19 June 2009

Chong's Response

Chong has responded to Pak Cik's comment. Here is what he has to say:

" Ini Chong lagi. Pakcik really honor me. Tak percaya bila Pn Murni (bukan nama dia) beritahu Pakcik respond macam ni. Pn Murni yang tunjuk blog ni pada saya. Dia 'terjumpa' blog ni masa nak cari info pasal matrikulasi. Saya kenal Pn Murni sudah lama. Sudah macam keluarga. Saya kawan dengan anak dia dari sekolah rendah. Dia selalu beri motivation pada saya. Yang paling saya ingat bila saya kena stop belajar sekejap sebab tak cukup duit, ini apa dia kata : Chong mesti selalu dengar org Melayu kata "Bersyukur dgn apa yang ada". Selalu org buat ini sebagai alasan tak mahu kerja kuat. Tapi sebenarnya ini bermaksud kita semua special. Tuhan beri kita macam-macam (akal, kesihatan, deria, duduk negara aman, keluarga, kawan etc). Kalau kita bersyukur kita mesti gunakan apa yang Tuhan beri - Maximize the gifts. Pakcik, selagi belum mati kita masih ada peluang. We must try our best sebab 'trying our best' ini kita boleh 'control'. Apa outcome our best itu kita tak boleh control. Kadang-kadang dapat yang elok. Kadang-kadang dapat tak elok. Tapi semua dalam dunia ada pairs i.e. baik/jahat, buruk/cantik, sakit/sihat..etc. Puan Murni kata kita mesti kerja kuat untuk dapatkan 'pair' yang bagus. Memang kadang-kadang kita mesti jumpa/dapat 'pair' yang tak bagus tu tapi kalau kita bersyukur kita akan gunakan apa gifts kita ada untuk dapatkan 'pair' yang baik tu. 'Pair' yang tak elok tu kalau kita terima, jadilah itu kita punya fate. Tapi kalau kita tak mahu 'pair' tak elok jadi kita punya final fate, kita 'gunakan' 'pair' yang yang tak elok tu sebagai'clue' untuk cari/dapatkan 'pair' yang elok. 'Pair' yang elok tu jadi kita punya goal. Saya tak pandailah nak susun ayat Pakcik. Harap Pakcik faham apa saya cakap. Saya salute apa Pakcik buat. Tak ramai orang macam Pakcik. Sebab itu saya tulis komen. Mungkin kisah saya bolah jadi salah satu 'clue' untuk dapatkan 'pair' yang baik."

To Puan Murni: Whoever you may be and wherever you are, Pak Cik would like to say this ; our community can do with more 'hamba Allah' like you - doing the da'wah your way.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan.



Anonymous said...

I am really proud of Chong. Even with financial loans available many of us cannot do what he did. I am realy touched by Chong's plight. ~AZMIERA

insan tak kamil said...

Very rare indeed to find such attitude; good for Chong, his life is more blessed that way. Many are bitter for years as to what was viewed as unfair treatments, I mean the guy who was always placed last in class got a scholarship to study in Japan just because of his skin color and many of us do not have a chance to further our studies due to poverty and have to make do with whatever. It does expose one early in life to the unfairness of it all.

But looking back even for myself, life is fair, so I lose out in getting an overseas degree and for some of us even a degree, but you make do. After all, life is what you made out of it. But it is of course a sad situation, no matter how one wants to whitewash it, it is just not fair and does not create a healthy environment. Whether one wants to admit it or not, a country that practice such policy is hard to get one's respect and goodwill.

Al-Manar said...

We must have the will to do, and we must strive for it before we say we cannot do.

Al-Manar said...

insan tak kamil,

" .......
If you can dream- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think –and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If neither foe nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
………..- you'll be a Man,my son!”
- Rudyard Kipling

Many of us have to go throughour dark patches. I have, therefore, started the ‘end of the tunnel’ series in this blog to show that many in the community around me have to struggle to make something of life in the face of hardship and apparent injustices.

mekyam said...

salam pak al-manar!

i've visited often [via kak teh's] but always felt too tongue-tied to leave a comment. it's probably some feeling of inadequacy in the face of the noble work you are doing in your corner of humanity.

chong's story is very inspiring. he is the kind of individual who, as they say in the US, when life gives him lemon, he makes lemonade.

thank u, chong! and thank u, pak al-manar.

Al-Manar said...

A comment should express one’s true feeling over a subject. To Pak Cik it is a mirror to make sure that I am not having an unmatched pair of diamond earrings on.I appreciate your interest in what I write, more so than on Pak Cik's work - really insignificant. Please shed the inhibition and be critical. Chong was honest to express himself and resulting from that we see what our ‘mata kasar’ often overlooks.
The lemonade part is new to me.So you see, Pak Cik am learning from a comment. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Pak Cik
I hope to be back in KT around 9/7. Can I bring along a friend to your house for some discussion?

Al-Manar said...


Yes, of cpourse. Just give me a tinkle to be sure I am home and free.

insan tak kamil said...

Thank you Pakcik for the very meaningful lines from Kipling...yes indeed, that should be one's goal and aim in life, an absolute freedom; to be invincible and not be imprisoned by all that life has imposed on us....afterall happiness is a state of mind.

ARZ said...

Pak Chik,

You narrated Chong's story personally to me in your car, after the sumptous dinner you gave 6 of us.

After reading the story for myself, and all the comments following that, I am again, lost for words.

Yesterday, I narrated your story to a close friend working in a GLC. He may want to get in touch with you.

On behalf of the six Bkt Jelutong Cycling Club members, terima kasih daun keladi for your graciousness to host us for a night.

Anonymous said...

If I were asked to pick the best team in the recent Confederation Cup, it will definitely be South Africa. . Five time world champion, Brazil needed a late free kick to beat them and the current world no.1, Spain, was held 2-2, only to beat them in extra time. In this team there is something that I admire very much. They are proud of themselves and will never say die, two rare values in our society. It is always the results that matter the most rather than the effort being put into it. Puan Murni is right. Sometimes, hard work does not earn you good results that you want, but what is more important is your attitude to do your best in whatever you do, in whatever position you are, just like the Bafana-bafana way.


Al-Manar said...

It was a good break fore me to have the six of you at Nuri. The stay should not have been in such a rush.

I hope all is well at UTM