“Unliberal Malays”, “Loyal Malays” and “The Others”

17 06 2010

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Yeah, there are a lot of inverted commas up there.

Words placed in inverted commas denote emphasis (needing attention) or caution (need not be taken literally) or cynicism, or merely stating legally constituted facts. In the few articles given below, let’s see which is which. This is not an attempt at labeling; merely pointing out the kinds of Malaysians we have in this beloved country of ours in the hope of helping to create a better understanding among ourselves and thereby promoting unity.

Responding to a suggestion to make Mandarin and Tamil compulsory subjects in schools, the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education said he would study it. The Berita Harian writer said it should be supported, though he pointed out the importance of Bahasa Malaysia. No mention of its inconsistency with, even contravention of, the Constitution Article 152 on the role of Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language. Or the fact that Mandarin and Tamil can be studied as elective subjects in national schools. He spinned it by saying the language is spoken by 1.3 billion people in China. No mention of its international usage compared to English.

The Berita Harian write-up was republished by Malaysian Insider. Perhaps to emphasize the fact that the DPM/ MOE said it or to spread the message they want others to believe in. We print it here to show what has been going on. We may be perceived as the “Unliberal Malays”. But we wish to promote national unity through the National Language and single-stream schooling, in line with Article 152 of the Constitution. A few readers have commented in the previous post that they don’t mind whatever label as long as there will be single stream schooling for the sake of long-term unity in this country.

The DPM/ MOE was merely responding to a suggestion and it was politic for him to answer, on the spot, that he would study the suggestion. Hopefully he would not decide agreeing to it. If he does, then it may be a case of being a “Loyal Malay”, being loyal to a boss who has been bent on getting PRU12 run-away non-Malay votes, particularly the Chinese. We urge him not to do that. Loyalty may be shown in other ways.

The Berita Harian spinner and the Malaysian Insider publisher of the write-up may be “The Others”. Quite a number of them are clinging to Mandarin and Tamil as the medium of instruction in schools. thestar.com publisher of the last article below may also be “the others”. The writer appears to be a “Loyal Malay”, loyal to his employers, an organization owned by “the others” some of whom are suspicious of the intentions of Perkasa and the Melayu Bangkit Rally organizers and want to downplay the significance and the support for their activities. He talks in terms of only “hundreds” of attendees at the Rally in Kuala Trengganu. Yet one person who attended it fully from start to finish, and did a “serious estimate” based on the number of rows of seats occupied and the average per row, said the number was 2,500 – 3,000 (out of 5,000 targeted), despite it being held on a working day and distracted by late night World Cup Football watching.

A lot has been said about the “Liberal Malays” in the previous post and comments. We can continue discussing them as well as the “Unliberal Malays”, “Loyal Malays” and “The Others” in here. Also on “The Average Malay” about which not much has been talked about so far.

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Mandarin and Tamil teachers may be made compulsory

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will study a proposal to ensure
Mandarin and Tamil language teachers are compulsory in national
schools.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was already
such a policy in place, but that it had not been implemented.

He said he wanted to ensure that such teachers were available so that
People’s Own Language classes could be carried out properly in all
national schools.

In his opening speech at the Federal Territory PPP convention at the
Putra World Trade Centre here, he said it would be good for all races
to know more than two languages. It fostered racial unity and expanded
knowledge, he said.

“The people, regardless of where they are of Indian or Chinese
ancestry or other ethnic groups, can learn more than two languages.

“The national language and English are important but other languages
such as Mandarin and Tamil should also be learnt.”

Muhyiddin said by understanding the languages, Malaysians could better
appreciate the way of life, values and cultures of the country’s
various races.

Earlier, PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas had proposed to Muhyiddin to
make Mandarin and Tamil compulsory subjects in schools.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/14/nation/6464043&sec=nation

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Kemampuan kuasai lebih satu bahasa beri banyak kelebihan — Berita Harian
June 15, 2010

Penguasaan lebih satu bahasa memberi banyak kelebihan dalam kehidupan dan dunia kerjaya. Kemampuan menguasai lebih satu bahasa selain bahasa ibunda juga mampu meningkatkan keterampilan pada peringkat antarabangsa. Dalam konteks masyarakat majmuk seperti Malaysia, penguasaan bahasa kaum lain seperti Mandarin dan Tamil adalah bertepatan dengan tuntutan semasa. Melalui bahasa yang difahami bersama akan dapat mengeratkan lagi perpaduan serta lebih memahami budaya kaum lain selaras konsep 1 Malaysia.

Kenyataan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin merangkap Menteri Pelajaran bahawa kerajaan sedia mengkaji cadangan mewajibkan subjek Bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil di Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) bagi membolehkan murid pelbagai kaum di negara ini menguasai lebih daripada dua bahasa, termasuk bahasa Melayu dan bahasa Inggeris wajar disambut baik.

Jika murid di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) mempelajari bahasa Melayu dan Inggeris, tidak ada sebab murid di SK tidak boleh mempelajari bahasa Mandarin dan Tamil serta menguasainya dengan baik. Kita sedia maklum, bahasa Mandarin adalah bahasa paling ramai ditutur di dunia, berdasarkan jumlah penduduk negara China berjumlah 1.3 bilion, manakala India adalah penduduk kedua teramai di dunia, kira-kira 1 bilion yang turut menggunakan bahasa Tamil. Jika ia dilaksanakan murid yang mahu menguasai bahasa Mandarin atau Tamil, tidak saja boleh ke SJKC atau SJKT, mereka juga boleh memperolehnya di SK. Pada masa sama, murid di semua sekolah terbabit dapat berinteraksi dengan lebih berkesan, walaupun mempunyai aliran berbeza, tanpa polarisasi kaum.

