What Is Happening To Us Now? Reply

What Is Happening To Us Now?

Dear All;

Has anybody out there read my books? See www.myownmajid.com

Yesterday Saturday January 25th 2014 – I visited CCC and met this nice British lady who was really surprised that there are in Oman Local Authors that write in English and also in serious books that make you think like Arab Management, Road Safety, Social, Economic, Political etc. topics! Brothers and Sisters Omanis and Friends Residents and Guests – what is happening to us in Oman now not to appreciate and value our own? Is it just bad hearts and Haassiyyds, or is it that we have eyes but cannot see, have ears but cannot hear and mouths but afraid to speak! Shocking and weird to say the least!

Maybe because we wear dishdashas and brown skinned!

In times of Oman today Sunday Beat Saleh Shaibany wrote about the Omani brain drain to rest GCC esp UAE and Qatar for better salaries etc. Allah God Help us all Ameen – See Below

The brain drain is mainly fully highly qualified experienced Omanis in especially  Oil and Gas – who get paid 3 times more outside Oman. Where is our Leadership? Don’t they know these things? And then every day more and more expatriates come in – and our own leave! We are not interested in new roads, railways and bridges – but how we get treated in our own very country! Sad and tragic really!

We need to deep soul search and self analyse ourselves – at least for the sake of our future, destiny and legacy – and for future generations. But I am really scared and worried…

Perhaps to venture a conspiracy theory – some Old Guards and The Expatriate Mafias want to destroy from within …and keep everyone down! Especially those who dare to now to open their mouths – or dare to now write! My columns got killed this way!

Maybe even the oil and gas corruption cases some of them may think or feel that they deserved more … and then stole this way? Conspiracy Theory?

My mind just ponders….!

See the article here – or appended below

http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-28760.aspx  

Saleh Al Shaibany

Brain drain could end up doing irreversible damage –

Sunday Beat – By Saleh Al Shaibany – Times of Oman – January 26th 2014

Muscat: The depressing reality is that Oman is beginning     to witness its human capital transferring to other countries for the simple     reason that the Sultanate cannot anymore satisfy the higher wages that its     skilled workers demand.

Talented local workers with years of experience are     looking for better paid jobs abroad leaving the country in a brain drain     zone. The gap they leave behind cannot be filled by graduates. The human     flight can do an irreversible damage on a long-term basis if employers     continue to pay low wages to its most experienced Omani staff.

And the problem is deeper than that. Oman is also losing     its new talents as well for greener pastures.

With the government investing so much money in     education and vocational training, the job opportunities need to match the     college and university leaving students’ expectations for wages. For the record, the Ministry of Finance has allocated OMR2.6 billion for education     this year, twice the budget allocated for the same sector last year. The  huge capital investment will need to translate into better paid jobs if we have to keep young talents right here at home.

Most of the Omanis who are leaving are emigrating to  other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the prime targets are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. That means that we are losing professionals and skilled workers that the government has paid millions at different levels of training and education. The areas in which we now face the brain drain are in Information Technology (IT), medicine, the financial sector and academia. In a fledgling economy like Oman, we cannot leave     talent gaps and then hope that things will remain alright. Employers must     match the wages paid by our neighbours instead of hoping that someone from  abroad will fill these positions when Omanis vacate them. For that to     happen, attitudes must also change.

Top on the list is trusting local skills. Oman has become so dependent on importing talent and the mind set is now embedded deep among the employers that only foreign workers can do a better job. These employers are now being proved pleasantly wrong. While we shun our own  skills, the GCC states hold these in high esteem and companies there start to poach Omani talents. So where does it leave the huge effort of the     government which is spending about OMR4 billion a year on projects, trade subsidies and education to inject funds in the private sector? Yes, it does create jobs but now Omanis want to be paid enough to compensate for their talents.

