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August 9, 2012

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

It was a fine morning and birds were singing happily to each other... However, instead of going out to play with the neighbours' kids, I was on my routine of looking after Abah's grocery store... What a bummer... By the way, this happened years and years ago, when I was still in school...

Out of boredom, I cranked up the volume of my rustic radio... I was tuning in to Radio 4 (It's Traxx.FM now), listening to old songs like a proper hipster... I would prefer Hitz.FM or Red but that channel was the only English language radio channel I could get at my area... 

As I was listening to a song by The Proclaimers, 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), a customer walked in... He was tall, dark and not handsome... His clothes were dirty and he stank... Probably a mechanic or foreman...

"Huiyooo... Fahmi dengar lagu Mat Salleh la..."

Well, actually he talked in Terengganu accent... So, it was like this;

"Huiyooo... Pamie! Dengor lagu Mak Salleh bohhhh..."

It's difficult to transcribe every word of spoken Terengganu accent and therefore, lets stick to the standard Malay language... Okey?

Anyway, being typical me, I just smiled and not say a word... He asked me for a pack of cigarettes which I handed over after he paid me... He lighted one of them and leaned on the ice cream fridge... 

"Kau tahu tak Fahmi, aku sakit hati betul dengan Pak Jais (bukan nama sebenar) tu..."

I didn't actually give a damn... I didn't even know who the hell was Pak Jais... but I listened to him anyway... Turned the radio down out of courtesy... 

"Kopiah selalu atas kepala, jubah selalu pakai, masjid selalu pergi, tapi main nombor ekor..."

Still had no idea who that person was... Shows how ignorant I was...

"Kau tahu tak, dia tolong belikan nombor ekor untuk budak2 muda... Aku tahu sebab abang aku pun beli dari dia... Celaka betul..."

He seemed to be pissed... 

"Aku tak kisah pun dia main nombor... Yang aku marah tu dia pakai topeng macam orang beriman! Puii..."

He took off as soon as he finished up his last sentence... I still didn't give a damn and my morning was still lame but it was a good thing to hear... He just indirectly taught me that you can't really judge a book by its cover...

No matter how religious a person might appear to be, it doesn't mean that he/she is genuinely obedient to every religious teaching... He/she's still a normal human being who tend to make mistakes or tempted to do sinful things... 



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