Being human and giving credit where it’s due

Absence of a human virtue called gratitude

It is very disconcerting to see that these days the opposition or people who are leaning towards the opposition kept on harping the concept of gratitude towards the government. Their argument is, we do not have to be grateful towards the government for whatever benefits the government had bestowed upon us because it is already their responsibility. We are the ones that voted them in so they are the ones that should thank the rakyat profusely. The rakyat must never thank the government for whatever the goodies or the national development the government had provided us.

I believe this is a dangerous, uncivilised concept being concocted by the opposition. Using this kind of logic, wives shouldn’t thank husbands for whatever good things he has done for her because it is his responsibility as a husband and of course, husbands must not thank their wives either.

Children must never thank their parents because let’s face it, it is the parents’ responsibility to nurture and raise their children. Why would the children thank their parents? They never asked to be born in the first place either.

Is this the right attitude for Pakatan Rakyat to promote? That one must never be thankful when a person or government is being nice to you?

Orang berbudi kita berbahasa, orang memberi kita merasa.

What is so wrong to be thankful when one receive aid or assistance? Why should we throw vile insults and harangue the government for being nice to the people? Orang berbudi kita berbahasa.

There is nothing wrong by being grateful. It is a sign of being benevolent. A sign of appreciation. A very humane thing to do.

We should worry if this kind of attitude permeates into the psyche of our young generation. We will be straddled with children who are arrogant and equipped with repugnant behaviours as well as a society who are rude among each other.

Bad leadership begets bad attitude.

As Tun Dr Mahathir put it in his blog:

… people who only know how to hate and have done nothing to make this country better. By doing what they did they have demonstrated that they and the people who lead them are unfit to rule this independent country. They only know hate. Hatred does not develop nations.

Yes hatred and being obnoxious certainly will not make this country a better place.

They never voted the government

And what really make this group of political thespians a horrible entity is the fact that their fans never voted Barisan Nasional in the first place. Yet, they insist us not to thank the government because we voted for them.

Can we not see how profoundly immoral that is?

It is ironic that the ones that voted Barisan Nasional are always thankful whenever Barisan Nasional done good while the one who will never vote for the government will try to preach the public that thanking the government is repulsive since it was voted in by the people.

It does not matter if you choose to vote for the opposition in the elections. But not saying thanks after the government gives much needed assistance just show lack of manners and the ones teaching this bad behaviour is the opposition.

I lament the fact that it is the adults who are setting the bad example for the younger generation to emulate. I believe the government must always be benevolent to the people. The government has the higher moral ground not to ask for gratitude from the people. But it is the people who must have the human decency to be grateful nevertheless.

Why is this a hard thing to do? Where are our great Malaysian values? Do we really want this kind of people to lead us in the future? Will this kind of people develop a better Malaysia?