Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) Contest 2011

This year’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) contest was organised by The Star and Pizza Hut in Cooperation with the Education Ministry. The Mag Inc 2011 contest, running for the third consecutive year, is themed Speak Out! We worked in a team of five (Mabel Low, Jane Lam, Lee Suet Yeng, Beh Heng Jian and me) to create a three page mini magazine and a three-minute video that addressed stereotyping. The teacher-in-charge is Pn Shahfinaz. Our team, SPLOOSH, emerged as the champion for the video clip category.

The most crucial step in pre-production was drawing out storyboard. I did the general plotting while Mabel drew the storyboard. Once we got that done, we planned the setting in terms of where to shoot the scenes. Then we did casting and arranged dates to shoot. Communication skill was vital to persuade our schoolmates to star in our video but we were lucky to find Eva, Chin Yoong, Chee Gen and the rest of the basketball team who voluntarily helped us out.

What happened was such a blur; the production itself. Mabel handled the camera while I gave directions when necessary. All of us starred in the video and of course with addition guest stars from our school. We followed the storyboard and had to figure out which angles to shoot for the best cinematography on the spot. We didn’t expect for it to be so time consuming. It was necessary though in order to create a multiple-camera setup effect.

Next is the post-production; video editing. This took the longest time and also the most frustrating one. We compiled all the videos, arranged them into sequences and edited them using Videopad. Jane brought her laptop to school and all of us edited it together. As the time limit was 3 minutes, we had to keep revising and cutting unnecessary parts right to the last second. After finish editing the video, it was time for audio. We have narration and background music. We chose two songs and Jane merged them together using Audacity. I recorded the narration using the same software. Then the audio was added back into the video.

On the 21st September, came the grand finals in Kota Damansara. At the beginning, we were quite relaxed, watching presentations by other schools. Then it was the video clip category’s turn. We watched the other two videos from SMK Aminuddin Baki, KL and SMK Saujana Impian, Selangor. Then it was our turn. We were very nervous but mostly proud because “Look, it’s real! People are watching our video! And they laughed too! After that, the judges and audience gave scores for our video.

The highlight came when the results were announced. The emcee announced SPLOOSH and we jumped in joy. We were all given an iPOD Nano (worth RM549), RM100 pizza voucher and certificate. There were also two journalists who interviewed us. It was fun to feel like a celebrity for a day. There were also well wishes from students of other schools as well. Some of them were shocked to find out that we came from Ipoh, as is we come from a kampung place and wouldn’t know much about video production.

The whole journey was a great experience. It taught us that we can succeed in anything if we put enough dedication on it. We would like to sincerely thank Pn Shafinaz for giving guidance and keeping us on schedule and also not forgetting Eva, Chin Yoong, Chee Gen and the basketball team members for willing to help us out.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A Case Study

A woman wearing a 9 carat engagement ring walks into a bank to use the Cash Deposit machine. Due to her inexperience, she fumbles with the machine and has a hard time with it. A man behind her watches her impatiently. After a while she finally manages to insert RM 2000 into the machine. However it rejects 5 pieces of RM50 (RM250). She takes back the money and leaves in hurry, assuming that the transaction has completed. As a result she did not take the receipt. The machine is still operating and one can abort the transaction anytime to retrieve the RM 1750.

The man who is standing behind her contemplates that fact. He is a 50 year old single unemployed odd job worker who has been laid off for 6 months. His savings has dried up after paying for bills and his daily necessities. He thinks hard about whether or not to take the money.

Option A :
He takes the money.

Justification :
He is having a hard time financially. The money will help him to survive for two months while looking for a new job. The rich woman would probably not notice a thing. He considers himself an act of charity for her.

Option B :
He helps her to finish the transaction and puts the receipt on top of the machine hoping that she will collect it back later.

Reason :
Never take other people's belonging no matter what situation you're in financially.

I personally choose option B. It is only morally right to do so.
However I make that decision because I'm still well fed and I have a roof over my head. What if I am in the opposite situation? Would I still make the same choice? It is difficult to say unless I am in the same situation as him.

Sometimes I wonder if morality shapes people or is it the other way round.

Monday, 13 June 2011



Saturday, 14 May 2011

Of Loyalty and Freedom

This post is a very long comment on a link that I was tagged in Facebook.

Comment 1. Identification of Ethnicity

I feel that it doesn't really matter whether you state your name or not because people are going to know what race you are by reading your name anyway. So I don't see the need of stating my race. Even if somehow the Government finally decides to do away with this system, the Government is not treating the root of the problem.

The need for identification of ethnicity can be justified because after our Independence, the economic gap between races was wide (the Chinese were affluent while the Bumiputeras were not). Hence there was a need to help to bridge the gap by identifying one's race to give financial help to them under numerous agencies.

However, that was years ago and many Bumiputeras have joined the middle- and upper- classes and there's no need for ethnic-based policies or ethnic- based quotas. Instead we should help those who are from low-income groups. There are many unfortunate Bumiputeras, Chinese and Indians that need help for money, education and jobs.

Read this: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/03/17/18308/

Comment 2. Working in foreign countries.

I agree with the commentor but only if the high skilled workers come back to Malaysia when they are still relatively young and willing to share the knowledge and experience they have learned overseas. I respect entreprenuers like Jimmy Choo for willing to spread his expertise by planning to open a shoe making institute. However, there are many professionals who are unwilling to come back which saddens me very much.

Comment 3. Love for Malaysia.

We were 'pendatang'. It's a fact. But so are the Indians and also the Malays. The only non-pendatang people in this country are the Orang Asli.

Our fore fathers have worked hard to achieve Independence, but the Malays have worked harder. That is also a fact. But the Malays, Chinese and Indians have worked together to make our Constituiton in 1948 and have build the country to what it is today. The country belongs to everyone not just the Malays.

Personally I don't take offense when some stupid Malays call us 'pendatang' because I know that I'm not some illegal immigrant who work here temporarily and will fly home once I've saved enough money. My parents pay their taxes and contribute to the economy. I know my rights as a citizen and obey the law. I know that the majority of Malays are not irrational and oppose to us being called 'pendatang', like this one.

It took 200 years for the USA to accept a black President. And Malaysia is not even more than 60 years old. I believe that it takes time for everyone to accept one and another. Although 1 Malaysia has many flaws, it's definitely heading towards that direction.

Read this joke: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2009/03/11/the-pendatang-joke-from-penang/

Other comments

'most leaders of the country supports racism openly'
Refer to previous paragraph. And too bad some politicians just say and do the dumbest things sometimes.

the citizens are always living under fear, constantly controlled and fed with media BS'
That's why I've ignored the news in Utusan regarding the UMNO and Christian/Muslim issue. First of all, I've always avoided reading Utusan because it focuses on news regarding the Malays and sometimes the readers send in racist and ignorant comments that just make my blood boil. Secondly, I don't really care about it because they are just making a big fuss over nothing to help a certain party to get more votes in the coming General Election.

Freedom of Press is a big problem that remains unsolved in this country. That's why I never rely on news from one source only. Still, this is not a reason for not being patriotic to a country.

yet the government does ntg'
If you feel like the Government is not doing anything, then vote the party that you feel will do something lo. So simple.

Conclusion, you are free to be loyal to the country that you're born in, you are also free to be loyal to any country you like. The choice is yours. I choose the former.