Gunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betul

Kali ini saya berbahasa Melayu kerana apa yang saya ingin sampaikan adalah mengenai Bahasa Melayu, bahasa rasmi negara kita. Saya bukanlah guru Bahasa Melayu yang bertauliah, namun asas penggunaan Bahasa Melayu telah saya pelajari sejak dibangku sekolah lagi.

Seringkali saya membaca blog atau taraf terkini Facebook yang menggunakan bahasa pesanan ringkas (atau SMS) seperti “Aq x suk dy dowh” atau yang seumpamanya. Contoh ayat yang saya berikan membawa maksud “Aku tak suka dialah.” ‘Dowh’ adalah perkataan yang diambil dari bahasa pasar Bahasa Inggeris, ‘Doh’, iaitu satu ungkapan keluhan untuk menguatkan penggunaan ayat. Jika di dalam Bahasa Melayu, mungkin kita boleh guna ‘lah’.

Jika diteliti, sebenarnya tidak membazir masa pun untuk menulis ayat penuh bagi ‘aku’. Hanya tiga huruf. Ini termasuklah ayat-ayat lain juga seperti ‘tidak’ atau ‘tak’ yang diringkaskan menjadi ‘x’. Bagi saya jika hanya menulis pesanan ringkas menggunakan telefon bimbit sesama kawan sendiri, ianya tidak ketara. Tetapi jika anda menulisnya dengan tujuan supaya semua orang membacanya, anda perlu fikirkan sekali lagi. Ianya amat tidak sesuai dan juga secara tidak langsung menunjukkan keperibadian anda sebagai seorang yang kelam kabut, cincai, pemalas dan mungkin juga dicap sebagai tidak tahu mengeja.

bahasa jiwa bangsa

Disini saya senaraikan beberapa perkara yang perlu diambil berat yang saya kira perlu ditekankan kepada semua termasuk kanak-kanak seawal usia 6 tahun:

1. Eja dengan betul. Contoh ejaan betul: Orang. Ejaan salah: Owang, owunk. Ini juga harus diterapkan untuk semua perkataan lain, bukan hanya perkataan ‘orang’. Orang adalah satu contoh yang saya gunakan disini.

2. Gunakan singkatan rasmi untuk perbualan bertulis dan elakkan penambahan huruf lain dihujung perkataan. Contoh singkatan bagi ‘sahaja’ ialah saja.  Contoh singkatan yang salah adalah ‘jeww’.

3. Gunakan huruf besar di permulaan ayat dan juga nama khas. Gunakan juga tanda baca seperti koma, titik dan sebagainya di tempat yang betul. Contoh yang betul: Banyak tawaran perjalanan ke Eropah, Amerika dan Afrika, namun saya lebih tertarik untuk berkunjung ke China. Contoh yang salah: banyak tawaran perjalanan ke eropah, amerika dan afrika, namun saya lebih tertarik untuk berkunjung ke china 

Marilah kita menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul. Dengan ini saya secara tidak rasmi ingin berkongsi lencana blog Kempen Gunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betul dengan anda semua.

Gunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul


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Gunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan Betul


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Untuk mengecilkan saiz, anda hanya perlu tukar saiznya dibahagian ‘width’.l

Anda boleh memilih lencana yang anda minati dan tampal di ruangan tepi blog anda. Dengan penggunaan logo ini di blog anda, anda secara tidak rasmi juga perlu menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul. Jika bahasa perantara blog anda ialah Bahasa Inggeris, anda juga boleh menggunakan lencana ini.

Ianya terpulang kepada anda sendiri. Bersamalah kita menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul.

Bahan bacaan penting yang berkaitan:
SMS: Apabila mereka mengeja sesuka hati oleh Nisah Haron
Lagi bahasa esemes oleh Nisah Haron
Short form oleh Mazuriah

Nota tambahan: Jika anda ingin menambah kepada senarai diatas, sila nyatakan di ruangan ulasan dibawah. Jika anda mempunyai cadangan lencana tambahan (dari segi gambar dan ayat), sila nyatakan juga. Pastikan anda menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul.