It took 40 years to create a powerhouse of local skills. The ammunition of that powerhouse is better financial packages.     Omani managers know that they are worth much more across the border than here. In the UAE or in Qatar, a senior IT manager with 10 to     15 years of experience gets a monthly package of around OMR7,000.

Here,  they only get paid about OMR3,500. New doctors get a maximum of OMR700 per month in the Sultanate. They would get paid about OMR2,500 when they land  jobs in those two countries. One would say it is not exactly patriotism to abandon one’s country in its moment of need but better standard of living is what drives people these days.

The funny thing is that 20 years ago, Oman barely had     any experienced and skilled people to work in the high profile jobs in the private sector. It was natural to import these talents from different countries to push the wheel of development forward. It is a different scenario now. We have the right people now but we are beginning to export  local talents when it is mostly needed here. The trend is threatening to wipe out any advancement we made in the last two decades in the build up of skilled workforce.  The result, if we don’t watch out, is the loss of   senior managers to foreign bidders and that will give the Omanisation  process a severe knock.

It goes without saying that to continue to compete on     the global basis, Oman must invest on its local workers by paying them much more than the present wage scales if it wants to retain its skills.

END

Thank you Saleh, My Brother! Well said!

My Radio Oman FM Live Interview! Reply

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See Previous Article – A Letter From The Fan!

My Oman FM Radio Interview

Under interactive guidance of Producer Hatim Abdul Salaam, I was interviewed Live on Tuesday 21st January 2014 from 7 pm to 8 pm with a five minutes break in between. It was Family Programme under the title of Embedding The Habit of Reading For The Youth.

The feedbacks were mainly all positive with one commentator (lady expatriate) commenting it was one of the best programmes she had listened to in a very long time. She is a regular listener to the programmes in FM Oman Radio.

After a brief introduction on myself and how I got into my hobby and passion of writing since 14 years of age, we went deep into the subject.

Areas of Coverage

  • This was my 4th Visit cum Live Transmission at the place!
  • How I became very much interested in reading and writing as a young boy of 14 years of age.
  • My first essay My Most Vivid Dream won a National Award in Tanzania in 19605
  • Author of 10 books – 2 in Arab Management – 2 in Road Safety Awareness and 6 others based on my columns in The Oman Daily Observer since 2003
  • Worked in Human Resources for 25 years in PDO and as Management Consultant for 12 years after Early Retirement in PDO and after my Management Consultancy firm had to close down for financial loss reasons
  • Have always liked writing – from School Magazines, Colleges, PDO, Other Places – and early days in Times of Oman with 2 main articles on Omanisation and Road Traffic issues in Oman
  • Moved to Oman Daily Observer as a Columnist (part time) since March 2003.

Sequences Topics of The Interviews

  • Why to encourage writing and the benefits and advantages of writing
  • Even our Great Prophet PBUH was told `Read’ ‘ – in the Holy Quran – and the advent and start of Islam! See here – Read! In the name of your Lord and Cherisher – Sura 96 – Al Alaq – The Clinging Clot.
  • Travel as far as to China to gain knowledge! – Islamic Hadith
  • How we can encourage more reading especially starting with the young children first
  • The negative effects of Not Writing!
  • Issues in Writing and Reading – and possible solutions
  • Why more support, encouragement and assistance is required – and not to look at the issues narrow minded by looking at it in money terms and profits only!
  • Diverge into English and not concentrate only in Arabic
  • Enlarge the scope of support to not only (fine) arts but also in writing and reading
  • Giving more attention and in valuing more our own Writers, Authors and Columnists
  • Move from only currently looking at outside country (Foreigners) and in concentrating in picture books, poems, cook books, subject topics etc – especially if written and compiled by Foreigners
  • Serious Reading and books that ‘make you think’ need more emphasis and support
  • Encouragement by small incentives for children reading in the family by family themselves – and things like making Home Library – even if start with few books first
  • Others related

Sayings

  • I cannot live without books – Thomas Jefferson
  • I spend a lot of time reading – Bill Gates
  • If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading – or do things worth the writing – Benjamin Franklin
  • You do not have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them – Ray Bradbury
  • Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money – Jules Renard
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing – for life itself is a Writer’s love until death – Edna Ferber
  • Many Others!

