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Monday, February 12, 2007

Don't bang me la. Everybody also same what.

(Lion: Eh! Don't bang me la. Everybody same what.)




Something always confuses me at this time of the year when Chinese New Year is around the corner. What is it? This thing about the fireworks ban is what. Each year during the Chinese New Year season there are always major stories in the mainstream media about the police arresting people caught selling banned fireworks. Firecrackers in particular. A few days ago the circus started with a full color story in The Star about police success in napping some fireworks merchants. Today in The Star the Customs Department director-general announced that they will now fine, on-the-spot, people caught lighting up firecrackers for the coming Chinese New Year celebration. RM100 compound fine. No talk. He even said that if the offender is a child then the parents will be fined.

Wah! Very tough talk man. But seriously. Fireworks are banned and we as law abiding citizens should and must abide by the law. All of us.

Okay, what I am going to say next may make me sound like I am racist and trying to disrupt the racial harmony of Bolehland. I am not. I am merely trying to understand how things work here. I have a right to know. I am concerned.

I live in a predominantly Malay area. I daresay that more than 75% of the population of the area is Malay. Each year during the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri season I hear crackers and fireworks going off in the area making a din to rival American firepower in the Middle East. I live with it because it is a time of celebration for my Malay breathren. Although fireworks are banned. Hiyah. Close one ear lor. We are all Malaysians ma. So I presume that these same people are illegally selling fireworks during those time of celebration. Yes?

Then how come there doesn't seem to be the same efforts made to catch illegal fireworks traders during that particular time of year? Well, not with as big a deal as they always want to make it during Chinese New Year. If this action is to used as an example that people should not break the law then it should be used for all festive seasons when there might be fireworks involved during celebrations. We are all Malaysians. We are law abiding rakyat. We will all support the policing of the law. So don't single out one community as being fireworks crazy criminals can ah?

Maybe, the police think that Chinese Malaysians are more prone to want to make 'noise' during the celebrations than other people. Maybe the newspapers just think that these 'arrests' make good stories during Chinese New Year instead of at other festive occasions. I also don't know anymore la.

Niamah!!!

45 comments:

Trashed said...

Of course you are damned right lah. Justice must be seen to be for all.

We must ask - why got different standard ? Niamah !

midnite lily said...

ironically, isn't the culture of "making noise" a Chinese one to ward off evil spirits? if fireworks are actively banned during CNY, how come ppl can play it during HRaya? Fireworks also originally made in China what.

The Angry Medic said...

Ooh, brave words Pat, brave words. I'm sure some joker will misunderstand you as being racist. But don't worry, we know you're not.

Aiyah, this is an old story what. I'm surprised that you're still surprised. Fireworks still go off during CNY mah.

Happy Chinese New Year, by the way! I'll be going to London next week for a reunion, during which I'll see some beloved friends from Ipoh. And yes, you can bet there'll be fireworks around.

Though you didn't hear it from me. *looks around shiftily*

Anak Malaysia said...

dear pat

this firecrackers thing is an old story. every year they say cannot lite it up and every year we see those guys kena cekup for smuggling them. but, every year the firecrackers are still being lighted up.

i think this custom guy is putting his foot in his mouth and making himself look like a fool. come on la, if you want to tackle this problem, do it properly. don't say something that you know you cannot implement properly. you will be judged as fools or 'cakap tak serupa bikin'.

Jojo said...

Pat, if u want to play fireworks play lah. Go and buy and play aja.

These politicos are just pushing our buttons lah.

Call me naive but to me the real Malaysia is down here on the ground where normal people can live with eachother regardless of anything else. Not even political parties.

As Nik Aziz once said, life would be much better without political parties. I dont know lah.

Why tension, lets buy some mercun.

Economist said...

well said......i think all MALAYSIANS enjoy playin fireworks or firecrackers...so it should be banned or publicised during all major festivals.......

but look on bright side ..this year police said they will make sure our homes are safe during CNY...last year no such promise right?

Anonymous said...

