This article is especially for Lim Kit Siang, Tan Lian Hoe, Liow Tiong Lai, Lim Guan Eng, Chong Eng, Samy Vellu, M. Manogaran and the rest who feel that they are part of this clustered people.
I just have to write this in a very simple language so that even those politicians with low IQ can understand what I am about to write. The gist of this article would be;
Do not demand if you are not prepare to give.
I was riled up seeing the hypocritical Lim Kit Siang defending the right of his race a couple of days ago. His stance of not giving an inch should be a lesson to all Malay leaders here in Malaysia.
By the way, once these racist bigots defended the need to maintain their vernacular schools, they lost their moral conviction to criticise anyone for practising racial based politics.
The backlash of a suggestion by Datuk Mukhriz was not unexpected. We all know how extremely racist these people are. They issued out statements that this suggestion is sensitive and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. My oh my. Have they looked into the mirror lately?
Ever since their surprised victory in denting the two thirds majority back in March 2008, these extremists came out from their hibernation and launch their subversive tactics in destabilising the social harmony of Malaysia.
Under the guise of equality and meritocracy, they have more or less swept half of Malaysians into believing their cause.
Time and time again we are fed with their notion of a perfect Malaysia. Whereby, they will overcome a ‘cruel’ Malay-centric government and replace it with their own version of a socially perfect Malaysia where every Malaysian can enjoy equality among races. It’s a Harapan Baru for Malaysia!
God help us if we have to listen again to Haris Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Din Merican, Anwar Ibrahim and the likes on the Malaysia that they want to have.
The semi-inspiring articles that they wrote lack one thing – How do we achieve that? How? So we want to practice meritocracy instead of the bumiputera friendly policies. How do we do it? What are the action plans to achieve this meritocracy policy that in the end, will produce a happy, almost Utopian society?
I will give a tiny example. Currently, there are about 10,000 members in the Malaysian Malay Business Chamber (DPMM). How do we deal with the situation when meritocracy is imposed? In an open tender process, financial strength, experience, quality of work will be taken into consideration.
With limited number of projects and business opportunities, I would bet my left arm that when all things remain equal (hence the meritocracy concept), all of the 28,000 companies in the ACCCIM will get them instead.
We all know that most of the Malay contractors sub-conned their contracted project to the Chinese contractors anyway. Will the Chinese contractors do the same when meritocracy in imposed? Tepuk dada tanyalah selera!
What will happen to the fate of the Malay companies and their families? Ah yes, I forgot – they all will be happy in a blessed, meritocratic country. Right?
Of course with such drastic change, only the strongest will survive. The rest will have to disappear into obscurity.
Probably, in 20 years time, the Malays who wanted to venture into business will be as tough, resilient and resourceful enough to compete on the same level playing field. But until that time, what is the solution for the short term aftermath?
The thing is, these people I mentioned above are only good at spewing rhetorical statements. They have yet to come out with a step by step plan on how to get ALL Malaysians to behave, to socialise and to function in the world that they promised us?
We can safely say that all these statements are long on rhetorics and short on substance.
And how dare they question the social contract when they themselves are not prepared to be questioned about their mother tongue!
It is indeed sad that the proponents of Malaysian Malaysia and the Bangsa Malaysia concept as well as the creators of the exaggerated ketuanan rakyat concept had the gall to say that the vernacular schools are here to stay.
They themselves had supported the idea of national and racial unity. But now, they have the audacity to run down a VIABLE suggestion in making the rakyat come close together.
Oh pray tell me o’ wise ones, how do we achieve racial unity then if the children, in their most impressionable years are not mingling with each other now?
What do you propose instead?
Besides frothing in the mouth shouting and citing the sedition act (the act that Lim Kit Siang himself abhorred), what is the solution of the current impending racial polarisation?
Ah yes, back to ‘equality and meritocracy’ again I suppose?
Rubbish rhetoric that comes from rubbish politicians. When you yourself are insular and practising racial politics, do not call other people the same. Those who live in glass house do not throw stones so to speak.
Stating the obvious had never been THIS obvious!
Do not criticise if you do not know how to provide solutions. All this talk will further divide the nation. Is this what they want?
