Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As Manchester United reach their magical mark of 20 league titles, Sportsmail selects one image from each of the Red Devils' championship-winning seasons

As Manchester United reach their magical mark of 20 league titles, Sportsmail selects one image from each of the Red Devils' championship-winning seasons

Manchester United's championship-winning season has seen the club reach another landmark.
The club's domination of modern football is beyond question with Sir Alex Ferguson winning his 13th title in 21 seasons, but United have also further cemented their position as the most successful in the history of English football, in domestic terms, with 20 championships won in their history.
From their first league title in 1908, through to the magical 'Busby Babes' of the 1950s, the 'Holy Trinity' of the 1960s and Ferguson's succession of glorious teams from the past 20 years, United fans have much to look back on as they reflect on this latest triumph.
In this picture special to commemorate United clinching their 20th title, Sportsmail has selected one image from each of the Red Devils' successes.


Manchester United team in 1908
Ernest Mangnall (far left) led Manchester United to their first title success - it is truly remarkable to think that only Mangnall, Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson have led United to the title. Sandy Turnbull (seated, middle row, third from right) scored 25 goals from 30 matches, while billiant outside forward Billy Meredith (seated, middle row, far left) was one of the team's biggest stars. United won 13 of their first 14 matches and ended the season nine points clear of Aston VIlla. It's strange to think that this is where it all began for United, with the Reds now winning their 20th league title 105 years on 


Manchester United 1911
This was far less straightforward than their league win of three seasons previous, with Aston Villa pushing United all the way. A 4-2 defeat against Villa in their penultimate game set up a nervous final match against Sunderland, but United rose to the occasion, winning 5-1, with Harold Halse (back row, second left) scoring twice


Jack Rowley playing against Preston in 1952
United fans thought the club had waited long enough for the title when they finished top of the pile in 1993, but that 26-year wait almost pales into insignificance compared with the 41-year wait between 1910-11 and 1951-52. Arsenal and Tottenham both challenged United for the title in this season, with two wins over the Gunners proving decisive for Sir Matt Busby's team. A 6-1 win over Arsenal on the final day of the season clinched the title. Here is Jack Rowley in action at Preston that season - Rowley is one of the most prolific goalscorers in United's history, and was in brilliant form that term, scoring 30 goals in 40 league matches as United won the first of their post-war titles


Manchester United centre forward Tommy Taylor scores his team's third goal against Chelsea at Old Trafford in 1956. Chelsea goalkeeper Mathews and brothers John and Peter Sillett look on helplessly
A young United team led by Sir Matt Busby swept all before them in the 1955-56 season. United finished the season 11 points ahead of both Blackpool and Wolves to win a second league title of the 1950s. United were playing an exciting brand of attacking football, and became known throughout football as the 'Busby Babes'. Among the stars of the season were wing halves Duncan Edwards and Eddie Colman, and striker Tommy Taylor. This picture shows Taylor (far left) scoring his second goal, and United's third, in a fine 3-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Taylor finished with 25 league goals that season


Manchester United 4 v Sunderland 0, 1957 - Billy Whelan flies into the net
United claimed consecutive league titles in 1956-57, something they wouldn't do again until the 1990s. Sir Bobby Charlton broke into Sir Matt Busby's exciting team in this season, with other wonderful young players like Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor helping United to the title. The Reds finished eight points clear of Tottenham and Preston. A 4-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford sealed the deal for United - here is a picture of an effort from Billy Whelan heading into the net. The brilliant Whelan scored twice that day, with Edwards and Taylor also on the scoresheet. Whelan, Edwards and Taylor were among the United players killed in the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, a tragedy that decimated Busby's glorious young team


Manchester United's Denis Law (second r) fires his team's third goal past Arsenal goalkeeper Jim Furnell (r, diving), watched by teammate David Herd (c) and Arsenal's Ian Ure (l) and Frank McLintock (second l)
The first of two league titles for United in the 1960s came in 1964-65, with the Reds dramatically beating Leeds to the championship on goal difference. With teenage winger George Best beginning to make a name for himself, and Denis Law prolific in front of goal, United just emerged triumphant ahead of their Yorkshire rivals. A crucial 1-0 win at Elland Road in April, courtesy of a goal from John Connelly, proved decisive. United clinched the title with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford, with Leeds drawing at Birmingham on the same day. Here is a picture of Law scoring his second goal, and United's third, against the Gunners


