Some selfless acts, e.g. Mother Theresa's act of love and sacrifice to uplift thousands of kids from the streets, danger and hunger are heroic and should be repeated and retold so that our society will remember, appreciate and emulate them.
Some acts and their actors should be condemned as selfish, stupid, gullible and irresponsible. Unfortunately, Gerakan Tan Keng Liang's action today belonged to the second category.
Kedah Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang drank a mug of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) chocolate malt after Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua agreed to donate RM1,000 to charity for the stunt.
Tan (right) who had participated in a debate at the Pusat Rakyat in Bangsar immediately whipped a mug of chocolate malt which he had purchased from a KR1M outlet in Alor Setar for RM4.80, after the event concluded.
He said this was to put an end to the myth that the quality of KR1M products were inferior.
What is Tan trying to prove by gulping down a mug of chocolate malt he purchased from a KR1M? Is this a scientific way of proving that the product is really safe and nutritious enough to be consumed by children without harming their health later?
If the product is indeed harmful and lacked the basic nutritional content, can a single mug drank by Tan be able to bring out any indisputable outcome?
Is Tan a human scientific apparatus? Or purely an egoistic and arrogant politician who is bend to defend any weakness or discrepancy from his party and coalition.
His action is unbecoming of a new generation of Gerakan leaders who are supposed to renew voters' faith in them for being pragmatic, wise and reasonable.
Finally, is Tan going to be personally responsible for any death or sickness arising from consuming the product in the future?
As a responsible leader, he should recommend an independent test to verify the safety of the product and not drag politics into consumerism and health.
If Tan wants to prove his libido, he should just stand against Tony Pua in Petaling Jaya Utara and find out who is going to emerge victorious.