Monday, July 6, 2009

伟哉,神山 Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

                            在最高点

站在神山最高峰,出乎意外的,我没有感觉到征服神山的自豪和骄傲,也没有成功登山的喜悦。

我谨以谦卑的心,感恩神山让我攀登,同伴的相互鼓励,向导在我途中面对艰难的时刻拉我一把,才让我不放弃,克服生理和心理障碍,攀到4095.2公尺之巅。

在罗氏峰上,遥望山下辽阔的土地和美不胜收的自然美景,白云就在我脚下飞舞,感觉自己在这宇宙,是那么的渺小。

其实,上山只是完成一半长征,下山需要更大的毅力,才能确保安全还回起点!

人生,和登山原理一样,出任高职,忌骄。任何成就,背后肯定有许多同事和朋友的支持和扶持才成事。上位,不能算是成功,当到回起点,交棒后,才能论功过。

Standing on Low’s Peak of Mt. Kinabaluthe highest mountain in South-East-Asia, I didn’t feel the joy and excitement for the successful climb

Instead, I felt humble and thankful for the Creator who had created this magnificent mountain. I was also grateful to the encouragement and help from my friends especially my guide- Jemin who was very patient and helpful all the way to the Peak.

The panoramic view from the Peak was awesome and breathtaking and it made me feel very small in this universe

I am fully aware that I have another tough task ahead. The descent is equally challenging

The climb also carries the same meaning in our real life endeavours. If one is holding high office, one should not feel proud and arrogant. You will not be there purely by your own efforts only as there are others who helped you to make it there.

The final judgement of whether you are successful or not will only be known not when you are still in office but when your tenure of office is over. 


神山地标

【不识‘神山’真面目,只缘身在此山中】。站在罗氏峰上,我不能看到她的全貌,一览无遗的,反而是对面远处的‘South Peak’南峰和‘St.John’s Peak’圣约翰峰,何等壮观,感叹造物主的伟大!

南峰向来是神山的主要地标,一令吉纸币后就印著南峰地标;圣约翰峰貌似妇女,相传她就是盼望丈夫归来的妇女化身,因此也称作寡妇山。这也是中国寡妇山的来由吧。

当局者迷,自己的弱点往往要局外人才看得清楚,能接受别人的批评,才会成功

On top of Low’s Peak, I cannot see how it looks like, but I can clearly see the South Peak and St. John’s Peak from a distance.  They are just magnificent!

Our one Ringgit note carries the image of South Peak, while St. John’s Peak resembled the face of a human being. Folk tale had it that she was indeed the widow who waited the return of her husband!


                                   方向

半山攻顶,走到距离罗氏峰约2公里的路程,可看到石壁上都钉著白色粗绳。上峭壁时,登山客可拉著绳子帮助安全攀登。绳子也是引导往最高峰的正确和安全方向,攻顶前,向导一再吩咐我们必须跟著绳子的方向走。高峰气候变化大,当云雾来袭时,可见度受影响下,易使人迷路。

多年前,有一位年轻的外国少女,不听向导忠告,擅自离开绳子的方向走去,不幸换来付出生命的代价!

在人生的旅途中,方向一样重要。有目标,有决心,但如失去或迷失方向,一样徒劳无功!

About 2 km before reaching Low’s Peaka thick white rope is available to help us to make this difficult and dangerous ascend. This rope is also meant to guide us to the correct and safe direction to the Peak.

The weather up there is unpredictablethick mist may affect one’s visibility, without the white rope as guide one may get loss.

In real life too, we need a clear direction. You may have goals, but without a clear direction, you may not be able to get there.


山路崎岖

神山上山和下山路途全长19.4公里,原始山路崎岖不平。各种路况都有,泥路,石壁路,和世界名山如中国黄山有人工打造的梯级相比,难度何止百倍。神山之路确是人走出来的,诚如大文豪鲁迅所说:“世上本没有路,走的人多了,也就成了路”。

我们需要有‘踏出路来’的精神,许多成功人士,白手兴家,一步一脚印,踏出一条康庄大道。

We climbed from Timpohan gate to the summit and came down via Mesilau trail, a total journey of 19.4 km. As compared to other famous mountains like Huang Shan in China, there were very few man-made steps for better access.

Eminent Chinese writer Lu Xun once wrote: ‘there were no road in this world, if the trail had been used by more and more people, the trail became road’.

