This is probably the last in the series about Malays – “liberal Malays”, “unliberal Malays”, conservative Malays and now the Singapore Malays and the non-kow towing Malays. Hopefully they provide more insight into the Malay mentality and position on issues that affect national unity in the country.
The first article below puts out the agreeable views of a Malay often with disagreeable views. He whacks the views of Singapore Malays living under the “Little Emperor” in the “Little Middle Kigndom” down south. They have been giving out rather condescending views about Malaysian Malays in the last few weeks probably in order to protect existing or promote the prospects of whatever posts or positions they may have in the People’s Action Party, Government or related organizations. They are still living under the “ex-prime minister-cum-senior minister-cum-minister mental”, said the writer. The poor Malays in Singapore.
But the article is not free from cynicism of the Malay-led authorities in Malaysia.
The next article is one that was published in the Sin Chew newspaper and it criticizes the Malay-led Government of Malaysia for not recognizing the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) issued by the Chinese independent schools which use Mandarin as the medium of instruction and which are clearly in contravention of Article 152 of the Constitution on Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language of the country. It also talks about the Chinese – that gambling is not Chinese culture. That is disputed by a reader who gave his views on the matter, given below that article.
The last article is written by a Malay apologist who is “not going to offer apologies” for speaking about NEM and market-driven forces, open competition, no New Economic Policy (NEP} in the New Economic Model (NEM). “Insisting on eminence premised on inherent rights and inherent privileges for example is a clear position that is against market forces. It will fail”, he said emphatically. He probably thinks of himself as a liberal Malay and an economist-politician. He is a one-term State Assemblyman who spoke for incorruptible leadership but idolized and promoted the UMNO Youth Head, Khairy Jamaluddin, a well known culprit of corruption. “This is no liberal or illiberal Malay talk. It’s just Malay talking”, he pleads.
Let’s talk about the above in the usual manner. All coments are welcome, guaranteed of being published so long as not against the civil and other laws.
Well, readers, do read the comments and the replies to them as well in order to see both sides of the coin.
Kami tak kow tow, kau tau?
by Art Harun who “describes himself as a non-governmental organism, intent on infecting the conscience”.
June 29, 2010
To all Singapore Malays, I am writing this to tell you how lucky we all are in Malaysia. You think you all are so great, you sure have not seen how greater we, Malaysian Malays, are.
What you think? You think Johor Baru is a place full of thieves, kidnappers and gangsters, don’t you? Well, I wouldn’t blame you. Because that is what your ex-prime minister-cum-your senior minister-cum-your minister mental said.
He did not like Malaysia because he was jealous of our success, peace and tranquility. And so he said that in an affidavit in a court proceeding. As Singapore Malays, you of course have to kow tow to your Supreme Leader and so you agreed with him, in’it? In’it?
am sure you don’t really agree with him but you cannot say so, in’it? Because you can’t really say anything in Singapore, especially when what you wanted to say would go against what your Supremely Total leader said, in’it? Can you?
Well, you know something? We Malaysian Malays can say anything we like. Of course, we cannot insult Islam lah… kalau insult Islam we kena lah. But a bit only lah, not like you all in Singapore.
We would only be detained without trial under the Internal Security Act. Then most probably we would have to leave Malaysia and live elsewhere. But you see, we don’t have to kow tow like you all. That’s the point, get it?
Hmm… do you know that Kia has launched a new car? Yes. It’s called Kia Soo. LOL!!!
Allow me now to continue to write in proper Queen’s English. Because my Singlish attempt in the foregoing paragraphs is really pathetic, as you can see.
That is because we Malaysian Malays are taught maths and science in proper English. Because of that, we Malaysian Malays are so proficient in English although we are not as good as you are in maths and science.
The purpose of my writing this letter to you is to tell you that we, the Malaysian Malays, do not have to kow tow to anybody. We are the best Malays in the whole world. The luckiest Malays in the whole world. And the most successful Malays in the whole wide world, including the cyber world.
