Sunday, July 11, 2021

Alfatihah Dr. Khamsiah Ismail

Dr Khamsiah Ismail passed away today hari Ahad malam Isnin at 8.35 pm. Text anak dia I dapat sejam lewat because I was busy marking fyp dissertations.


Macam biasa it took me a while to process the news.Mula-mula tak tau nak rasa apa, cakap apa. Then macam biasa I frantically looked for those who knew her to cry together. I have lost all who would pick the phone at a ring.Kawan2 lain pun habis tak sihat and biasa tidur awal.By then I was sobbing. Akhirnya Prof Noraini picked the phone and empangan terus pecah. Dia pun belum dengar cerita sedih ni. Pastinya dia tak tau head or tail.I kept hearing her saying what? apa? I had to say the news twice.

Then she sensibly said we would all go too, sabar dan pray that she will be placed in jannah.

IMAN, WPRU, PERAK groups semua kenal dia. Semua sedih.

It will take me a while to get over this. Please sedekah alfatihah for Dr Khamsiah Ismail,a good academic, researcher, counselor, a good friend, a good human being.

Dari Allah kita datang, kepadaNya kita kembali.


Loved ones fall sick

 Covid cases hit almost 10k now. We are doing wrong things. If we were doing the right thing, the number would hv gone down.

My niece was down and we thought we would lose her but alhamdullilah, she pulled through berkat rahmah Allah. And now, one of my good friends, Dr. Khamsiah is battling with covid. We all pray tht she will come out of it. 

I suddenly feel very sad. Sadness is an understatement. When leaders are stupid, this is where we are. We die, one by one. Greed does not kill. Stupidity does. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

5th wave?

 Bad times to do any prediction: scientific or otherwise. But it is not that the country lacks intelligent people. We have plenty but why O why, we are where we are now?? 

I think the way out would be any of the following:

1. Undur secara terhormat dan undi balik kerajaan yang berhak.

2. Be inclusive - dengar pelbagai suara dari pakar-pakar and act on them.

3. Let go..jangan nak control semua benda. Kita tahu satu-satu jalan keluar ialah memperbanyakkan vaksi dan membuatnya at a super speed. If that is NOT happening, you tell us apa masalah sebenarnya. Is it money? Is it supplies? Once kita tahu apa masalah sebenarnya, kita boleh fikirkan jalan keluar bersama.

JANGAN BODOH SOMBONG. That can kill the whole nation.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Covid 2021

 We were busy coping with covid in 2020 when it hit in March. We thought things would ease up in 2021. It has been over a year but looks like the 3rd or 4th wave will be more deadly. India has shown so. But look at how we seem not to learn from whatever Allah is trying to tell us. Kebodohan terus berlaku. Bila bodoh, kita juga sombong. Makin bodoh, makin sombong. Semoga kita semua dilindungi oleh makhluk jahat.

Pls be clever, observe your SOPs.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Gik, Gaa, Gupo

 Abg Tik and family came to dinner. Ziad had kindly offered to cook maqlubah and drove all the way to deliver 2 huge plates. Alhamdulilah, we all had fun talking and eating.

Abg Tik mentioned Gik, Gaa, Gupo (pronounced Gupont mcm Dupont bunyi French!) I wrote to David kot2 these were Dutch names. Not at all, kata dia. Haha. So I asked Afi... Nama Rao ke. Not at all. Lorr.. Orang asli ke? Haha. David said mungkin nicknames. Possible.

We enjoyed our company over dinner. Got to knw my cousin and 2nd cousins closer.

The food was delicious.



                                                              Syrian chicken maqlubah

                                         
                                                              Syrian lamb maqlubah



Monday, March 15, 2021

Berakit-rakit ke hulu, berenang-renang ke tepian

 ...bersakit-sakit dahulu, bersenang-senang kemudian.


A phone call to Mak Tam Melah in Kg Jasu, Ulu Sungai gave me another image of old: orang dulu berakit 3 jam membawa barang dagangan seperti buah2an (rambutan, langsat, ciku, etc) dari Ulu Sungai ke Tanjung Malim melalui Slim River. Balik jalan kaki via Jalan Penarikan (jalan hutan). Makcik Melah pernah berniaga macam tu. Wow. Itu selepas merdeka but now jalan tu dah semak samun (jalan rakit). Sayang. I would have wanted to berakit 3 jam to Slim River.

Mak Tam Melah ajak pi rumah dia. She will cook asarong Ulu Sungai yang famous tu.My cousins semua melompat for another mision.Siap nak cari ayam hutan. Hamboi! Kena tangkap perlilitan nanti baru tau.One cousin said since many tak makan ayam, cari la rusa. Haha. Boleh berangan. Kalau kat Ithaca, rusa bersepah2 sampai they have to shoot sebab jadi nuisance dah. Hai, I wish.



Sunday, March 07, 2021

Cicit Menteri Hassan di Slim River

 So the 4 of us took a day trip to conduct my research tracing Rawas in Slim River. Kg Pasir to be exact.Ghaz drove his Vellfire. Sedap la Kak Ngah and I tidur kat belakang tu mcm naik plane. 

