I read a comment by a Chinese on Tun Mahathir’s blog and I must say I felt deeply embarassed. Though perhaps not all Malays are like what he said, he does have a good point.
“I’m very confused of the hypocrisy of these UMNO Malays. They claim Malays are very cultured. TV3 carried their news that MCA has chosen to sideline moral values in picking Soi Lek. These Malays seems to portray that they are very cultured and non Malays are not. Why so proud of your culture if you do not know how to respect the elder; particularly the one who has served you. Normally the Malays will say the Chinese are not as cultured as they are. Take a look at Singapore. You ought to be ashame of yourselves. See how they respected and value their elderly statesman. If you think Tun was bad for giving you an easy life ( remember during Tun Hussein’s time there was 100 bicycles on the road for every car), Lee Kuan Yew made his son a senior minister before he left office and put Goh Chok Tong just and a stop gap. Yet they know how to respect the man whom they believe has more good than bad. If there was one man in this country who has done more good than bad for the rakyat, it was Tun. What is the point of calling yourselves cultured if you do not know how to give the simplest respect to him. Learn from the Chinese. You ought to be ashame of yourself. Gratitude is the core value one should have in life.”
I was always taught, ever since I was a little girl, to always ALWAYS respect your elders. No matter what.
Children nowadays seem to lack that. You have young girls kicking and punching their teachers, young boys bashing their parents for money, and verbal abuse? It’s like a norm to the everyday school-goer. Four letter words are used nonchalantly, as if it’s simply an expressive lingual use, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
Why? Haven’t we, the elder generation been setting a good example for them to follow? Haven’t the parents been teaching them enough manners?
Fingers start flying around, pointing front left back and centre trying to put a blame on something or another. Blame the media, blame peer pressure. I put the blame on everything.
Isn’t the Malay culture supposed to be the epitome of politeness and grace? Sopan santun, berbudi bahasa, bertata susila.. where has all that gone to?
Our elders, namely the UMNO, aren’t that great at living up to the Malay name either. Heboh mempertahankan martabat dan maruah Melayu. Just take a look at the parliamentary debate, I’m ashamed to have them say they are MELAYU. Cakap jerit-jerit, throwing insults like nobody’s business, how very uncultured. Melayu lah tu ye?
The most embarassing of them all has got to be our Sleeping-PM a.k.a Bapa Mertua mamat di atas. Yes, you all know who he is. He held a press conference recently, condemning Tun Mahathir for voicing out his opinions on UMNO. He was downright rude. Kacang lupakan kulit. The man has let it all go to his head. I felt so sick reading all about it.
Of all the mistakes that Tun Mahathir has made throughout his tenure as PM, we cannot deny that without him, the world would not even know that we exist. We must realize that he’s only human but he has done amazing feats for the betterment of the country. He deserves every single bit of respect that is given to him and it sickens me to hear and see all these politicians go around disrespecting him so. Remember when AAB first became PM? All our UMNO politicians started their apple polishing activities and condemned Tun in every way possible. I stopped reading the papers. I stopped watching the news. I couldn’t take it that these people were so fast to forget what the old man had worked so hard for.
AAB is stepping down from his post. Yet, he still manages to squeeze in time to throw insults at Tun. I wonder, what significant thing has AAB done for the country throughout his time as PM? My mind draws a blank. Does he have a right to be so rude and disrespectful? I think not.
Note : I rarely care much about politics, and it is even a more rare occasion that I write a post about it. This goes to show how disturbed I am by the current situation. Please take note that I am neither a supporter of UMNO, nor am I on the opposing party’s side of the fence. This is merely my personal point of view with no political biasedness involved.