Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Komentar


Jangan marah, pose poyo ini atas arahan... 

Ada beberapa pengikut setia blog ini mengadu aku kurang aktif mengemas kini laman ini. Sebenarnya sebagai antara yang mengikat kontrak dengan Astro Arena, aku dituntut menulis kolum, dua kali seminggu di laman sesawangnya www.arena.my.

Antara luahan rasa aku yang boleh dilayari di situ ialah

berapa lama lagi Kien Keat-Boon Heong?

mengurus perpindahan bukan tugas FAM

Pencerahan berhubung Artikel 88

Pengguna media sosial belum matang

Turut menyumbang kolum secara tetap ialah Zainal Abidin Rawop, Shaukei Kahar, Akbar Sahari, Ahmed Shahrazad Sani, Pietro Felix, Beatrice Krishnan, Hafizal Hamad, Burn, Suzana Basri, Dayang Zainatull Aqma, Edleen Ismail, Nurjannah Ali dan Sharon Wee. Layari arena.my.




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zam Zam, Meor dalam kenangan


Terserempak dengan Saufi dalam lif di Ampang Puteri, kami saling bertukar soalan ringkas. Masing-masing tergesa-gesa.

"Aku bawak orang rumah dialisis," katanya di saat pintu lif tingkat bawah hampir tertutup.

Menuju ke parkir, aku terlihat seorang wanita menunggu dalam kereta. Sekali imbas aku tidak perasan tetapi bila kian hampir, aku menegurnya.

"Assalamualaikum, Zam...apa khabar?" sapaku.

"Siapa ye?"

"Rizal, kawan Saufi dekat Berita Harian dulu..."

"Ah, sorry la tak nampak sangat," katanya.

Ku lihat tubuhnya yang dulu berisi sudah bertukar kurus.

Aku bertanya sedikit soalan mengenai rawatan alternatif untuk sakit buah pinggang, kerana Makcikku bergelut dengan dilema sama ada menjalani dialisis atau tidak.

Aku menceritakan tahap kreatinin dalam badannya melebihi 1,200...bacaan normal 64 hingga 122.

"Tinggi tu...elok buatlah dialisis...kalau apa-apa berlaku atau koma nanti susah, siapa yang nak bertanggungjawab," kata Zam.

"You makan ubat tak dari Beranang tu?"

"Taklah, I rasa panas...lagipun banyak ubat yang I makan," katanya.

Disebabkan orang rumah aku menunggu di lobi hospital, aku pun meminta diri.

Itu kali terakhir aku berbicara dengan Zam Zam Md Isa, bekas penerbit TV3 dan tenaga di sebalik tabir pelbagai program majalah stesen itu pada 1990-an.

Disebabkan aku mahu berkongsi maklumat mengenai dialisis dan penyakit buah pinggang, aku kerap bertukar mesej dengan Saufi. Sehinggalah dia memaklumkan kepada rakan-rakannya Zam Zam diletakkan di bawah unit rawatan rapi di Ampang Puteri selepas mengalami komplikasi berikutan pembedahan batu karang.

Kenduri nikah Saufi dan Zam Zam aku pergi...di Pantai Dalam pada 1995. Antara yang pergi seingat aku Rodly Fadly dan Veena Rusli . Saufi dan aku seangkatan dalam melangkah ke alam kewartawanan apabila kami terpilih menyertai kursus skim latihan kewartawanan NSTP atau dalam Bahasa Inggerisnya Pre-Editorial Training Scheme (PETS). Kami generasi keempat PETS yang diserapkan pada 1991.


Saufi dan Zam Zam bersama tiga puteri mereka. Gambar dipetik daripada FB Saufi

Saufi yang kini menjawat tugas penolong pengarang berita BH online, dari awal memang tampak yakin dan selalu tampil kemas dengan baju bercorak batik, menyebabkan kami memanggilnya Mat Belia. Ramai juga di kalangan kakitangan Berita Harian keliru antara aku, Saufi dan Munir Ana'am Zuljadan. Ketiga-tiga kami diserapkan ke meja sukan BH pada waktu yang sama, lebih kurang sebaya, segak dan kurus, dengan ukur lilit pinggang masing-masing tidak sampai 30 inci, tinggal lagi Munir paling cerah berbanding aku dan Saufi.

Aku dimaklumkan Zam Zam menghidap penyakit buah pinggang lebih lima tahun. Bagi senior/mentor/otai dan bekas pengarang Dunia Sukan Utusan Malaysia yang menjadi rakan setugas aku dan Saufi di meja sukan BH, Nasir Ahmad, Saufilah bapa, dialah ibu sejak Zam Zam bergelut dengan penyakitnya.

