Honestly, Lets Disconnect For A Moment

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Reading/listening/watching the news nowadays is by fact, unhealthy.

Yup, I am a reporter by career but putting off that hat aside, I honestly would choose not to read rhe first 20 pages of our daily newspapers. With exception to The Edge.

What really is the problem, huh?

My one word to answer this – The Game of Perception (yes, that was four).

We have been fed by the various media channels that fills every space of our very life that – nothing is going on right in our system.

It has been portrayed that the people are all living a hard life, youngsters become social liability, country leaders are nothing but pure greed and badass Freemasons is ultimate evil.

Not that I think things are going right as I myself need to anxiously wait for announcement of the new fuel price at every month end, but hey, is it the end of everything?

And what this has this turn us to?

A scared mice.

Facing this, may I suggest.

Just try,

Disconnect you eye contact from this stupid screen,

Look around,

And start making coonection to people around you.

Make a new real friend. A friend that you can sit down and yamcha with.

Not the one that you demand ‘Like’ and ‘shares on your every fb posts.

Ask them about life,

Understand for their wisdom,

Hear their stories.

Tell them that you want to learn the life they have lived all along.

Look into the world through their eyes, let them do the same through yours.

Be human.

You will know, that life is more than just what written in Harian Metro.
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Ali Imran
Treebuilder

The Final Shot

bow and arrow

I have been keeping mum about many things.

With the believe that it will make things easier. For me and for others.

Guess it is not helping at all.

I need to write.

And keep on writing.

That is the true me.

And with that, the real me will continue to shine.

After long decided to let the world the way it is.

I’ve decided to give it the last shot.

For this final match.

The very last one before I vanish.

 

Ali Imran

The Treebuilder

 

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Dunia Yang Sedang Kita Hidupi

Secara realistik, kali terakhir aku menulis di sini adalah pada 3 Ogos tahun lepas.

Entah mengapa terasa malas sudah mahu menulis buah fikiran yang mengalir deras tak pernah berhenti.

Kerana dunia yang aku sedang hadapi, bukanlah satu bentuk dunia yang mahu aku hidupi.

Pernahkah kau bertanya kepada diri, adakah tidak ada pilihan hidup buat pola hidup yang sedang kau hidupi?

Siapakah sang penulis skrip kehidupan kita yang makin hari makin menghilangkan kemanusiaan di jiwa kita?

Yang menjadi kayu ukur keindahan hidup tidak lain hanyalah timbunan aset yang kau kumpulkan dengan mengorban segala yang ada pada harta dan dirimu.

Siapakah yang menulis kisah hidup kita, bahawa hidup untuk bekerja demi mengisi perut dan tangki minyak semata-mata?

Pernahkah kau belek helaian-helaian kitab suci? Yang turun pada Muhammad, Musa, Isa, Daud, Ibrahim?

Bandingkan dengan corak hidup yang dipraktik manusia massa hari ini. Selarikah dengan hendakNya?

Tapi dalam masa yang sama kita menadah tangan, berdoa hingga keluar air mata supaya kehidupan diberkatiNya, dilimpahkan rezeki, diberikan kesihatan sepanjang masa.

Untuk apa?

Untuk menimbunkan lebih banyak emas di dalam kantung?

Agar kita bisa jalan mendabik dada bila ada yang sok-sek-sok-sek tentang gelaran berjela kita bila kita jalan di sebelah mereka?

Atau supaya kita boleh halau lebih banyak kereta ke tepi menggunakan tentera berkuda putih agar memberi jalan pada kita kerana urusan kitalah yang terpaling penting berbanding orang-orang biasa yang sudah mengharung kesesakan jalan berjam lamanya?

Inikah ertinya kehidupan yang hakiki?

Jawapan aku – TIDAK.

Ini hanyalah omongan hidup yang dibaca-dimantra di hujung telinga kita sejak kecil.

“Belajar rajin-rajin, nanti kerja besar”

“Sambunglah bisnes bapak, ini tradisi keluarga”

“Kalau tak kerja pun buatlah bisnes”

Kata-kata di atas tidak salah.

Cuma masalahnya jika inilah kata-kata yang dijadikan sebagai tujuan hidup.

Jarang kita dengar,

“Harta, dapatkanlah secukupnya. Yang penting adalah redha Tuhan Yang Maha Esa”

“Ya, tak mengapa kalau kau tak berjawatan besar, yang penting kau sedar keperluan diri mengabdi kepadaNya”

“Nak, ayah tak pentingkan berapa banyak RM kau hantar ke kampung, tapi yang penting jati dirimu jangan sampai tergadai”

Saya ulang, bukan tak ada mak-pak yang berkata begini, cuma kurang.

Jadi mari sebentar kita analisa,

Jika hala kehidupan kita adalah harta, pangkat, kepuasan materialisasi, nama yang gah.

Selama mana semua ini akan bertahan?

