KUALA LUMPUR: Matthew Tee, President of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM), comes across as a progressive and articulate building professional when he talks about the Malaysian construction industry.
Being absolutely passionate about the industry, he feels that its players should be more pro-active if they were to move forward with the times.
He usually calls a spade, a spade when he speaks openly about the industry’s challenges, especially in relation to human resource and the use of better and modern techniques to become more efficient contractors.
Tee’s career in the construction industry has seen him rise to become Group Executive Director of Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, President of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) and a Director of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
“You have to constantly improve yourself. We need to look within ourselves and improve ourselves first before highlighting the shortfalls of the industry, which are all well known to its players. When faced with problems, we often tend to just complain. We have to be more proactive,” he says.
“For instance, if you’re not happy with something and want your message to be heard, just don’t talk after meetings. Follow up with the right (working) paper,” he adds.
Tee is especially concerned about the human capital aspect of the industry. He is all for the reduction of foreigners in the construction industry but feels that the authorities need to have a thorough examination of the issue and not just hand out piecemeal solutions.
“When we talk about human capital issues, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Human Resources should consult with us before implementing certain policies. When we tell them we have a problem they should see us instantaneously rather than being bureaucratic. Taking into account CIDB Chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali’s statement that all these foreigners for today’s solution is tomorrow’s problem,” he stresses.
But on the other side of the coin, Tee says that if one were to look at the practical side of things, reducing the number of foreigners is easier said than done.
After all, he acknowledges that Malaysia’s population is still relatively small, and very few Malaysians want to be in the construction industry.
“Our industry pays well, but it’s always a ‘don’t want’ syndrome. A mobile crane operator, who goes for a course with CIDB in collaboration with the Malaysian Mobile Crane Association, actually gets a monthly allowance of RM600 to train.
“We usually get Form 5 or so school leavers as these are the only people we can tap to join the industry. From there the company itself gives them RM60 every day in allowance to work. So after three to four months, they graduate. For such trained workers, their salary then ranges from RM2,500 to RM2,800 and that’s quite a lot.
“You get people working as toll collectors and being paid RM900; drivers RM1,400; hand phone sales staff RM1,200 and some people in the hotel line are getting RM400 to RM900 before the service tips. So it goes to show that our industry pays well.”
Taking cognisance of the issues of productivity and innovation in the 11th Malaysia Plan, Tee believes in harnessing skilled foreign workers in the current tight labour situation.
He feels that industry players must work extra hard to fill the void, such as marketing themselves better or looking at improving the wage structure.
If there needs a mind-set change to effect employment of more locals, Tee believes that there should also be a parallel condition to compel employers to do so with more stringent requirements by the government.
“Only then it can be done. If you pay more, you should have better productivity in an ideal situation,” he adds.
Tee believes that the long term solution will be greater mechanisation among industry players.
It is really a chicken and egg situation or a cat and mouse game. Presently, import duties for heavy machinery used for construction are rather prohibitive and employers are therefore playing a waiting game for duties to come down.
“We have been highlighting the reduction of import duties to 5.0 per cent to be on par with regional peers since 2006. Until now, except for reduction for 3 categories of construction machineries which saw a reduction from 10% to 5% effective 11th June 2015, the Government has not heeded our request for reduction on other construction machineries with import duties above 30% and these are things that I feel that the Government can do to (seriously) tackle the labour problem,” he says.
After 20 years, what are Tee’s perceptions of his peers in the industry? “Our industry must elevate our own standards and look within our own organisations, rather than always complain about all the shortfalls and difficulties of our industry. If everyone does his or her part to improvise, then the industry will move along the same (progressive) path,” he feels.
On CIDB’s 20th year milestone as an industry regulator, Tee says that the agency has been instrumental in raising construction standards and training all kinds of workers for the needs of industry.
He is also pleased that the construction industry is now more structured, with CIDB having taken over many functions.
Tee regards such developments spearheaded by the CIDB as the construction courts and Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) as game changing for the industry.
