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Nasib penduduk Flet Kerinchi kini lebih baik dengan terlaksananya projek Residensi Kerinchi
Nasib penduduk Flet Kerinchi kini lebih baik dengan terlaksananya projek Residensi Kerinchi

Baru-baru ini seramai 408 orang penduduk flat empat tingkat di Kampung Kerinchi yang mendengar gesaan kerajaan untuk berpindah mendapat sebuah unit pangsapuri baru dengan tiga bilik tidur serta dua bilik air yang berkeluasan 900 kaki persegi berbanding kediaman sebelum ini yang hanya mempunyai sebuah bilik atau tiada bilik.

Berbeza dengan flet usang yang mereka duduki dahulu, flat 18-tingkat yang dikenali dengan nama ‘Residensi Kerinchi’ itu mempunyai kemudahan seperti surau, medan selera, taman permainan, taska, dewan serba guna dan kolam renang untuk kegunaan para penduduk.

Justeru kualiti hidup yang dinikmati oleh 408 orang ini adalah jauh lebih baik berbanding dahulu, setimpal dengan keperluan mengimbangkan kualiti hidup mereka dengan pembangunan pesat di persekitaran mereka.

Seramai 34 orang yang termakan hasutan pihak pembangkang kini hanya boleh menggigit kuku melihat keuntungan yang dikecapi oleh bekas jiran-jiran mereka.

Semasa arahan perpindahan dikeluarkan oleh pihak DBKL pada bulan April 2012, mereka telah enggan keluar kerana percaya akan ada tipu helah dibuat terhadap mereka.

Nurul Izzah, ahli parlimen bagi kawasan Lembah Pantai, mengibaratkan kenyataan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib Razak sebagai suatu sindiran terhadap 34 orang yang telah termakan hasutan beliau untuk menolak rancangan memajukan semula kawasan Flet Kampung Kerinchi.

Namun kebenaran jelas terbukti bahawa hasutan beliau itu hanyalah suatu mainan politik yang menjadikan 34 orang yang bernasib malang tersebut sebagai buah catur beliau.

Adalah diharap agar kesemua 34 orang yang bernasib malang akibat termakan hasutan Nurul Izzah itu meminta Nurul Izzah memberikan dengan kadar segera penginapan yang setaraf atau lebih baik bagi mereka, lebih-lebih lagi apabila ramai yang mencanangkan bahawa pilihanraya umum akan diadakan tidak lama lagi.

Usahlah termakan lagi dengan janji-janji palsu yang dikatakan akan ditunaikan selepas pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.

Dalam pada itu, adalah diharap agar para penduduk di Kampung Kerinchi tidak melupakan jasa insan yang telah menghabiskan hampir 30 tahun hidup beliau memperjuangkan nasib penduduk Flat Kampung Kerinchi hingga terlaksananya projek Residensi Kerinchi.

Insan yang saya maksudkan di sini ialah Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin yang tidak mengenal penat lelah berkhidmat membela nasib masyarakat terutamanya di Kampung Kerinchi.

Raja Nong Chik diapit oleh Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk, Tuan Haji Ahmad Rahman dan Datuk Adnan, tidak dapat menahan sebak di Majlis Kesyukuran dan Perasmian Rumah Contoh K-Baru di tapak lama Flat 4 Tingkat Kerinchi pada bulan Disember 2012
Raja Nong Chik diapit oleh Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk, Tuan Haji Ahmad Rahman dan Datuk Adnan, tidak dapat menahan sebak di Majlis Kesyukuran dan Perasmian Rumah Contoh K-Baru di tapak lama Flat 4 Tingkat Kerinchi pada bulan Disember 2012

Begitulah contoh berkhidmat untuk masyarakat tanpa mengira jawatan mahupun masa.  Bukan dapat elaun ahli Parlimen dan menghabiskan masa di luar kawasan mengulangi cerita dongeng lama yang telah dijawab tanpa balas berkali-kali.

Bercerita mengenai berkhidmat untuk masyarakat tanpa mengira jawatan mahupun masa, semalam Dato’ Sri Najib Razak telah meluangkan sedikit masa beliau selepas waktu kerja untuk melawat salah satu tempat beribadah kaum Sikh di pinggir ibu negara iaitu Gurdwara Sahib Kuyow.

Dewan sembahyang Gurdwara tersebut telah rosak teruk akibat satu kejadian ribut tidak lama dahulu menyebabkan salah satu kelas di mana pelajaran bimbingan agama Sikh diadakan terpaksa digunakan sebagai dewan sembahyang.

Di antara masalah yang dihadapi ialah saiz ruang kelas tersebut yang kecil dan kedudukannya di tingkat satu salah satu bangunan di situ tidak dapat menampung jumlah jemaah yang bersembahyang di situ dan menyukarkan mereka yang kurang upaya untuk turut serta bersembahyang.

Najib Razak melawat Gurdwara Sahib Kuyow di Sungai Besi pada 1hb Mac 2017
Najib Razak melawat Gurdwara Sahib Kuyow di Sungai Besi pada 1hb Mac 2017

Walaupun Gurdwara berusia 100 tahun itu merupakan sebuah kompleks ibadah persendirian namun sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri kepada semua rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengira fahaman politik, warna kulit dan agama, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak telah bertanyakan masalah yang dihadapi oleh jemaah agama Sikh di situ dan seterusnya mengumumkan peruntukan sebanyak RM200,000 untuk membantu memperbaiki dewan sembahyang yang rosak tersebut.

