Eight years ago, Darulaman Heights was just like any other residential area comprising of an assortment of lecturers, teachers, several doctors, a few lawyers, bankers, "conventional "businessmen, several politicians and of course, retirees like my husband and I. I think most people like it here because they get to enjoy a free golf and club membership with Darulaman Golf And Country Club plus a bit of the country living which promises peace and tranquility.
Most of us are ordinary people living very ordinary lives until we have this invasion of highly ambitious entrepreneurs who have achieved some measure of success through their newly launched products, mostly herbal in nature. They roared in their gleaming new Brabus, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and snapped up all the bungalows or vacant lots that were up for sale. Extensive renovations were soon under way to transform these modest bungalows into something more majestic befitting of those who have just acquired fame and fortune.
I suppose if one is a herbal freak with no fear for side effects, then having all these people around saves the time and trouble of having to drive out to town to get their products. They are very courteous and cordial and would readily oblige you with your requests for their products, no extra charge for sending them straight to your doorstep!
However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. We did not get to enjoy this prompt and personalised service for long. Apparently the wealth that they had accumulated thus far wasn't sufficient to sustain their high style of living. The trappings of wealth which were boldly flaunted began to disappear one by one, very slowly and subtly at first but eventually gaining such a momentum that everything was gone within a few months. It must have been very miserable and embarassing but I suppose, there was nothing they could do to stop the twist of fate.
However, a few are still going strong. One of them is the guy who claims to have found the secret formula to eliminating obesity once and for all, despite his very own protruding belly under the rather elaborate tuxedo ensemble. Business is obviously booming for he has added a brand new Mercedes 350 CLS to his fleet of cars and has just been conferred a Datukship. This one goes round telling that he aspires to be a billionaire in 5 years time. It's always good to be positive. (I think it took Donald Trump a bit longer than that) Good luck, Datuk.
Further down the road is yet another one who has made it big. This one has a Bentley, a Lumborghini, a Ferrari, two Porsche, a BMW 7 series, a Hummer, a mini cooper and 2 Harley Davidson in tow. Pretty impressive, I say, and all these in good old ulu Jitra, believe it or not!!!
Well, I must say it does me proud sharing the same neighbourhood with all these colourful people. It's not often that one gets to rub shoulders with multi-millionaires and a billionaire wannabe. Who knows, these ambitous people might just transform Darulaman Heights to Damansara Heights.