This tactic is very similar to the communist tactic of subversive psychological warfare back in the 50’s all the way to the 70’s. Divide and conquer. When the majority are fragmented, the minority will gain prominence. No matter how unbecoming and insolent the minority has become, it will be more attractive than the fragmented and disarrayed majority.
What did I write previously?
“Bangsa Malaysia hanya boleh wujud jika semua pihak mempunyai satu titik persamaan. Apakah titik persamaan itu? Selain dari keadilan (bukan kesamarataan) di dalam pegangan ekonomi negara, Bangsa Malaysia mesti berkebolehan bertutur secara selesa di dalam satu bahasa. Sebab itu, Bahasa Melayu diangkat menjadi bahasa kebangsaan. Status Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan bermaksud, ia adalah lebih tinggi dari bahasa bahasa lain.”
And don’t get me started on the multilingual roadsigns.
Do you even understand what is the status of Bahasa Melayu? It is the national language of Malaysia. NATIONAL LANGUAGE. This means, other languages do not have the same special status as Bahasa Melayu. Meaning, other languages are not the alternate or substitute language for it.
So why do they want to have multi lingual roadsigns anyway?
Oh, because we have many tourists from China is it? Do they sincerely think that the Chinese tourists who went to the United States or the UK will inevitably be lost amongst the many roadsigns there?
It was an irrelevant and petty excuse. They want equality? How can you have equality when they themselves have said countless times that they do not question the status of Bahasa Melayu?
I repeat, other languages are not the alternate or the substitute to Bahasa Melayu. Yet they defend the use of other languages just because they uphold the concept of equality? What kind of a moronic oxymoron is this?
In one hand they defend the Constitution (just to get support from the Malays), on the other hand, they ridicule and question the main essence of the Constitution (just to get the support of their more liberal supporters)!
They want an Obama-esque style of leadership in Malaysia. I do not recall Obama went to a Kenyan primary school when he was young. Yet, they cited examples when it suited them most but swiftly defend themselves when the situation does not benefitting them.
So naturally, the main question here is – why are they howling about racial based politics in Barisan Nasional when they themselves propagate the very same thing?
What, defending vernacular school is a not racial based propaganda with regards to the national unity issue? Defending chinese and tamil roadsigns is not racial based issue?
To me, if you want to have a multilingual roadsigns, then it is better to have only Bahasa Melayu and English roadsigns. And furthermore, English roadsigns are only appropriate for road instruction signages.
Bahasa Melayu should be the ONLY language for the road signs while English is also used for ‘Jangan memotong’, ‘Berhenti’, ‘Ikut kiri’ and etc.
How many times we have tourists asking taxi drivers to take them to ‘Jalan Sehala’ thinking that that is a proper name of a road?
We have thousands of Jalan Sehala signages in this country. You get my point.
Didn’t Chua Soi Lek stated in his speech at the Kancil Awards (by the way I agree with most of what is being said in that speech. However, I do feel that he should also listened to what had been explained on Ketuanan Melayu to gain a better understanding)–
“Our politics is still organised along racial lines. We need to be issue-centric, not ethno-centric.”
There you go.
Then why in God’s name are they doing the opposite?
He further stated;
“Chinese schools shouldn’t be seen as a Chinese struggle. They’re part of the national education system. It’s a national issue.”
Then if that is the case, the idea of strengthening the national schools and concentrate our children into one unifying education system IS ALSO a national issue.
Why then did the people above become hostile as if the very idea of unifying the kids into one school stream is treated like a taboo?
Since Chua Soi Lek, the 2nd highest leader of MCA had said this:
“We accept Malay Leadership, but not Malay Supremacy.”
Therefore, we should regard the very idea of unifying the children is an act of one young leader, fed up with the hypocritical non Malay leaders and fed up with the silence of Malay senior politicians and henceforth, proposed one of a few possible solution to integrate the races nationally.
After all, the suggestion is nothing new. Tun Razak proposed it in 1956. And it was proposed even earlier through the Barnes Report in 1951.
Anybody with better ideas of creating a unified Bangsa Malaysia?
Apart from renaming Bahasa Melayu to Bahasa Malaysia, what else? Sekolah Wawasan? That idea was shot again by, wait for it;
What is wrong with DAP? Malaysian Malaysia?
