Sunday, October 08, 2006
Guru Halim -Mathematical Genius on our streets or ?
Those of you who frequent the Jalan Masjid India or Masjid Jamek KL areas would have come across this man with his loud hailer and portable whiteboard and a marker in his hand, calling out to passerbys and ask them to wait for a while as he scribbles some solutions to mathematical problems using the left brain /right brain theory he puts forth as his discovery!
Former Maths teacher Abdul Halim Bustaman, 52, is quite a sight with his flowing jubah and sporting a kopiah and wispy beard, standing in the blistering sun, trying to seek attention from Malaysians and foreigners passing past his chosen spot of the day! A real character to behold!
Many hurry past the self-acclaimed 'Chief Scientist of the World'! Hehehehehe!..
What more after taking in the sight of his battered remnants of a loudhailer that squeaks forth his 'maths lecture' to them no matter whether there are people willing to stop for a while and be his audience!
His sunburnt, weather beaten darkened face, breaks into a smile and greets me as I approach him and ask him why he's exposing himself to the scorching heat of Ramadhan's blistering midday sun?
He speaks eloquently contrary to the image of a man who has been too long in the sun so to speak!
He doesn't come across as a wacko or mentally imbalanced as one would usually assume about someone who does what he is doing ; spending time out there in the streets of KL, teaching mathematical solutions to society who usually do not give a hoot about such knowledge except if it is some artiste or glam icon out to waste their time listening to hedonistic pursuits such as song and dance!
Despite his being sort of looked at as some sort of cracko out there on the streets, Cikgu Halim takes it all in his stride and exhibits a resolve, we would normally not see amidst us in society!
Is he a mathematical genius or among those we call as gone cuckoo?
Even Mastika, a popular local Malay version of Readers Digest saw fit to publish an article about this phenomenon on our KL streets in their December 2003 edition!
He keeps talking about using the right side of the brain to solve such mathematical problems easily and so on.
Many stop for a while to look at him in action but as predicted, they'd sort of ponder for a few seconds at the spectacle before them and then move on dismissing him as another 'weirdo' on the streets of Masjid India and Masjid Jamek areas of KL.
Is he a genius or another of those identifiable as among the 'confirmed cases' roaming our streets of Kuala Lumpur?
Wallahu 'alam bissawab!