Talking Malaysian Hospitality

This is the second time I fly this year on my official duty. Its the KUL-LBU-KUL flight. Nothing extraordinary with all the flights that I have taken on MAS. Only that now I am flying with MH equivalent to Malaysian hospitality. Of course Malaysians will present Malaysian Hospitality. Read what an ex steward has to write about Malaysian Hospitality HERE.

I wanted to write about Malaysian Hospitality back in February but due to time constrain and concentrating on my SOPO blog, I forgot about it. It was back in February when I wanted to check my flight with call centre and called 1-300-88-3000 from Langkawi. It was a disgusting experience. I made a call on 21st February 2008 at 2.10 pm and after getting through, I was put on hold and listen to pre recorded advertisements for 26 minutes and 43 seconds and then the call was disconnected. I have wasted that amount of time and money to be paid to Celcom without any information I needed. And this is Malaysian Hospitality and I agree the what Lea Laurielle wrote. Thanks Lea for writing at length to them. Now I feel a “trauma” whenever I need to call MAS call centre. When Lea wrote at length about call centre, I doubt anybody from MAS reads her blog.

Back on board its my on an evening flight to Labuan from Kuala Lumpur and its my first experience having meals packed in a nice beautifully designed meal box. For this I give a thumb up. It is neatly packed and the steward and stewardess manage to serve the passengers easier and faster. Every passenger will be given meal of their choice normally two choice. On that particular flight its was a choice of rojak or spaghetti. Why spaghetti? Its Malaysian Airlines and they serve spag? Rojak is a good choice. I don’t understand the choice of serving spag on a Malaysian Airlines who should be a promoter of Malaysian Hospitality which means provide whatever is Malaysian. That was my KUL-LBU flight.

On my way back LBU-KUL this time also on an evening flight and passengers have no choice of meals. Its macaroni, sandwich, fruits and choc. Again macaroni is not Malaysian even many Malaysians are accepting foreign food in their eating habits. I know nobody from MAS will read this blog but as a Malaysian I am writing to point out my view for any readers who visit this blog.
The meals are packed nicely and each passenger can have a box either to be eaten on board of maybe want to take away as souvenir. Only one thing I would like to bring up is food is placed in paper trays but the cover is plastic. If the plastic is safe and has no toxic effect due to heat whny not ouverturn it? Place the food on the plastic and the paper as the cover. If there’s any gravy it will not dissolved into the paper and destroy the box causing leaks. Maybe MAS Catering managements have some reasons for that. I am just a traveller flying on Mas who is promoting Malaysian Hospitality.

Piala Thomas – Kita Hampa Lagi

Pasukan badminton negara hampa lagi kerana tidak berjaya membawa balik Piala Thomas dalam kempennya di Jakarta. Begitu juga rakyat Malaysia kempunan lagi untuk melihat piala berprestij badminton itu mendarat semula di Kuala Lumpur.

Adat sukan ada kalah menang. Walaupun tidak berjaya menjuarainya namun kita melihat terdapat satu pasangan baru yang boleh dipupuk sebagai pelapis kepada pemain yang sedia ada.

High Altitude Training Seminar

Bertempat di Dewan Teater Perdana Institut Sukan Negara telah diadakan satu seminar: High Altitude Training Seminar. Seminar tersebut anjuran Cawangan Pengurusan Jurulatih, Majlis Sukan Negara telah menjemput seorang penceramah dari University of Sydney, Australia, Associate Professor Dr. Martin Thompson. Disamping itu penceramah lain yang dijemput untuk menyampaikan ceramah termasuklah Dr. Ahmad munir Che Muhamed dari University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Prof Rabindarjeet Singh dan En. Ooi Cheong Hwa dari Institut Sukan Negara.

Kertas-kertas yang disampaikan:

Dr. Martin Thompson : Exercise-Hypoxia Training: Does It Improve Sports Performance. dan Practical Consideration With Altitude Acclimatization: The Do’s and Don’ts

Dr Ahmad Munir : Physiological responses and Adaptation s to Altitude Training.

