Archive for October, 2011



  No point using limited life to chase unlimited money.

  • No point earning so much money you cannot live to spend it.

  • Money is not yours until you spend it.

  • When you are young, you use your health to chase your wealthwhen you are old, you use your wealth to buy back your health. Difference is that, it is too late.

  • How happy a man is, is not how much he has but how little he needs.

  • No point working so hard to provide for the people you have no time to spend with.

  Remember this —

We come to this world with nothing,

we leave this world with nothing!

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Don’t cry over split milk

A wise man once sat in the audience and cracked a joke.  All of them laughed like crazy..

After a moment he cracked the same joke again & a little less people laughed this time…

He cracked the same one again & no one laughed!!!

Then he smiled and said

when you can’t laugh on the same joke again & again then why do you keep crying over the same thing over & over again

FORGET the past and MOVE ON………

Alone I can say,

but together we can shout.  

Alone I can smile,

but together we can laugh. 

Alone I can enjoy,

but together we can celebrate!


Best regards,

Uncle Teng

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How to conduct yourself in a meeting

Common expressions used in a meeting

Here are some common expressions used in a meeting:

Welcoming and introducing participants

Please join me in welcoming Mr Tan …

It’s a pleasure to welcome Mr Krishnan …

I’d like to introduce Mr Pritam …

I don’t think you’ve met Dr Hanafi …

Stating the objectives

We’re here this afternoon to discuss …

Our aim is to look into the revised employment act …

I’ve called this meeting in order to …

Apologising on behalf of an absentee

I’m afraid Mr Yong can’t be with us today. He has gone to Shanghai …

I have received an apology for the absence of Madam Vijaya, who is in Paris negotiating a business project …

Reading the minutes of the last meeting

First, let’s go over the minutes of the last meeting, which was held on …

Please read the minutes of our last meeting, which was held on … After that could someone kindly propose the minutes be passed, and could someone else second it.

Requesting a brief report

John, can you tell us how our condominium project is progressing?

Cik Azizan, how is the sales promotion campaign coming along?

Sundram, when can our video-conferencing facilities be ready?

Introducing the agenda

Please refer to the agenda today …

There are four items on the agenda. First, …

I suggest we look at item 3 first …

Appointing duties

Ms Susila has agreed to take the minutes …

Cik Fatimah, would you mind taking the minutes?

Introducing the first item

Let’s start with item 1 …

Shall we start with item 1 …

The first item on the agenda is …

Closing an item

I think that covers the first item …

Shall we leave that item?

If nobody has anything else to add, let’s move on to item …

Next item

Let’s move on to the next item …

The next item on the agenda is …


Before we adjourn the meeting, let me summarise the main points …

To sum up, …

In brief, …

Shall I go over the main points?

Finishing up

Good, we have covered all the items …

Is there any other matter?

Proposing the next meeting

Shall we fix the next meeting?

So, the next meeting will be on Aug16 at 2pm, at the same place.

What about the following Wednesday?

Thanking participants for attending

Thank you all for attending.

Thanks for your participation.

Closing the meeting

The meeting is adjourned.

We have come to the end of our meeting.

Yong Ah Yong is a lecturer at UTAR (Perak).

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How to stand out in an interview

The interview:

Where your listening and speaking skills count.

THE main purpose of a job interview is for the business management to get to know you better. They are already satisfied with your qualifications and now they wish to see you in person to have a clearer picture of who you are. How you carry yourself before a panel of interviewers will be observed and assessed. The interview is often the final filtering process as confirmation of recruitment can be made after deliberation by the panel of interviewers.

Getting prepared

Before attending an interview, it would be helpful to get hold of a brief history of the company, identify their products or services, their customers as well as their vision and mission. This will help you see how your expertise and experience fit in with the company.

Although one cannot judge a book by its cover, the interviewers are able to judge you by verbally exchanging information with you. At the same time, they are watching you and scanning you from head to toe and your body language can either enhance your image or betray you.

Your attire should be neat and professional. A lady may sport long hair but not a man. Imagine how a professional manager in a well-established firm would look, and dress that way.

You need to carry with you all the relevant documents and certificates. Your CV (curriculum vitae) or résumé, list of referees, samples of your past projects and anything else that they may want to see should be brought along. Make sure everything is well arranged and any item can be easily retrieved.

Testing the applicant

A company may make a mistake by firing the right person or hiring the wrong one. Therefore, the management has to be very cautious in its selection process. A job applicant may be put through a series of tests other than the interview to see his true colours.

