Sunday, July 15, 2018

Malaysia Baharu!

I made a note to self that I would published a post on my view on the Malaysia 14th general election by the end of May. However, I was delayed yet again. InsyaAllah I will complete this today.. Huhuhu

Where should I begin... let's rewind back to the night of 5th May 2013. At one point, after DSAI team announced that Pakatan Rakyat already manage to secure enough Parliament seats to form a new government, I was already jumping up and down - literally. But then, as the Malaysia history has recorded, Malaysians were denied the win. Recount of ballots were made and then there was the blackout and then there was the dreading announcement. I remember I had tears in my eyes. My heart ached. I did not sleep well that night. I think, many others were in the same boat too. All we wanted was a reformed government. But Alhamdulillah, a lot of us were reminded that "whatever happens, happens for a reason" and that it was ONLY by Allah's decree and permission that they 'won'.

Since then, each time when there were news that could be linked to the misused of power, I could not deny having the thought of "if only.." .

Now fast forward into 2018~

Since early this year, one of the hot topic of conversations was - "when is the election day?". January changed to February then to March and then finally April. We knew that Dato Sri Najib had to call for an election before June 2018. Some suggested because surely they wanted to have it before the release of DSAI. Hence, many predicted that it must be in May. 

Soon, there was the rumour that it would be on the 5th (again) May since it was a Saturday. Little did we know that on the 10th of April 2018, Tan Sri Hashim from the Election Commission aka SPR decided that Wednesday the 9th May 2018 would be the best date for the election date. Yup! Right in the middle of the week! 😅😅😅

PC on the announcement of GE14 date [1]
And so their plan began.. in fact, it had started earlier when they decided to do redelineation grouping voters to their best of interest.. and when RoS decided that PPBM was disbanded and many more. Perhaps, the then government MUST have forgotten that Allah also plan, and He is the best of Planner.

Right after the PC, a lot of people voiced their concerns and frustrations. Media socials were stormed with infuriating comments since there was no announcement of a possible public holiday on the polling date. Utusan put on the news justifying that there was nothing wrong having it on a Wednesday [2]. Then there was also the mentioned of "majikan tidak wajib bagi cuti" [3],  "if you can't get leave, best not to vote if you are Malaysian working in Singapore" [4] and many other displeasing and irresponsible remarks made by top ranked personnel.

Among the funny messages spread on WhatsApp besides the Rakyat Akan Buang Umno that went viral  
Despite all that, I know for sure that 99% of the Malaysia population were very HAPPY that the polling date was finally out and that we were already started making plan for #UNDIRABU. Excited me had applied for a two day annual leave i.e. the eve of election and the election day itself! Hihi

Two days after the announcement, and after much trolling by the keyboard warriors, the then government finally made the announcement that the 9th May will be a public holiday [5]. I guess they might have also realised that it would also affect people who wanted to vote for them. Duhh~ 😜

Everyday thereafter, the news was getting more exciting. I am however not referring to the national news telecasted on the national television. I was referring to the news shared on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram - yup, you name it.

Just like in 2013, everyday, my additional task was to look for latest updates. One by one, the nomination of candidates from all parties were revealed and not to forget the speculations. At that time, the uncertainties and the thought of losing this general election again, left me with a heart ache. I would mutter "could we make it this time?" almost every time I read or watch new updates. Adeh~ sakit jantung rasanya~

I remember watching the Big Data presentation by Rafizi [6]. As he moved to the slide where he showed what the people of Malaysia could achieve should there be a transparent election, I too, just like the audience felt that warmth and without realising clapping my hands.. hoping that the data be true.. that the people of Malaysia would finally saved this blessed country.

Came 24th April 2018, four days before the official nomination of candidates, Tun M announced that should a new people government was formed, the following Thursday and Friday after the polling would be declared as public holiday. I know this was in fact one of the minor reasons as to why many of us was rooting for the people to win. 😉😇

It is worth mentioning it here that SPR proven once again that it wasn't representing the people of Malaysia when they denied Suhakam requests to monitor as election observer 2 days before the official nomination of candidates. Sigh~ geram ada.. sedih pun ada. But this could not surpass what SPR did on the 28th April 2018 against the people representative of DUN Rantau. It was just ridiculous! For some unknown reasons, there was no other candidate to fight at DUN Rantau and so when the people representative was not allowed to register as candidate, Tok Mat won the parliament seat. Sigh~ There was also the problem with the people representative at Batu [7] who wasn't allowed to compete in the GE14 election and that SPR decided to remove flags that was put up for the Batu representative. Sigh~

