The Datuk “Me­nace”

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Hj Ah­mad Awaludin | Pan­tai Dalam

I must bring to at­ten­tion an ex­pe­ri­ence I had many years ago. I was play­ing at a golf course in Dengkil with three friends when a caddy from the flight be­hind ap­proached us at a par-3 tee box.

“I must apol­o­gize boss but a Datuk and his friends be­hind wants to play through. Is it ok?” the caddy asked in Ba­hasa Malaysia.

When asked why does this ‘Datuk’ want to play through, the caddy replied that he likes to play fast. I dis­cussed this with my flight­mates and we de­cided to let him pass through to see how fast this ‘Datuk’ and his friends can play. Although we ap­pre­hen­sively al­lowed this to hap­pen, we were also thank­ful that they were in­deed very fast play­ers.

But this is wrong and to­tally dis­rupts other peo­ples game. I won­der why the club’s man­age­ment con­dones this. Af­ter that day, I am to­tally con­vinced that money does buy power, and even your right of way on a golf course.

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