Friday, December 27, 2013

"My great-great-great-grandfather is proud of me": Tukul Abdul Rahman

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"My great-great-great-grandfather is proud of me": Tukul Abdul Rahman

By Furano Yukihira
The Daily Magi
December 27, 2059

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi are currently in New Orleans, Louisiana, taking part in a number of activities leading up to the 2060 BCS National Championship Game against the Brigham Young Cougars at the Louisiana SuperDome on January 6 (kickoff: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, City/TVA Sports/ESPN/NHK/BBC). But while the buildup to what will hopefully be another successful title defense is looming large, senior halfback Tukul Abdul Rahman is on a personal trip: to visit the gravesite of his great-great-great grandfather, the Father of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The halfback will return to New Orleans in time for the New Year, but he was in Langgar, Malaysia, over the past few days to meet with friends back home and visit the Kedah Royal Mausoleum. There, Tukul is able to talk with the spirit of his great-great-great-grandfather about his own work and the legacy he is building.

"My great-great-great-grandfather is proud of me. I pay a visit every year to see him and speak with him, and he told me he is very pleased with what I have accomplished, and that's good," Tukul said via phone interview in Langgur, munching on a large piece of roti sayur. "He gives me great pointers on how to improve on my success. Some may say that it's impossible for me to talk with the spirits of those who have gone, but I am one of the few who can feel their presence and converse with them because they are people too.

"So my great-great-great granddad told me this week, 'You will be graduating this year, and when that happens, I don't have to teach you anything else because it's now all up to you go out there, make our family proud and this country proud because when you go out there on the football field, you are flying the flag for Malaysia and you represent everything that is wonderful about your homeland. Don't you forget this.' That's what he told me."

Tukul Abdul Rahman is the first-ever Malaysian born winner of the Heisman Trophy, and living proof that Malaysian-Canadians can also play the game of American football and its local variant. A political science major, Abdul Rahman is committed to going into politics back home after his professional football career finishes years from now. Before he left the mausoleom, Abdul Rahman placed a Mitakihara Magi football jersey on top, causing the place to radiate in rose, pink and white, with doves flying around in the distance.

"Even though Great-great-great Grandpa Tunku tells me that he doesn't have anything else to teach me, he still nags me like the great-great-great grandparent he is," Tukul said. "He bugs me and Hannah, but we've learned to accept it because his leadership, spirit and energy is in both of us and its fuels us to do our best.

"I can't wait to return to the States and rejoin my Madoka mates on the football team. I'm heading on a flight back in a few hours to meet up with them. I know what I have to do, and that's win another BCS Championship for the Best College Football Team in All of College Football. As always, the father of my country is watching in spirit, and I promise you, he will be celebrating with me once I lift the crystal football. 

"Tunku Abdul Rahman is a Madoka fan. He's part of my family. He's part of our family."

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