Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Meet Ah Wei, a Chinese in a Malay house

To those racists out there, I have something to tell you. Either you are Malays, Chinese, Indians or Sikh or what, lets see if you can do this. I am not ringing my own bell but I think I am more 'Malaysian' than you people who bicker about race, religion and color.

After 53 years of Independence, we should be as one - living in harmony, solid cooperation and trust. And to our Prime Minister Najib, your 1Malaysia is nothing new to me. Why? I have been practicing it long before you introduced it to our Malaysians.

With special reference to the Chinese and Malaysians in general, meet this chap - Ah Wei, 29, born and brought up in Raub, Pahang. Got married at the age of 21 to a beautiful lady who later left and deserted him for another guy, a few months after giving birth to a baby girl. Yee Ling, now in standard one at a SRJK (C) in Cheras (not in picture) never met or knew her mom.

Ah Wei took her to Kuala Lumpur when she was three, leaving her to one babysitter to another. Sweet girl she is now (and brilliant), she joins her father on weekends and school holidays.

Their meeting point is my house. Why? Ah Wei has been staying with me for almost three years now, in our single-storey terrace rented house. I saw him and Yee Ling in 2007, sitting at a canteen for hours, without eating nor drinking. My heart was more for the small girl who was crying then. I approached them, asked questions and that was how it started.

Ah Wei has two other siblings who live 'quite OK' in KL but they refused him because he is a bit illiterate and doing odd jobs. His talent is more in air-conditioning maintenance but it was not easy for him to get a job. He used to run a small business but his partner screwed him all around. It left him destitute, without a dime for a room and food.

So I offered him a room. My family objected then but after convincing them that we must be human, they finally agreed. Nope, I never collected a single sen for the room. I help him, instead in getting small contracts so that he can afford his daughter's monthly allowances and her babysitter's fee.

He eats what we eat. Unless he needs his own type of food, he will have it outside. As a blogger, I am not rich but I support both of them within my capability and affordability. We became good friends and he is nice to us. His brothers will come and visit him once in a while but they never invited him to stay with them. On my part, he is free to go when he is okay, financially but I never ask him to. His Bahasa Malaysia has improved much (ha ha) and we keep on learning Mandarin from him.

Almost three years with us, none of my family members has tried to persuade him to embrace Islam. The only thing about Islam that he asked me was when he followed me to pay tithes last week, and I explained. He is still very much a Chinese and a Buddhist. I am glad that we dont talk race, religion or color. And we are all happy.

So, to some readers who accused me of being a racist in their comments, I appreciate it. However, you dont really know what racism is. I dont think you understand what 1Malaysia is all about. And I dont think any Chinese out there can take a Malay to stay with you. I will salute any of you who dares to challenge me to talk 1Malaysia or to offer Ah Wei a job or a shelter. Anybody? Will you do the same? I doubt it.

So, stop accusing me of being a racist and mirror yourself. After 53 years of Independence, your prejudice gets thicker and thicker!

66 comments:

Mazidul Akmal Sidik said...

Salam Bro, I salute you for what you have been doing from the bottom of my heart.

Anonymous said...

Salute you bro.. memang Melayu ni sangat baik hati. Kisah sebegini sebenarnya pun dahbyk berlaku zaman tok nek kita dulu. Zaman Jepun orang Melayulah tempat Cina menumpang kerana bimbangkan kekejaman tentera jepun.

Tetapi skg ni, ramai Cina muda2 dan ahli politik mereka yang tidak memikirkan perasaan orang lain. Kerana itu Satu Sekolah adalah jawapan yang tepat untuk direalisasikan impian 1Malaysia. Bukannya 1Malaysia ala2 playsafe NAJIB TUN RAZAK. Najib on the other hand should learn from you.

Nizam

genesispassion said...

athank you ..i am deeply moved.pls write to me at genesispassion@hotmail.com. i would like to help

goh, kulai said...

woopsss...

i am lost in words. just hoping you will be rewarded for your kindness.

i dont think others would do what you have done.

