Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Kirkby College 1957
A welcome sight on our return from summerr vacation.
The gateway or 'pintu gerbang' besides the College
Administrative Building and Cafetaria was symbolic
of Merdeka August 1957.
For some people a country that declares its golden anniversary comes August 2007 surely seems a questionable feature. What? Only fifty years old? Yet this is Malaysia's age since securing Independence. Indonesia and India too take precedence in being privileged to gain their Independence before Malaysia and then only a few single digit years earlier. The end of the Second World War only helped to spark nationalism in the South and South East Asian region. Truthfully not many nations in the world can take that pride as Malaysia has done.
We must not of course be confused by its very existence hundred of centuries earlier. Malaysia's historical origin with its culture, episodes, migration, development, influences etc in no way harbor along five decades of consequences. We celebrate 50 years of achieving self government: being able to do things our own way and recognizing our heroes and founders. More so fifty short years have brought us more success and physical development than centuries earlier.
"Sebaliknya bagi usia kita melepasi lima dekad atau 'half a century' bukanlah suatu tempoh masa yang mudah dilalui dan dikenangi. Pertama kalau kita masih hidup selama itu, ia merupakan satu Anugerah Allah. Kita tentu mengenang rakan dan saudara mara yang telah pulang lebih awal dan tidak kesempatan menjengguk berbagai acara yang dirancang oleh kerajaan untuk menyambut hari yang bersejarah ini" Perjalanan hidup kita melalui berbagai liku tentu sekali membawa keinsafan.
Fifty years of a man's lifetime is another story since he must count himself grateful for having been given the privilege to exist when friends and families have been unfortunate not to be here to see the celebrations being garnered by the government or the ruling party or simply to look back at the opportunity given.
On the threshold of Celebrating Malaysia Day 2007 in August, I am fortunate to reminiscence events and happenings back in 1957 or earlier. Thanks to my own inclinations at noting and documenting happenings, indulging in photography and collectibles, evidences of five decades or a half century remain fresh and vivid. Looking back, when I was in my late teen, without so much guidance and yet persevering, I wonder 'What would have been if we had all the orientation and counselling to help us?" Opportunities for present youth are opened for their trust forward if only they want to participate.
2.0 Remembering a Birthday Morning at Euston Station August 1956
I hit my nineteen birthday the very morning I arrived at London Heathrow Airport.
Kampong Kirkby played its important roles. We were there to be trained as teachers. On our return to the country which had just gained independence, we would be playing our roles. As the Federation of Malaya celebrated 31 August 1957, many of the College students were on vacation. I was in Europe grateful to be able to see a foreign country because I was motivated and curious enough to explore the countryside. However the community celebrated the occasion when the College reopened. Tutorial, lectures and various activities at College helped to mould our youthful characters into Malaysians who appreciated one another, adopting a brother and sister relationship a characteristic trait and trademark of Kirkby. We seeked to gain as much experience as possible. Just six months after arrival, I found myself at Aberdeen Scotland attending a British Council Course which came with a home stay in a British home.
When I was in the College sick-bay down with flu, no thanks to the English weather, I had a VIP visitor. His Highness Sultan Abu Bakar the Sultan of Pahang was at Kirkby.
3.0 Photos for Eternity
Photos alongside this essay perhaps captured the best moment if not the most memorable of those years when we would dare do many things because there was no alarm, nor fear, intimidation or coercion. It was safe to travel. It was safe to hitch hike. Fellow travellers welcomed you. Families welcome you into their homes. It did not cost a bomb to travel either in Britain or Europe. The Youth Hostel card that registered you as a member was a gateway to all youth hostels in Europe. The opportunities to travel, meet people and socialize at an age when we were maturing into adulthood must certainly be fortuitous yet fortunate.
Kirkby College near Liverpool recorded a historical moment of its own when Tunku Abdul Rahman after the success of his delegation to the British Foreign Office announced the date of Merdeka Celebration in the College Hall for the first time on 7 February 1956
Kirkby College Liverpool existed for only a decade. Thousands were trained and Kirkby teachers played prominent roles at a time when teaching and education needed the momentum. At this moment in time all Kirkby trained teachers would have put aside their chalks and books as all would have passed their 56th year of golden age. Each one of them still living would happily look back at those years that have passed by. Each with his or treasured memories.
We are joyous that we have seen the country grow alongside its past and present statesmen. We salute them for their sacrifices who invariably had given everything for the sake of the country at the detriment of families' time and needs.
Events and happenings of years gone by are easily forgotten. What more if they occurred a half century ago. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad our fourth prime minister once remarked that "Malays forget easily" in reference to a dilemma. We fear Malaysians may forget too the struggles and sacrifices of the elder statesmen and nation builders if we fail to highlights their contributions continuously.
The College put up its share of celebration on Merdeka Day August 1957 with buntings on the side road between Block Eleven and the Staff Residential Block.
This was my group tutorial.
We were at Dr Fielding's residence
for a casual evening. He was also our English lecturer.
