What Is Our Priority?

10 07 2012

 

 

Source IAIS, Malaysia

ON the eve of the formation of the nation state, the government set up a committee under Datuk Abdul Razak Hussein (later Tun) to come up with a national education policy after the first federal elections in 1955. Its 1956 Razak Report stated that the national education policy’s main objective was national unity. Until the present, parents have never considered nation-building a priority in education. Even education authorities have spoken more of the importance of science and technology, while the system increasingly has given priority to examinations………. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


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In order to build a nation, first build a school

28 06 2012

NATION-BUILDING VS KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION: Graduates of the system should be able to think for themselves

ON the eve of the formation of the nation state, the government set up a committee under Datuk Abdul Razak Hussein (later Tun) to come up with a national education policy after the first federal elections in 1955.

Its 1956 Razak Report stated that the national education policy’s main objective was national unity.

Until the present, parents have never considered nation-building a priority in education. Even education authorities have spoken more of the importance of science and technology, while the system increasingly has given priority to examinations.

After August 1957, the authorities announced that the education policy would give priority to knowledge of the nation and began by rejecting the approach of the so-called colonialists in order to inject the spirit of patriotism and nationalism.

It was no longer geared towards the acquisition of knowledge or the education and socialisation of each child in the school.

But it was also not possible for the British to establish a uniform system, as there was agitation in favour of the perpetuation of the vernacular system. Finally, it was settled that the vernacular system could be perpetuated at the primary school level.

All children should move into national schools at the secondary level, but the government would allow private vernacular schools to exist. English-medium secondary schools were also allowed to exist but no private Tamil secondary school was established.

The younger generation of Malaysians did not become more curious and more concerned with scientific explanations. With the de-emphasis on the non-science subjects, the younger generation has become less inclined towards intellectual exercises.

The acquisition of language skills also declined. Although Bahasa Melayu has been widely taught, teachers of more recent times do not measure up to those trained in the past in the Sultan Idris Training College or the Language Institute.

English has continued to deteriorate while globalisation has changed the whole perspective of international relations, not just politically but, perhaps more importantly, economically.

The first English-medium school — the Penang Free School — was founded in 1816. The Cambridge School Certificate was introduced by the last quarter of the 19th century and students were pursuing tertiary education overseas.

When plans were ready for the University of Malaya (which materialised in 1949), pre-university education was introduced. These classes were called post-school certificate classes, later Higher School Certificate classes, but not long after 1957, they became known as Sixth Form.

In the pre-Sixth Form days, students were treated as pre-university students. But as Sixth Formers, they were treated just like other schoolchildren.

They were not given the freedom to use their initiative; in due course, they became dependent on their teachers for notes. The schools did not make attempts to build up the library to ensure that all students with aspirations to study in universities would have the opportunity to acquire research and essay writing skills.

There were further setbacks when local universities decided to adopt the American semester system and dispensed with the term system, which had been in vogue since the University of Malaya opened in 1949.

The latter enabled students to participate in extracurricular activities during the first and second terms before focusing on examinations in the third term.

Students now face three examinations a year. They also find it difficult to do research in the library and have become dependent on notes.

Students also have little time for all other forms of activities and few, if any, are able to represent the country in sports today.

Since the early 1970s, they have been prevented from organising activities of their own and in the process, learn to be more independent when they graduate. They have come under the total control of the deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs.

Now the authorities, ironically, talk repeatedly about the importance of “soft skills”. Much time is now spent trying to help students acquire soft skills without realising that soft skills cannot be learnt by attending lectures. They need to be allowed to have actual practice.

Education is best understood by those who have had years of exposure to the handling of school-children and university students.

And it must be realised that culture plays a crucial part in the ability of students to adjust to a particular system of education. Asian students are different from Western students.

The latter are far more independent. They are used to having dialogues with their teachers and expressing their thoughts and ideas. In Asian societies, there is a long-standing tradition which asserts “the teacher is always right”.

The time has come for the authorities to ask the simple question: “What is the purpose of education?”

Is it to produce students who will all give the same answer to a particular question, or should it produce young men and women who are not afraid to think for themselves?

They should be able to distinguish between answers which are logical and answers which are merely assertions. More importantly, differences of opinions between two parties are to be expected and should not lead to conflict. If such an understanding could prevail among students, in the larger society, differences of opinions would not lead to political instability.

Education may not solve all human problems but can help produce a society that allows the majority to live in comparative harmony.

The famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, said long before India achieved independence that “in order to build a nation, first build a school”.





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.





Susah sangatkah bagi pemimpin untuk memahami perkara ini?

22 06 2012

Artikel Terbaik Bernama – 1Malaysia Harus Bermula Dengan 1Sekolah !

  • Terkejut tapi suka bila terbaca satu artikel dari BERNAMA yang mempromosikan Sekolah Berbilang Kaum sebagai tempat TERBAIK bagi memupuk Perpaduan Antara Kaum rakyat Malaysia. Walaupun tidak dinyata secara spesifik, tapi apa yang digambarkan BUKAN merujuk kepada mana-mana sekolah yang bersifat vernakular dimana majoriti murid terdiri dari satu kaum saja.
  • Inilah maksud SATU SEKOLAH. Ini maksud SATU yang sebenarnya sebagaimana terkandung dalam slogan  1MALAYSIA ! Logik akal menyokong konsep Satu Sekolah sekiranya 1Malaysia menjadi wawasan.
  • Tapi sayang ….. bila politik menjadi perkiraan, SEGALANYA DIPERTARUHKAN ! Termasuk masa depan perpaduan rakyat negara kita. Semakin hari semakin terpisah kaum2 yang ada. Semakin bercambah sekolah vernakular maka semakin luas jurang perpaduan generasi akan datang.
  • Bom jangka perkauman terus berdetik …..
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Sekolah Tempat Terbaik Pupuk Persahabatan Berbilang Kaum 1Malaysia
Oleh Mohd Hisham Abdul RafarKUALA LUMPUR, 20 Jun (Bernama) — Banyak sekolah di negara ini mempunyai pelajar berbilang kaum, yang menjadi tempat mulanya perkenalan kanak-kanak dan remaja dengan rakan-rakan daripada kaum lain.

Awalnya di sekolah jugalah mereka belajar dan mula tahu mengenai adat resam, budaya dan agama rakan-rakan daripada kaum lain. Namun, persahabatan tetap terjalin mesra dalam pergaulan mereka tanpa merasa harus ada pengasingan atau peminggiran atas dasar kelainan itu.

“Kanak-kanak dan remaja memang sentiasa ‘innocent’ dan ikhlas dalam berkawan. Bagi mereka Ah Choon adalah kawan dan bukannya seorang Cina dan Eh Tiang juga adalah rakan dan bukan orang Siam. Begitu juga Razali dan Santhia bagi Ah Choon dan Eh Tiang,” kata guru kaunseling Azli Abdullah kepada Bernama.

Katanya pengalaman berkawan dengan rakan daripada kaum lain di alam persekolahan itu membina perspektif unik dalam diri kanak-kanak dan remaja sehinggalah dewasa apabila mereka mudah menerima serta mesra dalam pergaulan dengan rakan sepejabat atau jiran di kawasan perumahan.

“Bagi saya, sekolah merupakan tempat terbaik memupuk semangat 1Malaysia, yang sangat penting sebagai faktor utama untuk menjamin keharmonian masyarakat kita,” katanya, sambil menambah bahawa sejak merdeka, keamanan dan perpaduan kaumlah yang menjadi tarikan pelaburan ke negara ini selain taraf pendidikan rakyat dan kemudahan prasarana.

Di alam persekolahanlah tempat terbaik untuk menyuburkan semangat kekitaan, tolak ansur dan saling menghormati serta menerima keunikan sesuatu kaum tanpa diskriminasi.

Bagi bekas pelajar di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanah Putih (SMKTP), Kuantan, Wan Huzaimi Wan Abdullah, 30, seingatnya beliau dan rakan-rakan tidak pernah mengenali seseorang sebagai orang India atau Cina, melainkan sebagai kawan sekolah dan rakan sepermainan semuanya.

“Sememangnya sekolah adalah platform terbaik untuk mewujudkan perpaduan antara kaum dan ia selaras dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang diilhamkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
,” katanya kepada Bernama.Belajar di sebuah sekolah rendah yang pelajarnya semuanya kaum Melayu, pada mulanya menimbulkan was-was baginya apabila terpilih untuk belajar di SMKTP pada tahun 1995. Namun, setelah memberanikan diri bercampur gaul dengan pelajar Cina dan India, akhirnya beliau mendapati rakan tetaplah rakan walau apa pun bangsanya, yang tidak pun pernah dipersoalkan.

Penjawat awam itu berkata hubungan antara kaum ketika zaman persekolahan boleh dikatakan amat erat seperti bersaudara di mana tidak pernah ada sedikit pun rasa anti perkauman.

“Malah seronok pula ketika melakukan aktiviti pendidikan jasmani dan berpersatuan serta hari kantin. Kita melakukannya tanpa mengira kaum…semuanya bercampur gaul tanpa masalah,” katanya.

Apatah lagi pengetua sekolah ketika itu adalah Koh Cheng Buan dan banyak guru lain juga keturunan Cina dan India selain Melayu yang tidak pernah memberi layanan berbeza sedikitpun terhadap siapa pun muridnya.
Bagi Alif Ezwan Abdul Razak, 30, jalinan hubungan erat antara kaum di alam persekolahan wajar terus dipupuk dan disuburkan sehingga ke alam pekerjaan dan dalam segenap aspek kehidupan.“Janganlah kita hadkan pergaulan kita dengan satu kaum sahaja. Kalau di sekolah, kita boleh bergaul dengan bangsa lain tanpa masalah janganlah setelah menginjak dewasa, kita menyisih dan meminggirkan pula mereka.

“Ini tidak betul. Saya ingat lagi ketika bersekolah di SMKTP, rakan-rakan baik Melayu, Cina dan India amat terbuka untuk saling membimbing dalam subjek yang kita tak faham. Kita pula membantu mereka dalam subjek yang kita lebih arif,” katanya.

Beliau percaya hubungan akrab berbilang kaum yang dipupuk di sekolah perlu terus diperkasakan dalam mencapai status negara maju menjelang tahun 2020 supaya Malaysia bukan saja maju malah kekal sebagai negara teladan dalam aspek perpaduan rakyatnya.

“Ibarat kata pepatah melentur buluh biarlah daripada rebungnya. Dengan cara itu, barulah nampak hasilnya seperti matlamat 1Malaysia
,” katanya.

Menurut Azli pula, tugas memupuk dan menyuburkan perpaduan kaum selaras 1Malaysia tidak boleh dibebankan kepada guru atau dalam persekitaran sekolah sahaja, malah mestilah disokong dengan bimbingan ibu bapa juga.

“Bukanlah susah pun untuk dilaksanakan hal ini. Ibu bapa yang mengetahui akan-anak yang mempunyai kawan daripada kaum lain, hanya perlu mengambil inisiatif mengenali keluarga rakan anaknya itu yang tinggal berdekatan dan sesekali saling berkunjung bersama anak-anak,” katanya.

Katanya kejayaan semangat 1Malaysia bukanlah impian perdana menteri atau kerajaan semata-mata malah setiap rakyat juga, yang mahu mewariskan Malaysia yang kekal harmoni, aman dan makmur kepada anak-anak.

— BERNAMA

 

BOM JANGKA MALAYSIA

 

 





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

21 06 2012

 

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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
    whole.
  • 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.





Sejarah – “Kedaulatan” Yang Diputarbelitkan

14 06 2012

 

‘Ketuanan Melayu’? What is it?

June 12, 2012

FMT LETTER

From Anas Zubedy, via e-mail

The notion of ketuanan Melayu did not just appear in recent years. It has historical basis, existing in Tanah Melayu since hundreds of years ago. In Malay historical culture and language, the term ketuanan Melayu originates from the word ‘Tuanku’ – a title reserved for Malay rulers since the early days of our society. Ketuanan Melayu thus can be seen as a contraction of the phrase ‘ketuanan raja-raja Melayu’, the sovereignty of the Malay rulers.

To get a clearer sense of ketuanan Melayu, it is more helpful to use the phrase kedaulatan Melayu – sovereignty of the Malay nation-state symbolised by our supreme institutions. Ketuanan Melayu, ‘Malay supremacy’ or ‘Malay pre-eminence’ – the core notion is the same; it is not about the supremacy of the Malays, but it is historically about the ‘kedaulatan’, the sovereignty of the Malay homeland. It will be more accurate to translate it as ‘Malay sovereignty’ – kedaulatan Melayu.

It encapsulates the place of honour for the unique characteristics that form the identity of our nation – the traditions, culture and symbols that identify Tanah Melayu as a unique, sovereign entity. This includes our supreme royal and social institutions and the traditional customs of budaya Melayu and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

Why has there been a sense of Malay dominance about ketuanan Melayu?

There could be many possible reasons. At the level of the general masses, I see ignorance and lack of understanding as the main reason for this misinterpretation. Presently, not many Malaysians are actually aware of the evolution of Malaysian history. So when a phrase like ‘ketuanan Melayu’ is used, especially in a political context, it is simply misunderstood by the mass public.

The word ‘tuan’ is equalised with ‘master’; and sentiments affect how we react. Some respond defensively because they see it as a statement that the Malays are superior and non-Malays are subsidiary. On the other end, some Malays perceive this question as an attack to their position in society. At the same time, this lack of understanding by the general public makes it easy for some to use it politically for selfish purposes.

Do the Malays see themselves as dominant?

Not at all! I have strong convictions that the Malays do not see themselves as dominant. To begin with, the notion of any superior community is totally against Islamic teaching. In Islam there is a tradition about the first bilal, the one who calls believers to prayer. Bilal Ibn Rabah was an Ethiopian slave. When he went up to make the first call to prayer, some of those in the community asked that the honour be given to someone else.

But Prophet Muhammad reminded them that God does not see the physical manifestation, but judges the purity of the heart. In Islam, there is no preference between Arab and non-Arab, slave or no slave, black or white. Later, a Quranic verse confirms Prophet Muhammad’s position in Quran 49:13. Most Muslims, if not all, are familiar with this story. And to this date, the person who calls for azan is known as bilal, an honour given to him.

I see that what is important to the Malays is kedaulatan Melayu. This devotion to the sovereignty of the homeland is deeply rooted in the Malay psyche. We can see this clearly in the historical development of our society. It was the main crux of nationalism in the early days of Malaya. The 1930s nationalist movements, the 1946 movement against the Malayan Union and the nationalists who worked towards Merdeka between 1946 and 1957 all had kedaulatan Melayu – the sovereignty of the Malayan nation-state – as their cause.

What does kedaulatan Melayu mean for us today?

For us today, kedaulatan Melayu still plays a huge part in our identity as a nation. The royal and social institutions, cultures and traditions that characterise our land must still be held supreme. It is core to what makes us unique as a nation, and to disregard it would be unwise. Since Independence, our social composition has changed and we have been finding ways to adjust to how we all relate to our national identity. While the nation is now made up of several communities practicing different customs and traditions, kedaulatan Melayu today means that as people of this land, we are all bound together by the supreme traditions which have characterised this land from the very beginning.

In today’s terms, it means that Chinese and Indian Malaysians integrate Malayan language, culture and traditions along with their own. For example, while we speak a myriad of languages and dialects, we all should also know how to speak, read and write Bahasa Malaysia adequately as a common language. Though every group has their own colourful, beautiful costumes, all Malaysians should own and wear traditional Malay costumes; for example, now it is quite common for women of all races to own at least one baju kurung or kebaya.

