Thank God Its Friday! (TGIF)
"TGIF" In Kuala Lumpur refers to the world famous TGIF Restaurant. Over here 'TGIF' for me simply means "Thank God It's Friday". Friday is a public holiday here in Khartoum. But for banks, government departments and some companies that do services related to government departments the weekly rest day are Friday and Saturday.
You will see a lot of Sudanese wear their clean white Jalabiah (long robe) and Emamah (turban) on Friday. In Sudan, I was told when large white headdress are worn, they generally are meant to connote a high social status. So my innocent guess is in Sudan the larger the turban, the higher is the social status of the people who are wearing it. Maybe I am right. Maybe I am wrong
Daytime Like United Nations Negotiators, Nightime Like Great Ulamaks
They look gorgeous in their traditional Jalabiah and Emamah. Take for example, my Sudanese partners (Mr Abdul Jalil Abujjoud and Mr Mohammed Abujjoud). During normal working hours they dress extremely smart in their western executive dressing; a long sleeve shirt nicely tuck-in their long branded pants. They very much look like Sudanese negotiators ready to argue with the American diplomats in the United Nation General Assembly.
But when come to after office hours or on Fridays, you barely recognize this Mr Abdul Jalil if not because of his trade-mark Denzel Washington smile. They look splendid in their clean white Jalabiah (long robe) and Emamah (Turban) attire, as if they have just finished attending the PAS Dewan Ulamak (Council of Islamic Scholars) muktamar or grand meeting. Their way of wearing Emamah is also unique. It is not like a typical Saudi or a die-hard PAS supporter way of putting their turban. It is their Sudanese turban way.
I Lost My Calories, Or The Camel Lost His Calories?
We then talked for a couple of minutes. He instantaneously asked me to follow him to a nearby house where a person by the name of Lt Colonel Azman is staying. He said he was in Khartoum en route from El Fasher where he was based to Kuala Lumpur for his two weeks holiday. We just met for 3 minutes but the natural friendliness of Major Zalani has made it possible fo both of us, Malaysians far away from home, walking together on the street of Khartoum like old friends. He brought me to Colonel Azman's house.
Furthermore that time was a school holiday. In Malaysia during school holidays, that was the time when there are a lot of weddings been held and also a lot of circumcision ceremony for the Muslim young boys conducted in various places. Unlike the Arabs who circumcise their baby boys when they are still infants, in Malaysia the circumcision normally takes place when the boys are 9 to 12 years old. So the moment that young lady called me 'Adik', I felt as if I was just been circumcised like those 12 years old boys.
However upon meeting this Major Zalani now I understand that for certain reasons, we maybe look younger in the eyes of others. Although Major Zalani is a very nice, friendly and handsome military officer, I initially never thought he is a 'Major' in the army due to his 'look young' face.
Meet With 2 Colonels and 7 Majors
UNAMID and UNMIS - United Mission In Sudan
But others like Major Rashid, Major Zulkifli and Major Ismail are under 'UNMIS' which literally means 'United Nation Mission In Sudan'. This UNMIS was established by the United Nation Security Council. The UNMIS tasks are to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Seeing all these Malaysian military officers was the happiest moment for me at that time because they were the first group of Malaysians that I met and talked after spending 8 days in Khartoum. They were all very friendly. I know that. By staring at each of their eyes, I already know they were sincere in welcoming me to their place.
Never in my life I was surrounded by 10 military officers in one time.That particular moment I sensed my spirit of patriotism in my Javanese-blood exploded like a volcano in my heart upon seeing these smart, energetic, handsome, brilliant Malaysian military officers. If I have my way, surely I wanted to command them to stand up and loudly sing 'Negaraku' to express my patriotism. But I am just a civilian who did not dare to command 2 Colonels, 7 majors, 1 Captain and 1 PW1 to sing!
The way I see it, Lt Colonel Azman is by far the most romantic-looking Colonel I have ever met. No, you are wrong. I am not a gay. But I would like to give credit where credit is due. I came to know Colonel Azman is just one year older than me but he is already a Lt Colonel. Surely, he must be a very good and brilliant military officer. The moment you started a conversation with him, you can sense that he is indeed a smart person. He also told me that he used to be in the same batch with Allahyarham Faizal, a RMAF pilot whose aircraft crashed not very far from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Allahyarham Faizal was actually studying in the same batch with me in MRSM. But he was formerly of MRSM Terendak together with my partner, Huzaini Hussin, while I am a former MRSM Muar student, batch 1983 and my other partner, Nafisah Wahab was a student in MRSM Jasin. We are all formerly MRSM students, studying in the same batch.
