Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The end of a project

Maka tamat lah what had been keeping me busy the last few months (the last 6 months?). Pitch Your Product Competition officially ended this afternoon with two winners whom Naim said were local geniuses. I jokingly told him we all had been had by emotive language of "makcik saya sakit pinggang". Haha but the kids were really geniuseslah. Bdk sekolah boleh offer solution to RISDA on saving time and cutting cost with bag semaian. I hope they will go far. Boleh improve lagi tu (to something fully automated).

Nadhirah and gang won USD200 as one of the 5 consolation prizes and I think one of the judges was keen to help them push up the idea to commercialisation. Farhan didn't win.One of the comments was his creation was over-engineered.I'm sure somewhere in Germany and Italy, he would be so wanted. That's what Prof Zourob said..go outside your country and break a leg cos' sometimes your own people do not appreciate you.I langsung tak qualified to pitch.Sedih tak? Round one dah kalah. Haha.

Next project: Sept mobility prog before the big day in Nov and I'm done for the year.
Cepatlah kau berlari O masa. Aku tak terkejar.










Monday, August 07, 2017

Panta Rei

Only change is constant.

Today saw the departure of 4 long serving colleagues : Assoc Prof Dr Subra, Assoc Prof Haja, Assoc Prof Ismail and Dr Farizah who we celebrated in an elaborate lunch to say all the best to their retirement day. Sedih juga as they went down the memory lane.I had worked closely with Dr Subra when I first joined DELL almost 28 years ago and later with Dr Farizah on my FRGS research and other dept's activities. An era's gone..soon mine pulak and seangkatan will be quite a number: Prof Nuraihan, Dr Nora, Assoc Prof Dr Zahariah, Prof Quayum..wow..kosong dept kalau they don't recruit from now.

And we tried to get a session with Prof kamal and Prof Ismawi so we could say thank you properly but the river flows too fast..tak terkejar.

This week I'll be kept busy with the Prosumer Week and nanti nak tolong beri English workshop to our young guests from Perak, Perlis and Pahang who came all the way to watch Pitch Your Product Competition.

I'm glad it's coming to an end.We worked all semester with a lot of uncertainties.I'm definitely nak cabut kejap for a break when all's done before the new semester starts again with a vengeance.

Hadoi.

Cerita Rao tu sambung later ke tarikh yang tidak saya tahu. :))

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Penghijrahan Rawa awal kurun 19

Team penyelidik kami meneliti tajuk di atas untuk mengenal pasti sumbangan Rawa early settlers di awal 19 ini kpd negara kita. Sebelum pergi ke Rao, kami hanya menganggap, early settlers ni berhijrah sebab perang paderi di Sumatra di kawasan Rao (satu suku bangsa yang tua tetapi sekarang semua disatukan dengan suku-suku sekitar Sumatra Barat itu sebagai Minang. Byk juga buku-buku yang menyebut Minang bila mana yang membuat itu sebenarnya orang Rawa.Buku Farish Noor on sejarah Pahang lagi bagus...habis disebutkannya sebagai orang Melayu walhal real historians tahu peranan orang rawa dalam perang saudara di Pahang tu dan apa orang Bugis buat pun mereka tau).

As I was saying, we thought it was just due to Dutch prosecution.Rupa-rupanya banyak sebab lain mereka berhijrah : bah besar yang menyebabkan 8 tahun kebuluran, penyakit cacar dan perkembangan ekonomi yang pesat di Tanah Melayu (bijih timah di Perak, Selangor, emas di Pahang, etc).