During official ceremonies, supremacy of Malay culture means that the ceremony follows Malay customs, using traditional Malay arts and symbolic objects, and those present wear Malay traditional attire as official garb. This is applicable for example in ceremonies like the opening of Parliament or Dewan Undangan Negeri.

This does not mean that the local culture overrules any other culture, but as ethnic cultures and ethnic identity are held intact, they are integrated along with Malaysian culture in practice while we belong in this nation.

Why budaya Melayu?

Budaya Melayu is a good unifying culture. As earlier discussed, it is entrenched in the historical basis of the land, not just here in Malaya but in the whole of South East Asia which was known as the Malay Archipelago. The Malay civilisation has been around for more than 2000 years – not many are aware that it is one of the oldest civilisations in the world. It is a rich, vibrant tradition with influences from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

As mentioned earlier, we cannot and should not disregard this indigenous culture which has shaped our people from the start. At Independence, we did not emerge from nothing – Independence marks a momentous point when three major communities came together to form one nation, but this development follows a long history of social evolution of the Malay civilisation.

In other words, while as Malaysian citizens we are the same, in terms of culture the Malay and indigenous cultures are preeminent. We can say that as each ethnic community practices our distinct cultures and we accommodate and value each other’s customs and traditions, the banner that unites us is the Malay and indigenous cultures.

We embrace the different ethnic identities, but take our indigenous cultures, budaya Melayu, plus our ethnic culture as the unique brand of our national identity as Malaysians. At a more micro level, in Sabah the Kadazan culture historically has cultural preeminence. Similarly in Sabah, we should not equalise any other culture – not even the Peninsular Malay culture – with Kadazan culture. The uniting culture and identity in Sabah is the Kadazan culture.

Why does the notion of one culture being preeminent bring out wariness in many Malaysians?

One of the main reasons why people respond defensively – or at the very least – cautiously, is because in this country, the Malay culture is tied so closely with religion. When we talk about Malay culture, it is perceived as Muslim culture. When we say we should integrate Malay culture, it is perceived as having a Muslim agenda. People feel the need to defend their race and religion from being compromised.

In other words, we have not brought enough awareness to the universal, non-religious aspects of Malay culture. One can practice Malay culture without having to adopt Islamic practices as they are two separate things. There are many universal elements in budaya Melayu, such as language, attire, traditional games, crafts, music and arts that all Malaysians can integrate regardless of ethnicity, religion, locality or background. These are the elements that if adopted, will not take away anything but be an added value to one’s own ethnic culture.

What are some universal elements from the Malay culture?

In terms of traditional wear, the baju kurung is a great example of an inclusive cultural symbol for Malaysians. Most women have a pair or two, and it is an added value to them alongside their cheongsams or saris. However, the tudung is not necessary, because its connotations are more Islamic – or to be more precise – Arabic. Similarly, one may wear baju Melayu but choose not to wear a songkok. The baju Melayu is cultural, it is not religious – the Hindus in Bali commonly wear it, as well as in Myanmar.

We have Malay literature – sajaks, syairs and pantuns; we have arts like wayang kulit, dikir barat, dikir laba; traditional dances like ngajat, sumazau, mak yong, zapin, joget; crafts like keris making, batik printing, wau and gasing making. We have traditional instruments like gamelan, angklung and sape. These are amazing, unique elements of Malay culture we all can know and share.

Let’s share the elements of Malay culture that are universal, not exclusive. We cannot say we want a banner culture and brand to unite us, but push elements that exclude others. For example, we can promote and share Malay cultural traditions, crafts, literature – but we should not make it compulsory that Christians, Buddhists or Hindus must learn about Tamadun Islam to pass their first year of university. Understandably, this puts them off.

How can we get people to value and integrate the Malay and indigenous cultures as our shared national identity?

We must start from the ground level, at our kindergartens and schools. For a start, once a week we can get students to wear a traditional Malay costume. During my school days, it was compulsory for students to wear ties as our education was British-based at that point. Now that we want to promote a shared Malaysian culture, let’s get our students – including those in Tamil and Chinese vernacular schools – to wear baju Melayu or baju kurung once a week in the Peninsular, and the indigenous cultural costumes in Sabah and Sarawak.

Secondly, we need to incorporate our cultural traditions into our school syllabus, from kindergarten right up to the older stages of our children’s development. The Balinese have a good model of this – by the time Balinese children are eight or nine years old, they know how to sing, dance or perform something from the culture because they learn it in school. We need to do the same here with the Malay and native cultures.

For arts lessons, instead of teaching them generic arts, we should incorporate our traditional arts into it. Let’s teach them things like how to make a wau, making a gasing, or batik printing. We can incorporate arts and dances into lessons, for example, learn the wayang kulit, mak yong, dikir barat, dikir laba, zapin, joget, ngajat or sumazau. In music lessons instead of learning the recorder, let’s teach them gamelan or angklung, kompang, rebana or gambus.

We should ensure that by twelve years old our children should be able to at least know how to do something from the culture. And not to forget, as we incorporate cultural traditions into our classroom lessons, we should also include universal elements from the Chinese and Indian culture. When we incorporate traditional values into our schools, it will not only build a sense of national identity and pride; it will add value to the personal and social development of our children. Learning culture has the effect of enriching a person’s sense of self and values. I think that the more culture we embody, the more patient, accepting and adaptable we are.

Another great element that can forge Unity is the peribahasa. It is open, practical, and encompasses universal values. There are similar types of sayings in Indian and Chinese traditions as well. We should incorporate peribahasa into language or civic lessons, and when we do so we can integrate it with Chinese and Indian sayings – something to get our children to see how we relate to each other.

The beautiful thing about peribahasa is that we can also easily incorporate it in our day to day speech, whether at home, with our neighbours, at our workplaces, in official and public events. It is appropriate whether in formal or informal events, whether we are young or old.

When we start practicing universal aspects of Malay culture in schools, homes and workplaces, we will start to see how it can add value to us, individually and as a society. We will see each others’ culture as an added value to our identity whether as Indian, Chinese, Kadazan, Iban, or Malay. Then we will learn to understand that the history of our land, the beauty of our indigenous and Malay institutions and cultures belong to all of us as our banner identity and collective brand.

 

 





Demi Negara

3 06 2012

Robin Again … BERSIH Filth, Demagogues and Such

I was nodding away during a hyperactive young man’s presentation on some Canadian oil sands investment opportunity at my KLCC office when I received a text message from Robin. Yes, Robin my old buddy.
Robin texted:-
Bosz, I know you always busy. Can meet for makan tomorrow ka? Same place.
“Same place”? That sleazy PJ kopitiam with the horrendous food, bad company, and worst service? But I’ve not had a chat with Robin for a while and I couldn’t ignore an old friend, twisted or otherwise. I accepted his invite and agreed to meet him for late lunch.

I arrived 40 minutes late after wading my way through flooded streets amidst mind-numbing torrential rain. So much for the not-so-SMART Tunnel, the glorified sewer that was supposed to end KL’s flood woes.

Robin was seated in a corner, with glazed eyes and a blank stare to complement his forlorn look. I said, “what’s up buddy; what’s with the sour face?” Robin did not answer my query but instead partake in the Klang Valley ritual of bitching about the ubiquitous traffic jam.

He pointed to the gridlock a few feet from our table to prove his point. I said, “yeah my friend, do you know that your car added to the congestion?” alluding to his illegally-parked Korean sedan blocking one lane of traffic. Robin said, “haiya Bosz, everyone park like that lah. If I don’t park there, someone else will park there one.” I said, “not me, you know where I park my ride? At the private carpark across the street where they charge RM3 per hour.”
Robin protested, “it’s not the money lah …” I said, “of course not. I know you’ll say it is for the convenience.” He nodded while I added, “so for your convenience, you have inconvenienced countless others.” Yup folks, a couple dozen Robins would quickly cripple KL traffic in no time.

The small talk behind us, I summoned the kopitiam worker and ordered the usual fare. This guy named Ameer, an illegal  Bangla who spoke reasonably good Malay (unlike abject BM retard but MyCard carrying Robin) said, “boss, sekarang orang order Ice Blended Coffee, bukan Kopi O Beng, baru ada class.” I looked around at the assorted uncleansed simpletons slurping away at the ice blended whatever but I don’t see any upward revision of their castes and demeanor. I insisted on my Kopi O Beng while Robin fell for the ice blended concoction.

I asked, “yo buddy, what’s up with the dejected disposition? Lost yet again in your nombor ekor bets ka?” while catching a glimpse of a mapiau slip fluttering under his vintage mobile phone. Atau lu baru kasi suap lagi satu orang gomen ka?” Robin replied, “haiyaa Bosz, don’t lah tease me, be serious lah.” I said, ” ok, ok, I’ll try to be serious, but I thought you don’t like it when I’m serious as I tend to demolish every morsel of argument manufactured by your convoluted mind poisoned by the DAP swivel-eyed nut jobs.”

Robin doodled ugly cartoons on the overturned mapiau slip as he touched on the Bersih 3.0 fiasco. I asked, “hmm, so you are sketching Babiga’s face while asking me about the Bersih riots? I didn’t know you can do two things at one time, I’m impressed.” Robin replied, “woii Bosz, Am-bi-ga lah, where got Babiga!” I said, “Babiga, Ambiga, AmbikKau … whatever, but the point is that this bored menopausal meenachi is now unwittingly in bed with the Devil Incarnate himself to fracture, polarise and radicalise Malaysia to a state of existence where ultimately the likes of her would find it too socially distressful to call home.”

  Only in Najib’s 1Malaysia
 Where else could a menoupausal meenachi from a tiny 7% minority cripple the capital of a World Top-20 trading nation with a demonstration over NOTHING spiced with riots and mayhem perpetrated by tens of thousands of clueless PAS and PKR Melayus — the Malai Lembus — whose very actions will only hasten the political erosion of their race in their own homeland.

I told Robin I’m intrigued by the abject failure of the non-Malays, the nons, to figure out Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim. Perhaps their overriding hatred of the predominant essence of Malaysia — an essentially Malay Muslim country in roots, identity and socio-political outlook with enough wiggle room for dissension by a rowdy, self-alienising pendatang minority inherited from lax British immigration policy — blinded their perception of this character.

All the way back to his student activism days of the early 70s, Brother Anwar takes to chaos and mayhem like duck to water, indeed, as happy as a pig in mud whenever he can hijack other peoples’ causes and create havoc with his coterie of freakish delinquents and miscreants. For the past four decades, Anwar and chaos are synonymous.

Look at his grin below.

This malignant rabble rouser was having the time of his life while directing his malai lembu horde to breach police barricades and invade Dataran Merdeka in contempt of a court order and to wreak havoc and to attack and provoke the hitherto patient police force. Bersih 3.0 was a god-sent for his flailing relevance to Malaysian politics. Is this what Ambiga is about? Reduced to become Anwar’s pliable meenachi; a glorified menial housemaid in the bigger scheme of things; the latest in the long list of Indians misused and abused to the hilt by Anwar to pursue his singular obsession of becoming Prime Minister at all costs?

The Lingering Curse on Malaysia
As long as this raving megalomaniac remain in the political scene,
Malaysia’s social and political climate will continue to be
precariously volatile and combustible.

Actually, Ambiga and her Bersih 3.0 misadventure is just the latest in a long series of social movements latched-on, hijacked, dominated and ultimately destroyed by Anwar. True blue reformists can see this. And many are speaking out against Anwar’s blatant hijacking of their cause like this and this and this and this.

As for Ambiga, she has truly bitten more than she can chew. She cannot just trigger large scale mayhem that caused untold damage to public property and jeopardise the livelihoods of traders dotted inside the riot footprint and then merrily hopped and scotched back to the comfort and security of her posh Bukit Damansara mansion without any recourse to aggrieved parties. Indeed, as to be expected, pissed-off street vendors affected by her Bersih 3.0 riots gave her a taste of her own medicine right on her front gate.

Babiga Burger, Bukit Damansara
Free Bersih 3.0 T-Shirts for every purchase?
If you indulge in street protests, you’ll get street justice.

The Babiga Burger binge was followed by a “butt exercise” in front of Ambiga’s front gate by a group of armed forces veterans.

Butts for Babiga
Brother Anwar would love these gyrating leathery asses on his doorstep.
What next for the Ambiga circus? Titillating tits by the Pan-Malayan Lorry Drivers Association?

According to the Star, the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association pledged more action by army veterans if Ambiga continues to tarnish the country and “warned her not to bring anymore trouble to the country.” The association’s president also challenged Ambiga to take legal action against him and if she does not, a bigger group of butt swaying army veterans would gather near her frontgate.

Robin protested, “why they do this to her?” to which I said, “the affected merchants and concerned citizens likewise asked why she did this Bersih riot thing to them?”

So how now?

A cold, ruthless obstinate perpetrator who wouldn’t listen to reason cannot just conveniently morph into a victim the moment the tide of public opinion turns against her.

This is reality, people. If the means to ease your boredom, to find meaning in your empty life and to tackle bouts of menopausal psychosis is to incite and instigate the people and challenge public order and general public wellbeing, then you must be prepared to face the consequences. Call it karma, call it divine providence, neraka atas dunia or whatever, but you reap what you sow.

I said, “we must also choose our friends wisely. If you sleep with the devil, don’t pretend to be an angel the next day. Ambiga accepted Brother Anwar into her bosom; she is tainted now.”

An irritated Robin added, “o.k. lah Bosz, Anwar has his faults, but he is our best bet against evil UMNO and its coalition running dogs. Anwar will lead us to Putrajaya. He will be the next PM.”

I said, “hey my friend, ‘Anwar has his faults’ is the understatement of the century. This guy is the epitome of the failure of Malaysian democracy. A man of such history and character defects would have long been tossed to the political dumpster in more enlightened democracies. His smörgåsbord of lies (“we have enough seats to take Putrajaya on 9-16″), deceit, treachery, social emotive manipulation and cunning political opportunism could fill a library. This rabid anarchist with a mean streak will go to any lengths to take control of this country and ultimately impose his one man dictatorial rule in a polarised, chaotic country — the way he runs PKR and Pakatan today — in which case you nons would be wailing in futility in your boarded-up ethnic ghettos, regretting your stupidity for the rest of your wretched lives.”

Robin protested, “but Bosz, he has reformed; he is now a good Malay. He promised more empowerment of non-Malays, more cultural space, wau-lau Kit Siang will be the Deputy PM and uncle Karpal can be Law minister and Teresa Kok the Women, Family and Community Development minister, Hannah Yeoh the Tourism minister and Bro Tony Pua would be the economic czar and …”

I interjected:-

“… yeah, and Babiga would be the Chief Justice, Tian Chua the Interior minister, Irene Fernandez can be Human Resource minister and Mat CPM Sabu as Defense minister … and pigs can fly and kucing dah bertanduk and Elvis is sighted at the Tapah R&R gouging on overpriced Musang Kings.”

A flustered and incredulous Robin uttered, “c’mon lah Bosz, why you talk bad about Anwar one? You think Najib and his corrupt UMNO goons are better kah? You dreaming ah? Why Kit Siang or Karpal cannot be DPM? This is our country also maaah.”

I replied, “I’m not ‘talking bad’ about Brother Anwar; I’m just stating the tip of the rotten truth. Sure Najib Razak is far from perfect either; in fact to me he is a jargon-laden soft wimp who has no idea how to forge a cohesive nation based on shared values, shared socio-cultural norms, with one school for all and a dominant national lingua franca. But Najib does not go to town lying about takeover dates or promising the untenable to minority politicians or instigating crowds to break the law and riot at every opportunity and then morphed as the cherubic, angelic victim to the gullible foreign media while dragging Malaysia’s name through the mud of global public opinion.”