“CIDB worked with us to implement the CIPAA. For us contractors, when we perform the work, we want to be paid. Payment is a lifeline for every contractor. After so many years, this to us is a very important thing.”
As for the future, Tee is especially optimistic that the recently launched Construction industry Transformation Plan (CITP) will be important for the industry. This is especially so when other ministries rather than just the Works Ministry have to be part of the CITP’s thrusts and processes.
With that assurance, Tee is working with industry peers and associations to make sure that “all of us are working towards the common goal.”
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 (Bernama)– The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in November, hopes to do more for the construction industry after several reforms and innovations had been initiated.
Spearheading these will be the recently-launched Construction Industry Transformation Plan (CITP) besides being backed by other improvements like the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA), establishment of specialised construction courts to hear cases related to the construction industry and amendments to the CIDB Act to give more powers to the regulatory body.
CIDB Chief Executive Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim is especially proud of CIDB’s progress and the dynamism of the industry over the last two decades.
But as its chief custodian or regulator, he wants to see greater demonstration of capability by industry players in areas like sustainability, safety, productivity and competiveness.
In an interview, Judin said CIDB would continue to provide effective leadership and consolidation to the construction industry, “but the rest is up to the individual players.”
“All of us need to do our part to ensure the success of the construction industry,” he stressed.
A week ago, CIDB invited top industry players to pledge their commitment to the CITP, which has been anticipated to bring multifold benefits to the construction industry.
The establishment of the CIDB was a result of the need for a body to oversee the development of the construction industry, providing cohesion to what was then a fragmented industry in the 1980s and early 1990s.
With its establishment, CIDB then undertook registration and accreditation of contractors, provided training and upskilling for workers through Akademi Binaan Malaysia while advising the public and private sector on construction-related matters.
Early CIDB pioneers recall the first few years of service with CIDB as being challenging but productive.
The initial registration of construction contractors, in particular, brought back fond memories for the regulatory body’s longest-serving staff, Sariah Abdul Karib, CIDB’s senior general manager of the corporate and business sector.
“On the last day of the contractor registration, many turned up to register. They were pushing and pushing until the door to the office broke down. One of our staff had to stand on a table to restore order. However, we took this as a sign that there was great willingness among contractors to comply with the requirements.”
Reflecting on the changes that had taken place in the industry, Judin said,”Twenty years is a long time, and I believe that the industry has changed a lot. Maybe we don’t realise it because we are part of it, but people from other countries who were here 20 years ago and suddenly came back 20 years later would say that there have been a lot of changes (for the better).”
He said CIDB faced its share of challenges, yet managed to bring much-needed cohesion to the industry. Initial successes include the registration of contractors and establishment of the CIDB Green Card, which certifies that the bearer has undergone mandatory safety training, as a requirement for construction workers. CIDB’s six majority-owned Akademi Binaan Malaysia, have also provided training and accreditation to some 250,000 youths and workers in the industry since their inception.
In recent years, CIDB’s significant breakthroughs included what Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof described as the ‘Trinity of Remedies’: adjudication, arbitration and a Construction High Court, achieved through the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) and establishment of specialised construction courts.
With these in place and in force, lengthy contract disputes and payment, as well as issues of non-payment, can now be resolved quickly, addressing the long-standing problem of cash flow and the resultant project delays in the construction industry.
Judin, who was instrumental in advocating for the establishment of these courts, said that they would transform the way construction businesses in the country operate.
Furthermore, the establishment of these specialised courts had made Malaysia as only the second country in the world with a specialist court for construction, the first being the United Kingdom.
“The main thing about disputes is to resolve them quickly rather than to leave them hanging,” Judin said, adding that to enable construction players to avoid potential pitfalls, CIDB also compiles and publicises the court cases that had been resolved.
Judin believed that the CIPAA Act is important as a lot of smaller contractors get hurt in the past when they do not get paid or have their payments delayed.
“At least with the CIPAA Act, they have a means to redress this,” he said.
Had the CIDB not been established 20 years ago, would the construction industry have grown as fast?
Judin believed that economic forces were the primary factors in determining the growth of the industry.