Sir Matt Busby and players celebrate league title in 1967
Sir Matt Busby led United to a second title in three seasons in 1966-67, with the Reds winning by four points from both Nottingham Forest and Tottenham. The club's legendary 'Holy Trinity' of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton were at their imperious best and United were champions of England for a seventh time. Law scored 23 goals for United that term and fittingly the Scot was on target twice as United beat West Ham 6-1 at Upton Park to clinch the title in their penultimate match


Steve Bruce celebrates his second goal against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993
The sheer emotion that greeted United's title success in 1992-93 can't be overestimated. The Reds had gone an amazing 26 years without finishing top of the pile. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed Eric Cantona from Leeds midway through the season, in what must rank as one of the most significant transfers in English football history. United, Villa and Norwich were all going for the title. A scintillating win at Norwich in April was followed by an iconic match against Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford. United were 1-0 down in the closing stages, but came back to win 2-1 thanks to two goals from Steve Bruce. Here, Bruce celebrates his winner in the 97th minute. United had the impetus to go on and win the title


Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson celebrate Manchester United's 1994 title triumph
Eric Cantona, Andrei Kanchelskis, Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes made Ferguson's team irresistible at times. United wobbled somewhat in the spring, but a 2-0 derby win over City put them back on track, and the Reds won their last five games of the season. One of the striking features of the season was a farewell to United great Bryan Robson, a player who seemed to single-handedly drag United through the 1980s. Here he lifts the trophy with Steve Bruce at the end of a memorable 13-year spell


Eric Cantona scores for Manchester United at Newcastle in 1996
Alan Hansen famously said: 'You with nothing with kids' as United's youngsters lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the 1995-96 season. United were 12 points behind Kevin Keegan's Newcastle at the end of January. As Newcastle floundered in the spring, United fought back. This picture shows United's mercurial Frenchman Eric Cantona firing home the only goal in a 1-0 win. Cantona and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel were both in amazing form during the final months of the season. Keegan was driven to his infamous television rant directed at Ferguson, and United clinched their 10th league title with a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on the final day


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson celebrates after his team beat Liverpool in their vital Premiership clash at Anfield in 1997
United's youngsters had gained tremendous confidence from winning the Double the season before, and the Reds successfully defended their league crown in 1996-97. Ferguson's side finished seven points clear of both Arsenal and Newcastle. A decisive win late in the season came at Liverpool with Gary Pallister scoring twice and Andy Cole once in 3-1 win. This picture shows Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating victory at Anfield with assistant Brian Kidd, as his United team headed towards another success. A fourth title in five seasons showed that the power of balance had swung firmly away from Anfield and to Old Trafford


Andy Cole scores against Tottenham in 1999
If ever there was a fantasy season for any club in English football, it came for Manchester United in 1998-99. Their bid for the Treble featured one extraordinary match after the other and, of course, ended on a wondrous night in Barcelona. As for the first leg of the Treble, the league title, that was only clinched on the final day of the season. United had formidable opponents in Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, but a defeat for the Gunners at Leeds in their penultimate match let United in. The Reds drew at Blackburn, and then came from behind to beat Tottenham on the final day of the season. Andy Cole, here, scores the goal which won the title


Teddy Sheringham and Dwight Yorke of Manchester United celebrate Sheringham's equaliser against Arsenal
United's most dominant title success under Ferguson came in 1999-2000, when they won the league by 18 points. Buoyed by the incredible Treble success of 1999, United were rampant. The only potential worry came when the Reds flew out to Brazil for the World Club Championship. As it happened, all their rivals dropped points at home while the United players sunned themselves. Their first league match after arriving home was against nearest challengers Arsenal - Teddy Sheringham (pictured) celebrates his equaliser with Dwight Yorke, in a game that finished 1-1


Manchester United celebrate winning the league title in 2001
United coasted to the league title in 2000/2001 - they actually finished 10 points ahead of Arsenal, despite losing their final three games of the campaign. It meant that for the first time in their history, United had won the league three seasons in a row. A 6-1 win over Arsenal in February, with Dwight Yorke scoring a hat-trick, was a perfect illustration of the hold United had over their rivals that term. Here, the United squad celebrate their league title success - a seventh Premier League crown in nine seasons further confirmed a dominant new era in English football


Paul Scholes scores first goal against Newcastle in 2003
Arsenal moved eight points ahead of United with three months of the 2002-03 season remaining, but United showed impressive resilience to claw their way back in the title race and eventually overhaul the Gunners. The Reds played some impressive football at the end of that season, never more so  than when they brilliantly beat Newcastle 6-2 in April. Here is a picture of Paul Scholes scoring the first of his three goals for United in that match. A battling 2-2 draw at Arsenal in United's next game kept the Reds level with the Gunners at the top, with a belligerent Ferguson celebrating delightedly at the final whistle. This was the prelude to Arsenal dropping points at Bolton - and United never looked back from there, clinching a 15th title


Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for Manchester United at Everton in 2007
United wanted the league title so badly in 2006-07, having not won it for three seasons. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea had won the two previous titles, and were truly formidable opponents. United had their noses in front for virtually the whole season, and were always only a few points clear. On the most dramatic of spring afternoons at Goodison Park, United went 2-0 down against Everton, but rallied in glorious fashion to win 4-2. Here is a picture of Wayne Rooney celebrating after scoring United's fourth goal. The following weekend, United beat neighbours Manchester City, and Chelsea drew with Arsenal, as the Reds clinched the title


Ryan Giggs scores for Manchester United at Wigan in 2008
Another season full of drama, with United clinching the league title on the final day for the first time in nine years. A strong Arsenal team were in charge of the title race going into 2008, but United hunted them down to go in front. In the season's closing stages, Chelsea came up on the rails, with a win at Stamford Bridge over United moving them level on points with two games remaining. United, with a vastly superior goal difference, had to win their final two games. They saw off West Ham at Old Trafford, and then beat Wigan 2-0 on a dramatic final day. This picture shows Ryan Giggs scoring their crucial second goal, on a day he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record of 758 United games. Sir Alex Ferguson, who danced in the rain on the touchline, had won a 10th title. With magnificent players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez in the team, United also won the European Cup that season


Federico Macheda celebrates his winner against Aston Villa
The 2008-09 title race was a dramatic one indeed, with Liverpool at one stage in a very good position at the top and United having to come from behind. A strong period in the New Year then put Ferguson's men in charge, but just when they were wobbling in the spring came a classic United moment. Federico Macheda, a 17-year-old that hardly anybody at Old Trafford had heard of, came off the bench to score a glorious winner against Aston Villa, United's 3-2 win putting them in front of Liverpool once again. It was a lead they never relinquished, as the Reds won another title hat-trick, and an 18th crown overall, moving them level with the Merseysiders. This was scarcely believable territory for United supporters that had lived through Liverpool's dominance of the 1970s and 1980s


Wayne Rooney scores overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011
Many critics suggested the Manchester United team of 2010-11 was not among their finest, but it was certainly good enough to finish top of the pile again, despite strong challenges from two London clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea. A 2-1 victory for United against Chelsea in May virtually wrapped the title up, and it was confirmed when the Reds drew at Blackburn the following weekend. This image is of an iconic Premier League goal, Wayne Rooney's overhead winner for United against City in a derby match at Old Trafford. United's 19th title was a landmark one, as it took them one clear of their greatest rivals, Liverpool, and officially made the club the most successful in English football history in domestic terms


Robin van Persie scores against Manchester City
Sir Alex Ferguson and United were determined to win the title back, having lost it so dramatically to neighbours Manchester City in the final seconds of the 2011-12 campaign. And they effectively had the title wrapped up for months. This picture shows a pivotal moment in the campaign, with Robin van Persie's deflected free-kick in the final seconds giving United a dramatic 3-2 derby win over City. Van Persie, signed from Arsenal the previous summer, was superb for United in the first six months of the season, and his winner on this December afternoon moved United five points clear of their neighbours. United only grew stronger in the months after this victory. Ferguson is celebrating an incredible 13th title, and United a 20th in their history

From signing Van Persie in the summer to the Dutchman's hat-trick on Monday night... here's how United won the title

From signing Van Persie in the summer to the Dutchman's hat-trick on Monday night... here's how United won the title

After Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Monday night at Old Trafford to clinch their 20th top-flight crown, Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman takes a step-by-step look at another glorious season for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Champions again: Manchester United celebrate winning the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 3-0
Champions again: Manchester United celebrate winning the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 3-0
The shutting of the summer transfer window on August 31 left United to reflect on the recruitments of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa and City wondering how they ended up with Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia. 
One-nil to those in red.
Major scalp: Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal last summer
Major scalp: Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal last summer
United started their league season with a 1-0 defeat at Everton.
It was not an ideal scenario but it served only to deepen the resolve of Sir Alex Ferguson. 
He used the disappointment of that night at Goodison Park to drive his players on.
Losing start: Marouane Fellaini's header guided Everton to a 1-0 win against Manchester United
Losing start: Marouane Fellaini's header guided Everton to a 1-0 win against Manchester United
United’s early-season form was patchy and their performance against Liverpool at Anfield in September was wretched. 
Even against 10 men United struggled but somehow they found a way to win 2-1. 
It gave them a little breathing space when questions were being asked.
Winning the hard way: United made tough work of 10-man Liverpool to win 2-1 at Anfield
Winning the hard way: United made tough work of 10-man Liverpool to win 2-1 at Anfield
With an air of vulnerability still hanging over them, United visited Chelsea twice in a week in October.
They won the first game  3-2, with Chelsea having Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic sent off, and lost the second, in the Capital One Cup, 5-4 in extra time. 
But the League Cup is a distraction United never need.
Bridge battles: United played out two thrillers against Chelsea in a week, winning the league match 3-2
Bridge battles: United played out two thrillers against Chelsea in a week, winning the league match 3-2
United’s early season was characterised by bad defending and dodgy goalkeeping. 
But a 4-3 win at Reading on December 1 featured a performance by Anders Lindegaard so poor that Ferguson decided to stick with David de Gea for the rest of the season. 
It paid off.
Anders Lindegaard
David De Gea
Keeper trouble: Anders Lindegaard's (performance) against Reading prompted Ferguson to stick with De Gea
The two Manchester clubs were hard to separate when United visited City in the run-up to Christmas and even closer together with the score locked at 2-2 late in the game. 
But a free-kick from Van Persie gave United victory at the Etihad Stadium, and Ferguson’s team never looked back.
Late but great: Van Persie's free-kick in injury time won a dramatic Manchester derby for United 3-2
Late but great: Van Persie's free-kick in injury time won a dramatic Manchester derby for United 3-2
Despite their points advantage, United’s defending continued to undermine them and once again they struggled, this time at home to Newcastle on Boxing Day. 
But late goals from Van Persie and Javier Hernandez saw them come from behind to win 4-3 and United had ridden out another storm.
Dramatic: Javier Hernandez scored a late goal as Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-3 on Boxing Day
Dramatic: Javier Hernandez scored a late goal as Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-3 on Boxing Day
United don’t offer their opponents many opportunities and when they come, you must take them. 
A draw at snowy Tottenham on January 20 handed City a way back into the race only for the champions to fail at bottom club QPR next time out. Oops...
Missed chance: Manchester City lost at QPR after United were held to a draw by Tottenham
Missed chance: Manchester City lost at QPR after United were held to a draw by Tottenham
Sometimes it’s the low-profile victories that take you to the title and when Wayne Rooney scored a late goal at Fulham to secure a 1-0 victory in February, Ferguson’s men were beginning to look like a team that would not loosen their grip.
Low-profile: Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game in United's 1-0 win at Fulham
Low-profile: Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game in United's 1-0 win at Fulham
City’s derby win at Old Trafford two weeks ago gave them one last chance to provoke a United wobble. United’s next game — away to Stoke — was always going to be crucial.
Michael Carrick scored in the fourth minute and that was pretty much that.
Back in the groove: After the derby defeat, Michael Carrick put his team ahead at Stoke after just four minutes
Back in the groove: After the derby defeat, Michael Carrick put his team ahead at Stoke after just four minutes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mee Udang

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Walaupun aku tau mee udang memang famous di Penang, mee udang Pulau Aman memang tak dak dalam radar aku, yang aku tau mee udang Sungai Dua dekat dengan rumah tok aku.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Perletakan jawatan PETRONAS — Rafizi Ramli

