The Homeless Man Called Razak

Back in 2003, my dad lent me one of his company car (I was also a trainee there). I used to stroll around up and down town. You know young adults, going out (dating) was the way to go.


Jalan Tun Razak is a busy trunk road, bad traffic during waking hours. Whenever I got stuck in traffic, I’d look out the window, searching a familiar homeless man. He’s always there, day, night, morning, evening. I nicknamed him Razak.

Whenever I pass the road, I’d show him a thumbs up. On good days, he’d wave and smiled, bad ones, he’d lift his middle finger.

One day while I was eating at Semarak Food Court, I saw him. He was jumping from one stall to another asking for food. He was constantly being dejected. No one wants to feed him.

I pulled out a chair and asked him to dine with me. I wanted to know Razak personally and see him up close. He could entertain my lonesome lunch.

His cloth and body looked like it survived World War 2, he stinks like a rotten rat, he has only a few tooth left and long white hair covered his face. He’s just like any other homeless man, scary in many ways.

Once he’s done with lunch, we started talking.

He told me that he used to be rich. In an unfortunate event, his wife and kids left with all his money. (Of course I didn’t buy the story, he’s not exactly a sane man).

I asked him whether he has gotten any help with his daily living. Unfortunately, non. Somedays he eats, somedays he doesn’t. He sleeps at the back alley, card board as his matress and his cloth as his blanket. It’s a pitiful sight (if you can ever imagine).

After an hour long conversation, I told him, I’m leaving.

He pulls out a discolored and eyeless teddy bear from his cart and handed to me, a sign of gratitude. I insisted he keep it. He nodded in agreement.

That was the last time I saw Razak. If I recall, there was a crack down in 2005, to shelter all homeless people. I guess he’s part of the plan.

Every now and then as I pass Jalan Tun Razak, I think of him. Has he eaten? Did he sleep well? Can he survive the monsoon rain? I can only hope he’s fine.

I wish I could’ve done more.

ps: Heading to Kuale Kangso tomorrow!

pss: To that person, don’t miss me too much πŸ™‚


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  1. siapakah “that person”? hehe. πŸ™‚

  2. Wey.. I wrote a lengthy post, and you want to ask that person je? Mane bole πŸ˜€

    Sape2 yg perasan, kire that person la.

  3. Nice one. :up: πŸ‘Ώ 😎

  4. hurm..i’m quite intrigued to know who is that person too..especially after that ‘wedding dream’..lols..

    anyways..its a nice story..enjoy reading it..

  5. wow! it’s good lesson to teenager and other. I think someone will try to dig more about that person. It was interesting story. who is he long time ago before he become like that. There is secret and valuable inside him!

    I loved the way both of you communicate to each other, the attitude. hope he’s doing fine now..

  6. bro..i also have some homeless in Rohas..didn’t get the chance to talk to them..will do soon….

    going back to kuale too tomorrow..and got some event in ipoh…at sae’s i’ll see around kuale this weekend ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. This piece is good. Thanks NH.

  8. saye rindu kamoo Abg NH ! πŸ˜›

  9. What happen next to Razak remains a mystery. Have you asked his real name? Poor Razak..and other homeless ppl. It’s very rare to see homeless ppl in my place, tho.

    Agree with the 1st commenter..who’s ‘that person’ …hehe

  10. Hurrmmm.. jangan biarkan diri anda di selubingi misteri Razak.. btw.. u such a nice person.. secara jujur.. aku pasti tidak akan belanja makan org sebegitu.. aku takut.. kerana tidak semua org sebegitu baik hatinya seperti razak.. ada yang mahu ambil kesempatan ke atas kebaikan kita.. hurmm…

  11. Kind of touchy story you have here Eddie.

    It’s a good start to show off the soft side of yours. Remember your promise.

  12. zaman skrg ni…kita makin takut kebaikan org..takut ada udang di sebalik mee

    tapi…Allah ajar jangan berprasangka buruk..berserah…kita jalankan kewajipan kita dan balasannya bukan kita yang akan tentukan.

    sesuatu terjadi ada sebab dan kisah yang tak tercapai akal ilmu kita utk mengetahuinya

  13. Aku kerja kat Jln Tun Razak dulu, selalu nampak dia kat stall Pekeliling bus station. Kadang2 aku nampak kat Semarak. Kesian dia..

  14. Ahh! Ko kenal la homeless mane yg aku ckp ni kan? Small world.

  15. Takut jugak Kak Jie. Kalau die lompat terkam. Tak pasal transfer penyakit yg kite sendiri pon tak pasti. Betul dak?

    Pepatah Melayu, buat baik berpada-pada, buat jahat jgn sekali.

