Friday, November 27, 2009

The subtle way of saying it.

I have always been a fan of satire. Satire, for me, is a way of presenting our idea in a subtle way. We want to give our opinions but at the same time not wanting to look so obvious. It is literature at its highest level. Satire is not something new. Even the folk tale of Sang Kancil dan Sang Harimau is actually a satire which touches on the aspect of people in power who are very arrogant but can be tricked by someone who is smaller but is definitely wiser. It is about brain over brawn.

Today's satire might not be using animals as the subject of satire as much as it used to but satire is definitely still in use in today's literature. For example, the scene from one of P. Ramlee's movie, Bujang Lapok. Some might argue that it was just a coincidence but we might never know, do we?

Ideas and ideologies are things that are commonly being projected through satire. But these few days, it hit me how asserted ideologies are being taught to people all this while. Lately, people have been talking about the notorious Biro Tata Negara (BTN) course. I have never been to one but others who have been to the course are saying that it promotes racism. A lot have been said about it but I rather let you judge it on your own. Here is the lyric of a song that is taught to all participants of the course, Anak Kecil Main Api.

Anak kecil main api,
Terbakar hatinya yang sepi,
Air mata darah bercampur keringat,
Bumi dipijak milik orang.

Nenek moyang kaya raya,
Tergadai seluruh harta benda,
Akibat sengketa sesamalah kita,
Cinta lenyap di arus zaman.

Indahnya bumi kita ini,
Warisan berkurun lamanya,
Hasil mengalir ke tangan yang lain,
Peribumi merintih sendiri.

Kita rumpun bangsa Melayu,
Menganut agama yang suci,
Semangat bangsa berlandaskan Islam,
Teras capai kemerdekaan.

Masa depan sungguh kelam,
Kan lenyap peristiwa semalam,
Tertutuplah hati terkunci mati,
Maruah peribadi dah hilang.

Kini kita cuma tinggal kuasa,
Yang akan menentukan bangsa,
Bersatulah hati, bersama berbakti,
Pulih kembali harga diri.

Kita sudah tiada masa,
Bangunlah dengan gagah perkasa,
Janganlah terlalai teruskan usaha,
Melayu kan gagah di nusantara.

The lyric of the song is obviously promoting something. For me, if you want to promote something, promote something that touches on justice, hope and truth. Not some ideas about how we must not let other races, who are Malaysians too, to take our country away from us. It is their country too, for God's sake. It is not a country for one race, but for all races. As long as they are Malaysians too, they have the same rights to be successful too. What baffles me is that when we go to other countries, we look at each other and identify each other as Malaysians. But when we are here, in our own country, we identify each other according to our race. I dont think we need any WWIII for us to start identifying ourselves as Malaysians in our own country. Touch wood.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hobin Jang Hobin

I went to the Piala Malaysia celebration the other day. It was organised by the state government and the state FA, PBNS. I'm too tired to write right now so I'm just going to let my pictures do the talking.hehe.

The cultural group that was present at the celebration night.

The team as they made their way to the stage.

The deer who knew to recite his prayers.

Negeri Sembilan's Menteri Besar.

Halim, one of my friends who is in the team.

Menteri Besar holding the cup.

The entertaining Ebby Yus.

The DJ from Negri FM.

The evergreen Hattan.

The sweet Elyana.

The ever rocking Ramli Sarip.

The cup that is hoped to stay here for years to come.

Lastly, the fireworks.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Either one of them.

I was eating my dinner with my parents when suddenly my dad asked,

" Syafiq, do you know Ana Raffali?"

I almost choked my pattaya fried rice when he asked me about her. Of course I know her, I even got a thank you note from her. What surprised me was that my dad knows Ana Raffali. Wow, that was really a surprise. I thought he only knows Mana Corazon Espinoda. So I answered,

" Yes, of course I know her. How did you know about her?"

My dad just smiled without answering my question. Then my mom asked,

" Who is she? Yuna ek?"

What??? Now my mom knows Yuna? It's like I'm in the parallel universe. I never thought my parents know them. They are more hip than I thought they were. What more after this? Wani Ardy?

Hmm...On second thought, maybe they want to marry me to either one of them. Maybe it's just a way for them to get to know the bride beforehand.

" Syafiq, pick me, pick me. I can sing and write too."

" No Syafiq, pick me. Not only I can sing and write, I'm also a businesswoman. Ekin got her tudung Ekin, I got mine too. It's a sure hit la, 'Tudung Yuna'. Pick me Syafiq."

Well, maybe not. So anyone wants to sing me lullabies before I go to sleep tonight?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Piece of cake.

I must admit I havent been to Negeri Sembilan's football games as frequent as I would like to due to studies commitments. But as I have finished my studies this year, I can proudly say that I've been to most of the Malaysia Cup games at Paroi even during the group stages. I must say congratulations to the players and fans for giving their best even when the odds are stacked against them. Just let the unruly fans be them, they are already used to that kind of hooliganism. As Negeri Sembilan has won the Malaysia Cup and I got to be there to witness the historic event, this post is specially dedicated to all my 'waghih'.