Having said that, not all were at lost on the April 28th (yes.. it was also Maryam 1st year Birthday! Hehehe). In fact, that very same date marked the new phenomena of UNO or NONA whichever you decided to use. Little was known about him. I remember seeing the trending on DUN Chempaka hashtag. I picked up some videos which showed him walking to register but what truly amazed me was when Ustaz Nik Omar gave his first open speech at a round table in front of a handful of media. It wasn't a long speech but what he said was amazing! It led me to do further background search on NONA. The term "Malay tsunami" was quickly to be introduced relating it directly to NONA who claimed that he would continue to be a Green member but will run as a candidate under the people's party.

Since then, between the 28th April and 11th May, all parties were in their high gear trying to sell their manifesto.  Speaking of manifesto, I could not believe that the twin tower was removed from the graphic of the dark Blue team Manifesto. Sigh~ I was already so much disturbed knowing that our Malaysia history i.e. the history that I learned at school and the one used throughout Malaysia was modified/truncated/swapped or whatever-you-want-to-call-it. This time, they showed to the whole nation again that they will continue to do it whenever they feel like doing it! #frust

Came 5th May, it was the early vote for the police and soldiers but nothing is more exciting than the postal vote! Many eligible postal voters were yet to receive their ballot even thought they only had less than four days to ensure their postal votes reached the ballot box. After the election, there was a video on the postal vote that went viral. I was literally in tears watching it. I was overwhelmed by their sacrifices, spirit and trust to total strangers and to know that there are many Malaysians who actually love and have high hope for this wonderful country. It was just soooooooooo beautiful 

*Pause kejap.. recollecting myself! hehehehe*

Finally, it was the eve of the election day (Ya Allah, tiba-tiba rasa seram! LOL!). We were already at Klang at my sister's place since morning. That night Dato Sri Najib made a special announcement live on the national television. Meanwhile, Tun M was also live on the social media. Their number of viewers count and online user reactions were far off even though Dato Sri Najib made three other promises if his party wins including that the 13th and 14th May to be made public holiday. If you asked me, I personally do not like the idea since it might also mean that I would have to replace more classes! Yikes! LOL.

That night, I could feel the tension. There were so much at stake. My children future was on the line. I was most worried about the split vote since historically, should there be a split vote in any seat, the dark Blue team will continue to rule the country. 

Before I slept that night, I read the post shared by Dr MAZA on Tun M with an open heart. I remembered asking Yaby - "why was this post not shared much sooner". Then again, I guess Allah knows best. I read some of the comments following the post and I know that I wasn't alone to feel the same about Tun M. I want to believe that he was a changed man and Dr MAZA's post deepen my conviction.

We all now know how the GE14 ends despite everything that had happened on that day and the following day and the day after. It was a HAPPY beginning - a new dawn to all Malaysians. 😍 #MalaysiaBaharu

My personal view on the chain events related to this GE14 - humbled by the limit of my human brain capacity. Why? Because I was devastated that we lost in 2013. But now I realised that should we have not lost 2013, we Malaysians would not have stand and fight stronger. Should we have not lost in 2013, we would not have been able to isolate a few and replaced them with a few others who willing to uphold the people's true vision. Should we have not lost 2013, we Malaysians would never really understand the meaning of UNITY. Should we have not lost 2013, we can never truly experience this sweet victory. AllahuAkbar!

In this election, the people of Malaysia (and of course by God's will) have shown that the leaders should be very weary of the people. They should remember that they were elected to serve the people and not the other way round. As I have hailed so many times - I am Muslim first then I am a patriot. Hence, I would do everything in my capacity to fulfil the dream of a better worldly order. InsyaAllah!

With that.. good luck to all new line up! Believe me when I say that you are under probe! 😎😆


Saturday, April 28, 2018

First year!

Oh what can I say! Maryam it's your 1st Birthday! Ya-yah, mi-mi, cheche, koko and yeche love you a lot! MasyaAllah Alhamdulillah Allah made you literally candy to our eyes. May Allah protect you from the evil eyes and shower you with all the blessings in the world Maryam! Aamiin!

Now.. let me see. 

Your favourite song is Baby shark song. Cheche changed the words a little and made it;
You would move your cute little bump to the sound of that song. Why 'ba'? Because you love to say Ba! Hihi

At 9 months you were still not doing your commando crawl. One morning, you decided that it was time for you to move. And so you crawl on fours! We were all shocked to see that you finally able to move about. Hehehehe..

