I sat wondering what subject should be chosen for my next posting when the following message appeared on the screen:
“ Salam …….
Pakcik, just dropping by to share some good news. Yesterday was the day I officially graduated with a degree, alhamdulillah, after 4 years. I’ll be heading home by December, looking forwards to meet you and makcik.
Lots of love from Bandung.”
That is from Fara Waheda who hails from the fishing community of my neighbourhood. Here is another lass I admire and am proud of. She will now return to Malaysia as a graduate in pharmacy, a pride for her family and the community as a whole.
In response to her message I have this to say to her:
Makcik and Pakcik congratulate you on your success.
It does not seem such a long time ago when you first stepped into Almanar. You were not happy with the facility at the boarding school you enrolled yourself a couple of months earlier. You had a mind of your own and decided to join a day school instead. Almanar was more than happy to accept you for extra tuition.
I do not easily forget how you strived to be among the best.
I do not forget that easily when you were faced with personal problems and accepted a shoulder to cry on.
And after all these difficult years you are leaving Bandung behind to return home qualified, hopefully ready to serve. You are an asset to your family in the first instance and to the community at large. Challenging times are ahead. Life is never that simple. Bur I know you have learnt that over the years. Perhaps one day Batu Rakit may yet see its first chemist’s, owned and managed by one belonging to its community.
We look forwards to seeing you, Fara.
Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan
I regret not having your photograph to accompany this entry. We will put it right when you are home later. We will record you cheerful smiling face.