Now about Malaysians. The good and “the ugly Malaysians”.
There was a time when people often used the phrase “The Ugly Americans”. They opposed the Vietnam War, they disliked American policies encroaching upon their way of life, were displeased over certain American personal characteristics, and called them “Ugly Americans”. Are there not “Ugly Malaysians” now in Malaysia? What kinds are they? Let’s talk about it.
Here are a few articles picked from blogosphere that might point to the ugly Malaysians. There are of course the usual pro and contra views, but let’s say them out here. Hopefully they can become a guide as to the kind that can be called “The Good Malaysians”. The kind that we can nurture for harmony and long-term unity in this country.
The Star publishes an article saying that the campaign we are running in this website is racist. Is it? Are we, really? Every now and then we pronounce in our write-ups and replies to comments in this blog that we are promoting togetherness, common values and unity. But are the writer of the article on “Kempen Satu Sekolah” below, and its publisher, The Star, promoting togetherness and unity? Are they not themselves racist in hitting at a website promoting unity through the single-stream schooling system? Be the judge yourselves.
One mitigating factor is that The Star does allow and publishes contra comments as well. But the website Malaysian Insider writes an article against Tun Dr Mahathir (TDM) saying Malays can become a minority in this country and, as usual, hardly allows or publishes contra comments. The various comments they publish are practically all condemning TDM, many doing personal attacks on TDM’s 25% Indian ancestry which he himself has admitted. We publish here – below the article referred to – one fairly mild comment but look at the figures quoted. It was published without the ridiculous figures being verified or rectified. And very strange that there was not a single comment defending the Elder Statesman being published. However critical Malaysian Insider may be of TDM, there must be something good TDM did during his 22 years of Premiership, said by others, don’t you think?
The “keris and Chinese blood” article below talks not only about the keris wielders but also those precipitating and reacting to the alleged keris wielding.
And in the process, someone says to Party Keadilan Rakyat to “pack up and go”. The good or the ugly Malaysians there?
The last article says Malaysians are “gambling their freedom away”. He is referring to the issue of licensing football betting but let’s see the extent he goes in trying to point out the good and the ugly Malaysians.
Let’s now discuss which is which and who are what so that we may have a better idea and try at being the good and avoid being the ugly Malaysians. And, in so doing, contribute to building a harmonious and peaceful nation.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010
“Kempen Satu Sekolah” is Racist!
Posted by: peace4all
According to this website http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/kempen-satu-sekolah-untuk-semua, the reason for the racial tension in this country is the existence of Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools as quoted here “Sekolah Vernakular (SJKC dan SJKT) adalah punca utama ketidakserasian dan ketegangan kaum di negara kita tercinta.”
So, is it? Why blame racial tension in the country on SJKC and SJKT? These schools have been producing good students and have contributed tremendously to nation building. The huge number of parents choosing these schools is testament to this. Today, I can see so many Malay and Iban students in my daughter’s Chinese primary school. So, why do so many parents of all races want to send their children to vernacular schools? The answer lies in the quality of education being provided by these schools. The facillities may be lagging compared to national schools but the dedication of the teachers cannot be beat. You can tweak the UPSR or PMR results to make students from national schools score better but that won’t prepare them for their adult working lifes.
If the SJKC and SJKT are to blame for racial tensions, what about the religious schools and Mara colleges which cater to only one race? This campaign is actually bullshit and the only purpose of it is to create more racial tensions.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY!! All Malaysians should be proud of our diverse cultures. Salam 1Malaysia to all.
Malays can become a minority, warns Dr M
July 01, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested today that future government leaders could open the immigration floodgates to dilute the number of Malays in the country.
He said in a posting on his popular blog that the current national leadership appears to believe that Malays would continue to account for 60 per cent of the country’s population.
“(For them) we are 60 per cent, we will continue being 60 per cent, maybe the percentage will even go up.”
“But anything can happen in future. You only need to open the door to immigration and the percentage changes,” he said.
Dr Mahathir’s latest remarks marks a continuation of a more strident right-wing tone adopted by the former prime minister in recent months in his push for a siege mentality among Malays.
Last month, he argued that the community’s political leaders are now under the thumb of “the others” and need to be united again for the sake of its future.
