After visiting an open house, I happily got into my car and began to drive home. As I was approaching a small junction, I noticed a small car being driven on a road on my left. Naturally, I expected it to stop at the junction and wait for me to pass first before it moved out. But, unbelievably, the motorist continued to drive out of the junction and straight on a collision course with my car.
I swerved violently to the right. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles behind. The near collision scared me out of my wit. After regaining my composure, I sad red. I gave chase and wanted to honk the driver dead.
Then, I noticed the rogue driver stuck his right hand out of the window and gestured “I’m sorry”. He slowed down and allowed me to overtake him. I gave him my most menacing glare. He was a young Malay guy and with him was another young Malay lad. Both of them made eye contact with me and the driver gestured again: “I’m sorry”.
When I was in school, people around me used to say that the Malays were one of the most polite people on this planet. Much has changed since then with economic progress and financial wealth. But, during this month of Hari Raya celebration, I'm glad that two Malay youths prove that they will keep the refined Malay politeness alive.