People, remember Bersih 2.0 when Brother Anwar put on a not quite convincing dramatisation of being near-death from an imaginary police beating to the amusement of many? This is from the same confidence trickster who manipulated the national psyche with Oscar-winning pantomimes of crippling back problems and horrific arsenic poisoning.

Flashback: Bersih 2.0 
When riots fail, feign near death from police brutality

As for being corrupt, I told Robin that it comes with the territory lah, meaning politics and corruption go hand in hand like nasi lemak and teh tarik or pizza and beer or China-malee lambut kalat female “tourists” with prostitution. Sure, many BN politicians are corrupt. Absolutely no apologies or excuses for the dastardly act. But many PR politicians are corrupted as well, rotten to the core, many ooze sleaze, some are slimy to the touch, and these scums are steadfastly embedded in PAS, PKR and DAP.

Kit Siang or Karpal Singh or even Mr. Irrelevant Loh Gwo Burne or for that matter any MyCard carrying Malaysian as DPM? Yeah sure, if the electorate vote for their party/coalition to command a majority in parliament and they are chosen to lead by their party and coalition partners. Whether its realistic is another thing. And I told Robin don’t lah cry unfair, unfree and unclean elections if his party loses. Indeed, how come there were no complains of unfair, unfree and unclean elections in states won by PR — Selangor, Penang, Kelantan, Kedah and Perak (then)– as well as in many contentious seats won by wafer thin majorities?

Having said all that, the bigger tragedy here is the political stance of the nons. You see, in politics the nons are not objective and far removed from the meritocracy, best-person-for-the-job goobledygook they want the world to believe. They vote on emotions and prejudices. For the past five years, they have been indulging in some sort of self-immolating sado-masochist politics where their irrational provocations may ultimately court Malay Muslim overreaction that would be tragic for all.

The political agenda of the nons, beyond fuzzy little tales of justice, fairness and equality, is singularly dominated by their pathological hatred of the very essence of the Malaysian nation, be it Malay pre-eminence, Malay as the national language, Malay-based symbols of nationhood, the nation’s accepted history, the institution of the Malay royalty, and Malay-based cultural heritage. This racist, subversive sentiment percolates into the cesspool of communal hatred known collectively as the DAP.

But that is only part of the story.

The other, even more tragic, part is the extent the nons go to prop and embellish their Malay frontmen, the malleable Malai Lembus — a necessary evil given demographic realities — to infuse the necessary Malay flavour to their political misadventure. Hence, Brother Anwar, for all his character defects and overall sleazy demeanour, is propped and deified — and repeatedly sanitised amidst his series of lurid scandals — as the “leader” of their anti-Malay revolution. Beyond Anwar, CPM-loving Mat Sabu, the PAS deputy president no less, is a Tuhan-sent. An eclectic collection of pseudo-liberal Malays, Melayu celups, Malay-like nons, semi-Melayu cultural freakzoids and Melayu lost souls form a somewhat palatable veneer over their racist, anti-Malay toxic core.

Hence, we end up with an opposition peppered with shady Melayus (in its various shades and spiritual incarnations) of questionable character in the upper echelons of leadership.

I asked Robin whether this lethal combo of shady Melayus and toxic, subversive nons can actually administer this country? Look at Selangor. Its level of governance and political stability since the 2008 PR takeover is now at Banana Republic level, with the administrative agenda crippled by talks of brothels, sand thieves and water supply issues. And we are talking about the most advanced, the most prosperous state here.

Robin interjected, “but Bosz, the people have spoken. They want free and fair elections. They are fed-up with UMNO’s rule.”

I said, “Free and fair elections? You kiddin me? Was Brother Anwar Ibrahim ever elected as the chairman or leader of Pakatan Rakyat or even his PKR party? No. He proclaimed himself as Ketua Umum, some sort of ‘de facto leader,’ based on what principles? Democracy? That’s laughable.” An ignoramus Robin scoffed, “what’s so funny, Bosz? PKR is a democratic party maah. Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali are fighters for democracy!”

“Fighters for democracy?” Anwar? Azmin? What weed have ya been smokin’ man? Obviously this pathetic little non with a poisoned mind haven’t followed the PKR leadership election sham, with thousands of phantom members voting en bloc for candidates pre-approved by Anwar and Azmin. Digest this and this and this and this.

Before Robin could further articulate his fairytale views, I added, “what about your CPM-incarnate DAP? Got any ‘free and fair elections’ in this father-son party? When was the last time Kit Siang was openly challenged for the leadership? Got right of free expression kah? Look at the ruthless attacks by the DAP leadership and their cyberzealots on the party’s vice-chairman, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim for his views on lawlessness and violent demonstrations.”

Tunku Aziz, who joined DAP based on his ignorant read of the party’s phony democratic ideals shrouding a subversive, anti-Malay agenda, quit after citing “irreconcilable differences” and reiterating that the plan to sit in at Dataran Merdeka was “clearly against the law,” adding, “I found it extremely difficult to support anyone breaking the law.” Tunku Aziz had earlier said: “Bersih 3.0 organisers are not a group of angels descended from heaven who are completely blameless. The Bersih organisers should accept that there are substantial elements within the rally from people whose intentions were to create havoc and cause chaos as long as it is possible.”

The extent of the DAPster attack on Tunku Aziz, including not renewing his tenure as a senator in the Dewan Negara, reflected their gross misperception of the man. They had brought him on board — complete with a giddy vice-chairman post — to be their prized Melayu puppet, an obedient stooge who will toe the party line, to add legitimacy to the party’s hollow Malaysian Malaysia rhetoric. But the moment this erstwhile stooge speaks his mind, the DAPsters went berserk, almost incredulous at the audacity of this Malai puppet to have an independent viewpoint, to have a mind at all. So much for fighters for democracy. Got free speech ah? Got free thoughts ah?

The Tunku Aziz saga is a scathing indictment of what the DAP is all about. His parting shot, referring to party sec-gen. Lim Guan Eng, said it all: “A deep sense of relief of being freed from the tyranny of a demagogue.” Another Malai Lembu has extricated himself from the subversive shackle and fought back. More to come as they inevitably realise the irrationality of their association with a blatantly anti-Malay, anti-Islam party.

Tunku Aziz’s unceremonious exit is just the latest in a long series of DAP Maoist-style purges. In the past, pragmatists like Lee Lam Thye and Wee Choo Keong were thrown out and today the likes of P. Ramasamy and M. Kulasegaran were treated as nothing more than glorified parias, the obligatory tauyoons. And don’t let me get started on how Brother Anwar’s PKR treats Indians. Even diehard Anwarwallas, Nallakaruppan and Gobalakrishnan, left after realising the absurdity of their existence in this husband-wife-daughter party.

Robin interjected, “but Bosz, many towering Malays have joined the DAP maah. UMNO have no room for these smart people. These good Malays want justice for all.” I said, “yeah my friend, you can see a definite psychotic commonality in these Melayu collaborators. You know, in any form of human conflict through the ages, be it armed, social or political, enemy collaborators are bound to exist. Some do it for the money and promised positions; some just want to gain attention after being rejected by their old party, UMNO; some are just Melayus ingrained with the “hamba” mentality, where they need a foreign Tuan, a Bangsa Asing to lord over them and validate their existence. Yet others are not Melayus in the first place, the type that was brought up by a non-Malay, Muslim-on-paper-only parent and feels stuck and constraint under a Malay skin while he/she is actually a Chinese or Indian or a metallic brown Mat Salleh-wannabe.”

But the sick irony of it all is that after all the berpaling tadah and penderhakaan kepada bangsa charade, these Melayu talibaruts are finding out the painful way at the dire lack of fairness, democracy, fair play and accountability in the DAP itself. Imagine, after enduring scorn and ridicule for collaborating with the anti-Melayu, anti-Islam Maoists, they ended up as third-class Malai puppets, trampled and pinned down by the filthy soles of the gang Bapak-Anak. Pathetic!

“Anyway buddy,” I asked, “you can trust traitors kah? Do you know how collaborators and traitors are dealt?”

Robin whispered, “I don’t know here, but no mercy for these kinds in China during Mao’s era. And it’s even worst in today’s North Korea. Whole families sent to the gulag for life.”

Changing tune, Robin said, “but Bosz, what about PAS? Cannot be bad also lah. These hajis are very alim one, always pray, and treat us Chinese as equals because race doesn’t exist in their religion.” I responded, “ya kah? Then how come PAS always bicker with DAP/PKR in the Kedah government? How come DAP’s biggest enemy in Selangor since PRU12 has not been UMNO but their buddy PAS? How come you people don’t like Hasan Ali?”

Talking about PAS, nothing much to expect from a party led by sleepy mullahs, CPM boot lickers and simpleton comedians and guided by an ignorant village charlatan who actually thinks his flip flops are holy objects capable of bestowing divine blessings on those who stole them from his dusty doorstep. I live part of the year in Kelantan. I can write a thick book on PAS mismanagement in that state. The crumbling or non-existent infrastructure, perennial water woes, incredible lack of basic public hygiene and abject government non-accountability are obvious for all to see.

Now, back to the discussion on democratic ideals, I asked Robin, “remember the ill-fated MCLM, where a bunch of bored, flaccid middle-aged men appointed themselves as the jury, the gate-keeper to chose and “approve” candidates for PRU13? Who the heck do they think they are? Some sort of extra-Constitutional Election Candidate Clearing House? Isn’t their actions tantamount to tampering with the process of democracy, where free and fair elections entail a citizen’s inalienable right to stand as candidates and the public’s right to freely chose its preferred candidate, free from coercion or deception by a bunch of constipated, self-righteous narcissists?”

Robin jumped in, “yor lah Bosz, I agree on that one. This MCLM was led by one beer-drinking Indian fellow with a Malay name and a few of his pub kakis. Waah, they think they can just nominate some friends and force Pakatan parties to accept them as some kind of parachute candidates kah? But now no more MCLM. Sudah kong. Kaput maah.”

Robin added, “anyhow Bosz, I don’t know about you, but I want free and fair elections.”

I said, “yeah, I want free and fair elections too. Free from unsubstantiated claims of fraud and phantom voters and street demonstrations and chaos and mayhem brought about by people who know the only way to gain power is not through free and fair elections but via street violence and revolution by the confused masses.”

I asked, “do you demand free and fair elections by running amok like madmen and madwomen in downtown KL? What if you lose in a free and fair election? Will you accept the result like an honourable fellow, or do you still insist it is not a free and fair election and again run amok like madmen and madwomen in downtown KL and demand the country hold another “free and fair” election. What if you lose again? Another round of demos? So you’ll be running amok like madmen and madwomen in downtown KL after every election rerun until you actually win the election? What if you’ll never win the election? You’ll be running amok like madmen and madwomen in downtown KL in perpetuity? Or do you run amok only in states/seats where you lose? What if UMNO/BN supporters run amok as well in areas where Pakatan wins? So imagine the Pakatan people run amok in Barisan states and the Barisan people running amok in Pakatan states.”

I said, “in that case the whole country will run amok! You really want to see me run amok and use you as target practice for my tekpi, kelewang and kapak bungkus arsenal, not to mention my kris collection?”

Robin protested, “haiyaa, no lah Bosz. We only want to cari makan here maah. Why you like this one?”

“Cari makan?” I asked. “Lu sudah kenyang sampai buncit hamil 3 bulan mau makan apa lagi? Lagi pun, macam mana lu boleh cari makan kalau lu orang sekarang banyak main-main sama api, cari gaduh sana sini? Ini macam bagus kah? Boleh tahan kah?

Indeed, how can all these anarchy be good for the country? Do these Bersih 3.0 instigators care about the country? Do the rioting Malai Lembu stooges even understand the bigger picture? “What about you, Robin?” I asked, and added, “do you even know what you’re fighting for, apart from cheering at some incoherent anti-UMNO, anti-establishment circus?”

Who are the movers, the puppeteers of Bersih? Do they represent the nation in terms of demographics and regional representation or are these people just a lunatic fringe of the minority periphery of Mainstream Malaysiana?

Robin jumped in, “they represent all facets of Malaysia lah Bosz. Semua kaum ada one.” I said, “yeah, tell me about Malay representation. Proportionate or token?”

You see, Malays formed only 28.5% of Bersih’s 21-person Steering Committee, while the nons make up the other 71.5%, with Indians forming the single biggest group. Is this the country’s demographic sampling? How many of these self-appointed caretakers of Malaysian democracy are from the east coast? From the Borneo states? Do they represent me? The almost 70% of Malaysians out there?

Just look at the Bersih demands. How many of those are within the ambit of the Election Commission? And fully four out of the eight demands — free media, strenghtened public institutions, stop corruption, stop dirty politics — are nothing more than vague concepts way beyond the scope of the EC. I say these are not bona fide demands at all but rather whimsical political rhetoric, like some sort of spoiled brat’s Christmas wish list. In fact, the very same four demands could be thrown at the incompetent, bumbling Pakatan state governments of Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan.

Faced with a famine of facts, Robin blurted out, “whatever lah Bosz, but we have the right to support a cause we believe in.” I replied, “o.k. brother, ditto here. But you must at least understand the cause, the struggle, the end game … and not just grin at the sight of the powerless, under-equipped police being attacked by criminal hooligans just because you have been brainwashed by your SJKC roots and your self-alienising community to hate the Malay police and other forms of Malay authority. Now, that is not a fight for democracy; that is just crude racism.”

Look at the so-called Auntie Bersih below. Totally bewildered by conflicting signals — fighting for “freedom” and “democracy” but witnessing the very same freedom being hijacked and brought into disrepute by Brother Anwar’s rampaging mat rempits and sampah masyarakat which she so despise and have little in common. She fights for free speech; but when given the podium by the “alternative media,” she could only shrug in contempt at the polite Malay reporter, brushing him aside with a very rude berambus lah remark. This kind of person is a role model kah? Ada adat Malaysia kah?

This ingrained alienisation — borne of divergent social, educational and linguistic paradigms — is the true target for reform, not the incoherent demands by Bersih.

A visibly flustered Robin changed tune and said, “haiyaa Bosz, the police started it all lah. The Bersih people were peaceful until the fascist cops attacked them mercilessly. So brutal maah.”

I said, “say what? Police brutality? How you know? You were there kah?” Robin replied, “no lah Bosz, I read it on Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider and the Chinese papers maah. The police so damn brutal one.”

I asked, “you want to talk about brutality? How about brutality of the lembus as instigated by Brother Anwar?”

I told him the police showed considerable restraint and were almost sedentary. In some locations, they even exchanged greetings and accepted flowers from some Bersih ladies. They acted — that’s what the police and law enforcement forces are for anywhere on earth — only after the barricades were breached and when the Malai Lembu rioters invaded Dataran Merdeka and wreak havoc on public property and actually attacked the police force.

Robin smirked and queried, “woii Bosz, you dreaming kah. Where got the Bersih people atack the police one? Mimpi kah?”

Mimpi? Dreaming?

Nah, tengok ni. Siapa serang siapa dulu? Si Malai Lembu Unit Amal PAS bahalol tu tahu polis tidak akan belasah mereka pada tahap yang sepatutnya. Jadi beranilah si jaguh-jaguh kampung ni.

Nah tengok, anggota polis kita yang cedera. Dipukul oleh sesama Melayu Islam kita juga. Camni, siapa rugi? Siapa untung?

