Master Environmental Science For Sustainability

Sebahagian dari pelajar batch pertama Master Environmental Science for Sustainability semasa hari pertama pendaftaran Master tahun lalu, setelah melalui pelbagai peringkat saringan sebelum diluluskan oleh senate untuk mengadakan kursus Master.

Um turut di undang menghadiri hari pertama pendaftaran , selesa berbaju kurung coklat, Um lebih gemar duduk jauh dari keramaian sambil memerhatikan pelajar dan pensyarah yang hadir.

Um sangat gembira melihat idea bersama suami dan rakan-rakan sepasukan di Pusat Pengajian Teknologi Industri kini menjadi kenyataan.

Kejayaan setiap pelajar amat bermakna bukan saja kepada pelajar tetapi kepada pensyarah dan orang-orang yang terlibat di sebalik tabir. Untuk mereka cipta kursus ini sahaja, pihak PPTI mengambil kira pandangan alumni yang pernah mengambil kursus Teknologi Persekitaran (Environmental Technology) sebelum kursus ini dibentuk dan diperbaiki bagi memenuhi keperluan semasa dan masa depan pelajar itu sendiri. Ramai rupanya almuni Entech yang berjaya dalam bidang masing-masing dan mencapai kejayaan tersendiri.

Kursus Entech sebenarnya banyak manfaat kepada alam sekitar jika diaplikasi dan peluang pekerjaan terbuka kepada mereka yang bijak mencipta kerja dan merebut peluang dengan menambahkan ilmu mereka. Disebabkan itu, kursus ini dibentuk agar pelajar yang bekerja dapat menyambung pelajaran dan bekerja pada masa yang sama.

Semasa hari pendaftaran , ada yang bekerja sebagai suri rumah setelah bertahun ‘graduate’, ada yang datang dari Papua New Guinea menaiki 4 penerbangan untuk tiba di Malaysia, ada yang dari Yaman yang kini berperang tetapi terselamat kerana sambung belajar, dan pelbagai latar belakang pelajar tempatan dari pelbagai negeri. Manakala ada juga pelajar sepenuh masa yang mendaftar di tahun akhir pengajian ijazah pertama (degree).

Oleh itu, kebanyakan kelas diadakan pada hujung minggu sahaja, tiada ‘exam’ dan didedahkan dengan pelbagai ‘real case study’ di ekosistem yang terpilih dalam Malaysia untuk tugas lapangan, antaranya Bukit TI, dan SRI Lovely Padi Organik selari dengan Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Sebagai ‘anak USM’ dan ‘pseudo TI’ , saya membesar melihat pensyarah yang dahulunya pelajar Abi berkembang dan menjadi pensyarah yang berkaliber.

Banyak cerita yang dikongsi kepada saya mengenai pensyarah terawal semasa penubuhan TI ditubuhkan yang kini telah pencen. Saya amat gembira dan bersyukur melihat pensyarah muda yang sebahagiannya menjadi sahabat kami sekeluarga kini mendidik generasi muda yang juga menjadi sahabat saya.

(Bila terlalu lama di USM, kawan Abi & Um adalah kawan saya, termasuk pelajar mereka πŸ˜‚ ! )

Semasa Um di hospital hampir semua pensyarah TI dan sebahagian bekas pelajarnya datang menziarah. Jika tidak dapat datang, mereka terus memberikan kata-kata semangat buat kami sekeluarga. Kehadiran setiap pelawat yang menziarahi Um bukan saja memberi kekuatan dan semangat kepada Um tetapi kepada kami sekeluarga.

Maka, tidak hairanlah mengapa Rasulullah SAW menyebut tentang keutamaan menziarahi orang sakit lebih afdal jika berpeluang dan menghadiri majlis pengebumian lebih baik kerana dapat memberi keinsafan dan pengajaran buat mereka yang masih hidup. Hal ini kerana, ujian kepada Um bukan sahaja kepada ibu kami tetapi juga kepada orang yang mengenalinya selain ahli keluarganya.

Antara tugas terakhir saya sebagai ‘PA’ ibu bapa ialah memastikan semua orang yang mengenali Um tahu akan keadaannya terutamanya orang-orang yang paling dekat dihati Um. Jelas terpancar kegembiraan Um disaat akhirnya apabila diziarahi orang-orang yang boleh menggembirakan Um. Bahkan, pengawal keselamatan juga turut merasa senang melihat Um tersenyum pada mereka apabila mereka lalu dikatil Um walau apa pun keadaanya ketika itu, Um tetap tersenyum.