But he admitted that CIDB had played a useful role. “But by us regulating, it removes some of the bad practices from earlier days. It puts into place some kind of control.
“For example now, we are going to zoom in on the area of renovation. A lot of people get small-time players to do the work and they may not be registered with us.
“But when house-owners get disappointed with the quality of work, the unregistered contractors tend to disappear. But if they are regulated, we can then trace them, find out where they are and know who should be accountable for any problem that arises.”
Saya terbaca di akhbar kononnya YAB Dato Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi telah meminta Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin keluar UMNO secara sukarela. Saya agak pasti ada sesuatu yang kurang tepat mengenai perkara ini, apatah lagi saya tahu keakraban antara kedua pemimpin ini.
Jangkaan saya tepat apabila semalam pihak akhbar itu telah menarik balik kenyataan itu dan memperbetulkan laporannya. Berita yang di siarkan adalah tafsiran penulis terhadap jawapan yang di berikan oleh Dato Sri Zahid Hamidi dalam suatu sidang media. BH Buat pembetulan (klik sini)
Namun selepas itu, ada pula yang “ingin tumpang semangkuk” untuk melagakan kedua pemimpin ini. Tak habis -habis mereka ni nak melaga-lagakan pemimpin Islam kita. Saya rasa sampai masanya kita ambil tindakan keatas media media yang suka menimbulkan sengketa ini.baca seterusnya
Apabila mendapat Jemputan untuk ke Taman Negara yang di taja oleh Mutiara Taman Negara, saya cukup yakin bahawa ini bukan tugasan cabaran buat saya, malah telah mencadangkan agar rakan Penulis iaitu Dr Marzieh Falah seorang pakar Eko Pelancongan untuk menghadirkan diri. Bukan kerana saya tidak cukup ‘Adventure’ tetapi kerana banyak tugasan yang perlu di selesaikan. Namun begitu, apabila Puan Aishah dari Mutiara sendiri menghubungi dan memujuk untuk datang, saya terpaksa mengalah. Melihat kepada jadual program yang di email, saya hanya menyukai program sarapan, makan tengahari dan BBQ pada waktu malam. Kemudiannya saya bertanya untuk kepastian , antaranya ialah berapa jauh terpaksa berjalan untuk jungle trekking? Adakah Aktiviti Night Walk akan menemukan kita dengan binatang buas dan kita terpaksa berlari untuk menyelamatkan diri? Bot yang di gunakan adakah Selamat dari libasan buaya? Setelah berpuashati dengan semua jawapan dan janji manis…OK LULUS..I am Ready, Willing and Able.
(Nota: Saya lupa nak tanya ketinggian jambatan gantung)
Bas Sudah Menanti, Taman Negara Sedang Menunggu
Tepat pukul 9 pagi kami sudah menunggu di perkarangan Hotel Istana. Untuk memastikan benar benar bersedia , saya telah bersarapan 2 kali sejak pukul 7 pagi lagi dan ke bilik air sebanyak 3 kali. Dr Marzieh tidak dapat hadir pada saat akhir kerana terpaksa pulang ke Iran. Maka saya jemput Murtadha sebagai ganti. Mungkin Arkitek Muda ini dapat memberi sedikit inspirasi tentang Pelancongan Eko ini dari perspektif beliau.
Semasa berkumpul , saya berasa kurang seronok apabila melihat peserta -peserta yang hadir kelihatan seperti pendaki-pendaki Gunung Profesional. Beserta kelengkapan umpama seorang trekker, mereka telah benar benar melemahkan semangat saya. Mereka duduk sekelompok mungkin berbincang tentang pendakian dan penaklukan mereka yang lepas….(Saya rasa macam nak balik rumah)
Saya memberanikan diri dan menegur salah seorang dari mereka Maswa dari Mingguan Wanita. Saya tanya, ‘Apa Gunung terakhir yang u all tawan ?’ Dia menjawab dengan selamba dan saya masih ingat kata -katanya ‘jangan terpedaya dengan bentuk fizikal kami Bang, kami duduk di ofis je’ Jawapan itu benar benar melegakan aku sebab Bukit yang paling tinggi aku pernah naik ialah Bukit Bintang. Itu pun guna eskalator. Nampaknya aku takkan pancit sorang lah….
