Home for Raya 

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Home (as in your hometown) is a place to be on Hari Raya. Well at least temporarily. It is a form escapism from the hustle bustle of the worktown (let’s call it so) where a large portion of your life is spent. Home reminds you of who you were and that may or may not be something you want to revisit. But memories aside, being home never fails to eject ourselves of our accumulated burden, that have grown out of the increasing expectation and demanding world we are living in today. A good vacation may help clear the mind but none dumps the burden off the shoulder like being home. But make no mistake, home is no mere dumping site. It is a place filled with love that has the power to clear off any emotional debt. But as with anything in this world (except for data plans perhaps) , none can be subscribed unlimitedly. As the debt is cleared we yearned to be back to where we left. Because it is only when we are away from home that we could be functional.

But as for now, enjoy being home.

Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir batin from us at Mdlistic.


Proton-Geely Partnership

by: Md


The recent Proton-Geely partnership has strike both positive and negative interest alike.  For the critics, the acquisition of 49% of Proton share by the Chinese automaker is akin to Malaysia selling out itself to China. Critics are also saying that Geely is only interested in acquiring Lotus and that they will not be committed towards empowering Proton. We at MDlistic however, are more optimistic about the whole venture. For one, we are delighted that Proton is still 51% owned by DRB-Hiacom, a Malaysian company and similarly delighted that Lotus was not totally given away.  And despite the present government’s distasteful relationship with Proton founder Tun Dr. Mahathir, we believe the decision to partner with Geely was not entirely political but for the better good of the company itself. This partnership is no doubt a strategic one, as the national automaker gets access to Geely’s technologies and models such as the announced Buoyue SUV platform and more importantly the prospect of tapping into the bigger Chinese market. However, what remains a concern is just how this partnership would hold true. Will Proton get its much needed financial and technological support? Will Proton cars sell well in in the future Chinese market? Can Proton regain its loss market share? Let’s hope for the best.

Film Review: Rogue One

ROGUE ONE, a Star Wars story. It’s like we never get enough Star Wars and that the studios keep churning out more. But is it for the good or worst? Well readers, I’m in for this installment although I have some issues here and there. Let me explain.


To start with, if you have not seen Star Wars (particularly Episode 4-6) you could still understand this film but you may not be able to grasp its meaning at a deeper level, simply because all the motivation for the things they do is in the 4, 5 and 6.

This film is basically a fill-in-the-blank film that explains how rebels had got their hand on the Death Star blueprint. Something that was not properly explained in episode 4. The film opens with the story of Galen Erso being recruited by Krennik to build the Death Star. I enjoyed the opening for it managed to build interest in audience to know more. Things got a little bit slow after the opening title came up as they went from planets to planets at lightning speed. Things however drastically improved for the better in the third act where all the real action and substance is.

Acting wise, I am most satisfied with Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso followed by the other memorable rebel members particularly the duo Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) and  Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen). As for the best performing non-human role, I’m totally pleased with k-2SO. However, the one actor that I’m least satisfied is Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. I think he sounded weird and his motive as an extremist rebel didn’t quite convince me. Maybe if they had put in more backstory to his role in development of Jyn, then his death at Jedha City will be more meaningful.

The look and feel of the film is pretty much similar to The Force Awakens. Definitely a total departure than the look and feel of Episode 1-3. The cinematography by Greig Fraser was also appealing and I’m particularly delighted by the beach battle scene—beautifully filmed! Kudos have to be given to the editor as well as the intense battle would have been long and boring if not for the fast paced editing.

The music score to me is quite excessive and annoying at times and it doesn’t quite fit the scene in some sequences. I am not alone on this, even the popular film critic/reviewer Chris Stuckman felt the same. According to reports, the score for Rogue One was made within a short span of one month by composer Michael Giacchino after the original composer John Williams passed on the project.

This film manages to convince audiences especially the diehard fans that a standalone Star Wars film do makes sense and maybe even essential to strengthen the franchise’s relevance. However like many have argued, churning out new Star Wars film every year will ultimately loose its charm as the saga has always been a kind of a celebrated event all this while.

Overall I would give this film a 4/5.

The First 90 Days: Introductory Review

I have just started reading this book The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins during my journey back to Johor.  Books related to business and management studies has always peaked my interest although it has nothing to do with my current status as a post-graduate.


In essence the book is about leaders (eg: managers, CEOs, and etc) adapting to a new a job or position and why it matters for them to fit-in within 90 days.

