I attended a funeral last night. Suddenly it reminded me of Ju Liang. I guess becoming numb to death and funerals is another part of growing up. In the first 20 years of my life, I never attended any significant funerals. Then came my ex-boss. Then Ju Liang. Then my grandmas. Somehow, funerals always have a way of drawing me closer to God. =)
Anyway, enjoy the following story which I thought of at... the Mid Valley car park.
2.25pm, Mid Valley Megamall car park
"June, text Ida to tell her we'll be 15 minutes late." Stan made an umpteenth turn into Zone C, patience wearing thin.
Suddenly a Kancil cut into his lane from left.
"HOI! BODOH!" he slammed on his horn. "MAU MAMPUS KAH?"
Ignorant and now ahead of Stan in the queue for parking, the Kancil driver starting yapping on his phone.
"These moron Malaysian drivers. Brainless pigs."
June pursed her lips and thumbed through the documents again. She knew it best to remain silent when he was in one of his moods. Well, at least Ida was one of the nicer clients who understood how hard it was to get parking at Mid Valley during lunchtime. They had a nasty Chinaman client who once made to a big fuss to their boss when they showed up 10 minutes late for an appointment.
Finally the cars started moving again. Stan stuck his neck out to seek any vacant parking spots, though it made no sense. If there were any vacant spots, one of the many cars in front would have taken it already.
He turned up the air conditioning. He always did this when he was in a hurry.
June glanced nervously at the car clock. 2.35pm already. Even worse, Ida had replied: "Ok. Im already there. C u."
She was probably waiting there in boredom, twiddling with her Blackberry. Wondering why they were never on time.
Amazing! So they didn't need to be that late after all.
In one smooth flick, Stan signaled left and turned in.
Only to discover a huge yellow painting on the floor.
It was a disabled parking space.
Stan cursed till no end. June just sighed and continued to observe the clock's blinking seconds.
3.45pm, Mid Valley Megamall car park
"Remember to get that contact report done and send it to her by today. She didn't seem too pleased." Stan reversed his car out, to the delight of a waiting car behind.
"Now I'm late for my next appointment with Mr. Ho." he fastened his seat belt. "What a screwed up day."
As he sped towards the exit, they passed another section of disabled parking spaces.
"Just look at that," he shook his head in anger. "6 good parking spaces turned into 4 cacat spaces."
"If they had the sense to allocate more spaces for normal parking, we wouldn't need to have these stupid jams and parking queues. Instead, they keep wasting space on these stupid cacat parking. Which are empty almost all the time."
"Well, disabled people can't come out often. That's why they're usually empty." June interjected.
"Exactly. Since they stay home most of the time, the cacat spaces should only be open at certain times. Like weekends for example. So it doesn't interfere with us working people."
"But many disabled people work too."
"Surely it's easier for them to take public transport. Some more, they have the government to support them what. Who supports us?"
"It's all the Malaysian mentality lah. Just because some NGO makes noise about cacat rights then they will give in to it. If 10 NGOs make noise, then they need to run 10 different campaigns. How to progress like that? Everything also must accommodate everyone."
"Eventhough it's just a small thing like parking, it reflects our whole country's mentality. Wasting resources on unimporta-"
Stan was so engrossed in his speech that he didn't see the oncoming trailer as they exited the car park.
Crash! It rammed straight into him from the driver's side, paralysing him waist down.