Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The years of living racially - S THAYAPARAN

The years of living racially - S THAYAPARAN

 

"Whatever we wish to achieve in the future, it must begin by knowing where we are in the present - not where we wish we were, or where we wish others to think we are, but where we are in fact." - Thomas Sowell (Economic Facts and Fallacies)


COMMENT So, let me get this straight. Bersih leader Ambiga Sreenevasan believes that racial politics should end and the way to end it would be to engage in more... racial politics?

niat forum election 120812 ambigaNational Indian Rights Action Team's (Niat's) rather self-serving list of demands, I say self-serving because one of the components of the three cabinet ministers post and four deputy ministers reserved (for Indians) would not only include elected representatives but also (surprise, surprise) those appointed from NGOs.

Question. If a Chinese or Malay NGO candidate/elected representative has done "more" for the Indian community that an Indian candidate, would the said individual still be considered for the ‘Indian-only' post?

I would bet my last ringgit that if Pakatan Rakyat (if they ever come into federal power) were to announce such a strategy, they would be received with open arms by a certain section of the Malaysian voting public who claim to be interested in a race-blind society but who in reality understand the code Pakatan uses to demonstrate its commitment to the idea that their racial expectations would be met in a more "honest" manner by a non-BN government.

I don't think the plan is "too idealistic", I think it's downright myopic, cynical and detrimental to any sort of "racial harmony" that oppositional types like to say is part of the ‘change' agenda and the kind of racial nonsense Umno-BN has been peddling for decades. Can you imagine the fallout if this were a group of Chinese NGOs having a list of demands for the government?

The editorial warlocks over at Utusan Malaysia and the Perkasa thugs would be having epileptic fits and Umno would be leaping for joy at the unexpected windfall of actually being in the Pakatan position of doing nothing while their adversary shoot himself in the foot.

NONEPoor DAP, while their golden boy Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has to go out of his way to calm Malay nerves that nobody in his party would ever seek the highest office in the land, here we have Indians NGOs being satisfied with second best and worse of all a position given to them by their Malay masters.

It's funny, actually. Lim has to fend off allegations from a rival political party (MCA) that he is giving false hope to the Chinese community with regards to leading this country, all the while proving an extremely effective elected representative for the state he runs.

Indians, or those claiming to represent them, on the other are so marginalised that they do not even pose a credible threat to the powers-that-be.

Yet another racial formula

Apparently the Niat booklet explains that the marginalisation of the Indian community was due to under representation in the government. Apparently two former prime ministers agree with this claim. Really?

I believe the Indians are marginalised because they continued to vote for inept corrupt leaders who bilked them with the sacred cows of religion and culture and an apathetic Indian middle-class who didn't give a damn about their community. All this set the stage of an eventual class conflict as expressed by the ‘mandore' sentiments of Hindraf. (This opinion drew much flack when it first appeared in my 'The slaying of our sacred cows' piece)

And if the two former prime ministers thought that under representation was the cause of the marginalisation of the Indian community, why didn't they do anything to fix it? I mean if it was easy a putting a couple of token Indians in positions of power, which would in turn ‘fix' the Indian problem, they why not do it?

najib thaipusam batu caves 070212The answer is simple. A marginalised and fractured Indian community served the interests of the ruling elite. The Umno racial formula and the complicity of the Indian ‘mandores' ensured that the Indian vote bank would be bought over by short-term racialist gains.

What this silly list of demands is attempting is another kind of racial formula. And why not? If anything, Chinese and Indian support of Pakatan is not really based on any egalitarian foundation but rather that their racialist expectations would be better served by an alliance which is not as corrupt and (here's the hilarious part) racist, as Umno.

Nobody in Pakatan (with a few exceptions) dares put forward the idea that a non-Malay could ever lead this country but Pakatan supporters make the appropriate noise when it comes to meritocracy and race blindness when it is politically expedient to do so.

The usual justification is that the Malay community is the majority and only they can decide if and when it is palatable for a Malaysian regardless of his or her race to ascend by popular will to the highest office in the land. So don't rock the boat. The goal is to be led by a forward-thinking Malay and banish the hated BN from Putrajaya.