Dalam Bas persiaran khas milik Mutiara Negara memang selesa memuatkan kami 30 orang. Dalam bas saya berkenalan dengan remaja yang kaki adventure, Nisa namanya. Kebetulan dia juga pernah ke Taman Negara melalui laluan Merapoh dan Sg Relau. Maka 2 jam kami di habiskan berkongsi cerita mengenai Caving Adventure.Perjalanan mengambil masa hampir 4 jam untuk ke Taman Negara, melalui Jerantut. Setibanya di sana , kami dapat melihat kesan akibat dari Banjir Besar yang telah melanda seluruh negeri Pahang.Banyak restoran terapung dan penempatan yang telah hanyut. Namun begitu MUTIARA Taman Negara tetap tersergam menanti kami selepas menyeberangi sungai dan menaiki 33 anak tangga.
(Next: Tapir dan Babi Hutan singgah di Chalet kami)
Cyberjaya 18 Ogos 2015, jemputan oleh pihak Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) benar-benar saya hargai. Saya masih ingat lagi beberapa tahun yang lepas di mana kami turut bersama di panggil untuk berkongsi sebuah idea mewujudkan Universiti yang di miliki oleh Raja -Raja Melayu. Pada ketika itu ianya di ilhamkan sebagai Universiti Islam Diraja. Saya sudah merasakan sesuatu yang positif pasti akan lahir dari cetusan idea ini. Tambahan lagi idea ini telah di berikan pengertian dan gambaran yang intelektual oleh Tokoh yang saya amat hormati iaitu Tan Sri Prof.Dr Mohd Yusof Noor.
Maka pada 18 Februari 2014, UIM telah berjaya menganjurkan Siri Perbincangan Ilmu yang di beri nama HALAQAH BICARA INTELEK (HBI). Perbincangan ilmu ini bertujuan untuk menyuburkan minda dengan diversiti ilmu tanpa sempadan sebagai salah satu usaha mencari kebesaran dan kekuatan di sebalik “Wisdom” yang sukar di perolehi dalam kegawatan kehidupan masyarakat dunia pada zaman kemajuan Industri (Industrial Renaissance)kini. Ia juga memberi ruang kepada para ilmuwan untuk menzahirkan keprihatinan mereka tentang kelestarian kehidupan yang memerlukan kefahaman yang mendalam terhadap ilmu yang akan menentukan kualiti kehidupan. Dari maklumat yang saya terima pihak UIM telah sampai ke siri yang ke 12.
Apa yang membezakan antara HBI dan siri dialog atau forum forum yang lain ialah penerapan konsep “Voice Of Wisdom” . Dalam intepretasi dan pemahaman saya Wisdom ialah Kematangan+Kebijaksanaan + Kesederhanaan. Ianya perlu di cari dan di kaji. Saya petik apa yang di katakan oleh Presiden Universiti Islam Malaysia, Tan Sri Prof, Dr Mohd Yusof Noor bahawa suatu pendekatan yang sistematik amat di perlukan bagi membentuk “Wisdom” ini sebagai suatu Kemahiran. Beliau berpendapat Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) adalah sebuah institusi yang bertepatan untuk memperkenalkan era baru dalam pendidikan “Applied Wisdom” di mana ianya mampu menyumbang ke arah usaha-usaha kestabilan dan melahirkan keamanan sejagat.
Pada 18 Ogos yang lalu saya hadir pada satu sessi Halaqah Bicara Intelek siri yang ke 13 dan Tetamu Khas ( di UIM ianya di panggil Amir atau Amirah Halaqah) ialah Prof. Dr Muhaya Mohamad. Beliau bercakap mengenai topik Transformasi Diri , dari Perspektif Pakar Mata.
