March 26, 2013

Brunei Youths

There were four of us in a circle, and one person was speaking in English. There was a gap in the circle that can be filled by another human. And sure enough, an old man stood near that circle. As I filled in the gap, he stepped ever closer towards my friends and I, and said, “Orang putih mana berambut hitam ani kan?” (“What white person has black hair?”) And walked off as I screamed, “DICKWAD!” to him.

This is a true story. It happened yesterday, and I am still seething.

Obviously, the man is such an expert in genetics that white people cannot ever ever ever have black hair.

The rest who were with me took this lightly, but what he did was an indication of mistrust of young people. It says that I have no place in this country just because I speak English every so often. It reflects his idea  that young people have no value in the country and should get the fuck out.

The thing is this: Amongst my peers, I am the most knowledgable when it comes to Brunei’s political and social structure. I defend Brunei regularly while others are happy to take the baton to beat the country down. I follow the Legislative Council closer than my peers do. I do this because I care for my country and want the best, to understand the problems we face and to find a way to figure out how to get ourselves from our imminent financial and social slum. I don’t need to be told to go to a LegCo sessions because my interest is genuine and not just ~*~experience~*~.

But no, the old twat believes that just because you speak English, you have no value in your country.

People say young people in Brunei are problematic. What they don’t realise is that the older generation refuse to understand the young people just because we speak another language now and then, and that our values have been mixed with globalisation. They don’t want to hand the torch towards young people because. Nobody. Trusts. Us. Old people are problematic too.

And with that mistrust, old people are the ones steering us towards hell because we were never given the conviction that we could help a country and enough time to understand the responsibility we have.

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