When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a buffalo of my own. Almost every kid in my village has one – a source of my envy. How I remembered that I would cry each time my dad asked me to pull his old, lazy, ugly buffalo to the field. I wanted a young bull!
Fortunately, one day a local Catholic catechist was in an urgent need for money for his son’s wedding. So, he is willing to sell his bull for a mere RM250 (this was a large sum of money back then). My dad had a saving of only RM200 and he was prepared to part with it for the buffalo. The remaining RM50 was solved when I sold 15 of my chickens.
It was a young, handsome buffalo
So, the kind catechist explained to me, “Ko jaga-jaga ini karabau ah, baik butul ni macam saya juga”, he said. “Ingat ah, ini bukan karabau biasa, kalau ko kasi jalan dia, cakap “PUJI TUHAN” dan kalau kasi berenti, ko cakap “AMEN!”. Normally, all buffaloes in my village will understand “TAAN!” for STOP and “SIBOK!” for GO. This buffalo is indeed a buffalo of God.
“Okay, I’ve got it!” I thought, and said, “SIBOK!” to no result. “Ooh Sya lupa pula, PUJI TUHAN!” and the buffalo started off. This is nice, but I’d like to go a bit faster so I said again, “PUJI TUHAN!” again, and it went a bit faster. This continued a few more times until we were running along very fast. Then, there was a cliff ahead.
“TAAN! STOP!, BERENTI KAU!, KADA PANANGKUS,” but it didn’t stop. Then I remembered, AMEN!!!!!”
The buffalo stopped an inch from the edge of the cliff.
I wiped my brow and sighed, “PUJI TUHAN!”.
03 Dec 2010
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