“SATU BAHASA SATU BANGSA SATU NEGARA” tidak perlu dinodai oleh “1-Malaysia” yang mencelarui identiti negara bangsa

19 11 2012
  • Remember when KEMPEN SSS was first launched by the Deminegara community? It was way back in August 2009.. over 3 years ago..
  • LOOK AT THE LOGO BELOW and read the tagline when the KEMPEN SSS Logo was designed by (presumably) a member of the Deminegara community. What does the tag line say?
Now read, HOT FROM THE OVEN… latest article by KijangMas of Deminegara.
(You melayu or me-LAYU or malaiyoos or malai lembus MUST READ this article by KijangMas)

—>>>> CLICK HERE !!! <<<—

Apakah tagline yang dipilih sempena Bulan Bahasa Kebangsaan tahun ini?
What say you Mr. BAPAK VERNAKULAR?

Between sips of bad coffee and soggy burrito in a place chock full of people, I observed the American berbagai bangsa tapi satu bahasa phenomenon in action. You see, Americans come in all colours and origins. My Santa Monica zipcode alone has over 120 ethnic/national groups. Malaysian diversity is nothing compared to these parts. But unlike confused Malaysia, these people proudly speak in one language — English — although less than a third of Americans have English-speaking ancestors. 

“hey its interesting to see these people, irrespective of colour or creed, communicating clearly and confidently in one language, as one proud patriotic nationality, in one country” – hence, Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara.



Menggadai Negara kerana undi politik?

14 11 2012




Education and the Invasive Species

  • Bro SatD highlighted to me something interesting a couple of days ago.
  • Remember Teeny Weeny? Yup, the cherubic crybaby who threatened to lodge a police report against the Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua grassroots movement started right here in DN.
  • Now, this very same Teeny Weeny recently launched (in his capacity as the Deputy Education minister) the Bulan Bahasa Kebangsaan Sektor Pendidikan 2012. The catchy tagline for this month-long observance is none other than the SSS’s own Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara. Yes folks, the very same motto emblazoned in the SSS logo.

This is indeed a fortuitous aberration wrapped in a delicious irony stuck up the ass of Teeny Weeny. So Teeny Weeny, SSS is not going to go away. It would hit you in similar cryptic ways in the time to come.

Below is the report, in the gutter media no less!

  • As for the Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara tagline, it occurred to me in a dusty diner on California Highway 41 literally in the middle of nowhere between San Luis Obispo and Fresno not far from James Dean’s crash site. I had driven my trusty Hummer H2 (not another Michael Chia gift lah; this beast was bought used for US$35,600 four years ago) up from LA to view some ranch land offered for a song, a distressed asset hard hit by America’s real estate meltdown at that time.
  • Between sips of bad coffee and soggy burrito in a place chock full of people, I observed the American berbagai bangsa tapi satu bahasa phenomenon in action. You see, Americans come in all colours and origins. My Santa Monica zipcode alone has over 120 ethnic/national groups. Malaysian diversity is nothing compared to these parts. But unlike confused Malaysia, these people proudly speak in one language — English — although less than a third of Americans have English-speaking ancestors. 
  • Back to the diner scene, I observed an Asian chap, with Hispanic chick in tow, heartily discussing NFL football with a couple of White guys — in English of course. Standing in line was a half dozen ethnic-Korean LA high school kids Americanized to their kimchi core trading banter and teenage lingo in perfect San Fernando Valley twang.
  • My business associate in that trip, Andy (actually Andrei, an immigrant from Belarus) shared with me that intriguing scene of a multicoloured, multicultural huddled mass of humanity interacting proudly and boldly in one language. By his own admission, Andy himself has long foregone his Russian/Belarusian except for the occasional phonecall to Minsk.
  • I told Andy, “hey its interesting to see these people, irrespective of colour or creed, communicating clearly and confidently in one language, as one proud patriotic nationality, in one country” – hence, Satu Bahasa, Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara.
 Multiple colours and creeds. 
But one school, one language, one nation.


But what do we have back in Malaysia?


Yes, absolute, unadulterated language and cultural confusion.

And it’s going to get worse, people. Much worse.


Well, PM Najib Razak’s government itself is now a perpetrator of an unconstitutional outrage – the overt approval and recognition of vernacular schools.

You see, where other nations, even the multicoloured, multi-everything USA, have pushed a one school one language agenda for national cohesion, inexplicably the Najib government is now openly encouraging, financially supporting and perpetuating the vernacular school menace in our country.

No nation on the face of this earth is doing this.

This one act of stupidity, motivated by sheer political expediency, will guarantee Malaysia’s socio-linguistic and cultural confusion in perpetuity.

PM Najib himself recently proclaimed that Malaysia is:-

… the only country outside China which has got Chinese education as part of the national system. We have recognised Chinese education in Malaysia, and I think that is of great significance … Please see that in this context, we have recognised Chinese education as part of the national system.

Are we Malaysians supposed to be proud of this anomaly, a one-off phenomenon unseen anywhere else on earth?

Why should we?

PM Najib, why do you think our neighbours abolished Chinese schools decades ago? Do you know what Lee Kuan Yew thought of the Chinese educated? Of their inability to carry Singapore’s growth agenda, indeed, to ensure survival of the city state itself? I won’t elaborate on the Thai and Indonesian actions on Chinese schools as I have mentioned them many times in the past.

So why should Malaysia, our Tanah Tumpah Darah, be saddled with this one-of-a-kind burden? Another Malaysia Boleh moment? Yet another weird world’s first?

And this is not even constitutional. 

I challenge anyone from both sides of the political divide to rebut that statement. Show us where Chinese and Tamil schools are allowed in the Malaysian constitution. Where taxpayers money can be legally disbursed for these unconstitutional racket. Where UEC certificate holders can be given scholarships underwritten by our tax ringgits.


Mana ada.

