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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Patrice EVRA - you'll be more Offended in MALAYSIA...


I wanted to write about the Suarez-Evra issue long time ago, but I was too busy to do so... Today, I can find the time..
We all know that Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC was slapped an 8-match ban by the FA for calling (using a word) Patrice Evra that was considered racist. So, I was told... Is that it?
Oh dear..., I think Patrice Evra can never stay in Malaysia.... Why?

1.  In Malaysia, we are of so many races and backgrounds, and yet, we live in harmony... We call our friends or enemies (if you have any) by so many names - Black, Yellow, Blue, Pak Hitam (Uncle Black), Putih (White), Mat Salleh (white people), Mat Black (black man), Mak Nyah (gay), Bohsia (oversocial girl), Bohjan (oversocial man), Sepet (small eye people), Negro (Niger), Hindu, Benggali (Sikh), Cina (Chinese), Cino (Chinaman), Malai kui (Malay guy), Orang Asli (aborigines), Orang Bukit (hill people), Orang Laut (fisherman), Orang Utan (forest people), Orang Minyak (oilman)..., my god - I can't list everything...
The point is - nobody gets "banned" or taken to court for calling names...

2.  Even in our culture, we call names to our family members. If my uncle is fair-skinned, I call him "Pak Teh" (uncle White). If another uncle is black-skinned, I call him "Pak Tam" or "Pak Hitam" (uncle Black). My uncle never sues me in court for calling him Black...
There was once a black-skin teacher named Ahmad. Everybody called him Mat Black, even the students. He was then promoted to Assistant Director of the Education Department - and we still called him Mat Black. He has retired now and we still call him uncle Mat Black ..
The name Black is synonym to all dark-skinned Malaysians. We have a good and famous dark-skin Malay singer self-called himself "BLACK". Actually, most of us don't even know his real name... Serious !! If he goes on stage, he is being introduced as - BLACK. He never sues people for calling him Black...

3.  We use names to get closer to our friends. I think, you footballers in EPL, don't like to make friends.. We call our friends or our opponents in games by calling names that can be easily used or easily referred to. For example - during a soccer match, we will instruct our team mates to guard an opponent who is black-skinned, by telling loudly on the field "Jaga-jaga Negro tu !!!" (Be careful of that Negro!!) or "Jaga Pak Hitam tu !!" (Watch for that Black player!!)
Now, if Evra is the player meant here, I think the whole Malaysian team will be banned 8 games (each player)!!! It's a chronic law you have there in EPL... I must tell Ramli to think carefully before joining ManU.

4.  The issue here is actually more to politics on and off the field. You are not being professional.. It's the ManU-Liverpool crisis that is. Luis Suarez was made the scapegoat.. Pity him, pity Liverpool. And.. Evra - you'll have to face the Liverpool fans for what you've done. Pity you too....

Looking forward to the Liverpool-ManU 4th round FA Cup game on the 28th of January.
Have a nice day....

p/s:
Here in Malaysia, if you offend somebody, we just apologize..., even in Parliament.
I guess that's why we all live in Harmony...

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