Saya amat teruja dengan Bicara Intelek beliau dan saya ingin berkongsi sedikit mengenai latarbelakang beliau yang cemerlang ini. Prof Dr Muhaya Mohamad mengikuti pendidikan di UKM pada tahun 1979 hingga 1985, semasa di UKM, beliau merupakan pelajar wanita Malaysia pertama memenangi anugerah Toh Puan Rahah atas kecemerlangannya dari segi sahsiah dan akademik. Pada tahun 1991, beliau lulus sarjana Surgery Oftalmologi di Ukm dan di iktiraf sebagai pakar mata. Selanjutnya beliau membuat fellowship dalam bidang Uveiteis di Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom dan menjadi pakar wanita pertama membuat pengkhususan dalam bidang tersebut. Selepas menamatkan PhD dalam bidang Ocular Immunology dari University Of London, Dr Muhaya diiktiraf sebagai wanita islam pertama mendapat ahli Fellow Royal College Of Surgeons (FRCS) Edinburgh di Malaysia.
Saya puji usahanya untuk mengubah minda masyarakat melalui beberapa rancangan bual bicara antaranya, Dari Mata ke Hati, Reset Minda(2013), Celik Hati (2014) dan Kanta Prof. Muhaya (2014) Berikut adalah beberapa kata-kata hikmah yang di kongsikannya:
“Lihat apa yang kita fokus pada hari ini. Kesyukuran atau Kesukaran. Ia menentukan kualiti hidup kita hari ini”
( Editor: Sememangnya Halaqah Bicara Intelek ( HBI) bukan sahaja punyai WOW factor malahan ianya turut ada VOW -Voice Of Wisdom )
What Is MUD?
MUD,The Musical by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, In collaboration with Enfiniti Vision Media, a project by Visit Kl. The show was created by the Enfiniti Team headed by Ghafir Akbar and Chedd Yusuf. This Musical MUD is produced by Tiara Jacqueline and the team that produced award winning musicals like Puteri Gunung Ledang, P.Ramlee The Musical and The Secret Life Of Nora.
The Story Of Kuala Lumpur: MUD the Musical is a story of survival, of no giving up in the face of adversity. But more importantly, this latest version is a celebration of the triumph of a human spirit. It seek to reaffirm what we KLites know to be true deep in our hearts, that there is so much that we can achieve if we put aside our differences and work together hand in hand. In these difficult times, perhaps we all need a little reminder the importance of friendship and unity.
( As Published in Chinesse Newspaper)
The newly appointed deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid had in many occasions revealed that he has a Chinese foster father.However, not many people knew about the relationship of the two of them began from the peddling of ice cream.The small ice cream became the origin of connection between the two generations of different ethnicity, even many years after Ahmad Zahid had come to the fore in political arena, and he could still recall the past story with deep emotion.Although there was no ritual ceremony being held, he had respectfully called the Chinese ice cream seller “bapa angkat”; even after his foster father passed away, he still provides assistance to the family of his foster father whenever they are in need.
This is the story between Ahmad Zahid and his “foster father” Chen Jin Ting (translated name).
More than half a century ago, in his twenties and thirties, Chen Jin Ting who was not highly educated, would have to leave home to make a living every day at noon.
At the rear seat of his bicycle was a large iron bucket containing ice cubes and ice cream, he would cycle from his house at Simpang Tiga, Hilir Perak to about three kilometers away selling ice cream.
Along the road there were a few national primary schools, the students would rush to him excitedly to buy ice cream; suddenly there was a Malay boy yelling: “Mari-mari, mari sini beli aiskrim!”, and more school children were being attracted by the voice and bought ice cream from Chen Jin Ting.
Being helper for six years
Sometimes there would be a naughty child who took away the ice cream without paying money, the Malay boy would act as a “little boss” to get back money for Chen Jin Ting.
After a hard day’s work, Chen Jin Ting would reward the Malay boy who had a sense of justice with an ice cream; the boy was so happy and would returned with a smile on his face.
Since then, whenever Chen Jin Ting peddled for ice cream, the kid would come forward to help after school.
The small boy was Ahmad Zahid who was then studying in standard one. In his six years’ education in primary school, he had cultivated deep feelings with Chen Jin Ting.
