Saturday, January 5, 2008

hypocrites... i believe we are surrounded by them in one way or another. although we are enveloped in this community of hypocrites, i guess it's just much safer to stay away and guard oneself before one gets hurt. here's a simple story to accentuate my point. note: no references to real life =)

It was just a normal day for Ah Lui at school. She sat at the same table for recess when a class mate of hers, Sai Kee, approached her.

"Hey," said Sai Kee, "so lonely ah?"

Ah Lui smiled at him as he pulled a chair and sat at the table. "Haha," she laughed, "no, la..."

Although they barely talked in school, Sai Kee and Ah Lui got along very well. In fact, it seemed to other people around that they were the best of friends. They chatted about practically everything under the sun. Sai Kee was a cheerful boy and Ah Lui laughed a lot at his antics. She realised that, "Hey, we actually share many points of view."

Suddenly, Sai Kee got serious. "You know what?"

Ah Lui pulled her chair closer as her attention was arrested by his serious look. "Hmm?"

Sai Kee shrugged. "I don't know... but I feel that what some people in class... you know, those sitting behind?"
Ah Lui nodded.
"Yeah... they keep disturbing the teachers in class and I feel that it's inappropriate. Some more, they are from our church," he continued.
"Maybe some people are just Sunday Christians," agreed Ah Lui.
"I really don't know but I got very angry especially after that incident during Math when they teased Puan Zakiah. You can see from her face that she was mad."
"Yup... like very rude lor.." she said. "I almost wanted to scold them..... if they weren't so much bigger than me."
Sai Kee glanced at her very small physique and inwardly agreed that she was of no match for them. "I think we should talk to someone about that."
"Maybe Ah Beng. I mean, he's the monitor right? He should be able to handle them," suggested Ah Lui.
He nodded. "Ah, yeah yeah. Good choice. Eh, look! Ah Beng is here!"
True enough, Ah Beng in his clean white school shirt, strode over to their table.
"Ah Beng 'tai lou'!" greeted Sai Kee cheerfully.
Ah Beng slapped Sai Kee on the back and sat down. "Yes, brother, apa hal?"
"Okay, 'tai lou', Ah Lui and I were talking just now about some stuff la... and we don't feel too comfortable about it. I mean, our class got bad reputation for a naughty class but not our fault right? Not your fault, right?"
"Okok... I think I und what you mean there.... but what is it exactly?" asked the big-sized monitor.
"We feel that those guys behind the class there... Ah Fatt the gang, they're kinda bising behind. I don't like it. I think the whole class don't like also la..." said Sai Kee.
"Yup," Ah Lui agreed. "I can't get a single thing in Add Math. Some more we are doing differentiation this week. Darn hard la this chapter..."
"Okok... I'll see what I can do. Maybe I'll talk to teacher, ask him to change their place. Ok?" asked Ah Beng.
"Okok...thanks, 'tai lou'!"
True enough, Ah Fatt's gang was split up and the class was quiet once more. Ah Fatt was quieter because Sai Kee was sitting next to him now. However, it didn't take quite long before things got noisy again.
One day, Pn. Zakiah was back in class for another Add Math lesson. She started blabbering on and on about differentiation. "Differentiate x in respect to........"
A spitball flew and hit her in the side of her face. The slime slowly made its way down the curve of her pock-marked cheek. She turned around, her face full of anger. Somehow, teachers have eyes behind their heads and Pn. Zakiah was of no exception. She glared at Ah Fatt and then at Sai Kee.
"Sai Kee! Tak sangka kamu ni join geng Ah Fatt tu!" she shouted.
The class gasped in shock. The loudest gasp came from no one else but Ah Lui. She didn't expect Sai Kee to take a 180 degree turn on his words. Deep down, she was fuming at him but she kept quiet. It was not safe to talk while Zakiah was going bonkers. Zakiah went on and on, scolding Sai Kee who just grinned from ear to ear. Ah Lui could do nothing but immerse herself in a pageful of differentiation sums...
ok... so you get my point? people like sai kee just go on hurting other people by going back on their words. and people like ah lui just go on getting hurt...
i guess that's the way things are at times...

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