The Malaysia I remember growing up in was filled with people who are nice and polite. In school, we learn how to talk to people nicely. We learn how to not point with our fingers and instead use our thumbs. We learn to respect our elders. We learn to put our hand out and stoop if we’re walking in between two people who are talking.
We didn’t learn to:
1. Call people names
2. Curse other people
3. Disrespect someone else’s race, regilion or beliefs
4. Make snide remarks venomously
5. Step on people’s faces
The worse thing is, it is people of authority who are doing all this! These are people we have voted for. People who should be respected. And I know we’ve said this about many of the Barisan Nasional politicians before but those who have been condemning their actions – the opposition parties – are doing the same!
What am I ranting on about? What am I not?! There has been so many instances of disrespect by politicians from both sides of the political spectrum that I think they should all hang their heads in shame.
First of all, there was that horrible reaction to a reporter asking a question at a press conference in English by Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim (I blogged about it previously, and even shared video evidence).
Then we all remember (unfortunately) the “cow-head” incident in Shah Alam a while back to protest the building of a Hindu temple.
Last week, Penang Gerakan Youth chairman Oh Tong Keong’s statement was taken by the police over the burning of a poster with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s face. He denied the accusation.
DAP was not much better. At a Perak DAP Convention, members had stepped on a “doormat” – actually a large poster – with the faces of Hee Yit Foong, Mohd Osman Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (the former Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen who resigned to be Barisan Nasional-aligned independents).
Oh, and there was also a call for people to “pray” for PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and UMNO’s destruction by PAS Spiritual advisor Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
Tak malu ke? I’m sorry lah, but there is only one word for people like this: biadap.
Fine example you’re showing to Malaysians, and the world.
Even Perak Raja Muda, Raja Nazrin Shah, said in a recent talk titled The Role of Youths in Forging a Prosperous Malaysia, at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten):
â€œWe should be able to voice a different opinion without being insulted or threatened with humiliation.
â€œWe should attempt to bring others to our point of view not through coercion but by the force of our arguments and the justness of our cause.”
3.41pm Malaysian time (+8 GMT)