This is a picture taken on orientation day (or what the Brits call induction day), the first day of my summer semester in Liverpool back in 2007.
But I’m not going to talk about the details of the induction. I don’t remember anything that the lecturers and professors briefed us about regarding studying in England. Heck, I don’t even remember who the dean was!
But there’s one thing from the induction that I remember very well, and that’s what I’m going to talk about.
After all the yawn inducing academic talks, there were safety talks by a fireman officer, and then a police officer. This was what the police officer said:
“It is very easy to identify bad guys in England. The bad guys here are very stupid, and they wear very shabby clothes. They’re not like the bad guys in Malaysia who are sophisticated enough to dress up nicely to deceive you. So if you see someone who looks suspicious, someone who looks like a bad guy on the streets here, then they are most likely bad guys, and you should walk away from them.”
I was confused when I heard those words. I didn’t know whether to feel proud of Malaysian bad guys for being smart, or to feel depressed with the fact that it is less safe in Malaysia because Malaysian bad guys are smart. I still don’t know, to be honest…