Perletakan jawatan PETRONAS — Rafizi Ramli

APRIL 12, 2013
12 APRIL — Aktivis Umno akhir-akhir ini banyak menimbulkan cerita buruk mengenai perletakan jawatan saya dari PETRONAS dalam tahun 2009. Fitnahnya adalah saya dibuang kerana membuat tuntutan perbelanjaan yang menyeleweng.
Mulanya saya tidak mahu melayan kerana ia fitnah picisan. Agaknya mereka masih mencari kelemahan saya, jadi mereka mencipta cerita bahawa saya menyeleweng hingga dibuang untuk mencemarkan kredibiliti saya. Pada kiraan mereka (yang silap), jika kredibiliti saya tercalar, makan tercalar jugalah kredibiliti pendedahan saya selama ini dan yang akan datang.
Mutakhir ini saya merasakan jika saya terus berdiam diri, ia tidak membantu kebenaran kerana fitnah terancang ini disebarkan seluas-luasnya.
Saya tidak dibuang dari PETRONAS (seperti mana yang diketahui ramai orang), saya meletakkan jawatan.
Saya dinaikkan pangkat pada umur yang muda, menyertai PETRONAS terus sebagai seorang pengurus sebaik pulang dari London (selepas bekerja selama 3+ tahun di firma perakaunan untuk menjadi seorang akauntan bertauliah dengan ICAEW). Selepas berkhidmat selama 2 tahun di loji petrokimia PDH/MMSB di Gebeng, saya ditukarkan kembali ke ibupejabat di Menara Berkembar PETRONAS.
Jadi, pada umur 27, saya dinaikkan pangkat menjadi Pengurus Kanan (saya dimaklumkan ia tidak pernah berlaku sebelum itu dan menjadi orang termuda ketika itu dilantik menjadi Pengurus Kanan) yang bertanggungjawab menguruskan keseluruhan perancangan perniagaan, operasi dan teknologi bagi Urusniaga Petrokimia PETRONAS, kerana saya mempunyai ijazah kejuruteraan dan juga seorang akauntan bertauliah.
Selepas 2 tahun di jawatan itu, saya dipindahkan lagi untuk mengetuai jabatan kewangan bagi perniagaan carigali antarabangsa, memandangkan saya mempunyai latar belakang percukaian. Pada ketika itu, ada keperluan untuk mengemaskini amalan percukaian PETRONAS di peringkat antarabangsa kerana banyak kerajaan menggunakan alasan percukaian untuk campur tangan kontrak pengeluaran petroluem yang dimeterai.
Oleh itu, menjelang umur saya 31 tahun, saya telah pun diberi peluang menguruskan pelbagai bidang dalam industri minyak dan gas. Saya pernah bertugas di loji petrokimia, di pengurusan korporat, berpengalaman di sektor huluan dan hiliran. Pada ketika itu, saya juga sedang menunggu masa untuk dinaikkan pangkat lagi.
Saya berdepan dengan dilema besar. Jika saya kekal di PETRONAS, dengan kenaikan pangkat dan gaji yang besar, saya mungkin akan kekal selama-lamanya hanya dalam satu bidang kerana terlalu selesa dengan kesenangan dan gaji. Saya tidak mahu bersara dengan pengalaman di dalam satu bidang sahaja,  kerana hidup ini lebih meriah jika kita terus menimba ilmu dan pengalaman. Pada ketika itu, saya agak keberatan untuk terus berkhidmat di PETRONAS selepas bon perkhidmatan 7 tahun berakhir.
Kebetulan, menjelang Januari 2008, rakan karib yang banyak mempengaruhi kehidupan saya – Adlan Benar Omar – menghembuskan nafas yang terakhir selepas sakit buat sekian lama. Ben (nama panggilan beliau) adalah senior saya di MCKK, beliau berminat dengan politik dan banyak membaca sejarah sejak dari sekolah. Semasa beliau di Tingkatan 5, saya di Tingkatan 1 dan beliau adalah kapten pasukan bahas yang melatih saya. Semasa kami di sekolah, kami ada berjanji akan memasuki politik dan memberi sumbangan, kerana di sekolah pun ada isu-isu yang dekat dengan hati beliau. Yang bersungguh-sungguh mahu jadi ahli politik adalah Ben, saya hanya angguk saja bila senior bercakap.
Hubungan kami yang terus rapat bermakna kami ambil serius janji itu. Ben melanjutkan pengajian ke Cambridge dan menubuhkan UKEC. Sepanjang masa, beliau mengheret saya ke dalam lingkungan aktivitinya kerana sifat saya yang lebih senang bekerja memudahkan kami menguruskan persatuan yang kami sama-sama sertai.
Apabila Datuk Seri Anwar dipecat dan dizalimi dalam tahun 1998, kedua-dua kami merasa terpanggil untuk membantah. Saya masih di universiti, tetapi Ben yang sudah bekerja di Malaysia terjun ke kancah politik partisan dan menjadi antara tokoh muda awal yang menunjangi KEADILAN. Sekali lagi allahyarham mengheret saya sama ke dalam KEADILAN.
Allahyarham menghembuskan nafas 2 bulan sebelum tsunami politik Mac 2008. Di hari-hari terakhirnya, kami sama-sama faham bahawa apabila beliau tiada, saya tiada pilihan kecuali masuk politik. Ben mengorbankan kerjaya dan hidupnya untuk reformasi, kalau matlamat reformasi tidak tercapai maka pengorbanannya sia-sia. Pada hari-hari itu pun saya sudah sedar bahawa ada ketikanya di masa akan datang hidup saya yang selesa di dunia korporat perlu diakhiri, untuk sama-sama membantu menubuhkan sebuah sistem politik dua parti dan menumbangkan BN.