I said, “woii Robin, anywhere on earth, once you break the law, vandalise public facilities, and attack police officers, of course lah the police will act. Otherwise, what are they there for? Defenseless sitting ducks for the Malai Lembus kah?”

I added, “kalau orang tiba-tiba hantam lu, kasi rosak lu punya harta benda, kasi kacau lu punya anak bini, lu tak mau hantam balik ka?

Robin shot back, “haiyaa, of course lah I will hantam back. Where can allow like this. I will use my ….. umm Bosz, can pinjam your kapak kecik and parang ka? Just in case …”

Ha, there you go. So much for this guy’s phony peaceful disposition. Even a little teaser of physical encroachment by others brought out the ferocious killer animal in Robin. So please lah don’t bark police brutality when all along the perpetrators of the violence came from the Bersih people.

As for our police force, outfit them appropriately lah. Macam mana mau hadapi beribu Malai Lembu gila dengan hanya ber-uniform gaya mata-mata Kampong Telor Dua Butir? Pakai lah riot gear secukupnya. Baru lah boleh belasah si Malai Lembu kaw-kaw, sampai serik hingga ke anak cucu. Dong Zong Donkey Kong ke, Hindraf ke, Unit Amal PAS ke, DAP Socialist Youth ke, mah chai-mah chai Sam kemetot PKR ke … semua boleh kasi belasah cukuuuup, cukuuuup.

Nah Shamsiah Hussein Onn, tengok ni. LAPD punya “FRU.” Barulah boleh berentap betul-betul dengan si Malai Lembu pencacai Babiga tu.

I told Robin I’ve seen first-hand punitive riot police action in my travels over the past three decades. I was caught in the middle of a pitch battle between German skinheads and left-wing anarchists and tough riot police near Munich’s Olimpiastadion some years ago. Brutal affair, with the polizei coming out clear winners after methodically beating the sh*t out of both groups of rioters. Now, that is brutality, though necessary.

Of course, living in Southern California is not complete without getting caught in the occasional insurrection by one of the megalopolis’ myriad of interest groups, ranging from disenfranchised chicanos to gay biker gangs to drunk over exuberant grid iron fans of my famous alma mater. And don’t expect the LAPD and LA Country sheriff deputies to be restrained softees and sitting ducks like the Malaysian cops at Bersih 3.0. They’ll beat the sh*t out of these anarchists to clear the streets and freeways as rule of law takes precedence in those parts.

Nah, a mild sampling of LAPD intolerance of street dissent.

Now, you want to complain about arrests and detentions of the anarchists after they created havoc in downtown KL? You mollycoddled little nons want to use that as fodder against the “cruel regime”? You think the West is better? You kidding me? You want real detention without trial for a crime you didn’t commit?

Check this out.

Did this Daniel Chong or his lawyer cry race or “White oppression against an innocent Chinese youth” in a press conference conducted loudly in Mandarin? Any outcry by the Chinese community in the U.S.? Was this even on their news radar? No. Asian Americans would likely utter “who cares” and “serves this drug delinquent good” for such incidents.

Want more stories of real police brutality? Google Communist China’s bloody occupation of Tibet and East Turkestan and witness the methodical oppression of whole communities by the Han communists.

A defensive Robin scrambled more off-the-cuff dissent when he said, “but Bosz, you cannot just dismiss these Bersih Malay boys as lembus and dumb tools of Pakatan. Surely they must be angry about something, with UMNO’s injustices and corruption and nepotism and cronyism and profiteering and …”

I cut him off, “… yeah, how come they demo only about UMNO/BN ‘injustices and corruption and nepotism and cronyism and profiteering’ and not rampant PKR/DAP/PAS ‘injustices and corruption and nepotism and cronyism and profiteering’ in the states they rule? Unless, of course, it was nothing more than partisan politics — the machinations of one side choreographed by Pakatan puppet masters — to bring down the other side through violent means.”

“But Bosz,” Robin added, “why are they so violently angry, not just angry, but with the energy and vigour to cause mayhem and take on the might of the police?”

I told Robin he should ask that question to his PAS and PKR collaborators. Ask the mullahs and Malay Apologists what message they preached to their congregation, what sort of mischievous propaganda they infused into the minds of these gullible youths.

Robin’s rhetoric aside, I feel the Bersih 3.0 mayhem was reflective of a bigger problem, a structural economic disequilibrium skewed by an unsustainable overdependence on foreign labour. With all forms of labour outsourced to legal and illegal foreign workers, many of these idle, underemployed and unemployable youths have become society’s lost souls. Uneducated; with zero job skills; with neither business capital nor acumen; and afflicted by acute motivational deficiency, this huge and ever growing pool of bored young Melayus are easy prey for political opportunists. And this falls right into Brother Anwar’s territory. Hence, for these idle youths with lots of time in their hands, a little anarchist fix with like-minded friends in downtown KL is more exciting than roaming the shopping malls or watching reruns of Maharaja Lawak Mega or attending mediocre Malaysian Super League matches.

Robin asked, “like this how Bosz? The Melayus beranak banyak maah. More troops for Anwar. Like this Bersih 4.0 will be bigger. Bersih 5.0 even bigger. And then we’ll have MegaBersih!” I told him that may indeed be the prevailing issue for Malaysia for years and decades to come — providing meaningful lives for a burgeoning young population who are academic underachievers and mostly averse to hard work (or any work at all) and with little drive or ambition. An observant Robin added, “how to control this young people explosion ah Bosz? We got no tsunami or volcano or megaquake or tornado. We certainly got no famine, with everyone getting fat and lazy, especially bloggers. We got no wars to fight …” I interjected, “you mean we have no means to cull the population? So you cull by warfare? Then maybe we should go liberate the Malay region of Patani …” Robin said, “Patani? Where is that? Near Pattaya kah? Once this Patani land gets liberated and joins Malaysia, we’ll have even more Melayus to march for the upcoming MegaBersih. Like this how?”

I said, “no my friend, the four million Patani Malays endured over a century of foreign rule. They know that a main cause for their subjugation to Siam in 1902 was their own disunity and the role of Melayu talibaruts in their midst. They will not repeat those follies. And they will make sure new Melayu talibarutswill not appear in this country.”Not satisfied with the underwhelming fare of rock-hard vadey and soggy popiah, I suggested we adjourn to a nearby KFC. With a glint in his little beady eyes, Robin became melodramatic in his abhorrence of the fast food chain. “Haiyah Bosz, where can go there one.” I feigned ignorance and uttered “why?” Robin replied, “you donno ah? Those racist workers will attack us lah. Wau-lau-eh, some even use steel bars maah!” I said, “where got lah my friend. Mana ada guna besi hantam lu orang?” to which Robin interjected, “got lah, they use besi one. Sedap hingga menjilat besi maah …,” alluding to the Colonel’s famous tagline. That brought a hearty laugh out of me, not just at his surprising wit, but also at Robin’s unbridled seriousness about the whole affair.

I said, ‘that KFC fracas is old news lah buddy; anyway, how do you know the ‘victim’ was not the real culprit?” An agitated Robin pointed to KFC Malaysia’s apology, staffers suspended and such.

“You people have some kind of fetish for apologies kah?”, I asked, alluding to the nons’ proclivity to demand apologies for people’s reaction to situations the nons themselves started in the first place. I added, “you blatantly break the law and societal norms and then you go crybaby with your own laughable fairytales of innocence in the predictable DAP media circus (like this and this) and demand apologies from the law enforcers and others who caught you redhanded.”

Robin fired back, “but Bosz, how come you all layanthem and actually apologise? It would just be fodder for more demands for apologies about everything! Haiyaa, when you apologise, you sudah admit guilt lah, betui kah?” I told Robin my own form of “apology” to false accusations and outright lies would be a nice, personalised imprint of my royal knuckles right between the slanties, plus a well-placed kick up where the sun don’t shine with my custom-made platypus beak tipped, koala fur fringed, saltwater crocodile hide wingtips.Anyway, Robin has a point there. I believe this culture of apology — budaya meminta maaf tak tentu hala — started during the dark days of political psychedelia under the stewardship of the sleepyhead PM, the era where sheer political inertia smothered by leadership stupidity and a sense of helplessness emboldened the nons to challenge the very essence of Malaysiana. Remember when the old sleepyhead sent then Home Minister, Azmi Khalid, to Communist China to profusely apologise for alleged police maltreatment of what later turned out to be a Chinoid-looking Malay woman! Even the veritable New York Times headlined the story, mischievously equating the “Chinese” woman’s treatment to American military atrocities at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, and the rape and killing of ethnic-Chinese women in the immediate post-Suharto Jakarta. Wow! And as if that was not enough, the Times added:-

The Malaysian video has also sparked protests among the country’s ethnic Chinese minority, who say the likelihood that the woman in the video may well have been a Malaysian citizen only attests to the discrimination they face.

Wau-lau-eh. Biar betul Beng. See the crybaby syndrome erupting yet again? And to the Noo Yorkk Times no less! What next? Holocaust? Ethnic-cleansing? Well, looking at the smug faces of the overfed Ah Peks and Ah Sohs and their ching chong ching chong offsprings in their shiny Mercs and Bimmers rolling in and out of KL’s Golden Triangle malls and noisily piggying out amidst 80-dish dim sum spreads while staring contemptiously at the poor natives, I don’t think they are worried about being banished to a tropical Auschwitz anytime soon. The New York Times reporter, in fact, has a far better chance of being mugged and trashed by my Harlem Brathas in his dingy local subway than anything ever happening to these “discriminated” pendatang fat asses in Malaysia.

Oh yes, the moment it was revealed that the “Chinese woman” was actually a run-of-the-mill Melayu lock-up detainee, the DAP-led anti-whatever crusaders whittled into thin air and the “outrage” dissipated faster than Brother Anwar’s quicky with the China hooker. The chief instigator, Teresa Kok, slithered back into her foreskin after leaving a trail of political. social, media and legal mayhem all the way to Beijing and New York. Yup, these DAP slimeballs are far from their phony multiracial, Malaysian Malaysia facade; their party is nothing more than an unbridled Untuk Cina movement of the ultra-totok kind.

As for the KFC incident, the loud-mouthed Ah Beng ultimately got what he asked for after incessantly barking like a bitch in heat at the overworked staffers? Yup, caught on tape (below) posing like a 3-inch dick version of Hulk Hogan while shouting at and provoking the employees to the chagrin of other customers.

   Gelagat si Ah Beng  kemaruk ayam goreng
 Waah, manyak eksi maaa. Lu ingat lu sorang saja kena tunggu ka?
Lain orang boleh sabar, tunggu giliran, order apa saja yang belum habis.
 Tapi apasal lu sorang manyak gelisah? Lu spesial kaa? Betul mau gaduh kaa? Jadi apahat lu komplen bila sudah kena hantam? Apahat manyak manja? Lu bikin provokasi, tapi pura-pura jadi mangsa. Mau kasi satu dunia  kesian sama lu ka? Ini macam punya perangai boleh terima ka? Gua boleh terima lu jadi Rakyat Malaysia sejati sama darjat sama gua ka? Boleh Ka? Patut ka?

Yup, lo and behold; after igniting the mayhem, this little cissy had the nerve to put on a straight face and lie to the media with delusions of victimisation by Malay thugs working at KFC. Of course, the subversive gutter media (Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and such) typically lapped at such news with gusto and fuel yet another round of Malay-bashing by their cyber-choirboys (with Malay rebuttals conveniently moderated away obviously).

Robin’s feeble rebuttal was doused by my sense of wonder at his species. I said, “I just don’t understand you people. You cannot even lose honourably. If you kena tangkap by the police for the myriad of offences (like this and this and this) that seem to permeate your very soul, take it like a man (or a woman) lah! Terima saja laa. Kalau takmau kena cekup, jangan bikin salah laa. Kalau tak mau kena hantam, jangan start dulu laa, jaga mulut sikit laa.” I asked, “Why this need, almost an obligation, to stage sham press conferences in Communist China’s national language with the DAP subversives and turn every single iota of your wretched life into a racist anti-Malay freakshow?”

… and, as expected, the Botak turns up! 
 Haiyaaa …. so typical of these DAP Agent Provocateurs.
First they provoke the Malays, they cause trouble ….
then when the Melayus react, they will cry racism in a
slick press conference ching chong, ching chong, ching chong-ing away in Communist China’s national language geared for the subversive gallery and rollout the whole  
We-Are-The-Innocent-Defenseless-Victims charade for global consumption.
See how fast the DAP subversives grabbed and spin this customer-from-hell episode into a full-blown manifestation of the “brutal repression of the angelic, innocent and faultless Chinese minority by racist Malay bullies.” Look at that botak fellow. Yeah, this Lim Lip Eng character, typical of his Chinese Chauvinist DAP cadres, likes to poke his bald pate into curdling social cesspools to stir enough turd to sustain his party’s untenable Sinocentric stance among the clueless, unwashed masses of debilitatingly alienised nons.

So people, this is the gritty outcome of PM Najib’s 1Malaysia appeasement policy where racial, cultural and linguistic distinctions among our citizens are inexplicably unearthed, revived, propagated and embellished.

Sadly to say, more racist-tinged fracas will appear online as the Malaysian nation morphed from a relatively stable land based on a strong Malay historical, socio-cultural and linguistic essence into a sad, incoherent jumbled collection of angry kaums, bangsas and tribes bent on projecting exaggerated renditions of their ethno-cultural and linguistic specificities.

Robin sat in contemplative silence while compulsively shaking his ice-blended something and loudly slurping the gooey content almost in tacit protest over nothing.

I added, “Like this susah laa. How can you minorities have a meaningful existence in this country if you regularly bitch to the world — in some foreign language no less — on some illusory grand Melayu conspiracy against your pursuit of wealth and happiness … and a place in the next round of Malaysian idol?”

The reigning poster boy of the crybaby species minted
by the SJKC alien-producing factory.
Note the resemblance to the KFC crybaby. The Dong Zong Donkey Kong weirdos have been very effective in forging these lost alien look-alikes in our midst. Seriously people, are these lost souls our future Anak Bangsa Malaysia who will fight for our Tanah Tumpah Darah alongside the Melayus and other Bumiputras? Heck, can these self-alienising beings even communicate meaningfully with the majority in a common language?
Well, since KFC-phobe Robin won’t follow me for some sedap hingga menjilat besi fried chicken, I summoned a waiter to order more food. A vaguely familiar character smiled and chuckled as he shuffled and squirmed towards us through a sea of sweaty torsos pungent with cheap perfume and even cheaper smokes.

“Hallo boss, lama tadak nampak?”

Now, who could this be? By golly, it is “Tyrone”, the bumbling Rohingya PATI who added spice … and broken bowls … to our last visit here a couple of years ago. Tyrone is now the supervisor. He has put on quite a bit of weight and seemed happier.

I asked, “mee kari ada kah” and this triggered laughs all around as we relive the drama of Tyrone’s slippery mishap that ended with five bowls of piping hot curry mee splattered on the floor near my feet.

We ordered curry mee of course, but this time neatly served in individual bowls placed carefully on our table.

With real food on the way, I told a somewhat disconsolate Robin to let go of his argumentative, the-world-owe-us-our-happiness mindset for once and enjoy the fare at this his favourite makan place. Robin said, “ok lah Bosz, arguing with you is very tiring maah, make me hungry one.”