Anonymous said...

salam mr bujai,

u have set a good example, not only as a malaysian but as a civilised human being. only a few people got hearts to do such things.

putat said...

jai, bagus. biar orang cina malaysia ni baca yang orang melayu memang bertolak ansur dan suka membantu. mereka bantu siapa saja, adakalanya hingga orang yang dibantu itu jadi kaya-raya tetapi mereka tetap miskin.

aku pikir orang cina di malaysia ni pun tak sanggup ambil ah wei kau ni jika mereka terjumpa dia dan anaknya sebelum kau jumpa dia dulu.

orang cina malaysia terlalu mementingkan diri dan kekayaan mereka dan tak sanggup membantu orang lain walaupun bangsa dan kaum sendiri.

kau tanya soalan sama ada orang cina sanggup bagi bilik pada orang melayu - jawapannya sama macam sanggupkah guan eng terima nik aziz tinggal di rumah dia!

jauh panggang dari api!

Anonymous said...

may god bless u, sir

kontots said...

alaaaa... kalau aku jumpa orang macam ni pun, aku mesti tolong punya. tolong cakap je la.... hahahaha....

tapi kau memang hebat la, bujai. najib pun takkan buat macam tu walaupun hari2 cakap pasal 1malaysia

firasat said...

i dont know what to say. u did the right thing there.

only the almighty can reward u although help a non-muslim

Anonymous said...

HIDUP DATUK JAI!

HIDUP DATUK JAI!

HIDUP MELAYU!

sadikon said...

dalam islam, membantu sesama manusia adalah sikap mulia. tuan akan dimuliakan di sisi allah nanti walaupun orang yang dibantu adalah dari kalangan bukan islam tetapi dia tetap keturunan bani adam.

saya doakan kesejahteraan tuan sekeluarga dan berharap ada pihak akan membuka mata bagi membantu ah wei dan anaknya.

Anonymous said...

NO!

NO CHINESE WILL DO WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

TO THEM, PEOPLE LIKE AH WEI IS A NUISANCE

pro-PKR said...

saya sudah banyak kali melihat reaksi orang cina terhadap kes macam ni.

contohnya peminta sedekah walaupun dari bangsa mereka sendiri.

yang rajin bagi derma dan bantuan kepada peminta sedekah ni ialah melayu. orang cina hanya memalingkan muka

violet said...

mr bujai.

thank you for this good posting. i will try to help him. pls wait for my e-mail

riau said...

sdr jai,

lebih banyak melayu tolong cina daripada cina tolong melayu.

saya ingat lagi 13 mei 1969 walaupun ketika itu saya berusia 10 tahun. ketika melayu mengamuk, orang kampung saya di kluang ketika itu sama2 menyembunyikan rakan2 dari kalangan orang cina di rumah mereka agar tidak menjadi mangsa.

selepas berakhirnya peristiwa itu, mereka yang membantu terus dilupakan

Anonymous said...

i have to confess that as a chinese, i wont do such. some may call it a good deed but i call it stupid. i wont allow people whom i dont know to stay with me.

anyway, i admire your kindness. may more people have a heart like you

- tina, sitiawan -

Anonymous said...

wow.

even datuk najib wont do this, bro.

u are a true malaysian.

congrats

big butt said...

u did the right thing there, sir but good deeds usually will go unnoticed. only god will reward u.

as for the chinese, they may go on disliking the malays.

should anything happens, the malays will always protect them

Anonymous said...

datuk najib should read this... and the rest of his chinese friends in the cabinet

insight said...

orang cina sndiri pun takkan buat macam ni, bang. malah akan dibiarkan tanpa bantuan.

orang cina memang tak suka menyusahkan diri sendiri. sebab tu la ramai yang hantar mak bapak ke rumah orang tua.

ni kan pulak nak bagi orang macam ah wei tinggal di rumah diorang!