Menjelang 2009, saya pun membuat keputusan untuk meninggalkan PETRONAS. Saya langsung tidak berniat untuk masuk politik pada ketika itu, tetapi saya merasakan saya perlu keluar dari zon selesa. Saya juga mahu tahu berapa nilai saya sebagai seorang akauntan bertauliah di luar PETRONAS.
Pada 30 April 2009, saya menyerahkan surat perletakan jawatan.
Dalam tempoh 3 bulan akan datang, saya melangsaikan semua hutang saya dengan PETRONAS, termasuklah membayar RM31,499.89 baki bon perkhidmatan saya selama 6 bulan berbaki, agar saya mengembalikan setiap satu sen biasiwa pendidikan yang diberika PETRONAS seperti di dalam perjanjian. Saya juga membayar RM41,091.80 baki geran kereta (yang saya pakai sehingga kini), yang diberikan kepada kakitangan pengurusan.
Saya bernasib baik kerana tekaan saya bahawa gaji di luar PETRONAS lebih tinggi adalah tepat. Dengan tawaran yang lebih baik, saya menyertai Pharmaniaga Berhad dalam Ogos 2009 sebagai Pengurus Besar, bertanggungjawab menguruskan kilang farmaseutikal di Bangi dan fungsi kewangan kumpulan itu.
Hari pertama saya melaporkan diri di Pharmaniaga adalah 10 Ogos 2009. Ditakdirkan pada 8 Ogos 2009, saya pulang ke Kemaman untuk bertemu ibubapa dan kebetulan pada malam itu ada ceramah perdana Datuk Seri Anwar, lalu saya diminta oleh penganjur untuk menjadi pengerusi majlis.
Saya tidak keberatan dan bertemu dengan Datuk Seri Anwar yang agak terkejut saya berada di situ, kerana kali terakhir kami bertemu (semasa perbincangan persediaan debat harga minyak setahun sebelum itu), saya tegas tidak berminat untuk berkecimpung dalam politik.
Beliau bertanya di mana saya bekerja ketika itu, saya maklumkan saya sudah berhenti dari PETRONAS dan akan bermula di Pharmaniaga minggu selepas itu. Yang lain-lain selepas itu adalah sejarah yang berlaku dengan cepat.
Susulan dari pertemuan itu, Datuk Seri Anwar menjemput untuk bertemu beliau di Parlimen sebanyak dua kali. Beliau ada meminta untuk saya kembali menyertai pimpinan parti (saya memegang jawatan pimpinan pusat Pemuda sehingga 2004) – dua kali beliau tanya, dua kali saya tolak. Akhirnya, bila beliau seolah mencabar saya bahawa “kita perlu bersama berjuang dan bukan hanya pandai mengkritik dari jauh”, saya akur untuk membantu parti.
Walaupun saya tidak pernah merancang untuk ke depan seperti sekarang, saya tenang dan tidak menyesal kerana janji bersama dengan allahyarham Ben supaya pengorbanan beliau meninggalkan usia muda tidak sia-sia. Janji itu semakin dekat menjadi kenyataan, apa yang terjadi selepas itu adalah keputusan peribadi saya. Ada orang yang memperlekehkan sentimentaliti berpegang kepada janji bersama di zaman budak-budak, tetapi janji itu menyuburkan ingatan saya terhadap allahyarham setiap hari.
Berbalik kepada PETRONAS, saya bertuah melalui zaman kerjaya yang cukup baik di PETRONAS. Ia banyak mengajar saya dan hampir keseluruhan kemahiran professional saya datangnya dari PETRONAS. Lebih penting, PETRONAS berlaku adil – disiplin kerja saya dihadiahkan dengan kenaikan pangkat yang paling pantas, seperti keputusan kenaikan pangkat yang dibuat pada umur saya 28 tahun yang disertakan bersama.
Perletakan jawatan saya dari PETRONAS mengejutkan ramai kakitangan PETRONAS. Ramai yang kurang faham kenapa saya perlu meninggalkan keadaan yang selesa dan lumayan, apatah lagi apabila prospek untuk saya di PETRONAS cukup baik.
Ramai yang baik hati dan cuba memujuk saya untuk membatalkan hasrat, termasuklah Datuk Mohamad Medan Abdullah, Pengurus Besar Kanan, Pengurusan Korporat Kumpulan (beliau pernah menjadi  ketua saya semasa kami di Carigali). Beliau menghantar twit pada 21 Ogos 2012 menerangkan bagaimana beliau juga pernah memujuk saya untuk tidak meletakkan jawatan. Beliau juga mengakui saya tidak pernah menyatakan hasrat untuk menyertai politik pada ketika itu.
Saya harap keterangan ini jelas.
Saya tidak mahu melayan fitnah ini kerana meninggalkan PETRONAS adalah keputusan peribadi. Ia berlatar belakangkan pemergian seorang rakan karib dan setiap kali saya mengingatinya, ia membuat saya merasa pilu. Ia perkara peribadi dan wajarlah dikekalkan sifat peribadinya.
Ini adalah keterangan bukan undang-undang yang pertama dan terakhir mengenai perkara ini. Jika berterusan, saya akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang. —
* Rafizi Ramli adalah pengarah strategi PKR
* Ini adalah pendapat peribadi penulis.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Damn you Shitty

