If you have kept yourself updated with the latest news (or have been active on social media), you would know about the recent incident that happened in Johor. A Chinese man was beaten up and his car smashed by a group of Malay men because he was honking none stop outside a mosque during Friday prayer.
Apparently, the honking was caused by the road being blocked by cars of those who were attending Friday prayer at that mosque.
I believe this issue has everything to do with the character of the people involved and nothing to do with race.
I am not here to comment on this incident but to share my thoughts on one particular post that appeared on my facebook timeline regarding this incident.
A man posted a status saying Malays are people with good character and are respectful to others. But, if anyone tries testing the Malay’s patience or crossed the line, they will be beaten up.
People with his kind of mindset is sadly, widely available. Regardless of race. The ‘pantang dicabar’ attitude that is somehow taken as something to be proud of and a sign of manliness.
This attitude may be a sign of many things but definitely not a sign of good character or maturity.
I believe the proper use of “pantang dicabar” is to describe someone’s bravery in the face of adversity, never giving up, to fight against injustices and evil, to protect the country and save the innocent.
But nowadays, it’s an excuse to be a bully.
A true test of character isn’t how you are on your best days but how you act on your worst days.
The real test of character is how you treat people you don’t have to be nice to.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
― Mark Twain
By the way, Mr Pantang Dicabar, there are many Malays with good character and are respectful to others that will never condone or use violence under any circumstances. So, speak for yourself.