Today at one year old, however, you are still haven't decided to walk. Your cheche started walking at 1 year 1 week. Koko at 1 year 2 weeks. Yeche at 1 year 3 weeks. Now let's just see when you shall finally walk! Hehehe

Maryam, I am going to tell you one thing. Guess what? I think you are not going to be able to do your own nickname just like cheche, koko and yeche. Except for mi-mi, all the rest have started to call you by cute names. For example, yeche called you Little Nyum Nyum while koko called you Maiyam. Ya-yah called you with many names like Miyam and Mi Ya Mi on top of calling you by your real name. After so much deliberation, we decided to called you Miyam.   

So Miyam, please know that we have and will always love you insyaAllah. No matter how hard you 'belasah' any of your other siblings, they would just smile and hug you more. When you grow up, you must love them back OK! Muahx 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It takes two glasses...

OK.. if you have been following my blog, you should know by now that I have always loved Superman. One of the reasons I must say, is of course, because of his brilliant way of hiding his super identity behind a simple pair of spectacles with literally no glasses on them (in the early days)! Hihi.. Without realising, I too have built a strong notion of wearing a pair of glasses.. because I too, was hoping that I could do 'something' without anyone realising 🙈🙈🙈. LOL!

How could I ever forget the very first moment I realised I needed that ‘powerful’ Superman gadget. It was during the first official class of my form four, when I noticed that I could not read what was written on the black (read: green) board. I remember straining my eyes sampai dah nak juling ðŸ˜°. I could not believe that my Daddy’s repeated words came true. 😅😅😅

Daddy had always warned me of what would happen to my eyes should I continue with my bad reading habits i.e. to read in the dark while lying on the bed. Yes yes… I shouldn’t have dismissed my Daddy’s advice. I was young and foolish. I know~ That was also the day when I realised that it is true – you would get what resonated in your heart and amplified in your head.. even if you have never said it out loud. What one wants, becomes one’s DOA~

Do I regret my choice I once had i.e. wanting a pair of glasses of my own? YES!!! The earliest regret feeling came pretty much sooner than I thought. It didn’t come from Daddy’s I-already-told-you-so nagging. Instead, it was when I learned the price a pair of spectacles. My first pair of glasses cost Daddy a staggering RM300..  one fifth of Daddy's working basic salary. Adeh~~ 

As days went by, the disadvantages of being short-sighted kept piling up. For example, I need to be extra careful when playing netball. I also looked older! Kih kih kih.. but more importantly one of which I labeled as the biggest downside.

Just the other night, while I was lying down on the bed (Nope.. I wasn’t reading 😇😇). That time, I was putting Maryam to bed. Trust me, when you are lying down on one side, wearing a pair of glasses is a no go.  So my vision was bad. Bahim then came standing at my bedroom door, trying to explain something to me.

So here’s a fact about my dear son Bahim. He, unlike me, is a soft spoken boy. Ngahahaha.. At times, another man’s fart can be louder than Bahim’s voice. LOL! 😂

So while he was talking by the door, which was approximately three metres away from me, in his normal tone, I could swear I couldn’t make up a single word he was saying. LOL! But as usual, being a polite and encouraging mother, I laughed when he laughed.. I made a sad face when he sounded sad and laughed again when he did it again.

He left his spot for a few seconds before rushing back at my door. This time however, I manage to grab hold of my spectacles. And just like that, I noticed that I could make up his words. Yup, you got that right! I could see his lips and the words uttered in his low tone voice became clearer.

Straightaway I was mesmerised by this fact on just how true the sequence mentioned in the Qur'an – 
“Say, it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give.” – 67:23
It is interesting to know that as a baby growing in our mother's belly, we developed our sense of hearing first before our eyesight. If we think about it, had it been the other way round, our eyes might not able to do so much in that dark confined space and that we could have lost precious information that one might gain by hearing.

Coming back to the Ayah, from the way I see it, someone with a good hearing and good eyesight but doesn’t have the heart to listen, he or she will not benefit anything from what he or she hears and sees. The heart is the ULTIMATE requirement of understanding. And because of that, I personally blame the lack of what's in the 'hearts' as the root cause in any communication break down. 😎😎😎

May Allah never takes the light out of my Heart and for He to continue to Guide our Hearts.. Aamiin 💗

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Big 10~

Jia guess what?! You are ten! And guess what?! You changed a lot both physically, emotionally, and mentally.. 😩Uwaaa.. why so fast~~

With that said, I am pretty sure I have  a lot to write about you. But that would take hours. Hihihi.. so I am just going to summarise your one year here for you. 😍

Believe it or not Jia, last one year, you started to have your growth spurt! A short you suddenly became a tall you. You must remember me saying this repeatedly to you – “Jia, you better jump more now. If not you will stay that short!” Hihihi… I know.. I know.. I was teasing you. But because you are growing so tall all of a sudden, this made Bahim and Tia wants to grow taller too. Hihihi..