Inside Track: Jones almost passes Tevez test, and why we should all be thankful for Toure's latest mega-deal

Playing against Carlos Tevez was a big test for Phil Jones, although the three times they had met before last night, the Argentine had not found the net.
Jones looked comfortable generally, making a solid tackle that he should have won from a cross in the first half. He played a big role in United’s equaliser as well.
On the big stage: Playing against Carlos Tevez (left) was a big test for United defender Phil Jones
On the big stage: Playing against Carlos Tevez (left) was a big test for United defender Phil Jones
Roaring away: Jones' header led to Vincent Kompany's own goal, handing United an equaliser
Roaring away: Jones' header led to Vincent Kompany's own goal, handing United an equaliser
He was a bit too tight to Tevez overall, though, for my liking. Against Tevez, there is no point in trying to get tight and pinch the ball — he is too good. 
Jones wasn’t quite as composed on the ball as his fellow centre back Rio Ferdinand either. He looked like he was trying to do everything quickly, so he didn’t make mistakes.
Robin van Persie may not have scored as many goals of late as he did in the earlier part of the season, but he is still having a huge influence. 
It was Van Persie’s shot that forced the deflected goal at Sunderland and his stunning free-kick that set up the equaliser last night for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The Dutchman looks so fired up. 
Drought: But Van Persie is still playing an important role at Old Trafford in the title race
Drought: But Van Persie is still playing an important role at Old Trafford in the title race
He has never won the Premier League and is sitting in a dressing room full of players who have. His move to Old Trafford was about trophies, and he is determined to become a champion.
We should all be delighted that Yaya Toure has signed a new four-year deal with Manchester City. Again last night, he showed what a fantastic player he is. Toure could have gone back to Spain, but instead the Premier League is treated to more of him.
New deal: Yaya Toure, tackling Danny Welbeck, will stay in the Premier League with a new four-year contract
New deal: Yaya Toure, tackling Danny Welbeck, will stay in the Premier League with a new four-year contract
A word of praise for two Englishmen — Gareth Barry and James Milner — in the City midfield. They worked their socks off last night, as they always do. The watching Roy Hodgson must have been impressed. They are the perfect foils for Toure.
National pride: James Milner's deflected shot opened the scoring for Manchester City
National pride: James Milner's deflected shot opened the scoring for Manchester City

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