Ahmad Zahid’s hometown was in Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh, Teluk Intan, he left his home town after his primary education to study in secondary school in Ipoh and thus putting an end to the little story.
Thinking about Chen Jin Ting when talking about Zahid’s foster father
Chen Yong Zhong said the life was hard during his late father’s time. Chen Jin Ting used to work as an odd job labourer and ice cream peddler; he bought the whole Ais Potong and cut them into small pieces and put them in iron bucket, and then rode on a bicycle to peddle the ice cream from morning for miles and miles of road.
“Subsequently my father changed his job to sell biscuits, I used to help him in selling biscuits when I was small, life was difficult then,” he said.
When Chen Jin Ting was selling ice cream, there were also many ice cream peddlers, the competition was fierce.
When asked about how Ahmad Zahid called his father “bapa angkat”, Cheng Yong Zhong said he was not sure about this, but he believed that Ahmad Zahid called his father “Ah Ting”, but when talking to outsiders he would address him as foster father, and his father had never rejected the title.
Even though the story happened half a century ago, and his father had passed away, Chen Yong Zhong felt that it was a warm and interesting memory, at least now that the residents around Simpang Tiga would remember Chen Jin Ting when someone mentioned about Ahmad Zahid’s foster father.
Takes initiative to mention about foster father
After he became a minister, Ahmad Zahid had openly announced that Chen Jin Ting was his “Bapa Angkat”, even during the interview with the media he had also mentioned that he had got a foster father.
Chen Yong Zhong recalled that at one time during the general election Ahmad Zahid went back to his home town quite frequently, every time when he held political talk at the Simpang Tiga public hall, he would invite Chen Jin Ting to attend the talk, and during the session he would ask Chen Jin Ting to rise and introduce him to the public that Chen Jin Ting was his foster father.
At the beginning of his political career, Ahmad Zahid had seen his meteoric rise on the top, Chen Jin Ting had then predicted that he would have a successful political career, Chen Yong Zhong said, “Probably this is the reason Ahmad Zahid was grateful to my father.”
Still remembers foster mother even though foster father passed away
He remembered his father passed away in 1999, it was also the year where general election was held, at that time his father was not feeling well, Ahmad Zahid had specially asked someone to fetch his father to polling station for voting. More than ten days later, his father had passed away.
During the general election in 2008, Ahmad Zahid came back to Teluk Intan for campaigning; he had specially visited the late Chen Jin Ting’s wife Guo Jin Luan.
“On that day I was sitting at the coffee shop, Ahmad Zahid came in and asked me ‘Is your mother in?’ After which he straight away entered the house, holding my mother’s hand and talked to her fondly,” he added.
Chen Yong Zhong said as he was not well versed in Malay, he only had a brief conversation with Ahmad Zahid. He was five years younger than Ahmad Zahid, hence most of the incidents happened in childhood were related by his father.
Helping to settle the medical bill
In 2011, Chen Jin Ting’s son-in-law was sent to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for treatment, he stayed in the hospital for more than ten days, the medical bill came up to more than RM40,000, the whole family was worried about how to settle for the payment.
During that time, Ahmad Zahid had engaged a MCA secretary to help him in handling some political affairs, Chen Jin Ting’s family members informed the MCA secretary that they wished to meet up with Ahmad Zahid if he happened to come back to Simpang Tiga Umno division.
Chen Yong Zhong said his mother Guo Jin Luan and younger sister was able to meet with Ahmad Zahid. After reading IJN’s letter which had requested for the payment for medical expenses, Ahmad Zahid promised to help to solve the problem. Subsequently the medical bill was settled.
“The incident had impressed upon the whole family, we are grateful to him for his help,” he said.
Relationships strengthened when foster father joined MCA
When Ahmad Zahid joined Umno, Chen Jin Ting was also being appointed as MCA branch chairman, the relationship between them became closer as they shared the same political ideology.
Chen Yong Zhong said more than 30 years ago, there was no MCA branch in Simpang Tiga, his father’s friends suggested that he rent a shop house to set up the MCA branch upstairs, and to open up a coffee shop at the ground floor, his father could also become the branch chairman.
