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Old 13-11-2002, 04:03 PM
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I am amused by True Malaysian’s assertion that one of the reasons for racial polarisation in this country is due to the government’s Islamisation programme. Islam cannot be blamed for the government’s failure to contain racial polarisation for it always teaches equality.

The communities in this country should be blamed for always wanting to retain their identities as shown by the recent problems faced by the government in introducing English in the teachings of Maths and Science. Luckily the Malays, Indians, Sikhs and the other races did not also demand that their mother tongue be retained in the teachings of the two subjects.

In my opinion as long as the various races in this country are so particular about their identities, there will be no end to racial polarisation. Do not only blame the government but sometimes the communities should also look inward and take the blame too.

To be really successful in racial integration, one must not be so particular about their racial identities but only for the Malaysian identity.

Have a Malaysian name, go to the same school, speak only Malay (in school and at home) and accept the Malaysian race. All of us have got to sacrifice (forgo our identity) to achieve this.

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Old 16-11-2002, 11:07 AM
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Champion Equality for True Unity

I refer to Abakjr's letter Championing the Malaysian race. As with many things that go wrong with government policy in this country, the idea behind the policy is always noble and attractive but its implementation leaves much to be desired.

The same goes with Abakjr's suggestion on championing of the Malaysian race. By having us all going to the same school and insisting that we all speak only Malay, does that also mean that true meritocracy will then be practised? Will the government only sponsor the best students in the country for tertiary studies in the best universities, regardless of race? Will local universities open its doors to all Malaysian students who have proven themselves worthy of a place in these universities and will they be allowed to pursue a course of their choice?

Will the civil service, armed forces, judiciary and the executive in general accept and promote a Malaysian purely according to merit? Will the government stop insisting that 30 percent of shares in a company be reserved for the bumiputra? Will the seven percent discount for bumiputra for the purchase of residential and other properties be scrapped?

As a Malaysian, I strongly believe that only when these things happen can we move forward together as a nation. It’s not a question of what school we go to or even what language we use; it’s about not being made to feel second class in your country of birth when you know that you deserve better.

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Old 16-11-2002, 11:12 AM
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Good Theory But Not in Practice

I would like to make two comments on Abakjr's letter Champion the ‘Malaysian’ race for unity. Firstly, not being a Muslim, I will take his word that Islam teaches equality. Perhaps, this lesson was just not heeded by some.

To many non-Muslims in this country, it seems that religion in this country has become such a sensitive issue that we cannot have a meaningful dialogue without some people being ‘hurt’ or ‘insulted’ even though none was intended. If only we can look beyond our own religions to see and respect other viewpoints as well.

With regard to how we can achieve unity as a nation, we have the assimilation model advocated by Abakjr, and an alternative model of unity in diversity as practised in Australia. I think it would be very difficult to get a large minority community to be assimilated by the majority. Are Thailand and Indonesia adopting this model? I believe all Thai nationals have to adopt a Thai name and their mother tongues are only spoken at home (if at all).

As a Malaysian visiting Thailand, my Thai friends tell me that there is still some identification of the Chinese Thais to commerce, though I haven't heard of a Thai equivalent of the New Economic Plan. Can anyone out there enlighten us on the true situation in Thailand with regard to racial unity? I still remember the victimisation of Chinese Indonesian females a few years back. How well have the various racial communities in Indonesia accepted each other?

In any case, assimilation of a minority would still be a long drawn-out process. After more than five centuries, the Peranakan Chinese still practise some of their traditions and culture though they have assimilated with the local population to a large degree. How far can we go with a large Chinese and Indian Malaysian population in under 50 years? Finally, will there be any assurance that everyone will be treated equally if there is full assimilation?

I understand that the Australian ‘unity in diversity’ model was working rather well in the past. While we may hear of people like Pauline Hanson, at least no political party, let alone the ruling party had come out to advocate the burning of buildings belonging to minorities and to bathe in their blood. Of course, this was before Bali. I wonder how much has changed since then.

I do agree with Abakjr in that all races must work together to foster unity. It certainly doesn't help to have racial extremism in our midst, be it Chinese, Indian or Malay. Let us live and let live.

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Old 16-11-2002, 11:16 AM
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Comestic Job Not Enough to Treat Polarisation

I wish to rebut Abakjr's Champion the Malaysian race for unity which manages to skip several steps of logic.

