Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Save them somebody

I've been working in Sungai Ramal the past week or so. Not really working but I'm the driver. Taking some guys to Sungai Ramal Dalam, where they put the finishing touches to a double story house. My guys are working on the doors. Some other contractor is doing the glass windows and yet others were doing the plastering. Fiber glass style. With that white stuff whatchamacallit.

The property was part of a larger plot of land,, divided into smaller lots, but perhaps a quarter acre each or less,, I'm not sure. Some houses has been completed and already lived in. Some plots are still empty and some like the one I'm working on are work in progress.

Surrounding the place is jungle , or what used to be, a jungle. The jungle too has been cut off. A road is now its perimeter. Not a proper road, although tarred but it looks like the road in front of my government servants` quarters we used to live in Jitra until the early 70's. There are many houses already but the house we are working on is about a half kilometre off the main road. But the whole area is surrounded by developement and highways.

Wondering where this is heading? Here it comes. Its the macaques. There may be about 15 or twenty of them here. Not even a troop.. a patrol maybe. I saw them the 2nd day I was here. They are familiar with humans but being wild would scuttle away when approached. They would jump from branch to branch as monkeys usually do, but they did something their ulu cousins don't do. They can "walk" on electric cables. Even on all fours, they still remain on top the cable, not under it. Whats so great about that? You might ask. Nothing really, accept that they can be electrocuted.

I saw them raiding somebody's garden yesterday. I saw how the monkey chose his chikus. By biting the chikus!!! This afternoon, while returning from buying lunch for our boys, I heard a loud rustling of leaves. I put my gaze upwards and saw a large male showing his fangs. My eyes followed his stare. He was aggresively warning another male. Guess what I saw is two monkeys doing their thang! With a jealous partner watching. No wonder. The second monkey didn't wait to find out what's coming for his free service to the first lady monkey.

For the record, this is the second time monkeys did their thing for my perusal. The first time was in Port Dickson. At the light house area. Back when glass was selling well. The monkeys were doing their thing on my van's kanggaroo bar!!! hahahaa But its also a sad sight to see monkeys biting into rubber seeds!

Yesterday, the contractor doing the windows brought some rambutans and langsats. The rambutans weere quite big and they were very sweet and full of water and the seed is small. The langsat were not so good yesterday, maybe its because he must have pluck them too early. They were a bit sticky and sour and hard. Today the langsat were better, soft and juicy.

Anyway, today the fruits were not popular today. They were many left. Or maybe he brought more today. A thought strikes me. Why don't I give these fruits to the monkeys. I did a whatshername gorilla in the mist movie lady. I lay the fruits on the road side right below where they were looking for food. Trust me, there's not much monkey food left in that small miserable area I refer to as a jungle. It was quite a while before one of them caught sight of the langsats. But he saw me, sitting across the road. I moved a little bit. He still maintained his distance from the fruits. Not coming down. I move a little bit more. Turning my bck to him. He still maintain the same position.

I place my self behind a young mangosteen tree. After a few minutes the monkey began to descent lower and closer to the juicy langsats. In the end he was pushing the unpeeled langsats into his cheeks!! What a sight. Made me wish I have a camera with me. Then a couple more monkeys saw the feast waiting for them and they too drop down to road level, I remained calm and not moving. Not wishing to disturb the poor devils. Now there were three little monkeys stuffing their cheeks and also holding what they can with one hand or should I say,, limb? Never mind.

As soon as they had their mouths and hands full, they clambered up, back to the safe distance they are comfortable with. Then , yet another monkey came down only to get whats left of the langsats. And also another came down. Altogether there were five who savoured the fruits. It was the sight of them biting rubber seeds that got to me.

I asked the guy with the dusun if he can bring more fruits tomorrow. No chance. Today's my last day. I completed my job. "Too bad , poor monkeys" I thought. I don't know whats going to happen to them monkeys.

One thing for sure is that humans are the ones who went into monkey territory, not the other way round. I hope somebody reading this can do something.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Death and the living

Michael is dead, long live the prince or is it king of POP. Not that important who he was, whats important is where he is heading. Not to us but to him.
Anyone remember how Princess Diana died? When she died? She died in a traffic accident. When did she die? She died on the eve of her marriage to a muslim. AL Fayed. The son of a successful egyptian business man.

Michael died too. On the eve of his mega tour, with millions worth of tickets sold. He died on the eve of announcing his ISLAM. Imagine the millions of fans watching and finfing out their idol embraced ISLAM. Right when the image of muslims is being battered and bruised, we can't have this super idol embracing it can we?

On the local scene, the death of an ex reporter made headlines. Somebody said he saw but did not talk to the dead man. He only saw. Last heard, the man was summoned to be present for an interview with the police. Complied, but what is disturbing is the shouts and anger shown. As if the MACC wanna kill their witness. Even (of course presumably) after the fact, he was the star winess and MACC wants to kill him, for the life of me, I still can't figure out what MACC motive is to remove this poor soul. Or if its as what they are saying that MACC should be responsibly held accountable for this life draining crisis. MACC could have just differently do a better job of embracing their witness. I 'm getting too sleepy to continue.

But these are my theorys. Just food thought.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Is there such a thing? I've been meaning to say somethings here, but the mood wasn't there or perhaps I couldn't drag myself away from reading other blogs and the comments there.

Last Sunday I join some of my primary school mates at Kelab Shah Alam Selangor. I thought it was Kelab Di Raja Shah Alam Selangor but that piece of confusion has been rectified.

Can you imagine meeting someone you last met on the last day of your primary schooling? Someone you know way back in 1966-1971? Happiness is bliss, not ignorance.
I met one of my schoolmates, Mr Tan Choon Tian, I hope I got that right. He's a successful businessman now. Into logistics if I'm not mistaken.
I met other friends too, but we've met earlier, before today unlike Toon Tian. Thats what I'd used to call him.

I also got to meet a, how do one describe her? She was one of the more developed amongst us back then. ;))) I remember our class teacher, Mr Ainon saying, she'd be the 1st among us to get married. Nyettttttttttttttt!!!!. Wronggggggggg!!! I was the last one to arrived that day. The reason being that I had some work to be done. That is why I don't get to hear what she was up to all this while, save a little. I found out later that she's a globe trotter. Like I always say, some people have all the luck. Sorry I took so long to introduce her. She is Kurniawati.

If I can recalled, she did say she lived in AU1, which is near Bengkel MARA. To think that that was the area that I use to ply my lorry selling cooking gas to shops in the early 80s. Fate kept us all apart, Toon Tian, Koden, Rajan, Loceng, Jan, McE, Dzamri and Fazie, Gah, Tharu, Rosita and all those not mention here, and also not forgetting Kurniawati. I swear that I peck her on the cheek when I see her, but I was scared her hubby might not approve. hahahahaa A mystery to non-schoolmates. This story is.

Anyway. welcome to the club, Toon Tian and Kurniawati.

I have a proposal for Choon Tian. If you look down a couple of post below there is a picture of a Ferret Armoured Car, the one like those we'd use to clamber on whenever they stop by in Jitra. As you can see, its all glass and it was presented to the previous YdPertuan Agong the Raja of Perlis. How would you like a container lorry in a glass case just like the one mentioned? I'd love to make one for you. For a fee of course. :)))

That too only if you visit this blog.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Dearest Tun Dr Mahathir

Actually I only knew about Tun's birthday thru the net. And here, I take the opportunity to wish Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad a very happy birthday, and may all the coming days will be just as happy days as today. Hopefully and blessedly a life as yours is the envy of all who knows you. Forget about those who only like to focus on the negative aspects, which were made up anyway.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Barang lama

Kereta kebal kaca ni mungkin berada di Istana Arau, hadiah dari Angkatan Tentera kepada Yang di Pertuan Agong yang telah tamat perkhidmatan sebagai Agong. Kenapa kereta kebal? Sebabnya Duli Yang Maha Mulia pernah berkhidmat sebagai anggota angkatan tentera division kereta kebal .