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)

Monday, 31 October 2011

A new beginning?

The last time I went to visit Sofie at her home, I was told about her problem with her son Azman, who was caught by the police for riding a motorbike without road tax, and without license.

Before anybody assumes that Azman is a wild, naughty boy, I can vouch that he is actually quite a polite and obedient boy. It’s just that he doesn’t seem to be interested in school anymore, and ended up befriending the wrong group of friends. Sofie told me that Azman planned to stop schooling after his PMR and look for a job that suits his interest. And his interest? Oh, he loves cooking. Even when Sofie told him about a canteen operator looking for an assistant to help wash the dishes, Azman said he wanted to help out with the cooking so he could learn.

I figured rather than forcing him to go to school for the next 2 years just for the sake of sitting for his SPM, when we know his interest is elsewhere, might as well direct him for vocational training.

Coincidentally recently I was requested to do the cashflow for a newly opened private centre offering a course in Kitchen Practice. Those who completes the course will be given the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia by Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran and so I asked one of the directors about the minimum requirements. Azman seemed to meet the minimum requirements. So I told Sofie to ask Azman if he really was serious about doing a course related to cooking. If he takes this up seriously, the prospects for him are quite good. He can either be a chef, serve in hotels/restaurants or runs his own catering/cafeteria business.

Sofie called me back yesterday saying that Azman was actually excited about the idea and kept on asking her, “Betul ke makcik Afizah boleh dapatkan tempat ni?”

So yes, this morning I called the person in charge at the Centre to ask about the coming intake and how to go about. I was told application for December’s intake is already opened and so I went over to the Centre to get the necessary forms and more detailed info. Just a simple form that needs to be filled to apply for a place, and another form to apply for the Tabung Pendidikan Kemahiran. The students (limited to 25 students per intake) are given an allowance of RM300 per month, and if they need hostel accommodation, RM150 will be deducted from their allowance to cover for the hostel fees.

Later in the afternoon, after buying supplies of groceries for the family, off I went to visit Sofie’s family. I had told Sofie earlier I’d be coming and to be sure Azman would be home as I wanted to speak to him personally to be really sure this was what he wanted.

And yes, Azman was home when I got there. In fact he was eagerly waiting for me to come. I could see he was really excited about taking up this course. Even last week when his mother was sponsored to attend a 5 day course under the e-kasih programme, Azman asked his mother to teach him whatever she learnt. There was no doubt where his interest lies.

But I still gave him a piece of my mind when I met him today. I wanted him to make sure he doesn’t waste this opportunity. Hopefully this will be the start of a better future for him…

Come on boy! I’ve done the ground work to open up the opportunity for you, get in there and prove your worth. Show us what you’re made of!

10 comments:

Edi said...

it's a great opportunity for him to shine.. i'allah, i hope he does good learning and doing what he loves.
and tabik pada u juga akak!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Yeay for Azman! Nanti kot dia buka cafe ke apa, we can all support him. We'll order for on the table and under the table (provided he got furry waiters-lah). purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

Edi,
InsyaAllah he'll do good.

Pi Bani said...

Angelina,
Under the table nanti kena tangkap rasuah pulak...

Ummie said...

Another noble effort of yours.
Amazing!

Pi Bani said...

Ummie,
Bab-bab masa depan budak-budak ni lah yang perlu kita cuba tolong...

Kama At-Tarawis said...

good of you pi to lay the groundwork. alhamdulillah, semoga he follow through an dmake his family proud..

Pi Bani said...

K.Puteri,
I'm really really hoping he'll make full use of this opportunity. Tak payah his family, I sendiri would feel great self satisfaction if one day I'd be able to see him become successful.

Arina said...

Glad to hear,your well worth effort towards Azman. Syukur alhamdulillah for the sake of anak melayu kita. I'm also a Food Processing skill trainer for skill students undertaking in MARDI and Kolej Pertanian Malaysia under the Ministry of Agriculture certified by Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran.

Pi Bani said...

Arina,
How well worth the effort is now depends on how Azman makes use of the opportunity.