Saya ditemukan dengan seorang rider food panda yang menginsafkan saya tentang nilai sebuah kehidupan.Adik Mohamad mengayuh basikal meredah hujan dan panas demi sesuap nasi, walaupun ketika berpuasa.Apabila saya bertanya kepadanya, mengapa dia berbasikal dan tidak menunggang motorsikal seperti yang lain; dia jawab, dia tidak ada motorsikal. Basikal pun dipinjam daripada kawan, itupun seat dia dan banyak yang dah rosak. Tapi demi mencari rezeki, dia redha.
Adik Mohamad berusia 22 tahun, merantau jauh dari Kelantan ke Pulau Pinang untuk bekerja. Keluarganya tidak kaya tapi mementingkan pendidikan. Ada 10 orang adik beradik. Ayahnya seorang guru agama. Dia sendiri lulusan diploma kejuruteraan Poli, dengan keputusan cemerlang.Tapi setakat ini gajinya hanya RM500 sebulan, nak makan pun tak cukup, sewa bilik dia tak bayar, atas ehsan kawannya. Adik Mohamad tidak merungut, malah bersyukur dengan peluang yang ada.
Sebaliknya lepas kerja setiap hari, dia pinjam basikal kawan untuk jadi rider food panda. Lepas kerja, rehat satu jam, pi kayuh sampai 11 malam. Dapat RM20-30 sehari, cukup makan beberapa kali. Ada kala, makan nasi lemak tiap-tiap hari sebab nak jimat duit. Saya tengok kedua-dua belah tangannya pun sudah terbakar dek terik matahari. Mata masuk habuk mendengar kisah adik Mohamad.
Walaupun saya hormat Tun Dr Mahathir, saya dari dulu lagi tak setuju dengan stereotype Tun yang kata Cina kaya, Melayu malas. Ramai Cina yang bergelut demi mencari makan, ramai anak Melayu seperti adik Mohamad yang rajin berusaha demi kehidupan. Bila saya tanya adik Mohamad apa pertolongan yang diperlukan, dia segan nak jawab. Beginilah, saya tak pandai hal agama, tapi kawan-kawan ajar saya bulan Ramadan ini banyak berkat. Saya mohon berkat Ramadan, saya belikan adik Mohamad sebiji motor. Asalnya adik Mohamad macam tak percaya.
Tapi bila saya bawa ke kedai motor kat Bukit Mertajam, dia terus terharu. Kita beli Honda. Saya bayar cash. Kalau orang kecam saya guna peruntukan kerajaan beli motor, saya nak habaq saya tak ada peruntukan nak guna. Saya sekarang Ahli Parlimen pembangkang. Ini saya beli guna wang gaji saya sendiri. RM4,500 termasuk road tax, insurans, settle penuh, minyak isi full tank, adik Mohamad boleh terus bawa motor ini tak payah bimbang.
Bolehlah adik naik motor ke kerja (sekarang dia tumpang motor kawan) dan jika jadi rider, tak payah susah susah kayuh basikal. Usah risau lagi hujung Ramadan macam mana nak balik Kelantan jumpa mak ayah - kuda sudah ada.
Kami juga pergi farmasi beli krim aloe vera dan krim sunblock. Saya peringat adik Mohamad agar wajib sapu krim setiap kali sebelum keluar buat food panda. Kita perlu jaga kesihatan diri. Kalau jatuh sakit, mak ayah juga yang akan bimbang. Hari ini Ramadan pertama, saya belajar satu benda yang penting. Kita perlu banyak-banyak bersabar dalam menempuh cabaran hidup.
Jangan putus asa walau susah macam mana sekalipun, dongipap kipidap! Setiap perkara ada hikmahnya, Tuhan tidak pernah mengabaikan kita. Adik Mohamad telah menginsafkan saya tentang perkara ini. Iftar pertama tahun ini, saya buka puasa bersama adik Mohamad.Walaupun berjauhan dari keluarga dan terpaksa bekerja keras mencari rezeki, saya doakan Ramadan ini akan menjadi Ramadan yang lebih bermakna buat dirinya. - Steven Sim Chee Keong,MP Bukit Mertajam
Ini baru YB yang bekerja, Menteri lain asyik tidoq...Syabas YB!!!
Steven Sim Chee Keong MP Bukit Mertajam...
The fall of Pakatan Harapan govt...
Earlier, on Jan 2, 2020, sensing that the temperature was worryingly high, Lim Kit Siang met PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and expressed DAP’s support for him to be prime minister.
However, Kit Siang also advised him not to push for the May date – two years of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s premiership as the date for handover. There was never an agreement to commit to any date.
Kit Siang, instead, asked Anwar to create conditions for a successful transition after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit. A smooth transition would ensure that Mahathir’s camp would not feel left out in the government after he leaves.
As January progressed, more and more leading PKR figures beyond the usual suspects of Hassan Karim and Abdullah Sani were pushing for the May transition date.
Those in Mahathir’s camp admitted that they could tolerate Hassan and Abdullah, accepting Anwar’s explanation that he wasn’t able to control them. But when more of Anwar’s close aides came forward to push for the specific date in May, the more ‘evidence’ it gave the plotters to blame Anwar’s putsch, legitimising their ‘counter-coup’ of a Malay-government with 130 MPs.