Pada masa depan, barangkali kita tidak lagi berasa wujud diskriminasi ketika membaca iklan pekerjaan keperluan menguasai bahasa tertentu oleh majikan sebagai antara syarat utama permohonan. Apapun langkah ini tidak wajar hanya tinggal cadangan atau hanya pada peringkat kajian. Semua aspek berhubung pelaksanaan perlu diberi perhatian serius seperti menyediakan tenaga pengajar mencukupi, memperhalusi kurikulum yang akan diguna pakai, mahupun menentukan mata pelajaran ini dijadikan subjek teras atau wajib lulus.

Bagaimanapun, ketika melaksanakan matlamat ini, semua pihak terutama Kementerian Pelajaran sendiri tidak wajar mengabaikan penggunaan bahasa Melayu kerana bahasa itu adalah bahasa kebangsaan yang patut dipelajari semua warga negara ini. Perlembagaan Malaysia, Perkara 152, Akta Bahasa Kebangsaan, dengan jelas menyatakan bahawa bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa kebangsaan bagi negara ini dan ia patut dikuasai semua kaum tanpa mengira asal usul mereka. Semua pihak perlu melihat langkah ini sebagai satu kewajaran dalam perspektif lebih terbuka tanpa prejudis, bukan sebagai retorik politik atau perkauman. Menguasai bahasa bermakna menguasai cabang ilmu dalam bahasa sumber dan ia tidak akan merugikan sesiapa, hatta bahasa Arab, Perancis, Greece dan Parsi yang suatu ketika dulu pernah membina tamadun dunia.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/kemampuan-kuasai-lebih-satu-bahasa-beri-banyak-kelebihan-berita-harian/

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Published: Monday June 14, 2010 MYT 5:48:00 PM

Low turnout at Melayu Bangkit rally
By SAZALI M. NOOR

Dr Mahathir, in keynote speech, blames PAS and PKR for Malay disunity

KUALA TERENGGANU: The anticipated 5,000 people failed to turn up at
the Melayu Bangkit rally here Monday, and the organisers blamed the
FIFA World Cup for the low turnout.

“Probably, they (locals) were all tired after watching the World Cup
telecasts, while many of those employed could not get leave,” rally
organising chairman Razali Idris of Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat
(People’s Consciousness Movement) told The Star.

However, Razali expressed his delight over the initiatives of 58 Malay
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure their representatives
were present at the rally.

The hundreds who turned up heard former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad deliver his keynote speech, in which he warned that the Malays
risked becoming marginalised like “Singapore Malays”, if they
continued to be mired in political diversion and were unable to tackle
any crisis effectively.

He said Malays could end up as a minority in their own country if the
community was disunited due to the agendas of political parties. He
insinuated that Opposition leaders were responsible for Malays’
predicament.

Dr Mahathir observed that the Malay electorate’s support was now split
into three Malay-based political parties, including Umno.

“Although Malays consists of 60% of the population, our votes are
divided, eventually triggering feuds among the community. They (PAS
and PKR) are only interested in power and not race or religion.

“They are willing to go to any extent to become prime minister,” he added.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/14/nation/20100614175116&sec=nation

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17 06 2010
dinturtle

Salam Tuan Admin,

Mula2 sekali, angin tak ada, ribut jauh sekali, takde pun orang cina atau india yang menuntut bahasa cina.tamil diwajibkan, tak pasal2 TPM cadangkan….apahal ? PM dan TPM sedia maklum ia akan menjadi satu isu jadi saya syak pengumuman ini seperti satu usaha mengalihkan perhatian rakyat…dari apa saya tak tahu.

Kedua, tujuan utama cadangan itu pastinya perpaduan. SEMUA negara didunia menjadikan satu bahasa kebangsaan sebagai pengikat perpaduan, ketahap ujian kefasihan didalam bahasa kebangsaan negara itu sering dijadikan syarat menjadi rakyat kepada pendatang. Kenapa yang Malaysia ni nak jadi pelik dari yang lain ? i really dont understandla all these people !

SEMUA NEGARA didunia tidak punya masalah dengan satu bahasa utama mereka dan TERBUKTI mampu mewujudkan masyarakat yang bersatu, patriotik kenapalah Najib nak cuba idea yang pelik yang belum terbukti, yang tidak pernah diamalkan dimana pun ??

Kenapa tidak ikut je cara negara2 maju yang sering kita jadikan contoh sebagai negara maju penuh toleransi dan terbuka itu, dalam soal satu bahasa utama dan satu sekolah ?? i really dont understandla all these people !

17 06 2010
SSS Admin

dinturtle,

Kemana halanya negara banyak bergantung kapada pemimpinnya. Tegas tidaknya mereka. Legasi yang dimahukannya. Maka berbagai pemimpin didunia meninggalkan legasi yang bermacam rupa. Yang baik dan yang tidak baik. Adolf Hitler meninggalkan nama yang sebusuk-busuknya. Kerana coba mengejar konsep keagungan bangsa. Penulis-pemulis ditanah besar China mengagungkan bangsanya yang mendiami “the Middle Kingdom”. Yang lain ditulis sebagai pembuas, tidak bertamaddun atau “barbarians.” Demikian keadaanya sehingga abad 17. DiMalaysia pula Tengku A Rahman melepaskan Singapura dengan begitu sahaja. Legasinya sebagai Bapak Malaysia sangat tercemar akibatnya.