He illustrated his argument by referring to the fall of the Perak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government which he characterized as being “led by a Malay (but) a certain race considered it the fall of a government belonging to their race.”
Dr Mahathir has been stepping up his rhetoric in recent months to lobby for the current Umno leadership to respond to disquiet among conservative Malays.
Backed by increasingly influential right-wing Malay groups like Perkasa, Dr Mahathir and his supporters have rattled Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform agenda.
Dr Mahathir and Perkasa have not directly criticised Najib, but they have slammed some of his ministers and proposed policies for not fulfilling the “Malay agenda.”
The former PM also told a gathering last month of right-wing Malay groups that Malays are in a crisis and risked becoming marginalised like “Singapore Malays” because of political divisions.
In his latest remarks today, Dr Mahathir pointed out that Malays were a minority before 1930 under the British administration.
He said there was no guarantee that future governments would maintain the country’s strict immigration policies.
“Looking at the antics of Malay leaders who are crazy about becoming PM until they are willing to do or promise anything, looking at how easy it is for corrupt leaders to win because of how cheap it is to buy votes, is it impossible that the door to immigration is eventually open because of corrupt leaders?”
Dr Mahathir expressed concern that the majority of Malays were not prepared to compete and would end up as labourers and chauffeurs.
“But never mind. Is it so bad to be a labourer or a driver?” asked Dr Mahathir.
Malaysian• 10 hours ago
Believe it or not, it will come a time that Malaysian will be a minority in this country. If my calculations are not entirely wrong, we now have over 5 million Indonesians here, 3 millions Vietnamese; 3 Million Indians from India, 4 Million Bangladeshi’s and the list goes on. The numbers above alone stats that there are over 15 million immigrants in a country with just over 28 Million Malaysians. Do the maths and lets stop playing the racial card amongst ourselves.
So what was that about the keris and Chinese blood?
By Zaidel B or Sinatra_Z is an electronics engineer and he blogs at Catatan Seekor Lipas.http://www.lipassepi.blogspot.com/
June 24, 2010
Malaysian politicians say the darndest things. So says a book by Amir Muhammad recollecting some of the most infamous and inglorious quotes ever spewed by our politicians.
Looking at our political scenario I wasn’t at all surprised when he managed to compile twovolumes of it, and looking at how things are going now perhaps a third book is on the way. It includes some of the most epic (fail or win) quotes like:
“Malaysian men are easy to service, (their) libido lasts only five minutes. A shorter period would mean more customers and that makes it more lucrative for the sex workers to conduct their activities here.” (Dr Khir Toyo, Malay Mail 14th February 2003)
As much as I would like to rebut his statement or even query how he managed to get that fact (experience perhaps) judging by the number of ads hanging by the road which have taglines like “Ubat Lelaki Kuat” and the large market for “Tongkat Ali” beverages, I would have to admit there is some truth in what he said. Perhaps if there was an Olympic event for it, we’d probably have our very own Usain Bolt, nine seconds flat baby!
However, there is one quote that is conspicuously missing and it involves our current prime minister. There are many stories on the Internet when it comes to the current PM, from photoshopped pictures of him and a deceased Mongolian model (published by an MP amazingly) to the alleged statutorial declaration in which he is actually a Hindu and not a Muslim. Now one of the most infamous stories involving Najib Tun Razak allegedly said “Bathe the keris with Chinese blood” at a rally in Kampung Baru during the heydays of 1987 to 1989. Now indeed this is quite serious. Imagine a prime minister of Malaysia who is supposed to be the leader of all Malaysians uttering such a sentence for political gain.
So why is it not mentioned in Amir Muhammad’s book? Or will it be featured in the third volume?
How did it surface?
If I am not mistaken it was first mentioned by Raja Petra Kamaruddin in one of his articles. From then on it was picked up by several people and somehow it became a fact and by that I mean it was mentioned (until recently) in Wikipedia. Apart from dodgy Internet sources and an encyclopedia open for editing by anonymous users, this alleged quote was also recently featured in the Hulu Selangor by-election.
