Thursday, November 29, 2007

A teenage girl's mother

I met a mother, was standing outside the sundry shop near my house.

It was 1:17am today.

The mother was waiting for her daughter, whom supposed to be home before 11:45pm.

I was wondering why the mother was there standing, while the sundry shop was about to close for the day, and I asked her.

She said her daughter, form 2 girl, hasn't been home early for the past months. The house rule is to go back by 12am, which the daughter's usual hang-out place, a cyber cafe next to the sundry shop, close by 11:45pm.

However, today, the daughter is not home, and she walked 1Km, thru dark and steep slope, from her house to the cyber cafe, hoping to bring her daughter back.

She waited for 45 minutes, no luck. Not seeing the daughter, not able to call her mobile.

I called the security guards for help, see if they can do something.

And I have decided to send the heart-torn mother back her house, since it is useless to keep waiting.

Then the mother told me:

the father is a container truck driver, only home once or twice a week, and income is not stable.

the mother is a house wife, taking care of children.

She seems lost, keep saying that she does not want her daughter to follow their footsteps, with no future and no security.

I can only comfort her that the daughter should be safe, probably forgotten time to go home.

After sending the mother back, I started thinking:

Why this happened? Why this seems common nowadays?


I have no answer, perhaps someone, someday may be able to answer.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hindraf Rally and What's Next?

Witnessed the call, loud and clear from our Indian brothers and sisters seeking for fair treatments. Isn't it the rights of every citizen in the country to enjoy such rights? Why should the Indian resort to street demonstration?

Personally, the disparity among the rich and the poor is greater since Independence. We have long been told that the Government is treating everyone equally, regardless of ethnic groups, with special attention to Bumiputera, so called "Ketuanan Melayu".

However, if what is claimed by the Government is true, Malaysia should be far better than it is now.

The truth is:

we are still being fooled of "May 13" incident by the Government to fear us from asking for our rights;

We are stilled being fooled that the Malay, or Bumiputera is still far away from other ethnic groups like Chinese and Indian, whom thus need further assistance in the form of New Economic Policy, or alike, in order to maintain Malay domination.

And what we see, feel, heard, are different from the propaganda from the Government, controlled media, and even to the extend to suppress indifferent voices.

It is true that a big portion of Malay is still struggling for their daily needs, where have all the wealth and resources gone?

We witnessed the unheard crying, what are we going to do to next? Where is our "Wakil Rakyat" or the Representative of People? What are you going to do next?

Do we want to be like them one day?

Monday, November 19, 2007