The trail to the summit was difficult and tough; the trail became road as it was walked over and over again by climbers.

We must have courage and determination to map out a road for life. Many successful men started off with nothing, but with perseverance and determination, they made out a road to success.


尽职的挑夫

攀登神山,通常会在6公里山腰上的Laban Rata住宿休息,隔天凌晨攻顶后才下山来。登山者必须携带简单的行装和登山用品上山,为了纾解背包压力和省力攻顶,大多数人都愿付一公斤9令吉(来回程)的挑夫费,让挑夫把背包背上山。

神山的职业挑夫个个年轻力壮,经验丰富,他们都是本地原住民杜顺族,男女皆有。 我的向导-Jemin-也兼作挑夫,不要看他个子矮小,小腿肌肉十分发达,虽背著数十公斤重的背包,登山时如履平地,令人佩服,也为他如此辛苦,出卖劳力为生感叹。Jemin做这份工已有3年,膝盖已开始疼痛,再过一两年,他得转行做其他少用脚力的工作!

挑夫非常专业,无论风吹雨打,都会确保把客人的行装安全送到目的地。

Just pay 9 ringgit for the weight of 1 kg, you can get a porter to carry your luggage up to Laban Rata and than back to the Park HQ.

Porters are local Dusun who stay at the foot of the Mountain. Some of them may have small built, but they have strong legs and can carry up to 40-50 kg of load up to the mountain with ease. They earn their living in a hard way, but always dutifully deliver your luggage without fail.

My guide Jemin also serves as porter for 3 years now. He told me that his knees ache occasionally and he is thinking of looking for other jobs when he gets older!



动物和植物群的天堂

神山国家公园有著极丰富的地区性植物和动物群。海拔3000公尺以上可看到如盆栽似的小矮树,偶尔也可看到一些小花。我好久没见过的猪龙草,却在上山路旁相会,还相当大朵,让我拍个痛快。

在空气细薄的顶峰上,植物已大量减少,在石堆缝中偶尔长出小草,坚韧的生命力令人佩服。

此行志在登山,但对动植物有兴趣者,这里还是天堂。

The Kinabalu National Park is also a botanical paradise. Over 1000 species of orchids and many species of pitcher plants are found endemic in this area. I was told the world’s largest pitcher plants are also found here. The park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

 

19 comments:

CheaHS@n said...

Datuk thanks for the pictures which I missed while I was there in 1995. Very likely would not make another hike up again. Great climb.

Justin Choo said...

Datuk,

My old friend CheahHS beat me to it commenting first.

Your "extra" messages are loud and clear, but many cannot hear because they are not climbing by themselves, but taking the lift!!

山城客 said...

原来韩老师曾大驾光临亚庇啊,还攀上了东南亚最高峰——神山,失迎失迎!拿督宝刀未老,精神奕奕,可喜可喜!
神山是我们最熟悉的地方,所以这组照片比较没有惊艳的感觉,未来过的他乡人大概会有新鲜感吧。无论如何,都拍得很美。

Grass said...

Datuk神山之旅还包含人生处事哲理,好得很。

Boon Ping said...

Datuk, 有图片又有处事哲理, 赞啊!

low said...

Dato,希望有根多的照片。我五月才去过神山,因为下雨才攻不到顶。没想到你有机会。老当益壮。佩服你。

黄 维 崇(显良) said...

拿督不但摄影一流,而且还有如此的体魄和心境,值得学习!

云之站 said...

我们年轻人要多多向拿督学习。。

foodbin said...

A great climb that will put many young people to shame-I like those meaningful anecdotes and awesome photos of the magnificent mountain.

terry said...

amazing picture.
thank for upload.
i like it.

Choon Kim said...

Thank you and appreciate to all my friends who had commented.....


For those who have not make the attempt, i would like to say that it worth the effort to make the climb...

Anonymous said...

Datuk,
Thanks for all the beautiful pictures. I sincerely hope that Datuk not just only enjoy your retirement days, but Datuk is still young, and lots of contributions Datuk can put forth to the nation especially the chinese community where by many seem to be lost especial Datuk's beloved circle!

I personally feel that being the former Deputy Ministry of Education fo many years, Datuk need to stand out to give some positive and constructive suggestions regarding the present situations in education especially the PPSMI.

I am very certain the tiring and never give up effort by our Malaysian Government in trying to encourage and achieve a ratio of sciences: arts = 60:40 amongst the secondary school students over the last few decades is still vivd in Datuk's mind!!! However, this has not been achieved thus far after countless efforts and painstaking steps taken by the MOE!

Some of our MCA leaders seem very ignorant of this! Are you aware of what has been suggested by the Greatest Man in the world? Forms 4 & 5 Mathematics & Sciences to be taught in English and Forms 1 to 3 In BM (I presume this because he didn't say anything about the lower secondary, that logically implies the inference he will uphold the cabinet's decision, after all, he is one of the policy makers!), then the ratio of science:arts will deteriorate again! That I am very sure datuk can't deny it.

It is not easy to encourage students in Form 4 to take Sciences unless they are the pretty good ones! Now a sudden change of medium of instruction in Form 4 will make more students shun from Sciences! Students will be frightened off as Sciences in Form 4 are not easy to handle and to make the matter worse, all terminologies are different now. How could they express answers in subjective forms? Certainly more parents would not have the courage to jeopardize their children's future! Subsequently, when the number of Science students drop greatly eventually because of the chage of media of instruction between Forms 1 to 3 and Forms 4 to 5, who is the one to be blamed? Wh is the one to pull the government's leg in trying to achieve the ration 60:40?

Datuk, please help to wake them up! Please remind them to be more rational, practical and realistic in giving a more constructive and feasible suggestion: Forms 1 to 6 all in English or all in BM. There is no problem to switch to another medium of instruction when the students enter varsity. Afterall, students in the varsities will never fail unless they never touch their lecture notes!!!

Please have sympathy for our younger generation and be more empathic when MCA wants to make any suggetion about children's education!!! Please bear in mind, not every student is so smart like the great MCA leaders. Most of our students can't be taught in this 'fantastic' way.

Please advise them to spend more time for our society and welfare of our beloved nation in general and the poor Chinese community in particular, do not just try to spend all their energy and effort to push their rivals in the same party to dead corner! All Malaysians are sick of the quarels in MCA.

阿武叔 Uncle Boo said...

拿督,我情不自禁要转贴你的文章。

Anonymous said...

Datuk, what do you think of the present Displinary Board Members? What do they review the selected case years back?

Dr Chua's case was over long ago. If the disciplinary Board were to dig out Dr. Chua's case, then the Greatest Man's case when He headed the youth was also NOT settled as before it was settled, Dr Lim step down and Datuk Seri Ong took over the party, the case was dropped. So, in order to be fair, open up this case too.

I think the lesson from Menteri Besar of Johore to the Greatest Man in the world about the issue that the party in Johore was intentionally divided by him is not enough! This time our beloved PM should be more furious rather than just question Him!!!

The disciplinary board should also ask the Greatest Man in the world to give full detail explanation satisfying every MCA member that why action should not be taken against Him, afterall He had done so much injustice to other party members and keep spoiling the good name of MCA as every now and then He blames so many MCA members publicly. Isn't it too bad that the top most party Leader received the most comment compared to the previous leaders?

Anonymous said...

拿督,这么高都爬得上,好棒哦~
很多人在半山腰就放弃了!

CSS MANAGEMENT职员

**漂亮的我***GORGEOUS** said...

拿督,我很佩服您挑战神山!

看到现在拿督您这么逍遥自在的过日子真的令人羡慕。。当然您的摄影技术也是一流的!

我也很欣赏拿督放下政治往自己的兴趣走。。这是人生一大享受!

祝福您!

C K Hon said...

Gorgeous-谢谢把我的blog和你的联系

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Kah Kah said...

拿督:

您好!趁五一劳动节,登神山去。肌肉疼得很。正横行中...嘻嘻!
我也好像没有感觉到登山的喜悦,只是惊叹自己哪儿来的耐力完成那段艰辛的步行路程。神山的魅力让我深深地爱上这块孕育我长大的马来西亚。从来没有如此强烈的感觉,天空是那么的蓝,树叶是那么的绿,云层是一朵一朵的。。。原来我一直没有发现到她的美。昨天一抵达吉隆坡廉价机场,有点失落。想念沙巴环山面海的环境。我一定会再次回去,再次投入Kinabalu National Park的怀抱,站在海拔1千米远望那敖人的神山景色。登山嘛,怕怕咯!
祝愿拿督及家人一切都好。