I read an article today that struck a nerve.
It's called : How The Malaysians Used A Skyscraper to Fool The World
A writer travelled a day to Kuala Lumpur, and painted a rather unflattering image of it. Reading the article made me angry, despite her saying a few truths that many of us Malaysians echo. Perhaps it's a little like complaining about your mother - it's perfectly fine for you to do it, but if your friend starts to complain about your mother it's a whole different story!
To be fair to the author, the following things are true :
a) We have really bad public transportation. I'm not in the least bit surprised it frustrated her.
b) Our education system is far from impressive.
What I feel she lacks in her article is her interaction with people. Who did she speak to? What did she discover about its people? She talks about GDP, about architecture, about MAS - but how can you claim to know a country without knowing it's people? Perhaps, before she is so quick to judge, she should take a little time to discover more of it's people because PEOPLE are really the heart of a nation.
I'm not very sure why there's a need for Malaysian Airlines to be mentioned in this article - and to 'question the legitimacy of the up and coming nation'. MH17 and MH370 are both terrible tragedies that nobody intended for to happen - do you believe that we're a nation trying to destroy planes and wreck lives? Let's not insult each other's intelligence here. Question the crises management skills all you want, now THAT would be a claim that has basis, but not one on the legitimacy of the entire nation. In case you have forgotten, many Malaysian lives have perished and we as a nation grieve wholly for everyone on these planes. And, many news agencies have pointed out that a case like MH370 has never happened before. Truly, to use Malaysian Airlines in your article is nothing but a low blow.
Now, a few people have commented that it was too soon for her to judge KL given that she was there for a day. I think it's perfectly fine to comment on its infrastructure as it's not going to be changing anytime soon, but to be so quick and rash as to immediately brand all Malaysians as conjobs who built the Petronas Twin Towers for the sole purpose of pulling a quick one over the world is plain ridiculous.
Reading her article, it sounds as if we Malaysian dummies have no hope for salvation and we are going to be a hopelessly uneducated populace stuck in a rural backwater. I do wonder if the writer amused herself very much with her little pun of us having a muddy future just because of the name 'Lumpur'. I'd say she'd have to wipe off a little mud off the blinders she's got on, because she sure doesn't have any clarity whatsoever about the real people of Malaysia.
Despite the bad rep we've been getting lately in the media, I'd like to say (and I believe this is echoed by my fellow Malaysians) that I am extremely proud to be Malaysian, and I wouldn't have it any way. I know so many talented, intelligent Malaysians that make our country good and proud. I believe the best part about Malaysians are their hospitality, their generosity, their big heart and their soul. Of course, me being Malaysian myself, I could be the teensiest bit biased. However, this is what a lot of my tourist friends like most about Malaysia - the people. It's a shame the writer only saw bad infrastructure and completely forgot to take a closer look at its people.
So yeah. I think there's still hope for my country, especially with leaders like Lim Guan Eng who are making great changes in Penang. The future shouldn't be too muddy for us...