My Books, Columns and Writing Websites

If you have listened to the programme and have feedbacks to give – please write to me at majid@mymajidwrite.com

The Books – For Direct Ordering.

01

Wipe My Tears! Wipe My Tears!

02

Being The Safe Driver! Safe Driving

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Short Takes – Two! Short Takes 2

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The Sequel – Three! The Sequel 3

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Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! Arab Psychology

06

A Cry For Help! – Arab Management A Cry For Help!

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The Sequel – Between Us Only! The Sequel

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Short Takes – Between Us Only! www.myownmajid.com  

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Behind The Wheel! (India) www.myownmajid.com

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Between Us Only! (Oman) www.myownmajid.com
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  2. Books      by CreateSpace
  3. Published      in India

Please Keep Your Head High, Sir! Reply

From A Fan

Please Keep Your Head High, Sir!

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Yesterday night a group of us good getting together friends were having a meal at this Arabian Restaurant in Ghobrah and the subject starting moved to your columns articles. And your call about more Omanis to be needed represented in the especially English press and media as it is now being controlling and dominated by Indian people mainly and also some British peoples.

You also called for more stronger quality powering Omani Managers in the Press and media. Believe me Sir that people mistake us to be not knowing and not smart people and they can fool and play with us. But if they cannot learn than they will never learn in future. We are not stupid peoples. We aware and knowing too.

So Ustaadh please rest now. You have said it but they ignore you and not listen. You have done your job and duty as few Omanis that really care and feel. You take rest because you are now done and take rest Sir. Look after family only now.

Like you always tell us to take care! Ever admirer and fan to you Sir. We will never forget you till end of us.

Please forgive my English.

Omani (Youth) Fan…

The Arab Management Books by Majid Al Suleimany

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Why The Family Is Important? Reply

The Importance of Family!

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Images Family – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

One of the subjects that I have written intensively is on Family Theme. There is no need to invent the wheel – you can find some of them here by search ‘Family’ ‘Families’ or go here –

https://majidall.com/2013/07/19/insulting-and-annoying-relatives/

https://majidall.com/2013/02/02/families-pressures/

https://majidall.com/2013/11/22/love-thy-neighbour/

https://majidall.com/2013/11/14/staying-after-office-hours/

More here at www.majidall.com and at my books website at www.myownmajid.com

Family Quotes

  • A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone – Aesop (similar Arabic, Pakistani and East African)
  • None but a mule denies his familyArabic
  • It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own familyConfucius
  • Family is the most important thing in the worldLady Diana
  • All people are relatives, therefore expect only trouble from themChinese
  • Family are about love overcoming emotional tortureMatt Groening
  • If your nose stinks – you simply do not cut it!My Late Father
  •  With just a few coins more in their pockets – so many people change – for the worst!Me!
  • The fabric that bites your skin – is the same one that you are wearing!East African

Family Images – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

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The 50th Anniversary of The Bloody Zanzibar Revolution! Reply

The 50th Anniversary of The Bloody Zanzibar Revolution!

Today 12th January 2014 is the Fifty Years since the bloody ethnic cleansing Revolution in Zanzibar – and that is also full of deceit, double dealings, betrayals and letdowns!  

On the morning of Sunday January 12th 1964 – we heard shots from the suburbs family rented house that we were staying in MwembeTanga Mapembeyaani in Zanzibar. My late Mother had this very strong intuition – May Allah Bless her and my father – and all the parents – for eternal peace and the highest of heavens – for my late Father to come in! He was chatting with our neighbour who was in all aspects a full fledged local African – near a Telephone booth.

My late Mother told me – tell your father to come inside NOW! So I shouted to him. Lucky for him he heeded the call and came in. A few minutes later – these Africans neighbours of ours lay dying – after being fatally shot by some rogue elements (fellow Africans too!) They were randomly shooting at everything and at everybody!