Yup, and once there, we can still play the same racial game with ideas of the sort espoused by Niat but coming from Pakatan no doubt it would be more palatable. And once this happens we will unfortunately once again, get the government we deserve.

Ambiga praises this initiative as proposing solutions rather than a list of problems, but what if the solutions are as bad as the problems?

thaipusam najib 070212How does having a Department of Minority Affairs and Development help minority communities here in Malaysia? Has the Women's Affairs Department helped women in Malaysia? Has the Orang Asli Department helped alleviate the problems faced by the indigenous peoples of this land?

I would argue that all these ‘minority' departments have just added to the bureaucratic nightmare which is the Malaysian civil service and has become the breeding ground for the despised cronycrats.

I was of course smirking at the suggestion that banning the sale of alcohol in convenience stores would help ‘curb' alcoholism in the Indian community. Didn't PAS attempt this dance before?

Interesting isn't it, how these religious types (and I'm assuming religious types of every flavour had their say in this list of demands) always resort to enforcing their value system on others instead of accepting the reality that when it comes to social ills like alcoholism, the aspect of personal responsibility should be front and centre of any effort to curb the problem.

Provocative ideas

Why not champion some of the more provocative ideas which have been out there for decades? Here are a few.

Dismantle the federal bureaucracy which is there to provide employment for a specific racial group, which in turn nurtures as sense of entitlement within this section of the Malaysian polity. Dismantle the NEP (New Economic Policy) and institute a class-based affirmative action programme.

Halt state/federal funding for vernacular/religious schools. Re-establish English as the medium of instruction in school, with Malay being a compulsory paper. Add Mandarin and Tamil to the compulsory list. Do away with the race-based quota system when it comes to educational opportunities.

jerit tamil school parliament protest 290307 lim kit siangCurb the powers of religious institutions, especially if they attempt through religious dogma to undermine the relationships between the diverse religious communities in the country. Concentrate on rural development as a means of raising the standard of living instead of viewing them as ignorant vote banks.

These are just a few ideas that have been floating out there for decades and not solutions. Solutions come about if people are willing to consider these ideas as a basis for possible solutions that would lead us out of this racial quagmire we find ourselves in.

Perhaps if we vote for people who believe that these ideas are sound and that it should at least be attempted after decades of following our Pavlovian response to racial hot-button issues, maybe it would lead to a situation where the ‘majority' has no hang-up as to who leads Malaysia.

Maybe it would lead to a political climate where NGOs don't have to propose race-based solutions to problems caused by raced-based preoccupations in the first place.

niat forum election 120812 niat secretary arun dorasamyIf anything Niat secretary Arun Dorasamy (right), this is "too idealistic" and not your demands, which is merely playing the same race game repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. Understand now, that both our ideas would no doubt draw flack from a certain section of the Malay community nurtured into believing that their very survival depends on the game being rigged in their favour.

But the difference is that Niat's demands is in effect threshing away in racial quicksand worsening the situation while the ideas I'm highlighting are an attempt to grab a vine to pull us out of this mess.

The tragedy is this election is for the average Pakatan supporter, it is a choice between the lesser of two evils (as some too comfortably claim). Perhaps this is why Niat's suggestions would at the end of the day be implemented if Pakatan ever comes into power (even though it is mocked now) and the ideas I talked about would be consigned to the rubbish bin.

Change is only meaningful if it involves sacrifice and nobody wants to rock the boat when the port of Putrajaya is within reach.