Any other Malays, from any other country, or part of the world (including the cyber world) are just not as good or successful as us, the Malaysian Malays. They are simply at the 10th place out of 10. We, the Malaysian Malays, for your information, occupy the first nine places. That is how good we are.
I tell you what. We have a Malay astronaut. Here he is known as AngkasaOne. We even have a reserve astronaut. He is also Malay. He is known as AngkasaTwo. Don’t ask me why we mix a Malay word for “space” with an English word for the first two numbers to call them two astronauts.
Perhaps that is because we want to impress that we are taught maths in English. Yes, that must be it. Now, you all in Singapore do not have any AngkasaOne do you? See? We are better than you. And we do not have to kow tow to anybody.
We also swam across the English Channel, fully protected from jelly fish in a cage. And we have a Datukship for that. You all Singapore Malays got like that one ah? Mana ada?
Of course, later they was a Chinese boy who swam without the protective cage and even much faster than us the Malaysian Malays, but he did not get Datukship, you see. So we are better. And we did that without having to kow tow to anybody. You all. You kow tow also cannot do like that one, for sure (my Singlish is getting better, eh?)
Then we also have many big Malay businessmen in Malaysia. Our national carrier, MAS (not Malay Airline System, it’s Malaysia Airline System, mind you), was owned by a Malay. He made MAS the best. And one of the biggest.
So much so that when he left, MAS was in such a solvent state that it could spend RM1.55 million to buy some paints in various colours splashed over some white canvas and put them in the chairman’s office. And we did it without having to kow tow to anybody, kau tau?
We also have Malay businessmen who built highways from the north way up to the south. Now, had your government agreed, we would have extended that highway to your small ciku state via a second Causeway.
But true to your kiasu attitude, being jealous of our success and achievements (especially because we have several excellent national cars and the fact that we now have not one, but two, submarines — which mind you, can now dive in tropical waters — and also the fact that we run the “hottest race on Earth” — which is to be renamed “the monsoon-est race on Earth” — once a year), your government don’t agree to that proposal.
But we always have a way. We will build a crooked and very scenic bridge on OUR side. Padan muka you all! We cannot build a straight bridge, we would build a crooked one.
More on the hottest race on Earth. We know you all are envious of our F1 circuit, which is the best in the world (in 1999 that is). You all are so envious with this circuit. That we know. You all don’t have enough land and therefore you can’t build one.
You also cannot have a F1 circuit race unless you want the F1 race to be held underwater. So you have a street F1 race. Street race! Hah! In Malaysia, we Malaysian Malays do that every night. We call ourselves Rempits.
Congratulations! You have turned the F1 drivers into Rempits! And to be different, and to kow tow to Europeans fans, you have to hold the race at night. In Malaysia, we do not kow tow, okay. Unlike you. Racing at night and on the streets. Cheh!
Back to the highways. Yes. That was done by us, the Malaysian Malays. Look at how successful the highways, as a business, are. I know. In other countries, like yours, highways are built for logistical purposes but here, let me remind you, highways are primarily for business and investment purposes.
As you can see, we, the Malaysian Malays are inventors of new businesses. And to top it all, even when the highways are raking it in, in terms of toll collections, our government would compensate the highway company in the hundreds of millions. And we do that, my little Singapore friends, without kow tow-ing to anybody. Nope. No kow tow, kau tau?
We, the Malaysian Malays are the masters. We excel in every fields of business. In construction industry, we obtained contracts recently for the construction of the new palace.
Not only that, we even managed to negotiate with the government, whose allocation was initially RM400 million, to increase the cost to about RM800 million. Now tell me. Can you, Singaporean Malays, do that? No way, towkay.
And at international level, we managed to be an agent who put up the deal for the Malaysian government to buy submarines. And we earned, I am told, about RM500 million for that. You think it is easy to buy submarines? No, it is not I am telling you.
There must be an agent to put up the deal. The government cannot just take up the phone and tell the submarine manufacturer that it wanted two or three submarines. Or ask four or five manufacturers to come for presentations and choose one of them to supply the darn submarines.
