A parent’s lament online regarding the long waiting time for the lift to arrive drew a mixed response.
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Parenting and raising a child is hard, but some people think parents deserve to suffer because they chose to start a family. And to be honest, that’s some messed-up rationalisation.
Recently, a parent lamented that they had to wait for a long time to use the lift at KLCC. Ameen Azizul was waiting for the lift with his baby and his wife, who’s five months pregnant.
Even when the lift stops at their floor, the lift was full of young people who wouldn’t give way. In the end, they decided to fold up the stroller and use the escalator.
Koyak teruk harini. 7-8 round tunggu turn nak naik lif di KLCC. Punyalah ignorant takda sorang pun bagi laluan. Padahal semua muda2, bawan shopping bag je, bukan stroller atau warga emas. Lama sgt tunggu last last kami mengalah, lipat stroller, dukung anak, turun escalator. pic.twitter.com/xDqC1p6YoR— AAA (@ameenazizul) August 14, 2022
On that day, kami dh tegur n dah cakap elok2 minta bagi laluan sebab kami pakai stroller dan wife pregnant 5 months. Tapi memang tiada orang nak keluar dari lift n buat taktahu. I said i koyak bukan sebab penat, but because i had high hopes to us, Malaysians.— AAA (@ameenazizul) August 21, 2022
Netizens have their say
A few netizens empathised with Ameen and shared their experiences as parents in the shopping mall.
A netizen Yana said she once held the lift door open and asked everyone healthy to get out so that her mother in a wheelchair and a baby in a stroller could get in.
Another fellow parent Noraini experienced a similar issue at another mall and was upset at some people’s lack of common sense.
Some netizens also pointed out that the signs outside the lift remind the public to give way to the elderly and parents with young children.
I pernah tunggu lama sangat. I halang pintu lift tuh suruh semua keluar, that time i bawak my mom in wheelchair + baby in stroller. I ckp yg sihat tolong keluar boleh tak, tak nampak ker org bwk stroller, wheelchair lg. In loud voice. Terus kosong lift 😌— Yana | Skin Scandal 👑 (@DiyanaHussin) August 19, 2022
Sakit hati betul aku baca yang reply dan QRT macam tak ada akal ni. Hello! Kita memang kena keluar atau jangan masuk lif kalau nampak ada orang lain yang lebih memerlukan.— Kakchik Asha (@KakchikAshaKC) August 20, 2022
Dekat setiap lif ada tampal beri laluan pada warga emas dan parents ni kan?
Astaghfirullahalazim. Sedih! pic.twitter.com/qUjC8nBBmb
Pernah juga line up kat icity mall tu tunggu turn nak guna lift, saya, husband dengan stroller n anak2, tapi yg guna lift semua sihat Wal afiat bukan wrga emas ibu mengandung atau bawa baby. Geram sangat sebab takde common sense.— Noraini Syafiqah (@n_rainisyafiqah) August 20, 2022
However, some netizens criticised parents for going out to a shopping mall. They said no one forced parents to go out of their homes and they should accept being tired.
A netizen Firdaus Othman said single people also get tired and parents aren’t the only ones.
Critics also gave advice such as telling parents to use another lift, asking others in the lift to leave each time and using a baby carrier.
Kalau penat takyah lah keluar bawa anak waktu peak hours bodoh. Dah tahu benda tu menyusahkan dan memenatkan, nak buat jugak. Takde siapa pun paksa kau keluar penat2 bawa anak, kau yang nak bawa. So hadap jelah. Nak emo2 salahkan orang lain taknak layan kau macam vip dah kenapa— Lana binti Del Rey (@xisalocin) August 21, 2022
Drpd membiak generasi pemalas,dh tahu ada anak,nk mngelupur jalan2 g mall.dgn mak2 yg uzur naik wheelchair pun paksa kluar jugak sbb celaka ni mngelupo nk jalan mall.usung— Ashton Kutcher (@tehtarikOnIce) August 20, 2022
I pon manusia biasa. Nk cepat dan cepat penat. Beratur dan tunggu turn je nk masok lift tu. Jangang ingat i ni single jalan sensorang tak penat ya.Makin tua makin cepat penat nye.— firdausothmann (@firdaus_othmann) August 20, 2022
Lift ada banyak kot haha takkan PL9 centercourt jugak nak pakai.— AZIZDEAN (@azizzudin) August 20, 2022
Good advise, but why parents yang bawak kids kena find alternative sedangkan lift tu priority for them and the disabled?— PU Ronal (@adiksedaraCR7) August 20, 2022
There are others who spoke against the critics too. A netizen voiced disappointment regarding some of the self-centred comments.
He questioned why the youths insist on using lifts when they could use escalators. People in wheelchairs and parents with children in strollers should be given priority to use the lift because they need more space.
The replies are pissing me off. Obliged to gv way or not, stroller or not, yang muda2 ni apa masalah korang desperate sgt nak naik lift? Klcc tu bukan 10 tingkat pun cb. Escalator pun straightfoward centered style, bukan kena pusing2.— spuh (@spa2luh) August 20, 2022
Pastu wheelchair pun kena lipat la then papah org yg duk kat wheelchair tu? Wheelchair lagi take a lot of space— yoonkin (@ekiyn_ash) August 20, 2022
It’s really just good manners
Giving way to the elderly and pregnant women is just good manners, thoughtfulness and kindness.
A netizen Jeffrey Ryan @jeff_carlito explains it best. By modelling good behaviour, his children will follow his actions and so forth.
Doing little acts of kindness and showing some empathy and care is how society can make the world a kinder place.
Based on the comments in the original Twitter thread, we definitely need more kindness and thoughtfulness in society.
Giving up my seat for the elderly, disabled, pregnant, parents with lil kids✅— Jeffrey Ryan 🤘 (@Jeff_Carlito) August 20, 2022
Stopping the car at a zebra crossing✅
Holding the door when someone is coming in right behind✅
I follow my Dad's footsteps. My child will follow mine.
This is how we make the world a kinder place ✌