August 17, 2008
via Jakarta Post:
Recently we were also not satisfied when Malaysia was slow to offer an apology in response to the beating of an Indonesian karate referee in the country. As the argument goes, if we are indeed serumpun countries, Malaysia should have not hesitated to offer an apology.
Why is there such a wide gap in our expectations and perceptions of each other? The problem lies exactly in the use of the serumpun concept. We forget that Indonesia and Malaysia are two sovereign nations with their own national interests. We ignore the fact that Indonesia and Malaysia are two separate and distinct entities. Because of the serumpun concept, we tend to pretend we know each other well.
Playing abang-adik again…now with Indonesia, and we are the adik.
I confessed how I’d been reading through the bedside Koran in my hotel rooms, and I was a bit shocked by how unabashedly anti-Semitic it sounded. Not all of it, I said, but certain parts sounded quite hateful and intense. It seemed inevitable that some folks would take it too far.
“Oh dear, my friend! You must have been reading Imam Abdul Habibi’s translation. The one the mullas put in hotels - No good! You really must read the translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. You MUST!” he insisted.
I wonder what else they put in the Imam Abdulu Habibi’s translation…
Miss Belle wrote:
Richard could not remember.
All he knows is that he had been conned. He offered the 2 foreigners a lift to their enquired destination. He was trying to be a polite, friendly and courteous Malaysian as summoned by all the mass media of the nation. Apparently, the 2 foreigners put a spell on Richard. Richard couldn’t recollect on what happened after he invited them onboard.
Richard was ordered to drive home, take all his fixed deposit bank statement, drive to the bank and cash out all his life savings. And that life savings is joint account with Sarah. So all that was their family’s saving. Next, he drove them to the bus station to drop them and he went home. When he got home, he was still unaware of his wrongdoings. He came conscious after a few moments with only splitting images of what had happened.
With such thing happening in Malaysia, how can we be expected to be polite and courteous? After all, the chances of getting conned like this is much higher than meeting a genuinely “lost” tourist, isn’t it? Would you or would you not take the risk and continue being polite?
Lim questioned why Nazri, who was in charge of legal affairs, could not say anything about the investigations. Nazri said he could not reply on behalf of the Attorney-General because that would be seen as trying to usurp his powers.
“Malaysia cannot become a successful and developed country if such people (Lim) are in the House. Why are you so bodoh (stupid). Sit down, Sit down!” Nazri shouted at Lim and several AP MPs who began to stand up to argue with him.”
At this point, shouts of bodoh flew between both sides of the floor.
Wow, is that the most intelligent sentence our ministers can come out with?
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