Of late, there's been a lot of dissent and dissatisfaction among Malaysians, as evidenced by more and more blogs talking about the state of affairs here in Malaysia. Could the Law of Attraction as acknowledged in The Secret manifesting itself? The more you fear something, the more there will be? Why not instead visualize a better Malaysia where there is peace, harmony and prosperity.
I don't blog about politics so this is not a political post. A short article in the papers today caught my attention. It says Jeff Ooi was questioned by the cops for being interviewed by Al Jazeera last month. The report alleged that Ooi, a journalist and blogger, tarnished the country’s image and caused racial tension with his statements in the Nov 10 interview pertaining to a protest organised by Bersih, a coalition of opposition parties and non-governmental organisations.
I haven't seen that video clip and was wondering as to what transpired. So, I looked it up. I've included the clip here in case, like me, you too are curious.
In an earlier post, Furkids asked that I comment on his Monday post. So I checked it out.
Furkids, I read the entire list of comments, including yours. Some of the bloggers are more mature and realistic in their approach. What I can add is that the average Malaysian does not encounter the incidents brought up. There are very pleasant experiences too. It's just that, they are not being blogged. No, when you come to Malaysia, Deb will not be groped anywhere. That's really 'kua cheong' (exaggerated) to presume that. lol So, don't worry a thing. It's absolutely safe here. Like being anywhere else in the world, one has to take the usual precautions like any other tourist or even local for that matter, like be careful when crossing the street or hang on to your handbag, things like that.
For more reassurance, you won't be ripped off by airport taxis as the taxi fare is regulated and there's only a licensed government-approved taxi counter there where you'll have to buy a ticket to get on. Everything is above board and no hanky-panky.
The current state of affairs may leave much to be desired (which country is perfect anyway?!), but it's not as if it's so bad that you can't walk down the street on your own. You can still go out for a hot "pulled tea" (teh tarik) or a McD burger at two in the morning and we do have 7 Eleven stores that are open 24 hours should your party run out of ice at three in the morning. We have 24-hour gas stations and some of us do our banking late at night. Pssst! I do.
Come to think of it, Malaysia is still a young nation, just turned 50 - just a fraction of how old United States is. I believe the country will improve in time. Change for the better is inevitable as people become more aware and more educated. There would be more fairness all around - politically, economically and culturally. Every adult (Malaysian (above 21) has a voice. We just need to learn how to exercise that voice for the better by registering to vote.