They are really from the planet of the Apes.
Mostly not but some are.
We were having lunch when someone brought the Kota Belanda’s case to the table.
Everyone talked on what they have heard without knowing there was this girl who has indeed had been part of the crew on that fateful trip.
She broke her silence when we mentioned how could the commander had decided to return to Kuala Lumpur when all the crew under his wings were still traumatized with what has happened.
She said, while the faces of the female crew members were all smeared with tears and mourning the death of their fellow crew, the four “drivers” were sitting at the adjacent sofas, talking to themselves and intermittently burst into laughing fits as if the unfolding incident just another unimportant demise of unknown person.
It was disheartening to learn that, none of them ever shown any sense of grieve and kept asking crew to quickly make decision to fly home despite knowing how uneventful the morning had been.
These seemingly(obviously) heartless drivers were my race..they’re Malays. Was it because the decease was a Chinese and non-Muslim that they have decided to be so lack of respect and shown no sympathy?
When she talked about this, I could see the sadness, anger and disappointment that she must have felt on that dreadful morning when her so-called utmost authority failed to behave in a way suitable with the situation.
I have read somewhere a story of Prophet Muhammad SAW who stepped out and bowed his head as a mark of respect when the funeral procession of a non-Muslim passes through the front yard of his house.
To me…I felt shame, embarrassed and angry that my fellow Muslims failed to show respect to another human beings regardless what race or faith they are.