Came across a really profound post written by a Malaysian rider on Facebook. I have translated it into English. It derives from some teachings of Islam relevant to the riders community, please just keep an open mind whilst reading. I don’t know how true it is for those in a region different than ours but this applies to Malaysians and Singaporeans for a sure fact.
“Throughout my riding experience, I have come to realise that as humans we are tested with the four mazmumah (in the Islam context; negative conducts) no matter the size of our machine.
A) Pride: we become conceited and feel ourselves superior to others because of our privileges and entitlements. In having these, we ignore the opinions of others and treat them differently.
B) Envy: we resent those who are greater than us in any aspect.
C) Assabiyah (Tribalism): we confine ourselves to a community of those like-minded to us. For instance, a group of bigger bikes will not want to hang around the group of smaller bikes due to difference of opinion, brand preference and reasons alike.
D) Stigmatisation (Stereotyping): we profile a person based on their motorcycles. Big bike owners are show-offs, underbone bikes are equivalent to rempits* and so on.
Something to think about.”
*rempit - a subculture specific to Malaysia/Singapore to describe [normally] young underbone bike riders who participate in illegal races and sometimes cause public disturbances. Most of them do not possess a valid road license and tend to ride stolen bikes.
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