Monday, 13 May 2013

Twenty and more to come

During these finals hours of being a teenager, I try to look back on what I've done this past 20 years. The good and the bad, the laughter and the cries, the triumphs and the failures and every single episode of it has been a wonderful journey that has taught me to become a better person in life. So here it goes, a short and simple story of a young Malaysian boy named Shafique Danial who was born on a wonderful Friday afternoon, the 14th of May 1993 at the Kapiolani Medical Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I would like to start by talking about my primary school years that was full of fun and amazing memories. I went to this huge green school on top of a hill in Bandar Sri Damansara and that's when my life started because I can't really remember my kindergarten days that much. I was not the no1 student but I always tried my best to stay in the top class all the way through 6th grade. I had such amazing friends and those were the times when we played like there was no tomorrow. What me and my friends were excited the most about school was Recess! At that time, we had 2 recess sessions. One was in the morning and one during lunch time. Every time when the bell rang the boys and some of the girls too, would head off to the field to play football. We played in our uniforms and some even wore a tie and vest because they were prefects and that includes me. When recess was over we would all go back to our classrooms all sweaty and sticky and we would all aim for the aircond. And almost everyday without fail, we would get scolding from our teacher Pn Jamilah but that didn't stop us from playing football everyday single day. Everything was worth it in the end because at the end of our primary years, all of us did quite well for our UPSR examinations. I got a straight 5A's so I went to a boarding school for my high school, SMKA Kuala Lumpur.

During the first year of my high school years in SMKA Kuala Lumpur, it was pure hell. Everyone knew I was homesick but who cares, try getting into my shoes and try to adapt yourself. It was tough because I had to make a 360' change as I had to adapt from a private school environment into not only a boarding school but also a religious boarding school. I had to learn so many new things there and there is just so much that a 13 year old boy can take but thanks to the tremendous support system I had behind me, I made it through just fine. I always had wonderful family and friends who supported me the whole way and they were always giving me the motivation and support to stay in school. It was no doubt a good school that taught me a lot of new things. Things that I can never learn if I didn't spend my 5 years in high school at SMKA Kuala Lumpur. If there is one person to thank for insisting me to stay in this good school, it is my dad. He really believed that that was the best for me and I must be strong. He knew that I was strong enough and I could go through it from the very beginning that's why he insisted that I should stay there. He knew it was going to be a tough ride for me during that 5 years so he supported me like crazy till the very end. Proven, I don't think I will be where I am today if I did not go through the 5 years in this boarding school. Those valuable lessons about life which I learned there was just so valuable. I entered high school as a boy and 5 years later, I left as a man who had a good head on his shoulders.

Everything that starts will eventually come to an end and so did high school. My friends and I, we went our own separate ways and there were some of my friends who went on to further their studies abroad while the rest stayed in Malaysia. I on the other hand was offered a place in UiTM Melaka to do a Business Diploma. I accepted the offer and so I started my university life in the mid of 2011. But along the way, there were also times when I worked to gain experiences and nothing more. This was also an important part of my life that made me who I am today. It all started when my uncle asked me what I was planning to do during my holidays and he said why not I come over to his friend's office because they needed some help, and I said okay. I still remember the first day I entered office. I was dressed up in a purple long sleeves shirt and a black slacks looking nerdy to the max. My first job was to find certain articles in the newspaper then cut them and send them to my manager. I was also the one who would replace the water dispenser when it was empty and also the guy who carries the boxes and arranges stuff the office. That job description then became better and better and my responsibilities grew as time went by. Soon, I found myself in a place where not many 19 year olds have been. Sometimes I do feel like I'm dreaming but thanks to the wonderful people I have in my office, I tend to learn fast and that allows me to progress better every time. They are really helpful and will always help me when I'm stuck or out of ideas.

I may not be the best kid on the planet but I think I did just fine and I'm proud to be standing at where I am right now. I am not a great person but the people around me helps me become a better person each day. I learn from them everyday and I won't stop learning from them until my last breath of life. I always believe that my mistakes are more important than my victories because we learn from mistakes and not from victories. As the saying goes, we learn from failures and not from success. If I have the chance to go back in time to adjust what I've done, I think I would take the same old route and not change a single part of it. It was not a bed of roses but it was not that thorny either. And so here is my thank you list that actually has no ending to be honest.

Thank you,

Mama & Abah for your endless love, support and everything these past 20 years.
My 2 Brothers who gets on my nerve 24/7 but I still love them.
Arwah Tokdad & Tokmi who taught me how to reach for your goals and always strive for excellence.
Atok & Opah who will always remind me that education is everything and I'll never forget Opah's story about her studying under the lampu minyak tanah, a great motivational story indeed.
Uncles & Aunties who treat me like their own child every single time.
Cousins who are my bestfriends until I die.

Pakngah who first brought me into the working world and taught me that you're right when you're right and you're wrong when you're wrong.
Zee Kin who is like a big brother to me who will show me the right path and tell me when I'm wrong.
Everyone at my office and everyone I've worked with who knows how to work hard and play hard.

