Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Still On KTM
It's not that I have any grudge against KTM but if yesterday I was highlighting on the not so dignified treatment accorded to the once but still grand Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, today I'm highlighting another station of theirs.
About three weeks ago while waiting for my wife to pick me up from the Komuter Station nearest to home, I noticed that the flags flying from the flag poles were of torn flags. As it was rather late, I did not make any fuss about it to any of the KTM officials stationed there then.
This morning however (after three weeks), and thanks to missing the train to office, seeing that the flag poles were still flying "worst off" flags of both the Jalur Gemilang and the Selangor State Flag, I went straight to one of the KTM officer in uniform and asked him "Kat Stesyen ni tak ada Stesyen Master ke?" (Don't you have a Station Master here?). Answered in the affirmative, I then asked, "Habis tu kenapa pasang bendera-bendera koyak kat tiang bendera? Tak Malu ke?" (Then why is the station flying torn flags, Isn't it shameful?)
The guy just kept quiet without a word. I then said, "Tolong bagi tahu kat Stesyen Master, tolong turunkan bendera-bendera koyak tu. Kalau tak, saya nak repot kat surat khabar!" (Please ask your Station Master to take down the torn flags, if not, I'm going to report it to the newspapers!)
Well, when I return from office late this evening, I'm so glad to see that he torn flags were no longer there. I am glad that they do listen but I just can't help feeling sad that they had to wait for someone to tell them off before doing anything. And to change the flags which are hoisted right in front of the station for everyone to see isn't a difficult thing to do.
I guess the care less attitude is just too great, right from the officers of the station right down to the rakyat who are seeing the torn flags everyday for at least three weeks.
Oh Negaraku, I pity you.
p.s. To keep my part of the bargain, I'm not naming the Station with the torn flags. But Dear Station Master, perhaps you should get the manual on how to fly flags from the Information Department. If I remember correctly, flags are to be raised in the morning and lowered at the end of the day, everyday. Flags are not supposed to be hoisted all year round, except for special occasions like during Merdeka celebration.