By Aslam Shah
Have we really grown up?
Are we keeping up?
Or are we forgetting some things?
Taken subtly and uploaded to social media
But the Imam did not intend to hurt,
Said sorry to Jews, Christians and to whoever
But still got fined and repatriated,
The Prof is back in business,
For something not so different
Why the difference in forgiveness?
Does our society still fear the ‘malignant’?
Was he dangerous or did he hit anybody?
Was he implying violence or had a bomb in his vest?
Is it because he has a beard and is not ‘somebody’,
Why do we still see them as ‘the rest’?
Masagos and Manap discuss the ‘tudung issue’
Mdm Speaker (in tudung) saw how they can’t agree,
We have not progressed to be open, that’s true
Apparently need closed doors to decide for the country
In US hospitals they wear the hijab while working,
So too in France, Canada and many non-muslim nations.
Surely it not because they’re purely discriminating,
Let’s be sensitive and consider the bigger reasons?
Coldplay in two days all sold out,
But nobody there at Hong Lim Park.
Sungei Road closing for even more construction
Discussing our ‘identity’ may cause confusion
Misbehave and you would call the ‘kalang guni’ man,
Or the the ‘bangla’ would come and catch you.
Let us evolve from this mindset, can?
And not make the many innocent an issue.
‘If you don’t study you will become road sweeper!’,
Sure, but you boast of your clean and green city?
MBS and HDB built by our foreign workers,
Something you won’t do no matter the fee,
In Tiong Bahru she hit the ‘China girl’,
Said she is sick of them all,
What is your impression when I said ‘China girl’?
Have you yourself evolved at all?