Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Dikir Barat

I have just missed this event today. It ended about an hour ago. This is Pertandingan Dikir Barat. It was once banned in the 1980s because the lyrics of the dikir barat songs were obscene. It has made a comeback after the lyrics were improved. Today the lyrics focus on advice to the community. USM has a team that performs and competes in dikir barat.

The Doctors' Cars

It is intriguing to read about what cars the early Malay doctors had owned. It is amazing to know what the cars looked like back then, compared to the first car that Henry Ford made.

There were carriages in the 1900s. Muzium Kelantan has a wooden carriage that was used then. A photograph by Muzium Kelantan showed a doctor's carriage and the doctor with his family. A Malay man served as the driver.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, proclaiming, "I will build a car for the great multitude." He made many car models including the Ford Model T cars. His signature became the Ford car logo. His portrait appears on the cover of Time magazine issue of 14 January 1935. More at http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventors/a/HenryFord.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Model_T and http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm and http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/hf/

Ford Model T cars were produced from 1 October 1908 onward. A photograph from the Herbert Hoover Library showed 3 great American inventors met in Florida, dated 11 February 1929. They were Henry Ford (inventor of Ford Model T cars), Thomas Alva Edison (inventor of electric lamps), and Harvey Firestone (inventor of pneumatic rubber tyres).

These early Ford Model T cars appeared on the streets including in Malaya and Singapore in the 1930s. Many museum photographs depicted these early Ford Model T cars. Family photographs also depicted these early cars.

Rolls Royce were also popular at the time of the early Malay doctors. It is unknown how many Rolls Royce were brought into Malaya and Singapore and who owned them.

Tokoh-tokoh Perubatan Malaysia dan Singapura

The link is here:

It only mentions Malaysia whereas 2 doctors on the list were Singaporeans - Dr Mohamed Ibrahim bin Shaik Ismail and Dr HS Moonshi.

TQ for making the Malay pages in Wikipedia.

TQ for citing my book.

Q3 Royalty

Expenses incurred

(i) Printing 2 books (publication cost): AUD4,600 (RM14,824.27)
- refer to Research on TEMD, page 103, items 11 and 12.

(ii) Ordered 100 copies of Research on TEMD: AUD2,102.21 (RM6,875.25) including postage. Paid to Content Distributors, Trafford, Great Britain.

(ii) Ordered 100 copies of Biography of TEMD: AUD2,102.21 (RM8,752) including postage. Paid to Content Distributors, Trafford, Great Britain.

Gratis from publisher (Xlibris Corporation)

The following were provided as part of the Premier B/W publishing package which I signed up for.

(i) Research on the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore

Author's sample copy: 1 paperback + 1 hardcover + replacement of damaged paperback (printed in New Jersey, USA)

Free copies for Premier B/W publishing package (60 books): 40 paperback + 20 hardcover

Single Item Accessories (SIA): 50 pcs bookmarks, 50 pcs business cards, 50 pcs picture postcards, 5 posters

Press Release Campaign (PRC) advertising text, layout and file format

Email campaign (EMC) text, layout and file format (emailed to 100 recipients in media, TV and publishing)

Website for Research on the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore

(ii) Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore

Author's sample copy: 2 paperback + 2 hardcover

Free copies for Premier B/W publishing package (60 books): 40 paperback + 20 hardcover

Free copies for orders during offer period (before 25 Dec 2012): 20 paperback

SIA: 50 pcs bookmarks, 50 pcs business cards, 50 pcs ppc, 5 posters

PRC advertising text, layout and file format

EMC text, layout and file format (emailed to 100 recipients in media, TV and publishing)

Website for Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore

Subscription (done by Xlibris Corporation)

1 year hosting of the books at Amazon.com

1 year hosting of the books at Barnes and Noble.com


Third quarter (Q3) ends on 10 December 2012. JP Morgan Chase Bank of Sydney, Australia sent the first royalty on 24 December 2012 which amounts to AUD25.47 for Q3 (approximately RM81.30). Not much but good enough for a first timer.

Marketing & Sales

Marketing and sales will certainly need to be stepped-up before orders will increase and royalties follow suit.

Retail outlets

The 2 books can be purchased at many online outlets. These include Xlibris, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, e-Bay, The Book Depository and many more. Please check my previous posts on these outlets.

These books are not available in physical stores in Malaysia (they are not sold in MPH, Kino or Syarikat Muda Osman).

Klang Valley

For rapid delivery within Klang Valley, my son-in-law (Mohammad Nizam bin Omar) can assist. He can be contacted by email, mobile or in Facebook. Who is Nizam? He has a diploma in IT. He is a part-time student of UKM. He works part-time for Pos Malaysia network security. You can type Biography of the Early Malay Doctors in Facebook and you should be able to reach him. You can also type Research on the Early Malay Doctors in Facebook to get the other book.