The vast majority of non-Muslims in this country do not blame Islam for the ills of this country. They just blame the politicians for mixing religion, in particular Islam, with politics. Umno's Islamisation programme is meant to further its political power more than anything else because with an opposition foe like PAS, it cannot lose such a powerful tool. It has nothing to do with Islam and its teaching.

That each ethnic group wishes to retain its own identity is in no way a hindrance towards building a Malaysian race except in the minds of hegemonists i.e., insecure people who can only deal with others from a position of dominance and not equality.
Even if all ethnic groups speak the same language, wear the same clothes and eat the same food, racial polarisation will still be glaring so long as all groups are not treated equally under the law. Look at Indonesia and other African countries and you will realise that without equality under the law, everything else is just cosmetics even after half a century.

Cosmetic integrations are real only to politicians.

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Old 02-12-2002, 02:53 PM
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Learn to Celebrate Life

I agree with the general tone and tenor for racial integration that Ming Hoe (Integrate, not assimilate to unite) and LCH(Forced assimilation doesn’t work) espoused in their letters.

Malaysians have been known to unconsciously adopt three main models of race relations since the country attained Merdeka or Independence on Aug 31, 1957.

From Merdeka under the leadership of our ‘Bapa Malaysia’, Tunku Abdul Rahman up till the unfortunate riots of May 13, 1969, we adopted the ‘tolerance’ model.

This toleration of anything to do with race relations continued until the changing of the guards in Umno.

That occurred as agreed upon by the protagonists in 1971. This model of creating goodwill and harmony lasted for 12 long years before the May 13 tragedy shocked the country and its leadership into psychological paralysis.

From 1971, when our second prime minister, Abdul Razak, assumed power until he succumbed to cancer in 1976, we adopted the ‘avoidance’ model. This spelled a departure from the earlier model.

Under this second model, anything to do with race relations was avoided or swept under the carpet. Malaysian leaders avoided the issues of race and race relations.

It worked somewhat and our political leaders were astute enough to know that it is, at best, an interim solution.

From the time our third prime minister, Hussein Onn, took the helm in 1976, race relations took a positive shift towards the ‘guidance’ model.

This meant that anything to do with race and race relations would be guided from the top. So far, I am not aware of any other model, even hybrid ones, being used to drive our race relations policy in our country.

Underlying whatever model that is being used to govern race relations in our country is the objective of the powers-that-be.

Both Ming Hoe and LCH are clearly against assimilation, the method that they believe is being used by the powers-that-be.

Indeed, while LCH amplified against the use of force or coercion to assimilate the various races in the country, I will go one step further: Just let the many different facets of our culture bloom and flower and pick the best ones available.

In short, let us appreciate and celebrate our cultural diversity. That way, we enrich our lives, an enrichment that assimilation will certainly deny.

By assimilation, I take it to mean that when A, the dominant race, is added to B, the minority race, it will produce A. Mathematically, it can be represented as A + B = A.

Assimilation spells the loss of identity of the minority race.

By integration, I mean that when A, again the dominant race, is added to B, the minority race, it will produce plus-minus AB. Mathematically, it can be represented as A + B = ±± AB.

Integration means the blending of strains from A and B that are good into the new model. Integration is an accommodative model.

However, a third method that both writers have not canvassed is amalgamation.

By amalgamation, when A, the dominant race, is added to B, the minority race, it will produce C, a totally new entity. Mathematically, it can be represented as A + B = C.

In the 1920s, an American professor, Bob Park, carried out a sociological study in the burgeoning car-manufacturing city of Chicago. Chicago was attracting blacks into its industrial work force. But racism appeared to be the order of the day.

Without going deeply into his work, what Park found was that socialisation was more important than blood. In other words, biology was not the determinant on how people behaved in a given society. How society treated them was.

Given the complex nature of the different races that make up Malaysia, I dare say that the ideal and farsighted model will be the amalgamation model.

However, at this stage of our country’s development, we do not appear to be ready for such a quantum leap. That being the case, I venture to say that integration may be the appropriate model for our country and its leaders to adopt.

I am sure that many Malaysian academics have as many different ideas on how to formulate a coherent and sustainable race relations policy.