The air was tense, and one could eerily feel that something would happen. Anwar met Mahathir on Feb 13 and declared that all was good.
We were briefed that Mahathir had not objected to the idea of transition in his meeting with Anwar. I later hosted a lunch for majlis setiausaha on Feb 18 when my old Canberra contemporary, Bersatu’s Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, asked a seemingly innocent question: “Actually, what are the terms of reference of majlis setiausaha?” Somehow his question lingered on my mind. A presidential council meeting was scheduled at 8.30pm on Feb 21.
In hindsight, we knew that the core leadership of Bersatu was summoned by Muhyiddin Yassin for an emergency meeting in the afternoon, and they were told that Anwar, DAP and Amanah would force Mahathir to resign immediately at the presidential council meeting. But there was never such intention nor plan.
At the meeting proper, Azmin Ali and his staunch supporter Zuraida Kamaruddin argued that Mahathir should serve the full term, an outright break with Anwar which shocked those who were present. For a moment, the meeting was deadlocked on whether to set a date for transition. Marzuki Yahya, Bersatu’s then secretary-general who was privy to the discussion in the afternoon, told the meeting if it decided to force the hand of Mahathir, Bersatu would react.
Sensing the danger, Anwar quickly interjected and said that he would leave the date of transition to Mahathir. To Mahathir, he had balanced both sides and confirmed that there would be a transition to Anwar albeit without a date specified. But as the first salvo had already been fired, nothing could hold the forces anymore. I flew to Johor with Guan Eng the next day, and he remarked that “the clock is ticking”.
Essentially, Muhyiddin had aligned with the Azmin-Hamzah (Zainuddin)-Hishammuddin (Hussein) plotters when they met in London. Plans were hatched, regardless of Mahathir’s inclinations.
The coup was launched in the name of saving Mahathir from Anwar’s threat but in effect, to put in place the 2016 idea of a Muhyiddin-Azmin leadership. Mahathir probably thought that he could hold back everyone by balancing through ‘making everybody unhappy’.
By February 2020, with Umno’s full number of 39 MPs on board, their plan was to kick out Anwar’s group in PKR, DAP and Amanah. The coup plotters assumed that Shafie Apdal’s Warisan and Mahathir would be supportive, and the new Sheraton coup government would govern with at least 125, if not 130 seats.
Upon failing to hold back Bersatu’s attempt to work with Umno on Feb 23 at the Bersatu central committee meeting, Mahathir resigned on Feb 24 morning and became an interim prime minister. The Pakatan Harapan cabinet was dismissed in the evening.
On Feb 25, Mahathir informed Anwar, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and Guan Eng that he would be forming a unity government in which he would choose ministers from all parties, not bound by the leadership of any parties. Instead, Guan Eng pleaded with him to continue as Harapan’s prime minister and to attend the coalition’s presidential council meeting that evening. He, however, declined.
Anwar informed the council that he had a high chance to secure the votes from Sarawak’s GPS as he was negotiating with them. Also, he claimed that his palace contacts informed him that the palace would likely accept a minority government.
As Mahathir was not interested in becoming Harapan’s prime minister anymore, DAP and Amanah had to back Anwar as prime minister at the palace on Feb 26. The Johor Harapan government fell the next day. Kit Siang and I were travelling to Johor Bahru from Kuala Lumpur to meet our elected reps.
As we were nearing Yong Peng, Guan Eng called and summoned us to return to Kuala Lumpur, as Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Yusoff rejected interim prime minister Mahathir’s application to hold a special sitting on March 2 due to the failure to fulfil the august house rules.
Kit Siang joked that even after 55 years in frontline politics, there were still new things that he experienced for the first time just like everyone else.
At 4pm on Feb 28, the palace announced that the results of the signing of statutory declarations in front of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong were not conclusive. The palace would wait for party chiefs to submit their numbers the following day.
Anthony Loke worked very hard to persuade Anwar to meet Mahathir to form a new Harapan government. Anwar, however, stormed off Mahathir’s house after nearly three hours of negotiations, mostly through intermediaries, apart from the first 20 minutes which saw both men arguing with each other.
Mahathir was seated in the dining room while Anwar and the rest of us in the living room. Mahathir’s daughter Marina, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Loke were in and out between the two rooms.
The final offer was to reinstate the original cabinet with Wan Azizah as deputy prime minister. Anwar was upset and left.
Guan Eng asked Mahathir not to reappoint him as finance minister to give way to Anwar to join the cabinet, but the idea was rejected.
We then returned to Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya to meet Anwar to convince him that Muhyiddin would likely become prime minister the next day if we failed to reach a compromise.
We woke Kit Siang up from his nap in his Petaling Jaya home and brought him to the meeting. Anwar has respect for Kit Siang.
As Kit Siang said “let’s live to fight another day!”, Anwar relented and agreed to the proposal of a second Mahathir-Azizah government as a way out.
The last effort by Kit Siang and others failed to save the Harapan government. Muhyiddin was announced as prime minister at 4pm on Feb 29, 2020 - exactly four years after Mahathir quit Umno in 2016 - and he was sworn in on March 1, 2020. - Liew Chin Tong,mk