The Old Boys think they know best, sebab dulu diorang sekolah kat situ and they had gone through the student's life, so they know all the dos and don'ts, what suits the students best and bla bla bla. The teachers pon think they know best, because they ARE the bread and butter of the school, diorang yang mengajar budak-budak tu from 8 to 2 everyday, they know their students and bla bla bla. And at the same time, budak-budak STAR pon think they know best, because they are what the school is after all, STAR is their home, situlah tempat bermain, situlah tempatnya jatuh dan bangun, bla bla bla. So what do we have here...? It's no longer gajah bertemu gajah, pelanduk mati di tengah-tengah, tapi pertembungan 3 penjuru yang takde a common point of interest. Tak ke pening kepala tu...?
Reading the series of articles written by an old boy, I couldn't help but to wonder whether everthing he wrote is actually representing the real situation. Yelah, the writer himself mesti ada kepentingan peribadi kan? Sama ada kepentingan diri sendiri atau kepentingan STAROBA as an organisation. Kadang-kadang aku rasa what he wrote was a mere exaggeration. He may not have intended to exaggerate it, but did he really know what was going on when he wrote it..? Aku rasa, yang paling sesuai nak berikan pandangan tentang keadaan sebenar di sekolah adalah cikgu-cikgu dan para pelajarnya.
But again, these people also have their own self-interest that they want to defend and uphold. Be it noble or not, conscious or not, you just couldn't deny this fact. So sekarang memang terletak pada budi bicara masing-masing sama ada nak percaya sapa. For me, it has been a diffcult task because I simply do not know whom should I trust most. It's just that, before you jump into any conclusion, please have your facts ready. Jangan membabi-buta buat tuduhan ni finah tu. You only go into war when you have the gun in hand.
Hati kecil aku lebih berat untuk percaya kepada cikgu-cikgu. Entahlah. Maybe sebab aku sempat diajar oleh most of them. And aku sangat rapar dengan most of them. So to be told, or to be made believed what the teachers had done and acted is simply outrageous. Hardly belivable. Or am I simply being biased here...?
Yesterday, I was just being informed that many teachers have been transferred. I was shocked honestly. I mean, I was already expecting that, knowing the influence that STAROBA has and what had happened in 2002. But not to this extent. Sekarang ni, kalau aku gi STAR, tak tau la sape je yang tinggal. Ramai cikgu pon dah merajuk, both with STAROBA and the students. Sapa yang rugi...? Definitely the students.
Given the privilege to manouvre the students' ship in 2004 as the captain, the experience I have gained from it is vast and deep. Banyak sangat benda yang aku belajar. It has taught me about life, particularly a STARIAN's life. I think, the two most essential ingredients in solving this problem are trust and integrity. The old boys must trust the way the school is dealing with the school administration. They must trust how the teachers are educating their children. And Old Boys need to have integrity when intervening with the school's affairs. Do it with the utmost respect and sincerity.
The teachers have to trust that STAROBA has the best of intention to contribute to the school. It is their alma mater after all. None of us, the Old Boys that is, want to see the school crumbles and falls. We will do our best to defend the school and to uphold the legacy that we have left behind. The teachers must also possess the integrity in doing their job. Bukan nak tuduh sesapa, tapi profesion seorang guru adalah suatu pekerjaan yang teramatlah mulia. After all, tanpa cikgu-cikgu semua, siapalah kami. Nonetheless, don't violate the trust that we have in you. We trust, love and celebrate you, but once you cross the boundary, I'm sorry, you have just lost our respect for you.
Students, STARIANS, you also have a vital part in this whole drama. Please jangan jadi batu api. Jangan marakkan lagi api yang sedang membara ni. Whatever it is, your first channel of voicing your concerns and problems is the school. And, if and only if, the school seems unable to resolve your tantrums, baru la pergi cari channel lain, preferably PIBG. Then barula STAROBA ke ape. I think the main problem is when anak STAROBA yang buat hal kat sekolah. He will immediately go to his dad when something happens. Bapaknya pulak, punyalah sayangkan anak, terus ambil tindakan dengan melaporkan kepada STAROBA without actually confirming the facts. Entahlah. Based on my own personal experience, selalunya anak-anak STAROBA ni yang suka buat hal. Not all the time, but we had a number of cases back then. Don't get me wrong. Aku sendiri merupakan anak Old Boy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. It's just that, tolonglah jangan abuse that position. Treat yourself as simply another STARIAN. Back then, no one knew my dad was an Old Boy, not until for quite a sometime.
Respect your teachers and they will have equal respect for you. Sayang mereka dan mereka akan sayang korang balik. Tak percaya..? Haha.. Go and ask anyone from my batch. Our last year in STAR was undoubtedly the best of all. Simply because all the teachers (almost...) sayang and cherished us, as much as we sayang them. Barulah best nak belajar. Ilmu pon berkat.
I doubt this crisis can ever be solved; looking at the ruckus that is happening now and how all parties are dealing with it. But something need to be done. Urgently. After all, who, given the right mind, doesn't want to see the STAR sparkles again...?
p/s: Maaf kepada pembaca yang langsung tidak mengerti, have absolutely no idea, apakah yang penulis nukilkan dalam post kali ini. It is meant for a STARIAN's eyes only.