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Where did Malaysians learn to be so biadap?

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):

“We should be able to voice a different opinion without being insulted or threatened with humiliation.

“We 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.”

Le sigh.

3.41pm Malaysian time (+8 GMT)



I tend to agree with you on this. Kepimpinan melalui tauladan. Sheeeessshhhh…..


true true…
there are times when I think many youth and teenagers have better manner than our politicians….
and I follow politics these days simply for comic relief to help me unwind from my studies…there are other better options to learn about virtues, morality and integrity from other than those in power =p

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We can rant all we want. I’ve seen so many people in the community who have greater common sense and ethics through web publications and sometimes print media. But have they been heard? Yes and no. People like you and me read them all the time and nod our heads in agreement. No because when you flip next morning’s newspaper, politicians are playing the same game. In Malaysia, I don’t see a government. I see only politicians. I feel helpless in my own country. One day, there won’t be anyone voting in the general elections.

zas ishak

There is no doubt that the few people who control the mass media also control us 😛


No doubt the world has changed. The old times are so much better and peaceful.


kruel74: It’s sad isn’t it?

Idzwan: Of course, not everyone are angels. Lots of people are rude too. But you’d think the politicians would know how to set a better example.

Summer: I felt the same. I was wondering who I would vote for in the next GE.

Zas: Not sure what you are getting at.

WillyC: Not sure if it’s times that have changed, or people.


And you forget UMNO/BN Penang Opposition Leader Azhar Ibrahim using his rear end to make a point…

Leaders should lead by example first of all.


the irony is that these are the same people who love to point fingers at others for being biadab (eg. scantily clad foreign artistes, street protesters)

yet they demand our respect by default of their position in politics


i’m with summer, at the rate things are going i might not even vote at the next GE.

Himmat Singh

Hello there niki. That is true. Politicians are meant to be OUR voices. But what they do? They abuse their power and create a nuisance of not only themselves, but the whole nation at large. Then, the recent fracas of the national football team in the SEA Games is another point to note. Already the suck, now they make themselves a laughing stock.

Mizz sharon

I second your final statement.

That said, I think politicians in M’sia are very well motivated by their own interest rather then ours. Its the M’sian culture so to speak. I think the only other politician that seem to be trustworthy is Mahathir. Hm..


Julian: Oh, I’m sure the examples are infinite! :

bapester: It’s sad when a democracy doesn’t offer choices. Sigh.

Himmat: Well, the team’s now in the semis! haha But I know what you mean, exactly.

Mizz Sharon: Yes, what happen to serving the, for the lack of a better term, rakyat?


malaysia ma.. what to do..
but i think this issue happens throughout the world.. it’s hard to curb this issue as different people have different personalities.. =)

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Well I finally stopped reading all the newspapers. Yahoonews or Google news for me. I even started reading those tabloid newspaper and found it more useful. No political news, only community news. Makes me understand the community better. This is better to foster 1 malaysia I think.


Kenwooi: I think there are rude people around the world, sure. But doesn’t excuse our politicians. These people are suppose to be leaders but not many act like one, unfortunately.

Noorsyahida: Well, we can’t be disconnected from what’s happening around the country as well. But I know what you mean. Sometimes I get fed up reading all the news myself.


You have concluded such a nice summary of merely everything that happens in Malaysia. I am one of those old school’s breed and i am sad and ashamed of the current scenario surrounding us. If only everyone shares your opinion………….
Thanks, good to know that at least there is still good and reasonable people around.

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