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How many years does it take Chinese to learn BM?

If we had to pick a year to indicate the start of Chinese mass migration to Malaya, when would it be?

The question piqued me after reading the tweet below a few days ago by Derek Tonkin who stated “1872 was at the start of the serious Chittagonian migration into Arakan”.

i.e. start of the serious migration of Bengali workers from Chittagong (Bangladesh) into Rakhine, Myanmar.

Note: Tonkin was British Ambassador to Vietnam (1983) and British Ambassador to Thailand, concurrently to Laos (1986-89). More relevantly, Tonkin served with the Burma desk at the British Foreign Office in the 1960s.   

Something similar happened around the same period in Malaya.

1874 can be said to mark the beginning of British colonization of Malaya. In that year, the Pangkor Treaty was signed between Great Britain and the Sultan of Perak.

The British left their colonial legacy, in both Burma and Malaya, consisting of a huge number of foreign workers whom later created messy citizenship issues.

“The immediate result of the establishment of British rule at these three places [Penang, Singapore, Malacca] was a tremendous influx of Chinese settlers” wrote Wilfred Lawson Blythe in his ‘Historical sketch of Chinese labour in Malaya’.

Penang, Singapore and Malacca were the ports of entry for Chinese immigrants.

Timeline of creeping British control in Malaya

  • 1786: Penang
  • 1819: Singapore
  • 1824: Malacca
  • 1826: Straits Settlements administered by EIC (East India Company)
  • 1874: Perak, Selangor & Sungai Ujung in Negeri Sembilan
  • 1888: Pahang
  • 1895: Federated Malay States
  • 1914: Johor

It was the British who transformed Tanah Melayu into a plural state, writes Ruhanie Ahmad in his NST column on Feb 24.

On Feb 25 in The Star, local historian Ranjit Singh Malhi wrote in his letter to the editor: “The establishment of pepper and gambier plantations by the Chinese in Johor actually gained momentum from the mid-1840s”.

These Chinese planters coming to Johor had shifted mainly from Singapore.

The peak years of Chinese emigration to Malaya is pegged by many researchers to have begun around 1860.

After an interval of some 100 years (counting from 1860), Malaya achieved independence in 1957 and saddled with a multiracial population.

But before that, from 1948 to 1960, Malaya was under Emergency rule because of the communist insurgency.

Between 1948 and 1949, an estimated 26,000 Chinese suspected of communist activities or sympathies were deported back to China. (Source: ‘The Malayan Emergency in Retrospect: Organization of a Successful Counterinsurgency Effort’ by R.W. Komer)

These Chinese communist suspects were able to be deported by the British government because they were not citizens of Malaya.

Bahasa teras at the core of our nation

Citizenship is nationality, said MCA founder Tan Cheng Lock.,

The word ‘nation’ is defined by the dictionary as “a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory”.

Chinese inhabiting Malaya were not only of a different descent, history, culture and language but also belonging to a different political ideology (communism).

Too much diversity, don’t you think?

In his NST column, Ruhanie Ahmad said “Malaysia as a plural state is not a country of minorities. The Pribumis is the definitive majority”.

In the Nusantara or Malay world, the Pribumi group is the one forming what Ruhanie calls the “core nation”.

This core, according to Ruhanie, is predicated upon a group of the same ethnic having the same language, practising the same culture as well as sharing the same heritage.

Ruhanie said Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians do not possess this ‘core nation’ status “because their ancestral roots are either in East Asia or South Asia”.

BELOW: Roti Bengali has its ancestral roots in Bengal

Some Chinese are already four to five generations in Malaysia but they still don’t speak bahasa Melayu.

Their political leaders – paradoxically – don’t think BM is important while at the same time, they don’t want Malay nationalists like Ruhanie Ahmad to stress the importance of one’s ancestral roots in order to disqualify Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians.

Here’s how the DAP illogic goes —

Lim Guan Eng: “I am not Chinese.”

Lim Kit Siang: “I’m Malaysian first.” (It is immaterial that my father emigrated from China.)

If what the Lims claim above is true, then why do they insist on conducting their party activities in Mandarin?

“It is only the chauvinist, concealed or otherwise, who suggest that linguistic uniformity is a necessary basis for cultural unity,” said Kit Siang previously on 24 Nov 1968.

Yes, it was more than 52 years ago that Kit Siang labelled Malay-language nationalists as chauvinistic. And his party is still fighting an identical battle today.

BM is at the back of the queue

Talking about the impact of British rule in Malaya, Encyclopaedia Britannica said it “brought profound changes, transforming the various states socially and economically”.

British colonialism had additionally transformed the linguistic landscape of Malaya too.

In his 1968 Great Debate with Gerakan’s Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas on the topic of bahasa perpaduan, Kit Siang supported language diversity rather than us having one common language.

DAP and MCA believe that Switzerland, with its four official languages, is a good model for Malaysia.

Singapore follows the Swiss in having four official languages. In Singapore they are English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay.

Kit Siang cited Switzerland’s linguistic variety as serving “to enrich the cultural wealth of a national community”.