Then timbul persoalan, how did they get here? Which route, which port? Itu pun jawabannya pelbagai. Waktu jajahan Rao sangat luas dan waktu pusat Islam dan perdagangan juga banyak di Acheh, mereka pergi melalui sana..turun di Pulau Pinang ( maka ramai juga masyarakat Rawa di Pulau Pinang. Industri percetakan awal dimulakan oleh orang Rawa..ayah kpd Allahyarham Yusuf Rawa). Dari Pulau Pinang, ramai yang travelled further south ke Perak (Gopeng, dll). Sampai sekarang Gopeng terkenal for its rawa communities. Yang sempat kami temu bual mengatakan nenek moyang mereka ikut Sungai Rokan Kiri (byk emas ketika itu) ke Sungai Asik terus ke Dumai atau Bagan Si Api-Api sebelum crossing over ke pelabuhan di persisiran pantai barat kita.Teluk Mak Intan was a big port for a long time, Melaka, Johor.At its fastest, it would take an hour or two je crossing over.And people go back and forth because of the short distance. Sampai hari ini..a trader in Bukit Tinggi told one of my friends, bila Ramadan..dia datang berjual di bazaar Ramadan.Cukup sebulan balik dgn pendapatan yang lumayan. Kata Nik, mcmana dia dapat lesen niaga? Itu cerita lain la ya. But my point is, orang rajin bekerja dan berikhtiar, kita jgn jeles. Bebudak kita tak mau pulak semangat begitu.Baik mrk melepak, lumba motor bagai.Something I learnt di Rao, rakyatnya ada survival skill yang tinggi dan self sustainable.I dont think they are poor sebab ada sawah sendiri, tobek (kolam ikan) sendiri, bela ayam itik, sayur tanam sendiri.Itu sebab tak ramai maids dtg dari daerah ini.They are well fed and hidup selesa.Cuma nak bayar pendidikan anak-anak and medical services je yg challenging.

Next: raja dan datuak rao




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two sides of a story

We heard many versions of the raos, history, culture and Islamic movement which later became a war..Gerakan Paderi then Perang Paderi.Basically para ulema melawan Belanda but said to be a war between Islamic reformists (kaum padri..nothing to do with paderi priest) and yg sokong adat.

Selepas berjumpa dan berdiskusi with beberapa sarjana tempatan both in Rao and Padang, pelbagai pendapat tentang perang paderi itu.Ada yg cakap isu sebenar was to protect local business interest from imperialist Belanda jadi ia bukan perang agama semata-mata. Yang nyata, ramai orang Rawa waktu itu pindah ke Tanah Melayu semasa dan selepas perang termasuk moyet saya. Persoalan yang timbul..jika berundur waktu perang, apakah mereka berundur kerana kalah dan ingin menyelamatkan agama dan membina balik kekuatan sebelum lawan balik (mcm Rasulullah berundur ke Madinah dari Makkah) atau mereka berundur sebab tidak mahu membunuh sesama Islam (kaum Rawa juga..ramai ahli keluarga juga yg berpihak kpd Belanda)? Kalau benar jihad, mrk akan sanggup mati syahid, right? I think mereka berundur to elak bunuh sesama sendiri..just like Rawa di Pahang berundur ke Tanjung Malim dan Kalumpang sewaktu Perang Saudara Bendahara Ahmad lawan Mutahir berebut nak jadi Raja sebab there were Rawas on both sides.Ada yang makan dedak.Ada juga yang percaya kepada pejuangan mempertahankan hak.But maybe yg jenis makan dedak lebih ramai.Ada juga tulisan yang kata Rawa ni mcm askar upahan.Di Pahang...di Selangor..di Perak.Alahai. Kenapa Clifford panggil Mat Kilau "adik Mat" ? Maknanya ada masa adik Mat pernah bermesra dgn Clifford yang pandai berzanji, bercakap loghat Pahang tu tapi dalam short stories dia mengata orang Melayu dan orang asli Pahang macam2. Kenapa Pawang Nong was decorated with medal of bravery by the British for fighting against the Japs? Kenapa Pawang Nong tak fight the British? Adik Mat, Pawang Nong semua tokoh dan pahlawan Rawa di Pahang. Mat Kilau kemudian terkenal menentang British kerana tidak setuju dengan penindasan pentadbiran British: isu pungutan cukai dan lain-lain.Milner memberitahu in our meeting in Feb ada pendapat Mat Kilau bukan Rawa tetapi Acheh. Tunggu penjelasan lanjut tentang ini.Milner is partially correct but he's also wrong. :)

Diari perang Imam Bonjol...salah seorang pejuang perang paderi yang terkenal telah dijumpai.Sebelum ni an American scholar got a copy of it but baru-baru ini governor di sumatra called my newly found young scholar friend to inform him he found kitab lama dlm almari di rumahnya.Selepas diteliti oleh Dr. P maka disahkan itu diari Imam Bonjol yg ditulis di dalam jawi tetapi catatan juga dibuat dua orang.Im waiting for my friend's publication on this.Sangat2 interesting.Orang ckp Islamic reformists perang paderi ni wahabi but kata Dr P dari diari itu bukan but I raised my concern over depa dok membakar kampong kalau tak ikut Islam cara mereka.Dr P kata last resort.I pun belum baca diari tu so cannot comment byk.I hope the Indonesian authorities will publish it soon.