Before long, a more relaxed Robin was feasting his eyes on a group of giggling teenage girls. This closet romeo was beaming ear-to-ear when the girls made suggestive gestures that tantalise his fancy. I said amidst the din of the incoming evening rush hour office worker crowd, “waah buddy, finally your famous ‘clubbing ah mois’ have turned up in this god-forsaken joint. I thought it was just a kinky figment of your imagination. I must admit I’m beginning to find this place a wee bit tolerable now that I have something else to see apart from your Babiga doodlings.”

With his eyes still trained on the new attraction, Robin said, “let me enjoy the view lah Bosz; I know they are not your taste one. You must be the dangdut lady type, what’s her name? Ahh yes, Amelina. Betui kah?”

Amelina who?

KijangMas doing Dangdut? I asked myself. In addition to Springsteen and Dire Straits?

Gaining my composure, I said, “sorry to disappoint you lah friend, but I’m not a dangdut kaki, although the Kelantan version can be quite entertaining. Anyway, forget dangdut. Make way for the real K-Pop, Kelantan Pop that is!”

I added, “by the way ma man, do you know that I used to have a crush on Sara Loo, a somewhat popular Chinese Malaysian singer of the nineties. A surprised Robin uttered, “ahh Bosz, you … have a crush? On some loo lady? Wau-lau-eh, I thought you only crush people, not having a crush on someone. Serious ah Bosz? How did it go? You proposed ah? Tell me lah …”

I said, “whooa, hold on to your smelly underwear man. I didn’t get to meet her lah. Mana boleh propose to someone you tak kenal.”

A bemused Robin went on the offensive, “waah Bosz, I didn’t know you go for Chinese chicks. I thought you want to exterminate us all, or at least sent us back in your famous rickety tongkang.” Half jokingly I said, “well Robin, your suspicions are correct; I want to banish all you ungrateful subversives to Pulau Bidong, off Trengganu … except Sarah Loo and a couple others.”

Robin inquired, “got others kah? Woi, how many Chinese girls you simpan in your closet ah? Got room for me kah? I don’t think I want to go to your Bidong gulag lah. I want to be with your many ah mois. I will be good company for them when you are away … he he. Can ahh Bosz …?”

I replied, “sorry buddy, the ‘couple others’ are Ah Tiam, my trusted auto mechanic; Ah Fatt, my Mr. Kaw Tim who, on very short notice, can arrange anything from dinner party for 20 at some obscure Port Klang seafood paradise to a tuxedo with matching suede shoes; and Ah Seng, my late father’s old sometime butler/handyman/driver who has nowhere else to go.”

A flabbergasted Robin said, “woii Bosz, this is too much. You, Mr.wanna-banish-us-chinkies-from-Malaya, have a closet retinue of one ah moi heartthrob complete with ah pek mechanic, servant and fixer.

This is a revelation!

I must buy four digit number maah. What is your age times your height divided by the square root of your waistline ahh Bosz? The numbers sure win first prize one. Ten Big, Ten Small maah … first prize I will go holiday in Tokyo Disneyland. Oh, you can bring Sara Loo as well. I belanja. But no Ah Tiam, Ah Fatt and Ah Seng lah. Mana ada syiok with these old ah peks in our first class A-380 cabin …”

My pleasantly hilarious premonition of a first class flight aboard a spanking new A-380 with a reincarnated early 1990s Sara Loo and with my buddy Robin fighting over seating arrangements with the three ah peks was rudely cut short by the sound of bowls and chopsticks dumped on our table. An observant Tyrone asked, “waah Boss, pikir apa? Macam tengah mimpi manis saja. Ada bini baru kah?”

I quickly changed the subject and asked Tyrone about his life. Tyrone said he is now a permanent resident, having courted and married a local Malay girl in a whirlwind romance. “Sekarang saya akan jadi Bapa Melayu,” he said. Confused, I asked what that means. Tyrone proudly said, “bini saya sudah 8 bulan mengandung lah boss. Lain bulan, dia kasi lahir saya punya anak. Itu surat beranak kita kasi masuk kaum Melayu lah. Jadi saya jadi Bapa Melayu lah.” I said, “waah, banyak bijak ahh. Awak tak mau balik negeri kah?” to which Tyrone replied, “apa hal balik negeri boss? Sekarang ini Malaysia saya punya negeri. Bini saya Melayu, anak saya Melayu, saya Bapa Melayu. Kami sudah bayar deposit mau beli itu flat kos rendah dekat sana Puchong. Nanti sudah beranak, saya punya bini mau buka warong nasi campur belakang itu Motorola Sungei Way sana. Saya kasi tolong sana lah. Hari-hari cash masyuuuk. Saya banyak syukur sama itu Tuhan Allah.”

Wow, this is the same Rohingya pendatang who could hardly cakap Melayu a couple of years ago. About to become a Bapa Melayu and thrive in his adopted land.

I told Robin my prophecy has rung true. Back in our last meeting here, I said Tyrone would probably overtake him in the social entitlement ladder as he morphs into a Melayu. Between loud slurps of the curry mee, Robin acknowledges my point but his body language revealed an inability to comprehend the delicious irony.

As we sat there quietly consuming our truly Malaysian dish, Penang style curry mee, the logic disconnect and dichotomy of thought between two fellow citizens on all aspects of this country’s life, society and politics encapsulate failed government policy over the decades on unified schools, linguistic commonality and socio-cultural integration.

So folks, brace for more dissension as we further explore the dark crevices of the mind of an alienised Malaysian.

Needless to say, to be continued …





Asas-Asas Negara – YAB DS Najib dan YB Menteri Pelajaran, sila ambil perhatian

30 05 2012

 

28 Mei, 2012

Buktikan Keikhlasan Dengan Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua Kaum

Pengerusi Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP), Karpal Singh mengumumkan hasrat untuk mengangkat seorang bukan Melayu sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat (PR) memenangi Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13).

Kenyataan Karpal sebenarnya tidaklah mengejutkan sangat. Malahan hasrat DAP sememangnya konsisten dengan perjuangan mereka sejak dari dahulu lagi hinggalah ke hari ini. DAP tidak pernah memadamkan gagasan yang diperjuangkan sekian lamanya iaitu Malaysian Malaysia.

Ini berlainan dengan Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS). PAS selaku ‘sahabat karib’ DAP mudah lemah semangat apabila disergah. Herdikan tegas DAP terhadap PAS menyebabkan parti yang ada perkataan Islam dalam nama parti mereka itu membuang gagasan mereka — Negara Islam PAS dibuang lalu diganti dengan Negara Berkebajikan.

Itu sedikit coretan buat para sahabat yang berada dalam PAS untuk bermuhasabah.

Kita balik semula kepada kisah DAP dengan hasrat mahu menjadi PM. Kebetulan penulis baru sahaja selesai membelek dan membaca akhbar Mingguan Malaysia sebentar tadi. Sebelah siangnya tidak ada masa kerana menghadiri undangan majlis perkahwinan.

Penulis tertarik dengan wawancara khas berhubung isu ini yang mana penulis fikir sesuai dikongsi bersama oleh para pembaca. Wawancara bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan, Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah. Penulis senada dengan beliau dan menyokong Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua [KLIK SINI].

Berikut penulis perturunkan wawancara penuh Mingguan Malaysia (27 Mei 2012) tersebut seperti di bawah:

Buktikan keikhlasan

MUKADIMAH

BARU-baru ini timbul isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh yang mahu memastikan bukan Melayu dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri. Kata-kata beliau menimbulkan polemik yang pelbagai.

Banyak NGO Melayu menyanggah sikap Karpal ini apatah lagi beliau ada menyebut ‘selagi hidup beliau akan terus berjuang untuk memastikan bukan Melayu menyandang jawatan Perdana Menteri’.

Untuk mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut wartawan Mingguan Malaysia HAFIZAHRIL HAMID telah mewawancara bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan, DATUK MOHD NOOR ABDULLAH pada Jumaat lepas.

Ujar beliau walaupun perkara ini tidak termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan namun secara hakikatnya ia adalah sesuatu yang mustahil untuk dilakukan.

Beliau turut menyanggah Karpal dengan berkata ‘kita buat satu sekolah untuk semua kaum di satu bumbung. Semua orang bersekolah di situ dan orang Melayu akan menerima orang Cina atau India bukan lagi sebagai orang India tetapi orang Malaysia’.

Ujarnya, dengan demikian mungkin tidak mustahil orang bukan Melayu boleh menjadi Perdana Menteri kerana kita berintegrasi sejak kecil maka kita sudah tentu mengenali hati budi, budaya mereka dengan baik.

WAWANCARA

MINGGUAN: Bagaimana Datuk melihat isu bolehkah Perdana Menteri Malaysia terdiri dari orang bukan Melayu?

MOHD NOOR: Pertamanya saya ingin bercakap tentang perkara ini daripada sudut undang-undang. Yang di-Pertuan Agong merupakan raja yang memerintah negara ini dalam erti kata lain kuasa pemerintahan terletak kepada Agong. Yang menjalankan kuasa pemerintahan adalah jemaah menteri yang mana pengerusinya adalah Perdana Menteri. Jemaah menteri ini dilantik oleh Agong termasuklah Perdana Menteri yang turut dilantik oleh beliau. Ini kerana mereka ini dilantik untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas yang diamanahkan oleh Agong. Bagaimana Agong melantik Perdana Menteri dan Kabinetnya? Agong hendaklah melantik seorang Perdana Menteri dari kalangan ahli Dewan Rakyat yang pada pertimbangannya mungkin mendapat suara majoriti dari ahli Dewan Rakyat. Agong melantik Perdana Menteri melalui cara tadi dengan syarat dia bukan warganegara melalui proses naturalization. Apa yang saya maksudkan tentang naturalization ini adalah mengenai tiga cara untuk menjadi rakyat negara ini. Pertama melalui kuatkuasa undang-undang, kedua pendaftaran dan satu lagi naturalization. Ini dimaksud di mana warga asing yang kaya dan mahu menjadikan Malaysia sebagai rumah keduanya namun mereka ini tidak ada hak sebagai rakyat negara ini. Di sini tidak ada disebut syarat seorang Perdana Menteri perlulah terdiri daripada orang Melayu dan Islam. Maka di sini bolehlah Agong melantik Perdana Menteri asalkan dia bukan warganegara secara naturalization.

MINGGUAN: Jadi dari sudut Perlembagaan perkara ini dibenarkan?

MOHD NOOR: Saya mahu tegaskan di sini juga bahawa perkara ini bukan sewenang-wenangnya boleh berlaku. Ini kerana seorang Perdana Menteri mestilah mendapat sokongan majoriti di Dewan Rakyat. Bagaimana kita katakan ia boleh mendapat sokongan majoriti jika ahli Dewan Rakyat majoriti orang Melayu beragama Islam. Ini kecualilah jika ada orang Melayu yang mahu menyokong orang bukan Melayu menjadi Perdana Menteri. Oleh itu memang kalau kita lihat dari sudut undang-undang ianya boleh berlaku tetapi kenyataan atau hakikatnya saya katakan tidak boleh berlaku. Kenapa saya bertegas mengatakan tidak, pertama adalah kerana negara ini adalah negara Islam. Kedua, Agong pula adalah Ketua Agama Islam. Oleh itu Agong berhak melantik Perdana Menteri menurut budi bicaranya sendiri dan bukan atas nasihat. Walaupun Perlembagaan kata bahawa sesiapa yang mendapat majoriti, namun pada pertimbangannya orang bukan Melayu tidak mendapat majoriti tetapi orang lain, maka Agong boleh menolak orang bukan Melayu daripada dilantik menjadi Perdana Menteri. Dalam soal negeri pula, setiap negeri Melayu meletakkan syarat Menteri Besar mesti terdiri daripada orang Melayu dan Islam manakala rakyat di negeri itu mesti patuh kepada kuatkuasa undang-undang.

MINGGUAN: Boleh terangkan lebih lanjut mengenai peranan Agong dalam hal menolak Perdana Menteri bukan Melayu?

MOHD NOOR: Kenapa Agong boleh menolak orang bukan Islam daripada menjadi Perdana Menteri? Mereka ini tidak berupaya untuk menasihatkan Agong mengenai urusan agama. Bagaimana mereka boleh menasihatkan Agong jika mereka tidak tahu dan faham tentang Islam? Perkara ini sudah tentu bertentangan atau tidak selari dengan peranan Agong sebagai Ketua Agama Islam. Ini kerana tugas Perdana Menteri adalah sebagai Memanda.

Bolehkah Perdana Menteri bukan Melayu Islam mampu mempertahankan negara dan kedudukan Islam di majlis antarabangsa terutamanya Pertubuhan Negara-Negara Islam (OIC)? Bagaimana Perdana Menteri bukan Islam ini mahu bercakap tentang Islam jika diri sendiri bukan orang Islam? Pemimpin dunia Islam ini bercakap mengenai perpaduan umat tetapi Perdana Menteri kita tidak tahu apa nak buat. Sudah tentu perkara sebegini tidak boleh dipikul oleh Perdana Menteri bukan Melayu dan Islam. Ini adalah perkara realiti yang saya nyatakan walaupun dari sudut undang-undang membenarkan.

Perkara ketiga yang saya mahu jelaskan, Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS) Barack Obama, dipilih sebagai presiden kerana beliau mengaku dirinya adalah orang Amerika. Setidak-tidaknya beliau mengaku dirinya adalah African-American. Malangnya kita di sini mengaku diri sebagai Malaysian Chinese atau Malaysian Indian. Sepatutnya Chinese Malaysian atau Indian Malaysian. Ini menunjukkan mereka berbangga diri mempunyai serpihan daripada negara China dan tamadunnya. Namun sekarang ini, mereka berada di negara ini, golongan bukan Melayu mesti berintegrasi dengan masyarakat tempatan secara keseluruhan dan bukan berpuak-puak. Saya bagi contoh bekas Perdana Menteri Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra adalah keturunan Cina tetapi beliau boleh berintegrasi dengan penduduk tempatan, fasih bercakap bahasa Thai malah namanya juga menurut bahasa Thai.

MINGGUAN: Jadi Datuk melihat akibat keengganan mereka untuk berintegrasi tulen dengan masyarakat peribumi membantutkan mimpi mereka untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri?

MOHD NOOR: Jika hendak dibandingkan dengan orang bukan Melayu di negara ini, kebanyakan mereka belajar di sekolah jenis kebangsaan, dan berlanjutan hingga ke sekolah Cina swasta di peringkat menengah. Mereka tidak berintegrasi dengan pelajar-pelajar di sekolah kebangsaan. Pelajar-pelajar ini belajar Matematik dalam bahasa Cina, pelajaran Sejarah juga mengikut cara mereka. Kalau beginilah budaya, sifat dan naluri yang telah ditanam sejak kecil bolehkah mereka ini memimpin negara ini? Mereka ini telah dididik dengan semangat bangsa dan bahasa sejak peringkat tadika kemudian sekolah rendah hinggalah ke peringkat universiti. Adakah orang yang pendidikannya sebegini boleh menjadi seorang Perdana Menteri yang berkesan untuk semua warga di negara ini? Oleh itu saya mahu jelaskan bahawa secara praktiknya di negara ini orang Melayu belum sanggup menerima orang bukan Melayu menjadi Perdana Menteri jika begini keadaannya.

MINGGUAN: Karpal Singh ada mengatakan beliau akan menunggu dan terus memperjuangkan perkara ini. Bagaimana Datuk melihat tindakan beliau ini?

