Without questioning the veracity of certain claims and announcements, it seems that anything resembling a news story — shared on social media and messaging apps — is swallowed wholesale.
It is unfortunate that Faiz has to become the example of the moment, and it is definitely unfair for him.
There are several elements of these cases that appear a little funny and peculiar.
I really want to feel more hopeful that real humanity will prevail and that all of these happenings are mere knee-jerk reactions to the real transition and change that is underway.
I would not expect a graduate starting to work today to survive on the starting salary that I received almost two decades ago.
When comedy becomes a threat to national security, we know society is heading down a deep, dark chasm where everyone has lost their sense of humour, personality and just plain humanity.
I’ve always identified myself as a Malay my entire life. Except in kindergarten, when I told everyone I was an English boy because I spoke English.
I went in expecting that those I spoke to would vehemently defend their leaders and say they are clean and that corruption doesn’t exist.
Apathy is a problem that causes a chain reaction. Slowly, we will just become a society disinterested in anything outside of our own individual bubbles. It would mean that Malaysians would lose their humanity.
Malaysia has never really taken any official stand for the Rohingya or against the Burmese government, despite it being such a big problem that affects the country and the region.
People like Zawawi are not ignorant. His kind has no hope and can’t be helped any more. But people like Mak Tam can be saved. In fact, they could be the vary saviours that Malaysia needs right now.