Just like we lost Shukri Hadafi, Adi Putra is not going anywhere. But no one is going to care.
Even more so when election is coming up. May be it is good that election is coming up. But solution for Adi Putra isn’t short term. One election opportunity is not going to solve it.
At one meeting I attended in July, someone said that Adi’s father was quite demanding. The man said that Adi’s father was difficult to please.
The man, though, did acknowledge that our system was not quite capable of handling Adi Putra. Most of our government agencies still require SPM! Only a few don’t, such as Bank Negara, and those agencies are looking into the situation. After two years, all those think tanks are still looking into the situation? It will never work. That is about as optimistic as I can get. I have said this before (see The Hadafi Syndrome).
What would have happened if Mozart went to a regular school as other children despite his talent in music? What would have happened if Mozart’s father didn’t capitalize on his talent?
I also don’t think it is very correct for Md Zulaimi Kazin to say that if Adi Putra was not a Malay, his problems would have been taken care of. Who took care of Chan Yao Ban? Who took care of Ainan Celeste Cawley? Who took care of Teh Kung Hwah? Chiang Ti Ming, who at the age of 15 was the youngest student ever admitted to CalTech and later graduated with a doctorate in particle physics at Cornell University, by the way, died early this year at the age of 30 in Seremban. Who took care of him?
The government is supposed to be the umbrella body: supporting and nurturing. The government must also realize that this is not a problem. This is actually an opportunity. Politicans can only scream and yell.
We do have bodies such as National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Malaysia. Apparently, that is not enough.
I can understand Zulaimi’s concern and I applaud his effort in lending support. Some of us can only shout, this writer included. But learning from experience, we should have expected this coming. We know we can’t rely upon the Government. Most of prodigies success stories involved huge sacrifices from the parents alone. We probably can expect a scholarship, as far as the Government is concerned.
Yet we all know that Adi Putra’s parents can’t afford the home schooling; financial wise, or otherwise. It is unfortunate, but geniuses can only die on their own. Hopefully we also pray and do’a.
In the end, life is what you make it. Allah says in Surah 13 ar-Ra‘d, verse 11:
لَهُ مُعَقِّبَاتٌ مِّن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ يَحْفَظُونَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِ اللّهِ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلاَ مَرَدَّ لَهُ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن دُونِهِ مِن وَا
For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Allah does not change a people’s lot unless they change what is in their hearts. But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect.
Bagi tiap-tiap seorang ada malaikat penjaganya silih berganti dari hadapannya dan dari belakangnya, yang mengawas dan menjaganya (dari sesuatu bahaya) dengan perintah Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah tidak mengubah apa yang ada pada sesuatu kaum sehingga mereka mengubah apa yang ada pada diri mereka sendiri dan apabila Allah menghendaki untuk menimpakan kepada sesuatu kaum bala bencana (disebabkan kesalahan mereka sendiri), maka tiada sesiapapun yang dapat menolak atau menahan apa yang ditetapkanNya itu dan tidak ada sesiapapun yang dapat menolong dan melindungi mereka selain daripadaNya.
Here I hope dear readers will enjoy this six-year-old Ethan Bortnick’s Tonight Show performance on 10th. May 2007.
Related article: The Hadafi Syndrome