Wednesday, April 30, 2008

柏楊走了,華人依然醜陋

作者 - 宋育晶
第一次看柏楊先生的書,是在10多年前的學生時代,一本《丑陋的中國人》看得我失眠,看完后腦子浮現的都是書中所說的醬缸、蛆蟲、中國人(或者說華人)各種的惡行惡相。
我記得從小開始,無論是學校老師教的,還是書本上看到的,都是說「中國五千年悠久的文化」、「偉大的華夏文明」、「優秀的炎黃子孫」、「我們都是龍的傳人」等。即使是海外華人,許多家長也會向孩子灌輸這種觀念,培養孩子的民族自豪感。
無可否認,中華民族是優秀的,但長期以來,這個民族卻積累了許多根深蒂固的惡習和固步自封的觀念。就如柏楊所說的,這種醬缸文化,讓我們永遠沾沾自喜、盲從、不團結而愛窩里斗、死不認錯,這樣的民族習性如何能承擔更艱巨的歷史重任?如何能為人類做出更大的貢獻?
當初柏楊揭露了「丑陋的中國人」的一面,如同在華人世界投下了一枚原子彈!身為中國人,柏楊如此尖銳、直截了當地批判中國人,讓許多人費解。但必須承認,柏楊所指出的,都是真相,他只不過是說真話而已,這一點,又讓人折服、慚愧!
在網上看到某位人士這樣評論:「柏楊最大的價值不僅體現在他2000余萬字的文學和史學著作,更體現于在中國人的劣根性逐漸被美飾得近乎虛假的時候,再次揭了全體中國人的瘡疤。」
《丑陋的中國人》這本書問世20多年了,但是「醜陋的華人」依然醜陋。遠的不說,就說本國華人好了,當初許多看過這本書的人,如今捫心自問,我們身上是否還有這種民族劣根性:自私、死不認錯、崇拜權貴、不知「法治」為何物?而本地的華社,從華團到政壇,是否還在醬缸里,繼續內斗、互相猜忌?
柏楊先生曾經幾次來馬演講,他告訴這里的華人,不要抱怨。盡管我們可能遭遇有欠公平的待遇,但如果一昧抱怨,並不能改變事實,而是要想辦法改變。但是,你想,一個不團結的華社,可以改變些什么?
我們華人的這個病,已經5000年了,《丑陋的中國人》是柏楊當初下的大帖猛藥,可惜的是,藥雖然是下對了,但是病人似乎不受藥,這是民族的悲哀

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kuantan Beach Run


Date: 1 June 2008


Venue: Taman Gelora, Kuantan


Distance: 16km for all category


Telephone: 09-5121555 / 5121666


with courtesy from Alharis

知名作家柏楊病逝



(台灣‧台北)知名作家柏楊今日(週二,29日)凌晨1時12分,於新店耕莘醫院病逝,享壽89歲。
柏楊2月24四日因肺炎及呼吸衰竭入進深切治療病房,3月19日轉入普通病房,後來又因胃部問題進行“胃造廔”手術,再次住進深切治療病房,4月12日才轉普通病房,以氧氣及呼吸輔助器治療。
住院期間,候任總統馬英九於4月16日前往探視,總統陳水扁也於4月27日以私人不公開行程探視柏楊,並以“勇士”稱呼,柏楊當時也打起精神回應。
他的遺體已移至台北市第二殯儀館,家屬決定先火化遺體,再舉辦基督教安息禮拜追思會。
柏楊的等知名作品包括《醜陋的中國人》、《中國人史綱》等,《中國人史綱》更被列為對社會影響力最大的十部書之一。

Monday, April 28, 2008

World Asthma Day Jogathon 2008

Date : 11/5/2008
Time : 7am
Venue : Padang Merbok

Men Senior

1) A015 - Tan Kean Peng
2) A016 - Lee Tiong Hoo
3) A017 - Chua Sang Cheng
4) A0143 - Chuah Zhi Qian
5) A0144 - Phuah Phuay Leong
6) A0145 - Lee Kah Hong
7) A0146 - Ong Kok Keong
8) A0147 - Chua Chin Yeong
9) A0148 - Thium Keng Meng
10) A0149 - Sim Eng Guan

