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bunting gatheringIt was quite a let down … at least for me. Maybe my expectation was a bit high. But then the expectation should be high being the premier school in the state.

I do not know the final numbers that came but for the one hour I was there maybe there were about a little over 60 people. As most people come and go (like me), but the number is a far cry from when it was organised at the same venue 7-8 years ago (2002?). I was told it was then “organised” by Allahyarham Datuk Razali Ismail (Pengarah Pelajaran Negeri) together with the headmaster then, Tuan Haji Daud bin Jusoh.

The hall was almost full then – but with a more senior crowds (60s and 70s era) than it was yesterday (mainly late 70s and 80s era).  Not only did they have many former students then but many former teachers also attended versus yesterday – if I count it correctly only 2! I was with a former HM (my cousin) the day before and mentioned to him about the gathering – but unfortunately he was not aware (he is staying just next door to one of the pro-tem committee’s parents’ house)

Anyhow, I would like to share some of the photos …

Manja and Manan

The pro-tem committee chairman Manja Man (baju Melayu) giving his speech with Manan Ngah (in white) as the MC.

attendees

This is the best angle I could do to have the most crowd captured in one shot. (Shot taken at about 12.54pm) Though there were another less than 10 in a group on the right (not captured) and also slightly more then 10 gathered outside the hall. Some puffing away – which I then jokingly (as if still a prefect!) told them that they cannot be smoking in the school compound. But seriously, we should have a little respect – the school is a not smoking area (still – even though you are an alumni).

chema

Who would not remember Cikgu Che Ma Sulaiman … I came in while she was giving her speech but I noticed not even half were listening. She is now still teching at the Pusat Bahasa Terengganu (located at PPAT).

ong yeo ibni

Ong Huat Beng, Yeo Sin Soon and Ibni Amin.

Alias Onn - Karim - SS Alumni

That is me with Alias Onn (now with Kementerian Pelajaran) [photo courtesy of Yeo Sin Soon - from his Tirok's facebook] talking (photo below) to Soh Wee Hock, Suhaimee (Atan) Yassin (Bank Rakyat) – we were all of MCE74.

weehock atan

As I had made my comments before [Majlis Perjumpaan Aidilfitri], we could have more numbers:

  1. If we do it at night. Third Raya is full with invitations. Weddings, engagements lah … and of course the Raya open houses itself. And for me, besides those I still have many many relatives yet to visit. We seldom do Raya visits at night. Thus, we can have more time together.
  2. If the publicity is more. I maybe wrong. I did not see banners all over the town – at strategic locations. I saw one (considered small!) near the school main entrance (poorly design to be visible [colour scheme] considering you have to manoeuvre the steering as you drive by the slight bend there. Kan we have the pro-tem committee President “tauke besar media”. Should have optimised it. Even the “Official Alumni SS” website does not say anything about the gathering. At least this blog mentioned numerous times …
  3. Maybe the registration fee for the gathering also hinders the participation?
  4. Maybe we should ensure more participation from the earlier eras, former teachers and HMs
  5. Maybe the committee should be people of various age group. Remember, we now have two generations (some even already 3rd generation) as Sulaimanians. Consider a Reunion – Celebrating Two Generations of Sulaimanians!

Whatever it is, I would like to congratulate the committee members and those who took the initiatives and their hard work to bring together the former students of Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School. Maybe another grandeur event to be identified and start organising now.

One last comment – the music and singing was really unnecessary. We were not there for that. It just does not blend well when the committee President asked all of us to begin the event with Al-Fatihah only to be continued by singing and music right after his speech.

Bagi penduduk Kuala Terengganu, dentuman tembakan bedil amat sinonim dengan bulan Ramadhan atau sebaliknya. Malah, sesetengah mereka merasakan “tidak sah” apabila untuk beberapa tahun di awal tahun 2000an dentuman bedil tidak kedengaran.

Namun, saya baru mengetahui bahawa betapa ramainya penduduk Kuala Terengganu sendiri tidak mengetahui di mana sebenarnya lokasi bedil itu ditembak. Dari perbahasan dalam beberapa posting di blog Awang Goneng (http://kecek-kecek.blogspot.com/) [penulis buku "Growing Up in Trengganu"] benar-benar menunjukkan sememangnya ramai penduduk Kuala Terengganu yang sekadar agak-agak sahaja lokasi tembakan dentuman yang menandakan waktu berbuka puasa, waktu imsyak dan tanda mulanya Ramadhan dan Syawwal.

Semenjak kecil lagi, saya sememangnya sentiasa melihat tembakan ini. Dari kawasan perumahan kuarters kerajaan Lorong Mok Pe, memang kita dapat lihat dengan jelas cahaya lonjakan bahan letupan dari rumah kecil berwarna putih di puncak Bukit Pak Apil. Dengan bunyi kecil “duup” apabila bahan tersebut melonjak tinggi ke udara hinggalah dentuman kuat apabila bahan tersebut meletup kurang tiga saat selepas itu. Memang mengasyikkan bagi kanak-kanak kecil apabila beberapa das tembakan dibuat bagi menandakan mulanya bulan puasa atau esoknya kita akan berhari Raya.

Semasa kecil, ketika dalam perjalanan berbasikal dengan ayahanda ke Masjid Putih untuk solat Subuh, dentuman menanda waktu imsyak selalunya berbunyi ketika kami sedang berkayuh di Jalan Paya Bunga yang sunyi dan lengang. Cahaya dari bahan letupan yang sedang melonjak tinggi ke udara dapat menerangi suasana yang gelap sebelum subuh itu.

Apabila pulang dari KL untuk berhari Raya semalam, saya terus menjejak tapak tembakan bedil tersebut dan mengambil gambar untuk dikongsi bersama dan agar tidak lagi timbul kesangsian di kalangan penduduk Kuala Terengganu. Sayangnya sekitar tapak tembakan bedil itu kini sedang berubah. Lereng bukitnya sudah digondol. Malah, kalau dulu sukar untuk melihat pondok tempat tembakan tersebut kini sudah dapat dilihat dengan jelas dari bandar – hampir mana-mana lokasi sebelah timur bukit tersebut.

Saya telah sediakan peta lokasi untuk menjelaskan kedudukan sebenarnya serta panorama Bukit Pak Apil dengan memberi gambaran lokasi tapak tembakan bedil (bulatan merah sebelah kanan di bawah) berbanding dengan Stesen RTM (bulatan merah sebelah kiri) yang mempunyai laluan yang berbeza.

Panorama Bukit Pak Apil diambil dari Jalan Pusara bersebelahan Perkuburan Sheikh Ibrahim

Lokasi sebenar tembakan bedil berbuka puasa

InshaAllah, saya akan berkongsi banyak lagi gambar yang diambil dari puncak Bukit Pak Apil ini dalam posting berikut.

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