FuFu Malaysia Project
24th August - 16th September 2010 | Episode 6
FuFu Malaysia Project - Episode 6 : Malaysia Needs Everyone
Most of you must be curious why i didn't go back to Japan for my master degree. Well, i actually was fascinated with German's sustainable development during my previous trip in Europe 3 years ago so i decided to pursue a master's degree in Urban Agglomerations in Frankfurt, Germany. To be able totally reaping the benefits, i am glad that i made the correct decision taking up this course in Germany and now i am here in another sustainable city Curitiba, Brazil, doing my exchange semester, leading my advanced tertiary education to a successful completion in part of my life. The course offers me the correct type of environment to better understand the sustainable development and gradually enhance my knowledge and develop my future career.
Having coursemates from all over the world, I have the opportunities to broaden my international perspective and learn from completely new and different educational background people. This reminds me of my working life in Singapore as an assistant Civil Engineer right after my round-the-world trip. My ex-company was a multi-national Japanese Construction company, in-charging the reclamation project of Pasir Panjang Terminal. We were working with Hyundai (Korea) and local Singaporean construction companies for the huge project.
Under me were workers from Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. One very important thing i have ever learned is we can't live without anyone. Even though we have architects doing the designs, engineers precisely checking the calculation, managers evaluating the plans and once the project had been approved, we still need skillful foreign labours to get it constructed, of course under our supervision.
Apart of these groups of people, we still need safety officers to ensure all the safety precautions had done properly, good and supportive team from administration department and staff who cater our meals everyday so we would have energy to work productively. Seriously, no matter how different our status are, how much we earn, how intelligent we are, how capable and diligent we are, we still can't survive without anyone.
Everyone has his or her own special role to play. I couldn't do the design yet because i was still new. I couldn't do the welding jobs, and the workers are skillful enough to do every little single stuff though they are not educated. The safety officers knew everything about the consequences of all accidents and able to act fast, handle and solve the problems. The administration department did all the paper works for me nicely. What was my role then? I was the mediator between my boss and workers. Well basically i was supervising and making sure the construction work was being properly done.
I worked almost 12 hours a day with my Thai and Indian workers. Our relationship was beyond engineer and labours. My superior told me to keep a distance with them, but i still have have own stand! They are human beings too. We worked together. They knew i love Thai food, so they always invited me to join them for lunch. Though they only earned nearly 30% of what i received every month, they never fail to cook more, just for me. They taught me Thai too. When someone like you, they would prefer you to know them well. To know them well is to speak the language and communicate in the same language. My boss was impressed because i know all my 80 over workers well. I even knew their names and also characters.
So i speak a little bit of Thai. Some of them were really sad because i would be leaving the company soon. Frankly, i do miss them once a while. There's a reason for everyone to come to this world. We have our own specific role to play in this big arena. Not only doctors, lawyers, engineers, businessmen, investors, we still need policemen, teachers, nurse, postmen, and definitely we can't exclude the existance of mechanic, scavenger, maid, etc.
After going to Germany, i have been attending lectures related to urban planning. Likewise, to design and build a city, not only the design from architects, we need engineers from different professions such as traffic, water and sewage, landscape, environment, geology, management as well as the intervention with socialists, urban planners, investors and the representatives from the municipal and federal government, etc. To have all these people working together with, only can we collect different perspectives and experiences from their own related fields to plan a city that would be integrated with everything well for everyone.
Malaysia has reached a stage where our society has made progress that can be described as nearly excellent. We have almost everything such as the world's tallest and beautiful twin towers, renowned international airport, steady economy, as well as a strong multi-racial society that supposed to live together happily. We have five main races, Malays, Chinese, Indians (mainly in the peninsular ) and also Iban and Kadazan (Sabah and Sarawak). What should we do further?
You need someone. Somebody needs someone, but Malaysia needs everyone. We all should be integrated as one team. United we eat, divide we slim. Stop letting our elites and scholars flowing out the country. We should review the strategy and start reinvest on our own people. Unconditionally loves and supports will make them contribute more to the country without asking any return, just like what Tunku Abdual Rahman, Mr. Tan Cheng Lock and Tun Sambanttan had done for Malaysia 53 years ago. Working together we can improve the current chaotic situation. Like what i have learned from my master course, going through all problems with the knowledge and experiences everyone has, only can we develop an ideal piece of land for all.
p.s. : The 14 pointed star symbolises the unity of the 13 states and the federal government.
富富默迪卡行動 - 馬來西亞需要大家