Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Be scared? Be very scared?
One of the questions I most often get asked is this. Eh, Patrick you write all this stuff in your Niamah!!! blog and Facebook all. You not scared they arrest you ah? Or make trouble for you ah?" And my answer always was, "Hiyah! They don't bother with me one la. To them I am small fry only. Let the baarger tokkok la after all the fler only preaching to the converted what. Then we can use him to show off osso. Tell the world we have plenty of freedom of expression in Malaysia ma."
Of late, when I think about it I might have been wrong all this time. Sure I am not in jail. Sure I am still free to blog and write in my Facebook page. But...
For someone who used to voice 90% of all the commercials on radio and television I now would be surprised if I recorded more than 2 commercial voice-overs in a year!
The last time I was offered a role in a local Malay movie was...it's been so long I've forgotten when.
The last time I was offered anything to do on local television there were still dinosaurs roaming the earth I think. Well, okay my poor command of Bahasa Malaysia may also be a cause la.
I used to travel the world with the then Tourism Development Corporation of Malaysia on their international sales missions. I acted as the official master-of-ceremonies at all the events. I represented the team as spokesman on radio and television programmes featuring our cultural and fashion presentations.
The last time I was offered the job of hosting a government or government-linked event was in the previous century.
So, when I thought about it...maybe they did do something to me and I was just too dumb to realise it until now.
So now I earn far less money than I used to. And it could all have been due to what I write or tokkok about on the Internet.
Abuthten! I thought about it a bit longer and said, "So what la? All I know now is I don't want to continue living like this anymore." Right?