Next: adakah betul kita Rawa keturunan raja-raja? Tungguuu.

















Sumatran trip

I got home two days ago. Arrived home pretty exhausted from Padang.It was a hectic 8-day trip starting with Rao-Bukit Tinggi-Padang and home.

Mula-mula sampai Rao, excited sebab suasana kampong dan suasana Islam. Surau banyak and pagi2 when the azan went akan ada orang ngaji, orang bertazkirah, budak2 ngaji pakai microphone.Lagu memang lagu melancholic.Teringat my Sumatran guru ngaji aruah Pak Aji Asmawi. Dia ada cakap pasal sawah, pasal budak2 mengaji merendai-rendai. I experienced those.Nice feeling.

Dr Afi gave me his bro in law to take care of us 4. Door to door service from airport to 7 hours ride ikut jalan mcm pi Cameron Highlands to Rao (biasa 4.5 to 5 hours kalau bawak laju but Reza was careful). Fatin muntah2 macam nak terkeluar isi perut. I ok je sebab mcm jalan Raub lama. Macam balik kampong le. :)

Afi put us at this Wisma Rao and each of us got a room.No aircon here.Kipas pun tak seberapa laju. But nasib toilet dlm bilik. Air sejuk (frm bukit katanya). We met local people..Datuak Amran who showed us around and found what he suspected my waris..lineage Maharaja Datuak Morah so I met his anak2. The position now belongs to someone else.I told them I had returned to claim my rights.Haha.

So I saw kampong moyet I..Tanjung Durian bersebelahan dgn Tanjung Alai. Frozen in time.I loved Tanjung Durian. Bersih dan permai. Ada budak panjat pokok jambu air to give us some.So sweet.

Then Reza took us around the next few days (Haji Ijal did the second day and kita jalan with Datuak Amran.Visited his school.Kena kerumun dgn budak2 darjah satu.So sweet). Pastu kita pi tengok sisa2 Srivijaya.Besoknya Reza bawak naik puncak bukit to show where istana or candi Srivijaya.I makan kat warong atas bukit tu.Lauk Minang.Fresh gila.Dan sedap giler.Dengan bayu bertiup lembut.Open space.Boleh tidur kat pangkin bertikar dia tu.Fuiyoo.

More later.Byk sangat ceritanya.

our homestay


sungai Rokan dulu banyak emas

kampung tua

rumah padi

Tanjung Durian

masjid Tanjung Alai

panjat pokok nak ambik jambu air for us

uniform mereka

melawat sekolah rendah di Rao

gulai asam, masakan tradisi Rao

Duduk di Perak sebelum ww2

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Friendship eid

We have a special name for ourselves. Over the years, we had worked on many community and environment projects together.The group is multidisciplinary and of all age groups.So I thought this raya I celebrate this friendship.A couple of my Rao friends who had helped me with my research were invited too.And the Kloos family who would be going home next month.

We had readings.Jamal Raslan was invited and was forced to perform his spoken words. :)) We had fun listening.But the ASA crowd got excited over Prof Fauzan's piece on huris and life of an academic at iium.That got viralled as well and he rose to fame. :D Dr. Afi read his "Gadis Bertudung Labuh" which addressed discrimination against hijabi women in Indonesia as late as 2009. I had always thought pakai tudung ni started in Indonesia.It started with Anwar Ibrahim bringing back the Islamic Reform in the country in the early 70s.Wow...so forward thinking dia! In 2009, Indonesian authorities said do not bring the Msian disease (Islamisasi dlm bentuk bertudung etc) to Indonesian shore.Double wow.

Maher said nak dtg to recite poems on Yemen before and after the war broke but he didn't turn up.Maybe he got home late frm Penang.Some got stuck in the open houses jam.

Some pics.

comel
ASA



Teaching us Japanese nursery rhymes

with the little Kloos


Rakan pi swimming


pemuisi Rao

Anak Minang

some daddy tertinggal ini

ABC