Dr Fielding and wife seen in the picture surrounded by
colleagues as Amin Zahari and Laila acted a sketch.
Abdullah A Rahman near the door bursting into laughter.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sebenarnya adat resam perkahwinan Melayu begitu indah dengan peringkat atau lapis-lapis tertentu. Bermula dari merisik dan membawa kepada melamar atau bertunang hingga ke perancangan khenduri , akad nikah, membatal air sembahyang, kelansungan perkahwinan (dengan bersanding), majlis kenduri di rumah pengantin perempuan kemudian rumah lelaki semuanya mempunyai hasrat tertentu. Malangnya demi menjimat dan meringkas sesuatu banyak tertinggal. Nampaknya yang sering diberi fokus ialah majlis khenduri, persandingan, perhiasan bilik pengantin dan pelamin.
Dengan persetujuan itu, bekas cincin dengan kandungannya serta hantaran yang dibawa bersama di majukan kepada keluarga En Shahrirudin dan majlis ' Menyarong Cincin' dilangsungkan sebagai tanda puteri En Shahrirudin kini ditunangkan kepada putera En Mohd Fadzil. Majlis ini kami serahkan kepada kaum ibu yang dah lama menunggu saat-saatnya . Selesai sahaja serah menyerah, dan cincin disarongkan menandakan pasangan iti telah rasmi ditunangkan, acara doa diadakan bagi memberkati perhimpunan dan majlis yang mewujudkan hubungan kekeluargaan yang berkekalan. Kami percaya pasangan berbahagia itu serta ibu-bapa mereka turut rasa lega dan bersyukur. Hanya menunggu perancangan yang akan disediakan menjelang Disember ini.
Tentu sekali tetamu tidak akan pulang sebelum dijamukan dengan hidangan yang sedia menunggu. Pelawaan 'Sila! Sila! menjemput semua tetamu menjamah. Suasana majlis yang informal itu berakhir apabila rombongan kami memohon untuk berangkat pulang. Kalau tadi kami menyampaikan lima bekas tangan kini kami membawa balik sebelas bekas berisi dengan berbagai barangan sebagai tanda kemuliaan, kemesraan dan keikhlasan tuan rumah dan bakal bisan kepada Hj Md Fadzil .
Begitulah halnya. Apa yang diberi mendapat balasanya.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
One Autumn day we found ourselves on the grass tarmac
on top of Australia's Parliament House Canberra.
Come with us on a short tour of places we have visited and see whether what we prioritize met with your likings. Images captured in your mind or on film/ digital camera vary from person to person. A return visit to Canberra A.C.T Australia where I was a student at ANU brought back the earlier experience of finding a quiet peaceful city and especially clean and beautiful. It was more beautiful with autumn in the air this time. Sydney and Melbourne no doubt have their attractions and we recognized their distinctions. Again we seek to remember the unfamiliar and uncommon. We may continue to anticipate even when we have arrived and our sojourn will surely be more rewarding
I chanced upon this horse carriage and the newly wed couples while they were being photographed on the wide open fields near Lake Burley Griffin Canberra A.C.T You would certainly not anticipate to come across a situation like this.
We could smile knowing that we were on the grass tarmac atop the roof of Canberra's New Parliament Building opened in 1988. The view from the top amidst cool strong breeze guarantees a panoramic view of the city.
Seen here is part of Lake Burley Griffin named after the landscape architect who designed the city in 1912. As centrepiece it pulled the populace to its lake sides throughout the year. ANU ( Australian National University is close by and a walking distance to this site)
At one of Canberra's suburb I saw this familiar scene. Besides all its modernity and efficiency the old display board continues to service the community's need. This gentleman taking time to browse the adverts.
Fish stock is sold at a reduced rate at an outlet in Canberra . At one time parts of fish are discarded until the Aussies found that Asians had strong clamor for these particular sections.
We think our rates are high. Looking at the parking charges at Sydney you may not want to drive into town often. You have to be ready with RM 100.00 per day.
Sydney has one extra to compete with our twin Petronas Tower. Moving along the Parammata Road you may come across these structures.
Ha,ha. What's the gentleman doing? Can we cooperate
to bring our washroom to that level or better?
These row of gum trees remained part of Sydney's identity. Much loved , they helped to adorn this suburb close to the Sydney Bridge.
At the famous Bondi Beach we met with this Restaurateur who served delicious hot Fish N Chip. The takeaway are wrapped in paper. A bundle is seen on the right with the buyer extending his $50.00 note. In the end it's people that make our holiday a thriller and the jovial friendly Italian added that much needed spice.
Our expectation on the visit to Australia was to look at waste control and its collection especially at Sydney and Melbourne. Through contacts and friends it was fulfilled. You don't of course see the unglamorous aspects of it all in pics.
In between we managed to take in the scenario around. The anticipation surely concurred with what was expected. On arrival everything was just as fine. It could not have ended better with lunch at a Restaurant in Melbourne favored by the Italian community and dinner at Sydney harbor wharf. Take a pick and order 'Oven Baked Barramundi' or a 'Whole Lobster.