Ever since I was a kid, I have always heard some nasty remarks made against acertain race but my upbringing and my education has always told me that it was wrong to just listen to such remarks and proverbs and be nice to everybody... except just to be a little careful..
When I was a Second Class Boy Scout in Form 3, I loaned my RM60 second-hand racing bike, which I saved for like almost a year to buy, to a senior Boy Scout who had a First Class badge, to use for a Scout Jamboree held in Port Dickson (I was then in a school in Seremban). He came back from the Jamboree crying he had lost my bike, I was heartbroken but forgave him.
The folliwng year when I obtained my First Class badge, I too attended the Jamboree. It was then I saw my old bike which was stolen the year before. I walloped the guy who "stole" my bike but was later told this boy scout bought the bike the year before from the senior I loaned the bike to.
It was then I was reminded about this racial thinghy never to trust this group. But I told myself, its the individual, nothing to do with the colour of the skin.
Over the years of my job career, I also had many experiences, most of the time I get hoodwinked by the same group of people. I steadfastly refused to recognise the fact and continued telling myself its the individual, not the colour of the skin.
And recently, I too had another run-in. I have a partner who had "financial problems" from Day 1! Son's tuition lah, this lah that lah, need RM27K by such a such a date... It was difficult time, we had the money but it was against our professional principles so we resisted. We gave a few thousands here and there for advance expenses etc but that was it.
Then, during a business trip, some money was taken from the principal, I had them repaid. Then, recently a customer told me he paid for expenses and hotel for a recent visit including for my partner, I tried to repay but the customer was kind enough to treat it as a write-off. It was really embarassing and I can't tell this partner because he was supposedly a senior retired government officer, so we just decided lets split the partnership and go on our own.
Then recently, a customer asked him about why a certain investment outlay kept changing, instead of explaining, he told the customer "what to do, some people want to have a happy CNY!". That, I blew my top!
And now he is claiming all my customers are his except he doesn't have the balls. He used another old retired man to disturb my business and reputation. I am now beginning to feel, after 50 years, the statement about this group of people might be true and I can't resist the thought anymore.
I am turning into a racist.... tell me I am not! And I am blardy mad a shell too...