No. The government needed us, the Malaysian Malays to be agent. And, of course, we do that without kow tow. We do not have to kow tow, get it?
You all Singapore Malays, you can do like that ah? Sure kenot. You all are losers. I am sure you all supported England that night, didn’t you? 4-1. Bumbling kow-tow-ing idiots! Golden generation konon. If that was golden, than I wonder how brass looks like!
You all have Perkasa or Gertak or not? Ha… got or not? You see, we Malaysian Malays are so lucky. We have Perkasa and Gertak to look after our rights and entitlements.
That is why we do not have to kow tow to anybody like you all. We know our rights man. Our Constutilation. Yes. Our rights and entitlements are all mentioned in the Federal Constitulations.
Our supremely brave and intellectually inclined leaders or Perkasa and Gertak have read them. And we believe what they say too. That is why, we do not have to kow tow to anybody. Kau tau?
So please. Don’t you make noise here and there about us Malaysian Malays. I know and the whole world know that despite you saying Johor Baru is so full of thieves and whatever (by the way, haven’t you all heard, crime rate has gone down by 20 per cent since KPIs were imposed, please update yourself before talking nonsense), you all just love to come to JB to buy your household items, eat in our restaurants and drive so fast on our highways (because you all do not have enough length on your roads to speed up to 130kph in your pathetic Kia Soo whatever). So, beat it, okay. Frankly, I am in love with Singapore as much as I am in love with frozen butter during my free hotel breakfast.
We, Malaysian Malays, do not kow tow. Kau tau?
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
Chinese are not gambling addicts!
By LIM MUN FAH
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
For a few decades, the Chinese community in Malaysia has asked the federal government to accept and recognize the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) awarded by the Chinese independent schools, but nothing comes out of the request.
Each time a plea is made, the federal government would dismiss the UEC as being not in line with the national education policy, and the UEC issue would become dormant for a while, until it is brought up again. This never-ending cycle of ask-reject-ask-reject goes on ad infinitum, without any positive resolution.
On the other hand, gambling which the Chinese community considers undesirable is being promoted as a part of Chinese culture and way of life, and attempts to legalize the demonic habit is propagated as respect for the Chinese culture!
Neither the Chinese community at large or any of the Chinese associations had so far requested that gambling be legalized, yet the political leaders are literally going all out to ensure the legalization of sport-gambling is effected to “respect the wishes of the Chinese”!
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also said that if he were still the prime minister, he would definitely issue the sport-betting licence. Fortunately, he is not the prime minister now!.
Mahathir acted as if he is a defender of the on-Muslim rights, by saying that the government should not forbid the non-Muslims like the Chinese from gambling.
“The Chinese always gamble, it is not haram for them. Why stop them? We cannot stop them from eating pork because for them it is not haram,” he said.
Mahathir’s reasoning lacks sense and is illogical..
First of all, just because some Chinese gamble, it cannot be concluded that all Chinese like gambling. Many of my Malay friends have more than one wife, but that does not mean that all Malay men practice multiple marriages.
Secondly, if the logic of comparing sport-betting with eating pork is acceptable, does it mean that we should legalize prostitution as some men are womanizers? Perhaps, we should also allow drug-taking as drug addicts tend to belong to a particular racial group and thus, drug abuse should be considered as one of the characteristics of that racial group?
Sport-betting activities can now be found everywhere because of the FIFA World Cup fever. Don’t you see that Chinese, Malay and Indian fans are watching the matches every night and those who bet, regardless of races, are still betting everyday?
During the days when lucky draws are made, many people will be queuing outside betting stations and in addition to the three major races of the country, we can also find Indonesian, Vietnamese and Bangladesh workers among the long queue.
Thus, you may have many sophistries for the legalization of sport-betting but please, do not consider gambling as a part of Chinese culture.
Gambling is not a Chinese culture and Chinese are not gambling addicts. Please do not demonize the Chinese if you really respect them!