In a speech made by former Perak MB Nizar Jamaluddin at Kuala Kubu Baru: “Itu Najib, sikalang dia jadi satu Peldana Menteli satu Malaysia, itu hali masa dia jadi Najib Pemuda Umno, sana stadium di kampung baru dia bagitau sama Pemuda
“Umno Melayu, dia angkat itu Umno punya keris itu karat punya keris tada pakai sikalang, itu chinwu (??) stadium dia cakap kita mesti basahkan keris ini dengan darah cina, ni siapa cakap itu? Najib! And then dia boleh kata kita mesti bajirkan pekan Kuala Lumpur dengan darah Cina.”
Apart from the bizarre Apek slang by Nizar Jamaluddin, either he was thinking the KKB folks can’t understand proper Malay or his BM oratory skill has been deteriorating lately, there was some inaccuracy in his statement such as the “keris” which he was referring to. If indeed it is the keris of Pemuda Umno, which is known as “Keris Panca Warisan”, it did not exist during Najib’s Pemuda Umno days. The Pemuda Umno keris “Panca warisan” was first unveiled during the “reign” of Pemuda Chief Hishamuddin Hussein.
Between fact and fiction
So did Najib really say that? Let us do some homework and differentiate between fact and fiction. First and foremost, there is not a single reference point apart from some blogs or Malaysia Today article.
There are no links, newspaper cuttings or quotations from the year 1987 to 1989. Now the thing is, this is during the heated days of Operasi Lalang so if indeed Najib said those words at an open rally, it would most definitely have been mentioned in the papers.
If some were to argue that it was not reported by the mainstream media then at least it would have been mentioned by the Chinese papers. It would have been on the front page especially when Chinese politicians were at loggerheads with young Umno right wing politicians then.
Secondly this issue has actually been brought up in Parliament by none other than DAP chairman Karpal Singh. On 15th June 2009, Karpal Singh did pose a question in Parliament about whether Najib Tun Razak uttered those words and whether he was ready to issue an apology to the Chinese community.
“If it was true, are you prepared to ask for forgiveness from the Chinese community?”Najib replied: “The incident did not take place. I have never said that. The one who should apologise is the YB concerned, not me.” (Malay Mail June 17, 2009)
“I wanted to know if he said it, and he gave his answer, let’s just leave it as it is, the matter should not go on further,” Karpal said. (Malay Mail June 17, 2009)
If anyone would be kind enough to point out to me any credible links, articles or sources please do so because failure to do so means that after all this while, some of these Pakatan Rakyat politicians have been fanning racial tensions by quoting misinformation for the sake of politics.
Now based on the absence of proof and the statement by Karpal Singh, one has to wonder what incident triggered Operasi Lalang? Now we know there was no threat with the keris, but if there is one thing that we are very sure of it’s that there was indeed a mammoth rally and it was that rally which triggered Operasi Lalang. Interestingly enough I found an interesting article which says:
“UMNO Education Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced the holding of a mammoth rally in KL to celebrate its 41st Anniversary, which it was claimed would see the attendance of half a million members. The proposed UMNO rally was the ostensible reason for the Inspector General of Police to precipitate the 27 October crackdown. Had the rally been held it was not improbable that racial riots could be sparked by the incendiary speeches of UMNO politicians.” (Aliran Monthly, 1988, Vol. 8:3)
Please note that it was taken from Aliran Monthly, a magazine which is quite known to be pro-DAP.
Fiction: Najib said “To Bathe the Keris with Chinese Blood”
Fact : Anwar Ibrahim triggered Ops Lalang.
Not happy with my logical deductions? Write to Aliran then!
The thing is racial politics is fanned by both parties in this nation. It is sad to think that our politicians and MPs base their speeches on baseless accusations with racial overtones. The thing is we Malaysians are a lazy lot, we take what is being said at fiery “ceramah” as the truth without even bothering to check its validity.
This leads to the popularity of politicians who give speeches not based on facts but rather on what can give the most fiery and entertaining moments.
While some may wonder if indeed our PM uttered those words, there is no denying Umno was fanning the racial fire back then. I admit that indeed back then there were some Umno leaders who were very racist. But we have learned from our mistakes and have gotten rid of those politicians who refer to non-Malays as “pendatang.”