Kebelakangan ini telah timbul legasi “flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy administration”. Sehingga tsunami berlaku diPRU12. Kurang pasti kemana arah pentadbiran yang ada sekarang. Nampak condong kapada kepentingan Cina. Dalam rangka apa yang dipanggil 1Malaysia. Tidak pasti juga sama ada masyarakat boleh bersatu dengan kecondongan tersebut. Dasar-dasar pelajaran, bahasa kebangsaan, liberalisasi ekonomi, Model Ekonomi Bahru dan sebagainya. Kita berharap legasinya tidak seburuk pemerintahan yang lalu.

Namun demikian kita perlu terus dengan laungan mahu bersatu melalui sistem sekolah satu aliran. Setuju bahawa negara-negara maju pun menggunakan hanya satu bahasa bagi menyatukan rakyatnya. Termasuk tanah besar China yang menggunakan Mandarin. Maka diMalaysia perlulah Bahasa Malaysia. Atas sebab-sebab yang telah dihuraikan berkali kali disini sana.

17 06 2010
Yeop

The K.Trengganu Melayu Bangkit Rally –

My friend said about 3,000 attended. Here’s what he told me:

Everyone was seated, i did some simple calculation …average per line x no. of lines, yang duduk berterabur tu saya agak2 pandai (as opposed to agak2 bodoh). Jadi kalau lari pun tak lebih 500. 50% kerusi occupied + those seated kat atas stadium style. Serious Estimate bro !

17 06 2010
SSS Admin

Yeop,

Kaum Cina mempunyai banyak wang yang membolehkan mereka menubuhkan dan mempunyai berbagai saluran media massa, termasuk akhbar, TV, radio, dan sebagainya. Pengaruh media massa tersebut bagi membentuk pemikiran, pandangan dan pendirian rakyat adalah besar. Maka digunakannya sepenuhnya. Tidak ada masalah bagi lapuran-lapuran yang benar yang dikeluarkan mereka. Tapi jadi sangsi maksud dan tujuan mereka bila tidak melapurkan aktiviti menaikkan semangat Melayu dengan tepat atau berhati hati.

Maka aktiviti saperti perhimpunan Melayu Bangkit itu bukan bertujuan jahat. Hanya bagi memperingatkan rakyat bahayanya peristiwa 13 Mei 1969 supaya sentiasa berwaspada dan coba mengelakkannya. Dan perkara-perkara berkaitan memajukan kepentingan Melayu. Tidak munasabah jika dianggap rasis dan sebgainya bila Tun Dr Mahathir ada bersama. Tetapi dicuriga dan coba diperkecilkan sokongn rakyat keatasnya. Ini tidak baik dan akan menimbulkan curiga-mencurigai diantara rakyat. Oleh itu, kita semua harus berpatutan bila menilai tindak tanduk mereka yang dianggap “Liberal”, “Unliberal”, “Conservative”, “Yang Lain-lain” dan sebagainya.

17 06 2010
Virdon

The DPM was just stating his opinion. Nothing wrong with:

“The people, regardless of where they are of Indian or Chinese
ancestry or other ethnic groups, can learn more than two languages.

“The national language and English are important but other languages
such as Mandarin and Tamil should also be learnt.”

If he says Mandarin and Tamil should be compulsory, then you all can complain.

18 06 2010
SSS Admin

Virdon,

We agree with you that everybody can learn as many languages as they have the capacity for. Multi-lingual ability is always an asset anywhere in the world.

For Malaysians – liberal, unliberal and the others – it is necessary to learn languages according to priority. Bahasa Malaysia is a must because it is the National Language. English is an international language widely used all over the world. Mandarin is useful for doing business in China. The study of any language must not be at the expense of the National Language. Proficiency in English or Mandarin or Tamil but not in Bahasa Malaysia is having the wrong priority and implies non-respect for the Constitution. Non-respect for the Constitution raises issues on loyalty to the country.

By all means, study Mandarin and Tamil so long as it is not during normal school hours except as elective subjects. The study of those two languages must not be made compulsory as it would be making a mockery of Article 152 on Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language. It’s tantamount to making those languages also the National Language of the country. We cannot have three national languages in the country.

17 06 2010
hizan

Ape ni? Sibuk sangat dengan Mandarin, bahasa Inggeris pun tak tentu arah.

What you meaning one? Report heading says “Mandarin and Tamil teachers may be made compulsory” but the later part of the report says it was about a proposal to “make Mandarin and Tamil compulsory subjects in schools”.

18 06 2010
SSS Admin

hizan,

It’s a matter of attitude towards the Constitution of the country and the direction they are looking at. If they have proficiency in the National Language, perhaps it is less of a concern that they prioritise on Mandarin rather than English. But Chinese constitute only 23% of the population and trade-wise, Malaysia is international, the West having been Malaysia’ s trading partners and will continue to do so for a long time despite China’s meteoric climb as a trading nation in the last decade or so. English will continue to be more important as a language for international commerce for as long as one can forecast.

Those in business usually want to place their eggs in different baskets and it is therefore not prudent to focus on just the China trade or business with or in China. Trade or business with or in the West necessarily requires proficiency in the English language. Trade or no trade in Malaysia requires proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia as it is the National Language.

18 06 2010
Halim

That star.com reporting is among the worst I have seen. Mandarin and Tamil teachers may be made compulsory? Or Mandarin and Tamil teaching?

Is the Deputy Prime Minister referring to the teaching of Mandarin and Tamil as elective subjects? He said there was already such a policy in place but it had not been implemented.

If making available teachers to teach Mandarin and Tamil as elective subjects, it’s alright.

19 06 2010
SSS Admin

Halim,

It is perfectly alright for Mandarin to be taught as elective subjects in national schools. But Mandarin and Tamil as the medium of instruction in vernacular schools should cease and such schools should be merged with the national schools. There should be, indeed must in the long-term be, a single-stream schooling for the fostering of togetherness, goodwill and understanding among Malaysians, beginning at the primary school level.