Women Senior

1) B2055 - Fu Sue Lyn
2) B2056 - Chan Yee Tien
3) B2057 - Ooi Shin Looi
4) B2058 - Nicole
5) B2059 - Alice Tan
6) B2060 - Christine
7) B2061 - Siti Aishah

Saturday, April 26, 2008

World Asthma Day Jogathon 2008




Borneo International Marathon



REGISTRATION PACK PICK-UP PLACE & TIME:
• Date : 9th - 11th October 2008
• Time : 9am to 8pm
• Place : To Be Advised
You must produce a copy of your registration confirmation to receive your registration pack.
This copy will be kept by the organizers for records purposes.
Registration pack includes:
Full Marathon – Adidas running vest, marathon bag, discount and gift vouchers, runner’s bib no., timing chip. A finisher’s medal and chip deposit will be given to the runner upon the return of the timing chip. The finisher’s certificate will be posted to your address within 2 weeks after the race.
Half Marathon – BIM running vest, marathon bag, discount and gift vouchers, runner’s bib no., timing chip. A finisher’s medal and chip deposit will be given to the runner upon the return of the timing chip. The finisher’s certificate will be posted to your address within 2 weeks after the race.
10kms – BIM running vest, marathon bag, sponsors’ discount and gift vouchers, runner’s bib no. and a finsher’s certificate will be posted after the run.

adidas Sundown Marathon Entry Closes 30 April 2008

Race entry registration for the adidas Sundown Marathon will close on 30 April 2008.

Don’t miss out on the inaugural night running event on Singapore as race entry registration for the adidas Sundown Marathon closes on 30 April 2008!

Besides the individual ultramarathon and marathon categories, a team of four runners can also team up and participate in the team and corporate challenges.

Attractive race pack goodies includes the yet-to-be released adidas adizero running top, one-of-its-kind finisher t-shirt, the finisher medal and many more!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

How to run a marathon

Running a race intelligently requires some technical and medical knowledge. DR JUAN DU PLESSIS offers some insights.

ON race day every runner gets excited but it is important to not get over-enthusiastic with all the hype around the race. This usually causes a fast start and most runners tend to exert themselves at the beginning of the race, thereby forcing them to run the first half of the race too quickly.

There are three ways to check how you should run.

Firstly, listening to your body can determine how fast is too fast. This is normally the best way to run the first few races before becoming a regular half marathoner.

The second method is by using the information provided by a heart rate monitor.

The third, by using a timing device.

It is always best to run the first few races according to one’s own central governor. Start the race slowly, at a pace that will allow you to go on for the full duration of the run. It is disastrous to start a run too fast.

Experienced runners have the ability to monitor and govern pace and effort. They can, most often, determine whether they are running too fast or too slow by being alert as to how they feel at various stages of the race. As a novice runner, the art of listening to the body will improve with experience.

It is always better to run a race slightly faster in the second half than the first half. Most people will be slowing down because of lactic acid build-up in their legs; but the runner who has saved himself from energy depletion will speed up and make the running experience more enjoyable.

Not only will you be sparing physical energy, but also mental energy, which can be easily depleted during intense running. By sparing both of these, the second half will be easier to complete and you will be able to focus better on how your body is feeling and coping with the challenge you have presented to it.

Even when running according to effort, it is good to know what pace you are doing, and what pace you should be doing. This will come from experience in training and also from running previous shorter races. The shorter races will help to predict the time that you can expect to run the longer race in.

The second and third methods — running the race according to heart rate — has its benefits and negative aspects. When racing, heart rates are elevated. This inevitably causes the runner’s heart rate to elevate by 10 to 15 beats per minute. This effect in the longer runs does tend to stabilise. Thus, the pace at which you intend to race may elicit 10 to 15 beats higher than that noted at the same pace during training.

As a result, if you run at a heart rate that you measured in training while running at your desired race pace, then, because of the excitement of the race, and the elevation of your heart rate, you will be running at a slower pace than you were in training, and thus will be under-performing in your race.

This means that it is better to get information from the heart rate monitor from several races and then gauge the desired race pace from these, rather than analyse training runs and gauging your race pace from this information.

Pacing strategies and heart rate monitors should be adjuncts to listening to the body.

