Sukan Bukan Lagi Main-main

Sukan bererti bermain secara terancang. Kalau pada satu masa dulu sukan sebagai satu aktiviti utuk menghabiskan masa senggang tetapi hari ini ia sudah boleh dijadikan sebagai satu sumber rezeki. Apabila seseorang itu melibatkan diri dengan sukan prestasi tinggi maka peluang untuk dia hidup atas pendapatan dari bersukan sudah terbuka. Walaupun demikian, bukan mudah untuk menjadikan sukan sebagai mata pencarian.

Di negara kita hanya beberapa sukan sahaja yang boleh dijadikan sumber rezeki. Bolasepak adalah merupakan salah satu sukan sedemikian tetapi pencapaian hendaklah sehinga boleh bermain untuk negeri masing-masing.

Bryan Nickson Lomas kini boleh memberikan tumpuan sepenuhnya terhadap latihan setelah kerajaan memberikannya elaun latihan bulanan sehingga beliau mengambil bahagian dalam olimpik di Beijing. Baru-baru ini Bryan telah menerima sebanyak RM 22,000 dari YB Menteri Belia dan Sukan kerana melayakkan diri ke Olimpik di Beijing. Wang itu adalah termasuk ganjaran kerana melayakkan diri ke Olimpik dan juga elaun bulanan selama 17 bulan sehingga Olimpik. Majlis Sukan Negara telah mengujudkan satu skim baru untuk memberikan elaun kepada atlet yang layak sebagai mengantikan elaun yang diberikan sewaktu projek Asia-Comm yang lalu.

Bryan menerima sebanyak RM5,000 dan bulanan RM1,000 sebagai tambahan elaun bulanan RM2,500 yang diterimanya sebelum ini sehingga Beijing 2008 bermula apabila melayakkan diri selepas menempatkan diri dalam kelompok lapan penerjun saingan akhir 10 meter papan anjal di Kejohanan Dunia Mac lalu

Sementara itu seorang lagi atlet negara yang layak ke Olimpik iaitu Roslinda Samsu pula dilaporkan tidak layan untuk menerima elaun berkenaan. Demikian dilaporkan dalam Berita Harian. Alasannya ialah kerana Majlis Sukan Negara tidak mengiktiraf kelayakan di bawah Kategori B.

Skim Insentif Sukan Olimpik adalah ganjaran daripada MSN untuk menggalak dan mendorong atlit negara bagi melepasi syarat kelayakan ke Beijing dengan lebih cepat dan tidak menunggu hingga saat akhir.

Namun ia hanya diberikan kepada atlit yang layak berdasarkan syarat kategori A yang ditetapkan badan induk dunia sukan masing-masing dan atlit yang berjaya ke Beijing berdasarkan kategori B dan ‘wild card’ tidak akan menikmati imbuhan ini. -Berita Harian.

Brunei Again

I will be visiting Brunei again for the 6th time from 15th – 20th Jun 2007. The first five time I did not write anything about the visit since I wasn’t blogging during that time. I am looking forward to write something on my travel this time around. Hoping anyone who has contact in Brunei or any Bruneian who come across this blog can help me with on the ground information to write about the country.
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Alor Setar- The Rice Bowl Capital

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Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. The name derived from the activities concentrated on a small river tributaries which in Malay named as Alor. At the place there are Setar trees hence the combination of both names give the place her name Alor Setar. Its difficult to find the Setar tree nowadays. Back in 1982, the Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah planted the Setar tree at the town square opposite the Mesjid Zahir to commemorate the opening of the square and to symbolically represent the name of the town. But since the actual tree planted by the Sultan did not grow as expected and a replacement tree was planted. I took the picture of the actual tree a few days after it was planted but not sure where the album is after I transfered and work in Kuala Lumpur.

This monument was erected at the place supposedly where the Alor town was first born.

Monument marking the official declaration of Alor Setar town to city status in 2003. the building in the background is a two unit double storey building with a date on it as 1324. Maybe its one of the oldest building in Alor Setar. The unit on the left house Thean Teik Printer and is still in business. As far as I can remember the printing shop was there and until today.

Monument marking the history of 250 years of Alor Setar in 1985 (1735-1985)

Going to Alor Setar

Alor Setar is accessible by air, road and rail. Malaysian Airlines and Airasia fly daily to the town from Kuala Lumpur. Express buses also ply from Kuala Lumpur daily. From Penang one can go to Alor Setar on Transnasional and the service is povided hourly from morning till night. KTMB also connect the city to Kuala Lumpur.

The city centre revolves around the Setar Walk where Holiday Inn is situated. The hotel is on the same building of City Plaza, the most popular shopping centre in the city. Staying at The Holiday Inn , one can have easy access to the popular Pekan Rabu for local and traditional foodstuffs. A walking distance away around the Hotel are banks including Maybank, Bank Simpanan Nasional, RHB and CIMB. The Railway station is also situated just about 5oo metres away.

What you can do in Alor Setar?
Pekan Rabu is one place tourist must not miss. Mesjid Zahir, Balai nobat (where nobat musical instruments are kept) Clock tower, Balai Besar are all situated at the same location. Don’t forget the Menara Alor Setar for a birds eyeview of the city and on a clear day one can even see the Straits of Malacca. From a top the tower you can see the breathtaking view of the Kedah plain and know why it is called the Rice bowl of Malaysia.

What else?

Go to duty free island of Langkawi and travel into the legend of Mahsuri. The highest peak in Kedah is Gunung Jerai (1200 m) and feel some adventure going to the top. At the foot of the mountain on the south is Lembah Bujang, a historical site where it is believed the first Hindu settlement started. So if you are into history, do not miss this valley.

Shopping will usually be on ones itenary and if you want to buy football jerseys of any popular soccer team in the world or corporate uniforms of the F1 teams, drive up to the border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam, about an hour away using the PLUS Highway. Of course its not the original but imported from over the border and ad a glance nobody will say its imitation. Oh, you want to buy imititation apparels? Hmmmmm…..its individual taste and preference. Theres also a Duty Free complex at Bukit Kayu Hitam. See the online album here