Terima kasih kerana menjadi sebahagian dari orang-orang di dalam hidup Um. Terima kasih berkongsi cerita tentang kebaikan Um. Semoga Allah swt sahaja yang mebalas kebaikan setiap yang pernah hadir dalam hidup Um dan mendoakan Um sehingga kini masih ada yang tidak putus mendoakannya.

Cooking

She doesn’t cook anymore coz she’s done with cooking. But she will make me cook and ask me to serve food for Abi and herself when we are at home. Also whenever she is doing her work, she’d ask for drinks , fruits and something to munch in between meals.

She says, cooking and house chores is a sadaqa for a wive and relate it to the teachings of Islam and how the Prophet Muhammad SAW would treat his wives with just and help around the house. Especially now that all her children grown up so we are the one’s who should be doing that for the parents.This includes my brothers, she doesn’t differentiate, everyone contributes.

But Um never expects much from us or push us to keep the house to her standard of cleanliness. If I clean the house, she’d say not to be too hard on myself to clean everything in a day. “Jangan opa opaan” (don’t work too hard, in Jawa).

She knows me too well that my body aren’t that strong if I do too much cleaning. Back when I was in Form 6, I stayed home and my siblings not staying with us. She just make sure I do only the necessary house chores to once a week, once a month, depending on the type of chores eg mopping, vacuum, sweeping etc as it takes a lot of energy.

As a career women, she knows how tiring house chores can be, especially because she herself went through that with five growing kids. So she’d make sure she do some daily, weekly or monthly to better manage her time and do her work.

Um taught us to be independent doing our own washing, ironing and cleaning up dishes etc. We used to have cooking rotation where I’d be paired with Abi to cook a dish once a week.
Only once in a while out of request or whenever she feels like cooking, she’d cook for us her special dish – Fish head curry.

She doesn’t have specific recipe to follow as she prefers us to explore and improvise. But, she knows how to make her own Roti Canai, chicken curry, home made bread, caramel pudding and even ice cream. Some of her cooking she have passed down to us but not all as mostly we can refer to Google πŸ˜‚
Um told us that she used to make kuih to be sold at some point in her life.

Especially as a mother, Um cooks a lot of hungry mouth so she will make sure she have all her cooking planned out early so that her kids is fully fed. From breakfast to dinner even tea πŸ˜‚

Last Ramadhan I felt like cooking, because Um and Abi had a long cough. So I cook most of our dish and eat mostly at home to make sure they get healthy food. Once I cook Ikan Masak Kicap, which turns out to be her fave dish and thanked me for cooking. I am not a good cook, but Um eats it anyway πŸ˜‚ She always comforted me whenever my cooking didn’t go well that it’s okay to make mistakes and try again next time. So I’d do it right next time after knowing why it didn’t work out. That day, my cooking went well πŸ˜†. Alhamdulillah.

Thank you Um for teaching me how to cook and all the lessons you taught me as we grow up. To each, our own lesson. I’m sure every one of us learnt their own way as Um had different approach in teaching one of us. A true educator from home to school to the university. Um will always be willing to share her knowledge to those willing to learn.

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Mrs. Always Right

She IS always right πŸ˜‚ and Abi is never wrong about his choice when he married Um πŸ˜‰

“We were never ready when we got married”

Um always remind me about the hadith on husband and wife as ‘clothing’ (covering each others flaws), even though I am not married yet but I will keep that for future referenceπŸ˜…

They are their own perfect fit!

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Walking

Our new routine is to take a 20-30 mins walk at night or in the mornings to keep us healthy, relax, and sleep better. When we walk, it will strengthen our stomach and help it to digest better. Our blood flow circulates and we get oxygen for our lung (early morning or at night after maghrib). If you can, do try it and see the difference it does to your body. Ever since Um was hospitalized even before that, our lifestyle have been all about work even if we go to the Nature but daily, we don’t get to take a walk like we used to. So now we make time for our daily exercise to prevent from other disease as we learn how valuable a healthy body is. For a start, we strengthen our vital organ first by taking care of our stomach, lung, liver and heart. Also, we find out about all the local veggies @ ulam, food/fruits that is healthy and beneficial for each one of us as we all have different health condition. We encourage everyone to start looking after our body as it is an ‘amanah’ @ entrusted to us by Allah swt for us to take care of. May Allah swt be pleased with us as self care is also part of the teachings of Islam.

