Do not mistake infamy as being famous!

When I was young, we often heard stories from our elders about the heroes and the villians in history. My dad used to tell me that to be famous, we can either be very good or become very bad. When a person is very good (like good rulers) his deeds will be remmebered for thousands of years. Similarly, if a person is very bad a (tyrant for example), he will also be remembered for generations and generations.

The only difference is that it is very shameful to have a bad name. Shame is something we were taught to avoid. Shame and dignity cannot coexist. Only if a person can feel shame,  can he avoid committing sins . We have also read in history about people who had unintentionally committed error, and was so shameful that some even killed themselves.

So it is good to be well known for good deeds and good behaviour. It is also shameful to be well known for the wrong reason.

Some time back, we read about a monorail in a Malaysian city having glitches on the first day of opening, and subsequently, on many occasions, the same mono-rail has malfunctioned and stalled, causing inconvenience to passengers including many foreign tourists. I suspect some of these tourists, despite what was reported in the main stream media, must have privately cursed the system and our efficiency. It  has at least become a laughing stock locally in coffee shops and even chatrooms.

Yesterday, we have a top leader of that state saying that the glitches in fact made the monorail famous, and this has attracted many tourists to come to try. He also boasted that it was probably a Guinness record that there were so many glitches for the monorail in such a short time.

I do not know whether he said this as a joke-I think he must be joking– but if he is serious, then there is really something very wrong. It is worse than the ‘tidak apa’ attitude that malaysians are famed for. It would be like someone who wanted to be famous by becoming a very bad character. It would be like tyrant who becomes a tyrant so that his name can be remembered as the most famous tyrant. It would be like a robber who wanted to be remembered as the most vicious robbers of all time.

It would be something to show people that we have lost the feeling of shame!

Perhaps he said that to spite the people running the monorail. Perhaps he wanted it to be like the MB who handed out a broom to discredit someone.

But if a wrong can be so light-heartedly dismissed, and there is no shame at all to be perceived as the worst monorail (if what he said about the Guinness record is true) , then any wonder why some Malaysians have no qualm being medocre, and why in some of the sports , we have gone down so much in ranking?

Do not mistake infamy as being famous!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pilocarpine
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 23:35:00

    some Malaysians are truly famous for having nothing in-between the ears.


  2. aiz
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:19:48

    some Malaysians take a certain delight in stating their ignorant views… and some Malaysians are even proud of their ignorance and arrogance…


  3. Phua Kai Lit
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:53:48

    Dear Dr Hsu

    Sodomy 2 case has made Malaysia famous worldwide ….. as laughing stock of the world ! Exhibit A for corrupt Third World regimes making a mockery of the rule of law.


  4. kittykat46
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 12:05:23

    The guy was found guilty of “Money Politics” @ Corruption during the previous UMNO elections by the party’s own ridiculously low standards for corruption.
    But he stayed on as Melaka CM, totally devoid of shame.


  5. hanprem
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 16:54:50

    These people are so thick in the heads that to them notoriety is synonymous to fame.
    With this type of mentality, Malaysia will never fly with the ealges. The best it could do is to crawl with the turkeys. I just hope that this bloke is not for real.


  6. Li Li Fa
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 19:16:14

    Has anyone noticed that recently our FLady has somehow ‘made a comback with a vengence’.? She has somewhat broken the record that she cut the biggest Malaysian -made-cake to usher in her comeback to the Malaysian scene after a momentary absence. This is part of the many achievements that she may be very proud of.

    To name a few, one cannot forget :
    1, her blue diamond ring which was brought into this country and all over the media world but finally returned to sender.
    2. her Berkin hand-bag, the bag of all bags.
    3. her many shopping sprees all over the prominent places around the world
    4. her business associates in the form of carpet dealer and international film-star befriender
    5. her interest with the entertainment and musical world of Bollywood

    There may be some more famous achievements left out but still in the memory of other readers. Please share.


  7. sally
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 08:18:20

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    Everyone is angry about this. It pisses me off. It’s super depressing. The problem is that nobody from the government acts like there was really a problem. Have I lost all hope? I would say no I have not. 生活中所有的東西都是短暫的。如果生活順利,享受它,它們不會永遠不變。如果生活遇到艱難,不用擔 心,艱難也不會永遠不變。


  8. Dr Hsu
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 09:12:14

    It can really be depressing reading everyday about the abuses and wrong doings.

    Malaysia needs change and change can only come when Big Brother loses one term.


  9. cilipadi
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 09:28:20

    Good one, they boast
    Bad one, they twist
    Good or bad
    Never mind
    Still in news
    Infamy, infamous, famous
    All look the same
    That’s what they want you to swallow

    Pedas not pedas, they indifferent

    Famous makan cili, infamy rasa pedas……who cares?


  10. sally
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 09:29:39

    Yup.. I would subscribe to your wind of change Doc… 一個盲人問聖安東尼:”有什麼東西比失去視力更差?” 他回答說:”是的,失去你的視野…


  11. stk
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 22:49:32

    This is a reflection of stupidity at the highest.Maybe this chief minister to drunk in power to know what stupidity means and so are most of BN politicians.
    Everyday if you were to browse the Utusan Melayu,you will be surprise how low their IQ or EQ standards of their reporters and editors and makes their readers a bloody fools.Their logic is really amazing and makes you laugh.


  12. whoosh
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 19:04:22

    Hello good doctor sir…

    Here is an interesting read…

    Why Mark Mobius is betting millions on this Acronym

    There are BRICs, MINTs, N-11, VISTA, CIVETs. I thought that M might meaned something remotely familiar but it is not from this part of the world but half way across the globe. Where is the familiar M then?


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