Last Tuesday, I was proved wrong.
Early on Tuesday morning, Mdm Tan Kim Chuan was the victim of a snatch theft case which subsequently left her on the ground with a cracked skull. During this period of 7 minutes, 7 'people' walked past her. None stopped to help. She could have been saved if medical attention had been given to her earlier but these 7 creatures walked right past her. Just like in the Yue Yue case, this deliberate indifference to helping a fellow human being left me totally speechless. Well, maybe not exactly speechless, if you consider strings of foul language to be speech.
A sequence showing the horrendous crime, and the horrendous people. (Pic credits: The Star)
I am bitterly disappointed that this day has finally come. Malaysia has finally reached the bottom rung of humanity. Have we, as Malaysians stopped giving a damn about anything and everything? Have we come to this point where we can turn a blind eye and ignore a fellow countryman's suffering? Have we fallen that far down the ladder?
But before you condemn these people to the deepest, darkest part of hell, take a look at the other side of the coin. Crime rates in Malaysia are so ridiculously high. Every day, you hear about someone getting robbed, bags getting snatched, people getting slashed and killed and kidnapped. What happened to a safe Malaysia? What happened to being able to go to shopping malls without fearing for your own safety? I used to be able to go to The Curve every day to hang out and park at the basement without even having the thought of being kidnapped cross my mind for one second. When did that change?
And this is precisely why Malaysians are becoming so indifferent to others around them. It's the fear of something happening to them. There's no sense of safety anymore. No one feels safe, not even to help another human being. And when this happens, there will be more Mdm Tans. More people who really need help but aren't getting it because people are just scared. People just don't feel safe anymore and until that changes, I don't think that Malaysians will willingly jump in to help someone in need. The fear of being hurt just prevents actions like that.
But that being said, I can never understand how anyone can just walk away from a person in need of help. This is one of the most mind boggling issues I have come across. I would, at a pin drop, rush to the aid of a person regardless of anything. I would help him/her because I care about the sanctity of life. I could never live with the guilt of not helping someone and finding out that person died when I could have helped. I wonder how those 7 creatures can live with themselves after finding out that their indifference cost a life.
As well as a lot of sadness and grief to said person's family. (Pic credits: The Star)
I love Malaysia. I really do. But sometimes, things like these just make me so...sad. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants a better Malaysia, one where we do not need to live in fear. I guess that this will remain a fantasy until the government realizes that the numbers and figures that they have been showing to us in the print media aren't true. I want to live in a better Malaysia. I really do.
My deepest condolences to Mdm Tan & her family members. RIP Mdm Tan.