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Who should be accorded respect
BY: CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ
People automatically, without giving any thought or consideration, show respect and reverence for titled persons, the powerful, the wealthy and famous although whether these persons are really worthy of respect is an entirely different matter.
These are the externals by which Malaysians judge others. But let’s not judge a book by its cover and before a person is accorded respect by us let’s make sure the person is truly deserving of any respect.
Often Malaysians misplace their respect only to be betrayed by finding out that the person whom they respect is unworthy of any respect as they are deemed to be persons who are really rogues and rascals.
Let us not fall for the trap of merely judging by external factors but let us delve deeper into a person’s character, nature and being before being assured that the person is worthy by looking into his or her track record before granting our respect.
Respect in these times need to be earned. By just being bestowed a title, being rich or powerful, it will be foolish for Malaysians to respect a person blindly instead of choosing wisely whom they feel is deserving of respect.
Therefore, in order not to be hurt or disappointed, in order not to be let down, let us be more careful and discerning as to whom respect is accorded as it will be a crying shame to find a person whom all along was respected is really unworthy of it.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher