Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Pride of Society

Japanese are well organised society in any situation and no doubt by seeing on television on how they queuing in line in front of vending machines while in tragedy. No looting on empty shops after the earth quakes and tsunami. This is what every nation leader wants their society to be. In fact we are only see this in Japan and to be precised everywhere in Japan.

Malaysian nowadays are getting loose and flexible. Some might forget their responsibility to the Almighty God (Allah) while working. Some might forget their family while gambling. And some might forget their responsibility while flirting.
Children were forced to study and score high colors and forced to attend classes after classes and their chilhood time were filled with study and study. They got no good friends to play a while and to build their good society character as they are only forced and guided to be champion in their study. While adults got no sense in spontaneous incidents like helping the blindman crossing the road as they need to catch their time for lunch and some shopping. The society has been busy from the time they wake up and off to bed. They got no reason to spend their time with their neighbourhood. All they to do in life is earning what they want and spend it as they want.

Will Malaysia in 2020 be a better nation?

Read below article from BERNAMA for a reference.

Bernama – Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:03 AM MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 (Bernama) -- Is it true that some of us are not

concerned over other people''s ''woes''? Is our society, known for its courtesy and

politeness, has now turned greedy?.

Several incidents that happened early this year had shown the ''true face'' of

some Malaysians.

Last February, the whole nation was in disgust after reading about the vain

pleas of trailer-lorry driver Ahmad Rozlin Ahmad Murad. His pleas were for

passers-by to help his friend and co-driver, whose body was pinned in the


The trailer-lorry was earlier involved in a road crash. Ahmad Rozlin''s pleas

were ignored as some passers-by were more concerned with grabbing rice sacks

that had fallen from the trailer-lorry.

A month earlier, a 4-wheel drive vehicle that carried more than RM$70,000 in

coins crashed at KM 244, North-South Highway near the Pedas exit.

What happened afterwards was a ''rush and grab'' for the coins by passers-by

who had stopped their vehicles, despite the vain pleas from the 4-wheel-drive

vehicle''s driver.

The rush and grab ''carnival'' did not stop despite the presence of the

traffic police and highway personnel there. Fortunately the crash victims

escaped with light injuries.

Another similar incident happened the same month. A van carrying a

consignment of yoghurt drink (a well-known brand) crashed at KM 424.9 of the

North-South Highway near Bukit Tagar.

What had happened next?

Several drivers of other vehicles stopped but not to help the victims.

Instead they were busy picking the yoghurt containers.


These incidents had drawn the public''s response including that from the

ulama and intellectuals.

Perak Mufti Tan Sri Dr Harrussani Zakaria, according to news report, said

the money taken was ''haram'' and must be returned to its rightful owner.

The adviser to Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) Datuk Nooh Gadut had

similar views. He said the passers-by should have assisted the victims and

returned the money instead of taking advantage over the situation.

He said the incident should not have happened in a Muslim nation

like Malaysia.


What is happening to the Malaysian society?

It is only nine years to go for Malaysians to achieve Vision 2020. We are

also in the midst of making the 1Malaysia concept a success.

But is our society ready for these objectives.

Universiti Sains Malaysia''s (USM) Social Science lecturer Dr Intan Hashimah

Mohd Hashim said she viewed the incidents in two aspects.

First, the factor that passers-by failed to help accident victims. Second,

why people were willing to steal/take away items from the scene of accidents?

According to the social science expert, such attitude has got nothing to do

with the courteous Malaysian values but more of the ''by-stander effect''.

Social psychology studies have shown that the inclination to help would be

reduced due to the presence of many people at the scene.

"The presence of many people at the scene may make a person to feel that the

responsibility of helping the victims does not fall on his shoulders alone. In

fact many would feel that other people should be helping the victims instead of

himself. Hence they are reluctant to help".

Dr Intan Hashimah feels that this phenomenon frequently occurs in the

society including that in the western countries. The urgency to help would come

if only one or two persons are around at the accident scene.

About the second aspect, Dr Intan Hashimah is in the view that it is related

to the sense of responsibility.

"In the second situation, those who stole from victims at accident scenes

usually numbered more than one and they did not know the victims.

"Furthermore, there were many others who did the same. This had reduced the

guilt and shame in them. They did not fear being apprehended as the authorities

were not around", she said.


There could be several possibilities that lead to the lackadaisical


For Dr Intan Hashimah, this is not linked to the moral deterioration in the

society but more of the ''situation factor'' that drove someone to commit such an


"In this situation, the society needs a role model. If someone helps a

victim and another prevents the others from taking the things away, other

by-standers would also do the same.

"What we need is a role model that shows positive values which can push the

others to do the same. I believe there are still many good Malaysians but they

do not know what to do in case of emergencies", said Dr Intan Hashimah


The social psychologist said she does not see that Malaysians have begun to

lack the caring and courteous values.

"However they practise that on people they know and not on others who are

unknown to them. We need to be sensitive to all and not only to people that we


Dr Intan Hashimah said educating adults on this aspect is different, unlike

teaching children and students. All individuals need to inculcate the caring

concept themselves.

"Then, we will not hesitate to help accident victims, avoid stealing from

them and do not wait for others to render help", she added.



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