The kind of English seen in blogosphere and even in a few of the newspapers is atrocious. Google translation, though may be limited by microchip technicalities, and translation by one or two of the vernacular papers, can even be hideous. Grammar and syntax is one thing but misconstruing or misrepresentation, or a confused presentation of facts – like the said article appears to be – is sad indeed for the public. If they are on a paid basis, it is sad for the consumers. We get a raw deal as a result.

Let us urge those concerned not just to rush to make profits or to eagerly spill out sensational news for the purpose of increasing newspaper circulation but to engage those with acceptable proficiency in the language they choose to communicate with or sell their newspapers to. They, too, have a role to play in national development, not just in promoting the interest of the community that the owners or shareholders represent.

17 06 2010
Kenn

I guess nobody with sound mind will object to learning and mastering many languages. I would want to master Bahasa Melayu right down to Pigmi language, all the languages in the world in existence now and existed then.

To me, this is just a DRUMMED UP SPIN by those who want to have every excuses not to be fluent in Bahasa Melayu, the official language of Malaysia (this is directed to those who claim thmeselves to be Malaysian, not directed at foreigners)

PM, TPM and all those people should ask this question first (if you are malaysian):-

Have you mastered or are you fluent in our Bahasa Kebangsaan?

YES

English?

YES

Then by all means go and learn all those languages including Pigmi language as well!

Have you mastered or are you fluent in our Bahasa Kebangsaan?

NO

Then go and bloody master our official language or else get lost and dont call yourself a Malaysian if you refused to master it!!!

19 06 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

It is not “unliberal” or anything “disloyal” to study as many languages as one wants to. But, as you said, Bahasa Malaysia must be be acquired to proficiency level first. It is so clearly written in the Constitution. It is the National Language of the country. It is so shameful and utterly disrespectful of the Constitution not to know the National Language well. Those who refuse to do so do not deserve a place under the Malaysian sun.

The lure to China for business is understandable. The wanting to be fluent in Mandarin for business and not wanting to be left out or “kiasu” is also understandable. But the unwillingness to master the National Language is not. Not only not understandable but also unacceptable. There is no compromise on this. No one must be allowed to make the Constitution of the country, the august and highest set of laws, a laughing stock. No doubt, no one can force them out of the country but let it be known that those who do so are not welcome in this country.

Mandarin and Tamil can be learnt as elective subjects in national schools. They can study to proficiency level during such school hours plus extra hours outside school hours. There should be no complaints that there are too many languages to learn, like have been said by the Dong Zong people. It is ridiculous to say so when it is their choice to study other languages. There is no excuse for not studying Bahasa Malayia according to the national school syllabus and standard of pass.

18 06 2010
Kura

those at melayu bangkit rally “unliberal malays”? …. saying malays risked becoming marginalised like “Singapore Malays” also unliberal? ….. fearing
“Malays could end up as a minority in their own country ” is being unliberal? ……… saying Opposition leaders were responsible for Malays’ predicament is conservative? …… you must be outta your mind …. malays or nonmalays

19 06 2010
SSS Admin

Kura,
Aysay (whose comment in the previous post is better answered here for currency of reading),

Those who might say the above include an Associate Professor – Azmi Shahrom who writes a column in the MCA-owned The Star Newspaper and often reproduced by the blog Malaysian Insider run by pseudo-liberals, neo-intellectuals and those promoting the agenda of “The Others”. He calls Tun Dr Mahathir’s views about Malay strength and influence being split into three as “lacking in maturity”. The brash young man perhaps half TDM’s age and none of TDM’s dexterity in judging political issues. Tun Dr Mahathir picked him up to hit him back in his CheDet blog and BigDog.com currently runs a post on it. One wonders whether TDM’s cynicism seeps through the mind of the highly intellectual and liberal academician – saying it in TDM’s style.

Given below, with some of our reservation, is BigDog.com’s perception of a liberal Malay:

Profil ‘Melayu Liberal’ ini ialah mereka yang menjawat kedudukan selesa dalam sektor swasta, berpendidikan tinggi (berkemungkinan besar dari luar negara terutama negara Barat dan maju), berpengalaman luas dan menimba pelbagai pendedahan termasuk peluang keluar negara, menguasai Bahasa Inggeris dengan amat baik dan membudayakan gayahidup moden, liberal dan mirip kepada arus perdana Barat. Mereka juga secara langsung dan terancang, cuba menghilangkan kesan kesan nilai asas asal mereka yang dianggap sebagai ‘kolot’ dan ’kekampungan’. Pendekata, mereka sebenarnya malu dengan asal usul mereka dan masyakarat dimana mereka ujud.

They include a few in semi-governmental institutions like Universiti Malaya, GLCs like Petronas – recently placed there by DS Najib. It’s questionable whether they are “widely experienced”, because experience is such a wide terminology that covers a myriad of life activities and not just academic life or travelling places. One or two like the University lecturer appears out for fame and name; he writes here and there, including in blogosphere. Not many do that while still a serving University Officer; it’s below their dignity to do so. Most prefer to concentrate on research, writing books or serious articles and treatises in journals and publications pertaining to their field of expertise and on the quiet life of an academic. How much of such writing he has done is not known. It would have been a big contribution to Malaysian society had he written useful articles, for example, on the defence of Pulau Batu Puteh or arguments that would have helped the Malaysian team in negotiating the Malayan Railway land in Singapore. Alas, it’s not “liberal” to do so, he might say. And would have consumed a lot time researching, unlike scribbling a few paragraphs here and there.

18 06 2010
Shayds

Kuasa beli yang ada pada kaum lain adalah datang dari kuasa atau harta sosial (social capital) yang telah ditambahnilai oelh kaum pendatang dari semenjak mereka menjejaki Tanah Melayu.

