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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Barber in New York

This is a story from my mailbox...

The Barber in New York

There was once a very good barber in NEW YORK, he gives Free Haircut to everybody who comes into his shop to have their haircuts.
One day a florist goes to him for a haircut. After the cut, he goes to pay the barber and the barber replies: 'I am sorry. I cannot accept money from you. I am doing community service.' The Florist is happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to open his shop, there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting at his door.

A policeman goes for a haircut and he also goes to pay the barber after the cut. But the barber replies: 'I am sorry. I cannot accept money from you. I am doing community service.'
The cop is happy and leaves the shop. The next morning the barber goes to open his shop, there is a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting at his door.

A Malaysian software engineer goes for a haircut and he also goes to pay the barber after the cut. But the barber replies: 'I am sorry. I cannot accept money from you. I am doing community service.' The Malaysian software engineer is very happy and leaves. The next morning when the barber goes to open his shop, guess what he finds there....... Can you guess? Come on, think like a Malaysian... . have you got the answer ........... ????? come on ............ . guess guess guess.......

a dozen
Malaysians waiting for a free haircut!!!!!


In my study here in NSW, I've conducted some interviews among a free meals' clients. Free lunches were provided by this community service centre from Mondays to Thursdays every week. Everybody are welcomed. However, not even 100 people turned up in any particular day, despite the low socio-economic status of that area. From my observation, there's not a single kid came by and took the free sandwiches and other foods during that time. The interviewees told that some people around the area would just go without food rather than coming to the centre and have a free lunch. They were too proud to come to the community centre, as most didn't like to be associated with charity. I would love to write more about the findings but it is still an 'in-progress' thing , so kind of bound with the rules and regulations.

Well, back to the track. I was thinking do we have this kind of service in Malaysia? I wonder how it will be like to have this kind of service in our place...

Note: Yes it was just a joke. However, does this applies to all Malaysian? Will all Malaysian think that way? Do we always be labeled like that? Tang mana ada makan free, service free, wayang free, segala mak nenek yang free, kitalah yang nombor satu sekali pi. Hmm, betoi ka? When this attitude will change? Mungkinkah satu hari nanti kita boleh dikenali sebagai 'masyarakat pemberi'? Ini belum lagi ulas pasal biasiswa atau bantuan pelajaran dsb, yang mana kadang2 kita lihat mereka yang layak dapat tapi ketinggalan, yang kaya 'meliana' tiba-tiba dapat segala bantuan dan kemudahan? Pakai 'cable' ka? Hmm...


10 comments:

  1. tergelak besar anon baca entry ni. typical malaysian . kalo dapat yang free...terus sebarkan kat orang ramai. aduh! sakit leher lak tergelak pasal barber ni...

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  2. Azdie, mmg aku setuju bebenor entry kali ni. Especially bab2 makanan tuh. Sbb tu kita ada Sambutan Hari Raya peringkat kebangsaan, Gong Xi Fa Cai peringkat kebangsaan etc. Plak tu sanggup beratur panjang semata2 nak makan free. So, sbg resolusi, why not ko buat makan2 (free la ni) pastu jemput la kengkawan kat NZ ni. Ticket flite skali eh? :p

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  3. Kat mana ada benda free..kat situ la ramai orang kita..hehehe..macam semut hurung gula..Agaknya dah dididik dari kecil macam tu kot..kan pepatah melayu ada kata "rezeki jangan ditolak, bala jangan dicari" so pantang dapat rezeki free..rembat habis..hehehe..

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  4. anon,
    hehee, tu lah. Pantang free.
    Harap anon and hubby dah sihat.

    bakhtiar,
    Buat makan2 takde hal, kita bbq je kat balkoni aku tu. Apa kata korang berenang aje merentasi lautan pasifik ke Ostolia? baru lah Malaysia Boleh! hehe..

    kak tirana,
    teringat masa balik kenduri aritu. Antara yg kitorg kena buat ialah perhati jgn ada org dtg makan 2-3 kali, atau any suspicious faces. Ada org bgtau ada tetamu tak diundang, geng 'ha ya nun dal wau' yg meronda ke majlis2 kenduri kawasan tu dan makan free, hehe...

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  5. Bagi saya tak salah pergi beratur untuk setiap benda yang free.. tapi ingat orang lain sama lar.. nie tak... kalau boleh nak amek semua and bawak balik untuk sanak saudara sekampung..

    Setiap bangsa&negara ada culture and habit yang tersendiri.

    Inilah Malaysia (hehe)

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  6. misS myA,
    betul betul betul! (mcm dlm upin & ipin). Kadang2 segan tengok org kita makan buffet, amik sampai penuh pinggan tak hingat, last2 tak habis. Kalau ada habit yg tak berapa nak elok tu kita ubah lah.

    anyway thanks for stopping by yeah!

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  7. Cerita ini lucu tetapi memberi 'makna' yang mendalam dalam melihat cerminan masyarakat kita. Saya juga tersedar orang Malaysia masih menggunakan kaedah 'makan free' sebagai tarikan orang ramai ke satu-satu majlis.

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  8. Pok Li,
    Soalan kita bila diajak gi seminar ke meeting ke, 'Ada makan2 tak?', itulah dianya, hehe.

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