Kelantan: This is Malaysia V
Posted on June 21, 2007
Mutukumar was born in Kedah but he had migrated for economic reason to Kelantan 15 years ago. Six months ago, a gas cylinder which he worked on exploded and roasted his right leg. Since then he has been staying in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, in Kubang Kerian.
Mutukumar is not an actor and he do not even has his own car (plagiarised from Michael Learns to Rock) but yesterday, he felt like one. He got a VIP visitor. Although the splashing flashes are not for him, it does not bother. He felt honoured. He felt so proud. For few second, he forgets his pain. For the rest of the night, he was smiling.
While Mutukumar was surprised by the visit by a man he proudly called a Brother, Adik Fitri Abdullah was so excited when he was informed that Dato’ Husam is going to visit him that evening.
He requested for his baju raya. And when the entourage arrived, he put his best smile. Adik Fitri was among the recipient under the Bantuan Orang Kurang Upaya. In lay man term, Adik Fitri’s lung has failed him. His has a collapse lung. Nevrtheless, yesterday, he was the superstar. He beat Dato’ Husam as the best dress person in the room.
I always against the idea of visiting the Hospital for political millage, however yesterday, I came to understand, the importance of such visit for the sick and disable.
The flashes, the crowd and the reward, and at the end of the day, when everything subsides, the smiles linger.
Well, it is not right to just talk good things about Kelantan. While all races integrated well and the government respected all races, there is still a lot of avenue for improvement. So maybe we could talk about the other side of the coin too. Shall we?