Told my mother over a light lunch at the Curve today that I have cancelled my plan to buy a house in KL.
She had been bugging me to buy at least an apartment.
Good investment, she said.
My mother was not happy when I told her about my decision.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me: Property prices will go down.
Mother: Property prices never go down la. Buy landed and there is no way it will go down.
Me: Nope. I'm quite sure it will go down after the next general election.
Mother: Don't talk nonsense May (my Chinese name)....
Me: Really Ma. A lot of people will be selling their property after the election. You will want to sell your place too.
Mother: Why would I want to do that? Your father and me love the house. There is no way we are going to sell it.
Me: You and the others will want to migrate. So you have to sell your properties, okay.
Mother: Why would I want to migrate for?
Me: Ma, you are a Muslim, remember....the hardline Malay Muslims are combining their forces and going to take over after the next general election. They will implement the so-called Islamic laws. You will be subjected to it. Do you think you can take it?
(My mother took several minutes to digest what I told her)
Mother: I think you are exaggerating. It will not come to that.
Me: Well, it's okay if you don't want to believe me. But I think you better start to learn to be a better Muslim and get used to being one. Just in case. They are already starting with the hudud in Kelantan. Do you still remember how to wear the tudung?
Mother: Hahahaha...very funny. You are not such a good Muslim too May. You done your zohor prayers already?
Me: Not yet. Later, okay. By the way, I'm going to ask KH (my Singaporean cousin) to look around for a place for me in Singapore. She can buy it for me under her name.
Mother: May, you are so full of crazy ideas. Why don't you just buy a house in Melbourne instead like Ah Poh?
Me: Melbourne is too far away. Anyway, I am actually buying the place in Singapore for you and Pa. All our relatives are in Singapore. I know you all are too stubborn to realise that things will get hard after the Muslim hardliners take over. By that time, it will be difficult to get a good price for the Subang house.
Mother: Well, will you be joining us in Singapore then?
Me: Nope, I am staying put. I am going to open a boutique selling burqa and other clothes for Muslim women. I think I will make lots of money. Oh, I will also try to get myself a Dragunov rifle, just in case.
Mother: Can you please don't talk like that in front of your father later? He has always been sad that you have been so different from other girls.
Me: Pa will understand me better.
Mother: Eh, stop talking nonsense, okay. let's go for a foot massage after this. I belanja you, okay?
Me: Okay...err, I want full body massage, can?