b. At 4 yrs old Abu Bakar Sidqi (ABS) enjoyed the spartan atmosphere of the camp when he went visiting the sister.
d. A program keenly looked forward to by many school leavers. ABS in the PLKN uniform with Mama. It was a happy return to the camp site. I guess.
TOUCHING THE MAGIC EIGHTEEN
When you reach eighteen, many things seemed to happen. I remember many decades ago right after completing the School Certificate Examination ( that would be the SPM now) how we groped for information and attempted to appear at whatever interviews available either to continue our education to a higher level or to earn some money meaning of course to secure a position in the public service. The public sector was a closed door. We knew almost nothing about it.
I was fortunate to have records of happenings during those earlier years since I was a camera buff and the old photos continue to remind me of circumstances or nostalgia. Now that our son has come to that point in time, I have pointed to him the value of keeping records and memoirs. I guess our youth are fortunate that almost everyone of them have something of value which they hug along all the time. I mean of course the inevitable hand phones. They are doubly awarded if they possess cameras too. The portable phone also takes photos. So do not confine to conversation or SMS only. Use it. Keeping the record is of course another adventure or assignment. It is worthwhile believe me.
Our son Abu Bakar Sidqi participated as a member of PLKN (National Service Training Program) at KEM SINTOK Universiti Utara Malaysia Kedah from 1 January to 11 March 2007, launching the new year with a dramatic start.
Having completed his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination in November 2006 and touching the threshold of his 18th birthday he becomes eligible for the National Service program that had begun in 2004. Like most youth we believed he was happy to receive the call-up letter and made preparation without qualms.
The next day newspaper splashes told the story. Transportation arrangement had failed not only at Stadium Darul Aman in Alor Star but at other centres in the country too. In Kelantan trainees had to return home until arrangement could be made the following day. It was obvious there were dissatisfied and angry faces in the PLKN headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. It was not a cliche. Neither was it a minor matter. For most parents and the public it was certainly not a good start for the 2007 PLKN activities and neither was it a right step for a new year
Time Marches On
No respite for a rest. That was what awaited him as he was rushed to Taylor University College at Subang to register as a student for a diploma program which had started a week earlier. We weighed the choice of a UPU registration or a private sector direct entry. Thus the decision and at the time of writing he has completed his first semester. Abu has meantime acquired a provisional driving licence. He has successfully completed a driving course program and passed the relevant tests.
Welcome to Taylor University College for your professional program
With daddy at the Camp Site 2007