What about Colonel Adam? I am not sure if he is a Lt Colonel or a full Colonel. I must say that you can 'smell' the aura of a Colonel the moment you start talking to this Colonel Adam. In my eyes, he is a humble man. For your information, when I entered the house he was initially not in the guest area. Later when he saw me, he was the one who holding out his hand for a hand shake with me. He just say 'Adam' to introduce himself. Major Zalani was the one who told me that this man is Colonel Adam.
From his face you will instantaneously know that Colonel Adam is the oldest among them. Later he told me his age is 49 years old. The way he stared at me and the way he bend over his body when talking to me reminded me of Samuel L. Jackson who acted as Colonel Terry Childers in the 'Rules of Engagement' film. This movie is about a military lawyer defending an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a third world country. Maybe Colonel Adam's skin is much fairer than Samuel L. Jackson, but what I can say is his demeanor and commanding eye-contact is 93% looks very much the same like Colonel Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) in that movie. The way he expressed his words and the way he talked to me, I know he is a no-nonsense Colonel in the Malaysian army. Was I scared that time? Nope. Not at all. Yes he is a Colonel, but I am a 'Marketing-Commando' who can beat and 'kill' him with my words and sales-closing techniques!
Only in Malaysia, the Generals are the 'goodie-goodie' type. When these Malaysian Generals finally retire, many directorship and chairmanship positions in the public listed companies or government-linked companies are there ready for them. With such a good position and a nice life and nice retirement packages, who needs to initiate a coup d'état in Malaysia, right?
I Nearly Joined The Army As A Military Lawyer
Actually since I was in my primary school I always wanted to join the army as a military officer. I watched almost all the films related to army and combat. You name the film, I surely have watched it .The film like 'A Few Good Men' also inspired me to be a military lawyer. Tom Cruise brilliantly played the role of Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee who defends marine accused of murder in that movie.
Will I support Any Coup D'état In Malaysia?
Don't worry. Najib cannot arrest me under ISA as long as I am outside Malaysia. No Malaysian ISA (Internal Securty Act) here to arrest me. No ISA! Only maybe ISA Al-Halim, or ISA Al-Gozuli in Sudan.
Anyhow wasn't the former President of Sudan, Jaafar Nimeiri who died recently on 30 May 2009 was just a 'Colonel' when he and his nine fellow young military officers swept aside a Sudanese civilian government on 25 May 1969? So all together including him were 10 military officers who initiated the coup d'état in Sudan. What a coincidence that I met these 10 Malaysian military officers (2 Colonels, 7 Majors, 1 Captain) in a house in Sudan!
It was also the case in Egypt, when Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser deposed President Mohamed Naguib. Gamal Abdel Nasser remained a Colonel after seizing power in 1954.
In most recent case, on 14 May 1987, Sitiveni Rabuka (not Siti Nurhaliza, okay) was also just a 'Colonel' when he took over the civilian power in Fiji.
What's my point here rumbling, ranting. mumbling like a broken record about the history of coup d'état in some countries? My point is you do not need to be a General to initiate a coup. Just a Colonel will do. But seeing the faces of Lt Colonel Azman, Colonel Adam and all the Majors, I know they are all a bunch of loyal soldiers to the government of the day in Malaysia. I do not think these group of people will want to do a military coup in Malaysia. In fact the Al Maunah case remains a precedent case whereby an armed struggle against the Yang Di-Pertuan Agung (as a symbol of the government of the day) is punishable by death and considered as an act of treason.
I must say that these military officers who are now serving in Sudan under the UNAMID and UNMIS banner really made me proud to be a Malaysian. These brave and brilliant soldiers have surely proved that they are worth every single Ringgit of taxpayer's money paying their salary in Malaysia. What about our flamboyant prince and politicians in Malaysia. Is it worth our tax money to pay them all the salary and perks which they are now enjoying?
Let's look at the most recent case involving our Tengku Temenggong Kelantan and his wife. I am very disturbed to read in the internet the embarrassing story of Manohara Odelia Pinot and our Tengku Temenggong Muhammad Fakhry from Kelantan palace.
Well..I cannot say for sure who are actually telling the truth. So I reserve my comment, at least for now. But as a Malaysian who used to work and live in Jakarta back in 1998, let me share with you my general opinion about the so-called 'socialite' like Manohara.
I am very reluctant to swallow everything narrated by Manohara, a well-known socialite in Jakarta and her mother, Daisy Lajarina who herself was on Interpol 'Red Notice' for the past one year. Mrs Fajarina was reportedly a suspect in a case of an Indonesian maid locked up in her house when she was in France last year. There are many ladies like Manohara Odelia Pinot not only in Jakarta but also in the whole world who are waiting to struck the 'lottery of their life' by being a 'princess' or consort of their respective prince charming.
