Saturday, June 26, 2010

Living In Malaysia: White People Don't Steal

There's a gang of us at the pub who put money together every month for a local orphanage. The Fun Club buys them books, takes them on outings, and provides green veggy, good meat, and goodies like donuts and chocolate biscuits.

As I work from home, I am the accountant, buyer, and delivery person.

Yesterday someone came up to me in the pub and handed me RM50. I didn't know him, and offered to send him the monthly statement of accounts.

"No thanks," My man told me. "I don't need to know what you're doing. I trust you."

At this point my mate Sara starts grinning. "Orang puteh (white people) don't steal," he says loudly. And then he giggles.

You see, I hear this all the time because in Malaysia orang puteh have a reputation for being honest. This must be why there is no crime in Europe, or North America. Honestly, this trust really perplexes me. But hey, in this case the guy's right. I'm spending that money on donuts.

This is a series of notes about living in Malaysia. Love it, hate it, whatever, this Saturday Living In Malaysia series is just one opinion. You can leave brickbats and comments in the comment section.

10 comments:

Mishkat said...

These stories are absolutely fascinating. I saw the post title in my reader and started laughing - don't I wish :)!

P.S. Good on your and your friends for helping the orphanage - that's really a nice thing to do!

Chan Lee Meng said...

As Homer Simpson, that other great white upstanding citizen would say, "Mmmm... Donuts!"

A Bookaholic said...

that guy's awesome and so are you!! :)) with more people like you and your friends, this world would be a better place to live in!

Lorenza said...

Sure you do a pawesome job helping them!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Ehem...how was them donuts? Mama would never let me have any. Especially those cinnamon-sugared ones. har har har *evil laughs*

Dennis the Vizsla said...

And when we do steal we do it right, by setting up phony corporations and bilking millions of people out of billions of dollars.

Kitikata-san said...

LOL! White people steal all the time in the USA, and they steal more than you could ever imagine! But, thanks for doing such good things for the orphanage.

BeadedTail said...

It's wonderful that you and your friends are helping out the orphanage! As for white people not stealing, do they think that because they think white people are rich so don't need to steal? White people certainly do steal here in the USA.

Regarding your question on my blog, huskies tend to have fairly short fur but it's very thick because they have a thick undercoat that keeps them warm. At this time of year they tend to "blow" their undercoats and lose tufts of hair all over. When brushed, enough fur to cover a cat will come out. Sadie's fur is shorter and thinner than usual though because she has Cushings disease.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Except if you are a hippie or a surfer dude, in which case you're not only a thief but also a drug trafficker and you don't shower or change your clothes and you're only here to have one night stands with the locals in exchange for free lodgings for the night and a meal ;)

Keiko (from Kitty Trio) said...

That's so interesting! We love reading about life in Malaysia!!!