This is an analogy put forward by a Kedahan who is concerned about the water issue that is plaguing Penang state. He posted the analogy, which was written mostly in Malay, on his Facebook account on March 10, 2019. An English translation follows the original post.
Isu Pulau Pinang Dapat Air Mentah Percuma Dari Sg Muda: Cerita analogi
Sebuah rumah mewah seperti mahligai berjiran dengan rumah buruk orang miskin. Yang jiran miskin itu rajin bercucuk tanam dan beberapa pokok rambutannya berjulur masuk ke kawasan rumah mahligai.
Apabila musim buah, orang kaya yang hanya tanam pokok-pokok bunga yang cantik, senang-senang memetik buah rambutan. Kalau untuk makan keluarga saja tak apa, ini sampai menjual dapat ratusan ringgit setiap musim!
Apabila mendapat tahu perkara tersebut, jiran miskin meminta utk mendapat 50% hasil jualan.
Malangnya jiran yang kaya dengan bongkak berkata, “Ehhh, aku petik buah yang terjulur masuk ke tanah aku…”
Dengan tenang, jiran miskin masuk ke rumah mengambil kapak (dia miskin, tak punya chainsaw) dan terus menebang kesemua pokok-pokok rambutan yang bersempadan dgn jiran yg kaya dan bongkak.
DO I HAVE TO SAY MORE…?
Dr Maketab Mohamed,
Kg Kubang Juluk, Naka, Kedah
Alumnus Sek Men Sains Kedah aka SM Sultan Muhammad Jiwa, Sg Petani, Class of 1976
Penang taking free raw water from Muda River: An Analogy
There was once a wealthy man staying in a large mansion that had a poor man’s shack as his neighbour. The poor neighbour had diligently cultivated his plot and there were several rambutan trees with branches that extended into the mansion’s compound.
When the rambutan season arrived, the rich man, who only planted beautiful flower plants, easily harvested the rambutans. If it was just for his family’s consumption, it wouldn’t be an issue, but he sold it for hundreds of ringgit every season!
When the poor neighbour found out, he asked for 50% of the sales revenue.
Unfortunately, the rich neighbour arrogantly responded, “Ehhh, I plucked the fruits that came into my compound…”
Consequently, the poor neighbour calmly went into his house and took an axe (he was poor and didn’t own a chainsaw) and immediately cut down all the rambutan trees that bordered on the rich and arrogant neighbour’s mansion.
DO I HAVE TO SAY MORE…?
By: Dr Maketab Mohamed, retired professor in Water Quality and Water Quality Modeling at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also an environmentalist and a former President of the Malaysian Nature Society