Bereft of heated emotions that politicians operate under, these academics can advise the powers-that-be in our country on the best policy that must be implemented over a period of time to unite our nearly 22 million people and galvanise their concerted energy to build an exemplary country in this part of the world.

Malaysia has so far been a blessed country, blessed both with things that normal human beings will need and will never need to live a good life.

It is about time that we Malaysians learn to value life above all else. If we celebrate life and use our lives to prepare for our journey beyond, then we will be able to see things in a different perspective.

We will be able to experience the surge of humanity that is innate in all of us and we will be able to treat each other with respect, humility and tolerance. Nay, we will even feel sufficiently secure to laugh at ourselves and our foibles.

Is that not a good way to celebrate our individual lives, work for the development of our country and pass an enviable legacy in material and psychological terms to our children and our children’s children? Hidup Malaysia!

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Old 09-11-2004, 03:04 PM
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There will be no Bangsa Malaysia as long as the parameters of the equation are not changed.

Letely, people are talking about racial polarisation. Malaysians used to be more tolerant and united, what has happened now? All we can see, different races prefer to mingle amongst themselves. All this boils down to the policies adopted by the government and now we are witnessing all the ill effects.

The policies of favouring a certain race has clearly divided the rakyat. There is very minimal interaction amongst the people. And now we have a stupid education minister who is trying to promote racial tolerance and integrity by having a "special class on racial tolerance" in the local universities!!! How stupid can one get!!! First of all most students in local unis are Malays, and secondly not all people are fortunate enough to get a place in local unis. Not surprising, the same minister has also said non bumi students will not be allowed to enter UiTMs in the country. So much for Bangsa Malaysia!

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‘Divisional-ism’ and the country’s future
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Mar 10, 05 4:43pm

I write in response to the letter Time to rebuild our beloved Malay race.

I find such an opinion completely anachronistic. Why does the author find such a specific need to single out a specific group of people? Are we not all Bangsa Malaysia as Helmy Haja Mydin (Who is holding back the Malays?) pointed out, with equal rights to build up ourselves and our country as Malaysians?

Time and time again people have been polarised with such a vague definition of race. Most successful cultures are the ones that embraced other people’s traditions and made them their own. Why is there a need to group people together by the way they look, or from where they came from or by what traditions they follow or - at very worst instance - what religion they practise?

Or by any superfluous combination of any of the above characteristics? So much focus has been placed on these things which make us different that the most basic and fundamental fact has been missed. That we are all Malaysians. That we have not known any other home other than Malaysia and we would all benefit if we all pull together to make it great.

And so, what is illogical about the current situation (with direct reference to affirmative action policies) is that it promotes the welfare of a single group of people at the expense of the progress of the whole country. Ethnicity should not matter when all are working towards developing the country.

But here we are, smack in the 21st century, and what do we do? We constitutionalise division; we enshrine the right to discriminate between our citizens. Why does Malaysia not progress? Because we are institutionally divided.
Who cares about what race you belong to as long as you can say that I come from a good country, a progressive country, a country which is strong, its law fair, and the government working for the people?

If Malaysia had all these qualities, I would not care whether I am Malay, Chinese, Indian or Martian. I am Malaysian, that is all that counts.

So to those Malaysians who still think that race should define how one exists in Malaysia, they should resign themselves to the fact that Malaysia will never be great. It might be mediocre, at best above average.

As long as ‘divisional-ism’ is the modus operandi within the country, Malaysia will only remain famous as a tourist destination.

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Sunday August 14, 2005

See Bangsa Malaysia in right light, says Lim


KUALA LUMPUR: Bangsa Malaysia should not be seen as doing away with cultural practices but one that celebrates diversity, said Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

He said he hoped to see a Bangsa Malaysia where “we learn to understand, accept and celebrate our pluralistic nature”, and that our shared cultural heritage should not be denied.

Dr Lim, who is Energy, Water and Communications Minister, was speaking at the one-day forum aimed at exploring the concept of Bangsa Malaysia and unity in a multi-cultural nation.

He said Malaysians must overcome challenges and remove a “historical” burden in the process of nation-building.

“How can the Chinese and Indian communities sacrifice and devote their time, energy and resources to nation-building if they are often demoralised by the constant reminders that they are beholden to the Government for granting them citizenships?”