That morning my brother and I had an argument. So he tore at the picture of a Chicken Cock I had put up! That weird action saved our lives – because all those houses that had this picture – representing the Ruling Party were butchered in their homes… Read on! 

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  1. Images – Zanzibar Revolution 1964 – Killers and Killed!

 

Extracted from – The Glass Is Bent! – Book 9 – Short Takes 2 – Between Us Only!

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Short Takes Two – Between Us Only! 

***Aged 14 – 12th January 1964*** 

The shot rang out! They have killed my son, the Mother cried out to the rest of the Family huddled inside. Everybody was crying! We have lost our son, the Mother cried to the Father. The shot rang out again. It was all quiet outside the house, nobody knew what was happening. The one who said he was a Police Official and had lost his job – because of you peoples – had taken the boy outside. I want your eldest son, pointing his pistol at the family. I want to ask him some questions.

When a loaded pistol is pointed at you, there is hardly anything you can do, even if you are many. Besides, this was a new experience the family had never met before. An armed man who comes into your house, and wanting to kill someone because you come from that group of peoples who had made him lose his Sergeant job – though he was not an Islander, but came from the Mainland. From even a different country for that matter. And another faith too!

Like they say, what goes around comes around! If you do good things to peoples as part of your family’s focus and aspirations, you will be recognized – and good things will come back to you. The other armed men were now shouting to the Ex Police Man, what are you doing to the boy? They are innocent peoples, they respect everyone. Besides, they just came to this place. Leave him alone. They were pointing guns at him. Give us your pistol, they said to the man. The man gave it up unwillingly. They hit him by the butt of the rifle. He fell down. Now run they told him – or we shall shoot you next. Like also in each basket, there are good and bad fish or fruits – take your pick!

Your son is alive – the men told the family – Do not cry! He shot at him, but he missed him! It is God’s wish to send us to save you all. You need to come with us, to come to the refugee centre. This town on the outskirts are no longer safe for you peoples. The boy went in, they all hugged him – including his younger brother who was always picking fights with him, trying to undercut him being the leader of the pack! 

***Now – 7th June 2009**

Now – I was watching this film. Just a few days before my birthday two days back. The bullied man was saying to the ‘stronger man’. I do not care, you know what? I am happy as what I am. As I am. You think you are better than me? No, you are not. I know what I am, I do not need to think of who I am. I am proud of myself. I know my strengths and my power points, my shortfalls – and whatever you want to say about me. Do not expect me to be like you, and follow you? You think you have won? That you are master of your fate? No, you are just kidding yourself. You only think in your mind that you are better than me, but you are not. You cannot create me, nor can you change me. I am what I am – like I said am proud of myself!

I sympathise with the man. I remember that day clearly. When my strongest of the country adversary – not sober and completely not in control of his faculties – said to me – Do you know why I hate you as your boss? Do you know why? I said, No Sir – I do not know why! Then he retorts – what kind of a person are you? Always trying to look good and be nice? Always the Actor? The one who is always after a popularity contest? To impress and show off to peoples. Pretending you do not smoke. You do not drink. You have no other vices? Whom are you trying to kid? I know you well. 15 years ago this was!

And then that call at 2 am at night 15 years ago again. I am going to board my plane now, the expatriate British man said. Please M – Do Not Change! Remain as you are. Follow your ethics and principles in life. Your focus. You think you have lost? No, you have won. You are far better than all the rest of all the competition to you put together, including even the top ones. They wish secretly they were like you, but cannot be. You care and feel for people. They know it, and cannot accept it. I can tell you now – one I am not sober, and two I am leaving your country forever. I respect and esteem you a lot, forever you will be on the top of my honours and respectable list. Please don’t change!

