And there I was, posing a slim figure with all the other slim Puteras. It read ARTS UNION CENTRAL COMMITTEE, 1969 - 1970. I could not even recalled being the Chairman, Finance Committee then. That's me, third from right.
The bigger surprise was that I penned a Sajak in this issue. This was our last year in RMC (1970) and my sajak was titled HANYA KENANGAN SEMATA. Wah, penuh dengan emosi agaknya.
It started with
Masakan yang datang,
Please don't translate "masakan" as food OK. Masakan has to do with time lor!
And I continued with
Akan kami tinggalkan kamu
Buat membentuk Putera yang masih ada
Akan kami pergi dari kamu
Bersama kenangan suka duka
(wooo....very emosi one).
Bagi kami --- sudah hampir pada akhir jalan
Pengakhiran buat permulaan
Dalam lakun hidup yang baru
Well, we were leaving RMC for the next phase of our education
Untung sabut, timbul-lah kami
Sa-andai untung batu
Ke-dasar kah kami?
Namun, dimana juga berada
Kan kami kenangkan
Maktab Tentera Di-Raja bersergam hijau
and I continued with the final phrase
Sayonara Cawangan Putera
Datang kami menangis
Pergi kami menangis jua
Yes, I recalled. A young boy from a small fishing village in Tumpat, arriving in the darkness of the night to RMC, flown in on a Hercules transport plane from Pengkalan Chepa. Vomitted on this military transport plane sebab kawe oghe daghat, first time naik kapa tghebe!
Arrived confused to the assigned hostel in the College and kena ragging immediately. Every morning got to wake up to clean the dormitory. Every morning I will hear the distant train as it passes through Sungai Besi. It reminded me of the Tumpat Railway Station where as a child, I spent many hours there. So every morning I would start crying, thinking of my family back home.
So, datang kami menangis.
And after 4 years in College, it was so sad to leave. The fleeting years we were to leave behind, the friends that would go on their seperate ways and all the fond memories.....
So, pergi kami menangis jua.
But today, after 41 years I look forward to meet friends I have not met for that long a period.