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Through Nenek’s eyes

Posted by nuruliman45 on June 23, 2008

A few years back, looking at Nenek’s eyes, I would plainly see tiredness and age….

I was wrong.

Now I’ve come to realize the real meaning behind Nenek’s eyes: REAL FORTITUDE. I was too ignorant then to want to look beyond what lay behind her present life routine; too ignorant to see that Nenek had gone through SO much. Sure. I knew the basic history of her life; Nenek would tell me bits and pieces of her history now and then. But, unfortunately, I had never really put much thought into it all.

Spending time with her lately (taking advantage of semester break) had much revealed to me about her life. I took advantage of the time being with her – just the two of us – to strengthen our bond as Grandma and granddaughter. I’d listen with innate curiosity as she opened her ‘life book’ to me.

Everything seemed fresh in Nenek’s memory as she could narrate the events in her life in much detail. Little by little did Nenek describe to me… She told me of how she was obligated to take her older sister’s place in marriage, at 12 years old, after her sister had past away – revealing that she did so as to fulfill her parents’ (my great-grandparents) request. Nenek grinned as she recalled back how she only thought of schooling at that time and was all of a sudden obligated to get married.

I tried to imagine how it was like for Nenek to wake up at 3.00 every morning along with my late Tok Ayah, heading for the rubber plantation…doing so was to make sure that my Mum and my aunts and uncles then were able to go to school.. or how Nenek had to take care of late Tok Ayah when he was ill for two years, then watched him go. After late Tok Ayah past away, she took care of my late great-grandma as she couldn’t things herself anymore at that time. Nenek later watched as Great-grandma left her also. I could read the numbness in her face as if it all happened the day before. Uwa..My strong Nenek! How did you overcome it all, Nenek?

At 71, having gone through so much, you’d probably think Nenek’s slowed down living leisurely with her children in the city, right? … nope. That’s not Nenek. She currently lives on her own in her kampung home in which every memorable event took place. How could she leave home, as she still teaches al-Qur’an to school children every afternoon as she has done for the past decades. And you know what, she asks for nothing in return! *sob sob*… her children and grandchildren now comprises of doctors, lecturers, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, you name it.

And to think, it was those fatigued eyes, those worn-out palms which contributed to the change she helped bring today.  Looking at a narrow scope, it may not seem much change to contribute only in the family, in the kampung.  But you know what, without Nenek’s determination and triumph, there would be two less lawyers in Malaysia, a few less educators, and many many less contributors to the society. That is CHANGE to society.

 

What About Us?

It’s disappointing how our generation today have not proved to be able to contribute as much as generations before have to society. Determination to reach high goals and endurance to go through difficulty and life obstacles isn’t strong among the young generation today if compared to then. If we look at our grandparents or even some of our parents, they were able to fight poverty in developing themselves and their family. They did all this even though amenities and facilities weren’t as splendid then as they are now.

If we look at our generation today, hm! The young generation usually spends their leisure time at malls, endless hours loitering at every corner of the city, at home burning off valuable time in front of the TV; are indolent to keep up with current issues and know what’s going on outside their own realm. The outside world and opportunities available for the young aren’t explored. The young generation today do not take advantage of all this to its fullest!

In an era where almost everything is accessible, much could be done with a young, spirited mind. A highly motivated and knowledgeable young generation is needed. For instance, EDUCATION today is served on a silver platter (for students in universities, colleges, polytechnics, and the like). In a world with no boundaries, KNOWLEDGE is assessable at our fingertips! Adolescents are able to accomplish a great deal of things if determination, high spirit, and perseverance is inculcated within themselves.

Let’s reach for the sky, cuz only the sky’s our limit!!!

Gambette! 🙂

 

…. I want to be strong like Nenek 🙂

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The Rakyat has Spoken…..

Posted by nuruliman45 on June 18, 2008

Everyone is going against the global phenomenon: Rise in Petrol Prices. The citizens of countries all over are expressing their grief through demonstrations, rallies and strikes…

 

India

Activists from the Samajwadi Party shout slogans as they stop an inter-city passenger train during a protest against the hike in oil prices at Prayag railway station in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 4, 2008.

 Indian citizens fulfilling their right in voicing their anger… 

 

 

 

Hong Kong 

 Article: Hong Kong drivers demand fuel tax cut amid soaring oil prices

Truckers protest high fuel prices… Hong Kong’s effort seemed effective, the Government has shown a quick respond to the demonstration 

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What About Malaysia?

Malaysia’s citizens are also taking part in this global protest…

On June 13th, thousands of Malaysians expressed their anger towards the Government with the drastic rise in fuel prices. Makciks and pakciks went out of their kampungs to represent us all in voicing for a rational action in overcoming this abrupt and ridiculous restructure of prices.

