There is a high level of stress in Malaysian life. It cannot and should not be compared to the situation in the Middle East where, in addition to bombs and drones shoes flew.
Where many things flew in the Middle East many things fly too in Malaysia. Tempers here are very fragile - less so than bones. At the New Era College recently, fists flew and bones broke bones, cheek bones actually. In a country where public confidence in the system is at its hostorical lowest, we regret the the growing distaste the public and civil government have on the country's laws. The leader of the Opposition Party, YB Karpal Singh of the DAP, has openly challenged the Chief Justice on corruption, the ordinary man in the street may perhaps be viewed with understanding if the stress is more than atmospheric.
The recent incident of an ex student of the New Era College punching its symbol of authority publicly cannot be viewed with ambivalence. For whichever party your sympathy lies it does reflect the state of affairs of the Union of Malaysia.
Our Prime Minister seems less perturbed while his Deputy is busy trying to win the Bye-Election in Kuala Terengganu where the Opposition is blowing hot over cold rains. We do not doubt the efficiency of the public servants ensuring safety to citizens. In the case of Kuala Terengganu the Police has more on their hands. Despite that we believe they can ensure the safety of our dear Deputy PM, who surely will never need more than the usual security measures.
At another institution, Malaysia's oldest, "Universiti Malaya, student Shah Rizul Ayuni Zulkiply claimed that she received an envelope containing RM100, with a letter purportedly signed by vice-chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni Dr Arzrae Idris. The pro-Mahasiswa group, of which she belongs to, is seen as anti-establishment. There are 41 seats up for grabs in the UM campus elections."