  16. My promise? What’s exactly my promise?

  17. Sallikin, your birthday kan? Happy Bday bro!

    Satu hari, bile kau berharte, ko hulur mane yg mampu. Percayelah, balasan kat dunie & akhirat sgt besar.

  18. That person – sesiape yg perasan la πŸ˜€

    I did ask his real name, but I couldn’t recall. It’s an old story.

  19. Haikk.. belom pergi Kuale lagi dah rindu?

  20. Belanje je die makan. Bagi duit, nanti die beli booze. Susah susah.

    See you in Kuale. I’ll arrive in the evening.

  21. I’m not sure on which post, but the one that you mentioned want to start to write a story. A sad story or something, I forgot what it was.

  22. Some people say – just give them home.

    But it’s not as easy as you say it πŸ™

  23. I did mention I want to write soft stories, but I dont ever recall making a promise.

    Is this one close enough to meet you demand?

  24. Some people just dont understand that these homeless were broken down to bits. Its very hard for them to change their lifestyle, as in going back to work. They’ve probably lost all hopes before being cornered to homeless.

    As silly as it may seem, it’s better to be homeless than suicidal.

  25. My demand? Well I’m sure it is others demand too, right guys? Close or no close, I still love reading your blog. :up: :up:

  26. old boys weekend ke ?

  27. erk..!! my birthfay is on 19th of April.. terawal 2 hari plak ko ni.. btw.. THANKS.. (^_^)

  28. wah, nice one NH.
    tapi kenapa tetiba bercerita pasal en. razak yang homeless?
    harap2 perkara yang baik2 saja happen to him. πŸ™‚

  29. Kalau tak kau penginap rumah kusta ler hehe πŸ˜†

  30. Kenal cuma aku tak tau nama dia, from story kau aku rasa aku kenal kot

  31. aku pernah tjumpa org mcm tu.
    tp bkn homeless. masih ada keja.sbg pak guard.
    dia kononnya pun pernah menjadi kaya. sbg kontraktor.
    bila kwn tipu dlm perniagaan. dia jadi muflis.
    isteri tinggalkan dia. bawa sekali anak2.

    apa yg si ‘Razak’ ceritakan mungkin ada benarnya.
    kesan psikologi terhadap manusia adalah berat kalau seseorang tu tak dapat menanggung.
    kesudahannya mungkin dapat kita lihat dari ‘razak’ itu sendiri.

    ayat aku terlalu skema ke? πŸ˜›

  32. Who’s that guy?

  33. kadang2 aku buat gak camni
    masa tengah makan bila ada budak2 minta derma
    aku akan tanya dulu dah makan ke belum
    biasanya budak2 tuh takut nak makan sebab takut kena marah
    aku insist gak. hehe lahap gak diaorang makan
    memang diaorang tengah lapar
    ada sekali tuh siap ask me to tapau somemore
    kesian aku tengok….
    daripada aku bagi duit baik aku bagi sepinggan nasi berlauk kan… πŸ™‚

  34. haha. cik razak barangkali. dlm cerita KAMI. huhu!

  35. akoo pon dok main jalan tue gak. tapi tade la akoo pandang kiri kanan. biasa la. scut….

  36. ok i wont miss you too much πŸ˜€

  37. You’re very kind person. Semoga rezeki anda semakin bertambah… =)

  38. eddie…update kan aku bout whats happening during this year’s obw…xdpt nak pegi…

  39. it was touching that you did that to a stranger like that. as for me, i would never do that (not when i am alone, that is). not to be biased or discriminating or whatever, but i am actually kind of afraid of them as i have had a bad experience with homeless folks before (being chased by a loon at petaling jaya). scary!

  40. ed, i hope if he died, he’d die with dignity (i.e. properly kapan-ed and buried). kesian.

  41. hanya mampu mendoakan dia selamat di dunia,aminn πŸ™‚

  42. ed-ku is being ed-ku
    that simple
    no particular hidden reason for stating that

    dont miss me too much, too =)

  43. Still reading after all these years?

  44. i am much a history lover
    so yeah
    arent you? arent they? or is it just me?

  45. I purposely dig back your older entries to find this story. And I’ve been holding for too long to tell you this: I was touched by your story. Thanks for such an inspirational attitude you’ve showed and shared with us.

  46. Lame betul simpan. Pleasure is mine.

    Anyway, thank you for reading.

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