Both were done in public. The garland of slippers seem to have hurt only one man’s feelings – Mahathir Mohammad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia – a civil servant – who says he is unfazed by this lack of manners.
The keris on the other hand created havoc and insulted many people, and worst still, put to shame the keris’ culture as the symbol of our heritage.
The MIC man gets reprimanded and the UMNO man who brandished the keris has been promoted to be the Home Minister.
Fair? In Malaysia, you can only find that in skin colour. Never when it comes to what is right or wrong.