Thursday, September 18, 2014
VIPs Booted Out of Aeroplane
DOES this not sound familiar – VIPs arriving late to board a plane causing anger among the passengers?
I had experienced that many times during the days of flying with MAS domestically. In some instances, the planes were parked away from the terminal so that they would be closer to the VIP lounge.
But Malaysians seem to be a patience lot. They make noise and that’s all.
It seems that such a practice happened in Pakistan too but the passengers there have had enough of the VIPs antics that they confronted and chased two of them off the plane at Karachi Airport. (Read here).
I pray to Allah the All Mighty that all the stories of our VIPs arriving late for functions - including those hosted by the King, and on trips abroad, forcing leaders of host nations wait for them because their spouses and errant members of their delegation took longer than usual to get dressed - are not true.
I was told of such a story by a businessman who was a member of delegation accompanying one of our VIPs to a very friendly country in Central Asia.
The story has it that their protocol officers assigned to our official delegation were severely reprimanded by their President because our VIPs arrived late for an official function.
This particular President, it seems, is a stickler for time – like our former PM, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
It wasn’t the officers’ fault. It was just that the spouse of one of our VIPs is a stickler for sartorial and cosmetic perfection.
I think we have to make it clear to our VIPs of our displeasure if they arrive late for a function. With some VIPs it has become a habit. A bad one as it wastes other people’s time, energy and efforts.
Perhaps we too should shoo them away like the Pakistanis did with their thoughtless VIPs. Wallahuaklam.
- A KADIR JASIN
- I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).