Apakah gunanya walau sesen pun jika sampai masanya sistem yang ‘sempurna’ dihidupi hari ini digodam oleh perekanya sendiri.

Bila itu berlaku, segala wang yang kau ada dalam peti besi MEREKA, menjadi milik orang yang memegang posesi terhadap helaian kertas itu.

Segala timbunan emas, berlian, perak, tembaga yang kau kumpul sejak bila sahaja ada masa mencarinya. Siapa yang boleh mencairkan nilainya menjadi roti yang boleh mengisi perutmu bila musim kelaparan melanda?

Tapi kau kata,

“Oh, tidak, ini semua tak mungkin berlaku. Imran, kau fikir terlalu banyak”

Ya, hari ini ia belum berlaku.

Tapi pernahkah kau lihat tanda-tanda di alam ini,

Ke mana hala tujunya?

Sistem ekonomi dunia, mengembang atau menguncup?

Sistem sosial, apakah sudah tiada anak yang dibuang atau digugur kerana ketelanjuran nafsu?

Sistem pemerintahan? Apakah sorak-riuh para poli-tikus yang melaung sorak mahu menjadi wakilmu di pemerintahan itu asli atau hanya agar dapat mereka menggunakan kerusi itu untuk tujuan peribadi?

Sistem kehakiman. Adilkah bila si miskin pencuri roti dihukum penjara sedangkan musibat pelingkup berbilion duit yang bukan milik mereka boleh dijamin, cuti sana sini di luar negara?

Bila manusia sudah tidak hormati sistem ciptaannya sendiri, nantikanlah, azab tuhan juga akan datang dari cara yang tak disangka-sangka.

Selamatkanlah diri daripada rantai-rantai besi halimunan yang mengikat engkau dengan pola hidup bertuhankan material.

Carilah redha-Nya sebagai matlamat akhir.

 

Sekianlah dahulu

Ali Imran

Sang Memikir

 

 

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Akal dan Hakikat

Di pagi ini,
Ku diajar tentang akal.

Bencinya Sang Tuhan,
Pada yang tidak gunakan.

AjaranNya,
Semuanya selari dengan akal.

Tetapi ramai yang katakan,
“Percaya sahaja walau ia nampak tak masuk akal”.

Itu pendapat palsu,
Diluahkan orang-orang kalah memikirkan kebenaran.

Itu fahaman jahat,
Bikin manusia terasa hebat,
Walau sebenarnya, dia musibat.

Akal ini tak semua yang berani guna,
Walau telah dibekal otak sejak lahir ke dunia.

Kerana,
Impaknya terlalu hebat.

Kerana,
Akibatnya, akan nampak tahi dalam permata kaca.

Tak semua sanggup terima hakikatnya.

Ali Imran
Seri Kembangan
3 Ogos 2014
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Bacalah Kitab

Cakap siang pandang-pandang,
Cakap malam, dengar-dengar.

Kerana pulut santan binasa,
Kerana mulut badan binasa.

Indeed,
Ustaz Shahul Hamid did a huge mistake,
He apologized,
But the damage has been done,
Hope he will take a moment to learn the meaning of English proverb,
To bite his tounge.

(Note: I disagree with the way he convey his so-called public apology)

All I want to say is,
This kind of stupid inter-religion remarks,
In Malaysians’ context, such as:
‘Bodoh Islam sembah dinding’
‘Bodohnya sembah patung’
‘Ada ka kata Isa anak Tuhan?’

Whoever that even dare to say this,
It is a CLEAR indication that you are either,
Ignorant,
Egoist,
Racist,
Or just a plain proof of your low level of intelligence,
Be it IQ, or EQ.

Thus, I believe the time is right,
For all of us,
To read our friends’ holy book,
Understand their beliefs.

Let’s read Torah, The Old Testament,
So does Gospel, The New Testament,
Quran too,
Veda,
Tipitaka,
Just to name a few.

Never more to be fooled by religous leaders that says something like,
“Pegang sahaja Bible, iman anda hancur,aqidah anda akan rosak” or,
“Orang Islam tak boleh masuk gereja, kuil dan tokong”,
Because I wonder which phrase in his holy book did he refer to.

They have lied long enough,
In most times, we even paid them for all those lies.

Let’s sit with Chong, Simon, Muniandy, Jarjit, Nishal, and Enau,
Don’t be afraid to ask for explanation,
It is the understanding, derived from knowledge that will help avoid us from tearing apart.

Terlajak Perahu boleh diundur,
Terlajak kata, (anda sambunglah sendiri).

Ali Imran
Ipoh
July 31st, 2014
0243LT
I love books.

After MH370, MH17 Puts Malaysia To Test

This is my piece (after being edited and upgraded by Bernama), written and published on Bernama website on the the very day Malaysia was shocked and saddened brutal, inhumane action by yet to be identified party (my mind keeps telling me that the storyline was wonderfully charted and executed by the USA).

Since it has been archived, you may not be able to read it online. Thus lay it here.