S THAYAPARAN is Commander (rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How DESPERATE of Umno: May 13 took place because Kit Siang urinated on flagpole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindraf supremo does not fear arrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No dignity in life or death

August 20, 2012
This is the fate of the marginalised Indians of the country.
COMMENT
By N Ganesan

Early in the morning of Aug 14, M Nagamah, 64, of Byram Estate, Pulau Pinang passed away. Her remains were brought home from the Sungai Bakap Hospital. According to the family, she lived a life as a Hindu and she died a Hindu. They prepared to give her a Hindu funeral.
The Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department officials, however thought differently. They claimed she was a Muslim, came to her house and demanded that the family surrender her body to them for a Muslim burial.
The family refused and went ahead with their plans for a Hindu funeral and the cremation of Nagamah, as department officials had no documentary evidence for the claim she was a Muslim on hand at that time.
The cremation was done by the family according to Hindu rites at the Batu Berapit Crematorium near their home and the family returned home as the cremation was proceeding.  The religious department officials then went over to the crematorium and, family is unsure as to what transpired at the crematorium subsequently, but they took away the cremated remains of Nagamah, clearly without the consent of the family and without authority of a civil court – the courts which protect the rights and interests governing non-Muslims in the country.
The family is not sure if the department had any other valid authorisation.
Here is again another clear episode of usurpation of the minority rights of freedom of practice of their religion. The eldest son M Kamasantheran who is a Hindu born of a first marriage of Nagamah is now not in a position to fulfill his religious obligations required of all Hindus  – the last rites with the cremated remains at a “Karumakirei” ceremony held 14 days after the death and after which her ashes are to be strewn into a nearby river so that her “Atma” may attain “Shanti”.
This is one of the major religious rites in the life of a Hindu and he has been denied that by the usurpation of his rights . This is clearly a state sanctioned act as the family understands the police accompanied the Islamic department officers at the crematorium at the time the cremated remains were demanded.
The key question here is, by what authority did the department claim for the body, superior to the claim by Kamasantheran that he has his final rites religious obligations? By what superior law or authority can the department order the crematorium and the family to turn over the cremated remains to them and for them to take away with the remains with the police watching over this entire episode on their side?
Department has committed a theft

The Federal Constitution is unequivocal in guaranteeing the right to practice the religion of choice of individual citizens without regards for  religion – Article 11. (1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.”
This clearly means that  Kamasantheran is guaranteed his rights to practice his religion and to perform his last rites for his mother as this is one of the most important obligations of a son to his parents in the Hindu religion. Article 8(1) on equality before the law states (1) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law, further demands that equality be protected for all citizens.
And in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, the jurisdiction of the syariah court is spelled out thus “………… the constitution, organisation and procedure of syariah courts, which shall have jurisdiction only over persons professing the religion of Islam ……”
The religious department acted unilaterally and with impunity in violating all these provisions.
Hindraf demands that the department returns the cremated remains of Nagamah to the family immediately, so that they may perform their final rites as demanded in the police report lodged on Aug 19 by the son, 17 relatives and friends of Nagamah at the Nibong Tebal police station.
Or if the department feels that they do have rights over the cremated remains, they should go to the civil courts protecting the rights of non-Muslims for adjudication on the matter.
Unilateral pronouncements by the syariah court does not apply to non-Muslims and therefore to Kamasantheran.
This effectively becomes a theft by the religious department as viewed by the gurantees to the non-Muslims in the Federal Constitution.
The writer is the national advisor of Hindraf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 07 Dec 2010 02:54 PM PST
December 8, 2010

