Friday, September 19, 2008

Malaysia's Broken House

Once upon a time, three sworn brothers built a house together. There were three bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a garage and a small courtyard.

"They could not be reconciled to move out from the house but they would have no backbone if they stay!" The sworn brothers were young and enthusiastic. They were having a common vision and goal. Thus, they were happy living together even they were poor and had to share the living room, dining room, garage and courtyard.

The house was expanded later and more people lived in the house. They had to build more bedrooms within the limited space. As more people were living together, there were more disputes.

Power corrupts a person, this is an irrefutable truth. The eldest brother's power and influence grew greater, which meant that the status of the other two brothers were getting lower.

What made the two younger brothers could not stand was the size of their bedrooms. The three sworn brothers each occupied a bedroom of equal size at the beginning. But the eldest brother's room became larger and larger while the other two brothers' became smaller and smaller in order to make ways for new tenants. Eventually, they had difficulties even to turn around in their tiny rooms.

At the same time, the originally shared living and dining rooms, as well as the courtyard had become the eldest brother's "personal zones". The second and third brothers would have to ask for the eldest brother's permission if they wanted to use the rooms and courtyard.

Also, the eldest borther bought himself more cars that occupied the whole garage and he even built another huge garage in the courtyard. As a result, the other two brothers had to park their old cars outside the house.

Recently, heavy wind and rain caused leakages in the half of a century old house. The eldest brother just ignored the leakages as usual. Over the years, the second and third brothers were the one who paid for property taxes, water and electricity bills. Thus, the eldest brother would not have to worry about the repairs, too.

The question was, the damage caused by the wind and rain was too great. The two younger brothers could not help but to complain about it, requesting the eldest brother to bear some of the responsibilities. Otherwise, they could not stand it any longer in the house.

Unexpectedly, the eldest brother said: "It's not your business whether to repair the house. Don't forget that the house is mine."

What a bolt from the blue! The two younger brothers looked at the broken house and thought hard about their identities and statuses.

They could not be reconciled to move out from the house but they would have no backbone if they stay!

What would you do if the situation applies to you?

(Extracted from Sin Chew Daily)
Tags: Sworn Brothers, Broken House

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7 Comments:

Blogger Akira said...

Singapore trip. Nice! Do enjoy yourself!

19 September, 2008 16:44  
Blogger bZbee said...

angrily...i would burn this house....rationally...break a bone...

19 September, 2008 16:55  
Anonymous sam vanu said...

Vote to get the eldest brother out of the house!

19 September, 2008 23:36  
Blogger foongpc said...

I'll fight for my share of the house. And I'll insist that the eldest brother pay for the maintenance and repairs.

20 September, 2008 01:16  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Overthrow the eldest brother. 2 younger brothers might have enough fire power to do so.

20 September, 2008 09:16  
Blogger Min-Hui said...

hm... I have a lot of thought after seeing this story.

Let me comment later after my assignments :P

20 September, 2008 10:21  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

akira - real tiring trip. within 48 hrs of leaving kl, i was back in kl .... phew

bzbee - most people may react same way

sam vanu - vote? very democratic process but only if given the chance to vote hehe

foong - will be a long process

borneo - this is a more powerful democratic process coupled with aggressiveness

min hui - wow .... can't wait

23 September, 2008 11:59  

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