Slowly but surely, our constitution is ignored and circumvented to suit ill-fated political adventurism. Many non-Malays and now PM Najib himself don’t take our constitution seriously.

And they will do this at their peril.

On hindsight, fortunately the framers of our constitution were not vote-seeking political desperados. They were thoughtful scholars geared to please neither the stateless pendatangs nor the Malay masses. They had to forge a practical blueprint for nation-building for an eclectic collection of nine petty Sultanates and two colonial enclaves in a turbulent region quivering from the undercurrents of post-colonialism. Malay Rights and Privileges, status of the Malay language, status of Islam, status of the Malay rulers, Malay reserved lands, and the Malay Regiment were all key pillars of this embryonic edifice of nationhood. National cohesion underpinned by a strong, unmistakable Malay essence was the goal, indeed, the key guarantor of the federation’s long term tenability.

But today?

Political desperation has driven PM Najib to commit this constitutional sacrilege. He thought he could buy Chinese votes by dishing out all sorts of extra-constitutional bribes and goodies. In effect, he is trying to out-Chinese the Chinese, by giving something to the detriment of all to get something for the benefit of few.

Would these myopic giveaways sway the Chinese votes? 

No. Absolutely not.

The Indians, having tasted DAP racism and Hindraf implosion, may partly sway to the BN. But not the Chinese. They are hell bent on consolidating their new found political clout in what they perceive as the dawn of a new Malaysia.

No amount of giveaway and sweet talk by Ah Jib Gor (那鸡哥) will change their stand. Indeed, they are even more determined now, having interpreted PM Najib’s unprecedented appeasement as a sign of weakness, the manifestation of a stumbling, flailing prey ready for the PRU13 knockout punch.

Till this day, PM Najib does not understand the inner workings of the Chinese mind. These descendants of the hardy sin kheh respect strength and decisiveness. And they can smell a calculative rat bearing false gifts from a mile away. Unless of course you are Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, the chief Malai Lembu who has sold his soul to the DAP tokongs, indeed to anyone else and at any cost, to aid his quest to be Prime Minister. You see, the Chinese can also smell political sleazoids like Brother Anwar, this time from two miles away. His psychotic obsession to be PM is also viewed by the Chinese as a weakness. And they are exploiting this weakness to the core, as the golden opportunity for them to grab Putrajaya albeit embedded inside a malleable Malai Lembu façade.

Either way, they have gained concessions beyond their wildest dreams.

Let’s be frank here.  The Chinese is an invasive species wherever they set foot on this earth. Even China was not so “China” until a thousand years ago when Chinese hordes radiated out of their Yellow river habitat to crowd out adjacent ethno-cultural groups, from the Manchus of the north to the Tibetans and Uighurs in the far west to the various southern ethnics of Yunnan.

Like snakeheads and Asian carps in America, this invasive species, given half a chance, would devour and obliterate everything in its wake. In Malaysia, politics is their new frontier, the ultimate guarantor of their preferred ecosystem in this foreign land. Malay preeminence, indeed the very essence of this nation, is relentlessly challenged. Riding on the backs of the dumber-than-dumb Malai Lembus of PAS and PKR, this invasive species will not relent until they supplant the divided Malays and govern this nation by proxy.

Part of this process involves wholesale troublemaking, to destabilise the status quo, to agitate the masses, to rock the habitat by provoking the admittedly complacent Malays into innumerable little skirmishes over race, language, religion, education, culture and everything else under the sun. Everything must be questioned, unraveled and brought into disrepute. Heck, even the origin of the Malays has become a point of contention. A typical SJKC-minted cyber nut would openly declare that the “Malay Race” does not exist! In their ching-chong ching-chong cyberchats, the Melayus are just a random collection of transplanted Nusantara transients with little history of pre-colonial nationhood on this land that bears their name. Oh yes, Parameswara was an Indian fella, Hang Tuah was a Chinaman soldier of fortune, and “Melayu” means to “run away” in some obscure pre-Sailendran Javanese idiomatic nuance. Suddenly, Ms. Kum Hia Nao, a lambut kalat bimbo in a dingy unisex salon with a form three education morphs into an expert on Malay anthropology in her Facebook postings. Likewise, pimply-faced Sekolah Menengah-dropout Thong Sum Pah who failed Sejarah in Form One remove class has become an eloquent expert on the political history of the Hinduised Kingdoms of Southeast Asia, merrily typing away (atrocious grammar notwithstanding) fairytales of Malay history he picked up among likeminded cyberfriends.

Hilariously ridiculous as it may seem, this reflects the thought process of the invasive species. I can argue with these SJKC-minted cadres that my ancestors have ruled Kelantan since 1190 (over 200 years before Melaka existed) and our progenitor Langkasukan civilization (centered near present-day Yarang, Patani) dates back to 200AD per imperial Chinese records no less. But no. Not good enough. Their inner soul has already been shaped, fine-tuned and calibrated at the SJKC and Chinese Independent High School to abhor anything Malay, to dismiss Malay history, to dismiss their Malay Tuan Tanahs as lazy, tongkat-dependent numbskulls devoid of culture and identity. To these SJKC-poisoned crowd, the Malays, including PM Najib, is only one degree removed from the Indo maids and labourers they have been exploiting and mistreating all these years.

Once the prey is shed of its social status and dignity, with its history and culture stripped bare, relentless political offensive follows.

That’s the modus operandi of this invasive species.

First they stealthily slither into a pristine new habitat. Like the invasive snakehead fish dubbed fishzilla that is terrorising American rivers, they would methodically out-hunt, out-eat and out-breed the endemic species.

Then they would crowd out the natives who will be banished to less hospitable niches towards the road to oblivion.

