Friday, March 07, 2008

Wolves!


As a boy who grew up in a farmland, he was accustomed to helping his father feed the chickens. Collecting the eggs was a task he most looked forward to, as this would be his trophy for the hard work that he had contributed to his household.
One day, hearing some commotion in the chicken coop, he rushed out in time to see his dad taking aim at two wolves which had broken into the compound! Boooom! He heard the sound of a 12 gauge go off, and sees two dead wolves lying in the coop! Being the animal lover that he was, he asked his father why he had to kill the wolves? "Son, its because they killed our chickens andnow we will have no more eggs!"

Now, lets take it from this perspective.
You worked hard, for the past 20 years of your working adult life.
You pay your taxes, you do your part to ensure that your children get whatever help the government is giving you. Subsidised education, subsidised fuel, some relieve in Tax, good roads.
You strive for a better life, but everything around you especially the cost of living is going up.
Yes, its a global phenomenon and the government can't do anything about it. So they say.

Now read it again.
You worked hard, for the past 20 years of your working adult life.
You pay your taxes, you do your part to ensure that your children get whatever help the government is giving you. Subsidised education, subsidised fuel, some relieve in Tax, good roads.
Meanwhile the government that was, announced billions in development. Mysterious investment up to the billions. But you can't see the money on the streets. Most people are facing credit crunch, lets not even talk about retail spending. Your pay does not go up, but according to statistics, Malaysia is having a time of her life! You struggle to save enough so that your daughter who happens to be in a group that is given a quota in public universities gets enough money for her to get the most basic of degrees. Your neighbour who happens to have the right colour complains of being the same. Meanwhile, the government show you figures that indicate that its policy to help the poor has not achieved its intentioned targets and maintains that Malaysians must help Malaysians, especially the poor . Then you hear of a group of marginalised poor taking to the streets and having tear gas and chemical laced liquid sprayed at them for wanting to stand up and ask for their rights. You hear of several high profile screw ups by the government, but always, no one gets kicked out of their jobs. Better yet, they get transferred. The very people who are implicated in all these tainted scandals go on to sit as director of GLCs! The very people that you have helped vote in do not even listen anymore. They tell you that the majority voted them in 92%, in fact. And they have this to add, because you are minority, you do not have a voice. Majority rules! They say.
You strive for a better life, but everything around you especially the cost of living is going up.
Yes, its a global phenomenon and the government can't do anything about it.
And yet the government is bailing out its government linked companies which were managed by people who was put in charge by them. They spend billions of tax payers money, yet they say they do not have money to build a bridge! They burnt 100 million to celebrate 50 years of independence. And yet you hear of those companies which ran the event getting sued for breach of rights! You hear, you see, yet this very government that was put in charge for the past 50 years, still wants you to give them more time!
Why? so that they can tell us that minority have no rights? Have they forgotten that we are ALL Malaysians? Why do we do this so that they can shut us up again, why?
Why do we do this so that they can monopolise the media and give us shit?
Shit like "Good wolf and bad wolf" ? Or This(Thanks Capt for the heads up)? How much can one take?

I am not a writer, and I don't write well. But I can tell when someone is trying to shaft shit down my throat!
Here read for yourself. The writer, who happens to be the boss of the paper, who happens to own shares of a company, controversial to say the least, who happens to be in the 'elite of the business community' says for himself. the Barisan Nasional is not perfect, flawed with Greed and Arrogance, yet he tells that this is the good wolf? Funny enough, I came across the same story, word for word in this blog. Maybe its just plain coincidence? It does happen quite a lot in Malaysia.....coincidence!

Enough, my friend, please no more. Stop bringing shame to your parents, may the rest in peace.
You have sold your soul!
And I am confident that my fellow anak anak Bangsa Malaysia has also had enough of all the shit that has been dished out by Barisan Nasional.

P.S Did you see any credits to the originality of the story? I must read again. I don't think I saw one. . .

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The very first line and last lines of the passage:

"One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about the eternal battle that goes on inside people."

"Native Americans, unlike most other cultures, revere the wolf, imbuing the animal with almost mystical and spiritual qualities — both good and evil."

This pretty much implies that the author was reiterating a tale. It would be no different than if you opened one of your write-ups with the lyrics to a popular song. The story of the tow wolves is an old and popular parable. It wasn't in any way coincidence or even plagiarism for that matter, as the author claims no credit for the story. He admits that it is an old Native American tale. It was merely an effective story-telling tool.

One may take offense with the content of the article, but let not our emotions cause us to accuse unnecessarily. Credit where credit is due.

muststopthis said...

Ah...thanks for highlighting that. I must be more careful next time.

For a moment I thought that he did a Brendan. Did Brendan imply that he wrote the story himself?

BTW, I have nothing against the writer. After all the very reason why they write is for them to know.
Someone alerted me of his article, and like the Singaporean who did a google, I did mine too.
Funny how people can relate the same story without actually giving credits.
Sorry, but I am just implying.

homophobic said...

zzzzzzz

u never heard of the story before?
then, read more!

learn to be among the learned, not to bash someone when it's your own shortcoming that prevent you from seeing the light...

have you ever heard of someone telling the tales of Pak Pandir and giving the credit to its unknown creator??

muststopthis said...

any recommendations?