Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bus Fares Reverted

. . . As of 24th April 2010, bus fares was raised to YR30. Why? Because they said that the price for petrol, gas, and benzene was raised..

Unfortunately, a few days ago the bus fares has been reverted back to it's normal pric, YR20. It seems that the rise in bus fares was not official, not approved by the government. The weird thing was that the Traffic Police Officers were in it as well!!! They were stationed at every bus points and telling the passengers that the bus fares will be YR30 from then on.

I guess the bus drivers and Traffic Police Officers had made a pact in ensuring the bus fares is raised to YR30. Not only was the bus fares raised but the number of buses had decreased dramatically as well so that pedestrians will have no choice but to take the bus and pay YR30 because of shortage in buses.

Anyway, I am still on holiday and it is still unclear wether classes will be starting next week or not. Even if it does, perhaps only 3-4 months of classes and then holidays again until the 10th of Muharram next year.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Price hikes


I am still on holiday (this is the 4th week) eventhough it was supposed to be only for 2 weeks and it is still unsure whether there will be classes or not next week.

Recently, there was price hikes for almost everything and two days ago even the bus fares increased (by YR10=RM0.60). Eventhough the increase is little but it will greatly burden the people here, especially those of low class, and students from foreign countries.

The Yemenis have a large family so taking a bus will prove have a great effect on them and it's not like we need to take only 1 bus to go somewhere. And when you have to take multiple buses everyday it can be quite costly. E.g. for me to go to Iman University I have to take 3 buses, each bus costs YR30 = YR90 for one way. If two way then it would be YR180 = RM3.60 per day and this is if it's only just ME!!

This does not only effect the passengers but also the bus drivers. Yemenis are quite rebellious so they do not wish to pay YR30. Some do but most of them do not. Because of this the bus drivers are not in a good mood nowadays and results in SHORTAGE OF BUSES!

As a result of bus shortage, Traffic police was stationed at almost every bus points. Their job is to halt any empty taxi or lorries or trucks and order them to function as a bus. Since, people had no other choices they had to take these transportations. If u take a taxi, you'll have to pay YR50 per person and they will "clog" each taxi with 6 passengers. If a lorry or truck you'll have to pay YR20 and you'll have to stand!! haha.. What a scene..

Today, I wanted to go home from Diary Street, took a bus. The bus drivers had told the passengers before hand that he will charge YR30 but there were some who did not wish to comply. So, this group of people of five gave the bus driver YR100. Of course the bus driver refused and insisted on charging YR30 per person and this people insisted on YR20 per person.

In the end, the bus drivers turned around and went back to where we came from and did not stop at all eventhough the passengers told him to stop. When we were near to the street where we took the bus he took another turn, going to another place resulting in an almost quarrel scene.. (I think that bus driver was going home) Finally, he stopped and we all got down from the bus and took another bus.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Lesson . .

A nice story you must read it.

Since last night my young son has been unwell. When I got back from Work this evening I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion.

There were many waiting; perhaps we will be delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room. There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of the many booklets available in the waiting room. Some of those waiting had their eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored. Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number. Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then silence returns.

A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Qur`an continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time. One hour of life wasted! Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital's Masjid. I tried to pray close to the man who was reading the Qur'an earlier in the waiting room.

After the prayer I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him and how he tries to benefit from his time. He told me that most of our time is wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying the pocket-sized Qur`an around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much more of the Qur`an than he gets to read either at home or in the masjid. Moreover, besides the reward of reading the Qur`an, this habit saves him from boredom and stress.

He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked, when will you find one and a half hours to read the Qur`an? I reflected; How much time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not account for how they passed by? Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not read the Qur`an? I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for?

My thoughts were interrupted by the nurse calling out my number; I went to the doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital I quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Qur`an. I decided to be mindful of how I spend the time.
If this information is beneficial to you, then please do forward it to your friends and relatives. Our Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said; "Whoever guides or directs to good, then he gets the same amount of blessing (reward) as the one who does it"
The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wasallam) also said "Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MYF 2010

Salam. Wanted to post this a few weeks ago but was busy with my exams..

What is MYF 2010? MYF stands for Malaysia Yemen Festival. It is the first ever Trade exhibition in Yemen, in collaboration with Malaysia (if I'm not mistaken). It was held at SANA'A EXPO CENTER (APOLLO) from the 17th March - 20th March 2010.

The purpose of this event was to persent new opportunities for Yemenis to invest in Malaysia and vice versa, also, to increase trade between Malaysia and Yemen.

There were about 40 companies that came to exhibit in Yemen. Among them were, Lim Kok Wing University, IIUM, Proton. By the way, Proton cars are now available in Yemen, they opened a branch here a few months ago.

In the picture below you will be able to see who are the organizers, event managers, etc.

However, the attendance was quite disappointing. There were not many Yemenis and once the Prime Minister left, most people left as well..

Among those with boothes are: IIUM, Lim Kok Wing University, TwinTech University, PROTON, Tourism Malaysia, DPMM, and a few Malay Cafeteria set up by the Malaysians students here. (there are a few more which I don't remember now)

Also, the Trade Delegates who came gave disappointing impressions on Malaysians. Some considered coming here as going on a holiday and did not open their booths, going for sight-seeing instead of doing their job. And the businessmen that came here did not bring a lot of things and not many companies participated in this event. We were even criticised by the Yemenis who attended the Exhibition, it was such a disgrace, especially since it were Yemenis who were criticising the Trade Delegates.


Finally, I have finished my exams and waiting for the results. Currently, having holidays for a week or two.

The exam here is very very different than in Malaysia. It is only a one-page questions!! Believe it or not and it's only short answer questions. So, usually students finish answering the paper in half an hour, fifty minutes the most. And since we only have 1 paper per day, it feels quite not worth it going. I would go out from my house by 7.20am, reach at the University at around 8am, the exam starts at 8.30am and I'd finish by 9am-9.15am and reach home by 10am..

The only hard part is that there are no clues to what will be coming out in the exams. For some subjects we have finished the whole book, some three-quarter, some half and we have to memorize or know what we have learned.. The hardest was hadith and fiqh and Tauhid as we had to memorize Hadiths and some verses of the Qura'an. Among all papers Adab was the hardest paper for me, I couldn't understand the class and most of what is in the book. And on the day of exam, I could not answer much, racked my brains as hard as I could but in the end gave up and passed up the paper (I did answer some of the questions) but one thing I am sure of is that, I definitely failed that subject..

Right now just waiting for my results and will be applying to enter First Year at the start of the Second Semester, Insha Allah. Pray that I do get into First Year.. Plans for the hols? Nothing particular. Just concentrating on my Tahfiz as I have stopped my memorizations for a long time now.

That is all for today. Until next time.