Haniff Rosli & Faridd Mirzan who are my bros forever although we have a total opposite political view but that doesn't stop us from becoming great friends.
Shafiqa Nadira who is my best friend/sister at the same time and will point out my every mistake but I know it's because she cares.
My schoolmates who are crazy and hyper at every hour of the day.
My classmates who are all amazing in their own ways.
My De'Best family who have been supporting me & the team all these while.
My teachers & lecturers who have been supplying educational information into my brain.

And everyone I've met these past 20 years. I thank you all so much for becoming a part of my life and I will cherish each and everyone of you forever. Without you, my life would just be a dark road heading no where.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

From deep down inside

Just a short piece to voice out what I feel.

The are some people out there who love to complain that our country is corrupted, has a high crime rate, polluted and many other things as well but let me ask you, what are you doing to help this country that we love? What role are you playing to help make our beloved Malaysia a better place for everyone?

I am 19 and yes I am not allowed to vote just yet but that doesn't mean that I cannot lend a helping hand into helping my country become a better place for everyone. I help with whatever I can right now and I have been doing these things for quite some time now. I am actively involved in student activities in my university, I help handle activities for youths and there are many other numerous activities that I do to help create a better Malaysia for all of us. I believe that Malaysian youths today are the future leaders so I would like create a strong bond between youths in Malaysia.

Unlike some people, they just love to talk and criticise everyone but they on the other hand do nothing to help this situation. I don't deny that our country has a lot of lose ends here and there, some of our leaders have flaws be it the Government or the Opposition it's just the same because all of us are humans and we tend to make mistakes along the way. What I'm trying to say is that at least all of these people and their supporters, social activists, student leaders etc, they brainstorm ideas and create new ways to make Malaysia a better place in their own special ways. They don't just sit at home or go and run away overseas because they say Malaysia is terrible and that they don't like it here. When Malaysia is better I'll come back home. Why, that's very patriotic of you. Don't dare calling Malaysia your home if that's the case.

What we here lack is understanding, cooperation, and maybe our political arena is not as matured as the United States for example. People can go out and clearly say who they support without getting bashed. This is what's lacking in Malaysia. Mutual understanding and respect but I think that it's alright because Rome was not built in a day. Every great thing takes time and I believe that what we are going through today is just a normal process of becoming a better nation. We need a strong government to lead the way and we also need a strong and professional opposition to show where our mistakes are. Like the old Malay saying goes Kuman di seberang laut nampak, gajah di depan mata tak kelihatan. It's easy for us to detect someone else's mistake but it's difficult for us to detect our own. No matter which party is ruling, I believe having both a strong government and opposition is healthy for our development.

In a nutshell what I'm trying to say to all the 29 million Malaysians out there is that please respect each other no matter how much we disagree with them. We are all humans and we deserve to earn respect as a another human being. As a youth who insyaAllah still has a long way to go in life, I would love to see all of these 29 millions working together hand in hand to build a better nation for everyone. To those who can vote, do go out and vote this Sunday the 5th of May. It's the least you could do towards helping Malaysia becoming a better place for everyone so that we can live in peace and harmony. I would love to see Malaysia as a great nation that is well known for it's multi cultured people who are polite, friendly and loving.

Sincerely from the heart of a young boy who wishes to see a better Malaysia not only for him but for all his other 29 million Malaysian brother and sisters. Vote wisely Malaysia, Peace! (:

Friday, 12 April 2013

From A Teenager Who Loves His Country

Just before dinner today at around 8.30 pm, I received a BBM message from a friend of mine who is also the same age as I am. 20 years old this year and definitely not able to vote just yet. Quoting him, "Apa lancau tu support Najib Hahahaa!". So right now, I would like to take this opportunity to give some thoughts on what I feel about all these politics that is going on in Malaysia right now. Malaysia as we all know, is in the midst of the 13th General Elections that will be held on Sunday the 5th of May. First and foremost, I would like to make it clear that I am not a hardcore fan of any political party at the moment and I am not about to become a member of any one of them in the near future. I basically look at things from a big picture and I don't just zoom into one and be biased towards one side. 


What is politics from my point of view and why I am interested to know about it?

Politics to me is a game where people compete among themselves. The most powerful and most influential will win the game and the prize is getting to hold the joystick in the game in other words the ones who control a country". Well that's what I see and that's my opinion. Everyone is free to have their own opinions and everyone has the right to agree or disagree with what we say. I know a lot of people will say "Hey, you're not even 21 yet and you can't vote. So why bother about politics? It's just a big waste of time" I would like to quote what General Aung San the father of Modern Burma said, you may not think about politics but politics thinks about you. Some may not notice but our everyday lives are all somehow or rather related to politics. For example, what we study in school, our syllabus and our school fees are all things that are determined by what our country needs and wants. What our country needs and wants are things that are determined by the ones manging the country which is the politicians. They have a say in what we do in our daily lives. Things like that affects my life as a student therefore politics affects my life so that is why I want to know deeper about it. I want to make sure I am satisfied with what I am doing and I want to make sure what I am doing right now is the right thing. I don't want to be learning unnecessary things or be paying ridiculous fees. I want the quality of education at it's best. That is why I learn or be aware of the political situation in Malaysia as well as the world in general.


