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Old 13-12-2010, 01:33 PM
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Default People need to speak up

We have to speak up

By admin, on 12 December 2010

Our political leaders dare not condemn a vocal minority that threaten our unity. And if concerned voices and responsible leaders and caring Malaysians do not rise up and speak up, we will be a fragmented nation, observes P Ramakrishnan.
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We have every reason to be concerned. We wonder where this nation is heading for and what is in store for us. From the civil servant to the Umno politician, it is the same story: the non-Malays are “pendatang” and don’t have any citizenship rights.The rights conferred by Aricle 8 of the Federal Constitution are not respected or protected.

When an extreme group like Perkasa questions the citizenship rights of the non-Malays, the national leadership does not take them to task. When extreme elements in Umno berate and denigrate the non-Malays, the top Umno leadership does not chastise them. When one Umno delegate at the recently concluded general assembly had the temerity to suggest that the non-Malays be given the right to do business but should be denied the right to vote, nobody pointed out that it was against the constitution and that he should not be talking through his nose!

It is this disturbing silence when atrocious things are said which affect our unity that is worrying. It is this unbecoming conduct that encourages the extreme elements amongst us to be outrageous in their conduct and prompts them to continue with their seditious remarks.

It is this vocal minority that is predominant in our society and influences the trend of policy. Our political leaders dare not condemn them outright.
Utusan Malaysia fans the race baiting and gives the widest publicity without bothering to be responsible or sensible. When the powers-that-be that owns and controls this press do not force it to fall in line, what do we make of this?

A nation can make or break depending on the unity of its citizens. Today our unity is threatened. And if concerned voices and responsible leaders and caring Malaysians do not rise up and speak up, we will be a fragmented nation. By our silence, we will contribute to the chaos that may ensue.


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Old 13-12-2010, 05:13 PM
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We’re not racists. Really?
December 13, 2010

DEC 13 — By now, I’m sure you’ve heard how an SPM examiner on duty went on a racial tirade after a bunch of students wouldn’t shut up in the exam hall. Why is it that the Chinese and Indian students are always the ones who get blamed for making the most noise?

I honestly don’t get it, since our Malay populous can get just as rowdy. Take a look at Parliament and tell me differently.

Why are people racists?

And I’m not just talking about those who go about posting job ads saying “Tamil-speaking” or “Chinese-speaking” only. And by the way, there’s no such thing as Chinese-speaking, whoever those morons are.

I happen to know the two most-spoken dialects in this nation of ours are Mandarin and Cantonese. China itself has hundreds, if not thousands, of dialects spoken by its citizenry. See how much you can learn from a FedEx ad?

The Malays take a different approach particularly when it comes to subletting a room. I wonder why there is a need for the “Muslim” only. And, of course, there will always be the group that insists we should be proud to be Melayu. Bangga Melayu, as they coin it.

And if that were to be translated by our brilliant subtitle crew in the movie industry, one can surely bet the bottom dollar that it would be raised in Parliament should that be wrongly translated as “be proud to wilt.”

The government is not helping. You can have multi-billion ringgit campaigns that are worthless without a change in the education system.

How can you preach acceptance and diversity when you have teachers in school who think a racial tirade is fine during school assemblies or to get students to shut up? How can you preach a united Malaysia regardless of race when I can still see Kancils and Kelisas still bearing the “UiTM hak Bumiputera” sticker?

Considering the intake of foreign nationals in these universities to meet international standards, how can you even boast of yourself as such? While our de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has come out stating that he’s Malaysian first and Malay second, it is of further disappointment that nobody else on the Cabinet sees themselves as such, Malay, Chinese or even Indian.

When our government states that we should be proud to be Malaysian, and then continuously bring up issues of racial turmoil that is also caused by members within the government itself, how do you justify your stance?

When you have a government that states we should liberalise our economy, why are vetting processes for contracts and tenders still giving priority to Bumiputera-owned companies? And seriously, to certain MPs who state they are not racist because they have “friends” from other races, just how many of those friends are there just to lobby for you and vice versa?

The truth is we are still a nation of racists from the grassroots all the way to the top. From people refusing to share a home with those of different cultures, to our leaders up top who would go about their daily lives promoting racial leanings in order to ensure that they can stay in office and in power, we are racists.

Perhaps even now, with the campaign by the government and certain NGOs telling people to call themselves Malaysians first and their racial identity second, Umno continuously preaches that we should be known as Malay Malaysians.

Ironically, we are actually reaching the same racial impasse that the United States faced in the 1900s.

In the United States at the turn of the 20th century, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt stated clearly that any Irish-American or German-American should stop referring to themselves as such, coining the phrase “hyphenated” Americans. In fact, he said the only flag that they should be patriotic to is the American flag, and no other comes a close second.

I mention this because judging by our government’s stance on the Orang Asli, they seem to be following his lead when he said this about the native Indians: “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of 10 are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”

We pride ourselves on our races, cultures and, oddly enough, religious values. And you would have thought pride of our religious values and enforcing it upon others would have been sinful to begin with, but no.

If anything, Malaysia right now, from government to grassroots, needs to take a bite of humble pie or a plate of humble nasi campur because Malaysia in its supposed “racially diverse and harmonious” status quo will not benefit anyone in the long term.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
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