Anonymous said...

actually the chinese are more racist than the malays... and they wont do what you have done in helping their own people

Anonymous said...

mr bujai, i am willing to help him. i will e-mail u shortly.

thank u for being a true malaysian

TAK MAKAN BABI said...

actually, those who call u a racist are worse than the pigs they eat!

i bet none of them would do what u did.

malayalam said...

i must commend you for that. hope malaysians will make u as an example of a good citizen.

prime minister should feel proud of what you are doing. in many ways, it helps in encouraging more people to extent helps to those in needs.

i hope that one day, you will be rewarded

Anonymous said...

good one bro... and a good eye-opener for the chinese

captain said...

...'your prejudice gets thicker and thicker'.

i like that phrase. yes, its true. the govt needs to do more than just introducing 1malaysia to bring malaysians together.

what u have done is a good preceedent of how malaysians should be

i salute u!

Anonymous said...

i am touched by your posting and your kindness towards ah wei.

i will send you e-mail later on, hoping to meet both of you.

thank you sir

songbird said...

of course la. a chinese can stay with malays but no malay can stay with a chinese.

why? chinese eat what they malays eat but no malay will eat what the chinese eats.

so, no big deal lor!

Anonymous said...

its a noble thing u do. may god bless u always

Anonymous said...

I like to share my good memories with ya'al and it is a true story ...

In the younger days I have good and bad experienced but mostly good and beautiful memories of friendships with Malay folks then PSP (Pasukan Simpanan Persekutuan) formerly known as Pasukan Polis Hutan after the British left the place I lived in is PSP Kontingen Utara, Jalan Padang Tembak, P. Pinang.

I lived in that police headquarters for 20 years mostly sweet memories typically in the 70s and early 80s in my teens. I mixed and blended well with Malay boys especially playing football with those friends (club Belia). As you already known in the 70s we were just past the Black day (May 13). There were rude words addressed to us Police Chinese family (such as pendatang, komunis, babi and baruah) but those words did NOT send us 6ft underground.

There were good Malay friends that we help each other in our school works, there were PERKEP (or something like persatuan kaum ibu) those MakCiks suka sangat my mum buat baju melayu for them especially AidilFitri. My mum taught them how to sew with hands and using sewing machines and slowly instead of bad words we received raya cookies from them ... slowly but surely those bad words were long forgotten and replaced with warm friendships.

What else can I say ... all religions show us when you do good, we receive good in return.

We Malaysians like to talk alot who is more racist and who killed who on May 13. You guys have forgotten the Baling incidents late 70s. Our two PSP Malaya policemen were killed by Malay folks in a kampung near Baling. They were being hacked with axe and parang by Malay women. How they die is very tragic and sad, the two deceased Police they have NO HEARTs to shoot down those women while few others policemen were badly injured in that incidents.

Even our so called same race or ethnic almost everyday we read about abused and killing each other mercilessly.
so who is killing who more now ?

And here we are on and off we see racial sentiments and May13 topics popping up like pop-corns in other blogs.

We belong to ONE human race and no one is superior than the others. - That's for sure !

P/S: I hope you don't mind I share my story with you and your readers.

***SONIC-EAR

Anonymous said...

I like to share my good memories with ya'al and it is a true story ...

In the younger days I have good and bad experienced but mostly good and beautiful memories of friendships with Malay folks then PSP (Pasukan Simpanan Persekutuan) formerly known as Pasukan Polis Hutan after the British left the place I lived in is PSP Kontingen Utara, Jalan Padang Tembak, P. Pinang.

I lived in that police headquarters for 20 years mostly sweet memories typically in the 70s and early 80s in my teens. I mixed and blended well with Malay boys especially playing football with those friends (club Belia). As you already known in the 70s we were just past the Black day (May 13). There were rude words addressed to us Police Chinese family (such as pendatang, komunis, babi and baruah) but those words did NOT send us 6ft underground.

There were good Malay friends that we help each other in our school works, there were PERKEP (or something like persatuan kaum ibu) those MakCiks suka sangat my mum buat baju melayu for them especially AidilFitri. My mum taught them how to sew with hands and using sewing machines and slowly instead of bad words we received raya cookies from them ... slowly but surely those bad words were long forgotten and replaced with warm friendships.

