That's right folks - tomorrow's column is about spitting.... and all the other unslightly habits of us Malaysians. There's that saying: you can take a man out of the kampung but you can't take the kampung out of the man, but I think that's a bit harsh lah - some of the gentlest, most polite people I've ever met are from the kampung. They're beautiful folk full of gracious manners and gentle habits...
...who put their city counterparts to shame!
Why doesn't the big city, where money is booming, lights are shining and standards are climbing to international standards inspire people here to be a little bit more genteel...? And you know just what I'm talking about: people who barge into you at the shops without bothering to apologise, Mercedes drivers spitting out their car windows (eew.. SLKlass-less?), people asking you how much you earn in public, cutting queues, bad driving habits etc etc.
It's just all too common... But that's just it isn't it? Common because we're all a little guilty of transgressing boundaries of politesse... even just a little bit.
So are we being unduly harsh on ourselves when we talk of Malaysians being crass? Or is it time to really start despairing the behaviour of our fellow men and ourselves? And the more pressing question: Can anything actually be done about it?! (Or are we just wasting time sitting around, picking our noses thinking about it?)