MOHD NOOR: Jawapan saya begini. Kita buat satu sekolah untuk semua kaum di satu bumbung. Semua orang bersekolah di situ dan orang Melayu akan menerima orang Cina atau India bukan lagi sebagai orang Cina atau India tetapi sebagai orang Malaysia. Mereka ini boleh duduk bersama makan, main bersama, Mereka ini boleh diberi jawatan penting sekolah seperti pengawas, ketua kelas tanpa mengira latar belakang kaum. Jika pelajar-pelajar ini boleh dipimpin oleh sesiapa tanpa mengira kaum, maka jawapan saya sudah tentu orang bukan Melayu boleh menjadi Perdana Menteri. Ini kerana setelah berintegrasi sejak kecil maka kita sudah tentu mengenali hati budi, budaya mereka dengan baik.

Satu perkara lagi, mungkin di kalangan parti pembangkang, Pas, DAP dan PKR, antara Pas dan PKR mungkin tidak timbul masalah sangat. Tetapi bagaimana pula DAP? Sudah tentu sukar, namun saya lihat jika terdapat seorang Cina Islam dalam DAP, saya rasa tidak timbul masalah untuk mereka menerima dia menjadi Perdana Menteri kerana dia berugama Islam. Malahan saya rasa orang UMNO pun mungkin akan menyokong perkara ini kerana melebihkan Islam dan bukan kaum.

Oleh: Kembara Politik





Tidak boleh menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai seorang rakyat Malaysia jika apa yang tersemat di hati mereka adalah China.

28 05 2012

Lemahkan PERKASA Tetapi Kuatkan Dong Zong?


Pada 18 Mei, Sin Chew Daily melaporkan bahawa Dong Zong telah keluar dari mesyuarat meja bulat yang dianjurkan oleh kerajaan dalam membincangkan mengenai pendidikan Cina. Mereka mendakwa bahawa mesyuarat itu hanya memberi tumpuan kepada kes-kes teknikal dan kecil tanpa mengambil kira bantahan yang dibuat oleh mereka mereka terhadap guru-guru yang tidak fasih dalam penggunaan bahasa Mandarin yang dihantar ke sekolah-sekolah Cina ‘. Sin Chew telah mencadangkan Dong Zong untuk mengukuhkan lagi kedudukan mereka bagi menangani masalah ini.

Ini bukanlah sesuatu yang baru yang dapat kita lihat dari Dong Zong. Sebaliknya, ia adalah sesuatu yang tidak menghairankan rakyat. Sejak ianya ditubuhkan, puak ekstremis ini tidak pernah menunjukkan semangat toleransi mereka kepada sesiapa pun. kehidupan mereka hanya berasaskan keperluan dan perkara yang yang akan menguntungkan kaum Cina. Kaum-kaum lain dilihat sebagai sesuatu yang tidak memberikan manfaat kepada mereka kecuali sebagai pekerja mereka.

Kepentingan rakyat dan negara juga, tidak ada kena-mengena dengan mereka kerana mereka hidup dalam dunia mereka sendiri dengan tanahair asal mereka yang sentiasa disemat di hati dan minda mereka. Aspirasi kerajaan untuk menyatukan rakyat adalah satu perkara yang tidak pernah terlintas dalam pemikiran mereka.

Jadi, adalah tidak salah bagi kita untuk menyatakan bahawa Dong Zong tidak langsung mempunyai semangat patriotik terhadap negara dan tidak salah bagi kita untuk menyatakan bahawa kita sepatutnya menganggap mereka sebagai kaum pendatang.

Ia adalah jelas bahawa apa Dong Zong mahukan adalah untuk menubuhkan satu lagi kerajaan negara China di seluruh Malaysia di mana semua kaum-kaum lain ‘ditelan’ ke dalam dunia kapitalis Cina. Jika anda mahu bekerja, anda perlu fasih berbahasa Cina dan jika anda mahu menjalankan perniagaan, Hanya orang Cina yang boleh maju kehadapan.

Untuk merealisasikan impian mereka ini, mereka perlu terlebih dahulu memastikan bahawa bahasa Cina dan sentimen kaum Cina menjadi kuat. Dan mereka hanya boleh lakukan ini dengan mengukuhkan kedudukan sekolah Cina di Malaysia.

Inilah perjuangan Dong Zong yang secara terang-terangan melangkaui semangat perkauman yang kuat, ini adalah satu bentuk penjajahan.

Dalam usaha untuk mencapai matlamat untuk membina ‘China di Malaysia’, mereka perlu terlebih dahulu melemahkan budaya kaum-kaum lain, terutamanya peneroka asal, ancaman mereka yang terbesar, yang paling patriotik, orang Melayu.

Jadi mereka kecapi slogan ‘Malaysia pertama, Melayu kedua’, yang membawa maksud kepada orang Melayu perlu meletakkan budaya mereka dibelakang, lupakan bahasa ibunda mereka, mengenepikan dan terima budaya baru, dimana budaya bangsa Cina sebagai budaya utama.

Ancaman hanya mereka untuk mencapai matlamat ini adalah UMNO, lebih-lebih lagi, PERKASA, yang dilihat sebagai kumpulan Melayu yang dikatakan sebagai ekstrem.

PERKASA, bagaimanapun, berjuang demi perpaduan. Logik dan sejarah mengajar kita bahawa perpaduan hanya boleh dicapai melalui sekolah,dimana ianya perlu dibentuk dalam diri seseorang sejak dari kecil lagi. PERKASA sering memperjuangkan perkara ini, sistem persekolahan bagi semua kaum.

PERKASA mengikuti aspirasi kerajaan dalam mewujudkan sebuah negara rakyat Malaysia tanpa perlu menyatakan mana-mana bangsa kita. Tetapi sebelum itu, kita mesti terlebih dahulu bersatu-padu.

Apa yang Dong Zong perjuangkan adalah jauh berbeza berbanding PERKASA. Jadi, PERKASA perlu menjadi dilemahkan – idea negara Malaysia perlu kekal sebagai ‘impian’ semata-mata. Ini adalah kerana hanya ’1Cina’ boleh menjadi aspirasi bagi negara ini, kaum-kaum lain hanya boleh menjadi pekerja.

Dengan Sin Chew meminta agar Dong Zong mengukuhkan kedudukan mereka, ini juga memberi makna bahawa mereka ingin kaum Cina agar membawa sikap perkauman mereka ke arah yang lebih ekstrem.

Kedegilan Dong Zong dalam berurusan dengan parti-parti lain, terutamanya pihak kerajaan, dengan tidak mahu menerima sebarang cadangan hanya menyerlahkan lagi sifat chauvinis mereka. Sikap ini boleh menghancurkan Malaysia dan ini membolehkan Dong Zong menyebarkan ajaran mereka ke seluruh pelusuk negara.

Namun, apakah yang boleh dilakukan agar Dong Zong sedar akan perkara ini dan belajar untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada Malaysia? Apakah cara yang boleh dilakukan untuk menyedarkan puak-puak ini?

Lambat laun, Dong Zong mungkin akan sedar bahawa seseorang itu tidak boleh menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai seorang rakyat Malaysia jika apa yang tersemat di hati mereka adalah China. Jika seseorang itu tidak belajar di sekolah Cina, itu tidak memberi maksud bahawa mereka bukan sebahagian daripada kaum Cina.





‘Terlalu bertoleransi’ kerana takut hilang kuasa.

5 05 2012

  • (Sinar Harian 16 Apr 2012)
  • Setiap kali bila isu pendidikan vernacular disentuh, saya diserang habis-habisan. Kedua ibu bapa saya, terutama ibu saya yang baharu sahaja meninggal, dihina dan dikutuk, menggunakan perkataan yang amat lucah. PengIslaman sayapun dikeji. Perkataan khitan (bersunat) dipermain-mainkan, hanya kerana saya tidak kulup lagi. Sehingga Yang di-Pertuan Agong yang tidak bersalah pun dibabitkan sama. Lebih serius lagi, ada ugutan mencederakan saya. Jika di Singapura, tempat yang menjadi pujian dan pakatan ultra kiasu, sudah lama mereka ini dihumban ke dalam penjara. Tetapi di negara kita, begitulah keadaannya, ‘terlalu bertoleransi’ kerana takut hilang kuasa.
  • Persoalannya, di mana salah saya? Apakah yang dilontarkan itu tidak benar? Jika menyimpang, perbetulkan. Itu baru namanya, kita orang yang bertamadun. Bukannya menganggap diri bertamadun, tetapi berpelakuan amat hina,  berfikiran dan bertindak seperti orang hilang akal. Kenapa diri atau peribadi yang diserang, bukan hujah yang dibahaskan? Saya menghormati mereka yang berlapang dada dan dapat membincangkannya dengan baik.
  • Baiklah, jika masih tidak berpuas hati, saya akan ulangi apa yang telah ditulis sebelum ini. Buktikan kepada saya di manakah negara dalam dunia ini memberikan kebebasan mendapat pendidikan perkauman sebegini rupa?  Ataupun sekurang-kurangnya menyamai sedikit apa yang dilakukan oleh negara kita? Tidakkah Malaysia adalah syurga kepada kaum selain Melayu dalam mengekalkan identiti dan jatidirinya? Kita terus kekal seperti mana asalnya, tanpa langsung diusik dan dijentik. Anak Cina/India kekal tulen Cina/India, malah lebih Cina dari di China. Di China pun tidak ada kebebasan dan tidak setulen seperti ini? Apa lagi yang kita mahu? Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak yang mempunyai lebih hak pun jarang bertindak seekstrem kita hari ini.
  • Saya harap pihak berkuasa tidak akan tunduk demi masa depan negara tercinta ini. Jika kita tunduk, maka tergadailah maruah dan jati diri sebuah negara yang terletak di kepulauan Melayu. Apakah mungkin manusia mati meninggal nama? Pada saya, jika harimau mati meninggalkan belang, gajah mati meninggalkan gading. Apakah mungkin Melayu mati, di mana tulangnya? Sepuluh jari saya susun jika orang Melayu tersinggung dengan tulisan ini. Terimalah muhasabah ini dengan lapang dada, kerana ikatan agama kita teramat kuat daripada ikatan bangsa membuatkan saya berani bersuara.
  • Saya sudah tidak rasa diri berbangsa, kerana Islam mengajar saya, Allah tidak akan tanya dikubur nanti, apa bangsa kamu! Cina atau Melayu! Tetapi pertanyaan yang amat takut tidak dapat dijawab, walaupun soalannya telah bocor, adalah “siapakah Tuhan kamu”? “Apakah agama kamu”? dan sebagainya. Wahai rakan seagamaku, percayalah dalam hati ini, tidak ada kepentingan lain, melainkan untuk melihat agama Islam dan umatnya, dibela dan terbela, disanjung dan dijunjung, terus kekal di bumi bertuah ini. Bukannya, dihina dan dipijak-pijak. Saya sudah tidak hirau lagi dituduh pengkhianat, hatta disuruh jangan lagi menggunakan surname TEE.
  • Saya tidak pernah diupah oleh Umno untuk menulis, mahupun menerima habuan Umno atau pihak ketiga. Saya tidak akan bersuara, jika semuanya teratur dan berjalan dengan baik. Saya tidak mahu mencari masalah. Saya mahu hidup aman, bebas dari kutukan, makian, hinaan dan cercaan orang lain. Namun, apakan daya, selagi Islam dan umatnya tidak terangkat dan terdarjat, selagi itulah perjuangan tidak selesai. Mudah-mudahan Allah memberi kekuatan dan membuka hati kita semua. Ia perlu dilakukan dengan cepat, kerana masa tidak menunggu kita. Jika kita terus berpolitik, saya bimbang, kesempatan mungkin tidak datang untuk kali kedua. Sementara berkuasa, lakukanlah yang terbaik untuk agama, bangsa dan negara.
  • Ultra kiasu sudah menjadi terlalu kuat. Semakin terus menggunakan segala ruang dan peluang pada waktu kritikal ini, kerana mereka takut ruang dan peluang ini mungkin tidak datang lagi, walaupun mereka tahu ruang dan peluang itu masih terbuka luas, dengan adanya orang Melayu Islam yang belot bersama mereka, sepakatan dengan mereka. Justeru, wahai saudaraku, sekali lagi saya paparkan apa yang telah diberikan selama ini, selain daripada tuntutan ultra kiasu yang terbaru. Bacalah, saya tidak akan ulangi lagi.
  • Pertama, SJKC sebenarnya tidak boleh disentuh sejak kewujudannya. Kita hanya berjaya menyeragamkan silibus pelajaran daripada berkiblat negara asal kepada silibus kita. Itupun masih lagi dipersoalkan, kerana penyeragaman itu tidak berlaku secara menyeluruh kerana kita terus tunduk.  Subjek Bahasa Melayu walaupun telah diseragamkan, tetapi teksnya tidak sama berbanding aliran kebangsaan. Bahasa Melayu di SJKC/T lebih mudah, berbanding sekolah kebangsaan. Penyeragamanya ditentang oleh ultra kiasu kerana jika diberatkan bahasa Melayu, penguasaan bahasa ibunda akan berkurang.
  • Kedua, cadangan penambahan waktu pengajaran dan pembelajaran (P&P) bahasa Melayu di SJKC juga gagal. Cadangan kerajaan ditolak mentah-mentah. Alasannya, jika ditambahkan waktu P&P bahasa Melayu, ia akan mengambil ruang masa subjek bahasa ibunda. Penguasaan bahasa ibunda akan terjejas.
  • Ketiga, cadangan P&P subjek sejarah (Malaysia Negaraku) di sekolah rendah, untuk meningkatkan semangat patriotism. Pun tidak berjaya. Jika subjek ini mahu diajarkan juga, mesti diajar dalam ibunda, bukannya dalam bahasa Melayu, kerana akan menjejaskan penguasaan bahasa ibunda.
  • Keempat, kegagalan Sekolah Wawasan. Semua Sekolah Wawasan yang telah didirikan gagal untuk menarik perhatian orang Cina. Alasannya, percampuran dengan orang lain, akan mengurangkan penguasaan bahasa ibunda. SJKC mesti beroperasi dengan penuh kecinaan, baru murid-murid dapat menjadi Cina tulen.
  • Pokoknya, mereka tidak mahu menjadi Cina Pisang. Titik. Mereka mahu jadi secina cinanya. Persoalannya, apakah tindakan sebegini baik untuk pembinaan sebuah negara bangsa? Mereka tidak mahu dikaitkan dengan Melayu. Dengan orang putih tidak mengapa.
  • Pendek kata, ultra kiasu langsung tidak mahu bahasa ibunda mereka cair. Sebarang gugatan akan ditentang habis-habisan, tanpa memikirkan agenda negara. Pada mereka, biarlah anak-anak mereka langsung tidak tahu berbahasa Melayu, asalkan mereka mesti tahu berbahasa Cina.
  • Fikirkanlah wahai pemimpin sekelian. Benar, undi dan pengekalan kuasa penting. Tetapi fikirkanlah kepentingan agenda membina negara. Saya tidak menjadi masalah atau tidak pernah risau, jika perkara ini berlaku di negeri China, tetapi ingatlah kita berada di Malaysia, perkataan ‘Malay’ itu masih wujud, dengan sedikit penambahan perkataan ‘Sia’. Jika tidak berlaku kemasukan Sabah dan Sarawak, negara ini akan terus kekal dengan nama Tanah Melayu. Bayangkan jika perkara ini terus berlaku, sedangkan namanya masih kekal Tanah Melayu. Bolehkah sejarah ‘Tanah Melayu’ dipadamkan begitu sahaja?
  • Profesor Madya Dr. Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah
  • Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia




Kepentingan Politik Jangkapendek Mendahului Kepentingan Jangkapanjang Negara

4 05 2012

 

Harapan Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua Sekadar Rhetorik 1Malaysia

  • Hasrat dan harapan rakyat Malaysia untuk melihat perpaduan masyarakat majmuk bersatu padu didalam mencapai wawasan 2020 melalui rhetorik 1Malaysia hanya akan menjadi mimpi. 
  • Terkini  pada  22 Januari 2012,  Perdana Menteri DS Najib mencadangkan kepada golongan pendidik yang terlibat dalam sistem pendidikan sekolah Tamil agar merangka satu “blueprint” bagi meningkatkan mutu sekolah berkenaan.
  • Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata demikian dalam ucapannya ketika menghadiri Majlis Mesra Perdana Menteri bersama warga sekolah Tamil Malaysia di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Kinrara di sini. Beliau mencadangkan agar pendidik sekolah Tamil agar dapat membuat satu seminar, dan menghasilkan satu “blueprint” yang akan digunakan untuk membangunkan sekolah Tamil di negara ini.
  • DS Najib merasakan tindakan itu perlu agar sekolah jenis kebangsaan Tamil akan terus berdaya saing, maju dan cemerlang. Disamping itu beliau turut meluluskan permohonan masyarakat India untuk membina enam sekolah Tamil baru. Sempena majlis tersebut, Najib turut mengumumkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) telah meluluskan peruntukan sebanyak RM3.5 juta untuk pembinaan bangunan empat tingkat di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil, Kinrara, Puchong.
  • Apakah kepentingan politik jangkapendek mendahului kepentingan negara bagi tempuh jangka panjang?