Go to any supermarket check-out counter. Typically, the Chinese would be a minority in these lines, perhaps 4 to 6 out of 20. But notice who makes the most noise, the most obnoxious in manners and disposition, with the baddest, noisiest and meanest kids imaginable. Yes, this invasive species. I was in line at Ikea, Mutiara Damansara, last month. The aggressive shopping cart maneuverings and high volume ching-chong-ching-chong by four famiies, yes four, completely dominated the scene. The other 20 odd families waiting in line — mostly Malays, a couple of Indians and some Mat Sallehs — were reduced to nothing more than sedentary, captive audience forced fed a grotesque show of kurang ajar-ness. In loud pidgin Cantonese or Hokkien, the Ah Sohs would liberally throw comments about the stupidity of the Malay cashier, the old Mat Salleh’s brown ass girlfriend and the frail Makcik impeding their rush to the exit. Yup, ching-chong-ching-chong all the way to their luxury SUVs (… so much for a “repressed minority” eh?).

Same thing in a typical office or apartment elevator. You see, where you have six Malays and one Chinese, the ride would be blissfully quiet. You add just one more Chinese in the mix and you’ll have non-stop ching-chong-ching-chong from the 42nd floor all the way to Basement 3! And the Malays, typical of endemic species, would just look down, shut up and tolerate the noise pollution.

See the trend, the behavioral trait? Invasive species, though smallish in number, would typically expel the natives though sheer social turbulence and distruption of the habitat and food chain.

And to consolidate their hold in newly won habitats, the invasive species require strong reinforcements from subsequent generations. This is where Chinese schools come in, as the supplier of fresh young aggressive cadres with little exposure or affinity to the native Malays. These next-gen ching-chongers stick out like dog turd in the crowd. Go to any McDonald’s, even in Kota Bharu (near the UMK campus) in the Malay heartland. A few members of this invasive species would wreak havoc. In no time, the pleasant, relaxing ambience would degenerate into noisy, chaotic Pasar Borong free for all. Many Malay families would quickly consume their meal and leave the premises with a sense of anger and bewilderment.

Again, invasive species wins.

The cadre pipeline, Chinese schools, are the lifeblood of this invasive species. No SJKC, no more nasty little pests to push the invasion. Hence, it is not  surprising to witness their determined stand on Chinese schools.  True to their nature, these invasive species would fight tooth and nail to maintain their cadre production line, the means to expand their alien footprint in a new habitat at the expense of others.

 Malaysia Boleh!
Nowhere else on earth.
Three parallel educational universe underpin 
an angry, confused society.

So who’s the culprit behind this unprecedented SJKC building boom?

Kit Siang or Guan Eng. No.
Brother Anwar? No.
The long-skirted mullahs in flip flops. No.

Teeny Weeny? The chief alien, Donkey Kong’s Yap Sin Tian?

None of the above.

Then who?

PM Najib Razak.

Yes, PM Najib is the single biggest catalyst for the spread of the ching-chong-ching-chong invasive species in this country’s history.

 Down payment towards a chaotic future.
RM3 million down, another billion to give. 
Do you think that grinning Ah Pek will vote BN?

And the sad part is that all of his efforts — the hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money squandered, the nation’s future compromised — would come to zilch as the Chinese would still vote DAP, PKR and their subservient Malai Lembu stooges of PAS. Yes, all the compromises, appeasement, giveaways, bribery and promises for nothing!

Go here for a taste of the arrogance and ungratefulness of this invasive species.

Boleh bincang sama ini macam punya manusia ka? Boleh kawtim ka? Boleh tolak ansur ka? Ya lah Jib, dia olang tolak, lu ansur-ansur undur.

Seriously, PM Najib must be a borderline compulsive obsessive delusional twit if he thinks he can seduce the emboldened Chinese with gifts and promises. Sorry lah Dato’ Seri, you don’t figure in their plans post PRU13. Sure, being the predatory invasive species that they are, they will sapu and tibai whatever gifts you throw at them. They might even say talima kasih latok sili  to your face in front of the cameras. But they are already deadset in their political roadmap, and you are not in the picture. 

Meanwhile, the invasive species marches on, gaining more ground as the hopelessly divided Malays reel under the weight of their own political stupidity. More SJKCs would be demanded. More independent Chinese secondary schools would be demanded. The banishment of non “Chinese language qualified” teachers, even teachers of Bahasa Melayu, would be demanded. More of everything would be demanded …. and more would be given to them.

“We want more, we want more, we want more of everything. 
Chinese schools are enshrined in the constitution.”
Yeah right Ah Seng, the constitution of what country? People’s Republic of China?

So how now? Macam mana sekarang bang?

Sorry, its already too late for the hows and the macam manas.

We rakyat tanggung saja lah.

As for the Melayus, don’t blame the invasive species. You yourselves created this problem. 

According to the 2010 census,Malays and other Bumiputras make up almost 70% of the population. Yes, almost three-quarters! Yet your behaviour andmindset is akin to a powerless minority, outmaneuvered on all fronts by the cunning invasive species constantly threatening your livelihood and unsettling your way of life. Even “Allah” must be shared now. You don’t even have a collective agenda. You bicker among yourselves over petty stuff, often reduced to juvenile name calling and taunting — Khalid Gagap, Khalid Gereja, Si Kitol, Imam Selipar, Si Kemetot, Mike Tyson, B.A.B.I., Isa Doraemon, Semi Value, Mahafiraun, Tokong, Al-Kataki, Musang Hitam, Big Mama ……..  macam-macam ada. You see, when your take on national politics is reduced to the level of TV3’s Melodi, you are in trouble, big time!

You have become tools of others. Nik Aziz, the PAS Chief Mullah, would regularly sanitise and “halalkan” racial and religious insults thrown by the DAP subversives. And UMNO is silent when MCA’s Soi Lek took it upon himself to repeatedly chastise hudud although it has no bearing on him or his fellow infidels.

