Nov 25, 2007

Holding Principles in Life (the office politics)

The arc of "min" of jawi and a keris; 2 characteristics of Melayu. I am a Malay, the 8th generation of Minang descendants; whilst I believe witholding the positive, pure and finest quality of being one, I never allowed myself to be submerged in negative aspects of the community.

I remember that my father always reminded me, of being sincere and never to involve in corruptions.
He quote; "Corruption will corrupt your next generation, means your children, please provide them with strong foundation of the religion, focus on education and never forget to pray"

I keep that in my mind, now passing them to my children
I was reading my brother writing on his blog about bapak, my father as we called him. There, I was in state of emotional again, as deja-vu of bapak's advises. (visit the interesting blog; rahman-time in bottle)

Holding principles never been easy, but with doa / prayers to God Al-Mighty, it will happens
I remember my first arguement in office (1997), after I found someone took sales money - around RM150x4 days, on weekly basis, which I make a report to my superior, thought an action will be taken to the person, but ended me, instead to be transfered out to Dungun, Terengganu. I was so naive then. (FYI - years later, the superior did asked for an apology, which I accepted)
Deja-vu, present (10yrs later) - I make a complaints that "someone" makan gaji buta, (a junior "chef") of being task to submit a kitchen design, which he had zero knowledge, didnt know how to do and yet submitting an expenses claims, hmm :), wonder ada logo halal-jakim tak?
(fyi-I was then being asked to complete the design)
my superior responds was... to transferred me out, and expect next, a "planned dismissal".
(first time I had to bring al-quran, the holy book, to the meeting - which upon seeing it, my superior asked for an apology - but the damage is done, asked god instead)
I have nothing more to say, but referred this to HIM again, to provide me with justice
that is a real life story on holding a principles...
(Update-28/11: I fought the war, win some major battles, lose some minor one, and truce is being called. I guess my strategic thinking quite good; after all is one against five. Obviously if you are in right path, some spiritual help does exists. Thanks God for the guidance, Thanks to my mum for her prayers, thank you friends-for the information; war is about information anyway)


Roti Canai said...

YOu must read RPK's entry on Islamic Rituals vs Islamic values. It is enlightening to say the least. Similarly my entry on Halal Living. While many of us would claim that we do the prayers 5 times a day, not many are too concerned about the values Islam brings - Justice for all, corruption-free society etc.

Anyway congratulations on the blog. Keep it up. Make sure you stick on to the main objectives of the blog though, while you offer 'side' dishes.

Rashi Hariri said...

Thanks for reviewing the blog. I have read the RPK's entry, and it took few days to find your Halal entry, once found, I feel proud of the person known as Bapak, yet feel so small on how he manage to hold the principles...