Saturday, April 10, 2010
“If we accept without question leaders who are not good role models, it will send a negative message to the people, especially the children who look up to the leaders as role models, in that our party (MCA) accepts and condones such corruption notwithstanding our wholesome and respectable culture” . Well said, Chew Mei Fun, and very profound too. Now the big question is, with the next MCA election scheduled a year away, will you be once again a contender for the wanita head post? If you are, and assuming you get re-elected, and so does Chua Soi Lek, will you stay on or quit again. Your principle must hold good that as long as CSL is the president you will not want to be a part of the team. For once, I fully agree with you that political parties should not be led by tainted leaders, such as murderers and adulterers. Remember what Mahathir said at the height of the case involving the former CM of Melaka and the underaged girl? He aptly put it, that a politician should be seen as whiter than white. If you decide to stay on despite the presence of CSL, you would have lost more than you bargain for. While the going is good for you now, it is best you stay out of politics, for good, or until CSL decide to quit politics permenantly.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
But we have to help the Bumiputeras who need help, the Sarawakians, the Sabahans and the Orang Asli. Not just the Malays......
Every single Malaysian who is poor and vulnerable must be helped. If you are earning less than RM1,500 a month, you must be helped and it does not matter if you are Chinese, Indian or Malay.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
It was not long ago in secondary school we learned of how, from times before, the Malaysian people were mostly Hindus and Buddhists. It was also not too long ago that a prime minister accused the Malays of having the memory span of an Alzheimer’s patient, then basically proving the point himself in front of a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
When someone tells me that I should support Malay rights and privileges, I just have to ask: "Why?"
Can’t I support Malaysian rights, or universal human rights?
Heck, I’m human first, right?
To me, personally, the government should have no problems extending housing discounts and university entrance quotas to the local universities, barring one, to all races based on income.
I mean, let’s face facts. If a Malay can achieve an income of more than RM300,000 a month, just what basis is there for him or her to need a housing discount on a multimillion ringgit mansion, while other Malaysians have to build their homes on government land, and hope and pray that they’ll be given that land after 30 or 40 years living there?
And permit me to ask this, but what would you say is "Malay" about the Malays, "Chinese" about the Chinese, "Indian" about the Indians, and so on so forth in this country?
We’ve all heard of Chinese people who can’t speak a single dialect of their mother tongue. Same goes for the Indians, and, in fact, the Malays.
I’m not afraid to admit that judging by what I see on TV, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat looks and sounds more Malay than I do.
I hate Malay movies, and in all honesty, would only watch Awani for their talk shows.
I don’t watch Hindustani movies because, well, I’m a logical person. Three hours of people somehow singing on the streets, finding total strangers to dance with them in a well-choreographed performance is total nonsense. My brain can’t take that, and the clothing changes and the sudden move from a street to a hillside…
Let’s move on.
Nowadays, Malaysian politics being based on race is seen as an affront to the fact that every single Malaysian can trace their roots in this nation to at least three or four generations deep, the span of about 60 to 80 years.
So what makes me more Malay Malaysian than a twenty-something Indian Malaysian, whose great-great grandparents moved here to get into rubber tapping? Or a twenty-something Chinese Malaysian yuppie whose ancestors migrated here merely to start businesses of their own with no cash in hand?
There is no difference. And I pity that politicians can’t see this or choose not to see it for their own political gain.
On March 18, 2010, Lim Kit Siang put forth acid tests to determine if the government themselves were in support of 1Malaysia, which I considered a bold move. Not because of Lim, but because nobody knew what 1Malaysia truly meant.
"Uncle Lim" basically came up with his own definition.
His first acid test was not so interesting, but his second one was hilarious.
For his test, he basically asked Khairy Jamaluddin if he would say he was Malaysian first and Malay second. Of course, the Honourable MP from Rembau did answer he but stated this needed to be in line with the Federal Constitution.
Lim stated that KJ gave the wrong answer and this led to a 12-page riot in the Parliamentary Hansard, which includes the mentions of Oxford and someone being a deaf dinosaur.
While this spectacle reads out rather boringly amidst the 12 pages, it is not without some humour; because you see, there are weak minded cows elected who just don’t get it. In this case, the MP from Kapit.
While "Uncle Lim" was willing to state that he was Malaysian first and Chinese second, the MP hesitated and just had to ask an extremely dumb question.
"If Malaysians first, Chinese second, where are the Ibans?"
Take a deep breath after reading that, people. Slap your foreheads if you must.
Let me just say this. The nation’s strife has always been caused by race, and religion itself has always been made an excuse by a certain race. In fact, our constitutional laws were drawn up at a time when then-migrants were given a choice of either going back to their homelands or to accept this nation and help develop it.
This was close to 60 years ago.
Do Malaysian Malays truly believe that since then, society hasn’t changed, and that the younger generation believes in a nation with equal footing without glass ceilings and additional red tape based on race?
People change. Policies change, and laws, even constitutions are amended to suit the times.
And honestly, as Malaysians and just Malaysians, that call to change is now.
(By HAFIDZ BAHAROM/The Malaysian Insider)
When I read the following report in The Malaysian Insider, I just asked myself, "What in the world were these people thinking?" Eleven thousand soldiers died defending the country and they think the eleven thousand are all Malay Muslims. What about the non-Muslims? They cannot be remembered in Putra Jaya because they are not Muslims. So the question is, where are they going to be remembered now?
In my younger days when I was working as a tourist guide, I was always proud to show tourists our Malaysian monument to commemorate our fallen heroes because those who died fighting for our country were Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans, etc. What a pity that it is now a Malay monument and no longer Malaysian. The DPM was right. It is Malay first. For the non-Malays who fought so gallantly and died, it was all for nothing, I guess.
And UMNO is still wondering why non-Malays are not joining the armed forces.
Muslim scholars welcome the decision to shift the Warrior’s Day celebrations from the National Monument to Putrajaya in line with Islamic teachings against idolatry.
Warrior’s Day is celebrated at the National Monument on July 31 with the laying of the wreath and a moment of silence in full military tradition by the King and senior military leaders.
“Saluting in front of the statue is against Islamic teachings,” said Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, former Perlis mufti.
Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria concurred with Asri, saying that the current practice is un-Islamic.
“Meditating in silence in front of a statue is not right,” he told The Malaysian Insider. “It is as if you are respecting the statue. Bowing in front of a statue looks as if you are worshiping the statue.”
While Harussani agreed that it is good to commemorate the slain soldiers, but the commemoration should not violate Islamic teachings.
When questioned on why the shift is only made now after years of celebration at the National Monument, Asri replied that the religious authorities had kept silent about this issue during Tun Abdullah Badawi’s administration. He added that they should have had the courage to speak up.
However, Harussani said that the religious authorities have always advised the Government against celebrating Warrior’s Day at the National Monument since independence.
Nonetheless, Harussani added that the advice was ignored for the most part, except during the reign of Johor Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Al-Haj as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1984-1989.
When the next Agong took over, celebrations of Warrior’s Day resumed at the National Monument.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had said last week that Warrior’s Day this year would be celebrated at Putrajaya instead of the National Monument in line with the guidelines of the National Fatwa Council and Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), which prohibited such celebrations in front of human statues.
He added that a Warriors Square about two to three acres large would be built in Putrajaya for future celebrations.