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AFTER MH370, MH17 PUTS MALAYSIA TO TEST

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) — As Malaysians are still trying to come to
terms with the fate of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing just
over four months ago, on late Thursday they were once again jolted by another
tragedy involving the airline.

And Malaysia and Malaysians were once again put to test when it was
confirmed that Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
with 298 people on board had been shot down over conflict-torn Ukraine.

If the analysis based right from the initial reaction shown through blogs,
tweets and Facebook is anything to go by, Malaysians were definitely shocked and
distressed over the latest tragedy.

MALAYSIANS DON’T WANT TO SEE ANOTHER DISASTER

As the this writer flipped through the updates on Facebook late Thursday, a
link Malaysian Airlines (MAS) MH17 crashes in Ukraine appeared. This writer
could not believe it and chose to ignore it as a spam, linked to some malware
sites.

However when a respected aviation blogger, Azuan Ahmad Zahdi
(www.azuanzahdi.com) tweeted ‘Please don’t let this be true,’ sometime near
midnight, this writer’s heart started to pound fast, sensing the earlier link
may be genuine.

And the reality descended on this writer when Malaysian Airline s tweet
‘Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known
position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow appeared.’

And it turned more dramatic when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
tweeted ‘I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an
immediate investigation ‘. The heart sank further realising this was no rumour.

It was most heartbreaking when at 4.30 a.m the prime minister announced at a
press conference at the Sama-sama Hotel in Sepang what no Malaysians wanted to
hear – flight MH17 had crashed in a area near the eastern town of Torez, near
the Russia-Ukraine border controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

And once again Malaysia is on the news for the wrong reasons.

MALAYSIAN REACTION

From writer s observation, during the early hours after the news started to
spread in the Malaysian media, many started to pray for a miracle or were hoping
that the news was just a rumor.

Facebook icon William Cheah posted ‘Keep calm. Keep speculations at the
barest minimum. Keep your mouth shut if you have nothing good to say. Stay
united and hope for the best. Most of all, pray for MH17’ sometime near
midnight. The post received 490 Like and was shared by 62 other users.

Another Facebook icon, Saiful Nang took a different approach. He changed his
cover photo to a banner showing moral support for MAS.

The banner said  ‘Although there are few of your planes never arrived, I know
you are the victim. Don t worry, I will still fly Malaysia Airlines with hash
tag #ItCanHappenToAnyPlane and #AlFatihahMH17.’

This banner has received 3,211 Likes and shared 182 times.

Shortly after the first report by Interfax, a Russian non-governmental news
agency, the news on MH17 went viral on various social media platforms.

Official and unofficial news were shared, pictures of the scene, some of
them extremely graphic were retweeted and reposted unfiltered and
unverified. Not long after that, the video of the crash site and the flight
manifest flashed across the globe.

In a blink of an eye, #MH17 and #PrayForMH17 were top trending on Twitter,
Facebook and Instagram.

Also, MAS and Malaysia became the key words for almost all media
organisations. Be it CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, Al Jazeera or
the Twitter account of leading journalists like Thomas Erdbrink and Ellen Barry
and Michael Weiss, as well as airline crash expert like George Hatcher Sr.

AGAIN MANY QUESTIONED THE PLANE’S ROUTE

Some Malaysians were not happy that the plane took a dangerous flight route
over the crisis stricken area in the first place.

“If the plane had taken a different path, unnecessary lost of life could
have been avoided,” said logistics executive, Abd Roni Awang, 36.

This was answered by Najib in his press statement, that the flight route
taken was the usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the International
Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Also, International Air Transportation Association (IATA) stated that the
airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.

A tweet by Flightradar.com, an online flight tracker also showed that there
were two other planes nearby MH17 when it disappeared from radar – Singapore
Airlines SQ351 (Boeing 777) and Air India AI113 (Boeing 787).

Another tweet condemned some airlines that lied to their customers about
flying over Ukraine when data showed their planes have been tracked over the
country as late as yesterday.

GLOBAL SUPPORT

In the country’s hour of need, world leaders shared their sympathies with
Najib as soon as the news appeared in the media, almost all of them were equally
shocked to hear this tragic news and expressed support for Malaysia.

Among them, United States President Barrack Obama, Singapore Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dutch Prime Minister Mark
Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon too expressed his condolences,
calling for full investigation into the tragedy.

Both Putin and Poroshenko vowed to give their fullest cooperation to
Malaysia in investigating the incident. Kiev has established a State Commission
to investigate the crash while Moscow asked Kiev on Thursday for permission to
help with rescue work.

Meanwhile, Obama in his telephone conversation with Najib said that the
investigation had to be conducted in a transparent manner.

In an official statement, The White House urged all concerned parties,
Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine to support immediate ceasefire
to ensure safe and seamless access to the crash site for international
investigators and facilitate the recovery of the remains.
— BERNAMA

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May they all rest in peace.

 

Ali Imran

Kuala Lumpur

July 18, 2014