Kerana terlampau mengalah

2 05 2012

 

Dong Zong Masih Belum Puas

 


Belum puas menghalau guru bukan Melayu dari sekolah Cina, kini Dong Zong membuat tuntutan lagi iaitu inginkan agar kemasukan pra-universiti dibuka atau dilonggarkan kepada semua kaum. Alasan Dong Zong ialah kemasukan pra-universiti di negara ini adalah tidak begitu telus kerana ia disusun agar memberi kelebihan atau memudahkan bumiputera mendapat tempat di universiti, sekali gus mengurangkan ruang kepada kaum lain.

Kita tidak pasti bagaimana Dong Zong menilai perkara ini tetapi kita yakin ia ada kena mengena dengan syarat wajib lulus Bahasa Malaysia. Sedangkan syarat ini patut dianggap sebagai syarat semulajadi kerana sudah menjadi keharusan bagi semua warganegara untuk fasih berbahasa Malaysia. Dengan pemberian taraf warganegara percuma kepada kaum pendatang suatu ketika dahulu, kewajipan untuk anak cucu mereka fasih berbahasa kebangsaan adalah bayaran yang terlalu kecil dan tidak perlu dipersoalkan langsung kerana ia merupakan perkara semulajadi bagi semua negara di dunia.

Kita percaya, tuntutan ini bukan tuntutan terakhir Dong Zong. Mereka akan terus menuntut dan menuntut sehingga budaya dan bahasa Cina diiktiraf sebagai setaraf atau lebih tinggi dari budaya dan bahasa rasmi Malaysia. Tidak keterlaluan rasanya dikatakan bahawa inilah ikrar Dong Zong yang akan dipegang mereka selama-lamanya atas alasan memperjuangkan nasib kaum Cina di Malaysia.

Dan inilah masalahnya dengan manusia hipokrit seperti Dong Zong. Apabila UMNO bercakap mengenai memperjuangkan nasib Melayu yang masih ketinggalan dari segi pendidikan dan ekonomi, UMNO dituduh rasis. Tetapi apabila Dong Zong memperjuangkan bangsa Cina yang sedia mendahului kaum lain dari segala segi, Dong Zong dikatakan memperjuangkan keadilan.

Sejarah telah membuktikan bahawa UMNO telah banyak bertolak ansur dengan kaum lain dengan membenarkan kewujudan sekolah jenis kebangsaan, mengamalkan budaya serta agama masing-masing secara meluas dan bebas. UMNO juga tidak mengehadkan kek ekonomi kepada kaum lain dan hasilnya mereka telah mengaut kekayaan yang bukan sedikit di Malaysia ini. Pendek kata, UMNO banyak mengalah dengan kaum pendatang demi kemerdekaan dan keamanan negara ini.

Malangnya, sikap yang sama tidak dapat dilihat dalam diri Dong Jiao Zong – atau kubu pertahanan Cina, yang tegar membawa bersama mereka polisi yang dimulakan oleh penjajah yang memisahkan kaum-kaum di Malaysia melalui sekolah. Polisi ‘pecah dan perintah’ ini diperkenalkan oleh penjajah British bertujuan menyukarkan perpaduan di kalangan kaum di negara ini dengan harapan Malaysia tidak akan mampu mempertahankan kemerdekaan.

Untuk sekian lama, Malaysia berjaya mengatasi segala cabaran yang timbul dari polisi pecah dan perintah tersebut. Walaubagaimanapun, risiko yang wujud dari polisi ini kekal dan terus meningkat selaras dengan meningkatnya semangat perkauman yang diterapkan secara langsung dan tidak langsung akibat pemisahan kaum di sekolah-sekolah serta semangat keCinaan yang tebal yang diperjuangkan Dong Zong.

Kata-kata bekas Presiden Dong Zong, Lim Lian Geok suatu ketika dahulu dengan sendirinya membuktikan sifat rasis tegar pertubuhan ini, iaitu “Budaya adalah jiwa bagi sesuatu kaum, dan nilainya adalah sama seperti nyawa sendiri. Dan jika bangsa Cina ingin mewarisi warisan budaya dan menjadi seorang Cina yang tulen, maka anak mereka wajib dihantar ke sekolah Cina”.

..selanjutnya baca disni..

Ps/– Tulisan asal untuk ob21.net oleh Obey-One





Kerajaan yang lemah juga bertanggungjawab terhadap polarisasi perkauman yang semakin meluatkan

30 04 2012

Bahaya tuntutan ultra kiasu

  • Ahad lalu kita dikejutkan dengan Perhimpunan 325 ultra kiasu sekitar kolej perkauman mereka, ala universiti merdeka di Kajang. Saya tertanya-tanya bagaimana perhimpunan perkauman sebegini diberikan permit. Sepatutnya ISA lah jawapannya. Tetapi kita tidak pernah lakukan. Ini toleransi dan mulianya hati budi pemimpin. Berbanding dengan undang-undang di Singapura, panggilan ‘anjing’ sudah membolehkan seseorang itu dipenjara atau didenda dan beberapa kemudahan ditarik balik. Di negara kita, tiada sebarang tindakan dikenakan walaupun perkataan lebih hina dan lucah digunakan serta sentimen perkauman dimainkan.
  • Saya telah pergi ke kolej yang dipunyai oleh ultra kiasu ini (tempat perhimpunan) enam tahu lalu. Operasinya langsung tidak mencerminkan identiti kebangsaan, sama seperti kolej di negeri China. Laman webnya pun langsung tidak menggunakan bahasa Melayu. Saya tidak faham bagaimana kolej ini boleh diikhtiraf sebagai salah satu IPTS negara ini. Apa boleh buat, semua telah diluluskan. Kita tidak pernah bertegas, malah semakin tunduk kepada tuntutan dan tekanan. Malang sungguh negara ini, identiti kebangsaan langsung tidak tertonjol,yang menonjol adalah identiti orang lain.
  • Beberapa laman web ultra kiasu melaporkan perhimpunan tersebut disertai oleh lebih 5000 orang. Manakala akhbar ultra kiasu melaporkan lebih 7000 orang. Angka tidak penting, walaupun sering dimanipulasikan oleh akhbar ultra kiasu untuk menunjukkan mereka hebat. Tidak mustahil bilangannya agak ramai kerana jika pelajar-pelajar dan ibu bapa kolej ultra kiasunya turun, sudah cukup mendapatkan angka tersebut. Pada saya, perhimpunan ini tidak perlu dianggap sebagai satu gugatan. Apa yang penting adalah tindakan pro aktif kita, bukan action oriented, takut kepada mereka. Agenda kebangsaan mesti diperkasakan daripada agenda perkauman komunis mereka.
  • Tuntutan mereka amat tidak logik dan begitu ektrem. Inilah strategi komunis yang dipakai sekian lama. Walaupun komunis telah tiada, tetapi pemikirannya masih kuat. Tuntut sebanyak-banyaknya, mereka tahu kerajaan tidak akan tunduk. Namun, kerajaan akan beri sedikit. Pemberian sedikit itulah kemenangan terbesar buat mereka. Kerajaan sepatutnya sudah dapat membaca strategi lapok ini. Jangan gentar sama sekali dengan ugutan menjelang pilihan raya. Biar kalah, tetapi bermaruah, daripada menang, tetapi tergadai segala-galanya. Generasi akan datang menderita. Kita akan dikutuk sampai bila-bila
  • Antara tuntutan kumpulan ultra kiasu ini adalah;
    • Pertama, segera keluarkan guru Cina yang tidak latar belakang sekolah Cina atau mengambil mandarin dalam sijil SPM.
    • Kedua, sediakan kursus khas bahasa Cina kepada guru yang mengajar Bahasa Melayu dan Bahasa Inggeris, minima tiga tahun, supaya mereka dapat menguasai ketiga-tiga bahasa ini.
    • Ketiga, rombak silibus latihan perguruan supaya guru bahasa Cina benar-benar layak untuk mengajar bahasa Cina.
    • Keempat, rombak akta pelajaran bagi memastikan sekolah vernakular dilindungi dan setaraf dengan sekolah kebangsaan.
  • Siapakah ultra kiasu ini yang begitu biadab dan kurang ajar, yang begitu berani mencabar kerajaan? Mereka tidak layak hidup di negara bertuah yang memberikan banyak kebebasan sehinggakan identiti negara tidak terserlah. Tuntutan ini amat tidak masuk akal. Sebahagian orang Cina sendiri tidak selesa dengan tuntutan terlalu ultra ini. Justeru, tidak wajar kita salahkan semua orang Cina.
  • Saya cadangkan ultra kiasu membawa tuntutan yang boleh memporakperandakan negara ini ke negara komunis China. Saya amat yakin, komunis China pun tidak dapat menerimanya walaupun berkaitan dengan agenda bangsa Cina, kerana memberi ancaman kepada keselamatan kerajaan. Tidak perlu pergi jauh, lihatlah berapa ramai yang menjadi korban dalam peristiwa Tiananmen 1989, hanya kerana mereka menuntut kebebasan dan demokrasi? Seramai 400-800 orang (The New York Times) telah menjadi korban dan ribuan cedera. Selain tindakan ketenteraan, kerajaan China telah melakukan penangkapan besar-besaran untuk menyekat kebangkitan penunjuk perasaan dan pengikut pro demokrasi di seluruh China.
  • Media asing diharamkan dari membuat liputan. Media awam dikawal dalam membuat segala liputan media mengenai kejadian tersebut. Lihat betapa bertuahnya negara ini, media ultra kiasu mempropagandakan isu ini tidak pernah habis dan terus memainkan sentiment perkauman. Kita terus berlembut. Jika adapun tindakan, hanya surat tunjuk sebab dan amaran, pun tidak berani menjentiknya. Kenapa? Takut mereka tidak mengundi kita. Nasihat saya, berilah sebanyak manapun, ultra kiasu tidak akan mengundi kita.
  • Apa yang dibuat oleh kerajaan kita terhadap perhimpunan perkauman ini? Boleh dikatakan tiada. Mereka terus melakukan provokasi. Jika Kementerian Pelajaran tunduk kepada tuntutan ultra ini, maruah kita berada di tahap yang paling hina dan amat rendah sekali. Jangan terlalu mengharapkan undi sehingga maruah dan harga diri negara ini tergadai. Pentingkan agenda kebangsaan berbanding agenda bangsa. Jika mereka benar-benar ikhlas sudah tentu agenda kebangsaan (bahasa Melayu) dibincang atau dibawa bersekali. Ini tidak, semuanya mesti cina, cina dan cina seperti di negeri China.
  • Mereka tidak pernah risau sebahagian produk SJKC yang langsung tidak boleh menguasai dan berkomunikasi dalam bahasa kebangsaan. Malah mereka tutup kedua-dua belah mata. Masalah yang dihadapi oleh kementerian pelajaran, langsung tidak mahu diambil tahu. Mereka hanya tahu hak mereka mesti dipenuhi. Hak orang lain langsung tidak dihiraukan. Sedangkan toleransi kerajaan sudah sampai ke tahap maksimum. Tindakan sebegini hanya akan membuahkan dendam.
  • Dalam pembinaan negara bangsa, tidak salah jika orang Cina kurang sedikit kecinaannya, lebih kepada kemalaysiaannya. Lagipun mereka bukan bangsa majoriti. Barulah betul dikatakan Malaysian first. Saya tidak nampak identiti dan jatidiri orang Melayu dan bumiputera hari ini begitu terangkat dan terdarjat walaupun mereka adalah majoriti. Mereka sanggup berkorban menggadaikan identiti bangsanya, demi menjaga hati orang lain. Namun, madu dibalas tuba. Ingatan saya kepada kerajaan, jangan biarkan pemikiran komunis ini menguasai kita.
  • Toleransi kita sudah tidak ada tolok banding. Dahulu, terdapat peruntukan Akta Pelajaran 1961 memberi kuasa mutlak kepada Menteri Pelajaran untuk menghapuskan sekolah vernakular. Sebagai menghormati hak bangsa lain, peruntukan ini telah dimansuhkan dalam Akta Pelajaran 1996. Menteri Pelajaran tidak ada kuasa lagi menghapuskan sekolah vernakular. Nampaknya, pemikiran komunis tidak pernah menghargai toleransi kerajaan.
  • SJKC yang dahulunya dikategorikan sebagai sekolah bantuan modal, hari ini hampir ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh kerajaan. Ini tidak termasuk hampir 400 SJKC yang dibina sepenuhnya oleh kerajaan termasuk bangunan dan tanah. Menjelang pilihan raya, ke mana sahaja Perdana Menteri membuat lawatan ada sahaja SJKC/T baru yang diluluskan. Rumah ibadat janganlah dicerita.
  • Saya tidak pasti penambahan Sekolah Kebangsaan dan sekolah agama, sebab tidak dilaporkan. Yang pasti, bangsa lain semakin mendapat tempat dan diraikan menjelang pilihan raya umum. Tidak cukup dengan itu, kaduk terus naik junjung, mereka terus mendesak ditambah lagi, seolah-olah tidak pernah cukup, termasuk penambahan Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJKC) dan Sekolah Persendirian Cina serta sijil-sijil sekolah perkauman (UEC) yang mesti diikhtiraf.
  • Maka tidak hairanlah, baru-baru ini Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi telah menerima 146 institusi pengajian tinggi di China menjadi kumpulan pertama yang diiktiraf Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA), susulan Perjanjian Pengiktirafan Seiring (MRA) yang ditandatangani Malaysia dan China pada 28 April 2011.
  • Antara universiti China yang diiktiraf ialah Universiti Anhui, Universiti Beihang, Universiti Fudan dan Universiti Donghua. Ini tidak termasuk kerjasama dengan Taiwan. Saya tidak menolak akan kerjasama tersebut, tetapi apakah mekanisme seterusnya. Siapakah yang akan belajar di sana? Apakah kritirianya? Menggunakan SPM atau UEC? Bagaimana pemantauan boleh dilakukan dengan lambakan IPTS perkauman yang tidak terkawal terutama kolej ultra kiasu di Kajang itu. Selepas ini dan selama inipun mereka terus mendesak supaya agar graduan-graduan mereka ini diterima memasuki perkhidmatan awam tanpa syarat.
  • Jika demonstrasi inilah yang mahu dijadikan ukuran untuk menggegarkan kerajaan, saya fikir sekolah agama rakyatpun akan berdemonstrasi juga. Lihatlah dan pergilah membuat lawatan ke sekolah agama rakyat, ibarat segan mati tak mahu. Pernahkah orang Islam membuat tunjuk perasaan seperti ultra kiasu. Sedangkan hak Islam dan orang Islam dijamin dengan jelas dalam perlembagaan, terutama perkara berkaitan dengan pembinaan institusi Islam yang mesti dibiayai oleh negara.
  • Saya tidak pernah risau majoriti mereka mengejek timbalan menteri pelajaran ketika perhimpunan. Ini sebahagian daripada taktik strategi mereka. Selepas ini perkara ini akan dibawa kepada menteri pelajaran dan diminta menebuskan balik penghinaan tersebut untuk menagih simpati. Akhirnya, kerajaan jadi sedih bersimpati, dan memberikan segala tuntutan mereka. Taktik lapok ini sudah lama saya fahami. Bila tuntutan itu dipenuhi, malah menteri tersebut akan dijulang kembali oleh ultra kiasu.
  • Bayangkan jika kita tunduk kepada tuntutan tersebut, apakah akan terjadi kepada agenda kebangsaan dan pembinaan negara bangsa. Saya menyeru kepada Umno dan Pas, jangan tunduk kepada ultra kiasu ini. Sama ada dipenuhi atau tidak, tuntutan mereka, mereka tidak akan mengundi Umno (BN) dalam pilihan raya akan datang. Bukti yang ada sudah cukup jelas. Jika diberi, bermaharajalelalah mereka. Jika tidak diberikan pun, mereka masih menang, kerana mereka sudah ada wakil dalam BN dan kerajaan ultra kiasu di beberapa negeri.
  • Justeru, janganlah lihat demonstrasi ultra kiasu ini sebagai ancaman. Tetapi lihat demontrasi itu sebagai peluang untuk kita memperkasakan agenda kebangsaan, bukannya tunduk kepada pemikiran komunis ini .
  • Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah
    Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia




