Honestly, I've done nothing for the school during the power outage & I'm not a hero.
True heroes rarely show themselves.
They quietly do the work required to make everyone's lives better. They don't need to be publicly lauded.
Those who like to blow their own horns & talk about their achievements don't always tell the full story of how countless others worked so hard to get them to where they are today.
I want to set the record straight.
I'm going to tell you who the real heroes are & tell you what they did which made life so much better at school during the power outage when we didn't have electricity or water at school for weeks.
I'll reveal who the heroes are at the end of this post. Their identities will surprise you.
|When there was no electricity to pump water to the kitchen for the processing of drinking water for the students,|
they set up a water filtration system with filters from their own homes for both the students & staff to use.
The true heroes of the power outage are Aminuddin, Syamsudin, Shahrulnizan, & Zulkhairi. All hailing from northern Peninsula Malaysia. At a time when teachers from the peninsula are made to feel unwelcome, these teachers demonstrated the grit & service required to work within our challenging state. They led the grunt work to make life better for the students & staff even though they were not locals.
Of course, there are bad apples from the peninsula. But, my colleagues stand out as sterling examples of what teachers from the peninsula can be. I am also reminded of Cikgu Hailmi, a teacher from the peninsula who served at a rural school for 8 years & is known for leading his students to winning national-level video competitions since 2013. Isn't this what we want from them? What have we done to lead them in that direction?
We all know that in order for students to excel, they need high expectations. So do teachers.
Often teachers are treated worse than clerks. We are managed & monitored to a point where I wonder whether the system actually trusts us or expects us to misbehave. Instead of being inspired by a great cause, we are constantly prodded like cattle. There has to be a better way.
Also, I have heard of officers deriving sadistic pleasure from scaring new teachers from the peninsula with the horrors of teaching in rural Sarawak during their pre-posting briefings. We need to share with these budding teachers inspiring stories of ordinary teachers who like them & have done extraordinary things. Instead of seeds of fear, we should plant in the hearts of every teacher a desire to make a difference & honour their god by being a blessing to those around them.
Education in Sarawak is so important & the need is so great that we need to let go of trivial territorial bickering & make the best of every human resource that we have regardless of whether they are Sarawakian or Sabahan or West Malaysian. Instead of pushing them away, we need to help them do their best while they are still here & allow them to return to their homeland knowing that the years they've spent here in Sarawak were the best & most precious years of their lives.
If you have a story of heroism from a teacher (regardless of origin) in Sarawak, do share them with me. I'd love to feature your hero on my blog.
Until then, I'm wishing all the teachers in Malaysia a good rest & a blessed time with family & friends!