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May 6, 2009

7/5/09 WHEN WE HAVE NO SENSE OF PLACE......is that not reflecting our sense of inferirioty complex!

I met some old friends today. Long-long time ago, around 37 years ago, when we met for the first time, as strangers in fact, we used to asked each others where do we come from. One guy, said he came form Kuching. Surely, we asked which part of Kuching. The next answer is Simunjan, as a person who came from Simunjan, I would prob much further, then the answer given was, Pendam, surely which part of Pendam, the Engsengei Melayu. Wau, Kuching, Simunjan, Pendam, Ensengei Melayu! A real long geographical answer.

In fact today we laugh at each others, wondering why we always feel inferior to admit we came from such a hard, far away place. Forget about the poverty, we are not poor, just that the situation at that time makes us look as such, just in those day, even Sg. Bedil Kuching are equally as bad as those places in the interior!



(2) In fact that doesn't only happen for MyComtemporary from Simunjan, but it also happen with some other friends in Kelantan. One of my close buddy, she said she came from Kota Bahru. Probing deeper, revealing that she was from Kuala Krai, then Kuala Balah. Kota Bharu, Kuala Krai (40 miles interior), Kuala Balah (a day trip by boat from KK), Kuala Balah, a real remote area in Ulu Kelantan which in those days, only commutable by perahu galah. Nonetheless she is a sweet beautiful girl, now I heard with 5 kids. I remember her, because I used to correct her beautiful English.....whak (what) heppe (happen) teacher! Mr Tee, our English teacher, at SMR KK surely smile on this!

(3) The point, even till today, how many of us really have the courage to say that we are from Bungin, Tambak, or Tuie rather saying from Betong or Pusa (even when talking among fellow Sarawakian, and of course we can't tell Obama we came from Tuie). What does this mean? It is not that we don't have the pride of our own place? If so, do we then have interest even to understand the history of our place? Or even worst, are we interested to make sure our place a better place!

(4) I believe same applies to those who are presently are succesful and who comes from Surabaya, Panglima Seman, Boyan, Semarang, and Bintawa. Do they have a serious conviction that they once came form this place? If so, where is that sense of committment to this birth place, and their seriousness to ractify the morale of their birth place?

(5) I really salute those who came from Bario, Ba kalalan, Usun Apau, Long Semado, with pride, they have no hesitation to say that they came form such an area. Then let see their spirit of their history, the sense of place, their affinity to their culture, etc.

(6) I'm a Pendam Boy, doesn't matter what you may say about Pendam, at least I dream one day MyPendam would emulate Amsterdam dan Rotterdam.

(7) There is always a room for contribution, if we wanna do so!

(Kuching 6 May, 2009)

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Encik,

I also proud to say I came from Langkawi whenever someone asked my hometown...Never been ashamed of my place even it just a nice,quiet, peace, and more over just a small island....hehehheh.....So am i good enough to be one of the supriority simple?

(maynis99)

Anonymous said...

Maynis.. Not supriority simple.. Superiority Sample..English hang macam hang

Anonymous said...

hehehehe....

Terima kasihlah no chek kedah....bukan apa tu...aku tertinggal e dengan tertukar i kepada a ja lah tuh....pasai kalut nak cepat lah tuh....heheheh...ang nih emosi lah chek kedah.....hehehheh....

(maynis99)

Anonymous said...

Belajar betoi-betoi... Nak tulih English pun kalau berterabor "Grammar"... Malulah oi...

ABDULLAH CHEK SAHAMAT said...

Why not be a bit gentleman, it is OK if one make small mistake, as long as one try hard to improve oneself. Please don't kill one initiative to learn and to improve.

(2) Simple and sample can both be correct. Superiority Simple could mean, despite being superior, but one stand to be simple. Since the word simple is after the word priority, I would assume that is the meaning. If sample being used, then such word must come before priority. Let everybody keep everbody open and be comforting.

(3) Being having a sense of place, being pround of a place is one thing, BUT being pround and really work for the good of the place probably is better. Let think. TQ

ABDULLAH CHEK SAHAMAT said...

Hmmmm me too making lots of mistakes there....by right....(1) one make(s)....(2) one tr(ies)....(3) priority should be replaced with superiority

Anonymous said...

To be perfect.. jangan lah selalu sangat buat salah...

Anonymous said...

Alah, macam lah yang dok nasihatkan orang tuh tak buat salah...cara dia dok nasihat orang pun tak betul...main terjah je...tak bagi salam pun...then pengecut lak tuh...tak tulis nama pun...apalah manusia macam nih...kesalahan orang nampak...kesalahan sendiri dan anak bini tak nampak....hehehhehe...so pity of you friend.....(Khas untuk chek kedah tak bernama)


(maynis99)

Anonymous said...

Hang tu perempuan ganas.. Mesti Merah macam Mak Ngah... Eja piety pun salah... Berapa banyak salah da...

Anonymous said...

Mayniss99 patut tukaq ke Mayniss(Mak Nenek)

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with these 2. Not matured at all. This is educational Blog..Not a place to quarell. Very immatured. You are to give constructive suggestion and to compromise on certain angle of things and opinion. Sabar both of you if you are Muslim. Wherever we come from we must respect each others.

Anonymous said...

Salam...

maynis99 nih lelaki macho lah.....sape pulak kata maynis99 nih perempuan....hmmm....

piety tu...maksudnya alim, ketaatan, baik dan suci tetapi pity tu maksudnya belas kasihan...so, fikirkanlah mana yang betul dan salah...tak semestinya kalau kita betul dalam satu perkara, kita akan betul dalam semua perkara...renung2 kan lah wahai sahabatku yang ku gelar chek kedah tak bernama...

(maynis99)

Anonymous said...

For the commenter above,

TQ so much for your advise.Actually i'm the person who really respect of others.Don't worry for that matter and i'm matured enough as an adult. Just testing the emotion of Chek Kedah Tak Bernama...Heee....Give him/her a chance to voice out his comment on others.....TQ...

(maynis99)

Anonymous said...

My great Grandmother is from India and my grand-grand father is from Indonesia..(that is from my mother's side) whereas my father , my grand father is a Malay and his mother is Chinese Mukah. Well... I am proud to be Sarawakian and Malaysian.. I am from Kuching... But how much is the Malay ratio in my blood... ? Still I am a Muslim and I am a Malay.. Whereever we come from rural or Urban area, I believe we should be proud to be Sarawakian and Malaysian..We are integrated society... we are link toe ach other.

Anonymous said...

13th May, 1969.. should be the baseline for us to be united... We are One Malaysian and we should be together to face the challanges and to move forward for One Malaysia. Who ever and wherever we come from.. we are here to be UNITED ...

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