Time flies and it has been 14 months since I landed in Cambodia. It have been a new experience when I arrived and I am glad to write that I have learn a lot from my experience with the human factor.
First of all my apartment mate. A lady who always think that she is very nice to people and never is wrong. How can a lady who always wants her things way all the time can be a nice lady? How can a lady who always think of herself can be a nice lady? How can a lady who will complained to the top man in the company about me not greeting her mother a nice lady when I came back from Malaysia after my mom's funeral feeling depressed and sad and have no wish to say a single word to anyone? How can a lady who will not compliment me back to the top man that I did talk to her mother the next day be a nice lady? How can a lady who wants to make me the excuse to move out of the apartment to another apartment out of this building a nice lady when it was suggest that she should move to another apartment in the same building and she refuse? Complains and complains all the time and what is my crime? My crime is that I don't want to talk and socialise with her. I have the right to choose who I want to mix with. Is that a CRIME???
Secondly, my supervisor who came over to join the company in March this year. This is my biggest nightmare I have encountered thoughout my working life. A new kid on the block who thinks he knows everything there is to know on the situation over here after one week. I have been scolded by him everyday from his second week onwards. He don't ask for reasons or fact to the situation but just hammered on and on just like the Chinese saying.. you dont need any capital to scold people!! There is nothing you can do but wait until he stop and present your rationale to him which he will never be happy with the answer given. For your information, the top man is aware of my situation and the reasons given. Worst when my mother passed away and I was back in Malaysia to sort out my mom's things after the funeral, it seem that this supervisor has no compassion. Can you imagine this! A colleague from here called me to inquire about a task and it seem while talking to me, my supervisor just grabbed the phone from him and scolded me regarding the task why there is no proper handover from the previous staff in charge. An experience man in this company would know that this handover of knowledge cannot be done without having the data available to teach at the time of changing key holders of the system.
Finally one day after another scolding the previous night, I actually laugh when I realised he lied about having some papers on the project he wanted done which he did not have at all and has scolded me for not coming forwarded to get these paper from him the previous day. How unreasonable this man can be? Creating a lie just to scold me! To summarise all this scolding I am getting - I have been manipulated, tricked and lied to by him.
Even tagging along on a trip with some staff which he has ask these staff to use the company car to do some site visit, I got blamed for using of the company car. This comes from the courtesy of my apartment mate who told me to tell another colleague that she wants the car the following day and in which I replied I am not in charge of the car and have asked her to speak to this colleague directly. I was classified as RUDE to her and thus a complain was lodged with him.
The Chairman of the company will be here to visit next week with his entourage. For the past two visits by the Chairman last year, I was put in charge of co-ordinating the arrangement with the event management company and handles the paper work including running errands. This time round, another local staff is handling this task. I learned that my supervisor has classified that such task is not my duty and I will not be involved at all this time round - which is fine with me. He and the local staff do not have the experience in handling this task before and they also did not seek my help. Somehow, when things are not moving smoothly due and can you imagine this? He can complain to some colleague that I did not give a helping hand. WHAT A JOKE? Seem the Event Director is having problem with them in getting things approved.
Yesterday, I was very happy to hear the news that my request for transfer back to the parent company in Malaysia has been approved and I will be leaving Cambodia in two weeks' time. At the same time I felt sad as there is a lot of things what have yet to be done and I no longer able to assist.
I will missed the local colleages I have made friends with and also the top man in the company whom the staff admired in his handling of affairs for the company. God bless him and the local friends I have here!