Handling job interview questions

Your listening and speaking skills will be put to the acid test in the interview. This means that you must not remain silent during your meeting with the interviewers or just give yes or no answers to their questions. That would indicate to them that you dislike communication or that you lack communication skills.

Interviewers will often ask some warm-up questions, such as:

How did you arrive at our company?

Did it take you long to get here?

Where did you park your car?

Were you caught in the rain?

Whether you say yes or no, do elaborate.

In other words, provide slightly more information than required.

Tell them, for instance:

Oh yes, it is very convenient to get a cab at KL Sentral. It took me just 20 minutes to reach here. The cab driver knew your company location very well …”

Of course, don’t drag on.

Answer their questions precisely.

Tell them what they want to know,

and don’t tell them what they do not ask.

The interviewers will continue to ask about your previous employment or education, or they may ask you a hypothetical question to gauge how you would handle a difficult situation or to hear your personal opinions.

What if we want you to work at our branch office in Kuantan in the first two years?

We know your major is Financial Management at the university.

Do you mind if we post you to the Public Relations Department?

Frequently asked questions

Here are some questions that the interviewers may ask you:

How would you handle a difficult customer?

You may relate an incident at your previous workplace,

then explain the situation and how you helped solve the problem.

If you have not experienced such a case,

you could tell the interviewers about a similar situation where you managed to settle a quarrel among friends.

That would give the interviewers some idea of your social or inter-personal strategies.

Why should we choose you?

Mention that you like the job and you are suitable for the job. Let the company realise how they will gain from having you as an employee. Give some idea of what way you can be of value to them.

Tell us about yourself.

Give a brief summary of your education, experience and expertise. Tell them your ambition and immediate plan.

Reveal your personality by saying that you enjoy team work, are eager to learn and will do your best for the growth and development of the company.

What are your weaknesses?

Don’t say “I don’t have any”. Everyone has weaknesses and it takes courage to admit them. Say something relevant in a humorous way:

Yes, my girlfriend always tells me I am too straightforward and I will never make a successful sales manager. Perhaps I need to learn how to be a little bit tricky in order to function in my job.

What are your strengths?

Tell the interviewers honestly what you can do well. However, be modest and tell them there is still plenty of room for you to improve yourself.

Show your goodwill

Throughout the interview, maintain eye contact with each of the interviewers.

At the end of the interview you may ask the interviewers one or two questions to show that you are really interested:

Could I know when you will inform me of the outcome of this interview?

Do you encourage your officers to do a part-time MBA while they are serving in your company?

Before you leave, thank all the interviewers.

Thank them again by e-mail, text message or phone after a couple of days.

That may impress them to a certain extent. Try to be a little outstanding, and your name will at least stand out in their short-term memory.


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Malaysian English “Manglish”

Malaysian English “Manglish

Manglish is made up largely (about 99% ) of English words, interspersed with elements from at least three of the main languages of the country (Malay, Chinese and Indian). While the vocabulary may be largely English, the grammar is not, and sentence construction in Manglish almost seems to be without structure.

Some notable features of Manglish

 “Shirt unbutton, chest can see.”

“She very sick yesterday.”

Come on, hurry up-lah

You think you big shot-ah?

This pobblem only small matter-mah!

Where you go last night?

“This chair very rickety, but can do”

“I want to borrow this DVD, can or not?”

which is equivalent to

“May I borrow this DVD?”

“I have not finished the work. I have got only two hands.”

The marker pen, where got?

The teacher got tell us to go to Chemistry Lab

“I want to lend (intended meaning: borrow) your bike, can or not?”; and

 “Can you borrow (intended meaninglend) me 10 ringgit?”

 “My pen won’t come out ink.”

  “Bring come that chair.”

 “You think you very smart-ah?”

“Lunch at MacDona. Come-lah. I spend you.”

“Gostan some more until you hear a bang.”

“Those two guys no manners-one.

Always ride motorbike two abreast and talk.

Should ride motorbike one abreast.”

The Russian spaceman was labelled as COSMONAUT,

the American as ASTRONAUT,

 the Chinese as TAIKONAUT,

and the Malaysian as CAN-OR-NOT!

Dear readers,

you got understand this article-ah?

 If yes, you pobbably Malaysian.

 If blur, you pobbably foreigner.

For foreigner,

get Malaysian to teach you-lah.

Very easy-one, like kacang only.

By Dr Lim Chin Lam

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