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The Kampung Boy Who Never Lost Sight Of His Dreams
As a teenage boy living in Kampung Paya, Bukit Mertajam, Jamal used to dream big that maybe one day, he would venture beyond the borders of his little village and be somebody. As he sat on the verandah of his home with his younger brother, they made a conscious decision that day – they would learn to construct kampung houses to help support their family and learn to do it well.
That was the moment when Jamaluddin Bin Abdullah, 55, now a successful contractor living in Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai, found his calling in life. Initially the two siblings learned the basics from the village contractor whom they became assistants to. After a few years, they grew quite adept at their work and began to take on constructing
kampung houses on their own. Soon, word started to spread to neighbouring villages of their skills and they began to get more and more work since their prices were reasonable and their workmanship was of superior quality. Jamal’s dreams were on its way. Sensing his calling in life, Jamal as he is better known, then went through a host of government sponsored contractor courses to further develop his skills. “I worked as a sub-contractor in Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan in the ‘70s and ‘80s where I worked on office buildings as well as landscaping.” It was in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan that he met his wife in the late ‘70s. They then returned to Bukit Mertajam a few years later to start a family, while he continued to expand his business.
Jamal worked his way up with steadfast determination and continuously strive to improve his family’s circumstances. “I was 11 when my mother passed away. Being the eldest boy among 10 siblings, I had to look after my family’s well-being,” he relates. It was not easy keeping the younger ones at bay, especially with all the negative social influences from their village friends. “I did not realize it at the time but it proved to be excellent training when it came to successfully bringing up my own kids later”.
Indeed, he and his wife have done well. Their two sons have attained success beyond Jamal’s wildest dreams. Their eldest, Mohd. Nasri, 29, currently works as an Offshore Engineer in Kerteh and is an Oxford double degree holder in Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology while their youngest, Mohd. Zamri, 28, is a Senior Research & Development Engineer in Kuala Lumpur. “It is all about instilling good values into their lives,” he says proudly, explaining that he was a very stern father as he was afraid that his kids would be led astray. “I had seen many of the children in my kampung end up as social delinquents, so I had to be quite protective for the sake of our family’s future,” he says. He explains that his sons were always top of their class thanks to their self-driven natures as well as a little push from mom and dad. “My wife and I made it a point to go over their school work every single day and we even used to mark it, which of course drew the ire of the teachers, who several times requested that we meet with them for an explanation,” he laughs. But thanks to their guidance, the boys have their priorities in order, choosing to establish their careers first before pursuing things like buying a house and car or getting involved in relationships.
“Since young, they have thrived on challenges,” he explains. Jamal’s belief in attaining his dreams is also evident when it comes to his vehicle of choice. “Ever since I first set my eyes on a Honda in the early ‘70s, I have admired their advanced technology. They always seem to be ahead of the game,” he says. After years of dreaming of owning a Honda, he finally purchased his first Honda, a 5th generation Civic in the early ‘90s although he had his eyes on the previous Civic model. “I have got a thing for the latest Honda models because the specs are always updated. So, as soon as the 6th generation Civic came out, I traded in my car for that,” he says. Jamal’s secret to being able to afford the latest Honda models is his innate ability to maintain his cars well, thus getting a high resale value. Since then, he has gone on to own 7th and 8th Generation Civics as well as a CR-V and City in recent times. “The whole family loves Honda cars and we intend to keep driving them for many years to come,” he happily says.
As we have learned from Jamal’s life, nothing is unachievable if one truly believes in their dreams. That belief has seen him grow from a poor village boy to a successful contractor while guiding his children towards becoming highly successful professionals in their own right. Kudos to Jamal and his family.