Friday, March 9, 2012
I was there
I think a lot of you have come across THIS article about how embarrassing it was for the whole of Brunei for the act of some disrespectful hooligans towards the Myanmar supporters.
I have to say that I was totally embarrassed because I was there and I saw what happened. We sat a few steps away from the Myanmar supporters and we actually witnessed Bruneians throwing things at the Burmese. To top it off, it wasn't just "things" you know, they threw RUBBISH to these poor supporters. I was angered at the fact that one person hit the head of an older Myanmar supporter, and when a younger counterpart tried to defend him and complaint to the Bruneian policeman who was standing there right behind them, the police just smiled and nodded not doing anything! What sort of a job is that? The police was posted there NOT to put a close watch on the game BUT on the people who were in grave danger of such acts of stupidity. At another time, I think it was after the second Brunei goal, somebody from the above seats threw hard something and it hit a young Burmese girl's head and she CRIED! Nobody defended her! Sure, a police officer went up and "attempted" to "catch" the culprit but when the person was like, "Bukan aku!" the police relented. I was frustrated! I even saw one of the policemen quietly taking a picture of the flags being hoisted along the stadium's path WHEN the chaos was happening. He was totally ignoring what was happening behind him. Why. What is wrong with the system?
I don't get it. Seriously, I don't.
Because if that was to happen to a small number of Bruneian supporters in a place where majority of the supporters were Burmese, they will NOT disrespect us the way we disrespected them.
And honestly, I think Bruneians just LOVE to HATE others. They didn't even realise that the people who trained in GREEN were Bruneians so they boo-ed these people ignorantly. Yes, ignorant. That's the word. I think that's a typical Bruneian attitude, isn't it? Hating people without checking truths beforehand. This doesn't just apply to football either, in real life when friends hate somebody they don't even know, as long as their other friends hate that person, they'll be hating that person as well. Why is that? I really don't get this kind of attitude. It doesn't show MIB and it doesn't show a respectable human trait. And then when the Burmese actually came out, the Bruneian supporters boo-ed these people too! So if both teams were boo-ed and humiliated publicly like that, who are we actually supporting? Were we just there to escape work, family and chores at home? Were we just there to release our tension at work? Come give me your answers because I surely cannot understand this kind of lame attitude.
And it's so typical for people to hina and condescend these people by saying things like, "Balik tah! Kalau esok rumah inda siap awas!" So typically Bruneians only think of expatriates as people who build houses here? But what about those supporters I saw rocking a really smart attire, with their ties and tailored pants? Are those house builders as well? And what is SO mightily embarrassing about building houses? Don't you know that it is a noble thing building shelter for families and actually giving them a roof to sleep under? Don't you know by helping us build our roads and houses and all those that Bruneians are too embarrassed to venture to they are actually gaining more good deed than us? Some of these expats are even earning MORE than some of those Bruneians and at least they earn something to make better their living as compared to Bruneians who are too damn choosy and stay unemployed for years?
Think about it.
Sure it's rules of the game but when it becomes personal like that, you ought to think about your safety for here and the afterlife because, my friends, you were not being smart enough.
When the Bruneian national anthem was played the Burmese stood up and respected us but when theirs played they were boo-ed. What does that say about the people of Brunei. You tell me.
I hope it's a better scene later at the stadium with Brunei going against Indonesia.