Goodbye Sam — A subaltern and survivor departs

Terence Netto@www.malaysiakini.com
COMMENT Not with a bang but with a whimper did S Samy Vellu end yesterday his 31-year reign as MIC supremo.
Someone who has lasted this long without expiring in office is usually accorded a send-off reserved for deceased monarchs. Instead Samy Vellu exited stage left in a hush that tended to cast doubt on whether the departure was for real.
The man was nothing if not a great survivor, able to overcome any calamity that befell him.
Someone who could outlast the gravitational pull of scandals – think of Maika's failure and the Telecom shares scam – could be expected to tough out the death knell sounded by his defeat as MP for Sungai Siput in the tsunami of March 2008.
But even Samy Vellu, who ruled the MIC for three decades like some force of nature, had to accede to the reality that survivors, however durable, ultimately wind up as bores, insufferable when they persist in not knowing that the joke is on them.
That Samy Vellu had difficulty knowing the difference between reality and its fictive renditions in movies was illustrated by an incident that happened at an annual dinner of the Malaysian Hindu Sangam in the late 1990s.
'All Hindus are thugs'
He was guest of honour and spoke in English. This was at a time when the shooting deaths of Indian Malaysians in encounters with the police were beginning to deeply distress the community.
Eleven deaths, including that of a pregnant woman, in one encounter in Puchong accentuated an already beleaguered sense of isolation, specially felt in the lower reaches of that society. (Hindraf's demonstration of November of 2007 was already in gestation.)
In the late 1990s the MIC president was under pressure to assuage things. Instead, at the Hindu Sangam dinner, Samy Vellu shocked his audience with this utterance: "All Hindus are thugs." The remark was spoken in a nonchalant manner, leaving a hushed audience wondering, at first blush, if indeed they had correctly heard what was said.
Now, most sentient people know that even the most enlightened of persons give vent to wild notions. The question is whether such idle fancies reflect the speaker's true feelings or just momentary excess.
Within five minutes of his initial utterance of the slur against Hindus on an occasion hosted by their grandees, Samy Vellu repeated the insult: "All Hindus are thugs."
At this a youngish member of the audience approached the stage on which Samy Vellu was speaking, in an apparent attempt at robust remonstrance. Samy's security detail interposed. When the MIC president was leaving the gathering, the young man, this time shouting his protestations, moved in the direction of the departing guest. Security personnel once again tamped down the threat.

UMNO's point man
What had prompted Samy Vellu to utter and repeat the slur, at a time when the community was feeling keenly the enormity of the shooting deaths of its younger set, was explicable only in relation to what had passed for muster from time to time among some BN component leaders.
Think of former Gerakan president Lim Keng Yaik's musings in public over what Indian tappers did behind rubber trees, remarks he was forced to retract and apologise for.  Or of Keng Yaik's gratuitous insult to the Hainanese community at whose community dinner one year in Kuala Terengganu he said in Mandarin that they don't seem to be like humans and neither like devils.
This sort of gibberish would, in the more mature democracies of the world, see the speaker withdraw from public life in penitential disgrace.  But public life in Malaysia is more forgiving and offers hamsters plenty of second acts.
And so Samy Vellu survived the threat of being hoist with his own petard against the Hindus, a community he nominally would represent as the MIC leader.
The main reason for this was that he was a useful subaltern to UMNO's plutocratic elite as works minister in the era of Malaysia's infrastructure boom when there were construction contracts aplenty to be handed out.
Barring one or two shaky overpasses and a leaky roof in Parliament, this overseer's job that Samy Vellu assayed for UMNO's elite was seen to be effectively done. It helped the public charade of deception that the point man was from MIC, not UMNO.
If the subaltern helped himself to the pickings, and the community he represented suffered as a result, well that, as they say in the military, was so much collateral damage.–www.malaysiakini.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindraf supremo does not fear arrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABU declares war on UMNO / BN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Posted on August 17, 2012
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In December, last year, at the ABU launch, HINDRAF’s Sambulingam was on hand to announce that HINDRAF would work shoulder to shoulder with the rest of us in ABU to bury UMNO / BN at the next polls.
Many were surprised at HINDRAF’s move to join us in this Anything But UMNO effort.
I was not, but was, nonetheless, extremely pleased.
A little over a year before that, Waythamoorthy and I met in London.
I had the pleasure of savouring Moorthy’s cooking and I can confirm that this man can cook a mean curry.
Our discussions turned on what was needed to end the plight of all marginalised Malaysians and, in this regard, both Moorthy and I were of like mind.
The reign of plunder by UMNO and BN had to be put to an end, and soon.
We agreed that, with that end in mind, we would continue to keep in touch and to continue with our discussions.
Hence, I saw HINDRAF’s entry into the ABU initiative as a logical progression of those discussions in London.
A few days ago, after enduring 1 1/2 hours of driving through the after office hours traffic, I caught up with Moorthy in Bangsar for a teh tarik and a quick catch up on everything that was going on in the country.

