Thursday, June 14, 2007

Real Poetry

First and foremost I hope that Abang Malaya and Kak Teh do not mind that I am doing a bit of cut and paste on the latest poem posted on her blog. It touches me so deeply and illustrates so well how I felt about Malaysia now. Its in Malay, apologies to those who does not understand the language but fret not, the exact sentiments is expressed by my nephew in the photo taken way back in 2003. Abang Malaya, whoever you are, I love your work and thank you for beautifully penning how I (and countless others...) feel about this country of ours.

abang malaya said...

Usah mengeluh wahai adikku
Hidup insan berlorong liku
Mohon saja pada Yang Satu
Pasti hidupmu mendapat restu.
Abang Malaya sangatlah murung
Rasa duka tidak terbendung
Mengenang nasib negara yang disanjung
Pelbagai berlaku tidaklah tertanggung.
Cerita terbaru tentang universiti Malaya
Tapaknya hendak dijual kepada yang kaya
Quek Leng Chan itulah namanya
Hendak dibuat projek raksasa.
Kalau betullah cerita ini
Hilanglah maruah satu negeri
Kerajaan nampaknya tak lagi peduli
Asal ada duit semua boleh jadi.
Abang bukan budak Universiti Malaya
Cuba nak masuk tapi tak diterima
Tapi abang tetap kasih dan cinta
Sebab UM itu ikon bangsa-negara.
Apa dah jadi abang tak tahu
Negara kita semakin celaru
PM hadhari dapat isteri baru
Rakyat jelata duk tungkat dagu.
Kalau diikut rasa hati
Abang Malaya pun rasa nak lari
Ikut adik Teh ke luar negeri
Hal Malaya tak mau ambil peduli.
Tapi abang ni dah tua
Dok di negeri orang nak buat
Depa pun bukan mau nak terima
Takut mati susah pula.
Tolonglah adik nasihat Pak Lah tu
Adik ada kuasa orang TV dan radio
Tolong bagi dia tahu
Rakyat la ni sangatlah keliru.
Dah banyak harta kita dia juai
Maruah negara pun dah tergadai
Orang dok buat kita macam keldai
Pasai kita perintah negeri tak pandai.
Janganlah marah kat Abang Malaya
Kepada Adik Teh curahkan rasa
Pasai tak tau dah nak pi mana
Hidup di Malaya la ni sangat merana.
Abang Malaya minta berhenti dulu
Dekat adik abang ingat selalu
Kepada yang lain pun macam tu
I'll always love all of you.

6 comments:

J.T. said...

You picked the correct photo to match the sentiments of the poem. :)

I like it - says a lot about our current frustrations. Thanks for sharing it.

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Apandi,

I agree with Abang Malaya's sentiments too in his pantuns on Kak Teh's blog. I love his pantuns.

University Malaya is such a landmark from time immemorial. It should stay there for poeterity.

ruby ahmad said...

Btw, I terlupa, my exact expression as your cute nephew...ha ha. Lovely pix.

Maria Hanis said...

Fantastic poem Abang Malaya ! I don't think I can ever come up with something like that ! Brilliantly written !

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