Since the collapse of the Srivijayan thalassocracyat the end of the 13th century, there has never been a true Pan Malay leader, an empire builder, someone who could inspire, unite and mobilise the Malays into a cohesive socio-political force. Even during the Melaka Sultanate, Malays on both sides of the Melaka Straits were chopped and diced into little fiefdoms ruled by constantly conspiring potentates. The far away invasive species, the Portuguese, conquered Melaka with less than a thousand men and a dozen ships. How? Well, not often mentioned in history, they were aided by Malay disunity in the Melaka realm. If the Malays were united then, you seriously think a few hundred seasick soldados crowded in creaking carracks and caravels from Cochin and Goa could sail alive through the lanun infested straits and, laden with heavy arcabus matchlocks and espadas, could wade past the muddy mangrove to storm the stockades and subjugate thousands upon thousands of pahlawans and perwiras led by laksamanas on war elephants? It would be practically impossible.

Add in the double-crossing Chinaman and Indian element and Melaka met its doom. You see, in the heat of battle, true to their nature, the local Chinese merchants — who had greatly prospered under the hospitality and security of Melaka’s Malay rulers — gave the Portuguese five large junks complete with crew and provisions plus logistical details and battle secrets — Melaka’s troop strength, firepower, encampments, stockades, even the Sultan’s bunker! The local Indians (known as Klings those days) did their part in Melaka’s downfall as well. Nina Chatu, a wealthy sleazoid and favoured confidant of Sultan Mahmud Shah,  secretly passed letters from Rui de Araújo, one of 19 Portuguese held by the Sultan, to Afonso d’Albuquerque, detailing Melaka’s riches and fortifications. This became a catalyst for d’Albuquerque’s attack. Nina Chatu (and his Melaka Kling clansmen) would later vigorously assist the Portuguese in minting coinage and administering the city. For his collaboration, Nina Chatu was made Bendahara, a position later made hereditary for his lineage.

Another collaborator is Utimuti Raja, leader of the large Javanese community who secretly sent presents to d’Albuquerque and provided safe passage for the exhausted Portuguese force through Melaka’s Javanese quarter and joined the invasive species in the conquest. BTW, this Utimuti Raja character was later executed by the Portuguese when he got involved in too many deals and double deals with all sides of the conflict. See, invasive species have killer instinct and destroys any semblance of treachery among fellow predators.

Five hundred years later and not much have changed.

Look at Malaysian politics. Just like Melaka of a half-millenium ago, you Malays cannot see the threat of the treacherous invasive species on your own land and cannot rise above your trademark affliction of dengki, dendam and tamak haloba that has split your race three ways and with your lot now hurtling towards the abyss of political and economic oblivion. You are disunited in your own little habitat that is already under siege by today’s version of the Melaka Chinamen, Nina Chatu and Utimuti Raja. And again akin to history, you Malai Lembu types collaborate with the invasive species to your utter detriment, which you are too stupid to realise until nasi sudah menjadi bubur down the road. And you the PM throws taxpayers’ money at SJKC alien-production lines as if this is your only ticket for another five year stay in Seri Perdana.

Baca sejarah lah kengkawan! Bila dah di ulangi jangan pula menyesal …

So people, as PRU13 looms, Malaysia has not one but TWO men desperate to be Prime Minister at all costs: the can-give-everything incumbent and the will-give-everything challenger. Either way, the invasive species gains. Indeed, they have gained more in the last four plus years than the previous five decades.

Jadi bang, PRU13 undi siapa? Jembalang yang mana satu?

You decide.

Looking beyond PRU13, can this invasive species be contained, with the socio-economic and political ecosystem made amenable for the endangered endemics as well?

It is for the Malays themselves to answer. The old adage, Bersatu Tegoh, Bercerai Roboh would be a good guide. Add in a sense of Berdikari liberally spiced with Bekerja Keras and we may have some hope yet.

Would the Malays evolve out of practical necessity to out-maneuver and out-compete the invasive species? Would this sedentary native prey mutate and reload to mimic the survival traits of the ruthless predator?

We shall see.

Anti Constitutional tendencies

15 10 2012


An Anti-Constitutional warning

The Regent of Perak HRH Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlah Shah in his contstitutional capacity, issued a warning to all the Anti Consitutional elements which include the Opposition leaders.

Published: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 6:24:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 11, 2012 MYT 8:30:02 PM

Raja Nazrin: Desecrating flag an attack on nation’s sovereignty

KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, likened the act of desecrating the Jalur Gemilang, which is one of the national symbols, as an attack on the nation’s sovereignty.

“Whatever our political or ideological differences, our national symbols belong to all citizens.

“By allowing these symbols to be trashed, we are opening ourselves up to a host of consequences, including the possibility of inflaming passions, inviting tit-for-tat retaliation and so forth.

“Hate and anger are some of the most powerful human emotions. When they take hold of society, they are difficult, and oftentimes impossible, to control.

“Our national symbols should therefore be placed above the political fray,” he said when launching the Malaysia Brand Forum 2012, here on Thursday.

Raja Nazrin said the act of desecrating a flag was more than one individual’s statement of disrespect and criticism.

“The act is deliberately designed to insult what many others treasure and consider a source of pride and joy.

“Whatever one may think of the rights of individuals to express themselves, the larger consequences of their actions cannot and should not be ignored,” he said.

Raja Nazrin said some countries had enacted specific laws to protect their national symbols, including Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland, with specific penalties for the desecration of their national flags.

Raja Nazrin also expressed concern over the tendency of some quarters to discredit and undermine the national symbols that play such an important role in Malaysian national life.

“I am also concerned about the extent to which some are pushing against the institutional pillars that are holding up this nation.”

He said there were at least two reasons why this might be the case.

One is a fundamental misunderstanding of how individual rights and freedoms are to be exercised within the context of a nation.

The other is the impact of generational change in eroding the significance, meanings and value of nation building and its symbols.

Raja Nazrin said human beings had always craved for freedom, however, “if boundaries are disregarded in the exercise of individual freedoms, we will end up weakening rather than strengthening the bonds that bind us as a nation. We need to instil in our young a sense of responsibility and community”.

