Monday, February 27, 2006

Humiliated in Sunway Pyramid

If you ever visit the Sunway Pyramid mall with your significant other then you HAVE to read this story.

Date : Saturday, 25th Feb 2006
Time : 9.10pm
Venue : Steel bench, outside TGV Sunway Pyramid

My fiancé and I had just finished dinner and was waiting for the movie 'The Pink Panther' to start at 9.25pm so he suggested we sit down and chat instead of aimlessly walking around. I thought it was a good idea to catch up since we had both been so busy with work the past few days. We found a seat nearby the cinema facing a Nokia phone shop. Having had a rough week at work, I was unloading on him and he in playing his part as a good partner was his offering support as he reached over and gave me a squeeze on my upper arm as he half hugged me with his right hand. Sometime passed before a guy suddenly, abruptly and rudely cut us off in the middle of our conversation.

We look up to find ourselves staring at a Malay guy in his mid-20s to early 30s. He was thin, with short-cropped hair and was wearing a striped Polo T-shirt and black slacks. In his right hand, he was holding an A4-size paper clipboard. I cannot remember what he said word for word a 100% but I was angry enough to remember the gist of it. He glared at us and hissed 'Tak boleh buat macam itu! Ini tempat public you tau tak?!'. Directly translated he said 'Cannot do like that! This is a public place you know or not?!'.

It took me a few seconds for the absurdity of the situation to sink in. I was like 'Excuse me?! WHAT did you say?!' and my fiancé was equally incredulous as he asked 'Tak boleh buat macam ini?!' (Translation: 'Cannot do like this?!'). The guy was looking at us with such contempt as if we were having sex right there on the bench for all the world to see as he responded with 'Saya dari Sekuriti; I boleh suruh you keluar dari sini! Jangan buat macam itu!' (Direct Translation: 'I'm from Security; I can ask you to leave this place! Don't do like that!')

I was beyond boiling temperature at this point when I countered back with 'Apa tak boleh buat macam itu? Sini banyak orang macam ini! You pergi beritahu mereka semua la!' (Direct Translation: 'What cannot do like that? Here lots of people do like this! You go tell them all la!') while gesturing at the other couples in the crowd. He seemed at a momentary loss for words and then he just walked off leaving us angry and dumbfounded.

What is wrong here? Was it a crime to have my fiancé having his hand around me or is it a backward mentality of this man, whoever he is? I have never felt this outraged before. I really felt like running after him and giving him a good scolding when he walked off. Luckily for him my movie was starting by then. It was a really funny comedy with many people in the audience clapping their hands over the jokes but I was still boiling inside to enjoy it fully.

I cannot believe that Sunway Pyramid hires this kind of person in their Security Department, that is if he is telling the truth about working there. I do not intend to visit Sunway Pyramid again if it means being humiliated in public by their staff over something as innocent as having my fiancé’s arm over my shoulder. The whole situation is totally ludicrous, totally ridiculous!

18 comments:

bUttsH4k3r said...

what i would have done is go to report that man. even if it meant missing my movie.

but that's just me.

Dafthamsta said...

Just ignore these over-zealous guardians of morality lah. From what you described, he couldn't substantiate his 'authority' and decided to cop out in the end. Not worth getting worked up over.

Security in M'sia are normally a menial job performed by lowly-educated people... very few companies actually hire pros. Pay peanuts, get monkeys. What do you expect from a monkey dressed in a security guard's uniform on a power trip coz it offends HIS sensibilities that you & your fiance were hugging?

And wrt to increasing numbers of cases where self-proclaimed guardians of morality give shit to the public... it may serve as a reminder to perhaps keep public displays of affection at home. In this country... you never know what they might pull on you. Let's not start with the human rights debate... we all know over here the point is moot.

simon said...

don't worry about these weirdoes. there seem to be more and more of them around these days.

Anonymous said...

Malay people still have not passed the 17th century... So backward...

zack001 said...

May be he is not sunway security guard, just a normal visitor who may be "gila" plus hamsap also, and you are unlucky , and being disturb.
As I know, that company is very strict in employing a guard.

dailymuscle said...

mmmmm.. outrageous. Would love to see him say that to me.. provided I dont make him pee in his pants first.

babyPup said...

It's because of ppl like this that Malaysia is still considered a 'backward' country by many foreigners.

Ignore him. His girlfriend (if he has one!) prolly never hugs him.

cheng sim said...

oh gosh.
you really did the right thing to yell back at him.

michaelooi said...

you should just kiss your fiance in front of him and tell him to fly kite.

just be cool bebeh...

Anonymous said...

just my opinion...

sunway pyramid is like a second home to me since i m studyin at sunway uni college but this is the first time i have ever had of such an incident happening...

i think u ought to have reported it.

as for sunway guards, i agree with zack001 that sunway is pretty strict in employing them.

it might have been some loony or something...

Schweeney said...

I wasn't even kissing or hugging for God's sake, just had my fiancé's arm over my shoulder! Moral crusaders who probably do unspeakable stuff behind closed doors should be hanged!

John Tee said...

Bully my dearie Sugar. Hmph!!

lc teh said...

These closed minded people haven't learned anything at all from Pak Lah's example... hugging Mak Endon for TV and national papers to show the whole world. What's showing a little love in public rather than your teeth or your fists?

Lordwater2002 said...

sweetie... No worries, if I were in your fiance's shoes..

I would have followed the said "Security Guard" till I met a uniform security guard and ask them who he is. If they deny his claim, he will face my wrath.

Anonymous said...

Well then, this happens to locals too eh? I'm a pakistani student in melaka. I haven't had much trouble lately, but when i first started dating my gf (of two years now) i had to go through some unbelievable crap. There was a point where these 5 holy crusaders BROKE DOWN MY DOOR and entered my house looking for me. Someone apparently told them i had walked into my house with a malaysian girl. I had, for 3 minutes, to pick up my wallet cuz i forgot it at home, and she came up cuz she needed to use the bathroom. Trust me this shit is rediculous. I have had people spray paint my bike behind my back (its a heavy superbike so the paintjobs are hella expensive), i've had people stick pebbles into my gf's car's valve covers for the tires so all four go flat at the same time. I've had people i dont even know spreading rumors about me in my university. I've had gangs of malay guys trying to pick a fight with me cuz im "violating their women" (wtf?). I had cops giving me shit when i kissed my gf in a car in a parking lot. What you went through is on a much gentler scale trust me. Backwards isn't the word...cuz a lotta crap happens behind the whole holier than thou image that is projected around here. I think its a mix of jealousy and hypocrisy that is at work here...

earl-ku said...

what the ...

lol, if i were i would bitch slap him and remind him of all the rape and incest case his brothers are commiting back up north, he should pack up and go lectures his fellow brothers back there man ...

freakin funny la these people ...

zewt said...

just remind yourself... you're in malaysia.

kiddo said...

with security guards like this, malaysia boleh!!!