He left us on 1/07/1998.
That was 9 years ago to this date. 9 long years. 9 long years of missing him.
I still remember that morning vividly.Like it just happened yesterday.
I was at a tyre workshop in front of our clinic( I was in a group practice back then) at9.00am after completing from my night shift. That night shift was a good one.There wasn't too many patients and I had a good rest.There was no patient between 2.00 am to 6.00 am.
I was speaking to Ah Hong the mechanic. He was doing the balancing and alignment for my Opel Frontera. Suddenly my handset rang. It was from my wife.
MrsTA: Abang kat mana ni?
TA: Kat kedai tayar si Ah Hong. Dia dok buat balancing. sat lagi abang nak pi bank lepaih tu balik rumah.Sayang kat mana?
MrsTA: Abang tengah berdiri ka duduk tu? Abang cari kerusi and dok dulu. Ada sapa-sapa call abang dak tadi?
TA:( my heart beat stopped for a moment. Usually when my wife asked me to sit down it will be some bad news coming) Awatnya sayang? Abang okay. Ada apa?
MrsTA: Abang cari kerusi and sit down dulu.
TA: Ni dah dok dah..Ada apa?
MrsTA: Abang kena sabar na...Tadi ayah( my father in-law) talipon. Ayah kata tadi Jan(my brother) talipon bagi tau bapak dah takdak.....
TA:( I was stunned. I knew bapak was not well especially after his gallbladder busted from infection few months back. He lost lots of weight in the last 4 months. But I had no news ofhim being ill during the last week or so). ...Bbbiillaaa....biilllaaa ayah dapat call Jan? Pukoi bropa bapak meninggal? Innalillahi wa inna ilahi roji'un....
TA: Okay...abang nak balik la ni..sayang siapkan apa yang patut.Kita balik Tepeng. Abang nak talipon Jan.
I hang up. I told Ah Hong to finish whatever he is doing.I called my partners and told them Bapak had just passed away. Told them I'm taking a few days off.Then I called Jan,my younger brother.
TA: Assalamu'alaikum Jan!Abang ni..bila bapak meninggai?Mak macamana? Yazi,Pek dan Bali dah tau ka? Adik ngan Man dah tau ka? Adik beradik di Kedah dah tau ka?Urusan jenazah dah bagitau kat tok Bilal ka?
Jan: Bapa meninggai pukoi 8(pagi) tadi.Mak ada rumah.Lepas minum ayaq dia nampak lelah sikit dan baring.Dia bagi tau mak dia nak mati....tolong panggil jiran sama kata dia. Ada 2-3 orang mai.Lepas dia mengucap dok sat dia meninggai. Mak nampak okay.Yang lain cek dah bagitau cuma Adik saja. Abang handle Adik na..
TA: Okay.Sat lagi abang talipon ITM Segamat dan pi amek Adik. Hang sabar banyak-banyak dan suruh Mak sabaq okay. Kirim salam kat Mak. Uruskan jenazah secepat mungkin. Tak payah tunggu abang.Kalau dan(sempat) dan lah..Kalau tak dan dah bukan rezeki...
I called ITM Segamat Students Affairs dept. I introduced my self and told them what happened. I told them that my sister is staying in which blck and which room.I told them what course she was in. I requested to them to leave a note at her door and please inform her that I'm taking her back to Taiping at 12.00 noon.Please go and look for her.
At 11.00 am. we drove to Segamat. By 11.45 we reached the campus and went straight to her hostel. There was a few students there and I requested one to go to Adik's room amd tell her I'm here. To my suprised Adik was not in her room. The girl said she was most probably in the Library and will not comeback for lunch bcoz Adik was fasting that day. I asked the girl whether there was any note on the door.No she said. I was getting upset.
I drove to the student's affair dept and asked for the person who attended to my phone call earlier. He was a young man in his mid-20s. I introduced my self and asked him why was there no message for my sister? He said they send someone to the hostel but apparently my sister was in class ,so they couldn't give Adik the message! I blew my top.
TA: Encik....memang la Adik saja takdak di bilik sebab dia ada kuliah. Sebab tu tadi saya minta tolong encik beritahu dia di kelas. Sebab saya tau dia tak dak kat bilik!
PA guy: Kami tak tau jadual kuliah dia bang. Yang tau bahagian akademik. Sepatutnya abang talipon bahagian akademik tadi...( he has the cheek to answer like that)
TA: Saya bukannya tau bahgian apa..Saya talipon sebab nak mintak tolong sebab Bapak saya dah MATI tau dak! MATI hang tau dak??Sebab tu ITM ni ada bahagian HEP, sebab kena tolong permudahkan urusan pelajar tau dak?
PA guy: Ya la..tapi yang tau jadual kuliah bahagian akademik abang...
TA: Hangpa tak boleh tolong hubungi ka tadi? Awat tadi tak bagitau saya kena hubungi bahagian Akademik? Ni kematian tau dak? Ni bukan perkara main-main. bapak saya meninggal di taiping! Bukan di Seremban atau Melaka atau JB yang sekejap saja dah sampai. Ni Taiping yang dekat 500km jauh dari sini.
TA: Awak kalau bapak awak mati..orang buat lengah2 macamni apa awak rasa? Awak boleh senyum ka? Minta maaf saya nak cakap.Awak ni bodoh dan tidak amanah. Awak patut malu dengan perangai awak ni. Awak tau khidmat anak pada bapak dia ialah nak mandikan dan solatkan jenazah bapak dia. kalau saya tak sempat sebab awak yg tak amanah buat kerja saya tak akan maafkan awak tau. Awak dengar tu.
PA guy:.....abang saya minta maaf ya....
I stormed off from the office and went back to the hostel. I met several roomates and told them to look for Adik.Don't tell her about Bapak.Just tell her Abang is here.
Aroung 1.30 pm Adik came back.She was in the Library after her solat.
Adik: Eh abang..bila sampai? kak dan Hafiz pun ada...( she salam my wife and gave Hafiz a kiss)
TA: Adik pi pack barang untuk 3-4 hari.Kita balik Tepeng la ni. bapak tak sihat( I lied to her)
Adik came down in 15 minutes and by 2.00pm we where out of the campus. From Segamat I had to take the old road via Gemas,Gemencheh and Tampin before taking the PLUS Highway. I drove like crazy that day. Earlier Bali had informed me there is a nationwide exercise by PDRM that day.The PDRM is trying their 'saman ekor' equipment that day.
Along the way I kept on calling Jan.Told them to go ahead with the urusan jenazah and do not wait for me if that will delay everything.
By 6pm I was already at home( Segamat campus at 2.00pm -Taiping 6.00pm). mak and everyone was just sitting down.They just came back from the graveyard.We were late my half an hour.
I met Mak.Hugged her and kissed her and we both cried.I told her to be patient and be strong.Told her I'll take care of her ,Man and Adik.
Alhamdulillah I manage to do that.