Contact:      Muhammad Nizam bin Omar
                    Mobile: 017-358 7010
                    Email: dgtalwa@gmail.com
                         http://www.facebook.com/Muhammad Nizam bin Omar
                         http://www.facebook.com/Research on TEMD
                         http://www.facebook.com/Biography of TEMD


For Singapore shoppers, they can try check out Wardah Books at Bussorah St near Masjid Sultan. Wardah Books is in Facebook. It is operated by Ibrahim Tahir & wife. Ibrahim is the son of Dr Mohamed Tahir. Dr Mohamed Tahir is the grandson of Dr Mohamed Ibrahim bin Shaik Ismail, an early Malay doctor and the first Malay doctor of Singapore (according to my research on the early Malay doctors).


All booksellers get 40% discount from the publisher (Xlibris Corporation) all the time, regardless of # of copies ordered. You do not have to know me to be a bookseller for books on The Early Malay Doctors. Please contact Xlibris at their website or call them.

How Xlibris works

Xlibris head office is in Sydney, Australia. The principal and HQ is in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. The publishing operations are based in Cebu, Philippines (same time +800 hours as KL). Printing is done by Milton Keynes in Great Britain. Delivery is by air express courier from UK to worldwide destinations. This usually involves UPS if in USA, Air Asia cargo from UK to Subang, and delivery by FedEx or DHL within Malaysia. All delivery charges are charged to the customer and must be prepaid by the customer before the books will be shipped out. This involves use of credit card (credit card has a limit, usually RM15K for Malaysian cardholders). Do not order beyond your credit card limit. The retail price for the books are published at the Xlibris website but booksellers can sell at any price they wish to. I have not printed the retail price on any of the books.


Please get back to me if you have difficulties getting the 2 books. I will forward your difficulties to Xlibris. You can also contact Xlibris directly if you have difficulties.

Newspapers & magazines

I have not made the 2 books public in newspapers or magazines yet. I'm working on it.

I have also informed and requested Dato Yeoh Poh Hong (MMA) to help circulate news of the 2 books.

Tan Sri Dr Ridzwan Bakar is handling circulation news for MMA.

Advertising & email campaign (EMC)

The text for advertising and campaigning for my 2 books are in this blog at the right panel. Click 501451 for Biography of TEMD. Click 501452 for Research on TEMD. The advertising text and email campaign in this blog are free to copy-edit. Please use them wisely.

Single Item Accessories (SIA)

I have run out of the original printed accessories (bookmarks, picture postcards, business cards). They were printed in the USA. I lost 2 posters of Research on TEMD at the 46 USM Convex in Penang (students misplaced the posters after the event).

You can print bookmarks, poster, banner, postcards, fliers, etc for your use, teaching, bookshops or functions.

Nizam has the original galley files for Research on TEMD which was obtained from Xlibris. You can obtain the galley files from Nizam. The galleys are either low resolution or high resolution.

I have not received the galley for the same accessories for Biography of TEMD. I will pass them on to Nizam once I get them. You can then check with Nizam.

Official launch

USM Medical School has mentioned of an official launch for my 2 books. I have not heard back from Assoc Prof Col (R) Wan Pauzy Wan Ibrahim, Deputy Dean of Industrial Linkages, USM Medical School.

I have not contacted MoHE (Ministry of Higher Education) re an official launch as instructed by an officer there when I last met her during the launch of Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN) at PICC, Putrajaya.

I'll update on activities on The Early Malay Doctors in this blog when I have time. I also have teaching to do. Sometimes I'm out to contact contributors and to speak to people who have the resources for books on The Early Malay Doctors.


I cannot make it to Penang this weekend as the rain has picked up intensity and it is rather unsafe to use the East-West Highway in the present rough condition. Landslides and cars slipping are common on the E-W Hwy during wet weather.


The flood situation is worsening and flood water is rising in many parts of the state.

My house is 50 feet above river level. USM is also 50 feet above river level. I have to move my stock of books upstairs to the children's bedrooms if the rain does not stop.

The rain has stopped for the longest period on 25 December 2012. But I don't see the sun. It is a bright cloudy day.


The names of the contributors for research on The Early Malay Doctors (TEMD) are at the right panel. Click on Contributors.

I have tried to contact contributors but some never replied and some are lost to follow-up. A few have passed on.

I heard some contributors are unwell and cannot reply my email. Please share my heartfelt gratitude to all.

I'm sorry for the great delay in coming up with the main book, Biography of TEMD.

I want to thank all contributors and everyone who helped to make the books a reality, especially the main book, Biography of TEMD.

What more?

I'm still hunting for the 12 doctors who didn't make it to any of the 2 books.

Please contact me. Click on The Author at the right panel. My email is there.

I'm also in Facebook (add Faridah Abdul Rashid or drop me a message in Facebook).

Season's greetings

Have a safe end of year and a happy new year. Cherish the old year and celebrate the new year with an open heart.

