Friday, April 29, 2005
Was reading this just now. Labels: malaysia
The writer basically questioned : "What is Malaysian culture?" Well, considering the fact that we are a multiracial country, and hence multicultural, what would we term as a unique Malaysian culture? What is so special about us that no other country has?
Surely it has to be the food. Where else can you get so many types of food? Where else can you sit by the roadside or next to smelly drains and yet get fantastic variety of food in the middle of the night?So yeah.....its the food then. That's truly Malaysian, alright.
But surely nobody's culture is based solely on food? That would make it a culture of gluttons. So what else is there? Could it be our pirated VCDs? Once upon a time, I thought we were doing very well with this pirated thingy of ours....until I met the Thais and the Chinese. My friend from China has a stack of VCDs and DVDs which he bought at home. The quality of it beats ours hands down. No shits. I even thought they were original ones.
Then, I thought I was being clever by buying Pro-Evolution Soccer from Malaysia and bringing it here to play on the PS2. My Thai friend did one better - he bought it from Thailand. Those Thai buggers cracked the game and replaced the fake team names with the real names (because of copright issues, even the original version does not use the real names of the teams). The Thai pirates also took the liberty of modifying the jerseys to include the sponsors' logos. There is even the Thai national team in there (not in the original version) which is sort of a cheat team because it is too good.
So, its not the fake stuffs that make us uniquely Malaysian.
Loads of stuffs have been going on about how uncaring and inconsiderate we actually are. But, to be fair, I think its not just a problem that we face. I think most Asian countries have serious issues with that.
And to be honest, I couldn't think of anything else that is unique to that place we call home. I was sitting and thinking about it over and over again, yet I just could not get my brains to work. So, I decided to read the original article again, along with the comments made by the readers (check it out from the above link). Two dudes said that we have no culture at all. And then it hit me.
I have met loads of people from loads of countries in uni....all with different backgrounds. Rich and poor alike. However, nobody, and I mean it, NOBODY puts down their own country as willingly as we Malaysians do. From the sports teams to the government to the national cars, nothing is spared as we indulge in endless critisism our country. Never mind about whether the critisism is warranted or not, some dudes just love to bitch non-stop about how everything about Malaysia sucks.
That, my friends, is truly Malaysian.
*please feel free to add in what you think Malaysian culture includes*
but if we do put down our country more than any other people in the world... that says ALOT about how things are in our country to begin with... i mean, if we are contented, why should we hate things about it so much? everyone complains abt their country... i know my american friends do (and some even want to leave America), and some Japanese friends do too (the only thing they love about Japan? Food and transportation)... But still, they're proud to be American and stuff...
so what went wrong with Malaysia?
I don't think that the people are fully to be blamed? cause it's a whole collective mentality. There must be something in the environment that caused it.
that's what i feel.
btw, it did take LEAVING malaysia for me to appreciate ASIAN culture.. lemme repeat... ASIAN culture ;)
to know malaysia is to love malaysia, to love malaysia is to leave malaysia.... hm! ahhh always the beauty from afar ;)
Oh, hold on.... I think its a singaporean thing TOO!!
Why do we care about them? Why do we feel? Why do we shut out the pain? Why do we thirst for unobtainable glory? Malaysians can't answer these questions, so we might as well ignore them.
BTW free your mind with the Laws of the Psyche. It's way cool.
yungjie : Ah, thats where you are wrong - Mourinho ain't arrogant. He's just brilliant.
anonymous : I've been to Italy and I think Italian drivers are much worse and crazier.
lyn : That's an Asian thing.
ck : Ah yes. Thats a good example.
viewtru : Spot on.
newton : Firstly, OC is a fucking stupid show. Would you watch a show called KL if I released it in America? Secondly, please don't pimp your blog on my space. Thirdly, just so you know, I'll be writting a piece about your absolutely brilliant yankee culture very soon.