Kulihat dua lagi rakan PETSIV, Azizi Othman (Editor Eksekutif Projek Khas NSTP) dan Johari Ibrahim, antara yang bersolat Zohor dan diikuti solat jenazah di Masjid Al-Mukhlisin di Alam Damai, Cheras. Turut sama Pengarang Kumpulan BH, Datuk Mior Kamarul Shahid dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif NSTP, Azlan Abdullah serta rakan-rakan setugas Saufi termasuk Zainudin Isa, Wan Hazmir Bakar dan M. Thillinadan.

Turut mengiringi jenazah ke liang lahad pegawai eksekutif agama NSTP, Ustaz Zamanuddin Jusoh, yang pernah kupinta menunaikan solat hajat secara berjemaah di surau NSTP pada awal 2004, selain Wan Jailani Razak, Zulkofli Jamaluddin dan Sariha Mohd Ali, rakan-rakan aku ketika ditugaskan di meja berita pada 1996. Aku ditemani Rodly, yang juga berkesempatan melawat Allahyarhamah di ICU seminggu sebelum dia menyahut panggilan Ilahi.


Dari kiri Saufi, aku, Zian Johari, bekas pengarang sukan BH dan kemudian Pengarang Harian Metro yang kian dilupakan dan Rodly. Rodly tersenyum kerana aku buat lawak ketika Fadli, adik Saufi, memetik butang kamera. Dirakam di luar ICU Ampang Puteri, genap seminggu sebelum pemergian Zam Zam.

Keesokannya, aku dikejutkan dengan pesanan dalam Facebook.

Hasnita Shaari, rakan setugas di The Malay Mail, meninggalkan tag bahawa Meor Shariman Shafie, seorang lagi rakan seangkatan PETSIV, meninggal dunia.

Pernah aku meninggalkan komen di dinding FBnya agar berusaha dan bertawakkal serta tabah menghadapi ujian Allah.


Meor (depan, kiri baju putih) bersama anggota editorial Malay Mail, antaranya Johnson Fernandez (depan, baju biru), Yushaimi Yahaya, Zainal Alam Kadir, Chan Wai Kong, Graig Nunis, Badrolhisham Bidin dan Muzli Mohd Zin serta Datuk Ahirudin Attan atau Rocky, kini blogger sosio-politik yang berpengaruh. Nampak tak aku?

Selain menjadi penulis hiburan yang disegani, Meor dikurniakan bakat menulis skrip. Latar belakangnya sebagai penulis skrip mengagumkan. Klik di sinilaporan NST dan wawancara eksklusif dengan Meor.

Bertegur sapa, bergurau senda dan berkongsi idea adalah norma kehidupan buat rakan sepejabat. Lebih 20 tahun mengenali Meor dan secara lebih dekat apabila kami sama-sama sebumbung di Malay Mail, ada juga kesempatan aku bertanya mengenai kehidupan artis yang diurusnya.

Kita sedekahkan Al-Fatihah dan Al-Ikhlas buat Zam Zam dan Meor Shariman. Moga roh mereka damai di sana, di kalangan solehin dan solehah. Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh mereka. Amin.

Bagi Saufi, semoga tabah membimbing tiga puteri.






Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Terima kasih Fadhil

Terima kasih buat Fadhil Ab Hamid kerana melakar karikatur beberapa personaliti Astro Arena...jangan jealous!



Siapa tidak kenal hos Kafe Sukan dan penyampai disukai ramai...peminat tegar Negeri Sembilan tetapi kini berbelah bahagi kerana bapanya anak jati Kluang, Johor. Akbar Sahari...




   

 Akbar dengan aksinya



Wartawan lokasi dan terkenal di kalangan ramai pemain bola sepak Liga M. Anak kepada pelakon Allahyarham Ali Fiji. 


Handsome paknya...


Keratan akhbar pemergian Ali. dipetik daripada sayaanakwayang.blogspot.com



Menjadi hos Grandstand Ahad pada Ogos 2012 ditemani Nurjannah


Inilah peluang untuk nampak slim sikit...

Of watches and tickets


Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, upset with the allegations contained in a letter written by vice-president Tan Sri Mohd Noor Rahim which undermined his reputation, has recently responded with a clarification. 

A copy of the letter was made available to loose cannon.

Dear OCM Elected office Bearers, There were some queries that the sale of the London 2012 Olympic Games Tickets, was not approved by the OCM Board, members of OCM, etc.

Please see OCM Highlights dated 20th March 2011, where a short report on the ticket sales was sent to all members of OCM Board, OCM Affiliates, Media, Sponsors, etc.

