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Monday, January 31, 2005

watch out...

Yesterday was another makan-makan session back at my kampung. It was good to get together once in a while among fellow Malaysians though it has been less colourful atmosphere since past few years, especially to compare with during my student days at this City of Dreaming Spires. Then, it was party all the time. Maybe coz we were quite a large group.

Sadly, even the Msian Students Association has long vanished. An association once I served, and its website I created and maintained. Malaysian Night was then the main binding event to many Malaysians (& Bruneians) and indeed it was breaking leg period of chaos. Those days…. when we were regulars at the Student Union bar on Saturday Nite till 2 a.m. for ronggeng sessions.

And now, since early last week… the talk is all about the newly arrived feared-by-some fellow countryman who is taking an abode at St. Anthony’s College, a pleasantly leafy neighbourhood at the north of the city. No one has met him yet, though one at least saw him talking to his friend in the city centre the other day. Well, he arrived last Monday morning but went to Switzerland for a few days last week, so I was informed.

So contagious this man is to some that fellow Msian students have been issued warnings of not to attend any occasion whatsoever with his presence; formal, informal or even social. I guess, even a ‘salam’ if one happen to bump into this man at Cornmarket Street , Covered Market or Westgate would be taken as ‘haram’ and would deserve the person to be issued a one-way MAS ticket home. I was told it did happen when he was in the States; to a few unlucky students, wow. It sounds like Child Detection Agency (CDA) in Monsters Inc., hahaha….

Nevertheless, fellow countrymen, don’t be surprised if you suddenly see unfamiliar faces suddenly taking short residency in this city, attending some kind of short course somewhere. Just cakap siang pandang-pandang, cakap malam bisik-bisik….

Belgrave Square has been very nervous since the news broke out about this man’s intention to come here many months ago. The Establishment is very concerned of the possibility of this man having any tie with the Saudi-Kuwait-Malaysian funded Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, considering his status among many Muslims in the world especially at this well known centre. A possibility assured not to happen (at least publicly of course) by the centre. Fuhhh,lega to some. I guess he shall not visit the new still-under-construction Centre near the house I used to live along Marston Road, where the auditorium will be finished with Malaysian wood carvings, by the protege of the late Kelantanese master carver Nik Rashidin Nik Hussein. Aptly, it will be named ‘The Malaysia Theatre/Auditorium’. I’m gonna pop-in there one day though, at least on my office’s ticket as one of the consultants in this project.

To the man: Selamat Datang to the City of Dreaming Spires, may your stay be beneficial to all.

p/s: to beta-blogger, sorry, i'm not trying to make this a political blog; simply not capable of writing one lah. on top of that, i've not read anything on msian politics at jalan-jalan, maybe it's simply too banal. hehe

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