Singaporean had been feeling the heat of their general attitude of looking up to foreigners, especially from mainland China and of course the West. This was illustrated clearly during the recent 4 am accident involving a Ferrari driven by a Chinaman, and a local Singaporean cabby, resulting in multiple death. To everybody's disgust, the local media portrayed the culprit driving the Ferrari as a saint, and put the blame squarely on the cabby. The matter was put to bed when a video of the incident was released on YouTube a few days later. A rather stunning u-turn happened.
Now, I feel that this idolisation of these foreigners, especially Caucasian gwai loh must stop. I was on my day off today, and on two separate occasions, I was discriminated against.
The first was at IKEA this morning. It took me more than 10 minutes to get help despite the place was practically empty - the problem being the staff was occupied by a foreigner and staff from another department insisted on me waiting for her. The sad thing was, I was wanted to check on availability and to check on measurements. I was dead certain to splash RM2500 on all these goods.
The staff then disappeared, and I had to wait for a further 10 minutes. I was fuming! But I still had to go through this as I took the day off just to sort out my study, and I had no time to sulk.
The second episode happened in the late afternoon, at Marks and Spencer, Suria KLCC. Again, it was a challenge to get the attention of the salesperson. But I understood that it was rather busy. After picking up what I wanted, I went to the check-out, where to my surprise, my shoes were bundled into a green plastic bag, and I was sent my merry way. Then I saw a gwai loh actually had his shoes tucked nicely into a box. I turned around and asked the lady behind the counter, "Adis, kenapa Mat Salleh tu dapat kotak, tapi saya tak dapat?" Sigh! Maybe he paid twice the amount I paid for his shoes then.
The girl replied, "saya tak tahu Abang nak kotak sekali." Facepalm! That's it, we should propose that the government impose a 50% sales tax to foreigners. They can then enjoy a superior service to us poor locals 1Malaysians.