06 January 2014

LAUNCHING OF SUATU KETIKA DI TBS BY DATO' NAFSIAH ABU BAKAR AT SEK. MENENGAH TUNKU BESAR TAMPIN

Deadline: 5 January 2014, Sunday, 3,00 pm.Lunching of the eagerly awaited book Suatu Ketika Di TBS was held at the Grup TBSST's alma mater. It was a glittering event with as many as 200 guests  attending the function. Officially launched by former Deputy Diretor General of International Trade and Industries, Dato' Nafsiah Abu Bakar.. VIPS attending included The Group TBSST President, Zahriman Alias, Lt. Kol. Hj. Mohd Tahir Mustapha, Pengetua Cemerlang SMK Tunku Besar, former Principal Puan Jainah Jantan, Cikgu Halimah Abu Bakar, GPK Prauniversiti, Datin Siti Ruhani Mohd. Yunus, Dto' Anjang Aki and wife Datin Naz and Cikgu Hamzah Othman  and wife.

Hitting the news stand. Prime-time newspaper, Sinar Harian carries the news in today's edition (6 January 2014).

The GRUP President, Zahriman Alias addressing the audience before the official launching of Suatu Ketika Di TBS.

After the launching Dato' Nafsiah Abu Bakar presenting a "cenderahati to the Organizer, Cikgu Halimah Abu Bakar.

The handful of writers on stage with Dato' Nafsiah Abu Bakar (centre) and the School Principal, Let. Kol. Hj. Mohd Tahir bin Mustapha (extreme left).

The front row special for the VIPs

The Great Cikgu Hamzah Othman, teacher cum coach with Ahmad Fadzil Yassin (left) and Salleh Simon.

Anwar Othman (TBS 1962) who came all the way from Johor Bahru just to be at the book launching.


A time to remember at the TBS Padang.

The Group President, Zahriman Alias accompanying two VIPS - Datin Siti Ruhani Mohd. Yunusand family member.

From left: Abu Aman Bachik, Puan Jainah Jantan, Dato' Nfsiah Abu Bakar, Cikgu Halimah Abu Bakar and the publisher of the book, Ahmad Fadzil Yassin.

From right: Dato' Nfsiah Abu Bakar, Anjang Aki and Datin Naz

The invited guests at the launching Hall

Syed Hmid Syed Zain

Returning to their alma mater. From left: Abu Aman Bachik, Puan Jainah Jantan, Dato' Nafsih Abu Bkar, Cikgu Halimah Abu Bakar and Ghazali Yassin.

Mohd Ayob Hashim (right) with Syed Hamid Syed Zain registering for the launching occasion..




From left: Anwar Othman, Syed Hmid Syed Zain, Karim Abu (CLA) and Cikgu Hlimah Abu Bakaar.

Reflecting old memories from left Anwar Othman, Abu Aman Bachik and cross the table Zahriman Alias and Akhbar Baba.

After the book launching it's time for High Tea. One for the record, from left, Datin Naz, Dato' Anjang Aki, Dato' Nafsiah Abu Bakar and Che Hawa, the Group President's wife..

Ann Sara, the daughter of the famous Cikgu Dol.

An actor, Anjng Aki and a publisher, A.F.Yassin  when they meet what do they talk about?
 

02 January 2014

SUATU KETIKA DI TBS: LUNCH AND POST-MORTEM SESSION AT DATO' NAPSIAH ABU BAKAR'S RESIDENCE, 30 DECEMBER 2013.

Zahriman Alias (left) and CLA browsing through the book at Medan Bandar Tasik Puteri.
Ashraf Manzoor (left), Mohamed Ibrahim and Ghazali Yasin capturing the moment.
Ashraf Manzoor (left), Ghazali Yasin, Datin Jamilah Ujang and Ahmad Fadzil Yassin discussing points.
One for the Album with Host Dato' Napsiah Abu Bskar (2nd from left).
From right: Mohamed Ibrahim, Zahriman Alias, Ahmad Fadzil Yassin and Datin Jmilah Ujang  in the Post-Mortem Session with Zahriman stressing a point.
Lunch with Dato' Napsiah serving Abu Aman Bachik (right) and Mohamed Ibrahim.
Hearty lunch or not, this is the time to celebtate with Ghazali Yasin pampering those present.
True to tradition, the ladies took their turn after the guys.
The book, published on 28 December 2013,  three days before deadline.

 
Group President, Zahriman Alias leads the invited guests to lunch hosted by Dato' Napsiah Abu Bakar.


Forget the glitches, the scrambling for deadline and the bickerings. It is time to celebrate and a time to forgive and forget. Those were the days and the Group looks forward to the future. Weaknesses and strengths are part and parcel of life and we dare say: So be it!