Your continued success within an organization is greatly affected by your performance during this critical career transition period. The author uses the term breakeven as the point at which new leaders have contributed as much value to their new organizations as they have consumed from it. In my own simpler definition breakeven is the ability for a leader to comfortably fit-in with less problems within a short span of time in a particular organization.

Based on research, the average breakeven point for many leaders is 6.2 months and this book is talking about accelerating the period to just 3 months. The author is aware that each job is unique and there can be no universal approach to fit-in in an organization. However the author believes that each organization may be different at the micro-level but are almost similar at the macro-level. The following are the 10 strategies outlined by the author in accelerating the breakeven point.


Since this is just an introductory review and I have not personally finish reading the book, it is highly recommended for readers to read this book themselves for a better understanding.

Review: The 7 Habits

Antara buku terhebat sepanjang zaman yang penulis benar-benar teruja dengan adalah The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Buku ini pertama kali diterbitkan pada 1989 dan isi kandungnya kekal relevan hingga hari ini. Satu perkataan yang sesuai untuk diungkapkan bagi mengambarkan buku self-development ini adalah ianya sebuah buku yang jujur. Penulis akan berbicara dengan ringkas dua konsep penting yang diceritakan oleh Stephen Covey dalam buku ini.


 Personality ethic Vs Characteristic ethic

Buku ini menekankan pembangunan character individu melebihi pembangunan personality. Sebagai contoh dalam memberikan senyuman personality ethic mengajar untuk fake a smile demi mencapai tujuan tertentu. Characteristic ethic pula mengajar individu untuk senyum kerana ia adalah sesuatu yang murni dan perbuatan itu dilakukan dengan rela-hati atau ikhlas. Secara mudah, character ethic = bersifat dalaman manakala personality ethic = bersifat luaran. Personality ethic tidak memerlukan masa yang lama dan hasilnya juga cepat. Tetapi characteristic ethic pula memerlukan masa untuk disemai kerana ia banyak berkait dengan jati-diri individu dan worldviewnya.Sebab itu personality ethic jauh lebih popular dan konsep itu sering ditekankan dalam banyak buku. Rata-rata masyarakat mahukan perubahan yang cepat berlaku dalam hidup mereka. Buku ini mengkritik cara tersebut kerana sesuatu yang diusahakan secara mudah  tidak akan kekal. Characteristic ethic pula walaupun membuahkan hasil yang lambat tapi ianya bersifat kekal.

Paradigm shift

Paradigm shift atau anjakan paradigm adalah langkah pertama untuk apa jua perubahan menjadi nyata. Hal ini kerana tindakkan kita dipengaruhi oleh cara-fikir, jadi untuk mengubah sesuatu tindakan ia harus bermula secara inside out. Umpamanaya jika kita rasa malas untuk membuat sesuatu, contohnya bersenam, kita sebenarnya mempunya satu paradigm negative terhadap senaman. Mungkin kita bayangkan senaman dengan situasi penat dan perih, fikiran begini membantutkan usaha untuk bersenam. Tapi seadainya kita ubah paradigm itu dan membayangkan senaman dengan gambaran kesihatan yang baik, stamina yang tinggi dan fizikal yang cantik, maka persepsi kita terhadap senaman berubah dengan mudah.

Jadi itulah sedikit perkongsian dua konsep awal yang ditekankan dalam buku ini yang menjadi asas kepada aturan 7 habits. Mungkin dalam post yang lain penulis akan kupas 7 habits tersebut, tapi buat masa ini penulis mahu menyelami dua konsep ini dahulu. Kepada yang belum pernah membaca buku pergilah cepat membacanya dan ubah hidup anda.

Saga 2016: Lebih Umph!

Oleh: MD

Akhirnya Saga baru yang dinanti-nantikan muncul jua. Hanya sebulan lalu kita disajikan dengan Persona 2016, kini Saga 2016 generasi ke-3 menjadi sebutan ramai.

Sekali pandang memang tidak silap lagi Saga 2016 mempunyai rupa bentuk seperti Saga generasi ke-2. Hal ini kerana sememangnya Saga baru menggunakan pelantar (platform) yang sama dengan Saga generasi ke-2 tetapi dengan perubahan yang moderate dibahagian exterior.


