Sunday, October 10, 2010

Well We Did It Again, Alfred!

Much to my own amusement, the campus made its way back to the peak of the mountain again this time around of the year.

The recent mischievous prank by some of the students who sent their pictures to the Utusan Malaysia, that I strongly believed was very loosely planned but somewhat made it through, sending their best of regards to homeland families and friend for the recent Eidul Fitr from a faraway land - Canada - from which it was made understood that the students were practically studying in what appeared to be the University of Toronto, when actually they were more or less at a huge 14, 800 kilometers offset from the said location.

Though University of Toronto or UT, does really exists, it also shares the same unofficial term that has been used since far back in time with Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP); a double entandre that somehow significantly addressed UTP as UT based on the modification of just how the word Tronoh (the location of UTP) to matching that of Toronto, where UT is precisely located.

I would have understood just how the picture got to pass the screening and made it to the nationwide news. 

Very simple actually. Put human factor in it closing to 0.9 as maximum allowable numeric, and more or less the result will support heavily the probability of mistake to be unwillingly done. Imagine the unsuspecting and fully-occupied Utusan Malaysia staffs who were directly responsible for the Eidul Fitr picture-message craps, having to deal with like a thousand or more photos of Malaysians in overseas who were in their best poses, commonly with snow, desert, light forest, huge buildings (i.e. Pisa Tower, The White House, that goddamn pole at the South Pole etc.) and whatsoever existing props that they could find around them just so that the pictures make sense, that is they are exactly located oversea, usually with those big, proud smiles while their bodies are kept warm in thick winter jacket and shawls et cetera. 

If I were them staffs, I might get pretty sick as well. 

The allocated pages for these photos were only two maximum, and this means the staff needed to cramp as many photos as possible, not including the lengthy messages these folks posted along with their images, addressing literally almost everyone they know just so that their names would appear in a national newspaper and later could make a paper cutting out of it and to be hanged at anywhere around the house, most probably at the most exceptionally visible points just so that when anybody gives them a visit they'll go, "aw your son held detained in North Korea sent you an Eidul Fitr picture message with you names in it and was selected to publish in the Utusan Malaysia". 


Therefore the staffs, based on common logic and natural sense, will make quick selections by loose screening method - take any picture with a lot of people in it rather than just one or two so that we can save some space for the single photowhores and their medical text-book worth of messages. The staffs' time was limited, it was the fasting season, and on top of all of it, pressures came from every way and any delay in processing could be the delay for the whole paper printing. To keep it short, the pictures were processed very loosely.

And walla, that's how UTP student made it into the Utusan Malaysia. 

I mean, dear God, we were once in Metro for beating the crap out of a local cobbler for cobbling bill that was hardly worth a hundred buck. So much for the pride. In the chase for the spotlight, just do it, from people whacking spree, French-a-girl show at a local bus stop at mid tropic afternoon, and now sending false information just as well. Next, we could be driving caravans made of hamburgers into unsuspecting pedestrians or make a quick flash show in the television just next to the Prime Minister during a live broadcast.

And will we be proud about it? The hell we will. It's pride, man! Especially the last part where the camera focuses at thy dangling sausage with some very familiar logos there. 

Of course la very proud! What, you think it's easy ah to get into TV these days? You kill a fella oso still not sure can enter TV or not, you know! If the police shoots you in the head ah, only your name comes out, face all they won't show one! Got hole in your head, how to show la? If they show you under black plastic with your mom rolling and crying ah, that also consider lucky you know! Like this better what? Put picture there everyone can see, can sanjung can kutuk all, so Malaysia what? Eh, One Malaysia!

But the overrated reactions, as I see it, are totally unnecessary. Relax, it was only a picture of some students who wanted to mark the day where they finally made it into the mainstream newspaper, and fooled the newspaper people too in that process, where I hardly believe that everyone in the picture even knew about their partial participation in making the intended false claim a successful one. I don't even think it will be a biggie, unless someone opened their mouth and made it a big scene, of course. Come to think of it, why would anybody bother about some who tried to be in the news by making false claims, other than to have a big laugh at it? Bringing the issues projected skyhigh was definitely unnecessary, to the point that UTP officials had to apologize for the totally irresponsible event. The bangings of the newspaper too, well, everyone'wants to be a hero. 

Everyone's a hero indeed. 

Unless if someone from UTP claimed to have found the curious method of measuring subatomic particles in relation to extended String Theory by introducing an unearthly component that changes the whole natural elemental configuration of any airborne atoms, or maybe a definite cure for death, then it's a different case. It's just a picture, big deal. Come on, swallow it up and move on. We're behind schedule in finding answers for science anyway.

Now if you can get yourself published in mainstream newspaper because of that, now that's a big fuckin' deal!

p/s: we live in a world where breaking a baseball bat with superduper boobs, farting loudly in public and going for a naked mile in the street are highly celebrated. If that is not pride then I don't know what is.

1 comment:

Neyra Shazeyra said...

well said!

this is the one and only reason why i like ur blog.