I stay clear, as often as possible, of religion in my postings. However, being a Catholic, I do take “shots” at some compromising stands taken by our religion’s hierarchy. This time around, I am making an exception because I hate bullies, who pick on women, as in Nurul Izzah. If you turn and face the other way when someone is being bullied, you might as well be the bully too, thus this posting and Edmund Bon’s revelations.
I read somewhere that when people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless. I remember a school bully living in Station Road during my early days at St George’s Taiping. He pushed everybody around, even my younger brother. We were no match as he was huge for his age. We waited for our time and used what my brother and I were good at…..our catapults. After being ball boys on the tennis court of the Kemp Club, we rested at a friend’s house in Jalan Padang. It was our day; earlier we had earned an extra ringgit each and as luck would have it we saw him cycling around the padang. One shot felled him off his bicycle and the other (we found out later on Monday in school) got him just below the temple. Dang, if it went an inch higher he would have been dead and if caught the Brothers Khoo of 729 Jalan Pauh would have been sent to the Boys Home in Tupai Road. So what happened to the bully of Station Road some ten years ago. An ambulance brought him to the Penang Lam Wah Ee hospital. He was still conscious but near death as CC described later over a few pints at the Penang Club. CC asked him, “Can you remember me CC your most favorite victim at SGI?” That would have killed him but CC’s surgical skill saved him.
Bullies usually need to make others feel insecure because they are insecure. It isn’t big to make others feel small.
It was Jim C Hines who said: “If your sincerely-held religious beliefs require you to bully children and women, then your beliefs, not your religion, are fucked up.”
So let’s leave bullying to bulls, blueblood or otherwise. We are humans, no?
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