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OPINION: The Girl Who Threw Her Shoes, In The Perspective of a Malay

It has come to my attention that the video featuring a woman throwing her shoes at a car (of the person recording the video, Ann) over parking spot became a hot topic. (Why would you even throw a shoe? To feel savage?) I feel like providing my insight regarding this viral scene, so please, bear with me. A fellow writer has covered the scene in the form of article, and here’s the video that backs the article:

As a disclaimer, I have no intention on harming anyone involved, and neither do I claim to be a better person than this lady who threw her shoes.

I agree with one of the comments the article received. This one in particular:

I read that there are many others who agree with the comment, and I just wanna say: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

I personally agree that we have always identified each other of different races. I feel like that’s okay, you know? I’m neutral about it, it’s not always bad, not always wrong. Lately, with the racial tension that has increased greatly, it feels like it will only add fuel to the fire that is already burning. Especially when we use it for news where we might end up associating a certain race to certain negative traits.

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This one in particular implies Malays being racist towards Chinese, Malays being naturally mean, and Malays being uncivilised.

Personally, yeah, I agree, some of us are terrible. But that’s the same with every other race. That’s the same with every other religion. It isn’t just Malays.

At the same time, we cannot assume that the family in the video is a Malay family. They could be people of another race too! (You know, all the indigenous races we have in Malaysia? Remember we aren’t just three races?)

But what gets to me is the fact that thishappened in the month of Ramadhan. I noticed that people honk a little more since the start of this month, people are less likely to give others way during peak hours. I understand, we’re all hungry for food after work… And rushing either home or to meet your friends for buka puasa. But doesn’t that mean we should take the initiative to always be ready? Pack up a little snack before we start driving. No one’s going to judge you for packing food, it’s not like you’re going to be eating in the public’s eye.

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I cringed when I saw her pointing her middle finger at the person who recorded the video.

Like, have some grace, lady. And patience. Wouldn’t kill to have some, right?

I can’t believe the way her family seemed to just let her do as she liked! If I had done exactly what she did, my parents would have smacked me! Mentally, at least! And I would thank them for that, because then I wouldn’t be known as a rude person. Regardless, we can also assume that they may or may not reprimand her after. Maybe she felt generous and decided to throw her shoes at the original poster… We may never know.

Maybe she acted that way because she never knew kindness. Sad to think of it in that way, no?

However, let us use her as a lesson. Let us not be so rude and unkind during the holy month of Ramadhan, if we are aware of what is kindness. I don’t want to use fasting as an excuse to be a disrespectful person. In fact, that shouldn’t even be an excuse. If it’s hard to fast from food and drinks, then fast from saying harsh words, cool yourself from possible anger. It is a personal obligation to God. Donate to those who need the money and food more if you find it hard to fast.

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May this month be a month of reflection and detox. Both for our body and soul.

I sure do hope she got a new pair of shoes, too.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Ronny Sim

    June 1, 2017 at 17:37

    Sad to see such a thing happening! It does not bode well for society! The video looks like the one showing the middle finger and throwing the shoes is a Malay lady. She is wearing the tudong. Wow – so garang and so unbecoming in behaviour. Something to be ashamed of.

  2. Malaysian Guy

    June 1, 2017 at 18:48

    We didnt know another side of story. Rationally, people wont get mad for no valid reason unless that person is crazy. These girls must hv done somthing that made them so pissed off. So stop showing the part that made them look as if they are bad people and make people judge someone’s character without knowing em personally. Im sick of how people misuse the technology to humiliate another humang being.!!!

    • LOL

      June 2, 2017 at 23:12

      It looks more like the shoe-throwing lady wanted to embarrass herself. Despite knowing she was being recorded, she still wanted to act like a gangster.

  3. Azrin

    June 1, 2017 at 23:29

    Either way, whoever’s fault it was this kind of behaviour is not acceptable at all.. throwing shoes, middle finger??? Really??? This is a case of a barbaric act, perhaps she wanted to be in The Jungle Book..

  4. Observer

    June 2, 2017 at 00:00

    Maybe it’s just those who drive cars with Penang plates who behave like that.

  5. Lowlife Russians

    June 2, 2017 at 15:43

    These people need to be jailed.

  6. KC

    June 3, 2017 at 00:25

    Racial issues, aside, this is such a disgrace to all Malaysians! In fact, I’ve recently been back to Malaysia and my experiences in interacting with many people there have been great. Very courteous and helpful government officials and general public at the Immigration office, airport, banks, restaurants, shopping malls…etc.

    This is no way to treat people as if they were above the law. Ann should report the incident to the police and this family should really be punished by law.

    • God bless you

      June 11, 2017 at 04:19

      I don’t know what Ann did there because another lady also coming and hitting the car so definitely your Ann did something or Ann trying to catch something wrong in camera. They are not mad coming and throwing the shoes.

  7. Jim

    June 13, 2017 at 00:26

    Come from a good family but mix with bad company and very badly brought up.

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