I Not Stupid, I Is Malaysian

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Malaysia LRT

The Malaysian transport mentality

It’s easy to suddenly have a heart attack or a bout of high blood pressure in Malaysia. Especially if you, like millions of others, rely on public transport for your daily commute. No, this isn’t a blog full of complaints about Malaysia’s lovely public transportation services. I’ll leave that to battle another day. This is about Malaysians. The commuter. Your fellow bus passenger. Your train-mate. Your monorail buddy.

Malaysians, defend yourselves!

I’d like to give every living breathing Malaysian a chance to defend him/herself here. Perhaps you can explain. Humour me. I need it. Where is the logic of not letting passengers alight from the train before you board? Like idiots – blind, stupid and uncivil, they stand in your way, minding the platform gap (hmm..they do have some intelligence after all), don’t see you, while you struggle pass.

Oh blimey, we’re Third World

This is third world. No kidding. Sorry. We may have the tallest buildings in the world, one of the most modern cities in South East Asia, have our own national car, our Silicon Valley equivalent in Cyberjaya, a beautiful new airport. It does not mean shit. We are still third world. We are stilll in the same bracket as Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand. We still have neandarthal mentality in everyday living. We have not learned. We think we have. But I digress.

It’s jam, but it ain’t strawberry

Give Malaysians a roundabout. You get a jam. Give Malaysians an intersection. You get queue jumpers from a mile away (sometimes two), as if Kiera Knightly was standing naked in the street selling nasi lemak. (now that’s a thought!). You get a jam. You have an accident. You get a jam. You see an accident. You get a jam. Where is the courtesy you ask?

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Apa tu?

Malaysians do not know how to use ‘public’ transport. We need reminders to tell us to “Please let passengers alight first”. Or “Please pee straight”, “Please give way”. We need to constantly be reminded that there are ‘others’ besides you and your girlfriend in your car. That there are hundreds of others on the train you are about to board.

Wanna merge? Don’t signal

Don’t even get me started on the driving standards of this country. It’s embarrassing. All those bribes you paid to the instructor to pass your tests or skip lessons? It shows. I think cars in this country could be cheaper. Why? Signal lights could be optional items. Premium accessories even. Because Malaysians don’t signal even if their lives depended on them. You wait like an ass at a junction for the car to pass only to see it turn towards you. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that when you signal to merge with other traffic, the other car simply moves faster, to deliberately not let you pass. And with such determination too. Bastards. If only they used that same determination in our endeavours in sports. National football team?

Ending note for unending problems

For those who were muscled and elbowed when I was alighting from the train, I apologise. I apologise as a fellow human being who just wants some space to get out of the bloody train. And one who just needs you to give way once or twice, without revving your badly-modded Proton and making it into a competition (a 0-2-metre race isn’t really thrilling). A Malaysian who sees a better Malaysia. A Malaysian who still hopes. Or still has hope.

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Nuff said. For now.

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  • Ys Ong

    signal light would be an optional but horn is a must for malaysian… sigh….

  • Anonymous

    I am neither blindly criticising nor insulting fellow Malaysians, as I am a Malaysian after all. This is about identifying the problem and doing something about it. And this can only be done through accepting that there IS a problem and teaching by example. Do you bit by giving way when one signals to cut it, don’t cut cue, let passengers alight from trains before you board, let the elderly and physically handicapped have the seat and so forth. Common sense and sensibility. And courtesy.

    So are you saying that ignoring the problem, just like we do in many, many matters, they would go away? You mean to say there’s a certain kind of magic that would, David Blaine-style, that would make these problems disappear? I think not, my friend. If you so choose to not open your eyes and your ears to see and hear, so be it. Then you’ll be part of Malaysia which is ignorant, obscure and immature. The part of Malaysia which I detest and wish did not exist.

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    that’s the point! if you think that malaysians are stupid, dumb, what so ever. why wont you act and do something about it instead of criticizing them? they wont change if u just criticize, but do nothing about it…? that’s making it more stupid and worse since you are the one who brought up this topic!?

  • Anonymous

    Hmm..There’s one thing to be ignorant, and it’s another to be in denial. This is exactly the mentality and mindset that I’ve been talking about, and mind you, I’m not the only one talking about this and being annoyed.

    You know what is wrong with some Malaysians? The inability to accept the truth. Refusing to see the BIG picture. Or their weaknesses.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Malaysia. And I’m proud to be Malaysian. I am not criticising Malaysia + (some) Malaysians blindly and without thought or reason. This IS reality. What I mention happens everyday.

    If you continue to still think that I am being anti-Malaysian by what I said in the blog, so be it. Be another Malaysian who ignores the ‘real’ happenings and grievances that other Malaysians experience daily. Just watch how Malaysia progresses as a passive citizen, accepting all the shit that comes along.

    Thanks for posting by the way 🙂 Nothing personal. Really.

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    aren’t you malaysian? you’re insulting your own people and country. including your family too huh? well thats nice of you. y wont you do that often and tell your family how to stupid they are because they are malaysian too AND remind yourself that you are STUPID too!!!

  • <![CDATA[Anonymous]]>

    Just incase you forgot, you are Malaysian as well and pretty much contributing to it.

    So dont just complain but do something since you ‘IS’ ,malaysian

  • I didn’t know whether to cringe or laugh after reading your blog! *thumbsup*

  • Anonymous

    amen to that, brother!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think there’s any point in suffering in silence. Besides, this is merely a reminder of what Malaysians ALREADY know for a fact. We seem to just be complacent and let everything slide until disaster strikes. Only when it gets to catastrophic proportions will Malaysians actually DO something.

    Sad but true.

    Never be afraid of speaking your mind. Stay cool, Jordan! 🙂

  • You’ve just said what I (as a ‘foreigner’) might not get away with saying (but I reeeally want to).
    Thanks dude.

  • You’ve just said what I (as a ‘foreigner’) might not get away with saying (but I reeeally want to).
    Thanks dude.

  • Heh. Don’t get me started on public transportation. The Putra LRT hotline knows my name and number by heart. Very funny though. I’ll put you on my must-watch list.

    Ciao.