Dengan ada nya harta sosial itu mereka mempunyai kuasa untuk menaikan harga barang kepada sesuatu kaum, dan merendahkan harga barang atau services yang sama untuk kaum mereka sendiri.

Ini kelebihan harta sosial yang mereka miliki, termasuk, mengenepikan kaum lain dari kesungguhan mempelajari bahasa mereka. Dalam keadaan ini, mereka mempunyai harta sosial yang makin baik, kerana, bangsa lain sedikit pun tidak dapat mengetahui apa kah permuslihatan perniagaaan mereka.

Untuk meruntuhkan ketidakadilan ini, elok benarlah kita orang Melayu mempelajari bahasa mereka. Trust diantara kaum disini hanya berpihak kepada kaum melayu sahaja, trust kepada kaum lain kepada kaum melayu sangat rendah. Terutama didalam memperolehi satu satu perkara yang ada terlampau banyak bureaucracy.

Kaum melayu kampung, tidak perlu apa apa dari pihak pemerintah melayu di pejabat pejabat, hanya perkara yang membabitkan nikah kawin, jual beli tanah dan perkara perkara itu sahaja.

Kita harus menyelidiki apa kah harta social kita, adakah dengan menghantar anak berkerja di pejabat kerajaan sudah habis tugas kita kepada kaum Melayu?

20 06 2010
SSS Admin

Shayds,

Benar pendapat Sdr berkenaan tambahnilai harta sosial itu. Penambahan nilai itu timbul atau nampak dilihat akibat datangnya kumpulan lain kenegara ini. Nilai-nilai Melayu timbul dari budaya pedagang secara tukar barangan (barter trade). Melayu mula nampak harta sosial kaum pendatang dizaman Kesultanan Melayu Melaka diabad15 dengan berkembangnya Melaka sebagai pusat dagangan atau “entrepot”.

Tetapi mayarakat Melayu masih lagi terus dengan nilai-nilai lama. Tidak giat dengan berniaga secara mengambil untung dan mengumpul harta. Seorang Bendahara (Perdana Menteri), Tun Mutahir, telah dilucut jawatan kerana mengumpul harta dan dikhuatiri akan menandingi kuasa dan pengaruh Sultan. Dizaman itu siapa yang kaya banyak pengikutnya. Dizaman pemerintahan kolonial, Melayu tidak digalakkan atau dibantu berniaga oleh pemerintah British yang mahukan Melayu terus menjadi petani bertanam padi dan menangkap ikan, mengeluarkan makanan negara. Tiada sekolah Inggeris dan hanya sekolah Melayu selama 4 tahun dikampong, disana sini, jauh diantara satu sama lain. Maka ketinggalanlah Melayu sehingga menjadi sebab terserap (underlying cause) pergaduhan kaum ditahun 1969. Sehingga sekarang tidak ada kuasa menaikkan atau menurunkan harga barang atau pekhidmatan.

Tidak salah Melayu mempelajari bahasa kaum pendatang. Tetapi kefasihan dalam bahasa mereka itu tidak menjamin keupayaan masuk atau diterima didalam persatuan-persatuan suku kaum atau perniagaan Cina. Pengkajian ilmiah telah dibuat berkenaan perkara ini dan mereka menggunakan sistem tolong menolong diantara ahli-ahli persatuan-persatuan tersebut dengan ketat dan licin. Perniagaan adalah pertandingan bagi mereka, saperti mana bagi peniaga-peniaga diluar negera yang mengamali “the killer business instinct”. Rahsia dijaga seketat-ketatnya. Saperti dinegara Jepun yang dikatakan ada yang menggunakan perkhidmatan perempuan “geisha” bagi mendapatkan rahsia perniagaan pihak lawan atau saingan.

Setakat ini kerjasama kaum pendatang dalam perniagaan bersama dengan Melayu kebanyakannya ialah dalam urusan Ali Baba atau mendapatkan kontrek yang dikendalikan orang Cina sepenuhnya. Kerajaan perlu menukar keadaan ini terutamanya diModel Ekonomi Bahru. Selagi sistem tidak ditukar, selagi itu gejala Ali Baba akan berterusan dan banyak Melayu yang tidak mendapat faedah akan terus merungut dan tidak puas hati. Melayu tidak perlu sombong bongkak memikirkan sudah ada harta sosial yang besar dan boleh “confident” bertanding dipadang yang tidak sama rata. Melayu tidak wajar memikirkan dirinya “liberal” saperti yang dibincangkan diatas ini.

19 06 2010
Sayong

Tun Dr Mahathir kata diblog Chedet

“9. Kita mudah lupa. Bala tentera Sultan Melaka jauh lebih besar daripada pasukan Portugis yang menyerang Melaka. Tetapi bala tentera Melaka kalah.

10. Bukan jumlah yang besar yang penting. Yang penting ialah keupayaan pasukan.

11. Dan tidak kurang pentingnya kepada hasil pertempuran antara Melaka dan Portugis ialah peranan Kitol dan Raja Mendeliar. Dikalangan orang Melayu yang sudah terbahagi tiga terdapat ramai Kitol dan Raja Mendaliar.”

Apa kita nak buat dengan siKitol dan Raja Mendaliar sekarang ni, tuan?

20 06 2010
SSS Admin

Sayong,

SiKitol patut dicoretkan dibendul dan Raja Mendaliar terus jadi mendiang. Malangnya masih ada berketul ketul dan liar disana sini. Kita perlu terus mengenalpasti mereka, mengkeji, mencaci dan mengenyahkan mereka dari masyarakat. Saperti dibayangkan Tun Dr Mahathir, kita akan dipanggil “unliberal”, kulut, katak dibawah tempurung dan sebagainya. Tetapi tempurung yang melitupi mereka yang mengakui dirinya “liberal” mungkin lebih besar lagi.