Emotionally Jia, you became more sensitive now. Tears would easily form when you got ‘hit’ by Bahim or Tia. You would easily become upset too although the things that upset you now had happened before and you never seemed to mind at all. I took the liberty to explain things to Bahim and Jia. I told them to stop playing too rough with you. But them being you little brother and sister Jia, they still need time to understand this whole ‘growing’ matters. So please continue to forgive them with your big heart Jia! Hihihi..

When it comes to mentally, I know you have got a lot up there. But with more focus and discipline Jia, I know you can achieve more and be better. At school, when I spoke to your Mualimahs, I could tell that they haven’t gotten to see your full potential. I could tell that this must be because you are holding back - a lot. At school, you are not so much of a talker as you are back at home to the extent your Mualimah didn’t know you could speak English. Adoiyai~ hihi... I pray that you learn to grow your confidence. Everything has its learning curve. I hope you will find your way and style too! 

Other than that, your cartoon ‘cat’ character really grows - a lot. I enjoyed looking at them. You even inspired Bahim to draw his own comic characters. Mi-mi hope, no matter what ever ambition you are planning to strife for, do keep your little drawing as a hobby. 

Jia, do know that I enjoyed our little small talks either when we were in the car or when we went outing. I hope you remember all of our little chats. I pray that you continue to become a confident Big Girl Solehah! Mi-mi loves you a lot Jia!!! And I am sure Bahim love you most second after me. Hihihihi…💕

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Finally reaching the 7th

Alhamdulillah.. you are finally 7 Bahim. Happy Birthday big guy! May you continue to grow happily and healtily! Aamiin..

Your greatest achievement this year I would say is of course - for being able to enjoy your first year of school without losing any of your belongings! Hehehehe.. From time to time you left your items at school but Alhamdulillah, always, you manage to get them back from the lost-and-found box! 

It took you 2 months to actually have friends that you are really comfortable with. I am glad that you finally break that on your own! Remember I asked you everyday for a friend name when I picked you from school? Yup, I wanted to know if you are making any Bahim. 

I remember, sneaking up to school one time. From afar, I saw you reading your Muqaddam while all your other friends were running playing together. As much as I wanted you to read your Muqaddam, I wanted you to enjoy playing with friends too. I am going to say out the words what Kong Kong said to me - "school isn't just about books and exams.." so Bahim, create more exciting, positive experience at school. You will miss all of these moments once you no longer in primary. Trust me on this. ;-)

Other than school,  you have been true to your cheche.. like peas and carrots you both! Hehe.. When it comes to Tia, you learned to tolerate more with her. Thank you for letting Tia be number 1 to press the button for the elevator.. thank you for letting Tia be number 1 to reach the car every morning.. thank you for letting Tia get most of the space in the car when she felt like sleeping.. Thank you Bahim. 

Our birthday breakfast date~
This morning, at the cafe, you ate noodles..

Bahim: Mi-mi, it's pedasssss~
Me: You can drink from the bottle (you have actually requested for cold chocolate drink, but I didn't buy it for you.. hihi :-p)
Bahim: Can I drink your cold tea instead? (kedekut sangat mak dia.. anak kena minum air masak mak minum air manis~)
Me: Haaa~ really.. you want to drink my tea. This is for orang tua laa. If you drink this, you will turn into an old man. (I know.. I know.. I wasn't suppose to lie. But I couldn't help it! Hehehehe)
Bahim: Alaa.. I drink a little bit only.. a little bit only~

I said OK and straight away pass the glass to you Bahim. After you sipped from my tea..

Me: Bahim! I can see a white hair!
Bahim: Can you take a picture Mi-mi..

..hence, this picture was taken. :-D

Happy birthday once again Bahim. I love you so much. You have continued to surprise me in sOOOOoooOOOOoooo many ways in your own special way. Thank you for being a caring big brother aka Koko to Tia and Maryam. I love you Bahim. I pray that your dream to be the greatest Imam is realised one day. Aamiin~