Prof. Syed Naquib did not agree with the DAP in 1968 and he steadfastly maintained his disagreement over the subsequent years.

According to the good professor, Switzerland’s four communities – German, French, Italian, Romansh – all share one religion (Christianity) and are of the same racial stock.

This is not the case for Malay, Chinese and Tamil speakers in peninsular Malaysia.

For Syed Naquib therefore, BM must be placed at the core of nation building.

For the Chinese though?

They started coming here en masse during British colonial times 150 years ago. They did not want to learn bahasa Melayu then.

The most active period of Chinese immigration was the 1920s … one hundred years ago. They continued in not wanting to learn BM.

Kit Siang was promoting language diversity ala the Swiss and the Singaporeans 50 years ago. This model means that there is no real need for the Chinese to learn BM.

Today the MCA is opening its membership to non Chinese. MCA is a wannabe multiracial political party. DAP, meanwhile, is a multiracial party.

Non-Chinese Malaysians wishing to join MCA and DAP in their activities should start learning Mandarin. Why would the Chinese learn BM now when they’ve not done so the last 150 years?

Posted in Cina MCA Cina DAP

Non Chinese can now join MCA

Non-Chinese Malaysians can now join the MCA as associate members, its party sec-gen Chong Sin Woon announced yesterday.

Err methinks they’d have to learn Mandarin first because the MCA does not readily cater to bahasa Melayu speakers. Continue reading “Non Chinese can now join MCA”

Posted in Cina MCA Cina DAP

Chinese have rejected BM for 100 years

It is predictable of the MCA to create its Tan Cheng Lock memorial website only in Chinese and English, sidelining bahasa Melayu.

Wee Ka Siong and his party apparatchiks conducted their Feb 27 launch event in Mandarin as well. The website honouring MCA founder Tan was unveiled in conjuction with the party’s 72nd anniversary.

After seven decades in Malaysia, Cina MCA still neglect bahasa kebangsaan. Continue reading “Chinese have rejected BM for 100 years”

Posted in Cina DAP

‘Pendatang’ polemics: Sinchew’s sleight of hand

In its Feb 23 editorial headlined ‘We’re not pendatang!’ the Sin Chew Daily said:

“The Chinese people are always citizens of this country.”

“Chinese migrants had been traveling between China and the Malay Peninsula and Borneo for business or engaging in agriculture, mining and road-building works, for almost six centuries from Ming dynasty to the 1950s. Few of these early migrants eventually returned to China, but a lot more settled and died here.”

Err, “always citizens”? Really?

Continue reading “‘Pendatang’ polemics: Sinchew’s sleight of hand”

Posted in Rohingya

Muhyiddin slammed by NGO over Rohingya policy

There will be an increase in the number of Rohingya boat people coming to Malaysia, warned Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani.

Zafar, who is president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia, said in a press statement yesterday that this bigger impact on Malaysia is only to be expected following the Feb 1 military coup.

And indeed the news about the latest Malaysia-bound Rohingya boat is its rescue yesterday by India’s coast guard. Continue reading “Muhyiddin slammed by NGO over Rohingya policy”

Posted in Rohingya

Sinchew digging ‘pendatang’ hole ever deeper

I mentioned that the Sin Chew editorial published yesterday was worth reading, mainly because it had Rohingya and Vietnamese boat people on its radar.

Regular readers of my blog would, of course, be aware that I’ve been covering Rohingya extensively and I’ve also brought up the topic that Vietnamese boat people were actually ethnic Chinese. Continue reading “Sinchew digging ‘pendatang’ hole ever deeper”

Posted in Rohingya

Bad idea to bring in so much foreign cheap labour

In the first part of last year, a quarter of our coronavirus cases were non Malaysians — see pie chart below (segment in red). 

The figures are sourced from a 17 Nov 2020 research paper in The Lancet titled ‘Clinical characteristics and risk factors for severe Covid-19 infections in Malaysia: A nationwide observational study’.

Continue reading “Bad idea to bring in so much foreign cheap labour”

Posted in Cina DAP

Be worried about what the silent majority are thinking

Malaysiakini raised RM685,632 through crowdfunding in under five hours yesterday.

The pro-opposition platform had been fined RM500,000 because its subscribers said in reader comments that our judiciary was corrupt and committed wrongdoings.

Branches of government are the judicial, the executive and the legislative arms. All three are being dissed by a vocal section of the population. Continue reading “Be worried about what the silent majority are thinking”

Posted in DAP

What will ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ do to the Malays?

The Muhyiddin administration yesterday revealed its blueprint for ‘National Unity’.

Malaysiakini readers swiftly told the PM what they thought of his proposal in a torrent of 430 comments.

DAP and its supporters are trying to corral Muhyiddin into the party’s own self-serving ‘Malaysian First’ construct — the same framing device whereby Lim Guan Eng had declared that he is “NOT Chinese”. Continue reading “What will ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ do to the Malays?”

Posted in British Raj

Fifth generation immigrant yet still not integrated

Here we call them Bangla. You can’t tell them apart from Rohingya.