“Subsequently, my father used his savings to rent the shop house, besides running a business, he also became the first Simpang Tiga MCA branch chairman, at that time there were more than 100 members,” he said.
Zahid’s nickname–“38 car number plate”
Chen Yong Zhong admitted that he hoped Ahmad Zahid would bring more development to Simpang Tiga area such as building more factories to increase the population, so that business in the area would be more flourished.
“Apart from this, a few years ago the Perak state government had mulled to build a bridge across the Perak River linking Bagan Datoh and Kayan, Manjung, we hope it could be implemented as soon as possible in order to stir up the economic activities in the surrounding areas,” he said.
The “38” number plate is also Ahmad Zahid’s nickname!
Chen Yong Fu (55), the second son of Chen Jin Ting said, when Ahmad Zahid first contested the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency in 1995, his father was still alive. His father told him about the story that Ahmad Zahid had used to help him in selling ice cream.
“My father told me that the ‘number 38 boy’ might contest in the general election,” he recalled.
“38” was actually the number of Ahmad Zahid’s car plate, and it was also the favorite number of the Chinese, that was also one of the reasons his father was impressed by Ahmad Zahid.
The kind little boy had become DPM
In the heart of the family members of Chen Jin Ting, what kind of person Ahmad Zahid is?
Although they had never really got together, whenever they mentioned about Ahmad Zahid, the family members of the late Chen Jin Ting would talk non-stop with fervor and assurance. “From the story relating to his childhood, we knew that he was a little child with kind hearted and simplicity, and also at that time he must be extremely active!”
Like friend and also like father and son
Chen Yong Guo (49), the youngest son of Chen Jin Ting told reporters that the relationship between Ahmad Zahid and his late father was like friends and also like father and son. They were like friend because they helped each other; and they were like father and son because of their age gap.
“My mom said occasionally Ahmad Zahid will come and visit them, he will also tell the people around him that she is his foster mother, but my mother is not well versed in Malay language, there was not much conversation,” he said.
He related his mother’s words saying that in those years when his father was selling ice cream, he had talked about the little Ahmad Zahid, a kind hearted Malay boy who used to help him selling ice cream.
Chen Yong Guo said his mother did not put these things in her mind; she and her family members did not expect the Malay boy would one day become the present deputy Prime Minister.
He pointed out that his mother could remember very well that she and her daughter had sought Ahmad Zahid’s assistance to settle the hospital bill of her son-in-law, she was grateful with Ahmad Zahid’s help, and felt that he was a good person.
Did not go through ritual ceremony
After many efforts in asking the way, Nanyang Siang Pau reporters had finally arrive at the coffee shop in Simpang Tiga, unfortunately Chen Jin Ting had passed away.
They managed to interview Chen Yong Zhong (57), the eldest son of Chen Jin Ting.
Touching on the issue of which his father was addressed by Ahmad Zahid as foster father, Chen Yong Zhong said with a smile: “That’s what he mention about!”
He told reporter that he was informed about the story regarding ice cream peddling by his late father, it seemed that the story had inscribed on his father’s memory.
Chen Yong Zhong said his father passed away 16 years ago at the age of 65 because of cancer. If his father were still alive, he would be 81 by now. He learned from his father’s mouth about the story of his father and Ahmad Zahid when he grew up.
“In the 70s, Ahmad Zahid was twenty or thirty years old and was working, he would come back to visit his parents in home town once in a while and would incidentally came to the sundry shop to buy newspapers, at that time my father had already operating the coffee shop, he would come to have a chit chat with my father. I was wondering who this guy was? Why did he come to our place from time to time? Subsequently, I came to know about the story after being told by my father.
“I remembered my father told me when he was peddling ice cream, this particular Malay boy had often helped him to attract customers; I felt that he and my father was just like what the Chinese said ‘It must be fated’, both of them were like friends,” he added.
He said with a smile, Ahmad Zahid told people that his father was his foster father but actually they did not hold any ritual ceremony on that, Ahmad Zahid was just too polite.