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See green, see life – finished work

We, the human beings, not leaving behind the animals, need trees to live.  Trees produce oxygen and we could all not exist without trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is that the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath. Deforestation is becoming more and more ‘popular’ and the filter is getting more thinner and thinner. I am afraid that if we do not take action from now, there will be no more forests and trees. And when this happens, we will all be struggling for oxygen and we might even have to buy oxygen to survive. Imagine Oxygen Banks everywhere. And imagine that the interest will be higher and higher everyday due to high demands. Imagine…imagine….

Oh well, I got carried away after watching ‘In Time’ movie few weeks back. But, the situation is possible, you know. PLEASE, love trees and plant trees. Join the effort to help curb destruction of natural resources. One way is to join PEKA. PEKA MALAYSIA is an NGO known as Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia, which was form to stop the destruction of natural resources, to defend the rights of environment and be the voice of nature, and further more to educate to create awareness about nature, sound health and the preservation and sustenance of the environment.

Here’s a poster I did for PEKA for their upcoming event that will be done in regular basis. Will let you know more about the event soon. This poster has yet to be approved by committee members but I post it here just to share with you.


see green, see life

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Cleanliness is the key to healthy living

It really breaks my heart when I see rubbish being dumped in public places. I pity nature. What has it done to deserve all the garbage? Look at these picture I took when visiting places that are being promoted to tourists as places to visit:

kuala selangor, on the way to de palma hotel.
This picture was taken at Kota Tanjung Keramat, Kuala Selangor.

lata jarum
This one was taken at Lata Jarum, Raub, Pahang.

It’s pity that it also effects our tourism industry.

Is it very hard to take those garbage with you and then throw them away in a proper place? There were few times when I visited our coastal beaches, I had to clean the area to be able to put my things down on the sand. There were diapers, drink cans, junk food plastics, fast food boxes and many more. People look at me like I was a street cleaner, but I don’t really care. If I go for a picnic, I always take care of my garbage. I keep them in a rubbish bag and throw them away in a bin nearby. If the bin is full or if I could not find any, I take them home and dump it in my garbage bin. I know that the garbage will be picked up safely three times a week by the waste management company assigned by the local authority.

This kind of situation makes me want to compare our state of cleanliness with other countries. I take Cape Town for example. When I visited the town last July, I was so amazed by the cleanliness of the city and pointed it out to the driver who took my husband and I to the hotel on our first day of arrival. He told us that besides keeping the town clean to boost their economic industry, most of the locals make ends meet from waste picking.

walking on clean street
Me enjoying a walk on a clean street while trying to get close to the birds.

From a local English newspaper that I read at the hotel, I found out that some 88,000 South Africans now live this way. The article was written by Wiseman Khuzwayo and he reported that waste picking offered individuals a means to make a living regardless of  age, level of education or skills set.  The article also said that the waste industry is estimated to be worth R10 billion. The reason waste-pickers are there is clear. A lot of recyclable and reusable waste is entering the waste stream due to South Africa’s current waste disposal strategies. The waste is valuable and if reclaimed, can earn collectors up to R120 per day.

not a speck of dust
Not a speck of dust. See how clean it is?

Many waste pickers in South Africa have evolved into entrepreneurs by finding creative ways to reuse waste, such as building dog kennels out of discarded wood or potting and reselling discarded plants. Waste pickers even has their own association, SA Waste Pickers Association.

Now, that is what I call a creative and effective way to keep our country clean and on the side, giving chance to unemployed people to earn descent money. I wish to see this effort being set-up here in Malaysia and hopefully to keep beggars out of the streets.

a very clean square
a very clean square.

Although Cape Town is not in the Top Most Cleanest Cities, I hope it will be soon. For your information, here are some of the Top Most Cleanest Cities:

1. Calgary, Canada
2. Honolulu, US
3. Helsinki, Finland
4. Ottawa, Canada

And let’s make our way to the list, if not Top 5, at least Top 100.

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Today is Earth Day

Do you know that today is Earth Day? Yes? But you forgot? Hehe ok, I am here to REMIND  you.

So what is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. (source: wikipedia)

How Do you celebrate Earth Day?

