Treasure Island

Noor Othman

(4th August / Sri Menanti)

Brick to block - a city on dock


Brick by brick
Block by block
Many came and many click
To this new City people flock

Every city has unique history
Some to its strategic location in geography
Some to settlement at river mouth or tributary
This particular one begins with a University.

A sleepy hollow was what it was
A ghostly town, no economy it draws
No jobs no opportunity and no out-laws
Everything changed, when a University ashores

The name of the city is Kubang Kerian
University Hospital was the first block done
School of Medicine was next to run
Library and gymnasium later joined the sun

Keep walking and you will see more
Research animals are reared in store
Golf course and sports fields are there to explore
Where staff and students ‘fight' to score

The road is now packed, this city is changed
They are too many cars, the sight is strange
Many banks there are, even foreign exchange
Economy is booming, prices get deranged

Physical growth comes with a price
Rentals agents increase their slice
Folks demand, utilities aren't suffice
Some folks resort to their own device!


This poem is on the history of the physical growth of a city named Kubang Kerian, located in the north-eastern part of West Malaysia. It started as a sleepy town before the arrival of School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Submitted: Sunday, March 10, 2013

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