Every once a year, there is this sort of celebration. And here with the Chinese, we have the Chinese New Year which is nigh. A sort of craving for exotic food from Abelone, Shark Fin (Illegal in Most part of the world) and Fatt Choy (Also banned at its source of production, China); making ways to the dinner table. I would think that this sort of celebration can sometimes be an overkill. Visiting to my regular jerky shop – CCK Food down at Ban Hock Road, I came to realised that some people really spend big, even on jerky. I see vacuumed packed jerky weighted in at around 5 -8KG a pack with price tag of RM 400-RM 600 each. Seeking one elderly lady grabbing 6 of them and go … Wow! That’s more than what average people made in a month.
Coming also to realised one fact that I thought to be bias. I see Chinese playing fire crackers. This is supposed to be part of the celebration. I have seldom see chinese been blown up by fire crackers or ridicule the neighbour by throwing into fire crackers into the neighbour’s house. Chinese wanted to use the fire crackers to scare away the “evil spirit”. The sort of ban of fire crackers is ridiculous in one sense that Chinese don’t play dangerously these fire crackers. So, why there is a ban on Fire crackers on Chinese New Year? And not on Hari Raya?
Last Raya, I scolded my neighbour’s kids (Malay) for throwing fire crackers into my house and nearly ignited a lawn mower. It so happened that a police officer patrolling stopped by after seeing the commotions. I told the police that these kids has throw fire crackers near to my lawn mower. The police said, fire crackers is not banned during Hari Raya and they cannot do anything to the kids who cost me a fire extinguisher. Reading the paper yesterday, there, smack right in the middle of the front page, Police Chief said that Fire Crackers is banned during this Chinese New Years.
I did my research on “Body Burn” when I took First Aid course during my med school, the account of races involved in fire crackers explosion and burn goes like less than 1% Chinese (all below age of 4), 3% Indian (Victim of been throw at by others), 90% Malay (with 2/3 of then injured due to explosion of fire crackers been modified, and the rest been mishangling of fire crackers) (Data sampled from SGH records in 1988-1993)
My neighbour’s Malay kid is on Fire Crackers mode again. Sunday, caught on my CCTV they throw fire crackers at another neighbour’s Chi-wah-wah causing the poor animal running around looking for shelter. I took the poor thing into my house and call the neighbour who was out for dinner to come and pick up their pride and precious pet.
Though in my younger years, I like fire crackers, but come with this age, I have lost the appetite for blowing things up. Partly because it is consider illegal to own and another part is that my hearing is at state due to the noise.
Things about fire crackers is that if you use it with experience and don’t try to out smart it, you will be safe. But the moment you started to out smart it, trying to modify them for a bigger “bang”, please consider this, “You are not an explosive expert who knows what the contents of the fire crackers can do”. You are not a pyrotechnics expert. Don’t risk your life.