On Friday I wrote about the narrator of a homemade YouTube clip who’d accused the prime minister of hypocrisy, and pronouncing his name “Dar-took Sri Najeeeb Rey-zeck”.
The video was uploaded by a Ms Betty Sung. Its voiceover, which sounds like a Chinese employing a Mat Salleh Celup accent (“Moss-lemz”), rolled the PM’s name in a very creepy way — quite hair-raising to ears attuned to our loghat tempatan.
Aside from thinking that Ms Betty buat mengada-mengada aje, it really should make you wonder about the demand by Lim Guan Eng, declared to a Chinese predominant crowd: “We want to be first class citizens”.
As with any other club, there are certain terms and conditions for one to belong.
At the 2010 Umno general assembly, the party president Najib recited a pantun describing siapa Melayu (the constitutional Firsters):
Melayu itu, kaya falsafahnya,
Melayu itu, orang yang bijaksana,
Akal budi bersulamkan daya.
Jawa itu Melayu, Bugis itu Melayu,
Banjar juga disebut Melayu, Minangkabau memang Melayu,
Keturunan Acheh adalah Melayu.
Jakun dan Sakai asli Melayu,
Arab dan Pakistani, semua Melayu,
Mamak dan Malbari serap ke Melayu,
Malah mualaf bertakrif Melayu.
Kadazan, Bajau, India Muslim dan Siam,
Melanau, Bidayuh dan berpuluh suku kaum,
Kita bersama dalam serumpun.
It appears Najib and Umno consider the peninsula’s original inhabitants, the Jakun and Sakai, as ‘Malay’. That’s a reverse takeover to deftly justify the ‘special position’ of the Malays retrospectively.
The pribumi of Sabah and Sarawak – Kadazan, Bajau, Melanau, Bidayuh – are Malay too, according to the poet. With Najib and Umno though, absorbing the mostly Christian natives is simply strategic planning given how many Parliament seats the two Bornean states hold.
Then comes the Muslim quarter – Arab, Pakistani, Mamak, Indian Muslim and Malbari – who are absorbed into the Malay polity as well.
But to give Umno its due, it was willing to appoint Zambry Abdul Kadir – described “metallic black” by DAP Perak state secretary David Nga – as Menteri Besar. Zambry is a card-carrying club member who’s living proof that the ruling party can accommodate those willing to be totally assimilated.
I’m somewhat puzzled as to why the Siamese are included as Malay but not one bit baffled by the deliberate and pointed exclusion of non-Muslim Chinese and non-Muslim Indians.
I do comprehend that the DAP Malaysian First thrust is a roundabout way to try making equal the status of citizenship for all.
But practically speaking, the majority of Chinese and Indians have rejected the existing and mutated terms and conditions of the club which initiate members into the “bersama dalam serumpun” (bangsa Malaysia).
If we’d ever been agreeable to acquiring first-tier status on the stated terms – as the poem read by Najib said, “Malah mualaf bertakrif Melayu” – we Chinese and Indians would have become Ridhuan Tee Abdullahs and Chandra Muzaffars many generations ago.
Hence the T & Cs have to be re-negotiated so that the only two excluded races in the Najib list, i.e. the Buddhist, Taoist Chinese and Hindu Indians, etc, and not forgetting the crusading Christians, can acquire equal membership without having to abide by the DAP promoted Selendang Squad dress code.
Reverting to the intro paragraph of this posting and the (likely) Chinese female with the thick orang putih slang, the truth is we rarely hear Chinese speak the national language with such rollicking enthusiasm. If the Malaysian Chinese don’t even want to speak BM, how many do you think are eager to emulate Hannah?
DAP 2.0 politics is far from grounded in reality.
Back to my earlier discussions (I) The ‘chauvinist’ label, Chinese self-destructiveness & changing dynamics and (II) Malay support emboldening biadap syndrome (for which today’s posting is the concluding segment, my take is that the evangelical Anglophiles in DAP have no qualms pawning the Chinese/Indian language and culture in exchange for the Putrajaya crown.