As with generational change, he said: “With each passing generation, people become less familiar with the circumstances around which this country was formed and built. That is why I cannot over-emphasise enough the need for both well-thought and well-taught history in our schools.

“In this way, our students can better appreciate and respect the national institutions and symbols around us. This appreciation and respect are clearly missing when national symbols are deliberately desecrated.” – Bernama


They have clearly demonstrated their Anti Constitutional traits, in their sordid attempt to come into power and impose themselves against the will of the majority. In the process, they have desecrated Jalur Gemilang, honour the leftists who were outright supporters of the communist rebels and terrorists, insulted Islam and Muslims and insult HRH Malay Rulers.

The plot gets thicker. Some Opposition leaders not only take their politics to the church, but openly support some churches effort to prosetylise Muslims. This is is clearly against the Federation of Malaysia Consitution, where Islam is the religion of the federation of Malaysia.

Even younger Malaysians openly demonstrated their Anti Constitutional tendencies, due to the ‘Politics of Hatred” strategy.

For a Ruler to issue such a strong titah, really reflect the severity of these Anti Consitutionalists. And his is not a first time a ruler issued a warning via a titah. HRH Tuanku Sultan Johor also issued similar titah against former DAP-puppet Menteri Besar of Perak Nizar Jamaluddin for his twitter insult against HRH Tuanku, in the opening ceremony of the Johor State Assembly on 14 June.

Some Opposition leaders have been advocating and practicing these Anti Constitutional traits since 45 years ago. It is clear they are unable to convince the majority for their support, via the democratic political process. So, they resorted to the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.

Identiti MALAYsia : Didikan Sekolah Kebangsaan & didikan sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan – Apa kata Najib Tun Razak & Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia?

7 09 2012

  • 1. Kata Hang Tuah “Tak akan Melayu hilang di dunia.” Dapatkah kata-kata keramat ini menentu yang Melayu tak akan hilang di dunia?
  • 2. Di Singapura kerana tidak ada lagi sekolah Melayu dan bahasa penghantar di sekolah-sekolah di Republik itu ialah Inggeris dan China; segala urusan rasmi dan tidak rasmi menggunakan Bahasa Ingggeris atau China, maka orang Melayu sudah pun tidak menggunakan Bahasa Melayu. Mereka menggunakan Bahasa Inggeris walaupun semasa bercakap dengan anak pinak, keluarga dan kawan-kawan Melayu.
  • 3. Budaya, adat istiadat Melayu juga terhakis. Yang tinggal hanyalah agama Islam mereka.
  • 4. KeMelayuan mereka sudah tinggal separuh. Kita boleh ramal yang hakisan keMelayuan mereka akan berterusan sehingga akan hilanglah Melayu di Singapura.
  • 5. Di sebelah utara pula kita dapati orang keturunan Melayu yang tidak dapat bertutur kata dalam Bahasa Melayu. Mereka Islam dan bangsa rasmi mereka ialah Thai. Maka hilanglah juga Melayu disitu.
  • 6. Tetapi di Malaysia juga kehilangan Melayu sedang berlaku. Ada anak muda Melayu yang tidak lagi ingin dikenali sebagai orang Melayu. Mereka orang Malaysia. Ada pula yang hanya akui mereka orang Islam dan tidak perlu dikaitkan diri mereka dengan kaum Melayu.
  • 7. Tetapi yang akan menghilangkan Melayu di dunia ialah dakwaan bahawa sesiapa yang bercakap berkenaan dengan bangsa Melayu, mereka akan dituduh “racist”. Oleh itu orang Melayu sudah tidak lagi berani menyebut perkataan Melayu kerana tidak mahu dituduh “racist”.
  • 8. Kasihan Hang Tuah. Besar kemungkinan kata-katanya tidak lagi akan menjadi kenyataan. Demikianlah apabila kita bergantung kepada kata-kata hikmat untuk nasib kita, akhirnya akan hilang hikmatnya.

Apakah Identiti Kita?

4 09 2012


Artikel Dr Chandra yang sangat bagus dibaca menjelang Malaysia 55 tahun Merdeka:Apa maksud identiti Malaysia? — Chandra Muzaffar

August 20, 2012

20 OGOS — Selepas 55 tahun selepas Merdeka, rakyat Malaysia masih belum mencapai kata sepakat tentang identiti negara tercinta ini. Ia bukan sesuatu yang luar biasa. Kebanyakan negara lain, terutamanya yang berbilang kaum dan agama, menghadapi cabaran yang sama.

Bagi negara-negara yang mempunyai status berbilang kaum akibat daripada proses penjajahan, cabarannya jauh lebih rumit jika dibandingkan dengan negara-negara yang memperolehi ciri-ciri berbilang kaum melalui penaklukan atau integrasi wilayah mahupun penerimaan pendatang dari luar yang ditentukan oleh elit pribumi negara itu sendiri.

Sebagai contoh di Malaysia, para Sultan Melayu tidak terlibat di dalam membuat keputusan untuk menerima ratusan ribu pendatang dari China dan India dalam kurun 19. Pihak penjajah British yang bertanggungjawab ke atas penghijrahan ini untuk kepentingan ekonomi kolonial mereka.

Justeru, sistem ekonomi yang wujud dari kurun 19 memperlihatkan pengasingan kaum Cina dan India dalam gelanggang ekonomi masing-masing daripada bangsa Melayu yang terus terikat dengan ekonomi desanya dan sistem pentadbiran kesultanan-kesultanan Melayu.

Pengasingan ini membawa implikasi besar kepada sistem pendidikan, corak hidup sosial dan alam budaya kaum-kaum yang menetap di negara ini. Kesan-kesan negatif daripada sejarah kolonial ini boleh dirasai sehingga ke hari ini.

Mungkin dampak yang paling serius adalah dalam sikap dan pandangan sebahagian besar kaum Cina dan India terhadap identiti diri mereka dan identiti Malaysia.

