The DAP, or as Umno-Baru says, 'Depa Aku Pantang'

Opinion  |  Mariam Mokhtar
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COMMENT | Do you fear flying? You shouldn't.

You have a greater chance of being flattened by a lori balak (timber lorry), or be run over by a bus.

Some people claim that the most dangerous part of flying is the journey to the airport; negotiating bumpy roads and dicey corners. Others claim that one should not fear flying, but crashing.

On some airlines, some people are afraid of sitting beside a passenger who removes his clothes to watch porn. Or be comforted inappropriately, by a steward. Or having to eat a miserable looking nasi lemak, with limp cucumber garnish.

These are rational fears, aren't they?

Do you recall when you were a child and your mother tried to get you back inside the house, at senja (dusk), to have dinner, a wash and then, to bed.

Remember her clarion call? "Cepat masuk, takut hantu datang" (quickly come inside, before the ghosts appear).

These fears worked. Now, some of you also use the same ruse to make your children come into the house at dusk, because the trick is effective.

My relatives in the kampung, who lived in houses on stilts, used to have big earthenware urns filled with water, at the bottom of the stairs. Anyone who returned home late at night, used a cebok (water scoop) to wash one's feet. Children who refused to follow orders were told that it was necessary, so that the hantu would not follow them into the house.

Naturally, parents used to say this so that children would not bring muddy feet into the house, but the "takut hantu" ploy worked.

Human primitive instincts prevail, and for the past 61 years the same tactic has been used in politics...

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