Mereka tidak mahu menerima dan tidak memikirkan bahawa kebebasan ada hadnya. DiAmerika, walau pun dimana mana. Demikian juga kesama-rataan perlu mengambil kira perkara saperti Kedudukan Istimewa Melayu. Sayangnya, Melayu yang terbawak-bawak dengan “liberalisma”nya berbuat demikian sehingga lupakan asal usul mereka. Mereka lupakan daratan dan jalan diumbang ambing, kakinya tidak jejak dilantai.

Professor DiRaja Ungku Abdul Aziz liberal orangnya. Tetapi dia mengeluarkan cadangan-cadangan yang membangkitkan dan mendatangkan banyak faedah kapada bangsa Melayu. Tabung Haji adalah cadangannya. Begitu banyak harta perbadanan itu tetapi sayang dilapurkan kucar kacir pentadbiran hartanya kebelakangan ini. Mungkin akibat pendirian “liberal” yang bercampur bermacam muslihat.

19 06 2010
Kenn

Perhaps Najib has been made so nervous by the kiasu politicians and groups such that there was a proposal for Muhyiddin to consider making Mandarin as a compulsory subject in national schools.

Mandarin is the official language of People Republic of China Communist and Mandarin isn’t he main language for majority of chinese in Malaysia. They speak Cantonese or Hokkien, mostly.

So why Mandarin? Read SCENARIO 6 A, in So Nervous

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

DS Najib inherited a government in such a capacity that he was almost equally responsible for its failures. It was so unpopular that it lost its two thirds Parliamentary majority – the second time in the history of the country. Under the “flip-flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy” government, so many irregularities were left as they were, wayward members of society allowed to say almost whatever they like, any time and anywhere they like, irrespective of the Sedition Act. The situation has continued. Najib is bent on getting votes that at the opening of the Bagan Datoh UMNO Division meeting the day before, he appears to be saying that UMNO should change instead of the wayward fellows changing. Hence we have MCA Youth publicly criticising UMNO-led government policies, for example, on education. UMNO members should speak up on this matter.

TS Muhyiddin made the comment about the study of Mandarin and Tamil in national schools as a response to a suggestion that the two subjects be made compulsory. He said he would consider the proposal. It’s good that we state our disagreement right at the outset. The issue should not even be considered. It smacks a lack of the very freedom the Government allows those in favour of vernacular schools. More importantly, it is contrary to the constitutional provision on Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language.

Mandarin, not being the mother tongue of so many even in China, has been used as a tool of unity in that vastly populous country. There is no reason for Bahasa Malaysia not to be used as a tool for uniting the various races in Malaysia. Vernacular schools using the vernacular language as the medium of instruction should be merged with the national schools using only Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction. Mandarin and Tamil can be studied in national schools as elective subjects.

19 06 2010
Yonex

Some one asked earlier on about the labeling or categories of liberalism among “the others” –

Read

http://shuzheng.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/the-father-the-son-and-the-holy-rockit/

Using religion in politics – Ultra Christian Liberal Chinese hate
buddhist chinese more than they hate the malay.

Read some of the points from his latest article covered at
http://tersenarai.blogspot.com

Just thought that it presents us a good angle for us to make
Malaysians, especially the chinese, to know who their adversary really is.

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Yonex,

Indeed there are the liberals, the unliberals, the conservatives, etc among the Chinese and the Indians. Robert Kuok probably has different values from Vincent Tan, and certainly from the MCA Youth Head Wee. As among the Christian Chinese compared to the other Chinese.

Christians in China did indeed have a hard time during the so-called Cultural Revolution that was carried out to perpetuate Mao Tse Dong’s power. But so did the Confucianists, Taoists and Buddhists for that matter. And those who practise the three religions all at the same time – most Chinese did, since the 6th Century. Communism does not recognize or encourage religion.

Those who ran away to Malaya during the 19th Century were mostly practising Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism all at the same time. Some of them find it difficult to answer when asked what religion they belong to. But, like the Malays at a later stage, the Chinese were exposed to foreign influence in Malaya and when studying abroad. The British Christian missionary activities were aimed mostly at the Chinese. The Christian missionary schools were at first attended mostly by the Chinese – they lived mostly in the towns, unlike the Malays and the Indians. Naturally, there were many Christian converts among the Chinese. Hence you have names like Theresa Kok, Betty Lim and the like.

The Christian Chinese do differ from the traditional ones. The former accept the West readily as Christianity came from the West. The others stick to the traditional belief in “the Middle Kingdom” where everyone else outside it, including Christians, were deemed as barbarians. Being liberal or conservative may perhaps also be judged from there. The Chinese from well-to-do families who studied abroad since the time of their grandfathers and have for generations been practising professionals like doctors, lawyers and engineers, are likely to be “liberal” and “not quite at ease” with “the others”.

The family of Colonel H.S Lee, a one-time MCA Minister of Finance with sons lawyer Douglas Lee and one-time Deputy Minister Alex Lee, may perhaps be a good example of liberal Chinese. One wonders why, and whether being liberal had anything to do with them being out of politics and not shining in business, despite the fact that they were given a bank license and did operate a bank. Like the Malays and the Indians, the vast number of Chinese in this country are certainly not liberal.

However, liberal is not a dirty word. With inverted commas or being pseudo-liberal is. We should all aim to be moderates in order to have a better Malaysia.

