For those who followed me on twitter, last week, last monday i began volunteering for computer class at Madrasah Hashimiah/Rohingya Refugee School. Muslim Aid Asia is conducting a computer class for Madrasah Hashimiah and Asrama Darul Falah. Since I still have few weeks before I end my ‘bachelor’ I guess it’s kinda perfect time to do few things.
I came last two weeks to inspect the donated computers. Most of them worked and run on Windows. My task is to teach them Microsoft Word, although I’m using Mac :p This brings me back memories in SAMTEN. When I was 13, the first thing I learn about computer is Microsoft Word.
So that was me asking one kid there. Most of the kid stay there because they’re orphan or refugee and some are staying with the family.
I’ve came with Muhammad, Muslim Aid Asia representative. He introduced me to the headmaster, Ustaz Hashim and helped to check the computer. there’s only 6 computer can be used out of 10++ computer donated. Others need some additional hardware and reformat. Along the line, I ask what is refugee and sort of and Muhammad blew my head off with info about refugees.
This refugees mostly from Myanmar / Rohingya. Since they’re Muslim, Malaysia govt just allow them to enter and provide shelter but doesn’t provide much rights. Refugees in overseas even have comfort and rights for job, education, health. But here in Malaysia, this refugees can stay but doesn’t have any rights. The first requirement for anything is ‘are you Malaysian?’
We’re a modern country already and by definition, we’re Muslim country. Aren’t muslim have to help each other especially those in poverty and those who seek protection?
I kinda curious since there’s too many kids, I ask Muhammad,
Me: Dude, is there any chances that these kids are those kids at streets begging for money.
Muhammad: yeap. They need to pay for those ‘transporters/smugglers’.
I was utterly shocked. Imagine, the kid that you gave ‘talk-to-the-hand’ sign is the refugee seeking for protection. All this time I thought it’s a syndicate whatever, but Muhammad said there’s a lower possibility of that too. But most of the time, you may see these same kids are begging for money to pay their transporters/smugglers. They need to pay smugglers who bring them to this country. And yeah while they still a refugee, they need to pay for it. There’s a price for freedom.
It is the same scenario as – you left behind your hometown, with all money & assets that you have, you pay those smugglers to find a better life. The charges too high, you only able to pay for the deposit. –
And just now, I just gave ‘talk-to-the-hand’ sign to a kid asking me to buy some Quran-verses stickers.
F* I’m too emo to end this post properly T-T. All in all I hope when i complete my voluntary class with them, they will become someone that can change their life. Someone can fix it. And i hope the country will have some sort of Refugee program to help them.
And for God sake to the government that always like to say this is Islamic country, please help them.
If you have few good computers, you can donate to them. And they still need volunteers to teach Microsoft Word, time between 10AM-12Noon between Tuesday till Friday. Interested, contact Muhammad = 03-22881996.
Thanks to MuidLatif for one day he wrote that he gave a pack of Vitagen to the poor kids playing at the roadside. It leads me to become more aware of voluntary work.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.- William Shakespeare (- maybe kinda out of context, but this is my blog)
// edited few lines for better understanding, thanks to ezani.