  1. Plant trees around your home.
  2. Donate money to your favorite green cause.
  3. Join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
  4. Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Although no-plastic-bag day is on every Saturday but try not to use plastic bag today also. But don’t restrict the habit only for today or every Saturday, put it into practice every day.
  5. Learn more about the environment; find out information about pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change.

There are more ways to celebrate Earth Day, be innovative and come up with your own ways to celebrate the day. And remember, every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day.

My son Yassin planted rambutan tree few years ago. Now the tree is taller than him. Now he’s waiting to reap the ‘benefit’.

And my most favourite search engine, Google, celebrates Earth Day too. Check this out:

google; earth day image

Happy Earth Day, everybody.

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Get on the bus

UNICEF has started a nationwide movement called “Get on Board” to provide the public with the information, insight and resources to stop child abuse. This knowledge will empower everyone to protect the children in our families and communities. Let us show our children that at least a 100,000 of us care. The more people who raise their hand to be counted, the stronger the campaign becomes to deter an abuser from hurting a child.

I am already on board of the bus, raised my hand and officially became a campaigner.

You can become a Campaigner for Children by hopping on our bus, and rallying others to join us on our journey to end child abuse in Malaysia. UNICEF has prepared materials for you to use to help spread the word and to get as many people as possible to sign up for children. Here are some of the things you can do to promote the campaign for children:

– Blog about the campaign.
– Donate your Facebook status message or change your profile picture to the picture of your designed hand.
– Email you friends.
– Create conversations on Twitter.
– Send a letter to the Editor of your daily newspaper.
– Organise a sign-up at your company, college, place of worship.

    Get on Board and help us spread the word to stop child abuse today! What will you do today that is more important?

    Let’s unite against abuse.

    Let's unite against child abuse

    Here’s a fact sheet about child abuse in Malaysia that I downloaded from UNICEF.

    Child abuse is on the rise in Malaysia with an increase of some 700 reported cases between 2006 and 2008 based on statistics from the Department of Social Welfare, Malaysia. Despite significant strides made by the Government in improving child protection measures in recent years, statistics from the Department of Social Welfare show a rise in reported child abuse cases in Malaysia:

    – 2008: 2,780 child abuse reports
    – 2007: 2,279 child abuse reports
    – 2006: 1,999 child abuse reports.

      Based on 2008 reported figures, neglect is the most common form of child abuse in Malaysia. The breakdown of the three key forms of abuse are as follows:

      – 952 child victims experienced neglect, meaning a caretaker failed to provide for the child’s basic needs.
      – 863 child victims were physically abused.
      – 733 child victims were sexually abused, 72% were incest.
      – 58 child victims were abandoned babies.
      – Failure to provide care and supervision has become the most frequent cause of death among children.

        Actual Numbers
        Most child abuse goes unreported and the statistical snapshot could be just the “tip of the iceberg”. The national reported figures in Malaysia represent ONLY reported cases to the Department of Social Welfare, police or hospitals/clinics when children are treated.

        – Global experience shows that only a small proportion of child abuse of children is reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held to account.
        – Very young children, for example, lack the capacity to report physical or sexual abuse. Older children also often fear reprisals by perpetrators or interventions by authorities, both of which may worsen their overall situation.
        – Anecdotal evidence indicates that often only the most acute cases of child abuse are reported.

          1 in 2 child victims reported in 2008 were abused by a parent.

          – By definition, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect are the very people responsible for the child’s safety and well-being (including parents, other relatives, and babysitters).
          – 2008 statistics from the Department of Social Welfare show that out of the 2,780 child abuse cases reported in Malaysia, 772 offenders were mothers of the victims, while 494 cases were attributed to fathers of the victims.

            Child abuse is a punishable offence in Malaysia.

            – Child abuse is an offence in Malaysia, punishable under the Child Act (2001) and the Penal Code (revised 1997).
            – Offenders may be liable to a maximum fine of RM 50,000 or up to 20 years imprisonment, or both depending on the offence.
            – Offenders may also be punished with whipping in addition to the fine and/or imprisonment.

              get on the bus!

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