Inevitably, our discussion turned to that which had taken up most of our time in London.
Ending the marginalisation of so many Malaysians.
And kicking UMNO /BN out of Putrajaya come the 13th GE.
I brought one other matter that is now very close to my heart.
Doing justice by our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak in the matter of the 18 / 20 point agreements and the Malaysia Agreement of 1963.
Moorthy, whilst in exile in London, had immersed himself in much research into the founding of, first, Malaya, and later, Malaysia and his new-found knowledge in this regard will, I am sure, prove to be most helpful as we try to undo the injustice of the last 49 years that the people of Sabah and Sarawak have been put through by some of the most dishonest distortions and untruths that have been written into our history and text books on the founding of Malaysia.
Bro, I look forward to working closely with you in the coming days, weeks and months to rid this nation of the curse that UMNO / BN have long been.
Makkal Sakti!

 

 

 

 

 

ABU declares war on UMNO / BN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindraf supremo does not fear arrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, more than ever before, His Majesty must act in the best interest of the rakyat and the nation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia Baru

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysian Indian 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The so-weak and superficial Muslims' faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mahathir, a racist Malay chauvinist - TRUE OR FALSE?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guan Eng - First Chinese DPM?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42 years ago - May 13th 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what was that about the keris and Chinese blood?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bolehland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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with no CONSULTATION whatsoever... The RAHMAN prophecy certainly rings true and nigh this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABUse US NO MORE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Malaysian Muslim Regime Allowing Christian Bashing Go Unabated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ANTI SEMITIC STATE OF MALAYSIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING BUT OUR AUTHORISED, ANOINTED AND APPOINTED PLAY DUMB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Christians Malaysia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The BIGGEST BASTARD of the PRO-UMNO BLOGGERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bumi / non-Bumi? Or one people, one nation, all equal? You decide ......

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia: Economic Recession, Ethnic Relations and Political Freedom

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essay: Violence and GE 13 (Malaysiakini)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can Umno leaders do after losing?

 

                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPRINT The Government wants us to change our lifestyles to cope with inflation.
It is easier said than done since most people were having it difficult even before the hikes. The Government must first set an example by doing things it should have done long ago.
WITH the recent hike in fuel prices and the Government's exhortations for us to change our lifestyles in order to cope, may I provide here some suggestions for the Government and those who work for it to "share our burden".
1. Stop having meetings, especially out at resorts, far enough away to be able to claim transport allowances. Have online meetings instead or teleconferences. Use Skype or chat.
2. No need to order special pens, bags, T-shirts, notepads and other goodies for those same meetings.
3. No need to order kuih for mid-morning or teatime meetings in government offices, or nasi briyani lunches for those meetings that happen to end just at lunchtime.
4. Cancel all trips for government servants to conferences overseas unless they return with full reports of what they did there, who they met and what they learnt and how they mean to apply what they learnt at home. Ask them to do presentations to colleagues who did not get to go, on the most interesting and important papers that they read.
5. Scrutinise invoices for contracts to make sure they are truly reflective of what those projects or supplies cost.
6. Stop elaborate launches for government programmes. In particular, stop the buying of souvenirs, special batik shirts, corsages, bouquets and caps.
7. Make all civil servants and politicians travel economy class. That means really travelling at the back of the plane and not buying full fare economy class tickets that allow them to be upgraded to Business Class.
8. Stop having the full complement of police escorts to cut down on petrol costs. If they need to be somewhere by a certain time, start earlier like the rest of us. Wouldn't be a bad thing for them to also experience a traffic jam.
9. Once a week (or more), have ministers use public transport so they know what everyone else has to suffer. This might provide them with the incentive to improve them.
10. Once a week, let ministers go to a market to buy food for their families with instructions to not spend more than RM100.
11. Get ministers to carpool. They might get more work done just by being able to talk to each other to see what can be coordinated between their ministries. For instance, the Ministers of Health and Women could discuss what to do about women's health issues in the car on the way to work. Maybe have a secretary to travel in the front seat to take down notes on what was discussed. By the time they get to their offices, things can get implemented.
12. Once a month, get civil servants to work with one disadvantaged group in order to be better able to appreciate their problems. It could be blind people one month, hearing disabled people the next, orang asli the following month andpeople living with HIV/AIDS after that.We could start buddy systems which pair one civil servant with one disadvantaged person and at the end of it, ask each pair to make recommendations on how to make life better for each other. This might get rid of the problem of desk jockeys, people who never stray very far from their desks yet make policies for people they know nothing about.
13. Have PA systems that shout out the name of the officers who have to serve people at government offices so that people get the services they came for and don't have to keep coming back just because the officer was out having coffee. No counter should be left unmanned for more than five minutes before the officer is paged to go back to their stations. This should cut down waiting time for the public and save them transport costs in having to keep returning just to get one thing done.
14. Government officers who lose people's files should be fined and have their names publicised for being careless and causing inconvenience to the public. Instead of making the public travel to their offices several times to deal with their problems, they should travel to go see their client and deal with it right there and then. And every officer who goes out of the office should be given a reasonable time to get his work done after which he is expected back in office so he doesn't waste time doing something else.
15. And newspapers should save paper by reporting real news rather than non-news that they carry, particularly nonsensical utterances by politicians. As they say, we need to do this all together in order to make a difference. So if the Government and politicians make these lifestyle changes, I will do my part and change mine.
Thank You.
Marina Mahathir is the daughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad
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Friday, 17 August 2012 05:57

