Wednesday, 13 April 2011

..papago goes, again..reminiscing..

..on most counts, and anyway you looked at it, I am a government man...I am partial to the government of the day...and I am, also, always, thankful for little mercies that He, in His Greatness, had bestowed upon me....I could have strove harder and, perhaps, reached greater heights economically and intellectually....but I did not..


...without really trying, I have attained some measure of success..in that I am now not lacking on most things and there is that degree of happiness that I found in my late years...thought I could wished  for more, I found myself not wishing for them...I allowed myself to wallow a little in contentment..whilst aspiring to be a better Muslim..setting achievable targets..mainly for this year...the Haj...God willing....


...education wise,  I did not proceed beyond Higher School Certificate...though I have been through many schools, thanks to my civil servant late uncle, who was an MCS officer, the fire to strive for more did not really burn..but schools were all English medium schools....unconsciously, I developed a love for reading and a flair for the language...


being born in 1945, I was there during the fight for independence, the first federal elections, and was around when Tunku was made the first Prime Minister...I have lived through all our Prime Ministers and like to think of myself as someone with a long memory, politically...though I found politics unattractive...at least most politicians are...


..having lived almost half of my life in the city capital and used to its ways, it was with a condescend heart that I returned to Kota Bharu and homestate of Kelantan....only to later found out umno leaners are infidels and that there was no solidarity in Islam...with suraus and mosques painted either green or blue..


..but in the seventies I was very much in love with my first wife to bother about those things..and entered suraus and mosques irregardless of its colour or hues..to me, then as now, there is only one God, Allah..and Mohammad, PBUH, is His Prophet...and inasfar as intermediaries are concerned, whether Tuan Guru, Ustaz or plain Joe, whether Tun, Dato or plain Mamat, I measure them through their actions and words...sincerity is hard to find, but after a time, I learn to detect when it shines through...


..although it is a rare commodity these days, there are those out there with theirs shining like a beacon...to them pakmat bids, 'Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh...'

12 comments:

Ozz said...

Salam Pak Mat,

I always get fascinated reading your posts as I know that one day if I live longer, I might write the same stuffs. All the best Pak Mat, have a nice day and don't look back in anger. May Allah bless you and your family and err...cats too.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Abe Mat,
Wa'alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. purrr....meow!

Pak Idrus said...

PakMat, it is because of the English language that we all have managed to acquire knowledge by reading. Had we not have mastered the English language we would not be able to read any book worth reading now. I believe with the English language we adept the culture that came with understanding that language thus we were able to enjoy living and understand the world better that those who was not educated in the English Medium school. That is why I felt it is time the authority reintroduction the English school so that parents have choice to send their kids too.

Have a nice day.

Pp said...

pak mat :-) semoga ALLAH permudahkan urusan pak mat dalam menunaikan rukun Haji~!

Semoga panjang usia, dan sihat tubuh badan.

jika ada rezki, bersama2 kita di Arafah...tahun ini nanti. inshaallah.

pakmat said...

..ozz..you are young and at the height of your career..life is fascinating anyway you looked at it..so pakmat wished you well..we will meet, one day...God willing..

..my dear cats...among the feline world, I always knew that you are special..:) after all, how many cats can blog??..take care..

agreed, Pakidrus...and I wished you well..and health endures...you take care, too..

pakpayne...to be there at Arafah and wishing you 'assalamualaikum..' hmm..God's little mercies are made of these...thank you for your doa..truly this old coot is touched..

jamilah said...

Waalaikumsalam Pakmat. Semoga Allah akan kabulkan doa Pakmat nak naik Haji tahun ini...Insyaallah...
Enjoyed your entry this time very much! Agreed with Pak Idrus to intro English medium school. Kids nowadays; their choice of reading material is unbelievable. Even the graduates are not reading English books anymore...now we all know why they're unemployable...sigh...

Wan Sharif said...

Wa'alaikumussalam..
My do'a that you will will be one of those chosen to perform your Hajj this year.. If that is so I will probably like to see you before your trip to Bakkah..

Nur Misnan said...

salam Pak Mat...
InsyaAllah.. selalu doakan
kepada semua umat islam dapat
menunaikan HAJI.. Amin..

p.s. kalau ke Makkah jgn lupa
doakan utk kita sihat sejahtera..

take care n gd day Pak Mat

Red Alfa said...

Wa'alaikumusalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, Pak Mat.

Peculiar isn't it that we enjoy communicating in English; you and I for most of our decades.

I had spoken only Javanese until I in Standard 1 found having it to understand Melayu. I was just good until at Victoria Institution, KL where Awang Goneng and others like/after him had debated in English with his typical flair and aplomb!

After that, I can only think in English!

School Of Tots said...

Semoga dimurahkan rezki Pak Mat untuk menjadi tetamu Allah di musim Haji ini. Amiin.

VersedAnggerik said...

Me too, have always been apolitical. neutral some call it.

But recently when I spoke out against a corporation proposing to open up its plant in Gebeng with radioactive waste, I was immediately labelled as an "opposition" person.

So sad that I feel U can't think independently anymore without being labelled pro or anti government!

pakmat said...

..salam jamilah..guys like me are a dying breed..:)thank you for the doa...take care..

..salam salam wan..and of course, I would like to see you, too..lets hope my rayuan will go through..cant afford package trips..

..salam nur..thanks..and you have a good day, too..:)

..salam red..yes..this old coot hve been thinking, writing and expressing himself in english all the way...hehehe...

..salam sot...InsyaAllah, sot..God willing..

salam versed..for it is easy this days to be labelled...:)