Friday, May 29, 2015

MAS- I am beginning to like this Mueller fella

When I graduated back in 1988, I joined a multi-national. My job involved travelling regularly and I stayed in hotels frequently. While the company allowed us to claim in full, I found it ridiculous to pay RM1 or RM2 a piece for laundry. So I pack extra clothes and brought the dirty ones back and sent them to the typical launderette which charged only RM4 per kilo. Yes, I had to use my own money, but it was better than to waste the company money – the organisation that provides me a living and a great avenue to learn and better my skills.

When I was stationed at Mentakab for about a year, my girlfriend was in Kuala Lumpur. I called her daily. In the days where there were no mobile phones or phone cards, I used to change notes to coins and use my own money to make my personal calls instead of using the company line which I consider as ‘haram’ or sinful. A few of my sales subordinates started to do the same thereafter.

Today, I try hard to convince clients that they do not need to house me in special suites at hotels with fruit baskets and the unnecessary extras. A comfortable regular room is sufficient.

These are just simple examples. I could list you many more but, it is hard to convince people to be frugal and prudent with other people’s money. Heck! Many Malaysians cannot even do that with their own money!

As such, I find the direct, honest and on the spot explanation (The STAR page 3, 29th May 2015) by Christoph Mueller, the current MAS CEO refreshing and absolutely timely. The situation is not peculiar to MAS. It is a cancer in our society – from businesses, to GLCs, to government bodies. We need to do deep and honest reflections and correct ourselves. This is not just a top management problem as many like to make believe. This is an endemic and involves the entire organisation.

Perhaps, MAS could be our ‘mirror’ and serve as a lesson to us all. I hope we learn well and learn quickly.


Anas Zubedy

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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- Mahatma Gandhi

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


In 2009, a few friends and I got together and decided to launch a campaign to encourage people to read and understand the Quran better.

I feel that it is time to do another LRTQ Campaign, this fasting month – Ramadhan 2015.
If you are interested, please keep me posted either via facebook or email me at

As per the earlier campaign, this campaign is not only for Muslims, but also for our brothers and sisters who are Christians, Buddhists Hindus, Sikhs and those who believe in a God-Head but not so gung-ho about being in any brand of religion, too. The idea is to join us and share your ideas. Even an atheist could join – as long as we are well intentioned and are genuine truth seekers.

The goal of this campaign is to encourage people to read the Quran in the language they most understand and find in it areas of common values in our day-to-day living.
What is the Campaign all about?

Read the Quran in the language that you are familiar with.

When will the campaign start and end?

Ramadhan 2015 till Aidil-Fitri (June 18th to July 17th, 2015)

Where to share?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Articles, etc. Please use the hashtag #LRTQ2015 in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Make Quran relevant to our daily living. For Muslims, to know and practice; for Non-Muslims to feedback us when we do not and look for shared values between us.
Who can join?

Everyone who has positive intention - the more the merrier!


·         Read the Quran in the language you know best – from a physical book, the internet, etc.

·         Write, post or share Quranic Verses or short articles based on the Quranic text – both your own or a good article you came across. Like the LTRQ2015 Page and post your comments there

·         Ask questions about the Quranic message, ponder, reflect and suggest your thoughts and feelings.

Peace and Thanks,