Thursday, January 13, 2005

Mind your manners

So, the Malaysian PM's wanting to instil us with good values, huh? In essence, I agree. For some reason, it's just not in our nature to be nice. We don't say hello and thank you as much. We are atrociously selfish on the roads. This is one of those things that make going home difficult; having to deal with rude, unfriendly people and inefficient service.
The cause? Probably multifactorial. Family? School? The wanting to be first mentality? Obsession with grades. Exam after exam. Wanting to have the tallest this or fastest that.
We need to grow. And not be so selfish.
The thing is, I'm expecting the government to come up with some totally stupid ideas. Some stupid campaign with a corny slogan and song (think of the RTM 'Suka IT' and 'A-E-D-E-S' songs from the recent years). Some simplistic approach, like force Moral studies into the curriculum, or increase our national anthem's tempo to reflect our nation's advance.
The people who run the country can be so shallow.


Blogger PaulOS said...

We did up the tempo of our National Anthem, but as you said.. it sounded corny.. especially when all instruments did sound like it came from a MIDI file on a computer.
We've gone back to Old School. But yeah, i am sure we could get them to play it in Blues, Rock, New Age, Jazz, .. man... so many choices .. ;) imagining how'd it sound like... *a lead lick playing in the middle of the anthem and everyone in school assembly headbanging*

2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey watch what u say on the net... lest u forget the ISA. Dont ever think u r already a bloody American. U r still a Malaysian, no matter what u say or what u try to act out. Every country has its unique culture and ways of life; just as things I dont like about the USA, there are equal things bad in Malaysia too. No where is perfect... but just remember, u r a blody malaysian!

10:27 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Everyone's entitled to their own opinions. Sometimes voicing one's thoughts, albeit critical, isn't necessarily a sign of anti-patriotism. We all want things to change for the better.
And being my blog, i think i'm entitled to my own thoughts, don't you?
Thanks for visiting though. Appreciate a different perspective.
And for the record, i don't intend to be an american; i like this place, but i see it's weaknesses as well as its strengths. and it's just as screwed up as we are :)

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool reply

7:27 AM  

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