What I think of Malaysian politics?

It all started when Malaysians (or Tanah Melayu back then) wanted to stop the British from continuing  their Malayan Union ideology which was going to further destroy Malaysia. On the 3rd of January 1946, a man from Johor by the name of Dato' Onn Jaafar created a movement called Pergerakan Melayu Semenanjung and urged other leaders from other states to come together and work as one. On the 1st till 4th of March on the same year, leaders from across the country gathered in Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur and there the First Malay Congress was held. All the societies and movements present were being put under one roof which was UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) and Dato' Onn Jaafar was being elected as the first ever President of UMNO. 11th May 1946, UMNO was officially created in The Royal Palace of Johor. UMNO was later joined by MCA  (Malaysian Chinese Association), MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) and other parties to form Barisan Nasional. Until today they have been the ones leading Malaysia, our beloved country and place we call home and I am satisfied with what I have today.


Of Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Rakyat, The Government & The Opposition

As we all know, Barisan Nasional is the Government and Pakatan Rakyat is the Opposition party. I feel that it is important for a country to have both, a strong Government and also a strong Opposition. Whenever one makes a mistake, the other can point out so that we can improve. This is what should happen. Not bashing each other and the biggest motive is to ensure that the other party goes down so that the other one can win. I believe we should put our ego aside and put the nation's interest as the highest priority. It is not impossible because we have done it before in the past when we wanted to gain independence, starting from saying no to Malayan Union. There are pros and cons and there are also good and bad leaders in both these political parties. They just have to make sure that their intention of going into politics is sincere and that is to want the best for our beloved country. If that is the main goal then I don't think we will have any problems because our leaders already have a good head on their shoulders.


Who should win and become the next Government?

Despite what I feel about both parties, we still need to have a party to rule the country and steer us into becoming a developed and high income nation by 2020. So we just have to choose the lesser evil of both devils because choosing or voting is a responsibility of being a citizen of Malaysia. 56 years has passed since independence and I can see that Malaysia is now a developing country and one of the most unique in the world as we are a multiracial country. Everything has gone alright ever since especially in the last 4 years when our 6th Prime Minister, Najib Razak stepped into office. I admit that they did some mistakes along the way and there are also some which I really disagree but humans can never run away from mistakes and no one is perfect except for the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Honestly, I have to say that I've seen a lot of changes these past 4 years and I think it will be alright to give him a chance to hold the position for another term. If we change our Government right now, it will disrupt our progress and what he has done these past 4 years will all go into the drain. We don't know what will happen if the Opposition takes lead. It's like going into the land of the unknown and in this competitive world that is today, I don't think I want to try anything new. Nevertheless I would like to see my beloved nation being managed by the best and only the best. I value my future very much and therefore I don't want anyone to be messing around with it. 


My last words

Stop bashing each other. Stop throwing lies at each other. Think the best for the future and be sincere about it. No matter what, leaders from both political parties are our national leaders and therefore we MUST respect all of them as another human being no matter what. Everyone deserves to be respected as a human being. It doesn't matter which side we are on, we cannot just say vulgar things about leaders the other side. It's sad to see some youngsters saying all these kinds of words and sometimes I feel it is just too much. To me both parties are the same but what differs them from one another is how they want to manage the country and how they make people believe in their ways and policies. Back to the first paragraph, I really don't think that my friend should have done that. It does not portray a good image of us as teenagers and as youths of Malaysia. Bear in mind we are the future of Malaysia and if we start to bash each other from a very young age, just imagine what will happen in the next 20 to 30 years. I want the youth to take history as a lesson and make sure that it does not happen again in the future. As the saying goes, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Let us all pray for a better Malaysia in the future. A better place for us and our children. Don't throw away our future for something that is not worthwhile. It is too valuable to be messed around with. I believe that "Children Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow".


Monday, 1 April 2013

Months of The Year

Once there lived a guy named January who was in love with a lovely lady named February. He was going to March towards her to say how he felt but backed out cause it was the 1st of April so everyone would think it's a joke. He backed out and prayed  May God show him the girl of his life and that's when he met June. July's twin sister but was equally pretty. First week in the month of August they started to date but a cruel man named September then came into the picture and tried to detroy the relationship. When it became worse, the twin's dad October asked the sweet couple to get married as soon as possible. Their wedding was held on November 27th and they later had 3 beautiful kids. They will always remember their honeymoon which lasted for a month and made a song about it called "Back to December".

The End - SD

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Dunia

Ciptaan tuhan indah mempersona
Terasa diri lemah dan hina
Jangan terleka di dunia yang fana 
Kelak nanti kita merana

Luas angkasa tidak terkira
Luas lautan tidak ku sangka
Dunia ini hanya sementara 
Menanti tiba syurga neraka

Sehebat mana ujian Ilahi
Akan ada yang lebih tersakiti
Peganglah pada agama diberi
Nescaya hidup kan lebih bererti

Jangan terleka mainan dunia
Kata manis indah semuanya
Namun ingat tujuan dunia
Kerana kita hamba pada-Nya

shafiquedanial
03.03.13