English mode off.

"Bukan jauh bonar pun Somban tu...Moh kito naik keto ramai-ramai poie stadium..."

"Bas pun den bawak la poie stadium..Kot drebar tu taknak bawak,den boleh bawakkan jugak"

"Den sajo yo tukar style rambut den camni sobab den peminat hard core Alip Samsudin"

" Kawe nak merusuh...Kawe tak kire...warrggghhhh"

"Ha, kan dah kene mercun.Padan muke penyokong Negri.Kawe memang puas ati.Hahaha"

" Apo ni FRU,takkan biar yo.Dorang baling morcun tu. Pokak tingo den ni ha."

" Eh,ape ni tok. Kawe tak baling mercun. Kawe ni baik-baik belako. Kito kelate bako oghe berani tok. Jangan tuduh-tuduh"

" Den tak kiro. Duduk diam-diam. Den ghembat dengan cota ni kang."

" Defend! Oii defend!!! Takyah wall do.Biar yo dorang sepak.Bukan boleh gol pun.Nenek den tondang pun laie kuek."

" Den sobonar eh orang Negri jugak. Tapi den kono kojo pulak malam ni.Takpo la,domi kojo, berhujan pun den sanggup, asalkan Negri monang."

" Macam Kanye West tak den? Bezo den dongan dio, den ni tak kacau Taylor Swift yo."

"Den ni sanggup kuar dari gua kat Afghanistan semato-mato untuk menyokong team faveret den."

"Mang ai, den yang kepalo botak macam gangster ni pun takut tengok asap banyak-banyak ni."

" Tulah den maleh ni. Apola kojo bakar kerusi stadium plak ni. Tak pornah poie stadium lawa ko apo. Den jugak yang kono padamkan."

" Takpo-takpo. Lopeh game den belanjo teammate den kopi hai-o. Tapi sorang satu goleh yo tau. Den kopak ni."

Ijai ni membor den kat sekolah dulu,duduk sobolah den kat kelas time kat PZ. Dulu selalu gak datang rumah dengan motor honda dio tu. Tapi sekarang takdo laie la datang.Sibuk bonar kot. Takpo la,kang orang cakap den nak tumpang glamer plak kan.

English mode on.

Negri Sembilan jersey colour last night = yellow = the royal's official colour = Yamtuan Besar = Yamtuan Besar's coronation is in 2009 = 09 = 7 + 1 + 1 ( 7th November, date of the final).

Fate already has it that the night belonged to Negeri Sembilan.

Last night was a fantastic game. The players played well. What irritates me the most is the unruly behaviour of Kelantan's fans. They intimidated and provoked the Negri's fans just because we were outnumbered at the stadium. Even when the game had finished, they still provoked us at outside of the stadium. If I had retaliated, I dont think I'll be typing this entry right now. If I had a say in FAM, I would have banned Kelantan from the MSL for next season, without a bit of hesitation. Nevertheless, congratulations to Negeri Sembilan and let's hope that we wont have to wait another 61 years for another trophy.

Disclaimer: If your picture or someone that you know is here and dont wish for it to be published here, just leave a comment and I will take it off promptly. For Negri fans only.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

10 Seconds of Fame.

When I was 6 years old, I was enrolled into a kindergarten near my house. Unfortunately, due to some problems with my friends at that time, I had to quit early, 2 months into my kindergarten year and spend the rest of the year staying at home. So I had no chance of graduating from my kindergarten and wearing a mortarboard. Looking at my friends' pictures when they were just kids and wearing the graduation robe and mortarboard made me promise myself that someday I would be wearing something like that too.

So after 15 years of toiling, finally I got the rights to officially wear the graduation robe and mortarboard during my convocation yesterday.

Imagine me screaming 'yeah!' when this picture was taken.Haha.

When I was in primary school, I was asked by my teacher, what do I want to be when I grow up. I answered traffic policeman. It was because I would pass by the policeman whenever I went to school so that was the first thing that came up in my mind. I guess with this robe and graduation, I wont be a policeman after all. Well, maybe I can be a teacher and holds the signboard in front of the school when the school kids want to cross the street.hehe.

4 years is not a very long time to some but when you are constantly being bogged down by assignments and stuffs, it can be a very long time. But....

when you have friends who can constantly think outside of the box and give their 100% for every assignments and presentations....

when you have friends who are willing to do some charity work just to keep you accompanied for the few days of work

when you have friends who know how to have fun while on holiday

when you have lecturers who wont let you quit so easily and always ask for the best from you

when you have a family who has been supportive of your choices all this while

those 4 years can be a very fun and fulfilling experience. Thanks to my friends and lecturers who have made my days there such a beautiful part of my life. I guess life is a journey and it starts here. So it is now about embracing the future and life while holding on dearly to those who helped you to be where you are right now.

It is not the end, it is just another beginning of a new chapter.