Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chinese Bashing Again


On Tuesday, Mahathir Mohamad said that non-Malays should cut ties with their countries of origin if they did not want to be considered immigrants in this country. He had said that Malaysia was Tanah Melayu (Malay land) and all Malaysians should accept the culture and language of the dominant community. I have two questions. Firstly, what ties? I don’t have any ties anywhere except in my own country, i.e. Malaysia! So don’t give me that BS! Predictably, MCA politicians maintained a mummified silence. Secondly, do Sabahans and Sarawakians accept that their parcel of land is also Tanah Melayu? Why won’t their politicians express outrage?

Okay lah – there are actually three questions!

Now, former newspaper editor, Ahmad Rejal Arbee – writing in UMNO-controlled Berita Harian today – has reignited the debate on language proficiency among Malaysians when he questioned the patriotism of non-Malays, especially Chinese, who do not embrace the Malay language. “What loyalty is there if they do not try to learn and use their own national language?” he wrote, adding that what was learnt in Chinese vernacular schools was only to pass exams. He dares to ridicule the Chinese who are celebrating their Lunar New Year! Again, MCA is nowhere to be seen nor heard.

Oops sorry! I have overlooked a fact. I have forgotten that MCA no longer represents the Malaysian Chinese – they have quietly mutated into the Malaysian Cowards’ Association.

Ibrahim Ali, Mahathir Mohamad and Ridhuan Tee are into Chinese bashing in a big way – and since the government stayed on the sidelines and dared not shut them up, others are encouraged and they too are poised to pounce on the Chinese and blame them for everything that is right and wrong in this country. But even more regrettable is that there are Chinese who are in denial and who continue to support BN! I can excuse those who are blind and deaf and even the mentally challenged ones, but what about the rest? What does it take to wake up the Chinese in order that they realize they must stand up to those who belittle and insult fellow Malaysians? The taunts must stop. The threats must cease. Malaysian Chinese, what say you? The only way to fight back is to exercise your vote at the 13th General Election! And by not voting BN!

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