The matter was also reported in the 21st OCM Board meeting on 5th April 2011, as follows:

3.3 Tickets for London 2012 Olympic Games
3.3.1 Malaysians can book their London 2012 Olympic Games directly with OCM's Official Ticketing Agent by email to malaysia.london@aristeiasport.com before 22nd April 2011.

For your kind information, Olympic Games tickets sales have been carried out by the OCM Office since the 80s, without any problem, because the number of buyers were few. Thus it has become standard operating procedure to inform OCM Office Bearers, Affiliates, sponsors, etc., to place their preliminary orders, before the deadline.

As such, based on past practice over 30 years, there was no necessity to obtain prior Board approval to carry out the ticket reservations on 30th November 2010.

For the London 2012 Olympic Games, BAM, MNCF, and MSN ordered the most number of tickets.

As it is quite normal for Malaysians to order tickets at the last minute, and also due to high cost, most affiliates of OCM did not make any reservation. In any case, the allocation of tickets was only 2/3 of the total number ordered.

The report on the financial aspects of the ticket sales was handed to the Hon. Treasurer on 5th February 2013.

The purchase of the London 2012 Olympic Games tickets resulted in a deficit of RM31.32, due to the weakening of the Pound.

At the time of payment of the tickets (in 3 installments), the average value of the Pound was 1 Pound = RM4.95. During the Olympic Games and after, the value of the Pound had dropped to RM4.84. As a means of comparison, 854 tickets were sold by OCM for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games tickets, resulting in OCM having a surplus of about RM30,000/=

 For London 2012 Olympic Games, about 700 tickets were sold and OCM suffered a deficit of RM31.32. I hope the above brief report on the London 2012 Olympic Games Ticket sales would clarify the situation.

Loose cannon was also told there are two steps in the sale of Olympic Games tickets. The first is for the National Olympic Committees to sell to their sponsors, national sports associations and their officers. The deadline was 30th November 2010. 

The second was to the general public who had to purchase their tickets through the internet up to 22nd April 2011.

OCM for the first time appointed a ticket agent, based in London to sell the tickets to the Malaysians in London.

Loose cannon was also made to understand the children Swatch watches ordered by OCM were sold by the IOC Marketing Department and were meant to be used as premium gifts by the TOP and OCM Sponsors and not as Official Olympic Games souvenirs.

OCM was not a licensed official merchandiser of the London 2012 Olympic Games, thus was not permitted to sell any official LOCOG souvenir items.

The IOC Marketing Department requested OCM to sell the Swatch watches because as a TOP sponsor of the IOC, and IOC has to help them achieve some branding in publicity in other parts of the world. The official London 2012 Olympic Games souvenir watches, which were larger in size and somewhat more attractive and were sold at twice the price of the children watches. The offer came to OCM in August 2011 and the deadline was 30th September 2011.

Since OCM is not in the business of selling or dealing with watches, firm orders from Coca-Cola, Samsung, Milo, Astro Arena, etc were sought and OCM received firm orders of 220 watches at around RM135/= each.

The chronology of the events was as follows:

30th September 2011 - order of 220 watches made.
5th April 2012 - payment of RM27,940/= to Swatch. The payment was shown in the May 2012 accounts presented to the Board on 8th May 2012.
17th April 2012 - 220 watches received.
10th July 2012 - All 220 watches were sold and payments made (an individual bought one on 10th July 2012, but delayed payment until after he returned from London)

A total of RM29,492.00 was received, giving OCM a surplus of RM1,552.

OCM holds monthly Board meeting and monthly accounts are presented. Thus from May 2012, the Board were aware that Swatch watches had been bought and were sold.

Nothing was brought up on the purchase of Swatch Watches until the 14th OCM Board meeting on 2nd October 2012, 5 months after the payment was reported in the May 2012 accounts.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Miss OCM wins big!!!

I had the pleasure of sharing a lunch table with fellow sports journos Rajes Paul, Fadzrie Hazis and Haresh Deol, individuals who won big in the recent SAM-KBS Awards 2012 at PJ Hilton recently. Read Pandelela wins top awardHebatnya peranan wartawan and Almost clean sweep by Rajes


Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek with the winners in the journalism category


Being one of the nominees also can lah...with Dayne Azmin Ghazali (left), Ashreena Pillai and Rajes (extreme right)


Rajes is known as Miss Badminton, having covered countless overseas assignments. She is also Miss OCM...it was because of her report Mr OCM speaks his mind that led to tip of the iceberg?


Fadzrie Hazis began his career at Silversports, before joining RTM, Berita Harian and now Astro Awani


Puma Exclusive Sale

You are invited to indulge in the Puma Friends and Family Exclusive Sale starting from 8 March 2013 - 12 March 2013 at Puma retail stores located in Gardens mall, Bangsar Village and One Utama.