What else can I say ... all religions show us when you do good, we receive good in return.

We Malaysians like to talk alot who is more racist and who killed who on May 13. You guys have forgotten the Baling incidents late 70s. Our two PSP Malaya policemen were killed by Malay folks in a kampung near Baling. They were being hacked with axe and parang by Malay women. How they die is very tragic and sad, the two deceased Police they have NO HEARTs to shoot down those women while few others policemen were badly injured in that incidents.

Even our so called same race or ethnic almost everyday we read about abused and killing each other mercilessly.
so who is killing who more now ?

And here we are on and off we see racial sentiments and May13 topics popping up like pop-corns in other blogs.

We belong to ONE human race and no one is superior than the others. - That's for sure !

***SONIC-EAR

MJ said...

Salam Ramadan,

Indeed a truly inspirational real life story you shared here. Alhamdulillah.

MJ

asha'man said...

Praise be to Allah, in the midst of rancid politicking these days, one comes across this piece of news. Hopefully I could be like you in helping others.
-NAZIM-

Anonymous said...

Bujai,

Jangan kembang buntut pula bila di puji.
Inilah sifat/sikap murni orang Melayu. Bukan Cina.

Fahaman Cina , "orang macam Ah Wei bawa sial". Tapi bukan kepada kita orang Melayu/Islam.

Tahniah.

jake dragon said...

i dont know how many can come close to what u are doing. u deserve to be honored, bro!

Anonymous said...

i will e-mail and leave my phone no. pls call asap. tks




another human

Blackscreamerz said...

I have to agree that generally, most of the Chinese will not bring Ah Wei back to their home. But please do not interpret this as the reality that all Malays will bring Ah Wei home. A good samaritan doesnt have to bring him home to help him.

cikgu SRJK(C) said...

what a noble heart you have.

may god bless you all the way thru

gembo said...

memang orang cina boleh menumpang dengan orang melayu sebab melayu baik hati dan bertolak ansur.

tapi bolehkah melayu menumpang rumah orang cina?

saya rasa ia amat mustahil!

masih di BH said...

najib patut beri kau anugerah khas kerana sifat perikemanusiaan yang ditunjukkan.

aku kagum, jai... benar2 kagum!

lee lap tiang said...

gua tabik lu...


gua pun tak tau apa mau cakap

royalis said...

salam bro.

tak tau lak kau ni baik hati orangnya. nampak je ganas, hehehee


apa pun, aku terharu dengan apa yang kau buat ni.

mungkin kat malaysia ni kau sorang je yang buat.

Anonymous said...

has he ever referred his case to mca or gerakan or dap?

if not, i strongly recommend.

psc said...

bro,you are a rare gem. God Bless You And Your Family

halilintar said...

salam,

inilah antara ajaran islam yang menuntut penganutnya membantu sesiapa saja, tanpa mengira agama dan bangsa.

alangkah indahnya islam... yang dianuti oleh org MELAYU!

Anonymous said...

mana ada orang cina sanggup buat macam ni?

diorang ni terlalu banyak pantang. tak mungkin mereka boleh terima ah wei dan yee ling duduk rumah mereka dan tanggung mereka.

cina...

a friend said...

i am moved by your posting. never had i imagined that someone like you have a good heart.

do accept my sincere appreciation.

Anonymous said...

why did u take 3 years to tell the public?

Anonymous said...

mr bujai,

pls read my e-mail. i would like to meet up with you and ah wei.

i am envious of you.


- a small tauke -

IB said...

amat jarang kita dengar kisah seperti ini pada zaman sekarang. kalau sebelum dan selepas merdeka, melayu dan cina amat rapat.

orang cina sering mencari perlindungan di rumah orang melayu pada zaman jepun dan ketika darurat. melayu ketika itu pun menganggap orang cina sebagai saudara yang mesti dipertahankan nyawa dan hak mereka.

sedihnya, sifat sebegini tidak lagi ditemui pada hari ini.

saudaralah yang mempeloporinya hari ini.

