A few days ago, I was driving in Sea PArk and came to a junction. There was just a SUV in front of me waiting at the junction, so I stopped behind this SUV, like any fellow resident would do.
After some time, the SUV was not moving and I reaised that the driver was talking on a phone. So i politely gave the SUV a honk, hoping that it can either move on or at least go more to the side. When the SUV refused to budge, I reversed my car and move to the oncoming lane and out of the junction.
It would have been an ordinary event we experience almost daily if not for the driver of the SUV, a young man probably in his early 20s, pointing his middle finger of his free hand at me, while still holding his handphone to his ear with the other hand and chatting. I just drove away.
This incident made me feel sad that some of our youngsters have become ‘kurang ajar’. Not only they do not respect older people, they do not even respect rules and laws, and when someone points out thier mistakes, instead of feeling shameful, they get angry and agitated.
Look at what society has become. Anyone here would have experienced motorcyclists or even car drivers or bus drivers who never wait for their set of traffic light to turn green. They will drive across a junction even when the traffic light is red… sometimes , right in front of traffic police, who of course will do nothing to stop them..
In my younger days, cars that stopped beyond the white line in a junction would be hauled up and summoned…
In the West, pedestrians will wait patiently for their pedestrian light to turn green before crossing the road, even when there is no oncoming traffic.
Malaysians have become more insolent as a whole. While in the past, we would hold a door when exiting for those behind us , even when we do not know them, nowadays, it is not common to see that..
How often do we see a young person standing up to give his or her place to an old person in LRT trains? Rarely. How often we see people standing in a line while waiting for their bus? rarely.
I am perplexed as to why we behave like this. Is this because of our culture? our genes? our upbringing? or peer influence? or our education system?
I really do not have the answer.