Menginsafi akan kesusahan segelintir masyarakat seperti golongan gelandangan yang tiada makanan serta penginapan, anak -anak yatim terbiar, golongan fakir, saudara baru islam serta musafir yang kesulitan. Menyedari juga hakikat bahawa tabiat pembaziran di kala mengadakan Majlis -majlis sambutan contohnya Majlis Berbuka Puasa , Majlis Sambutan Raya serta juga majlis majlis yang lain yang berskala besar.
Maka PERKIM MALAYSIA telah menyiapkan sebuah mekanisma untuk membantu dalam bentuk TABUNG PERIHATIN PERKIM. Tabung ini akan menjadi pusat penyelaras (clearinghouse) untuk memenuhi keperluan permintaan makanan dan lain lain lagi kepada golongan yang kurang bernasib baik ini.
“Matlamat Tabung ini adalah supaya kemewahan ekonomi yang tertumpu di kawasan Lembah Kelang akan dapat di agihkan dan di rasai oleh golongan daif yang tinggal di Kampung dan kawasan pendalaman. “
Penyumbang utama kepada tabung ini adalah penduduk Lembah Kelang yang terdiri daripada golongan dermawan daripada sektor korporat dan syarikat swasta, badan badan GLC, Pemimpin Masyarakat dan lain lain lagi. Sumbangan boleh diterima dalam bentuk tunai atau juga dalam bentuk barangan.
Dalam perbualan antara pemberita dengan Setiausaha Agung PERKIM Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato Dr Mohd Yusof Nor di pejabat beliau kelmarin, usaha ini adalah penting dan bertepatan pada masanya untuk mengimbangi ekologi ekonomi dalam masyarakat setempat.
Cadangan yang di ajukan oleh beliau adalah untuk mengenakan sedikit potongan kepada Majlis Majlis Keraian yang berbelanja besar dan yang mungkin akan mengundang sedikit pembaziran. Pemotongan dalam bentuk minima beberapa peratus ini tidaklah akan membebankan penganjur malahan sumbangan ini mampu memberi keberkatan kepada Majlis yang di anjurkan dan mampu mengelakkan pembaziran. Secara tersiratnya , wang yang di sumbang ini mungkin juga akan di zahirkan dalam bentuk makanan dan akan di sajikan kepada golongan -golongan yang lebih memerlukan .
Sesungguhnya , ini merupakan idea yang bernas , nawaitu yang mulia dari PERKIM,malahan ianya memberi ruang dan peluang kepada penganjur untuk menyumbang dalam bentuk pengorbanan kos dari perbelanjaan yang sepatutnya. Usaha ini perlu di sokong oleh semua.
Lebih daripada itu, PERKIM juga mempunyai cawangan-cawangan di negeri-negeri di seluruh negara yang mampu memberi bantuan segera tanpa karenah “birokasi”. Pejabat -pejabat PERKIM akan menyediakan “BANK MAKANAN” seperti stok Beras, sardin, biskut, kopi dan Teh untuk di berikan kepada fakir -fakir miskin dan mereka yang memerlukan seperti golongan gelandangan,penganngur yang di berhentikan kerja atau muflis yang kesusahan.
Bagi merealisasikan usaha ini, malahan menjamin ketelusan serta keberkesanan TABUNG ini, PERKIM MALAYSIA telah melantik sebuah Jawatankuasa Khas kutipan dan agihan yang terdiri daripada tokoh -tokoh PERKIM seperti Datuk Zainal Abidin Kadir (Pengerusi), Datuk Haji Nakhaie Ahmad (Pengerusi PERKIM Wilayah Persekutuan) Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim (Bendahari), Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim ( Mantan Ketua Pengarah IKIM), datuk Yidris Abdullah, serta Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan Sahibul Samahah Dr Zulkifli Al Bakri. Tabung ini juga akan di pantau oleh pasukan juruaudit yang akan menyediakan laporan setiap tahun. Penyumbang adalah dialu- alukan memberi sumbangan melaui Akaun PERKIM di Affin Bank ( 1050-2000-2899 Tabung Kebajikan Tunku)