Mental preparation for a race is very important. It is advisable to arrive at the race site the day before the race to view the route. Take a drive along the race route and take note of its ascents, descents and all contours that may be of relevance. A special priority is to take note of the hills in the last leg of the race. This is the stage of the race when you become tired and are running on willpower. If an unexpected hill pops up at this stage, it may be very discouraging and cause you to slow down a great deal. If you know the course, then you can run the race with the goal of saving some mental and physical energy.

It is often difficult to sleep the night before a race. For this reason, it is essential to get as much rest as possible two nights before the race.

After the race, most runners will be mildly dehydrated and should drink sufficient fluid to replace fluid and sodium chloride deficiency. It is important to ingest some salt in the form of a salty food after prolonged exercise.

Once the race is run, it is good to analyse what went right or wrong in the race. Training should then be readjusted to incorporate these factors.

More on Offer at Power Run

MEDALS and trophies are not the only things runners should take aim at in Sunday's Power Run at Dataran Merdeka as the organisers will also have a series of lucky draws for the expected 4,000 participants.

Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association secretary S. Vegiyathuman said sponsors Bata, Milo and 100 Plus have come forward to give runners another chance to return from the Power Run with prizes.

"While the run is a serious affair, we also want the participants to have fun and the lucky draws are our way of injecting more fun into the Power Run," said Vegiyathuman.

"It is not too late for those yet to register for the run as entries only close at 6pm on Saturday.

Entry forms can be obtained from FTAAA, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Education Departments and Bata stores at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Sungai Wang and MidValley.

In the spirit of Olympics

Participants in the Olympic Torch Relay Fun Run at the Dataran Merdeka on Sunday had an enjoyable time.


The 5km Fun Run, organised in conjunction with the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay held on Monday, attracted about 2,000 participants. The Run had two categories – men and women – for participants over the age of 13.


Ready, set, go: Runners setting the pace t of the Olympic Torch Fun Run at Dataran Merdeka.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said the Run was to create awareness of the Beijing Olympics.

“Only a selected group of 80 people were picked to be part of the Torch Relay. So, we organised the Fun Run for the Malaysian public to be part of the historic event. We are pleased that the sponsors had also initiated several activities for the public,” said Sieh, who also took part in the Fun Run.

Ahmad Lamcharak and Geraldine Low emerged as the winner in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. Ahmad completed the distance in 20:14 while Low took 28:43 to cross the finishing line.

Coca-Cola Malaysia’s director of public affairs and communications Mohamed Kadri Mohamed Taib said the Fun Run was a congregation of social runners.

“We did not offer any cash prize but the response was encouraging. We should create more similar events to promote healthy lifestyle among Malaysians,” said Mohamed Kadri.

Organisers limit number of participants for Run

THE sixth edition of the New Balance Pacesetters 15km Run is limited to only 2,000 participants.

The 15km run, organised by the Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM), will be held at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on May 18.

Newly elected PACM president Rustam Affandi Zaihan said the run, first held in 2001, had attracted only 600 participants.

“But last year, we had almost 1,500 participants.

“The run has become popular as it is organised in a professional manner.

“We also provide breakfast and all participants will receive a finisher's medal,'' said Rustam at the launch of the event in Kuala Lumpur recently.

It has six categories- men’s Open (aged 16 and above), men’s veteran (aged 40 to 50), men’s senior veteran (aged 50 and above), women’s Open (aged 16 and above), women’s veteran (aged 35 to 45) and women’s senior veteran (aged 45 and above).

The champions in each category will receive RM1,000 New Balance vouchers while the second and third placed winners will receive RM800 and RM600 in vouchers respectively.

The entry fee for PACM members is RM30 while it is RM40 for non-members. The sponsors are The Coronade Hotel Kuala Lumpur, New Balance, Milo, Fitness Concept and PowerBar.

For more information, contact 03-7981 5895.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The 2nd Langkawi Beach Run


Date : 12 July 2008 (Saturday)
Time : 7.30am
Venue : Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
The 2nd Langkawi Beach Run will feature distances of 21km, 10km and 3km. The run is open to local residents as well as all visitors to Langkawi.
Making its mark within the island's calendar of events, the run gives support and promotes the Langkawi islands as a world class holiday destination.
A wider range of prizes, including cash totalling RM30,000 up for grabs.
The event is divided into four categories comprising the Men & Women International 21km, Men & Women Malaysia Open 21km, Men & Women Veteran 21km, and the Men & Women Junior 10km.