Sin Chew Daily
libai• 3 days ago
Gambling is regarded as one of the social ills and sins in Chinese Culture, the other being womanising, drinking alcohol and smoking opium. Gambling has created a lot of social problems and ruined many lives and families. Legalising gambling by the govt will give it a veneer of legitimacy and encourage more to gamble. The govt should attempt to reduce and eliminate gambling, and not encourage it by legalising it. The companies holding gaming licences are among the biggest companies listed in Bursa Malaysia and the people behind them are the richest in the country. It is great irony that this is so in a country where the majority of its people are not even allowed to gamble. Those UMNO leaders who support for legalising more gambling in order to respect the Chinese right to gamble is just a bunch of hypocrite.
Re-assessing Malay economics.
I am not going to offer apologies for speaking about Malay economics. This is the biggest headache. If our PM doesn’t solve this problem, everything else will be on a grid-lock.
His NEM is going to fail if he doesn’t have the political will and iron-fisted determination. It will also fail if he doesn’t put in place a first class government machinery. 1.2 million- strong civil service isn’t good if it doesn’t have the quality to implement.
First and basic of all, if he exhibits ambivalence, a dithering posture, his NEM will fail. If he has this tweedle dee tweedle dum behavior, one day this, next day that style, his NEM will fail.
His NEM is premised on market driving forces. At least, in theory he has got this part of his thinking right. The fundamental rule is- never go against market forces. The essential element of market forces is competition. A position attained is but temporary because, competition drives competitors to dislodge you. Unless of course, that eminent position was attained by non competitive means, by fiat, decree or plain legislation. In that way, prominence and eminence will depend on continued non competitive policies and maybe even coercive power instruments.
Insisting on eminence premised on inherent rights and inherent privileges for example is a clear position that is against market forces. It will fail. Insisting that NEP policies must remain, is just against market forces. Because that way, you institutionalize privilege and ascriptive norms. You institutionalize corner-cuttings, free loadings etc. most importantly, you institutionalize a non competitive culture.
You simply can’t develop a country based on these elements- cutting corners, short cut to everything attitude, shyness to hard work. You can’t develop a country believing it will because of who you are. I mean, the country doesn’t develop only because you are Tun Razak’s son, or Hussein Onn’s son or Mahathir’s son. It’s got to be based on the bricks and mortar principle- hard work and usage of the material between your ears.
Once you institutionalize the bad habits they become culture.
Our PM must realize quickly that culture is our country’s DNA. How do you re-constitute it? Not by pussy footing. It requires laser and invasive surgery. Cultures that evolve and adapt to external stimuli thrive, those that don’t, fall behind. Or those that deliberately resist will fall behind. Something along the line Ibrahim Alis of this world proposed.
That is the reason , the principal reason indeed why I think the resolutions arrived by Perkasa will not be included in the NEM because they are incompatible with the NEM. Its too premature to say, the PM accepts the resolutions of the Malay Economic Congress. Not because PM Najib doesn’t want to, but mainly because he knows incorporating non competitive elements will derail his NEM. But he doesn’t have that courage to say no.
Which is troubling. Because it reflects his lack of that iron fisted determination and drive to see the NEM goes through. And if he abandons his NEM after spending so many man hours and money and PR-ring his masterpiece, he will certainly be categorized in the same class with the Sultan of Slumber- the accidental PM.
And so yes, culture is the issue. I have written that UMNO leaders and leaders of this country need to think about culture if they haven’t done so or read about it if they haven’t done so. If you put in a culture that doesn’t place much value in learning and scholarship, doesn’t reward a person for his intelligence and education and industriousness, you are going to slow down progress. Why should anyone try harder if he knows the next mamat who has less education, fooled around during college and at universities is going to be rewarded more? At the very least, such a person develops lifelong cynicism and disdain.
A culture that doesn’t place much value at all on achievement norms( by which we measure a man based on what he is capable of doing vs. ascriptive norms by which a man is measured based on who he , his father and family is.) is bound to put in a system that is going to slow down progress.