I have been wondering about this for many years, on and off. But the recently completed PRU12 made me wonder about this matter more.And I still can't find something satisfactory to explain.
Maybe someone out there have read some studies made about this(if there is any).Or someone might have a theory about it. Has it got to do with love? Or pride? Or whatever?
I always see this happening. For many years.I've seen it in varsity.I've seen it in the hospital, in kampungs towns and cities. its actually happening to the whole nation.
I noticed this when insults are thrown to people,me included, and see how the reacted to those insults.
Have you heard these before?
"Woi! Melayu bodoh!" "Hindu memang kuat mabuk" "Kalau tak menipu bukan Cina lah namanya" "Orang Kelantan memang suka bergaduh" "kalau dah Melaka tu Melaka lah jugak.Kuat maki hamun"
"UMNO memang tempat rasuah hidup" "PAS boleh buat apa? Sembahyang hajat boleh laa.." "DAP tu memang bangsat" "MIC tuhan depa Samy Vellu"
" Dr Mahathir tu macam Fir'aun" "Pak Lah kaki tidoq" "Nik Aziz dah tua..tunggu hari saja!" "Anwar tu kan kaki l**at mana boleh percaya langsung"
"That stupid PAS" "UMNO leaders are mostly stupid" " DAP leaders are all racist" "Hoi Melayu! Puak penagih dadah dan buang anak"
What will be the reactions if your race or religion or political party or your hometown or your home state is being insulted?
From my observations so far, many will be angry when these 'instituition' they belong to are insulted or accused of bad things.Even when what was hurled is true.
A Malay will feel insulted if someone told him the Malays are lazy(lazy to study ,lazy to work) and likes to much entertainment.
UMNO members will be angry if you tell them UMNO is so corrupted and their leaders are power abusers.
A Kelantanese will be upset if you tell them many Kelantanese gets angry easily and gets into a fight for mundane reasons.
An Indian chap will be upset if you say Indians are drunkards, even if he is drunkard.
Is it the generalisation of things that made people(us too?) upset and angry?
For, if you tell a person (lets say a Malay) that HE is lazy most of the time he can take that. If you tell an Indian man that he is a drunkard he might just smile to you.Or you tell Ah Chong that he always cheated his customers he might just say: Haiya!!Kalu talak tipu mana bole maju maa??"
So, what is it that made us react like that?You can insult me but never ever insult my 'group'.