50 years after Merdeka, shouldn’t we be talking about ‘Malaysian Unity”?
Why the sudden talk about ‘Malay Unity’?
Why the need to play race card still?
Homo Sapiens are all alike. Scientifically, the difference in appearance of different ethnic groups is because of the adaptation made to the different habitats with its differing climate and surroundings.
If you open my inside and your inside,our hearts are of the same colour; our brains are of the same colour and consistency; the intestines are of the same colour; the sex organs function similarly. Our hormones are similar, our emotions are similar.
Why in the 21 st century, when science is so advance and we can even map our genes, we still need to talk about race?
The whole world should be one big family. but here in a small country like Malaysia, we are still trying to separate the masses by harping on race and religion..
What is their ulterior motives? You think they are really interested in defending Malay rights? No, they are just trying to perpetuate their self interest and their group interest….And by agreeing to talk with them, PAS is giving a perception that it does not care any More for better governance and fairness , as was mentioned in their manifesto in the last GE…What a bunch of hypo..
In this context , I am reposting an old article of mine titled ‘we are sailing in the same boat”. I hope my Malaysian brothers will embrace my points of view, and do away with race and racial politics:
We are sailing int he same boat
One of my earlier postings in this blog “Buck up to prevent being marginalised” was posted in the newsgroup soc.culture.malaysia on 19th November. (2006)
I would like to single out one comment which I think is totally irrational. One person called “Othm” commented that “we would prefer to live up the coconut tree, rather than to have the chinamen, indiamen, matsalleh control my country”.
I think this comment is totally nonsensical and irrational and does not represent majority of the people. It is the comment of an ignorant person perhaps. Those who think ahead and who care for the country will not have uttered such comment. It is like a child who is behaving emotionally with a ” If I don’t get it, I destroy it” type of mentality.
First of all, we are all Bangsa Malaysia. We are in the same boat. If the boat sails well, everyone will be get good rewards. If, one the other hand, the boat sinks, everyone will be drowned. In order to sail well, everyone in the boat must cooperate and work together. The weaker ones in the boat may be given more and the stronger ones may be asked to contribute more. These are all agreed upon. But some form of fairness must also prevail in order to make everyone happy and work hard in the boat.
Secondly, there is no such entities as chinamen and indiamen as all of us are Chinese Malaysian, Indian Malaysian and so on.
Thirdly , the Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian are not going to control the country since they are in the minority. Whatever they earn, they spend in the country and everyone benefits from their spendings. They also pay tax to central govenment and local authorities. The tax revenue helps to fund development, maintain schools, hospitals, parks, roads, subsidise food and petrol, pay the salary of civil servants and police, and enable rubbish to be collected. Besides, they contribute as much in nation building as any other people.
Fourthly, these Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian are born and bred here. This is the only country they know since birth. As with their Bumi counterparts, this is their only boat. Some of them may have gone to visit China and India but only as tourists, but their homes as well as their hearts are in Malaysia.
Fifthly, these Chinamen and Indiamen are reasonable people. They have willingly been moving their baselines backward over the years to accomodate the wishes of other races. All they want is to have some space and fairness to live peacefully, earn a living and educate their children.
In fact, every human being is the same. We actually descend from the same ancestors who many hundred thousand years ago moved out from Africa and settled all over the world. The different habitat and evolving cultures may have changed the outer appearance, but if you look inside every human, everything is similar.
So, I ask all my boatmates to think ahead and cooperate with each other. The socially and physically more fortunate must help the socially and physically less fortunate. Other than that, everyone should be kind and fair to the others. No one then would have to stay up in the coconut trees.
In fact, this concept of sailing in the same boat should be adopted by all the people living in this planet. Many of you wll laugh at me for being too idealistic, some of you may be even silently calling me ‘naive”, but i believe that come one day, the whole world will see this point, and the whole world would become one big family …..Looking back, Just One hundred years ago, inter-racial marriage were not accepted by almost all communities, but nowadays, it is almost the norm in most western countries…. If we apply the same logic, wouldn’t it be possible that there would be no more racial divide in future? It is just a matter of time, I believe.