Entri ini sebenarnya lama berada dalam benak hati dan di minda kerana DUA sebab. Pertama, kalau ditanya ibu bapa, "Diploma mana terbaik di UiTM?" OM114 menjadi jawapan sampai hari ini. Kedua, bila ditanya lulusan SPM, "Kalau mohon UiTM, program mana elok?" OM114 Diploma Pengurusan dan Teknologi Pejabat (kalau boleh) letakkan dalam kesemua pilihan Unit Pusat Universiti, ya!
Segala-galanya bermula 20 November 2001. Ketika itu pulang ke tanah air dengan langkah longlai setelah sekian lama merantau. Mahu tidak mahu 'panggilan' UiTM tidak boleh ditolak setelah emak dan ayah amat bersusah-payah membantu mendapatkan biasiswa Sarjana... But this entry is not about me.
That you need to "prepare yourself for your journeys" is an important lesson for all Malay individuals, as suggested by the legend of Admiral Hang Tuah. His character is the embodiment of the original Malay 'Renaissance Man'.
Of relevance to my own research, Haji Salleh (2003) notes that from a young age Hang Tuah was given lessons on language and literature, and he went through periods of internship to learn the trades of businesspeople and later keepers of peace (Malay warriors).
Undeniably, Hang Tuah is portrayed as an avid learner of foreign languages as written in Haji Salleh and Robson-MacKillop's (2010) English translation of this epic tale:
"Menguasai bahasa-bahasa asing akan memberi kelebihan kepada seseorang. Wira legenda Alam Melayu, Hang Tuah, dilakarkan sebagai pahlawan yang turut menguasai berbelas-belas bahasa asing. Dan melalui penguasaan bahasa-bahasa asing, Hang Tuah mampu bersemuka dengan sesiapa sahaja, kerana dia menguasai bahasa-bahasa tersebut, di samping memahami psikologi dan juga budaya penuturnya."
Demikian hujah Mohd Anwar Ridhwan sebagai Sasterawan Negara Malaysia ke-10. Kata-kata saudara Mohd Anwar perlu diambil pusing oleh orang Melayu yang tidak dapat berpandangan jauh dan dibelenggu pemikiran kedaerahan.
H.E. Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas today called for more publications produced in Malay to ensure the importance of the language. Although the country continues to thrive and grow, efforts to strengthen the Malay language should be intensified, and this can be done with the production of (more) Malay publications.
"We are encouraged to learn more than one language. But let's not forget Malay. Unfortunately, some Malays belittle, insult and do not believe in their language. They are ashamed to read books in Malay in public, ashamed to show other Malay readings. Our Malay roots become marginalized," he said when opening the National Seminar on High Noble Nations Languages.
If you could digitally download your memory of the last 10 years of your life, how much space would you need?
If the collective experience of all your years of living could be summed up in only 10 words, what would they be?
If you need to choose 10 people to be with you for the next 10 years of your life, who would make that select list?
And on a totally non-random note I'd like to wish my dearest younger brother and my only sibling a super special 32nd birthday today. Best wishes for the next 32 years, Emi
IDENTITY has long been my personal subject of interest (and research), especially the topics of identity change, identity resistance, identity loss, and of course, our lifelong journey of identity construction.
PERSONALITY, as a kindred spirit of identity, also makes a very interesting subject matter of discussion and empirical inquiry.
Taking a break from writing the series of Malay books on psychometrics (practical personality psychology self-assessment), here are a couple of interesting (edited) dictionary definitions of personality.
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