The Puduraya Bus station, hardly a month old, was reported to have leaking problems. Photos were posted on facebook about the wet floors and tongs used to contain water from the leaking ceilings.
Had this thing happened in the 70s, or 60s, there would be a big media play and there would be an investigation as to how this could happen with tax-payers money.
But Malaysia has come such a long way down the slope that it was only reported in the metro section of Sinchew, not even in National news.
People have got so used to and become numb to reports of such kinds. It would indeed be a miracle if any new government buildings can function without a hitch.
All these leaking ceilings, raining Parliament, collapsing stadiums and nonfunctioning monorails and so on are symptoms of a disease which has become ubiquitous in our every day lives.
Things built with public money are expected to go wrong because of:
1. lack of proper supervision in building
2. Low grad materials being used at perhaps high grade prices
3. leakages along the way at every level
4. tidak apa attitude at every level of construction.
5. loss of pride in doing jobs resulting in failure of going the extra mile/extra step
Just like the Japanese who have developed a culture of helping each others and be orderly even in the worst of circumstances, we Malaysians have also developed a culture of ‘mesti silap’ attitude, taking the ‘tidak apa’ attitude a level higher.
I really admire Malaysians’ tolerance of all these sorts of nonsense.
As a result of attaining this culture, even with all these flaws there would be no official investigations of why these things happened.
For those Malaysians who are more prudent like me, it would actually be wise to wait for a few weeks before using anything that is built with public money, for it would be the rare ones that can actually function without any flaws..
I used to call this the man-hole syndrome, and I have written an article on this in MI ( readers who have not read the article can read it here). Now I think it deserves a bigger and grander name — The Malaysian Syndrome.