And for the sake of reference and historical accuracy, here is the link in which racial politics was rampant in Umno’s heydays in Biro Tata Negara.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
Please pack up and go, PKR — Martin Jalleh
June 26, 2010
Once again we hear of trouble, turbulence and turmoil in a political party that talks every other day about taking over the government in the next general elections. We will tolerate their nonsense no more. Yes, even if it means throwing out the baby with the bath water!
Please, please PKR stop pushing your fanciful dreams about occupying Putrajaya when you are in such a pathetic and pitiful state with your prima donna politicians parading their shameless petty and puerile politics in public.
As a party you have become laughable, and as RPK predicts you could be facing your last days! Your political representatives are resting on their laurels and the increasing number of loudmouths and loose cannons are just longing to blast the party into oblivion!
Your endless intra-party squabbles, spats and skirmishes and splintered groups sicken those of us who once supported, voted and stood steadfastly by you. The strong and solid support many of us showed you have now turned into scorn.
We are fed up of your internal feuding and festering that has resulted in a fragile and faltering coalition and a farcical government-in-waiting! Your foolhardy ways will only be a fast-forward to your self-destruction. All Umno needs to do is gleefully watch you finish off each other!
We are tired of your MPs and Assemblymen’s threats to resign, their taunts to one another to quit and their theatrics and tantrums to be turncoats. Truly, we have never seen such a dysfunctional horde of politicians! We will not take any of you seriously nor treat the party with respect anymore!
We have had enough of your high-browed haughty leaders who hurl accusations and insults and humiliate one another and members of the coalition. Enough of your hypocrisy! You cannot get your own house in order and yet have high hopes about controlling Parliament House! Take a hike, PKR!
Your disunity is disgusting. Your politicians delight in washing dirty linen and in denigrating each other in public. They are an absolute disgrace. Please have some dignity and decency, and dismiss yourselves. You do not deserve our confidence.
Your politicians are made up mainly of clowns who crap, crow, clamour for and cry aloud about change but cling on to their political charades, chicanery, claptrap and conspiracies, instead of collaborating at all costs in your professed commitment to bring about concrete change.
We are not interested in the reasons and root causes of your grievances against each other. Two years and more after the last General Elections and you are still unable to get your act together. Yet you make grand claims of being ready to govern this nation. Get real, PKR!
At times you look like a bunch of incompetent idiots, no different from the several insolent imposters who chose to insult our intelligence by leaving the party to be independent of party discipline and the wishes of the people in the last General Elections, out of purely selfish interests and greed.
Please spare us your excuses. The manipulative mainstream media and the maneuvering of key institutions of democracy by a desperate malevolent Umno are to be expected. But at the end of the day your erratic, eccentric and egoistic representatives are to be blamed. Enough is enough!
Instead of translating into reality the promise of a “revolution in the (country’s) political culture” you “reward” the rakyat with your never-ending rumblings, rancor, political roguery and now a “rebellion” in Selangor by your MPs. Is this what “reformasi” amounts to? Sheer “rubbish”!
Yes, go for your weekend retreat PKR leaders. I hope you will prove me and many others wrong but my guess is that you will still be a party weak, wavering, wobbling, wandering and wanting to do each other in…as you chart your way into political wilderness!
The road to Putrajaya requires stomach, stamina, synergy, solidarity and the sacrifice of personal agendas for the larger national agenda. Sadly, this journey has been stymied by your somnolent, selfish, self-centered and supercilious political representatives, whom Bolehland can do well without.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the newspaper. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.
Gambling your freedom away
By Praba Ganesan is a Hulu Langat boy with a penchant for durians and debate. He is part of balairakyat, an NGO promoting ideas exchange. More of him at prabaganesan. wordpress.com
July 01, 2010
There was a time when lynch mobs were a blast. Back then you find someone who fits into the category of “unfit” according to the prevailing social structure, lean on public support, gather some roughnecks and you are in business. Don’t forget the rope.
The victims were, at one time or another, blacks, women, gypsies, homosexuals, mulattos, socialists, writers and the odd dreamer.
Today, people are not lynched, but they are hounded for being different.
