The following article is submitted to the Editorial of Malaysia Gazette by reader, Yeap Ming Liong.
Some social media users take pride in displaying their profile photos showing them sitting on the edge of high buildings and cliffs. A quick internet search has revealed that these people are referred to as “roofers”. I have personally seen such photos, and this trend to me is rather worrying and must be stopped immediately. These individuals may want to portray that they are living on the edge, and daring enough to take risks.
However, it is extremely dangerous to pose for and take these photos. Let me remind you that you are dicing with death. Any wrong step and it spells death.
The point I am trying to make here is that the individuals who pose and take these dangerous photos are creating an unnecessary hazards to themselves. Why do you want to tempt fate, with such poses? Do you expect praises and compliments to such dangerous poses and photos all for a few seconds of fame?
Please value your life and do not create unnecessary risks and hazards for yourself. Do not set a bad example to others. You might very well create a trend especially involving young children and teenagers who may think it is OK to follow your move.
One might argue that it is pure fun and some might even throw the “you only live once” tagline around. My answer to that is it is true that we all only live once. Therefore, I ask that you value your life and that of others.
Malaysia has lost enough lives to the Covid-19 pandemic. I do not want to see, read or hear of unnecessary loss of lives just because some people thought it was OK to have some fun.
Life is not a videogame where there is a reset button. There is no go back to start. Please value precious life.
Yeap Ming Liong
Subang Jaya, Selangor