Monday, December 2, 2013
Falling Short on Shortcuts
Talking about politicians seeking glamour, I have seen how politicians went on a ‘parade’ with their pack of apple polishers buzzing around, expecting people to scream in awe like seeing a primadona walking on a red carpet. I couldn’t imagine what the hell was he thinking at the moment but he sure looked like he was on cloud 9. In fact, this guy has been on cloud 9 and never ever touched the ground again since the day he set foot in Putrajaya.
Unfortunately, he represents the minds of the Malaysians today, at least the majority of us - or more accurately, the Malays. To give you a hint, this Minister has been going around trying to impress the non-Malays by portraying himself as an open-minded person or a ‘centrist’, as he puts it.
But, all I see in him is just another typical Malay with all the necessary ingredients needed to be a Malay - like loves doing things in shortcuts.
They want to be at the top without climbing the ladder, they just want to be put there somehow, no matter how. And when they did reach the top where the money is, it’s a ‘life-accomplished’ for them.
Next thing, they will do anything to stay there while spending their lives trying to prove to themselves that they deserve to be there. And so, they go around bragging, just to make sure that everybody is aware of how ‘successful’ they are - all the while wondering whether they look successful enough to be respected.
We can always hear them at the hotel lobby or some high-class café talking about projects and the millions involved, at the top of their voice. In a more relaxed tone, we could hear them talking about getting second wives.
And that is all about it in their ‘successful’ pathetic lives where everything is just for show.
My point here is, the Minister or the astronaut or the Ustaz or the actress or the chicks you find at the clubs, they are all of the same level of mentality. They could be Oxford graduate or Deobond graduate or leavers of some Sekolah Menengah Swasta for repeating their SPM, but they are all the same. They are the Malays longing for acknowledgment, glamour, status and respect through a shortcut. In their own little minds, they believe that they’ve gotten them all just because they have the money. Sad, don’t you think?