5 years ago in that other place, it was the Messengers of the place (from another country).Always the lower echelon who felt more. Two weeks ago in my own country, as I was leaving the place, one of the Expatriate Directors came to my room – he caught my hand and kissed it. He hugged me tightly! He then said almost the same very things to me. He was sad and desolate that I was leaving so soon.

I still have it in me – to touch everyone in one way or the other! That is me, and will never change. Hate me – like me – that is M for you!

 

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More Omanis Representation Needed For The English Media and Press! Reply

More Omanis Representation Needed For The English Media and Press!

And Strong Omani Management & Leadership!

One of the hidden dangers in our strategic outlooks is to have allowed Foreigners – mainly Indian Nationals – and some European and Others to dominate the English Media and Press – including the even Government owned The Oman Daily Observer – and others like The Times of Oman and perhaps The Tribune too.

It is a strategic fact that the locals should control and dominate these sectors. Apart from a few figure head Omanis in Management positions – the underneath layers and reporting echeleons are mainly foreigners! They make sure that they reign supreme – with contesting for positions from the locals that are usually sidelined and marginalized by these shrewd Mafias – and with real ineffective weak docile local Managers! Some of them have poor levels in English – and thus depend entirely on the expatriates in order to survive!

Like I always like to say in my columns and in my Arab Management books – www.myown-ebooks.com and www.myownmajid.com – some of these Managers are like those same very Generals shooting at ‘their own troops’ – because they do not trust their own  – and have little faith and confidence on them too!

*** The expatriates are a cunning and shrewd lot – and know this – and know how to play their cards closely to their chests! And a lot of underground below the surfaces mischief making – and causing troubles, splits and divisions amongst the Omanis! Not all of them – but a substantial lot of them – scared and afraid of their jobs – Omanis – and those wanting to say The TRUTH ONLY! For sake of The Nation!

The Omanis Top Guys are typical docile and Weak Managers – lack leadership – and ‘that do not want to rock the boats’ – and that includes not upsetting especially The Indian Mafias. This is the sad and bitter truth! Just do not take my words for it! I know – because I suffered myself many times in these aspects! Even the others say ‘quietly on the sides’ in affirming what I am saying here!

One time I had an argument with a Top Profile Press Guy (Local) when I complained about an expatriate below him who had treated me very badly unprofessionally – and unethically – he retorted to me – I can give my soul to this Indian guy when I go to sleep – and when I wake up – he will give it back to me! To which I retorted back to him – Sorry Brother – You just left the fold of The Believers in associating a human being (not even a Believer too!) to God status – and that is blasphemy least said!

For our future and for the strategic and all valid reasons – The Leadership is urged to look at this situation more critically now! Time is of the essence!

Coming from a Columnist local for 13 years – and that is why my columns died a natural cause – and Author of 10 books – 2 in Arab Management – see my websites above! Also here – www.trafford.com/08-0889Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – which won The USA Gold Seal of Literary Excellence Award 2013 – Also A Cry For Help!

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Take Care!

By – Majid Al Suleimany

*** OUTPOINT – Not all of them are anti-Omanis – like in most things – there are good fish (eggs) in each basket! Some of them – some! – are very proactive and dynamic in supporting, helping and in assisting Omanis – especially Junior ones under them – or budding New Columnists…

These people will NEVER CHANGE – time to REMOVE THEM for The Sake of Our Beloved Nation …and For The Youth and Our Future! PLEASE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE …AND MORE DAMAGES ARE DONE! PLEASE!!!

The Mouse Trap Story! Reply

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The Mouse Trap Story!

  • Life is a classroom in which each one of us is being tested, tried and passedRobert Thibodeaux
  • Every great man is always being helped by everybody, for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons. – John Ruskin

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry.

Author Unknown

And here is Martin Niemöller’s poignant poem:

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

So this is the message for those celebrating and enjoying others being in troubles and in calamities! You never know! What goes around; comes around! Your turn (or someone close to you!) will be next!

The East Africans sayIf you see someone’s head being shaved – put water on your head!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany