Sunday, October 2, 2022

内陆水果摊

 

往砂州内陆Belaga途中,经过一个简陋的水果摊,上面有凤梨、香蕉、柑和一些蔬菜,每样都有标价,却没有人看守。摊位上挂着透明塑料小罐,有的则用小木箱。顾客拿了水果,把钱投入小罐或木箱,买卖就成交了。内陆地区,已有Cash and Carry的买卖模式,比城市还先进了!

 

On the way to Belaga, the interior of Sarawak, we came across a small and makeshift stall, selling pineapples, bananas, oranges, and vegetables, with prices written on it. We saw no sellers but a few used plastic bottles for us to put in the payments. What a fantastic “Cash and Carry” experience in this remote area!  






Tuesday, September 6, 2022

达雅市集在芙蓉拉杭第一天营业,摊位虽然只有约20个,人潮也不算多,但这是很好的开始。市民民可以认识达雅族的美食和文化,展现出大马一家的理念。同时芙蓉市星期天又多了一个打卡的地方。祝面书朋友国庆日快乐。
Last Sunday, I visited Daya Market, which opened for the first time at Jalan Rahang, Seremban. Although there were only about 20 stalls and the crowd was not that large, it was a good start. Folks from Seremban can learn more about the cuisine and culture of the Dayak people, showcasing the concept of “Keluarga Malaysia”. At the same time, this is another place to spend Sunday morning with family and friends.
“Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan 2022”







Tuesday, August 9, 2022

母难日

 

在那物质匮乏和交通落后的年代,母亲是如何大腹便便地从武来岸来到芙蓉华人接生医院生下我,到现在我还是弄不清楚和难于想象的!今天是母难日,感恩有您,母亲,把我带到这个世界来。

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

阔别了7年,我又来到这仙本娜海域。海天共一色,一切都在蔚蓝色的怀抱里。那一批久违的水上人家,依旧住在海上简陋的茅屋或渔船上。一群天真无邪的小孩,摇着木筏向我们的船只靠拢。就算你给他一粒糖果,或一瓶矿泉水,小孩都会露出感激的眼光。看来一切都没啥改变,看着这群小孩,我的心突然沉了下去,郁闷和无奈涌上心头!









Wednesday, May 25, 2022

丹斯里丘思东,522日与世长辞,享年91岁,走完了他非凡的人生。

 

在瞻仰丹斯里的遗容途中,我特地在金宝大酒店的咖啡厅停留片刻,因为这是我们以往常见面的地方。如今景物依旧,故人却无影踪。朢着丹斯里常坐的椅子,不禁悲从中来,令我感叹万分!

 

我和丹斯里同期进入国会,一起退休,又是梅县同乡,每次见面都有谈不完的话题。对于金宝地方上的发展,他功不可没。丹斯里也是发展拉曼大学和拉曼大学医院的关键性人物。上几个星期最后一次和他通电话时,还邀我拉大队来参观拉曼大学医院,还说要请我们吃午饭。

 

可惜行程延宕了,如今再也没有机会和丹斯里会面,留下深深的遗憾。

 

丹斯里东哥,一路走好!



2017年,邓文村、何襄赞和我与丹斯里在金宝大酒店相见欢。
 

丹斯里非常关心的拉曼大学医院的发展,如今中医部已开始服务。他对整个金宝地区的发展可说是功不可没。

Friday, April 1, 2022

 Kelvin had just graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering from UPM last month after spending 3 years at Bintulu’s campus and another 3 years at the main campus in Serdang.

 

Kelvin was overcome with joy together with two other graduates at the main campus of UPM in Serdang last month. Kelvin is a Penan from Long Maraan, the Baram District of Sarawak. I first met him when he was a Form 1 student in a secondary school in Marudi.

 

The other two are Kenyah and Lun Bawang, respectively from Belaga and Ba Kelalan.

 

I am happy for them and know that it was not easy for them to obtain their degrees. My best wishes to them.





 

Kelvin 终于大学毕业了。我在UPM大学现场分享他和另两位同学的喜悦。他们来自砂拉越内陆山区。Kelvin是本南族,家Long Maraan,其他两位是Kenyah Lun Bawang族人,分别来自Belaga  Ba Kelalan

 

我谨此恭喜他们,并祝愿他们前程万里!


  

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

三轮车的故事   



   芙蓉流动冰淇淋小贩刘芳仔,上个月结束营业后,正准备迁出居住在林木街多年的木屋。


   这里是从他父亲开始,制作手冰淇淋的地方,地点适中,离街市也很近。然而,地主早已通过律师,发出最后通牒,要他尽快迁离。


   目前也只有他一人住在这破旧的木屋里,家眷已迁移别处。最令他心烦的是要如何安置他制作冰淇淋的工具,还有一部陪伴他数十年的黄色三轮车和特制的冰箱。


   昨天,他终于找到了三轮车的安身之处,市里一家刚成立不久的民俗文化馆要收留它。


   一路看着刘芳仔依依不舍地推着车,亲自把它送到民俗馆时,让我想到与其把它当废铁买了,不如让芙蓉市民有机会凭借实物,找回一些往事的记忆!












Wednesday, January 5, 2022

今天有两项好消息!

 

开尔文(Kelvin)今早捎来一则短信,通知我他今天开始在美里一家公司上班,担任农学家(Agronomist)一职。他毕业于博特拉大学,念的是农业工程。

 

2010年,当我第一次走进砂州内陆巴南地区弄斯里丹时,他刚小学毕业。之后到离家270公里外的马鲁蒂寄宿学校读中学。离校后,申请到民都鲁的博特拉大学读了2年的文凭班,然后在20189月才到吉隆坡的博特拉大学念本科。

 

开尔文是少数能念到大学的,来自内陆地区的学生,来到中学后,很多在半途就辍学了,主要是面对交通和经费问题。在来自美里朋友的协助和安排下,我们开始每个月给这些本南学生零用钱,同时安排交通,解决了他们上学的基本问题。

 

转眼8年过去了,今天开尔文已毕业而且有了工作,令我深感安慰!

 

收到他的好消息后,令我想起另一位本南学生瓦蒂,她和开尔文来自同个村庄,也是我一直帮助的学生,去年5月在师训学院毕业。我马上发了一则短信给她,问她教育局是否已有了安排。不久获得回音,说她今天正在州教育局报到,被派到离家数十公里的Lg Bedian国小执教。

 

想不到今天竟同时捎来他们俩人的好消息!但愿作为老师的瓦蒂能影响更多的本南学生,继续念书,帮助内陆减少辍学的问题;学农业的开尔文,希望他能帮助家乡发展农业,族人不必单靠游猎过活。

 

Received two good news today. One from Kelvin, the Penan student who graduated from UPM with an Agriculture Engineering Degree. He told me that he already got a job in Miri as Agronomist in a private company.

 

Another good news was from Wasty, another Penan student from the same village as Kelvin. She graduated from The Teacher Training College in Kuching last year, she told me that she just reported to the Education Department Sarawak today and was posted to a primary school in Lg Bedian, a small town not far away from her village.  

 

I met these two students way back in 2010, my very first trip to Lg Seridan. They just finished std 6, and are about to enroll in a secondary school in Marudi, about 270 KM from their home. They were facing transport and financial problems. Together with a few friends from Miri, we later helped to pay for the transport for them. We also gave them some pocket money during their stay in Marudi. 

 

I am glad that these two students can make it to tertiary education, and hope that as a teacher, Wasty can guide and help other students to excel and for Kelvin with scientific agricultural knowledge can help the Penan to explore the agricultural fields so as not to solely depending on hunting and gathering!   


2/9/2018 Kelvin report to UPM