The following is re-posted on a request from a friend… And because I too cannot tahan such condescending, superficial, self-correct, ARROGANT nonsense!
Are you a Malaysian blogger, or a blogger who takes interest in Malaysian matters? Do you disapprove of self-important Datuks using their rank, influence, power and wealth to bully and insult others into meekly bowing to their inane perception of relaity?
Then I ask you to re-post the following testimony, and call on all Malaysian or Malaysia-interested bloggers you know to follow suit! Tell everyone you know about it.
It’s time to let the Very Condescending Bigshot Rich Datuks know, this is the era of IT, where all the little mice can make their voices heard through blogs and non-mainstream media! No more do you control all the channels of communication.
Bullying of the masses will not go unspoken of or unprotested any longer. Try it, and we will make you… ‘Famous’.
Power to the Bloggers!
SPP Interview Expose – Interview With the Very Condescending Bigshot Rich Datuk
(name of interviewee has been omitted to prevent retributive action)
I was at Jabatan Perdana Menteri yesterday, for an interview with the Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pelajaran. It was an interview to confirm my placement into the government service as DG41.
The interview letters stated that we should wear “formal berlengan panjang.”
Perawakan Dan Penampilan Diri.
Calon-calon dikehendaki hadir temuduga dengan berpakaian kemas dan sopan. Calon-calon lelaki dikehendaki memakai baju kemeja berlengan panjang dan bertali leher, manakala calon-calon wanita memakai pakaian yang bersopan.
I wore my grey slacks, dark blue long-sleeve shirt, and a silver tie.
Upon arrival at Bilik Temuduga 10, we were told by our room’s interviewer that we need to wear a coat.
Nobody brought any coats from our room. We went out to search for a coat. Around 5 other guys in the entire interview had coats. So we borrowed their coats and passed them around.
When my turn came, I put on the coat and went in.
Right after I said “Selamat pagi Dato,” he asked me where I got the coat from. I said I borrowed it. He said how come I don’t even own a coat. I said the letter did not state that I have to wear a coat, or else I would’ve found one before I came. He scolded me and said I did not know how to interpret the letter.
He asked what kind of pants I was wearing. I said my grey slacks. He said how can that be formal. I said only have 2 pairs of slacks. One black, one grey. The black one, I wore to school on Monday, and now it is being washed. So, today I’m wearing my grey slacks.
He chased me out of the room.
He called me in again after a very long time. It wasn’t an interview. It was a dressing-down, humiliation session. He didn’t really ask me anything much. Here’s the gist of what he said:
“Bapa kamu tahu tak, you seluar hanya ada dua? Kalau dia tahu, dia malu tak, anak dia macam ini?”
I said, hidup saya susah. I explained my family background. And why I have banyak tanggungan.
“You are wrong!! Saya pun tak pernah tanggung orang macam itu. You must change the way you live.”
He looked at my shoes, and he said:
“Kasut kamu tak gilap”
I said, I cycle to school everyday. How to gilap?
“COME ON… YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!!”
Well, if I don’t have a car, and my school is nearby, and I can’t afford to arrive in an Alfa Romeo, what’s wrong with cycling to school?
“You pakai baju apa itu. Cina tak boleh pakai gelap.”
I said I’m a Christian, I don’t abide by such superstitions. I said by the way, my shirt is blue. Not black.
“Kamu bukan Cina kah? You must be proud to be Chinese… Malaysian Chinese…”
What does he know about being a Malaysian Chinese? We don’t get Datukships and awards like him. We can’t afford to be wearing designer clothes like him. We are not supported by the government’s silver spoon in our mouth from the day we were born. We have to struggle to take care of our families. What does he know?
He said, “Dalam PIPP, ada dinyatakan kita harus memartabatkan profesion keguruan. Apa yang kamu faham tentang itu?”
That is the Teras Kelima in the PIPP. I explained that according to the PIPP blueprint, we are supposed to upgrade the intake system of teachers and improve the working environment of teachers. I wasn’t taking rubbish. That was the textbook answer.
He said, “Tak payah, tak payah. Kalau untuk kamu saja, macam mana?”
I said, “Kena memperbaiki imej, kalau menurut dato.”
He said “Gaji satu bulan berapa? Pergilah beli seluar…”
He even stood up to show me his slacks. He said must buy a pair that costs seratus lebih. That would be a good one.
I cycle to school everyday. My shoes aren’t shined. I can’t afford a pair of slacks that cost over a hundred bucks. I don’t have a coat. I guess I’m not fit to be a teacher.
Well, if they can pay me 4 grand a month, certainly the profession guru’s martabat will be dipertingkatkan, isn’t it?
If what I wear matters so much more than how I teach, my workplace is not in a musty classroom. I should be on the catwalk runway.
Here’s the instigator. I want his arrogance taken down a peg or two. Help me.
– A Little Mouse (real name withheld)
Testimony ends. Please re-post the above and invite all your Malaysian/Malaysia-interested blog contacts to do the same. The following are bloggers who have also taken up this cause:
If you have had a personal experience of extreme rudness and belligerence during your SPP Interview, feel free to post a comment.
Power to the bloggers! Power to the Little Mice!