I read in various newspapers including the Indonesian newspapers (via the internet), that an Indonesian NGO women activist (Ratna Sarumpaet) who previously offered her assistant to Manohara has also withdrawn her support because of the issue related to the real existence of evidence of sexual torture and abuse purportedly suffered by Manohara as a direct result from Tengku Temenggong's awkward sexual demands.
So when OC Kaligis who initially offered his legal services to Manohara later also withdrew from representing her, citing difficulty of getting cooperation to gather evidences, my initial belief in the story of Manohara sexual torture has greatly diminished.
The Doctor's Claim. Can we just swallow it?
What about a forensic doctor by the name of Dr Mun'im Idries who told AFP news agency that there are slash wounds on many parts of Manohara's body, especially on her chest which he claimed some are still fresh?
Well..Let me put my response this way. Even if I really want, I myself can 'make' a Sudanese doctor to announce to the world that there are many slashes and wounds all over my body as a result of endless torture by a Sudanese lady. It maybe difficult to find that kind of doctor but it is still possible to get just one doctor who can make that claim, especialy if I have a lot of money and if I can guarantee the doctor that there will be a very high possibility he will not be subjected to any vigorous verification by any third party on his claim.
My point here is how credible is this doctor who made that claim on behalf of Manohara and her mother? Will this doctor be subjected to any cross-examinations by Tengku Temenggong's lawyer in a court of law? My experience living in Jakarta shows that you can buy almost everything in Jakarta when you have 'Dollars' in your hands. With all due respect to all my Indonesian friends, it is indeed a reality in Jakarta's life. I do not mean to insult the dignity of all the Indonesians by making this general statement. Of course there are still many good people in Jakarta. Thus, there surely have many more reliable doctors in Jakarta. But unless any third party doctor (not an Indonesian or a Malaysian doctor) who can validate the claim by this Dr Mun'im Idries, the claim of torture and abuse remains just a claim.
In a way, OC Kalingis and Ratna Sarumpaet's withdrawal of support shows that not all Indonesians are emotional and blindly supported their fellow citizens without solid evidence.
Do You Know What Substance You Injected Your Wife?
Having said that, I do not in any way try to say that Tengku Temenggong absolutely did not commit this heinous act of barbarism. Maybe he did. Who knows. Maybe he really cut Manohara's chest with a razor as claimed by Manohara. Maybe it is true that he injected Manohara with 'unidentified substance' before having sexual intercourse with her, also as claimed by Manohara. I do not mean to talk dirty here, but to all the Indonesians ladies I would like to say that we, the Malaysian men will definitely know fully well what kind of substance that we injected our wives during making love. For us, (normal Malaysian men) there is no such thing as 'unidentified substance'. Not like in your Manohara's case.
It's All About The Way of Making Love
If you really study very carefully all the news related to Manohara's saga, it seems that all her accusations against her husband, the Tengku Temenggong related to his treatments towards her during their private time as a husband and wife. In other words, most of the accusations related to the way they were making love. Isn't it disgusting?
If it is proven true that Tengku Temenggong engaged in such an inhumane act, this kind of behaviour is definitely not condoned by any average Malaysian men who are generally very romantic and loving.
Human, Not Cats and Dogs, Has Become More Daring In The Art of Making Love
But nowadays we never know. Human has become very complicated in fulfilling their sexual desire. Even the famous David Cardine, the star of 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room last week. The Thai police have said they suspect Carradine died from a sex act that went wrong after his body was discovered on June 4 hanging from a wardrobe rail in a Bangkok hotel room, naked and with ropes attached to his neck and penis. You see! human are becoming very daring and strange.
I do not think animals dare to do this kind of act. I solemnly believe cats and dogs maintaining their very same way same when comes to making love, right from the Gengis Khan time until the present day. They never practice any sadism in their sexual intercourse. But please do not make any assumption that I know about this 'cats and dogs' thing because I keep on observing how these cats and dogs making love!
Leave Bigfoot Alone!
That's why in certain aspects, animals are sometimes better than certain group of human being. Those who know me surely can recall three years ago I strongly objected to the mission of so-called 'Bigfoot researchers' to capture Bigfoot that was said still roaming our Endau-Rompin jungle.
For me, leave that Mr Bigfoot alone. If they really exist, they have done nothing wrong to us, the human being.
Anyhow, have you ever read in any newspaper about any news regarding any Bigfoot was captured for raping our lady on Jalan Haji Taib? Have you ever watched any news in our television regarding any Bigfoot as a snatch-thief, riding on a motorcycle on broad daylight in Malaysia, snatching lady's handbag? No! Only human-being did that. With that I rest my case.