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Focus people.. Focus..

My Sunday morning was interrupted by the sudden realization that I missed the FA Cup match between Man U and Arsenal. A quick check and I found out we lost 0-2. Can’t really say much on that since I didn’t watch the game. The possession stats says we controlled the game but then the only stats that mattered is the score line. On top of that we managed to lose our last decent centerback for the rest of the season. Yeay. Goalkeeping problems were not enough for us we have to have other problems as well.

On top of that Malaysian twitterverse was abuzz with the whole cartoon ultraman incident. Everyone weighing in with their opinions. The general consensus is that it is of poor taste and the timing sucks. And there was even calls for the PM to apologize to the Japanese and even calling for the sacking of the editor and cartoonist. An online petition was promptly organized and the news even was reported in the CNN user generated ireport section. I’m sure its obviously updated by our own zealous malaysian trying to highlight the level of suckness that this cartoon generally have.

What people fail to realise is the ease of which people can generalize a whole nation based on what issues are highlighted. The whole brouhaha that the cartoon generated pretty much hid the fact that Malaysian government are actually sending people over to assist Japan in the search and rescue efforts. NGOs are sending in medical relief amongst other things. Whether or not they indeed need our help is secondary. The important thing is we are offering our help.

Yet there is no glory in highlighting this. Not that we’re looking for glory. What ever we’re sending is miniscule compared to what the rest of the world are doing but hey every little helps right. We however tend to highlight the cartoon incident more. I’ve seen tweets from prominent Malaysians condemning it, saying how they are disgusted and ashamed. Then what? Disgusted and ashamed yes, but then what?

It just looked like people are trying to be popular for reasons only known to them.

I’m not in anyway defending the cartoon. Heck I even tweeted yesterday that any jokes about ultramen during this time is of extremely poor taste. But sometimes we tend to focus on the wrong things in our reactions.

Entah ler..
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