Untuk memahami cabaran ini, kita harus merenung kembali sejarah identiti kelompok-kelompok Cina yang berhijrah ke Tanah Melayu pada kurun 15 dan selepasnya — iaitu sebelum zaman kolonial British — dan cara mereka menyesuaikan diri dengan persekitaran keMelayuan.

Walaupun kelompok-kelompok ini kekal dengan agama Buddha, bahasa dan budaya tempatan mudah diserap kerana mereka mahu menyesuaikan diri dengan budaya dan masyarakat induk yang dikuasai sistem kesultanan ketika itu.

Pada zaman kolonial, sebagai bangsa terjajah, Melayu hilang kedudukan puncaknya.

Manakala, kelompok-kelompok Cina yang bermastautin di Melaka, Terengganu dan Kelantan pada masa itu adalah dalam jumlah yang kecil .

Latar belakang sejarah ini telah mempengaruhi sebahagian daripada perspektif tentang identiti negara dan penduduknya selepas kemerdekaan. Pada keseluruhannya, kita dapat mengenalpasti tiga perspektif.

Pertama, sebahagian daripada masyarakat Melayu menganggap Malaysia adalah sebagai negara Melayu. Dari segi fakta sejarah tidak dapat disangkal, kesultanan Melayu merupakan teras sistem Persekutuan yang dibentuk pada 1948.

Ini diperkukuhkan lagi dengan kewujudan dinasti kesultanan yang tertua di dunia iaitu kesultanan Kedah yang diasaskan pada tahun 1136. Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa latarbelakang negara ini berhubungkait dengan sistem pemerintahan Melayu.

Tetapi, sekiranya Malaysia ditonjolkan sebagai negara Melayu dalam konteks semasa, ia akan menimbulkan kegelisahan di kalangan dua komponen rakyat Malaysia. Bagi Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak, khususnya Kadazan dan Iban, konsep identiti nasional sedemikian seolah-olah meminggirkan mereka.

Begitu juga bagi kaum Cina, India dan minoriti lain di Semenanjung Malaysia, termasuk, Orang Asli yang bukan Islam.

Kedua, di kalangan orang Melayu terdapat beberapa kumpulan yang berpegang pada idea bahawa Malaysia adalah sebuah negara Islam. Benar, majoriti penduduk negara — lebih 60 peratus — adalah penganut agama Islam. Malah, sebelum zaman kolonial, Islam merupakan asas perundangan di dalam sistem pemerintahan kesultanan Melayu.

Tetapi, sudah tentu 40 peratus masyarakat bukan Islam tidak dapat mengidentifikasikan diri mereka dengan negara yang mengisytiharkan dirinya sebagai negara Islam. Sekiranya, komponen warganegara yang begitu besar merasa terasing daripada identiti sebuah negara, usaha menyatupadukan masyarakat berbilang agama ini akan terancam.

Ketiga, bagi majoriti bukan Melayu pula Malaysia adalah sebuah negara berbilang kaum dan agama. Itulah identitinya. Deskripsi Malaysia sebagai negara berbilang kaum dan agama mencerminkan realiti masyarakat kita.

Tetapi, bagi sebahagian besar bukan Melayu realiti ini terpisah daripada sejarah dan latarbelakang negara yang berakar-umbi dari sistem Melayu-Islam. Ini menyumbang kepada keengganan mereka mengiktiraf peranan istimewa bahasa Melayu dan agama Islam dalam pembentukan identiti negara.

Jelas, ketiga-tiga perspektif yang dibincangkan tidak menepati pencarian satu identiti nasional. Oleh yang demikian, apakah konsep identiti yang paling sesuai, yang peka pada sensitiviti semua kaum di negara kita?

Ternyata konsep yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Malaysia adalah konsep yang adil, sesuai dan menepati sifat-sifat identiti bagi negara dan rakyat kita.

Perlembagaan Malaysia mengiktiraf kedudukan Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan dan bahasa rasmi yang tunggal. Islam juga dinobatkan sebagai agama Persekutuan. Ini adalah pengiktirafan dan penerimaan terhadap sejarah dan latarbelakang negara dalam pembentukan identiti Malaysia.

Dalam hubungan ini, peranan Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan, khususnya, amat penting dari segi evolusi identiti nasional. Dalam masyarakat berbilang kaum walau di mana-mana, jika bahasa dapat memudahkan komunikasi antara kaum dan budaya yang berbeza, ia akan membantu proses interaksi dan integrasi.

Inilah peranan yang dimainkan oleh Bahasa Melayu sepanjang sejarah sebagai lingua franca (bahasa perantara) yang paling berkesan dalam mewujudkan identiti serantau Nusantara.

Kembali kepada Perlembagaan Malaysia, dokumen ini juga mengiktiraf kedudukan dan peranan bahasa-bahasa lain.

Pada masa yang sama, Perlembagaan kita menegakkan hak penganut agama-agama bukan Islam untuk mengamalkan agama masing-masing. Akomodasi bahasa-bahasa bukan Melayu dan agama-agama bukan Islam dalam Perlembagaan adalah pengakuan bahawa bahasa-bahasa dan agama-agama ini juga adalah sebahagian daripada identiti Malaysia.

Kepimpinan nasional — kerajaan mahu pun pembangkang — gagal menyebarkan kefahaman identiti yang adil dan seimbang ini yang merupakan kekuatan Perlembagaan kita kepada khalayak.

Sekiranya sistem persekolahan kita, dari sekolah rendah sehingga sekolah menengah, memberi tumpuan kepada perkara ini — mempertingkatkan kefahaman pelajar-pelajar tentang Perlembagaan sebagai asas identiti nasional — sejak Merdeka pada 1957 dahulu, mungkin suasana masyarakat kita lebih harmonis pada hari ini.

