Babu has only been in Malaysia the last six years but if the grin and radiant glow on his face is anything to go by, he is loving every minute of it.

Babu’s rapid success and his grasp of the national language in the short time he has been here would put some Malaysians to shame.

Not only is he taking home a handsome pay cheque, but Babu has also saved up enough money to buy a motorcycle.

However, Babu sees no need to apply for a licence or road tax to make it legitimate for his bike to be on our roads.

Shockingly, or not surprisingly — depends on how you look at it — Babu has thanked the police for this.

The police?... Yes, the police!

By now, most would have seen the video clip that has been making the rounds in WhatsApp groups.

It is a recording of Babu expressing the joy of being in Malaysia and also how much he loves our police.

For those who have not seen the 41-second clip, the following is an excerpt of Babu’s appreciation of our cops: “Malaysia polis banyak baik, paspot tak ada pun boleh lepas... betul punya paspot dia cakap ini tipu, tipu punya paspot dia cakap ini betul.

“Minum punya duit kasi boleh lepas... moto punya lesen saya tak ada minum kopi punya duit kasi, dia lepas... polis banyak baik... 1Malaysia juga.”

Loosely translated, Babu is heard mocking the police by saying they are an excellent lot.

“They let you go even when you don’t have a passport. When you show them a real passport, they say it is a fake, and when you show a fake one, they will say it is real.

“They also let you go when you give them some ‘coffee money’. I don’t have a motorcycle licence, but they let me off when I give them some ‘coffee money’.”

Thanks to his bravado, Babu is now a celebrity of sorts in the cyberworld.

If I were Babu, I would waste no time in catching the next flight back to Dhaka, as he would undoubtedly be at the top of the police’s wanted list by now.

The police top brass must be fuming over Babu’s allegations, and rightly so. It is simply not right to tar every policeman with the same brush just because of the actions of a few rotten ones.

The sickening part of it all is that fresh-off-the-boat immigrants, too, have come to think that they can easily buy their way out of trouble or pay to get whatever is required for them to make a living in Malaysia.

Some have even started making big bucks acting as middlemen to get things sorted out for their fellow countrymen who are in trouble with our authorities.

I recently experienced first-hand how a syndicate, comprising mainly illegal immigrants, was raking in thousands of ringgit daily, charging their countrymen hefty amounts to “sort out” problems with our authorities.

This happened when an Indian national, who had overstayed, related to me how he had to pay almost RM700 to agents to smoothen his journey back.

These agents were his fellow countrymen, who guaranteed him that they could “settle” all the paperwork needed and get the necessary stamps on his passport before he could leave the country.

Rather sceptical of what he had said, I challenged him to prove his claims, and he did so with no hesitance by taking me to the office concerned.

All my doubts were erased when he showed me first-hand how these agents were openly touting their services at the sprawling government complex.

They approached desperate and often illiterate foreigners seeking to find anyone who could help them sort out the mess they were in without any hassle.

A middle-aged man wearing jeans that half exposed his butt crack even had the audacity to walk up to me, enquiring if I, too, had overstayed and needed help to get my papers sorted out.

For a certain sum, he offered to settle everything for me and gave an assurance that I would have no hassle in dealing with Immigration authorities if I paid up.

Needless to say, he left me alone when I told him that I had been in this country longer than him and had no intention of leaving any time soon.

Whether we like to admit it or not, the millions of illegals in the country are well aware that they can exploit the system and, in the process, not only make their money here, but also laugh at how easily they can get away with breaking the law.

The question is, can we blame the foreigners, when most of us also find it all too convenient to “settle” matters when caught committing an offence?

The irony of it all is that while it is easy to point fingers and blame the authorities for everything, people need to ask themselves if they, too, are to be blamed for encouraging the duit kopi culture.

In the meantime, expect to see more video clips of foreigners like Babu mocking us and our institutions.

Sharanjit Singh is a veteran journalist who feels that less talk and more action is needed to save planet Earth from mankind

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Immigrants enjoy working and living in Malaysia. File pic

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