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein emphasised the importance of schools where young children could be taught the skills of living and working together and be instilled with a sense that they share a common origin and inherit a common future.

He said his ministry was working hard to make national schools a choice for Malaysians of all backgrounds and that Vision Schools would be a good platform for children of all races to integrate.

Among those present at the forum were Gerakan vice-president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Umno Youth deputy chairman Khairy Jamaluddin

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Umno Must Take on Itself First
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[Reprinted from the Sundaily August 12, 2005]

UMNO is the "enabler" for Malays becoming socially and economically dependent. Its policies and practices are directly responsible for the Malay addiction to quotas, special privileges, Ali Babaism and other rent-seeking behaviours, and yes, even corruption.

"Enabler" is the term used in the battered wife syndrome to describe the spouse whose behavior actually encourages her husband to be abusive. Far from discouraging it, she actually reinforces his violence, her protestations and sufferings notwithstanding.

We Malays have been battered for too long. The colonialists told us we were lazy and indolent, and patronisingly called us "nature's gentlemen.” Today, Umno leaders batter us.

Umno leaders boasted of a brave new world of "Glokal" Malays capable of competing locally and globally, and where meritocracy reigns and social crutches an embarrassment. These aspirations will remain a fantasy unless these leaders critically examine their and the party's role in encouraging these negative traits among Malays.

A good place to begin instilling competition is the party. Yet top party positions are not contested! The rules for challengers are so burdensome that few try. Competitions are viewed as potentially divisive; a culture rooted in the Mahathir/Tengku Razaleigh rivalry of 1987.

Consequently, there is no mechanism to grade leaders. Challengers provide much- needed reality checks to the delusion of leaders who think they are doing a swell job. Sadly, this "no contest" mentality now permeates the party at all levels.

Even token challengers can subtly remind leaders who wear sarong pelakat (cotton sarong) that they are not donning samping sutera (silk cummerbund). This is important in a culture fearful of telling the sultan that he has no clothes on when his sarong has slipped.

Even when there are contests, the rules are so opaque that there is no meaningful way to judge the candidates. Campaigns are not allowed, reminiscent of Soviet Politburo elections.

Umno's motto should be: Today, the party; tomorrow, the world! Yet at the assembly there was little discussion on encouraging competition. Hiding behind the mantra of party unity is self serving.

Leaders must realize that the road ahead is uncharted. To be successful they must blaze their own trail. Once leaders learn this vital lesson, it will percolate down to the members.

Related to competitiveness is meritocracy. The Johor delegates voiced their skepticism of it.

Even the distinguished Royal Professor Ungku Aziz weighed in, to my great surprise. Being against meritocracy is like being against virtue. The wise professor surely does not mean to imply that Malays cannot compete, for he is the most illustrious example of that fallacy.

Yet that was exactly what the Johor delegates said; we Malays are "wheelchair bound" and thus cannot compete with the able bodied. Let us keep our crutches!

A more enlightened approach would be to embrace meritocracy. We may legitimately debate what constitutes merit. The Malaysian obsession with examination results is certainly misplaced. Such valuable attributes as creativity, innovativeness and entrepreneurialism cannot be readily tested.

The Chinese dynasty collapsed because of its fixation on test scores. The best and brightest were consumed not with solving society's problems but on acing their civil service tests. That was how they could get close to the emperor. The test scores of the top Mandarins were even chiseled on their tombstones!

America's top universities could easily fill their freshman classes with perfect test scorers, but they do not. These institutions recognize other dimensions of merit not easily uncovered by test scores.

God has not destined Malays for mediocrity. The challenge is to nurture every talent, and we cannot do that if our schools are dilapidated and teachers poorly trained. Nor can we encourage innovation if we punish those who dare stray from the paved path.

Isa Samad's money politics, Rafidah Aziz's Approved Permit controversy, and Osu Sukam's gambling debts are but variations of the same theme.

If the Umno-controlled government were to auction off the APs, have open competitive tenders for its projects, and make those politicians actually work for their money, they would then be less likely to squander their resultant wealth. There would then be less money politics, less influence peddling, and even less corruption.

Only then would Umno be a worthy example for Malays. Before taking on the world, Umno must first take on itself.
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