The trouble with Malaysia is that too many people like to tell others what the trouble with Malaysia is. This includes me of course, as the topic of this essay evidently proves.
Most of us might not have much to say about the melting of the ice caps, but many of us have plenty of opinions about the state of our nation, and more importantly, what we think the problems are.
All of which is fine. Except, if so many people know what the trouble with Malaysia is, then do we hate ourselves so much, or are we so helpless, that we choose not to do anything?
If we all know what the trouble with Malaysia is, and a big part of solving any problem is identifying the cause, then why are we still trapped?
And I, being Malaysian, am also subjected to the geographical need to conform.
Though, in the spirit of being a nationalist (wahahaha), I shall not conform too much.
Malaysia is fine. It's the people in it that I have problems with.
Things I Can't Stand :
a few years back, we started crowding the Arab restaurants at Jalan Damai for a good pot of shisha, a chilled bottle of Barbican and the random Shawirma every now and then.
it was crowded then too but every bit possible to get a table.
somehow, over time, it became infested.
uhuh, infested is apt here, i think.
Parking area with their "RM4 per entry" signs started propping up.
and perhaps, it had a lot to do with Hartamas Square closing down, but soon enough you see random guys chasing you after you have parked by the road side, demanding RM2, RM3 and then RM4.
seriously, who gave those guys the authority to rob people blind?
it's not as if they did anything much apart from waiting for someone to park, with a glisten in their eyes that seems to threaten you that your car will be violated with car-key-scratches unless you pay up.
it's gangsterisme in its worst form.
perhaps i should consider doing that for extra pocket money.
i could easily make thousands a day if i were to do that in the parking area in campus.
the only outcome i can predict is that either all the cars in UTP will sooner or later be scratched beyond recognition, or that it's my face that will end up with the scratches.
remember the whole TV3 is secretly a Freemason/Illuminati organization hype a few weeks back over the Raya advertisement?
Some things are undeniable, sure.
But some things are also unnecessary.
Look. I can start one right now.
You know which other organization has Freemason-tendency?
Check out the triangle roof.
It's shaped like a pyramid.
It has an All-Seeing-Eye right dab in the middle of the triangle.
So that probably means that PLUS is under a Mason organization too, yes?
I mean, come on, do we have over-read everything .
We're meant to discover stuff, yes, but that is by doing a thorough research, not to get over-excited over a piece of the picture and dwelt on it without trying to discover the bigger picture.
now I'm not saying it's only Malaysians who over-speculate (of course, other people from other countries do it too link ) but our tendency to do so is shockingly obvious. And some even go to extreme lengths with extreme thoughts and extreme words.
It's a pity really.
And again, just as Mr. Brian Yap (he is the dude who starred in Muallaf and writes for KLUE btw. check this out to see the tribute piece he wrote for Yasmin Ahmad) suggests, I do not have the solution for this.
So yes, we are still trapped for the time being. Sigh.