When I grew up in the kampong, Life was sublime bonding was strong.
I had many friends young and old, Rich and poor were all in the fold.
As I grew up I moved out of town To study in a world I hadn't known.
To part from friends was not easy, It was for my future they say.
I was sent to the Malay College, A school built for the privileged.
Life had become quite hectic, To meet the school's objective.
From school I was sent to varsity, Located in Singapore city.
An institute with melting pot Of all races, the whole lot.
I studied for new skills to acquire Which four long years would require.
The country was approaching independence, We wanted to be part of the new nation.
Our leaders laid the foundation For a multi-racial nation.
We strived and toiled to make it happen. Everyone was united then.
Alas, now that I have retired, I see the country being squandered.
Race and religion are touted, Law and order are flouted.
The economy is in tatters From which everyone suffers.
Ya Allah, give us compassion, Show us the way to salvation.
Cry my beloved country. O, what will the future be.
Perth, 1st January 2017