At the invitation of my niece Maria, we met these four highly educated young Malaysians - middle class professionals, very urbane, perceptive and articulate - and we were so glad we did. We met young people who hold a lot of promise for this Malaysia, this Bumi Bertuah. If such conscientious young people are given an opportunity by the wiley old foxes - in the political and non-political establishment - to contribute effectively in the running of this country, then there will be hope for the future - for both the old and the very young.
They are all lawyers but unlike the earlier generations of lawyers they have branched out into diverse fields of finance, IT and renewable energy, Islamic Banking and Islamic Estate Planning. They are indeed indicators of some very worthwhile NEP investments.
With two of them, our connections began many years ago when they were just striplings.
Anis came with Maria to visit us in the Boon Lay flat in 1987 when they were both Form V students at Sekolah Tun Fatimah in JB. What a joy it was to see her again after 26 years!
|From Left to Right : Maria, Anis and the Gorgeous Geriatrics.|
As for Julie .........
.......... her parents were not able to attend her Convocation in 1993 at Liverpool University and as Maria's parents were present for her, we made ourselves available to Julie as her "rent-a- parents". We did the same for the two of them when they were called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1994 and up to the present day the two of them have not settled the rental payment!
Somehow we could not locate an image of the Fourth Person Zahid - the Man of the Moment - who paid the bill for the great lunch. But this photo is a demonstration of our appreciation. This yummilicious Cendol is for you, Zahid .....
.......... even though Anis and Maria scoffed most of it down.
During the meal, I referred to them as "middle-aged". This naturally met with a yell of disapproval! By the end of the lunch I had changed it to 'youngsters' and that pleased Julie no end.
Then, by the time Maria had left our house (on dropping us home) I asked her to thank the 'kids' - the juveniles!
From Uncle Iain and ma'ngah, thank you youngsters/kids/juveniles for the lunch and the time you gave us.
Here's a big hurray for the 1980s Generation!