02 April 2008

Enough With Sufiah Yusof / Shilpa Lee!

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of all this Sufiah Yusof / Shilpa Lee hype. I mean after spending the whole night looking for her "exclusive" pictures and videos, (that's right, don't pretend that you didn't as well!) I stumbled upon nearly 30 different sites with the same content.

Almost every site was a carbon copy of the other, with slight (and I do mean SLIGHT) changes here and there.

What sickens me the most is that people are sympathetic towards her, and angry towards her father. Come on, just because her dad pushed her to study hard doesn't mean you have to rebel and become a hooker. If this was the case, Malaysia would be swarming with gigolos and prostitutes.

How the media portray Mr. Yusof.

If you're representing your country in the 100m dash and your coach is a pain in the ass that pushes you to train hard, you don't say "Aww screw this, I'm going to be a hooker! That'll show you!"

If anything I say she just wanted to blame someone or something in case she didn't make it. Call me ruthless but this is the cold hard world we live in. What I'm trying to say here is that all of these was her choice.

Want to blame someone? Blame the media for blowing this out of proportion. She may have charged £130 for her services, but after this media frenzy, she just as well charge more for her celebrity status.

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Anonymous said...

There is a lot here you don't seem to understand. Sufiah's father had his own hard-core teaching methods, and pushed her to the extreme - even in her recreation time, she was pushed extremely to be a tennis champion. You don't need to be a trained psychologist to see that she was isolated and under ridiculous pressure, and missed out on a proper development process from child to adult.
What happens in Malaysia is irrelevant, she isn't living in and didn't grow up in the Malaysian society.
The writing was on the wall the first time she ran away from Oxford University, at 15.
Let's not even mention the unsavoury aspects of her father's behaviour with teenage girls.
Plainly Sufiah couldn't cope with the pressure, and that isn't her fault. She was in the care of her parents during the crucial time, and they should have realised the damage they were doing.

Rainer Yong said...

Thanks for commenting :)

I knew about her father's methods and his behaviour towards teenage girls, I just didn't want to write about the same thing again after visiting most of the other sites.

I agree with you to a certain extent. But like I said, I feel that it was still her choice. She was not mentally ill when she decided to do what she did. I feel that this is just an act of rebelling against her father. Don’t get me wrong, I am not on her father’s side, I’m just saying that there is two sides to a story.

About the Malaysia bit, I was just connecting her story to the numerous suicide cases that has been going on here in Malaysia due to educational stress from parents.

In case you didn't know, an organization here in Malaysia has started a "Save Sufiah Yusof" fund. What I want to know is, save her from what?

I think you would find this recent interview with her ex-husband interesting : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/2/nation/20824734&sec=nation

Let me know what you think :)

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