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-----Original Message-----
From: Ong Hua Meng [mailto:onghuameng@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, 19 October, 2001 2:36 PM
To: nwatch_usj16; nw12; nw17; Robert E Chan(NW23); Yee Foon Kong
Subject: Fwd: [nwatch_usj18] Re: D2D Visit
A good account of NW experience to a NW member

 

-- FonZie <fonzie@usj.com.my> wrote:
To: nwatch_usj18@yahoogroups.com
From: "FonZie" <fonzie@usj.com.my>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 05:55:53 -0000
Reply-to: nwatch_usj18@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nwatch_usj18] Re: D2D Visit

Dear Good Neighbours of USJ18,

I have stayed in USJ18 for about 3-5 years now. I can still remember my first exposure to community service when we, residents, were "hit" by MPSJ's "upgrading our tax status" via the assessment tax for USJ18. That's where and when I met Raymond, Bankeat, Jeff Ooi and a few other people...

I was struck by the commitment and friendliness (if I may add "ordinariness") shown by these people in that first meeting on a Sunday at the place now occupied by Sri Melor restaurant. They were just ordinary folks like you and me.

Later when Raymond started the Neighbourhood Watch project, at my wife's urging, I decided to participate. I can still remember the first meeting held at Mrs Liam's house. It slowly dawns on me that OUR neighbourhood was on to something BIG and BENEFICIAL.

I remembered very well, our first pot-luck event to commemorate the launch of the NW project. It was held right beside my house and it was the start of some history setting events for OUR neighbourhood.

It was raining prior before the start of the event. I thought for the worst, attendance-wise. However, on the appointed hour the rain stopped (a good omen), and just like a Steven Speilberg movie or an X-File episode, I saw neighbours slowly emerged from their houses and gathered at the venue. From my vantage point, I could see groups of people - young and old, people of all races - emerging from the slightly darkened and damp streets and grouped at the junction in front of my house. The crowd became bigger and bigger. It was an eerie feeling, but also a very satisfying and proud one. This memory would forever remains in me and strike an emotional chord in me, as well. That's when I coined the words "OUR neighbourhood is somehow blessed by our kind friend up there" and it has remains true on ALL the subsequent social events the NW committee has held - weather-wise.

To coin another word from Raymond, this "bugger has been driving up and down" to join his patrol mates (Aru, Syed, Tee, Dean - take a bow!) to do their community service ever since its inception - rain or shine, except for the Y2K event and when medically "sidelined" which only occurred once, God willing remains so ;)-

I now have MORE FRIENDS and NEIGHBOURS (too many to list down) and through OUR friendship, I have come to value community services as my "calling from our friend up there" and God willing, would forever remains so.

Rgds,
FonZie


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