Prof Rabindarjeet Singh: Nutrition And Fluid Intake During High Altitude Training.

En. Ooi Cheong Hwa : From Genting To Kunming: Malaysian National Track Cycling Team’s Experience In Altitude Training To Enhance Endurance Performance.

Petikan dari brosur:

The higher you go through the atmosphere, the thinner the air becomes. Thinner air means less air resistance, so athletes who sprint, jump, or cycle will perform better at high-altitude venues. But thinner air also means less oxygen, so the pace of hard endurance training and competition- which depends on high rates of oxygen consumption-gets slower at such altitude.

If you live at high altitude for several weeks, your body adapts to the shortage of oxygen. The most important adaptation for the endurance athlete is an increase in the number of red blood cells, which are produced in response to greater release of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) by the kidneys. Red cells carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles. More red cells means your blood can carry more oxygen in the air. So to compete in an endurance event at high altitude, you should adapt to the said altitude for several weeks before the event.

But what about when you come back to sea level? Will the extra blood cells supercharge your muscles with oxygen and push you along faster than ever? That’s what should happen, but there are problems. When you first move to high altitude, and you may also suffer from altitude sickness (AMS). If you don;t adapt well to altitude, you may over train or loose muscle mass. Even if you do adapt well, you still can’t train with the same intensity as at sea level. The result? You detrain. When you come back down to sea level, you may do better or worse than before, depending on the balance between adaptations and detraining.

Memecahkan Tembok Besar China?

Pasukan badmintonPiala thomas Malaysia telah melangkah masuk ke Separuh akhir selepas menewaskan Jepun 3-0 di Istora Senayan Jakarta. Dalam peringkat separuh akhir akan bertemu dengan pilihan no 1 China. Korea telah awal-awal lagi memasang strategi untuk mengelak dari bertemu China di peringkat ini dengan sengaja tewas kepada negara kita di peringkat awal. Dalam dunia sukan ia merupakan satu pangkah yang dianggap tidak bersemangat kesukanan (unsportsmanship conduct). Korea sepatutnya bertanding secara gentleman. If you are strong you are strong.

Namun Malaysia tidak sepatutnya mempersalahkan strategi orang lain kerana kita juga mampu mengatur strategi. Tetapi Malaysia memilih untuk bertanding secara gentleman. Jika pun kita tewas kepada pasukan yang lebih handal dan kuat, pasukan harus dipuji sekiranya bermain dengan cemerlang. Dalam sukan semestinya ada kalah dan ada yang akan menang. Ini kerana ukuran pencapaian boleh dibuat dari dua aspek secara saintifiknya. Performance Goal dan Outcome Goal. Jika pasukan Malaysia tidak berjaya menepati Outcome Goal maka mereka harus capai Performance Goal. Walaupun peminat sukan tidak menerima performance goal sebagai satu bentuk kemenangan tetapi bagi ahli sukan ia hendaklah dijadikan sebagai satu kepuasan.

Sudah lama negara kita mengidam untuk membawa balik piala paling berprestij dalam dunia badminton ini dan persoalan sekarang ialah mampukah barisan negara memecahkan tembok besar China?

Anugerah Sukan Negara 2007 – Keputusan

Malam Anugerah Sukan Negara telah disempurnakan dengan jayanya. Keputusannya adalah seperti berikut:

Olahragawan Kebangsaan

Koo Kien Keat/Tan Booon Heong – Badminton

Olahragawati Kebangsaan

Nicol Ann David – Skuasy

Pasukan Lelaki Kebangsaan

Memanah
Muhammad Marbawi Sulaiman
Cheng Chu Sian
W Mohd Khalmizan W. Abd Aziz

Pasukan Wanita Kebangsaan
Tenpin Bowling Wanita
Choy Poh Lai
Shalin Zulkifli
Zandra Aziela
Eshter Cheah Mei Lan
Wendy Chai De Choo
Sharon Koh Suet Len

