Thursday, November 18, 2010

Grandma is Chinese Peranakan

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I was told on Tuesday evening, HICT is again delaying their move to KL’s Fraser Park. The new date is now April 2011! Hahaha, what a joke! I know local businesses in that part of Klang will be thrilled! Especially Rejab, Southern Curry House, Garden Kopitiam, Old Town White Coffee, and the others where HICT students normally flock to. I reckon Klang students will be happy too!

My November 08 posting talked about Malaysians’ multi-ethnic backgrounds. I was scanning yesterday’s Star newspaper just now and I came across this news report that the Sultan of Johor’s consort, Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah (picture) had described as “shameful” that some Malaysians were called immigrants and told to go back where they came from. Of course, she was referring to the Chinese and Indians, who else! But what was heartening to read was her honesty and candor. She had said “My ancestors are from Sumatra and my grandmother is Chinese Peranakan. Many of us are not really from one ethnic group” (p N12).

Raja Zarith shared this during her keynote address at the Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason Forum on Friday. And amongst those present were former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Hopefully, he was paying attention when she spoke! To me, she was also telling us all that we should be proud of who we are, that we need not blank out our past and deny our roots, that our diversity is indeed a source of strength! Mahathir, what say you?

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