Tripod culture

Hi there…. recently we see a lot of shit going on around. The plane crash in Atlantic, the indonesian lady being force into sex slavery by the Kelantan prince, various Old Town White Coffee outlets in Klang Valley (3 ½ Mile Old Klang Road, Jaya One, Jaya Three Two, etc) being closed at the same time last Thursday after some people planned to gather there in black to drink coffee (it was not reported in The Star, NST etc but in Malaysiakini). This Thursday there will be another gathering in Old Town as reported by Malaysiakini… just check it out if you are around an Old Town outlet. This post is not sponsored by Old Town White Coffee, mind you.

Closer to me, some people always advocate that we should not talk or blog about politics in work place but there are times that we cannot refrain from talking about it. When someone is in anger and dissatisfaction with the management only he will take the option to vent it out somewhere such as in this blog. There are some circumstances why some things cannot be escalated to the higher management because you won’t have back up from colleagues and well, “unity” doesn’t exist in the first place. Well, politics are everywhere and in every single organisation. The culture of a company is shaped by the politics or rather the politics shaped by culture. What ever. So the reason I’m writing this shit today is that when you thought you are part of a revolution or battle, and put all your might into fighting the battle, the commander or rather the general may just sold out to the enemy. Sounds confused? I should say that is because of the organisation’s culture of not cultivating any good internal relationship among employees by having company outings, family days… that kind out activities. You know what I mean. Especially in this branch of financial service industry, I can say it is a highly dangerous factor for not having “unity” among co-workers.

Being in a department where there are two managers, three deputies and two assistant managers, it is surely a fucking pain in the ass. The top two may have different views on things and thus create something you call political divide. Adding salt to the wound, the deputies will try to preach their brand of religion cult and at the end of the day, you’ll have a cold war coming from all angle raging in the office, worst still, unseen. Foooh. Fuiyoh. Tripod culture is usually practised in such environment but not everyone’s a “tripoder”. The meaning of “tripod” here is what the chinese call “shoe-shine boy” or in malay “kaki ampu”. Try it with your pinky finger, index finger and thumb. Not everyone can tolerate to be a tripoder as it is like being a traitor to oneself…. its like selling yourself. If you can go and drink till the wee hours and go home puking…. you’ll get better chances and advantages. This is something like cronyism. Yeah. That is the politically-correct word. That’s the way it is but doesn’t mean it should be. So, as I said earlier, unity doesn’t even fucking exist, and cronies who been enjoying benefits will not back you up in

One thing can be learnt from this job is that never trust anyone for anyone who seems to be good to you is just a gimmick for they have a different agenda that you may not know. When it comes to money, everyone is working for their own benefit. Ok, that’s why we work, anyway but the sense of kinship among coworkers which is supposedly be greater than the sense of money is not present. Greed is what will make a man do untoward things to another man. Agree? So, who to be blamed? The organisation itself has to be blamed because of obvious reasons which I think cannot be published here. If you read this post, thank you. If you didn’t, it is ok. It’s just a fucking rant.



  1. Initially, the people was invited in Facebook to gather at various Old Town outlets in Klang Valley. When the people went to oldtown, all old town outlets were closed at the same time. Outlets in Jaya One, Old Klang road, PJ, KL etc were closed at same time concurrently. Reason: coffee machine problem and all sorts of lame nonsense. It must have been a directive from the authority to close shop.

    Then the second occasion, knowing that Old Town outlets cannot afford to close for lame reason, they gather again in black.

    Black is to mark the BlackMalaysia. Black is because of injustice and darkness has fall across the land. All this was reported in Malaysiakini but NOT is The Star or NST etc.

  2. Taken from malaysiakini at :

    Black or White: Old Town Coffee is apolitical
    Emily Chow | 10 Jun, 09 4:53pm

    No Old Town White Coffee will be closed tomorrow despite the 1BlackMalaysia campaign to drink ‘kopi-o’ (black coffee) at its outlets in a symbolic gesture to mourn the ‘death of democracy’ in Perak.

    Confirming this today, Old Town’s marketing department executive Christina Thong told Malaysiakini that the company is a business entity and has nothing to do with politics.

    She was responding to the invitations sent via Facebook for Malaysians to don black and sip on black coffee at several Old Town outlets tomorrow night.

    Last week, eyebrows were raised when several outlets picked out by the campaign organisers were closed abruptly, leading some to question whether there was political or police pressure.

    However, Thong dismissed this.

    Contractors’ decision to close

    She explained that the outlets – Jaya One, Three Two Square, 3rd Mile Square Old Klang Road, Sunway Mentari and Bangsar South outlets – were shut down due to the decision of the contractors.

    “The outlets were closed for internal renovations. Losses were certainly incurred but we don’t mind doing it for upgrading purposes,” she added.

    With the advent of these Facebook invitations, Old Town is now becoming associated with these black coffee sessions.

    The most recent postings mentioned three more outlets as black coffee spots, which are Kuchai Lama, Aman Puri, Kepong and even Bayan Baru, Penang.

    Reiterating that Old Town does not support the campaign, Thong said: “We are a business and are not associated with anything political.”

    More than 100 arrested

    Meanwhile, the manager of the Old Town outlet in Kuchai Lama, who wished to be known only as Abby, also confirmed that the outlet was closed last week for “internal renovations and software upgrading.”

    The 1BlackMalaysia campaign – a spin off from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s 1Malaysia tagline – was launched in the wake of Barisan Nasional’s political coup in Perak.

    The February coup saw the Pakatan Rakyat state government losing its grip on the reins after 10 months in power following the defection of three of its state representatives.

    Following this, there were widespread calls to dissolve the state assembly and hold a fresh elections.

    The campaign became prominent following the arrest of academic and activist Wong Chin Huat in May.

    Since then, more than 100 people, including opposition politicians, have been arrested and released for wearing black and holding candlelight vigils.

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