Locals encouraged to gauge foreign runners

LOCAL runners are being encouraged not to shy away from the Power Run this Sunday at Dataran Merdeka given the likely participation of the all-conquering Kenyan contingent.

Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association secretary S. Vegiyathuman said it is important for local runners to compete in local competitions as they would not have many other opportunities.
"We cannot be sure yet how many foreigners will be entered but this should not be a reason for the locals to stay away. I would encourage them to test themselves against the foreigners," he said.
It is not too late for those yet to register for the run as entries only close at 6pm on Saturday.
The sponsors of the event presented their contributions, which will be given away in the lucky draw during the Power Run 2008, yesterday.

Bata senior marketing manager Datuk James Selvaraj, Nestle sports marketing manager Ng Ping Loong and F & N Coca Cola sponsorship manager Fauzi Ahmad handed their respective contributions of shoes, isotonic drinks and hampers to Vegiyathuman.
Entry forms can be obtained from FTAAA, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Education Departments and Bata stores at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Sungai Wang and MidValley.
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RELAY FOR LIFE KL 2008

BEAT THE QUEUES.....

COME GET YOUR NEW DESIGN RFL KL T-SHIRT & ID BAND WHEN YOU PRE-REGISTER AT THE FOLLOWING STARBUCKS STORES:

1 UTAMA (OLD WING), BANDAR UTAMA

SUNWAY PYRAMID (2ND PHASE), BANDAR SUNWAY

GREAT EASTERN MALL, AMPANG

METROPOINT MALL, KAJANG

Dates & Times:

APRIL 30TH -> 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
MAY 10TH & 11TH -> 12NOON - 4.00 PM

Monday, April 21, 2008

Olympic Fun Run







Photos with courtesy from Tey and Hon You

Friday, April 18, 2008

Relay For Life KL 2008



Relay For Life KL 2008 will be held on 31st May-1st June, the weekend of World No Tobacco Day and International Cancer Survivor's Day, at the MSN Training Stadium, Bukit Jalil. We celebrate the advances in cancer, knowing that more cancers are being prevented and for those with cancer, more lives are being saved. We remember the loved ones lost and vow to fight back to make a difference in the lives of the future generation.

Today, 1 in 4 Malaysians have a lifetime risk of developing cancer. By the year 2020 it will be 1 in 3 if no action is taken. This means every family will have at least one member suffering from cancer - be it your parent, spouse, sibling or child.

Each year the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) continues to advance the cause of cancer. NCSM offers the most comprehensive cancer services in Malaysia at no cost or subsidised rates. Over 10 000 Malaysians utilise our services annually. We provide programmes to reduce cancer risk, detect cancer early, ensure proper treatment and empower people facing cancer to maintain the highest quality of life. We also facilitate post cancer treatment and support mechanisms. Through our services and campaigns such as Relay for Life, The Free Women's Cancer Screening Programme for the Underprivileged and Children's Cancer Programme we have seen many lives changed for the better.

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia would like to invite YOU to join the fight against cancer through Relay for Life KL 2008.

Relay for Life, an international event staged in over 22 countries in 4800 communities worldwide with over 3.5 million participants, is an overnight community based cancer awareness and fundraising event which unites cancer survivors, care givers and caring individuals.

In 2007, the inaugural Relay for Life KL attracted over 3000 participants from across Malaysia of all ages from all walks of life. The surrounding publicity touched even more lives, creating a heighten awareness of cancer issues. This year we aim for participation of at least 6000 people.

NCSM continues to work to help make a difference in the lives of people. Each and every person affected by cancer has reason to hope because great advances are being made in prevention and treatment. However, continued outreach and work is essential to decrease the number of people developing cancer and help the over 40 000 Malaysians who are affected by cancer each year.


Our aim is to raise RM 1 000 000 to advance cancer screening and treatment services.
For further details, please contact Clare/Anne/Elizabeth at Tel: 03-26987300 or email clare@cancer.org.my / anne@cancer.org.my / elizabeth@cancer.org.my.

