Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Fare thee well my friend

A month or so back I wrote about a teacher and dear friend who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer. I described how dear a friend he was to me and how the news shook me to the bones. For those who missed it, you can find it here

His conditions never took for the better. After 10 courses of radiotherapy, the doctors at the GH said they have done all they could and that he could be discharged. He never got discharged because he started to vomit blood.

Almost everyday was filled with us, somehow or other, talking about his condition. He was the Chairman of the Permuafakatan Islam and I the vice chairman. Last week, in his absence, I chaired a meeting of the Permuafakatan Islam and amongst other things, tomorrow the 17th of July, after our prize giving day, all Muslim teachers are to adjourn to the surau just next to the school for Sembahyang Hajat and Yassin.

Today, in between rehearsals for the prize giving day, preparations were made for the Sembahyang Hajat. We had secured permission from the surau committee to use the surau. At about 4.30, a teacher came in and said that he had received a phone call from the Penolong Kanan informing us that that friend, Rosli, is in very bad shape and that the Penolong Kanan had given permission for any teacher who wished to visit him to do so.

A group of teachers went in three cars. A few teachers and I had to remain because someone had to see to the students in the midst of all the preparations. At about 5.50, I felt that I should say something and below are the sms exchanges between me and another teacher.

Maaf saya nak minta tolong sikit. Saya tak sanggup pi tengok Ckg Rosli. Boleh tak sampaikan salam saya? Saya nak kata kat dia saya nak minta ampun dan maaf atas segala kesalahan saya kat dia dan minta dia halalkan apa saja yang termakan dan terminum. Ini pun kalau ckg sanggup la. Kalau ckg sendiri pun tak sanggup tak apa. (time 5.56pm)

Saya faham, Insyaallah. Tapi depa kata dia koma. (5.59pm)

Takapalah, kalau ada rezeki tolong sampaikan kalau tak ada, nak buat macam mana? Terima kasih. (6.00pm)

Ckg Rosli dah tak ada.. (6.17pm)

My heart sank. I called the teacher on the phone to confirm and from her voice I knew she was crying. I couldn't hold my own tears back but there were students around so I had to control myself but still my cheeks were wet.

I broke the news to a few teachers and soon there was a flurry of phone calls. I walked to the rest room to be alone and I could hear a group of form 2 girls who had just heard the news crying. I entered the room and had a good cry because I couldn't control it anymore.

Things have changed permanently. A perfect gentlemen had left this world and knowing him, I know he is heading for a better place.

Good Bye Rosli, I will miss you.


cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Innalillah wa'innalillah hirojiun.

Semoga roh Allahyarham dicucuri rahmat Illahi. AlFatehah.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Innalillah wa'innalillah hirojiun.

Semoga Allah menempatkan roh arwah Cikgu Rosli bersama orang2 mukmin. Amin.

take it easy, cikgu. you could do with a well-deserve rest. come back only when you feel to. take care.

saiddi said...


Dari Allah kita datang, kepada Allah kita kembali. Moga Allahyarham ditempatkan dalam golongan Muttaqin. Banyaklah berdoa untuknya.


Ydiana said...


Its always hard to lose somone dear to us. However our prayers and doa will help both parties, one for our own strength, and for him in the afterlife.

keang said...

My deepest sympathy, Cikgu.

Monster Mom said...

Al- fatihah...

Semoga ikatan yg ada kekal dan dijadikan pedoman untuk terus maju...

Sememangnya Cikgu Rosli amat disayangi oleh rakan dan anak muridnya... bertuah beliau ...

Have nice day cikgu!

suealeen said...

i know how you feel right now.. banyakkan doa untuknya..

innalillah... daripadaNya kita datang, kepadaNya kita kembali..

Raden Galoh said...

Innalillahi wainna ilaihi roji'un... Allahumaghfillahum warhamhum...amiin...

Semoga Allah memberikan maghfirahNya kepada almarhum dan merahmati almarhum... amiinn.

my heart sank reading thid news. i also in the distraught zone of my life. received not a good news.

take care brother.

yuwin said...

innalillah wainna ilaihi roji'un

org yang baik,
baik lah tempatnya di sana kelak

muteaudio said...

Salam Chegu,

Last Sunday my Producer lost her stepson. It was a freak accident. Hit by a car. Reversing actually. He was a bright boy. Only 8 y/o. Loved by everyone.

What we can do now is to pray for their soul.

fergie said...

Salam cikgu,
I am so sorry to hear of your friend's passing. My deepest sympathy to his family. I know how they must feel. I lost my father to cancer when he was 52 yrs old and later my mother also. Take care cikgu.

Hi&Lo said...


Am as sad to learn the news of Cik Gu Rosli, tho I didn't have a chance to meet him in person.

[zsazsa] said...

Innalillah wa'innalillah hirojiun.

i'm touched.. it is really sad to lose someone you knew

ewoon said...

i am sorry about your friend Cikgu.

May God bless his soul. Al-Fatihah.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Thank you everyone. Today I receive news another friend of mine, a schoolday buddy, very close to me and family, Kashmir Singh passed away. Boy when they come they come in torrents.


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