Shareh also drove on 'work' all the way but arrived a bit late. By then, we were already served lemang dan rendang ayam and other kuih muih. Cicit Menteri Hassan from a different wife. We suspect his first wife but we can't really tell.

Lunch was served. Sayur2 tanam sendiri. Duan' s bro in law supplies sayur to Pasar Selayang. Bagus betul. 

The story was they (Hassan and Lijah) got married in Kg Atok then moved to Kg Gapeh but maybe they moved bck to Pahang at a later stage. Or they never moved to Kg Gapeh but Khalijah went bck to Slim River with her young son Bakar and left her daughter Putih with her ex husband after they divorced. No one could say whether Hassan was already married to Tupin Aishah when he married Khalijah or married her after his divorce. Org tua2 yg tahu semua dah tiada. 

But we met Hassan's cicit muit on Slim River side and saw gambar one of the aruah cucus who looked so much like my wan, anak Hassan with Tupin Aishah (or nama kg nya Esah) Im told ada seorang lagi cucu Hassan (Lijah route) yg berpindah ke Pahang frm Slim River (Kg Kela, Ulu Sungai. From Slim River to Ulu Sungai is only 26km jalan kaki ikut jalan Banjaran Titiwangsa) I spoke to Opah Beom last night. Whn I go bck to Raub, inshaAllah we will go to Ulu Sungai to visit her.

We met Aki, anak tiri Hassan. Byk cerita menarik from him but he tak sempat kenal Hassan. Only stories frm his mom about him. Orangnya tinggi. Garang. Sounds like my side. :) Kata Shareh, Menteri Hassan ni berniaga kerbau dan gajah bawak dari Raub ke Perak. Jgn dia ada wife lain kat Perak, udah.Letih nak trace waris.

It was a pleasant trip. Kenal sedara2 baru. 

Monday, March 01, 2021

Rawa news updated

 Zafuan tanya apa sumber Dt Am kata Nantian Saka meninggal dalam Perang Paderi. Jadi saya pun telefon Dt Am di Rao tanya apa sumber dia. He said he asked Datuk2 Adat yang lain sekitar Tanjung Alai (aruah  Datuak Mengudum Haji Ramli dan aruah Mat Toguh, Bendaro Besar - semua dah ninggal) Nantian Saka memang seangkatan dengan Tuanku Rao and Imam Bonjol 1818 -1832.

Yang Dipertua Muda tu bkn gelaran raja but ketua agama/pemimpin agama.Raja ketika Perang Paderi adalah Raja Kenayan. Kata Dt Amran Perang Paderi sesama rawa bkn pasal agama sgt. Psl perniagaan. Yang satu niaga candu, arak; yang satu menentang. Well, to do with agama juga la kan? Puak2 Yang Dipertua Tanjung Alai kan orang-orang agama.

I asked why berahsia bagi yang pindah ke Tanah Melayu. Kata Dt Amran, the perang experience was really bitter..sedara sesama sedara reported against one another yang berperang (they were on both sides..ada yang belah Belanda would inform Belanda akan activities yang menentang Belanda yang dibuat Rawa lagi satu, etc). So mmg bila pindah tu, tak pandang belakang dah.Sumpah mereka yang berpergian was: dipakuknya ke tingkap dgn parang sambil berkata aku tidak akan pulang selain  jika bekas kayu ini bercantum semula. Sesuatu yang tidak mungkin.Begitu mereka berpatah arang.

Sebab apa Zafuan focus on Tanjung Alai ..mungkin selepas Perang Paderi, yang kembali pulang selepas keadaan sudah reda akan dapati sudah hilang 5 kampung yang berdekatan Tanjung Alai dan hanya dapat berkumpul di Tanjung Alai. Ada 7 kg di Tanjung Alai: 

Tanjung Alai, Kg Pisang, Tanjung Pauh,Kg. Tengah,Kg Pisang Ular, Tobek Atas, Pancah.

Di hilir Tanjung Alai ada 5 kg  (now dah lenyap kerana penduduknya ramai hijrah ke Tanah Melayu waktu Perang Paderi):  Tanjung Durian (kg Nantian Saka), Tanjung Goda, Kubu Gadang (yang jadi benteng Perang Paderi), Koto Golinggang dan Kg Mudik. Setiap kg ini ada raja adatnya.


On isu ramai Rawas are mistaken for being Achehnese: Penduduk asal Meulaboh  tu dulu orang Rawa. Kingdom Rawa ni dah lama. Zaman Srivijaya, zaman Majapahit (mereka jumpa gelang yang sama di Majapahit dan Rawa di kurun 14) dan orang Rawa keluar masuk Meulaboh sebab tu pusat dagang, pusat agama. Ramai orang Rawa ninggal di Acheh. Wei, no wonder rupa Zafuan macam rupa P.Ramlee when Ramlee was in 1950s.

I have to catitkan ini.Takut lupa.