I am at Jitra now, spending my first term semester break. I already sent two of my resumes to possible universities. I don’t know; sometimes hopes shatter if you put so much anticipation on the dreams but of course, I am going to pull all the strings I can manage without giving in before I fight for it. Will be preparing for another two after I receive replies from the emails I sent to the other two universities. We’ll see how that goes.
Do I look fat? Yeah…apparently the fats I reduced fluctuated back to its original 58 kilograms. Coming back to Northern area with delicious food makes my a-week-diet goes down the drain….
Anyway, I had the chance to see a historical site here in Kedah. My nephew Rifqi who now lives with my parents at Jitra knows that I am historical freak! Haha! So, he was boasting about him and his Wan (my father; his grandfather) went to Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Birthplace at Seberang Perak, Alor Setar! Naturally of course, I was excited and wanted to go there – though I had dilemma to deliberate whether to go Penang or simply cooped in Alor Setar. Eventually I chose the latter since the weather is scorching hot these days due to the El-Nino and recent Equinox; northern areas are badly affected!
A humble beginning. I feel inspired because I feel the similarities. We are both from the common Middle Class Malay Moslem. God bless.
So, I went there with my nephew. I never thought that Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Birthplace is placed within a complex that is elegantly taken care of! We went to the original ‘kampung’ house which is white-painted. Too bad that visitors were not allowed to take photos! The house is a typical olden Malay house with “Ibu Rumah” (The Main Space of Kampung House situated at the centre) with restroom/toilet placed at the outside part of the house. You could see various copies of articles written by Tun Dr. Mahathir when he was writing under the pseudonym C.H.E.D.E.T. clipped on the walls (I got chill reading the titles and the articles about Malays and the problems. He was so attentive towards the Malays’ problems. I wish to be like him!). There were also personal pictures as well as Tun Dr. Mahathir’s genealogical family tree.
Being inside the house was like an energetic force for me. Seeing his humble beginning and remembering that this Kampung Boy managed to turn Malaysia from an agricultural country to a developing industrial nation is somewhat an overwhelming emotion. There were also other buildings in the complex such as Exhibition Centre (you could see antiquated microscopes & medicinal apparatuses used by him; as well as handwritten letters), Auditorium for school entourages and Main Office.
Inspiration! His visions make Malaysia a modern country from the agricultural image we had years ago.
Irregardless of the current political fracas between him and the current administrator of the nation along with the sidekicks who “have to do what they have to do to maintain their political careers as well as to sustain the lifestyles that are far cry from the meager-financial Plain Rakyat”; I respect and salute him. It is not far-fetched to say that after reading his two books :-
- “The Malay Dilemma” (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/a-sine-qua-non-for-the-malays-a-paradigm-shifting-disclosure-tun-dr-mahathir-mohamads-1970-the-malay-dilemma/);
- “A Doctor In The House : The Memoirs of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad” (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/a-connoisseur-of-the-malay-dilemmas-from-the-soul-of-malaysias-father-of-modernization-a-doctor-in-the-house-the-memoirs-of-tun-dr-mahathir-mohamad/);
– I had that paradigm shift. I want to fully utilize my potential into a high-level academician & researcher. I now finally able to identify my forte and my strength although it took me until my early 30s to discover (hey, I am a late bloomer!). I have to say that he is my inspiration and reading his books make me so immersed with what I can contribute to my race and my religion as a Malay Moslem – and to begin with – is to improve myself, first.
Nagore Mosque at Alor Setar, Kedah.
Initially, I planned to go back to Jitra but on the way, I saw Pekan Cina and I remember the famous mural of Tun Dr. Mahathir which went viral around a year ago. Rifqi insisted that he knew the place so I followed his directions. When we stumbled upon the mural, I was quite bewildered because all this while, I thought that it was a big mural painted on a riverbank ala Melaka’s River. On contrary it was simply painted on a wall at the alley! But of course, it is a remarkable mural! This is a testament of how Kedahans really appreciate Che’ Det! A red flag for the current political toppling, perhaps?
The dilapidated placard. Kedah Tourism Department needs to pay attention on this. If this historical building was in Penang or Malacca, it sure will be treated well!
Majestic. The Indian and Moors architecture are eminent.
It is interesting to note there is a mosque nearby the mural which is Nagore Mosque. The Indian and Moorish nuances are eminent on the architectures. This mosque reminds me of Kapitan Keling Mosque in Penang (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/the-29th-bday-episode-iii-standing-on-the-sun-eat-love-pray-history-penang-island/). Unfortunately, there are not many sources found on this mosque except that probably it was built by the Indian Moslem community dwell in Alor Setar. Usually Indian Moslems are affiliated with Penang Island so it is interesting to see such building exists in predominant Malay state such as Kedah!
On whole, I enjoyed this dosage of local history and of course to have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of someone who inspires me a lot as a Malay and Moslem with new paradigm thinking!
A dejavu feeling today. I was wearing the same shirt I wore when I hold Rifqi in 2007 at Bandar Baru Bangi when he was barely 1 year old. I was about to start my intern in AFFIN Bank Bhd. And now in 2016 after 9 years, I am a teacher; deliberating for my future career. Goodness knows. God bless!