Politik bukan dengan hanya menghasut, menabur retorik dan janji palsu kepada pengundi.  Ianya adalah mengenai menepati janji yang dibuat, dan memberi khidmat kepada rakyat yang telah mengundi kita.

Bercakap kosong itu tong, yang berjanji palsu itu pasu. Yang berjasa itu manusia.

Jangan tepis kata pengundi yang disindir
Jangan tepis kata pengundi yang disindir

Be A Peacemaker

Seow Poh Hing's "Harmony"
Seow Poh Hing’s “Harmony”

Two nights ago I sat at a dinner table with four other strangers.  One gentleman from the North is five years older than I am while the rest were in their 40s.  What the gentleman in his 50s and I spoke about was of the way the various races interacted in the early 1970s fresh after the most devastating racial clashes in the history of Malaysia.

Those were the times when we all looked at each other as family rather than by race or religion.  We went to school together and played together.

Interestingly, the gentleman is a Senior Pastor, his wife, while the rest at the table were Muslims.  Apart from my wife and I, one was from Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor, the other was from PAS.

There were people of other faiths as well such as Sikh, Hindu, and the Buddhist.  Church representatives and members from Sabah and Sarawak, too, were there. What surprised me was the presence of representatives from PERKASA, MAPIM and ISMA including Ibrahim Ali.

The Senior Pastor pointed out how children nowadays go to separate school and do not speak the same language. To bring about unity, children must grow up together and speak the same language.  The Senior Pastor is Chinese.  He still enjoys the company of his former school mates who are mostly Malay whenever he goes back to his hometown.

We were at the 2nd National Peace and Harmony Dinner organised by the Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia CPHM) that was a full-house affair.

It was a full house affair at the 2nd CPHM banquet
It was a full house affair at the 2nd CPHM banquet

I wrote about unity not too long ago (Lighting The Wrong Path – 6 September 2016) and touched on the importance of children growing up together, speaking the same language, and the importance of understanding the Federal Constitution.  While I gave the nation at least three generation before we could see some form of unity, the Senior Pastor was very sceptical.  Schools have become places to divide our children according to their ethnicity – something that was rare in my days although existed.  For as long as we do not unite our children, we will continue to be diversified and divided.

 

Chairman of the CPHM, Reverend Wong Kim Jong in his speech called for a better understanding of all faiths and races, and better unity among Malaysians.

He even went on to propose a National Mediation Council be formed to settle misunderstandings and disputes between religions and races.

In his keynote address to the CPHM, Prime Minister Najib Razak quoted a verse from the Bible:

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” – Matthew 5:9

Prime Minister Najib Razak delivering his keynote address
Prime Minister Najib Razak delivering his keynote address

He said in order for Malaysia to achieve its target of becoming a top 20 nation by 2050, as envisioned under the 2050 Transformation Plan (TN50), Malaysians must become true believers of their respective faiths as he answer to becoming a great nation lies in the teachings of every religion which promotes harmony and peace.

To become a top 20 nation by 2050, we need social harmony and one of the ways to achieve it is through faith. Go back to your own faith and the answers are all there. You must be a true believer no matter what your religion is, whether you’re a Christian, a Muslim or a Buddhist,” he added.

Quoting a Malay proverb “Tak kenal maka tak cinta” that was said by Ibrahim Ali during a previous meeting between PERKASA and CPHM, Najib said that there is a need for the people to understand one other in order for them to appreciate and love.

I would also like to emphasise on humility, or the importance of being humble. It means we must admit and accept our differences,” pointed Najib.

The Prime Minister also related how the forefathers discussed the social contract in the prelude to Merdeka and had ensured that although Islam is the religion of the Federation, the rights of those who practice other religions are protected in the Federal Constitution.

Therefore, understanding the spirit of the Federal Constitution is also very important to understand, appreciate and love.

I wrote at length about why the sanctity of Islam is regarded as being more sensitive in the Peninsular compared to in Sabah and Sarawak and had given the historical background to it.  I even wrote about the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, 1965 and how it would not affect the non-Muslims.

I don’t have to agree with the proposed amendments but I have to defend the rights given to the Muslims to manage their own religious affairs as I would to other religions as well.

And Muslims especially in the Peninsular have a lot to learn from and emulate values shown by the congregation of both the Masjid An-Naim and the Parish of Good Shepherd that co-exist beautifully on Jalan Pasar Lutong in Miri, as well as that of the committee of the Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq in Bangsar that held a Chinese New Year open house for all at its premise.

This is what is meant by understanding the Federal Constitution in order to gain respect, appreciation and love through the respect for others.

Of course there will be those who will continue to flog the issue as long as they can all laugh at the end of it when the very fabric of society is torn apart, such as the person below:

Ill-informed? Or just opposing for the sake of opposing?
Ill-informed? Or just opposing for the sake of opposing?

If the person above is a Christian, she is probably a Christian because it is trendy not to light up joss sticks for dead relatives or parents.  A true believer would believe in the Bible and especially Romans 13 that calls for the respect for the auhorities as they have been placed there by God.

The above verse is the same as in the Quran (An-Nisaa’ 59) that calls for obedience to authority.

Those who do not subscribe to the above are NOT peacemakers. And for Christians, they are not the children of God, but of His antithesis.

As said in the Bible:

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” – James 1:26

So you can choose whether to be a peacemaker, and if you’re a Christian be a child of God, or, you can be the child of the antithesis of God as people like the above.

Your choice.