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September 20, 2010

Open House is now becoming a trendy event like Jom Heboh, even in close-knitted Kelantan where Open House used to be irrelevant. The founder of this concept might have thought that Open House should bring the close society closer in a more open and closer environment. Well, I’m not a creative innovator, but I always have a story to tell.

So once upon a Saturday, my excitement was short-lived the moment I entered this particular Open House organized by the state government of Kelantan for his beloved rakyat. To begin with, the House looked like a Concentration Camp poorly designed by the people of power for the people of powerlessness. The management’s lack of planning and vision has turned the blessed heaven of foods into the cursed hell of hunger. The carnival of sweet rendangs was replaced by the carnival of salty sweat. The thoughts of lemangs were replaced by the thoughts of suffocation. Kids and adults craved for Satay Ayam as though they were flash victims in Pakistan. Gone was Hari Raya spirit… gone was Saloma’s Hari Raya song… terrorists were everywhere… war was on the air… old pakciks struggled for space… old makciks gasped for air… Ayoh looked desperate… Hisham looked troubled… Ummi looked like she needed a Bidan now… Pilah showed me her “I told ya!” face… I was flabbergasted…

The management has duly honoured their guests – we all have become their honourable beggars.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2010 7:54 pm

    rajinnyo gi tempat oghe ramai. 🙂

    (panas, sesak, tiada tempat duduk – semua ini bermain dalam minda bila ke majlis-majlis keraian rumah terbuka)

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    • September 21, 2010 6:05 pm

      Not all public events are disasters. It depends on the (efficient) host.

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  2. rom permalink
    October 9, 2010 5:37 pm

    salam…..best la tulisan hang mie…..bilo balik malaysia lagi

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    • October 13, 2010 1:54 am

      Salam Rom. Terima kasih. Dah ada di Malaysia pun 🙂

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