Anonymous said...

kalau aku jadi najib, aku akan malu sendiri bila baca posting ni.

najib sendiri pun takkan sanggup buat macam ni!

syabas jai!

vincent said...

i recommend you work with najib under a special task force to help the govt with 1malaysia.

after reading your posting, i believe malaysians will listen and respect you.

zalili said...

anda memang insan terpilih.

hanya Allah yang dapat membalasnya suatu hari nanti.

sebagai orang islam, saya turut bangga mempunyai saudara seagama macam sdr.

salam

chuan said...

bro,

i hope people like u multiplies. malaysians should take u for an example of a good samaritan and a good citizen.

i salute u for that... and thank u!

bala said...

bujai,

i agree that after 53 years of independence, malaysians should have erased their askance toward each other and be more tolerance.

i am glad that u are showing how 1malaysia should work - based on the spirit of cooperation, mutual trust and non-prejudice.

how i wish you are our leader!

Anonymous said...

salam hormat.

anda memang patut dipuji kerana hati yang tulus dan ikhlas terhadap orang yang sepatutnya anda curigai.

siapa lagi yang sanggup?

Riza Ahmad said...

Not many can do this and for that i salute you! Wish that i can do my part some where... http://kerjaya-muslim.blogspot.com/

tshaw said...

hello jai,
ingat tak lagi inilah cina pertama yang tinggal ngan kau kat bangsar dulu. pagi-pagi dah bangun lintas jalan keretapi untuk ke pejabat. kau le jadi cikgu aku dalam banyak hal. amacam sekarang. anak ramai ke bini yang ramai...ha...ha..ha. kabar noni? aku sekarang duk kampung...kampung melayu. makan belacan dan cincaluk...kah...kah...kah. doakan kau sentiasa bahagia. about ah wei...you just did marvelous job. god bless u n family. bye.

cinamelayu dari melaka

Kura said...

Tabik ngan kau Bujai. Tak sangka orang yg gila-gila pernah tinggal serumah ngan aku di Sri Layang Brickfield waktu bujang mempunyai hati mulia.

Anonymous said...

as a chinese myself, i salute you for being a true malaysian and a true human!

Anonymous said...

mr bujai,

u really touched my heart. i sent u an e-mail asking for your phone number but u didnt response.

plse, i need it.

thank you

- eliza -

cargo said...

if i got the authority to recommend you a datukship, i will see najib personally.... honest!

thank you for being so humane!

Anonymous said...

I am very proud of you and I saluted you, deep inside my heart. I am very very happy to know that there are still very good people around, like you and your family.

But at times I filled sad to hear or read in the newspaper about certain section of people calling certain section of people "PENDATANG".

Well I am born in the year 1952 in the so call "Tanah Air Melayu" our belove Country to a Chinese parent. I have no choice you know this is the will of "GOD" and I believe every one are the same.

I will pray to GOD and LORD and may The Blessing be with you and your family. Amen.

ASofi said...

This is the nice story about malaysian people.Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Fellow Malaysians, You will see a comment below from Genesispassion and a e-mail address. Be very careful-his name is James Loh Chee Yuen. He is a conman who has cheated many single women of hugh sums of money. It is sickening but the police have taken no action despite countless reports having been lodged.
One tactic he uses is preying on the sympathy of people by using cases such as Ah Wei to con people of money.

Anonymous said...

I must also add...

James Loh Chee Yuen is a serial liar, con man and womanizer. Not only had he abandoned his own first wife and children, he habitually cons other people - even though they are drivers, cleaners and people he considers inferior and lower status.

He had sexual affairs and cheated on several women like Claudia Chong, and so many more no one person can keep full track. He can appear charming and intelligent, but when your money is gone it's too late.

If you see this man http://god.mindx.net/member/bn_form_view.asp that's him!

He goes by the alias of genesispassion also so beware!