What can i say - the chinese will probably be the one who can afford to pay the fine. And what better time then CNY cause they get to collect an ang pow too. Soon we all have to start packing and leave Bolehland.

Arkane said...

I say that if we wanna get tough on firecrackers, impose whipping for those caught with the stuff, like what they do in Singapore. But then again, they are hardly a good role model for us coz their leaders keep making sensitive remarks which disrupts the harmony in bolehland, right ?

nhm said...

ban fireworks? duh every festive season they will come out with the same motto..be it Hari Raya, Deepavali or Chinese New Year..BAN THE FIREWORK ACTIVITY..yeah right..but everytime i will hear it, i don't mind as long as i can sleep peacefully..come on..it only for a few days in a year..consider la skit, sumer org nak raya kan..

kira_yamato said...

it's the same issuela every year. tiap2 taun pun sama je. these people are like NATO (no action talk only). banned this banned that. confiscate this confiscate that but in the end they're the one that let their children/sedara-mara to play with the confiscated fireworks. don't be surprised they even sell it to public.. what la! niamah!

patrickteoh said...

No la nhm. Fireworks are banned and so we as responsible citizens must adhere by and uphold the law ma. My point is that it should be a level playing field la. Everybody also same.
Same thing arkane. Cane or arrest and jail. It is the same for EVERYBODY.
I agree economist. The police flers sound like they're really going to be doing something this time. Great news.
Jojo, did Nik Aziz really say that?
Yeah angry medic. I am surprised at myself really. But each year when I read the same old merry go round I get really upset. But fireworks go off during every festival. Hari Raya, Deepavalli. But it is only during Chinese New Year that the stories about big arrests of fireworks merchants are made. Why?

Good question, midnightlily. I also don't know la.

Ask why got different standards ah? Hiyoh, trashed you have been away too long la. We all cannot ask that question one.

johnny said...

Form another angle, It's not bad after all la..

Still remember the time when fireworks is legal.. All kind of disaster news.. break hand la, blind teh eyes la.. nothing good..

With tighter law during CNY now.. then fewer ppl dare to fire.. then lesser the posibility of injury..

nice.. happy chinese new year ah..

johnny said...

sorry, patrick. I have sumitted many entries. Just display one enuf la.

Jojo said...

Yes Pat, Nik Aziz really did say that. The Doctor of the house at the time suddenly dismiss it as "Apa nama...itu idea orang gila."

Anonymous said...

ya lor, wonder y they need to ban those firecracker stuff. celebrating festive season silently? dont think so la, no matter what the color i think the tradition should be kept alive. agree with nhm, just for a few days la bro and stop bragging. i think the media has lost its credibility in terms of portraying the news because theres a lot of other things apart from these petty-petty things kan? more about the environment perhaps.

anyway, happy chinese new year tokkok! wish u good health and prosperity some more.

cheers!
tadpole

FooLat said...

Hey !! Guess our border must have underground or undersea tunnels from TH and CN...

What is the point of banning while they are easily available years after years..

Wake up..

jasgill said...

Pat, I think during CNY the sales volume is vastly higher than during other seasons and thus you get the smugglers doing their stuff and getting caught. No Chinaman worth his salt would want to do that during Deepawali..or even Hari Raya haha. If rendang or toddy was banned then that would be on the list for sure.They do cater for us Punjabis by providing smuggled beer during Diwali though they had a big raid last 2 yrs and so had to make do without... Fireworks are ok, not firecrackers. Just tape the sound and blast it with loud speakers and throw red paper.... fool the cops and the spirits too. Do I make sense? No? Must be the smuggled duty free beer then starting to take effect. Happy CNY NIAMAH!!!

Anonymous said...

pls lah, the reason they ban is because there are ppl who complain noisy.

secondly, kids (of a particular race) always end up a few fingers short because they "pimp" their firecrackers (eg. blow a bunch up using a bamboo - meriam buluh)

but thx to the imbeciles above, CNY cannot light firecrackers

time to pack our bags and leave lah - the policy here all one-sided; how can favour the majority so blatantly - like punishing 2 kids for the sins of the other 8... NIAMAH!!

