09 July 2010

With a sigh (Pt 2) -Tak adakah siapa yang nampak?

Muqaddimah


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Pakcik’s June 8th posting carried the following news items:

“MB instructed for a thorough investigation into the alleged case of sixteen girls in a secondary school in this city being found pregnant.” ran a line in a local newspaper.

Isn't this a 'good' and early start ?

Now Pakcik will add recent news of this famous city of ‘persisiran pantai’.

‘As many as 10 couples are caught daily by anti-vice volunteers along the Tok Jembal and Teluk Ketapang beaches, which are increasingly becoming favourite haunts for sexual trysts………Many of them are said to be students from institutes of higher learning.’

So, at last, it has progressed to the institute of higher learning of ‘taraf antara-bangsa’ no less!

A state executive councilor was reported to say that ‘These activities could lead to moral decay among our youths if we keep mum on the matter ……’ and he planned ‘to suggest to the state government to light up both beaches and intensify patrols at the areas’.

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So, what do we do Mr Holmes?

Elementary, my dear, Watson, elementary
This definitely has to do with the beautiful beaches. If it is hard enough as it is to maintain the city street lights can you do it for hundreds of kilometers of beaches? So remove the sand,Watson. Be a sand exporter of taraf antara-bangsa. Of course you will destroy the beaches. After all you ‘bakar kelambu kerana nyamok seekor,’ right?

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The Message


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Tak adakah yang nampak ?

The following minor incident took place at an Al-Manar class early this year.

Aliya (not her real name), a frail looking girl of thirteen, had joined our class of Form One about one month earlier. Whenever Pakcik talked she listened and stared at Pakcik attentively from her seat in the second row. But when everyone else was busy copying what was written on the white board, Aliya bent her head over her friend’s book, copying from it and never bothered to look up like others. Obviously she had problem with her eyesight. “Aliya, why don’t you use your glasses on the table?” I questioned her.

It turned out that the pair of glasses in front of her belonged to her elder sister. She borrowed it to come to Almanar. It helped her along the road somewhat but not good enough to read the board.

Hearing the explanation I asked her to move to the front row. But it was still not good enough. The best I could do for her was to make her sit right across my table, with the white board barely two meters away from her. Lo and behold, it was still not good enough.

Where did she sit in her class at school? Well, the answer was in the second row.

I questioned myself, ‘tak adakah seorang guru yang nampak? If there was one did he/she really care to do something?”

To borrow Quranic ayat in Al A’raf : 179- (in different context) :” ……they have hearts with which they fail to grasp the truth, and eyes with which they fail to see, and ears with which they fail to hear. They are like cattle …..”

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Footnote

Aliya was not the first case. We had another early this month. Both could not be more deserving to get the glasses for free. I can understand how their humble parents feel to walk up to the majestic building called school in their slippers to seek help.

With the help of Al-Manar’s well wishers both children can now see the light; more motivated knowing that there are people who care. After all each pair cost RM 89/= , insignificant to many but meaningful to a few.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan

16 comments:

Wan Sharif said...

Alhamdulillah for the few who care to berkhidmat kerana tuhan untuk kemanusiaan.. Semuga ramai lagi termasuk saya sendiri akan menyusuri jalan jalan yang telah dipelupuri

yongzu @ 9W2YZU said...

Salam Pakcik,

Maybe the words are "not bother enough to care"?

abdulhalimshah said...

Dear Pak Cik,
Is it the teacher's fault or the parent's for the failure to recognise the problem with her eyesight? No matter how poor they might be, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the care and attention on her. They are many excuses that can be given, but responsibility cannot be assigned to others but themselves.Fortunately ALLAH S.W.T. gave the Hidayah to you Pak Cik. Yes even the ability to identify her shortcoming and remedy it is also Hidayah from ALLAH. Probably it did not reach her parents (if they are still around) and her teachers at school.

Al-Manar said...

Wan,
Itulah harapan saya mempersembahkan cerita cerita yang tidak nampak nilainya dimata kasar - untuk mendorong lebih ramai memberi khidmat. Ramai yang masih ketinggalan dan menuggu sedikit belas kasihan.

Al-Manar said...

yongzu,
.. or too busy, perhaps.
Salaam to you, too

Al-Manar said...

AHS
The least we must is to look after our own family with a little spill-over.
Hope all is well with you.

ninotaziz said...

Time to check the eyesight of the three little ones...

Thank you Pakcik for all the eye-opening insightful stories.

yongzu @ 9W2YZU said...

The articles related from "The Star" today:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/7/11/nation/6644701&sec=nation

Al-Manar said...

ninotaziz

Very unlike the cases I quoted,and under your care, your three little darlings will never need to go so bad before their problem, if any,being detected.

Al-Manar said...

yongzu,
My goodness, being an expert in HAM you are mavellously updated! Many thanks.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
I've heard people say - the eyes will see what it wants to see. Maybe the teachers fail to see that a child can't see properly due to 1,001 reasons he/she can think of and the parents...sadly... simply can't afford it. Bless those who somehow crossed your path.

Al-Manar said...

CIS
Aren't you lucky being a cat, with eyes that can function in darkness needing just one sixth of the light we normal human needs.
Blessed are cats which can see and are ever willing to offer help. Thank you.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
We often say these are the ills of western decadence that had reached our shores.

Actually it is more of human failures we self- impose on ourselves. Why should teachers be unaware, and parents not bothered. It can’t be pressure of work nor of trying times to survive that made them blind to such woes?

We just hope they are in the minority.

Pak Cik and your pioneering peers are doing a lot to arrest the rot in more ways than one.

Keep the good flag flying!

Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,
Sometimes it is hard to keep your flag up when it rains too much with little sunshine to keep it dry!

norzah said...

Dear Pakcik.
Some people see with their eyes and noticed, some with their heart and sympathsized, some with their soul and helped out. Blessed is he who sees with all three faculties through the light of Allah Subhanahu Wataala.
With regard to the pantai story. keeping it lighted up is the only answer. Send anti-vice officials to catch the lovebirds and the jail will be full of young people. Salamualaikum.

Al-Manar said...

Norzah,
W'kum'salaam
We will have to wait and see when the lighting up project will materialise. In the meantime they may need more volunteers to carry ou the 'intai-and-tangkap' operation.