The Malaysian Driving School Blog churns out articles connected with the field of driving, especially in Malaysia.
But as a person who loves to write, it’s only natural that from time to time, I would like to write upon other incidences which have occurred to me as a driving school instructor. As reiterated many times over, this instructor has been tutoring students for well over 42 years already.
Most of the articles which I write upon, are infact true life stories. Stories which I personally had experienced in my younger days. In my opinion, such tales should infact be written down and if possible, printed in my blog.
Such beautiful and touching reminences, if they are not shared with my blog readers, would tantamount to being a sheer waste indeed.
Today’s touching heart rendering and compassionate tale, I am attempting to relate, is in my opinion, not an easy story to write upon. In reality, this article, You May Not Have Shoes, But Do Not Forget There Are Many Who Have No Feet is infact based upon a short story told to our class, while we were in Form One and just only 13 or 14 years then, by our English Language teacher, Mr. James Pandian.
Permit me to relate to you the tale of an interesting story which Mr. Pandian once told us. As the story unfolds, there was once a very poor boy. As the Chinese New Year celebrations approached, the boy complained to his parents that he had no new shoes.
His mother, who was a very wise old lady, told his son, “Son, you might not have any new shoes, but don’t forget, there are others in this world who are more unfortunate than you. They have no feet.”
Coming back to today’s story or article, in the Ten Commandments, it is said, Thou Shall Not Gamble. In Islam, gambling is considered as being haram or forbidden. The Chinese have a popular saying, if you are a Chinese and you do not gamble, then you are not a real Chinese.
I am of Chinese descent. To tell my readers that I’m not into gambling, would amount to telling you a lie. The fact is, I do occasionally like to dabble in a game of toto, 4 digits and a game of cards. After all, I’m but only a Chinese. But I don’t play mahjong anyway.
A few years ago, to be exact, two or three years back, I went to a nearby 4 digits betting agent in town. I had parked my car a few steps from a popular betting shop. Like all gamblers, I was amongst the many people trying their luck to strike it rich or poorer that particular day. Well, nothing spectacular about that, you might say!
Before disembarking from my vehicle, what I witnessed that particular day, totally altered my concept about gambling.
On the corridor to the betting shop, I saw an Indian boy, about 13 years old, in a wheel chair. He was infact a crippled, an OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) to be exact. He was I gather, a thalidomide victim. The person whom I saw, infact had no arms at all.
In place of normal arms or limbs, the Indian boy had only small fin-like protrusions, at his armpits. But what surprised me most of all, was this crippled boy looked so serene, smiling and contented.
What I saw after that, nearly brought tears to my eyes. And what I saw the crippled boy did, really amazed me! The crippled boy had a packet of nasi bungkus, (a packet of rice) which was placed upon his shoulders. Using only his mouth, this boy slowly worked in getting the packet of rice opened up. It took the boy quite a few minutes before he finally succeeded in getting the packet of rice opened.
What a struggle indeed it was! Trying to feed himself without the helping of his hands but only the nape of his neck and his chin, was more than I could bear to see. It was indeed a pitiful and touching sight.
One that I had never before witnessed. As I said earlier, this incident, believe me, almost broke my heart. And then it crossed my mind, how could human beings, who like me, are wholesome and Blessed by the great Lord almighty, with normal hands and legs, with good eyesight and health, can be so selfish as to be aiming for further wealth and luxuries in life by indulging in gambling?
That afternoon, after witnessing what I saw that day, I finally decided to abort my attempts to purchase 4 digits numbers. I felt, I should no longer gamble.
I told myself, that infact we should be thankful that God has blessed us as normal human beings. And that we should be thankful for what has been given to us thus far.
As my English Language teacher told us years ago, You may have no shoes my boy, but don’t ever forget, there are less unfortunate people in this world who do not possess any feet at all.
This eye-opening tale has played a great role in altering my view regarding material things in life. We should be satisfied with what we already have. After all, there are lots of people who are in worse off positions than we are!
Think about it carefully and in the process, who knows, you will eventually end up to be a better human being after all! If that happens, then the message of this heart touching tale of mine, would be deemed to have been successful!
