The self-entitled Malaysian

“Ko fikir ni jalan bapak kau kee?!”

I immediately yelled at the guy who came out to move his car, apparently unremorseful of his woeful parking skills and blocking half the road somewhere along the Desa Sri Hartamas shop lots causing a long line of cars to wait behind me. The irony was I didn’t even know if he did it intentionally or not.

Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

After all, this is Malaysia.

I only have one regret…on second thought I probably should have yelled…maybe it would have knocked some sense into him. Yup, I didn’t really sound him that way (on second thought, maybe I should have). So I did what most Malaysians would do, which was to press the car horn repeatedly until everyone took notice and eventually forced the embarrassed owner to admit his mistake and move his car, which I recall was a really nice Mercedes AMG C-63.

Quite shiny, eh?

“Man…”, I thought to myself. How in the world can people with so much money in their wallet have so little civic-mindedness in their heads? I mean come on, there are so many ways to park your car like a decent person! Hopefully this is merely a one-off incident…hopefully.

So here I am, sipping away at my RM 15.35 caramel macchiato in Starbucks and I realize that hey, it’s one thing to have privilege but another to have a sense of entitlement. Being able to afford a Starbucks drink as a result of your own hard work is indeed a privilege…parking like a prick, however, is not. That falls squarely in the category of sense of entitlement.

Being able to afford a Starbucks drink as a result of your own hard work is indeed a privilege…parking like a prick, however, is not.

Thus, it is really, really important to understand self entitlement and try to do something about it. Maybe each and every one of us can do something about it. Maybe it has to start with ourselves.

Hope you enjoyed this first blog post on RinggitMatters! This is where we believe that the self must grow with the finances in tandem to form a complete and wholesome individual.

Till next time. 🙂

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