Tokoh Sukan
Allahyarham Datuk Seri Hj Harun Idris

Kepimpinan Sukan
Datuk Paul Money Samuel – Bolasepak

Jurulatih Lelaki
P. Arivalagan (Karate)

Jurulatih Wanita
Yoong Sze Yuin (Bola Keranjang)

Hadiah Khas Pengiat Sukan
C. Paramalingam (Hoki)
Chang Chia Chun @ Willy Chang (Tenis)

Siapa Olahragawan dan Olahragawati Negara 2007?

Malam ini merupakan malam penentu bagi edisi ke 42. Majlis akan diadakan di Palaces of the Golden Horse di Seri Kembangan.

Calon-calon olahragawati

Nicol David (Skuasy)
Shalin Zulkifli (Bowling)
Wong Mew Choo (Badminton)
G. Yamani (Karate)
Roslinda Samsu (Olahraga)

Calon Olahragawan

Sazali Samad (Bina Badan)
Koo Kien Keat-Tan boon Heong (Badminton)
Mohd Qabil Ambak (Ekuestrian)
Lim Yoke Wai ( Karate)
Safuan Said (Boeling Padang)

Selain itu anugerah juga akan diberikan kepada pasukan lelaki dan wanita, Olahragawan Paralimpik, Olahragawati Paralimpik, Jurulatih Lelaki , Jurulatih Wanita, Anugerah Kepimpinan Sukan , Anugerah Tokoh Sukan dan Anugerah Khas.

Anugerah-anugerah ini adalah merupakan penghargaan kerajaan kepada atlet-atlet dan pengit sukan negara dan telah diperkenalkan sejak tahun 1966 yang dimenangi oleh jaguh pecut negara Datuk M. Jegathesan dan M. Rajamani.

Majlis akan diserikan dengan kehadiran KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Raja Permaisuri Agong.

CYC – Should We Proceed?

Did CYC bring any positive changes in terms of development to our football which is going down the ladder in FIFA’s ranking? CYC is nothing more than an entertainment activity for local football fans. Fans of well known and prestigious clubs of the world playing in front of their own eyes. Only that the players are not the real players that the see and envy on live telecasts. If CYC does not benefit in developing our sport, why waste taxpayers money for the coffer some company?

Citizen Nades & Terence Fernandez has this to say.

Quote:

The RM17 million annual “bidding fee”, that works out to RM51 million for three years, does not include other expenses borne by the states where the group matches are played, such as booking stadiums, organising the matches, and transporting, feeding and housing the players and officials.

……….a lot of money was already spent on the tournament with RM8 million paid in July last year for the 2008 tournament – even before the 2007 games had kicked off.

Another RM9 million is scheduled to be paid to Gifted International after the August tournament.

Seventeen million ringgit has already been paid for the 2007 inaugural tournament while another RM17 million has been committed for the 2009 edition.

Anugerah Sukan Negara 2007

Malam esok 13 Mei 2008 akan berlangsung Malam Anugerah Sukan Negara 2007 bertempat di Royal Ballroom, Palace of Golden Horses Hotel, Sungai Besi. Malam tersebut akan mengiktiraf kejayaan atlet dan pemimpin sukan yang telah mengharumkan nama negara di mata dunia dalam bidang sukan.

Majlis yang akan diserikan dengan keberangkatan Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ai-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah dan Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Turut serta juga ialah YB Menteri Belia dan Sukan Dato’ Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob.

Majlis akan dimulakan pada jam 8.00 malam dan akan diharidi oleh dif-dif dan tetamu jemputan di kalangan pengiat-pengiat sukan dari seluruh negara. Malam Anugerah Sukan tersebut adalah merupakan aktiviti utama setiap tahun bagi Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia.