Tabi basa everyone! Today my sharing is about Pandelela’s success on winning Malaysia’s first ever Gold Medal on 10m FINA Diving World Cup at Tokyo on 5th May, beating Japan’s Arai Matsuri (342 points vs 355.70 points) and other world class diving athletes. Twitter & Facebook is flooded with congratulatory messages, and even His Majesty, Yang Dipertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah took his time to congratulate her, expressing his pride & happiness for her success in making a national history.
However, not all people are happy with her success. It seems like her success invites envy. Sarawakians are supposed to be proud of her success, but there is one contradictory message from one of the Sarawakian minister, saying that too many rewards might spoil the athlete. On a separate note, there is also one Facebook page that highlights her blunder back in 2018 via their post yesterday, which seems inappropriate to be highlighted. That page took it down after receiving barrages of comments from fellow Malaysian netizens and replaced it with more appropriate post, highlighting her success. This morning, however, another Sarawakian’s own Facebook copied the original offensive FB post and shamelessly copied it and posted it after removing the watermark of the originator. Two offences there, 1) copy & paste without giving credit where it’s due; 2) highlighting the blunder of 2018.
For those who is wondering what happened in 2018 written in the poster, without revealing too much, it is a disciplinary action taken towards her & her friends. If they want to be fair, put also the name of the person with her. Why only blaming Pandelela? In her defense, for Bidayuhs & Dayaks in general, there is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol. That’s why it’s not supposed to be highlighted. It looks like a defamation afterall.
However, I believe that our nation’s diving queen will be able to rise above these petty attacks. I’m sure she faced far greater challenges before she rose to her fame. Therefore, let’s keep her in our prayers so that she will bring more success to our country and make us proud. Whatever she is earning now, it’s a fruit of her labours and she deserves it.
In the world where we can be anything, be nice.
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Claudius is a Miri-based Boudoir & Portrait Photographer, from Kpg Piching, Serian.
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