And upon reading the Parliament Hansard about this issue, I see that Lim Kit Siang should not have any problem with Datuk Mukhriz’s idea personally. It was The Star whom had twisted what Datuk Mukhriz had said by giving its headlines an inflammatory angle. The Star still have not learned what happened to it 21 years ago (possibly will touch on this in my future articles). They need to be more responsible in their news reporting.
Ultimately, the question now is;
Which one do you love most? Status quo or towards greater national unity? If you want things as they were, then that summarily means, there is no problem with this age old social fabric. If you say there is a problem, then lets discuss this further without being hypocritical about it.
And wait, I’m not finished yet. We come to the Malay apologists now. And the biggest culprit of them all is Pak Lah.
I told myself not to criticise him after he made the announcement to retire in March 2009. But I just have to say a few things from the way he acted these past few weeks.
When and where he had been more lenient to Tan Lian Hoe;
He was more unforgiving with Datuk Mukhriz regarding the suggestion to have one streamlined education system.
“The prime minister said the next supreme council meeting would specifically discuss action to be taken against Umno members who aired sensitive views which caused unease among other races.
“When we express our views in public, others are bound to respond and this could lead to undesirable situations.
“We want to avoid that, especially if they do not benefit the people. That is why we will discuss at length what channels we can utilise to address such views.””
It is indeed ironic that when Tun Dr Mahathir was lamenting about Umno money politics, some people were quick to judge that he was merely campaigning for his son.
But here we are, the PM himself trying to chastise a Malay leader for merely forwarding a suggestion to a greater cause of national integration. Why? So that his silent and muted son in law will be seen as the more attractive alternative in the upcoming Umno elections.
But what did Umno lose in this effort? The continuous weakening voice of Malay leadership. Lambasting publicly a Malay leader from the same party he is leading is never a good sign.
That was a hasty, knee jerk reaction from the Prime Minister. All for the glorious benefit of his son in law.
Now, if Pak Lah is the Prime Minister of all Malaysians (right now he is the prime minister for all except for the Malays), he should instead issue out this statement –
“We understand the predicament that had come out from the suggestion. It was afterall, only a suggestion. What is important is the intended aim of that idea. If we cherish national unity, we must bring all relevant and affected parties together and discuss this further. A consensus among all is needed. If there is a strong voice opposing the idea, then so be it. If there is some good in the proposal, and everyone had deliberated on it, we shall determine the next course of action.
What is important, the majority agrees with it. One way or the other.”
Or something to that effect.
In the end, everyone will be happy and the matter will be discussed further amicably and the matter which caused this public furore will be duly closed. This is how a Prime Minister OF ALL Malaysians should react.
Not to kill off a valuable avenue for further discussion on national unity like how he did yesterday. And see how he quickly dismissed the idea?
‘We want to avoid that, especially if they do not benefit the people’
How close minded this Prime Minister can be? The idea have not even been reasonably discussed yet and he had preempted it as something very ghastly! Can you see this not so subtle hint?
And where is the Umno Youth? Where is their number one and number two?
Their silence simply means that if an ordinary Malay person had also suggested the same thing like how Datuk Mukhriz had suggested, nobody will help him or defend him against a police report.
If the Malay party cannot defend one of its own, then WHAT IS THE BLOODY USE OF ITS EXISTENCE?
Umno did not realise and it need to be fully ashamed of themselves that their role is being subjugated by Malay NGOs. The existence of Pribumi Perkasa etc. had highlighted the incapability of Umno to be relevant to the Malays.
In previous eras, whenever there were issues that affected the Malays, people will turn to Umno. Now? We have Perkasa etc. to do that role since Umno has been reduced to being an apologist.
What is the ultimate aim of Umno?
Are they playing this role? No.
Remember, Umno exist because of its idealogy. Umno is only a name. It is its idealogy that attracted the Malays to join and support them. If this original idealogy is being used by other entities, then those entities are better suited to face the challenges.
This is why, Umno will lose the next general election.
Umno is the leader in the government. Act like one. And act like a good leader too. Not like the one we’ve seen since November 2003.
Dear Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, do you understand all this?
What is this I hear about RPK glorifying Chin Peng? Is he for real? Will elaborate on this in the next article.