Allied said...

err...if I recall, the ban was due to the kids getting their hands blown off...and coincidentally this happens only in the Kampungs...where all forms of entertainment are deemed....er....banned! So the kids go make their own fireworks, by stuffing China made ones into Malaysian made bamboo...(Sounds like proton eh? Except that proton is originally from Japan!)..hopefully the Germans getz it ja?

Anyways, back to the point, and soon after fires followed because those days, the kampungs had thatched roof! So burn Kampung, and Kampung kids loose fingers and hands, so the ban!
Ok, its really annoying when you have a child who is afraid of fire crackers/fireworks, cos they both go booom! And this happens in the middle of the night! Try 2 am?
So I am all for the ban, but like Pat said, where is the LEVEL PLAYING FIELD? Pat, the answer is down South, or Far North..or across the straits, over the seas, but not here in 'Our' country!

James3g said...

I miss the GongXi Raya season... hehehe...

Doc said...

A few days ago one kid got 3 fingers blown off by a firecracker. The kid was malay, not chinese.

kevinlim said...

As long as they do not ban red packets,certian kinds of foodstuff and which God to pray to cukup lah

soho said...

ohh..and please beware.. Wind blow may deliver some of your neighbours firecrackers' "left-over" to your doorstep and next thing u see a summon in ur letterbox!
Duh

Miss Indak Ngaadau said...

aiya. not only fireworks ma,

more roadblocks oso.

Maybe also expect more bald men like dem who got arrested last year for gambling at home.

if they start sweeping in a predominantly chinese area, I'm sure we'll see bald women, teens and tweens too. Every1 got angpao ma, can shareshare with the ones who wear the Saya Anti-Rasuah badge.

Niamah!!!

anyways, HAVE A WONDERFULLY PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR, Uncle Pat!

Jessica said...

Way to go.I salute what you say especially on why must the ban be only during CNY?
We have been having the tradition for God knows how long and just because some idiotic parent doesn't know how to take care of his kids and the kids end up playing home made "cannons" we get blamed. Hence the banned.

geekster said...

oh, btw. I heard firecrackers everywhere and those fireworks look spectacular and colorful! The spirit of CNY never dies. Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!

Skodeng said...

Selamat Tahun Baru Cina , PT.
Later la , gua mau main mercun.

BOOM!!

nurulazreenazlan said...

uncle patrick,

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!

yesterday i saw again the vid clip of 'U sure or not', hehe, man you're funny.

may the pigs fly!!!!

tunku said...

in my city, during chinese new year is like war zone but i enjoy it. u r right we are malaysian ,multiracial so we should celebrates together all the festive season.
i think if the government lift the ban on firecrackers, they can make millions on the tax.right now it's all smuggle in and government is not making any cents.

Billy said...

The authorities here really practise double standards in the most discriminatory manner. Forget about the fireworks and crackers. Just talk about crash helmets. As you drive into the residential area of Bandar Tun Razak, you will notice that many motor cyclists throw caution to the wind. Not only do they don't dorn on the crash helmets, they even have the audacity to carry little children as pillion riders without helmets. In most times, the police patrol the area but do nothing. Once on the main road that leads to Taman Connaught, any motor cyclist (and you know who I mean) without the helmet are caught and asked to "donate".

freelunch2020 said...

yeah man..niamah~~

sigh. i agree. i don't think u r racist. u are just describing 'reality'?

whole life trying to cash in on CNY?

i wrote a post on the ban, so will add yours to iT~

malaydude said...

SOme ppl just uptight la,
I miss the days when firecrackers was just a bit of fun everyone indulged in. Is a few parents cannot be bothered to make sure their kids don't do anything stupid with firecrackers why should the rest of the country pay for it.
I used to go look for chinese neighbour's house lighting up them long string of firecrackers when I was a kid. came back with ringing in my ears and a grin on my face ... cool

The Man Who Sold The World said...

You weren't racist. You just stated the truth.

