If I could add to the definition of a Malaysian, it would be “walking contradiction”. The best part is, most Malaysians would never realise it, let alone acknowledge it.
Remember the Internal Security Act (ISA)? It’s a draconian law where the authorities can come to your house, take you away and keep you for as long as they like without trial nor criminal charges. All that and they are not legally obliged to tell anyone where or why they have taken you.
Wait a minute, that does not sound right! You can’t do that! You cannot just take anyone away without reason! What if the family thinks he or she is dead? This is Malaysia, we have rights, we deserve better!
The ISA has been repealed but two more disguised laws are taking its place. But that’s not the point of this story. The point is, when another person says or does something incredibly stupid or dangerous, the same folks who previously ferociously voiced out against the ISA would invariably comment on on-line media,
“USE ISA ON THEM, LOCK THEM UP!!”
Bodoh buta. You are not a toddler, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. That means, you cannot claim that a law is wrong but argue it should be used on some people because they have done this or that. No, cannot. No ISA means no ISA, even if that someone under a terrorist’s orders broke into your house and hurt your entire family. You could wish that he was captured, tortured and given the death penalty (another discussion) but no ISA.
Maybe that was extreme but it serves as an opener to my next example, the controversial ‘No benefit in being fat’ article in The Star.
In summary, it was a badly-written, ill-informed article by one Tee Lin Say taking the piss out of overweight people with insulting remarks. You can read the original article here as the original link has been replaced with an apology.
Terrible, you say? Very especially published in the top English newspaper in the country, parked under ‘News’ and ‘Community’. For this I also blame the editors. I mean, check out the choice of permalink: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2013/07/20/No-benefit-in-being-fat-Weight-gain-simply-drags-a-person-down-no-matter-what-Wheres-your-neck-Tummy.aspx
Reactions to the article have been eye-opening. People of all shapes and sizes lambasted Ms. Tee with variations of ‘shut up you horrendous ugly skinny bitch, eat a cake’. Whoa, wait a minute… didn’t you just get angry because she generalised overweight people to be lazy and not worth a second thought? And now you’re attacking her looks and physique?
Ideally I’d like to go on with this blog post, mostly on how being overweight is sometimes not a choice so don’t be so quick to judge. But I don’t think I’ll do that. You have your computer, smartphone, Internet connection and Google.
Instead I’m going for a dinner of bak kut teh with my friends who don’t give a s- about my size and shape; mmmm rice, pork belly, fat fat fat… watch out for my tide of lard is cometh!