Monday, March 26, 2012
The Difference Between Singapore and Malaysia : A Story
Lee Hsien Long.... restecpah
A few months back the wife and me went to Singapore for the third leg of our honeymoon. Yes.. when you are a blogger perasan bagus like me you have to embark on many leg honeymoon. Reason being because of 20 plus years of masturbation, my kneecaps no longer strong enough to do a 2 week long honeymoon in one go. Just so you know the first leg was Penang followed by Langkawi and then Singapore
So anyway while we were in Singapore something awesome happened. We were walking toward the Singapore Flyer on the second day when suddenly we saw 4 police outriders and 2 silver Mercedes Benz stopping at an intersection. At that exact moment we were crossing the road. Now. Usually in Malaysia when VIPs come barreling down the road like a bat out of hell you better not be blocking their way. Also in Malaysia our VIP have this fascination with convoying in number like an A-List RAP star. Seeing a convoy with less than 3 cars in Malaysia is like seeing an article on the Virtues of Buddhism written by Hassan Ali. It is that damn rare or nigh impossible
So anyway we reached the other side of the street and I looked to my right to see who is this VIP that waited for the padestrian to cross the road before continuing his journey. Guess what? It was Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long. Yes! Fucking Lee Hsien Long with his entire entourage who was probably on their way to Marina Bay Sands. I was absolutely shocked. The wife suddenly blurted out.
"Is that who I think it is?"
"Yes Sayang that is who you think it is"
So why is this such a big deal for both of us? As I said our honeymoon required us to drive up and down the Malaysia highway. During the trip we encountered a few other VIP convoys. All these Malaysian convoys bawak kereta like haram. Driving at excessive speed and police outrider shouting at people to basically GET THE FUCK OUTTA THE WAY for these VIPs. One such incident was in Johor. There was a fork in the road. One leads to Senai while another to Johor Bahru town. I needed to go to the left. We were about 200 meters to this intersection and suddenly we heard "ketepi! ketepi!" from the read of our vehicle. Four police outrider and 3 other "luxury SUVs" were speeing in excess of 160 KMH on the middle of the 3 laned highway. Now remember I needed to go STRAIGHT in order to go to JB. If I move to the left as ordered by the police, i would end up entering Senai. But this is Malaysia. You dont have a choice. When the police shouted KETEPI you have to ketepi. At the very last minute I have to swerve to the left and let them pass. The fucked up part was they are also GOING To the left. So why they fuck did they screamed at me to ketepi when I was driving on the right lane going straight instead of left. That left me fuming. Now I have to dodge a few cars that are also exiting toward Senai while I have to somehow cross back to the right just because one asshole VIP wants to get to his destination quickly while at the same time ignoring the speed limit like jalan itu jalan bapak dia.
A short story that pretty much tell you the a lot about the mentality of the VIPs in Malaysia vs the VIPs in Singapore.
Is it any wonder why Singapore is a much better and LAWFUL place than us? If the Prime Minister can wait his turn and obey the road rules without any exception, no wonder the Singaporean Rakyat also can follow the rules like a well trained circus lion.
Oh well. For more stories on my Singapore adventure tune in next time. When will that be? I dunno LUL!
p/s : If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem -- Abraham Lincoln
p/p/s : Post ditujukan buat PAPASKIZO