It's been the most boring CNY- reason, hardly any firecrackers, no lion dances to be seen and most importantly, can't even gamble with kuaci.

p/s: Perhaps we also close our eyes when they cut open lembus,kerbaus and untas in public- try such a stunt elsewhere (especially in Europe) and they'll get a knock on their heads by animal loving societies.

Paiseh man! Sigh!

susan loone said...

hi ya patrick, they say only they will fine lah...in my area (island glades, penang)...95% chinese, it felt like a war zone this CNY...nobody got caught or fine also...though the police went around patrolling...what the police meant by fine is "angpow" for them lah...till some big shot's family get ruin by a fire cracker...then you'll see some action...

divina_evelina said...

so sad, this year's CNY so quiet... dont feel like CNY at all without fire crackers :(

i tot we chinese were supposed to shoo all evils and bad lucks away with them?? why cant the government respect our culture and tradition, like how we've respected other races'? eg:sembelih lembu, pecah kelapa, loud speaker mosques, kavadee, etc...

anyway, happy chinese new year to you pt, have a blessed year :)

zewt said...

hey pat.... have not heard from you lately... still on your CNY hols?

adriantai said...

b4sket...

last night was h3ll for me as they let away all the fireworks from midnight onwards... seriously, i dun mind if they play firecrackers in the morning, noon... but i'm trying to sleep la...

i can probably understand how the patients at IJN felt.

*sigh*

call me a 'wet blanket'... :)

Ping Me said...

We can still hear the fireworks sound on CNY or on the ninth day of CNY. Why don't they legalize it? Seriously? And what's exactly again their reason to ban it? If its accident prones, then I think it's quite not reasonable because it is much safer than those self-made fireworks. Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

Truly NIAMAH! Spot on Patrick.

My area is a new housing estate of approximately 50-50 composition yet compared with the Raya, the CNY is so very muted, far worse than even Deepavali.

~wits0~

Lacquer, Semi-Gloss Lacquer said...

Dear Sir...

Having read several posts, (well, having wandered in via a link on your friend Lecram Sinun's blogroll, actually,)
-I must report extreme satisfaction, fits of laughter, and deep thought...

Rather than be the large misplaced NY white guy (who resides at the moment in Central Ca. (US) I thought I should be of good manners and well,
electronically, so to speak, shake hands... (that and I suppose get permission to put a link to your writings on my blog... (small blogroll, nothing like Lecrams,
actually, not much to bark about, but still, am trying...)

-well, truth be told, the link to yours has been there for a wee bit, already, just thought I'd try to confess such things, being Lent and all...

oh rot..

...good stuff, worth reading, and,,, now I need to go find out where Malaysia actually is,
(no offense, I've lost Scotland and Korea three times already, ---and you'd best put them back where they belong, boy, let me tell you...)

-pleasure to meet you.

-Eric

Anonymous said...

Aiyah like many said old story lah...both the firework issue and the double-standard issue.

Bolehland is ALSO Double-Standard-Land. Live with it, or migrate.

And the government wonders why all those who migrated don't wanna come back to 'contribute' to nation building... *roll eyes*

szu said...

eh u come live at desa coalfields, sg buloh la, where i live. my next door chinese neighbour play mahjong till 5 am the walls was paper thin but we give chance la...once a year chinese new year maa..it's ok, we dun get angry or report to police..silly maa

your no political agenda malay neighbour :P

mob1900 said...

migration isn't easy plus your conscience would not let you off. I rather make a stand and try make this Bolehland a better place. The same reason why NIAMAH blog was conceived. Happy CNY Pat & fam!

Anonymous said...

its been nearly a month since your last 'niamah' blog. no more niamah moments ah? when there is no update for us to read on your blog, its the moment for us lah.

Niamah!!!

anjali said...

RM100 compound fine. No talk. He even said that if the offender is a child then the parents will be fined.

Does that mean that when a child gets his 3 fingers or whole hand blown off due to homemade firecracker, the parents will be fined?

Now, without sounding like a cold-hearted bitch, I surely would like to see that happen and reported in the media.

See, I too, like you Patrick, can be optimistic too. Smirk.

Nuffnang