Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My gardener


This is my gardener when I was in Sg Jernih Estate. I can say that Sarawathy (her name but I used to greet her as "Achi", "Achi" means aunty in Tamil language) is a hardworking woman I have seen in my life.
Her husband left her with a daughter but as a mother, she believed that she can survive if she work hard.
Even though, she greet me as "aya" (estate worker need to solute the officer as sir) but I treat her as part of my family. I understand that she need more money to support her daughter. Thus, as a top management, I will give her a lot work that she can earn. She never refuse my work and always work in neat. she is the best worker in my life as planter.

2 comments:

McBudu said...

When KLK bought over Kerling Estate from Guthrie, I was sent to South Division as the first KLK Assistant manager in Charge. Kerling then was divided into 2 estates, South Division eventually became Sg Jernih Estate. When we decided that name, we were just look at the estate map and notice a river by name of Sg Jernih, we proposed to the MD (then Mr Ong Beng Kee) and he agreed. There it goes Sg jernih Estate.

I was staying in the Bungalow on top of the hill for a year, before a new manager came. So I had to move out.

I have then renovated and upgraded a staff house near the Tamil School (Close to the labour Quarters)and stay there before transfered to Bukit Dato in Segamat, the last posting before I left plantation.

Melvin Rodri said...

it must have been real great living in that hilltop bungalow in south div.
I was there for a short stint in early 80's..when guthrie owned it...lovely durians from a couple of trees there too