Have I truly become apathetic?

The peril of getting older and jaded? I found myself in the same situations I was several years ago, but in spite of getting angry and frustrated, I sighed a deep breath and closed the windows. I read about BERSIH rally with interest but I lacked the sort of ferocity I would have say, 5 years ago. A part of me was grateful that there were so many out there who were willing to sacrifice time and money, put their lives at risk for a better country but another part of me just didn’t really care. When I saw the scores of videos of people getting sprayed with chemical water, my heart ached and I felt sick in the guts. 10 minutes later, I continued on with work and secretly wished they wouldn’t pull something like that in the middle of my event or work meeting in the future.

Have I truly become apathetic?

A good friend of mine, who is Indian, asked me about my opinions on HINDRAF. I told her it’s the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard. It was over MSN and I couldn’t gauge very well but I think she was somewhat taken aback. Thank goodness for 6 years of friendship, she was willing to hear me out. I told her that going by HINDRAF’s logic, chinese would have to start digging their ancestors’ graves and reprimand them for boarding the junks across South East China Sea to Tanah Melayu. Of course knowing the chinese, they would probably keep the jewelleries adorning the corpses first.

I also told her that the HINDRAF movement reflects really badly on them. Whoever that was involved certainly was not fit to be called a Malaysian. The act of seeking monetary compensation from a foreign country for the unfortunate luck of being a Malaysian is not only appalling but also reeks of selfishness. What about us!? (Just kidding). Perhaps they felt that going through the proper channels in Malaysia would not bring on any improvement. Which is true, our government certainly do not have USD 4 trillion to go around. And even if they do, they have to start compensating 60% of the population with USD 24 trillion not including 7% interest rate. HOW?

I understand the essence of HINDRAF struggle is probably for fairness but damn those ka-chings have really made the movement seems a tad too dodgy for me to be serious about. And to be honest with you, what would fairness do to this country? Being the so-called “marginalised” race, I only feel like anything remotely fair in this country would mean that I have 80% of the Malaysia’s population to fight with.

And in all seriousness, I’m really actually pretty happy with the current situation now.

6 thoughts on “Have I truly become apathetic?”

  1. “And in all seriousness, I’m really actually pretty happy with the current situation now.”

    Not sure what to make of that; I mean on one hand it can be viewed as you being resigned to the situation and trying to look at the brighter side, or you’re just ignorant of the dire state of our nation.

    Reading from your previous posts, I believe you’re the former rather than the latter one, but boy I do hope you are.

  2. Sigh. Politics, politics, politics. Frankly, for myself, I don’t think either side was in the right. Not HINDRAF because I think their claims don’t hold up against close scrutiny and certainly not the government who brushed it aside seemingly to easily.

    I thought the best thing was to let Hindraf march peacefully, let the newspapers play out their case, and then let the court of public opinion decide whether the case gets thrown out or not.

    I don’t support the case, but I believe everyone should get the right to voice their case however ludicrous it sounds.

  3. ky: it was in usd. but it would be more ridiculous in quid hehe.

    on-and-off: thanks to the government, i have far less competition to worry about. shouldn’t i be happy about that?

    davidlian: i totally agree with you but if these free speech proponents were to do something like that every other week in the city, i’d be pissed. at the end of the day, i’ll don’t support the free expression of utter stupidity.

  4. *a little knowledge is a dangerous thing*

    i actually enjoy you spewing nonsensical rubbish in this blog. has it ever occurred to you that maybe it wasn’t the money they were after but the media coverage, to bring this to the attention of the world on how unfair the non-muslims are being treated in Malaysia?

    There is no friggin way the UK govt will pay out a cent or even answer to such a ludicrous case. But it sure got attention dinnit.

    admin: the demonstration itself would have gotten a lot of attention. throwing in the $$$ is just plain ludicrous, not to mention made the whole thing a farce.

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