In Miri, my neighborhood is known as ‘Tudan Flat’, ‘Permyjaya Flat’ or even ‘Rumah Kotak’. I called it as ‘The Bronx of Miri’. The neighborhood is a low cost housing area and most of the residents are poor including myself (what could be the best word to describe low income apart from the word – poor). The neighborhood has high social crime too. My house been burglarized three times not to mention lost some valuable properties and still traumatized by it until today. To move on, I have to stay. It is not something that I can just move out and life would be peaceful.
Not only that I have to bear with the social crime surround me, I have to endure the poor condition of roads. There are plenty of pot holes along the roads in the neighborhood and it can be dangerous at time especially during rainy day and night time. There is couple of times passerby had flat tires for bumping the pot holes accidentally. There are some feedback lodge to the relevant authority but was told the maintenance is under the developer jurisdiction. So the process of highlighting the issue repeated like the circle of a frog life but toward the end, the tadpole didn’t manage to turn into a frog. It died half way.
However, after the State election nomination day, my neighborhood changed overnight.
I couldn’t and refuse to believe it until I saw it with my own eye balls. It is true what it is said all this while then. I noticed one of road in my neighborhood had been tar sealed.
However, I realized only one road is tar sealed and the rest still remain the same where pot holes are found here and there after making few round of driving in the neighborhood.
It made me ponder whether the tar sealed road is just to make the neighborhood happy and expect us to keep our mouth shut? Is this one way to gain the rakyat neighborhood trust? Is this the way to treat low income earner? The list goes on.
Low income earner or not, as far as I know with my limited knowledge of current affair, we are the one who decide what’s best for our future. As for politic, although we are poor, our votes still count in. As for economy, although we are poor, we are happy with our little income although it is just selling wild fern at the tamu. As for social, although we are poor, we are friendly people, stay harmony and know our neighbor well despite the fact that they are Iban, Malay, Kayan, Kenyah, Berawan, Kedayan, Chinese and many more. We even process belacan together during the bubuk season.
We couldn’t ask more than what we have now but please to win our heart or to listen to us, we expect the approaches used are more ethical.
Happy Monday everyone.
Hope you enjoy reading the ‘Food of Thought’.
ps-as of this evening after returning from work, I decided to make one more round in the neighborhood and found apart from Lorong 9, Lorong 1-5 is tar sealed too. The rest remain unchanged.