Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dr. Puad Needs an English Lesson

Perkasa has often been equated with UMNO and although there are not a few UMNO members who will bristle at this attempt to link the two organizations, this connection is real. It’s not only Ibrahim Ali, but UMNO bigwigs (e.g. Mahathir, Muhyiddin) have been stoutly championing Perkasa. The latest to speak up for Perkasa is UMNO Supreme Council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi who had said that "Perkasa is not a racist (organization)...there is no such word as racist in the Malay culture, racist only exists in the West because we had never carried out any 'ethnic cleansing'.”

I was aghast and became tongue-tied for a full four minutes. Is it any wonder our standard of English is deteriorating fast – when even a Minister no less is defining racism in terms of ‘ethnic cleansing’? (Webpage http://www.mmail.com.my/content/35179-not-fair-label-perkasa-racist-puad, accessed May 02, 2010).

Racism can be defined (Dictionary.com at webpage
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/racism) as

1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
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On the other hand:
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Ethnic cleansing is “a euphemism for the ruthless removal or killing of an ethnic or religious group from areas that have been taken over by opposing forces” (The Phrase Finder at webpage http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/129100.html).

So Dr. Puad and others who needed a quick lesson on English – please take note.

And another thing, Dr. Puad had stressed that “When Perkasa defended the Malay supremacy, it is actually a question of pride of the race and progress of the race."

But I am honestly befuddled. Should Perkasa only talk about Malay supremacy? The last time I checked the Perkasa name – they refer themselves as a Pertubuhan Pribumi and not a Malays-only organization? Why this all-encompassing emphasis on Malays? What about the Orang Asli? Bidayuhs? Ibans? Melanaus? Muruts? Berawan? Kayans? Kelabits? Penans? Kadazandusuns? Lun Bawang? Bajaus? Rungus? Bisaya? And the many other indigenous groups in this country?

Q.E.D.

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