Populist rule is not very nice to those who do not share its vision of good and appropriate. “A different life is a wrong life, so get in line!” thinking dominates.
Which brings us to gambling, or sports betting. An issue which extends beyond just that, it really is about how a reasonable society acts.
A lot of people gamble in this country. And they still will after the present hullabaloo dies off. Gambling outdates all political theories not because it is a powerful dogma, but because it is imbued in our human nature. Want to bet on that?
So the debate will always go on, whether Vincent Tan gets his licence or not.
This is where I stand on the matter.
No former Mahathir sycophant deserves my sympathy and any gambling licence must be distributed fairly — because it is a cash-cow — and regulated. Organised gambling has to be watched over and that is the practice worldwide.
However, individuals and political parties cannot target one gambling licence in the country, and ignore all the other remaining licences.
Tan’s Sports Toto collects still, so are the other 4D/3D operations. The road to the Genting casino still well paved so there are numerous means besides the Internet to indulge your gambling inclinations, so why this licence only?
Because it is a low-hanging fruit, a pet issue for religious leaders to galvanise the troops.
I do think people are flogging this dead horse into mush.
First, the debate on whether gambling is a sin or not is not over. There will always be people bitterly divided on the matter, and just deciding based on your own personal convictions to end the debate and proclaim yourself in the right is just not on.
Having said that I can see a complaint coming. The bloke at the back of the room barracking me, demanding that I tell the “good” that comes from gambling.
I don’t have to prove any “good”.
A lot of people spend their money on things that to most of us makes no sense. But it is their money, and unless you want to dismantle the concept of property then you better start getting used to the fact most people see things different from you.
In a democratic free-market economy people don’t have to justify their likes.
To me spending millions to become a space tourist — irrespective if it is the money of a lonely billionaire who bemoans a lost childhood, or a modestly populated tropical country trying to look advanced — is wasted money. No science is achieved by sending such a person, but to a many it is value.
So who are we to judge?
I respect private spending as long as that spending does not lead to the detriment of others.
But life is full of risks. What are the risks inherent inside gambling which are objectionable?
That it can lose you a fortune immediately? There are various financial investments which can result in your losing all your funds.
So the objection to gambling is not risk alone. It is that risk inside gambling is subservient to randomness. And that you make a quick buck.
The second is a bit of a red herring. Unlike in the 6th century the financial system has advanced so much that the sudden movement of funds based on hunch, confidence or guesswork can reward you. It can hurt you too. We do make quick bucks all the time.
And yes there are many people who do not spread their risks and probably put too much fate on chance. But how different is that from the Indian who opened a pizza eatery in Rome or this friend of mine: He dropped out of university so that he could conceptualise a contraption in his living room. He gets an aunt abroad to lend him a lot of money and he builds himself a globally-recognised product.
Professional poker players will tell you that you can spread your risk and if there is a good spread and sensible application you are unlikely to lose big, but likely to make something more often than not. How is that any different from currency to oil speculators?
And then there is classic argument that you get addicted. Of course you can. You can to almost anything, but that does not mean people have the right to decide for you because in their hearts of heart they are convinced they are better than you!
You engage communities and individuals. That is why education is so important. Not that a group of elitists in Putrajaya can give you a list of things to live by and they make you memorise it to pass exams. No. But that it gives you the thinking skills to consider their obligations to themselves, their community and what is reasonable behaviour.
The real issue is for individuals to decide how they want to live their lives and it is not true that someone else or some religious dictate will be better than your own brain.
People do a lot of silly things because of religion, we don’t ban religion do we?
We work out what are the issues, we weigh what are the competing values and interests and decide what is best. We use your faculties, our reason.
And yes we regulate.
Remember, a consistent cry for banning of gambling as a universal value will eventually question the right for people to socially gamble at home with friends and family during festive holidays.
It allows all kinds of access for people you don’t know to come and decide for your life, because apparently they are better
educated and they know better.
Where does it stop, this moral vigil?
And are we not witnessing just a group who feel since they have a “mandate” from a silent majority going about demonising acts that don’t fall under their idea of “good”?
Paraphrasing Voltaire: I may not agree with what you do, but to the death I will defend your right to do it.
Because I might be next.