara
sebelum dianggap teroris
untuk dihantar ke guantanamo bay
kalau obama itu bapaknya melayu
bapaknya orang kepala batas
kemudian obama jadi presiden amerika
apakah umat melayu bersatu menjerit
ameno paling gempita berteriak
inilah produk ketuanan melayu
yang mengisi sebuah mimpi
bukan mustahil lagi
anak pendatang boleh menghuni
rumah putih yang suci
walau istana seri perdana
tertutup untuk bukan melayu
dan melayu murtad!

Dubai, UAE

Obama - The Malaysian Connection - Malaysiakini

In Malaysiakini today's article - Obama: What he means to us this quote may have some effects.
For some, more well-informed Chinese Malaysians, they might have been encouraged by the fact that Obama’s sister-in-law is married to a Chinese Canadian, whose parents were originally from Malaysia.
Well, if USA is similar in Malaysia in terms of Pak Lah's administration, whereby family and cronies come first and second then the party and lastly the nation, we may soon have a Malaysian connection which can be a vital link in the political landscape.
But till then, let the Indonesians feel good about Obama's Indonesian connections.
The people behind Barack Obama's run for the U.S. presidency include political supporters, friends and his Indonesian sister.
Maya Soetoro-Ng, 37, has the same American mother as her candidate brother. She was born in Jakarta, and attended international school here.
She now lives in Hawaii, where she teaches school.
How you wish to be the same alumni of Obama.....and he is invited for school reunion!
Former classmates in Indonesia reacted with pride and amazement as the chubby little boy they knew as Barry made history by becoming the first black president of the United States.
"It's just amazing, I mean we're so proud of him," said Dewi Asmara Oetojo, an Indonesian member of parliament who was a school friend of Obama at primary school here in the 1960s.
"He was a very easygoing person and also very wise. At that time we were so small we never thought he had the qualities of a leader. He said 'I want to be president' and we all thought that was so funny," Oetojo said.
Oetojo said classmates were excited about having the president of the United States show up to their next three-monthly reunion, but understood that Obama might be a little busy.
"A reunion in the White House is not our target. Our task as classmates is to support him, but if we have the chance, why not?" she said.
"He can be a bridge for the West to understand people in the East. I think that will make him different from other American presidents."
The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama was raised in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia when he was six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian.
He went to school in Menteng in the late 1960s, and in his memoirs recalled his time here as the "bounty of a young man's life".
Some 250 current students at the Menteng One primary school celebrated Obama's election win with chants of "Obama wins! McCain loses!" and were already looking forward to his first presidential visit.
Deputy principal Akahmad Solikhin won rapturous applause when he announced to the children that Obama would be visiting them soon, as they stopped classes to watch the election coverage on local television.
Solikhin said the Democrat senator was having a major influence on his old school on the other side of the planet.
"We're using Obama as a tool to motivate the students to be successful. There is an emotional connection between the students and Obama," he said, adding that enrolments had increased five to 10 per cent over last year.
Sixth-grader Farhan Ashardi, 11, said he now believed he could be president of Indonesia one day.
"If Obama can do it so can I," he said.

Dear Mr President-Elect

Obama sounds like Osama
Hussien is Saddam Hussien second name.
Barrack is barakah.

We have Osama and Saddam in the White House.

Mr Obama, yes you can

Dear Mr President-Elect
First, congratulations are in order. It was a long and gruelling campaign. The climb was steep, you said yesterday; the journey was extraordinarily hard. It took more than two centuries. But you are finally there.
It is time for you now to rest and reflect on your amazing victory. The American people spoke and decided that you were the best person for the job.
And as you also said, they voted for "change". But we have heard this word so many times during the past few months that it has almost lost its meaning.
But the American people mean it. So does the rest of the world that supported you even before your compatriots cast their ballots. One of those who voted for you in New York, 54-year- old salesman Michael Smith sums it up: "The last eight years has been a horror story." He is talking about the eight years (they seem so much longer!) of the reign of George W. Bush in the White House. And if an American says that, imagine what an Iraqi widow or a grieving Afghan would tell you.
Mr President-Elect
In your victory speech you assured the American people that "there is new energy to harness; new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet; and alliances to repair."
The majority of Americans mostly voted for you for domestic reasons. The financial crisis helped, which many say is the result of the failed fiscal policies of the arrogant warmonger who will soon be your predecessor. But the America they knew up to that bloody day in September 2001 has changed dramatically. Under Bush's anti-terror laws, it has become a terrified and divided nation. Civil rights have increasingly come under attack.
Meanwhile, social services, as well as education and health, took frequent beatings as budgets shrank. Money, instead, went to finance endless wars around the world waged by the current president.
Mr President-Elect
The United States is a great nation built on the ideals of liberty and democracy, but this image has been overwhelmed by acts of aggression and destruction. You can see that destruction in the faces and on the bodies of Bush's victims in Iraq - and you will have seen the horror in those pictures of Abu Ghraib.
Please take time and ask Iraqis what five years of "liberation" have meant to them. Or in Afghanistan, please count the casualties of the countless airstrikes on innocent gatherings and weddings.
Or in Guantanamo Bay, where hundreds of people are inhumanely incarcerated and tortured: Seize the moment and close that hole of shame.
Or in Eastern Europe, where thousands of innocent people have been "renditioned" and tortured by US agents: Stop their agony and the flagrant injustice; stop the outrage of "waterboarding" and the pretence that it is acceptable treatment for anyone to experience. Try it yourself!
Or in Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine: Seize the moment and stand up for justice for all.

Mr President-Elect
You promised "change". It certainly is early to judge you. The White House is still 76 days away. But you, as the first African-American president, will be watched very closely and judged every step of the way. Yesterday you reaffirmed the promise. You said: "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope."
The entire world hopes you keep your promise. We are simply tired of George W. Bush. The majority of people around the planet cheered for you yesterday morning and prayed you would undo the damage he has done to the world, allies and foes, in his two terms. And no place has suffered under Bush more so than the Middle East.
Mr President-Elect
Soon you will hear words like the roadmap, peace process, two-state solution. And you will need to understand what they represent. They refer to some of the attempts by several of your predecessors to help resolve the enduring Arab-Israeli conflict. No luck so far. On the night of your victory, six Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.
But we are afraid that more innocent lives will be wasted. In your campaign platform, you announced your commitment to "ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge" over its Arab neighbours. By doing this you offered a recipe of more trouble to come.
This is a promise we pray you will not keep. For years the United States has done what you promise to keep doing, and look at where we are today. The prospect of peace has never been so elusive.
Mr President-Elect
The Middle East is too important to ignore. There will be no stability or peace, and no victory over extremism, without a lasting and just peace in the Middle East. Every president has sought to bring peace to Palestine and Israel, and they have all failed.
By electing you, the American people have made history. In the Middle East, you will have the chance to bring peace and rewrite history.