1. House on fire.
We just stand there watching the house burnt down. Everybody else are busy helping. Some run up and down carrying water in pail. Some run in and out salvaging furnitures, clothes etc. Some will console the victims.
Then we are asked by reporters. We say why the house catch fire is more important. Police and fire department should investigate further. If it is pure negligence then the house owner should be dragged to court.
You sit on a bench at the bus station. You see many people; school kids, women, men in all sort of dress. You may also policemen walking around patrolling. Then you hear a shout. Pick pocket!!!
You see a few running about.
Then, at no time, should you say to the victim..., Jane, you are to be blamed, you are being careless.
You are somewhere. A student appears distressed. He/she fails her semester's exam.
Dont be too quick in saying things like this; - you dont read the questions well. - you dont study hard enough. - you yourself to be blamed.
4. Tun Mahathir.
He commented something. He has every right, because he has gone through it for years and he thought he was doing something something right. He understood about transparency. He understood nation building so well.
You dont say things like... hey old man, your time is over. Stay put and shut up.
HOWEVER CORRECT YOU MAYBE, PAUSE A WHILE BEFORE YOU SAY THINGS THAT HURTS. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE A SMART HERO BY SAYING SUCH A THING, YOU COULD BE WRONG, IT WILL BE HURTING TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE SIMPLAY LOOK AT YOU AS BEING PLAIN HEARTLESS AND STUPID.
ARENT WE ALL PUBLIC FIGURES?. A RESTAURANT OWNER UNDERSTANDS ALL THIS. A SALESMAN IS ALWAYS CAREFUL. CAN WE BE DECENT AND HONOURABLE MOST OF THE TIME?
you and me. SHALL WE?