Monday, May 22, 2006

SO MUCH FOR THE "NICE PEOPLE" IMAGE



I'm so damn tired. Just arrived from Penang. Sakit belakang driving lama sangat. Nasib baik kena pegi Penang, kalau Changlun? Pengsan! My car was like a "kereta bajak". The PROPEL people were doing something on the highway just now. Like sprinkling the tarmac with some kind of white liquid ke hape ntah... cipan betul. I just cant stand it so I have to visit the carwash after this.

Just got to know it was Afdlin's birthday last Friday (19th May). Happy belated birthday bro! Older means Wiser!

As we all know, Malaysia is currently promoting the nice people (Malaysian) image. It sounds something like, BE A COURTEOUS MALAYSIAN. And if you realize, amongst the clise comments we heard from tourists are Malaysians are very nice people, Malaysians are so warm people, etc etc etc... The bottom line is, we have projected a good image in the eyes of the tourists. Congratulations.

Now, eat this.

1. I was on my way to the buffet breakfast area at the hotel. Following behind were some tourists. They were greeted with Good Morning when crossing the Reception counter. But wait a minute, why didnt they greet me? Ke, aku dah dapat ilmu invisible?

2. We were walking along the Ferringhi night market when none of the hawkers attended us on the merchandise they are selling. But wait when there are "omputih" stopping by, they would go like, Yes sir, anything for you? Good price for you..., Have a look ma'am, this will look nice on you..., blah blah blah...

3. Having to dine in the smoking area, we have to wait in line. We would normally treated like, Smoking or non smoking? Name? You have to wait for another 15 minutes. And they would go like, Good evening sir, how may I help you? I'm sorry sir we're currently full, can you wait for a while. Have a sit first over here...

4. I would normally get a different kind of service according to my dressing. Of course, they were nicer when I'm in the office attire but contrastly when I'm wearing jeans and t-shirt.

Just to list a few on how the locals were discriminated by our very own locals. Banyak lagi kalau nak detail out. Look man, we are all customers no matter whether we are locals or tourists. Why should there be any discrimination in the services? Why cant you talk nicely to the local people? We also pay for the services you provide.

I'm sure some of you have encountered such cases especially at the glamorous shopping malls. What a dork. Ingat orang tempatan tak ada duit ke nak shopping, hah? Ingat high class sangat ke tourists tu semua? Taik ah!

So much for the, Malaysians are very nice people... should be extended with: to the tourists and not to the locals. Think about it...

10 comments:

Lynn said...

I feel you, man! I wanted to blog about this too recently.

I notice the double standards when it comes to tourists. And also at big boutiques/cosmetics counters. Sheeeshh... they think I don't have any money or what. Buat tak layan je, as if I can't afford their products.

Being dressed like I do too (tudung and all) sometimes subject me to discrimination as well, but that is probably another story altogether.

Oh btw, tak payah pegi hotels or shopping malls... just go to Gulati's at Jalan Masjid India. Macam la kita takde duit nak beli their fabrics, so rude somemore. Hah, I mentioned the shop's name directly muahahaha!

pyerudz said...

Budi Bahasa Amalan Kita katanya...

sevven said...

dah lama tak naik feri...

Najwa Aiman said...

fuh...! nasib baik aku mmg jenis tak berduit... so tak heran sgt la bila penjula dan pekedai sumer takmo layan aku.. aku nk tgk2 je puaskan nafsu.. kalau depa suruh beli mabuk gak aku dibuatnya...

er... pinjam RM200 hinggit boleh? rasa mcm nak pegi Palm Beach la mlm ni....

WLady said...

i totally agree with you.. hey what's up with the double standard huh? tho' never encountered one.. ehh owh.. owh.. ada sekali.. masa gua pi masuk Gucci kt KLCC lepas balik gym.. dgn track pantnya mmg tak kena layan.. muahahahah.. but that's not my point..

my point is, people are brought up with prejudism.. i think i dah byk kali ckp pasal prejudice ni.. that's the problem with the word 'believe'. if people believe of something, it's hard to change them.. same goes to prejudism, they believe of something that's why they are being prejudice.. they believe tak kemas takde duit.. altho there's nothing to prove that statement..

so, since these type of people dah membesar dgn element mcm tu, so tak hairan la all this thing happened..

*klu word 'believe' tu tak strong, tak akan ada beratus² professional (lawyer, doc. , accntnt & etc.) bunuh diri quite sometimes ago, sebab dlm 'agama' derang, derang percaya bunuh diri is an elevator tu heaven..*

tepuk pinggang tanya buah pinggang.. hahahaha...

mafiaries said...

true bro..
tu la pasal aku kengkadang terpaksa pakai attire yg elok2.
sebabnya, aku NAK dilayan elok.
Aku tahu kalau aku pakai tak elok, mesti takleh masuk ke tempat yang kononnya class.
sebenarnya takder pun.
tapi kan.. sorry ni sensitip sket,
apasal aku tgk ada c**a (dah tua tapi muka macam berduit ahh) tu cam pakai selekeh jer, tapi amoi tu layan jugak.
aku pakai selekeh, memang nampak tak berduit eh?

eh..tapi memang tak banyak dah sekarang duit tu...
kawin..kawin...
**geleng-geleng**

pyerudz said...

Sikap prejudis pun ade benarnya Nina, is it racism? mungkin jugak herman... those things are happening but in a very hidden way. tak percaya, baca Malay Dilemma by Dr. M.
Soalannya, kenapa musti orang kita melayan para pelancong berlebihan dan melayan rakyat Malaysia sendiri macam celaka? Tak kisahlah etnik mana pun... sama je. Inilah namanya penjajahan minda (chewahh...)
I have a resolution for this. Just walk away when you feel being double-standard.
Ey, jalan lah! ingat kau sorang je ke yang meniaga benda nih kat Malaysia?
Dan En. Najwa Aiman, tidak, saya hanya ada rm70 henggett sahaja dalam dompet saya skarang. pegi pinjam kat orang lain.
Nazri: Aku pegi penang mesti naik feri. Rugi ooo kalau tak naik feri.

mamabio said...

hmm.. btol la.. cina pkai tshirt pagoda n sluar pendek pon org hingat dia kaya.. aku pon cina gak.. tp pkai tudung.. lg kemas dr tshirt pagoda tu.. mahal ape tudung aku.. cannot think ke ha? hah?

hehee.. once i did bfast at klia. time tu tgu flight pagi2.. trying to buy nasi lemak n pmpuan tu buat dono je..
"aku nak mkn ni.. aku bleh byr ape.. omputih sblh aku plak yg dia layan.. hoii.. 'aku pon putih gak'.. ingat sume omputih tu kaya ke? dia bukan reti pon nak mkn nasi lemak.."
finally omputih tu blah je without buying.. kwahahah..

FIR said...

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty much lovable and usually being treated well... in my jeans or not, LOL.

Just kidding :-)

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