ARISE Ridhuan Tee, you are now a Malay!

Written by  Hussein Hamid
I have now lived in Australia for close to 30 years. I speak English like a Malay speak English – no slang, no aussie twang, no use of that aussie favourite word “mate”. Speak English just as I use to speak English when I was in KL. My name is still Hussein…not Ssein, not Housein or Saint…just Hussein.
My Son Zack does speak with a slight Aussie accent but that is because he has born here and lived almost all his life in Australia. My daughter Terrina speaks Malay and English like any other Malay complete with her Ok Lah, Tidak Apa lah and all the nuances that makes one a Malaysian – she was born at Assunta Hospital and grew up mostly in Bangsar amongst Malaysians.
My wife is Greek and has lived all her adult life in Australia – so she is Greek Australian and the only Malaysian part of her is the fact that she likes Popiah and can make a mean goreng pisang – but no Nasi Lemak, no Nasi Dagang (my two favourites!).
What I am trying to say here is that we are all a product of the life we have lived….and even if we come into contact with others, it is really up to us to be who we want to be. I am comfortable being Malay who calls Australia home.
Where does it say that a Muslim must be Malay?
I can remember a time in the 60’s in London at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park and there was this Indian asking the West Indians around him to “Go Home – go back to your country – we British do not want you here!”. The image of that Indian asking the West Indians to go home has never left me – it was comical and yet sad.
It was also ironic having one Black man asking another Black man to go back from where he came from – and I can still see the indulgent smiles of everyone around me. But to all intents and purposes that Indian was lost in his sense of importance! He wanted to keep Britain White and the fact that he was Black and an immigrant himself escaped him totally.
And now I see the same situation in this guy Ridhuan Tee. Somewhere in all the zeal of becoming a Muslim he mistook being a Muslim and being Malay as one and the same thing! Why? Where does it say that a Muslim must be Malay? There are White Americans who are Muslims. There are Black Americans who are Muslims. There are Arabs, Burmese, Africans, Chinese, Indians and Russians who are are Muslims.
Be a Chinese Muslim, not an 'almost Malay'
Why can’t Ridhuan remain a Chinese and be a Muslim at the same time? Are there any Malays out there who want Ridhuan to be Malay? Or is it Ridhuan himself who became a Muslim to be Malay? Does he think he has been a Muslim long enough to qualify himself to be a Malay? What is it with this Chinese? How or when did be became confused that a Malay must be a Muslim and so a Muslim must be a Malay?
And how come Jawi has not told this Ridhuan that he can be a Chinese and a Muslim at the same time?
This Ridhuan is indeed a very confused Chinese who is a Muslim or is he a very confused Muslim who is a Chinese and wanting to be Malay? Did somebody tell him that he is now ‘almost a Malay’ now that he is a Muslim?
Whatever it is I think it is time Jawi or some UMNO bigwig make him an honorary Malay and end his agony of wanting to be a Malay so much that he is embarrassing himself with his grovelling! Arise Ridhuan…you are now a Malay!
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This Ridhuan Tee is a Very Confused CHINESE

