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Monday, April 03, 2006

Gandeng Piung

GANDENG PIUNG

TokKu- The phrase “ Main dam dua, tiga papang” reminds us of the lyrics from the song “Ganu Kite” by Saleng . The VO is PokKu’s husky and sexy voice which of course, sounds better than Ramli Abu Bakar, Jamaluddin Alias or Patrick Teoh. Besides CU,MCU,ICU,4U2C, (angle of the camera shots), the SX ( sound effects) should also include the tune of “ Ulit Mayang” or “Jong Jong Inai” with a light blend of Monsoon wind and waves. Of course, with modern technology, the OX (Odor Effect or Kesan Bau) can also be incorporated . It should be the smell of the Ikang Kering in the air (mild busuk kohong type) plus the smelly salty (hanyir)water in the sea. If the film is shown in the Cinemaplex , the mild ikang kering smell and the wet ikang hanyir smell should be placed in the air condition system. That’s complete the full script of the film “ Piung Ganu Kena Gandeng” which can be shown in the National Geographic.

The word gandeng seems specific to Trengganuspeak. It is the action “ to hit with a stick” (e.g. budak itu kena gandeng dengan kayu) The art of gandeng can be seen in the Indian Panchala Payat silat which use a long stick as the fighting implement as shown in the Tamil movies. This word is very close to another word “ngendeng” meaning “ to ask for something in a very subtle and indirect manner”. When some one is eating durians, you go near him on the pretext of some other business but with the expectation of being offered to eat the durian, You immediately accept it even though it is only a chickenly invitation (ajak ayam). It is more like “ lobbying” – to ask others subtly, indirectly or in most cases with monetary inducements to do something. The US President has to be expansively lobbied to meet the Prime Minister of a small Third World country. This give rise to an oldest profession in the Capitol Hill of Washington D.C. – the lobbyist. The lobbyist may form a company and call itself the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and will be fully financed by vested interest. The lobbyist or NGOs are to some extent the “ commercial mercenaries” - like to soldiers of fortune which is very lucrative business in battle and war. So, the lobbyist is a professional job which should be called in Malay language as “Pengendeng” and if they claimed as lobbying consultants , they should be called “ Juru Perunding Pengending” . They are similar to the Chef who can cook meat floss as “ Juru Serunding” or the expert flutist like Kenny G as” Juru Seruling”.

Perhaps this unique word “gandeng” may originate from the English language. Possibly, the colonial Mat Salleh was angry with the followers of local rebels (Datuk Merah, Tok Janggut or Haji Abdul Rahman) and asked the Sepoy soldiers and local budok to “gun them” down (i.e. shoot them). However, the local budok were not given the gun but had to use the long stick as a weapon. So, they caught the followers of the rebel and hit them hard even to their death with the long stick. Then, they reported to the Mat Salleh Police officer, “ Tabek Tuang, nok riput doh gandeng orang jahat, sapa doh nok mapuh pung, tabek Tuang”.

Talking about turtle as vanishing specie is the favourite environmentalist topic. Some Japanese turtles were able to mutate into the “Ninja Turtle” with the help of the Sifu Rat. The Malaysian turtle may mutate into the “ Silat Turtle” which is a version of silat in Kuala Berang with Pok Mat as their Tok Dekor. ( Tok Dekor in Trengganuspeak is not an Interior Decorator but a silat exponent). The diminishing turtle is mainly due to the fish trawling – pukat rimau, pukat gajah and even pukat dinosaur as well as tasty salty eggs which once ended in Kedai Payang. The Malays are very respectful of the animal and plants and it may originate from pre-Islamic animistic origin. The Jungle Etiquette of the Malays is very protective and conservative of the flora , fauna and wild animals. The belief is that one should not cut the trees unnecessarily or else one wills kena tego ( reprimanded) to be demang or suffer a severe sickness. The bomoh will chase the guardian (penunngu) back to the jungle – “ yang laut ,balik kelaut; yang bukit. Balik ke bukit; yang hutan balik ke hutan.” But the commercialization and the value of the forest products had change lots of things. The balak trade is very lucrative and the clearing of the forest will result in the destruction of the biodiversity.

The turtle may be fast depleting but not that we have eaten all the telor piung. May be those that got killed in the seas had resulted in less turtle coming up to lay eggs. The testing of the atomic and nuclear weapons in the deep sea will kill the ocean and sea creatures,. It was illegal to bomb the fish but the bombing test by the countries in the deep sea trenches in the Pacific or Atlantic seems to be alright . These countries should be brought to trial to the International Court of Justice under the Laws of the Sea at The Hague, Holland for sea destruction. However, there is one country that refused to sign it since their Generals and soldiers were often discovered committing such despicable acts. They did not want to sign the Kyoto Convention on Environment since they are the main polluter and contaminator of the world environment. They want to be above the international law and in legal terms , only the sovereign or King / Queens are above the law and they are the King of the World.

