The hardest word in contemporary Malaysia

It seems that ‘Sorry’ is the hardest word in Malaysia of late for reasons best known to those who have been hard put to say that very word.

For instance, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali doesn’t think that MCA or its president deserves an apology over what he had said recently pertaining to the postponed May 13 gathering.

Malaysiakini reports:

In response to the demand by an MCA central committee member for an apology, a combative Ibrahim Ali said saying sorry to the MCA or its president would be the last thing for him to do while alive over the matter.

NONE“I don’t need to apologise to anybody. Even if the guy puts a gun to my head, I would not do so,” the head of Malay rights group Perkasa told Malaysiakini when contacted today.

In a statement, MCA’s Koh Nai Kwong had called for the Pasir Mas member of Parliament (left) to apologise over his attacks against MCA and its president Dr Chua Soi Lek for his backing of the cancelled Malay 13 gathering that was to have taken place on Thursday this week.

For full story, see here.

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1 Response to “The hardest word in contemporary Malaysia”


  1. 1 Leithaisor 16 May 2010 at 12:27 pm

    As small kids, many of us would have had it in our heads that saying sorry was not being brave or macho, and until our parents and teachers taught us the truth, may have swaggered around with our tiny chests trust out at one and all whom we have wronged, proud that we have not said sorry.

    But none of us can claim never to have erred, and as we matured, most of us learnt the value of admitting our errors and apologising when the need to do so arose.

    There are of course some adults who still subscribe to their own set of values which is different.

    And some who think that saying ‘I did not say that to hurt you, but if it did, then I am sorry lah’ when it is patently clear to everyone, including they themselves that the words uttered had been chosen to hurt and threaten even.

    Such plastic apologies, usually offered in the face of dire consequences pending, only add salt to injuries, and to prove further the worthlessness of the wrongdoer.

    An honest apology on the other hand, no “gun to the head” needed, does a world of good, often to both parties involved. but it takes a real man/woman to be big enough to do so.


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