 Friday, August 17, 2012

 ARISE Ridhuan Tee, YOU are now a Malay!

by

Hussein Hamid

 http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=38306:arise-ridhuan-teeyou-are-now-a-malay&Itemid=2

 
 .Somewhere in all the zeal of becoming a Muslim Ridhuan Tee mistook being a Muslim and being Malay as one and the same thing!

Why?

 Where does it say that a Muslim must be Malay?
 There are White Americans who are Muslims. There are Black Americans who are Muslims. There are Arabs, Burmese, Africans, Chinese, Indians and Russians who are are Muslims.

Be a Chinese Muslim, not an 'almost Malay'
Why can’t Ridhuan remain a Chinese and be a Muslim at the same time? Are there any Malays out there who want Ridhuan to be Malay? Or is it Ridhuan himself who became a Muslim to be Malay?

Does he think he has been a Muslim long enough to qualify himself to be a Malay? What is it with this Chinese? How or when did be became confused that a Malay must be a Muslim and so a Muslim must be a Malay?

And how come Jawi has not told this Ridhuan that he can be a Chinese and a Muslim at the same time?
This Ridhuan is indeed a very confused Chinese who is a Muslim or is he a very confused Muslim who is a Chinese and wanting to be Malay?

Did somebody tell him that he is now ‘almost a Malay’ now that he is a Muslim?

Whatever it is I think it is time Jawi or some UMNO bigwig make him an honorary Malay and end his agony of wanting to be a Malay so much that he is embarrassing himself with his grovelling! 

Arise Ridhuan…you are now a Malay!


 I have now lived in Australia for close to 30 years. I speak English like a Malay speak English – no slang, no aussie twang, no use of that aussie favourite word “mate”. Speak English just as I use to speak English when I was in KL. My name is still Hussein…not Ssein, not Housein or Saint…just Hussein.

My Son Zack does speak with a slight Aussie accent but that is because he has born here and lived almost all his life in Australia. My daughter Terrina speaks Malay and English like any other Malay complete with her Ok Lah, Tidak Apa lah and all the nuances that makes one a Malaysian – she was born at Assunta Hospital and grew up mostly in Bangsar amongst Malaysians.

My wife is Greek and has lived all her adult life in Australia – so she is Greek Australian and the only Malaysian part of her is the fact that she likes Popiah and can make a mean goreng pisang – but no Nasi Lemak, no Nasi Dagang (my two favourites!).

What I am trying to say here is that we are all a product of the life we have lived….and even if we come into contact with others, it is really up to us to be who we want to be. I am comfortable being Malay who calls Australia home.

I can remember a time in the 60’s in London at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park and there was this Indian asking the West Indians around him to “Go Home – go back to your country – we British do not want you here!”. The image of that Indian asking the West Indians to go home has never left me – it was comical and yet sad.

It was also ironic having one Black man asking another Black man to go back from where he came from – and I can still see the indulgent smiles of everyone around me.

 But to all intents and purposes that Indian was lost in his sense of importance! He wanted to keep Britain White and the fact that he was Black and an immigrant himself escaped him totally.

And now I see the same situation in this guy Ridhuan Tee

- Hussein Hamid


























Posted on August 16, 2012
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Damn!
Is there no way out of this nightmare for the 40% marginalised and long neglected anak bangsa Malaysia?
The Social Inclusion Agenda?
What’s that?
“It is an idea which we are floating. Somebody has to start the ball rolling but we don’t own this document. What it becomes is what people make of it.” – Malik Imtiaz Sarwar.
To know more about the Social Inclusion Agenda, go HERE.
Me?
I’m sold on the idea.

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