If not for the way the Umno-MCA partnership played out, the ethnic minorities could have been like the Indonesian Chinese.
The Chinese electorate, currently so gung-ho in their unconditional support of DAP, fail to see the fact that we’ve remained Chinese can be considered part of the success of the MCA-Umno union albeit this marriage has failed in several other respects.
On the other hand, what will the DAP affair with PAS-PKR bring us?
Those Chinese who’ve accepted the Firster terms sadly come across as self-hating. Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, for example, is not willing to mention ‘Chinese’ (the term sticks in his throat like a fish bone) but instead persistently calling the race “ultra kiasu”.
Below is what he wrote in his Sinar Harian column (18 Dec 2011):
“Sekadar berkongsi pengalaman tentang ultra kiasu, tahun lalu adik saya pernah menempelak secara kasar beberapa ultra kiasu yang berbual di kedai kopi, gara-gara perbualan menghina saya. Adik saya jadi berang, lalu menumbuk ultra kiasu tersebut, lalu adik saya berkata: ‘Kalau kamu tidak kenal lagi siapa abang saya, janganlah berkata atau kutuk dia sembarangan. Saya selaku adik dia, walaupun tidak Islam, saya lebih mengetahui isi hati abang saya’.”
“Saya tidak pernah menyuruh adik saya bertindak sedemikian. Tetapi itulah hakikat yang berlaku. Ultra kiasu memang tidak sedar diuntung. Mereka akan melakukan apa sahaja untuk mematikan watak yang boleh menggugat mereka.”
Clearly there is no love lost between Ridhuan Tee and the ordinary Chinese in the kopitiam.
Her 40,000 Twitter followers, the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysians, Bangsar Malaysians and Firster wannabes are yet to see that Hannah and Ridhuan are spiritual cousins.
I’ve characterised the behaviour of the Chinese today who are full of anger and angst as being self-destructive – evidenced by their berserk attacks on Lim Boo Chang, Ceylyn Tay, Dr Yeow Chai Thiam, Michael Yeoh and others simply for holding a different opinion.
Hannah’s shenanigans are part and parcel of the Malaysian First grand design appealing to the anger-fulled and angst-ridden Chinese grasping at straws (read: clutching their GE13 ballot paper).
Some of the existing members who now enjoy the ‘special position’ may be thinking the club rules are sacrosanct. One must follow the rules if he wants to become a member. You don’t like the rules, go join another club.
I’m saying the contrary and arguing that the club has to relax the rules which it made in 1957 and are “archaic” (to borrow the description from Anugerah Tuhan’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal) because we’re now living in an expanded, globalised world and the understanding of nationalism has evolved.
The question for the Malays to think about is this: Whether you still regard those Malaysians who are unlike you (e.g. don’t dress like you by wearing tudung) to be in the outgroup and hence distrusted.
Specimens of those wanting to be in your in-group are Ridhuan and Hannah. Promoting policies that endorse concepts such as Satu Sekolah will create more Ridhuans and more Hannahs. You Malays are welcome to them.
A further exclusionary attitude, for instance that shown by some Malays to Hindraf over the Jalan Kebun incident, will – in the same roundabout way that DAP is carrying out its Malaysian First campaign of aggression – end up creating more belligerence (Chinese and Indians against the Malays) and the same antagonism that Malays (or a wannabe like Ridhuan) display to the non-Malays.
Ultimately, the way we’re headed is two extremes at either end of antagonism (Ridhuan) and pandering (Hannah) rather than a mutually beneficial interaction.
Our strengths e.g. Mandarin competency to do business in China, Malay diplomatic skills can actually be complementary. Unfortunately the Hannahs cannot contribute to this sort of exchange because they are ciplak who even deny they’re Chinese to begin with.
DAP walking down the Hannah path “with God” is disastrous not only for Chinese but for the country too.