THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Another postponement

Last month Fuzi thought she’d be able to legalize her Narathiwat marriage cert when the guy who was helping her out (but asking for all sorts of payments from Fuzi) told her to go to the Mahkamah Syariah on a certain date. It turned out that day all Fuzi had to do was to meet up a particular lawyer who was supposed to help her out. She was then told that her case would be heard on 28th of January 2008.

That was yesterday. Since Fuzi had to go to the Mahkamah Syariah in Ipoh yesterday, her eldest daughter, Wani, 13, had to miss school to take care of her youngest sibling, 20 month old Iwan. But Iwan was not feeling well yesterday and was crying all morning. That caused Fuzi to be late and only managed to get ready after 8.30 am. Worse still, since there was no public transportation at her kampong, she had to depend on teksi sapu to get to town before she could take a bus to come to Ipoh. And there was no teksi sapu in sight when she needed one.

By the time Fuzi reached Ipoh, it was 9.50 am. She was supposed to go together with the guy who had been helping her out, and while she thought she was already late, he came even later than Fuzi. So off they went to the court and by the time they got there, it was already 10.15 am.

They waited, and they waited. One by one case was called up – mostly divorce cases. After some time, Fuzi’s name was still not called. The guy finally went to enquire, and was told that Fuzi’s case was called at 9 am! Since Fuzi wasn’t there, they postponed her case to end of next month! So another month of waiting for Fuzi before she can find out if she can legalize her marriage cert!

I told Fuzi to book a teksi sapu before hand for next month’s court appointment so she won’t be late again!

On another note, Fuzi’s eldest daughter Wani has joined the police cadet for her school co-curriculum activity while Fuzi's 3rd child, Hafiz, joined the boys scout. Great! But what was not great was the fact that the teacher in charge told Wani to get her cadet uniform ready by this Wednesday! At first she was told that she could buy through the school, but later she was informed that she had to buy one on her own. The uniform’s not cheap, and worse, there is no shop in their small town selling these uniforms.

So yesterday afternoon, I brought them to Ipoh to buy the uniforms. Fuzi’s children have already been identified for our Education Sponsorship program; and as such the money for the co-curriculum uniforms can be reimbursed from this fund.

When I got to Fuzi’s house, the children were all ready. Only Wani and Hafiz needed to buy uniforms for their co-curriculum activities, but all 5 kids were excited about going jalan-jalan in my car!

The first shop we went to didn’t have ready made uniforms for police cadet and scout. Theirs were made to order and the uniforms would only be ready in 2 weeks time. When we asked if they knew of any shop selling ready-made uniforms, they all acted as though they didn’t know of any.

We just left the shop anyway, got back into the car and drove off… only to find out that less than 100 metres away, there was another shop specifically selling ready made uniforms!! Surely those at the earlier shop would have seen this shop before???

But if Fuzi had gone by herself, she wouldn’t be able to pay for the uniforms. The complete set for both the police cadet and boys scout uniforms including the shoes and whatever else needed, came up to more than RM250. Thank goodness I will be able to claim the amount later from the sponsorship fund!

I didn’t have the time to take the children for some makan-makan yesterday. It was getting late and I had loads of things to do. So after getting the uniforms, I immediately sent them home.

But Wani and Hafiz were happy enough to get their uniforms while the other 3 kids were happy enough they were able to jalan-jalan somewhere. Initially they thought they were only going shopping at the small town where they live in. So when they found out they were going to Ipoh, they became excited! It is so easy to please them.

Tomorrow I will be meeting up with Lin. Her appointment is supposed to be this Thursday but since Lin had asked SN to change her appointment to Wednesdays (that’s her off day from her newly acquired job as a shop assistant), SN could only manage to slot her name in for the middle of February. But since tomorrow is her off day, Lin will still be coming to Ipoh anyway just to see me.

If you expect to see an update after my date with Lin tomorrow, don’t expect too much, okay? I don’t think I’d be able include any updates on Yah yet. (But I just had to include this one liner… hahaha!!)

So yeah, the title of this posting doesn’t only apply to Fuzi’s date at the Mahkamah Syariah, it also applies to updates on Yah.

Don’t you just love the suspense?? *chuckle*

8 comments:

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

business rivalry maa...you cant expect much from them businessmen can you? if i were the guy, i'd tell you nearest store selling ready-made uniforms is somewhere in grik.

^kak pi, being a typical KPC here, i wonder why Lin wants to see you tomorrow. or is it today. could it be she already found out about it? or mr romeo darling wants her back? kanda musykil betul lah...hehehehe...

Rita Ho said...

Naughty-YAH, this Pi? LOL ...

Since uniforms are necessary items, it seems to make sense for the police academy and scout association to sell on site. If they don't want the extra work, at least appoint a supplier or something similar. It will be more convenient for the recruits, plus the bulk orders will give bring the price down.

Agree, Yah? Ooops ... I mean, Pi. HAHA!

Zawi said...

Pi,
Just wanna tell the world that I have updated myself with your latest story. What is next on the menu?
Since we are all addicted to your story, aint it time that readers pay you at every visit? Like buying pages of your future book chapter by chapter hehehehe.

Pi Bani said...

Kerp:
Apa pulak musykilnya if Lin wants to see me. Many of my clients want to see me what... sometimes just to talk.

Just wait lah for my updates. No sneak previews for anyone, KPC or not...

Pi Bani said...

Rita:
Yah! Yah! I agree! Hehehe...

I agree about the uniformslah, not about Pi being naughty.

Me naughty? WHERE GOT?? ;)

Pi Bani said...

Zawi:
Next on the menu... Lin...

Readers to pay me for every visit? Wah, macam ni kena ada a "click to pay" button somewhere on my blog lah. Only those who pay can view my postings. BUT... cannotlah... nanti ada pulak orang cetak rompak my stories.

Kalau teringin nak bayar, contribute ajelah to my NGO's Children Education Fund. Kan? ;)

J.T. said...

Oh! what a pity, Fuzi missed the hearing. Just reading what she had to go through to get from point A to point B makes me feel blessed of all the conveniences I take for granted. I hope she books a teksi sapu for the next hearing.

What is it about these societies in school? They have them but do not have supply of uniforms at hand. I agree with Rita, "if they don't want the extra work, at least appoint a supplier." When I was in the school band, our uniforms were made to order and so when the whole bunch of us went for fitting (bulk order), we paid a little less than what it would have cost if we went to our individual tailors. Plus, all uniforms looked alike (which should be). However, some tailors can get creative. I don't think the teachers wanted to be surprised with the product of 'different cooks'. So they played it safe and hired one tailor for all. :)

Pi Bani said...

JT:
Some people seem to have the "lepas tangan" attitude.

Yes, I remember whatever uniforms (except the normal school uniforms)we needed back then were all arranged by the school. Senang cerita...