A Common Language To Success

27 04 2012

An awesome argument for a Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua system in Malaysia

  • Can we seriously expect there to be some semblance of a Malaysian nation as long as young Malaysian children are taught separately, in different language streams? And are we naïve enough to think that nations invent themselves, without there having to be some form of intervention and direction by the state?
  • Dr. Farish A. Noor
  • This is one of the best article I have read arguing for a one school for all system, written by Dr. Farish A. Noor, sourced here:

    A common language to success
    By Farish A. Noor

    • ONCE again vernacular education has become an issue in Malaysian politics, though with much speculation about the date of the election going around at the moment, one cannot help but feel that the issue has been raised by some parties for the sake of gaining the popular vote above all.
    • It would be difficult not to draw an association between the proponents of vernacular schooling and the opposition parties after what happened at the rally for Chinese schools that took place last week.
    • But the question remains unanswered by all: Can we seriously expect there to be some semblance of a Malaysian nation as long as young Malaysian children are taught separately, in different language streams? And are we naïve enough to think that nations invent themselves, without there having to be some form of intervention and direction by the state?
    • I have written about this so many times that I am close to giving up altogether, for fear that any more articles would simply amount to a waste of paper.
    • But for the umpteenth time, let me repeat some of the things I have said before: If we were to look at the major developed countries of the world such as Britain, France and Germany, we will see that historically these countries used to be far more linguistically diverse than they are today. In France alone hundreds of dialects were spoken, as was the case in Germany, where each region had a dialect unique to itself.
    • As Robert Bartlett has argued in his work The Making Of Europe, the coming together of these small principalities and feudal states was only possible through the centralisation of power and the streamlining of language, giving birth to the national languages we know today: French, German and English. Bartlett notes, of course, that this did not happen without some degree of discomfort, but in the long run the sacrifices of the past seem to have paid off. Disparate communities (that may not have even been able to speak to each other) are now part of larger nations.
    • Malaysia is likewise at a stage of its history where it has to decide firmly and decisively if it wishes to be one nation or a number of nations living side-by-side but never really communicating or understanding one another. As elections draw close, my worry is that the political parties of the country will pander to the most exclusive of communitarian voices, calling for linguistic isolationism as if it was the only benchmark of identity.
    • Surely, in the midst of the economically troubling times we live in, there are other matters that ought to gain our attention, such as protecting Malaysia from capital flight, securing our human resources and talent, and so on.
    • This also means having to create the opportunity structures whereby minorities feel that they can succeed by remaining in the mainstream, and working upwards in society by using the same common national language that is the language of one and all. For more than two decades now, I have lived as a member of the minority, first in Britain, then in France, Holland, Germany and now in Singapore.
    • In all these countries, I found myself struggling to get into the mainstream in order to succeed and to be the best I could be; proud enough to say that at least one Malaysian managed to teach in some of the best universities of the world. In places like France and Germany it also meant trying to master at least some basic French and German. And in all these instances my struggle was for and in the mainstream of society.
    • My concern about what is happening in Malaysia today is that the continued existence of separate language schools means that we do not know where the mainstream is any longer. It beggars belief that in a plural society like ours, young children may spend their entire childhood in the company of other children of the same cultural-linguistic background, and need not meet or even shake hands with another Malaysian child of a different culture or religion.
    • Worse still, this trend towards linguistic-cultural exclusivism seems to be on the rise among all the communities of the country. So we are back to the original question: How can we build a Malaysian nation if Malaysian children don’t even go to the same schools, together?
    • As the tone and tenor of political contestation heats up in Malaysia in the lead-up to the elections, I also hope that the parties in the country will not jump on the language bandwagon to further aggravate things and to drive a wedge between Malaysians. In other developed countries, even parties that are bitterly hostile to each other conduct themselves with one eye on the national interest, and put national interest first.
    • In any plural society there are bound to be both centrifugal forces and centripetal forces, at times working against each other. To build a Malaysian nation means necessarily seeking those positive centripetal forces that want there to be a Malaysian nation that we can all call home. Parties should actively seek these forces, and lend their support to Malaysians who want there to be a national language, a national educational system and a national culture that everyone can identify with.
    • These forces, I believe, are there and have always been there; but what baffles me is why the political parties of the country have not reached out to them in an effective manner.
    • The aim, surely, has to be the creation of a common, inclusive mainstream; and then the expansion of that mainstream to make it even more inclusive and empowering for all.
    • Surely that is what education is for, and what smart politics is all about. Read in full here.
  • I seriously think that politicians from both sides of the political divide should sit down together and decide on a One School For All System for the sake of this nations future. Our children and our grandchildren who are taught  segregated  in their own schools will never grow up as a united people.

  • Jurang perpaduan kaum diMalaysia semakin besar dan semakin runcing dengan adanya pelbagai sekolah untuk mengisi kemahuan pelbagai kaum diMalaysia ini. Its time rational Malaysians take the future of this country in their hands and tell our politicians to buck up and look at the future not just the votes they will get.
  • Its time for  “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua”


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Gomen must decide on unity over votes

14 04 2012

 

 

Tuntutan rasis Dong Zong menambahkan lagi jurang perpaduan antara kaum

 

Another follow up article of the racist Dong Zong/DAP rally. Sourced here.

Oleh ZULKIFLI JALIL
pengarang@utusan.com.my

  • DONG Zong cetus isu lagi. Rakyat tidak tahu apa motifnya kali ini. Tapi nampaknya Dong Zong lebih agresif dan serius. Tidak pandang kiri dan kanan lagi berbanding satu dekad lepas.
  • Nampak benar semakin ‘besar kepala’ lagaknya. Penulis tidaklah mahu komen panjang lebar motif perhimpunan Gabungan Persatuan Jawatankuasa Sekolah Cina Malaysia ini atau Dong Zong di Kajang baru-baru ini.
  • Sebab kalau ‘terlangsung’ pengamatan penulis, akan timbul pula kontroversi. Maknanya kontroversi ‘di atas kontroversi’ pula apabila membicarakan soal empat ‘usul besar’ yang dibangkitkan Dong Zong.
  • Dalam empat ini, salah satunya dikehendaki Dong Zong adalah mahu pihak Kementerian Pelajaran memindahkan segera guru-guru yang dihantar ke SJKC pada sesi persekolahan awal tahun ini yang tidak tahu berbahasa Cina. Ini termasuk guru-guru bahasa Melayu dan bahasa Inggeris.

  • Mengambil pendekatan tidak berpihak, penulis semalam mengajukan kemelut yang dicetuskan Dong Zong ini kepada dua tokoh pendidik, iaitu bekas Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Arshad yang kini merupakan Canselor Universiti Kolej Sedaya International (UCSI). Dan seorang lagi, profesor yang sering dimomokkan ‘Cina yang bukan Cina lagi’ oleh Dong Zong, Prof. Emeritus, Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim.
  • Ikuti suara hati kedua-dua individu ini mengenai tindak tanduk Dong Zong di Kajang tempoh hari.
  • Luahan Tan Sri Abdul Rahman:
  • “RANCANGAN yang dicadangkan Dong Zong ini jelas tidak mahu terima orang bukan Cina di SJKC. Saya amat terperanjat dengan tindak balas ini. Masakan orang Melayu dan India yang mengajar bahasa Melayu dan Inggeris di SJKC semuanya tahu berbahasa Mandarin.
  • Dahulu, kita dapat guru yang mengajar bahasa Inggeris, dia bukannya orang Inggerispun. Kalau yang mengajar bahasa Inggeris di sekolah Melayu pun, tidak semestinya dia boleh berbahasa Melayu.
  • Tindak tanduk Dong Zong ini seolah-olah tidak mahu memberi peluang kepada orang bukan Cina mengajar di SJKC. Tidakkah juga satu pembaziran juga jika orang yang tahu bahasa Cina nak mengajar bahasa Melayu pula.
  • Cuma, satu sahaja yang saya lihat kesan daripada perbuatan Dong Zong ini iaitu menebalkan lagi jurang perpaduan. Masalah kita sekarang adalah perpaduan. Perpaduan bererti kita semua kaum boleh bergaul bersama. Adakah baik sekolah Cina semuanya Cina belaka?
  • Seelok-eloknya yang bagus dalam bidang Geografi mengajar Geografi, bagus dalam bahasa Melayu ajar bahasa Melayu. Apa erti semuanya ini Dong Zong? Adakah anda tidak mahu bangsa asing di SJKC.
  • Kalau tebalkan lagi perkauman, jangan sebutlah kita tentang perpaduan. Yang saya boleh rumuskan ialah Dong Zong tidak mahu bangsa asing selain Cina di SJKC. Saya tak mahulah kaitkan isu ini dengan politik sementelah lagi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) akan berlaku tidak lama lagi dah.
  • Apa yang saya perhatikan juga ialah sebelum ini belum pernah berlaku tuntutan-tuntutan serius seperti ini. Jika kita melayan Dong Zong, apa akan jadi pula jika sekolah Tamil pun nak begitu iaitu yang hendak mengajar bahasa Melayu di sekolah Tamil, mesti boleh berbahasa Tamil dan di Sarawak pula, kalau ajar bahasa Melayu, harus tahu bahasa Iban.
  • Kita pun di sekolah kebangsaan tidak mahulah yang mengajar bahasa Mandarin mesti tahu bahasa Melayu di sebalik boleh berbahasa Melayu (kebangsaan) itu sebenarnya satu keperluan nasional.
  • Sebenarnya orang boleh menilai Dong Zong ini sebab jelas tuntutannya bertentangan dengan dasar bahasa kebangsaan yang mengutamakan soal perpaduan. Kalau kita berpolitikpun, ia hanyalah politik perpaduan.
  • Sekali lagi kalau kita benarkan tuntutan Dong Zong ini, dikhuatiri nanti kita semua berpecah belah. Yang Melayu dengan Melayunya, Cina dengan Cinanya dan India dengan Indianya.
  • Dan dalam hal ini juga bukannya kerajaan menganaktirikan sekolah Cina. Banyak peruntukan pun telah dihulurkan ke SJKC.
  • Juga, sekali lagi saya ingin ingatkan jika kita melayan tuntutan kecinaan (Dong Zong) ini, ia bukannya untuk hari ini sahaja. Tetapi ia akan menjadi isu kecinaan jangka panjang. Kalau lepas PRU13 pun, ini tetap juga akan dibangkitkan balik. Dan kita pula terpaksa pikulnya untuk jangka masa panjang.
  • Dengan tuntutan Dong Zong ini, ia bererti perpaduan yang dilaung-laungkan tidak ada erti lagi oleh kerana perasaan kecinaan bertambah tebal. Kadang kala bila kita beri ‘betis, mereka nak paha pula.”
  • Kata Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim:
  • “Ini (tuntutan-tuntutan Dong Zong) memang masalah yang hangat dalam politik. Hanya politik ada niat sendiri. Kita tidak tahu apa mereka mahu sebenarnya.
  • Saya pernah dikritik oleh ahli politik UMNO kerana minta supaya Penyata Razak dilaksanakan sebab penyata ini dari awal lagi menyebut objektif utama Dasar Pelajaran Kebangsaan adalah perpaduan negara. Tetapi ahli politik UMNO tidak setuju, apa kita nak buat.
  • Dan akhbar-akhbar Cina pun selalu kritik saya. Sangat susah! bagaimana kita nak wujudkan negara yang bersatu padu. Bagi saya, semua warganegara Malaysia mesti kena tahu bahasa Melayu.
  • Saya inginlah menarik perhatian di sini bahawa hanya Malaysia satu-satunya di dunia yang ada sekolah vernakular. Di negara lain tidak ada. Di Singapura tidak ada sekolah Cina pun.
  • Bahasa Cina bukanlah bahasa kebangsaan. Tindakan Dong Zong ini saya fikir kerana mereka mahu masyarakat Malaysia terus menjadi masyarakat majmuk. Tiap-tiap kaum duduk berasingan.
  • Sedangkan kita sudah menjadi negara bangsa, mana boleh mereka mahu keadaan ini diulangi. Apa maksud warganegara pun mereka tak tahu.
  • Sekarang kita adalah orang Cina di Malaysia, bukannya kita berada di China. Kita sudah jadi orang Malaysiakan.
  • Sebenarnya istilah bangsa suatu ketika dahulupun bermaksud kaum juga. Tetapi selepas Perang Dunia Kedua, apabila PBB ditubuhkan, kita terjemahkan United Nation Organisation sebagai
  • Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB). Bangsa itu nation, bukannya kaum.
  • Saya juga ingin ingatkan juga kalau di China tidak akan ada tuntutan-tuntutan sebegini (yang dilakukan Dong Zong) boleh disaksikan. Apa yang ditetapkan oleh kerajaannya, itulah juga dasar kebangsaan yang mesti dipatuhi. Singapura pun begitu juga, tetapi di sini (Malaysia) lain.
  • Saya bagaimanapun tidak boleh beri pandangan tentang tuntutan-tuntutan Dong Zong ini. Ini disebabkan mereka benci pada saya. Apa saya kata, mereka tidak setuju.
Definitely the Gomen must decide on unity over votes, as the racist Dong Zong and their supporters are in cahoot with the divisive DAP. The Gomen would not lose anything as their votes are already with the DAP, just look at how the hooligans treated the MOE Deputy Minister Dr Wee. Such Shameless Behaviour only reflects a failed education.