Olympic Fun Run

Men Open

1) 69 - Lee Tiong Hoo
2) 70 - Tan Kean Peng
3) 71 - Wan Chee Seng
4) 277 - Lee Kah Hong
5) 278 - Chua Sang Cheng
6) 279 - Thium Keng Meng
7) 280 - Phuah Phuay Leong
8) 281 - Chuah Zhi Qian
9) 282 - Chua Chin Yeong
10) 283 - Sim Eng Guan
11) 284 - Fan Weng Chong
12) 285 - Ong Kok Keong

Women Open
1) 3121 - Ng Wen Dee
2) 3122 - Chan Yee Tein
3) 3123 - Wan Muzniza
4) 3124 - Fu Sue Lynn
5) 3125 - Ng Wai Teng
6) 3126 - Alice Tan
7) 3127 - Nicole Hong
8) 3128 - Ooi Shin Looi
9) 3129 - Siti Aishah

2008 Olympic Torch Relay Run

2008 Olympic Torch Relay Run

Date: 21 April 2008 (Monday)
Venue: Start at Merdeka Square, end at KLCC

Route map:

Olympic Fun Run on Sunday

SPORTS enthusiasts in the Klang Valley are invited to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay Fun Run to be held at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday.

The 5km Fun Run has two categories for male and female participants over the age of 13.
The entry fee is RM15 and each participant will receive a specially designed souvenir T-shirt and a finisher’s certificate.

The Fun Run is held in conjunction with the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

About 80 torchbearers, among them current and former national sports personalities, will be part of the Torch Relay.

The entry forms for the Fun Run are available at the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) office in Wisma OCM.

Participants can also downloaded the forms from the OCM website www.olympic.org.my

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The world is like a mirror

One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big advice on the door on which it was written:
'Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away.
We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym'.
In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.
The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room.
The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up.
Everyone thought: 'Who is this guy who was hindering my progress?
Well, at least he died!'.
One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest partof their soul.
There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself.
There was also a sign next to the mirror that said:
'There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.
You are the only person who can revolutionize your life. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success.

You are the only person who can help yourself.
Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realise that you are the only one responsible for your life.
'The most important relationship you can have, is the one you have with yourself'
Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don't be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses: be a winner, build yourself and your reality.
The world is like a mirror: it gives back to anyone the reflection of the thoughts in which one has strongly believed.The world and your reality are like mirrors laying in a coffin, which show to any individual the death of his divine capability to imagine and create his happiness and his success.
It's the way YOU face Life that makes the difference.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Acara larian Penang Bridge Marathon bagi tahun ini dibatalkan

Acara larian Penang Bridge Marathon bagi tahun ini adalah dibatalkan. Pembatalan acara tersebut adalah disebabkan oleh beberapa masalah yang tidak dapat dielakkan.

link: http://www.llmnet.gov.my/serverpages/news/news_detail.aspx?newsid=39

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Orange "Fun & Easy" Run

Date : 13rd April 2008
Venue : The Curve
Distance : 9KM
Time : 7:30am

Men Category A (Veteran)

1) A127 - Wan Chee Seng

Men Category C (Open)

1) C272 - Lee Kah Hoong
2) C273 - Phuah Phuay Leong
3) C274 - Sim Eng Guan
4) C275 - Thium Keng Meng
5) C276 - Ong Kok Keong
6) C277 - Tan Kean Peng
7) C278 - Lee Tiong Hoo
8) C279 - Chua Sang Cheng
9) C280 - Ewe Yen Lin
10) C281 - Fan Weng Chong

Women Category (Open)

1) D111 - Ooi Shin Looi
2) D112 - Siti Aishah
3) D113 - Lew Lai Fan
4) D114 - Lew Lih Shiang
5) D115 - Chan Yee Tein
6) D116 - Hong Sue Lyn
7) D117 - Ng Wai Teng

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Adidas Sundown Marathon Race Pack Exclusives!

Sneak Preview of adidas adizero Running Top




adizero Male
adizero Female
Due to be released world-wide only in July, the adizero running top is a super lightweight "climacool" garment with shaping that offers the athlete unsurpassed fit, feel and transaction while in motion.In addition, strategically placed ventilation in critical sweat zones allows the athlete to stay dry and comfortable for extended periods.
Finisher Tee
response Finisher Tee
A highly functional "climalite" 3 stripe tee shirt featuring a formotion(TM) silhouette to enhance freedom of movement.Moisture wicking fabrication allows the athlete to feel drier and more comfortable for a longe

NB-Pacesetters 15k Run





KLIM 2008

Men Half Marathon

1) Raymond Lim - 2:51:25
2) KP Tan - DNS