It felt like being hit by a nuclear blast. How could this be? What happened to
our national slogan "Malaysia boleh"? Did our youngsters' creative minds
slowly submerge under the pressure of exams?
Did they fall prey to parental and peer pressure that success equals to
excellent grades at school? Maybe I am too idealistic and should not be
startled to discover that most Malaysian teenagers conduct mindless
activities online. Wait a minute, let me correct that. Most Malaysians--
adults included--seem to prefer the fun facet of the Net.
We all like the entertainment and fun bits offered by the Net. Yet, as
parents, alarms shrill for fear that their children's young minds will be poisoned
by the World Wide Web. After all, the Net does have its fair share of lies and
pornography, malicious hackers and manuals on making bombs right in your living room.
And so it is not baffling to note that our youngsters think the answer lies in the system. They perceive the need to fit within the system. Otherwise they will fall along the wayside.
It is a Malaysian mindset that is, alas, difficult to blot out.