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Sedekah ilmu

Sometimes you grow to love what you do even though you don’t know what you are meant to become. Following my parents around started as their photographer, that time I don’t really know much about what they do.

But I always love learning from them, listening to their ‘lectures’ and sharing whatever good things they share with my friends.

So when I worked with them, it took me sometime to adjust but I take my work seriously even though it seems like a small role. Little did I know, it brought us this far.

Nobody was interested with what we do in the beginning, until we started sharing about it through workshop in 2017 via Bukit TI. I’d say 9 years ago or more we would never imagine this to happen.

From zero grants, proposals being rejected so many times until we start getting some grants. We used to get only less than 5 people coming to our workshop but my parents calmed me down that its okay as long as those who come is interested to learn from us and do it at home.

So when people ask what is the secret behind our success , we don’t think we are successful because we still have more people to share with. But I believe their patience and intention to share what is beneficial for community is one of it.

The rest we leave to Allah swt as we have done our best in our effort to share our knowledge about Kompos to Kelulut whenever we can. As long they continue to ‘amal’ @ practice what they learn from us, our jariah continues.

May Allah swt accept our deeds and may the knowledge we shared be beneficial for those who received it.

We don’t make money of it, if we do, we’d be ‘poor’. Because when we don’t, we feel sufficient with what Allah swt gives. Alhamdulillah.

* Ilmu yang bermanfaat perlu dikongsi, bukan disimpan untuk kepentingan sendiri.

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Sebulan kembali

Genap sebulan Um kembali ke rahmat Allah swt, 28 July lalu. 2018 tahun banyak paper Um tulis sebelum pencen, alhamdulillah nama kita pun ada bersama. 2017 tahun paling banyak kami buat bengkel. Semua demi menghabiskan research grant yang masih ada. Sepanjang tempoh geran tu, Um ada 10 Research Assistant dan Graduate Intern yang silih berganti. Um sangat gembira dan berpuas hati bila RA dan GI yang terakhir sebelum geran habis buat kerja melebihi ‘expectations’.

Since 2017, Um let me find and recommend the candidates and she will decide who she wants to hire. I picked my top 3 candidate and she hired them all. Alhamdulillah, all of them did very well despite the endless workshops. Ecopro and her RA/GI teamed up with us as collaboration. She thanked me for introducing them though still find it bizarre that I know all these people πŸ˜‚ I can’t answer that haha but I believe every person we meet is no accident but fate waiting to happen at the right time. Maktub, it is written. So does our life. But I also read, nobody leaves the world until their rizq (sustenance ) is fulfilled and completed. Therefore, she returns as everything have been completed for her. Allah swt knows best.

Thank you to all the people who worked with her especially Adawiyah, Sarah, Aini, Jasmin, Farah, Zaza, Aina, Hafiza, Ain, Ammelia, Anas, Anizah, Hamzah, Safinah & Umirah Baki, and maybe more people since Um started her research.

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Cape Malay, one year ago

Alhamdulillah. If it wasn’t because of Um’s encouragement for me to write a paper based on my interview on the Cape Malay in Capetown we visited in 2016, this talk at Muzium Negara (National Museum) would have never happened. This paper was my first ‘solo’ paper on “Seeking the Malays in Capetown”.

I was also invited to give the same talk in UPSI later on thanks to Prof Dato’ Seri Md Salleh Yaapar (prominent figure in Malay literature) who also gave a talk in the same event. It was an honor to share the stage with him and he was very helpful to advice me when I consult him before flying to Capetown about my research on the Cape Malay’s there.

What started as an invitation from a Cape Malay friend we know years back to attend their Annual Melayu and Cultural Heritage Festival (24 September annually ) was the starting point of me getting to know the Cape Malays community and even gain some good friends there alhamdulillah.

Thank you, Um for everything you taught me and directing me to my potentials I never realize I have in me. Also Abi for always supporting us every step of the way. Alhamdulillah.

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