Sebenarnya, konsep identiti dalam Perlembagaan telah dikembangkan secara tidak langsung melalui Rukunegara dan Wawasan 2020. Oleh kerana identiti tidak terbatas pada soal kaum dan agama semata-mata, dua dokumen nasional yang penting ini memperkukuhkan lagi konsep identiti Malaysia yang juga merangkumi institusi-institusi serta nilai-nilai.

Sistem Raja Berperlembagaan, Keluhuran Perlembagaan, Kedaulatan Undang-Undang dan sistem Demokrasi Berparlimen, yang ditekankan di dalam Rukunegara juga mencirikan identiti negara kita.
Begitu juga nilai-nilai yang terkandung dalam Rukunegara seperti perpaduan, keadilan, pendekatan liberal terhadap kepelbagaian budaya dan tradisi masyarakat, dan sikap progresif terhadap sains dan teknologi merupakan dimensi-dimensi penting dalam usaha kita membentuk identiti rakyat dan negara Malaysia.

Wawasan 2020 terus memberi keutamaan kepada nilai-nilai murni yang sama. Malah, dokumen ini juga menyuarakan iltizam negara untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang “berjiwa bebas, tenteram dan maju dengan keyakinan terhadap diri sendiri” dan melahirkan masyarakat beretika dan bermoral.

Nilai-nilai ini boleh dianggap sebagai nilai-nilai yang berpaksikan kepada Kepercayaan pada Tuhan iaitu, prinsip pertama Rukunegara. Dalam sebuah masyarakat dimana lebih daripada 80 peratus penduduknya percaya pada Tuhan, prinsip ini harus diterima sebagai ciri utama identiti bangsa Malaysia.

Untuk memastikan bahawa kepercayaan pada Tuhan adalah prinsip identiti yang benar-benar dihayati, adalah menjadi tanggungjawab kita semua untuk menegakkan keadilan, keihsanan dan kejujuran dalam kehidupan masyarakat Malaysia.

Perlembagaan, Rukunegara dan Wawasan 2020 yang menjurus ke arah identiti nasional pada hakikatnya termaktub dalam idea 1 Malaysia. Ini bermakna bahawa 1 Malaysia merupakan intipati identiti Malaysia.

Menegak dan mengukuhkan identiti rakyat dan negara adalah cabaran besar yang dihadapi oleh kita pada ulang tahun Kemerdekaan Malaysia yang ke 55, terutamanya akibat beberapa perkembangan semasa. Di peringkat domestik, sentimen kaum dan agama lebih ketara dan menjejaskan usaha ke arah identiti nasional.

Identiti nasional juga terancam akibat politik kepartian yang melampaui batas. Di peringkat global, proses globalisasi yang membawa impak pada hampir setiap budaya dan bahasa sudah mula menggugat bahasa kebangsaan dalam bidang-bidang tertentu. — Utusan Malaysia

Saya berdoa supaya pemimpin politik kita terutama Pak Menteri-Menteri Kabinet sekarang dapat menghayati apa yang dinyatakan oleh Dr. Chandra, jangan dok sibuk kira berapa undi boleh dapat dari kaum itu dan ini sahja! 


Satu BANGSA yang terdiri dari pelbagai kaum atau etnik – Jangan biarkan rakyat Malaysia terus berada dalam kesesatan

26 06 2012


June 23, 2012

23 JUN — Banyak istilah yang terang-terangan salah dalam bahasa Melayu. Contohnya Amerika Syarikat. Saya yakin ianya diterjemah langsung dari bahasa Indonesia yang menggunakan “Amerika Serikat”. Syarikat dan Serikat adalah dua perkara berbeza. Syarikat adalah “company” dalam bahasa Inggeris manakala Serikat ertinya “Union”. Jadi, terjemahan yang paling sesuai untuk “United States of America” adalah “Kesatuan Amerika”.

“Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang mempunyai rakyat dari pelbagai bangsa seperti Melayu, Cina, India, Iban, Kadazan dan ramai lagi”. Ayat ini pasti anda akan temui apabila membaca pengenalan tentang negara kita. Sebenarnya, ayat diatas seharusnya berbunyi begini, “Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang mempunyai rakyat dari pelbagai etnik atau kaum seperti Melayu, Cina, India, Iban, Kadazan dan ramai lagi”.

Melayu boleh dipanggil bangsa Melayu jika Almarhum Dr. Burhanuddin Al Helmy adalah perdana menteri pertama dan bukan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Dalam bukunya yang bertajuk Perjuangan Kita, dengan jelas Dr. Burhanuddin ketengahkan konsep “Melayu sebagai rakyat kepada Malaya”.

Pada ketika itu, konsep “Melayu” masih lagi diperdebatkan. Melayu seperti yang dipanggil pada hari ini masih belum wujud dan terpecah kepada Bugis, Banjar, Jawa, Minang, Darah Keturunan Arab (DKA), Darah Keturunan Keling (DKK) dan pelbagai lagi.

Hari ini, Melayu adalah kesatuan kepada Bugis, Banjar, Jawa, Minang, DKA, DKK dan pelbagai lagi. Oleh itu, Melayu itu adalah etnik dan bukannya bangsa. Bersesuaian dengan konsep Melayu pada hari ini. Begitu juga Cina dan India. Cina boleh dipanggil bangsa Cina apabila ianya merujuk kepada rakyat China. India juga lebih sesuai jika kita merujuk kepada rakyat negara India. Etnik atau kaum lebih sesuai digunakan jika kita merujuk kepada Cina dan India di Malaysia.

United Malay National Organization (UMNO) lebih sesuai digantikan kepada United Malay Ethnic Organization (UMEO). UMNO adalah sebuah parti yang mewakili etnik atau kaum Melayu dan bukannya bangsa Melayu. Jika tetap mahu menggunakan istilah “Bangsa”, UMNO perlu mencadangkan agar berlakunya sedikit perubahan dalam perlembangaan persekutuan. Ambil konsep “Melayu” sepertimana yang dibawa oleh Dr. Burhanuddin Al Helmy. Lebih jelas menggambarkan sebuah negara bangsa.