It has taken me three years to write out today’s story. I am not a writer at all. Only a driving school instructor, with many years of experience. To get the exact and correct words to describe to you explicitly what I intend to say has been extremely difficult. If you have enjoyed reading it and it has touched your heart, then, I’ve been successful.
In this post, I thought of writing a review of Cikgu Yap’s latest e-book called Jom Belajar Memandu. For those who are thinking of getting a copy of the e-book, I hope this write up gives you some insight.
Firstly, as suggesed by the title of the book, Cikgu’s writings are actually in Bahasa Malaysia (BM). Since it is is BM, every Malaysians will find all the articles easy to understand.
So who can benefit from the e-book?
Well, pretty much anybody who is planning to get a Malaysian car driving license will find the articles in the e-book very helpful.
The Jom Belajar Memandu e-book was created in a PDF file format so pretty much anyone with a computer can read it. The e-book comes with 111 pages of content which are sub-divided into 14 chapters.
The content of the e-book takes you through the step by step process of securing a driving license. The most useful part of the e-book are the information on how to pass all the tests you are required to go through to secure a license.
To get a driving license, you are required to pass the JPJ Highway Code test, slope test, side parking, 3 point turn and practical road test. Some people find it very challenging to pass all the tests.
Using his 40 plus years of experience in the Malaysian driving school industry, Cikgu has included some tips and tricks you can use to pass all your tests in the first attempt.
How to buy Jom Belajar Memandu e-book?
To buy Cikgu Yap’s e-book is actually very simple. First, head over to its official page at www.jommemandu.com/. Spend some time reading the page and understand how the e-book came about.
When you are ready to make your purchase, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the “Order Sekarang!” button. Click on the button and you’ll be taken to the order page.
There are 3 options you can use to make your payment. First, you can make payment using your Paypal account. Secondly, if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can use your credit card instead.
Finally, you can buy the Jom Belajar Memandu e-book using local bank fund transfer or even money transfer via an ATM machine. It seems ATM money transfer is the most popular option.
However, since it is a manual process, you would have to fax the transfer slip to the local payment processor’s office. The good news is, their office is located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Because it has to be manually verified, it will take about 48 hours before your payment is recorded.
When your payment has been approved, you will received the e-book download link through your email. The last step is to download the PDF file into your computer and spend some time reading the e-book.
E-book Download Page
If you are planning to secure a Malaysian car driving license and you are looking for some tips on how to pass all the upcoming tests in your first attempt, click on the link below to get a copy of Cikgu Yap’s ebook right now.
Compiling manuscript of ebook
I thought of writing this blog post to update everyone on the current project I’m working on. I’m in the process of compiling and soon to release an ebook on learning how to drive a car in Malaysia.
As you may have known, I helped my father to publish his first book, Driving Made Easy, last year. The book was in English language teaching those who want to get a Malaysian driving license what they needed to know but don’t know who to ask. The book is currently available in major bookstores around the country.
This time around, the new publication will be in a digital format (pdf file) and written in Bahasa Malaysia (BM). I thought of trying this new publishing platform to see if a digital book will sell as good or better than a conventional paperback book distributed via a publisher.
I am also testing to see if a BM book will sell better than an English language book. As of now, I have not fix the price of the ebook but I think I’ll set it at the range of around RM40.
I have already identified an online payment processor in Malaysia and will be using their service soon. Those who want to get a copy of the ebook can make payment using Paypal or through local bank account transfer.
Since the new publication is in a digital format, obviously I will need a web site to promote it. I’ve already registered a new domain at www.jommemandu.com/. There’s nothing on the new web site yet. The site layout, graphics and ebook cover are currently being designed by a local graphics designer.
The plan is to have the web site go live on November 2012 and then start with the marketing and promotion campaign. In the mean time, I am busy drafting out the sales copy for the web site.
And what’s the title of the new ebook?
It’s called “Jom Belajar Memandu” – Rahsia Untuk Mendapat Lesen Memandu Kereta Dalam Masa Yang Tersingkat