20 06 2010
Dot

To the question “What is the average Malay?”, here’s what the writer of and others mentioned in the book, “The Malay Civilization”, have to say:

1. Loyalty (ta’at setia).

“Adat Melayu tidak derhaka” – Khoo Kay Kim, “Malay Society. Transformation and Democratisation”, 2001, pg 25.

Hang Jebat was loyal to Hang Tuah, “mengamok” because he believed Hang Tuah was killed on the order of the Sultan. Hang Tuah eventually killed his loyal friend Hang Jebat because of his loyalty to the Sultan – Mohd Arof Ishak, “The Malay Civilization”, 2007, pg 256.

(For those Malays claiming to be liberals or who think they are liberals, loyalty includes being loyal to one’s roots).

2. Supportive of one another (sokong-menyokong)

3. Consults, discusses and acts on consensus (muafakat, bersetuju sebulat suara. The Malays have now adopted the democratic principle of acting on the voice of the majority).

Consultation and consensus among the “suku-suku” Negeri Sembilan and the Minangkabau society in Sumatra, among the people living in the islands of Micronesia – Austin Coates, “Islands of the South”, 1974, pg 97.

4. Reasonable (berpatutan).

What is reasonable, not “what will bring the most result” – A.C Milner, “Kerajaan: The Malay Political Culture on the Eve of Colonial Rule”, 1982, pg 98.

“Reasonableness in action, attitude, decision-making and everything else.” Based on Malay customs and traditions. In accordance to one’s position and social standing – Mohd Arof Ishak, pg 267.

5. Evolves from a nation of barter traders (berdagang, bertukar barang keperluan harian), not of profit-taking or business and wealth accumulation.

(Malays had less than 2% wealth at the time of the race riots in 1969 and started to do business only with affirmative action under the New Economic Policy beginning in 1971).

6. Conscious of the need for a good name and leave behind a good legacy.

Glory seeking is despised as it is purely based on greed and arrogance – A.C Milner, pg 106

7. Conscious of shame and indignity

From the book, “The Malay Civilization”, Mohd. Arof Ishak, 2007, published by The Malaysian Historical Society, pg 256-272:

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Dot,

There are, of course, other characteristics of the Malays mentioned by others but not included in the above. These include being pleasant and mild-mannered, as described by Sir Frank Swettenham (of Pork Klang – peviously known as Port Swettenham – fame), and he was qualified to say so as he lived in the then Straits Settlements and in the Malay States for a total of 30 years, starting his career as a Junior British Colonial Service Officer rising to the rank of Resident General of Malaya until 1902.

But Swettenham also noted that, if exploited and unreasonably treated (reasonableness being a hallmark of the Malay as you stated above), the sometimes easily-“kawtimmed” Malay is prone to “mengamok”. He knew that well, too, as in 1875 Dato Sagor and his men speared to death Mr JWW Birch, the first British Resident to Perak along the banks of the Perak River at Pasir Salak. Birch was going about the state trying to impose British rule after the Pangkor Treaty of 1874, a treaty which the Malays felt was signed at the barrel of the gun. The word “amok” became used in the English language and exists in the Oxford dictionary to this day.

As stated in “The Malay Annals” (Sejarah Melayu) written hundreds of years ago, Hang Jebat ran amok killing innocent people in ancient Malacca because he came to believe that his close friend and fellow esteemed warrior was killed at the behest of the Sultan. Loyalty to the Sultan being another hallmark of the Malays, his buddy eventually killed him in a keris duel that has been portrayed in many stage plays and movies.

The average Malay will continue to be loyal as it is an intrinsic and indivisible part of his character. It is extremely unfortunate that the so-called “liberal Malays” may have placed their loyalty elsewhere. Some on money, a few on votes and others perhaps on glory – e.g the idea of being well known as a liberal Associate Professor writing articles here and there, including in blogosphere, instead of writing essays, dissertations, theories and research papers in journals and academic publications that can be useful to his own kind.

20 06 2010
Wira

Should lecturers be screened also to avoid the “liberal Malays” like Shahrom?
Would liberal lecturers teach or allow discussions on undesirable thoughts and ideology?

Lecturers to be tightly screened
Sunday June 20, 2010, The Star

PAGOH: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants a tighter screening process for all lecturers to ensure terrorist ideology does not infiltrate the country’s institutions of higher learning.

He said a lecturer’s background was screened currently but this was not enough, adding that the screening must cover both public and private institutions.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said a discussion between the police and all public institutions of higher learning was expected to be held on Tuesday to find an answer in tackling the menace and whether lecturers were really involved in spreading extremist doctrine to students here.

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Wira,

Freedom and liberalism has taken new meanings and interpreted in different ways since the time of the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the London bombings in recent years. Entry into the US and travel within that country has no longer been as free as before. The US still has detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay, despite the hue and cry by some short-sighted Malaysian lawyers and others wanting amendments to, even the scrapping of, the Internal Security Act which allows such detention without trial, mainly aimed at the communists and subversives in this country. Britain has extended its period of detention without trial for investigation purposes to a much longer period than was previously the case.

The University Colleges Act allows certain measures to be taken in respect of ensuring security in campus and where it affects the security of the country. Certainly anarchistic and disruptive activities that subvert the peace and order of the land and the well being of the people are not tolerated. It is not known whether the apparently publicity-conscious young Assistant Professor engages in such undesirable activities. The Police usually does a good job of keeping tab on errant members of society. It is only a matter of whether the political masters want action be taken on the errant ones or not. The Police recommends to the Attorney General and/or the Minister of Home Affairs and, in the last analysis, it’s the politician who calls the shot.

It’s good that they are looking into the possibility of terrorist activities in campus. No terrorism of any kind must be tolerated anywhere in the country. We have had enough of the decades of bloody communist terrorists menace in this country. Those who allow the spread of terrorist ideas may include the so-called liberal Professors, Associate or otherwise. One may not mind such “liberal Malays” as you mentioned roped in if he is involved in that.