Most outsiders are unable to differentiate a Rohingya from a Bengali (Bangladeshi). The only people able to do so are those from Chittagong, i.e. the Bangladesh division where Cox’s Bazar is located.

“With only minor differences in language and appearance, the average Bangladeshi cannot readily distinguish a Rohingya from a Bangladeshi.” — HRW

Continue reading “Fifth generation immigrant yet still not integrated”

Posted in Rohingya

Malays now finding out about tauke Rohingya

‘Hidup bertuankan tauke Bangla, Rohingya’ was the news headline yesterday in Sinar Harian. 

The op-ed article said Bangladeshi and Rohingya market wholesalers are “warga asing [yang] begitu berani mengambil kesempatan”.

Actually Bangla and Rohingya are puak serumpun, as will be explained shortly. Continue reading “Malays now finding out about tauke Rohingya”

Posted in Tommy Thomas

Then AG Tommy Thomas, CJ Richard Malanjum, Law Minister Liew — all Christian

In his new memoir, Tommy Thomas revealed the Malay backlash against his appointment as Attorney-General was so strong that the Harapan prime minister tried to rescind the offer. 

The Malays were spooked because the country’s three top positions in law were all held by Christians once Harapan came to power. Continue reading “Then AG Tommy Thomas, CJ Richard Malanjum, Law Minister Liew — all Christian”

Posted in Banana Republic

What really happened with the votes in USA 2020 election

America’s election on 3 Nov 2020 was unlike any other in USA history because Covid was used as a pretext by Democrats to allow an unprecedented number of early votes and/or mail-in votes (absentee ballot).

The chart below by Pew Research is significant.

Continue reading “What really happened with the votes in USA 2020 election”


DAP and Dapsters are like the Dems

‘DAP draws parallels between Trump and Najib supporters’ is the headline of an FMT report today.

Continue reading “DAP and Dapsters are like the Dems”

Posted in Return of The Swamp

Biden’s most enduring image — barbed wire


Jan 20: President Biden successfully sworn in and arrives safely at White House under the protection of thousands of troops.

Joe Biden will very soon today be sworn in as president.

BELOW: Barbed wire is an apt symbol for the Biden presidency

Continue reading “Biden’s most enduring image — barbed wire”

Posted in big purge by Big Tech

Are you a conservative? If yes, start worrying

Donald Trump has been banned or indefinitely suspended from almost all social media platforms — see list below compiled by a blue checkmarked NBC tech reporter.

Continue reading “Are you a conservative? If yes, start worrying”

Posted in Dirty Democrats

Documentary to connect the dots

Washington DC becoming a militarized zone did not happen in a vacuum.

There is underlying cause and effect.

Did Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential election fairly?” — a Rasmussen survey released on the day of the Capitol storming had asked respondents.

Some seventy percent (69%) of the Republican voters polled answered ‘No’. 

To them: Joe Biden did not win the 2020 presidential election fairly. 

Continue reading “Documentary to connect the dots”

Posted in Deep dark state

Pictures: Leader who is terrified of the people

When Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January 2017, he was delighted by the size of his inauguration crowd.

The more people who came to see Trump inaugurated the better — they provided him bragging rights to reflect his reality/rock star popularity.

15 January 2021 photo

The face of Biden’s America 

When Joe Biden is sworn in as president this Wednesday, the state security apparatus would have mounted the biggest operation in Washington DC since the American civil war.

Miles of batbed wire and unscalable fencing have been erected around the White House and Capitol to keep Biden and his event safe from a potentially threatening crowd. Continue reading “Pictures: Leader who is terrified of the people”

Posted in HIPOKRIT

What will Biden do about Chinese oppression of Uighurs?

Democrats and Republicans have together  released a Congressional report on the Uighurs being abused by Chinese authorities.

A bipartisan commission of American Congressmen yesterday said new evidence has emerged indicating that Beijing committed “crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang. Continue reading “What will Biden do about Chinese oppression of Uighurs?”

Posted in Newton's Third Law of Motion

Why Court Cluster should pay heed to grassroots

What goes around comes around.

The seat of American government – the Capitol – is amply demonstrating the above axiom.

A freshman member of Congress from Georgia, Republican representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, plans to file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden on Jan 21 — his first day in office. Continue reading “Why Court Cluster should pay heed to grassroots”

Posted in Insurrection

What doesn’t kill him will only make him stronger

The Democrats have introduced a second-time impeachment resolution charging Donald Trump with “incitement of insurrection” relating to the storming of the Capitol on Jan 6, according to a CNN report today.

What the Dems are doing now – i.e. continuing their relentless persecution of the man – will simply give the outgoing president an extended lease on his political life. Continue reading “What doesn’t kill him will only make him stronger”

Posted in Dirty Democrats

Storming of the Bastille

The French Revolution of 1789 deposed the ancien regime.

In France today, the storming of the Bastille is commemorated as a national holiday. Bastille Day marks its 14 July 1789 anniversary.

The fall of this citadel to feudal power, located in the heart of Paris, is emblematic of the revolution.

BELOW: The Capitol building in Washington DC shrouded by smoke (tear gas) on 6 Jan 2021

Continue reading “Storming of the Bastille”