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"A.F.Yassin dalam cerpennya "Dendam" berjaya menghidupkan ceritanya dalam bahasa yang berjiwa; sesuai dengan pertentangan-pertentangan yang dialami oleh Salim atau oleh Yanti sendiri. "Plotnya bersifat sorot pergi sebagai satu gaya untuk mengembangkan kisah pada satu detik tetapi menghimbau kisah itu kepada kisah lampau dan juga kisah akan datang. Latarnya di Indonesia. Cerpen ini hidup kerana tidak dibiar berkisar di luar persoalan. Olahan cerpen bepusar keseluruhannya pada watak Yanti..." (Dato' Shahnon Ahmad, Mingguan Malaysia, 14 November 1976.)



" The former editor of a publishing house, A.F.Yassin, recently put out Sembang Sastera: Bersama Orang Persuratan (Fajar Bakti, 1998,310 pages), in which he talks to 64 Malay writers and literary activists of varying stature, who muse on their lives and what they have been up to. Chatty. Frank, nostalgic, irreverent, these conversations are light, in response to A.F.Yassin’s equally casual probing. His target is largely a small and shrinking group of people aged around 60 and above, loyal supporters of the Jawi-scripted Utusan Zaman, in which most of these Sembang-Sembang first appeared.



"Now that these Sembang-Sembang have been romanised, and packed in a handsome hardcover book, more readers , especially literary researchers, local and foreign, can be expected to benefit from them. Of course, the information ranges from the revealing to the trivial, but the book is pertinent as it provides insight on what went on in the world of Malay letters.



"…Sembang Satera is invaluable, especially to students of contemporary Malay literature, because it provides a cauldron of tidbits, with which to spice up the perennially long-overdue assignment.” - (Zakaria Ali, "Notes on Local Literature, fortnightly with Zakaria Ali, New Straits Times, 27 January, 1999."



"Yassin merupakan penulis yang berilmu dalam dua bidang dan seterusnya melibatkan diri dalam tiga dimensi. Bidang-bidang keilmuan dan keahliannya ialah komunikasi dan sastera, sementara kegiatannya dalam bidang penulisan kreatif dan deskriptif dan serentak dengan itu, turut kreatif dalam penghasilan dan penerbitan buku sesuai dengan profesion terkininya." (Asri Affandi, Mingguan Malaysia, 27 Disember 1987.)



"A.F.Yassin dalam bukunya Etika dan Wartawan berpendapat, pemberitaan akhbar di negara ini boleh dikatakan hanya berpandu kepada etika sejagat dan norma serta kebiasaan hidup masyarakat majmuk. Ketiadaan kod etika kewartawanan juga seperti yang ditekan oleh A. Samad Said telah menjadikan akhbar mengamalkan dasar swaying with the wind, bukan merupakan agent of change, serta cenderung menyuarakan dasar dan strategi pihak penerbit suratkabar itu sendiri." (Harakah, 31 Mei 1993.)

Tidak tahu kenapa dia meninggalkan lapangan guru dalam tahun 1962 kemudian sanggup pula menjadi seorang Juruteknik di sebuah kilang tekstil di Johor Bahru. Apakah dia memikirkan kurangnya anak Bumiputra berminat dalam lapangan teknikal atau kerana mula nampak bintangnya lebih mengerdip jika dia meninggalkan lapangan guru?

Yang ternyata sewaktu berada di Textile Corporation of Malaya Berhad Johor Bahru, dia telah dapat mengikuti latihan teknikal di Nagoya, Jepun selama enam bulan dalam tahun 1969. Di Jepun dia baru dapat melihat perbezaan zikap dan tingkah laku manusia pekerja Jepun dengan bangsanya sendiri. Setelah menimba pengalaman di Jepun, tercetus pula keinginannya untuk menulis rencana bersirinya di Utusan Malaysia, Utusan Zaman dan Mingguan Malaysia. Semuanya menceritakan pengalamannya di Jepun.

Kemampuan menulis telah meransangnya menapak ke bidang kerja yang lain. Dia menjadi Penyunting Berita Harian dalam tahun 1971. Semasa di New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd., dia banyak pula menghasilkan cerpen. Dia terus melanjutkan penulisan fiksyen apabila dilantik menjadi Penolong Editor dan kemudiannya meningkat sebagai Editor majalah Dewan Masyarakat.

Melihat kemampuannya menulis artikel dan cerpen di tengah-tengah kesibukannya sebagi seorang Editor, jelaslah kepada kita bahawa seorang editor yang sibuk tidak semestinya tidak boleh menulis. Pokoknya dia tidak mengenal erti kelelahan dan kesibukan bila dia diransang untuk menulis. ("Karyawan Bulan Ini", Dewan Sastera, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, Mac 1983).