Apabila menteri besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Aziz, menghentam UMNO, beliau seringkali menghentam “faham kebangsaan” atau dalam bahasa Inggeris nya merujuk kepada “Nationalism”. Beliau terkeliru dengan penggunaan istilah. Sebenarnya, ia merujuk kepada fahaman politik etnik atau kaum yang menjadi ideologi UMNO.

Tidak ada masalah dengan fahaman “Nasionalis”. Seorang nasionalis akan meletakkan kepentingan negara melebihi dari kepentingan politik atau diri sendiri. Kita boleh huraikan dan bahas lagi mengenai nasionalisme dalam penulisan akan datang. Istilah-istilah yang salah dalam bahasa Melayu perlu dibetulkan semula. Pakar-pakar bahasa perlu mula membuat kerja. Jangan biarkan rakyat Malaysia terus berada dalam kesesatan. Apalagi apabila bahasa Melayu itu adalah bahasa kebangsaan bagi negara.

* Pandangan di atas hanyalah pandangan peribadi penulis.

Has the national school become the ‘step-child’ of our education system?

21 06 2012



If a Chinese Malaysian can pursue his entire education in Chinese, from primary to university level, how much exposure would he have to Malaysian students and teachers from other communities? How would this affect his attitude towards, and outlook on, the other? What would be his notion of a Malaysian identity?

Chandra Muzaffar

  • Electoral politics in multi-ethnic societies sometimes undermines the quest for national unity.
  • We are witnessing that in Malaysia now. As the battle for votes in the coming General Election intensifies, the major competitors for power are going all out to project themselves as the champion of this or that ethnic constituency. This is obvious in their approach to Chinese education.
  • While Chinese primary education is integral to the national school system, the push for secondary education in the Chinese language beyond what is provided for, at present, has become more pronounced. The clamour for an independent Chinese language secondary school in Kuantan is part of this. Political parties in the Opposition and in the Government are now in the forefront of this demand. If the limit upon independent Chinese secondary schools — there are 61 now — is set aside, it is quite conceivable that the number would increase dramatically in a short while. Would this lead to the emergence of a complete Chinese secondary school system that would parallel the national secondary school system in Bahasa Malaysia? The implications of such a possibility should be understood within the context of the Government’s recent recognition of most universities in China.
  • If a Chinese Malaysian can pursue his entire education in Chinese, from primary to university level, how much exposure would he have to Malaysian students and teachers from other communities? How would this affect his attitude towards, and outlook on, the other? What would be his notion of a Malaysian identity?
  • It is not just the silo that an exclusive Chinese education would create that is a challenge to us all. Many urban Malay parents are now opting for Islamic religious education at primary and secondary school level for their children. With the proliferation of Islamic universities and colleges in the country, they could choose to continue their tertiary education in a largely mono ethnic, mono-religious environment. Needless to say, this will also have a negative impact upon inter- ethnic, inter-religious ties in the future.
  • There are other current developments that will also impact upon the national school. The Government has made it easier for Malaysians to enrol in private schools which ipso facto will be patronised by those from the upper echelons of society. Thus, a class division which is already entrenched will be further exacerbated. A handful of Malaysians want the authorities to allow for English medium education, without much concern for what it will do to a school system that is already dichotomised in so many other ways.
  • It appears from all this that there isn’t that much commitment to the national school. Has the national school become the ‘step-child’ of our education system?
  • Since the Malaysian Constitution recognises Malay as the national language, it follows logically that the national school with Malay as the main medium of instruction should be the pivot of our education system. The Razak Report of 1956, the only comprehensive education report that the nation has had, acknowledges this. It is emphatic about the role of the national school as the channel for promoting national unity.
  • It is not widely appreciated that the Malay language had for hundreds of years served as the lingua franca— the language that facilitated communication among diverse ethnic communities— of a vast region that is today described as the Malay world. It created a sense of cultural unity and forged an identity— the Malay identity— that transcended ethnicity, making the Malays one of the most cosmopolitan people on earth. In contemporary times, Malay, as Bahasa Indonesia, has also helped to develop a national identity out of tremendous ethnic diversity in Indonesia. Malay can play that role in Malaysia too, if the national school becomes truly national.
  • To become national, the Bahasa Malaysia based school has to emerge as the school of first choice for all Malaysians. Its quality has to improve significantly. Bahasa Malaysia, English and other languages should be taught well. This also applies to other core subjects such as Mathematics, Science and History. Parents will also be impressed by the school if student discipline is strictly enforced within a caring environment.
  • Competent, dedicated teachers would be the essential pre-requisite for such a school system. They should not just impart knowledge and skills but also try to mould the young under their charge into honest and trustworthy human beings. Teachers should treat all students, regardless of their backgrounds, with fairness and a sense of justice.
  • The national school teaching community should be much more multi-ethnic and multi- religious than what it is today. More non-Malays and non-Muslims should be appointed as School Heads and Senior Assistants. At district, state and national levels, the education office or department should reflect the multi-ethnic composition of the nation. Qualified Dayaks and Kadazans should be given administrative roles outside Sarawak and Sabah.
  • What this means is that within the three component elements of the education system — administrators, teachers and students — ability should be recognised and rewarded. It is only when the education system is perceived to be promoting ability and excellence that parents will have the confidence to send their children to the national school. At the same time, the national school should extend a helping hand to the disadvantaged student, irrespective of cultural or religious affiliation.
  • In a nutshell, there has to be a total transformation of the national school. The Ministry of Education, I am sure, is working towards this goal. It is a transformation which will have to be carried out in tandem with other fundamental changes to the education system as a
  • For a start, let us try to reduce the impact of electoral politics upon education and national unity.

    Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan 1Malaysia.