Our duties as responsible citizens

We have a beautiful country at hand. Let's not spoil this lovely country with hatred and bloodshed.

We must stand as one undivided nation, full of love and living in harmony as humans do.

We are responsible for each other's protection, safety and happiness.

 May you have a safe future and keep the future safe for all children.

Haji and Tabung Haji

My husband and I visited Tabung Haji (TH) building in Kota Bharu, Kelantan on 24 December 2012 at 11 am. TH counters have moved from Upper Ground (UG) to 11th floor. Renovations are on-going on UG floor. We were brought by a senior officer to the TH main office. He was previously in charge of opening new TH account. On the way to the TH main office, I handed him the business cards for my 2 books. When we were at TH main office, we were given TH calendars for 2013. In return, my husband said we will return to give TH free complimentary copies of my 2 books. We may go today (25 December 2012) or after that date. It is quite dangerous to travel out when the monsoon rain is torrential.

I have highlighted the role of TH in the hajj rites executed by fellow pilgrims, many of whom were the early Malay doctors. Many early doctors had perform the hajj and for many they traveled by ships before flights became available. The first flight was in 1974/75.

At the time my 2 books went to print I hadn't had time to request more information about TH activities. TH has compiled/published books/reports on its hajj trips. Some of the early Malay doctors served on board TH ships and also in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah. It took very long to reach Jeddah and to return to Malaya after the Hajj.

We visited Tabung Haji again on 27 December 2012 after solat zohor. We met with a friendly Haji Amin on the 11th floor and he said to see the Timbalan Pengarah TH on the 9th floor. Down we went on the technicians' lift with plywood as wall cover. On the 9th floor, Affandi pressed the bell and we were allowed in. Once inside, we were warmly greeted and asked why we came and whom we wanted to see. Affandi said we got books to give to the Timbalan Pengarah TH and we were asked to be seated. I saw a young man in blue silk batik shirt talking to another senior man in yellow silk batik shirt some distance from where I was seated. It's Thursday and it is government general orders that men wear batik shirts to work. The man in yellow batik shirt was working on the computer and turned to look at me. He must think somebody came to the wrong place for the wrong reason. We waited less than 5 minutes and the young man in blue batik shirt called us in to meet his superior. The man in yellow batik shirt pushed himself away from his computer and stationed himself at his main desk as he welcomed us in. Then I knew he was THE BOSS!! I'm glad. Since he was busy Affandi said we would only take a few minutes of his time. We were asked to sit and Affandi quickly gave him my 2 books. As we sat, the boss asked "Dari mana?" Affandi replied "Dari USM." Then Affandi explained "Buku ini isteri saya tulis dan ada banyak maklumat dia ambil daripada TH lama dulu, agak-agak 2008 macam tu. Jadi kami nak bagi buku-buku ni sebagai tanda terima kasih." Gee, I could not have said that correctly and fluently. So it was nice to listen to him speak "Bahasa Melayu Standard". I was tickled but I enjoyed their conversation. I didn't say much because my BM is "tonggang-langgang", and very slow, and my Malay verbs go all over the place, and nobody seems to understand what I say in Malay, except Affandi! It is not even worth trying. Sometimes my kids fail to understand. My Malay text is usually very brief.

The boss's phone buzzed and we thought we had better leave. But he wanted to talk. He said TH supports research and has supported USM research on TH pilgrims. I said that was another group in USM. Affandi explained that many of the early Malay doctors also served as Hajj doctors. The boss said yes. We asked him whether TH had publications. The boss said yes. I said it would be good if TH can provide good reports which we can use for our research at USM. In my present research on the early Malay doctors, we obtained information from the former Timbalam Pengarah TH. I said I had used information published in newspapers about hajj travels between 1900 and Merdeka (1957). He was happy to know that. I asked if TH had other reports that had the details of the doctors who served as hajj doctors between 1900 up till Merdeka. I think TH should have that information. I said I didn't use any data on health statistics or other as we have an understanding that researchers cannot publish sensitive data about TH or the pilgrims' state of health. The boss said researchers can use statistical data (how may got sick of what particular disease, etc). We were happy that the boss had shed some light on the matter. The boss was happy that I had written those 2 books and he said it was a lot of work. He thanked us for the books and we left. I forgot to take photos of him.

Affandi in front of the lifts on 11th floor, 27 December 2012

Timbalan Pengarah Negeri
Lembaga Tabung Haji Negeri Kelantan
Wisma Ilmu, Bangunan Tabung Haji
Jalan Doktor, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan
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Fax: +609-744 4577
Email: tpnkbh@lth.gov.my
Web: www.tabunghaji.gov.my

Diurus oleh anak syarikat Tabung Haji
Tel: 09-744 6667
Sebarang Pertanyaan/Aduan boleh disalurkan kepada Tabung Haji Contact Centre
Tel: 03-6207 1919
Fax: 03-7727 959
SMS: 33990
Email: th-info@lth.gov.my