“You can take a Malay out from a kampong but you cannot take the kampong out of a Malay” is often used to make a mickey off, to mock the backwardness and the non-urbane attitude of Malays. The cases of Sharlene of Kampong Medan has been cited as example of the lackadaisiacal attitude of Malay parents in Kampong Medan.
I say what is wrong with that? What is wrong with asking for the freedom and having the streets, the parks and the malls free from violence, vices, crime? Are we so urbanised that we have to accept that all urban streets are infested with thugs, kidnappers and child molesters.
If we blindly accept that notion that the parents of Sherlene and the lackadaisal kampong attitude of the Malays of Kg Medan are to be blamed for the crime and kidnapping, then we must be insane.
I believe that every child has the fundamental right to explore and roam free safely. It is the most effective and most conducive environment to growing up, and it does not descriminate against the urban kids. Every adult and every parent has the right to demand for the street, the park and the mall to be safe. What is wrong with cycling to the park, the grocery store and to play on the streets? Why are we depriving our children from growing normally.?
I say that it is the responsibility of the government , whether you are HADHARI or not hadhari to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
The influx of immigrants labourerts have not only stolen the rights of these poor folk to higher wages and better training, the policy has also hijacked the streets, and the park and the malls. I am not saying that the crimes are being carried out by the immigrants. I say that the fact the Minister of Home Affairs are busy counting his loot in the importation of labour, the priority on policing, control and monitoring are just not profitable to merit attention.
As for the parks, why cannt we have park wardens and security to ensure children are free to roam and explore? But we are too concerned wit the steel monuments and structure and features that will churn out contracts. Do you realize that almost all parks in pj and KL are disused mining pools. They are just useless mass of water where buildings cannot be erected whereas what we really need is spacesafety and security.
Let us reclaim the streets and the parks and the Malls, We want our kampong to be safe. So what there is still the kampong in me??Why are we having those idiots??