20 06 2010
Kenn

I’d like to pick a point mentioned by Dot above:-

5. Evolves from a nation of barter traders (berdagang, bertukar barang keperluan harian), not of profit-taking or business and wealth accumulation.

If it can be understood by many, that there are humans among us, whose race are not “hard-up” (pardon my language) for profit & wealth accumulation, then one may appreciate that the Malay may have other values, other than wealth and money, that they cherish more i.e. more important to them. So why “force” the “economy, money, wealth etc” way of life to the Malay when they do not see this as the most important thing in their life? Perhaps that explain why the original malays are so “lemah lembut, berbudi bahasa, sanggup berkorban utk menolong org jauh yg mencari kehidupan di bumi mereka etc..? ” Perhaps that also explain why the Malay prefer the serene and harmony kampungs than the busy, rushing metropolitan?

What we have now that Malaysia has placed “money and wealth” as paramount important such that it becomes the primary objective of Najib’s NEM i.e. high income earner, unlike his father ‘DEB’ which aimed for a more balanced wealth distribution to achieve a harmony society.

Read these:-

Social Capital, The Modern MALAYsian Dilemma and Economic Models

In God We Trust

Because of Money

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Kenn,

Those who have the culture of profit-taking, doing business and wealth accumulation should not begrudge others who don’t and who are given asistance to learn profit-taking,
do business and start acquiring wealth. The acute disparity between the wealth and educational advancement of the Malays compared to the Chinese had been the underlying cause of the 1969 racial riots and affirmative action was started under the New Economic Policy in 1970. The disparity must be reduced to a satisfactory level to avoid another flare up of the kind in 1969. The feelings of being left behind in one’s own country, of envy and jealousy are fragile and volatile, and can ignite untoward happenings at times when racial polarisation becomes heightened. Therefore, the efforts at reducing the gap in the economic and educational advancement between the majority Malays and the 23% Chinese must continue.

However, the rush to a developed nation status may make the money and wealth issue pushed to the forefront of Malay life and Malay agenda more than any other. And the attendant social ills that had in the past accompanied it – corruption, money politics, cronyism, favouritism, unfairness, uneven distribution of NEP benefits. Indeed, the NEM must ensure a more balanced distribution of affirmative action benefits. This can be done if such benefits are properly and openly spelt out, better regulated and enforced. A proper and satisfactory distribution would help ensure a society of relatively happy and contented members.

21 06 2010
Victor

Surely there must be a compromise between respect for the National Language and the need for business in or with China. It can bring foreign exchange and progress for the country.

So long as citizens can speak Bahasa Malaysia, they can also learn Mandarin to a level that make them able to conduct business well in or with China.

As to making Mandarin and Tamil compulsory, the Minister was just replying politely that he would consider the suggestion.

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

Victor,

We recognise the need and the importance of knowledge in Mandarin to do business and to conduct business well in China. And that trade with China can bring foreign exchange, provided that it is to Malaysia’s favour. Exports to China are more important than imports from China, though every country shouts for a “favourable balance of trade” through the World Trade Organisation, etc.

There definitely is a compromise. Learn Mandarin as much as a person wants. But Mandarin at school should only be as elective subjects during school hours. They can do extra hours at school but outside the normal school hours. And Mandarin should not be the medium of instruction in schools because the National Language of the country is Bahasa Malaysia.

Under the citizenship laws, there must be language proficiency established through a Language Proficiency Test before the issue of citizenship certificates. The level of proficiency may be discussed but the test must be conducted. That is another example of compromise. There has been so much compromises already made to the extent that, after Merdeka, the language proficiency requirement was relaxed to cater for non-Malays getting citizenship papers easily. Now 53 years after Merdeka, a compromise to that extent should not be allowed. All citizens are expected to know the National Language well.

21 06 2010
The Seed

Whenever someone thinks of you, that’s where home is.

But …. is that really true? If that’s true, then if we keep thinking of someone, that person would return right? Many would very much like that. But no matter how much we think of someone, there are some who won’t return.

It’s a very difficult thing … to have your thoughts reach someone. Yet if you give up, and there’s no one to think of that person ….. That’s sad.
Yes. If we give up, then there really won’t be a place to return to. No matter what anyone says, we just have to keep thinking of him …
….him he who left us to become PAS ….
….him he who left us to become PKR ….
….him he who left us to become an opposition ….
….him he who sometimes has nowhere to go or become ….
We have create a place where he can return to as home.

Yes. If we give up, then there really won’t be a place to return to….
No more Tanah Melayu to return to.

So, if someone is thinking of me, then that’s the place I go back to?

You’re right. We just can’t give up.

21 06 2010
SSS Admin

The Seed,

In any good relationship, feelings must be mutual. Be it family, lovers, the country or the government and the people. There first must be mutual respect, then feelings of belonging to each other will develop, and consequently feelings of love and always thinking of each other. However, in the case of country and citizens, we ought to be guided by what President JF Kennedy of USA said about 40 years ago: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. And we must not say: Give me what I want from the country. Only then I’ll give what the country wants from me i.e loyalty.

Those who left to PAS, PKR, the opposition – they are free to decide where they want to go to. There’s always a place in this country for loyal citizens. Nobody is asking anybody not to return against their wish. Disloyal ones e.g those who do not respect and wish to live by the Constitution of the country may not be welcome. The country needs not be pleading to its citizens for anything. Citizens owe a loyalty to the country for having been born or brought up there or for having been able to earn a living and should therefore be the one to take the initiative to return. Liberals, conservatives or moderates.

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