The practice of killing the whales or clubbing the young seals was well practiced by those in Japan, Europe and North America and Canada. The whale was killed for the large quantity of sperm. The latest Medical report found that the male testes is a good source of stem cells and it can be coaxed to mutate to other vital cells of human vital organs- the heart, the liver, the lung. Soon, the human male specie may face the problem of the Great Big Whale. When he is checked in for an operations and given general anesthetic, he needs to check whether both of the testes are stil intact. That’s how the male whale feel – not only loosing one testes but of loosing their life altogether. On the other hand, they should be caught and using an advance technique to masturbate their sperm out , they may be more than willing to do so and enjoy it too ( as in the case of humans at their early age or making a donation at the sperm bank) .

On the other hand , the Western NGOs are fast to take up and champion the issue of the Third World Country .These western NGOs should also highlight all the Western and American history who not only killed the animals but also did kill human beings which may not consider then as full human. They killed lots of Red Indians in Americas.. They killed lots of Aztec Indian in South Americas. They disintegrated the aborigines of Australia and the Maoris of New Zealand . The Indian were killed on the Black Hole of Calcutta or at Amritsa and the Zulus were eliminated by the thousands in South Africa. The Chinese were too many to deal with and it was better to give them opium to be addicted . The same strategy was used against the Vietnamese with napalm and yellow agent besides heavy bombing. The European ( who blamed it to the Germans ) was responsible for the holocaust which eliminated millions. The best example was the dropping of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that killed thousand Japanese. The West will say apologetically, lets forget about the past but the forefathers were responsible then. But now they are actively accusing Malaysia of clearing the jungles killing the Orangutans and the hunting ground for the Orang Penans. The West @ OrangBarat strongly felt that the Orangutans and Orang Penan should be left on their own to roam the jungle and should not be given the opportunity to walk the streets of KL or to stay the campus of Malaysian Universities or to go to London or Washington except they were bring as show piece for exhibition in Enviromentalist seminars to get more funds for the NGOs. The West was romantising of becoming the Robinson Crusoe and they wanted the Third World to be their servant Fridays. They want us to keep our jungles so that it will absorb the carbon emission that their industries and automobiles are emitting for free. It seems tto be our duty to support them on that environment. If not, we are accused of destroying the environment that will destroy the whole world.

The Sabahan don’t kill their turtles. The turtle eggs are on sale at the wet market. However, the law stated to sell or buy or keep the turtle eggs is an offense with very heavy punishment if convicted. However, if you go to the Sandakan market, the “turtle touts” will whisper to you “ Boss nak telor penyu ( like the pimp who whisper to the prospective client ). Usually , I will be polite to refuse them by answering jokingly , “Tak mau lah Boss, saya dah ada dua biji”. This whispering system had been used in the fish auction system in the fish market. The Malaysian rubber auction system is also by the whispering system. Even in the stock market and commodity market like the CBOT now had been converted to whisper system via the clicking of the computer keyboard. Gone are the days of the open outcry that we see in the P Ramlee’s film ( Tiga Abduls) when P. Ramlee auctioned Ahmad Nesfu for a few dinars and dirhams. Besides the whispering, the turtle touts also show the hand signal – the meeting thumb and the index finger which form the alphabet “O” or number zero “0”, that’s the standard sign when everything is OK. That’s the sign when the food is delicious in the Mediterranean, French or Italian Restorante. But don’t ever do that at Jalan Chow Kit Road or Jalan Alor or at cheap sleazy hotels since it means a different thing altogether. If two Lorries were to meet each other on the road, one lorry driver may show that “ O” sign with flashing lights, it means that there is a road block in front . The O sign represents the Malaysian police badge . However, with development of camera /hand phones, the hand signals seem to be phased off. They send the professional team known as Tonto to survey and tail the presence of the Police and JPJ. They drive powerful vehicles and literally can bump of the police patrol of the road. In fact , the Tonto is more daring than the Lone Ranger.

In the Philippines, the turtles are very important politically. It was once reported that during the election under President Marcos, he was able to obtain the full votes from an island which is only inhabited by turtles. This is the “ turn turtle” votes is where the postal votes will help to turn the results of the election. There were once even unfounded allegations, accusations and counter allegations that the Trengganu turtles were also able to vote. Nevertheless , it is what the British called the process of the swing of the pendulum .Once the Conservative is in power and the when the swing on the other side , the Labour will com to power. As in Trengganu , it is the swing of the pendulum which resulted the changing colours from blue to green to blue…what is important is that the colour of people future should also be bright and not bleak.

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