Ramon com ustaza
My mother piped up and said, “Jadi hisap rokok tu haram la ya, ustaz?” To which the ustaz, glaring at her, snapped, “Siapa kata?Their daughter, my great-grandmother, even spent some time in Mecca visiting her Arab cousins. This great-grandmother later married a Bugis merchant who also settled in Terengganu.According to my father, local people called him (Che Long First Class), because apparently he was a man who appreciated the finer things in life.In my free time I used to walk to Atria Shopping Centre in Damansara Jaya, crossing the road that is now the [New Klang Valley Expressway].
The ustaz very firmly told the students that indulging in anything harmful was haram.
I went to Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan DU, then to Sekolah Menengah DU, did my Form 6 in Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Samad, and continued my tertiary education at Universiti Malaya. Yup, I’m one of those people who never left their small town, though I’m lucky that my small town grew up to become a city. On my father’s side, I have Malay, Bugis and Arab ancestry.
My grandfather’s maternal grandfather was an Arab merchant from Mecca who settled in Terengganu and married a local.
I still wonder about that boy to this day — about if and how that incident has affected him and his life.
What stories do you hold on to the most from your family?
My half-Bugis, quarter-Arab and quarter-Malay grandfather then married my grandmother, a Malay, whose father was also a trader.