I'm surprised to see how some people at work are not any different than what i consider school girls/boys. In terms of their mentality, that is.
One is a colleague who depends on me for simple things ever since I helped her out with some of her work. For someone 4 years older than me, and more than 7 months experience than me in the field, she'd ask me for my opinion - that's still okay, but if that's not enough - followed by step by step instructions to resolve HER issues she faced when doing HER work. And when it's especially hard to explain certain things through email, I'd at least expect she get the drift from those steps i told her to do and slowly find her way out from there.
Wrong. Just after she seemingly followed my step by step instructions, she came back to me and tell me 'it did not work'.
I had to tell her to 'debug and see what went wrong', while she'll ask me 'what to debug'. And the cycle continues with me giving her step by step instructions to debug (not really, but considering i have to tell her how and where to put the debug)... Until I went over to her place (client's) to see for myself she actually misunderstood what i meant, and did simple mistakes which she surprisingly didn't realise at all. Heck. She even asked me to help her do print screens so that she could use it when she document the technical specifications later -.-
Certainly did remind of certain someone during my first year in Uni.
Another one, is a new staff which i only recently spoke with after I knew him through my sit-in training on some development tool. He is a 'senior consultant' whose mandarin is probably not even half of my half-assed mandarin (sorry i just felt the urge to highlight the latter). So anyways, I speak mandarin and cantonese in the office mostly, as did i during the training. One fine day, we were early for the training so we talked. He asked me which University am i from after i told him i'm an intern.
Following the answer i gave him, he said "Oh. I thought so." Smirk.
Wtf? I was a bit offended, knowing clearly he meant to think i'm one of those china(pronounced chee-naa)-speaking lousy england students, though i'd give him the benefit of doubt and actually be polite and clarify with him, I asked him why he thought so. He paused for a moment and said "Sorry for generalizing."
See, i knew it.
I defended politely and told him that not every graduate from UTAR speaks poor english, especially if he were to meet those students undertaking business or social science. Sadly, he didn't quite agree still, but well enough, he did so politely.
So fine with me. I didn't quite blame him because I do feel that UTAR students' standard of england can be very the poor, but i don't deny i felt offended when he thought i was the same as them. Until later that day, somehow they came to talk about marriage between relatives, about which type is forbidden and which is not. He eventually concluded the topic by saying that marriage between blood relatives isn't good. When someone asked why, to quote what he said:
"When people marry their relatives it makes their offspring stupid, because it's between the similar pair of genes (or he mentioned blood rather than genes, was it lol?), there's no variety to it. That's why you see those kampung people, why are they not smart? Because they always marry between their own."
I swear, thank god we're in closed doors or i'll bet he would have broken a few limbs or be beaten to death if ONE malay kampung-ian hears this. Seriously. That was so offensive that i felt like telling him straight up with my so-broken-chee-na-speaking-engrand,
"So dey, which kampung are you from la?".
If you get what i mean.
And you wonder why Malaysia is a land of goons filled with people who speak without their brains. It's not everyday in any other country that when you open the papers you'll get see a couple of them. That's why we're so speshiul :)