Perbandingan Saga generasi ke-3 (kiri) dengan Saga generasi ke-2 (kanan)

Saya sifatkan perubahan ini sebagai moderate changes kerana perubahannya tidak begitu ketara. Contoh klasifikasi heavy changes atau perubahan ketara yang telah Proton lakukan adalah transformasi Accord generasi ke-8 kepada Perdana 2016. Kedua-dua menggunakan pelantar yang sama tapi nampak perubahan besar yang dilakukan oleh Proton dibahagian luar, sehingga penulis beranggapan Perdana 2016 jauh lebih cantik dari Accord generasi-8.


Heavy changes pada exterior Perdana 2016 (kanan) berbanding dengan platform asal Honda Accord generasi ke-8 (kiri) yang digunapakai

Namun demikian, nyata Saga 2016 berjaya menambat hati ramai dengan design tepi dan belakang yang mantap. Design hadapan pula mendapat sedikit rungutan, ada yang suka dan ada yang tidak. Penulis rasakan bahagian depan persis Volkswagon Golf dan cantik untuk dipandang. Cuma harus diakui rupa garang yang terdapat pada Saga FL sudah tiada dan digantikan dengan rupa yang lebih alim dan comel yang diserikan dengan misai wak doyok dibahagian bumper. Interior Saga 2016 juga tidak berubah secara drastik, tetapi refinement yang dilakukan adalah memuaskan dan paling penting ‘acceptable’ untuk sebuah kereta segmen-A. Ia tidak langsung nampak murah, tetapi nampak praktikal.


Cabin Saga 2016 (kiri) yang lebih up berbanding rupa basic pada Saga generasi ke-dua (kanan), dan juga lebih kemas berbanding Bezza (bawah). Sumber gambar: Paultan.org

Perbandingan dengan Bezza

Bezza mempunyai bahagian depan dan belakang yang lawa. Tetapi kecantikkan design bahagian belakang Bezza telah tercemar dengan ketonggekannya. Jadi dalam hal ini penulis nampak sedan keluaran Proton lebih sempurna sifatnya dan nampak gagah dijalan raya. Apa-pun penulis tidak pandang rendah dan berbangga dengan langkah pertama Perodua menghasilkan sedan. Ini langkah pertama bagi Perodua dengan penglibatan anak tempatan dalam design jadi kita seharusnya memberikan sokongan.


Rupa bentuk cabin Bezza jauh lebih cantik daripada Saga. Tetapi kita perlu faham bahawa Bezza merupakan sedan generasi pertama, manakala Saga pula sudah masuk generasi ke-3. Jadi disini Saga sekadar meng-upgrade design mereka dan tidak menampilkan sesuatu yang terlalu baru. Ini sangat menepati tagline Saga 2016 iaitu experience the refinement. Lagipun kos pembangunan Saga yang dikatakan RM150 juta agak terbatas untuk desiger dan engineer Proton untuk melakukan revamp yang ketera.

Dan bercakap soal refinement memang tak dinafikan perubahan ketara yang dilakukan Proton sebenarnya adalah pada pekara-pekara yang tidak kelihatan. Prestasi enjin Saga 2016 kini telah dipertingkat dengan penjimatan minyak sebanyak 11% lebih daripada terdahulu. Bunyi enjin yang lebih senyap dan ciri keselamatan yang telah ditambahkan.  Ride and handling, okey yang itu Proton tetap nombor satu, jadi tak perlu risau.

Di internet orang duk bising-bising compare kehebatan Bezza, Saga dan Persona. Pada penulis tak yah la membuang masa, beli saja mana-mana sedan yang mengujakan hati anda hingga tak boleh tidur malam. Lagipun kereta lain kerenahnya lain, dan in the end cara anda memandu dan menjaga kereta itu yang penting dan akan memastikan kesetiannya kepada anda.

Jadi janganlah jadi budak-budak nak compare timing belt dengan timing chainlah, ataupun compare jumlah bintang ANCAP, kerana sesungguhnya perbezaan sebeginilah yang menjadikan sesebuah produk itu menarik. Jadilah pengguna bijak, bukan pengguna kebanyakkan yang membeli membuta-tuli.

Negative space

At a glance it looks like what you perceived it. But on a second and more deeper observation, you begin to spot something totally different. And when all is settled, it becomes clear that there is more to it than what meets the eye (at first sight).

This is the magic of negative space illustration. An art term for something like this:


Pulp fiction by Avinoam ‘Noma’ Bar. The picture shows two images in one of Samuel L. Jackson (in Afro) and John Travolta (in tuxedo).

Negative space is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image (Wikipedia)