Everyone knows who Robin Hood is. The guy who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
But over here, we are not living in Robin Hood county. We live in Robbin Jeeb country.
It is disgusting.
Today, I met a Malay couple. They were distressed. A stay at the Government Hospital had left a trauma on the beloved wife. We know what public hospital is like. They are understaffed. Nurses ratio to patients is crazy. We cannot expect much from these overworked, underpaid folks. Waiting time for treatment is long. So, the dear husband decided to bring the wife to a private hospital. Initially, they have the budget. But now, things drag on and both of them are tearful because they have no more money for treatment and the husband and wife decided to go home and earn more money before they continue. He works sellings things ‘di tepi jalan’ (by the road side). The hospital knows that when patients ‘go home for a while’, they rarely get better and sometimes returned in much worse condition which cannot be treated.
I asked him if he could find any badan kebajikan to lend him the money or any welfare body (I was thinking of that rich party call UMNO) to help. Meanwhile, I was asked to tell them (my role was sort of a translator) the private hospital will try to apply for welfare help for them. What else can they do? In the end, I left, after telling both of them to keep berdoa and moga-moga Tuhan beri rezeki.
Sometimes, I wonder if all those politicians who are bended on getting richer and richer and richer have ever been face to face with really distressed, poor, desperate people? Or are they merely there once in an election year to give away cheques and then, head back to mengaut keuntungan dari duit rakyat. Sementara tu, melabur duit di merata-rata tempat yang langsung tak menfaatkan rakyat?
Looks like we are going to suffer more in Robbin Jeeb country. After all, he is now the president and the helicopters are not at fault. Think what those extra billions of Ringgit can do for our public healthcare and other public amenities?
Malaysiakini talked about the barbeque and soon all will be swept away while poor people continue to suffer out there.