MalaysiaKini: Petrol hike protesters undaunted

TVPas: Petrol Price Hike Rally 2008 (KL)

 

‘Ubah gaya hidup anda’?

The Government advises us, “Ubah gaya hidup anda”… Okay, probably for most of us, we could do a little bit of budgeting in our routine lives – less makan angin, less shopping for unnecessary accessories, cutting back on dining out. We might have not reached our maximum capacity in saving… but you know what, there are families out there who actually have reached their level of budgeting to the max. How do you expect a family who consumes meals of rice with kicap and ikan kering to further cut down?  They probably do not experience the difficulty in saving petrol because they only go here and there by bicycle, but petrol price hikes affect prices of their food. 

This phenomenon does affect every layer of society, it burdens most; hurts the poor.  The Government should sympathize us all.  Again, Petronas, where are you?

 

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Aiya! Petrol Price Hike!

Posted by nuruliman45 on June 14, 2008

Yup. Everyone’s talking about it. Petrol prices have skyrocketed!!! It’s the end of the woooorld!!! …not.

…sorry, a little dramatic there :-).

Quite old news, but I couldn’t help but have a fair say in this.

No one is happy (probably except the Government) about the new prices of petrol and diesel where petrol prices went up RM 0.78 from RM1.92 to a whopping RM2.70, while diesel prices raised RM1.00 from RM1.58 to RM2.58. In order to soothe the souls of the rakyat, the Government has promised us certain rebate subsidies to cover a bit of our loss in this.

Ok. Everyone knows this. Everyone is experiencing this mayhem.

Now, there are 2 main things going through my mind:

1. It’s funny how Malaysia is among the net exporters of petrol, and yet we are suffering as much as other countries are with the global rise of petrol prices. (Petronas, where are you??)

2. The Government seems quite generous and all with the new subsidy offers, but it doesn’t seem realistic in the long run. Rebate in three minutes? hmmm…take out your stopwatches!!

Elaborating a bit on the first point…

According to The Star, 5 June, we’re pretty much saving on petrol prices compared to our neighbouring countries:

PUTRAJAYA: The Government announced yesterday an increase in petrol and diesel prices, stating that it can no longer continue to subsidise fuel.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the new prices were still at a 30-sen per litre discount from market prices.

In other words, if the market price is RM3 per litre, Malaysians will be charged RM2.70 at the pump. He said the price would be adjusted monthly based on the global oil price.

“Malaysians still pay lower than the market prices as far as petrol is concerned,” he told a packed press conference when announcing the restructuring of the subsidy package.

Abdullah said that although the restructuring would result in consumers having to pay more, prices were still lower compared with Singapore and Thailand.

The rakyat was presented with this comparison of oil prices:

What neighbouring countries are paying for petrol

From: Article (The Star Online)

Now, why compare with countries that are not net exporters of crude oil like Malaysia is??? Of course our prices would be lower than theirs! Are they major producers of oil? No! We should be comparing our prices with countries with the same ‘oil status’ as Malaysia, or in other words, countries who are also major producers of crude oil. Try looking at Qatar, Kuwait, or Saudi Arabia and their oil prices.

Here’s a chart of Global Oil exports, now is Thailand and Singapore there??

CONCLUSION: We’re not saving that much

Global oil exports

Global Oil Exports

About the subsidies…

Great, there’s the RM625 per year subsidy rebate for private vehicles with engine capacity of 2000cc and below, etc… But a new subsidy system means new means of managing this system. Now, this means cost – the whole cost in managing the subsidy system itself.

And how sure is the Government that certain people (the wrong certain of people) wouldn’t take advantage of this subsidy rebate? Hm. More cost in prevention of this. Everything has to be taken account for.

So, what is left? Where’s the part that we are supposed to save? Is the rakyat aware of all this?…

… Only time will tell.

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Hello Malaysia! :o)

Posted by nuruliman45 on June 11, 2008

RISE and SHINE!!!...a new day, a new attempt.

Assalamualaikum w.r.b. and greetings to all…

Finally, after much planning, much pondering (whether or not I should actually pour my time in commitment to a blog or not), as of 7.55 AM, 11th June 2008, I am officially starting this overdue blog!

Just to let you in… I plan on pouring thoughts on current issues, student life, education in Malaysia (or probably education as a whole), … aaaand anything I feel like commenting on 🙂

–> Comments, Critics, boos, and the like are most welcome!… hey it is a free country! (or so they say)… controversial statement if I do say so myself!

cheers!

Yours truly,

Subtle_Fortitude

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