Monday, June 8, 2009

Prodigious Teaching

My teaching hours reflect how critical our need is, for quality teaching resources. While we are making some progress, it is a dicey situation because at the end of the day, two senior lecturers, Sheila Cheng and myself share the bulk of the teaching in the School of Business. My own personal timetable illustrates this very vividly:

Out of the blue, a Jack Welch quote lit in my head: "An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people". This is so betul. A straightforward point is being made here.

I paid attention to the 55th PAS muktamar only because I was interested to know how Nizar Jamaluddin fared at this meeting. I read in The Malaysian Insider (June 08) that many in PAS supposedly wanted him to compete for a vice-presidential spot. But he declined, and he vied for only a place in the party’s Central Working Committee. And when the results were announced last Saturday, he had in fact spectacularly succeeded, by romping home with the highest number of votes – over 800 votes, which meant that almost all the delegates gave him their support – it is not wrong to trumpet his immense popularity; after all, many see him as a symbol of the people’s fight for democracy in Perak.

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