Many Malaysians find it necessary to compare almost everything with or against the Lil’ Red Dot just off the coast of mainland continent Asia’s southern most tip. However, Singaporeans don’t necessary feel the same way about themselves compared to these Singaporean-wannabes.
Straits Times report:
Singaporeans not only emotionless but unhappy as well: Gallup poll
Singapore | Updated today at 03:50 PM
By hoe pei shan
As if being least emotional nation in the world was not enough, Singapore has claimed yet another title – we are the most unhappy one as well.
That’s according to international pollster Gallup, at least.
Based on a poll of nearly 150,000 people worldwide conducted in 2011 – the same one that branded Singapore as emotionless – Gallup’s reading into the results put Singapore at the top of the list of countries where the fewest adults experienced positive emotions.
Singaporeans were apparently less upbeat than the people in places like Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Haiti.
A survey of 150,000 respondents is a very large and substantiated sampling. And Singaporeans are counted in the analysis. If one spends time in the city-state and talking to the lower middle class, then one might get the feeling that they are ‘unhappy’. In fact, not to long ago one remembered another survey that many younger Singaporeans prefer to be ‘kwai-loh’ against their own ethnic background, if given the choice.
We are not sure of the statistics, but it doesn’t look that Malaysians feels that they are ’emotionless and unhappy’. In fact, many Malaysians seem to openly demonstrate their happiness.
For all the challenges that Malaysians have to endure, the nation is still full of values and traditions that many still feel close to their hearts and their sense of belonging is still intact. It is very much demonstrated whenever there is a major holiday, where families and friends travel all over the nation to be together. They also spend a lot of time sharing, in meals, teh-tarik, watering holes and most of al, four times a year the get together for open-houses.
In this country, citizens stand up and volunteer. They don’t have to be forced to do anything against their will. Even defending or policing this nation.
Malaysians from the youngest age of pre-school pledge themselves to the nation, where the alliance is to the King as the custodian of the Federal Constitution and the symbol of the monarch giving away their right to rule to the people, via Westminsteri-syled Constitutional Monarchy democracy. They uphold traditions wherever they are; in schools, states, civil service, military, police and of course, all heritage-enriched monarchies.
Malaysian history is well recorded for the past 2,000 years old. The blessed land had always been the junction of travelers, where it became a natural melting pot. Different ethnic groups influence the other in their daily lives, very much demonstrated in their eating habits and how each other respect and accepted the different cultural and belief practices.
In a nation of 67 ethnic groups and over 20 languages, Malaysians understand each other.
Simply put without taking too finer points of the weightage to all the mitigating circumstances that makes the nation an enigma of complex variables, Malaysians are proud and happy to be Malaysians.
They have a saying in Malay; “Hujan emas negeri orang, Hujan batu negeri sendiri, Lebih baik negeri sendiri“.
Our message to those who keep on harping that ‘Singapore is this, Singapore is that’, please go ahead. Pack your baggage and leave. Find the greener pastures that you seek elsewhere. And if ever you come to the point of ’emotionless and unhappy’, please also stand up to be included in the statistics.