Doggone it, the Dos and Don’ts list in Malaysia is getting longer by the day. Never mind if we have been eating hotdogs and drinking root beer without any problems for years.
Never mind if common trolleys, staircases and shared refrigerators for soft brinks and beers had never posed any complication. Statues and crosses are seen in a different light. Perception is as good as reality. It is all in the interpretation.
Even the halal logo may get a rival… if the proposal sees a follow-through. Never mind if halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) comes with stringent requirements, more so for non-Muslim business operators.
Now there is a storm in a teacup over a photo of a fireman carrying two female models on his shoulders. A Harian Metro report said the photo has put the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department in a spot.
A firefighter at Fire Fighter Charity Trail Run 2016 held at Botanical Garden of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia in Kepong lifted more than what the department could shoulder.
The photo went viral on the Internet and it drew varied reactions from netizens. No touching, this is Malaysia. The firefighter posed spontaneously for the photos following requests from the participants at the event.
“The viral photo spread by irresponsible people has tarnished the image of our heroes. Just because of one picture, people forget everything that we have contributed to society,” Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said.
Never mind if firefighters are trained to carry people. Granted, the lifted models are not damsels in distress.
Our buff firefighters are flexing their muscles publicly and showing off their guns in calendars for a reason. Being fit is one of the requirements of this profession. The type of work typical of firefighting requires regular strength-building exercises.
Imagine an out-of-shape fireman trying to carry an overweight victim to safety on top of the heavy gear they have on themselves.
Statistics show that most firefighters’ physical injuries involve the lower back, knees and shoulders. So when our muscular hero lifted two models on his shoulders, he is showing us that we would be in good hands in the case of emergency.
Firemen are also trained to handle people, and that means touching them. We should only worry if they start feeling squeamish about carrying someone of the opposite sex. They should be instinctive when it comes to such situations.
The Heat Malaysia Online